The Lifestyle…

“…Even so, Come, Lord Jesus” Revelation 22:20. John’s declaration to the Lord is truly a lifestyle.

John’s simple words proved that he was ready to be with the Lord. As the Lord shared that He is “coming quickly”, the response wasn’t “hold up Lord, not yet.” At times, our lives shouts that same response…

John lived a life that echoed the coming of the Lord. He was sent to the island of Patmos to essentially die alone. This prove that he didn’t forsake the Lord, he did not deny the Lord’s authority, and he loved Him even to the point of death. John’s position expressed that he patiently awaited the Lord’s return. He could have deny the Lord and been saved but he took his stance and said: Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus just isn’t a call-it’s a way of life! Let’s be found working, loving, and seeking the Lord! No one is looking to be outcasted to an island to die alone but John’s willingness proved that he was ready to be with the Lord.

Are we? Are we ready to be with the Lord-resting with Him and worshipping Him for eternity? Are we ready for Jesus to come back? Do we live a life that exclaims-Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Repentance, obedience, service, sacrifice, love, forgiveness: all shout, “Come Lord Jesus!”

And while we wait, may we hold on to our blessed hope:

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

His Perfect Plan…

Who else gets excited when they see this verse:

Come on now?! We know that scripture causes a good ole Holy Ghost shout! As it should! In a world filled with uncertainty, it’s good to know that the very Creator of the Universe has it all together! His plan is absolute perfection…

The promotion, the kids, the husband, the house-all apart of His perfect plan! Hallelujah! We can rejoice at the thought of His perfect plan for our lives!

Let’s also consider verse 10, when He speaks about spending 70 years in Babylon. Let’s consider verse 14 where He speaks about restoring and returning from exile. Those words cannot be overlooked…

Maybe Babylon is the job that laid you off and 70 years is a representation of the timeframe between jobs. Perhaps restoration involves recovering from a miscarriage. Perhaps the gathering means at one point you were lost. Could the silence you hear when you pray be apart of His perfect plan? Could the rejection from that “dream” job be apart of His perfect plan? Could that failed relationship be apart of His perfect plan?

Yes, yes, and yes. We cannot praise Him for the manifestation of the promise and curse Him for the presence of pain. Perfection, for the children of Israel, involved exile, loss, and destruction as well as promises, protection, and guidance. Why? Because it helped them return to their First Love. It led them to the Eternal Savior and not a temporary one.

That’s His perfect plan-for us to return to Him-whatever it takes!

So yes-His perfect plan involved the loss of a love and the love of your life. It involved your demotion and promotion. It involved the season of prosperity and the season of lack. His perfect plan involved the pain of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Perfection is not the presence of good, it is seeking and desiring the presence of God.

Peace and Blessings

React vs. Respond

There is actually a difference between the two!

With reactions, they occur because of a behavior. Think about it, as a parent or maybe you were told this as a child-if someone hits you, you hit them back. We aren’t here to dispute if that’s a good reaction or not-but ultimately, it’s a reaction to a behavior. A response is a reply. If someone hits a child, we tell them to respond by going to the teacher or telling a trusted adult.

A reaction is immediate, a response is intentional. A reaction encourages us to act based off of emotions or feelings. A response encourages us to think before moving.

The Lord exhorts believers to respond. Turn the other cheek. Love. Be slow to speak, quick to listen. These are all responses. These responses draw us to this important truth:

Ultimately, our flesh is designed to react. It is designed to act with emotion. It is designed to feel good about reactions. But intentional responses build our spirit man! Our flesh reacts, our spirit responds.

We know it feels fleshly good to react but we need to respond! We need to respond to the Father. We need to respond to those who are hurting-they tend to lash out. We need to respond to our enemies-do good to those who hurt you. We need to respond to hate with love-love conquers all!

Choose this day, what will you do: Will you react or will you respond? Which choice will let your gentleness be evident to all?

Peace and Blessings

Lord of all….

Savior

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Money. Spouse. Kids. Career. Vaccinations. Pride. Ambition. Relationships. Friendships. Material possessions. Past hurts. Betrayal. Failures. Mistakes. Poor decisions. Your family.

Your best decision. Your best choices. The love you have for your friends. The love you have for your family. Your amazing career. Your college degree-all exist because Christ is your Savior.

Your source of enjoyment. Your source of revenue. The recipients of your love and friendship-would not exist outside of the Savior.

He is Lord of all. He is the reason for the season, your beautiful home, your amazing marriage, your wonderful upbringing-your background, skin color, or status has nothing to do with your blessings.

We are blessed because Christ is the best. May we continue to let Him be Lord over us all.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Repetition…

Having a rough day? Needing a reminder? How about clinging to this powerful Word?

When the enemy tries to tell you otherwise, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good…”

When you are reminded of past trauma, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

When you receive disappointing news, cry out: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

When that door closes, write: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

When the one you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with, shout: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

As you start to repeat that simple line, Heaven will respond, Angels will be dispatch, and the Lord will smell your sweet fragrant of praise. As you declare that power over your life, you will see the good that you are declaring. As you shower that scripture, your strength is renewed!

