Thursday, November 30, 2017

At the appointed time

Habakkuk 2:2/3 says, "And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay." I love reading that scripture. It's about writing down your visions, goals, and dreams -- the positive things that live in your heart. During a conversation, a woman told me she had no idea what her vision was. I told her that was an easy answer. I told her, her vision was what she always pictured herself doing; or what she often thought about; or what she imagined so big, it would almost take a miracle to happen. Those are the things we should all be striving for -- the things that are so huge we know we need God to help carry them out. Now, that's a vision and we must walk in it. To not live it out is to not really live life to the fullest. It's being half of who we are. Living our vision is like food and water. We can't survive or function without it -- at least not function to the best of what God has for our lives. 

What is it that lives inside of you? Are you writing it down? Are you making it plain to the Lord God that you are ready, willing, and able to do all you can to make it happen in order to encourage and help others? If God placed it in you, He will ensure it happens through you.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Word of God

It doesn't matter how much time goes by, the Word of the Lord remains the same. It's the most powerful word in all the universe. "The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever" (Isaiah 40:7/8).

What all that means to me is that although we will fall short and although we are far from perfect, the bible is our strength. If you don't believe it, then read the Word for about 30 minutes everyday for 30 days and see if there is a marked change in you. There's a reason it's been around for as long as anyone can remember.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ask for what you want

When it comes to getting the things you want and need, do you take your petitions to God? Do you pray without ceasing? If so, that's great. Keep doing that.  In 1 Kings 3the Lord asked Solomon in a dream, what he wanted and Solomon got more in his waking life, than He asked for. His life changed for the better simply because he opened his mouth and asked God what he desired for his life. 

Do you know what Solomon asked for? Wisdom. That's right. He asked for a wise and discerning (knowing) heart/spirit in order to discern between good and evil and knowing right from wrong. And because he asked so unselfishly and because he loved the Lord so much (at that point in his life), the Lord gave him all he asked for plus wealth and honor. God was so impressed that Solomon didn't ask for long life, riches, or for God to do away with his enemies, that God blessed Solomon abundantly -- He gave Him much more, because of his humble and meek spirit. And since God is no respecter of persons, He can and will bless us, just as well. Believe that it can happen in your life and it will. 
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Living in God's Power-Overcoming Adversity (with podcast episode #18)



Have you ever had to overcome anything so big that you didn't know how you were going to get over it? Have you ever been confronted with obstacles that have slowed you down, tripped you up, or knocked you out of the race? Well, guess what? You can overcome adversity, because if I can, anybody can. I've come to tell you.

In last week's podcast episode, I discussed the Introduction to Bill Hybels' book, Living in God's Power, Finding God's Strength for Life's Challenges. I am doing a 7 week book study on Hybels' book. The book study discusses the ways we go about getting to the next level in what God has for our lives. Last week's episode also talked about what Hybels says about securing a posture of overcoming anything that comes our way. Some of those things were: not giving up, not caving in, and no matter what life throws our way or how harshly we've been treated, we have the power to succeed, win, and overcome as long as Jesus in on our side. In other words, we can make it as long as we stay close to the Lord.

In this week's episode, we will discuss how to overcome adversity when you've been through the valley and the storms of life. In session or chapter 1, Hybels says, "adversity can come pounding down on us in many different ways. It may come in the form of a financial, relational, or emotional beating. It may come from a stranger or from those closest to you. Or it may come out of the clear blue sky' (p 11). In other words, adversity will come. Yet we can and will overcome anything that "ails" us when we live in the power of God. I am indeed a witness to that.

I remember a time when I worked around a few women who would go to a room during our lunch break and gossip about me. Me. When I heard about it, I couldn't believe it. What was so interesting or important about me to be the target of discussion among them? I couldn't imagine giving anybody that much attention and stage time. Anyway, I was more surprised than bothered by it when I heard about it. But, it did disappoint me to a certain extent when I realized that the same women who butchered me with their mouths, were the same ones who would laugh and joke with me a few moments later. All of that could have taken a real emotional toll on me if I had let it, but when you've been through hell, those things don't bother you. And if you too are going through or have gone through any adversity, you can sail right through it. Just don't dwell on those things that will do you no good. Just keep it moving, because when we know who we are in Christ, we can do just that -- forward march. We have the ability to let the negative rub right off of us. We can say, goodbye adversity, you will not live in my life.

