THE PROVEN WORD 12-02-2020
“Immanuel God is With Us” Matthew 1:23
With Christmas just around the corner and the pandemic is still surging, there are those who might be inclined for good reasons to “cancel” their Celebration of Christmas. We are being urged to minimize in-person gatherings which include, in-store shopping, holiday parties, family get-togethers, and yes!! Corporate worship. All in the name of stopping the spread of a deadly virus. But as devoted and committed followers of Jesus, we need not fret or frown at the restrictions being imposed upon us. The spread of the Christmas Spirit to those who know its meaning can never be stopped. To the faithful, it is more than a celebration. Christmas is the promise of Hope. The Birth of Jesus was the ultimate way God shared His life with His creation. Christmas is about recognizing that God shared Himself literally in the Person of His one only son and Spiritually, by our Lord Jesus sending His Spirit. If we truly know and believe that God is with us, then no amount of threat, adversity, even a pandemic can stop us from celebrating the wonder and glory of Christmas. This pandemic will end. The spread of this virus will stop. But the Spirit of Christmas will live perpetually in the lives of the redeemed.
As we gather this Christmas, remember “God is with Us”
THE PROVEN WORD 11-18-2020
Jesus said, “ I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
We live by faith and not by sight. The more we exercise faith in every area of our life, the more we become alive. God’s Word tells us that we were spiritually dead until faith made us alive in Christ. This happens at the new birth. Once, we come to Christ, we become like newborn babies, ready and eager to be nurtured and nourished by God’s Word and His Spirit. The more we grow, in faith and the knowledge of Jesus, the more that new life dominates our being. Jesus is not just the Resurrection. He is also the Life. That means we are not just raised from spiritual and physical death, but we are also guaranteed a life that as we continue to live it by faith will be built for eternity. As you and I grow in believing in Jesus, we will notice less and less attachment to earthly things. Our eyes are slowly but surely being focused on that eternal city which is the city promised to the redeemed. Hang in there !! Don’t lose hope because of the trials that come your way. You will overcome it. You are not built to be defeated by temporal troubles. You are being built up for life that will last forever.
THE PROVEN WORD 11-11-2020
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them” Matthew 18:20
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we are to be grateful for what we truly received from God. I am not talking about the many blessings we so enjoy in life; like good health, wonderful relationships, material prosperity, or any other temporal benefits that we enjoy so much in this world. I am talking about responding to God’s Redemptive and Reconciling work in creation that effectively gave us Peace which He accomplished through the Cross of Christ. In Him We have peace with God and with one another. If we are truly Grateful as redeemed and reconciled children of God, then we should respond, by releasing those who have offended or sinned against us. A forgiving heart is a sure way we can show our Gratitude for God. Every time we take the high road of forgiveness, God comes down and gives us a glimpse of His presence. When Jesus said, where two or three are gathered in my name, He is speaking about restoring a brother or sister who has sinned against us. We are to reflect God’s redeeming power and reconciling love through the act of forgiveness and restoration. Jesus promises to be present in our midst when we pursue such a person with grace and mercy. When we forgive, we acknowledge that we too have been recipients of God’s “Chesed” His Loving Kindness made complete in Jesus.
THE PROVEN WORD 11-04-2020
Hebrews 13:8 declares
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever”.
Disappointments are a part of life. No one will ever be spared of the heartache and misery that comes from adversities We do not always get what we desire in life. Situations are never just exactly how we order them. But we can always rejoice in knowing that Jesus is the one constant that will never fail us. Knowing that God’s Spirit is always with us gives us the Joy to keep going in spite of disappointments. It all starts with joy in Jesus. This is one aspect of life that we must cultivate. Always remember that Joy in the Lord happens when our faith crosses the will of God. When we can confidently go through life knowing that God’s Word will never change, we can rest assured that no matter how disappointing our situation may be, the same Jesus that sustained His disciples, will be the same Jesus who will see us through all of life. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
THE PROVEN WORD 10-28-2020
I have always found this statement from the Lord to be one of the most challenging and perplexing among His commandments. Challenging because the degree of offense committed against us by our enemies can vary. Perplexing because certain enemies can in fact try to force us to defy the very righteousness that we are to uphold. When Jesus spoke about love for enemies, His emphasis was not on the OFFENSE committed or being committed against us. But rather, on our OUTLOOK in our own life. We cannot love our enemies unless we recognize that we too were once God’s enemies. In Jesus, God ceased all hostilities against us and offered us Peace and Reconciliation. Jesus is pointing out that we are to treat our enemies with the same attitude of kindness and mercy God treated us with. We do not need to force our enemies to like us or to even get along with us or reconcile with us. If they don’t want to. Even Jesus did not force His enemies to even listen to Him against their will. But we need to reflect God’s kindness and mercy NOT for the sake of our enemies but for God’s honor and for our own reward. After all, Jesus did promise that we will receive a crown for our faithfulness to His words. So next time you encounter people who treat you as an enemy, treat them with kindness. Don’t expect them to reciprocate. Just do it for God. There is something in it for you.
