What Is Your Secret to Success?

I have been asked numerous times the question, “What is your secret to success?” I look at them and my reply is “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you!” Then they reply, “Come on now! I will believe you!” Then I ask them if they really want to know my secrets to success? They say Yes!

I have a successful business! I am not only a Christian ordained minister, but also own a for profit business. My business involves helping clients secure their financial needs, assets, and interests.

You want to know my secret? The key to my successes? It will be hard to construct how I appear to be successful to a secular world. The key to my success really belongs to someone else. I am just a steward of the company for I serve a greater one than I. As a Christian, I apply Christian Biblical Principles in my daily life. My life bleeds over into my business affairs. I cannot turn off being a Christian and then turn on the entrepreneur. I am one of the same.

The key to my success is actually very simple. It involves a commitment as well as to “stay steady in my practices of my daily calling.”

You are wondering, what is the secret to my success? Here is the answer. But before I share, not everyone may find this believable. You see, what you may deem as success, I may deem as failure. I have daily struggles. You may think I have a successful business, but my business is of a much greater calling that the selling of products that secures assets. As a Christian businessman, after all my mistakes of life and failures, I am probably considered to be a success, and yet I feel that I have not done enough to help people, to secure their well-being in life.

Getting back to the secret. The secret really isn’t a secret at all but it is a lifestyle. My success is granted to me because of my commitment to Jesus Christ. The key to my life is to stay steady in Christ, live out each day as if it is my last, pray not only for myself and my family, but for my clients, for my friends, for those I do not know, for our community, and our nation; and of course, I pray for my business. This is the first key to my success in life.

The second key is studying and reading the Word of God, the Holy Bible. It is through God’s and Jesus’ teaching that the Holy Spirit can minister to me, teach me the things that He wants me to know and understand, correct me in my behavior, and to instill love in my heart for others who are less fortunate, those who are hard to love because of their actions, and love for God and the Gospel of Christ Jesus.

Now before people start to accuse, sin, and commit a trespass of judging me, let me explain. This is NOT Prosperity Gospel. Not at all. Prosperity Gospel is heresy. I attribute all my successes to God Almighty and to His Son, Jesus Christ. It is through the relationship that I have with Him today that has placed me where I am. I give Him all the glory and honor. I have worked hard all my life. When I wasn’t following Him like I should, I failed miserably and suffered. As I am following Him now, trying to live a life of Christ, trying to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind; and to love my neighbor as myself; even though I am in the midst of the Lord, sometimes, I fail miserably. But when I am successful, I give God all the glory. It is only through Him that He gives me the strength and knowledge to get through each day.

The previously mentioned failure was not because God failed, but because I got out of God’s Will. The secret to my success and my successes is that Jesus Christ loved me so much that He laid down His life for a dirt bag like me. My sin was a black as tar and Jesus saved me from my wickedness, redeemed me, made me whole, forgave me, and He loves me.

I have found that the secret to a successful life is not measured by monetary means, but by having a personal relationship with a loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus, who laid down His life for a friend; and that friend was me. I could be poor and homeless, but with Christ Jesus, I will have everything that I need. Jesus promised us that He would provide our needs. See Philippians 4:19, “And God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”

As a Marketplace Minister and Christian Businessman, sometimes we have been involved in people lives not only from a business standpoint, but also from a spiritual realm. I have been with clients and loved ones on their death beds and have held their hands and prayed for them and sung for them during their time of need. I and my staff will pray for clients and others who have needs.

Success cannot be measured out in dollars. For me, success is quality of life, family, tending to the needs of others, ministering to those in need, showing the love of Christ to others in ways that surpasses understanding. It’s loving the homeless man on the corner by stopping and giving him a helping hand or a meal. It is taking in the garbage cans of some elderly neighbors. It is cutting a neighbor’s grass without expecting anything in return. It is buying a person a pair of shoes when you see that their existing shoes are worn through and they have holes in their soles. It is buying a case of water and then distributing them to immigrant construction workers in neighborhoods. It is loving people who are different from you and telling them about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It is investing in heavenly treasures as opposed to amassing a huge wealth on earth.

