FAITH IS MORE THAN A SHOUT by M L Floyd

As I watched Baltimore deteriorate Monday April 27, 2015 my soul grieved. As my heart grew heavier by the hour I saw such uncontrolled anger and hate that I knew the demons had succeeded in doing what they wanted to do. In the morning, this morning, I woke up and saw a show of force from the law and more frustration and hate from the people.

“Wisdom is the principal thing;therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 NKJV

I am familiar with some parts of Baltimore and like many cities there are churches everywhere and so I asked: Where are the church leaders? And then I saw them. These church leaders were crying out for peace.

The response of these riotous children was symbolic of what they thought of the church: they burned down the Senior Center that the church was building.

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 NKJV

No Jesus no peace. Despite a generation of men and women in the Baltimore area working hard Monday through Friday and praising God on Sunday; with fish fries, and chicken dinners to raise money to build bigger buildings; giving tithes and offerings and then some to make the building a better place the young people reject the faith of their elders. The church has been a place to dress nice and shout loud all in the name of the Lord for generations but faith is more than a shout. Know Jesus know peace.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 NKJV

Faith is more than a shout it is the things hoped for the evidence not seen. Faith is stepping out on water not because the government created a platform for you to walk on or Hollywood wrote a script in which you could do it using optical illusions but because the Jesus you know personally said you could. Our young people don’t have a personal relationship with God they don’t know Him and they are dying.

Jesus kicked the professional grievers out of the house (Mark 5:35-43). He got rid of the church folk, the protesters, the boycotters, the traditions of man; Jesus spoke to the child- get up! There is to much shouting going on no one can hear the words of Jesus and so our young people perish.

“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shatteredthe rocks before the Lord, but theLord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire,but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV

TRUST

GOD WANTS YOU WELL STUDY

 

by M L Floyd   Who do you trust? Government. People. God. The Doctor. Whose opinion has the most weight when it comes to deciding what to believe? Christians say they trust God but live life based on the words of other people.

Trouble comes and Christians, myself included, seek the knowledge of individuals they know. Our words reflect who we trust as we share what the doctor said. Far to many Bible believing Christians depend on government programs to provide food stamps so they can eat, subsidies so they have a place to live and even in an emergency vouchers to purchase what they should wear. (see Matthew 6:25-34)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

How do you trust in God if the first thing you do is phone a friend, when a problem occurs? Getting upset at a doctors report is an indication that you are putting more confidence in man than in the Word. When you stop trying to make your marriage work it means you are closing the door to God working in your marriage.

As for God, His way is perfect;the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. 2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV

God’s instructions, found in Scripture, may not make sense to you but it is flawless. We have to remember all the problems that were impossible for man to solve that were possible for God: the parting of the sea, the giant boat of Noah, the debt eliminated of a widow, the birth of a baby to a virgin, the healing of a woman who had a problem for years and years, the deliverance of a man who no one could contain or the resurrection of our Lord. You cannot go wrong putting all of your trust in the perfect ways of God.

NIV PROCLAMATION BIBLE

YOU’VE GOT TO GO

DOOR OPENI have reached a point in my life in which I have to let go of some relationships that I really do not want to. As platonic as they are these individuals are in a place in which I don’t want to be anymore. Specifically I am referring to Facebook Friends.

For years now I have gone back in forth with various Bookers and Booketts discussing such topics as: music, sports, religion and politics. During that time I have also been reading books by and listening to messages of Andrew Wommack.

In one of Andrew Wommacks messages he said: If you were accused of being a Christian there isn’t enough evidence to convict you. Wow! What a statement.

Many believe I am religious. I do not consider myself to be religious I take great pride in my relationship with God. BUT when I participate in the same anti-Obama rhetoric as those on Facebook, when I remain silent when I read judgmental comments about church leaders then I am no better than the unbeliever.

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” Matthew 5:46 NKJV

There are quite a few individuals who do not come over to my home because of my faith philosophy. They never know when a conversation will lead to me quoting Scripture which makes them uncomfortable. These individuals have tried to use the Bible against my beliefs and have had to change the subject when I was able to respond using the same Scripture in context which validated my opinion.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” 1 Peter 3:15 NKJV

My positions have left me with just a handful of friends and associates.

I have discovered that non-believers, people who the religious folks reject, are more receptive to my words of faith and life through Jesus than traditional Believers. I know that a few of my FBFs are homosexual, some are agnostic or atheist and a few are Muslim many are Democrat- I like them. It is counter-productive for me to put people who do not believe as I do to put them down. Why would I allow anyone else to disrespect them. My goal is to spread the GOOD NEWS about life with Jesus.

Political parties, church doctrines, and the opinions of others are not tools I use to become a better person. Some people I know just left Facebook all together because of the negativity. There are many people on FB that I like and whose opinions I respect so I choose to stick around. The people I disagree with more often than not and the ones who challenge me and correct me have pushed me deeper into Gods’ Word. The bottom line:

  • If you are one of those people who want to kick every person who came to this country illegally out;
  • If you are one of those person who HATES Barak Obama and have been speaking words or behaving in a manner that Jesus spoke against in Matthew 5:46
  • If you are one of those individuals who find it necessary to speak against mega-church leaders, Mormons, Catholics and even Muslims;
  • If you think all people on welfare, or collect government benefits are out to cheat the system;
  • If you think all Democrats are alike and / or Republicans who work with Democrats are not Americans;
  • If you are ready to send homosexuals to hell but show mercy to heterosexuals who have sex outside of marriage;
  • If any of the above mentioned characteristics reflect you then in the up coming days weeks and months I will be disassociating myself from you. PLEASE understand the problem is not you but me. I have to make sure that if I am ever put on trial for being a Christian the verdict will be guilty.  And for that reason YOU HAVE GOT TO GO.

