Monday, August 4, 2014

You Shall Have Tribulation

My Pastor Preached a sermon yesterday titled,

"It's Not Your Fault, But It Is Your Problem"

Now I've had time to think about the title cause when I first heard it, it didn't go right with me, and since I had time to about it. It is my problem, but what your suppose to do with the problem is cast the care of it on to the Lord. (1 Peter 5: vs 7).

When you cast the care of it onto the Lord, it becomes his problem, and not yours anymore. Now all you have to do is seek him on what to do, and what to say about the situation, cause he's is handling now. 

A good confession may be. I have cast the care of it onto God. I'm worried about it anymore. 

Someone may say well what are you going to do about it? Your response maybe nothing. I have given it to God.

But Pastor Terrence was flowing with the Lord he said he did not really know what he was going to talk about and the Holy Spirit through him spoke to me. All day today the Holy Spirit has been speaking the word of God to me. So I had to share this on my blog.

He reminded me of Job. Job did not do anything wrong. It was not his fault, but Job 1, vs 1 says: 

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. In vs 8, God even says, "And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Job was a living right. God said he was a perfect and an
upright man. He was doing everything that he was suppose
to do, but let's look at what happen. 

9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God 
for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, 
and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in 
thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

Now hear is a nugget. It's juicy and it's fried just right. You
might want to get some honey mustard, buttermilk ranch, or some bbq sauce to go with this.

As we pointed out already Job wasn't doing anything wrong, but here is the nugget.  Enjoy. 

**We Christians, have been programmed by the world to think that if you live right, and do what your suppose to do. Obey the law, pay your taxes, go to work everyday, and live a good life, and treat everybody right. We have been program to think that if we do right, and live right than nothing bad is suppose to happen to us. We think the the prosperous, Godly life means no problems. ** 

But we can see right here in the word of God that what happen to Job came on him not because he was living wrong, but because he was living right.

Jesus said in John 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you, 
that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have 
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

They use to sing a song long time ago. I don't feel no ways tired.
I come to far from where I started from. Nobody told me, the road would be easy, and I don't believe he brought me this far to leave me. 

Glory to God!!! 

I text Pastor Terrence today, and told him how God bless me through his sermon. I told him I'm 42 years old, almost 43, and most of my life when a problem came my way, when something bad happen to me, what I would always do was try to find away out of the problem I never would try to solve it. Try and get out of it, leave when it got tough, or leave when I get mad, but I never would try and deal with the problem, and as I look back, and think back on it I realize it was because I didn't have any word. I was weak. 

The Bible says " desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow..." 

You got to get in the word so when these problems come you will be strong enough to stand, but you got to have the word of God operating in you, leading and guiding you, to tell you what to do when these things come upon you, or else you will be to weak, your faith want be strong. Gloria Copeland said "that she
does not try to live without the word of God, cause the word is what shows her what to do, and how to live", 

When God is directing you, then, when these problems come on you, you will know what to do. Praise God! 

The world has program Christians to think that if you do right then nothing bad should happen to you, that it's not your fault, and that because you did not do anything, you should not be the one who responsible for what is happening, or going on. 

That is a LIE FROM THE PIT OF HELL.

The Bibe says in 1 Peter 5: vs 8 

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"

You have an Adversary who is the devil. Superman has Lex Luthor. If you are a Christian, then you have the Devil. 

Lex Luthor is always trying to find a way to kill Superman. 
Lex Luthor is always looking for away to take over the world. Lex Luthor will forever be trying, and looking for ways to do evil. It is his nature. It is who he is. So Superman has to protect the world from Lex Luthor, and no matter what Lex Luthor does, Superman alway wins, in the end.

It is the same with us Christians. If you are a Christian, then the devil and his demons are out to get you. The Bible says " he is as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour.

John 10:10 says "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:"

So it does not matter if you are living right are not. The devil is going to try and devour you. Even if you did not do anything wrong, even if it is not your Fault. If you are a Christian, then the Devil is going to try and take you out. That is what he does. You are his mortal enemy. He is your Adversary.

What you have to do is be like Clark Kent. You have to discover who your are. You have to find out who your father is, where you are from, and learn how to use all the super powers that you have.  You have to learn how to fly. Then use those powers to help save the world.

You can't sit around and cry like a baby, and say why is this happening to me. This is not even my problem, or like I use to do and just try and get rid of the problem or get out of the problem. 

No you are going to have to be like Clark Kent and learn to use your powers.

You, me, us Christians are going to have to get in the word, and find out who we are, and learn how to use all the super natural abilities that we have.

Now Superman was not from earth, but we are. We was born in this world, and we were born into sin, but when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were born again. 

Colossians 1:13 says "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

So now that we are Christians, the kingdom of God is our home, God is our father and the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:3 
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

I think if I don't stop I will write a book. 

