THE REAL, BOTTOM-LINE REASON MARRIAGES FAIL…

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Marriage is a gift of God. It provides life-long companionship and support when we go about it as God has instructed us…but unfortunately too many marriages, Christian marriages, end in divorce.

Why?

Of course, there are various things that lead to failed marriages, but when you think about it there’s ONE common factor…

It’s not the struggle…

It’s not the challenge…

It’s not the trial…

It’s not the situation…

It’s not even the money…

And, it’s not that DEEP…


MARRIAGES FAIL BECAUSE COUPLES FORGET TO HAVE JOY IN ONE ANOTHER!


Joy is a Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)…even marriages of unbelievers and other faiths who have joy in one another stay together.

Marriages fail because couples forget how to simply have joy in one another…through it all.

The enemy manipulates struggles; situations; the trials to provoke…

Division…

Resentment…

Blame…

Cheating…

Giving up on God…

Giving up on each…

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

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cropped-wp-14789108568221.jpgIf you’ve been a Christian or been in church any amount of time you’ve heard it or read it…

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…

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MOST PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE ONLY WHO THEY WANT TO BELIEVE (FORD VS KAVANAUGH)…

It’s amazing to me how politics can make the most accomplished people revert back to being, well, just being childish and just plain immature.

It also amazes me how people will get fighting mad with people they’ve known all of their lives supporting someone else they’ve never met. Not only that, they might not like them if they did meet them, and vice versa.

Most of us will never meet Christine Ford, Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump or Barack Obama.

Here’s the deal…No matter how much evidence, or proof. No matter what they have done in the past, or currently doing. People will always find a reason to justify the people they want to support.


Most people will always believe only who they want to believe.


Oh, how I love the guidance of the word of God!

Psalm 146:3-7 (NKJV)

3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in [a]a son of man, in whom there is no [b]help.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

Be careful who you judge to be a liar, because if by chance they aren’t, you’ve opened yourself up to be judged to be a liar.
Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV)
7 “Judge[a] not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what [b]judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

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WHY PURPOSE DRIVEN PEOPLE ARE RARELY IF EVER BORED…

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How often do you get bored? How often do you feel ‘there’s nothing to do’?

We have all felt restless and uninterested in our current situation at times. We ‘weren’t feeling’ what was going on. We wanted some type of excitement. However I believe…


The more you focus on your God-given purpose, the less you’ll find yourself bored.


Boredom usually is a result of inactivity or lack of interest in activity. Either way, that boredom can lead to laziness. And, we all know what he bible says about laziness…

Proverbs 19:15-16  (NKJV)

15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will suffer hunger.

16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who [a]is careless of his ways will die.

It’s truth to the statement that the idle mind is the devil’s workshop. How much trouble in your life is a result of moments when you were bored?


DON’T LET BEING BORED GET YOU IN TROUBLE…


However, when you’re focused on your vision and fulfilling that vision, even though you may relax, rarely ever is your mind ever resting.

You’re always thinking…

Always planning…

Always trying to make the most of every opportunity and every ounce of your time.

Ephesians 5:16  (NKJV)

16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

When you’re purpose is your reason for getting out of the bed every morning, you find inspiration in literally everything. You find inspiration in…

The good…

The bad…

And, the ugly…

There’s always something to write about, to sing about. There’s something that always produces a melody in your spirit. There’s always a cause for which to fight. There’s always someone for whom to advocate or defend. There’s always someone to help. There are countless people who don’t believe in God and don’t accept Yeshua (Jesus Christ) as the Son of God, Lord and Savior.

God always has a remedy for being bored…


GOD’S GUARANTEED CURE FOR BOREDOM…

Even that what makes you angry provides the passion to drive you and your vision. That’s why God gave us the ability to be angry.


GET PISSED OFF ‘JUST’ ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE…


When you’re purpose driven, our minds are working during those activities that seem mundane. You’re rarely ever just sitting around twiddling your thumbs.

You may be inactive at times, but you’re rarely every bored.

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31 YEARS STRONG! THERE’LL NEVER BE A BETTER LOVE THAN OURS…

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Hallelujah! It’s our 31st Anniversary. God said in His word that…

 Proverbs 18:22  (NKJV)

22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the Lord.


 His word comes to life with my wife Mechelle Johnson!

The legendary musical group Switch said, “There’ll Never Be a Better Love” for you!

I’m so thankful to share my life with this woman. Our life together has been one great adventure. God has given us three awesome children, and one grandchild.

She is my partner in ministry, music and business! I trust her with my life and there’s no one else in the world with whom I would want to share this journey.

God uses the analogy of marriage to describe His relationship with Israel and Christ’s relationship with His church. He encourages men to love their wives as Christ loves His church…

Ephesians 5:25  (NKJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

Even on our worst days, I have to say my love for her has never diminished. In fact, it’s the dark days that has not just made our love stronger…but confirmed it.

I know that no one can love like God loves us. And, I know your marriage may be good and your love may be strong…but I have to say that when it comes to marriage, “There’ll Never Be a Better Love” than ours:-)

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THE 3 P’s TO FINDING YOUR PURPOSE(S)…

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ARE YOU WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE?

John 12:27 (NKJV)
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But FOR THIS PURPOSE I came to this hour.

There is nothing more powerful than a person who is certain of his or her purpose, and relentlessly working towards it. But, I hear so many people say,

“I don’t know my purpose!

or ask,

“How do I know I’m walking in my purpose?”


It is clear that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knew His purpose. How else could His human side endure the humiliation, shame and pain of the cross. Every word He spoke, every miracle He performed…led to the cross.


John the Baptist’s declaration that, “He must increase and I must decrease” in John 3:30 implies that he knew his purpose as well. Of course we were all created to glorify God our creator (Isaiah 43:7), if you are a parent, it is God’s will that you be a good parent and bring up your children in the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

But, what about the thing(s) we were born to do that no one else can do?

How can we discover that?

Here’s a simple way to help you find out your purpose(s) that God has for your life. I call it the BEBLESSTIFIED.COM THREE P’S of PURPOSE. 

Your Position
Your Passion
Your Pain

YOUR POSITION
This us exactly what it implies. Jesus was born a Jew, and His purpose was to save Israel first then the world from their sins. Acts13:36 states, “For David, after he served his own generation by the will of God fell asleep…”. It is no coincidence that you were born into your specific time, family, socio-economic status, race, culture etc. It was no coincidence that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born into his particular family in the south in 1929 to set him up for his purpose in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Yes he was a husband and father, but his purpose went beyond that. Somewhere in your position, you find your purpose.

YOUR PASSION
In Matthew 25, the Parable of the Talents, Jesus explains how He gives us all talents and has expectations of each of us according to our ability. What are you good at naturally and effortlessly. What do you have an aptitude for? What do you enjoy and get satisfaction out of most? What cause tugs on your heart more than any other? This is the key to your gift and more than likely your calling. Are your using your natural abilities only for your self…Your profession or vocation…Or, to help promote the Kingdom of God?

YOUR PAIN
Philippians 1:29 reminds us that it has been granted to us to not only to believe in Jesus, but to also suffer for Him. It isn’t fair that Jesus suffer and die for our sins and we have a convenient care-free life. We are to share in His sufferings so we can share in His glory as stated in Romans 8:17. We all have situations, storms, circumstances and assignments that we didn’t ask for. You will notice that very few, if any people in the bible who were used by God signed up for their task. You may have been: betrayed by a loved one, had your heart-broken, had a family member murdered, had your parents die while you were young, lost everything, been accused or imprisoned for something you didn’t do…the list can go on and on. But just as Abraham being told to leave his country and go to a place that God will show him, Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers, Hosea being told to marry a prostitute, or Joseph being told to marry a woman who was already pregnant by the Holy Spirit…your unsolicited pain, storms, trials, sicknesses, disabilities and circumstances sometimes hold the keys to your purpose in God.

