What are you eating?
Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time). John 6:35 amp.
I ask what are you eating because what you feed your body is very important. When I was training for the Arizona Cardinals training camp I would train 3 times a day. I would take supplements that were all natural to make sure my body had enough energy to go through the rigorous workouts. I would even drink wheat grass with just water to make sure I had all my greens and chlorophyll to help my body recuperate. I wanted to be the BEST so I had to EAT the BEST. In the book of Daniel, Daniel chose not to eat the King’s food but chose to eat the food God had told him to eat which was vegetables( I am not saying meat is bad for you I’m not a vegetarian). Daniel and his friends were stronger than the other servants because they fed their bodies the right food. What you eat is who you are going to be. It goes for everything else in life. If you take in the Word of God daily you will have the mind of God because you will be full of His word. To be physically fit takes a lot of discipline. To be spiritually fit also takes discipline and is more profitable.
For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 amp.
Eternal Life thru Death
For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity]. Philippians 1:21 amplified.
Glory to God, I thank Him that he sent His only son to die for the sins of the whole world so that we can be saved(John 3:16). Jesus hadto die on the cross so we would not have to pay for our own sins which is spending an eternity in the fiery pit. When Adam committed the first sin which was eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the tree had no special power which would give him knowledge it was the fact that he disobeyed God’s command which was to not eat of the tree and therefore he knew what evil was which is to disobey God. God said that he would die. God did us a favor by telling man he would have to die. By man dieing God could condemn sin to the flesh and man can be reborn to a new heavenly body made perfect. This was done through the death of Jesus. Jesus being perfect without sin became the sins of the whole world when He was on the cross. God hates sin so when Jesus said My God why have you forsaken me when He was on the cross(Matthew 27:46) the Father had to turn away but when it was finished He sent the Holy Spirit and Jesus was resurrected on the 3rd day. We who believe in Jesus will be raised and have life because we accept Him as our payment for our sins. If you don’t have Jesus it would be smart to seek Him because there is no other name under heaven which can save you(Acts 4:12). Its a free gift take advantage of it, be baptized in water and spirit so you can be born again and see the kingdom of Heaven(John 3:5) and God in all His glory! Amen.
The Fight of your Life!
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 1 Peter 5:8 amplified.
Glory to God the Father in the most High. I rejoice because my family and I are in various trials and tribulations(James 1:2). My wife is in Bible school learning to become a true minister for God’s kingdom. It has truly been a blessing to suffer many trials to serve God. We understand that when you live your life for God completely the enemy satan will come ferociously and attack. I’m not saying this is easy because it definitely isn’t. It is one of the toughest things I have ever been through in my entire life. I’m glad because I know I am doing something good because the enemy is trying his absolute best to try and make my family and I quit and leave. We have been surviving because of the word of God. We put on the whole armor of God as a heavy fitted soldier so we can stand against the wiles and the tactics of the devil(Eph 6:11). The power is in actually doing what the word says. I know this because when I pray to God in the morning I know by faith there is breakthrough. When I go and minister the word to the men who I work with at labor ready I know they will be blessed and there will be change in their lives. The enemy attacks us so hard because we are a blessing to other people so he tries to get us to focus on our troubles and situations and be depressed so we can’t operate in the Spirit and be used by God to bless others. God’s word is so powerful and mighty when it is done in action and that is only reason why we are still standing. We submit ourselves to God and the devil must flee(James 4:7). I encourage you to stay strong in the Word and continue to have faith because the trials will bring out endurance, steadfastness, and patience(James 1:3).
Everything In Faith!
