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December 5, 2018, 10:33 AM

Set Backs That Lead to Set Ups for Success...


Set Backs that Lead to Set Ups for Success:

 

As I approach the New Year...I tend evaluate where I am at in my life?  What it is that I need to change?  What do I disengage from and re-engage in?  Am I successful?

How do we define success?  By what model do we use to measure that?  Is success truly “individual”?  What does God say versus what does our “worldly mindset” say?

I believe if we look at society today…the world defines success as having the high-paying career, large homes, luxurious cars, expensive clothes, fine dining, extravagant vacations,….mainly by the “material things”.  But I would like to challenge each and every one of us to consider what success looks like to God.  I do believe God wants us to prosper and be in good health, and that HE gives us the ability to get wealth.  I don’t believe “poverty” is His will for us. 

So many things are found in the following verses:

John 15: 4I As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

If we “BEAR FRUIT” and the fruit remains…then we GLORIFY the Father.  To me this is success!

If we consider what JESUS did for us…I would think that the most important factor for him would be to walk as HIS follower, obeying the things he said for us to do.  Obviously the two most important things that HE commanded for us to do in our life was to LOVE HIM, and LOVE OTHERS. 

He told us to go into all the world..and preach the gospel to every creature so that all that believe and is baptized shall be saved, to teach all nations, to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils.  God has given us a divine purpose.  Some of those things may look like: 

Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of others. (2 Corinthians 8:21)

God’s divine power has given us everything we need to live a truly religious life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share in his own glory and goodness. In this way he has given us the very great and precious gifts he promised, so that by means of these gifts you may escape from the destructive lust that is in the world, and may come to share the divine nature. For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:3-8)

I have gone about among all of you, preaching the Kingdom of God. And now I know that none of you will ever see me again. So I solemnly declare to you this very day: if any of you should be lost, I am not responsible. For I have not held back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. So keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock which the Holy Spirit has placed in your care. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he made his own through the blood of his Son. (Acts 20:25-28)

We are all looking for our divine purpose, and to achieve success in that purpose.  Could it really be all about what Jesus came to do? 

In life, I do believe that we have so many things that we are AFRAID to START for fear of failure…and what that failure is defined as.  I believe that sometimes the way we navigate through life is to “try new things” in order to discover that those “things” are not for us.  I don’t believe this defines us as failure, but could possibly define us as CORAGEOUS!??  I believe the biggest REGRET we will have at the end of our life is to just NEVER START something for Fear of Failure!  I also don’t think that things that we do can be wrapped up in a neat and tidy little package, as there are so many things that come into play when we attempt to move into a new adventure in our lives.  I do believe there are certain things in life that we can “bring in for a landing” or a “FINISH”…but other tasks that we take on in life will NEVER be so called “FINISHED”..that there are “eternal callings”, such as being a parent.  I also believe that there are many circumstances and decisions that others in our life make that will have an impact on what we are trying to accomplish…and this is completely out of our control.  Some would call these setbacks that stop them from achieving their calling, I say they are set-ups that will propel you into your purpose!!

So the question is….do we attempt to start a new endeavor with all the unknowns that accompany it?  Will we be successful in this endeavor?  What defines that?

What is the definition for Success?  Merriam-Websters defines it as “getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame”. 

However, there have been many foremost authors, inventors, and entrepreneurs that may have differing opinions on what “DEFINES SUCCESS”.

Legendary Basketball coach John Wooden says … “Success is a peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best YOU that you are capable of becoming.”

Author Stephen Covey said that the definition of success is deeply individual.  He said, “If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the “funeral experience,” he told the New York Times, “YOU will find YOUR definition of success”.

So this brings me to a personal place of self reflection as I approach the end of year 2018, how do I define success?  What does that look like for me?  What have I achieved and been successful with in my own personal life? What have I not?  Does surviving life’s trials make you an overcomer?  Is being an overcomer success?  I think this is a part of SUCCESS…

What are the rewards for simply being an “overcomer”?  We can read all of them in the Book of Revelation 2:7, 2:11, , 2:17, 2:26, 3:3, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21.

How does God define success?  What is HIS purpose for us?

If we look in the Bible…we find a number of mandates:   Love God, Love People.  Preach and point others to Jesus.  Follow Jesus.  Be obedient to His Word.  I want to “know HIM”, in a close and personal relationship. 

As we approach the upcoming New Year and most of us will do a deep assessment on where we are currently in our own lives…have you been pressing toward success defined by a “world culture”…or are we pressing into what Jesus asked us to do?

To me…success I believe is really lining up with what the Lord has asked each one of us to do, but more important…putting our priorities in line…LOVE GOD first, LOVE OTHERS next. 

