Sunday, March 31, 2019

God's gifts and blessings

Do you want to continue getting even more of the goodness of God -- even more of God's blessings? Well, continue operating in the gift He's given you, because your gift will make room for you. Your gift is whatever it is you do without really trying -- the gift God has given you.

As we continue doing our thing --staying in our anointed (special God-given area) and remain committed to it, then God will bless it. What am I saying? I'm saying we just need to honker down, keep doing that thing we were born to do, keep doing that thing that blesses others, and people will be positively impacted by it. We won't have to brag, boast or jump up and down to be seen either. God will see us and everything will fall into place automatically.

James 1:17 says, "every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." So there you have it. When we continue on with God's gift He's given us, the blessings will continue to come for us and others we serve. That's so awesome.
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

"A Convergence of Generations": When Misfits Become Kings: Chapter 10-Book Study Part 11

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"I believe aspiring leaders must be careful to watch our attitudes, comments, and mind-sets, because we can quickly fall into the error of dishonor" (Casto, page 154). Now, those words apply to me straight up. I have not been delivered from that area and I am still a WIP (Work in Progress). Yes, I admit that honestly and that's the truth about that. I need to closely watch my attitude and my mouth sometimes, but I'm happy to report I am much better than I was. Can I get an amen on that? 

This chapter is about God doing a great and new thing regarding His people. And that involves you and I. The chapter delves into leaders who need to have an open mind about the new generations God is raising and the changes that come with it. On page 160, Casto tells a story about a church in which the parents prayed for their children to become followers of Jesus and the parents wanted them to diligently serve in the church. Well they got their prayers answered and the church became a church where the young people served so much so that things started to change. The music changed, as well as, the technology. Then something interesting happened. The parents started leaving the church and the church became heavy youth. Now how and why did that happen? It happened, because although God was doing a new thing with a convergence of the generations, one of those generations didn't embrace the new thing.

Casto says on page 155 that 'when the younger generation grows to maturity and begins seeking the Lord, they too, receive revelation concerning what God wants to do in their day. In each generation God longs to build upon the ceiling that the former generation reached. God does that, because He thinks generationally and He is going to use all the pieces. God is going to take what the former (older) generation received and compound it with the fresh revelation that He is giving to the new generation.' That's page 155. 

So, we have to change and become more open-minded -- both generations. The older generation has to be more accepting of what the new generation is bringing to the kingdom and both has to exercise tolerance. It will be different than what has always been known, but as Isaiah 43:18/19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" We have to perceive it; we have to believe it; we have to accept it; and we have to act on it by changing with the times. As Casto says on page 156, the church must begin to think generationally. This will come with many challenges, yet the church can become stronger when we all work together. 
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God is with you, it's true

Do you know God is with you? It's true. It may sometimes seem you're alone, but you're never alone. He walks with us all the time. The question is, do we walk with Him? If we do, then our walk, our burdens, our life, becomes easier to bare. We know certain things in life are challenging. Yet we must stay centered on keeping Christ first in our life no matter how difficult things get. At some point in everybody's life, struggle will come and no one is immune. Life will happen to every soul on this earth. That's a fact and since that's the case, then why not have a companion by our side every second of the day? Doesn't it make sense to do that? 

Anybody can walk with God, because He gives us what is called free-will to walk in His righteousness. That means we are free to make our own decisions and God will let us. I don't know about you, but I rather have Him direct my paths than go at it alone. With Him ordering my steps, it doesn't mean I will make the right decisions 100% of time, because I can miss Him from time to time. Yet it makes my ability to make more right ones than wrong ones, increase dramatically. How about you? Who would you rather order your life? Would you rather you and that's it? Or would you rather walk with the one and only true God of the universe to have a hand in your life? "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). At the end of the day we have a decision to make. And since God is a God of love, honor, and respect (1 John 4:8-10), He gives us the freedom to choose who we will walk with. 

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Words have power

Has anyone ever told you, your words have power? If not, I'm coming to tell you to start believing that they in fact do. 

