I want you to know that the LORD GOD Most High is an awesome GOD. This week I was reading that in England where it is also Spring. They have been dealing with flooding and winter snow storms. In a month the LORD GOD willing the season of summer will be among us. It makes me wonder; where in the USA or other countries where we share the same season; will it be the total opposite of what we are accustomed to? I believe that CHRISTians are comfortable and lazy. I believe that CHRISTians don’t have a clue as to what is going on; what to do consistently or what to watch out for consistently. When Washington, DC experienced an earth quake that everyone felt; people were running out of their homes and saying that GOD is judging and not pleased with what HE sees. Yet, as time went on people went right back to their own devices; forgetting all about GOD and the fear that struck their hearts during that earth quake. This chapter in 2 Timothy is a guide to CHRISTians what we are witnessing in the last days. Ask yourself; have you witnessed any of these?
Men / women will be lovers of themselves. Meaning they are selfish and think of only what they can get or what someone can do for them. (I gotta get mine)
Men / women will be lovers of money. Women for centuries have sold their precious bodies for money as well as men. Men / women will do anything and everything to get money and they will not care who it hurts. Getting an education and working does not provide them with the bank roll they desire so crime is their only answer. (so they think)
Men / women will boast / brag about their escapades to others. Many times what they are saying are lies because they want to appear more than who they really are. So they feel they have to exaggerate themselves to get noticed.
Men / women will be filled with pride and 100% of the time it’s false pride. Pride is what got Lucifer kicked swiftly out of heaven because pride will cause us to lift ourselves up to a place we are either not ready to be or not assigned to be.
Men / women will be blasphemers. Their mouths are always filled with abusive words towards themselves; others and using the name of GOD in a disrespectful way.
Children are disobeying parents more and more. Parents have either allowed the government to tell them how to train up their children. Parents are horrible allowing their children to grow up without good and respectful structure and they ignore them. Parents are horrible because instead of talking to their children they use profanity and abusive hitting to get their message across.
Manners have gone out the doors or windows. What happened to being appreciative of the good others have done for us? What happened to saying thank you and no thank you? What happened to offering a female your seat? What happened to opening a door for a female? What happened to guarding our conversation so not to offend a female or our elders? What happened to respecting all people? What happened to females being noticed by covering themselves up; yet, being stylish as they leave something to the imagination of males? What happened to males not wearing their pants up over their bums and having a belt on? Somebody please tell me what happened? (just something for you to think about)
Remember the days when sitting on church steps was considered a no-no? Remember when people would not stand in front of a church and use profanity? Remember when people would not use profanity in front of their elders? Remember when people thought that the very use of GOD in a way that was not religious was considered unholy or blasphemous? Remember when family time included reading the bible? Remember when the entire family went to church and not just the kids so that the parents could have some quiet?
Did you know that just because a person tells you that he / she loves you; does not really mean that he / she loves you? Many people use the phrase I love you too flippantly and as soon as something go wrong. Bang-bang your shot; stabbed; poisoned; evicted or cut off. This is only to show that people are unloving. We need CHRIST JESUS truly living within us for us to have the ability to love.
JESUS said that we have to forgive. After all HE forgives us; so who are we not to forgive. Only one lost in sin could be unforgiving.
We hear people all day long tell cruel, evil, mean tales about others. Slandering of another has become the norm not only in the lost sinner but in the Christian as well. True born-again CHRISTians must learn to keep their mouths closed at the proper time; who says that we must agree with the conversation going on around us. Learn to have nothing to say if we can’t think of anything kind to say.
People have lost their authority to having self-control. Self-control is activated when we realize that we are the one who actually has the brain, the intelligence, the mouth and we are living. We give our authority over to inanimate objects all the time; why?
Some people are becoming more and more harsh / brutal with each other. People are acting ferocious and unreasonable.
Some people do not appreciate the good that others do.
Some people have become traitors to their parents and children; just to get what they want.
If you are like me a natural leader; you are headstrong. We must daily surrender our will over to JESUS and allow HIS will to be done in our lives. It will not be easy in the beginning; however, consistently give your will over to JESUS and before you know it; HIS will is apart of your desire daily.
