To Shine, Stay On The Vine!

Are you tired of going back and forth with a problem you have been dealing with for a long time? Tired of feeling guilty, under condemnation, and helpless? The only way to get results is to stay connected with the source. Our electricity works when we stay connected to the power company.

John 15:5-8 Easy Read Version says “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything. If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned. Stay joined together with me, and follow my teachings. If you do this, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you. Show that you are my followers by producing much fruit. This will bring honor to my Father.

The key is staying connected to God. I have seen people overcome certain obstacles, get comfortable trusting in their own ability/strength and end up back where they started. Connection to God will take you from faith to faith, glory to glory. You rise higher with God.

John 8:31-32 King James Version 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

It is a daily lifestyle. True freedom is in knowing the Creator and doing things His way. After all, He created us. He knows what is best for us. Continue meditating in the word throughout the day.

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

As believers, people should see the difference by the victories and successes we have in our lives. God is glorified and it gives us an opportunity to share about the goodness of God.

Isaiah 60:1-3 Living Translation Arise, my people! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you. Darkness as black as night shall cover all the peoples of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine from you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see the glory of the Lord upon you.

Let us as people of God rise up and stay connected to the vine, which is The Almighty God, so people can see a better way and are drawn to the Light of God in us.

To shine, stay on the vine!

To Make It Through, Walk In The New!

Things in this natural life can become monotonous (dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest). During this current time when things are repetitive with certain places being closed and traveling is limited, it is easy to get comfortable in that space. It applies to every situation in life. God made variety for a reason in animals, people, different cultures, and everything in creation. What can we do to keep things in our lives from becoming dull? It starts with our spirit man. Without the spirit living in us, our body is lifeless.

As believers, we do not serve a dull God!

Lamentations 3:21-24 :But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” 

Glory to God! His mercies are new every morning. When you spend time with God in the morning, you feel renewed and refreshed. God gives you new revelation from chapters and verses in the bible. That is amazing within itself!

Matthew 13:52 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

I have had songs come to me that I haven’t played in a long time and it ministered to me. Other times God would put a new song in me.

Being in fellowship with God our Creator keeps our lives from being monotonous. After all, He created us.

Psalm 116:11 You make known to me the path of life;in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore

If you don’t have a relationship with God, get to know Him. It is the most exciting journey. You don’t have to fill the void with things on this earth that can only give you temporary happiness. God is eternal and he will give you everlasting joy.

To make it through walk in the new!

Do You Know Your Father?

I have heard people who didn’t have a father present in their lives express the pain and hurt it caused. The good news is we have a Heavenly Father. For those who haven’t received Him into their lives, all you have to do is: confess/repent of your sins, confess Him as Lord of your life, believe with your heart to receive Him. Then you are in the family (Romans 10:9-10). For those who have received Him, let’s remind ourselves of who Our Heavenly Father is. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves and spend more time with our Father to know Him.

Romans 5:8 NIV But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Just like a natural father makes sacrifices for his children, our Heavenly Father sacrificed His only Son Jesus to die for our sins so that we can live a victorious life through trusting in Him. His Son’s death saved our souls from Hell. That is is enough to walk with our heads held high. Who wouldn’t want to know a father like that?

Matthew 5:31-33 Easy Read Version 31 “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.

People who are in the kingdom of God know that our Heavenly Father is our provider, just like an earthly father who provides for his children. We don’t have to be concerned about our needs because our Heavenly Father provides for His children.

I John 5:14-15 Amplified Version 14 This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. 15 And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him.

All we have to do is ask our Heavenly Father for things. As long long it is according to His will, He will give it to us just like a natural father. True fathers will not give us things that aren’t good for us, but instead will give us what is best for us.

Matthew 7:9-11 CSB Version: Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

Just like an earthly father gives good things to his children, our Heavenly Father wants to give us good things. All we have to do is ask.

Psalm 121:7-8 NIV 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Our Heavenly Father protects us and keeps us from harm just like an earthly father does.

Proverbs 3:12 for the LORD disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

We also receive correction from our Heavenly Father for our well being. A natural father disciplines his children out of love and wants the best for his children.

Let’s honor our Heavenly Father for His sacrificial love and protection. For providing our needs , giving us good things, and for correcting us for our well being. If you have not received Him into your life, do so now. He is the best Father you can ever have.

My brother has a saying he uses with a little bit of humor every time he receives a blessing: “You don’t know my father!” Even through challenges, he would use that same saying. It is a running humor in our family but it is symbolic of him recognizing his true heavenly father.

Do you know your father?!

