By, For, and Through Him

A lovely ride a couple of days ago entering the Serengeti. Amazing to think that Our God – The One that we worship and live our lives for –  created so many varieties of creatures!

Each one of them is majestic in their own right. Beautiful and breathtaking! They live in the beauty of nature and depend upon the natural tendencies given to them by The One who made them.

  • It’s hot! They don’t complain.
  • It’s cold! They don’t complain.
  • They are prey! They don’t complain.
  • It’s birthing time! They don’t complain.

They just live – knowing inside themselves that everything will work out as it should. A Beautiful picture of faith!!

And then I started to daydream about us – mankind; human beings. Each one of us is majestic in our own right. Beautiful and breathtaking! We live in the beauty of God’s world and depend upon the calls/passions He has placed within us to bring glory to The One who made us.

  • It’s hot! We don’t complain.
  • It’s cold! We don’t complain.
  • We are prey of our enemy, Satan! We don’t complain.
  • We have families to provide for! We don’t complain.

We just live – knowing inside our hearts, deep within ourselves that everything will work out just as it should. A beautiful picture of faith!! And then I pinch myselfit is just a dream, we humans are not quite like the animals in The Serengeti. We do complain and doubt – often!    

I’m praying – praying that we will all grow within ourselves a sure knowledge about why and for Whom we were created. Praying that our faith in Him for everything will be complete, allowing us to walk in His will at all times – especially when we don’t like what it brings.  Grateful for this time to see God’s creation up close and for the lessons, especially this one, He spoke to my heart.

“because all things in the heavens and on the earth were created by him … all things were created through him and for him,” Colossians 1:16

“for we live by faith, not by sight—” 2 Corinthians 5:7

He’s Under Your Feet!

Romans 16 20I was just talking to my spiritual mama and she said to me, “If the devil is in your ear you need to tell him he’s up a little bit too high because the Lord has placed him under your feet!” That might make you chuckle – but it reminded me that sometimes as Christians we are just a little to timid with our enemy, Satan. Put that joker in his place!!

Have the presence of mind at all times to encourage yourself with the truth that God will act on your behalf. Yes – Satan might seem to prevail, but don’t let that make you lose heart – have faith and be patient because God’s promise is that Satan cannot prevail against you!!

Romans 16:20 – “And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

 

Victory Shall Be Ours!

These days all around us we hear hateful words and thoughts and those words and thoughts are leading to death, destruction, terror, disease, deception, fear and DISUNITY.  It can drive a person mad!!  But you know what?!?  God is not oblivious to the plight of His people.

God is not affiliated with any party or politician; God is not aligned more with one race of people than another; God has no allegiance to any political platform.

He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He will deliver those who have placed their trust in the name of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— John 1:12

I rejoice today because though I don’t know when, I do know that God’s got this!  God’s got all of it – and victory is on the way!!!!

From the USA all the way to Asia — the gospel of the Lord will be preached and people will be delivered out of the hand of the enemy AND He will reckon with the enemies of His people and His gospel!  And THAT, my friends, is real victory!  To my missionary colleagues:  Hold your peace!  Let the Lord fight your battle! Victory Shall Be Ours!

Isaiah 59:19 From the west, people will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory.  For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.

acc58b69-f4c2-497e-b8c8-86a310dbc6bd-7037-00000835c83dded1-1Picture it!  A world where every Christ follower acts in love in EVERY situation. I’m not talking about loving the ones who love us.  I’m not even talking about loving those who are not so loving but are yet dear to us (you know, those crazy family members you don’t really like!). What I am talking about is 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.

When I look at my 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. My oldest son, Joseph, signs his notes “Live In Love”, a great reminder of what our Christ’s life was like and what His example was for us.

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!

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)

Know The Gospel of Jesus Christ

1-john-4_1I grew up in the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church – 4th Ward, Houston, TX.  My pastor was Rev. C.W. Kimble Sr.  and my Sunday school teachers were some of the most knowledgable women about the Bible you could ever imagine! (my favorite was M. E. Prescott)  As I was growing up, I was taught that a preacher had “preached” when he had aroused our emotions AND said something that caused real life change/impact. We should not be bored to sleep, nor should we walk away without a changed hearts.  ‭‭Our Sunday school teachers told us that you could judge a sermon by whether or not a preacher made it plain to you that He knew that Jesus was The Christ; AND if he presented in a way that you could not help but confess it too.

Recently I was watching Christian television with my mother – now that she is older, she loves listening to church services.  I was amazed at the number of preachers & pastors &ministers on that television from around the world that preached a gospel of man. Do you know what I mean?

A gospel of man is one that says that God favors us in such a way that nothing will ever go wrong or be difficult in our lives. Really? I was called to missionary living – my colleagues and I cannot embrace that one. A gospel of man is one that says that if you don’t have an over abundance of cash, you just aren’t trusting God enough. Really? I served God in rural West Africa and some of the most devout and committed Christ followers I know have just a bit more than nothing!

These are just two – but there are many other crazy teachings out there that don’t highlight God’s desire that we be committed completely to Him; that our lives reflect His love for all people; that our hearts have concern and care for the poor. There are many who preach that the word prophet means future teller and not justice enforcer.

I’m grateful that I grew up with a Bible teaching pastor; am currently under the shepherding of a Bible teaching pastor, and that I’ve had Bible teachers all along the way!  Grateful!!

My friend, I want to assure you that the Almighty God did not create you for your own benefit and your own prosperity. I can assure you that He did not send His Holy Spirit to live in you in order for you to be able to see the future or in order that you will never ever have any difficulty in life. I can assure you that He did not send His only son in order that you could “have thine own way”!

Watch what you’re listening to. Every one that cries Lord, Lord – is not a mouthpiece of our Jehovah.

1 John‬ ‭4:1‬ My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.