Let me just be clear about something. As long as we are in this body we will never be perfect, however by the blood of Jesus we are perfected. Hebrews 10:14(CEV) says, “By his one sacrifice he has forever set free from sin the people he brings to God.” This means the blood that Jesus shed for us, covers us for a lifetime. We are going to have our flaws, but that doesn’t mean we should abuse God’s grace. Remember God knows the motives of our heart. 

When we decide to give our lives to Christ, it’s important to know that this means we are telling God, our lives are not our own. You see, we as people are naturally selfish. We want what we want. This traces back to Adam and Eve, and has continued from the beginning to the present age. When we truly decide to live for Christ, our desires fade and God’s will for our lives rise to the spotlight.

Carefully sinning 

Hebrews 10:26-27(NIV)

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Listen, there’s no such thing as carefully sinning. For instance: You can use a condom when having sex out of wedlock, but it’s no guarantee that you’re 100% protected from sexually transmitted diseases and whether you use a condom or not you can contract a ungodly soul tie. This is just one example, but dear friends please understand that when you know that something is a sin and you go against the will of God anyway, then there’s always a consequence. It’s not God who’s punishing you, it’s the debt you owe sin. 

You see, sin seems like freedom… but it’s always a price. Jesus did pay the ultimate price, so that we can one day be reconciled to God, but make no mistake about it, “A person reaps what they sow” (see Galatians 6:7). God does give us grace so that the consequences for our sins aren’t what they should be. Romans 6:14(NIV) “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” It is only because of the mercy of Jesus that we don’t get what we deserve and by His favor that we receive blessings we don’t deserve.

Count the cost 

Luke 14:28-30(CEV)

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won’t you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it? Otherwise, you will start building the tower, but not be able to finish. Then everyone who sees what is happening will laugh at you. They will say, “You started building, but could not finish the job.” 

Think carefully about what you’re going to do, and even more so about why you’re doing it. Don’t just think of yourself when you decide to do something, think about if God will be pleased with it, and how will it affect those around you. If you wouldn’t want it to happen to you or your loved ones, don’t do it to anyone else, because again, you reap what you sow. Make sure that you include God in your plans so that whatever you start, you can also finish.  Proverbs 16:3(CEV), “Share your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed.”

Good intentions, bad decisions 

Have you ever desired something that was good? For instance, love. Love is a good thing, but making bad decisions to obtain it, is wrong. Proverbs 16:2(CEV), “We may think we know what is right, but the LORD is the judge of our motives.” It makes you think doesn’t it?

Another scripture says in James 4:3(CEV),  “Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons.” Listen beloved, God cares about the desires of your heart, but when your desires are more about your wants than His will, then you’ll find yourself doing just about anything to get what YOU want, even if what you want isn’t any good for you, physically or spiritually. Unfortunately we are a people of good intentions and bad decisions. The Bible tells us that, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 KJV)”.

There’s hope and His name is Jesus! Even though you may have fallen, and fallen, you are not a failure! You don’t have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, and you don’t have to figure everything out! All you have to do is trust who Jesus is, and know that God has your best interest at heart. He sees the full scope of things and wants you to have a fulfilled life, in this world and in the next.

Prayer

Father God, in Jesus name, I ask you to change my thoughts. I don’t want my life to be only about me, but all about you. Examine my heart, and if there’s anything in it that’s keeping me from fulfilling my destiny in you, I ask that you remove it. Lord for you’ve told me that you know the plans that you have for me, and they are good! I trust that, I believe that and I receive that! Continue this transformation within me, and renew my mind so that there’s less of me and more of you. In Jesus name. Amen.

There’s nothing wrong with working hard and being able to buy the finer things in life. If “things” are more important to you than “the little things” in life, then go for it, but I can guarantee you that money cannot buy you happiness or love; at least not the real kind. Again, there’s nothing wrong with you working hard and wanting what the world considers the finer things, but make sure that “things” aren’t compensating for something that money just can’t buy. If you have any issues deep within that needs resolving, then solve those issues first, instead of trying to suppress them. Which brings me to a quote that you may have heard before, I’m not sure who wrote it but it says, “Money can’t buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Bentley than on a bus.” 

