Walking With God

As believers, we often find ourselves asking what is our purpose. What specific tasks is asked of us, from our Father, to fulfill as we live out our days on earth. In fact, I have shared with you once before a portion of my prayer which includes: “Lord what is the hope of your calling?” In other words, what do you want me to do? What did you call me for (Ephesians 1:17-18)

Often it is not hard to know. The very thing that you are passionate about often ties to what you are supposed to be doing. How you get their is the path given by the Holy Spirit, as He leads and guides us to all truths as we acknowledge the Lord in everything we do, so that He can direct us.

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

It is really quite simple. There are 3 things the Lord requires. If we base our lives upon these 3 things, it makes life much more manageable.

Those 3 things are:

  1. To do what is right.
  2. To love mercy.
  3. Conform our lives to God’s will.

The word of God explains these 3 principles as such:

“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NLT

If we resolve to do what is right (just or fair), treat one another with love and loyalty, granting mercy just as our Father was merciful towards us, and humbly walk with God, we complete the mission.

Walking with God means that we live according to His principles. We base our lives around what He says, as being His obedient children, and we trust Him as our Heavenly Father.

What happens when we walk with someone? Imagine that you and a friend are enjoying a walk during your lunch break. You are next to one another. You talk, laugh, and listen. Your attention is focused on this person. Your phone is would be a distraction and disrespectful because it would take away from the intimacy and the attention that you would anticipate by spending time with this person- so you do not bring it. You may notice the beauty around you or something that is going on nearby, but only to point it out to the other person.

Walking with God is like that. When we enter into an intimate relationship with God through faith in His Son, He becomes our heart’s greatest desire. Knowing Him, hearing Him, sharing our hearts with Him, and seeking to please Him become our primary focus. He becomes everything to us. Meeting with Him is not an activity reserved for Sunday morning. We live to fellowship with Him (thank you Jesus)!

Just as walking with a close friend requires saying “no” to many other things, like the cell phone or bringing someone else along, walking with God requires letting go of anything that would be a distraction.

If we walk with God, the other 2 things on the list become natural: it makes sense to do what is right, and although someone may treat you unfairly, you remember the immeasurable mercy given to you, by God, and you can extended that mercy to others.

When you walk with God (walk in the Spirit) it is easy for others to detect that you have been with Jesus.

There’s no need to worry yourself about your specific purpose. Those who walk with God, always reach their destination.

Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing

I wanted to speak to your heart about who you are.

In case you were uncertain, you decide who you are. You decide who you will become. You make the decisions that affect the course of your life. This is the power of choice given to us by God. He has even given us the freedom to choose to live life by His principles (of which I personally would have preferred that God had made this decision on my behalf – I mean come on Jesus! I could have avoided some of this nonsense I had to go through had you just MADE us follow you).

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Even after consulting and confiding in a friend, loved one, or mentor, you STILL have to make the ultimate decision that you were consulting about.

Since we have the authority to make decisions, we must learn to make them based upon who we are, who God purposed us to be, and not on the opinions of others.

If you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing.

What does that mean? You will always be concerned about what someone says about you. Remember this: When someone does not believe in you, your passion, or your God-given vision, before they had an opinion, God gave you a vision, which is His purpose to be fulfilled through you.

This discussion reminds me of a man named Noah. We are personally introduced to him at the age of 500 years old (Genesis 5:32). God was infuriated with the world and how His children began following the customs of worldly people, intermingling, and marrying them. Insomuch that God had purposed in His heart to destroy the ENTIRE world and everything within it; but then, someone touched His heart. The Bible says (Genesis 6:8) that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Notice here that there was nothing Noah did to earn grace. Grace is undeserving favor. Noah did absolutely nothing to earn his salvation, but he found grace – both Noah and his family. In exchange for God being “lenient” on Noah, Noah had to fulfill a God-given purpose. In exchange for God’s grace Noah obtained faith.

Noah obtained faith as a result of grace. THAT IS SO POWERFUL!

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  • Noah trusted God.
  • Noah walked with God.
  • Noah believed in God.

