God Wants You To Succeed

You have a vote whether or not you succeed in life. The message of grace takes the pressure off of us and it puts the spotlight of our life on God. Embracing the grace of God does not mean you will not have to do anything. We must add “good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love” to our faith. Who is supposed to do the adding? We are. 

Some mistake the message of grace to mean that God will do everything for you. Others foolishly think that God has no role in their lives and they seek to accomplish everything solely by their own strength. My point is that it is not “all you”. God called you by grace and He expects you to grow in grace as you develop your faith. But if you don’t do your part you will not experience God’s best for your life. God expects you to cooperate with Him.

Peter told us that we are supposed to “confirm our calling and election” (2 Peter 1:10). God provided the calling, but we are supposed to live our lives in a way that confirms it. While God called you by grace, He expects you to pursue the calling by faith. God will not force you to do it. You are not a puppet and God is not a puppet master. For God to fully operate in your life, you must cooperate with Him. 

Successful faith is faith that aligns with God’s grace. God expects us to live by faith (see Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38, Habakkuk 2:4). But faith is not you coming up with something and then attempting to get God to do it for you. Faith is not you attempting God to put a ‘yes” on your plans. No, faith is God attempting to get you to put a “yes” on His plans. God’s plans is for you to learn what He has already given you by His unearned grace and for you to then attempt to receive it by faith. 

This way you live your life by faith and you receive God’s best by faith, but it is still by God’s grace (Romans 4:16). God wants us to succeed in life. It is obvious that God does not want us to fall or fail. God gave us His Son to save us from sin, His Spirit to empower us with the Supernatural, His Word to provide His will and wisdom documented, His grace to do what we could never do on our own, and His calling to the plans He made for us before the world began. God has done His part.

If you are failing in life, it is not God’s fault and you are certainly not living God’s will. God wants you to discover, develop in, and then deploy in pursuit of the manifestation of His divine purpose for your life. If you are not doing that, then it is time to make some CHANGES! #TheTRUESecretofSUCCESS

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Staying Prayerful

How powerful is prayer?  The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16 declares, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for 3 1/2 years. Again, he prayed, and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops. God most definitely listens to prayers, answer prayers, and move in response to prayers. Jesus taught; I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing is impossible for you (Matthew 17:20). 

How do we tap into it? The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying, but rather the power resides in the God who is being prayed to. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “this is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him”. No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer, God answer prayers that agree with His will. His answers are not always “yes”, but are always in our best interest.

When our desires line up with His will,  we will come to understand that in time when we pray passionately, sincerely, and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully!! We cannot access powerful prayer by using “magic formulas”. Our prayers being answered is not based on the eloquence of our prayers. We don’t have to use certain words or phrases to get God to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using repetitions, “and when you pray, do not keep babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words”. Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him (Matthew 6:7-8). Prayer is communicating with God.

All you must do is ask for the help. Psalm 107:28-30 reminds us, “then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress, he stilled the storm to a whisper, even the waves and the sea obeyed and hushed. They were glad when it grew calm and He guided them to their desire haven”. There is power in prayer! The power of prayer does not flow from us. It is not special words we say or the special way we say them or even how often we say them. The power of prayer places us in contact with the Almighty God, and we should expect Almighty results, whether He chooses to grant our petitions or deny our requests. The God to whom we pray is the source of the power of prayer, and He can and will answer us according to His perfect will and timing. #ThePowerofGOD 

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Defending Against Temptation

What is our defense against temptation? Most of us have been in a time in our life where we have just had enough, and end up giving into every enticing urge, every hint of desire. Getting out of this mindset requires an understanding of the process of temptation. Though it may not always seem like it when temptation strikes, it is a gradual process. This is a good thing! It means that if we become  aware of it, we can cut it off at any stage. 

Typically, temptation starts in our minds. The tempted person sets up imagined scenarios. God has blessed us with the ability to create entire experiences out of nothing using just our mind, but like so many of God’s gifts, we must be careful not to abuse it. Fantasies may seem harmless if we keep them in our minds and don’t bring them out into the real world, but they can lead us down a winding path, eventually enslaving our minds. We become trapped, unable to spend time with God because we are focused on something else. 

However, there is good news! God is faithful, and when we ask for His help, He can show us how to escape imprisonment. Temptation begins and ends in the mind, so that is where, with God as our general, we wage war on it. Instead of fantasy, we fill our mind with the Word of God and feed on it daily so that our sin will be uprooted and our thoughts transformed. In this way, we are set FREE! 

