Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blessed Is The Man (and Woman)!

Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. (Jer. 17:7) 

Blessed is the man, woman, and child who trusts the Lord. 

Last Saturday, I was sitting in front of my television set as I watching a series of TV programs titled Aftermath. As I sat there and watch all these programs paint a pretty terrifying picture of what our planet will experience, all I can do is think about the eventually that there will be a new heaven and new earth. In light of all the potential apocalyptic  events that will slowly develop over time, in whom do we place our trust?

Do we place our trust and confidence in our own skills and ingenuity? Do we place our trust and confidence in the people around us? Are we dependent on the governments of the nations in which we live? These are definitely very valid questions. Inter-dependency on our friends, family, and loved ones are indeed very important and loaded with great benefits that everyone involved will benefit from. 

Events such as these portrayed in the TV program Aftermath unfold over an extremely long and extended period of time. Our families, friends, and loved ones will slowly, but surely pass away. Our families, friends, and loved ones will eventually be consumed with their own cares and concerns. Before you know it, the only Person you can turn to is God Himself. For those of you out there that either worship another god instead of the one True Everlasting God, can you sit there and remain confident that there is someone else other than God Himself that will be there for you when (and if) you were to live long enough to experience a major event. 

I often find myself saying that "God is indeed Faithful and True". In light of all the global events that are happening around us today, those words are beginning to ring more true now than ever before.  The reality that tomorrow is never promised to anyone and that any one of us can be living somewhere major where major natural disasters and human tragedies unfold, the only real comfort we can find is in Jesus alone.  My dear friends, the peace that God provides will never guarantee us that we will be free from harm, disappointments, and diverse trials. What His peace does provide is the assurance that we will not only be ready to meet our Maker, but the confidence, hope, and trust that God will embrace us and receive us with great joy. Yes, momentary peace can be found while we still live here on earth. The trouble is is that the peace we experience here on Earth is totally dependent on what happens around us whereas the peace that God provides is from within. With God's peace, there is nothing or no one that can shake you.

Blessed is the man, woman, and child who's trust is in the Lord! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Offended!

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24) 

Let me just cut to the chase here!

Jesus is without a doubt a STUMBLING BLOCK and a ROCK OF OFFENSE

HUH?! What are you talking about Micky?! 

Jesus is not the that type of person that causes people to stumble! How can you imply that about Jesus? He's deeply rooted in compassion and humility! He has won many souls for His Kingdom throughout the ages and His name continues to resonate in our hearts, minds, and spirits today!

Yes friends, it's about time that you wake up to the reality that the way Jesus operates is foolishness in our eyes. Oh yeah! Everything that I have learned about Jesus during my days in Sunday School are essentially thrown out the window (ok, not entirely). All this talk that Jesus is not capable of ruffling people's feathers is sadly mistaken. 

Our perception of Jesus in most part is correct, but we have failed miserably in really getting to know Him for Who He really is. Everyone knows that Jesus is 100% Man/100% God. Growing up, I had this perception that Jesus was not the type of person that would act indignant in any way. I also had this impression that acting in any way that was contrary to God's nature was wrong. 

Obviously, God has set the parameters (or guidelines) in His Word in how we are encouraged to behave. It's vitally important that we continuously walk this life within those parameters. It's extremely important that we are able to live out our lives as much as possible in the same way Jesus did. Jesus has taught us the dynamics of human interaction in His Word. 

In the same way that we are called to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and more importantly, love God, it's also extremely important to not only acknowledge, but also put into practice the not-so-lovey-dovey side of Jesus in our lives. It was only a few years ago when I came to the conclusion that the Christianity that is so often preached and practiced today is a far cry of what Jesus had ordained and established among His disciples over 2000 years ago. Today's Christianity is a lukewarm, watered-down version of the real thing. 

