The Fool At The Pool

The phrase for the blog was inspired by my younger sister Lashunda as we were talking about the man at the Pool of Bethesda in John Chapter 5. My sister told our Aunt Mary a while back that 38 years was half of that man’s life in the same condition. How many of us have dealt with the same thing over and over until we feel like there is no hope? We feel stuck. Are you willing to take the steps to get out?

Webster’s definiton of a fool is to act unwisely. The word of God is full of wisdom. Proverbs is a great book on wisdom. When we reject what the word of God says, because God is all knowing, we are acting unwise; in other words, like a fool. Proverbs 1:7 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. It is just like a parent or mentor who gives the child or student instructions because they have been there before and the child/student rejects the wisdom. That person is acting foolishly. It is the same way with God. Wisdom keeps us from dangers, making a lot of mistakes, and unnessary pain.

Most people have heard the phrase “Misery loves company.” In John 5, I noticed the man at the pool was around others who were in the same condition. It is important to get around people on a higher level if we want to go to the next level. It is easy to hang around people like us. However, it will keep us in the same state. Matthew 15:14 says if the blind leads the blind they both fall in the pit. I thank God for my dad, Aunt Mary, and others that pushed me to a higher level in God. It is because of them I gained wisdom and the favor of God. They also kept me from certain pitfalls. Even though sometimes it would hurt my feelings, they were only giving me wisdom to get me to the next level.

The man at the pool made excuses as to why he still couldn’t walk. Jesus asked the man at the pool “Do you want to be healed?” This was his response: John 5:7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” When you make a decision, you will do what is necessary to progress even if it hurts.

It is time to take action, get up, and do. Jesus didn’t entertain the sick man’s excuse: John 5:8-9 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. God left us the word of God as a manual. Begin to do what the word says and God will give you specific instructions. The written word becomes a rhema word (right now word) for your situation as you read it.

My past blog was “Things remain the same until we make an exchange.” Just recently I applied Luke 6:38 on giving and it was multiplied to me. I begin giving what I had, encouraging others, and praying for others. My seed multiplied. I needed repairs done on my vehicle that would have cost in the thousands to repair. My brother called me and said he had the exact vehicle with lower miles and a newer model to give me. All I had to give him was a few hundred dollars. My Aunt Mary would say “Where there is a need plant a seed.” Remember nothing leaves heaven unless something is released in the natural. Whatever you loose and bind on earth is bound in heaven Matthew 18:18

To sum it all up, get around people that can push you to the next level, stop making excuses, and start getting up; act on the word. The word of God becomes living when we believe and act on it.

Don’t be “The fool at the pool!”

Prayer: God, I thank you for leaving me the word of God as a guide to keep me from making unwise decisions. I repent for not doing what the word of God says, making excuses, and acting foolishly. God, you are my Heavenly Father and wants the best for me. God, help me to die daily to my flesh and evil desires. Your word says have no confidence in the flesh. I put my trust and confidence in you because in my flesh dwells nothing good. I make no more excuses. I surround myself with people that can push me to a higher level in you, God. I get up, act on your word, and get results. I thank you for delivering me speedily. In Jesus name! Amen.

I Am Not Without Flaw, But Love Fulfills The Law

It is easy to find fault and look at others sin, especially as believers. We can easily forget what we have done in the past. Like the woman that was caught in adultery in John 8. They were ready to stone her to death until Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. They walked away.

God doesn’t make one sin bigger than the other. 1 John 5 :17 says all unrighteousness is sin. It includes gossiping, procrastination, lying, condemning others, etc. The word of God says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

The good news is we are made righteous through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22). However, in order for your faith to work we have to practice love. Galatians 5:6 says faith works by love. (1 John 3:14) Amplified Version: We know that we have passed out of death into Life, because we love the brothers and sisters. He who does not love remains in [spiritual] death.

