Perception In The Kingdom

“And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing… Read more “Perception In The Kingdom”

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The Choice To Stand

“But Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharoah, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, ‘Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods’: Solomon cleaved unto these in love...” (1 Kgs. 11:1,2).

The main antagonist to being in an exclusive relationship with God is a tolerant attitude towards other religious belief systems in the name of demonstrating love. This exclusive relationship with God has no room for compromise in this area. Why? Tolerance leads to the entry of seducing spirits (1 Kgs. 11:1-13). Both Biblical and secular history shows that seducing spirits lead to human downfall each time humanity chooses to cohabitate, or share the same space, with them.

This is the same sad song we often hear about in the Bible, in the books of history, and even in our contemporary context. We tend to blur the lines of separation and boundaries that we, as believers, are supposed to have drawn and erected to prevent these spirits from entering into our personal lives and our corporate body of fellowship. It is not because we are antisocial or believe that we are better than anyone. It is simply because if we allowed the rivers of living water within us to become contaminated by the elements of the world, the outcome would eventually be death because the water would no longer be able to consumed because it has now become polluted and harmful to our spiritual well-being. In other words, there would no longer be any visible distinction between living for and serving God and living for and serving the devil.

This co-mingling would lead to the ineffectiveness of the Church’s influence within the world. We are counterculture to the world’s belief system and the world’s belief system is counterculture to Kingdom living. Or at least that is the way it is supposed to be (Acts 17:6). However, when we lie in bed with someone intimately, the light usually goes out and everything looks the same because it is dark. We can see a faint light in the distance, but it is not enough to illuminate the area in which we are occupying. Where there is no light, it can lead to some form of tragedy because we cannot see what is going on around us. If we are constantly moving, we will eventually end up injuring ourselves because we are being led by our senses and have not made the necessary adjustments because our sense of awareness has become dulled by the darkness.

God is calling for us to make a stand. Either we choose Him or the world, light or darkness, good or evil, life or death, separation or cohabitation, godly living or unrighteousness, faithfulness or compromise…it is our choice. The lines can no longer be blurred and there can be no more grayed areas due to tolerance. So I end with this question today is: Whose side are you on?

My Conviction

 

Today is a holiday. I am so used to be awake and moving about by this time. Today, I decided would be a good day to sleep in a little because I do not get much sleep on a regular day. I was awakened early by the slightest of sounds…this is the norm. I thought about allowing the day to pass without posting anything…I mean, I post every single day…

But as I lie in bed and looking at the ceiling, I remembered the message from yesterday by the pastor’s son, “My Conviction.” In short, our convictions are the things which drive us and cause us to continuously look toward fulfilling our purpose. When our passions are clearly defined and aligned with the Will of God, we become convicted within our inner man to pursue those things which God has assigned to us predeterminately. In other words, even when we do not feel like doing anything, WE FEEL COMPELLED TO DO THE WORK OF THE LORD!

That is our lot in life. We love God because He first loved us, and because we love Him, our desire is to be obedient to Him IN EVERYTHING!

So what did I do? I got out of bed and I wrote this to let you all you that we all are guilty of this…regardless of how committed we are to the cause of Christ. However, my conviction would not allow me to go one day without writing something about the goodness of the Lord.

Enjoy your day as we commemorate the lives of those who have given their lives in order to secure our daily freedom…#‎thinkonthesethings‬