The Kingdom of Heaven lives within you therefore you are the victor and not the victim.
You are the Head and not the Tail...
We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus the Christ
WHEN SHOULD YOU EXPECT A MIRACLE
What do you do when your actions are indefensible and you are guilty as was my friend Tom who stood before a circuit court Judge; it was a sunny but cold Thursday morning as Tom had mix emotions about what would happen that morning. the court was crowded with familiar faces namely people of color. This would be the day that Tom would learn the consequence of his actions. Tom arrived about 15 minutes late he got very little sleep the night before as a result of the late night wednesday revival church service.Tom walk through the double doors of the court when he saw his attorney sitting on the bench he jump up once he saw Tom and motion him to the hallway area. Tom's Lawyer begin to rehearse his plans to help ameliorate the penalty when Tom's name was called in side the court(Tom Good this is a fictious name used to protect my friend's privacy-true story). So they rush into the court room and stood at the defendant table then the Judge called Tom's name a second time this time with alacrity Tom face the Judge and responded by answering Good morning your honor. Tom thought within himself that the Judge may have known his father. The Judge said something funny that Tom did not understand but the lawyers seemed to be the only people laughing at the joke. Then the judge ask what was Mr. Good charge with, Both side spoke first the State out-line there case against Tom's then Tom's Lawyer spoke only to have been interrupted by the Judge who said "over against the objection of the State there be No Fines or Court Cost he then handed the file to the clerk and told Tom to have a great day. Tom's attorney was blown away and ask the Judge to repeat himself for clarity after confirming the order Tom walk out the court a free man.
Tom Good later said the Judge really does Know my father that is my heavenly father the prayer of the righteous availeth much.
God is able to do exceedingly above all that we might ask or think.... God is worthy to be praised amen.
I ask again what's to hard for God answer: Nothing
Forget not the Lord's benefits
Here at Cornell W. Garrison Ministry, Our Mission is to inspirer people and Organizations to utilize spiritual principals to improve their lives and thus creating an immeasurable sense of joy and productivity. Becoming a good steward is a very important task in the life of the beliver often it is the child of God who is in the grip of financial over load confusion and dispair.
The truth is that the believer should exemplify a good Stewardship regarding his/her financial house. The big problem is that most of us have for most of our lives been in disobedience to the word of God therefore, we come to our Lord broken beatin down and in need of a touch from above. Some of us have been under the protection of the word of our Lord but have failed to excerise the prudent financial Stewardship. Then there are others who have never been taught the principals found in the word of God. Here at CWG Ministry we teach, demonstrate and recommend tools and technique's to improve the quality of the believer's financial house.
God often uses money or a talent to illustrate a spiritual principles we read in matthew 25:14-29 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability: and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. but he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, well done,thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord thou deliveredst unto me two talents:behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His Lord said unto him well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talents came and said Lord I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I have not strawed:Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talents from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
THE SERVANT SAID HE WAS "AFRAID" THIS IS WHY HE WAS UNABLE TO PROSPER! GOD SAYS FEAR NOT FOR I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS EVEN UNTIL THE VERY END.
Please note in v 14 the "traveling man" was an investor who took his money and invested it into three accounts this was a diversified investor who had a profolio design to profit, in fact he had profited from this investment 100% with zero dollars loss from this investment. Today the "traveling man" if he were investing into the stock market of our day he would be considered on the order of Warren Buffet given his winning strategy. Think with me for a moment should we have any less expactation for our investment dollars? No we must have a win,win prospective...great minds think a like.
There is another spiritual perspective that we can also glean from these passages if you understand that God uses parable to help us gain a deeper understanding of his love and purpose for the believer.When we examine this portrait above we can see the Traveling man is a picture of God himself who gives to his stewards an assignmet signified by the talent the assignment is to utilize a set resources to build the kingdom of God by seeking teaching and edifing those who are to become heirs to the kingdom of God. Although it may appear that these steward are on a separaten individual task a closer look will reveal that they have solidarity to accomplish the same task which is to build adding to the kindom of God. God may give to some five helpers people who are filled with the Holy Spirit to help build the kingdom or he my give you only two helpers people to help build the kingdom regardless to the resource the is an expectation that the believer will work to help build the kingdom by adding new believers. The Steward who hid his one talent in the earth is a picture of a steward who failed utilizes his resources to build the kingdom of God. This slothful steward had the ability to grow the kingdom by bearing witness to the the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ but squandered the oportunity by hiding the talent in the earth. this is a picture of a spiritually dead the servant although he was commanded to increase the talent the traveler allowed him to hold the resource for a set time before taking it from him and giving it to the true believer. God has elected to allow the unsaved of this world an opportunity to share the Gospel of the Good news as the true believer they may hold the keys to the kingdom which is the word of God right up until the time when the Lord shall return yet they will not add new believers to the kingdom.
