How to REALLY ‘Cast your cares’, ‘Give it to God’, or ‘Let Go and Let God’…

 

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1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

But, many times when we’re honest with ourselves it’s not always that simple.


Some of our benefits of being in relationship with God can become churchy clichés and sometimes lose their power due to our OVERUSE and UNDER APPLICATION.


Why?

Because we don’t know how! How do you really “Give it to God”? How do you really “Let go and let God”? Have you ever tried to do that and it was still there? How do you do that? Have you ever asked yourself, “Is there something wrong with my faith?” “What am I doing wrong?”


After 48 years on this earth and 21 years as an ordained minister, I’m FINALLY learning how to ‘Cast my cares’, ‘Give it to God’, ‘Let Go and let God’! Hallelujah!


Now, you may have already figured this out, and if so, I’m glad for you, but for those who haven’t, I hope this helps you.

How do you cast your cares on Him?

Let me start by giving you two questions to ask yourself…


“How REALLY REAL is God to me?

“Do I really believe in my heart that He is in control?”


There’s nothing wrong with asking yourself these questions because they are the key to casting your cares on Him.

It’s easy to say you love God and trust Him because it’s the right thing to say, but we sometimes prove with our actions how much we really don’t.

So how to you prove this to yourself? (Because God already knows)

Too many times we as Christians will pray to God about something, but won’t feel a real since of comfort or confirmation until we’ve talked to someone else…’a real person’.

Has this ever happened to you? Something happens, and yes you pray at first then…you complain, you seek advice, you seek a shoulder to lean on, you want someone to listen,  you Google for answers, you may even throw a tantrum seeking pity. All the while saying religiously, I prayed about it and left it with God.

HERE IS YOUR SPIRITUAL EXERCISE:

Find an issue in your life that you make a commitment to not say one word to anyone else about. Not your spouse. Not your best friend. Not your parents. Not even your Pastor. Make it a point that you are going to let God be REAL enough in your life to tell Him about it, trust Him with it, and leave it alone.

I promise you. Once you become content in knowing that God heard you, is concerned about you and is working it out for your good in the midst of everything going on around you, your faith will grow, and you will begin to feel better about it…that’s growing in trusting Him. Even if the situation seems to get worse, keeping that commitment to leave it between you and God can give you a peace and a level of intimacy that you have never experienced before.

God wants this level of intimacy with us…

James 4:8a (NKJV)

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

Psalm 63:1 (NKJV)

“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water”

Doesn’t that sound just like a level of intimacy and longing between two who are in love and totally trust one another?

Think about this. Sometimes the reason you CAN’T find anyone to talk to, or God will allow NO ONE else to understand because He wants you to trust your situation with Him alone.

Tell it to God only.

Leave it with God only.

Trust God with it only.

And, watch your love, faith and trust grow.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE’S ‘BORN THAT WAY’ DOESN’T MAKE IT OKAY (In case you missed it)…

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From a Christian Perspective…

Having you ever noticed a child throwing a temper tantrum when he or she doesn’t get something that they want? This is a natural reaction that must be overcome as the child matures. The reaction is natural…innate…the child was born with it.

The truth is that we are all born with innate desires, feelings and proclivities that we did not ask for.

Many Christians reason to excuse some behavior and lifestyles by saying, “I or they was or were born this or that way”. This doesn’t meant that God made a mistake, but the scripture clearly reminds us that we were all born in sin…

Psalm 51:5 (NKJV)

 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

We were all born with desires we didn’t ask for…that doesn’t make them ALL okay. Just because it comes naturally doesn’t make right. Some natural desires we must resist with the help of the Holy Spirit…

Fornication…

Adultery…

Homosexuality…

Gluttony…

Greed…

Jealousy…

Envy…

Wrath …

…ALL come from natural desires and they are ALL equally wrong.

God loves the…

Fornicator…

Adulterer…

Homosexual…

…But His love does not make their sin okay.

Even David, a man after God’s own heart was born with an insatiable desire for women…but that did not make it right or acceptable to God. Those who read the bible know what that led to.

Some people are naturally more greedy, more lustful, more promiscuous, more selfish, more aggressive, more violent that others…does that make it okay? For those who wish to argue these are learned behaviors, some people have these behaviors modeled and ‘learn’ them, while others witnessed these behaviors and didn’t succumb to them.

Pedophiles don’t feel they ‘choose’ to be attracted to children…does that make it okay? No!

The desires of our flesh war against our spirit…and these vary from person to person.

Galatians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

 It is only by walking in the Fruit of the Spirit can we overcome our fleshly desires that displease God.

Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

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

 Galatians 5:22,23

 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.

That’s why fasting is so powerful. It is a tool we can use to bring our flesh into subjection, overcome our weaknesses and prove to ourselves that our desires won’t rule us. It’s our tool to move those mountains in our lives.

Matthew 17: 20-21

 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting

Use this as post ammunition when someone presents to you the argument, “I was born this way, so it can’t be wrong”.

Just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s okay.

BE BLESSTIFIED.

IS IT PREJUDICE OR PROOF?

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John 4:9 (NKJV)

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Urban, Rural, Ghetto, Northern, Southern, Republican, Democrat, Elderly, Millennial…

Race, Geography, Education, Socio-Economic Status, etc., etc., etc.,

There are negative stereotypes about any group you could mention.

I don’t know what’s worse!


Those who judge and group people by these negative stereotypes…

Or,

Those whose behavior actually confirms those stereotypes to be true!


Unfortunately, there are those who seem determined to prove some of these prejudices are valid through their behavior. But, they by far never represent the entire group.


Stop it!


Stop judging entire groups based on these stereotypes.

Stop confirming these stereotypes with negative behavior.

Stop putting a spin on acceptable behavior transforming it into a ‘negative’ stereotype.

Remember how the disciple Nathanael unfairly grouped Jesus and those from His town when he first heard about Him…

John 1:45-46 (NKJV)

45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Could anything good come out of Nazareth?

Yes!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

DON’T JUDGE BECAUSE YOU COULD BE A REFUGEE ONE DAY…

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I live in a suburb of Memphis. Many people don’t realize that Memphis, St. Louis and other nearby cities are located in an area vulnerable to earthquakes. The New Madrid fault earthquakes of 1811-1812 rank among the largest in North American history. Of course, these areas were much less populated back then, but today earthquakes in this zone measuring 8 on the Richter scale would be catastrophic. Very few people who live in these areas have earthquake insurance. Many major corporations have either headquarters or vital operations in these areas. To say life would be disrupted would be an understatement.

