How Successful Are You?

When life fades from my eyes and strength from my body;
When time no longer flies and becomes eternal as knowledge;
When I see my last sunrise and I leave all of my attained luggage;
The only thing that I desire is in Thy presence, to find solace.

My success is not tied to degrees, wealth or fame;
Success means to be freed from sins disease in Jesus’ Name.
My success is not how the world defines it or a matter of opinion,
Success is realized if we have given the Lord Jesus all dominion.

Any other gain, standard, or attainment is but a loss,
If on Judgment Day at my arraignment I refused the cross.
Everyday but a payment towards a cost,
Of a pain meant for His fallen angels, not us.

Success is derived when we are weighed, measured and surely not found wanting,
Success is Christ, the Way, the Truth & the Life we all wanted.
Success is revived each day we seek Him amidst our sinful wanting,
Successfully clinging to Christ, empowering the ones who feel daunted.

I implore you from my friend to even my worst of enemies,
Blessed is the man that has tasted and now sees.
I wish my words were successful enough to describe just how it feels,
When you have bent your knees to the Lord or Lords, Jesus; our Prince of Peace.

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Love is a Verb

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18 NIV

What is love in words only?
It’s like a puffed up bag of chips with no substance, depth or sincere worth. Yet, love in its truest essence demands action. Love is a verb, a doing word, bigger than emotions, stronger than thought. It is a driving force that leads some to the highest heights and deepest depths. When love is placed in the right place, it’s as if life is produced, hope is manufactured and faith, multiplies.

Love is professed in action, evidenced in power, relentless in care, resilient in trust, abounding in hope, endless in passion, unfathomable in magnitude, righteous in attitude, humble in power, content in all things and sourced in God.

I have always found it amazing that God made us all with the need to love and to be loved. For some they dedicate that love to a person, family and friends, some choose their jobs, vocations among other things, but we all have a need to find something to love and to worship, whilst we all have a need for love in some way, shape or form.

Perhaps the most amazing things is that God created this need within us and though so many people reject and ridicule Him, each person is still a recipient of His divine love and none can exist without it. I believe that without God we would not have the capacity to either receive or even give love, for God is LOVE.
I also believe that the closer we draw to Him the greater our capacity and propensity to give love will increase.

Love TODAY, in action manifesting in power, in Jesus’ Name! AMEN!!!

Knock, Knock

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

“At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

The four verses above all depict the Lord’s desire to redeem us from our sinfulness. From knocking consistently everyday, to warning us not to ignore his voice, to mentioning ‘NOW’ as being the best time for salvation rather than ‘later,’ and lastly; revealing His ultimate desire to see us all saved. Yet, reality is such a different case. It’s like we have a vindicator but we neither need His vindication or presence.

¤ How long have we left Jesus outside, knocking on the door of our hearts?
¤ How much years have we dedicated to sin?
¤ Isn’t it time to give God a chance in our life now?
¤ Or, is sin really worth the risk of an eternity of suffering?

I encourage us all to acknowledge the King of Kings knocking on the door of our hearts. I encourage is all to give our Creator, God and Lord the chance to reveal His love and purpose for us in all its magnificence and majesty.

Holiness: The Immutable Standard

We live in a world Today where good is becoming evil and evil, good. Actually, to be honest, the world has always been like this; they said Jesus was possessed after all. I was on Instagram recently when I watched a video captioned ‘love is love,’ and it basically was promoting gay couples. The comment section of course is where you could expect the drama to be. Anyone who disagreed with this behavior and responded even in the most diplomatic way was still branded as bashful, hateful or homophobic.

It’s amazing how we all can agree that murder and rape is wrong, yet homosexuality is now trying to blur those lines. So are the sins of fornication, adultery, greed, idolatry, unforgiveness and so much more. The line that separates good from evil, unrighteousness from holiness is trying to be blurred by the world around us, but God’s Word endures through all generations and neither changes like shifting shadows.

His standard of holiness then, is the same standard of holiness now and it never changes. Isn’t it funny how God made us in His image and likeness but we turned around and did Him the same favor, making Him into our own image and likeness; in order to suit our sinful lifestyles and appease our conscience? Let us not fall victim to the sin of pride, of exalting ourselves. Let us harken to the voice of the Lord through scripture and not be swayed by the culture and norms of today’s society; for ‘without holiness, no man shall see the Lord‘ (Hebrews 12:14).

FOCUSED

We, like our God are triune in nature. The trinity consists of God the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit, whilst we are made of body, mind and spirit. My question today is:

Which of the 3 (that is, body, mind and ) is most important?

Surely it is not the body, especially in weighing its value against eternity. God attributes the word ‘vapor’ as describing man’s life here on earth. The sad truth is that most of the population today pay greater homage to the body over the spirit. From eating normally to strict diets, sun-tan to daily gym workouts, many dedicate their majority of hours in a day and days in a week to their body over feeding, nurturing and building their spiritual being.

