A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
What defines a faithful person? In layman terms we could say, “having someone’s back, that friend that sticks closer than a brother, the spouse that has eyes only for the one he is betrothed to, the employee that will never steal out the cash register or even the child that will never disobey his or her parents. All these examples represent the term well enough, however, I believe that most notable form of the word “faithful” would best be defined as being completely sold out to God. Unwavering faith and devotion in honoring His Word by obeying His Word. In this, I do believe we not only become whole, but faithfully blessed.
The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.
1 Samuel 26:23
In our faithfulness to our Lord, we must remain mindful in how we treat people. Honoring God is honoring our word to our brothers and sisters. Foremost, I feel there is a great work to be done within the Body of Christ… The Word of God does states, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). Our Christianity in some instances has become tainted with statuses and edifices, causing a falling away from our first love. We have become more faithful to a form of godliness, by denying His power. We, as a body of believers have got to get back in position and remember why we were created in the first place, and that is to serve God. We were created for His pleasure, not our own. This is not to say He does not want us to prosper or be happy, of course He desires for us to have a good life, but we must remember to be charitable at the same time. Proverbs 11:25 says, “The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.” This, I do believe speaks volumes!
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
A phrase I use often, “when we know better, we should do better”. I stand in judgement of no one. This is a self-examination process for everyone, I myself included. Are we truly being faithful to God by applying His Word to our lives? He is a merciful God, full of grace which is indeed, abundant… He is and has been long-suffering to each of us on so many countless occasions, yet still… Still, so many refuses to humble themselves under His mighty hand and fully surrender unto His will. Let us no longer be the one who answers the call to a stranger’s voice, but only to the One True Living God, who offers each of us a simple request, simply saying; come… Let us this day not choose to just be blessed, but faithfully blessed.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Let’s imagine for a moment you are at the game of all games; and the winner of this game will determine your final destiny, meaning you must be cheering for the right team. You have team white and team black, team white represents all that is good and acceptable in the eyes of man while black represents what is deemed to be bad, corrupt and each player is believed to have this undesirable ominous look about them. So of course, there in the stands there are people cheering for both teams but are they sure of what exactly they are cheering for.
What were the determining factors that made you choose the team you chose? Was/is it based upon factual information or did you decide based on the colors they were wearing and how they looked? Or was it what someone else said that caused you to choose the team. You see, I learned long ago, that looks can deceive the best of us. Just because the team looks like some questionable characters doesn’t mean that they are. It could be because they worked very hard to get to where they were, and the battle wounds left a different kind of scar on them… While the team dressed in white were thought to look pristine and together, well-oiled and trained, this could have been a most intricate disguise. Kind of reminds me of the scripture that says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, God, forbid that any of us was to be deceived by cheering for the wrong team, hence sealing our faith to a place that looks nothing like what they were cheering for.
We have to learn to look beyond the outer appearances in order to determine what really lies beneath the surface. What looks good on the outside is sometimes much worse than what we may have perceived it to be. This doesn’t mean that everything that looks good isn’t good and everything that looks bad isn’t bad, but it is saying that we should look beyond the cover of the book before deciding what the story is all about. Sometimes we are rooting for the wrong team. We should not just examine the motives of the players, but our own motive for our choices as well. We can learn a lot about ourselves if we study the Word of God and not just preach it but apply it to our own lives. I believe this particular verse is one that every believer knows, but not always apply to their lives; “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthian 13:5).
Let us then, now knowing better, choose to do better…
Why is it that we say we all serve the same God, the one true living God, the only One where it is written saying, with Him “there is no respect of persons”, yet still we are allowing the enemy to divide us. We serve the same God, but we just can’t come together…Churches are talking about one another, because many are seeking followers of self and not necessarily followers of our Lord Jesus. Are our eyes open, are our ears really hearing what the Spirit of the Lord is saying …? Are we building kingdoms for ourselves or for the Kingdom of God? Are we operating in a spirit of pride or a spirit of humility…? Are we talking about people or are we praying for them?