An event such as this would leave millions of people homeless and destitute (look at hurricanes Katrina and Harvey), possibly overwhelming any aid the government could give. Especially if other events were taking place simultaneously.

Every part of our country is vulnerable to some type of natural disaster…tornados, tsunamis, hurricanes etc.

We live in an increasingly unstable political climate.

Many people have been so spoiled by our abundance, prosperity, freedom and ‘security’…

Proverbs 11:28 (NKJV)

28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like foliage.

God is not impressed by the ‘strength of man’…

Psalm 147:10 (NKJV)

10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.


Many look down on those who are forced to quickly flee for refuge…REFUGEES.


“They should have been prepared!” “They aren’t our problem!” “There’s not excuse!” are some of the these many people harshly judge on those who have been visited by sudden calamity.

But let me remind you…

No matter where you live. No matter how much money you have. No matter how you’ve prepared. God can use…

The right storm…

The right natural disaster…

The right military conflict…

The right shock to our economy…

To remind us that He is in control.

People put their faith in our economic system, our political system, their savings, their own wisdom…

1 Timothy 6:17 (NKJV)

17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Think about the fact that an event could happen so quickly and catastrophically, it can destroy everything that any ‘doomsday prepper’ has ‘prepared’ for instantly!

No matter how much power you have…

No matter who you may know…

No matter how detailed your plan may be…

No matter how wise you think you are…

No matter what resources may be available to you NOW…


One day you could be a refugee!


Be thankful. Be compassionate. Pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down. Be prepared as much as you can, but most of all…

BE HUMBLE!

One day it could be you.

BE BLESSTIFIFED!

 

WHEN IT COULD BE DEADLY TO DISAGREE ( A RARE POLITICAL POST)…

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I by no means claim to be a political blogger or leader. I am a minister of the Gospel, who will sometimes comment on politics when I see a spiritual implication that I can’t ignore. I believe in presenting the word of God and allowing people to be led His Spirit in making up their minds to make the right decision. But, certain current events, decisions have led me to see some common behavior with leaders of the past that quite frankly has me concerned. I would be irresponsible to not mention it so my readers for consideration and prayer.

What did biblical kings do to even their blood relatives who they felt a threat to their throne?

 2 Chronicles 21:4 (NKJV)

Now when Jehoram was established over the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself and killed all his brothers with the sword, and also others of the princes of Israel.

What have modern 20th and 21st century dictators do to those who opposed them?


Be careful! What would a leader in a democracy who attacks his own supporters who disagree with him or her do to them if he were a dictator?


Be careful when a leader clearly doesn’t display or walk in the Fruit of the Spirit…

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

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

 

Be careful of those (especially those in the Body of Christ) who refuse to see it or make excuses for their behavior because an unrepentant, arrogant dangerous leader can never do damage alone.

BE WISE…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

ARE YOU BRICKS OR THE MORTAR HOLDING THE HOUSE TOGETHER? (From my archives)

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.

Christ is our foundation.

David couldn’t have been the mighty warrior that he was without his armor bearer.

There were many disciples and people martyred for the Gospel, and we don’t even know their names.

If you feel you bear the emotional, financial, physical, or spiritual WEIGHT in some of your relationships, then maybe that’s your PURPOSE in those relationships. Maybe that marriage, family, church or organization wouldn’t remain together if it wasn’t for your strength. Romans 15:1 says, We who are strong must bear the infirmities/failings of the weak and not please ourselves.

Let’s stop complaining if we aren’t noticed. Let’s stop complaining if we are bearing the weight in some our relationships, and always remember to thank God for those who are holding us up. If you get upset and fall apart…everything your holding together  and supporting may collapse.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WOW! LOOK AT HOW LOVE IS GOD’S ‘MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE’…

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No matter how holy you are, we all know that it takes money…currency…mediums of exchange to operate in this world.

Even the church, The Body of Christ, must utilize money to interact with the world for goods, services, citizenship, to do kingdom work in the world, serve and sustain until the LORD returns. Look at how Jesus humbled Himself to submit to the world’s system of money and taxes…

Matthew 17:24-27 (NKJV)

 24 When they had come to Capernaum,[a] those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.”

And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money;[b] take that and give it to them for Me and you.”

Jesus admitted that THIS world is not His kingdom…

John 18:36  (NKJV)

 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

His kingdom has a different medium of exchange…

LOVE


Love, like money, does no one any good if it’s not exchanged….


It can be a gift, given even if it’s not reciprocated…

Or, it can be exchanged to the mutual benefit or enjoyment of those involved in the transaction.

Consider that through God’s love…

We were BOUGHT

1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)

 20 For you were BOUGHT at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.

We were REDEEMED

1 Peter 1:18-20 (NKJV)

 18 knowing that you were not REDEEMED with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

We were GIVEN a GIFT

John 3:16 (NKJV)

 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Look a what else God says about love…

LOVE is our only spiritual DEBT

Romans 13:8-10  (NKJV)

 8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”[a] “You shall not covet,”[b] and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[c] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

WE ARE COVERED ANE EMPOWERED TO COVER

1 Peter 4:8  (NKJV)

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”[a]

Look at what the God told the church at Laodicea…

Revelations 3:14-17 (NKJV)

 14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[f] write,

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[g] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I AM RICH, HAVE BECOME WEALTHY AND HAVE NEED OF NOTHING’—AND DO NOT KNOW THAT YOU ARE WRETCHED, MISERABLE, POOR, BLIND, AND NAKED— 

LOOK AT LOVE’S BEHAVIOR…

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)

 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love is the power behind…the support…and the medium transfer for those ‘TANGIBLE INTANGIBLES’ that God calls The Fruit of the Spirit. ( for more read…GOD’S TANGIBLE INTANGIBLES…)

In fact, they all operate in perfection ONLY through true love…

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.

That’s why love is superior to any Fruit of the Spirit or spiritual attribute we can have. Back to 1 Corinthians 13…

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NKJV)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Did you catch that at the end of verse 3? “PROFITS me nothing”.

LOVE IS THE CURRENCY THAT FUNDS SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Think about this…

Even those who don’t believe in God have this attribute of Him in them when they exercise love because we are all created in His image.

There will be no need for money when we reign with God forever, just as was His  intention for us in the beginning.

