STOP ON YOUR OWN

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BE BLESSTIFIED!

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.
BE BLESSTIFIED!!!

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.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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.

BE BLESSTIFIED!!!

 

 

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!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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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wp-1472384443202.jpgColossians 1:28
“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!

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