September 19, 2014

Friday's Word-"I Know What I Think"

FLASHBACK FRIDAY
I Know What I Think
Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

There is a story of a couple during World War II that was about to be married. The young man was called into the war but didn't want to add any pressure to the young lady about him coming back or not. He decided to tell her that he couldn't marry her now but would when he returned from fighting overseas. The young lady was devastated when she heard the news but understood what he was saying. Through the crying, she managed to give him a handkerchief and told him keep it as a reminder and return it when he gets back as a sign of marriage. Some time had passed and the letters that would come from him began to dwindle to nothing at all. The young lady that was full of hope when he left began to lose all hope and her smile has now left her. While walking along the street to visit the local store, the young lady was looking at an item when she heard a familiar voice. As she turned around, she saw her fiancé standing with a smile holding out the handkerchief he had received.

"Excuse me, ma'am…do you know the owner of this?" As they embraced, she couldn't help but to smile and cry, but also wondered why she hasn't heard from him. He explained all the details he was on and how things had changed for him.

"I thought you had forgotten about me and didn't think you were going to return."

"After everything that was going on, even when I couldn't communicate with you, it was the promise that I had made to you that kept me going. I know it was hard for you to go through, but I know what I said to you. I had to return."

Some of you have been going year out and year in looking for a blessing. Some of you have heard the word or promise of God concerning your life. Some have received a reminder of what He said He would do for you but because of what is going on in your life, your joy has been taken. You feel like the communication has stopped on His end and the relationship that you used to have has turned into a spat with a lover. But no matter what you think, God knows what said. He knows what His mind has conceived and what He will accomplish. Just because it doesn't look good, He is not slack of His promise. He knows what you are going through, He sees everything that is being done to you, and He understands how you feel. Understand this, no matter what you think about the situation, He knows His thoughts. He has not lied concerning His word and will not start lying with you. He knows what He thinks.

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September 18, 2014

Thursday's Word-"I Am Built For This"

THROWBACK THURSDAY
I Am Built For This
Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

I was communicating with a cousin and they mentioned about being tired while waiting. They told me that they were going through and it had become a little unbearable. It was getting to the point of them not wanting to go on and their faith began to rock. They stated to me that the prize was so close they could see it, but the hill was getting to become a little steep to climb. In my response, I was encouraging them to continue on the path and not to give up; but who wants to hear that when burdens are bearing down. Then I began to think about what they had gone through and mentioned to look back and see where He has brought them from. I told them to see that He had brought them through too much to give up so close to the prize. But in the end, I was thinking that you are built for this.

Understand that your journey is not for everyone; it’s yours for a reason. Think about the various vehicles and how they are different. You wouldn’t take a sports car out in the woods to pull a tree out or drive a semi-truck in the Indy 500. Also know that while the journey is yours, it will not be easy or flowing; you will have some troubles and trials. When they come just imagine you are in the mechanic’s shop being modified for the rest of the journey. Each time you move over a problem, He’s adjusting the shocks. When you hit a pothole, He is realigning your front end. He is building you for a specific position, to do a specific thing, for a specific purpose.


I know that you are going through something right now, but know that you are built for this. He has carried you this far and all He wants you to do is to keep going. The ones that stay put, those are the ones that will be revived. You think that the world is against you, wait on Him and watch Him work. Don’t give up, because you are built for this. Don’t give out because you are built for this. Don’t tire, walk away, throw up your hands, say the wrong words, or throw in the towel, because you are built for this. HE made you and HE made the situation and HE gave you the strength to get through it. Think of it this way, you are the proto-type of you…the original…there will not be another you. Will you be a top seller or a defect? God doesn’t make mistakes, He made you to go through and you are built for this. 

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September 17, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"Rebuild Me"

Rebuild Me
Romans 8:13-14

Imagine if you will that you have bought an older style house. You knew that it would need some work before you could occupy the space and there were some rough edges that would have to be done, before it was a livable space. But you didn't care; you had people tell you that you don't need to waste your time or money in the property, but it was something about the place that you couldn't shake. The place had character and it had a certain thing you liked…you can't explain it to anyone, but you know what you like. Everyone that passed by this place called it an eye sore and wanted it condemned but you denied the claim and have taken the challenge. Little by little, you have stripped away the things that needed to go and replaced some things on the inside. You have made the space livable and then decided to work on the outside. Pretty soon the people that told you that it couldn't be done began to start eating their words. The ones that said you were wasting time and money are trying to come over to see what you have done. The ones that passed by to tell you the place was an eye sore are now saying that they envy what you have done. Yes, you still have haters, but there is nothing they can do to your place. People can still see the old house in the new look, but it is not the same old house. They say what the house "use to be" and then say how you changed it for the better.

