Live!

Are you existing or are you living? We may have heard that one before or maybe we have even said it to someone. Folks may call it a cliche, but it doesn’t change the validity of the question.

We are all existing-if you are breathing and functioning, your existence cannot be denied. However, what may be questionable is if one is living. Are you taking the time to smell the flowers? Are you laughing more than you crying? Are you taking the time to enjoy the present?

Existing versus living. Which one are you? We can be thankful that life is available to all of us! There may be areas of our life that is dead and others that may be living. Think about your professional life-are you just going to work or working towards a career? Think about your prayer life-is it based on religion or relationship?

All of our lives, if we look closer enough, have some dry areas. Let’s look to the Word:

Can your dry areas be revive? Are you committed to existing or living? Scream to those dry bones to live! Lean on the Word of God, that Living Water, to refresh those dry areas. Revive your career. Revive your prayer life. Live! It is time to truly live out life in abundance!

Living is more than being attentive to numbers on a scale or numbers associated with a bank account. Can these dry bones live? Yes, they can! We are children of God-who specializes in the impossible!

Your marriage can live! Your career can live! Your ministry can live! You can live! No matter what you’ve been through, live out life, woman of God!

Use the power of God through Jesus Christ to breath life into those dead areas. Watch Him resurrect that which everyone else called dead!

Trust God and live!

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

Abound.

Abound: exist (or have) in large amounts or numbers.

Have you ever said to yourself? This day will be the pits and it turns out to be a pit-full day. Have you said that your job is stressing you out? And it turns out, you are stressed. Maybe you say the statement, hoping that it would not come to pass. However, it will only because you have spoke it.

What you say, will abound.

What you speak over your life, will exist in large amounts or numbers. When the Lord spoke, life abound. It existed in large amounts. Go back to Genesis 1 and see what His words produced. Now, because we are were created in the image of God, what you say will simply be. Your words have power! Your words will produce life and death! Your words will abound.

What do you call cursed? It will never bear fruit. What do you call a failure? You will never see it succeed. What do you call dead? It will never see life. What you say will abound!

What are you speaking over your life? The fruit will tell it all. You have what you say. We must watch what we say, for it will grow and manifest. Declare today what will abound in your life! If the Lord chooses to use words so that grace, mercy, and blessings abound, what don’t we? If the Lord chooses to use words that promoted life to exist in large amounts, so should we!

This isn’t prosperity gospel nor is this about naming and claiming, this is about us realizing that our words have power! This is beyond material possessions and worldly treasures. This is about ensuring that we have the promises of God abounding in our lives.

What you say, will abound. So here at Sisters Helping Sisters, for everyone who encounters this devotional, here is what we declare over your life: May grace abound. May prosperity abound. May love abound. May peace abound. May joy abound. May kindness abound. May patience abound. May healing abound. May favor abound.

Peace and Blessings

Thorn to Throne…

“…a thorn in the flesh was given to me” 2 Corinthians 12:7

Followers of Christ may be familiar with this passage of scripture. Paul never stated what the thorn was that was in his flesh. Many theologians have many different theories but the Holy Spirit never revealed what it was. However, we do know that the thorn led Paul to the throne:

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8

Paul recognized that the Lord was the only One that could deliver Him from his thorn. He knew that the Lord was the ultimate deliverer. He remembered how the Lord had healed his sight. He knew that the throne would be the place that would be able to help him.

We need to follow the example of Paul, our thorns must lead us to the throne, the place where Jesus Christ sits! He is the only One who delivers, He is the only One who saves, and He is the only One who redeems. Whatever pain or hurt we are experiencing, we must remember our Father. This is not forsaking the blessing of medicine and science, but this is remembering that the One who gifted the scientists and doctors must be our main source of healing and delivers.

Our thorns must not lead to groans and moans. Our thorns should not lead us to cursing and whining. We must remember that we are to look to Jesus Christ for these aches, pains, and downright annoyances that plague our days. And maybe we are like Paul and this will be our response as we seek the throne:

And while that may not be the response we were hoping for, perhaps it can shape the perspective of the thorn. Every moment we are annoyed or achy, may we remember the grace of God and how it shines in our weaknesses. Maybe we remember as we continue to plead with God to remove the thorn, that His power is most perfect in our weakness.

