Lifetime Guarantee…

Some products and associations offer a lifetime guarantee of support and assistance. However, those documents often come with with fine print and exceptions. Companies that promise lifetime guarantees fall every day. The assurances that the world offers are temporary, no matter what the verbiage of a contract may say.

This is one of the many reasons why we have to lean on Christ alone. Being a child of God, also offers a lifetime guarantee:

Friends, we know you’ve encountered this Word many times before, but read it slowly, savor that truth! Don’t just gloss over this lifetime guarantee from the Father. It’s so easy to take it for granted. It’s so easy to fall for the schemes of the enemy.

Sisters, there is no fine print in the Word of God! He will never fail! We will fall, we will stumble, and we will mess up-several times! There is no timeline on the Father’s love. His mercies are new each and every morning. His grace is for a lifetime. His love is guaranteed to His children!

Christ paid for this warranty with His life, this guarantee of His protection and provision, His love and care, and His grace and His promises extends for a lifetime-for all of eternity.

In Christ, there is truly a lifetime guarantee.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Agreement…

God’s Word requires agreement. In order for His Word to become living and active in our lives, we must first agree with what He said. This is more than the immediate good feeling we get when we first encounter His Word.

Our spirit tends to leap as we read certain scriptures and it should! Once we become believers of God through Christ Jesus, our spirit should respond to the words of our Father! But it cannot stop there. We want to be sure that we plant that seed into good ground. So we agree. We agree when the world is showing us something different. We agree when our children and loved ones are acting crazy. We agree when the enemy is telling us we should not.

Are you believing God to be the Healer? If so, you have to agree with Him when He says you are healed. Are you believing God when He says that He will never leave nor forsake you? You have to agree with His word that says so!

Our agreement is demonstrated in word and deed. Our agreement is reflected in our unwavering trust. Our agreement is indicated as we end our prayers with “Amen”. Our agreement is a step in having a living and active faith.

Let us agree with our Father! Let’s agree what His Word, with His actions, and with His plan and will for our lives!

And the people of God say: Amen!

Peace and Blessings

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

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

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

Bold.

This Christian walk requires boldness. As a believer in Jesus Christ, the world tells us that everything we believe is ridiculous and foolish. And we must turn our backs to the message of the world and submit to the message of the cross.

What a bold stance.

Boldness is a key characteristic of a follower of Jesus Christ. We must go against the grain and stand when the world tells us to bow: bow to our jobs, bow to sickness and disease, and bow to sexual immorality.

We must be bold. We must look in the face of everything that contradicts our faith and declare that we will believe God over what we see, over what they say, and over what they do.

So how do we be bold? How do we turn our backs to this world and it’s way? We visit the throne of grace:

Our boldness comes from the throne that sits our Father and His Son. The throne of grace is where the mercy and grace we so desperately need in order to be bold for Christ. The throne is where the confidence rests that is connected to our boldness. The throne is what we face we are trying to avoid the world and it’s ways.

The throne is our focal point. This is how we be bold. This is how we take our bold stance. This is how we focus on the message of the cross.

So continue to stand strong. Continue to press forward in a world that is calling you to compromise. Continue to follow the purpose Christ has placed inside of you.

Continue to be bold for Christ.

Peace and Blessings

The Heart of the Matter…

As a sign of mourning, the children of Israel would tear their garments and place ash on their foreheads. This would be the signal of sadness, depression, the loss of someone, and other unfortunate moments. Once recovered, the ash would be removed and clothing restored.

Nowadays, we tend to function in the same capacity. Your loved ones know when you are going through-there may be tears, perhaps, yelling or maybe even silence. And as humans, emotions are woven into our DNA.

However, perhaps we can learn how to take heed to the exhortation of the Lord:

This word from the Lord tells us that it’s really about the heart of the matter. Yes, we see the tears. Yes, we may have our own version of torn clothes. Perhaps it all may even be warranted, however, what about the heart change? The transformation of the heart is needed as well.