Just remember the devil is going to try and take you out. It does not matter if you did not do anything wrong are not. Your a Christian. You have within you the power to save the world around, to tear down spiritual strong hold of the devil.  

Because of the potential of the glory of God in you. You are a threat to him, and he will Bring It to take you out. It's just going to happen. So get in the word and GROW UP IN THE LORD. That's The Christian Life. 

But as I come to a close. Do not be afraid. Just remember what it says in Ephesians the 6th chapter starting at verse 10. 

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Thank You Pastor Terence for flowing with God yesterday. Through your message the Holy Spirit has been ministering to me all day. I'm not looking for away out of my problems now I'm seeking God on how to go through them. I'm Riding Through The Storm with Jesus. 

Courtney Ivan Jones

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Online Marketing Secrets


Majority of entrepreneurs today are spending huge chunks of money on online marketing. This move can largely be attributed to the fact that most consumers today rely on the internet to do shopping. Hence, businesses are faced with the task of tapping into the ever-growing online community. Due to stiff competition experienced in the online market, it’s critical to market your business persistently. While a number of traditional marketing strategies can be adopted in online marketing, the two are somewhat different. A typical question that most online investors ask is: What are the online marketing secrets? Understanding these secrets is important as it will help you to find the right audience, relay your message effectively, and persuade your target consumers to buy your products or services.
 
Secrets to Successful Online Marketing
 
• Generate Traffic
 
The main aim of online marketing is to attract as many visitors as possible to your website or marketing page. Once you have drawn enough visitors, it’s pretty easy to convert them to potential customers. Tricks such as affiliate programs, target website advertising, and Google Ad Sense are a simple way of increasing traffic on your website. It pays to study your
competitor’s website for ideas on how to improve your online marketing campaign.
 
• Listings
 
Ensure your website is fully listed in most popular online directories such as Yahoo! and Google. This helps your target consumers to access your website long after you have launched
your campaign.
 
• Customer Testimonials
 
Customer reviews are a great marketing tool since they encourage other shoppers to purchase your products or services. If your customers get what they want, they will be glad to leave a positive review on your website, which will go a long way in persuading others to buy from you. You can even solicit reviews and testimonials after every purchase and place the most convincing ones to attract more customers.
 
• Offers
 
Naturally, people like free things. You can therefore use compelling offers to attract more customers to your online business. But you should be creative enough to give new and unique offers so that you can place your business above the rest. Also, make sure to keep your word. If you promise your customers free samples or free trials, honor your promise. It helps to build trust.
 
Online marketing is a great way of reaching out to prospective customers and improving your return on investment. The beauty of this type of marketing is that it offers quick results. You can easily know which of your marketing strategies produce results.
 
Courtney Ivan Jones

Friday, July 25, 2014

Guard Your Mouth

I have been working at applying what I've learned about faith to my life, and it has really been a challenge. I mean before you know it, you've spoken doubt, unbelief, sickness, or poverty.
 
Someone comes up to you and says can I borrow $20, or your kids come to you and say can I have some money for something, and before you even had time to think about it, I've already said " I don't have any money".  You know?  Or this is about the only kind of work I can do because of my back, and the arthritis in my knees. 
 
I wasn't feeling good at work and you could tell it, and my co worker asked if I was sick. I didn't know what to say, cause I knew she would not understand what I was talking about, if I was to say I was heal, so I said kind of, a little bit.
 
When I got off work and got in my car, I ask God to forgive me. I told him I'm going to do better and I have been doing better, even though it has only been 2 days ago.
 
Charles Capps confession books on faith and healing, and Gloria Copeland's cd on Gods Master Plan For Your Life, has really been helping me to go into the promise land that God has for me. I plug Gloria's cd in my car and listen to it on the way to work and on the way home from work, and I read Charles's books at night. I got the word going in my ears, and in my eyes, and it's getting into my spirit, and Charles says " that word is Jesus, and when he's in you, and your in him, then you can ask or demand what you will, and God will give it to you" glory!
 
You see our words have creative power, and you are either going to speak words of faith, or your going to speak words of fear. Which ever you speak, faith or fear, the creative power in your words are going to go out and cause what you say to come to pass.
 
You know how long it's took me to finally get that in my thinking, where my mind is telling this to me all the time? And now that I got it in my thinking it has been a real challenge to watch what I say, but I'm saying right now " I can do all things through Christ Jesus.
 
I've also told myself that I'm not going to be shame of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If someone does ask me something like am I sick, well they better just be ready to get preached to cause I'm not confessing sickness, doubt, unbelief and poverty anymore. So what if they think I'm strange. They already think it anyway.
 
and Oh! I found out when listening to Gloria Copeland, that when God tells us to do those, what we call little things, and we don't do them. That's disobedience, and it puts us outside the will of God, in a place where you can't be blessed, out from under the protection of God, and in a place where the devil will have open season on us. Also the reason why sometimes God does tell us to do something that seems so little to us, is because he want's us to walk by faith, and not by sight, and also because if he gave us the whole visions at once, we wouldn't be able to comprehend it, handle it, or even believe it. So in closing just be obedient, and say what God says about you instead of what you see with your own eyes.
 
