I have come to realize that people can dislike you for no reason other than that is just who they are. I have also come to realize that that is their problem and not mine. I refuse to compromise who God has created me to be to satisfy mans perception of me.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalms 139:14).
You see, I have read in one of the greatest books even written that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. He makes no mistake, but we must know who we are and what we were called and chosen to do. Before we were even in our mother’s belly he ordained us in our purpose, it is us who decides to step outside His will, hence His grace. People will be people. Some are sent to make us stronger, and some are sent to hinder us. It’s up to us how we handle it. Will it make you stronger or will you compromise?
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10).
The key to it is knowing who the sender is. Who is sending what your way? We must discern in the spirit? It is also crucial to remember that God will allow some things to come that is not of Him, so no matter the adversity; STAND! Beloved, know that your Father is always a present help and that He is fighting for you. I firmly believe that if He allowed it to come our way, it is either to make us stronger or take us to another level of faith. Trust Him no matter what it feels like or what it looks like and most importantly do not compromise who He has said you are.
The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus 14:14).
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
We live in a world when many have become lovers of themselves. We live in a time where man has become so consumed with self, that many are falling away from the gospel. I consider Jesus and all that He has sacrificed for us all, I think about the strips He received upon His back, I think of the pain He must have felt as nails were driven through His hands and feet, and I cringe at the mere thought of a crown of thorns being forced into his scalp, and having the taste of his blood mingled with sweat dripping down His face. And then I look at the behavior of man today. Man has become so self-centered, for their desires far surpass the needs of their neighbor, their friend, their families… They far surpass the will of God! The cries of those who are hurting are being silenced. Many hear, but don’t hear, for they refuse to take heed. For many are too consumed with self! Christ gave His life for us all, can we not give just a little of ourselves for our fellow man?
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 (2 Timothy 3:3-4)
Now let’s examine this for a moment, for there are two sides to this. One side of it we’ll see a need and while able to help, refuse to do so. The other side of this is the person who constantly pulls on another without ever really attempting to stand on their own. This is when we come to see manipulation into play. The person who eagerly wants to help, becomes a crutch for the manipulator hence the helper becomes an enabler. In this you are no longer helping the individual, but instead hurting them. This person has become selfish, because they start to depend on you so much where you may not only become financially destitute, but you are physically, emotionally and spiritually drained as well. Many relationships are destroyed because of this type of behavior because you can find yourself becoming bitter towards someone, and we know bitterness is not a God feeling.
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: (Galatians 2:4).
But as for the one who is able to help someone who is really in need, and you refuse them, it is the same as denying Christ. Matthew 25:42-46 says, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” So we must do for people if we are able to, no matter what. If a person is being selfish, and allowing a manipulating spirit to use them, do your part and then move on, having faith that God will do the rest. But when you choose to be an aide to another, do it as a willing vessel, and not grudgingly. God is the judge, He knows all and sees all, including your heart. But if you are being manipulated, know still, God still sees that your heart is good, and the individual that is being manipulated by being a manipulator will be the one who will have to answer for their error, and not you.
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. (Proverbs 21:13).
Lord give us greater understanding of your Word…Teach us to walk in humility and to truly be helpers one to another. Lord I ask that you also give us greater discernment to know and understand the difference in being a helper to our brothers and sisters and becoming an enabler. Lord we thank you for your Word that leads us and guide us into pathways of righteousness, in Jesus name Amen!
2 Timothy 3:5 states, “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” This scripture is first telling us, that there are some that basically appear to be holy, yet they are not. They do everything that is expected of them before men, yet still deny the real power of the Holy Spirit. Instead of exalting the Holy Spirit, they instead quench it. Then the scripture goes on to say to turn away from them…Have no part of fellowship with them. I believe this scriptures personifies the religious spirit. A show before man to be righteous, and to uphold the commands of the Lord, yet denying everything that is of Him.
A persons true character is not what we do before men…but what we do in secret. How are we really living when there is no audience? Are we spending quality time with God, or are we putting everything else before Him? Have we taken on idols in secret, yet only in the open we worship and praise the one true living God? This behavior is likened to the scribes and Pharisees of whom is spoken of in Matthew 23:1-7“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.”
