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Go on Through. God’s Promises are True!

The phrase came to me as I was reading Joshua 14. God promised Caleb 45 years ago that the land he placed his feet on would be his inheritance and his descendants because he followed after God. At 85 years of age, God kept Caleb stronger than ever before and he received his inheritance. God reminded me of his faithfulness towards us when we walk with Him.

God also led me to Romans 3. God reminded me that even when we are not faithful, He still is faithful. As long as we trust in Jesus’s blood and the faithfulness of God, we can get through any stronghold, weaknesses, or challenge we face in life. Read Romans 3 Easy Read, and Living Translation in it’s entirety.

Romans 3: 21-31 Living Version: How God Makes People Right

21-22 But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. 23 Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; 24 yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.25 For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath. In this way he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time when Christ would come and take away those sins. 26 And now in these days also he can receive sinners in this same way because Jesus took away their sins. But isn’t this unfair for God to let criminals go free, and say that they are innocent? No, for he does it on the basis of their trust in Jesus who took away their sins.27 Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds; it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in him. 28 So it is that we are saved by faith in Christ and not by the good things we do.29 And does God save only the Jews in this way? No, the Gentiles, too, may come to him in this same manner. 30 God treats us all the same; all, whether Jews or Gentiles, are acquitted if they have faith. 31 Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him.

Praise God for His mercy endures forever. When we are trusting in our own ability, we are operating under a curse (Jeremiah 17:5). We operate in the power of God/the blessing when we trust in His goodness and faithfulness. Jesus said in Luke 17:10 that when we have done all we are suppose to do we are unworthy. Only through God we are worthy. Isaiah 64:6 says: all of our righteous acts are as filthy rags. We can only boast in God.

In this New Year, let us trust God to get us through, not our own works or others. It is not how many times we fall, it is how we get back up, repent, and trust in God’s faithfulness. Proverbs 24:16 says righteous man falls 7 seven times and rises up again. Satan wants us to feel unworthy so we will not move forward and stay in the mess we are in. Once you repent and get back in God, there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ (Romans 8:1.) Romans 10:11 says those who put their trust in God will never be put to shame! As long as your trust is in God you have nothing to be ashamed of because Jesus bore it for us on the cross.

Go on through! God’s word is true!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and love towards me. Even when I am not faithful and fail, you never fail. A righteous man falls seven times and gets back up. I get back up by repenting and trusting in your faithfulness, not my own. I operate under the blessing by trusting in you God. You always cause me to triumph through you. I receive it now in Jesus name! Amen.

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Be Merry Together, No Matter The Weather

Webster’s definition of merry: full of gladness or high spirits.

Proverbs 17:22: 22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

We have 4 seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Just like Ecclesiastes 3 says, we all go through seasons in our lives. Whatever season we are in we can still have joy.

Some are going through a winter. It seems dark, cold and things are dried up and dead in your life. The good news is God is with us, Emmanuel.

Psalm 23:4 Easy Read Version: 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.

Psalm 139:8 New King James: If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Holman version: Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 1:5 Amplified Version: No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you.

Isaiah 43:2 Living Translation: When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.

We can take joy in knowing that no matter what weather we are in, God is with us and he will not let us fall. We can take comfort in knowing the winter in our lives turns to spring. The rain comes and it will not be dry anymore. Things will spring and grow in our lives and the sun will shine again like the summer. Harvest time comes like the fall. Hallelujah! Remember God is with us everyday and this Christmas season.

Be merry together, no matter the weather!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being with me in every situation. To everything there is a season and time. I choose to be merry no matter my season because it is medicine to my whole being. I can smile beecause God is with me through every dark season. I give you the praise. In Jesus name! Amen.

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GOD DID IT THEN. GOD CAN DO IT AGAIN!

The phrase came to me doing my quiet time studying the book of Joshua. In the last blog “Put Your Foot Down, On Your God Given Ground,” we learned we take territory through being strong, courageous by meditating the word day/night and being obedient. When taking new territory, we will run into some obstacles that will cause discouragement, frustration, and fear to keep us from receiving. Psalm 126 is a scripture that came to me. We can look back on how God brought us through to help us keep going when things get challenging.

Psalm 126:1-6: Message Version:  1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations—“God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.4-6 And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will shout “Yes!” at the harvest,So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

Challenges came this week for me while making steps toward taking territory. However, I made my favor confessions several times a day, prayed the prayer of Jabez, and listened to the word of God to remain strong and courageous. Despite the obstacles I faced, God showed me favor.