But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful]. Romans 14:23 amp
Let us be careful then how we walk, our daily lives should operate in Faith and love. The reason why I had this verse is because Paul was consumed by the Holy Spirit and God had Him write this because He came to a FULL knowledge of Christ! Us believers should walk in a way that is completely blameless and leaves no open door for criticism or judging. Lets take a look at Romans 14:13,15 Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother. v15, But if your brother is being pained or his feelings hurt or if he is being injured by what you eat, [then] you are no longer walking in love. [You have ceased to be living and conducting yourself by the standard of love toward him.] Do not let what you eat hurt or cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died! Lets say I am with another believer in Christ and I plan to attend his church. At my church there is no dress code like suit and tie is a must but as long as you are decent and not tempting to other people. If his church is traditional and they expect you to wear a suit and tie even if I don’t feel like wearing one I must because I must take into consideration their feelings because the main goal is to live harmonious with other believers. It might seem good to me to not wear a suit and tie because at my church I don’t have to but because a brother of mine has a different opinion of it I will wear the suit and tie to not offend him in anyway. You want to live in such a way that doesn’t offend the name of Christ look at Phillipians 2:12 Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). Everything we do must be done in faith, when we shop, eat, sleep, talk, watch a tv show and listening to music. The Holy spirit dealt with me about not all people liking Holy Hip Hop. My mother in law likes slow contemporary gospel music and one time she was in the car I was playing Holy Hip Hop and she had to tell my wife to tell me to turn it off. I was out of faith and not walking in love because it offended her she can’t understand the fast talk. Holy Hip Hop isn’t wrong but it wasn’t right for me to play at that time. Lets make sure we walk in love continuously watching to not offend the next brother or sister in Christ! Amen.
True Believer in Christ!
But [still] some of you fail to believe and trust and have faith. For Jesus knew from the first who did not believe and had no faith and who would betray Him and be false to Him. After this, many of His disciples drew back (returned to their old associations) and no longer accompanied Him. John 6:64,66 Amplified
To be a TRUE believer in Christ means to sacrifice. Jesus wants us to deny ourselves and pick up our cross to follow Him and His ways(Luke 9:23). This can mean that we will definitely suffer in this life but in our eternal life we shall have peace and unending bliss in the presence of God. Jesus explained why we would suffer for His name in this verse John 15:18-19 If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. Since we believe in Christ as our Lord and savior we shall be hated too. I’d rather be hated by satan than go against God any day Real Talk! It is an honor and privilege to have a RELATIONSHIP with the God who created the Heavens and the Earth. I only know Him because he chose me and I accepted His gift and love(John 15:16). In order for you to be filled with the Spirit of God your own Spirit has to die. How can you be filled with the Spirit of God if you are already filled with yourself(pride). You have to give yourself and let the Perfection of God enter you and get rid of your imperfect self. If you think you going to half step into the kingdom of God you have another thing coming which aint going to be what you want. If you really want to go to heaven train for it just like you do with anything else on this earth. Whatever your dreams are you train for it,so if your dreams are to go to heaven then train for it be dedicated and you will get there. Go hard for God be a Colossians 1:29 man or woman it says, For this I labor [unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. James 1:4 amplified
Patience is tough, but we all must develop a godly patience. A godly patience lets it run its full course. The word patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. I got this definition from Wikipedia. It means to bear whatever tribulation without breaking down into a negative reaction. What helps people be patient is love(1 Cor 13). If you have the love of God you can be patient and experience the full blessing. God has been so patient with us especially with all the mistakes we make we all should have been destroyed. No one can out love God and I desire to be more like Him everyday. Work godly patience in your life and watch how God will change your situation in a blink of an eye. Glory be to God!!
Faith without works is dead
What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? James 2:14 amplified.
This statement is so true, I used to be a person who said I had faith in God but I didn’t live a lifestyle according to the faith I CLAIMED to have. My lifestyle used to not resemble a man who was just and righteous because of his faith in God. Now since I am walking in the Holy Spirit I walk in faith and works follow. An example I will give you of what faith and works look like is from a testimony of mine that happened this past week. As I wrote before in my last couple devotionals my wife is going to bible school so we had to pick up and move. I did not tell you in the other devotionals that we moved down here without a place to stay. We had to live in an Extended Stay for a week until we found a place to stay for two years. Many people would have not picked up their whole family and moved to an area where they don’t have a place to stay yet. But a man of faith would do that. I have faith in God so I know He wasn’t going to let us be homeless. I could have said I have faith in God and didn’t move, but is that really faith? No its not, the true Faith in God led me and my family to move anyway without a place and to stay in Extended Stay America for a week until we found one by God’s Favor alone. This whole trip has been a straight faith trip and God HAS SHOWN UP EVERYTIME! Put God to the test walk out on faith and actually do the work and see God will show up I can promise you that because God has made that promise to us and He Keeps HIS WORD!!