No person has a right to be arrogant or snobbish; I remember all too well being said that I was this way by someone I greatly care about. They were very wrong; I believe that because this person really does not know me; really has no idea of the people I socialize with; really has no idea with the things that I am involved in. This person sees or saw me as being arrogant. We must all realize that as far as human kind go; we are all related all over this world because we all come from Adam and Eve. Then once we become born-again CHRISTians we must realize that we are sisters and brothers and when we see each other out on the street. We should acknowledge each other; it’s not about knowing names but it is about recognition and relationship.
At some point in time we all must sit down and ask ourselves these question. What and who is more important than my relationship with JESUS? Are these pleasures more important to me than my relationship with JESUS? All too often Christians are putting sports; family; transportation and other foolish things they have control of to stop them from fellowshipping with their sisters and brothers on Saturday or Sunday. I realize that some Christians have to work on Saturdays or Sundays; so if you are off during the night that bible study is going on at your church; what is your excuse?
A form of godliness. All too often I see people going and coming from church and yet they live a lie. At the very least would it not be wonderful to put into practice what was preached / taught from the pulpit? But unfortunately I don’t witness much of that; I hear people still taking ownership of why their bodies hurt. I still hear people use profanity as if it’s a second language. I still witness people acting out as lost sinners. I still see people going to the clubs scantily dressed. I still see couples who are fighting like professional boxers with their words. I still see kids acting like Bay-Bay’s children. I don’t get to see many people walking in the ways of the Almighty GOD. So that tells me; that there are many who are pretenders in the church building and that they have perfected the form of godliness but actually are not GODly at all because the power of GOD is not evident in their lives. JESUS said that we will know them by their fruit.
Timothy was a wonderful evangelist and we can learn much from him and all that he went through. I believe that we can follow his lifestyle by applying it to today. If you have not been persecuted for your faith in JESUS; maybe it’s because no one realizes that you believe in JESUS. No one has seen you turn away from your old ways. No one has seen a change in you that can only come from CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF. The LORD JESUS is faithful and HE has and HE can deliver us. We have to have a determined desire to live GODly in CHRIST JESUS and be willing to suffer the persecutions that will come. If you don’t believe me or you think that it’s only happening in other countries like China take a look at California and how just to have bible study in your own home a permit must be issued which will show the number of people expected to be there and for the purpose of them being in the home. Look how marriage between the same sexes are being accepting in this country and before too long; all fifty states will be on board with the decision. Mainly because true, blood washed, born-again CHRISTians are allowing Christians to speak up for them. They are not speaking in love; many are violent towards homosexuals. This sin is no different than adultery and fornication. True, blood washed, forgiven, merciful, loving with the Grace of GOD through JESUS CHRIST CHRISTians must stand and believe in their convictions of GOD’s Holy Word. We are not given a spirit of fear but of power and of might. We must know the Holy Scriptures for ourselves because they are the only thing that will make us wise for salvation through faith in CHRIST JESUS. The Holy Scriptures regardless of what others say has been inspired of the LORD GOD. HIS Word is profitable, beneficial and gainful. HIS Word is able to reproof, rebuke, put us to shame and bring us to reproach for correction. HIS Word will instruct us in HIS righteousness and we will grow into completeness and thoroughly equipped for every good work in GOD through CHRIST JESUS. http://about.me/amfbministry
I don’t think that the Popeye cartoon comes on any longer; however, whenever he needed to be strong he would reach for his can of spinach and win the battle between him and Brutus. Our spinach is the Word of GOD; are we strong in it and because of it or are we week because of our lack of it? To be strong in the grace of CHRIST JESUS we must know who HE is, what HE has done and what HE is doing. We must know who we in JESUS CHRIST are and what we are to do in JESUS CHRIST. We are to endure hardships and most of us are knocked out by hardships; we give up the fight because we don’t know what to do. I love my country America; I don’t always agree with why we must enter into the fights of others all the time. However, I will always support them regardless of why we are fighting because somewhere in that fight I know that what they are fighting for is equality and freedom. They are soldiers through and through; they have tunnel vision; they are always on alert even in the times that they have a right to relax. We are soldiers in CHRIST JESUS; yet, I wonder where our head is at. Where is our vision (what are we looking at); what are we listening to? When our American troops are away in battle they are not concerned with the affairs of the crime waves; the Dow Jones Index; who’s doing this or what’s doing that back home in their country, state or city. Born-again CHRISTians are too concerned with the affairs of what is going on in this world. We can’t stop it; so why are we concerned? Should we pray; yes without question but know this; this world will come to an end. JESUS CHRIST will return and this world is groaning and moaning due to the sin in the world. Things are going to continually get worse; another promise that the bible has given to us has already come to pass and that is the mark of the beast. People are willingly having themselves chipped or others chipped not knowing that this is the devils Devine plan to destroy them. JESUS CHRIST is our first fruit who was raised from the dead and seen by others. There were also others who died as believers who were raised from the dead as well and they were seen by family and friends. Matthew 27:51
People maybe chained and imprisoned by fear to witness the Word of GOD but the Word of GOD is not chained and is free. It will be heard by all; all will not be receptive however. We must stop being wimps because people rejected the Word of GOD or your testimony; so what. We are to endure to the chosen ones who will receive salvation in CHRIST JESUS with eternal glory. It’s not about us; it’s about JESUS. Here is a condition found in this book and chapter that we all must adhere to.