Ok, so you’re a Prophet, Apostle, Evangelist, Teacher or Pastor; not one of those titles make you better than anyone else, for God sees you the same as that homeless man that has a prayer life in-spite of his circumstance. When are we going to realize that we are the church…Not the building, not the huge edifices that many have built for themselves…You are the church…Can we agree to pray for unity in the Body of Christ, being certain that this is indeed the body we are a part of…The word of God tells us to “examine ourselves”; but we have grown accustomed to examining everyone except ourselves. We call ourselves Christians, yet we are knowingly being rude to one another, we have stank, yes, I said stank superior attitudes towards one another, and it ought not to be so. “If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20)
Ephesians 4:16-18 reads, “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (17)This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (18)Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” Let’s look at these three scriptures… Verse 16 says that we are a body of believers, all professing to be of the same body; the body of Christ, fitly joined, because every part of the body contributes based on the measure thereof adds to the edifying and it’s all done in “love”. Then we look at verse 17 saying, from this moment forward we can no longer do what the heathen do, walking around all puffed up in a spirit of haughtiness; and finally, verse 18 says our understanding has been tainted with darkness and has alienated us from God, because we have refused to get a understanding and our hearts are now blinded by the darkness we have allowed into our lives.
So, I ask again, what body are we all really a part of? Because once we truly come to the saving knowledge of God and His will, it is no longer about us…Our lives are dedicated to pleasing God and not our flesh. We will love our brothers and sisters because the love of God is on the inside of us and we have surrendered our life to be a servant to Him. Willfully working with the other members, fitly joined because we know that we cannot do it by ourselves and most importantly, that what we choose to do and say does not just affect us. So again, I petition the Body of Christ…Let us come together and work together and pray for one another…and most importantly love one another in the spirit of truth, as Christ love the church…Remembering we are the church!
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
There is something rather unique and wonderful about a group of women coming together, sharing prayers, life experiences, encouragement and wisdom with one another. No shame, no holding back, no competition, just a release of emotions that were attempting to hold us in bondage. A release that was made possible all because the Holy Spirit chose to come and grace us with its presence. The great Comforter came and sat with us for a while and granted us the gift of freedom through His all-embracing love. You leave your sisters a littler wiser, stronger and ready to conquer the world.
Sister you inspire me to see myself as He sees me…You reminded me of 2 Timothy 1:7, that you my “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” No matter what I may face in this life, I can call my sister and she will pray God’s word with me, and we will praise Him for we shall remember that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Always shall we rejoice in He, for He is our peace. He has made us to be warriors, our sisters’ keepers; we know as we go out to conquer the world that we are fully equipped with God’s armor and we put it on daily. We teach our children the way of the Lord, to be ye Holy for He is a Holy God. We are the Proverbs 31 woman, for the heart of our husbands does safely trust in us, and we only tend to our own…
My sister I will be here for you even when we grow old, we will teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands and their children. I promise if I see you on a crooked path, I will guide you back on the straight and narrow. Through this we will teach, and we will learn still…We will serve the Lord all the days of our lives. We shall never leave a sister alone; for when one falls, we shall offer a hand to assist her back up. We shall never think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think but walk in humility for we now know that humility will carry us a long way. We are daughters of the King; daughters of the one true, living God and we will stand together in blessed assurance making certain that the oil in our lamps will always full.
Remember my Sister
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
What’s your passion? This is a common question many of us are asked as well as asking ourselves when we are planning for our future…Trying to decide what we want to be when we grow up so to speak…What is it that we like to do? What are we drawn to and so on? We should want to spend our time doing something that we are passionate about, but is our passion linked with our purpose? Let’s start by defining the two… Purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.; while passion is a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. So, are the things in which we are passionate about lining up with my purpose for which we were created?
In order to know your purpose, pay attention to your passions. Pay even closer attention to your maker, the one who created you to fulfill a purpose in Him. We must have a relationship with Him; the almighty, the Creator of the Heaven’s and the Earth…The one who knew us even before we were in our mother’s wombs. Yes…We must have a relationship with our Creator to even begin to know what that purpose is. Once the relationship is established in the spirit of truth, I feel God through the gift of the Holy Spirit that dwells on the inside, will give you and me the passion to fulfill that purpose. With this comes much obedience…Again pay attention… There is that still, small voice that speaks to us and direct us, but so often we don’t want to listen… In our disobedience we often find ourselves in a place of discomfort, because we chose to listen to the wrong voice.
