Sunday, August 4, 2019

FAITH- Was The Apostle Paul Bi-Polar?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Hebrews 1:1

In a world with so many uncertainties and with the decline of moral values, it is hard to find more individuals standing in the sacred place of “integrity”. For one, I am one of those individuals who want to do what is right but time after time I do what is not. Our Biblical ancestor brother the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7:15-20

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Brother Paul hit the nail on the head when he referred his dilemma as sin. There are a lot of emotions in these few paragraphs that shows clearly that Paul was troubled by doing what he should not do and not doing what he should do. You might be asking yourself how FAITH ties into all of this. Well, without faith it is impossible to please God and if God wants us to do his work on earth and we find ourselves struggling then, the sin must be a lack of FAITH. 

Working with active and recovering addicts has taught me that addiction does not need to be substance abuse but with anything that causes you to lose your ability to make a conscious choice to stop the negative behavior that causes you to indulge in doing what you don’t want to do but yet do. During this negative cycle, it may seem that you may be losing your mind as thoughts continue to bombard you day and night for not being able to stop your negative obsessive behavior. As the cycle of guilt continues to plague the spiritual is affected.   

The question is how much FAITH do you have about a Loving God who is ready to help you break free from your pain and torment? 

Join me as I journey through a faith journey as I reengage in my blogging.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How Can You Begin To Be Healed And Live A Life Of Purpose? P 2

For your heart to be truly healed you will need to seek the leading of the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit who softens the heart, the mind and brings comfort to the soul prepares you to meet Christ in the spiritual realm. This is why God takes grieving the Holy Spirit very seriously, because the Holy Spirit’s responsibility is to prepare us and if we refuse Him, we refuse the Divine Authority (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). God is always in control of His creation; however, we do have an enemy who is looking for our allegiance and for us to forfeit our participation at Earth’s Final Royal Wedding. If you think that our “Free Will” gives us complete control of our lives, you are sadly mistaken. We do have some control in our lives (i.e. who we marry, education, lifestyle, etc.) but we are not really in control of our lives as the world makes us believe.

Each day, we are given yet another chance to make a difference and to seek God. If you have suffered and felt that God is not worth giving him another chance to be part of our lives, let me beseech you my sisters and brothers to rethink this. Do not miss the opportunity of a lifetime to know God for Who He is why he has chosen you and me to partake at Earth’s Final Royal Wedding.  For so many years, I was depressed because I allowed my past to control my circumstances, not allowing God to do what He does best, which is heal my mind, body and soul. I avoided reading the Word and following God because there were too many rules. Do you wonder why God has rules? The answer is because God knows our hearts and He knows us better than we know ourselves. When I chose to walk away from God and reject his invitation to Earth’s Final Royal Wedding, He allowed me to go through the process and it was painful, costly and unbearable. Out of love, I am asking you today, have you asked God in your life? Have you really released your past mistakes and learned from them?

When I returned to Christ after the leading of the Holy Spirit, I learned that forgiveness will help me by giving me a new perspective on life. It will also help you understand that you and I have freedom to choose life, and that the individuals who robbed us of our innocence, dignity, and self-worth exercised their free choice. Do not blame yourself for what someone else did to you and don’t blame someone else for what mistakes you choose for yourself. God has given us the Bible, a manual for living. Know God’s law and use the armor He has supplied you with.   You are a warrior now; you have been called.

As I have mentioned before, begin a new relationship with God. Read His Word. God loves you, no matter what the world says. Pray and search Him diligently. Again, I stress, give God another chance, believe it or not, people get appalled when I say this.

