The Pursuit of Victory

What are you in pursuit of? What we pursue is demonstrated through our actions toward receiving what we desire. For instance

If you are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, you may clean up your eating habits, obtain a gym membership, or drink more water.

If you’re in pursuit of a better career, you may return back to school for a degree or obtain a certificate specific to your industry, or take up a trade.

If you are in pursuit of launching your own business, you may develop a vision board, start a business plan, or put together all the necessary components to be a successful entrepreneur.

Just as we work relentlessly to achieve these things and more, what about the pursuit of victory?

Jesus was in pursuit of victory, insomuch that He was willing to die! What victory was Jesus trying to obtain? Simply put: victory over death.

Why is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ so important?

  • It proves who Jesus is.
  • It demonstrates that God accepted Jesus as the perfect man of God- the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
  • It shows that God has the power to raise us from the dead- the death that sin promises.
  • It guarantees that the bodies of those who believe in Christ will not remain dead but will be resurrected unto eternal life.
  • It demonstrates Jesus’ relentlessly pursuit of victory.

What are you in pursuit of? The pursuit of happiness, won’t make you happy, if it does not include the Lord. The pursuit of victory is mute if it does not include what Jesus overcame. 

“For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:53-55, 57‬ ‭NLT‬‬


By Your Stripes

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  • We remember the bruises when our heart is bruised.
  • We remember the stripes when our lives call for a miraculous healing.
  • We recall the chastisement of OUR peace being upon Jesus, when our peace is threatened.
  • We relate to rejection and the despising of Jesus, when rejection comes to us through an unexpected source.

It seems that we recall the stripes that Jesus took for us when we are faced with detrimental circumstances.

At what point is it enough? At what point will you say: “I’ll take this one, for all the stripes you took for me.”

Jesus took stripes for our sin; the sins we did not even know we would commit. Yeah, the sins we did not want to give up…yep the things we said we would never do. The hidden sins we have not spoken of.

Jesus took stripes for what God did not want us to become, which was eternally disconnected from Him.

At what point do we say and live by: “Lord, not my will?”

I’ll admit, as I often have, we just don’t want to be acquainted with sacrifice or suffering. I know me and suffering are not bosom buddies…

but since my Father felt that it was reasonable for Jesus to become a sacrifice, then it MUST be unreasonable for me to ignore all that Jesus has endured.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The very LEAST I can do is be committed to the purpose…Loyal to the brand…support the family business, vision, and mission, which is…

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:15-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus suffered not only physical pain but mental agony and distress for our spiritual healing. He did not want to, but he denied everything in Him, to grant us access to everything that He has.

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed.” ‭‭I Peter‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

What about you? By the stripes of Jesus, we are free. What stripes have you been willing to take for your freedom? Have you given up on Jesus because you compare your circumstances to the love of God and what you feel is a lack there of? Have you denied the power of Christ to strengthen and console you through the pain?

Pain produces purpose and God receives the glory. What stripes are you willing to bear, for cost that has already been covered?

“And he who does not take his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] is not worthy of Me.” ‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭10:38‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Take Off the Mask

As we draw near to the end of the week, we draw closer to the holiday season, kicking it off with Halloween. Most people enjoy this time of year- dressing up, and wearing costumes to mimic characters from movies, television, or drawn up from their own imagination. Most costumes are accompanied by a mask.

A mask is designed to hide something from sight; to keep something from being noticed or known.

We assemble within a congregation with others on Sunday and throughout the week. We work 20, 40 (or even more) hours per week. We socialize, mingle and congregate in various places and people are drawn to us by our appearance or conversation; but what do they really see? Do they know who you are? Do you know who you are? Do you hide who you are in Christ, in fear or rejection?

I read an article about a young woman, challenged by her past and ashamed to admit her struggles, all while confessing to be a Christian. 

She stated: “I’m great at putting on my ‘everything is wonderful’ mask when I’m all torn up on the inside. People think I have it all together, but I don’t. I have a hard time talking about my struggles.”

Is that you? Can I share something with you? Being a Christian does not mean hiding your struggles.

I’ve heard people say the Lord gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers. I don’t know how true that is but it certainly seems that way.

