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Living a Surrendered Life

all-to-jesus_sq_1080x1080Dr. Charles Stanley brought up very pertinent facts and points in today’s sermon, 12/2/18,  of living a surrendered life.  I remember before I was saved, my thoughts of being saved was that I would give up my fun, I felt that it would be a dull life, and I would have to give up many things. I can tell you this, when you are destined to become a child of God, God will pursue you in every way. According to scripture, you cannot out run God. At the time of not surrendering my life, I continued to be enslaved by the enemy until I was tired of trying to defeat the beast in which I had no strength to do. It takes the strength and power of God to defeat the enemy.
On Friday, July of 1999, that is when God transformed my life.  I was renewed, reborn and transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus. The scales from my eyes were gone and I was a new creation! Life going forward from being transformed is a very fulfilled life. Being transformed is only the beginning.  In order for God to prepare you to be the soldier of Christ you are destined to be, a child of God will have to be refined. It’s like going through God’s boot camp.  We will experience many storms, tests and trials which would take complete faith and trust in God to get through it.   We will need to learn how to hold on to His promises and to know that He will never leave nor forsake us! (Jeremiah 29:11).  The Holy Spirit will direct our path and show us the way. The Holy Spirit is our guide and conscience to help us live a Holy life.  The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Living a surrendered life takes discipline and dedication to our Father. It is always God’s will to be done. It is not of our own understanding.  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5).  Dr. Charles Stanley had given a perfect example of living a surrendered life.  He spoke of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.  “As He withdrew from His disciples, He prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).”
“Jesus knew that He had come to die for the sins of mankind, and being fully God, He foresaw all that awaited Him as He suffered on the cross and bore the Father’s punishment for our sins.  His distress demonstrates that surrender is not always easy and can be excruciating, yet He never wavered from complete obedience to His Father’s will.  There was no other way to accomplish the salvation of mankind. Therefore, Jesus offered Himself fully to the Father and bore the penalty for our sins.” (Dr. Charles Stanley).  With this miraculous example, we can show our full faith and trust in God by giving all our burdens and daily living to God by fully surrendering it all to Him. I am a walking testimony and I know this to be true.  Jesus wants to have a relationship with you. You do this by surrendering your life to Him in order to accept His Son Jesus Christ. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
The Christian life is yielding to the leadership of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. (Dr. Charles Stanley).  God wants what is best for His children. By yielding and surrendering your life and circumstances to Him, you will see His will for your life with ultimate blessings.  I am so thankful for God saving my life from the enslavement of sin and predestined me to be in the Lambs Book of Life. (Rev. 13:8, Rev. 20:15,).  I now have eternal life with Him in Heaven. Will you surrender it all to Him today?

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GOD Knows You Best!

