LET US GO TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

Father, I come before you in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Lord, you know all things. They are all before you like an open book. Who can hide their heart from your presence and your eye? The deeds of the most clever men are exposed before you. Your omniscience knows know bounds - and if it were not for grace, I would be of all men most terrified. But there is grace, abounding and glorious, poured out upon the weakest of men, and abounding to your glory.
Father, I praise you and I worship you; I thank you for all that you are and all that have done. There is no one like you in Heavens and on the Earth or under the earth. You are the King and there is no other. You are Savior and you share your glory with no one. Father, this day you know me and my great need of grace. Why am I here except that you called the weakest among men, the most ignoble among brothers, and that by your grace, often times, the lesser teaches the greater? That is always my case and I praise you. I worship you. Father, help us today, to the wind with eloquence, to hell with brilliant intellect, Father. Let the truth go forward. Let me be changed that the state of your church be more glorious. I pray for grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy for myself and for those who hear. Help us, Oh God, and we will be helped; and we will boast in that help in Jesus' Name. AMEN!!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Value Of Minimalism

By Dan Pedersen

The less you own, the less you have to take care of.

The less you own, the less you have to replace.

The less you own, the less money you need to earn.

The less you own, the more time you have for other things (and people).

The less you own, the less things you need to protect.

It’s not always easy to want less, but we are capable of doing it.It starts with appreciating what we already have.

While we’re thinking about what we don’t have, we’re forgetting about what we do have.
We have more than we usually realize. And we don’t need many of the things we think we need.

It’s part of human psychology to gain something and shortly thereafter start thinking about what else we can get.It’s also our nature to vehemently protect what we have (even blessings that come our way unexpectedly, and unearned). The way to combat this is to regularly be thankful for what you have.

Minimalism is not about depriving yourself of comfort. It’s not about having a poverty mindset. It’s about removing distractions from your life. Having fewer wants can greatly uncomplicate your life.

It doesn’t mean we can’t be wealthy (if we have everything we need, we are wealthy).
It’s about not pursuing wealth as a way of fulfilling yourself spiritually. It’s about not allowing what you own to own you. It’s about not allowing your possessions to blind you from the things that are most important in life.

We all want to be comfortable and not have to worry about money. There’s nothing wrong with that. I wish we could all have that. Maybe one day everyone will. But don’t think that the more you have, the happier you’ll be. This is true only to an extent.

Part of having more, is wanting less. Being content with less, is itself an increase.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beatitudes For Leaders

Blessed is the leader who knows discouragement, who presents no alibi.

Blessed is the leader who knows where he is going, why he is going and how to go there.

Blessed is the leader who leads for the good of the most concerned, and not for the personal gratification of his own ideas.

Blessed is the leader who develops leaders while leading.
Blessed is the leader who has his head in the clouds but his feet on the ground.

Blessed is the leader who considers criticism and opposition as a call to improvement and a challenge to prove his worth.
Blessed is the leader who considers leadership an opportunity for service.

Blessed is the leader who in spite of being honest and sincere, experiences hardship, misunderstanding, personal risk and sometimes personal loss. In the long run, he will find that the trouble he takes is small compared to the sense of personal fulfilment and achievement for the good of all.

Admire To Be A Leader Of Such A Character. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

To Stretch Your Faith, Tame Your Fear!

If you’re going to make a fresh start with faith in your life, you must face your fears. Fear has an incredible ability to paralyze our potential, to keep us from launching out, to keep us from having faith in our lives.

 Giving into our fear makes us skeptical. We become afraid of trying anything new when we’re afraid.

 Remember the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10 in the Bible? He faced a fear that most of us face: the fear of rejection and disapproval.

 He was blind and in need of healing. Jesus was walking by, but Bartimaeus knew that to shout out at Jesus in that crowd wasn’t the culturally acceptable thing to do. He knew that people would look down on him for it, but he was desperate.

And he knew that Jesus Christ was the only one that could help him.

 Bartimaeus shouted. And sure enough, people in the crowd criticized him for it. When he shouted out to Jesus, the Bible says in Mark 10:48, “Many scolded him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’” (NET).

 When he shouted out, everyone around said things to him like, Don’t do that. Be quiet. Quiet down. Don’t make a scene. Surely Jesus Christ isn’t interested in you. He’s got more important things to do.

 The Devil whispers things like that to a lot of us. And those kinds of thoughts often keep us from having faith. When you see before you the opportunity to change, to be healed, to take another step forward in your spiritual journey, all kinds of shouts from inside and outside of you tell you not to rock the boat.

 But here’s an important question: Whose disapproval do you fear the most? Whoever that is, that person is your god. That person can keep you from having faith or invite you to have faith. Peer pressure isn’t just for kids.

 It’s possible that as you read this, God is asking you to do something greater than you’ve ever done before. He’s asking you to depend on him in a way you never have before. Of course it’s a little scary.

 Here’s my encouragement: Tame your fear and move out in faith!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Confronted with the Cross, Jesus Trusted the Father with His Life.

During the time leading up to Christ’s death on the cross, His human side showed up big time. He felt the weight of the burden He had come to bear. How would you like to know the exact day you were going to die and the barbaric way it was going to occur? “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death,” He told His disciples (Matthew 26:38).
We often talk about the deity of Christ. It’s what makes Him one with God. It’s what separates Him from every other person that has been born of a woman. But during His sufferings leading to His death, Jesus ministered as a human servant. Emotionally, the assignment was overwhelming. He prayed three times requesting that the bitter cup He was about to drink would pass from Him, if it were possible.
Though omniscient, prior to the cross, Jesus did not know death first hand. He did not know what it was to be separated from His Father. He had live every day, abiding in the Father’s love. But now the One who knew no sin would become a sin offering for us. As such, He became separated from the Father. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He cried on the cross (Matthew 27:46).
How could the Lord endure this ordeal? Where could He find an anchor for His soul amidst the utter darkness of those hours leading to His death on the cross? It was but in the arms of the Father that He could find such a place: “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
Because Jesus trusted the Father with His life, He could see beyond the agony of the cross. “After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee,” He said to His disciples (Matthew 26:32).
In the arms of God, His life was in good hands. Jesus is our example. Like Him, we must entrust our lives into the hands of the Father. In the appointed time, He will raise us from the grave.
So it was on that first Easter (or Resurrection Day, or whatever). When Jesus died, He laid in the grave the appointed time. He trusted the Father with His life. On that historic and victorious day, God raised Jesus from the dead. Our hope is in the power of that same resurrection. Our life is in the loving care of the same God.
Because Jesus lives forever, we too shall live forever. Then will be fulfilled the saying, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55).
#FrankKing

Sunday, April 2, 2017

SEEING YOURSELF THROUGH GOD'S EYES

You are beautiful, well-thought-out of God. You are not an accident! Before time began, God loved you, and when the time was right, He made you. You have always mattered to Him; but for some reason, when we go through hard times, we forget how cherished we are by our maker.

