Sunday, October 9, 2016

God's Love In Spite Of

God’s Love In Spite Of...

Romans 5:8 “ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (KJV)

Jeremiah 31:3B “ I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (KJV)

Introduction-  This week we've had a special conference hosted by our men's ministry and our theme has been “The love we show one another”. As I begin to think about this topic I realized there are many ways a topic like this can be discussed, however I am going to go with the way that God lead me in. I pray this bless your spirit  as it did for me. I want to take this time to minister to you about beauty of God's overwhelming love for us that we don't deserve. There is a need for love everywhere so take this time to evaluate the amount of love you may or may not need showing.

The World
As I begin to think about some of the things that are happening and taking place in our world today, it becomes very clear to me that there is a change. A change not for the better though, a change that is hurting us and driving a wedge right through the middle of our society and families. A kind of change that makes you think twice before knocking on your neighbor's door, a kind of change that is causing us to be fearful to speak to strangers and people on our everyday surroundings, well what is this change you ask? I believe an answer lies right in the Word of God. 2Timothy: 1:7 “ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” This scripture is very enlightening in a way that I think few people think about. Where the lack and loss of love is, there is always going to be more evil around. Think about some of the things that are happening in our society right now. There is a great amount of racial tension, anger in people, & fearfulness all around, and in one way or another, the lack & loss of love can be found as one of the continuing reasons we are having these problems. John: 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Too many of us have let the love go absent among us. If we are not obeying this simple command then we know God can not be among us. The world is becoming a very spiritually cold place to be. It's evident there's no love among the world, there's violence at an all time high, hatred in many people's hearts, greed, sexual immoral sins and much more filth being pushed out by the media. We need the Lord's help in our homes, families, marriages, schools, neighborhoods Etc. How do we overcome the loss of love? I'm glad you asked!...

The Church
I would be remiss if i didn't refer back to our subject scripture, Romans 5:8, the church was basically founded and established on this very principle of love. We all are born into sin and the fact that God yet loved us so much that over 2,000 years ago he would die for our sins, a humiliating death at the hands of his own creation for the sake of giving everyone who will ever live an opportunity to not only receive his love into your life but to also share this love with everyone you can. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did this for us because He loves you and I with a love that our minds can never totally imagine. We never did anything to deserve  what he has done, and we never can, we owe him, and all he asks is that we be saved and receive His Holy Spirit! So the question was asked how we overcome the loss of love, the answer is simple and it's
 through God's love. As Jeremiah 31:3B “with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” it is with that very same love and kindness we are able to win over those in the world after we have received him into our life's. It's hard for our minds understand loving our enemies, doing good to those that treat you wrong, praying for those that are waiting to see you fail but these very things God expects of us. With God's Spirit, all these things can be done Jesus walked this very earth to show us that. Matthew 5:44 “but I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you”.
 These are the things that Jesus lived out and expects of us. People of God and those looking for love and to be loved, God is love. He loves you and he loves me the same. There's hatred, killing, confusion, division, deceit and everything opposite of love is in the world. The world has a way of knocking you down enough times to make you give up but with God even in your weakest time, God's strength is made perfect in us. We all have made mistakes, said things, done things, that we should not have, and sinned in some type of way but in spite of it all God has still loved you and me!!! Show God's love everywhere to everyone & if you don't yet have the Holy Ghost come visit our church and receive His love in Jesus Name!

God Bless you!!!
Tray Claiborn 

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Call for the Youth & Parents

Why are You Trying to Fit In? It is often said and thought by many young people in today's time that while you're young is the time to go out, party, smoke, drink, stay out late and in other words whatever you want to do. There is a phrase that I have often heard used by youth, “YOLO” acronym meaning “you only live once” granted the statement is true, but the context in which it is used is not. It’s saying because you only live once you should do anything and everything you can, and that is  very dangerous! The Bible teaches us in Proverbs chapter 22 & verse 15  part A that “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child”. So in other words kids are already going to be kids and do silly things and maybe not always make the best choices. Children are dealing with peer pressure, puberty, school work, and really just trying figure themselves out: for society and rappers telling children to get out there and basically do what you want is absolutely the wrong thing to do. As parents, teachers, role models and adults, we are to be active in children's lives helping guide them the right way from our experience and life lessons to help make them better so the cycle can continue with every generation getting better & better. Life is known to be a hard teacher and without proper guidance from those that have been there, done that, life will be the way that most young people learn. Many times this is how young ladies have kids before marriage, and often become single parents. While many boys think being hard and running the streets is the way, they end up behind bars and often times things don't get better unless you finally decided to give your life to God, but why go through and experience difficult things that you don’t have to. ( full plan of salvation Acts 2:38) Young people obey your parent. Parents it’s time to step up, you play a key role in whether your child fails or succeeds.

