Wednesday, November 28, 2012

From Morning Till Night


Have you ever woke up with this feeling or said this to yourself after waking up, Its so wonderful to be alive? Or have you said this to yourself or had this particular thought , thank God for saving me, not only from the world, but also from myself? Sometime we can be our own worse enemy and when it comes to doing something wrong or when it comes to getting into trouble.This may sound funny, but some of us don't really need help from others, because when it comes to those things we happen to be real good at it. This reminds me of something my late grandmother would say when she was alive," Good habits are hard to keep, but bad habits are hard to break". She often preached this when I or when my brothers or sisters would do something wrong. She would go on to say practice doing and saying the right things, that way you will always stay in good graces not only with your parents but also with God. Develop good habits she would say while staring under her glasses, at one of my then drunk uncles and Lord, please don't pick up any bad habits! God, she would go on to say, has a way of dealing with those who refuse to listen or to do what's right.
 This reminds me of a verse in the Bible( Hosea 6:1 "Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds) In this verse it clearly states that sometimes when we rebel against our parents, our church and even from God, that sometimes God will deal with each of us personally. Sometimes we all need to be brought down a notch to see clearly who is in charge and where we all really get our blessings. To those who are blessed enough to read this, everything you do or achieve is only possible because God allows it and never forget that he is the only one who really deserves praise. When you get up in the morning start it off with prayer, thanking him for another day of life and for another chance at making things right. After all we are all sinners , we all make mistakes and each of us have some type issues or problems to work on. After the day is gone then get back on your knees and pray again. If you are blessed enough to read this ponder this thought ," God did spare you ,with his grace, also you did make it home safely and he does provide for all of your needs.  Isn't it wonderful to be alive? To be able too survive another day in this dangerous, crazy, and unpredictable world? Isn't God good?  I'll answer those questions for you. Yes its wonderful to be alive , God is good all the time and worthy to be praised! That's why I praise him 365 days of the year, from morning till night.
May God bless you always,
Charles

Jeremiah 33:6 "'Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty




Monday, November 26, 2012

Being Patient


I often hear people talk about how hard it is to be patient. I think the reason people have a hard time being patient is because they do not know how important it is to be that way or why God demands this from his believer's.( Proverbs 14:29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.) The reason God demands that we be patient, is because God has a plan or purpose for our every breath. But as humans we are weak in the flesh and we often rush into things without consulting God. When we do things without consulting or trusting God we fail. So many businesses, marriages, relationships and churches fail, because they fail to include God or to make him first. The world has become so impatient, most of us want things now and do not want to wait. Most people often do things because of the way they feel, without thinking about the consequences for their actions. We want our children to grow up fast or early; we want our husbands or wives to be prefect or right for us even though we have not taken the time to learn about or understand them. Also we rush into things without thinking or using the brain that God has blessed us with. Technology , has made us all very lazy, spoiled and impatient. Most of us do not understand that God has an natural order that everything that lives has to follow and there is a reason why everything has its time or  seasons. What I mean by seasons, is there is a time when everything that God has created will show its true purpose on that given season. The same thing applies to a man or a woman. That is why there are people who progress early and some people late, because it was their time or season to do so. To anyone who is blessed enough to read this, be patient in all things, even when it comes to your own life. Always pray and consult God before you make any major decision. God has a purpose for us all and when our season comes we all will bare fruit, just like a fruit tree that has been planted for years. Always remember good things come to those who wait, but those who rush may walk into the arms of destruction.
Be blessed,
Charles
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful

If you happen to be reading this at this moment, ask yourself this very personal question, What am I most thankful or grateful for? As you ponder an answers to this question, take a hard look at your life and while you are doing this also look around at the rest of the world. The reason why its so important to look around or view the rest of the world while you are evaluating your own space, is because it can or will put your own life in perspective. Even though its popular to complain, looking at someone else's struggles or situations will make you realize despite how you are living today, someone out there actually has it worse than yourself. As a matter of fact you are at this very moment living better than most people in foreign countries or even within your own country. Despite all of your issues, problems, troubles or struggles, God has been good to you and has provided for all of your needs. No one said that life would be easy, but with the grace of God, you have been blessed to see another Thanksgivings. Yes, its Thanksgivings, a time to be with family, maybe some friends and especially grateful or thankful to God for all of your blessings. On this holiday, be grateful for your blessings and thankful for whatever God has blessed or given you
Happy Thanksgivings! May you all have a very safe holiday.
Charles
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 
 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Second Chance

As I think about my life, I must say that I have had my share of good times and my share of bad times. The times in my life that I really appreciate the most is, when God our Father in Heaven has forgiven me for my many sins and despite my faults he still puts up with me. As sinners none of us want to talk about or admit the fact that we are not perfect and also that each of us has faults many of them hidden or unknown to others.Only God himself  knows of our many faults, sins or transgressions.(Psalm 139:12 Yes, the darkness hides not from you; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to you.) A lot of us are quick to criticize , talk about, then make fun of others when they fail , fall, commit a crime or when they fall from grace. To me its kind of amusing and sad that some of us take comfort in knowing that someone could loose everything or that they could go to jail for making a serious mistake. The question that I have for those who may judge is , Where would you be if God didn't give you a second, third, fourth and beyond a chance after your many failures, sins or unseen crimes? What if God didn't forgive you, where would you be then and how would you feel if God judged you as harshly as you or the rest world would judges others? I don't know about you, but I praise God daily and thank him everyday for forgiving a known sinner. He loves me despite my faults, sins or mistakes. All that he ask is that we his children forgive others as he has forgiven us all. When Jesus died , the bled on the cross, his very words were forgive them Father for they know not what they do. Question I have for you or to anyone that blessed enough to read this is , How do you expect to go to Heaven if you can't forgive or can't give those who may sin as many chances as God has given you.(Matthew 5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.) Sometimes when people sin or make a mistake, all they need is a second chance.
Have a blessed night,
Charles
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Matthew 11:26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

John 17:9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.