It’s been said that ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste’ and Paul expressed his thought saying that what is seen is temporary, the mind is unseen and as such, eternal. The mind is built through education, emotion, experiences and everything else in between; and is in my opinion, second in importance to the spirit. The mind is where eternity in heaven is lost or gained. It is where successful people are made or destroyed. It is the mediator between body and spirit, the middle ground between the temporary and eternal. With the mind one may become the strongest man or woman of God, but it still pales when comparing it to the spirit, because in the end, it is our spirit that truly connects with God.

Our spirit maybe likened to a car turned on only by the presence of God, driven by His power and is maintained by His Holy Spirit. Without God in our lives, we become like a person pushing that car alongside the road manually. The car still moves of course, but you’re getting nowhere anytime soon. Life becomes so much more harder, sadder, stressing and depressing. The funny thing is we have fuel in the vehicle and we also have the key in the ignition. Nevertheless, we refuse to make the choice to switch it on. We use the vehicle by pushing it around, but we have not even began to unlock the potential therein. The worst part is that because the vehicle was never turned on, the mileage still remains at zero.

Thus, we’ve spent an entire life manually, individually and intentionally doing our own thing and in the end, we have no mileage to show for it. Such is a life in which the focus is wrong. As a photographer, I’ve learned to focus on that which is most important within the frame. When we focus the subject effectively the surrounding objects immediately becomes blurred. When we focus on our relationship with Jesus, the things we thought were so important fades away to obscurity to their rightful place. He desires those that will worship Him in spirit and truth…let’s begin our journey TODAY!!!

[A]sk [S]eek [K]nock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Will our God give us everything we ask for? Many of us can testify of a time we had asked and did not receive. The Bible speaks to some not receiving after asking because of certain reasons such as:

1. We ask according to our own selfish interests.
James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

2. The presence of sin prevents the hand of God from intervening.
Isaiah 59:1-2
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

3. They waver in their faith.
James 1:6-7
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

4. Impatience
Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

By knowing these 4 limitations, we now are able to ask and receive with 100% accuracy. All we need to do is this:

~Ask Selflessly
~Ask Righteously
~Ask Knowingly
~Ask Patiently

We must ask according to God’s will for our lives, knowing we are living holy and righteous lives with all faith, believing and being patient knowing He will answer in His timing.

Lack of knowledge of these factors may have led you to a point in believing that God doesn’t love you enough or care, but I am a living testimony of the truth that His love is limitless and ever-abounding and increasing toward us.

Thus:

Ask
Seek
Knock

 

I’m Full!!!

The only way to fill a vessel is to first empty it of its contents. The more empty the vessel, the more substance will be required to fill it.

To be filled with God presence assumes that you are not full of yourself, spiritually and practically.

To be filled with His joy unspeakable and peace that surpasses all understanding requires us to empty ourselves – of our anxieties, fear and unbelief.

To be filled with His Holy Spirit means that we have rid ourselves of the sinful spirit of this world by accepting Jesus as our Lord & Savior.

We are all filled with something; my question is, What are we filled with?
Are we filled with His power, peace and presence? Or are we full of ourselves, our motifs, inclinations, proclivities and all?

The easiest thing about being filled is this, God will only enter once we have emptied ourselves. All we have to do is to confess all our sinfulness, unrighteousness, weaknesses, addictions and all to Him. He will then fill us with the grace and power to live holy, righteously and free from the power of sin and death.

I encourage us all to be empty of the world and filled with God’s power and love. At life’s end, God’s gauge of a successful life will begin with what we all did with Jesus Christ.

He MUST INCREASE, I must decrease – John 3:30. Amen!!!

 

Jesus Wept.

The shortest verse in the Bible, but every time when I run into it or think about it, the length is not what speaks to me. Two words, Jesus & Wept. One is the Son of God, born in holiness, borne to take on the sins of the world, supernatural in power, yet still human to feel pressure, pain, panic and empathy. To ‘weep’ is the expressing of grief, sorrow or any overpowering emotion through the shedding of tears. One is beyond comprehension, full of glory, abounding in love whilst the other is heavy in its origin, overbearing in its presence and weakening in its absence.

My Jesus. Our Jesus, wept. In the presence of Mary who began weeping over the death of their friend Lazarus, He began weeping as well. He was strong enough to still show emotion. So many people feel like the presence of emotions that lead to tears and weeping makes one weak. Yet, the humanity Jesus showed in John 11:35 tells us that we are not serving an inanimate, emotionless being, but a Savior, slow to anger and abounding in love.

I encourage us all to give our most compassionate God the opportunity to reveal His loving-kindness toward us.

Father Forgive them…

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34

The Lord Jesus, told His Father to forgive the very people who were crucifying Him.

Jesus’ crucifixion took 6 hours. That is, six hours of mockery, public rejection, whipping, torture, being marred beyond recognition, culminating in His being nailed to a cross, pierced, spat on and left to die.

