FAITH & POWER
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Our relationship with others is a vital part of our life and how others view you attribute to adult behavior. Nevertheless, youthful exuberant is refreshing because of its raw, unadulterated honesty. Childish responses to adult situations at times are looked upon as spots of nothingness to the well-informed adult brain. Children seldom act in regards of how others will perceive them. They just do what is convenient for them and what please their immediate concerns. Adults are full of agendas and political referendums that stack upon each other contributing to a complex compilation of routes and themes that are confusing to the uninformed and impossible to discern for a child. This is why I believe Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt.18:3) The rules to the Kingdom of Heaven are simply encapsulated in the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you will have them do unto you” nothing more nothing less. In speaking truth, it matters little if you rub someone the wrong way or if you speak out of turn. The Kingdom of is thus, and God designed it to contain perpetual victory for its adherents
I Corinthians 13th also known as the Love Chapter is a nugget of truth that gives us a glimpse of perfected love. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” I Cor. 13:11. In the Kingdom of God, when responding in faith and humility, it is imperative to consider the implications of what others may perceive in what you say or do. A chief concern for those in the Light is not to quench the Spirit, as one decides how to render judgment towards others. When confronted with a seemingly simple decision that requires our words and deeds others take the record with a magnifying glass so to speak.
We are subject to a high level of deception by numbers, yet the Kingdom of God operates on the system of one for example: despise not small beginnings, the diminutive foxes spoil the vine and Jesus left the 99 for the one. In other words get the foundation right, the small things right and the rest follow. Our decisions as Children of God must be based on Biblical insights to provide solutions to proceed as citizens of the Kingdom of God. We know not the entire Sovereign will of God, but as children, we are unified by scripture. Therefore, Spirit-led walking by faith and trusting in God is our best alternative.
Heaven is thus, and God designed it to contain perpetual victory for its adherents.
Thinking about the humility of Jesus and the preaching of the gospel, Jesus taught the bitter along with the sweet mirroring realities giving eternal truths with natural meaning. Making the gospel a fairytale by teaching the good news alone is a disservice. It is also hardship, trials, tribulation, mistrust, division, and turmoil, amongst all the things we got through as saints. Jesus left us two important Keys to the Kingdom one being love and the other humility. God is shaping our humility through love and shape our love through humility. When our ways please God, as we labor we unwitting dodge many unseen dangers; notwithstanding, by remaining humble, we attract a host of angelic beings upholding us as we walk daily through many perils.
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Since wisdom requires effort, and it is a human’s natural inclination to recline, acquiring wisdom is not for the lazy. Gathering sense becomes the habit for the naturally inquisitive. It hides well, usually in plain sight and is mostly obscured by false reason. It is readily assessable but must be sought out to unlock its benefits. Virtual Wisdom is like a light placed upon a darkened path. It illuminates and exposes the options for best results in any endeavor. Virtual Wisdom does not have to be esoteric. This wisdom could be already known to others but unknown to some in gathering whatever it takes to succeed. It expands through geometrical progression until it reaches the masses through human interaction. Nowadays, the answer to any question is readily available at your fingertips or on a nearby bookshelf. Ironically, Virtual Wisdom is not yet wisdom but mere knowledge of a right path, but it is filed as wisdom because an effort is needed to gain it. Exhibit 1a: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade.
Knowledge needs a conversion to be wisdom. Intellectual Wisdom gained through Virtual Wisdom is the student of a great teacher named experience. This empirical knowledge can be drawn upon and applied to resolve various obstacles. Also, the observance of the actions of others could preach volumes to your soul and inspire you to action.
Learning from the success or failure of others is a greater teacher than experience but carries less credibility. To succeed by observing others is an incredible feat.
When inspired by others to tread upon the unfamiliar, courage is needed. Courage and faith are the intangibles that are seen clearly as a result of Intellectual Wisdom. Success is bred through the repetition of Courage and Faith, to win in life and to accomplish your goal is the Hallmark of Intellectual Wisdom. Untouched vistas exist beyond the realm of the one who uses the triple alliance (repetition, faith, and courage). These open the world to vast insight upon plateaus that the world has yet to see. Exhibit 1b: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade and then getting a job in your area with an appropriate income.
Common Sense Wisdom
The homespun wisdom that requires no book knowledge just plain common sense is best. It guards against self-sabotage and aberrant behaviors. The spiritual engineering project called life built over time needs great care. Carelessness, youthful exuberance and bad behavior can undo much good that it took a lifetime to build. My mother used to say never quit a job until you have another source of income. A steady stream to pay your bills. She reminded me to make up my bed before I left for school. You never knew when visitors might come. These two things speak to the maintenance and preparedness that life’s unexpected turns could bring and could jeopardize your hard work. It takes common sense to guard against these. Exhibit 1c: Like going to school to learn a profession or trade and then getting a job in your area with an appropriate income and keeping it providing for your family with respect in your community and inspiring all through your gifts.
