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 4-6-2020
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.