WHEN GOD LEAVES YOU FEELING POWERLESS…

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Have you ever noticed that sometimes God will allow you to be overwhelmed? Sometimes He will allow you to be in a situation that is 100% totally beyond your control. He will allow you to be confronted with an enemy, an adversary, a rival…with resistance so powerful that you feel totally POWERLESS.

It may be your job. It may be your health. It may be a challenge to your finances. It may even be abuse or persecution that you did not even provoke.

In 2 Chronicles Chapter 20 King Jehoshaphat and Judah were confronted by a powerful alliance of enemies – and he was afraid…

2 Chronicles 20: 1-4 (NKJV)

It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites,[a] came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria;[b] and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

He knew that the enemy was too powerful for him, so he immediately reached out to God, and petitioned that the people reach out to God as one…

Vs. 5-13

Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— 11 here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord.

God heard the people and told them that they didn’t even have to fight in this battle. He told them the battle wasn’t theirs but His and,


He told them He would fight for them!!!!


Vs. 14-17

14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle isnot yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”


God fought for them that day. The only weapon they used was praise!


Vs. 21-23

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”[c]

22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

This is a beautiful example of how God will allow His people to be feel powerless, so we can lean on Him, and Him only and allow Him to fight for us!

Is there a situation in your life that has left you feeling powerless?

God hasn’t ‘left’ you at all. He wants to prove He’s right there. Give it to Him! Lift up your hands and praise Him with what I like to call, “The Battle Cry of Praise”…

“Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever!!!!”

You aren’t powerless. Praise God, and let Him fight for you.

Remember this…

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NKJV)

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT YOU’RE ON THE WRONG SIDE…

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Have you ever been arguing your point with someone and slowly began to notice, and silently acknowledge to yourself that you were wrong. That doesn’t feel good does it? When there were clearly defined lines and ‘sides’ to an issue or situation that when you were honest with yourself you realized that you were on the wrong side?

Jesus told His disciples that the day will come people will kill you and think they are doing God a service. (John 16:2)

Those chasing the children of Israel did so based on their culture, their heritage, their faith and  what they believed to be the right thing…how do you think they felt when they saw the waters crashing down on them? (Exodus 14)

Peter told Jesus let it not be so that He should die…how do you think he felt when Jesus said “Get behind me Satan!” (Matthew 16:23)

The scribes and Pharisees thought they were doing the right thing when they rebuked and crucified Jesus. They thought they had won.

The Revelation tells us that when Jesus returns even those who pierced Him will see Him in His glory.(Revelation 1:7) How will they feel?

So be careful when you are at odds with…whomever. Examine yourself, and watch them and read your bible. You don’t want to suddenly find out find out that you are really in Pharaoh’s army.

And, don’t forget this…

Even when your enemy is wrong, if you have wrath in your heart towards them…If your aren’t blessing them… If you aren’t praying for their salvation…you’re on the wrong side. BE careful how you put your mouth on them.

Matthew 5:43-48 (NKJV)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[b] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren[c] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[d] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Always make sure you’re on the right side…God’s side. Because God is on your side, when you’re on His.

Psalm 118:6 (NKJV)

The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me
?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

Watch “SONday Blessing! ‘Charm’ing Lollipop Love on the Bball Court.” on YouTube

Sharing SONday fun with my wife:-) Remember, you minister to the soul with a Gospel song, but you minister to a marriage with a love song!

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.

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WHEN WE TRY TO ‘MANIPULATE’ GOD INTO BLESSING US…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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​It’s interesting how we sometimes try to manipulate blessings out of God.

Sometimes intentionally.

Sometimes intentionally.

Think about it. When we…

Make promises in our prayers…
Fast, but with our own selfish, personal agenda…

Isaiah 58:3 (NKJV)

‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?

Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’

“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure…”

Give only so we can be blessed…

Go to church as if God owes us something for going…

Serve to be seen or only to be rewarded for our service.

Even when we do all of the ‘spiritual’ things God told us to do.

God knows our hearts…

He knows the true motivation of why we do what we do…

James 4:3 (NKJV)

3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on…

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WHEN GOD USES THE ‘N-WORD'(In case you missed it)…

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God has said it to me many times.


The ‘N-WORD’


And I must admit that it’s very rare that I like it.

It’s very hard for me to hear.

Sometimes, I think it’s not fair.

I will think to myself, “You didn’t say the ‘N-WORD’ to him…or to her!”

I know that God is sovereign, and He can say whatever He wants to say.

I know He loves me…knows what’s best for me…and everything He does is always working for my good.

I know He knows me better than I know myself.

Yes, I trust Him, and I submit to His perfect will for my life.

But, that doesn’t make it hurt any less when God decides to respond to me with…


The ‘N-WORD’


Sometimes I reason within myself, He really didn’t mean that.

Sometimes I will keep pushing, trying to force a different response…

But, still His answer remains to be…


The ‘N-WORD’


As much as He loves me and gives me all of what I need and some of what I want…

Sometimes God has to say…


The ‘N-WORD’ to me


As much as I don’t like it, I still love Him and trust Him.

I take peace in the fact that His grace is always sufficient for me.

How do you react…

When God tells you “NO”?

2 Corinthians 12: 8-9 (NKJV)

 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

APPROACHING GOD SELFISHLY…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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wp-1476042921282.jpgWe must love God  for who He is, not what He can do.

Can He heal? Yes!

Can He deliver? Yes!

Can He restore your marriage? Yes!

Can He make a way out of no way? Of course!

