After We Thought it Was About Us…..

Much of what we do in this life is self-motivated. We have no idea why we can’t come out on top. The constant pressure to perform or be like someone else is weighing. The constant pressure to compete because we lack identity, giving us our own Kingdom empowerment to do what we do makes us weak in the faith. If we believe that HE IS, then we believe that He is the I-AM that lives on the inside of us. If we really understood that it wasn’t all about us then maybe the burdens we carry in this life would be lighter and taken less personal when it all doesn’t go our way. Why are we here? Where are we really going is a lot to ask when your mind has been molded according to the system of your reality. Do I have permission to think big? Do I have permission to dream? Do I have permission to walk out the vision that God has given me? We are so detached from God! The context of how we see and relate to Him spoils our ability to function in Him without question, stutter, and apprehension.

Taking the weight off ourselves and realizing God’s powerful deity working on the inside of us should let us know that when God came for the human race, He came to preserve His magnificent name. This does not remove the fact that He loves us and His desire is to be one with His creation. This is letting us know that we are apart of Him, and He lives in us. When God sent His son Jesus, He sent Him to hallow His divinity in the earth! We are carriers of God’s Spirit….HIS HOLY SPIRIT that is. The Holy Spirit is God because He is ONE, but He exists as three for the appropriate expression to be used where it needs to be. God is everywhere and in everyone! He just wants us to understand and come in contact with the God nature that we all carry! To say that you are irrelevant, without purpose, unimportant, or of no necessity actually grieves God! It tells Him that we don’t know Him. When we don’t love ourselves, it furthermore tells God that we don’t love Him. When we don’t love others, it also says that we don’t value God on the inside of them, which further induces the reality that we just don’t know and love God. Knowing that we all carry God in our innermost being should make it so simple to relate to others, whether they are fallen or restored. When the Jesus that we carry can see goodness in anyone, whether they make a mean pancake, wave at us, smile, exercise to take care of their bodies, etc. we should have respect for who they are. When we accept this type of love, violence will decrease and the world around us would be a much better place.

HEU: You thought it was about you, but He was coming back for Himself. You are Himself!

 

Supporting Scriptures (KJV)

John 10:34- Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

1 Corinthians 6:15- Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

Romans 12:1- I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Genesis 1.27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

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Laugh Out Loud!

People think that being a Christian is boring. For some reason they believe that you can’t have fun. I remember going to church and them telling us that going to the movies was a sin, roller skating was a sin, talking to boys was a sin, putting on nail polish and lip stick was a sin, ballet was a sin because of the risky leotard, and the thunder in the sky was God being angry with His creation!  Where was the liberty to express oneself without feeling bound to hell every time?  I might as well had become a nun! I believe that too many restrictions in life tells God that we have a limited revelation of who He is.  God wants us to have fun. The culture of His Kingdom is a loving culture that liberates us in the beautiful personality that we already have. When we are suppressed and ashamed of who we truly are, we become destructive to the world around us. We must be rooted and grounded in the love of God.

When we know God, we come to understand that He gives us beautiful expression from Himself. What comes from Him is holy; therefore, we do not have to control how much we laugh, sing, cry, and dance if it all comes from Him. We cry, we scream, we frown, we dance, etc. We express what is in the heart!  Be it good or bad, the body wants to express the emotion, and that is why we sanctify our emotions in Jesus. We were made to express, illustrate, create with natural expression what we can’t verbally say. It enhances our words. Like a fire cracker or a shaken bottle of soda, we were created to explode with joy. The saying, “LAUGH OUT LOUD” is totally cool with God! Joy is an earmark of the Kingdom. We should never be ashamed to be joyful in the midst of battle. Laughter! It’s a beautiful thing. To be liberated in God and enjoy Him is something that He wants us to experience. Laughter is a medicine! We have a reason to laugh, and there is a laughter waiting to erupt on the inside of every person.

