NOT ALL SAINTS ARE CHRIST’S!!

NOT ALL SAINTS ARE CHRIST’S!!

Do I have your attention? Good now that I do let me explain my statement before y’all accuse me of being a heretic.

You see, some saints haven’t given THEMSELVES to Him
Romans 12:1-2 KJV
“1.I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

But those who have given themselves to Him are sanctified
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 KJV
“3.For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4.That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

You see, at this point the saint has reckoned the old man to be “dead indeed unto sin” (Romans 6:11). They are walking “in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25), and so have crucified the flesh (outward sanctification) with the affections and lusts (inward sanctification) II Corinthians 7:1

So knowing all of this the question I would pose to you and me is this, ARE WE (THE CHILDREN OF GOD) CHRIST’S? Have we given our lives wholly and completely to Him? Matthew 16:24 talks about the Christian taking up his cross and following Him. In order to do this we MUST “deny himself” – die to self and the world, in order to live unto Christ. God bless you all.

Adapted from the book ‘The just shall live by faith’ by Dr M.H. Tabb

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Christians, REFOCUS!!

I may be wrong but it seems that our eyes are the gateway to many of the sins in our lives. Each individual is different but human nature is pretty much the same across the board. This began way back in the garden of Eden when Eve looked at the forbidden fruit (Gen 3:6).
So my question is, how do we avoid this calamity in our lives? I think the answer is relatively simple. We must change the things we ‘look’ at. 

#1. Heb 12:2 KJV “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Looking unto Jesus as our example would truly make dramatic changes in our daily lives.

#2. Titus 2:13 KJV “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Anytime the Bible talks about the ‘blessed hope’ it is referring to the soon return of Jesus. If we lived our lives as if Jesus might reurn tomorrow I can guarantee we would change quite a few things. 

#3. Phil 2:4 KJV “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

This has got to be the most selfish generation that has ever existed. Everything is centered around self/instant gratification. Imagine the difference it would make if we woke up in the morning and prayed to God that he would allow someone to cross our path whom we could help. 

#4. II Cor 4:18 KJV “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

We are consumed with temporal things. If we would shift that focus to eternal/spiritual things I truly believe our eyes wouldn’t get us in so much stinking trouble. 

I hope that this encourages you in some small way. Temptation is part of our sin nature and is extremely difficult to deal with, especially without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. By changing our focus we can stop feeding the pleasures of the flesh. May God bless and keep you all.

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Shall we continue in sin?

My dearly beloved fellow Christians (all those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior). This simple message is for you. I’d like to direct, very briefly, your attention to

Romans 6:1-2 KJV 
1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

My (actually God’s) message tonight is very simple. If we are ‘dead to sin’, why do we keep trying to live in sin?

I Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV

9. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

This list is who we were…..not what we are now. Now we are ‘new creatures’. I suggest we start living like it.

God bless you all. Have a wonderful week!!

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“The Once Good Sailor” a story of God’s unfailing love and mercy.

I’m gonna tell y’all a story. A story of God’s amazing grace and mercy. Ya see there was once a sailor…he was I reckon an ordinary sailor, ordinary but good. He loved his job and performed it above reproach. But it so happens that this sailor kinda lost his way and began abusing alcohol and yup you guessed it, drug usage. Somehow he managed to scrape by with an honorable discharge but from there his life took on a pretty rough course. No fair winds and following seas for this sailor. Nope, he went straight into a life of cocaine usage which led ultimately to an addiction to meth (or what y’all might know as ICE). Let me lay it on you straight…this stuff will wreck the strongest person, it is highly addictive and almost impossible to live without once your hooked. After a couple of near death experiences due to overdose this once good sailor decided that no longer would meth control him but he would “control the meth”. Yea, that’s a really smart idea right? Well, whoever heard of a smart addict? I keep referring to this individual as a “once good sailor”, am I making excuses for him? Like perhaps his time served in military service had something to do with his constant drug usage? I most certainly AM NOT!!! Consequences and repercussions, we are all responsible fer the choices we make and if we are to move on we cannot place the blame on anyone but ourselves. AND THAT’S THE TRUTH. The education systems would have our children believe that we are the victims of our surroundings, well this is an all out lie perpetrated by Satan himself. After being arrested and spending some time in county to dry out this once good sailor gets out with every intention on walking the right path…..yea, that lasted all of about 6 hours before he was up to his old ways. Perhaps a change of scenery would suffice? He moves and his addiction moves with him. Keep in mind that this once good sailor was saved and a child of God. That’s important to know cause you’re about to hear, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story”

This once good sailor was called to preach at the age of ten, but at the age of 17 decided to rebel and much like the prophet Jonah he hopped on a ship and got as far away from his calling as he could. This once good sailor defamed the precious name of his Lord and Savior time and time again. And each time it got a little easier as he quenched the voice of the Holy Spirit. Well, this once good sailor made his way to Texas after travelling the world over it seems that God finally got through to him. And boy did He ever. It came down to a conversation between said sailor and God. It went something like this, “Paul, if you don’t stop living the way that you are living I’m going to take you out of this world.” You wanna get somebody’s attention? It’s easy, just tell them they’re about to die….yup, that’ll do tha trick. And fer all you folks who think that it’s impossible to break the chains of addiction let me tell you about a once good sailor who sobered up in 5 minutes flat. No withdrawals, no shaking and cravings….just flat out quit COLD TURKEY.

