SPIRITUAL INVESTMENT

People invest in everything ,from:stocks,bonds,relationships ,education,children,etc.
But what about a spiritual investment. What’s a spiritual investment? Time spent with God,in prayer,devotions,and meditation,which leads to obedience to His word.We all like to invest in our future, put away a little something for the rainy day, old folks used to say.

When you give,especially to God,He says,in Luke 6:38
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
A brother in Christ, introduced me to the investment of a life time. He opened my eyes to the fact, that our tithes, and offerings is our spiritual wall street, where God is our investor, and we will never require a bailout package, your spiritual bank will never belly up, or be bankrupt, your investment is safe and secure.

Heavens vaults holds treasures for us that moth nor rust can corrupt or contaminate it, and thieves  cannot  break into (Matthew 6:19-21), you are guaranteed a return on every heavenly investment,”Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” Wow! Listen it gets better,”And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy your fruits (Malachi 3:10-11). Now for all my financial geniuses, tell me who is better? The government try to bail, wall street out of it’s financial dilemma with a bail-out-plan, that failed. But Gods plan tells us to bring it to Him, and He will in turn open up the windows of heaven and pour onto us blessings. He also states that, He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19), seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and everything will be added unto me(Matthew 6:33), sorry my friends I would rather trust God. Labor not to be rich, cease from thine own wisdom, wilt thou set thine eye upon that which is not? For riches make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle towards heaven (Proverbs 23:4-5). For we brought nothing into this world, and it’s a fact we can’t take nothing out (1 Timothy 6:7).

 I have never seen a vault behind a casque, we are buried in a vault but not with money. A tithe is a tenth of your income, while an offering is a sacrifice, that is ceremonially offered to God. Tithe is something you owe, and an offering is something that you give voluntarily.   

 Don’t ever be confused about who is your source, and supplier, it’s not your job, education, boss, spouse, or luck, it is God. If you look at the poeple on the currency you work so hard to get, most if not all the people are dead, depending on where you live, so you must conclude or concur that the money couldn’t save them.
REMEMBER :
The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom. The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.
{Proverbs 10:21-22 }.

The only one who can save you is God through His only begotten son Jesus Christ of Nazareth (John 3:16-17,john 14 :6) do you know Him, if not go directly to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, follow the instructions, and you are on your way, trust me it is the best thing you ever did.          

I  give God the glory, praise, honor, and thanks for using me to get His message out, I pray it edify, exhort, and blesses you as it did me, may His grace and mercy be yours now and forever, and you walk according to His will, and ways in Jesus Name, amen

HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT

Sometimes it takes drastic circumstances or measures to get our undivided attention. Why must we lose a love one, our jobs, possessions, or get sick, before we turn to God. The sad thing about it, is that’s the time, when we are exposed, and most vulnerable, thus allowing us to do, and accept things, we will regret later on in life. But I must tell you, that is the time when God is waiting with open arms to receive us. He tells us, ”His grace is sufficient for us; because His strength is made perfect in our weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). We should never allow, our circumstances to dictate how we think, or behave. Because, it is then we make the biggest mistakes of our lives. Normally, this is the best time to seek God (Matthew 6:33), and acknowledge Him, so that He can direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Please don’t accept, and receive Gods word in some areas of your life, and don’t apply it, when you need it the most. ‘Gods word should always be a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path'(Psalms 119:105). Gods word is the best weapon, that exists to combat the enemies, of our thoughts, doubts, fears, evils, mediocrity, and low self-esteem. Allow the word of God to speak life into your circumstances. Lets start with,”many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivered him out of them all”(Psalms 34:19),God says,”His plans for us, is to prosper, and not harm us, to give us hope, and a future (Jeremiah 29:11), we are more than conquerors, because He loves us (Romans 8:37), when all else fails, there is only one alternative, and He is God, follow the professionals in the Bible, who have been there, and done that.

