Who’s Guarding Your Word-Gate?

My Way Home

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. – Psalm 141:3

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That verse was pinned to my cubicle wall at my first job after graduating college.

As a proofreader, I dealt with written words all day, but I also dealt with office gossip. I quickly realized that this verse needed to be in front of me at all times.

I’ve long since graduated to a comfortable home office, but that verse has become so ingrained upon my thoughts and prayers that I don’t need to post it anywhere.

While I’ve always understood its basic meaning – shut your mouth before you say something you shouldn’t – I hadn’t considered until recently its full meaning according to the culture of the Psalmist’s time.

A watchman stood guard in a tower atop the walls of ancient cities; a rotating guard was often posted, all night, every night…

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iBELIEVE + iFOLLOW

While in meditation this morning the Lord began stirring a word in my spirit saying that, “My people need to know that there’s so much more to being a disciple, a born again believer, than simply believing. My people need to know that I’ve called them to a special place, I’ve given them a special seat at My table, and I have a special place that I desire to do a work in them, but it takes more than just saying that they’re believers.”

Yes, we should BELIEVE:

  • That Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, shed His blood on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power.
  • That the Bible is the inspired word of God.We believe there is only One true, eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • That the Holy Spirit is God, Co-equal and Co-existent with the Father and the Son. He is the Chief Convictor of sin and the Chief Agent of regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and empowers every believer to live a godly life.
  • That salvation is a free gift of God’s grace apart from human works, based solely upon Christ’s atoning death, received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from death .

We SHOULD believe all of this, but there’s more! We should be growing into disciples. Disciples are those who follow the teachings of the Lord and they also follow the voice of the Lord! Being a disciple will move you beyond the benediction! Being a disciple will lead you to a place of fellowship with others before the call to worship.

Jesus equated us as being a disciple of His, to us being like sheep..

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me….John 10:27

I know you BELIEVE, but are you hearing the voice of the Lord and following Him?

Rule Breaker

Rule Breaker

Powerful!!

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“God doesn’t serve the rules, the rules serve God.” ~Bishop Jakes

God is a rule breaker
He is the boss
He created it all
He paid the cost

To be ruler over everything
King over all
He can do what He pleases
Without making a call

To any leader, executive
Or any president
For He is the CEO
Only He gives consent

To do his bidding
His purpose if you will
For He has the last say
His power, not your skill

Or mine will interfere
With His eternal plan
For it shall come to pass
What he says, stands

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What’s your pastime….

What do you really love to do, and to what extent do you go in order to do it?

Many of us have things that we love doing, and by virtue of this fact, we all make certain preparations in order to do them. For someone who loves golf, they practice. They spend time on the driving range, and they also work on their short game. For someone who loves to play basketball, they work on their fundamentals as well as their conditioning and shooting. Anyone who loves crafting, explores the many mediums and techniques in order to find their niche.

Those who love writing, work at it also. They work not only on content, but connecting with their audience and expressing ideas clearly. For someone who loves running, they work on their endurance, strength, speed, and their aerobic health. No matter what we love to do and no matter what our pastimes may be, we all make some sort of preparations. After all, they do say that proper preparation prevents poor performance….

As I thought about the notion of how it is that we pour so much of ourselves into preparing for carnal things, the Lord said, Hey, what about the spiritual part of your lives?  You know, that part of us that serves as the foundation and catalyst for EVERYTHING else that we do and undertakeAs I thought about this, I said You’re right Lord, because scripture teaches us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, in Philippians 4:13, and Acts 17:28 teaches us, For in Him we live, and move, and have our being…

All of a sudden the Lord led me to 1 Corinthians 9, shining a huge SPOTLIGHT on how we should approach carnal and spiritual things.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified…1 Corinthians 9:24-27

In this passage we see the analogy of runners undertaking a race. All of these runners have the same objective, to win the race. But guess what, there’s only one prize. There’s no second or third place, there’s only one. But that doesn’t discourage them, they continue to prepare for the race. They work on their endurance, speed, strength and aerobic health, so that they become temperate or disciplined in all things, in order to obtain a perishable crown. Isn’t that something worth highlighting. What these runners pour all of this preparation, energy, and effort into, won’t even last…

At this moment the Lord said there’s nothing wrong with us running, golfing, crafting, writing, fishing, hunting, shopping, playing basketball, or doing whatever we love, with hopes of winning or enjoying ourselves. But what He wants to encourage us in doing is pouring the same amount of preparation, energy, effort, time, and diligence into our spiritual health and well-being, as we do carnal things.

You see when we truly understand the importance of the spiritual part of who we are in Christ Jesus, and the role it plays in EVERYTHING else, including those pastimes and the things that we love to do, our perspective changes. As a matter of fact, EVERYTHING else that we attempt to do becomes easier, because we realize and we tap into the wisdom and strength of the Lord.

Here we begin to understand that we’re not just here to live life and do what we want to do, but that we’re here to live purposefully in Christ Jesus, and we’re living in order to receive an imperishable crown. Beloved, once we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior our view on life changes.

We have HEAVEN in VIEW!

This means that we now become INTENTIONAL in running, in living our lives through Christ and through His word. As 1 Corinthians 9:26 says, we run not with uncertainty, thus we fight. We’re intentional and we’re deliberate in prayer, study, and meditation. We’re not just beating the air, and this is not just any old hobby or activity. This is a spiritual fight, where the Lord helps us to discipline ourselves, bringing our body into subjection to the spirit.

Beloved, this is shouting news because this spiritual transformation translates into spiritual discipline, which is necessary and needed in EVERYTHING else that we attempt and undertake. In other words, EVERYTHING else becomes easier, in and through Christ…

Somebody reading this message is tired, frustrated, bummed and burned out. Somebody reading this message realizes that they’ve been on the hamster wheel and they’re getting nowhere fast. Somebody reading this message realizes that their priorities are severely misplaced. Somebody reading this message realizes that they’ve put themselves first, and the Lord second, third……

Well, today is a good day because you don’t have to continue living this way. All you have to do is repent and turn to the Lord and He’ll lead and guide you in all truth. I hear Him saying to you:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls….Matthew 11:28-29.

TODAY IS YOUR TURNAROUND DAY!

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them…..

I pray that the Lord continues to use our hearts as the paper on which He writes, and as the canvas on which He paints….

Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.,,Deuteronomy 11:18

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart..Proverbs 3:3

“Bind them continually upon your heart;
Tie them around your neck….Proverbs 6:21