God commands us to love. John 15:12 NIV: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

If you want to know if you are doing well as a believer check your love walk (1 Corinthians 13) read it daily. Romans 13:8 says love fulfills the law. I love the Easy Read version of Romans 13:8: You should owe nothing to anyone, except that you will always owe love to each other. The person who loves others has done all that the law commands.

Glory To God! It is simple walk in love then you have done all that God commands.

I am not without flaw, but love fulfills the law!

Prayer: God, I thank you for your unconditional love. I thank you that even though I am flawed, you accepted me. I admit at times I have not walked in love and you command that of me. I repent for walking in disobedience. I know because I confessed my sin, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me. God, put a check in my spirit when I am not walking in love because I know love fulfils all the commandments . I thank you for giving me a heart of love. You sent your Son Jesus into the world not to condemn the world but the world through Him maybe saved. In Jesus name Amen.

Things Remain The Same Until You Make An Exchange

The title for this blog came to me Friday morning. I was ordering online and putting the items in cart. The items remained in the cart until I paid for them with my card. The spiritual world is the same; nothing leaves heaven unless something is done on earth.

Matthew 18:18 says, Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven.

Instead of putting up with sickness when it comes on you, tackle it with the word of God by saying “With the stripes of Jesus we were healed” (Isaiah 53:3), which means we are already healed. Apply action with it by getting up, putting the word before your eyes, taking a supplement, or going to the doctor. Then the healing comes. I did this many times when a symptom of sickness would come. I read the word, made my confession, got up like it was already done and the healing came. The lepers in Luke 17 were cleansed as they went. They made an exchange. They walked their faith out literally.

Some say “I wish I had good friends.” They that want a friend must show themselves friendly (Proverbs 18:24). Others may say “I wish I had money to give” or “When I get some money I will give to others.” My Aunt Mary would tell me “Stop wishing on a wishbone and get a backbone.” Jesus asked Moses “What is in your hand?” Moses used the staff he had and God did the supernatural . David used 5 smooth stones , speaking, and trusting in God to defeat the giant Goliath. He put the super on the natural. . He didn’t wait. He ran towards the giant and defeated him. Job went through a very trying time, but he made and exchange when he prayed for his friends in Job 42:10 and God delivered him. What do you have at your house to give? You can give of your time, prayer, material things, and gifting to help someone. My Aunt Mary would say “Do something lest you do nothing.”

When God sees you using what you have, He will bless you with more. I noticed that the more I give, the more I have to give. Pastor Gaines last Sunday said “We give to give, not to get.” Pastor Gaines also stated God gives towards the need, not our greed. God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 Living Translation says Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. The conditions will never be right if you wait. My grandmother would say “Wait broke the bridge down.” Something will always come up. Even God gave His only Son Jesus and in exchange we have eternal life. All we have to do is receive Him (John 3:16). If God did this, so can we. We are no better than God. You do nothing, you get nothing.

Things remains the same until we make an exchange!

Prayer: God, thank you for your word because it gives light and understanding even to the simple according to Psalm 119:130. God, you gave your Son Jesus to die for us so that we can have eternal life. The least I can do is trust you with my life and give it as an offering to you. I repent for putting off what I can do today. I repent for allowing circumstances and conditions to keep me in the state I am in. I choose to move forward by using what I have and trusting you to provide for me. God you are my Shephard, I want for nothing. You told me to give and it will be given to me good measures, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over people will give to me according to Luke 6:38. I give you the praise in Jesus name! Amen.

Don’t Slow Up, ‘Til You Go Up

It came to me to use this title for the blog this week. Aunt Mary brought it up a while back that Pastor Gaines used this in one of his sermons. He said everyone wants to live the American dream: work long enough to retire, accumulate enough money, and move to their favorite spot near the beach. However, Pastor Gaines reminded us that we are here for a purpose. What will people remember you by? At the end of our lives we have to give an account for what we have done on earth as believers for God (Romans 14:12).