Today's christian is more tolerable and more often than not, more accommodating to sinful lifestyles and the people committing atrocious and abominable sins. Is all this tolerance in the name of love? God is not only a God of love, He is also a God of wrath. God's indignation (hatred) toward sin (and yes, people) is not perverted in any way, shape, or form. His indignation is a righteous indignation. Think about that for one second! I also strongly encourage you as well to throw away the concept that "God hates the sin, but loves the sinner". There is nothing in Scripture that supports that thought. That way of thinking in its very essence is humanistic, not biblical. To back up what I said earlier about God being capable of hating both sin and people, I strongly encourage you to read Malachi 1:1-3. Verse 3 really drives the message home of God's ability to actually hate people. Am I going to sit here and tell all of you what the source of God's hatred toward Esau was? No. Who am I to question God and anyone that uses a bullhorn to preach the gospel in the world we live in today? Discernment must be used! That is why we go to the Word (Bible) so that we will know the difference.

I will openly admit that this post is one of those posts that will be hard to stomach and may not sit very well with many of my readers and anyone that you share this with, but I will make no apologies of not only bringing quality content (which is good), but more importantly, it's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that I also provide sound doctrine to my readers. Even if it costs me the loss of readership. This is as open and transparent as I have been with all of you up to this point. 

Are you offended? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my awesome friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you take the time to really get to know EVERYTHING about God and embrace His character in all of its facets. JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

P.S.: BE BOLD FOR JESUS!!!...;-) 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Accept Nothing Less!

Therefore receive one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. (Rom. 15:7) 

Accept nothing less than Jesus! 

Got that?

I'll openly admit that I was (and occasionally still do) have the tendency to accept less than Jesus. I will make no excuses about my sinful human tendencies. My hope and prayer is that by the time you finish reading this post, we will not only develop a greater appreciation for Who Jesus is and what He means to us as Christians, but we can also develop an immense appreciation for all the brothers and sisters in Christ who can be as transparent as possible about their shortcomings.

All of us have been guilty in some way, shape, or form of accepting less than God's best for our lives. Things we often accept less than Jesus comes in many forms. It can come in the form of many things. It can be anything that will fancy us. It can be something as benign as sports to something as malignant as abused drugs. In general, anything and/or anyone that preoccupies more of our time outside of the quality time we spend with Jesus can essentially be accepting less than God's best.

Mind you. I am not in any way implying that the people and things around us don't matter because they do. What I am implying is that those people and/or things that we covet so much can unintentionally (or intentionally) become the object of our desire and essentially turns those things and people into something greater than Jesus. As I have mentioned earlier, I have also been guilty of pursuing other things and people. There were also instances where I have given more priority to some of the cares of this world than God. 

As we make a greater effort to become more transparent about some (not all) of our daily affairs, especially those affairs that can greatly affect our relationship with God and with others, it will be so much easier to accept nothing less than Jesus. I love my family and friends immensely, but if I never give Jesus His rightful place in my life, no matter what I choose to do with my life, no matter what endeavor I choose to pursue, even if it's a godly endeavor, everything will be done in vain.

Many of us are called by God to do something great that will make an eternal impact in the lives of those around us. Lifting up the name of Jesus at church, at home, at the workplace, or in the marketplace will reveal what our real priorities are. To whom or what do you give more priority to? Jesus  or the cares of this world

Accept nothing less than Jesus! 

Thanks again for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as we make every effort we can to accept nothing less than Jesus Christ! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).

Friday, October 25, 2013

God Is Love!

He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:8)  

God is love. 

This has to be one of the most popular phrases in all of Scripture. Growing up in Sunday School, this was the very first phrase that I have heard and have been reminded of constantly. God has proven His love in, through, and around my life in so many different ways. 

I have been blessed to experience God's love for me in my life as I grew up understanding that I was born into this world without a biological father to raise me. In hindsight, I have also learned the process of God's love in my life as God demonstrated His faithfulness and love to me through various brothers and sisters in Christ that have invested of themselves, their time, their resources, and expertise in various areas of their lives both vocationally and in their spiritual gifting.

The moral of the story is that God's love is easily demonstrated and shown through various individuals and various circumstances. God's love is so much bigger than anything we can possibly imagine or experience. God's love for all of us ultimately found its fulfillment upon Him sending His only beloved Son to all of humanity so that we can be given the chance to experience salvation through His only Son, Jesus. 