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When you know what is best for you; God knows you even better. When we pray for something that we desire to have; and when we delight in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4-6). You know the saying, “Momma knows best?” This may be true however, God knows what’s best and better for you. He is our creator. He loves us unconditionally!! For quite sometime now, I’ve prayed to God to help me through the trying times of the high demand of a fast-paced office. Although I am a very systematic person; multi-tasker and have an eye for detail, sometimes, not even these qualities can over power the high demand of a fast-paced atmosphere. The constant interruptions and distractions while trying to concentrate on your tedious duties can get the best of you. Your human mind, in thinking, can cause mental stress and anxiety. With that being said, your mind is capable of triggers that can go bad. Fortunately, when you awaken each morning, asking God for strength and putting on His full armor, you are ready for this spiritual warfare. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” 1 Pet. 5:8-9 Another thing you can do in this circumstance, you take deep breaths, get up, and walk away for a few minutes to gather yourself.
Being a blogger for God has its perks. I love to share what God puts on my heart. I always pray for God to use me in everyway and HE does! When you pray this prayer, watch Him work! I wouldn’t want it any other way! I always find it justifiable to embed my heart and soul in God’s word. This, in itself, can help a Christian get through anything when being tested by God or being tempted by the enemy schemes. While praising my Savior all-the-day long, it puts your mind in a different perspective. You find yourself approaching your adversities in a way that you know and can say, “That was God”. Continuing each day in my current work role as an Office Coordinator for Administration and the Preschool continued to have its challenges with the distractions of working the central part of the front office however, with prayer and supplication, I can honestly say that God can turn a mess into a miracle.
As time went on, and adjusting to added duties and then some, there was a new opportunity that was brought to my attention and the Administrative staff thought that I would be a good fit for the new role as Case Manager, so I applied as an internal applicant. I thought to myself, this would be ideal! I would be away from the business of the front office and would be more behind the scenes. So, let the excitement begin right!? Wrong. After the prolonged process and the silence on both sides of corporate and God, I just did not understand what was the issue? I was informed that the duties of this role would change in a dramatic sense but was unsure what it would entail? I prayed and told God this was something that would be ideal for me and I am trying to promotionally step up and step out of my current role. However, I would always pray that God’s will be done and that He knows me better than I know myself and knows what is best for me. As time went on and still no word on the application process, I just happened to search for other available roles in my job search outside my employer, and came upon an HCA affliliate physician’s office, which had a principle belief as being Christ centered. I was truly amazed by that statement!
By living in a world that is so judgmental and hypocritical, I thought that bold statement was incredible! In addition to the job title and description, I said, “Hmm, this is worth applying for and I’ve always wanted to work for HCA!” HCA Midwest Health systems is the largest of healthcare providers/hospitals in the country! Quite impressive! However, I’m also seeing that this position had similar duties as what I’m doing in my current role as an Office Coordinator? I just told myself, “If I have an opportunity to work for the largest healthcare provider, I am willing to fulfill this new role.” So, I applied along with a cover letter.
As I continued to pray for God’s direction and His will be done, I was still in hopes of wanting the internal role as Case Manager. I was later contacted by an HCA employee, wanting to set up a phone interview for the position I had applied for. I did not hesitate to have it set up. With my history of applying for positions for HCA has always been rejections. So, I agreed to have this phone interview. When that day came, the phone interview lasted for about 35-40 minutes. It went great, yet I was a little confused about certain aspects of the role. When I ask about the hours and the dress code, she replied with answers that still had me in question? 40 hours a week but not set hours? Kind of hesitant in answering about the dress code. Then saying, “business casual”. By the end of the phone interview, she asks if I would be applying for any other positions? I indicated no and that I was interested even though I had mentioned I have applied internally within my company. She understood. Here was the next email I had received from her:
Good afternoon, Patricia:

I wanted to send you a quick update regarding the pre-certifications specialist position we discussed last week. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, our timetable has been pushed out another week. You are still under consideration for the position and we anticipate having decisions made regarding next steps by next Friday, 10/31/18.

Thank you for your continued interest in College Park Family Care Center. We will be in touch again soon.

Sincerely,

I said to myself, “Wow, HCA truly appears to take interest in me!” In the meantime, I was told the news about the Case Managers position and that they’ve chosen a candidate with a social workers background. Was I disappointed? Yes, I was but God had my back and had given me a boldness of strength and words that appreciated them giving me an opportunity to interview. I could have been argumentative but that wasn’t the spirit God had given me. Instead, I was prompted to tell them I would be active in pursuing other opportunities that will suit my needs. It was understandable along with them telling me how much I am loved by my outpatients and my work family. Now, knowing the outcome of this, I continued to pray to God that His will be done whether to continue to be an Office Coordinator or working for HCA. So, approximately 5 days later, as HCA promised, they contacted me to set up a second interview. This is the content that was sent to me.
Good morning, Patricia:

We appreciate your continued interest in College Park Family Care Center. This email is to confirm your interview on Friday, November 2nd at 3pm. The interview will take place at our Administrative Office; the address is listed below. You will be meeting with Donna Held, our Area Practice Manager & Director of Operations. Donna will be on the lookout for you, so just head towards suite 203 and she will meet you. If you have any trouble finding the office, please feel free to call the number listed below, it is her mobile number.