Are there relationships in your family that need to be re-prioritized, to be cultivated to bring the restoration and healing that is so needed?  Are there marriages in trouble because we have put careers first over the love of our lives?  Are there friends that you have neglected at the expense or working harder to achieve more material things?  Have we neglected our health due to all the demands on our schedule?  Do we ever slow our roll long enough to smell the proverbial roses…to just simply….. BREATHE?

This holiday…I say…SLOW DOWN…take some time to BREATHE in the breath of God….re-examine where your life is at and where you want to go.  Then take a step of courage…and STEP OUT into the unknown…to achieve success …well …let GOD define that for you.  Don’t let fear overtake you! 

Be the CORAGEOUS son or daughter of GOD he intended you to be! 




November 26, 2018, 1:04 PM

So MANY QUESTIONS.....


Have we as a church body lost the desire for the "MORE OF GOD"??  Where is the FIRE and the PASSION and the DESIRE to simply....ENTER INTO HIS PRESENCE?  Have we forfeited PRESENCE for PROGRAMS?  PREACHING for SELF-HELP MESSAGES?  HEART FELT PRAISE for MUSICAL ENTERTAINING PERFECTION that is cut short....JUST before we allow the Holy Spirit to move into a room and change the atmosphere?  Have we been so concerned by the TIME CLOCK and staying on time, verses allowing GOD to do what HE WANTS to do in our gatherings?  Have our prayers become cold, quick and lifeless, instead of gut-wrenching TRAVAIL?  Have we desired SO MUCH to have our TITLES, that we forsake HUMILITY, SERVING, EQUIPPING and SENDING OTHERS into where GOD wants them as a gift to be used to reach others that are lost?  ARE we IGNORNING the WORD OF JESUS, and instead of just being obedient to what he says...or are we twisitng and turning the word of GOD and using it to manipulate the people into doing what WE WANT them to do?  WHY have we worshipped a building, a ministry, a man, and rules and traditions of men over the complete COUNSEL of what GOD's WORD SAYS??  Have we.....FORSAKEN our true identity to live in complete FREEDOM from all things that keep us in bondage, and go running right back to the things that HE DELIVERED us out of?

WHY do we put SELF.....on a PEDESTAL......ABOVE..........HIM??? The ONE and only glorious and TRUE GOD!!

Get back into your word....DO what JESUS said...don't add to it or take away from it....just OBEY!  

Love HIM with your whole HEART, SOUL, and MIND...then...........LOVE everybody else (and no, not in a codependent kind of love)...but LOVE them enough to SPEAK HIS TRUTH to them.

ALLOW the HOLY GHOST inside your CHURCHES and MEETINGS...allow GOD TO MOVE!!

Let us FOCUS on what really matters.........HIM....JESUS!  Point others to HIM.

That is all...........for now.

 




November 14, 2018, 10:00 AM

TO JUDGE or NOT TO JUDGE.....that is the BIG QUESTION??


TO JUDGE or NOT TO JUDGE…that is the BIG QUESTION??

To all my brother’s and sister’s in Christ, I first want to preface this teaching by saying…I love you and truly believe that you have SOOO much VALUE to GOD that he sent HIS only son because of the LOVE HE has for you and me, so that we do not have to “stay stuck” in our sin and bondage…that JESUS came to MAKE us FREE!!! I also know that we are all in our own timetable of transformation and sanctification…however…please let us not become complacent about where we are and where GOD wants us to be…by using excuses and trying to justify this place of compromise.  If we truly LOVE and KNOW HIM, we will OBEY HIS commands….it doesn’t mean we are perfect…it just means we want ALL that HE has for us!

I wanted to address what I hear SO MANY TIMES coming from “Christian’s” that say…”Don’t judge me, God doesn’t want us to judge”…and then they throw out a “PARTIAL SCRIPTURE” taken out of context of the whole chapter or what the rest of the meaning is.  So today…I want us to DIG IN to the scriptures and look for the COMPLETE and WHOLE meaning of what is being communicated!

If we can…let’s look at first WHO the “righteous JUDGE” is…

2 Timothy 4:8-Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

There is only ONE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE and that is the Lord.  But there will be a JUDGE we face at the end of our lives.  Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and judges with right judgement (1John 4:8).

In that…God has given us not only HIS WORD to live by and obey, has put HIS HOLY SPIRIT within us to “quicken” our mortal body and bring us conviction to keep us on the right path, but has also equipped and called us to hold each other accountable (submit to one another in the fear of the Lord).  HIS word will be used to bring reproof, rebuke and correction when needed, but in love, gentleness, and humility.  I am grateful for all the leaders, elders and brethren HE has put in my life to help me see my own blind spots of where I have gotten off track, and have not been walking soberly with HIM.

