Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Praise Activates God’s Power.

When we are at our lowest that's when we should follow these steps. Give God the praise. Yes times and circumstance may be tough. Still thank the Lord and keep it moving. God sees, God knows. If we did not face peril how would we know how good it feels when we have none (peril)? I am in no way discounting how bad things can be for you. I do not walk in your shoes. However through experience, I have found that God had me the whole time. I am walking testimony. So on those rainy days. In a quiet room. Give it to God. Don't take it back. Just take the burden to him and praise his name.

James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Angels

Some envision angels like the pictures we see. Winged beings. Cute like the European cherub /cupid style or large angelic white winged forms of man or woman.  Angels come in all forms. And we are surrounded by them. God does not sit up there all by himself.  He has his crew. Note: so too does the enemy. He  has his crew also. The battle of good verses evil is constant. We have to know what to do and how. The guidance is through the word of God. Psalm 91:11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways"

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In Gods Eyes

We may look at this world in our eyes. We may just see what is in front, back and to the side of us. But how many of us see the grand scheme of things? I can answer that question, no one. God , however has a birds eye view on everything. His plan for us has already been put into play. It is when we as man try to take over the controls. It is when we as man put our two cents in. When we change the course. I often say that no matter what happens, it is suppose to happen. Everything happens for a reason. If we can stop, look and listen we can gather understanding. Most jump to conclusions, pass judgement, create havoc.  God let's those with little faith trudge along that ill gotten path. These are usually the most unhappy people walking this earth. You do not have to be in this catagory of the lost. No there is a map with a legend that will guide you and keep you on the road of success in God's eyes and yours.  Pick up the Bible in it you will find verses like:

  Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way to go. I will counsel you and watch over you.

  Isaiah 30:21Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it.

 



Saturday, January 28, 2012

All Of You Will Be Made To Stumble

Imagine living with someone who taught you all  the lessons necessary to teach others  and live correctly as God would want you to. Imagine sitting among the most gracious and merciful man you have ever known. Imagine watching the lost become found at the teachings of this man. Imagine being scared and losing faith as some of the disciples did on several occasions. And then you and your friends are having a great dinner with this wonderful man and he says things like.  Matthew 26:26-27  Take this bread and eat, this represents my  body. Take this cup and drink from it, this represents the blood. Or stranger yet. Matthew 26:20 Assuredly I say to you that one of you will betray me. And oh by the way before  the rooster crows three times today you will all disown me. Matthew 26:75 Imagine this heavy stuff being laid on you. It happened on Jesus last night on this earth. He could have saved himself oh yes he had the power to. That was not his purpose. He died to save our souls. To make us think about what it takes to live righteously. To see what the ultimate sacrifice is. We should really think on these things every waking moment of our minuscule lives. We should thank God everyday, and try to follow the rules of life as best we can. Amen

Friday, January 27, 2012

Where Do You Find The Strength?

This is a challenging question to some.  To some it only comes up when something life changing happens. God says let me be your rock. Let me be the one and only. Strength in the face of a storm seems unlikely to those who lose their faith. Stay strong. And too this will pass (the storm). 1Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hold That Thought

How many times have we made this request? It is something that comes easy to many. Can you imagine asking God to "hold that thought"? I think the world as we know it would not be in existence. God cannot hold anything. He is a forgiving God. He is a merciful God. He only ask two things of us. To believe in him and to have faith in him. Not hard to do or is it?

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

God's Love Has No Degree Of Separation

Psalms 70:5 But as for me, I am poor and needy. Come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer. LORD do not delay. This David cried out after reflection on his life. He was a king. How was it, that he says he is poor and needy? How is it that he needs God to deliver him? And by all accounts David expects no delay of his request. The answers to all these questions can be found from many of the text written in the bible, explaining Gods love. There are no degrees of separation when it comes to this. God loves you weather you are a king or a pauper. Let go and let God do his thing. Ask of. Have faith in. And do not block your blessings from God. Amen

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Through The Corridor

It takes a tremendous amount of faith, to walk through a place that is unseen or unfamiliar to you. This can be compared to walking through a tunnel, up a walkway to reach a train that you need to catch. Your train is a little late, you have your baggage and you are running to reach the steps. The conductor yells on the loud speaker "all aboard". A Good Samaritan ask you if they can be of assistance in helping you on to the train. You answer yes. When walking in the light and lifting God up, we sometimes experience that corridor to catch the train. And yes, we need those angels to help us along our way. And yes the train maybe moving fast. And yes, we may have to lighten our loads (baggage). But, and here is the important part, as long as we have faith in God, that train will get us to where we need to be, at the appropriate time that we need to be there.
Psalm 86:12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

