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The Writer ‘s Block

Amazing how the world defines success as climbing up.  There are many articles on statistics in one area or another of how to be successful.  In many cases you will see that of people who have a career (making the bucks) i.e Executives in all categories may have inherited their wealth some may have gotten this success from a good education while some may have had mentors or some who have been in the right place at the right time.  In essence someone who is successful has either come from humble beginnings or some by any means necessary to accomplished success in which the world sees.  There are a lot books on the market as well how someone may have come  from the bottom with humble beginnings and climb their way up the ladder.  There is also another side that many of us don’t know sometimes the struggle or maybe the hard work they put in to climb this latter in what we see as successful.  Ironically, this brings me to my perspective for 2018.  I’ve decided that not to make promises or resolutions for what I could remember I always in one way or another would do every  New Year. But this year I believe for the first time in my life I will knowingly wait and  let God tell me what I need to do for this new year.

For years, I’ve been told to write it down.  I have always been afraid of this gift that God has given me.  I’ve always asked the question “Why Me Lord” At an early age I have known that there was something peculiar about me. I can remember now profound it was for me to discover the verse  I Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:  I mean I owned this verse it explain to my understanding that this is how God sees me and this is why folks would look at me sometimes with envy sometimes with love. It’s not my fault or my doing when I receive favor and I seemed to always jump back when things don’t go well in my life.  Out of all the siblings in my family I was the different one.  Always and even today my siblings when they look at me there is always this look that they give me that there is something special about me (with Love) This is who we are in 1 Peter 2:9; that’s you too.

BLESSINGS

 

The Writer ‘s Block

Amazing how the world defines success as climbing up.  There are many articles on statistics in one area or another of how to be successful.  In many cases you will see that of people who have a career (making the bucks) i.e Executives in all categories may have inherited their wealth some may have gotten this success from a good education while some may have had mentors or some who have been in the right place at the right time.  In essence someone who is successful has either come from humble beginnings or some by any means necessary to accomplished success in which the world sees.  There are a lot books on the market as well how someone may have come  from the bottom with humble beginnings and climb their way up the ladder.  There is also another side that many of us don’t know sometimes the struggle or maybe the hard work they put in to climb this latter in what we see as successful.  Ironically, this brings me to my perspective for 2018.  I’ve decided that not to make promises or resolutions for what I could remember I always in one way or another would do every  New Year. But this year I believe for the first time in my life I will knowingly wait and  let God tell me what I need to do for this new year.

For years, I’ve been told to write it down.  I have always been afraid of this gift that God has given me.  I’ve always asked the question “Why Me Lord” At an early age I have known that there was something peculiar about me. I can remember now profound it was for me to discover the verse  I Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:  I mean I owned this verse it explain to my understanding that this is how God sees me and this is why folks would look at me sometimes with envy sometimes with love. It’s not my fault or my doing when I receive favor and I seemed to always jump back when things don’t go well in my life.  Out of all the siblings in my family I was the different one.  Always and even today my siblings when they look at me there is always this look that they give me that there is something special about me (with Love) This is who we are in 1 Peter 2:9; that’s you too.

BLESSINGS

 

Just Saying….

God speaks to us when we think He has forgotten us I mean those who believe.  It’s doesn’t matter to the unbeliever because this thought doesn’t cross their minds. (so they think) How interested that over two thousands years ago (skeptics) that He knew that your thoughts would not be on Him so He sent Himself to be known as Jesus Christ.  If you truly believe who He is you would have to be changed in becoming a believer.  So how do I convince an unbeliever.  I’m not going to bash you I’m not going to scream nor am I going to send you an emoji or SMH symbol.  What I am going to do is to direct you to a few scripture of why Jesus came for the World and since you and I are in this World it applies to us both.

  1. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.

    1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

  2. Jesus Christ came into the world to call sinners to repentance.

    Mark 2:17, “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

  3. Jesus Christ came into the world to seek and save the lost.

    Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

  4. Jesus came into the world to demonstrate the true purpose of life and give Himself a ransom.

    Matthew 20:28, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

  5. Jesus Christ came into the world to be a King and bear witness to the truth.

    John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

  6. Jesus Christ came into the world to do the Will of His Father.

    John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”

  7. Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Light in the world.

    John 12:46, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”

  8. Jesus Christ came into the world that men might have the Abundant Life.

    John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

  9. Jesus Christ came into the world to Judge the world.

    John 9:39, “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”

  10. Jesus Christ came into the world to Proclaim or preach the Good News about the Kingdom of God.

    Mark 1:38, “And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.”

