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January 31, 2008        "Our Love for One Another"

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
(John 13:34)

Jesus commanded us that we should love one another.  This is followed with a semi colon which is followed by a
brief explanation.  We are to love one another as Jesus has loved the disciples (us).  We can see the love he had for
them, by the way He supped with them and by the example that He gave us with the washing of their feet and off
course by the blood that He paid for us.  Jesus was not partial to any person, no matter their status.  We are not to be
partial to anyone either.  Instead we are to build up and edify those around us.  Partiality is pride.  Jesus showed us by
example, humility.  Let us therefore, in humility, follow this commandment and learn to love each other even as Christ
loved us.  

January 30, 2008        "Washing Feet"

If I then, [your] Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have
given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if
ye do them.

Many things Jesus did during his time on earth and most of it he showed us and taught us by parables.  But with the
washing of the feet, Jesus showed us by doing it himself so that we can see, through His example, what we ought to
do.  Even though we are to wash each others feet, our lives of service should not be confined to the act of washing feet
only.  We should have a lifestyle of washing each other’s feet in humbly laying down our lives for each other.  I want to
take note of the fact that John did not mention the communion (which is so important) in His gospel, but replaces it
instead with the washing of feet.  It talks of how Jesus laid aside His garments before he started washing and then
He picked it up again afterwards.  Just like communion symbolizes Jesus’ death and burial, so does the washing of
feet.  Jesus laid aside his garments in death and humbled himself in coming to serve us (just as he was humbled by
the cross).  Then just as He was resurrected again from the dead, He takes up his garments again.  Jesus also told
Peter that He cannot have a part in Him if Peter doesn’t allow his feet to be washed.  The same is true with the cross.  
We cannot have a part of Him if we don’t allow the cross to become part of our lives, in believing in His death and

January 29, 2008        "The Right Spirit"

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  
(Psalm 51:10)

David prayed that God would create a clean heart within him and that He would renew David’s spirit within him.  It
speaks of humility because truly David acknowledged that he was full of sin and that he walked with an incorrect
spirit.  He had a bad attitude often and he was trying to get rid of his unclean heart and his bad attitudes.  
Consequently in his humility, he also showed his dependency on God since he realized that he cannot do it without
God working it in him.  Humility and dependence on God is what he wanted and in his meditation on the Word, God
was able to start that work within him.  

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and
my redeemer.
”  (Psalm 19:14)

January 28, 2008        "Where is Your Trust?"

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.”  
(Psalm 10:4)

The wicked will not seek after God for God is not in all of his thoughts.  Verse 5 of this chapter says that “
his ways are
always grievous
”.  It continues to speak of all the bad and evil things that the wicked uses his time on; from fraud to
mischief to murder and taking advantage of the poor and innocent.  It is pride that keeps him from God and it is pride
that will cause him to come to a fall.  Verse 18 speaks of God’s judgement so that the man of the earth may no longer
oppress others and that they may no longer be oppressed.  All of this becomes of a person who does not have God in
his thoughts.  His ways are not prosperous and he does not have success, therefore out of fear he will be lead of the
devil to do all of this evil.  All that he is doing, is done out of a heart that is greedy for all the things that make him look
and feel good.  All of his consideration is for himself.  
But he who keep God in his thoughts will be blessed with the blessings and the promises outlined in the Word of
God.  Isaiah 26:3 says: "
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth
in thee.
"  If God is in all your thoughts, then your trust is in Him.  Keep your trust in Him and your ways will be blessed.

January 27, 2008        "Book of the Law"

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and
then thou shalt have good success.
”  (Joshua 1:8)

We are to keep the law of God from departing out of our mouth.  This means that we cannot speak anything negatively,
including gossip and slander or anything that is against the Word of God for it will replace the law of God.  By
speaking negatively we allow the law of God to depart out of our mouths.  