Seems like they knew exactly what they were doing.

But, do we really know that each time we reject Jesus’ salvation we are basically committing the same crime?

Do we know what we are doing?

Do we know that each time we say to God, “No, I am not ready yet” or “I just don’t know” we are a part of the great numbers that say, “Your suffering, death and resurrection was wasted on me😤. It was in vain✋.”

Do we know what we are doing?

For even those that turned away; are we not committing the crime of Peter of denying Him, or the betrayal of Judas? The Bible describes it as a dog returning to His vomit🙊.

Do we know what we are doing?

I am one of the most greatest backsliders. I’ve gone from preaching on buses to promoting parties. I’ve gone from being used to heal cancer to being at 400 parties in one year. I’ve gone from bringing hundreds of people to the Lord scattering maybe thousands through my social media pages.

So I am as guilty or even more guilty than any of you.

LET US ALL REPENT AND ASK GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF AND HIS LOVE FOR US THAT WE WILL BE ETERNALLY & ENTIRELY CHANGED!!!

9 Months of Suffering from Unknown Condition

[My testimony of being sick with an unknown condition for 9 months and how I was miraculously healed. Please share with anyone you know that is sick or suffering from any terminal conditions. Longest and most personal devotional to date: 9 Months told in 9 Paragraphs]

9 Months was all it took and my life would have been utterly destroyed. I remember vividly seeing the line to cross-over to insanity but somehow, God took a hold of me in my darkest hour. It all started overseas while on a football and academic scholarship in Chicago. I was at our international student dinner when something came upon me. It felt like needles were piercing through my back from under my skin through every pore. It felt like my blood was bubbling and wanted to escape. I instantly ran out of the dinner into the restroom and ripped off my shirt and soaked it in water and put it on my back.

The surge finally stopped. I felt devastated and went to my dorm room to sleep it off, wishing that this was all a dream. However, it never stopped. I came later to find out that the sun would trigger it instantaneously. Additionally, if my body temperature ever became warm the surge would begin again. I had to constantly be soaking my shirt at least 4 times a day. Being on scholarship from Jamaica, a Caribbean country; made this condition mind-boggling for my coach. No one knew what I had and so I turned to the only one that I could depend on, Jesus Christ.

At the time, I was doing my major in Youth Ministry as I am called to full-time ministry; and so, I began seeking the Lord for healing. I would pray, declare, bind, loose, rebuke, worship, praise, stay up all night, ball, beg, plead, intercede, everything that I knew which God enabled me to use to heal myself and others; but this time it was to no avail. As the sun would rise, so would the surge. When I refused to apply water to my back, and used faith to rebuke it, it would worsen to the point where tiny bumps would come up all across my upper body and arms.

For three months I sought the Lord and after that, I gave in and gave up. I accepted the condition as my own. I grew angry and bitter with the Lord. I ended up losing the football scholarship and had to come back to Jamaica after two years of college. This was the worse point in my life. My body wouldn’t allow me to sweat, exercise or do any hectic activity. I couldn’t even hug anybody because my shirt was always soaked. My self-esteem which was always high took the biggest hit of all.

For the next six months I struggled in my newly accepted lifestyle. I moved from an air-conditioned car to my dad’s air-conditioned office where I worked. I travelled with a bottle of cold water to spray myself like a plant any time that my shirt would become less damp. I went from doctors, doing blood tests to my family physician who after several efforts with prescriptions said the words no one ever wants to hear “I have tried everything that I know, there is nothing further that I can do for you.”

In my father’s last resort, he took me to see a psychiatrist who he really said was a psychologist. Based on the location, Ward 21, and the range of questions I easily deduced she was a psychiatrist. The first meeting didn’t really hit me, but; the second meeting in which I had to enter from within Ward 21 is when the gravity of the situation came upon me. I remembered reaching ground zero and as the door closed behind us, I ushered a prayer up to the Lord saying “God, I know I haven’t spoken to you for about 6 months. I NEED A WORD FROM YOU!”

My mom’s friend gave her a word from the Lord to give me that very same day. She said “This is a demonic spirit and you have to do a 3-day water fast and God will heal you.” So I started the fast the following day where the Lord showed me 3 sins (that is, 1 sin each day), that I repented from. On the third after repenting from the 3rd sin I was instantly healed. PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!

Not only was I healed, but I had also promised the Lord that if He ever healed me I would return to U.W.I. Hospital and share my testimony and the Lord also healed a lady who had stage 4 leukemia who had just a few days to live. The Lord said these words to me thereafter: “Philip, don’t you ever doubt me again. It is my desire to heal ALL sick; not some, but ALL!”

If you are sick and have prayed and you still have not been healed, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love you. It means that something is blocking you from being healed. Ask the Lord through fasting and prayer to show you what it is and when He does, REPENT; and you will be totally and instantaneously healed in Jesus’ Mighty Name! Amen!!!