The Grand Finale…

We bet you can remember the series finale of your favorite tv show. You scheduled your whole evening around catching that moment. Sometimes the series finale was sweet and complete and other times, you may have walked away disappointed. And there may be those moments when you were just left with a big whole question mark!

In Christ, we don’t have to wonder about how the story will end. We don’t have to wonder about what’s going to happen. We don’t have to wonder if there is going to be a part two to the story. The Father is so awesome and gives it to us straight:

Friends, this right here is enough to make you shout! No more tears! No more pain! No more sorrow! No more death! He will come back to wipe those tears! Never again do we have to worry about pain, cancer, riots, elections-those things are passing away!

Clinging to this is important, now and for always. This is why we preach. This is why we minister. This is why we keep on praying for our loved ones to get saved! So they can experience this-the love of the Father! We preach Christ because in Him there will be a new Heaven and Earth! We get to spend the rest of eternity crying out “holy, holy, holy” and basking in the glory of our Savior.

The finale, friends, is greater than any sitcom or drama you’ve seen. This finale, friends, is indeed grand! You may say: that’s nice but what about COVID? What about the results of this election? What about systematic racism? All great concerns, of course. However, as you encounter tomorrow and the day after that: consider it all, whatever burdens you, whatever plagues you, consider it in the light of eternity, consider the grand finale.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17‬

Peace and Blessings

Remember The Time…

There’s a song by Michael Jackson called “Remember The Time”. He’s encouraging his love interest to remember their love story and relationship. The intention is that he hopes as his love interest remembers the good times, she’ll be drawn back to him. It is, as the young kids say, a bop. Remembering can help one to recognize how sweet things use to be, remembering helps us maintain hope, and remembering helps us to be encouraged.

Friends, when we are in our dry seasons and droughts, we need to remember the time as well. Remember the time God saved you. Remember the time the Lord wrapped you in His arms. Remember the Lord, your God, who brought you out of your Egypt. We don’t need to look to the lyrics of that Michael Jackson song to remember the time, we need to look to the Word of God.

Will you recall? Will you remember? We know it’s dry right now but remember His wonderful deeds of long ago! Remember how He put food on your table, remember how He healed you, remembered how He protected you from hurt, harm, and danger! Remember how our Father snatched you from the snares of the enemy! It’s important to remember His word, remember His promises, and to remember the miracles He’s performed. The Word of God was written to tell His story and to etch in our memory who the Lord, our God, is to those who believe.

Friends, we cannot forget the goodness of the Lord! We cannot forget His faithfulness! We cannot afford to forget the majesty, dominion, and power of the Lord! This is why it is important to hear the testimonies of those in the kingdom of God. This is why we have to proclaim our testimonies! Someone needs to hear your story so that they can remember the time!

Let His deeds of long ago help you to remember who He is and what He will do for you.

Peace and Blessings

Weary One…

Dear friend, 2020 has been quite the year! And we can imagine that it has left you feeling tired, worn, and downright weary. With the increasing amount of uncertainty, it makes it hard to keep fighting that good of faith.

Fret not, weary one-you have the Lord on your side! Our Lord, the conqueror of death is right there with you! Your fight is not in vain! Feeling weary? Feeling exhausted? Run to the Word of God! Scripture tells us that we shouldn’t get weary in well doing:

Did you hear Him? Don’t give up! Your harvest is right around the corner, your deliverance is right around the corner, your freedom is right around the corner! Weary one, we know it’s tough and it feels like you are in a season of drought. Keep fighting, the rain is coming!

The planting is tough because you are unable to see the breaking of the ground. It’s difficult because you are unable to see that growth is occurring. You get tired of watching, you get tired of waiting, you are ready for the breaking! Stand firm, the breaking is coming! Stand on faith! His faithfulness withstands the test of time.

Be driven, not by what you see but what He said! Don’t forget those promises He has whispered to you. Sis, they are manifesting! This is NOT the time to give up! Quite the contrary, this is the time to go hard! This is the time to press forward. This is the time to rejoice. The ground may not appear to be broken, but trust in Him, the harvest is on the way! Wait for that petal to sprout, your hard work is not in vain and God is not a man that He should lie. The beautiful field will appear at the proper time!

Weary one, go before your Father, receive His rest, experience His joy, and release those burdens. Once you do, stand up and continue to do good, the harvest is coming.