The Release Is Near, If God’s People Will Hear

I woke up yesterday morning and Psalm 81 and the title for today’s blog came to me.

Psalm 81: 8-16 Easy Read Version says “My people, I am warning you. Israel, listen to me!Don’t worship any of the false gods that the foreigners worship. 10 I, the Lord, am your God. I brought you out of Egypt.Israel, open your mouth, and I will feed you.11 “But my people did not listen to me. Israel did not obey me.12 So I let them go their own stubborn way and do whatever they wanted.13 If my people would listen to me and would live the way I want,14 then I would defeat their enemies. I would punish those who cause them trouble.15 Those who hate the Lord would shake with fear. They would be punished forever. 16 I would give the best wheat to my people. I would give them the purest honey, until they were satisfied.

God is ready to release the things to us and handle our enemies, but as people of God we have to get rid of whatever idol it is that is keeping us from receiving the best. We have to listen to what God is saying & worship Him only. Not money, other people or things because God created all of those things. We as people of God can’t put anything before Him. We have to ask ourselves “What am I putting before God?” Whatever we are putting before God is an idol.

Romans 12:2 Amplified Version: And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

1 John 2:15-17 Christian English Bible 15 Don’t love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them. 16 Everything that is in the world—the craving for whatever the body feels, the craving for whatever the eyes see and the arrogant pride in one’s possessions—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.

We are spiritual beings made in the image of God. The things on this earth won’t last but our eternity with God does. By spending time with God and renewing our minds daily to God’s way of doing things will help us stay focused. Whatever you spend most of your time on is what you will desire. We are the light of the world. God wants our light to shine so that the people who don’t know God would desire to know Him when they see God working in our lives.

Some of you may be wondering “How do I hear from God?” It first starts with the word of God Psalm 119:105 Easy Read Version says Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take.

Proverbs 3:6-7 Easy Read Version makes it plain: Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. Don’t trust in your own wisdom, but fear and respect the Lord and stay away from evil.

God also speaks when things are quiet. Early mornings are quiet. Proverbs 8:17 King James Version says 17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Another time God speaks is when you put your all into what you’re doing. Jeremiah 29:13 New King James Version: And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Finally, if there is any sin as believers we need to confess it so we can hear God clearly. Psalm 66:18 Amplified Version says If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me];

It is time for us as people of God to truly live a life of trusting and obeying the word of God. Only then will we receive the best God has for us. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God Romans 10:17.

God blesses His people for His glory and to draw people who don’t know Him to the kingdom of God.

The release is near, if God’s people will hear!

Our Victory Ignite, When We Unite

We’ve heard the sayings “Where there is unity, there is strength” and “There is strength in numbers.” This is true when dealing with a huge task. What does it means to unite? What does the word of God says about it?

Unite: 1. to put together to form a single unity 2. to link by a legal or moral bond 3. to become one or as if one.

Romans 12:25 New King James Version “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

In order for any home, business, government, relationship, church; etc. to be successful, it has to flow in unity. Anything divided will not last or stand.

We all have a part to play when it comes to uniting. No one is better than the other. God made us with different gifts and abilities for His glory.

1 Corinthians 12:12-25 Easy Read Version:

1A person has only one body, but it has many parts. Yes, there are many parts, but all those parts are still just one body. Christ is like that too. 13 Some of us are Jews and some of us are not; some of us are slaves and some of us are free. But we were all baptized to become one body through one Spirit. And we were all given the one Spirit.

14 And a person’s body has more than one part. It has many parts. 15 The foot might say, “I am not a hand, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not stop the foot from being a part of the body. 16 The ear might say, “I am not an eye, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not make the ear stop being a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, it would not be able to hear. If the whole body were an ear, it would not be able to smell anything. 18-19 If each part of the body were the same part, there would be no body. But as it is, God put the parts in the body as he wanted them. He made a place for each one. 20 So there are many parts, but only one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the foot, “I don’t need you!” 22 No, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are actually very important. 23 And the parts that we think are not worth very much are the parts we give the most care to. And we give special care to the parts of the body that we don’t want to show. 24 The more beautiful parts don’t need this special care. But God put the body together and gave more honor to the parts that need it. 25 God did this so that our body would not be divided. God wanted the different parts to care the same for each other. 26 If one part of the body suffers, then all the other parts suffer with it. Or if one part is honored, then all the other parts share its honor.

This sums it up. Whatever you do, big or small, is important. We need each other in order for things to flow. As we work together, we become powerful.

Here’s an example in the bible where the church United together: Acts 2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

The believers came together, united their faith and the power of God showed up. We can do the same today as believers.

Our victory ignite, when we unite!

