Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Character Rooted in God

Greetings my friends, in the name of Jesus!

My Sister, Inda, ends her signature line with a Michael Josephson quote, “The character that really counts for both time and eternity is character that has its roots in God.” I paused and smiled. I constantly remind myself and my children that the only thing we have is our reputation, our character, our name. The good news, however, is that we can have redemption through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No matter how messed up our character has been, when God redeems us that character is then rooted in God! The way we live, the way we talk, the way we treat other, all rooted in God.

The Gospel of John paints this awesome picture for me of a woman whom we may say, “has been around the block a few times.” I am talking about the Samaritan woman whom met Jesus at the well. I shout hallelujah each time I study this story. You see, my friends, this woman had a reputation, she had five husbands and when Jesus met her, she was living in sin with another man. However, God is our redeemer and HE redeems us, no matter who we are, all we need to do is confess and believe. The Samaritan woman recognized Jesus as the Messiah and she immediately went back to the city to tell the men about this man, the Christ. Now, just imagine, I bet not only her former husbands, but even those who called her ugly names, even the elderly who scorned upon her came to see this man, the Christ.

Psalm 107:2 tell us to, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy." That's exactly what the Samaritan woman did; she went immediately and told her city of this great man, the Christ. Glory. So, friends, it does not matter what character you have or have had, because when it is rooted in God that is all that matters! Glory, thank you Father for redemption.

My character is rooted in my God. My sins have been forgiven, my slate wiped clean, Jesus sees me for who I am, that is, a child of God! My character has its roots in God and that is what counts for both time and eternity.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Modification Of My Behavior

Greetings, my friends! I pray all is well. Each day is a new beginning.

I thank God for the chastising HE gives to me every now and then. He tells me it is time I modify my behavior. My pastor, Rev. Felix G. Williams, III had warned that sometimes a storm comes into our lives to correct our actions. He warned that sometimes our behavior needs to be modified and adjusted, and that is why we end up in a storm of correction. Rev. Williams gave another important warning. He said that one of the reasons we end up in storm of correction is because of the people we hang out with; people we hang on to; people we allow onto our "ships". I know it is really hard to let go of certain people in our lives, but until we realize it is because of them that we get in these storms of correction, we will continue to be whipped by God. Those such people may be our very own family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, hangout buddies, and our teammates.

I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. I take heed to the lessons of my past experiences; I no longer get fool so easily by the "pleasant conditions" because I have a spirit of discernment and I try my hardest to not give way to pessimistic attitudes. In fact, the Spirit that lives within us helps us to move away from such attitudes and behaviors. Friends, discernment only comes by being obedient to the will of God, staying in the Word, and praying regularly and continually.

I am proud to say that in my small circle, I do have folk who can unlock the storm door on my behalf. They know how to pray and they intercede on my behalf. When they do, God hears them. I thank God for those such people who are in my life. The unknown author(s) of the Book of Hebrews, in Chapter 12:1, reminds me that "since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." In verse 2, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." I thank God for carrying the cross for me. As a gratitude to God, I am fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. I pray you will do the same, that is, if you are tired of being in storms of correction.

God bless.
Ta ta,
Therese from Belize

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