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The World is a grand buffet arrayed in every way to appease the eyes of its onlookers. The aroma is appetizing and it lures us into its grasp with ease. We go into the world gorging ourselves day after day and scraping the plate of our pleasure yet returning to our bed at night with an empty stomach.
 

The food we allow into our soul daily looks fulfilling yet lacks sustenance. The gaping hole left barren within every human soul can’t be filled with the finger food of sin. Drugs, sex, fame, and status all serve as appetizers yet never quench the hunger of man.
 

The bible says that the wages or payment of sin is death. There is a never ending thirst when your drink of choice is sin. While the world offers what looks good yet doesn’t satisfy, God has a menu of His own that provides eternal satisfaction.
 

In the scriptures we see that bread is often used to typify the body of Christ that was given as a substitutional sacrifice for the sins of man. In the book of John Chapter 6 vs 35 it reads;
 
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
 

Here The Lord was telling the Jews that He indeed is the true bread that came from heaven which was typified by the manna or wafer like substance that fell from heaven in exodus to feed the Jews coming out of Egypt. That bread was for the physical body and was a temporal supplement yet Jesus Himself is an eternal sustenance for the soul of man.We could speculate that this wafer like substance wasn’t much for taste or appeasing to the eyes yet it was what the Jews needed to survive.
 

When a sinner looks at salvation they often judge by their carnal sight opposed to believing what the scriptures say. They feel that they will be miserable, uptight, and a blind follower of a belief that only takes and doesn’t give. The issue is that they couldn’t be more misled. God so loved the world that He gave. The sacrifices the believer makes to follow Christ give more then take. This same misconception occurs when we walk by sight opposed to faith.
 

We then see the captor which is Satan as the deliverer and the deliver who is Jesus Christ as the captor. This is all because of how things look opposed to what they actually are. This allows the sinner to eat dumpster food disguised as a gourmet meal. The sinner looks for quantity and overlooks quality.
 

Water in scripture also typifies Jesus in the Spirit which we know as the Holy Spirit. The water that sprung forth from the rock at Horeb in Exodus symbolizes the sacrifice of Jesus bringing about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:13 & 14 that

“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again..But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
 

The Holy Spirit is the best drink in the house. Many prefer coolaid, punch, lemonade, or soda and while they taste awesome, they do no good to someone’s health. The spiritual drink of God keeps the believer hydrated and filled. In conclusion, the fast food of life can never compare to the soul food of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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The topic of faith is one that is integral to the Gospel of JESUS Christ. In essence, it is the central and most vital prerequisite to salvation in the Old and New Testament.
 

The question is what is Faith?
 

The New Testament was written in Greek so it’s beneficial to do a word study. The Greek translation of faith is “Pistis” (pis'-tis) which is defined as faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.The New Testament scriptures speak of the importance of faith and how we are made righteous by faith.
 

Ephesians 2:8 reads:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
 

It is through the funnel of faith that Grace is received. Without faith there is no grace. Grace is defined as unmerited favor bestowed upon us who believe in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of JESUS Christ. So if Grace is the unconditional extension of God’s favor, then faith is the arms by which we reach out and receive this gift.A common misconception is that faith requires no activity. Many draw this inference from the verse which follows
 

Ephesians 2:8 in Ephesians 2:9 which reads:
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
 

If this verse is not rightly divided and understood in context, someone can feel that the profession of their faith must not be proven by deed. The Book of James gives us insight on how faith and works coexist.
 

James 2:14-17 reads:
“[14]What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? [15]If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,[ 16]And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?[ 17]Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Here we see James prove how true faith will naturally provoke action.
 

Faith in its essence is seen by The LORD within a man thus righteousness is imputed to him. Works is what man sees. Works that are led by a desire to attain righteousness based solely on merit is what the Pharisees suffered from. Their deeds lacked faith. When a believer has faith, their works are an expression of what exists within them. Much in the same way the things we say originate from what is within our heart, our conduct and deeds are an external expression of an internal truth. Your faith will bring about performance. Below we see illustrations of faith being ACTED out and not merely professed.
This is how faith and works harmonize and don't contradict one another.
 

