Settle Here Lord.

The Holy Spirit is an amazing gift that was granted to us by Christ as He transitioned to the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit is provided to those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. He is our comforter, guide, and intercessor. He is truth.

How gracious is our Father?! The fact that Christ had to leave us to wait for an appointed time for His return and we were permitted to have this beautiful gift deposited into our very beings. God, the Father, entrusted His Spirit inside of you!

Just so there is no confusion, the Spirit of the Living God is inside of YOU. However, at times our flesh, our desire to control, our sinful nature just doesn’t let Him function in His intended way.

Friends, it is time to invite the Spirit to settle within us.

As defined by the Webster dictionary, to settle is to stay; to establish residence; to quiet and establish order; to arrange in a desired position.

We must ask ourselves if we are allowing the Holy Spirit to do just that in our lives. Are we allowing Him to stay and not be grieved? Are we allowing Him to establish residence? Are we allowing Him to quiet our troubles and establish order in our chaotic lives? Are we allowing Him to arrange us in the proper position submission amd humility?

Or does He just lay there, quietly, waiting to be asked to be the leading force in our lives, to be our guide, to seek the Father on our behalf. Have we invited Him to have His way?

Invite Him to settle. Let the Spirit of God know that He can settle in you. Tell Him to get comfortable because you need Him, because you cannot function without Him, and because He is the gift, given by the Father. Invite Him to be truth. Invite Him into your prayers, home life, work space. Invite Him to be the answer to your trials and tribulations. Let Him truly settle in you.

As you consider allowing the Holy Spirit to rest in you, check out this beautiful worship song by William Murphy titled Settle Here.

Peace and Blessings

The “Why” Factor…

Have you ever asked God “why”? It’s imaginable that we’ve all had that question on our mind at one point or another. Some seasoned folks of the faith would say, we are never suppose to ask God why because that’s questioning His authority. These seasoned saints would have us thinking that we were going straight to Hell for asking God “why”. While those who echoed that sentiment perhaps simply want to preserve respect and honor for God’s authority, us seeking the Lord for understanding can lead to a powerful revelation and much growth in the Lord.

Let’s look at Gideon. He was visited by the angel of the Lord and it led to his “why”:

“Then Gideon said, “Pardon me, sir, but if the Lord is with us, why are we having so many troubles? We heard that he did wonderful things for our ancestors. They tell us that the Lord took them out of Egypt. But now it seems the Lord has left us and is letting the Midianites defeat us.” (Judges 6:13, Easy to Read Version)

We’ve all been there. We have experienced hardship and difficulties and wondering what in the world is going on. Let’s go to the response to Gideon’s question:

“The Lord turned toward Gideon and said, “Then use your great power and go save the Israelites from the Midianites. I am sending you to save them.” (Judges 6:14 Easy to Read Version)

Gideon’s question wasn’t answered BUT his “why” led to his “why”! God doesn’t always answer our questions in the way we want Him to do so. However, do not be mistaken, He always answer with the response we need!

Don’t miss what God does here, He reveals Gideon’s purpose! If you give God space to respond in His way, He can reveal your “why”! Gideon’s was Israel’s “mighty warrior” (Judeges 6:12, New International Version)!

As we seek God for ourselves, we are able to understand our purpose and mission. Perhaps that horrible thing happened and in the midst of it, YOU will be the “mighty warrior” needed to overcome the trial. The hardships and difficulties of life has a way of ushering us into our purpose. That moment for Gideon changed his life, all because he asked why.

Go on ahead and ask God “why”! Why all the crime and destruction? Why all the racism and discrimination? Why did your family experience this horrible event? Do not be surprised if He raises you up to be the bridge of reconciliation, to be the peacemaker, to be the game changer, to be the intercessor needed in order to see a change.

May the “why” you ask God, reveals His “why” for you…

Peace and Blessings

More Than A Conqueror…

Conquer: to overcome and take control of; successfully overcome; climb successfully.

That definition describes who you are in Christ! Let’s look to the Word:

You are no longer a slave to your circumstances, desires, and past. Perhaps you are wondering how to overcome, how to take control of, how to climb over the issues that having been plaguing you forever? Perhaps you’ve tried before and just couldn’t do it? Be encouraged! The way we conquer, take control of, and climb over is through Christ Jesus! Our victory isn’t accomplished by our “…own strength and power…” We can’t do it on our own. Our “help will come from my Spirit.’ This is what the Lord All-Powerful says.” (Zechariah 4:6, Easy to Read Version)

Being more than a conqueror permits you to overcome, which is exciting enough, but it permits you also to take control of (insert whatever it may be here…)! To take control is trusting, surrendering and submitting to the Lord in the supernatural and doing what’s necessary in the natural.