God had paid the cost for you a long time ago. He knew that you would need some work in order for Him to occupy your space, but it didn't faze Him one bit. People began to tell you during your process that God was wasting His time with you. You were not "fit" to be a Christian; you had too much baggage and you did this and that. How could God want someone like you? But God saw character in you…He saw something that others didn't see. He began to strip away the inside and replaced some things so that you could get a better understanding of His way. Some more people began to look at you and said why doesn't He just give up…it isn't going to work; just condemn him…OH, BLESS THE NAME OF JESUS. But HE didn't stop there…when He got the inside together; He started working on the outside. Some things happened on the way, but He kept working on you. Pretty soon, those same people that tried to condemn you, called you nothing, wanted nothing to do with you, began to praise you. The ones that said you didn't "look right" are now the ones trying to work with you on the Usher Board. The ones that said you can't do anything right are now under you in your ministry. Some still hate on you, but there is nothing they can do because the FAVOR of God is on your life. Yes, people see the old you, but they also see the new you. They now say what you "use to do" and how God has changed you for the better.

Family, God is in the remodeling and renovation business. How do I know, well he took a person that was not the best. As I stated time and time again, the Ten Commandments were a to-do list for me; but GOD saw something in ME. He changed me and I know that He can do the same for you. Will you slip, yes…homes need repairs all the time. Who better to work on you than the Father? He has the material to do the job, let Him get started on you today. He is ready and willing to begin the rebuilding process. 

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September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"Why Are You Afraid?"

WHY ARE YOU AFRAID?
Matthew 28:18

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

I remember learning to ride my bike and I had training wheels on. It was no sweat to hop on the bike, do tricks, lean back, etc., because the bike was upright. No matter how I turned, how fast I was going, or what trick, the bike had stability to it. But one day, my dad got the brilliant idea to take the training wheels off. I walked outside saw the bike laying down and walked back in the house like a murder had taken place. After voicing my opinion on what happened to my bike, my dad said he took the wheels off so that I could learn to ride the bike without them. It was time for me to trust and not be afraid.

We serve a God that has given His Son for our sins. He has given us protection under His shelter. He has told us that He would be with us and never leave us. He has even told us if WE believe, greater works can we do in His name. But like the bicycle, we have become accustom to being there. We have been riding life with the training wheels still on. He said all power is given to Him, but He won’t let go. We know He can do whatever we need, but we see something that’s not working out. We believe in His words, but it’s been a lot of lip service and not faith service. Why are we afraid?

Could it be that we don’t want to fall down? Do we think that others will be watching and they will see that we really don’t know what we are doing? Is it that we have a false power that we want people to think we have? Whatever the case may be, Jesus has all power GIVEN to Him. In your everyday life, they can’t touch you because He has to grant them power. Nothing can come against you, nothing will prosper, and death can’t bark at you or malice wag its tail. He is able to keep you, He is able to bless you, He is able to hold you, but YOU have to let Him. You have put your trust in everything else in life why not trust Him…why are you afraid?

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September 15, 2014

Monday's Word-"The Pig Pen Is Behind You"

The Pig Pen Is Behind You
Luke 15:17-18

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

There will be some people that want you to stay in a certain place. There are some situations that want to keep you bound. There are some things that are trying to control you and force you to do things that are contrary to how you were raised. They want to drag your name in the mud and hold you down with the dirt of despair. They want to make you feel lower than an omnivore and want you to waddle in the mud. But all it takes is the will and determination to see past your current situation and you will never look back again. 

There is someone that has decided to leave their situation and is now headed down the road. But in the back of your mind or even in your ear, you hear the voice saying to come back. Someone has decided not to hang out with a group of friends or has left a relationship or simply has decided to make a change for the better. I want to encourage you to keep moving forward. There is no need to look back or listen to that crazy voice. It may have felt good for a time, but don't turn back. The mud is the wrong color for your skin. 

The place you have left was a place of destruction, not your destiny. You were covered with the mud of popularity and eating from the table of emptiness. But now, you have decided to turn away and become cleansed. Now, you have fixed yourself and have decided to go back home. Now, you have realized that doing right was right before you but you detoured and you have corrected the ship. Remember, the pig pen is behind you; don't worry about what held you, but what's drawing you. No more foolishness, but faithfulness. No more worrying, but worship. Whatever it was that thought it had you last year, it is behind you. It should have killed you then, but you have come to yourself. The muck and miry can keep you now; you are on your way to the Father's house.

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