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More Than Enough

posted Jun 9, 2017, 2:56 PM by Beautiful Zion

     In this world of plenty, why is it that so many people have so little? Little money, time, food, resources, patience, little faith, little religion, and little Jesus.  We serve a God of multiplication, who wants to see us prosper in every aspect of our life.  Sometimes we end up on the short end of the stick, because we have failed to bring the little we have to Jesus.  Little becomes much when you put it in the hands of an Almighty God.

     Jesus fed the multitude on two occasions in the New Testament, five and four thousand men not counting the women and children.  He did it with the bare minimum, a few pieces of bread and a few fish.  The supply outweighed the demand, but this was not an issue for Jesus. Little became much in Jesus hands! Not only did He have enough, but there were left-overs on both occasions. 

     When we think the little we have is insufficient, inferior, unacceptable, or imperfect, God will shatter the low expectations of not enough in our life and ministry. Never think that what you have is too small for God to use.  God enjoys showing off.  What the world calls insufficient and not good enough, God will use those people and things for His Glory.  Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and made fish sandwiches for over five-thousand people, so then I know the little I have can be much.  You are never too young, old, small, disabled, or un-educated that if you bring the little you have to Jesus, He will turn your little into much. It’s time to operate in your faith and believe God for the over flow, the surplus, and watch the little turn too much.   

New Year 2017

posted Jan 4, 2017, 11:06 AM by Beautiful Zion

     Now that 2016 is in the rear view mirror of life, each passing day gets further in the artifacts of history.  What was done in the past is now history; there is nothing you can change.  With that being said, it is time to move forward with our life; for “this is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.”  With each day God allows us to live, we should do so with vigor and giving God all the glory, honor and praise that He so rightfully deserves.  The year 2017 should be the year you give your life to Christ. If you don’t have a relationship with Him, if you are in a right relationship, make it your business to improve by being the best person and Christian possible.   

     Our church theme for this year is “Moving forward in Christ.” How can we do that, according to the Word of God, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Our ultimate goal is eternal life with Jesus; therefore we must continue to pray, fast, study, live an acceptable life style before God, and our fellow man.  Therefore our prayer should be Lord help me to be better than I was on yesterday.  One day at a time is how we must live; tomorrow is not promised to us.  2017 is the year of the church; we will prosper in every aspect of our life as long as GOD is leading.  The Lord is my Shepherd and where He leads me I will follow.

     In 2017 we are looking forward to the challenges, and victories in Christ, for we are more than over comers!

Holiday Season Thoughts

posted Nov 4, 2016, 5:42 AM by Beautiful Zion

The holiday season is upon us; it’s not a joyous time for everyone. The season can bring on depression, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts as people begin feeling pressured in trying to make everybody happy, with little or know means of doing so.  Many people will be struggling and straining trying to buy gifts and put a feast on the table fit for a king.  Others are depressed and lonely because they are unable to be with family and friends.  But there is a friend that will stick closer than a brother! God told Moses to tell the people “I AM THAT I AM”! We need to remember that during this season of giving thanks, and as we celebrate the Christ child’s birth.

For the Christian, everyday is a day of thanksgiving. When you look back over your life and see how good God has been to us all, we can’t do anything else but give Him thanks.  He woke you up this morning, started you on your way, put food on your table, clothes on your back, a house to live in, cars to drive, God had you in His plan for today.  You may not have all your wants but He has provided all your needs according to His riches in Glory, and we see no lack.  So be like David and say “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good for His mercy endureth forever.” No turkey no problem, no collard greens, dressing, cakes and pies no problem; “I been young and now old and I've never seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging for bread.”

Jesus is the reason for the season, believe it!  It is not about the gifts under the tree, but the gift that hung on the tree. Remember the gift that was born in a manger, laid in a feeding trough.  It’s about the gift of salvation in which one day in the not so distant future, the Gift will appear in the clouds to receive His church.  Don’t stress yourself out with commercialism, and economics of Christmas, these earthly treasures are only for a season. We must continue to lay our treasures in Heaven.  Look to the hills from whence cometh your help, for all your help comes from the Lord.  God will make away out of no way!

Have a Thankful, Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New!

