Tuesday, December 9, 2008



I tell you the truth,” he (Jesus) said, “this poor widow has put in more than ALL the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; BUT she out of her poverty PUT in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3-4)-NIV

God has taught his children to always share with those who don’t have… “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15-16) When we give/share with those who are in need we will be fulfilling the commandment that the Lord gave to us… “Love one another” (John 13:34) Giving to the poor is like we are giving to God himself.

Note: Before the Israelites left Egypt they were instructed to have the Passover meal. The doctrine of sharing is given in this passage:

If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. (Exodus 12:4)

In the book of Deuteronomy 15:7-11 it says:

“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.”

Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward your needy brother and give him nothing. He may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. GIVE generously to him and DO so WITHOUT a grudging heart; (Obedience to our God will ALWAYS bring BLESSINGS!! Watch this next verse…) “THEN because of this the Lord your God WILL bless you in ALL your work and in EVERYTHING you put your hand to. (You Obey…  And GOD will bless)

There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.

Note: Every human being on this planet has been created in the image of God… Let us make man in our image…” (Genesis 1:26) We may have a different tents/ a different look on the outside but we are all made in the likeness of our Creator in the inside.

When we see a homeless person on the street, a fellow brother or sister in need, a child without a father or mother, a widow, or anyone in need of help, we can’t just past them by without any compassion. You may think to yourself, its somebody else’s problem, it’s not my responsibility. WRONG, WRONG! How can we say …I am a Christian?  How can we say I love God?  If we see the men and women created after God’s own image in need of food and clothing and WE DO NOTHING!  Where is the Christ in us?

The commandment is “To
love your neighbor as yourself”.  If we really understood the word of God and what really pleases Him… Then we would understand, that when you give and help people who are in need, it is like you are giving to the Lord Jesus Himself. You would see the God that created you and me in them. Let’s show those in need what real love feels like… Let’s show them that the faith we have is not a blind faith, but a genuine one that’s ready to be put INTO action. The Bible says God is love”…Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:16, 21)

In the book of Mark 12:28-31 the Lord was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

The MOST important one” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is NO commandment GREATER than these.”

In the book of 1 King 17:10-16 Elijah was send to a widow in Zarephath … In this story you will see the faithfulness of God to those who take Him at His word…

So he (Elijah the prophet) went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink? As she was going to get it, he called, and bring me, please, a piece of bread. As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son that we may eat it – and die.”

Elijah said to her, “Don’t
be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. (Watch this…something has to be done FIRST, in the part of this widow…) But first make a small cake of bread for me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.  She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. (The word of the Lord fulfilled in this next verse… Don’t miss it!!) “FOR” the JAR of flour was NOT used up and the JUG of oil DID NOT run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.”

Note: This widow obeyed the word of the Lord spoken through the prophet Elijah and that obedience brought her and her family great blessings… The jar of flour was NOT used up and the jug of oil DID NOT run dry… Hallelujah!! The Lord is FAITHFUL but we MUST learn to trust, believe and obey Him FIRST, just like this widow did.

Let me give you another biblical example… In the book of Job, we read that God is very proud of his servant Job and He asked Satan if he had notice how faithful Job was to GOD...

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” (Job 1:8)

In chapter 31:1-40 you will read:  Why God is so proud of Job. Job is telling his friends of the kind of life that he lived … Walking in the fear of the Lord and taking care of the poor and their needs. Job understood that the same God that created him also created the rest of mankind and he knew that not taking care of the poor would be a sin against God. (
Deuteronomy 15:11)

Let me give you some of these verses in this chapter… (Chapter 31, verses 16-23)

Job says this…“
IF I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary, IF I have KEPT my bread to myself NOT sharing it with the fatherless – but from my youth I reared him as would a father, and from my birth I guided the widow- “ IF I have seen ANYONE perishing for lack of clothing, or a needy man without a garment, and his heart did not bless me for warming him with the fleece from my sheep, IF I raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in the court, then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint. (Watch what this servant of GOD says, Don’t Miss It!!!) FOR I dreaded DESTRUCTION from GOD, and FOR fear of HIS splendor I could NOT do such things.

Note: The Bible says that Job was a very wealthy man and that God blessed everything he had. Why is this? Because Job loved God, he shuns evil and Job did not keep his blessings from God to himself … He shared it with those who had needs. God could count on Job to take care of the poor people in the land.