First of all, this quote doesn’t help anyone… just like the Bentley can’t help you no more than a bus if you’re crying. Neither of these things can comfort you and tell you it’s going to be okay. Neither of these things can love you. Neither of these things are able to listen to you and give you wisdom and instruction, and last but not least, neither of these things can get you into Heaven. So why does it matter where a person cries? 🤷🏾‍♀️ 

Whether in a Bentley or on a bus, the issue is that THE PERSON IS HURTING! It could be physically, mentally or spiritually, but things can never do what only God can! I believe that a person who is at peace, who loves and has the joy that only Jesus gives is a blessed person, whether they are riding on a bus or driving a Bentley. The point I’m trying to make is, don’t base your happiness on the amount of money you have or material things in your possession. These things are great to have, but don’t allow them to become your god.

They may give you a temporary high that allows you to escape reality for a minute, but the blood of Jesus can give you a clean slate at life, make you brand new, fulfill you completely and give you eternal life in Heaven, and guess what? You don’t have to pay one red cent! Jesus already paid the price! The things of this world can’t do that. Think about how many rich people you may have read about or seen on the news that has committed suicide. 

It’s truly sad that they thought death was the only escape from their issues. The world around them may have thought that they were happy and fulfilled because they were living everybody’s dream! I mean who doesn’t want to be wealthy? Unfortunately inside, these people probably felt alone. They probably felt like they couldn’t be themselves, and people really didn’t understand them. 

Ultimately they didn’t feel loved, although they may have had tons of friends and millions of fans. So the next time you see someone on social media telling you that you have to live a lavish lifestyle in order to be happy, accepted or loved, rebuke satan from your thoughts! It’s very important who you’re listening to. If it’s not of God, it’s of the devil… there’s no middle ground. Things will only give you a temporary high and fake love. 

The real people in your life are going to love you regardless of if you have a penny to your name or a million in your bank account, and just because a person’s bank is filled, that doesn’t mean they’re fulfilled. Rich people bleed red just like broke people do. We are all people, desiring to love and be loved and we are all put here for a purpose, and that is to allow the love of Jesus Christ to manifest in our lives. So always count your blessings, and remember there’s nothing wrong with wanting the best things in life, but make sure it’s not a cover for something that’s killing you internally, and make sure you’re not doing it to be accepted by people, because making life more about what people think of you instead of what God thinks is dangerous. You’ll never be happy doing that. 

Talk to God, He wants to hear from you. He is always available and ready to listen to you and love on you… If you want to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Bible says to do this, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Repent for your wrongs and ask Him to come into your heart, and He will! 

He said so! Once you’ve done that start talking to Him and reading your Bible everyday! Surround yourself with people of God who will hold you accountable to your faith in God, so that you will be encouraged and focused. Remember true riches are having the fruits of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23). Ironically the “world” calls these things the little things, but somehow these things matter the most! 

Matthew 6:32-33

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we can no longer sit around twiddling our thumbs in despair; upset, broken-hearted and depressed about the cards life has dealt us. It’s like an alarm goes off that lets us know it’s time to do something. That alarm is sounding off the word persist! There are numerous scriptural references in the Bible that tells us that persistence pays off. Sometimes the key isn’t waiting on your blessing, it’s going after it, however it’s all in God’s timing! 

Think about the woman with the issue of blood. She had been to any and everyone she thought could help her condition, but no doctor, medicine or other remedies worked. She knew who could help her though, Jesus. It was time! She decided to go get her blessing.

She thought, if she could just touch the hem of Jesus garment, she’d be made whole. 

Imagine her pressing through the crowd, making her way to Jesus. She was determined to get her healing! The fact that so many people were in front of her wasn’t an issue. She wasn’t distracted by what the people behind her were saying, and she didn’t care about people pushing against her on both sides.

She continued to press through! She didn’t care that everyone was touching Jesus, she didn’t need to touch him, only the hem of his garment! The crowd around Jesus was probably so bad, that she had to crawl her way to him! Nevertheless, she was persistent.

Her faith stopped Jesus in his tracks! 

He said, “Who touched me?” His disciples were like, everybody is touching you or trying to touch you! Jesus was like no, this was a different touch, power left me! I know I’m paraphrasing but, I’m trying to get you to understand. We live in a world where everyone needs Jesus, but it’s not enough to know you need him if you don’t have a faith to pursue Him!

