Let Your Lives Prove Your Change of Heart

“Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance (let your lives prove your change of heart)” Matt. 3:8

John had given a heavy rebuke to the Pharisees and Sadducees who approached him, exposing their sinful hearts. They made life extremely hard for those who wanted to abide in the Lord by making up religious rules for the people to follow yet they, being the hypocrites that they were, broke many. Outwardly they appeared to be holy but inwardly their hearts where bent towards disobedience.  Let us not duplicate their behavior, as they clearly lived a sinful lifestyle.  If we truly have a change of heart people would see the fruit of it.  When we receive salvation from Christ Jesus there should be a difference in the way we live privately and publically.  When we allow the Spirit of God to take control we will experience the difference. Believers should not be engrossed in indecent entertainment or adopt behaviors that reflexes the same (Gal. 5:19-25).  God has set us apart to be His holy vessels!  I’m not saying that we will be perfect at this, but we should dare to challenge ourselves to begin the process.  The Holy Spirit is our Helper and will lead us continually in the path of righteousness as he produces the fruit of his spirit in us (Gal. 5:22-24, Ps. 23:3). Our Father in heaven is on our side and desires for us to succeed in all areas of our lives.  God is watching over his word to perform what it says (Jer. 1:12), Jesus is interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34), and the Holy Spirit is our teacher (John 14:26), WE CAN NOT LOSE!  Ask the Holy Spirit today to help you in this journey and let your lives prove your change of heart.

This entry was posted on October 24, 2015.

Spiritual Growth

“Since all these things are thus in the process of being dissolved, what kind of person ought (each of) you to be (in the meanwhile) in consecrated and holy behavior and devout and godly qualities.” 2 Peter 3:11

We must be ready for Jesus’ return, spotless, holy and without blemish (2 Peter 3:14).  Believers need to have a lifestyle of holiness and praise unto our Lord Jesus Christ.  We can achieve this by meditating on the Word of God day and night and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our steps in all that we endeavor.   This will increase our faith in the knowledge of Him; as we see miraculous result in our lives.  Our minds will be renewed to receive a greater understanding of the truth, knowing that His precious promises are real and for us today.  This will allow us to view the Bible not as some type of fable, myth or stories of old, but as a road map and guide for our spiritual journey in life. Our ultimate goal is to represent our Lord. Let’s not measure ourselves among ourselves, which would be foolish (2 Cor. 10:12).  Beloved, you ought not look to others for your behavioral patterns, but settle in your heart today to stand firm and steadfast in the Word of God as you allow it to be the standard for your life.

This entry was posted on October 14, 2015.

The Seed’s In You

It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth; Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade” Mark 4:31-32

Planting faith as small as a mustard seed can grow into a great harvest, but it must first begin with good soil.  The soil that is good is the heart that has the desire to habitually walk upright before the Lord, those who possess a longing to know and live obedient for Him.  We must be mindful of what we allow into our lives that would influence our judgement and actions (Mark 4:24).  If we diligently keep our hearts clean and free of thorns, thistles and the cares of this world, which will utterly choke and suffocate us (Mark 4:7), we can live a sacrificial life that is pleasing to Jesus.  Worldly ambitions will only stunt our growth in spiritual matters and eventually kill us (John 10:10).  Our Father in heaven wants to give us the desires of our heart, but for us to see it we must tend to our garden and provide the necessary conditions for it to take root.  Then we will be able to have the manifestation of the thirty, sixty, hundred fold blessing spring for in our life and the lives of those around us (Mark 4:8).

This entry was posted on October 6, 2015.

A New Heart

“A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them.”

Ezekiel 36:26-27

This is the working of the Holy Spirit within us as we receive Christs’ salvation.  There has to be a definite act of will on our part which requires our obedience and loyalty to Him (Ez. 36:11; 23-25).  We are to exchange our death for His life (Romans 6:23), our lack for His abundance (Matt. 6:33), our fears for His boldness (2 Cor. 3:11-12), and our defeat for His victory (1 Cor. 15:57), as we walk in the good life and glorify His holy name.