Remember, we can and will overcome adversity. On page 14, Hybels says, 'if we are going to overcome the adversities in this life, we must know what we believe. False beliefs can poison our thinking and weigh down our hearts. When facing the struggles of life, some basic beliefs must be firmly implanted in our minds or we are bound to get in trouble." Another way of putting it is, negative situations don't define who we are when we already know who we are. We can still think on High, which means taking things to God, because we are wonderfully and fearfully made in Him, right? Oh yes, Psalm 139:14 tells us so. And know this: the Lord is close to those who have suffered or will suffer from adversity (Psalm 34). All we have to do is continue to praise and worship Him and He's got us covered. With Him on our side, we can overcome adversity and anything coming our way. Don't think that anything is too big for the God you serve and don't "lose sight of the fact that there is a tomorrow and there is a good God who rules over it" (p 15). You are going to win. Believe that. 
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Stay in the race

Do you know you have what it takes to make it? Oh yes. When we seek the Lord and his strength and when we seek His presence continually (1 Chronicles 16:11), we’re better able to stay in the race. We’re better able to continue looking up, to continue to be optimistic, and continue to be faithful over our life. That’s what David did in his song of thanks to the Lord.

We have to push through no matter our current circumstances. God is looking for those who won’t turn back or give up simply because the going gets tough sometimes. He’s looking for those who will honor and worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). That’s part of winning the race God has us here for. It’s part of reaching the people who need to see who God is. Who are you trying to reach through your testimony? What have you gone through? Whoever and whatever they are, you will do it. Believe that as you let God use you. Continue on as you trust in the God — our God — the one and only God of the possible and the impossible. “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised“ (1 Chronicles 11:25). There’s nothing too big for God, so there’s nothing too big for you. Stay with it.  
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Somewhere over the rainbow...

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life" (Genesis 9:13-15).

Rainbows have a powerful meaning for us. God flooded the earth because people weren't living right and the only righteous person He could find was Noah. You probably know the rest of the story...Noah builds the ark and he and his family are spared, as well as, two of every kind of animal. The rainbow is a new start and it's also God's proof that He wouldn't flood the earth again. So, when I look somewhere over the rainbow I am reminded of the goodness of God. I am reminded of His covenant -- His agreement -- His promise over our lives. "Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking" (Ezekiel 1:28). God loves His people.

Hear what Sha Sha has to say about rainbows and God's promises. Sha Sha is my avatar, so her face is based on my face and the voice you hear is actually me speaking through her.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Staying Power

Staying power equals: Perseverance, bounce-back, strength, push-through, determination...

Remember, Joshua? He had staying power. He was one of the courageous spies Moses sent into Canaan and who wasn't intimidated by any giant he may have encountered (Numbers 13). He eventually became Moses assistant, because of that attitude. Joshua 1:9 commands us to be strong and courageous, to not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. That means we can be calm amidst a raving storm. It doesn't matter what happens, good or bad, we can handle the pressure and not blow up. With staying power (resilience, bounce-back, strength, push-through, determination...we can withstand anything, because God is with us. And when God is with us, who can against us? Nobody.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Yes


What do you want the Lord to do for you? Do you know that if God said it was going to happen, it's going to happen? Whatever "it" is for you, trust and believe that God will do it, because if God said it was going to get done, it's going to get done. Nobody can stop it, nobody can block it, and nobody can influence the outcome.

You see, when God makes a promise, He stands by that. And when we take Him at His glorious word (the bible, etc), when we put all our faith in Him, then there's no reason to think otherwise. He wants to bless us. He wants us to live an abundant life. He wants us to be fruitful and multiply. That means He doesn't want us to stop living. He doesn't want us to give up. He doesn't want us to ever lose hope that He will do what He said He would do. 

What promise has He made to you that you are still holding on to? He has sent you numerous reminders through His Word, through His prophets, apostles, and teachers. Only you know exactly what I'm referring to and what's for you. Keep your faith. Don't ever lose hope. 2 Peter 1:3/4 says, "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3/4a). Be encouraged and stay with it, because God says, "yes."
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Glorious God

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens (Psalm 8:1).