The declaration in the supernatural has natural responsibilities.

The declaration of freedom from depression and anxiety means you have to seek out the appropriate resources in the natural in order to take control of those issues.

The conquering of worry requires you to lean on the Lord for understanding and direction.

Overcoming a toxic relationship requires a complete break from that individual.

And you can do it! Being more than a conqueror is a promise guaranteed to His children because of the finished work of Christ on the cross! Our Father’s words never return to Him empty.

So sisters, stand in the power and authority granted to you by the Holy Spirit. Operate yourselves as conquerors! As a child of God, it is your God-given right to successfully overcome, to climb successfully, and to take control of. Take refuge in the identity established by God the Father. You are who God says you are, and He has declared that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus, trust Him at His word!

My friend, “overwhelmingly victory” belongs to you (Romans 8:37, New Living Translation). Take hold of it and never let go.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Worship

There is a song called “I Surrender All”. There are numerous versions of the song, all of them are beautiful. Its a worship song that really speaks to the heart. It speaks about giving all to Jesus and trusting Him with our everything.

One version, by Israel Houghton says: “All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give…”

What if worship goes beyond singing, raising hands and crying during church? How do we worship God everyday? Let’s look to the Word…

The Message version of Romans 12:1 gives an enlightening view of worship: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering…”

Let’s consider another version of the same text: The New King James version of Romans 12:1 expresses: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

Worship is active, worship happens everyday! Worship is surrendering all: our cares, concerns, and celebrations. Worship is offering every inch of our being and placing it into the Master’s hands.

Because we are living and moving beings, we cannot just do a one time offering. No, my friend, every day, multiple times a day, we must lay ourselves down onto the altar. Every time you wanna yell at someone who cut you off in traffic but choose to be at peace is a sacrifice. Every brag someone has about the work you’ve done but choose to give God the glory is an offering. Every ache that just appears out of nowhere but you choose to think about God’s promise to heal is worshipping Him and not that pain. Sis, you are a living sacrifice. And every time you hand the Father a piece of you, you express that He is greater, He is magnificent, He is holy, He is marvelous, and He is in control.

So uncover those hidden places, give the Lord about that worry, give Him that celebration, He wants it all. Trust Him with your burdens and your blessings.

So, the next time you sing: “I surrender all…” It will be a true act of worship.

Peace and Blessings

Peace-filled Promise…

The world is ever-changing. Think about life: 10 years ago, 5 years ago…what’s been consistent? The same? Instability doesn’t leave much room for peace. If the news is your source, it tells you that there is much to fear: violence, economic struggle, and pretty much every horrible thing you can think or imagine.

But be encouraged and let the Word of God be your source! Subscribe to the promises of God and not the news of the World. The Word is God is the same and stands the test of time.

“…you belong to Christ Jesus…” Philippians 4:7

Belonging to the family of Christ creates a stability and peace that this world could never offer. This absolute is the most powerful truth of your life. Belonging to Christ sets a standard for your life. This world is passing away, but being in Christ is forever. What an incredible position!

“God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings…” Philippians 4:7

And because you belong to Christ, you are a recipient of God’s peace! Thats incredible! His peace stands in the midst of our chaotic lives. His peace stands over our unstable thoughts and feelings. His peace stands regardless of our pain, worries, and sorrows. Rest in His peace-filled stance over your life.

Because…

“His peace can do this far better than our human minds.” Philippians 4:7

We tend to get super creative when we are in distress, whether it’s running to our favorite “hiding” place to avoid the issue or if it’s creating our own plan because we don’t believe that God knows about our struggle. Our problen solving skills are unmatched when it comes to our Father! Agree and accept His promise for peace.

Resting in His promise for peace is far better than anything you can think of doing!

My sister, let me leave you with this empowering reminder, birthed from Philippians 4:6:

And be at peace.

Peace and Blessings

The Battle Is Not Yours…

It’s the Lord’s! Many of us has heard that in one context or another. And it is true!

Indeed, the battle is not yours. However, that does not mean that there won’t be a fight. Birthed from 2 Chronicles 20, there was indeed a battle. The Israelites had to stand together and trust in the Lord, and they won!

Who is standing beside you in the midst of your battle?

More can be accomplished together than apart. Let’s consider the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur.

