Fall Sleep On Autopilot & You’ll Drift Into a Distraction! – #StayWoke ~

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Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil (Prov 4:25-27)~ Like a boat without propulsion, a lack of focus can cause us to drift. Our relationship with God, our marriages, our lives with our families, our careers. All of these areas that are typically the most important to us, but we, in our complacency just let things go on automatic while we look at other things. There may even not be obvious conflict or struggles, just subtle distractions that lull us ‘asleep’. We hardly notice we’re losing our “standing and foundation” until … BAM … we end up somewhere we never intended to be. We must be intentional about the path these areas in our lives take. We must keep our hearts, minds and spirits focused on the Lord and His intent for us. Our relationships with God and our marriages and families and careers and each other; are areas where the enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy. Those little distractions of life become major issues if left unattended! Keep your heart with all diligence. Set a strict guard upon your soul, your relationships and your values; keep your heart from doing hurt, and getting hurt. Relationships in all aspects.. how we interact with God and each other are key to achieving our destiny and should never just be left to ‘drift’ on their own as if ‘autopilot’ will get it done. These areas take work, diligence, commitment, perseverance, patience and dedication. Small course corrections can change your marriage, enhance relationships and strengthen resolve. But it requires you to STAY WOKE! Be intentional about how you manage your relationships! MAKE time for the important things in life… if they’re really that important! Above all, we should seek from the Lord Jesus; that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life. In Him, we shall be enabled to put away those fiery darts of the enemy; our eyes will be turned from beholding distractions, focused, dedicated, diligent and committed; and walking by the rule of God’s word, treading in the steps of Christ!

God’s Working Out The Mess! You Just Keep Saying Yes! #Perseverance ~

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith (Heb 10:35-38)~~ God intends that we are all blessed…when HE is ready to bless us. So often we give up on His promise for our lives because it doesn’t come in our lives when we are ready to see it. We think that if we don’t have something by a certain point in OUR time that He is not going to give it to us at all when actually God JUST might be blessing us through the manifestation of prerequisite events. Every blessing has a path that must be traveled. Jesus had to go through over thirty years on earth, the sufferings, the cross, and the grave before He could rise and be in the power of The Promise… in fact, He went through HELL! Think about that next time you think things are bad!! In order to get TO the greatness of your blessing, you may have to go THROUGH a time that requires your commitment and patience. Therefore you can’t give up on God’s promise just because you feel like it’s not happening in your time or plan. Remember His thoughts and ways are higher than yours. He sees a bigger picture and HE knows the best plan and the best time for everything. If you stop believing just because of the delay, you miss the true blessing! While you’re spending your time and life complaining. .. you are missing the blessings He has for you. You can’t be in control of everything… but rather be happy and trust in Him who IS in control. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Don’t give up! Wait on Him! While waiting… keep on doing what’s right. Keep giving God your “yes” while He works out your mess. Be not weary in well doing. .for in DUE SEASON … HIS due season you shall reap if you faint not.

Feel like giving up? Think on THESE things:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Eph. 6:10

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalm 71:16

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. I Cor. 9:24

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Heb. 12:1

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Zech. 4:6

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. II Tim. 1:7

It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:32

Keep giving God your “yes” while He works out your mess!

There is no love in abuse! #LoveLovingly ~>

The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates (Ps 11:5); Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them (Col 3:19)~~ Husbands, when you said “I do”, it wasn’t just saying you would take this woman….(you know the rest), but you vowed in the sight of God to be what He calls a husband to be. While we cannot be perfect in our own effort, in Him we achieve righteousness and upright standing. The woman whose hand you took – Consider she is your wife; your own; the nearest relation you have in the world. You forsook your mother and father (yes fellas…even mama and daddy) as part of God’s plan to be joined into a single flesh according to God’s will. Your wife is to be looked on, not as a servant; not as a subject; not as a target of aggression or anger and certainly not as a burden of any kind, but as a help, love and companion. There is an oath of God between you, which is not to be trifled with. Man and wife should continue to their lives’ end, in holy love and peace. Submission is the duty of the wife. But it is submission, not to a severe Lord or stern tyrant, but to her own husband, who is engaged to AFFECTIONATE duty. And husbands must love their wives with tender and faithful affection!! It is NOT OK for one spouse to commit violence against the other. It’s something God hates. If you are doing this to your spouse, YOU ARE WRONG and if you can’t control yourself, then GET HELP. If this is being done to you by your spouse, then GET OUT! If you are a victim of abuse in your marriage, PLEASE don’t be fooled into thinking that you “deserve it” There is NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER that makes it okay to resort to violence of any kind or any physical and verbal abuse. God does not condone a marriage of abuse, or violence. The Bible says that he who loves his wife loves himself. There is no love in abuse – for each other or oneself.

