HERE’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUMILITY & HUMILIATION…

picsart_09-18-101025248804257671927.jpgSo many people today equate humility to weakness. Our society values arrogance, self-indulgence, retribution, revenge, retaliation, aggression, threats and what is perceived as loud, strong words…all of this is the fruit of pride. And, we know what pride does to our relationship with God…

James 4:6  (NKJV)

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Even in our movies, people celebrate when the so-called ‘nerd’ finally stands up to the bully and ‘knocks him out’ to the applause of everyone watching.

That’s not what happened on the cross.

Yeshua, Christ Jesus, humbled Himself to open and public humiliation for our sins…

Hebrews 12:2  (NKJV)

looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 Isaiah 53:3-12  (NKJV)

He is despised and [a]rejected by men,
A Man of [b]sorrows and acquainted with [c]grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely He has borne our [d]griefs
And carried our [e]sorrows;
Yet we [f]esteemed Him stricken,
[g]Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded[h] for our transgressions,
He was [i]bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes[j] we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord [k]has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from [l]prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And [m]they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to [n]bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 [o]He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the [p]spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

 God demands humility from His children. Humility is a sign of having faith in Him and the rejection of pride.


God loves us enough sometimes to humble us when we refuse to humble ourselves…but it can be very painful and humiliating.


When God humbles us, He isn’t trying to hurt us, but He is trying to help us to develop our character and walk in His Spirit. It’s a form of discipline, similar to when…

A parent has to punish a child in front of other children,

When a teacher or coach has to reprimand a student in front of others,

Or even when we’ve passed several cars speeding only to have them catch up to us while we are pulled over by an officer.

So NEVER, and I mean NEVER ask God to humble you. Just as we are encouraged in the book of James, humble yourselves so God does not have to do it for you. Don’t worry, it comes with a beautiful promise.

James 4:10 (NKJV)

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

Why Saying ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ & ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ are not MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE…

It’s amazing how God allows issues to arise to show what’s in people’s hearts, both good and bad. God knows what’s in our hearts…

1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

I have to admit that one of my pet peeves is when someone retorts the assertion that ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ with ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ as if they are mutually exclusive.

You all know what mutually exclusive means. That two events or things can’t take place at the same time…

YOU CAN’T turn both right and left at the same time…they’re mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN’T flip a coin and have ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ at the same time…they’re mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN’T serve God and money at the same time…they’re mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN’T go to heaven and hell at the same time… they’re mutually exclusive.

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV)

24 (A)“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. (B)You cannot serve God and [a]mammon.

However, YOU CAN be both hungry and thirsty at the same time… not mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN love your son and daughter at the same time…not mutually exclusive.

GOD IS a God of love and a God of wrath at the same time…not mutually exclusive.

Both Black lives, all lives and blue lives can happen at the same time…not mutually exclusive.

What motivates that initial retort when someone says “Black Lives Matter?” When people say encourage 2020 graduates because they were cheated out of the normal pomp and circumstance does not mean other graduates or other students don’t matter. When someone says show respect to senior citizens that doesn’t mean other citizens don’t matter. That doesn’t even enter our minds.

Could it be that the “BLACK LIVES MATTER”statement offends some people because of some hidden, unacknowledged racism in their hearts? Are they trying to ‘muddy the waters’ because the narrative they prefer is being challenged?

Racism is a lot like high blood pressure. Many people don’t know they have it until it affects their heart.

During the Civil Rights movement, the need for equal rights and equity was not mutually exclusive from any problems within the Black community. So, the need to address the brutality of some police officers and systematic racism within the system doesn’t have to be silenced because of Black on Black crime (I hear this argument all the time, ‘where are the protests about Black on Black crime’).

It it easy to see the people who would have criticized Dr. King and the countless unknown heroes of the Civil Rights Movement if they had been living then.

It’s easy to see who would have criticized Yeshua as He challenged the system and traditions of that time.

Yes, BLACK LIVES MATTER and ALL LIVES MATTER…all at the same time.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO PRETEND YOU AREN’T EAVESDROPPING🤣

Shhhhhhhhh! Will you pleeeaaassseee be quiet?

If you won’t admit it, I will for you. How many times have you tried desperately to hear a conversation that does not include you?

You spouse on the phone…

A coworker…

Your boss…

Somebody who’s saying something that you kinda wanna hear. You have your reasons.