HOW WONDERFUL IS OUR GOD WHO GIVES THE UNSAVED OF THIS WORLD AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME UNTO HIM RIGHT UP UNTIL THE SOUNDS OF THE TRUMPET ANNOUNCING THE LORD HAS RETURN!!!
We read in Deuteronomy 28:12-13 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them.
THROUGH THE EYE'S OF GOD...
i HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS THERE ARE GREAT FACETS AND LAYERS OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH HIDDEN IN HIS WORDS. THIS CAN BE SUMMED UP IN PROVERBS 25:2 IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING: BUT THE HONOR OF KINGS IS TO SEARCH OUT A MATTER. GOD SEES THE BELIEVER AS A KING WHO WILL SOME DAY SIT AND RULE OVER A PORTION OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. UNDERSTANDING WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS ALSO COMES WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SEARCH OUT THE TRUTH OF GODS WORD.
I HAVE A TENANT WHO WE WILL CALL DIANNE, WHO SHARES A ROOMING HOUSE WITH FOUR OTHER TENANTS. DIANNE IS A GOOD TENANT WHO PAYS HER RENT ON TIME AND NEVER COMPLAINS. DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION I HAD NOTICE THAT THE BATH ROOM DOOR LOCK WAS BROKEN. IT WAS ODD THAT DIANNE HAD NOT PUT IN A REQUEST FOR THE REPAIR. I WONDER JUST HOW LONG DIANNE HAD BEEN LIVING WITH THIS SAFTY CONCERN WITHOUT REQUESTING IT TO BE REPAIRED.
I DECIDED TO FIX THE DOOR WITHOUT GETTING A REQUEST ORDER FROM DIANNE, SO AFTER GATHERING THE TOOLS AND SUPPLIES REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE JOB IT TOOK ME ABOUT 45 MINUTES BEFORE FINISHING. WHEN I SAW DIANNE A FEW DAYS LATER I WAS SURE THAT SHE WOULD HAVE THANK ME FOR MAKING THE REPAIRS BUT THERE WAS NO SUCH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT NADA NOT EVEN A HINT OF APPRECIATION.
DIANNE WOULD CALL TO DISCUSS OTHER CONCERNS BUT THERE WAS NEVER A SINGLE WORD ABOUT THE REPAIRS.
I PERSONALLY FELT UNAPPRECIATED WAS DIANNE BEING UNGRATEFUL OR UNAPPRECIATIVE? JUST THEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD ME TO CONSIDER THE TEN MEN WHO WERE LEPERS, THEY HAD THAT AN INCURABLE DISEASE CALLED LEPROSY PERSONS WITH THIS KIND OF DISEASE WERE CONSIDERED OUT CAST. WHEN THEY SAW JESUS THEY ALL CRIED OUT TO HIM FOR HELP WHEN JESUS HEARD THEIR CRY HE HEALED THEM ALL. IMAGINE THE JOY THEY MUST HAVE FELT WHEN THEY LOOK AT THEIR BODIES THAT HAD BEEN COVERED WITH BLISTERS AND NOW THEY HAD ALL DISAPPEARED RIGHT BEFORE THEIR EYE'S COMPLETELY. IT MUST HAVE BEEN UNSPEAKABLE JOY TO HAVE EXPERIENCE THIS TRANSFORMATION.
NOW LOOK WITH ME THROUGH THE EYE'S OF GOD AS THE PLOT THICKENS: JESUS ANSWERING AND SAID WERE THERE NOT TEN CLEANSED BUT WERE ARE THE NINE?
NOW PUT YOURSELF IN JESUS SHOE'S HE ASK WERE ARE THE NINE? DO YOU THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT JESUS DOES'T KNOW WERE THE NINE WHOM HE HAD HEALED ARE?
YOU WILL RECALL WHEN ADAM AND EVE HAD FALLEN INTO THERE SIN GOD ASK ADAM WERE ARE YOU?
DO YOU BELIEVE GOD DID NOT KNOW WERE ADAM WAS ?`OF COURSE YOU SAY GOD KNOW'S ALL THINGS.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE IF JESUS HAD HEALED YOU FROM AN INCURABLE DISEASE
WOULD YOU HAVE GONE BACK INTO THE WORLD AS DID THE 9 WHO WERE HEALED WHAT WERE THEY THINKING THEY WERE UNGRATEFUL FOR SURE.
LETS LOOK FURTHER THE BIBLE SAY'S THAT ONLY ONE RETURN TO GIVE THANKS.
DID JESUS GO RUNNING AFTER THE 9 FOR BEING UNGRATEFUL OR UNAPPRECIATIVE OF COURSE NOT BUT SHOULD BE OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THOSE WHO DESPITEFULLY USE US THOSE THAT TAKE OUR HEARTS AND USE IT LIKE A DOOR MAT... IN A FEW WORDS PRAY FOR THEM THERE IS POWER IN PRAYER.
