JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT SUCH A TIME AS THIS

…..and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14  KJV

If you are a believer, have you ever taken the time to ask yourself, “What am I in the Kingdom for?”  It’s a question you should give some thought to.  Why?  Because your part in the Kingdom is crucial to someone’s life.  Think about this.  Do you have a favorite minister, or even artist or actor who you really like or who has affected you life in a positive way?  I do and two years ago I thought to myself, “Man I am so glad this particular minister obeyed God’s call on his life.  I began to think about all the wisdom, knowledge and grace I would not be aware of if this person was not fulfilling his call.  Then I moved beyond myself and said, “What about the other people that are in his church?”  That’s over 30,000 people alone.  Then I moved beyond that to the TV and worldwide audience this particular minister reaches.  Now we are into millions of people.

Think of that.  One person affecting millions of lives.  The same thing applies to you and what God the Father has designed for you to do.  You may think I cannot affect a lot of people’s lives.  The truth is you already are.  Every person you come across, every person you work with, talk to, say hi to and every member of your family is being affected by you everyday.  Are you conscious of the effect you have or can have on people by constantly reflecting JESUS?  Another truth is you have no idea how many people’s lives you affect everyday.  What you do for a job regardless of what it is affects and touches many people’s lives. Your coworkers, everyone who will touch the product you work on, the person you said hi to and gave them a smile at the grocery store.  A smile or a simple hi could be just what a person needed to overcome contemplating  suicide.

I heard this story once and it impacted me so much I never forgot it.  As a matter of fact it prompted me the other day to check on a lady I saw just two days ago outside of a gas station.    In the story, there was a man who made a decision to commit suicide and jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.  The man did not have a car and decided to walk to the bridge from where he was but he made another decision.  He said if anyone stopped him and asked him was he alright on the walk to the bridge, then he would not commit suicide.  From the story it appeared the man looked very distraught and depressed.  He stated that he walked past many people but no one stopped him once to ask was he okay.  Thankfully the man lived after he jumped and was able to share his story.

Again, it shows how much you can affect someone’s life just by a caring question.  So many people today are lonely even when surrounded by all their friends.  They keep these people around and actually know they have superficial relationships but many feel these fake friendships are all they have.  Our text scripture is about Esther a woman who was chosen to be queen in a heathen kingdom although she was a Jew and then was presented with an opportunity to do something that she could be killed for or become an intercession and savior for the Jewish people.

…..and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 KJV

Think about it, what if you just like Esther have been brought into the Kingdom for such a time as this? Don’t think quantity, think quality.  Even if you are here to affect just one persons life, that person is of great value to God the Father and Jesus, because He died for that person.  And if that is not enough to stir you think about the fact that that one person at another time could have been you.  What would you want someone to do for you?

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

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JUST DA TRUTH- WEEKEND EDITION- TRUTH FOR THOUGHT – “BE KIND TO THE UNTHANKFUL AND THE EVIL”

I am sure the title makes you want to quote Gary Coleman from Different Strokes.  “Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?  I know what you mean. But look at this scripture…..

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He (God the Father) is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  Luke 6:35 King James Version

Wow!!  God is kind to the unthankful and the evil.  The people that blaspheme His Name, say He does not exist, and think His Name is a compound word with damn.  God the Father is kind to them.  So how are we suppose to be with them?

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;  Ephesians 5:1 New American Standard Version

The Father does not want us to be like the world.  The world responds to people with the law based thinking and responses.  “You treat me bad, I’m gonna treat you bad.”  That is the law all day.   But look at The Father.  Now understand, for you The Father does not see your sin, or acting ugly because of Jesus’s Blood.  But for sinners He sees their ugliness and ungratefulness and evil and is still kind to them.  The word kind there is the greek word chréstos.  It means to be useful, pleasant, gentle and kind, one that furnishes what is suitable.  We have a great Father and a great God and a great Lord in Jesus Christ.  Jesus operated and functioned this way and because of it religious people called him a “friend of sinners” in the Bible.  May you have that same title and accusation for the glory of God and the increase of the Kingdom.  Not to go out and be like them but to be a light and win them to Christ.