Don’t get waiting on God confused with doing nothing. When we wait on God, we’re always proactively waiting! Whether it’s studying His Word to develop your relationship with Him, or volunteering at a homeless shelter and trusting God that one day you’ll be able to open your own shelter for the homeless! Waiting on God is about starting where you are, with what you have! Go in faith and be persistent! 

You have to push through the struggles, difficulties, distractions, disappointments and anything else that’s been keeping you from receiving what God has for you! You must believe what the scripture say in Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Faith is an action Word, and so is seek! These are two key words in Hebrews 11:6. Today I challenge you to not only believe God will, but I also challenge you to go get your blessing from God, whatever it is! If this means job searching until you get the job you’re believing God for, then go in faith and do not settle for less! 

If this means believing that God will heal you like the woman with the issue of blood, then believe and don’t doubt. Pay attention to what God is telling you! If He is telling you to fast and pray, then do it! If He’s telling you to apply for a job you don’t qualify for, then trust Him! If He is telling you to get the surgery you can’t pay for, then TRUST HIS WILL OVER HOW YOU FEEL! 

God can do anything, and He’s especially moved by our faith! 

 

Luke 8:43-48 English Standard Version (ESV)

43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

 

 


Not too many years ago, maybe five or six, I was that person who called anyone’s bluff. I spoke my mind without filtering my thoughts, and I was a very defensive individual. One of the reasons I was so reactive is because I grew up in defense mode. I spent about a third of my childhood in the projects, and I was the oldest and only girl with four younger brothers. Yeah, I had no one to protect me from bullies, so I had to learn to stand my ground in the midst of adversity at a young age. 

Bring it!


I believe that the things I had to endure, projected a negative cast on the way that I looked at people and the world in general. Then I learned something, sometimes it’s best not to say anything at all. Being silent is okay. It doesn’t make you a coward! It makes you conscious! 

Sometimes we speak things as a defense mechanism against whoever we feel is coming against us. Sometimes they aren’t even coming against us, we just don’t take the time to understand what they are saying. James 3:8 says, “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” If this is not the truth, I don’t know what is! 

It wasn’t until I went through some things that God taught me to be humble. Not for people, but for Him! Trust me, I would have rather hit my big toe on the bed post than to humble myself,

BUT with God’s help, I did it. I had to overcome me! When we learn to overcome ourselves, we open up a door for the Holy Spirit to come in, and usher us into the very heart of God! 

We begin to have a mind of Christ and no longer worry about a person’s motives, because we know that God has our back and we trust that James 4:10 is true which says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” I literally had an awakening that it wasn’t about me being in my feelings all the time, and trust me I used to be a really selfish individual so it was hard for me to let those chains that I didn’t know was having a negative impact on me, go! For most of my life, I was comfortable in those chains, and guess what, I was still saved, I still loved Jesus, but this is where spiritual growth comes into effect. There comes a time in our life when we are going to have to make that uncomfortable decision and do what’s right in the eyes of God, rather than do what we feel is right or the world deems popular. It’s easy to lose control and snap on people, but how is God being glorified in that?

So now, I am intentionally kind to people who I know for sure doesn’t have the right motives towards me. I find kind things to say to them, because you know what, at some point in time, I was in some way like that person. There’s no telling what people have gone through, but you don’t have to add fuel to their fire. How about being a refreshing wave of the Holy Spirit? Trust me, you’ll have less headaches, and your peace of mind will go from zero to one hundred real fast.

The person may never say one kind word to you, but trust me, you are making a positive impact on their life. Your act of love and kindness could be what draws them closer to God. So in the past, the road less traveled for me, would definitely be the road to humbleness, but when I finally decided to set foot on that path, there was no turning back, and I am grateful for it! What would be the road less traveled for you? This road is not popular and it’s difficult, I’m not going to lie, but attainable with Christ! 

The more you practice it, the easier it becomes! I challenge you to do what you can’t! You know why? Because through Christ, you can do anything! All it takes is some humbling before Him! 2 Corinthians 12:9, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

So, today I am moved by the Holy Spirit to have a heart to heart with the body of Christ. During this season of my life, I am learning not to give up so easily. Anything worth having is worth the fight, and we as believers need to get it through our minds that we are most certainly in a fight, daily. You see, we are always looking forward to what’s to come. We are always thinking of the day when this great thing happens in our lives, and I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with expectation, but we are naive to believe that the battle stops, when the blessing begins.

