Archive for April, 2012

Are You Committed To Serve the LORD?

Deuteronomy 14:2 For thou art a holy people unto the LORD your God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself…  What a powerful verse. God wants me to live a holy life. He wants me to devote my life to serve and praise Him.

This note was found pinned to a hut of an African pastor. (Taken from the book Legacies of Faith, Volume IV, by Ed Erny)

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit’s power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure, I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small talking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing me–my banner will be clear.

Oh Father, help me to live a life with such determination!

Watch Your Thoughts!

Watch your thoughts because your thoughts become your words.

Watch your words because your words become your actions.

Watch your actions because your actions become your habits.

Watch your habits because your habits become your character.

Watch your character because it becomes your destiny.

I Peter 5:8 tells us that Satan is our great enemy, and that  he is like a hungry lion walking around looking for victims that he can tear apart. He knows all of our weak points, and he makes himself aware of all our circumstances. He looks for ways to pervert our judgment and to doubt God’s plan and purpose for our lives. Just like a roaring lion, that wants to destroy his prey, Satan wants to destroy our lives and our testimonies. This verse tells us to be sober and to be on guard of Satan’s devious plans.

He continuously tries to infiltrate our thoughts with his thoughts. His unending goal is to replace God’s truth with his lies. He knows that if he can control our thoughts, he can control our behavior. Satan wants to fill our minds with negative thoughts about our circumstances and other people.

 Next time you begin to have thoughts that are full of hate, vindictiveness, revenge, and despondency, take those thoughts captive and bring those thoughts into obedience to Christ and His Word. Destroy those old strongholds of negative thinking.  (II Corinthians 10:3-5)

Philippians 4:8 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; … think on these things.

Think positive thoughts of faith, love, purpose, and determination. These are the thoughts that  will help you stay physically and spiritually healthy.