The Word of God is constantly admonishing us to be good to others whether they are good or evil.  THIS IS GRACE.  God was good to us when we were only evil.  While we were yet sinners He loved us and sent His Son to die for us. When people treat us good it is very easy to be good and nice to them.  But it takes the love of Christ to be kind and loving and courteous to someone who has mistreated and dogged you.  But we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.  Jesus would not tell us to do something and not give us the power, strength and will to do it.  I will share a rarely known scripture with you that when I found it I was like, “Who then can be saved?”  But I have kept it in my mind and heart for years and I am getting better and better at it especially since learning about GRACE.

Remind people to be submissive to [their] magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be prepared and willing to do any upright and honorable work,

To slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.                                      Titus 3:1-2 Amplified Bible

Man this is a tall order in the natural.  We live in a mostly critical, negative-minded world.  That scripture says to slander or abuse or speak evil of no one.  But the part that punched me in the kidneys was the last part.  To show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.  Yes you read it right, it said EVERYBODY!!!  Do you understand what this means?  This means that the person who does not qualify for courtesy is the person The Word says you are to show courtesy to.   Trying chewing on that this weekend.  The rude person that steps in front of you at the mall.  The car that cuts you off in traffic.  When your wife says something a little edgy, respond with courtesy.  I can tell you I just flunked that test recently. Thank God for His GRACE.

So your challenge this weekend is to be kind to the unthankful and the evil and to show unqualified courtesy to EVERYONE.  If you can do it great!! If you miss it, keep meditating that Word and get up and go for it again. Trust me, unthankful, evil and discourteous people are not going anywhere just yet so you will have plenty of opportunity.  So step up to the challenge! The key is let Christ do it through you.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

All the “blessed” to you!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT PROVERBS 31 Part 2

The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings. Proverbs 31: 1-3 NIV

Yesterday we spent sometime establishing the truth that Proverbs 31 was written as a training and admonition to a son from his mother.  In times past many have believed and thought this scripture was primarily for women. But the first verse again establishes this as not true.  As people of God and especially as parents as a whole we must ensure that culture does not raise our children.  We must be wise and make sure that they are not looking at these so called celebrities as their guide and standard.  This is in no way meant to denigrate or condemn those people.  I enjoy many of them in performances and movies and pray for a lot of them personally as as assignment. However unless they are born again they are not ‘stars‘.  I know  what they mean as a student can be a standout or star performer but I always remember something the Lord told me long ago about celebrities. He said “Vincent, I promised Abraham that his Seed would be like the stars of heaven. The devil took that and perverted it.  The number one characteristic of a star is LIGHT!”  I really took that to heart when He told me that and never forgot it. Many not all of the people that are so called stars do not have any light. Some are filed with darkness and sadness and depressions and need the deliverance that only Christ can provide so that they can live he full and abundant life  He died for them to have.

In Proverbs 31 King Lemuel’s mother reminds him not to spend his strength on women or his vigor on things that ruin kings.  Solomon could have used this scripture himself as this very thing is what pulled his heart from God even though he was exceedingly wise. When we go after Godly qualities in relationships we will always win because The Father knows what is best for us.  The woman may look good but The Word says beauty is vain because it will not last so most of the qualities you see in Proverbs 31 stem from inner character and dignity, not the over sexualized falseness that is so prevalent today in men and women. I encourage you to let The Word be your guide in your dealings and especially your relationships.  A relationship can detour your life if it is not proper.  This book of wisdom holds many secrets for success for us if we will study it out and take heed.

