WHEN YOU WANT MORE RESPECT FROM OTHERS THAN YOU YOURSELF GIVE TO GOD…

Here’s a couple of yes or no questions to ask yourself.

Are you satisfied with the level of respect that you give to God?

Do you think that God is satisfied with the level of love and respect that you give to Him?

Husbands want their wives to respect them…

Wives want their husbands to respect them…

Parents want their children to respect them…

Children want their parents to respect them…

Employers want their employees to respect them…

Employees want their employers to respect them…

Leaders want their constituents to respect them…

Constituents want their leaders to respect them…

We want people to respect our race…

We want people to respect our heritage…

We want people to respect our rights.

But, how often do we stop and ask ourselves how much respect do we give to the God of our salvation?

You know what I believe? I honestly believe He sometimes allows…

Husbands to disrespect wives…

Wives to disrespect husbands…

Parents to disrespect children…

Employers to disrespect employees…

Employees to disrespect employers…

Leaders to disrespect their constituents…

Constituents to disrespect leaders…

He allows us to disrespect one another so we can see how HE feels when we…

Disrespect…

Disobey…

Dishonor…

Betray…

Ignore…

Him…

Or when we put Him to open shame.

Remember, if we aren’t careful we can be guilty of unintentionally trying to convince God to worship us and our will rather than us worshipping His will.

If we aren’t careful we can be guilty of the idolatry of worshipping ourselves. And, you know who got kicked out of Heaven for that…

Isaiah 14:12-14  (NKJV)

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
[a]Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,

You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’

WHEN YOUR MIRROR BECOMES YOUR PLACE OF WORSHIP…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

“I WOULD RATHER LOOK CRAZY THAN GO CRAZY!” #publicpraise

The video clip is from July 2018.

Praise is a weapon of spiritual warfare! Notice how God fought for His people when they sung praise to God in the midst of overwhelming opposition.

2 Chronicles 20:20-23 (NKJV)

2So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 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.”

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 [a]had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

That’s why I’m not ashamed to lift up my hands and praise God not just in church…not just in my home… but in public!

I don’t care of people think I look crazy because God deserves the praise and I can’t make it through each day on my own.

I would rather look crazy than go crazy!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS SPECIFICALLY TO SOLDIERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (1 Powerful Verse)…

Just like education and medicine, I believe that law enforcement is a ministry. I believe that some people are anointed by God for that purpose. And, just like education, medicine or pastorship, not everyone who enters law enforcement belongs there, or handles it as God intends.

There’s good and bad in every profession.

Have you ever notice what the bible says specifically to those who are in this line of work? John the Baptist, who was a prophet ordained by God from birth, gave instructions to soldiers (who also operated in the role of police at the time) what must they do.

This was His response…

Luke 3:14 (NKJV)

14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?”

So he said to them, “Do not [a]intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

This is even more relevant to those in the military or law enforcement who claim to be Christians. That means you have to do things differently.

When dealing with the worst criminal, you can never get down to their level in language or behavior, but leave behind a testimony of the love and authority of God.

Before you enter any profession, as Yeshua said, “count the cost”.

Luke 14:28 (NKJV)

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMY, OR SOMEONE WHO MISTREATS YOU…

One of the most challenging requirements from God is to pray for our enemies and those who mistreat us.

Matthew 5:43-48  (NKJV)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 [a]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, 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 [b]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the [c]tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

This is a requirement and not a suggestion. But, we all know sometimes our feelings don’t align with what God expects us to do.

So, what do you say when you pray for your enemies and antagonists, especially when you don’t feel like it?

Here’s a suggestion…

Pray that God softens their heart to His LOVE, His WILL and His WORD through peace if possible.

Then ask God to FORGIVE them, and reveal to YOU any way YOU may be WRONG, through peace.

Remember, He doesn’t love them any less than He loves you. When someone sins against you they are always sinning against God first by not meeting His righteous standards.

Once an enemy repents, they are no longer an enemy of either you or God.

It’s not a matter of your enemy seeing things your way, but both you and your enemy seeing things God’s way. 

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE BEING ‘PETTY’ LIKE PEPPA PIG…

Okay, I admit that my granddaughter has me hooked on Peppa Pig.

I love the way the cartoon realistically teaches Emotional Intelligence.

Peppa can be pretty ‘petty’ sometimes, like in the clip above when her friend is able to whistle while she can’t. Peppa hangs up on her! Now, that’s real!

But, the first step in controlling our emotions is being aware of them.

We all notice that moment when we know we’re being petty, unnecessarily difficult, disrespectful, mean…ungodly.

That’s when we need to stop in our tracks and adjust our behavior. That’s what God expects us to do…

Colossians 3:8 (NKJV)

8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

1 Peter 2:1 (NKJV)

2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NKJV)

31 (A)Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [a]clamor, and (B)evil speaking be put away from you, (C)with all malice. 32 And (D)be kind to one another, tenderhearted, (E)forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

God doesn’t permit us to allow our emotions to control us. He gives us the power and responsibility to control our emotions.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN PEOPLE SAY WEARING A MASK FOR SAFETY IS GIVING UP THEIR FREEDOM…

It doesn’t take rocket science to see the fact that wearing a mask correctly can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Many people claim however, that when local, and state governments require wearing a mask in public, that this minor inconvenience (unless you have respiratory problems) is ‘taking away their rights’!

Really?

Requiring the public to give up a freedom in one area for the sake of safety is putting our freedom at risk?

If that’s true then let’s get rid of…

TRAFFIC LIGHTS: “I should be free to stop and go whenever I get ready!”

SEAT BELTS: “No one can tell me what to do in my car!”

SPEED LIMITS: “I should be able to drive as fast as I want, when I want and where I want!”

