Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Don't Bow Down to Nonsense

Stay At It

If you're doing good things and trying to live right, stay that way. Keep doing those things even if you have to cry and claw your way through. Even when you feel discouraged, stay with it. Our time is coming, but we must not grow weary. It doesn't matter who supports us and who doesn't. Don't give in to trying to fit in with the crowd, because they seem to be having more fun. Trust and believe that when they get home and look in the mirror they don't like how they're living. They know it's a road to nothing. You don't see that part though.

Stay who you are, live right, because eventually people will come to you for advice and prayer when they get tired enough. Just continue to do your positive things no matter the obstacles. If you succumb to the pressure you will be just like them, ordinary, normal, and standing on the corner to nowhere. A good book that talks about this is, The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson. It's a tiny yet powerful book about standing your ground and roughing it out until you get yours. There will be opposition coming at you and some of it will come from insecure, jealous, and miserable people. Wilkinson says some of them may even be family or friends who didn't live out their dreams. 

There is a story in one of my favorite books of the bible, the book of Esther. I love the story of Esther, because there are so many lessons to learn from this book. One of the lessons is what happens when insecurity meets jealousy and jealousy meets misery. As you can imagine, it's not a good outcome. Enter Haman, the second man to the king. Haman had so much going for himself, but he got caught up in minding other people's business. He was a trusted official to the king and he had great influence and power, but all of it went to his head. He was arrogant, which lead to his downfall. He became so preoccupied with Mordecai, Esther's cousin, not bowing down or kissing up to him that he spent almost all his time plotting against Mordecai. Haman was also insecure, jealous, and miserable. He didn't like anyone he felt threatened by. In the end guess where Haman found himself? Hanging on the very gallows he had built for Mordecai.

The Haman Spirit

Do you know anyone with the Haman spirit? So insecure, jealous, and miserable with themselves, they are not happy with anyone else? You ever wonder why your best friend is hardly ever happy for you when you give him great news? You ever wonder why, when great things happen to you, your favorite relative couldn't care less? You ever wonder why, when you are on your grind, just trying to do you, your hang out partners are always coming for you? A reality of life is we will have our Hamans, but we must fight our way through them.

If anyone suffers from the Haman spirit, no one has to. Listen, there is room for everyone to live better than we're living. Success is available to all of us. Maybe some of us have to work through some things in order to get there. If that's the case, just do whatever it is that needs to be done and keep it moving. God is a huge big God who will bless abundantly. We just have to stay focused on who matters (Him) and walk the way He dictates. When we focus first on His kingdom, so much more will be added to our lives. I'm telling you, it's true.

And when that happens, we will get the victory like Mordecai did. 





Monday, December 28, 2015

From Pain to Gain

What I Know Now

When we've gone through the fire and when we've gone through the storms, although the pain still grips us and still lingers, we must be happy and we must be healthy. Those are the ways we will be able to help people see the light. Those are the ways we will be able to reach and teach people. Those are the ways we will be able to help people. That's our mission and it looks different for all of us based on our pain.

Our pain is for everyone else's gain. 

Our pain is not for us to wallow in self-defeat, be depressed, or feel sorry for ourselves. Who will those things help? Take that pain and run with it. God's got you. He always had you.

My mission (because I have decided to accept it), is to let people know that since God brought you through it, He did it for a purpose bigger than you. My pain is deep yall and I also hurt for other people now more than ever. I want hurting people to know that God allows "bad" things in order to teach us great things. Then we can take those great things to teach and help others. It's like dominoes with people falling forward.

God is not mad at you for bad decisions and He is not a God of punishment, because that would contradict His dying on the cross for us. He took our punishment already, so now we don't have to suffer anymore. He stood in the gap for us already. Now we are covered by His grace. That's right, those mistakes we made, guess what? They weren't made to harm us. Why? Because God already knew about them before they even happened, yet He allowed them. Why? Because He wants greatness to come out of us. Why? Because people will listen to us. Why? Because we are now the experts, the pros, the champions. Why? Because all that hell we went through, God wants us to teach and help others. And He wouldn't give such an important mission to a novice, an amateur, a wimp. He only wants the best to do His business. And if He brought you through it, get ready.

