Let God captivate your heart
Amos 5:4 "for thus says the Lord to the house of Israel; seek me and live; 6. Seek the Lord and live..."just like Israel, I often neglect my creator, the one who has eternally loved me and save me from eternal destruction, for the temporal things of this world. Judgment is for the disobedient and yet God says"seek me and live". I must remind myself of God's goodness and that He chose to have a relationship with me, and allow my heart to be captivated by His love.
God wants to captivate your heart too! Let Him! Preacher Ricky
Isaiah 66:2 "this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word." Do we want the face of the Lord to shine upon us? Do we want him to lift up his countenance upon us and smile with warmth and tenderness? The Lord says in this verse, "this is the person upon whom I will smile, the one who trembles at my word." His friendship is for those who fear, and his countenance is for those who tremble. (John Piper)
Jesus loves you and I do too. Preacher Ricky
People of influence
"But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant." Matthew 23:11
As children of God, we ought to be people of influence. Jesus teaches that the best way to influence others is to serve, give care to the children and those without a voice. Wash one another's feet. This is how we can glorify God in our daily lives and how people will be drawn to Christ. It is just doing the works that Jesus did. Let's be people of influence.
Always remember I love you but Jesus loves you more. Preacher Ricky
I am reminded today that there are behavior that' God despises. Proverbs 6: 16-19 "These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren." Let us not allow any of these characteristics to be named among us and if they are let us confess and repent immediately. Let's allow God's word to inspire us to live a godly life. He is worthy.
God loves you and I do too. Preacher Ricky
"Then he went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it."
Just arriving in Jerusalem and weeping over the state of his people, knowing they would be destroyed because they rejected him for political gain and worldly lust, Jesus began to cleanse the temple. Makes me consider my personal appetite for the things of this world. Why do the temporary things of this world hold such a high value over the eternal things of God? I must find my way out of my thieving and return to God His glory that He is worthy of. Perhaps more time in prayer (v. 46), more time in the presence of Christ teaching. (V. 47). What does Jesus say to you?
Jesus loves you, preacher Ricky
Watch The company you keep
1 Corinthians 5:13 "therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person." I have been taught to, as much as possible, to disassociate myself from negative people. I was told that "association brings about simulation." Clearly God's word teaches us to watch the company we keep. For me to be all that God wants me to be, I must fellowship myself with godly people, people of faith, folks who know God and His word. Only they can feed into me the spiritual nourishment necessary for me to be healthy in my relationship with God and with God's people. Above all maintain a close walk with the lord. James 4:8 tells us "draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh unto you." Let's keep ourselves spiritually healthy and watch the company that we keep.
God loves you and I love you too. preacher Ricky
1 Peter 4:8 "and above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover a multitude of sins."
So often my charity is not so fervent and when I look at life of Christ and the passionate intensity he displayed at Calvary in my behalf, I am reminded that I should welcome every opportunity to serve others and be thankful that I have been chosen to display Christ likeness to the world. Two things Christ ask of us: love God wholeheartedly and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Matthew 22:37-40
God loves you and I do too preacher Ricky
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
As Paul encourages the Thessalonians I am also encouraged, knowing that the Lord has my back too. He has promised to "never leave me or forsake me." Hebrews 13:5.
You too can have this confidence, only believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hey, God loves you and I do too. Preacher Ricky
"Serve the Lord!"
Joshua 24:14 Joshua is reminding the children of Israel of the rewards of obedience to the Lord. "Serve him in sincerity and in truth," this reminds me that I'm not to play games with God. He has always done what he said he would do. He is always faithful. And I must be too; "put away the gods which your father's served on the other side of the river and in Egypt"vs.14 My God he is a jealous god. Joshua tells that the choice is mine vs.15 My answer must be like the children of Israel answered: "far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods."vs16. As God did for Israel; He has given me victory, victory over sin, death and the grave and I must also serve the Lord, for "He is our God vs18." For each of us, we must respond as the children of Israel: "the Lord our God we will serve and His voice we will obey vs24." Hey, God loves you so much and I do too. Preacher Ricky.