God's love for all of us epitomizes everything that is beautiful, seen and unseen. God's love also epitomizes the greatest and most virtuous  of human qualities that can possibly be seen in our lifetime and throughout all of human history. Last, but not least, God's love epitomizes the very best that Heaven has to offer. 

My dear friends, have you experienced God's love in your life? If so, how did you experience it? If not, can you make the effort to find God's love through the godly people around you? 

Thanks for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you endeavor to not only finding God's love in various ways, but to also experience and share His love with those around you. JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Eternity!

For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: (Phil. 1:23)  

I must start this post with a very important question.

Where will you spend eternity? 

That's a fair question, right? That depends on who you ask. Anyone who is influenced by sound biblical doctrine will come to the conclusion that everyone will spend eternity in one of two places, heaven or hell. It's important that we clearly understand what these two places are and what they represent.

Heaven

Heaven is the dwelling place of the Deity; the abode of bliss; the place or state of the blessed after death. 

Does this sound like the place you want to be at one day? I know this is the place where every single person would want to be regardless of what they are practicing or where they are living. The sad reality of the world we live in today, the vast majority of the people would much rather live out their lives with the momentary pleasures that this world has to offer. On top of that, people are usually swept up under the current of sin pleasures in the process attempting to escape the reality of the world they live in. Does this sound like you? If this does sound like you, it is never too late to repent and change your ways. Otherwise, there's another eternal place waiting in your wake...

Hell

Hell is the place or state of punishment for the wicked after death; the abode of evil spirits. Hence, any mental torment; anguish. The unfortunate part in all this talk about eternity, very few people ever really take stock on where they will spend eternity. Hell just so happens to be as real as heaven and there are tons of scripture verses to confirm this. Another sobering reality is that there are folks out there that actually deny the existence of hell as an actual place. Many people walk around with the mentality that hell is already on Earth. 

Heaven is the abode of God and His angels. Hell is the abode of Satan and the forces of evil. Under any circumstances never forget the reality of these places. The way hundreds (even thousands) of people around the world are dying on a daily basis, those people will be spending their eternity somewhere. Long before most people experience a physical death, those same people have already died spiritually because of the way they are living. 

This subject is not the easiest topic to blog about, but it's a subject that I choose not to ignore and will never apologize for because I have a responsibility before God to bring as much clarity to such a critical area in the lives of every single person that reads and follows Christian Living. Don't be surprised if there are more posts of this nature in the not-so-distant future as the Day of the Lord draws closer and closer to us with every passing moment. My hope and prayer is that God will open your eyes to the absolute truth of the reality of these places.

Thank you so much friends for reading this far! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Remember Who(se) You Are!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (Psalms 103:2) 

In my honest opinion, we often identify ourselves with the people we hang out with, the kind of work that we do, even our faith identifies us.
Having been brought up in a single-parent home that was steep in strong Christian and family values, I am able to identify myself and relate to the vast majority of the individuals that have grown up in similar circumstances. More specifically, I can identify and relate to many men out there that have had similar experiences that I had growing up.

My grandparents have often told me that I should never forget where I came from. Those words are absolutely true in my life because when I look back at where I used to be and where I am right now, there is no doubt in my mind that God has brought me so far. Even though I'm very far removed from the way I used to be, I'm often reminded of the humble beginnings for me and my family. It is those humble beginnings that constantly serves as a reminder to always remember who I am. 

In the ignorance of my adolescence/youth/young adult years, there was very little to practically no understanding of how God has been so involved in my life. Little did I know that it was going to be until many years later that I will one day not only acknowledge God as my Heavenly Father, but also be able to establish profound faith and trust in Him. In spite of actually knowing who I am, it has taken me many, many years to actually know "whose" I am. 

In hindsight, many of the circumstances (good and bad) have confirmed "whose" I am. I am His! Yes, that's right. I belong to my Heavenly Father. Who am I? I'm a child of God. From an earthly standpoint, I'm an Hispanic and son to the most amazing mom on the planet. Thank You Jesus! From a spiritual standpoint, I'm a child of God and a faithful follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

My dear friends, do you remember who(or whose) you are? 