Monday, January 23, 2012

It Takes A Minute To Win It

Our lives are here for just a minute compared to relative time. We should make the very best of it. Science has proven the stars that we see in the heavens have burned up and are gone. We are actually looking at the life of a star shining billions of years ago. So we should as, mankind take into account the advantages that we have. There is nothing wrong with having a forgiving heart. There is nothing wrong with loving someone who may not have someone to love. Gods knowledge allows us freedom to make choices.The playbook on life was written over three thousand years ago. If we need reference by all means pick it up and read from it. Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Let Go And Let God

To hold onto "things" weather it be old memories. Weather it be old drama. Weather it be old dreams. Some things are meant to be and some are not. Life deals hands that we should deal with in the present. There is no need to think about things that have been. Let them go. Live in the now. Let God work his miracles now. God cannot do anything about the past. So take note here. If God can't change the past, why are you still living in it or even thinking about it? Life is meant to be lived. Not stopped or stuck in one place. Life is fluid like water. If water remains stagnant it becomes foul, full of bacteria. Not fit for anything. I say do not become that stagnant water. Let Go and Let God. Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Friday, January 20, 2012

They Shall Inherit the Earth

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Those simple but powerful words mean a whole heck of a lot. It does not say blessed are the weak. No it specifically says meek. Meaning humble. Meaning not in vain. Meaning not being selfish and greedy. Meek meaning the good from within. So without any hesitation God will give you the world as long as you remain humble and in faith. Life is not easy. It has not been since Eve convinced Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. And when the world seems like it's yours without work, commitment, or faith in God, it is the enemy handing you the proverbial silver platter which is mined from the depths of hell on top of many souls that have gone awry. So remember this the next time it seems to easy. Nothing is free except Love.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Don't Hold Back

If you have love in your heart do not hold back for fear that someone may not receive it. Society has some so caught up in their own world, when spoken to or smiled at they think you are shady or you want something from them. This bothers me. Imagine yourself on a crowded bus, most everyone riding is using this resource to go some place, either to work or school. The doctor, grocery store. But they all have the same commonality.They need to get where ever it is that they are going. You do not see much interaction except the thank you to the bus driver or you can sit here. Everyone seems to be in their own zone. Many have their mini head phones on as to tune out the immediate surroundings. What would happen in this scenario if there was a slight shift in the make up of the bus. Jesus came on board. I imagine how wonderful this would be. I would not hold back at all in my greeting. I would strike up a conversation with him, it would be amazing. However I noticed that the people on the bus never flinched. No one noticed. Everyone remained in their zone. We cannot go through life like this. To be so anesthetized that Jesus presence would not matter. No that is not living. These barriers block our blessings. Yes it is okay to be cautious but to close yourself off to the world is a slow and lonely death. Psalms 80:3Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

May My Thanksgiving Be Magnified

If I could write a letter to God this sentence would be part of my authored piece. Dear God, may my thanksgiving be magnified. I just want you to know how humbled I am by circumstance. I know that by walking by faith and not by sight you will give me more then I could ever ask for. God I know you protect me from not just my enemies but from myself, because you know me inside out. You know my weaknesses. You know my strengths.
So yes, when I am on my knees I ask for forgiveness. I ask for a clean heart. And I ask for the will to continue give from my heart, unconditionally as God does for me.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,and into His courts with praise.Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Gracious Hand Of God

Have you ever been in the presence of someone that just had an air about them. Something that distinguished them out of the crowd. And no it was not their outfit. No it wasn't anything material. It was something you could not quite put your hands on. There was a grace about this person. There was an inner peace about this person. There was steadfast confidence about this person but not in a vain way. When you do meet someone like this,(it can be you as well)know that this person has the gracious hand of God upon them. There is no other explanation. Know that all things can be for the good of God. You have that choice. And when you walk in the light and have that faith. The things that God has for you do come. Faith in things unseen is the most important aspect of this all. Without a doubt. No question. No speaking your blessings away. When you keep God first. Thank him for everything and I mean everything. Which does not necessarily mean all good things. Because there are God's lessons in not so good things. But by walking and talking God's favor you are going to have that presence. The gracious hand of God bestowed upon you. Nehemiah 2:18
I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Monday, January 16, 2012

