Most cake recipes call for a little salt. Many of us like to satisfy our sweet tooth with a good slice of cake. In fact, when it’s really good, one bite just makes you want another. The right amount of salt makes cakes taste just right…making you want more with each bite. However, too much salt will make us quickly spit it out of our mouth.
Colossians 4:6 tells us to let our speech be full of grace and seasoned with salt. Ecclesiastes 7:16 says, “Do not be overly righteous,” Nor be overly wise:..”
It’s good to have passion for the Kingdom of God, but when we are over-zealous, arrogant, mean-spirited self-righteous, we can turn people away rather than attract them to Christ. All things in moderation. If we are trying to talk about the Lord in EVERY conversation, claim we never do anything wrong, or down people who are…
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God has said it to me many times.
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…
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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THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (OR CHURCH)
It’s impossible to ignore the presence of slavery in the bible. Many people wonder if slavery is evil, then why is it in the bible, both Old and Testaments. To fully explain this concept would take a series of lessons, which I do intend to publish soon, as I get time to responsibly put them together. I will however give you a brief answer for general understanding.
First and foremost, we in the 21st Century have the tendency to view things only from a 21st Century perspective, but God exists outside of time and relates to us holistically throughout time, beyond time and the cultures we have created. God deals with us from and through the lens of HIS prospective. We must look at the many aspects of servitude throughout history.
IT’S CLEAR AMERICAN SLAVERY WAS EVIL
Slavery and servitude have existed in…
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It may be a group of friends, professionals, artists, singers, musicians or preachers.
It’s a circle that you wanted to be a part of…
That you tried or even prayed to get in…
And, they rejected you.
It may not have even necessarily been a ‘bad’ group, that’s why you wanted in.
Even if it’s a good group doesn’t mean that it’s the group God has ordained for you.
God has purpose for you that’s beyond and sometimes greater than that group or circle you wanted to be a part of.
And, even that group had to start with somebody. Every industry had to start with a single idea.
So, here it is…
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We all get overwhelmed sometimes. But sometimes we can feel beyond
overwhelmed. Have you ever felt like giving up? Even if you didn’t feel like
killing yourself, have you ever felt like giving up on…
Your hopes and dreams,
There are some days you feel so low that it takes all you can do
to get out of bed.
Sometimes your superpower isn’t superhuman strength or the ability to fly, but just summoning enough strength to get out of bed.
You struggle through every day without abusing drugs, alcohol, or being irresponsible with your body, but you can really understand why people do so to numb themselves to the pain of their struggle.
Sometimes your superpower isn’t battling villains, but battling…
If this has ever been you, stop and give God some praise. If it’s never
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Don’t worry, I’m not going rated ‘R’ on you but, I really think this is going to bless someone.
This is a much too common insult in our culture, and yes, the bad grammar is always intentional…
“You ain’t worth s**t! Of course, implying that someone doesn’t have the value of feces, crap, refuse, doo-doo, dung, ‘ish’.
It can be very hurtful if you allow it, especially if you are insecure or struggle with self-esteem. Or, if it’s told to a child by a parent, authority figure or peer. It’s damage can last well into adulthood.
So, let me give you a little ammunition with biblical support in case someone ever tells you, “You ain’t worth shiggity!”
God created everything with value. Everything! Even doo-doo! We all know that there’s an industry built around the use of animal dung to make mulch and fertilizer.
Because God put purpose and…
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We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
We have all done some things of which we are ashamed…at least I hope so.
Because our shame is what leads to godly sorrow…which leads to true repentance…
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Remember that repentance isn’t simply just asking God for forgiveness, but a made up, resolute mind to completely turn from the sin that we’ve committed or have been practicing. Repentance according to Strong’s Concordance literally means “a change of mind”. All sin, no matter how spontaneous, begins with a thought.
Repentance is a legal U-Turn in your mind…
God wants us to REPENT and not REPEAT!
So, it’s good when we have regret of what we did. In fact, we…
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The Lord gives us the awesome privilege asking Him what we need or desire in His name and, He will answer according to His will.
Sometimes He says YES, and sometimes He says NO. WHEN GOD USES THE ‘N-WORD’…
John 14:13-14 (NKJV)
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it.
Even though He said, “Whatever you ask”…there are SOME things that we should NEVER expect God to do. Sometimes we unintentionally ask God to contradict His holy word and His will.
That’s why the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1-13).
This is far from exhaustive, but here are 3 things that we should NEVER expect God to do…
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There is great power in a transparent testimony. Sometimes people just need to hear that you’ve been through what they are going through…and made it.
But, remember this…
You can give your testimony without telling ALL your business. You can bless their spirit without feeding their nosiness.
You don’t have to give every intricate detail of what you’ve gone through, what you did, what you endured to be a blessing to someone else. In fact, some parts of your testimony could do more harm than good. We still need to give people something to aspire to.
Think about this…
While he was president, we didn’t know every detail of John F. Kennedy’s business. We didn’t know every detail of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s business. We didn’t know every detail of Martin Luther King Jr.’s business.
Yes, we know that David sinned with Bathsheba, but we don’t know every detail. Yes, we…
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