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT PROVERBS 31

The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings. Proverbs 31: 1-3 NIV

Have you ever seen those shirts about the Proverbs 31 woman?  You have probably heard many messages about the Proverbs 31 woman.  But here is something you may not know even though its right there in the first verse of the chapter.  Proverbs 31 was written by a mother to her son.  So although it can be used by women and has been for many years, its ultimate purpose is for mothers to teach their sons and instruct them in the type of woman they should be looking for when they are finding a  wife.

There are so many parables and instructions for daily living in the scripture it almost amazes one.  From parabolic instructions on the consumption of alcoholic beverages to the allegory of a man strength being like currency.  King Lemuel’s mother instructs him not to spend his strength on women or his vigor  on those who ruin kings.  Imagine if every mother taught their son that he was a king regardless of his economic condition or if a father is there in the home.  The main reason people especially urban or even suburban kids these days get off into all types of things is because they don’t know who they are and what they are worth.  Parents in many cases don’t teach them their value and the power of going the other way when culture is pulling them in its own negative current.  When that child is born NO ONE, has more influence in their lives and specifically the mother because she is the nurturer.

This scripture is chock full of all types of wisdom to ensure that a man will have a spouse who is a real help to him and that the woman has the respect of the man because her husband trust her.  Fathers and mothers should teach their sons to respect themselves first then they will respect others.  Respect tends to have love built in because once a person has it for themselves they tend to treat others the same way.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  The other thing that is interesting is that the latter part of Proverbs 31 list characteristics of a woman that the church in some cases and society have tried to only relegate to men.  This woman is industrious and prosperous however with wisdom and not to the neglect of her current duties.  So this proves that women can do other things besides being a homemaker, cook and such because when they operate in Godly wisdom, the time they save allows them to do things without causing detriment to their most crucial roles and responsibilities to their husband and children.  We will pick this up tomorrow but I encourage women and men, fathers and mothers especially to put a fresh set of eyes on this chapter.  There is treasure to be mined there.

All the “blessed” to you!  Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT SYMPTOMS

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18 New International Version

If  you ever had a “symptom” of something, I want you to pay close attention to your mind when it happens.  Does your mind immediately go to “By Jesus stripe, I were healed!” or do you ask, “Oh man, I wonder what this is?”   The truth is it does not matter what it is.  If it is a thought or a reasoning or something that is trying to exalt itself against the knowledge of God that is really all you need to know.  Just understand that if you are a believer and a symptom of any kind shows up, whether it be in your physical body, your finances or your marriage the purpose of that thing is to lie to you and get you to agree with what you are feeling or even seeing instead of what The Word says about it.

The Word of God says in I Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wound you have been healed.”  If a cold or cold symptom show up, understand that’s a lie and it is vying for your agreement.  It’s trying to see if by chance you will accept it.  As a matter of fact and truth the word symptom means a sign of the existence of something  especially something undesirable.  The actual origin of the word symptom is the Greek word sumptoma which means chance.  But Jesus has not left the health of your body to ‘chance’.  He already secured your perfect health with every whiplash and beating he took before going to the cross.  As a matter of truth, the Kenneth Wuest Translation of the New Testament translates every word and its meaning directly from the Greek so that you can get a vivid picture of what happened.

“Who Himself carried up to the Cross our sins in His body and offered Himself there as on an altar, doing this in order that we, having died with respect to our sins, might live with respect to righteousness, by means of whose bleeding stripe [the word “stripe” is in the singular here; a picture of our Lord’s back after the scourging, one mass of raw, quivering flesh with no skin remaining, trickling with blood] you were healed.” I Peter 2:24 Kenneth Wuest Translation.

I want you to notice it did not say, ‘By doing everything you’re suppose to do, you were healed’  It does not say, ‘By keeping all the commandments you were healed’.  Am I against keeping the commandments?  No but you need to know as a New Testament believer, you are not under the law but under Grace.  That does not mean you just go live any kind of way.  Once the Grace of God is a revelation to you, you will only love Jesus more because HE IS GRACE!  GRACE is not a thing it’s a Person and that Person is JESUS!!!  The One who took the beatings, the spitting, the sickness, the disease, the lack for you.  For you it is free but for God the Father it is very costly as it cost Him His Son.

