How Will God #Favor You? ~

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Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation (Ps 91:14-16)~ Curious child of God? Wondering if this is what God thinks when He considers you? And then some!!! When God puts His favor on you, whatever happens, nothing shall hurt you; No weapon formed against you shall prosper– though troubles and afflictions may come. They shall come, not for your hurt, but for your good, though at the time it seems more hurtful than helpful. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon Him. They by prayer and faith constantly call upon Him. His promise is, that He will in due time deliver us out of trouble, and in the mean time we will be with Him while in trouble. The Lord will manage all our worldly concerns, and preserve our life on earth, so long as it shall be good for us. He will bless the fruits we bear. He will bless the seeds we sow. He will bless our comings and goings. Friend, God will cause your enemies to come at you in one direction but flee from you in seven directions, because greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. That’s just a portion of how God will bless you – in Jesus name!

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Don’t Stop Believing in the Dream. #MLK50 ->

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On this 50th anniversary of when his walk on Earth ended, Dr King’s voice and Dream both still live on. WE must be the ones to continue the work if we are to realize the dream. Let us never forget the vision and the necessity this great man had, not just for the black community but for ALL mankind! Even though we face turmoil and injustice, we can’t let it stop the Dream! So much of Dr. King’s speech rings true even today in that we still deal with racial injustice and hints of discrimination. As far as we’ve come, we still find ourselves in this shameful condition! I’d like to believe that that the intent of the writers of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were sincere when they decreed that ALL men should have unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! It’s just hard to see when you look at the state of affairs today! We’ve got to do better for things to get better! Our laws can’t be designed in secret, favoring one race, class or party over another! Justice must be blind – not considering my race or your nationality! Yes, we have many freedoms to be who we can be, say what we say and have what we have, but it cannot be placed in front of those inalienable rights and when those rights are violated, our actions cannot be executed without consequence. We cannot and must not continue in this same fashion! Our actions today are so driven by hatred for our fellow man and his difference from us – as if he’s broken! What makes you better than me? The same God made us all and we will all die and face the same throne of judgment! We must do better – as our Savior told us – Love God and Love Others. As Dr. King said, we in our pursuit of gaining our rightful place must not be guilty of wrongful deeds! We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force… As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back… and NO, we will not be satisfied with anyone showing us their version of freedom, but we must be able to see that it is present in our own sight! No man has the human right to GIVE or TAKE another man’s true freedom.  God made us with that and we must fight to respect and preserve it! We can’t give up on the dream that this will one day become reality! It’s ours to have and THAT is what we and our elected leadership must fight to defend! – The ground at the foot of the cross is level and God loves each of us the same! We absolutely can’t give up on the dream of true freedom! …And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Whatever Happened to Love God; #Love Others? –

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Because of the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold (Matt 24:12 NIV)~

No matter what the ‘world’ leads people to, or determines as the new ‘order’ of things, the Word of God remains as it was in the beginning and we must remain steadfast in the doctrine and liberty of the gospel. All true Christians, being taught by the Holy Spirit, wait for eternal life, the reward of righteousness, and the object of their hope, as the gift of God by faith in Christ; and not for the sake of their own works. Our ceremonies, traditions, self-assertions and rewritings of the ‘laws’ we live by have no impact nor influence on our salvation in Him. No outward privileges or profession, social or economic status, position nor power on earth will bring us to acceptance with God, without sincere faith in our Lord Jesus. True faith is a working grace; it works by love to God, and to our brethren. Our two prime directives given by Christ were to love the Lord and to love others; that everything within the law hung on this (Matt 22:37-40).

But our world has gotten away from those two directives and has spun out of control. People have grown away from God – we would rather be on Facebook than have our face IN the Book. We’d rather have friends on social media than a friend that sticks closer than a brother. We want God to show up at our house, but we won’t go to His. We want Him to talk to us, but we won’t even pray to Him. We’ve made great advancements in knowledge and discovery and there are many great and amazing things man has achieved. There is nothing wrong with how far we’ve come as a people. But as far as we’ve come, we’ve simultaneously fallen back as more and more the love for and dependence on God in this world continues to diminish – in our achievements we have become self-reliant and self-absorbing. More and more in this world, we see the lack of love and concern for our fellow man. Never has the hatred between us been so prominent. The value of human life these days is less than one’s own ambitions; love of money, love of material gain, love of position and title. People today LOOK for reasons to put down the life of another just to edify themselves. Where is the ‘love thy neighbor’ in that?

Without faith working by love, all else is worthless, and compared with it other things are of small value. God’s promise restores ‘integrity’ back into His creation as it was at the foundation of the world. May we learn to be still; leaning not to our own understanding; but in all ways acknowledging Him and His finished work; and allow Him to do His works of restoration in us. May we be of the number of those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. May we recall and return to a point of living under the directives Christ put before us: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; Love thy neighbor as thyself”!

 

We Ignore God to Have Our Own Way; Now Our Own Way is Having Us #Consequences –

A great Proverb advises us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Prov 3:5-7).

In latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Tim 4:1-2). For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables (2 Tim 4:3-4). But rather than hear the Word of God as it truly is –  we decided to go our own way – developing our own mindsets, giving in to worldly ways and looking for validation to justify our ways – even from those that create their own “custom” version of Christianity and rather than preach Truth, only tell us what feels good and gives us no accountability to anything but our own way!

WE ARE HERE NOW – THIS IS THE LATTER TIME!

SO – As a result… Since we want to do it OUR WAY

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient… Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Rom 1:28,32).