My key to a successful life is to Love God with all my heart, soul, and mind; to pray and have a relationship with Him, His Son, and the Holy Spirit; and to Love my neighbor regardless of who they are or what they have done. God provides for me because He allowed me to learn a trade and do it very well. To God be the Glory! I consider myself a tentmaker like Paul. I have a trade but the key to it all is my relationship with Jesus Christ. My Heavenly Father is my CEO, He is the owner of the business. I am just the steward of what God has provided for me.

Tell me, what is your secret to success?

Copyright © November 24, 2020; Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Why Do Christians Have less Time for God?

This morning, I decided to do a study of Reverend JC Ryle and was going to read today’s text for November 23 in his collection, Daily Readings. Instead, I was inspired by the Lord to read February 23rd, the Morning reading. This reading was centered around Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:2-8, Luke 5:17-26, and Philippians 2:17-26.

The main text is about Jesus preaching in a home in Capernaum. The house was packed with His followers as well as Scribes. While preaching, four men brought a paralytic who was laying in his bed. They could not get into the home so they went up on the roof and removed some of the roof so they could lower the paralytic’s bed into the home and Jesus could heal him.

As they lowered the man through the roof, Jesus saw their faith and He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5). When the Scribes saw this, they thought to themselves that Jesus was blaspheming as no one can forgive sins except God (See Mark 2:6-7). Jesus then detected what the Scribes were thinking and He said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or say ‘Rise and take your bed and walk?’” Jesus went on to say, “But that you know that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins-He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.’” The paralytic rose, he picked up his bed, went out among all the crowds to see, and went home (See Mark 2:8-12).

Isn’t it interesting that the Capernaites had the pleasure to hear the true faultless preaching of Jesus surrounded with miracles? JC Ryle stated, “they were dead in their trespasses and sin. Nothing seems to harden men’s hearts so much as to hear the gospel regularly, and yet deliberately prefer the service of sin and the world” (Ryle 2020).

Ryle goes on to write, “Pains and diligence are just as essential as well-being and prosperity of our souls as of our bodies. In all our endeavours to draw near to God, in all our approaches to Christ, there ought to be the same determined earnestness shown by the sick man’s friends. …Men who are not in spiritual earnest about salvation have no time for Bible-reading, prayer, and hearing the gospel. They have time for money, business, pleasure, and politics” (Ryle 2020).

Did you read that last sentence? Men who are not in spiritual earnest about salvation have no time for Bible-reading, prayer, and hearing the gospel. They are more interested in money, business, pleasure, and politics!

Where are you? Are you seeking God, have a hunger to read God’s Word and pray to Jesus? Do you crave to hear the gospel? Or are dead in your sin and trespasses and are more interested in money, business, pleasure, and politics? If the latter, then I have a great concern about your salvation and your faith! Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Why is it that Christians of today do not spend more time in prayer, Bible reading, and hearing the gospel? After all, they do work shorter hours than our forefathers, and yet they have no time for God. Why is it that way? Even when JC Ryle lived, he asked this same question.

Christians, I pray that you will seek a closer walk with Jesus. Don’t be like the Caperniates who listened to Jesus in person and yet criticized Him and rejected Him. They were dead in their sins and trespasses.

Do you know Him? If not, then you are dead in your sins and trespasses. Why not invite Him into your heart and life today?

Pray this simple prayer. Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name!

Amen.

Works Cited

Ryle, JC. Daily Readings. Edited by Robert Sheehan. Welwyn Garden City: EP Books, 2020.

Copyright © November 23, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved

Profanity and Cursing: Do you proclaim to be a Christian?

Do you identify with the Christian faith and yet you use profanity? Do you ever say the GD word? If so, then you might want to read on.