God knows everything about you and God does not care where you have been but rather He desires that you are in Him. It is through Christ that we are made whole. 3 It is written “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)  

Only you have the power of choice and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, you can be healed through Christ but it is a choice.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How Can You Begin To Be Healed And Live A Life Of Purpose? P I

It was July 19, 2005, when I began to see where God was leading me. I had finished studying scriptures when I realized what true conversion was all about. True conversion, my friends, is allowing God to change you from what you once were. When I came back to God I knew that only He could change my life and thought processes. I had a new identity—a “Re-Born Identity” that cannot be faked or manipulated. Christ became my example and slowly, I began to change, but not by my own doing, it was through the Holy Spirit. How did I know that I was changing? I didn’t! That was the beauty of it…I had no clue that I was changing. The change was seen by others but not necessarily by me.  The few things I did notice about myself were, I was able to control my temper much better than I had in the past, and  I was able to forgive, others for their wrong doing toward me and not waste time seeking revenge. In addition, the Holy Spirit began to show me my wrong doings and teaching me to ask for forgiveness because I was known to be a ruthless and evil person.  

I believe that if a person gives themselves to Christ, that in time, they will have a Re-born identity as well.  However, so often, new believers take on the identity of other Christians instead of Christ and then they are back where they started…empty. It was my desire that when I came back to God that I would not allow myself to conform to the behaviors of others.  I chose to live in Christ not in people and God is still working on me in this area. Let’s face it. If we have been abused sometimes we can become mean individuals because of resentment and bitterness. Our perspective of God, life and others can be distorted.

What if I told you that you are alive today because God has allowed you to live another day would you believe me? Don’t you know that if you have endured childhood traumas that you are a survivor? You have beaten statistics? Whether you are on drugs, on the streets, dying of AIDS, serving time in jail, in a mental hospital, homeless, generational victims, having babies from different partners, survivor of suicide attempts we all have a choice to become pure or remain in stuck in the muck of resentment and bitterness. That is the beauty of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, come as you are and He will transform you into what you were meant to be so that you may participate in Earth’s Final Royal Wedding. I know that if you are reading this post, you are an excellent candidate to ask God into your life and begin to heal this very moment. 

How Can You Begin To Be Healed And Live A Life Of Purpose? What I would suggest for you is several things but first and most important is:

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into a deep relationship with the Bridegroom. This means that you will read the awesome Book of Love Letters to humanity also known the Bible. Read scriptures on His love for us and the power of forgiveness that only Christ can give us.
  • Make a list of everyone you must forgive. Granted, there may be some individuals that you may never get the opportunity to speak to in person, but that should not stop you from placing them on your list, praying for them, and understanding that God is in control and will deal with these people accordingly.
  • Forgive your past mistakes. We blame ourselves for things we had no control over or of which we were ignorant of. A small child is certainly not responsible for the abuse committed against him or her.
  • Join a group of survivors or start a group at your church. Find someone to mentor you during these times. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

What Is Keeping You Out of Earth’s Final Royal Wedding Part III?

When I was in my teens, I remember several times that a lot of my friends were invited to a party but I was not. I was not the most popular girl in school and if I was popular for some odd reason it was not for a good reason. Nevertheless, not being invited meant that I was not popular as the other girls and that really hurt my feelings. Well, as Christians we are not going to be popular but we are all invited to Earth’s Final Royal Wedding. With this being said, to accept the invitation for Earth’s Final Royal Wedding that has been given to all of us, there is a process. In the last posts, I was mentioning the attire and how He will clothe us with the attire of righteousness. In addition, I was focusing on the character that will get us into the Wedding Attire that we will need to access entry into the Royal Wedding. Our character cannot be changed in our own power but rather through the power of the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit.

One of my posts I speak of Free Will and how we will either be willing participants or unwilling participants in Earth’s Final Royal Wedding because of our free will. We have a power to choose Christ or deny him. Hence, we also have power through the Holy Spirit to choose to forgive or not to forgive. Therefore, I say that forgiveness is a choice that is led by the Holy Spirit and on the other hand, choosing not to forgive is also led but by another spirit that is not holy.

