Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.
1 Peter 1:15-17
15 But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:”
Live Holy! It’s not an inactive but active verb that as the children of God and the redeemed of The Lord, must be a mantra inscribed upon our hearts. It is an act of mindfulness and awareness that requires that we make a conscious effort To Do daily! It is our human nature to sin, but The Holy Ghost living inside of us empowers us with the ability to overcome sin and do what is right in the sight of The Lord. The Holy Spirit, coupled with a heart to purposely will oneself to pray, before we act, is a combination more powerful than Satan’s lure!
Peter reminds us in the scripture above that to say we Love God, yet are not obedient to His Word, that we should be fearful of our time here on earth.
How seriously do we take this New Testament guidance?
Have you bore false witness in order to seek a competitive advantage?
Did you commit adultery or lust after someone other than your spouse?
Did you covet a person or worldly tradition or familial expectation above God’s Word and Directions?
Did you take what was not yours?
Did you honor your earthly parents above God Almighty their creator?
Did you worship and adhere to man’s traditions, cultural expectations or idols above Our Lord and Savior and God your Father?
Did you seek peace or were you a troublemaker?
Did you reject a fellow Christian judging them in order to determine if they are worthy to be in your presence or family?
Do you share God’s Word but in your personal life you are disobedient to it?
Do you constantly sin and then run to God for forgiveness AFTER you did what your flesh led you to do?
Living a life of Holiness requires:
a) A true desire to please God both in public and private. Remember, there is no privacy with God.
b) Feeding your Spirit daily with God’s Word and praying for the Word to take root and flourish, not die because of a lack of sincerity and commitment to it.
c) Surrounding yourself with TRUE Believers. A true follower of The Word would NEVER order or encourage you to sin against God, your spouse or man!
d) Humbling yourself to Godly correction. When we start down the road of sin, when fellow disciples use The Word of God to advise you to stop sinning, don’t ignore their counsel even if it is contrary to the advice of your family and friends, because if what you do or are ordered or encouraged to do doesn’t line up with The Word, they are being led of the devil to get you to sin! Don’t neglect that small voice or shared scripture. The deliverer of that Word might be an angel or messenger of The Lord meant to help you to Live Holy.
Remember, there are consequences for our sins. We as Christians will answer for our sins. I imagine the sins we commit against our brethren will be of particular concern to God for we know, heard and accepted The Truth. We cannot cherry-pick through The Gospels deciding like spoiled children what we will and won’t adhere to!!! Remember we told God, not my will but Your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!
As we reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for us this Holy Week, let us commit to a life of Holiness. Let us recommit to living by God’s Word, not man’s nor family’s or tribal or cultural traditions for they don’t always align with God and that is typically 95% of the time. That’s why living Holy is hard because it’s like swimming upstream against a powerful current always looking to pull you under water. And that current is Satan and the witting and unwitting helpers he has to do his bidding.
Do not approach the Holy Altar for communion with God if you have aught or have sinned against your brother or sister or spouse. For to partake in the Holy Communion is to eat and drink damnation unto your soul. Remember God knows all that you have done — He has seen it, heard it and knows your heart! He is neither mocked nor fooled.
It is so much simpler to determine both in will and ways to strive to live Holy and make amends for your wrongs by seeking forgiveness and reconciliation.
As we draw near to The Crucifixion and Jesus’ Glorious resurrection, let that be your first step towards walking a path of Holiness!
Father God we come before Thee covered by The Blood 🩸 of Jesus. It is His Holy Blood that masks the stench of our sins allowing us to call on You! Holy Father strengthen us through daily communion and purposeful commitment to Your Will and Your Ways, which are Holy so that we model more of You and in such our flesh dies daily. Give us the courage of Jesus who faced a tortuous death on The Cross for our sakes so that we might be reconciled back unto You Father, to face those we have harmed and sinned against by word and/or deed in defiance of Your Word and teachings. Let us seek both forgiveness and reconciliation as is required by The Word before You should call us back home. In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name we pray, Amen 🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
As we enter into this, our High Holy Week, it seems fitting to reflect on Jesus’ last week and all that occurred in these few short days, which can also be applied to our lives!
Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of man to save us, redeem us and ultimately reconcile us back unto our Father and Creator … God!
Christ was God’s Love for mankind, personified. His 33 years on this earth were that of giving, teaching, sharing, empowering, forgiving, Loving, and ultimately dying so that we could choose to turn from sin, to seek forgiveness and vow to serve God and be obedient to His teachings and commands. We entered into Holy Covenant with God on the day we accept Him and ask Him to dwell within us. We enter into a second covenant with Him when we marry for at that time we ask Him to join us in the marriage Covenant so that there are three—God, the groom and the bride.
