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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18 Years After

18 years ago to this exact day a 16-year-old Jamaica College student went up to the front of a church in response to an altar call.

Little did he know how his life was going to be transformed. He neither knew 1 week later he would be filled with the Holy Spirit nor that 2 weeks after God would use him to heal someone and prophesy to a church.

All he knew that he was as sinful, cunning and evil as they came. On the surface, he was a seemingly decent young man, but deep down was a person that would weaken anyone’s relationship with the Lord.

From turning proper Christian-like girls to the most daring ambitious bad girls to influencing curious people to becoming the most hardcore partygoers.

How was he to know that Good Friday, would lead him to do the complete opposite of what he did previously.

Or that he would be a preacher on buses, a minister through social media, a mentor to a few, a full-time evangelist to a world that seems to be growing ever so further away from Jesus Christ.

Yet, here he is; 18 years after:

The road; a mess.
The walk; riddled with failure.
The struggles; many.
Those led to the Lord; around a thousand.
Greatest miracles; salvation and stage 4 cancer leukemia healing.
God; ever-present.
Fighting; always.
Loving; always.
His; always!
Humility; my number 1 ask of the Lord.

This is where I am after 18 years. Where will you be?

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

 

Question of Great Importance

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
Matthew 16:26

Is it one more party? One more carnival season?

Is it worth one more day for immoral sex?

What is worth the risk of losing heaven for the purpose of gaining hell?

Is sin so great, so fulfilling and so good that you choose to risk today for a possible eternal suffering and sorrow tomorrow?

Is there a dollar value that will make hell worth the remorse and extremities that you will have to endure?

What has sin offered you that God, Himself couldn’t give you along with His promise of Heaven?

Is there a person, event, place or thing worth the value of your soul and the unbearable weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth?

The laws of life and probability dictate that each of us will all live our last day on earth.

Today, is the last day for at least 150,000 people world-wide.

Is it that you’re hoping that just before you die you’ll have the opportunity to give your life to the Lord.

Is that a risk that you are surely willing to take?

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions.

In other words, there are a lot of people in hell now that intended to give God their lives but, it was cut short before they could.

Risk not an eternity of suffering, for sin that was never fulfilling.

Rather, use plain logic and understand that serving Jesus is not only the most beneficial to life on earth, but also, eternity. 

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.

9 Months of Suffering from Unknown Condition

[My testimony of being sick with an unknown condition for 9 months and how I was miraculously healed. Please share with anyone you know that is sick or suffering from any terminal conditions. Longest and most personal devotional to date: 9 Months told in 9 Paragraphs]

9 Months was all it took and my life would have been utterly destroyed. I remember vividly seeing the line to cross-over to insanity but somehow, God took a hold of me in my darkest hour. It all started overseas while on a football and academic scholarship in Chicago. I was at our international student dinner when something came upon me. It felt like needles were piercing through my back from under my skin through every pore. It felt like my blood was bubbling and wanted to escape. I instantly ran out of the dinner into the restroom and ripped off my shirt and soaked it in water and put it on my back.

The surge finally stopped. I felt devastated and went to my dorm room to sleep it off, wishing that this was all a dream. However, it never stopped. I came later to find out that the sun would trigger it instantaneously. Additionally, if my body temperature ever became warm the surge would begin again. I had to constantly be soaking my shirt at least 4 times a day. Being on scholarship from Jamaica, a Caribbean country; made this condition mind-boggling for my coach. No one knew what I had and so I turned to the only one that I could depend on, Jesus Christ.

At the time, I was doing my major in Youth Ministry as I am called to full-time ministry; and so, I began seeking the Lord for healing. I would pray, declare, bind, loose, rebuke, worship, praise, stay up all night, ball, beg, plead, intercede, everything that I knew which God enabled me to use to heal myself and others; but this time it was to no avail. As the sun would rise, so would the surge. When I refused to apply water to my back, and used faith to rebuke it, it would worsen to the point where tiny bumps would come up all across my upper body and arms.

For three months I sought the Lord and after that, I gave in and gave up. I accepted the condition as my own. I grew angry and bitter with the Lord. I ended up losing the football scholarship and had to come back to Jamaica after two years of college. This was the worse point in my life. My body wouldn’t allow me to sweat, exercise or do any hectic activity. I couldn’t even hug anybody because my shirt was always soaked. My self-esteem which was always high took the biggest hit of all.

For the next six months I struggled in my newly accepted lifestyle. I moved from an air-conditioned car to my dad’s air-conditioned office where I worked. I travelled with a bottle of cold water to spray myself like a plant any time that my shirt would become less damp. I went from doctors, doing blood tests to my family physician who after several efforts with prescriptions said the words no one ever wants to hear “I have tried everything that I know, there is nothing further that I can do for you.”

In my father’s last resort, he took me to see a psychiatrist who he really said was a psychologist. Based on the location, Ward 21, and the range of questions I easily deduced she was a psychiatrist. The first meeting didn’t really hit me, but; the second meeting in which I had to enter from within Ward 21 is when the gravity of the situation came upon me. I remembered reaching ground zero and as the door closed behind us, I ushered a prayer up to the Lord saying “God, I know I haven’t spoken to you for about 6 months. I NEED A WORD FROM YOU!”

My mom’s friend gave her a word from the Lord to give me that very same day. She said “This is a demonic spirit and you have to do a 3-day water fast and God will heal you.” So I started the fast the following day where the Lord showed me 3 sins (that is, 1 sin each day), that I repented from. On the third after repenting from the 3rd sin I was instantly healed. PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!

Not only was I healed, but I had also promised the Lord that if He ever healed me I would return to U.W.I. Hospital and share my testimony and the Lord also healed a lady who had stage 4 leukemia who had just a few days to live. The Lord said these words to me thereafter: “Philip, don’t you ever doubt me again. It is my desire to heal ALL sick; not some, but ALL!”

If you are sick and have prayed and you still have not been healed, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love you. It means that something is blocking you from being healed. Ask the Lord through fasting and prayer to show you what it is and when He does, REPENT; and you will be totally and instantaneously healed in Jesus’ Mighty Name! Amen!!!