If we died with JESUS; we will also live with HIM.
If we endure with JESUS, we will also reign with HIM.
If we deny JESUS, HE will also deny us.
If we are faithless towards JESUS (and we sometimes are); HE remains faithful.
JESUS cannot deny HIMSELF.
Remember these things before the LORD JESUS:
Don’t battle over words; you will not profit from that.
Be diligent; present yourself approved to GOD, a worker who’s not ashamed.
Rightly divide the Word of truth and you can only do this by the Holy Spirit and GOD’s Wisdom through CHRIST JESUS.
Go away from profane and idle talk; they will bring us down to ungodliness the more we listen. We can’t serve two masters. And what they are saying is not profitable and will spread like cancer. Now we go on all these cancer walks to find a cure; the LORD GOD has given us a cure from this type of cancer because we know that cancer will kill.
The LORD GOD is a solid foundation for us to be set into. And we have a seal: “The LORD knows those who are HIS,” so depart from evil and evildoings. Day by day become a vessel for / to honor. We who belong to the Most High GOD can all become vessels of honor because we have been cleansed by the blood of JESUS. However, some of us like a dog return to our vomit or fesses and lap it back up. This is what we do when we return to sin willingly; so let us clean ourselves by the renewing of our minds through reading the Holy Living Word of GOD so that we can be sanctified and useful for the Master; prepared for HIS work. Run away from lusts of the flesh and pursue righteousness which is located and found in CHRIST JESUS. They are faith, love and peace with those who call on the LORD from a pure heart. Many will call on the LORD and do many things in HIS name; yet their heart is deceitfully wicked and HE will say to those “get away from ME, I never knew you.” Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes; they are entrapments to pull us into evil competition. Though we are sons and daughters of the LORD we live to serve HIM for HIS pleasure which becomes our pleasure. So don’t allow yourself to get into an argument; it’s really not worth the stress. Be gentle to all regardless of how we are treated by them; we must submit ourselves to the teaching of the Holy Spirit so that we can teach others. Try to correct those who have a misunderstanding of who JESUS is and HIS Word. Hopefully they will listen and not be defensive and the LORD GOD will lead them into repentance. The LORD GOD desires that we all come to our senses and know the truth about HIM, HIS SON and HIS Word. The devil has set an elaborate trap for all of mankind and sin is fun only for a little while; then we get sick and tired of being sick and tired of the life that we are living. We don’t know it at that time but the Holy Spirit is trying to bring us all out of the will of the devil.http://about.me/amfbministry
Throughout the LORD GOD’s holy Word we will find various things that we are appointed to do. Some of those assignments are meant for the body of CHRIST JESUS. Some are assigned to a specific people. In 2 Timothy 1 there is a small mixture assigned to a specific people and there is no confusion about it. There are some who have been sidetracked by the lime light and it will take the Word of GOD to scoot them back to being about the business of the FATHER. Then there are some who are just plain scared to share their faith with others. However, if we were to ask the FATHER in the name of JESUS to help us hear the voice of the Holy Spirit who is the perfect witness of CHRIST JESUS and to give us wisdom for the day. Opportunities will be revealed where we can share our faith without sounding so churchy. Christianiese must be removed from our resume of other languages that we speak and just be ourselves as we share GOD’s grace, love, kindness, mercy and patience with others. None of us are perfect and when we come to that realization we will be able to attract the lost to JESUS. We will become fishers of mankind and allow JESUS to clean the fish. We mess things up by trying to clean the fish before they are caught. Allow the Holy Spirit to train us by the reading of the Word of GOD to develop a clear conscience so that we can serve our GOD with the fruit of joy that cannot be taken away because circumstances is not what causes us to have joy. Joy is an attribute of the Holy Spirit. Happiness is built on circumstances; one moment we can be happy the next upset. Remember the faith that we have in JESUS which should be none hypocritical. We can do all things through CHRIST JESUS and JESUS promised that we can do the things that HE has done here on earth and far greater. So it is up to us to believe that and to build up our faith in the Word by daily reading and