But, just when you can begin to understand what they were saying…

Someone starts talking to you😡

A loud vehicle drives by😡

A plane flies over😡

Someone is playing their music too loud😡

Be quiet!!!!

The truth is that we are all a little nosey sometimes. But then again maybe God allows that interruption to our secret surveillance because it’s not any of our business anyway.

Oh, I’m sorry. I meant none of my business, because you never eavesdrop…right?

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 (NLT)

21 Don’t eavesdrop on others—you may hear your servant curse you. 22 For you know how often you yourself have cursed others.New Living Translation (NLT)

BE BLESSTIFIED!

FOR THOSE WHO SAY BELIEVERS IN CHRIST ARE BRAINWASHED…

There are many atheists and skeptics who say that religion was created to control the masses.

As a Black man, I often hear others say how can you believe in a God that was forced on your ancestors by the slavemaster. They forget or ignore that the bible did not originate with Europeans, but that’s another discussion.

Once some people are convinced their particular view is correct, they claim everyone else is BRAINWASHED.

It’s amazing how one can assume you haven’t studied history for yourself and that you’re being naive.

There are plenty of believers like myself who are educated, have studied history, have studied other cultures and still choose to believe in the Lord God of Israel from Everlasting to Everlasting through His Son and our Savior Yeshua, Christ Jesus, The Lamb of God.

The history of the bible goes beyond and before European influences.

Besides…Those who are truly connected with God don’t have ‘religion’…we have relationship.

1 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV)

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY GOD’S JUDGEMENT CAN’T BE BLAMED ONLY ON UNBELIEVERS & ‘SINNERS’…

So many times we, in the Body of Christ, are very quick to blame God’s wrath and judgement on those who don’t believe and are practicing the works of the flesh. And, God has promised that those who practice the works of the flesh and continue in sin will be ‘dealt with’….

Galatians 5:19-21  (NKJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [a]adultery, [b]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [c]murders, 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.

Romans 6:23 (NKJV)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the [a]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

However, when you carefully read the word of God, especially in the Old Testament, you will find that God’s judgment on His people was NEVER because of the sin of unbelievers, pagans or heathens…it was ALWAYS because of either THEIR OWN SIN, COMPROMISE, HYPOCRISY and ASSIMILATION or because of the SIN OF THE LEADER (KING).

First of all, remember that every thing that is written in the Old Testament, especially the catastrophic, sometimes unbelievable and admittedly difficult to understand acts of judgment, such as commanding everything alive to be killed, the ground opening up and swallowing entire families, a man being stoned for picking up sticks on the day of rest, and His people being exiled were written for our example…

1 Corinthians 10:11 (NKJV)

11 Now [a]all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our [b]admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

They were extreme examples to let us know God’s heart. It let us know how much some behavior pissed Him off.

That being said, now read carefully through Judges, 1st & 2nd Kings, 1st & 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi making a point to notice how God reacts to the behavior of His people.

Yes, God pronounced judgement on pagans, as when He told Israel to destroy Ai in Joshua Chapter 8.

But, notice that Israel suffered drought, famine and exile not because of heathens, but because of their own spiritual adultery. That’s why He made the promise to His people in 2 Chronicles Chapter 7 as a reminder of this…

2 Chronicles 7:13-14  (NKJV)

13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among MY PEOPLE, 14 if MY PEOPLE who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Israel and Judah were exiled into Babylon because of their own sin.

The entire nation suffered because of the sins of unrighteous leaders who did not seek Godly counsel nor listen to God. These were Kings who put their trust in the military rather than God…

Psalm 33:16  (NLT)

16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king,
    nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

The entire nation of Israel was punished because of leaders who were arrogant, ungodly, unrepentant, and vengeful. They used religion for their own agenda, such as King Jeraboam (Read 1 Kings Chapter 12). Yes, they were ordained by God. Some of them were great builders and had many successful projects, but their arrogance established the culture in the nation and set up His people to sin.

King Herod was very fond of John the Baptist. He loved listening to him and even protected him. He was a great builder and politician, but he was an enemy of Christ.

Mark 6:20  (NKJV)

20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he [a]did many things, and heard him gladly.

