Victory belongs to Jesus…

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”…1 John 4:4

 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'”…2 Chronicles 20:17

 

Happy Feet…

“The steps of a good man, (woman, boy or girl) are ordered by the Lord, and he (they) delight in them all..(Proverbs 37:23)

Beloved, God has a happy place for all of us, but we must find it. This happy place is in Him, and it’s nestled in His will and in His word.  Our happy place in Christ Jesus is found along an anointed and appointed path, which the Lord has charted. In order for us to find this happy place along this anointed and appointed path, it’s going to require us having a personal relationship with God. This relationship is four-fold!

  • God talking to us…
  • Us listening to and talking to God…
  • God instructing us…
  • Us obeying God’s voice and commands…

“My sheep listen to My voice, I know them and they follow Me…John 10:27

“Now it shall come to pass “IF” you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, BECAUSE you obey the voice of the Lord your God…Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Being in the happy place in Christ Jesus doesn’t mean that troubles, trials and tribulations won’t come and knock on our door, it just means that God won’t allow the troubles, trials and tribulations to come and knock us out. Being in the happy place in Christ Jesus doesn’t mean that troubles, trials and tribulations won’t try to rob us of our peace, it just means that Jesus will give us His peace in the midst of them. 

God has some anointed and appointed steps for all of our lives on layaway, and Jesus picked up the tab on Calvary. These steps lead to happiness in Christ Jesus. Our happiness in Christ Jesus isn’t based on any one isolated situation or circumstance, it takes into account our entire destiny, following Jesus. 

  • Happiness in Christ Jesus isn’t based on feelings and emotions, because they fluctuate, it’s based upon understanding God’s word, seeking to live according to His will, and living our daily lives through His word. 
  • Happiness in Christ is like having a tap root into the word of God, and it’s truly knowing and believing that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…(Romans 8:28)
  • Happiness in Christ Jesus is being dialed in with the Spirit of God, Who leads and guides us in all truth, no matter what we may face.
  • Happiness in Christ Jesus is like having a Red Sea before you without a boat or a bridge in sight, but the Holy Spirit whispers and says, I got you..
  • Happiness in Christ Jesus is like not having access to the promised blessings of God, because they’re  securely shut up by Brinks or a Jericho Wall, but God whispers and says, trust Me…

My happiness is only in Christ Jesus. It’s knowing that He’s sovereign and it’s knowing that no matter what, He’s got me. My happiness is knowing that in the midst of whatever I face, God’s with me and He’s working in me and for me. My happiness is an offspring  or byproduct of His joy, and His joy is My strength. 

What makes God joyful?

  • When we accept Jesus as Savior..
  • When we repent..
  • When we surrender..
  • When we seek Him..
  • When we obey Him and His word…

Although Jesus didn’t need a Savior nor did He have to repent, He did surrender, He did seek to do the will of the Father, and He did obey God and His word. Thus, God was joyful….

“And SUDDENLY a voice came from heaven saying, this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased…Matthew 3:17


Have you been BORN AGAIN….

For some strange reason, many of us either don’t understand or don’t embrace the fact that once we have truly accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are born again! When we are born again, “EVERYTHING” in our life changes…

Beloved, SALVATION is the conduit to our new identity in Christ Jesus…

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new….2 Corinthians 5:17

The enemy has been robbing us for too long of what Jesus came and died to give us. For some, I believe he’s confused and clouded our biblical understanding of what happens when we’re really saved or born again. But as for others, many really do know what salvation is, but for some strange reason, they pretend like it’s okay to live like they want to live, and that in the end everything is going to be okay with God. That’s simply not the case…

When we’re truly saved or born again, we experience a supernatural makeover. We no longer walk in the same manner as we use to walk, and we don’t carry ourselves in the same manner as we use to carry ourselves…

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others….Ephesians 2:1-3

When we’re saved or born again, we experience complete newness in and through Christ Jesus. This newness doesn’t happen in our strength, there’s a supernatural deposit and supernatural metamorphosis..