THE PROVEN WORD 10-21-2020
“But you man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses” 1 Timothy 6:11-12
Life can be complicated and full of struggles. Obviously, the biggest barrier to advancing our life for the glory of God is sin. Sin complicates our life more than any other things we face. But there is always a way of grace. God’s loving kindness always gives us hope. We only need to supply the trust. There are 4 ways we can uncomplicate our life when we get caught up in sin. First, we must truly REPENT. Repentance is a beautiful word. It means we are given by God the opportunity to change our thinking. Then comes REDIRECTION. It’s not enough to simply change the way we think we must also refocus our walk in the right direction. Then we must Stir a REVOLUTION within our hearts. We need to fight the good fight of faith. Push and battle our way to advance godliness, faith and honor of God’s name. And finally, we need to let God RULE every area of our lives. Submission to God’s rule is truly the most potent weapon we have against the things that exalt themselves against the glory of God. The life that God gave us must be lived Simply but Powerfully. With the Holy Spirit filling us, this is possible.
THE PROVEN WORD 10-14-2020
“And when you pray, do not not keep on babbling like pagans thinking they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:7-8
Praying need not be laborious to be effective. What often prevents us from a quality time of engagement with God is our tendency to put too much logistical spiritual complications to praying. We often worry about how to frame our words when speaking to God. We try hard to figure out what posture is best when praying; should we kneel or stand. Should we close or open our eyes? Do we do it in the morning or noon or night? Do pray loud or silent? We go on and on about concerning ourselves with details about praying that we forget that God is present. It helps to understand that praying is not a mere activity or ritual that we practice. It is a natural outgrowth of our relationship with God. Jesus said”When” not “If” to emphasize the naturalness of praying in our life. He also warns us not to pray like pagans who worry about insignificant requirements to praying. Instead, we are to trust in God’s omniscience or all knowing power. The only thing we need to be concerned about should be that our Prayer is in agreement with what we know about God and ourselves. When our prayer lines up with the Word and Will of God, we can be sure that heaven will receive our prayers not like pagan babbling but a holy engagement with almighty God.
THE PROVEN WORD 10-07-2020
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love. For you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble” Psalm 56:16
Singing is more than just uttering a few words through the vehicle of a melodic tune. Singing when directed towards the worship of the Living God is a spiritual weapon as potent and as impactfull as any other form of praying.
Singing connects our heart and soul to the throne of God where all power emanates. Singing therefore, is not for those who can sing but for those who hunger to worship God. To those who want the presence of God in any and every situation. In these very trying and troublesome season of life that whole world is facing, we will do well to recognize that what will sustain us and take us through the day to day challenges are not found simply on scientific, technological, economic, and political breakthroughs. As good and beneficial as these things are, they do not give the hope and strength that only God can give. Where worrying, frustration, disappointments and even panic seem to rule the day, we have a weapon that can penetrate the darkness and release the grip of fear and anxiety— that weapon is singing. Sing to the Lord a new song- sing praises to His name. Our troubles will pass and His power will endure.
