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Through The Fire

“Woman, how could you have done this? What would make you listen to someone else and do the exact opposite of what you knew to be right? Just because it looked good and you thought we would be better off, now you have put this whole family in jeopardy!

“Well if somebody would man up and stop being a punk and talk to his wife, then maybe I wouldn’t have to listen to someone else’s voice.”

“You need to grow up and stop acting like a little girl! I hope you’re satisfied, now we have to move, and I have to work that much harder.

“You said that God made me just for you. Well He wouldn’t give me to a jelly backed boy. I need a real man! I can’t do this anyone! I’d be better off by myself!”

“So would I.”

This could have very well been Adam and Eve’s first argument, and their last. Both had a reason to call it quits. I mean, Adam, by succumbing to his wife, gave away the entire planet. Then threw her under the bus when God called him on it.  She could have talked him into almost anything, and did..[wit her fine self!] He probably thought…”I didn’t get into trouble until this woman came along.“ But one thing Adam and his wife never did…leave each other.  Divorce was not an option, it wasn’t even in their vocabulary.  Even after one of their children killed the other, they found the strength to keep going together…..and all of this without a Jesus.
I was speaking to a friend of mine about Satan’s attacks on my marriage and how we have been able to overcome. He spoke of his wife of nearly 20 years with such endearment in his voice.  He said, Man, I love her so much. When you have been through the fire together, you appreciate and love each other so much more.“

“…We went through fire and through water, but you brought us out into a wealthy place.” Psalm 66:12b paraphrased

You may be going through fire right now in your relationship, but know this; if you are a believer, there is another person in the fire with you.  His name is Jesus. He still says come to me. Learn from me. Watch how I do it I will bring you out unharmed and you won’t even smell like smoke! ( Matthew 11:28-30 The Message; Daniel 3:24-27 KJV)

Dreams

To be without a dream is to be without direction and purpose. We all have dreams. Those things that God himself has placed within us to drive us to our purpose. Dreams don’t just automatically come into reality. Often times it requires a fight to stay focused. Life can really put a damper on your dreams. Then there is Satan, whose job is to steal, kill, and destroy both you and your dreams. God already knew this, why else would He record the story of Joseph in the scripture. Now here is one guy who never let go of his dreams. He never stopped believing what God had shown him even though for years it looked like they would never come to pass. In fact, it appeared very opposite was happening to Joseph. First he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Then he found himself falsely imprisoned. Who would blame him if he just gave up, through in the towel. But Joseph was steadfast, ummovable. He trusted God and that dreamer’s dreams led him from the pit to the palace! What God had shown him came to pass.
God cannot lie and no matter what it looks like, never let go of what he has shown you about your future. Never let go of the passion for anything He had placed in your heart. The gifts and callings of the Lord are without repentance. In other words, he won’t take it back. Here is a song I pray will encourage you….

‘Tis The Season

Just in case you are finding it difficult  to get into the “Christmas Spirit”, I thought I’d share this remarkable group with  you.  The name of the group is Pentatonix and and they are awesome! Winners of season 3 of NBC’s singing competition “Sing Off”‘ this extraordinarily gifted quintet sets a standard of excellence that can be even be an example to the church today although they are not a “religious” genre. These artists are professional and could very well  follow their own lane and be very successfully musically. They came together literally days before the competition and developed their own style, growing into a tight knit group, every joint supplying, and the result can only be described as WOW!!  Imagine what group of anointed believers could accomplish when they come together united as one.
I first heard of this group a few days ago when my wife showed me one of their videos on you tube.  I was blown away!! Gotta share then with you.

A Complete Set

crayola-crayonsThe manufacturer “Crayola”  specifically identified each color crayon that would be included in a particular set or box.  These colors were not just arbitrarily chosen at random, but there was a plan for each member of the set. They were chosen with respect to how they would be used in a particular market.  Just as a rainbow has many colors, so does the world have just as many kinds of people. No two people are the same, but collectively in a “set place” they can accomplish any goal.  Colors bring new reflective light to a portrait.  Each color adds significantly to the overall picture. No one color is more important to the set, for if one were missing, it would not be complete and could not be placed in stores for sale to the public.  When you are missing from your local fellowship of believers, an important element goes lacking.  The ministry cannot do its job effectively because your unique talents and gifts are gone. 

What if the color white decided not to show up because it felt inferior to the rest of the set, or maybe blue turned its nose up on white, causing white to stay home? Who would color the clouds in the coloring book?  Black couldn’t do it, neither could green or brown. Clouds are something that can only be colored by white. Every element of the set is important; just as every member that God has set in a particular body of believers.  God has placed you there for a purpose and only He can change your assignment.  Not only should you recognize your importance to your church , but so should each member value one another.  If orange is missing, someone should be concerned.  If there is any place where members should feel loved, shouldn’t it be the church? I believe that many of our congregations are not growing because we don’t now how to treat the members we already have. Can we really expect God to give us more people to abuse? Just as it is the goodness of the Lord that leads one to repentance, it is the love of the”bretheren” in the local fellowship that draws others and maintains those already there. Together we can reflect the brilliance and clarity of the rainbow of God so that others will be drawn to its marvelous light.

