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Monthly Archives: July 2014

What Kind of Ground – George K. Walker

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“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow:” Matthew 13:3

*Read Matthew 13:1-23*

Jeremiah tells us in Lamentations 3:40, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.” We are to be truthful with ourselves in our self-examination when we ask ourself what kind of soil am I?

First we must know Luke 8:11: “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” God wants to put His word (seed) in our hearts (ground) but we have to be totally willing (committed & total submission) in order for Him to do that. In Matthew 8:23 Jesus tells us: “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Good ground is he that heareth the word and understandeth it.

Now I ask you are you seeking His word? If so, do you understand it? This is why it is so important for us to examine ourselves to determine if we are in total submission to the word of God. God wants us to be good ground so that we can become sowers of the word. In Mark 4:14 Jesus tells us: “The sower soweth the word.”

WHAT KIND OF GROUND ARE YOU?

Your friend in Jesus,
George Kevin

Contentment – Yumar Burks

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You know today is a good day. I think about all the people that are not here for me – like my wife and people I knew for a long time – and, I thank God because as a saint of God we can have peace in God’s love and rest. Jesus said in Hebrews 13:5-6, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with such thing as you have. For, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper I will not fear…”

Glory be to God. I know everyday I may not have my wife or my friends, but as long as I have Jesus I will be ok. Jesus is all I need to make it. Life is nothing if you don’t have Jesus. Prison life is hard sometimes. I try to tell prisoners that Jesus is the only way to salvation, the only way to a new life, and to step out of the old man and become a new one.

Yumar Burks

My Testimony – Yumar Burks

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My Testimony

Grace to you and peace from our Heavenly Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ. I want to first say “God is good.” He will take any of our situations and make it for our good. When I came to prison in 2012, I prayed daily that He would keep me safe. The more I prayed, the more I felt the Holy Spirit was with me. I confess to myself everyday Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper.” The devil tries to make you have doubts about trusting in God. He tries to fill us with fear. I know this because I had an altercation with some men; this was one of my various trials.

The situation was very bad, as it was four of them against me. One of them was getting ready to hurt me really badly. We were face-to-face and I could see the weapon in his hand. I could feel the fear overtaking me and I wanted to run, but there was nowhere to run. And then it happened. I heard a voice say, “Peace be still.” I did not know it at that time, but that was the Holy Spirit. I went up to the man, looked in his eyes, with no fear, and I said, “My brother, if I hurt or offended you in any way, I apologize.” He looked at me like I was crazy and looked at his friends and walked away.

I went to my cell and started praising the Lord for what He brought me through. I put my trust in the Lord and by His grace, I am still here. Psalm 37:6 says: “And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” God is always right on time and He turns everything around for good. A few weeks later I talked to the man and he said that everything is over and that it was a misunderstanding. I thank our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ for the grace we have.

Yumar Antonio Burks

Revivalism – Nicholas Butler

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REVIVALISM

For every way of life a need is being addressed and fulfilled. Christianity, being a follower of Jesus Christ, is a way of life that millions of people adhere to. These adherents are having their need for salvation in Christ Jesus addressed, wholeheartedly believing that Jesus Christ was and is the promised Messiah (Matt. 16:16, 20; John 10:24-25; John 20:31).

During Jesus’ physical time here upon this earth, His people, the Jews, were subjects of the Roman government and had to live in a culture that tempted them to embrace pagan gods and goddesses. Some of the rites associated with embracing these gods entitled prostitution in the temple (which was supposed to be sacred to Jehovah God) and homosexual behavior, including adultery and different secular philosophies (Romans 1:21-32) mixed with rampant crime. The Jews were being absorbed into the Roman culture and forgetting about their God because the lure of pleasure derived from drinking wine, temple prostitution, and adultery enticed them beyond their desire to uphold their faith in God. However, the Jews were the lowest on the totem pole as far as a class of people goes, and because of such, they were awaiting the prophesized Messiah who they believed would free them from the grip of the Roman government and overthrow the government.

But, when this man Jesus Christ arrived on the scene and began ministering His message about the Kingdom of God and love, the Jews were disappointed and agitated because they expected the overthrow of the government, when that didn’t occur they doubted Jesus. Despite their lack of faith in Jesus’ message, He was creating a stir because individuals were preaching His message and returning to the God of their ancestors.

