Word of God: Authority

Scriptures have been used to justify slavery, to justify belittling women, and used to condemn others. We wonder how the Lord feels about that? Did we even seek Him out? His Word is too powerful to be misused!

We can only imagine that the Lord is not pleased when His Word is mishandled. He knows that the Word is authority and we should know as well. It will do what He has commanded it to do. He is not out to see others enslaved, women demeaned, or people condemned. His Word is life and it has been used improperly.

Let’s remember that His Word is authority, used to cement the the rule and reign of God Almighty.

His Word is firm. His Word is settled. His Word is cemented. His Word is power. His Word is authority. What did God say about the matter? If He said it, it is so. We are to stand on His authority and His alone.

Our situations must bow to the authority of God’s Word. Our enemies are defeated by the authority of God’s Word. Our purposes and plans are found in God’s Word. It is His promises that define our lives. Before we research the world’s perspective, did we seek out the Father’s command?

The Lord’s Words are not empty, meaningless mumblings-they are life shaping, life forming, and life giving. God’s Word is authority.

Peace and Blessings

Location: At Work…

When someone attempts to contact us between the hours of 9am to 5pm, most of us would say that we are at work-and for the over nighters, they are usually preparing for work.

Whether you are self-employed or work for an organization, work requires so much of our time. Work is exhausting. Work is time consuming. Work is demanding. But work is what we must do.

We can view it from the natural perspective, right? Work provides for our families. Work helps us operate in our purpose. And although it is demanding, work is fulfilling. Work is also required in the supernatural. Let’s look to the Word:

Jesus’s command is for us to work until He comes. While one can interpret this from a natural perspective, we must know that the Savior means that we are to do His business until He returns. Work is demanding, but necessary. Work is time consuming, but it’s our appropriate position. People are dying without knowing Christ because the people of God are not doing their job by planting and watering. It’s time to get to work!

As a blood washed, born again believer-the charge has been given: Occupy until Jesus returns. We cannot afford to retire from ministry, it’s our service! Preaching the Word of God through Jesus Christ is our lifelong service.

We preach when we give of ourselves. We preach when we encourage someone with the Word of God. We minister by caring for our families. We work as we testify about the goodness of Christ. We preach by living out the Word of God. We work by exuding joy, choosing patience, and loving our enemies. We are working when we are fasting and praying. We are working when we are declaring and decreeing the promises of God.

We should always be at work, not at our secular place of employment but doing our Father’s business. Whether it’s 5pm or 5am, when someone is looking for us, we must be at work.

Peace and Blessings

Re-focus.

We pray that you will re-focus. Instead seeing how numerous and massive your problems are, you will see the wonder of the Father’s works in your life. May you see how amazing and strategic the Father is as He orders your steps according to His Word. May you whisper the promises of the King over yourself as the lies of the world try to envelope you.

Our sister, may you grasp just how wide, how deep, and how long the Father’s love is for you! It’s time to re-focus on the Refiner. It’s time to put your eyes on Perfect Peace. It is time to focus on the Author and Finisher of your amazing life’s story.

Re-focus and see just how wonderfully the Father is working in your life.

Peace and Blessings

Your Way or Yahweh?

Have you ever tried to get to a destination off of memory? You rely on landmarks, you jog your memory, and you end up lost. Eventually, you find yourself turning on Google Maps and then you get re-routed and back on track.

While this scenario is applicable for traveling to a physical destination, this is also true for a spiritual destination. When trying to figure out the best way to go, we will talk to our best friend, seek out a self-help book, and even talk to our Mama. And while our friends and family may have the best intentions, they should not be our first resource. We have to surrender the way we think we should go, we should give up trying to go our way and try Yahweh.

Jesus, Jehovah, Yahweh, Immanuel-No matter what name we call Him-He is the way, the truth, and the life! We have to surrender our way to Him! We must give up the path we think we know for the path He created for us. His way will lead us in the way everlasting. His way will lead us right to Him! The Lord our God has not left us alone to figure this road called life out, His Word is our guide. The Holy Spirit has been sent to lead us.

As we consider our way or Yahweh, let’s look to the Word for direction:

Peace and Blessings

Hide and Seek

(Another sister in Christ wrote an post about hiding and seeking-I had to mention it, the Holy Spirit moves in mighty ways! Check her post out here: Hide and Seek)

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Maybe you are hiding from a major conflict…

Maybe you are hiding from God’s mission for your life…

Maybe you are hiding from hurt and pain…

Maybe you are hiding because someone is pursuing you…

Sister, it is time to stop hiding! It is time for you to come out from that spot behind that rock, behind that tree-it is time for you to seek the Lord and come forward! The Lord is waiting for you to stop running. He is waiting for you to stop using that job, those vain things, and that relationship to block yourself from being all that the Lord has created you to be!