Accept your mission. 

So, in a nutshell? God is a loving God. He is a strategic God. And He's God all by Himself. Respect that. And know this: He is never wrong and that evil that was meant for your harm, watch what God will do with that.





Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Forgive

Forgiveness helps us more than the other person.
I used to live in unforgiveness, but I wasn't doing anything but hurting myself. There comes a time when we must move on. Forgiveness is not for the other person who hurt us, it's for us. It's for you.

When we don't forgive (release) we think we are ok by living in the hurt and pain, but we are not able to really move on and become whole. We will not be 100% until we release that hurt and that pain, because that hurt and pain will live with us each day while the other person is living life to the fullest. That hurt and pain will drive many of the things we say and do. It's like a commercial that plays in our minds. It's subliminal, which means we won't know we are buying into it. You ever go into a store and you find yourself buying something you had no business buying? Many times you saw an advertisement on that very item and you didn't even know it. That's how unforgiveness works. It's an ugly evil spirit that comes to kill, steal, and destroy your joy. That evil, ugly spirit wants you to cry, be depressed, and live in hurt and pain. But that's not what the Lord God wants for you. He wants you to live, really live, to be happy and full of peace.

I know what I'm talking about because I used to live in hurt and pain, but I was only messing myself up and I was not growing. So believe me when I say, you are not hurting the other person when you're all mad, angry, and twisted up, because of what they said or did or didn't say or do. You are only hurting yourself and your family, because you are not full. And they see it, you're not fooling them. They know you're bitter and jacked-up about that thing. Our families deserve more that that. We deserve more than that.

Release it and know that you don't have to be around the person or people who did you dirty. All you have to do is let go of those negative feelings. True forgiveness looks like this: when you think about that person or those people who did you wrong, you will still be ok. And if you're around him, her, or them, there will no more hatred, no more hurt, and no more pain. You win. You will have a peaceful countenance (expression) and a calm spirit (true self). You will not suffer any emotional chaos anymore. You will be free of them and you will be free from that thing that previously tore you to shreds. Yes, you will be free at last. 

Then and only then will you be able to go forward and do what it is you've been born to do, which is to be fruitful and multiply. God has more for you. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Royalty

We have all been hurt. Yet God is a God of healing and restoration. God is the God of all things. There is no one like Him, never was, and never will be. He wants us to move on with life, because He knows we were hurt. In fact, He knew it would happen. Why? Because He's God all by himself. He knows everything before, during, and after it happens. And He wants to bring dead things to life. He wants to redeem you (Isaiah 61)

So, we must start living out our purpose. We must start living the way God ordained (appointed/anointed) us to live. He wants us to be happy, healthy, and forgiving. He wants us to forgive those we put our trust in and they turned their backs on us. Perhaps part of the reason they turned their backs was because God wanted us to turn back to Him. God also wants us to shame everything that the enemy, the devil, and the vessels he uses who come in human form who were used against us. God will get the glory in the end. Period, end of story. We must remember who we are. 

So, I believe the Lord is saying, come back to me son, come back to me daughter. I loved you then and I love you now. Mali Music's song, Royalty sums it all up, you are still royalty in God's eyes and that will never change.






Friday, October 23, 2015

The Underdog

I love the spirit of the underdog. 

I love what God does with the person of little status in the world. I love it when the Lord shuts the mouths of lions like He did with Daniel. When He protects us against the monsters and giants who come for us. I love it when God sees to it that the underdog, the one who was looked at as the mistaken one, comes out unscathed. Yes I just love it when the Lord Jesus Christ tells the naysayers, the people who counted you out, the ones who left you for dead, that you will rise. That you be will resurrected from the valley. That you will reach the mountain tops. 

All the glory belongs to the Lord. Why? Because truly, He is worthy to be praised. He is the reason for all seasons. He makes ways out of no ways. He is the one God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The amazing Lord God. 

I love the spirit of the people who aren't afraid to be different. The ones who may have even been called weird. I love the spirit of the people who are doing unusual things and going to unusual places. The people who like to take chances and don't live in fear. The humble people, not the people who try to show off. Yes, I love the spirit of these people, because they are the ones God will use to do mighty feats in the land. 