Peace and Blessings

Stay the Course…

Friend,

We know the road has been tough, full of disappointments and disruptions but we want you to stay the course. Your loved ones, those who are coming up behind you, generations to come are depending on you to stay the course! Staying focused helps you meet the goal, the course will shape your identity and define your purpose. Staying the course will lead you to Christ. Friend, you must stay the course.

You can make it! You will get through! With God, ALL things are possible. And with God, you can stay the course. It’s not about who finishes first but it’s all about who endures to the end. Will you hop over the hurdles? Will you ignore the distractions? Will you let those things and people that stand in your way be the fuel you need to propel forward? Your race matters to the kingdom of God. Your race helps us all make it to the end! You are not alone, your family in Christ are right there with you!

Listen, stay the course! Set your sights on the finish line! Let the exhortation of Paul be your motivation:

The road is long and hard. It gets tough. Friends leave you. Family can hurt you. You have to sacrifice and forsake those things that feel good to your flesh. But it’s all worth it in the end! We can guarantee that the prize is greater than the pain. We can guarantee that the promise will manifest. We can guarantee that victory will be yours. The guarantee isn’t in this world or in your capabilities, the guarantee is in Christ Jesus, our Lord!

When it is all said and done, staying the course and completing the task will yield this beautiful result:

“…Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23

Stay the course, sis! It will all be worth it in the end!

Peace and Blessings

Empty Prayers…

Empty Prayers may be considered an oxymoron but they are quite possible. Praying requires action. It’s more than getting down on your knees, pacing the floor, writing in the journal or whatever method you may utilize. It requires believing in their content.

A comic once said, “do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Today, consider that same question, consider the content of your prayers! Do you believe in what you are saying to God?

Do we believe the promise of 1 John 5:14-15?

One way to examine your prayers is in your reaction to the threats of the world. If you’ve prayed for protection, will you trust in your Protector when fiery arrows are sent your way? If you prayed for healing, are you walking in your healing? Will you believe God for the provision you’ve prayed for? We should walk away from our prayer time relieved and free. We believe God, right?!

The Lord tells us that His words won’t return to Him void. Our prayers shouldn’t be void as we send them to Him either. We must believe in the words we pray. We must believe in the God to whom we pray. We must believe Him for His promises. We must believe in who He is! As we pray His will, as we pray His word, as we pray His promises, He will respond!

Do you believe the prayers you are praying?

Fill your prayers with faith!

Peace and Blessings

HIStory…

The books of Chronicles are pretty interesting. It features a recount of Israel’s history and it highlights the actions of the kings of Israel. For some, it highlights their love for the Lord, their victories, and challenges that they had to overcome. For others, it highlighted their evils, their struggles, and their fall and demise. Why some stories are shape a specific way and why others are not is just the way the Holy Spirit pressed upon the writer of the books.

Their stories became shaped by HIStory.

Typically, those who “did right in the eyes of Lord His God” often times had their strengths highlighted and their victories noted. Those who did not, did not.

How will your story be penned? This is an important consideration. While our stories won’t be featured in the Holy Word, our stories will be recalled as we approach our Savior. Our children and grandchildren will hear the victories and challenges, the triumphs and the trials. Just as the kings of Israel, our stories will extend beyond our lives. How will your story be told?

Did you overcome? Did you tear down the high places that tried to place themselves above the Lord? Did you fall before the Lord to praise and worship Him? Did you know the commandments? Did you live them? How will your storyteller tell your story?

Will HISTory prevail? Consider the exhortation from the Word of God:

He has a story written for you already! In His story, you are the victor! In His story, you are more than a conqueror. In His story, you are fearfully and wonderfully made! HIStory features a Savior who loved you so much that He died for you! HIStory features your purpose, your mission and His plans for your life! And when it is all over, HIStory features your eternal resting place. HIStory positions you for a powerful legacy and lasting influence.

All of our lives will be chronicled, how will yours be told?

Peace and Blessings

Training Ground…

Any form of training can be quite tedious and difficult. When you are new to a position, you feel a multitude of feelings while attending orientation and training: anxiety, excitement, boredom, and the list goes on. While being trained, you are becoming equipped for the assignment ahead. The training is necessary.