THE PROVEN WORD 09-30-2020
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”2 Peter 1:3
Divine Providence!! Now that’s a term that we often take for granted. We seem to have a dismissive idea about the presence and work of God in our lives. Yes we believe He exists. We even grant that He is listening to us when we pray. But we often do not readily accept that He is actually working in and through us in more involved and intimate ways than we can even conceive. Unless we see some tangible evidence or some supernatural or miraculous feat, we simply take His presence no farther than a mere mental acknowledgement. But God’s Divine Providence is responsible for every minute detail of our existence. You and I woke up this morning and are able to go about our daily routines because God in His Divine Providence have allowed us to. The fact that you and I are able to escape harm or tragedy or misery or even death just for this day is because of God’s divine involvement. We may not completely comprehend it but God as much as He desires to do great things for us is more interested in Honoring His own name. God’s Divine Providence is His way of bringing us along for a ride in His Glory Train, so to speak. As long as we remain in His Divine Presence, we can be sure that we have everything we need to make it through this life. Whether we lack or have plenty, Whether we are weak or strong, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord and He will not shame His own name. Don’t dwell too much on your heartaches, trials, and hardships. They are real but not more powerful than God’s presence. He will divinely provide everything we need so that we can live for Him. He increases our knowledge of His ways so we can increase our faith in Him. He does this for the fulfillment of His own glory through us. As the old saying goes, “ When the Master is Glorified, the servant is satisfied”
THE PROVEN WORD 09-23-2020
“One thing I have asked of the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His Temple” Psalm 27:4
As People of faith, we are often accused of being so”Heavenly minded that we are no earthly good”. Such an accusation is both unfair and uninformed. The fact of the matter is, anything and everything we do in this life we do from the perspective of where we are going and not where we are. We do not simply respond to the circumstances of the present. Rather, our focus is always based on the hope of heaven. King David, who wrote many of the Psalms including the one in chapter 27:4 gives us a powerful declaration of faith that can help us navigate through life on our way to heaven. First, we are to focus our prayers on what God has already done. When faced with situations that are out of our control and understanding, we often get rattled and confused. But if we know what God is like, we can rest in the knowledge of His great love and mercy. Ignorance of what God is like, produces anxieties and fear which ultimately, destroy our hope. Secondly, we are to remind ourselves that God doesn’t just make all things work for our good. He in fact, assures us that He will show us the beauty of His goodness. God is not a God of “Good Enough”. He is a God who accomplishes things for His own glory. He will never do a half-hazard job in carrying out His purposes for you and I. He intends to show the beauty of His character in response to our worship. Lastly, God’s presence dwells in those who consistently inquire of Him. He inhabits people who are interested in knowing Him deeply and intimately. Don’t worry about asking God any questions. Even if you think you already know the answer. God isn’t just listening and responding to our inquiries. He is also refining and molding our hearts and minds in the process.
THE PROVEN WORD 09-15-2020
“Humble yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast your Anxieties on Him because He cares for you”
There’s an old saying that goes, “God never comes on time, but He is never late”. I used to take these words with utter resignation.After all, God is God. He is Free to do what He wants to do. But according to God’s Word, we do indeed have a part in God’s decisions. Our part is not to determine the final outcome but rather to accept the outcome and advance the Glory of God. We are called to Humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. The implication is our solemn recognition of our powerlessness against God’s sovereign and unequaled power. To be humble before God Involves both waiting and surrendering. To wait on God is to say to God, “No matter how long it takes for you to respond to my cry, I will not give up on trusting you. To surrender is to keep casting our doubts, fears, and anxieties to God on the strength of the promises of His Word. These dual response of waiting and surrendering on our part are what God is looking for in a humble heart. In return, God promises to lift us up in His time and He will show us His loving care not simply to relieve us of our problems but to magnify and glorify His own name through us in the process.
THE PROVEN WORD 09-09-2020
“Search me Oh God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me; and lead me in the way everlasting”
There had been times in my life, as I am sure in your life as well, when my prayers seems fruitless and unheeded. At first, I often thought that God would want me to be absolutely blameless and perfect in every way before I can even think about approaching Him. Don’t get me wrong, we should make it a point to have short accounts with God because He is Holy and He demands humility and repentance.But God understands that we were made from dust and we often stumble and fall. So God does not demand sinless perfection from us. He does however, demand Boldness of faith so He can cleanse, heal, and bless us. It takes great humility to be bold in faith. The humility to be bold begins with Surrender: It happens the moment we ask God to search our hearts and know our thoughts. God rejects the proud but He gives grace to those who have nothing to hide from Him. Surrender leads Sanctification. To be sanctified is to be set apart for God’s honor and Glory. This means we consider Him in every decisions we make and actions we take in life. Lastly, Surrender and Sanctification inevitably lead to a Spiritually Successful life. Success in life has nothing to do with achievement or accomplishments. It has everything to do contentment., When we can whisper “Thank You Lord” at the end of everyday, we know that we will one day Shout “Thank You Lord” on our Final Day.
THE PROVEN WORD 09-02-2020
Ephesians 6:10 commands us to “Be Strong in the Lord and in His mighty Power.” This is not a pep talk, a motivational phrase, or a mantra to be repeated again and again until it sinks in. This is a command from the Lord for us to fight and fight well. There are times when God will raise us to attack our problems instead of us just defending ourselves. There is a time to stand and fight. Not against people but against ungodliness and sins that destroy the very foundation of our sacred faith. Evil thoughts, Godless chatter, lustful pursuits, and violence brought about by hate are just some of the more formidable battles we need to engage in and win. We wage a Holy War against these principalities because they destroy the souls of man. We are called to win the battle to destroy these enemies. We are to do two things; First we are to be strong in the Lord. That means we need to nurture our faith in God and make it stronger. We are to know exactly where we stand in what we believe to be right and true. We do this by devoting ourselves to increasing our knowledge of Jesus and His ways Secondly, we are to rely on God’s mighty power. That means we need to rely on what God will and can do. We often believe that God is powerful but are unable to rely on that power because we think it is nor sufficient or mighty enough. God does not fight fire with fire. He fights fire with wind, water and ice. He completely destroys His enemies. So must we. We must destroy anything and everything that exalts itself against the power of God.