11755 W 112th Street – Suite 203
Overland Park, KS 66210

If you have any questions beforehand, or need to cancel or reschedule, please let us know.

Thanks again,

When I went to this second interview, I was astonished of the natural warmth and greeting I incurred. Donna was very charming, and she was truly informative and was truly selling me about the company and HCA along with an eye-popping package and where I would be working and would be doing! I was sold!! My question to her was, “am I the person she is looking for?” She answered, “Yes.” I was praising God right then and there! She told me to be looking for a call by the following week by the hiring manager. She would either tell me to pass or present an offer. Donna stated in my case, she would present an offer. God worked quickly! That following Monday after my second interview with Donna from that previous Friday, I was presented with an offer I couldn’t refuse!! I accepted, and you are now looking at HCA Midwest Physicians group’s new Medical Office Pre-Certifications Specialists for College Park Family Care center!! The BONUS of all of this is being a “remote employee”!!! HCA will supply all of the equipment I am needing for my home office! When you think you know what is best for you, always know that God knows you better!!! When that or those door(s) close on you, just know that there is an open door behind those closed doors that will give you an even greater and better opportunity! When God shows up, He shows out!!
When God is silent:
“The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. (Zephaniah 3:17)
“These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes. (Psalm 50:21).

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Life As an Online College Student

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Often times we can get so involved in our own pursuance of our calling or our goal in life, we can often leave God out of the equation.  It wasn’t until my senior year, 2018, the starting of the fall semester, that my pursuance of my B.S., was put to a halt. My subsidized and unsubsidized loans had reached its cap.  I was literally like a deer caught in the headlights.  I completely did not understand, especially having 12 more classes to go, that it was a possibility that my fall semester will either be put on hold, or I would have to withdraw from my already assigned courses?  I was contemplating in my head of the whys, and the what ifs along in being devastated of the unknowing?  I did not know that student loans had an aggregate cumulative student loan limits?  Being an independent undergraduate, I’ve reached the max of $57,500.  My journey, as a part-time student, began in 2012.  I then, started my pursuance of my calling by enrolling in Theology College.  In 2018, I’m currently learning that there are four levels of subsidize and unsubsidized aggregate cumulative loan limits.  You have:

  1. Dependent Undergraduate- totals $31,000
  2. Independent Undergraduate- totals $57,500
  3. Graduate/Professional School- $138,500
  4. Health Professional Student- $224,000

If I were more educated about how these loans work, I would have been better prepared.  But, sometimes God doesn’t work like that.  Now, that being said, I am at a new phase in my calling.  Have I questioned God about this? Of course!  I tell Him that I simply do not understand?  I’ve told him you’ve brought me this far, why now?  With prayer and supplication, my spirit of faith keeps me content in knowing that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  His word says to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  I truly have to hold on to His promises.  (Deuteronomy 31:6).  Although my faith is one of my many top spiritual gifts, I am to do what I can to exercise all options.  According to my advisory and financial aid department, I can take out a private student loan through a bank or set up a payment plan.  Well, I’ve tried the private loans and it was apparent that that was not an option for me to take on.  So then you have the option to pay out of pocket.  Even though I still have the Federal Pell Grant, with the paying out of pocket expense, your college establishment will work with you.  However,   the downfall of that is ensuring that your balance is paid off before each semester. That truly puts me in a predicament.

Looking at the calculations of all the payment plan options, it is a definite no.  I know all of this remains in God’s divine plan however, my perspective is pretty bleak as to how this will all pan out?  Will my Bachelor of Science in Religion be delayed?  Have I come this far for it to all completely come to a stop?  What is it Lord?  What am I supposed to do?  Then, just today, after months of praying and asking others for prayer, God spoke to my heart.  God is saying, don’t chase the call, chase God that called you.  I have been more focused on my calling than the God that called me for His purpose!  It is nothing wrong in wanting to reach your goals however, if you get too caught up in it and forget the reason why and the God who put you there, then it’s a forfeit.  Although my intentions were good, it should never be a reason to take my focus off of God.  God said to trust in Him with ALL of our heart, and lean not to our own understanding; in ALL our ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him and He shall direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer:

