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Consistently…Inconsistent

God operates exactly how He wants to.  It is not for us to truly understand His rhyme or reason.  I can remember when I first started to read the Bible and it would say, “thus said the Lord”…I understood that was the end all to be all.  Point blank He is the Alpha and Omega.  Now I guess I’m going to put the disclaimer out there now…this will be like a mini sermon so I’m just talking about…what I’m talking about.

It’s funny how we as people claim we know our purpose in life…the vision that God has set for us…but when it is time for that vision to become reality…we flee from what we know.  Why is it that when it is all good we wanna thank God initially…then when it goes takes a turn for what it seems to be “the worst” we are stuck with our face to the ground calling on Him.  It’s because we as people have learned the custom of consistently being inconsistent.  We need to pray for Him through the good and the bad…magnify and glorify His name. 

Its funny how we allow people to take us out of our element.  It is so easy for us as people to “lose our religion” when we get around certain folks.  We allow others to dictate the calling that God has over our lives.  God has called us to minister and evangelize…but the moment we get to work…school…practice…anywhere outside our “Godly enviroment”…we tend to filter what we say.  We start to conform to others.  Why is it that we won’t curse in certain places…but the moment we get somewhere seculiar its a wrap.  Because it is excepted practice I guess.  Ever wondered why we get what we got…its because we do what we done.  Ever wondered why or why not certain things happen to us?  Many times it is because we filter ourselves from our true purpose around people…SO GOD FILTERS HIS BLESSINGS!  God is not a coffee pot filter.  The thing is we filter so much around people it’s crazy.  Revelation 3:15-16 states…”15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”  We can’t straddle the fence people.  The word spue is so deep.  Spue means to vomit, expel or eject from one’s mouth.  Do you want God to expel or eject you from His mouth?  To vomit out…when I think of vommiting…I can only imagine spitting out something that didn’t agree with my stomach and having it dwell with the nastiest of things…i.e. Hell!

It’s funny how we have to watch what we say around certain people.  You don’t wanna offend people with your Godly views…or don’t wanna seem like a “bible thumper”.  Mark 8:38 states…Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  I’m telling you…if you don’t believe that…whew!

It’s funny how we want others to forgive us…but we wont truly forgive them when it is our term…and we wonder why we get certain things.  It’s because you have filtered your forgiveness, so God had filtered His blessings.  Forgiveness is a way of life.  I’m not telling you to be stupid or foolish by placing yourself in the same positions…but I’m telling you to forgive.  Everyone makes mistakes…this is evident because we are all carnal beings…but that doesn’t mean we have to accept carnal ways.

All I’m simply saying is that when we think we are consistent…are we really?  Why is it so hard to do the right thing around the wrong people?  We concentrate so much on being accepted here on earth then our acceptance into Heaven.  Everything here is only temporary.  It’s materialistic…it will come and go…just like this flesh…it will pass.  But our spirit is forever.  Will we allow our spirit to suffer because we want our flesh to be accepted?

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Relationships, Religious

 

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All Change Ain’t Bad….

It was a couple of weeks ago and I got a text message from a friend of mine.  Now I’m not an overly huge fan on signatures on text messages or ringtones…at least for people of age.  I’m a huge believer in when you become a certain age you put certain things away.  That is just my opinion…so ya’ll don’t beat me up for that (ha ha).  I know many of you still have one or the other…maybe even both.  Anywho…this morning I woke up with much on my mind…but for the first time in quite some time it was a welcomed thought process.  I woke up with completion, focus and change on my heart.  I’m going through my daily process of sending my “Dewposits” (inspirational text messages) out and I just happen to pause and take a look in the mirror…while taking this short pause this text message signature flashed before my eyes like a blinking neon sign…”ALL CHANGE AIN’T BAD!”  This is the signature under their text messages.

I instantly thought, “Wow!  I understand now.”  All change is not bad.  We as people focus on many of the negative aspects of change…especially when we can’t initially see the benefits of the transition that is occurring.  We get so consumed on what it used to be and how we want it to be.  I remember reading that, “predictability brings forth security.”  However, this is true…but many times we as people become so “predictable” and “comfortable” that we become stagnant and resistant to change.  So when that vessel of change docks at our port we are reluctant to board it.  We would rather continue to drive in our car. 

One thing I am learning is that when change starts to occur, God has you exactly where He wants you…it is up to you to go where He needs you to be.  Some time ago I asked solicited a few of my friends to help me write and blog.  I feel that this blog will be life-changing to those that it reaches.  I also asked another to write a single paragraph for me…now I had completely different intentions for this paragraph.  I get so much inspiration from my people…more than they will ever know.  It’s so awesome how God reveals His purpose at he correct time!  As I continue to ponder this change thing…I’m hit with this paragraph that was sent to me

“The evolution of man….for some, the first thing that comes to mind is the gorilla theory. No, not that (we all know we’re God-made). I’m talking about the process that one must go through to become a ‘man’ or ‘woman’, the trials and tribulations that mold you, the spiritual journey that everyone has to go through, the ups and downs of life….evolution. What determines your outcome? Why do some people evolve different than others? Why do some seem to fail while others prevail? I think the answer is very simple…Faith, obedience, and strength.”

