Sunday, March 20, 2016

Step It Up

The past few weeks have been trying. Death and illnesses go hand in hand, but a sudden death with no warning is catastrophic. One day it is all smiles and laughter, the next, devastation. We can make many plans, but who really knows what tomorrow holds? Jesus. It saddens me when I watch and hear people who do not walk in the obedience of Christ, instead they are caught up in who wrote the Bible and failing to focusing on the message for living and applying wisdom living to be a better people. They live their lives as if, they are in control.

I find myself pulling away more and more from all that does not line up with God and His word. I am not interested in pretending that I have done everything on my own. I have less tolerance for people who scheme, beg, and live life as if there is nothing greater on the other side of hardships. Though I strive daily to be better than I was the day before, though I evaluate my life, and slowly work on things to make my life better, I cannot expect others to have the same capacity of thought or action. Though I can’t understand why, I have to resolve in knowing that everyone lives in their own capacity of living and some do not want any more than what they have or even see right in front of them. Some do not have the capacity to dream and work towards a dream.  I do not profess to have all of the answers, but what I do have is a resolve to rise above all circumstances that are within my power to change. I learn daily that my existence is based on a gracious God who desires that we as His children live abundantly and on purpose.

Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins. He walked and teached abundant living and what it takes to live out our lives with the expectation of being with him in paradise. It is prevalent that most want the blessings of God, but not the required obedience to His word and commands.  I have lived this way. I have done things my way and it all was for naught. I tried to make my own path without God and what I received was heartbreak, dread, setback after setback. Those lessons are valuable for me. The world will consume you and that is why God tells us, to be not conformed to the ways of the world. That is why God created the Ten Commandments. That is why we are told that the wages of sin is death. I don’t know about you, but I must keep my eyes and heart focused on the ways of God daily. Though my flesh fail Him daily, I am thankful, no, grateful in knowing that I can turn to Him in humble repentance.

2 Timothy 3:16 NTL says this, "All scripture us inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right".

My brothers and sisters, you know it, but let me remind you, tomorrow is not promised us. Any one of us can lay down and not wake up. We can leave our homes and not return. Are you taking your life and those in it for granted? Are you feeling superior in believing that all that you do is right or even required? Have you committed to following your own way instead of seeking the will of God? Let me tell you, if you have said yes to any and all of these questions, you are on a slippery slope into an abyss of hardship. You are setting yourself up for failure and fail hard you will.  I encourage you to take inventory of where you are and who is in your life. Make yourself a priority and then, get on about the business of showing those closest to you true love and compassion.  Step it up!

Be Blessed

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trust In God's Timing

A dark cloud seems to follow me; the cloud of despair. Not that anything catastrophically is pressing in my life, it is taking place around me, causing this dark cloud to insist on being my shadow. What I do know it this, I am aware and the Holy Spirit is my guide. I must stay connected to the source and trust the process. I could allow myself to get into a frenzy, but that will defeat the purpose of what God is doing in and around my life.

In our spiritual walk there are 3-keys that we need to be reminded of, Chronos, Kairos, and Pleroo. Let’s go deeper. The three words are of greek origin. I encourage you to look them up and learn more. Study to show yourself approved. God is all about timing and nothing that He does or even allows is out of His timing.  Look at Jesus, when Mary was informed that she would be giving birth, she was not planning that, God’s timing. Moses being pushed away in a basket down a river, to be taken in by the Pharaoh’s daughter, God’s timing. Do you see that God set forth a chain of events, at a specific time for everything? Timing! Let’s look at the 3-keys.

1.      Chronos – Chronological time. Preparation. Time. either long or short. This is the desert season and if you are here, know that you are being prepared for the next level. God is working out everything in you such as your posture of living, your response to life’s challenges, your prayer and worship life, your love of others , and your love of Him. God requires you to be diligent . obedient, and ready.  You must not grow weary in this season. Ask God what time is it for you.  Galatians 4:4

2.      Kairos – Seasonable time. Fixed and definite. Time of warring in your labor. This is the time where you come up against devastation and oppression, and it is here where we lose it by complaining and grumbling. We get caught up in petty arguments. We even start some petty arguments. We feel as if God is not hearing our prayers. No. it is  quite the opposite my dear ones, God is hearing us. He is also allowing some storms to take its course, to see just how you will go through. He already knows how you will come out. During this time it is chaos. You cannot move on feeling, you have to understand the direction God is taking you to get out the valley.  Psalm 84:4-7

