It’s the HEART that counts!


Hi Everybody!

Is everybody enjoying their summer? Well, as we enjoy the weather let us not forget that we need to remain in prayer for the land that we live in. I’m sure some of you have heard of the Colorado fires going on in the US? The landslides in Uganda where those who lived in the slum have lost their homes, the summer drownings  that seem to be a seasonal thing that keeps happening in Ontario, Canada every year (Canadians need to learn to swim seriously 😦 ). There is so much going on in different parts of the world and we just need to remember to keep our nations in prayer, AMEN!

Ok so I have a video here today for us to contemplate on what we do and how we live before God’s measure of Faith. I said in a previous post a while ago that God doesn’t measure deeds, He measures our HEART. Man always looks at the outward appearance as a standard of good behaviour, but God always looks a our hearts. When you think of Saul – the people-pleaser in the Bible…you’ll recognize that his heart was always in the wrong place and was therefore rejected from being King by the Lord Himself, which consequentially offended him greatly and moved him to be filled with hatred and jealousy to God’s new Candidate David the little shepherd boy. David was exalted because his Heart was one of a true worshiper who worshiped in Spirit and in Truth and is always described as the man after God’s Heart. Even when David sinned against God, he repented with great remorse because he truly loved God and realized how much he had grieved the Lord with his sinful actions. It didn’t matter how faithful he was in deeds prior to his sin of adultery, because God was always looking at David’s heart. If we focus way too much on deeds without cultivating a heart of love in our actions walking in the spirit of truth and humility, then deeds alone don’t count for anything. Faith without Works is dead (James 2:14-26) as are works without faith and love are dead also. Faith and Works must be held together if we are to walk in Righteousness since the Just live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:16; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:26; Hebrews 10:38).

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”.

It’s amazing to see how deceived people can be when they think that deeds count for something more than the heart. JESUS is always looking at our hearts all the time. Let’s learn from the story about Ananias and Sapphira in the book of (Acts 5:1-11). Not every story has a happy ending and the story of Ananias and Sapphira is once such story. Their story is a warning for all believers to take God very seriously and to not think or consider lying to the Holy Spirit. God shall not be mocked.

We can try and fool people with self-righteousness and deeds but if we have not LOVE, then it is useless and we are most definitely operating in a false sense of humility. Such a display of  this false faith in action is nothing more but pride in action.

Love is an important character that we need to cultivate since AGAPE “God is Love” is the very character of God. I know for sure that the Holy Spirit shows me areas that I lack it, but I still make an effort to strive to love like Jesus did. I admit that there are individuals who rub me the wrong way sometimes and I’m sure we all do have some in our lives, but the most important thing is to always purpose to operate in love. True Humility operates in Love at all times and it is never self-seeking nor is it pretentious.

When I see others who operate with a high level of Love, I always get challenged because I’m thinking…”wow…you know this person is against you, but you still treat them with the utmost love that I find to be quite profound”. My Grandpa and Grandma are really good at displaying this type of love…and sometimes I think it’s over the top because there are some things that I consider to be things that really need to be addressed and called out on with regards to some people in their actions. However, I remain amazed at how they can still fellowship with all kinds of people especially their enemies and still maintain that spirit of love despite knowing what they are all about even in circumstances where these same people plot harm against the family.

Love is real when it is in action and Love can only grow through Faith. Faith is tied to LOVE. The more faith you have the more love you have. The more Godly love you have the more Faith you have. Faith and Love go hand in hand in God’s Hand.

For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for us and for our sins so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish like Ananais and Sapphira did, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

It is clear to me that Ananias and Sapphira lacked faith and operated without the fear of God because the believed they could pretend humility in a self-seeking manner as a reaction to their jealousy toward their brother in Christ which is not characteristic of Agape-love at all.

As we learn from the grimm story of Ananias and Sapphira we must look back and ask ourselves what do we believe in? Do we believe in the powerful Love of our Lord Jesus Christ? Will we choose to operate in Love just like our Lord Jesus? or will we pretend humility and lie to the Holy Spirit?

When you have faith in God, you believe in His love that He has for you when you get saved; however, our faith in His love is demonstrated best when we love others in return as He has done for us as well. So Today, focus on increasing your capacity to love people as Christ loves the Church and all the people of the World. When you demonstrate your love, you show God that you have faith in Him.  God Expects us to do likewise in our conduct as He has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ at the Cross. Let’s think on purifying our Hearts so that we can Love people as God loves us and Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth rather than end up unfaithful and deceitful like Ananias and Sapphira. God shall not be mocked by self-righteousness so we must reverentially Fear Him as we walk by faith with fear and trembling ensuring that humility is our garment of Praise. Let’s renew our spirits and ask God to cleanse our hearts of anything that doesn’t resemble Godly love in character though our actions, thoughts and deeds, AMEN!