exercise that faith. Stir up within ourselves the gift of GOD because it’s in all of us. The LORD GOD is not a respecter of people that HE will give what belongs to HIM to chosen vessels. We all can stir up our faith in GOD’s Word and witness GOD in action through us. The problem is that we don’t take the Word of GOD seriously and then when we see people doing things and people are being affected by it. We make those people who are operating by faith into super stars of ministry. Signs and Wonders for CHRISTians should be the normal activity for us all. Another reason why we don’t operate by faith is because we are scared; we listen to the enemy in our mind saying “what if it does not work and other negative things” this causes fear. Our DADDY has not given us a spirit of fear; we have power from the Holy Spirit and we are moved by the love that we have for our DADDY, we are moved by the love that we have for JESUS, we are moved by the love that we exhibit for others. We have a sound mind regardless of what the enemy says to us in our mind; this is why we can’t think the negative thoughts away; this is why we can’t think of scriptures. What gets rid of the enemy from speaking to us in our minds is that we have to speak the Word of GOD. Let us perform a small test; speak anything. Now I want you to listen for thoughts as you speak. You can’t hear your thoughts because your mind shuts down to hear what your mouth is saying. Isn’t that amazing! Do Not be ashamed of JESUS CHRIST; do not be ashamed to share your testimony. We all have to suffer for the gospel; we all will be rejected when we speak about JESUS; so what. Keep on sharing; someone will listen. And know that it’s not you who is doing the saving; it’s not you who has the power to do anything; our power comes from the LORD GOD through CHRIST JESUS who has given us HIS Holy Spirit. We are saved and we are called with a holy calling; we all don’t have a ministry behind a pulpit; nor should we seek that for ourselves. Our ministry is right where we are; place of employment; school; where we volunteer and home. It’s not about our works it’s about JESUS own purpose and HIS grace which HE has given to each of us before time began. The Savior of mankind has finally been revealed; HE was born of a virgin; HE was parented by Joseph and Mary; HE played as any other child; HE grew up loving and understanding the Word because HE is the Word. HE taught in the synagogues at a very early age. HE went into the family business with HIS dad Joseph who was a carpenter. Then HE went into HIS family business with HIS DAD who is the Creator of all. HE ministered, taught, prophesied, healed the sick, raised the dead, opened the blind eyes, opened the deaf ears, caused the lame to walk, fed 5000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread and 4000 people with 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish. JESUS also walked on the water (not in the water) just like we walk on the land not in the land. JESUS annulled, did away with, put an end to and voided death. It is appointed to man that we die once; those of us who will face a physical death before the return of JESUS will simply go to sleep and the sleep is so deep that all vitals stop. We sleep because when JESUS return we will come up out of our graves just like they did in the days of old when JESUS was resurrected and many had seen their loved ones. When JESUS ascended so did the great cloud of witnesses. However, those who refuse to hear; refuse to accept the truth about JESUS they will die and die again. They will die a physical death and they will die a spiritual death where their soul will be eternally tormented in the never ending flames of hell. Where hate is intensified beyond all knowledge by those who once loved them that they may see there. Where every imaginable creepy crawling thing will eat away at the non-believer. The believer in CHRIST JESUS is immortal; we can experience life differently here on earth that will bring glory to the LORD GOD. So don’t be ashamed; know in whom we believe in; know whom has persuaded us; know who is able to keep us because we have committed ourselves to CHRIST JESUS. Keep the pattern of the soundness found in GOD’s holy Word through faith and love which are in CHRIST JESUS. To the appointed apostle, preacher and teacher you have been given an assignment to spread the good news throughout your community (a change can be made in the Word of GOD); then you can spread the good news from state to state and city to city. Then and only then after you have seen the change should you go out to the international nations. So many of us say that we have been called to the nations and yet our homes are in turmoil. Take care of your home first in the Word, your community, your city and state, reach out to your own nation then if and when the Holy Spirit inform you that you are to go international are you to go. Forget about having a mega anything; forget about having a television ministry if you don’t have the finances and you begin to pimp the people’s wallets. Forget about the lime light and remember the lost souls. What the LORD GOD desires for you should be adhered to and the desire of your heart will be provided also because of your obedience.http://about.me/amfbministry