  11. Jesus Christ came into the world to die on the cross.

    John 12:27, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”

  12. Jesus Christ came into the world to fulfil the law.

    Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

  13. Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Divider of men.

    Matthew 10:34, 35, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”

    (Christ makes it necessary to choose between relatives and the truth. This choice often causes division.)

  14. Jesus Christ came into the world as a demonstration of God’s Love.

    1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

  15. Jesus Christ came into the world because the Father sent Him.

    John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

a. The Father SENT Jesus to be the Propitiation (atonement) for our sins.

1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

b. The Father SENT Jesus and gave Jesus as the Saviour of the world.

John 3:16-18, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

c. The Father SENT Jesus to bless us by turning us from our iniquities.

Acts 3:26, “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”

d. The Father SENT His Son to redeem us from the curse of the law.

Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

e. God SENT His Son to make possible a new power in the hearts of men, a power to enable him to fulfil the righteousness of the law.

Romans 8:3,4, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

BLESSINGS!

 

Lights, Camera, Action: Genesis Study: 3

One for the Father, One for the Son and One for the Holy Spirit; and these three are One.  I feel safe in His arms from this study that I have to share it with you.  If you are not familiar with Chuck Missler‘s; I would advise you as my new cliche I like to use “Go google” In this case, Him.   He is one of my favorite bible teachers; and I thank the Holy Spirit for directing me to him. Pastor Chuck is the pastor of pastors and he is real deal.  Pastor Chuck is so much smarter than me that he can speak to anyone no matter what level they are on in their spiritual journey.  His teaching will have you thinking like never before and prompts you to say to  yourself  out loud WOW;his studies are really worth your time if you can get a hold of it.  Sometimes I get so mesmerized that it really takes me to another realm (spiritually) I’m in awe when I hear his teaching and how he makes it applicable to our everyday lives for today.  It’s good medicine for the soul; so shout out to Pastor Dr. Chuck Missler.  Read the Book of Genesis and you will find some interesting First mentioned of the bible.

BLESSINGS!

 

 

Body, Mind & Soul : My Purpose

Grace & Peace,

First I want to say Grace & Peace to all my brothers and sisters who I believe prayed for me and deep within their spirits they knew the Lord was dealing with me in identifying my purpose in my journey on my commitment before 2016 is over I pray I bring someone to know Christ.  I pray all of you are being blessed with God ‘s  grace and mercy as I’m sure you are as I’ve gotten a chance to read some of your posts and surely by sharing the gospels that indeed your purpose is to glorified God; I say  To God be the Glory!

I’m so hooked on Jesus that I’m excited I mean truly excited to know that I’m his daughter and its just right to know who I am and whom I belong too!

I’ve been studying on Spirit, Mind & Soul and I know my flesh hasn’t put it together but my spiritual being has because I never thought of this as being my trinity or never though of mind, body and soul as a truine.  I know of it  as being three but I never said”Oh this is a trinity as in truine”.  The bible clearly distinguish that we have mind, body and soul:  Duh; Genesis 1:26 “God said, Let us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26). We know that God is a Trinity. The Holy Trinity is clearly set forth in the Apostle Paul’s benediction that closed his Second Corinthian Epistle: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen”  Therefore, we have to be a truine being because he is created in the image of God.

The two following passages from the Bible clearly establish the fact that man is a triune being composed of spirit, soul, and body:

I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow (body), and is a discern-er of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

Our Lord Himself said, in what we call “The Great Commission”: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). Created in the image of God, man is likewise a trinity. He has a spiritual nature that is separate and distinct from the body in which it dwells. This is my calling.  Oh yeah I know what my purpose is; to Evangelize, Lead Praise & Worship;  Intercessor and start a mini bible study.  Hallelujah thank you Holy Ghost for the revelation.

P.S. I wanted my title to read:  Resurrected 🙂

BLESSINGS!

 

Bible Study-March 2016:Life-Changing Events for you and for me

As you read; there was some struggle on what I was going to name the title of this.  (ironically it was named Bible Study March – then I was led to change it to above).  This  study is taking us directly to Jesus.  Just to keep it real; the entire bible directs us to Jesus. It’s such a blessing how the Father puts everything in perspective for us to get a hold of in his Word.  As stated; this is the greatest book ever written.  Let’s just say this book is a superstar of books; something that every human being should read and get to know. I would challenge the skeptic and unbeliever to give it a try.   I’m doing my part as I’m sure you will get to your part in getting the word out

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? (Matthew 24:44, 45)

That brings to give this subtitle:   Life-Changing Events for you  and for me

Devotional Reading: Malachi 3 1-4; Background Scripture: Luke 1:57-80; Title Scripture:  Luke 1:64 – His mouth was opened immediately and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, and praised God.