Don’t let the devil make you bankrupt by hardening your heart. That’s what he really wants to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

Love hard and share your wealth…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I THINK I’LL RELAX & STUDY MY BIBLE WITH A GLASS OF WINE (from my archives)…

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All Things in Moderation

“I think I’ll relax and study my bible with a glass of wine”. Uh oh! I’m quite certain that statement made many of my fellow Christians cringe. I’m sure it may push limits of some people’s personal theology…many of my fellow Christians will quickly tell you that you shouldn’t defile the temple of God (and we shouldn’t).

Many of my fellow Christians will piously tell you, “Ohhh no! I don’t drink alcohol”, while at the same time many of the same people consume huge amounts of sugar, fat, sodium, artificial ingredients, smoke, over-the-counter and prescription drugs etc., etc., etc., that they know are harmful to their bodies, or temples of God (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Many Christians who’ve been diagnosed medical conditions knowingly eat foods and drink beverages that even though they aren’t wine, are harmful to their bodies and adversely affect their health…but, they would never be CAUGHT drinking a glass of wine.

Yes, the bible says that we are NOT to “get drunk with wine”…

Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

…getting drunk is a sin and a work of the flesh…

Galatians 5:20-21 (ESV)

20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

HOWEVER, there is a huge difference in DRINKING a glass of wine and getting DRUNK with wine.

1 Timothy 5:23 admonishes us that there are health benefits to consuming a LITTLE wine in moderation.

1 Timothy 5:23 English Standard Version (ESV)

 23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)

Drinking wine is not a sin, but drinking too much is…

Drinking cola isn’t a sin, but if it’s detrimental to your health, drinking too much is…

Eating candy isn’t a sin, but if it’s detrimental to your health, eating too much is…

Eating is not a sin, but eating too much is…

Philippians 3:19 English Standard Version (ESV)

Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

 Being at a gathering where there’s wine is not a sin. There was wine at the wedding Jesus attended in Cana recorded in John Chapter 2. It was real wine…not unfermented wine as some try to claim to justify their over zealousness. Wine was a staple in the bible. Jesus was observed consuming wine because they accused Him of being a ‘winebibber’, drunkard and a glutton. (However He did not get drunk)

Matthew 11:19 (ESV)

 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Wine was consumed during the Passover Feast…the fact is that when the wine ran out during the wedding, Jesus ‘bought’ the drinks. Jesus didn’t say, they have wine at that wedding party, so I won’t attend, but that’s exactly what many Christians today would say.

Again, I’m not advocating getting drunk. Getting drunk IS a sin. But I am saying that wine, just like many other food and drinks is okay in moderation, and many Christians who ‘trip’ over drinking a glass of wine consume non-alcoholic foods and beverages into their bodies that are harmful or in quantities that are SINFUL.

Remember what the Apostle Paul said…

1 Corinthians 6:12

 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

 1 Corinthians 10:23

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

I must be responsible and tell you that if you have a drinking problem, that it’s BEST THAT YOU CONSUME NO WINE, just as if you have an allergy to peanuts it’s best you CONSUME NO PEANUTS. Also, if your drinking wine makes someone in the faith weaker, it’s best that you don’t drink it in their presence. Read Romans 14:13-23 as Paul explains how we must consider those who are weaker in the faith in things that are permissible for us.

The most important thing for us to remember as Christians is MODERATION – ALL THINGS IN MODERATION.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

ASKING GOD FOR FORGIVENESS ISN’T REPENTANCE (QUICK DEFINITION)…

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Asking forgiveness isn’t repentance. In fact, God doesn’t emphasize asking Him for forgiveness as much as He does telling us to confess our sins (Psalm 32:5, Psalm 38:18, 1 John 1:9) — then He will forgive us. Yes, we should ask God for His forgiveness, but He knows that words are cheap. How many times have you asked for forgiveness only to do it again…and sometimes again and again and again?

God demands repentance.


Repentance doesn’t begin with your MOUTH it begins with your MIND


Look at how God beautifully defines repentance and then gives us a beautiful promise through the prophet Isaiah. There are others like 2 Chronicles 7:14 and 2 Corinthians 7:10, but I love the way God says it here…I’m just going to let you read it and allow it bless you because the Word speaks for itself.

Isaiah 55:6-7 (NKJV)

SEEK THE LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked FORSAKE HIS WAY,
And the unrighteous man HIS THOUGHTS;
Let him RETURN to the Lord,
And He WILL HAVE MERCY on him;
And to our God,
For He WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

THE POWER IN YOUR POSITIVE RESPONSE…

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Be careful how you respond to everyone today. Those who smile…Those who frown…Those who treat you with respect…Those who snap at you unfairly…

Those who walk by with without speaking…

Those who want to be left alone…Those who won’t seem to leave you alone…


You never know what people are going through


You don’t know what someone is struggling through WITHOUT drugs, alcohol, bad relationships, resorting to crime…

You don’t know what people are going through. What family, financial or personal struggle they are enduring. You don’t know what devastating news they just received. What physical, emotional or psychological pain or abuse they are enduring.  You don’t know what they have ‘given to the Lord to handle’. And, you don’t know when they aren’t strong enough to give it to Him yet.

Everyone doesn’t react to stress, trouble, pain, resistance or negativity the same. Some people just don’t handle it well. In fact, we all have those moments.

That’s why…


No matter what, your reaction to them is crucial.


You could be the person God put in their path to let them know He still loves them and is there for them. Or, you could be the person that leads to their downward spiral…your reaction.

That’s why we should always react with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Sound familiar?

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.

When we are led by God’s spirit, we breathe life into every environment that we occupy. Your reaction according to the Fruit of His Spirit can diffuse the influence of the enemy. And, even if it doesn’t change the situation immediately, it will plant a seed of God that may take root and grow later.

Remember this…

Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.

 

 

 

 

 

I’M SO ASHAMED OF MYSELF…

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As I looked at what was on the menu for lunch today in the cafeteria at my office, I didn’t see anything I really wanted, so I took a walk through downtown Memphis to grab a bite to go from somewhere. As I walked down the sidewalk, I realized that I really didn’t have a taste for anything in particular, and I honestly didn’t want to spend $10 on lunch today. So, I decided to go back to the office and make myself a salad. While working my way back, I noticed a man who was obviously in need in my path. Now, normally I don’t hesitate to buy lunch for someone in need or help them if I can, but today…


I found myself beginning to cross the street early to avoid him and take out my phone to appear to be talking…


But, I didn’t cross the street. I walked by him with my phone to my cheek and asked, “Are you alright?”