This is proven true for the spiritual: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The anointing is needed but you also need to have a training period. If you are not rooted in the Word of God, how can you preach it? If you are unable to connect with children, how can you teach in children’s ministry?

This walk of faith requires equipping. While we may all be the recipient of the prayers of our mothers, fathers, and grandparents, there comes a time when we must train ourselves up. Training requires getting on our knees and crying out to the Lord. Training requires time in the Word. Training requires us to learn how to praise God on the mountaintops and in the valley lows.

The training ground prepares you for the biggest challenge of your life, which is the battle for your soul. Not only does the Lord want you to commit to Him, so does Satan. How will you successfully combat your enemy if you do not study the Word of God which tells you how to defeat? We must value the spiritual training ground.

It is the training for godliness that builds your weapons arsenal. It is the training in the spiritual that equips you for your life’s mission. Continue to pace that floor with prayer. Continue to sharpen your sword by studying the Word of God. Your very life, not the physical body, but your soul, depends on your training ground.

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Damascus…

For Saul, eventually Paul, the road to Damascus was dark, filled with hunger, and filled with thirst, but it was life changing. Perhaps you are able to relate to Paul’s story? He met the Lord in the middle of his mess. He encountered the Savior right after he finished doing his dirt.

Have you ever heard from the Lord right after you did your dirt? In the middle of your mess? As followers of Christ, we have all had or will have our Road to Damascus. But fret not! Even in the middle of our mess, the Lord still bless!

God’s guidance: They led him to Damascus (Acts 9:8). You are not alone! The Lord always gives us natural assistance to get us to our supernatural destination! They will take us by the hand and get us to where God wants us. Look at your circle, maybe they are still with you or maybe they are not but God has placed guides in your life so that you are able to get to Him!

The beauty of God’s strategic plan: The Lord was not leading Saul/Paul idly. He knows the end from the beginning. He placed Ananias at the end of his road because He knew that Saul/Paul would need to be strengthened and encouraged. Ananias was strategically placed to lay hands on Saul, eventually Paul. He was there to feed Saul, spiritually and physically.

The scales fell: As we encounter the road to Damascus, there are things that blind us from what God wants us to see. Maybe it’s tradition for some. It was for Saul/Paul, he was blinded by tradition. For some, it could be a relationship. For others, it could be the trouble of our past. With so many distractions, we have to be intentional about ensuring that we remove the scales that can sometimes find their way to our eyes.

Perhaps the most powerful lesson about our Road to Damascus is what happens after:

For Saul, who was also called Paul, the Road to Damascus placed him in the Lord’s will and he became a notable figure for the kingdom of God. Because of his journey, generations came to know Christ.

This is true for your Road to Damascus. Your name will change, your position will change, and your journey will serve as a conduit for others to know Christ. You will receive God’s guidance, you will become a part of God’s strategic plan, and you may enter blind but eventually you will see.

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

How The War Is Won…

There is a quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford

Mr. Ford was on to something.

One may say there is a war waging now, whether you consider the war from the nature perspective, with regards to the protests and the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Or whether you consider the ongoing spiritual battle from the supernatural perspective. The war is waging but with a focused mind and renewed perspective, it can be won.

If you hear of those protesting in streets or in the spirit, they realize that the battle is bigger than them but it doesn’t overwhelm them. They realize that the victory will change the generations to come. Those fighting, in the natural or in the spirit, understand that their enemy will not overpower them. The warriors on the battlefield, naturally or supernaturally recognize that peace and communication are keys to the victory.

This is how the war is won.

Your victory or defeat will always begin in your mind. It is no wonder that the Lord exhorts believers to transform and renew out mind with the Word of God:

With a mind set on victory, you can operate from a place of victory. You are not ruled by your emotions. With a victorious mindset, you are not governed by your feelings. You will be able to develop strategies of victory. You will be able to see the hand of God in your battle and in the war.

Your adversary also knows that with a transformed and renewed mind, you are unstoppable. This is why the attacks frequently begin there. If you think you are nothing, the war is lost. If you believe you are inferior, your enemy becomes bigger. If you are unaware of your identity, the enemy will begin to tell you who you are. Without a renewed and focused mind, anger and fury rule and win.

Soldier, continue to fight with a transformed and renewed mind. Continue to remain focused on the mission. Know that as you wage war against your adversary, it can be won.

Transform and renew your mind-the battle is first won there.

Peace and Blessings