Pastor Gaines mentioned that we are not just here to live the American dream, get rich and die. Pastor Gaines said “Don’t slow up, ’til you go up.” Cicely Tyson passed on to the the next life on Thursday January 28th. She was a great actress and kept going until her last breath. She knew her purpose and walked in it. I like the response she used when Gayle King asked her “What do you want to be remembered by?” Cicely Tyson said “That I l did my best.” While writing this blog on the morning of my birthday, I wanted to make sure I do my best while I am here on earth. Cicely Tyson said, “As long as I am breathing, I have a purpose”. She kept working in the movie industry and just wrote a book. She didn’t slow up.

In Luke 19:30, Jesus told His disciples to occupy until I return. Webster’s meaning of occupy means to take possession or control of ; to fill or perform the functions of an office or position. ‘

Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 12 concerning the gifts of the spirit to see how you can perform the functions God gave us here on this earth. We all need each others gifts. Life is short. We must take advantage of everyday we are here and not waste it. We are here for someone else, not just ourselves. Romans 14:7 says “No one lives to oneself and no one dies to oneself. We live and die unto the Lord.”

I want to be like Jesus when he was complete with His work. After He took his last breath on the cross He said, “It is finished.”

Don’t slow up, ’til you go up!

Prayer: God, I thank you for the purpose and plan you have for my life. I operate in the gifts you have given me here on earth to glorify and point people to you. I redeem the time according to Ephesians 5:16 because the days are evil. I take every opportunity while I still have breath in me to do good. I repent of thinking only of myself. Jesus came to seek and save those that were lost and didn’t know God. Jesus left me an example to follow in His footsteps. I let the love of God flow through me to draw people to Jesus. I let my light shine that people will see your good works and glorify you. I praise you in Jesus name! Amen.

Confess! Get Up Out That Mess!

There is a saying, “Confession is good for the soul”. However, it is a challenge. We can be free through acknowledging our wrong and start on the right path. It is the only way to be free. If you have a stronghold in a certain area, prayer and fasting is the answer. The disciples asked Jesus after He cast out a demon in a man (Matthew 17:19-21), “Why couldn’t we cast out the demon?” Jesus told the disciples it was because of their unbelief; this kind of demon would only come out through prayer and fasting.

1 John 1:19 says if we confess our sins God will forgive us our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness.

We can also confide in someone godly that we trust:

James 1:5 says confess your faults one to another and pray for each other so you can be healed. The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.

We want the kind of confession and sorrow that leads to repentance. It is good to admit and feel bad about what we’ve done, but unless action takes place for change it will lead to destruction.

2 Corinthians 7:10: New Living Translation 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

A great example on confessing and making a turnaround is the parable Jesus gave on the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. The prodigal son’s father was wealthy. Our Heavenly Father owns everything. The prodigal son asked for his inheritance. God has blessed us with some things we asked for. The prodigal son wasted all his money on women, drinking and living wild. A lot of us have mishandled things God blessed us with, did things our own way, and forgot about God. After he wasted all he had he began to be in want. He was hired to feed the pigs. He got so low that he wanted to eat what the pigs ate. Many of us can say sin has brought us low. Doing things on our own can fail and material things can run out. The prodigal son came to his senses and went back home to His father. For many of us, it took coming to the end of ourselves to realize that we couldn’t make it without God. The good news is his father saw him from far off , was moved with compassion, ran to him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. God is waiting for us with open arms when we are ready. Our Heavenly Father is compassionate and will not condemn us like a lot of people do. For those who are not saved, you can make your confession through Romans !0:9-10 and God will welcome you into the family of God. The prodigal son repented, His father cleaned him up, put him on the finest clothes, and threw a feast/party. Our Heavenly Father restores us back once we turn to him, confess, and live a life in obedience to Him.

Confess! Get Up Out That Mess!

Prayer: God, thank you for your unfailing love. I know you take pleasure in giving me the kingdom (Luke 12:32). I repent for forgetting about you and letting other people/things get my affection. I confess my sins, turn from evil and now I am clean. I return to you God and today you will restore double to me according to Zechariah 9:12. I give you the praise, glory and honor in Jesus name! Amen.

