Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday's Word: Stick With God!

The Bible instructs us to not get tired of doing the right thing. Yet, in the corrupt and evil world that we live in, it can be challenging to consistently stay on the straight and narrow when it seems like everybody and their momma is kicking it on wide road.

David at one point shared how he was having similar thoughts. It seemed like all the wicked people around him were prospering while he wondered what the use in staying holy. But, by the end of his thoughts David figured out why it was important to stick with the Lord.

Truly God is good to Israel,
to those whose hearts are pure.
 But as for me, I almost lost my footing.
My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
  For I envied the proud
when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
 
  They seem to live such painless lives;
their bodies are so healthy and strong.
  They don’t have troubles like other people;
they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
  They wear pride like a jeweled necklace
and clothe themselves with cruelty.
  These fat cats have everything
their hearts could ever wish for!
  They scoff and speak only evil;
in their pride they seek to crush others.
  They boast against the very heavens,
and their words strut throughout the earth.
  And so the people are dismayed and confused,
drinking in all their words.
  “What does God know?” they ask.
“Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
  Look at these wicked people—
enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
 
  Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
  I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.
 
  If I had really spoken this way to others,
I would have been a traitor to your people.
  So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
But what a difficult task it is!
  Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
  Truly, you put them on a slippery path
and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
  In an instant they are destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors.
  When you arise, O Lord,
you will laugh at their silly ideas
as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
 
  Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
  I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
  Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
  You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
  Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
  My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
 
  Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
  But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
Psalm 73 (NLT)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Afternoon Ti: God's Peace

This world is filled with unrest. There are so many things going on from wars to rumors of wars... violence in our streets... political unrest... economic decline... not to mention the everyday problems that plague our personal lives.

But I love the promise that God gives us in Philippians 4:7

...you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds 
anything we can understand. 
His peace will guard your hearts and minds 
as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

As believers, we have the opportunity to experience God's peace. Peace that will keep both are hearts and minds settled and at rest. People in our world today would pay for any kind of peace, let alone God's peace!

Yet, so many of us miss out on our benefit of God's peace. Why? Because we forget all about Philippians 4:6

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. 
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (NLT)

We are told not to worry. We are to replace worry with prayer. Often, that is our initial and greatest error. We worry. We think about all the wrong that's going on, all the wrong that can happen, and the wrong that might happen, and we begin to stress ourselves out.

Then, we combine our worry with prayer. We come to God concerned, and we plead with Him for His help. We finish our prayer still with our worries. Instead of leaving them there with the Lord, we burden ourselves with our troubles again, and leave His presence worrying still.

Yet, Paul clearly instructs us to talk to God, tell Him what we need, and thank Him. That's it. Point blank, period. It's only then that the supernatural peace of God can reign in our lives.

True prayer - talking to and hearing from the Lord - can only lead to peace in your spirit. Coming to God, acknowledging Who He is and all that He is capable of, will diminish any problem that was looming large in our lives. Recognizing the power, wisdom, and love that God has will only serve to comfort us where our situation is concerned. It's when this happens that we can't help but be thankful before Him. We can't help but have gratitude for His willingness to hear and help us.

And we can go on full of His peace.

Today, don't allow the cares of this world to overtake you. Get before God and talk to Him. Allow Him to impart to you His peace.

Verse of the Day: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Days of Purpose & Destiny

I hope everyone has had a chance to purchase my new book! If you haven't you can purchase the book HERE. Recently, I was interviewed on Big Gospel Express 1570, and I have uploaded some snippets for you to enjoy.


Have a wonderful day of destiny!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Looking with the Eyes of the Spirit


The Samaritan woman at the well was just trying to get some water. Yet, her conversation with Jesus caused her spiritual thirst to be quenched with the eternal living water of the gospel. (John 4)

The lame beggar at the temple was just trying to get some money to live. But one encounter with Peter and John got him healed of his illness altogether. (Acts 3)

The Ethiopian eunuch was just riding along the road reading the Scriptures. But a talk with Philip opened his eyes to the revelation of Jesus' saving power that those Scriptures pointed to. (Acts 8)

Jesus, Peter, John, and Philip were able to recognize opportunities to minister the gospel. Jesus was able to look into the heart of the Samaritan woman and see all the troubles that she wrestled with. Peter and John knew that a few coins would not help the lame man in the long run. Philip heard the discerned that the Ethiopian eunuch was trying to find his way to God's Truth.