One of my favorites was David, he had a tumultuous life, troubles, defeat, failures, and disappointments, but he was still blessed, and highly favored. Check it out for your self, he wrote most, if not all the Psalms, listen to this one, “I was young, and now I am old; but I have never seen the righteous forsaken; nor his seed begging bread” (Psalms 37:25). All through the Psalms, he beged, cried, prayed, and God always helped him. Because, David always praised, thanked, and sang to Him (God). Listen to what David said, “I will praise the Lord at all times; His praises shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalms 34:1), “but I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more, my mouth shall tell of your righteousness, and your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits”(Psalms 71:14 -15). When God helps you, are you hiding it? It’s no secret what God can do. Are you taking all the credit for yourself, telling people, how educated you are, or how pretty you are, that’s why you are where you are, you better stop that. Please folks allow God to supply your needs, according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus(Philippians 4:19), and let the world knows.

Beloved, God has sent His only begotten son, into the world, as payment for our sins, if you believe, and accept Him (John 3:16; John 6:40). I don’t care what anyone says, Jesus is the only way to God, John 14:6 says so.

I implore you, to taste and see that the Lord is good, and blessed are the people who trust in Him (Psalm 34:8, and 119:103), if you have never met Jesus, let me introduce you to Him, go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions, trust me it will be the best decision, and choice you ever make. I give God the glory, honor, praise, and thanks for using me to deliver, his message to His people, I hope it blessed you, as it did me, I pray that He will keep you, and guide you, to obey His will, and travel down His paths in Jesus Name, amen.

GOD’S DESIRE for us

Do you know God’s desires for you ? Have you ever ,ask Him,or try to find them out?
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.{Jeremiah 29:11}.

LISTEN
It is Gods desire for us to prosper and be in good health ,as our souls  prosper (3 John 2). His desire is not for his children to perish but for all to come to repentance  (2 peter 3:9). The desires of God come from his heart ,that is full of love for us. In John 3:16-17 he tells us that God loves us so much that he sent His only begotten son (Jesus Christ) to die for our sins and whoever believeth in Jesus will not perish but instead have everlasting life. Jesus did not come to condemn any of us, he came to save us.

The sovereign will of God is to give us the desires of our hearts but for that to happen we must delight ourselves in Him. In Psalms 37:4 and Numbers 14:8 David says that(NIV); If the Lord is pleased with us He will lead us into the land that flows with milk and honey and will give it us. At that time he was referring to the children of Israel but today He is referring to the believer.

God’s desires are fulfilled only through His sovereign will which are stated in the ten commandments (Exodus 20) but there are other ways to fulfill his desires. Love Him with all your heart (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37). Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and He will add everything else unto us (Matthew 6;33). Present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto Him which is a reasonable service (Romans 12:1). These are a few of the things we must do for God so he can give us the desires of our hearts. Are you an obeyer or a doer?

My friends God does not desire that any should perish but is it not clear that many will not be saved if you do not follow what you must (Revelation 21:8) says,
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Are you one of those who will not be saved? Are you complying to His wishes for us? If you know that you are not and you need a fresh start go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page and follow the instructions. All glory, praise, honor and thanks go to God the father almighty. thank you lord for using me to get your message out.

WHAT IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND

If you don’t seek God, you will not find him, nor get the desires of your heart. If you don’t ask Him for anything you will not get anything good and perfect. Because,all His gifts are good and perfect and there is no sorrow attached to them.

If you don’t go and knock on His door or if you don’t open the door when He is knocking then you will never experience the joys that salvation brings; joys like peace, happiness, mercy, grace, favor, prosperity, good health, everlasting life, hope, confidence, faith, trust and a whole lot more. He gives us all these promises in His word. Which is a promise, a covenant and a contract with those who believe and accept it, abide and obey in Him.

Here are a few scriptures to start with:
Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God, for it is He who giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore unto thy fathers.

Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and He will add everything unto you.

Luke 12:31 Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

3 John 2 Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone who asks receives and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.

Isaiah 48:17-18
Thus saith the Lord , thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

John 16:23b-24
…your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing, verily, verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name He will give it to you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name; ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full.
And finally,the truth is ,if you don’t accept Jesus,and turn from your evil path,then you will not have eternal life,so get started now,by going to the top of this blog,then click unto the salvation page and follow the instructions,then allow the Holy Spirit to lead and direct you for the rest of your life.

