Food for Thought
- Nov. 7, 2017
The Ultimate Death - Part II
(If you haven't already, please read Part I. Today is a continuation....)
So, what hinders believers from “dying”?
- Presumption/pride: being self-willed, self-righteous, thinking more highly of himself than he ought to. Here, the theme is “self”. (2 Peter 2:10; Daniel 4:1-5, 29-37)
- Religion/tradition: (Mark 7:6-8, 13)
- Passiveness/”sleepwalking”: Some believers are sleepwalking through life. They are in a robotic mode; being controlled by the enemy’s whims. We need to be deliberate and intentional in our strategies. (Romans 13:11-14)
- Academic knowledge vs “knowing”: 2 Timothy 3:7 speaks about people always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth. To these, it’s more academic than practical. In the book of James, we find that if you’re not a doer of the word, then you’re only deceiving yourself. It’s like looking in a mirror; the moment you leave, you forget your reflection.
- Deception of self: Sometimes, we have become so focused on the faults of others that we fail to assess our own lives. How many of us are deceiving ourselves? (Galatians 5:3)
The “ultimate death” has to occur. We have to die daily; knowing that it’s a necessary process to our conformity to Christ. Recognize that the path has already been paved. Go ahead and die! Allow the Master Surgeon to perform the operation.
Abide in the Vine; for it is He that gives sustenance. This abiding requires total submission and surrender. For when we lose our lives, we find our fulfillment in Jesus. We find our identity in him. We find our purpose in him.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth!”
- Oct. 25, 2017
The Ultimate Death - Part I
Believers often speak of dying to self. We see this dying as a badge of honor; something to be honored and revered. Yet, we fail to truly comprehend the gravity of dying to self.
Consequently, we WILL come to a season in our lives where we must endure the ultimate death. It's this death that will ultimately move us into a different dimension. It's this death that will push believers to declare it's all or nothing. It's this death that will propel believers into elevated realms - the place where we truly walk into demonstrations of the Spirit's power.
Believers, we're at a critical juncture. This inflection point is where the line has been drawn in the sand. The question becomes; what do I believe? Here, your beliefs will no longer be based on your grandmother's prayers...no longer on what your parents believed. It boils down to the same question that Jesus asked his disciples "Who do you say that I am?" When the going gets tough, what erupts out of you? Like a volcano; when the foundation is threatened or shaking, what do you spew from your inner core?
In Philippians 3:7-12, Paul states that things he considered important were losses to him, as it related to Christ...lineage, education, training religious credentials, his zeal for God....all loss. The only thing that mattered was knowing Christ.
Hence, it is only through dying that we are resurrected through Christ. It is only through the death of personal agendas, death of unseemly motives, death of our "religion" so that the true & living Christ can be resurrected in and through us.
We haven't grasped the concept of dying to self. We tend to focus on improving self-esteem, enlisting self-help and into self promotions so much that we fail to see that all is dung.
So, what hinders believers from "dying"?
- Aug. 23, 2017
Within a couple of weeks, we will celebrate what is traditionally known as "Labor Day". One can already sense the change in the atmosphere - the hot days of summer will soon be a distant remembrance.
Ah; the smell of hot dogs and ribs on the grill, the tingling of beach sand upon your feet and a wondrous day off from work! A sense of excitement fills the air as we wait with expectancy for this day.
Yet, as I consider the word "labor", I’m drawn to the verse in Hebrews 4:11, "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
As we review the chapter of Hebrews 3, we observe that the Israelites didn’t believe God; even though his mighty acts were seen on a frequent basis. They provoked the Lord and continued to sin. Notwithstanding, being grieved with this generation, God said "they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest."
Consequently, the author of Hebrews cautions us to take heed that we don’t fall into a similar trap. For we that believe, embrace and have faith in the gospel; have entered into the rest of Christ. Therefore, we can cease from our own works, because the work was finished through Jesus before the foundation of the world.
Believers, how many of you can honestly say you’ve ceased doing your own works? How many can say you are actually abiding in the Anointed One? Some believers continue to wrestle with identity issues; while others grapple with performance issues. They have not entered into that place of rest through Christ Jesus. Additionally, some believers yoke themselves and choke on the bondage within their own minds.
Jesus implores us to come unto him; all that are heavy laden. He is calling unto you today. He is reaching his hand out to you. I implore you to shatter the shackles of defeat, chains of despair and the irons filled with burdens as you enter into his loving arms. Surrender ALL as he embraces and whispers “You are mine. I love you.”
So, today, as you anticipate the upcoming holiday, labor to enter into rest. Diligently and deliberately seek him with your whole heart! Isn’t it time you rest in him and cease your work? For then, it would truly be Labor Day!
- Aug. 20, 2017
Faint Not, Part II
In the last post, we admonished believers to "faint not". We are observing that some believers are slowing down their pursuit of God; while contending with various circumstances and opposition.
Psalm 27:13 states, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Here, David states that he would have fainted along the way, IF he hadn’t BELIEVED in God’s goodness here on earth. What are you believing today?
Then, Isaiah 40:28 & 29 tells us “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint and to them that have no might, he increaseth strength.”
Consequently; my question to you, Will you just believe? Will you remove the intellect, the theory, the reasoning and allow this belief to emanate from your very core?
Thus, I admonish you to BELIEVE with every fiber of your being. Believe in the character of God; believe in his love through Christ Jesus; believe in his promises through his word. Believe that he is God and there is none other. Believe in his sovereign reign. Believe in his ultimate authority. Believe in him as the Creator; thus nothing is exalted above him.
And, if you are fainting, believe that he has already infused you with his strength. He has already inundated you with his power through Holy Spirit. It is through your weakness that he emerges mightily!
As he spoke to the Israelites, let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of the various trials or vexations within your life.
“I am that I am.” Come unto him today, AGAIN. Trust him to be your “I AM”. Drop the pretenses, uncover your masks, lay down your self-protection, and lie naked before him. Immerse yourself in his love; allowing him to saturate you once again. Give it ALL to him; this time FOR REAL! He wants all of you; your heart, intellect, mind, will, emotions, body; everything.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.”
- Aug. 14, 2017
Hold Fast, Faint Not
As we draw closer to the Lord’s return, many believers are beginning to faint. Consequently, some believers have allowed the distractions and cares of this world to snatch their focus. Their once cultivated Kingdom disciplines have now been relegated to mere obligations and pastimes. Commitment levels have waned, due to a frantic pace of performing a myriad of futile activities. Oppression, depression, suppression and repression have all gripped the core of some believers. And, it appears there’s no end in sight.
Still, others have continued to live their lives, oblivious of the gravity of their state. Some are still impervious to the voice of the true and living God.
Yet, the Lord continues to vigorously pursue you. Will you release all to Him? Will you, this day, allow the Lord to be “I am” in your life? Will you throw caution to the wind and allow Him to emerge and live through you? Will you, this time, be for real in totally submitting everything unto Christ? Will you be resurrected through Jesus? Will you allow your dreams, your expectations, your concerns, your issues, your fears, and your doubts; in fact, your life’s totality to be wrapped up in Him?