Lord, I come to you with a heart of repentance.  Please forgive me for not putting my focus on you.  Although my walk and my life is all about you, please continue to remind me of my purpose of my salvation.  We, as children of God, are to always be selfless and to always be subservient to your ways.  Continue to help me to become more like you and to see my purpose and others through your eyes and not my own.  I know you will never leave me nor forsake me and I do trust in you whole-heartedly.  Lead me and guide me Lord in all that I am to do in accordance to your will.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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New Year with God

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Don’t be caught off guard. Sure, a New Year is truly something to celebrate! You celebrate with the ones you love, cherish and trust.  I believe in all of those qualities which is why I choose to celebrate and start off my New Year with the one I love, cherish and trust. That person is God.  See, God created me. I am predestined to live out His purpose.  He allowed me to go through decades of life trials and storms until I was ready to surrender it all to him; give up the old self to become anew; to be a testimony.  “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Romans 8:29).  God also says, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Romans 9:15).  When I came to repentance, and acceptance that He is Lord of my life, yes, I continue to experience life trials and tribulations yet to discover God is refining me like silver to endure, and persevere.

“Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:3-5).  The knowingness that  He lives within me to battle the scars, wounds, and brokenness to be triumphant, to experience healing, peace, and joy no matter what life brings to the table is all the more reason why I love Him.  God is our refuge and strength, a very present in trouble. (Psalm 46:1).

On the eve of 2018, many will party 💃🏽like there’s no tomorrow, experience alcoholic beverages until hallucinations and then some.  I just pray 🙏🏽 for all to be safe, use good judgment and don’t be caught off guard. Remember, the next day is not promised. Will you be ready?

 

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The Characteristics of a Beautiful Woman

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What defines a beautiful woman?  What are her assets?  What develops the character of this wonderful creation named “woman”.  How did it all begin?  Well, let’s begin with what God’s word says.  In John 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John goes on in saying in John 1:2-5, “The same was in the beginning with God, he made all things, and without him was not anything made that was made.”  “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” “And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.”[1]

In the book of Genesis, God’s Word says, “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.  The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”[2]

Why did God make woman?  Because He did not want man to be alone.  His Word says, “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) Now that you know we, women, were created by God and why, let’s speak on a woman’s assets.  Our bodies were designed not only to please our husbands, it is also designed to form and carry God’s implanted creation in our wombs.  I believe it is so beautiful when a woman is pregnant because it is that exact design, that bump, that beautifies God’s blue print of a woman’s body.  I also believe that sometimes our bodies cannot carry his design due to health reasons and there are other ways that a woman can nurture and give love to a child or children that need nurturing and love.

A woman’s beauty is also defined by her inner self.  I was raised to be taught the words by my mother that said, “Beauty is, is what beauty does.”  What she meant was, “If you are beautiful on the inside, you are also beautiful on the outside.”  That helps build character in oneself.  Not only is that motivating, it carries with you through your life as a woman.  However, we are also sinners and we will naturally sin and rebel.  It all started with the sin of Adam (read the book of Genesis).  With this sin, we are dirty, filthy, and not worthy.  The enemy has a hold on us and we will naturally rebel against God.  We will do things to displease God.  By, women, without the spirit of God, will lead their lives that will appease the flesh.  We will dress with immodesty and cause a man to lust and go after you for the wrong reasons.  In a lost woman’s mind, they feel that their body parts should be “revealed” to desire the attention they are seeking.  This is not ideal for a woman with ethical principles and has morality.  Immodesty is also a lack of being raised by Biblical standards and having a father figure in a woman’s life.  Since a young girl never had the affection from their father or lack a father in the home, they grow up to seek that love and attention by other men.  They look for love in all the wrong places.  I know this because I am a testimony.  I came from divorced parents.  I never had a father figure in my life therefore, I sought that love from a male figure, being lost in Christ.  Although I’d never dressed in a manner that would displease God (due to that implanted phrase my mother had told me about beauty is, is what beauty does), I failed at other things in my life.  At the age of 33, I was no longer blinded by God’s adorned love.  I had accepted God into my life and at that moment and time, the scales from my eyes were removed!  I was no longer in the dark, I was in the light!  Although I was raised in a Christian upbringing, I just never truly understood the concept of God’s word.  It’s a reason for that.  When you do not have the Holy Spirit living within you, you cannot appropriately understand what God’s word is truly saying.  Yes, it can be taught and drilled in you; however, it hasn’t a meaning within.  You can memorize Scripture no different than memorizing a line in a play until you really get it.  In order to really “get it” and “understand God’s Word”, you must repent of your sins and give up your worldly ways and come to Jesus!  Jesus is the “only way” to God.  It is not by our works so no man can boast, it is by God’s grace that we are saved.  It is by our faith which is God’s gift (Ephesians 2:8).