Prayer: Father, keep my mind steady. I look to Your Word for sustenance and I am filled, I need nothing else. Keep my mind clear so that I can continue my prayer to you. Keep my thoughts pure so that I will be righteous servant in Your eyes. In Jesus name Amen.

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“Keep Praying For Your Children”

The world can be an evil place; a scary place; a dangerous place. When it comes to thinking about the safety of our children in this world, our minds often instantly turn to senseless tragedies in recent years like the Columbine or the massacre in Sandy Hook, CT, where so many innocent children lost their lives in school, a place where we assume our children are going to be safe from all harm. How many of us heard the news that day, filled with such anguish and empathy towards those hurting parents, and immediately sought out our own kids– to hold, maybe just a little tighter than usual?

While the weeks that followed the Sandy Hook shooting became heated politically, we parents were still left with the responsibility to see to it that our children are protected whenever they are not in our sight. We have made sure all the necessary precautions are in place at school (or church or whatever club that takes them out of our care for periods of time or with friends). The safety specialists have been brought in, and procedures have been changed to ensure tighter safety measures are being followed to protect our kids. But can we do more?

Each morning I wake up or when I dropped my kids off at school  I  prayed for God’s blessing of protection on them throughout the day. In Jesus’ name I cover them both with supernatural, angelic protection, and in His name I also bind Satan and all his evil from touching them. I don’t just pray for my kids, but I pray for the youth as a whole. I’ve also prayed that huge angels stand at the corners of the school buildings, guarding all the children from any harm that may try to enter. I know that GOD is a protector and He is everything we stand in need of. But I know how BIG my God is, and that He is faithful to all He has promised. 

As parents, we have to cover our children in prayer daily because Satan, that adversary is after them. If he can’t get to you, then he is most definitely after your kids. PLEASE, I repeat, DONT allow Satan to have your kids, nor turn them over to him, instead turn them over to the LORD and allow Him to help you with your kids. Even if your kids are in a rebellious state, disobedient, etc. it’s not them, it’s and evil and wicked spirit that is hovering over them but it’s going to take GOD and you along with prayer, faith, obedience, and patience to overcome. No matter what, never STOP praying for your children! I know sometimes they may make you mad, but look at it this way: GOD, our Father is longsuffering with us, He don’t treat us as our sins deserve, we disobey Him all the time but He is FAITHFUL and JUST to forgive us, so that means, we have to be forgiving and longsuffering towards our kids.

Keep FIGHTING for your children!!! I recently found out that Jehovah-Nissi, God’s name in Hebrew, literally means “One who delivers, preserves, shelters, covers and watches over us”! God really is the Great Protector! Parents, we must call on God for His protection over our children. The question you may have is, does God protect us in EVERY situation? If so, then why did Sandy Hook happen? Or any other event happen?  Why does tragedy happen at all? That’s a fair question.

While I’m far from a Bible scholar, my best answer would be, living in a world where God has given us free will, we end up making choices that can contribute to personal hardships, pain, and loss. Remember, Jesus said this would happen in our lives. Life on Earth is not perfect. Even though we do have free will to make our own choices, we must remember that God’s will for us does remain perfect. Pray often. Take your thoughts and actions captive. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Stay in God’s Word. Remember God is faithful, even when are not.

Here are some Scriptural references that will help you in covering your children in prayers of protection:

Genesis 28:15 And, Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 

Psalm 18:2-3 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;  my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 91: 1,2, 10-12 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

Isaiah 43:1-3 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

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Finding The Desire To Hear God

In life, we experience so much, and so many got to experience what it feels like to not be listened to, feeling anger and frustration. I had a discussion with someone on what is important when listening, ability or the desire to listen? Overwhelmingly, people said they were now realizing how important it is to want to listen. The principle in the Scriptures teach us the way to live holy lives. But in order to receive God’s instructions, we must learn how to hear Him speak through His Word. In the days of Nehemiah, the Israelites wo helped rebuild Jerusalem were good listeners. After working together to restore the city wall, they asked Ezra to read to them from the scrolls containing God’s laws.

The reading lasted for hours, during which time the people stood and listened intently as the scribe read. They had come together, intent on learning about God’s character and determined to follow His plan. For this reason, the Levites translated, “to give the sense so that the people understood the reading” (Nehemiah 8:8). Understanding what pleases the Lord is essential so we can obey His plan. That means we must  be good listeners who develop greater, attentiveness and zeal for Him, so that when we hear His Word being preached, we will be filled with the desire to hear it.

