Do You Believe?

One Sunday out of the year, many gather to celebrate what some call Easter and others call Resurrection Day. People who rarely attend church will come on this day because they believe. Many who have decided church is not for them, will come on this day because they believe. Those who attend church, regularly, will see this day as extraordinary compared to other Sundays because they believe. The bottom line is this. Whether you recognize this day or not, God just wants to know, do you believe? He gave is only begotten son so that all may have eternal life. It doesn’t take a big theatrical performance or even laying on of hands to become a believer. All you need is a little faith and a moment to talk to God.

Rom 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Right there in your living room or in your car or wherever you are reading this, you can become a believer. Your faith can be renewed even though you feel like giving up. There is hope in Christ Jesus. There will always be those who doubt that God even exists, but you have the opportunity to believe. There will also be those who will try to talk you out of believing in Christ. At the end of the day, each person will have to face the consequences of their choices and decisions. No one can change your direction except you. Decide today which direction you want to go? Decide today where you want to be? While you are doing a little soul searching, I say to you I say Happy Resurrection Day, but ask yourself, do you believe?

Be encouraged,

T Brown

What You See Is Not Always What You Get!

If you continuously find yourself looking down on others or thinking, “They should be further along by now,” you may be a little premature in your judgement. Sometimes people appear more spiritual then they are, while others appear more carnal than they are. We desire to see people grow and wish they would get there a lot quicker than they seem to be moving. But the reality is, God’s timing is best, and you don’t know what God is doing on the inside!

1 Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

People who “seem” to be spiritual and have it altogether, could be as black as night on the inside. The one who seems to know nothing and fading into the background, may be the very one whose heart has been converted. We must learn to stop looking at the outside and have patience with one another on this journey. We must take on the mind of Christ in order to love people, in spite of their condition. Stop picking people based on the outside and start loving people like Christ did.  If you don’t, there’s a good chance you may find out the juicy red apple you keep picking over the slightly green apple, might have a nasty worm right in the middle!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Do You Use Or Serve God?

One thing for sure, God knows the heart of man. We can portray what we want people to think about us. We can pray, worship, and go to church and still have a heart that is wicked. Our trials prove what is on the inside. Monitor how you react to your troubles. Do you revert back to your old nature of cussing and fighting? Do you start gossiping about people who offend you? Do you curse God and lift up the devil?

     God knows if you are serving Him because you love Him or only because you just want something from Him. God is not a genie who performs wishes at our command. Do you have a usury spirit or a servants heart? All you have to do is think about how you were living before you were faced with your current situation. Were you going to church before? Were you praying and reading your word? Were you thankful for even the smallest things. Were you witnessing to other people about the love of Christ? Were you acknowledging Him in your everyday living? If you weren’t doing any of these things and you only go to God when there is a problem, you may be a user.

God wants to fix our problems and help us through life, but he also wants us to be in fellowship with Him and obtain eternal life. He will have mercy on whom he chooses. He will bless whomever he wants to.  But those who choose to serve Him no matter what, are the ones who get the bonuses. They receive favor, rewards, promotions, life, blessings, help, comfort, vindication, and so much more.  These are the ones who walk with Him and don’t even have to ask for what they need because He already knows and will supply all their needs. These are the ones who can trust in his Word and the Holy Spirit to guide them through life’s successes and failures. These are the ones who will endure even when it looks and feels bad. 

The Christian journey is not for the weak and faint. This walk requires discipline, longevity, and strength. It requires us to know God’s ways in order to understand some of the things we go through. We need to be so close to him that He reveals his mysteries to us. We have to be so close to Him that we don’t try to fight our own battles. We trust Him to get the glory. Pride is what puffs us up and causes us to come to our own defense. When you really know God, as much as some things may hurt, you will let Him work things out. When He shows himself strong, believe me when I say, he will make sure everyone knows it. We just don’t give God a chance to do it. We are impatient! We have to stop putting a time limit on when we think things should be done. We have to stop killing our own situations by speaking negatively about them. There is always one person who says, “Yeah, easier said than done.” And to you I would say, this life was never intended to be easy. Just look at Jesus’s life. You will never know what victory feels like until you complete the task the way God desires you to. You can sit back and whine and complain; or you can surround yourself with warriors, who are willing to walk with you and help you climb over the obstacles of life. Otherwise, you will always be the one saying, Easier said than done,” while the one doing it is saying, “This wasn’t easy, but I’m so glad it’s already done!” Someone needs to know, the battle is not yours. Remain innocent as a lamb and let the Lion of Judah reign on your life. You will always come out on top!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Life Lessons

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We live better when we can appreciate everything and everyone who contributes something to our lives. Life is a journey full of lessons to be taught and learned. What have you learned from the people who have come and gone in your life? Everyone who walks out of your life is not necessarily a bad person and weren’t necessarily meant to leave. Some people leave because of  how you treat them. We have a hard time looking in the mirror and owning our part in failed relationships. Everyone who stays in your life is not necessarily on your side, either. Sometimes they are the Judas that pushes you right into your destiny. The betrayal hurts so bad, but in the end, the victory will be sweeter than honey. We will never be able to figure this whole thing out, but we can live in the now and learn as we go. Whether your lessons are meant to be painful, painless or priceless, let them teach you what you need to learn. #LifeLessons

Be encouraged,

T Brown