And Joshua 21: 43-45 we are told "not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass." v.44 God had made a promise to Abraham that he would be a Great Nation and now his descendants are living in the land of promise. Delivered from slavery in Egypt, through the wilderness, God provided for them, he has now defeated all their enemy and now God "gave them rest all around, according to all he had sworn to their fathers." v.44 Just like the children of Israel, I too can trust in the Lord, he has promised to save me from my sin if only I believe on the Lord Jesus christ. Acts 16:31 tells us "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." God's word is true. Won't you repent today and be saved from your sins? I hope so. God loves you so much.
Should all of life's ventures be run by God's counsel first? Joshua 9:14 tells that the children of Israel "did not ask counsel of the Lord." Israel was deceived by their neighbors the Hivites (v.7) it is too often that I think "I've got this" and I act or speak on my own when I should seek counsel with the Lord. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 "but seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you." How often this would have kept me from a world of hurt. Psalms 24:1 tells us "the Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof". God has for now, giving me free will. I think the evidence teaches it would be a wise exercise for me to "asked counsel of the lord" in all of life's encounters. After all, I live in his domain and the Lord has my best interest in mind. What do you think? Hey, God loves you and I do too. Preacher Ricky
"but the children of God committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan..... Took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel." Joshua 7:1 In Joshua chapter 7, we read how a greater nation is defeated by a lesser Nation because of the sin of one man. I am reminded today that my actions affect many, starting with my household, my neighborhood, and perhaps even an entire nation. Israel had sin in the camp that had to be with. One man's disobedience caused the defeat of an entire nation; just like a cancer, the sin had to be removed. Jesus speaking of sin said "unless you repent you will all likewise perish." Luke 13:5 When sin is revealed I must repent. Sin comes with consequences! "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord." Romans 6:23 Let's keep focused on the eternal reward and not the temporal. Obey God completely. Preacher Ricky
What a mighty God we serve
Joshua 1:5-6 Joshua is about to go and possess the promised Land and God tells Joshua "as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6. Be strong and of good courage." What a promise! What words of encouragement. For 40 years now Joshua has witnessed God's mighty work. Now, after his wilderness experience it is time for the reward. All Joshua has to do is hear God's command and obey completely. v7. "Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go." Just like Joshua, I have to decide daily to trust and obey. I must v9 "be strong and of good courage. I must not be dismayed, because I believe that the Lord my God is with me wherever I go. If only I believe and do as God instructs. How wonderful the Lord our God is! Amen. Preacher Ricky
(01/05/21) Fearless Living Deuteronomy 31:6-8 What a wonderful day it is for the children of God! Just to know that no matter what today may bring, God is in control. The good, the bad, in riches or in distress, health or sickness, life and even in death, God does not change by our circumstances. God cares for me and you, and in Him through His son Jesus we have victory. Today, be encouraged by his word, to Joshua, Moses said "6. be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, he is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you... 8.Do not fear nor be dismayed." Is that not encouraging? Jesus tells us; "in the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 In Jesus I believe I can live fearlessly! And you can too! Live fearlessly in Jesus. God loves you. Preacher Ricky
(12/29/20) Life and Death Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. This is the word of God to the children of Israel. For us today, heaven or hell? Choose heaven (life)! Choose to escape a hell that was never intended for man. How? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31 Peter preached “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Acts 2:21 Then Peter said to them repent…”be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” Acts 2:38 Please choose life eternal with our God in heaven. Say no to hell. Jesus loves you, Preacher Ricky
(12/17/20) CS Lewis has said “Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. if you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to his service, you could not give him anything that was not in a sense his own already.” The 24th psalm begins with “the Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” The Bible teaches that in the beginning God creates everything and puts Adam in the garden to work and maintain it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him. This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are just managers acting on his behalf. Let’s work well my dear friends for the glory of God. Preacher Ricky
