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Guard The Condition of Your Heart!

We must learn how to guard our hearts because from the heart comes the concerns, questions and disputes of life. Even though the battle for our souls is fought in our minds, to determine how we think and live, it is to win the condition of our hearts. Because it is the heart that will determine our choices, our motivation, consciousness and preferences. Which will ultimately influence and govern our future and the outcome of our eternal soul.

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. NLT

From the time we are born we are being taught the things we need to know in order to navigate and live in this world. We are taught to speak, how to eat and live with family and in community. The focus is on our natural abilities to perform well financially and commercially, yet instructions to the soul and spirit is often times left uneducated, uninformed and neglected,which will determine our destiny.  

Provervb15:7 the lips of the wise spread knowledge (sifting it as chaff from the grain): but the hearts of (shortsighted): fools are not so. AMP

People will go to great extremes to ensure that their children are educated well in the area of intellect.  But they will allow fools and jesters to mislead them and speak into their lives and heartsto corrupt their minds and those of their children. It is the instruction of the soul and spirit that will determine the condition of the heart, a person’s will and their eternal destiny. 

Matthew 12:34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good thing? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. NKJ

We must take time to nurture, cultivate and educate of our soulsand spirits to the truth of God’s word. Which is more importantthan our intellectual education because it impact not only this life but eternity. In times past people were instructed in what was right and wrong according to God’s principles. They were taught self-discipline and kindness as a cornerstone of their education. Society judged a person on how they valued and served others and a person of great character was considered a person of great worth. A society that cared for their old, theiryoung and those who were without were seen as great nations. But now we have seen the values of mercy, grace and compassion replaced with self-importance and the all-consuming need for financial gain. 

Matthew 15:11, 18 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. 

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. NKJ

If we learn to prioritizes our efforts and focus on the things that will affect eternity we will become a better people, a better nation and a better world. We would no longer allow money,prestige and selfishness to be our main focus but would make the hearts and souls of all mankind a priority.

Some people think they are the successful only if they have thebest of everything, the highest education, most expensive home, car or obtain great fame. Yet they lack in character, integrity and a since of compassion for others, because they have allowed their souls to be fed on the daily diet of greed, self-admiration and hate. This type of rage feeds the heart and produces self-absorption, narcissism and distrust of others. Their moral compass only points to conceit and looking to obtain more for self. None of this is part of our created purpose,which is to reflect the image of God, show His love and to love others. If hate and self-indulgence are all they allow their hearts to feed on it will only produce destruction.

Proverb 23:7a For as he thinks in his heart so is he…

More time should be given to the development of a person’s moral character and integrity, which allows them to make the best decisions for their life. Many people do not have the ability to allow the compass of their souls to point to the true north,which is the principles of God, His love and compassion for all mankind. 

Mark 12: 30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” NKJ

We must guard our hearts and those of our children as to what we allow them to view, hear and what enter their hearts. The tongue is a pen that writes on the hearts of people, especially the hearts of young children whose souls are open and geared to receive instruction. We should use our words to write songs of love and compassion, rather than hate in the hearts of people,because love is our God given calling. 

Psalm 45:1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. NKJ

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV

Crisis Reveals Character!

A crisis will only reveal what lies within us and what we really believe and will show our true values and ethics. Crisis does not make people do weird or abnormal things, it only provides the avenue for the true character to be exposed and uncovered. Crisis does not add anything to a person’s disposition, temperament or actions, it only creates an opportunity to exhibit what they have been embracing, concealing and harboring in their hearts all along.  

This nation is in a crisis of hate, anger and resentment. The toxic venom of hate, pride and anger and resentment has been unleashed upon this country. It has been spewed out upon every sector, city and culture and not in this nation only. As individuals, races and cultures lift their self-interest and the traditions of men above the word of God we see more disunity and divide. 

We see the fallout of that poison as it settles on every walk of life and creeps into the very fiber of our natural genetic makeup, as people rise up in fear, pride and hatred. In this crisis people’s true character and allegiance are being displayed. It is in crisis times that we see what is really important to people and at this time they display the effect and the consequences of their“little g” gods, that are really ruling their lives. 

Mark 7: 6-9 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This peoplehonors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. NKJ

This uprise in disunity and hate is just another ploy and strategy of Satan, the enemy of God to try and destroy the image of God in mankind. He is using the same coin to destroy humanity, just different sides to that coin. On one side he uses hate, pride, arrogance, entitlement and privilege to stir up hate. While on the other side he uses fear, resentment, bitterness and vengefulness to stir up hate and both sides lead to death and destruction. No matter which way the coin is tossed it falls upon self-centeredness, selfishness, self-pity and pride. It is all about self and not the love of God. If nothing changes the end result will be eternal destruction for whichever side one chosesto fall.