All of these men looked with eyes of the Spirit and was able to see each person where they were and allow the power of God to meet their every need.

How often do you look at those around you with the eyes of the Spirit? Do you just see people passing by, or do you look closer and allow the Lord to show you their needs? Once you see what is wrong, do you step out on faith and allow God to use you to meet that need?

We have been given a command to go into the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15). Sharing that gospel can start with just an awareness to our surroundings.

That person looking for a handout has a greater need than some money. Your friend who is agonizing over their marriage needs more than your words. The neighbor's child needs more than just an interested mentor.

They need the power of Jesus Christ.

You hold that power.

Don't let it go to waste.

Verse of the Day: And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Everything

Check out my post this month for EmpowerMoments!

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4, 5 NLT)

It took me a minute to figure it out. I was used to being at the top of my game; I wasn’t a stranger to losing, my life was blessed… I had no reason to think otherwise.

Then the trials came, the testing began, and God began to allow His purifying fires to burn. I started to lean to my own understanding. I trusted in my own strength, my own intelligence and my own knowledge to get me through. Yet, all that I had by myself was not enough.

And when I inevitably came up short, I grew frustrated. When I failed, I was depressed. When I missed the mark, I got angry. When I took wrong turns, I lost precious time.

Like I said, it took me a while, but I figured it out. Once I figured out that I had to make God my source, it all fell into place. God had to be my main source. Read the rest here!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Salty?

I love to cook. I love to watch cooking shows on television. I like reading cookbooks and picking out recipes that I'd like to try one day. I follow a bunch of food blogs. I especially love to eat really good food.

One thing I've learned in my food explorations is that seasonings make a world of difference. Get the wrong flavors on your ingredients, and you mess up the meal. One of the best and most simplest seasonings a cook can use is salt. It's presence magnifies flavor bringing joy to the taste buds. It's absence is often quickly noted and sends one searching for the remedy.

Jesus called His followers the "salt of the earth". (Matthew 5:13) We are called to be a desired presence in the earth. We are called to permeate the world around us and change it for the better. The effects of our witness should be openly known.

Yet too many of us are hiding our flavor. We don't want to be judged, persecuted, or labeled as strange. So, we try to assimilate with the world around us. We don't go against the grain. We overlook what disagrees with God's Word. We shy away from openly standing up for godly principles.

Oh, we're okay being "salty" around other saints. We can preach, sing, and serve in the church. Our "amens" are loud and clear in the sanctuary. Our flavor is turned all the way up when we get in the church walls.

But, this behavior is ultimately defeating. No one eats salt by itself. No one has ever enjoyed a nice big ol' bowl of salt.

Salt is always used to affect something else. It flavors any type of food you can bring to the table. It's The same principle applies to your Christian walk.
effectiveness is only realized when it is applied.

If you aren't flavoring the world around you, you're not accomplishing what Christ wants you to do. In fact, Jesus says that a flavorless witness is "good for nothing". (read Matthew 5:13 again)

Are you being the "salt of the earth"? Is the world being impacted by your presence? When you show up, does change take place?

Don't let your Christianity be "good for nothing"!

Verse of the Day: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13 (KJV)


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Check That One Off the List!

The very reason I started this blog was to become more diligent with my writing. And, as an added bonus, I have been blessed to finally complete one of my life's goals: I have written a book! I'm so happy and excited about it all. God is truly showing me how blessed it is to walk in His calling.

It's finally here!


Days of Purpose and Destiny is a 21 day devotional encouraging you to live a life of divine purpose. You can check out more information HERE ON THE BOOK'S WEBSITE.

The book will be on Amazon/Kindle shortly.

BUT....

For those of you in the Chicagoland area, I would like to invite you to the book's launch party on this coming Saturday at the Washington Park Refectory from 2-5pm. I will be there selling ($10) and signing the book and there will be food, music, and giveaways as well.

Thank you all for being such an encouragement to me with my writing. I'm so grateful to all of you for your support. Even if you never commented or emailed, your reading of this blog has truly been a blessing.

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