Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Who Do You Serve?

 

Jesus said:

Luke 4:18 

King James Version

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 

because he hath anointed me 

to preach the gospel to the poor; 

he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, 

to preach deliverance to the captives, 

and recovering of sight to the blind, 

to set at liberty them that are bruised,


What is the work you do?

Who do you lead?

Who do you serve?

What is your greater vision?

What do you think true leadership means?

The Bible shows that Jesus, the man of sorrows, served the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, and other forgotten people.

The Lord gave up His life for us.

Matthew 20:28 (KJV)

28 Even as the Son of man came 

not to be ministered unto, 

but to minister, 

and to give his life a ransom for many.


If you only serve the rich, what good would that do?

The poor will all the more be forgotten.

You would have caused a greater divide.

Won't you rather that everyone have a roof over their heads, have proper food, live and work safely, and securely, and not be a slave to anyone?

Can you bear lording it over everyone, when others are suffering everywhere?

Can you turn a blind eye to the needs of others?

Will it not be better we pray to Jesus, to please show us the way, so we may serve others better?

And perhaps, to even show us the best work to do, that would truly benefit others?

That is the call of leadership now.

That we have a heart.

And that heart, must be of God.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

RATING your COUNTRY

 

1 Peter 3:12

King James Version

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, 

and his ears are open unto their prayers: 

but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.


Are there righteous nations?

Here's how to judge your nation.

Let the HOLY SPIRIT be our guide.

Psalm 33:12

King James Version

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; 

and the people whom he hath chosen 

for his own inheritance.


Proverbs 14:34

King James Version

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation

but sin is a reproach to any people.


Proverbs 29:2

King James Version

2 When the righteous are in authority, 

the people rejoice

but when the wicked beareth rule, 

the people mourn.


Proverbs 29:7

King James Version

7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor

but the wicked regardeth not to know it.


Isaiah 32:17

King James Version

17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; 

and the effect of righteousness quietness 

and assurance for ever.


Isaiah 33:15

King James Version

15 He that walketh righteously, 

and speaketh uprightly; 

he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, 

that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, 

that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, 

and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;


Romans 8:1

King James Version

8 There is therefore now no condemnation 

to them which are in Christ Jesus, 

who walk not after the flesh, 

but after the Spirit.


Romans 10:4

King James Version

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness 

to every one that believeth.


Romans 13:1

King James Version

13 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. 

For there is no power but of God: 

the powers that be are ordained of God.


Romans 14:17-19

King James Version

17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; 

but righteousness, 

and peace, 

and joy in the Holy Ghost.

18 For he that in these things serveth Christ 

is acceptable to God, 

and approved of men.

19 Let us therefore follow after the things 

which make for peace, 

and things wherewith one may edify another.


2 Corinthians 6:14

King James Version

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers

for what fellowship hath righteousness 

with unrighteousness? 

and what communion hath light 

with darkness?


Philippians 1:9-11

King James Version

9 And this I pray, 

that your love may abound yet more and more 

in knowledge and in all judgment;

10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; 

that ye may be sincere and without offence 

till the day of Christ.

11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, 

which are by Jesus Christ, 

unto the glory and praise of God.


1 Timothy 6:11

King James Version

11 But thou, 

O man of God, 

flee these things; 

and follow after righteousness, 

godliness, 

faith, 

love, 

patience, 

meekness.


James 3:18

King James Version

18 And the fruit of righteousness 

is sown in peace of them that make peace.


Philippians 4:8

King James Version

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; 

if there be any virtue, 

and if there be any praise, 

think on these things.


How has your nation fared?


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Monday, December 27, 2021

Leadership Beyond Reproach

 

1 Corinthians 9:27 

King James Version

27 But I keep under my body, 

and bring it into subjection: 

lest that by any means, 

when I have preached to others, 

I myself should be a castaway.


True leaders are not hypocrites.

They must live, as they teach.

This blog is about those called to Christ.

When you are Christ's, all the more you must be spotless.

Your leadership must be beyond reproach.

You must be true to the Lord.

Be not like the leaders of the world, who say one thing, and yet do another.

Have no room for politics, division, distraction, deception, destruction, debauchery, and decadence.

Most of all, a true follower and believer of Jesus, will have no room for disobedience to the commandments of God.

Yes, it will be tough, but look at how the LORD JESUS conducted His life.

He had the toughest life yet.

Even as He had all the power in the world to chicken out, He did not.

