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A Child Is Born

Bicycles, playstations, Jordans, gift cards, cash, etc…..- Christmas is a time to give and receive. Once the festivities are over, family and friends are gone, the torn discarded wrapping paper is bagged and placed in the trash receptacle; there remains a child to be born.
The day you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior; Emmanuel, God with us, moved inside you. With Him came his entourage…joy, peace, wholeness, health, riches, success, and all that is good. He moved inside you; not just for you, but so that what He placed in you could be born and shared with the world.
The scripture says she(Mary) brought forth her first born son.  The baby had to be born. Just as the Word was spoken to that young virgin, and conception took place: what Word has God spoken to you by His Spirit that is yet to be born? What dream or vision has He placed in you that cannot be aborted?
Child birth is a process. Though painful and challenging,
filled with plenty of failures and setbacks; these are only contractions that ensure that childbirth is inevitable. Sometimes the pain is excruciating, but your baby is coming. Don’t lose hope. It is Christ in you that is the hope of the glory that is soon to be revealed in your life. (Colossians 1: 27)
You must know that the reward far outweighs the pain and struggle. How else do you explain a woman going through the childbirthing process again after the first experience?  I’ve seen childbirth and there’s no way as a man I would do it more than once!!! Walk in your destiny, your purpose, His plan for your life.
Can you hear the Angel’s voice saying….
“UNTO YOU A CHILD IS BORN
UNTO YOU A WORD IS GIVEN
AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED__________”

Destined For Greatness

God is a God of purpose. Everything He says, everything he does, is directed toward an expected end. The book of Matthew begins by announcing the geneology of Jesus Christ. God chose a specific family line through which He would get His son into the planet.  The family did nothing to deserve or earn being chosen. He not only chose a family, but a dysfunctional one at best. I mean, look at Abraham, the Father of Faith.  He was a liar (well he told two that we know of) with two kids by two different women and they all lived in the same house. And his wife ok’d him fathering the first child with her handmaid because she figured it was too hard for God to get her pregnant after He said He would. Then, look further down the family tree and see Jacob whose name was later changed to Israel.  Mr trickster, who tricked his brother out of the blessing and his birthright, got played by his uncle and married the wrong girl. Leah was not the one he had worked seven years for. Jacob then worked another seven years for Rachel.  All this after one kiss!!!  (Must have been some good sugar! LOL!) So now he has one wife he loves and the other one, well, not so much. There is even a prostitute in Jesus’ family tree….remember Rahab!
God chose imperfect people to get His
Son who was perfect into the planet. Everything He does is purposeful. He did it to show you and I that we have purpose on this planet. That it doesn’t matter what side of the tracks we are from or how dysfunctional our families might be. He can take a mess and make a miracle. He can take sour lemons and make the sweetest tasting lemonade. There is nothing to hard for Him. We are created in His image and likeness which means we are destined for greatness and there’s nothing the devil can do to stop it!

Grace vs Works

“Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable; always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know, that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1Cor 15:58

 

On the surface, this passage of scripture might seem to contradict the gospel of grace as a whole. If the grace of God is not contingent on our works, then why does this scripture mention anything about our labor. I believe the definition of labor is work, is it not? Anytime the Word of God seems to contradict itself, then a deeper look into the scripture in context is necessary. God is not schizophrenic. He certainly would not contradict himself. The church of Corinth was struggling in their belief system regarding the resurrection of Christ. Yes they had heard and some of them had seen him resurrect the dead, but resurrect himself was hard for them to fathom. Especially since there was another voice (doctrine) suggesting that the resurrection was a farce cooked but by the disciples to keep the movement going.

Isn’t it strange that most believers today do not struggle with the resurrection of Jesus, but do struggle with receiving that there is nothing we can do to earn righteousness. Why is it so difficult to understand that Jesus paid it all? We feel like if we do, or don’t do something that God will bless or not bless us.

We are urged to be steadfast and unmovable in our believing. Hold fast to what we have been taught that lines up with the Word of God. Let nothing separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Oh, what love; unconditional Love He has shown! We couldn’t ever be good enough to earn it. But He gave it anyway!

We are to abound in the work of the Lord, not our works! To abound means to be filled, rich, to be well, abundantly supplied. We do the natural things in the kingdom of God because of our stand in Him. When we really come to grips with how much He loves us, there is nothing we won’t do for Him. Our only labor is the work involved in believing. It’s work to take a stand and believe something we cannot see. Our entire faith is based on what we believe. For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Growing Pains

Today I am proud to introduce a guest blogger.  My beautiful anointed wife Torrecca will share a thought that I know will bless you.

Life itself eventually leads us to a place where we must ultimately decide…… At this point, Will I allow life to continue to “break me” or will I begin to let it “make me”?  Much of my life was spent broken, holding on to the past, wavering in the present and unsure about the future. But God!  The deal is this; He knows the thoughts that he thinks toward us, thoughts of peace and not of evil to bring us to an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). So with that being said, He knew who we were in the past, He knows who we are now, and He knows who He has called us to be in the future. Therefore, whether the consequences of negative circumstances in our lives were the results of things individuals have done/do to us or things we have done/do to ourselves; all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord and those who are call according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  We must grow up in the things of God; recognize the call on our lives and hold on to His promises made specifically for us.

Letting go of the past and embracing the promises that lead us to our purpose and destiny is truly a sign of maturity. Understanding, God is for us, it matters not who or what can be against us!!!

“Maturity is the ability to start again even when it hurts and the courage to stand in the midst of the pain”. © 2014 Torrecca Nicholson

How often have we seen a football player after being hit hard, jump right up as if it doesn’t faze him, and run back to the huddle?  He may be hurt, but he doesn’t let his opponent know it.  He does not give his enemy a target to go after on the next play. He continues to play in the midst of the pain. God has mapped out the course for our lives and the navigation system is His Word. When we choose to follow His plan and His way we are able to walk out our purpose with joy and peace. So even when we fall and it causes injury, we are able to get up and continue on the path set before us. You’re standing on a sure foundation, planted like a palm tree, not being moved, even when the winds try their best to blow you away (Psalms 1:3). Now, let’s walk in peace, joy and liberty, the finished work that is already ours. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed – Amen

Torrecca Nicholson “TNick” –

 

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.

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