I pray that these blog entries encourage, inspire, and exhort you to be all that God has purposed. You are the apple of His eye; fearfully and wonderfully made!
|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Bible tells us in I Peter 5:8 that we should be sober and vigilant because our adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour. The Bible also talks about how satan got kicked out of Heaven along with a third of the angels that chose to follow him. He was their commander if you will. Just like any effective commander, he has a goal…and that’s to steal, to kill, and to destroy. And just like any effective commander, he has a plan to do it. But aren’t you glad for Jesus, who said that He came that we would have life, and have it more abundantly?
One of satan’s biggest tactics that he uses in his plan to destroy is distractions. He tries to take our focus off of the truth and put it on what we see and what we feel. If we could ever just get over what we feel vs. the truth….Can I just put a pin right here. Stop living your life based on what you feel and what you see with your natural eye. Feelings and flesh will fool you and leave you empty every time.
Satan wants to get us to mope, complain, and gripe. In fact, he wants us to give up and throw in the towel. He wants us to call it quits. He wants us to ignore the value in what God has already blessed us with in order to be disgruntled about what we lack or don’t have. Just like Eve in the garden; she was deceived because satan had her thinking that she was missing something with that one tree, so much so that she forgot about all of the rest of the other trees. He distracted her with deceit. And just as with Eve, he wants us to get caught up in what you don’t have so that we will overlook God’s goodness in our lives. He knows that the only way he can defeat you is through deception – making us believe that the grass is better so to speak… or that we are missing out on something.
Don’t you know that if you don’t have it, it’s because of one or two reasons? God is saying “Not now, or I have something better for you”.
But how do we counter attack the tactics of the enemy? It’s simple: 1) know that God never loses, and He’s always fighting on our behalves, 2) know that it is not ever about what we see or feel in the natural; we must be led by the Spirit of God, and 3) use the weapon or strategy of giving thanks.
Satan’s schemes will not work if we choose to focus on what God has already done, and His promises of what’s to come. Stop murmuring and complaining. When we murmur and complain, it takes away from us truly experiencing the abundant life that Jesus talked about in John 10:10. Instead of complaining, give God praise! The Bible declares that in all things we should give thanks. Not that we are happy about everything in our lives, but that we are to keep an attitude of gratitude, a heart of thanksgiving, knowing that God, the Author and the Finisher of our Faith is mindful of everything we need, everything we experience, and is more than able to see us through. I don't know about you, but I choose to be grateful.
|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Change is something we all need. It is an ongoing part of life. The very heart of a believer’s life revolves around change, not turning over a new leaf, but truly living out a new life.
But the thing about change is that it requires that we make choices. It’s not enough to dream of changing. It’s not enough to desire change. In order for one to really change, we must make a decision to do so. We must choose to change.
Change is intentional. Ask yourself: Am I going to be any different in six months? Is my situation going to be any different in six months? Am I going to be better a year from now? Am I going to be healthier, stronger, and more mature? Am I going to be happier? Am I going to be less in debt? Am I going to be more like God wants you to be?
I can tell you the answer right now: It will only happen if we choose to change, because it isn’t going to happen accidentally. - It requires a choice.
The Word of God tells us in Ephesians 4:22, to "throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception”. We must decide that because we want something different, we must do something different. We must lay our fleshly desires aside and choose to change.
Many times we think we’re waiting on God to change us. No! It's quite the opposite. God is waiting on us. Don't get me wrong,because He is the one that does the changing, but He’s waiting on us to say, “Yes, Lord, here I am. I surrender. I’m ready and willing to make these changes in my life, and I can't do it without you.”
We must make intentional choices in order to grow. There is no growth without change, there is no change without loss. We must lose some things in our lives in order to change and grow. We must let go of some old things in order to grab hold of some new things.
Something else that many of us have heard …If you want something that you’ve never had, you must do something that you’ve never done. Many of us who are holding on to toxic relationships; we can’t lay hold of healthy relationships, when we keep focusing and hanging on to the toxic ones. Some of us are on a merry-go-round of misery and hurt, but refuse to get off of it. Many of us would rather complain than make a change.
Ask yourself,what change am I waiting on God to make in me? What is my responsibility or my part in making this change happen? What do I need to do. After you have asked yourself these questions, then ponder on God's Word in Ephesians as we previously mentioned, which admonishes us to let go of the former things,the old sinful lusts. Know that there is nothing that God can ask us to give up or relinquish that He doesn't already know is going to be beneficial for us. Trust that God is working in us “to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose(Philippians 2:13b). Remember, not all change is bad.
|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
You know how people often say, “Oh that is my favorite this, or my favorite that?” Well, one of my favorite words is “perspective”. I love this word because it can make or break a situation, or circumstance. Perspective is the attitude, or the way we regard something; our viewpoint. The way we look at a situation can make all the difference in the world. Our viewpoint can either cause us to focus on what we don’t have or focus on what we appreciate in our lives. It causes us to either see the glass as half full or half empty. It’s the difference in seeing ourselves as victors or as victims. Having a grateful heart can help us keep a healthy and abundant perspective. Gratitude gives us a more positive attitude, and allows us to see what God has blessed us with, and not what we lack. Wake up each day with a fresh and new perspective; reminding yourself of God’s goodness and what He has done for you. It’s all in how you look at it.
