Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rightful Place

If you put God first in your life everything else will be in alignment. It is written.

Read this slowly and think about it. Make the choice, make changes, and watch God work. There is peace. There will be calm in your spirit and you will handle things that happen in your life so much better. When you have trials and you will, you must go to God first.  Don't crash and burn. Some of us are already smoldering because we go to everyone and everything else when we should go to God first. If you reject God He will reject you. Turn it around. Place God in His rightful place today.  Be Blessed.

Matthew 10 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
10 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil[a] spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. 2 Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

first, Simon (also called Peter),
then Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Zebedee),
John (James’s brother),
3 Philip,
Bartholomew,
Thomas,
Matthew (the tax collector),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Thaddaeus,[b]
4 Simon (the zealot[c]),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
5 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, 6 but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. 7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[d] 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

9 “Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. 10 Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.

11 “Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. 12 When you enter the home, give it your blessing. 13 If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. 14 If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. 15 I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.

16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.[e] 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21 “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. 22 And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.[f] But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man[g] will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.

24 “Students[h] are not greater than their teacher, and slaves are not greater than their master. 25 Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons,[i] the members of my household will be called by even worse names!

26 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. 27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[j] 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[k]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36     Your enemies will be right in your own household!’[l]
37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

40 “Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me. 41 If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God,[m] you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs. 42 And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lord, I Thank You

As I sit here today thanking God for another year. There are only a few things I passionately desire. Family unity and unconditional love. I don't want them forced. I want them graciously free. I have seen a lot and been through much and for all of it I am humbled. Through life's lessons I have learned the measure of life. Through the many sayings of my elders I have kept watch and stayed prayerful. Through many closed doors and failed attempts, I have learned my value and what is truly important. Nothing has been wasted.

My heart has been shredded but has long been mended. My self-esteem at many points had been depleted but the cup now runs over. I have given up the best parts of me to the undeserving but God made the deposit of restoration.  I have compromised Gods best for satans lies and I believed the lies of many. Thank God for His word of truth that is not a vessel of lies but of love and freedom. Thank God for his healing beauty for many ashes. Thank God for His unchanging hand and His consistent whisper.

We only get this one life and this one body. At all cost we must be positively diligent. There will be only a few do-overs. The roads we travel will either be the lessons or the warnings.  This I know, if God calls me today I am ready. If God allows me to stay, I will rejoice in knowing it is not yet my time, that I have more to do and more to give. In that, I will continue to do that which He has orchestrated me to do and I will do that thing knowing tomorrow is not promised. I walk with no regrets but forgiveness of myself and others. I can only give emotional freedom. God is the only one Who can give the ultimate freedom.

For all of it Lord all praises go to You. Thank you for year 52.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Standing On The Top



It is 6:00 am and I am at my desk getting ready to start the work day and a song by The Temptations called ”Standing On The Top” rang in my head. Talk about a blast from thepast. The song is from 1994 and it was a major R&B hit.  I love the classic.

When you hit a snag in your life, how do you react? Our bodies react to stress, joy, pain, and anger. You name it our body will react.  The brain is its own function with electrical currents that send signals throughout the entire body. From the smallest hair follicle to the smallest toe nail something will react.  Stick a needle in your finger and no doubt your body will flinch. Try it.

We are all in a situation or circumstance, this is a part of life and the master plan. We also have choices on how we will react to those situations and circumstances.  2 Timothy 1:7 in the Amplified Bible says: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and a well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
Society has conditioned many to complain, gossip, have a negative attitude and often times self-medicate.  1 Timothy 5:13  AMP - Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention.

Now these are the  people that do not fully understand the call of God on their lives because they only see the problems and not the solutions that have already been given and accomplished with Jesus and his death, barriel, and resurrection.  Many do not understand scripture because they think well, “if I read one or two of them I am good”. No. Many also think that they can live their lives in any fashion they choose and God will be pleased, absolute falsehood.  Deuteronomy is a good reminder if you need some in your face word about what God will and will not do when it comes to obedience and disobedience of His word. Many read the old testament and say well “we are not accountable to the old law”. Incorrect. All of God’s word is teaching. God will allow you to roam the desert even eat a little sand, fall into the mud of sinful situations all the while watching and sending His Holy Spirit to poke your spirit. But the choice is yours to either fully accept Him as your Lord and Savior or not.

The Bible clearly says you cannot serve two masters you will hate one and love the other.  Matthew 6:24 AMP - No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).

The Bible also says when you accept Christ as your Lord and savior, old things are passed away and you are a new creation in Christ. Revelation 21:4 AMP - God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

 This means what you used to do that was not in Christ, you stop. What you used to say that is not of Christ, you do your best to stop. Where you used to go, you stop. It means you die daily to your desire and live in Christ and His desire for you.  It also means that some people will be removed from your life because these people are not meant to go into your future.  This will be a hard one for many because most us are attached to people, sometimes in good ways and most times in bad ways.  Everyone that is in your life should be helping you grow, especially helping you to grow in Christ. These people should not be a distraction from the call that God has on your life.  Oh yes, you will get that “oh you are holier than thou now” those people should be the first ones you excuse yourself from.

John 10:10 AMP - The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Satan comes to kill and destroy and what better way to destroy your walk with Christ than to have his bandits sit in your presence and distract you, reminding you of the things you are turning away from that no longer serve the purpose, Gods purpose. It is not a piece of cake. It is the conscious effort daily to say Lord, wash me, cleanse me, here I am use me. And guess what He will. He will always be there for you and He will always forgive and love you. But His word cannot lie. So do not take Gods word lightly. Believe what He has said. Trust that His word will not return void and trust that God is not a man that He can lie. This is not a fire and brimstone reminder. This is a reminder that God is love. And to live in Christ is accepting His love.

Now that you are aware of your responsibility. Stand on the top of who you are and to Whom you belong . Stand on Christ. Stand in victory. And when you have done all you can, continue to stand.

Ephesians 6:13 AMP -Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

Be Blessed

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Joy

Being happy is a choice. No matter what you have been dealing with, you have a choice. Sad thing is many fall into the victim of the "woe is me" box. Guess what? You are not alone. Many want to call someone and complain but never have or even want a solution. God is your source.

You are the only one responsible for how you choose to feel. No one can bring you happiness unless your heart and mind are open to receive that happiness. God is your peace and comfort.

So for today, step back out of your putty box and smile. Why? Because what ever it is that is going on right now one thing is for sure, you are not dead. You are alive in Christ.

James 1:2-4 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.

Count it all joy.