Never Step Into The Deep Until…

Stepping out only takes the faith that has already been given to us. Walking where you have never gone before takes another level of faith, while believing you can go farther and do more requires yet more faith.

Each level of faith comes with inside instructions. You must learn to follow your spiritual instincts and place yourself at the disposal of others, which in itself takes faith. We are not flexible enough in our thinking, and have not learned to release ourselves at any given moment to that which comes into our spirit. God wants every part of our being to be trained to follow Him.

I believe we all feel the need to step out of the boat to experience more of the unfamiliar. We must begin to master what we know about ourselves. To master is to become a skilled workman to follow. If you are born again, you must be trained by the Holy Spirit to hear and obey the voice of God. Look, see, and train your eyes and heart to follow good examples. Move yourself into excellent behavior. Let Christ be formed inside of you and His Word become your daily delight.

Then you are putting on the impossible and your mind is being strengthened to believe what your heart (spirit) is speaking. Lastly, never take the easy way out. You will not know the way, because it is God’s way to take you to the deep and release you there. You will abide there and He will introduce you to a lifestyle few will ever live. So never step into the deep until you are ready to die to your old way of doing things.

Your Family Is Your Fortune

A family is a group of people connected by blood to be in a close intimate relationship for a good and noble lineage. A family is a covenant that cannot be broken, given to us by God. Our family keeps on increasing as we live upon the earth. Heaven keeps coming to earth with each successive generation.

I believe the spirit of man is full of love given to him by God, while it is the soulish man that can hinder this river of love, and stop it from flowing into the family. Parents, let’s create a rhythm to keep love flowing in our families. Of course, this will call for everyone to stretch themselves and not be touchy about small matters. Your family is your fortune, and you must focus on the big picture. Stay fully connected to the roots of the past generations, as well as those of the present and future. Value the legacy of your last name. Thank God for each child born into your family, and do all you can to make sure he or she is taught of the Lord and given a good education. Our children must have a good example of their parents loving and respecting each other in the home.

Since we are only given one life to live, let us make it the best life possible! To keep the rhythm of love flowing, steer clear of these things:

  • Speaking badly about other family members when they are not around.
  • Doing nothing for the poor (shutting up your bowels of compassion).
  • Making it only about you and your family.
  • Arguing about small things.
  • Letting the Christ-like life end at church.

If these unfruitful habits are practiced over and over again, it will show your children they are not important to you because you failed to set a good example before them. Build a future for your children while you are on the earth, and leave a legacy (a name) that is etched in time for them to follow.

What A Difference A Day Can Make

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee O Lord,I beseech thee, send now prosperity. -Psalm 118: 23-25.

A day is given to us to make a difference in the Earth. The day is made by God, and given to us by God to rejoice in and be glad.

So rejoice over every day! Rejoicing will change your day! When you rejoice, you will be glad, and gladness will help you to make good decisions.

Every person uses their time differently by the lifestyle they choose to live. Every day is given to you by God to allow you to participate in life on the Earth, and use the gift that is hid inside you to make a difference.

The gift, when used, will cause you to rejoice and be glad all the days of your life, because it is the Lord’s doing for you to be prosperous. He created you and made the day for you to work and accomplish your purpose, to establish good for your family, your neighbor, your community, and your country. In each day, God has hidden extra provisions other than those you labor for. Always know that what God created has hidden promises yet to be revealed. Each day has blessings stored up for you!

Live each day to the fullest!

Man From A Place Of Honor

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,what is man that you are mindful of him, the son man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; and put everything under his feet. Psalm 8:3-6 “Man,God has honored you”. God looks at you through his son Jesus and He gives you the highest honor on Earth. God looks to you to rule in the domonion of the Earth This is God’s order for the Man.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27 God honored Man by placing the female gender inside of him. Man could not find the female himself, God had to put him to sleep and take a rib out of him to make the woman. The woman was so hidden inside of man that only God knew how to bring her forth. Listen, men, today only God can bring forth out of you what is hidden inside of you. He has put inside of you how to become husbands for your wives, fathers for your children He is the creator of the universe,He made man in His image and He will teach man to imagine and think like Him

Make a mental picture of you being a father for your children. See yourself as God see you. From A Place Of Honor. Speak to your children as God would speak to them , From A Place Of Honor, Love them as God loves you, From A Place Of Honor, We must give honor to whom honor is due. Honor must first be given to God. He will honor your obedience to Him and cause you to be prosperous in the Earth and make your name great. The first man gave birth to the first woman who gave birth to the first children, who became the First Family. Have a blessed day fathers!