JESUS IS OUR ASSURANCE

Why wait till you hit the bottom to seek God? Why not make Jesus,your first option instead of your last? It’s always when people are at an intersection or cross-roads between a rock and a hard place, that they know who Jesus is,and try to seek Him. It’s the only time, they call on Him day and night, that’s the time they get spiritual and start to sing blessed assurance Jesus is mine, and that’s the time you will have to repent from your sins, then accept and believe on Jesus Christ, before God can truly help you.

Assurance is a positive declaration intended to give confidence. It is also a pledge  or guarantee made by someone; but times have changed, and people have changed and the meanings have escape clauses in them. For example; marriage used to be the ultimate assurance that only death will separate a man and a woman who God has joined  together in holy matrimony, but that has changed. Politicians promise to bring changes to the community, and when they get in nothing changes.

People used to have the assurance that when a door is closed, God will open a window, that allows us to climb out, without a scratch, bruise or blemish. What has happened to our confidence in our God who owns the universe, and everything in it? How easily we forget that Philippians 4:19 tells us that, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” In 1 Peter 5:7, His word tells us to cast all our care on Him, because He cares for us.

How did we ever allow the devil to implant doubt and fear in our minds, when God clearly tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that, He (God) never gives us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. So now that you realize that fear is a spirit from the devil get rid of it, cast it out, rebuke it, and bind it in the Name of Jesus Christ, and loose power, love, and a sound mind.

I could fill this blog with assurance scriptures, but if you don’t read them, meditate on them, exercise or put them into practice what good is it. It’s like someone gives you a million dollars, and you never spend it, because you either forget that you have it, you just don’t know how to spend it, or what to do with it, so you just sit on it while you are hungry and in need.

Listen, it’s time to accept God’s positive declarations in the Bible,which assure us of His promises. For example: eternal life (1 John 2:25), He will add everything we need if we seek Him first (Matthew 6:33), He will direct our paths, if we acknowledge Him(Proverbs 3 :5-6), He will never leave or forsake me (Hebrew 13:5, James 1:5), nothing or no one can separate me from His love(Romans 8:38-39).Wow! This is exciting, and the Bible is full of assurances.

Thank God for His word that informs us of our assurances through His son Jesus Christ. Do you have this assurance? What are you waiting for ? Do you want it? It’s already paid for by God’s son (Jesus Christ) His ultimate gift to us. So just go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions, and for further studies and information, go to www.riversofrevival.com.

All glory, praise, honor, and thanks go to God for using me to write this message. I pray that He will give you everything you need spiritually to read and understand His messages through the Bible, this blog or whatever means necessary. I pray for you to seek Him. In Jesus name, amen.

A TRUST ISSUE

Who can you trust? We trust people, yes we are guilty of this, that we don’t know or have a relationship with. For example; we trust a lawyer to represents us in a court room, whether we are guilty or innocent. We trust a doctor with our lives in the operating room. We trust an anesthesiologist to administer anesthesia so we do not feel any pain. We trust celebrities when they advertise products that they themselves don’t use or wear. We trust meteorologists to give us an accurate reading of the weather, and yes they have gotten it wrong on numerous occasions. We listen attentively to the advise and suggestions of doctors, lawyers, family, friends and having the nerve to comply to what they tell us. We must realize that the hopes we have of waking up after surgery is not up to the doctors or anesthesiologist but up to God. We go to sleep and once again fail to realize that it is not up to us to wake up but up to the being that has that decision in his hands, God, the creator of everything.

Help me understand why it is so hard for people to trust God? Why it is so easy for so many people to refuse God’s ultimate gift of His only begotten son Jesus Christ? What has He done or said that is wrong? If you believe that he has done something wrong, explain yourself and please do not blame him for outcomes that you yourself could have prevented. Yes, I will agree that Jesus did a lot of miraculous and impossible things but that was to show us who He was and who He represented at the time (God the Father). What is it that makes people choose to trust, believe and accept ordinary folks advise and commands but not the son of the lord (Jesus).