He responded, “No I’m not sir. I need $6 to get into the shelter. I don’t do drugs. I don’t drink. I really need some help.” I’ve worked with the homeless to know when someone is trying to take advantage of you, but even if he was…that would be between him and God. It’s not going to break me to leave behind an example of God’s love. To be a possible answer to a prayer. To confirm that someone has value. To let someone see that people still care…even if I don’t eat lunch myself. So, I gave him what he asked for, chatted for a moment and had prayer with him. I then asked him to pray for me.


But, I’m so ashamed of myself for briefly hardening my heart. I know what God told us about helping those in need…


Deuteronomy 15:7-8 (NKJV)

“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.

 Proverbs 21:13 (NKJV)

13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.

 James 2:14-17 (NKJV)

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

 1 John 3:17  (NKJV)

17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

 James 4:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

I feel ashamed that God has given me more than enough for today, that it crossed my heart to withhold being a blessing to someone in need.

I ask God to forgive me and thank Him for allowing me to ‘come to myself’.

Have you done something, or not done something that left you ashamed? If so, take a deep breath. Yep, that’s proof that you still have an opportunity to repent, and even if you can’t ‘make right’ what you’re ashamed of, you can FIND A WAY to share God’s love, and resolve to do better.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

ARE YOU PRAYING TO COME OUT OF A STORM IN YOUR LIFE?

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Are in a storm? A challenge? Are in a trial of your faith? Are in a storm that God placed in your life to grow you? Or, are you in a storm you placed in your own life?


Are you living the consequences of a bad decision?


Are you in a period of resistance, or are you coming out of an oppression you placed on yourself?

Are you praying to come out? Hoping to come out? Trusting God for deliverance?


Here is a powerful affirmation from the word of God for you to declare, pray, shout, praise and claim in the name of the Lord all day today, tomorrow, every day until God brings you out!


Psalm 118:16-18 (NKJV)

16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.

God may be turning things around, so don’t give up…DON’T GIVE UP IN THE ‘TURN AROUND’!

Verse 17 let’s you know that you’re still here for a reason. And, what that reason is!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

MARRIAGE FUN: EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL SOMETIMES…

 

One key to a strong marriage is to never forget how to have fun together…even in moments that aren’t so funny. Every now and then my wife will say something to me or look at me with an expression that clearly says, “Fool”, even though she didn’t say it. The “Fool” is silent, jus like the “h” in honest, or the ‘p” in psychology.

Don’t let those moments ‘go south’! Turn them into a fun memory. Check out the video from our “SONday Blessing” series of videos promoting fun, healthy strong marriages through our mutual love of ‘Old School’ music. It’s the perfect example of being called a fool, with the word fool ‘remaining silent’. We ask you to go find these beautiful classic songs and add them to your playlists. This one features The Main Ingredient’s, “Everybody Plays the Fool” with the late great Cuba Gooding Sr.

If it blesses you, you can see more videos and music on my wife’s Facebook fan page…

https://www.facebook.com/MechelleJohnsonMusic/

Or her YouTube Channel…

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWR2NdeCk5nP6cDFyfwwGvg

Feel free to share it if you like. We just want to make marriage look fun and cool in an age that so many are failing.

We celebrate our 30th anniversary on Septermber 25th. So we encourage you to enjoy your lives together and learn to make the most of every moment. God has commanded that we do…

Ecclesiastes 9:9 (NKJV)

Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

PLEASE DON’T BE A SPIRITUAL ECLIPSE…

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Isn’t it interesting how God created some natural things to be a shadow of heavenly things?

Hebrews 8:5 (NKJV)

who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a]

Think about the sun and the moon. The sun produces it’s own light…

The moon only reflects the light of the sun. In fact, the only way we have light in darkness is when the moon reflects the light from the sun.

But we all know that every now then the moon will ‘get in the way’, and its shadow will block the light from the sun. We all now this is called an eclipse.

Does this sound familiar?

Think of the Son of God and man (mankind). The Son produces His own light…

John 8:12  (NKJV)

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Man only reflects the light of the sun. In fact, the only way we have light in darkness is when man reflects the light from the Son…

 Matthew 5:16  (NKJV)

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Get it?


Sun/Moon    Son/Man


We must make sure that we live our lives so that we are reflecting the light of the Son of the God, our Lord and Savior Yeshua, Jesus Christ – and not blocking it.

Please don’t be a spiritual eclipse.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

GODLY MARRIAGE: HOW SEX IS SUBMISSION AND HONOR PERFECTED (Graphic but Holy)…

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Sex is a beautiful, rewarding blessing given to man and woman, but meant to be enjoyed responsibly within the bounds of marriage. His word makes that clear in both the Old and New Testaments…and it’s joys are evident throughout…

Proverbs 5:18-19 (NKJV)

18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love

 Song of Solomon 1:2 (NKJV)

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
For your[b] love is better than wine.

 1 Corinthians 7:1-3 (NKJV)

7 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband

It is intended to be the highest level of human intimacy physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually.

It is a connection that makes two become one, and the only diversion that our God who made creation in consistent numerical order diverts from the norm. It’s when we multiply by adding, and the product/sum is unique in all mathematics (when 1 + 1 =3).

Genesis 1:28 (NKJV)

28 Then God BLESSED them, and God said to them, “Be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

His holy intent for this union is perverted when consummated outside the bond of marriage…

1 Corinthians 6:16 (NKJV)

16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”[a]

 Hebrews 13:4 (NKJV)

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

God created us physiologically and psychologically so that sex would be the perfection of the submission and honor that He commands from wives and husbands respectfully…


WIVES


 1 Peter 3:1a

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands…

Think of how God created woman so sexual intercourse can only take place through her perfect submission. Graphic but true: as the King James Version puts it, a man can only ‘know his wife’ (Genesis 4:1) unless he physically accesses her most intimate spot. Where is this located? Between her legs…not in the front…not in the back, but between her legs closer to the middle. The ONLY way he can get to that spot is if she allows him. This access is the ultimate act of submission, granted most often by her opening her legs to him. She must open herself to receive her husband into her. But, her psychological state of mind must be submitted also. Even if he is allowed physical access, she also has to submit psychologically to allow arousal. Her mind must be submitted to her husband, as well as attracted to him physically in order for her to most intimate spot to ‘react’ properly to accommodate him to both their enjoyment ( I think you know what I mean). God created woman, so that total physical and mental submission is required for sex.