THE PROVEN WORD 08-17-2020
“Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:2-3
No worthwhile undertaking is of any value without the testing of one’s resolve and determination. Our journey in this world as followers of Jesus is no less trying and filled with travails. We were never promised a calm ocean, a paved road, or smooth terrain. A disciple’s life will never be an easy life. Troubles will be a certainty. The verse makes that clear when it says “When” and not “If” troubles come. But we can be certain that troubles are necessary for the experience of joy. Joy is more precious than gold and even gold must be refined by fire. No one can ever experience joy without having earned it through the fiery trials of life. Even Jesus endured severe pain for the joy that awaited him. There truly is no other way to look at life’s problems but to consider them an opportunity to earn real joy. No one will appreciate and enjoy the rewards of heaven one day, unless we determine to win that trophy called joy. Our salvation we cannot earn. It is a gift of God’s grace accessed by faith. Joy, however, comes from a faith that endures. Let me encourage you to persevere. Stay put. The trial and tribulation you are experiencing right now will pass. You are a child of God through faith in Jesus. You will make it through! You will earn the joy that awaits you
THE PROVEN WORD 08-11-2020
Psalm 92:1 declares; “They Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High, Will abide in the Shadow of the Almighty”
A shelter is a place of refuge, rest, and relationship. It is a dwelling place that shields us from outside elements that can cause us harm. It is a place of security so we can relax our minds from the onslaught of stress, anxieties, and fears. It is a place where we can find love and comfort as we exchange mutual affections with the people we love and love us in return. A shelter is a place we call home. And home is where God’s presence dwells. The writer of this verse understood well the power of our relationship with God. This relationship describes God’s HUMBLE LOVE for us. Just imagine, if we dwell in the Shelter of the Most High, meaning if we put our whole trust, faith, and loyalty to Him, and likening our relationship with Him as our True Home, He will respond by covering us with his love, protection, and strength. The key to consistent joy and victory in life regardless of what we face, is our willingness to STAY HOME- that is, to continually dwell in God’s presence as He continually guides us in and through our life’s journey.
THE PROVEN WORD 08-04-2020
A Prayer for the Time We are Living In
Lord Thank you for setting me free from the grip of darkness and placing me in the light of your grace. I resolve to live for you and I renounce the doubts and fears in my heart in the name of Jesus. I bow my heart under your mighty power and I believe that you will restore my courage to face life with great joy and confidence. I surrender all my cares and worries and I declare that I have victory only because I trust in your almighty power.
I ask for your grace to forgive and your mercy to restore me in my sins and failures. Thank you for your ever lasting love.
I choose to delight in your Word and I am determined to walk in its counsel,comfort, and convictions. I will continue to hold on to the hope of heaven where one day I will live in your presence forevermore free of pain, sorrow, and trials. Until then hold my hand Lord and lead me in the way of life.
THE PROVEN WORD 07-20-2020
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with Singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
How does God respond to us when we fail? This question can only be answered provided we have a personal relationship with God. Without that connection, there is no point in pondering the question. But to those who belong to the family of God, this question goes at the very core of our being. The answer magnifies the hope we profess in Him who holds our eternal destiny. When we fail, and let me emphasize “When” not “If”(Moral, Spiritual, and Personal failures are part and parcel of living in this world, we don’t pursue failure but we can fall into its traps) we can be certain that God will respond on the basis of our fellowship with Him. His Word in this verse is very clear and telling as to how He will respond. First, it says that God is with us. He will never abandon us even in the midst of our failures. Then, like a warrior, He will not only fight for us and with us, He also intends to save us from the darkness and destruction of sin. He then will re-iterate His pleasure with us, not in our sins and failures, but in our relationship with Him He will then offer us forgiveness because He judges His children on the basis of His Love and not His anger. Finally, like a mother, who washes and cleans up her Child after the child played in the dirt, God will restore not only His children’s place in His family, but He will restore His own pleasure on them with singing!! Yes !! God sings when He is happy!!! If you do not have a relationship with God, let me ask you to call on the name of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to a relationship with God. Pray to Him ask Him to come into your life. He will forgive all of your sins and He will place you in God’s very own family. If you are already a child of God and have drifted away from your fellowship with Him, come back!! He has not abandoned His relationship with you. He loves you and is willing to restore you.
