Don’t Replay the Fall

  • You responded the wrong way knowing it was a test; as a result, you were fired from your ideal job.
  • The temptation came, and you didn’t take the escape route, which resulted in the birth of your beautiful child.
  • The negative opinions of others dictated what you did and the way you engaged in relationships.
  • Fear told you that you were not good enough, so you wouldn’t jump and you didn’t start that new business.

…but that was the old you, before you were made BRAND NEW! And to anyone who says: “you are acting brand new,” well, that’s because you are!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Don’t keep replaying the fall.

Whatever it was is in your past. You are not what happened to you. God has lifted you up. Stay there. The perspective is contrastingly different between a turtle 🐢 and an eagle 🦅

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God is in the Midst

It is said that the image or statue of a kingdom’s ruler is positioned in distant parts of his kingdom to demonstrate his authority and the stretch of his domain.

God said that we are His image bearers. This means that we are we are living replicas of God to expand His Kingdom so that His glory is revealed.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”Genesis‬ ‭1:26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Do you know what this means? Wherever your feet are planted, it is a sign that the presence of God has arrived.

When you arrive at work in the morning, remind yourself and others (by your conduct): “Heyyyy, Jesus is here!”

When you arrive at your children’s school to address an issue with another child, remind yourself: “Jesus is here!”

When you walked into that chaotic meeting, you were able to bring peace to the situation because Jesus arrived and left His peace.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 NKJV

When Jesus arrives, He has the ability to calm every storm. With His guiding Spirit, He has given us the same authority and power- in fact, even greater.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 NIV

And when you are rejected, by a business, a family member or an acquaintance, No worries. Don’t become offended, and do not copy their customs and behavior. Instead, pray for them because they have just rejected the kingdom of God.

“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” Matthew 10:40 NKJV

Shake the dirt off and “KIM” Keep It Moving.

And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.”Matthew‬ ‭10:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God dwells among us, and is working through us. Therefore it behooves us to always reflect His loving kindness in an unkind world.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 NIV

Stretch Marks

For most women, the title of this devotion alone, sends an eye roll from one side of your neck to the other.

This is of truth for those who have experienced weight loss and especially truthful for those who have experienced pregnancy with less elasticity than others – like me.

I trust God in all of His ways, but sirrrr could we done away with stretch marks?

While stretch marks provoke a negative reaction, they are actually signs of growth.

Take the examples above: Stretching of the womb, signifies growth of the child or temperance to lose undesirable weight for that one who is on a weight loss journey.

Signs of growth are not often the most eye pleasing, yet they yield the best fruit. Spiritually speaking, studying to be quiet when everything in you desires to give that person a piece of your mind, yields the peaceable fruit of God. This is a stretch mark. It is a recognizable sign of growth to allow your Father to fight on your behalf (Exod. 14:14).

A new year does not imply a new you. You will have to put forth an effort to change. Separate from toxic people. Disconnect from environments that drain your energy and stunt your growth. Be intentional about your spiritual growth.

Growth is intentional and it requires stretching. It may not feel good, or even look good, but it produces the good.

The mark of the stretch leaves an indelible sign of your growth path journey.

Embrace it! Stretch towards the mark.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 KJV

The Election 2020

One of the amazing thing about God is that He is not a bully, nor a push over. He never imposes His will but yet He proves that His way is the best.

As we approach the 2020 Presidential Election, I am reminded of the election process we are afforded, but often taken for granted.

You can elect to complain about your day, or be thankful for another day.

You can elect to complain about your child’s behavior, or be thankful for God’s divine protection over them.

You can elect to complain about having only one day off during the holidays, or be thankful for the knowledge and capability to fulfill your job requirements.

You can elect to follow the Lord Jesus, or forsake His ways for those of unrighteousness.

One thing is for certain: God’s election process is fare and truly decided by you.

Whatever you decide, you will be responsible for the results of the election.

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT

Make your election sure.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble.”2 Peter‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NRSV‬‬

Identification Please

We must not allow our struggles to become our identity. If we can resist the urge to become bitter, negative and hopeless, the struggles we face today will create the strength that is needed for tomorrow.