God trusted Noah to the point of giving him a responsibility to build a boat to save Noah and the world. Noah changed God’s heart. Oh that is so beautiful. Don’t you want to walk so close to God that when evil devices are plotted against you to destroy you and your family, you can change God’s heart to remove the hand of the enemy completely off of you and save you? Well – that did occur. When God sent His precious Son, Jesus, to save us from the the sentence of death, God said NO! But that is only if we choose to accept Jesus as our Savior (see there; there’s that choice thing again).

God gave Noah the purpose of building a boat that took 100 years to complete. No doubt, Noah’s friends thought that he was crazy. No doubt his wife was praying for his mental wellness. No doubt people passed by this mammoth of a thing and laughed, when Noah explained what He was doing, but Noah did not care. Noah would have died doing nothing along with the world and everyone else in it. The criticism of others did not dictate or adjust Noah’s focus on God’s plan for His life. He remembered the grace and He trusted His Father’s plan.

What about you? Do you trust God’s plan. As a result of the grace extended to you, has your faith grown? You do realize that your funeral services could’ve been arranged when you had the car accident, right. You do know that you could have died giving birth to life. Do you not realize that the carbon monoxide leak and smell of gas in your home could have taken out everyone? Your plane could have been the plane driven into the towers in New York City. Was this not enough of an extension of grace to give up your desires God’s purpose? Know who you are and whose you are. Know what you are purposed to do and do it.

I had the privilege of visiting a place entitled the Ark Encounter with my girls and my mom last April, just 2 months before her passing. It is a family-oriented tourist attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky where a replica of the Ark, using the measurements from the Bible, was created. It was fascinating to imagine the types of animals that were prevalent back then – dinosaurs and animals that are now distinct were all on this boat – simply amazing.

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There are two voices speaking to you: One says you can’t; the other says you can with God (Philippians 4:13). You are made on purpose, for a purpose, during a time such as this.

There is something that you do that no one else can do. If you do nothing, both you and it will die. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. If you do nothing, you will receive criticism. If you do something, you’ll receive criticism. Either way, you’ll be criticized.

So here is what I propose: Commit your works to the Lord; allow your paths to be established by Him. He will grant you favor first with Him, and then with man.

Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:4 (NLT)

 

Fight to the Finish!

What are you fighting for? Is it worth it? What are you expecting to gain?

I have come to realize that there will be many life struggles. To date, death has them pretty much beaten; to lose a loved-one, for me a mother…? Her departure has had more affects on me than losing my child. It was sudden and abrupt. It was unexpected and unplanned. I often find myself saying: “I cannot believe my momma is gone! The life that brought forth my life, is now lifeless.”

My fight has been to survive and only through God’s comforting grace, family and friends, have I been able to push through the pain. This has been my life’s fight. I have come to realize that the push through this pain was necessary to align my purpose.

What is your fight?

  • Are you fighting to reconnect family ties?
  • Are you fighting to overcome a health problem?
  • Are you fighting to reignite the passion in your marriage?
  • Are you fighting to gain the attention of another?
  • Are you fighting for your integrity?
  • Are you fighting to live?
  • Are you fighting to keep your flesh under subjection?

If you are fighting with no idea of who your component is, you are entering the battle unprepared and unequipped.

If you have the Holy Spirit, why are you so quick to claim defeat? What did you do before Jesus entered your life? Didn’t you fight? Whatever happened to Him being greater in you than what’s in the world? And when will you begin to believe and operate in this?

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”1 John 4:4 NLT‬

Whatever is the source of your fight, make sure it is worth the effort. Consider a boxer and the training he has to do. Not only does it affect him personally, but everyone or anything connected to him. The pressing, the stretching, the stressing, the preparation, the mental preparation, the sacrifices associated with eating and physical training- it all leads up to one evening, 12 rounds, and a decision that is contingent upon his or her training.

We are all in a fight. There is a spiritual warfare that is happening before our very eyes, but we are so caught up in what is in our direct line of sight, that we are unable to comprehend the broader scope of the fight.

Let me be the first to admit, that when I hear of horrible situations or when I am the main character of the story, and my storm is all around me, immediately my heart races and my initial reaction is almost always: “oh Lord, help.”