Rather than seeing the dark moments of our life as God's loving moments, we reflect on the feelings we're experiencing. But God teaches us through every moment of life, whether good or bad. He may not desire evil things to happen to you, but He sometimes allows this for your growth or to test your sincerity. There are a few times, however, when God does bring difficulties on us to rebuke us for the sake of repentance. This is not God's wrath but, rather, His loving hand gently breaking us. Like a master sculptor, He uses the hard moments of life to chip away the unnecessary pieces of our hearts. But His finished work is beautiful.

In everything He does, God loves you, if you reflect on His love for you rather than on your disdain for something about yourself or someone else, it will edify your heart to speak words that bring healing. Everything God says is spoken in love. There isn't a single word of His that isn't founded on love in one way or another. Even in condemning the evil at judgement, His words are yet spoken in love-love for justice and love for you the person He is setting free from the surrounding evil.

When your struggling with faith or with self-condemnation, you need to remember how the Lord sees you. Satan enjoys tearing us down, nagging us in our thoughts with our failures and things we can't stand about ourselves or others. But if we ignore his destructive words and focus on the Lord and His love for us, God's joy overtakes us instead. Every word begins with the heart. If we allow the love of God to change and shape our heart, our words will follow.

If you are struggling financially, will He let you suffer in need forever? While it may seem like forever, if you are patient with God, He will provide for you in His own timing. But whether you wait patiently or not, He will save you. He Has appointed a day on which your trial will be over.

If you are looking at yourself with a negative self-image, you need to stop being so critical and focus on the Spirit of God. When we look at our own issues, it causes us to reflect on self rather on than the Lord. The only way to experience His Joy is through focusing on Him, then darkness can establish a foothold in our hearts and minds.

If you have the ability to change what you don't like about yourself, then lay it before the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to keep you accountable, that you can continue in confidence. If you ask God for change, He will give it to you. But no matter where you're at in life, and no matter who you are, what you have done, or what you look like, God loves you. He cherishes you, and the only thing He wants to change in you is your heart. So focus on the plan He Has for you. Embrace His purpose, and you will discover how much you are really worth.

God once described that, "No one can take you from Him. You are His child. You are His son and His baby. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His love for you shall never pass away!" This is how God feels about you. You are so precious to Him! You are His beautiful baby. He loves you so much, and nothing will separate you from His love.

While you may see your failings, your shortcomings, and your sin, God sees you as beautiful and altogether precious. He will heal you and cleanse you of all these things. But the real question is : Will you let Him?

Run away from your past and straight into the arms of Jesus. Let it go, and embrace God instead. Then let your words reflect a heart that's wholly sold out to God. If you constantly reflect on God and His love for you, how might that change what you do and what you say? If you reflect on what you hate in yourself, it will damage your heart, and your words will show it.
For Jesus Said,

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45

I  you have a damaged heart, it will be evident through your mouth. So draw near to God, that Jesus can heal your heart. Whether your heart is broken or not, you must grow in Christ, drawing near to God always. Especially, let your heart be conformed to His so you may speak the words of Love and life that Jesus would speak.

Grow in every facet of life. Study your Bible diligently, that the word of God may be on your lips continually. If you want power in your words, then let your mouth speak the word of God and the words of the Spirit. The only way to have the word of God on your tongue is to study it. And the only way to have the words of the Spirit is to listen intently to His voice. As it is written,

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him." Colossians 3:16-17

Before you say anything about yourself or someone else, consider how God views each of us. Become the living example of His love and let your words reflect it.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

THE BIBLE

This Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.
Here Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand object, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.
It is a mine of wealth, a Paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.
It is given you in life, will be opened in the judgment, and will be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