Below you'll notice there was action provoked upon their faith which I listed in BOLD

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Hebrews 11:3-4 [3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. …
 

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
 

We can come to a confident conclusion that true faith naturally breeds action. Faith without Performance is false profession.
 
 

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The Bible is known for some of the greatest analogies. The scriptures have layers of revelation that continue to edify the reader. One in particular that I find intriguing is the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. In this parable, sowing seed is used to convey such a deeper revelation about the condition of men’s heart. The soil typified the heart and growth was predicated upon it’s condition.
 

Acts 9 deals with the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus. While walking, a light shines from Heaven and blinds Saul. It is here where we JESUS tells Saul that “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” To understand The Lord’s statement, we must understand the time period and what he meant by the “pricks.” An ox goad is a sharp ended instrument used to prick the ox to get the ox to plow the soil. When an ox would kick back against the pricks in rebellion, the ox goad would be driven deeper into his flesh. Essentially,JESUS was telling Saul that his resistance was only going to cause him more pain because he had been chosen to minister The Gospel unto the Gentiles.
 

Looking deeper into the context we can see another revelation. Typically soil is plowed prior to seed being sown. Plowing turns up the soil which helps to bury drop residue and weeds while softening up the soil. When we are chosen as sowers the Lord is trying to push us in the right direction to plow the soil for sowing seed. Often the soil needs to be prepped to receive. We can do this by making sure that we are not only preaching the Word but also adhering to it and living it. The LORD will chasten his children in order to equip us with the temperance, long suffering, patience, and boldness required to be effective in sowing. These pricks should not be met with resistance and should be received as divine direction.
 

Let HIM guide you.

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Charles Russell while on his way to work realizes while waiting for a specific song to play about being an instrument?
 

As he describes an instrument in its original form is nothing without someone composing that instrument.
 

Have you ever seen a saxophone or a guitar win a Grammy Award or an Oscar Award?
 

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The Bible is known for some of the greatest analogies. The scriptures have layers of revelation that continue to edify the reader. One in particular that I find intriguing is the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. In this parable, sowing seed is used to convey such a deeper revelation about the condition of men’s heart. The soil typified the heart and growth was predicated upon it’s condition.
 

Acts 9 deals with the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus. While walking, a light shines from Heaven and blinds Saul. It is here where we JESUS tells Saul that “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” To understand The Lord’s statement, we must understand the time period and what he meant by the “pricks.” An ox goad is a sharp ended instrument used to prick the ox to get the ox to plow the soil. When an ox would kick back against the pricks in rebellion, the ox goad would be driven deeper into his flesh. Essentially,JESUS was telling Saul that his resistance was only going to cause him more pain because he had been chosen to minister The Gospel unto the Gentiles.
 

Looking deeper into the context we can see another revelation. Typically soil is plowed prior to seed being sown. Plowing turns up the soil which helps to bury drop residue and weeds while softening up the soil. When we are chosen as sowers the Lord is trying to push us in the right direction to plow the soil for sowing seed. Often the soil needs to be prepped to receive. We can do this by making sure that we are not only preaching the Word but also adhering to it and living it. The LORD will chasten his children in order to equip us with the temperance, long suffering, patience, and boldness required to be effective in sowing. These pricks should not be met with resistance and should be received as divine direction.
 

Let HIM guide you.

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Uncertainty, pride, impatience, self desire, and selfish will are all bacterial agents of decay and destruction. Often in society, one’s strong desire for elevation leads to amoral actions and foolish decisions predicated upon lust for power. This truth is not limited to the unregenerate, but also the church society. Have you ever noticed how many desire the office of a Bishop and Apostle? Have you ever noticed how rarely we see those who want to be evangelists & teachers? In our modern day society the offices of Bishop or Pastor and Apostle have been elevated beyond the others in the 5 fold ministry.

 

Luke 14:7 exemplifies this nature and illustrates an example of self ambition and its downfall. A warning was sent abroad in this parable in regards to self exaltation.

 

Luke 14:8 reads; “ When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him.” It was then explained that there may be a more honorable man that was invited to that room resulting in the person being brought down to the lowest room.

