Set The Bar Above Where You Are. God Will Take You Far.

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In order to go far with God, we have to go to another level with our time with God by worship/ praise, fasting, meditating on the word of God, walking in love, and spending time with him.

Joshua 1:8-9: 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 4:20: 20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;Keep them in the midst of your heart;22 For they are life to those who find them,And health to all their flesh.

Increasing our intake of the word of God causes us to have success and prosper in whatever we do. The word of God gives life and health to our entire body.

Just like athletes that train hours and days to become the best, we have to do that with the word God to receive and become the best in life.

This is a very powerful scripture to live by:

Psalm 1:1-3: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

Not only do we have to meditate the word day and night, we also have to watch the company we keep. Proverbs 27:17 says 17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Very powerful words of wisdom to live by.

If you want to go higher in your faith, you have to listen to and hang around people of faith. There are many gifts God gives His people. We can celebrate and learn from each other.

Set the bar above where you are; God will take you far!

From Ordinary To Extraordinary

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God is a God of creativity because He is the original creator. All we have to do is bring  our needs, hopes, dreams, pain, fears and our abilities over to God and He can do something that is above what we can do.

Webster’s meaning: Ordinary:1of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events : routine, usual. 2a: of common quality, rank, or ability

Webster’s meaning: Extraordinary: 1agoing beyond what is usual, regular, or customary. bexceptional to a very marked extent

The way God does things is not boring. I am amazed by Him using me for almost two years with the blog. The way God put a thought in my mind to watch Esther on Netflix  and then instructed me to fast. While I was sleeping, He gave me a dream to do freelance writing. Researching freelance writing,  the idea of a blog jumped out at me.  I asked my writing adviser what I am I going to write about? After speaking with my writing adviser, she asked me what are you passionate about? I told her I like to encourage people. After that, the phrases started coming out of nowhere.

The word of God says His mercies are new every morning. I love living a life of  faith in God, Jesus His way of doing things is not like everyone else.

1 Peter 2:9-10 King James Version: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

As people of God, we are not like others. We are royal. We are people of light. We are peculiar (which means we don’t do things like others usually do). We are chosen. We are holy (which means our lives are dedicated to pleasing God) and  we have the mercy of God. If you have not accepted Jesus into your heart, it is time to join the family of God. Your life will never be the same.

Jesus did something extraordinary with the miracle at the wedding in Cana

John 2 :1-11  Jesus, His mother Mary and his disciples were at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. When they ran out of wine  Jesus mother Mary  said “they have no wine.” Jesus told his mother  that it was not their concern and that the time is not yet. Then Mary said to the servants “whatever He says to you do it.” Then Jesus told them to fill the water pots with water. They filled the pots to the top of the brim as instructed. Next Jesus told them to draw the water out and bring it to the feast. When they tasted the water it was wine. After the people were satisfied the master of the bridegroom said “everyone contributed wine but yours is the best.

Jesus took something ordinary and made it extraordinary.  Notice that Jesus’ mother Mary brought her situation to Jesus. He told her the time was not yet so she had to be patient. Then mother Mary said whatever He says to you do it. Then she obeyed what Jesus said and received what she came for.

God wants us to come to Him and trust Him with our entire life. He wants us to be patient until He gives us what to do. When God tells us to do something, we should obey immediately so we won’t miss our opportunity to receive.

Read Isaiah 55. He Tells us to come to God and listen and you will eat what is good. You can come to God without money. His ways are higher than our ways and thoughts are higher than our thoughts. 

We come to God because He is the Creator. He knows how we are designed.

I love the gospel group with Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp  called Commissioned; the song is titled “Ordinary Just Won’t Do”

I love this verse :

Lord I need a special touch
That will mean so very much
Close friends they don’t seem to understand
Problems in your life
So complexed you say who can comprehend
Tragedy when you need relief
Only Jesus Christ can supply your need
Sweet and gentle touch
That will speak a word of love and mean so much
The ordinary just won’t do
I need someone, Lord I need someone
That someone is you

That someone is you

The ordinary just wont do
I need a love that’s pure and true I
Can always find it in you Jesus
The ordinary just wont do I
Gotta have a touch from you I
Can always find it in you Jesus

That song sums it up.

From Ordinary To Extraordinary!

 

 

Things Come Unexpected; Stay Connected

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We keep security cameras, bodyguards, security guards, police, and the armed forces on watch concerning things that are in important and of great value to us. We must do the same with our inner man. We must keep watch because things can come at us immediately that we didn’t see coming. As soon as you get good news, hear an encouraging word from a speaker/pastor, or win a victory, something will come out of nowhere that can cause you to stumble, go into depression, cause paranoia/fear, cause anger and other chain of negative emotions. We have to daily feed on the word of God to combat this.

