Saturday, December 31, 2011

Is Your Faith Being Tested?

If you answer no to that question, the world you live in is not here on this planet. The truth is, is that our faith is always tested. When we go through our fires we need to have faith in God to know he is always there. Some say then why do I have to go through fires? We have to shed old stuff that can be a tremendous weight on us. We have to let people go who are not beneficial to us(not in a vain way). We need to go through fires to appreciate what God has in store for us. Is it scary? Heck Yes. Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Will you make it through? Yes with God and your faith you cannot lose. One thing to remember when faith is being tested, the enemy tries and sometimes able to achieve you to be swayed. The enemy throws up nothing but past uncertainties. The enemy does this because with faith you make it to the other side. The enemy has no clue what treasures lie before you and doesn't want you to see or experience them. So know and trust in the Lord. Do not succumb to the harassment of the enemy. God has you through the fire always. 1 Peter 1:7 These have come so that your faith measures are greater then the value of gold, which perishes even though refined by fire. Your faith may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Lord Please Have Mercy

Some times we just have to get on our knees to just get by the day. There are so many troubled souls in this world. We try so hard to focus on what we have to do just to get by. However just when we think we have life challenges, there is someone standing right next to you that may have more. We have to remember to give up the "I" and replace it with we. Every chance we get we should ask God to have mercy on our souls.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jumping In With A Blind Fold On

Back when I was a little girl my dad thought that it was very important for us to learn how to swim. We could not afford formal swim lessons so my dad taught us. It was my sister and I. I am not sure to this day where my dad picked up his skills,but he was bold enough to teach us. On the first day, which was the most frightening he began by saying, "jump in I'll catch you". Can you imagine a very scared nine year old,fighting the command in her mind. No, No, No, I do not want to do this. Oh my gosh I am going to drown. Then my mind switched up. Wait this is my dad. He would not let anything happen to us. I have to be brave here and jump in blind folded(closing my eyes) stepping out on faith. Today when I am challenged with newness, with unfamiliarity, with uncertainty I look to my God and say to myself, I have faith in God my father and he would never leave or forsake me. I am not afraid to jump in blind folded. Matthew 17:20 I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Just Do It

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him. But the just must live by his faith. This verse tells me that when we set our selves up to be higher then most. When our intention is to think only of ourselves. That the heart and soul have not been trained properly to give of ones self. The things that go on in life will not be of satisfaction. Now there is a distinction here. To be gracious of one's achievements is how we should feel. To be humble and full of humility is good. It's when we stick our chest out and beat it (our chest) and say I deserve this, yeah, this is all me. Screech, hold on, step on the brakes. Without God's grace and mercy. Without paying your gifts forward. All your achievements fall under the heading of vanity. Bottom line. Just do it! When you gain something you have wished for and worked hard for. Thank God. Give him praise. And last but not least. Share your pearls.But do not share them amongst swine(People who resent you for your achievements. Just pray for them.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

God Only Wants The Best For Us

We go through our lives so hurried, we forget that the formula for peace,life and happiness is knowing that God wants the very best for us. Understanding that if we just stop and appreciate the simple things. Waking each day with our health and strength. Appreciating the beauty of nature. Loving our families. So yes, that is all God wants is the best for us. As long as we are humble. Understand humility. Recognize when the enemy is pulling the strings, God will do his very best to show his love for us. 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Do I Judge Ones Intention Or Not?

It is something that we ask ourselves everyday. "Did he or she just say that?" "Did they mean to do that?" "I know she just did not write that email" With these questions and or conclusions we draw on our value system. We naturally respond defensively because our hearts would not have the intention of hurting another or would we? I had a discussion the other day and in this particular part of the conversation it was said to me, when I think, I think in black and white. The only way I see things any different is when someone that I trust talks to me and makes me see another way. I think about it and wa la I understand what the intention of another could be. I find in life if we in the natural react to what we see first it often times gets misconstrued. If we just take a minute and think what would God think or do? It may give us some time to see that the intention of another can be selfish. Or the intention wasn't what you thought at all. Or that person thought they were doing their best. Intention is the key but we fall down and God and no other picks all of us up.We have to pray for those with cruel and bad intention on the other hand be patient with the ones that have good intentions but questionable communications skills. Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Eleventh Hour