As Christ came as Love, He also experienced betrayal by Judas in The Garden of Gethsemane. The betrayal that led to Christ’s arrest and ultimately crucifixion on The Cross. But Glory to God, Love was raised from the dead allowing our sins to be wiped clean upon our profession, acceptance and reconciliation. Love triumphant over betrayal.
Maybe you loved and trusted someone who you committed your life to along with Jesus/God and they betrayed you. It is a devastating blow to be betrayed whether by a spouse, family members, friends or coworkers. I know the gut-wrenching feeling, the hurt, inconsolable pain, then the rage, anger and finally confusion and bewilderment. Betrayed is Satan’s lover, his muse and those that participate in it, are his witting and unwitting minions whose paths are darkened. Judas, realizing the gravity of his betrayal was overcome with remorse and hung himself, yet another sin. Undoubtedly the one who betrayed you, will not follow suit, nor should we ever want them to do so, for we, then, are now an attendant in waiting in Satan’s army.
Despite the pain, we must follow Christ’s example on The Cross when He called to Our Father begging Him to forgive us. So must we also forgive those who betrayed our love/Love for them in order to receive God’s forgiveness and Heavenly Reward. It is hard as our sin nature wants revenge and punishment that we witness. I know that I did! But God will heal your broken heart and mend your soul if you turn to Him and truly lay your burdens down. He is waiting on you. He is able and wants to comfort and heal you today. I share this message on my 3rd wedding anniversary and as I reflect on the betrayal I dealt with in my marriage. I had to learn to put my trust in God to the test beyond professions and into action. I can tell you without question, that Love conquered all on The Cross and it can in you if you let it! Even after betrayal.
Who is your Father? Who do you serve? Who do you follow? Whose life do you imitate?
Followers of Jesus Christ must do so in spirit AND in truth. Walking with God as your Father requires no less. It demands obedience. It requires that you speak the truth. It is a prerequisite that you turn away from sin, for sin is of Satan. It expects that you adhere to God’s Word, Godly instructions and God’s teachings as a member of The Body of Christ! It is assumed that when you fall into divers temptations, that you turn to The Rock (Jesus) and The Word for restoration AND that you stop committing your sins, seek forgiveness, truly repent, right the wrongs that sin led you to commit, ask God to renew a right spirit in you, and separate yourself from those who justified and encouraged you to sin against God, His Word and others.
Let us look at how God feels about those who lie and tell half of the truth in order to “win”, avoid punishment, gain favor among the ungodly, advance their own pursuits or desires, or obtain acceptance among the world and the false Christians and worldly people you associate with.
When one who “professes” to be saved and a Christian, but yet they engage in sin, deceit, lies, adultery and half truths, these people have abandoned their first Love (Christ Our Savior) and now have been adopted into another father’s realm…the sin realm of the devil!
John 8:44 teaches us that those who lie, tell half-truths and practice deceit, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
When you speak lies, rather than the truth, your way is darkened by sin and you now walk with the father of all lies…Satan. When you surround yourself with people that encourage you to tell lies, you shed the blood of the innocent.
God abhors lying lips. Proverbs 12:22 tells us that “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.”
God advises us in Ephesians to “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another,” Eph.4:25 and God further instructs us to “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ,” Eph.4:15
Our God is an omnipresent God, that means He is everywhere at one time. He sees all, knows all, hears all AND knows what is in the hearts of man. He would not have you to be misled or deceived by the devil, which is why we, who are His, must abstain from people, situations, desires, selfish pleasures that would lead us astray and into sin. Proverbs 28:13 teaches us “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
The last Book of The Bible, Revelations, tells us of what is to come when Jesus Christ returns. Take heed to this verse “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
God would not have us to walk in darkness, so He gave us His Word as our Light to guide us. If anyone of you is offended by this message meditate on this verse from Galatians 4:16, “Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?”
Let me leave you with these Words, 1 John 1:16 “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” And Colossians 3:9-10 warns us “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Remember Proverbs 14:25, “A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.”
Finally my brethren, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
In this Season of Advent as we prepare to celebrate Our Savior’s birth, let us all examine our hearts, our words, our actions and stop and repent of whatever
is not in alignment with God’s Word for our very souls hang in the balance. Continuing in sin means your father is Satan! Choosing to follow God’s Word and His Law, preserves your place in eternity and says sincerely that God is your Father!
May this post be a blessing to you! May it enlighten you and illuminate your path. May it strengthen your resolve to do it God’s way and not the world’s. Amen 🙏🏽
Thank you Pennsylvania. You were the ‘Key’stone to prayers answered, course correction for our nation and the rebuilding of key institutions to help our citizens like public health, social services, the financial systems, and more.
Georgia, Nevada, Arizona we know you are next as the voices of the people have resounded across the nation in the majority for change and demonstrated the integrity of our voter system. As every vote was and continues to be counted, the numbers don’t lie. The nation wants and has delivered a change for the Common Good of the Country.