Mark 4:15 NIV Version: Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

Satan comes immediately for the word. We have to hold on and endure to receive, like the seed on good ground.

1 Peter 5:8 says Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Devil is looking for an opportunity to catch you off guard.  However, as long as we stay connected to God, we can deal with the things that come at us..

Matthew 26;41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

A good example is Joshua after he won the battle of Jericho. After winning, he came under another attack: The battle of AI.  Joshua did not stay connected to God and lost the battle.

Joshua 7:3-5  When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water.

This is an example when we don’t stay connected. Joshua didn’t consult with God until after they lost the battle and they trembled in fear.

We defeat the devil by putting on the whole armor of God (Read Ephesians 6:11-18 )

John 15:1-7 is a great example of staying connected.

John 15:1-7 Easy Read Version:

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch[a] of mine that does not produce fruit. He also trims every branch that produces fruit to prepare it to produce even more. You have already been prepared to produce more fruit by the teaching I have given you. Stay joined to me and I will stay joined to you. No branch can produce fruit alone. It must stay connected to the vine. It is the same with you. You cannot produce fruit alone. You must stay joined to me.

“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[c] to my Father.

The word of God transforms, heals, delivers, sets free, and gives us joy. Stay joined with God  and you will see results. Without him you can do nothing.

Things come unexpected, stay connected!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing Your Mentality Can Alter Your Reality

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There is a phrase that most people are familiar with: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This statement is very true. You have to control what comes to your mind.

God used Tammy Bradley Scott, Bill Winston’s tweet as confirmation and his sermon “Think It , Speak It , Manifest It (must watch), as well as Dr. Tony Evans to spark this topic of the mind.

A lot of us talk about Adam/ Eve and blame Eve for eating of the forbidden fruit. However, each time you let a negative thought or a thought that is not of God that lingers, it is just like eating of the forbidden fruit. If the thought is not according to the word of God, cast it down . Meditate and speak the word of God.

Romans 12:2 says be transformed by renewing your mind.

My favorite scripture to quote when negative thoughts come to my mind is Philippians 4:8-9 the Amplified Version says Finally, [believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.

The devil wants to get your mind so you can speak it to become a reality.  The devil knows he has to get you to speak the wrong thing, so he plants a thought in your head. We are speaking spirits, so guard your mind. If your mind is not renewed when the pressure comes, you will speak negative and create what you didn’t want to happen.

Job said, the thing I greatly feared has come upon me. Because Job dwelt on negative thoughts about losing everything, even though things were going good.  He spoke it and it came to pass. He ended up losing his health, money,  and his house burned down along with his children dying.

Proverbs 30 :32 King James Version says if  you have thought evil put your hand over your mouth.

This is powerful, if you know a thought is not of God, put your hand over your mouth, because words are spirit. John 6:63 says the words  I speak they are spirit and life.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Proverbs 4:20-21 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

When you take control of  your thoughts and meditate on the word of God, it  gives you life. You will also receive healing physically and emotionally by meditating on the word of God.

Joyce Meyer’s book  “Battlefield of Mind” is one I recommend to read.

On the blog earlier this year, I wrote a topic titled Refined Mind January 13 2019.  Feel free to go back and read it.

We defeat the devil with taking control over our thoughts.

Changing Your Mentality, Can Alter Your Reality!

 

 

 

When Our Conscience Is Clear We Are Free to Hear

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Words have power when you know the meaning of them.

Conscience: an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.

Clear:  1. unclouded, untroubled. 2. Clean and pure. 3. Easily heard, easily visible. Easily understood, unmistakable. 4. Sharp discernment, keen. Free from doubt, sure. 5. Free from  guile (deceit) or guilt. 6 Unhampered by restrictions or limitations.

In order to hear the voice of God, your mind has to be renewed daily. If you don’t renew your mind daily you can’t discern what is right and what is wrong.  Eventually, if you don’t renew your mind to the word of God, your conscience becomes seared. When you hear the truth, you become numb to it and  blinded by evil.

1 Timothy 4 :2 Now the Spirit expressly says that 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.

Romans 12:2  Amplified  Version says 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].

If there is anything in you, like unforgiveness or continual sin, it can stop you from hearing from God.

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 takes humility to repent when we are wrong. God uses people who, even though they do wrong, repent and get back on the right track. King David in the bible was not perfect, but he was a man after God’s own heart because he repented and cried out to God for help.