God loves it when we walk the walk. No need to talk the talk unless it's glorifying Him. God loves a great reveal. He loves to show people, through other people, who He is. These are just a few illustrations and proof of how God used (and still uses) people who were once looked at as underdogs, misfits, get-on-your-nerves type people, to do miraculous things in order to help others:

Moses (birth and the great mistake); God sends Moses
Esther (humble beginnings to queen)
Samaritan Woman ("hoochie momma" to evangelist)

Yes yes y'all, He will indeed do it and He doesn't care who He uses. What did Moses, Esther, and the Samaritan Woman have in common? They were not impressed with themselves. That's why God used them. They weren't conceited people who looked down on and judged others. That's why God used them. 

Thus, this writing is for the underdog, the one others see as the low one or the one who won't make it. This writing is for you. Just stay with God and see what He does. Talk to Him and He will listen. Don't worry about how you look, how you act, where you go, or where you live. None of that is important to God. Just talk to Him and He will speak back to you. Then He will straighten all of that other stuff out. Comon now, nothing is impossible for Him. I'm telling you, it's just as simple as that.

So don't despair, my good people. As long as we all keep God first and seek first His kingdom above all else, He will see to it that the underdog will be no more. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

God is Real

I've often had conversations about how we know God is real, about how we know His spirit lives, about how we know we are spiritual beings in human form (not the other way around). The answers lie in the beginning starting with the living spirit of God and how the world began.

God is Real. He's a living breathing spirit, an organism. God is love.

I often wonder how it is that some people think the opposite though. That the world began with a bang, a big bang, a black hole, whatever else they want to call it. The question I always raise to such a "theory" is, how was love created? How was flesh, blood, bones, or our souls created? What I mean by soul is that part of us that perceives "silently" what we do, think, believe, feel, and our mind, our will, our intellect, our emotions. Science or no bang or hole of any sort can explain that. If science can indeed come up with an explanation that does not include God, then let me know. In fact, let us all know.

No man can explain logically how flesh and blood were created without acknowledging God being the creator. It's impossible simply because God is The God of the unimaginable, the impossible, the extraordinary. He's the alpha and the omega. The first and the last. The beginning and the end.  So don't rely on science because science cannot explain it. We must realize that certain things just can't be explained. Only God knows. That's why He's God and we're not. Simple, but not really.

God is real, because to say He isn't real means to say that some other being, person, or entity created the world right? Created us right? Then if that's the case then who was he, she, it? Please tell me, tell us.

No big bang -- "God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters" (Genesis 1:1/2). Yes, that's right. The spirit of God. Now, need I say more?

God is Real, people.



Friday, September 18, 2015

Despair to Repair

God is in the restoration business
and He will give us the tools for strength.
I know what intense pain feels like and I know what trusting in the Lord feels like too.

My pain is leading to more faith (trust) in God, which is leading to freedom and peace, which is strengthening me to help others. God is turning my pain into another's gain. And what the devil meant for evil, God is turning it around.

This is what He did for Joseph when those Joseph loved turned their backs on him. Yes yes yall, God turned Joseph's despair into repair. Then Joseph went on to become mighty in the world. He didn't despise his small/humble beginnings, which were necessary for growth. Why? Because God uses those who society rejects, the misfits, the lost, the ostracized, the cast-asides, the judged. God loves making ways out of no ways and making the ordinary into the extraordinary. He did (and does) it time after time after time.

I'm happy God is a merciful, favorable, graceful, honorable, all-of-that God. I couldn't exist without Him. Nobody could. Thus, this is the time to "proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of our God's vengeance; to comfort all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:2), because God hasn't forgotten about his hurting people and they will hurt no more.



Saturday, September 5, 2015

It Ain't Over

Yes, you're more than a conqueror.
This goes out to everyone who has gone through something, who is currently going through something, or who will go through something. My current circumstance? I'm going through something. In fact some may even classify my current circumstance as going through hell. But guess what? It ain't over til God says it's over. It ain't over until my victory is won, period, end of story.