Because my trust is in God I am happy and count it all joy when I face challenges. I reminded God of everything manifested in my life. Because He brought me through my past situations like David when he slayed the giant Goliath, I know with the help of God I can slay any giant in my life. Isaiah 43:26 says to put God back in remembrance of His word.

Numbers 23:19: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God is faithful. Let us as believers trust and rest in His finished work. Speaking, meditating and listening to the word daily changes your mindset. As a person thinks, that is what that person becomes (Proverbs 23:7). Cast down any thought that is not in the word of God. Think on where God brought you from (your past victories) and the word of God.

God did it then. God can do it again!

Prayer: God, I thank you for being the same today, yesterday, and forever; you do not change. God, I repent for not staying consistent and firmly planted in your word which is the truth. I am transformed by renewing my mind to your word. I reject everything that is not in line with your word. I put you back in remembrance of your word because you can not lie. I refuse to believe the lies of the enemy and choose to believe your word. Because I have sown in tears, I reap in joy bringing in the harvest. I claim it done. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Put Your Foot Down, on your God Given Ground

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God gave my dad the phrase for the blog which comes from, Joshua 1:3 that says  I have given you every place on which the sole of your foot treads. God has already given us everything in His will which is the word of God. Certain written wills have conditions in order to receive the things. It is the same with the kingdom of God.

A lot of us have goals and dreams that we desire to achieve. However, in order to receive it according to Joshua 1, the first thing it says is to be strong and courageous. We get our strength by trusting and believing in the word of God,

The second thing it says is do not let the word of God depart from your mouth and meditate it day and night so you can know what to do. Only then you will prosper and succeed. This is how we stay strong, without it we will lose hope and fold under pressure. We will become anxious and we will panic. The enemy comes immediately when you get a word from God.

The enemy did a number on my mind as soon as I started studying about the mind while I was sleep. I had to cast those thoughts down. God reminded me to rest in Him. The word of God says to be anxious for nothing that we should pray giving God thanks and then the peace comes (Philippians 4:6-7). I am learning to enjoy the journey and live in the now. The phrase came back to me from my previous blog ‘Enjoy where you are and you will go far.”

Proverbs 23:7 as a man thinks that is what that person becomes. Meditating the word day and night helps it take root in the heart and then we speak it. Because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks Luke 6:45. That is why we have to take every thought captive.

Finally, in Joshua 1 it says do not turn to the right or left, but obey everything according to the word of God. Isaiah 1:19 says: If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.

Let us as believers make a lifestyle out of living the life of faith. We do this by meditating the word of God daily. It will take root in our hearts. We began to call things into existence by speaking the word of God no matter how it looks. Through obeying God’s word completely and resting in God’s finished work, manifestation comes.

Put your foot down, on your God given ground!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the things you have already given me in your word. I repent for being anxious, not obeying your word, not meditating the word of God day and night, and not speaking it. God, help me to enjoy the journey and rest in your finished work because it is already done. Put a check in my spirit when I am getting off course. I thank you for the victory in Jesus name!

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Never Say What You Wouldn’t Do. It is God Keeping You!

God gave me this phrase one morning in my quiet time. One of my favorite sayings is “I know God to be a keeper.” God has kept me even in spite of myself. I hear this phrase a lot: “Oh, you’re a good one because I wouldn’t …” We do not know what we will do unless we have been in that situation. The bible tells us what we are capable of so we don’t think too highly of ourselves and others.

Mark 10:17-18 NIV: 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.“Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 

Romans 7:18 New King James Version: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
Romans 7:21-25 New Living Translation: 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Even Jesus (the savior of the world) and Paul knew that it is only through God that we are good. My Aunt Mary also reminded me of Peter who was close to Jesus denied Him even though he said He wouldn’t (Luke 22:54-62) Jesus would always say “It is the Father in me, He does the work.” We can’t look to people or have any confidence in ourselves. Our confidence should be in God. Thank God for mentors and counselors. We must also remember that they have the same nature as we all do without the help of God and that includes me. When we mess up, we can cry out to God for help, repent and get back on track. There is no condemnation when we get back in Christ, our spiritual nature.

Never say what you wouldn’t do. It is God keeping you!

Prayer: God, I thank you for your goodness. I repent for yielding to my sinful nature. God, without your help I am helpless. I place my confidence in you, not in myself and others. People and myself can fail, but you, God, never fail. Through you I have the victory and that gives me hope. Hallelujah! In Jesus name! Amen.

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Don’t Leave People To Wonder. While They Are Here, Give them honor!