We all know that in 70 A.D. Jerusalem was destroyed. Yeshua even lamented about how He longed to protect HIS own people, but they wouldn’t have His protection…

Matthew 23:37-38 (NKJV)

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;


So, here is my warning to those in America or any other nation who calls themselves disciples of Christ. I know many Americans fear socialism, illegal immigration, radical muslim influence and the loss of the nation but remember this…

Even though God set the example of allowing violent judgement upon heathens in the Old Testament…

ISRAEL LOST THEIR NATION, WAS EXILED AND THEIR TEMPLE DESTROYED NOT BECAUSE OF SINNERS BUT BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN SIN, COMPROMISE, HYPOCRISY and ASSIMILATION or because of the SIN OF THE LEADER (KING).

Please don’t take my word for it. Take your time (because it’s not a one day read or study), pray for wisdom, read and study it for yourself.

Also remember that every prophet called in the Old Testament that had harsh warnings from God had their messages rejected by the people of God.

GOD’S ‘JUDGEMENT’ ISN’T ALWAYS PAINFUL…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD…

If you read the bible carefully you will notice that everyone that God used to carry out His will had one thing in common…

None of them signed up, applied for or volunteered for the job.

Abram (Abraham)…

Noah…

David…

Joseph…

Mary…

John…

James…

Matthew…

Peter…

Paul…

If you notice, Yeshua went and drafted the Apostles while they were working on their job.

And as you know they all, except for the Apostle John, were killed for their faith and beliefs.

Our Savior even reminded us of who chooses whom, and His expectation of us…

John 15:16 (NKJV)

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and(B)appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father (C)in My name He may give you.

d(B)appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father (C)in My name He may give you.6 It’s okay to be ambitious and have the desire to do great things. It’s okay to have goals and to relentlessly pursue our passions. However, remember that many of the people who changed the world did not plan their path…especially those who lost their lives.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN TRADITION HAS SUBTLY BECOME WORSHIP (THE ‘TAKE A KNEE’ DEBATE)…

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‘TAKE A KNEE’ FROM A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

This is a spiritual post with political implications…

When Jesus’ disciples were observed eating without washing in the ‘prescribed’ manner they were criticized by those in authority, the Pharisees.

This expectation was a tradition that not only was accepted but expected. Anyone who didn’t do so had their loyalty to God and the tradition challenged. All in all, this was not something that God expected, but people. Just because it was the established expectation did not make it right.


Jesus sharply rebuked them and their silly traditions. The mere passion behind being compelled to defend a tradition, even to the point of death, makes it worship to me.


Any tradition that you cling to the point it is revered and question the loyalty of others if they feel it’s not right for them is too close to worship for me.

And, it was apparently too much for Jesus too…

Mark 7:5-9 (NKJV)

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—[a]the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”


He said to them, All too well you [b]reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.


Jesus said they REJECTED what God has said for their traditions.

This same dangerous thinking and practice continues today. Jesus said they set aside the commandments of God for the traditions of man.

For example, one of the hottest topics, debates and disagreements today is that of people disrespecting the American flag when they choose to ‘take a knee’ in protest to police brutality towards African-American men.

Personally, I love this country and would not want to live anywhere else in the world. I had uncles fight in World War ll and had two die just months before it was over. I had other uncles return home after fighting for their country to be treated like second class citizens. I currently have relatives serving in our armed services and have many friends who are police officers.

However, ever since I was able to read the bible for myself, I have felt uncomfortable standing and putting my hand over my heart for ANY flag. There’s a reason that God forbade us to honor, worship or acknowledge Him or anything else with graven images. The fact is that all idols aren’t made of stone, some are made of cloth. Does it take doing what seems to me as worshiping an idol to prove my respect? Just because this tradition was established doesn’t make it right. After all, there is also the established expectation to put one’s right hand on the bible and swear an oath while accepting an elected office or testifying in court…this is the same bible that our Lord clearly commands that we should never swear an oath. For more on this read WHY SWEAR IN COURT WHEN GOD FORBIDS IT?

Matthew 5:33-37  (NKJV)

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of [a]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 [b]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 [a]judgment.

God’s expectation can’t be any more clear than here, but still we persist in swearing-in officials. What kind of rebuke would someone suffer if he or she refused to be sworn in?

How dare person A tell person B that they aren’t loyal because person  B feels a beloved tradition is in direct conflict to God’s word. In fact, person B could contend that person A’s devotion to that tradition contradicts person A’s loyalty to God.


