Stay the Course…

Friend,

We know the road has been tough, full of disappointments and disruptions but we want you to stay the course. Your loved ones, those who are coming up behind you, generations to come are depending on you to stay the course! Staying focused helps you meet the goal, the course will shape your identity and define your purpose. Staying the course will lead you to Christ. Friend, you must stay the course.

You can make it! You will get through! With God, ALL things are possible. And with God, you can stay the course. It’s not about who finishes first but it’s all about who endures to the end. Will you hop over the hurdles? Will you ignore the distractions? Will you let those things and people that stand in your way be the fuel you need to propel forward? Your race matters to the kingdom of God. Your race helps us all make it to the end! You are not alone, your family in Christ are right there with you!

Listen, stay the course! Set your sights on the finish line! Let the exhortation of Paul be your motivation:

The road is long and hard. It gets tough. Friends leave you. Family can hurt you. You have to sacrifice and forsake those things that feel good to your flesh. But it’s all worth it in the end! We can guarantee that the prize is greater than the pain. We can guarantee that the promise will manifest. We can guarantee that victory will be yours. The guarantee isn’t in this world or in your capabilities, the guarantee is in Christ Jesus, our Lord!

When it is all said and done, staying the course and completing the task will yield this beautiful result:

“…Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23

Stay the course, sis! It will all be worth it in the end!

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Damascus…

For Saul, eventually Paul, the road to Damascus was dark, filled with hunger, and filled with thirst, but it was life changing. Perhaps you are able to relate to Paul’s story? He met the Lord in the middle of his mess. He encountered the Savior right after he finished doing his dirt.

Have you ever heard from the Lord right after you did your dirt? In the middle of your mess? As followers of Christ, we have all had or will have our Road to Damascus. But fret not! Even in the middle of our mess, the Lord still bless!

God’s guidance: They led him to Damascus (Acts 9:8). You are not alone! The Lord always gives us natural assistance to get us to our supernatural destination! They will take us by the hand and get us to where God wants us. Look at your circle, maybe they are still with you or maybe they are not but God has placed guides in your life so that you are able to get to Him!

The beauty of God’s strategic plan: The Lord was not leading Saul/Paul idly. He knows the end from the beginning. He placed Ananias at the end of his road because He knew that Saul/Paul would need to be strengthened and encouraged. Ananias was strategically placed to lay hands on Saul, eventually Paul. He was there to feed Saul, spiritually and physically.

The scales fell: As we encounter the road to Damascus, there are things that blind us from what God wants us to see. Maybe it’s tradition for some. It was for Saul/Paul, he was blinded by tradition. For some, it could be a relationship. For others, it could be the trouble of our past. With so many distractions, we have to be intentional about ensuring that we remove the scales that can sometimes find their way to our eyes.

Perhaps the most powerful lesson about our Road to Damascus is what happens after:

For Saul, who was also called Paul, the Road to Damascus placed him in the Lord’s will and he became a notable figure for the kingdom of God. Because of his journey, generations came to know Christ.

This is true for your Road to Damascus. Your name will change, your position will change, and your journey will serve as a conduit for others to know Christ. You will receive God’s guidance, you will become a part of God’s strategic plan, and you may enter blind but eventually you will see.

Peace and Blessings

The Greatest Gift…

is Jesus Christ.

It is through Him that we have access to the Father. It is through Him that we are able to pray and communicate with God. He tore that veil. It is through Jesus Christ that we can be saved. He alone, saves. His finished work on the cross defeated death, Hell, and the grave. Christ provides us gentiles with God’s protection, provision and promises.

Jesus Christ is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Through the gift of Jesus Christ, we have access to another important and great gift…

The Holy Spirit.

God’s Holy Spirit cannot be overlooked. His Spirit is our Comforter and as Jesus Christ left the Earth, the Holy Spirit was sent to be our Comforter until He returns.

This gifting is not some ghost hiding in a barn that only appears at night. This gifting isn’t some spirit that roams to scare and frighten, absolutely not! Some call Him the Holy Ghost , others the Holy Spirit. This does not change His function. He is our gift!

When He is eliminated from the conversation about God the Father and Jesus Christ, our Lord, we fail to grasp the significance of the gift left for us. The Holy Spirit is an active and vital part of the Trinity. He is deposited when we receive salvation and He is indeed a gift. Those who come to Christ need to know the beauty and the overwhelming nature of the Holy Spirit.

He convicts to produce change. He comforts because He knows that we will suffer for our faith. He communicates the heart of God. He brings forth good fruit within us. He changes our hearts from stone. He prepares us for the return of Christ. He transforms our mind. He makes us new. He know the mind of our Father.

He is our gift. He is our promise. There are some denominations who baptize with water, others who don’t. But we, who follow Christ, are ALL baptized with the Holy Spirit once we receive and accept Christ.

And this promise, this gifting is not just for us:

“For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:39

Embrace the promise, accept the gift.

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