THE PROVEN WORD 07-13-2020
“For He Rescued us from the domain of Darkness and Transferred us to the Kingdom of His Beloved Son”
Can we really be free of worry? The answer is a resounding YES we can. It helps to know however, that freedom from worry doesn’t mean that the things that cause worry in the first place are not real. It is about perspective. Worry can only do its damage in the absence of Hope - and hope is a matter of perspective. For example, if we put our hope on the amount of money we have in our wallet, we can know the amount we can spend on a particular thing. We would never dare to spend money we do not have in the hope of acquiring something we know we cannot afford. In the same way, when we know and accept what we have and who we are from God’s perspective, then we can rest assured of the reality of hope in the face of equally real challenges. The Word of God assures us that through Jesus our Lord, we have been RESCUED!! What a wonderful way to describe the coming of Jesus!! The coming of Jesus was a rescue operation as he removed us from the Domain of Darkness. The darkness of sin, guilt, and self destruction. But he did not stop there. He also transferred us to the Kingdom of Christ who is the living expression of God’s love. So you see, if we belong to Jesus, worrisome situations may come but our perspective is not in the Worry but in the Glory that awaits us.
THE PROVEN WORD 07-06-2020
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says” God has made everything good in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end”
This is one of the most beautiful yet perplexing verses in the Word of God. On the one hand it affirms that God‘s creative purposes are intended for the good of His creatures and the glory of His own name. And yet, it is evident that not everything we see in the world are good much less edifying to God.
It helps to recognize that God’s intentions were and are good. It is His nature to be good! But for Goodness to triumph it must be validated by the Bad. We must see the Wisdom in God’s goodness in order to reject the bad. The Good news is, that God has also set Eternity in the Human heart. Which means that all the Bad that can ever happen to us can NEVER make us completely hopeless. God created us with a sense, an inner longing and intuition that there is something more to this life than the sum total of our circumstances and experiences , whether good or bad. We have not been given by God the reason for all the “Why” questions we have in this life nor does he owe us an answer. We were never promised that we can know what the next moment will bring. But we do know that whatever happens, God will make it work for the good of those who trust in Him. Let me encourage you today, NOT just to look on what’s going on on the outside. Whatever is going on whether trials, problems, fear anxiety or success, triumphs, and accomplishments, they are all temporal. Instead, let us examine our heart and begin to focus it on things that will last for eternity. Let us allow our heart to beat with Love, compassion, grace, mercy, kindness, fruitfulness, gentleness, worship and faith. These are the rhythms of the heart that beats for eternity.
THE PROVEN WORD 06-30-2020
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by Him. A worker who need not be ashamed. Rightly explaining the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15.
Although these words were written by the Apostle Paul to young Timothy, the challenge is for all of us today who follow our Lord Jesus. The new birth we have been given carries with it a deep sense of obligation not only to know the Word but to live it out in the world. We are to present ourselves as people who have been proven by God to be devoted to Him and His Word. Every time we violate Gods Word, God never stops loving us nor does He withhold His grace and mercy from us. He forgives us and He cleanses us. But there is something inside of us that feel a sense of shame and genuine sorrow. That’s what being convicted by the Holy Spirit is all about. It is about validating our love for God by making us aware of our transgressions. Although we will never be perfect this side of heaven, we can do our very best to make sure our testimony is strong. We are admonished to rightly understand the Word of Truth so we can build our spirit and be able explain it to others as well for the glory of God.
THE PROVEN WORD 06-22-2020
1 John 1:9 declares; “ If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
This verse of Scripture is no doubt one of the most beloved and oft quoted verse by followers of Jesus all over the world for generations. It is packed with so much power and grace that only God deserves and reserves the right to speak them. Notice that all we need to receive God’s favor is to humbly agree with Him that we need it. That’s what confession is: to agree with God. In this case, to agree that we have sinned and have fallen short. That’s it!!! We don’t need to bring anything to the table. Just humbly agree. And notice that what God gives us is beyond just forgiveness. He gives us His Divine Favor. God says, If you confess your sins, you will know that I am Faithful. That would have been enough. But instead He added, I am also righteous or just. That’s important because if God is just faithful but is unjust, then we will not be able to be absolved from the consequences of our sins. But because He is Just, our Forgiveness included His pardon. Meaning, we will not serve time for our crime. Because His pardon erases the record of our offenses. That is why He says, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Loved ones, our redemption is complete. There is no need for us to doubt the love and grace of God. Just agree that we need Him.