Isn't that another awesome scripture? They're so many of them. I just absolutely love it. In fact, I love the entire chapter of Psalm 8. David, the writer, was really insightful and humble to offer such heartfelt praises to the Lord. For, he had much pain and sorrow. Yet we know David was a man after God's own heart. That's what I like most about him -- that he ran to God. He wanted to be comforted by the Great Comforter.

Yes he made mistakes. Yet he didn't make people or anything negative, a priority over God. When it came to honor, praise, and worship, He went in to God with every ounce of his heart (Acts 13:22). Of course God would honor that. Why wouldn't He? That's what He wants all of us to do. "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! The majestic, His Majesty. So awesome in power. It's so easy to love God.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Choose hope

Which way are you going?

Forward or backwards? Up or down? Only one way is clear. Forward and up are where God is, because He is the light (John 8:12). He is creation, restoration, healing, hope, building, improvement — all things good and it never ends. Look up and trust and believe in the God who will make greatness happen. It’s called faith-walking. Faith-walking is just what it sounds like. It's walking forward even though we have no idea how God will do what He said He would do. It's doing all we can do in our own power, to get closer to our goals and dreams. Then letting God do the rest. It's walking up the staircase even when we can't see beyond the last step. It's making a big splash to improve someone else's life with the gifts (skills/talents) we've been given. The Lord wants us to be fruitful in order to make others fruitful and that goes on for the rest of our lives. Good fruit bearing good fruit bearing good fruit. All in the name of faith -- the substance/confidence of things hoped for, the evidence/proof of things we can't see (Hebrews 11:1).  
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Living in God's Power-Introduction (with podcast episode #17)


Do you know there are tools to become an overcomer and to live in victory, not defeat or lack? Yes, there are many ways. 

I am reading a book, titled, Living in God's Power, Finding God's Strength for Life's Challenges, by Bill Hybels. It's a book we used for my church's life group. In case you don't know, life groups are small church groups that come together at designated times throughout each month, to support and strengthen each other, as well as, enable people to experience a closer relationship to God by highlighting scripture and studying a chosen book. Anybody is invited. I have been a part of life groups for almost 20 years now and I know their positive effects. My life has been richer because of them.

For the next 7 podcast episodes/podcast blog posts, I will conduct a 7-week podcast "book study" about Hybels' book. It is my prayer that you will impacted by it as much as I have been. Today's podcast starts with the Introduction, written by Hybels himself. It really resonated with me. 

I don't know about you, but I have overcome hell and I am standing to tell you that you can too. Don't let past, present, or even future adversity or negative circumstance dictate your life. Let it be fuel for you to overcome and live a victorious life. God has you here for a reason and you can help others by the life you've lived. Tell others about why and how you're still standing. Tell other about how the Lord intervened in your life and made you well. You are a conqueror. You are an overcome. and you are a winner. The proof is in Romans 8:31-39, which reads, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." It's all about not giving up, not caving in, and that no matter what life throws our way or how harshly we've been treated, we have the power to succeed, win, and overcome as long as Jesus in on our side. Be encouraged in the Lord. You're going to make it. Keep God close. 
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Keep walking for God

Do you know that when you trust in the Lord with all your heart, you're walking powerfully? Oh yes indeed. It's when you live your life according to His mandates, that your walk is strong and mighty, because when you know who your Redeemer is, you know you are walking with authority. You walk with boldness and in the ways of the Lord. You know He will lead you to higher waters and your ordered foot steps are flawless, because they come from God. Does it mean you will have a perfect walk? No. Does it mean you will do everything right? No. Does it mean nothing will ever go wrong? No. None of us will be able to live a perfect life. Yet when we walk in the mandates of God, our walk is flawless to Him, because we are covered in His blood that He shed for us. And the blood is power. Thus, our walk is blameless.