I have a song by Donnie McClurkin called Create in Me a Clean Heart. May it minister to your heart today. Have a Blessed day everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Habakkuk 2:4
Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.

Romans 1:17
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Hebrews 10:19-27  (NKJV)

Hold Fast Your Confession

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

The Just Live by Faith

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

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Hebrews 10:38
Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)

The Greatest Gift

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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How Much Do We Love God? – The Fear of the Lord


Hello Everybody!

Spring is finally arrived and it is a glorious morning! Praise be to GOD! Even though it is kinda foggy out there, it is such a blessed morning because this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Winter is finally OVER! Somebody give me a shout! HALLELUJAH!!!!!! Ok…so that was my lovely outburst for today. I’m sure that woke you up but it’s sooo awesome!!!!  YAY!!!!!You must know by now that for all those that have been following my blog, I celebrate Spring more than Winter…and if I had the seasons in my way…I’d have spring all year through but of course God is the maker so I respect the beginning and the end of all these seasons. Phew…got that one off my chest lol.

So today I was reading a few Chapters from the book of Job this morning and what really got me going is how Satan kept petitioning God to test how much Job “Feared” the Lord. Let me tell you that God really loved Job indisputably because of the way he reverenced the Lord. Job was a humble man and a man of stature that made him in a way the exception to most people in the bible. His level of Humility is indeed much to be admired, but it’s not enough for us to admire it, we have to be an example of that level of humility too. This is the conclusion I drew upon after reading just chapter 1 of the book of Job.

He Feared God soo much that he would go so far as to burn sacrifices as a covering for his family just in case his family (in particular his children) had sinned against God. The man is commendable in that he knew how to maintain his integrity before the Lord because he understood that the FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of all Wisdom and fools despise such wisdom and run quickly to do evil.

Job 28:28
And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

Let’s read a bit from the Book of Job:

Job 1:6-22

Satan Attacks Job’s Character

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”

12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Job Loses His Property and Children

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans[c] raided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from across[d] the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Well, after reading that over and over…I thought to myself…How much do I really love the LORD? Have you ever asked that question to yourself?

Satan has no need to attack already “weak Christians”, and by weak I mean unbelieving christians because…if you don’t believe in God or lose your faith in God along your walk, then you’ve got to question…are you still a “Christian”? A Christian by definition means Believer of Christ so if you lose faith in Jesus along the way…do you still maintain your postion as a Christian? Seriously think about it.

I know what I’m saying sounds like a terrible question, but I have had a few attacks in my life that made me question my Christianity as a person and it’s NOT “if” the attack comes, it’s “WHEN”!

I have found that Satan typically appears when he recognizes the strong Christian, the steadfast, the unwavering, the one that FEARS GOD the most above every man. Such a Christian is someone he finds worth contending with. The key word here is WORTH. Measure your WORTH in GOD’s eyes. If you are a believer, you are worth contending with as far as Satan is concerned, but your Worth is only measured by your CUP of FAITH in Jesus Christ, Son of GOD. I keep saying in different posts, “measure your CUP”. If your cup is running on empty…then my friend, you need to reassess your life. If your cup is overflowing, then you need to enlarge your vessel for greater Glory because to much that is given, much is required of you.

God finds us to be of so much worth to HIM that HE sent His Son Jesus to die for us, how much WORTH do we find in our LORD JESUS CHRIST?????

Luke 12:48
But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

Job was a rich man prior to the petition by Satan against his life. When we go through trials, we must understand that our Character will be tested…it’s not an option, it is mandatory that our Character in Christ will be tested. Sometimes, the testing and trials will come like waves beating at each other one after the other after the other after the other until we are driven to a corner and at such moments the only question that we will be left to answer is DO YOU STILL LOVE THE LORD despite the TRIAL that you have just endured? Job went through it in Job 1: 14-19 so surely…who’s to say we won’t go through such testing ourselves?

Some people love what I call the “perks” of Christianity such as the Hedge of Protection, the Full Armor of God, Prosperity, Peace, Blessings etc, but they detest the TESTS that must come forth to shape us into the likeness of our GOD. Don’t detest the test because it is through this test that our Image is molded and crafted by the Potters Hands, our Father GOD.