I have a faith strategy that has been working for me. Yes in order to get through, I had to come up with a plan of action, so this is what I've been doing on a consistent basis: pray throughout the day & night, read the word (bible), listen to countless sermons, go to church on Sundays & for bible study (there's something about being in God's house), serve in church no matter what, stay around positive Christians (in other words, prayerful/faithful Christians), ask for prayer (nope I'm not afraid to ask for help. I used to be, but not anymore though, glory to God), listen to motivating Godly songs that lift our spirit (this is the first time I ever only listened to gospel songs, but I must do it because they keep me focused on trusting God). 

And let me tell you this, God will move mountains and He will slay giants on our behalf, because there's no doubt He loves all his children no matter our mistakes. I am living proof of this, I'm telling you. It's amazing how God has moved in my life during these painful trying times -- totally amazing. I'm truly a witness yall. So, be encouraged in the Lord, because He'll turn things around and He'll make a way out of no way. Stay faithful, because God says, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20).

This is the song I've been listening to lately. I hope this song lifts your spirits like it does mine, that no matter what we're going through, the devil is defeated when we put all our trust in the Lord. So if you're like me and you're going through a tough circumstance, know this:

It ain't over til God says it's over.

Keep Going

Can't quit, won't quit. There is much work to do for the kingdom. In the kingdom. God's kingdom. There's inspiration all over the place.

It's never over.
I came across an inspirational article. It inspired me, because this time in my life is a trying time, buttrust the Lord with ALL my heart & lean not on my own understanding. In ALL my ways, I will acknowledge Him (Proverbs 3:5/6). In other words, when we're going through tough hard times we must: keep doing positive things, keep serving, keep worshiping, keep praising, stay around positive Christians, stay in church & shame the devil. My stance is, in my weakness if I can just touch the hem of the Lord's garment (faith), I will be "healed" (Matthew 9:20). Be encouraged, because challenging times don't last forever. Why?
I will never give up. I will

Because weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). I'm a witness.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Bless the Lord

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 

He gives us strength, always, no matter what. 





Saturday, May 23, 2015

God Will Show-Out

Your place-setting. Just for you.
I remember years ago when I first arrived in South Carolina. I had come from California and all of my belongings were in storage. All I had were myself and my two boys. That was about it. One of the hardest things during that time was waiting for my car. Even that was in a storage facility in California. I felt hopeless having to rely on others for transportation, but I knew my situation was temporary. At least with a car my boys and I could "escape" to different parts of South Carolina. Without one I felt limited and closed-in.

One time when I needed yet another ride to my job, which was about 40 minutes away (the owner of the borrowed car I was using wanted it back), I had gotten a ride from a woman who I found out days later, wasn't the nicest person. On one occasion when she didn't think I gave her gas money fast enough, she became mean, rude, and obnoxious. It became obvious that she didn't really believe my story that my car was in storage in California. Needless to say, my association with her was over within weeks of meeting her. Finally my car came. It was a happy day that I will always remember. On one of my usual drives to work I passed her on the road. I drove by and looked over at her smiling in my "new" car with my California license plates. The look on her face in those short moments were sheer shock, disbelief, and amazement. That look will forever be etched in my mind. I have to admit, it's a cherished moment.

Every time I think back to that day, I think about how the Lord will set a place before our enemies. Although she may not have been an enemy in the traditional sense of the word, she clearly wasn't a person who wished me or my sons well. That, I knew for sure. But God...He made it so I didn't need to show-off by calling her and saying, 'see see I got my car and I don't need you anymore.' No, there was no need for that. God simply showed her that I wasn't lying about my car.

There was no doubt to me that I knew God worked in my favor that very moment. And all I had to do was drive by and smile big. Not a smile of spite or anything of the sort. Simply a smile of, 'hey good to see you, thanks for what you did for my sons and me, but I'm glad I have my car.' I never saw her again after that. Sometimes all we have to do is show up, perform, drop the mic, and exit stage left. Show over.

The moral of the story is, as we continue to live for God and have faith in Him, He will be the one who showcases our lives the way He sees fit. And I believe He does this:
- to increase our faith in Him by showing us His favor in our lives  
and 
- to bring others to Him through our lives as witness to His goodness

All of this I liken to a southern phrase called, "showing out', which means showing off or bringing attention to. Just like God showed-out in my favor that day, He will do the same for anyone, because He is a God of showing-out with an exclamation point.