 

Luke 14:10 advised that it would be wise to go and sit down in the lowest room first and by some chance one might invite you to come sit in the higher room. What we can absorb from this parable is humility being the springboard to exaltation. In this parable, the one who exalted himself was abased or lowered and the one who humbled himself was exalted. As humans we have a nature to want to excel in all that we do. The key issue with this is that when you elevate yourself out of self pride, usually the glory is short lived and comes with a major price. Many of us lack patience and humility. This issue has become a growing disease among the Church. We are all called to be ministers (meaning to be servants)and this is articulated throughout New Testament scripture.

 

In the Greek language, the word minister is “diakonos” (dee-ak’-on-os) which means a waiter, servant; then of any one who performs any service, an administrator. If we all sought out ways to be better servants to God and unto each other, then we’d experience divine elevation. JESUS is the one who elevates and brings down. It is vital to be thankful for the season and office that God has called you to averse to seeking advancement in areas you weren’t called to. In this modern day society, many are propelled into positions by themselves or man and come to a realization that they don’t meet the requirements or expectations of that position. Then comes the humbling moment when they are lowered back down to their original place or lower. This is like a catapult. The object that is catapulted reaches great heights but soon falls at a faster speed then it had risen, only to fall to utter destruction. These are they which aren’t patient in refinement and training which results in premature elevation. They are then lifted only to fall.

 

Matthew 7:24-27 states: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” We see that the wise build upon “The Rock” who is JESUS Christ as the scripture has revealed. The sand represents ‘self will” and a carnal foundation. So imagine a pedestal of sand. There is no stability and structural soundness in this type of elevation and while it may stand for a time, when the enemy comes in like a flood, the sand will erode from underneath you and your foundation will be destroyed. Then what shall you stand upon? When we learn to play our parts and focus on the task at hand, God will elevate us as HE sees fit for HE knows the eligibility, requirement, and level of spiritual maturity needed for the task of our calling. Remember that God’s elevation is secure and stable.

 

Plasms 75:7 reads: “But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Do not erect the pedestal of sand. Nimrod was a perfect example of self ambition and pride. He tried to erect a tower that would reach the heavens. God then confused the tongues of the people to put them in a state of confusion and nimrod’s tower ceased construction and he was abased. Don’t build against God’s blueprint. May the readers be blessed in Jesus Name.
 

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Did you know JESUS was the Stone & The Bread of Life?

I find it amazing that Satan didn’t know who he was addressing in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:4)
He asked JESUS to command the stones to be made bread.
See he wasn’t aware that JESUS was THE STONE and THE BREAD OF LIFE.
 

The Stone

1. Smitten Rock from which the Spirit of Life flowed to all who will drink (Ex. 17:6; 1 Cor. 10:4; John 4:13,14; John 7:37-39)

2. Foundation & Chief Cornerstone to The Church (Ecclesia)
(Eph. 2:20; Mat. 16:18; 1 Pet. 2:6-7; Isa. 28:16)

3. A Stumbling stone to the Jews at HIS 1st Coming (Rom. 9:32,33; 1 Cor. 1:23; 1 Pet. 2:8)

4. Headstone of The Corner to Israel at HIS 2nd Coming (Zec. 4:7)

5. Smiting Stone to the Gentile World-Power that was “Cut out without Hands” (Dan. 2:34)

6. Divinely the Stone which grows to fill the earth after the destruction of the Gentile World-Power (Dan. 2:35)

7. The Crushing Stone of Judgement to the unbelievers (Mat. 21:44)

The Bread of Life- ( John 6:47-58)
Manna typifying CHRIST as the bread that came from heaven.

 

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In the Epistle to the Church in Ephesus Paul lays out a unique illustration of Spiritual Armour that protects the believer. In this passage Paul presents the importance of being equipped for warfare in the Spiritual Realm.
 

In Ephesians 6:10 we see Paul expound on the Full Armour of God and then he continues to exegete who this war is against. From observing this passage the believer comes to understand that the struggle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness. Ephesians 6:10-17 provides an description of the Spiritual Armour by utilizing references to carnal armour like a belt, breastplate, covering for the feet, shield, helmet, and sword. Let’s take a moment to look at the piece of armour listed that is commonly overlooked in significance which is the covering for the feet.
 