Proverbs 18:21 says, "death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits." So, I hope you are being careful about how you speak over your life and are careful of what you entertain regarding what others say to you. I take positive self-talk seriously especially at this point in my life. I've been through enough ups and downs, that I have made a conscious choice to trust what God has to say over my life more than what any man has to say. And I do, not under any circumstances, let nonsense in. How about you? Are you at that place in your life? If not, there is still hope. There is still hope for all of us to get what God has for us. Just remember, it starts with thinking positive, speaking positive, and acting positive. Accept nothing less than that. I'm not talking pie in the sky, I'm talking about what has worked in my life for quite some time.

So yes, speak positive over your life by putting positive words in the atmosphere. And stay in tune with what Isaiah 55:11 says, which is, "my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." That's right.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Are you an overcomer?

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Well are you? Are you an overcomer? Have you climbed up mountains? Clawed out of valleys? Made it through fires?

In other words, have you been through anything that has been so challenging that's it made you better, faster, and stronger? It's made you the person you are today? If so, that makes you an overcomer. Yes, that makes you a trooper. That makes you an inspiration. Yes you, because you made it through and you are able to stand strong today. That's right, you never gave up, you didn't  throw in the towel, and you never waved the white flag. And for that I admire you greatly. I love a champ. I love a winner, and I love a warrior. 

It encourages me when I hear about a person who could have given up, but refused to do so. Doesn't that encourage you too? And I respect a person who gives God the glory for everything they've gone through. John 16:33 says, In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” That was Jesus saying that and because of the God who lives inside of you, you are indeed an overcomer and will remain one. Yes, I'm speaking that over your life, so believe it and keep believing it. 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Do you believe it?

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"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:24). Do you believe it? Listen, when we believe God has more for our lives, we will receive all He has for us. We have to start asking and praying for what it is we want. Do you do that? Do you pray and ask God for what it is you want in your life? It's amazing how many people don't. Do you know the Lord will give you the power to get all the blessings He has for you? He will. It's about believing though. It's about faith. And it's about action. 

He gives us the ability to do things naturally and He comes in and He does the rest -- He does the things that are too big for us to do. Do you believe it? We have to believe He's going to do it. Whatever that it is for you and I, because it's all about faith. It really is and it's not overrated. I'll ask again, do you believe that God is going to do what He said He's going to do? If so, continue to walk this thing out and continue to believe that the Lord is going to do what He said He's going to do. 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Start small

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"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much" (Luke 16:10).

That scripture reminds us not to despise or fret over the little things -- over the things that start small. God will ensure the low in the world becomes high. And God will ensure that the last will become first and the first will be last. Sometimes what starts out small is really a big thing that just hasn't happened yet. What do you see? It's all about your faith and what you visualize. Yes, you have to see it even though you don't see it? You understand? Hebrews 11:1 speaks to that.

Did you know that everything we see that is big today one day started out small? And it doesn't matter if it's a person, place, or thing, it had to start from nothing. It didn't just exist from something big. So, if you're on to something continue it and don't get discouraged. It will happen for you as long as you stay with it. Don't compare, don't judge, and don't get in a particular mind space if it seems everybody else around you is moving full steam ahead and you're not. Don't worry about that. What is probably not seen is all the blood, sweat, and tears that went along with it and now it's their time to shine, it's their season. Ours will come. Yes, yours will come and mine will come. Listen, when God knows we're ready for it. Exactly. So stay encouraged and remember, every great thing that exists now, started with absolutely nothing. 
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Monday, March 25, 2019

God is ordering our steps

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Past, present, future. It doesn't matter what happened. It doesn't matter what is happening now. And it doesn't matter what will happen, God is ordering our steps. When we follow Him, He ensures our steps are made perfect. It's when we get off course that we usually mess things up. There is only one way to win and that is with God on our side. He can defeat the things we can't. Yes, God can make ways out of no ways. He can turn what the enemy did to His people, around for His glory. Do you believe it? I certainly hope so, because faith is the key that unlocks the door to victory. 

