You and God in Covenant for Generations and Nations

God’s covenant relationship with you is very personal; yet, it is so much more. The God of Abraham says, “I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them! I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:6‭-‬7). He wants to multiply you, expand you, extend your influence to a level that is international, royal and generational. Do you believe God can touch nations and generations through you for eternal impact?

Christian Living is Impossible!

Christian living is neither a religious exercise nor a self-help project. Rather, it is Christ’s own life in us, a supernatural life that is generated, empowered, energized, activated and motivated by God’s Holy Spirit. As Pastor James MacDonald points out, “God has made no provision for you to live the Christian life except by His Spirit living His life through you.” Apostle Paul wrote, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves” (Galatians 5:16 NLT). Ask God to express His victorious, sin-conquering life in and through you today.

Two Kinds of Pleasures: Choose One

Momentary pleasure is like fast food; it tastes good but it’s not good for long-term health. King David sang, “For (God’s) anger lasts for a moment, but His favor lasts for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning..” (Psalms 30:5). Again, David declared, “You will show me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalms 16:11). The person who seeks worldly pleasure may enjoy moments of pleasure but endure months of pain. One who chooses godly pleasure may endure moments of pain but will enjoy an eternity of pure pleasure.

Three Special Gifts from Heaven

August 28, 2017

Writing or receiving a good letter has become one of the valuable victims of the electronic age of email, texting, tweets, selfies and selfish posts. How refreshing to read Apostle Paul’s end-of-life letter in which he greets his spiritual son Timothy with “Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (2 Timothy 1:2)! Chuck Swindoll remarks: “Grace is God’s gift to the worthless; mercy is God’s ministry to the helpless; peace is God’s love to the restless.” Let’s pray God’s grace, mercy, and peace over every crushed heart, especially the disaster-stricken people of Texas, Sierra Leone, and other troubled spots of our world.

Racism and The Theory of Evolution

August 25, 2017

Real belief in the concept of one human race is not compatible with the Theory of Evolution, which invented the idea of “different races”, whereby some ethnic groups have evolved higher and are more advanced than others. Evolution carries the seed of racism that yields the fruit of racial discrimination. By contrast, we Creationists can speak of “one human race” with a straight face. We can honestly ask, “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10), and our answer, based on the biblical God of creation, is a resounding “Yes! We all have one Father; one God has indeed created us!”

Three Valuable Gifts from Heaven

August 28, 2017

Writing or receiving a good letter has become one of the valuable victims of the electronic age of email, texting, tweets, selfies and selfish posts. How refreshing to read Apostle Paul’s end-of-life letter in which he greets his spiritual son Timothy with “Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (2 Timothy 1:2)! Chuck Swindoll remarks: “Grace is God’s gift to the worthless; mercy is God’s ministry to the helpless; peace is God’s love to the restless.” Let’s pray God’s grace, mercy, and peace over every crushed heart, especially the disaster-stricken people of Texas, Sierra Leone, and other troubled spots of our world.

Whether I Fail or Succeed

August 24, 2017

“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but evaluate yourself with an honest scale” (Romans 12:3, paraphrase). On the achievement curve our outcomes can lead to one of two extremes. We can suffer a broken heart when we fail; this is discouragement. Or we can develop a big head when we succeed; this is pride. Grantland Rice said, “Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.” Humility is the balanced response: see failure as an experience to learn and grow from; treat success as a blessing to be appreciative and thankful for.

Lesson from Watching the Big Eclipse

August 22, 2017

After all the hype and hoopla about the 2017 Great American Eclipse of the Century, the reality is just how brief the whole thing really was. For the few areas that saw a total eclipse, the complete blackout of the sun by the moon lasted less than 3 minutes. The experience was even less satisfying for us who saw a partial eclipse. Most of us were left asking, “That’s it?” But isn’t that the problem with much of the pleasures of this life? They are so momentary, and they leave their chasers wanting more. Seconds after the big eclipse people were already yearning for the one that’s coming in 2024. That’s why true believers in Jesus Christ “…do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are TEMPORARY, but the things which are not seen are ETERNAL” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Eclipse of Sun or Moon: God’s Show in the Sky

August 21, 2017

The solar eclipse of 2017 is one way the creation of God puts on a show not only to entertain humans but to also teach us about the wonderful intelligence, power and glory of our Creator. We read in Psalms 19:1, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His handiwork” (Psalms 19:1). God predates astronomers in forecasting celestial phenomena like a solar eclipse or a lunar eclipse. Joel 3:15 reads, “The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine” (Joel 3:15). Enjoy the show and adore the Producer.

The Ultimate Melting Pot…Yet to Come

August 19-20, 2017

In many ways America has progressed as “a melting pot” of humankind’s primary colors of blacks, browns and whites. But even after two terms of the nation’s first black president, America is asking, “Are we there yet?” Sadly, the obvious answer is, “No, not yet!” Thankfully, God has plans to forever unite blacks, browns and whites as one human race. Apostle John saw “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). That’s Heaven’s United Nations standing as one human race, worshiping the Creator and Savior! Do it, LORD!!

Judgement Day and Treatment of People

August 18, 2017

God has authorized Jesus Christ to be the Judge of the human race (John 5:22; Acts 27:31). By what standard do you think Christ will evaluate people on Judgment Day? How we treat people, but not based on how we treat “important people.” The Lord’s yardstick is, “…inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40‭). Pastor John Gray said, “Nothing reveals character more than how you treat people you don’t think you need.” LORD, teach me how to treat little people like VIPs; may serving “the least of these” be a highlight of my day.

What It Means to Bless God

August 17, 2017

The pathway of blessing between God and man is a two-way street: People who are blessed by God are to bless God in return. When GOD BLESSES US, He empowers us to succeed, or He abundantly supplies us with resources. When WE BLESS GOD, we honor Him with lavish thanksgiving, praise and worship. In 1 Chronicles 29:20, David told the people, “Now bless the LORD your God. So all the assembly blessed the LORD…and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the LORD…” LORD, You have blessed me over and over; prompt me to bless You more and more.