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Putting the Lord's business in the street

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Safe in the Lord's Hand

Posted on October 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In the time of a pandemic, we all want to be safe. We also encourage others to be safe. With danger on every side, we should be cautious of WHO we hang out with and WHERE we hang out. Sometimes we only get ONE CHANCE to make the best decision. The best decision is not always the RIGHT decision. When you make the right decision, you can rest. You don't have to worry about the outcome. In the bible, St. John 10:27-29, Jesus gives ASSURANCE to all believers that they are safe in God's Hand. We don't have to be fearful of the enemy; Because we have a COMFORTER, a LEADER, and a TEACHER in the person of the Holy Spirit. The bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit SEALS us in Christ until His return. You must first know that the Holy Spirit is God.

The Holy Spirit as a Comforter lets us know that we are never alone. Even in your darkest hour.

The Holy Spirit as a Leader leads us to Christ for Salvation. Christ is the only way.

The Holy Spirit as a Teacher teaches us the TRUTH and about RIGHTEOUSNESS. The safest place to be is in the Hand of God, where there is no power that can overtake God. Your soul is safe in the Hand of the Lord.

 

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putting the Lord's business in the street

Are you ASKING God the RIGHT question?

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

You shouldn't question God because He knows what's best for you, but it is alright to ask God a question. Are you asking God WHY when you should be asking God HOW? We often worry about things that we have no control over. Sometimes problems are more than we can handle. We have divine help that's available to all believers. Trusting God is first and foremost. Standing on FAITH is believing that God can perform what He said He would do. When trouble arises, ask God how to deal with it rather than ask why I have so much trouble. We must admit that sometimes we create our problems. All problems have a solution; you may not like the outcome. If you buy a car and you do not have a driver's permit, you just created a problem for yourself. We must learn to do first things first. Get a driver's license, then get a car. Life does not have to be complicated. Life becomes much easier when you are wrong, admit that you are wrong. Confession is good for the soul. Learn to talk with God rather than talking to God. Consistency and Confession get God's attention. When you pray, confess your sins, and be consistent in your request. God will show you how to be a conqueror in Christ the Lord. God is waiting to hear from you.

 

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putting the Lord's business in the street

Making a Change for a Better Life

Posted on September 26, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Making a change is necessary for progress. Without change, we would not experience life in total bliss. The seasons would not be independent. Time brings a change that everyone must accept; nothing goes unchanged. Prayer is the beginning of a new way of living. When you pray, you can look for a change. Prayer does not change things. But it does change the people that pray. There are two types of changes you can expect in life. TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE or a TRANSACTIONAL CHANGE. Where there is no CONVICTION, there is not transformational change. Read in the Bible (KJV) St. John 3:3. Being born again is spiritual. The new birth is a transition from the old life to the new life by the renewing of your mind. When your mind changes, you don't see things the same way. A change of heart leads to eternal life. Transactional change is physical; it's an attempt to turn over a new leaf. If you have twenty dollars in your right pocket and you change it to the left pocket, you still have the same twenty dollars. Transactional change is tricky: if you made a withdrawal from the bank and you did not make a disposit, that's called bank robbery. Do you get the picture? My point is a transformational change will give you a better life.

 

thunder the baptist

putting the Lord's business in the street

Can you Walk on Water?

Posted on September 12, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Most people could answer this question with one word. NO would be the response you would get. Then they would have a question for you. Are you crazy? Walking on water is not impossible. I have been studying the teaching of Jesus Christ for over forty years. He taught His disciples things that He did was not impossible for them as well. You may say that you should learn to swim and not worry about walking on water. If you can swim, there would be no need to walking on water. Learning how to walk on water is key to your walk with God on land. You must first learn to walk in righteousness and faithfully with God. The walk with God is simple; you don't need any shoes or socks. It is a fact you do not need feet. The walk is in your heart. We walk by faith and not by sight. When we are born again, we become spiritual. It's a requirement for achieving spiritual work. If you can trust walking with God in LIFE, you can trust walking on water with Christ. By FAITH, all things are possible. Now let us understand walking on water is a metaphor. It lets us know that we can overcome life's problems (sin) by standing on the Word of God. On the land or the sea, you can count on God to be with you. Only Christ can save us when we began to sink in sin.

 

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putting the Lord's business in the street

Unhappy Christians

Posted on August 23, 2020 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Unhappy Christians are motivated to complain more than they are willing to work in the Will of God. God has a Master Plan for your life. God has purposed His Will in our hearts. When things do not go our way, we find ourselves sad and unhappy. We complain about many things that are not important. Complaining does not change things; Its Action that gets the job done. Sadness hinders a good spirit. The joy of the Lord should fill our hearts today. Don't be a SAPPY Christian (sad-happy) be a Spirit-filled witness. Sappy Christians want to be happy but the IF Factor gets in their way. They complain by saying, "If I had a better job, I would be happy, or If I had more money, I would be happy." Happiness comes from within; no amount of money nor things can make you happy. These things will set you up for the pleasure of sin. When we have ACTIVE SIN in our lives, it affects the joy of the Lord. Suffering for righteousness will make you an effective witness. A sad and unhappy Christian will not bear the fruit of love. Love must be your motive in your WALK, WORK, and WITNESS. There is no room for your personal feelings.

