When the Light Fades

What do you do when friends are no longer friends;
When those who should be there can no longer be sensed?

What do you do when the solutions you knew no longer solves;
When the problems you once overcame has returned and evolves?

What do you do when that which brought you happiness breeds depression;
When your curiosity becomes full blown addictions with no regression?

What do you do when the enemy you fight is no longer without but within;
When faith becomes failure and holiness, sin.

What do you do when the victory you seek is sky high or miles deep;
When the light fades and gross darkness creeps.

What do you do when prayers flow but answers don’t,
When you begged and pleaded to the point where you’ve lost all hope?

PERSIST!!! Because as long as God gave us breath for today there is hope for a change. He hasn’t given up on us, so we owe it to Him to not give up on ourselves; to not give up on Him.

Persistence with consistency are the two ingredients we all should pray for and exhibit. Without persistence you will always quit at the door to your victory; without consistency you won’t even reach the door.

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A Call to Arms

Many of us have been running from the fight as long as we can remember, in hopes that we would never have to face that battle ever again. Many of us have become cunning, and adapted to methods and schemes of evasive action for the purposes of escaping challenges and battles that must be won and difficulties that must be faced.

It’s ok for you to think that that these measures may work, because the truth is, they have for a while. Haven’t they? There are conversations we need to have, but we compromise internally and say to ourselves, “It’s not my place, it’s none on my business. Let it slide.” There are addictions we need to break, but we say “I’ll be good, things are okay. Life goes on.” There are devils we need to face, but we cloud it in, “Oh God’s not real, if He did then…”

The truth is this, there will come a fight for each and every one of us and it won’t matter your age, gender, status or belief. There is a common enemy of man that has been deriding your efforts at success, eroding your dreams of a good marriage, suffocating your desires to be the person God has called you to be.

There is a FIGHT!!! There is a fight; and it has to be fought or I guarantee you upon the solid basis of scripture that you will not only lose, you not only will die, but you will be destroyed! When the Bible asked us to fight the good fight of faith, God knew the devil was going to attack your belief system in yourself, in your neighbor and in Him.  There is a fight, and that fight must be won, for the eternal destiny of a nation, your loved ones, your family and yourself.

Let he who is running, run no more! Let he who is sleeping, awake! Let he who is fearful, take up their weapon of war! FIGHT!!!! Fight for your life; because, as it says in the statement, your life depends on it!!!!

G|R|A|C|E

Grace is the ability to do that which you were previously unable to.

Grace is the ability to be that which you thought was impossible to see.

Grace is the strength arisen in weakness derived from belief in God.

Grace is supernatural becoming natural, faith should become natural not odd.

Grace is power over addictions, victory from defeat, life when all said death.

Grace is resilient faith arriving in depths, ascending your life from debts.

Grace is when you’re weak thus becoming strong.

Grace is bended knees and knowing to Whom you belong.

Grace is the breakthrough, the miracle the deliverance you sought.

Grace is freely given to the humbly earnest that cannot be bought.

It is the yes when the doc says ‘No’, the job says ‘No’ or life says so.

Grace is the ‘Yes’ for healing, for the job you’re believing, the life you’ve been fighting for.

Grace, God’s Raw Ability Conditionally Endowed.

Surrender to His Will and Power and see His love bestowed.

Let His Grace be upon you as you go about your day.

Grace be unto you and yours forever this day I pray.

When?

In witnessing there are always few responses that are consistently used. The most popular of these, when one is asked about making Jesus their Lord and Savior is, “I am just not ready yet.” This response infers a lot of information. First of all, it assumes that there is a specific day, time and moment that one may suddenly be ready or feel ready. The second, is that it assumes that one has full knowledge of the times, that is, when one is going to pass on from this life.

The first misconception with regard to getting saved, is that there will never be a time when all the signals are just perfect. In fact, most times while someone maybe ministering to you about Jesus, the enemy is doing the opposite by inputting thoughts of doubt and worry at the same time. This is why one may feel a sense of conviction and motivation to make that right decision only to be bombarded with opposing thoughts of how they will stop sinning, or what if they backslide, or what may others think etc.

These thoughts are meant to destroy you by keeping you in sin and as such, must be ignored if one is to have any chance of experience the power, presence and purpose of God in their life. Like NIKE, “Just Do It!” Don’t hesitate!

The second misconception assumes that one has complete knowledge that their day and hour is no nigh. The truth is that not even the prophets, the apostles and other stalwart men and women of God are certain of the time that they will be called up to meet Him. This is why we have made the most important preparation of all. It is because we don’t know when this world will end and more so, we do not know when we will die, that we choose not to wait until the last-minute. Choose today as well as every other day to die to our old selves and LIVE COMPLETELY FOR CHRIST.’

Who Dares Steal His Glory?

For every breath I take and exhale
It is a testimony of love’s travail.
For every smile on my face,
To the strength of the moves I make –
All Glory to You Oh God, Worthy to be praised.

