When the Light Fades

What do you do when friends are no longer friends;
When those who should be there can no longer be sensed?

What do you do when the solutions you knew no longer solves;
When the problems you once overcame has returned and evolves?

What do you do when that which brought you happiness breeds depression;
When your curiosity becomes full blown addictions with no regression?

What do you do when the enemy you fight is no longer without but within;
When faith becomes failure and holiness, sin.

What do you do when the victory you seek is sky high or miles deep;
When the light fades and gross darkness creeps.

What do you do when prayers flow but answers don’t,
When you begged and pleaded to the point where you’ve lost all hope?

PERSIST!!! Because as long as God gave us breath for today there is hope for a change. He hasn’t given up on us, so we owe it to Him to not give up on ourselves; to not give up on Him.

Persistence with consistency are the two ingredients we all should pray for and exhibit. Without persistence you will always quit at the door to your victory; without consistency you won’t even reach the door.

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The One True Hero

Born on earth and borne in pain.
Born among men for the disdained.
Birthed in power, created for cause
Born among animals with no need for applause.

Fashioned in flesh yet in purity He came,
Born in a world where all heroes get slain.
Established in authority as His ministry began.
Born to seek and save the lost in this land.

Anointed to do the impossible using the power of His words,
Born to give us unfathomable power beyond the limits of this world.
Rejected by those who believed themselves, the enlightened.
Born to seek the meek, the proud, the brave and the frightened.

Hated by a world who understood Him not,
Born to execute our punishment of death, by dying upon a cross.
Provided His precious blood that we could be empowered and free.
Born to die that we could rise and live with Him eternally.

When a King lays down his crown for the people He created,
When a Lord knowing all his power in love wouldn’t be appreciated,
When a Savior would suffer and die for us to be elevated,
Is when we celebrate our one true hero, Jesus, the KING of Kings and greatest.

 

A Call to Arms

Many of us have been running from the fight as long as we can remember, in hopes that we would never have to face that battle ever again. Many of us have become cunning, and adapted to methods and schemes of evasive action for the purposes of escaping challenges and battles that must be won and difficulties that must be faced.

It’s ok for you to think that that these measures may work, because the truth is, they have for a while. Haven’t they? There are conversations we need to have, but we compromise internally and say to ourselves, “It’s not my place, it’s none on my business. Let it slide.” There are addictions we need to break, but we say “I’ll be good, things are okay. Life goes on.” There are devils we need to face, but we cloud it in, “Oh God’s not real, if He did then…”

The truth is this, there will come a fight for each and every one of us and it won’t matter your age, gender, status or belief. There is a common enemy of man that has been deriding your efforts at success, eroding your dreams of a good marriage, suffocating your desires to be the person God has called you to be.

There is a FIGHT!!! There is a fight; and it has to be fought or I guarantee you upon the solid basis of scripture that you will not only lose, you not only will die, but you will be destroyed! When the Bible asked us to fight the good fight of faith, God knew the devil was going to attack your belief system in yourself, in your neighbor and in Him.  There is a fight, and that fight must be won, for the eternal destiny of a nation, your loved ones, your family and yourself.

Let he who is running, run no more! Let he who is sleeping, awake! Let he who is fearful, take up their weapon of war! FIGHT!!!! Fight for your life; because, as it says in the statement, your life depends on it!!!!

G|R|A|C|E

Grace is the ability to do that which you were previously unable to.

Grace is the ability to be that which you thought was impossible to see.

Grace is the strength arisen in weakness derived from belief in God.

Grace is supernatural becoming natural, faith should become natural not odd.

Grace is power over addictions, victory from defeat, life when all said death.

Grace is resilient faith arriving in depths, ascending your life from debts.

Grace is when you’re weak thus becoming strong.

Grace is bended knees and knowing to Whom you belong.

Grace is the breakthrough, the miracle the deliverance you sought.

Grace is freely given to the humbly earnest that cannot be bought.

It is the yes when the doc says ‘No’, the job says ‘No’ or life says so.

Grace is the ‘Yes’ for healing, for the job you’re believing, the life you’ve been fighting for.