YES – Since we like to have it our way, God is letting our way have us…

In the moral corruption of “the world”, the truth of our Lord’s words was shown: “Light was come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil; for he that doeth evil hateth the light.” The truth was not to their taste. And we all know how a man will contrive, against the strongest evidence, to reason himself out of the belief of what he dislikes. But a man cannot be brought to greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. Rather than keep God in their knowledge, people commit crimes wholly against reason and their own welfare and justify it by the need for desires and satisfactions of their own mind and flesh. The nature of man, whether pagan or Christian, is still the same; and these charges apply more or less to the state and character of man at all times, till they are brought to full submission to the faith of Christ, and renewed by Divine power. There never yet was a man, who had not reason to lament his strong corruptions, and his secret dislike to the will of God. Therefore rather than pushing the belief that God “causes” the calamities of our time as judgement, we must realize that much of our disastrous situation is the result of sin in the world, whether ours personally or the long term result of human ideology. No matter how we reason, interpret or justify what we say is good for us because it make us ‘feel good’ or appeals to some percentage of the ‘masses’ – God’s word, in it’s entirety and verbatim, is THE word; the ONLY word; and anything that opposes, contradicts or challenges it, is flat out.. sin! We are all called to self-examination, the end of which should be, a deep conviction of sin, and of the necessity of deliverance from a state of condemnation that is the result of human actions rather than Godly judgement. Stop buying into the lies of the enemy: God is not CAUSING the bad things to happen; He’s just allowing the consequences of our own mindsets, ways and actions…. to take place!

BUT GOD – Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, He will always have us back. As Jesus bore the punishment for our evil ways, that we may be reconciled to God – May we be drawn and driven to Him; our refuge and salvation!!

 

#MLK 50+ Years Later – It’s Still Just A Dream! #WakeUpAmerica ->

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Shamefully after 50+ years, we find ourselves here celebrating MLK Day once again, still talking about this great man’s dream that we just can’t seem to bring to reality! It’s almost as if there’s this fermenting and boiling up of rebellion against every form of progression toward ending racist supremacism, bias and other forms of segregation that pit races against each other! America, we are a nation divided – our country is imploding from the inside! Why? Because this race wants to claim superiority and supremacy over that race and that race hates the other race! Somehow, somewhere there came this idea that because of a race or social or economic status or heritage or some other twisted value, that ‘x’ is superior to the other! The ground at the foot of the cross is level – God doesn’t see one race or other status as greater than the other – He sees us all the same. America – contrary to the beliefs of a misguided man and those like him, WE look like the real s***hole country right now! We MUST do better than this! ~~ For I say through the grace given to me to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (Rom 12:3). Wake Up People – Make the Dream Come True!  

Although We’ve Come to the End of the Road, Still We Can’t #LetGo –

…Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Phil 3:13)~ As we finish out 2017, its common to think back over the year that was and ponder what we’ll want to do differently in the next year that is before us.  Chances are, even if you think really hard… it’s likely you no longer have a vision or you don’t have full memory of the vision of how you were going to be a better person in 2017! But If asked to recount how someone has hurt you or what went wrong at work or how you didn’t achieve something, you can recite every action and every word! Your memory of what happened ‘yesterday’ is so vivid that you’re blinded from walking into into your future. And walking into the future with your head looking into the past is a sure way to hit a wall! As you “come up the rough side of the mountain” you’re finding that the heavier the load of baggage and burdens you carry, the harder your climb is!  Look, No matter how you spin it, It’s time for you to LET GO of the setbacks and disappointments of the past. – You can’t do anything about what was or used to be or what happened…but from this moment forward, you can make a difference, look at things with a different perspective and present a different attitude! YOU have the power to change generations after you, put an end to bad states of mind, get rid of bad attitudes and reverse those curses that hung over your head. Instead of holding on to all that mess, listen to that change that you keep saying you want to see, and make that the change you resolve to be!

Leave 2017’s Drama in 2017! #MoveOn ~

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34)~ Jesus often talked of what would happen but He loved anyway. As soon as Christ was fastened to the cross, He prayed for those who crucified Him. Although He was in the greatest struggle and agony, He forgave!  The moral: don’t allow pain to dictate the course of your behavior by crippling your ability to trust or over cautiously holding back caring feelings so not to invest in too much emotional concern (in a fruitless attempt to protect yourself). That unforgiveness is a prison that you’ve chosen to lock yourself in! Stop using an unfair tragedy as an excuse to remain forever broken believing that you have a right to stay that way. Instead of walking around with a chip on your shoulder embracing bitterness to justify yourself, and feeding the pain, LOVE, FORGIVE and embrace FREEDOM! You have a RIGHT to these beautifying things that only come through the dismantling of that fortress of false rights! We cause more hurt to ourselves than the person who inflicted us when we hold on to anger and bitterness. Rather than coming back after those who called for His death and inflicting a revenge that no one would have survived, Jesus came back in peace. Yes, He’s God, but aren’t we made in His image? Don’t we bear His likeness? Why is it Jesus can forgive the sins of the world….that He had to pay for in death but we are still holding bitterness for a pain that we can’t half remember just how uncomfortable it was. It’s time to put it down my friend. People are quick to say I forgive but I just can’t forget… Forgive and forget doesn’t mean that you lose memory of what happened…that’s just not humanly possible… But the “forget” part is your action to MOVE ON and put down that grudge. Vengeance, vindictiveness and spite are not your right to imply nor inflict…no, the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s! Forgive and Move on! Harbored Hatred Hinders Healing!!!