Get Up!

How can a fall be good? Isn’t this like an oxymoron- contradictory? A fall hurts, provokes pain- so then how can a fall be good?

When you’re in a position of imbalance, unable to stand, you need assistance.

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.

Now your ears are no longer dull of hearing the word of God.

Now your heart is open to receive correction.

Now the veil of sin can be removed and your spiritual eye is open to see the works of the flesh and the works of the spirit- just like Paul.

The fall prepares you for victory.

The Bible just man can fall 7 Times, but don’t count me out (Proverbs 24:16). Bae baeee…that 8th time, when I get up, I’m getting up in victory. I’m getting up in power. I’m getting ip in strength.

Why? Because the number 8 signifies resurrection and regeneration.

8= 7+1

…and since the number 8 comes just after seven, which itself signifies completion, 8 is also associated with the beginning of a new era or that of a new order.

When the prodigal son was in a pig 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.

You may have fallen, but don’t stay there. Get up! That fall was good and so was the ground you fell on.

Who Is Leading You?

What drives you? What provokes you to react? Consider these statements below:

The thoughts that you had that were from a kingdom but not THE Kingdom.

  • The verbiage that you spoke with negative intentions.
  • The revengeful actions you took.
  • The conversations you participated in, which were predicated on heresy.
  • The temptation that you gave into anyway…
  • The dispassionate effort you give to be a living sacrifice.
  • The complaints that you make- not recognizing the blessings that you have.
  • The confusion and discord that you caused.
  • The unseasoned, graceless words you spoke (Colossians 4:6).

Would we be entangled in any of these things…if God was right there? I mean literally, standing on the right side of us?

Well, He is.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”John‬ ‭14:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If we place The Lord (and His word) in front of us, we would not succumb to the things aforementioned.

“I always put the LORD in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side.” Psalms 16:8 CEB

Who is leading who?

Jesus, Are You Sure?

Have you ever felt scared, uncertain, and nervous about your present and future?

Well, ain’t no use in me lying…I have. I know the feeling. You know what you have been chosen to do, but the very fact that you were chosen is humbling in itself- especially…when it stretches you beyond who you thought you were and what YOU thought you were supposed to be doing.

You tell the Lord: “if it’s you telling me Lord, I’ll do it.”

Then we become afraid when the Holy Spirit confirms that it is Jesus.

Peter did the same thing. He asked Jesus – Lord if it’s you, command me to come. Peter became scared, after taking a few baby steps; even though Jesus told Him to walk on the water.

The experience was not what Peter has anticipated. If Peter had any idea that he would begin to sink, would he have done it?

Circumstances caused Peter to question what Jesus told him to do. And as He always does, Jesus reassures Peter that He would never leave or forsake Him.

I’m encouraging you AND myself on this morning. No matter what people say. No matter what it looks like. If Jesus told you to do it, wait for His cue, and DO IT! He made no mistake. Jesus is sure that He called you.

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew‬ ‭14:28-31‬ ‭NKJV

I’m Not Asking For Much

You don’t sing like you used to.

You don’t praise like you used to.

You don’t pray like you used to.

You don’t love like you used to.

You don’t seek like you used to.

What’s wrong?

  • Has the noise of the world drowned the stillness of my voice?
  • Have you listened to the voice of religious folk soo much that my voice is irrelevant?
  • Have your desires for a relationship surpassed your desire to have a relationship with me?
  • Is the love and acceptance of others more important than the love I have given AND shown you?
  • Has your personal desires superseded my purpose for you?
  • Have the cares of this world, most of which you decided to get involved with, put out your passion to serve me?
  • Can You really go hours or days without having any thought of Me or talking to me and it is because of me that you still have hours or days of life?
  • Do you have ANY desire to spend time with me?

Your worship is so “dry.” Your private prayer feels cold and distant. You seem to be more concerned about physical health, well-being, and comfort than about the well-being and condition of your soul. The only thing I’ve done is been guilty of proving how much I really love you.

But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!” Revelation 2:4 NLT

So, as you sit around your tables with your family, smiling, taking pictures and posting them- remember when everyone has gone back to their normal routine, I am still here.