HEU: “Living in God’s Good Humor”

 

Supporting Scriptures (KJV)

Psalm 47:1- O Clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Isaiah 9:3- Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Ecclesiastes 9:7- Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works

Romans 15:13- Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Nehemiah 8:10- Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

LOVE YOUR ENEMY

Did you know that sin is a violent ordeal for a soul to endure? Yes, it is a traumatic experience because it is designed to kill the body and soul. A decision is made and then POW, we are in decades of cycle that kill all that we are and all that we will ever be. Our response to sin is important. Yes, for a believer, we rebuke and correct, but for those who don’t know Christ, there is a care that must be had. God wants our enemies to be our footstool so that through their servanthood they are purified through our faith and belief in Him. That is why we must learn to LOVE OUR ENEMIES! If you want to change the world, forgive them and bless them with the love of Christ. Jesus is the best gift that anyone could ever receive. Jesus said in Luke 5:32: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”.Image result for Love your enemies

We must learn the art of love, by not just going to those who already know Him, but to those who need answers. Yes, we sit with them. That is okay! …..just don’t be a partaker of sin. Lead them into who Christ is in the most loving way. Show them that His love is greater than the temporal effects of the cigarette or the bottle. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but as believers we understand grace, His blood, redemption, and forgiveness of sins. The unbelieving must hear this good news, that there is a deliverer and a Savior that can rescue their entire existence. They can be delivered from curses. There is a new and living way that will guarantee their eternal life. Your enemies need to know that God loves them. Innately, everybody is searching for the Big Guy upstairs. The questions arise: “Who am I?  What am I? Why am I here? Shall I remain here?” These are all questions that the Father wants to answer for all His children because He is a Father. Let’s share the great love of the Father to the world. Let’s talk about Jesus, who is GOOD NEWS to every broken son, that you are here on purpose and for a purpose! Tell them that God is at the other end waiting with open arms. God will fix it all!

 

HEU: The world needs Abba. Tell them that there is a Daddy!

 

Supporting Scriptures (KJV)

Matthew 5:44- But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Romans 12:20- Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Leviticus 19:18- Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.

Luke 23:34- Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

1 John 4:7- Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

KINGDOM GREATNESS

When have we ever needed someone’s permission to be great? We are filled with so much power as Christians. We are odd and peculiar in nature, set aside, and uniquely designed to mold different environments into who we are. We are game changers, affectious, and infectious. What doesn’t look like the world’s fashion upsets us because our identity is so helter skelter at times. HEY! We don’t mold into them, but they conform to us! In the most basic diagnosis, Christians are just insecure. Daniel 11:32 defines the people of God clearly in the face of adversity and opposition of the world. It says: “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”. WOW!!! Those that know their God will be able to stand firm against what is politically correct and culturally acceptable without being swayed or bound to man’s approval. They will know their God and not a false one. They will be able to demonstrate Him in a powerful display of not only miracles, but the power to lead whole armies of the Lord. God is waiting on us to pass this test. These individuals will be able to deny themselves and take up a greater cause. We cannot become backwards, not knowing the power we truly possess as believers.

You’ve been walking into rooms with the brightest smile in the world but have retracted that smile because you were not sure if that type of joy was allowed in such climates. DON’T DO THAT! Let them call you the crazy one for having joy where it’s not comprehendible. You were sent to bring peace, joy, and an experience that no one else knows but you. You are the voice of justice. You were sent to declare the acceptable year of the Lord, but you are refusing to because you want what’s foreign to your greatness to accept you? BE WHO YOU ARE! Someone needs your smile and your hello. They need your: “It’s all going to be okay. Don’t worry.” “God is here now”…..And He will be there when you walk into a room. We must believe on the Lord Jesus, not just for ourselves, but for others as well. They will believe because we didn’t hide Him.

Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say unto him, “What doest thou?”

Ecclesiastes 8:4

 

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HEU: “Walk on the Wild Side!”

