Not Just Luck, It’s God I Trust

Over 1.000 years ago, the Irish celebrated on March 17th in honor of Saint Patrick’s death. He was an apostle who introduced Christianity to the Irish. The three-leaf clover represented the Trinity which he spoke about (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). When the tradition made it to America they patronized it with drinking, and gold. The leprechaun came from an Irish folklore which was fiction. They were known to be tiny little men. We all heard the phrase “The luck of the Irish”, which came from 19th century successful miners during the gold and silver rush years in Ireland. Luck in Ireland meant happiness or good fortune. It is coming from the Dutch word gheluc.

As believers we do not have to rely on luck or natural things to bring us happiness and good fortune because God’s treasures are eternal and better than silver and gold.

Matthew 6:19 Amplified Version: 19 “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.

Only what we do for God will last because it is eternal. Natural things can get away from you. Live to glorify God and the purpose He has called you to.

God knows we need things here on earth. He wants us to have them because He loves to give to His children, just like parents. However, He does not want the things to have us. God will take care of us as long as we trust Him. He blesses us so we can be a blessing to others.

Saint Patrick has treasures stored up in heaven. He lived a life that when he passed on people celebrated him. Let us do the same as believers.

“Not just luck, It’s God I trust!”

Prayer: God, I bless you today. I will not forget all the benefits I have being your child. You own the cattle on a thousand hills. You are the good Shepherd and I want for nothing. I am an heir. I am redeemed from the curse. You sent your Son Jesus to die for me and took everything just for me. God, I am kingdom minded walking in the purpose you have for me here on earth. I stay connected to you and everything else will be added. I repent for making things, money, and people as idols in my life. I lay up treasures that are eternal that will never fade. I praise you in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Spring Brings New Things

In order to receive more something must die.  John 12:24 Living Translation “I Tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death produces many new kernels-a plentiful harvest for new lives.

The scripture came to me when I was looking for a home a few years back. The home that I wanted was tied up in a short sale but was in the neighborhood I wanted with upstairs. Someone bid higher on the home and it was sold.  It really hurt me. It seems like all hope was lost and John 12:24 came to me. I knew my breakthrough was near. I ended up with a home fully furnished with stainless steel appliances. The other home did not have all the appliances. I ended up with 8,000 tax credit and the home sold for less than it was for on the market. Perfect demonstration of that scripture that became living in my life.

Sometimes relationships, careers, and things die in your life. The good news is the best is near. Spring forward, let go, and move forward to make room for the new. What has died will produce more, double for your trouble.

Isaiah 45:19 Easy Read Version says: 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Paul stated in Philippians 3:13-14 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

Spring brings new things!

Prayer: God I thank you that death is not the end; it is making room for the new. I let go of things and people in the past that have moved on.  As I let go and trust you, I am making room for the new. You are the God of multiplication. You restored double to Job the things that died in his life. I know you will do the same for me. I give you the praise, glory, and honor in Jesus’ name.

Do Your Best. Trust God For The Rest.

God used my Aunt Mary for the title of the blog. It is a phrase my Uncle Dave uses a lot. Uncle Dave taught last Thursday about us as believers doing our best in service to God. He pointed out how easy it is to do our best in what interests us. Many of us as believers when it comes to the kingdom of God, we have not given our best. It really made me examine myself. I mentioned in the blog last week about how favor operates through integrity. Doing our best in whatever God puts into our hands and trusting God through the process activates the favor of God.

Many of you may be asking; “How can I do my best in service to God?” God left us an example, Jesus, to follow in His footsteps.

In Luke 19, Jesus went to Zacchaeus, a wealthy man, to speak with him. People talked among themselves: “He has gone to be a guest with a sinner.” However, Zacchaeus said “I give half of my possessions to the poor and anything else I have cheated people out of, I will pay back four times as much.” Jesus said to him “Today salvation has come to you and your household because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

John 3:17 says, God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him maybe saved. Our lifestyle will speak more volumes than what we say. There are plenty opportunities starting with our family. 1 Timothy 5:4 says, Charity begins at home and then spreads abroad. It is easy to be kind to others we do not know, however, it can be a challenge for those we see every day.

My Aunt Mary would say to reach those who are lost do like Jesus did; go around doing good for them. Doing good could be prayer. encouragement, your testimony, giving of our time, giving of money, knowledge, or giving of your things. Acts 10:38 says Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were sick and oppressed with the devil because God was with them.

God is with us as believers. Let us use what we have and go about doing good like Jesus did; however, let us do it unto God not for our own glory. Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Do your best. Trust God for the rest!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are no respect of persons. I repent for mistreating and judging people.. God, you loved us so much you gave your only Son to save us from hell. I choose today to go about doing good no matter where I am as an opportunity to share the love of Jesus. Lord, through love and kindness I draw people to you just as you have done for me. Let my life be an example of your love. I thank you now in Jesus’ name!

People/Things Are Not Our Savior, Receive God’s Favor!

People and things can fail you because they are not perfect. However, if we trust in the favor of God as believers it can take us places, we have never been.  

We can receive the full favor of God by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-10 NIV Version says If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Jesus was a great example to follow. Luke 2:52 says Jesus grew in wisdom and found favor with God and man.  Jesus applied the teachings he received from God and he gained favor with God and man.

Three people in the bible that come to mind who had the favor of God on their lives were Joseph (Genesis Chapters 37-41), Esther (Chapters 1-10, and Ruth (Chapters 1-4)

The one thing that Joseph, Esther, and Ruth in common was their integrity. 

Potiphar’s wife came after Joseph but instead of sleeping with her, he ran from her. He said it would be a sin against God. Even though he was thrown in prison, God was with him. Joseph gained favor with the prisoners by operating in his gift of interpreting dreams. Joseph’s gift made room for him and he went from a prisoner to being promoted to second in command.

Esther, even though the king found her beautiful, had favor with the King because of the God in her. She was a praying woman which gave her the boldness to approach the king and free her people ruling the kingdom.

Ruth found favor with Boaz. Boaz saw her and asked others about her. She was a young lady, but she did not chase after men young, old or rich. She was a hard worker and she helped her mother-in-law, Naomi.  Ruth was also humble and obedient to what Naomi told her.  Her obedience got her a husband that was a business owner. She went from working in Boaz’s field to owning it with him as his wife.

Trust in God and walk in the wisdom of God and His favor will take you higher. You do not have to impress people or lower your standards for anyone to get what you want or need. God takes care of us. He works on people’s heart to show us favor.  Psalm 5:12 says favor surrounds the righteous as with a shield. We are made righteous through faith in God (Romans 3:22).

People/things are not our savior, all you need is God’s favor!

Prayer: I praise you God that I am made righteous through you by trusting in your word and your character. I thank you because I am righteous favor surrounds me as with a shield. I expect favor every day. God, help me to be more like you. Forgive me for not walking in integrity and doing things in my own strength. I grow each day in wisdom by applying the word of God to my life. I claim it done in Jesus name! Amen.

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 definition 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 unnecessary 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 could not 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, other steps down before me.” When you decide, you will do what is necessary to progress even if it hurts.
It is time to act, get up, and do. Jesus did not 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 loosed and 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.
Do not 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 does not 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, for your faith to work we must 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 must 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 must 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
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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 must 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 must 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 did not slow up.

In Luke 19:30, Jesus told His disciples to occupy until I return. Webster’s meaning ofoccupy 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 other’s 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 did not 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 have 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 is 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 could not 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!

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