What if what you have gone through is to help someone else? What if your struggles save the life of someone else?

What if?

But…if you hide behind the mask of never having an issue, never needing help, never being hurt, never having to ask for forgiveness or granting forgiveness, who are you helping?

I’ll be honest, suffering sucks! Oh, I’m serious. Who likes to go through? To think that I may have to go through something for someone else???

So…does that mean Jesus was crazy? Of course not! But He did something that we would not fathom doing, if we are honest. He died -He sacrificed His life for you and for me. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I would’ve been able to endure what He did. I probably would have said: “Father, their sins gone have to be on them- this is some FOOLERY. I am going through all this for their sake and they still will not acknowledge my sacrifices or give you glory for extending a hand of mercy and grace?

Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

That is why He is not like man and I’m so glad. Someone else’s life was literally taken to save ours and we complain about nonsense. 

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (NLT) For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Why do we wear masks?

1. We are afraid people will think we’re not “good Christians.”

2. We are afraid of gossip

We think people won’t love us if they know what we have gone through. Bae bae…let me tell YOU something. There’s no one good BUT God. If you live to please people, you won’t please God.

Why take it off?

  1. We are family!

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. (Romans 12:4-5 NLT)

2. We are stronger together!

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT

3. Our honesty gives God the glory.

Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty (Psalm 32:2 NLT)

Let us live in freedom. We have worn masks for so long, that we are suffocating ourselves.

Take it off so that you can breathe.

TAKE OFF THE MASK.

Are You Ready?

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 asked others about becoming reacquainted with you. Some said that our relationship was a lost cause and that I was foolish to think that you would love me after all that has been presented to you about me and everything that you have gone through in life. Call me a hopeless romantic, but here I felt, if I demonstrated my love as opposed to just saying that I loved you, you would come running to me. 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 holes and dreams. They do not know how special you are. 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.


Have a blessed weekend. Here’s a message that I spoke this past week regarding giving God praise.

A Spoken Word

Have you ever been conversing with someone and as the conversation continues, this person begins to speak about things occurring in your life, that they would not (or should not) have any knowledge of, because you had not shared anything with them…or anyone for that matter?

Only pillow talks, rush-hour traffic talks and cubicle convos that you have had with the Spirit – are now smacking you across your cheeks as you sit and listen to this person. A confirming word was given to you through this person, about your passions, desires or dreams.

Let me tell YOU something. This was not by mishap. Just as you have a mouth to speak, God has ears to hear. When you belong to him, He always allows us to recognize that He is and has been there and here, even when we ignore Him.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

No word EVER spoken by the Lord is by mishap. God said. God spoke. God called. God blessed. Everything that exists came through a spoken word:

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:1, 3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Today, our words, are often spoken so carelessly and yet,they carry more weight than most of us even recognize. Your words mean much more than being politically correct in the eyes of social media. Your words are instrumental in causing things to LIVE, to DIE or to CONTINUE in your life.
I just got excited.

From the foundations of the world, God spoke blessings on us (JESUS!) But we speak cursings:

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

GOD SAID.

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

GOD CALLED.

Genesis 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

GOD BLESSED.

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Do you understand the words that are coming off this page? God blessed you before you came into existence! Let me leave you with this:

  1. What have you been speaking over your life? 
  2. What have you spoken into your children’s life? Did you tell them what they cannot do? Did you allow someone to tell them they’ll never be nothing? 
  3. What have you allowed others to say to you or them? 
  4. What seed was planted in your life as a child? Did you pass that on? Did you believe what was said and acted out the spoken word and now you are living what was spoken?

Think about the words you have said (which are seeds) over the course of your life. As the Lord brings to your mind words you’ve said, write them down. Then I dare you to confess over each one: “Lord, I come to you this day. Not aware of how much power you have given us through our words. Holy Spirit, forgive me. I ask that you dismember and destroy the impact of the things that went out of my mouth, that I spoke on my life.”

From this day, let us dedicate ourselves to speaking God’s word. Not just the scriptures, but also words of wisdom, healing, and life to others, so that we build one another up and not tear down. 