This is a question that I have often asked myself and have asked so many people that I don't know and don't know alike. Being mindful of who we identify ourselves with can essentially determine our life not only here on earth, but in eternity as well. I strongly recommend to all of you to really take the time to get to know the people, places, and concepts that are introduced to you because there will come a day that your due diligence will one day confirm whether or not you will wind up being identified with those people, places, and concepts.

God bless you friends and thank you so much for reading this far! My hope and prayer is that you will know "Whose" you are in order to find out "Who" you are! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

God Listens!

 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. (Psalms 116:1) 

With so many distractions in our lives, how do we take the time to talk to the Lord? This is a question that I often ask myself. Given how easy it is for us to be absorbed in the noisiness of our environment. The noise of our environment will vary from person to person or family to family. With that said, we have to make an honest assessment of how we make and spend our time in God's presence not only for us to hear His voice, but so that our voices can be heard.

Right now, as I write this post, I chose to keep my TV turned off with only the air conditioner running. The temptation to turn on the TV will always be there. Because that temptation is always going to be there, I had to make the conscious decision to keep the TV turned off and focus on the task at hand. There are so many ways for us to project our voices to those around us and to God Himself. 

We can stop briefly whatever it is we are doing and dedicate a moment of praise and thanksgiving for what God has done, is doing, and is about to do. We can also actively engage with God in our journaling as we share the thoughts of the day with Him. Or, we can actively engage with God and the world-at-large through blogging, evangelistic efforts, pastoring the flock, etc....etc...

Whatever it is that God has chosen us to do, let us be mindful that God is always listening. He listens to our prayers. He listens to our supplications. He listens to our concerns. God is always listening. Our words have immense power and influence over the lives of those we love and everyone that God has placed along our way. God is not only listening to our words, but He has also meticulously recorded every single one of them. My dear friends, our words (or the lack thereof) carry more weight and responsibility than we will ever imagine. Our words are also carefully examined with so much scrutiny that we will one day have to give an account for every single word spoken and not spoken.

I encourage you today my friends to always be mindful of what you are thinking before your thoughts turn into words. The words we speak must be uplifting, encouraging, inspirational, and motivational. There must also come a time when the words spoken must bring conviction in the hearts, minds, and souls of everyone we influence. Words that are challenging and that will spur on to a more intimate relationship with the triune God and with those that God places around us.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you seek to have your voice heard above all the noise that is around us! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Just Wait!


I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope. (Psalms 130:5) 

Nike has a slogan that should be known throughout the whole world right now. 

"Just do it!" 

As a former athlete and naturally competitive person, the Nike slogan almost fits the bill in the type of the person that I am. There's something invigorating about just getting out and doing what needs to be done in order to achieve what you want to do in your life in the name of progress. In all honesty, there's obviously a place an time when we can freely apply the Nike slogan into our lives, but more often than not, God wants for us to simply...

Wait! 

Now wait a minute! God not only wants us to be hearers of His Word, but to also be doers of His Word. But now He wants us to also wait on Him too?! Man, He can be very demanding sometimes. I'm sure you can sense the small hint of sarcasm in those lines, but there is truth in the fact that there are moments when God will require us to wait under certain circumstances or when an unforeseen situation develops right before your eyes.

It's important to note that the type of waiting that God anticipates from us is not the type of waiting that involves sitting around with arms crossed and not actively involved and engaged at church, at work, and in the communities we live in. The type of waiting we must be participating in is active wait. As we actively wait, we continue to go about our daily responsibilities and activities in open anticipation that God will one day answer any prayer requests that we are currently waiting to answer. The beauty of actively waiting on the Lord with our requests is that we relinquish any responsibility to the prayer request as we "let go...let God" deal with the situation.

Thank you for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you continue to not only wait, but just as importantly trust God in the whole process. JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).   

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rejoice In Perseverance!

