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Posted 3/29/12 at 8:37 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Jeremiah 9:17 states "thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women , that they may come ; and send for cunning women, that they may come : 18 And let them make haste , and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets". Unfortunately, this is a sign of the times that we are living in today.
The death of Trayvon Martin is one of many tragic events that we see far too often and one that his parents are determined will not just be another statistic. 28-year-old White Hispanic George Zimmerman admittedly killed their 17-year-old Black son Trayvon. Zimmerman stated Trayvon looked suspicious, was up to no good, and was on drugs or something. Trayvon was returning to his father's home after purchasing skittles and Ice Tea from the neighborhood store. George Zimmerman remains free and is using "Stand your ground" for his defense. He has not been arrested and has not been charged with a crime.
There are many unanswered questions which will never be answered without a trial. Questions like: what was "suspicious" about Trayvon's behavior? How did he determine that Trayvon might be on drugs? Why did he disobey the 911 operator instructions to "not follow Trayvon"? Had he been instructed before that his duties was to watch and report activities and not engage the person? Was Zimmerman tested for alcohol/drug following the shooting? Did he offer aid to Trayvon after the shooting (if a police officer had shot Trayvon he would have been required to offer aid to the victim)? Did he identify himself as a Neighborhood Watch person? Did Trayvon feel threaten and was he attempting to "Stand his Ground" FULL POST
Posted 3/21/12 at 8:00 AM | Yvonne Perkins
A TIME OF ORDER
To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Eccl 3:1 During the month of January many of us made new year resolutions. For most Christians the month of January is also a month of consecration and renewal of spiritual vows. During this month of March, I hope that you are on target to achieving those goals, resolutions and vows. I pray that as you renewed your vows and made new ones to the Lord of our salvation that you consulted God about the things he desired for you.
As you read the bible, you will observe that God often gave very precise instructions to the men and women of God. Look at the precise instructions he gave to Noah in Genesis 6 concerning building the Ark. Exodus 28 is another example of specific instructions concerning the making of the robes for Aaron. God has a specific plan for our lives. He may not reveal the entire plan to us at once but he will guide us each step of the way if we allow him to do so.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge the Lord and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Our God is a God of order. I encourage you this month to let it be a time of order and that you review your resolutions and identify the necessary steps to bring them into fulfillment. FULL POST
Posted 3/4/12 at 12:47 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Prayer has many purposes but the most important one is that it allows us to be in communion with our heavenly father. When you are in love with a person you want to talk to them often, to be with them in their presence because it builds intimacy. Daily communion with God increases our ability to know the mind of God, his character, his desires and plans for our lives.
Prayer allows us to minister to our God by coming to him in adoration, praising and worshipping him. Prayer puts God to work on our behalf because we have now made our requests known to him and he is obligated to answer us by his word. Our prayer authorizes God to respond to our needs and change things on our behalf. Prayer releases God to bring his will to earth and establish his kingdom on earth.
Prayer allows us to hear the voice of God and receive direction and correction that will enable us to become powerful spiritual warriors. Prayer acknowledges God then he can direct our paths and order our steps. Prayer builds a hedge of protection around us. It gives us power and dominion over the works of the enemy. Prayer brings us into obedience with the word of God as he has stated "men ought always to pray" "pray without ceasing". FULL POST
Posted 2/28/12 at 8:33 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Shepherd is defined as a person who herds, tends, and guards sheep. 2) a person who protects, guides, or watches over a person or group of people 3) a member of the clergy.
We know that Jesus spoke of himself as being The Good Shepherd. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
The shepherd is the watchman over our souls. They are responsible for providing guidance, direction, warning, teaching, encouragement, and comfort to God's people. The shepherd has great responsibility resting upon his shoulders however; he/she is not perfect. Sometimes the shepherd falls, or makes a mistake bringing shame to the religious community. Sometimes the pastor comes under physical attack in their bodies because the enemy knows that they will not compromise the word of God. Sometimes a attack is launched against their families bringing division and confusion, marriage-breaking spirits. Smite the shepherd and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
It is paramount that we pray for the shepherd. Some of our pastors are experiencing "burn out" or becoming disillusion with pasturing a flock that will not be subject to their authority as pastors. I think a contributing reason for the fall of so many shepherds is that there is not enough armor bearers undergirding them in prayer and interceding on their behalf. FULL POST
Posted 2/11/12 at 9:07 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Each day they we open our eyes is a new day that God has given to us. It is another day that he shows us his faithfulness, grace and goodness for the word of God states that he gives us new mercies every day. So each day we have another opportunity to do things better than the day before, to perhaps correct some mistakes, make right some wrong. It is another opportunity to make better decisions regarding our lives. It is another opportunity to make the decision to seek God more intensely than we did the day before.
A songwriter wrote, "It's another day journey and I'm glad about it". Sometimes we get so focused on the tests and trials that we go through that we forget to be "glad about it".