What Better Time Than Now?/ What Are You Waiting On? Before reading this section please refer to your bible and read Ecclesiastes 12:1 & Mark 10:14-16. Looking at Ecclesiastes 12:1 it’s important to realize God wants to save all of us, and feel each of us with his Holy Spirit as young and as soon as possible. We all have the choice to make on whether or not we will allow him to do so. Jesus died for each and every person alive, no matter what you’ve done God can save you. Weather you have been the son or daughter that has given your parents and teachers a hard time, trying to find a way on your own and just wanting to have fun, party and hangout with friends, or even if you're the parent that has not been a part of your child's life and been struggling with some things of your own, there is no better time then now! The time for excuses and running is up Philippians 4:13 lets us know through Jesus we can do all things. If you believe I declare God will do it for you today! God wants to use each of us at a young age in life, but the enieme wants to destroy us at a young age meaning cause us to make life altering decisions that we may have to live with the rest of our lives. Looking at Mark 10:14-16 I must first say that this scripture is not saying if you don't get saved as a child God won’t save you, no, no, no, but it is saying after God comes into your life and you receive His Spirit with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues, it takes time to grow, and understand God’s word, it takes time to build your prayer life. You are as a child in this spiritual sense that you're learning how to live saved and Holy as God would have us all to be. It takes coming to church faithfully, it take praying everyday, reading your bible, fasting, and through these things you will grow spiritually and learn to be a good parents, husbands wives, sons, and daughters. The sooner you can receive God in your life the easier life can be because your faith can be in Him and his word that has to come to pass.

You Have Everything To Gain and To Lose 1. Thessalonians 5:15-18 these verses of scriptures refer what things will be like during the rapture for those of who are saved, filled with the Holy Ghost and lived our lives right. As I stated before young people, God wants to use you to do many great things at a young age, but the enemy wants to destroy your life at a young age. God can give you the power to resist temptation, to save your purity for marriage, to keep you from drugs and fights, these things are immature and profit you nothing. To the parents that are still trying to get it right, it’s not late, there is nothing wrong with apologizing to your children. Maybe they have heard you use profanity or seen you do drugs or anything that is wrong. Apologize and let them see you doing the right thing so you can hold them accountable for doing the right thing as well. Pray together share life lessons and keep the line of communication open between yourself and your child so you can be the help the need. Most importantly go to church together and get saved, by giving your life to Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized, believe God for his spirit and the evidence speaking in tongues.

Inspired and lead by the Holy Spirit,

Tray Claiborn

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Why give your life to Jesus ?"

  • Acts 2:38 KJV[38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  • John 14:6 KJV[6] Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The question was once asked, why give your life to Jesus, today you will receive the answer, not based off of option or speculation, but based off of the Holy word of God The Bible and facts. There are many reasons to give your life to the Lord Jesus. I would like to start with the fact that God made you and I and it is his plan that we live for him, not being forced to but freely and willingly because he wants us to love him the way he loves each and everyone of us, so much so that he would die. 
John 3:16 KJV
[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.

Have you ever wondered in life why you just feel unfulfilled, displeased with yourself, or unmotivated, or even wondering what to do next? As John 14:6 says Jesus is the way, truth and the life, every answer you need and every problem you need solved He is able to handle it, but he's looking for you to come to him. The way you do that is by following the steps of Acts 2:38 and praying which is talking to God, building a relationship with him just like you would with your best friend. As you begin to do these things with faith, God will begin to bless you like never before in your home, marriage, job, finances and before you know it you will be growing in leaps and bounds in your relationship with God and your family and everything and everyone around will be blessed because of your relationship with God. Living life with Christ is the best life you could EVER possibly live Give your all unto him....give him 

your life because he gave us his. 

God bless you!
Bro.Tray Claiborn