#GetOverIt ~ We Are ONE People Under God! ~

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After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands (Rev 7:9) ~

It’s gotten to a point, there is boiling over of rebellion against every form of progression toward ending racist supremacism, bias and other forms of segregation that pit races against each other! That boiling over today is spilling into the streets of our cities big and small, in our restaurants, stores, schools, places of business and even churches!!! Even more horrendous is that it’s even going on with people claiming they are in some way, shape or form, God’s people! We have become race-divided.  In America, this country is imploding from the inside – because this race wants to claim supremacy over that race and that race hates the other race and by the way, this race over here is divided against itself because half of it doesn’t want to see the other half succeed and they literally judge each other because of their level within the race!!! Despite all the efforts from people to proclaim our society as post-racial. We keep seeing examples of racism and the more people speak against it the more supporters of racist views rear their heads …ugliness… in the world stage, the national spotlight and right in our own neighborhoods… We were so wrong to think it’s gotten better!!!! Racism is more prevalent today than it ever was and if not for the laws protecting the human rights of the targets of this ugly cancer of society, things would be much worse. The only reason the crimes aren’t any worse is because the fear of retaliation or punitive recourse holds force… at least for now with the people running our government these days (but I digress)! It can’t be said enough, we need to go above our horrible base instincts of ignorance and lay off the acts steeped in belittling cultures other than our own. There is NOT ONE justifiable reason for racism to exist!!! There is NO EXCUSE for the ugliness that happens: These people call themselves Christians… “ people of God” – Well, If “whoever” is good enough for God then they have to be good enough for the “people” of God! Jesus is not looking at the color of someone’s skin but the condition of their heart.

So let me ask you… people of God… who want to separate the races and culture and people.. Why would God bring the nations and races and souls together in Heaven but keep them separate on Earth? So you think mixed race societies are unequally yoked because your race is better than mine or his or hers??? Being “unequally yoked” isn’t about race, it’s about religion. Jesus has interracial marriages in his lineage. Are you better than Him? It doesn’t matter that your ancestors have been this way for generations…. we love to bring up what happened hundreds of years ago as our reason for not liking someone. Half of us don’t understand or even TRY to understand why, we just do it because it’s the way our families or our communities have been all of our lives… and our excuse for staying that way is … HERITAGE!?!?!? No wonder things are so backwards!!! When your family values are rooted hatred and in sin, it’s time to change your family values. Nobody’s born a bigot; it’s a learned behavior. This behavior always leads to us treating people how Jesus would never treat people. Hatred, Unforgiveness, Anger, Arrogance, Racism… not liking the person because their skin is a different color, their beliefs and heritages are different, their likes and dislikes don’t match ours… these things are always rooted in ignorance. Stop defending the ignorance…. we really aren’t any better than the next person! Just END IT NOW!!! For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to EVERY man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another (Rom 12:3-5).

 

Joy! It’s Your #Choice ~

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh 8:10).

The joy of the Lord is much greater than simply feeling happy. Unlike happiness— an emotion that can disappear as quickly as it comes— joy is a choice. It brings peace and contentment to your soul, even when your circumstances are difficult.

Romans 14:17 tells us that the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Joy is a major part of God’s plan for us. His joy is part of what He has for our everyday lives! And we can choose to receive and live with that joy even when the list of things to do or deal with seems never-ending.

Make a Decision

Having joy is not about a feeling; it’s about making a decision to live each day with the joy of the Lord even when you don’t feel like it. Psalm 118:24 (ESV) says, This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Take some time to pause and reflect on Jesus and then share His joy with others. Look again at Nehemiah 8:10 – It says in the latter portion: “Neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Yes, things may be tough, but YOU get to choose to let go of those things and let God handle them. You’ll find strength when you make the decision to rejoice!

Live to Give

God wants you to enjoy your life! He also wants you to sow into the lives of others! These are sources of joy! Look again at Nehemiah 8:10 – “Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared”. When you concentrate on helping and giving to others you will experience more joy in your own life. Be determined each day to do at least one thing for someone else that makes their life better. Give a compliment, give something away, take the time to listen, do something nice for your family or coworkers or friends, open a door for someone, let someone go ahead of you in line at the store…the list goes on and on. There is tremendous joy in giving!

Please God, Not People

Colossians 1:10 (AMP) says, So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things… Our first priority should be to please God. It’s easy to want to please everyone else— but eventually that type of behavior can quickly steal your joy because you start feeling like you’re sacrificing your own …. and eventually you will be. Remember to keep the joy of the Lord at the center of it all.

