Looking Forward, Never Backwards

Looking Forward, Never Backwards!

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

There are many misinformed and misguided people who believe that this season of COVID19 is temporary and soon life will return to what it was pre-COVID19.

Not so!

Sometimes in life, God won’t move that ‘mountain’ or remove that test or pestilence or trial because He is doing something new, moving us into a new season!

You see, God expects us, who should be waxed strong in The Word, to exercise our faith, that mustard seed sized faith within us to stand on His Word!

As Christians, our trust in God is our blessed assurance that no matter what happens in this world, He is with us and He goes BEFORE us, not behind us! Our job is to keep on pressing forward towards Him, undaunted by world events, deadly viruses, biological weapons, foolish leaders, wars and rumors of war!

We fail our faith and Jesus when we, like Lot’s wife, look behind to the past and long for that life that God is delivering us from. Think about it…when has the entire world been universally brought to its knees? Made to stand still and contemplate life and death? When has man feared to breathe in the very air around him needed to support his existence? Or, the rich humbled by the fact that the privilege of their wealth which afforded them a higher level of medical care, are now faced with the reality that COVID19 leveled the playing field and no amount of money can procure a cure or insulate them from an unseen evil?

The saved and the unsaved are and will continue to perish. However, the Good News that we Christians can hold onto is that we have a home and the promise of life eternal beyond physical death! So whom, or what should we fear?

Doesn’t The Word state that “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear NO EVIL, for thou art WITH me…” That scripture speaks to this very season we find ourselves in!

These my friends, are the promises of God that strengthens and gives us courage as we propel forward into the unknown. We rest comfortably in the knowledge that He is THE light in these dark days.

No one knows the day nor the hour when God will call us home. But we do know that unto every man there is “A time to be born and a time to die…” Ecclesiastics 3:2. Will our death be from this virus or from crossing the street? Only God knows! Our only job is to be ready.

So we cannot be conformed to this world and the fear, anxiety and worldwide panic. We must, in faith, be transformed daily by a renewing of our mind by reading The Word.

We must continue to walk towards the high calling on all our lives to share God’s Word. We must continue to convert souls to Christ. Help the less fortunate. Abide in The Word. Model Christ in our interactions. Forgive those who trespass against us. And NEVER long for days past, for God is doing a new thing in the earth, in His church, in our lives and in us.

There is still much work to be done. Keep pressing forward my friends.

To God Be The Glory! Amen 🙏🏽

Days Of Our COVID19 Lives

Customers wearing protective masked shop the fresh produce section at Gelson’s supermarket that opened special morning hours to serve seniors 60-years and older due to coronavirus concerns, Friday, March 20, 2020, in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles on Friday, March 20, 2020. California’s 40 million people are all but confined to their homes in the nation’s biggest lockdown yet, as America’s governors watch with growing alarm as southern Europe buckles under the strain of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Grocery shopping during our COVID19 days!
For those of us who pushed past the advice to avoid grocery stores because your attempts at online shopping were futile, I know the reasons why you did.

Online shopping-exorbitant prices, gauging and waiting 2-3 hours in a virtual queue to be allowed 20 minutes to shop only to get to the virtual “checkout “ and not be able to complete your purchase because all available time slots over the next 3 weeks are taken and all the available pick-up in person time slots for the next 3 weeks are taken…I get it. No amount of money can alter the fact that it ain’t happening folks. You would have to be online 24/7, scouring all grocers near you and pray that your fingers and ‘timing’ is so perfect that you are fortunate enough to get it done! That’s a long shot bet I won’t take. So, face masks, gloves, outer layers of protective coverings and hand wipes in tow, you head out to “bring home the bacon!”

Welcome to our new normal for the unforeseeable future.

In the store you will look for and not find toilet paper, spaghetti and other types of pasta, eggs, milk, bread, paper towels, bleach, Lysol, soap powder and a plethora of “Limit 2” products that aren’t the staples of your pantry along with ‘limit 2’ of what remains in the meat, fowl and seafood sections. Most people whiz by you as if you are the virus, the younger people with no masks or gloves, the older ones dazed at all the empty shelves and the arrogant who refuse to stay back 6 feet from others.

