The Chosen one…

A man chooses his wife. People are chosen to be recipients for an award. Others are chosen for a job. As young people apply for their top choice, it’s nice to be chosen out of hundreds of applicants. Let’s all admit it, it is nice to be the chosen one.

However, your appointment has responsibilities. Your job has duties. You have to honor your husband. As a student, we must maintain a specific grade point average for school. And as a believer, chosen by God the Father through Jesus Christ, we have responsibilities as well.

Consider Jeremiah. He was appointed at a young age to be a prophet. He was chosen and these were his responsibilities:

Maybe you say to yourself, those responsibilities aren’t for you because you aren’t a prophet. Guess what friends? Those responsibilities are for us as well!

Plucking up and Breaking Down: We are called to tear down the strongholds in our lives through the power and authority of the Holy Spirit. We are called to break down stereotypes as we enter into spaces and place. We must pluck up those things that are dead in our lives.

Destroying and Overthrowing: We are called to destroy the works of the devil! We are chosen to overthrow the demonic spirits that try to rule and reign in our lives. We were chosen as high priests to destroy the exploits of the enemy!

Building and Planting: We are selected to build up the Kingdom of God. We are chosen to plant good seed on good ground. As a child of God, you are a Kingdom builder. As a believer, we are called to plant seeds of encouragement, love, and joy into a dying world.

So, chosen one, although you may not be a prophet, you must break down, destroy, and plant. Chosen one, you have been picked for such a time as this. My friend, you were chosen by God the Father to be an ambassador for the kingdom. You were planted in your family to pluck up the dead roots, to overthrow the works of Satan, and to build a legacy that points your loved ones back to Christ.

Now that you have been chosen and appointed and you have accepted the call, it is now time to fulfill the duties set before you.

Peace and Blessings

The presence of you…

“Every place you enter into should be better because you are there.” W. Floyd

Seeing the quote above may make us feel better about ourselves and we should feel great about ourselves! We are pretty wonderful in every way! However, the statement above isn’t about us at all, it’s about the light within us:

We are called into certain places and spaces because our light is needed! And that light comes from God through Jesus Christ by way of the Holy Spirit. You, my friend, are a light that must not be hidden! It is the light that dwells within you that the world needs to see Christ!

You may wonder why you are working alongside people with issues or just downright mean folks-it’s your light that is needed. Maybe you are in a profession that consistently connects you to hurting people-they need your light. Perhaps you find yourself encountering the same homeless person every day as you run errands-they need your light!

The presence of you as a blood washed, born again believer, can point the lost and hurting to Christ Jesus! Are you letting your light shine? Are you being kind? Do you whisper a prayer for a person? Do you choose joy? Are you showing love?

Your deeds will draw others to our Father in Heaven! So don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t matter! Don’t let anyone tell you that what you do, doesn’t matter! Don’t let anyone discredit your presence! Your presence matters to a dying world!

The Lord has placed you at your job, in your family, and at that specific grocery store for such a time as this! The presence of you makes a place better because of the light within you!

So shine, my sister! Be bright! Show love! Exude joy! Choose to be kind! Pray those bold prayers! Be grateful and thankful! You an ambassador for Jesus Christ, the presence of you makes any space or place better because He is within you!

Make this your personal mission as you go on your way: “This little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine”!

Peace and Blessings

The Word of God.

Have you ever found yourself rambling? What about venting, ever found yourself doing that? In our rambles and vents, sometimes we mean what we say, other times, our words are simply empty and just fills up space. And perhaps that’s a good thing! Ever had to apologize for what you’ve said? Maybe we should thankful for OUR empty words.

While, it may be hard to believe the words of humans, we should never doubt the word of God! It is full of authority, every word the Lord speaks is intentional, and the weight of the Lord’s words carry an immense amount of power!

Those promises you whisper to yourself, the scripture you recite when you are feeling low, the text that just makes you leap in your spirit-all will accomplish what the Lord desires! When you declare that you are more than a conqueror, the Lord means what He says! When you declare that you can do all things through Christ, the Word is so! Our words may be empty but we can trust in the Word of God!

You have overcome because the Lord said so. You are healed because the Lord said so. You shall live and not die because the Lord said so. You are forgiven because the Lord said so. You are loved because the Lord said so.

His Word is true! This is why we cling to His Word. This is why we use the Word to rebuke demonic spirits. The Word of God is full of power and authority. This is why we can declare and decree the Word of God because:

His Word does not return to Him empty and it accomplishes what He desires.

Peace and Blessings

Friends, use the comment section to fill in the blank: “I am ________________ because the Lord said so!”

Now Faith!

Faith is present, active, living and breathing. Faith is not a “thing of the past” or a one and done type of thinking pattern. Faith is a choice and faith is required every day.

Now faith is a position that believers must take at all times. No matter your current state or current level of functioning. Now faith is something that must be declared every moment of every day. Not only in word but in deed:

Now faith is what we need to destroy the yoke of the enemy! Now faith is what we need to bind the demonic spirits that try to keep us bound! Now faith is what we need to remain confident in the faithfulness of Christ! Now faith is the confidence we need to hold on to the hope that is in Christ Jesus.

