Grow Up!

Have you ever found yourself telling a sibling or friend, “Oh, grow up!” in jest or in good fun?

Well friends, perhaps as we are joking around with our loved ones, we may need to step in front of the mirror and tell ourselves that very same thing!

The good Lord exhorts us to transition from milk to meat in Hebrews:

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14

It’s time to grow, my sisters! It is time for us to transition from milk to meat! We have to declare now that we are going to teach, we are going to preach, and that we are going to be the leaders in our communities!

We can no longer be bounded by the things that use to trip us up when we first came to Christ. We cannot have a temper tantrum every time our Father says no. We cannot stumble over every obstacle that comes our way. We are no longer babes, we are mature in Christ!

We stand ready to engage in spiritual warfare. We stand prepare to rebuke every demonic spirit that tries to take over. We are filled with wisdom, we are encouraging others, and we are ready to do what thus says the Lord! We are going to choose to worship instead or worry. We will not be swayed by every distraction. We will stand tall because we are mature enough to know to stand on the promises of God.

Being grown up in Christ leads us to rejoice over closed doors because we know that’s God’s protection. Maturity in Christ leads us to thank Him for relationships that end because we know that He has better for us! Growing up helps us rise above the naysayers and the negative people because we are focused on the voice of the Lord!

Friends, we are no longer babies. Our childish days are over. It is time for us all to grow up:

Peace and Blessings

Training Ground…

Any form of training can be quite tedious and difficult. When you are new to a position, you feel a multitude of feelings while attending orientation and training: anxiety, excitement, boredom, and the list goes on. While being trained, you are becoming equipped for the assignment ahead. The training is necessary.

This is proven true for the spiritual: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The anointing is needed but you also need to have a training period. If you are not rooted in the Word of God, how can you preach it? If you are unable to connect with children, how can you teach in children’s ministry?

This walk of faith requires equipping. While we may all be the recipient of the prayers of our mothers, fathers, and grandparents, there comes a time when we must train ourselves up. Training requires getting on our knees and crying out to the Lord. Training requires time in the Word. Training requires us to learn how to praise God on the mountaintops and in the valley lows.

The training ground prepares you for the biggest challenge of your life, which is the battle for your soul. Not only does the Lord want you to commit to Him, so does Satan. How will you successfully combat your enemy if you do not study the Word of God which tells you how to defeat? We must value the spiritual training ground.

It is the training for godliness that builds your weapons arsenal. It is the training in the spiritual that equips you for your life’s mission. Continue to pace that floor with prayer. Continue to sharpen your sword by studying the Word of God. Your very life, not the physical body, but your soul, depends on your training ground.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of No…

Perhaps you have or had a toddler or know of one. Remember the first time they said “No”? Remember how tight you may have felt and you looked at them like they were crazy? You may have asked them to do something or stop something and they shook their head no or said the actual word. In response, you may have raised your voice, got down on their level, or even laughed at their sass. Little ones get very comfortable with that word and for a while, it becomes their favorite response. They may not know the weight of the word or maybe they just enjoy getting a rise out of us.

Perhaps as adults, “no” should become our favorite word. We must understand the power of “no”. No carries weight and by itself, it is a complete sentence. Try it out: No. The word by itself can stop someone in their tracks.

No can stop Satan in his tracks. Imagine this, the enemy approaches you and asks you to compromise what you believe for a million dollars? No. That friend asks you to cheat or steal? No. The man you are in a relationship with wants to sleep with you and you all aren’t married? No.

No has power! Saying no to something is saying yes to something else. We say no to compromise so that we can say yes to integrity. We say no to sex outside of marriage so that we can say yes to purity. We say no to stealing and yes to honoring the will of the Lord.

Say your no with confidence because you know that God’s way is best. Say your no with power because you know that the Lord is with your every step of the way. Say your no with authority because you are governed by the Holy Spirit.

Say no because you are more concerned with pleasing the Lord rather than pleasing others:

So learn about the power that you possess to say no. Learn about the strength you have in being able to say no. You don’t have to compromise, you don’t have to lie, and you don’t have to settle. Refusing to agree with the enemy’s plan positions you to agree with the Lord.

Simply say: No.