The scripture I hear most quoted in the “DO NOT JUDGE ME” mantra, comes from… Matthew 7:1-- "Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  If we stop right there…it really looks like…we should NOT JUDGE.  However, let us read on to complete the whole “context”…

Matthew 7: 2 "For in the WAY you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do NOT notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5"You hypocrite, FIRST take the log out of your own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.  I don’t believe we are to JUDGE with a HYPOCRITAL PIOUS JUDGEMENT, but we are to judge the brethren with a RIGHTEOUS judgement…NOT SELF-RIGTEOUS!

So the context is pointing out what JESUS always hated….PRIDE….self-righteous hypocrites that do not humble themselves first…and think that they are ABOVE others..that have a spirit of religious piety that think they are not equal to others because of their educational degrees, titles, royal robes and membership to their religious organizations of Saducess and Pharisess, and they have put themselves on a very HIGH pedestal or even physical platform.

I do believe Jesus gives us each other and gives GIFTS to HIS BODY for the process of transforming the way we think and becoming more so like HIS IMAGE…not the image of man’s righteousness.  These scriptures do say FIRST take the log out of your own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR BROTHER’s EYE!  So…it doesn’t say…DON’T EVER JUDGE?? 

 I believe when we teach and or correct as a leader, we always have to examine our own heart’s first—and continue to constantly die to ourselves daily!!  Die to the need to be “like God”…high and lifted up!  I want to continue to move into a place of self-growth, sanctification and walking in holiness and righteousness so that I can become a WITNESS of the GOODNESS of GOD!
 

In continuance of this thought…that we are to look at our brethren and see where they are STUCK in bondage…let us take a look at the next few chapters…

 

1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13--

1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Here I have highlighted some parts of this Chapter that I want you to see.  The Apostle Paul was writing this to the Corinthians at the close of this three year’s residence in Ephesus.  Paul was bringing correction of error brought about by the carnality of believers at Corinth, they were in an immoral condition.  So FIRST Paul had to JUDGE their condition in order to bring gentle correction.  There was a man that slept with his father’s wife, and they were compromising and he accused them of being proud and not mourning over this sin among them, and had allowed the man doing this  not be corrected or “taken away from among them”.  He reminded them that this can affect the whole body…just like leaven (yeast).  He reminds them they “become who they associate with” (not to keep company with fornicators among brethren).  He reminds them of a previous letter he wrote that they will be in the company of fornicators of this world, or with covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters, because they cannot go out of the world.  But he reminds them that if  any man that is called a brother, (Christian in your church) be a fornicator, coveteous, idolater, railer, drunkard, or an extortioner, with SUCH AN ONE, NO NOT TO EAT!  He also says God will judge those that our without (on the outside of the brethren in the world), but asks the question, do not ye JUDGE them that are within??

So we see here that a LEADER is correcting the CHURCH to hold the BRETHREN accountable within themselves…and not to become complacent to the sin among the body of Christ.

If we DO NOT say anything to our brother’s or sister’s about where they are “STUCK’ in their SIN—we become “INDIFFERENT” and I would have to beg the question…is this really LOVING THEM??  Or is this enabling them to continue in their bondage because of our lack of courage and fear of gentle confrontation—which is a self-ish motive for not confronting? 

IS the OPPORSITE of LOVE…..”INDIFFERENCE”??

Or….can love grow with the right amount of gentleness correction…and allow these brethren to become ALL that GOD intended??

We see Paul continuing this subject…as you can even hear maybe his complete frustration with them going to law against each other in 1 Corinthians 6…

1 Corinthians 6:1-8 1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

We see here where Paul is asking them in regards to this particular issue , “are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”.  He reminds them that “we shall judge angels…and asks again if there “is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to JUDGE between his BRETHREN?

So in these two chapters…we see where “holding the BODY of Christ, the brethren accountable amongst themselves…is RECOMMENDED by the Apostle Paul himself!  Paul is correcting them for NOT JUDGING amongst themselves those caught in sin.

Galatians 6:1--1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

We are to help RESTORE in the spirit of meekness (gentleness and humility).  We can only RESTORE and bring correction if we look and judge where a person is struggling within their life.

We again…are to NOT have this self-rightous judgment, and we are definitely NOT to JUDGE by APPEARANCES, by what is on the OUTSIDE. 

John 7:24- Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Let us be slow to pronounce guilt based on hearsay...and let us presume innoncence until sufficient evidence can prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.  Let the goal be restoration (2 Corinthians 13:11).   We must be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). 

But I do believe we are called to help bring RESTORATION to our brother’s and sisters in Christ by speaking LIFE and TRUTH into their lives...righteous judgement.