But rejoice, since you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:13) 

God's grace is without a doubt very essential in this process. Just to get to where God needs us to be requires His grace. God's grace is once again required to take us through whatever or wherever He bring us to. In all the years that I have been serving the Lord, I have never had anyone tell me that God will keep me out of harm's way. 

What I have been told on numerous occasions is that when troubles and trials come, God will be there to walk me through the situation. In my personal experience, God's grace and favor has been most evident when I was often faced with a trial. Regardless of whatever it is that I go through, I have often experienced God's peace. 

It was God's constant assurance and grace that has enabled me to go through the challenges that I have faced and remains that way still to this day. God has been consistently doing His part in our lives our whole lifetimes. All that needs to be done is to continue to run this race with a very strong spirit of perseverance. I will openly admit, there have been moments in my life where I have found it to be pretty hard to rejoice in those moments of perseverance when my spirit is not feeling like rejoicing and my physical and mental capacities almost come to a sudden halt.

Take heart my friends, no matter where you are right now in your walk with the Lord, always keep in mind that God has a wonderful plan for your life and anticipating the fulfillment of that plan or those plans He has for you will always help you have the hope and aspiration to rejoice in perseverance. The outlook you have on God and His plans for your life will always help you to put everything you are going through in proper perspective.

Thanks again for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

God Grants!

You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. (Matt. 7:16-20) 

Hello friends! My approach to this post will be broken down into the following three parts: 1) God grants serenity. 2) God grants courage. 3) God grants wisdom. Before I can move forward in this post, it's important to define all three areas that God will be more than happy to grant in our lives when we ask Him for them. 

God Grants Serenity 

What does serenity mean? According to the 1913 Webster's Dictionary, serenity means: Calmness of mind; eveness of temper; undisturbed state; coolness; composure. Asking God for serenity is a must in this crazy and chaotic world we live. Chances are pretty good that serenity is desperately needed whenever in dealing with children, or tied up in traffic, or in dealing with a difficult boss. The wise thing to do is to open your day in prayer before the Lord to help you in the area of serenity.

God Grants Courage 

What does courage mean? Courage is as follows: That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear, or fainting of heart; valor; boldness; resolution. Most people are aware of this word and the importance of this characteristic in our lives. Asking God to grant us the courage to be able to confront anything may create fear and apprehension in us. Courage is one of the main elements in getting actively involved in evangelistic outreach knowing very well that people may very well not respond positively. Ask God to help you with courage throughout your day.

God Grants Wisdom 

What is wisdom? Wisdom is as follows: The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgement; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity. Wisdom in my honest opinion is the most critical element that God grants. It is through God's wisdom where we can find both serenity and courage in our lives. The following verse says it all:

"Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." (Job 28:28) 

My dear friends, God is more than willing and happy to grant you those three characteristics and so much more when you take the time and make the commitment to read the "ultimate personal development book", the Bible. I'm an avid book reader and have been blessed to read books of various kinds that play a major role in my personal development from a spiritual, personal, and professional standpoint, but none of those books will ever replace the Bible as the final authority over every single area of my life. Riches and prestige came to King Solomon because he made the simple request of asking for wisdom above everything else. I encourage myself and every single one of you to ask God for these attributes among the many more that the Bible is able to provide us.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Friday, October 11, 2013

God Determines...!

A man's heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps. (Prov. 16:9) 

I remember back at a time when I was a whole lot younger during my time in high school when I had grand plans of joining the military (Army National Guard to be specific).  Those were some of the most exciting years of my entire life because I actually had a shot of not only joining the military, but being able to defend the homeland from potential intruders. Given the fact that my family has had an extensive history in both military and traditional law enforcement, my heart was already drawn in that direction to follow in their footsteps.

When I look back at all the plans I have made and see where I am now, there is no doubt that God had actually been the One directing my steps during that whole time and still to this day. All of us make plans continuously and there's nothing wrong with that in and of itself. On a personal note, I have had many experiences where I would make plans and then when I least expect it to happen, God ends up redirecting me in the direction He has wanted me to move in. 