Peace and Blessings

Possessing the Victory…

The battle has already been won. Christ, the Victor, stands strong. He has conquered death, Hell, and the grave. No longer do we have to wonder if there is life after death, Christ has answered that question for us.

If Christ possessed the victory, why won’t we? If we are children of the Most High and joint heirs with Christ, then why won’t we attach ourselves to the victory that is in Jesus Christ? He is our Savior, He has saved us! In Him we are redeemed. In Him, we too, have won!

Possessing the victory is a mindset. Its transitioning from surviving to thriving. It’s letting go of stinky thinking. It’s speaking life. It’s seeing with our faith instead of our eyes. It’s acknowledging the victory each and every day as we square up against our enemy.

So as we suit up in our armor (see Ephesians 6:10-18), we no longer have to wonder if we are going to win the battle. We can stand confidently knowing that victory is already ours. The armor is for our protection against our adversary. The armor helps us acknowledge our victor, Jesus Christ. In Him, we live, we move, we have our being, and in Him, we always win.

So possess your victory today! Stand firm in the Lord. Be strong and courageous! Know that everything that comes against you will fall because our victory rests in the Lord (Proverbs 21:31) and it cannot be snatched away.

Peace and Blessings

Our Daily Bread…

So bread is not actually bread. Jesus was speaking of the spiritual food. The intentionality of the verbiage of this scripture shouldn’t be overlooked.

Daily bread.

Not bread for 6 months or a year. This scripture says, daily, bread. So here’s the thing, wouldn’t it be just lovely to get what we need for longer than a day? Wouldn’t it be convenient to store up wisdom, mercy, and faith for longer than a day?

The provision of daily bread requires us to trust God each and every day. The asking of daily bread requires daily conversations with the Father. We serve a God who longs to fellowship with His children each and every day. The daily aspect of that amazing word requires us not to lean on our own understanding or resources but we must trust in His ability to provide for us. We must trust in His faithfulness to give us what we need every day in order to make it through that day.

Let’s not be like the children of Israel storing up manna and ending up with maggots on it (Exodus 16:20). Yesterday’s wisdom won’t suffice for today’s trial. The daily provision of mercy sees us through today. The measure of faith you have today needs to increase tomorrow for that big dream you are working on.

The Father promises to give you what you need. If Christ crafted this prayer for us (and He did), know that the Father will absolutely do what you ask. His Word promises not to return to Him void. Surrender your cares and concerns to Him and He will give you exactly what you need.

Trust Him, your daily bread is just enough for today.

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

The Other “g”…

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3 NKJV

This scripture is pretty cut and dry right? And we can imagine what other gods the Lord was speaking of right? Cars, clothes, money, and other material possessions that only have temporary value. We probably are hitting all of the checkmarks there, giving ourselves a good ole pat on the back for not falling for those material things. And we should! So many people fall on their knees for these things, especially that money god.

How about the not so material possessions? How about the spouse we prayed for? How about that child we prayed for? Our parents? Our siblings? Or what about that due date for that bill? Or what about that biological clock that you are reminded of every time you interact with children? How about that medical diagnosis?

Have we given those people and situations “god” status? Are they the object of our worship? Will the world end if we lose those things? Do we, with our actions, thoughts, and words, ask God to bow down to the spouse, kids and biological clock?

An honest and direct introspection by the Holy Spirit may be eye-opening relevation for us all. Perhaps, at one point or another, we have all fallen for one of those other gods. We are suppose to honor marriage. We must honor our parents. We have to care for our children. That medical diagnosis is important cause we want to live and not die. Is it wrong to desire a spouse, a child, or to have our bills paid on time? Absolutely not! God desires to freely to give us all things:

However, those things, people, and situations cannot become the objects of our worship. They do not deserve the place of our Heavenly Father. Love your babies, love your spouse, pursue healing, pursue financial freedom–the Lord wants for us to receive the desires of our hearts! However, He must be at the center of it all. Everything and everyone must rest under Him.

Give your marriage, children, and career to the Lord. Your healing is first found in Him alone. He is the Healer. Medical professions are here to confirm what He does by faith and in the supernatural. Give every obstacle to the One who overcame the world.

Let us be intentional about ensuring that our cares, concerns, calendars, and clocks all bow to Him.

Peace and Blessings