Prayer:  Father,  I pray that people would know that God is working to bring positive changes for those he love and for those who want to know him.  Father let us respond to your life changing events with gratitude for the need to be positive vessels of change so that doing your will not be in vain; but that you get the glory in what you teach us in Jesus name we pray.

If you are reading this; please note that it’s truly not by accident but by the spirit of a divine purpose (The Holy Spirit _ God) that directed you to this page.  Yes, it may seen peculiar but it’s okay.  Truth be told if you expand your horizons if you are a  unbelief or would like to challenge yourself into knowing that there just a tipsy bitty belief that you have an unexplained notion within yourself that that tells you  “let me see what this Jesus is all about” welcome to club you are not alone.  There are many stories of believers on how they came or stumble upon something that got them interested in seeking what is this Jesus thing.  So for that I extend my “Congratulation” to you.

Luke 1:64 King James Version (KJV)

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God!

Zacharias was the Father of John the Baptist who preached that the time is near and now “Repent” he lived and breathe relentless  preaching Repent; basically, he was used by God through the Holy Spirit to preached this message.

Please read the following scriptures on this study:  (Background Scripture: Luke 1:57-80) and ponder on this. As we read; the priest; Zacharias was temporarily silenced because he doubted God’s promise announced to him through the angel, Gabriel.  It was promised to Zacharias that he and Elisabeth would have a son in their old age and they must name the child John.  John was known as  forerunner of Christ.  Because of Zacharias unbelief, (that he would have child)  his mouth was shut by God to become speechless until after the promised child, John was born. Being inspired and controlled by the Holy Spirit he was able to speak again v67.  I felt sad for him; can you imagine seeing this promised poke at him for 9 mos but then not able to speak of the joy he must have felt and it had to be hard on Elisabeth as well or maybe it was just fine with her maybe when she asked him to do something he couldn’t respond verbally “Why do I have to do it” just being sarcastic you know how we can get with our love one.  Let’s get back on track.  This verse is so exciting because it’s praise points to the great redemptive work that God would do through Jesus Christ. In Christ rested all of Israel ‘s hopes, and only though Him would their deepest longings be satisfied. The message  in these scriptures has so much meat in it.  (1) divine visitation (The angel Gabriel) (2) redemption of the Israelite’s v68, and God raising a horn of salvation (the instrument of saving power) from the line of David v69.  All these themes well all three of these are rooted in the Old Testament. Although Jesus was soon to be born as well ; the prophesy concerning him was not new.  His birth was spoken (prophesied) through the holy prophets long long ago. V 71-75 indicates the expectation of when the Messiah arrived. Luke 4:16:30 tell us God promise to deliver his people from their enemies including human and spiritual forces.  God loves and still loves his chosen people.  Please note that all of God Promises are Yea and Amen.

I like Matthew Henry Commentary below to give you some background on John.(after reading this – it seems fitting to add to my title now in the heading 🙂 this is why; thank you Holy Spirit!

MH Commentary: Matthew 3:1-6 After Malachi there was no prophet until John the Baptist came. He appeared first in the wilderness of Judea. This was not an uninhabited desert, but a part of the country not thickly peopled, nor much enclosed. No place is so remote as to shut us out from the visits of Divine grace. The doctrine he preached was repentance; Repent ye. The word here used, implies a total alteration in the mind, a change in the judgment, disposition, and affections, another and a better bias of the soul. Consider your ways, change your minds: you have thought amiss; think again, and think aright. True penitents have other thoughts of God and Christ, sin and holiness, of this world and the other, than they had. The change of the mind produces a change of the way. That is gospel repentance, which flows from a sight of Christ, from a sense of his love, and from hopes of pardon and forgiveness through him. It is a great encouragement to us to repent; repent, for your sins shall be pardoned upon your repentance. Return to God in a way of duty, and he will, through Christ, return unto you in the way of mercy. It is still as necessary to repent and humble ourselves, to prepare the way of the Lord, as it then was. (Homework:  read the verses I gave you above; and then locate MH Commentary and read it entirely)

In the next lesson; lets discuss more of John messages of repentance as well as why did he lived in the wilderness eating locust.

