STOP ON YOUR OWN

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Don’t ask or make God make you stop doing wrong. Stop asking Him to take away the temptation. The bible teaches us to set aside, lay down and rid ourselves of our sins (Hebrews 12:1, 1 Peter 2:1, Colossians 3:8)

1. God doesn’t want to MAKE you stop. He wants you to love Him enough to choose Him over the enemy…over evil…ever your flesh. What spouse wants to have to MAKE their loved one stop being interested or involved with someone else? You would want them to choose you over the other person. If you have to make them stop, or the temptation is removed, what love or what choice is there in that? God wants us to see the temptation, but love Him enough to choose Him.

2. You don’t want God to MAKE you stop because you don’t know how He will do it. Sickness in…

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WHAT DID YOU CALL ME??!!

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‘Colorful Language Ain’t Cool”

Years ago, I remember hearing, and reading Richard Pryor say after a trip to Africa, “ I ain’t never gonna call another Black man ni**a”. Now I’m in no way bringing this up to disparage Richard Pryor, but to make a point. He passionately made this statement and changed his behavior. He stopped using the N-WORD, which offends many people, but continued to use profane and vulgar words that offend God.

Colossians 3:8 (NKJV)

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

 Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers

 Ephesians 5: 3-4 (NKJV)

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks

There are many words that offend us. Some more than others. Which words offend you, in many cases has much to do with who you are.  People CHOOSE to use the words for various reasons.

It’s interesting to me how many Christians are MORE offended by…

  • The N-Word
  • The Fa-Word
  • The Hon-Word
  • The Ho-Word
  • The B-Word
  • The K-Word
  • The Sp-Word
  • The Ch-Word

…than they are offended by other profane, offensive, vulgar or even blasphemous words that offend God. Some even seem completely comfortable using the GD-WORD.

Jesus made it very clear in Matthew 12..

Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

The words that we use and that offend us give great insight into what is in our hearts. Yes, some words are offensive racially, but God expects us to put Him even above our race.

 Galatians 3:28 (NKJV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

What’s more important to you? What offends you? Or what offends God?

Let us be careful not to put what offends us above what offends God.
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THIS IS ON BEHALF OF GOOD TEACHERS…LIKE MY WIFE.

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My wife is a teacher…A very dedicated, good teacher. I see her work hard many hours OUTSIDE her classroom. I see her genuine concern for her students. I see the thanks and positive feedback she receives from those whose lives she’s changed for the better.

But, she is also a dedicated wife and mother. She shouldn’t have to compromise her family for her job.

I notice when she gets emails from parents while she’s at home, late at night, on the weekends, during holidays.

Some of these emails are asking what I feel is too much of her.

“What was the assignment for tonight?”

“Please let email me when my child is misbehaving.”

“Why did you ask this or that on the test?”

What if she had to do this for every child?

I ask any parent today, did your parents have this level of access to your teachers? No!

Please respect the good teachers in your child’s life. Hold your child accountable so he or she can grow and mature.

Trust your teacher’s good judgment and be understanding when he or she makes mistakes, as we all do.

This will help them be a better teacher for your child, and help them enjoy their lives…beyond the classroom.

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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THE BLESSING IN LOSING HER MIND…

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Years ago I used to do nursing home ministry. I would visit two nursing homes, once each month. As I walked down through the halls I would see the same faces. There were some residents who had regular visits from family and friends, but unfortunately, there too many who never got a visitor…ever.

There were also varying levels of mental health. One lady in particular at one of the nursing homes would say the same thing during every visit. She would sit in her wheelchair in the entrance to her room as I walked by…smile and say, “I’m going home today”. No, she wasn’t going home. She was one of the residents who never had visitors, and her family had moved on with their lives. At first I felt sorry for her because her situation seemed so hopeless…but then God gave me an awesome revelation.

In her hopeless situation…her dementia was a blessing!

Blessing? How was her dementia a blessing?

In reality, she woke up every morning WITHOUT hope of going home.

But through her dementia, she woke up every morning WITH hope of going home.

God gave her a reason to smile EVERY DAY.

God gave her something to look forward to EVERY DAY.

God gave her HOPE in a HOPELESS situation.

She spent her last days with HOPE.

What many may think of as a CURSE, was actually a BLESSING to her.

God’s wisdom is amazing!

He can can pull HOPE out of HOPEless…

FORTUNE our of unFORTUNALTE…

Stop and give God praise for His unfathomable wisdom. Paul was right in Romans 11…

Romans 11: 33-36
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

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JUST BECAUSE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, DOESN’T MEAN IT CAN’T BE BETTER…

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Life can take us down some different and difficult roads. Some roads we choose, and some we don’t. Sometimes CRAZY things is our lives, especially our relationships. We sometimes selfishly, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally do things that hurt others who are in relationship with us…sometimes it’s something we feel we ‘can’t come from’ or ‘can’t get past’.