The Roman government became so angry with Jesus that they plotted to seize Him and crucify Him (Matt. 20:18-19). When Jesus was crucified and resurrected, He created such a difference in the culture of His time that He revolutionized the world. He instructed His disciples to take His Word and preach it to all nations. (Matt 28:18-20)

The message of Jesus started a revival that brought back the power in the Word of God, since the resurrection of Jesus, the world has adopted tenets of Jesus’ teaching and ministry in every facet of their lives, from government constitutions, to education in every manner of living, principles, values and morals. The power of the Word ushered in a period in world history called the Enlightenment Era. Jesus and His disciples restored the faith of Jehovah God, and the morals and principles that the world propagates.

Such a revival is sorely needed in our culture today; the way of the Bible is being uprooted by the human secularist of our modern era. First attacking religious morals and principles and then the educational system, to prevent Christianity in it, they then escalated into attacks on the family structure, removing the father figure by elevating woman’s independence, these secularists views began to promote the murder of a fetus next by calling it abortion, and then the homosexual agenda started, calling the right to fornicate amongst your own gender a human rights issue, with the government conceding to the homosexual agenda, the attack on the religious institution of marriage began, gay marriages became a social issue. Because the human secularist belief is predicated upon hedonism at any cost, the Christian principles and values have been replaced by the “feel good, do it” culture. God has been reduced to a God of all beliefs but just representing a different name, these lies are so far from the truth that the result is “as in the days of Noah.” (Genesis 6:1-13) As a result, our modern culture is in desperate need of a revival just as Jesus revived His era.

Our culture needs leaders that have had the seed of Christ watered and blossomed in their hearts and minds step up to the forefront and position themselves to pray for the church and this nation, bringing it to repentance and raising the level of expectation to one grounded in Christ-centeredness.

As soldiers for Christ, particularly myself, I believe it is time to put on my warfare attire of Ephesians 6:12-18 and revive the church in my environment and win souls to Christ for salvation, and every other brother should stand up and do the same. Our society needs us. Moreover, Jesus commissioned us, and wants us to bring the lost to Him.

Brother Nicholas Butler

Our Position In Christ Is Secure – Nicholas Butler

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OUR POSITION IN CHRIST IS SECURE

What does it mean to be a new creature in Christ? In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul tells us, “Therefore, if any person is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” First, “if” is a condition, and that condition is predicated upon Romans 10:9, “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” The Greek word for “creation” is “ktisis” and means “the creative act of God, whereby a man is introduced into the blessing of salvation, the reference above is to what a believer is in Christ.” Furthermore, Galatians 6:15 informs us, “For neither is circumcision of any importance, nor uncircumcision, but only a new creation.” Ephesians 4:5 tells us, “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” And Colossians 2:12 further tells us, “You were buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Our burial with Christ by His death was so that we can have newness of life. “For since it was through a man that death came into the world, it was also through a Man that the resurrection of the dead has come. For just as in Adam all people die, so also shall all in Christ be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) Because we were baptized in the Spirit with Christ (Matthew 3:11), He nailed our old self to the cross with Him in order that our body of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be slaves of sin.” (Romans 6:6)

Did you catch the importance of that verse? Our “body of sin,” being used as a noun, refers to our “sin nature” that we adopted through Adam’s death. That sin nature died with Christ, just as Romans 6:7 states, “For when a man dies, he is freed from the sin.” “For by the death He died, He died to sin once for all…” (Romans 6:10) “Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God in Jesus Christ.” (Romans 6:11) Therefore, Jesus, by His death not only destroyed our sin nature, but He also became the righteousness of God in complete holiness.

The seal of the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) is our link to God, and “no one who is born of God commits sin, because God’s seed remains in him, and he cannot sin because he is begotten of God.” (1 John 3:9) The Greek word for “seed” used here is “sperma” and signify’s the physiological process of birth. But if our sin nature is dead, “How can we who died to sin live in it any longer.” (Romans 6:2) This is because “…our inner self is being renewed day after day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) We can still commit “acts of sin” (used as a verb) because we are “stripping ourselves (mentally) of our former nature which characterized our previous manner of life which was corrupt through lusts and desires that sprang from delusion. This is why we must constantly be renewed in the spirit of our minds.” (My paraphrase of Ephesians 4:22-23) And again, this new nature was “created in God’s image, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24)
“Since sin no longer exerts dominion over you, since now you are not under law, but under grace,” (Romans 6:14), us, as believers should, “…not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) Our potential derived from God can only exert itself to the extent that our minds are renewed. “Transformation” comes from the Greek word, “metamorphoo”, and as a caterpillar transforms to a butterfly, so must we transform.