God will protect us everywhere we go. It doesn't matter what it looks like naturally, He will give us everything we need exactly when we need it. "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones" (Proverbs 2:6-8). Keep walking for Him and with Him.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

God is an endless source

Jesus has come with good news for you. He says, “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). That's right, His words are right there plain as day. Aren't they wonderful reassuring words of His goodness? Isn't it great to be reminded, once again, that God gives us rest when we need it? He will make it so we are filled with peace and comfort when we need it. All we have to do is continuously make Him our source -- our energy source. We can never go wrong with the Lord who gives us peace when we sometimes grow weary. He fills us with an overflow of strength and vitality. He is an endless source for us.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

The God who sits on high

It's great to be able to look up towards God no matter what’s going on in the world. God is always with us. All we have to do is look towards the sky. Look towards heaven, because God is there. He sits on high so we need not look low, ever. Jesus was only in the grave for 3 days remember? See John 2:18-22. So don't look low, because He can't be found there.

Look high and cast your cares only on Him, the Lord, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). That's enough to rejoice and be glad about. When we do that He will answer our prayers and all will be well. I totally believe that, because our faith will make us well. And our faith will make it so that God will position us to take five steps forward with no steps backwards. That's what looking towards the sky and towards heaven does for us.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Continue trying

Keep going. Keep stepping. Keep trying. No obstacle or setback matters. You have to keep your head up and remember what the Lord said about you and your life. Psalm 139:14 says, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." It's about knowing who you are in Christ. When you know that, it helps tremendously, because it gives you the strength and the confidence to stay the course.

So keep trying and never give up. And don't let life knock you down and you end up missing out on something better. Don't let disappointments incapacitate you or prevent you from functioning to the best of your ability. Don't dwell on the negative. Focus on what you have now and what the future will bring you. Focus on the positive, because positive attracts positive. Be strong, walk in confidence and you will make it. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Keep trying.

Hear what Sha Sha has to say about continuously trying and never giving up. Sha Sha is my avatar, so her face is based on my face and the voice you hear is actually me speaking through her.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Looking forward

Let your eyes look directly forward and your gaze be straight before you (Proverbs 4:25).

That scripture means to stay focused on continuously gaining wisdom and insight. It means looking towards the light and not having anything to do with darkness. It means to take the road of goodness, not the road of bad and evil. It means we will walk with more power throughout our challenges. We will be able to speak life, not death and defeat to them. Proverbs 4:10-12 says to accept what the Lord says, that the years of our lives will be many when we walk in the way of wisdom; that our steps will not be hampered and when we run we will not stumble. 

It's about looking forward as we keep our gaze on the Lord God and not on the things that are against Him. It means staying in tune with what He has to say and relying on Him to help us walk with a straight gaze looking towards Him — The Light. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The foundation

What kind of foundation do you have? Is it on God? If it is, it is a solid one. 

Having a foundation on God makes us more durable. Having a foundation on God means relying on Him for a stable life. Psalm 18:1/2 says, "I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."

The Lord is clearly a sure foundation. He is the starter and finisher of all things -- "...the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me" (Psalm 18:18/19). So you need not worry, because the foundation that is in Christ is a foundation that greatness and stability are built on.  
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Go higher (with podcast episode #16)



Do you want to go higher? Do you want more than the life you're living? Do you believe God wants the best for you? If so, good for you. You can get there -- we can get there. Going higher means doing the things that we only dream about. Going higher means putting ourselves out there for ridicule, criticism, rejection, embarrassment, humiliation, and the list goes on. It's a little scary, isn't it? But guess what? Going higher also gets us ready for respect, favor, approval, acceptance, peace, and abundant blessings. TD Jakes says, everybody who's where God has sent them had to go through those things. There are no shortcuts. It's the same for us. If we want to go higher, we have to do what it takes to get there. Going higher means there are going to peaks and valleys and we have to be ready for them. Are you ready? Are you willing? Do you believe God?

In Bruce Wilkinson's book, the Dream Giver, Wilkinson talks about a person named Ordinary from a no-place place called Familiar. Ordinary finally begins to embark on the journey God has for him. On his way he is encountered with all the things that would make him want to stop. On his journey to getting all that God has for him, he meets people who gave up and he meets people who toughed it out. Ordinary was close to giving up many times, but something inside of him didn't want what to go back to nothingville. In the end, he eventually gets what God had for him, but it was still work. We can never rest for too long when it comes to helping others. But know this: if God called us to it, He will ensure we will be equipped with all we need to go through it and it will be indeed worth it. All of us can be happy and joyous living a Godly life. It is obtainable and it's for us too, not just everybody else. 