The Importance of Fasting
And when He had gone indoors, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we drive it out? And He replied to them, This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer [o]and fasting. Mark 9:28-29 amplified.
Prayer and fasting are like husband and wife. When they are put together there is a sense of completeness and oneness. When we see in the book of Mark when the disciples tried to cast out the demon and it would not come out Jesus told them it would only come out by prayer and fasting. When you just pray you ask of the Father fervently but when you pray and fast you ask of the Father fervently and intimately. Fasting is a form of sacrifice where you want to get even closer to God. Its always better to have the two because two is better than one. If we look at Matthew 18:19Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and [c]everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. As we can see with Jesus He barely ate. I think he fasted nearly everyday. Look at this verse in John 4:33-34So the disciples said one to another, Has someone brought Him something to eat? Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work. If you look at the very beginning of each gospel we see that after He was baptized He went into the wilderness and fasted 40 days and 40 nights. After His fast He did many miracles for His Father. We see in the book of Esther that all the Jews were going to be killed so Esther called all of them to fast 3 days with no food and no water so that she could ask of a favor in front of the king even though she couldn’t bother him for a certain amount of days. But God delivered them because of the fast. There is so much scripture in the bible about prayer and fasting and it would take me all day to go through it. Lets make a decision to fast and give our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. The fasts that I do is from 7am to 7pm no solid food but I can have liquids. I also do a no tv fast from 7am to 7pm. I have only done an Esther fast one time where I had no food and no water for 2 days. It was the toughest thing I ever done but I did it for God and I got closer to Him and prayers were answered immediately. Make a decision to fast today and see your life change right before your eyes.
Obedient to the Calling
And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also]. Luke 9:23 amplified.
This is a verse which causes many people to leave the church or leave God because they don’t want to lose their life for God meaning living for Him and doing His will. Well I’m here to tell you it actually doesn’t belong to you. It is PRIDEFUL to say this life is yours and you can do what you want with it. You were born into this world. You didn’t decide what you would look like before you got here. You were given this life as a gift and you should give it back to it’s owner(God). God has given us a choice whether or not we want to give it back to Him or keep it for ourselves. But we know when we give it back to Him we be with Him who is source of Life. It all comes down to this do you want Life or death. If you keep your life you will experience death because this life is full of sin and imperfections(Romans 3:23). We know that God can’t accept anything imperfect or unholy(Hebrews 12:14). My wife is attending Bible school and we had to move from Michigan to Texas. We were comfortable in Michigan but in order to follow God we have to get out of our comfort zone. I didn’t want to travel but I did it for God because my life belongs to Him and I choose life. I drove a U-haul truck with a tow behind it for the car by myself. I had the Holy Spirit with me but it was the most stressful thing I have ever done. I was attacked many times by satan because I was doing God’s will but the Lord delivered me because I was in His will and obedient. Glory to God because He is faithful and doesn’t forget our labor for Him(hebrews 6:10). I will be with Him when its my turn to go into eternity and so will my wife and family. Be obedient and experience the blessing.
Faith is the Key
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6 amplified.
Faith in Christ is the key to everything in this life. Faith in Christ will set us free from the bondage of this world. This world has so much stress and evil that it causes people to go crazy and sometimes kill themselves because they can’t handle it. Of course they can’t handle it because they are going up against a power they can not defeat by themselves. Our faith in Christ is the victory that overcomes the world(1 John 5:4). Its not easy to walk in Faith but you have to think of it like this, God said He would do all of His promises if you walk in Faith and keep His commandments. What you have to do is just do your part and make sure it is done right and the rest is up to God. Just leave all your cares and burdens on Him and He will take care of it(1 peter 5:7). God can not lie because He is perfect and has never lied. Have Faith in God today and see your life change before your eyes.