THE KINGDOM MYSTERY

The Kingdom Of God  
Read Matthew 13:10-17
This passage follows the very first parable spoken by Jesus, “The Seed and the Sower,” or “The Parable of the Soils.” The last words Jesus spoke in the parable is, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:9) 
After hearing the parable the disciples were surprised that Jesus used this particular teaching method.A parable was usually a short simple story that placed one thing beside something else for the sake of comparison. Therefore, figurative sayings, similes, and metaphors were all considered parables. 
In his book, “Interpreting The Parables,” A. M. Hunter defined a parable as “a comparison drawn from nature or daily life and designed to illuminate some spiritual truth.”
 After Jesus had told this parable, He answered the disciples question as to why He was teaching in this particular manner or way, and in so doing relates a misunderstanding about the Kingdom of God that many people have.
People today think of Christianity and our teaching of the Scriptures and using biblical terminology as ancient and outmoded seeing how we’re living in the 21st century with all of its scientific advantages and philosophies, as compared to those who lived in the 1st century and their unsophisticated world. 
Further they have a problem with miracles and the supernatural because science hasn’t been able to explain the power of faith and belief. Their point is that as long as we continue to give the gospel message with all this biblical baggage, as they call it, attached, then it’s all just old religion, and it isn’t applicable for our day.
They basically say that we have to get back to the simplicity of what Jesus taught, and that we have to leave behind theology, biblical terminology, and all these outdated ideas that led to the Reformation. And what even sadder is that many within the church, and a lot of the teaching that comes from the pulpit, seem to agree with this assessment.
 They have made their messages seeker friendly, so much so that people confuse church services with motivational talks. They have also done away with words like sin, Satan, and hell, along with their doctrines. 
And the really incredible part is that the words Jesus spoke concerning parables in our text directly refute that position.
So let’s take a look at what Jesus said about the Kingdom of God. 
                          1.It’s A Mystery
 “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Matthew 13:11 NKJV
Wow, talk about being seeker unfriendly. “I speak in parables so they don’t get it,” Jesus was saying. People today say that the whole idea that Christian truth being something that is simple if we just get all these words and old fashioned ideas like Jesus’ miracles, absolute truth, and when we get out of the way that Jesus is the only way, then everything will be fine, but this is totally against what Jesus was saying.
The Apostle Paul said,
 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV) 
The New Living Translations says, “But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” 
The misunderstanding comes from a misperception that unconverted people by nature and reason can understand God’s word, follow what it says, and put it into practice.
 But Jesus said, no way. The reason He spoke in parables is because the Kingdom of God is a mystery, that is, it’s totally and completely unlike anything humanity has ever heard, or even imagined. And until they’re born again, until they’re minds are spiritually renewed and have the Holy Spirit living inside, they never will.
The word Jesus uses is “mystery.” The message concerning the Kingdom of God is neither obvious nor is it simple. This is seen in that the disciples didn’t know what He was talking about in His parable. 
Jesus actually told them of the necessity of His leaving, and that was to send the Holy Spirit who would then be their guide into God’s truth. 
It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you … when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:7, 13a)
Yet, prior to Jesus’ death, resurrection, and accession, the disciples were like all the others, they didn’t get it. When Jesus spoke of His upcoming death and resurrection, Peter basically said it should never take place. Peter didn’t understand things from God’s perspective or point of view.
 Here Peter and the rest of the disciples who had been with Him day and night for three years still didn’t get it, and they were downcast and rejected even though Jesus told them up front what was going to happen and why.
The Religious leader Nicodemus didn’t get it either, even with all his religious training. When Jesus said that to enter the Kingdom of God a person must be born again, Nicodemus didn’t understand and questioned how someone could go back into their mother’s womb. 
Jesus said, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?” (John 3:10 NKJV) Jesus went on to tell Him why, because they are only spiritually discerned, and He wasn’t.
 Paul said that this mystery is the hidden wisdom of God.
 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:7 NKJV
Paul didn’t speak just any words, but words of wisdom, but not the wisdom of man, but the wisdom of God that had been hidden in times past. 
A mystery is a truth that’s been hidden and has to be revealed in order to be understood. It’s a truth supernaturally revealed through the illumination of the Holy Spirit. In other words, our own natural abilities and understanding cannot fathom it, so it must be divinely revealed through the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us into all truth as Jesus promised. 
Another reason Jesus spoke in parables is that if He had spoken directly, had He told them exactly who He was and why He had come, they would have tried to kill and silence Him, which is just what they tried to do after He did tell them. 
          •In Nazareth Jesus spoke directly from the prophet Isaiah and told them that the Scriptures  had   been fulfilled and how a prophet is never accepted in his own country. They immediately picked up stones and tried to kill Him. 
           •And at the end of His ministry, when on trial He spoke plainly and those who heard             Him cried out for Him to be crucified.
 And so the message concerning the Kingdom of God is not something that is obvious, but it is a mystery, and needs to be divinely revealed through the Holy Spirit.
 To the churches in Revelation Jesus said, “Let those who have ears hear what the Spirit is saying.”
 Next Jesus tells us those things that are hindering our understanding. 
  2.Hindrances to Understanding the Mystery 
Most think the main hindrances to understanding the mystery of Gods’ Kingdom is terminology; that we need new and more modern terminology, and get away from all that doctrinal stuff. Others think we should leave biblical theology behind and just teach biblical morals. 
But are these really hindrances? According to Jesus, they’re not. So what is?
                         1.Pride of Intellect
 “I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” (Matthew 13:13 NKJV) 
The trouble with the Scribes and Pharisees is that they were thought to be the men who knew God. They knew the law and their interpretation of it. That’s’ why they got nothing out of Jesus’ teachings. It was a confidence in their own knowledge and in their own ability and capability.
 In Jesus’ prayer He said, 
I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” (Matthew 11:25 NKJV)
 It was the know-it-alls, the intellectuals, the religious who rejected Him, not the everyday man and woman on the street.
 Paul said,
 “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” (1 Corinthians 1:26 NKJV)
 The reason that Paul mentions this is because no one can boast in God’s presence. (1 Corinthians 1:29)
 Intellectual pride is a great obstacle to belief in the gospel message and to an understanding of the Kingdom of God.
                               2.Prejudice
 “For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” (Matthew 13:15 NKJV)
 Their hearts were hardened. It’s not that the terminology is wrong, it’s outright prejudice against the gospel, against the Bible, against God and the idea that He rules and reigns over people’s lives.
 Notice they deliberately shut their ears and eyes. They’ve dismissed the gospel of Jesus Christ without ever hearing it or reading the Bible. 
Today people dismiss the case for Christ, dismiss the gospel message without ever giving it a fair hearing, because they are prejudiced. People don’t come with an open mind, but rather they believe they are being intellectual to deny Christianity. 
                    3.A Calloused Heart 
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.” (Matthew 13:15a NIV
There is an interesting translation of this word “calloused” when John Wycliffe translated the Greek into Latin. He said that their hearts were “en fattened.” The picture is of a heart that has too much fat around it where it cannot work properly.
 In Jesus’ explanation of this first parable he likened the seed that fell among the thorns as those who heard the message but had it choked off by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.
 They are filled with everything of the world, they were enfattened, and they haven’t got a clue as to what the gospel is saying, nor they cannot listen for long, or they can only listen in short sound bites. 
     3.The Mystery is God’s Plan of Salvation
 Let’s take a look now at the second part of Matthew 13:15 
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” (Matthew 13:15b NKJV
The mystery is that God, before the foundation of the world had His salvation already planned out. The message of the Bible is God’s plan of salvation, or God’s great purpose for our redemption. The Old Testament is not so much a history of the Jews as it is the history of God bringing into purpose His great plan of salvation.
 To remedy the problem of sin, God set up the law in order to set up His Son to make a way for humanity to get back into His presence through the sacrifice Jesus would make upon the cross so our sins can be forgiven.
 And this was not just for a chosen few, but for everyone through belief in Jesus Christ. 
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 NKJV
Jesus, in our text said that the mystery that was unknown for the most part throughout the ages has been made clear in and through Him.
 “Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:16-17 NKJV)
 In essence Jesus said, “I am the mystery. I am the one who brings in the Kingdom.”
 Paul confirms this saying,
 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16 NKJV)
 The mystery of salvation is Jesus coming into this world to save, heal, and deliver us from our captivity to sin and death, and He did it in a manner that the world ridicules, He did it by dying upon the cross.
 Paul said, 
We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24 NKJV)
 On the cross Jesus made the way for humanity’s salvation to come, which is at the heart of the very first parable in how God’s kingdom is growing like a seed, and new life is produced blessing those who receive it. 
Those blessings are forgiveness, adoption, salvation, and His abiding presence just to name a few.
 One last principle given in what Jesus said about this mystery is 
            4.Mystery Becomes a Judgment 
For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Matthew 13:12 NKJV)
 The teaching concerning the mystery divides the whole of humanity into two groups, the haves and the have-nots.
 When the gospel is heard, when the mystery is revealed, it brings judgment: to those who believe, everlasting life and heaven, but to those who don’t, everlasting condemnation and hell.
 The wise and the knowledgeable that look upon the gospel with distain, what they have will be taken away, and on the Day of Judgment will find that they have nothing left but an eternity in hell. 
What value is all our scientific knowledge? Does it tell us anything about the human soul, or how to avoid sin? Does it help when things go wrong or when a loved one dies?
 And so the mystery of the Kingdom of God is that Jesus Christ came, died upon the cross, and rose from the dead on the third day, and all who believe in Him shall be saved
Living Waters​ -Fellowship-

TRIALS PURIFY OUR FAITH



Often time we look for blessings to take place in a serene comfortable place in our lives. When there are Doves above tulips all around blanketing the pasture and a ocean blue sky. How many of us know that a picture perfect scenario is not always the case? 