That gives me solace and hope for a future for God's people. God has a plan. None of us can figure it out completely and that's ok. We don't have to know everything. We just have to trust God and live (fully) in knowing there are some things we will never know the reason for. But I thank God that there is only one God. And when we allow Him in our lives -- because it's a choice -- He will turn things around to help us. That, I'm very confident of.

Psalms 91:1/2 says "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” We have to keep the faith-speak going no matter and I'm telling you, God will come through. He will. He always does. 
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

"Donkeys That Lead to Destiny": When Misfits Become Kings: Chapter 9-Book Study Part 10

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"God is looking for those who serve with or without recognition and do it as unto the Lord. Why should we serve? Because we love Jesus!" (page 143).

I wasn't sure where Casto was going with the title of this chapter, Donkeys That Lead to Destiny, but it all came together. In 1 Samuel 9:3 Saul was told to by his father to go find the donkeys, which were prized back then since donkeys were the family's livelihood. Saul had a good attitude about such a huge task and he served his father willingly. He was eventually rewarded by God for such a servant's heart and he met the Prophet Samuel while out looking for the donkeys and the rest is history -- Saul was anointed by Samuel and became the first king of Israel. It was a set-up by God. Now I ask you this: What if Saul wasn't willing to go to look for the donkeys? What if he was unwilling to serve? Hmmmmm. I think we would all know what would have happened. He wouldn't have met Samuel, right?

One of the morals of that story and our story is that serving is more important than leading and when we serve we will eventually lead by default. Yes, God will elevate accordingly. Matthew 23:11/12 says, "the greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."  Casto says on page 144 that "whatever God calls you to do, one this is for certain: your destiny is locked up in the needs of the people around you. It's when you find and meet that need that a spark of destiny hits your spirit and something comes alive." Such is the case when I serve at the women's homeless shelter. I'm not there to be seen. I'm not there to be the boss over the women. And I'm not there to get notches on my server belt. I'm there, because there is a need and I want to be used to help people. I want to help others, especially women, because I want to see them get back on their feet. Listen, I know how it feels to be almost homeless and I want a thriving ministry that helps primarily women. Yes, it's a blessing to serve at the women's homeless shelter and do whatever I am asked to do. I have been serving there for about six years now and let me tell you, each time I'm there I have the best conversations with the other volunteers and some of the women there. We talk mostly about life. I don't ask them about their situation and they don't ask me about mine. We're just blessing each other with mutual respect and great fellowship. I always leave there better than the way I came in. Always. So, although I'm not there to be elevated by God, God may have other plans. Listen, I'm out looking for my donkeys. I don't mind. Who knows how God will move? I don't. On page 143 Casto says, 'Opportunities to serve become doors of destiny.' We all have the people we are all called to serve. Who is it for you? Who are your people? Serving can unlock your purpose, you know. 

On page 153 Casto says, "My prayer is that you will be like Joshua and Saul and fight for what seems insignificant. Leaders like that meet the need of the people, and meeting their needs will open a door for us to be a godly influence in their lives. Let's change the world -- and let's begin by serving the authorities God places in our lives, one act of simple obedience at a time." We all have those donkeys we need to find and when we go out looking for them, there's no telling who God has set up for us to meet. 
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Looking towards heaven

It's great to be able to look up towards heaven, isn’t it? It’s great to be able to look up towards heaven when you know God’s got your back. It’s great to be able to look towards heaven when it seems like there's a lot coming at you. Yet know this: there is a God you can count on. When it seems you made one step forward and two back, you know there’s God waiting to catapult you into a new dimension. Yes, God is great all the time and all the time God is great.