THE PROVEN WORD 06-15-2020
Romans 12:16-18 commands us to
“Live in harmony with one another: Do not be Haughty: but associate with the lowly; Do not claim to be wiser than you are”
The beauty of the Gospel is that it is the great equalizer. There is little doubt that when the Apostle Paul wrote these words, he was writing to a very diverse group of people; Jews, Greeks, Romans, men, women, rich people, poor people, educated people, illiterate people, slave and free. Yet his admonition is so focused and so disarming that it places these diversities of race, color, gender, intellectual aptitudes, and stations in life on an equal footing. It is so important to note that within the Christian frame of thinking, there was never given any kind of special status to anyone within the community. Rich people were commanded to not extend their privileged lives in the context of their participation in the communion of believers. The Poor were also admonished not to use their lack of material means as an excuse to position themselves in the body of Christ as victims that need to be compensated. Ethnic and gender distinctions were practically a non-issue. In other words, as people enter the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus, all previous presuppositions and expectations about how we should be treated must give way to a united commitment to focus on what Jesus has done in our hearts. Our world today is so unstable that we blame everything and everyone else for the ethnic, cultural, social, and political turmoil we are going through. Only through the transforming power of the Gospel can there be true unity in diversity. We all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. The Cross of Jesus offers Forgiveness not an Excuse. It offers true Freedom and Equality.
THE PROVEN WORD 06-08-2020
Sometimes, we need more wisdom than strength. Every time we encounter trials or problems of any kind, our instincts tell us that we will need the appropriate measure of strength to withstand or overcome the adversity we find ourselves in. However, there are times when even the best things our experience, knowledge, and resolve can offer, our dilemma are simply too complex for us to conquer. This is when we need to call on the Lord for His strength. And often times, God does not give us strength in the form of fearless confidence or physical, emotional, and mental toughness. Instead, the Bible admonishes us to Ask God for Wisdom. We know we have wisdom when it becomes clear in the core of our being that God has given us the most powerful gift of all-- the Gift of Truth. Wisdom is knowing and applying truth. It is more powerful than anything humanity has ever produced. It flows from the heart of God Himself. The Truth sets us free from fear and focuses our mind on God's purpose for our lives. The key to wisdom is three-fold: It comes from Walking in God's Word, Walking Wholeheartedly in faith,and Walking to Win. The Word of God is a lamp that guides us through the toughest darkest moments in life. It contains the light that illuminates our paths so we will not get lost in the confusing maze of trials. We also gain Wisdom by walking Wholeheartedly in faith. Double mindedness is a sign that we are confused not because we don't know the truth, but rather, because we have not embraced it wholeheartedly. Finally, wisdom gives us the command to walk to win. We cannot lose a war in which God himself planned the strategy. No good General will send His soldiers to their certain death. Instead, He positions them to win. That is exactly how God through the wisdom of trusting Him does for us. He makes sure that we are positioned to win the war. Sure, as human beings we stumble and fall in times of severe testings and we do lose some battles. But we are guaranteed that if we wait steadfastly in faith we will eventually win the war. Take heart! God is on your side.
THE PROVEN WORD 06-01-2020
Psalm 27:1 says,
“The Lord is my Light and My Salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
Watching what has been happening in our world today is enough to raise any ones blood pressure to dangerous levels. Not only are we dealing with an invisible enemy called Covid 19, we are also now faced with extreme Civil Unrest brought about by acts of injustice by one human being to another fellow human being. The bad things we are capable of inflicting on each other are often breathtakingly incomprehensible and utterly frightening. We cannot ignore that at some level one person’s evil act has some impact on all of us because we share the same human nature. Fear is a weapon that destroys human dignity. Those who are inflicted by it damages their soul - those who Inflict it loses theirs. Unless the heart receives the light of Salvation, the curse of fear will never be broken. The Scriptures reveal to us that the Lord is the light. In Him is no darkness at all. A clear sign that we have received salvation is an undeniable power to overcome fear. Our salvation in Jesus Christ gives us among other things a sense of courage that defies any external threats - both seen and unseen. It’s a courage rooted in the overcoming power of the cross. Just remember, If Jesus conquered death, there is nothing we will face in life that can destroy our hope.
THE PROVEN WORD 5-25-2020
Psalm 16:11 says
“You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy. At your right hand are pleasures forevermore”
To the one who trusts in God, who relies on His infinite power and wisdom, and who’s confidence rests in His love, such a person will never lose his or her way. Perhaps that is such a bold statement to proclaim. After all, we are all just humans with faults, frailties, and failures. But it is important to understand that God knows all of our faults, frailties, and failures. Yes!! He knows ALL of them. Even the ones we ourselves don’t know and have yet to commit. That’s the real power of TRUSTING GOD. We may stumble in life but we will never lose our way because He as the Psalm says, will show us and continue to show us the path of life. Not only that, He also assures us that He doesn’t abandon us in our darkest moments. In fact, the promise is that we will have joy because we know He is present. And just when we think His Guidance and the joy of His presence are enough to sustain us in and through our Journey, He caps it by lifting us up from our predicaments and turns our life with all its griefs and heartaches into a life that pleases Him. I encourage you to trust in God while dealing with the issues you face. You may not see it at the moment. But God is doing something profoundly magnificent in your life.
