Many a nation or tribe has written up a document that says there is to be peace if we all abide by certain rules. Sometimes this works well for years. Other times it doesn’t last but only a few months.

But today I want you to think about a different kind of peace treaty that you yourself may have made and not even realized it. I’m convinced that many good churchgoing people have been caught having a peace treaty with the devil and not even realize what they have done.

You see, when church people only go to church but do very little besides that, they are not being Kingdom-minded for God’s purposes. There is a lot more to the Christian life than just going to church. In fact, if someone just goes to church and never does any good for God’s Kingdom in their lifetime, I would probably guess they’re only religious and not Christian at all.

It’s not by what we say, it is much more by what we do that says who we are. When we basically do little according to God’s standards, we’re not experiencing real life the way God has planned, which is always on the offensive and attacking the works of darkness to overcome them with the light that God can bring to us and others.

When people do little-to-nothing for God, it’s like they’ve signed a peace treaty with Satan so he won’t bother them if they don’t bother him too much. Be careful and examine your life. Make sure you’ve not allowed yourself to be at peace with the enemy’s ways by being passive about sin.


A season called “Due”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which     is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


When God set the universe into motion, it was no accident.  The whole idea that what we know as human life and the universe that man lives in; beginning with a huge explosion is just ludicrous.


In the creation of all that is made by God, which is everything in the universe, God did it in increments of time.


A Pastor of mine that helped to launch me into ministry used to say it this way; “Reggie, this thing was not done in a corner.”


Literally, when God made the heavens and the earth, he had a plan and timing, each phase was done in timelines of God’s days.     IT WAS NOT A BIG BANG OR ACCIDENT, it was all planned and executed in God’s time.


My friend, everything that God does is in perfect time to his plan for each human being and all of nature.

You remember when He told the Isrealites that they would be in Babylon for 70 years and that nothing that they or anyone else could do would change that waiting time.


He told them that “when 70 years were accomplished he would visit them.”


When God begin to speak to the Prophets concerning the coming of the Messiah, he gave them specific details on the events that would take place before the Messiah’s arrival.


The Apostle Paul tells us this in Galatians 4:4-5

4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.


The key words are these, “when the fullness of time was come.”


Jesus would not ascend into this universe or this world until God said so.  NOTHING WOULD CAUSE HIM TO BE HERE ONE DAY, ONE MONTH, YEAR OR DECADE PRIOR TO GOD’S TIME.


It was God who caused the seasons to change as they do.  He set the solar system into place so that the world would remain in balance.


As sure as the sun will cause the earth to warm as the earth turns on its axis and the flowers and grass begin to show life…


And the heat of the summer will cause the fruit trees to bring forth and the vegetation will begin to produce…


And then fall will cause the leaves to turn and drop to the earth just before the earth cools from the ice and snow…


My friend, you can be assured that God’s time and seasons will not be interrupted.


But this is the most important thing that you should know, that if God can keep this universe in balance, then He has control of your life.


Listen to what the Psalmist says in Psalms 8:3-9;


3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!


Can you see and understand that God cares about you and that he has a plan for your life?


If you and I could just be patient and let God do what He desires to do with us, if we can just know that He has a time and purpose for everything event that happens in our lives.


In “due season” or in His time, He will cause every plan for us to happen and nothing that anyone can do will be able to stop God’s plan for us.


Phillipians 1:6 tell us;

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:


1 Thessalonians 5:24

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.


Just like when God spoke the heavens and earth into existence according to his time…


And he allowed Israel a set time in Babylon…


And just as his time was fulfilled to send His only begotten son into the world, my friend, GOD HAS A PERFECT PLAN FOR YOURS AND MY LIFE!


What we must do is remain faithful to Him, His plan, His calling and “in due season” He will cause it all to happen for His purpose and glory.

Life Is Terminal

The consequences of sin will in someway have to play themselves out. 

Are the things you are living for, worth what Christ died for?

Christians are called stewards because they’ve been entrusted with the gospel. It is this responsibility for which believers will be held accountable.

Life treats us all differently, but death treats us all the same.

God will allow those to suffer in proportion to their unfaithfulness to Him, for the unbeliever as well as the believer as Christians are unfaithful to God here on earth will cost them heavenly privileges.