But, those aren’t the only reasons we should come to Jesus, or tell people to come to Him. Who wants to be in relationship with someone only because of what you can do for them? We need to make sure that our prayers aren’t only about us, but that we consistently intercede for others.

We even need to be careful of how we teach giving, and why we give. I hear so many people say, “give so you can be blessed”. If that’s your only reason for giving, then that’s giving selfishly. We need to give so we can be a blessing, to fund Kingdom work, and out of obedience, not just…

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Watch “Minister Aldtric Johnson PSALM 118 PRAISE YOUR WAY OUT” on YouTube

It’s been stated that Psalm 117 is the midpoint of the bible with 594 chapters (even though Psalms aren’t chapters) before and 594 after. That makes Psalm 118 just past the midpoint

If you are going through something, once you move just past the midpoint, you’re on your way out.

I love Psalm 118 because its a wonderful encouragement for anyone who is ‘going through’ something.

It’s first and last verses are a powerful proclamation of praise that honors God and works as a weapon of spiritual warfare for His people.

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

Are you praying that you’re ‘on your way out’ of something?  Please watch my video above of a recent lesson called, “Praise Your Way Out!”

I think it will bless you.


I would love to come and share with you in person. For booking information, please email aldtric@gmail.com.


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WAIT A MINUTE! DOES GOD APPROVE OF THAT STATEMENT?

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Beware of statements that may seem right, but totally contradict the word of God…especially from our leaders.

Press Secretary said:

“They elected someone to be strong and when he get’s hit he’s going to hit back.”

God said:

Matthew 5:39(NKJV)
But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 
(That means don’t hit back)

Peter 3:9 (NIV)
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 
(That means don’t insult or insult back)

Strong words are just that…words. Always measure them against the word of God, and not you emotions or what you may think is right.

Remember this…

Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

If it’s contrary to the word of God, it’s in defensible and will eventually lead to destruction.

Pray for all of our leaders to submit to the word of God, first of all for their individual salvation and relationships with God…and for the good of our nation.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

‘WILL’ POWER VS. ‘WON’T’ POWER VS. ‘WANT’ POWER…

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I think I can… I think I will.. I think I want to… I think I don’t need to… I think I won’t.

I won’t!

Sometimes the ‘The Little Train that Could’, should be the ‘The Train that Didn’t’…

Discipline. Control of one’s self. This is something that many of us struggle with our entire lives…at least in particular areas of our lives.


It’s possible to very disciplined in some areas, while being out of control in others.

Disciplined in one’s finances, but not in one’s diet.

Disciplined with one’s credit, but not with one’s relationships.

Disciplined with exercise, but not with one’s prayer life.

Disciplined with work, but not with worship.


Most of the time we say we need more ‘will power’…meaning discipline over one’s own will.

But, maybe we need more power over our ‘won’t power’ or our ‘want power’.

Too many times our problem is the fact that…

We will do it. We will say it. We will eat it. We will drink it. We will smoke it. We will watch it. We will, because we are driven by our wants. We let the power of wants (fleshly, carnal desires) overpower the power of our wills.

Maybe instead of praying for more will power, we should pray for more won’t power!

We won’t do it. We won’t say it. We won’t eat it. We won’t drink it. We won’t smoke it. We won’t watch it. We won’t because we aren’t driven by our wants.

Galatians 5:16-21 (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. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[b]drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God

Did you know that God has provided a spiritual exercise to strengthen your ‘won’t power’? The problem is either we don’t take advantage of it enough, or we do it to manipulate blessings out of God to feed our ‘want power’.

The exercise is fasting.

Fasting is an exercise in putting our flesh and desires under subjection so we won’t be ruled by our carnal desires, or even needs.

Look at what the Apostle Paul said through the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit…

1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)

27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

 Now, look what God says about fasting in the book of Isaiah…

Isaiah 58:5 (NKJV)

Is it a fast that I have chosen,
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the Lord?

And, don’t forget about how Jesus told us we can release the faith to move mountains…even the mountains of our desires (our ‘wills’ and our ‘wants’)…

Matthew 17:20-21 (NKJV)

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] 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.”[b]

Every physical battle that you fight is a spiritual battle over your ‘will’, your ‘won’t and your ‘wants’.

I pray that God gives you the strength to overcome whatever seems impossible to you today in the name of Christ Jesus the Son of the Living God.

BE BLESSTIFIED.

TRADITIONS FROM HELL (from my archives)…

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If God makes it so easy to join His organization (Romans 10:9), why do we make it so hard to join  some of ours?

I was watching a television show in which a young lady hoping to join a prestigious college band was beaten into intensive care during her initiation, and it was swept under the rug and defended by those in authority to protect their tradition.

I’ve heard many comment and reason that such behavior is just ‘part of the process’…that some initiations and inductions are just ‘part of growing up’.

I’ve heard that enduring this foolishness with others breeds loyalty, brotherhood/sisterhood, comradery, etc.

Now, I’m sure some of you reading will defend it out of loyalty to your own beloved organizations and traditions, but if you’re a Christian…if you know God’s word…if you know the character and culture of His Kingdom…and if you’re honest with yourself, you know it’s not of God and makes no sense.

If it’s not of God, then it’s of the devil…

If it’s of the devil, then it’s straight from Hell.

How do I know it’s not of God?

Because God made joining His organization EASY for us!


It’s interesting how so many organizations, teams, clubs etc. make it so DIFFICULT to join…initiations, rituals, rites of passage, hazing, traditions…while, God makes it so EASY!

Romans 10:9 (NKJV)

 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 


The Body of Christ, His church is the most prestigious ‘organization’ of this earth and beyond.

