Maturity creates Success…not infants!
What did God mean “Be Still and Know That I Am God?” Be Still! A spiritual temperament that ought to characterize those to whom God’s unfailing promises have been given; to leave it to Him to maintain His own honor; to fulfill His own counsels, and support His own interest in this world! To “Be …View full post
Sometimes people can develop an addiction to their pain, troubles and woes! They love being in survival mode! As ministry professionals, we sometimes have to determine if they really want change or do they just want to sit on the porch and be made comfortable in their affliction? Jesus did not die on the cross just …View full post
Courage is defined as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral …View full post
What did God mean “Be Still and Know That I Am God?”
Be Still! A spiritual temperament that ought to characterize those to whom God’s unfailing promises have been given; to leave it to Him to maintain His own honor; to fulfill His own counsels, and support His own interest in this world!
To “Be Still” is a conscious state, a state of mind where all outside forces are removed, to surrender to the omnipresent one; to be one with His Word.
So, what are these outside forces? They are everything that constitutes your current frame of mind. All that has been manifested in your life so far…family, friends, jobs, bills, homes, money and material possessions. Before you can enter this state of mind or to “Be Still” – faith, humility, and resolve must be present. You can never “Be Still”…if fear, anticipation, greed, lust, anger, and resentments rule your being!
In the worst of times, God says, “Be still and know…I AM God!” Know assuredly that He holds the Power! Stop striving, let go, surrender and find peace in God! Surrender to the “sure” truth that the Lord God is in complete control. Get quiet and trust Him!
So as your world crumbles around you, the call from scripture is: don’t flinch in faith in God. Stand still—not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of misfortune, not because “you’ve seen it all.” Be still because of what you know about God.
If you are the last man or woman standing, “Be Still. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth do change.”
Sometimes people can develop an addiction to their pain, troubles and woes! They love being in survival mode! As ministry professionals, we sometimes have to determine if they really want change or do they just want to sit on the porch and be made comfortable in their affliction?
Jesus did not die on the cross just so people can just survive, but, so that we all can succeed and accomplish Gods purpose in us, while on this earth! Survival is just not enough!
Why be content in survival mode? We have to ask the relevant question: do you really want to be whole?
It just seems sometimes with people, nothing in their actions lets you or the God you represent, know that they want to get up, and be whole!
The man at the pool of Bethesda had been there “38 years” and was still carrying his affliction! You would think that every year, for the past 38 years, the man would be ready to fall over in the water as the angel troubled it…but instead, the lame man just started moaning and complaining, about other people’s obligation to help him get well, instead of getting his own plan of being first to get in the water! He certainly had enough years to plan it! The account goes on to say that as the angel came down annually, and troubled the water, that whoever got in first would be completely made whole! This man certainly had gotten comfortable in his survival mode and was content to just make a little effort, or rely on others!
Oftentimes, I ask those to whom seek my counsel, this question: What’s wrong with your sight… that being completely whole, is not an option in your life? It’s as if asking the question-“Do you want to be whole”, is seen as being “rude”! Well, If you want to be made whole, then stop justifying the condition! To do so is to give it license to stay with you!
In counseling sessions, I hear all kinds of reasons and stories of why people think they are in their particular condition!! However, If you like where you are, then no one wants to disturb your position, (no judgement), just stay where you are. But if you want to be made whole (not just getting better)…then Jesus is your answer. He will not make you whole against your will. You will have to be in agreement with Him. You must step around everybody in your circle that do not want any victory! Don’t let people block you! If they do not want their life to be whole, then you must command them to get out of your way!
Remember…Jesus said that His realm of wholeness, victory or success, will suffer violence against it…to try to get you to settle for less than wholeness, but the violent (those who are in Him and are fully confident that health, life, success…is the will of God), …take it by coming against every lie and half-truth!
What’s your affliction? Health deteriorated, lost home? Lost Job? Lost love ones? Too many failures? Not enough money? None of these make any difference. You have a command from God…a challenge…get up and…walk! Jesus commanded (oftentimes, commands appear rude to the natural mind) that the lame man get up! He didn’t feel sorry for him, or sympathize with his condition, Jesus simply said…get up!
Miracles will not happen just because you want sympathy. You need a challenge that is so rude in your natural mind, that it makes absolutely no sense! When you get challenged right…and you respond obediently, you will be delivered, and the thing that use to carry you, you now carry it and you move forward and deliver others.
Courage is defined as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.
Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.
It takes courage to be wise, exceptional, rich, educated, knowledgeable and successful! It is a lot easier not to be successful because it takes no effort…you just refuse to make any waves or ripples and accept mediocrity.
If you are more concerned about people than you are God, then you may as well neutralize everything He put in you and just “fit in!”
Dress, walk, act, think, eat, hang out with and do exactly what they do…and once you have neutralized your uniqueness…you will not need Courage!
Rehab the prostitute-how through her courage (not her occupation), caused her to escape death with everybody else! She took a stand on what she believed in and was made right with God by her corresponding act of faith towards the men of God!
After all I’ve gone through, after all my ancestors went through, and after all I saw my mother/family go through, I assure you, I did not come through all of that…just to fit in with normalcy!!
So you see and understand why I have the Courage to go after my dreams…and stand for the Lord!
Sometimes because of wrong choices, disobedience or sin, we miss out on God’s “Plan A”.
The good news is, God always has a “Plan B”, a “Plan C” and whatever it takes to get us to His final destination for our lives. Worse yet, maybe you weren’t the person who made the bad choices, but somebody else’s foolish decisions cause you to experience wrenching heartache and pain. You have felt devastated, heartbroken and disappointed.
Maybe you invested a lot of time, effort, money, emotion and energy in a relationship; you did your best to make it work out. But for some reason, things got off course and now you feel as though you have been robbed.