As we learn, we should be prepared not only to share the Word with others but also to explain it so they, too, can know God and obey. Thought: The voice of God might be coming from places we don’t expect it. As seekers of God’s holy way, we must constantly keep our ears open to His Word, whether it comes from a church leader or from a child. At the same time, we must stay vigilant and use judgment to make sure that what we are hearing is not from someone trying to deceive us and lead us away from God’s plan. 

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“Giving Up Is Not An Option”

Just when I thought everything is going perfect in your life, life will throw you another curve ball. It may feel like everything is falling apart, maybe losing your home, finances at a standstill, receiving more bills and becoming drowned in debt like never before, it may be a job loss, divorce, serious illness, or the death of a loved one. You may not know what to do. Nobody is immune to life’s trials and adversities. We all will experience them, only at varying degrees. These situations can cause us to be confused, afraid, depressed, anxious, and even angry.

All those feelings are completely normal. We are humans, we are imperfect, and we are flawed. But after recognizing all our emotions. We must come to terms with our situation. We’ve got to face our problems head on. When faced with adversities and insurmountable circumstances, you have access to a 24/7 hotline to heaven. When you feel down and weary, talk to God. Talking helps. He understands and He cares. He feels your pain and all your emotions. Pour out your heart to Him and you’ll find your mind is renewed after spending quality time in prayer. 

God is always with you, “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”. For you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me“-Psalm 23:4. Circumstances like these can shake your world and throw everything out of order where you may find that some things are out of your control and that causes a tremendous fear in your heart. Do not be afraid. The future may be unknown and uncertain, but you must remember that whatever happens, God will never leave you nor forsake you.

The difficult times sometimes must happen so that God can accomplish His purpose for you. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”-Jeremiah 29:11. There is a quote that says, “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor”. I believe that to be true because you may have lost a job or your relationship may have failed, but some things happen to mold us into the person God wants us to be. It may be hard to comprehend but we can take comfort knowing God never makes mistakes and He knows what is best for us.

You are stronger than you think, do not let negative thoughts cloud your mind. Focus on the positive and try to find the silver lining in every situation. You can raise above all this, you just must find your light and not let the darkness thwart it. Giving up is not an option. Your situation may seem hopeless. It may seem like it is the end. There will be days that it will feel like this, but God is your ever-present help in time of need. You can trust Him to give you the grace and strength to make it through any trial. 

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His Workmanship

We are the workmanship- the creation- of God. He took time to form us in His image. When He created us, He desired that we enjoy and prosper in our relationship with Him. At the beginning of time, before the Fall, there was no pain or suffering. Man was left to flourish, multiply, and enjoy the best of what God had created for them. God created us with love. He has loved us from the beginning of time and He actually intended for us to live a perfect life of fulfillment. The work that man was required to do was work that He enjoyed. 

Unfortunately, this all changed after the Fall of Man. Evil entered the world and so did pain and sorrow. Things changed for mankind. We became at war with the world and with one another. But in a world filled with trials and tribulations of many sorts, we can be confident because we are loved by God and we know that the plans that He has for us will always work us. Think of it like this, God managed to sort out the greatest thing of our lives- our salvation.

Without Jesus Christ, we would all be damned to hell and there would be nothing that could save us. But God, out of His endless love for us, sent His son to take the fall for us so that we would be able to live. We are loved by God and, as His children, we love Him too. We have been created with a purpose; God has a plan for our lives. After the Fall, God did not turn His back on mankind. He could have chosen to wipe everyone out and start again but He could not do that. The love He had for man was too much for Him to try and wipe them all out. Instead, He came up with a redemption plan that came in the form of Jesus. 

While we may not be able to live in that paradise right now, a time will come where we will. When Jesus returns, we will live a more glorious life-free of all evil, pain, and sorrow. Until then, we will hold fast to God’s promises and root our Hope in Him. Now, as Christians, we walk confidently because we know of where we are headed. We have received eternal life. A life that will not be revoked from us because of the love that we have for God. In a world filled with hopelessness and uncertainty, we can walk with our heads held high because we know that all is truly well with our lives.

If God could turn around our eternity, the greatest thing in our lives, for us, what can’t He do? Is there anything more important than the fate of our eternity? No! So walk tall, dear believer, and know that you are covered.  

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