Missing The Point

” For if any be a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is likened unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he beholdeth  himself and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner man he was.” James 1:23-24 KJV.

Is there anyone out there besides me that finds it sometimes difficult be a doer of the word and not just a hearer? I will go out on a limb here and say that no person who has ever lived or will ever live in the earth is even capable of always being a doer of the Word of God.  So why would God even give us a law knowing we would never be able to keep it? So we could recognize that without Him we can never measure up to His standards. The Bible says that the law was our schoolmaster (Gal. 3: 24-25) to bring us to Christ.  Just as Adam’s sin did not take God by surprise, neither does our missing the mark catch God off guard or throws a monkey wrench in His plan for us.  The Lamb (Jesus Christ)  was slain before the foundation of the world! God already had a plan to handle the sin problem.  Satan has become crafty in stealing killing and destroying our capacity to believe Jesus’ finished work. We look in the mirror at ourselves in our sinful state,  feeling the guilt and condemnation of our actions. God only sees the blood of Jesus when He looks at us.  We have been missing the point…

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Cor 3:18 KJV

From now on, when you look in the mirror, see what God sees….Jesus’ finished work; an individual who was made righteous, justified by his or her faith in the one who paid our debt once and for all…Jesus!! Once we see ourselves the way God sees us, the power of the most high and our appreciation for all He has done will cause us to live victorious in the perfect law of liberty. We will be changed into the very image we behold.  The beauty of it is that we did nothing to deserve this “unmerited favor”.  Let us embrace the Grace!!!

We Own This!

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           (AP Photo/Rozelio V. Solis)

As the clocked ticked to triple zero’s the crowd stood to their feet and joined in concert with the players.  Hands were stretched upward, palms open, thumbs folded in the center.  It was the start of the fourth period and their solidarity said, “We own the fourth quarter.”  Their performance thus far had not been up to par.  A litany of penalties, turnovers and miscues, had kept their opponent in the game.  They had been outplayed and had fallen behind.  Yet, their confidence was not shaken.  The countenance on each player’s face had not fallen but glowed with expectation.  They were confident as if they knew they would win.  They looked to their leader on the field who had led them through countless situations just like this before.  And each time they were victorious, remaining undefeated.  This trial of sorts would be no different.  Their swag was evident.  They assembled in the congregation with purpose, breaking the huddle with a shout and a clapping of the hands.  Each player took his set place in the formation, executing their specific assignment with precision.  Methodically, they picked their nemesis apart, marching down the field.  It wasn’t error free; a couple dropped passes, and an offsides penalty slowed them down a bit.  But all the way back to the huddle, they said to themselves, “none of these things move me.”  Finally their persistence paid off!  Touchdown!!!  Game Over!!!!

Child of God, this is our time.  Since the end of the book has already been written, we know the outcome.  So what if you’ve made mistakes!  Who hasn’t?  You will make some more, but learn from them and keep going.  Your friend the Holy Spirit is here to help you minimize and even eliminate the miscues if you listen to Him. As we look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, we can be sure that He has already paved the way. But let’s not stop with our own team.  We are recruiters as well, and the best marketing for new converts is to live a life of excellence in every area.  It’s awesome to have to explain to someone how we can experience the good life in spite of the economy.  How wonderful to say that it’s the Lord’s doing and it’s marvelous in our eyes.  In a world where the norm is to do whatever you feel like doing, we can be the “refreshing” people need to see as they witness, strong, Christ centered relationships, and  people turning to The Church for assistance, rather than the government.  We can do much more than sell the “end times” fire insurance, “don’t want to go to hell” gospel.  Let’s show the benefits of being a believer!  Everybody, Four fingers up!!!  We own the fourth quarter!  Let’s Go!!!

My Wedding Day (For The Rest Of My Life)

 

For the Rest of my Life:

I want To behold your beauty

The look in your eyes, your smile, your succulent lips

Your impeccable complexion, accented by Mrs. Ash’s finest creations

Perfectly blended on God’s finest canvas

Breathtakingly simple but elegant

Your walk, your dance, your style your grace

taking second, third, fourth, and fifth glances

Still mesmerized by the simplicity of you being you

Everything I have ever dreamed in a woman

For the Rest of My Life:

I want to serve you like the Queen you are

To be your Cabana boy in your Jamaica

Drinks are on the house, for the house is yours and everything in it…

How you want it, when you want it

As often as you want it

Your willing servant awaits your request

For rest of my life:

I want to be near you

to wake up next to you each morning

To awake during the night; watching Sleeping Beauty in awe

Wanting desperately to kiss her, but that would open her eyes,

Disturbing her rest.

Satisfied beyond measure for a minimum of 50 years

And when I transition,

May your face be the last one I see, before His…

From glory to Glory

Ladies and Gentlemen meet Torrecca, My lovely Bride!!!!

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