Ladies, when we live in the light, we dress like the light.  We know we do not have to gain attention by men by dressing immodest (revealing your body parts), we learn to dress modest yet we can remain sexy by “covering up”!  How you dress will attract what your flesh desires.  It will be based on lust and not the right reasons.  You should adorn yourselves as a beautifully wrapped package.  How exciting is it to see a beautifully wrapped gift! The most exciting part about a beautifully wrapped gift is seeing what’s inside!  A gift loses its excitement by already knowing what you’re going to get because it’s not WRAPPED and beautifully presented!  When you are a woman of God your light within is so bright that it attracts the attention of all walks of life in a good manner.  You are a testimony to others.  People tend to pay more attention to who you actually are inside than the outside.  Your inner beauty brings out your outer beauty.  As a woman of God, and having a close relationship with God, people tend to question about that light that you reveal of yourself.  That is also a testimonial chance to let the world know how you got that light from within.  In closing, I just want to say this ladies, if you have ethical principles about yourself, it will show in the way you carry yourself.  Remember, you will attract what you display.  YOU have a responsibility not only to yourself but to your daughter(s).  God’s word says, “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they get old, they will never depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.

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[1] “BibleGateway.” John 1 KJV – – Bible Gateway. Accessed August 27, 2017. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2B1&version=KJV.

[2] “Bible Gateway passage: Genesis 2:21-24 – New International Version.” Bible Gateway, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 2%3A21-24. Accessed 27 Aug. 2017.

 

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Seeing Things Through The Eyes of God

Sometimes we as Christians view things without taking notice of who that person really is.  We can not judge a person just by how they appear to be.  I make mistakes like this on occasion and I feel shame and regret.  I often ask God to renew my mind, heart and Spirit so I won’t lean on my own understanding but instead, yield to God’s perspective and trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Although we as Christians may fail God sometimes, God knows we are sinners and forgive us and our sin or sins are removed and remembered no longer (Isaiah 43:25).  I am so thankful that we have such a forgiving God!!  He loves us for who we are which is His creation but hates our sins.  With fervent prayer, bible reading, meditation, guidance and direction, we are apt to do His will.  Let us not forget that we as Christians are here to build God’s kingdom.  We are to glorify Him daily.  I know I will make mistakes but God wants us to perfect His ways and live blameless.

Prayer: Thank you God for loving me unconditionally and forgiving me for my sins.  As I am of the flesh, I know I will fail you but in your Spirit I will gain the strength and determination to do your will.  Only within you will I conquer the enemy.  I can not do it on my own.  Thank you for loving me enough to send your Son to die on the cross for our sins.  You are forever faithful.  Amen

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IT’S A GOD THING

You know it’s a God thing when you not only acknowledge Him as your personal Lord and Savior, you also walk in His ways. Isn’t that fantastic!! I get all fired up for Jesus any day!! When you are adopted in God’s family we inherit the Holy Spirit which in dwells within us. Not only do we inherit the Holy Spirit, we inherit God’s Kingdom to live with Him for eternity!!! I am inspired by His word and justified by His Son Jesus Christ! Romans 8:30

I praise God that I am set apart from this world! God’s word says in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” We are the “light” of the world Christian’s and no longer in darkness. Let our light shine for Christ brothers and sisters in Christ and never partake in what the world does. If someone asks, “Is it a religion thing?” You tell them no, “IT’S A GOD THING”.

