Sunday, November 29, 2015

Spectators Never Win


 
1 Corinthians 9:24-26 in the NLV Paul tells us, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing”.
I am reminded with every breath, the race I am running. I know that God has given me the vision and because He alone is omnipotent, having unlimited power, I have won, I just have to run. I may stumble and fall, I may get scratched up and bruised, but run I must.  An athlete does not go into a race with doubt and fear. They are not concerned with who is cheering them on. A runner cannot focus on the runner next to them thought they are aware that they are there. A runner is focused on the run, the finish line, and the score board that tells them if they have beaten a previous record for the win.  Being a runner on the track is the same as being the runner of the vision that God has imparted into you.

All that happens in our lives is related to that which we have trained ourselves to accomplish. Some are trained to doubt, complain, and blame, to just sit back and have a wait and see attitude. Millions have given up settling for less than they need or want because they refuse to get on the track and run. These people will no doubt take their gifts with them to the grave of should have, could have, and would have. If you spend enough time in conversation with someone, you will know exactly where their head is. Their conversation will tell you what race they are running. It does not take a rocket engineer to see that many have no capacity of endurance.  Many think that they have all of the answers and know everything. These are the spectators and spectators never win. Are you a runner or a spectator?
Look at the Tiger. Once it has it’s eye locked on the prey, it focuses and never loses sight.  It may have been tracking this prey for some time, may have attempted to capture it and failed.  A Tiger will not give up when it knows that with patience and endurance, the prey will be caught. Moving in stealth mode, pausing when needed and advancing when necessary, the prey is always in sight. Running with lighting speed it moves to the left, moves to the right and then, victory. All of the panting, all of the patience and skill has been rewarding with the win.

My brother’s and sister’s, you have a race to run. It can be a business to launch, a book to write, weight to shed, or a habit to break, you can do it with precision. You may have been told no many times, don’t stop running. You may feel like you are spinning your wheels because you have not reached any parts of the goal, do not quit. You may feel alone in your race, know this, you are never alone. God is where you are and He has given you all that you need to win. Take some time to evaluate and study the training manual for your life, seek God and His word for wisdom and watch Him give you wings like an eagle. Know this, if you know without a doubt that God has given you the vision then you have already won, you just have to stay in the race and not quit. You are the tiger. Remember this, spectators never win.

Be Blessed

Sunday, November 22, 2015

In The Silence


 
 
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest for truth. –Mahatma Gandhi
Silence to the mind is just as important as sleep is to the body. There are at least 3 stages of sleep. Stage 1, is that state of drowsiness. Stage 2, is where you are close to a state of relaxation, and stage 3, is where your body has totally relaxed and is now in rejuvenation mode. Silence can affect our bodies in the same fashion. Being in silence opens up the way for clarity and peace.

My internal clock dings way before the crack of dawn and I love the early morning hours. This is where I find my clarity. I appreciate the world outside stopping, the chatter ceasing, and most of all, I appreciate being able to hear clearly what my soul has to say, and to hear clearly what my heavenly Father has to say. It is in the silence that I reign in my thoughts and appreciate the quietness of my spirit. Silence is a healing in its own right. Silence is truly golden.

With the influx of technology, everyone is connected to something. I find it amazing that you can walk down the street and almost everyone you walk past is looking at their cell phones. I encounter people walking up and down stairs connected to their cell phones. My inner child wants to intentionally bump into these people to see their reaction. I find it annoying to be in the company of others and they are connected to their cell phones. It annoys me that instead of human contact and conversation, the cell phone has become a life line. When will it stop? When will we get back to being personable with each other? Yet, we tell our children to read their books, do their homework, and wonder why their verbal communication skills and grades are way past poor.
My brothers and sisters, take a step back and disconnect to reconnect. Shut it all down and appreciate the silence around you and within. Connect with your soul and the souls around you. Make the phone call instead of texting and emailing. Reduce the noise and listen to your inner voice. God cannot speak to us if we are not able to hear Him. Spend quality time with your children by talking to them. Make a connection with those who starve for your undivided attention. It takes only one act of direct eye contact to open up a true and meaningful conversation that you can hear within your spirt. Let’s get back to the basics.