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Walk in and through the Words of God, which were already spoken over your life:

  • By the stripes of Jesus, I am healed. 
  • I will be the lender and not the borrower. 
  • Through love and kindness I will draw others. 
  • I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ, my Savior. 
  • I am a new person, the old me is gone away, and now I am new through Jesus. 

Good morning, my name is victory! Now walk like you have it. 

What are you working on?

Most of us have friends we have been acquainted with for years. Some friendships were developed through upbringing- growing up in the same apartment building, school, or maybe church. Other relationships developed from post elementary education and careers (college courses, roommates).

It was something that drew you to that person. Maybe you shared a common interest…music, books, computers. Or maybe as you talked to one another, you learned you had similar backgrounds (grew up with one parent or both parents, same number of siblings or only child). As you began to learn of each other, you shared something in common, and you became more acquainted.

As you crossed the paths of others who knew of your best friend, you may have heard some information that was a startling revelation from the source but you soon realized that regardless of what others may have felt or heard you KNOW your best friend and you would not accept the information presented to you. Whelp….

As a believer in Christ, we should have such a close relationship with him that when we hear of someone misrepresenting Jesus or loss of life in the most horrific way (911, wars, shootings at events) and someone blames Christ, we can quickly say oh no…MY GOD had nothing to do with that.

People often ask where is God when a crisis aris. He sees everything. As long as we are in this world and evil exists, we will always experience tragedy, because of evil, not because of God.

God loves us sooo that He gave his own son. Why would He tempt us with evil? That contradicts the person of God. God created love. He is the CREATOR of love. Had he not created it and created us to love, we would not know what love is. 

Here’s an example. Say there was an ill child who needed an organ transplant. You have a child…one healthy child. Not knowing if your sacrifice would make that ill child’s situation better or worse or even affect your child’s good health, you take a chance! Would you be willing to sacrifice your healthy child to save another? God did. We were sick in sin…(very ill) and God… knowing that not all would accept him, some even rejecting His son (Jesus) yet He was still willing to offer up the perfect sacrifice, giving us a chance to experience His love, peace, strength and comforting arms when chaos surrounds us.

So now that you have begun to learn about God, His son Jesus (regardless of what drew you to Him), is he just a mere shopping spree – asking for a godly man or a godly woman while not adhering to the Godly principles?

…or do you KNOW what He says in His word so you aren’t deceived by anyone? Do You know the thoughts that He has toward His children…thoughts of peace and not evil? Do you KNOW what He likes and dislikes? Does He KNOW you?

It is no surprise that people run to God to solve a problem- not for a lasting relationship. During the time Jesus walked the earth, the same occurred. People followed Him for the miracles He performed but often questioned His words. If his “followers” knew the relationship Jesus had with God and if had a real relationship with God the Father, they would not have doubted:

John 6:60-66
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Sometimes, people develop relationship to only use the person they are attempting to connect with. Are you seeking to know the person of God to establish a relationship or a shopping spree?

I Need You!

Although track is awarded as an individual sport, the runner still uses a push from the other runners to reach the common goal. Every runner desires to finish the race. That’s the common goal; but the ultimate goal is finish in first place.


Distance runners use the pace pushers to preserve stamina so they have a “kick” left to endure to the end.

Although our journey through life is an individual walk, we need each other to push us into our purpose. We cannot do this alone. We need each other. No successful business can claim success through a Lone Ranger. In fact, the Lone Ranger had Tonto to ride with him.


In Christ, we need one another. Encourage one when the other feels alone. Keep one another accountable when the other begins making decisions that are contrary to the word of God. Pray for one another when the other feels disconnected.

A true sister or brother demonstrates concern and does not desire to see their siblings fail- regardless of how many times they have argued, disagreed, or fought.

There’s a great need in the world for more genuine, unselfish affection, compassion, and concern for others. This walk with God is a brotherhood and sisterhood that transcends blood relations, race, age, or nationality. We are the offspring of the Creator. We share a divine parent with our brother, Jesus Christ. Oh God. When one succeeds, we all succeed, because we are upholding our Father’s legacy- HIS Kingdom. 

Let us come together to represent our Father well, so that He may be proud to call us His children.

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews ‭12:15‬ ‭NLT‬