It’s the Little Things…

Have you ever had a little string hanging from your sweater? You went to go and pull it and it ruined the whole sweater! The little things, sometimes, can ruin the whole thing! Think about a run in your stockings? Left unattended, the stockings no longer become useful.

The little things can be destructive if we ignore them. The Word of God reminds us of this truth:

Something that is growing and flourishing can be destroyed by the little things, the little foxes. Baby foxes may be cute in appearance but destructive by nature. We have to be careful about who and what we are letting into our vineyard.

Song of Songs was all about romance and love. Perhaps there the vineyard is marriage, for others, it may be ministry or business. Perhaps the vineyard can represent our spirit. Whatever the interpretation, we have to be mindful of the little things!

Have you examined your circle? Have you examined your sphere of influence? Have the foxes slipped in? Discernment is so important for the body of Christ! We have to be able to accurately discern who and what may be the fox in our life and cast them out. We must be careful about what we are allowing into our spirit because the Lord is planting a harvest and it can be destroyed by the little foxes.

Little foxes can be procrastination, laziness, lying, and gossip. A little fox may be the extra time spent of social media. A fox could be that movie, that YouTube clip, or that song that we know isn’t good for our spirit. Perhaps it’s that distraction that has taken us completely from our purpose.

Let’s be attentive about who and what gets our time. Our harvest will build up the kingdom of God! Our vineyard will honor the Father. Our blooming field will be ripe for good seed which is the Word of God. Catch the little foxes, friends, they may come but they don’t have to ruin the fruit. Those foxes do not have to have power over us!

Every good thing isn’t a God thing! Watch out for the little foxes in your life…

Peace and Blessings

Show and Prove…

Faith requires action. Have you ever heard yourself saying, “I believe God”? If so, how do you live that out? Are your next steps bold and brave or small and scared? Are you moving beyond “hoping” the Lord hear your prayers to knowing that He hears your prayers? Do you speak His promises loud and proud or nervously?

Faith is an action word. You must say AND do! After you shout, “I believe you God”, you must live out that statement. You must be willing to trust God in a big way! You have to start writing, start filming, and start walking.

Believing God for healing? You must be committed to a healthier lifestyle. Believing God for the business? Start taking those classes. Believing God for a husband? Begin preparing yourself to be a wife. We must show and prove! We actively demonstrate our faith in God by preparing ourselves for the move of God. We must prove that we trust God by beginning to execute the vision He provides.

Without the work, faith is dead. The Word tells us so…

Active faith testifies to the capability of God. Make no mistake, He is GOOD and CAPABLE all by Himself! However, a world that does not know Him will never know just how amazing He is if we do not operate as the ambassadors and high priests we are. Our faith is used to testify of His Good News. Our faith eloquently preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It’s time to show and prove to a dying and fear-filled world! Show and prove by your works! Those steps lead to a testimony of our Father!

Friends, your prayers and preparation tell of your faith. Your focus and drive speaks to the faithfulness of Christ our Lord. Your commitment, no matter what they say and what you see, echoes the message of the cross.

It’s time to show and prove!

Peace and Blessings

Eternal View.

How frequently do you view life in the light of eternity? This world will pass away. However, our actions, words, and behaviors will not. Your imprint leaves a legacy. Your actions can influence generations beyond you.

Eternity is in the Master’s hands and eternity rests in our human hearts.

We must consider our marriages and relationships in the light of eternity. We must consider our treatment of others in the light of eternity. We must consider our careers, our finances, our health-all in the light of eternity. But make no mistake about it, marriage does not lead to eternal life. Your loved ones are not your Savior. Your job, your bank account, and your good health does not cement your place in heaven.

If eternity is planted in our hearts (and it is), then our cares and concerns must be filtered through the lens of eternity.

Consider the woman with the issue of blood, her actions are etched into the Bible. Consider Rahab and her willingness to hide the spies, her bravery is cemented into eternity. Consider the woman who used expensive perfume and tears to wash Jesus’s feet, forever remembered.

Simply put: How you do, what you do, matters.

Peace and Blessings

Death and Life…

From a human perspective we tend to think that first comes life, then comes death. You live and you die. This is true from the natural perspective. However, as a professed believer of Christ, we must approach life from the view of the eternal. Yes, life begins in the womb, from the natural perspective. Spiritually, until we accept Christ, we are spiritually dead. Accepting Christ brings forth life. Then we die, and thats true in the natural. But for us who follow Christ, there is a promise of eternal life.

From the Father’s perspective, death is not the end, it can be the beginning for many! Christ’s death served as the beginning of restoration, salvation, and redemption for us all! His death produced life! Imagine how much hope we can have if we viewed every aspect of our lives from this perspective. Ezekiel 37:1-14 gives a beautiful illustration of life after death. Here’s a snippet:

Lets not miss the beauty of this illustration. This can be true for our lives as well. Yes we are breathing, moving, and active, but are we living? Do we have dead pockets of our lives? Have we used our power and authority, granted by the Holy Spirit, to breath life into those dead areas that are preventing us from truly living as God intended?

Command the dead areas of your life to live again! If our Heavenly Father did it for His son and we are considered to be children of God, don’t you think that He will do it for you?! He will give life to that marriage that appears to be dead, He will breath life into that neglected dream, He will breath life into that “dead-end” career! Ask and it shall be done.

Death can produce hope and faith. Sickness and disease may have taken that loved one but if they belonged to Christ, death was not their end! They will live again. Your marriage will live again. Your finances will be revived. Your dream will live again. Death has been defeated! It will no longer have victory over your life.

Our Risen Savior is the most magnificent proof that death is not the end.

Peace and Blessings

Safety of Submission…

For some, this word is almost like a curse word. Have you ever uttered: “I’m not submitting to anyone!”? Or maybe you’ve heard how degrading, derogatory, or disrespectful submission is suppose to be. Or you’ve heard this phrase: “only dogs submit”.

Maybe people aren’t aware of what submission is or perhaps they are simply echoing the beliefs that others have articulated. Perhaps submission has been used in the improper context. Either way, submission gets a bad rap!

Recently on a podcast about marriage, submission was defined as “being under (sub) the mission of your spouse” (Melissa Fredericks). Whoa! What an simplified, yet powerful definition! That makes the concept of submission just a little more acceptable.

This understanding of submission applies to our relationship with God. Matter of fact, with Him is where submission starts! Before we can think about submitting to our husbands, we must begin with God.

Scripture makes this truth very clear.

Ladies, please do not let the world taint your perception of submission! In it’s proper context, it’s so beautiful! Its not about being a dog or being trampled over by someone. It’s about being under the mission, will, and protection of our Father. There is no other safest place to be!

When you are submitted to Him, you are victorious over the enemy. When you are in agreement with the mission of the Father, you understand why its important to submit to your husband and other authority figures (check out Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Ephesians 5:21-25). There are promises for you as you submit to God (1 Peter 5:6, Job 22:21). Most importantly, submission is the Father’s design for us!

So submit, therefore, yourselves to God. Let’s not allow the world to distort a concept that was handcrafted by the Creator Himself. Let’s not forget that Jesus, perfect in every way, submitted Himself to the Father. He’s the model, He’s the standard. Cry out that you are under the mission of God!

Say yes to the mission, will and purpose of the Father! Trust that His plan is perfect! Trust that He will protect you and keep you safe. Find safety in submission.

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