Gratitude #86

26 Oct

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise. -W.E.B. Dubois

I am grateful today for the women that surround me, with their strength, brains, beauty, and a love for the Lord.

I had been thinking on this week how I love the women that are in my life. I have been sending out text messages on this past week to some of the women in my life who I just love, and admire. I am in awe of the creativity, and the strentgh to overcome and rise on the inside of these women.

When I look at the women around me, what I see is my sisters in ministry, my sisters who are family, (even my very own daughters), but mostly women who love the Lord. Women who love to serve and walk this walk in ministry with dignity, grace and strength. Oh and I must not forget beauty, my sisters are absolutely beautiful inside and out. As I look at the women around me what I admire is that we have become prisoners for Christ. We have given up our rights and desires to surrender our will for what we know Christ has for us, which we trust and believe is so much better, than what we could have hoped for. The strength that it takes to do this is what is inspiring. As women we are already judged, misunderstood, and not always taken seriously. So to stand firm in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is to sometimes go against what is considred normal. In this walk you are called to a higher standard, not to be thought of as being better than, but as one to know that there is so much more that is required of us, so much more that God has called us to do. We accept it with an understanding that is all working together for our good.

All of the women that surround me have yet to surrender their lives to Christ, (and believe me I am praying for them), but I love them and still admire them just the same. Those that are raising children by themselves, looking for a better way in life, and all the while still standing in a place of hopefulness. Those who still encourage others in the midst of their own issues. I love to see the women who smile, even as tears maybe rolling down their faces. I am grateful for the women who instead of belittling her sister for a mistake that is made, she provides wisdom and a smile, and maybe even a joke to take the awkwardness away from that mistake that was made. I love the women in my life who says, “No matter what I will not give up, and neither will you.”

As women we rock, we rock in ministry, and as we face the trials of life we rock because we become more empowered with every trial.  I love that we are faithful to what God has called us to do, when all the time we don’t understand the process and cannot forsee the outcome. We still go forward with faith. Sometimes we may have to turn away from things that we did when we were in the world, things that we thought we loved so much, to follow Christ. It may not feel good but we go on anyway, with our eyes on the Lord the whole time.

One thing I know about sistership, is that it’s not just something I say, it is a heart matter. I had also been thinking as I began to prepare to write this blog post, how when a sister goes away, especially in ministry I don’t take it lightly. As sisters, whether in the body of Christ or otherwise, we are family. Can you imagine one day your sister just not being around anymore, not being in the home, like they are just gone. There would be a void, you would miss them. So it is in the kingdom of God, we are family, if my sister is not there, there is a void. You go away you are missed. I feel like many people leave the ministry not realizing that family is still the same in the kingdom of God. At WPKM we have been activating ourselves in being unified, unified in the ministry and unified in our homes. Unity is family, it’s a oneness, a bond, a kinship, you can’t just walk away and think that it won’t make a difference to anyone. You are missed, sister. There is strength in unity, unity is family. As my spiritual sister, you are my sister.

I also just love what God is doing in the lives of women in this season. I don’t know if I am just more aware of it, but it is truly a time when women are more on the move, and they are doing it all with the love of Jesus Christ in their hearts. More women are starting businesses, they are growing in ministry, I mean women are securing their bags and blessing other women in the process. There is not deceit or trickery in their hearts just a desire to glorify God and bring honor to His name, and to be a blessing to the body of Christ. Yes, God has His hands on us and it is awesome.

I just want to say I love you my sisters, you are a blessing to me and to so many others. May we all continue to shine, excel and grow in all the things that God has for us.

Gratitude #85

13 Oct

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever Believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16

If you Believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. -Matthew 21:22

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid, just Believe. -Mark 5:36

For it is with your heart that you Believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. -Romans 10:10

Belief: Is a noun that refers to the act of accepting something as true.

Believe: Is a verb that refers to accepting something as truth.

Hey guys! So for over a month now I have been thinking on believing God. I sometimes think about do I have a belief or do I believe? What I realized is that we don’t believe God until we actually believe God. It sounds pretty silly right? Well hang on and let me explain what I mean. I am so happy to share this thought on my blog. I am also so grateful today that I can say from the depths of my soul that I do believe God!

I have been going back an forth in my spirit with this belief vs. believe. I have dealt with this so much within myself, and then I started to recognize it in others. Some people will say yes I know there is a God, I was raised in the church. So in other words, there is a belief in them. They don’t have to do anything, just have a belief , do good and it’s cool. So then I had to take a look at myself, (because we have to examine ourselves sometimes, like do a self-check), and I needed to take a look at my relationship with Christ. Am I truly believing God and  His word with all my heart, or do I just have a belief that there is a God, because I was also raised in the church. Roman 10:10 says, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” You have a belief until you believe.