All these reactions are natural responses of fallen mankind as the result of sin in the garden and are the character traits of Satan which are pride, arrogance and destruction. The first reaction of fallen mankind was fear.  Fear is what Satan cultivates to get people to respond out of hate rather than lovethey were created to be.   The enemy also wants them to believe they are being personally attacked, through their life, theirfamily or possessions. Thereby, they feel they are justified in their position of un-forgiveness and hate which leads to destruction.

Romans 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.   For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” NKJ

Jesus came to restore what the enemy has stolen from us, the love of God, and to give us a new way of living, in the love and the truth of God’s word. Jesus proclaimed that He was the truth and the life and showed us how we are to come to God our Father through Him.

Jesus showed us that the way to the Father is through love of the brethren and to die to self. The only way, we can truly love our enemies and brothers is by the power of the Holy Spirit and dying to our self-interest, self-centeredness and pride. 

John 12: 24-25 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 

God has told us what He wants from His people; to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. 1. We are to do justly: that is to do the right thing and never stop even, if we are not treated justly. 2. We are to love mercy: to forgive everybody everything,because God has done the same in providing forgivenessfor us in all things. 3. We are to walk humbly with our God: to walk in humility we must die to self and this can only be done through trust in Jesus as our Savior and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

As we die to our self-interests we allow God to use us as His instruments of change in those around us and even to those who may be persecuting and mistreating us. We can trust God with our circumstances and with the outcome. 

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy,And to walk humbly with your God?

Most people judge according to their personal affinities, sympathies, cultures and traditions. That is why some people feel justified in their minds to hate and destroy others as a way to keep their place of high esteem and privilege. While others feel justified in their minds to seek vengeance, to live-in anger,hate or resentment because of what they or their culture haveexperienced. When the natural attractions rise above the spiritual truth of God, Satan wins the battle on both sides of that coin. 

The only way out of this downward spiral of degradation of pride, hate and resentment is through the love of God which is displayed in the life of Jesus. He displayed the love God has for the eternal soul of all humanity. The soul of a person is eternal and will live forever while the natural resemblances and likenesses that are seen in the flesh will die and cease to be. We should make a priority the things that are eternal, the souls of mankind, rather than the things that are passing away, race, ethnicity with is the flesh.

Let us pray for God to open our eyes to see the truth of His spiritual kingdom so that we may walk in His love. Also, that He will create in us a clean heart and right spirit that we may show His love and bring Him glory on the earth. 

2 Kings 6: 7 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Hearts of Fathers Turn Back to Their Children

The father’s relationship with his children is an important relationship because it represents God’s relationship as Father of mankind. The enemy attacks the office of father and their relationship with their children. This is so that those who never had a relationship with their father or had a poor one would grow up not knowing the true love of a father or to despise him.   Thereby, God’s role as a loving Father would be marred by the enemy and society. 

Many children have a yearning to be in a good relationship and to know their fathers, it is an innate desire given by God that byknowing their father and through that relationship they will come to know God as their heavenly Father. The office of father represents the relationship that God has with those who are born into the family of God through faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.  

Fathers are given the responsibility to bring up their children, to instruct, train and discipline tenderly with lovingkindness. Mothers are partners to help bring up their children in the instruction of the Lord. Both parents share the responsibility and liability for training their children in the ways of God. Not many women are named in the Bible but when it gave thegenecology of the kings and their origin, it would tell who theirfathers and mothers were and then would outline if they did evil or right in the eyes of the Lord. 

2 Kings 23: 31-32 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.  And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.   NKJ

We live in a fallen society and have an adversary that has come to attack and destroy the image of fathers and God’s love and purpose in the eyes of humanity. We see this attack on families for many generations where the fathers are separated from their homes and families. It is a deliberate strategy of the enemy to leave families without the covering and protection of the father that will leave their children desolate without hope, without instruction or training as to who they are and their created purpose.   

Colossian 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Ephesian 6:4 and you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Some fathers have become so self-centered and self-consumed,forsaking their children and families for their own personal gain and desires.  Historically, fatherless children were viewed by society as inferior with dubious origin because they were considered children who lack training, instruction and self-discipline that the fathers would give their children. Thereby,causing the child hurt, resentment and hatred toward the officeof father, one that should represent love, provision and protection.   Through Christ God has sent the Holy Spirit that He may teach and train us in the ways of our Heavenly Father so that we may be adopted into the family of God. 