Regardless, you must stop dwelling on it . Let the past be the past. Forgive the person who caused you the trouble and start afresh right where you are today. If you continue to dwell on those past disappointments, you will block God’s blessing in your life today. It’s simply not worth it.
In the case of King Saul and Samuel the Prophet, unfortunately, Saul refused to live in obedience to God and eventually God rejected him.
Imagine how the Prophet Samuel must have felt. He had spent so much time with Saul! Samuel begin nursing his wounded heart and God asked him an important question: How long are you going to mourn over Saul?
God is asking us a similar question today: How long are you going to mourn over that failed relationship? How long are you going to mourn over your broken dreams?
When we excessively mourn over things, we stop God from bringing fresh, new blessings into our lives. In other words, God says,” if you will quit mourning and get going, I’ll show you a new, better beginning.
Anyways… it worked for me! Such a right now word from the Lord today!
When you Walk in the Spirit…you can judge all things, yet all things can’t judge you!
You are mandated to operate at another level and dimension and it will not matter what anyone says about your discerning authority anyway! You are not operating at the sense level as they are, but the spiritual.
When you have been given divine orders from God, it will not make any difference what people say about you! They may be able to talk about you but they cannot curse you!
Don’t waste energy trying to change a natural-man’s mind…he is operating in the arena of the senses and you are in the dimension of the spirit!
No one can curse what God has blessed, anyway! If God has called you to do something…there is absolutely no way any one can stop it…not even yourself. If someone can, then God did not call you anyway!! When God has something for you to do…you can’t mess it up! After all is said and done… you will still go in the direction that God spoke!
Just ask Jonah…who was called to go to Nineveh and after much rebellion and trying to go another route…he still ended up in Nineveh! He finally went to Nineveh and spoke the word that God ask him to speak to the people, and then got mad when the people did not “obey” what he spoke! God did not tell him to make them obey…just to go speak to Nineveh, and leave the rest up to Him.
So be inspired today because I have just helped you identify which level you are receiving your information on and operate. 1Cor 2:15-16
There is incredible happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but cheerfulness when shared, is doubled.
When you live every day in worship and praise, God will bring healing rain into your life. The valleys of your life should not belong to fear, intimidation or worry, they should belong to God.
In the scriptures, the real battle wasn’t between David and Goliath. The real battle was about which “God” David was going to believe during this valley in his life. It was in this moment that David chose the “Living God” and defeated Goliath with 5 rocks.
You have a choice today to decide which “God” you will allow to control the valleys of your life.
Faith in, and towards God, is what makes real, the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see. It is the assurance…in God that He heard us ask, and that He already answered and that they will become visible!
God was pleased with the people who lived a long time ago because they had faith like this.
Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by his command. This means that the things we see were made by something that cannot be seen.
Cain and Abel both offered sacrifices to God. But Abel offered a better sacrifice to God because he had faith. God said he was pleased with what Abel offered, so God called him a good man because he had faith. Abel died, but through his faith he is still speaking.
Enoch was carried away from this earth, so he never died. The Scriptures tell us that before he was carried off, he was a man who pleased God. Later, no one knew where he was, because God had taken Enoch to be with him. This all happened because he had faith. Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.
Noah was warned by God about things that he could not yet see. But he had faith and respect for God, so he built a large boat to save his family. With his faith, Noah showed that the world was wrong; and he became one of those who are made right with God through faith.
God called Abraham to travel to another place that he promised to give him. Abraham did not know where that other place was, but he obeyed God and started traveling because he had faith. Abraham lived in the country that God promised to give him. He lived there like a visitor who did not belong. He did this because he had faith. He lived in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who also received the same promise from God.
Sarah was not able to have children, and Abraham was too old. But he had faith in God, trusting him to do what he promised; and so God made them able to have children. Abraham was so old he was almost dead. But from that one man came as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. So many people came from him that they are like grains of sand on the seashore.
All these great people continued living with faith until they died.
God tested Abraham’s faith. God told him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham obeyed because he had faith. He already had the promises from God. God had already said to him, “It is through Isaac that your descendants will come.” But Abraham was ready to offer his only son. He did this because he had faith. He believed that God could raise people from death!
The mother and father of Moses hid him for three months after he was born. They did this because they had faith. They saw that Moses was a beautiful baby, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s order. Moses grew up and became a man. He refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose not to enjoy the pleasures of sin that lasts… such a short time. Instead, he chose to suffer with God’s people. He did this because he had faith.
God’s people all walked through the Red Sea as if it were dry land. They were able to do this because they had faith. But when the Egyptians tried to follow them, they were drowned.
The walls of Jericho fell because of the faith of God’s people. They marched around the walls for seven days, and then the walls fell.
Rahab, a prostitute, welcomed the Israelite spies like friends. And because of her faith, she was not killed with the ones who refused to obey.
Do I need to give you more examples? There’s Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets!
All of them had great faith; and with that faith they defeated kingdoms! They did what was right, and God helped them in the ways he promised. With their faith, some people even closed the mouths of lions; and some were able to stop blazing fires! Others escaped from being killed with swords. Some who were weak were made strong! They became powerful in battle and defeated other armies. There were women who lost loved ones but got them back when they were raised from death!
Some were laughed at and beaten. Others were tied up and put in prison. They were killed with stones. They were cut in half. They were killed with swords. They were poor, persecuted, and treated badly by others. God however, was pleased with all of them because of their faith.
Faith Has to Directs Our Lives
Since we are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us! We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up! We must focus on Jesus, the anointed one, the source and goal of our faith.
Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God!
Discipline in a Long-Distance Race
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it! He never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever, and now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God!
When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that account of Jesus’ walk on this earth; item by item, that long and repetitious list of hostilities, he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!