Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Great Gift Of Fidelity!

A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not go unpunished. (Prov. 28:20) 

We are living in an era that attempts to stretch grace to heretical extremes. I see it and hear it virtually every week of my life. So allow me to say this very straight: The greatest gift you can give to your marriage partner is your purity, your fidelity. The greatest character trait you can provide your spouse and your family is moral and ethical self-control. Stand firm, my friend. Refuse to yield [to temptation]. 

Deceptive baits are set out about us each day, and they don't all come from individuals. Some of them come from a cable television channel or the Internet or a magazine or peer pressure at school or colleagues at work. . . . You'll feel like a prude, the only one around who's not yielding. Don't be deceived by the persuasion no matter how beautiful and appealing the word may sound. It is a lie. Remember, it is all a lie. 

Joseph: A Man of Integrity and Forgiveness 

Boy...boy...boy...

The above devotional has hit it right on the head! Deception is everywhere my friends! God help us all in our attempts to remain faithful to Him! We are in desperate need of God to continuously intervene in our lives when dealing with the pressures of life. God is so faithful to us. Why is it so difficult to remain faithful to Him?

I came across an article from Charisma Magazine about Katy Perry (who happens to be a pastor's kid) falling away from the faith. I don't remember all the details of the article, but what I was able to get out of it in a nutshell is that she happens to be the victim of satan's lies in actually believing that true happiness can be found in anything, but God Himself. Unfortunately, Katy Perry is just one of many people in the entertainment industry that have fallen prey to the allure of worldly fame and fortune. 

My dear friends, is it really worth turning your back on God for anything that this world has to offer? No, it's not. Always remember friends, God is so faithful to us that He had already ordained our paths before we were even born. He already knew all the struggles we would be going through before we came face to face with them. I often say that God is Faithful and True. Those words have made an immensely positive in my life during some of the most difficult times in my life and when I was most tempted to try to resolve all of my problems on my own. In spite of myself and everything else, God has remained faithful. Our fidelity to God is the greatest gift we can possibly give to all of our friends and loved ones. Our fidelity to God also lends credence to the authenticity 
of God's sovereign presence in our lives. Great is His faithfulness! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my amazing friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you remain faithful to Him because He was first faithful to you! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).    

Friday, March 28, 2014

Perfect Trust!

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalms 9:9) 

When the Philistines seized David in Gath he said "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." (Psalm 56:3). When he fled from Saul into a cave, he cried out to God. "My soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge until destruction passes by" (Psalm 57:1). 

Many, many years ago, Felix of Nola was escaping his enemies, and he, too, took temporary refuge in a cave. He had scarcely entered the opening of the cave before a spider began to weave its web across the small opening. With remarkable speed, the insect completely sealed off the mouth of the cave with an intricate web, giving the appearance that the cave had not been entered for many weeks. As Felix's pursuers passed by, they saw the web and didn't even bother to look inside. Later, as the godly fugitive stepped out into the sunlight, he uttered these insightful words: "Where God is, a spider's web is a wall; where He is not, a wall is but a spider's web." 

Perfect Trust 

I can definitely relate to David and Felix of Nola in regards to escaping to caves. Quite frankly, I have been known in the past to run off into my own "cave" when I was confronted with hostility. On the surface, it may appear that running into our own "caves" seems like the cowardly thing to do. But that doesn't always have to be the case. 

In the above examples, we have two cases where the purpose of escaping to the caves was more for strategic reasons than because of cowardice. There will be moments when God will allow you to experience some type of hostile situation where you will be faced with an opportunity to escape to your own "cave". When confronted with such a scenario, perfect trust in God has to be present. 

Having perfect trust in God will change us in such a manner that we will be empowered spiritually, mentally, and emotionally to confront any hostilities that either come our way or we inadvertently run into. My dear friends. . . . 

Perfect trust in God is a must! 

Without it, you could just forget about finding any chances of experiencing any radical changes (miracles) in our lives. 

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hope Is More Than Dreaming!

The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the land. (Prov. 10:29-30) 

We toss around words like faith and love all the time. And most of us can describe both with minimal difficulty. But hope? What in the world is it? And is it really that essential? 

Webster defines hope, "to desire with expectation of fulfillment." To hope is to anticipate. It is more than dreaming, however. It is possessing within ourselves an expectation that someday there will be the fulfillment of that desire. It will become a reality. Hope always looks to the future, it's always on tiptoes. It keeps us going. It makes a dismal today bearable because it promises a brighter tomorrow. Without hope, something inside all of us dies. . . . 