We must continue the climb and keep climbing even if we're uncomfortable about the unknown. Remember Proverbs 3:5/6, which says, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. And Proverbs 3:1/2 says. "My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. God says continue on even if we don't know exactly where we're going. When we're walking in His direction we're going higher. So continue to trust Him, listen to His voice, and you will get there. It means relying on total faith, because we trust God completely.

And as long as we trust Him and where He's taking us, we will be just fine. A-okay. He never fails us. Never. Just follow Him. Psalm 37:5 says, "commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Proverbs 37:5. Yep, He will take you higher and you will shine like a diamond, baby. That's how we achieve the great things God has for us. We have to keep climbing. That's how we go higher in God.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jesus is Lord

Remember Jesus is still Lord. It doesn't matter what we're going through. We just have to trust in Him with all our heart, and not rely on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). When we do that we can sustain anything that comes our way, because our strength comes from the Lord.

I totally believe that God will never put more on us than we can bear. We just have to trust Him when it seems our back is against the wall; when it seems all the chips are down; and when it seems our life has been turned upside down. I know from experience that you will get through anything that has been a struggle, a challenge, an obstacle, or anything you may be going through. God is the one and only God of any and everything. Don't think He won't bring you through. If He brought me through, He can bring anybody through. Just believe in Him, listen to Him, read and trust His word, pray without ceasing, and position yourself around the people who will build you up. That's faith all wrapped up and God will respond faster than you think, in ways you never even imagined. Jesus is Lord and His ways are perfect. 
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Living to the fullest

Do you how much the Lord God loves you? It doesn't matter what happened or didn't happen in your life, God has a glorious plan for your life. He wants all of us to live life to the fullest. But you have to fight to get what God has for you. And you have the right to be mighty in the land, so keep up the effort to be better than yesterday.

And since God has awesome plans for you, focusing on the right things, is important. Isn't it time to give attention to doing what you were put on this earth to do? Isn't it time to roll out and say, I'm ready to go forward, Lord? Don't worry, He will be with you. Remember what Joshua 1:9 says: "have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Hear what Sha Sha has to say about living life to the fullest. Sha Sha is my avatar, so her face is based on my face and the voice you hear is actually me speaking through her.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Stand strong, it’s still possible

Do you know it’s possible? Anything is possible with God on your side. You can do absolutely anything through Him, because He gives you the strength to do it. Do you want to do mighty things in the world? You can indeed do them. And no need to be concerned about what didn’t work out before. Today is a new day and the past is over. None of that matters to God. He has preserved you despite all that happened and the new is here. Today you are still made powerful by your testimony. That means you are blessed in the city and blessed in the field, because you never give up. Nothing formed against you ever prospered, because you’re still standing. You are standing strong and will still do mighty things in the name of Jesus -- a name above all names. He is with you. 

So stand strong in Him. "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:29-31). Stand strong. Whatever you want to do, is still possible.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Keep faith alive

Do you know that faith without putting some effort behind it, is dead? James 2:14-26 is proof of that. In other words, nothing will move in our lives if we don't move. 

God didn't just create us to wait around for something to happen. He created us to make it happen. Remember, we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength, right? And Philippians 4:13 is also proof of that. What I'm trying to convey here is that we can't just stand around and hope upon hope that our chance for that golden opportunity will just come around. We may be waiting forever. Although I am far from achieving all that God has for me, I had to bust a move to get something going. I had to finally sit down at my laptop and start writing in order for progress to happen. Did I know exactly what I was going to write? No, I just started and the momentum started. And when that happens, it's hard to slow down. That's a good problem to have. 