Let me inform you that a miracle will always take place when we trust in the LORD our God, even in the midst of trials. Better than that is the fact that God is With us in the middle of our painful circumstances.
When we think of fiery trials we should indeed recall Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, "these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste.
He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”( Daniel 3:23-25)

                             GOD IS WITH US IN THE MIDST OF TRIALS

There was a fourth seen with them in the fiery furnace, whose form, in Nebuchadnezzar’s judgment, was like the Son of God; he appeared as a divine person, a messenger from heaven, not as a servant, but as a son.
This is God sending help to His children in the midst of tumultuous circumstances. The Bible declares, 

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." (Isaiah 43:2) 

These men of tremendous faith did not waver in the promises of God even when their very lives were in jeopardy of being snuffed out. They did not toil or struggle to get out of this trial but entrusted their lives unto God to deliver them. 

Trials in our lives release us from bondage the fire burns to nothing the the ropes of distress and pain. We must remember what God has promised His beloved, "no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. 

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17) Most Christians have heard this verse several times throughout their Bible study, but the question remains, do you believe it?

                                                 SPEAK OUT IN FAITH

If someone utters a word of trouble against us we must break it in the name of Jesus. We have a tremendous power in our speech and and faith. The believers of old new what faith could do these believers, "who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight." (Hebrews 11:33-34) 

The purpose of fire is for purification and with fiery trials God burns away bondage, in essence the things that keep us bound.No one can bind what the LORD has freed, "But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap." (Malachi 3:2) 

So endure your fiery trials because your God ses your bondage and uncleanliness.He allows the fire to release the ropes and shackels from among us and purifies us setting us free from sin. The bondage will be burned but you beloved of God will not be touched, not even the smell of smoke will be detected from your attire

@Shamel Lakins 

COMFORTING OTHERS

Tragedy is a fact of life. Living on planet that is dominated by sin and rebellion ensures that tragedy, heartache, and pain will always be with us. Natural disasters and man-made disasters are all too common in our world.

 Some tragedies are seen by all and are experienced on an international or national level. Other calamities affect us in our local sphere. Still other tragic circumstances are felt on a very personal and deep level.

 How do we respond to tragedy? How are we (as Christians) to respond when loss, death, heartache, and pain strike our country, our family, our church, and our lives? Perhaps these three thoughts will help.

 In times of tragedy, the first act the Christian needs to undertake is prayer. We absolutely should pray. We ought to pray for the victims and their families. We should pray that God’s comfort and strength would be felt and realized in their lives.

 We should also proceed with caution when dealing those who have suffered a tragedy. In those times, our words can sometimes do more harm and than good. Spouting platitudes such is “it was God’s will” and “there is a purpose for everything” are not helpful when someone is grieving and in pain. In times of tragedy, people need our presence more than they need our words. We ought to be there for them, cry with them, and love them.

 Obviously, I do believe that God has a plan and that Romans 8:28 or Jeremiah 29:11 are true. I do believe that these verses teach essential and eternal principles. I’m merely suggesting that these phrases are not helpful in the time of grief because they imply that people should just “get over” their tragedy. Let’s not make the situation worse than it already is. Instead, let’s love people in and through their grief.

 Finally, we must respond with compassion to those who are suffering. We are all sinners and we all need Jesus. Let’s not withhold compassion from someone who is experiencing a tragedy because we may disagree with them. Jesus came and died for us even when we were in sin (Romans 5:8). Let us respond with the same level of compassion as our Savior.

 Following these three principles will not make things better over night. Overcoming tragedy and grief is a painful process that could take years. In the meantime, may we as God’s people commit to helping, serving, and loving those who are suffering and hurting. And as we minister, may we realize that we will need the same type of ministry when tragedy strikes our lives as well

Monday, March 27, 2017

VISION

Are You Thinking Big
Our culture cannot seem to make up its mind about the value of ambition. On the one hand, we praise those who work hard and accomplish hard goals.

On the other hand, we put individuals down for being selfish and power-hungry, and we frequently take pleasure in seeing powerful celebrities fall.

No wonder so many individuals have assorted feelings about being ambitious. On top of that, the goals they wished they cared more about might not truly be their own. In order to settle conflicts about ambition, you have to get a clearer thought of what you truly wish.

Thinking Big

Enquire of yourself what you think you ought to be accomplishing. Then enquire of yourself if that is something you truly wish to accomplish, or if you are attempting to live out somebody else's notion of what you ought to be doing. Some of the times a lack of ambition is a sign that you are protesting doing something that is not correct for you.

Think about what you'd accomplish if you could accomplish anything and didn't have to worry about cash. Write out your purpose in life in one sentence. Try out career counseling or self-help books if you are not certain what you wish to accomplish. Lack of ambition might stem from not having discovered goals that are correct for you.

Enquire of yourself if you are so frightened of failing that you would rather not even attempt to accomplish your goals. Fear of failure may be a dream killer. Becoming cognizant of your fear is the first step in addressing it.

Break down your goals into littler, more manageable chunks if you are experiencing overwhelming feelings. Take one step at a time, and give yourself payoffs for your progress. If you have given up and lost ambition because your goals looked out of the question, you might simply have to organize your work differently.

Present yourself permission to be ambitious. Ambition might have a bad reputation some of the times, however if you act ethically and set worthy goals, there is nothing wrong with working hard to accomplish them and nothing wrong with wishing to acquire credit for what you have done.

Ask yourself if you wish to live a hard-driving competitory life or if you prefer to be easygoing -- or something in-between. The more you get in touch with what you truly wish, the happier you are in all likelihood to be.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

OPPORTUNITIES

Roadblock or Chance
Once you dwell on the damaging aspects of life and equate your failings to another's successes, you are able to become depressed and discouraged. You have heard that a positive mental attitude will better your outlook; however, you might find it hard to see the silver lining once dark clouds loom. Attempt a couple of methods to retrain your thoughts.

Take A Good Look At You Live for yourself. Once you perpetually attempt to be the person other people wish you to be, you cheat yourself out of individuality and your own aspirations. Take a long hard look at what you wish out of life and design your daily routine to include at least one or two elements that cause you to get your goals closer.

Comprehend that even if you can't control outside conditions, you are able to controller your response to them. If you are currently working in a dead-end job with a boss who's degrading, make a conscious effort to tell yourself that his poor behavior may make you upset only if you let it.

