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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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.

Christianity – No Shades of Grey

The Lord sees things two ways. For Him there is no grey. Sometimes I myself find it so hard to accept this truth yet, we will examine this through scriptures:

Scripture #1:
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30

EITHER – WE ARE With HIM
OR – AGAINST HIM

EITHER – WE ARE GATHERING
OR – SCATTERING

Scripture #2:
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

EITHER – Child of God
OR – Friend of World

EITHER – Child of God
OR – Enemy of God

EITHER – Child of God
OR – Hatred/Enmity towards God

Scripture #3:
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16

EITHER – SLAVES to RIGHTEOUSNESS
OR – SLAVES to SIN

There are some who try to live life in 50/50 manner. They do some partying, some church, some fornication, some prayer, some swearing, some Bible reading, some lust, some religious talk, some self-worship and yet no true worship.

One of the most important verses of this lesson is this, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:15-17).

The Lord despises people who persist in trying to live a double-life. No man can serve two master as according to the word of God. It would even seem that the Lord would much rather put up with someone who is cold, but for those who know what is right and still choose to do evil, the Lord does not show the same regard.

My prayer today is that you realize the danger in not being given over 100% to Jesus and His holiness. I pray you count His salvation more important than anything else that you could attain, achieve or gain.

Prayer for Today:
Lord Jesus, I humbly come before you and repent from this life that I have led, to this very point. I confess all my sins to You today and I receive You, Jesus as my Lord & Savior. Help me by Your grace to seek You and worship You with my whole heart now and forevermore more, in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!!!

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.

HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

For the last two days we examined what it meant to Seek FIRST, as well as the Kingdom of God. Today, we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us about the Lord’s Righteousness.

The word ‘righteous‘ as according to the Miriam dictionary means free from guilt or sin. This worldly definition does align itself with Jesus’ statement of truth, “who the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8:36).

Before the finished work of Jesus, all our efforts to live righteously would always be eroded by our own sinful nature. Isaiah the prophet in chapter 64 and verse 6 best put it this way, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”

Jesus, in His holy life, death and resurrection created a way for us to be able to seek righteous and find it. Not only is He only true way but “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).

So we receive Christ Jesus’ righteousness by faith. What He expects from us now, is to ensure that at we are seeking His Kingdom and Righteouness first in the morning, noon, night, before decisions are made, amidst our hardships, while things are just perfect etc. We must pursue a holy and righteous life each and everyday, where we learn more about His love, feel and impart His power and experience the Glory of His Presence.

Prayer for Today:

KING JESUS, indeed you are more than worthy to be praised. I thank You for paving the way for me to receive and pursue Your righteousness. I thank You for giving me the grace to seek after Your Kingdom and to give you full rulership over my heart and life. I know Your plans toward me is to give me hope and a future, and as such, I declare that I will passionately pursue You, Your Kingdom and Your Righteousness from this day – to my last day; in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!!!

The Kingdom of God

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

Yesterday, we looked at seeking FIRST; today we will be focusing on the Kingdom of God.

The word ‘kingdom‘ speaks to a realm in which a king has established his authority. As such, the Kingdom of God is God’s rulership over all dominions, authorities and kingdoms, earthly, heavenly and eternally. This is why He is the King of all kings and Lord of all Lords.

Jesus taught us how to pray mentioning “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” He also mentioned in the Gospels that “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). In Luke 17:21 Jesus said “behold, the kingdom of God is within you” yet in Matthew 11:12 He states, “the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”

So these verses let us know that Jesus wants the Kingdom to be evident in our lives. He wants God to have the authority and reigns of our heart. Now, if it’s His Father’s will to give us the kingdom then why should we have to take it by force? The answer is that adversary would rather us be more concerned about about worrying about what we shall eat, drink or wear as pagans do (Matt. 6:31-32); whereas Jesus immediately lets us know that our priority #1 is seeking first THE KINGDOM.

He wants us to be violent against the adversary and against the flesh to ensure that His kingdom (the power and the glory) is at work in our lives. He wants us to be totally surrendered to Him where He can establish His authority and manifest His love on earth through us.

Prayer for Today:

LORD JESUS, I thank you for all that You have done for me. I ask You to cleanse and forgive me of all my sins. I pray today for the grace and desperation to seek first, Your kingdom and righteousness. Please give me the diligence and discipline to die daily to lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life. I thank You for cleansing me and decide today to seek You with my whole heart in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Seek FIRST!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

BUT What Does ‘first’ Mean? WHAT does it look like when you seekHim first?

The word ‘first‘ means foremost in position, rank, or importance.

F – Rid thyself of FLESH

1 Corinthians 1:28-29
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
John 3:30
He must Increase; ‘I’ must Decrease.

I – Place him as #1 of all your INETERESTS & for all you INSPIRATION

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

R – REMAIN in Christ & RESIST the Devil

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
John 15:4
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

S – SEEK the SON first from the rising sun

Psalm 113:3
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.
Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

T – Ensuring He is the first and only person you turn to in TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS
Psalms 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Thoroughout the the next two days we will be looking at the other two significant parts of the verse:

1. The Kingdom of God &
2. His Righteousness

We like the ‘ALL OTHER THINGS ADDED UNTO YOU’ part but we need Biblical understanding FIRST, to ensure we do not misconstrue exactly what the Lord wants from us.

PRAYER OF THE DAY:

Lord Jesus, help me to put You First today; above all my agenda, ambitions and decisions. You know the sins that easily beset me; I ask You for grace to overcome them and humility to remain dependent on You at all times. Be #1 in all areas of my mind, thoughts and inclinations that I will not displease you Today. I pray these things in Jesus’s mighty Name. Amen!