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Stronger & Stronger

MP900321192Job 17:9 “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.”STRONGER &STRONGER!!! What a blessing to know that as a Child of God I will not decrease but only increase. Those who choose to walk in righteousness and keep clean hands will grow stronger and stronger in the things of God and of life. It pays to walk a righteous and obedient path. It may not always be popular, but it will always be prosperous! As we look at the life of the apostles and early disciples of Christ, we see not many popular, not many noble, not many of great financial stature; for as they followed Christ and stood for the truth they paid a great price. It cost them their homes, friends and positions in the community. It cost them dearly; but even in great sacrifice they had joy and confidence.

It was the apostle Paul who said at the end of his life in Philippians 1:20-21 “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”Paul said he would gain! He knew that serving Christ meant certain present sacrifices, but knew that he would be more than repaid when he entered into the Celestial City of God. Serving Christ over the years produced a stronger confidence in Paul for that day when he would have to face death. Death for most means an end, loss or sorrow, but for Paul it meant glory, reward and relief. It meant that he would finally see the Christ he preached about for so many years face to face. He said in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Stand strong Child of God; the most Royal and Noblest blood of Christ has covered you completely in salvation & safety. You have been given a promise and a confidence in God’s Holy Scripture that you WILL grow stronger and stronger. Time will NOT decrease or hurt you but rather increase and help you. By faith, grab hold of this great truth and never let it go! Never let the enemy steal it from your mind and heart. Never forget it and never be talked out of it. Trust it, believe it and live it! Love God and live for Him.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Leadership Helps

 

Thank God for You!

MB900262946Philippians 1:3-5 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

“Constant fault-finding, scolding, or fretfulness, does no good in a family, a school, or a church. The tendency is to dishearten, irritate, and discourage. To commend a child when he does well, may be as important, and as much a duty, as to rebuke him when he does ill.” – Albert Barnes

It is important to offer words of encouragement when you see someone doing well! Under direct leadership of the Holy Spirit, Paul starts out his letter to the church at Philippi with just such commendation. He was so proud of them that they had maintained a steady and consistent Christian growth from the very day of their conversion up to this point in time. What a testimony for these believers; they stayed true and faithful all this time, and not just maintained a status in mediocrity but flourished in Spiritual fruit and progress. Find someone to encourage. Pray and ask God to show you the good in others and then point it out to them. Your kind words just might be the fuel that keeps them running another mile. It’s true that wrongs must be set right, but equal to that truth is that “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” Proverbs 15:23. Our words bring joy and encouragement; let’s use them wisely.

 

Our Great God

thumbnailCAYYCY3Z“ O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. 33) I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34) My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.” – Psalms 104:24, 33-34

When we consider all the wonderful works of God, when we really stop to drink in all that He is and does provide; there awakes a joy and faith in our soul so great the mountains are made to look as but small hills in comparison. What joy, what confidence, what amazement and awe lies deep inside the manifold works of our Great God! How sweet is the meditation we spend upon His works. The more we think of them, the more time we give them to pass across the eyes of our heart, the sweeter our thoughts become. True joy and faith are birthed in this meditation. This time spent in the lap of the Holy Spirit teaches us the intimate character and person of God. Without this type of meditation a Christian cannot grow into the full measure of spiritual maturity that God has planned for him. Take joy in spending time meditating upon the wonderful works of God.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Devotional Reading

 

I am Gracious

j0435912Exodus 22:26-27 If thou at all take thy neighbour’s raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down: 27 For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

God says if someone owes you a debt and they cannot pay, and they used their clothing for collateral on the loan, and you take their clothing as payment, take it for principle sake, but give it back by the end of the day so they don’t freeze at night. God wants his people to be kind and gracious as He is. How often could God take our clothing? How often would He be entitled to take our home, our vehicle or our health? How many times have we robbed Him in our tithes and offerings or used all the time in the day for ourselves and have given Him nothing but a passing prayer. How many times have we sat at home when we should have and could have been in church with Gods people? How many times have we had the opportunity to say some word for Christ, but being ashamed we kept silent? How many opportunities have we neglected to share the gospel message with some precious soul? How easily we use God’s minuets, His resources and His breath without a thought of repayment or obligation; we take, take and take and rarely give thanks or service in return. Oh dear reader, how God could easily and rightfully take all he has given…but HE IS GRACIOUS!!! Praise our good God and His Son Jesus Christ we are not given what we deserve! Psalms 103:10-13 says “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.” Love God and give Him praise today, give Him honor today, and give Him his rightful place in your heart…the number one place!

 

 

The Name of the LORD

tower 1Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

1Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

What is in a name some may ask? A name reveals the person. A name identifies the characteristics, powers and abilities of an individual. The nature of a person is attached to a name. My name is Jason Michael Myers; I am one person but hold many titles and have various abilities and traits. Husband, Father, Pastor, Son, Grandson, Friend, American Citizen etc…. When those who know me hear my name, they automatically think of certain aspects of my ability and character. They know of my interests, my talents, my accomplishment and my habits. They know where I have done well and where I have failed. My name reveals who I am. God however has never failed; his name reveals his greatness.