What does it mean to you; to obey, be respectful and subject to all who are in authority? We older adults and or adults in the faith are constantly being watched by the young ones. It is important that we teach with our character and integrity how to obey, be respectful and be subject to authority. Our young people; be they believers or non-believers don’t show this to their elders because they don’t show this to themselves. Let’s forget our concept of what we believe obey, respect and subject means to us and look at these words in the dictionary and evaluate ourselves as to exhibiting these traits in our daily lives without thinking.
Obey / comply with, follow; conform, respond in action.
Respect / sense of worth or excellence of a person; a person’s manifestation in ability or quality.
Subject / a person who owes allegiance to a government and lives under its protection (we live under the allegiance and protection of the USA). A person under the control or influence of another; (we all have to answer to someone). Children are subject to parents, employees are subject to employers and ect.
When we operate in these principles without thinking; it’s because they are engrained within us. Some of us will have to be taught for the first time and others will have to be refreshed on these personable traits to have. These traits will cause us to become available to do good works for those in need whenever possible. Having these traits will keep us from speaking evil of others and to try and live peaceably with all. These traits will cause us to become more gentle and attractive to others and without trying the humility of GOD will be reflected in our lives. We who are believers must not dwell on our past lives; yet, we must not forget that we too had to come to the Savior. We too walked in darkness and was blinded and death in being lost to GOD’s wonderful glory. We must stop turning our noises up towards non-believers and love them as JESUS loves them. Be merciful towards them; win them with love; comfort them with honesty; yet, not being judgmental. We are all sinners who are being saved by grace and just because we may not have committed the act of a certain sin as another. Does not afford us to weigh in on if their sins are greater or smaller. Sin is sin and is non-measurable; it’s just as filthy as filth can be and greater than we can imagine. Our character and integrity must daily be transformed into that of JESUS CHRIST; showing kindness and love that comes from GOD who is our Savior toward all mankind. Our works is not what makes us righteous; JESUS CHRIST is who has made us righteous and it’s a daily application. JESUS is merciful towards us daily; HE is the one who saves; not our works. JESUS is the one who regenerate us with HIS washing us and renewing us by the Holy Spirit; who without Him we would not have the power to accomplish anything. JESUS pours the Holy Spirit out in us abundantly and we are justified by HIS grace. We are heirs according the hope of an eternal life with HIM. We can’t have tunnel vision looking at ourselves as being the one who is righteous because we have crossed every T and dotted every I. We are nothing but blades of grace which when dead is burned up in the fire. We are nothing to the point that the wind can blow us to and fro. But in CHRIST JESUS we are everything; we have the promises for our today use not our tomorrow use. We must affirm within ourselves daily that we have believed in the LORD GOD and we must maintain good works through HIM for HIM and not of ourselves. Stay in the mindset that we will reject foolish arguments or debates; struggle or rival against anyone who wants to maintain the law. It’s not worth it. When speaking on a matter; have a heart and mind to agree to disagree. It is not our job to change the mind of others; it is our job to present the living Word of GOD to others; to encourage and heal the wounded soul and heart; to provide living water to the thirsty soul and to present fresh baked bread to the hungry spirit. Salvation may not be witnessed by us but know that a seed has been planted; someone will come along and water that seed and the LORD GOD will get the increase; believe that. If and when it comes to genealogies; it’s wonderful to be able to trace your own lineage. However; when it comes to JESUS; don’t waste your time in proving whether HE is black; brown; red; yellow or white. Just know that HIS precious blood was shed at Calvary for everyone and all everyone has to do is to believe on HIM. Stay in constant learning from the living Word of GOD; maintain good works through CHRIST JESUS and produce good fruit.http://about.me/amfbministry