Revelation 3:3 states, Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. Also, Hebrew 12:2-4 reminds us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God, For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Don’t allow your minds to be so consumed with “chatter” that you faint. Because as we review Jesus’ life - endured the cross, shame and contradiction of sinners – we have no reason to faint.
Therefore, wash your face and lift your heads. There are many promises throughout God’s Word. Nevertheless, the overriding theme is faith in God through Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Be still and know that He is God. Trust God’s heart towards you. Above all, trust Him. For though the waters are rising all around you and the fire burning within your lives, know that the Lord is with you. Only believe!
- Aug. 1, 2017
Whose Mind Is Stayed On Thee
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:…” Isaiah 26:3-4
Recently, I had to obtain an MRI exam. In a nutshell, this exam produces a magnetic image (i.e. x-ray) of a specific area within the body. The actual MRI scanner is a long tube, similar to a tunnel, in which the person has to lie still for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. Simple, huh?
As the technician began to push me towards the scanner, I started to panic. Hulk-like thoughts began to pervade my mind – I need to break out of this tube! I envisioned shattering the scanner with fragmented pieces flying throughout the room. Where were these thoughts coming from? With anxiety levels rapidly increasing, screams filled my thoughts. Somehow, in the midst of this “crisis”, I begin to worship the King. With every ounce of my being; I hummed, I sang and I meditated on the Word; ultimately, serenading and romancing Jesus.
Of course, there were still times during that exam when my thoughts attempted to wander; but, I reined them in and hurled them into oblivion. Scriptures I didn’t know existed flowed from my belly. Finally, the test was over! Hallelujah!
Consequently, there were really two tests given – the natural and the spiritual. The second and most important test that day was the engagement of my mind. The bible states that we are to cast down imaginations and bring it into captivity under the obedience of Christ Jesus. Also, the only peace I gained was in keeping my mind stayed on Him. Those scriptures became more alive for me than ever before! The Lord also re-enforced my need to always keep my entire focus upon Him.
Therefore, believers, today I exhort you to maintain a single focus upon the Lord. Never allow your thoughts to enslave you. The mind is filled with complexities, but the Lord has already provided His Word to help us overcome in this area. Trust Him with everything within the core of your being. Nothing else matters! “For in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength”!
- Jul. 29, 2017
I have brought you out of the bondage and chaos that have entangled your life and ensnared you. I have continuously delivered you from the hand of the enemy. I have diverted the arrows and darts that had your life as its aim.
Yet, you have not had ears to hear. You continue to fulfill your own lusts and desires. Do you not see? Do you not hear? A tsunami is rapidly approaching – because you fail to “see”.
I am pouring out of my Spirit in greater measure to all who continue to press in. Don’t be left behind. Don’t be left behind – lingering to hear the applause of man. Don’t be left behind – hiding behind titles and positions. Don’t be left behind – continuing to explode emotionally.
I am repositioning you; know that it’s me. As such, don’t “kick against the prick”. Be at rest with my methodologies, my logic, and my way. For you will soon see that “I got this”. I’ve had “this” from the beginning of time. My faithfulness precedes me; my track record has been proven.
Settle this in your heart NOW! Be converted NOW! For I’ve called you into THE DEEP; the waters will not prevail. The “fires” that you perceive will not quench you. For a generation is waiting….not on you; but to see ME through you – my light shattering the darkness, penetrating through the deep abyss of oppression and depression.
Come; see through my eyes. It’s time for my Glory to fill this earth. It’s time for the dead to come alive. It’s happened before. It’s time to MANIFEST into my son to destroy the works of evil!
- Jul. 23, 2017
To Know Him
Oh, that I may know Him! To know Him is glorious; to know Him is magnificent; to know Him is marvelous! It is not enough to know about Him…….the “ONE THING have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple”. It’s the entire crux of the matter!
Many times, we as believers get yanked into the world’s systems of thought, perceptions and innuendos. We’ve assessed, dissected and analyzed the Word to the point of confusing ourselves. Consequently, some believers have not taken the time to know Christ Jesus! Imagine this – surrounding oneself with the knowledge of Christ Jesus, but never experiencing sweet fellowship or tasting His goodness.
We were created to worship the Lord.....in all that we are and all that we do. It's who we are - experiencing true communion with the Lord. Seeing that life’s progression is ending as we know it, it’s critical we break the bands that have so gripped our necks. The essence of our lives as believers is only about him. It’s about pursuing God with extreme intensity; with our whole mind, body and spirit. It is only then that the light of Christ will emanate within and from our core being.
Believers, I admonish you to desire and cultivate a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord. Surrender all that you are; your schisms, your weaknesses, your doubts, your fears ...everything about you. Allow Him to resurrect himself wholly within you. For then, he will be magnified and glorified through our lives!
- Jun. 30, 2017
Prepare Ye The Way
Believers, we are transitioning into a new season. Expectancy fills the atmosphere. We sense exhilaration and anticipation in the environment. Yet, some have not recognized the necessity of preparation. This shift requires more of us than ever before; in fact, it requires ALL of us! The entire self must be crucified!
Some believers have been content with the status quo. However, this shift demands everything!
No longer will half-hearted commitment stand! No longer will pretense be tolerated. No longer will deception and offense be hidden. No longer will unfeigned love preside. No longer will false doctrine withstand. No longer will emotionalism swell the head. The matters of the heart will be readily exposed.
Therefore, believers, I implore you to search deeply within the core of your hearts. Ensure there is no unforgiveness, bitterness or evil within. Allow the blood of Christ Jesus to wash you clean again. Return to your “first love”. Be found among those who are faithful. Be diligent and deliberate in His design for your life. Hold fast to that which He has deposited within you. Prepare for the way of the Lord.
This generation is seeking and crying out for hope. Oppression, depression and self-obsession abounds. The lost continually fill their souls with medication, sex, drugs and money; all to no avail. Confusion, turmoil, fear and doubt cloud the air. Mental anguish and suicidal attempts ravage the soul.
Believers, won’t you stand to represent Jesus? Won’t you be the agent of Glory He intended you to be? With clean hands and pure hearts, won’t you allow the light to illuminate darkness? Will you be the arrow that penetrate the fiery darts of the enemy; thus causing an explosion? Will you allow the endowment of Holy Spirit to infiltrate your entire being; that upon gazing at you, Jesus will be manifested? Will you be bold and courageous in the proclamation of our Lord and Savior? Will you be hope? Will you touch; with the love of God emanating through and from you?
Prepare your hearts! Reclaim your minds! For the Kingdom of God is at hand!
- Jun. 25, 2017
"What Doest Thou Here?"
Many times, we as believers experience roller coaster rides throughout our lives. We encounter the exhilarating highs; where we can overcome anything – the enemy is a DEFEATED foe. At other times; we’re in the succumbing valleys, feeling like Gideon, saying to the Lord; not us, we’re the least of the least. During these valley occurrences, we excuse ourselves by saying we’re “waiting on God”.