Why Does God Hate Pride?

Pride is an overly high opinion of one”s self. The word opinion is defined as a belief not based on certainty or knowledge,but on what seems true or probable.The reason God hated pride is because you are telling yourself a lie about who you are. You have lifted yourself to a position that does please God. If there is to be any lifting up, let God do it.God has a place that He has prepared for you and you are not equipped to bring yourself to that place.

Proverbs 8:13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil. Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 16:2 All of a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Pride brings with it wrong motives, wrong thinking.ahd a haughty spirit which closes your heart to God and cause you to believe in your own efforts instead of putting your faith in God who made you in His image and likeness.

What are you telling God when you put your oponion over His truth? Now you know why God hates pride. It is a spirit that God hates and brings God’s judgement in place of mercy.
Pride observes others weakness , and lie in wait to turn good into evil. Proverbs 6:16 These six things the Lord hates,seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes , a lying tongue,hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes,feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness that pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers Now you know why God hates pride because pride hates you! It is very difficult to forgive someone when pride fills your heart. Pride wants to get even and punish the persons for what they have done when God tells us to forgive. Pride is all about me and God is all about others.

Being proud of an accomplishment is not the same as putting your opinion over God’s truth. Keep Truth in it’s proper place then you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.

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Let’s Get It Right.
Being called to the ministry today is much different that when God called me. This is my 48th year working in my calling. When I went to my Pastor and Bishop and humbly announced to him how the Spirit of God was tugging at my heart I was willing to do whatever he asked me to do. He said to me “sit with me and be faithful to every service, be on time, be available with your time, money,and gift.” He said “you will do inservice(practice preaching in rightly dividing the Word) for one year and take no outside engagements without my knowing about them. When you go out I will send you out and we will go with you as a church to support you.
His instructions was clear as crystal. Practice at home first. If you can minister at home, under the anointing where your friends and relatives know you then you may go out.
My overseer/parents in the Lord was to be my teacher, to protect me because I had never travel this road before. I needed to be guided spiritually from a mature place.
When you move into your calling for the first time it can be very uneven ground. You are excited about obeying God, but you are like a baby in this place.You can’t see the danger that could befall you. You must put on a few things before you go out of the door into the field. God has not changed. I think we are missing the spiritual fathers and mothers in our lives. Let’s get it right, you must be birthed by someone in the spirit. taken care of by someone in the spirit, and fed by someone in the spirit. You must follow before you can lead. In following you will learn to lead yourself. You are the first person who need to know where you are going. Let’s get it right! Your Ministry is not your ministry. The work God has called you to belongs to Him and He has chosen you to participate with Him as He chooses not where you would like to go. When you yeild to God and His way through His parents He has chosen for you to obey you will prosper in every good work! May God’s blessings be upon your journey.

The Tongue Can Divide Or Bring Unity

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God Matthew 5:9. The sixth chapter of Proverbs lists seven things that the Lord hates; among them is “a man who stirs up dissension among his brothers” Proverbs 6:19. In Ephesians 4:3 Paul tells believers to keep the “unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Keeping peace sometimes requires tremendous effort, when sometimes truth and honesty must be passed on.

One of Satan’s most effective strategies is to divide and conquer. He knows the power and blessings that result when we work in harmony. Sometimes it is hard to believe there are people who deliberately engage in bringing division.In some families  people are so ingrained in dissension and division it seems normal to use their tongue as a tool to bring dishonor.