Supporting Scriptures (KJV)

Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psalm 8:6- Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet:

Genesis 1:26- And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth

Isaiah 61:1- The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;

Psalm 71:21- Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say unto him, “What doest thou?”

Whose Side are You On?

We look for God to be on our side while at the same time, He is looking for us to be on Hid side! Have you ever had a plan or an agenda, and it was like something came in and completely wiped out everything you set in place? Well I’m letting you know my friend that the sabotage you experienced was God Himself. God has a perpetual agenda that He absolutely intends on manifesting. His time slots are of the utmost importance and when God is ready to move!….He is ready to move! The question is….”are you ready to go with Him?”

Joshua 5

“13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”



John 18:36- “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

WOW! If Jesus says that His Kingdom is not of this world then that means whenever He decides to appear on the scene, He absolutely intends to bring a much weightier and nothing less than eternal agenda with Him. The captain of the Lords host was none other than Jesus Christ Himself! He is a King who has an army! He is president and commander and chief of the armies of the Lord! God wants us to take away the burden of “this is my fight”, and allow it to be God’s fight. Because He is incomparable, there is nothing that can conquer Him. We stand in a fixed fight. The beginning strategy for gaining wisdom for our everyday battles is to take off the shoes you have ran this earth in, and stand in reverential awe of Him!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

You will know who is on the Lord’s side based on their posture in and before the battle. If we are to be on God’s side then we must partner with His Kingdom. As Jesus stated ever so clearly (paraphrasing), “I am not for you or your adversaries , but depending on your next move while I’m standing right here,  you can choose to position with me or get out the way! Either way, My Kingdom is about to move!”

HEU: “Who is on the Lord’s side?”

Supporting Scriptures

Psalm 29:2- Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

Isaiah 25:1- O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

Psalm 22:23- You who fear the LORD, praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.

Psalm 145:5- On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

John 12:26- If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

Show Me Your Glory

 

Show Me Your Glory!

Sometimes we don’t realize how scary that can be. Show me Your Glory? …….What are we really asking for? Saints fail to realize that God’s glory not only reveals Himself, but our ugly attributes that get in the way of God revealing Himself. SHOW ME YOUR GLORY???….. It actually says, “show me where I am undone”! Show me a standard that I fail to meet. Show me the lies that have deceived my entire existence. Reveal my secret pets that I rely on more than You.

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 6:5

God comes in His royal majesty and splendor, revealing His awesomeness to His creation and because of His generosity, God is still willing to allow us to experience His glory. God wants us to be attracted to His beauty. Instead of glorying in man or glorying in wealth, His eternal glory full of dominion and power takes our minds and hearts out of a temporal reality.

We ask for His glory in the context of blessings, a great win, or a home run, but His glory comes with more than that. His glory is Himself being fully revealed and expressed through you.

 

HEU: Are you in the way?

 

Supporting Scriptures (KJV)

John 11:40- Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Habakkuk 3:4- And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

Psalm 104:1- Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Luke 21:27- Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.

Hebrews 1:3- And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Be Thankful

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I Thessalonians 5:18

The day I stopped complaining about what I hated in my life was the day God opened the door for something better and brand new!!!!!

Acceptance is important. Everybody wants to be accepted, even God. His will is His word, and His word is Himself. When we accept His will, we accept Him and all that comes with being His child.

God has some amazing blessings in store for His children. Our problem is that we measure the goodness of Jesus to the quality of earthly possesions. Can God be measured? Absolutely not! God wants to see how well we steward over what we have. Can you be faithful over a few things? How well can you maximize an investment.

It doesn’t matter the lot you are given. God just wants a faithful soul. Your contentment says that you are with God even when it all looks bad. He knows that if He can trust you with what’s not popular, you won’t leave Him when It becomes the new fad.  His blessings are His heart being given to you. Take care of His heart by being thankful.

HEU: Lets make God feel appreciated.

Supporting Scriptures

Psalm 107:1 – I Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Colossians 3:15-17 – And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.