That's The Way Of The World

It is quite distressing to hear voices that say "oh well that is the way of the world" as if to except the strife. To go along with the pain. Feed into the greed and sin. No this is not the way of God's world. Of course there are obstacles in life. But we do not have to accept complacency.We have the power of prayer. We can stand in the gap for others. God is a mighty mighty God. All that this world is going through, it has gone through before. It is up to us to be on the right side of God everyday. Prayer changes things. And if the world seems to be in a downward spiral, does not mean that you have to be. Pick your self up, grab someone by the hand and say come with me. I have something to show you. Get on your hands and knees and thank God for what you have. Thank him for what he is going to show you. And love your fellow man.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Just When You Think You Are All Alone

When struggle becomes a part of your life. When despair seems to be all around you. You feel the world is on your shoulders. You either become immune to it. Or you sink into an unending depression. You can never find a smile. You are simply just existing. The key to getting out of the "mire" is count on God and pray. Repeat these words everyday all day if necessary. Psalms 69:14- 16 Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink. May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters. May the flood of water not overflow me. Nor the deep swallow me up,or the pit shut its mouth on me. Answer me, O LORD, for Your loving kindness is good. According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me. God will hear you.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

True Love Is A Privilege

God loves us unconditionally. That simply means there are no "if I love you,you have to do this." In life when it comes to love, we should follow the rule of no "if's". Love is compassion. Love is intimate. Love is empathy. Love is kind. Out of all those sentences there is nothing that says "if" anything. To be in the presence of another and there are stipulations to receive their love re- think this relationship. It is not love at all. When it is true love there are no CONDITIONS. I cannot help but think of the book of Solomon in the bible. Solomon expresses the utmost love for his women. I have never read such beauty. Such a description of true love. To be loved is an honor. To give love is a privilege. Let us work towards both.
Song of Solomon 8:6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame..

Friday, January 13, 2012

I Am All That You Need

At one time in history it was against the rules to say the word God. The word God was to be spoken by the most high priest of the people of Israel. This was one of the reasons Jesus came along. There were too many rules and regulations just to worship God. When Moses came before God directly, he was so accustomed to not speaking in public or in the open the name God. Moses asked God, "then what should I call you?" God responded by saying my name is I am. In other words, I am anything and everything you need. I am your joy. I am your peace. I am your strength. I am your victory. I am your way of escape. I am whatever you need. After Jesus arrived and started his teaching, the Jewish practices went by the wayside except for the devout. But Jews and Gentiles were equally able to worship and receive from the most high. God
Hebrews 13:15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Let Us Walk With A Clean Heart

Our lives seem so complicated now. We can readily say that sensory over load is a daily occurrence. There is rarely enough time to gather and truly think on your thoughts. When there is time to think and yes it is up to us to make that happen. We should re-evaluate our well being. We should be walking through our lives, and touching others with a clean heart. There should be no hesitation in doing what is right. There should be no after thought about anything if you have done so with a clean heart. When you go into battle which we do everyday with the enemy, he tries to cloud our minds. Our souls. Our hearts. Do not give into that. There is a saying "let your conscience be your guide". Your conscience is made up of your heart and soul. So yes let this be so. But for added measure call on the most high for strength and guidance.
Psalm 25:9 God guides the humble in what is right and teaches them the way.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blessing Are Upon You

We are so accustomed to speaking negativity it seems to be comfortable. When someone speaks negativity to us it seems to be normal. I say to you today. Whoa! Stop! Take off that comfort zone. Do not let negativity be normal. God wants the very best for you. Turn that negativity around. Get out of the way of it. Put on you armor. Deflect it. Replace it with positivity. Speak victory. There is good that can come from trials and tribulation. It may not be your definition of "good". But in everything there is a lesson. To every battle there is victory.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Be Strong

To be strong. To walk upright. To have confidence. There are some who walk among us that take this too far. And some not enough. The difference here is when you are walking in the Lord and his light, your strength comes from within. Those solemn days and nights when you seem all alone. God intercedes and gives you the strength to carry on. However the ones that take it too far are not using strength at all. These are the people who commit one of the seven sins if you will. The sin is pride. This takes God out of the picture. Exuberance of self to the tenth power. This in essence is a sad weakness. 1 Chronicles 16:11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Defilement Comes From Within

Matthew 15:11 It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man. This verse is pretty self explanatory. The thing that comes to mind when reading it is that one must really, really think before they say something. You cannot take words back. If they are hurtful or harming in any kind of way proves that you either have an unclean spirit within you. Or you are truly self indulgent and do no care what or how you say it. Either or makes a horrible disposition. So work hard at the words you speak. Think before you open your mouth. If you are at a plateau in conversation and your buttons have been pushed, stay still for a moment. Think on what you might say. Remember you are loved by the most high. Show the same towards your fellow man.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Soul Searching

