Comfort One Another

Have you ever felt drained from life? No, I’m talking about feeling as if life was sucking the life out of you? Every time you think you are making progress, something from an unexpected source, feels as if it is pulling the oxygen from your lungs. Even more so, when you decided to completely surrender your life to the the Lord, you were hit and hurt on every angle. We must remember that with the Lord, the pain we experience produces a purpose.The Lord always provides us with examples of affliction, sufferings, patient endurance and triumph.

In 2 Corinthians the 11th chapter, we learn of some of Paul’s sufferings for Christ Sake:

  • 5 different times, he was whipped by the Jews and received 39 stripes.
  • 3 times he was beaten with rods.
  • He was stoned once.
  • He shipwrecked 3 times.
  • He spent an entire day and night adrift at sea, left for dead.
  • He had been robbed, gone without food and water and enough clothing to keep him warm.

img_1623

One beating alone could have handicapped or even killed Paul. Yet after allllll of this, Paul says: “I believe God.” Paul looked beyond his personal afflictions and recognized his sufferings equipped him and empowered him.

Paul endured many afflictions. He went from being an atheist to an activist of Jesus. I felt something right there- I’ll say that again:

PAUL WENT FROM BEING AN ATHEIST TO AN ACTIVIST!

img_8938

What about you? After all the hardships, pains and tragedies in life, will you believe God? Or will you give up at the sign of struggle or the moment your prayer isn’t immediately answered? After all, Jesus told us:

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

The world may press us hard, but God’s strength, presence, and comfort will not allow us to be crushed. If you see someone not like themselves on today, help them by noticing them. Give a smile, give an encouraging word, pray for them, give a listening ear. Be willing to help someone live.

img_4593

“May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. He’s the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God. That is because we receive so much comfort through Christ in the same way that we share so many of Christ’s sufferings. So if we have trouble, it is to bring you comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer. Our hope for you is certain, because we know that as you are partners in suffering, so also you are partners in comfort.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-7‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Justified

In case you were feeling unpurposeful or unworthy, I just wanted to drop this in your Spirit- a little reminder for yourself that I use to encourage MYself…

  • Jacob was a deceiver.
  • Moses was a stutterer.
  • Sarai was barren.
  • Abraham was old.
  • Elijah was suicidal.
  • David was a shepherd and grew up to be an adulterer and a murder.
  • Jeremiah was a boy.
  • Thomas was a doubter.
  • Peter was a fisherman.
  • Paul was an atheist.
  • Noah was a drunk.
  • Jonah was full of fear.
  • Rahab was a prostitute.
  • The Samaritan woman was a five-time divorcee.
  • Job went bankrupt.
  • Judas was disloyal.
  • Martha was always whining and complaining.

The disciples were unreliable, falling asleep and stuff, denying Jesus, betraying Him…geez


God does not call the qualified.

He qualifies those He call!


If you ever feel like you are not worthy- not only to be used, but just to be saved, remember that Jesus used a bunch of broken people to share hope to a broken and corrupt world.

No matter what you’ve been through in life, remember that the same power that conquered death, pulled you from death row and now lives within you.

The next time someone tries to remind you of who you USED to be, remind them of who your Savior is, through you!

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Romans‬ ‭8:30-33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Me when I’m confident in My Savior! Is He in you? #theJustifier. 

Can I Labor with You?

Take a moment to consider this…

  • Perhaps the one you turn to for strength, needs strengthening.
  • Perhaps the one you request prayer of needs prayer.
  • Perhaps the one that is defensive was left to fend for themselves.
  • Perhaps the one that wears the tough outer shell needed someone to be vulnerable with.
  • Perhaps the one who is leading, simply desires to be led.

Pray for those who are dependent upon to be leaders in their families, on their jobs, in their church.

Guess who that consist of? Everyone.

The transparent truth of our lives is that we are all human beings. Our past, our upbringings, and our sufferings have shaped our thoughts, our mental processes, our reactions to daily situations; but if we took the time to understand one another, maybe their would be less misunderstandings. Most situations occur from a lack of communication and misunderstandings.

Life consists of conflict but their must be resolution. We as representatives of Jesus Christ have to use our God-given power to bring peace to situations. Perhaps it is why the Lord calls peacemakers blessed, because it is truly a gift to bring peace in crisis.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 NKJV

As you relax on this day, take the time to refocus your mind.

  • Remember the situations you have gone through that could have been avoided.
  • Remember how the Lord met you where you were.
  • Remember when you were misunderstood.
  • Remember how the love of God comforted you.
  • Remember how the enemy devised a plan to destroy your focus and your heart.
  • Remember the faith God has in you!

God has put together a plan for your life that brings Him glory. That is why we were predestined to be birthed into this world.

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—” Ephesians 1:4-5 NIV

I need you to reach my destiny in the Lord. Can we labor together?

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 NIV

Just Do IT!

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

In case you are uncertain, you decide who you are and who you will become. Of course, the gifts and talents were already distributed, but we are given the ultimate choice to determine if we will utilize what we have.

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).

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

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.

Most fear is based upon what we think others will say.

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.

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!

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.

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.

There is something that you do that no one else can do. If you do nothing, both you and IT (that something) 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

 

Bye Felicia

Sometimes things occur in life that rattle us and take us off course (or so it appears). Most people do things and connect with people for good reasons, not to cause harm to themselves or the people they have connected with.

In our quest to better ourselves and to help those who are around us, we sometimes allow the wrong people or the wrong connections to occur, which delays our purpose. Perhaps this sounds like you: You thought you were making the right business decision. You thought that person would be a life-long friend that you opened your heart to. You thought the relationship would transition into until death do us part.

Today is your day!

Regardless of what comes up against you, YOU have the power to control the end result. It does not matter if your kindness was taken for weakness. It does not matter that you were taken advantage of. The end result of the matter is that you WIN!

John 6:70-71 (NKJV)
Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

Jesus chose a devil to show you that the enemy cannot stop your work. Just as Jesus used the enemy’s scheme to fulfill His ultimate purpose, the Lord will use the enemy’s ploy to fulfill His purpose through you.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Yeah, it looks bad; it feels horrible, but wait until you see what God does with this situation. If God chooses you and He is for you, who can be against you?

Don’t worry about the Judas in your life. Let him/her go. Their evil deed will produce God’s plan. Do as Jesus did (John 13:27); tell them to hurry up, do what you gone do so I can reach my destiny on time.

img_9169

 

Hold On to Jesus

At some point in our lives, we have found ourselves doing things contrary to who we are in order to hold on to something or someone that does not want to be held on to.

  • We do unimaginable things to hold onto to relationships – where we lose our identity.
  • We hold on to hurtful memories that prevent us from moving forward.
  • We hold on to job positions because they are comfortable.

Here is the question of the day:

What are you doing to hold on to Jesus?

Hold on to someone who has been holding on to you!

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!” Psalm 91:14-16 MSG

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!