Counting the Cost…

Ever been undecided about purchasing an item, wondering to yourself if it is worth the cost? After contemplating, you may say to yourself that it isn’t worth it for a variety of reasons. On the other hand, you may say to yourself that you are going to press forward with the purchase for a number of reasons.

Either way, for some items, we take the time to weigh the cost. Think about the purchase of your home or the purchase of your car-you researched, you consulted with others, you may have even prayed about it-then you decided.

When we decide to follow Christ, we must weigh the cost. Oh, make no mistake about it-He is absolutely worth it all! However, following Christ comes with specific responsibilities. We cannot be surprised when we have to lose some things in the process of choosing Christ:

That job may have to go. That boyfriend may have to go. Those friendships may have to end. You may be unable to frequent those same places. You may have to turn off certain songs and movies.

And when we don’t follow Christ, the cost is too great to bear! The Word tells us so:

This is beyond salvation. Salvation is important for everybody, no doubt about that! Along with salvation, we must be doing the work of the Lord. We become saved because we commit our lives to Him. We cannot serve Christ half-heartedly, we must give Him our whole lives.

Consider the cost of walking your own way, doing your own thing-the cost is too great to bear! What if you gain all the world’s riches but die spiritually in the process? What if you serve on every church committee but fail to do the ONE thing God told you to do? What if all the relationships you are holding on to kills you slowly? We must count the cost!

Counting the cost helps us understand the great profit that comes with living fully and completely for Christ: We gain Him! We are able to call on the Lord! We are able to cry out, Abba, Father! And we get to spend eternity with our Lord.

Peace and Blessings

The Issues of Life…

The woman with the issue of blood ran to Jesus because of her issue. She knew that Jesus could solve her issue. She pressed her way through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment and she was made whole:

When she left Jesus, her issue stayed at His feet.

Aside from Jesus, the woman with the issue of blood should be role model. When she had a problem, she didn’t run to her girlfriends, she didn’t run to her mama, or her daddy-she went to the only One who could solve her problem!

Let’s be committed to run to Jesus for our issues and leave them at His feet! This is not saying that we shouldn’t attend the doctor or that we don’t pursue wise counsel. However, if we start with Jesus-He will point us in the right direction! When we start at Jesus, He will become bigger than the issue. The woman crawled through the crowd-don’t miss the lesson here! It was an active demonstration of the appropriate position of our issues and problems-at the feet of Jesus!

It’s New Year Eve. Before the watch night service, before the party, before the dinner party with our family and friends, make your way to the feet of Jesus with your 2020 issues. Be determined not to enter into 2021 with those same annoyances. Minimize those problems and issues, they belong at the feet of Jesus.

Let’s walk into 2021 set free and made whole because we chose to trust in the Lord. Let’s be committed to enter into 2021 well!

Happy New Year from Sisters Helping Sisters!

Peace and Blessings

Go Tell It On The Mountain…

“Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere, Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born…”

Christmas may be over but this song is still relevant. Believers must tell it on the mountain, the valley, on the side of the street, and everywhere! Why? Because Jesus Christ was born! His birth signals the fulfillment of the Law, His birth led to our salvation, and His birth positions us to have a relationship with the Father.

This charge of “going and telling on the mountain” about the arrival of Christ is much more than a song for December 25th. This song title should point us to the Great Commission:

His birth was just the beginning! He IS the Gospel! He IS the Good News! We must go and tell about Him! We must go, the Word says so! The mountain is a great vantage point, you are high and your voice can echo loudly, but don’t forsake the valley. If someone is in the valley with you, chances are, they need to hear the Good News about Christ.

Our lives, our work ethics, how we love and care for those entrusted to us, and our conduct are all “mountains” we can stand on and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And those mountains can be used to tell the Good News about Christ. Christmas is but a day, His Good News leads to eternity.

So, my friend, go on ahead it on the mountain-over the hills and everywhere-that our Jesus Christ was born, lived, served, died, and rose again for you and me!

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 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

Reaping and Sowing…

We reap what we sow.

What are you sowing? What seeds are you planting? Are you planting the Word of God into your heart? What is the quality of your harvest? Are you trying to benefit from someone else’s harvest?

The Word of God tells us exactly what we should be sowing:

When we sow the Word of God, we reap discernment. Sowing the Word of God strengthens the quality of soil in which it is planted. When we sow the Word, we reap a stronger spirit. Sowing the Word leads us to our purpose and mission.

In order to reap revelation, in order to reap specific promises, direction, and guidance, you must sow the Word of God to build an intimate and personal relationship with God. We have all gleaned from those whom have sowed the Word for themselves: our pastors, our teachers, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, etc. however, in order to reap the harvest, you must sow the Word for yourself.

We cannot exist off of the harvest of others. The prayers of our mothers, fathers and loved ones only get us so far but there comes a time when we have to sow our own tears, moans and groans in prayer. The discernment of others only gets us so far, we must sow the Word for ourselves so that we are able to see who is of the Lord and who is not.

Your harvest should lead another to sow the Word for themselves. Your sowing builds up the body of Christ. As you sow the Word, you are able to fall in love with the Creator of the Universe. Sow the Word, reap joy, love and peace.