We are also to meditate in the Word day and night.  This includes prayer.  We can actually “
pray without ceasing” as it
says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.  When we are praying the scriptures and praying that which we read in the Word, we
can expound on it in our prayers, and we can learn to do this all the time.  Whenever we are not doing stuff, we can
switch to praying the scriptures as we go.  When we drive the car, or walk to the mailbox, or mow the lawn, or as we go
on our way, we can be praying and meditating on the Word of God.  This will cause us to observe all that is in it that we
can make our way prosperous and we shall have good success.  

January 26, 2008        "The Gift Within You"

Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the
presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
”  (1
Timothy 4:14-15)

Timothy was to meditate on the gift that was in him.  It was a gift that was given to him as someone prophesied over
him while laying hands on him.  This was God’s Word to Timothy to give him vision of his future.  He was to meditate
on it and allow it to become a part of him so that he may see it always before his face waiting in anticipation for its
fulfillment.  Many of us have received a prophecy from our Pastor or from a guest speaker at our church or from one
minister or another, but do we remember it?  Do we write it down and keep it?  And if we write it down, do we keep on
looking at it or does it get closed somewhere on the pages of some book we never open?  If this is so, then we
disregard the Word that God has given to us personally.  We are to meditate that word and memorize it and pray over it
and call it in until we see the fulfillment of the Prophesy.  This was the instruction that Paul gave to Timothy so that
when it does come to fulfillment everyone will see what God has done.  
We should also be doing the same thing with the Bible and every promise and every Prophesy that concerns us we
are to meditate on and speak into fulfillment as we believe in faith that God will bring it to pass.  
Faith can
successfully operate where the will of God is known.

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that
readeth it.
”  (Habakkuk 2:2)  Here we see that the Lord told the same thing to Habakkuk and said that he was to write
it down and allow people to see it so that he could walk in the fulfillment of it and those who are to be a part of the
vision will be able to see it as well and they will be able to walk in the fulfillment of it too.

January 25, 2008        "Your Thoughts"

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
”  (2 Corinthians 10:5)

It is our responsibility to keep our hearts and minds stayed on Him.  We cannot keep an evil thought to come to our
minds, but we have the authority and responsibility to decide what we are going to do with that thought.  We can
entertain it and meditate on it, or we can decide right there to take authority over it and to tell it in Jesus name to go.  By
doing that we choose to bring that thought to the obedience of Christ.  When we bring our thoughts to the obedience of
Christ we are telling or commanding our minds to think on things that are pure and lovely and true and honest and of
good report.  We then exalt the Word of God in our minds and hearts instead of exalting those thoughts that are trying
to exalt themselves against the Word of God.

January 24, 2008        "Meditating on God's Word"

For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart.
”  (Hebrews 4:12)

The Word of God speaks to the reader and the hearer.  It points out to us things that are to change in our hearts,
minds and lives.  It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  We find that it tells us to change something
specific that is going on in our lives.  It gives us direction in every day decisions and things that we cannot on our own
decide or distinguish to be right or wrong.  But the Word of God pierces to the dividing into two, of things that cannot be
separated, like the soul and the spirit or the joints and the marrow.  One can win battles using the Word of God
instead of the sword of strife and contention, because it is sharper than a two edged sword.  This is why it can divide
and cast light on things that cannot otherwise be seen.  If we don’t study the Word then we will find that it takes us a
longer time to hear the will of God concerning a situation, but when we have the Word deeply engrafted in us and we
are continually studying it to know what is written therein, then we can quickly find the right choice that we are to make
in difficult situations.  Often times these decisions does not even seem to be an option to decide on, but then the idea
comes to our minds (the mind that has been meditating on the word) and we find the answer to our problem.