One thing I have learned over an extended period of time is that I must include God in any plans that I have. Knowing very well that God is everywhere, sees everything, and just as importantly, knows everything, it would be in our best interest that we make every effort to include God in any kind of plans that we have regardless of the short-term planning and long-term planning involved.

Many of us are aware of God's perfect will, but God also has a permissive will. God, like our natural parents, will allow us the "freedom" to do anything we want regardless of the consequences. That would be an example of God's permissive will. You may know when you're walking in God's permissive will when you make decisions without praying about and as a result end up lacking genuine peace in the decision you have made.

God's perfect will is enacted when you have made exclusive time to get God involved in your decision-making. God's perfect will could involve another person that God chooses to use to reveal God's mind in that matter. The Holy Spirit would also be actively involved in the process as well intervening on your behalf by providing you with greater clarity in the decision-making process. 

My dear friends, as we acknowledge God's sovereignty over our lives, it would be dramatically easier for all of us to allow God to determine our steps so we don't wind up in a difficult situation. My hope and prayer is that God will continue to intervene in your daily affairs through the Holy Spirit not only because He desires to bless you, but because He also wants you to continue to be a blessing to everyone in your life regardless of where He has you right now.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

God Is With You!

Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10) 

Pretty scary picture...right? That picture almost reminds me of the scene from the movie Deep Impact when a mega-tsunami from the comet's impact makes its way to the shoreline with that woman and her father standing there as they eventually get consumed by the waves.

Tsunamis can take on many forms. Most people know and understand that tsunamis are a result of either a landslide or more often by underwater earthquakes.

The irony of it all is that we often create our own "tsunamis". When we make unwise decisions, they can result in "tsunamis". Tsunamis are of nature's most dangerous and destructive forces on Earth. The tsunami that devastated the northeastern Japanese coastline a few years ago naturally comes to mind. As I have sat there and watched countless hours of video footage from various television networks from around the world, I couldn't help but sit behind my computer stunned at the devastation as the tsunami continue to destroy various buildings and lives in the process.

The point that I want to make is that in order for something bad to be created, something bad has to happen beforehand. The tsunami is the end result of a chain of events that have been happening  over an extended period of time. Our lives often follow the same destructive pattern. All it take is for one unwise decision to be enacted to find ourselves in the face of an incoming "tsunami".

Take heart my friends, no matter what your "tsunami" looks like, God is with you. The "tsunami" that develops as a result of the chain of events that have already taken place also provides God the opportunity to be glorified in the midst of the tragic circumstances that surround us. We have so much to thank God for. We must thank God for the resolve to persevere regardless of what we face in life, regardless of what's in front of us. We must also thank God for the comfort He provides in our lives as well. Last, but not least, we must also thank God for the peace that only He can provide when faced with an incoming "tsunami". When that young woman (who just so happens to be a female reporter) and her father accepted their fate, there had to be a different type of peace that had assured them because of the spirit of forgiveness the dominated the landscape of their relationship as daughter and dad. 

Always remember...God is with you! 

My dear friends, as we are able to bridge the gap of forgiveness between ourselves and God, we can easily stand in the face of an incoming and overwhelming "tsunami" as we stand on God's Word, His promises, and the amazing plans He has for us, our loved ones, friends, and family. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)


Monday, October 7, 2013

Fear Not!

Thus says the LORD that made you, and formed you from the womb, who will help you; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing upon your offspring: 4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the watercourses. (Isaiah 44:2-4) 


Fear abounds and plays a very prevalent role in our lives. Fear has a way of affecting us whether it happens to us directly or indirectly. Fear has an unusual way of transforming our lives. I remember a time in my life when fear was so strong that it has greatly affected my critical thinking skills and have actually paralyzed my ability to be able to make wise decisions.

On the other hand, fear has also played an immense role in providing me the opportunity to display courage in the midst of the challenges that I have confronted and currently confronting. Joyce Meyer wrote a book titled "Battlefield of the Mind". This book is a must read and I strongly encourage you to try to find a way to get your hands on it. In a nutshell, the book describes and goes into elaborate detail about the war between good and evil, God and Satan over our minds. 

