Death and Life…

From a human perspective we tend to think that first comes life, then comes death. You live and you die. This is true from the natural perspective. However, as a professed believer of Christ, we must approach life from the view of the eternal. Yes, life begins in the womb, from the natural perspective. Spiritually, until we accept Christ, we are spiritually dead. Accepting Christ brings forth life. Then we die, and thats true in the natural. But for us who follow Christ, there is a promise of eternal life.

From the Father’s perspective, death is not the end, it can be the beginning for many! Christ’s death served as the beginning of restoration, salvation, and redemption for us all! His death produced life! Imagine how much hope we can have if we viewed every aspect of our lives from this perspective. Ezekiel 37:1-14 gives a beautiful illustration of life after death. Here’s a snippet:

Lets not miss the beauty of this illustration. This can be true for our lives as well. Yes we are breathing, moving, and active, but are we living? Do we have dead pockets of our lives? Have we used our power and authority, granted by the Holy Spirit, to breath life into those dead areas that are preventing us from truly living as God intended?

Command the dead areas of your life to live again! If our Heavenly Father did it for His son and we are considered to be children of God, don’t you think that He will do it for you?! He will give life to that marriage that appears to be dead, He will breath life into that neglected dream, He will breath life into that “dead-end” career! Ask and it shall be done.

Death can produce hope and faith. Sickness and disease may have taken that loved one but if they belonged to Christ, death was not their end! They will live again. Your marriage will live again. Your finances will be revived. Your dream will live again. Death has been defeated! It will no longer have victory over your life.

Our Risen Savior is the most magnificent proof that death is not the end.

Peace and Blessings

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Abundant Life…

The Bible is filled with many promises, let’s focus on the beauty of John 10:10:

Doesn’t having abundant life just makes you want to shout?! Being a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ is full of life–abundant life, matter of fact! The beauty, majestic, and dominion of our Father, by the way of Jesus Christ, is represented in this truth.

However, this beautiful scripture also reminds us that we have a promise of an adversary. And sometimes we as believers simply stop there. Its evidenced by our willingnesss in allowing the enemy to steal our joy, our willingness in allowing him to destroy our dreams, and our willingness in allowing him to kill life-giving relationships. Whether we realize it or not, we submit to the snares of the enemy.

An abundant life can be achieved when we refuse to submit to the foolishness of the thief of our lives. We have the promise of an abundant life if we are able to press through the antics of the enemy. The promise of Jesus and the abundant life He gives is greater than obstacles the devil can (and will) throw our away.

Refuse to submit to the assignment of the enemy, he is a liar and he is the father of lies. Commit and submit to the assignment of our Lord and Savior. He is the absolute and final truth. Submit to the Victor. Submit to the promise of abundant life!

It is time to experience the full life that’s found in Christ! It is time to experience the full life that’s found in pursuing that dream, fulfilling your purpose, and maintaining life-giving relationships. Abundant life is found in moving from surviving to thriving. Abundant life is actively pursuing peace, wisdom, and joy.

Sisters, enjoy the fullness of life, it is the promise of Christ.

Peace and Blessings

Not Forgotten.

The Lord remembers that one night that you were on your knees and praying for your loved one.

The Lord remembers when that person betrayed you.

The Lord remembers when you prayed to get free from that relationship.

The Lord remembers when you prayed for healing.

He has not forgotten you. He has not ignored your prayer. He remembers you. He remembers your babies. He remembers your husband. He remembers your finances. He remembers your big dream, vision, and plan.

He remembered Noah and Abraham. He remembered the wombs of Hannah and Rachel. Friend, this is not just for the times of old, this promise is living, breathing, and active!

This truth was extended to the children of Israel but it does not stop there. This truth is for you! As a believer of Christ, you are not forgotten. Not only will He remember you, He will bless you! He blesses you with a brighter light, He blesses you with wisdom, He blesses you with peace, He blesses you with strength.

He promises to never leave or forsake us! A good Father never forgets His children, and believe that our Heavenly Father is a good, good Father.

You are waiting patiently to hear from God. You are waiting for that prayer to get answered. Hold fast, sis. Trust in the Creator of the Universe. Trust in the faithfulness of the One who has NEVER failed you. Trust in your Heavenly Father.

Rejoice even now, He remembers you. You are not forgotten.

Peace and Blessings

Accomplishing the Impossible

We tend to stray away from the impossible as humans. We like to focus on the accomplishments that can be done by our human hands and resources. Perhaps it’s because we consciously or unconsciously want to take all of the credit. Or maybe it’s because our limited and finite minds cannot venture into the impossible. Either way, we tend to tread in safe waters.

And the definition of impossible varies from person to person. For one, the impossible may be traveling the world when you’ve never left your city. For another, it may be starting your own business.

Whatever impossible is for you, be encouraged you to launch out into the deep! Dream BIG! Shoot for the impossible! It is time for you to move away from the shore and to go into that uncomfortable territory.

Venturing out into the impossible strips you of your strength and places the control into the Lord’s hand. And who better to do that than God?! He specializes in the impossible!

God can do exceedingly and abundantly all that we ask! There is absolutely NOTHING that is impossible with God. Are you willing to trust Him with your impossible? Are you willing to dream big for Him?

Say that impossible thing out loud! With fear and trembling, pray that big dream and vision to God. Don’t be discouraged by your past or circumstances. Don’t be limited by your perceived resources.