We can live several weeks without food, days without water, and only minutes without oxygen, but without hope---forget it. 

Dropping Your Guard 

All this talk about about faith, hope, and love can appear to be routine and monotonous sometimes. In spite of what I had just said, talking about these three topics are a major necessity in our lives. As important as it is to have faith (and I have faith in my God). As important as it is to be able to love God and love one another (and I honor and do those things). This post has made me realize the extreme importance of having hope

In my mind, hope is the catalyst that enables me to have (and maintain) my faith and love for God during the darkest of times in my life. Because of hope, God's presence in my life has driven me to draw closer to Him and develop a more intimate relationship with Him. As a result of placing my hope in God's hands, certain areas of my life have been immensely impacted in the most amazing way possible! Two areas of my life (my health and finances) are turning around miraculously as of the writing of this post. Hope has given me the reason to believe that my life will turn around for not only my own good, but to God's glory and the blessing of those that God continues to bring into my life. Be encouraged friends! In Christ, and Christ alone, there is hope! Yes, there goes that word hope again! I emphasized that word so much because in today's world where so much chaos is breaking out all around the world and maybe on our own backyards. We desperately need that word more than any other word! Think long and hard my friends! 

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

Monday, March 24, 2014

One Day At A Time!

When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Prov. 11:2) 

People who refuse to get bogged down in and anchored to the past are those who pursue the objectives of the future. People who do this are seldom petty. They are too involved in getting a job done to be occupied with yesterday's hurts and concerns. . . . 

I know human nature well enough to realize that some people excuse their bitterness over past hurts by thinking,"It's too late to change. I've been injured and the wrong done against me is too great for me ever to forget it."

But when God holds out hope, when God makes promises, then God says,"It can be done." With each new dawn there is delivered to your door a fresh, new package called "today."  God has designed us in such a way that we can handle only one package at a time . . . and all the grace we need will be supplied by Him as we live out that day. 

Improving Your Serve 

Taking it one day at a time can be a whole lot easier said than done. At first, it was difficult for me to actually live out my life one day at a time because when I anticipate a certain event, I would often become impatient. Now these days, I would more often than not prefer to live one day at a time and remain patient with hopeful expectation that God will allow the event to happen. For me, living one day at a time has allowed me to surrender my concerns for the future. 

In the same way I attempt to live out my life one day at a time, I strongly encourage all of you to do the same. Why? Because it will be worth it when it's all said and done! It's very obvious to me and everyone reading this post is that the main object of discussion here is patience. Living one day at a time with patience is a beautiful experience because our hope, faith, and trust in God will flourish over time even if we don't see the results right away. God tells us in His Word the following: "Be still and know that I am God." ( Psalms 46:10). That verse is as straightforward as it gets when dealing with patience! 

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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

If Only. . . .!

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast. (Prov. 15:15)  

Many folks eat their hearts out, suffering from the contagious "If Only" disease. Its germs infect every slice of life. 

If only I had more money.
If only we owned a nicer home. 
If only we could have children.
If only he would ask me out. 
If only I had more friends.

The list is endless. Woven through the fabric of all those words is a sigh that comes from the daily grind of discontentment. Taken far enough, it leads to the dead-end street of self-pity---one of the most distasteful and inexcusable of all attitudes. Discontentment is one of those daily grinds that forces others to listen to our list of woes. But they don't for long! Discontented souls soon become lonely souls. 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind 

If only. . . . 

Those are the words I have often heard myself say numerous times throughout my teenage-young adult-latter adult years and still do to this day. With so many thoughts that run through our heads on a daily basis, it's only natural that the words "If Only" come racing through our thoughts. I, for one, love to travel and have had (and still do) when I have the opportunity to do so. With that said, you would most likely hear out of my mouth the following: "If only I had the time to travel." Right?

My only issue with those words "If Only" is that they can often drive me crazy. Yes, you heard that right. They will drive me crazy! That is when I have learned how to develop a sense of humor around those exact words without really beating up on my self esteem. A good example of this would be if I happen to see a very beautiful woman and as a result of seeing that very beautiful woman, I develop a so-called "inferiority complex" because I may feel that I don't quite measure up to that beautiful woman. Before I know it, I would end up thinking the following: "If only I was more handsome." At that particular point, I could do one of two things: I would either 1) Fall into a pit of self pity or 2) Enjoy the moment of having been blessed to see the beautiful woman and do something to improve myself in every single area of my life. 