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In An Unfamiliar Place, The Blessing Awaits

A lot of us are believing for a breakthrough in many areas of our lives. There is phrase from Star Trek that says “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” The life of faith operates this way. Faith is putting our hope and trust in God every step of the way. Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. It is walking into the unknown that releases the blessing.

In order to understand the spiritual, we must understand the natural. Most people with addictions of any kind had to get around an unfamiliar place so that they could be free from that addiction. The same applies to our spiritual walk. In order to receive, we have to renew our minds to the word of God and surround ourselves in an environment to receive. It is something we never done before. There are examples of people in the bible that have done this to receive the blessing God had for them.

Abraham, who is our father of faith had to go to an unfamiliar place to receive the blessing. Genesis 12:1-3 NIV version says : The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Joshua had to do this leading the Israelites crossing over the Jordan river. Joshua 3:2-5: After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.”Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Who is ready to receive the blessing? Who is willing to go to an unfamiliar place to receive what God has? The unfamiliar place could be emotional or physical. Seek guidance from God most importantly, and surround yourself by successful godly people to help guide you. You must also be willing and obedient to God.

There is a powerful song by Mary Mary titled “Go Get it”. I suggest anyone to listen to it to motivate you to go get your blessing. I like the verse that says:

It’s alright to crawl before you walk
It’s alright to walk before you run
But if you wanna get what you never got gotta do something that you never done Go get it, go get it, go get your blessing
Go get it, go get it, go get it

It’s time yo, It’s time yo, It’s time your time.

In an unfamiliar place, the blessing awaits!

Prayer: God, I thank you for a relationship with you. I walk by faith not by sight or how I feel to receive the blessing. I repent for doing things my own way. God, I don’t know which way to go. This is new territory for me. I acknowledge you every step of the way because I know the steps of a righteous person are ordered by the Lord. You will never leave me or forsake me. I declare I am willing and obedient and I eat the good of the land. God, your mercies are new every morning and I need it everyday. God, you always causes me to triumph in you. I give you thanks in Jesus name!

Enjoy Where You Are And You Will Go Far

God answered my prayer through Joel Osteen and my spirtual mentor, Aunt Mary. I was about to make a decision concerning something that I have been planning. Joel Osteen said let your emotions subside and acknowledge God. I spoke to my aunt the same morning telling her my plans. She told me to start thanking God for where I am, stay in the presence of God, enjoy the present, and God will deliver me speedily. I knew I was on the right track. The next morning while sitting quiet before God, the phrase came for the blog. My dad’s favorite scripture I live by is 2 Corinthians 13:1: In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. My first witness was Joel Osteen, second witness was Aunt Mary and third was God’s voice the next morning. It is a great scripture to use for making decisions.

Since September, I have been thanking God for where I am, where he brought me from and where He is taking me to. After listening to an inspirational speaker’s message entitled “Thanksgiving victory”, I begin to enjoy where I work, welcomed the challenges, and was glad to assist the customers. Philipians 4:11-13 paraphrasing: Paul said whatever state he was in He learned to be content with the help of God that gives strength.

Joseph in the bible is a great example to follow. Joseph had a dream just like we have dreams. Joseph encountered problems. We also encounter problems along the way. Joseph didn’t let betrayal from his brothers, slavery, people lying on him, being thrown into prison, temptation, or being forgotten keep him from operating in his gift of interpreting dreams. He never complained. Joseph even asked one of the prisoners “Why are you so sad?” He walked in intergrity and didn’t have bitterness/unforgiveness in his heart. He enjoyed and operated in his gift and God delivered him from being a prisoner. He was set free. He went from being a slave to ruling. (Read Genesis Chapters 37-41)

The challenges that we face in our present situation are preparation to move us to the next level. When we view our situation in this way, we begin to welcome whatever comes our way, realizing it is preparing us for the next level.