You have what it takes to live your dreams and God wants them for you. Pushing on and not waiting for the perfect time will ensure your works pay off one way or the other. And with works, your faith will be kept alive. Keep working and stay faithful. God will come through for you. 
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The shield of wisdom

Do you know wisdom is a shield that can help you in your life? When we tap into all the things of God, we tap into some amazing things. We can start with His word, the bible. His word is where we find knowledge, which turns into wisdom when applied. We can tap into His spirit too. His spirit is His breath of life. His existence is what we must use to guide our lives. No we can't see Him, but let me tell you, we can indeed sense and feel His presence. So yes, He is a shield to us and all His splendor. Following His plan for our life involves getting knowledge and wisdom. That's how we will be at the top of our game, spiritually, then naturally. Thus, wisdom, will open many opportunities of being in the right place at the right time and you will know what to say and do. "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints" (Proverbs 2:6-8). 

 "How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!" (Proverbs 16:16).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Concerning The Light


"He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe" (John 1:7).

Thank God for John, the Baptist. He was the witness to Jesus' baptism, because he was the one who baptized Jesus. Sent by God to do just that. I am so thankful that God blessed us with Jesus to cover us with his grace and truth -- that we are no longer under the law. That means we are covered by our Holy Father when we give our lives to Him. "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!", John exclaimed in verse 29.

Jesus doesn't condemn us and He continues to love us in spite of ourselves. Everyday we ought to give Him praise just for that, but we all get busy with our lives -- the lives He blessed us with. He knows we are thankful though. And He protects us even when we don't deserve one ounce of it. What an awesome God we serve. This is yet another day we should all be filled with His goodness and His light. 

Hear what Sha Sha has to say concerning The Light of the world. Sha Sha is my avatar, so her face is based on my face and the voice you hear is actually me speaking through her.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Preparation (with podcast episode #15)



You know where some of my passion for encouraging others comes from? For a long time I didn't realize what God really had for me. I was just getting by with the crumbs that everybody else had left laying around. I didn't really understand that God had more for me and it was right in front of me. All I had to do was reach out and grab it. I knew that reaching and grabbing it would take work and I wasn't willing to do the hard smart work to get to it. I was just waiting for it to come to me and guess what? It never came.

Why? Because I didn't prepare or I didn't do what I needed to do and I wasted lots of time waiting for everything to line up perfectly. I finally learned that God wants us to step out in faith and He will do the rest. Now I'm passionate about reaching people and telling them about my mishaps and mistakes. I figure my story and my journey will help people if they realize they're not alone. And now I am doing the preparation I need to do and nothing is going to stand in the way of that. I'm doing that through this podcast, as well as, my blog and everything else I'm doing. Stay tuned for the talk show I will be doing soon that will help people through the testimony of others' lives.

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day. Let's just say that person was a he named...hmmmmm, Jim Bob. Jim Bob was content, because of the few materials possessions. He owned a house, a car, was able to travel a little here and there. What I noticed what that he really wasn't as fulfilled as he thought, because it took one to know one. And it was clear to me that he wasn't living on purpose and he wasn't preparing for the future. He was simply taking one day at a time and wasn't ready for any opportunity that would come his way. He was ok with being mediocre just as I was once upon a time. That's a sad thing if you ask me, so now I'm coming to tell you that with preparation and smart/hard work, we can get what God has for us. It's not going to come easy, but we can get there by doing the things that make us uncomfortable, by doing the things that inconvenience us, and by doing the things that make us get off the couch. And what I'm coming to realize more and more is that if we do not do those things we're going to see others doing them. And we're going to see others living the dreams God had for us. I don't know about you, but I don't want to live that way and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.  Proverbs 10:4/5 says, "a slack [or whack] hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame." Reminds of the ant. 

Just about everyone knows the story of the ant, right? The hardworking insects who puts all their effort together to build and are then able to take pride and comfort in the fruits of their labor. Those smart little critters put the lazy to shame by using their industrious, hard-working acumen to make things happen. We have to give those ants credit where credit is due, right? The ant pretty much epitomizes Proverbs 10:4/5, because they gather in the summer and they are able to sleep well in the winter, because they can sit on their wealth (whatever that means to them, that is). What a tidy little case-study in using one's intellect and wisdom to go from A to B to Z. Just goes to show that God will use anything to get our attention. The ant, if we would study to show ourselves approved, can teach us alot. Proverbs 6:6-8 says, "Go to the ant, O sluggard [lazy person]; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest."

That little ant is something. So, there's no excuse for us really, because if an ant can prepare for a better life, so can we. 
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