1 Kings 19:1-18 reveals the story of Elijah running from Jezebel. He had just encountered God’s insurmountable power on top of Mount Carmel. However, after hearing that Jezebel was seeking him, Elijah ran for his life. He wanted to die, “O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” Nevertheless, God didn’t respond to his “pity party”.
How many times do we as believers want others to agree with us on our doubt or unbelief? How many times do we want others to join in as we disavow God’s Word? We call it empathy. We just want someone to empathize with the way we’re feeling. While we speak negatively against ourselves, we are in disagreement with his Word…….”Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world”. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The only response God gave Elijah at this point was to send an angel to feed and nourish him for the journey ahead.
Consequently, Elijah ended up in a cave. The Lord asked Elijah on two separate occasions – “What doest thou here, Elijah?” God was not drawn into the “drama”; for it was not in alignment with Elijah’s assignment. Essentially, God told Elijah to return to doing His business; return to the assignment that he’d given Elijah. God’s only response to Elijah was related to his purpose/will for Elijah’s life.
Believers, what are you doing here? “Arise and eat: because the journey is too great for thee.” Exit the cave and continue doing what God has destined you to do; even before the foundation of the world. God is nourishing you for your journey; feed on his Word. Ultimately there are some Hazaels, Jehus and Elishas that’s waiting on you!
- Jun. 18, 2017
An Abundant Life
Many believers are struggling with the affairs of life. Circumstances and various trials seem to conquer them at every turn. Emotional outbursts, feelings of worthlessness, bitterness, anguish of soul - are all screaming for attention. Somehow, in the midst of it all, believers have forgotten the core of their existence. Some believers have allowed their hearts to be so buried underneath the dirt of sin, doubt, fears, disappointments, anger at God and unbelief. Little by little, these disparities have mounted themselves upon a once pure and childlike faith. The heart has now become hardened to the truth of God's Word.
Remember when you were a child? Remember being without a care in the world? Remember total dependence upon your parents for the necessities of life? Remember enjoying life; enjoying the present moment you were in? Remember the freedom in being yourself? Remember relationships; yeah there were snafus, but they were quickly resolved? Remember loving, embracing and living life?
Yet, somewhere over the course of the years, we've allowed the enemy's lies, the world's system and our selfishness to infiltrate our minds and hearts. We've ejected our faith in God's Word and replaced it with utterly, ridiculous lies. Think about it! We believed God through Christ Jesus for our salvation, which was a miracle. However, we can't believe and trust Him with our lives. You started out in the Spirit; passionate and on fire; believing with all your heart! So, what has "bewitched" you to now be doubtful; thus, hindering the move of God within your life?
Jesus came so that we might have an abundant life. He wants that abundance in every aspect of our lives....physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. By faith, we've already been engrafted into that life. For many of us, God's Word has been ever flowing over our lives - prophetically, through His Word, through Holy Spirit. Whose report will you believe? Will you continue to listen to those voices around you that's in direct conflict to God's Word? Will you continue to listen to the voices of your soul (intellect, emotions, mind) that rely on self-pity, self-gain, selfishness, self-preservation and self-centeredness?
In Deuteronomy 2, the Lord told the Israelites that they'd circled that mountain long enough, it was now time for them to turn in another direction. Believers, you've been in the cycle of defeat long enough, return to the former place where you met the Lord. Begin to break up the fallow ground of deceit, wickedness, doubt, etc. in your heart. Chisel your way back to the foundation of truth that's already within you. Allow Holy Spirit to come alive again! Believe, again!
Oh, ye of little faith! The Lord calls you His beloved. You are the apple of His eye. He has you engraved on the palms of His hands. Know that He has called you as His own. He knows the beginning and the ending. Nothing can separate you from His love......nothing! He knitted you in your mother's womb; His plan for your life was already formulated. Only believe! Trust that He is greater than everything you are facing or could ever face in life. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You've already seen His work through your life. Don't turn back! He has brought you thus far; you are not alone.
Jesus is interceding that your faith fail you not. Allow God to be God today!
- Jun. 2, 2017
The Paradigm Shift
Some believers are passively viewing life; watching it as though they were viewing a television show; screen by screen. Some are not deliberately nor intentionally engaging life as a “son” of God. Their framework and patterns of living have caused the focus to be on the pursuit of worldly systems and methodologies; rather than the kingdom of God. Consequently, these paradigms have framed their way of thinking, moving and interacting within this world.
Although some of these paradigms were formulated during childhood years, some believers are still being held hostage to them, fifty years later. Other paradigms may have been developed under the guise of religion; while steeped in tradition. Still, others have been formed as habits; with nothing requiring the believer to challenge the paradigm, thus invoking change.
Do you remember the Lord’s words to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 1:6-7? He told them “Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey,…..” It’s never too late to challenge the paradigms that have held you captive and rendered you useless in the up building of God’s kingdom.
Believers, you’ve been at “this” mountain too long…..the mountain that’s held you back….the mountain that’s kept your mind in captivity…the mountain that’s kept your heart from receiving…the mountain that’s placed your paradigms above Kingdom logic. It’s time to transition.
For only after the shift will you be able to continue your journey to possess your “land” and inheritance. It’s only after the shift that you will be able to come into the fullness of God’s prevailing word over your life.
Therefore, today, I implore you to explore the paradigms that continue to frame your way of living. Identify the roots; then take an axe to them. Chop them into tiny pieces! Finally, allow God’s word to consume your entire being so that his methodologies and principles shape your logic.
God bless you!
- May. 29, 2017
Trust in God's Process
God spoke to Abram, (later called Abraham), in Genesis 12; telling him to leave his familiar surroundings. God said, “…unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing”. Abram was allowed to “see” the outcome of God’s request; thus relaying the fruit yielded through Abram’s obedience. Verse 4 states that Abram was seventy five years old.
In chapter 21, the bible states that Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born. (God blessed Ishmael because he was Abraham’s seed, but the covenant was with Isaac.) To emphasize this point, twenty-five years had passed.
Although God spoke to Abraham, he didn’t necessarily share the process Abraham would go through to fulfill God’s promise. Could it have been that the “process” would have caused Abraham to “faint”?
Likewise, the Lord has spoken to many of us; sharing the outcome, which is settled. However, regarding the entire process; for many, he has been somewhat silent. Due to this silence, some believers tend to become discouraged, faint, or even collapse under the weight of the process. And, understand that not everyone has the same process.
I’m reminded of God’s words to the Israelites: “….which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart…” Therefore, allow him to lead you through the process.
Lord, I don’t know the process you are utilizing to mature me. However, I realize that you are faithful and unchanging. Therefore, because I trust you, I trust your process; whatever it may be. Help me to yield to Holy Spirit; knowing that as I yield to my process I am being conformed to the likeness and image of Christ Jesus. Forgive me for murmuring, complaining and being disobedient. My time is in your hands. In Jesus name, Amen!
