Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Watch your words

Did you know that our words have a lot of power behind them ? Yes, they definitely do have power behind them!!! When you are talking to other people and having a general conversation with them, do you notice if they talk positively or negatively? Do you talk positively or negatively? How do you respond ? We as gods children have to know that what we say, means a lot to ourselves and to others around us including the people we "hang out with". The bible tells us that we have power in what we say whether it be positive or negative. We as people of God need to always speak of good and prosperous things and also surround ourselves with people who do the same. Speaking life means to always have a mind and a tongue that will think positive and also talk positive and of course we all know that being negative is the opposite of that and that is what we do not want to do. We also need to learn how to respond positively with answers that do not stir up anger and frustration. When someone has done something wrong to you, the best way to respond is to praise God, pray and hold your peace.  Do not stoop down to that level of life. You are more than a conqueror, you are prosperous and you will succeed!  It is up to you to talk life (positively ) or death(negatively) in your life. If you are always talking death and negative things that stir up frustration, confusion and anger, then your life will become negative. If you talk life, peace, prosperity and success, then your life will become positive.  Remember that your words have power and  what you speak is what you will become. 

 

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”

Proverbs 15:1-2 KJV

 

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

 

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

 

~Jason Samuels~

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Stay Alert

I“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

1 Peter 5:6-10 KJV

 

As men and women of God, we need to understand and know that it is important and vital that we are watchful of the devil and his afflictions that he brings towards us. We also need to stop fighting our battles on our own. God did not intend for us to do that. The Christian life is a happy, prosperous and joyful life, which is why we have to "cast all of our cares upon him " as the scripture says above. All of our worries , anxieties, pain and sorrow, we need to give that over to God and trust and believe that he will make it better for us. God is the God of all grace and because we may go through pain and suffering, he will make us stronger and more stable Christians. The devil has one job and that job is to destroy us and our lives. We have to stay on guard and watchful by being in prayer and in scripture because the devil is attacking us everyday! He attacks our minds and hearts with temptation, jealousy,envy and many other things to get us to hurt ourselves along with others who are close to us such as friends and family!  You cannot let your guard down as a Christian warrior because if you do, you and others around you may suffer some damages that are hard to recover from. But you have to remember that God is your protector and shield. No matter what the devil does, it will not and cannot effect you in any way and because  of your humbleness in prayer and scripture, you will exalt and conquer over all things. 

 

Questions : 

What can you do to stay on guard against the daily attacks of the devil ?   

 

Have you surrendered your life to Christ so that he can save you and help you through life's struggles? (Romans 10:9) 

 

 ~Jason Samuels~

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Staying Connected

Life is a battleground for Christians. We go into a war everyday with the goal to represent our families and our God in a respectful manner. However, there are many tests and temptations we must overcome. There are many different cultures, beliefs, and ethnicities that we must respect and engage with while remaining committed to our own values. 

Unfortunately, these tests and temptations do not cease but follow us the rest our lives. Our elders diligently strive to instill the word of God in our hearts so that we can withstand the attacks of the enemy. However, there are groups of people who simply have no respect for others or their beliefs, and we must decide in our hearts to never waiver from our trust in God. 

The closer we get to God, the harder our tests and temptations will be. As we grow, we face trials to strengthen our faith. There will be times when we feel distant or disconnected from God, but stay encouraged and trust that your reward will be greater in heaven. The enemy will entice you through pressures to conform to the world, but strive to reach a new level in your walk with Christ. 

God bless,

Andre D. Lee

Psalm 5:7 
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Beginning of Knowledge

As a child, we learn the difference between fearing our parents and respecting them. Before we learn to walk or talk, we develop a balance of the two. 

Fear of the consequences of our actions and respect to avoid committing the same offense again. 

No wonder the scriptures tell us to be as little children. It seems, the older we get the less respect and fear we have of our parents and our God. We are currently in an era where foolishness and wickedness is encouraged and promoted. 

