Now, I know why some of us women have such an obsession about our weight. I came across the lyrics of a song that insinuated it took only “a 100 lbs of clay” for God to create a woman. A statement like that catapulted me into defense mode really quickly..so I had to “get a grip”! Consequently, I was able to see the intended revelation and at the same time, gain the motivation to drop a few lbs. Continue reading
To know that you are the “apple of your father’s eye” should instill an exuberant amount of confidence in one’s self. You will always have a place of refuge. You know that you are the love of your father. Think about it. You don’t have to compete with your siblings who are smarter, swagger, prettier, more handsome, more … (WHATEVER!). You walk with a sparkle in your eye and an extra pep in your step because you know that you are the center of your father’s focus and you are precious in his sight. That perhaps sounds like a status that is too “over the top” even for those of you who have actually “got it like that.” Yet, when you consider that I am talking about our Heavenly Father…We All Have It Like That! We all are “the apple of our Father’s eye,” (Zec. 2:8 NLT) and that’s an awesome place! That’s the “LOVE” of “The Father!” Continue reading
It is always easier said than done when it comes to CHANGE. Yet, for the most part, Change is inevitable in most cases. It is going to happen whether you like it or not. Consequently, you will not remain an infant forever-you grow up. If your hair is still dark-keep living. So why do we enter into change screaming, kicking and bawling all the way? It is easy to become comfortable in an environment that we are familiar with and begin to feel that there are no alternatives. Closing one door while preparing to open another is a huge adjustment. Considering the cost of making a change is even more devastating. We want all the Hows, the What’s, the When’s and Whys answered before we take that leap into the vast unknown. Once the change has been made, it usually is not nearly as bad as we anticipated once we see the opportunity awaiting us on the other side. You may even notice that the unsettling feeling in the pit of your stomach has now dissipated. After all, change must first begin within.
So go ahead and take the plunge! It’s a hard thing to do sometimes. It even saddens you because you are not quite certain as to what lies ahead. It can be very frightening! Yet, change is a very necessary part of becoming who God has called you to be. So let us be receptive. Let us welcome change!
Jesus was a very approachable person. He had many different types of relationships. He had 12 disciples whom He spent most of his time with. Peter, James, and John were in his inner circle. There were the seventy and then there was another class… He had a relationship with those who were for him and not against Him
Christ had compassion and love for the oppressed, broken-hearted and dejected ones.. He was friends with sinners. Those who were deaf, blind, dumb, lame, diseased and broke elicited his attention and received his affection. The prostitute, the tax collector and all whom society marginalized became the ministry of Christ. In fact, Jesus mantra was : “those who are well don’t need a doctor; I came to heal all that are sick, regardless of their condition or position.
In Matthew 11:19 , it states that…”the son of man came eating and drinking.” He was called a glutton, a winebibbler, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. “But Wisdom is justified by her actions. In other words, what he did, spoke for itself and it yielded results. People were better because they had been with Jesus.
Jesus had rich friends too. Remember Nicodemus who came by night to see Jesus? It was he and his rich friend Joseph Arithmaes who made Jesus funeral arrangements. Remember the friend who sent a brand new donkey that had never been ridden upon to Jesus by his disciples. Basically, he was cool with all types of people. How can this be! When you are confident in who you are in Christ , you will refuse to be intimidated by people.
I thank God for Christ in me is my hope of Glory, ( Colossian 1:27). As Christ lives in me and is manifested through me, I too can be all things to all people in the sense that Jesus Christ was to all humanity.
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Have you ever left church or some other spiritual function feeling like your expressions of worship may have been a little over the top? You even felt like it was one of those times when naysayers mumble, “It doesn’t take all that!” It was during praise and worship service a couple of Sundays ago that I broke all barriers of inhibition. I love the Lord and to worship Him publicly is far from being an isolated incident for me. So what was different?
When I was a Mass Com student in college there were many skill sets to learn. One such skill was how to engage your audience; especially if you were a radio personality, (DJ). When speaking over the airways we were taught to address an audience of one. It was a connect factor that was alluring to your audience. This later became a skill that I learn to use in many facets of communication. Definitely that Sunday during the praise and worship service.
Now that I reflect back, I did everything except undress and dance naked before God. You know there was no shame in David nor Isaiah game. They didn’t mind getting naked before the Lord. It was as though God was the only person in the audience and my very own personal cheerleader…and oh how I wanted to please The Father. That’s really how it should be everytime you enter the presence of the Lord. After all, you are the CHURCH! Everything that it takes to usher in the presence of God should be in you. You don’t have to wait on others. If they have any fire at all…they will catch on! If they too are already lit… Oh what a time you will have with the Lord. It is during that time in the presence and the glory of the Lord when circumstances begin to change in our lives once we make our requests and petitions known to him. Just like Daniel, it may take a few weeks and sometimes longer before you see the results but rest assured that the answer to your prayers are on the way. That’s what I am beginning to see happening in my life.
Whether you are in a public or private environment-think of God as an audeince of One. He will respond as though you are His audience of one… the Only one.
- WorshipOutlet Helps Churches Grow (prweb.com)
Blind Bartimaeus was physically blind. I am sure he prayed a many of prayers to God hoping one day that he would see. There were many who suffered physically in those days and equally as many were suffering from “Spiritual Blindness”. Well, Bartimaeus prayers were about to be answered. Meanwhile, Jesus is going to be crucified in a few days. Yet, he takes this opportunity to inform his disciples for the 3rd time about the horrible death he would die and the importance of serving. You would think that the disciples would show some compassion for Jesus during this time of crisis.
Consequently, the disciples saw this as their chance for Jesus to fulfill a final request for them! For him to serve them! In fact James and John want him to let them sit on the right and left side of him in Glory. This makes the other ten angry! Jesus and his disciples are now passing thru Jericho and blind Bartimaeus hears about it. He begins to yell- ” Son of David have mercy on me“! They tells him to shut up! How insensitive can anyone be. Spiritual blindness will cause you to act selfless. Spiritual Blindness will make you avert your eyes to the pain of others. Jesus heals him and makes him whole!
The moral of the story is many are spiritually blind when it comes to being considerate of others. Do not allow their insensitivity to cause you to miss your opportunity with Jesus. Keep yelling! Keep crying out! Receive your healing today!
A while back I was listening to my Governor give a response to President Obama ‘s State of the Union Address. She came down hard on the Democrats blaming them for the condition the Country is in with the economy, international crisis, etc. But she also challenged her own party to “own their truth“. She said everything could not be blamed on the President and his party. Her party has been major components to wrongs that are in need of correction too!
The Bible says that when you know the truth, “the truth will make you free”. Since I was seeking some motivation to catapult me forward in 2016–God dropped a “Word” in my spirit: “Own My Spiritual Truth”. He said I don’t need to go back and clean up any messes or try to fix any mistakes but just simply make a fresh start.
It appears that we are in denial as to who we are in Christ Jesus! Many do not know their true identity in Him. You are no longer slaves or commoners. You are royalty! The Bible has reiterated this in more ways than one. His finished works on the cross has made everything from our healings, deliverances, prosperity, relationships, and much more available to us. We simply need to receive what has been given to us and live our lives accordingly.
So often, we don’t own our truth, because we don’t know our truth. No, you can not undo your past. Yes, you can beging with your present. Because when you know the truth, it will make you free.