Thus, we can look towards heaven, because God is there. He sits on high so we need not ever 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. Yes He will lift us out from lowly darkness, but He doesn’t dwell there. So, again I say, look high towards heaven and cast your cares only on the Lord. He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). That's enough to rejoice and be glad about. And our faith will make it so that God will position us to take five steps forward with nothing  steps backwards. That's what looking towards the sky, towards heaven, does for us.
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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Covered by God's Grace

Isn’t it great to be covered by God’s grace? We all make mistakes, right? We all fall short. The only perfect one is Christ, so, we have to stop that thinking that we can't make mistakes, that we’re perfect, that we are unforgivable, and that we can't we mess up. Listen, we have to stop being so hard on ourselves, especially when God isn't hard on us. I know how it is to live in regret over mistakes and bad decisions. So, I'm coming to you to tell you, just don't go there. I wasted so many years going there -- being there -- not moving in certain areas of my life, because I beat myself up about certain things. Don’t waste a minute of that. Ok? We have to move on and we have to move up. So, I've come to tell you, for years I did that and for years I've been out of that. So, I'm not going back, because God knows we’re human and He’s already forgiven us for what we did or didn't do. He’s that smart. He's God. That’s why He's the one and only true God and that's why He's has us covered by His amazing grace. That's right. 

Ephesians 2:8-10 is proof of His amazing grace. It says the following: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" Makes sense, right, of courseGod's got you covered on all sides and He is still blessing you. Yes, He's in the blessing business. He's in the grace business, so we can move on, it's really ok to do that.
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Friday, March 22, 2019

God sees and hears you

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Do you know God sees and hears you? He hasn’t forgotten about you. It’s true. Have you ever heard, the teacher is always quiet during the test? Well, guess what? God might be silent right now, but He knows what He’s going to do and He’s waiting for the right time to move. His timing is impeccable. So stay faithful, God is present. He sees you and He hears you. 

Romans 8:28 says, "and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." God is sometimes quiet when we're going through the challenging times of life -- those times in life that test us to see what we're about. He knows our purpose and He knows who He's called for what. Will we trust God or give up what He has for us? Are we going to stand strong and come out on the other side or are we going to throw in the towel? Which way will we have it? It's our choice you know? Nevertheless, to trust and believe God will do what He said He would do, let me tell you, that's power. It is. He is not a God who lies. He will move in our lives. He will do what He told us He would do in His own timing. He will do what His word said He would do, ok? So hold tight and don't let go of Him.

And just remember, trusting God takes faith as small as a mustard seed. He is watching us and He's waiting patiently. He never takes His eyes off of us, because He loves us and He wants us to have faith that He will do the amazing things in our lives that He promised us. So don't worry about the silence. There is more much that is happening even though we may not hear anything. God is present. God sees you and He hears you.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

God loves you

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Do you know one of the many great things about God is that He loves you for you. Yes, He loves all of us no matter the state we're in. We can't do anything that will change that. Isn't that great? It's just awesome to be loved unconditionally like that. Yet, it's much different with man. With man, it's hot one minute and cold the next. Don't let that get you down though. It's part of life. The best thing to do is focus on the love God shows us and when we do that, we can love others as He does. We won't live in hate, because hate won't exist in us. Isn't that great? It really is. 

So I've come to encourage you to remember what the Lord God says about you. In Jeremiah 1:5 He says, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God gets you -- God understands you -- God made you -- God loves you. Isn't that great?
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Energy walking

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You want energy? Then let me tell you, you can have it. There's no energy looking back though. And yes I'm telling myself that more than anybody, because I used to look back all the time it seemed. Every turn around I was thinking too long about the things I couldn't change and I had to finally face it that I had to look on those things as learning lessons. Nothing more, nothing less.

And today I can look ahead with faith and expectation of brighter days. I can look ahead with a bold walk. I can look ahead by walking with energy. Energy's important moving forward, because we can move with purpose and determination. Greater is in front of us, therefore we can walk energetically.

Remember in Genesis 19:26 when the Lord told Lot's wife not to look back? Well, He's telling us the same thing today.  Yes, I've come to tell you to walk with your countenance -- your spiritual expression -- up, not down. Walk with the powerful spirit the Lord has placed in you. Proverbs 28:1 says, the wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."

Did you hear that, if you are the righteous, you are bold, which means you can walk in a spirit of energy, vitality, and drive. Believe in what the Lord says about you and walk in it.  
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Carrying out the mission

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Do you know that carrying out the mission and assignment God has for us is like flying an plane? Yes, because it takes precision, focus, and strength. And we can do it, because that’s what God birthed in us to do. Yes, we can't fly planes necessarily, but we can carry out the mission God has for us. That's what I'm saying. 