It is not God’s will to put our love for country or anything else before our love for Him or obedience to His word.


God has given us the freedom to assume several postures in approaching Him. He allows us to kneel, stand, raise our hands, lay before Him etc. I discuss this more in the post… 9 BIBLICALLY PROPER PRAYER POSTURES… If God allows us to show respect, honor and praise for Him in several manners, who are we to demand more for ourselves or what we create?

So many of us today have become modern-day Pharisees in our expectation of others to honor the traditions that are dear to us, but are NOT requirements of God. There are many traditions and expectations that have endured for years and people have killed to defend that are in direct conflict with the word of God…hazing for example, that includes language and behavior (getting drunk, sex and violence) has become expected to become a part of many organizations and even upheld by Christians. I discuss this topic in the post THE UNHOLINESS OF HAZING: TRADITIONS FROM HELL…


Again, I love this country but I would be irresponsible as a man of God if I didn’t challenge us to reexamine some of our traditions…that’s what Jesus and His apostles did.


Remember, some idols aren’t made of stone, but cloth.

If this blessed or challenged you, I also invite you to read,

WERE SHADRACH, MESHACH, & ABEDNEGO BEING UNPATRIOTIC…?

 IF GOD DOESN’T CONSIDER ‘TAKING A KNEE’ DISRESPECTFUL TO HIM, WHY SHOULD WE?

God bless America and…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IF GOD DOESN’T CONSIDER ‘TAKING A KNEE’ DISRESPECTFUL TO HIM, WHY SHOULD WE?

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WHEN WE EXPECT MORE THAN GOD DOES…

It’s interesting to me how we sometimes expect more of one another than God expects of us.

Those who are against athletes kneeling during the National anthem complain they are disrespecting the American flag and service men and women who have fought for it.

Those who support kneeling contend it’s a peaceful protest to bring attention to police brutality against African-Americans.

The protest escalated when the President of the United States used his podium and position of authority to call athletes who choose to kneel sons of b*****s. This is not only insulting them but their mothers. It amazes me that so many ‘Christians’  (especially Christian leaders) are not offended at that. Offensive language is disrespectful and forbidden by God.

My question is this. Why is kneeling considered disrespectful?


If GOD doesn’t consider ‘taking a knee’ to Him disrespectful…why should we?


God allows us to approach Him kneeling, standing, or sitting.

Do you always stand to honor God when you pray?

Do you always stand before God when you read His word?

Jesus did when He read the scripture publicly in the synagogue…do you ALWAYS do likewise?

Luke 4:16 (NKJV)

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.

Respecting a flag and the ideal behind is fine, but I will honor NOTHING more than I honor God.

Many of our traditions and expectations aren’t necessarily ordained by God…but merely traditions.

Remember how Jesus constantly rebuked the Pharisees for expecting more from the people than God did. How he rebuked them for being more passionate about traditions than devotion to God and His expectations.

Matthew 15:3 (NKJV)

 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

 In many ways, our country has set traditions that contradict what God commanded.

Think about it…

People are expected to put their hand on a bible and swear an oath to tell the truth when God forbids swearing in that same bible. That makes little since anyway since swearing on a bible means nothing to an unbeliever.

People are expected to take ‘an oath of office’ when God forbids it.

 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.

We must be careful that we don’t have the spirit of the Pharisees. It’s not fair for one base someone else’s patriotism on their expectations, perspective or traditions.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

GODLY MARRIAGE: TWO MINUTES OF ‘SAX’ ON THE BEACH❤️🎵🎷

No matter how long you’ve been married, you can fall in love again, over and over again.

And, sometimes you don’t have to say a word. Just set the mood with music you both love and quietly enjoy the imagery, memories and marital fantasies it creates in each of your minds.

Every time you do this, you’ve created a priceless beautiful memory.

The video above is my wife and I enjoying time together on the beach while listening to one of our favorite artists, Maxwell. The moment was made so much sweeter with an unexpected flyover my a military aircraft…wait for it.

Song of Solomon 4:9-10 (NLT)

9 You have captured my heart,
my treasure,[a] my bride.
You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes,
with a single jewel of your necklace.
10 Your love delights me,
my treasure, my bride.
Your love is better than wine,
your perfume more fragrant than sp
ices.

May your marriages be…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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