Many blessings to you and remain strong in God’s word and hold on to His promises!

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Misinterpretation of context or Misjudgement

We sometimes wonder what we read. We try to make sense out of it. We read it for what its worth, and read it over and over until it makes sense. Sometimes you can read a context and get the wrong impression or understanding. So what is the resolution? It depends. If it is reading of scripture, there are many ways to get your answer. Reading a Life Application Bible with footnotes, Bible encyclopedia/dictionary, asking a Pastor, Bible College School instructor, Sunday school teacher etc. If it pertains a letter you’ve recieved in the mail, hand delivered etc. you would contact that company or individual to have them explain what they’ve sent to you. No different than working for an employer and utilizing the company email for communication purposes. Work emails have a great deal of stipulations. You can’t use “CAPS” because it indicates that the person is “yelling” or even showing “anger”. Can you assume? What is the best way to go about that? ASK. Don’t assume. Assuming and not truly understanding creates judgement against another. It can even get to a point of being nasty and want to take vengeance. God says in John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. “Statement” Fellow Christians, why waste your time pondering on something that could not be so? The best way to go about it is ASK and be a model Christian. Something so small and harmless can turn into vile and disturbing situations. To eliminate that, be of gentle Spirit and act according to how God would want you to be. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

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THE TRUTH HURTS

This title has many versions of truth. When you are in a courtroom on trial, you are to raise your right hand and are ask,” Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth ,so help me God?” and another example is when you openly state the truth about someone, no holds bar,  and it does not back up the word of God. Instead you humilate them instead of helping them.  Knowing what is best for a person can come in many ways. Your approach and your actions devises an important impact on that or those persons. If you are leading a life or leaving a trail of uncleanliness, deceit, harboring unforgiveness and much more to unpocket then you are in for a disasterous result of disappointment. If you are not leading by a Godly example, why should one follow and listen to your advice or hearing your truth about them?   God says in Matthew 7:5 “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

For believer’s that tells the truth about God’s word in relation to what that person is experiencing and going through and are hated, you would rather be hated by telling God’s truth than for that person’s soul to burn. God says in Matthew 10:22 “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be
saved.So believer’s if you know that that truth is going to help them, lift them, and cause them to be led by Christ’s love for them then by all means do it thus saith the Lord.  God says in John 5:29 “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

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THE EYES OF GOD ARE UPON YOU

ImageWe may think we can get away with something when one isn’t looking.  We may think we’ve won.  We may think no one is watching but oh, there is! God see’s everything.  When we lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, abuse, neglect, and the list goes on, God see’s these actions to be in disobedience therefore, we will reap what we sow. Psalms 33:13 “From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;” 1 John 3:4 “Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience. What are the consequences of our sin?  Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. Isaiah is speaking of diliberate sin. We all are sinner’s and fall short of the glory of God however, God forgives us of our sins which is why He sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross so we can have everlasting life with our Father in Heaven! Romans 3:23, John 3:16.  God knows your heart.  He knows when you are true to His word and a true child of God. For those that are “lukewarm Christian’s” there is only ONE WAY to be. Either you’re hot or cold, on or off, Christian or unbeliever. 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 ” But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For those who practice and make sin as a part of their daily living, I have some words for you from God: Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

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What’s In A Name

When we often pray we pray in the name of Jesus right? Why do we end our prayer in the name of Jesus? For one reason and one reason only.  Jesus is the only way to God our Father. He died for our sins in order for us to have eternal life with His Father (Romans 6:23).  God sacrificed His son, His only child to take on all of our sins. Jesus was cruxified and was ressurected from the dead.  God loved us so much that He gave us His only begotten son (John 3:16).

John 14:13–14

13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.* (If it is the will of God)

So next time when you pray to our Heavenly Father, end your prayer in Jesus name.