Well I reckon by this time you’ve already figured out that I’m that once good sailor and if you’ve read my blogs you know that I am not the man I used to be. God has given me so many chances and I wish to do all I can to never let Him down again. Since my arrival in Texas almost 12 years ago God has blessed me with a wife and son, a ministry at my local church, a full time job and a worldwide family of Christian brothers and sisters. Sometimes Satan throws my past in my face and tells me I ain’t good enough to serve God because of my past…..to that I reply “what past?” Because of my past I am able to minister to the youth of my church, I know what the world offers and I also know the consequences of such actions. All I know is that I serve a powerful, no… the All Powerful, God and He is able to change and transform anyone.

SO, TO ALL OF YOU GOOD FOLKS WHO SAY THAT YOU AIN’T GOOD ENOUGH, OR THAT GOD CAN’T USE YOU. I SAY TO YOU, “GOD LOVES YOU AND HE CAN DO ANYTHING” DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED.

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REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND!

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Matt. 3:4 KJV “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

I Jn 1:9 KJV ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Acts 3:19 KJV “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”

Once again I haven’t written any thing fer a while. My life has been, good Lord, hectic to say the very least. Juggling family, church, work and political activity to say I’ve been busy would be an understatement. But I come to ya’ll tonight with a message that the Lord shared with me through my wonderful son. On any given evening after dinner and before bed time our family of three gathers around each other to share what’s happened throughout the day and to spend some time in devotions together then followed by prayer. (they say the family that prays together, stays together. And after 10 years of marriage I can testify to that truth…..also there is documented evidence of the same.)

biblestudytools.com “The old adage, “The family that prays together stays together,” received some additional credence this week. A survey by the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that adolescents ages 12 to 14 reared in religious households are more likely than their peers from nonreligious families to admire their mother and father, to not run away from home, to eat dinner with their parents and to have Mom and Dad involved in their social lives.”

Well anyways, we were done with devotions the other evening and were praying together. I had shared that evening about how we should confess our sins to the Lord in order to keep our hearts pure before Him. Well, my son was praying and I was listening in on the conversation when I noticed a trend in what he was sayin. “Dear Lord help me to not get angry…..dear Lord help me to not fight with my friends…..dear Lord help me to respect my parents….” I’m not making this up that is almost verbatim what he prayed that night. As he closed his prayer the Lord smacked me in the head and said, “how many times have you asked fer help instead of asking fer forgiveness?” I thought about this all the next day till I had a head ache the size of the state I live in (yup that’s Texas) and I came to the conclusion that askin fer help (while there ain’t nothin wrong with that) is entirely something different from askin fer forgiveness. I really don’t think that God can or will help us until we first repent of the thing that is separating us from His presence.

Now all that bein said I reckon I should clarify something fer you guys…..I never once criticized my son fer his prayer. At ten years old he is just speaking his heart to the Lord and I would never wish to discourage him in any way. When he prays sincerely it is so moving and wonderful, and unless you have children you probably wouldn’t understand this emotion.

I WOULD CLOSE THIS BLOG BY ENCOURAGING YA’LL TO SHARE SOME TIME EVERY DAY AS A FAMILY. #1 AMONGST YOURSELVES & #2 TOGETHER AS A FAMILY WITH GOD. I’VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I’LL SAY IT A HUNDRED MORE TIMES. THIS COUNTRY AIN’T A GONNA FIX ITSELF…..IT’S GOTTA START IN OUR HOMES…

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THE LETTERS

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I heard tell today a beautiful story. A story of love and a story of betrayal. A story with a message so powerful I felt obliged to pass it on. In a time when we are focused on politics and government I reckon its a good thing to hear a story such as this to bring our attention back on the reality of what is most important in our lives.
The time of this story is, well let’s just say, a long time ago. Before social media and emails, before cell phones and lap tops. Once upon a time folks relied on somethin called snail mail fer long distance communication. Ahhhh, letters….a long lost art. And the characters in this story you ask? A young lady, a mailman and a young farmer….oh you’ve heard this story ya say? Well I hadn’t so let’s not spoil the ending shall we. It seems that both the young suitors were madly in love with the young lady and were both courting her….courting, what tha heck is that? Yup, courting, another long lost art form. Before “dating” young gentlemen would court their prospective wives under the supervision of the parents……hmmmmm there was very little teen pregnancy in these days, but that’s a different story fer a different day. Anyhow, it seems the young farmer fell upon terrible times and had to move to the city to make ends meet…and, the story goes, he did very well in the city. As the days drew into weeks and the weeks to months the young man wrote letter after letter to the young woman expressing his unending love fer her and his passionate desire to make her his wife. This went on fer an entire year without a single reply from the lady. Finally in despair and grief the former farmer, now big city boy cut his losses with a broken heart. He never wrote another letter and just assumed that she was gone forever. Many years later the ladies daughter was overheard tellin the story of the two young suitors….”What ever happened to the farmer boy?” asked the recipient. The daughter replied, “We have no idea, he left town and was never heard from again”.

Looking back we know the reality and truth….the 2nd suitor was a mailman and those love letters never made it to her hands and heart. Now is this story real? Is it folklore or urban legend? I don’t reckon we’ll ever know. I know its more than possible that this happened, probably on more than one occasion and under multiple circumstances. But herein lies the real question……HOW MANY OF GOD’S LOVE LETTERS TO US ARE ROBBED AND DENIED US BY MATERIAL THINGS AND INCONSEQUENTIAL DO-DADS? WE CAN’T ALLOW THE CARES OF THIS WORLD TO SEPARATE US FROM GOD AND STRIP AWAY THE ETERNAL BLESSINGS FROM OUR HEAVENLY FATHER..

credits to @Apache_rider fer sharing this story with me….I’m sure I butchered it entirely, but the message remains true.

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