Faithfulness

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10 KJV

There is not one area of life where faithfulness is not required. The lack of it leads to disgrace and defeat.

We are stewards of our lives and personally responsible for how we handle what we have and where we are.

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV

What you are with little is what you will be with much. If you won’t tithe when you have little you won’t tithe when you have much.

If you won’t be generous when you have little you won’t be generous when you have much.

If you won’t work hard when you have little you won’t ever have much.

If you won’t love unconditionally when you are loved little you won’t love unconditionally even when you are loved much.

It’s a matter of character and faith.

Start now. Reap later.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 KJV


Generosity 

There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. Ecclesiastes 5:13 KJV

God so loved He gave. God is generous by nature. Godliness requires that the Christian be generous as his Creator.

God is also a Rewarder of those who diligently seek and follow Him. That’s why the promise of return we see in Luke 6:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 KJV


Friendship


The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. Proverbs 14:20 KJV

It’s amazing how many people gravitate to you when you are increasing and how many disappear when you go through difficulties.

One thing is sure, you find out who your real friends are when times are tough.

My first Pastor, Dr. Bill Sharp, used to say, “Rich has many friends, but poor is an orphan”.  How right he was.

Though many withdrew their fellowship during the set backs in moving our church ahead we found that we had a few wonderful, loyal, committed friends who stood by us and offered much strength and encouragement.

It’s worth the battle to find out who your true friends are.

Remember, God is for you and you are never alone. He will bring you through any and every difficulty even when those you thought were with you fall by the wayside.

Thank God for faithful friends!


Civic Responsibility

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Matthew 5:13 KJV

Surprisingly enough, being a Christian is not just about you.

We are chosen and called to be world changers and preservers of the God given Judeo-Christian culture and law of love.
In America being salt (a preservative and enhancer) and light (truth tellers and teachers) includes influencing our society by means of political activism (community engagement and societal involvement) and, especially voting. To not do so is to be salt that has lost its value and a light with no battery.

Our activism and our vote should be to promote biblical values not personal interests. These things should be faith based and not fear based.


Correctable

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Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:11 KJV

Not many of us likes to be corrected; particularly by someone that we aren’t especially fond of.

However, if we are wise we will consider every correction, every instruction, and every chastisement as an opportunity to learn, improve, and live successfully.

The word of God is our greatest life coach. Its wisdom is of more worth than any human counsel. God is all wise and He wants to teach you and I His wisdom and knowledge. His thoughts and ways are far beyond our thoughts and ways.

Let Him correct and teach you and your life will filled with righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. He will, then, promote and prosperity you.


A Just Man

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Who is a just man but he whose God is the Lord? This is not my idea. God, the Bible, His word, tells us that the natural man’s attempts at righteousness are like filthy rags. It takes being born-again, trained and renewed by the Word of God, and led by His Spirit to become “just” or “righteous.”

Integrity that is of value consists of being in Christ as a new creature, full of the character and nature of God. Walking in this relationship with our Savior, Jesus the Christ, makes a man a role model and mentor, a father and grand father of worth.

Such a man will raise his children “in the way they should go,” so that the blessing of Abraham will be their legacy.


What’s In A Name

Jabez! Pain! Sorrow Bringer!

A small book called “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson took its rightful place as a number one seller several years ago. It brings one of the great truths of the Scripture to bear on the life of any reader who will take it to heart.

As I considered Jabez and the implications of the Lord making mention that he “was more honorable than his brethren,” I was impacted with the revelation of how God regards a heart felt prayer.

His prayer was simple, straight forward and powerful!

Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain! 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)

It challenged the stigma placed upon him by his mother and, no doubt, his peers that he was a “pain” and “one who causes sorrow.” His was a prayer that recognized the ability and willingness of God to bring forth a “new creature” altogether.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

All things become new! Abraham became Abram, Sarai became Sarah, Jacob became Israel and Simon became Peter! Name changing (character changing, nature changing, memorial changing, position changing) is what God does. Every changed person gets a name change.

. . . To him who overcomes I will give … a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. Revelation 2:17 (KJV)

What’s Your Name!

Perhaps you’re one who has been stamped with a “name” that holds you back from coming into all that God has for you. Words spoken to you like, “You’re useless,” “loser,” “worthless,” or “You’re a pain” can leave a scar that affects all of your relationships. You find yourself falling back into a mold that someone else placed you in with their words or actions.

Name means character, nature, position, memorial.

Your name brings to mind all that you are. e.g. My name is George Stover. When people hear that name they will think good or bad of me by what their experience with, or knowledge of, me has memorialized in their minds. In other words, my reputation is tied to my name. People will relate to me according to their evaluation of my character and nature (name).

Let God change your name. Let Him write His Name upon you. Let Him make a new creation of you. Shake off the chains whose links are words spoken to your destruction. Pray the prayer of Jabez.

“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!”

You will get exactly what Jabez got. You never read of Jabez again. Could it be that God changed his name?

. . . So God granted him what he requested.

I believe so.