The art of soul searching takes on a couple facets. The first comes from within. Our human spirit if manifested as God intended seeks out soul food (if you will). Anything that feeds the soul. Then you have the enemy looking for weak souls. Souls that can be bought and swayed to do his bidding. Then you have the angels looking for lost souls. Souls that have lost their way. These are the hopeless or so it seems. God overseas all of this. The thing that we most need to remember is we all have a choice when it comes to our souls. This part of life is the essence of our well being. If your soul is maintained and fed with good food you are a loving, giving person. If you chose evil, you are walking hell on earth. If you are lost you can be found.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Spirit Of The Lord Is Near

Psalm 86:11-12 Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness.Give me an undivided heart,that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart.I will glorify your name forever. These are the words of David. He asked God these things many times in Psalms. David woke each morning like you and I. Worried about his responsibilities. Worried about his children. Constantly asking forgiveness. Worried about his haters.So many similarities.
One thing David knew that most of us know as well, is that the spirit of God was near. All David had to do was speak, sing or pray his name (God). You can do the same. Pick up your bible let the pages fall where they may. Read something from it every chance you can get. You will be surprised at some of the stories, they are so much like today's world it's not funny.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Inspiration

Inspiration comes from many sources. I believe God gives us a little leeway here. There is the bible of course. The churches. People, nature, and music. I derive my inspiration from all the above. It feels so good when God allows me to speak as I do. To write as I do. To have the love in my heart as I do. So many harbor tremendous hurt, pain and burden. This weight is more then you can support. It weighs so heavily on your mind,body and soul. If the weight is not lifted it will kill you. So I say as many before me have. Find inspiration in a book. From a positive source that releases the anguish. Take a walk along the beach. Talk to someone who listens to you. Go to an exercise class. Knit, crochet. Play sports but be inspired to do better. To give from your heart. And lastly to let go of the past, pain and agony. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

You Could Have It All

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. This verse speaks volumes. God is telling Habakkuk a prophet about man.That the enemy loves confusion. And that the enemy uses those closest to us to distract us from reaching our goals. But this verse in particular says, listen you are not here just because. You don't have what you have just because. Your treasures are laid before you when you have a just heart and when you have faith in me. (God). The chapter goes on to explain that there will be people who take. And that there will people who tell you that there is life in a piece of wood (liars and cheaters). There will be people who say it's okay to stay drunk and high all the time. These people are unclean spirits doing the enemies work. Yes, we are human. As I have said on many occasion, we do fall down. The important thing to remember is to recognize the distraction. Recognize who is devising the distraction. Lastly don't fall prey to guilt. Ask God to forgive you and move on. God already has. God never brings up the past. God is ready for you to accept the treasures he has in store for you. Swallow your pride and keep it moving. Amen.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Treat Me Like The King Or Queen That I Am

Many go through life with the world weighted down on their shoulders. Many go through life fighting the good fight. Lifting up those that have given up. Taking someone by the hand and saying to them there is hope. Jesus tried telling the Jewish hierarchy that everyone from all backgrounds have the right to worship God. There was no need for all the pompous rituals to do so. You did not have to have trinkets of silver and gold to worship God. The right to worship God is free to all who make that choice. We are all Kings and Queens in Gods eyes. He wants the very best for us. Yes, we have to adhere to the signs and lessons to be taught. What child isn't? Psalms136:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Once You Give It To God Don't Take It Back

I do not know how many times it has been that I have asked for God's help to get me through something and I jump up and take it back. For many of us this is a simple but difficult thing to do. This again is where our faith get's tested. We have to trust and believe that the Lord wants the best for us. If we ask him to move the mountain, let him move it. What tends to happen with us is that we get impatient. We think the mountain should be moved when we want it moved. It does not work that way. God moves on God's time and this is due in fact to us needing to take note on the teaching moments. Jesus being the teacher of many,spoke in parables so that we can understand the lesson much better. Matthew 13:10-14 The disciples came and said to Jesus,“Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He answered and said to the disciples, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. So Jesus gave the lessons needed for them to understand how God works. What his expectations were. So once you give something to God, don't take it back. Let go and Let God.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Higher Than I

So crazy we feel sometimes, when life seems like such a struggle. We have our families, who may or may not have issues. We have our friends who we keep close to us like possessions because we believe they are ours and we can't or won't share. We have our jobs or lack there of, which society mandates or you lose your rung on the proverbial ladder of success. Then you have your beliefs. That would be your beliefs in God or a higher power. You have seen nature and it's beauty or destruction. You have seen life and death. You have felt or perhaps witnessed healing. The sum to these sentences above is that what ever you believe in, and I truly hope it is GOD there is a power higher then I.

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is in your midst,

a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing