Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hold Onto God's Hand!

Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (Psalm 105:4) 

Discovering and embracing God's will leads us to make major adjustments. And that requires us to release and risk---releasing the familiar and risking whatever the future may bring. That's the bottom
line of fleshing out God's will. . . . 

We are only finite human beings. We can only see the present and the past. The future is a little frightening to us. So we need to hold onto God's hand and trust Him to calm our fears. And at those times when we're stubborn and resisting and God shakes us by the shoulders to get our attention, we're reminded that we don't call our own shots, that God has a plan for us, mysterious though it may seem, and we want to be in the center of it. 

All the risks notwithstanding, that's still the safest place on earth to be. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

God's hand provides us with the protection and guidance necessary to make it through the wild winds of life. Let's admit it, life can get really rough from time to time. There will probably be moments when we may be able to use godly discernment and be able to navigate through whatever situation we are confronted with. Evidently, discernment is a gift that comes from the hand of God. 

Having God's hand upon our lives as Christians is the ultimate relief we need. I have literally witnessed God's hand upon my life in so many different situations and still see His active hand in my life at the writing of this draft. God's hand has guided me and protected me from harm numerous times. God has the perfect vantage point in which He is able to see things that we cannot see. He's able to see what will come our way long before it can be seen with our own eyes. With that said, entrusting our lives in God's hand is a matter of trust and having the faith that His sovereignty will fulfill what has been promised to us through His Word. 

My dear friends, let's hold onto God's hand like we have never held onto it before. We are living in dangerous times. With terrorism abounding like never before and disease outbreaks happening throughout the world, we can no longer exclusively depend on our governments and community leaders to provide us with the direction and protection to navigate through these very dark times. 

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, October 28, 2014

Face To Face With God!

For God shall bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.(Eccl. 12:14) 

If God says that He will bring bring every act to judgment, . . . I know He will. I don't know His method and frankly, that doesn't 
bother me. What ought to bother us is that He will do it! . . . Somehow in God's own timing and in God's own way, He will cause there to be a replay of our lives. . . . It makes a lot of sense to me that the One who made us has every right to hold us accountable. . . . 

We cannot live the life of an irresponsible playboy and get away with it. We aren't free to run wild and wink in God's direction, thinking that, no matter what, the big Teddy Bear in the sky will yawn, pat us on the head, and say, "Everything is going to be just fine." No, it doesn't work like that. Our ragged-edge journey is headed for a sudden stop. And all alone, standing face to face with God in that epochal moment, we will give account of the life we have lived. 

Sober, serious thought! 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

Being face to face with God is indeed a sober and serious thought. To be extremely frank with you, it's a situation that has to be taken with extreme seriousness. The moment you stand before God, you will hear one of two phrases: 

Well done my good and faithful servant or depart from Me, I do not know you.    

Which one of the phrases will be the one you hear out of God's mouth? If you happen to be reading these words, the choice of the words spoken to you will result in the way you live your life right now. As scary as it sounds to be face to face with God, I find it comforting to know that He is a righteous judge. Any righteous judge will not judge blindly, but will judge according to the tangible results (or fruit) of our lives. 

With that said my friends, let us make every effort to make sure that we lead a life full of the righteousness of Christ and not our own. Let us live out our lives in a manner that is worthy of bringing God the glory and pleasing Him at the same time. As Christians, we must all aspire to hear the following words: 

"Well done my good and faithful servant." 

Think about that long and hard friends! That is the reason why we serve God and serve man regardless of where we are in life. Is it any coincidence that the Servant Leadership series from this blog continues to be so popular to this day? No. The reason for that is because the people that continue to read those posts long to hear the words quoted above. Do you also long to hear those words as well? If so, what are you doing about it to not only impact your community, but the world at large? 

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, October 26, 2014

A Dad's Greatest Gift!

Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. (Prov. 4:1) 

Dad, is it possible you've gotten overly committed, so involved in your work or some away-from-home project or hobby that it is draining your time and energy with your 

family? I understand, believe me, I do. . . .

Instead of challenging fathers to give of themselves, our cultural system encourages them to give the stuff their increased salaries can buy---a better education, a membership at the club, material possessions, nicer homes, extra cars. . . . But what about dad himself? And that priceless apprenticeship learned in his presence? . . . It's gotten lost in the shuffle. . . . 

C'mon, dads, let's lead a revolt! Let's refuse to take our cues from the system any longer. Let's start saying no more and more of the things that pull us farther and farther away from the ones who need us the most. Let's remember that the greatest earthly gifts we can provide are our presence and influence while we live and a magnificent memory of our lives once we're gone. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

Having been brought into this world without an earthly father present has made this particular post very personal to me. I'm confident in the Lord that there are many men out there who read this post that may be able to relate to my fatherless plight. With that said, I'm not writing this to make this about me, but I want to write to all the dads in the different parts of the world. 

Dads, God has enabled you to provide to your children the invaluable and priceless gift of your presence. You play a major role in the overall development of not only your children, but your entire household. You have the ability to influence your household and the households of many others. Your presence or the lack thereof will either make or break your home. 

There is no greater privilege of being a godly dad and husband and being the vessel that God chooses to use to influence this world for Christ. Your example will serve as a reminder to all of us who aspire to become a dad one day. The world's magnifying glass is upon you as you read these words and live out your life to please God and bring glory to His name. I pray for all the dads out there, godly and ungodly alike. I pray that God will raise a new standard in their lives in such a manner that they will be able to influence policy from their house to the White House. Dad,you know who you are. 

I want to thank every single dad as well as all of my faithful readers for reading this far! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).      

Friday, October 24, 2014

We Want Relief!

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.  Because he has inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. (Psalms 116:1-2) 

Do you ever find 

yourself  saying something like this? "Lord, I give You my life,but I'm weary to death of this irritation, this person, this circumstance, this uncomfortable situation. I feel trapped, Lord. I want relief---I must have relief! And if you don't bring it soon . . . well, I've had it. I feel like walking away from it all." 

You may walk, my friend, but there are no shortcuts. Here's a better plan: Reach for the hand of your Guide! He is Lord of the desert. Even your desert. The most precious object of God's love is His child in the desert. If it were possible, you mean more to Him during this time than at any other time. . . . You are His beloved student taking His toughest courses. He loves you with an infinite amount of love. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Relief is right around the corner friends! 

Yes friends, relief can be found in Jesus. Right here. Right now. All you have to do is ask Him into your life. Jesus is the oasis in the middle of the desert when no other relief can be found. People often look for relief by being around other people and there's nothing wrong with that. Looking for relief in other places other than Jesus can create major problems if we run to other people or things before running to Him. 

As it says in the above devotional, Jesus is the Lord of your desert and my desert. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it my friends. There will never be any shortcuts in this lifetime when it comes to finding relief from the pain, the struggles, the persecutions, the forthcoming tribulations that will befall everyone who serves the Lord in spirit and in truth. 

My dear friends, relief can be found in Jesus and only in Him alone. Relief has been found in Jesus by the Iraqi Christians that have been put to death by ISIS. There is Christian persecution as well as Jewish anti-semitism in different pockets around the globe. In each of those instances, there are Jewish and Christians alike who love Jesus and serve Him faithfully that had to find relief in Him before persecution came upon them. My hope and prayer is that we will be reminded continuously of the persecution that presently exists and great tribulation to come. I'm confident in the Lord that this reminder will serve notice not only to my readers, but to the countless of other people who will be exposed to these words. 

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 22, 2014

The Soul Belongs To God!

And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. (Psalm 35:9). 

Nothing physical touches the soul. Nothing external satisfies our deepest inner needs. Remember that! The soul belongs to God. He alone can satisfy us in that realm.

The soul possess an inescapable God-shaped vacuum. And not until He invades and fills it can we be at peace within---which is another way of saying "If God isn't in first place, you can't handle success." If God fills your soul, if God fills your mind, if God satisfies your spirit, there is no problem whatsoever with prosperity. You've got it all put together. Your priorities will be right, and you will know how to handle your life so you can impact the maximum number of people. If He prospers you, if He entrusts you with material success and you continue walking with Him, God can use you mightily in His plan. Furthermore, if you lose it all, He can give you what it takes to handle the loss and start all over again. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

Our souls do belong to God. 

The irony of this post is that all souls, righteous and unrighteous belong to God in regards that God is the One who largely determines where the soul will go when the day of judgment comes upon everyone. For those of us who chose to repent and directed our faith in Christ, our souls will be heaven-bound and bypass hell altogether. The souls of the unrighteous will be judged by God Himself and directed to hell. 

Yes friends, there is an afterlife and the destination of our afterlife is largely determined by the way we live our lives today. Are we living for the kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness? If you were to die right now, will your souls be heaven-bound or hell-bound? Our lives in regards to the eternal destination of our souls can be pretty scary if your not certain. That is why people like me, online or offline, "shout" from the rooftops to encourage all of our loved ones and the lost in general to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Otherwise, the consequences of not accepting Him in a repentant manner with our faith placed firmly in Him will result in separation from God and eternally condemned to hell. Think long and hard before you answer the following question: 

Where would you prefer that your soul goes? 

Thank you very 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!!!! . . . . :-).       

Monday, October 20, 2014

Deflating Pride!

Look unto the rock from where you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (Isa. 51:1). 

In the Hebrew text, the word quarry actually refers to "a hole." The 
old King James Version doesn't miss it far: "the hole of the pit whence ye are digged." Never forget "the hole of the pit." 

What excellent advice! Before we get all enamored with our high-and-mighty importance, it's a good idea to take a backward glance at the "hole of the pit" from which Christ lifted us. And let's not just think about it; let's admit it. Our "hole of the pit" has a way of keeping us all on the same level---recipients of grace. And don't kid yourself, even those who are extolled and admired have "holes" from which they are dug. 
  • With Moses, it was murder.
  • With Peter, it was public denial.
  • With Rahab, it was prostitution.     
The next time we're tempted to become puffed up by our own importance, let's just look back to the pit from which we were dug. It has a way of deflating our pride. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

This has to be one of my personal favorite posts for the fact that this post drives home the reminder of the fact the all of us have "holes" in our lives in which God has brought us out from. The dimensions of our "holes" obviously vary from person to person. The larger and deeper the "hole", the stronger and more humbled you outta be as a person, especially in Christ. 

Pride of any kind will always be in opposition to God's nature. Even our pride for our favorite sports franchise can often get in the way of having fulfilling relationships. The popular saying of "Pride comes before the fall." is absolutely true in every sense of the word and have seen it play out not only in my life, but in the lives of those around me. Knowing what we know about pride, is it really worth being prideful at all? Can we show pride in our loved ones and for those of you who are parents, show pride in your children? In "healthy" portions, yes. But we MUST keep a watchful eye on our pride and not let it get out of control. 

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!!!!. . . . :-).     

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Rat In The Corner Of Life!

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. (Matt. 10:29) 

Maybe you have a worry related to some 
simple, daily problem that eats away at your peace, like a rat in the corner of your life. It just gnaws and gnaws and gnaws. You can't seem to get out from under it. Maybe it was a foolish mistake you made and you're paying for it. . . . 

[One] problem with worry is that it makes you forget your worth. Worry makes you feel worthless, forgotten, and unimportant. That's why Jesus says that we are worth much more than the birds of the air who neither worry nor die of hunger because their heavenly Father feeds them (Matthew 6:26). They enjoy what's there. If God is able to sustain the lesser creatures, won't He sustain the greater? Maybe you're worried about things that seem important in your life. Yet your heavenly Father knows what is essential better than you do. And you are worth so much that He is taking things one at a time, dealing with more important things right now in your life. 

Perfect Trust 

I think we can all relate to this post in so many different ways. All of us at one point in our lives or another (maybe even now) of having someone or something that nagged at us and refused to leave us alone.When we think about a rat, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The outlook will be different from one person to another, but we can generally come to the same conclusion that a rat does not have our best interest in mind. 

Rats have historically been known to do everything from home infestations to spread diseases. Guess what friend, people are also known to do the same exact things. The crazy things that we do can also infest our homes and spread disease, just not in the way you think. So, what do we do about that "rat" in the corner of our life? We need to exterminate it! When dealing with rats, we need to set up traps of all kinds to capture them or to kill them. 

My dear friends, in short, we need to wipe out the figurative (or literal) "rats" in our lives. If the "rat" happens to be spiritual in nature, then we need to ask God to be the Exterminator or enable us spiritually to exterminate it. If the "rat" happens to be emotional, mental, and physical in nature, we must also depend on God while at the same time we take the time to do our due diligence and take personal responsibility for removing the "rats" in our lives. 

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Aligned To God's Will!

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise. (Prov. 11:30) 

If we were asked to respond with yes or no to the question, all of us would say, "Yes, I want to know [God's] will." But doing God's will is another matter entirely, because almost without

exception it requires risk and adjustment and change. We don't like that. Even using those words makes us squirm. Experiencing the reality of them is even worse. We love the familiar. We love the comfortable. We love something we can control---something we can get our arms around. Yet the closer we walk with the Lord, the less control we have over our own lives, and the more we must abandon to Him. To give Him our wills and to align our wills to His will requires the abandonment of what we prefer, what we want or what we would choose. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

I have written on this subject a number of different times and continues to be a very prevalent subject today. It remains so because God's will for us as Christians is to be prosperous in all of our ways. Not in the way the world paints prosperity, but in the way God has outline for us in His Word. 

Walking within the parameters of what the Word of God has laid out for us and being obedient to Him and His Word will enable us to experience God's Will for our lives. I know from experience that it is not the easiest thing to do because the enemy, my flesh, and the world around me have all played a role in influencing my ability to live out God's will for my life. 

With that said, it has taken me many years of personal sacrifice and commitment on my behalf in faithful service to the Lord and others. God's will for my life as well as the lives of every single one of you is that we are blessed so others can be blessed through us. Want to be a blessing to yourself and to everyone around you? Follow God's will and His will alone. Don't follow your will, follow His. We will never go wrong when we are able to fully submit to His will. He holds the world events in the palm of His hand. He is sovereign. He is the Creator of all things that we taste, smell, see, and hear. His will alone should be the only will we seek and remain obedient to. I will be lying to you if I told you that following God's will will be easy because it won't. But, with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! 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, October 14, 2014

Leisure Is Free!

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep. (Prov. 24:33) 

Please understand that leisure is more than idle free time not devoted to paid occupations. Some of the most valuable work done in the world has been done at leisure . . . and never paid for in cash. Leisure is free activity. Labor is compulsory activity. In leisure, we do what we like, but in labor we do what we must. In our labor we meet the objective needs and demands of others---our employer, the public, people who are impacted by and through our work. But in leisure we scratch the subjective inches within ourselves. In leisure our minds are liberated from the immediate, the necessary. As we incorporate leisure into the mainstream of our world, we gain perspective. We lift ourselves above the grit and grind of mere existence. 

Interestingly, leisure comes from the Latin word licere, which means "to be permitted." If we are ever going to inculcate leisure into our otherwise utilitarian routine, we must give ourselves permission to do so. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

I love free leisure! The actual definition of leisure will be different from one person to the next. In my personal experience, most people often confuse my work from home with leisure. To a certain degree, it is true because my line of work allows me to be a free-thinker instead of being subjected to the whims of an employer. 

In my leisurely "work", there are periods of great demand on my time, but allows me to stop and take as much time as I need to think through on what I want to say and/or write. With that said, leisure does indeed play a very important in our lives. With lots of people out there that are goal-driven and ambitious to the point of obsession, it is no wonder that so many workers are burnt out. 

Without leisure time, it's very difficult to be able to maintain the passion we have in our pursuit of achieving success in any area of our lives. My dear friends, YOU are permitted to have as much leisure time as you know you can afford to have without unhealthy compromises that can result in a stagnant life. 

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The End Of The Story!

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: Wisdom is good with an inheritance: For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: (Eccl. 7:8, 11, 12)

"The end of a matter is better than its beginning." That makes sense doesn't it? You see, the end of a matter is maximum reality. Those little idealistic dreams have ended. The whole truth is on display. . . . The complete picture has developed. Once we reach the end, we know the whole story, and that is better than the beginning of a matter where desires lack substance. 

I had a grandfather tell me recently that he plans to put a lot of his thoughts on a cassette tape because, he said, "I don't know how long I'm gonna live and I don't know how long I'll have my mind, so I'm gonna record some important counsel and let my grandchildren listen to it later on." 

The most influential man in my life was my mother's father. I can still hear his wise counsel. Such counsel is better than most advice given to a child because it is end-of-the-matter information coming from one who has been seasoned with wisdom. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

Life comes and goes. That's a fact. Stories start and stories end.

How would you like your life story to end? The ending of our life story will be largely determined by the way we live our lives right now. Is our life story going to end with a legacy that will honor God and bring glory to His name? Or is our life story going to be fulfilled in such a manner that will bring shame and disappointment to everyone that we have come across? 

I encourage all of you to think long and hard about the above questions. Why? Because eternity is at stake! We have people who live their lives every single day without giving much thought to the eternal ramifications of their lifestyle. 

My dear friends, as Christians, we are called to be evangelists of the Gospel. Not because we have a specific calling (even though that may be the case for some of us), but because we have a mandate before God to bring awareness of the prophetic events that are happening around the world that point to Jesus' Second Coming. Ask them the following question: 

How would you like your story to end? 

That should get them thinking! :-) 

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!!!!. . . . :-)  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Let Go And Let God!

Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today. (Ex. 14:13). 

We Americans use a number of words to describe a predicament. If you're from the East, you probably know about "being in a pinch." If you like to cook, you're "in a jam," or "in a pickle." If you're from the South, you're "between a rock and a hard place." . . . It may be that right now you find yourself in a predicament. . . . 

And what should your response be? 

Most people are prone to say, "God helps those who help themselves." People think that despicable saying comes from the Bible, but it doesn't. It's from the pit. No, God helps the helpless! As long as we're helping ourselves, who needs God?It's when we reach the end of our tether, and we're dangling out in space, that we finally cry out, "God, help me!" And God says, "I will, Let go." 

Letting go works against human nature. But God wants us to do just that---to freefall into His everlasting arms and trust completely in Him. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Let go. . . . Let God. 

Easier said than done. . . . right? 

Let's be honest. We are naturally stubborn creatures. We usually insist on having our own way in various situations whether we choose to admit it or not. The more emotionally attached we become to something or someone, the more difficult it would be to let go. 

The source of this process is trust. Trusting God and the people around us will allow us the flexibility to actually surrender our willingness to hold on. When we don't trust God and the people around us, we struggle with letting go. Lack of trust is one of the many reasons why relationships fail. Relationships of ALL kinds are built on trust. It is out of trust where respect and understanding can be mutually found. 

My dear friends, is there a pressing matter that concerns you? Let go and let God deal with it. Yes, it is that simple and will become a testament of your faith and trust in God and the people around 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!!!!. . . . :-).   

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Cavalier Culture!

There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Prov. 18:24) 

A hurry-up lifestyle results in a throwaway culture. Things that should be lasting and meaningful are sacrificed on the altar of the temporary and superficial.

The major fallout in such a setting is the habit of viewing relationships casually. This cavalier attitude cripples society in various ways: 

- Friends walk away instead of work through.
- Partnerships dissolve rather than solve. 
- Neighbors no longer visit and relax together. 
- The aged are resented, not honored. 
- Husband and wives divorce rather than persevere. 
- Children are brushed aside rather than nourished. 

Relationships! Never sell them short. If we'll slow down the hurry-up lifestyle for a moment and pause to catch our breath, we'll realize the need to call a halt to our throwaway culture. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

Let's be honest. Faithful friends, especially in social media is extremely hard to come by. We definitely live in a cavalier culture in which things have a way of dismantling even quicker in relationships than what has been built. 

I will be the first to admit that I place more stock in quality relationships than in the number of friendships I have for the sake of being popular. I have hundreds of Facebook "friends". Of the hundreds of "friends" I have, I can probably guarantee that not even one hundred of them can actually be considered friends. 

In Twitter, I have been connected to scores of people, but very few have actually gone out of their way to actually "connect" with me. Is it amazing how that plays out in our lives away from the computer screen? As a minister, I have had the immense honor and privilege of meeting numerous people only to come back home to the small number of people that have remained consistently faithful in my life. 

My dear friends, the point that I am attempting to make here is to never take the friendships God places in your life for granted. Look at the people God has placed directly around you, online or offline, and express your gratitude for their faithfulness. Those same exact people will never look at you the same. Those same exact people will understand the loving nature of Jesus Christ permeating through the way you live your life in a manner that is pleasing God and bring glory to His name. 

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Forget The Past!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

Some of the unhappiest people I've ever known are living their lives looking over their shoulder. What a waste! Nothing back there can be changed. 

What's in the past? Only two things: great attainments and accomplishments that could either make us proud by reliving them or indifferent by resting on them . . . or failures and defeats that cannot help but arouse feelings of guilt and shame. Why in the world would anyone want to return to that quagmire? I've never been able to figure that one out. By recalling those inglorious, ineffective events of yesterday, our energy is sapped for facing the demands of today. Rehearsing those wrongs, now forgiven in grace, derails and demoralizes us. There are few joy stealers more insiduous than past memories that haunt our minds. . . . Forget the past! 

Laugh Again 

Here's my take about the past. I don't want to forget about it and here's why. . . . 

There are lessons to be learned from them. My past is riddled with the good, the bad, and the ugly. My past pales in comparison to the past of many others who have gone through far worse situations than I have been in. Is the past something we want to hold on to without moving forward? No. Is the past something we want to forget about in its entirety? No. Are there elements of our past that are worth forgetting? Yes. 