Baby Daddies… #ManUp And Be The Father! ~

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4)~

The duty of FATHERS: Be not impatient; use no unreasonable severities. Deal prudently and wisely with your children; convince their judgments and work upon their reason. Bring them up well; under proper and COMPASSIONATE correction; and in the knowledge of the duty God requires. Often is this duty neglected; as many men, through their own actions set their children against religion. But this does not excuse the children’s disobedience, in fact it may be awfully the cause of it.

There’s a point in life where God will hold ‘each’ of us accountable for our lives – as a man and father – part of my accountability will come in how I was as a father to my children because that influence makes a difference in the lives they will live beyond me! God alone can change the heart, and He gives His blessing to the good lessons and examples of FATHERS, and answers their prayers. My prayer and main concern regarding my children is that they grow up knowing Him and that I may be the Earthly example of God’s love to my children!

Train up a child in the way they should go..and when they are old they shall not depart from it! Hey you, Baby’s Daddy… are you being a Father? Are you doing what you’re supposed to do? Are you loving your children with a stern but compassionate heart? Are you correcting them in love and not ruling by fear and intimidation? Are they learning through you what it’s like to be loved by God? Any ‘male’ can be a baby’s daddy, but can you be a FATHER? Much respect to the men out there that DO it like a FATHER should.

Feel Like You’re Holding on to a Breaking Rope? #Trust The Lord, Don’t Lose Hope ->

For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:21–22)~~ Your grip on hope is slipping. You feel like the rope you’ve been hanging on to since it all began is slowly sliding through your fingers. Your hands are burning, cramping. You’re down to the final few loose threads. You’re squeezing the life out of that fraying, lifeless rope.

Let go.

Did you hear that?

Let go!

You won’t fall into oblivion or hellish chaos. You’ll fall where you’ve actually been all along, even while tenaciously clutching your rope. You’ll fall into Jesus’ arms. Into His love and protection. Into His care for you and your future.

You do have a future, you know. It may not look exactly like the future you were envisioning. It may include more suffering and pain. It may include more years…or fewer. But it’s exactly the future God planned for you from the beginning. He knows you better than you, better than anyone else. You may be mystified by what’s happening in your life, bewildered by the decisions that need to be made, uncertain of what tomorrow will bring.

But never forget: You have hope. Instead of a weak and raveling rope, hang on to Jesus, the source of your hope. He’s got you and your future in His very skilled hands.

If you’d just #believe in Him, even in the midst of the storm, you’ll be walking on water!!! ~

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves:for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt (Matt 14:24-31)~~

Christ had Peter come, not only that he might walk upon the water, and so know his Lord’s power, but that he might know his own weakness. And the Lord often lets us have our choice, and our ‘sinking’ to humble and prove us, to let us realize our limitations, and to show the greatness of His power and grace. When we look off from Christ, and look at the greatness of our opposing difficulties, we shall begin to fall; but when we call to Him, He will stretch out His arm, and save us. Christ is the great Savior; and those who would be saved, must come to Him, and cry to Him for salvation. We are never brought to this point until we find ourselves sinking in the confidence of our own choices. It is then that the sense of need drives us to Him. Christ rebuked Peter.

If we could just believe more, we would suffer less. The weakness of faith, and the prevailing of our doubts, displease our Lord, for there is no good reason why Christ’s disciples should be of a doubtful mind. Indeed without faith it is impossible to please God. In the worst of stormy days He is to us a very present help! Situations in your life can be like you’re in that tiny ship in a vast ocean getting tossed and blown all over the place. God keeps you in this storm but He is always right there for you to reach out to. Keep your focus on Him and don’t be too proud to cry out for Him! He won’t calm the storm but if you’ll just believe in Him, in the midst of the storm you’ll be walking on water!!!