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7

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GPS….Turn by turn direction…

Navigation-View-And-Direction-ListingAfter texting my cousin moments ago who’s headed back to Maryland early this morning after visiting Dublin this week, I began thinking about their drive back. I asked them last night which way they were going back and their response was, “which ever way GPS takes us!” That’s a common consensus these days, even with me, because GPS has many of us spoiled like that. Often times we don’t give travel a second thought, we just plug in the destination and bounce..

Whenever we “DO THIS” we’re actually putting our absolute trust in the system. Very seldom do we second guess the system or get a second opinion, we “Just DO IT!” As I thought about this new era of the travel process and how much we trust, and depend upon it, God said to me, “I wish My people would look to Me and trust Me like that!” He went on to say, “From My vantage point it appears that My people trust the things and the systems of this world, and the wisdom and instruction of mankind, more than they trust Me or My word!”

I really had a mountaintop moment with God this morning because He not only told me this, He backed it up with His word. He reminded me of the children of Israel, taking an UNFAMILIAR journey out of Egypt to UNFAMILIAR place. They didn’t have access to a worldly GPS system, but they did have God’s Providential System, giving them turn by turn direction and provision for the journey.

“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night…Exodus 13:21

Not only did God give them turn by turn directions, He was their personal concierge, supernaturally giving them water to drink and manna to eat. They didn’t have to get off on an exit, provision met them along their path…

“The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan…Exodus 16:35

“He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas…Psalms 78:15

Beloved, just as God guided and provided for them, He’ll do the same for us. But something has happened, our faith has been hijacked, and our trust and belief in God, has been tainted by the world and its systems. David left a word on biblical record that reminds us that God still leads and guides and provides for us today..

 The steps of a good man (woman, boy or girl) are ordered by the LordAnd He delights in his way…Psalm 37:23

David affirmed God’s GPS, or turn by turn directions, for our everyday lives. All we have to do is look to Him, and trust Him, and “JUST DO IT” and He SHALL DIRECT OUR PATHS….

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths…Proverbs 3:5-6

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The first date of your day makes all the difference in the world….

What’s the very first thing you do in the morning?

Who’s the first person that you spend time with on any given day, not just rainy days or stormy days?

In Psalms 63 David declares, “O God, you are my God; early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for you; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water…

Many of us have been on first dates in our lifetimes, and those that were truly great, made a big difference or impact in our everyday lives. Those first dates were tone setters, and they fueled our anticipation and expectations of the things which were to come. When we experienced good dates, it made us look forward to spending more time with that other person. Those good dates led to better and brighter days, which made the relationship flourish…

Beloved, I would like to offer or suggest a similar way that we could begin to view our everyday relationship with God. I believe that if we were to look at our relationship with God very similarly to how we invest our time with others, or how we interact with others, and how intentional we are at making or carving out time for others, the BETTER our relationship with God will be..

  • Let the First date of your day be with God..

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these things will be added unto you..(Read Matthew 6:25-33 to see what ALL those things are) I believe that if we were to start our day off with God, through prayer and meditation, the better our days will be. We must seek to live our lives through God, through His word, and through His will. This is a place where we have to be intentional, because life happens, and it’s easy to become distracted and cumbered about. However, if the true foundation of our spiritual lives has been laid and our relationship with God is fully operational, we understand where our true strength comes from and the Holy Spirit HELPS us become intentional in staying tapped in.. 

“Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you UNLESS you abide in Me…John 15:4

What I understand more and more everyday, is the fact that God is my keeper. He keeps me connected! He helps me abide! He’s given me an innate spiritual barometer, called the Holy Spirit, that measures and meets where I am at all times, and He leads, guides, and directs me to wherever I need to be. Quality time spent first with God everyday, is a tone setter, and it makes a big difference or impact in my everyday life. 

“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, BEFORE trouble or difficult days comes..Ecclesiastes 12:1

We shouldn’t have a reactive relationship with God, it should be proactive. When it’s proactive, God leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. When our relationship with God is reactive, we seemingly have to fight through stuff to get Him. I want to encourage someone today, to do something differently. 

  • Try God FIRST! 
  • Let God be your FIRST date of you day! 
  • Before getting dressed, spend time with God, FIRST! 
  • Before dealing with the spouse or the kids, the pets, or the job, spend quality time with God, FIRST!