It's possible that many of my readers can relate to what has been written here and quite frankly I find a great deal of comfort in being able to be as transparent about an "issues" we are confronted. I'm very sure that there are millions of other "issues" that we can elaborate on with the words "If Only".  My dear friends, we have heard numerous times in our walk with God that we have to give ALL our cares to the Lord. Whenever the words "If Only" creep into your mind, prevent it from getting to your heart by handing over that thought over to God and pray about whatever it is that concerns you. 

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!!!...:-)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Amazing Grace!

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Pet. 1:13) 

Imagine coming to the house of a friend who has invited you over to enjoy a meal. You finish the delicious meal and then listen to some fine music and visit for a while. Finally, you stand up and get your coat as you prepare to leave. But before you leave you reach into your pocket and say, "Now, how much do I owe you?" What an insult! You don't do that with someone who has graciously given you a meal. 

Isn't it strange, though, how this world is running over with people who think there's something they must do to pay God back?  Somehow they are hoping God will smile on them if they work real hard and earn His acceptance. But that's an acceptance on the basis of works. That's not the way it is with grace. . . . 

God smiles on us because of His Son's death and resurrection. It's grace, my friend, amazing grace. 

The Grace Awakening 

God's amazing grace is exactly that. . . . amazing!

His grace has the uncanny ability to do the very things that we have difficulty to do. One great example I can give is our ability to "break chains". Chains can be anything or anyone that is keeping us in bondage from achieving our God-given potential. Do you know of anyone or anything that has kept you in bondage? If so, God's amazing grace is there for you. All you need to do is ask. 

Only God's amazing grace, and His amazing grace alone can break the chains that bind you. Thank God for His amazing grace! Had we've been living out our lives in the O.T. (Old Testament) times, we would probably be singing to a totally different tune. It is true that the only reason why experience grace today is because of Jesus' death and resurrection. None of have ever done anything nor will ever do enough to atone for what Jesus has done for us. Wow! Acknowledging that reality requires a heavy dose of humility. 

So friend, will you seek out God's amazing grace? If so, don't delay! If not, don't let anyone nor anything bind you from being set free! God's amazing grace is a free gift for all of us and it so liberating! Yes friends, God is indeed Faithful and True! To God be the glory! Amen and amen!

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!!!...:-)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two Key Attitudes!

But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Tim. 6:6) 

Contentment is something we must learn. It isn't a trait we're born with. But the question is how? In 1 Timothy 6 we find a couple of very practical answers to that question:

A current perspective on eternity:"For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either" (v.7). 

A simple acceptance of essentials:"And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content" (v.8). 

Both attitudes work beautifully. . . . But society's plan of attack is to create dissatisfaction, to convince us that we must be in constant pursuit for something "out there" that is sure to bring us happiness. . . . It says that contentment is impossible without striving for more. 

God's Word offers the exact opposite advice: Contentment is possible when we stop striving for more. Contentment never comes from externals. Never! 

The Finishing Touch 

"Contentment is possible when we stop striving for more" 

My friends, this must be one of the hardest pills that we will ever swallow! When the world is clamoring to all of us that we must strive to make it in business or anything else that life has to throw at us: How can we possibly learn to hand over the reigns of our lives to God in such a manner that we ultimately find contentment in Him and be at peace with where He has us at? I really need you to stop, think, and internalize the question that has just been asked. 

"Contentment never comes from externals. Never!" 

This comment my friends is also absolutely true! Don't get me wrong. There's absolutely nothing wrong with going to a friend or family member and ask for some kind of assistance. God also uses people like you and me to bring some type of spiritual awareness to the way we live out our lives. But we must all face the music too! In our feeble attempt to find contentment with only the people around us or any of the resources or services provided, we will experience disillusionment and discouragement. 

True contentment can only be found internally. No matter what it looks like on the exterior, we must find our "true north" in the form of God Himself and find comfort in knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us when we are in lack. Do you lack financial security and stability? Are you in dire physical circumstances that prevent you from being able to work and have run out of government assistance? My dear friend, I highly recommend that you find contentment in God and God alone. Then and only then will you experience the peace that only God can provide in these very difficult times we live in. 

Be encouraged friends...God has already taken care of you! 

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!!!...:-)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Seek Righteousness!

But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt.6:33) 

Life is a lot like a coin; you can spend it any way you wish, but you can spend it only once. Choosing one thing over all the rest throughout life is a difficult thing to do. This is especially true when the choices are so many and the possibilities are so close at hand. 

