Get in the Word and Stay There

1 Peter 2
We have to come to a place where we yearn for and cannot rest without God. If we get to that place, we will be able to grow in God. When you desire something or someone, you spend time with it or them. We need to feel this way about God’s word. We should so attached to God that we feel we must hear from Him. If you really want to hear God’s voice, pick up your Bible. God is the Word.
We have to develop a hunger and thirst for God. If we do, we won’t have any problem yielding to the will of God.
In order to present yourself to God, you have to lay aside those things that hinder you from walking with God. (see 1 Peter 2:1) Deny yourself. The flesh will not be subject to the law of God, so we must mortify the deeds of the flesh. (see Romans 8:7; Romans 7:23; Romans 8:13) The Holy Ghost will give you power and authority over your flesh and over anything the devil has to offer. (see Acts 1:8)
Even after you receive the Holy Ghost, you must develop a deeper desire for God. If you become slack in reading, fasting, and praying, you become weak and vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. Reading, fasting, and praying feed you spirit. Don’t grow so busy with the cares of this world that you starve your spirit, grow weak and faint.
You have to get a desire for God just as a baby gets a desire for milk. (see 1 Peter 2:2) The word is the voice, will, and strength of God. There’s nothing that can happen in your life that the Word of God doesn’t address. (see 2 Peter 1:3) At church should not be the only time you hear the word of God. You must read and study it for yourself. (see 2 Timothy 2:15; Isaiah 28: 10)
When you reject the word, you are rejecting Christ. If you truly love God, you will stick with Him, get closer to Him, and most importantly, keep His commandments.


The Joy of The Lord

John 15:1-11
Joy is an emotion evoked by well being, success or by having one’s desires. Knowing what God has done for you brings appreciation and joy. It should give you joy just to know you are attached to God.
Anytime you enjoy one’s company, you don’t want to see him or her go. When Jesus told His disciples that He was nearing departure from this earth, they became sorrowful. Jesus comforted them and let them know that their sorrow would turn into joy when He would send the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, back to them. When you know who Jesus is and have a relationship with Him, you will have His joy.
There is a change from walking in pain and sorrow daily, to the moment when the Holy Spirit inhabits you and gives you joy. The joy that God gives is everlasting. It will take you through trials and tribulation. The joy of The Lord is your strength. God wants us to have full joy. (I Peter 1:8)
The Holy Ghost comes with joy and an inner peace. (Philippians 4:7) (Romans 15:13)
Joy doesn’t always express itself in an outward burst. This is why we can’t judge the outward expression of man. The joy of The Lord will keep you. Experience the inner joy that flows from your relationship with God.
Joy is associated with the salvation found in Christ. There is joy wrapped up in the word of God, which is why we must read it continuously.
Sometimes, it is a struggle to read the word of God. But we must press though our bodily feelings to the place where God can illuminate our understanding in the word. We must also get to a place where our joy is not based on the music we listen to or on the praise of others, but on the meditation of the word of God.
(I Peter 1:4) We should get excited about our inheritance that God has reserved for you. We should be glad that God has and is protecting our inheritance for us. No one can touch it because Jesus is in charge of it. Even in trials, what you’re going through is not equal to where you will be. (I Peter 1:7) Even though you have yet to see your inheritance, you can rejoice in knowing and trusting that God will give it to you. When you are going through your trials, just start seeking the face of God. When you read the word, you can see the face of God. Put your trust in God and you can rejoice. God will come to your rescue; He is a deliverer.
Having a relationship with God will keep you even when your hurting. His joy is always present when you have Him in you. Relationship with God brings joy.

Trying to find the voice of God? It’s in His word


God’s word: The Holy Bible

Are you trying to find the voice of God? It’s in His word (see 2 Peter 1:21)!

The Bible is the word of God, not the word of men. Holy men of God wrote as the Holy Ghost led them. God left us the scriptures for our learning and for our instruction.

If you disobey the word of God, you are disobeying His voice. The word of God says Jesus is the chief cornerstone. He had to be first in the foundation of the church. The word of God lines up with the chief cornerstone and will teach us everything we need to know. We don’t have to rely on other’s opinions. The word says to “Fear God and keep His commandments.” God’s word is forever settled.

That means that even though the government bends on gay rights and calls them civil rights, we still have to rely on what God says about it. The world will change, but the church must remain the same.

We obey the law of the land as long as it does not conflict with God’s laws. God’s laws supersedes all other laws. (more…)

A Lesson from Ruth: Stay in a Blessed Place

Want to know where your blessing is? God has a special time and place for us to receive your blessing if we commit to following Him. The story of Ruth gives us insight to how we should approach our relationship with God. (see Ruth 1:11-16) Ruth followed and worked for Naomi, her mother-in-law, just as we should follow and work for God. Ruth rested at her husband Boaz’s feet, just as we should rest at the feet of Christ. Ruth and Orpah’s, Naomi’s second daughter-in-law, journey to Moab from their home in Judah to escape famine represent those who leave God when situations become difficult. When we face difficult situations while living for God, we should never wonder whether He will provide. However, instead we sometimes leave the place God has designated to bless us because circumstances are difficult. But we have to remember to always trust God through it all!

Even if someone turns away from God, God has a plan to bring His child back. (see Genesis 26:2-3) There is always hope! We, however, must be willing to go back to our place in Christ. We also must be aware of the influence we can have over others. When one returns to Christ, that person can bring another along, just as Ruth returned home with Naomi. Ruth accepted the God of Israel and of Naomi as her God. However, Orpah rejected God. Orpah would not leave her home or her idol gods to serve the one, true God. Likewise, some people won’t give up the world because they are afraid of being scoffed by relatives and friends. But if you want to be blessed, you have to be where God wants you. And as children of God, we should want to take advantages of the blessings He has for us. (See 2 Peter 1:4)

In the story of Ruth, Boaz can also represent Christ. Boaz would not allow his faithful workers to go empty handed. When we are in need, God will lead someone to help or guide us if we would just be faithful and obedient. When your are in the right field, God will bless your abundantly! (see Psalms 126:6)

In order to receive blessings from God, we also must be obedient to Him. God instructs the church not to have spiritual fellowship with the world. (see 2 Corinthians 6:14) We have to follow ALL of God’s instructions. There are no blessings in circumventing His word.

Ruth was blessed because she followed instructions and was faithful. Likewise, we must do the same in our walk with God. Ruth could have been like Orpah and went a different direction. However, Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and follow God. We must also follow God, even when we see others reject Him. If we, however, commit to living according to God’s word and to keeping our place in Christ, God’s blessings will surely come!

Bishop: Walk with God!

Genesis 5:22-24 KJV 

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. 

What exactly does walking with God entail? To walk with God is to comply with His will. God’s will is for us to walk with him, to serve Him, to love Him and to love others.

Everything we need to know concerning our walk with Christ is found in the word of God. The word comes to lead, guide, direct, and correct us. As followers of Christ, our main endeavor is to please God. To do that, we must be willing to live holy lives. 

1 John 1:5-7 KJV 

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

We can’t walk with God except we agree to follow His commands and to let Him lead us.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,

Walking with God also involves showing love to others, regardless of whether that love is reciprocated. Love covers a multitude of wrongs. (1 Peter 4:5) So, in the face of many the offenses that we might face from others people, we must remain consistent in our love for one another. When we resist the temptation to step out of love or to change others to meet our standards, we give God the opportunity to mold them to fit His design for their lives.

Romans 12:9-10 KJV 

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 

In other words, let your love be real!

If we want to let God be glorified in us, we have to live according to His word and let Him guide us to fulfill His will for our lives.