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.

Who Does Not Need Rest?

Rest according to the dictionary means to:
i. cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength.
ii. an instance or period of resting.
iii. an interval of silence of a specified duration.

What Does the Bible Say About Rest?
i. But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; Isa. 40:31
ii. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. Ps. 23:2-3
iii. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Heb. 4:10

Humans need rest, and without it we will most certainly die. It is also the most major component to health and fitness as well.

Every creature and even our machinery depends on periods of rest and without it, optimal performance will become diminished and later lead to serious malfunction.

Jesus’ death and resurrection was one that enabled us to be able to enter into His rest. Heaven is the final resting place, but the Lord wants for us to experience His rest while we are still here in this life.

He wants you to surrender your life to Him. For so long, we have been fighting our own battles, for success, for being upright people, for achieving a future for our family.

The worst part is that we have been doing it without any rest whatsoever, and if we continue will only continue to face diminishing returns along with failure, fears, insecurities, sadness, frustration and depression.

Jesus, has paved the path for you to finally rest and finally give Him the go ahead to fight and win these battles for you, whilst imparting the peace, the joy, contentment and great gain in all that you do.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

A Message to the Deeply Rooted (continued):

Humility is –
+ the lowliness of spirit
+ the humbling of oneself
+ the denial of our flesh
+ considering the needs of others greater than our own
+ the brokenness of spirit
+ the utter dependence on God
+ the abolishing of all ‘self’ before God.

One may go to hell for doing all the wrong things and thus living sinfully which is pretty obvious.

But one may have done all the right acts, believed themselves to be a Christian and yet still find themselves in hell as well.

The key cause of this is PRIDE. This was the first sin to have ever been committed and was carried out by Lucifer, himself.

Thus, it goes without saying that this is his #1 play in all of humanity.

Pride is the reason many people reject Christ, why so many Christians are afraid to evangelize to their friends and so much more.

As such, it is of paramount importance that under the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, we examine our lives daily, so as to ascertain the motifs behind all our actions, decisions and so forth. The proper formation of this practice will not only curtail instances where pride raises its ugly head, but aid in safeguarding your salvation in Christ.

Each day pride has to be crucified along with lust of the eyes and flesh. I also suggest to make it your daily prayer for humility to be your #1 ask of the Lord.

For you who wish to dig even deeper, we may go one step further and afflict our souls with fasting, as this is the most potent form of humbling ourselves before God.

Fasting along with daily examining of ourselves are two integral practices that I believe each true believer in the Body of Christ needs to be doing.

This along with the expected prayer and reading of God’s Word of course.

I encourage you all as I do myself ” To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

 

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.

Love is Not Boastful or Proud

Which person today wants a proud and boastful kind of love?
¤ A love that keeps reminding you of all the good they have done.
¤ A love that is condescending, letting you feel that they are doing you a favor.
¤ A love that performs for the accolades of others rather than being from a pure heart of loyalty and sacrifice.
¤ A love that never takes the blame and never sees their own mistake.
¤ A love that even after getting caught red-handed, considers remorse and apologies a thing to be despised and a weakness.

In order for love to be real, authentic, pure and divine it has to pass the test of selflessness and humility.

¤ It must be the kind of love that considers the needs of others superior to their own.
¤ It must be able to stand the test of time, being a standard of integrity and dependability.
¤ It must be the same effort behind or in front of closed doors. Too many of us are monsters in private but pretend to be perfect in public.
¤ It’s the kind of love that Jesus showed, leaving His Kingdom as Lord of lords to suffer at the hand of His own creation so that we could be free.

This is the most powerful example of love shown and one I would pray for us all to emulate. Imagine if we all did, this world would definitely be in a better state.

Let us love humbly and self-sacrificially Today, in Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!

Self, Selfies & Selfishness

Let me get this catch light right,
My make-up’s on fleek.
Let me stand facing my right side,
It’s been the best look for all my selfies.

Click, click and then click,
I like these but lemme take some more;
So I can pick the best pic,
Filter, sharpen, soften and then store.

Double-clicks already at a thousand,
The comments are a blast.
Follow me like I’m chosen;
It’s like I get more likes for more ass.

100K followers is okay
But I wish I had more.
I’ll maybe go live today
Like I have my own reality show.

My feed, feeds into weaknesses,
The pride and the lust.
So I avoid Christ and His witnesses,
Struggling on my own is a must!

