HOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO HATE SOMEONE TO NOT LOVE THEM…

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They say there’s a thin line between love and hate.

It may not be that the line is so thin, but that people should be totally honest with themselves, because God knows the heart. The fact is…


YOU DON’T HAVE TO HATE SOMEONE TO NOT LOVE THEM


The enemy knows that God commanded us to love everyone….

Everyone means everyone.

That’s why he (the enemy) manipulates situations and circumstances to provoke us to NOT LOVE someone who mistreats us, or someone we close to us.


The enemy convinces people to engage in behavior to where what we feel for them may not be HATE, but it’s definitely not LOVE.


He then he manipulates you to lie to yourself and say “I love everybody” because it’s the right thing to say, but your feelings and behavior don’t reflect love.

God didn’t tell us to LIKE everyone…but to LOVE everyone.

Just as Jesus…

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NEW YEAR’S ADVICE FOR THE NIT PICKY: DON’T BE SO ‘ANAL’ THAT YOU BECOME AN A**…

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It’s okay to want things done the way you feel is right. It’s okay to be particular…to be a perfectionist…it’s okay to be detailed.

It’s okay to provide constructive criticism, but it’s not okay to be petty or hypocritical.

It’s not okay to hold people to a higher standard that you hold yourself.

It’s okay to try to maintain control in your life, but not everyone elses.

Remember how Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23. Read the entire chapter for context, but check out this verse…

Matthew 23:4 (NKJV)

For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Jesus rebuked them for being ‘nit picky’ and overly critical hypocrites. They were obsessive about criticizing others and expressing their expectations while not holding themselves to the same standard.

People are much more…

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GOD’S POWER: ARE YOU A ‘CONDUIT’ OR A ‘CAN’T DO IT’…

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The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that is available to us and that God wants to use to work in us.

Romans 8:11 (NKJV)

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

God has called us to build His Kingdom and bear much fruit for Him, but only by being connected through our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

John 15:5  (NKJV)

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.


 As you know, a conduit is a channel through which something such as water or electricity is conveyed.


God wants us to be…

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WHEN GOD USES THE ‘N-WORD’ (from my archives)…

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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…

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IS GOD IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU?

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Relationships are complicated and difficult, even good ones. But as we all know some relationships can slip into the category of ‘abusive’. And, abusive doesn’t always mean physical abuse.

When someone takes advantage of someone else’s love and mistreats them verbally or emotionally, that’s abusive.

When someone loves you enough to allow you to hurt them over and over again while always willing to forgive and move forward as if nothing happened, that’s abusive.

Micah 7:19 (NKJV)

19 He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all [a]our sins
Into the depths of the sea.

Isaiah 43:25-26 (NKJV)

25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.
26 Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be [a]acquitted.

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WHEN EVERYTHING IS FALLING APART ALL AROUND YOU…

There are days and seasons when you feel that your whole world is falling apart, crumbling all around you.

Yes, you’re thankful but that’s why it’s so frustrating. Even though you know EVERYTHING that could possibly go wrong isn’t going wrong there are times when you feel you’re getting your ‘unfair’ share.

Your home…

Your relationships…

Your financing…

Your health…

Your job or career…

Your reputation…

Your life…

May all seem to just unravel at once and not long after you wake up with new hope for each new day… a new challenge slaps you right in the face as soon as you get off your knees from praying.

No one else understands. Everyone has more advice than encouragement.

Have you ever been there?

Are you there right now?

Let me give you one encouraging reminder…

When everything seems to be falling apart all around you, that means that you’re still standing!

When everything is falling apart around you…YOUR STILL STANDING.

Ephesians 6:13-18  (NKJV)

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Remember, that God never promised to be fair… https://beblesstified.com/2018/07/29/why-someone-is-fantasizing-about-you-2/

Keep standing my friend!

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FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW…

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wp-1499365099901. Don’t worry about tomorrow if you don’t trust God with today. maj

There may be some reason that you aren’t looking forward to or may even be dreading tomorrow. It could be because of challenges in your relationship(s), on your job, your health. It could be that your paycheck will not be enough to take care of your obligations. It may be a promise you made that you already know you can’t fulfill. You may have robbed Peter and still don’t have enough to pay Paul. You may be separated from loved ones and support.


It may be the expected or the unexpected.


I’m not here to promise a miracle if you share this post.

I’m not even promising tomorrow will be better or even arrive.

God hasn’t promised us tomorrow…but He has given us today.

That’s why He said…

Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)

 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow…

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WHY ‘BIRTHING’ SOMETHING & GIVING IT LIFE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS…

Whether it be a vision, a dream, your purpose, or a child, birthing something into this world is designed to come with great pain and some level of difficulty.

John 16:21  (NKJV)

21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

But, just as some children are unfortunately ‘stillborn’, so are many visions and dreams. Yes, many people go through the pain of birthing their purpose only to let it die. Either from the trauma of what they went through to ‘birth’ it or neglecting their responsibility once it’s ‘born’.

Even though we are born, until God breathes the breath of life into us, we do not yet have ‘life’.

So, if you have gone through the pain and effort to birth your vision, your dream…your purpose, birthing it is only the beginning.

After breathing the breath of life in a child, God has given the parent the responsibility to give that child life.

To feed it.

To nurture it.

To protect it.

And most of all to dedicate to the One who gave it to them…Him.

God gives us the responsibility to give our vision, dream and purpose life, after we have ‘birthed’ them.

To feed it.

To nurture it.

To protect it.

And most of all to dedicate to the One who gave it to us…Him.

Even Yeshua, Christ Jesus, Emmanuel (God with us) had to be protected and nurtured as a child by His ‘parents’…

Matthew 2:13 (NKJV)

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

Think about this. When a thought is shared whether it be written, typed, spoken, recited or sung…it’s born.