I feel like there is nothing wrong with a belief in God, that is maybe like the first step to believing. What I felt though was that there had to be a difference in the words belief and believe. They are very similar, but there is a difference. As I stated belief is fine, belief is a noun, and according to the dictionary it refers to the act of accepting something as true. Now here is where I kind of identified with myself, (here I go being transparent). To have a belief says to me in this sense, that I am in the act, the pretense, the facade, of accepting something as true. So I am just kind of  going along with things, I am in a state of belief with no works.

This is my take on how my belief works. Ok so, I go to church every Sunday, carry my Sunday bible, (Sunday because that’s the only day I look at it), sit in my spot on the pew, take in every message concerning God, get prayer and go home. What I take home with me is that yes, God is real, Jesus died for my sins, He is relevant in my everyday life, and if I were to die, well, I should go to heaven because I have a belief in what the bible says, I also have a belief in everything that is taught to me every Sunday at service, and on Wednesdays at bible study. Oh, and I was raised in the church. This is real and has been my thought process on many occasions. (Oh the joy of being transparent, whew!) Thank God for a renewed mindset!

The scripture said, “for it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Here’s the thing, it’s not until I believe in the power of God, in my heart that a change can take place in my life. Believe is a verb, an action word, the dictionary says that to believe refers to accepting something as truth. The word believe says that I accept the word as truth, I have faith in what I now believe. 

When I believe, God’s word comes to life in my heart, which is my spirit. So when I read the scripture, in Matthew 21:22 and it says, “If you believe, you will have whatever you ask for in prayer.” I can receive that word now because I am accepting God’s word, I am believing which is working now with my faith.

So what I have come to see is that I can be very traditional and declare my belief, which refers to an act. There is no power in just having a belief. Or I can choose to believe, when I believe I put my faith into action. When I believe my faith can move mountains. When I operate in faith I have the power to declare and decree a thing, I am no longer just a Sunday church goer, I am accepting of God’s power on the inside of me.

You don’t believe until you believe. Belief is fine but to believe is powerful. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid just Believe.” I know for me sometimes I fall back into my space of just belief, and God nudges me and reminds me that there is so much more for me, I must believe on Him.

All glory and Honor to God for the blessing us with the spirit to believe.

 

Gratitude #84

25 Sep

Or do you not knw that your body is a temple ot the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. -1 Corinthians 6:19

I just want to say that I am grateful today for my Apostle, Dr. C. Lewis. Everything that I blog about is from the teaching that she gives at Worldwide Prophetic Kingdom Ministries. She is a true Leader, and servant of the Lord. Apostle Lewis is equipping and building an army to be bold, and powerful for the work of the Lord. I appreciate her teachings so much.

My life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself, I give myself to you. We have all heard this song I’m sure. Or, if you haven’t, then perhaps in some way you have expressed to God, (whether it be in worship or prayer), that you give yourself completely to Him. You have surrendered you life to Him to be used however He will.

I find that I have given my life over to Christ so many times, only to go back to doing what I wanted to do. I have said, “yes Lord, I will live as you will have me to live.” But of course I would fall short. I would do things that I wanted to do, my own desires, things that were not honoring God. Thinking that God would understand that I was trying, that with me it would just take a little bit more time. Surely God wouldn’t give up on me.

When I finally gave my yes to God, I mean that real yes, there was a breaking. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Where you feel that there won’t be a struggle anymore. There was a complete surrenderence for me. When it happened I knew something was different, I cried alot. I felt ashamed at how I had disrespected God in everything that I had done. I asked for forgiveness from my heart, a true repentance.

I surrendered to God because I had began to hate feeling convicted, especially when I knew better. I mean how many times do we want to repent over and over for the same thing? Let’s be real about it, when you finally get that revelation down on the inside of you, that you have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you, there is no way that you are going to keep doing any and everything with your body. The conviction is very real, let me tell you! Once I realized that I am an ambassador for Christ, that my body and everything about me belongs to God, I understood that I now represent Him in everything that I do. I now understand what it is to die to my flesh, so that I can live in Christ.

It’s kind of funny because have you ever heard you flesh speak? My flesh speaks, when I am hungry and I don’t eat right away, what happens? My stomach will make a noise. On a fast not eating meat, the flesh develops all kinds of issues, I have an attitude for no reason. Can’t have coffee today, oh Lord the flesh will develop a severe headache becasue it wants caffeine. The flesh speaks. But thanks be to God so does the spirit. The bible says in Galatians 5:17, “For the desires of the flesh are against the spirit, and the desires of the spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing thingsyou want to do.”So that scripture tells me that my flesh is not trying to hear what my Spirit has to say about fasting, prayer, or serving God. My flesh is carnal and it desires the things of the world, with no regard to the ways of the Lord. However, my Spirit is God conscious so it is obedient to what God is calling for me to do.  There is a war going on y’all on the inside of me. What about you, do you feel the war between the flesh and spirit?