Right now, as you read this post, there is a battle waging in the spiritual realm for not only our minds, but our souls too. Given the state of affairs in the global community in this day and age, everyone will fall under one of two categories: 1) Those who are fearful and succumb to their fears and 2) Those who are fearful and actually step up to face their fears in a courageous manner. Both of these categories have one thing in common: They involve people who are fearful of something and/or someone

My friends, let us not confuse irrational fear with the "fear of the Lord". When making a reference to the fear of the Lord, the word "fear" in this case is more closely related to respect and reverence, not irrational fear. 

I had to throw in that disclaimer because there may be people out there that may not know the difference between those types of fear. Fear does indeed have an amazing dynamic and has its way of captivating us. How you allow it to captivate you and what you choose to do with your fears is entirely up to you. Personally, I would strongly encourage you to surrender your fears to God and to anyone that you can confide in that will be able to provide the constructive support you need to help you through your fears and concerns.

FEAR NOT FRIENDS....FEAR NOT!!!!! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you to help you overcome any fears (phobias) or concerns you have about the world we live in and our individual struggles and doubts. Always remember...JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!...:-). 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

For By Grace...!

For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph. 2:8-9) 

God's grace is so essential. 

In a post that I have done recently about "faith that moves mountains", I pointed out how our faith in God is so important for us to not only remove that mountain, but to help us in the journey through those mountains. Having faith in God is a critical ingredient in our relationship with Him. Having hope in Him is another very important element as well. Since the faith part has been covered in a previous post (or two), for the sake of this post, we cover the subject of grace, God's grace.

God's grace is the "glue" that enables us to be able to live our daily lives regardless of whatever it is we may be going through at the moment. Without His grace, it would be very difficult to not only feel His presence, but experience His mercy, love, and favor in our lives. God's grace also empowers us during times of great distress. I have immensely benefited from God's grace in, through, and around my life. 

On a personal note, I would not be the person that I am today without His grace. His grace has continuously guided me through some of the darkest moments of my life. His grace became the compass that always pointed me to true north. True North in God's compass points to Heaven and the coming Day of the Lord. It was God's grace that allowed me to experience His peace, mercy, and love when I found out so many of my friends were negatively impacted by the events of 9/11, especially the attack on the Twin Towers.

God's grace is most evident during moments of tragedy just like His grace is also present in our moments of triumph. 

So friends...

How do you respond to God's grace? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you continue to respond positively to God's grace in both tragedy and triumph! Always remember friends...JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

...To The Ends Of The Earth!

But you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) 

Recently, I completed a series on the topic of evangelism. As I continued to make my observation on the number of page views through the various posts I have done, I noticed there was an "explosion" in the number of page views that have been made in the post "The Master Plan of Evangelism - Consecration". As a result, I want to add on to that with this post.

The are millions of Christians all around the world. Every single one of us have the ability to show devotion and consecration to someone and something. Given the nature of this post, it's very important that we understand the difference between consecration and devotion. Consecration as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary is "dedicated to a sacred purpose". Devotion as defined by Merriam-Webster is " a feeling of strong love or loyalty"

As servant leaders, God has designed us with the need to show our devotion to God and man in our efforts to advance His kingdom here on earth through our respective spheres of influence by consecrating ourselves to the agenda that God has called and prepared us to do. My friends, our devotion will reveal our priorities sooner or later to the world-at-large.

God has called all of us who have witnessed the goodness, grace, and mercy of God's love in our lives through His Son, Jesus Christ to share our testimonies to the lost and dying around us. I encourage you to either start consecrating yourself now to God's call on your life or to continue to stay on course moving forward in the sacred consecration of evangelizing to anyone that is within reach of the resources God has provided us with. 

To whom and/or what have you consecrated yourself to my friend? 

God has empowered us through His Holy Spirit to accomplish the impossible in our lives. There's even the possibility that you may not even feel worthy to carry out the task God has given you and that's normal to all of us. I've been there, just like so many others before me. That in no way, shape, or form should imply that we are not capable of getting the task He has given us done. If God is for us, then who can be against us?....:-)

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-D