Anytime you speak ill of another person and damage a relationship, God is displeased.  We cannot afford to be ignorant of Satan’s tactics to keep us at odds. He will cause us to become offended over a harmless statement, to read more meaning into a comment than intended. We must be more discerning of the truth.

The Holy Spirit will reveal the truth in every situation. He is our peace and He will give us a peaceful solution to all of our problems. Decide today to be a person who gives encouragement, unity and peace to others. Make every effort to speak words of peace and to refrain from any communication that creates disunity.

You Must Believe In Yourself

God has sprinkled brilliance (keen intelligence) into everyone’s mind, but before we can discover the treasure within some one spoke negatively over your dream. Some time we only need to hear one negative word and it will elevate itself to truth status in our head. If you are going to go for the gold you must clean your mind of those thoughts and believe in yourself.

You are the only person who can detect the new growth inside of you. It is very human to doubt yourself at some stage in your growth, that is why you need good people around you who are steadfast and can  show an example of good character. Even your belief will be tested and it is always good to have some one to encourage you when that time comes.

Please don’t live in the shadow of life. picture your dreams and take one step at a time. Every step will help you to know you are on the right path. There might be some pitfalls, but I believe all things will work for you and with a plan, you will discover your real purpose for this life.

Everyday, fill yourself with good affirmations and surround yourself with good. Choose only to think good thoughts and do good to others. Cultivate self respect unconditionally, Identify your need to create, Make a list of your strengths and work from that perspective. Never blame others, this is your life. There are bumps that must be smoothed out for you by God. Forgive and forget.

You are the only one who perform in this one-act play. Life is real everyday and God has given you an opportunity to show yourself to the world in a great way, by believing you can!

Are You A Person of Integrity?

Integrity is something you must make a part of your life. When you make integrity a part of your life, it brings bountiful blessings and power. Integrity is defined as “Firm adherence to a code of moral or artistic values, completeness and honesty.”  Honesty cannot be separated from integrity. Integrity is also fairness and a refusal to lie. If you are a liar, you are not a person of integrity.

A person of integrity is a sincere person. You can take that person’s word at face value. What he or she tells you is the truth. If you are going to be successful in this life, it is imperative that you be a person of integrity.

There are those whose integrity is bad and will treat you with the attitude that because you are a brother or sister in the church, you ought to understand. When people of integrity say they will do something, they will do it and if they say they won’t do something, you can trust them not to do it. Why? They are people of integrity.  Your integrity will be challenged all the time but you can be faithful in upholding the truth.

Churches have split because of people with no integrity. You would be surprised at the number of people who don’t speak because they owe someone else something and haven’t paid it back. Integrity will preserve you from your enemies. Psalms 25:2 reads “Oh, my God, I trust in you.”

God is a God of integrity. He is a God of his word. We can trust in what He says. When you trust God you can be a person of integrity and be blessed and highly favored of God!

 

Healthy and Strong Spiritual Growth

When we are born again from above the newborn baby does not grow to be a mature adult overnight. Like physical development  spiritual growth is a process. It is not automatic or predictable. Some may grow rapidly and some may take a longer time to develop. The Bible is the rich and essential source of guidance in this process. Before we go forth let me explain what spiritual growth is and is not- It is not committing a vast amount of scriptures to memory, although that is helpful, it is not attending church every Sunday,It is not singing in the choir or putting large sums of money in the offering plate. All these things are attached to your walk with God, but does not necessarily make for strong spiritual growth.

In addition, Spiritual Growth is not necessarily demonstrated by avoiding behaviors that may be unhealthy or having a list of rules and regulations. If all of the above behavior does not constitute spiritual growth, What does? Jesus gave us the answer in Matthew 22:37-40. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Spiritual growth is loving God and loving people more. God gave his Son, Jesus to provide for us a deep and meaningful transition in love through the power of the Holy Spirit and we can not live this kind of life by rules and regulations, only by faith through grace in Jesus Christ.  Healthy growth is when we realize we can do nothing by ourselves and rely totally on Him to learn how to walk by faith.

 

March 5,2013