THE PROVEN WORD 5-18-2020
“He’s Got You Covered”
1 Peter 5:6-10 says,
Humble yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time. Cast All your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
These words were written to convince us that God covers us with His grace in the areas of our life in which we are most vulnerable. Namely, the Anxieties of life, the consistent attacks from the Devil, and the deceptive effect of suffering that makes us think our problems are unique and that we are the only one suffering them. These dark trinity of doom can render us helpless and defenseless. But there’s GREAT NEWS. These battles are NOT for us to FIGHT. They are God’s battles. Our part is simple!! CRY!! That’s right just CRY!! Sounds cowardly or defeatist you might say. Not really. The Acronym CRY stands for Concede, Rely, and Yield. Our Scriptures says we are to Humble ourselves by CONCEDING our own power and ability in favor of God’s mighty power. Humility before God is true power. Humility is necessary for us to RELY on God. We are to CAST or throw out all our anxious thoughts and RELY completely on God’s time and purpose for our lives. We are then to YIELD all the outcomes and results on God’s Grace!! And you know what, when we read the rest of our verses, God promises that after we suffered a little while, God Himself will lift us up making us stronger, more stable, and faithful. So stop worrying!! He’s got you covered!!
THE PROVEN WORD 05-11-2020
Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by all the things that are going on in your life? Do you sometimes wonder why peace and tranquility seem so elusive that for every minute of peace there is an hour of chaos? Take heart!! There is good news. You and I can reverse that trend. The Word of God in Psalm 5:11-12 declares,
“But let All who take refuge in you be glad: let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them. That those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely oh Lord you bless the righteous you surround them with your favor as a shield.”
A few words of encouragement for all of us: First, let us not view gladness as a wish or a desire. Instead, let us look at Gladness as a Command. We are exhorted to take refuge in the Lord with NO hesitation or reservation. We get overwhelmed because we want the storm to stop rather than to find shelter in the midst of the storm. God is our Shelter and help in times of trouble.
Second, God is not the author of chaos and confusion that happen in life. Sure he has the sovereign power to permit them but to even think that God is behind the evil that happens to us is utterly preposterous. God wants you and I to counter our troubles with sacred faith. By that I mean faith that honors God in the presence of trials and tribulations.
Lastly, let us never doubt that God will give us not only the strength to withstand our troubles but He will infuse our commitment to trust Him with divine joy. This is the “Game Changer”. This is when God does not take away the trouble but gives us the power to have a different attitude and outlook towards them. This is how we glorify God’s name in spite of the trouble we’re in. It’s all in our attitude.
THE PROVEN WORD 04-27-2020
Philippians 4:4-5 Encourages and admonishes us to “Rejoice in the Lord Always. I will say it again rejoice. Let your Gentleness be evident to All. The Lord is NEAR. During these very trying times when many of us are uncertain about the future, it is easy to get frustrated, worried, even angry. We get easily triggered and we lash out at anyone from those in the highest places of authority all the way down to those closest to us within our own homes. But these verses Command us to do 3 thing; Rejoice, Rejoice again, and be Gentle. Definitely not an easy command considering the circumstances. But why the admonition? Because the Lord is NEAR. We should focus our faith in the nearness of Lord. The Nearness of God represents His
N-Never Failing love for us.
E- Ever present help in out time of need
A-All Mighty Power to Deliver us.
R- Reassurance of our Restoration.
Because God is Near, There’s nothing to Fear
THE PROVEN WORD 04-20-2020
“Compassion and Grace will always impress God and He rewards us in return”(Read Psalm 41:1-3)
In days like these when fear, uncertainty, anger, and a whole hosts of other negative emotions, wisdom says, “Do the Opposite”. Challenging times present an opportunity to show Kindness and grace to those who are hurting. The Psalmist of Psalm 41 assures us that our regard for the weak will not be overlooked by God. He says that such acts of compassion and Graciousness will cause God to;
1. Deliver and Preserve us from Trouble. Nothing really moves the heart of God than to see his Children imitating His His attitude towards the weak. He Responds by showing us the same grace when we too get into trouble
2. Bless and Protect us wherever we are. The amazing thing about God’s blessing and protection is that it is portable. We can be blessed and protected no matter where we are geographically and whatever station we are in life circumstantially. His presence never leaves us.
