A Rich Man, A Camel, and A Needle

In Matthew 19:23-24 we once again find the disciples astounded and somewhat perplex regarding Jesus’ metaphorical illustration about the comparison of rich man, a camel, a needle, and the Kingdom of Heaven. Then in v26 the Bible says Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Experience teaches us that the unexplainable things in life presents opportunities for us to to trust God more with our lives. If salvation which was gifted to us was made possible through the bloody rugged cross what makes us think the God of the impossible won’t show up in our pain, disappointment, frustration, troubles, and problems? Let me be clear, in context all things are made possible means “only God can save sinners and give them eternal life.” No human being can hijack this power, in salvation or in any other matter. Therefore, our response should always be that of humility, submission, and trust!

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Ships are Meant To Float!

I read this today; “Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ship sink because water gets inside of them. Moral of the story, don’t let what’s happening around you get inside of you and weigh you down.” Adding to this Proverbs 12:25 reminds us that, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” 1 Peter 5:7 also taps us on our shoulders and says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” And lastly Paul texted us in Philippians 4:6-7 and said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace that surpasses all understanding [will cause your ship to float] and also will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”

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Will, Plan & Purpose

Through Jesus Christ’s irresistible love we discover that we are divinely placed on this earth to follow and accomplish God’s will, plan, and purpose in our lives through the help, convictions, teaching, and direction of the Holy Spirit!

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God is…..

Yes, if you have not turned your life over to God, He is waiting on you.

“Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.” (2 Peter 3:9 MSG)

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LOVE GOD, PEOPLE, & YOURSELF

God doesn’t measure nor does He rate sin based on frequency nor severity. In other words, in God’s empirical righteousness, if you sin in your heart 1X you are as guilty as serial killer. According to St. Augustine of Hippo sin is “a word, deed, or desire [thought] in opposition to the eternal law of God.” So what is God’s eternal law? In prefacing the ‘Shema Prayer’ found in Deut 6:4, Jesus said in Mark 12:29-30, “Hear O Israel, You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus had to continually remind the Pharisees of their inability to keep the Law of God. He was trying to get them back then as well as us today, to see our spiritual bankruptcy and our need for a Savior. Without the cleansing of sin that He provides, and the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit who lives in the hearts of the redeemed, authentically loving God to any degree is impossible.

So, you can live what you ‘consider’ a flawless life but if you fail to love God and your neighbor as referenced above you will have broken every command you so painstakingly work to keep!

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Prayers for HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 1-29-2019

Houston Police Department

Dear Lord, life as we live always have a way of revealing Your word in our hearts and the more we read the more we see past the darkness of this world. Your word has the power to raise the dead, destroy sickness, and disrupt the plots and plans of our adversary, the devil. Trouble, as we see it, may endure for a moment but one word from You can make the impossible possible, plausible, and more than probable. We know and understand that You operate in the past tense because Your eyes see the future and present at the same time. How unsearchable are Your ways and unfathomable are Your judgments. Yesterday, in our city, there were several police officers that were either shot and injured and though we don’t know all details of the situations, we realize that there are families that are grieving and wondering how could a loving God allow this tragedy to happen to their love ones and Father God, although we can speculate and forensically predicate motives, we still can’t answer the question why? It is in these dark times that we reach up instead of out to hear a word from You and it is our prayer this day that You allow Your word to usher in Your indestructible light so that peace may be stilled in all of our troubled hearts. The peace we are praying for is not as the world gives. Furthermore God, search the secret chambers of our own hearts and test us and know our thoughts and see if there be any evil in us and lead us to the pathway of everlasting because as for me and my house, we will serve You…in season and out of season because we know You will never leave us or forsake us and that’s why we declare boldly that the Lord is helper and we will not fear, what can mere mortals do to us…in Jesus’ name…we walk in the light of Your word because we are the light of the world…amen.

(Prayer by: Noël Pinnock)

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Your Destiny Waits You!

Here’s the deal: we don’t create destiny, rather we walk in destiny because of God’s omniscient providence. The destiny of your life was prescribed way before your were formed in your mother’s womb (read Psalm 139)! So the next time you start growing anxious, doubting, and worrying about your future it behooves you to remember that God formed man from the dust of the ground by His word but it was His breath that caused Him to live (Gen 2:7). Still not convinced? Revelation 13 tells us that Jesus was crucified from the foundation of the world. That means that before the world ever had a problem, God had an answer! It’s beautiful that He had this laid out from before the beginning; that His son, Jesus, would be born and die as a sacrifice for the sins of man—our sins that had not yet even occurred! But isn’t it interesting that in that grand purpose God had for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, there was no room at the inn for Him to be born? Beloved of God, your destiny awaits you….so what are you waiting for??! Your destiny will always be greater than your struggle!

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