Mind Over Matter

We share our visions and goals with those we would think would support us but instead they oppose us. Their words hurt like a burn from a flame. The reaction from that one person we trusted was not anticipated. Their words had such an astounding impact that the passion we once had, about the vision the Lord gave, fizzles.

We then sit the vision down, cover it up, and float through life asking our Father for our purpose when He has already vividly displayed it on the canvas of your mind. We begin to just exist and not live.

Let me say this right here:

Criticism is not “constructive” when it does not motivate, stimulate, uplift, encourage and make a person more confident or enlightened.

Ummm that’s destructive criticism.

Your. Life. Matters.

Why is it that the vision you had for a business, or a book has not been seen anywhere?

Why when you think about your dreams, your heart burns with excitement? 

Suddenly your mind takes over and you begin to think of what it would take to put this plan in motion, or the negative seed someone planted, and then the fire burns out again.

Here come the negative thoughts: It seems too great. You cannot do it. You do not have the financial resources or just resources in general. Where will you begin? Let me tell what I DO know:

God will make provision for the vision. If He gave it to you, He will direct you on how to execute His plan. Oh yes it is His plan. Your own thoughts could not produce something so elaborate and creative that no one else in the WORLD had this idea.

Then the Lord answered me and said: write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2-3

Seek Him. Live your life for Him. Remove the handcuffs of guilt and discouragement. Everyday speak life in and over your life:

  • “I can make it”
  • “I am the apple of the eyes of My Father”
  • “He made me for a specific purpose”
  • “He made me for a time such as this”
  • “I am important”
  • “I am an overcomer”
  • “I can do this”
  • “I am the work of Your hands”
  • “I have no idea what today holds, but Lord I know you are holding me through the day which means it will all work together for my good and your glory.”

Take the negative out of mind because YOU matter! Your life matters! Your purpose matters, because of God, not people.

You were not created just to exist. Now go and be great!

The Love Connection

From day 1, I fell in love with you. You were different from the rest- uniquely created just for me. Your beauty is beyond comparison in every aspect. Sometimes, people become envious of another’s relationship and bond, so they seek to sabotage what could and would be a great force; a bond that would be a threat to everything they oppose. That is what happened between you and I. Someone I know quite well, did not value the relationship so I totally disconnected. 

This person became bitter and tried to destroy anything connected with me or who I love. They lied about me. Tried to get others to turn against me- and have even affected me and your relationship. So much so, that you really do not trust me and have withdrawn yourself from me but I have been chasing after you. 

I have followed you, watched you, for many years. I have even spoken to some people I know to help bring to fruition some of your hopes and dreams- waiting on the day that you would come to the realization that I have never left you. Distance has pulled us a part but I have done everything to get closer and closer to you.

At first, I followed you. Then I spoke with some of your family members to help you out. I guided them so they could guide you and bring you back to me. I figured you would listen to them as they spoke about me and the type of being that I am. But that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to be closer to you. So I spoke to your brother, and asked Him if He would be willing to lay aside and sacrifice His desires to come and talk to you about our relationship and how I really desire for this to work. And so He did, and boy oh boy did He ever. He went through leaps and bounds, as they say. In fact, He died. He was ridiculed, talked about, beaten, all because I wanted you to be with me. I don’t want anyone else to have access to you because they don’t know how special you are. They do not know your gifts and talents. They do not know your hopes and dreams; but I do.

Your brother had to go on to fulfill some other obligations I had requested of Him, but I did not just pour out my heart to you, through Him, to then leave you. I sent my personal assistant- and spiritual advisor to comfort you in your weakest moments, to give you guidance and reassurance that I really want to be with you and you with me…just in case someone else comes along and tells you that I do not truly love you. I love you and I simply want the best for you. But I have to be honest.

You will not reach your fullest potential without me. I can help you, if you let me. I would hope that our relationship would not be based upon what I can do for you, but rather you recognizing my love and reciprocating it back to me. Just like you, I desire to be loved too. Once we restore our relationship, everything else will fall into place. So, what do you say? Are you ready? Will you allow me to love you?

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Isaiah‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Sincerely,

Your Father (God)

These are the conversations I have in my head and how I make the word of God personal. I imagined God speaking to us in our terms, but from the perspective of a relationship. The enemy became the envious one and tried to disrupt our relationship with our Father. The Bible shares how God originally communicated through special people such as Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah and Jeremiah- how He appeared in a cloud by day and fire by evening.

Our brother, of course, is Jesus. God’s personal assistant and spiritual advisor…none other than the Holy Spirit- God’s Spirit.

We mean so much to our Father and that, is what I call true love and devotion. God’s journey of redemption for us, is worthy of giving God a specific praise.

When you have a connection with someone, it never goes away.

This Little Light of Mine

Step into a dark room and find a small beam of light…

  • The digital clock on the cable box.
  • The small blue light wrapped around the charging cord from your Dell laptop.
  • The display screen from your house alarm system. No matter where you are in that dark room you can see that light and navigate to find it.

These lights described above are “little” lights.