To be completely truthful with you, however, we aren't left with numerous possibilities. Jesus Himself gave us the top priority: "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness." . . . 

If I am to seek first in my life God's kingdom and God's righteousness, then whatever else I do ought to relate to that goal: where I work, with whom I spend my time, the one I marry, or the decision to remain single. Every decision I make ought to be filtered through the Matthew 6:33 filter. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

Seeking God's righteousness is not a very easy thing to do. Right? Seeking His righteousness can often be a very difficult thing to do but can be done. With God's help of course. In the flesh, seeking God's righteousness would be practically impossible because as sinners saved by grace we are prone to selfishness and self-centeredness among many other human (fleshly) tendencies. 

So friends, we have a choice to make. We can either filter all our decisions through Matthew 6:33 or. . . we can default to our human nature and create our own self-righteousness nature. Granted, our natural tendency is to want to take matters into our own hands, especially when something goes wrong. Is that the way we really want to go? Do we really want to be self-righteous and deny God His rightful place in our lives? I'm confident in the Lord that the answer to those questions and many more will be a resounding. . . NO

Filtering our lives through Matthew 6:33 is part of Christian living. Isn't it? Matthew 6:33 is the reason why I created this blog. On this path of godly wisdom, it is God's righteousness I seek. My hope and prayer is that you will continue to walk with me on this path of godly wisdom. Matthew 6:33 is just one of many pieces of treasure that can be found in the Bible. All you have to do is SEEK IT. The Bible tells us to seek and we shall find. Seek God's righteousness and He shall add everything you need! Seek His righteousness...GENUINELY! Amen and amen!

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

Friday, March 14, 2014

The One Thing We Can Change!

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength.  (Prov. 24:5) 

This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me, or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. The attitude I choose keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me. 

Yet we must admit that we spend more of our time concentrating and fretting over the things that can't be changed than we do giving attention to the one that we can change---our choice of attitude. 

Day to Day with Charles Swindoll

This post has hit it right on the head! Our attitude is the one part of our being that has to be under scrutiny. Our attitudes will either make us or break us! In wholeheartedly honesty, our attitude is essentially the ONLY THING we have a choice to change. We can attempt to change everything else in our lives, but if our attitudes are not in alignment with God's character and attitude, we will bound to have major problems. 

Our attitude in general, especially those things that involve God and godly living must be right if we are going to be blessed in anything that God sets before us. Our attitude must also be right if we are going to be a blessing to anyone that God brings into our lives. I strongly encourage all of my amazing friends who read these words to keep a vigilant eye on your attitude when the difficult times come. When those hard times do come, ask God to help you gain His perspective on the situation to help you filter your attitude through God's Word. Always remember friends...

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING! 

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Faith Or Presumption?!

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; (2 Cor. 1:9-10) 

The old motto of soldiers during the Revolutionary War applies to many areas of life: "Trust in God, but keep your powder dry!" In other words, place your life in the Savior's hands, but stay at the ready. Do all that you can to prepare yourself for battle, understanding that the ultimate outcome rests with the Lord God. 

To walk by faith does not mean stop thinking. To trust God does not imply become slovenly or lazy or apathetic. . . . You and I need to trust God for our finances, but that is no license to spend foolishly. You and I ought to trust God for safety in the car, but we're not wise to pass on a blind curve. . . . 

Acting foolishly or thoughtlessly, expecting God to bail you out if things go amiss, isn't faith at all. It is presumption, Wisdom says, do all you can within your strength, then trust Him to do what you cannot do. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

To be honest, this post raises one question on my mind. The following question goes as follows:

How do I (or anyone reading this) knows whether we are living by faith or presumption? 

To answer this question, we must first know the difference between faith and presumption. First, it's faith. In defining faith, I'm going to use the Biblical (Judeo-Christian) version to clarify the difference between the two words. 

Faith is the belief in the historical truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith

Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God). (Heb. 11:6) 

"The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind which is called "trust" or "confidence" exercised toward the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior." 
--- Dr. T. Dwight 

"Faith is an affectionate, practical confidence in the testimony of God" --- J. Hawes 

Now for presumption...

Presumption is the act of of presuming, or believing upon probable evidence;  the act of assuming or taking for granted; belief upon incomplete proof. 