There are times in our lives when decisions seem to come at the last minute. But,(imagine a long pause here) is it really what it seems?(last minute). You see God has these huge master plans for all of us. Though it might seem that we are controlling our destinies, God proves over and over that we are not. There are times in our lives when the baggage we carry is so heavy and we are so weighed down we could not see to make a decision if someone gave us a crystal ball to see with. My point here is that when we take those bags away,we can see so much more. When we rely on God he helps us see clearly. Our steps have already been ordered. There are three things that keep us from seeing clearly they are: Guilt, Shame, and Blame. None of which attributes to the good. Bury those bags. At what seems the eleventh hour is not. It is the time God allows us to get rid of those bags. Amen? Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them. The LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Angels Come In All Shapes And Sizes

I can tell you first hand that just when I am down, when I feel my lowest,someone comes along. Or a song comes on. Or the birds start singing. But a God rescue is put before me. It is a spiritual connection like no other. When angels come forth, you overcome that heaviness. Your spirit is lifted once again. God is good.
Hebrews 1:13-14 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand,until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The High Tide As Opposed To The Low Tide

Fisherman Peter,Andrew,James and John relied heavily on the tides to bring in their catch. High tide would bring the schools of fish into the harbor where there nets were. Low tide allowed them to tighten their nets and bring them in filled with fish. In life we experience the same thing. If we stop to think what God provides for us. God may let us ride the high tide. Meaning he (God) allows us to go out and explore. To find what works for us. To let us gather the tools if you will, to use when the tide is low. When the tide is low the bounty is before us, because we have experienced life as it has been presented. The thing to remember is that God has those lighthouses out there so that you do not run into the rocks. You have to believe and continue to have faith.
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It Takes Us To Stop,Look, Listen

It is not surprising that we do not take heed sometime. Some of us just forge ahead without thinking. We go to work, we interact with our friends, family and others. But do we ever just take the time to say to ourselves, wait a minute, hold on let me chill for a spell? When we Stop what we are doing. When we Look at the situation at hand. When we Listen to God. Things tend to come out so much better. Peace follows stillness. John 14:7 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's All In The Delivery

Some of us don't realize until after we have said something, that we may have been a little too abrasive. Or not thinking said something that caused a chain reaction which ended up all bad. It's all in the delivery. I have learned this lesson the hard way so many times. I now find myself practicing thinking first before I actually say something. If you notice Jesus kept his teaching to a pretty even pitch. He used a lot of parables to show the meaning of what he was teaching. If we could just realize the teaching moments in our lives. It would be so much better an outcome. Our meaning of what we were trying to say would not get lost. Practice today a different delivery method. See how much you can get with honey rather then vinegar.

Monday, December 19, 2011

God Said I Am The Alpha & Omega

God said I am the beginning and the end. Think about that for a minute.God is all powerful. He made everything we see. He can take away everything we see at anytime. I am not sure that people realize this. What we have to do here, is make the very best of our lives while we are here on this earth. It is ever so important to be a witness to the good in this world. Focus there. Do not let the devil steal your joy. Pray for angel intercession when those times faced are harder then anything that you have ever experienced. Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I Will Go That Extra Mile

There are times in our lives when we just except things the way they are. We continue to want to play it safe. We connect with others "safely". We do not want to hear anything critical about us. We get in our vehicles, go to our jobs continue with the mundane. But if you look at all of the characters in the Bible you will see that each and every one of them stepped outside of the box. They, after revelation from God, went that extra mile. They went from their mundane-ness to abundance. They stepped

up and out on faith. God goes the extra mile everyday. Why not us? Today pray for guidance. Step up your faith game. Give where you've never given before. And trust that each time you go that extra mile, God puts a star on your report card. 1 Thessalonians3:12-13 And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound (excel) in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you.So that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Drop It All And Follow Me