The Bible says we are a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. I would not consider city lights on a hill, little lights. Think about the view of a city in the evening, when flying on an airplane. The view of a city from this pint gives a different perspective of the city.

Does your light provide a different perspective on life? What are we doing with our light? Are people drawn to it? Can they see it in the midst of darkness? Or do we blend right in?

If we are the light of Christ, why are we so overtaken with darkness?

Reset, change the battery, whatever you need to do. It’s time to get serious and intentional.

The presence of light in darkness is something that is unmistakable.

You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:14, 16‬ ‭CEB‬‬

I. AM.

The cell structure, solar systems, atoms, neutrons and protons, chromosomes, galaxies, and your very DNA- the stuff you are made of. All of this – no EVERY thing, was created by God. Oh, by the way, who happens to be OUR Father.

Yeah, that’s Him. That MY Father!

Today, think about God and who is REALLY is. Stop allowing yourself to be frustrated over things of no value. Your Father…IS GOD! He can do anything and His Kingdom reigns above all.

Sometimes I have conversations with myself. No, I’m not crazy, I internalize the word so that it makes sense to me and I can do it. If I can envision how He feels, I can do my best to not frustrate my dad. I love Him just that much.

So, I imagine my Father saying this:

“I am who I am. My nature cannot be declared through mere words. Who I am cannot be completely understood through human thought. I exist as nothing else does or ever did. I am necessary, I am eternal, I am reality. If I am to give myself a name, that expresses who I am, through your language, let me be called…I AM, and beside me…

THERE IS NOBODY!”

Ohhh GLORY! MY Father is God!

He is who He is, and He is your Father!

“But Moses said to God, “If I now come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they are going to ask me, ‘What’s this God’s name?’ What am I supposed to say to them?” God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. So say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’ Exodus‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Assigned Purpose

You know that there is one; there is something that you are supposed to do, but you aren’t certain what that something is.

That something is called purpose, but what exactly is your purpose and How can I be certain that you have purpose? Well, for starters, you are here. You were created. You were born.

I was listening to a message from Bishop T. D. Jakes. He said something that resonated with me.

He said: “You cannot reassign purpose.”

Can I tell you how many times I have tried to reassign something – even today as I sit with and sit on something that I KNOW is God-given?

A beautiful phenomenon of which you had no involvement and no control over, presented you as a gift to a woman and a man who you identify as your mom and dad.

At the root of who you are- the very core of your existence, lies a predetermined path for your life and the ONLY way to be certain of what that path (purpose) looks like, is to seek the Purpose-Giver. That would be God.

This is probably why most of us are uncertain of our purpose. We do not seek God. We seek other voices and ask them what do they see in us. Truth be told, a person cannot clearly see what they did not place in you.

A person may recognize a gift or an ability – but unless it is revealed to them, they cannot tell you your purpose. Your passions, the things you like to do, may provide a glimpse into your purpose – but at the heart of God and why He created you- sits your purpose.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I encourage you (and myself) to seek the heart of God. At the heart of God lies His purpose that He has for you. If you seek His heart, you will see His hand guide you throughout life, for the fulfillment of your purpose.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

And if you stay in God’s will, you will never see His hand removed from your life.

Inadmissible

Past mistakes.

Fear.

Lack of resources.

Feelings of worthlessness.

Doubt.

Credit score.

The Rejection.

The criticism.

Hurt, anger, and frustration.

It’s all inadmissible.

These things are inadmissible- they are incapable of being allowed to prevent you from fulfilling your purpose. There is no excuse. It’s time to be intentional.

The Righteous Judge has made the final decision. His statement reads as such:

“God isn’t a man that he would lie, or a human being that he would change his mind. Has he ever spoken and not done it, or promised and not fulfilled it? I received a blessing, and he blessed. I can’t take it back.” Numbers 23:19-20 CEB

“The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 NLT

Your case is dismissed.

  • Keep pressing.
  • Keep praying.
  • Keep trusting.
  • Keep growing.

Now go be great!

Get back up again

When a child is learning how to walk, or ride a bike, the child falls repeatedly. We as adults, provide encouragement to get back up again. Our cheers center around softening the blow. We let the child know that it is okay to fall. We clap and cheer saying: “yay. It’s okay. Good job. Keep going. You can do it.”

As we get older, if we fall in a relationship, on our job, in our walk as believers, we hear negative comments: “I knew it. She reaped what she showed…his dad was like that too. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Something has got to change. If we are to demonstrate the love of God, we must do what He says. The word of God says:

Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too.” Galatians 6:1 CEB

Restore and watch. Restore means to bring one back to their original state. While you are restoring, make sure you are watching and praying as well. If we restore and watch, we will not have time to judge and condemn.

One day, you’ll need a helping hand as well.

To you who feel as if you have fallen, be like that child. Be relentless in getting back up. Do not quit. Do not give up. You may cry. It may hurt, but quitting should not be an option. The fall gives you the strength to stand. The fall helps to remind you where you came from. The fall helps you to remember how you overcame.

Take hold to the support and encouragement of your brothers and sisters and get up!

Help someone get up and then lift them up.