Hebrews 12: 7-9 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?   But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.   Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

The family unit is what God created and wanted to use to restore the earth with His glory and to replenish the earth with His image. God did not leave us without hope and though somemay not have had a loving father in their life or a cruel and offensive one, our hope is in Christ whom God has sent.  The Holy Spirit can turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and also, restore the love of children to their fathers that they may know God the Father and become part of His loving family. Only God’s love and mercy through the power of the Holy Spirit can give us grace to forgive the wrongs and hurts we have experienced in this fallen world.  

Malachi 4:6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

This life is filled with challenges, difficulties and pain but God did not leave us comfortless, we have been given the Holy Spirit to comfort us and guide us through all things. We all willsuffer in this world because it is sin infested but through faith in Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit we can go through these challenges with hope. That is the difference between those who live without Christ, they become consumed with their own troubles and become disheartened with hate and resentment and without hope. 

 1 John 2:26-29  But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.  If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

In Christ we have a hope not only for this life but for the next life to be eternally with God our loving Father. We are of one family, children of God and need not fear or be ashamed of our beliefs and hope in Christ.

Acts 17:28 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

The Fallen World Vs Spiritual Kingdom:Training and Discipling of Our Children

Culture will usually dictate and set the norm for which we are educated and trained to interact within society.  It is the culture of a society that sets the values and philosophy for which a nation or people will live and govern their behavior. In many eastern cultures they still teach the spiritual principles of honoring parents and elders, while many western cultures have lost sight of the important of honoring parents. They no longertrain children in a manner that respects their parents, the elderly and those in authority. Honoring parents is the first commandment that gives us a promise of long life. 

Ephesians 6:2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. NKJV

When we fail to correct our children when they are young we see the impact in the amount of violence and death in the western societies as opposed to those in the eastern cultures.  It was reported that, older teenagers living in America face a high risk of becoming homicide victims while Asia reported the lowest rate of homicides. (

Something is profoundly amiss and wrong in the education and training of our young people in the western culture where they do not value life or have respect for authority. It was reported that high homicide rates are linked to lack of education and poverty and both speak to a fallen world system that values money and possessions more than human life and the eternal soul. 

The training and education of our children must start in the home using the Bible which is Creator’s manual to train and instruct. Only the Creator of mankind, who are triune beings, body, soul and spirit, can truly know and understand all the complexities of humanity. To neglect any part of a person can lead to their destruction. 

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

We are all born in a fallen world full of sin and it is our natural tendency to sin, hate and destroy. No one is born with the ability to live life successfully without instruction. A child must be taught how to walk, how to talk and how to navigate life in the society and culture in which they are living.  The enemy has set up systems and lies to prevent the discipline and correction of children that will only cause death and destruction to those created in God’s image. 

We see trends, values and laws being put into place that go against God’s truth and instruction.  Children are born with foolishness and we are to train them in the way they should go. Some parents are confused as to how to correct and direct their children because of what they are told by society and its rules. But their failure to correct their children at a young age will often time end with the government or the penal system correcting and disciplining them as adults. This is a system that the enemy has set up to use against God’s cherished creation whose purpose is to reflect His glory.  

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go,And when he is old he will not depart from it.

There is a philosophy of training children that says there should be no discipline nor should a child be told what they cannot do because they are individuals with their own choices. This is a ploy and a strategy of the enemy to kill, steal and destroy young people before they can truly understand the consequences of their choices. Some societies have safety nets that will help protect their children when they fall or falter and they may have the finances or connections to aid them but it is a privilege that not everyone has. 

Some parents are more concerned about their own comfort and desire to have a cozy relationship with their children, ratherthan to be the parent who is responsible for them and their future. The “no discipline” viewpoint alleviates the parents of their responsibility of instructing and correcting their children. There are also young parents who do not know how to parent. Some people would rather not go through the hassle of correcting their children because it is work and it takes effortand they become more concern about themselves and their comfort than their children.  

There are always extremes to every rule and we have seen or heard the horrors of child abuse and neglect as well as those who do not discipline at all with a child that is out of control. Both are of the enemy and are uses against those created in God’s image to have them afraid to correct their children properly. This fallen world would have us to give up and allow our children to live without instruct so that they are headed for ruin or destruction. 

Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

God is a God of order, judgement and authority and this is why He has given us His word to guide and instruct us on how we are to live. God is a good Father and He disciplines and corrects His children, those He love. He has given us the Holy Spirit as a Teacher and Counselor and we can ask the Holy Spirit for direction and guidance. 

Hebrews 12:5- 6 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

The rod of correction should be the word of God, it does not have to always be of a physical nature but the word of God can give instruction and correction where needed.  The person who do not discipline his child, the Bible says he hates his child.

Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

Hebrews 12:7-9 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?   But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.   Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. 

This fallen world will always say things that may seem right, they will say we should not discipline or correct our children and if you love them we would not chastise them.  The word of God tells us foolishness is bound in the heart of children and if we love them we will correct them and keep them from being disciplined by society and ending up in correctional institutions as adults. 

Proverbs 14:2, 12 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,
But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death. NKJ

It was God’s love that chose to discipline us that we may become His children and that we may have eternal life.  We too should love our children enough to be willing to beuncomfortable in our discipline of them but we can take comfort in that our children may live a thriving and abundant life. Parenting has never been easy; it is a constant giving of one’s self, but it is rewarding and fulfilling when we operate according to God’s spiritual kingdom ways. 

The word says it pleased the Father to bruise Jesus for He learned obedience through the things He suffered and because of His obedience we are able to become His children through faith in Christ. As parents and caregivers our actions and wordswill teach our children and young people how to treat us and those around them. They will learn either to have respect or contempt for others. 

No one enjoys being around a spoiled, self-consumed and egotistical person all of which comes naturally, it is the foolishness that is bound in the heart without discipline. Self-centered people are hard to live with because they only think of themselves at the cost of those around them.  However, people love to be around and in the company of those who are caring and compassionate toward others and this comes with the teaching of discipline, selflessness and generosity. 

Isaiah 53:10  Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

The gift of obedience is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children aside from salvation.

Suffering A Way to Learn Obedience

We have been trained by this fallen world system to think we should live life without difficulties or suffering. This thought has been cultivated in the minds of the masses so as to get them to question their lives, their purpose and God’s love for humanity. Suffering has been viewed as though something is wrong with the people suffering or that God is being harsh and unloving God. Yet the Bible tells us Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered. We should let His suffering be an example of how we should navigate and deal with life’s suffering.

Hebrews 5:7-9  (Jesus) who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,  though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.  And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 

In past times followers of Christ viewed suffering as a natural process of life that one would go through while acknowledging God’s Sovereignty and His will for their lives. Through this process we can learn to trust God with the outcome of our circumstances. That He will give us the strength to endure the hardship, to develop character and integrity while we go through the process. God’s word has always been clear on this subject, in this life we will have tribulation but we can go through them with optimism because of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

John 16:32-33 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me3 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus told us what to expect in this life, so that we would not be blinded by Satan’s lies and live in despair and self-pity but that we should trust Him. We are to learn how to have peace in whatever situation we are in by trusting in God’s goodness and His love for us. We have seen those who have experiencedoverwhelming challenges, pain and difficulties in their life and they still show sympathy and compassion to others. They did not let the things they went through define who they were or the love God has for them. Those who do not have this hope may go through the same challenges and pain and yet they becomebitter, disheartened or full of self-pity because their hope is in themselves and this life alone. 

1 Corinthians 15:19-23 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 

Through suffering we learn to view things from a spiritual perspective and through the knowledge of God’s spiritual kingdom on earth. If we assess this life through our natural affinities, sympathies and attractions, we as a people will be most miserable. In this life there is so much hate, wrong doing and destruction and without the hope of God through faith inChrist we could easily give up on this life and mankind. 

God did not create the suffering; it is the result of a fallen world and the schemes of the enemy to get people to feel anger and hate, while blaming God for their problems. It is Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy but Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The “might” rests witheach one of us. Jesus came and gave us the opportunity to live an abundant life but the choice remains with us.  The more we learn to trust and obey God’s word the more we are able to grow in character and in understanding of God’s will for our life and that He will bring us through this and our faith will glorify Him.  

John 9:1-3 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.  And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 

Life is about two choices, the fear of Satan or faith in God’s love. It is our choice to believe the lies of the enemy or the truthof God’s love. The question in every life situation is whose word will we believe? Satan speaks lies to invoke fear and Jesus speaks the truth of God’s love for us. Every person will face challenges in life, suffering and pain and there will bechoices as to whether they will operate in fear or love through faith. These choices will speak loudly as to what we truly believe and who we have faith in. When we walk in fear our actions say we do not trust God to be able to provide and protect us. When we wall in faith our actions will say, no matter what happens we trust God, though we may lose everything wecan still trust Him with the outcome of our life. 