The same mercy we show to others on earth, we will be shown when life is over.

Most people are after the bread of this world that is here today and gone tomorrow and is making many spiritually sick.

God doesn’t demand perfection. He only requires obedience.

God is looking for people who will just believe.

The instructions you follow determine the future you create.

You can’t get to where you should be by taking your own roads

Your decisions determine who you are and will be.

We make our choices and then our choices turn around and make us.

God picks all men and women to be great, some greater than others and all for His purpose. To be great for God you must be willing to serve wherever your designated areas are. What truly make you great is that you followed God’s way, not yours.


The book of Joshua speaks a lot about people conquering and being given the land to inherit from God. There were many battles to be fought and standards set to keep the land, cities and regions intact.

There is a place in Joshua 17 where one of the tribes comes to the main leader, Joshua, and the elders and asks for more, going along the lines that they deserve more because of who they are. The reply is: if you need more, go out and do the work to get it.

This brings to mind how today many that attend church- or are a Christian or think they are a Christian- who believe that God owes them something. Just because we made a decision to follow Christ as Lord and Savior in one’s life doesn’t mean you don’t have to really do much of anything else.

One’s Christian life is full of duties we have and responsibilities to God and our fellow man. And we don’t get to do it as we think is best, but we are to be about Gods business as He says we should.

There are far too many church people that think because they are church people they get special treatment- instead of seeing things from the standpoint that we owe our lives to Jesus Christ and to follow His example and the work of the Bible. God owes us nothing except His covenant promises and we owe Him everything to keep them.



Every person has those places concerning their lives of something that they would rather not everyone know about. Things that maybe they wish they hadn’t done and just don’t want anyone to know who was responsible.

All of us have these issues, whether actions or even just thoughts. We all have our secrets. The Bible tells us about how God handles secrets. You’ll find it in the Bible in the book of Romans, chapter 2, verse 6, where it tells us that God will judge everyone according to what they have done. That means even everything done that’s a secret won’t be secret any longer.

The other verses around Romans chapter 6 explain it more in detail about when that day comes- and it will come before long, for Jesus is getting ready to exit His people from this world; and then soon after, a lot of secret things are going to be revealed.

Those things people have tried to hide away will be exposed, and that goes for everyone- from our nation’s leaders to the most common everyday person on the street. So what do you know is going to be revealed about your life? You, or just a few others, know now, but soon these things are going to be made known to all.

There are going to be a lot of surprises and heartaches because of hidden secrets, but there is one other option. The place it’s found is also in the Bible: Psalms chapter 103, verses 11 through 13, where God says if we put our lives into His hands and truly repent, then these secrets are remembered no more. There is no account of such things. But the requirement is us fully confessing and turning our lives over (out of our hands) and into the hands of Jesus, who will forgive and cover forever your secret past.


There was a middle aged pastor that had been called on by God to change from his successful secular career to take a small group.  It slowly grew.  After a few years the pastor felt God urging him to take over an old abandoned church building, over a hundred and twenty five years old.

The pastor went to the building. It was boarded up yet he found a window knocked out so he crawled through into a dirty rundown place.  It was full of pigeons, holes in the roof, debris everywhere.  But as he stood on the platform of that dusty old floor, he seemed to hear God say, “I’ll help you build and supply all you need.  People will come from as far as 100 miles each week just to be here.”

The pastor told his group of elders about the building and that he know God had said they were to do it.  The elders were reluctant but moved on to see what would happen.  They were able to purchase the building for $1.00 from the city.

The work began and before long one day a wood worker showed up that hated Christianity.  To everyone’s shock he said he could fix much of the wood work though he never came to a service ever at that church.  A few weeks later a steel worker came by who never went to church and never came to that church.  But he volunteered to do all the metal work, furnish the metal and re-straighten the walls.

Others came and helped and within only a few months the church was opened and restored to its original look.  People came and over the next years people came every week as far as 100 miles away to that little Canadian town.  The church grew, built a Christian school and several other extended ministries from missions to training evangelists.

What if the pastor had never crawled through the window?  What if the Elders had said no?  What if the city would not have approved for the church to buy the building?