For every meal enjoyed
To the rest, sleep and breaks.
For every friend and family I have,
None given to me by mistake –
All Glory to You oh LORD, The Ancient of Days.

For every dollar and cent I make,
Tithed and offered back to You in faith.
Yet, a world of people who you have made,
And so many have taken Your glory away.

Whether with full knowledge or by mistake,
We give glory to God by the choices me make.
To use our mouth to give Him praise,
To use our lives as examples of His grace,
To use our earnings to tithe back to Him in faith,
To be obedient to His Word for the rest of your days,
To be willing to die for Him as He died in our place,
To know the beauty of His calling and gaze upon His face,
To fight the good fight and at least run this race,
Or be disqualified from paradise and face eternal disgrace.

The Lord God is forever worthy and all Glory be to His Name,
And He will receive all the Glory by free will or force on Judgment Day
When every knee shall bow and tongue confess giving Him praise.
So give Him praise while free and spend eternity in His prepared place,
Or give Him praise later, only to be banished away towards Hell’s gates.

A Most Catastrophic Calamitous Eternal Destruction

Anyone who knows me, know of my love of video games. I had to previously break my addiction to Call of Duty, a game that I have spent hundreds of hours playing over the years. The pros at this game focus on three main objectives: kill-death ratio, win-loss ratio and score per minute. Some give priority to one over the other two, but my definition of the best player, was one who was complete in all categories.

Life, like Call of Duty may also be measured in similar ways. One should focus on Biblical objectives such as, how much people we minister to (encourage, evangelize, pray for etc) on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Of those ministered to, one may need to document how much of those have become Christians, ensure they are getting involved with a church and so forth. It’s shocking how many of us call ourselves children of God, yet we never tell a soul about Jesus and what He has done for us.

We may also need to value our lifestyles, our habits, actions, decisions and weigh the value of them all against eternity. It’s surprising how caught up we are in daily activities all of which have nothing to do with our God-given purpose, talents or gifts. Our lives are so cumbersome that it doesn’t allow us time or energy to do the things that God has called us to do. The poor, the hungry, the rejected, the widow, the fatherless, the homeless, the prisoners; these are they who God has called us to reach out to, not just to our friends and acquaintances within our mutually benefiting social network.

The numbers tell a different story more than our mouths may speak and our minds may think. Jesus said it best, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” Matthew 15:8. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12. Many of us have silenced our conscience in an effort to sin comfortably and whilst even ‘Christians’ do the same to live a life free of the responsibility of following God’s Word, judgement and death looms more deadly and destructive than the most catastrophic disaster one could ever imagine.

The greatest shock will come to those who so convinced themselves they were saved, knowing in the depths of their souls they truly weren’t. Deceive not yourself one more day, my brothers and my sisters. Make it right before our Almighty King, Jesus; the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords.

Death is not a question of IF but WHEN.

For Want of a Nail

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,

For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,

For the want of a horse the rider was lost,

For the want of a rider the battle was lost,

For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,

And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”

The horseshoe-nail may at the time seemed like the most insignificant, easily overlooked item on the list of things to worry about. It may have been as important as a fleeting thought or passerby on a busy street. Yet, the nail ignored became a kingdom destroyed.

The question I ask you today is this, “What nail are you overlooking today? What is the sin the easily besets you? Of which sin are you easily entangled in again and again? The seemingly insignificant, daily, seemingly harmless sin of today, can and may very well be the loss of a life and an eternity away from God tomorrow.

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Many a friends of mine have come into contact with a near-death experience at some point in time. Even more have had the treasure of conviction made present by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Yet, most of my friends and sadly even family members, still betray their own God-given purpose for the likes of sin, self and the grave.

This message is for the each and every one of us, myself included. In introspection and sheer honesty, couple with humility is our assured victory in Christ Jesus. Let us not overlook any sin in our lives but become militant in our desire for “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14.

 

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).

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!!!

 

The Unspeakable Now

Speak of the unspeakable subject now to avoid the place un-redeemable then.

Many Christian leaders nowadays have softened the way they preach and teach from the Bible. Many have resorted to find sound, ear-candy kind of messages; preaching what itching ears want to hear rather than what people need to hear.

The Lord revealed to me years ago that the state of a lost soul can be likened to one drowning in a pool; one moment they may be there and another they’re gone. This aligns with the scripture of God describing human life as but a mist that appears for a while and quickly disappears.

The person that is drowning, in trouble, on their way to destruction and damnation does need to know of God being the God of love and grace but that has to be balanced with knowing He is also the God of truth and justice. On one hand He promises eternal life to all those who will snatch the rope from drowning in sin and on the other He promises a place of eternal suffering, where death and destruction momentary status evolve into eternity.

An insurer asks us to be insured against risk. A doctor may say ‘prevention is better than cure.’ I say REPENT, for the end is near!!! That end maybe life as we know it but it could jolly we be us that are called next.