The time for hiding is over. Now it is time to seek the Lord. Pursue Him relentlessly. Be after His heart. Strive for His Will. Seek His face. Seek His purpose for your life. Seek His plan for your life. Our children and our children’s children need us to come out of hiding. Our souls need us to come our of hiding. Why? So that we can experience abundant life, so that we can be set free of toxicity, so that we can be free.

We may be feeling disenchanted and discouraged. We may be experiencing discontentment so we run to our secret hiding place. We run to a place where we can wear masks and be someone we are not. It is time to come forth and live.

Seek the Lord and live.

Peace and Blessings

Oh, the Audacity!

Audacity is a willingness to take bold risks. And it’s often used in a negative context: “she had the audacity to…” or “he had the audacity to…”

Being in Christ requires audacity! We have to stand against what we see and what the world says to believe in Someone we do not see. We have to stand on promises that has yet to manifest. We have to trust in the Word of God-oh, the audacity! It is all starts with a mustard seed:

Your willingness to take bold risks start out with a small seed. Faith requires audacity! Do you have the audacity to believe? Do you have the audacity to love that family member everyone has wrote off? Do you have the audacity to go for that goal?

Let them say: She had the audacity to write that book! She had the audacity to ask for healing for an incurable disease! She had the audacity to start that podcast! She had the audacity to preach the Gospel!

Take your mustard seed of faith, our sister, stand the face of fear and declare that YES-You have the audacity! You will love your enemy and do good to those who hate you because God said so, you will intercede for the lost, you will believe that God can and will move mountains and you will trust in the Lord God Almighty!

Peace and Blessings

Progress…

Not perfection.

Every step you take matters. Every move you make gets you one step closer. Every step is progress.

Press on, sister! You will accomplish that goal! Progress is the goal! Every hair does not have to be perfectly in place. Every step does not have to be elegant. You may have to sweat a little. There may be tears. The mascara may run and the lipstick may get smeared but progress should be the goal, never perfection.

You are still graceful. You are still beautiful. Every stumble is an opportunity to get back up again. Every fall, every weakness reminds us to depend on the Savior. No matter how hard we try, we won’t reach perfection because it’s already been achieved! Our Savior is the perfect model. He is the perfect person and nothing compares to Him.

Keep on walking, you are making progress! Press on towards that mark!

Instead of trying to reach some false perception of perfection, may this be our heart and our goal:

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭3:14‬

Peace and Blessings

The Time Is Now!

The time is now! No more waiting, no more “I’ll do it when…”-now is the time for the launch!

We are all about waiting for the perfect time, the perfect moment. I have you ever heard yourself saying, “it’s not the right time”, and you wait-and you wait a little longer-and before you know it-it never happens?

Our sister, it is time for you to move. Get that degree, start the business, preach the Word, set that routine! You can do it, you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you! In Christ you have all you need to accomplish that goal! It starts with one step. It starts by opening that notebook and mapping out that business plan. It starts with putting that $5 into that savings account. It start with movement and just a little faith.

Your adversary wants you to say that it’s not the right time. He wants you to wait so that he can plant a seed of distraction, a seed of delay-he wants you to wait and get even more burdened down with cares that push you away from your purpose. The devil knows that when you get started, he can no longer stop you! He knows that when you getting moving, the Lord is already crafting out the vision. Don’t fret overcomer! Satan and his schemes will be destroyed and defeated-hallelujah! Know that the time is now!

You don’t have to wait for God’s favor, you have it now! Now is the day of salvation! Now is the acceptable and favorable time.

It all starts with us and our sisters, the time is now!

Peace and Blessings

Vision Works…

It’s something lovely when you see the big picture. You can see the big booming business, you can see the strut across the stage, you can see the beautiful children-the vision looks incredible!

Rarely do we picture the work. Rarely do we see the tears and the sweat. Rarely do we see the money spent and the time put in. But there is work required for the vision, friends.

That business requires a plan, time, and money. That degree requires long nights and tons of studying. Those children have to be carried, pushed out, and cared for. That beautiful vision requires work.

The vision requires prayer. The vision requires faith. The vision requires relationship. The vision has to be submitted to the Lord so that He may establish the work of our hands. The Word tells us so:

The vision must be put on paper and put into action. Vision works! It requires connections, community, and collaboration. Seeing the vision of God come to pass in our lives requires a trust in Him that far exceeds what we see. We must look to the hills from where our help comes from.

Friends, the vision must accompanied with unyielding faith in the Father-and that requires work! Declaring prosperity in dry times is work, decreeing a thriving environment while operating in survival mode is work, declaring positivity in a world full of negativity is work!

Work the vision, friend! Commit all that you do to the Lord and see the establishment of your plans!

Peace and Blessings

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