In the near future the Lord will separate groups of people to two sides:
The Right side will be for the sheep (the righteous) and the Left side will be for the goats (the wicked). And these are the things that the Lord will say to each group…

Then the King will say to those on his right (The righteous, those who did the Fathers will…), ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

(Watch This… Don’t Miss It!!!)… “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

Then he will say to those on his left (The wicked, Those who did not do the Fathers will), Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

They also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
(Watch This… Don’t Miss It!!!)
“ He will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever YOU did not do for one of the least of these, you DID NOT do FOR me.’ THEN they will GO away to eternal punishment, BUT the righteous to ETERNAL life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

Note: I believe we will see the widow of Zarephath, Elijah, Job, the disciples and many others standing on the right side along with all those that through out the Holy Scriptures have grasped the meaning of the command of the Lord… Love your neighbor as yourself

Question: Which group of people do you want to be placed into? If you choose to be on the right with the sheep, you have to obey the Lord in taking care of the poor and following the Lord’s commands wholeheartedly. Only then will you be standing with the righteous… Standing right next to the widow of Zarephath, Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the many others through out our history that have obeyed and followed the Lord and did not deviate from God’s commands.

The title of this teaching is:
What have you done for Him (Jesus) lately?”  My prayer and hope is that we all choose to be faithful to the Lord in taking care of the poor and their needs. By carrying out our Lord’s commands… We will be blessed in this life and the next one to come! The Lord has given us this promise if we obey Him … “THEN because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. (Deuteronomy 15:10) Remember thisGod is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) God will always keep His word but we have to trust, believe and obey Him in ALL things, FIRST.

James 2:17 says: “…FAITH by itself, if it NOT accompanied by ACTION, is DEAD.”

Some may feel they don’t have anything to give. We have to follow and learn from the examples of the widow of Luke 21:3-4 and the widow that fed the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 17:7-16. God will show us what we can give… We just need to keep our eyes and ears open for the many opportunities that we can bless our fellow man with.

This is not biblical, but I want to mention it as an example that we all have something to give. You may all remember the Christmas song “The Drummer Boy”, he didn’t have expensive gifs to give to the new born King but he gave what he did have, his drums. All he could offer was his gift of music, and so he played his music for the new born King.

The economy in these troubling times has left many of us with a heavy financial burden, but money is not the only thing we have to offer. You may have canned goods that you can donate to the shelters, or clothes that you haven’t worn in a long time that you could give to someone else who desperately needs them. Some can give their time in helping adults and children in illiteracy programs, volunteer at a shelter, or be a big brother or sister and mentor the young, etc. We all have something that we can give/share with those that are in need and in this way we will be fulfilling the command of the Lord… Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31)


Thursday, December 4, 2008



In the book of Exodus the Lord gives the law to the Israelites. The Ten Commandments and this is what it says…

Exodus 20:1-6

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“ You shall have no other gods, before me.

“ You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Note: The Lord has given us the right to choose either life or death…. Obedience to our Father and Creator brings life and prosperity. Disobedience to Him brings death and destruction. What will you choose? It does not matter what that image may be or what it may represent. The Lord is very clear that we cannot make an image in the form of anything. (In heaven above or on the earth beneath or the waters below) You may call these images “saints” and Our Creator calls them “idols”. If you are bowing down to these images/idols and worshiping them, praying to them ... Whether you know it or not, you’re committing a great sin. You’re arousing our Creator’s jealousy… Are we stronger than He?

In the book of Deuteronomy 4:15-19 it says:

"You saw "NO FORM" of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that "YOU DO NOT" become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of ANY shape, whether formed like a man OR a woman, OR like any animal on earth OR any bird that flies in the air, OR like any creature that moves along the ground OR any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and stars – all the heavenly array – "DO NOT" be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven."

Note: Verses 23-24 of the same chapter (4) Moses reminds the people NOT to forget the covenant that they had made with the Lord…

BE CAREFUL NOT" to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; "DO NOT" make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. For the Lord your God is a CONSUMING FIRE, A JEALOUS GOD." (See also Hebrews 12:29)

Let me show you how serious this is to God:

In the book of Deuteronomy Ch.31: Verses 16-18 God tells Moses of Israel’s rebellion.