Let’s admit it. Our young people are not being trained up as we the older generation of 50, 60, and 70 and above. There is no generation gap; the only thing that has happened over the generation is that sin has become much bolder and in your face. Our young males are not being trained to become men and our young females are not being trained to become women. Even in the CHRISTian home our children are buck wild. Yet, we want to concentrate on the nations instead of concentration on the ministry of our home. We need to step up and take control over the sin that has crept into our homes; it will be a wonderful idea to put together a training class where young males and females may come to learn how to become who GOD has designed them to be. There is a way to train those who come and we must realize that they apparently realize that they need help because they are willing to take part in the sessions that is being offered. Remember not to design the atmosphere to be so churchy. Allow the young people to trust and always make yourself approachable. Our young people are facing some amazingly wild things out here in this cold harsh world. Some of what we may not have faced or have not faced until we became adults. Let’s begin with our young males.
Sober / not to exaggerate the facts; show self-control and remain rational.
Reverent / be respectful to yourself and all others.
Sound Faith / speak freely about your testimony as to who JESUS is to you and what HE has done in your life. Speak HIS Word over every situation regardless of what it looks like.
Sound Love / affectionate and tender to the concern and well being of others.
Sound Patience / not easily irritable; easy to lose your temper; known to complain. Be diligent; persevere; even tempered and caring.
Sober minded / have clear concise thoughts that you can articulate to another. Make good decisions that will benefit not only yourself but others that maybe involved. Keeping in mind the ramifications your decisions may cause on all. Your decision must be free from excessive extravagance and exaggeration. Most of all you must be rational.
Be a pattern of good works / follow the guidelines of CHRIST JESUS and obey the law of the land.
Show Integrity / moral and ethical in your principles.
Incorruptible / you are not susceptible or capable of being corrupted by the decay of evil temptation and willing sin.
Sound Speech / speak the truth no matter what. Speak the Word of GOD over every circumstance regardless of how you feel or what you see.
Well Pleasing / agreeable; pleasant; delightful and engaging.
Negative Answering Back / must have the last word; disrespectful answers such as being cynical; bitter.
Pilfer / no stealing.
Fidelity / make a promise, keep your promise; loyal and faithful.
We must at all times show our love for the Word of GOD who is our Savior in all things.
And now to our young females who are just as neglected as our young guys.
Reverent in behavior / be respectful to yourself and to others; your behavior must be proper in conduct which is pleasing to the LORD GOD.
Slander / don’t defame the character of another with false statements.
Drunk / know your limitations at all times; if you like to drink an alcoholic beverage. Eat a proper meal; do not take medication and limit yourself to one glass of your beverage of choice sipping on it slowly.
Teach / what will encourage another; what will drive another to hunger or thirst for the knowledge of their gift/talent, passion or craft. Push people towards their destiny with hope.
Love your own husband / don’t try to change your mate; encourage; ensure; help him to lead. Give him the strength he needs.
Love your own children / don’t belittle your kids; don’t ignore your kids; teach your kids how to live according to the Word of GOD; be an example setter. They will repeat what you do more than what you say. Chastise them only when it’s appropriate; hug, kiss and tell them that you love them. Attend their events.
Discrete / set yourself apart from idle chatter; lies; gossip; being with people who lack integrity.
Chaste / if you are not married keep yourself from sexual intercourse. If you are married and separated and if it is agreed; continue sexual relations with your own spouse. Sex is to be explored and enjoyed between one husband with one wife only.