John 16:13 says, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” So the Holy Spirit will speak to you if you will hear Him…He will let you know what you were created to do, and He will gift you the passions as well as the anointing to fulfill that purpose, but we must stay on the course. Circumstance come nigh to us all, but those circumstances aren’t all designed to take us out….Sometimes they are “allowed” to push us in the right direction and when we finally find ourselves in that place we thought we did not want to be, we then realized that this is exactly where we am supposed to be. Let us remember, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” (Proverbs 18:16).
So, follow the voice of God, remembering it isn’t always the one that’s the loudest, but often the smallest in which speaks volumes. Our God does not make any mistakes; He will lead and guide us in the direction He desires for us to go and it was all decided before we were even in our mother’s wombs. What an awesome God we serve! So, my petition to the readers, allow your passion to lead you to your purpose and walk in it out in blessed assurance, knowing that it was already preordained just for you. Your very own blueprint, uniquely and wonderfully you…
How do I begin? The first word that comes to my mind is wow! When I look at the hand of God in the book meeting last night, I am left again feeling astonished at His love for us. He brings His children together to learn from one another, but the beauty of it all is realizing that all the knowledge and the newly obtained wisdom is all from Him. He has imparted these gifts upon every woman that was present in the book meeting last night. Coming together, we learned, we laughed, yes, we fellowshipped and there was absolutely nothing boring about it. I must applaud Touré Roberts on allowing the Holy Spirt to use him to write this book. It is filled with wisdom, knowledge and I tell you we all walked away with a better understanding of who we are, and that is just from dissecting the first chapter.
I plan to pod cast our next book meeting to share with you all what we will be discussing and if any of you out there would like to participate, you will be able to do so through this blog page. I implore you all to get this book, it is vitally important to truly know who we are in this hour, but most importantly, Whose we are. I am looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say and what I can take away from this reading on this journey with you all. Those of you who decide to get this book and go on this journey with us, I encourage you to prayerfully read it; I do humbly believe it will help you on becoming all that our Father has purposed you to be. Amen!
When you are going through a trial, the last thing you need is for people to start questioning your faith. My faith is very firmly in tack and it isn’t going anywhere. But while you are going through it doesn’t stop the fact that you’re not feeling well, there is pain in your body, and it seems as though you are getting hit with one complication after another. And being that I am still housed in a human body, sometimes we must exercise wisdom and rest that body. We as a people are quick to judge standing on the outside eavesdropping and not really catching the whole story…We think we know what you are going through, but the truth is we have no idea. The doctor’s visits, the medicine, the money, the sleepless nights and the uncertainty of missing another work day… Before you judge me, ask yourself can you walk in these shoes? My personal shoe size is a 7, but if you start to add and take away everything I may have to endure in the course of an average day; the shoe will never fit another just right; because it wasn’t designed for anyone but the one is wearing/bearing it. But because we have allowed self-righteousness to creep in, many of us are quick to forget the walks we have taken that has had some unsuspected detours which have caused our very own shoe size to fluctuates at times too…
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own self, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Let me take the liberty to define the word reprobate. Reprobate: to condemn strongly as unworthy, unacceptable, or evil; to foreordain to damnation. So, while we are exhausting all our time scrutinizing others, we fail to realize the enemy has us exactly where he wants us; not keeping our own houses in order. We are not examining ourselves and he is taking advantage of our state of unawares and capturing many into the bondage of possibly becoming a reprobate. This is not a place any of us should want to find ourselves. 2 Thessalonians 3:11 states, “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” Many want to talk about what someone else is doing and in the process, they themselves aren’t doing anything. All the while you are in your home, praying, reading the Word, making full proof of your ministry, trusting God silently with all that you are walking through, but because you choose to not do it in the open before man, you are judged.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 6:1).
The lesson to take from this, is if you are not certain of what is really going on in another man/woman’s house, it is best to just be silent. If there is a true concern, pray about it and only by the leading of the Holy Spirit go to that brother or sister in the spirit of Truth. A talebearer wants to ‘spill the tea’ to everyone except the one they should be. Then the concern just becomes gossip; which means there was never any real concern in the first place. So again, this is why the Word says to examine “yourself”. We should desire to never error, though admittedly we all do at times, but as a reminder to us to do better I am reminded of this: “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:14-15). With that being said, we never really know who our Lord has chosen, so it is best to remember, while we know not to put our hands on another, we should also guard our mouths by not speaking negatively of another either; for now that we know better, we should be inspired to do better. Amen!