Now how does this all fit together.  Walk with me for a few and I will tie all this together.  In life we all have this “ideal” plan of how we will do things.  I know all of us get asked the questions, “where will you be in (a certain number of years?”  Even though this in a sense seems like a practical question.  Is it really?  I beg to differ…God will give us glimpses of our future..but it is up to us to take the correct paths and make the correct choices that aligns with His vision for us.  Often times…we as people don’t initially follow this plan of action that God has outlined for us.  For various reasons we all tend to stray at some point in our lives.  This is part of the spiritual evolution process.  1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (NIV) states..11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  We all must go through trials and tribulations in order to grow. Trials and tribulations are a by-product of testimony.  They test your faith and obedience.  Without these we are like an untrained prize-fighter going to fight for a championship.  These trials and tribulations help us to endure the continuous cycle of life.  In life there is no reset button, we can’t do things over…but we can choose to move forward. Often people believe just because one is “of age” that they are an adult.  This is not true…until we truly put away our childish ways…we will still continue to receive childish benefits.  It is when we decide to move forward as an adult and deal with things past a childish level then we will receive that which is promised to us. 

Life is all about faith, obedience and decisions.  As our faith grows and we become obedient to what God wants us to do…then we will make better decisions.  We have to get past our view on change.  All change ain’t bad.  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)  states…17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”  Know that God orders the steps of a righteous person.  We need to diligently seek His face.  He has his hands on us and will see us through change…but we must be obedient.  Our problem is that we think we are consistent…yet we are consistently inconsistent in the matters of God. 

Why do others evolve at a different rate than others…why do some people seem to fail when others prevail?  Change…not everyone is receptive to change.  All change ain’t bad.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Change, Religious

 

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Your Life…Your Process

I absolutely hurt right now.  I’m definitely in pain…I’m frustrated and sometimes I don’t know whether I’m going or coming…coming or going!  Even through all of this dysfunction I realize this…God will see me through.  He has a supreme power that supercedes anything I can or will experience.  Let me ask you this…have you ever felt this way?  Just wanna scream…but even though your scream from the top of your lungs…nobody hears your cries…nobody hears the noise you make.  Sort of like the question, “if nobody is in the forest and a tree falls…does it make a noise?”  Have you ever had a feeling that was empty…and nothing seems to be able to fill your cup?  Know that you are not alone, because I have or currently am experiencing some of those same emotions. 

During these emotional times…you are exactly where your are supposed to be.  In a holding pattern.  You are experiencing your “process”.  Each of us has a “process” that we must endure to eventually be where we need to be.  We are in a “holding pattern”…a place that teaches us patience.  One thing about patience…it is definitely virtuous in nature…but has the ability to whip you like no other.  I heard someone say…when you are being patient that is when things are the hardest.  It seems as if every other thing that could happen…happens…and what supposed to happen doesn’t.  Wow…that is deep. 

Your process is not like the next person’s at all.  Like I’ve said before…we are all uniquely created by Our Father…no two of us are the same…and no process is.  Now things maybe similar…but never the same.  Your process was determined long before you were a twinkle in your parent’s eyes.  During your process…I understand that things will make you weary…situations will attempt to stunt your growth…instances make you feel like throwing in the towel.  Nobody said it would be easy…but it is written in Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  So I tell you to steadfast and be a rock while enduring your process.  One thing I know is that life is a marathon…not  a sprint.  All marathoner’s must train hundreds upon hundreds of miles to run a 26.2 mile race.  Life is no different.

I’m here to tell you…trust your process…regardless of what it looks like…don’t let go.  Know that God will keep you…and through your obedience your return will be greater than ever imagined.  One of my favorite songs play in the background plays as I write this to you…see the lyrics below:

I almost let go.
I felt like I just couldn’t take life anymore.
My problems had me bound
Depression weighed me down.
But God held me close, so I wouldn’t let go.
God’s mercy kept me, so I wouldn’t let go.

I almost gave up.
I was right at the edge of a breakthrough but couldn’t see it
The devil really had me;
but Jesus came and grabbed me,
And He held me close,
So I wouldn’t let go.
God’s mercy kept me,
so I wouldn’t let go.

So I’m here today because God kept me.
I’m alive today,
only because of His grace.
Oh, He Kept me,
God Kept me,
He kept me,
So I wouldn’t let go.

Lead
I almost Let go.
I felt like I just couldn’t take life any more,
My problems had me bound,
depression weighed me down,
God held me close
So I wouldn’t let go.
God’s mercy kept me,
so I wouldn’t let go.

So I’m here today because God kept me.
I’m alive today, only because of His grace.
Oh, He Kept me, God Kept me, He kept me, So I wouldn’t let go

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Religious

 

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Nothing Happens by Chance

One thing is definitely for sure…nothing happens in this world by chance. Each moment is carefully orchestrated by God to bring forth the outcome that He desires.  It’s funny how your life can progressing down a path in such a matter that you are not giving many instances a second thought.  Then it happens…”change.”  What do you do when that transition period is staring you directly in your face?  Do you fight or flee?  Do you resist or respond?  Moments like this often define our lives.  How we conduct ourselves dictates the road we travel. 