Ephesians 6:15 states: “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Let’s look into the definition of the word shod in English and Greek. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines it as such: “furnished or equipped with a shoe.” The Greek word for “Shod” is hupodeó which mean s “I put on my feet.” So basically we see that having your feet shod is having them covered. In this context we think of a Roman Soldier’s shoes having sharp cleat like bottoms. This would in one case protect the soles of their feet from rough terrain but also allow them to dig in the ground for a firm stance and traction. So the key in properly discerning this text is to figure out the correlation between these cleated shoes and the “preparation of the Gospel of Peace.”
 

Well scripture supports that the Gospel is “good news.” It is what brings every believer into salvation. The most effective way to examine the relationship is to consider how important our feet are to the body in whole. Our feet hold us up and also stabilize the body in mobility. Wherever the feet go the body follows. Without feet, the legs wouldn’t have stability to neither stand nor grip the ground beneath us to provide mobility. The feet guide our walk. Now let’s look at the spiritual aspect of what prepares a believer for the supernatural walk in Christ.
 

The Gospel itself, which is the Word of God, gives us the essential preparation and foundation to keep our walk holy and acceptable in the sight of God. Throughout a believer’s walk in Christ, they will encounter various types of spiritual terrain. There will rocky roads, patches of thorns, and uneven trails that lie ahead in the spiritual realm. We can correlate these types of terrain with tribulation, tests, trials, and persecution. If we are not prepared by The Gospel to withstand the resistance, rejection, and reviling then we will fall or become stagnant in our walk. So when you apply the preparatory teaching of the Gospel to your walk, then you will be able to continue to press forward in the faith regardless of what grounds you tread on.
 

Scripture shows us that we will be met with resistance and it will not be easy in our walk. Philippians 3:14 reads: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” When one has to press toward that means they are met with some form of resistance on the path, which typically is the enemy. Now there is another vital revelation in this passage that is also overlooked or undermined. Similar to how the body can only go where the feet takes it, likewise the shoe is carried everywhere our feet go. Thus, if the preparation of the Gospel of Peace is covering for our feet, then the believer will carry the Gospel wherever he travels.
 

Romans 10:15 reads: “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” The feet of the believer are beautiful because they provide mobility for the Good News of JESUS Christ to reach the world. There is another great aspect to this verse in Ephesians 6:15 that should be observed. The roman solider had metal spikes on the bottom of the shoes they’d wear.
 

Earlier in this text it was explained that one use for the spikes was to get a firm grip for the soldier to stand against offensive attack or for pressing toward. Yet there is another use that can be more of an offensive attack. The Roman soldiers would step on the fingers or heads of their enemy’s to puncture them with the spikes. So just like our Lord and Savior JESUS, the enemy should be under your feet crushed and destroyed. The Gospel will allow you to step over your past temptations, sins, weaknesses, and failures.
 

So in conclusion we see that The Gospel of Peace prepares us for our spiritual walk, protects us in our walk from dangerous terrain, allows us to get a frim grip as we press toward, enables us to carry the Good News wherever we go, and allows us to put the enemy under our feet. So I ask, have you been prepped for the path?

 

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Today a great reminder was brought back to my attention. In the arena of tribulation, despair, and mistakes we are able to see the true Love of God manifest itself. When a person does well, they have the tendency to feel justified in the sight of God. This enables us to overlook the true reason that God looks down and sees a righteous and peculiar people when he sees HIS Church. It is a human trait to want to please our superiors in life and we can easily forget that God is nothing like our earthly superiors.
 

When we come to the knowledge of God and are adopted into His royal family, we can become shrouded in a cloud of “self” righteousness if we aren’t careful. Think about that person who comes to Sunday worship and is always crying and pouring their heart out at the altar. This person may struggle all week with temptation and tribulation, but on Sunday there sincere pleas to God can be mistaken for hypocrisy. “Church folk” tend to look at a person like this and say “she up here every Sunday praising God but living in sin all week.” What they don’t know is that this person is praising God and crying out to HIM out of gratefulness. See this person admits that they aren’t worthy and that they don’t deserve the very Grace that God has granted them. So when they can thank God and cry out to HIM they do so with such sincerity that many are confounded by their praise.
 