Want To Be On The Side With Greener Grass? Then Water Yours! #Marriage ~>

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Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers ‘with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth (Prov 5:15-18)~~ The only real promise of infidelity is that most of those marriages end in divorce. In the blink of an eye, the trust and security that was the foundation for a healthy marriage is destroyed. Sadly, it takes years of dedicated work to rebuild lost trust and security ripped away by an affair.. IF it even happens at all!  The reason is simple. After an ice storm, have you ever attempted to walk down a frozen sidewalk? Although it’s possible, there’s always anxiety that a horrible fall might be right around the corner. What many couples fail to realize is that an absence of trust and security in a marriage is like condemning a person to live on that ice-covered sidewalk. Your mate is never truly free to relax because he or she is continually fighting to keep his or her footing.

Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep from these destructive vices. But we are not properly united, except as we attend to God’s word, seeking his direction and blessing, and acting with affection. If people put as much attention into their OWN marriage as they give to outside entities activities and people, imagine how low the divorce rate would be! Instead of looking at how green the grass APPEARS to be on the other side, try watering your own grass! It’s amazing how well a marriage flourishes when we nurture it!!! It’s been said how awesome it is to marry the one you love.. (Well, who else would you marry???) — but even more awesome it is… when you LOVE THE ONE YOU MARRIED! There’s nothing worse in a marriage than that person that claims unhappiness in the marriage but then looks outside the marriage for satisfaction!

Look it’s just that simple! Marriage is that protected fenced in backyard! NO ONE should be allowed to walk in inside it other than the two of you that are part of it… and God Himself; not the kids, not mama or daddy or your siblings or your buddies or your girlfriends! FORSAKING ALL OTHERS means just that! This is your beautiful, blessed and sacred space – Your dream yard and the curb appeal you show the world should be a reflection of God’s purpose and blessing upon you! Water the grass and tend to it meticulously! When there are issues – deal with them IN THAT SPACE. When there is joy – celebrate IN THAT SPACE. When there is tribulation – grieve and rebuild IN THAT SPACE. Your marriage should be your place of solitude and your ultimate destination to get away from the world. Treat it right and your marriage will be something you’ll always look forward to coming home to! 

(Scene in a Courtroom divorce proceeding after a husband’s name showed up on the Ashley Madison list): “Why are you asking for a divorce?” the judge inquired. “Because all my husband wants is to make love,” the woman said. “Most women would be pleased!” said the judge. “They are!!” the woman fired back. “That’s why I want a divorce!!!” – – –

The #StruggleIsReal But So Is God! ~

The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked (Prov 10:3); I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread (Ps 37:25)~ By man’s standards righteousness is about being a certain kind of person and what you do to live a good life; and only certain people are even eligible to be considered righteous; but by God’s standards righteousness is not possible by man except for that which comes about to all by accepting the life of Christ to live in and through you by faith rather than the weight of your good deeds. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference (Rom 3:22). So as we are IN HIM we are made righteous in His sight and are His children.

Now God takes care of the most minute of His creatures, and we, His children are of much greater value than many for we are created in His own image. He will never forsake His own. And when He blesses, there is no limit. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matt 6:26). Do you obey God? Is His kingdom and righteousness your life ambition? Do you walk and talk with Him daily, hating evil and loving righteousness? Do you accept and have faith to releasing “your life” for the life of Christ to live in and through you? Then you may presume God will put a hedge around you and bless the work of your hands like He did Job (Job 1:1-3,10). God’s got your back and will see to it that you are taken care of.

Repent #Reset and Restore the Relationship! There’s a Revelation Waiting For You! –

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:1-3)~~ We have inter-mixed true relationship with God with precepts of carnality – allowing ourselves to be manipulated by the enemy and misled, misinformed and improperly aligned according to the influences of the ways of the world. Yes we love God and know who He is and believe in Him and even believe Him, but our lives are an indication that we are still missing … something! We are off and we just know that we’re out of sync with God and that’s enough to keep the turmoil going in our lives. We are hesistant and we back away from total commitment to God because we live in our guilt and fears because we haven’t been totally committed to Him. The world has us believing that commitment to ‘self’ is the priority; that we must do certain things and live a certain way and acquire gain at any cost, even the cost of being (just a little) misaligned with God so that we can be prosperous and successful. Believe in God, go to church, pray, do good things.. but be about YOU first and all will be well. Yes, the devil is a LIAR! Because something is just … off… and deep down, we know it!