THE BELIEVER IS PICTURED BY THE ONE LEPER WHO CAME BACK TO THE LORD JESUS TO GIVE THANKS. WE ALL HAD AN INCURABLE DISEASE CALLED SIN IT BROUGHT WITH IT A DEATH SENTENCE THAT WOULD LAST FOREVER BUT GOD WHO IS RICH IN MERCY MADE US A LIVE WHILE WE WERE DEAD IN OUR SINS BY SENDING HIS SON JESUS TO DIE FOR OUR SINS ONCE. WE ARE NOW LIKE THE LEPER WHO WAS HEALED AND CAME BVACK TO REST AT THE FEET OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. NOW GOD HAS GOOD THOUGHTS CONCERNING THE BELIEVER HE WANTS YOU TO BE IN GOOD HEALTH, HE WANTS, YOU TO PROSPER EVEN AS YOUR SOLE PROSPERS, HE WANTS YOU TO BE THE LENDER AND NOT THE BORROWER WHICH MEANS HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE SUBSTANCE TO OFFER HE WANTS YOU TO REMEMBER ALL HIS BENEFITS PSALM:103 OUR STRENGHT COMES FROM LOOKING THROUGH THE EYE'S OF GOD. NOT A SERMON JUST A THOUGHT.
Once saved always saved....
What about the business of our Assurance of Salvation as christians we are looking forward with great anticipation to spending our salvation with our Lord in paradise. In the book of Philippians 2:12 we are told to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. The word salvation means to be save therefore we may ask what are we save from. The bible tells us in Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through jesus Christ our Lord. The word salvation can also be understood as a gift of God. Why is salvation consider a gift? I am glad you ask you see God had to intervene into the affairs of the human family when sin and death had plague all mankind. God was under no obligation to rescue mankind from this awful sentence of eternal death. Yet we read in Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved. Now let us conclude the matter by saying God saved us from eternal death and destruction this was truly a gift undeserving by those whom he had redeemed yet because of Gods great Love for us and despite our wicked ways...God has Guaranteed eternal life for his people a price totally paid in full this is the great Assurance of Salvation.
God Love's to See You Recover
If you ever been broke before you no the difficulties of answering the phone when bill collectors are calling with another demand for payment for services render. You may no what it feels like to have nothing to put under the christmas tree for your children during the holidays! If your honest with yourself you will admit that its not easy coming up from the bottom although you have promise again and again that you were going to change your life by improving your financial circumstance only to find yourself in the very same stressful predicament another year later.
The Facts are most people begin a good marriage before filing for a divorce!
Most people start college but don't finish thus dropping out!
Others start a new business before shutting the door to their dreams in dispair!
What we say does not always work out as we plan it....This problem can be corrected.
The bible gives us a great lesson found in Lk 6:48 There was a man which build an house and digged deep, and laid a foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock.
In this parable we are taught that to expect chanllenges or difficulties to araise like flood upon the house. In some cases vicious opposition like streams beating vehemently attempting to tear you from your dreams and goal. Your foundation is the word of God the Bible it can and will keep you fighting and never give up then you will see real change and real joy on the other side of the adversity!! Stay to yourself I believe and I am ready to live the more abundant life begainning today!!Go after your dreams and goals there is nothing to hard for God...Amen.
There is no wonder why Jesus say's oh you of little faith mt 8:26 but we are commanded to be of good courage Ps 27:14 and to have faith with incredible power that we could move even mountains.
Most of us want a microwave resolution to our problems, the word problem can cause an adverse reaction for a lot of people.Yet problems can be a good thing. Case and point a young freshman student was having a problem understanding his math assignments. He went to his instructor and ask for help the instructor was a christian and had a plan to help solve his problem. he set the student up to be tutored by a handicap student who needed help getting around campus. in order for him to be tutor he had to help his tutor carry her books around campus an ardent task. He told the instructor that he had never spoken to any one who was handicap and that he felt unconfortable helping her. he finally agreed to the arrangement and later said after excelling in his math class thanks to his tutor "the experience of helping others while while I needed help was one of the greatest experience of his life". You see problems are opportunities in disguise but God wants to make sure that all his disciplines for character development in us and those around us are accomplished before he removes the problem. God is also interested in our commitment to the process if we cut corners to relieve a problem God may require that we must repeat the problem until we learn Gods way. In other cases there may be the problem of prior disobedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. You may be having financial problems today and your wondering what could God be tring to convey through your financial needs. To be assure God is attemping to teach you a valuable lesson that may come in the form of spiritual enlightenment which may lead to a greater trust in him and/or maybe God is setting you up to bless some one other than yourself through your testimony. we read in 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Rushing to get out of your problems could be a race to repeating the problem, slow down and listen to that still quiet voice inside of you teaching you the better way out of your problem is Gods way...