Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Heavy Weights

Ask God to help you lift that weight.
Sometimes in life we deal with heavy burdens.

Big issues, serious circumstances, dire situations.

Heavy weights.

What may be a heavy weight for one person may not be a heavy weight for the next person, but they can be confronting equal weight. That means we can't judge the way a person should act when they're going through things, because we don't know how they see that weight placed on them. We don't know their strength. We have no idea just by looking at them.

Only God knows that.

That also means that when we are dealing with a heavy weight, God will be with us, but we have to trust Him. I made mistakes in the past by having heavy burdens that I thought I had to handle on my own and I wasted valuable time. Today I have burdens that should weigh heavily on me, but I trust God and I am stronger in dealing with them.

I remember when I lost my twins. There were two women who talked about the fact that I was still grieving for them just a few short days after. They didn't realize that the weight was heavy for me and that it would take me a while to get through it. I didn't know God then, but I am convinced I got through it faster, because He gave me the natural strength to get through it. Now that I know Him I can tap into His supernatural1 strength which enables me to get through things with His miraculous power. I can do nothing in my own strength if the weight is too heavy. Yet I know I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.2

What I'm here to tell you is if that weight you're trying to carry is too heavy for you, why not ask God to help you? Why not ask Him to give you the strength to lift it and carry it? You will only carry it for a short time, because with God all things are possible and through Him that heavy weight will make us stronger. He will give us supernatural strength to deal with our burdens when we cast them on Him.3

But we have to ask Him to help us. Even if we have to ask Him all day long. 

Have you tried that?



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Footnotes:
1. Supernatural strength is unexplainable strength that only comes from God
2. Philippians 4:13
3. Psalms 55:22

Monday, May 30, 2016

Free

Freedom, there's nothing like it.
You are free to go.

Free to go to the place the Lord has given you.

You have everything you need. You won't fail, because the Lord will be with you. You are strong, you are mighty, you are ready.

The Lord has signed off.

Go.

Walk in your destiny. Fly butterfly fly. He has plans for you. You will be listened to. Your suffering is over. People will bow down1 to you like they did for Joseph2. That cistern3 you were thrown in has made you a warrior, because you got out. That prison4 cell you were in has made you humble, because you stayed with God. Those lies told against you5 have withered away to nothing to stand on, because they were baseless.

Now, walk in. Hold your head up. People are not seeing you anymore, they're seeing God. Every stride of your walk is like a lion, smooth and strong. Your countenance is confident and welcoming. People will flock to you. They will like you.

The hard part has been finished. You are now ready to fly this airplane. Your passengers will have a pleasant trip and arrive safely.

Because you are now free.

Free to go.  
 

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Footnotes:
1. Genesis 42
2. Genesis 37
3. Genesis 37:12-46
4. Genesis 39:20-23
5. Genesis 39:1-18

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Back Door

There's always access.
For a large part of my life I had this philosophy that if I wanted anything I would have to ask.

And as I grow older, I grow more confident in that asking.

You know the scripture, "ask and it shall be given to you..." I take that seriously, because it works, but here's the thing. Many times asking God for certain things doesn't mean those things will come to us easy. Many times they will come with hard work on our part. That means we may have to change things up, we may have to think and go outside our comfort zone, we may have to go the long route. 

Which means, we may not be able to ascertain certain blessings by going the traditional route. 

We may have to go through the back door. 

And who cares, because now we're in and now it's on. That's right, now we can show what we're made of and sky high promotion cometh soon. And here's the other thing, that grand ole promotion that will come is not just for us to chill and act like Mr. or Ms. Big. It's to show others God, it's to help others in the many ways God placed us on earth to help them with (our gifts), and it's to direct people to Him. 

So, although God enabled us to walk in that back door to give us access to great things, we must realize that door may have been granted to us simply to make a difference for the people who are now around us or will come. 

We must keep that in the front door of our minds.