Now faith is lived out. It’s in our walk, our talk, and our conduct. We use our faith, not to wish for a miracle, but to wait for a miracle! We have now faith, not to hang our heads low, but to hold our heads high! Live out your faith friends!

Our faith stands as our witness. Our faith leads our unsaved loved ones to Christ. Our faith keeps us during our trials and tribulations. Our faith knows that the Holy Spirit leads us and guides us in all truth and understanding.

The prayers of our loved ones have brought us a mighty long way but it is our NOW FAITH that we see us all the way through!

Peace and Blessings

False Sense of Security…

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord.” Isaiah‬ ‭31:1‬ ‭

Horses and chariots aren’t necessarily our cup of tea nowadays. Many of us don’t possess those items and if we do, they aren’t for war or fighting. Now, our horses may substituted for our home, cars, or life insurance. Now, our chariots may be considered our salaries and our degrees.

No one is saying that you shouldn’t try to obtain these things. We do have earthly needs. However, our sense of security should not be found in these things. If we lost our jobs, many of us would struggle with feeling secure. If we lost our cars, we may have a difficult time adjusting without it.

Horses, cars, chariots, and jobs offer a false sense of security. These things will not save us. These things are not our salvation. Just because we have a job, does not mean we are any better than someone who does not have a job. Our nice car does not give us a heavenly advantage over someone else.

Our possessions does not mean we will win the war. Do not find your worth, self-esteem, or confidence in things. They are temporal. They will fade and pass away. You can be decked out in jewels and designer brands and be failing spiritually.

Friends, let’s find our security in the One who is greater than anyone or anything this world can offer. Our security must be anchored in the One who defeated death, hell, and the grave. Let your possessions be what they are: just temporary, just materials, just things that will fade and rust.

Our treasure, our security is not found here on Earth.

We must look up: “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew‬ ‭6:20‬ ‭

Heaven contains our hope, our security, and our salvation. May we look to the Lord for our security, our joy, and our peace.

Peace and Blessings

The Courage of Hope…

Hope is not necessarily something that this world encourages us to have. When we hope that change will come, the news shows us statistics. When we hope that we won’t be diagnosed with a disease, we hear about how we are genetically disposed and we should pretty much expect it. When we hope we get the job, we are reminded about how we aren’t experienced or qualified enough for the position.

Hope requires courage. Maintaining hope requires us to look at all of the facts in their face and say that we will believe regardless of what facts say. Hope requires us to believe that we won’t become a statistic. Hope requires the courage to look beyond the massive qualifications of the job we’ve always dreamed about.

This is why we cannot afford to hope in jobs, degrees, or bank accounts. We cannot afford to hope in statistics or news correspondents. We cannot hope in this world or it’s fruits. Our hope must extend beyond what we see, what we’ve heard, or even our level of understanding. Our hope is in Christ alone.

The hope we must hold on to, the hope that will carry us through, the hope that have us pursuing our dreams is strong, trustworthy, and an anchor. This hope leads us to God. It is only through Jesus Christ. Friends, the courage of hope is in Christ Jesus!

This is the hope we use to start that business, to go on that missionary expedition, and to write that book. The hope that is through Jesus Christ has us subscribing to the belief in the Lord as the Healer and not our genetic histories. The courage of hope which is in Jesus Christ has us going for that dream job! The hope that is the anchor of our souls is what we must choose to cling to regardless of what they say or what we see.

Dear friend, be strong and courageous and hold on to hope.

Peace and Blessings

The Grand Finale…

We bet you can remember the series finale of your favorite tv show. You scheduled your whole evening around catching that moment. Sometimes the series finale was sweet and complete and other times, you may have walked away disappointed. And there may be those moments when you were just left with a big whole question mark!

In Christ, we don’t have to wonder about how the story will end. We don’t have to wonder about what’s going to happen. We don’t have to wonder if there is going to be a part two to the story. The Father is so awesome and gives it to us straight:

Friends, this right here is enough to make you shout! No more tears! No more pain! No more sorrow! No more death! He will come back to wipe those tears! Never again do we have to worry about pain, cancer, riots, elections-those things are passing away!

Clinging to this is important, now and for always. This is why we preach. This is why we minister. This is why we keep on praying for our loved ones to get saved! So they can experience this-the love of the Father! We preach Christ because in Him there will be a new Heaven and Earth! We get to spend the rest of eternity crying out “holy, holy, holy” and basking in the glory of our Savior.

The finale, friends, is greater than any sitcom or drama you’ve seen. This finale, friends, is indeed grand! You may say: that’s nice but what about COVID? What about the results of this election? What about systematic racism? All great concerns, of course. However, as you encounter tomorrow and the day after that: consider it all, whatever burdens you, whatever plagues you, consider it in the light of eternity, consider the grand finale.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17‬

Peace and Blessings