And perhaps with thorn in our flesh we receive this ultimate proclamation:

“…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Peace and Blessings

Let It Flow…

Is your land flowing with milk and honey? Milk and honey represents good health, prosperity, and wealth. Milk and honey, from a spiritual perspective, can also be identified as wisdom, revelation, and discernment. The phrasing of “milk and honey” may be an Old Testament concept but it still stands as a promise for the children of God. And your land is natural and supernatural. Naturally, your land can be considered to be your place of employment or your home. Supernaturally, your land could be your mind and your heart.

So, we go back to the question, is your land flowing with milk and honey? Or do you find your flow obstructed? What’s impeding your flow? Is it distractions? Are you connected to toxic relationships? Does your home need order? Is the leadership you are under, professionally or otherwise, questionable?

All these things can prevent you from entering into a land flowing with milk and honey. The children of Israel struggled with entering into their promised land due to their stubbornness, rebellious nature, and being ungrateful. We cannot look on them with too much judgment, as being in this world of sin, we are apt to fall into the same patterns as the Israelites.

So examine your flow, examine the possible obstructions, and take note. Pruning, purging, fasting, and much prayer will remove those obstructions. Submission unto the Lord helps our land continue to flow. Hold on to the promise the Lord has for your promised land:

Pursue the land that produces revelation, pursue the land that produces wisdom, pursue the land that produces healing and prosperity-a land that flows with milk and honey.

Peace and Blessings

Remember The Time…

There’s a song by Michael Jackson called “Remember The Time”. He’s encouraging his love interest to remember their love story and relationship. The intention is that he hopes as his love interest remembers the good times, she’ll be drawn back to him. It is, as the young kids say, a bop. Remembering can help one to recognize how sweet things use to be, remembering helps us maintain hope, and remembering helps us to be encouraged.

Friends, when we are in our dry seasons and droughts, we need to remember the time as well. Remember the time God saved you. Remember the time the Lord wrapped you in His arms. Remember the Lord, your God, who brought you out of your Egypt. We don’t need to look to the lyrics of that Michael Jackson song to remember the time, we need to look to the Word of God.

Will you recall? Will you remember? We know it’s dry right now but remember His wonderful deeds of long ago! Remember how He put food on your table, remember how He healed you, remembered how He protected you from hurt, harm, and danger! Remember how our Father snatched you from the snares of the enemy! It’s important to remember His word, remember His promises, and to remember the miracles He’s performed. The Word of God was written to tell His story and to etch in our memory who the Lord, our God, is to those who believe.

Friends, we cannot forget the goodness of the Lord! We cannot forget His faithfulness! We cannot afford to forget the majesty, dominion, and power of the Lord! This is why it is important to hear the testimonies of those in the kingdom of God. This is why we have to proclaim our testimonies! Someone needs to hear your story so that they can remember the time!

Let His deeds of long ago help you to remember who He is and what He will do for you.

Peace and Blessings

The Gospel According To…

A wise woman once said that sometimes people have a tendency to minister from their hurt and pain instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, friends, we ask you what gospel are you preaching? Are you ministering from your hurt and pain? Or are you telling the world about the good news of Jesus Christ?

Sisters, this post is not intended to discredit your narrative. Nor are we discounting the hurt and pain that you’ve experienced. However, we must consider who is at the center of our stories. Does the event, the trauma, and the experience point to Jesus, to the one who caused the pain, or to ourselves? As believers and followers of Christ, of our lived experiences should point to our Savior. Yes, the hurt and pain is real but Jesus is greater. Yes, that person is wrong for hurting you but Jesus is still on the throne.

The Word of God informs us whose gospel we should be proclaiming:

The Gospel and Good News are used interchangeably in different versions of the Bible. If it isn’t clear, we are to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our life experiences should be woven into His story so that others can be drawn to Him. When delivered appropriately, your story is one that speaks of Good News, one that speaks of God our Father, Savior, Healer, Redeemer, and the list goes on.