Job13:15-16a Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.   He also shall be my salvation…

Christ is our example the first one to live this new life God created for His children. As He is so are we in this earth and we are to learn obedience through the things we suffer. Having faith in God, no matter what the enemy brings to us, believingGod will work it out for our good and His glory.  

Father open our eyes that we may see the spiritual things You are doing in our lives. Let us believe and have confidence in knowing that what the enemy meant for evil You will turn it for our good and Your glory. 

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 

2 Kings 6:16-17 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 

2 Peter 2:19,21 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.   For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:


Christian-Christianity – Has Become Confusing and Ambiguous Terms

The words Christian or Christianity have been hijacked by this world system. They have redefined these terms to mean a political view, old wives’ tales or a loyalty to the traditions of men and they have placed these above the word of God. The word Christian or Christianity has lost its resemblance to its original context as terms pertaining to; believing in, belongingto or being obedient to Jesus Christ. 

Some people hear the word Christian now and they are confused as to what it really means to those who call themselves Christians and yet they do not obey or follow Christ’s teaching. The word Christian is now being used to get people to do what is popular, what gives them an advantage orto line up with the tales and lies that have been told. Some people are now offended by the word Christian, because people who have identified themselves as one have acted with hatred, entitlement and violence. None of which Christ displayed in His life.

2 timothy 4:3-4 ​For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 

Mark 7:13 ​making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 ​But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it! NKJ

Christian was not a term given by God, He called us children of God, sons and daughters of the Most-High King. The name Christian was given to the followers of Christ by the people in Antioch. God called us children, that in itself defines who we are and our relationship with God our Father. There should benothing ambiguous or confusing about our relationship as a child of God and being in the family and household of God. We are Beloved children and are taught and nurtured by our Father so that we may resemble His likeness. 

Acts 11:26b​ And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Galatians 3:26-28 – ​or you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. NKJ

The Satan is subtle, shrewd, elusive and deceptive, he has caused many to believe his lies and cause them to put more trust and loyalty into their finances, nationality and ethnicity than they do in the word of God.  We all have been taught the same thing by a fallen world system that says we should contend and compete for high positions and influence. This is done through a process that systematically sets up the downfall of some while giving status and influence to others. Some men proclaim they are of God and speak with eloquent words and yet they speak lies and promote hate without showing the love and compassion God has for the people. 

2 Corinthians 11:3,13-15 ​​But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.  And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Every person has been given a hand from which they must live and as a result of their choices and actions in life they willbecome the person they choose to be. Some people want to blame God for giving them a bad hand and placing them in poor circumstances. It may appear as though they have a bad life because they are hated for their ethnicity or social status but God has also given them the tools and the means to be successful in the kingdom of God on the earth. 

God has dealt each one of us the hand that we have, however dismal it may appear and He has also given us the ability to win with the hand that we have been given. God has given to every follower of Christ the Holy Spirit who will teach, instruct and lead us in all truth and God’s abundant life.

Jeremiah 29:11-12​​For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. NKJ

God’s truth is a rare commodity in that it has been hidden from the eyes of fallen humanity by the dark prince of this age, Satan, who has blinded their eyes to the light and the truth of God’s gospel. We all have been taught to believe these lies and were in darkness until God expose the lies and then we can examine them with the light of His truth through His word. 

2 Corinthians 4:3-4  ​but even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,  whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. NKJ

Few people take the time to question their own belief systems regarding their ethnicity or their socioeconomic status to see if what they believe line up with God’s truth. When followers of Christ receive the Holy Spirit, God begins to reveal truths in His word and then a decision must be made. This is where those who call themselves Christians and true followers of Christ will part ways. 

Those who call themselves Christians but still ignore God’s word to follow after their own self-interests to protect their social status and privilege are not true Christian and Christ isnot their Lord. Followers of Christ will allow the Holy Spirit to press in and crush their old ways and change their way of thinking so to be transformed into the image of Jesus, becoming true followers of Christ. 

Matthew 7:21​ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. NKJ

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. NKJ

To Go After God’s Own Heart

Can a man who has raped another man’s wife, had him killedand then take his wife, can such a person be saved? Not only can he be saved but he can be transformed into a person who walks uprightly and can become a person who seeks God’s heart. David was the king of Israel who took Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, and laid with her and had Uriah killed and thentook Bathsheba for his wife. Yet, God called David a man after His own heart, and some people would ask why?