If this is you, I have good news today. God has given you the power to GET PAST ANYTHING. God has given you the power, that despite what happened, life can be EVEN BETTER. Now, I don’t want to be insensitive to what you have gone through, I’m just sharing God’s truth. The key is really simple…it’s true forgiveness. The key to forgiveness is the day we make up our mind, “I don’t WANT that to bother me anymore.”

We sometimes hold on to our pain, resentment, rage, grudge because it can make us feel stronger in regard to a situation that made us feel vulnerable and weak.

Some people don’t forgive because it takes away their excuse to be angry.

This may sound oversimplified, but the key is forgiving someone else is telling yourself, I’m tired of surrendering my peace to this, and I DON’T WANT TO BE ANGRY ABOUT THIS ANYMORE.

The power is changing how you think of the situation, renewing your mind as in Romans 12:2…

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

When this happens, something miraculous happens in your spirit…suddenly thinking of it doesn’t make you feel the same.

Ephesians 4:31.32 let’s us know it’s our responsibility to ” Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. He also told us to be willing to continue to forgive (Matthew 18:21-22).

Matthew 18:21-22

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

God expects us to forgive as He forgives us (Ephesians 4:32)…

Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)

32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

That’s the awesome power of true forgiveness! Once you truly forgive, you have tapped into God’s power to free yourself from the pain of the situation. God is very clear here and throughout scripture that it’s our responsibility. If it’s our responsibility, then He has given us the power to do it.

I love 2 Peter 1:3 which proclaims…

2 Peter 1:3

3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.

God has given us everything we need to accomplish what He requires of us. So, no matter what happens in your relationships, if you choose to continue those relationships (as God chooses to do when He forgives us), yes things may not ever be he same. Your relationship may not be innocent anymore (as yours with God isn’t), someone may have betrayed you in a way that some say is unforgivable (as we all done with God), someone may have put you to open shame (as we do God) and yes things won’t be THE SAME but when you make up your mind to forgive, and focus on the joy of the relationship and build new memories to replace the old ones, even though THINGS WON’T EVER BE THE SAME, THEY CAN STILL BE BETTER.

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EVEN AN OLD BAG CAN HOLD SOMETHING NEW…AGAIN.

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While jogging a few days ago I noticed an empty bag in the street. As it settled to
the curb I went and took a closer look, and it brought to mind three amazing thoughts…

1. It previously contained something of value. 

2. It was now empty and being tossed around by traffic.

3. It seemed durable enough to hold something of value again.

Sometimes we can find ourselves just like this OLD BAG, especially if we are saved, in the Body of Christ, but know that we don’t have the passion that we should or once had. 

When we accepted Christ, we became new again….

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new

Our old sinful nature had a new, holy nature added to it, making us a new creation in Christ. The old nature doesn’t completely go away. When we truly receive God’s Holy Spirit, we can never regard sin the same attitude we did before. His Holy Spirit convicts the true child of God, and he or she cannot sin without feeling the weight of missing the mark and disappointing God.

However, Jesus knows and understands that as much as we want to do good, sometimes our flesh gets in the way of our holy intentions….

Matthew 26:40-43 (NKJV)

40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Sometimes, even though we are ‘in church’, we can become lax in our…

Prayer life

Study of God’s word

Going to worship

Discipline

Morality

Purpose(s)

Relationships (personal)

Relationship (with God)

These seasons of ‘backsliding’ can sometimes leave us feeling empty, and we are because event though we know God, we may not be WALKING IN THE SPIRIT…

Galatians 5:16

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

…And when we aren’t walking in the Spirit, we (yes Christians) can find ourselves in seasons of gratifying our flesh and thinking, saying and doing things that we know are displeasing to God. Remember, when Paul listed the works of the flesh that we should avoid in Galatians 5:19-21, he wasn’t talking to people who are ‘in the world’, but this letter was addressed to THE CHURCH as clearly stated in 

Galatians 1:1-4

Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel…

It is very possible for Christians to become distracted, unfocused and unproductive. I’m not going to say unfruitful, because distracted, unfocused and unproductive Christians produce bad fruit.

We can also find ourselves being VIOLENTLY TOSSED AROUND just like that EMPTY OLD BAG in the traffic of life. 

We can become someone WHO USED TO HOLD SOMETHING OF VALUE, BUT IS NOW EMPTY. 

If this is you, I have good news for you. REPENTANCE ISN’T JUST FOR THE UNSAVED, BUT FOR THE SAVED TOO. 

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

When we confess our sins to God, and turn from our ways that fall short of His standard…

When we restore our prayer, worship and study life…

When we are renewed in our discipline, morality and purpose(s)…

When we repair our personal relationships and relationship with God…

When we begin to WALK IN THE SPIRIT as in…

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

…Then we will discover how not only durable we were while God kept us, but also that we can be FILLED UP AND HOLDING SOMETHING OF GREAT VALUE…again!

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DON’T BE SELFISH WHEN YOU FORGIVE…

Watch out when people say, “forgiveness isn’t for them, it’s for you”. When we offend God and He forgives us, He does it for US and not HIM.