Just yesterday, I was going out to my car at night to get something out of the car and I saw a neighbor walking down the street. I said hello and how was the wedding and his response was a grumbling and a GD word and it was there that I lost focus on what he was saying. It was like he had assaulted me with his words, GD. I was in shock that he would use this word so cavalierly that he gave no thought as to how offensive it may have come across to me, being a Christian and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the same time, I could not expect him to act or talk like a Christian because he isn’t one. He isn’t of the Christian faith.

All I could do was muster up a “have a great night” and go back into the house thinking that God has placed this man and family in our neighborhood for a reason. Could it possibly be that a divine appointment would open to share the gospel of Christ with him? My wife and I shall surely pray for him in the coming days and weeks.

Going back to the words that he used, GD which is using the Lord’s Name in vain. It is using His mighty name as a curse or in a manner that is insulting to Him. Although this man is not a Christian, I am surprised to hear Christians using curse words in everyday conversation. Unfortunately, we all are guilty of using curses in our lives, because anything that is not pleasing to God in our conversations to others could be an insult to another.

Using profanity is not pleasing to God. The Bible says that we should not curse. Here are several Scriptures that speak against cursing:

Colossians 3:8 “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Matthew 12: 36-37, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 3:9-12, “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

Matthew 15:10-11, “And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Ephesians 5:4, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Mark 7:20-23, “And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

These are just a few Scriptures that speak out against cursing other. But what if one is using the big curse, GD? What about that? In Exodus 20:7, it reads, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” This is one of God’s Ten Commandments. We are instructed not to use His name in vain. Using “God” in any expression, unless it is praising, worshiping, or praying to Him, we are not to use His name in vain.

Many times, people might say, “Oh my God!” or “God” or some other form. One may be invoking God’s name in their expression which could be considered using it in vain.

What does it mean to use God’s Name in vain? According to Google, “the most common definition of the word vain is emptiness. When someone takes the Lord’s name in vain, they are using His name in a perverse way. For this reason, most Christians will avoid simply saying the Lord’s name in any way that may be, or even seem, irreverent.”

If you think you may have committed this sin, just ask Jesus to forgive you. If you have a problem with profanity, then you need to get on your knees and ask for forgiveness. Pray and ask God to deliver you from this sin nature. Maybe you truly do not know Jesus? The Bible says that we will be known by our fruit. If we do not have any fruit of the Spirit of God, then we might need to examine our hearts, pray, ask forgiveness, and if you have never done this, ask Jesus into your heart and life.

I pray that God will change your hearts and that you will live your lives in a holy manner pleasing to Him.

Photo Credit: Pexels

Copyright October 11, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

When reading and studying the Word of God, I often journal Scriptures that jump out at me during my study. Then I often pray using these Scriptures in my prayers. This brings an enrichment into my prayer life. I write these Scriptures down in my journal and often revisit them during the day and refresh myself with God’s Word.

Today, I studied Psalm 9, which was titled “I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds.” Although all the verses recounted the Lord’s deeds, these were the ones that ministered to me the most.

Verse 1 – “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, I will recount all your wonderful deeds.”

Verse 2 – “I will be glad and exult in you, I will sing praise to your name, Oh Most High.”

Verse 7 – “But the Lord sits enthroned forever, He has established His throne forever.”

Verse 8 – “And He judges the world with uprightness.”

Verse 9 – “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Verse 10 – “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, Oh Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Verse 18 – “For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.”

The Lord has many countless deeds which He rewards uprightness and righteousness. He is a stronghold for those who are oppressed and those who know Him, they place their hope and trust in Him, He has not forsaken them. The poor and the needy are not forgotten. We are to place all our hope and trust in Him.

Our Father sent His Son, Jesus into the world, not to condemn it, but to save it (cf. John 3:17). Our Father loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world, and whoever believes in Him would not die and go to Hell, but would have everlasting life with Jesus in Heaven (cf. John 3:16). By believing and coming into the saving grace of Jesus, we will be made righteous through the Blood of Jesus, which was spilt out on His cross, at His crucifixion.