David a man after God’s heart began as a shepherd who song praises and worshiped God while caring for the sheep. He wasoverlooked when the prophet Samuel came to his father’s houseand all of the sons were called to the feast but David. He was in the field with the sheep and yet his spirit was one that praised and worshiped God. A heart of worship and praise to God in private can catapult a person from obscurity into a state of influence, just as David went from being keeper of the sheep to being anointed the next king of Israel. 

1 Samuel 16:11,13 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not [a]sit down till he comes here.”  13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. NKJ

David was a man who believed God’s word to be true and sought God’s guidance in his battles. Though David was anointed to be the next king of Israel he did not take it upon himself to take the kingdom from Saul. Instead he hid himself from Saul, who was trying to kill him and continued to fightagainst the enemies of Israel. David waited on the Lord to give him the kingdom He had promised, though it took many years, David trusted God’s faithfulness.  

1 Samuel 26: 23  May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. NKJ

David was a man who trusted God to avenge him from wrongdoings. In the natural we would think David had every right to slay Saul because he was trying to kill him.  David had respect for the anointing of God that was once placed on Saul and would not kill him, though David had several chances to kill Saul, he refused. When David’s men spoke of stoning him because they were greatly distressed at the loss of their families, David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 

1 Samuel 30:6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

When Nabal, who was a harsh man and evil in his doings,ridiculed David and his servant David went with the intent to slay Nabal and his household.  Godly counsel was given to David and he turned away from avenging himself, and God avenged David in that Nabal died days later. 

1 Samuel 25:33  And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. NKJ

David was a man who humbled himself before God. He esteemed the word and the ark of God greater than his own reputation. When the ark of God was brought into the city of David he danced like a wild man before it in worship to God. He did not care what people would say about him, though he was the king, David did not restrain or hinder his praise and worship to God. David would rather appear to be made low in his own eyes for God’s glory. Some people are more concerned about their own status and reputation than they are the glory of God. David put God above his appearance and the perception other people had of him.

2 Samuel 6:21-22  So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.  And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” NKJ

David was a man who worshiped and praised God and acknowledged God for His goodness and faithfulness to him.David wrote most of the Psalms in the Bible which was the hymnbook of the Old Testament. The Psalms are songs of praise and worship to God as they recognize God’s love and provision for His people. God inhabits the praises of His people therefore He is always close by those who praise and worship Him. 

2 Samuel 7: 22   Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. NKJ

David sought God direct his steps in his battles, yet when it came to his personal life he acted or reacted out of selfishness, self-interest and greed. But when David was confronted with his sin against Bathsheba and Uriah he was quick to acknowledge his wrong doing and submitted himself to God’s judgement. 

God is more concerned about our present and our future than our past. Though David had done wrong, he turned and acknowledge his sins and committed himself to the Lord. 

2 Samuel 12:13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. NKJ

Acts 13:22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ NKJ

We too can be a person after God’s own heart:

We can be a person who believe God’s word is true and to be quick to turn and obey God. 

We can be a person who praises and worships God continuouslyand seek His direction. 

We can become a person of humility not seeking to be exalt or avenge ourselves.

We can trust God’s love for us and believe in His faithfulness toward us.

In Christ We Are More Than Conquerors

Christ came and died that we might have an abundant life, not just a mediocre life, one where we are barely getting by, but life that is overflowing with God’s goodness, grace and mercy. But our minds have been trained to think otherwise. This is not to say that we will not go through some trials, testing or hard times but God in His faithfulness and mercy will see us through it victoriously. It takes time and faith in the power of the Holy Spirit for us to accept that God will see us through every challenge and He wants us to live an abundant life to live out His promises in our lives.  

We should ask God to change our habits and redirect our thoughts to lineup with His word. That we may standfast in the midst of these challenges, trials that come to test our faith to see if we believe earnestly the truths we received. We must learn how to navigate these situations in such a manner that we trust God and His faithfulness and we will know that we are able to be victorious and more than conquerors in the trials and hardships that we go through.  

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.NKJ

God’s tender mercies and grace saw us in our ruin and debased state and sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to rescue us. The love of God is at the beginning of every love story, every love song, every rag to riches story, in every low-class person being transformed into one of affluence.  Jesus coming to save and rescue us from the evil one is in every story that has been told of a person being liberated and rescued.  Some people have seen hard times in their life experiences, which have battered their conscious into a negative view of themselves and others. Their perception of life is negative and painful and because of their past hurts some refuse to receive the light of God’s truthand forgiveness. God has shown us His love through the majestic, beauty and abundance of His creations on the earthand in the heavens. We see the love, mercy and forgiveness of God in every love story where hearts learn to turn from hate and to love someone other than themselves.

