God Is So Faithful

It’s very easy, as you go through this life to get started on a thing and then want to stop it. It’s easy because as human beings when things don’t go “as planned” or the way we desire, we want to discontinue it.

But when  God is all you got left, that’s  a good place to get things started all over again!God has shown us that he is faithful. The scripture says: Continue reading “God Is So Faithful”

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When God Removes Your Excuses

I read a quote recently that said if it’s important to you you’ll find a way, if it’s not you’ll find an excuse.
Excuses in many cases are our ” politically correct “way of responding to things we don’t want to do or believe we can’t do.
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Often times excuses can be used for so long that we begin to believe them ourselves. You know the kind of excuse that says I would save more money but I’ve got so many bills. Or, I would eat better but I work late so I grab whatever I can get on the way home.
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John 5:1-9 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,[a] having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.[b] Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

And that day was the Sabbath.

Jesus asked the man one critical question in order to get one critical answer…. and that question was do you want to get well?
He had become a product of his environment. So, he came up with an excuse that worked for him and that he began to believe!
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Have you ever made an excuse for yourself for so long that even YOU believed it?
What do you do when God removes your excuse?  What do you do when He removes every possibility that you can come up with and  He says ok,  we’ve got that out of the way, now what?  What’s your excuse now?
You said you’d love to  give more in church or to organizations that help those in need  the moment you got your hands on a couple of extra dollars… And the moment you got some extra money you decided to treat yourself! Hair, nails, a great meal at your favorite restaurant, you took a quick trip to your favorite place… In other words, it never got done!
What God shows us in this text is excuses have to be received in order for them to be valid!
In other words, I have to get somebody to come in agreement with my situation , thereby making my situation or condition in this case an actual problem.
Look at the text!  Here comes the excuse! The man says I have no one to put me in the pool!
Jesus said get up, take up your mat and walk. Jesus didn’t come into agreement with his condition. In other words he didn’t entertain  that conversation. He didn’t say, how come nobody put you in the pool. He didn’t say, didn’t they know you couldn’t walk? He merely said, ” get up, take up your mat and walk”!
You see, it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon of excuses rather than being a participant in the solution.
The truth of the matter, here it is… wait for it… Somebody that was around the pool with him could have gotten him there to the pool! Even if you  are blind , you can walk! Even if you’re sick you can push somebody to pool…
What’s been happening at the pool ( our churches, jobs, families, places of influence) is that we are all coming in agreement with what we see,  rather than what could be! God has equipped us!
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You are a child of the Most High God! You are the head and not the tail. You’re a lender and not a borrower. But as soon as somebody needs a problem solved you direct them to somebody else! Excuses!
I have no one to put me in the pool!
How much longer shall we blame others  for things that we are equipped to do.
Jesus is showing us in this text that we are equipped to make a difference in the lives of those who are sick, lame and afflicted.
This text is the manifestation of  the greater works that Jesus speaks of in John 14:12 where it says:
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
God has equipped us to speak to a thing and it be done in Jesus name!  Mark 11:24 says
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
No more excuses! Trust in God! Trust His Word! Get er’ done!
Monday is here!

Did You At Least Say Thank You?

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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
Many of us have heard this phrase before whether in our childhood or we ourselves have said it to children when something was done for them that was unexpected or undeserved.
It’s something about saying thank you that causes us to recognize that someone had a choice; they didn’t have to do something in the way that they did or the time  that they did it. They didn’t have to bless you like they did! They didn’t have to call you when they did ! But whenever they did, someone always said ” did u at least say thank you “? 
We are in a season where people have taken on a posture that God is supposed to do things on their behalf all the time!  It’s as if  God is their personal butler! People have become Kingdom brats!butler
In other words… He’s supposed to heal our bodies, He’s supposed to put food on our table and clothes on our back. He’s supposed to get us out of the trouble we’ve gotten ourselves into! After all, He’s our butler!  All of this, on our command!
But  this text says be thankful in all circumstances. If He doesn’t do anything else, He’s done enough! We should still thank Him for what we have and for what He’s done already!
Just because you say thank you on Sunday doesn’t mean that blessings are going to overtake you on Monday!
No matter what, God is going to always be faithful to His word!
Saying thank you acknowledges our dependence on Him.  Saying thank you, reminds us, that we can do nothing without Him. Saying thank you is humbling.
 Did you at least say thank you today?

Who Are The Jones’?

Who are the Jones’ and why are so many people trying to keep up with them? Has anyone ever seen them? Been their neighbors? Was a cousin of? If there are so many people keeping up with them,  who do the Jones’ keep up with?

Although it sounds funny, its quite a problem for so many. There is this proverbial family, that no one knows and  has never seen, yet so many  people base their values,purchases and decisions solely upon this one “family”. mansion

The Jones’ don’t actually exist, but they somehow exist in the back of the minds of people that feel the need to keep up with them and their  luxuries ;their homes, their cars, their boats, etc. New Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification

Find out who you are. Why not stay within your means. Keep up with yourself. The most frustrated person is the one that is trying to create a “look”. The outside look. The one that says, see what we have? We may be unhappy, unhealthy, and falling apart, but at least we have this! Why not focus on good health,  a strong well being,  family and spiritual growth and development. None of which have to do with the Jones’.