Enjoy where you are and you will go far!

Prayer: God I thank you for work, the place I live, my family, friends, and where you have me at this present time. I operate in the gifts you gave me. I have an attitude of gratitude. The current state that I am in now is temporary to where you are taking me. I learn like Paul that whatever state I am in to be content and keep moving forward into the plan you have for my life. The challenges I encounter now, I trust you because I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. I enjoy the journey because it is equipping me for my next destination. I give you the praise in Jesus name!

How Long Will You Halt Between Two Opinions? Take Dominion!

It is easy for us to believe what is written in the news, on TV and social media. However, when it comes to the word of God, we question it. “Did God really say this?” “I can hardly believe this will happen.” “I tried and nothing is working.” We’ve all had points in our lives where we’ve done this. God is saying to you today, “How long will keep going back and forth in your faith?” Either we believe God or we don’t.

Romans 3:4 paraphrasing: God’s word is true and stands over man’s word. God is faithful; man is not because we are born with a sinful nature and our minds have to be renewed daily.

We take control over our situations by submitting to God. James 4:7 says submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee. When negative thoughts come to your mind, you resist it by speaking the word of God. Jesus kept saying “It is written” whenever the devil came at Him with lies, including twisting the word of God.

We take dominion by learning scriptures for a specific situation. When you are rooted and grounded in the word, you will not be hesitant or waiver in your faith. Psalm 119:11 says God’s word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Him. We have to meditate on the word day and night in order for it to be in our hearts (Psalm 1:2) . So when the pressure comes, the word of God comes out of our mouths. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45)

Elijah said in 1 Kings 18:21 “How long will you halt between two opinions if the Lord be God follow Him, if not follow Baal. We can not have it both ways. Speaking the word of God one day and speaking doubt the next. 2 Timothy 4:2 says be consistent in season and of season. No matter what comes we still speak, believe, and act on the word of God.

James 1:6-8 : Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

How long will you halt between two opininons? Take dominion!

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for being the same yesterday, today, and forever; you do not change according to Hebrews 13:8. God ,you left us an example to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. God, I repent for believing man over believing your word. I choose to be rooted and grounded in your word. I submit to your word, resist the devil and he flees. I hold fast to my faith so that I can receive what you have for me. I no longer halt between two opinions. I chose today to believe and trust you. I give you the praise, glory, and honor, In Jesus name!

2021 The Journey Has Begun

A lot of us have goals, dreams, and things we want to change. Beginning is the key and seeing the process through. However, before starting anything you have to prepare your heart and mind.

Luke 14:28-29, paraphrasing it: We don’t do anything without counting up the cost and people make fun of us because we couldn’t finish what we started.

How do we prepare for something? We do research, read information about it, ask questions, and hang around others who are successful in that area. As believers, we have to put the super on the natural with the help of God and the Holy Spirit on the inside of us to complete the purpose and plans God has for us.

Philipians 1:6 Amplified Version says: I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

We must trust God with our plans or it will not succeed. God will direct our paths when we acknowledge Him in all of our ways (Proverbs 3:5), no matter what obstacles come our way. Any wisdom we need, we can ask God and He will give it to us (James 1:5)

Success doesn’t come without challenges. A lot of us have heard the saying “Can you stand to be blessed?” Matthew 5:11 says, The blessing comes with persecution. Be prepared for people to judge you, envy you, distant themselves from you, or even betray you because of the blessing on your life. However, it is rewarding. Are you willing to pay the price to stay on top and stand out from the rest? Run the race looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 11:1-2).

2021, The journey has begun!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the purpose, anointing, gifts, and talents you have given me. God, I trust you with my plans no matter what challenges come my way. I prepare myself for the blessings that you already have stored up for me. I repent for doing things on my own and failing. I trust you to complete the work inside me with the help of the Holy Spirit and obedience to your word. I know the plans you have for me. Plans to prosper me not harm me. To give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29;11). I praise you for it now, in Jesus name! Amen.