I am grateful that the bible gives us instructions on how to bring our flesh under subjection. The bible says, “However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.” Jesus knew that supernatural strength would be needed, to deal with our flesh. I don’t know about you but I need supernatural strength daily, fasting and praying. I can own it, and I have to stay away from situations that would make it hard for me to stay in alignment with God. That’s my truth. I don’t trust my flesh period. I am just being transparent, I don’t think I am the only one dealing with this. I believe God is calling for us to have pure hearts to walk in intergrity and to practice what we are preaching. I intend to give Him my best. I am by no means saying that I am perfect, because I have been taught that we never get to a place where we have arrived. We are always learning, and as along as we are in this flesh we will make mistakes.

I am so grateful today that the heart of me has increased, meaning my spirit. It’s a daily walk, day by day. I ask God to renew my mind daily, I put on the whole armor of God, I pray, sometimes quick prayers, other times deep intimate prayers. I encourage myself in the Lord, I listen to messages from my Apostles and other members of WKNC Ministries, bible class teachings on Facebook, leadership class, worship music, and of course this blog, because while I am writing this I am ministering to myself. These are my tools to keep my mind stayed on Christ, I surrond myself with the joy of the Lord. It keeps my mind on Him so tuff that my flesh is dominated by my spirit.

I love the Lord, all honor is due unto Him. I am grateful for His grace and mercy, His loving kindness, and forgiving me of all my sins, for not letting me die in my sin. Our lives are not our own, we were bought with a price. We should glorify God every minute of everyday with all our hearts. Don’t you just love Him? I know I truly do! He is worthy!

 

Gratitude #83

23 Sep

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: – Isaiah 26:3-4

Happy first day of Autumn everyone!!! I am so grateful for the beginning of fall, it is my favorite season. The change from summer to fall to me is absolutely beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, I do love summer and all of the warm sunny days, and the outings with family and friends. The swimming and barbeques, it is all so wonderful. But there is something about the fall air, the smell of it, the cool crisp air, there is nothing like it. Let’s not forget all the wonderful scents that we have in our homes, like pumpkin spice! Just one of my many favorite fall scents. Also lets not forget about the bonfires and the burning of the leaves. Yes, as you can tell  I am so excited for the fall season.

It’s actually been awhile since I have blogged. I am so grateful to be back. September came in and brought so many things along with it. Alot has happened at the beginnning of this month, so much so that I had to just step away and reflect on somethings and get rejuvenated in my spirit. Even when there’s alot going on and I need to take a rest, I still have so much to be grateful for, and so much gratitude and love for the faith and strength of those around me.

There was alot of heartbreak and sadness at the beginning of this month. My sister in Christ lost her son. There was also a loss for someone that lost her husband and eventhough I did not know them personally, but I felt great sadness for her and her family. Another one of my sisters lost a loved one, and someone else that I know  recently lost a sister-in-love. Their pain is unimaginable. My heart hurts for them all, and I continue to pray for them. The thing that I have taken away from all of them is their strength. Their love for God even in the midst of their broken hearts, keeps me in awe. There’s always a scripture or a word from the Lord to let them know that He is with them. It helps them to trust God to get them through this season.

My sister in Christ who lost her oldest son to gun violence is a pillar of strength to me. As far as I have seen she has not  waivered in her faith. If anything I would say that her love for our heavenly Father is even stronger than before. Her worship has surely went to another level, I have witnessed that myself. That’s something that only the power of God can do, the healing anointing. The wife that lost her husband she’s going to make sure that her husbands love for Christ will be a part of his legacy that they will carry on through their sons. The love of God is so powerful. His word says that, thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. I am thankful that God’s love can cover and shield us, and bring us through times of extreme sorrow, when we keep our minds on Him.

I’m grateful for God’s love, He knows that we hurt, he knows our pain over the loss of losing those we love. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, He will comfort us and love on us during the most difficult times in our lives if we allow it. I am sure there are still tears and every day may not be the best for these families, but the Lord will surely bring a mantle of comfort that is like a healing balm for the heart.

I have seen laughter and smiles from these individuals and it blesses me to know that their hearts will heal, and they will have a great testimony for someone else. I believe that everything can be used to God’s glory.

I pray that we all will keep those who have lost loved ones in this season in prayer. Lift them up to the Lord that He may be their comfort and strength in the days to come.