This entry was posted on September 27, 2015.

Sweet Strength

“Passing through the Valley of Weeping, they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills with blessings.  They go from strength to strength (increasing in victorious power); each of them appears before God in Zion.” Psalm 84:6-7

When we rely on the Lord and draw our strength from Him, although we walk through the fire of destruction, we will not be destroyed.  For we shall come out smelling like the sweet perfume of His glory and draw those near us to the throne of His grace.  Causing the places where we tread upon to be filled up as a pool of blessings until it overflows.

This entry was posted on September 25, 2015.

Power of Agreement

“Confess to one another therefore your faults and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored.  The earnest prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

When we pray as we see a need, sickness, disease or problem we are coming into agreement with God and his Word.  He foreknew that the crisis would come and we would face many issues in life, but Jesus overcame the world and deprived it of ALL power to harm us and he has conquered it for us (John 16:33).  He is just looking for one of his saints to be in agreement with him and believe on his Word.  In this we will see mountains moved, the sick healed and restoration abounding for the glory of the Lord.

This entry was posted on September 22, 2015.

Under Your Feet

“The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16:20

We are not to wait for the enemy to attack first.  We are to go forth and fortify our cities, homes and family in advance!  Don’t allow him to even get a foothold on the grounds of your territory, but hurl the initial strike to keep him at bay. We do this by praying continually and meditating on the word of God.  As we put our trust in the name of Jesus Christ the devil will have to flee (James 4:7, 1 Corinthians 15:57).  This will stand as a reminder to him that we have all authority and power given to us by Christ Jesus, so that he remains under your feet where he belongs.

 

This entry was posted on September 20, 2015.

Surpassing Victories

“Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loves us.” Romans 8:37

To be more than a conqueror in Christ is to win with surpassing victories.  What I mean by this is that when the enemy comes against us we have to purpose in our hearts to delve into the word of God as we remain in the vine (John 15:5).  Any attempt at going into battle solo is like severing yourself apart from the source of power that causes you to triumph.  It is quite foolish for anyone to go into battle unarmed and wide open for attack.  In doing so you will surely die!  The same case is for the believer in Christ when it comes down to spiritual attacks.  We must put on the full armor of God by remaining in Him and getting a greater understanding of God’s word (Ephesians 6:11-18). Renewing our minds and walking in the light as he is in the light (Romans 12:1-2).  We are not supposed to continue being beat up and failing in the same areas in our lives, constantly struggling with the same issues and problems, month after month and year after year.  Saints, I say this with no condemnation attached, only in love.  With a heart determined to see us all succeed in every area of our lives.  Being able to win every battle we face, quickly with no delay.  No longer tolerating lingering attacks that drain, deplete and exhaust us, then after the fight we end up with less than what we started with, when we should be walking away with the spoils!   God has already equipped us and given us the strategic plans to walk in victory and it is by His word.  In this we have to be unwavering, determined, and steadfast.  We need the word of God to renew our minds and know the truth that makes us free (John 8:32).  His truth is the key to unlocking every door that has kept us out of having the surpassing victories in Christ Jesus.

This entry was posted on September 19, 2015.

A Believers Heart

We cannot be a blessing to others beyond our personal experience. Neither can we give what we don’t have. Believers must be filled by the Holy Spirit, continually, so that in turn we can pour out the River of Living water upon this dark and desolate world. Our hearts must become sanctuaries unto the Lord, separated from sin and dedicated exclusively for His will and purpose. Then He can fill us with the pure living water of the Spirit as we become a channel in which the life and love of Jesus flows through. Allow the Spirit to manifest in you a heart of love and as he moves through you pour out a blessing to those who are lost.