When we think of God, we may think of, Creator, Heavenly Father, Author of our Salvation, Provider, Gracious Savior, and Helper of the weak and so on. We can’t help but to think of his mercy, love and kindness which he shows toward us on a daily basis. Our God is the triumphant Victor over Satan and the Light that shines in the darkness; he is the hope of his people and the strength of them that trust in him. He is the sweetest fragrance, the gentlest breeze and the breath of fresh air men seek after traveling through the smog of this world. When we call upon, run into or invoke the name of the LORD, we are calling upon everything he is and all he possesses. This is a thought we can hardly wrap our human minds around, and we may struggle to understand, but what a blessing we have in this Wonderful Name.

The name of the LORD is our mighty weapon, our protective fortress, our source of help and our overall confidence. When the enemy comes and the situation grows dangerous, run child O God into the strength and strong tower of his name. When doubts arise, seek the name of the LORD for guidance. When you need strength, hope and peace, open the door of grace and walk into the name of the LORD; shut the door and rest under the shadow His Almighty covering. Trust in his name, rest in his name and never hesitate to call upon his name. “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD…” Psalms 118:26

 

 

 
 

To Hear or Not to Hear

Businessman with BullhornProverbs 1:5,25&31- 5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 25. But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 31. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Read the entire chapter when you can, but in these three verses you will find the summary of this chapter. God wants us to do well and succeed; he desires a joy-filled life for every believer. Joy and success however only come by obedience to God’s word. The Bible is Gods instruction manual for living and the only source of true wisdom. If we say we LOVE GOD, then we must follow his word.

A wise man or woman will hear the things spoken in God’s word and will listen to them and follow them. The wise person will take biblical counsel and apply it to their life and they will excel as a result. Even if it requires them to change some things in their life; they will see the word of God as being true & important, so they will make the changes. This person will increase and be blessed.

Sadly, there is always a second group of people who will not listen to Gods counsel. They set his word at nought, or dismiss it and set it to the side. They refuse to give Gods counsel the credit and position in their lives that it deserves. They allow pride to govern their thoughts and cloud their decision making. These people lack joy and spiritual success. They are often spiritually immature and rarely are they active in serving Christ and others. They sit back and criticize others and make trouble with their gossip and murmuring. This is indeed a sad group of people, but it gets worse. This Bible verse teaches us that they will have to eat the fruit of their own ways. God is saying to them, you made your bed of wicked deeds and now you must lie in it. God also says he will not hear them or help them when they get into trouble: Proverbs 1:26-28 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Application: It is best to listen to Christ and follow his word. You may have to change some things in your way of living and you may not always agree with the changes at first, but you will never go wrong nor regret obeying God. There is great peace and reward for obedience. Remove the pride and sin and obey God! Surrender to the God that loves you and gave his Son Jesus for your salvation. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into a closer walk with Jesus today. If you have never trusted Christ as your personal Savior, call on him today to save you. Simply: Admit you have sinned, Believe that only Jesus can forgive you of your sins and Confess your sins to Christ, asking him to forgive you and be your Savior. It’s as simple as ABC!

 

 

The Peace That God Gives

MP900181797Philippians 4:6-7  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jesus told his troubled followers in John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Exactly what manner of peace was Christ offering here? He didn’t say “a peace” he said “my peace.” It was the kind of peace that could fall asleep in the back of a boat and sleep through a storm. It was the kind of peace that could go to a garden to pray, knowing he would be betrayed, captured, tried, beaten and crucified. The kind of peace that could face even the cruelest of deaths and still have the compassion and composure to tell one last repenting sinner, “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

It was this peace that held together the heart and mind of church reformer Bishop Nicholas Ridley. On October 15th 1555 in Oxford, England, Bishop Ridley sat down for his last meal before being burned at the stake for his opposition to Catholic Church doctrines.

As he sat at the table a lady began to weep for him, to which he replied “Quiet yourself: though my breakfast shall be somewhat sharp and painful, yet I am sure my supper shall be more pleasant and sweet” (speaking of his being in heaven with Christ after his death). After dinner his brother told him he would sit up through the night and talk with him until his execution the next morning. Bishop Ridley confidently replied “No, no, that you shall not. For I mind God willing to go to bed, and to sleep as quietly tonight, as ever I did in my life.” It is only through the most intense trials that we experience the most tranquil peace. If Dr. Ridley could sleep peaceful on the night of his execution, of such a horrible death; surely God can give peace for whatever trials we face today.

 

The peace that comes from God is beyond our understanding. It lies deeper and goes far beyond the comprehension of even the most learned of men. This kind of peace is eagerly sought after by many but experienced by only a few. But to them who will put their faith in the person of Jesus Christ and walk with him through the Valley of Hardship, it is they who will savor the taste of this exquisite peace.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Devotional Reading

 
 
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