Be Blessed,
 
Courtney Ivan Jones

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Change Your Name

When Abram was 75 years old God told him to get out from his fathers house, and he will make of him a great nation and he will bless those who bless him, and curse those that curse him, and in him all families of the earth shall be blessed.
 
15 years later when Abram was 90 years old God told him the same thing, and Abram said how can this be when I have no seed?
 
In my own words God said, I'll tell you how, I'm going to change your name to Abraham which means Father of many nations.
 
Even though God had promise Abram that a great nation would come from him. Abram's faith had not been developed enough to receive what God had promise. Even 15 years later, it had not come to pass, so God had to change his name to Abraham.
 
Once God changed his name every time he told someone his name, every time someone called his name they were saying what God had said about him. Father of many Nations. How many times does someone say your name? How many times is someone saying your name that you don't know about?
 
15 year after God promised Abram the blessing, it had not
come to pass. 10 years later after God changed his name to
Abraham, the father of many nations, Abraham son Issac was
born.
 
What was the difference? God made it to where Abraham had to call into existence what God had promised. He changed his name.
 
Do you want what God has promised you? Well then change your name. Call yourself Prosperous, call yourself Healed. Call
yourself Delivered. Call yourself Victorious. Call yourself
More Than A Conqueror. Call yourself The Head And Not The Tail.
 
What is your name? Who are you? Are you the defeated, or, are you Seated in Heavenly Places with Christ Jesus?
 
Start calling yourself, what God says about you. When someone tells you something that is not what God says, then tell them oh no, I not saying that anymore, I'm saying what God says about me.
 
I am who God says I am. I can do what God says I can do!
 
Be Blessed.
 
Courtney Ivan Jones

Monday, June 9, 2014

Don't Overlook The Small Things

In my morning time with the Lord today, I realized that there are some things that God showed me along time ago, and has kept showing me over, and over, but I missed it until now. There is no telling where I might be now, had I paid attention to this little thing that God has been showing me over and over.
 
Abraham made the same mistake. He asked God how can great nations come out of me when you have given me no seed. But the truth was that God had already given Abraham his seed, because God gave Abraham his word, but Abraham didn't see God's word as his seed.
 
God operates on seed, time, and harvest. That's why I think we miss it so often. We are looking for something big, and God hands us a seed, so we can plant it and watch it grow. Another scripture comes to mind that says Despised not small beginnings.
 
I read in one of Kenneth Hagin's books, where he said God told him " My people or looking for the spectacular, and they are missing the supernatural".
 
This life is a journey. Where we start, is not where we will end up. I going to go back and do that little thing that God showed me to do longtime ago, and a lot of other little things that he told me to do, and get them going. 
 
You no the same thing happen to the rich young ruler. Jesus told him to sale everything that you have and give it to the poor, and follow me. The rich young ruler went away sad, because he thought Jesus was trying to make him poor, but Jesus wasn't trying to make him poor, Jesus was trying to blessed the man and bring even more abundance, wealth into his life, because Jesus said, and I'm using my own words now " whatever you give up for the gospel sake, you will receive it again 100 fold, in this life".
 
It is so easy to miss out on what God has for us, for one reason, Gods ways and thoughts are higher than ours. I have learned today, that it is so important to pay attention to everything God tells us, no matter how small it may seem.
 
Be Blessed,
Courtney Ivan Jones

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Thinking About All My Children

When I was young I wanted to have 10 children. I had in my
head that as they got older things would get easier. Boy was I wrong. As they got older the responsiblilty increased.
 
I never did write my book that I said I was going to write. I was going to call it Before You Have Children. Who knows I just may still do it. I have a lot of stories. Like the time one of them pulled the cushion from out of the bed, and stuck up their nose.  We kept wondering what was stinking. My when we finally found out it was coming from one of kids, My wife pulled this big wad of cushion out the girls nose. It must have been in there for a day or two cause it was full of blood. I still don't know how she got all that up her nose.
 
Anyway 2 of my kids are grown, and 2 will be grown real soon.
But I still have 2 little ones. I never had sons, but I have  2 grandsons.
 
I invested money in a risky foreign currency, about 10 years
ago. It looks like it will pay off in the near future. I really hope it does. I will be able to help all my children get on their feet, and be able to be apart of their lives. Even if it does not, I will still be there for them.
 
I pray for every child in America. I pray that Gods protection
be upon them and that God's light shines upon them so that they can see the path that he has made for them, and that they chose to walk in the light.
 
Be Blessed
Courtney Ivan Jones