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What’s That You’re Wearing?

21 Feb

Imagine that you, yes you have the answer to many of today’s maladies. Within you lies the way, the truth and the hope of real life (Colossians 1:27). You have the answer to depression, fear, anxiety, addiction, violence and much more.

But how do you let others know that you have the answers? I’m so glad you asked. It starts with wearing the right necklace.

Proverbs 3:3 (AMP) states “Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; Bind them [securely] around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.” This necklace of mercy/kindness and truth does more than complement your outfits, it draws others to Jesus who is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Mother Theresa said “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” As you live, extending mercy (kindness), favorable doors will open, proving opportunities for you to share the truth of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.

The life that Jesus delivers casts out fear, brings peace, joy, hope and true love, ridding mankind of every sort of oppression, depression, and captivity, healing the broken heart (1John 4:18, Isaiah 61).

So what’s that you’re wearing? Is it self righteousness, pride and judgment? Let’s remove all of those heavy chains and put on the beautiful necklace of mercy and truth. In so doing, we will draw others to Jesus and even gain favor with God and man (Proverbs 3:4).

Missed Oppor-tune-in-ities

16 Dec

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own little world. There are bills to pay, children to care for, work, who’s on Facebook, what’s on Twitter, and a million other activities that that distract us from one super important task. That’s the task of seizing oppor-TUNE-IN-ties to minister to this dying world.

Oh you might say, I m not a minister. While it’s true that the word minister can refer to church clergy. But according to Vocabulary.com, minister also means “to attend to the wants and needs of others”.

Nevertheless, proper titles aren’t necessary when “TUNING-IN” to help someone. Way back in Bible days, a priest (a man of God) saw a wounded man lying on the ground and passed by on the other side. Next, a Levite, another “servant of God” saw the man and passed by on the other side (Luke 10:25-37).

Although these servants of God had the proper titles, they were so focused upon their own agendas that they missed the oppor-TUNE-IN-i-ty to serve God by helping someone else.

Just in case you’re thinking to yourself, I would never do that – STOP. Take an honest moment to examine yourself. You’ll probably find that you have also missed opportunities to serve the Lord as you busily focused upon your own plans. I certainly have.

Perhaps it was the time you rode the elevator with someone who looked as though they were having a terrible day. You wondered why they looked so upset but didn’t bother to ask. Later you discovered that their family had experienced a crisis. Maybe it was the little old lady that you quickly passed as she slowly crossed the street with her overloaded shopping cart. After she fell, you realized that you should have helped her cross. Another missed opportunity.

Or just maybe it was the incident with your child. In anger, you disciplined him/her openly as his/her friends watched instead of using the opportunity to take him aside to teach him/her how to exercise self control. Yes, even disciplining your children can become an oppor-TUNE-In-ty to help your child and simultaneously honor the Lord.

As we TUNE-IN (draw near to) the Lord, may He quicken our spirits, helping us to seize every opportunity that He provides to honor Him by helping others. Help us Lord!

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:37-40‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/mat.25.37-40.kjv

It Ain’t What It Is!

4 Jul

Lately I’ve noticed the phrase, “it is what it is” being constantly used among people from all walks of life. Within that toxic phrase lies another statement that says, this situation will not and can not get better; therefore I accept it for what it is.

I can almost hear Jesus interrupting those conversations with the question “where is YOUR faith?” Jesus actually sacrificed His life on the cross, redeeming us from an “it is what it is lifestyle”.

“Now” our faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Yes, everyone experiences trying circumstances, but we who believe in Jesus don’t allow the circumstances to overtake us as the end all and be all. Our faith in our sovereign Lord always keeps us only a prayer away from divine intervention in every situation.

We have an enemy of our souls, who is also known as Satan. His intention is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). One of his basic tactics simply involves helping us to focus upon what we see and accepting that as our final reality. We buy into his plan when we go with our natural senses, accepting things as they appear to be.

Jesus came that we might have life more abundantly (John 10:10). We access that abundant life as we trust in Jesus despite what we see.

Instead of saying “it’ is what it is” let’s keep in mind that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, and expect miracles. May we exercise our faith by praying and also doing our part to bring about positive change in our own situations and in the lives of others. “The just shall live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38). With faith, it ain’t what it is!

Further reading: II Corinthians 4:18, Romans 8:24, Hebrews 3:6

Do Now!

23 Nov

I have been fortunate enough to know people who are world changers. These people have completely altered their parts of the world for the better. Though some of these world changers have suffered great hardships along the way, they have persevered, allowing the good to outweigh the bad and given their all to help others.

For example, years ago, one woman fought against strong opposition to celebrate Black History in a New York City public school. Years later, the annual celebration still continues. There’s the mother of one, who so passionately pours into guiding youth that she’s fondly called mom by the children she’s taken under her wings. There are the men who spent time in prison and now spend their lives steering others away from criminal activity.

While it’s wonderful that these people and many others have done great things to bless mankind, I am compelled to take a close look at my own life in order to determine what I have done to make the world a better place. What about you?

The encouraging scripture that comes to mind regarding my own days gone by is, “forgetting those things which are behind me, I PRESS TOWARDS the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13).

In light of this scripture, it’s not so much about what I have done or what you have done to make this world a better place. More importantly, what we are doing today as agents of change? You’ve heard it said time and time again, ” today is a gift”. Frankly, today is all that we have (James 4:13).

So what can You and I do today to enhance our part of the world?

Each of us were created with unique gifts and talents that are meant to glorify God and to bless others. The scriptures tell us “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” ‭‭(Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬).

Just what are the “good works” that you were created to do in order to touch your part of the world? If you’re still working on figuring that out, pray for direction. Ultimately, we want to hear the words, “well done my good and faithful servant” (Luke 19:17). And we will hear those words, if we begin to be change agents in our part of the world NOW!

For Such A Time As This!

18 Jul
What does your world look like? Let me tell you a bit about
mine. If you had told me years ago, that I would know teens
who would be murdered, that my own eyes would see sparks
flicker in the darkness of night as someone shot a bullet and 
ran, I would not have believed you. 

If you had told me that I would live among people who find 
incarceration to be normal, and wear time in jail like a badge,
I would have been shocked. Had you told me that
I would see sanctioned racism in the form of police brutality
escalate in these United States of America during the
twenty first century, I would have been in disbelief. 

Yet these examples are just a tiny representation of some 
of the atrocities that plague our inner city communities, 
and our world. No matter how the depravity of our society 
may shock our systems and cause us to compare today
with better days gone by, the truth is that we were born for 
such a time as this. If that were not true, our last breath 
would have been taken, even as our breath was given by 
our Heavenly Father and Creator, God!

Long ago, God used a young Jewish woman named
Esther to save an entire nation. Esther could have actually 
lost her head by going before the king without an 
appointment. Esther's guardian, Mordecai, strengthened 
her with these words,"For if you remain completely silent 
at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews
from another place, but you and your fathers house will 
perish. Yet who knows if you have come to the kingdom 
for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14).

You are here, in this world, now, for such a time as this. 
Will you remain silent as people all around you make 
poor choices that lead to destruction (Matthew 7:13,14). 
In efforts to make a positive difference in our neck of 
the woods, a few ladies and I recently formed a girls club. 

Change sometimes comes one person at a time; you
don't have to form a group. But you do have a part to 
play. Creation is waiting(Romans 8:19). Do not remain
silent! You are here now for such a time as this.
What will you do?