The Creator of the Universe longs to see the desires of your heart met. He is a good, good Father who will take you by the hand as you launch out into the deep. He is unlimited in His power and He wants you to trust Him with all that you have, even those big plans you have for yourself.

Accomplish the impossible by leaning on the One who overcame the impossible.

Peace and Blessings

The Necessity of Judas

We were created for relationships. Our need for one another is the design of the Father. In order to even be created, we need our mothers and fathers to come together. Then we need our mothers to feed us in her womb. Once born, we need our caregivers to provide love, clothing, food, and shelter. This does not end once we hit that magical and adult age of 18. The need for others just shift…

We are wired to need love, care and compassion in our adulthood. Oh, not to mention the food, clothing, and shelter. Somewhere as we journey throughout life, we will need another person, simply because God wired us that way.

No matter what, relationships with others are necessary. Great caregivers, good friends, and loved ones make for an enriching life experience. Its not the number of people, its the quality.

Peter, John, and James were all keyplayers in the life of Jesus. They were not perfect, but they demonstrate how necessary good people are to our life’s story.

However, our enemies also eqiup us with an enriching life experience. They teach us how to overcome adversity and how to endure trials. They teach us how to suffer. Suffering is a necessary part of the human experience! In the list of promises God gives, suffering is one of them (2 Timothy 3:12)! Without pain and difficulties, how would we know that the Lord heals, that the Holy Spirit comforts, and God restores?

So just like Peter, James, and John, Judas was necessary. His betrayal sent Jesus to the cross. Without His sacrifice on the cross, our sins would not be forgiven and the battle would not be won. Without Judas, our relationship with the Father would be restrictive.

Our enemies are necessary. Our personal “Judas” is necessary. Without them, we wouldn’t have a personal testimony of restoration and healing. Without them, how would we know that we are more than conquerors? Without them, how would we know the fruit that suffering produces?

Appreciate your Johnathan and John. Their love, compassion, and friendship are necessary! Also, appreciate your Judas. Their hurt, pain, and betrayal helps you understand just how close the Lord is to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). They, too, are necessary.

Peace and Blessings

Safety of Submission…

For some, this word is almost like a curse word. Have you ever uttered: “I’m not submitting to anyone!”? Or maybe you’ve heard how degrading, derogatory, or disrespectful submission is suppose to be. Or you’ve heard this phrase: “only dogs submit”.

Maybe people aren’t aware of what submission is or perhaps they are simply echoing the beliefs that others have articulated. Perhaps submission has been used in the improper context. Either way, submission gets a bad rap!

Recently on a podcast about marriage, submission was defined as “being under (sub) the mission of your spouse” (Melissa Fredericks). Whoa! What an simplified, yet powerful definition! That makes the concept of submission just a little more acceptable.

This understanding of submission applies to our relationship with God. Matter of fact, with Him is where submission starts! Before we can think about submitting to our husbands, we must begin with God.

Scripture makes this truth very clear.

Ladies, please do not let the world taint your perception of submission! In it’s proper context, it’s so beautiful! Its not about being a dog or being trampled over by someone. It’s about being under the mission, will, and protection of our Father. There is no other safest place to be!

When you are submitted to Him, you are victorious over the enemy. When you are in agreement with the mission of the Father, you understand why its important to submit to your husband and other authority figures (check out Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Ephesians 5:21-25). There are promises for you as you submit to God (1 Peter 5:6, Job 22:21). Most importantly, submission is the Father’s design for us!

So submit, therefore, yourselves to God. Let’s not allow the world to distort a concept that was handcrafted by the Creator Himself. Let’s not forget that Jesus, perfect in every way, submitted Himself to the Father. He’s the model, He’s the standard. Cry out that you are under the mission of God!

Say yes to the mission, will and purpose of the Father! Trust that His plan is perfect! Trust that He will protect you and keep you safe. Find safety in submission.

Peace and Blessings

And if not…

It goes without saying, God answers prayers. Those who are followers of Christ can probably give an account of the numerous times God has heard their cry, whether it was verbal or not. He has healed, He has saved, He has delivered! Hallelujah! We absolutely serve a great God! Rest assured, if He hasn’t given you a reason to shout, He most definitely will!

But let’s consider this:

Daniel 3 has us looking at the dilemma of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were being forced to bow down to an idol. They were not having it. Here is their powerful message to King Nebuchadnezzar in verses 17 and 18:

“If you throw us into the hot furnace, the God we serve can save us. And if he wants to, he can save us from your power. But even if God does not save us, we want you to know, King, that we refuse to serve your gods. We will not worship the gold idol you have set up.”
Daniel 3:17‭-‬18

What if God didn’t save them? What if He didnt restore your finances in the way you desired? What if He doesn’t heal that family member in the way you want? What if you don’t get married? Or have the baby? Is He still good?

Yes, He is still good!

We must have the level of boldness, trust and faith in our God as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Although we may declare it with fear and trembling, hoping, praying, and believing that God that will answer our prayer, we must be willing to shout that if God doesnt do it, whatever “it” may be for you, He is still good.

Our Father isnt a genie that only works when we are satisfied. A full belly and a full bank account does not shape God’s character and identity. He is more than the blessings He freely extends. He is bigger than the victory.

We cannot wait until He moves. We must rejoice, praise and shout right now. We pray our BIG prayers and operate with even BIGGER faith.

Because if not–if He doesnt move, if He doesnt answer, if He doesnt say “yes”–He is still good.

Peace and Blessings