Taking Defensive Action

Chatter is a term used often in shows about espionage. That term is used to describe the information received from eavesdrop on communications from suspected terrorists. They use the information from the ‘chatter’ to plan defensive action. Well, we are privy to lots of chatter too and we don’t have to eavesdrop to get it. The world; the enemy; our haters (naysayers); and even our own minds can be the means to our sabotage.

Chatter in the world carries false messages for us. False messages like:
– We are not worthy because of our ethnicity – FALSE
– We are not worthy because of our past failures – FALSE
– we are not worthy because of our lack of education – FALSE
– we are not worthy because we’re not married – FALSE
– we are not worthy because our womb does not produce children – FALSE
– we are not worthy because our personality makes people uncomfortable – FALSE
– we are not worthy because we’ve been divorced – FALSE
– we are not worthy because we’ve had an abortion – FALSE

When the world says that all of these messages determine whether we are worthy .. they all are RUBBISH!! Trash!!! Waste!! Debris!! Lies!! Don’t let these statements guide your mind and heart in understanding who you are in Him.

I am so glad today that I know that the chatter I hear in the world is not my truth! Neither is it your truth!

As a believer in Christ – we need to learn to take this chatter and take defensive action against these terrorists that are threatening our abundant life in Christ.

The Word of God tells us that we should tear down twisted philosophies and take wayward thoughts and emotions captive and bring them in line with what His truth is. That means we have to believe Him and that we have to believe that His word is our truth – our only truth. We have to remember and speak to ourselves the truth.

As a Christ follower I am worthy (worth it) because He has taken up residence in me and has called me; and when he called me He put me in right relationship with Him; and when He put me in right relationship with Him, He committed to complete all that He started in me for my good and for His glory. I am far from perfect, but my imperfections do not disqualify me from living the abundant life that He has laid out for me.

I will be an asset in this world and not a liability because God has made it so. Chatter — sometimes you have to shut it down! Don’t let your circumstances, your friends, the naysayers, the haters – keep you from living holy; from living free; from living in joy. You are an overcomer – not in your own power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in you. When I was living in Ghana I loved to hear them say “Let Them Say” – which means their words have no power over me so they can talk all they want.

I encourage you today to believe that He has counted you worthy of His calling and worthy of the sacrifice He made for you at Calvary. I encourage you to have the faith to shut the chatter down in whatever form it may come. Let them say!YOU — JUST BELIEVE!

Who belongs?

When we proclaim God’s truth concerning salvation, it should be with the hope that people will be drawn in – desiring to know this truth. It is not for us to decide who hears – only that we proclaim.

Our attitude toward the lost, those who do not believe in Jesus, must be that we want them to know that God loves them and thus we too must love them. Tattoos, short skirts, sordid pasts, etc. should never keep us from sharing the truth! The Truth that is meant for the world!

Instead of rejoicing at the desire of the lost to hear truth – the book of Acts shows us that the Jews, during those times, despised sharing what they perceived as ‘their truth’ with anyone outside of their own people. Well, in present day – we fit the definition of God’s people if we are believers in Christ. We need to be careful not to have the same heart as that!How much are we doing to ensure that this truth is recognized by us as His truth and not our own. How much are we doing to ensure that we understand that all who believe, belong with us! Now – there is no such thing as our own people, there are only people who belong to Our God. We are his people – and the sheep of His pasture! Children of God! Servants of God!

We better make sure that we see that all who believe … belong!

Father, help us not to be selfish with our truth and our faith. Place in us a desire that all men should know and honor You!

Earnestly Seeking – Sincerely Following

Amaziah became king at 25 years of age and the scripture says that “He did right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart”.  Amaziah was given victory after victory and then was deceived in his own mind and began to follow after other gods – forsaking the Lord. When Amaziah turned away from the Lord — no more victory — his own people sought after and then took his life.  Read the whole story yourself – 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Kings 13, 14)

This story can help us today.  We learn from Amaziah that when we follow God, but not with our whole heart – we will not only deceive ourselves, but we will be deceived and it will lead to our ruin.