That is what Jesus asked of his disciples. Drop it all, you will need none of your belongings. We have work to do and material things mean nothing with what and whom we have to deal with. That was some of the disciples first act of faith. Can you imagine working day and night reeling in fish nets full of fish, on the boat that you owned having someone ask you to give all of it up and follow me? It happened and these men knew that what they had to do was far more important. They were fisherman. After learning from and guided by Jesus they became the fishers of men. They in turn went out to teach of God's word. And yes, their faith waviered in those learning phases and yes they eventually got it. In today's world how many of us would be willing to do this? Give up what you know. Give up your comfort zone. Moving from one place to another, all the while knowing and trusting God. Knowing and trusting that he (God) has you. Not many would. We tend to get complacent. We except "okay I'll live with it". No God wants glory for you. If you are walking the God's path, he wants to bring goodness to your mind, body and soul. All he ask is that you "come and follow me"

Friday, December 16, 2011

Can I Get A Witness?

I used to wonder when I was growing up and visited some of the churches of my relatives, why the minister always asked "can I get a witness?" My young mind would say "witness to what?" I did not understand. My mom tried to explain, but my young mind could not wrap her meaning around my silly thoughts. Flash forward to today. Can I get a witness means something totally different to me. When God's miracles are preformed, and yes I said miracles. When we are witnesses to them first hand. When a cancer goes into remission. When a loved one changes for the better. When you get that job. When your life is spared. When your child lives through a rough illness. How can you not be a witness? So today when I am asked that question, "can I get a witness?" I say yes, yes, yes yes you can. I am a walking, talking breathing witness for my God and what he does for me and others who walk by faith and not by sight. Amen?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

How Much Thanks Is Too Much

There is never a time or a place that we should not be gracious and humbled by God. He shows us over and over again his power. His mercy and rewards everlasting, to all who believe and continue to have faith. The bible says in many places, MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE. If people would stop asking Lord why me? Replace that question with Lord why not me? The lessons and answers of our lives, which in turn affects others lives will be given freely. I awake this morning so humbled. So gracious. So filled with humility. I envision David in the bible presenting himself before God as he came into this world,with no shame of his nakedness praising and thanking God. If memory serves me right, it was not until Eve convinced Adam to take a bite of the apple in the garden of Eden that our nakedness seemed shameful. David had so much to be thankful for. He praised God with so much glory. He shouted,danced and wrote about his joyful noise, his humbleness, his human-ness. All of which can be read in book of Psalms all chapters. Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness. Come before his presence with singing.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For The Lord Gives Wisdom

Proverbs 2:7-9 He (the Lord) stores up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. Guarding the paths of justice. He preserves the way of his Godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness ,justice ,equity and every good course. In other words in God there is wisdom, just ask for it. The wisdom given will guide you to do the right thing. You know what is so amazing? When God asked Solomon what he wished for to rule his fathers kingdom, Solomon asked for WISDOM.

How Would You Know If You Have Never Felt The Pain?

Often times we go through life not wanting to feel the pain. We are good with the great stuff but when it comes to pain we flinch, squirm, and try to avoid it. God could have wired us not to feel the pain. We all could have sailed through life with a smile on our face and not having experienced pain at all. We are suppose to feel the good as well as the bad. Both give us encouragement either to do it again because of it's rewarding nature or to not do it or experience it because it does not feel as good. The later gives incentive to do something else, to change the approach. And to understand that you have to "feel" it. Some one can tell you all day "hey the fire is hot" but until you experience a fire being hot you have no idea how it feels. And yes the fire is avoidable and can be put out by you. That is the important thing. You and your approach. You and your change. You and your out come. With God's help and guidance we can ward off the enemy all day long but we have to experience our trials and tribulations. Think of Jesus in the desert for 40 days and nights. Fasting and doing without to get closer to God for he had mankind to save and needed to experience the doing without. Because without him(Jesus) where would mankind be. He had to feel the "without" that man was experiencing. We all know the enemy was close at hand all the while tempting. Luke 4:2-12 shows you just how much the enemy wants to see you fail. Do no succumb. The test is your FAITH. Do not lose that. Amen

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lord Help Me With My Reaction Time