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When it comes down to what’s important, its giving to others; being a blessing to those that may not have.  Asking God to use your hands and your voice for the greater good.

Take inventory of what’s important.  God has blessed us to be a blessing. Its not always the poor children in other countries… sometimes we could be a blessing right in our own backyards. There are so many among us, within our own countries, within our own families without shelter and daily comforts; that rely on the kindness of others for just one day or one night. homeless-shelter

And while we’re making sure our sons and daughters have the latest brands of sneakers, that cost 175.00 a pair, there are 2017-Hommes-Air-Jordan-Xx9-BlackTeam-OrangeBlack-Chaussures-Canada-695515005_13some children, that have to wear the same shoes all year long. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

May God continue to remind us of what’s really important. May we continue to love others as the scripture says:

Beloved if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11

God has a greater plan for each of us, and the Jones’ have nothing to do with it!

 

 

Contentment

Are you content in your life? Do you find yourself fully  immersed  in the busyness of your life?  Does hustle and bustle give you a sense of purpose?  When talking to people, do you find the conversation bending more to how much you have to do, rather than, how content you are? Do you feel guilty not doing anything?  Have you fallen prey to the  phrase,” just keep it movin'”?  After all, as long as you’re movin’ you don’t deal with your reality. Your reality could be a bad marriage, kids going bananas at school, you’ve got new health concerns,  home is in foreclosure, and the list could go on. With God, even those things that look bad, can be made better, but we’ve got to “still” ourselves in order for that to happen.

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

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But have you ever just sat in your own space, and not felt guilty that you didn’t feel like doing anything ( laundry, checking emails, running errands, being the soccer mom or dad for the day? ) tv Continue reading “Contentment”

Finish What You Started

We’re seven months into the year. You probably started a new diet at the beginning of 2017. You were excited and you started it January 1st. By now, you’ve gone back to your old eating habits, thoughts ideas.  Maybe you took on a new endeavor? Started a new relationship?
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The truth of the matter is, there’s nothing wrong with finishing what you’ve started last year. Many people have great difficulty in finishing a thing; starting classes, starting diets, starting relationships, starting reading the word of God more, starting to listen more and talk less, but something happens midstream where they are not able to follow through with what they started, and then they start something new at the beginning of each new year.
What God starts, he finishes.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
The tragedy comes when something within that’s not the voice of God makes you believe you’ve got to start something new just because it’s a new year!
Finish what you started.
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The scripture says the work that was started was good- there are many endeavors that you started  that wasn’t good. You started it! It took up your time,  it even took up space in your thoughts. It was a work that wasn’t  orchestrated by God but you had to do something “new” so you started a work!  Now there’s two works going on within. And one of them won’t get the undivided attention of God!  But this work… the work that God has begun in you is good. It started out good and it’s going to finish good! Be careful of those naysayers, that make you believe that the more busy you are, the more in line with God’s will you are. Not so!
The work that was started in you is ongoing.
Jesus himself finished what the Father started…. he said not my will but thy will be done!
Finish what you started. Whatever that looks like for you. Don’t let 2017 go out and you’ve picked up something new to “do” for 2018. Ask God to help you “finish strong”.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to finish the things I start. Help me to stay focused on what you have planned for  my hands to do. Not my will, but your will be done . In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thankful Sundays

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I’ve got so much to be thankful for . Don’t you?  If you’d like to share what you’re thankful for leave it here arrow Have an awesome Sunday!

 

Still In God’s Hands

Did you know that you were still in God’s hands? No matter what it looks like, no matter how “not like Him” we may be sometimes, no matter how unloving we may present ourselves, we are still God’s chosen vessels.  He’s chosen us for His purpose. He molds us, shapes us and reshapes us to suit Him and His plan for our lives! No matter what, you’re still a child of the Most High God!
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This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Jeremiah 18:1-4
We can’t blame everything that life brings us on the enemy! Look at the wheel! It’s just like life. Twists and turns, agitations, ups and downs, around in circles…. But its all apart of the molding and shaping process. Perhaps we should just accept what God allows. It’s difficult at times, it hurts, but its all apart of God’s plan.
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The text says the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred  in his hands… Did you know that you can be marred… messed up… and still in His hands?
Woe unto the believer that is trying to be in His hands perfected!  Woe unto the believer that is waiting to come to church once they have become the best vessel.
Guess what? You’re still in His hands!
Marred but you  have potential!
Marred but He has great things in store for you!
Marred but there is a ministry in you!
Marred but somebody must hear your testimony!
Marred but He put a great work in you !
Marred but you’re still in his hands!
The safest place in the whole wide world is in the will of God!
Stay in His will . Stay in His hands.