THIS ……….IS……..CORAGEOUS………..LOVE!!




November 14, 2018, 8:56 AM

DON'T LOSE YOUR VOICE....


DON’T LOSE YOUR VOICE

So….this year I have been volunteering in a position that helps get people into substance abuse treatment.  This has been very rewarding, while some have victories, others continue to struggle.  I volunteered to do this to simply help people, but because of the “political arena” that I am in, it has challenges.  Too many are doing this to advance their political platform, or for their own business or financial agenda.  I did not get into this volunteer position to be a part of that, but just simply to help set the captives free and point them to Jesus.  In some things that we do that are GOOD, we can get distracted by what GOD has originally called us to specifically.  So I hear the Lord remind me to “NOT LOSE MY VOICE”, and to “STAND for TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS”, and that I need to “STAY IN MY LANE” so to speak.  On that note, I am getting back into my lane of writing and teaching the truth about what God’s WORD says--I WILL NOT COMPROMISE TRUTH.  I have only written on this blog twice so far this year….time to “PICK IT BACK UP” again and “RUN with the VISION of being a REFORM-lutionary!!  A person who wants to point people to Jesus and continue HIS Reformation HE began from the beginning in HIS BODY, the church, and to bring a REVOLUTION to our Nation to get those that are lost back to HIM!

SO….I will be continuing to MOVE FORWARD in whatever DOOR HE ONLY OPENS for ME!!

Stay tuned….GOD has so much planned for his REMNANT of those who will be obedient and take up their cross and follow HIM ONLY!!!




September 9, 2018, 3:29 PM

JESUS IS ENOUGH......


JESUS IS ENOUGH!!

About a year ago my husband and I revamped our Private Facebook Group called Hungry Hearts…with teachings that POINT PEOPLE BACK to JESUS!!  Our goal should be to always point people back to Christ….and not to point them to a man, to a philosophy, to a theology, to a man-made self-help doctrine or to a building…but to get them to FOLLOW JESUS ONLY!!!  Today, I attended a service where the visiting Pastor said he had an encounter with Jesus that confirmed this word…and that he felt he was supposed to point people back to Jesus. 

I LOVE when JESUS confirms the words he speaks to you...even a year later!!

I believe when the Lord started speaking to me about getting back to the “simplicity of the gospel” and what it actually meant to FOLLOW JESUS, He was just confirming what He came originally to do.  We are meant to be reconciled back to our place IN HIM. 

A while back I started writing and sharing on my blog articles titled, “Jesus Said It”.  The reason I felt to do this is that we in the Body of Christ have started to listen to other words than the words of our Lord Jesus.  I’ve asked my Christian friends that if Jesus were to walk through the wall where you are today, and look you eyeball to eyeball, with those “fiery eyes of love” and say “This is what I want you to do, and this is what I don’t want you to do” ….would you DO IT?? 

Are we TRUE disciples of JESUS?  Or are we disciples of men?  What WORDS are you listening to?  Whom are you following?  And…are you obeying?

John 8:31-32 - 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

At the end of my life, when I stand before my Father in the most crushing words that I DON’T want to hear are…

Matthew 7:21-24 -

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Do you “KNOW” the Lord?  We see here in these words that those who HEAR the words of  the Lord and obeys them is a wise man.  We also see how we define those that “KNOW HIM”….

1 John 2:3-6 -

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

We are to HEAR what Jesus said, and DO what He says.

It is not even about if you prophesied, cast out devils, and done many wonderful works (Matthew 7:22).  Are you HEARING the words of  Jesus??

I suggest we get back into our BIBLES (the TRUTH) and REAL WORDS of the Lord, and just READ IT for what it actually says, and not try and twist and turn the words to fit some sermon or 3-points we are trying to make, to not take HIS WORD out of context or interrupt the complete context of a letter HE was writing…but to actually READ the WORD for what it says!!  And then, you or I do not get to pick and choose to believe or do what WE want…but to actually FOLLOW CHRIST and DO what HE SAYS for us to DO!! 

Jesus Christ already gave us ALL the ministry of reconciliation and commanded us to GO….so….did you actually HEAR???

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 -18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

Get back to the “words in red”, so to speak, START THERE!! Start in the Gospels of Jesus and READ IT, not to sermonize or point people to you… but to SEE and HEAR JESUS!!!  To KNOW HIM!!

This…..is….really….pretty simple.  Jesus already did the work for you….HE has already conquered death, hell and the grave….you just get to POINT others back to HIM….to JESUS!!!!!  How glorious and preach the “simplicity of the gospel” to those around you!!

Be a TRUE DISCIPLE…be a GOD-PLEASER and NOT a Man-Pleaser today!!

JESUS…………..IS…………ENOUGH!!!


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