Leave your work at the office, mentally that is. Once you step outside after a stressful day's work, tell yourself that you have all day tomorrow to deal with the troubles and mentally switch gears by thinking something favorable or planning your future vacation, even if it's months away.

Slow up. Once constantly pressed to finish tasks, you are able to develop a damaging mental attitude towards life. If time is a commodity, work out how you are able to schedule your chores more efficiently. Simply by getting up 15 minutes earlier every day, you will have the time to say hello to your neighbor, pet a pup or simply gaze out the window at the rain.

Learn something new day-after-day. You are able to encourage a positive mental attitude by always providing something fresh in your life. As a youngster, your curiosity led you to explore and learn. Recapture that feeling now by taking a night class, studying a fresh language, learning to garden or anything else that interests you.

Arrive at a list of the favorable aspects in your life. Include your accomplishments. If you are a humorous individual, put that on the list. If you are able to play the piano  or you know a lot about farming , include those aspects. Arrive at a long detailed list of everything that you do well or at least that is not damaging. Read the list once you require a mental boost.

Help other people. Poking out a helping hand to those in need makes you feel needed and worthwhile. Make it a habit to volunteer for charitable organizations. Assisting other people allows us to be grateful for the blessing we have and helps us maintain a favorable mental attitude.

Envision drawing in and receiving cash and wealth. For instance, you may spend several minutes every day seeing yourself receiving checks and money orders in the mail for products or services you sell.

You may also cut out photos and images of dollar bills and coins, paste them onto a piece of paper or cardboard and hang the images on your bedroom wall or above your office space at home, places where you frequently go so you see the photos and images many times a day. Hold favorable feelings or vibrations about cash. By sustaining positive vibrations, you may attract and manifest wealth and cash. "The Law of Attraction" states that like draws in like.

Consequently, if you feel favorable emotions when you consider getting cash, you may draw in more cash into your life. When you see others with cash, feel appreciation for what they have. Each time you get cash, feel great about it and those occurrences will step-up.

Write positive affirmations about wealth and cash. For instance, you may write, "I'm receiving more and more cash each day from the sale of my fresh vegetables and new fashionable clothes ." You may likewise speak favorable affirmations. Composed or spoken, positive affirmations help train your subconscious to produce and find ideas, insights and action steps you may take to get cash. As you continue to write and/or speak favorable affirmations, your subconscious will go on to work to attract the wealth you wish.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

WINNING VS LOSING

 Do You Play to Win or Lose?


Of all the fabled sports figures, golf's Tiger Woods frequently is the first who comes to your brain when you entertain the psychology of winning.

But the mentality of a winner goes far past the sporting fields of competition; instead, it extends to relationships, family, career, and money. Much of winning is a mental stake, a readiness by design, a design preplanned in your brain.

Accomplishments

The older adage that "nice guys come in last" is likely simply that--an older adage. Many experts state that being prepared is your most beneficial bet for success.

Readiness comes in a lot of different forms. An athlete gears up his body for competition by training, a pupil sets up her brain for an examination by studying and a policeman with intense training. When one's body and brain are correctly prepared, the psychological effect of turning into a winner is greatly heightened.

In order to understand how to get to be a winner, you likewise have to learn how to lose. Valuable lessons may be acquired by losing. It is significant to remember that losing isn't an indictment of your inability; instead, it ought to be viewed as a learning tool utilized to better your skills. The act of losing may be made positive by managing future emotions and analyzing pitiful performance.

Many psychologists believe it's hard, if not nearly inconceivable, to win without first founding a distinct set of goals. Your goals, all the same, have to be accomplishable and not beyond fair expectations. Formulating goals, your blueprint for success, is the first step to winning.

Simply as crucial as establishing an honest set of goals is envisioning success. If an individual can't see being a winner, he never will. At large, many individuals find it less nerve-wracking to "not lose" than to win.

Too many individuals, losing is easier than winning. Winning is a composite process that involves preparedness, training, dedication and goals, a formula that frequently is beyond the mental ability of many. Those who have the power to envision themselves as winners get simply that with preparedness and dedication.

If you've never won, winning means redefining yourself. For many, it's merely easier to remain the same individual you've always been instead of get somebody whom other people will hold in elevated regard, envy and even criticize.

 In order to get to be a winner, you have to prepare, produce goals, and acquire a vision and act. Plainly put, believing that it is simply as easy to win as to lose and abiding by a design for success will go a long way to accomplishing your winning goal, whether it be in sports, family or career or money.

Monday, March 20, 2017

DREAMING VS. DOING

 The Difference Between Dreaming and Doing



You are able to achieve any goal if you work at it and trust in yourself. Regardless what you wish to accomplish, whether it's singing with a rock group, beginning your own business or becoming wealthy, abide by these steps and you will soon be well on your way to the life you've always conceived of.

                Do You Act Or Dream


The first reason most individuals don’t get what they wish is that they don’t know what they wish. Wealthy individuals are totally clear that they want wealth. They're unwavering in their desire. They are totally dedicated to creating wealth. As long as it’s legal, ethical, and moral, they'll do whatever it takes to have wealth. Rich individuals don't send mixed messages to the universe. Poor individuals do.


 Remain positive. Acquaintances, neighbors and colleagues might tell you why you can't accomplish your goal. Simply disregard them and carry on pursuing your dream till you achieve it. Cast out thoughts of failure from your psyche as soon as they come up. There's scientific evidence that favorable thought does work, so turn over that fact if you have temporary doubts about accomplishing your goal.


Figure out a plan. Decide on a goal and then work out what you have to do to get there. It might call for taking classes, slimming down, moving to a different city or something as challenging as producing a movie. Arrange small goals, like stepping stones, to your ultimate accomplishment. Reward yourself each time you accomplish one of these mini-goals.

Write it down. Sustain a success journal or diary. Arrive at lists of what you need to achieve each day to accomplish your goal. Draw pictures or cut out magazine clippings to prompt you and remind you of your wanted results.

Envision the desired result. Think about being a successful, confident business owner or wealthy or whatsoever you wish to be. Keep your goal perpetually on the "front burner" till you achieve it.

Hang in. Some days the road to your goal will run more swimmingly than others, but never misplace faith. Step back and alter your approach if the situation merits it. Remember the saying "Rome wasn't built in a day" and don't quit, even if things appear bleak.

 Learn from other people. Talk to others who have accomplished the same goal you're going after. If you wish to be wealthy, contact other wealthy people or frequent message boards associated to that. By finding out how others achieved the same goal, you'll learn what to do and what to keep away from.

