July 28, 2014

Monday's Word-"Yes He Will"

YES HE WILL
Psalms 138:3, 7-8 (NKJV)

3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. 
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.

I admit that there are times when I tend to think too much, and thinking too much can lead to worrying which can lead to stress which can cause health ailments and even death. That’s a bit frightening to think about, but at times, I still tend to go there . . . letting my mind dwell on things that are out of my control. It is then that I have to stop, meditate on the Word, and pray, so the Word can take action in my life!

Lord knows I’ve been crying lately and crying out, “Jesus! Lord help me please!” I’ve been feeling weak and weary. I’ve felt overwhelmed by life’s challenges. I’ve felt like there was no way out, but then I looked up. I surrendered all and cried out to the Lord, and He did just what the Word above says.

First, He strengthened me from the inside out! Despite the circumstances, I continued to get up every day, tended to my children, and went to work to provide for them. I didn’t do it because I felt like it. With the various challenges, I haven’t felt like doing much, so I know that it was ALL God working within me to get me through each and every minute of each and every day, and I’m still standing “bold with strength in my soul” as Verse 3 states.

Next, He revived me! When I felt like I was down and out, about to take a TKO from life’s blows, God said, “Not so!” He breathed in me to keep me upright, to help me press forward, to keep me fighting to reclaim all that the devil has taken from me. Yes, troubles still arise, but my perception is different. Looking at things differently in a way is a new life . . . revived from an old, destructive way of thinking. Thank God for the revival!

Finally and most importantly, He saved me! The devil may have seemed close, but God never let harm come near my family or me. Yes, we may have lost some material things or been unable to purchase other things right now, but we are all in good health and spirits. We also know who God is, and we love Him. We worship and praise Him, and we know that the fullness of the earth is available to us. We are saved by grace, and it is only a matter of time before we reap a plentiful harvest for our diligence and faithfulness. As we walk by faith, we have no need to worry, for God “will perfect that which concerns” us! Hallelujah!

I encourage you to walk on in faith. Continue to pray and diligently seek God and all that he has for you. Know that His will for your life is perfect. His love is unfailing, and His hand is on you, strengthening you, reviving you, and saving you. Won’t He do it? Oh, yes He will!

Written by: S. A. Smith 
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July 25, 2014

Friday's Word-"The Straight Way"

The Straight Way
Matthew 7:13-14

“You can’t be wings for everybody,” Rev. Phipps

Imagine you have given your kids the life any kid could want. Everything they asked for you were able to give them…even the things they didn’t ask for. They were not spoiled kids, they had to work to get those things and know what it is to work. During your time, they had their problems, but you were there to help them through. Now, your life has expired and your kids have gone crazy about the inheritance. Some of them have taken what you have taught and are doing the right things, but the others have been on a destructive path. How would that make you feel?

Now, imagine our Savior doing this for us. He has given us the tools to make it in this life. He has given us the Holy Spirit to guide and minister us and to be there for us to help through the hard times. He has given us a way to and some have received the inheritance and we are acting crazy. We know the way to go, but if you don’t want to follow it, that’s too bad. Matthew 7:21 says every one that says Lord, Lord will not enter in, only the ones that have done His will.

But, like the sentence says above, you can’t be wings for everyone. You can’t save everyone and everyone doesn’t want to be saved. No matter how nice you are, someone will be mean to you. You can’t help everyone; some people don’t want your help. So what that you have spoken to this person everyday and they look at you crazy; that’s how they are. As much as you try and try, you just can’t change people. You have told them, given examples to follow, completed an onsite visit with them, given them a plan of action to follow…now let them go. You can’t fly if you are being held down by dead weight. Learn to let go…

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July 24, 2014

Thursday's Word-"Jesus Is A Love Song"

THROWBACK THURSDAY
JESUS IS A LOVE SONG
John 10:10-11

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

A love song...something that can make you feel a certain way. It speaks to you in volumes...when you hear that song, you know exactly where you were and what you were doing at the first time you heard it. That song, you can listen to over and over and it will never grow old. When it comes on, you feel something move and it takes you back to that place. A love song...just like a perfect relationship. It takes you on a ride...the highs and lows, twist and turns until finally you at the place of peace. It is the perfect verse over the perfect beat, the right melody over a piano and sax, the right ad lib at the right time...A LOVE SONG. A song that prophetically speaks to your present and sometimes your future. It brings a smile to your face even when you just think about it. Some of you reading right now are thinking about that love song...that slow jam, that groove thing...yes, a silly love song. The song gives you wings to soar over your problems, breathes life into your situation and sometimes communicates the very thing you want to tell a person.