But God approved; God supplied; God blessed and God expanded its effectiveness.  And He still does today if you’ll put your trust in Him.


We are living in a day when many have never seen so much change and drastic things happening.

Well, hold on to your hat, for it is only the beginning of what is to come.

Just before the ending of the Old Testament in the Bible, there is the chapter in Malachi which talks about how the situation for a rebellious people looks. I believe chapter 1 verse 6 says it best where God says, “If then I am the Father, where is My honor, and if I am the Master, where is My reverence?”

It doesn’t surprise me at all to see some of the most unbelievable situations and judgments by mankind happening in this day. People, even some churches, have rejected God’s ways and have replaced them with their own, until now we have such a polluted way of thinking.

We’ve given offerings thinking we can change the country’s situation. We’re willing to vote for the lesser of two evils rather than give a vote for a Godly underdog who, even if they don’t win, at least did what was right according to God’s Word.

Society is so polluted with sinfulness and much of it has crept into some churches and Christian organizations. It doesn’t surprise me any longer when ridiculous decisions are made by our leaders. We have set ourselves up for failure unless we repent to God.

It is only going to grow more out-of-control. Regardless, God is still God. He will win out. But the big question is, are we going to stand with Him or go our own way?


I guess we understand what that means. If you leave a door open, something can come in. You shut the door, and it can keep something out- pretty basic thinking.

I’d like you to consider, though, another type of door that gets opened time and time again, and it can let all types of things in: the door to your hearts and lives.

The door left open to your heart can cause much more havoc than any other door. The enemy of your soul and mine constantly looks for these openings and will take full advantage to come in and destroy- to steal and disrupt your life.

What are these areas? And there can be many. Watching pornography, that’s an easy one. But what about anger? It opens the door to Satan’s ways, too. There is alcoholism. That’s another easy one; but what about watching television programs and movies that have questionable content like sex, murder and the supernatural world? That gives openings to dark forces and curses and can cause people to experience uneasy feelings. There is a spirit behind all these things, and the list can go on and on- from how you dress to how you talk about others or the words you say.

When you open the door to your heart and life, something is going to come in. The question is: what?


What you do will leave some type of impression on others, good or bad. God has one plan- and Satan has a totally different plan- on how you should touch the people with whom your life is going to cross paths in some way.

Like it or not, what you do now concerning how you act toward others will touch another life, but more than that it may have a great impact that alters one’s life. People are tough, but also vulnerable. And at different times and places people can be influenced greatly in good ways or in very hurtful ones as well.

We need to be very careful in how we handle other people’s lives. Some might build great business empires or touch masses of people. But most will only touch a group of people. But it doesn’t matter who as much as how; there is only one way to rightly impact other’s lives, and that is God’s way.

Another way will have not very good results, for only God knows every individual and just what needs they have to enhance their lives for the very best. The scripture in Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has plans for any person for hope and a good future. Be so careful how you affect people and especially for the way they are going to remember us.

What you do today could have lasting effects on the very people you meet and how they go about affecting others they meet.



Opinions are based on what we think we believe about something we heard or read. Opinions are based on feelings as well as some convictions. The difference is: why do we feel that way? Is it personal or truth or something that goes deeper?

These two areas can have much support, but the bottom line is that one is real and one is not. Opinions are mostly what your mind would like to think something is, but conviction comes from what you truly believe. Many a politician makes statements not based on conviction but others’ opinions.

Very few people operate on true convictions because they are swayed by others’ opinions. God is never concerned about opinions but rather truth. Opinions can have some truth to them, yet partial truth is not what God looks for.

Many people believe that they are a Christian by their opinions yet ignore the conviction of God’s Word. God allows us choices. We will make them by either opinions or convictions. We will do something by what we think is right or by the way God says is right.

Never believe that opinions will hold any weight with God. In the Bible, in Numbers 24, it tells the story of a prophet named Balaam. He rejected the knowledge he had about God to follow his own personal opinion of how to act- and it cost his life, eventually.

You see, people can come to have knowledge about God to some extent but still reject the truth of His Word and ways.

Where is your thinking today about the things of God?