Grace, God’s Raw Ability Conditionally Endowed.

Surrender to His Will and Power and see His love bestowed.

Let His Grace be upon you as you go about your day.

Grace be unto you and yours forever this day I pray.

No Idols Accepted Here

Being a Christian today is becoming extremely hard as each day goes by. One must be honest within themself and make the necessary adjustments to the dilemmas of Today’s Christendom. One major weapon of distraction today is the device we are holding in our hands right now.

Its power of distraction and destruction is far-reaching. It has not only destroyed the fabric of many relationships among us as humans, but it even threatens that which we have or seek to have with God. The world of social media is an all-encompassing web of gossip, trends, entertainment, dark proclivities among a host of other mind-swaying activities.

Funnily, the phone can be used for great good yet, more often than so; it is the tool that is crippling churches as members dwindle from distracted yet present, to indulging and absent. It’s honestly like I am watching the destruction of the world in slow motion and feel a strong sense of powerlessness in stopping it.

That which is in the hand has now replaced He who is within our heart; that which has no life is an idol now worshipped even among His stalwarts.

I pray today for a love unfiltered, undiluted, unlimited, unhinged, uncompromising and unimaginable between our selves and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray for a love that cannot be tampered with, that shall not be swayed, but will be laser-focused in its motives, its purpose and the process required to remain effective.

Let us seek the Lord for His tremendous grace that makes our weaknesses, strengths; even now in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!!!

He Doesn’t Call the Qualified; He Qualifies the Called

For us Christians, we are on a journey of continuous maturity, being called the righteousness of God; yet we strive day after day for perfection. However, the dilemma is, what happens when your are still in the struggle and yet God wants to use you to minister to people who are in the struggle with you? One may think it only practical to become a master before one can preach, teach or pray for others, but most of the time it doesn’t work that way.

In truth, as we reach out or do outreach, God reaches in and gives us the grace to overcome as we help others do the same. You maybe used to administer healing or motivation to others even though you may be at your weakest. Moses, stuttered in his speech, yet God still deemed him fit for service. As TD Jakes said it, “His stutter didn’t stop his anointing”. God wants to let you know that your stutter won’t stop your anointing.

Paul suffered from a thorn in his flesh, which he pleaded with the Lord three different times for its removal. Yet, the Lord did not. Paul realized that his thorn kept him human, kept him broken, kept him reliant on God’s grace for success. It was Paul who later came to the understanding that “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10). God prefers to use the down, defeated and ostracized than those who suffer from pride, self-sufficiency and selfishness.

I challenge you today to show the love of Christ to those around and see how God uses that as a springboard to your future victories and eternal success.

When?

In witnessing there are always few responses that are consistently used. The most popular of these, when one is asked about making Jesus their Lord and Savior is, “I am just not ready yet.” This response infers a lot of information. First of all, it assumes that there is a specific day, time and moment that one may suddenly be ready or feel ready. The second, is that it assumes that one has full knowledge of the times, that is, when one is going to pass on from this life.

The first misconception with regard to getting saved, is that there will never be a time when all the signals are just perfect. In fact, most times while someone maybe ministering to you about Jesus, the enemy is doing the opposite by inputting thoughts of doubt and worry at the same time. This is why one may feel a sense of conviction and motivation to make that right decision only to be bombarded with opposing thoughts of how they will stop sinning, or what if they backslide, or what may others think etc.

These thoughts are meant to destroy you by keeping you in sin and as such, must be ignored if one is to have any chance of experience the power, presence and purpose of God in their life. Like NIKE, “Just Do It!” Don’t hesitate!

The second misconception assumes that one has complete knowledge that their day and hour is no nigh. The truth is that not even the prophets, the apostles and other stalwart men and women of God are certain of the time that they will be called up to meet Him. This is why we have made the most important preparation of all. It is because we don’t know when this world will end and more so, we do not know when we will die, that we choose not to wait until the last-minute. Choose today as well as every other day to die to our old selves and LIVE COMPLETELY FOR CHRIST.’