A religious spirit quenches the Holy Spirit. It does not want the oracles of God to be spoken… It will do everything it can to silence the true prophets of God. It’s agenda is to assist in the falling away (Thessalonians 2:3), and it feeds itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3), it is bias and shows respect of persons. It fights against everything that represents righteousness and holiness. These are some of the things which also point to the fact that we are living in the end times, for many of this we do see. And please do not be deceived by this spirit, for it is also written that even the very elect will be deceived (Matthew 24:24). So how do we guard ourselves against falling victim to this spirit, that seems godly, yet denies the power of Jehovah. By prayer and supplication, by putting on the armor of God daily..by studying and showing ourselves approved to God, by being able to rightly divide His Word; this is how we guard ourselves against this spirit…Be on guard always…
Lord I pray that your children be not deceived in this hour by a religious spirit. Let us remain in prayer always, and put on the armor of God, wherewith no weapons formed against us shall prosper and that we shall live to declare thy name unto our brothers and sisters in Jesus name, amen.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18).” Imagine your dad telling you I see you doing wrong, but if you choose to stop, I will forgive you and all will be forgotten. This is what the Lord is saying to us: You can continue in your sin or you can stop for you already know it is the right thing to do; if you stop sinning, I will wash you, and all of your sins will be forgotten and you will be made clean for you will be forgiven. This is the love that only a true father can offer his child; He is longsuffering, He is meek(gentle; kind) like only a father can when it comes to his children. He is the perfect role model we have whom teaches us how to forgive one another.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. (Luke 17:4).
The key word is repent! It is so important to repent, and when we do so it is saying to God, I am sorry. It is an acknowledgement that you have committed an offense before the Lord. Thankfully He is so gracious to forgive us, for He doesn’t want to see any of us perish by giving us ample time and numerous opportunities to do right by Him. And only if we would realize when we do right by Him, we are also do right by ourselves. I am so thankful that my Father forgives us even in our ignorance. I say ignorance, because many do not even realize their sin or that they are in bondage. Either they haven’t been taught or the enemy have blinded them. This happens when you become so deep in your sin, that the enemy has convinced you that you are ok with where you are at. The bondage is that you are now blind to sin and have become one with it. Not the best situation to be in, but God…His arm is stretched out still…A fathers love…
With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalms 136:12).
I am so thankful and overjoyed because I know where I would be if it had not be for God’s grace. His mercies are new every morning. When you know that you at one time were so deep in sin, and it is only because you chose to repent, and strived daily to do better, but also acknowledge that you cannot do it on your own. It is because of the Comforter; the Holy Spirit is with you, always there to nudge you when your flesh may want to become weak. It nudges you and urges if not command that you do what is good and acceptable. Are we always successful..No..but should we always be repentant, Yes! Yes Lord… We say Yes to You Lord! We say yes to Your will, Your way.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John14:26).
Lord give us a heart of repentance and of forgiveness, in Jesus name, Amen!
Merriam Webster dictionary defines humility as: “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people : the quality or state of being humble.” To be humble means to never have to exalt oneself. When we feel as though we have to prove ourselves to man, usually it is due to some insecurity, for when we are who we are, especially in the things we are called or chosen to do for the Kingdom of God, we should never feel the urge to prove who God says we are to man.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (1 Peter 5:6).
There is a confidence that is given by the Holy Spirit unto the servants of God; it’s purpose is to give us boldness to speak the oracles of God without any compromise. Unfortunately many confuse this confidence inspired by God with haughtiness. Some will boast of themselves and when we look at the scripture above it plainly says that He will exalt you in due time. We should never get in a place where the Word applies to everyone except ourselves. This is why the word of God warns us to examine ourselves, so that we will not become a reprobate.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18).
A humble servant never exalts self. A humble servant exalts God. To God be the glory and Him alone. It would be good for us to realize and remember that if Jesus Himself walked in humility, who are we not to do the same. Jesus was the perfect example of a servant. Not only did He go into the places that many would not have went, but He dealt with people who many of us would think it unholy to deal with, when it is those people that He came for. Be amongst them, witness to them, be an example before them, but do not do as they do. So while we minister, let us be ever so careful to be the first partakers. Let us remember where we were when he came and saved us, let us remember that no matter what title or purpose we may have, we are yet servants (vessels) to the One true living God. El Shaddai, the all Sufficient one, the God of the Mountains, God Almighty.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32).
Lord, I pray that we continue to examine ourselves, and walk in humility as we do what you have called and chosen us to do. Let us also remember the purpose for which you have called us. It is not for us to become boastful or high-minded, but to do everything in meekness and in the confidence that you have given us to speak the oracles of You, all for Your kingdom, for Your glory and for Your honor in Jesus name, amen.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3).
Do you ever find yourself showing favoritism towards individuals you fellowship with whether it’s in ministry, on the job or even in social settings… You feel an obligation to them because maybe they are related to you or just a close friend. So instead of you being just in every situation, you choose to treat someone unfairly and in the process may even wound them. This is why the Bible tells us; “For there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:11). When we don’t just learn the scriptures, but actually apply them to our lives, we will find that because we have truly put our flesh under submission the Holy Spirit will then guide us in pathways of righteousness, and we will error less in this area.