When the comfort food is gone and you are left with your feelings missing “something,” it is because you are. You haven’t given yourself any spiritual food.

I am the something that your spiritual being is craving but you continue to starve.

I am the someone that can give you the fulfillment you crave.

I am the source for your resource.

Stop placing distance between you and I, based on what YOU think I think of you. No matter what you’ve done, I’ll always love you. Now more than ever, I need you to know me. There will come a time when you will seek for me and only the words – my words that you have hidden in your heart, will comfort you.

My enemy is becoming stronger because many have slowly distanced themselves from me and they have no idea. If you do not wrap yourself in my love…he will deceive you and overtake you.

Hurry please. I’ve been ready to bring you into my presence, but if I return now, you will not be with me. So I have delayed my return, just for you.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—” 2 Peter 3:9, 14-15 NLT

Return to me…and I’ll return to you!

Love always,

Your Father- God, from the spiritual imagination of Kimberly Lock.

I. D. Please

Raise your hand if you like struggling?

Even with knowing that the struggle produces the best from and through us, it still does not negate the fact that we do not like struggles.

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 me your I.D. If you proclaim to be a child of God, or believers in Christ; identification is required. Proof in who you say you are plows through when faced with adversity.

Our eternal family is relentless in their pursuit of not only fighting but defeating the enemy. If we say that we are the heirs of this Kingdom, there ought to be some relational behaviors that we possess – PROOF!

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 conquer 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

Beauty for Ashes

Can I encourage you on today? No matter what you have gone through. Regardless of how broken down your heart and spirit may be, there is beauty in your brokenness.

  • Your brokenness was good, because it brought God near to you.
  • Your brokenness made you humble.
  • Your brokenness made you fall to your face and seek God.
  • Your brokenness brought your salvation to you!

The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalms 34:18 NKJV

Your brokenness was not meant to be a lifelong condition, but a season of reflection, repurpose, redevelopment, restoration and redemption by the blood of Jesus.

“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Your desolate place will become the fertilizer for the seeds of righteousness that have been planted in your life.

We must learn to not give our past permission to control our future. Your past was necessary to birth purpose but your past only tells a portion of where you have been, not who you nor who you are becoming.

The next time the enemy tries to remind you of what you used to do, who you used to associate with, where you used to hang out, you remind him that a great exchange has taken place. Remind him that Jesus has given you beauty for the ashes of a desolated place.

Remind him that his destiny is already predetermined. You remind him of where he used to be, what he used to do, the glory he used to have, and what his destination is- the lake of 🔥

If You Don’t Mind, It Won’t Matter

I believe that if we change our response to situations and see challenges as opportunities for God’s glory to be revealed through us, our level of stress will diminish and we will learn to give God glory through and in everything.

“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

But…ummm, that is no easy feat. This way of thinking takes retraining everything that we have been taught both verbally and visibly throughout our entire lives.

How do we accomplish this? We must keep our mind on the Lord. Now, can you literally keep your mind on the Lord all day? That would probably be impossible, seeing that you have to consider thinking about other things related to the care of your family, your work, and yourself. It may not be literally possible; however, how we respond to what is happening, focusing on how we should conduct ourselves as vessels of Christ, we can accomplish this because the word promises that we will be kept in PERFECT peace.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

Wayment!

How is peace perfect?

  • Perfect peace is achieved by not allowing your soul to be disturbed by what your physical eyes are seeing.
  • Perfect peace is the absence of worry, doubt, and fear and quite frankly it is impossible to have peace of you have these three as roommates.

The battle for peace is waged in the mind and our thoughts are a measure of our peace; but the battle can be won, if your thoughts on the Lord.

Remember what He already delivered you from. Remember how the Lord kept you. Remember when the bad news, worked in your favor and was transformed into good news. Recall when you did not know what you would do and God MADE a way.

The scripture is really saying that it’s all mind over matter. Everything begins with your mind. What you give power to begins to control you.

If you don’t mind [it] won’t matter. What you think, you will become.

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“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7 NKJV