God gave me this phrase which is right on time for the Thanksgiving season. We honor people by thanking them and acknowledging them when they have made a big influence in our lives. It is just like when celebrity stars accept their award; they acknowledge the people who have helped them along the way. That is their way of honoring them. When a writer writes a book, there is a section that says acknowledgements and a list of people who inspired/helped them. We can’t get anywhere on our own without the help of others. God uses people to push us to our destiny. I am thankful for everyone in my life that has helped me along the way.

Romans 13:7 says, Give honor to whom honor is due.

We all at some point in our lives have taken people and things for granted. People have encouraged us and helped us along the way yet we forget to say thank you or that we appreciate them. When we honor people, it makes them want to do more. It shows that person that they are appreciated. God is the same way.

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.

God wants to be glorified through us. We honor God by doing things according to the word of God and giving Him the glory. We are created to glorify God. God honors us when we honor Him. We also should honor spiritual leaders and teachers who pour into our spirit.

1 Timothy 5:17: Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

T.D. Jakes mentioned in one of his sermons that he was about to quit preaching due to challenging times in the ministry. However, a young lady told him how one of his teachings helped her. It gave him the strength and encouragement to keep going. Spiritual leaders deal with a lot. They have challenging times as well while uplifting others. A word of encouragement, giving, and prayer really means a lot to people. We also should honor our parents.

Ephesians 6 :2-3 Living Translation: Honor your father and mother. This is the first of God’s Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing.

We may not agree with our parents. Some of you may not have had great parents. However. we should still respect our parents. You will have long life with blessings. The bible tells us to pray for everyone including people in authority.

1 Timothy 2:1-2: 2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Some of you are familiar with the story of the 10 lepers.

Luke 17:11-1915 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Our restoration and victory is right in reach by honoring God and people that have made a difference in our lives. Give people their flowers while they live because when they are gone, there is nothing we can do.

Don’t leave people to wonder. While they are here, give them honor!

Prayer: I honor you God today for giving me life. I repent for forgetting about you and the people in my life that have helped me along the way. I give honor to whom honor is due. God, I thank you for the people you used in my life to impact me for good. God, let everything I do be for your glory and not for my own glory. In Jesus name! Amen.

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Right When God wants to Bless, We flunk the test!

My Aunt Mary came up with this phrase while having a discussion during our group about walking in love.

Love is the key to passing the test. I have 1 Corinthian 13 framed on the wall in my living room. It helps not only to hear, speak, and meditate the word, but to also have it in front of your eyes as a reminder everyday. We all are believing for things: marriage, promotion, business, houses, cars, and so on. However, the enemy has schemes and tricks right when God is getting ready to bless us to get us off the love walk. The devil knows faith works by love.

At school most people have a study partner or a tutor when they are having a challenge on certain subjects. I am thankful to God I have people to correct me and it has helped tremendously. The correction is not pleasant at times. Proverbs 27:6 Amplified Version says: Faithful are the wounds of a friend [who corrects out of love and concern], But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful [because they serve his hidden agenda].

People can flatter you and let you fail, even though they could have corrected you on it. However, when someone loves you, that person will tell you the truth even if it hurts. Pastor Gaines would say “Before you correct, connect.” You have to develop a relationship with them where they trust you before trying to correct someone. You can speak the truth in love when correcting someone. Sometimes the person will receive it and other times they will get mad and not talk to you. However, when you love someone you want to see them succeed and that means correcting them. I am learning how to be confrontational with people. God will give you the wisdom of what to say. I thank God for correction and godly mentors, family, and friends. It has kept me from a lot of pitfalls.

The devil will use the ones closest to us to test us the most. If you mess up, repent and get back on track. The more you do it, like with anything, it becomes automatic. Things that bothered you before will not bother you anymore. Offenses will come (Luke 17:1-2), but we have the power not to let it hurt us. Luke 10:19 Kings James Version: Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

We control what we let into our hearts and how we respond to it. My dad’s favorite phrase Jesus used is “Forgive them Father for they no not what they do?” That is using the shield of faith to quench the fiery dots that the enemy throws at us (Ephesians 6:16). It is not the person, it is a spirit that is operating in that person (Ephesians 6:12-13) to cause them to act the way they do. If people really knew that if they don’t repent the bad seeds they have sown will multiply just like good seeds sown, they wouldn’t do what they do.

Get a godly accountability partner that will correct you when you are getting off the love walk. Ask God to put a check in your spirit when you are out of line. Read 1 Corinthians 13 every day, print it out to put before your eyes as a reminder. Take control over what you let come into your heart, even if you have to confront that person in love. Put the shield of faith up by saying “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” Let us pass our test. Because love sums it up for the power of God to flow in our lives.