The benefits of membership are eternal…

Yet, God makes it so easy to become part of His family.

But,

So many earthly organizations feel it’s such an honor to be inducted into their ranks that some have even died trying to get in. When you think about it…it’s quite absurd that people have shed blood to join some groups but…

Yeshua, Jesus Christ, paid the price of our admission to His church with His blood…

 Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

But He was wounded for our transgressions,He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

One of Jesus’ greatest battles was against foolish, senseless tradition (Matthew 15:1-20).

No organization on earth supersedes God’s and should never be no more difficult to become a part of than His church.

Even though some have even perverted and complicated ‘membership’ in His church, that was never His intention.

When any organization makes potential members submit themselves to violence, vulgar and profane language, embarrassment and possible harm as conditions of joining…those activities are not of God.

This is not an indictment on all organizations that require some sort of ‘proving grounds’, but when it crosses God’s line, it’s gone too far.

Don’t get caught up trying to hold onto, defend and condone traditions from Hell.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

MONDAY RERUN: THE WALKING DEAD (FEEDING ON FLESH)…

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AMC’s The Walking Dead has been one of television’s most successful shows consistently for years. For those who don’t know…it’s centered around a man, his son and a close, but ever changing, group of survivors in a world where a virus turns all humans into flesh-eating zombies when they die.

The zombies are a terrifying, dangerous threat…however the greatest and most dangerous threat on the show isn’t the dead…but the living.

On The Walking Dead, those who are left are normal people who do unmentionable acts of violence, treachery, even torture to one another to remain alive. What’s worse, many get to the point where they don’t just do it to survive…but they enjoy it.

Yes, that’s television, but if we stop and think about it, the world we live in is not that much different.

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to bring the worse out of any of us.

When we are led by our flesh…our carnal mind, the enemy can and does convince us to do some horrible things.

God told us through the Apostle Paul…

Romans 7:15-25 (NKJV)

 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Think about this…Even though you didn’t do it, has anyone ever hurt you or someone you love to the point that either you wished them harm, or you would have taken pleasure in their misfortune?

Again, we are warned that if we are led by our flesh, (feeding on flesh) our selfish desires or anger that we can become just like those zombies on The Walking Dead…

Galatians 5:15 (NKJV)

15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

 At first you may have thought this article was going to refer to those who are lost in sin as ‘The Walking Dead, and that is true, but we must remember…

In both the letters I quoted above, Romans and Galatians, God was addressing and warning the church, not unbelievers.

Galatians 1:1 (NKJV)

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

To the churches of Galatia:

 Romans 1:7 (NKJV)

 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

 God does not want His people to become, “The Walking Dead” walking in and being led by the flesh…because worse than being like the zombies on the show…

God doesn’t want us to become like the people.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN GOD’S CHILDREN GET ANGRY AT HIM…

FROM MY ARCHIVES
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Most of us get angry at those we love the most…it’s just a part of relationships. All children, both small and adult children, get angry at their parents at some point and time…it’s just a part of the relationship.

Most of us who believe in God also claim to love Him and be in relationship with Him…We are His children.

Soooo, it’s doesn’t seem outside of reason to assume that those of us who are in relationship with God, have gotten angry with him at sometimes or another…if we are willing to admit it.

God’s children get angry at their Heavenly Father.

Have you gotten angry at God because…

You thought He ignored your prayer…

You thought He said no…

You thought He was being unfair to you…

You thought He should have intervened…

You thought He was being too harsh…

You…

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EVEN THE MOST EFFECTIVE LEADERS DON’T ‘HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER’…

FROM MY ARCHIVES
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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Leaders, especially spiritual leaders , are very highly scrutinized and often criticized if they ‘don’t have it all together’. We can find ourselves expecting them to be near perfect. But, when we read our bibles, we find that many of God’s most anointed…those whom He gave great responsibility were lacking in many areas.

Moses and the Apostle Paul weren’t the greatest speakers.

Exodus 4:10 (NKJV)

10Then Moses said to theLord, “O my Lord, Iamnot eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but Iamslow of speech and slow of tongue.”

2 Corinthians 11:6 (NKJV)

6Even thoughI amuntrained in speech, yetI amnot in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifestedamong you in all things.

Eli the anointed High Priest and Judge had corrupt, disobedient sons (1 Samuel 3).

1 Samuel 3:13 (NKJV)

13For I have told him…

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THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE ‘FLIPS YOU OFF’ IN TRAFFIC (OR WHEREVER)…

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A few days ago as I was on my way to work, I went around a lady who was driving a little slow in the fast lane. I was hoping to make traffic light before it changed. I missed it, and threw my head back in frustration. As I waited on the light I looked in the rear view mirror and the lady slowly raised her middle finger at me. She was in the way, but raises her finger at me.

Did it make me angry, at first? Yes! I wondered if she were a Christian. In fact, I looked around in my car for my bible to flash it in her face in hopes to convict her, but that may have been counter-productive. Plus was I doing it to make her angry, or convict her? Then I thought about what God’s word says…

1 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

 Romans 12:21New King James Version (NKJV)

2Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 So, I prayed for her as I drove off.

I prayed that God forgive her.

I prayed that God soften her heart.

I prayed that God grant her His peace and His spirit that He can be pleased in her and that she can bear good fruit for Him.

And, I asked God to forgive me for my initial anger and if I provoked her.


People don’t have to know you are praying for them for God to hear and answer. In fact, sometimes people can get angry that you’re praying for them…

“What are you trying to tell me?”

“I don’t need you praying for me!”

“What are you praying for me for?”