Forgiveness is a SELFLESS act that God commands us to do for one another as He does for us. It’s another way we conform to His character and His image. It releases the FORGIVEN from the guilt of the offense and releases the FORGIVER from the burden of holding on to what leads to bitterness and wrath. It is the most powerful tool available to us to maintain good relationships because that’s how God maintains His relationship with us…by continually forgiving us.

Don’t make forgiveness a SELFISH act by approaching it carnally as many well-meaning people do by saying it’s for YOU and not the offender…that’s making something selfish and perverts the Holy intent of the GIFT of forgiveness. That’s what the enemy tries to do, trick you into ‘throwing what’s holy to the dogs.

And yes, forgiveness is a priceless gift. God doesn’t have to forgive us. Think of how good it feels to be truly sorry and have someone not only tell you that you are forgiven, but you can tell in their actions that they mean it. Forgiveness blesses both parties equally…don’t approach it selfishly.
Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you

HOW TO BE PERFECT

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“Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”

“Nobody’s perfect! Even though we are Christians, we can never be without fault. We were born in sin and shaped iniquity (Psalm 51:5). No matter how hard we try we will make mistakes, we will fall short of God’s expectations. We will have weak moments. We will commit sins both unknowingly and willingly (sins of commission), and of course there will always be some things that we should be doing, that we aren’t (sins of omission). James 4:17 even explains that it’s a sin when we know to do good but don’t. Yet, God tells in His word that He expects us to be perfect. Matthew 5:48, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Colossians 1:28, “Him…

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WAYS TO MAKE SURE GOD ENJOYS YOUR THANKSGIVING DAY TOO!

TH – Tell God THANK YOU all day long, not just when you bless your meal…and please don’t make that prayer of Thanksgiving a trivial moment by rushing or allowing your mind to wander.

A – ACKNOWLEDGE Him in all you do today. Be careful that this doesn’t turn into a celebration that acknowledges the devil rather than God.

N – Be ready to say NO when you know you’re full so you aren’t guilty of gluttony.

K – Let KINDNESS be rule your day. Don’t let discussions and celebrations be overtaken by anger and arguements.

S – SHOW God’s love by praying for those who are less fortunate, and finding an opportunity to be a tangible blessing, and most of all by being forgiving as God has forgiven us.

G – GIVE to an organization that is actively giving up time with their families to bless those who are less fortunate today.

I – INCLUDE someone else to your family feast who may not have family….someone elderly…someone lonely…someone less fortunate.

V – VOICE your love and appreciation to one another. Don’t let anyone have to assume you’re thankful for them.

I – IGNORE the enemy as he tries to hijack your heart or the holy intent of this day.

N – Avoid foods that NEGATIVELY affect your health. Especially if yoy have a chronic condition.

G – GO beyond today with you spirit of thankgiving…because thanksgiving shouldn’t just be a holiday, but every day!

Psalm 107:1

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever!

WOULD YOU HAVE SHOUTED HOSANNA OR CRUCIFY HIM?

So many times we read our bibles or hear a sermon and frown upon the way the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Jews, Romans…all those who antagonized Jesus behaved. Jesus came with a message that was different from what they were used to hearing, but was clearly supported by scripture. They witnessed Him working miracles and proving who He was, and they rejected Him. We read about how at the beginning of the week they shouted HOSSANNA , but at the end of the week they yelled CRUCIFY Him!  We think to ourselves, or proclaim that if we were living back then that we would have bee on Jesus’ side….

But, your attitude now implies how you would have behaved then. How you react to the word of truth now implies how you would have reacted then. I’m not talking about the false prosperity ‘preachers’ who come on at 2am promising riches without preaching a word about salvation. But I’m talking about when a real word comes forth that may challenge your personal theology. That’s what Jesus did. That’s what the apostles did. 

They confronted and corrected Jesus IN HIS HOUSE…many people would do the same thing today. 

They were concerned with the outward appearance but not the heart…many people are today.

They worshiped Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him…many people do that today.

They established their own righteous and a form of godliness, but not according to knowledge…many people do that today.

 They twisted the word to fit their purpose…many people do today. 

Some were apathetic and just didn’t care…many are today. 

Remember it was the religious leaders were threatened by and killed Jesus. Let us examine ourselves and our attitudes about God. Would you have been like those disciples in John 6 who said…

John 6:60

60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

...and then left Him.

Would you have been one of those shouting “CRUCIFY HIM!” when they discovered He didn’t fulfill their expectations? 

Your attitude today…How you respond today not only implies how you would have responded then, but which side you would have chosen. Beware the leaven ( teaching, mindset) of the Pharisees!!!(Matthew 16:6)

YOU BETTER FIND A WAY TO LOVE THEM…

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God doesn’t love your enemy any LESS than He loves you.