I want to let you know that Jesus is that love song. He has or the love song has the attributes of the Savior. He makes you feel a certain way. When He comes in, you feel something move and it takes you back to that place. You are not the same when Jesus is in the place. When you first had a conversation and confrontation with Him, you knew exactly where you met and found Him. For me, it was August 26, 1988 approximately 8:57 PM at New Hope AME Church. His conversation never gets old and although the relationship is not perfect; we have experienced highs and lows but all by me, not Him. But I have now found peace in Him. His verses and music are tight and He has prophetically spoken into all our lives. While He speaks, the words captivate the audience ear and touch the heart that people believe in Him. When you think of Him, it brings a smile to your face. Although, He will tell you what to say at times, He has given you instructions for everyday life.

He said "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”. What is a love song...giving up your life so that others can HAVE life. Not only have it, but have it more freely. Just like the love song Jesus is.

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July 23, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"Can You Hear Me Now?"

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
1 Kings 19:12

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

I don’t’ know if this has ever happened to you (I don’t have an up-to-date phone), but there are times when I lose my signal. For the life of me, I can’t explain how I was in one spot and then it just drops. When the signal is weak, I have to get in a position and eventually move to another (re-positioning) to find the best signal for me. While moving from one spot to the other, I normally ask the person “can you hear me now?” I want them to know that I am still here and that I can hear them, but I wonder if they can hear me. Sometimes, during a storm, the signal is so bad the phone looks at me and says “forget this” and shut off. That is the time I will have to get out my comfortable spot and find a place where I can talk (if I am going to continue the conversation).

Elijah was at the point that he was so distracted of what Jezebel and the Israelites were doing, that he had forgotten what God had called HIM to do. There was so much going on; Jezebel had slain many prophets and the children were worshipping other gods. But Elijah was told to go stand for God and not to worry about what was going on in the world; God would provide for him. God had him stand on a mountain and in three instances, things passed by Elijah: a strong wind, an earthquake, and a fire (v11), but God was not in those things. It wasn’t until after these things there was “a still, small voice”. We have so many things that come in our lives, some may distract us from what we are called to do. We have the strong winds of disgust, the earthquake of problems and the fires of everyday life that we forget about the still, small voice. The voice that says “I have you, “you are my child”, “I won’t let you fall”. The voice that says “my plans for your life are to prosper and be in good health”, yes that’s the voice we are missing. We seemed to have lost the signal and God is asking “can you hear Me now?”

He is still in the same place, doing the same thing but WE are the ones who have gotten out of position. 2Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”; now you tell me, can you hear God now? It is time to find a better signal than what we have. It is time to re-position ourselves and get out of the comfort zone. If you are enduring a storm right now, don’t drop your signal; get re-connected with the source.  Move around, get in a place where you can hear and talk to God. Don’t let the distractions and the forces keep you from grace and mercy. As the Verizon commercial goes, don’t stop in one spot when you are connected, continue to move and gain ground on your destiny.

Can You Hear Me NOW!!!!

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July 22, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"It Wasn't The Nails"

IT WASN'T THE NAILS
John 18:31-40
Hebrews 10:4, 9-12

Imagine being before you were born (yes, before) that you are to sacrifice yourself for other people. You are told how you will sacrifice and what will happen; how even though you have done this, some still will not take heed. You have amazed many with your knowledge and confused others; saved, healed, and delivered a few more…not to mention fed a few thousand people a few times. Now the time has come and your hour is at hand…you must go through with your mission but you are getting afraid. You ask that this very thing be taken from you and when you get the answer, you are at peace with it and go through with the mission. You are finally captured, tortured, beaten, and spat upon. You are told to take up a cross on your back and walk through the streets; the streets that once rang out praises you, now they are condemning you. You haven’t done a thing wrong, but yet you are hanging among thieves. Even when you are about to give up your last breath, one of the men looks and says "IF you are really on this mission and you are who you say you are…save yourself and us". Yes, you could have come down from the cross, but it wasn’t the nails keeping you there.

Someone maybe feeling like they are going through to be going through. You have been in a situation and it feels like everyone has turned their backs on you…but it’s not for your benefit that you are there. Some have done the things God has asked, but even in that, people still fail to “get it”…but it’s not for you. You have been beaten with insults, tortured by broken promises, spat on from the mouth of hatred but it’s is not for you. You have asked God to take it away, but He has you there for a reason. You MUST go through this so that HE can get the glory. It’s not the nails that are keeping you there, but it is the love that He has for others. You may not realize who is watching you until it is over…but it is love that is holding you up. I know you want to give up, but hold on just a little while. He is sending his angel to give you strength to endure. He loves you so much that He wants others to come to Him by using you.

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