Read inspirational books and sayings. From "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" by Deepak Chopra to old favorites like "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, select from a plethora of books to keep you motivated and give you new thoughts.
#MillionaireMindset

Saturday, March 18, 2017

GOD'S MEMORY STICK'S

 GOD’S MEMORY STICK’S (Please Share)

 The Living God of Creation loves and cares deeply for His creation. In the Operations Manual He has provided us with, The Bible, there are many passages written in it that describe His great concern and love for His creation. God describes some of His minute record keeping and ‘books’.
Jesus speaking as written in (Matthew 10:28-33 “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One (the Devil), who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground    outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” (Psalm 56:8) says, “You, Lord, number and record my wanderings; You have collected all my tears in Your bottle; are they not recorded in Your book?” Or (Psalms 139:15-16), “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, (the womb). When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, (the womb), your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
 Jesus said that not even a sparrow falls to the ground, without His Father’s knowledge, and that every hair on every head is numbered, every tear is counted and put into a bottle, and He knew you at point of conception put all the number of your days in a book. Within God’s spiritual  creation there is an innumerable force of spirit beings recording every single animal, bug, bird, things in the sea’s, and every human, keeping track, recording their activities for the Living God, even every hair on every head.  The Bible mentions many of God’s ‘Books.’ (Revelations 20:11-15; The Judgement of the dead) “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Scripture indicates God keeps records of everything. Every soul and DNA established at conception, God sets up a ‘spiritual Thumb Drive or Memory Stick’ for Heaven’s record keeping Angels to record everything that soul hears, feels, see’s, touches, smells, tastes, thinks, needs, wants, desires, emotion’s, and ambitions, etc.

When a human dies, they must face the Judge of Eternity. Depending on whether or not they have placed their ‘faith’ in the Son of the Living God, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, with their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will determine which of two of ‘God’s Courts’ or ‘Judgement’s’ they will be required to stand before. The ‘Court’ or ‘Judgement’ for those who have placed their ‘faith’ in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, and whose Names are found in the Lamb’s Book of Life, is called the ‘Bema Seat’ or the ‘Judgement Seat of Christ’ which is different from the ‘Judgement of the Living God’ or ‘The Great White Throne Judgement’, (Rev. 20:7-15), for those whose names are not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The believers will have to stand before the ‘Judgement Seat of Christ’, to account for their life, their ‘Memory Stick’, which recorded all of what the believers did while on Earth, (Romans 14:10-12, 2Cor.5:10). Afterwards, each is filtered or ‘cleansed’, as though through fire, (1 Cor. 3:12-15), by God. What remains is only those works done in righteousness, and used to determine the believers rewards, based on their righteous activities after accepting Christ as their Savior. The Living God, when reviewing a believer of Christ, who has accepted Christ’s atoning death to sin, once for all, sees only His Son’s sacrifice for the believer, not the believer’s sins. The believers ‘Court’ or ‘Bema Judgement’ is more like that of the podium or dais upon which the Olympiad’s winners stand, in order to be presented their rewards. The least of these rewards is eternal life in Heaven in an incorruptible body that does not deteriorate, get sick, suffer pain, and there are no more tears or sadness. There are also crowns and many other awards, beyond our understanding.

 If one thinks there is unfairness remember, everyone is a sinner, no one is free from guilt, (ROMANS 3:22-24) “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” All have fallen short, but all are invited, all one has to do is RSVP Christ, by accepting His invitation to salvation. After all, those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life are all sinners, only they accepted Christ and are saved by His Grace.
 Anyone can RSVP Christ, just pray for His forgiveness of all their sins, ask that Christ, by faith, come into their heart, God knows their heart and is not concerned about what words are used. But here is a suggested prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen. For those whose names are not found in God’s Book of Life, they will be required to stand before the Judge of all Creation, and endure the review of their life, God’s Memory Stick, from the beginning to the end, enduring reviewing all their motivations, greed’s, arrogance’s, deceitfulness’s, disobedience’s, wickedness’s, evil desires, selfishness and selfish ambitions, pride, sexual immoralities, jealousies, rage’s, slanders, gossiping, disorder, adulteries, malice’s, deceit’s, lewdness, envy, follies, debaucheries, dissension’s, lust’s, impurities, haughtiness, hatred’s, rebellion, murder and every other sin against the Living God, as NO excuses will be allowed.

Before the ‘Memory Stick’ of the lives of those, whose names are not in the Lambs Book of Life, has been fully reviewed all shall understand why they deserve the just punishment of God that being the Second Death, in the Lake of Fire, also called Hell.
(Ephesians 6:12) “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” This speaks of Satan, the Devil, and his loyal evil spirits, those fallen angels. A Musing By Max D Cook, Milton, WA USA

Thursday, March 2, 2017

THE NOBLE WOMAN

The Noble Woman

 The Power of the Noble Woman

 Excerpts from Virtue of Virtues, a lecture by Yogi Bhajan, July 2, 1978, Khalsa Women's Training Camp (KWTC)

To be very honest with you, a woman who is not a noble woman and who does not talk through her radiance, is not a woman. The greatest decoration a woman can have is nobility. She should not only look noble, she should live nobly. Nobility is a virtue and it is a living virtue. Some people think if they know manners, can talk mannerly, and act and pretend to be noble, they are noble. No, nobility is character in a woman. A noble woman will give birth to noble environments. A noble woman will give birth to nobility in all areas of life.

 The sign of nobility is that it has a deep effect in relationship with any person one comes across. They say nobility is a virtue which affects every soul. It is a virtue which affects every soul just as innocence affects every heart. Woman has only one virtue: she is noble in the beginning and noble until her death. People do hanky-panky along the way, thus they pollute their virtue of nobility. If nobility is ever precious to a person, that person will never, ever put himself or herself down the tube for any reason, for any argument, concept, thought, or feeling whatsoever. Because nobility is like a mirror; once a crack is in it, the entire image is distorted. Noble habits, noble language, noble behavior, noble posture, and a noble way of communication are so powerfully impressive that even an enemy's heart can be melted.

 The soul is always noble. When the mind relates to the soul, the mind becomes noble. When the body relates to such a mind, the body becomes noble. Nobility is the outcome of divinity in equilibrium.

 Nobility is the foundation of every grace. Somebody once asked, "Define a noble person." The definition came and the answer was: "Noble is noble in the beginning, in the end, and remains noble through time and space, beyond and within. There is no area which is left. Nobility is a virtue; it is a fountain from which grace springs."

 Nobility is cultivated only when one consciously relates to one's spirit and flow of the soul and one feels the total divinity within. It is a manifestation of divinity. Nobility takes one away from temptation, anger, lust, greed, unvirtuous and unrighteous living. It gives one a qualifying factor to impress everybody without impressing. That is the beauty of nobility. The way one talks, walks, sees, deals, serves, and gets served is a total sum of one's living behavior. There is a tremendous flow of spirit in a noble person. A noble person is a very powerful individual.