The enemy is working hard to provoke us to disappoint God. One of his methods is manipulating interactions and relationships to convince us to hate someone else. Or, even if we don’t hate them (at least that’s what we say) we definitely don’t LOVE THEM.

The enemy doesn’t just try to convince us to hate your ‘enemies’, but he tries to convince us to hate people we once loved…

Spouses…

Brothers…

Sisters…

Parents…

Friends…

People who you know and don’t know…

Coworkers…

Pastor…

Officials…

Police officers…

Racists…

Other cultures…

Other nationalities…

Other religions…

Other lifestyles…

No matter who they are, what they do, or what they’ve done…

Even if they’ve hurt you…even if they hurt your loved ones…even if they hate you…

Even if they are living outside of the will of God…

You better FIND A WAY to love them.

Even if they’re your enemy, God made them too. He wants them to come to repentance just like you.

In fact, God doesn’t love your enemy ANY LESS than he loves you.

Sometimes, when we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve even given them a GOOD reason to feel ‘some type of way’ about us.

God commanded that we love everybody, no matter what.

FIND A WAY TO LOVE THEM..

Look into their eyes and see one of God’s children…

Pray for them.

God expects nothing less than WE love them…JUST as He loves US.

John 13:34New King James Version (NKJV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

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OCCUPATION VS PURPOSE

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Jonah 1:1-3

The Lord spoke his word to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it, because I see the evil things they do.” But Jonah got up to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish.

Some jobs are also ministries…teaching, medicine, even law enforcement. Some jobs, in order to do them effectively you must have passion and a heart for people. You’re using your God-given abilities to earn your living. But, most jobs are occupations. They are what we do to sustain our lives, but they can change.

My job is my occupation, but my FAMILY  and my MINISTRIES are my PURPOSE.

Occupations can change, but your PURPOSE is the reason you’re still here. You choose your job…but God chooses your PURPOSE, so work it relentlessly.

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ARE YOUR RESPONSIBLE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE?

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There are many celebrities, politicians, athletes and ministers who have huge audiences. They have great NAME RECOGNITION, people know them nearly everywhere they go, listen to what they have to say and even imitate their behavior. They have huge influence with their fans or followers. It’s disappointing to see what some people do with their voice and influence. Some are blessed with a social stage or public platform only to squander their voice and influence on foolishness or themselves.

We may not all be celebrities, but God has given all of us an audience and a voice. In your home, job, school, church, the park, the shopping center, in traffic, the restaurant people are watching you and listening to you. What are you doing with your audience? Many times we claim we want God to ‘enlarge our territory’ just as Jabez prayed in 1 Chronicles 4:10. We ask Him to give us more resources and influence, but are we being responsible with that we already have? Are we being responsible with those in our circle of influence, no matter how small?

How do you handle disappointment on the job?…in front of your children? 

How do you act when you get bad service in the restaurant?…or in a store?

How do you behave when frustrated in traffic?…(That one hit me!)

Do you speak up for the right things when it’s not popular to do so or remain silent? 

How do you represent yourself on social media? 

How do you dress? 

God tells us in 1 Peter 2:12 …

“Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 

Colossians 4:5 says… “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.” 

And of course In Matthew Jesus says…

Matthew 5:14-16… “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. God expects us to be His Light in the world. 

Too many people want God to move them to bigger and better when they aren’t even thriving where they’re planted. 

Are you thriving where you’re planted? 

What are you doing with your voice and influence? 

How are you perceived in your circles? 

Whether you have an audience of  one or one million, God expects you to honor Him and be light. Men, Women and Children of God…let’s be responsible with our audience.

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PRAYER IS STILL IN SCHOOLS…

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I often hear people lament that one of the reasons our public school systems have declined and are declining is because we have allowed prayer to be taken out of schools. I humbly submit to you today that if YOU’RE PRAYING AT HOME, PRAYER IS STILL IN SCHOOLS.

I wonder how many of the people who complain about prayer being taken out of schools actually teach their children to pray, pray with their children or have family prayer at home. God gave parents the responsibility to instill the  appreciation for prayer in their children,  promote a culture of prayer in the home, and let them know they can talk to God anywhere.

Deuteronomy 6:7 (ESV)

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QUICK EXPLANATION OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GRACE & MERCY…

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Someone recently asked me the difference between GRACE and MERCY. Why are they mentioned together so often? Are they synonymous?

No, they aren’t the same, but the differences are really very simple.

In short…
GRACE is GETTING  what we DON’T DESERVE.
MERCY is NOT GETTING what we DO DESERVE.

God’s GRACE is His unmerited favor for HIS people that WE DON’T DESERVE …those who have faith in Him through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a gift that can’t be earned.

Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9 (NKJV)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

God’s MERCY is Him withholding His wrath, judgement and punishment that WE DO DESERVE. Even though GRACE is reserved for those in the Body of Christ..
Everyone is a recipient of God’s MERCY…both believers and unbelievers.

Romans 9:14-18 (NKJV)

14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

Stop right now Give God some WELL-DESERVED thanksgiving and praise for His GRACE and MERCY towards you.

