Unplugged.

In the time of social distancing, there are many outlets encouraging you to remain plugged in. Wireless, electric and phone companies are waiving disconnections. Most churches and organizations are using telehealth, televisits, and social media sites to help you stay plugged in. All which are very convenient and helpful.

However, what if God is calling you to unplug? What if this is the season where God wants you to unplug from your world so that you can plug into Him?

Sometimes, the reset button is necessary. We tend to be a people that are always on the go and if we have to sit still, we go stir crazy. But we want to encourage you to use this time to unplug from the noise and the distractions.

Use this time to reboot the system. This can be the season where you figure out what God wants you to do and how He wants you to do it.

Think of the saints of old, when separated from the noise of their worlds, they got to be intimate with the Father: Moses and his encounter at the burning bush is where he was appointed to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. Jesus was ministered to by the angels in His wilderness moment. Separated, Jacob wrestles with the angel and received his new identity.

What if your unplugged moment births your ministry? What is your unplugged moment reignites your relationship with the Lord? What if your unplugged moment gifts restoration?

Enjoy the stillness of this time. Become unplugged, for His sake and yours…

Peace and Blessings

Empty Vessel…

“The wealthiest place in the world is not the gold mines of South America or the oil fields of Iraq or Iran. They are not the diamond mines of South Africa or the banks of the world. The wealthiest place on the planet is just down the road. It is the cemetery. There lie buried companies that were never started, inventions that were never made, bestselling books that were never written, and masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.” Myles Munroe

It should be our life’s mission to die empty. The phrase “you can’t take it with you” usually is applied to money and wealth. However, let’s consider that from a different perspective.

You should not take that devotional with you. You should not take that childcare center with you. You should not take that life-changing coaching business with you. Leave this world empty. Be the vessel created for honorable use. Let’s consider the Word:

Be that vessel for the Lord! The world is in need of your gifts, talents, and passion. The world is in need of that school for young men. The world needs that center for teen parents. There are treasures within you that will change the world.

You are a vessel and your contents are life changing. Your contents were created for honorable use and the Lord has need of you. The Lord wants to use you for His glory and your good. Do not hold on to that wisdom, that discernment, and those powerful revelations, they cannot benefit the kingdom in your grave.

Deplete the contents of your vessel. The Lord, your children, your community has need of them.

Peace and Blessings

The Healing Process…

You catch a cold and there is a process that is involved with getting over the cold: rest, plenty of fluids, cold meds, and hot tea. You do this and the body recovers. A similar antidote is recommended for the flu, stomach bug, and allergies. They may involve antibiotics or longer rest periods but the process is about the same. This process builds up your immunity and while you may fall ill again, you have developed the toolkit needed in order to recover stronger and better!

Spiritually, there is a healing process involved when recovering from pain inflicted on ourselves or when others cause us pain. Let’s look to the Gospel:

Humility. Prayer. Seeking the Lord’s face. Turning from our wicked ways. These components are our healing process.

Been abused? Been misused? Been overlooked? Been rejected? Messed up? The Father has revealed your healing process! He’s laid out His perfect plan for your restoration and redemption.

The healing process takes time and requires you to go through as you grow through! Humility, praying, pursuing the Father, and repenting will build up your immunity to the obstacles that will come! The process is preparation.

We can’t promise you that you won’t be rejected again or experience hurt by someone you love. We can’t promise that you won’t be misused again. We can promise that the healing process chronicled by the Father WILL absolutely heal you every time!

Etch His promises to you as you endure the process: He will hear (you) from heaven. He will forgive (your) sins. He will restore your land.

Trust in the process.

Peace and Blessings

The Heart of the Matter…

As a sign of mourning, the children of Israel would tear their garments and place ash on their foreheads. This would be the signal of sadness, depression, the loss of someone, and other unfortunate moments. Once recovered, the ash would be removed and clothing restored.

Nowadays, we tend to function in the same capacity. Your loved ones know when you are going through-there may be tears, perhaps, yelling or maybe even silence. And as humans, emotions are woven into our DNA.

However, perhaps we can learn how to take heed to the exhortation of the Lord:

This word from the Lord tells us that it’s really about the heart of the matter. Yes, we see the tears. Yes, we may have our own version of torn clothes. Perhaps it all may even be warranted, however, what about the heart change? The transformation of the heart is needed as well.

Have you render your heart about this matter? You’ve cried, you’ve vented, and you’ve gotten angry, but have you prayed? Have you surrendered your heart for healing? Have you laid your heart on the altar about the situation?

Rend your heart so that bitterness won’t take root. Rend your heart so that you can be set free. Rend your heart so that you can extend forgiveness to others and to yourself.

The pain and frustration won’t go away with the tears and ash, the heart must be healed for wholeness.

Get to the heart of the matter…

Peace and Blessings

Our banner, His victory…

When we graduate, tradition states that you turn your tassel or throw your hat into the air. When you leave one job to head into another, some jobs will have a send-off of sorts-cake, party, nice card, etc. When you get married, most folks have some sort of reception to celebrate.

In some capacity, there is usually something we hold up as our banner when we are victorious. And it’s nice to celebrate!

But before the retirement parties, before the reception, before the graduation celebration, the Lord must be our banner! He is the One who goes before us, He is the reason for the victory.

The Lord demonstrates His position as our banner in the children of Israel’s battle against Amalek (Exodus 17:8-15). As Moses held his hands up, Israel was successful in the battle. The obedience of Moses was the key in their victory.