Even as He had all the power in the world to zap satan who tempted Him in the wilderness, He did not.

JESUS taught us to obey the will of God.

To endure, by enduring.

To live by FAITH alone.

It can be done.

Luke 1:37

King James Version

37 For with God 

nothing shall be impossible.


Philippians 4:13

King James Version

13 I can do all things through Christ 

which strengtheneth me.


There are no excuses, when you serve GOD.

When you don't, you'll always find one.

Only by being born again can you understand such task, and discipline, of being a SPIRIT-led leader.

You will then make a discipline, out of that discipline.

The Holy Spirit will help you correct the errors of your heart.

Being born again will help you get through the most crucial moments of temptation, where, one small slip, can cause your downfall.

That small slip is the only opening satan waits for.

Whatever challenges we have in life right now, it is all so worth it, especially if your end goal is God.

Focus on JESUS alone.

Let GOD's WILL be done, through you.

The lusts of the flesh, the delusions of the mind, the confusion of self, can be conquered if you have CHRIST in your heart.

Ezekiel 36:27

King James Version

27 And I will put my spirit within you, 

and cause you to walk in my statutes, 

and ye shall keep my judgments, 

and do them.


And you'd make a very apt, God-led leader.

Of great value to all.


Monday, June 14, 2021

GOD Blesses to a THOUSAND Generations

 

Deuteronomy 7:9

King James Version

9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, 

he is God, 

the faithful God, 

which keepeth covenant and mercy 

with them that love him 

and keep his commandments 

to a thousand generations;


Yes, you read Scripture right.

God blesses those who love Him, and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.

In contrast -- the cost of hatred, and disobedience:

Exodus 34:7

King James Version

7 Keeping mercy for thousands, 

forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, 

and that will by no means clear the guilty; 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, 

and upon the children's children, 

unto the third and to the fourth generation.


Deuteronomy 5:9

King James Version

9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, 

nor serve them: 

for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children 

unto the third and fourth generation 

of them that hate me,


And yet, a previous article those verses were included, explores the visitation of that iniquity to even more generations, too.

It explains why hardship never seems to end.

Let us not be deluded into thinking we can go scott-free when we hate, disobey, or displease God.

Only God has perfect vision, and memory.

There is no fooling God.

He sees all; knows all.

As the LORD JESUS said:

Matthew 22:29

King James Version

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, 

Ye do err, 

not knowing the scriptures, 

nor the power of God.


Only a true born again can learn to love God.

For He will be true to Jesus, Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and thus, true to God.

As a leader, it's important you know that.

For many lives hinge upon your ability to lead, with wisdom.

True wisdom can only come from the Lord.

James 3:17

King James Version

17 But the wisdom that is from above 

is first pure, 

then peaceable, 

gentle, 

and easy to be intreated, 

full of mercy and good fruits, 

without partiality, 

and without hypocrisy.


Let JESUS be our leader, so we can lead better.


Updated 25 January 2022


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The PERFECT PRAYER

 

Luke 11:1

King James Version

11 And it came to pass, that, 

as he was praying in a certain place

when he ceased, 

one of his disciples said unto him, 

Lord, 

teach us to pray, 

as John also taught his disciples.


True leaders are humble.

They're prayerful.

They acknowledge the TRUE power.

They pray the prayer Jesus taught us:

Matthew 6:9-13

King James Version

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: 

Our Father which art in heaven, 

Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, 

Thy will be done in earth, 

as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil: 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, 

and the glory, 

for ever. 

Amen.


In that simple prayer, we acknowledge:

1. That we have a Father.

2. That He is in heaven.

3. That His Name is holy.

4. That His kingdom will come.

5. That His will be done -- in earth, and in heaven.

6. That we rely on Him for our life, and spiritual subsistence.

7. That we need His forgiveness.

8. That we need to forgive others.

9. That He has power over temptation.

10. That He has power over evil.

11. That we need His help to overcome both temptation, and evil.

12. That the kingdom is His.

13. That power is His.

14. That glory is His.

15. That eternity is His.


"Amen" pertains to "verily, truly" -- in total agreement of the prayer.

1 Chronicles 16:36

King James Version

36 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel 

for ever and ever

And all the people said, 

Amen

and praised the Lord.


When we can pray as the Lord Jesus taught us, we are in humble supplication, and obedience to His Father.

Through His own life, and ministry, Jesus showed He only cared to do the will of the Father.