There is power in repeating the truth of God’s Word! It’s not about shouting it on street corners, it’s about whispering it with tear-filled eyes. It’s about speaking it when you aren’t seeing good. It’s about crying out about the Lord’s goodness when you are discouraged and distracted.

Find yourselves declaring: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

Peace and Blessings

From Egypt to Eternity…

Egypt, for the children of Israel, represented a place of comfort, bondage, and complacency. Egypt was dry and full of despair. When enslaved in Egypt, the children of Israel had to endure hard labor, with minimal pay, and survived from the crumbs of the Pharoah’s table.

Does Egypt sound familiar? It should-it’s where we live spiritually until we meet Christ. Without Him we are hopeless, in poverty (spiritually), and in bondage. From a spiritual perspective, Egypt is beautiful on the outside, empty on the inside.

Sisters, we can rejoice because we have a Savior that promises to remove us from our Egypt!

One translation (the Easy To Read version) reminds us that the Lord is the one who saved us! We have transitioned from Egypt to eternity! When we decide to accept the call of the Lord, we crossed over! When the children of Israel decided to heed to the call of the Lord through following Moses, they became etched into the Book of Life!

Like the children of Israel, we made some poor choices on the way that has taken generations to resolve. We have desired to run back to Egypt to be comfortable. We’ve desired go back to the very bondage we were freed from, just like the children of Israel.

Accepting Christ has ushered us until eternity! We can rejoice at the fact that we are no longer fighting for the crumbs of Pharoah’s table. We have a table prepared just for us! We are no longer in a dry land-we now have the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey!

Let’s rejoice-as our soul wonders how we got over, we can proclaim the name of our Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior-the One who saved us!

Peace and blessings

The Harvest…

Believing and sowing go hand in hand. To all the folks with a green thumb-you all plant seeds and expect to harvest a bountiful crop, right? To the students-you all study so that you can pass your exam, right? To all the chefs-you spend hours preparing a meal and expect that it will be tasty, correct?

For the gardeners, bakers, and students-all expect to see a harvest that is relevant to their sowing. So children of God, when we sow in our faith-do we expect to see the movement of God? Believers, when we pray-do we expect to hear the voice of God? Daughters of God, when we cry out “Abba, Father”-do we expect to see God our Father?

Saints, we should be expecting a harvest! The Word of God tells us that we should expect to see when we believe! John 7:38 tells us that we will see rivers of living water flowing from us. John 11:40 tells us that we will see His glory. When we believe, we will be made whole. He is Lord of the Harvest!

Sisters, let’s labor before the Lord. We won’t labor in vain. Our reading, our fasting, and our praying will absolutely yield a bountiful crop! And we know it can be hard in the waiting, we know that we are down right tired of closed doors and “no’s” at every turn-but the harvest is coming!

Why can we count on the harvest? Because we belong to Lord of the Harvest! We shall have living water accessible to us at all times, we will see His glory, and we will be healed and made whole.

Our sister, don’t grow weary in well doing. Don’t stop sowing. Don’t stop seeking. The Father sees you! He hears your cry! He sees the budgeting you are doing for your family, He sees your long nights of crafting that book, He sees the negative balance in your bank account-the harvest is right around the corner!

To the faithful, make room for the harvest!

Peace and Blessings

Word of God: Abundant

There is a Word for every situation that occurs in our lives. Downtrodden? God has a Word for you. Sick? There’s a Word for that. Lonely? There a scripture for that. The Word of God has a solution for every aspect of the human condition. The Word of God is plentiful and fully details God’s amazing plan for salvation, redemption, and restoration.

His Word is abundant. His Word is readily available for all. He provides unlimited access to His Word. The Word of God has reached many nations and there are more that need to hear His Word. Abundance is God’s promise to His children.

There are many versions of this scripture, the Amplified version uses the word “super abundantly”. Superabundance is found in the Word of God!

We all desire an abundant life, right? We must start with the Word! How can we attain the promises of God without knowing the Word of God? Abundance cannot be found in material possessions, tangible attainment, or in people.

Abundant life can only be found in the One who is life-that is God through Jesus Christ.

Peace and Blessings

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

Word of God: Life

Isn’t it amazing what a kind word can do for your day? Think about the last time someone genuinely complimented you-how did it make you feel? What did it do for your day? Research shows the power of gratitude, the wonder of appreciation, and the art of thankfulness-it has health benefits, affects your productivity, and alleviates sadness.

While science made have just discovered the benefits of a positive word, believers of God through Jesus Christ should know the power of words. The Word of God is life!

Words are living, breathing, and active. Need to feel better? Speak God’s Word over you! Need to be encouraged? Go to the Word! Need to comfort someone? Use the Word of God! Facing a tough situation? Declare and decree the promises of God over your situation.

We must remember the power that is in God’s Word. Maybe the social sciences are just getting the program but we cannot afford to forget that our salvation story starts with the Word of God! We spoke and believed that God did it. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! The Word of God is life.

It’s not just an positive affirmation. It is not just a positive statement or quote. It is living, breathing, and active.

Peace and Blessings