|Posted on August 9, 2015 at 3:00 AM||comments (0)|
You may be facing problems today that seem to have no solutions. You may be caught in what seem like impossible situations or circumstances. In fact, they can be impossible to man, but not to our God. He has the ability to do what no one else can. He can change those things. All He needs is for you to allow Him a way into your life by making contact with Him every day. Invite Him into every situation, every problem. He’ll give you a way out of those impossible circumstances. He’ll help you solve those problems. Problems are just opportunities for God to manifest Himself in your situation, and more importantly, in your life. So give it to Him. His way of handling things are so much better than ours.
|Posted on February 13, 2015 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
There’s a scripture in the Bible where the Apostle Paul tells us, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”(Philippians 4:8). What we keep our focus on is so important; for what we focus on usually tends to sway our decisions and our actions.
God wants us to focus on the good things He has for us, which are far greater than what we see around us. Unfortunately, too many of us give up when we experience tough times. We stop focusing on what’s going well in our lives, and begin placing emphasis on what’s going wrong. Next, we start limiting our expectations, and pretty soon, we stop expecting anything good to happen at all.
The truth of the matter is that hardships and trials will come, but how we face them is makes the difference. We should see these times as opportunities for us to go higher in the things of God. He allows our faith to be stretched in ways that are sometimes uncomfortable. Rest assure, whatever struggles we’re going through, no matter how large or small…they are subject to change. We simply must have the fortitude to decide where our focus lies. Are we going to look at our situations and circumstances with our natural eyes and mindset, or are we going to see things through the spiritual lenses that God gave us? Are we going to falter? Or will we remain steadfast, knowing that God has our back?
Whatever our lot is in life right now, we must decide to focus on God’s word. He said that He would never leave nor forsake us. Focus on His promises, for they are sure. Focus on the fact that no matter what it looks like, God is working behind the scenes on our behalves.
|Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
The other day, there was a new substitute teacher in our building. In case you didn't know, I am a teacher by profession. This substitute, or "sub" as we so affectionately call them, stated, "Oh you are the teacher of the year. I recognize you from the school website." Now, in all honesty, I look nothing like the picture on the school website. Different hair color, different hairstyle, etc., but yet he recognized me. I must admit it felt good that he recognized me, in fact this was not the first time that this had happened. This time, however, got me to thinking. It's nice to be recognized by others for your accomplishments and contributions, but it's even more powerful to be recognized as a child of God.
What is it that others see when they look at me? What is it that others see when they look at you? Great questions, right? The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
It's nice to be recognized, but when people see me, I want them to see the Jesus in me. We are called to be witnesses, to be salt and light in this earth realm. It is my desire that people will see me, and want the joy that I have, the peace that I have, the hope that I have...that all comes from having Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I want them to ask, "What must I do to be saved?" I want them to recognize the Jesus in me and want that same Jesus who died for me, and rose again. I want them to want that same Jesus who sits at the throne of God interceding on my behalf. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
What do others see when they look at you?
|Posted on April 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
The Bible assures us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. Living in fear is not what the Lord intends for our lives. In fact, to operate in fear is to not operate in faith; and without faith, it’s impossible to please The Almighty.
In this season, God is manifesting Himself greatly through the promises that He has given those who trust and have faith in His word. The problem, however, is that some of us will not receive these promises because we have allowed fear to keep us from being in our proper position. My word for you today; this is not the time to be scared.
The evil one has tripped you up long enough. He has the believer thinking that what once was affects what now is. Don’t allow past hurts, let downs, or disappointments keep you from your appointed place of destiny. God has already aligned things in your favor; He’s just waiting for you to get in alignment to receive them.
Perhaps it was a failed business venture, a job you didn’t get, disappointing news, or maybe even a failed marriage. Whatever it was, do not be afraid to keep moving forward. Disappointments will come, but it’s up to you to decide on whether or not you will be discouraged about them. Why not take the disappointments and failures, or even the past hurts, and use them as catalysts? Why not see all of these scenarios as opportunities for God to manifest His power. This also serves as a chance to see that what you’ve been through, or what you’re experiencing, is just a pit stop to where God is taking you.
Things may look bleak, but rejoice; it’s the breaking of a new day, a new season, a new era in your life. Now is not the time to allow past hiccups to scare you into not moving into your wealthy place. This year has been declared as the year of double, but you must be in position to receive. Line up, and get what God has for you! Now is not the time to be scared!
|Posted on February 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
As a society, somewhere in the midst of teaching confidence and self-esteem we seemed to lose one of our greatest virtues; humility. Jesus lived on this earth with a humble spirit, and He taught that we should demonstrate humility as well. In God’s eyes, those who become like children are honored, as it states in Matthew 18:4, and those who want to be first must be last(Mark 9:35), and the greatest leader is the one who can serve(Matthew 23:11). In heaven, meekness and humility are attributes of greatness, but somehow we seem to have lost that.