You then wait in long lines, looking around you at the others who broke the directive and ventured out to shop and pause to say “Lord Have Mercy.” You think of the elderly, the poor, those without the resources or transportation to even attempt this once rote task and say “Lord Have Mercy!”

You try not to hoard of the few necessities you can locate on the barren shelves and inside your soul cries out “Lord Have Mercy!”

These Days of Our COVID19 Lives remind us all how we couldn’t make it without The Lord! 🙏🏽

This Means War!

Rejoice in this Holy Week. I plead the Blood of Jesus over your fears, anxieties, confusion, depression, sickness, finances, health, children and relationships. Jesus is near! Let no man, no woman, no virus, no situation cause you to take your eyes off God! Plead the blood 🩸! Glory Hallelujah Amen 🙏🏽 Let us Rejoice! Rejoice I say, rejoice!

God Will Hear Me

God Will Hear Me
by ropheka 
Sharing a very good post by a WordPress blogger called Ropheka.

But I will call on God and the Lord will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress,  and the Lord hears my voice.  He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me,  though many still oppose me.  God, who has ruled forever, will hear me and humble them. For my enemies refuse to change their ways;  they do not fear God. Psalm 55:16-19  

The Holy Bible The New Living Translation: “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? Luke 6:46, The Holy Bible New Living Translation.

There is someone in my life that is using me and being abusive towards me even though they claim to be a Christian. Recently my Beloved has directed me to have a formal relationship with them.                                                              

This morning I asked the Lord for confirmation if this is the path He desires for me to take. The first verse spoke to me about my calling out to Him because of the abuse inflicted upon me and the second was about how the one afflicting me is suffering numerous physical ailments. 

Take heart dear children. Jehovah loves us and walks with us during our tribulations.GOD IS IN THE FURNACE WITH USBut, He is also a God of justice and will punish our offenders in the appropriate manner in His way and in His Time.BURN LIKE THE SUNThe second verse informs me that whether I like it or not, I am to be obedient unto my King’s direction in this life of service towards Him.

Jesus is not just my Savior, but He is also my King. That means I put His will above mine.

~~Joseph a son of Jehovah

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah El Gemuwal (Jeremiah 51:56 The LORD GOD of Recompenses) for blessing me with the knowledge that those who abuse me shall receive seven times worse in Your court of justice. Thank you Jesus Ha-Melech (Psalms 98:6 The LORD the King) for the honour of being Your humble servant. May I always be a faithful and true servant to You. I praise You in Your majestic name, Amen.

The gift of love, the gift of joy, the gift of peace, these are the greatest gifts that can be given. They are given in abundance to all those in Christ’s family by our Heavenly loving  Father. May you be blessed with plentiful opportunities to share these with those around you today. Joseph a son of JehovahPhoto and article @ Joseph a son of Jehovah 2020

Walking On Sinking Sand!

“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand!”

When we accept Jesus as Our Lord and Savior, we commit to a life of following His example, God’s Word and Law, and obedience to it. It is a lifestyle that requires our all, our studying The Word, prayers, and the support of fellow Godly Christians, pastors and teachers to help us along our journey and keep us on the straight and narrow.
Our faith gets tested many times along the way by the devil, lusts of the flesh, backsliding, greed, selfishness and loyalty to the world, friends and family.
When we step outside of God’s Word we have opened ourselves up to the devil and his devilish plots and schemes. Or the sin we were delivered from with Jesus’ help.
Those who are saved and see their brother fallen into divers temptations are duty-bound to use The Word to help convict them and get them back in alignment with God’s Word, to pray for them and, if all else fails leave them at The Master’s feet for Him to deal with. Sometimes as people sink deeper into sin, compounding one sin with another, one lie after another to cover their first lie, we must separate ourselves from them to ensure they don’t pull us onto their sinking sand (or quicksand) that they find themselves surrounded by.
This may be the situation with your parents, children, siblings or spouse. Best friend, pastor or church elder. We are all subject to fall, but what matters is how we respond to our transgressions. Did you seek forgiveness from God and the one you transgressed against? Have you given God a true repentant heart? Did you try to reconcile with those whom you hurt and offended? Or just hardened your heart and walked away as if you were sinless in a vain effort to ignore your sin that is still a stench in God’s nostrils?

