Archive | March 2010

KINGDOM PROSPERITY IS NOT AN ASSET: IT IS A REWARD!

Proverbs 13:21 Misfortune pursues the sinner, but PROSPERITY IS THE REWARD of the RIGHTEOUS.

Oh…I have touched on a topic which many have come to loathe….Or I might be wrong? What is your view on prosperity? Do you think Kingdom prosperity is an ASSET or a REWARD? First let us define these two words:

AN ASSET is: the entire property owned by a person; valuable item that is OWNED; useful or valuable quality, person or thing; an ADVANTAGE OR RESOURCE.

A REWARD is: taking reward of thine own value; the fruit of one’s labor or works; that which is given in return for good or evil done; receive for some services or attainment as for excellence in studies; recompense, requital.

While the discussion has become heated about whether it is right to preach or teach about prosperity in the Kingdom, I believe with all my heart that God was and is still the AUTHOR of the word PROSPERITY! If it weren’t the case, He wouldn’t care to repeat the same to the children of Israel as they prepared themselves to enter into the Promised land. But remember….PROSPERITY is not an ASSET; it is A REWARD. Continue reading

Advertisements

DOES HE KNOW YOUR ADDRESS?

Acts 19:14-15 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day, the evil spirit answered them, ‘JESUS I KNOW and I KNOW ABOUT PAUL, but WHO ARE YOU?

Yes…the question still goes out today. WHO ARE YOU? DO I KNOW YOUR ADDRESS? By reading this above scripture verse, I see a truth which may seem too simple to discern. But I thank God for His Spirit. In Acts 19, we read about Paul’s powerful ministry of the Word and healing for two years in the Province of Asia. In this two years, all the Jews and Greeks living there have become familiar with him. Many believed, others were healed while some with evil spirits were set free. And of course, some curious onlookers among them, the seven sons of Sceva, the Jewish chief priest got interested. Oh, they are not yet followers of THE WAY. But at the look of things…it doesn’t take hard work to invoke in the name of the Lord Jesus to bring relieve to one in need of deliverance…or so it might have seemed. Continue reading

A THREE-WORDED INCOMPLETE SENTENCE

I woke up this morning…in the midst of an unfinished dream. I rarely dream…much less, dreams which are God orchestrated. But I have had two very vivid dreams which have had very significant meaning in my life. Today’s dream, I felt was from God…but the strange thing about it was I couldn’t recall any single fact or scene from that dream. Yet when I woke up mid-way…this three-worded incomplete sentence was hanging on my lips: SEASONED WITH GRACE.

I don’t know what that means….or what the Lord has in mind….but I will be listening…or I will lie still in bed and let Him, speak! Oh, He has something in store…that I know. Meanwhile, I will leave you with this very familiar verse which talks about the same as I heard;

COLOSSIANS 4:6 LET YOUR SPEECH ALWAYS BE WITH GRACE, SEASONED WITH SALT, THAT YOU MAY KNOW HOW YOU OUGHT TO ANSWER EACH OTHER.

FEARLESS COURAGE

Acts 4:13 When they saw THE COURAGE of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and TOOK NOTE that these men HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.

Something is in my heart today and I don’t know how to put it in words. But I will try. Let’s put some meat into the skeleton. Here is Peter and John, the disciples of Jesus going to the temple for prayers. Before they enter, they meet a crippled beggar who asks them for alms. And no…they HAVE NO silver nor gold. But, they offer to give him what THEY HAVE….JESUS. Moments later, the man stands up…HEALED. The crowd is ecstatic with astonishment. But Peter quickly redirects their attention to the ONE who has power to heal – JESUS

After talking to the crowd, Peter and John proceed into the temple, where they farther speak to the people about the resurrection of the dead. The Sadducees become alarmed and seized Peter and John. After a night in the jail, the following day, they are brought before the SANHEDRIN…that is…before a council of judges for questioning. And right there and then, in the most difficult situation Continue reading

A LOVE HUNT

Luke 15:8-9 ‘Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and SEARCH carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’

HUNT…can be define as: SEARCH, forage, go in quest of, look high and low, try to find, investigate etc.

By nature, we are all LOVE HUNTERS. That’s how God created us…to function in and within our community. Our love quests range from the love of parents, siblings, friends and neighbors; the quest for excellence in our studies, careers, hobbies, religion or God etc. Our hunting or search can arise in two forms. Either, we are hunting for something we had but lost or something new which we are aiming. But no matter which form, there is always a sense of deep satisfaction when one finds what they are in pursuit of. And of course, in the same way…we read about the Parable of the lost coin. Here we see a woman who had ten coins but loses one of them. Instead of being content with the nine remaining…she gets out of her way to go searching for the one which is missing.

Yeah…you might wonder. What does that have to do with me? But as I said…we are LOVE HUNTERS. So…I think this has to do with you. This is what the woman did. She lit her lamp, swept the house and searched carefully. Continue reading

GIVE ME YOUR LUNCH

John 6:7-9 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd of people coming towards him, he said to Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked only this to TEST HIM, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Phillip answered him, ‘Eight months’ of wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with FIVE SMALL BARLEY LOAVES AND TWO SMALL FISH, but how far will they go among so many?”

And so here is the question. HOW MUCH IS IN YOUR LUNCH BOX? Or rather, a different way…WHAT IS THE WORTH OF YOUR LUNCH?

We all know about the feeding of the five thousands…and yes, we can all agree…It is one of Jesus’ greatest miracles. And yet…beyond the feeding, there is a great lesson hidden between the lines. A few days ago, I told my husband what the Lord had put in my heart. He said to me, “I DO NOT DEAL WITH CURRENCIES, BUT I DEAL WITH FIGURES.” And then this morning, He brought this miracle of the five loaves and two fish to mind.

Note the conversation between Jesus and Phillip, his disciple. Jesus wants to feed the crowds…so he turns to him and asks a simple question; WHERE can we buy bread… And Phillip quickly answers him with a well-calculated answer...EIGHT MONTHS’ WAGE IS NOT ENOUGH… Stop and re-read Jesus’ question and Phillip’s answer. Continue reading

A BREAKOUT AND A BREAKTHROUGH

Judges 1:1-2 After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, ‘Who will be the first to go up and fight for us against the Canaanites?” The Lord answered, “JUDAH IS TO GO; I HAVE GIVEN THE LAND INTO THEIR HANDS.”

Today, for the first time I seem to be lost for words. Why? Because I wake up this morning with a JOY, AN UNSPEAKABLE JOY….yes, a joy which I cannot put in words, a joy that has refused to be contained, a joy that I have to quickly and urgently share with someone out there. GOD is about to BREAKTHROUGH for me…HE is about to BREAKTHROUGH for you. But He spoke into my heart these words: JUDAH HAS TO GO FIRST.

JUDAH means PRAISE….So I am here to let you know, that I am going first. I am offering Him…my greatest, deepest, loudest praise of all times. For those of you who have been waiting…HE IS SAYING…before YOUR BREAKTHROUGH, let me hear A BREAKOUT of praise. He is waiting for you and me.

I leave you with these scriptures verses as join me in the BREAKOUT OF PRAISE. Continue reading