Saturday, May 16, 2015

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

No need to keep talking about it. Just be about it.
Sometimes when I watch two athletes, I tend to favor the one who remains quiet. Typically big mouth people are fun to watch because they're entertaining, but it's something about that cool, calm, and collected one I like studying. And like athletes, I like watching those National Geographic shows about tigers who sit back and watch their prey. Those tigers are always so patient. They just chill, knowing confidently where their next meal is coming from. No fan fare, no huge roar to let every animal know what's about to happen. Because if the premature big roar happens too soon then that prey will be gone in sixty seconds. So tigers know exactly what to do. They're just doing what they have to do to get what's coming to them. That's attractive to me. I can watch those tiger shows forever. Sometimes I'll just YouTube them and study their character, study their leadership.

It all reminds me of God's blessings. As we continue doing our thing, staying in our anointed (special God-given area) and remain silent about it, then God will do what it is He said He would do. What am I saying? I'm saying we don't have to brag, boast or jump up and down to be seen. Just like that strong confident athlete and tiger, all we have to do is be silent and wait. Our win and hearty meal will come, because God's word doesn't come back void or empty.

How do I know? Because, just as Moses told the Israelites who feared the Egyptians, "the Lord will fight for us and all we have to do is be silent (Exodus 14:14), there is no need to worry or fear. Thus, these words apply in many situations as we stay focused, stay motivated, and remain silent. And when that happens, God will make our voices loud without us saying one word.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Playing Our Position

As I think over my life, I sometimes realize where I went wrong in some situations. Like in my teens when I thought I knew everything and nobody could tell me nothing. I just knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I knew more than my mother. For sure I thought in many instances she had no idea what she was talking about. In some instances I even thought I was the mother when it came to what was right and wrong. How foolish huh? Just straight up stupid thinking. Yet haven't we all been there before in some way? As I got older I understood that a child can and will never have the position of the parent even if that child becomes the caregiver of the parent or calls all the shots. The parent is still the parent. That's the position God created, it's the way He set up the order of that family. And order is extremely important.

In Luke 6, we are reminded that, "the student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher" (verse 40). In other words, we must stay in our place, because the Lord made us for specific purposes to carry out specific functions. If we will remain humble in spirit in listening to the wise counsel of the person in authority, then we will get what it is God wants us to have. When the person in authority is carrying on in a wise, respectful and correct manner, then we will be just fine. If the person is not, then God will take care of that too. I have seen with my own eyes that the Lord will make correction as needed so there's no need to worry or to step out of our place.

It's so much easier when we play our position and stay there. Other than that, God will continue to direct our paths and make them smooth.








Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tough Love

In the story of Joshua, verse 17, we witness a story of tough love. Joshua used this approach with the people of Israel (people of Joseph) as they grumbled, because they felt they weren't allotted enough land. They thought they were too great, too numerous, and too blessed to not get more land, so they complained to Joshua. Joshua said, 'since you are so numerous and since the land is not enough for you, then you can go up into the forest and clear the land yourselves.' But the people still didn't like that idea. They were afraid of the Canaanites and the others who lived in the surrounding areas. Instead of Joshua feeling sorry for them and just giving them something for nothing, he made them work for it. And he did so in an unyielding, caring and encouraging way. Tough love.

Tough love is about ensuring people earn their keep. This way they will come to appreciate things. I learned this with my kids a long time ago yet it's still difficult sometimes, because when you see your loved ones in "pain", you want to jump in and help. But "no pain, no gain." They have to do it for themselves. That's how we all learn to navigate through life. I know now, after much trial and error, the things I always gave my kids left little gratitude and appreciation from them. Consequently, I learned to lead from an unwavering place of gentle nudging and persuasion. And the outcome has been better and more effective. Tough love.

Joshua gave the people something they could be proud of. Empowerment. He told them, 'you are numerous and very powerful. Clear the land of the Canaanites and its farthest limits will be yours. Yes the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out. I know you can.' He believed in them. Now, that's motivation.