Jesus is the reason to be thankful, merry, and happy

        

  

Child Support

posted Jul 12, 2016, 3:35 PM by Beautiful Zion

Child support means parents are actively involved in every aspect of their children’s life from birth to the grave.  Child support does not stop at the age eighteen, for parenting just moved to another level of support.  Today when the words child support is mentioned, the only thing that comes to mind is financial support.  Currently there is over one hundred billion dollars of unpaid child support in America.  I understand it takes money to raise children, but what about their spiritual, physical, and mental well-being? How much have we invested in these areas?

We are losing too many of our children to the streets from a lack of effective parenting.  Our children do not need another mother or father figure in their life, they need their parents.  A figure is a shape or outline that shows up every now and then such as birthdays and holidays providing they remember.  Parents are there during the good and bad times, sickness and health, parents are there to encourage, and discipline. Parents are “to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart.” Parents are to support their children’s dreams and guide their vision; you have to provide child support.

The X-box, play station, television, and a happy meal are not child support.  When was the last time you attended a parent teacher conference? When was the last time you supported their extracurricular actives? When was the last time you had a conversation with your kids?  Do you know their teachers name? Who is their best friend?  What is their favorite color?  When was the last time you took time to pray with your children?  Does the family attend church together? Let’s talk about child support!

We don’t serve a dead beat God, and we shouldn’t be dead beat parents. So support your children in every aspect of their life, they will thank you later.         

 

Love

posted Feb 23, 2016, 6:56 PM by Beautiful Zion

     There was an estimated 20 billion dollars spent during Valentine’s weekend and still someone was left out.  All of this was in an effort to express how much we loved that very special someone.  “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for a friend.” This is what Jesus did for us, and not one person was forgotten.  First and foremost God is love! “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” It is impossible to know God intimately without loving others, for God is love.  Jesus demonstrates the highest form of love that is agape love which is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional.  This type of love is not about self gratification; it gives and forgives regardless of what we have done.

     Everybody wants to be loved, even the meanest of people.  Many are afraid to love or be loved because of pass experiences.  People do not know how to receive or give love; because their life has been one lustful and judgmental relationship after another.  When someone comes along and treats you with respect, kindness, and shows you genuine love, you automatically begin to think they are trying to take advantage of you.  These who were once bold and beautiful, have become young and restless. While searching for tomorrow the days of their lives passes them by, as they begin looking for love in all the wrong places, and trying to fill a void that only Jesus can fill.

     Jesus loves you this I know for the Bible tells me so.  God is love and love does not define Him, but He defines love.  “There is no fear in love, love suffers long, does not envy, parade itself, or puffed up, love does not behave rudely, seeks its own, not provoked, thinks no evil, love bears all, believes, hopes and endures all things, love never fails or vanishes away. Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest is love”.    

                                                  Who loves you?

LAST YEAR

posted Dec 28, 2015, 7:56 PM by Beautiful Zion

    We have come to the close of another year; we have had some good days, some bad days, and God remains good.  Take a look back over this year and see where God has brought you from.  He blessed your going out and coming in, He blessed you in the city and field, He provided all your needs according to His riches in glory, and He has even given you the desires of your heart.  Some have had loved ones pass from labor to reward; there is no sorrow that heaven cannot bear; others celebrated the birth of children, God is the giver of life.  Sickness has racked the body of some, yet by His stripes we are healed.  Others have been financially blessed with new jobs, homes, cars, spouses, new outlook on life, and some have a new life in Christ.  Whatever 2015 brought your way, did you take time to say thank you?  Did you give a testimony letting others know that you serve THE GOD who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you faultless? 

     While the blood is still running warm in your veins, breathe in your lungs, and if it is the will of the Lord to bless you to see another year, do not live it without Christ.  Without Christ in our lives, it is living on borrowed time or playing Russian roulette with your life.  Tomorrow is not promise to us.  We only have this moment, so make the best of the time you have because you cannot get it back.  God loves you and wants to fellowship with you.  He wants to be Lord of your life.  Take some time and introduce yourself to Jesus.  2015 is over, you cannot change history, and neither should it be repeated.   Your future looks brighter in Christ!

Thank you God for allowing us to see another year!

Believing the Invisible

posted Oct 9, 2015, 6:12 AM by Beautiful Zion

If you could be invisible for 24 hours what type of impact would you have on society?  Invisible is defined as incapable of being seen, or inaccessible to view.  There are many things that are invisible but are required in life; oxygen, gravity, and God. Because you cannot physically see them does not mean they do not exist.  Jesus said, “Thomas because you have seen me you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed”. Do you believe what you cannot see?