It begins with the church.  2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version says 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This land needs healing and people need wisdom that surpasses our intellect. It is time for the people of God to repent and be examples so that people who are lost can see a difference in us. God unlocks wisdom to those who have a clear conscience.

A lot of us are crying out for wisdom. Natural wisdom is fine, however divine wisdom on things that we can’t prove goes beyond that.

Proverbs 8:17-21 Amplified Version says Wisdom:  17 “I love those who love me;And those who seek me early and diligently will find me.18 “Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness (right standing with God).19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield is better than choicest silver.20 “I, [Wisdom, continuously] walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth and true riches, And that I may fill their treasuries.

When you live upright and seek God’s wisdom, you will find it if you seek it early in the morning and diligently. David in the bible would say early will I seek you. Jesus rose before daybreak to seek wisdom. The mornings are quiet and you are more sensitive to hearing.

It amazes me what topic or phrase God gives me for the blog. It just comes to me when I am quiet, driving, or God will give the phrase to my dad, brother, or sister as we are having a conversation. God is always speaking, you have to be listening for it. You don’t  have try to think up anything. God just gives it to you. It pays to have a relationship with God and to be living upright. I am not perfect, but I serve a God who is and allow Him to use me.

This week I was talking to my family/friends about the plans for me starting a business. I kept saying I am going with this person because they know a lot of people and my sales will be huge. My dad was telling me be sure you consult with God about it. As I was walking out the door, a thought came to my mind saying “I will make your name great. Consult with me.” I got another confirmation from Kimberly Elegant Crockett on Facebook ; the  topic said: “But what did God say?” I rejoiced in my spirit and knew I had to seek God’s wisdom over all. My focus is His will and everything else will come with it.

Proverbs 8 says seek wisdom more than money. I would suggest to read the whole chapter of Proverbs 8 for wisdom. If you have God’s wisdom, everything else comes along with it. Even if you lost everything, you can regain it back greater with God’s wisdom.

Proverbs 19:21 NIV Version says 21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

It is okay to have plans, but ask God for wisdom because His plan is far better and greater than our plans.

For those that  have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please do so because it will help you to hear and see things more clearer. You won’t be under condemnation wondering if God heard you. The Blood of Jesus cleanses you from every wrong thing you have done. All you have to do is repent of your sins, confess Jesus as Lord/Savior, believe in your heart, then you are in the family of God.  Read God’s word everyday  in order for it to transform you and  so you can have right thinking.

People of God, let us repent of any sins or unforgiveness that is blocking us from hearing from God.  No one wants to be in the dark, in doubt, feeling guilty,  not able to discern what is right or wrong, feeling limited, restricted, or our minds clouded. We want to be able to see, hear perfectly, feel pure, and have sharp discernment of what to do.

When our conscience is clear, we are free to hear!

When The Enemy Comes In Like A Flood, Plead The Blood!

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Things can come at you all at once: death,  financial problems, health problems, and other attacks.  It can throw you off guard and shake you up emotionally.  Our weapon is understanding the power of the Blood of Jesus. Jesus took all of our suffering and pain on the cross so that we can live a life of freedom, no matter what comes our way. We can have confidence in the blood of Jesus and use it as our weapon.

Moses in Exodus 12 knew the power of the Blood of Jesus and used it to keep Pharaoh from murdering their first born sons.

Exodus 12:7  New King James Version: And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 

Verse 13  13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Because Moses and his people trusted in the blood when the enemy came against them it passed over them.

Revelation 12:11 says we overcome by the Blood of The Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Start thanking God for the blood and begin thanking God for what he has done and is doing.

Galatians 3:13 says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)

Jesus hung on the cross for us, bled, and died for all of our suffering.

Begin trusting in the Blood of Jesus. When unexpected tragedies come, start declaring ” I am free from the curse; Jesus took my pain and suffering on the cross.”

When the enemy comes in like a flood, plead the blood.

 

 

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Labor Through Until It Comes True

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It is time to labor to bring our dreams to pass.

Webster’s meaning of labor: 1: to exert one’s powers of body or mind especially with painful or strenuous effort : work 2: to move with great effort.

Pushing through to make your dream a reality can be painful and takes a lot of effort/work. However, once it is a reality you are at rest and rejoicing.

Hebrews 4:11 King James Version: 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Romans 8:22-28   Message Version 22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Let’s be consistent and diligent in birthing out our dreams. The Holy Spirit is living inside of those who has accepted Jesus into their hearts. When we get tired, God is there to intercede for us to help us when we are weak.  We  also know all things works together for good to those who love God. We show love for God by trusting, believing and acting on the word of God.

Labor through until it comes true!