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"putting the Lord's business in the street"

Sowing in Un-fertile Ground

Posted on July 12, 2020 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sowing in the unfertile ground is not always unprofitable sometimes the experiences are PRICELESS. We should learn from our mistakes and make better decisions. Be not enticed by those who claim, "Sow a seed and reap four-folds." Be a wise PLANTER! If you sow into someone else's ground, they will reap your HARVEST! do you get the picture? Learn the rules of planting first. Planting is done by faith, then plan on doing some work. Faith without works is dead; so are the results. PREPARATION of the ground is KEY to receiving a great harvest. Be sure to count the cost and manage your time. When you fail to plan anything can grow and affect your work. Be aware of tares. Sometimes we deceive ourselves, when we sow a little and expect much in return or when we send out evil and and expect good to be the results. Don't be a fool, to think that you can plant peaches and reap apples is not wise. Make up your mind! Choose good fruit or you will end up with evil fruit. You have the choice to plant whatever you want to plant. Make sure that you plant GOOD SEED in FERTILE GROUND! Then you can expect a GREAT HARVEST. In the bible, (KJV). St. Matthew 12:33, Jesus gives us an ultimatum! "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is know by his fruit." Now let us understand what the Lord is saying, Either make the LIFE good and his ACTIONS good, or else make the LIFE corrupt and his ACTIONS corrupt: for the LIFE is known by his ACTIONS. People will doubt what you say but they will believe what you do.

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Recovering from DISAPPOINTMENT

Posted on April 21, 2020 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (3)

To recover is to get better or regain something that was lost. There are so many disappointments in life, without them we would not appreciate God and His goodness. Disappointment is an emotion that can be dealt with by trusting the Lord. Sadness is the way we react or respond by shedding tears. Tears are not always from disappointments, there are also tears of joy. When we are disappointed we must make a choice to use DIRECT COPING instead of DEFENSIVE COPING. Defensive coping is a way of dealing with an emotional or stressful problem by running away; instead of facing reality. Running away does not make things better they only get worse. If you can face your mistakes, you can initiate your RECOVERY. It is unhealthy to give up! Direct coping is "manning up" facing the PROBLEMS and finding ways to solve them. We must learn to cope with LIFE as it comes on a daily basis. Life is not fair and sometimes people are not fair. Be encouraged when people let you down. I believe that God is always fair. If you don't have to go to hell for the sins that I commit and I don't have to go to hell for the sins that you commit, that's fair enough for me. I am in denial when I blame others for my failures and shortcommings. I must be able to forgive others when they disappoint me. MY RECOVERY IS ACCORDING TO WHAT I DO NEXT. If I fail to do nothing I have no one to blame but myself. The best way to recover from disappointment is to PRAY and TRUST God. That's easy to say but not easy to do. By the power of the Holy Spirit we learn to trust in God and build our hope in Christ. We can overcome all our disappointments in Christ our Savior.

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You can put your trust in God

Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Let not your heart be troubled, Believe in God and He will keep you safe. It is the pleasure of God to watch over His children and to keep them in His care. Being out of the ark of safty will be devastating to your soul, your soul is counting you to make the right decision. You must be born again and become apart of God's family. You cannot walk into God's Kingdom, you must be born into it. Becoming spiritural is your assurance that God is with you in times like these. You can put your trust in man and he will let you down. Come to Jesus and He will save you from your sin. If you die without Jesus Christ being your Savior you will go to hell. Hell is waiting for all of those who do not believe and trust God. God is able to Protect and Provide for His people. God is all that we need. Trust Him!

thunder the baptist

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What will it take for you to BELIEVE?

Posted on August 27, 2019 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In the bible, St. John 20:24-29 is a great lesson to learn about unbelief. The sin of unbelief is one of the greatest sins that a man can commit. You must believe that God is, and you must come to Him by faith. It is one think to know about God and it is another to know God personally. Do you know Him today? To know God is to WORSHIP Him, PRAISE Him and Walk with Him. A personal relationship with God starts with being born again. Being born of God's Spirit is what makes a man spititural. Unbelievers cannot please God in the flesh. Every man must believe that God makes him a new creature in Christ. The new birth in Jesus Christ is the key to true Worship and the only way to Walk with God is to be in Christ. The sin of unbelief hinders your walk, your praise and your worship. Pray and be of good cheer Christ is the only way to please God. 

Thunder the baptist

putting the Lord's business in the street

Praise God

Posted on February 3, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (52)

In your midnight hour, CAN YOU PRAISE God? or do you give up? No one wants questions, when they are seeking answers. But you must answer this question and you must be able to praise God in your darkest hour. If you praise God because someone does, when they quit: you will too. If you praise God for the things that you have, when they are gone: you will leave too. The things we have should not dictate our praises to God! Jesus was able to praise God the Father in His DARKNEST hour, because He was WILLING TO GIVE Himself TO TOTAL SUBMISSION. I want to encourage you to give yourself in total submission to the will of God. Don’t be taken in by this saying “when praises go up, blessing come down.” If your praise go up with the wrong motive, it is REJECTED. Then there is the “believe it and receive it concept.” When you believe it, you can ACHEIVE it through Christ. All things are possible with God. In all circumstances, praise God and your sorrows will be turned into joy. In the bible, St. John 15:10-12, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” When we are filled with the Word of God and we are led by the Holy Spirit, we can give God all the PRAISES that He so richly deserves. When you are down and out, PRAISE God! When life’s problems are more than you can bear, PRAISE God! God will work it out for you. Just PRAISE Him…

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