As I type this blog I can’t help but to admire how God uses “nouns” in our lives effectively…you know what a “noun” is…we learned that waaaaaaay back in elementary school.  A “noun” is a person, place or thing.  I’m reflecting on a recent conversation I had with a person that I really didn’t know.  As we engaged in this dialogue it was apparent early off that God placed the two of us together purposely.  Our entire conversation centered around God…God’s vision and purpose for us.  The trials and tribulations of life…the importance of slotting situations accordingly to their calling (seasons, reasons and lifetimes).  Now this person lived in Alabama and I live in Ohio…but it was a common denominator…one single topic stood out above all the rest…a comment that changed my path…”I’ve tried things my way..they never worked.  But as I submitted to His will, every answer that I was seeking was right there.  SO MANY GIFTS AND TALENTS THAT I WAS ON THE VERGE OF WASTING…..BUT HE WASN’T HAVING IT.”  That is one powerful statement.  In a nutshell…untapped potential. 

Ask yourself this…are you reaching your full potential?  Chances are if you are living in your flesh you haven’t even scratched the surface of the full range of talents that God has predestined for you.  There is nothing worse than to walk away from a situation knowing that their was more than you could have done.  Understand this…God gives us vision and purpose.  It is up to us to execute the plan.  All too often we as people never reach our full potential because we are an excuse filled society.  Many times we allow our voices to be muted in fear of being wrong…or being viewed differently…opposed to stepping directly into what God has prepared for us.  We each are equipped with unique talents designed to uplift the Kingdom of God…instead of realizing that…we allow our jealousy…envy and greed to fuel us.

The key to understand that the choices or lack thereof we make in are lives are no way casual.  Each choice has purpose behind them and has destiny attached to them.  Reaching your full potential is critical.  You have people who you don’t even now waiting for you to walk into the steps that God has ordained for only you.  So stop worrying that Johnny can sing…or Suzy can write…focus on what your purpose is. 

Ever wonder why you can’t make a sound decision…or why it seems like you just can’t complete tasks…or everything is unfullfilling…it’s because you’re walking a path that was not designed for you.  It’s uncomfortable.  It is your job to decide what your legacy will be with the choices you make.  Avoid wandering  through life misaligned and uninformed by not reaching your full potential.  At the end of the day it’s your life and you must walk in it…. 

It’s crazy how a simply crossing of the paths by two complete stranger made me realize that I’m not tapping into my full potential…what will it be for you?

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Change, Religious

 

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Submission is key….

It’s absolutely crazy how most of my inspiration comes via heartache and pain.  When I am at my most creative points…is literally when I am probably at my darkest hours.  Through the pain and rain my mind always seems to float to some other stratusphere.  I’m not sure if I have ever thought about that until now.

Lately I have been mettling my way through some physical issues…some issues of the heart…some mental and emotional issues as well.  Simply put…as Christians will say…”I’ve been goin through!”  As hard as all this has been I’ve known the entire time that God has my back and regardless of what my flesh screams…God’s eternal promise of promise, prosperity, protection…mercy and grace reigns.  Through each attack and plot the enemy has premeditated I know the promise of God can NEVER come back void….

I guess its time for me to get to the purpose of this post…because I was about to take-off on just that alone.  I felt that perculator bubbling.  It was about to go down (hahaha).  Okay…in the midst of me and my “stuff” this afternoon I was reading a book called “Dare to Be a Man”  by David Evans…this is an awesome book.  It is for men and women and I would highly recommend reading this piece of literature.  I feel it would forever change your outlook on the “purpose of a man”.

Submission is the topic I want to write about.  Just this very word…when folks hear it…instant negatives come to mind…weak…dominate…advantage…demeaning…sexist…etc.  I don’t think that people truly grasp this term of submission from a biblical perspective and how it correctly coorelates to our everyday lives.  In a biblical sense…submission means to “bring yourself under”.  It doesn’t mean to be dominated by…or taken advantage of.  There is a clear difference between submisson and and other two I named.  Submission is ordained by God…the others are man created terms and actions used to supress and oppress others.  It is imperative that we as people understand the difference of the three and the true intention of submission to one and other on this Earth.

Submission is a duel cooperative of two people aligned with the same vision that incorporates love, honesty and trust.  This mutual submission is prevelant when we submit ourselves to one and other…especially from a matrimonal perspective.  Ephesians 5:21 says..Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Notice that it says ONE ANOTHER…not merely woman to man. 

If we as people ever truly learn to submit as a whole families…friendships…marriages…the church will be in much better shape.  Submission is intended for unity not seperation.  For builing and uplifting…not to demolish and destroy. 

So my challange to you is to submit…submit in the places where God has called you to.  I challange you to look at the places where God has given you authority and ask yourself, “Am I operating in God’s will?”  I challenge you to do something different.  When you submit to those around you…you are not in no way lessening who or what you are…you are simply cultivating and sowing a seed of prosperity in your life when you are following God’s purpose.  Remember that “productive submission is possible for you when you posses a positive self-image.

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2010 in Change, Religious

 

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