Closing Prayer:  Thank you for the way Jesus birth and earthly ministry changed history.  Thank you that His coming into our hearts has changed our lives and will changed those that are coming when they acknowledge and accept you as their Savior.  In Jesus name, I  pray AMEN

 

 

Yes, we are our Brother ‘s Keeper – Part 1

Genesis 4King James Version (KJV)

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

There was no difference between Cain and Abel; other than that their offering was different. In essence they were both sinners like you and me.  We all heard this cliche “Are you your brother ‘s keeper” I heard one christian person that I know personally say “No” I’m tired of the nonsense of a person she knew and as she was going off I said without a shadow of a doubt that Yes, we are our brothers keeper. Cain isn’t much different than a whole lot us in today ‘s world.  The bible doesn’t give a clear background of the two brothers background like how were they when they were children etc.

Cain & Abel: The book of Genesis produce the first murder

People in the story
Cain means ‘acquiring’ or ‘producing’.
Abel means ’emptiness’ or ‘futility’.
God: in this story, God is a manifestation of Order and Harmony. The murder of Abel disrupts and offends universal harmony. There is a price to pay.

The story has 3 episodes:

  • Cain and Abel are sons of Adam, Genesis 4:1-2
  • Cain and Abel offer sacrifices to God, Genesis 4:3-7
  • Cain murders Abel and God punishes him, Genesis 4:8-16

Cain and Abel are the sons of Adam and Eve. Their father and mother committed the first sin. The two young men sin against each other, and this is the second sin. Mankind sins first against God, and then against each other.
At the heart of the story is a new idea: that lawlessness is contrary to the will of God, and when it happens, the good as well as the wicked suffer.

The Story in Brief
Cain was the first farmer. His brother Abel was an animal herder. They both offered a sacrifice to God. Because God was pleased with Abel’s offering of a lamb (God sacrifice was the shedding of blood) with the animals during this time)  but not with Cain’s offering from his harvest (one would think that since Cain was a tiller of the field that it would seemed that it was ok to give this as his offering) but that’s where we fail it’s not about us it’s about what God wants from us) , Cain was jealous. In a fit of anger he killed his brother. The earth itself turned against him: he could no longer grow crops, and became a wanderer without a home. Not only is there consequences of our sin (something we did) I believe this is were we fall short as I was thinking is there such a thing as knowing and “unknowing sins” and wow the Holy Spirit says yes ~ because when Cain slayed his brother he wasn’t thinking that the blood that flow out of him in the ground (which he was a tiller of fields; which I have to imagined he loved to do) that God cursed the ground for him not to work the grounds every again.  Can you imagine God taking away from you something that you love.  In fact, that’s what happens when we sin even today.  It’s so important to repent and confess and mean it when we go to God; So now I see the term “unknowing sin” for Cain; although murder is a sin; It almost seems that God is telling us to look what happen to Cain he didn’t think killing his brother any consequences; therefore you NEED to know that there are consequences of our sins and yes, God will forgive our sins and remember it no more; but I believe God wants us to know that we better be really careful (know) before we take action on our sins.

We also have to remember that there wasn’t any specific instructions that God gave to both of the brothers when asked for a sacrifice.  What is important is  Hebrews 11:4

4 BY FAITH Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. BY FAITH he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And BY FAITH Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
Paul considered Abel’s actions so important to understanding faith, he offered Abel as his very-first example of a “hero of faith”: although having no instructions to follow, Abel trusted his offering would be pleasing to God (although he didn’t know for certain).  That’s what faith is: confidence that what you’re doing is pleasing to God, without having any tangible evidence or feedback upon which to rely (of course, once God voiced His approval of Abel’s offering, faith was no longer needed: Abel’s demonstration of faith was then validated).

Notice that while Abel’s sacrifice is described in great detail (“fat portions of some of the firstborn of his flock”), Cain’s offering is mentioned in passing (“some of the fruits of the soil”), i.e. there’s no mention of being Cain’s ‘first-fruits’ (i.e. the best of his crops).  The author is glossing over Cain’s offering, just as God did; and while not rejected per se, Cain and his offering are not seen by God as being particularly noteworthy.  Cain didn’t exactly fail (ie his offer wasn’t rejected), but he also didn’t earn God’s praise.  Cain simply met minimum standards: he just passed.  That’s just like falling into the trap when you hear believers say I just want to sit outside the gate of heaven; No you want your crown and all the benefits that God has in store for. You want it all -you want to be in the gate sitting at the grand table with the Father!

BLESSINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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