 Everyone must remember that there are certain characteristics of a noble person, a noble woman. A noble person is noble through all time and space. A noble person is constant and consistent whatever the time and space. Some people behave differently with rich relatives as compared to poor relatives. That is not nobility. Nobility teaches one equality before God. So under any circumstances, one can find a noble person through their constant behavior which is absolute in equilibrium through all pressures and all shortcomings. That is one great sign. Constant continuity of equilibrium of any kind of behavior is the first sign of a noble person. A noble person is one who will not barter, who is not even tempted to barter, the values of character for benefit. Noble people are those who will not forget the presence of God within a person. And most importantly a noble person is a dedicated person, like the Infinity of God. God is Infinity. There is no shortcut, and people who try to shortcut will always end up adopting ignoble ways and means. It requires an infinite endurance to live within the range and the circumstances of one's nobility.

 Student question: What can a woman do to protect her nobility during social and political changes?

 Reply: In social and political changes, a woman must understand that whenever a woman becomes power hungry she becomes a monster. The Chinese dragon is a monster. It is a very beautiful view of such women who instead of flowing with the flow of noble tradition, become possessive monsters. I have seen in practical life, a noble mother becoming a possessive monster and ruining the future of her children because of her social, psychological, and personal handicaps. There is nothing more noble than the relationship of the mother, but in that same relationship, she becomes a destructive monster when she becomes possessive. A mother becomes possessive because of her social, economical, and personal handicaps.

Nobility has many, many facets and many, many virtues. It can be done in many, many ways. But nobility need not be ordained by the king touching a two-edged sword to your shoulder. All those rituals and things were ceremonial. Basically, nobility is the living character of dignity and divinity in a person. Nobility walks in one as dignity and divinity. We have to be noble because the time is going to test us. Times are going to be very negative. Therefore, it is my humble request and prayer that we must not let go of our devotional nobility of character, behavior, and personality and revert to our basic personality.

 Student question: You said that nobility is like a mirror; when it is cracked it distorts the image. If one appears ignoble in front of a person, will one's nobility be distorted forever in the eyes of that person?

 Reply: It may get healed but there shall be a scar. Nobility is like a trust; once it is broken, one has to rebuild it. It is like a credit report, therefore it is not very fair to discredit yourself.

 Student question: What if our parents are not noble?

Reply: Forgive them.

 Student question: Our forgiving is our way to be noble?

 Reply: Yes. If one won't forgive the parents, one is not going to act nobly, because then one acts in vengeance.

 Student question: What is an example of how to react in a noble way when people ridicule and slander you?

 Reply: Have you not seen me acting? I am the most slandered person in the United States of America. The noble way to act towards a slanderer is to ignore him. It is the greatest punishment one can award to anybody.

 Student question: If someone is walking down the street and someone yells out a name, does that mean one shouldn't react at all?

Reply: Do you know how bad you feel if someone doesn't even look at you? You should not lose your merits in contrast to someone's demerits.

 Student question: How do we handle it when our personal friends resent it when we act nobly?

Reply: When a dog is on a chain, and the master walks with him in the street, all the stray dogs start barking. The only lesson we can learn from that is to keep going. Ignoble people will act very aggressively toward noble people, because they want to test whether they are really noble or are phony. The insecure person will always try to make a secure person insecure to test his security. That is the law.

 Student question: Is there a difference between being noble and being true?

 Reply: Truthfulness has three virtues: individual truth, circumstantial truth, and Infinite Truth. Nobility has only one virtue; it is true now, it is true ever, and ever it shall be true.

A WOMAN OF NOBLE CHARACTER

"Who may make discovery of a woman of virtue? For her price is much higher than jewels. The heart of her husband has faith in her, and he will have profit in full measure. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

 She gets wool and linen, working at the business of her hands. She is like the trading-ships, getting food from far away. She gets up while it is still night, and gives meat to her family, and their food to her servant-girls. After looking at a field with care, she gets it for a price, planting a vine-garden with the profit of her work. She puts a band of strength round her, and makes her arms strong. She sees that her marketing is of profit to her: her light does not go out by night.

 She puts her hands to the cloth-working rod, and her fingers take the wheel. Her hands are stretched out to the poor; yes, she is open-handed to those who are in need. She has no fear of the snow for her family, for all those in her house are clothed in red. She makes for herself cushions of needlework; her clothing is fair linen and purple. 

Her husband is a man of note in the public place, when he takes his seat among the responsible men of the land. She makes linen robes and gets a price for them, and traders take her cloth bands for a price. Strength and self-respect are her clothing; she is facing the future with a smile. Her mouth is open to give out wisdom, and the law of mercy is on her tongue. She gives attention to the ways of her family, she does not take her food without working for it.

 Her children get up and give her honour, and her husband gives her praise, saying, Unnumbered women have done well, but you are better than all of them. Fair looks are a deceit, and a beautiful form is of no value; but a woman who has the fear of the Lord is to be praised. Give her credit for what her hands have made: let her be praised by her works in the public"
Women are the foundation of the family. The society has to acknowledge that women are the most important people in the community by honouring them and appreciating them for what they do or contribute to the society.
 
LET US RESPECT OUR MOTHERS.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

THE SECRET OF DWELLING IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD

"Happy is he whose resting-place is in the secret of the Lord, and under the shade of the wings of the Most High; Who says of the Lord, He is my safe place and my tower of strength: he is my God, in whom is my hope.

 He will take you out of the bird-net, and keep you safe from wasting disease. You will be covered by his feathers; under his wings you will be safe: his good faith will be your salvation. You will have no fear of the evil things of the night, or of the arrow in flight by day, Or of the disease which takes men in the dark, or of the destruction which makes waste when the sun is high.

You will see a thousand falling by your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you. Only with your eyes will you see the reward of the evil-doers. Because you have said, I am in the hands of the Lord, the Most High is my safe resting-place; No evil will come on you, and no disease will come near your tent. For he will give you into the care of his angels to keep you wherever you go.

In their hands they will keep you up, so that your foot may not be crushed against a stone. You will put your foot on the lion and the snake; the young lion and the great snake will be crushed under your feet. Because he has given me his love, I will take him out of danger: I will put him in a place of honour, because he has kept my name in his heart.

When his cry comes up to me, I will give him an answer: I will be with him in trouble; I will make him free from danger and give him honour. With long life will he be rewarded; and I will let him see my salvation.

There is power when you understand the power that is under the almighty God. My prayers is that we all come to a place of abiding under the shadow of him who has called us to be among the chosen one. A day in God's presence is more than anything you can imagine of. I rather spend my time in the presence of God in a day rather than to spend a whole day in a house of ungodly.

Being wise will open doors for you

"“And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.

This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”
The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”


Joseph in Charge of Egypt

So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.

Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.

Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” The second son he named Ephraim and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”

The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”

When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe"

Friday, February 24, 2017

LEND YOUR ENEMY A HAND

If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him. - Exodus 23:5

Showing your enemy love by lending a helping hand wasn't first introduced in the new Testament as many think. God introduced the concept of helping our enemy as a law from the beginning in Exodus 23.

 God made it a law that required that a person who saw his enemy's animal fallen down because of a heavy load, should stop and offer a helping hand.

Can you imagine seeing your enemy stranded on the side of a highway with a flat tire? What would you do? Would you stop and offer help or drive past without a second thought?
 I know several of us would say, "Oh well, that's their problem." But that is not the way to show the perfect love of God. If we are people after God's own heart, our first desire should be to please Him with our actions.

 It pleases God when we represent Him in a way that draws others to the kingdom. Let us find a way to lend our enemy a hand. It doesn't have to be anything complicated.

 It could be something as simple as opening the door for them when their hands are full. You could help them with a project that they are having trouble completing. Keep your eyes open for small but loving ways to lend a helping hand.

  It is important for us to not only sing about helping others but actually doing something about it. - Mark Lee

Thursday, February 23, 2017

BE PRAYERFUL

But I tell you who hear me; love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. - Luke 6:27-28

Dear good and lovely friends, don't use your words to curse your enemies. instead, go to God in prayer petitioning for deliverance.

Go to God for guidance about what should be done. Trust God and pray that His justice prevails. Prayer is a such a powerful way to express love for your enemy. As Jesus suffered on the cross He prayed, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34).

 What an amazing and powerful display of love for Him to pray for people who had just physically assaulted Him and spit in His face! Hebrews 12:1 tells us that Jesus endured the shame of the cross because of the joy that awaited Him. No matter what your enemy has done, always remember that loving them ultimately brings you a joyous reward from the Father.

 SAMPLE PRAYER: Father I thank you for being a God of justice and peace. Lord I have been wronged and I don't know how to handle the situation. Please guide me and help me to walk in forgiveness toward them. Heal the resentment and anger in my heart. In Jesus name. Amen Remember, resist the natural urge to gossip and speak negative words of anger about your enemy. Instead choose to speak to God in Prayer.

  A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. - Baltasar Gracian

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SEARCH FOR THE GOOD

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy...- Philippians 2:1

As the saying goes on, "If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it,you surely will." Is it hard to look for good in the bad? Yes. But there is always a great reward. It is worth the effort.

 If you have the spiritual maturity and the emotional fortitude, you can search for the good in your enemy. Seek the good and you will find the good. While on earth, Christ experienced hurt and pain from those who made themselves His enemies. But still He chose to love them. The entire time He walked with Judas, He knew that Judas would betray Him. But there is no any indication in scripture that He treated Judas badly. When we seek to have the attitude of Christ toward others we demonstrate Jesus' example of compassion to others. It is a choice to seek the good in others. A choice that is challenging and unpopular. But we aren't called to be popular. We are called to effect change.

 Our behavior towards others should bring out the best in others. Matthew 5:13 asks the question, "but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?" We are the salt of the earth, intended to improve the tastes of life. Our attitudes should never leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth no matter how much they hurt us. David demonstrates how to love our enemy by seeking good in 2 Samuel 1:17-27. Even though Saul made David's life miserable and even tried to kill him, David chose not to speak evil of Saul. Instead, David used his musical talent to write and perform a beautiful song for Saul's funeral. David chose to see the good in Saul. He choose to see Saul through the eyes of God. We are all His children, Created by Him. And if God created your enemy, surely there is something good in them. It may be buried under years of hurt and pain, but it is there waiting to be awakened or at least nudged by your Christ-Like attitude toward them.

 <i>The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers. - Unknown

BE RESPECTFUL

Look,this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the lord's anointed.'-1 Samuel 24:10

 Very often we run across people in positions of authority whose personalities clash with our own. So much so that we may consider them an adversary.David had an opportunity to kill Saul for everything that he had done to him, including seeking to kill him. But David chose to recognize that Saul was God's anointed and not harm him. David respected Saul as a chosen man of God.

 When we cross paths with people in positions of authority whose ideas and values clash with our own, it can be difficult to see them as anything other than the enemy. When this happens feelings get hurt resulting in bad blood between the authority figure and subordinate. This is just a bad situation all the way around. The person in authority can really make the work environment difficult.

 Sometimes we have come across authority figures who purposely pit themselves against their subordinates out of arrogance when they should see them as team members and treat them respectfully. No one wins. Leaders should never be rude, condescending, and abusive. If you are in a situation where the "enemy" is a person of authority, I urge you to do what David did. Try to view them as God's creation whom He loves. Pray for strength and compassion.

 Remember your promotion comes from God, not your boss. The person in authority may have control over certain aspects of your position, but God has the ultimate authority- over them and your situation as a whole. The control they think they have is fleeting because it is not rooting in love. Respect their position and pray for them, then, because of your obedience, expect your promotion, breakthrough, or blessing to come from God.

 When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.- Jim Morrison

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

HAVING THE KINGDOM MINDSET

So the Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just. That God gives the wicked the work of gathering and laying up wealth for the sons of righteousness. Those are some powerful passages of scripture and I believe them.

There are those who may think that God will just snatch wealth from some guys and give to you like Mugabe taking the land from the White settlers in Zimbabwe. That is not the case.

 What he does instead, is present you with entrepreneurship opportunities, gives you wisdom, ideas and key strategies that then allow you, through business deals, to take the wealth from the world. Deuteronomy 8:18 "Remember the Lord your God, for it is he that gives you power to get wealth" Some think that the wealth is so you can just have a ball, live in a big house and buy some designer clothes. As much as God wants you to do that, I believe the main reason for the transfer of wealth is that you can finance the kingdom.

Finance missions, crusades, children homes, poverty reduction projects, create jobs and assist in society as needed and directed by the Spirit of God. The Gold is for the building of the Tabernacle. Living large and flossing are fringe benefits of being the keeper of the purse (and make no mistake that is what you are). We are always advised to learn saving with what we have. If you make Ksh. 1000 save Ksh. 10 and as your money increases you will have formed a habit of saving.

 As a Kingdom financier, you need to start where you are with what you have. Pick a project to support and support it faithfully. Tithe to the Kingdom faithfully as well. Now, whereas the Tithe is mandatory, Giving is free will, so you need to set the amount you want to give according to what you have but remember also that with the same measure you meet it shall be given unto you.

 I have discovered lately that there seems to be a direct correlation between my giving and my receiving business ideas from God. Interestingly enough, the ideas I get seem to then be supported by the many non governmental organizations that even offers financing for the same. You are a candidate for change in your society, in your organization and even in your church ministry. Rise up and start doing what God has commanded you to do.