We have to be ever so careful, especially when we are in a position of leadership or authority to never manipulate the scripture by compromising the Word of God for our own agendas. Everything we do, no matter how good it feels in the moment or even looks to other individuals, God judges righteously. For it is also stated in His Word, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” (James 2:9). Let us continue to examine all our motives and actions and even in the smallest of things allow the Holy Spirit to truly lead us and guide us. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17). God forbid if we were to wound someone knowingly; for we are all accountable.
Remember, a controlling spirit knows no boundaries and is very subtle in how it operates. if you are not watchful, it will manipulate and deceive the very elect. It is bias toward that which benefits it agenda. But it will also do everything it can to discredit those who refuse to be used. Let us remember what happened to Jezebel. She was so lost in her bondage, that she was blind to her end which was death. Many today are so deep in bondage, that they do not realize that unless they repent and truly surrender to God and His will, their end will be the same as Jezebel. Let us take a stand against all things that are not of God. Take a stand against biasness..Don’t become an Ahab and allow the spirit of Jezebel to manipulate you.
And to those that are being treated unfairly remember; “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mark 13:13). Lord I pray we do not allow an controlling spirit to use us or manipulate us to wound your children; I pray for deliverance for those in bondage and may not be aware that they are being used as well as for those who are willingly being used. Lord strengthen those who have been wounded, and that they may come to see themselves as you see them. I ask this all in the name of Jesus, amen!
“Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.” (Ezekiel 33:1-5).
My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. (Jeremiah 4:19).
Are we hearing the sound of the trumpet today? Are we really paying attention to the warning that are going forth? The Word of God gives us instructions as well as warnings, this is why it is a necessity for us to study and show ourselves approved unto God, and not man. Many feel as though they have to prove themselves to man where as this becomes a form of vanity. God want us to study and show ourselves approved unto Him. The way we do that is by how we live; are we truly applying the Word of God to every aspect of our lives? Are we flaunting our knowledge before man (vain glory) or are we living His Word? This is why we must examine ourselves daily.
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 Corinthians 13:5).
We must not compromise the Word of God, to suit our situations or agendas. Though the world may change and the laws thereof; God’s Word remains the same. While we may have to accept the laws of the land, we do not or should not have to participate in them. How do you grant liberty to one group of people while taking it away from another? These things that are taking place in this nation is all signs…and the watchman are speaking out loud, sounding the alarms, but sadly many are refusing to hear. This too is written: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:21-28).
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).
God loves us so much that it is written all throughout the Scriptures. He instructs us because He loves us. He corrects us because He loves us. He warns us, because He loves us. He chastens us, because He loves us. He forgives us because He loves us. He is longsuffering with us because He loves us. His desire is that none should perish. He is Love…He is Love personified…My prayer today is that we hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying to the church in this hour and give us boldness to rebuke every lying spirit that is trying to compromise His Word. Lord let us remember that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life and there is no other way to the Father except through You. I pray that Your truth will be revealed unto all and quickens us with a heart of repentance. I ask this all in the name above all names, the name of Jesus Christ, amen!
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9).
There is no end to my love for you, for if there was anything I learned from you, it was how to love selflessly. You were a giver, a provider, a teacher, a protector; you were a precious gift from God. I am blessed to have been able to call you Dad! I love you eternally…
Happy Father’s Day in Heaven
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 21:11). To come unto Him when we have realized that every other way did not work. To come to the realization that the things of the world has not only left us exhausted, but has left us empty. We have labored and labored in the things that are pertaining to the world, yet at the end of the day we are left spent and somehow feeling unfulfilled on the inside. For all of our works were in vain, all of our works were dead works.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26).
Then there comes this moment, a plea from Jesus Christ, that says come unto me; I will give you rest. At the end of the day you will fill content, for you have chosen this day to do His will. When we come to comprehend that the works we do according to God’s will instead of our own, leaves us in a place on peace, a place of contentment that can only come from God. What a wonderful God we serve, not only does He gives us rest from all the heaviness, He also makes provisions for us; but we must be watchful as well as prayerful.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7).
It is such a joy to serve the Lord and be obedient to Him. Not only does it make for a restful night’s sleep, you will find that you will develop a greater desire to be in His presence more and more. You start to see beyond yourself and the things that you have always desired for yourself, and become more focused on God’s will for your life. Your desires becomes His desires, your will becomes His will. You only desire to do what it is that He has purposed for your life. For your sole desire becomes to live a life that is pleasing unto Him. You are sold out to Him and resting in Him, and realize there is no other place you would rather be. In His presence…resting….. Life is good 🙂
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provisions for the flesh, to fulfil the lust thereof. (Romans 13:14).
Lord Jesus, I come before you in humbleness. I ask you to give us a heart of repentance, forgive us for our sins, and turn us away from the things of the world and every form of wickedness. Let us come into your presence in such a way that we may cast all our cares upon you, for we know that your Word is true and that you do indeed care for us. I ask this all in the name above all names, the name of Jesus Christ, amen!