Friday, October 31, 2014

Light It Up

John 8:12 ESV

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

*We live in a dark world, but that doesn't mean we have to be in the dark about the answers to life or even embrace dark situations. Jesus is the light of the world, and a lantern unto our path...He provides security, clarity, protection, and guidance no matter what we face on Earth. If you are a part of the insecurities and the lack of stability of darkness, it's because you choose to be that way. Find your way out by moving into the light...Darkness suppress while light addresses...Seek clarity for yourself through God.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beyond Your Needs

Proverbs 27:10 ESV

Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.

*A lot of times people only go to others, including so called friends, when they are in need. There is almost the concept of pulling someone out like a tissue, (only when u need them), using them, and then throwing them away after they have satisfied your need. People even throw others away if they are unable to meet your needs, despite how kind the person is to you...You may he throwing away a divine connection, and you don't even realize it. This is why it is important to learn to understand those that God places in your life, reach out to them other then when you need something, and ask the Father if and how to grow with the individual. It is better to establish a bond and be close to someone, then be distant from them until you feel like you need something and want to be bothered with them. Now, of course, everyone is not meant to be in your inner circle; however, all people were not meant for you to utilize only to satisfy your need either. Look beyond yourself to ask God who to connect and grow with, and who is the vessel that can further assist you. Remember, your help comes from God. Therefore, seek Him first in order to avoid being misguided or assisting in the mistreatment of others.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Guidance in Verbiage and Actions

Proverbs 25:15 (ESV)

15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.

*Every situation is not meant to be handled with aggression or force. Sometimes it's the kindness behind a suggestion, and the gentleness secured in an uplift that causes change to occur and persuasion to happen. Think about the last time you judged, went off on, forced, got smart with, or "stated your piece" without considering God's guidance or walking in love. Did it go over well? We are called to cause change, and persuade hearts...This in turn impacts our own, but it is all in how you say it more so then what is said. Yes, be bold...But, does that mean be bitter or boastful? Sure, be passionate...But, does it that mean be forceful? There is a time and place for everything, but use God's timing to act according to His guidance, and speak the way you are led...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Building Your Faith

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Job 42:2

"I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted."

*I'm sure many of us know that God is capable of doing all things. However, the part that often holds us back is building our faith to believe that, and asking for guidance rather then acting prematurely. Sure, faith without works is dead, but have you asked God what it takes on your end to receive the full manifestation? Or, do you tend to jump to conclusions or block out His suggestions? Today, I want to provide you with a link on how to build your faith. Copy and paste it in your Google browser, and let's pray for each other that we are guided by God as we meditate on His word. Remember, we are what we believe. In being transparent, I stumble, but I still hold on and act on my belief for greater.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trust God Within to Outwardly Receive

Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)

But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

*God made us; therefore, He knows everything about us, what we will face, and the decisions we plan to make. He has placed a calling on all of our lives with a specific pathway to follow. However, it is up to us to embrace Him and except the fact that He knows what's best,while we are still trying to figure ourselves and things out. This week, let's pray that we all learn to let go and let God without making our own decisions from assumptions, getting in our own way, or focusing on the here and now instead of the blessings and possibilities to come if we only trust Him.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Blessing of the Lord is Here

Psalm 3:2-6New International Version (NIV)

Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

*Many believe in the miracles that happen for others, and that there are limitless possibilities because of the favor that someone else has, but God does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11). His sustainability, grace, and mercy are for all who are willing to receive it. Even His blessings are a free for all, if we are obedient enough to listen to Him on how to obtain them.No matter what we face, what's happening around us, or what we have done, God is ready to work it out. He sustains through the storm, and has the capability to bless us, due to our steadfast faith, beyond our imagination. Today let's pray for each other to hold fast to that sustainability, and be willing to look beyond ourselves to uplift and call out blessings for others as well as for ourselves.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Divine Connection

Ephesians 2:9 (NIV)

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household...