When Things Are Unjust, God’s Vengeance We Can Trust

Vengeance: punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense. Retribution (reward/recompense)

It is natural to want justice because God is a God of justice. We are made in His image. It is natural to be angry. Even God gets angry at evil. What do we do as people of God when injustice is done?

Romans 12:17-20 Amplified Version says Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

God’s vengeance (punishment, reward, recompense) for evil that is done is so much better than any retaliation we give to wrong that is done.

The Devil is the source to all evil that is done on the earth.

Ephesians 6:12 Easy Read Version: 12 Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness.We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.

We can speak out against evil and expose it. We as believers can come against the spirit that is operating in a person or group of people. How do we go about coming against evil spirits?

Ephesians 6:14 Easy Read: 13 That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.14 So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. 15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. 17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.

Jesus left us an example to follow in His footsteps. Jesus was arrested and beaten for no reason. However, He left the vengeance up to God. Jesus even said forgive them, for they know not what they do. Because of His sacrifice and blood shed we have salvation through receiving Jesus through faith. We can approach God’s throne with boldness. We are forgiven. We are righteous through faith in Jesus. We are healed from any emotional pain/sickness. We are redeemed from the curse. We are free from hell and damnation because we accepted Jesus as Lord. Now Jesus is reigning in heaven seated at the right hand of God. Now that vengeance is much better than what Jesus could have done in the natural.

Expose Evil and trust God’s judgement.

When Things Are Unjust, God’s Vengeance We Can Trust!

When Things Get Tough, Remember God Is More Than Enough

Matthew 5:45 says “The rain falls on the just and unjust.” We all have challenges in our life. In the most challenging times, remember God is all we need. There is a a chapter in the bible that describes God being everything we need.

Psalms 23 Easy Ready Version: The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need.He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water.He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths to show that he is good.Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me.Your rod and staff comfort me.You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies. You welcomed me as an honored guest. My cup is full and spilling over.Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life, and I will live in the Lord’s house a long, long time.

Remind yourself during the tough times that God is all you need. Man can only do so much, but God is the Great I am, everything you need.

Isaiah 55: 1-3 says “All you people who are thirsty, come! Here is water for you to drink. Don’t worry if you have no money. Come, eat and drink until you are full! You don’t need money. The milk and wine are free.Why waste your money on something that is not real food? Why should you work for something that does not really satisfy you? Listen closely to me and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the food that satisfies your soul.Listen closely to what I say. Listen to me so that you will live. I will make an agreement with you that will last forever. It will be an agreement you can trust, like the one I made with David—a promise to love him and be loyal to him forever.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you James 4:8. God is El Shaddai. He is more than enough.

When things get tough, remember God is more than enough!

Trust God The Pilot, When He Is Silent

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What do you do when you done everything God asked and nothing seems to be happening? The situation remains the same and when you pray, you don’t hear anything from God.

Ephesians 6:13-17   13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

After you done all you can, stand and trust God, looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith Hebrews 12.

God revealed to me how he operates: just like an airplane pilot.

When the passengers board the plane, the pilot/ flight attendant gives instructions before taking off. However, after taking off the pilot doesn’t say anything. God is the same way. He gives us instructions and after that He is silent.  If there is a storm or turbulence in the air, the pilot will let you know.   God gives us warnings while we are on our journey through dreams and other people so we can be prepared. In between, the flight attendant gives snacks and the pilot checks in with the passengers. God is the same way. God will give us what we need until we arrive at the destination He has for us.  The pilot tells the passengers when they get close to the destination. God will give us a word or we can sense in the spirit that the manifestation is close. Once the pilot arrives at the destination, the pilot lets the passengers  know and releases them.  God is the same way.  Once it is time, God will give you instructions or confirmation for obtaining what you are believing God for.

Trust that God will lead every step of the way like a pilot. Stand, after you have done everything, by putting  on the armor of God. Fix your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. Like we trust the pilot of an airplane without question and even sleep on the plane until we arrive at our destination, we can rest in God. We can trust God for the end result

Trust God the pilot, when He is silent!

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There Is No Other, Love Like A Mother

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It is amazing to see a true mother’s love for their children.

A mother loves her children unconditionally.   It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13 :bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never fails.

I have seen mothers endure a lot of things, including my mom with her children. Being patient as their child grows, and the sacrifices mothers make for the well being of their children/child.

However, mothers also corrects their children like God corrects us. Hebrews 12;6 For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

A mother disciplines their child  out of love just like God disciplines his children when they are doing something that is harmful to them. A mother just like God, only wants the best for her children.

Thank God for true mothers!

There Is No Other, Love Like A Mother.