So see it this way, when a symptom tries to see if you will take a chance and accept it remember that SomeOne paid more than untold trillions of dollars for you to NEVER be sick another day in your life.  Do not let the enemy play you like a slot machine and pull the handle of your mind and God’s wheels come up with BLESSING and FAVOR and the enemy calls out SICKNESS and DISEASE and then sits back to see if you will accept it.  Since I am using this analogy I will just continue and please, I am not condoning or promoting gambling but, God has already designed The Way for you to roll sevens, every time all the time.  With the enemy you will simply be shooting craps.  Jesus never left you to be a victim to symptoms or to chance. His Way is sure each and every time.  He wants you to know that no matter what the world throws at you, you already have the victory because of what He has already done.  And that my friend is confidence not chance.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 New International Version

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT YOU BEING UNDER GRACE

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 King James Version

Do you realize that sin has no dominion over, if you are under GRACE and not the law? Sin has no dominion over the believer who is under GRACE(Who is Jesus) and knows it. That means sickness, disease, debt, lack and any other thing that God declares is not right. The word sin is the greek word harmartia and it means to miss the mark. What is God’s mark for your health? Divine health! What is God’s mark for your prosperity and abundance? Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” You having more than enough is God’s mark for you. It is very important today more than ever that believers KNOW what the scripture says and means. Sin is mentioned 48 times in the New Testament but did you know 47 times it is a noun. A noun is a person, place or thing. It is not a verb therefore it does not mean sinful acts or actions. It means the devil, the person of sin, places of sin and the things of sin do not have authority over you because you are no longer under the law but under GRACE.

Now the question is are you under GRACE? Do you believe Jesus took your place and covered your sin past, present and future? Or are you still trying to be righteous and be holy by not smoking, drinking, sleeping around and all the other so called big sins that many in the church focus on? Now let me make clear I am against sin as is God the Father and Jesus so this is no so called license to sin however if you are depending on your own actions of what you do or don’t to make you righteous or have a right standing with God I have some bad news for you.  You are under the law and sin does have dominion over you. When you try to live by the law,”I don’t do this, I don’t do that”, you are a debtor to do the whole law. What that means is, yes you may not sleep around but you gossip. If you gossip you are guilty of sleeping around as well because Jesus said if you break one law you are guilty of all of it. That means you are a murderer, a thief, an idolater and all the other things that the law describes. This is why depending on anything other than the Blood of Jesus and finished work of Christ for your righteousness and holiness is foolishness. Don’t take my word for it take The Word for it.

For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. Galatians 5:4 New Living Translation

Don’t try to live by the law and what you do or don’t do. The Word already has proven everyone who has tried to do it with the exception of Jesus has failed and failed miserably. Stay under GRACE Who is Jesus!!! Jesus loves you and He’s already done the work of righteousness. All there is for you to do is to believe it and receive it.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART 5

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  Matthew 28:18 New International Version

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
Genesis 1:26 KJV

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 KJV

If you believe the Bible, have you ever wondered, “Why would God make man’s body out of the ground, the dirt?”  Why would The Father do that?  Well God is the most purposeful Being there is in the entire universe.  Everything He does or does not do has a very specific reason and purpose.  But, back to our question, “Why would God make man’s body out of the ground, the dirt?”.  The answer is easy and the main reason is found in the scripture above.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26 KJV

Did you notice one thing in particular that God gave man dominion over?  Over ALL the Earth.  What is man’s body made out of?  The dust of the ground, the earth.  So you see God made man’s body out of the earth, the ground.  But before He did that He knew that He had already given man (that is the real man, man’s spirit) dominion over the ground.  The word dominion there comes from the Hebrew word “radar”. It means to have dominion over, reign, rule and dominate.  So God the Father gave man the power to reign, rule, dominate and have dominion over his physical earthly body.  God never rescinded that even after Adam sinned.  You see Adam lived 930 years with a dead spirit or you could say in a fallen state.  How?  The answer is simple Adam did not know death.  He was not familiar with death.  He had to learn how to die.  He did not speak death words over himself or his wife.  He did not have death knowledge.  He was not intimate with death.