*In this chapter, it talks about who we are when we choose to accept Christ in our life. Together, we should now be joined together through our faith in accepting Him and His blood that covers us all, and brings us altogether as one body. Therefore, we should not act foreign towards one another, past judgment as if we have never been in sin, or be unwilling to reach out to people if God places them on your heart. If you are truly striving to connect yourself to Christ, you must be willing to connect yourself to His people genuinely. A connection is not just something to pretend you are doing, but a divine right and responsibility that is placed upon you. Build upon this by building your relationship with Christ, and examining your thought process vs your actions. How truly close are you to God, and those He has placed in your path?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Food for Thought: Your Assignment

Before you volunteer for something, always ask yourself if it lines up with God's will and if you are suppose to be a part of that situation...Remember, an assignment is ASSIGNED to you. Otherwise, you have now brought unnecessary stress on yourself...#Be Equipped & #Led *ALSO, for those who like to give assignments without asking God, stop forcing people to do things for your benefit unless God is telling u it's your blessing!!! Otherwise, it may be a lesson you need to learn ON YOUR OWN...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Under Subjection

1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV)
 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

*God has the power to do all things, and provide anything your heart desires. However, all things aren't necessarily beneficial for us or will come as quickly as others. This is determined by how God utilizes the word "epedient" in this verse. Expedient refers not only to whether something is for your good or profit, but it also defines how quickly things can occur. Some blessings take a longer process then others, and require that you grow in order for them to be beneficial to you. If you received any and everything based on your own timing, then you may be setting yourself up for failure because you are neither ready nor aware of how to handle such a gift. Also, some things do not assist in bettering your situation or enhancing your calling, which is why they are not given to you. If you truly submit to God's perfect will for your life, you will not only be aware of His capabilities, but of His protection through proactive methods. Therefore, next time you find yourself wondering whether something/one is for you or why something hasn't happened, ask yourself this: Is this entity something that I'm trying to subject under God, or am I trying to place God's power under the subjection of this thing or person? God should always be first before anything...True value is not based on how you compare God's value in your life to things, but how that thing measures up to God's will....

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Not Something Old or Borrowed, but NEW

Jeremiah 33:3New International Version (NIV)

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know...

*Have you ever asked someone for advice?...Better yet, perhaps you have asked multiple people about the same topic, and they all may come up with the same or similar answers? Even if the answers differ, it may be something you already realized yet didn't think about or want to own up to...That's just how humans work. Generally, people base results and conclusions for experiences off what the majority have experienced or gone through, or what you are limited in knowing. HOWEVER, God always has new and innovative ways of doing things, providing solutions that no one has thought about, and going beyond the expectation that most humans are prone to stop at or fall short with deciphering. Everything links together in order to create the correct, final result. He wants us to call upon Him first for ideas, solutions, plans, and potential options ...Then, He will provide the sources and guidance on how to achieve things, or uncover what is right for you and perhaps ONLY you. SO, if you feel like there is more to it then what people say, it probably is because they can only see so far beyond a limitation. However, God supercedes our expectations to clarify and obtain things we may never uncover without Him. I challenge all of us to pray for each other today in getting out of the cycle of limitations, living only based on your experience or someone else's, and ask the Father His advice. Then, look for peace as guidance. There is nothing wrong with seeking counsel because God tells us to do that, but wouldn't you want to turn to the greatest source and then be led to your next connection?

Growing Pains

Doing things in life that you WANT to do is easy, but doing those things that you DON'T WANT to be bothered with...Now, THAT builds character...#Growth

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Uniquely Made

1 Corinthians 3:16-17King James Version (KJV)

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

*Good morning, or evening for some of you...This morning, God revealed to me how many of us are in comparison mode. Although some of us say we do not compare our lives to others, or we just "happen" to notice things, there are still even the slightest debates that occur in your head that cause you to ask yourself why? "Why is it that I do this, but a person who does that receives what I have always wanted?...Maybe if I do something like another person, even though I slightly altar it to fit me, I will receive the same results"...OR, you may even find yourself in comparison with another, while believing that your opinion and way is more profound then the walk of another person. God is here to tell you that the spirit of God dwells in you to guide you in the way YOU should go....There is no need to compare, or become critical of another's situation if you believe and allow God's guidance to occur. Every time you altar yourself or your behavior just because of others or because you feel like it, you are defiling your temple...the temple that God built with excellence, a purpose, and specifications that are in His image to carry out tasks for His will and for your betterment. If you make unnecessary changes without His permission, you not only hinder yourself, but you hinder your ability to be fully recognized or carry out assignments that have been narrowly tailored for you. So, the next time you compare the slightest of things ask yourself if that's God asking you to change, or the enemy trying to confuse with a lifestyle or look that is not your own...