- May. 23, 2017
Seeing, But Not Seeing
Acts 4:16 of the bible states “Saying, What shall we do to these men? For that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.”
In the previous chapter, Acts 3, God healed a lame man; through Peter and John. Peter then expounded upon the word of God; concluding with a plea for repentance. The bible states that many heard the word and believed instantly. Yet, there was a group that was actually “grieved” that Peter and John taught about Jesus.
Now, who could have been in this group? Of course, we’d surmise that this group was comprised of the ones that worshipped idol gods; right? But, no…..this group consisted of priests, Sadducees, elders, scribes and other leaders. Consider this; these were people that were trained in scripture.
Consequently, this miracle, (i.e. the lame man healed), was seen and attested to by the elders, priests and leaders. They couldn’t deny God’s manifestation. Yet, they couldn’t allow this miracle to soften their hearts to receive the word concerning Christ Jesus. Ultimately, they couldn’t “see” what was right in front of them. Their physical eyes were open, but the “eyes of their understanding” were closed.
Sometimes, we believers fail to allow God’s manifestation of a thing to permeate our hearts. At times, we are stubborn and prefer not to “see” because of our hardened hearts, selfishness and blinded eyes. Today let us not be as the priests and elders were. Today, let us open our eyes and especially our hearts to listen, to perceive and receive all that God is showing us. Today, let us allow God to chisel away our stony hearts.
He, who has ears to hear, let him hear! God bless!
- May. 11, 2017
During this season of our lives, many things are being shaken. We see the economic system crumbling; we view the political structure cracking; and, we even observe components of the family unit falling apart. Anything that can be shaken is being shaken.
Most believers realize and understand that we are in the last days before Jesus cracks the sky and return. Yet, there are some that remain passive in their relationship and walk with God. Some remain indifferent to God’s will for their lives. Their passiveness is a presumption; thinking they’ll have time “to get it together”.
Consequently, my question to all of us is “Are we truly alive to God’s plan and desire for Kingdom building?” Or, are we so tightly wrapped up into religion and tradition…just like the Pharisees…dressed well on the outside, but inside we’re full of dead men’s bones? Are we spouting off scriptures, while not knowing the Creator of the scriptures? Are we performing assignments, but not being a servant of Jesus Christ? Are we continually displaying masks rather than exhibiting God’s love?
It’s time to shake ourselves! Some believers are similar to “dead men walking” (i.e. a prison term); sitting in prison, waiting for the executioner….passing the time away consumed on their own lusts.
Wake up! Shake yourself! The enemy has lulled you to sleep; you are sleepwalking. Your physical body is moving, but inside you’re asleep to God’s heart. As the Lord states in Isaiah 43:10-12; we are his witnesses. And, as witnesses, we provide the evidence and proof of a living God. So, today, if you will hear, launch into the deep! Cast your nets, for the fish is waiting! Fulfill God’s mandate for his Kingdom upon this earth!
- May. 5, 2017
We were created to worship the Lord.....in all that we are and all that we do. It's who we are. Adam & Eve experienced that true communion with the Lord. Although Adam had a job to do (i.e. cultivate the land), he still experienced oneness with God. Consequently, Jesus died and rose so that we could be restored to that place of fellowship. So, even as we function in our day-to-day roles, our fellowship and worship to the Lord is who we are.
Therefore, the enemy keeps attempting to distract us from knowing who we are. If he can get us to focus our attention on other things.......worry, anxiety, confusion, anger, bitterness.....then we will not allow the Holy Spirit to flourish within us. For we can't overcome anything, but the Holy Spirit can do everything. We are his and nothing can separate us from his love. But, how many of us can actually receive his love? How many of us understand the depth of that love? How many of us truly trust in that love?
Christ Jesus is the hope of all glory. No weapon formed will prosper....no fiery darts will invade our armor. Indeed, everything is working out for our good, for we are his. We are not our own; we can cry out to our Father, Abba, Father; knowing that he takes care of his own.
Do you realize that power and strength already resonate within us. We don't have to tap into it....we have to just die to ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to be God within us. We don't have to understand it......just allow it. Trust the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. It is during those times where we are weaker, where we've totally given up to ourselves, that the strength of God protrudes.
Christ Jesus, manifested in the son, had a relationship with the Father so profound that he only did/said what he saw the Father doing/saying. The son's relationship directed him to pray without ceasing, to spend quiet times with the Father and to enjoy his presence. This relationship had become as natural as breathing.
Consequently, as we begin to seriously cultivate our relationship, we will indeed become "one" with the Godhead. It will no longer be a struggle to pray (communicate) without ceasing or to even get into the Word. Our heart will be in tune with his heart. Our steps will be the path that have been laid before us; even before we were conceived in our mother's womb. We will no longer struggle with the cares of this world; for we will know they are but a step closer to our transformation into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
Lord, we come to you; exalting and exhorting your holy name! We thank you for your presence today. We bless your name and thank you for opening up our hearts and minds to hear and tune in to what your Spirit is speaking. As we come today, we offer ourselves to you; we desire to cultivate a deeper, more intimate relationship with you. We give you all that we are; our schisms, our weaknesses, our doubts, our fears, our transgressions....everything about us. We ask that you teach us how to fellowship with you.
Help us to receive you as love and die to all of our definitions of it. Holy Spirit, help us to die to our thoughts, inclinations and opinions; but to allow you to be resurrected wholly within us. Have your way, this day, Holy Spirit. Take control of our entire being. Today, we will hear your voice and not harden our hearts as in the day of provocation. We desire to seek you and commune with you. Have mercy on your children today. We desire to rise to a higher dimension in you; where the shackles of this world are thrown off our legs, arms and necks. We desire to experience true freedom in you. We release our minds to think your thoughts and possess the mind of Christ. Thank you for hearing our hearts. In Jesus name, Amen!
- Apr. 30, 2017
A New Chapter
As we approach the end of the month of April, various challenges have plagued many of us. Grief, sorrow, sickness, oppression and frustrations are just a few of the obstacles that have besieged us.
In closing this chapter, we realize and recognize that this chapter remains forever an integral part of our "book". Yet, as we can attest to any good book, we must move to a new chapter. And, this new chapter builds upon the last chapters; with key learnings, an increased fortitude and an expanded capacity for faith.
I challenge us all to allow the Holy Spirit to love deeper through each one of us......to fan the flame and passion of intercession and to allow the light of Christ to shine brighter than before. As the scriptures have already confirmed, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon [us]; because He has anointed [us] to....." Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord! As salt, don't lose your savor.
Consequently; awake, wash your face, and arise to a new day! Arise to this new awakening; this new season. When we allow the Lord to break out and break through in/within us, then we become those vessels that will "bind the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives"; that will open the blinded eyes and heal all manner of sickness and disease; that will teach and preach the Gospel to the poor & outcast.