In the Greek language the word “grace” is “charis” (khar’-ece) meaning unmerited or undeserved favor. There have been times in my walk where I have made mistakes and I’d find myself saying God I’m not worthy of your love and the very conviction that should lead me to the feet of Christ would be used to beat me into a bed of self pity. It would soon come to me that even if I lived flawlessly (which is impossible in sinful flesh) I still wouldn’t be counted worthy in God’s eyes by my deeds alone.
 

This was the issue that plagued the Pharisees. They thought that the Law of Moses could make them perfect and that by their works alone they could be justified. Romans 3:20 states: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Galatians 2:16 states: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” See the believers are covered under such righteous blood that when the Law looks to judge us, it cannot find any fault because all it can see is the Blood of Jesus that covers us.
 

In the Israelites captivity in Egypt, the Jews were told to put the blood of a lamb over there doors to protect them from the angel of death. When the angel passed by it could only see the blood of the lamb so it did no harm to those who were “covered.” This is true to use today because when The Law examines us, the very Blood of Jesus Christ covers us and HE has met every requirement of The Law in HIS sacrifice.
 

Romans 3:21 states: “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.” Jesus is the righteousness of God that was manifested without the Law. When someone is filled with The Spirit of Christ (Holy Spirit) they now meet the requirements of The Law vicariously through the righteousness of Jesus who lives in them.
 

My point is this, we will all make mistakes in our walk. The key is to remember that Jesus shed His innocent blood for all of our mistakes. This Grace is not a permit to sin willingly but more of protection and encouragement to be obedient by desire to serve God out of LOVE. So when Satan directs your attention to your flaws and attempts to use conviction to beat you into the ground, be reminded of Calvary and The Grace of God that covers you. Once you have fallen and landed on your knees and face in prayer, get back up and stand in HIS Grace. God bless you

 

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1 John 1:5 reads; “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

 

There is a Great and Radiant Light that draws man from the midst of darkness. We are all lost at sea & shrouded in dark clouds. Many of us were and still are blind and live out our lives stumbling around reaching for a guide. Then there are some of us who are comfortable in that darkness and see no need for a guide or light. God deals with the humble and resists the proud. Often for us to see HIS light from afar off, we have to have a desire to be rescued. Our pride can be as scales that cover our spiritual eyes thus blinding us from seeking this Divine Light.
Psalms 51:17 reads; “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
 

God deals with those who have been broken. Throughout the Bible we see Jesus being symbolized as the Stone.
 

Matthew 21:44 reads; “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
When we fall as a result of tribulation or failure, we become broken. The best place to fall is in the Word of God. When we become broken, God is able to penetrate our hearts and rebuild us from the ashes. This develops a “need” to seek a guide. Our humility births the divine opportunity for God to draw us. This is the “Light that Draws.”
 

John 12:32 reads; “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Jesus has risen and is now the Sun of Righteousness. This Light is not limited to certain hours of the day but is even available in earthly darkness. While we are in our darkest moments and have become broken, God is that lighthouse drawing us into HIS arms. Let us remember Peter walking on the water to JESUS. Can you imagine how dark it was at sea and how much of a light JESUS was for the disciples to see him from afar off? That radiance drew Peter to attempt what is impossible for men but made possible through Christ.
 

Now the closer we come to this Light, our imperfections are made more visible. The pride and self righteousness of man has blinded him from the need of a savior. This shrouds the eyes in a moralistic fog. We often say “I’m not a bad person, I do good things.” Little do we know, in God’s eyes we are all guilty and in need of repentance.
 

Romans 3:19 reads; “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
Romans 3:10 reads; “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
So we see that the bible makes it clear that no one is good or righteous of his own deeds. To the sinner this illustrates a need to submit to God and be regenerated. To the Saint this illustrates the necessity to stay in submission and never forget that it is God alone which makes them righteous through the Indwelling Holy Spirit. This great and wonderful light is what keeps the Saint humble in the sight of God.
 

The Light that Protects
When we are surrounded by the hedge of Light from God we are now protected. This light shines before our eyes that we may see the spiritual attacks from the enemy before they get too close. The enemy cannot enter into that light and operates in the darkness. When one is filled with The Holy Ghost and walks in that Light, he is not only led by it but protected by it. The word of God says that we are not ignorant to the Devils devices. The Light shines through the Word of God to expose not only our sins, but also the enemy.
 