Home maker / society have turned this into such a dirty word. When in reality it’s an honor for a woman to manage her own home. Her husband will provide a house or apartment for her to live in. However; it will be the wife that will turn that house or apartment into a home. Though you may have a career as well; suppose you desire to be advanced in your place of employment. Maybe you have your eye on becoming a Supervisor, Manager or Vice President of a company. What better training ground than managing your own home?
Good / be known for your moral excellence; virtue; high quality; kindness; friendly; honorable; of good worth; refined; educated; financially sound; genuine; reliable; dependable; responsible; favorable; agreeable; pleasant; attractive; warm hearted; competent; skillful; clever; social and loyal.
Obey your own husband / society has also made this a dirty word. However; if your husband is a godly man; one who respects you; tenderly loves you; takes care of his children; provides for his home; worships and prays with his family. Why not obey him? After all he is the head; the leader of his family. To obey your own husband just means to comply with or follow the instructions or directions of his desires. All you are doing is agreeing with him. When the wife complies to this then the Word of GOD is not blasphemed in the home.
The LORD GOD’s grace brings salvation for All if you want it. We need mature men and women of the Word of GOD to tenderly teach young males and females to deny worldly lusts. We should begin as early as age five because children are facing some real dangers out there and if there is a sixty-five year old man that truly does not know how to be a man of GOD; he should be invited into the training sessions as well. Television; video games; kids in the streets; the admiration of drug dealers and so many other things that I’m not aware of and possibly you also have our children’s attention. We must take our people from the grips of sin and stop pretending that it does not affect our homes as well. The only hope that we have is our blessed hope that is found in CHRIST JESUS who is our GOD and Savior. It was HE who gave HIMself for us all; it was HE who redeemed us from Every lawless deed imaginable. It’s HE who purifies us to HIMself. Salvation is personal but it should not be so personal that we don’t desire to share with others. Stop keeping salvation to yourself and speak about it in the open with heavenly boldness. We speak about everything else that does not edify the spirit of another. Nor does it bring glory to our GOD. There are two sexes born in this world; male and female just because we have reached legal age does not make a male a man no more than you standing in a garage and it make you an automobile. Same with a female becoming legal in age does not make you a woman no more than you putting groceries in your arms and it makes you a shopping cart.http://about.me/amfbministry
In the opening of Titus I researched yet again to remind myself of the commitment that I have on my life; and how nothing and no one will take me off my course. Sometimes we need to re-evaluate ourselves to make sure that we are not going off course. We need to reassure ourselves that what we are doing for DADDY through CHRIST JESUS really is being done through HIM by following HIS will and not our own. Many CHRISTians love to quote Apostle Paul but never really finding out what his leadership is based on. Titus is a much overlooked leader and I think it’s because of his no nonsense approach to sin in the church. First let’s breakdown the short check list of Apostle Paul and see if we measure up.
Bondservant / servant – Apostle Paul considered himself to be a slave for GOD; or one who was in the service for CHRIST JESUS.
Elect / choice ones – Apostle Paul never self elevated himself. GOD the FATHER chose him to become a leader and filled him with his assignment and destinations. If you are not called to be a leader; that of the five fold ministry according to Ephesians 4:11; you can still be an elect. Apostle Paul never wavered.
Godliness / piety – everything Apostle Paul did or said came from the FATHER GOD because he was conformed to do HIS will. Apostle Paul had great reverence towards GOD. It pleased him daily to know that he was fulfilling the obligations given to him by the LORD GOD.