January 23, 2008        "Meditating On God"

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just,
whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be]
any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
”  (Philippians 4:8)

We are to think on things that are true, things that are honest, things that are just, things that are pure, things that are
lovely and things that have a good report.  We are instructed to think on all the good things that contain virtue and that
are praiseworthy.  Everything else we are to discard as waste from our minds.  Anything that has a tint of leaven in it,
are as good as waste because “
a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (1 Corinthians 5:6, Galatians 5:9).  If it is
truly good, it will not be leavened and we can think on those things and keep it continually in our minds and hearts.
Why are we to mediate and think on these things?  So that we do not become leavened with the things of the world
and with the things that downgrade us away from God.  If the enemy can come in through your thoughts then he has
gained excellent ground.  Do not allow those seeds to be planted into your mind but allow the Word of God to wash
you clean so that you can be a pure vessel of honour for the Kingdom!

January 22, 2008        "The Fruit of Your Lips"

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks
to his name.
”  (Hebrews 13:15)

To give God a sacrifice is never against the scriptures.  To give a sacrifice of praise is to be desired from our God.  
There is a blessing in sacrifice and God wants to bless us.  It says in the very next verse that “
...with such sacrifices
God is well pleased.
” (Hebrews 13:16).  When we give God praise and thank Him in every situation (especially bad
ones because it is show more trust than thanking Him in good ones) then we are fulfilling God’s instruction.  We are
obedient to what He has clearly told us in His Word as He says “
Give thanks in all things.”  Obedience brings a
harvest. Obedience has fruit (the fruit of our lips or the fruit of our praise/thanksgiving).  It pleases our Maker when we
are obedient to His instructions because He knows that we will be blessed even more.  It is His desire that we be
blessed and that we prosper in all things.  Let the fruit of your lips give glory to His name!

January 21, 2008        "Worship Your God"

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his
chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before
his God, as he did aforetime.
”  (Daniel 6:10)

Daniel did not regard the law of the government when it came against the God that he served.  The governors,
presidents and princes of the country all assembled together to find reason against Daniel to kill him.  They could not
find any fault with him as he was walking in integrity.  The only thing that they could find was to make him disobey the
law of their gods.    They had to create a situation so that they can find fault.  As soon as Daniel heard about the
decree to worship only the king, he went straightway to go and continue in prayer three times a day as was his
custom.  This was a bold statement to make because it seemed that he rebelled deliberately against this new law of
the country.
To prove that it is scriptural to disobey the government when it makes laws contrary to the Word of God we can say
that God would not have shut the lion’s mouths in the den if Daniel was at fault with God, but instead to prove that
Daniel did not disobey, God shut the lion’s mouth’s when Daniel got thrown into their den.  Is it not ironic that these
men who planned Daniel’s death, died exactly the way they had planned for Daniel.  This is the same thing that
happened with Haman.  He died on the gallows he prepared for someone else.  (“
So they hanged Haman on the
gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai...
”  (Esther 7:10).  
No law can keep God’s people from worshiping Him.  If we do get killed for worshiping God, then the world is forcing
that our lives become as a worship offering for Him.  Satan had gained nothing.  God’s Word is eternal and above any
principalities and rulers of this world.

January 20, 2008        "Thankful"

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast
toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints.
”  (Philemon 1:4-5)

He was thankful for Philemon’s heart towards God and His people.  Philemon probably was one of those people who
cared for everyone’s needs and who loved on everyone and spoke words of encouragement to them whenever they
saw him.  His name means “affectionate”.  Philemon was affectionate towards every person in the body.  This is God’
s heart that we treat others with His love and His care.  This is also the second commandment that we love our
neighbor as ourselves.  When we act towards others in this way, people can see the love of Jesus through us.  This
blesses them and gives them the desire to come closer to God (or it has the reverse effect when the people are in
pride and then they become jealous).  Paul heard from other people the love that Philemon radiated and this made
Paul proud in a thankful way that Philemon is living the Word.  Paul had already walked a road with Philemon in prayer
and encouragement for Him to grow in the Lord after his conversion, and this was the result.  Paul was thankful that
His work was not in vain and he continued to pray for Philemon as he made mention of his name before God always
when in prayer.  Let us also labour in love and in thankfulness for the glory of God to be manifested in those around