Ephesians 5:8-13 reads; “[8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: [9] (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) [10] Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. [11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them . [12] For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. [13] But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. …”
 

What a mighty God we serve and what a Radiant Light HE is to us. God Bless

 

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Have you ever heard the term “spring cleaning?” This usually refers to a season of tidying up around the house and getting the home in order. It’s extremely important that the home is kept in order.
An unorganized, messy, dysfunctional house can easily lead to a troubled life. I truly believe your home is a reflection of yourself. I speak from experience. The majority of the times when my home was a mess, my life actually mirrored my home. There is nothing more distracting then being motivated to do something when you get home and having the life sucked out of you when you walk into a messy and cluttered home. My particular struggle was with cleaning the house and not maintaining cleanliness.
 

For example getting off from work and tossing the clothes everywhere averse to hanging them up. Although the issue may have ben averted for the night, the mess you left behind is there to meet you when you awake. The point I am getting to is that in our lives we tend to treat our spiritual homes exactly like our physical abode. When we begin to look into the spiritual realm of this matter we realize that our spirit has a home as well which is indeed our fleshly body. Carnal people have the tendency to try and skip steps to achieve a organized and clean life. Many focus on the physical home and overlook the most important home which is their own body. I am not limiting this to physical physique or fitness but I’m focusing more on the internal upkeep. Let’s use the physical home as a manner of correlating the importance of cleaning.
 

In the natural many make the mistake of picking out paint colors, windows, and shutters prior to honing on the structural soundness of the home. Everyone likes to pick out drapes and furniture yet few enjoy laying good foundation. If the inside of your home is decaying and the structural beams and trusts are rotten, then what good does it serve for one to paint over a mess?
 

As meticulous as this idea may seem many actually do this with their bodies. There is by no means anything wrong with wanting to stay in shape and look good. The issue arrives when that is your main focus and you overlook the inside where your spirit is crying out because it’s surrounded by mess. Instead of roaches and pests there are demonic spiritual influence, lusts, and envy. Instead of clothes on the ground and garbage on the floor there is worry debris, stress, doubt, and depression. The mess and filth will begin to create a smell and although it may not grace the noses of the carnal it is a displeasing rancid smell in the nostrils of God. So while you are picking out drapes (clothes) to throw over a wall in your body that is dirty and paint is chipping off your spirit is crying out for an internal makeover.
 

This really hit me like a ton of bricks one day. I realized that my calling required some real maintenance of my home. 1st Timothy Chapter 3 vs 5 states: “(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?). This struck a chord in me. At first glance I began to look at my house in the physical. I began to survey the mess around my living quarters. I thought to myself if I am to be a bishop then I first must get my own house in order.
 

God began to allow me to see deeper into the scripture. God told me look into your spiritual abode. Though it may be cleaner than the former it still has some dust spots and slowly but surely you are allowing clothes to gather up in a pile again. Do not let that clutter begin to grow again. 2nd Corinthians 13:5 states: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” This means we must first do a survey of ourselves prior to being effective for God. Let’s say you had to hire a maid for the upkeep of your home and one of your requirements was to see the state of their own house. Would you hire someone that couldn’t keep their own home clean? Would you think that person could possibly be in charge of the upkeep of your home? The majority would probably not hire this person. So how much more of a standard are we held to when seeking to do God’s work.
 

The word of God says that he searcheth the reins and the heart. This means no matter how much you try to push the clutter under the bed or in the closet we are all naked before HIS eyes. Now we can attempt to fool the world and carnal eyes by keeping the outside of our home painted well and keeping the grass cut yet God sees the living room, bedroom, beams of the house, foundation, trusts, and every nut and bolt. We cannot fool God. When we build our homes on stable foundation which is the word of God then our house shall forever stand. The key is keeping our own homes in order and ensuring that we meet the qualifications that God requires for our position. So don’t wait for “Spring Cleaning Season” to tidy up. God Bless you and may the message of God edify the souls of every reader. In Jesus Name, Amen.
 

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