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Reference:
Matthew 7:7-11

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fake it, Make it

You'll make it for real.
"Fake it until you make it."

You heard that phrase before, right?

Some people like it, some people don't.

I like it.

Some people like the saying, because they see it as forcing yourself to do the things you may not want to do or can't do, until you either want to do them or you can do them. Some people don't like the saying, because they think it comes from a faithless place and saying such a thing is not a good thing.   

For me it works, so I believe it and I'm sticking with the things that work. There was a time in my life when I had nothing, but the clothes on my back. I had moved from California to South Carolina and I left everything in storage including my car. I lived at a friend's house and I hated everything about  my move. It was a culture shock. Yet this is what I knew. I had to get up each morning with a smile on my face and I had to have the confidence to push through each day. That attitude worked and I was able to get on my feet relatively fast with the help of some friends I met (today I still have a great relationship with several of them). 

My point is that I faked it big time and I made it "big time" -- a correlating effect.

All of us have to push through in certain areas. And since I know all things are possible for those who believe, then yes, I will continue to have faith that my God will carry me through. And while He's at it I'm going to "fake" doing whatever that thing is I need the strength to do until God helps me make it a habit, a skill, an ability, a talent, whatever

And if that works for you too, then I say go ahead and do it.


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Footnotes:
Mark 9:14-39

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cheetahs and Us

The Cheetah is not the only run who defies speed.
So I decided to watch a YouTube video about Cheetahs.

And I wasn't disappointed. 

The video was called, This Is Why You Can't Outrun a Cheetah.1 It talked about how fast they were -- they run at 75 miles per hour. In the video it was said that the Cheetah was the "king of speed" with acceleration faster than a Ferrari or Lamborghini. And that it moved so quickly that its feet spent more time in the air than the ground. 

Fascinating. 

Then of course I thought about how God works and I drew a similarity to the Cheetah. I thought, ok God can also do a work in us faster than a Cheetah can run. Makes sense, doesn't it? I mean He created the Cheetah,2 so the fact that it's been established that He created Cheetahs to run so fast that they defy reason, He also created His people to do even more. Henceforth, He's the God of the possible and the impossible, which means that just as He created the Cheetah as the king of speed to operate at the top of its game, He most definitely created His people to operate at the top of their game.

That's right, as fast as that Cheetah goes when it wants something, God works the same way with his human creations. And that means, just when we think we've been waiting too long and nothing is ever going to ever happen with our dreams, God will enable us to become the kings and queens of speed. So much so, that we will have feet that spend more time in the air than they spend on the ground. It will happen that quick.

Don't underestimate God.

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Footnotes:
1. Smithsonian Channel
2. Genesis 1:25

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Solid as a Rock

We all need a strong Father we can go to. For me, it's Jesus.
"A firm foundation or support."1


The Rock means: To hold up. A firm setting. A strong mass. An unshakable entity.  Reliable. Safe. Dependable. Reinforcing. Secure. Steady.

By now, you probably know where I'm going with this, don't you? 

Well, I won't assume, so I will tell you where I'm going. In one word: Jesus. 

I'm there. 

He is omnipotent one, plus some. If you want to know where I get my strength and what I stand on, it's Him. He's my first response. And as a result, I am able to go on no matter the pain, no matter the heartache, no matter the struggles, no matter if I'm misunderstood. No matter anything. Jesus is my rock and He too knows that feeling of all of the above.

He knows everything. 

Before He died for you and I, that's the way He was treated. That's the way He was looked upon. Thus, we can stand on the rock any time we see fit. And guess what else is amazing? That rock will never wear out. It will never wash away. It will never weaken. 

Blessed.


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Footnotes:
1. Dictionary.com
2. Isaiah 26:4
3. Isaiah 28:16

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Laser Focus


Stay focused
We must focus.