So in essence I'm taking a play out of Joshua's play book. He wanted them to develop their own drive and determination to do it themselves. And that's what tough love is all about.






Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know

You've heard the phrase before, "it's not what you know, it's who you know." Who hasn't? We've heard it when it comes to getting a job, getting a promotion, or getting into a certain school. And since we don't have all the answers when it comes to our lives or anyone else's life, we need to go to the person we know, God. The Lord is there whenever we want to talk. So why not just ask Him first? He is the one with all the answers in whatever form He decides to share it (or not) with us. He will tell us who to speak to, where we need to go, what we need to do, and how we are to go about getting there.

In Numbers 16, this is exactly what Moses did when Korah and his followers didn't want Moses to lead them anymore. Moses fell facedown and spoke to the Lord. Korah and the 250 men with him told Moses and Aaron that they had gone too far and they questioned Moses and Aaron asking why they set themselves above the Lord's assembly. In other words Korah and the others wanted to lead, because they didn't think Moses was worthy of the position. Moses, knowing the Lord, didn't answer them with a deep explanation. He simply said, meet in the morning at the tent of meeting and we will just let the Lord decide who He wants to run things.

In verse 28, Moses told them the next thing that was going to happen would prove what the Lord had to say about it. Moses said, "you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea." Then look what happened to Korah and the assembly of people who were with him, after Moses spoke to the God he knew:
31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart. 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions.33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!” 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men..."
Don't you think had Korah and his followers knew the Lord, things would have turned out differently for them? The one thing I know is that Moses surely knew the Lord and He was with Moses all the days of his life.
Tent of Meeting was
set up outside the camp





 


Monday, April 6, 2015

It's Just Not the Same

You ever hear people say they don't go to church because they watch a certain pastor on TV or online? They say that's how they get their dose of God.

There's nothing wrong with listening to a church service at home or online from time to time, but there are certain things we can't get from a sermon from home. There are certain reasons why the church exists. One being the help and support we usually get from others ("may he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!", Psalms 20).

There's nothing like hearing a pastor in person and getting that nudge of hope or that head shake of agreement from the person next to you or that hug from the person behind you during meet-and-greet or that all encompassing corporate prayer. There's lots of encouragement in the church. And when people think they're always getting the same touch of God from home as they get from His synagogue, there can be a big disconnect.

Consider math instruction from a teacher by TV or online. How can that teacher show us where we went wrong if she can't see our work? Who's going to see us work the problem through step by step? Our TV or online teacher can't do that. It's just not the same. Or that special concert you're excited about. Imagine catching the shirt of the artist when he looked right at you and threw it directly to you. Or seeing the look in his eyes when he's singing that song and people are waving their hands in unison. It's just not the same on TV or online is it? How about being in the stands at an NFL game? The energy from the crowd is awesome, especially if you have prime seats, but honestly it really doesn't matter where you sit. Or that team mascot who decides to dance with you, yes you. And now you're seen all over the world. What if you stayed home?

It's all about the atmosphere. And there's nothing like the Lord's house. There's nothing like the active engagement we get from being in the house of God (his tabernacle, his holy place) and around other people. Being at home every Sunday or during bible study does not have the same impact as being at church. It just doesn't...because it's just not the same.



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Just speak

In Mark 11:24 Jesus says, "therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" and Proverbs 23:7 says, "for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." 

Isn't the writing on the wall simple? When something lives in our heart, all we have to do is open our mouths and speak those things as if we already had them. It is totally amazing how much power we really have, but we throw it away, because of our lack of faith. I've done that for years and let me tell you, it's not happening anymore, because although I have had setbacks because of distractions, I know with focus I am strong and mighty. I'm not giving nothing, no one, and no place another inch of my power if it serves no good. What about you? Would you agree that like me, you've wasting too much time wasting time? 

I am "waiting" on the promises of the Lord. Yes, those things that have never left my heart. And I've been waiting for years for some things. Yet I'm going to keep asking and keep speaking. Getting the blessing of God starts with speaking things as if they were. We have to see ourselves doing the things He has for us -- abundant things. 


