Hidden in Plain Sight

The man she wanted was filled with words of wisdom that stimulated her intellect and further established her confidence. He properly guided her to a success that she herself thought could never be possible.

His words were the honied-dew kind that would remove strength from knees. They were like a heated knife melting through butter; romantic and yet filled with respect that solidified her inner-beauty and self-worth.

He showed her who she really was, not the reflection in the mirror but the finished, refined and perfected product of who she could be and was made to be. It’s as if he parted the curtains of time of revealed who she would eventually become.

He was just a shadow of a greater Master, an Architect at work. He was a father reassuring her of his love. He was a mother, comforting her in her times of hurt. He was that best friend who could read her emotions beneath the smile. He was the spouse that was carved from all that would complete her and by which he too would be completed.

He was Jesus, reaching through every friend, family member and lover trying to get to you. Behind every good, every smile, every moment and even the pain;
Jesus was forever the lover who was behind the good that came.

All that she can and was ever made to be, could never be achieved, until to His love finally surrendered and bent the knee. His plan is perfect, pure and powerful and was designed even before her birth; the problem is that she now gives His praise to everything else which brings Him pure hurt.

 

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ALL or NOTHING

The Lord is not coming just for our:
¤ Tithe of 10%
¤ Day of Worship
¤ Few minutes of Prayer
¤ Random religious post
¤ Several respectable deeds

If we think He is, then we have been gravely deceived and immediate changes are recommended.

The Lord is coming for EVERYTHING!!!

He said to LOVE the LORD your GOD with ALL your HEART, ALL your SOUL & ALL your MIGHT; and finally, LOVE your NEIGHBOR as yourself (Luke 10:27).

He doesn’t want a portion, a day, an act, a moment. He wants ALL and in truth and in fact; deserves ALL.

That is:
¤ ALL our money
¤ ALL our energy
¤ ALL our talents
¤ ALL our focus
¤ ALL our attention
¤ ALL our affection
¤ ALL our minutes, days, weeks & years
¤ ALL our good, bad & ugly
¤ ALL our mess & messages
¤ ALL our sacrifices
¤ NO holding back
¤ NO reservation
¤ NO hesitation
¤ NO relenting

Then & ONLY then will we truly experience Ultimate Freedom & Victory in Jesus Christ.

Until that time, the devil will always have a bargaining chip; a tether by which he can reach us.

When we give it ALL up for Jesus, He will give it ALL up for us.

Competing Powers

In a world built on the need to be the best, the first, to be seen, to be known, to be liked and to be followed; the war of competing powers is one never to be engaged in, but simply ignored.

This ‘driven’ world is built on man-made, human-defined success that proves false, lacking and short-lived. As we assess the lives of the rich and the famous, we easily realize how much so many of them fail on even coming even close to achieving peace, security, deep-rooted happiness, lasting joy and true success.

Rather, we hear of sex scandals, DUI’s, drug-abuse, suicides, questionable deaths along with their being plagued by paparazzis, who withhold our basic desire for privacy. Yet, so many people rush in for the deception of wealth and fame, not knowing the ask that it requires is one that very few are truly willing to pay.

The most unfortunate thing is for the one’s who have paid the ultimate price and sacrificed what was necessary to get what they so needed from life and still find themselves wanting.

Man has no greater need for God, yet what he wants and hungers for is disguised in the glitter of this world. The sooner we realized this, the sooner we can resign from competing for attention, and recognize that we always had His attention.

He was always there. The God of the farthest galaxies and widest expanses is indelibly, indefinitely, passionately, unconditionally in love with you and that’s all that matters. No need to vie for the world when God the Creator of All desires to not only care for you but wants for to be with Him in Heaven.

Submit to Him today and allow His love to transform your life.

Paid for in Blood

Beaten and battered, panting in pain
The whip which ripped flesh, blood drips;
saturated in shame.
Oozes His blood, no flesh to retain –
Body marred beyond recognition, His condition met by evil untamed.

After the whips, battery, ridicule and torment,
The betrayal, denial, false accusations; the red carpet
Rolled out for Barabas the murderer they all said
That Jesus’ punishment was in no way halted.

His riddled back wriggled with the cross; blood trickled,
Strength departing from knees as he’d buckle they’d giggle.
Yet; he inched closer to our salvation each weakening step, little by little.
The King who became a curse and from defeat, victory He chiseled.

As nails driven among flesh, blood and bones breaking,
His screams bellowed ‘to the heavens; strength exasperating.
Lifted at Gilgal as the jeering never-ceasing,
The Devil prematurely started celebrating.

It was when Jesus looked to heavens with the last thoughts of YOU and me,
He knew these were His lasts breaths that would set His world free.
Yet, for the first time something happened that led him to His last plea;
“Father, Father; why hast thou forsaken me?”

Men’s words and reenactment of this event could never truly be captured.
Words fail, imagination fails, so the attempt of any actor.
The last words of Jesus as He ended that last chapter,
Tells the gravity of sin when a soul is truly captured.

The presence of God leaves, there is no fellowship between holiness and sin,
And living in sin is only a spit in the face of Jesus your King.
It’s the way we crucify Him for another day of doing our own thing,
But just as how God’s presence left Him, the soul that sins also lives without Him.

This is where His investment of holiness, pain and suffering fails,
When we hear of His gospel but in the presence of your sinfulness it pales.
You then turn from Him, the Messiah who weeps and wails,
His last breath was that you would live free with every breath exhaled.

So I beg of thee, Turn my brother, my sister walk not away!
The risk you take was the price that Jesus already paid.
There is a life of freedom and power in Jesus if you receive Him today;
Rejecting could become eternity. Is that a price that you’re willing to pay?