When we allow ourselves to be resentful towards others or hold a grudge you are allowing the other person who wronged you to control you. When another person is controlling you, then there is no room for Christ to lead you. The very thought of seeing the person physically or even in pictures stirs your soul. These feelings toward the person become negative emotions each time. As we continue to keep these grudges and not forgive, these very people you are not fond of, they in turn hold the key to your happiness, your mental wellbeing and your health. If they hold the key to your happiness, then by default you are forfeiting your invitation into Earth’s Final Royal Wedding and that is just too much power for someone to give to. Now, if they have the power over you, then does God have any power over you or your life? And if He does not have power over your life, then who does? The answer is quite simple…Satan.

Satan is always waiting for you to give into resentment, hatred and anger. When that happens you have opened a portal for him to come into your life and by doing so, you are disqualified from attending Earth’s Final Royal Wedding. Therefore, Satan will have power over you, your thoughts and your character and unfortunately the Holy Spirit cannot prepare you for the GREAT Royal Wedding. You have lost all power and have become powerless. If Satan is using someone to have power over you, then you have defaulted and honestly God does not want anyone to have power over the one He paid a huge ransom over. If an unforgiving heart is keeping you from participating in Earth’s Final Royal Wedding, ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive.

The Bible says “therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” Colossians 3:12-13 our attire is to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. You see, our attire is very important and as I mentioned before, our attire is spiritual and we cannot put on our own attire but rather, it is placed on us through the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

So, if your (strongholds) are resentment an unforgiving heart is what is keeping you from participating in Earth’s Final Royal Wedding, seek wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit and see what wondrous things he does for you. 

After all, forgiveness is a choice and your choices in life will dictate whether you attend Earth’s Final Royal Wedding as a willing participant or an unwilling participant. 

It is you choice. Who are you choosing today?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What Is Keeping You Out of Earth’s Final Royal Wedding Part II?

The Savior is calling you to partake in Earth’s Final Royal Wedding. In fact, He is strategically placing people around you that are Christ focused so that you come under His banner of love. Why? Because He loves you! You better believe that someone is planting a seed for your good… Become a fruitful bearer, blossom in our Lord Jesus Christ and see the transformation that only He can give. If you have been a victim by a so-called Christians, let me take this opportunity to say to you “I’m so sorry.” You see, Christians are not at all perfect and although that is not an excuse, find it in your heart to forgive and let go. Let God deal with these individuals but don’t give up on God. Release them and enjoy what Christ has for you and me at Earth’s Final Royal Wedding. Please understand, I am not minimizing what you have gone through. No! That is not my goal.

You see, forgiveness does not mean letting people get away with murder, but rather it means that you do not have to spend any more energy, shed tears, lose sleep, and live a life devoid of happiness because of those who violated you. Forgive yourself, embrace yourself, become a friend to yourself after all, you are a temple of God. Give God another chance. Even though you may have felt He was not there for you, He was and waiting for you to return to him. You may not know why things happened, but God does and He has always been there for you even in your darkest days. The Divine Authority (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are working together so that you may have life because Satan wants to destroy you and his best weapon is unforgiveness. 

When we do not forgive, we begin to die inside, when this happens; our spiritual connection with Christ is broken. We may be going to church, singing in the choir and even being a preacher, but if forgiveness is not practiced, resentment will set in. Haven’t you noticed individuals in church who are just miserable with everyone including with themselves? They don’t like the sermons, can’t stand the music, they go as far as not liking their church member. Why, because of resentment. The seed of resentment comes from the unforgiving fruit tree is the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit. Also, unforgiveness is a pride issue.
True forgiveness is a humble and mental state of the mind. It helps us stay in the thought process of Calvary’s Cross. I say true forgiveness because Jesus is our example as Christians. As we continue to think of the cross, it draws us ever nearer to Him who shed his blood so that I can be forgiven. He paid the price that I should have paid. Unforgiveness equals anger and anger leads to danger. We must pray for those who wronged us and stop the cycle of resentment and grudges.

FAITH- Was The Apostle Paul Bi-Polar?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Hebrews 1:1 In a world with so many uncerta...