3. He will not Surrender us to our enemies. We may not have physical enemies but we have plenty of spiritual ones. The Devil hates kindness and grace and he will surely attack us and accuse us when we act on those virtues. But God will not allow him to triumph over our faith.
4. Restore and Sustain us in our illness. Wow!! Building a reputation of Compassion and Grace for ourselves can be a good source of divine healing. It is good to know that God will not take us home with Him until His purpose for our life is complete. And as long as we can reflect his kindness and grace in the world, our usefulness to God will be a good basis to pray for a long life.
Reach out to the weak!! Show compassion and grace. There is something in it for you!!!
THE PROVEN WORD 04-13-2020
You will make it.
Romans 8:28 declares, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose” at a glance, this verse might seem too good to be true. But it is indeed true or God would not have placed it in His Word. I think we often read this verse and say to ourselves, This cannot possibly be true for me. All things can’t possibly work for my good,,we say because perhaps we think we have not been able to live up to some condition that God has placed in those He called. Perhaps I am one who have failed to heed the call to his purpose. Perhaps, I have to clean up all my failures and missteps first before I qualify for such a lofty promise. To think such things is to diminish the power of God. The truth is, God knows everything about us that’s why he made it easy for us to access his promises. He only asks for Faith!! Imagine that!! God says just trust in Jesus name!! He’s the one who was able to meet all that God required of us!! It is Jesus who rescued us and will continue to rescue us until the day we see Him face to face. His Grace is more that sufficient that’s why we are more than conquerors. Don’t let another problem, sorrow, fear or distress take you by surprise. You will make it! God will make all things work for you!! He loves you! More than you are willing to accept.
The Proven Word 4-06-2020
Joy Drives our Faith
It may seem insensitive to ask anyone to Rejoice! Considering the magnitude of the misery brought about by the CONVID 19 virus all over the world. But consider the alternative responses; fear, anger,,anxiety, sorrow, pain, chaos, violence, we could go on and on. As Followers of Jesus we have a great opportunity to show the world that we have something better. Joy! Joy cannot be attained from this world. It is a supernatural gift from heaven. It does not depend on any persons word or any extenuating circumstances. It is driven by our faith in Jesus. As our faith gets stronger, our joy gets more real and stable. Joy begins to be denounce desires in us that conflicts with God’s purposes. These misdirected desires tend to take the place of real joy. Joy also diminishes our doubts about the Lord. It solidifies our resolve to stay true with our commitment to God. Lastly, joy develops our full Devotion. Joy gives us staying power. It strengthens our resolve. In the midst of these dark days we can all echo the words of the Apostle Paul when he says, “Rejoice in the Lord Always” and again I say Rejoice.
The Proven Word 3-30-2020
The Peace of God
I think It was Chuck Swindoll who said, A million dollar bed don’t buy us a good night’s sleep”. That could never be more true and applicable in what our world has been dealing with these past few weeks. The Pandemic that is COVID-19 has instilled a deep sense of fear, uncertainty, sorrow, and anger in the hearts of countless people all over the Globe. We thank and honor those who have placed their lives on the line to help find a cure for this menace and are doing what they can to help those who have been infected. But we need something more powerful than human effort to make it through these dark times. We need the PEACE of God to penetrate our hearts and soul. We need God’s supernatural intervention to help us and encourage us to rise above this situation. Only the Peace of God offers hope that is sure. Remember, in Jesus the King, we have Peace with God through our saving knowledge of the Gospel. We also have Peace from God which is a supernatural peace that sustains us in circumstances far beyond human control and understanding. Lastly, there is the Peace of God which is God’s providential peace. The kind that gives us confidence each and every waking moment of our lives.
You see,if we have Peace, we have everything.
The Proven Word 3-22-2020
We are encouraged to Wash our hands frequently, keep a considerable distance away from anyone, if we’re feeling ill, go get tested, and unless it’s absolutely necessary , stay at home. These are instructions that when followed, will slow down if not completely eradicate the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 virus. And, we are wise to heed them. There is however, one thing that we must include with these instructions. And that is, you guessed it - PRAYER. We are in the words of experts, fighting a war against an Invisible enemy when referring to the Corona Pandemic. But there’s an invisible enemy that is waging a war against humanity that is much more lethal and formidable -UNBELIEF. It is the root of fear, hopelessness, despair, and desperation, among many others. It is the greatest single attitude that gives permission to the enemy of our soul to gain a foothold and bring havoc in our lives. How do we overcome unbelief? Along with prayer we must Wash our Souls with the Word, Keep a considerable distance from sin, If you’re feeling down, ask someone to pray for you, and lastly, find a church to call home and stay there.