4/13/18: Understand in Context

•April 13, 2018 • 1 Comment

It is important to understand the context in which any comment is made.  Many a misunderstanding has happened thanks to taking comments out of context. The same is true regarding the Word of God. Many a misunderstanding about spiritual things has happened because of taking Scripture out of context.

A very common mistake is made with the part of Romans 4:17 that says, “…calleth those things which be not as though they were” (KJV). Folks take this personally and say in prayer that they will make things happen by calling what they want into existence. That would be great if it were true, but it’s not. The context of this verse is a discussion about justification by faith.  Abraham was declared righteous by God, not because of the Law, but because of his faith. The promise passes down to us because “God, who gives life to the dead …calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (NKJ).

Notice two things: first, God is the one calling things into existence, not us. Second, this verse isn’t about getting stuff we want. It’s about God turning us into what we weren’t before.

So keep this in mind: Read Scripture for what it actually says. “The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word” II Peter 1:20 (The Message). The Bible means what it says and Scripture is not schizophrenic. By taking the meaning of a verse or passage in context, we will do much better when trying to interpret the Word of God. We will be able to apply the lessons accurately.

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4/12/18: Unlikely Support

•April 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

In First Samuel chapter 29, we read that David has found refuge from the murderous rampages of Saul with Achish, an enemy Philistine king. Achish knew full well who David was, yet he allowed David and his men to live in his territory. In this passage, the Philistines are preparing to go to battle against David’s people, the Israelites, and David follows along with Achish. However, the other Philistine princes remember David’s exploits against them and refuse to let David fight with them.

Here’s the thing: three times Achish affirms Daivd’s character (verses 3, 6, and 9) and even goes as far as to mention David’s God twice as his reason for knowing what kind of person David is. That idol-worshipping man realized David’s blessedness was because of David’s God.

Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (NKJ). Let it be so with us. Lord, may people who don’t even want to like us, see You in us.

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3/26/18: 7 Last Words

•March 26, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Jesus said 7 phrases while He hung on the cross, taking away the sin of the world – your sin and my sin. This Good Friday, March 30, 2018, at 7pm, I will have the amazing privilege of preaching 2 of the 7 Last Sayings with dynamic women ministers. This is the third year that Greater Metropolitan Church has welcomed “girl preachers” to present this awesome message. I will be preaching the last two words: “It is finished,” and “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

Please join me at 4356 Woodlawn, Los Angeles, CA 90011, at 7pm. It will be awesome and encouraging to see you there! Let’s pack the church to celebrate Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation! (Parking can be challenging, so get there early.)

Thanks for your support!

On the journey,

Rev. Sharon

 

 

2/14/18: Show Your Love

•February 15, 2018 • 3 Comments

A month ago, my husband, James, had surgery on his leg, so we spent the long Dr. King holiday weekend together at Torrance Memorial Hotel. (Okay, it was a hospital, but it’s all a matter of perspective!) That weekend also happened to be my birthday weekend, but I have one of those every year, and this surgery was much more important. He and I were together.

Now, a month later, he is still in recovery mode, and although he’s getting around a little bit better, walking any distance is still pretty uncomfortable. We usually go out to a nice restaurant for our Valentine’s Day celebration dinner, but plans would have to be altered from to norm this year, and that’s no problem to me for us to just chill at home. He and I would be together.

Well, unbeknownst to me, James had special plans anyway. The day started with my receiving a gorgeous bouquet of American Beauty red roses at work. My friend and colleague, Tanya, came into my first period class carrying the tall, etched vase filled with the beautiful blooms. My students oooh’d and aaah’d as I grinned and read the card: “Thanks for being here for me. Love you with all my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day, James.”

Then when I got home carrying the chocolate pie that was my gift for him, he had an “I’m-up-to-something” look on his face. I went in to change my clothes and then he called me into the kitchen. Something was thrashing around in the sink. There were 4 lobsters! James had ordered a full lobster dinner, complete with the main course, clam chowder, spinach, baked potato, salad, and white wine! The two beautiful cards – one physical, one e-card – topped off the special blessings and surprises for the day! Instead of taking me out, he had brought Valentine’s Day in. Relaxed setting, great meal, front row seats for the Laker game, no need to dress up: what a cool “date,” and he and I were together.

Through his love and thoughtfulness, my husband teaches us that we can make special times happen even if everything is not going perfectly well for us at the time. James’s plans followed some of the admonishments of Scripture. Philippians 2:4 tells us, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (NKJ), and First John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” (NLT).

Although Valentine’s Day is a great day to show our love, we don’t have to wait until next year to make someone’s day special. God doesn’t wait to show us His love every day. Let’s make it a regular habit to look out for and fulfill “the interests of others,” and show our love “by our actions.”

And Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2/13/18: The Impression We Leave

•February 13, 2018 • 1 Comment

Children are attracted to that which glitters and shines. Their eyes widen when they see shiny new toys and objects that light up, move, and sing. They begin a begging campaign that would rival the closing argument of the best lawyer in town, employing all their faculties to convince Mommy or Daddy that life is over unless they own that item.