When I pray, and thank God for all His wonderful deeds, that deed in which His Son took my blame on the cross, Jesus redeemed me of all my unrighteousness. I will sing praise to The Most High. I will be glad and exult in Him, Jesus, the Christ.

I pray that if you do not know Jesus, the Messiah, that you will come to know Him today. May the Lord minister to your heart, that you will surrender to Him today, so that your fate will be sealed in the Book of Life forever.

Copyright © August 30, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

If You Want to Change the World, Start with Yourself

Tonight, I started thinking about when I attended Manor High School In Portsmouth, Virginia. I started thinking about the time I went to school in wrinkled clothing. It was clean but my pants were wrinkled because I didn’t know how to iron. Both my Mom & Dad worked full time jobs and to be honest, they didn’t have time to iron my clothes. My Dad would often work a double shift at the shipyard. None the lest, I wore clean clothes, nothing designer, but many times, my clothes were wrinkled.

There were people that I knew who took pleasure making fun of me, and many times, bullying me over my clothing or my very old used car, or even the fact I wore glasses. One particular young lady literally crushed me when she wrote a story about me called the “Legend of Joe Lee.” She published it in the school newspaper only to change the title to the “Legend of YoYo Kee.” What was so disheartening was that I thought this person was a friend of mine! The English teacher that sponsored the paper allowed his “star student” to post that story that basically ended with why I didn’t take a long walk off a short pier.

I graduated from High School in 1976. I went on to college and ultimately joined the Rocky Mount, NC Police Department and made a life for myself protecting and serving the community of Rocky Mount, NC. As life went on, God led me over the years to what I am doing today. I went on obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Business and then a Masters Degree in Christian Ministry. I have worked hard over the years, married a wonderful and loving wife, and we have raised a lovely daughter who graduated Number One in her class. She has gone on to graduate from law school with a Juris Doctor. She herself is now a lawyer.

I am a business owner and co-vocational minister. God has truly blessed me over the years. I look back on the person that belittled me in high school and see a much different outcome in their life.

I am writing this down because I know many of you may have experienced the same things. Bullying hurts and destroys relationships. Words hurt. I can remember the bullying from 45 years ago. It just seems like it was yesterday. Hurtful words do not reflect the love of Christ Jesus to the person that one is speaking to. If you want to make a difference for Christ, speak love into another person’s life.

For those who knew me in high school, please don’t insult me by asking who I am speaking of. There is a 99% probability that it isn’t you. I am not going to disclose who it was. I have forgiven that person without them asking me to forgive them. They haven’t asked. But I chose to forgive them because that is what Jesus has called me to do. I only mention this experience because I see people even on the internet and on social media that say hurtful things to people. I see people being bullied all the time. When I see it, I don’t like it.

I ask that before you judge someone for what they are wearing, the clothes they have on, whether it was wrinkled, not the latest fashions, or whatever, think about what their circumstances are. Think about their feelings. Why not show love and compassion for those who have little? This is a prime example of learning to love your neighbor as yourself.

If you want to change the world, start with yourself and how you treat others.

Copyright © August 30, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Praying the Scriptures: Psalm 5

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lead me to your righteousness. Hear me Lord and consider my groaning. Hear my cry, my Lord, my God, and my King. Lord, you hear me in the morning as I pray.

Father, you are a loving God, but you are not a God who delights in wickedness. Evil does not dwell with you. The boastful and proud does not stand before your eyes as you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies. You are disgusted with the bloodthirsty and deceitful men and women.

Through your abundance and steadfast love, I enter your house. I will bow down to you and love you with all my heart, soul, and mind. Lead me Lord in your righteousness because of my enemies. Make your way straight before me.

There is no truth in the mouths of the wicked. Their inward self is destruction. Their throat an open grave, they flatter with their tongue, but lies come from their lips. Make them bear their guilt Lord. Let them fall by their own counsels, because of their transgressions, cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.