There are many reasons why pilots have to be physically fit (as well as, emotionally and mentally fit). It's a demanding job, but can you imagine if they weren't in tip top condition, there mission would not be accomplished? Finishing goals and carrying out our God-ordained life’s purpose is demanding. It's not for the give-up-easy people. Starting, continuing, and finishing something isn't for the person who wants quick results. It's for the person who is the most fit to survive to the end -- to stay with the mission until mission-accomplished just like those pilots flying in the air; getting that plane up and getting that plane back down safely. It's not easy for the pilot, right? Nothing worthwhile comes easy, nothing, but God -- ohhhh God -- will give us everything we need to fulfill our assignment. 2 Corinthians 8:11 says, "Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means." It's about carrying out that mission. What are we here for? What are you here for? What am I here for? We need to know that. 
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Monday, March 18, 2019

It's time to lose some weight

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If you've been reading my blog/devotional or listening to my podcast, you know I'm on this losing weight thing, but it's not the weight you may think. It's not about losing lbs. It's about losing dead-weight -- getting rid of the people who mean me no good. People who may be good people, just not good for me -- not good for my life. You follow what I'm saying?

That's what I'm on lately. Sometimes we have to do that and it's not that anybody has doing anything wrong. It's just that when people are on different life trajectories, then something has to give. And the weight has to shift. You understand what I mean? 

Listen, sometimes we get to the point where we have to put ourselves first and let the chips fall where they may. Everything will work out. It's about loving ourselves and taking care of ourselves. We can't do that with anything that is too taxing on us, right? So, if you're in a place where you have been feeling like a change is imminent, I know that feeling. And it may be time to evaluate what's going on in your life and those around you. Then make some decisions that are the best for you. And let me bring this message on home with Romans 8:28, which says, "and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." That's all.
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Win your battles


Do you know God will help you win your battles? That's what he did for David in 1 Samuel 30:8 when David consulted God regarding an impending battle he needed direction. One such time was when David wanted to know if he should pursue the enemies who set fire to his camp and kidnapped he and his army's wives and children. David asked the Lord if he should pursue them and if he would overtake them. God told him to pursue and that he would indeed overtake them and succeed in rescuing all their families. David followed the Lord's orders and of course he won. He called upon the Lord for direction, particularly when he was needed direction about going into battle and he came out victorious. He got everything back plus some. That's what happens when we seek God, He will ensure we win. 

Don't we all need help for certain battles and challenges in our lives? Well, when we consult God, He will direct our paths and He will ensure we get the victory. That's what the Lord did for David and if He did it for him He will do it for us too. 2 Samuel 8:6 says, "the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went" and 2 Samuel 8:14 says, 'the Lord helped David win his battles everywhere he went.' David was a blessed man and there wasn't a battle he lost. He was victorious wherever he went, because he knew God, he knew his strength came from God, he was in constant contact with God, and he had a great relationship with God. We can all have the same thing. 
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

"Staying Under Cover": When Misfits Become Kings: Chapter 8-Book Study Part 9

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In chapter 8 Casto starts right out the gate by saying, "I hope to give you a solid definition of what authority is and how honoring it can benefit your life and put you on the God-track of destiny." (page 118)

I think you can surmise that this chapter is about having a covering of authority over us and it's also about staying under cover or hidden, shall we say, while serving under leadership until the Lord dictates otherwise, especially before we go out into the deep. For me myself, I have my pastor; my accountability person; my minister friend; and my spiritual and business coach. Yes those are the people I consider leaders in my life and they are the people who are helping me develop into the person God would have me to be until the "big reveal." Those people in my life are mentors and are people who know how to get a prayer through. We all need at least one person who has a strong relationship with the Lord and who is trying his or her best to live life according to the mandates of God. Having said that, we have to do our part though. We have to live a life pleasing to God too. I'm referring to spiritual people who love and accept everyone as our "neighbor" by seeing them as God sees them. Being covered requires work on all sides. In other words, God won't use the lazy. No, we have to all do our part. Proverbs 10:4 says, "Poor is he who works with a negligent [lazy] hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. And another version says "Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth."