HUSBANDS


 1 Peter 3:7a (NKJV)

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel…

God commanded that husband honor their wives. Of course man is the stronger sex. As much as a woman was created for submission for sex to take place, a man is strong enough to force himself on her. When a man forces himself on a woman she’s not submitting and he’s not honoring, married or not, this is rape. God commands the husband to honor her as the weaker person in the relationship. When a man submits to his wife by restraining his strength and allowing her to submit, this is one way he honors her as the weaker vessel. Not by forcing her legs open. Not by forcing himself inside her. Only by allowing her to become aroused through physical and mental submission and physical attraction.

Submission and honor. Honor and submission. Without both, sex becomes something dreadful rather than something beautiful. It becomes a curse rather than a blessing. But, when it works perfectly, it’s not only how God’s wisdom provided for us to be fruitful and multiply, it’s also a wonderful gift to help keep couples close and marriages strong. For more on this please read….IF THE ‘BIG O’ WAS TOO BIG (GOD’S WISDOM)…

Submit to one another. Honor one another. And,

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

3 THINGS GODLY ADVISORS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE RESIGNING BECAUSE OF TRUMP’S HORRIBLE REACTION…

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Two of my fears of Trump occupying office of President of The United States were

1) The fact that based on his actions and behavior, from my view, does not display (1) Fruit of the Spirit…

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.

2) He displays a very low-level of emotional intelligence…

Emotional Intelligence was coined by researchers Peter Salavoy and John Mayer, and made more well-known by author Dan Goleman in his 1996 book. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify, recognize, understand and manage one’s own emotions, as well as those of others.


Many of Donald Trump’s advisors have been resigning based after his choice of words and reaction to the unrest in Charlottesville VA. I’m not going to re-tell the story, but he asserted that those who counter-protested Neo-Nazi and White Supremist protesters were just as bad, and stated that there are “fine people on both sides”. It wasn’t just the fact that Trump said what he said, but it was also the obvious lack of emotional intelligence he displayed during his press conference, as he has in the past.

His statement and behavior repulsed many people, including me. As a result, many of his advisors resigned from their appointed positions. My first reaction was, Yes! What an awesome statement and assertion of values.

However, then I began to think about the word of God. What’s are good examples of this in the bible?

Hmmmm….

Consider this…

God strategically placed Joseph as second in command in Egypt to serve under a pagan Pharoah who oppressed the children of Israel and considered Egyptians to be superior. Joseph’s position allowed him to eventually save his family. (Genesis Chapters 37-50).

God strategically placed Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Belteshazzar,  Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego) as advisors to Nebuchadnezzar by having him select them himself. He was a pagan king, who oppressed the children of Israel. He considered the Babylonians to be superior, but still requested the ‘best’ of the children of Israel to ‘serve’ (or advise) in His palace. Daniel at one time was appointed the third highest ruler in the kingdom…the pagan kingdom (Daniel Chapter 1).

Based on this, there 3 things I think that godly corporate and spiritual advisors who are opposed to Trump’s words, behavior and policies should consider before resigning.


WAS TRUMP SELECTING THEM GOD’S WAY OF PLACING THEM THERE?

Donald Trump selected these men and women. They didn’t apply for their positons. I don’t know what his motives were, but he did select them. Joseph, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah didn’t ‘apply’ for their positions either. God placed them there…even if it was through captivity. But, God was looking at the big picture. He placed them there for His purpose, and to save their own people. Had they refused to serve…even if by death, they could not have done what God had for them to do.

THEIR INFLUENCE MAY BE GOD’S WAY OF ENSURING HIS VOICE IS HEARD

Josesph’s, Daniel’s, Hananiah’s, Mishael’s and Azariah’s presence in these pagan leaders’ adminstrations was God’s presence in their administrations. Could this be true for a truly godly advisor chosen by Trump? Remember, Potiphar’s house was blessed just by Joseph being there…

Genesis 39:5 (NKJV)

So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.

If Trump decides to listen to them…If he does in fact take their advice, then that’s God’s way of getting His voice and influence in that administration. I know, I know…many people say he’s not listening to his advisors. He’s doing what he wants to do, and even belittling those in his own adminstration who oppose him.

EVEN IF TRUMP DOESN’T LISTEN TO THEM, THEY’RE HOLDING A SPOT

Even if Trump doesn’t take their advise, these individuals are still holding a spot that could be held by someone who agrees with Trumps ideology and behavior. If they resign, he can replace them with someone who would help further damage the godly character of the country.

People need to be led by God for themselves, considering the Word of God, as to what decision they make. However, sometimes God places His people close to those not being led by Him for a reason.

 

NOW, DO YOU SEE ONE REASON WHY GOD FORBADE GRAVEN IMAGES…

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Exodus 20:4-5 (NKJV)

 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me

“You can’t erase history!” That’s what so many so passionately proclaim when they protest the removal of confederate monuments and symbols from public places.

Think of all the historical figures and events that you remember without a statue or monument. Monuments aren’t necessarily about remembering…they’re about celebrating, honoring and even worship.

But, if God forbade us from erecting an image to represent Him, why would we need one to remember a man or woman.

When God forbade graven images, it was about more than just worship. Notice that Exodus 20:4 was about forbidding to make them. Then, Verse 5 addressed bowing down and worshipping them. Does this imply that it’s a sin to make them, then it’s a further sin to worship them…Hey, I’m just asking.

God knows how we are. He knows that people have the tendency to be more caught up in the symbol that what it actually represents.

Think about how many people wear crosses, but don’t live a lifestyle or really particularly care about what that represents.

People are ready to kill over statues, flags and songs.

Being that passionate about a statue, flag or monument is worship.

I’m a Black man and I don’t need a statue to remember who Dr. Martin Luther King was. God gave the Jews the Pentateuch, which is their history. When the children of Israel erected a golden calf to represent and remember the God that brought them out of Egypt, He commanded it be torn down (Exodus 32).

To say removing a monument erases history is very simplistic thinking.

If God doesn’t need a monument to represent or acknowledge Him, then why should anyone else.

Now do you see why He forbade graven images.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

WHY THE ONE’S YOU LOVE MOST SOMETIMES DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU…

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It’s tough when you try to talk to the one’s closest to you and they just don’t get it…

They don’t understand how near and dear ‘it’ is to your heart.

They don’t understand how important it is to you.

They just can’t grasp how you really feel!

They don’t get how hurt you are!