There was a lot of “bling” in King Solomon’s kingdom, and the crown prince, Rehoboam, had grown up around all of it. He was 41-years-old when he began his reign so he had seen all of his father’s glory days. It would seem like the son of the wisest man who ever lived, and the grandson of a man after God’s own heart, would have continued to live according to the godly legacy that had been built for him. Unfortunately, we read that “he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord” 2 Chronicles 12:14.

What happened? Taking the whole story into account, I believe Rehoboam, like all children, was more entranced by the glitter than by God, more enthralled by the shiny than by the service. His father had reigned for 40 years, so ever since Rehoboam was one-year-old, he’d lived the charmed life of the crown prince. As David impressed godliness upon Solomon, Solomon tried to impress godliness upon Rehoboam. We read his words to his son throughout the book of Proverbs:

  • Prov 23:26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
  • Prov 2:1-5 My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding… Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
  • Prov 3:1-7 My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. 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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.
  • Prov 23:15-17 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice– indeed, I myself; yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things. Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day.

But Rehoboam saw his daddy receive abundant, expensive gifts from all over the world and witnessed his daddy’s romantic exploits with hundreds of women. He saw his daddy begin to slip by building temples to his wives’ gods, yet not seem to get into serious trouble with God about it. The glitzy life went on as usual. Solomon’s words about fearing and following God flickered helplessly beside the bright lights of the pull of power, wealth, and women. The outcome was a child who grew to only half-heartedly follow God.

Children have the uncanny ability to see into our actions and read what they mean. They repeat more of what they see and experience than what they hear. We teach by our actions what we value most. What are we impressing upon our children? What will they emulate? Are they more attracted to our possessions or our position in the Kingdom? It might be eye-opening to ask your children to write out a list of the five most important things they’ve learned from you, and the five most impressive things they’ll remember about you. These are the things they will take with them into their future and will teach to your grand-children. Does anything about God appear on either of those lists?

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2/12/18: Jesus Is Who He Says He Is

•February 12, 2018 • 1 Comment

Have you ever known people who said they were something and then acted totally differently? A person like that is called a “perpetrator.” Some people “perpetrate” to make you think they are rich. Others “perpetrate” to make you think they are smart. Still others “perpetrate” to make you think they have more influence than they really have. However you cut it, a perpetrator is a fake.

Not so with Jesus Christ. Look at just the Scriptures in the book of John in which He tells us point blank who He is:

John 6:35a  “I am the bread of life…”    John 8:12 “I am the light of the world…”

John 10:7 “I am the door of the sheep.”       John 10:11 “I am the good Shepherd…”

John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches…”

John 11:25 “I am the resurrection, and the life…”

Since Jesus is who He says He is, He acts in accordance with His identity. For example, as the Bread, He feeds us; as the Light, He shows us our way; as the Vine, He passes needed nourishment to us, the branches; and so forth. Knowing that Jesus is not a perpetrator should embolden our faith. When the hungry multitude needed Him, He was their Bread. When Mary and Martha grieved over the death of their brother, He was the Resurrection. Jesus is what we His children need Him to be because He is who He says He is. Trust.

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2/9/18 – Battle-Winning Strategy

•February 9, 2018 • 3 Comments

 

Do you want to know how to win battles? Take a clue from some of the Israelites. First Chronicles chapter five gives us a glimpse of some battle-winning strategy.

  • The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh had forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty valiant men, men able to bear shield and sword, to shoot with the bow, and skillful in war, who went to war. They made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. (First Chronicles 5:18-19, NKJ)

The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh went into the battle prepared.

  • They had 44,760 valiant, skilled soldiers
  • They were strong enough to carry all their armor and swords
  • They were expert marksmen
  • They were capable, competent, and proficient in the ways of war
  • They were engaged in the battle—no one was slothful or holding back

These guys were the Green Beret of their day, the SWAT officers, the special unit. Yet there was one more piece to their victory strategy. Even though they used every ounce of training and their own ability, they did not forget to carry with them their biggest gun of all—reliance upon God. “And they were helped against [their enemies], and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him” First Chronicles 5:20, NKJ (emphasis added).

When we face our enemies—especially the hellish horde, our spiritual foes—it’s a good battle plan to start by rallying the troops. Pull together those stalwart saints who we know will engage in the battle on their knees with us. Then wear and carry the armor; don’t get caught without the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the good news shoes, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Keep practiced up in proper sword use by “rightly dividing the Word” (see Second Timothy 2:15), and be strong and courageous, standing firm against all the methodology of the adversary.

Then, let’s not forget to pull God into the mix. It is His power that will ultimately help us to win. Notice that the Israelites cried out to God “in the battle.” As they fought, God “helped them against…all who were with [the enemy].” My mom used to say, “Work like everything depends on you; pray like everything depends on God.” The winning strategy is to fight and pray. It works every time.

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