Merriam Webster dictionary defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. It sounds like facing, overcoming or standing against something that you thought you either could not face, withstand or get pass…but then we realize there is always a way out of no way. Isaiah 43:16-19 say it well… “Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Courage is fed on faith!
In order for us to practice true courage, we must first have faith. Faith, the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen; without it we will never have the courage to face any of our fears. So we look at courage, and there are two hurdles that one must cross, fear which must be defeated and faith with must be obtained. Once we defeat fear, true faith becomes obtainable. Now we must take note of every obstacle that has been blocking us from our freedom to truly live. We can now face them, overcome them and have the strength to stand even when it seems like it is unwilling to let us go. The Word of God reads; “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8) All we have to do is stand and have faith that even though it may not seem like victory is near, we know that He is near; and if He is near then victory is indeed near as well.
Courage is the force behind you reaching all your dreams; but we must have that foundation. The foundation is the Cross. It is written in the book of Luke, Chapter 9 verse 23. Jesus spoke to his disciples saying, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. If we were to deny fear access in our lives and simply follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will be free. Free of every form of bondage and we will have the courage to live the life that we know we were created for. What a beautiful life it will be; free of not only fear, but every other hindrance the enemy may try to place in our way. We know that we will overcome because Christ overcame and defeated the enemy for us all at the Cross. So be encouraged beloved, we win, because Jesus already won… Amen!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Though I may soon come across as harsh, I am realizing that this world is sometimes simply just that, harsh! How many times do you need to read the cover of a book to figure out what’s on the inside. Is the cover embossed with a simple title, or does it have some elaborate design or picture to accompany it? What’s really on the inside of the book? What first appears to us seems to be attractive in all it’s intricate boldness to catch our eyes, but I have now come to the conclusion that we must read the contents if we desire to have the full story revealed to us. Read the book!
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Believe what you read! We are indeed living in times where men and women are becoming lovers of themselves; where self-centeredness has become the norm. Many are coveting that which belongs to another, having no conscious of the error of their ways. We no longer understand humility, for we boast of what we have and yes don’t have; for the love of material things and status has taken precedence over humanity. Pride tells us that we have done no wrong hence, repentance is never visited or acted upon. Children are dishonoring their parents and refusing to receive counsel from them. The world teaches them to become unthankful and unholy, by contorting that which is good and acceptable unto God, their creator.
Then we have the agenda trolls…. Those for the sake of their own selfish desires, who feign friendships built on false affections to obtain their own self-seeking goals; with no thought to the hurt they may inflict on another. Full of false promises for they speak a word with the intent of never honoring that word. Spewing hurt and pain in a slew of arrogance, for some how they have deemed themselves superior, when the very simple truth is they don’t like anything that is good and aim to kill, steal and destroy that which is good. This entity which will never appreciate the good in you for it has exalted itself above all…It thrives on the pleasures of this world more than the things of God; and we must flee from such. For it was sent for the sole purpose of destroying you.
Do not allow people to leech off you until you are left with nothing to stand on. Don’t allow them to pull from you until you are drained of all life and no longer able to take care of yourself. Believe the report of the Lord, and not the lies of the enemy. Learn to say No, and yes only when the Lord tells you to say yes. People will treat you how you allow them to treat you…Stop allowing your goodness to be taken for granted. Know your worth and know that you are loved even if it appears that you are standing alone. For you are never alone, when the world is against you, know with blessed assurance that God is standing with you. I’d rather stand in this world alone with a host of angels all around me, than to stand with any man whose only means is to bring forth harm. Be encouraged…For though it may seem you are alone and forsaken, know that God will always be with you; amen!
Some pains are just too much to bear…
So, I tucked them away in a place called there.
Only allowing them to surface when the pressure can no longer be restrained,
Reaching the point of shedding tears in vain…
Tucked away in a place that is deep, yet not deep enough…
This is the pain of loss.
The loss that never returns…
I am left with memories that do last a lifetime,
Even if it’s only in my lifetime.
I miss you…
And the sheer acknowledgement of that alone,
Is honestly too much to bear!
I fancied myself being strong,
But not when it came to losing you…
I will never lay my head upon the lap of my mother again,
Yes, it is simply too much to bear.
So, I tuck you away again…
To that place that is so deep within…
Just not deep enough…
And I say see you later, for goodbye is too final…
Until we meet again…
I love you.
~ Felisha DeJean