But then I have to recall to my mind that He has already sent help. The enemy is declaring war. He has nations fighting against one another. For what? Races are fighting against one another. For what? Then we fight amongst ourselves…FOR WHAT?

The enemy has a designated date to enter the ring with you. He desires a 12-round bout, just you and him. What are you doing to prepare? Stop looking at the warfare and look at the weapon? What are you doing to learn your weapon?

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,” II Corinthians‬ ‭10:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Jesus determined that we were worth fighting for. The value of the fight was our life. Oh My God! That is so powerful. So humbling, so awe-inspiring…so unbelievable. I ask you on today to remain in the fight. You’re not alone. You have more fighting with you than against you.

“And Elisha prayed, and said, “ LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” II Kings‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Fight…
Finish…
Remain faithful!

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Love Lives

Today we recognize love. Love bear a resemblance to a lot of things to different people. Some people prefer to ignore this day because love has not presented itself in the manner they had hoped.

Oh, but love has been revealed.

I Corinthians the 12th chapter provides a list of gifts that are “loaded” and waiting to be released by you, given through the Holy Spirit. Chapter 13 goes on to express 3 gifts that all confessing believers should have, but the greatest of the 3 is love.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)

If you have experienced love and understand what it means to be loved, your desire is that others share in the same untainted beauty of love. Anyone you love, you desire to be with them. Being in the presence of God and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit, makes our spirit yearn to be with Him.

There’s no greater presence to be in.
There’s no better company to keep.
There’s no greater gift to receive than from the Creator of Love.

Never was a more important declaration made than this: God is love.

God doesn’t just love; He IS love. His nature and essence are love. Love saturates His very being and drives His decisions. Because God’s very nature is love, He MUST demonstrate love.

If we can experience a portion of His power here on Earth, I can only imagine what it would be like to sit in His presence, where the angels worship and His throne resides. Just as we long to be close to Him, God our Father, desires to be with us.

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16 (NKJV)

Your body is the temple of God; He regarded our bodies as being holy, devoted, and designed for a special purpose; your body is regarded as HOLY! A temple is like a shrine – it is a sacred place. It is not only where the spirit lives, but is where you worship, honor and reverence our Savior Jesus. That is why it is CRITICAL that we conduct ourselves – our temple as a place of honor. God regards our bodies as sacred, but how do we regard our own bodies?

  • How we behave, how we speak, what we allow into this sacred shrine through our eyes and ears are critically important so that we do NOT defile the temple.
  • The things we say, the things we do, how we converse with one another, the lack of respect we show one another as children of God.

The greatest thing we can do for our bodies is to make them into a temple for God’s Spirit to dwell and allow love to be demonstrated on this Earth, as it is in Heaven.

The Spirit of God wants to be where we are. He wants to love you like none other. The question is, do you want him to? Why does God love us? It is because it is who He is: “God is love.”

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:8 (NKJV)

 

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Be Soft

The book of Proverbs provide wisdom and knowledge in every aspect of our lives. This one particular verse, I have read, re-read and read again countless times. I came across it the other day and POW…another perspective came across my little ole’ mind.

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1(NKJV)

Normally when I read this scripture, I think of the other person- the person in the receiving end of the conversation. If I am calm in my reaction to someone who is negative in their response to me, when I respond in a peaceful tone, it will calm them.

Whelp!

How can I calm someone if I am not calm? The Bible provides basic instructions for us to self-reflect on who we are and how to become better people in Jesus. This scripture is personal.

A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, but harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (AMP)

My soft answer will turn away MY wrath (anger). If I respond in the same negative tone as what is reciprocated, those words will not only cause me to become more angry and frustrated, but also to respond in an angry tone. It has to be in YOU first.

Protect your peace at all cost. Recognize what you cannot control. Get rid of toxicity in your mind, relationships and clean your space.

Speak softly and forget the “come back.” Your peace has a far greater price than moment of satisfaction and the reward of keeping your peace has more long term positive affects than the moment of embarrassment or point-proving that you are aiming to produce.

What if I Fall?

When we typically think of a fall or falling, it is not a good feeling. Can you imagine walking in to work, headed towards the escalator, with coffee in your hand and all of a sudden…

BOP!