Affection to this world
Is seen as hatred toward God.
Sin makes self and the devil my lord,
I need to change this road I trod.

Every time I ponder Jesus,
I know I would have to leave this life behind.
Flesh and immoral sex my weakness,
I can’t get saved today, I need to sin one more time!

Yet, today, tomorrow, soon
Death comes one day for all.
And for my ungodliness I’ll have to atone,
Because I was too busy to answer mercy’s call.

Now, to eternal damnation I’m sent,
My life in hell just beginning.
I lived my life for myself –
Eternity in losses, for a short life of winning.

Isn’t it funny how I claimed that I loved Him,
But He didn’t see it as true?
Maybe it’s because I didn’t surrender everything;
I should have realized this truth.

Okay Lord send me back
To earth, I think I’m ready
I’ll serve You this time with all I got,
I’ll be holy, faithful and steady.

God, God, Jesus answer
My beckoning call!
This fire and torment give rise to anger
LORD please save my soul.

I know I was too busy, too busy;
Please take me from this place.
I’ll go back and warn my fans immediately,
To fight the good fight of faith.

I am sorry for not listening
To every moment someone shared the word.
I spent a life blinging and glistening,
And now this hell, is my world.

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.🙏

Russian Roulette Anyone?

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

There is a level of suicidal pride that some of us exhibit while we are in sin. From time to time, we may come into contact with ministers of the gospel who talk to us about giving our lives to the Lord. Yet, sometimes we boastfully choose to remain in sin, as we turn our backs on the very Savior who is trying to deliver us from impending doom.

Like the rich man we exclaim that we will take life easy – eat, drink and be merry; not knowing that our lives could be required of us at that very moment. It’s like the most dangerous form of Russian Roulette that has ramifications in eternity. The worst part of it all, is that we pretend as if this game has been rigged in our favor, not knowing that each moment that we deny Christ, we draw ever so closer to that last chance that so many of those that passed on had.

My bothers and sisters, take this message as a warning, wrapped in the love of Christ Jesus; “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly'” (1 Thes. 5:3). When Jesus said boast not thyself in tomorrow it was not a recommendation or word of encouragement; it was a warning.

🙏DON’T WAGER ETERNAL DAMNATION FOR ONE MORE DAY OF SIN.🙏

Prayer for Today:
LORD JESUS, I repent of ever denying or turning away from You. I ask You to come into my heart and forgive me from all my uncleanliness and unrighteousness. I receive You now and forevermore as my Lord & Savior. AMEN!

Fight, Fright or Flight

Paul was someone who used to persecute and even put Christians to death yet, when God transformed him he did marvelous exploits, inclusive of writing 11 epistles within the New Testament. He fought through shipwrecks, public punishments inclusive of whippings, imprisonments and being in danger from several crowds of people in certain regions and a whole lot more. His faith to this day is above reproach.

Peter, however; as a disciple of Christ was told by Him that he would deny Him thrice before the cock crowed. He didn’t believe but when people began pointing him out from within the crowd, his fright got better of him.

There is also the story of Jonah; whose mission it was to warn Nineveh of their rebellion and if they never fasted and repented the Lord’s judgement would have been assured. He chose flight, and later endangered himself along with a ship of people who was soon about to be wrecked by a catastrophic storm sent by God because of Jonah’s disobedience.

Peter and Jonah’s sin was as a result of fear and pride.

I wonder how much times for fear of what our friends would think we like Peter, denied Christ too?

I wonder how much times in our self-righteousness we think ourselves better than others, and thus, pre-judge, criticize act selfishly or even wish for other person’s demise?

I wonder who is tired of living within normalcy and mere status quo? Who is going to be utterly sold-out for Christ, no reservation or hesitation; to be willing to lay down their lives for the gospel?

Fear and Pride are two powerful forces in which the adversary uses to cripple us from getting to know Christ or further deepening our relationship with Him.

My prayer today is that fear and pride will be gone from your life now and forevermore!

Prayer for Today:

PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT, I welcome you into my life today. You, Holy Spirit is the ONLY Spirit that I wish to remain in my life. I invite You into every are of my life even now; in every corner, facet & crevice. I ask in Jesus’ Name every kind of fear and pride will ne abolished NOW, from within me. I ask for Your grace Jesus, that I may love with Your compassion, power and humility. Empower within the inner-man that I may also slay all lusts and pride each day. I pray all these things in the matchless name of Jesus Christ! Amen!