Have you render your heart about this matter? You’ve cried, you’ve vented, and you’ve gotten angry, but have you prayed? Have you surrendered your heart for healing? Have you laid your heart on the altar about the situation?

Rend your heart so that bitterness won’t take root. Rend your heart so that you can be set free. Rend your heart so that you can extend forgiveness to others and to yourself.

The pain and frustration won’t go away with the tears and ash, the heart must be healed for wholeness.

Get to the heart of the matter…

Peace and Blessings

Weight of Your World…

Women, because of their caring and nurturing nature, often times bear the weight of the world-or at least the weight of their world. And while admirable, that is not the will of God for you. Let’s turn to the Word:

“You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.” Exodus 18:18

Sis, you are mighty and marvelous, amazing and awesome, however, you were not created to carry the weight of the world, or your world, on your shoulders. You are not strong enough to carry the weight of your world. You, lovely in every way, are no one’s savior.

You were created to submit. You were created to cast the burdens of your world at the feet of Christ. You were created to trust in His plan, His way, His will. You were created to wait and not to worry.

You were never created to do this alone. Lean on God and His understanding. Connect with your support system. You and your beautiful and broad shoulders are not equipped to carry your world on them. So cease and desist. Know that the Lord is more than capable to handle the cares of your world.

So, dear friend, take that weight you are bearing and place it at the feet of your Savior. You cannot run the race with weight of the world attached to you, be free.

Peace and Blessings

Anchored.

The function of an anchor is to hold a ship or boat in place. This prevents the ship from being tossed or destroyed by the winds and waves. Oxford Dictionary states that an anchor can either be temporary or permanent.

What’s anchoring you? Is it temporary or permanent? Are you even anchored? Perhaps as the winds and waves of your life occur, you are tossed, become tattered, and possibly destroyed or broken.

Is your career anchoring you? Is it your family? Is it your friendships or relationships? How about the amount in your bank account? Examine your anchor, honestly and thoroughly. If your anchor can be destroyed, it is temporary. And if it is temporary, it can only bear so much before it also is destroyed.

Consider the permanent anchor offered in the exhortation from Hebrews 6:19…

As believers, we have created with an Anchor for our souls. The hope and reality of Christ withstands any winds or waves that may come our way. He is as permanent as it gets. You will retire from your career. Christ stands. Relationship ends. Christ anchors. Money gets. Christ doesn’t.

Who anchors you? As you consider your options, consider Christ.

Peace and Blessings

/pərˈfekt/ beings…

Perfect, adjective, /ˈpərfikt/: having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
Perfect, verb, /pərˈfekt/: make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.

Many believers attach themselves to the adjective form of perfect. Some, unfortunately, think that perfect is shouting right, singing on key, and having the flyest church hat. Those things are nice but they will not get one into heaven. Perfection can only be ascribed to One being and that is definitely not us while in this world and in this flesh.

We, dear friends, are /pərˈfekt/ beings. By the blood of Jesus Christ, we are made completely free from faults or defects. No matter how fly your hair is, no matter how great your job is, perfection is not the goal, being perfected should be! Christ perfecting you is all about His sacrifice, His ministry, and His love. There is no amount of perfection that can be obtained outside of the Master’s hands. There is nothing in this flawed world that can create you into a perfected being.

Being the /ˈpərfikt/ Christian is not the same as being perfected. Being a perfected Christian is all about laying yourself at the feet of Jesus, crying out to Him to be made whole and complete. It is all about humbling yourself before the Father, leaning on Him for all of your needs. Being perfected, is all about Him increasing, and you decreasing.

Subscribe to the verb form of perfection. Allow Christ to do His perfect work in you and through you. It’s not about having the right clothing on, it’s about what you are clothed with. Being a perfect being is not about outward beauty, it’s about inward beauty.

Don’t get caught up trying to be perfect, be willing to be perfected. What He starts, He completes.

Peace and Blessings