Jesus has told us why He came and what His purpose was. His task was never easy, His sacrifice beyond measure, His love limitless, His compassion endless and His divine authenticity was proven in the old as well as the new testament. So what is the problem? Who has a better offer or promise of eternal life? Who is willing to suffer and die so we could be free?

In John 14:1-7, He informs us that, “He is the way to God, the truth about God and the only One who can give eternal life.” He also tells us that “He has gone to prepare a place for us, where we will be with Him, where there are no aches, pains or devastations.”

 The question I must ask is are you prepared to receive Him? Are you ready for paradise? Are you practicing daily to live there in holiness, truth, purity, love and trust? Do you seek him first on a daily basis according to Matthew 6:33? Does your lifestyle tell or show the world who and whose you are? Deny yourself with the lust of this world and follow Jesus, the being who will make it right.

If you are interested to see what the lord has for you then go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page and follow the instructions. I give all glory, praise, honor and thanks to God for using me to share this message with His people.

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. And that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (Ephesians 1:17-19).

WHO CAN’T HEAR WILL FEEL

Are we so consumed, tied down, and bottled down in our mess, that we can’t be blessed? Are we so devastated to the point, where we can’t hear God? I have come to realize that, it’s when the trials, tribulations, and problems hit us to the point of frustration, devastation, and procrastination, that’s normally when the truth hits us. Then we try to analyze where we went wrong, but for Christians the question is – Did we read God’s instructions? Did we follow them?
Or as Matthew 4:19 says,”And the cares of this world,and the deceitfulness of riches,and the lusts of other things enter in,choke the word,and it becomes unfruitful” .
Then here comes, would have, could have, should have; if only we would have read the Bible, we could have avoided this mess, and we should have acknowledge God first. Listen, there is no excuse, God gave us a manual, or G.P.S system called, The Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, it is then our duty to seek and read the manual, and follow the instructions (Isaiah 34:16; 2 Timothy 2:15). Now the question is, did we read it before we act? Why didn’t we follow the instructions if we read it? Why are you depending on someone to read it, or interpret it for you? It is available in all languages, all sizes, and never runs out of supply; which means we can’t blame God when things go wrong. In the manual, it is written,”In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy path.” (Proverbs 3:6); It clearly states, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and whatever we need or desire, we will get it.” (Matthew 6:33). His word, the Bible, has all of God’s promises, rules, regulations, and everything pertaining to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is available to everyone. God does not care about your color, creed, or nationality, He does not care what size you are, or how pretty you are, your money or education is of no significance to God, His word and promises is for everyone, from birth until physical death. Some of us who are made after His image and likeness are so ungrateful and despicable, that we would sacrifice, God’s love, His trust, His mercies, His grace, and goodness for what?  Just for limited gratification that is unsatisfying, and leaves us broke, miserable and disgusted, and sadly enough most of us don’t realize that we jeopardize and compromise our relationship with God, family, and friends for what? Come on, taste and see that the Lord is good and gracious (Psalm 34:8; 1 Peter 2:3). Blessed are you if you hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6; Luke 6:21). For God so loved us, He gave us His only begotten Son (John 3:16-17).

Read it then tell me? How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first was spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him, God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with diverse miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will (Hebrews 2:3-4). Listen, the only way to God is through His Son Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Are you interested? Do you want to know God and His Son Jesus, who died for your sins? Then go quickly to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, then follow the instructions, it will be the best thing you ever do. Then allow the Holy Spirit to lead,guide,and direct you for the rest of your life.The devil is mad but God is glad; The angels in Heaven are rejoicing and so am I. All glory, praise, honor and thanks be to the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for using me to deliver His message to His children.

WHO HE IS TO US

Just in case you never heard or you forgot, let me tell you about the God I serve:

He is my deliverer, He is my strength, He is my King of Kings, He is my Lord of Lords, He is my shield, He is my fortress, He is my redeemer, He is the great I AM. Do you know Him?

His mercy is everlasting, His truth is enduring, His grace is limitless, His love is unconditional, His peace surpasses all understanding, His joy only comes in the morning, Do you know Him?