“You need to pray for yourself!”

And, sometimes they don’t even believe in God or prayer. But, the bible promises that the prayers of the righteous prevails much (James 5:16).

And, don’t forget the paralyzed man who was forgiven and healed not because of his faith, but because of the faith of the men who carried him…

Mark 2:1-5 (NKJV)

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately[a] many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

The next time someone flips you off in public, or wherever…

Pray for them.

Bless them.

Forgive them.

Intercede to God on their behalf.

Whether you were right or wrong. Whether you unintentionally provoked it your were innocent…Pray for them.

He created them in His image too.

BE BLESSTIFIED!!!

WHEN ONLY GOD’S WORD CAN COMFORT YOU…

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Yes, your spouse loves you and cares. Yes, your parents love you and cares for you. Yes, your best friend said you can talk to them about anything. Yes, your Pastor is anointed and has often spoken peace into your life, but…

But, God fixes some situations so that the only comfort you receive comes from reading His word.

That keeps us close to Him.

Have you ever opened your mouth to talk to someone, and the Spirit of the LORD stopped you…then you opened your bible instead to just the right word? You saw just the right verse on a billboard or bumper sticker?

God Himself comforted you with His word. Not through someone else this time…HIMSELF.

Have you ever talked to someone…that person closest to you, and though it helped, you still had no peace?

That’s because God wants you to talk to Him. Take take comfort in Him. He wants to be that REAL. That ALIVE. That CLOSE.

Sometimes only His word will give you peace…

Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

 Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

John 16:33 (NKJV)

33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell
[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 SECONDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT: WITH GOD, WALLS BECOME VERTICAL FOUNDATIONS…

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When your back is ‘against the wall’…remember who has your back.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

When you are focused on God’s purpose for your life, He has your back. Yes, He is on your side…

Psalm 118:6 (NKJV)

The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?

When God is on your side, a wall becomes a VERTICAL FOUNDATION!

Please share this with someone that needs some encouragement today.

BE BLESSTIFED!

MAKE SURE THE DEVIL DOESN’T BUM A RIDE TO CHURCH INSIDE YOU…

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Have you ever thought about the fact that the same healing. The same miracle. The same encounter with Jesus that was available to the Pharisees as was the man who had his withered hand healed by Jesus, or those who witnessed the miracle.

They all went to ‘church’, but for different reasons.

Jesus went to be a blessing.

The man with the withered hand possible out of habit, possible because He thought Jesus would be there…but he went with enough faith to be healed.

The Pharisees went to accuse Jesus in hopes to destroy Him.

Be very careful of what’s in your heart when you go to church.

Make sure the devil didn’t bum a ride to church inside you.

Make sure you’re always going for the right reasons. To have an encounter with God through our Lord and Savior Yeshua, Jesus Christ. And, make sure you go in faith.

 Mark 3:1-6 (NKJV)

3 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.[a] Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

 BE BLESSTIFIED!

DON’T LET HAPPINESS STEAL YOUR JOY…

Joy lives on the inside. Happiness only comes from the outside.

God’s joy lives independently. It is self sustaining and sustains.

Joy creates…It creates hope.

Determination.

Peace.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD IS your strength.”

The joy of the LORD “IS” implies that joy is established…just like God Himself. God IS. This is because joy is a Fruit of His Spirit and an aspect of His character. Joy has power.

Joy protects the peace inside your heart.

Happiness is symbiotic, depending on the temporary condition that created it.

They both live and die together.

Happiness depends on something to happen. Notice this…

John 13:17 (KJV)

If ye know these things, happy are ye IF ye do them.

Happy are ye “IF” implies something has to happen first.

Even happiness about spiritual things depends on a condition…joy.

Happiness has no power. Happiness is not a Fruit of the Spirit. It is vulnerable to situations.

God gives joy. The world gives happiness.


The devil wants to steal your joy.  And, he can sometimes manipulate situations to allow happiness, or the lack thereof to steal, kill or destroy your joy.


Don’t let what’s going on around you kill what’s inside you.

Let what’s inside rule what’s going on around you.

Protect your heart…Protect your joy.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

BREATHE LIFE INTO EVERY ENVIRONMENT YOU ENTER TODAY…

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In the beginning, God breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living soul.

God has given us to breathe life into one another.

Think about it. You can’t speak without breathing.Yes, you can sign…you can write…you can type…but, you can’t speak without breathing into your environment.

Our words have incredible power.

Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.


You can breathe life into a room, a heart, a meeting, a situation…with kind words.


Proverbs 16:24 (NKJV)

 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

 Kind, positive words are powerful. They can encourage the discouraged. They can make someone considering suicide reconsider. They can bless the brokenhearted.

Kind words can change the entire tone of a meeting. They can make a gossiper feel convicted. They can make inspire and make the hearer aspire for better, greater, Godlier.


Kind words can plant seeds that bless a lifetime.


Kind words are the voice of God. Kind words are His image.

Remember, when everyone else is pissed off, somebody has to keep a level head.

Take a moment to pray that God anoints you breathe life into every environment you enter today.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ANYMORE (from my archives)…

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO…

You don’t have to gain one more pound…

You don’t have to give away your body…

You don’t have to make one more charge…

Watch one more obscene video…

Make/answer one more call from ‘them’…

Sent or open one more text from ‘him or her’

Open one more email…

Send one more pic…

Take one more drink…

Smoke one more cigarette…

Curse one more time…

Waste any more energy…

Waste any more time…

Cheat one more time…

Spread one more rumor…

Start one more fight…

Make one more frivolous purchase…

Insult, backstab  or undermine one more person…

Quit one more job…

Be in one more clique…

Hold one more grudge…

Do ‘IT’ one more time (you know what you ‘IT’ is)…

God has given you the power and responsibility to stop today if you want to.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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 4:31

 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

He has given you the tools to do it…

Matthew 17:20-21

 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[d] 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.”