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‘WAIT’ TRAINING (THE LORD’S STRENGTH TRAINING)

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We only grow stronger through overcoming resistance, both physically and spiritually. Muscles only get bigger and stronger through lifting and overcoming weight that challenges their current level of strength. Exercise, either through fitness training or hard work will make muscles grow. Intense weight training can cause after the workout. The pain experienced is because muscle fibers are actually tearing and repairing. Once repaired, the healed fibers are bigger and stronger. Spiritual strength works the same as physical strength. Romans 12:4 tells us that we are all given a measure of faith by God. Our faith is our spiritual strength. It is up to us strengthen our faith…to increase our faith. God promises in Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Through God’s WAIT TRAINING, overcoming resistance and…

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MEEKNESS ISN’T WEAKNESS…

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We love displays of strength in our society, which is most often portrayed through aggression, profanity, fighting, overpowering others and getting even.

Many of our favorite movies are of ‘heroes’ saving the day through a fight. We love to see the guy who was ‘picked on’ finally overpower the bully.

Many times people don’t feel satisfied unless they have ‘given a piece of their mind’ to someone who has crossed them or tried to take advantage of them.

Our society doesn’t feel you have won unless you have ‘kicked their a**’).

We must be careful that we aren’t crossing over into the some of the works of the flesh listed in Galatians 5 when we are defining strength, such as hatred, contentions dissensions or outbursts of wrath.

God is more impressed by inner strength. It takes more strength to RESTRAIN than to RELEASE and lash out.

Our society calls those who are walking in the Spirit and displaying the Fruit of the Spirit weak…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are all evidence that God Spirit abides in us, BUT OUR SOCIETY CALLS THOSE BEHAVIORS WEAK.

Jesus wasn’t weak when He allowed Himself to be insulted, beaten and crucified. Jesus is more interested in our spiritual strength than our physical strength.

When Romans 15:1 says, “We who are strong ought to bear the (scruples, failings, infirmities) of the weak, and not please ourselves”, it’s speaking of inner spiritual strength.

When Romans 12:14 says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and don’t curse”, its’ speaking of inner strength.

When James 1:19 says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”, it takes inner strength.

Friends I’m talking about MEEKNESS. Meekness is an attitude of humble, submissive and expectant trust in God, and a loving, patient and gentle attitude towards others.

Jesus Himself said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29-20). Are you stronger than Jesus?”


MEEKNESS is quiet strength.


It’s that strength that was displayed by our Savior when He was persecuted but never said a mumbling word (Isaiah 53:7).

Our society would have ‘cussed’ out the Pharisees, and religious leaders.

Our society would have come off the cross and ‘kicked everyone’s ‘a**’, in fact our society wouldn’t have gone to the cross!

MEEKNESS is what saved us, not aggression. Pray for meekness, make every effort to walk in meekness, because remember, Jesus promised THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH (Matthew 5:5)

Remember, MEEKNESS is a Fruit of the Spirit and MERCY is a fruit of MEEKNESS

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ENCOURAGEMENT: YOUR FAILURES DON’T HAVE TO DISQUALIFY YOUR CALLING…

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The enemy wants you to keep your head down. The enemy wants you silent about the Lord. The enemy wants you to sit down on your calling, anointing and purpose. He does this is by manipulating you to FOCUS ON YOUR FAILURES AND FLAWS. He wants you to feel unworthy to speak up or ‘live out loud’ for Christ. You may have made huge mistakes, FINANCIALLY, IN RELATIONSHIPS, even MORALLY…you know what haunts you.

Please notice that God continued to use David as a psalmist and leader, even after he had a man killed to take his wife, God didn’t tell him that he couldn’t continue to serve as King (2 Samuel 12:1-13).


In fact, some of David’s most powerful psalms came AFTER his greatest sin.


God already knew the sin that David would commit even when He initially anointed him. Because of his repentant heart, his sin didn’t disqualify his anointing.

Psalm 51 (NKJV)

Have mercy upon me, O God,

According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,[a]
And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

God still kept His promises to David. Yes there were consequences for his sin, but he was still a man after God’s own heart, because HE REPENTED. On the contrary, King Saul didn’t repent and lost is anointing and kingdom.

Our greatest challenge sometimes is walking with spiritual confidence, walking with our heads up, speaking in God’s authority when people KNOW HOW WE HAVE MESSED UP. God is raising us up to walk boldly for Him even in the midst of our humanity.

Paul spoke boldly even though he persecuted the church and consented to the death of Christians, such as Stephen (Acts 7:1-60, 8:-1).

Peter stood strong for Christ even though he openly denied Him during the darkest hour (John 18:13-27).


So, if people tell you, “You can’t tell me anything based on what you’ve done!” You tell them, “God has given me grace and mercy, and allowed me to still be here to tell you DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES THAT I’VE MADE”.