He is Alpha and Omega, He is the Beginning and the End, He is the First and the Last, He is one of a kind, He does not report to no one, He is God all by Himself, Do you know Him?

He is Jehovah the Eternal one, He is Jehovah -Tsidkenu our righteousness, He is Jehovah-Jireh our provider, He is Jehovah-Shalom our peace, He is Jehovah-Nissi our banner, He is Jehovah-Shammah our present help, Do you know Him?

He is Omnipotent which is all-powerful, He Omniscient which is all-knowing, He is Omnipresent which means He is everywhere, Do you know him?

He is my comforter, He is my friend, He is my teacher, He is my guide, He is my healer, He is my doctor, He is my lawyer, He is my interpreter, He is my savior, Do you know Him?

He said, He will never leave me, nor forsake me ( Hebrew 13:5, Joshua 1:5), He said, He is my light, my salvation, and the strength of my life, so I must not be afraid (Psalm 27:1), He said, all things will work together for my good, just because I love Him(Romans 8:28), He said, I am more than a conqueror, because He loves me (Romans 8:37).

He told me to trust Him  with all my heart, and don’t depend on my own understanding, and to acknowledge Him, so that He can direct my path ( Proverbs 3:5-6), He assured me that nothing can separate me from His love ( Romans 8:38-39), He told me He is God, and beside Him there is no other (Isaiah 45:5), Do you know Him?

He told me that, His plans for me is prosperity, hope, and a future ( Jeremiah 29:11), He said, no weapons formed against me will ever prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against me in judgement will be condemned(Isaiah 54:17), Now do you want to know Him?

He told me, to tell you that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variables, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17), and He loves you so much that,”He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” ( John 3:16), He said, not to believe the hype, nor lies of the enemy, because He sent His son, not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17), He also said, that His son is the only way to Him (John 14:6, John 8:32, Romans 5:21).

Listen, this is what is written about Jesus,”God hath highly exalted Him, and give Him a name, which is above every other Name. That at the Name of Jesus every knee will bow, and every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God (Philippians 2:9-11), He never forsakes those that seek Him (Psalms 9:9-10, Matthew 6:33).

Now if you want to know Him, go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, then follow the instructions, trust me it will be the best thing you ever did. I give  God the glory, praise, honor, and thanks for using me to deliver His message to His people, I hope it blesses you as it did me.

REWARDS

Everyone likes to be rewarded for the things they do, the effort they put out, the time and money they spend or invest in people or things, and it does not matter where either; it could be at home, work, school or church, we want to feel appreciated or special, or that it was worth it. However most people fail to realize that what or who you invest most of your time, money, and effort in, is who or what you will be rewarded with; everyone has a reward coming to them whether it’s good or bad it all depends on the person. Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sowed that shall he also reap…(Galatians 6:7-10); it’s simple if you give kindness your reward is kindness, if you dish out hate your reward is hate.

There is a reward for righteousness, and righteous people  (Psalm 58:11; Proverbs 11 :18), and for the unrighteous ( 2 Peter 2:13; Proverbs 24:20). Our Heavenly Father loves diligence and faithfulness, that’s why “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). It is written that we should seek God first and His righteousness, and He will take care of our needs (Matthew 6:33), that’s what I call a great investment, because your reward is great; you have a great reward when you do good, when you are righteous (Psalm 19:9-11; Matthew 5:12; Luke 6:23&35).

What kind of reward are you looking for? The ones you put on a shelf that has only momentary and temporary rewards or the one that gives you salvation and lasts for ever. As Christians the only reward we should be looking for  is well done thou good and faithful servant, and like Paul we can boldly state, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give me on that day (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Listen friends time, money or anything invested in the God of the universe yields great rewards(Matthew 10:40-42).

Are you interested in God and His kingdom? Then go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions. My only interest or concern is your soul, which only Jesus can save, He is the only way to God, and eternal life (John 3:16-17, John 14:6). All praise, glory, honor, and thanks go to God, Our Eternal King, omnipotent and omniscient one for using me to get His message to His people.