3.      Pleroo – To make complete in a particular sense, perfected, and full measure. Time of joy. This is the fulfillment of God’s promise, but to get here you must go through some Chronos and some Kairos.  We don’t stay here long because God takes us from glory to glory, and during this time we change, grow, and learn. God must stretch us during this process. You may be in many phases of the stretching process. Jobs, home life, personal issues, all of these are stages. and there is more ahead. Keep moving. Sometimes when you are going through, it is Gods smoke signal.  Colossians 1:9

As I sit to complete this post after starting a few days ago, I am heart broken due to the loss of a family friend's child. I know death well. and it is something that no longer takes over in my spirit, so I thought.Today will be the anniversary of my oldest sister's passing, March 13th will forever be etched in my memory, along with the dates of others who have been called home too soon.

My heart can not grip this loss and it surely has ripped away any emotional protection I may
have tried to erect. Who was I kidding? I can't place a period where God has a comma. Through
it all, trust God and His timing. Though I may not understand the process, I am sold out on the
process, letting God do what He does so well. Mold and make. Prune and snip. As it states in
Ecclesiastes, there is a time and a place for everything under the sun. Everything.

Brothers and sisters, stop what you are doing right now, call someone you have been meaning to call. Hug your family and friends and say I love you with meaning. Our lives are vapors and vanish we all will. I speak this of you just as I am speaking this into my spirit. I too must do better in the area of really loving. I too must be available and present. I know what regret feels like. It happens when someone you truly do love passes on, but you missed the mark. Now, I get that there are some people you just can't have that deep relationship with and if they are bringing you pain and negativity, then by all means, love from a distance. I have learned that some people are not meant to trail behind you into the next season that God has in store for us. Trust the process.

Be Blessed

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hope In The Midst Of It All

I woke up a few mornings ago with a burden on my heart. Though I absolutely praise God for giving me new life each day, I am reminded of the consequences we all will face if disobedience to God is not checked. My morning prayer was more of an acknowledgement of what God calls sin.  Sin is not always a flesh sin, it can be a heart sin, and it can be an emotional sin. We allow ourselves to get caught up in the events that go on around us. Our conversations and behavior can be negative and self-destructive.  We want the blessings of God but fail to obey Him. It is very important that we be mindful and cautious of the things we participate in and who we are participating with.

Today, my spirit was refreshed and renewed. I went to fellowship expecting a blessing. Not only did I receive that blessing, I also received a reminder to trust God. That God is fighting ALL battles. That God will NEVER leave us.  All of us have some degree of chaos in our lives, but we do not have to be consumed and broken down because of the chaos. We must trust God. This blessing is of no surprise because I had faith that I would receive a blessing. I know that I daily die to what the worlds standards and live in Christ. Every one of us have our walk with Christ, but one this remains the same, we must worship Christ in spirit and in truth knowing that nothing is hidden from the Father. Every day is a new day and with that new day, we have the opportunity to come correct and boldly to God.

Lamentations 3:22-24 in the NLV says this, The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness: his mercies began afresh each day. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him!”

I encourage you to read the book of Lamentations and be firmly reminded and convinced. You will see where God set forth destruction on Jerusalem due to disobedience. God sent many warnings and still they followed false doctrine and made up in their minds that everything they were doing was good. They believed the false doctrine of prophets and kings, not knowing that they were being led away from the presence God. What God calls sin separates us from Him.  Is this you? Are you convinced that everything you do is for the Lord? Are you convinced that you can live in the sin God hates and still be blessed by God. The enemy is a deceiver.  I can say that I have allowed my emotional state to be consumed and not in a good way. Here is a beautiful fact, God already knew and He is waiting for us to turn our attention back to Him. Are you running yet?

My brothers and sisters, we are in a critical time with racism and politics burning up the airwaves.  We must increase our prayer life, we must be ready in season and out of season. The spiritual warfare is real.

Many on social media are posting so much of the negative that it can be hard to see any positive. Millions are in a fight for their very lives just to stay employed, keep a roof over their heads, and keep their children protected. Some have given up. Don’t let this be you. There is hope in the midst of God and that is where we will find the peace that passes all understanding. No matter what goes on around us, we cannot be blind to the many warnings that God sends our way. We must be diligent in doing exactly what we have been mandated to do and not do.  I don’t know about you, but I have to remain focused on the absolute goodness of God and all that it means to be called according to His purpose.  Get it order. Set your mind on the things of God and watch him shower you with blessings beyond your wildest dreams. Are you next in line for a miracle?  Raise your hands in total praise.

Be Blessed