365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I want to encourage us today to P.U.S.H (Pray Under Sacrificial Holiness). To P.U.S.H means to pray under the power of the Holy Spirit sacrificing our flesh to live in the holiness of our Father. There is no greater way to serve the Lord than by sacrificing our will to be obedient to His will. The only way we can accomplish such an honor is through the anointed power of prayer. As I meditated the last few days on the things of God and sought Him for answers to what concerns my heart regarding the non-manifestation of prayers I have been waiting on for years, God’s response repeatedly was 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT): “Three different times I begged the Lord to take away. Each time He said, “May grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” What if God’s response to you asking Him to take away the very thing you felt was too much to bear was the same response He gave to me and the apostle Paul?
Like the apostle Paul, we all have something or somethings we want God to remove from our life to free us from its burden, but what if God is saying no? What if He is saying no because He knows this is the very thing that will keep us humble and constantly before His throne of grace. Can we be honest with ourselves and say, God I know if I did not have to deal with this very thing I may not have drawn as close to You as I have, can we admit this is possibly true? I know I can admit this is true for my life. In the weakest moment of my life was when I drew closer to God. It was not when everything was going according to my plan and life appeared to be so good. No, it was when I had to P.U.S.H to make it to the next day. It was when life became so hard, I did not know if I truly wanted to continue to live. It was when I wanted to give up because I felt I did not have a purpose to go on, but because His grace was sufficient in my weakness He gave me His power to continue to breath and serve Him through all the pain. And like Paul, I can honestly say, “so now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
WR2W, freedom comes when we are honest with God and ourselves and we P.U.S.H to live a life pleasing to God. Moreover, freedom comes when Grace has graced us with His power that is constantly working through us. Please know that freedom from your thorns (issues of life) does not come because the very thorn we want removed is removed. Because even if God does remove that one, there will always be another thorn because the thorn is what keeps us at His feet P(ing).U.S.H. For the bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT): “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” So if God never removes the debt, never heals the cancer on this side of heaven, allows the love one to die, let the husband leave, do not save the child from going to jail, do not deliver you from people working on your nerves, do not save your job, allow you to experience church hurt, and the list goes on, He is still God and as long as His Spirit is working in us, His grace is working for us, and we are free! P.U.S.H my sisters and never give up. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I want to encourage us today to L.O.V.E (Live Our Victory Experience). Now, some of you may be wondering, is this possible? Sure, it is! “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” (John 3:16 KJV). This scripture is proof it is possible because the victory has already been won through agape love. Agape love is a type of love that can only be experienced through the power of God and faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus, Himself, showed agape love throughout His word and is a living example of what love truly is: selfless and sacrificing! The greatest moment exemplifying selfless and sacrificial love was at the cross as he took on the sin of the world. Jesus “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”; “He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed – able to L.O.V.E (Isaiah 53:4 KJV).
I challenge each of us to take a self-assessment and dig deep to find out who we are in God and if we are indeed following Christ’s example of sharing selfless and sacrificial love. WR2W, after we discover who we are in God, we can then learn how to love ourselves, so we are able to love others selflessly and sacrificially. If we never come to know who we are in God, it is no way possible we can ever truly love others and L.O.V.E (Live Our Victory Experience). A victory experience brings one’s life unspeakable joy that can never be given by man but can only be achieved by service unto the Lord which means serving our fellow man. I am so joyful today because I have finally come into the peace of God because I have learned of the love of God which is allowing me to L.O.V.E. This was not something that came over night but thank God over time it did come. And just like God did it for me, He will surely do it for you. “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11 KJV).