So; you that will hear, come up to a higher place! Take off your mourning clothes! Clothe yourself with the new garment of Christ Jesus. The hour has come to eradicate complacency and sleep. It's the hour for the light to spring forth and dispel darkness; to fling darkness back into oblivion.
Seize the day, for night is coming! The Lord has already severed the ties and bonds that sought to grip us; that sought to shackle us from fulfilled destiny. The Lord is good! He is our strength, our strong tower, our shield. We will forever worship and praise Him!
Awake, arise and sing! For this is the hour of HIS crowning glory!
- Apr. 26, 2017
It's Time to Dream Again!
Do you remember as a child being asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Without hesitation, you immediately unleashed what was within you; before it exploded out of you. The fire, the passion, the joy....were all enmeshed within that response.
Your innocence and purity of that desire captivated the heart of the one asking the question. It was if that desire within you propelled itself into the atmosphere and collided with a target.
Yet, somewhere along the way, we became adults. We began to surround those dreams with limitations, doubts, "what if" scenarios, obstacles and the like. They became encased, buried and settled into something similar to cement. Those desires shrank deep into the abyss of our souls; some forgotten; some thrown away.
Today, I challenge you to renew your mindset concerning those dreams. Consider them as God's visual picture and vision for what He has designed you to be. Allow the hammer and chisel of His Word to crush and shatter the granite from around His core purpose of who you are. Allow His fire to then burn the remaining chards of cement. IT'S TIME TO RESURRECT THE DREAM!
Because, as you release it back to Him, you will find that He placed that treasure within you in the beginning. He knows the plans and purpose He has for your lives; that of good and not evil, to bring you to His expected end.
Therefore, allow that precious treasure to reach forth and reconnect to its Creator. And, then position yourself to not only to receive, but to GIVE; as you focus on His Kingdom assignment for your life! IT'S TIME TO DREAM AGAIN!
- Apr. 22, 2017
Is Anything Too Hard for God?
Many believers can easily believe God for tangible things --- houses, cars, job promotions and the like. But, how many of us believe God for the internal changes that are necessary for conformity to the image of Christ Jesus? How many believers can believe for the deliverances required for transition to a new spiritual dimension? Many of us doubt God within this arena. We see the cyclical nature of our carnal behavior. We continue to experience the emotional roller coaster of life. We view our perspective as that of a rat caught in a maze; unable to clearly see the way out.
Today, God is asking you; "Is anything too hard for me? Why can't you believe and trust me? Why can't you fathom the truth of my Word? I have fashioned you; I've created you using my image as a guide. I am the author and finisher of your faith. I will complete the work within you. I am your resting place. Don't give up on me, for I have not given up on you."
Believers, release your total being to Him. He knows your issues, your schisms, your fears, your doubts, your worries and your secrets. His love for you is beyond understanding. Give it all to Him. Be fully persuaded that He alone is God. AND, He will allow you to tap into that innermost place within Himself. Meditate upon Him, pray, study and worship. God is faithful. His word will not return null or void.
- Apr. 20, 2017
Background Scripture: Psalm 37
This particular Psalm begins with the words, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” Throughout the course of the Psalm, it speaks to the discourse of the evil one.
Many believers rejoice when reading these scriptures; realizing the fate of the wicked. However; sprinkled throughout these scriptures are some key reasons we shouldn’t fret.
These reasons should be where our focus lies:
1. TRUST IN THE LORD. Our complete trust should be in the Lord; knowing that our times and seasons are indeed in his hands. Because we are loved beyond measure, we know that God is and will continue to take care of us. Regardless of the circumstances or situation, our faith is in a faithful God. We trust his process, because it is forever transforming our nature to be like Christ.
2. DELIGHT THYSELF ALSO IN THE LORD. The dictionary defines delight as “a great source of satisfaction”. Believers, the Lord is our great source of satisfaction. As we feast in his presence and in his word; we derive great pleasure. The word is life – it stirs our hearts and souls! Let him tenderly touch the core of your heart today.
3. COMMIT THY WAY UNTO THE LORD. As we continually surrender and yield to the Lord, he sets and directs our path. He provides the wisdom for our daily decisions. We can be assured that his way is our “best”. Subsequently; we can walk in confidence, knowing that God is guiding our footsteps. Allow him complete reign over your life, for he cares about every aspect of it.
4. REST IN THE LORD. It is only after implementing the first three keys that we can truly rest in the Lord. If we abide in him, we lack nothing. He sustains us with the very essence of life. Consequently, there is never a need to worry anymore. God’s got you! He will never leave you nor forsake you. Even at this very minute, he is extending his hands to you and inviting you into a place of intimacy with him. He wants to be your lover!
5. WAIT ON THE LORD. Stay connected in the Spirit. Be led by the Holy Spirit; as God commands your entire environment to work together for your good. The components are interconnected and being connected for that divine intersection. For it’s at this intersection that an explosion will erupt to bring you into the fullness of time based on God’s promise for your destiny. Never give up hope! He wants us to believe!
Therefore, as you can see, it’s critical that we remain IN THE LORD! For it is only then that we can laugh at the enemy, knowing that he is a defeated foe. The Lord is laughing at him, so we can too. (See verse 13.)
- Apr. 19, 2017
Seated With Christ
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: " Ephesians 2:4-6 KJV
God has "made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus". Thus seated, believers are positioned high above the mundane things in the natural. The perspective is totally different. When you're groveling in the natural with situations, circumstances and various trials; they appear to be giants. However, as you take your rightful position, these "giants" become ants.
It's as if you're viewing the world and its systems from an airplane. As you go higher, the mountains become smaller. It's not that they actually change, it's only your view/perspective of them that changes.
At this altitude, even the air and atmosphere changes. Climbing a mountain provides an illustration. As the altitude increases, air becomes less dense; thus, decreasing atmospheric pressure. If one ascends too high, additional oxygen is required.
Consequently, as we position ourselves higher in Christ Jesus, the pressures of life decrease. As we enter deeper into him, we rely on his breathing for us. He is our oxygen. Jesus then becomes our life and we totally trust him to breathe through us as we are being conformed to his image.
So, today, believers; surrender, submit and trust God. Through our faith in Jesus, the Lord has already positioned us. Believe it and receive it! Be blessed.
- Apr. 18, 2017
But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham….” (Acts 7:17-20)
Within Acts 7, we see Stephen expounding upon the events and timeline of God’s promise to Abraham regarding his inheritance and delivery of the Israelites from bondage.
Yet; when the time of promise drew near, an evil king (that didn’t know Joseph), placed the Israelites into strict bondage. It appeared as if this stumbling block would hinder God’s fulfillment of his word. However, God had already “solved” this issue with the birth of Moses, the Israelites’ deliverer.
As Stephen continued the chronology of events, this truth cut to the heart of the people. Eventually, Stephen was stoned to death.
Nonetheless, our focus takes us to the above scripture. God had already sworn a promise to Abraham. As believers, we all have promises and spoken prophetic utterances over our lives. For some, the years appear to have rapidly progressed, with little or no evidence of them being fulfilled. Consequently, it appears as if God has forgotten.