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OUR DAILY WORKS

Believer’s, you may think once you are saved, that is all that it takes just to go to Heaven.  Yes, the only way to Heaven is through the Son of God however, it doesn’t stop there.  We will be judged according to our good works (II Corinthians 5:10).  God will see exactly how what will we do with our gift of salvation.  Will we keep it to ourselves?  Will we boast and think we are better than the average person and belittle them because they don’t have “Jesus”?  What terrible views you have if you think this is how God wants His believer’s to think and act.  We as believer’s are to witness to others and be examples of God’s Kingdom.  We “represent” God.  Our spirit should be inviting to others.  Our fruits of our labor should show and demonstrate God’s love.  What example are you setting before others? Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

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You Are Not Alone

Overwhelmed? Feeling the pressure? Trying to check out? Burdened? Well, you are not alone. There are many that had gone through this, currently going through this and consistently going through this.  Sometimes there are those that are worse off than you!  We can however, count our blessings.  You say,”What blessings?” Well, didn’t God awaken you this morning or today? Don’t you have food on the table? Possibly employed? There are many things we have but don’t recognize we are blessed! Maybe you don’t have that rolls royce or bmw but that is not a need, that’s a want and it’s material.  What God wants from us is our heart.  Can you open up your heart and let Him in? When we allow God to come into our heart we are allowing Him to be Lord and Savior of our lives.  He wants us to surrender ourselves to Him.  Give all of your burdens to God. John 14:1 says,” Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God and believe also in me.”  When you are in Christ Jesus, and you don’t know how your bills will be paid or where your next meal is coming from, call on Him.  He is there and He knows your needs. Phillipians 4:1 “And my God will meet all of your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  God says, when we walk in obedience in His word, and when we ask, seek and find ( Luke 11:9) God will honor our request! God keeps His word believer’s! Step out on faith! I am!  He’s never failed me yet!

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I Bid Adieu

ImageI bid adieu as the French would say meaning “goodbye”.  This came to mind when I thought about all the compilatons of what life brings you. It can be overwhelming!  As a single parent, you want to scream “Calgon take me away!!” Life can be hectic at times and we need a time out! I felt like this at work today. Too many things going on.  One minute you are working on the diagnostics schedule for next day outpatient, then recieve a phone call to work on an immediate situation and it’s putting what you were doing on hold; while working on the immediate circumstance that arised, you then get an email inquiring of such accounts and the list goes on and on.  There are times when you want to just get up and LEAVE BUT, is this what God wants you to do?  As Christian’s, we can get a bit overwhelmed but we should expect the unexpected.  We should be equipped for any challenge in our lives. In Psalms 55:22 God says Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.  We as Christian’s also should know and keep in mind that whatever we do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.  This is found in Colosians 3:23. God puts us in situations for a reason. Most times it is to build character, strength and faith in Him, and God wanting us to trust totally in Him.  So when I say I Bid Adieu once more, I would rather it apply to our own understanding of things and allow God to have complete control.  Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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Paying It Forward

When you do an act of kindness you feel good about yourself.  That’s a reward in its self. God said to do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.  Matthew 7:12.  A true act of kindness is from the heart.  No expectations in return possibly just to “pay it forward”.  You know the saying, feed a cold, starve a fever or vice versa.  When we feed our spirit the food of the word of God, we grow and mature in Christ.  When we starve it and we are not fed of God’s word, we get weak and our strength isn’t strong enough to fight off the enemy and we can not please and we are distant from God.  With God’s pleasing aroma therapy of His word, we are able to do an act without thought of recieving back.  When we pay it forward, we are being contagious hoping that will spread among those that witness our spirit.  Let’s be good witnesses for Christ!  As believer’s we are judged by our good works.  What are you doing with your gifts from God? Mark 1:17 says,”Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