CAR INSURANCE: “If I can afford to pay when I’m liable, I shouldn’t be required to have insurance on my vehicle.”

DRIVER’S LICENSE: “If I know how to drive, I should be free to drive without the state telling me I have to have my license!”

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES: “If I know how to do it, I should be able to do it without someone overseeing me to make sure I’m doing it right!”

THOU SHALT NOT KILL: “If someone pisses me off, I should be free to handle it!”

Okay, I think you get the picture.

People whining about a mask is kind of like a man coming home from work and snapping at his family because of a bad day on the job. His family isn’t the real problem…what happened at work is.

Even the bible teaches us that we should be very careful in how we handle our freedom…

1 Corinthians 10:23  (NKJV)

23 All things are lawful [a]for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things [b]edify.

Remember, there’s no ‘U’ in the word ‘FOOLISHNESS’. Let’s keep it that way.

WHY I CAN’T CELEBRATE A HERITAGE THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THIS SWEET CHILD TO BE SNATCHED FROM US….

This is my precious granddaughter. I vacillate from sadness to anger when I think of the fact that people, even some people with whom I went to school and grew up, expect me to honor and respect a culture and heritage that would allow her to be…

Snatched from her bed and sold away to strangers.😥

Have her father, mother or me sold away from her never to be seen again…😡

Beaten for no reason, and I would be powerless to do anything about it…😢

Raped once she became of age or even before if her ‘master’ wished…😡

Talked to any type of way, while I had to stand and watch….😢

Daily be made to feel less than human.😡

So many people want to keep Confederate statues, monuments, and flags in prominent, public places that are supported by everyone’s tax dollars, including millions of people who equate those symbols to…

Nazi Swastikas…

Statues of German stormtroopers…

A statue of a Hitler…

A monument to Osama Bin Ladin…

A statue of Benedict Arnold…

A monument to King George III.

You get the picture. You don’t see any of those symbols for a reason.

If you want those monuments, statues, and flags on your shirt, car, truck, property…that’s your right.

If you want to teach your children your perspective of history…that’s your business.

But, it is absurd to expect me or any other Black person to continue seeing those reminders on public property because it’s ‘your heritage’.

The very fact that the South claimed to have been fighting against Northern aggression proves that if the were me, and I were them, they wouldn’t go for it either.

Even the word of God says…

Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)

12 Therefore, (A)whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for (B)this is the Law and the Prophets.

I must admit when I hear people whining about their sinful, unGodly heritage, and look at my granddaughter…I think, #!%* YOUR HERITAGE!

But, then the Holy Spirit reminds me to pray for them. He reminds me I must love them.❤️

BE BLESSTIFIED!

NOTHING LIKE PERFECT HARMONY & A ‘GIRL GROUP’ TO MAKE YOU SMILE…

From the Supremes to SWV, to Destiny’s Child, there’s something about a group of female vocalists or ‘girl group’ who focus on real harmony that makes you feel good.

Beautiful smiles… Beautiful voices… Dedication to their craft, you can hear the hours of rehearsal in each note.

Here’s Mechelle Johnson and Natural Elegance covering a couple of R&B classics at Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis TN.

Listen and BE BLESSTIFIED!

HOW YOU PROVE WHICH SIDE YOU WOULD HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU LIVED IN BIBLE DAYS BY YOUR ATTITUDE TODAY…

Have you ever noticed in Matthew Chapter 23 that the religious leaders told Yeshua, Jesus, that if they had lived in the past they would not have mistreated and killed the prophets as their ancestors did?

Many people do the same thing today. They point a self-righteous finger at the Scribes, Pharisees, Chief Priests, those who shouted CRUCIFY HIM, those who worshipped the golden calf, those who bowed to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol God, and so on. People prove on which side of history they would have stood in the past by their attitudes, actions, and behavior today.

Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, sharply rebuked the religious leaders (the system) because they claimed if they had lived in the past, they would not have participated in killing the prophets as their ancestors did. He told them that they SHARED IN THE GUILT OF THEIR ANCESTORS because of their attitudes and actions TODAY…

Matthew 23:29-32 (NKJV)

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and[a]adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’

31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.

Matthew 23:29-32 (NIV)

29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

People today claim they would have gone into the fiery furnace with the Hebrew slave boys, or lions’ den with Daniel, but prove they wouldn’t because they won’t take a stand for God at work, or conform to a sinful culture because they don’t want to lose their job.

People today claim they would have fled Sodom and Gomorrah with Lot, but prove they wouldn’t have because they support gay marriage and the gay lifestyle, when Yeshua clearly affirms that marriage is between a man and woman in Matthew Chapter 19 verses 3-9.

People today claim they wouldn’t have participated in worshipping a graven image or calling out the name of an idol, but they prove they would have by blasphemously calling a day to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior by the name of a pagan goddess (Easter, Eostre, Ishtar, Ashtoreth).

Exodus 23:13  (NKJV)

13 “And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.

People today prove where they would have stood during the American Civil Rights Movement…

People today prove if they would have considered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be a great man or a trouble maker…

People today prove if they would consider the peaceful protests to be a means to change or a nuisance…

People today prove whether they would have supported a system of slavery or against it by how they hold on to the symbols and paradigms of a sinful heritage of oppression, rape and separation of families because they feel it honors their ancestors.

People today prove whether they would have placed ‘traditions of man’ over the word of God (flags, statues, monunents, hazing, etc…

Matthew 15:1-8 (NKJV)

15 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying,‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother,“Whatever profit you might have received from me isa gift to God”— 6 then he need not honor his father[a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the[b]commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8 ‘These people [c]draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.

How you respond to the teachings of Yeshua the Messiah today proves how you would have stood back then…

People today prove whether they would have shouted HOSANNA or CRUCIFY Him!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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