So even if you’re working through the consequences of your mistakes, God expects you to KEEP YOUR HEAD UP and SPEAK BOLDLY IN LOVE FOR HIM. Sometimes it takes years to work through the process of restoration and recovery, but that doesn’t mean you are to be silent in the meantime, BE ENCOURAGED!…KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, STAND UP AND SPEAK UP FOR THE LORD!

Your failures don’t have to disqualify your calling!

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THE THINGS GOD COULDN’T DO…

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Jesus Christ came to die for our sins, but that’s not the ONLY reason He came. God wanted to show us that even though He is …

All powerful (Omnipotent),

All knowing (Omniscient), and 

Everywhere at the same time (Omnipresent)…

There were still some things that He COULD NOT DO.

I’m not talking about the old cliché, that God can do everything but fail…yes that’s very true.

God wanted us to know that with even through all His power and authority, He could still empathize with our fragile, weak flesh. 

Being a perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing Spirit, God could never…

Sweat

Bruise

Bleed

Get sick

Feel weak

Feel hungry

Get a stomach ache

Feel tempted sexually

But most importantly God could never

DIE. 

Jesus came to SUBMIT Himself to endure the weaknesses of a body so that He could feel what we feel…that He too could have the human experience.

Stop and GIVE GOD SOME PRAISE for loving us so much that he would, “Take a long walk in our shoes”. I think He deserves it. Don’t you?

Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)

15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

CAN WE BE TOO RIGHTEOUS?

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wp-1472569536852.jpgMost cake recipes call for a little salt. Many of us like to satisfy our sweet tooth with a good slice of cake. In fact, when it’s really good, one bite just makes you want another. The right amount of salt makes cakes taste just right…making you want more with each bite. However, too much salt will make us quickly spit it out of our mouth.

Colossians 4:6 tells us to let our speech be full of grace and seasoned with salt. Ecclesiastes 7:16 says, “Do not be overly righteous,” Nor be overly wise:..”

It’s good to have passion for the Kingdom of God, but when we are over-zealous, arrogant, mean-spirited  self-righteous, we can turn people away rather than attract them to Christ. All things in moderation. If we are trying to talk about the Lord in EVERY conversation, claim we never do anything wrong, or down people who are…

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OUR FAULTS AREN’T THE MEDIA’S FAULT…

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It seems that so many people on every side of every possible position want to blame the media.

Yes, the media bears SOME responsibility, but the media is not responsible for…

Our biases

Our prejudices

Our behavior

Our choices

Our violence

Our greed

Our perceptions

Our reactions

Yes, the media can help provoke and influence behavior, but NOTHING cannot COME OUT of any of us that is not ALREADY INSIDE US.

Someone told me that they blamed the media for the spreading division in our nation because of reporting isolated incidents of racism. Why not blame those who are responsible for the negative behavior, rather than the media for reporting it? Common sense tells you that if that there are many unreported incidents for every isolated incident. The media didn’t commit the reported act…YES the the media can and does sometimes report stories from a particular racial bias…but a reasonable person who is led by God doesn’t have to accept that bias.

Someone told me that they blame the media for the negative images of some races. Why not blame the people of those particular races for the negative behavior? Common sense tells you that there are good and bad people in every race…even a quick anecdotal observation of one’s own race and one’s own family confirms that fact. Yes, the media can and does sometimes report stories from a biased point of view…but a reasonable person who is led by God doesn’t have to accept that bias.

Don’t get it twisted. I’m not saying that the media isn’t biased or that it bears no responsibility. But even when one’s own media source of choice (Liberal, Conservative etc.)  reports something outside of the ‘bias boundary’, it is rejected by those who choose to lean in towards a particular viewpoint. For example is someone who prefers conservative media hears a story from a conservative media source reported from a more liberal point of view, then that person with the conservative preference will reject that particular story and vice versa. The media isn’t responsible for how they perceive or react to it…they are.

WE are ultimately responsible for how we receive, perceive and react to everything we accept through our senses.

As Christians, everything we receive should be filtered through the perspective of God’s love.

The media CANNOT make us LOVE or HATE. They can only help stir up what is already inside of us.

The news is driven by demand…they report what their respective audiences WANT to hear, show what the WANT to see and give the perspective they WILL embrace…but they don’t THINK for anyone.

What’s REALLY interesting? Ask yourself did you read this post through your own bias?

Proverbs 9:12New King James Version (NKJV)

12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”

Proverbs 9:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself [for your own benefit];
If you scoff [thoughtlessly ridicule and disdain], you alone will pay the penalty

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A COLD HEART ISN’T COOL…

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Due to the political, social and economic climate…People of all races, faiths, philosophies, ideologies etc. are on edge…Expressing their frustrations…Expressing their hidden prejudices…Expressing their anger.

 Expressing almost everything but…THEIR LOVE. 

No matter how you say it, what Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:12 is true today…

 Matthew 24:12 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the LOVE of many will grow cold.