    Find hope, in a hopeless matter.
    Find courage, in a discouraging moment.
    Find endurance, in a weak moment.

When every obstacle that is thrown at us dares us to give up, throw faith back at it and handle it! Overcome it. Fight it. Get through it. Rise above it. Stand on it! Conquer it!

Show the world I.D. if you proclaim to be a child of God. Allow your light to shine. identification is required. Proof in who you say you are plows through when faced with adversity.

Jesus proved His relation by conquering death. He didn’t leave us alone. He left us some weaponry to fight with. He gave us power to perform greater works than He did, with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the I. D. card.

You are MORE than a conqueror through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Show me your I.D. It is required to enter this battle and win!

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Planted

Amidst the darkness, a place of no return, a place is prepared for me to dwell. I’m afraid. It seems wrong to be placed in such circumstances. Why would someone allow me to experience this? It’s dark. It’s cold. I don’t want to be here, but I cannot move. I cannot get out. There seems to be trouble all around me. This place is unfamiliar. What’s that noise? Who’s there? I need someone to get me out of here. Why here? Why now?

I was told that the process would produce purpose. But is this really necessary? I mean really!!! Talk about the valley of the shadows of death!!! Death is all around me and life is supposed to come from this?

The pain and the agony experienced through your life cycle will spring forth beauty- an everlasting harvest- so it is said. Nothing shall be able to hinder your forthcoming. Why is this change necessary to bring forth beauty? Can’t you just make me beautiful? Can’t you just create me to be what you need to be?

Why is it required of ME to change? Why was I selected? I was doing well! Why couldn’t well be left alone?

The change will render you unrecognizable. Forcibly and without any control, the process begins. You experience change unlike anything imaginable. Placed in the dark, unable to see; seated in unfamiliar areas. It’s cold, it’s damp, there is no light- only darkness seems to surround you daily. Then something begins to happen. It’s uncomfortable. Your current state cannot withstand the changes. In fact, who you used to be will not support who you will become. You are being pushed into uncharted territory. Cracking, breaking, stretching, pulling…what is that?

What is happening?

I resisted the change initially but now what I’m experiencing feels actually, amazing. What I have gone through has allowed me to push passed the darkness. In fact, it was because of the darkness that newness of life has sprung. Is that daylight? Ohhh Myyy Goshh!! I just felt something literally shift me and I had no control. What was that? It felt like the sweetest blow of a kiss. Was that the wind? Breathe on me again.

Wait! My vision feels blurred but I can see. What is this, light? The sun? It is so warm. It feels good.

You know what? This really did work out in my favor. Had I resisted the change, I would not have experienced the wind, the sun or these beautiful leaves and branches that now produce fruit for all to enjoy.

Yeah- I guess there is life after death.

What you just read is me imagining myself to be a seed – an apple seed. I spoke as if I were the seed, about to be planted into the ground to produce a harvest. This analogy is true of life. Life begins when death ends.

When a seed dies, it goes through many transformations to produce a harvest that sustains life.

When Jesus died, He succumbed to many hurtful situations to produce a harvest of new lives and eternal life for those who desire to eat of His fruit.

When you die to sin, you experience newness of life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  • When you disconnect yourself from the toxic relationship…
  • When you break away from the drug or alcohol addiction…
  • When you disconnect from toxic people who once told you that you were worthless…

You begin to see the beauty in your brokenness.

Death is not the end, it’s only the beginning.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You are Over Capacity

Luggage is always required for travel. Once we get to our destination and unpack, we often realize that we packed too much in our suitcase with items that serve no purpose.

We do this same thing when it comes to our lives and then complain about having too much to carry. We carry things that serve no purpose for our purpose. The additional weight brings on stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

Do not wait until you reach your purposeful destination, to recognize that you packed too much baggage. Your Heavenly Father told you that He did NOT want you weighted down. He needs for you to be focused and worry-free.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

🧳 Even airlines have weight restrictions for luggage, it’s. Time that we place parameters on our luggage as well.

Stop carrying things that serve no purpose on your journey.