MY RAMBLINGS ABOUT LIFE

BIG TREE  Yesterday, I mentioned that I was babysitting my sister-in-laws grandchildren (2 year old twins) due to a family emergency. The emergency was the unexpected death of her brother.  Her brother died at approximately 8am Saturday morning but his wife did not discover his body until later that evening. Did he have known medical problems? I don’t know. Where was his wife? She was not home.

I can tell you this: As a Bereavement Support Leader this is not a rare occurrence. I have heard on more than one occasion of spouse running an errand only to return home to the death of their loved one. Death is never convenient.

This man was a husband, a brother, an uncle a parent, a grandparent, a friend and yes a child of God. He is now with the Lord in eternity but there are so many people who are still here with words they did not get a chance to say.
Today is Resurrection (Easter) Sunday, the Holiest of all days for those of us who are in Christ. Christmas, Easter and perhaps Mother’s Day are the only days some people attend church just to make someone else happy. Many people spent a lot of money purchasing new clothes and getting their hair done and will eat a wonderful meal today. Except those who lost loved ones yesterday.
The point of my rambling: We need to stop taking life for granted. You cannot appreciate the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus if you cannot appreciate the lives before you. When you make the decision to study the Word of God and allow Jesus to be Lord of your life you will not only find time for Him but you will also find time for them.
When my sister-in-law came by to pick up her grandchildren she was not sad. She loved her brother and he will be missed but she was at peace as was the rest of her family. Yes, there will be tears; yes he will be missed but he died knowing that he was loved.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 NKJV

I FORGIVE YOU

written by M L Floyd     Forgiveness is not just a one day thing. True forgiveness is a process particularly when the person who hurt you, physically, emotionally or even financially, is someone you trusted unconditionally. When you give your all and someone abuses your gift it hurts to the core.

When I think about the people whom I have had to forgive over the years I realize it was easier to forgive my abusive ex-husband than others. I am thinking of an incident in which I was the most vulnerable and I was hurt emotionally, the scars are still present but healing.

Jesus scars are still present:

John 20:27 NKJV
“ Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.””

Jesus is the ultimate example of what forgiveness is. He did not condemn us because of all the wrongs we have done and do instead He loves us.

2 Corinthians 5:21 the New King James Version
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Forgiveness is about your relationship with God; it is loving people despite their imperfections. If Jesus endured such a horrid death for me despite me who am I not to forgive? Every time I remember the pain of the past I say: “I forgive you.” Forgiveness is never about fellowship with people who do not love you as you should be loved.

Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Like salvation no one but God knows if you have really forgiven; sometimes we are not aware of forgiveness hidden in our heart. Making a verbal confession of faith in front of the church meets with the approval of the congregation, telling a person who hurt you that you forgive them is the right thing to do but this does not necessarily mean that you are sincere in your words. As memories come to mind about the hurtful incident there may be a need to forgive again, and again and again.

I recognize that I have hurt people and to them I have offered my apologies, even to my ex-husband I have apologized for any wrong he may have felt I committed against him. I have forgiven those who have hurt me in the past and for some I work diligently, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to restore the relationship. For those I have hurt and am unaware of the sadness I have caused you: I am sorry please forgive me.
During the time in which we celebrate our salvation through Jesus the Son of God it is a good time to reflect on our own hearts. We know that He died so that we would have everlasting life with our Father in heaven. Through Him we prosper financially and we have excellent health even as our soul increases in wisdom and knowledge that comes from God.

Forgive those who have hurt you because He forgave you first.   xxx M L FLOYD

Silhouettes of Three Crosses

I WAS THINKING

There is a lot on my mind these days, some of it exciting some distressing. One of my thoughts this morning was about being a Christ follower. I realized that I may have to make the decision to confess Jesus as Lord of my life to my own hurt.
Consider what is going on with businesses that do not want to acknowledge same-sex relationships and want to limit their interactions with those who do. A bakery closed their doors because they did not want to make a “wedding” cake for a same-sex couple. What about those places that are demanding the right to practice sharia law, here in the United States? How will that affect me? As a business owner when I hire people will I be forced to pay for their abortions, yes I know my tax dollars pay for it now but..?
What happens if people who call themselves Christian in America decide not to practice what they believe and Muslims in America are able to put their ideology on other Americans? Do I simply accept popular opinion and go along to get along? Or, do I have enough boldness to declare Jesus is Lord regardless of the circumstance?
I was listening to a message from Andrew Wommack and he said he was willing to go to prison for what he believed. When I heard that I thought: Will I be able to take my Bible?
It is easy to say: I will do anything for Jesus, it is another thing to do it. I would like to believe that I would die instead of deny Him but the truth is even Peter tried to spare his own life denying Jesus three times (Matthew 26). My conclusion: I need more of Him because only through Christ will I be able to endure tomorrow.