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?

What Time is It?

Time it’s one the most powerful resources to show some somethings worth.
It’s like when it comes to time, people are rarely late for work.
Time waits for no one, the countdown clock begins from birth;
Isn’t it funny we always have time for school or work, but some have no time for church.

The thing with time is that it tells where our heart’s treasure lays.
The place where you spend your time mostly is the god that has your praise.
So, I say I love the Lord but in a given week, I can barely give Him a Sunday or Saturdays.
Yet, our time for other things are never compromised. LORD please let Your truth saturate!

They praise Me with their lips yet their hearts are no where close,
Service to God or money many make money their cross.
Who said ‘time is money’ that phrase is so funny; in time and money that person got lost.
Time is the precious commodity given to us by the Ultimate Boss.

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Time is precious please don’t forget this life lesson friend,
Time is the only thing that keeps our hearts beating, at an unknown time that ends.
This is another day and time to make Jesus your Daily Bread,
Ignoring this time could be the last time; choose wisely where you wish to spread your bed.

What time is it?

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2.

 

If You Ain’t First, You’re Last!

So, Today’s the first of July and as such, it’s been a while since we did the Devotional “Seeking FIRST” the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This devotional will examine if God is FIRST, or help us to realize exactly how important He is to us; being 100% truthful to yourself, is the only requirement.

What is the very FIRST thing that you do after waking up in the morning (that is, after using the bathroom etc)?

What is the FIRST thing that you do or think about doing when you get your paycheck?

Where is the FIRST place that you go in times of trouble?

What is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind when you think of Heaven; and now, Hell?

When comparing phone, internet, tv, gym, parties or devotions which comes easiest to you?

Today is a day like any other but sometimes it helps reconciling our belief in God to our actual actions; after all, ‘action does speak louder than words.’

I urge the readers of Today’s message to realize that like the Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights said “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” If God isn’t first then you know who is.

Prayer for Today:
LORD JESUS, help me to put you FIRST in all things, including relationships, my affection, my treasure and my days. Forgive me for where I’ve went ahead of You and got too busy to honor You with best part of my day, my energy and focus. I ask for Your Grace to put You FIRST and keep You there, in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!!!

 

Two Wealthy Business Men

This is the story of two wealthy business men, who wanted to invest their riches.
The 1st business man brings all his money to a swindler, whose company only deals in short-term investment activities. The swindler invests all the business man’s cash for the purpose of immediate returns; with no long-term plans whatsoever. His business is named, Immediate Gratification with the slogan “Why Wait?” This caught the business man’s eye, because he was a man who lived in the ‘NOW’, and believed in working hard but partying even harder; so Immediate Gratification (I.G.) was the place for him.

The 2nd Business Man invested his wealth with an old-fashioned investment banker, whose business was named Rock Solid Investments, with a slogan “Yesterday, Today, Forevermore.” His company’s portfolio ranged from short to long-term investments along with a life-after-death facility, that allowed for one to spend paradise in a place that inspired all other paradises. The business man rested well, knowing the master investor would not only be able to strengthen his holdings, but guarantee his eternal future.

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Today, we invest in motor vehicle insurance, just in case of an accident or theft, mainly. We invest in life insurance which does not do much for us personally, but mainly helps our loved ones when we pass on.
Business people are taught succession planning as we know that one day the younger generation will have to take over.

Nevertheless, many people today operate with total disregard to the risk of dying outside of Jesus and His holiness. They plan for their future and their family as it pertains to life here on earth. The strangest thing is that most people believe in a heaven and hell yet, they make no assurances that this is where they definitely have to go. They may have a desire or intention to make it there, but somehow there is never a right time for them to make the decision or have the relevant conversations. Most times, they are too busy with earthly matters and entanglements to make the most important decision of all.

This is not only unfortunate but a severe catastrophe. My prayer today, is that we all STOP whatever we believe is so important and guarantee our eternal salvation, because in the end –

The worse thought would be us being so busy working, going to school, looking about our business, family, friends and fun at the expense of neglecting Jesus; pass on from this life, and after we do, they decide to accept Jesus after. We would have given our world and eternity for them, but in the end, even a million prayers wouldn’t be able to pluck us out of an eternity in hell.

Prayer for Today:
LORD JESUS, help me to never be too busy to guarantee my eternal salvation. I ask You to take precedence over everything in my life that competes against my affection and dedication to You. I confess today that I am a sinner and I repent now and forevermore. Come into my heart Jesus and save me from myself from this day, to my last day; in Your Name I pray. AMEN!

Where do You Invest Your Treasure?

Scripture Reading:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

“…However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20

The problem of misplaced joy and thus misplaced priorities is one that repeats itself from generation after generation. It’s been said that a wise man learns from his mistakes but a wiser man learns from other’s mistakes. The scripture speaks to placing our joy in things that are not earthly, be it power over spirits, titles, positions, relationships etc.

Jesus even went further to give an example of how we should rejoice (bu say that we should rejoice that our names are written in heaven). Paul cautioned us that why we shouldn’t rejoice in things of this world; because they are temporal. That means they’re status is easily changeable and able to tampered with by the ‘good of this world.’

Placing our joy in the wrong things places crosshairs on them for the enemy to attack. He is on an endless tirade to attack and steal our joy, thus; finding joy in things here on earth will come under attack. It would be sad if like Job we made the same mistake and had later exclaimed, “the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job 3:25).

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For examples, if we place our joy in a job or a relationship, losing it will automatically become our greatest fear. And the reason the enemy desires so much to attack our joy is because the word of God states that, “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Thus, stealing our joy is equivalent to stealing our strength and the slippery slope to sadness, depression and anger may present itself.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us rejoice in the following:

¤ Our names are written in Heaven
¤ Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus
¤ If God is for Us, then who can be against Us
¤ Greater is He that is in Us, than he that is in the world
¤ We are More than Conquerors through Christ Jesus
¤ All things work together for the good to them that love the Lord

The list goes on and on but you get the gist. We are rejoicing in promises, eternal.

Prayer for Today:
LORD, let our focus, treasure and strength be spent investing in the eternal things that further Your Kingdom here on earth. Cause us to find true joy only in Your unchangeable and eternal promises toward us. WE pray this in no other name, but in the name of the Lamb that was Slain, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!