It is easy to point out a person who is wicked when the wickedness plays out as murder, lying, adultery, etc.  But there are people who seem to follow after God who are also wicked.  There are those who do the things that look godly because they know how to look godly, but whose hearts are not at all for God.  I think we call them – Religious People.  I can’t speak for you — but I do not want to be one of these people.  

When I go to church; study the Word of God; help people; pray, etc. – I want to be doing it because my heart earnestly seeks Him and thirsts for Him.  If not, I am deceiving myself and others – and in the end our destruction will come swiftly.  Amaziah followed the ways of God but not wholeheartedly and became victim to unwise counsel, and was ultimately found to have turned away from God completely before he was killed.  We might not be killed, but there are things that are worse than (or as bad as) death!  To avoid ruin – it is important that we not just mimic the ways to God but that we seek to follow after His ways with our whole hearts.  This means that we do what we do for the Kingdom because of our sincere devotion to the King of Kings and out of a heart of gratitude for all that He has done and Is doing for us.

Father, Help us to love you with our whole hearts!  Teach us what it means to desire to serve you and to love You sincerely.  May our hearts shy away from seeking our own desires over Your perfect will and may we be found to be true seekers and true worshipers for all of our days.  Amen

30 years!

I went to the hospital on September 30th in the the evening. Labor was light, I was 2 weeks overdue and the baby’s head was upright, so they said C-Section. My nurse, however, was from an island in the Caribbean. She asked me to trust her and she rubbed my stomach in a relaxing way and that baby turned over with the head down. At about 7am on October the labor started and at 10:28 am today, October 1st 1990, I gave birth for the first time. A strong baby boy with truly loving eyes and with a heart that loved to be loved.

There was much difficulty going on in my life at that time – but when God opened this door, everything came to a God only focus. I mean TRULY! My desires turned completely to God, so that’s all this baby boy was taught. I’m grateful to God for my boy – grateful for the the blessing that he has been to this mama’s heart and life; grateful to see him face difficulty with a hand that pulled God’s fist forward instead of His own; grateful to see him await the bride God ordained; grateful for his strong desire and gifting to help people find their life purpose to God’s glory.

I share this often – Joseph signs his notes ‘ Live In Love” and for Joe, this is the reality of how he lives – not just a signature. It’s a signature that all children of Christ just ought to follow.

Joseph’s love for God’s children is to help everyone of them to see God’s purpose and plans for their lives. It is the amazing gift God has given to him, and he is skilled at it. His ministry, XPose, leads Christ followers to stages of greater confidence in hearing and obeying God’s call on their lives. He doesn’t see it as a job, He sees it as a way to reflect the love of Christ every where he goes!! Isn’t that great!!! I’m a grateful mama!! (if you need help or want to know more – Joseph@xpose.xyz or https://www.facebook.com/xpose.xyz. Don’t waste time though! The 50% Off Mirror Session deal expires 12/31/2020)

Look at my baby and my brand new daughter, Courtney! Isn’t that just beautiful!!

When I look at my own wedding ring, I see many facets – sometimes it glistens bright white; at another angle it is a colorful prism; sometimes it looks like clear glass. My point is – no matter how I look at it or how it looks to me – it looks beautiful. Love too – in all of its facets is a beautiful thing. So then, why don’t we just try to take every experience of this day and respond to it in love.  As for me I have to ask myself daily: Can I be love in every situation? Honestly – I don’t know! But I can certainly try.

My prayer today is that each person that I have contact with on this day (whether in person or electronically) will know that they are loved! My prayer is for a world where every Christ follower acts in love in EVERY situation. Loving the ones who love us. Loving those who are not so loving but are yet dear to us (you know, those crazy family members you don’t really like!). Loving those who mean us harm; those who commit wrongs against us intentionally; those who purpose to bring to ruin the plans that God has for us. I’m talking about going beyond forgiveness and showing them love.

Happy Birthday Jody Beau!  

Thank you for being an amazing image of God’s love every single day! Oh how blessed this mama is! Oh how grateful this mama is! So very grateful that you know God and you love His people. Happy Birthday!!

And YES!! I’ll cook you whatever you ask for!!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8