Many times, believers faint before seeing God’s promise(s) manifest. Believers fail to realize and understand that as the promise draws near, obstacles increase. Paul stated in 1st Corinthians, that a great and effectual door was opened to him, but there were many adversaries.
Believers, know today that the promises of God are “yes and amen”. The Lord has already made preparation for the fulfillment of his promise to you. He has already birthed a “deliverer” to break the bondage and lead you to his blessed “place”. He has already foreordained a method that will accomplish his purpose. Trust him! His desires and plans for you are more than you can imagine or dream!
The promise is drawing near….position yourself to receive! Do not be discouraged. As you faithfully wait with fervor and passion, draw strength from God’s faithfulness. His word has already been accomplished within your life! Hallelujah!
- Apr. 17, 2017
"And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran." Genesis 11:31-32 KJV
Terah, Abram's father, (i.e. Abraham) was headed to Canaan. For some reason, he stopped in Haran. In viewing old maps, Haran wasn't even halfway to Canaan. I can imagine various reasons he may have detoured.....he was tired, he got comfortable, he was distracted by his family, naysayers voiced their opinions, the land was "good"....the list can go on and on Yet, look at the last line, Terah died in Haran. Canaan was to be his final destination, but he never made it. What happened to his dream?
Many believers have dreams and visions within them that are Spirit-led. However, for some strange reason, many have stopped mid-track from stretching forth to their destiny. For some, fear has seized them - fear of: failure, success, man's opinion, lack of resources, prosperity, the unknown, uncertainty and such. Like Terah, they've settled in "Haran"; not willing to travel the distance to move into "Canaan".
Believers, God is compelling you to advance forward to move into your Canaan. Launch into the deep! The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you! As the Lord spoke to Joshua; meditate upon the Word, thereby observing and obeying it, so that wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be prosperous and have good success.
Consider this: could God have been leading Terah to Canaan? And; after Terah didn’t go, God then spoke to his son Abraham to now be obedient.
I implore you today, don't just settle because it's comfortable! Seek and trust the Lord our God with all you heart, soul and mind. Take the faith walk. Don't die in Haran!
- Apr. 16, 2017
I am the Lord thy God. I am like none other. Before me, there was no other god formed nor will there be any after me. I brought you out of your "Egypt" unto myself. I've cradled you in my arms like a mother cradles her infant. I am the Lord and my glory will I not give to another. I am the Lord thy God.
I make the crooked paths straight; I make streams in the desert; I make a way in the wilderness. I am the Lord thy God. I formed thee in thy mother's womb. Before the foundation of the world, I knew you. You are the apple of my eye. I chose you. I go before you to pave the path. I am the Lord thy God.
I called you by name; I redeemed you; I girded you. I gave you the hidden treasures and secret riches that you may know that I am the Lord thy God. I declare the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done. I uphold you within my hand and lead you the way in which you should go. I have graven you upon the palms of my hand.
I cover you in the shadow of my hand. I am the first and the last; I am the Lord, I am he. I am the Lord thy God. I am with you, I strengthen you, I help you. You are my delight. I bring the blind by a way they don't know; I lead you in paths you have not known. I am with you through the waters, through the rivers and through the fire -- you will not be hurt. I am the Lord thy God.
I do a new thing; it will now spring forth. I draw you nigh to me. I am the Lord thy God.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? Have you not understood?
- Apr. 15, 2017
The Enemy Within
Background Scripture: Psalm 27
Many believers are very familiar with the above passage of scripture; beginning with "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?...." Many have prayed this scriptural text over many situations. Believers especially focus on the text referring to enemies and false witnesses.
We attest to the fact that our external enemies are continually tracking us; consequently attempting to distract us.
But, what about the enemy within? Most of the time; we recognize the external enemy and "keep him at bay". However, how many can identify the enemy within their very souls? How many are even willing to own up to the enemy within the emotions, minds, and inner thoughts? The thoughts of self-pity.....doubts caused by unresolved identities,......fears......perceived rejections......the list can go on and on.
The scripture says "though war should rise against me,....one thing will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life..." The internal wars sometime can wreck more havoc than the external ones. These wars can cause trauma to the mind; thereby leading one away from God's will and plan for one's life. Also, this enemy within creates a "false witness" against the Word of the Lord.
So, today, I challenge you to examine your reality for these "enemies within" your very own soul. Repent for allowing them to dissuade you from an active pursuit of the Kingdom of God.
Utilizing Psalm 27, focus on these key areas:
1. Continually, seek after and dwell in the abiding presence of the Lord.
2. Always inquire of the Lord concerning his methodology of doing things.
3. Lift up your head and offer praise and worship unto the Lord.
4. Have a teachable spirit and allow the Lord to reveal the path of
5. Be of good courage and have faith in the Lord.
6. Trust in the Lord's goodness, for it's his nature.
- Apr. 11, 2017
"Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?"
John 5:1-9 tells the story of a man infirmed with a disease for 38 years. Jesus' compassion compelled him to ask, "Wilt thou be made whole?" The impotent man began to give reasons. How many times have the Lord provided the necessary grace for our healing, yet we excused it away? We have a myriad number of excuses, varying from "Wait till I get it together" to blaming others for our condition.
So, the question to you is, "Are you ready to be made whole?" Of course, being whole means that you no longer have a justification for being an emotional mess. Or, that there is no longer a reason to superimpose a heaping of self-pity upon your head. Or, that depression would no longer be something you put on day-by-day. Or, that it is no longer easy to be offended.
Let's examine the question:
- "Wilt": This is a choice. Are you willing to be healed? Have you decided to be whole? It begins with your will.
- "Thou": Jesus has made it personal. It is an individual invitation. Each person has to respond to the question. Don't point the finger at anyone else. Don't listen for anyone else. If you will hear His voice.
- "Be": Abiding in Christ is not about doing. It's about being......being in communion with Him....being available for His use....being filled continuously by Holy Spirit.....being dead to our flesh....being in position to receive.
- "Made": Our plea should be "make me over again". We have been made new; we are new creatures. As we continue to pursue the death of our flesh, we are being regenerated daily. Also, we should seek to renew our minds constantly.
- "Whole": Wholeness encompasses the mind, will, intellect, body, emotions and spirit. The Lord is requiring total healing.
Jesus' response to the infirmed man was to "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." Jesus didn't allow the man's response to keep him in his infirmity. Now, was his season for healing. So, believers, rise! There are no longer any valid excuses. Fold up your faulty reasons and walk! Walk into your God-ordained purpose! Step out in faith, for your healing is now!
- Apr. 11, 2017
Are you authentic in your relationships – with God and man? I challenge you to accurately assess your position with regard to this question.
First, let’s explore this concept of authenticity. Webster defines it as, “genuineness; the quality of being genuine or not corrupted from the original”. Furthermore, authentic is defined as “genuine; real: having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; worthy of belief, as because of precision or faithfulness to an original”.