You Can Enjoy Your Life—Every Day! Choose Joy!

Your Mouth Will Come Back to Bite You #SpeakWisely ~

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them (Prov 14:3)~ How you use your tongue, one of the most difficult things to rule, dictates how you are treated in life. Both death and life are in the power of the tongue, and if you indulge yourself in talking, you will realize one or the other result. There are consequences to pay for your speech. Harsh and proud speech brings punishment and trouble; discreet and gracious speech brings blessing and safety. A fool cannot control his proud speech, and it causes others and him grief wherever he goes. When a fool talks proudly with his mouth, the pride in his words causes others to dislike and resent him. He loses friends and relationships, but in his ignorance does not know why.

But a wise man is preserved and honored by his tongue. He uses speech for the good of others, and they love him for it. His gracious and kind words win the blessing and favor of others. He preserves his soul from much grief by wisely dealing with those around him. When a wise man graciously and humbly sets within himself to always advance others, they respond with affection and appreciation. He gains in friends and honor. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers (Eph 4:29). What do you have to say…for yourself?

One #Relationship We Can Be Confident In…~

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When we talk about having confidence, especially in the context of relationships, we mean it to mean there is a sense of trust, no fear or suspicion, able to be frank and unreserved. In other words, we feel we have the ability to speak freely. This is especially true with those we love and who are closest to us. Married couples often say that communication is the key to their marriage. What they mean is that they desire one another to be open and honest with their thoughts and feelings. Parents often tell their children that they can come to them with anything, good or bad, and be received with love and compassion. Even many businesses talk about an “open door” policy where employees are encouraged to be sincere with their superiors about workplace issues. As Christians, do we feel we can have confidence when it comes to our relationship with God? “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22).”

The grace of God has taken down the barriers that prevented us from approaching Him as His children. With nothing between us and God, we now can boldly and confidently approach Him to receive His love, grace and mercy. The author of Hebrews describes this confidence with phrases like “draw near,” “full assurance,” that we are now “clean from an evil conscience” and our “bodies washed with pure water.” It is this truth that enables us to speak freely to God without any fear of punishment. This is a far cry from life under the law. “What the law says, it says to those who are ruled by the law. Its purpose is to shut every mouth and make the whole world accountable to God. So it can’t be said that anyone will be made right with God by obeying the law. Not at all! The law makes us more aware of our sin (Romans 3:19-20).” Notice the contrast to the grace of God in this passage? It says the purpose of the law is to “shut every mouth.” This is the exact opposite of being confident to speak freely. The law shuts our mouths because we know we are not righteous enough to obey it. We walk around in our lives.. quiet and in shame because we feel too guilty in that knowledge and truth of our sins to even approach Him. Therefore, we have nothing to boast about before God and we are separated from Him by our actions. And when we are separated from Him we can’t draw near, we have no assurance, our consciences are not clean because we are guilty of sin and our works are as filthy rags; impure bodies before the Lord. That is why it is imperative to recognize that because of our relationship and our faith in Jesus Christ we can now “boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).” Be confident and assured of your right standing before God. When You have a relationship with Him – Nothing can take that away from you and NOTHING can take you away from Him!

Learn to #Trust God’s ‘No’ and accept HIS ‘Yes’ –

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Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (James 4:3); For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord (Isa 55:8)~~ so often we allow ourselves into misinterpreting what the Word of God says about what we can obtain, achieve or experience. When this happens, we find ourselves feeling rejected, neglected and disappointed because we feel like we should have what we prayed for. Sure, we believe we can do what the Word says we can do, be what it says we can be and have what it says we can have, but all of this has to be in accordance with GOD’s will and thoughts, not what we seek to satisfy our flesh or raise our own stature. Just because we pray for it and say ‘in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen’, doesn’t mean that God will say ‘yes’. There are some things, things that may be very important to us and in our own minds, vital to our happiness, success and comfort, but God’s intent is that we are brought to Him and if there is some pinnacle that we reach that will impede that progress, He is not going to just allow it, no matter how we spin what ‘good’ that desire will bring for us. God sees differently with respect to those things we ask for and even if we see ‘not having’ what we ask for as a detriment, God sees the good that ‘not having’ will do us. We can say ‘I won’t feel good about that part of my life if things don’t go this way’; but God will say ‘Your feeling good about things is not what’s important, Your faith in where I will take you beyond that desire are what my plans are for you’. No matter how we justify what we think we should have and the good we feel like it will do for us, God’s “good” IS good. He’s not going to approve something we desire that’s not for the uplifting of our relationship with Him. Some of us are so adamant, stubborn and strong willed about what we want that we continue to seek it by any means, even without God’s approval. And guess what, sometimes we GET what we want. When we turn away from Him though, seeking to obtain in our own efforts aside of Him, He sometimes allows us to experience that thing and then in a very valuable dose of sovereignty, go through the hurt of its consequence to learn a lesson. We must learn to trust God’s ‘No’, no matter how much our complete being feels like we should have a ‘Yes’. He’s not going to just ‘give’ us what we want if He knows it is only to satisfy our fleshly desires but will hurt the relationship of our Spirit with Him!

