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!
What is it that God is showing you in this hour? We are living in a time where I feel God is moving in such a way that it becomes so fundamentally important that we have such an intimate relationship with him so that we do not miss anything that He is speaking to us. The Word of God tell us to “write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” (Habakkuk 2:2). So when He speaks, we write it down.
I was given a journal years ago when I “truly” gave my life to God. It was told to me that when God show me things to write them down…That even though I may not understand at the time what it is He is showing me…In time He will make it clear to me. I can attest that this on many occasions has proven to be true. This is why even though we may not understand in that very moment, write it down, and one day He will bring it back to you, and it will all make perfect sense.
He has showed me things since I was a little girl, and now I understand the things He was showing me then. Now it all makes perfect sense. So the reason for this post is simple. Pay attention to what it is He is speaking to you. If he gives it to you, there is a divine purpose for it. For each of us were born with a purpose to fulfill for Him. One of my favorite scriptures is in Revelations 4:11, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive Glory and Honor and Power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.” So if we know and then remember that because we are created for His pleasure, our purpose to fulfill is for Him as well.
Remember beloved, Psalms 139:14 reads, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Trust what it is He is showing you, especially in this hour, He makes no mistakes. He created you for what it is He has for you to do. We are living in a time when we are seeing many things being fulfilled which is written in the Bible. Draw closer to Him, so you will not miss your assignment and again, “write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
Lord I pray in the name above all names, the name of Jesus Christ; that we hear what you are saying in this hour. Lord make the vision plan to us, that we may walk in obedience and write it down, so that those who read will run. We will not tarry in our assignments, but will go where you tell us to go, do what you tell us to do, and speak what you tell us to speak, for Your Glory, for Your Honor, and for Your Kingdom. Amen!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
God desires is for us all to obtain peace, and that we would flee from all evil, for “He is not willing that any should perish.” (2 Peter 3:9). He wants us in eternity with Him, this is His will for us; however if we do not yearn for it ourselves we will fall into temptation, becoming deceived by evil and every promise God has for us will be forfeited.
” 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).
He created us with a purpose to fulfill… not to abandon. His will is that we complete the tasks in which we were created for. However, we allow circumstances to fog our vision, we start to believe the lies of the enemy; and because we were not praying and watching we fall into the trap unawares because of the little gap ( doubt) we left open…That little inch we left opened allowed him to take a mile. He now feels as though he have free course to do as he please in our lives.
The good news is when we become aware of the deception, this inch to a mile tactic works with God too. Let us remember…With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26.) Faith as a grain of a mustard seed is all it takes. If we have just a little faith, God will do the rest. And as we grow continually (our faith) we can only marvel at how God really works and has always been working in our lives. He is just waiting on us to exercise our faith. Not faith in our own abilities, but faith in Him and Him alone.
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Luke 17:20).
Know peace, walk in peace and flee from all forms of evil. If we believe He can deliver us from our current circumstance He will. He may not move in that very moment, but He will move. Let Him be your motivation for everything you think and everything you choose to do. So hopefully in this world that is so enthralled in chaos, you will be able to stand still in peace and faith for you trust in Him. Allow Him to work in you and through you, so your end will be that which He has purposed it to be. Lord I pray that Your peace will be our peace and evil will not be able to penetrate our thoughts any more. This I ask in the name above all names, in the name of Christ Jesus, amen!
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13).
The world as we know it is literally crumbling around us and while God is yet being merciful, many are still allowing pettiness to dictate our lives. The wake-up call is for us all, for no man is exempt!
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:34).
I pray in the name of Jesus, that the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped… Amen.
That feeling you get when you love someone so much, that you never get tired of talking about him/her; because at some point that individual was the center of your universe. Yea, I believe we have all felt that way at some point in our lives, whether it was that first crush, a significant other or spouse. Well this is the feeling I have concerning God. When you realize that the love you felt or feel from those individuals doesn’t even begin to compare to the love of God.
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19).
Remembering a time when you was maybe not that lovable, because you were not that nice of a person. A time when you were so self-centered that nothing else mattered unless it somehow, some way, form or fashion pertained to or benefited you. A time when you realized that no matter how deep in the mess you were in that He never left you or forsake you. But the person that was the center of your universe did. Yes, that moment when the light bulb went off and you realized that this Omnipresent, Omnipotent power that we know as Jesus was right there present when everyone else wasn’t. Yes, He loves/loved us, when perhaps no one else bothered to even take notice. That moment when you no longer knew of Him, but you became conscious of Him in such a way where it seemed as if the universe has stopped for a moment.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8).
That moment when you and He become intimate and develop a relationship and every other connection seems so pale in comparison to this bond; this bond you realize cannot be broken unless “you” walk away from it. Though He will still be there waiting for you to return unto Him… Remember He never leaves or forsakes us. He is always there, we can talk to Him at any time about anything and He never gets tired of us. Yes, He is worthy of being the center of our universe, because His love is love perfected. He is worthy of praise, glory and honor. I cannot talk about Him and write of His goodness enough. He is my center…for everything we do we should do it unto Him. (Colossians 3:22).
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deuteronomy 31:6).
I pray that everyone today that read this be reminded of our Protector. The selfless act of love of Him dying on the cross; He did it for us. Blessing us with the Gift of His Holy Spirit, that leads us and guides us in pathways of righteousness. Forever present…He is. Lord in the name above all names, the name of Christ Jesus, I pray that the readers relationship becomes even more intimate with You, I pray that some relationships are restored in You and that those who may not know you, come to know you this day, and forever more. Amen!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11).
What is Love
Are we truly comprehending the meaning of love; it’s purpose and what it represents? Many of us are learned, we have degrees, we say we believe and we say we understand. Some of us even stand before man and teach on Love, yet are not willing to walk in it by being an example of it. We as believers of Jesus, who have professed that we know that He has come in the flesh and is God, should know and do better, yet many of us still walk in carnality. What is carnality? Carnality is pertaining to or characterized by the flesh. If we operate in a carnal mind, we are therefore not being led by the spirit of God of whom we profess daily.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25).
God is not bias, “for there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:11). God is love, love knows no boundaries…not gender, race, status or title.. You see, love is pure, it is not flawed, it is not tainted with the things that our flesh is allowed to dictate to us. Love is not flawed because Jesus is not flawed. Here this children of God: When you mistreat a child of the most high, (your brothers and sisters) and you profess to be a part of the Body of Christ, which is one; when do we become aware of what it is we are really inflicting upon our very own selves. The Word of God plainly states to “touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:22, Psalms 105:15).
Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1).
“Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm”, sounds like a command to me. We should pray for greater discernment, so that we will know when we are in the presence of God’s anointed. I am not saying revere the individual, but the Christ on the inside of that individual, but “love” the “person” just the same. We don’t get to pick and choose who we think should be anointed to do a work for the Lord, or who is or isn’t a prophet. That is all in God’s doing. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” So you see, we have nothing to do with it, except accept His will for our lives and what He has purposed for us, and if that is putting someone in our pathway that we may not approve of, let us truly examine ourselves, so we will not fall into a reprobate spirit.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (1 John 4:7).
Love (let us keep in mind, who love represents) does not fit into cliques. It does not care if you are rich or poor, thin or what I like to call myself “fluffy” and you do not have to look or dress a certain way. Love accepts you as you are, whether it’s bruised or broken or pretty and shiny. Love doesn’t care if you come with or without jewels. I will end this with a scripture that we should always remember and let it be a reminder for us in times when we start to think more highly than we ought to think; He says, “I come not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16).