So, as First Lady Michelle Obama said it best, “when they go low, let us go HIGH”. When others act to get a reaction from us, let us go HIGH in God’s love and rise above whatever negative energy those “haters” are sending our way. Let us go HIGH in God’s love and rise above H.E.E.L.S (Hatred, Envy, Eagerness, Laziness, and Sexual Sin). Let us go HIGH in God’s love and rise above all things that can hinder us from giving love selflessly and sacrificially. WR2W, let us L.O.V.E (Live Our Victory Experience) in Jesus! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, it is time for us to kill corruptible seed that has been planted in our life and in the life of our offspring. As I sat on yesterday and meditated on the word of God, Genesis 19:30-38, I heard God say it is time to kill the seed of corruption that has been separating you from reaching your full potential in Me. It is time for you to go to work in your garden and identify the seeds that are producing weeds that are causing your fruit to die. And as the saying goes, “This year’s seeds become next year’s weeds!” These weed seeds that I am speaking of are fear and desperation and the fruit are simply the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT).
WR2W, I do not know how many of us are allowing or have allowed the weed seeds of fear and desperation to take root in our hearts, but I am charging each of us to use the best brand of herbicide (weed killer) on the market, and I am not talking about Roundup, I am talking about the brand B.I.B.L.E (Baby It’s “Bout” Life Everlasting). For us to experience life everlasting, we must kill the seeds of fear and desperation because the aftermath of what it produces continues the cycle of wickedness giving birth to a new Sodom and eventually eternal damnation. Do we want this type of life for ourselves and our offspring? If not, let us begin by uprooting the weed seeds of fear and desperation.
Agriculturally speaking, once the seed takes root and the tip of the root penetrates the soil, the tree (whether fruit or weed depending on the type of seeds that were planted) is now fixed in the ground with the capability of absorbing both water and nutrients. Now, what I am about to say is extremely important for us to understand. Please take note, weeds compete with fruit for the sources of life (water, sunlight, and nutrients). Therefore, spiritually speaking, once the weed seeds of fear and desperation take root and penetrate just a piece of our heart, the trees of lying, deception, ungodly character, and all other byproducts are fixed within our soul and starts sucking up our ability to operate in the Holy Spirit and according to the Word because the non-weed trees, the “fruit” trees, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, become starved leaving us imbalanced and unstable. WR2W, weed seeds (fear and desperation) produce unwanted trees growing in our heart, a place we do not want them nor can afford for them to grow. Our heart is the source of God’s supply for our life and we need to make sure the garden of our heart is embedded with only the Fruit of the Spirit. So, it is my prayer that we decree and declare, fear and desperation uprooted (cast out) and never able to produce again in the name of Jesus, Amen. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Killing Corruptible Seed
365 Days of Growing Together
Genesis 19:16-20 NLT – (16) “When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the Lord was merciful.
Hi WR2W, during this life there are always going to be choices we are going to have to make. Some good, bad, and ugly, but still choices. Some choices will put us in situations where we may feel like our backs are against the wall. And most often, when put in this type of situation, we make the choice to be comfortable, and therefore become compromised and confused. Let’s look at Lot’s life for example. Lot and his family was living in the city of Sodom. Sodom was a place full of wickedness, pride, gluttony, and laziness (Ezekiel 16:49 NLT), and its citizens constantly sinned against God (Genesis 13:13 NLT). And because their sin was so offensive, the bible indicates that the outcry against the people for judgement had become so great, the Lord sent two of His angels into the city to destroy it by fire and burning sulfur. However, due to Abraham’s plea for the righteous to be saved, Lot and his family was spared, and the rest of Sodom was destroyed because the Lord did not consider 10 righteous. Although Lot made selfish and ungodly choices, he still was considered a righteous man, one who God considered to be godly (2 Peter 2:6-9 NLT).
WR2W, if God were to give the order today to destroy the world by fire, would we be in the number considered righteous? Because we make bad (ungodly/unwise) choices, this does not make us unrighteous. Only God has the authority to judge and determine who is righteous or unrighteous. But we have the authority to live in His will and by His faith, thus making good (godly/wise) choices. How many of us have made selfish choices and have chosen to be comfortable instead of considering others and their well-being? How many of us are currently yoked up with what makes us comfortable instead of what we have been called to because of lust, money, pride and/or because what God was calling us to did not look so appealing? Listen, it is time for us to do some honest self-evaluation. Truth be told, many of us are married to people, places, and/or things that makes us comfortable instead of who, where, or what God has called us to, and we wonder why we are constantly having problems and are so joyless. Joyfulness is not found in people, places, and things. Joy is found in the Lord! Again, it’s all about our choices!