Not My Will But Thy Will… #Submit ~

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Prov 3:5)~ We often fall into the trap of our pride; convincing ourselves that we don’t need any help from anyone. We believe we can do it all by ourselves. We say things like: “I got this.” “I know that already.” “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” In every instance of the Bible we are able to see where man has gone His own way aside of God, only to meet his own defeat! From Adam and Eve to God’s own chosen people, there is a human condition that represents the battle between flesh and spirit. Even Jesus had to deal with this in His own humanity several times in His earthly walk. Fortunately He (obviously) understood that God’s will must be the first and last. ..and that anything else was destined to failure! Being tempted by Satan, Jesus could have easily been relieved in the desert of all ailments and discomforts. But He also knew that this would have been submission to His flesh and not in the Will of God; which would have changed things completely. Jesus also could have said ‘no’ and ushered in legions of angels to defeat His captors at His time of arrest but He instead submitted to God’s will and not His own because He knew that doing this would have prevented the crucifixion. ..which would have stopped the work He was destined to finish!

We must humbly trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing He is able and wise to do what is best. Those who “know” themselves, find their own understandings a broken reed, which, if they lean upon, will fail. Do not determine your own way, but beg God to direct you in every case, though it may seem awkward… Nevertheless, not my will but THY will be done… Order my steps dear Lord! And as you ask His direction, exert that power that was given to you in advance through the Holy Spirit and call upon the already established Word of God to stifle that temptation and put your flesh in check, yielding to the Spirit and sending the devil packing! Submit yourselves therefore to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

God Got You Right The First Time #Masterpiece ~

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well (Ps 139:14)~~ All too often people call us a failure because we’ve failed to be who they think we should be, or do what they think we should do. A classic example is the father upset because his son didn’t play some sport or choose the right profession (meaning doing what he does). These things aren’t about the son, they’re about the father. We get the same thing from teachers, friends, and employers. Most of us get it from our spouses, and from our kids saying we don’t do this or that like “so and so” down the street does. Everyone has an idea of who we should be, or how we should do, and most brand us as a failure if we don’t do what they think we should.

Again, these things aren’t about you at all, but the perception of the person “judging” you. The people who did this to you in the past have shaped how you are today to some degree, and unless you’ve dealt with it they still affect you. However, it doesn’t end there, because you still have people today who see you as a failure or a mistake or a bad choice of some kind. Do you see those people in your life, the ones who say you’re a failure? How do you react to them? Are you too upset by them, or can you let it go?

But God made you like you are. His every intention for you was to be as He made you. Unlike us, He COULD go back and change it but God got you right the first time. No need to second guess it and dare you tell God He did it wrong!!! Nothing about you is a mistake. In fact, you’re a masterpiece – God’s masterpiece! You were not an accident or a mistake but very much a figure in the plan of the Creator of the Universe! Even though we may get off track and we don’t always feel like a rock-star in every area of our life every day, God has a very specific and individual design intended for our life. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer 29:11).

Friend, it’s key to remind yourself who you are and whose you are. Your identity comes with a divine promise from God. Remember, creation became by His word: “And God Said….” (Genesis 1). God used His word to speak life into being, and His word never returns void. He Himself declares it (Isa 55:11) and as He speaks, so it is and it is prosperous within! Yes, His word accomplishes His purpose and it does so WELL… and Failure is not part of God’s vocabulary!! So, when you feel defeated, just remember that the same power that conquered sin, death and the grave… lives in you! Remember that you are not a failure because God made you and He doesn’t fail!!! You are the living manifestation of God’s spoken word in the flesh, and you will accomplish the purpose for which you are sent; and do it WELL! Never doubt who you are. That’s the number-one trick of the enemy—to make you feel inadequate or incapable of doing what God purposes for you so that you seek the alternative… unbelief and sin. When it gets tough or when you start getting pulled back by your past, remember that God’s appointment and promises have no expiration date. Child of God, the devil is a lie! You are not a failure, you are not a mistake! Friend of God – Remember who you are! God’s Masterpiece!