All who take refuge in you rejoice, let them ever sing joy, and spread your protection over them. Those who love your name may exult in you, for you bless the righteous, Oh Lord, you cover them with favor as with a shield.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

References:

Psalm 5

Copyright © August 21, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Lord is my Shield, Sustainer, Protector, and Salvation: Psalm 3

When in prayer in the morning, I like to pray the Scriptures back to God. I often turn them around and place my name in when I pray. This morning, I was reading Psalm 3 and then I started to pray the Scriptures back to God.

Here is Psalm 3:

O Lord, how many are my foes!
    Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
    “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah[a]

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept;
    I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord!
    Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
    you break the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;
    your blessing be on your people! Selah

As I read through these, the Lord impressed on my mind and heart the following prayer:

Dear Lord, You are my shield, my Glory, and the Lifter of my head. I cry out to You and you answer me. When I go to sleep, I wake up and You have sustained me. It is only through You that I am protected and kept safe. Salvation belongs to You Lord, You are the giver of Salvation, and Your Blessings is on Your people.

Please note the words underlined. God is our Shield, Glory, Lifter of our heads, Sustainer, Protector, Salvation, and Blessings. It is only through Christ Jesus that we are His people. He is our all in all.

I pray that you too may come to know the saving grace of Jesus. May the Lord Bless you today and throughout your Christian journey.

Copyright © August 19, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

How Did You Become a Christian?

Most recently, I had an encounter with a young man who said he wants what his girlfriend has. As I was speaking with him, I asked him if he had any spiritual beliefs? He said that he did. He said that he was a Christian. Then I asked him a point-blank question to determine if he really was or was saying it because he wanted me to think that he was. I asked him “How did you become a Christian?” What did you have to do to become a Christian?” His response was almost priceless as he stared at me and could not even move his lips. He looked as if he were a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming truck! He could not respond because he had no clue of how he became a Christian. As I delved a bit further, he still did not comprehend the actions one must take before they become a Christ Follower.

His first response was that he met his girlfriend and he decided to go to church with her. Therefore, his first response was “salvation by association.” Unfortunately, no one can become a Christian by association. It does not work that way. Then after many analogies given by my wife, he stated that he was “interested” and wanted to believe. But he still could not tell me the three simple steps of becoming a Christian. Unfortunately, we are seeing this all over the United States because these young people do not know the simple steps of coming to Christ. With the great number of churches in America, why aren’t we doing a better job in sharing our faith? Is it because of the politically correct and not wanting to “offend” anyone? I would rather not be popular and tell someone about the saving grace of Jesus than to find out they were killed driving down the road and having the guilt of never saying anything to them!

As born again Christians, our faith is not private. Our Christ died a very public torture and crucifixion and suffered greatly for our sins. How can we remain silent and not share the most precious gift with another human being? Therefore, to share the three simple steps in becoming a Christian, one must know the steps themselves. The Bible is very clear on this. These are the three simple steps: Believe, Confess, and Ask Forgiveness of one’s sins. One is to believe and then confess their wrongs and their sins to God. Then they are to pray and ask Jesus to forgive you and to come into your life. And once one does these three simple steps of faith, He will send His Spirit to dwell in the person and guide them in their walk with Christ. Three simple steps: Believe, Confess, and Ask Forgiveness.

Let’s review some Scriptures that substantiate this requirement.

  1. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  2. Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death (hell), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  3. John 3:3 – “In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  4. John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
  5. Romans 10:9-11 – “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
  6. 2 Corinthians 5:15 – “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”
  7. Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

If you believe these scriptures and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God and has risen from the dead, you will be saved. You must acknowledge that you are a sinner. You must ask forgiveness of your sins. Are you willing to surrender your life to Jesus Christ and invite Him into your heart? If you are, then pray this prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I have sinned against you. I want forgiveness for all my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I give you my life to do with as you wish. I want Jesus Christ to come into my life and into my heart. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen.”