But, they’re closest to you. They’re your mother. They’re your father. They’re your husband. Your wife. Your sister. Your brother. They’re your closest friend. They are SUPPOSED to understand everything about me! Right?

How can they love me the way they say they do? How can they care about me…and not understand how I feel? Are they really listening? Don’t they see what’s really going on? Why don’t they ‘get it’?!

If you’re honest with yourself, there are times that you couldn’t always understand what was going on with your loved ones…no matter how passionately they tried to explain it.

Why?

Because sometimes God has to remind us that He is the ONLY one who truly and totally understands us.

If we aren’t careful, we can begin to make those we love ‘little idols’. We can put them before God. This is one of the reasons that the Lord said…

Matthew 10:37  (NKJV)

37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

He has to remind us who really is supposed to come first.

How many times have you prayed about something, but you weren’t truly satisfied until you talked about it or confirmed it with a ‘real person’. Yes, God sometimes confirms things through people, but…


There are some things He wants us to trust with Him only.


There are some times that He wants you to prove to yourself how real He is in your life (because He already knows). There are some things that He wants you to truly…leave with Him.

But, how does God prove that He understands? That He hears? That he cares?

Well here’s how He’s proved it to me…

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a concern. I may have talked to someone about it and they didn’t understand. Or, I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it because I felt they wouldn’t understand. Then…

As I read my bible and the very passage of scripture I was reading spoke specifically to my issue.

Or, I heard a sermon that spoke directly to what I was going through. The minister may have even quoted the same scriptures I had studied.

Or, I read a blog post. Saw a bumper sticker. Saw come type of unsolicited confirmation of what was on my heart.

God has some pretty amazing ways of letting us know He understands. It’s up to us to realize that it’s really Him.

It’s good to have loved ones and friends in our lives to lean on. And It’s important that we be there for one another. Try to understand one another. Be a shoulder to lean on. It’s important that we be friendly and stick close to one another.

There are two things we must always remember…


You don’t always have to understand someone to love them!


And…

Proverbs 18:24  (NKJV)

 24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly,[a]
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

BE BLESSTIFIED.COM TURNS 1 YEAR OLD TODAY! THANK YOU:-)

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Hey! I started my blog one year ago today! Please accept my sincere…

THANK YOU!!!!

Thanks to each of you who take the time to read and respond to my blog. Even if you don’t respond, I appreciate you taking the time to read what God has placed on my heart. I made a commitment to make an original post every day, and that has drawn me closer to and more dependent on God. Every now and then I will bring back an older post, but I have been able to keep that commitment.

I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and those of you who give me feedback and add to each discussion with your comments. I also want to thank those of you have supported my wife’s (Mechelle Johnson google with an ‘e’ and not an ‘i’)  music:-)

Thanks again for your love, comments and support. I pray that God allows me to continue posting…


Original, Daily Devotionals, Inspiration and More from a Fresh, “Hey! I Never Thought About It Like That Before” Perspective.


And, I encourage you, please don’t die with a diamond in your pocket. Share what God has placed inside of you!

Romans 12:6-9 (NKJV)

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; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who EXHORTS, in EXHORTATION; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

3 THINGS TO DO WHEN SOMEONE QUESTIONS YOUR LOVE…

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Has anyone ever questioned your love for them based on what you’ve done or haven’t done? Based on what you’re doing or aren’t doing? Based on what someone else has done or hasn’t done? Based on what someone else is doing or isn’t doing?

It hurts when you know what’s in your heart and someone questions it or challenges it.

It’s important to remember that saying what’s in someone’s heart is judging. Be careful when you judge what’s in someone’s heart, because when you do you’re opening the door for someone to do the same thing to you.

Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV)

 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

You know what you feel…your level of devotion…your level of sacrifice. And, based on their perspective they question your love.

But, before you get too upset at someone for questioning your love there are three things that you should do.

1. ASK YOURSELF ARE THEY RIGHT

Many times it stings when people question our love…our devotion…our loyalty. But, before we get too upset we must ask ourselves have we given them a good reason to feel that way. Even though you may not agree with their reasoning. They feel the way they feel and there’s not much you can go about it. Sometimes people can be unfair, but sometimes they may be right. What have you done to hurt them? What have you not done to be in their corner. These are questions that we must ask ourselves. We must make and effort to see things from their perspective. Even if you say, “Well, I don’t see why you should feel that way” or “I don’t see it that way”…remember, they aren’t you. Just because your love ‘failed’ in one area doesn’t mean you don’t love them…but it did fail.

2. ASK YOURSELF HAVE YOU QUESTIONED GOD’S LOVE

Have you questioned whether God really loves you? Whether He really cares about you? Whether He really hears your prayers or sees your pain? Have you done this?

God proved His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, while we were His enemies…He gave us His only son.

We must realize that just because we let each other down, that doesn’t mean live is absent…it just means our love isn’t perfect.

Maturing in love is a lifelong process, and even if we live to be 100 years old, we will die with our love imperfect.

Only God’s love perfect. In fact, I think He allows us to let each other down from time-to-time to remind us that ONLY His love is perfect.

3. SINCERELY PRAY FOR THEM

Yes, you should first ask yourself if they are right – but if they’re wrong… If they are unfairly judging you… it’s easy to become angry and defensive. Think about Job’s friends who went to comfort him, but instead relentlessly questioned and blamed him for his calamity. They questioned his devotion and true love for God. We all know that God restored to Job everything that he lost, but only AFTER he prayed for those who contended against him…

Job 42:10 (NKJV)

 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[a] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before

Remember when someone questions your love for them, how you react is how you prove it.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

LEARN TO REST IN PEACE BEFORE YOU DIE…

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Psalm 127:2 (NKJV)

It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Are you tired? You went to bed. You had time away from work, but you’re still tired? Is your mind always racing? Are you either trying to get ahead? Stay ahead? Or, catch up? Maybe you’re just trying to hold it together.


So many of us our so busy. So many of us are either worried, stressed or obsessed.


Then what do we say when someone transitions from this life…”Rest in Peace!”


I want to encourage you today to learn to rest in peace BEFORE you die!


One of the enemy’s greatest manipulations is to keep us spiritually weak because we don’t rest. He wants us too tired to read and study God’s word. He wants us too tired to take the time to pray before we eat our food, before we go to bed at night. He wants us too tired to go to worship.

How many times have you said, “I’m not going to church today…I’m too tired!”