There are lessons to be learned in all of our past experiences. A lesson can even be learned in the most horrific situation. Remembering our past will allow us to stay grounded in Christ and serve as a reminder of where we have come from and how far along we have come since having that personal encounter with Jesus. With that said, we are more than welcome to forget the entirety of our past the moment that we walk into the glory of our future home called Heaven. It is at that point when we can genuinely forget the past and look forward to the glory of being in the presence of our Heavenly Father for all of eternity. Amen! 

God bless you friends and thank you very much for reading this far! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Managing Mistreatment!

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Pet. 3:15) 

Anybody can accept a reward graciously, and many people can even take their punishment patiently when they have done something wrong. But how many people are equipped to handle mistreatment after they've done right? Only Christians are equipped to do that. . . . 

When we think a wrong has been done to us that we don't deserve, we can respond, "Lord, You're with me right now. You are here, and You have Your reasons for what is happening. You will not take advantage of me. You're much too kind to be cruel. You're much too good to be unjust. You care for me too much to let this get out of hand. Take charge. Use my integrity to defend me. Give me the grace to stay calm. Control my emotions. Be Lord over my present situation." In such a prayer, we "sanctify Christ as Lord" in our hearts (1 Pet. 3:15). 

Hope Again 

Mistreatment is all around us. Mistreatment can be seen on TV, in our newspapers, over the radio. With so much conflict all around us, how do we deal with it? Who do we run to in confidence? When is the most appropriate time to deal with it? These are only a small sample of the tons of questions we ask ourselves when confronted with some type of mistreatment. 

A major crisis has recently broken out in professional football (National Football League) about its professional athletes being involved in domestic violence among other conflicting issues. The NFL's handling of the various conflicts leaves very little to be desired and is not very encouraging given the millions of dollars that flow in and out its organization. 

The irony of the above example is that money in and of itself cannot and will not ever resolve conflict. God is the only Person we should be running to whenever mistreatment happens to us or to others. We must ask God to help us learn how to manage mistreatment. Managing mistreatment of any kind cannot and will not be resolved in our own strength. If we attempt to do so, we are bound to fail. 

My dear friends, I implore you that you get before God on your knees asking Him in Jesus' name to grant you the wisdom, intelligence, patience, and perseverance to learn how to deal with conflict and mistreatment in a manner that is worthy of bringing glory to God's name and please Him in the process. 

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, October 2, 2014

Brilliant Days, Broken Days!

I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10) 

Our problem isn't that we've failed. Our problem is that we haven't failed enough. We haven't been brought low enough to learn what God wants us to learn. . . . 

Remember one of the songs from the Seventies we used to sing again and again? It mentioned how we learned to trust in Jesus and to trust in God by going "through it all." Not around it. Through it.

Through it all. That's the ticket. Through the victories and the failures. . . . Through the brilliant days of accomplishment and the broken days. . . . Through the heady days of laughter and success and those nameless intervals of setback and blank despair. Through it all, He is with us, leading us, teaching us, humbling us, preparing us. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

This is one post that all of us should be able to relate to. 

All of us (at different moments of our lives) have experienced brilliant days and broken days. Given the fact that we live in a fallen world, it seems to appear that there are many more broken days than there are brilliant days. Right? 

As beautiful as it is to experience brilliant days, God also has a purpose and plan with us during our broken days. Let's be honest, there is absolutely nothing comfortable about being broken. Intervals of setback and brief moments of despair will happen during our broken days. During those broken days, it will feel like God has left us and abandoned us. Those broken days will without a doubt be among the most stressful days of our lives. However, we serve a God who is forever graceful to us and will always provide us with a morsel of hope that will enable us to walk through those broken days. BE ENCOURAGED my friends because. . . .

Brilliant days are coming!!!! 

Brilliant days are coming both individually and collectively for ALL of God's children! Brilliant days can be experienced in the most amazing of situations as well as in the most difficult of situations. Stories of Christian persecution is on the increase. Stories of healing and restoration are also on the increase. In each of those remarkable instances, brilliant days are coming. Brilliant days are coming for those who fall under the sword as well as those who fall under God's grace and mercy. My dear friends, if your brilliant day has yet to appear, don't let that from allowing you to have an intimate relationship with God and from influencing the world around you in Jesus' name. 

Thank you 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!!!!. . . . :-).