The First Sin: Even an Angel Failed this Test

The self-righteous are some of the most dangerous persons in this world. There is nothing more diabolical and duplicitous than a self-righteous person. Before I go any further, let me first say that I myself am guilty of this sin and have found forgiveness in Christ. Let me now go on to say that this is one of the most dangerous sins to commit yet, one of the easiest ones as well.

Self-righteousness is borne in pride which in truth is conceived in ignorance. In our lack of true understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His love and His mercy, we find ourselves easily judging others while relaxing the measure of judgement for others closest to us – be it family members or loved ones.

Self-righteousness was the first sin to be committed. Satan’s sin was a sin of pride; a sin of considering or esteeming himself more important than others and equal to God. Where is your pride derived? Is it in thinking of yourself more valued than others or one that causes you to reject God and out rightly blaspheme His Word?

My prayer today is that we all make it our daily prayer to search the deepest recesses of our hearts and cauterize any and all forms of pride and self. This can only be done by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit our Counselor. Let pride me and all flesh be crucified daily so that the resurrected power of Jesus may empower us to magnificent signs and wonders.

God Bless.

Our Near-Death Testimony

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

Two weeks ago, I had a near-death experience, in which the Lord revealed to me that the devil had a death warrant for myself and 3 of my family members. However, He intervened a split-second before we would have been in a most deadly accident on Hope Road, cancelling any such plan from being executed. The most shocking thing was that we are all four Christians coming from our weekly family prayer and fasting meeting that we have every Thursday.

The things I’ve learned are:
1. Satan cares not whether we’re saved or not; in fact he seems more determined to kill those who are a threat to him and his purposes.
2. Life’s fragility should never be forgotten.
3. Do all, say all, love as much as you can, today.
4. Stay under the coverage of His blood.
The world around you may be throwing themselves into deep darkness and sinfulness, yet I need you to stand your ground of integrity and holiness. It may seem boring and your body may very be craving these things yet, we are called to make our flesh subject to our spirit.
5. Fasting & Prayer, cuts worldly affections and addictions whilst giving us increase hate for sinfulness. It gives us the ability to detest the things that God abhors.

I thank you Jesus for Your mercy and faithfulness. You spared us so that we could be a living testimony for You, and we will be one!!!!

A Most Catastrophic Calamitous Eternal Destruction

Anyone who knows me, know of my love of video games. I had to previously break my addiction to Call of Duty, a game that I have spent hundreds of hours playing over the years. The pros at this game focus on three main objectives: kill-death ratio, win-loss ratio and score per minute. Some give priority to one over the other two, but my definition of the best player, was one who was complete in all categories.

Life, like Call of Duty may also be measured in similar ways. One should focus on Biblical objectives such as, how much people we minister to (encourage, evangelize, pray for etc) on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Of those ministered to, one may need to document how much of those have become Christians, ensure they are getting involved with a church and so forth. It’s shocking how many of us call ourselves children of God, yet we never tell a soul about Jesus and what He has done for us.

We may also need to value our lifestyles, our habits, actions, decisions and weigh the value of them all against eternity. It’s surprising how caught up we are in daily activities all of which have nothing to do with our God-given purpose, talents or gifts. Our lives are so cumbersome that it doesn’t allow us time or energy to do the things that God has called us to do. The poor, the hungry, the rejected, the widow, the fatherless, the homeless, the prisoners; these are they who God has called us to reach out to, not just to our friends and acquaintances within our mutually benefiting social network.

The numbers tell a different story more than our mouths may speak and our minds may think. Jesus said it best, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” Matthew 15:8. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12. Many of us have silenced our conscience in an effort to sin comfortably and whilst even ‘Christians’ do the same to live a life free of the responsibility of following God’s Word, judgement and death looms more deadly and destructive than the most catastrophic disaster one could ever imagine.

The greatest shock will come to those who so convinced themselves they were saved, knowing in the depths of their souls they truly weren’t. Deceive not yourself one more day, my brothers and my sisters. Make it right before our Almighty King, Jesus; the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords.

Death is not a question of IF but WHEN.