The Israelites and Amalekites are battling one another. Joshua was sent to fight. Moses was sent to stand. So with the Lord’s guidance and direction, Moses held his staff in the air to help the Israelites.

Any time Moses held his hands in the air, the men of Israel would start winning the fight. But when Moses put his hands down, the men of Israel began to lose the fight. After some time, Moses’ arms became tired. So they put a large rock under Moses for him to sit on. Then Aaron and Hur held Moses’ hands in the air. Aaron was on one side of Moses and Hur was on the other side. They held his hands up like this until the sun went down. Exodus 17:11-12

Who is your Aaron and Hur? Whose on your team when things get rough? Who is holding up your arms? Who is praying for you, fighting alongside you, standing alongside you?

In this culture of YOLO, DOLO, and SOLO, it’s fashionable to fight alone, however, it is not wise and it is not God’s design.

Armies won (and win) together. Moses had Aaron and Hur. Joshua and Caleb. David had Jonathan. Jesus had Peter, James and John. You, my sister, aren’t any different. Sis, the battle is not yours.

Much is accomplished in the context of community. Look at your past victories. Chances are, there was an Aaron, Jonathan or Joshua there, holding you up, sending you encouragement, praying for you. You don’t have to look hard for them, when you stand and fight, some will flee, others will stand with you.

So give your Aaron and Hur a call, tell them thank you, remember to hold up their arms, and pray for their strength!

Your battle is not yours sis but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fight. Just know that the Lord has well-equipped you for the victory.

Peace and Blessings

Prayers and Praise…

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to God. The other prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:25

Perhaps you have been told that your words mean nothing, that your voice doesn’t matter. Perhaps you’ve gone throughout life not wanting to speak up because there would be consequences.

Sis, do not believe the lies of the enemy. Your words have power.

Have you ever noticed that the more you complain, the worse you feel. However, when you sing that favorite gospel song or just give God thanks, you begin to feel lighter and the emotions subside. Paul and Silas’ chains and pains didn’t stop their praise, your chains and pains cannot stop yours.

“Suddenly there was an earthquake so strong that it shook the foundation of the jail. All the doors of the jail opened, and…Acts 16:26

Your prayers and praise can break chains! Do you see the power of words in the text? This is not just Paul and Silas’ testimony, it can be yours too! Do your workplace need some shaking up? Use your prayers and praise! Are the kids off the chains? Speak life into them! Is there strife and discord in your relationships? Restore peace and unity with prayers and praise. Are you in bondage or experiencing pain? Break those chains and pains with your prayers and praise.

By faith, you can activate the power of God in your life with your words. Sis, use the authority gifted to you by the Holy Spirit. Declare and decree peace in your home and workspace. Declare healing and wholeness over your body. The next time you want to complain, choose to praise God. Victory starts with your lips.

And life can begin or end with your words…

“Then he brought them outside and said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30

It’s by your prayers and praise that others may desire to know Christ. Let your words serve as a guide, pointing them to the One who saves.

You matter. Your words matter. Your prayers matter. Your praise matters.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of the Morning…

Our mornings are often filled with traffic, coffee, dinging and ringing phones, and rushing to get to our destinations. We rarely have time for much else, how in the world do we fit in quiet time with the Lord?

And then, if we use Instagram pictures and Facebook posts as the rules and regulations for how quiet time should look, we find that we need the following items: cup of coffee/tea, cute pillows, perfect journal, and Bible. Then we need to get up at 6am. We need to take an hour to praise and worship God, sing songs to Him, and read the Word. And then once we do that, we can be on our way.

All of that is nice and wonderful if you are able to do so, but please do not let the pictures and posts set the standard for quiet time with the Lord. Scripture tells us that we simply need a thirst and desire for God. That’s it.

However, there is beauty in seeking the Lord in the morning. Giving Him the firstfruits of our day strengthens us for the day ahead. Giving the Lord a portion of your morning says that nothing else matters, not the few extra moments of sleep, not the coffee, the never-ending notifications, or the million and one things that need to be done. Using the morning to spend time with the Lord sets the standard for the day and sets Him at the beginning of our day.

The morning is the opportunity to cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7), to rejoice in the day ahead (Psalm 118:24), and to lean on Him for all understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). The morning is the moment to surrender completely unto Him. There isn’t a set time, set place, or set order for your praise and worship, just make it authentic and pure.

So no need for the pens, journal or cute pillows. Your heart, willing spirit, and lips are more than enough. And as you seek the Father, laying your requests at His feet, wait expectantly for Him to answer you.

“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord . Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalms 5:3

Peace and Blessings