January 19, 2008        "Peace"

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.
”   (Philippians 4:6-7)

We can find ourselves walking in perfect peace because we will have peace about the situation that we prayed about
knowing that our prayer is effective and being acted upon.  We receive that peace out of a heart that is fully trusting in
God, because we know that He is going to work it out on our behalf.  We have peace in the fact that He is working
behind the scenes on our behalf.  This peace shall keep our hearts and our minds through Christ Jesus.  We get
peace but it gives us a heart and a mind that is at rest in His presence.  With that peace, all worry, anxiety and stress
is gone.  
There are people who pay a lot of money for anxiety pills, but if they will start to be thankful for the little things, they will
see God in all that has been provided for them and the anxiety will have to go because the Word of God says in Isaiah
26:3 that He “
...wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”  
We can find then, that when we are starting to stress or be anxious then we can start giving God thanks for everything
that He has done (this is rejoicing in Him), and we will receive His peace as He leads us the rest of the day until all
we can do has been accomplished.  Peace is a blessing that we can expect to receive when we give thanks in prayer
as we are obedient to the Word of God.

January 18, 2008        "Holiness"

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”  (Romans 6:12)

We are not to allow sin to reign in us.  We are to let the love of God be dominant in our hearts and minds instead, and
let holiness reign in our lives over sin.  For if sin is dominant and reigns in us, then we will be drawn to it and we will
obey it.  But if it is not dominant then we would not be tempted to fulfill the lusts of our flesh.  It is our responsibility to
root it out of our lives so that we can be pure and holy and acceptable to God.  This is our service unto Him.  
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.
”  (Romans 12:1)

January 17        "An Excellent Spirit"

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”  (Romans 12:11)

We are to be organized in every part of our lives, including our personal lives, our employment and our finances.  We
do this, knowing where we are and what we are doing with an alert mind that is connected with a fervent Spirit.  We
don’t do this to look good to the world, but we do it as serving unto the Lord.  For what if the world are impressed with
how Christians handle God’s resources and they are changed because of it?  Then we have won people over
because of our profitableness and our productivity.  This is service unto the Lord.
There are some secular businesses that runs with so much integrity and excellence that you would think they are in
ministry.  Yet at the same time are there some organizations in ministry that are so upside down that you don’t know
end from beginning.  Should we not excel and rise above the standards of the world as Christians and laborers of the
Kingdom of God?  Slothfulness creates confusion and a mess.  “
For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of
peace, as in all churches of the saints.

(1 Corinthians 14:33).  

God wants us, as ministers of the Gospel to walk in excellence.  Excellency pertaining to work is to hold our tasks to a
higher standard.  When we do this, we have understanding of why we do it and for who we do it.  Excellency is an
opposite of slothfulness.  The Lord Himself also is called excellent in his work as we see in Isaiah 28:29:  “
This also
cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, [which] is wonderful in counsel, [and] excellent in working.
”  We will then be
preferred above others because our work is that of quality for the reason that it is on a higher level.  
Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and
the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
”  (Daniel 6:3). Daniel stood before kings because he was diligent
in being excellent.  “
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand
before mean [men].
”  (Proverb 22:29)  When we are diligent and excellent in everything that we do as working unto
God and especially in our work for God then we will be exalted.  This is a testimony to those in the world, to see God’s
people working with integrity and excellence.  Men will be drawn to this as apposed to slothfulness which brings

January 16, 2008        "Stewardship Continued"

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have
omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to
leave the other undone.
”  (Matthew 23:23)
Being a steward does not refer to money only.  It refers to everything else that has been given to us.  We have freely
received mercy, so what do we do with it?  We are to be merciful to others.  We are not to judge and condemn others,
for God does not condemn us.  We are to give of ourselves to others and do to others as we would have want done to
us.  This is God’s love shed abroad in our hearts.  If we can love each person for who they truly are underneath all the
stuff they carry, then we can help them be set free from their hurts and pain.  Our lives are to be a resemblance of His