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

Today, think on what it means to REALLY LOVE THE LORD with all your HEART, MIND and SOUL.

Tests will come but they are not intended to break you, they are there to shape you into what GOD calls you to be which is to be a son/daughter of GOD. If you want to be God’s People, you have to endure the tests. Walking with GOD is one thing, but the question is to what extent are we willing to Stay and Stand with HIM?

Friends, I say all of this with much FEAR and Trembling. I know that I personally dislike tests, especially the difficult ones I’ve had to endure….but I feel in my spirit that I had to say this today so that we understand that when we face difficult situations, GOD IS WITH YOU THROUGH IT ALL as hard as that may seem to be to accept. GOD doesn’t abandon His Favored Flock so just know that GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS even in the midst of the Trial. Satan would like to discredit your relationship with Him, but it’s up to you to prove Satan wrong in the midst of your trials.  In the end, to be a Christian means Standing with GOD through the Good and the Bad, much like a Marriage Vow. Don’t divorce along the way, remain COMMITTED and demonstrate your Love for God Today and everyday.

I have a song that is playing in my head at the moment to end this meditation by  Israel Houghton and New Breed called Breath into Me. Let everything that has breath, PRAISE THE LORD!PRAISE THE LORD! GOD BLESS YOU TODAY EVERYBODY!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Romans 5:2-4 (NKJV)

through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

2 Corinthians 6:3-5 (NKJV)

We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;

Ephesians 3:13
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 (NKJV)

God’s Final Judgment and Glory

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;

Proverbs 14:9
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.

Psalm 5:12
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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A Prayer of Repentance – Forgive Me Father for I have Weaknesses!


Nathan the Prophet confronts King David

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
   and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
   and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
  you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
   wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
   or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
   and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

I felt the need to point out Psalm 51 as a model for a prayer of Repentance.

King David had sent Bathsheba’s husband Uriah to the front lines to be killed while he stayed in Jerusalem so that he could take his wife (2 Samuel 11:1). Uriah died in the battle and David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. This was a serious offence against the Lord in that he had committed a heinous crime and had envied Uriah for his wife and acted on his envy by committing adultery with her (2 Samuel 11:27). The Lord sent Nathan the Prophet to rebuke and warned David of what he had done to anger the Lord to pronounce His righteous Judgment against him. David’s response to his grievous sin was a sincere and sorrowful, contrite and a broken-hearted spirit seeking forgiveness from the Lord for his grievous actions (2 Samuel 12). David was anointed and chosen by God to be King over Israel and yet he too had weaknesses in areas that sought to satisfy his flesh. He too was tempted and had succumbed to his temptations to such an extent as to plot someones death just to get what he wanted. David is no angel here but when he confessed to God, he did so with a sincere and contrite heart that moved God to forgive him as a response to David’s repentance of his actions. King or Pauper, no one is immune from temptation. It says in the word that:

Romans 3:22-24 (NKJV)

22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[a] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

We can only be redeemed through Christ our Saviour, so we must confess our sins before Jesus who died for us so that we can be restored to the Love of the Father.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God is a Father who forgives us even for the most grievous of offenses as hard as that seems to believe. 

David’s act of Repentance allowed for him to be Forgiven because he still remained a Man after God’s Own Heart.

How God sees us as children

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Articles for Reference

Healing for the Backslider

Virtue – Fall Again

The Confession Starter – God is Enough

 

 

 

 

 

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Today, I have a song that I pray ministers to those that need to Seek God’s face in any areas that they struggle with. I admit that I too am no angel myself and this song ministers to me all the time. Confess to God your Weaknesses so that you may be healed and restored back into His Divine Loving Presence. The song I have today is from Donnie McClurkin and it’s called Create In Me a Clean Heart. It definitely epitomizes Psalm 51. Stay Blessed today Everybody!

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Without Love – What is Love Again?


So these are my thought provoking inspirational videos for Sunday. Yes, not 1 but 2 videos this time. It’s just so that we get ourselves thinking about what is important to reflect on. The topic of Love that I am referring to here isn’t the philia type (friendship -love) nor the eros type of love (romantic, sexual love); It’s the AGAPE love (God is Love)  that we need to seriously convey in this LOVE-STARVED world. Show love and overcome EVIL with GOOD. Stay blessed everyone.

Scriptures to reflect on regarding LOVE:

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. [Emphasis added]

1 Corinthians 13

The Greatest Gift

 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love [Emphasis added]

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. [Emphasis added]

Galatians 5:22