Scripture tells all Christians to be hospitable – but for those of us in the service of the truth, it is a crucial matter! When we are kind, hospitable, accommodating to others who also adhere to the truth of Christ, bonds are formed that help the truth move forward. It is necessary, then, that we know why people are engaged in the work they are involved in — and it is right that we verify that they are teaching the truth — that Christ is Son of God & Savior! These partnerships will help all of us to stand firm and be encouraged when so many are following evil ways.
As for me, I am praying to the Father … asking Him to teach us to listen and give us hearts that can discern the truth. Asking Him to help us to show kindness to others who are in service to the truth – to the end that we might come together for the furtherance of the truth. Asking Him to help us to understand the power of Kingdom partnership & prepare us to welcome His servants and to receive partnerships that He may send our way!
Kindnesses shown to co-laborers of the gospel are necessary … so that partnerships that build the Kingdom of God might be strengthened.
It’s a New Year! I want to keep running to the finish line. The only life prize that matters is the one that has been promised by God, through Jesus Christ … eternal life with him. I’m not there yet, God knows I’m not!!! But I’m committing to leaving the junk and mistakes of 2020 back there … and moving on in 2021, allowing His Spirit to guide and direct me, and doing every single thing for the sake of His glory.
No! I’m not yet all that God wants me to be … but I’m pushing hard to let Him change me, mold me AND make me all that He’s called me to be. It’s what my Savior wants from me. It is why He made me His own!!! (Philippians 3: 12 – 15) So … for 2021, I want to keep moving after some things and add new things that’ll help me be what He wants me to be.
So here’s my 21 for 2021:
Focus on the problem solver, not the problem (preach Reginald!)
Believe I can do things, because He told me to do them
Love, even when the love is not returned
Forgive, even if it happens again
Repent and repent again
Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit each and every day
Extend mercy to people, just as I beg for mercy from Him
Grace, I’ll give it to others just as He gives it to me
Share my joy
Pour in to relationships that I’ve neglected
Be a respecting baby sister – listening to and being taught by my older sisters, who are amazingly God filled women
Listen and learn from the Word of God
Love and pour truth into my children and grandchildren
Truly take care of my physical body
Lead well in every role God has placed me in
Serve well in every place God has sent me
Love, obey, adore, serve, encourage, care for, invest in … my wonderful gift of a husband
Serve, obey, glorify, uplift, reflect, praise, submit to, listen to, talk to … my God, my Savior, my King, my Father, my All In All
Yield and Submit fully to The Almighty God!! Living fully for His will, His glory, His purpose … for the sake of His Kingdom!
Happy New Year, friends and family!!!
Let’s take the next step in wonderful new ways for the sake of His glory!!
For His glory … let us ALL be willing to do anything!!!
Bob Carlisle wrote a song back in 1996 that was made popular by Donnie McClurkin, “We Fall Down”. The song talks about a person discovering the grace of God in His failures – realizing even people of God made mistakes and the grace of God covered them and gave them a new start. We all have different testimonies – but all of us have made our share of mistakes – we have all said and done things that we later regretted and as we take a backwards look at our lives, we know it was the grace of God that kept us. As for me – I am amazed at how the Lord has kept me in spite of me! My testimony is that I faltered, but because of His grace – it was never fatal!
God does not delight in our mistakes but He delights in our desire to obey Him. Even when we falter, He sees our hearts and knows whether we are truly seeking His will or seeking to satisfy ourselves. Think about it with this statement – powerful in every way ….
WHEN you desire to obey Him
When YOU desire to obey Him
When you DESIRE to obey Him
When you desire to OBEY Him;
He will honor your obedience with His presence and power in your life!
Sometimes we step out in front of God; moving before we get his direction about something that seems urgent. What does stepping out in front of God look like? It looks like: getting something off our chests when we should’ve keep quiet; taking out a payday loan when we need to manage the funds we have; buying that sale item when we don’t really need to be spending; eating that last piece of pie when we know we don’t need it; getting into a relationship that we know is ungodly; compromising our morals because it seems like an easier way; etc. When we move outside of His will, we are failing to exercise our right to rely on The One who will always guide us to the best action and decision for our lives. When we fail to follow His lead – we will miss out of His best for us.
The great thing about being a Christ follower is that because we are His chosen ones – we have access to His grace. Because we have access to His grace — we always have access to a course correction. We might have to go back to the drawing board — but He will be there waiting to redirect us – to get us headed in the right direction. He knew we were going to muddle things; He knew we couldn’t keep His commandments without His intervention; He knew that we would botch even His simplest commands — so, in His great love, He sent us a Savior! He gave us unlimited access to His grace! When we mess up He has a giant eraser AND a beautiful paint canvas! How awesome is that?!
Here’s the deal — we all make mistakes; but He, in His infinite kindness towards us, will always be willing to give us a do over. We can rest assured that as we trust in Him and seek to obey Him (seek to OBEY Him!); He will honor us with His direction and His presence in our situation. Take a step back from your situation; your temptation; your stressor — He will gladly guide you in the right way allowing you to start over because it gives Him great joy to bless your life when you are leaning on His understanding and not your own.
Our mistakes do not have to be fatal errors — we really can start over! CTRL/ALT/DEL — reboot — start again.
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. (Psalms 37:23)
Working in the world of global missions\international ministry/missionary service – whatever you’d like to call it 🙂 is a grand privilege. We work in the power of God to present the world with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Our boss is the most powerful boss on the planet; the most virtuous; the most fair; the most loving boss in the entire world. He is loving; He wants all of us to succeed; He has equipped and called us in specific ways! He created the world and He has accomplished more than we will ever accomplish AND He will bring to pass more than we can ever hope to do in our own power! Perfect — He is absolutely perfect!
But there is, as always with humans, a little bit of a catch. We love to give honor; adoration; credit; distinction to others who have been in the same line of work – as if something that they’ve done is beyond us. It’s normal – its what we do; its what I do! We name things after those who went to the mission field 100s of years ago; we compare one another to those who have laid their lives down for the gospel and gone on to glory; we remind ourselves of what our predecessors have done. Normal ….
The truth of the matter is there was but ONE who counts as the initial missionary – He is our Christ, His name is Jesus. He left His home and throne to come down to this earth and ensure that a fallen world would be reconciled to The Creator. He is the ONE who shed His blood – and only His blood is worthy of any praise and adoration. For those of us who have believed on Him and have since been called to a life on the mission field (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the uttermost parts of the earth) — we all will benefit the same; whether we were called 100s or years ago or just landed in our new place of service.
We just better be careful! There is nothing that we do that will esteem us above Him. There is nothing that we will do that will esteem us above one another. Didn’t you believe on Him to be saved?! Didn’t you answer the call out of your own love and obedience to God? Didn’t you say “Yes” because you were willing to work for His glory and not your own? Aren’t you ready to accept whatever it is He greets you with in glory, even if its not the same as Jim Elliot, Ray Buker, Mark Young, Amanda Berry Smith, George Leile, Grover Cooper or even Lloyd Chinn?!
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)
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
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39