You STOP today if you REALLY want to!

Sometimes, the right thing to DO…is DON’T.

BE BLESSTIFIED!!!

 

WHEN RESPECT BECOMES WORSHIP/WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN A PHARISEE?

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The spirit of the Pharisees is alive and well today. The expectations. The hypocrisy. And, how God feels about it has not changed.

Think about it. What did Jesus say?

Matthew 15:1-3 (NKJV)

Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

We must always remember which of our beloved and expected traditions and symbols are of God and which are of man.

We must remember that it’s not fair to judge what’s in someone’s heart because they don’t have the same affinity to a tradition, symbol or person as someone else feels they should.

And, that no matter how long they may  have endured, devotion to the tradition…the symbol…the person should never be so dear that it becomes worship.

I have a few honest questions that I would like for you as a Christian to answer to yourself from a purely spiritual perspective. Not political. Not social. Not racial. From God’s perspective with the bible as the standard.

How many fraternities? Sororities? Organizations? Have forced or pressured people to engage in sinful behavior to become members? How much of this behavior has become a tradition?

How many people blindly support what their parents, leaders, ancestors, pastor, coach did or does and seeks to excuse it whether it’s right or wrong?

Is standing and placing your hand on your heart actually an act of worship?

How many people have allowed their devotion to symbols to become worship. Statues (graven images). Flags. Crosses. Pictures. Logos.


How many people have sworn in court on a bible in which God forbids swearing?

How many people have taken an oath of office on a bible in which God forbids taking oaths?

Matthew 5:33-37 (NKJV)

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

James 5:12  (NKJV)

12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.[a]


 Yes, Romans 13 tells us to be subject to the established authorities because they are ordained by God, but we must read that in context of what Peter said when confronted with not complying with the officials. I’m just going to post it below for context…

Acts 5:22-29 (NKJV)

22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported, 23 saying, “Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing outside[a] before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!” 24 Now when the high priest,[b] the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be. 25 So one came and told them, saying,[c] “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.

Now, if that were today. Would they be criticized?

God’s word supersedes any and every tradition that we have established.

Don’t let your devotion, dedication, loyalty and respect doesn’t subtly turn into worship…

Before you judge what I have said, first ask yourself. Did God establish what is so dear to me? Or did man or woman?

Ask yourself would I have been one of those Pharisees confronting Jesus over not honoring the traditions…even the law of Moses…

Matthew 19:8-9 (NKJV)

 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality,[d] and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

Many people point a self-righteous finger and say “Shame” when they read or hear a sermon about the Pharisees, but you prove by your behavior to parallel situations today how you would have reacted had you lived back then.

What is your reaction when someone doesn’t honor, respect or submit to something the way you feel they should?

I would love to hear your respectful responses.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

YOU’RE ALWAYS IN POSITION TO PRAY/ 9 PROPER POSTURES (REBOOT)…

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I’ve found the most intimate refreshing place to pray at my home. I love sitting in my chair on my front porch and enjoying quality time with God in prayer. When I’m out there, it’s like it’s just Him and me. Yes I pray everywhere. But, that place is special.


And yes, I said sitting.


You see, it’s good to get on your knees in submission to God, but contrary to what many may have been taught it’s not mandatory. That is not the exclusively acceptable prayer posture.


Your proper prayer posture isn’t the position of your body, but of your heart and spirit…


To a humble spirit… it’s about humility.

Psalm 51:17 (NKJV)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise

1- On Your Knees

Ephesians 3:14 (NKJV)

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[a]

 2 – In Your Bed

Psalm 4:4 (NKJV)

Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.

3 – Out Loud

Psalm 34:6 (NKJV)

This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.

4 – Silently

1 Samuel 1:13 (NKJV)

13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.

5 – Hands Lifted

1 Timothy 2:8 (NKJV)

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

6 – Eyes Open

John 17:1 (NKJV)

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,

7 – Head Bowed

Genesis 24:26 (NKJV)

26 Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord.

8 – Prostrate

Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

9 – Standing

Mark 11:25 (NKJV)

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

God just wants you to be humble. Many have even misunderstood “come boldly” in the book of Hebrews…

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

It’s not about ‘telling God what to do’, but direct access to Him. We don’t have to go through a priest, or a preacher to talk to Him…just submit to Him humbly in prayer through our Lord and Savior Yeshua, Jesus Christ.

So, bow your head, lie in your bed, fall on your knees, lift up your hands, as long as you’re sincere…God will hear.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

9 EASY WAYS TO CARVE OUT MORE QUALITY TIME FOR GOD DURING YOUR BUSY DAY…

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Most of us lead very busy lives. How many times have you thought, said or heard someone say…I don’t have time to read, or study my bible, pray or go to church?

How many feel that God happily accepts being an after thought or ignored?

How many feel it’s okay to say you believe, but never live like God is real or like they are in true relationship with Him?

How many people say through…

Jobs…

Careers…

Family…

Organizations…

Youth Sports and Activities…

Even church activities…

That they don’t have time for God, prayer, reading and studying their bible or worship?


The truth is that God doesn’t give us blessings to replace Him.


Our blessings should never become barriers or burdens to our relationship with Him.

Here are a few simple, easy suggestions to carve out quality time with God.