All the way to the Cross.

The PERFECT MAN teaches us the PERFECT PRAYER.

The perfect prayer leads us to perfection -- being acceptable in the eyes of God -- for Jesus did say:

Matthew 5:48

King James Version

48 Be ye therefore perfect, 

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


As a former Catholic, taught in Catholic schools, I did not understand the importance of the Lord's prayer.

We just kept mouthing it, not really understanding its power, and significance.

But the Lord forgave my ignorance.

He knew, on the day of His choosing, I would begin to understand.

Mercifully, 20 months ago, that day came, and the Holy Spirit started instructing me.


What prayers do you pray?

Does it lift self?

Or does it glorify God?

Are our prayers "vain repetitions"?

Matthew 6:7

King James Version

7 But when ye pray, 

use not vain repetitions, 

as the heathen do: 

for they think that they shall be heard 

for their much speaking.


Whether you acknowledge it, or not, our path is the path to perfection, for we need to be changed, if we are to meet up with the Lord, on the day God Himself appoints.

Let's all love God, and pray the PERFECT PRAYER Jesus taught us.

Only through Jesus can we all survive what is to come.

And all GLORY belong to GOD alone.


Updated 25 January 2022


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A Challenge to ANY Leader

 

1 Corinthians 15:58 

King James Version

58 Therefore, 

my beloved brethren, 

be ye stedfast, 

unmoveable, 

always abounding in the work of the Lord, 

forasmuch as ye know 

that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


Are you the richest person on earth?

Are you the smartest?

Are you the most good-looking?

The most popular?

The most educated?

The most philantrophic?

Or, perhaps, that's your goal, and you're on your way there?

I don't care who you are, how much you earn, how much you have, how good you look, or how powerful you are.

I only have one question for you:

Does God rule your heart?


Because if He is, you won't even aspire to be all those.

You'd kneel before God, in submission, and honor the ONLY KING to the THRONE.

You'd wait for His commands.

You'd follow His will.

If you are of the world, reveling in your wealth, beauty, power, and glory, know that the Lord Jesus descended from heaven, in all humility.

Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)

5 Let this mind be in you, 

which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, 

thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, 

and took upon him the form of a servant, 

and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, 

he humbled himself, 

and became obedient unto death, 

even the death of the cross.


There is only ONE rightful Master.

Jesus.

Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV)

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, 

and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 

of things in heaven, 

and things in earth, 

and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess 

that Jesus Christ is Lord, 

to the glory of God the Father.


Do you know who you serve, when you are so full of self?

Isaiah 14:12-14 (KJV)

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, 

O Lucifer, 

son of the morning! 

how art thou cut down to the ground, 

which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, 

I will ascend into heaven, 

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: 

I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, 

in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; 

I will be like the most High.


As your fellow human being, I ask you come back to earth now, get your heart right with the Lord, so we can be worthy of meeting Him up in the clouds, before all hell will break loose.


Updated 25 January 2022


Friday, February 19, 2021

God's Blessings

 

In sharp contrast to the previous post, on God's wrath, here's what to expect if you elicit the favor of God because you listen to Him, you observe His commandments, and you show love, and gratitude to the Lord.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 

King James Version

28 And it shall come to pass, 

if thou shalt hearken diligently 

unto the voice of the Lord thy God, 

to observe and to do all his commandments 

which I command thee this day, 

that the Lord thy God will set thee on high 

above all nations of the earth:

2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, 

and overtake thee, 

if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, 

and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, 

and the fruit of thy ground, 

and the fruit of thy cattle, 

the increase of thy kine, 

and the flocks of thy sheep.

5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, 

and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies 

that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: 

they shall come out against thee one way, 

and flee before thee seven ways.

8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, 

and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; 

and he shall bless thee in the land 

which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, 

as he hath sworn unto thee, 

if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, 

and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see 

that thou art called by the name of the Lord; 

and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, 

in the fruit of thy body, 

and in the fruit of thy cattle, 

and in the fruit of thy ground, 

in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, 

the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, 

and to bless all the work of thine hand

and thou shalt lend unto many nations, 

and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, 

and not the tail

and thou shalt be above only, 

and thou shalt not be beneath; 

if that thou hearken unto the commandments 

of the Lord thy God, 

which I command thee this day, 

to observe and to do them:

14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words 

which I command thee this day, 

to the right hand, 

or to the left, 

to go after other gods to serve them.


Updated 25 January 2022


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