I hope that those who do not really know Christ as their savior asks Him in. You cannot get to heaven on your Grandmothers, Parents, or your Girlfriends coattails. If you have never prayed a prayer like this, and never have had a heart change, according to scriptures, you are not saved and not a true Christian. I pray that those who are not will make a commitment to come to know and accept the saving grace of Jesus!

(Subject matter and prayer taken from William Fay’s “Share Jesus Without Fear.”)

If we never take the time out and ask people what they had to do to become a Christian, then are we really showing the love of Christ to them? Are we loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind? Are we loving our neighbor as our self? If we never ask people about how they came to know Christ, then we are not doing what Jesus asked us to do. We are not loving our neighbor, our loved ones, and our friends. Then there will be millions that have the “Deer in the Headlight” look!

References:

Photo Credit: Jasmine Carter, Pexels

Fay, William, and Linda Evans Shepherd. Share Jesus Without Fear. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 1999.

Reposted from “Deer in the Headlight” written by Joseph Lee in 2017. Copyright © July 19,2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

His Banner is Over Me

His Banner is Over Me was written by Kay Lee Vincent

Good morning! This photo I took of Crape Myrtle trees is a great photo op for my thought this morning. When I saw the tree hanging over the drive, the first thing I thought of was “His Banner over me is love”. I remember that song from taking my kids to Bible School. “He calls me into his banqueting table, His banner over me is love”. Then I thought of what His love gives to us and I noticed all the pink and purple on the driveway.

Flowers that have fallen from the tree. His love covers me and falls down on me. He is above me and below me. There is no place that I can go where I will not have His love with me. He promises never to leave me or forsake me. His Fragrance is all around me!!

Wow!! I think I am going to shout!! Do you feel the praise we should be feeling for His abounding never ending love? If not, stop and think about how He shows His love to you everyday. When you start thinking of your blessings, I pray you will become overwhelmed with the knowledge of His love for you. Even when times are hard and bad, His love is still there.

Paul said in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

That ought to put some skip in your step!! Let Him shower you today with that everlasting powerful saving love!! And then, let us love one another.”

Photo Credit: Kay Lee Vincent

Written by Kay Lee Vincent. Copyright © July 19, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Light of Christ

The Light of Christ by Kay Vincent

Good morning!! Got a photo op this morning of Mutt looking in the front door when I got up. He does this every morning while waiting for me to open the door so he and Jeff can eat.

Looking at the darkness of the house early in the morning and the light coming in from outside reminds me of how, after I receive the Light of Christ in my life, I may still long for sin. Sin, which is darkness, still looks attractive. We are humans with weaknesses. Stop thinking you are a Super Christian and that you won’t be tempted to sin. Sin equals anything that goes against a Holy God.

The world is full of sinful temptations and they don’t have to be those really bad sins we think about. We pat ourselves on the back that we have never killed someone but have we done it with our tongue? What about robbing a bank? No, but have we ever brought something home from work that we needed that we didn’t pay for? Sin is a dark tunnel that we look into every day and have to make a decision whether or not to open the door to it.

We are in the Light but that darkness looks attractive. I fight it every day and so do you. The longer we live with Christ and He with us, the less vulnerable we are if we seek His strength but the lure of sin is always there. Sin was the reason that Christ went to the cross. The great news is that we can be forgiven of those sinful choices we make by simply confessing and repenting (turn the other way—turn away from that sin and turn to Christ). He promises to forgive us and to forget that we ever did anything that offended Him. I’ll take that promise!!

This same example can be used for what we are facing now with the Coronavirus and the state of our country. We must not look down that corridor and think all is woe and defeat. Christ is the Victor no matter what happens. And we are victorious if we are in Him. Don’t let circumstances overwhelm you. Keep looking up and be strong in Him.

So my challenge to all of us is that, when we look into the dark places that are calling us, to just turn around and look into the Light that surrounds us. The Light of the World!! Love you!

Written by Kay Vincent. Copyright July 17, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.