However, I cannot blame society. Society is only a portion of the issue. We are the majority of our own problems. When I was younger, I got into a fight (the older folks call it a "scuffle") with my cousin Kenny. Fighting was bad enough, but to raise the stakes, we were at my grandparents' home. My grandmother heard us fighting and came down to discipline us. 

Instead of grabbing her belt she grabbed the children's bible and made us read the story of Cain and Able. I will never forget that day because it taught me that if we would fear our discipline before we commit an act, we would practice restraint and ultimately wisdom. 

The bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Let's get back to understanding the severity of our sins and dedicate our lives to God and righteous living. If you reject God and what you know is right, there will come a day when you will face the consequences. Let's be wise and make a change. 

God bless,

Andre D. Lee

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Strength

Sometimes it can be extremely hard to be strong when you feel weak, but we have to remember that God gave us the power and strength to do and accomplish all things. With faith we have hope and with hope we have belief. With all of these things we have the complete strength through Christ Jesus which can accomplish miraculous things in our lives. The words "I can " means that you believe with all of your heart that what you are about to do, you will do it with success. If you are struggling to pass a test at school, struggling to quit dealing with drugs and alcohol and struggling to stay abstinent, remember that God has given you strength to do all of these things. He is able to do all of these things for us according to our power that is within us. Once we trust in the lord and allow him to direct us through prayer and reading, we will receive this strength and power. Be strong and never let anything destroy the words "I can" that God has placed within you!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 KJV

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
Ephesians
3:20 KJV 

-Jason Samuels-

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Not Alone

As a child we all had at least one thing that we were afraid of. For me it was the basement at my parents house. It always seemed to be the darkest room in the house and therefore was the scariest. 

So, since it was the scariest room in the house it was the only room I would not go into alone. Usually it would take either my brother or my sister to go down into the basement with me in order for me to lose my fear. (It reminds me of when we go to a haunted house and everyone needs a partner to walk with in order to be less scared.)

Sometimes I simply just needed to turn the light on. I figured if I could see what was down there I could quickly accomplish my task and run back up the stairs. But, when I look back on my fear of the basement I realize how much time I lost out on. See, as I got older I became a musician and athlete. So, I utilized the basement to practice music and exercise. I can honestly say, if I did not have the basement to use, I probably would not be as good as I am today.

So, I'm sure you're wondering how this ties in to today's message. 

Well, although my fear of the basement ceased over time, there are still other fears in my life that I have to overcome in order to accomplish my goals. And just like before, when I enter an intimidating situation or season, I am more confident when I am not alone. I can no longer depend on my brothers and sisters to hold my hand and walk through the dark places. I can no longer call my parents to comfort me as I cope with the fears of life. 

However, our salvation in Jesus Christ guarantees that he will be there in our darkest hour. Our salvation guarantees that the God will never leave us or forsake us. 

So, my message to you today is to trust in God and cast your cares on him. Find peace in knowing that when you enter those scary places in your life that you have someone there holding your hand. God seeks to comfort and protect us. So, no matter what you may be up against, you will win. Whether it be Intimidating honors classes, bullying, disrespectful roommates, or a tedious job search, remember that God will comfort us. 

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

God Bless,

Andre D. Lee

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Perfect Plan

Believe it or not , God has a perfect and special plan for us throughout the course of our lives. When we as people of God think of the word perfect, we have this thought that comes to mind that says "you aren't perfect, you make so many mistakes , how can you be perfect?". Let me tell you that is the trick of our adversary and enemy the devil. The truth is , we are perfect in God only because he is perfect not because we are perfect. By having faith in him and his plan for us, that makes us acceptable to him and allows us to have a perfect life through him. Yes trials and tribulations may come, but remember that God is testing our faith and love towards him. God has ordained good works in us that he has planned before the beginning of time. Since we know that God has ordained good works in us, shouldn't we know that those good works are perfect for our lives because God is perfect? We have to have confidence in every good work that God has planned for us to do and know that he will be with us to help us perform it until the very end of time. 

 

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

Ephesians 2:10 KJV

 

 

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Philippians 1:6 KJV

 

Jason Samuels