I Want It All!

Being a child of God, we are naturally promised His blessings and gifts. What an honor and privilege that is?! We should rejoice in being able to receive God’s best! We want it all, right?!

However, as we grow in relationship with God the Father and Christ the Savior, we recognize that we are not only recipients of God’s promises, we are also burdened with persecution, trials, and tribulations. We experience the impact of weapons as they are formed against us.

Wanting all that God has for you comes with promises and blessings and problems and persecutions. All that He has for you involves trials and triumphs. And sometimes God’s best is best experienced when we have encountered the pang of a weapon that has formed against us.

We are here to tell you, friend, all that God has for you involves trials. All that God has for you involves suffering. All that God has for you involves some suffering. However, take refuge in the fact that He is not here to beat us down and it does not make Him glad to see us suffer, quite the contrary! He knows that trials weaken the flesh but strengthen the spirit. He knows that overcoming obstacles helps us understand the meaning of victory. He knows that with suffering we develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit as our Comforter.

Should we still want all He has for us?! Absolutely! We may suffer but He promises to strengthen and restore us! We may experience rejection but He knows that He will confirm us and we will be accepted by Him. We may suffer but we are blessed! He knows that the persecution experienced on Earth cannot begin to compare to the eternal glory that awaits us in Heaven.

Let’s want ALL that God has for us! Even if we have to proclaim it with fear and trembling. No matter the weapon, it won’t prosper. No matter the obstacles, we will more than conquer it. No matter the fire, it will not consume us.

Our Father in glory has a crown of life that awaits us.

Peace and Blessings

Gift of Answered Prayers…

You are the answer to someone’s prayer. Is that hard to believe? It shouldn’t be! You are fearfully and wonderfully made, handcrafted by God our Father. Anything made by our Lord Almighty is a gift. And that includes you.

As a mother, wife, employee, daughter-you are the answer to someone’s prayer. Your life may be the answered prayer of a mother whose womb has been declared barren. A man who has prayed fervently for a wife-you have met that desire. Your commitment to your job is the answered prayer of a supervisor who is struggling to lead her team. Your children are blessed by your presence.

Answered prayers comes in all shapes, sizes and objects. Someone prayed for protection on the road and a red light slowed them down. A farmer prayed for rain for their crops and a rainstorm came. Someone prayed for someone to talk to and their best friend called them.

We must have our spiritual eyes open so that we do not miss the move of God as we utter our prayers. Do we believe this truth?

If we believe the Word of God, then we must realize and look at the things of our life from a different perspective. A clutter house means we are blessed with the things we need. Those toys that you trip over are the children for whom you prayed. We must take a different look at ourselves as well.

Someone asked for you too. No matter your mistake, no matter the choices you made, you are the very thing someone prayed for. Continue being the amazing woman of God you are. Know that you are a blessing to someone’s life. Know that you were planted here for a purpose. You have worth and you are a gift.

Peace and Blessings

The Gift of the Calling…

Do you ever find yourself nervous about losing something? For some of us, we repeatedly check our pockets for our phones, wallets, keys, etc.? For others, it’s deeper and they live in fear of losing their home or job. And most of us are nervous about losing those whom we love.

In the natural, there will be people and things that we end up losing. It’s all temporary anyways. And not that we shouldn’t care for those whom we love or be good stewards over the things entrusted to us. However, we must remember that the gifts of God will last forever and those blessings stretch beyond the natural. God is not a liar and therefore, He does not take back what He’s so graciously provided. The Word tells us so:

Aren’t you thankful that the Lord doesn’t take back what He has so graciously provided? Our past, our choices, or decisions does not affect the fact that we have been called. His gifts are given without repentance.

Therefore, since God does not take back His gifts, we should not be ashamed to use them nor should they be mismanaged. Your gifts and calling are not solely for you. They are here for the lost. The Lord has need of you, my friend. You have been gifted to enhance the kingdom of God. Use your gifts for the Lord. Your calling will lead you and others to Christ.

You have been called by the Lord to do His work. Do not worry about losing your gift of prophecy or the gift of evangelizing. It is yours. But do not allow it to collect dust, you will have to answer for your inaction.

Answer the call. Use the gift. And may God get all of the glory.

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

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