That leads me to what Casto says on page 120 which is this: "Anytime you see God calling someone in scripture, that person is working.' For instance on page 120, he says:
  • Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep
  • Joshua was fighting for Moses and the people of Israel
  • Gideon was threshing wheat
  • David was tending his father's sheep
  • Peter was catching fish
  • Stephen was waiting tables as a deacon
Yes, those people were all working before God elevated them to something bigger than themselves. What are we doing during our "wait"? Are we working and making ourselves useful in order to be used when God sends us out to reach people? What or who do we have to leave to be used the way God wants us to be used? Who has He called us to serve and remain under cover or hidden as we are being built up for ministry or kingdom work? Are we making godly moves or are we waiting on the Lord by twiddling our fingers and complaining about what we don't have? We have to get started. Remember, the ones God uses are the ones who start with what they have even if it's very little. I think most of us are familiar with how Jesus fed 5000 people with 5 loafs of bread and 2 small fish in John 6. Everybody ate and there was even more left over. God will turn a little into a lot, ok? He will. We just have to follow Him and do what He tells us to do. Nothing complicated.

In 1 Kings 19 in the story of Elijah and Elisha, Elisha was willing to serve diligently before God elevated him to greater things. He wasn't trying to be seen and out front. He was willing to learn first and serve. As for myself, I have been serving as a children's church teacher for over 20 years. I served at my previous and I'm currently serving in the same role in my church today. I have also volunteered at a women's shelter for about 6 years now. As God elevates me I will serve accordingly. We are never too small or too big to serve. Never. We're not missing anything by doing the things we should be doing during the times we should be doing them. As Casto says on page 124, "when God wants to do a great work in someone's life He often begins by building that person behind another leader." Another way to put it is, God shields and covers when we are working under cover with a leader who is teaching us. If we're obedient enough to do that, God will always have much for us and He won't just put us out there without proper preparation. As long as we're obedient He will work for the good of those who love Him and follow His commandments. 

Just remember that God wants servant-leaders, not the people who want people to serve us. And serving before blowing up requires commitment and dedication to someone else's vision. Yes, we are going to decrease as God increases and that involves humbling ourselves to submit to someone who knows more than we do. And when we do that our foundation will be solid. We are not serving merely for elevation and influence either. We are serving, because serving is how great leaders are developed and serving is how great leaders remain great leaders. Serving never ends. And staying under cover until it's time to come from under doesn't end either.  
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Like a diamond


Do you know that when life is coming at us fast, we can still rise and shine like a diamond? And there will be honor for us if we do not grow weary and give up. Isaiah 61:7 "Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land and everlasting joy will be yours." So, it's about rising and shining like a diamond. It is.

So just in case you're heart is heavy today, I've come to encourage you to not let what happened or didn't happen stop your flow. Don't let the enemy win. He has wreaked enough havoc in the lives of God's people and he shall harm no more. God is still mighty and He's still on the throne. He will give us the strength we need when we ask Him. We have to go Him. He wants us to shine. He wants us to have the glow of God on us. Remember in Exodus 34:29-35 when Moses came down from Mount Sinai? He had the glow and radiance of the Lord on him. When we have that glow, we are on a mission to do God's will too. And as we continuously seek His face, that glow will also rest on us. Yes it will.
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Tomorrow

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Today I'm looking ahead; walking ahead, and talking ahead. You know what that means? It means my sights are towards tomorrow -- towards the future. Why you  may ask? Well that's simple. My philosophy is this: As long as we keep walking towards the Light -- towards the positive, we will get where God has for us to go, so why not keep walking forward, right? Why not look forward to tomorrow? Tomorrow is not today and it's not yesterday, so let's at least have the mindset that it offers beautiful and splendid things. If we're not there yet, at a minimum, we have to have the attitude that things will get even better than they are now or have been. I your life is just the way you'd have it to be today that's awesome for you. I love it. Just keep praising, worshiping, and thanking the Lord for it. 