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Cleaning

One of the great things about this time of year is that we can get rid of all the junk we don't need. We may want them, but having certain things around just clutters up our space. Some of those things may be in the form of people, certain people who are getting in the way of our lives. And every single time we see them, we are tripping over them. Perhaps they are in our way, because they were supposed to be long gone and at this point they are messing up the house. It's just too junky!

We don't have to look far to know that some of this stuff we have lying around in almost every nook and cranny of the house just shouldn't be there. Then we ask ourselves, why is that there? Why do I still have that? I haven't used it in years. It's high time we cleared that space, because it serves no purpose anymore (and perhaps never did). We may even question why we bought it in the first place. What in the world were we thinking?

Spring time is a great time of intense cleaning, of new things blossoming and old things withering away. In with the new, like the fresh aroma of beautiful flowers and out with all that old mess that serves no purpose whatsoever.

It's a great time to make that happen.






Saturday, March 21, 2015

Being Led

Sometimes there's not much to say or do at certain times. Sometimes we just have to tarry, wait, and ponder on the things of the Lord. We simply must "wait" on direction regarding which way to go and when to do what it is He says we will do.

That's where I am right now.



Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Psalm of David

In my reading, I came across other wise words from the wisest book ever written, the bible. These words come from Psalm 15 and they spoke to me:
 
"LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken."


The word of God never comes back empty, my medicine. 






Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wait On It

Your answer is coming
For awhile now I have had this practice of waiting until the next morning to act on something or to wait before I make a decision. And over time I have learned to become better at it. It just takes practice is all, and practice takes doing it over and over again.

There was a time when I used to make rash and quick decisions instead of waiting on what the Lord had to say about it. Mind you, I'm not necessarily talking about God's audible voice that comes telling me what to do (although that has happened). I'm talking about praying and thinking on a certain situation and having clarity, lets say, by the morning. When this happens it's another way God has spoken, because He speaks in so many ways.

In a nutshell, this is called gaining wisdom. Do I sometimes slip and mess up, because I get things wrong? Of course, but those types of mistakes are becoming less and less. I'm grateful for that, because my life has gotten better and so has some of those around me who seek me for advice. There are many more goals to still be accomplished, but it's wonderful to know that I can tap into yet another resource in the Lord's arsenal just by praying, waiting, then acting.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

God is There

You ever feel like you're always there for some people, but when it's time for them to step up, no one does? You ever feel like the rich celebrity who always has to pay for everything, but no one ever pays for you?
Pray without ceasing.

Sometimes I feel like that celebrity too. But I don't let that get me down because I realize some people have this false sense of who I am. They just see me as that person who can and will make things happen no matter what. But what they need to be reminded of, is that I need them just as much as they need me. I need them to support my endeavors just as much as I support theirs. That support may look different, yet nevertheless we need each other. No one is flawless. We all have our struggles and challenges. That's why certain people need certain people.

Moreover, the Lord is my strength. One of the reasons He made people is for us to love and help each other. This is what gives me solace. This is what I also know: The Lord God will make a way out of no way. And I will continue to praise Him as I say, "I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth"(Psalm 34:1). I love this verse, because it gives me so much power and it increases my faith even more. So in faith I say, I will not give up on people and people will not give up on me. God will put the right people and resources in place. How do I know? Because God is there and if He did it before, He'll do it again.

He never disappoints.




Monday, February 16, 2015

Won't He Do It?

This is what I know about God. He'll do what we can't. What I mean is if we do our part, God will fill in the gaps.

Just picture a glass full of rocks or pebbles. Can you ever completely fill that glass up without leaving many empty spaces? Of course not. It's impossible to do that. But God will fill that glass up with that missing liquid and now all is complete -- empty spaces and gaps filled.
Filled and overflowing with blessings.
Now, this is the million dollar question: what did it take for God to move on our behalf? Yep you guessed it. Faith, the substance (form) of things hoped for, the evidence (proof) of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). 

Without faith (strong belief and trust), why would God do it if we really didn't think He could?

Why?