The world tells you, “Just do you!” or “It’s okay to be selfish.” Don’t get me wrong, we must feel good about ourselves and even love ourselves, but it’s a thin line between that and just downright arrogance. The “me, me, me, and I, I, I”, syndrome is what led to Lucifer’s downfall. He was so consumed in pride that he forgot about his purpose. My words for you today; don’t be found guilty of the same.
Jesus promises that those who humble themselves will be exalted. Promotion comes from the Lord. There’s no need to fabricate, pontificate, or toot your own horn. When you are being obedient and doing what God has called you to do, your gifts as He said will make room for you. Doors will open without you forcing your way through them.
Finally, the more we recognize that we can do nothing of significance apart from God; we will have started on our journey to humility. When we follow His plans instead of our own, we will not get caught in pride, and God is glorified in our lives. In a world full of mentors, protégés, coverings, and the like; Jesus offers to be our Master Teacher so that we can learn godly lessons of humility and meekness. Won’t you allow him to teach you?
|Posted on December 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Why is that we spend so much time worrying about what others think of us? We wonder about what they will say about our straight or kinky hair, about our weight, or about our looks. We worry about what they will say concerning our clothes. We try desperately to impress them with the car we drive, or the house in which we in. My question is who are we really living for? What are we trying to prove? The fact of the matter is that we spend too much time worrying about what others think of us, when our primary focus should lie in what our Heavenly Father thinks of us.
You’ve heard the old saying, “people don’t have a heaven or hell to put you in.” Simply put, they don’t hold the key to your future, your destiny or your purpose. With this being said, why give them that kind of power over you? As I write this, I’m reminded of the song, “I Have Decided to Make Jesus My Choice.” You see, the day I made that decision, it no longer mattered what people said or thought of me. Too many years have been wasted on that vain assignment. I stopped being a people pleaser, and became a God-pleaser. The more I learned about God and His promises for me, the less concerned I became regarding what others said or thought of me.
Now, don’t get me wrong, because I am a child of The Most High God, I always want to represent my Daddy in a manner that He would be most proud. He does tell us to let our light so shine...The difference however, is that He is the only judge and/or jury I will need to answer to.
Face it, when you stop beating yourself up about what other people think; you can begin to walk in true happiness; the kind that only comes from God, and if he’s okay with you; then you should be okay with you.
|Posted on November 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
If there’s one thing I’ve discovered with being a full-time pastor, wife, mom, teacher, author, entrepreneuer, is that it is so easy to want to give up when you get tired or weary. Sometimes our to-do list seems insurmountable, and we think how can we possibly do everything that’s required? My answer to this; grace! Yes, God has given us the grace to handle everything we need to stay the course. As it pertains to our Christian walk, throwing in the towel is just not an option. Think about it, in just the New Testament alone we see such action words like, run, seize, contend, fight, and labor. None of these suggest giving up. Instead, they admonish us to go further.
“Give me a reason to not give up!” This seems to be the deep cry of many fleeting hearts today, but rest assure, God’s plans for you does not include you quitting. And guess what? He knew that times would come where you would get tired. II Peter 1:3 reminds us that God has given us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness, and this includes, strength, endurance, patience, and even rest.
I will admit, I’ve felt like giving up, perhaps we all have at one point or another, but when you get to that point, just be honest with the Father. Although, He is all-knowing, admit this to Him anyway. God has promised strength when we need it. Colossians 1:11-12, encourages us in the following manner: “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” That’s right, God constantly reminds us in His Word that He is concerned about us, and will reward us for hanging in there and fighting the good fight of faith, as the Apostle Paul admonishes.
The seasoned saints sang a song called, “We’ve Come This Far by Faith, leaning on the Lord. Trusting in His holy word, He’s never failed me yet…Oh,oh,oh..can’t give up now, we’ve come this far by faith.” Although I was just a child when I first heard this song, its words still resonate within my spirit whenever I’m feeling tired, or weary. Another song that I’ve adopted as my own personal anthem is “He’s Able” by Deitrick Haddon. I love this song because it reminds me to not give up on God, because He wont’t give up on me…He’s able. Just saying those words makes me want to shout! Glory!
I know sometimes it gets hard, and it seems like we can hardly can get our bearings, but God has promised never to leave nor forsake us. With Him on our side, we don’t have time to think about throwing in the towel, calling it quits. As another great songwriter once said, “this is not the time for giving up…this is not the place where you should be…” All of God’s promises are yes and amen! I don’t know about you, but I want each and every one of them that pertains to me. If I give up, I won’t see them. If I call it quits, I’ll never experience them. If I just lay down and die, I won’t get to my “there place.” I want everything God has in store for me. Don’t you?
With that being said, giving up is not an option for me, nor is it an option for you!