WR2W, we must be witnesses for God and not compromise our integrity and make bad choices out of fear and desperation in the urgency of the moment. We must be clear on who we are and stand firm on what we believe and stick to it no matter what the devil presents before us. And please note, the devil will not present us with someone, somewhere, and/or something in which we have no interest. The devil is clever/very cunning and will send his best hitters at us – we better believe it, so we must stay woke! Not only do we need to stay woke, but we need not to become confused when familiar spirits come before us. We must immediately recognize them and not hesitate to denounce the very person, place and/or thing our heart is still attached to and attracting. From Lot’s story, let us learn the error of our way and trust the process of the One who has come to save us from our Sodom (and His name is Jesus). And even in our hesitation (our moment of confusion), let us recognize when Jesus is extending His Hand of grace to us to rush us to safety outside of ourselves because our inner man (our flesh), that which we work so desperately hard to please, is our Sodom, the very thing holding us bond to sin. WR2W, do we realize we don’t deserve for Jesus to extend His hand to rescue us, but because of the sufficiency of His grace, we should be grateful? In addition, do we understand we deserve to burn in our Sodom, but because of His mercy, He has kept us, and we should humble ourselves under His Mighty hand? Again, it’s all about our choices! Therefore, I make the choice not to be comfortable, but to be called. I make the choice not to compromise or be confused, I choose Jesus and His way, what about you? I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Making Godly Choices
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, as we observe Resurrection Sunday, let us remember the reason we were able to get up this morning, bless the name of our Lord as we cry out Hosanna to the Highest, and “enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4 KJV). Truly we are grateful for the incarnation of Jesus, His life on earth, death on the cross, and all He endured so that we can experience the love of God through salvation and escape eternal death. We should continuously thank God for the cross that Jesus carried, and the same cross from which He hung, bled, and died. For if it had not been for this cross, the altar of sacrifice, Jesus’ work would have not been completed, satan’s head would not have been crushed, and God’s promise would have been unfulfilled. Thank God for Jesus – Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna!!!
WR2W, for I am excited not only because it was a Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Still Saturday, but for the Resurrection Sunday that followed. Moreover, I am super excited that on that Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene did not find Jesus at the grave because He had gotten up! And I believe, He rose with the same power He laid down with, all for the glory and honor of God. Indeed Saints, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life; He is our Hope! And because He dwells within us, we are filled with Hope, therefore, nothing we face today, or any day is hopeless. Because of the Ultimate Sacrifice made over 2,000 years ago, the power of hopelessness has been defeated on the cross and victory through Christ Jesus has been won!
So, whatever you may be dealing with today (Hatred, Envy, Eagerness, Laziness, Sexual sin, anxiety, worry, pain, debt, addiction, financial strain, ungodly thoughts, anger, etc.) hang it on the cross. Three years ago, I came across a poem entitled, “Hang It on the Cross”, and I would like to share it with you since it was such as blessing to me. This is what Jesus did for us when He took on the disposition of sin and this is what we should do for Him, not my will God but Your will be done. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true! I now leave you with the words of Logan Parker…….
Hang It on the Cross
If you have a secret sorrow, a burden or a loss, an aching need for healing… Hang It on the Cross.
If worry steals your sleep and makes you turn and toss, if your heart is feeling heavy… Hang It on the Cross.
Every obstacle to faith or doubt you come across, every prayer unanswered… Hang It on the Cross.
For Christ has borne our brokenness and dearly paid the cost to turn our trials to triumph… Hang It on the Cross.
Hanging It on the Cross