We reap what we sow, what are you sowing?

Peace and Blessings

Stormy Weather…

The old adage, “when it rains, it pours”, often times reigns true. When you are driving in the rain, it seems never-ending and depending on the amount, can be scary. When you are waiting for the rain to end, it takes forever.

The disciples found the stormy weather in Mark 4 very nerve-wrecking. The wind was whipping vigorously and the waves were devastating: And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.” Mark 4:37

This storm, however, was different because Jesus, the Prince of peace, was resting calmly in the back, napping. Jesus rebuked the wind and waves and went back to business as usual.

We all experience stormy weather. We, like the disciples, as believers in Jesus Christ, also have the Prince of peace, resting calmly in our lives as we go crazy. Our reaction to the storms of life testify of our faith in the Prince of peace whom is resting in our own boats. So why then do we fret and start to panic when encountering stormy weather? The questions Jesus presented to the disciples is the questions we must consider as well:

“He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:37

We can not afford to let the stormy weather defeat us. Operating with the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, we can command the winds and waves to calm down. We are able to speak to that storm and let it know that the Prince of peace is with us and that He is where our faith lies.

Have faith in the midst of the storms of life. Believe in the author and finisher of our faith. Believe in His power and authority. Believe in His commitment to your victory over the storms of life. We must learn from the disciples on the boat. They chose to fret, we must choose to stand. Jesus is with us.

Let’s put our trust whom has saved us from the stormy weather time and time again:

Peace and Blessings

Rooted.

…to establish deeply and firmly.

Which describes you more?

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3

Or…

And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.” Mark 4:17

This introspection may produce an undesirable response, depending how honest we are with ourselves. Are we rooted in Christ, His Word, His promises, and His finished work? Or are our roots found in the temporary existence of this world? Are our roots in our jobs or in the provision of Christ? Are our roots in the roof over our heads or in the refuge of the Most High?

When our roots are in Christ alone, the devastations of this world won’t completely end us. We will be moved but we won’t break. We will encounter dry seasons but we won’t wither away. We will successfully survive the winters and thrive in the Spring. We will take the heat but won’t burn up.

Rooted and being established in Christ let’s everything around us know who we are and whose we are. Our roots in Christ represent where our strength lies. Our roots in Christ will feed and fuel us. Our roots in Christ support us.

Being rooted in Christ manifests this promise for our lives:

Peace and Blessings

Faith over Feelings…

Think about the period of a 24 hr day: We wake up-indifferent, encounter traffic-grumble, we get coffee-happy, we read our devo for the day-happy, we get THAT email-annoyed, we eat lunch-happy, hit traffic headed home-grumble, and the list goes on. We are gifted with 24 hrs a day and probably go through 24 different emotions! Talk about inconsistent….

In His infinite wisdom, He blesses with this ability to experience emotions and feelings. He even permits them. One can imagine that laughter, tears, and happiness enriches life. God did not create robots so feelings and emotions come with this human package.

But we must not confuse faith and feelings. Feelings, if we let them rule and reign, hinders the effectiveness of our prayers. Faith must rule and reign in our walk as believers. The Lord is not moved by our little inconsistent feelings. He does not launch into action because we are frustrated, annoyed or upset.

He will comfort us as we cry. He will soothe us when we angry. He will grant understanding when we are confused. He will give rest when we are weary, food when we are hungry.

However, He is moved by our faith. The angels are dispatched when faith springs forth. Faith moves mountains. Faith slays giants. Faith fills empty wombs. Faith causes the cup to overflow. Faith brings the dead back to life. It is by your faith, that you are made whole.

So as you cry, whisper to yourself “I believe God”. As you vent, declare that you believe God. As you grumble, complain, and groan, declare that God has the final say-so. Even though you may not feel like doing so, choose your faith over your feelings.

Peace and Blessings

Again.

“They came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and brought him out of the village. Spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people — they look like trees walking.” Mark 8:22‭-‬24 CSB

The Lord is so methodical in His Word and His approach. He led the blind man out of the village. He spit on His eyes. And then He asks the man if He sees anything. Listen, the Lord does not need to wonder if what He did works! He is God in flesh, He knows that all power and authority rests in His hands! All healing, all power, all protection, is in His hands. Everything He does is full and complete. He is the fulfillment of the law.

He did this for us…

Again Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes. The man looked intently and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly.” Mark 8:25

The (formerly) blind man didn’t leave the Lord. He didnt say that now he needed to figure it out on his own. He stayed. He believed the Lord.

The again was for us. We serve a one and done Lord. He does not need to do anything again. The again reveals the perservance needed to achieve our healing, our blessings, our heart’s desires.

How frequently do we pursue the Lord for that vision or dream we saw in part? How many of us pray again? How many of us fast again? How many of us praise again? Are we Jacob, unwilling to let go until we are blessed (Genesis 32:26)?

He will reveal the vision, we just need to ask again. He will restore, we just need to believe again. He will forgive, we just need to repent again. He will provide, we just need to trust Him again.

As you stand again, waiting for the Lord to move, be encouraged by the blind man’s willingness to be present and wait for the Lord to do it again. He waited his harvest, believe again and wait for yours.

Peace and Blessings