To be glad about the journey, glad that we serve a living God who loves us and guarantees that all things will work together for our good. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart. I will shew forth all they marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee, I will sing praise to they name, O thou most High. Psalms 9:1-2
God provides daily benefits for us according to Psalms 103. He forgives our sins, heals our bodies, redeems our lives from destruction, and crowneth us with lovingkindness and tender mercies... He gives us new life, new strength, he has made available to us joy for the asking and has ordained peace for us.Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah Psalms 68:19 He is faithful to every promise that he has given us; and watches over his word to see that it performs that which he has ordained it to do. He has a plan for us and his thoughts are good for us. Wow, God is thinking about me, thinking about you. He perfects those things that concern us. He knows the number of hairs on our head and our faces are imprinted on his hand. Who would not serve a God like this? FULL POST
Posted 1/11/12 at 7:59 AM | Yvonne Perkins
RESOLVE TO SEEK GOD. It is a new year and many of making New Year resolutions. Resolve is defined: as to make a firm decision about 2) to cause a person to reach a decision 3) to change or convert. Let the body of Christ resolve to seek God.
RESOLVE TO SEEK GOD. Deut 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 1 Chron 16:10-11 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. 1 Chron 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
RESOLVE TO SEEK GOD. 2 Chron 7:14 if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
RESOLVE TO SEEK GOD: To seek God requires that we set our face like a flint towards heaven's gate Isa 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded : therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. FULL POST
Posted 1/4/12 at 6:55 AM | Yvonne Perkins
It is a New Day. The old year has come to a close and the new year has arrived. This is a time when most people will reflect on the resolutions they established for the going out year and how successful they were or were not at keeping those resolutions. At the same time they will establish new resolutions for the new year.
It is a New Day. Even as you evaluate the accomplishments and the failures of those things in your natural life it is also a time to do a spiritual inventory of your life. What spiritual goals did you set for yourself last year? Did you seek God's face to hear from him his plans for your life? Did the enemy bring distractions to deter you and derail your plans?
It is a New Day. Here are somethings to remember as you move forward in the new year. Ecc:15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. Phil 3:1-15 (God's Word Translation) 13 Brothers and sisters, I can't consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don't look back, I lengthen my stride, and 14 I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. 15 Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think. Isaiah 43:19 KJV Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth ; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. FULL POST
Posted 11/25/11 at 8:21 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Every day that you are able to open your eyes to see
a new morning is a day of thanksgiving. Many start out their day
going to a destination and never make it. Many lie down to sleep at
night and never wake up. As long as their is life their is hope. Your
circumstances can change at any time and any moment. Just give God
thanks for he is worthy and deserving of your thanksgiving.
One of the first lesson parents teach their children
is to give thanks. You teach them to say "thank you" when
someone gives them something, does something for them or says
something nice to them or about them. Saying "thank you" is
a sign of politeness, appreciation and gratitude. It makes the person
that is doing something for you feel that you do not take their
actions on your behalf for granted. It releases joy to both the giver
and the recipient of the gift. Just give God thanks for he is worthy
and deserving of your thanksgiving.
In every thing give thanks : for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thess 5:18.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and
to sing praises unto thy name, O most High Psalms 92:1 FULL POST
Posted 11/18/11 at 11:48 AM | Yvonne Perkins
I encourage you to read "Salvation Made Simple" if you have not read it at this point. I will briefly highlight some of the major points of that piece for you. Many view salvation as something that is mysterious, vague, hard to grasp and difficult to understand. It is not. Salvation is a simple process involving six simple steps: acknowledge, repent, forsake, confess, believe, and accept.
I will give you some simple definitions for the words we will be using. The word salvation is defined as deliverance from the power or penalty of sin. Acknowledge is to admit to be true. SIN any thing that violates or goes against the word of God. REPENT: To be godly sorry means that I am sorry about the things that I have done and willing to change my ways. CONFESS: Admit, own up to, and reveal. FORSAKE; Quit, give up, leave entirely alone. BELIEVE: Rely on, to have faith and confidence in. ACCEPT: Take, receive, welcome, and claim. Again, I encourage you to go back and read the entire piece on "Salvation made simple" to have a clear understanding of this discussion.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God gave his son, Jesus as the gift to the world, to you that you may receive salvation. To receive the gift of salvation you must acknowledge, repent, confess, forsake, believe, and accept Jesus. It is that simple. FULL POST
Posted 10/24/11 at 8:33 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Receiving salvation is not a complicated process. There are six simple steps to receiving salvation. They are acknowledge, repent, confess, forsake, believe, and accept. Salvation is defined as: preservation or deliverance from danger, evil, or difficulty b) a source, means, or cause of such salvation. 2a) deliverance from the power or penalty of sin.
ACKNOWLEDGE; is to admit to be true. Admit that you are a sinner and need a savior. You cannot save yourself. God sent his son, Jesus to pay the penalty for sin and to secure your salvation. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
SIN: Any thing that violates or goes against the word of God. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:16-21, KJV). FULL POST