Matthew 24:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the LOVE of most will grow cold,

Matthew 24:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the LOVE of many shall wax cold.

Matthew 24:12 Living Bible (TLB)

12 Sin will be rampant everywhere and will cool the LOVE of many.

Your heart is the only muscle in your body that doesn’t stronger as it hardens…

Ezekiel 36:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Those of us in the Body of Christ are responsible to let everything we say, do and think to be expressed in the spirit of God’s LOVE

Not only that, we are also responsible to allow everything we perceive to be filtered through the perception and perspective of God’s LOVE.

Our LOVE is our expression of God in us.

Don’t let the evil in the world harden your heart… Don’t let your heart and LOVE grow COLD!

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THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION…

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Have you ever noticed that some people in Christianity position themselves to be more profound, wise and DEEPER than Jesus Himself? Just as the Pharisees did, some people today would CORRECT Jesus if He were here in the flesh.

As much as we can complicate Christianity through the study of theology and doctrine. By calling interpretation HERMENEUTICS…by calling defending or proving our faith APOLOGETICS…by calling the study of end times or final events ESCHATOLOGY.

As much as we can learn about God in context of HISTORY and CULTURE…

As much as we can make aspects of our faith so DEEP…

As much as so many love impressive titles such as Dry, Bishop, Apostle etc.…

Isn’t it wonderful how simple it is to have a true, meaningful and real relationship with God the Father through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Romans 10:8-10 (NKJV)

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[a](that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

1 Corinthians 1:20-28

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 

2 Corinthians 2:1-4

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Psalm 119:130New King James Version (NKJV)

The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.

Yes, we must study to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15) well beyond the bible to sift through thousands of years of history, culture, translations, conjuncture etc. to understand God’s message as He intended.

But, we can’t make faith seem SO COMPLEX and ‘DEEP’ that it’s not attainable or accessible to all.

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ENCOURAGE YOUR ENCOURAGER…TODAY!

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Is there someone who inspires you or encourages you unintentionally?

I’m not talking about the intentional encouragement of this post – I purposefully publish this blog to inspire, encourage, inform and help us grow together. I’m talking about someone who silently inspires you. Is there someone that you secretly notice how…

They work hard for their family.

Gracefully they endure hardship.

Unselfishly they sacrifice for others.

Courageously they fight an illness or disability.

They always have a smile when you need to see it.

They can find always find positive in the most negative situations.

Refuse to give up nor allow anyone else to give up…no matter what.

They have grown and overcome obstacles to become someone no one thought they would be.

There are innumerable ways that someone can unintentionally encourage you. Many times they do it without trying. Why? Because exhortation (encouragement) is a spiritual gift from God.

Romans 12:6-8 (NKJV)

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Encouragement can drain those who pour themselves into others. I’m sure you have noticed this as you sacrifice your energy and anointing to be a blessing to others.

Remember that those who encourage you need encouraging too.

IF THERE IS SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE THAT UNKNOWINGLY ENCOURAGES YOU, PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH THEM AND LET THEM KNOW HOW THEY ENCOURAGE YOU. Give them a thumbs up and a smile:-) This encouragement from you may come on a day when they need it most. Be a BLESSING to someone who BLESSTIFIES you!

God tells us to encourage one another and comfort one another with the encouragement and comfort that keeps us going…

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NKJV)

11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NKJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

ENCOURAGE YOUR ENCOURAGER and help them to…

BE BLESSTIFIED.

 

 

 

RUDE AWAKENING…

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One of life’s most eye-opening experiences is when someone meets their favorite celebrity, athlete, politician or even minister only to find them to be rude, obnoxious, nasty, offensive, arrogant or mean. Many times their ‘security’ or staff may turn away the adoring fans.

The presidential election of 2016 was a perfect example of people getting into arguments to the point ending relationships with friends and family trying to defend or support people they don’t know.

The fact is, that if you were to meet some of these famous people, you may not like them or they may not like you.

As Jesus’ fame spread, throngs of people were drawn to Him. Much like some well-known people today, there was an occasion when little children were brought to Jesus. His ‘people’, the disciples, abruptly rebuked them and turned them away. Jesus quickly told them to allow the children to come to Him so He could lay hands on them and bless them.

Matthew 19:13-14

13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15. And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

Isn’t a shame that some of our ‘big shots’ today think they are more important than Jesus.

Jesus didn’t turn those who approached him away then…and He still doesn’t today. Jesus is always approachable.

John 6:37 (NKJV)

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

ARE YOU BRICKS OR MORTAR?

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Sometimes we get discouraged because we aren’t noticed for what we do, even though it is as important as those who get noticed. Every beautiful building needs a strong foundation, but who notices the foundation?

When we see a beautiful brick home, everyone notices the bricks, but no one notices the mortar holding it together. Who says, “wow look at that beautiful mortar”! No they say, “look at those beautiful bricks”! The cornerstone may have the glory of the names, but no one would see it if it weren’t for the bricks and mortar supporting and holding.