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him…Psalms 34:8

Then WATCH how God takes care of “ALL these things.”

The Remnant Who Remains….

Night after night, thousands of Braves fans file into Suntrust Park in anticipation of seeing the Braves pull out a victory. Last night was no exception, the Pirates were in town, the attendance was great considering the weather, the expectations were high, and although the Braves started out a little shaky, the game was good. In spite of the drizzle throughout the night, the game continued until the top of the seventh inning. At this time play was suspended because the rain became more intense. 
This rain delay didn’t last for a couple of minutes, it lasted for about three hours. While the average baseball game usually takes about three hours to play, because of the weather, this game took 6 hours and 15 minutes. I remember checking online at about midnight, and the game was still delayed, so I checked out. I just knew that this game was going to be called, but it wasn’t. At around 12:51 a.m., play resumed and YES, the fans who REMAINED were not disappointed. Unfortunately, I learned of the victory after the fact, but somehow it wasn’t the same as watching my team battle to victory..
God spoke to me this morning through the events surrounding the Braves victory. He spoke about the significance of enduring the process. He spoke to me about delay not being denial, and  He also spoke to me about being the REMNANT WHO REMAINS. 

  • Part of being able to endure the process of God means being cognizant, or mindful of what’s taking place in the spiritual realm of our everyday lives. Beloved, we can’t afford to live life at face value, because face value can fool you. Yes, we live in the natural, but spiritually, things are taking place in and around all of us. 
  • Delay doesn’t mean denial, in the WILL OF GOD, and in the economy of the kingdom. But in order to walk in sync with God’s will, in the kingdom, we must walk in sync with the Holy Spirit. 
  • In order to be that REMNANT WHO REMAINS, it requires us to endure the process and press beyond delay. 

Last night’s game started with thousands of Braves fans in attendance, but only 200 REMAINED to experience the VICTORY. 

  • They endured the weather…
  • They weren’t deterred by the delay..
  • Therefore they experienced the VICTORY….

“Those who wait upon the Lord SHALL….Isaiah 40:31

Living with Low Vision….

“Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house…Ezekiel 12:2

As a Saul journeyed to Damascus something happened. He had an encounter with God that changed his life forever. When Saul set out on his journey, his plans weren’t to surrender his life to God, but Saul had a date with destiny that he knew not of. Saul was living in rebellion to God’s word, God’s will, and God’s way, therefore, it was IMPOSSIBLE for Saul to see what God’s purpose, path and plan for his life was..

“…Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me….Acts 9:4

When you’re living in rebellion to God, you’re living with low vision. Low vision is seeing, but not seeing. It’s seeing in the natural, but having no clue of what’s going on in the spirit realm. 

As Saul journeyed to Damascus, God supernaturally intervened, causing Saul’s  spiritual blindness to be coupled with a physical blindness…

“Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one…Acts 9:8

This was by divine design, because God had to deal with and deliver Saul, before he could become Paul and discover his purpose. God had to deal with and purge Saul’s rebellious heart, so that He could walk in the imputed righteousness of God.

Some of us are just like Saul, we’re living in rebellion to God’s word, will and way. We’re living with low vision. We see, but we don’t see. We see things in the natural, but remain clueless to what’s spiritually going on around us. My prayer is that the word of God will prick our hearts, so that we can fully surrender our lives to God, before we too have a Damascus experience. 

God has a purpose, path and plan for all of our lives, but we’ll never see the manifestation thereof, as long as we’re living in rebellion towards God. Living in rebellion towards God is just like a child who knows the rules that their parents have set, but are hell bent and determined on walking in a different direction.

Beloved, the wages of sin is still death, regardless of what WE THINK WE’RE GETTING AWAY WITH…

No matter where we are or what we’re dealing with, GOD SPECIALIZES…

Saul started this journey to Damscus living in rebellion towards God, but God pricked his heart, and supernaturally anointed Ananias as a Spiritual Ophthalmologist, to help Saul receive his physical and spiritual sight. 

Are you living with low vision?