Proverbs 4:10-12 says, "Hear, my son [and daughter], and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble." Keep going forward as you looks towards great and glorious tomorrows, now and forever more. 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Staying power

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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 raging and 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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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The clear light of day

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In the story of the blind man in John 9 when Jesus healed him from his blindness, the story actually has a deeper meaning besides just being a story of a miracle. Yes, it's a fact that Jesus makes the impossible possible in order to show people who He is. That was His main purpose for healing the blind man. But in the story some people didn't believe Jesus healed him. They still doubted and continued to operate in their disbelieve. They even sent for the blind man and questioned he and his parents, only to still continue in their ignorance of Jesus. They ended up throwing the blind man in the streets when he didn't let up in telling them it was really Jesus who had healed him. When Jesus heard they had thrown him out, Jesus asked him if he believed in Him and the blind man said he did. In verses 39-41, "Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.” Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?” Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.”

The point is, when we acknowledge Jesus for who He is and what He can do, then we can see clearly. We can see the light. And when we believe that He is the only true God of miracles and shining the light on dark places, then we can see the light. We will not walk around blind, we will walk around seeing all the things that God allows us the ability to see, which is abundant light and the clear light of day
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Put some faith on it

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You ever heard the verse that, 'without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him?' It comes from Hebrews 11:6 and let me tell you that if you want some big things to change and some big things to happen in life, you're going to have to put some faith on it. Yes, you're going to have to put some faith on those unbelievable things you want to come to you. It doesn't matter what they are, faith will get you there. 

And what comes after having unwavering faith, is putting some big action behind that faith -- behind those words. Yes, speaking it into the atmosphere is great, but there must be more that comes with it. Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the assurance of things we want to happen that we have not seen yet. In other words if we "see" it and believe it, then the proof will be in the actions we put behind it. As  James 2:14 says, 'What good is it if anyone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?' 

Makes sense, right? This is it: if we want what we want, we're going to have to put some faith on it and after that, we're going to have to put some work with our faith. You get it? 
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Monday, March 11, 2019

God made a way

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Yes, God did it again. He made a way when I didn't know what would happen. We can never doubt Him, because He's the God of all-things-are-possible-for-those-who-believe. That's why He's God all by himself.

So, just in case you may be thinking, God won't make a way out of no way, think again. He can and will open the flood gates for what it is you want in your life. And He will part the Red Sea for you too. Oh yes He will. I remember a time when my nights were long and depressing and I felt alone, but God moved in my life and I'm stronger, faster, and better today. If you are in that place right now, know this: God is awesome and God will do it for you. Yes, He will make a way out of that dark place for you. Don't you give up your faith. Utter some words to Him right now to let Him know you hear Him, you feel Him, and you sense Him. Then His power will come where you are and you will too, become stronger, faster, and better.  

What I'm saying is that God knows what's going on and He will come through for you. He will do it -- He make a way in your life when it seems there is no way. If He did it for me, He will do it for you. The Lord said to Joshua in Joshua 1:5, "No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." And God is saying the same thing to you right now. 
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

The right to rejoice

Do you know the way we feel is a choice? Yes, it's true. We can choose to be thankful, be happy, be joyous, and rejoice! in the Lord. 

That's right, you have a godly right to do so. Rejoice means happiness, joy, gladness, delight, elation, jubilation, exuberance, exultation, and celebration. How awesome is that! I love it. We have much to rejoice for, because the Lord has us here for a reason. We should rejoice and be glad in that. 

I know how it is not to rejoice, but after I got out of my dark place of regret I came to realize that we all can rejoice even when negative situations and challenges confront us. Yes, there will down times, because we're human. Yet, having joy and rejoicing means we don't have to remain in that state. We can draw our strength from God even when chaos can be going on around us. Yes, we can have a calm and "rejoicing" spirit. "And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you" (Deuteronomy 12:7). Rejoice.
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