In view of that, what hinders someone from exhibiting authenticity? Ultimately, the basic root is fear. We’d prefer to masquerade under some type of façade to endear others to us. We tend to think that projecting ourselves as something we’re not will compel others to accept us. The bible states in Luke 16, “And he said unto them, ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God”. And in Romans 12, the word reminds us “…..to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think”. Do we adhere more to man than to God?
At the outset, assess your authenticity level with yourself. Are you real with yourself? Do you truly know yourself? What are your motives, weaknesses, strengths, temptation opportunities, and so on. The word states that “the Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:…”. Consequently, the question becomes, do we trust God with who we are? Can we be authentic enough with ourselves to know that God has an expected end (or outcome) for our life…..that was designed even before the foundation of the earth?
Can we believe and trust God enough to know that even with our flaws, our positioning in his will grants us access to his provisions for maturity? Hence, we’re already “there” while God is processing us to “there”. With that in mind, there is now no reason to pretend or not be genuine with ourselves, God or others.
Nonetheless, in reviewing the definition again, it states, “not corrupted from the original, precision to an original”. The original is conformity to the image of Christ. Our genuineness is measured by Christ Jesus; he is the benchmark. He has modeled the pattern. Jesus was not moved by man because he knew what was in man. The original is truth…..love…..compassion..
As we journey throughout this day, I challenge you to embody God’s word and live authentically. Be real with yourself, God and others. Die to the notion of pretense and masks and allow the Holy Spirit to arise and show himself strong in your life. Be courageous as you converse with others. Move with the compassion of the Holy Spirit to affect and impact someone’s life today. For in your realness, someone just might be saved, healed, delivered or set free from the yokes and bondages of this earthly life. Live deliberately as you direct others to the freedom of Jesus Christ. For in the end, it’s all about him, anyway!!!
- Apr. 10, 2017
The Mind - Part II (cont. from previous post)
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." That’s why we have to continually cast down imaginations (i.e. mental images), and bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
To illustrate a point, ponder a time you felt out-of-sorts (nothing physically wrong). Consider the root cause. Most of the time, I’m sure it was due to a thought. For example, you thought about something that was in the past. Or, some insecurity……something that someone said……a perception…..you get the gist of it. Bottom line, it began with your mind. Consequently, it framed your entire disposition. And, sometimes that disposition lasted for days. Also, consider the impact of your mindset on the people you interacted with. Amazing, huh?
It’s important to realize that the enemy typically attempts to cause confusion within this arena. As Joyce Meyer acknowledged, there is a continual battle within the mind. Unquestionably, we as believers must be vigilant in “putting on the mind of Christ”. Review Genesis 2. The serpent questioned Eve as to God’s command to them. The serpent then contradicted what God had said, “Ye shall not surely die..” I can imagine the doubts that began to dance around in Eve’s mind. Eventually, the body/actions followed the mind and you know the outcome.
In Acts 26, when Agrippa gave Paul the opportunity to speak, he said “I think myself happy…”. Therefore, let us think ourselves happy – because we are being transformed in the image of Christ. Let us think ourselves happy – because we are being manifested into the sons of God. Let us think ourselves happy – because nothing will separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us think ourselves happy – because surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
- Apr. 8, 2017
The Mind - Part I
The human mind; what a vast array of complexity! It’s far more multifaceted than a computer, yet we fail to exploit it to its fullest potential. Psychologists have sought to dissect it but haven’t mastered its broad spectrum of capabilities.
As I sat and watched two relatives in a comatose state, I began to wonder and ponder the intricacies of the mind. “Mind, where are you?” Although the bodily functions were ongoing, the mind appeared to be suspended in an abyss. In fact, in one case even the doctor stated that the mind seemed to have retreated.
Retreated, hmm? Other words for retreat include withdrawal, shrink back, recoil and flee. Consider this scenario – something was so traumatic that it caused the mind to flee. How can we fathom this? Consequently, it shrank back into oblivion and then could never find its way back. Selah.
I recall being in the hospital for chest pains. On one particular occasion, my nurse related a story to me regarding her circumstance. She was admitted to the hospital because her blood pressure was extremely high. She had allowed the pressures of this world’s system to so challenge her that she “lost her mind” and ultimately placed within an insane asylum. The nurse said that she was “crawling on all fours” and didn’t have a clue as to her identity. In due course, God’s grace delivered her from this debacle to share her testimony with me. Indeed, that was a wake-up call for me!
The mind…..great sophistication, yet so fragile! The United Negro College Fund coined the above phrase; “the mind is a terrible thing to waste” with regards to attending college. However, I challenge us as believers to explore the power of our God-given mind. The human conceived the airplane – over 2,000 pounds flying through the air, (typically at altitudes of 22,000 to 32,000 feet), at speeds over 550 miles per hour. Additionally, consider the space shuttle’s capability to launch beyond the earth’s atmosphere to the moon! Yet, we as believers take it for granted.
The above scripture states, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:..”. Within the same chapter of Philippians, the Word reminds us “that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” The dictionary defines it this way - let means to make it possible through a specific action for something to happen, to allow. In essence, the scripture admonishes us to do something to cause this like-mindedness to occur. As believers, we can’t be passive with regards to the mind. We have to aggressively pursue the mind of Christ. Nothing happens by chance.
- Apr. 5, 2017
Many of us strive endlessly to leave legacies to our offspring, relatives, etc. These legacies are predominantly materialistic; i.e. money houses and land. In some aspects, we also want to leave a spotless reputation/name. We tend to “work our fingers to the bone” to ensure this physical legacy is provided. In essence, no sacrifice is too great.
There is no problem with this; however, how many believers actually consider their spiritual legacy; the only true legacy that is will matter? How many have chosen to offer that “good part” that will not be taken away? What will your legacy be? What will your epitaph be? Are you willing to tap into the fullness of God and make the necessary sacrifice to ensure that a strong legacy remains?
Over the past several months, there have been several people that have died; locally and nationally known. As I listened to words from various individuals at the funerals, they echoed a similarity. These people were heralded as “great” because of the imprint they left on the lives of others. It was because they “served” others. Could “servant hood” have something to do with our legacy? Read and meditate upon Mark 10:35-45.
Reflect on the following words from one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s sermons:
"Every now and then I guess we all think realistically about that day when we will be victimized with what is life's final common denominator—that something that we call death. We all think about it. And every now and then I think about my own death and I think about my own funeral. And I don't think of it in a morbid sense. And every now and then I ask myself, "What is it that I would want said?
And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important.
I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.
I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity."
But I just want to leave a committed life behind."
As you reflect, consider your own life. What is your life’s echo? What is emanating from your life now? Read and meditate on the 17th chapter of John. How did Jesus fulfill His purpose here on earth?
Jesus stated, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” Believers, let not the night catch us with our work undone!
- Sep. 29, 2015
It's Not About Us!