Sure later on, the enemy tempted Cain to rise up in jealousy and anger and kill his brother Abel, but that was an outside trait introduced to people who knew nothing about death.  How can I be so sure that Adam was not ‘death minded’.  Well he lived for 930 years one and two even after God Himself said Adam would die Adam turned right around and named his wife Eve.  Eve means the mother of all living.  So what is my point?  My point is people today are really familiar with death.  You could say some people are on a first name basis with death.  They invite death into their lives and to take their lives.  Oh sure, they don’t do it intentionally but intentional or not intentional it still has the same effect.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21

Do you mean to tell me I have the power over whether I live or die?  No God the Father is telling you that not because He wants you to die but because He wants you to make the right choice, choose to accept His Son Jesus and then learn to speak the right words and live…..forever.  Now the living forever is a whole other teaching.  But my point is you have been given power over your body by God.  You don’t have to be sick.  You don’t have to have arthritis.  And by all means please do not make the situation worse by adding “my” arthritis.  You are not the owner and creator of arthritis, someone or something has or is trying to give it to you and you know what you need to do?  You need to stick it back in the mail box and sing Elvis Presley, RETURN TO SENDER!!!!!!

God the Father did not design you or create you with or for arthritis, that was introduced to you later on and somewhere you accepted the package.  Remember your body is made out of the earth and you have dominion over the earth.  What you do with that dominion will determine how you live.  You can be pain free and healthy at 100 years old.  Abraham did it and The Word says THE BLESSING of Abraham is ours.  ‘Well things just happen to your body when you get a certain age.”  That’s a lie!!

Did you ever stop to think about this: JESUS’S body is over 2,000 years old today and guess what?  It’s not sick, not sore, has no arthritis or any or disease or debilitating symptoms.  ‘Well that’s Jesus!!!’  Really?  I’m going to give you a scripture and sign off right there.

“This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.” I John 4:17 New International Version

In this world we are like Jesus.  You may want to say that to yourself six or seven….hundreds times until every pain, symptom or whatever that is in your life that you do not want or desire is removed.  Jesus died so you can be just like Him.  He died to give you everything the Father has through Him.  You have authority over your body.  All you have to do is receive it.  TAKE IT!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE BOOTH Part 3

… because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 Berean Study Bible

For the last two days we have been encouraging you to stay out of the booth.  The booth is a place where a preacher, or another person or the devil himself tries to tell you that you have to qualify and do this or that in order for God’s blessings of health, prosperity and other things that Jesus has already declared He has given you.  I cannot say enough how dangerous this type of teaching is and I will tell you why.  If you had or could qualify then:

  • Jesus death was not a sacrifice it was a murder because it secured nothing.
  • Then you are the securer and guarantor of your own righteousness and salvation.
  • You are responsible for your own keeping and securing.

None of these things are true as you do not have the spiritual credit score needed to do any of these things. JESUS is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.  Without God man knows nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Without Jesus YOU CAN DO NOTHING.

New International Version
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Many people think that Jesus mean you can’t do anything without Him. But actually He means what He says.  YOU CAN DO NOTHING.   He means you can build a 100 billion dollar company and it will be nothing.  You can be the president of the largest nation of the world and it will be nothing. Without Him YOU CAN DO NOTHING.

Don’t let people, or preachers tell you what and who qualifies you.  Jesus has already qualified you and His approval is all that you need.

All the blessed to you!! Shalom!!