Be Blessed

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Your Destiny Awaits



The past 6 months have been absolutely aggravating. I suffer from Cervical Spinal Stenosis and let me tell you, when things flare up in the physically body, it is like the 4th of July in the sky. Though I have been walking with this for a few years, the last few months have been different with new symptoms and increased pain. Not good. This past Monday and Tuesday it felt like every bone in my body, eye balls and fingernails hurt and I wanted to crawl under any rock that could cover me completely. Instead I got my Bible and daily devotional and started in with prayer and praise.  Just know, God will use any situation to get your attention and my attention He did receive.  
 
I have two mandates on my life and I am very clear on what they are. My mistake has been desiring support from those who have no capacity. I have reached out to many with no reply and if I did receive a reply, it was a negative one.  I encounter more negative people than I do the positive. I hear the word “can’t” so often I start to believe it myself. I start to question the vision God has given me. I become more discouraged and doubtful, and then I was reminded of a Jeremiah 29:11 in the NLT where God says, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. God said that, not man. God knows who He wants to be involved in His plans concerning you. Trust me, if it is not God’s will, He will block it every time. Block that. Block that. Block that.  LOL. I am reminded that the plans God has is about pointing others to Him. There will be those who only see from the compartmentalized box in which they reside. I call them the “can’t brigade”. They do not have the capacity to see past the edge of that box. They have forgotten the God of blessings, or they do not believe that there is a God of many blessings.

As of late I have become a victim of the “can’t brigade”. A victim of the many voices of doubt and discouragement, loneliness and sadness, disconnected and ignored. A victim of hearing more of what others have to say rather than listening fully and completely to what God has already said. I took my eyes off of the purpose and plan and I also took my eyes off of Him. My faith has been on a tidal wave. In knowing this, I have taken the first of many steps in getting back in line to the purpose and the plan. I am not entertaining anyone that has a need to darken the spotlight. God had to get me in a place where He could speak and where I would listen. What I understand is this, I can care less if anyone believes that I can, because I KNOW that I can. You have to know it too. You have to KNOW deep down in your soul that you were called to do it, and do it you will.

My brothers and sisters, the vision and dream was given to you by the Father, not man. None of what has been placed in your spirit is contingent on you believing the “can’t brigade”, it is contingent on you believing completely on what the Father has already said. People pleasers seek to please people and God pleasers seek to please God. Where are you? Say this, not my will Lord, but Your will. Knowing that alone should be your spring board into the purpose and plan that the Holy Spirit is consistently nudging you to move towards. So get in line and eliminate the “can’t brigade” and step into the blessings. And while you are stepping, know that the blessing is sure.

Thank you so much Bridgett Washington for that nugget, I absolutely love it and shout it from the roof top. Visit https://www.facebook.com/BridgettWashingtonMinistries. Bridgett will bless, encouraged and motivate you to step into the blessing, God’s Blessing. THE BLESSING IS SURE!

Be Blessed                                                                             

 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Everlasting Peace


 
 
I make a conscious effort in finding and keeping peace within my spirit and around me. I can feel negative spirits fast and let me tell you, I try to avoid it at all cost. With everything that can and will take place in a day, it is easy to get angry, frustrated, speak ill will, and even want to physically harm someone. Go ahead and be honest. I know I am guilty. I can go back to childhood and fast forward to today, and see many areas where there was no peace. In doing so, I am reminded of all of the many, many blessings that God has placed in my life, and for those blessings, I am forever grateful.
In John 14:27 NLT, Jesus says this, I am leaving you a gift, peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives.

I spent many years self-medicating with alcohol and other substances. I had come to many close calls of my life being a vapor, either by my own choice or by getting to close to someone who meant me no good. I tried to fit into other people’s ideals as to who I was. I wanted to fit in to some groups that God clearly said, NO. There was a point in my life where I gave up. I wanting to die and be done with it all, but God. I even made one deliberate attempt at ending my life in 2007 after my oldest sister Leslie passed away, but God and the Holy Spirit was right there in my car as I travelled down a hill at over 70 miles an hour in a 35 miles an hour zone, heading for a cliff, yes I was there. Again, I have to say, but God. I felt unloved, unappreciated, not respected, and the list goes on as to all of the emotional destruction I inflicted on myself. I never thought myself to be pretty or even worthy, just okay. Oh, but God fixed that and let me tell you, low self-esteem is not in my vocabulary. I no longer look for validation or acceptance from anyone or anything thing for that matter. God and the amazing Iyanla Vanzant helped me with reconstructing my emotional house.
As I read God’s word, I am reminded and comforted. There are many who do not have a choice. Millions in the prison system are a prime example of those who do not have a choice or voice. There are many who are living free, but also living in emotional bondage. Domestic Violence is an example where often the woman’s voice and freedom have been stripped from her by an abusive mate. I have not heard of many instances where a male has been in this position, but I know it is possible. 

