The Road less traveled…

There’s a road less traveled
That only a few do find,
It’s narrow just like a needle’s eye
Riches can’t be used to gain admission
The currency accepted is a confession
That Jesus died but He rose again
With all power and authority in His hands
This confession is more than words you impart
These words are felt deep within the heart
They’re attached and tethered to one’s belief
That leads to a walk eternally
Along God’s path of righteousness
Where Jesus leads us by Himself…

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…..Romans 10:9..

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it…. Matthew 7:14

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God…. Matthew 19:24..

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake…Psalm 23:3..

A good name has the power to sock it to an ole’ devil…

The Lord used a very Dear friend of mine today to remind me of how significant our names can be, often times changing the tone and trajectory of any given day or any moment in our lives. What’s in a Name..Again?

Have we lost sight, of the significance of names
like Adam and Eve, and Abel and Cain,
Names have purpose and give meaning to life,
much like our Savior, Jesus, the Christ,
His name has power and authority,
even the demons tremble at the knees,
Our names are significant can’t you see,
So we shouldn’t toss them around frivolously,
combo names may speak of devotion and affection,
but if there’s no meaning, no significance, no direction,
a person may wander and wonder through the corridors of life,
being swallowed up whole by pain, misery, and strife,
they’ll find themselves on the seat of their britches,
cause instead of choosing a good name SOMEONE chose riches…

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches..Proverbs 22:1

Heart of the Matter..

It’s a very sad day in the life of the church, for a person to die in good standing with the local church, but be out of fellowship with the Lord…

A person can actually die, being an active member of a local church, being a tither, being a full time ministry participant, being a preacher, being a deacon, being an usher, being a missionary, and even being a Sunday school teacher, BUT STILL GO TO HELL!

That really shouldn’t be says the Lord, but “I see it Sunday after Sunday.” “I see people checking off the box called going to church, and I see them going through their religious rituals, traditions, and motions, while giving the outward appearance to man that they’re saved, but I know they’re not! I know they’re NOT because I truly do know their heart!”

As I heard the Lord speaking this word to me, it resonated with me because I used to be that guy. I joined the church at a very young age, but I didn’t really get saved or born again. I didn’t realize this util SIXTEEN years later. It didn’t register at the time and I didn’t see that there was a spiritual disconnect because I was doing church on a regular basis, I was singing in the choir, I was leading devotion service, I was ushering a little bit, I was going to Sunday school every Sunday, and I was doing everything else that church members do, BUT I WASN’T BORN AGAIN!

Look at this PICTURE!!

Had I died within that SIXTEEN year window of time in my life, there would have been a funeral, there would have been some Heavenly words spoken on my behalf by the Eulogist because I wasn’t a hardened criminal or known murderer, my body would have been committed, (ashes to ashes and dust to dust), and people would have been left with the presumption that I went on to live with Jesus, ALL BECAUSE OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP!

But Jesus and I know, beyond any shadow of doubt, that would NOT have been an accurate picture!

Why NOT? Because the heart is what really matters…

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”..Romans 10:8-13..

Beloved, we’ve got the confession part down pat, but what we miss is the fact that the heart is what really speaks to the Lord. Sure we can check off the boxes of church membership and religion before man, but the Lord looks to see what our heart is saying!

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again…John 3:1-7..

With all of that being said: Question: “Where do you really stand with the Lord? NOT with your local church, but where do you really stand with the Lord?

Revival Requires Repentance…

True revival comes on the heals of repentance. We can’t merely pray for revival without there being a change in our hearts and a change in our posture.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land….2 Chronicles 7:14

Read your Bible…..

The Bible is replete with truth and clues
to help us not repeat nor bruise
our heels on satan’s head,
that’s the purpose of the nails
that left a print in Jesus’s hands,
to keep us from doubting
that He died and rose again

“Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe…John 10:27..

The Bible is replete with truths and clues
to help us not repeat nor break the rules
cause this is NOT a game,
so why do you keep playing
with God like He’s a hoax,
in the end you’ll see He’s NOT a joke,
but then it’ll be too late,
to get your Bible and do some praying,
your time will be far spent
cause you failed to repent

game over you lost
now see what it cost
to play satan’s game..


“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began…Acts 3:19-21

Change your lenses…

Beloved, the Lord sees your struggle, He’s knows your gifts, and He also has a place for you to operate in. Don’t let the world’s way of doing things discourage you, instead seek God more intently for directions and instructions. You don’t have to compromise, and you surely don’t have to jump through hoops in order to get where God wants you to be.

One IMPORTANT thing that we must do when trying to access the places and platforms that the Lord desires us to operate in, is by praying and seeking the Lord through spiritual and scriptural lenses for His direction and instructions..

#1…The place that God desires for us to operate won’t necessarily be one where we become cumbered by the process. Being cumbered can actually destroy your faith or cause it to wane, thus hindering you from ever realizing your gifts and tapping into your potential.

As Jesus spent time with His disciples teaching them what their ministry would look like and the path to it, He saw fit to teach them the importance of learning from Him and NOT from the world. Jesus knew what happens when we follow the dictates of the world and the worldly, and He knew the pressures and failure associated with following the pattern and the process thereof.

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light….Matthew 11:29-30..

#2 The next thing we must BELIEVE, EMBRACE, and UNDERSTAND, is that the Lord TRULY does have a place just for us, and His intent is for us to utilize our gifts in that place. We won’t even have to force doors open, the gifts that the Lord gives us reserves us a space and gives us a seat at the table….

A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
Proverbs 18:16

#3 Thirdly, we must BELIEVE, EMBRACE, and UNDERSTAND the fact that the Lord will handle everything in our lives, that we’re willing to surrender to Him. We must give Him our lives, our careers, our families, our desires to live successful lives, our economic health, our relational health, our physical well-being, and any other area not mentioned! When we surrender our lives to the Lord, we’re saying, Lord I’m not capable of handling this, but I know that you’re able to do all that needs to be done in my life and You will instruct and direct me in the process.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened..Matthew 7:7-8

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

As we begin this transition into a new season, why not let this shift take place in your hearts and minds, by truly beginning to our lives life through spiritual and scriptural lenses! Let’s begin to really seek the Lord for where He wants us to be! Seeking the Lord is earnestly petitioning Him, while giving Him time to answer and direct our paths….


But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint….Isaiah 40:31…

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord…Psalm 27:14