We are all human and God built us all mostly the same when we react to emotional stresses and strains. Crying, shouting, laughing,physical exercise. Those pretty much round out the top five reactions. There are times however, that warrant more control, more recognition of the source creating the reaction. Sometimes at our weakest moment the enemy tries really hard to jump in, because we are vulnerable at this specific time. Whoa to the enemy. When you feel your reactions escalate, meaning you feel like a match has just lit the spark in your mind and an emanate fire storm erupts. That's when the call out to God at the top of your voice comes into play. No fire storms. No eruptions. Let God grace you in the calmness that he is. We are not wired to take on this high volume reaction stuff. It takes a toll physically, mentally and spreads contagiously to others. Go to a quite place. Let Go and let God. It is much better for your health and well being. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Tree Is Dead It Has Not Produced Any Fruit

In Luke chapter 13:6-10 There is a man who shows deep concern because his fig tree of three years had not shed any fruit. He told the grounds keeper, I have watched this tree do nothing at all it's just taking up space, cut it down.The grounds keeper said to the man, "Sir I mean no disrespect but do not cut the tree down, let me dig around it, fertilize and water it. I will take good care of it. If after one year it has not grown any fruit we will cut it down. In life we cannot expect to instantly see people do the right thing or know God like we do just because. No the body,mind and soul have to be fertilized, watered and fed. Those of us who have gotten it, must help those that haven't. We cannot cut the trees down because we have not seen the fruit. We have to call on God to give us strength to have the tenacity not to give up. It takes prayer and more prayer. It takes the word of God. It takes life's lessons. No the trees are not dead not in God's garden.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ever Lasting Kindness

Isiah 54: 7-8 For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment,but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,says the LORD your Redeemer. These verses prove that God feels too. He gets his feelings hurt too. But as the verses also say, it is but a brief moment. God says, I cannot keep this anger or disappointment in my heart. I love you. I will never leave or forsake you. I say Wow. If God can do this why can't we? Humbleness and Humility are not signs of weakness. No, by far they are not. We need to take a lesson here. There are terrible things in this world yes. However God has given us an example of how not to give up. How not to judge and hold hardness of the heart. I pray for this strength O Lord. Guide me in the righteousness of your word. This I pray in Jesus name Amen!

Friday, December 9, 2011

I Love It When God Has His Hands On Us

In the book of Samuel there is the story of Saul before he became king. On this day Saul's father sent him out to find donkeys that had wondered away. Sent along With Saul was a servant to help with finding the donkeys. The two wondered through a couple of towns asking all along had anyone seen the lost donkeys, to no avail. Saul was getting worried that they had been away so long, and that his father would have given up on finding the donkeys and would worry about his son being lost. The two came upon a town and had agreed this would be it if they did not find the donkeys they would return home. They asked to see the seer/prophet of the town in hopes that he could help. The prophets name was Samuel. He explained to Saul that God had his hand on him and that he will be king of his people and to trust and follow God's word.And his leadership would rein and be respected by the people of Israel. Saul was anointed King on the spot.Left the town returning to his home to be the man God expected him to be. On the way back they found the lost donkeys. His father was very happy and proud. God had his hands on Saul the whole time. God has his hands on you as well. Give him praise. God is looking out for us even when we think it not possible. Isaiah 49:16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Not Just My World

I am taken aback today, I get up every morning thanking God for the world that I am in. That is selfish. I should be thankful for each individual for the world that they are in. There are people who have different challenges to meet everyday. The people who deal with cancer or other forms of detrimental diseases. There are children born in a world that we do not fully understand with Autism. Yes, this is not just my world. It is our world. I had a friend who made a very good observation this past Sunday. He said, "I chose to read today, to increase my knowledge, rather then watching a bunch of spoiled narcissistic, franchised football players." This is what we should do, (chose to read, to increase our knowledge). There is so much outside of the me,I (narcissistic) world that we are missing. Jesus died for all mankind. Lift another up out of their world today, they may need that lift because their world is heavy sometimes. Amen

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And Many Among Them Shall Fall