For every new level, there is a devil, a challenge, a fight! The enemy’s goal is to keep you from receiving every good thing that God has in store for you, so he will come at you with doubt and fear during your season of waiting and preparation. When you finally receive what you’ve been praying for, he will use the same spirits he used before, doubt and fear to cause you to think that you’re incapable of managing the blessing God gave to you! Listen, did you hear me? God gave the blessing to you! It’s a gift from Him to you! 

Doubt and fear will cause you to use every excuse known to man, to get out of a gift that God has blessed you with. Don’t you know that you were predestined? So, God knew everything about you before He put you in this world! Nothing is impossible for Him. He wants you to know that although the blessing can be overwhelming, in Him you have access to every tool you need to manage what He has given you, like a boss! F8DABEC4-2D9C-4111-A053-C310CD3FD183.gif

Remember, you are ultimately responsible for what you do with your gift! Don’t allow obstacles or the unexpected that you’re experiencing while in possession of the blessing, to cause you to think that receiving your blessing was a mistake. Don’t turn what God intended to be a blessing, into a burden. During your season of waiting and preparing, also prepare for the unexpected. Really challenge yourself. 

Ask yourself, if the worst happens, will I stay committed to what God has entrusted me with? If you can’t fathom the sacrifice, you may not be ready for the blessing… Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger. Prepare for what you’re praying for, and be prepared to fight to keep it! 

Luke 12:48(b)

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

Be careful about how you spend your time. Sometimes the things we do seems harmless, but we must ask ourselves during those moments that we’re consuming our time on the things we deem harmless, if those things are beneficial to our emotional, physical and spiritual growth. Think about it. 3.5 hours spent playing a game everyday for a week, is 24.5 hours. That’s over a day, you could’ve taken to invest in your future. The game may keep your from boredom, but there are many ways to escape boredom that can also be beneficial to your overall wellbeing. To escape boredom the effective way, you must be willing to get out of your comfort zone. Get out of your own way. There’s something deep on the inside of you, that’s waiting to be birthed. Don’t delay it by wasting precious time. There’s a saying, “Time is money.” This is true, but what’s also true is the fact that “Time is more precious than money,” -Shubricca L. Bell. You can get money back, but you can never get back time. So, the important thing to remember is, because you can’t get back time, and tomorrow isn’t promised, make sure you’re making the most out of today. The people who make video games are using their talents. Are you using yours? Forget winning a game, are you winning in life? I’m not saying playing games is wrong, but I’m saying pay attention to how long you spend doing anything that seems harmless, but could be taking away from you developing your full potential in Christ and in life. God cares about our overall health and well-being. So before you play that game, or pick up the remote to watch TV, or waste time entertaining someone who you know isn’t any good for you, or whatever your go to usually is, to escape boredom or your current reality, ask yourself what can you do today to better your tomorrow? A great life doesn’t just happen. It all starts with how you choose to use your time. At the end of this life, you don’t want to stand before God and He asks, why you didn’t use your gifts, and your response is, because you were doing this or that. Again, the things you’re doing may seem harmless to you, because they’re not hurting anyone, however they are hindering you. There are people who struggle in certain areas of life, that they don’t even have to struggle in. They’ve just gotten comfortable in the struggle, so they don’t feel a need to change. Whether they are following in their parents footsteps or went through something in life, and turned to certain addictions instead of God. The habits that these individuals have formed is their way of life. God wants to change that way of life, and transform our minds to things that will lead us to eternal life. We must have a mindset of Christ, who was always about God’s business. Jesus was always walking in His purpose. He faced the same temptations we face, because let’s not forget He walked the earth as both 100% man and 100% God. Knowing who you are in Christ, and what you were created to do, will keep you from being idle. The more you operate in your purpose, the less time you’ll spend doing things that’s not beneficial to where God is taking you, showing you, and trying to do in your life, If you’d just get out of your comfort zone.

1 Corinthians 10:23(NIV)
New International Version
“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.