According to the Webster’s definition of what a steward is, it says that stewards, in the terms of the world, are people
who gives food and ensures the provision of those set under him.  Now in the terms of our faith (“in scripture and
theology”) a steward, according to this dictionary is “a minister of Christ, whose duty is to dispense the provisions of
the gospel, to preach its doctrines and administer its ordinances.”  So in being a steward we provide the doctrines as
set out in the Word of God and administer it to those who we minister to and those who are set under us and in our
care.  We need to be faithful (in showing ourselves approved by studying (2 Timothy 2:15), for this is a requirement for
a steward.  If we are not faithful in everything we are appointed to, then we are not worthy to be called as a steward.  
Unfaithful men cannot be trusted.  You never know if they are going to do what they said or not.  For how shall ‘a
minister of God’ be held in respect if he cannot be trusted?  How shall anyone receive from him if they know that he is
not trustworthy?  In order to be a steward we need to be worthy to be “entrusted” with the Word of God.  If we are
worthy, we will then be trusted by others, because God appoints us and not us ourselves.

January 15, 2008        "The Virtuous Woman"

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and
call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.
”  (Proverbs 31:27-28)        
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”  (Proverb 31:31)
When we look at the gossiping woman, who can rise up and call her blessed?  You look at her and you feel like she
needs healing and deliverance herself.  She does not look happy because nothing that anybody does will make her
happy.  So obviously she is not blessed.  The virtuous woman, though, is blessed.  She is happy and content with
what she has and she blesses others.  People are grateful to her for the things she does.  Nobody will be grateful to
you if you don’t do anything (being idle) neither will they be grateful if you keep defiling them with what you think of

But the virtuous woman does those things that bring true joy to others which make her own life a blessed one.  What
she does is unto edification.  She is an encourager.  This brings unity in the body of Christ and not division.  She lifts
up and encourages those around her. Her work bears fruit because her lifestyle bears fruit. Her work bears fruit and
her work will praise her in the gates.  The gates are the public places.  So what this means is that the results of her
work will have lasting impact and everybody will know of her reputation.  She will not have to exaggerate herself to
show how good she is.  The fruit of her good work will do it for her, therefore without her involvement.  The fruit of her
work will praise her before other people.  Her reward will be blessing and satisfaction and a legacy that will remain.  

January 14, 2008        "Your Life"

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”  (Matthew

This verse is found the New Testament a total of 6 times.  If something is repeated in the Word of God, then we are to
look at it more closely.  This verse relates to stewardship in the sense that when we give our lives, then it is our living
sacrifice and in doing that we are exercising stewardship.  We are being stewards of what God has given us.  He has
given us our lives to give back to him.  When it is a holy living sacrifice acceptable to God, and we give it for His sake,
then we will truly find life abundantly and this is the place where God wants to see us come to, because this is what
he has given us with sending Jesus.  We are then doing what the Word says when we found that place of life more

January 13, 2008        "Stewardship"

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household
of faith.
”  (Galatians 6:10)

Paul admonishes and advices the Church at Galatia to do good unto every person, but especially to them who are full
of faith, confessing and believing God for all of their needs.  We have opportunity all the time to do good.  We are to do
good all the time because it says: “
as we have therefore opportunity”.  We are to do good unto all men, no matter
who they may be.  They might be friends or they might be enemies, rich or poor, healthy or sick, friends or strangers.  
We are to do good regardless of the person they are.  If we do good to those in the world, how much more are we to
do good to those who are our brothers and sisters, which is the body of Christ.  We are not to put others down or to
discourage them but we are to encourage them unto edification and provide in their physical needs as the Spirit of
God lays it on our hearts.
How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue,
hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
”  (1 Corinthians 14:26).  
If there is anything that comes out of us that does not edify, then we are in sin.  It is commanded us that we should
allow "
all things be done unto edifying."