Romans 1:20-22 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, NKJ

It is Christ living in us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that gives us the grace of God, which enables us to love others truly and deeply.  True followers of Christ will display a greater love than those who are selfish and who are in need of immediate gratification. Followers of Christ will put the salvation and the love for others first.   We have been enriched by Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in all utterance and knowledge that we may know how to speak a word of truth in love. 

1 Corinthians 1: 4-9  I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,  even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,  so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. NKJ

Some people will hurt, wound or offend others with their words calling it truth to make a point or to show their knowledge. Truth without love is brutal and cruel. We have not been called to be vicious or callous for the sake of making a point. We were given a new command to love one another as Christ loved usand gave Himself for us. Prior to Christ, man could only love others to the level that they themselves have loved.  Mankind can be narcissistic with an inflated sense of self-importance, which limits their ability to love others well.   Love is to be above all other schemes, agendas or fixations. If we cannot speak a truth without love we should wait before God and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us and show us how to speak this truth with the love of God. 

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. NKJ

Some people may have the gift of speaking like an angel, or able to give a word of prophecy, or may have a great understanding and knowledge of the Bible. But if they speak or minister without a kind and loving heart it will not profit them anything.  Love is patient with other so that it may show kindness and considerations to others. We should be watchful of our words before speaking to ensure that our speech is from a position of love. We are not to speak to make our point or to show we were right in our knowledge of the word. God is more concerned for the souls of men than He is with people making a point or displaying their knowledge.  

1 Corinthians 13:1-4   Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body ]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; NKJ 

Abundant life is in Christ and it is in Him that we live our everyday lives with changes, progress and development that creates in us a new nature which is the essence of our life in Christ. Through faith we become children of God in the familyof the Most-High King and our nature is being changed to be more like Christ. 

Act 17:28 For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ NKJ

This life will have its challenges, its trials and the testing of our faith but when we operate according to God’s kingdom principles we will be more than a conqueror.  A conqueror is one who goes to battle and defeat his foe, but we are more than a conqueror, because we did not even have to fight the battle,Christ died at the cross and yet we are more than victors. 

Romans 8:37-39 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJ

To Witness and Testify for God on the Earth

God has always wanted to be in a relationship with mankind. In the beginning He created mankind to be like Himself, to rule, reign and have dominion over the world that He created so Hewould be in relationship and fellowship with them. Sin broke that relationship and destroyed man as he was created, causing the world to be in confusion and under the authority of Satan. But God gave a promise that a Savior would come and bruisethe serpent’s head and regain authority over God’s kingdom.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between you seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” NKJ

God is always looking to commune with mankind and He wantsto have a person on the earth to testify and speak of His truthand His way to world. Just as Abel, Noah, Israel and the followers of Christ have done and will continue to do.   Godkept His promise by sending Jesus, who through His life, death and resurrection restored humanity back into a relationship and family of God. Jesus also restored God’s kingdom here on earth. 

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. NKJ

Prior to Jesus’ birth people were living and walking in darkness not fully aware of their depraved and corrupt conditions. God has always had a person on the earth to show the world His light and He had given to Israel His word and a vision of Himself. God called them as a nation to be an example and testimony to His relationship with mankind on the earth. They were to show humanity how-to live-in fellowship and serve the true and living God as their Lord and King. While some people were converted in their time, the nation of Israel fell short and failed to display God’s majesty, love and compassion to a world who was in desperate need of God’s grace and mercy.

Exodus 19: 5-6 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” NKJ

The Kingdom of God is increasing with every person that enters into the family of God through the belief and confession of faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The knowledge of God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit gives us the authority and understanding of how we should transact business and operate successfully in God’s kingdom. When weeffectively operate according to God’s principles and ways wedisplayed the power of God and become a living witness and testimony to the reality of who He is. 

Some people are doing evil because they are still in darkness and the light of God’s word has not entered into their lives.They only know what they have seen and heard in the depravedstate of destruction and death that they live in. God is sending His people into dark places to be the light of Christ that othersmay see and know a different way. We as followers of Christ may be the only Bible some people may ever witness. The world knows how to hate, how to kill, steal and destroy but we are to be witnesses to the love of God, the mercy of God and the forgiveness of God on the earth. This is done through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, when we consciously and continuously ask God to give us the power to forgive and show His mercy. We are to trust in God to do justly and allow Him tovindicate us according to His perfect will and not out of our selfish desire for revenge. 