I have heard people say I believe it when I see it.  One person you need to believe before you see him is Jesus, because when you see him it will be too late.  In Colossians 1:15-16, Paul writes to the church concerning the preeminence of Christ.  He educates us that Christ is the image of the invisible God. In essence, God is invisible, but Jesus has revealed Him to us.  Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father, do you believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.”  When we look all around we can see God in His most prized creation of man, in nature, the atmosphere, and the knowledge he has given man to create all the wonders of this world.  This world reveals the existence, power, and wisdom of God; but nature cannot reveal His essences.      

Do you believe what you cannot see? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Faith does not require you to see but believe.  Did you witness the crucifixion or the resurrection of Jesus? Yet you believe!  One day every eye will see Him and everybody will have their chance to stand before God and see Him face to face.  Prepare now!        

Celebrating Men

posted Jun 17, 2015, 10:18 AM by Beautiful Zion

     Joseph the Hebrew was sold into captivity by his brothers, where he worked in Potiphar’s house who was Pharaoh’s captain of the guard.  Everyday Joseph would go to work and everyday Potiphar’s wife would make sexual advances towards him.  One day when they were in the house alone, Potiphar’s wife grabbed a hold of him and the brother took off running, to keep from sinning against God, he ran but in fleeing he left his garment behind which would later be used against him and send him to prison for something he did not do.

The moral of this story is yield not to temptation for yielding is sin. Sometimes you may have to run in order to save your salvation.  In today’s society there are men who are running away from everything that is good in their life; and running to a life of crime, drugs, which will lead to jail and in some cases death.  Men we should be chasing after God because we all need a little more Jesus. Jesus is our source of strength; with Him all things are possible.  Paul says it like this, “Finally my brother, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”.  In Christ Jesus we have the power to be more than conquerors.  If you have to run; run to Jesus with all your burdens, cares, and leave them at the altar.  The Bible reminds us in the story of Joseph that the Lord was with him; do not give up when hope seems lost, THE LORD IS WITH YOU.  

      

God's Property

posted Feb 27, 2015, 9:02 AM by Beautiful Zion

   We have to learn to value ourselves more than we do.  How often have we taken our own self for granted?  We have put ourselves down and destroyed our reputation.  Our self–esteem is so low that some have sold out for entertainment and a cheap meal.  We are better than that! It is time for us to see ourselves as King’s kids, royalty. Today is the day to take our rightful position in Christ.

     Nobody takes better care of your things than you do.  Have you ever let someone borrow something and they did not return it the way it was loaned to them.  God has allowed us to use these bodies for a season, we are the care takers of them, but yet we have used them to satisfy our flesh and for our own personal pleasures.  We belong to God.  We are bought with a price, one that we can not afford to repay.  Therefore, who is more qualified to take care of his property than God himself?  God’s property has infinite value and worth, no boundaries or limits, and is impossible to measure or calculate.  Know who you are and to whom you belong.  Walk with a spiritual swagger and your head held high even when you are going through trials and tribulations. Let the enemy and haters know they can not touch you because God has a hedge all around you. That is right, I’m a child of the King, and I’m God’s property.      

Freedom

posted Jan 29, 2015, 7:21 AM by Beautiful Zion   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 7:22 AM ]

     2015 should be your year of freedom! Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage”.  What are you trying to hold onto from last year?  Last year is history and you can not change anything.  Set your sight on new horizons in Christ. This year we have to change our thought process and the way we do things. Those yokes that keep us looking at our situations must be removed.  Some people will have to find new friends; others will have to sacrifice to pay off debt.  Freedom is not free, it will cost you something. But once you have it, do not be entangled again in the yoke of bondage. Jesus said, “Come to me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your soul; My yoke is easy and My burden light”.  To those who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior, this is the year to remove the yoke of sin. Jesus died to set the captive free! Calvary is where Jesus removed the yoke of sin, not only sin but your healing and deliverance.  Stop being a slave to your problems, call out those things that keep you bound, and say in the name of Jesus I will be free.  “Free at last, free at last thank God almighty I am free at last”.  Remember whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.  May God Bless you, increase your territory, open the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing that you do not have room enough to receive.       

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