Let us now repent of not being where God wants us to be – let us seek ‘authentic’ relationship with God, not just going for form and fashion because someone told us it’s the right thing to do. Let us give God glory in true spirit, uninhibited and without hesitation. God is restoring us of the years of loss and pain, He is resuscitating in us those things that have seemingly died in our lives that have sent us down these dark paths.Through Christ He has restored the Life in us that was first intended at creation. God has reconciled the world to Himself – that we may live raised up in His presence. He promises love for us regardless of the hints of the enemy that He has left us alone. Let us realize once and for all that it’s more than just knowing ABOUT God, but through the revelation of these truths, it’s about KNOWING God in relationship. It’s about what we EXPERIENCE Him doing – preserving us, keeping us, holding on to us, blessing us, nurturing and growing us in Him; changing the very course of our lives and renewing our minds and Spirits – those things that go far beyond what we could read or talk about, those motions we go through with no true connection, just an action to check off of a task list; it’s about what is DONE in us, for us and to us by His love, grace and mercy; EXPERIENCING His Joy, His Peace, His Love! God is turning us around so much so that the people who have known us all of our lives may even see us as a complete stranger because we will not be what we used to be. In Him, we always come through different than when we started out!

When we RESET and come back to Him, He sets the order on our behalf! There is revelation in the relationship! God’s revelation in relationship to us will be the refreshment of life that cleans all things, nourishes all things, quenches all things, satisfies all things. It will bring forth the harvest of His promises to us in RELATIONSHIP. You’ve been waiting and planning and thinking of how and when and why to come back to Him, getting your life in order – even reading your Word and going through the motions of it all, but there is revelation in relationship! Rather than getting your life together to come back to God, come back to God and get your life together!

Don’t Let Life’s Downs Break You #RiseUp and Change Things! ~

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The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me (John 5:7). We all complain about how bad things are and how hopeless things seem to be! Seems like every day now we see yet another example of why football players #TakeAKnee (Go search the Hashtag on Twitter if you don’t believe me). Social Justice Issues, Increasing hatred, job and home concerns, health care, LIFE!!!  And we feel powerless about it all, so we complain…. and complain!!! What’s the Use, Right???

One of the tactics of the enemy is to make your situation so difficult and strenuous that you will literally begin to doubt the faith that has gotten you to where you are now…that there is no legitimacy to any of the things of God that you claim to believe. You are put through embarrassment and shame and ridicule and the enemy will make light of the relics of your faith to see what your response is going to be…literally saying to you “where is your God now?”. You start to wonder how are you supposed to believe in, praise and trust God in all of this… questioning your own convictions. This wears on you, stresses you out, physiologically and psychologically you are worn down. You now become accepting of your situation and even make excuses for why you haven’t come out of it! Not that you can’t…but you… “haven’t”.

Depression, Misfortune, Misery, Poverty, Jobs, Social Justice… Whatever the bad situation is: Don’t let it break you! Don’t allow the enemy’s tactics to cause you to just sit in your mess, thinking that there’s nothing you can do about it; believing that you’re just here in this ’situation’ and that’s the way things are.  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful (Ps 1:1). No matter how bad the situation seems; or how tough things feel or appear – the point here is you can’t just sit there wallowing in this mess… it’s time to RISE UP! You’re only sitting in this mess because you haven’t taken the steps to RISE UP above it! You listen to the verse that says He “picked me up” and that God “lifted” me up… and He “holds me up” with His hand… so now you think until there’s some miraculous rising up by God that God is leaving you there in your mess!!! No! -> Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk (John 5:8) in what God has already empowered you to do!  Get out of this mindset that there’s nothing that can be done and that your voice won’t be heard!!! RISE UP – God has a plan for you (Jer 29:11) Friend, these things came along that you may discover HIS power. He may allow you to go through it, but He’s got a blessing to get you THROUGH it. He’s also given you the command to get up out of it! But it’s now up to YOU to RISE UP!! Want to discover that blessing? RISE UP and go into it! Want to see the mess we’re in get cleaned up? RISE UP and clean it up!