Luke 21:12-13 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. NKJ

Jesus is still calling His followers to be His witness on the earth. Jesus’ call is for us to be a witness at home first, as He told the disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem. Then we are to be witness in our communities and nation as He told them to go to Judea and to Samaria and also to be witnesses throughout the world to the end of the earth. Some people would rather be a witness to their nation and to the world but because of hurt and pain done by their family they refuse to forgive and love at home.

According to the directive of Christ, charity begins at home and then spreads abroad.  One thing we must be witnesses to is the love of God that is shown through the mercy, grace and forgiveness we give to one another. 

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” NKJ

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 

John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciple, if you have love for one another.” NKJ

God is still making kings and priests of His people that they may be a witness and a testimony of His love. A king is one who protects their kingdom, increase the wealth and takes care of the poor by redistributing wealth as necessary.  A priest is one who comes before God to be a mediator and intercessor for the people. True followers of Christ are still advancing the kingdom of God, redistributing their wealth to others in need, praying to God for the salvation of others, while living a life that represents Him well as a witness on the earth.   

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; NKJ

The Lord Requires Us to Love Mercy

God wants us to love mercy, not just to be alright with it or just suggest that someone be shown mercy. We are told to have passion, devotion and tenderness toward mercy which is an act of showing forgiveness or clemency.  We are to be delighted when someone is shown forgiveness and is not disciplined or given the hardest reprimand allowed because of their error, as true followers of Christ we rejoice in God’s mercy. 

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? NKJ

We often see people who want to seek revenge or demand an eye for an eye when it comes to their injuries or injustices. Some people feel they are justified in wanting harsh penaltiesof others because of what they have experienced or seen in how others were treated differently.  They want just as much, if not more punishment to be given to the perpetrator or violator. Some people are punished harshly because of their class, culture or socioeconomic background and they somehow feel cheated.  This is all part of the pride of life, in that we want to be esteemed as great as others or at least vindicated to the same extent. But we are called to love mercy in whatever form it may arise, knowing God is the ultimate judge who judges justly. 

1 Peter2:23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. NKJ

God has shown us His way, which is to do justly. That is, we are to give everyone impartial treatment as it pertains to usdoing the right thing for the right reasons, to walk truthfully and in integrity, without looking for it in return. That is the requirement that we are to set for ourselves. We are to love mercy; we should be devoted to showing forgiveness and celebrate it with passionate, open-hearted gladness when it is shown to others. We should not seek out punishment toward others, but should always look to show mercy and forgiveness no matter the situation, as God has forgiven us. 

Jesus showed us how-to walk-in mercy and forgiveness. On the night Jesus was betrayed He washed the feet of His disciples including the one who betrayed Him, to be put to death. Jesus gave broken bread to those who were with Him as a symbol of His body that would be broken for them and He poured the wine as a representation of His blood that would be poured outfor humanity.  We are told to remember Christ every time we take part in the act of communion, the one who gave His life for many. For this reason, God requires mercy of His children. 

1 Corinthians 11:24-25 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” NKJ

In this western culture most people are judged by the standards of those around them, also that which is popular is allowed to determine what is perceived to be right and socially acceptable. We are now seeing a constant clamoring for greater punishment and penalties for some of the more minor offences.  Most people find it hard to show God’s loving kindness and His tender mercies toward others. Forgiveness is paramount with God; it is a chief and dominant thing because it is an expression of His love. 

Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  

To love mercy and forgiveness is a lifestyle, a way of life that we choose to live and it is a practiced skill. To constantly show mercy and forgiveness is something we learn and exercise over time until it becomes second nature to us. Just as any new skill or talent in which we want to become competent or good at, it takes time and the constant repetition until we becomeproficient. We must change the way we view and judge others so that we may line up with God’s kingdom principle of mercy and forgiveness. The world may give limited mercy and forgiveness but Jesus told Peter to forgive seven times seventy, (490) that is so many times that we will not be able to keep track of the number of times we offer forgiveness. 

Matthew 18:22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven time, but up to seventy times seven. NKJ

Matthew 18:32-35 Then the master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” NKJ

To love mercy is required by God of His Children. God’s love and mercy was shown to us at a great cost to God, the death of His Son Jesus on the cross. In comparison, it is a small thing for us to show mercy and love to those who have wronged us but ittakes dying to self and pride and also humbling of ourselves before God. 

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? EVS

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