 

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Gratitude #82

31 Aug

Once you start appreciating life, that’s when you truly realize how much you have to live for. -Author Unknown

I am so very grateful for my life. I am grateful to be alive, living my life for Christ, and in a place of joy. I say this because there was a time that I did not feel the way I feel today.

It’s a real wow moment for me when I think of how things have changed for me, in these past few years. It’s pretty exciting, and I am excited to see what’s coming next. How much more is God going to change in my life for my good. The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Everything is working for my good. Life will have ups and downs but it’s all for the good. It’s all for something bigger and greater than us. It’s about just appreciating life, being grateful, looking forward to more great things happening. It’s about not giving up. Living in a spirit of expectation, which says, “I am expecting things to turn around in my favor. I expect God to show up for me.” No matter what changes happen it can be for the good, but you have to stay the couse to see it happen.

I started to think about appreciating life because I have never seen a day and time when people don’t value life at all. So many senseless killings, no fear of dying or of killing someone. There is no fear of going to prison, and sadly no fear of death. I wonder, do people realize there is life after death? Could it be that we are we so blinded by the things of this world only, that we give up on life so easily.

I am speaking mainly for our younger generation, our youth. The ones that think that killing over territory, money, or the latest fashion is a symbol of strength and power. Those who feel like dying over such things is a badge of honor, or killing someone boosts up their street credibility, (to what or to do what, I will never know).

My prayer is that if they could only see that God gave us this precious life with a purpose in mind for each of us. That the things of this world are so temporary. If only our youth could know that if they would delight themselves in the Lord, He will give them the desires of their hearts. Everything your heart desires is in God, Proverbs 10:22 says, “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.” There is so much joy and richness in God. There are riches without sorrow. The riches of love, joy, peace, contentment, happiness and comfort. There’s no fear, anger, hurt, pain, grief, or lack of peace in God.

I wonder, when did it become not cool to grow old? When did it become lame to want to leave a legacy? Why is it that crying out to God for healing in our hearts and minds unnecessary? In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says, “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.”

It’s crazy how humility is looked upon as being weak. Why is humility considered a weakness? Pride is puffed up and destructive, but you are considered to be somebody if you are puffed up an arrogant. Prayer is necessary and so is healing in the land.

There’s so much to live for, things change, times change. Why die for something today, that’s not going to be about anything next week. Why not live a great life and leave a blessed legacy. I want to experience all the wonderful things God has for me, we all have so much to offer to this world. We are so much more than our surroundings, or a pair of shoes, or a fancy car. We are more than those things. Some young people brag about how they are not afraid to die, they almost glamorize death. Where is the glamour in being murdered? Where is the glamour in having your life cut short? Where is the glamour in being remembered for what you could have, should have and would have been? Sorry but having your face on a t-shirt does not make you a living legend, nor does it make your legacy blessed.

I pray for the gun violence to stop all across he world. I pray for our youth to recognize that life is so precious. I pray that they will desire God more than they desire the things on this earth. Let’s pray for our youth, and the world as a whole. Let’s pray for healing in our land.

Gratitude #81

31 Aug

The joy of the Lord is your strength. -Nehemiah 8:10

Enjoy: To take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion). To have the use or benefit of something. To urge someone to take pleasure in what is being offered or is about to happen. -Wikidiff

Joy: A feeling or state of great delight or happiness; A source or cause of delight; The expression or display of glad feeling. -Free Dictionary

I was thinking the other day on the outing that I had on last Sunday with my church. It was a really fun day, and I really enjoyed myself. I thought about how I can enjoy myself in different settings, and around great people. There is something different about enjoying an outing when you are in-joy. When you are in-joy it just enhances the things that we enjoy all the more.

The things is that we can enjoy ourselves by an event, someone’s action toward us, somewhere we may go, or something we receive. People and things give us reasons to enjoy ourselves all the time. But there’s something about being in-joy it’s in the heart. It’s something that’s not based on what someone did for you, or where you’ve been or what you have, cars, money clothes, they are things that we can certainly enjoy. However, they can never put us in a place of being in-joy. It’s a joy that God gives. It’s a joy that is connected with hope and peace. It’s a joy that comes from a grateful heart.

I believe there’s a saying or song that says, “This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away.” Perfect song I think. The world does not have the key to my happiness, and the world can’t give me inner joy. People will let us down, we will suffer many disappointments but a grateful heart and a joyful spirit will keep you looking to God as the source for all your joy and happiness.

I am grateful today for being able to be in-joy which greatly enhances the things that I enjoy.

I pray we all will find the joy that God gives so that no matter what is going on around us we can still enjoy the things we have going on in our lives. For the joy of the Lord is our strength.

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