Some of us are bricks and some of us are mortar. Some of us are an architectural roof, and some of us are the foundation. We have been placed in some relationships to hold them up, and hold them together.

Rather than complain, we should recognize that it’s an anointing and an honor.

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DO YOU HATE YOUR JOB?

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Do you dread going to work? Do you hate your job? Are you praying to God to deliver you from your current work place to another?

You may want a job that you enjoy more, that pays more, that’s less stressful, where you have a better boss and coworkers, where you have more respect or that’s more fulfilling.

As you pray for a new job, let me remind you that even though you are hoping and even working towards something new…remember that God has you where you are now, especially if you prayed for your current job. Think about how excited and thankful you were when you got it.

If you took the job without consulting God then you must be patient and work through it. Sometimes if you fall in a ditch, you have to walk IN the ditch for a while until you can find a place to CLIMB out or be PULLED out.

Also, be careful that you don’t have a complaining spirit that can spread beyond you and damage your witness. God HATES complaining…

1 Corinthians 10:6-11 (NKJV)

6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”[a] 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 NOR COMPLAIN, AS SOME OF THEM ALSO COMPLAINED, AND WERE DESTROYED BY THE DESTROYER. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

 Also, it is easy to begin slacking on your job when you hate it or when you have a new job lined up. It’s easy to ‘check out’ mentally or physically and not do your best. When you accepted your job you made a commitment to be a good steward to the tasks appointed to you. You are God’s representative on you job. While you are employed, God expects you to do a good job as if doing it for. If He expected this of servants, who weren’t getting paid, what do you think He expects of us who are getting paid?

Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)

23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ.

Lastly, when you are feeling dread about your job or even encountering difficulty on your job…stop and PRAISE GOD and THANK GOD for your job. It’s a blessing to have a job to sustain your life. Even if you hate your job, God is still God and He still deserves the glory. He will encourage, strengthen and sustain you through your sincere praise and thanksgiving.

Instead of frowning and complaining be a LIGHT in darkness. Let people see God in you. That’s why He still has you there.

1 Peter 2:12New King James Version (NKJV)

12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

TGIM!!!!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

“THANKS FOR LOVING ME TOO”

As performed by Mechelle Johnson 
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Noah’s family you saved

It rained forty days

The Hebrews were slaves

then Moses you raised

to lead them to that land

you promised Abraham.

You called him Your friend.

You showed Your love to him

Your Word tells me that Your love is so true.

I wanna say thank You Lord for loving me too.

So many people You healed

Five thousand bellies You filled

A woman in adultery one day

You sent her accusers away

She stood alone with You Lord

You said go and sin no more

You forgave her sins

You do the same for all men.

Your word tells me that Your love is so true

And I want to say thank You Lord for loving me too.

Thanks for loving me,

Thanks for loving me too. (Repeat 4x)

Thanks for loving me too

When I acted like a fool You saw me through

When at times, I get caught up in the world

You let me know…I’m still your girl.

Thanks for loving me,

Thanks for loving me too. (Repeat4x)

Thanks for loving me too

Your Word tells me, Your love is true.

You’ve shown your love, since the world begun

In the fullness of time…You gave me your Son.

Thank you Lord, for loving me. 

Written by Aldtric T. Johnson, 2014

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RESTRAINT!

No matter how bad you have to use the bathroom…

How strong the urge to relieve yourself…

If you’re in a crowd of people outside, in a meeting, at a ball game, or in church YOU WON’T stop and use it right then and there.

Why?

Because you have RESTRAINT.

No matter HOW strong the urge, how painful, you would rather hold it in rather than disgrace and embarrass yourself.

Too many times we in the Body of Christ use the excuse, “I couldn’t help myself!”

Too many Christians are perfectly content using profanity…retaliating…and giving in to their flesh, and quickly use the excuse, “I just couldn’t hold it in”!

Peter is well known for his lack of restraint. On the Mount of Transfiguration he quickly blurted out, “Let us build three tabernacles, one for Jesus, Moses and Elijah!” (Matthew 17:4).

After Jesus was arrested, when accused of knowing Him, Peter cursed (Matthew 26:74, Mark 14:71). But, Jesus knew of Peter’s spontaneity, and had already prayed for him and told him that when he is converted to strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:32). One of the things Peter was going to have to do was learn RESTRAINT.

One of the fruit of the Spirit is TEMPERANCE or SELF-CONTROL (Galations  5:22).

It’s true we can’t do anything without the help of God, but he has given us the power to restrain our flesh as well.

You don’t have to use profanity (cuss).

You don’t have to get even.

You don’t have to let everybody know EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL.

Just the same as you can HOLD BACK when you have to use the bathroom (flesh), you can hold back when that person of the opposite sex is trying to tempt you.

Let’s be just like our heavenly Father. Because when you think about it, that’s what MERCY is…God holding back the wrath and judgment we deserve.

Let’s all make a commitment to God today to do a better job of restraining ourselves.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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