During these most complex times, God intends for us to heed his messages. The Bible has them written from over three thousand years ago. If you notice these messages and stories you will see that history repeats itself over and over again. That the trials and tribulations that we see today have been documented in the past. Yes, "technology" is different but the main context of the way civilization has performed then verses now is the same. Greed, vanity,war,famine, natural disasters. All things destructive are common place throughout the world. So yes from the chapter of Isaiah 8:15 God warns the people, that there will be many among them who shall stumble. There will be some that will fall and be broken. Be snared and taken. These are metaphoric examples of the worlds end. However, God gives us all the same chance to believe, receive and continue to do the right thing. With the promise that while here on this earth you can make a change in yourself and for others. No need to fall prey to the ways of the world, not when we have tools to make it better. No one is perfect. God just expects us to do the best we can.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Canvas Of Life

Who can paint a picture of you better then you? God can. Your canvas was created way before you were born. Your hair color. Your skin hue. Your eyes, their shape, their color, their character. Your height,weight and everything about you was already predetermined and predestined. When we or an outside source tries to alter our canvas, is when things get thrown out of whack. We need to wake each day praising God for our lives. Asking of him guidance, mercy and forgiveness. That's it. That simple. Our life canvas will remain in tack. The enemy has no power unless we hand it over. Stay strong in that. Recognize this. Grab your rock (the Bible) and pray especially when the battle is fierce. Mark 9:29 And the Jesus said to them, this kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.

Monday, December 5, 2011

We Are God's Masterpieces

Some of us go through life wishing "oh man I wish I had that" or "oh man I wish I looked like her" I say with a loud resounding UH! UH! No God made each and every one of us individually. There is not one on this earth like you. You are unique. You are beautiful. You are you. Do not waste another day wishing to be this or that. Pray to God everyday and ask him to let your beauty shine. Of course you will have to remember that this is to a gift and gifts are meant to be passed on. Psalm 139:13-18
For you created my inmost being.You (God) knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts God. How vast is the sum of them. Were I to count them,they would out number the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Is Not The Lords Word Like Fire?

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word of the like fire? Isn't my word like a hammer that breaks rocks into pieces? The question arose with the people of Israel, they wondered who should we believe and how do we distinguish the false prophets from the Lord and his word. The chapter goes into deep explanation about this subject. The Lord basically says to the people. False prophets engage in lies, they have slippery ways. That I the Lord have shown you (the people) my ways so many times. Why keep asking? These same questions are with many today. Faith is but the size of a mustard seed. That's all God wants you to have. He knows there is no one perfect and that the enemy spreads doubt all the time. The distinguishing fact here is, that when we show God our unconditional faith, he steps in and can and will move mountains. There is no other priest or false prophet that can lay that claim. Stay in faith. Reinforce your faith everyday. Read your Bible. Pray for understanding.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pursue Love And Desire Spiritual Gifts

There are so many in need of this basic need (Love). The deficit of Love is such that it is shown as an ugly pandemic among humankind. There is so much anger, so much mean spirit roaming free in this world. It is harming our young. Our old. Today challenge yourself, instead of going with the "norm" . Resist the notion of jumping on the band wagon. 1 Corinthian 14:1 Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts. Speak nicely to all you contact. Empathy, compassion allow us to wear and give love. This in turn provides a civility of dynamic proportions. Try it you will like it. It is what God does for us. And what he expects for us to do as well.

Friday, December 2, 2011

His Mercy Endures Forever

Ever had one of those non stop days when you look up at the clock and it's gone (the day)? On days like that you feel as though you are in an ocean filled with sharks and other man eating beast. You are in an orange life raft,it's bright in color and you know that everyone can see it from the shoreline but no one comes to your rescue. After an exhausting paddle to shore, by passing the fierce and ferocious sharks, man eaters and such you grab on to the only steady thing insight. The rock.(the bible). The bible has so many stories and clues as to what we can do to get through anything. Psalms 136:23-25 captures this. It was God who remembered us in our lowly state. For his mercy endures forever. And it was he who rescued us from our enemies. For his mercy endures forever. It is God who gives food to all flesh. For his mercy endures forever. Give thanks to God of the heavens for his mercy endures forever. Amen!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

There Are Many Diffrent Gifts

Corinthians 12:4-6 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but by the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. It is, expressed loud and clear. We all have the gifts. God gave them to us individually. We are all different and have something different to bring to the table. It all comes from God. Recognize this. Share your gift. Give unconditionally. Always.