Now that we know the difference between faith and presumption, under which category would we find ourselves under more frequently when dealing with life events? Given the fact that we now know the difference between the two, will we know if we are walking in faith or presumption? To be rather honest, the line between the two can often be blurry. 

My dear friends, given the difficulty of knowing the difference between the two, we must ask God continuously to help us to discern the difference between faith and presumption. So friends, are we going to walk by faith or by presumption? This my friends, is the million dollar question! Based on what we are able to gather from the above definitions, there is a major difference between the two words highlighted in this post. Ask God to help you know the difference and then help others to do the same. Come to think about it, knowing the difference can make the difference between experiencing your miracle or not. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! My hope and prayer is that God will manifest Himself in your life in such a miraculous way to help you in your knowledge and understanding of both faith and presumption. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Absolute Silence!

The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17) 

I am more convinced than ever that there is no way you and I can move toward a deeper , intimate relationship with our God without protracted times of stillness, which includes one of the rarest of all experiences: absolute silence. 

Am I sounding more like a mystical dreamer? If so, so was the psalmist who wrote those familiar words we often quote but seldom obey, "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps.46:10). . . . 

We are commanded to stop (literally) . . . rest, relax, let go, and make time for Him. The scene is one of stillness and quietness, listening and waiting before Him. Such foreign experiences in these busy times! Nevertheless, knowing God deeply and intimately requires much discipline. Silence is indispensable if we hope to add depth to our spiritual life. 

Intimacy with the Almighty 

I love silence. Yes, I'm a passionate fan of silence. Silence has its own way of silencing me into submission. Silence provides me an opportunity to clear my mind of any clutter that builds throughout the day or after a very busy moment. In all reality, silence can either be good for you or not good. It largely depends upon the reason why the silence is needed. 

In allowing periods of silence in my life, an opportunity for me to develop a more intimate relationship with God became an increasingly more important priority in an effort to get to know Him and myself in the whole process. For me, silence has played a very prevalent role in my ability to process what has happened in my life. In my honest opinion, silence can be just as important as sleeping and eating because it allows me to be able to refocus spiritually and mentally. My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to spend that period of silence (absolute silence) with God and make every attempt to make it a priority.

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

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Helping The World On To God!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)  

[The world] will see "your good works," Jesus said. Like what?

- They will hear your courtesy.
- They will detect your smile. 
- They will notice that you stop to thank them. 
- They will hear you apologize when you are wrong. 
- They will see you help them when they are struggling. 
- They will notice that you are the one who stopped along the road and gave them a hand. 
- They will see every visible manifestation of Christ's life being normally lived out through you. 
- They will see all that and they "will glorify your Father who is in Heaven" (Matt. 5:16). . . . 

We are the ones who help the world on to God. 

Simple Faith 

It's absolutely true! 

All of us have a role to play in helping the world on to God. There's a certain scripture verse that comes to mind as I write this and it says the following: 

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (Eph. 4:11) 

It is in those roles where God will provide us the opportunity to "help the world on to God". I have been blessed to have been called to be an Evangelist and have officially been chosen to travel to a foreign country to carry out the role to "help the world on to God". Ready to step up to the plate and make a difference in the lives of those God has blessed you to minister? My hope and prayer is that you will not only be willing to take on the task, but also be prepared to be used by God in ways so miraculous you and the lives around you will be totally transformed. 

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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

From God's Vantage Point!

You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. (Psalms 139:3) 

For Christmas one year we bought our children what was called "Ant City." This consisted of clear plastic plates on either side, filled with sand and ants. From our vantage point outside and above, we could see what these busy little creatures were doing underground. We watched as they tunneled  their way around, leaving a maze of trails. 

In a similar fashion, God scrutinizes our paths. From where we are, tunneling along, all we see is the sand immediately ahead, behind, and beside us. But from His vantage point, He can see exactly where we've been and precisely where we're going. "He is intimately acquainted with all my ways." 

The Mystery of God's Will 

I have always been a huge fan and follower of Jewish military history. Some of the most famous "dogfights" (Israeli air force versus foreign military threat) involved Israel's Air Force. In spite of numerous odds that have traditionally gone against them when it came to the number of foreign of enemy forces in contrast to Israeli fighting forces, Israel always had a knack for defeating the enemy. How is that? Great question and one that could potentially be answered with the following:

They have a distinct vantage point! 

Yes, you read that right! They have a distinct vantage point that no other country in the world can claim with the second closest being the United States. Israel's distinct vantage point has very little to do with its logistics and military prowess. It has very little to do with its amazing intelligence program. It has everything to do with being connected to the Person Who has the ultimate vantage point. God! 