So, look at your life from the beginning until now. Look at your POSITION…your PASSION…and yes your PAIN, and find YOUR PURPOSE.

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TODAY, WOULD KING DAVID HAVE BEEN ‘IMPEACHED’ & HIS PSALMS REMOVED FROM THE BIBLE…

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(2 Samuel 11-12)

King David of Israel was a man after God’s own heart, but He was still a man. He had personal flaws and weaknesses just as we all do. However, the difference between David and King Saul is that David had a truly repentant heart when He came to the realization of His sins, while Saul did not. That’s what made David not only a man of God, but a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

Psalm 51:1-17 (NKJV)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We all have done things of which we are ashamed, some worse than others. But, it doesn’t get much worse than sleeping with the wife of a man who is loyal to you, getting her pregnant, trying to conceal the pregnancy, and finally having that man killed so you can have his wife.

That is what David did. And, he paid a huge price for that sin. Read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12 again to refresh your memory of what happened.


It’s interesting that when the Prophet Nathan rebuked David on the behalf of God that God DID NOT tell David could not be King anymore. His sin did not disqualify David’s anointing. God still fulfilled His promise to David.


God went on to use David to write most of the Psalms in the bible. These Psalms teach us how to praise, pray, worship and even lament to God.


The fact is that God knew what David would do even before He chose Him to be King. David did not surprise God when He sinned, and neither do we.


In today’s culture, not only would David not have been allowed to remain king, but once people discovered what he did, they would have wanted to take all of His Psalms out of the bible.

It is important for us to strive for holiness, but God made us and He knows we are just flesh…

Psalm 103:13-14 (NKJV)

13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He [a]knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust


This is good news!


Your sin and your failures don’t necessarily disqualify your anointing. Like David, it’s your attitude after you sin that determines if God will continue to use you.

Be careful how you jump on the bandwagon when a Pastor, leader or public figure has a moral failure that becomes public, and thank God that no one knows your most shameful secrets. Please read this… AREN’T YOU GLAD GOD ALLOWED SOME THINGS IN YOUR LIFE TO REMAIN SECRET?

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WHEN GOD PROVIDES THE ‘BOOTY’…

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There is an account in the bible (2 Kings Chapter 7) of 4 men with leprosy who were at the entrance to the gate of the city of Samaria waiting to die. The city was being besieged by the Syrians, so there was famine within the gates. These men were diseased and rejected, the enemy was on the outside and there was no help or resources on the inside. They reasoned that rather than just sit and die, that they would go and surrender themselves to the enemy.

What they didn’t know is that God had caused the Syrians to think they heard a great army attacking them and fled leaving EVERYTHING in their camp behind. They left EVERYTHING. They left their tents, their horses, their food, their drinks, their silver, their gold, their clothes…they left EVERYTHING.


When the lepers arrived at the enemy camp, they had a wonderful surprise from the LORD.


Those rejected lepers who thought their situation was helpless and hopeless, once they stepped out on faith, suddenly found themselves with more than they needed.

2 Kings 7:3-8  (NKJV)

Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.

Throughout history when a victorious army was able to freely help themselves to what a defeated enemy left behind it has been referred to as…THE SPOIL, THE BOUNTY, THE BOOTY!

In fact, Merriam Webster defines booty as:

Definition of Booty 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1: plunder taken (as in war) especially plunder taken on land as distinguished from prizes taken at sea

2: a rich gain or prize


TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS…OR BOOTY!


In 2 Kings Chapter 7, God provided the BOOTY!

When you feel overwhelmed in your life. When you feel there’s no one to help you. When you feel your situation is hopeless. When you feel like you have no good options…all you have left is your faith in God.

You have to do what those four lepers did. You have to step out on your faith and let God fight for you just as He did Judah when they were overwhelmed by enemies in 2 Chronicles Chapter 20.

The same God that blessed those lepers and blessed Judah is the same God who can confuse your enemies and provide for you from their resources.

Psalm 111:6  (NKJV)

He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the [a]heritage of the nations.

Has God ever provided for you through those who meant to hurt you?

 

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