Sunday, March 9, 2014
Is your faith dead? James 2:18-26 "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - James 2:20 "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" So if our life style and actions do not line up with the faith we profess then our faith is dead, and unable to resurrect any dormant area of our lives. That could be why circumstances for which we have prayed for have not changed and why it seems as if God doesn't hear any of our prayers? Without the works (moving us in the direction of our faith), our faith is dead, lifeless, and has no movement, and no action. It's unable to accomplish anything and unable to move God.
Posted by Stephen A. Pegues at 3:56 PM
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
"TAKiNG GOD OuT Of ThE BOx!" To take God out of the box we are letting God's word be true in our lives. Romans 3: 1, "What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2, Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles (the word) of God. 3, For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4, God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged." Now we as people of God have the oracles of God, and have an advantage that the world doesn't have. His word is full of precious promises, some of which we will explore, and when we take God at his word, placing our faith in HIM we are not only letting God be true in our lives but we are "Taking God out of the box"! No matter what others say about your situation, or advice they give, to get the best results we must "Take God out of the box!". Exodus 34:14, "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:" To leave God in the box (contain HIM) is finding other means to handle LIFE other than placing our lives in the hand of God and following the process he has predestined for us in each. Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." To leave God in the Box means to doubt God or be lead by fear, disappointment, or negativity. It could also be to be driven, led, or make God's out of money, material possessions, people in or lives, careers, anything other than the Lord God Almighty. If we find our happiness, safety, and security in those things listed above rather than in God we have left HIM in the box. Hebrews 12:2 (AMP) Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. The product in the box we're talking about is called "God Almighty". It is a faith based product. The more you rely on the product, the more you will trust and fall in love with this product. -Before purchasing a product you see it in a commercial on tv about what it is for and what it can do. -Maybe you hear of its usefulness and greatness from your close friends and family members who have tried this product and are now recommending it to you. -While you were shopping around you found another customer, who told you what they use and you decided to try it. -It could be that they have used it for years, found it to be great, and it's been passed down from generation to generation as you swear by it . One of the most common forms you will find a product "contained" in is a box. And unless you take the product out of the box, opening it up, you can not use or rely on this product to be used for its intended purpose. The claims that the box makes cannot be proven true nor false if you don't "take" the product out or pour the product out of its container. The Holy Bible is a book that contains a list of parts and what they are used for, step by step operating instructions for the product in the box, as well as testimonials telling of the product called "GOD Almighty!" God Almighty comes into such a huge box that when you have him, you don't have room to carry anything else or any other box. Where other products are easier to get, and may seem to work, over time they actually ruin the quality of the areas "of your life" in which you use it in. We've bought (trusted in or made God's out of) other boxes, money, man box, woman box, material box, alcohol box, and a drug box and none of those products had a lasting effect. Some Guarantees of God Almighty: guaranteed to bring unconditional love, joy, peace, favor, peace of mind, provision, direction, and protection, and eternal life to name a few. Actually, EVERYTHING you need is in this box.
Posted by Stephen A. Pegues at 10:58 AM
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I read this and thought it would be of great encouragement to all who read it. Especially mothers as we come upon Mothers Day. Remember Philippians 4:13 (no matter what hurts you may face) "YOU can do all things through Christ who strengthens YOU!" "When Mothers Hurt" by Margaret L. Been “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed . . . .” Proverbs 31:25-28a Over the years, I’ve done a lot of listening over teacups. I would never call myself a “counselor” because that would be presumptuous. God is the Counselor. I listen, pray, and ache inside over heart-rending histories of mothers who have been hurt by their children. When we mothers love our children, devote many years of our life to them, and do our best to nurture and guide them, someday these children will arise and call us blessed—at least many of them will. But when it comes to sharing the happier memories, some children may choose to remain seated! For every given number of adult children who actually sing the praises of their mother, there can be one who simply will not. For all the years when that mother gently stroked her young child’s head and dried her tears with comforting words, a daughter may only refer back to those times when Mother “yelled”. (Firm speech on the part of a parent is normally interpreted by the child as “yelling”.) For all the times when mother and child enjoyed each other’s company and lived “in sync”, some adult children will only focus on times of disagreement and/or conflict—reiterating those occasions when the parent had to maintain a firm position of “NO, for the edification of the child (or to preserve the parent’s sanity)! Integral in the ongoing drama of mother and child is the word “CHILD”. The “children” who arise up and call their mother “blessed” are really no longer children. They have matured. Life has finally “happened” to them, and they understand that our time on earth is rarely “easy”. They realize that their parents’ lives were not always easy—and perhaps very hard in terms of difficult relationships or circumstances. Mature sons and daughters have thought deeply and sensitively enough to know that no human on earth is ever perfect. Mature sons and daughters realize that they themselves are not even perfect, although it served their egos as immature youngsters to fantasize that their mothers were being terribly unfair—when those moms were simply doing their job to the best of their human