Your pain and heartache belong under the feet of Christ not at the center of your story. You should proclaim Good News from a heart that has been repaired and restored. Love must be on the edge of your lips. Your voice is most powerful when it reveals forgiveness towards your oppressors. Joy can truly be your strength when you proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your narrative matters and has the ability to empower but it is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves…

Peace and Blessings

Clear Vision…

The messages and sermons on vision this year are probably endless. 20/20 is good vision, right?! However, it’s probably been a little tough to see the good in 2020. With COVID, death, social unrest, natural disasters, and numerous other issues, seeing the good in it all can be rather difficult, one can imagine.

If that is all that you are seeing, it’s time to correct your vision. Yes, the trials and tribulations are ever present but so is the goodness of the Lord! Let’s look to the Word of God to help clear our vision:

Friends, we know that you are seeing the devastation of the coronavirus and the sadness of racism but we want to encourage you to see the Lord at work. Be confident in seeing the goodness of the Lord.

Reconciliation is taking place as conversations about race are happening. The Lord still heals as we hear of those who have recovered from COVID. People are still getting jobs in this season of layoffs. The goodness of the Lord is still here in the land of the living! Will we look and see? Will we clear our vision to see the Lord’s hand in the midst of it all?

Be determined to see the movement of God. The blood still works! The Lord still heals! Jesus is still very real! Let’s set our sights on our Father so we can see His goodness in the midst of pain and heartache! We clear our vision by focusing on our Savior.

This world, its worries and woes, will all pass away, and the goodness of the Lord will forever stand.

Will you remain confident in this, that you will see the goodness of the Lord?

Peace and Blessings

The Breaking…

Ever held a glow stick? In order for it to glow, what do you have to do? You must break it!

You, my friend, are no different! For your light to shine? You must break! Break those old habits, break away from those toxic relationships, and break that train of negative thoughts. You must be broken!

When we are broken, we are able to be used by the Lord for His work! Brokenness brings us closer to our Savior. Brokenness is the key to unlock our true purpose in Christ! Brokenness leads us to wholeness. Brokenness guides us to the arms of the Savior. Brokenness leads to humility and allows us to experience God’s grace and mercy!

Dear friend, the Lord does not despise your brokenness, quite the contrary! Your point of humility, that point of surrender that brokenness brings us to positions us to be used by the Father! This is where we shine! Our weaknesses positions us to be used for His glory and our good! In our weakness, He shines! We were at that point of being down and out, we are able to truly experience the might of God’s power!

Surrender your broken pieces unto the Lord. He will mold them together in a way that you could never imagine. Your broken heart will be the tool used by the Lord to increase your capacity to love, to have compassion, and to experience joy.

Do not forsake the breaking, our friend, the Lord is going to make you shine!

Peace and Blessings

Death to Tradition…

The upcoming Independence Day celebrations are going to look a little different for many people. Some states are still restricting large gatherings. Many areas have canceled fireworks. And many people of color are opting out of celebrating the holiday as July 1776 did not offer freedom for enslaved African Americans. Traditions will take on a new face this holiday and others to come.

Traditions can help us feel some sort of normalcy. When our traditions are disrupted, that can make us feel uneasy. We tend to hold on to traditions, simply because that is what was always done.

However, we must be willing to explore the traditions we hold dear. Is it beneficial? Is it biblical? Is it what God wants us to do? The Word of God echoes that while traditions are permissible, they are not always beneficial.

What traditions of men are you treasuring more than the Word of God? It is the commandment of God that must prevail over traditions! We can not compromise what the Lord says simply because it has always been done that way. Examine your order of service. Examine the way you may feel about those who wear jeans instead of a long dress to church. Examine the way you feel about those who opt out of church. Examine the leadership positions, the celebrations, and the anniversaries.

We must be sure that we are not confusing tradition with the commandment of God. His command comes first and the rest falls second.

Jesus defies tradition by eating with taxpayers and prostitutes. Jesus defies tradition by healing on the Sabbath. Jesus defies tradition by permitting salvation for the gentiles in addition to the children of Israel.

His defiance towards tradition led to our salvation! You were healed, delivered, and set free by the commandment of God and not tradition. So death to tradition as the commandment of God through our Lord Jesus Christ reigns on!

Peace and Blessings