"And the Lord said to Moses: “You are going to rest with your fathers, and these people "WILL SOON PROSTITUTE" themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They WILL forsake me and BREAK the covenant I made with them. On that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. (Don’t miss this last verse!) MANY disasters and difficulties will come upon them, and on that day they will ask, ‘ Have not these disasters come upon us because our God is not with us? And I will certainly hide my face on that day because of ALL their wickedness in TURNING to other gods."

Note: God gave Moses "a song", so that, it might be a witness between God and the people in their rebellion against Him, which would take place sometime in the future. (Deuteronomy 31:19) In the next chapter 32 we read of that song… Here are a few verses of that song.

Chapter 32: 16-18

"They made Him JEALOUS" with their foreign gods and "ANGERED" him with their detestable idols.

On the next verse we see what God sees in these idols…

They sacrificed to "DEMONS", which are NOT God­ - (Demons can manifest through idols)
gods they had NOT known,
gods that recently appeared,
gods your fathers did not fear."

And by turning from God and serving idols, the Israelites deserted the GOD, that brought them out of the land of slavery.... "You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;
You forgot the God who gave you birth

Note: These idols/images are man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear, or eat, or smell. They cannot help you in times of trouble and they definitely can’t save you or get you into Heaven. For the Bible says… “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Jesus is the only way to heaven. (Acts 4:12, John 3:16-18, Isaiah 45:20, Habakkuk 2:18-19, Revelation 9:20)

Note: The only thing that idol worshiping brings is destruction and a curse for a people, for a nation. (Deuteronomy 27:15 & Deuteronomy 30:17-18) This is the penalty for turning from the "ONE TRUE GOD", Creator of heaven and earth and worshiping worthless things. The Lord "ALONE" is God; besides Him there is "NO" other. (Isaiah 45:5)

You may say to yourself … That’s the Old Testament and that’s how God did things back then…I will show you in the New Testament that "idolatry" is still a detestable sin to the Creator. The God that we serve is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

In the book of Acts 14:8-18 …we read of Paul and Barnabas in the cities of Lystra and Derbe…

In the Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “ Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk." (Watch what happens to Paul and Barnabas after this man received his healing)..."When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “ The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. (There goes out the window, the big bang theory)

Note: The servants of God are not to be worship. God gave all his disciples/ apostles … Power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:1-2/ Matthew 10:1) Paul was called later by God to be an Apostle and to carry the Lord’s name to the Gentiles…You can read about his conversion in the book of Acts 9:1-22.  Paul had the same authority as the other Apostles. These chosen men are the instruments that the Lord used to demonstrate His power…They’re coming in His name (Jesus Christ) and pointing men to Him. So they are not to be made into an idol/image and be worshiped. It is forbidden.

In the book of Acts Paul tells the men of Athens this concerning idolatry…

Therefore since we are God’s offspring, (With this statement Paul knocks off the Darwin Theory also) we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead(Jesus Christ)."~Acts 17:29-31

In the book of Romans we read of the punishment for the sin of idolatry…

"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.THEREFORE GOD GAVE THEM OVER in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. THEY EXCHANGED" the truth of God FOR a lie, "AND WORSHIPED AND SERVED" created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. (Watch This... Don't Miss It!) BECAUSE OF THIS, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."~Romans 1:21-27 (No one is born a homosexual as some may think…According to the "WORD OF GOD" it is the result for worshipping and serving created things rather than the Creator.)

Note: The book of Romans says: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie… Let me show you what this means…

The Bible says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) And the lie, that man has taught is, that the world was formed by this “Big Bang Theory”.

The Bible says: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) And man has taught, that the human race has descended from monkey’s…“Darwin’s Theory”

And then we wonder, why have "ALL" these calamites and disasters have fallen on our nation…It is time to repent from all these sins and turn to the one true God and serve Him only. . He is our Father…our Creator…our loving and merciful God.

Note: The Bible says… that God is a jealous God. He says of Himself… “For your maker is your husband(Isaiah 54:5, Jeremiah 3:14) and as your husband … He considers the "sin of idolatry" as your committing adultery against Him. “Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood.” (Jeremiah 3:9)

You are being unfaithful (cheating) on your Creator by worshipping and serving created things instead of worshiping and serving Him…Who is the one true God! GOD created the world and everything in it for the benefit of man and then man turns around and worships and serves those created things…What a let down this is to our Creator.

Now that you heard from the Lord…What are you going to do? “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7)

The LORD Says: “Turn to me and be saved, ALL you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is "NO OTHER.” (Isaiah 45:22)~Amen