Friday, February 13, 2015

The Blind Leading the Blind

You ever hear people talk, but they're not really talking about nothing? Like the Pharisees and teachers of the law when they came to Jesus complaining about people not doing things the way these judgmental people thought they were supposed to? Jesus didn't like their judgment though. He said they were hypocrites (pretenders, deceivers, liars). He said in Matthew 15, verse 14, "leave them (the Pharisees); they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

In other words, we have to be careful of the people around us, whether it be at work or wherever. If people are constantly talking crazy then don't follow them, don't engage with them, walk away. Or we are like the Pharisees and teachers of the law, criticizing and complaining about everything and everybody when we can be so much more productive. We must be careful, because "the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart" (Matthew 15:18).









Monday, January 19, 2015

Have Faith

In my reading of Matthew 13, I came across the following scripture in verse 58, And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

See, this is what happens when we're believing for something, but only when it's convenient. In the book of Matthew, the people had a problem with Jesus' wisdom when he was teaching in their synagogue.

How can people have a problem with wisdom? It's a question that amazes me yet I see it often. Don't you? In fact, it takes one to know one, because I was once such a blind person, but now I would like to say I see, although we all fall short. No one is perfect, but the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Yet see many instances of where we know what is being told to someone is true, but the person refuses to accept it. It may be pride, simple resistance because of the messenger, or just plain old denial. Nevertheless, the people in Matthew 13 refused to believe Jesus, because they didn't want to accept that He had the knowledge and wisdom that went beyond their capacity. They were narrow minded and their limited thinking regarding their circumstances stopped them from achieving all that God had for them. So, what God had for them never manifested. What a shame, right? All they wanted for their lives and their families lives didn't happen. And to think they had Jesus right there teaching among them.
 
Due to their lack of faith, their lack of real belief, Jesus did not do even one miracle there. He moved on with his blessings. Consequently, If they had faith as small as mustard seed, I think Jesus would have done miracles there.







 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Insults? So What.

In reading the most awesome book ever written, the bible, I once again stumbled on amazing words that spoke to me. This time the words were, "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." Matthew 5:11. This was when Jesus was teaching via the Sermon on the Mount (Mountain) or the Beattitudes, which are classified as the 8 blessings. It was the longest sermon ever preached by Jesus.

Regarding this verse, my response was wowwwww. Who hasn't been insulted at some point in their lives? The way I see it, the closer to the target the more hits or at least the more visible we are to the enemy. That means anyone who is moving up, being promoted, or going to the next level, will be vulnerable to such attacks. Expect it.

But look at that scripture again, "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me."

Who do you think Jesus was talking to? He wasn't only talking to His disciples. Oh no. He was talking to me, to you, the blessed ones, yes the ones with favor over our lives. So, insults?

So what. 




















Sunday, January 4, 2015

Blessed & Highly Favored

Blessed.
 
Highly.
 
Favored.
 
Yes, that's me and it's you too.
 
Those are powerful words, wouldn't you say? They carry a lot of weight, because the Lord God has a plan for our lives. A plan for all of us to proper and guess what? He will not allow harm on us. Instead, He will give us hope, which will solidify our future (Jeremiah 29:11).

There are stories after stories in the bible of people who were called and/or chosen. I can really stop at called, because people who are called to the Lord, can spread the gospel and help the next person. Everyone can't be the one in the limelight or the one with the platform. We all have different missions, but that doesn't mean we can't be blessed and highly favored in the process. So whether we are called or chosen, doesn't matter.

What matters is that we can all be Blessed and Highly Favored when we are living the life Christ has for us. Called and Chosen. It's a choice we all have the freedom to make.






Thursday, January 1, 2015

Faith Now!

Today is a new day. No need to go another day or another year without speaking things as if they were, speaking the things you want into the atmosphere. It's my time and it's your time to step into the realm of everything. Yes, it's time to reach new heights of all we ever wanted.

Set backs? Keep going anyway. Many times those are the things that will give our testimonies more teeth, more power, more leverage.

What I'm saying is use those disappointments as fuel to enable you to accomplish those things you've dreamed about, to make you stronger. Otherwise you go through them for not. Plus, God will be there throughout the fire and it will not consume you. One of my favorite verses is, Isaiah 43:2b, "...When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." As that verse says, when. That means fire will come and guess what? You will not be hurt or burned. In fact, just the opposite:

You will be empowered through the Lord, Jesus Christ to do what you were born to do.

God is with Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3)