But, that thought does not have life until it’s accepted by others. Every time it’s shared it’s both exhaled and inhaled. That’s breathing. That’s life.

Many of you are either entering, in the midst of or coming out of a birthing season in your life. Remember this. Don’t get so excited over what you birthed that you neglect your responsibility to give it life…and dedicate it to God.

Don’t let what you’ve birthed die.

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1 CRY. 10 TEARS. 8 REASONS.

Those who say a man isn’t supposed to cry must not know the shortest verse in the bible…

John 11:35 (NKJV)

35 Jesus wept.

Even though He knew the miracle He was about to perform in bringing Lazarus from the grave, He still cried because of His love for that family.

I was facing uncertainty and circumstances that caused me great pain and anxiety. By no means not as severe, but it did remind me of Jesus the night before He faced the cross…

Matthew 26:38  (NKJV)

38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.

I recently reflected on the process of my thoughts one night when I recently cried. It was approximately 10 tears that fell and different reason for each tear.

TEAR DROP 1

Was for the pain and uncertainty in my life on that particular night.

TEAR DROP 2

Was because though I was hurting and concerned, I was battling with the internal conflict of being thankful to God while wanting things to change for the better.

TEAR DROP 3

Fell as I thanked God that things weren’t worse than they were.

TEAR DROP 4

Fell as I thought about the people who were ‘worse off than me’. Those who were praying through the fight of their live because of a terrible disease. Or, those who are being persecuted or placed themselves in harm’s way, discomfort, inconvenience and danger for the cause of Christ.

TEAR DROP 5

Ran down my face as I thought about the pain, embarrassment, and shame my Savior Yeshua, Christ Jesus, endured not only to save me from the penalty of sin and death, but for the very tears I was crying at that moment.

TEAR DROPS 6 & 7

Were tears of thanksgiving as I thanked and praised God as I thanked God for His love for me and prayed for those whose pain is more severe than mine and were enduing greater hardship than me.

TEAR DROPS 8 & 9

Were tears of joy as I praised God and told Him that through my pain, I love Him and trust Him and proclaimed Psalm 118: 1…

Psalm 118:1  (NKJV)

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

TEAR DROP 10

As I was determined to face my uncertain situation with confidence in God.

Then I wiped my face and went back to sleep.

Here are a few of Psalms for the next time your tears wet your pillow…

Psalm 3:1-6 (NKJV)

Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many 
are they who rise up against me.
Many are they who say of me,
There is no help for him in God.” Selah

But You, O Lord, are ashield [a]for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. 
Selah

I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set 
themselves against me all around.

Psalm 4 (NKJV)

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
[b]Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood? Selah
But know that the Lord has [c]set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

Be[d] angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say,
“Who will show us any good?”
Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
You haveput gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
I will bothlie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 13 (NKJV)

Trust in the Salvation of the Lord13 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the 
sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY EVERYONE’S NOT DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS (Some Pray it DOESN’T snow)…

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“YOUR WINTER FUN IS SOMEONE’S WINTER FEAR” maj

So many people love the cozy idea of sitting by a warm fire, and sipping egg nog or hot chocolate as they unwrap gifts with family or friends.

So many people get excited when they hear the weather forecaster announce snow is coming.

But, while some people rush the grocery stores for extra food in case they are snowed in…

While some people prepare to cook hot meals and watch the snow fall…

While so many children get excited over the thought of a snow day…

While some say, “Hmmm, what will we eat?”…

Others cringe at the thought of snow coming…

Others wait to see what the grocery stores will throw away…

Others wonder what cooked meals they can find in a dumpster…

Others wonder how they will keep their children warm on a snow day…

Others say, “what will we eat?”…wondering IF? rather than WHAT?!

wp-1481505705955.jpgAs we enjoy the blessings of warmth, food and shelter during the Holiday season, let us not forget those who have no place to lay their heads…no place for their children.

Let us remember those who have to struggle looking for someplace to use the bathroom with dignity after a night of sleeping on the street.

Beyond the holiday season, remember your WINTER FUN is someone’s WINTER FEAR.

And, take advantage of the opportunities that God gives you to be a blessing to someone in need. It’s good to PRAY for them, but it’s even better to be the answer to your own prayer for them.

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?

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FOR THE DAYS YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE BEING ENCOURAGED…

wp-1486753160891.jpgAs I ran an errand today, the person behind the counter was very rude to me. I tried to lighten the mood, but they weren’t having it. I told them I was just trying to make them smile, and they said, “I smile all the time!” ….Uhhhhh, but they weren’t smiling. I don’t know, maybe this person was going through something.


We all have those days…you know, days that we don’t even want to be bothered with encouraging words! Right?


Some days you don’t want to hear, “It’s going to get better!”

Some days you don’t want to hear, “It won’t always be like this!”

Some days you don’t want to hear, “This too will pass…”

Some days you don’t want to hear, “It’s gonna be alright!”

Some days, you just don’t want to hear it…even when you believe it…you just aren’t in the mood!

We all get frustrated and aggregated sometimes…

People will get on our nerves and try our patience…

People will be rude and disrespectful to us…

Sometimes we will have every right to be upset…

Our challenge as Christians is to respond in the SPIRIT OF LOVE. We can’t allow the worst in people, or situations to bring the worst out in us.

As Galatians 6:1 says we are to restore others in the spirit of meekness.

We are to be humble, long-suffering and patient. Yes, there will be times that we are to be assertive, but we are to remain in God’s character and love in that assertiveness.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says it best…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs”.

Even if you don’t want to hear this today, put it in your pocket for later…

We must remember that even in our frustration, we always represent God, and it’s our responsibility to always operate in His love.

BE BLESSTIFIED!!!

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