Time to heal. Time to bridge the divides. Time to address the underbelly of racism and domestic terrorists who seek to undermine this country and its stability. Be on the alert and if you see something, say something. Someone thwarted an attempted gun assault on vote counters in Philly’s Convention Center in a vain attempt to stop the vote count.
Time to rebuild. Time to take our public health crisis seriously. Time to address the disparities felt by the disenfranchised, poor, illiterate, homeless, and more.
Biden can’t do this alone. It takes God, prayer and the will of the people to undue this damage and both mend and sew back into the fabric of this nation those persons who feel defeated at their candidates loss. As in the time of Lincoln and the Civil War, it is incumbent upon us all to no longer sit on the sidelines but to actively engage in this healing process and rebuilding in our communities through active participation or initiation of Town Hall discussions, outreach events, seeking public office, working as mentors, tutors, in our church-based organizations and more.
Put your faith into action for as Christians we are called to action at this pivotal moment in USA and world history because our footprint goes beyond USA borders.
The stronger you grow in your walk of Faith, the larger the target on your back for Satan.
The devil will pursue the weak in spirit in order to use them in spiritual warfare so that he can attack the stronger ones in faith around them.
“Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,” Hebrews 12:12
I learned the hard way that not fervently praying everyday over your household and all its members, creates an opening for Satan to come in.
When my other half, my husband, fell into divers temptations in adultery, covetedness, and began committing ungodly transgressions, I was blindsided that the head of our house whom I upheld and was sure of his strength in The Word, had backslid into behaviors God had delivered him from and was on the path to spiritual destruction.
He opened the door to Satan into our marriage, facilitating Satan’s plan to steal, kill and destroy what God has done in our lives. It was spiritual warfare and Satan had infected him which meant his target was me too.
As my husband Kunle and I were united as One by God, killing my husband in the spirit would affect me too and I wasn’t going to allow that to happen as he needed my prayers to help pull him out of his sin-sickness. For, when one in the body is sick, we are all subject to the fall. It is at this time that we have to magnify our prayer life. Having a consistent, fervent prayer life is the only path to: 1) pleasing God; 2) growing closer to God; 3) avoiding sin; 4) having prayers answered; 5) staving off Satan; 6) protecting and covering your household; 7) expelling Satan from your life; 8) receiving guidance from God on the path you should take; 9) hearing God’s voice; and 10) gaining strength for the spiritual battles ahead.
As women of God, we are dear to Our Father as we nurture, Love/love and mind His children. God trusts us to step in when our husbands fall and lose their way and due to sin, cannot lead the family. This is when our knees darken from kneeling constantly in prayer. Our bodies lay prostrate before God begging Him to hear our cries and pleas for His Divine intervention so that our loved one’s paths are course-corrected. The Word tells us to pray for the weak and those overtaken in sin and we as women and prayer warriors, God expects us to pray our loved ones out of their disobedience, darkness and sin back to God’s marvelous Light.
Women of God never lose hope or give up on your loved ones for your strength covers their weaknesses if you remain consistent in prayer and enjoy a strong prayer life with God, in the end, no matter the amount of time it may take to pull them out of their muck and mire, God Will! For He is Able to do the impossible if we have faith and believe it done before it ever manifest sin the physical. God only wants to see how bad we want it. He wants to see the conviction and faithfulness from us about the issues we lay at His Feet!
I encourage all women to Suit Up ladies and put on the Whole Armor of God in order to battle on the spiritual level for the lost souls of our Loved/loved ones. Amen 🙏🏽
Have you ever noticed how in the scriptures men are always going up into the mountains to commune with the Lord?
Yet in the scriptures we hardly ever
hear of women going to the mountains.
But we know why — right?
Because the women were too busy
keeping life going;
they couldn’t abandon babies,
and a thousand responsibilities to make the climb into the mountains!
I was talking to a friend the other day,
saying that as modern woman
I feel like I’m never “free” enough
from my responsibilities,
never in a quiet enough space
I want with God.
Her response floored me,
“That is why God comes to women.
Men have to climb the mountain to meet God, but God comes to women where ever they are.”
I have been pondering on her words for weeks and have searched my scriptures
to see that what she said is true.
God does in deed come to women
where they are,
when they are doing their ordinary,
He meets them at the wells
where they draw water for their families,
in their homes,
in their kitchens,
in their gardens.
He comes to them
as they sit beside sickbeds,
as they give birth,
care for the elderly,
and perform necessary mourning and burial rites.
Even at the empty tomb,
Mary was the first to witness Christ’s resurrection,
She was there because she was doing the womanly chore of properly preparing Christ’s body for burial.
In these seemingly mundane
and ordinary tasks,
these women of the scriptures found themselves face to face with divinity.