ability amid the myriad, ongoing stresses of parenting! Thus, I listen over teacups—grieving for the mothers who hurt, and identifying with them in their sorrow. I try to encourage those who hurt, by assuring them that they are not alone. God understands their pain, and so do I—from my own experience as a mom! Over teacups, I share my belief that mothers may always feel more pain than anyone else on earth. Why? Because mothers are the NUMBER ONE SAFE TARGET. No matter what a child does, says, or carelessly flings at his or her mother, THE MOTHER WILL ALWAYS BE THE MOTHER! A mother will weep in private and sometimes raise her voice publically in desperation, protest, or anger. She may even melt down. Yet, assuming she loves her children as most of us do, a mother will never defect! Over teacups, I remind hurting mothers that those of us “in Christ” are literally indwelt by the LIVING LORD! II Corinthians 4:10 declares that “. . . we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.” When we belong to the Lord, we mothers are vessels for His dying and His life. He is our Strength and Dignity. We can laugh at the days to come! Margaret L. Been—All Rights Reserved
Posted by Stephen A. Pegues at 9:48 PM
Monday, October 29, 2012
A few sermon notes from (10/28/2012): Shattering the glass ceiling! Matthew 13:54 "And when he (Jesus) was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55, Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56, And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57, And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58, And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." John 12:23, "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." Shattering the glass ceiling! 4 points: 1. What do I mean by the "glass ceiling"? 2.Who's opinion do you value? 3. Where is your glass ceiling? 4. Shattering your glass ceiling? 1. What do I mean by the "glass ceiling"? It's where you can see through it but can't get to it. It's an invisible barer that has been set in our minds as the highest level we can obtain in certain areas of life. Those levels are usually set by us based on our insecurities which came from past failures (even sins we haven't forgiven ourselves for). They come from criticisms from people who we have held dear to our hearts, or highly respected the opinions of, or sough their love, affection, and approval. We can see what we want to become on the other side of the glass but we "think" we'll never reach it. Philippians 4:6, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Jesus had no identity crises in his stay here on earth. Even the devil tempted him in Luke 4:3, "If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4, And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. It doesn't matter what everyone says if I'm to live by every word of God! -So what I have trouble with math -So what I may walk with a limp -So what my family was poor -So what I didn't have a daddy at home -So what I was fired from my job -So what my credit is bad -So what Jesus was the carpenter's son -So what Mary was his mother and you knew his brothers and sisters -So WHAT!!!! Which leads to the next point: 2. Who's opinion do you value? Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." 1 Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." Romans 3:3, "For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4, God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged." Had Jesus not let others opinions drive him and not The father he not only would have stopped doing miracles but would have even stopped preaching and teaching as well. What has God called you to do that you have shied away from because you were concerned with failing and being hurt by others feelings opinions. We must learn to live with the threat of failure and do what the bible said in Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." 3. Where is your glass ceiling? Proverbs 23:7a, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" 1Chronicles 4:9, "And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10, And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." Hebrews 11:24,"By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25, Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26, Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27, By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible." David's glass ceiling was tending the sheep, his father had to be asked specifically about possibly having another son before he had him brought to the sacrifice of Samuel (where David was chosen and anointed King). He was anointed to be, then appointed. He had to keep believing God through his circumstances that he would some way, some how, be king. Joseph's glass ceilings were the pit, being sold into slavery, Potifer's house, and prison. Matthew 13:57, And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58, And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." This was one glass ceiling Jesus would have to break through to fulfill his purpose. He didn't even let this small set back detour him, the same account in Mark 6:6 said, "And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching." 4. Shattering your glass ceiling? John 12:23, "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." He was saying what you see in me now, the miracles, the signs, prophecy, etc is not near my potential. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet! A seed has to be in the right environment to grow. He was saying, I'm a seed, I must die and be buried. On the third day I will rise and what it will accomplish is so much BIGGER than these miracles you see today. No matter what you see before you in your life today, what (glass ceiling) of limitations stand before you that keep you from getting to the prophecies from God and dreams he's put into your heart (on the other side of that glass). It's time to SHATTER THAT GLASS CEILING!
Posted by Stephen A. Pegues at 8:22 AM
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Psalms 5:8 "Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face." Our enemies come to get us off the path. The devil believes that you only serve God because he has blessed you so abundantly (like he did Job) but maybe it's because with his hardened heart of hatred he cannot comprehend God's passionate love for us and us loving him back in response. That it's not about things but God. 1 John 4:19, "We love him, because he first loved us." But as Satan throws stumbling blocks to distract you with the problems and cares of this life that sometimes block your judgement and vision; Ask God to "Lead you into his paths of righteousness, and help you not to deviate from not only his path but his plan for your life." Be Blessed!
Posted by Stephen A. Pegues at 8:17 PM