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.

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.🙏

My Dad was My #1 Fan

So I was born to a Father who along with my mom paved the way for all three of my siblings and I to go to Mona Prep. At one point in time we were all there at the same time; must have been a serious sacrifice💰💲. In many a ways, my dad was like my number #1 fan. From the moment I started track & field at Mona in grade 1 all the way through to third form at Jamaica College, he was always there. This support was magnified when I then switched from tracks to football. He was always there on the sidelines as our team’s second coach. Then there was college, as I attended Judson College in Chicago on football and academic scholarship. Yet, he would take trips to visit, spend time and ensure I was okay, because I didn’t have much family members in the state of Illinois. His support through life made him the obvious choice of best man at my wedding and it remains one of the last happiest memories of my life with him. Was he perfect? Far from it, but what can you say about someone who was always there when you needed them the most. On Good Friday, 2000, when I went up to the altar to give the Lord my life, my dad somehow made it from over 50 feet away, playing with my little sister, to laying his arm around me and praying as a mighty man of God. I had never heard a man, much less my dad pray like this before. I was honored to be brought before God with both Jesus and my dad in my presence at the same time. When he left this earth it was like losing the grounding, the anchor that was always there; anger was present along with bitterness and fear. Though he died as a child of God I was angry with the Lord, and avoided speaking to Him and reading His Word. I had to learn months later to forgive myself and accept this fate; to forgive the Lord who would give understanding and increase my faith. Now I must press through this life as best as I can, to one day be reunited with my dad, my best man. Lord of infinite wisdom, God of everything; please give my dad a hug and kiss and let him know how much I miss him.

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!

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!!!