Archive for June, 2012

Lets Praise the Lord

Does God need our praise? No, certainly not! However, God, the creator, does desire our praise and has been seeking it since the creation. Ps 150:6 asserts, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” (NKJV) Ps 145:3 adds, “The Lord is great and worthy of our praise; no one can understand how great he is.” (NCV) Don’t know what to praise God for, let me give you just a few reasons that I praise Him (in no particular order)…feel free to add to my list then pass it on to others.

I praise you Lord for life, sight, hearing, health, strength, control of my body, family, food, clothing, shelter, love, the ability to reason, friends, transportation, my job, joy, peace, faith, recreation, laughter, the ability to smell, mobility, prayers requested on my behalf, friends, money, hugs, kisses, happiness, the gift of salvation, education, nature, comfort, my wife, my daughter, my unborn child, words of encouragement, kindness from strangers, the gospel of Jesus Christ, care from loved ones, memories, communication, companionship, wellbeing, celebrations, challenges (they build faith), patience, hope, the ability to taste, God’s guidance, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, good times, physical blessings, spiritual blessings, safety, protection, deliverance, liberty in Christ Jesus, music, songs, singing, art, trust, forgiveness, God’s availability, the Holy Spirit, the bible, good counsel, technology, smiles, the Church, the goodness of God, the ability to give Him praise in many ways…

Will you praise Him? Keep in mind that more time spent praising God leaves less time to murmur and complain. God not only desires your praise, as aforementioned, He deserves your praise. If He never blesses you again (though being able to read this blog is a blessing in itself), He is still worthy of all the praise that you could give! Bless the Lord, for He has truly blessed you!

MD 6/25/12


Activating Faith

“God can do the impossible only if you believe He specializes in doing big things. God can do the impossible, anything that you need, just get your eyes off of things that you see. God can do the impossible!” -Da’ T.R.U.T.H song titled Impossible

The Christian who is living by faith in a world whose motto is “seeing is believing,” has a daunting but necessary task, that is, to put complete trust in the One true God whom he can’t see in all situations at all times. Faith is as vital to the Christian’s spiritual wellbeing as food is for one’s physical health; consider what Hebrews chapter 11 has to say on the matter. Though nothing is impossible for God, Heb 11:6 reveals that it’s impossible to please God, the One who can do all things, without faith. While many people will claim to have faith, their actions often suggest otherwise when a situation arises that challenges their comfort. If one hopes to have the abundant life, as presented in John 10:10, he or she must not talk about their faith only, but demonstrate it before God and others, especially during the more difficult times. Consistently making the tough decisions, the ones that distinguish the Christian warriors from the consistent worriers and true believers from truly belligerent, requires faith, not a faith, that is dead, but one that is coupled with actions! This active faith can be seen in James 2:18 which says, “But someone may well say you have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works and I will show you my faith by my works.” (NASB) Heb 10:38-39 asserts, “…but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” (ESV) Take full advantage of every opportunity to put your faith into action and rid yourself of stress and worry about things you have no control. Remember, the one that you love, follow, and serve, Christians, is in full control because He has power and authority over ALL things. Activate your faith, let go and let God!

MD 6/15/12

The hard decisions

I truly believe that anyone who claims to be a Christian will come across a situation(s) at some point in their lives that will test the integrity of their Christianity and faith. I’m not referring to decisions such as whether or not to attend worship services because of a slight cough and mild headache, or determining if it’s feasible to attend a social event because of the abundance of alcohol (and other such temptations) that is likely to be present; I’m referencing situations that are much more difficult. As a Christian, what do you do when your values and obedience to Christ may cause you to be ostracized by your closest kinfolk; wife, husband, mother, father, sister, brother, best friend, etc? Do you compromise your faith and relationship with God to appease people? Do you walk away from your job, career, and money when you’ve come to clearly see that your company’s code of ethics is contrary to God’s standards for righteous living? Do you attempt to justify yourself and make God’s word “fit” your response to the situation by any means necessary, or do you trust that God will sustain you despite the evil looks and unfair treatment you may get from others if you follow His will? Surely, all those who will live Godly will suffer persecution (2 Tim 3:12); for the true Christian, suffering is inevitable. In fact, according to Hebrews 5:8, even Jesus, God’s own son, learned obedience through the things He suffered. Christians, undoubtedly, will have difficult decisions to make in life; the faith that one displays during these tough times is necessary for that Christian to mature spiritually. As long as “so-called” Christians try to take the easy way out or make decisions based on how people will respond rather than base their thoughts, speech, and actions on what God has revealed through His word, they can’t expect to receive much in return from God. “So that God would get the glory,” should be the motto and motive driving the lives of Christians; aiming to please people or validate oneself will ultimately cause one to be excluded from the presence of God when all is said and done!

MD 6/11/12

As a Matter of Fact…

I’ve always been amazed with people who can remember so many different facts, statistics, and other detailed information about people, events, or things; people who are keen on various sports and player statistics are especially impressive to me. A good friend of mine is like a human sports encyclopedia; he can seemingly recall the name and statistics of male and female sports figures, past, present, and prospective without hesitation.  I know others (myself included) who know and can speak  some information regarding sports but their knowledge is limited and they’re more opinionated than they’re accurate; they may have an interest in some sports but they’re not committed to them like my friend is. Still, others couldn’t care less about sports or anything sports related, but may be enthusiastic about other such things…to each his/her own.

The same is true with Christianity. Some people are truly knowledgeable and wise concerning the teachings and example of Christ and are committed to discerning and fulfilling the will of God through study of the scriptures and righteous living. Some have a limited knowledge of God’s word and his will; they may have attended a few bible classes here and there or they hold the words of those they consider to be spiritual as truth and pass it on as such. These people are usually more opinionated than they are knowledgeable about the word of God; little of what they say regarding spiritual matters is fact. Still others couldn’t care less about Jesus Christ, salvation, and the will/word of God; they are considered atheists or Christian antagonists. Though I find those who have random bits of information stored regarding various sports figures and such to be interesting, I am truly fond of those who are married to Christ and committed to serving the Lord; I, too, am part of this fine group of people that make up the body of Christ. The apostle Paul tells Timothy (his son in the faith), “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.” (2 Tim 2:15, NASB) While sports statistics and related opinions are not necessarily considered the “worldly and empty chatter,” that Paul was referring to, true Christians recognize that when compared to God, everything else (sports, events, people, etc.) is worthless; what is important, however, is being attentive to the will of God and being approved by Him as one who is diligent and able to appropriately apply and present His word. Fact of the matter is, God desires that you commit yourself to thinking, saying, and doing those things that will give Him the glory; this was the very reason in which you were created. The Wise King Solomon concludes, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear Godand keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Eccl. 12:13, NIV) If you can retain volumes of information regarding sports and cannot set aside any time to determine what the word of God says, you’re doing a disservice to God and placing your soul in jeopardy! Let’s go with Knowing God’s Word for 1,000 Alex!

MD 6/1/12