Rest is so important to God that He commanded we rest one day every week (Exodus 20:10). He told us to do no work! But, I’ve noticed that in some church cultures people will go to morning worship, then they will leave and go to another church and worship having what’s called ‘afternoon services’ or ‘special days’….Men’s Day, Women’s Day etc.  Then some will even have another service in the evening.

Just as much as it is God’s will that we don’t forsake the assembling of ourselves together and that we worship regularly, it’s not His will for us to spend all day in church to the point that we don’t rest at all. That is establishing our own righteousness (Romans 10:3).

I have to admit when it comes to not getting enough rest. I’m guilty. I’m guilty of sometimes letting life’s problems weigh too heavy on my mind. I’m guilty of not stopping to just do nothing and rest my mind, body and spirit

I encourage you to learn to rest in peace before you die. Learn to rest your body. Learn to rest your mind. Learn to rest you spirit. Learn to refresh yourself in God’s word and prayer. Learn to say NO. Learn to say I can’t do that. Learn to say I need some time to myself. Think of how Jesus would withdraw to Himself (Luke 5:16).

The Lord has promised to help us with our ‘rest problem…’

Matthew 11:28New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Learn to get yourself some rest because if you don’t…you’re being disobedient.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IS ‘OMG’ TAKING GOD’S NAME IN VAIN?(From my archives)…

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Just say WOW instead, it takes the same number of letters.

It’s one on the most common acronyms now…OMG! The texting world has infected our day-to-day speech.

Of course you know that OMG is an acronym for “Oh My God!

These days, people very casually say “OMG” to express surprise, astonishment, amazement, shock, disbelief, etc., without any thought they are referring to God.

But, OMG isn’t just referring to God…it proclaims to “MY” God! The one true and living God!

We all know that the bible commands that we don’t take the NAME of the Lord in vain…

Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

 

…but does OMG do that? It’s not like using His name when cursing, as so many people do…is it?

Well, what is GOD’S name? God is referred to by names that convey His essence…Yahweh, Elohim, I AM.

And, what is taking His name in vain? It’s MISUSING it…reducing it…blaspheming it…

But, taking His name in vain goes beyond the misuse of the combination of consonants and vowels by which He is called… but His essence, His character, His personality… His authority.

When we call Him ‘God’, we are saying who and what He is…, and that is His name.

Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

 

We are only to make reference to Him in respect, honor and reverence….never casually…never flippantly.

When God commanded that He be referred to only in reverence provided a necessary boundary to protect the His honor due to His name and authority.

Some expressions should only be used when we are crying out to God, in humility or with an attitude of worship.

Be careful how you say, write, type or text…

“Oh my God!”

“Oh my Lord!”

“My God!”

“Lord have mercy!”

“OMG!”

“Good God!” should only be proclaimed when you REALLY mean ‘God is good’.

Even “Hallelujah!” …Jah (Yah) in Hallelujah is referring to God. (This is said much too casually in many popular secular songs)

Too many Christians are accepting as okay being down right silly when referring to the one true living God…

“Oh Lawd!”

“Oh Lort!”

“Lawd ham mercy!”…

Are all disrespectful and beneath God’s holiness.

Think of the when Jesus cried out, “My God!” on the cross…

Matthew 27:46 (NKJV)

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Remember…you don’t have to say the horrible “GD” word to take God’s ‘name’ in vain.

Whenever you see or hear “OMG”…notice the context and ask yourself, “Did that honor God?” “Was that in humility?” “Was that necessary?”

Just say “Wow!” instead…it takes the same number of letters.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

WHEN YOU AREN’T FRIENDS, BUT YOU AREN’T ENEMIES EITHER…

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This is where most people are in our lives…

We work with them…

They are our neighbors…

We like the same teams…

We have the same political opinions…

We even go to church with them.

You’re cordial. You’re polite. You can hold a conversation. You can work together towards a goal…but you definitely aren’t friends.

You don’t enjoy being together.

You don’t have any loyalty towards one another.

You don’t particularly care what they think about you.

BUT,

You don’t hate them.

You don’t work against one another.

You don’t have any ill will towards them, nor do they to you.

These are the people that we need to learn to disagree with without becoming enemies.

I pray you have at least a few good friends.

I hope you have few enemies.

But, most people you know will be neither.

Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)

The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

CELEBRATING WHAT WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF PART 2…CHARLOTTESVILLE

I have a question for a respectful, mature discussion. I think the question is reasonable.

The chaos that erupted Charlottesville VA was over the removal of a confederate monument.

Here’s my question…


When did it become American to protest the removal of monuments that weren’t America?


For biblical reasons why we remember that shameful part of our past without celebrating, please read…

CELEBRATING WHAT WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF PART 1…THE CIVIL WAR.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IT’S NOT SELFISH TO LOVE YOURSELF…

In case you missed it…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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We hurt each other. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally.

Sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most.

Why?

God tells us that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Maybe that’s the problem sometimes. Do we know how to love ourselves?

Do we love ourselves as we should?

Think of all of the things you have done…

All of the places you have gone…

All of the things you have said that weren’t good for you.

Think of all the things that people eat, drink, consume that aren’t good for them.

Think of all the situations people subject themselves to, fully knowing it’s not good for them.

We put ourselves in unhealthy relationships.

We hurt ourselves for instant gratification.

We subject ourselves to harm physically, emotionally and spiritually…no one else has to do it, we do it to ourselves.


Maybe that’s the problem. We hurt each…

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FIRE & FURY…DOES GOD BACK UP THAT THREAT?

Psalm 33:16 (ESV)

The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

I very rarely make political comments…only when I see a biblical connection or implication.

It’s amazing how many Christians lean to their own understanding rather than trusting God when it comes to national security.

It’s amazing to hear Christians support juvenile threats from two leaders who position themselves like teenagers fighting over a girl.

Returning threats of “Fire and Fury” is not biblical.

The bible talks about reasoning together (Isaiah 1:18). In other words…diplomacy.

The bible talks about turning the other cheek rather than retaliating when being prodded (Matthew 5:38-40).

The bible talks about NOT returning evil for evil (1 Peter 3:9).

These are biblical principles that go beyond personal interactions. At what point do we stop doing it God’s way.

Yes, God allows us to defend ourselves…but never to attack.

And, you can’t compare the Old Testament situations where God commanding Israel to what’s going on today because He was fulfilling a promise to give them the promised land.

Missiles and bullets can’t make a lunatic back down, but God can. God can change the heart and mind. At what point and time does it make sense to NOT do things God’s way?