Our position in Christ is strong and firm, once the Holy Spirit placed us in the body of Christ when we were born again, our new nature became incorruptible, no new sin or act of sin can corrupt it, similar to when our old nature reigned, doing good did not make us more righteous (Romans 6:20 my paraphrase) Doing good things and being holy and righteous are a by-product of our new nature, it is a fruit of salvation. (Romans 6:22 my paraphrase)

Armed with this knowledge and understanding, the Christian believer should already be fighting from a position of victory and not trying to get one. Our victory is the Word, “…meditate on it day and night.” (Joshua 1:8)
Brother Nicholas Butler

Time – Dont’e Smith

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TIME

By: Dont’e Smith

Sentenced to life on earth where time waits for nothing,
irreversible,
“Once lost- Lost forever.”
Play the hand you were dealt and expect nothing but the best, “Nothing less – Nothing more.”
No time to worry;
for in the blink of an eye it can fly by so fast,
and may seem like a scene from a movie, Walking Dead!
Take control of the wheel,
or look to God to be your chauffer.
Sit back and enjoy the ride of a lifetime,
“Even After Death;”
“Time” is fast and furious!
Organize, Utilize, and cherish the gift;
for it is best to set your heart,
but don’t let time manage you.
Remember how short time is;
for it should be used wisely,
so prepare yourself for the race.
Life is valuable and beautiful in its time,
but there is a time for everything.
Keep your faith;
for the time is near,
and time will call for you!
Repent, Praise, Pray, Worship;
for our time is in God’s hand,
and it is him who will determine in the end where you stand.
Oh God! Thank you for everything in these times in the last days.
Use your time to guide my ways,
make me new in all ways,
in your hands my life lays!
Thank you Lord for the gift you have blessed me with,
TIME.

Guard Your Heart – George K. Walker

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Guard Your Heart

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Growing up, I was heavily into the fast life of drinking, fast girls, and using and selling drugs. Most of my young life I was doing one of these activities. Reading Proverbs 4:23 caused me to look back on my life. I am not surprised to be in prison with a life sentence because of all the constant negative and worldly activities I participated in and allowed into my heart. What goes in, is what will come out. Those were the activities that I loved.

Today, I love the Lord. Proverbs 4:20-21 tells us, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.” I feast on the word of God today, and listen for His voice always. I know that the devil is always seeking whom he may devour. The only way I have victory over him is through staying connected to Jesus Christ. The more of the Word of God that goes in my heart, the more it will push out anything else. Jesus is the only way that we can guard our heart.

George Kevin Walker

God’s Grace and Mercy – George K. Walker

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God’s Grace & Mercy

“He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” Psalm 103:10

While reading this morning the Holy Spirit told me to start the song: “My God is an awesome God, he reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power, and love my God is an awesome God.” To worship and praise Him in song is what we (believers) are to do always. His mercy and grace towards us is awesome. He constantly is unending. Psalm 103:11 says: “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear him.”

Father I thank you this morning for your grace and mercy on us. For we know that you could have dealt with us according to our sins but you didn’t. you rewarded us with forgiveness, mercy, Love, Grace, and Eternal life with you and we thank you for being so awesome – In the mighty name of Jesus I pray – Amen!

If you are reading this today, know that god loves you and the He will forgive you for your sins. He is a loving, and forgiving God who always shows compassion. So if you have not come to Him and asked Him for forgiveness then do so right now by saying this prayer:

“Father I believe that your Son – Jesus Christ – died on the cross for my sins and I thank you. I now repent of my sins and ask you to come into my heart and make me born again. In Jesus name I pray – Amen!”

If you have just prayed that prayer, Praise God! You are now a child of the most high God. So rejoice and be glad in knowing that you have Salvation through Jesus Christ! Stay in His word and Grow in him.

Sincerely,

George Kevin Walker