January 12, 2008        "Heavenly Riches"

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living
God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to
distribute, willing to communicate.
” (1 Timothy 6:17-18)

It is our responsibility to charge (adjure, exhort, educate, persuade) those that are rich with the riches of this world,
that they should not trust in their riches and be full of pride, but instead that they do good, and to become richer rather
in good works than in money and that they be givers of themselves and teachers.  If they do these things and put their
trust in God instead of their supply of riches, then God will give them riches that they can enjoy to a much fuller extent
than riches that they have acquired by their own self-power. These riches that God gives are riches that will endure for
eternity instead of perish in this world.  It depends on your definition of 'rich.'

There is song written by Jason Upton that says: “
Who will we praise when we’ve praised our whole lives, men who built
kingdoms and men who built things, but Heaven does not know their names.  Who will we praise when all that
remains is God on the throne...
”  When we exercise stewardship in God’s riches then we allow Heaven to learn our
names.  Eternity will know us.  This means that those in this world might not ever even know of our existence, but
heaven will not ever know of them.  This is far more glorious than being rich and famous in terms of this world.

We will be far richer if we are like Enoch ‘
who was no more’.  “And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for
God took him.
”  (Genesis 5:24).  Enoch walked with God in such a level of intimacy that God just decided to take him!  
How did Enoch do it?  He walked with God and he pleased God.  “
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not
see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony,
that he pleased God.
(Hebrews 11:5).  It says in Hebrews 11:6, “
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to
God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
”  Those who get rewarded
for seeking God mean that they will find God.  They will be rewarded by finding Him because they are rewarded for
seeking Him.  The reward is finding God.  In the same way can we seek God by faith and walk with Him and He will
teach us intimacy with Him.  He will cause us to find Him.  This is the place we should come to.  This place might
require sacrifice and will require us to give up everything, knowing that we will not have the riches of this world.  We
can stand assured that even though we might not have much, we will have everything that we have need of in the
physical but we will have riches spiritually that the rich ones of this world will never have.  So charge you who are rich
with the riches of this world!  Put your trust in God who is on the throne!

January 11, 2008        "Stewardship"

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”  (1 Corinthians

Absolutely we will account for how we stewarded that which God has given in our hands.  Even in the secular world,
when given a responsibility, we will be held accountable for how we exercised our responsibility.  As a minister of
Christ it is even more important, as a steward of God, to exercise responsibility in a Godly way.  I think we will be held
accountable even stronger than if we were not ministers of the Gospel because it says that those that know more
shall be held under a stricter condemnation.  “
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive
the greater condemnation.
" (James 3:1)

Even in our words we are to be watchful and be stewards of the mouthpiece that is in us.  “
Death and life [are] in the
power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
” (Proverb 18:21)  With our tongue we can speak
life and death and we will be held accountable for every idle word.  “
But I say unto you, That every idle word that
men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
”  (Matthew 12:36)  How much more are we
to be stewards of the things which God has given us?

January 10, 2008        "He Upholds You"

And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.”  (Psalm 41:12)

David knew that he cannot do it on his own but that God helps him to walk in integrity.  That is why he acknowledged
God when he says that God upholds him in his integrity.  It was not because David was so full of integrity, but it was
because of God working it in him and helping him to have God’s integrity (‘thou upholds me...”).  David had the
knowledge that God was looking onto him always and even when he would be no more, God will still remember him.  
This was the blessing David received.  Even after he died, God would still remember him.  The remembrance of David
would not be cast off forever but instead would be spoken of for generations to come.  And God upholds his Word
because even today we speak of David and his heart after God’s own heart.  In David we can see God’s heart.  

If David says that God upholds him in his integrity then the chances are good that if God does not do the upholding,
then David would not be able to walk in integrity.  This shows David’s humility and dependence on God and it is not so
much the fact of David’s integrity that gave him God’s blessing, but rather that he acknowledged God as having a part
in his integrity.  This is God’s heart, that he looks on our hearts and not on how well be can do things.  If we walk in
this type of integrity, then we can learn to have a heart after God’s own heart.