That's the key to doing all that God has blessed us to do. That means being inconvenienced if needed. That means smiling when we feel like crying. That means getting up when we feel like staying in bed with the covers over our heads. It all means forcing ourselves to do and be until it becomes second nature or habit. We must remain strong in body and spirit. We're not here solely for ourselves. We're here to help others so others can help others. We're here for people to see God's glorious light, because He is the light of the world and whoever follows Him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.1

Focus means dealing with it if it glorifies God. 

That's the key to helping others through their pain. I see it often, people in pain, especially young people. Some of them have very difficult lives and who am I to throw my struggles on them? Instead, I am a needed hand from God to help them sort through some of their challenges. So I must decrease as God will have me decrease. That way He can increase in order for people to see His glory and His love for them. 

When I move over, God takes over. He won't do it with me in the way so either I will have to get out of the way or do the small part He birthed me to do. Then sit back and watch Him in action. And just in case you don't think He will do it, you may want to find a good seat, eat your popcorn, and watch the greatest show on earth, the same as it is in heaven. God will blow your mind. Don't even think to underestimate His power. Respectfully speaking, you will only disappoint yourself.

So, all of that means focus by keeping first things first. Prioritizing what's important and let no one, no place, or no thing get in your way.

God will do the rest after that. 



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Footnote:
John 8:12

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

God's Love

God loves all of us. It doesn't matter.
Let me tell you about the love of God.

It never changes. 

Why? Because, God shows his love for us while we were still sinners and Christ died for us.1 And because He died for us and He lives forever, that means His love is forever.

It doesn't matter if we fall short. He will never abandon us. We may not be able to say that about many people, but we can most assuredly say that about God. That's why it's important that we know who God says we are. We are His cherished offspring. I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt. No one can rattle me on that, because I know He is real and His love is abundant. It never runs out.

I will always rest in knowing that. It doesn't matter how difficult my walk is sometimes. I know He embraces me in His loving arms. I will never give up in what I was born to do and that is to help those who are broken. That is one of the main reasons I exist. It's a new mission and I will stand in knowing who I am in Christ. 

I love God's love.


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Footnotes: 
Romans 5:8

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moral Compass

Where is your moral compass pointing?
So you want to be a leader huh? 



The truth of the matter is that everybody doesn't have it in them when it comes to leading in big ways. What I’m saying is that leadership is leadership is leadership. Although everyone can and should lead in some capacity, everyone can’t be leaders among leaders.

I've worked with people who called themselves leaders, but left a lot to be desired. It wasn't their calling. And to be honest, I wasn't impressed with their moral compass. A moral compass is a guide, a barometer, a measurement of how we're doing regarding our morals (conduct, ethics, principles, values). Whether we're a leader or not, what is our moral compass pointing to? And if it's not pointing to the place it should be in order to bring out the best in people, then we have some work to do.  Or perhaps we should move over and let someone else have the position.

There are many great leaders in the bible. Of course Jesus is numero uno. No one can touch Him. That goes without saying. 

The leader I will talk about briefly though, is Esther. If you've been coming to this blog for some time now you know I write much about her. Just do a search on Esther1 and you will see I admired her leadership style. I like that she was a servant-leader2 willing to be led by the king's eunuch (palace official), Hegai. The bible never mentions any other woman who did that. Eventually Esther goes on to be a mighty woman of influence. She amazingly led her people to victory against their enemies and she pointed them towards success (the good on the moral compass). She risked her life for her people and she stood for what was right (again, check the moral compass). She was willing to go against the status quo and didn't mind standing alone. She was a "bold soldier."

What's your moral compass pointing to?

Esther is a great transformational3 leadership case study for many reasons. At a minimum, she exuded someone who followed a moral compass that benefited many people. That's a definite lesson in effective leadership we can all learn from.


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Footnotes:
1. Biblical book of Esther
2. In Sharon's Heart "Servant-Leaders" article, 5/11/16
3. https://www.verywell.com/what-is-transformational-leadership-2795313