We all have an eternal hope to enter into heaven and see the LORD GOD and touch CHRIST JESUS. Our hope in entering heaven is nothing like the hope that the world has; they all believe that they are going to heaven. But how can one enter into heaven without acknowledging CHRIST JESUS? The LORD GOD is not a liar; when HE speaks; if it does not exist it will. HIS words are creative; what was not becomes what is. If you don’t believe me just take a brief read of Genesis 1 and not only that but the LORD GOD is just too much. Our GOD has the ability to leave HIS throne; wrap HIMSELF in flesh; place HIMSELF in the womb of a woman. Submit HIMSELF to the care of earthly parents and yet speak to HIMSELF constantly and hearing HIS voice in return and at times others heard the voice of the FATHER also. Does not the scripture in Isaiah 6:1 give us a glimpse of GOD’s authority. HIS very train on HIS robe fills the temple. We serve such an awesome GOD who is also our Savior and HIS name is JESUS CHRIST. (Titus 2:13) Each and everything JESUS has promised is true and this has been so since the beginning of time. We are to preach GOD’s Word; proclaim what the LORD GOD has said without filtration. Make known the ways of GOD through CHRIST JESUS and not yourself. Go and make public what the LORD GOD has given to us through HIS Word. This is what we have been committed to do; this is our commandment from on high. Titus is called a true son; why? Because of his boldness in the LORD JESUS; the Holy Spirit gave him the strength and courage to accomplish what needed to be done within the body of CHRIST the church. Yes, he often dealt with church folk. Titus was a gentile like so many of us and the Jews did not want to accept him as one who the LORD GOD would accept. The Jews wanted him to jump through a bunch of religious rules and regulations to belong to the church. But, Apostle Paul taught them that all that ritual doctrine; ceremonial stuff was not a requirement of JESUS CHRIST. All JESUS wanted was his acceptance; all Titus had to do was believe and receive JESUS. Titus, I’m certain was not a well liked leader; he was not invited to speak in many churches as a guest preacher. He was not invited to attend the religious events. Why? Titus had to overcome some strong oppositions and battles to maintain the LORD GOD’s doctrine for the church. Religious leaders did not like this. Imagine Titus correcting the leaders because they are watering down the gospel; instituting ceremonies to join a church or devaluing the gospel because you don’t believe that is what the LORD GOD meant; when in reality it does not fit your agenda. We are leaders who are to motivate the body of CHRIST, HIS church to live according to HIS will and not our own. Titus, proved to be just that a true motivator of the gospel; he was dependable and diligent in the ways of CHRIST JESUS. Like Titus; we should be known for our strength and courage given to us by the Holy Spirit. We must be diligent, filled with grace, loving, merciful and tactful to spread and preserve the Good News of CHRIST JESUS. We are to preach / teach in the face of difficult intellectual opposition. The Holy Spirit will witness to us; He is the one who will give us the words to speak; He will give us the boldness that we need in the face of opposition. If we have more friends than opposers; that is a sure sign that we need to re-evaluate of motives in the gospel. According to the brief check list are we promoting ourselves; our church or CHRIST JESUS. http://about.me/amfbministry
This book opens up with Paul proclaiming that he is a prisoner of CHRIST JESUS. Never before today have I ever given that much thought. Take a stroll down our past for a very brief moment. We are born into sin; we are slaves to sin and we are prisoners of sin. Oh, some of us may never see the inside of a jail or prison; however, we were once prisoners of sin. Now that we are born-again; washed in the blood of JESUS we have had the bondage of those shackle removed. Though a prisoner of CHRIST JESUS we look forward to spending yet another day with HIM; talking with HIM; learning from HIM; a desire to please HIM; looking for people to witness to and help those in need. Encouraging our brothers and sisters in the faith of JESUS; praying always for one another; thanking GOD and refreshing our brothers and sisters as I’m certain you are being refreshed by them. Being a prisoner of sin is total bondage but being a prisoner of CHRIST JESUS is total freedom. I don’t believe there has been a human who has seen, tasted and experienced JESUS from within that has said, “I want to stop doing this or that; help me JESUS to stop loving YOU and living for YOU.” In sin, you get sick and tired of being sick and tired; you are always looking for away out. You are always calling on JESUS for something it’s just that in most cases when you call HIS name it’s just as common as calling on the name of Susan. It’s just breath coming from the mouth; then one day; when you are as far down in the pit as you can go and darkness is all around. We call on the name of JESUS not only from our mouths but from our hearts in faith and we get HIS attention. HE comes and takes those handcuffs and shackles off of us. Then somewhere in our walk of faith through HIM we joyfully become prisoners of CHRIST JESUS; free prisoners. Able to go and come anywhere we like but we consult JESUS on everything; we don’t have to we want to. Because of the love we have for HIM and the relationship that we are building we just want to include HIM and have HIM to guide us on what we are to do and where we are to go.http://about.me/amfbministry