1. WHEN YOU CAN’T SLEEP AT NIGHT

We all have those nights when we can’t sleep. You may not even necessarily be worried. You may be excited about the next day. You may have awaken to use the bathroom and couldn’t go back to sleep. For whatever reason, you just lie there in the bed. You may turn on the television. Maybe God is trying to squeeze in some quality time with you before you get busy during the day. It’s the ideal time to be close to Him. No distractions. No noise. Just you and God. You can lie there and pray…get on your knees…get up and lift up your hands and praise God…You can go outside and adore His awesome creation…You can read your bible, or even study a specific topic. God can give you fresh revelation during these intimate times. You will find yourself feeling so much closer to Him, but most of all you will please and bless Him. Best of all, you will find yourself yawning and going back into a wonderful restful sleep for the rest ot the night (or morning).

Psalm 16:7 (NKJV)

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.

 Psalm 63:6 (NKJV)

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.

 2. WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP

I used to be in the habit of going to the gym early in the morning to start my day. I would say a short prayer and then go ‘work out my body’. I ruptured my Achilles tendon one day and found myself in a boot and a cast for several months. Not much later, God cultivated out of that the practice of going outside on my porch, and spending rich quality time in prayer and praise before I do anything else. I replaced worshiping my flesh in a sense with worshiping Him. Now, you don’t have to go outside, but it’s not difficult to kneel and pray as soon as you wake up. Before you drink your coffee. Before you watch the news. Before you check your social media. I think it is a foolish thing to begin the day without submitting ourselves to and talking to God first. Even if you don’t get on your knees…lie in your bed…get up and bow your head…lift up holy hands…just make sure your heart is humble and your prayer is sincere and not rushed.

Psalm 63:1 (NKJV)

63 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.

3. WHEN YOU ARE USING THE BATHROOM IN THE MORNING.

This is something we all have to do when we wake up. Keep a bible in the bathroom, or use your bible app on your phone. This is another time when you are alone and can choose a verse of the day on which to meditate or even read a chapter each morning. A verse of the day is good for memory or meditation, but it should never take the place of real in-depth bible study. God doesn’t mind you making His word #1 while you do #2.

4. THANK GOD FOR AND BLESS EVERY MEAL (EVEN SNACKS)

Make it a point to thank God for every meal you eat. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out prayer, but a sincere thank you for the awesome blessing of having food to eat. Don’t be ashamed to thank Him for your food while you are in public…at lunch with co-workers…at a lunch meeting. Also, it’s very important to bless each meal and ask God that it nourish your body and not harm it. Much of our food we don’t prepare ourselves and we don’t know how it could harm are bodies…Always bless every meal and shack.

1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NKJV)

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

5. WHILE YOU’RE DRINKING YOUR COFFEE

Whether you have a relaxing cup of coffee, tea, juice or whatever your morning beverage may be, it’s an ideal time to read God’s word…pray…or even praise God each morning. What do you read or watch while you sip on your coffee? Why not make it God’s word?

6. WHILE CHECKING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA STATUS

How many times a day do your check your social media? Many people check their’s as soon as they wake up…then claim they don’t have time to read the bible. Check out what God has posted in His word before you check out what’s going on in social media. There’s nothing wrong with checking you Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever. Of, course there are even devotionals on there just like this one, but never let it take the place of reading and studying your bible.

7. DURING YOUR LUNCH BREAK AT WORK OR AFTERNOON BREAK

Your lunch break is your time. Why not dedicate a few moment of it, or even an entire lunch break once a week to reading and studying God’s word. You can even volunteer at a mission or serve others in some way during your lunch break from time to time. It’s just another opportunity to spend quality time with God during your day. To prove to Him and yourself that you really value time with Him and love Him. You will find it to be not a burden or task, but a time of refreshing and fellowship to help you stay focused and make it through the rest of the day.

8. TAKE A VACATION DAY JUST TO SPEND WITH GOD

Most of us have vacation days. Have you ever taken a vacation day just to spend in prayer, study, praise and fellowship with God? Devoting one of your vacation days to God is an awesome mini-sabbatical opportunity to grow closer to the God of our salvation through our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Jesus Christ.

9. LISTEN TO GOSPEL MUSIC SOMETIMES OTHER THAN IN WORSHIP

Of course there’s nothing wrong with fun music or love songs as long as they don’t contain ungodly lyrics. But, there’s a world of good Gospel music of every genre that you can use to turn your leisure time into worship time. It doesn’t have to be a hymnal. Like my wife, Gospel Jazz Artist Mechelle Johnson (Yep that’s a plug:-) But, good Gospel music is another way to help stay focused while you work or play.

God knows that we make time for what and who are important to us. These are just a few suggestions of how to make more time for God. There’s no excuse to say we are too busy for Him.


Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV)

In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

LUKE 19:40

As so powerfully stated by Rev. Paul Jones…


Luke 19:40 (NKJV)

But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

BE BLESSTIFIED!

TBT: LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON’T LIKE…

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We all have them in our lives…people that we just don’t like, or who don’t like us.

They’re in our families…on our jobs…in our churches…we see them on television…sometimes we’re even married to them.

We may or may not know them, and they may or may not know us.

It could be that you used to be very close, but something happened.

You changed.

They changed.

Life happened and you reacted to it differently.

It could be that you have opposing views on a cause that is near and dear to your heart.

Sometimes you don’t even know why. It could be something very subtle.

Have you ever found yourself saying this?

“I don’t know why, but I just don’t like ___________.”

Or,

There’s something about ____________ that I just don’t like.