January 9, 2008        "What is the degree of your Integrity?"

But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.”  (Psalm 26:11)

David desired that God would redeem him and be merciful to him when he walks in integrity.  It is almost like the law
of sowing and reaping.  When one is walking in integrity, he is sowing because whatever we do, we do it as unto the
Lord, then we are sowing and giving of ourselves to Jesus, and we will reap a harvest according to the degree of our
integrity.  When we give of ourselves to the Lord, we open the way for God to bless us in return.  We open the way for
blessing.  So when the time of need for redemption and mercy come, then we already have seed in the ground that
can produce fruit which will be God’s blessing.

January 8, 2008        "Integrity and Uprightness"

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”  (Psalm 25:21)

It was David’s request and prayer to God that his integrity and his uprightness would preserve him.  David did not trust
in his own integrity for as he waited on God, he allowed God’s ways to become manifest to him so that he could walk
in them as God’s integrity and uprightness in David and not in self power.  Waiting on God upheld and sustained
David in preservation.  

When we walk in integrity and uprightness, others will see it as time goes by and they will be able to trust us and God
will ‘have our back’ (preserve us) by others that can come in and be of assistance to us because of our reputation.  If a
person has a bad reputation, then who will want to care for that person?  They will be despised because men don’t
always walk in the love of the Lord.  When we have an outstanding reputation, then men will be drawn to us, not
because of what we did, but because of God.  It truly is God’s glory that they see in our lives.

Now we don’t have integrity so others can see it, but we have integrity because God wants us to and we walk in Godly
fear.  We do everything for Him.  Sometimes our choice to walk in integrity does not get seen by any person at all and
this will be a true test of integrity.   God who sees us in secret does take note when we walk in integrity especially
when others cannot see.  If we do it because we know others can see our good works, then it is not integrity but it is
pride.  “
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”  
(Matthew 6:4)

January 7, 2008        "An Even Balance"

Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”  (Job 31:6)

“Balances were used to measure weights early in the development of civilization.  Balances were well known to the
Hebrews and in common use in the Old Testament.  It was the basis of economic life.  Money came in weighted units
of gold and silver. These had to be weighed in the balance for every business transaction or purchase.  Balances
could be easily manipulated, especially by having weights which did not measure up to the proper amount or by
having two sets of weights, one for buying and one fore selling.  God called on Israel for economic justice that began
with proper weights and balances.” - (Holman Bible Dictionary) God spoke very sternly to the people of Israel about
keeping their balances true.  He said; “
Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.”  (Ezekiel 45:
10)  A lot of people falsified their balances to make more money.  “
[He is] a merchant, the balances of deceit [are] in
his hand: he loveth to oppress.
”  (Hosea 12:7) Those that have integrity obeyed God’s command (Ezekiel 45:10) of
having a just balance.  These were considered pure in God’s eyes (“
Shall I count [them] pure with the wicked
balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
”  (Micah 6:11).  

The use of balances in Job’s prayed showed that he wanted to do what is right according to God’s will.  He prayed
that God would weigh him as in a balance that is set correctly to search his heart and to see what is in him.  He
wanted God to see his heart so that his integrity might be known.  If he was found wanting then it will be known by God
and by him and he could work on it to measure up to what God required of his heart.  “
A false balance [is]
abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.
”  (Proverb 11:1).  “Talk no more so exceeding proudly;
let [not] arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD [is] a God of knowledge, and by him actions are
”  (1 Samuel 2:3)

Job wanted God to be a “witness of his sincerity” - (John Wesley's Explanatory Notes).  His prayer was sincere and
from his heart.  Integrity really is in the heart.  It is what the heart thinks is right and what the heart will allow or
disallow.  God will be quick to point out those things in us that we need to let go and He will do it by weighing us in His
balance of love and truth.

