Wednesday, April 30, 2008

When God ordains, He sustains

I read this in an email today and all I can say is I was encouraged. I hope it encourages you. When GOD ordains his child, no one can stand in the way of GODS purpose or will.

Another thought for today:

Psalms 57:6
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

Two different emails, but GODS knows what we need to hear and when we need to hear it. My GOD is so awsome.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

GOD confirms his word

Mark 11
1And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

2And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

3And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

4And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

5And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

6And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

7And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

8And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

9And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

11And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

Dose this passage of scripture sound familiar? Well it should, because Pastor preached this passage of scripture on Sunday night. The funny thing is, I taught on this same scripture sunday morning in Sunday school. We had a lot of teaching going on the sundays leading up to Easter, I didn't get a chance to teach this lesson before Easter and since it was prepared I figured I would go ahead and teach it. "The triumphant entry" I have been using the "Search for truth" Bible study chart for my teaching and the kids love it. They especially liked the chart with a map of Jerusalem, and Jesus' last days and were they took place on the map.

I understand that God will confirm his word for many different reasons. Sometimes it's so we'll just have faith that he is real and that these things are not a coincidence. Sometimes it's so He can show Himself, or increase our faith. I know one thing, my students are paying attention because when this passage was read on Sunday night they looked at me with bewilderment in there eye, and if I could read their minds they were saying, "Hey, that's the scripture from this morning!" If it can touch one child and bring this scripture to their minds sometime in the future, then this seed was sown on fertile ground. Hallelujah!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

"It's a Battle for Your Attention!

In our media-driven culture we are being bombarded daily with contradicting messages. On TV, in movies, in print publications and online, men and women of faith are told they're inadequate in the workplace or at home, as spouses or as parents.

And our children are even bigger targets. TV, films and video games offer gratuitous violence, teen programs with provocative clothing and situations, pop-ups on the Web ... they're all fighting against the virtues and values you hold most dear and strive to instill in your kids." Focus on the Family

I read this today in an e-mail and it was thought provoking. Secular religion understands the the ploys of the devil to win your children over to the ways of the world. This message is true, but how much more discernment we have as "Holy Ghost filled Apostolic Christians." We need to be parents first and friends to our children second, or we do them a great injustice.

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." KJV, 1 Corinthians 13:11