We may not like the way they look…the way they behave…the way they treat others…they may have even mistreated us or someone we love.

Stop right now and take a moment to think about the people who you don’t like.

Be careful, because… DON’T LIKE can lead to HATE.

Or, sometimes, DON’T LIKE is actually HATE in denial.

We all know that God commands that we love everyone, just as He loves everyone. In fact, He goes so far as to tell us to love our neighbor as ourselves…and defines a neighbor in the Parable of the Good Samaritan…

Luke 10:25-37 (NKJV)

 25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[h] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[i28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?” 30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him,and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[j] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “GO AND DO LIKEWISE.”

Jesus chose this example because, as most of you know, the Jews and Samaritans DID NOT like each other. Some say that they hated one another, and through that context He gives us His expectation for us.

God already knew when He commanded that we love one another that we would…

Have opposing views…

Hurt one another…

Betray one another…

Abuse one another…

Sometimes be innocent victims…

But, still He said love EVERYONE!

How do we do that?

Here are a few suggestions to help you love someone you don’t like…


REMEMBER THEY’RE GOD’S CHILD TOO

We were all created in the image of Almighty God. Jesus died for all of our sins, in fact the bible says…

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[a] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Notice what King David said after he had Uriah killed so that he could have his wife…

Psalm 51:4 (NKJV)

Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak,[a]
And blameless when You judge.

When someone hurts you…they are transgressing God’s commandment to love everyone, so they are hurting God 1st.

Always remember that GOD DOESN’T LOVE YOUR ENEMY ANY LESS THAN HE LOVES YOU! Just because we don’t like someone, doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love them.

Even though they won’t, He wants everyone to accept Him and be saved. As they brutally crucified Jesus, He lovingly said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)


DO SOMETHING KIND FOR THEM

One of the most powerful things you can do for someone who you don’t like, or for someone who doesn’t like you is to make a conscious effort to be KIND to them.

Kindness is a Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). Being KIND and NICE are two different things… Click here to find out more about Kind vs Nice)

You can be NICE to someone who you hate. You can be NICE to someone while positioning yourself to stab them in the back.

Being kind to someone is LOVE IN ACTION. It’s doing what’s best for them in spite of how you feel about them, or how they feel about you. It’s doing what’s best for them even if it’s unpleasant or uncomfortable for you are them.

Just as in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, being kind to someone you don’t like forces you into showing them love. It plants a seed of God’s love into them and anyone else who may witness the kindness.

Kindness is exercising your love muscle. It allows you the opportunity to not only see them as God sees them, but to act towards them as God does towards us when we hurt Him.


 YOU CAN LOVE THE PERSON AND HATE THE BEHAVIOR

Do you think that God loves all of our behavior? Of course not. He hates sin…and we all sin.

God hates sin, but loves the sinner…and that’s what He expects us to do. When we accept Jesus and repent of our sins, He…

Propitiates our sins…covers or atones for them. (1 John 2:2)

And,

Justifies us…or counts us as being righteous. (Romans 5:1)

And, even those who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior are recipients of His mercy He loves enough to withhold His wrath even though He doesn’t LIKE their behavior. (Luke 6:36)

God expects us to look past the sin and love the person that He made in His image. Is it easy? No! But, that’s where Philippians 4:13 is most powerful…

Philippians 4:13(NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

 Just as God does, we can learn to love the person and hate the behavior.

We can love them, and dislike how the are.


FIND SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE IN COMMON WITH THEM

Another way that you can find it within yourself to love someone who you don’t like is to find something that you have in common with them.

The key to conflict resolution is finding common ground. We all have and will sin. We all have to die one day. We all want to be happy. We all want to be valued.

Look at what the apostle Paul did to reach others for Christ…

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NKJV)

19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,[a] that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God,[b] but under law toward Christ[c]), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as[d] weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

We all have more in common than we may think. Sometimes when we don’t like someone, we don’t want to see what we have in common with them.

Finding something in common with them is a way to see yourself in them…hence, “Love your neighbor as yourself”.


 REMEMBER THAT SOMETIMES, YOU’RE THE PERSON SOMEONE DOESN’T LIKE

When we’re honest with ourselves…sometimes we are that person that someone doesn’t like. Not only that, sometimes we have given them a GOOD reason to ‘not like us’.


Lastly, remember this…When we judge that someone deserves to ‘not be liked’, we are placing that same judgment on ourselves…

Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV)

Do Not Judge

“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.

Notice that I didn’t try to convince you to like anyone. Just learn to love them through what you dislike about them.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

THE REASON NICENESS ISN’T A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT…

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Have you ever noticed how little the bible says about being NICE?

Does God ever tell us to be nice? To the contrary, the bible says be careful when men speak well of you…thats being nice.

Luke 6:26  (NKJV)

26 Woe to you[a] when all[b] men speak well of you,
For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

The bible speaks of men flattering and blessing with their mouths but, hiding what’s in their hearts.

Psalm 5:9 (NKJV)

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.

Psalm 62:4New King James Version (NKJV)

They only consult to cast him down from his high position;
They delight in lies;
They bless with their mouth,
But they curse inwardly. 

That’s being nice.

There’s a reason that being nice isn’t a fruit of the spirit. The devil knows how to be ‘nice’…

2 Corinthians 11:14 (NKJV)

14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. However, kindness is an outward expression of love. It’s doing what best for others with a sincere heart, even if it’s uncomfortable to them.

Telling someone that they acted foolishly may not seem nice, but it is kind. Giving loving constructive criticism may not be nice, but it’s kind. Disciplining a child, (or adult) may not be nice, but it’s kind.