January 6, 2008        "Judge Not"

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine
integrity [that is] in me.
”  (Psalm 7:8)

God, the Lord, has the authority to judge.  He is the righteous judge, the Judge of all things.  He is the one who has
the authority to judge and not us.  For when we judge, we will be judged by Him.  He judges our judgement “
for with
what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
(Matthew 7:2)
But God [is] the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
(Psalm 75:7).  

January 5, 2008        "Integrity in your Mouth"

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou
speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we
not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
”  (Job 2:9-10)

As if God cannot save, Job’s wife advised him to give up on God and curse God so that he, Job, can die and get it all
over with.  Did she mean that Job’s integrity kept him alive, or that if he cursed God, that God would strike him dead?
Either way, Job did not heed her advice and he compared her to a foolish woman.  She was probably walking in the
counsel of the ungodly and sitting in the seat of the foolish women and these are those who love to gossip.  Here we
see that to have integrity also includes what we speak.  One of the commandments and statutes of the Word of God is
to speak no evil thing from our lips but to speak only that which is edifying and uplifting.  Malachi compared those who
kept their mouths pure with those that did not and we find here what happens to them.  God blesses those that keep
their mouths according to God’s integrity.  Job refused to let his integrity slip but he kept his mouth from speaking
against God in cursing Him, and God blessed him.

The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity,
and did turn many away from iniquity.
”  (Malachi 2:6)
Ye have said, It [is] vain to serve God: and what profit [is it] that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have
walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?
”  (Malachi 3:14)

January 4, 2008        "Integrity"

And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do
according to all that I have commanded thee, [and] wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish
the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee
a man upon the throne of Israel.
”  (1 Kings 9:4-5)

During this time, a king and a throne was very important to Israel.  Even though we don’t necessarily have a king and a
kingdom in our days, the presence of a hierarchy is very evident and very important in the spiritual realm.  
There are two kingdoms at work today: God’s kingdom and Lucifer’s kingdom.  But God promised that He would
establish Solomon’s dominion and kingdom (which is God’s kingdom) upon His people for ever.  God will not fail to
rise up each time and provide a God fearing ruler for the throne of Israel.  This was a promise that God had made with
David, Solomon’s father.  God cannot lie, so if he promised this to David, He will bring it to pass.  
If one man, Solomon, would walk in integrity and God would make provision for something specific that would last for
ever, then how much more can we accomplish for the generations to come if we would choose to walk in integrity and
uprightness.  Here in this verse we also find a definition of integrity as God sees it.  It says that integrity comes from
the heart that is upright, doing all that we have been commanded in the Word of God and keeping all God’s statutes
and judgments.

January 3, 2008        “God’s Love”

Romans 8:39  “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Yes, nothing on this earth can separate us from the love of God which is in Jesus.  We cannot even separate
ourselves from God’s love.  We can choose to receive His love but we cannot separate ourselves from the love that
He has for us.  Sin can separate us from God (Romans 3:23  “
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
”),  but His love knows no bounds.  Know that He loves you with an inseparable, unchanging, unfailing love that
reaches deeper than any other thing in heaven or earth!  This love is in Christ Jesus alone!

January 2, 2008        "God's Gifts"

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.
"  James 1:17

God gifts are perfect just as is His nature.  God's gifts are reflecting His nature. He will not give something that is less
than perfect or that has any darkness in it.  If God has given you His blessing, or a confirmation of His call for your life
or if He has given you a job to do, then do not waiver if it is His will or not because He does not change.  God does not
change.  There is not even a shadow or a thought of changing with God.  Has He not said it?  Will He not do it?  If He
has said it, He will do it, so let your resolution be in accordance with His Word and He will bring it to pass as you step
into alignment with what He has said.  

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the
LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the
work for the service of the house of the LORD.
"  1Chronicles 28:20

January 1, 2008        "The New Year"

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