So if — like me — you ever start to bemoan the fact that you don’t have as much time to spend in the mountains with God as you would like. Remember, God comes to women. He knows where we are and the burdens we carry. He sees us, and if we open our eyes and our hearts we will see Him, even in the most ordinary places and in the most ordinary things.
He lives. And he’s using a time such as this to speak to women around the world.
Shared from Angela Burris
Train a child up in the way of The Lord and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
You are your child’s first teacher of the goodness of The Lord and His sacrifice for us. We are the farmers planting the seeds of God’s Word to one day reap a harvest for The Kingdom of God!
I remember when my son was growing up we had a tradition, a morning routine. First, it was our prayer of thanksgiving for being allowed to see a new day upon waking. Then, a prayer of gratefulness for a roof over our heads, food to eat, heat, lights, a sound mind, and family and friends who shared our faith. Finally, before we left our home, a prayer for protection while out and about amongst the world.
There were times when my mind would be racing with thoughts about that 8am meeting, the weather and how the traffic would be backed up or my 1.5 hour commute each way, had I forgotten anything, aftercare for my son if needed. Was everything ready and other thoughts of the day ahead. On those days, after breakfast I would be rushing my son to “hurry up, let’s go!” And God would use him to slow me down by saying, “mommie, we can’t leave until we pray the prayer of protection!”
Training your child to be a blessing to God’s Kingdom is both our responsibility and our gift of thanksgiving back to God for allowing us the great honor of being caretakers of His children but for a short time. Model God’s Love in all you do because they are sponges who don’t miss a thing and are constantly watching your actions and how you treat others. You are their template. Remember that! They may stray, but they won’t depart. Amen 🙏🏽
A Word From Brother Julius:
God will give you the grace to put everything that should be controlled in your life under control. Every evil power assigned to pollute you and any conspiracy in the covens to kill you has been scattered and destroyed. Power that will lead you to uncommon testimonies will be bestowed upon your life. God will arise and use the power that divided the red sea to fight for you. The Lord will give your enemies war and make you to be the solution to their problems in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
Beloved have a rejoicing day with song’s of victory of Hallelujah of Dominion with glory ahead in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
In times of trouble, persecution, trials and despair, trust God. In this focus scripture, King David, who God loved dearly, but he had sinned against God’s Word, seeks His ever-loving Father’s intervention in the trials and calamities he caused himself. As we serve a living God, He did not abandon David as He knew His heart.
Psalms 13:3-4: “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
In this new week, and weeks after, May God Almighty extend His love towards you, and towards every member of your household! May He consider and hear you, and lighten your eyes, lest you sleep the sleep of death; May He never allow your enemies to say, we have prevailed against you; and they that are troubling you may God Almighty never cause them to rejoice over you because you shall not be moved in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
May you have a divine encounter as you worship and Fellowship at His Sanctuary with song’s of victory of Hallelujah of Dominion with glory ahead in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and it is Communion Sunday in my Faith. As a child growing up in my grandfather’s church, as kids we weren’t permitted to partake of the service. We learned in our Sunday school lessons and from our parents that Communion was a sacred service only to be undertaken by those who had given their life to Christ. It was not a snack or something to be taken lightly but a solemn remembrance service of Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice for our sins on The Cross. The breaking of bread — representing the breaking of Christ’s body, and the drinking of wine/grape juice — representing His blood, was for the redeemed of The Lord. Jesus’ purpose and ministry/mission was reconciliation of us back to God by sacrificing Himself as the final blood sacrifice for our sins. So, to eat and drink unworthily is damnation to our souls.
In my lifetime there were many times when I did not partake of Communion. Times when I was unwilling to reconcile with those who had wronged or severely hurt me. Times when childish pride felt the offenders should make the first move. Times when I went to the offenders and “reconciled” but not wholeheartedly, especially when I saw on their faces smirks that they felt they had gotten over on me. Many times my tongue bled as I bit it to control the tongue wagging I wanted to deliver laced with Scripture. But God!
As I matured in faith, God opened my eyes to my prideful arrogance in thinking forgiveness was mine to wield. I came to the full understanding that not only must I seek forgiveness from God for being at strife with someone, but I must seek it from them too as I pursue reconciliation with them. A critical step that is required before participating in Communion again. You see, He convicted me with the reality check that He had forgiven me and my sins and withheld no good thing from me. No hesitation. No deliberation. No metered forgiveness. 100% forgiven AND, He had tossed all remembrance of my sins into the Sea of Forgetfulness. The only one who recalls them now is me when I cry as I reflect on His goodness, Grace, Love and Mercy towards me.
If you will be participating in Communion, whether the first, second, third or last Sunday of the month, I hope that you partake of it worthily, having reconciled with those that you have issue with more so for your sake, than theirs. Amen 🙏🏽