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Tolerance Vs. Negligence

tol·er·ance

/ˈtɒlərəns/

noun

1.a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.
interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one’s own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
2. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.
neg·li·gence
(ngl-jns)n.
1. The state or quality of being negligent.
2. A negligent act or a failure to act.
3. Law Failure to exercise the degree of care considered reasonable under the circumstances, resulting in an unintended injury to another party.
When you tolerate pain you can only endure so much.  If it get’s to a point of intolerance you end up taking medication to ease the pain and it will eventually go away. But when you choose to tolerate someones attitude that person is recieving it to be “okay”or an “approval” and you are simply giving that person permission to carry on his/her habitual ways of bad behavior.  Not good. Then there is negligence about it.  You as a Christian had failed to act upon what is right.  Aren’t you compelled to be honest and acknowledge that the behavior is unacceptable? Addressing the issue instead of ignoring it has its benefits.  Romans 10:3-4 “Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”  As Christian’s we are commanded to follow God’s word out of obedience.  Deuteronomy 13:4 “it is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.”
We as Christian’s look at the lost and feel pity but are compelled to pray for them. Their hearts are not in the right place and are wounded therefore, they demonstrate harshness and bitter feelings towards another. Lastly, I would like to add in reference to disobedience to God’s word Jeremiah 9:13-14 “The Lord said,”It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law. 14 Instead, they have followed the stubborness of their hearts; *To the people of authority at the workplace, do us all a favor for the sake of others and reprimand those that are NOT achieving professionalism in mannerism and being a team player.  One bad apple spoils a whole bunch.
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The Excitable You!

Wow! We can be so excited about events happening, new arrival of a baby, new model vehicle, pay day, new relationships and many other things in life.  What about God?  Where does He fit in? Is He part time in your life or maybe you really only find that time when you are only struggling or desperate?  Pretty much put God on the back burner right?  You know God should be on your mind when you first wake up in the morning, before you eat, before you retire for bed at night and pretty much throughout your day.  So, how should you get fired up for God?  By feeding your spirit by studying His word.  With the daily feeding of God’s word you are growing spiritually, learning about God and having a closer relationship with Him. Not only are you growing, you are gaining wisdom in God’s word to defeat the enemy!!  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”(Psalm 119:105) In Ephesians 6:18, prayer is listed as part of a Christian’s armor in spiritual battle. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Jesus taught the importance of going to a private place to pray…“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)   Surrender unto Him.  Romans 6:13  New Living Translation (©2007) Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.  Remain blessed in the Lord.

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Discernment

 

I sometimes wonder how I’m going to make ends meet. I pray and I put in overtime with my thoughts as to how things should go or might go but wait!  What am I thinking?  Is this truly what God is guiding me to do or is this my concluded thoughts and think this is the best way to go about it?  I can honestly say that it can be a little frustrating in the not knowing.  I felt myself falter.  God says,”If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!” (Proverbs 24:10).  In other words, God is saying PAT, as much as I’ve done for you, the many blessings you have received, haven’t I always seen you through?  Where is your faith?  You know my work.  Why get discouraged now?!  Just listen to me through my word.  I will see you through.  So with this in mind, with asking for forgiveness, my thoughts were much clearer and my mind waiting for His direction.   I shared this with my partner at work and she is a God sent to listen and was blessed with my testimony and she prayed for me.  Wow, what a difference the power of prayer is!  I seen the clear path and the rest of my day was sequential.  My daughters and I had a marvelous day and God had directed my thoughts and path.  (Lesson): Don’t be like the Israelites where they were consistently tested after leaving the land of Egypt and lost faith in God.  (Synopsis): There is an account in Exodus 17:1-7 where the Israelites grumbled and asked Moses: “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” They are beginning to regret their new life as free men and are willing to return to the slavery of Egypt. This is just one instance of their lack of belief in God the Deliverer. God had shown them over and over again the reality of his presence and power. He did bring them out to live a new life and to enter the Promised Land. However only Caleb and Joshua entered in because the rest of the people lost faith in God. They refused to trust God and take on the Canaanites and possess the land and as such were condemned to wander for 40 years in the wilderness. God said in Nu14v23, “Not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers”  (Conclusion): Don’t lose faith!!