Guess what friends? We as Christians also have the same exact vantage point because of who we are in Christ. God's vantage point can only be achieved through prayer, reading of His Word, fasting, and finding other methods of developing a more intimate relationship with Him. Israel, God's chosen nation and people have been tapped into that vantage point for millenia. My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to do the same! God's vantage point is far more superior in every way than that satellite pictured above. God knows all. God sees all. God is everywhere. God is in the past....present....and future! What other vantage point will we need in our lives? No one else's but God's! 

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

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Confident Contentment!

Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your Spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalms 143:10) 

When Christ becomes our central focus---our reason for existence---contentment replaces our anxiety as well as our fears and insecurities. This cannot help but impact three of the most prevalent joy stealers in all of life. 
  1. He broadens the dimensions of our circumstances. This gives us new confidence. . . . 
  2. He delivers us from preoccupation with others. This causes our contentment level to rise. . . . 
  3. He calms our fears regarding ourselves and our future. This provides a burst of fresh hope on a daily basis. 
Laugh Again 

In this crazed world we live in today, how do we find confidence and much less contentment? For some of us, we can find a very easy answer. For others, it may not be so easy. The environment we live in and the circumstances that surround us will largely determine how we can answer that question. 

In this day and age, we don't have to live in an impoverished nation to experience lack of confidence and/or discontentment. Regardless of where we live at, all of us have the ability to sabotage out thoughts and way of living out our lives. Not only are we subject to these things because of the weakness of our flesh, but we also have to contend with the world we live in as well as the enemy of our souls. It can definitely make for a very complicated life for all of us. 

Until. . . . 

God intervenes. 

It is only in God Himself that we can find REAL confident contentment! Are my present circumstances ideal? No. It is only when I am confident in God's character, abilities, and resources that I will experience contentment in spite of whatever I go through. I honestly believe that it will be difficult for most Christians to experience confident contentment until we have learned to embrace God and His promises for us when we have lost something and/or someone in our lives. Remember this friends. . . 

Our confidence in God is what will bring supernatural contentment! 

My dear friends, those words will provide comfort when we have really gotten to know God and not simply know about Him. Take heart! God has already taken care of you. All you need to do is to trust Him. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you experience confident contentment in Him! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Unity And Humility!

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalms 133:1) 

Do you realize how closely unity and humility are tied together? One breeds the other; neither can exist without the other. They're like Siamese twins, perpetually connected. Personally, I have seen numerous occasions when pride won out (even though it was never called that) and harmony faded away . . . and I mean fast. . . . 

Contrary to the stuff you might read today, the words fight and quarrel, are not apt descriptions of the way to get ahead. They won't ultimately glorify God. Friends are made not and by refusing to quarrel. 

Commit yourself to freeing others so they can grow and discover on their own. For a change, as much as possible, walk away from an argument rather than inviting one. Become more of a peacemaker. 

Dropping Your Guard 

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I will have to keep it real for the sake of this post. I have now been faithfully serving the Lord for what has been now over 23 years (and still counting). To be honest, I have only run into a handful of people throughout my Christian walk that personify both unity and humility simultaneously. I have either run into people that are either for unity or humility. 

Some time last year, I had posted a series on Humility. What that series taught me that it is indeed possible to express unity and humility at the same time. Jesus did it with His disciples. Why is it so hard for us to exemplify that model in today's Christianity? Christians today are divided on so many different fronts. We are divided in everything from the ecclesiastical to politics. And that's only to name a few. I have even run into an article at Charisma Magazine that actually labels Christians as "liberal" in contrast to biblical. Here's the link below! 

Right Here!

Granted. On the surface, it brings up Obama and his stand on Christianity, but what is revealed in the article as far as what I got to get out of it is an even larger and more pressing concern that what Mr. Obama's opinion on Christianity. To be rather honest, the idea that in this country that has been built on BIBLICAL principles has all of a sudden turned a lot of biblical Christians into liberal "Christians". Then we wonder why so many of us are divided instead of unified and prideful instead of humbled. My dear friends from this country and every other country that is represented on Christian Living, we need to really step up to the plate and start expressing BOTH unity and humility simultaneously to totally revolutionize and transform the lives of every single soul that comes into our lives. Amen? Always remember...God is Faithful and True! Ask Him right now to promote unity and nurture the spirit of humility in YOUR life today! 

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