God gives us all a chance to repent, to correct ourselves, adjust our path, to seek forgiveness. Did you take advantage of God’s opportunity to cleanse your soul of your sins? Or have you sunken so deep into it, entwined in adulterous affairs, lies, deceit, and pursuits of the flesh, not the spirit to see who and what you have become?

Know this, God stands near with open arms to welcome back the prodigal son or daughter. But it is up to you to take the first step, just like when you took the initial steps towards the pastor’s call for salvation when you took his hand and gave your life to Jesus Christ.

The Day of Judgement is nearer than you think, take time to examine yourself, your heart and do an about face from the darkness of sin you now live in and turn to the light of God!

God Fights Our Battles

I can face an army of thousands with God by my side.
No weapon, no person(s), no trial, no wickedness, no false witness will stand me down for truth is the sword and Jesus the shield that will annihilate the demons and demonic actors used by the devil to battle me.
The prayers of the righteous availeth much and strikes down those who rise up against me. God Almighty has bore witness to their transgressions and the evil that stirs up their hardened hearts. God alone has seen, heard and knew in advance their plots and schemes for He knows the heart and evil that dwells within the hearts of men and He knows the true nature of those who claim to live by His Word, but depart from it to appease their flesh and to gain favor with the world.
God does not abide the slaying of the innocent, the adulterous acts, covetedness of the greedy, the idol worshipping that men subscribe to and elevate above His Word and Laws. Or the murderous thoughts of the unrepentant and the hypocrisy of false prophets.
Do not be afraid to speak truth to lies.
Do not be afraid to expose the deceitfulness of man.
Fear not the darkness that resides in man, seek God and His Light as your guide. He will stand with you when the demons rise up, those seen and unseen.
God is our Army of One. He goes before you, stands besides us and protects our rear.
All praise belongs to Him.
Amen 🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

The Dawning Of A New Season

Only nice people will understand the sheer frustration that comes from dealing with people who think that niceness is a license to take a person for granted.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being nice. In fact,  it is important that everyone practices being nice to one another.

We know that life is short and we don’t have forever with each other.  We must make sure every moment counts by treating each other right.

Despite the need for people to be nice, it is also important that nice people know when to say enough.

A time to be nice.

Being nice never goes out of fashion. It is always good to do nice things. When the situation calls for it, be nice to people.

There is a popular saying that there is a time (season) for everything.

When it comes to being nice, it should be something that happens every time. Unfortunately,  life does not work that way. While we will wish that we can be nice all day, every day, there are sometimes when being nice might have to be put on the back burner.

Here is the deal; there are times when being nice is the best thing to do. When you get an opportunity to be and do good deeds, do not hesitate. Go out of your way to show kindness to people. Be polite to the people you come across.

Do not let life and its problems make you hard.

Find joy in showing kindness to all you meet.

When you have finished doing all these and then come across those people who delight in making it tough to be nice, must you accept their continuous abuse?

Enough is enough.

In the midst of being nice and caring, there will come a time when you will have to put your feet down and say,” okay, enough is enough”.

There is no time frame for how long you can be nice, but there is time to be nice and a time to say enough!.

How do you know it is time?

When it’s becoming harder to be nice because the person keeps taking your niceness for granted.

When people want to take advantage of your niceness because they believe you would not react.

It is okay to be nice, even when the other person isn’t, but when your niceness is putting you at a disadvantaged position, it is time to put our feet down.

A similar situation happens when we are raising kids. Even though we want to allow them to have fun and explore, there comes a time when we say enough. Enough of the running, enough of the playing. We put our feet down and deliberately make them do something worthwhile.

The same thing applies to handling issues of niceness.

When the situation is getting out of hand and your being nice seems to be making things more difficult, do not be afraid to put your feet down and say “enough is enough”!!!

That way, you can control the situation without losing your niceness.

From PositivityofLife.com