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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

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Who Are We?

5 Jul

Years ago, most people acknowledged that God existed and most
tried to live something akin to Godly lives. Those who didn't 
go to church at least respected those who did. History tells us 
that even our forefathers who wrote the constitution were 
believers. 

As we know, our nation has strayed far away from the values 
of yesterday. Today, your truth is considered to be the truth. 
Moral absolutes that were once a part of our fabric have been
re-woven with our ways. So, as we proceeded to destroy 
Godly principles by committing such acts as taking
prayer out of schools and taking Christ out of Christmas, 
what did we expect?

We have nearly destroyed our foundation. One of 
Merrimack-Webster's definitions of the word foundation is 
"a basis (as a tenet, principle or axiom) upon which 
something stands or is supported. At one point, our nation 
stood upon the fact that God was Holy, true, and sovereign.
Basically, we had reverence for God and believed the Bible
was true.

The Bible tells us that our lives are hidden with Christ, in God. 
If we don't know who Christ is, how will we know who we are? 
Since Satan questioned Christ's identity, wouldn't he certainly 
dare to question ours? When Satan said to Jesus Christ, 
"If you be the Son of God", do this or that, Jesus (assured of
who He was) fought back with the word of God. 
(Matthew 4:3-4, Matthew 4:6-7, Luke 4:3-4,  Luke 4:9-12).

Since our foundation is not as it should be, we don't have the 
capacity as a nation, nor as a people to withstand the 
onslaught of Satan's identity questioning. In addition, many 
people have experienced painful events that are now coupled
with the loss of truth. This combination has erupted in
an assault on God's truth of who we are.

But if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous 
do? (Psalm 11:3). We can start by remembering who God is, 
and who we are in Him. Study the Bible. God is
holy, and He is also love. What does love look like? It looks 
like God sending Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of him, 
her, you and me, and the world (John 3:16). Who are we? 
We are imitators of God! (Ephesians 5:1,2)

Lessons from Mary to Start the New Year!

29 Dec

Based upon Luke 1: 26-38

Long ago, Mary was greeted by the angel Gabriel, who shared
some very interesting news with her. Gabriel began by telling
Mary that she was highly favored, The Lord was with her, and
that she was blessed among women. Mary, troubled by Gabriel’s
greeting, tried to understand what was happening.

The angel told Mary not to be afraid. He went on to state that
Mary would conceive and give birth to a son who would be great,
and that He would be the Son of the Highest. Gabriel also told
Mary that the Lord would give her Son Jesus, the throne of his
Father David, that He would reign over the house of Jacob forever,
and that her Son’s kingdom would never end. Mary did not appear
to be stunned by the fact that she was chosen to give birth to the
King of Kings, and the Lord of Lord’s. Instead, her great concern
was how, as a virgin, she could conceive and give birth to a baby.

Gabriel explained that The Holy Ghost would come upon Mary,
and the power of the Highest would over-shadow her, therefore
that Holy thing which would be born shall be called the Son of God.
When Mary spoke again, she simply said, “Behold, the handmaid
of the Lord, be it unto me according to your word”.

In order to start our New Year with lessons from Mary’s response
to a virgin birth, let’s begin with Gabriel’s greeting. He told Mary
that she was highly favored, the Lord was with her, and that she
was blessed. As a born again Christian, you now have favor with
God (Proverbs 8:35, Psalm 5:12) just as Mary did Luke 8:30).
The Lord is always with you (Hebrews 13:5), and you are blessed
(Jeremiah 17:7).

Just as He did with Mary, The Lord has deposited holy gifts inside
of you, whether you are male or female I Corinthians 12,13,). The
Lord decided that you should have these gifts long before you were
aware that these gifts existed (Ephesians 2:10). Like Mary, the
purpose of your gifts are not only to bless You, but to also
bless your world. You also had a super-natural encounter with
the Holy Ghost, who empowered you to be and do just what the
word of God says. This experience took place during the moment
that you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior
(Acts 2:38, II Peter 1:3).

If you have no idea what your gifts are, pray and ask The Lord to
reveal those hidden gifts that He’s deposited inside of you so that
you can give birth to them. If you do know what those gifts are,
pray about how to use them and confidently move forward into
action.  Like Mary, don’t be surprised by the magnitude of what
the Lord will do through you. Instead, believe that with God all
things are possible and surrender your life and your gifts
completely to Him. “Be it unto you according to His word”. In
this New Year, expect to give birth to the greatness that the
Lord has deposited inside of You! The world is waiting.

The Sin of Negligence

5 Aug

I recently saw someone refuse to help a person in need of 
assistance. The person who neglected to help had the power
and was in the profession of assisting people with this 
particular problem. Immediately, the Holy Spirit prompted 
me to intervene on behalf of the individual who needed 
help. So, I prayed. But how many of you know that 
sometimes the Lord expects us to do more than pray.
We need to act!

The truth begin to settle within me. Sure, I prayed, and 
we should pray for others. Nevertheless, the person did 
not have their need met because I failed to take action
when I should have. We really don't like to say these next
two words but,  - I SINNED! I committed the sign of
negligence!

Can we take this conversation just a step further? Some, 
or should I say many, of the people around us are 
experiencing chaos on earth, and their eternal 
destiny is even more ghastly than their current 
circumstances. (Proverbs 24:11-12, Proverbs 31:8-9)
They are in need of Jesus now. But what are
we doing?  

We're praying, right. Indeed we should be interceding in
prayer for others. But we should also do our part. Time 
is running out. We can't wait for others to hear 
a preacher, and presume that it's the preacher's job to 
offer Jesus to those who are in need of salvation. 
All who have been reconciled to Jesus are now 
ministers of reconciliation. We are the feet, the hands, 
and the mouth of Jesus! 

We should continue praying. May we also "do" our part.