Coffee spills all over the place. There’s no doubt that something will be sore on your body- even if it’s just your brain being sore from embarrassment. Lol.

You are looking around to see who notices, you have to pickup your belongings (if you were carrying anything) gather yourself, your thoughts, and get to your destination.

Not a good feeling, right?

How can a fall be good? When you are in a position of imbalance, unable to stand, you need assistance. This is even true spiritually.

  • It’s unfortunate that your heart was broken. It’s unfortunate that you loss your job.
  • It’s unfortunate that your child strayed from the morals and values you instilled.
  • It’s unfortunate that your life was threatened – but your life was not taken.

A fallen posture means that you needed some assistance to get up. When you are in a low place, you recognize that you cannot make it on your own. Your ears are no longer dull of hearing the word of God. Your heart is open to receive correction. Your mind recalls that person who once invited you to attend a church service with them. The veil of sin can be removed and your spiritual eye is wide open to see the works of the flesh, the works of the Spirit, and just how much your Father loves you to keep you even when you ignored Him.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The fall prepares you for victory.

“The righteous may fall seven times but still get up, but the wicked will stumble into trouble.” Proverbs‬ ‭24:16‬ ‭CEB‬‬

A just man can fall 7 Times, but please don’t count me out. That 8th time, when I get up, I’m getting up in victory. I’m getting up in power. I’m getting up in strength; because the number 8 signifies resurrection and regeneration.

The number 8 equals 7 plus 1 and since it comes after the number 7, which itself signifies an end to something, 8 is also associated with the start of something new.

Let me help you:

When the whole earth was covered in water, it was Noah (who was the 8th person) that stepped out on God’s word against the odds.

It is said in The Bible that Jesus rose on the first day of the next week from the day He was crucified. If that is the case, it was the 8th day which was chosen by God.

After you have fallen, do not stay there. GET UP!

When the prodigal son was in a pig’s pen, he fell to the shame of his sinful ways but when he came to himself, he stood up, and went back to his father.

So what if you have fallen. We all have. Here is the kicker: You may have fallen, but don’t stay there. That fall was good and so was the ground you fell on.

“The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew‬ ‭13:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Today is NOT The Day!

Mondays are sometimes challenging to get back into the routine of the work week; especially after a 2-day weekend. By the time the weekend begins, it’s back to work.

Meh…
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Today, as I reminded myself of who my Father is and what He is able to do, I thought that I should send you a simple reminder as well:

Today is not the day to be mediocre (ordinary, common, second class or second-rate).

Nothing God does is just enough, to just get by.  He always does above and beyond, which is why He can promise to do more than we can think or imagine.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

In other words: Never let good be good enough. Don’t settle for mediocre. Your Father doesn’t create in mediocrity.

  • When He created the Earth, it was good and very good.
  • When He created you, it was wonderful.
  • When He created you, He created a masterpiece- one of a kind creation.

Everything He does, He does well. Today is NOT the day to settle for ordinary. Do you know why? Because God, our Father, by our Lord Jesus, is able to do above and beyond what we can imagine, according to the POWER that works in us.

So you choose; you can decide to be a shallow stream of water that will dry up in certain seasons or you can be filled with rivers of living water.  I decided to allow the power of God to work through me and to understand what He wants from me, by creating a prayer through the word of God. This is my daily prayer before I begin communing with the Holy Spirit. I hope it blesses you to pray according to the word as well.

“Father I thank you. Thank you for giving us an abundant inheritance that we did not deserve. There is nothing we could have done to earn this inheritance, but you were willing to send your son Jesus, who caused us to be benefactors. I humbly and graciously thank you for your benefits.

I pray in the name of Jesus, that you would grant me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of You, through the aid of the Holy Spirit. That the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened and that I may come to fully know what is the hope of your calling in me. I ask that you give me spiritual insight into your word during this stage of my journey, for the people you are leading me to speak to. Speak through me boldly and powerfully; only so that you receive the glory and the recognition. In Jesus name amen.”

This prayer was derived from Ephesians 1:17-18. I crafted it late last year and have included it in my time with the Lord.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, Ephesians 1:17-18 (NKJV)