Right when God wants to bless, we flunk the test!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your unconditional love. You loved me when I didn’t treat you right and denied you. I have the same kind of love because I am a believer. I am made in your image and likeness. God I repent for holding in offenses and not confronting things when I need to in love. I do not want my prayers hindered. I am tired of flunking my test. I put my shield of faith up and take control over what I let into my heart. God with your help, the Holy Spirit, and people around me to correct me, I have the victory. I give you the praise in Jesus name! Amen.

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Things Can Go Sour, But Love Releases God’s Power

My Aunt Mary taught on love this week with the group and this phrase came about. I was listening to an interview and the person said it’s okay to have people disagree with you without hating them. The person stated “I have people from all walks of life who do not believe in Jesus but I still love them.” I have seen people hate and not talk to each other because their views are different, especially when it comes to politics. I have heard and seen people talk about another race and be judgmental because of a person’s lifestyle. We as believers know faith works by love. God’s power can not flow through us when we are not walking in love. Love is God’s command, which means there is no other option. It is a must.

John13:34-35: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

The definition of command is an order. God orders us as believers to love. My Aunt Mary’s commonly used phrase is “Judge a tree by the fruit it bears.” God knows and people know if we are of God, when we operate in love. If we get off the love walk, we need to repent and get back on the right track. We can ask God to help in areas where we are not walking in love. Read 1 Corinthians 13 daily and God will perfect you in love. God corrects those he loves.

Proverbs 3:11 New Living Translations says: 11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
 and don’t be upset when he corrects you.12 For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delight

There have been times in my life and in yours where a mentor, friend, parent, or someone close to you corrects you out of love and it can be painful. Sometimes I would get hurt and offended when I was corrected because I thought they were being mean or nitpicking. However, someone else would say the same thing and then I realized they did it out of love. As I mature, when I am corrected, I welcome it because it makes me a better and wiser person. Proverb 9:8 New Living: So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Let us be wise and accept correction, learn from it, and become wiser.

Most believers know about Mark 11:24 that says whatever you ask in prayer, believe you receive and you shall have whatever you pray for. However, Mark 11:25 also says: And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 

A pastor who taught on love once said as long as we’re holding onto it, God has no legal right to do anything for you because God doesn’t force anything on us. God gives us a choice. We are blocking our blessings when we don’t forgive and are not walking in love. A lot of us as believers are not getting far and are stuck because we are not walking in love. The pastor I listened to stated that love is the high life,. The low life is manipulation and hate. We have to watch what we look at in the news and on social media. It twists things and causes people to hate each other.

Romans 12:18 says If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

It doesn’t mean everyone will be at peace with us. However, we are responsible for how we react to negative people. Matthew 5:9 says: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Romans 12:21 says do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.

It is just like electricity. Negative and a positive produces power. Negative things come at us we can counteract by doing something positive according to the word of God and the power of God flows through.

Things can go sour, but love releases God’s power!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving me even when I do wrong. God, you command us to love. God, I repent for being disobedient and not walking in love. God, help me to accept correction, learn from it and become wiser. I am not overcome by evil, I overcome evil with good. I pray for my enemies and people that hate me in order for your power to flow through me. I refuse to remain stuck by holding on to offenses. I give it over to you so my prayers can be answered. I give you thanks and praise in Jesus name! Amen.

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It Can Cut Like A Knife, But God Restores Your Life

A lot of us have things we go through that are painful. The pain can be unbearable. Jesus knows because he went through the pain on the cross for us. Surrender the pain over to God and He will restore.

Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV: He was despised and rejected by men. A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows.

Jesus took our grief and carried our sorrow, which means we don’t have to carry it. Jesus went through suffering, rejection, died, but God restored Him back to life. God can do the same for us when we give it over to Him.

Psalm 34:19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him from them all.

Job 23:10 Amplified Version:10 “But He knows the way that I take [and He pays attention to it].
When He has tried me, I will come forth as [refined] gold [pure and luminous]
.

Joel 2:25 New King James Version: 25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust,
The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.

It can cut like a knife, but God restores your life!

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for taking my grief, sorrow, and rejection and bearing it on the cross. I thank you God! You deliver me out of all of my afflictions. I repent for carrying the hurt, pain, and I give it all to you. Thank you God! You restore the years that were taken from me and I won’t be put to shame. I may have trials but I am coming out like Job as pure gold. I give you the praise and the honor. It is done, in Jesus name!