I have learned through much prayer and evaluation, that the road of life will be rocky with many potholes. The suspension we need is prayer and faith. Prayer that connects us to the Father, and faith believing that the Father will do just what He said he will do, give us peace of mind and of heart. With that, we must be prepared and in that preparation, we must be ready, willing, and with much ability, to withstand all that will come our way. Victory is in the believer. Power was given from our Victorious Lord and Savior.
You my brothers and sisters can have that same peace. You can make an active choice to either fall into the potholes, or hold firm to the steering wheel of God’s word regardless of what road you travel. You have been given authority to stand firm on the truth of God and the still waters of His ever present help. 

Take some time every day to see how you can walk in ultimate peace. Spend some time with yourself and in God’s word, the answers are there, He is waiting for you. God is willing and able, and you can rest assured that He will do just what He said He will do. The choice is yours to grab hold of all peace in your storm.
 
Be Blessed

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Be Not Moved



Today, the world is experiencing another tragedy. Paris, France was shaken by multiple bombings with the killing of over 100 people. This latest event marks the worst this country has experienced in decades. Is it the last? No. Can Paris recover? Yes, and recover they will.
Nowhere in God’s word does it tell us that we won’t face persecution, but to the contrary, it tells us that we will. The persecution that has taken place not only in Paris, but in the United States, Africa, in Europe just to name a few, should not be looked at as some fly by night event. No, we should be reminded that evil is everywhere and death follows evil. We must remember that our will and resolve will continuously be tested, and in that testing, our faith will be shaken. A test of wills, a test of the fight to stand naked amongst those whose soul desire is to annihilate and destroy the peace and freedom that so many of us have taken for granted.

For those of us who read and study God’s word, this sad event should not be of surprise. We know that death is a self-imposed birth right if you will for many who claim that their higher power demands it.  There are many who seek to steal the joy, kill as many, and destroy any semblance of freedom. Going to the movies has taken on a new awareness, fear. Children going to school no longer feel free to dream as once before, now wake to a new fear. The military uniform is no longer looked upon as a badge of honor, but of disdain and fear.

I am reminded yet still in all things even in disaster to give praise. In all things give a resounding shout of faith because the storm will be calmed when Jesus Christ returns. Prayer and preparation are the tools for peace in our spirit man. We cannot give a continuous voice to all that the enemy is doing and will continue to do. We as God’s children must stay battle ready. We must gird up our loin clothes and bow down to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit knowing that this too shall pass. 

We must stand like the trees planted by the waters, not moved.
Be Blessed

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Catch Your Wind



The wind is a mysterious force, a stirring of the air by nature. When the winds blow nothing can remain still.
Today I am reminded that the dreams and visions God gives to us are of no surprise. Every goal, every step towards that goal was spoken into existence long before we were birthed.  Our goals have life because God has blown the wind of creativity from His heart into ours for such a time as right now.  
For the past month, I have been in a major slump, physically and emotionally. I have not been able to focus on anything that God has set in place for me to do. The Holy Spirit speaks to me, ushering me to move, to take action, but I feel blocked by the sudden winds of life. Blocked due to brokenness and dread. Blocked due to fear and uncertainty. Blocked by my own thoughts and even the lack of thought. What I do know is that God did not give me a spirit of fear and for that reason alone, I must get up and show up.  As hard as it has been, I dredge along, taking small steps in the direction I am directed to travel.  I keep before me God and behind me, God. I speak into my own spirit by letting myself know that this windy season will suddenly pass.  And that alone is enough to renew my spirit.

We all face storms and what we must be reminded of is that, all storms have an end.  So, we must be in position to move. We must be in position to take by force the goals and dreams that God has placed in our hearts and fight like gladiators in the middle of the arena, fight to the death. What is fact is that we have all that we need to do that which we have been given to do, what God has told us to do, and we have to listen to Him. When Jesus said, another will come, he meant the Holy Spirit will come as a helper, a comforter, an ambassador. And with that right there, that should be enough to cause us to get up and catch our wind.
Take some time to get lifted. Play some music and dance around your living room. Let go of everything you cannot control. Give yourself permission to be free and when you do that, be free. Pamper yourself with something you enjoy. Give God praise that He is right there with you rooting you on. Praise God that today and just for today, you have caught your wind.

Be Blessed