God's people should act like God's people Deuteronomy 26:17-19 17 "today you have proclaimed the Lord to be your God, and that you will walk in his ways and keep his statutes, his commandments, and his judgments, and you will obey his voice." These are God's words to the nation of Israel. To believers in Jesus Christ it might be said; 'call yourself a Christian, live like a Christian.' Obey God's commands, and love one another. Paul tells us "walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16 of Israel God proclaimed Israel to be "His special people" and he blessed them.v18, 19 Paul put it like this for Christians "Walk Worthy of God who have called you into his kingdom and Glory." 1 Thessalonians 2:12 God's peace be with you. Preacher Ricky
(12/03/20) Do not be afraid; God has your back Deuteronomy 20:3 Giving the children of Israel instructions for battle, they were told that when the enemy seemed overwhelming "do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight against your enemies, to save you."v3,4 What an awesome promise to the nation of Israel! But what about us today? After all I know I get overwhelmed, how about you? In such a state let's remember the teaching of Christ "take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, wherewithal shall we be clothed?" Jesus goes on and said "your heavenly father knows that you have need of these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. "Matthew 6:31-33 Wow! We can trust God. Will we choose to do so? That is my hope. Pastor Ricky
(11/27/20) Pathway to Blessings Deuteronomy 6: 1-25 In this chapter Moses is instructing the children of Israel how they ought to conduct their lives so that they may know the blessing and prosperity of God. These instructions ought to be taught to the children and talked about "when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." V.6:7 we have the responsibility to fill ourselves with the waves of God. This pleases God. Let us live our lives in a manner that pleases God. Paul put it this way, "walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16 God has blessed us; let us bless God. Jesus loves you, preacher Ricky
(11/20/20) Remember God Deuteronomy 4:23 Here Moses warns the children of Israel "not to forget the covenant the Lord God had made with them." He warns that God is "a jealous God." V.24 I am reminded here of God's abundant love for his children and also of his judgment. Because I fall so short of being Worthy of his love on my own; I rejoice that "we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous."1 John 2:1. And still I must not allow myself to be drawn in by the idols of the world and I must commit to give to my God my attention and my devotion. After all he is attentive to me and devoted to my well-being, both temporal and eternal. In all that we do: remember God, and live gratefully. God loves you Preacher Ricky
(11/12/20) Remove the things of this world that bind you Before Christians can fully reap the benefits of the Christian Life, we must remove the worldly things that bind us to the old life. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave, Lazarus was "bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth, Jesus said loose him, and let him go. " John 11:44 Our old life is represented by Lazarus grave clothes they were meant for a dead man, binding and stinking, like a man's life apart from Christ. In Christ Jesus we are to "put on the new man." Ephesians 4:24 and live separate from the world. Let's consecrate our lives to God and live in the new life in Christ Jesus. Amen? Love you guys, Jesus loves you more. Preacher Ricky
(11/05/20) Building one another up Deuteronomy 3:28 So God is preparing the children of Israel to take possession of the promised Land and he instructs Moses "command Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him;... Here I find a great model for building up people in my neck of the woods. I must be busy instructing, encouraging and building up the next generation in the way of the Lord. Discipling others is a command of the Lord I must not take lightly. Matthew 28:19 This command Christ gave to all his disciples be encouraging, build up others, and instruct others in the way of the Lord yours God. We can all make a difference. Will you? Preacher Ricky
(10/30/20) Numbers 33: 50-56 We see here it is God who gave Israel the land and if they refuse to do as God instructed them, go in and take possession of the land by driving out the inhabitants and destroying everything that hinted at idolatry. If they don't do that God will. Here is the Crux of the matter for you and I: We are called to take possession of our inheritance: to drive out, put to death the deeds of the flesh. We are to kill and put off the sin which so easily besets us. we are either slaves to our flesh or our flesh is a slave to us. Paul makes this clear in. We must eradicate from our lives all that would tempt us to sin as Israel was to destroy that which was in canaan. If we don't it will dominate us and ruin our lives. Let's identify what sins to deal with, repent of them when you sin, put them to death and replace them with the thinking and actions of righteousness. God bless you Preacher Ricky