This entry was posted on September 10, 2015. 2 Comments

Contagious Joy

 

“The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve or be sad. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.” Nehemiah 8:11-12

Nehemiah the prophet and cupbearer to king Artaxerxes, learned that the remnant in Judah were in distress and the walls of Jerusalem were broken down and destroyed by fire.  Upon hearing such news he wept, mourned and fasted as he prayed constantly before God.  He then asked permission from the king to go rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and it was granted because he had favor with him.  He went on his journey to rebuild the walls, but many came against the plans that the Lord had put in his heart.  They were cursed, threatened, and even set up to be killed.  Much discouragement came upon Gods people during this hard task, but they remained in unity and after 52 days the wall was complete (Nehemiah 6:15).

Nehemiah, Ezra the priest and the Levites gathered the people of God together to read from the Book of the Law.  They explain in full detail what God expected of them as his people.  This was a new beginning for them, a fresh start. When the people heard the news they began to weep and rejoice at the same time, as if this were a hard thing to grasp and accomplish.  Nehemiah had comforted them by confirming this was good news!  Once the people had a greater understanding of the word they rejoiced and celebrated.

When we begin to get a full understanding of the promises in God’s word, we will rejoice and walk in confidence.  Our God is faithful and is watching after his word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). Just as he was with the remnant, the Lord is with us today.  The sorrow had past and there was no time for mourning, it was a holy day and holiness and tears did not go well together.  This was a day for praise and gladness.  They had to receive and walk in the spirit of praise in order to prepare them for the tasks that were ahead.

We as a people can do so much more in our daily lives for the Lord with a happy heart.  When we are sad it makes each task feel like a heavy burden.  Jesus said, “For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good-not harsh, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne (Matt. 11:30 amp.).  So cast all your cares upon him because he truly cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

“The joy of the Lord always counts on something better than we lose, and remembers that there is one above who is the great Recompenser and Restorer, and will give a thousand times more for one victory of patience and love than all the world is worth to-day.”      A.B. Simpson

Rejoicing in bad times will confuse the enemy.  When you submit yourself to the Lord and sing in his presence with joy in your heart the enemy will flee from you (James 4:7).  He will become so baffled wondering why you are so happy, in the mist of apparent trouble, that your smiling face will look to him like a terrorizing mask and scare him away.

Joy strengthens us and brings healing to our bodies.  “A merry heart does good like medicine (Proverbs 17:22).  When we are of good cheer our bodies receive the benefit there of.  When we are full of joy our countenance shines and permeates our very soul and heals all afflictions and wounds.  No lack, headache, cancer, pain, sickness, poverty or terminal illness will cause us to lose our joy, because joy is the channel in which the healing waters flow.

When you walk with joy in your heart nothing moves you.  No circumstance, hindrance, delay, accusation, or attacks.  You will remain in perfect peace as your mind is on Him who keeps you (Isaiah 26:3).  A believer shining the light of God’s joy will draw the masses to salvation, unlike one who walks in sorrow and sadness.  Our outward testimony holds more weight than our eloquent speech.  The world is looking for happiness, joy and people who are genuine, as the Christian should be.  We should be a praying joyful people.

It is the joy of our salvation that keeps us, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord and joy in the God of my salvation (Habakkuk 3:18).”

Nehemiah and the people continually prayed to the Lord and were encouraged to move forward, even when so many hardships had come upon them. The leaders especially leaned on the Lord for their strength and joy.

For believers God wants to use us to make an impact for those around us.  Whether it be at work, school, or in any area of our influence. It’s extremely hard for us to be an example if we are always sad, frustrated or angry, then we look no different than the world.  He has commanded us to be set apart and holy for his good works.  Our Great Physician has given us the prescription, the Gos- pill (Gospel) and in it the world can receive divine healing.  Let us walk by faith in our Lord Jesus and infest others with Contagious Joy.

No matter the strife

God manifest full life

Hatred, Malice, and Rejection

His angels surround me with protection

Affliction of thy soul

Holy Spirit made me whole

The enemy cannot destroy

Jesus is my eternal joy

 

R.M. Hilton

This entry was posted on September 1, 2015.
"But you shall be called Hephzibah, My delight is in her." Isaiah 62:4