FREEDOM IS FREE & YET, PRICELESS

Freedom can defined as liberation from slavery, restraint or another power.

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice of giving Himself for our freedom from entrapment, entanglement, powerless living and a victimized lifestyle.

By His sinless life, suffering and death upon the cross paid for our eternal freedom along with dominion over all the sins that brought defeat, death and destruction.

Believe It Or Not:
⇒Belief in Jesus alone is not enough to experience salvation or freedom from the power of sin and the grave.
Evidence:
“You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.” James 2:24

⇒Even the devil and his demons believe in God; maybe even more than us, since they have seen Him.
Evidence:
“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” James 2:19

⇒Belief Accompanied by Action brings not just freedom but victory over sin.
Evidence:
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

Do You want to be Finally Be Free from sin Once & For All? If so, pray this prayer Today with all your heart and start reading your Bible.

Prayer for Today:
Dear Jesus, my Lord & Savior; I thank You for giving Your life that I would be free from sin, the grave and the devil. I confess today that I am a sinner. I repent here and now, of all my unrighteousness and ask You to come into my heart and be my Lord, Savior and Best Friend forevermore. I receive You now and thank You saving me, in Jesus’ Name! AMEN!!!🙌

IF YOU PRAYED THIS PRAYER TODAY, FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME AND LET ME KNOW. I WILL ALSO PRAY WITH YOU IF YOU WISH.🙌🙏

IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO AN UN-SAVED LOVED ONE.🙏

IT’S BEEN SAID:

Love the Lord
Follow after His teaching
Share His Gospel of Love & Hope
Heal the sick
Proclaim deliverance to the broken-hearted
Set those held captive free
Preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth
Persist amidst persecution
Be willing to shed our blood for our belief in Him
Give up our life to seek after Him wholly
Read, study and meditate on His Word
Forgive that you may be forgiven
Obey His commands
Care for the poor
Entertain strangers
Deliver those who have been unjustly treated
Plea the cause of the widow
Afflict our flesh with fasting
Encourage the brethren
Forsake not the assembling of His people
Pray for our leaders
Intercede for our nation
Tithe into His kingdom
Bring forth our best first fruit offerings
Worship Him in all that we do
Give Thanks in ALL THINGS
Seek Him while He may be found
Seek Him first
Blessed are the meek
Dwell in His Presence
Pray without ceasing
Be hungry for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Flee fornication
Shun the very appearance of evil
Be 100% transparent before Him
Deny flesh but never deny God
Remain humble and meek
Be Broken, Stay Hungry, Remain Thirsty & Live Desperately
Keep His praise on our lips
Love our Enemies
Pray in the spirit
Keep your thought life positive
Be anxious about nothing
Abolish all fear
Resist all temptations
Apply grace in all areas of weaknesses.
Live by Faith; not by sight.
Declare the ‘word’ over your life.
Be wise as a serpent
Be Harmless as a dove

IN OTHER WORDS, LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, SOUL AND MIND; AND LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF.

Unforgiveness; the Act of Spiritual, Physical and Actual Suicide

…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:12 & 14-15

Forgiveness was and still is the primary mission statement of Jesus Christ. His blood which was shed on Calvary’s Cross had to be spotless and holy. For the sacrifice to have been worthy He had to:

1. Lead a perfect and holy life without any sin.
2. He also had to shed His blood to the point of death
3. He had to resurrect.

This is the greatest mission taken on by Our Messiah to depict the greatest love story of all. It is a story that shows us how an Eternal King, humbled Himself in human form, becoming a mockery and sin offering to His own creation; that we, the very people who persecuted and crucified Him could receive forgiveness, healing and eternal life with Him in heaven.

What would you then say is our #1 Mission Statement as a people?
The answer is to give forgiveness as freely as God forgave us and loved us even while we were still sinners (Matthew 10:8 & Romans 5:8).

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To withhaold forgiveness is therefore, to withold it from ourselves which has catastrophically far reaching effects (see an article at tinyurl.com/UnforgivenessDrLeaf) that shows how scientists are even discovering the power of forgiveness. The main impact of unforgiveness is not the anger, bitterness or resent that we carry around and allow fester within us. It is the truth that even God, Himself, is prevented from even forgiving us.

His ‘Word’ is divine legislation by which He is even bound to. Therefore, no matter how deep the pain and the hurts may be, His love and forgiveness’ access have thus been restricted. We constrict ourselves into a bubble of self-destructive spiritual suicide where He is the audience that is watching us on the edge of the building but His hands are tied by our own action and is tightened by our unrelenting rebellion.

So, we embrace the cancer of unforgiveness as if it were our ‘first love.’ We nurse and care for it as if it were a gift to be cherished and protected; some of us knowing fully well that it will destroy us; yet we hold fast even tighter.

Prayers for Today:

LOVING & MOST FORGIVING MESSIAH, it is with a heavy heart that I come to You this morning. You have seen my hurts and my pains; You have seen the injustice that has been done to me. I know I have not forgiven those have done this evil to me, and I also know it’s wrong. I ask for Your grace today to break me loose from this bondage of unforgiveness, anger and resentment. Set me free today Lord Jesus; that I may forgive all those that have trespassed against me in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

PRAYER 2:

LORD JESUS I thank You for setting me free now and I thank You for Your Grace. I forgive them Lord. I FORGIVE THEM FOR EVERY SINFUL THING THAT THEY HAVE EVER DONE AGAINST ME. I FORGIVE THEM LORD AND ASK YOU TO FORGIVE THEM AS WELL. MOST IMPORTANTLY MIGHTY GOD I ASK YOU TO FORGIVE ME FOR WITHHOLDING YOUR FORGIVENESS. Heal me entirely even now, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!!!