Here’s how I put it…


Being NICE is being good with a personal agenda.

Being KIND is being good with God’s agenda.


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.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

THE LORD IS FOR ME AMONG THOSE WHO HELP ME (PSALM 118:7a)…

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We all need it sometimes…Whether we admit it or not.

No matter how big or small.

No matter how rich or poor.

In some form or another we all need it from time to time…

Some more than others…but still all.


Everyone needs help sometimes.


Sometimes it’s help getting UP…when we fallen.

Sometimes it’s help getting DOWN…when we have exalted ourselves.

Make no mistake though, that when it comes through someone.

When someone helps you willingly or unwillingly…


It’s the hand of God.


Take a moment and thank God for those who have HELPED…are HELPING…and have been ordained to HELP you.

Psalm 118:7a (NKJV)

The Lord is for me among those who help me…

Psalm 71:3 (NKJV)

Be my strong refuge,
To which I may resort continually;
YOU HAVE GIVEN THE COMMANDMENT TO SAVE ME,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

 

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE POWER IN DOODLING GOD’S WORD (SCRIBBLING SCRIPTURE)…

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Have you ever seen people doodle during a meeting? Do you?

Do you draw? Do your write your name in cursive? Do you write your families’ names? Do you play tic-tac-toe?

If so, I have a powerful suggestion for you. I know we all have our smart devices now, but keep a note pad or notebook handy. Before your meetings, lectures, conferences, classes, and find a scripture and write it down.

Doodle this verse during your meeting…While you wait at the doctor’s office…While you listen to the lecture…

Write it down…. Print it… Write it in cursive….scribble it…over and over again!

This is a powerful tool to help you maintain focus on God and power through negativity. It’s also a powerful tool to hide the word in your heart…to memorize it…to meditate on it.

Go ahead…try it!

Start with this one…

Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

IT’S NOT A ‘GOOD’ MORNING UNTIL IT’S A ‘GOD’ MORNING (From my archives)…

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How many times have you done it? You jumped out of bed, and hit the ground running. You got dressed, maybe grabbed a bite to eat and started your day. Then here come the challenges…


Family asking questions they could have asked last night…

Can’t find your keys…

Horrible traffic…

More horrible co-workers…

Everyone seems to be pushing all your buttons all morning long!


Then, just before lunch you realize it. How could you have forgotten? Yes, the bed felt good and you lay there a few more moments, so when you jumped up you had to get going. But, how could you get going without telling God…

“Good Morning!” (Psalm 63:1)

“I bless your Holy Name this morning!” (Matthew 6:9)

“Thank you for keeping while I slept!” (Psalm 4:8)

“Thank you for brand new grace and mercy this morning!” (Lamentations 3:22-24)

“Please forgive me of all my sins!” (Psalm 41:4)

“No matter what happens today I love you and I trust you!” (Psalm 31:13-14)

 Thank you for sending the living word as your Son to die for my sins.” (John 1:14)

 Please provide all of our needs for this day.” (Matthew 6:11)

 “ Lord, I look forward to being with you where you are when you return.” (John 17:24)

 “ I pray for peace and prosperity in your Holy City of Jerusalem and salvation for your people.” (Psalm 122:6-9, Romans 10:1)

 “I declare to have a good day in your Name!” (Psalm 118:24)

“For yours is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory forever!” (Matthew 6:13)

“In the name of Yeshua, Jesus Christ the Son of the only living God, and you are one.” (John 14:13-14)

 “I love you because you first love me…Amen!” (1 John 4:19)


Of course, you don’t have to use this exact prayer, but how dare us begin are day without talking to God first! Sometimes we forget, but sometimes we may just decide to skip praying. There are even mornings when we are going through trials that we honestly don’t FEEL LIKE PRAYING.

But, it is a foolish thing to be bold enough step out into this world (or even stay at home) without talking to God first.

If you aren’t having a ‘good day’…did you pray? And, even if you did, stop and think of how much ‘worse’ your day could have been if you didn’t.


Remember, before you ‘hit the ground running’…hit the ground in prayer!


BE BLESSTIFIED!

COME ON NOW…EVEN GOD ISN’T ALWAYS ‘DEEP’!

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We as writers and ministers can find ourselves seeking to share something ‘deep’. Something profound that makes one sit back and say, “Wow!” If we aren’t careful we can feel pressured to validate our anointing or education with quotes, discourses, and words of wisdom that confirm God speaks through us. The fact is, when we are fortunate enough to do so, it IS God and not us.

Have you ever been around someone who never talks normal, but feels every word must be a divine revelation? Every sentence must be crafted perfectly? Every moment is a teaching or mentoring moment…they can’t just have a simple conversation?

Have you ever noticed how a very charismatic speaker can make something really simple sound deep? That’s why we should never confuse charisma with anointing.


But, even God Himself isn’t always DEEP.


John 3:16 (NKJV)

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…

That’s simple.

Romans 10:9 (NKJV)

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…

That’s simple.

Luke 6:31 (NKJV)

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise…

That’s simple.

Even the Apostle Paul admitted he wasn’t always deep either…

1 Corinthians 2:1-2  (NKJV)

2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony[a] of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

It doesn’t take much reading to discover God’s word is full of simple truths and expressions of His love.

God knows how to feed us with milk, and how to feed us with meat. He knows what we need and when we need it…

1 Peter 2:2  (NKJV)

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[a]

If God can humble Himself to sometimes keep things ‘simple’ for us, then we can to.

And, don’t get to the point that your expectation of the deep allows you to miss what’s profoundly simple.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

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