Your obedience is an active demonstration of the Lord as our banner. Your obedience will be the key to your victory. Your obedience shows the world that the Lord is the reason that you are victory.

As we give God thanks, as we seek His face, as we yield to His will and His way, the Lord becomes our banner. Our banner is the key to our victory. As He is lifted up, we recognize that He is absolutely the reason and without Him, we will lose every time.

So for our next celebration, our next major win, our next success story, may we shout “The Lord Is My Banner”!

Peace and Blessings

Move On…

Spiritually, mountains can represent many different things. Maybe for you, it’s a relationship. For another, it’s a place of employment. For someone else, it’s an attitude or a past situation.

Maybe your mountain is the career where you are making tons of money. Maybe your mountain is the relationship with the man of your dreams.

Sis, you’ve stayed here long enough, it is time to move on…

Everything that is good to us, isn’t what God has for us. The man of your dreams may not be who God has planned for you. Maybe that hurtful moment in time should be used to propel you forward.

You’ve stayed long enough, its time to move on…

The children of Israel were instructed to move on. The Lord had massive amounts of land promised to them. The mountain wasn’t their promise. And this is true for you too!

Camping around the mountain may be comfortable, but it’s a distraction. The mountain, although it may be beautiful and massive, it is blocking the promises God has for you! There are greater things in store for you! You’ve stayed here long enough, move on!

Move on from that past relationship that hurt you tremendously, God is waiting to manifest that promise of healing in your life. It is time to move on from that career that isn’t in God’s plan for your life, there is a promised gift of fulfillment that awaits as you live out your purpose. Move on from that closed door, an open one awaits.

You’ve stayed here long enough, it is time to move on to the promises God has for your life.

Peace and Blessings

The Never-ending Mission…

Ministry is service.

Some of us are in children’s ministry, some serve behind a pulpit, others may lead Bible study or teach in other capacities. Ministry is work. Ministry is never-ending work. The fact of the matter is, you are always a minister of the Gospel.

There is an pandemic occurring and the world is in need of the Healer. You are the conduit with your service.

Consider the exhortation from scripture:

Preaching isn’t just about standing behind a pulpit. Being a minister of the Gospel is all about living out God’s Word. Churches are closed but the mandate still stands. Limitations are in place but the mandate still stands.

We must preach the Word in season and out of season. This is where witty ideas and inventions are birthed. How can you minister even in times such as these? This is your never ending mission. Your service does not bow to any pandemic. You do not retire from your ministry. Your work is not done until you are called to rest and await the return of the Savior.

Be prepared to minister the Gospel at all times. Reprove. Exhort. Rebuke. Technology is available. Your next door neighbor needs the Gospel. There is a child in your sphere of influence that needs your ministry. There is an senior citizen who needs the light within you. Your co-workers needs the hope that never disappoints.

Ministry is service, it is your service. It is your never-ending mission.

Peace and Blessings

The Art of Casting…

To cast can mean throwing something in a specific direction…

So as believers we are called to cast our cares, anxieties, or worries on Christ because He cares for us.

The Lord tells us the direction in which to cast our worries, and that is on Him, because He cares for us. We have our direction and our directive. So how many of us does this scenario describe?

We go through a tough situation. We worry, we fret, we become anxious and nervous. So we go before the Lord, crying, pleading, and begging. We vent and we get up and we move on. Sometimes we leave the cares there and sometimes we place the cares right back on our shoulders.

There is an art to casting. In order to throw something in a specific direction, it takes concentration and focus. We have to have our eyes on the desired target. Many times we neglect to properly cast our cares on the Lord because we aren’t focused on Him, we are focused on the worries and anxieties. Without clarity and focus, we will miss what the Master is trying to do for us.

Casting requires intentionality. We don’t cry and vent to the Lord just to pick the concerns back up. We cast and we leave the cares there because our Father knows best. We cast our cares because He is built for the burdens and concerns.

Casting produces peace, joy, and hope. Casting reminds us that He is the Shepherd and we are the flock. Casting reminds us that He is our Rock and our Redeemer.

May we all perfect the art of casting.

Peace and Blessings

Declare and decree…

Every cough and sneeze brings an concerned look or glance. Every other word is COVID 19 or coronavirus or pandemic. Every other statement is about what’s lacking.

People of God, we must be careful about what we say, especially during a time such as this. Our actions and words declare and decree. It’s so easy to get caught up in the times. We, too, have concerns or may be dealing with an consequence associated with this major issue that is going on.

Even so, we must be mindful about what we are declaring and decreeing. The world is not only watching, the world is in need of your light. The world is in need of the hope that never disappoint. And you have the key, you, as followers of Christ, have the answer.

Don’t you know that your words have power?

What are you declaring and decreeing? Believers, with a united faith and prayer, can be the change that this world needs right now. We can declare and decree hope in a time that seems to be focused on hopelessness. We can declare joy in a time of confusion. We can decree prosperity in times that are focused on lack. We can declare truth in a world full of facts.

Instead of running from the next person that coughs, declare healing. Instead of worrying about where to find the next pack of toilet tissue, decree that the next store you step into will have everything that you need. In the times of unstable employment, declare stability. In a time of panic, decree peace.

Declare a thing, and let it be established for you, for those whom you are connected to, and for a world that is searching for the One whom saves.

Peace and Blessings