How many of us as believers quote the saying, "It's Not About Me", but then continue to live as if its is all about me. To many, the lips have formulated the words, but the words haven't penetrated our hearts, yet. Our behavior is in direct conflict with our words. We continue to act as if the universe revolves around us - our goals, our desires, our comfort levels, our idiosyncrasies and so forth.
Deuteronomy 8 admonishes the Israelites to remember God in their promised land. Several points of emphasis:
- The possession of the promised land was due to God's covenant with the "fathers" (i.e. Abraham, Isaac, etc.)
- God's leading through the wilderness was a test of humility and trials to discern the heart. This testing was necessary to ensure they would obey God in every manner.
- The "newness" of the manna portrayed that only God's sustenance can be totally satisfying. God deviated from the norm of "meat and bread" to provoke the Israelites into hungering and thirsting only after him.
- The wealth that the Israelites gained was only through God's power for the establishment of his covenant.
Nothing the Israelites encountered was directly about them as a people. Consequently, it's not about us. Every trial, every situation, every test, every chastening - is all about him. It is to prove what's in our hearts so that through Christ we can attain wholeness. He has "brought us out from thence that he might bring us in..."
Each step along this journey is new; for the Lord wants us to diligently seek to hear him for the next one. He is expanding our boundaries and increasing our resources to establish his covenant upon the earth. God is employing our willing vessels to set his people free! Our testimonies are to bear witness of the shattered yokes and broken bondages in which the Lord has triumphed. Even the pain and heartaches we endure are to establish stability and maturity; "that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive....."
Die to yourself! Kill any inkling of thought diverting your attention from him or Kingdom systems. Return to the fundamental question for interactions, situations or circumstances, "What meanest thou this, Lord?" When this revelation of knowing it's not about us capture and embrace our inner man, we will undeniably begin to move into a new dimension. For "all things were created by him and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist". Believers, it's not about us!
- Sep. 27, 2015
Run! Run with passion. Run with fervency. Run as an Olympiad, helping to light the torch. Because as the torch is lit, my path is enlightened; my path is illuminated. Get ignited with the fire of my passion; for as you run, it will be as sparks falling from your feet--spreading fire to the embers that are beginning to die out.
Fan the flames, my child! Walk through this earth, fanning the flames! For the time of my return is soon. Lift up your head and receive my mantle; receive my fire, receive my Spirit again. Run to the hills, run to the housetops. My glory is housed in you! Run, so that my glory will be emptied out over the earth and reign.
For as you run and empty yourself, my glory will never deplete itself. Like the widow woman with oil, you will always be filled as you run. Run, my child, run! Nothing shall harm you. Nothing shall hinder you this time. Be courageous; fear is a thing of the past. No longer will fear and worry haunt you.
I am freeing you. Receive me, receive me! No mindsets will clutter your atmosphere; receive me in the measure I'm giving you. Be not moved; run! As your feet run, you will be lifted high in the heavens; where you are already seated with my darling son, Jesus.
Catch the wave of my glory now and run! Time will be no more as we know it. Yell from the housetops. I, the Redeemer, still live. I am alive! Do not my people see this? Do they not know? I am on the way for my Bride, the Church! Be ready for my return!
- Sep. 22, 2015
Waiting, waiting....Oh how I long for you
Waiting for you, Lord; hear my heart's cry
I believe you, I believe your word; what now?
Why can't I see you? Why is your presence distant?
Oh, how I sense your nearness, I taste your goodness
Yet, I desire more....more of you to replace all of me.
I hear you calling; I hear your quiet, still voice.
"Come up, hither my love, come closer to me."
Yet, somewhere within me, I linger.
Wanting to dive into your arms, yet lingering
Not knowing....still lingering
Wanting you....still lingering
Craving a deeper intimacy....still lingering.
I sense your love; Oh, what a magnificent moment!
Your unfailing, unfathomable, undying love
Your abounding, amazing, astounding grace
Oh, what an awesome God we serve!
I release myself into your deepness
I release my mind into your depths.
I release my heart into your faithfulness
Dwell in me; into the depths of my core being.
For out of you come the knowledge and revelation that
You are there; waiting on me.
Waiting for me....to allow you to be.
Waiting for me...to allow you to consume.
Waiting for me...to allow you to emerge.
Waiting for me....to allow you to take my hands.
Waiting for me....to allow you to kiss me with the wind.
Waiting for me....to allow you to dance.
Arise! Come! The wait is over!
- Sep. 17, 2015
Awake, Arise & Sing
Awake, arise and sing O my soul
For the Lord has wrought deliverance
He has severed the bonds and ties that sought to grip me
That sought to enslave me...to shackle me from fulfilled destiny.
Awake, arise and sing!
Awake, for the hour has come to eradicate sleep
To thrust it into the darkness of oblivion
The light springs forth; darkness is dispelled; revelation intensifies.
Arise; seize the day, secure your spot on the wall!
Beware of the enemy's devices while guarding the brethren.
Death has lost its sting; come forth, bear much fruit!
Sing; show forth His praises, magnify His name
Exalt Him; deserving of all honor, worthy of the glory.
Worship Him in the firmament of His sanctuary - all heaven and earth.
Lavish in His beauty of holiness, give thanks unto Him.
Awake, arise and sing O my soul
For the Lord is good, He is my strong tower
He is my strength, His favor surrounds me like a shield
I will forever praise Him, I will forever love Him.
- Sep. 16, 2015
What's It All About?
As we navigate this life's journey, we contemplate its meaning on several levels. What is life's purpose? What does life consist of? What is the crux of the matter?
Many times, we as believers get yanked into the world's systems of thought, perceptions and innuendos. We seek the largest and grandest house. We pursue the most luxurious vehicles. We strive to copiously pad our bank accounts. Yet, our imaginations are evil. We've made the pursuit of these "toys" our ultimate goal for selfish gain. We've allowed the enemy to infiltrate our minds and hearts to bring corruption within.
Additionally, we've sought titles, positions and acclaimed fame that hinders our chase of the true and living God. Envy and jealousy have emerged as forerunners of our hearts. Gossip and tale bearing link with the enemy's strategies to accuse and sow discord among the brethren. Pride and insecurities awaken and reassure our false identities. We keep chasing icons that will never fill the void within us.
Vanity! It's all vanity. Vanity keeps us in a knot; forever going after bigger and better. Vanity throws us into the ocean without a life boat. It causes one to think that treading water is sufficient to survive within life's seas. Vanity causes us to believe that the works of our hands are all the fruit God requires. It is evermore seeking to serve self without regard to the brethren. Consequently, vanity is looking into the mirror and seeing only possessions, works and self.
Repent today! Seeing that life's progression is ending as we know it, it's critical we break the bands that have so gripped our necks. The essence of our lives is only about Him. It's about pursuing God with extreme intensity; with our whole mind, body and spirit. It is only then that we will be used to plant seeds of the Kingdom into the earth. For we know that this seed will be harvested and fruit produced.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 states, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."