Every successful king in the bible consulted a man of God before any military action. I wonder if our leaders are following that example.

 

 

 

MARRIAGE: ARE YOU CHEATING ON GOD? (‘Remix’ from my archives)

wp-image-5514092jpg.jpg INFIDELITY…It’s the universal act of betrayal that many, if not most, find it difficult to come back from.

No matter what country, religion or culture, infidelity marks the end of many relationships. It’s viewed as the ultimate proof that love is lost.


However, the ability to come back from infidelity may be the ultimate proof of real love.


How can I say that?

Because marriage is the analogy that God uses throughout the bible, not only to describe His relationship with Israel in Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Joel, Isaiah and Hosea, but also Christ’s (who represents the invisible God bodily) relationship with His church in Colossians,  Ephesians and Revelations. All of the aforementioned, Old Testament books are stories of Israel continually betraying God, only to have Him continually forgive them and take them back.

Israel loved God… but they continued to choose other God’s over Him.

Israel loved God… but they continued to reject His commandments.

Israel loved God…but they continued to live below His expectations and standards.

BUT, when they repented God always took them back. Notice that I kept saying Israel loved God. The fact that they betrayed Him doesn’t mean they didn’t love Him. It just means their love wasn’t perfect. When we hurt God and one another, it doesn’t always mean there’s no love…it just means our love isn’t perfect. But God’s love is perfect. That’s how He can continue to forgive our infidelity to Him. When we choose to sin, when we put others before Him, when we live below His expectations and standards…we’re CHEATING ON GOD. We’re no different than Israel…no different than Judas betraying Him…no different than Peter denying Him. But, when we truly repent, He’s always willing to forgive us. Remember repentance means Godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10)… to turn from our wickedness( 2 Chronicles 7:14), not just ask forgiveness. God is always willing to take us back. See…God proves that real love even can forgive infidelity. When we’re willing to endure the pain, embarrassment, betrayal and despise the shame as Christ did on the cross for His bride (Hebrews 12:2), we’re acting just like our Heavenly Father. Now THAT’S conforming to His image. Is it easy? No! But, God proves it’s possible.

I encourage anyone who’s been betrayed, that if the offender is truly sorry, and the relationship is important enough to you (usually the more you love them, the more it hurts) then you should follow God’s example and forgive. He can give you strength you never had to restore and rebuild any relationship, not just a marriage. Remember this. After Israel sinned, they went through some rough days. But, God always promised renewed joy contingent on their faithfulness.When you forgive cheating.


When you forgive ANY betrayal in any relationship…things may not ever be THE SAME, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be BETTER.


It’s all about your attitude about the relationship and how important it is to you.

This is where the real power in…
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ( Philippians 4:13) is realized.

This is where the real power in…
My strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) is realized.

This is where the real power in…
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32) is realized.

Forgive as God forgives us, over and over again (Matthew 18:22) …Enjoy your relationships…, even though your relationship with _________ may never be the same, doesn’t mean it can’t be better. (Yes…I was redundant on purpose)

BE BLESSTIFIED!

AREN’T YOU GLAD GOD ALLOWED SOME THINGS IN YOUR LIFE TO REMAIN SECRET…

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We know that Peter denied Christ, but that wasn’t the only sin he committed. Peter committed many other sins, but we don’t know what they were. God allowed them to remain secret.

Every personality God used in the bible committed some sins that God allowed to remain secret. Yes, we are supposed to confess our faults to one another (James 5:16), but that doesn’t mean you have to tell ALL of your business in every detail. Some people will compel you to do so, not out of concern for you, but to satisfy their curiosity. Yes, some people are just nosey. There are some things that you have done, and truly repented, that no one knows about. You may have squandered money or relationships in your past, but now you aren’t that person anymore. You may have struggled with depression to the point you considered suicide, but you’re far beyond that now. You may have made some poor choices with your body, but that’s not you anymore. You may have had a problem with porn, but that’s now the last thing on your mind. Aren’t you glad God allowed those things to remain secret?

The next time a public figure is exposed for something shameful, before you jump on the bandwagon of pointing a self-righteous finger…


Think of how thankful you are that God allowed your shameful moment(s) to be secret.


And, if you’re presently involved in some shameful behavior…


STOP IT NOW!

Stop it before God makes you stop it. One sure way to make some shameful behavior stop is to expose it. Stop and give God some specific praise today if He has allowed some of your SECRETS to remain SECRET. Because not only is He a PROMISE KEEPER….HE’S a SECRET KEEPER TOO.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

BE BLESSTIFIED!

7 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PISS THE DEVIL OFF TODAY…

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Have you ever had someone get angry or aggravated at you for absolutely no reason? I mean you haven’t done anything.

Or, have anyone ever gotten extremely angry at you for trying to do the right thing. For doing something good? For be a blessing to someone? For speaking the truth?

Why?

Think about the times that those who were being led by the enemy got angry when Jesus came around (Mark3:1-6, Luke 13:1). When He healed people. When He did good. Think of the opposition He encountered. They even sought to kill Jesus and Lazarus because Jesus raised him from the dead and they didn’t want people to believe in Jesus because of that miracle…

John 12:9-10 (ESV)

 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus[a] was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well,

Think of the reactions of the demons inside those they were possessing when Jesus came around. They were afraid, they were worried, they were restless, they were uneasy.

Matthew 8:29(NKJV)

29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

 Mark 9:20  (NKJV)

20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

Why were they angry, uneasy or afraid.

Because of the presence of Jesus! Demons tremble in the presence of Jesus…at the very mention of His name. The enemy get’s upset in the presence of Jesus and those in whom He lives.

So, I encourage you…

Do something to piss the devil off today!


Here are 7 things you can do to please God while upsetting the devil.


1. WALK IN THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV)

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

2. GLORIFY GOD  WITH PRAISE

Psalm 22:3 (KJV)

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

3. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IN PRAYER

John 14:13-15 (NKJV)

13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it.

4. READ AND STUDY THE WORD OF GOD

Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

5. SHARE THE WORD OF GOD

Matthew 28:19-20  (NKJV)

19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]

6. SHARE THE LOVE OF GOD

 John 13:34-35 (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. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

7. RESIST AND IGNORE THE DEVIL

James 4:7(NKJV)

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

So, don’t be surprised, upset, disappointed or discouraged when your good is met with opposition. Let it be confirmation that you are pursuing your purpose and pleasing God.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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