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Excuses are tools of the weak and incompetent.
Excuses build foundations of nothingness.
Gird up the loins of your mind.
And put on your holy yoke,
with this done your presence terrorizes the enemy.
If you have to suffer, suffer for righteousness’ sake.
DON’T USE EXCUSES!
If holiness got you between a rock and a hard place, surely your anointing will bring you out.
Praise the Lord and keep your faith.
Guard your anointing and seek to be at peace with all people,
most of all never use excuses.
Excuses are sinking sand, build on a sure foundation by trusting God. (2/23/16)
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It’s been over a month until I began to really catch the flavor of the New Year. Then it came to me still rebounding from 2015, that there must be zero tolerance in 2016 for some things that were allowed to take place in the past. Therefore, I am calling 2016 the year of Zero Tolerance for all things against God. Ironically, it is a year that we in the United States of America choose whose going to run for president in both political parties as President Barack Obama is in last year and in his last term in office. For many in America of African descent in recent years, a sense of pride has abounded having a Brother as the Commander in Chief. Yet, leadership this year must be spiritually grounded more so than politically or culturally for that matter emphasizing doing the next right thing.
The shift into 2016 was seemingly seamless but it was actually a dramatic shift.
2015 was such a seminal year in so many ways in that it captured an era which wholly represented the decade of the teens. Acceptable standards morphed from changes from a simpler time would have startled many of our ancestors as well many adults today who are perpetually reeling from the voracious evil, ever so present in society. Shifting standards make full proof that changes brought about by things out of your control make your existence necessary. Armed with the ability to calm the storm as you hold on to God’s unchanging hand in 2016 you have a God-given right to manifest the desires of your heart.
2015 brought great things to your door
but still the presence of your enemy’s torments was there too. Now in 2016 deliverance from the accuser the liar, the manipulator will altogether cease. In 2016, you have the authority to pull out a seat at the best table spread out with every good thing and sup. The devil will try to deny you so don’t believe the lie. You’re no longer subject to the foolishness of his taunts. In 2016, there shall be a complete snapping away of the ills that plagued you in the past. Because your future is uncertain when trusting God on the faith level, you have no other choice than to activate great faith in God this year. This commitment pleases God and the confidence that you place in Him shall extinguish any feeling of inferiority, peer pressure, doubt or stagnation. This year is the beginning of a new era so seize this moment, shake loose from things that ciphen your momentum and vitality.
Move forward in confidence and courage knowing that God has great things planned for you.
The Work of God
The biggest lie every believed is that Satan or hell is not real. Yes, it is true the devil is real. Originally, an arch angel called Lucifer the Bible reveals that Lucifer lost his position and was cast down to earth becoming Satan. The Bible also contains information of the earth’s title deed beings transferred to Satan from Adam through disobedience. This power remained in the clutched hands of Satan until Christ came remained obedient unto death and fulfilled the prophecy of bruising the head of a serpent.
Satan asked Jesus to worship him in exchange for glory, honor, riches and fame (which Satan could offer because he gained such control from Adam). Jesus victoriously warded off Satan with the Word of God and completed his assignment becoming the greatest figure in history; shifting time, redeeming man, recapturing the title deed that Adam relinquished and most importantly completing His assignment which was to destroy the work of Satan
It’s that time saints.
Now, Satan tries to deceive man after losing to Christ. A saddening fact is that the Church endowed with all power seemingly allows Satan’s follies to persist. If you are a Blood washed Christian indeed you are accountable today like no other time in your life. It’s time for these antics to cease. God’s elect are heavily targeted and left seemingly without allies or friends when Satan’s PR game is running on full blast. Leaders today need our help. If you cannot follow, lead. It’s always time to fear God!
Don’t be deceived Satan is not the owner of the planet. His followers have wealth, but it’s allusive. News flash! Satan lost, and his power base built upon deceit and fear. He is only worthy to be ignored. The fallen angel still wants to rule over death by deceiving the living during their lifetime. Misery … Satan wishes greetings as we welcome one another, but even the liar knows he is lying; but, what hope is there for one who has no hope. Satan has no hope of redemption. Neither do the angels that knew the truth and glided in proximity to the Holy God but decided to follow Lucifer. Not the case with humanity, we have a hope of redemption as long as we breathe unless we foolishly call the Holy Spirit a liar. This folly is the pinnacle of deception called perdition.
Satan is still enticing with delusions of power, money, fame and fortune under the guise of Lucifer. When you call Satan out of his name by saying Lucifer in adoration you are in violation to God. Satan’s intention is to direct worship from God towards itself (It is a better pronoun for the beast). It doesn’t give its attention to anyone. Like any fortune 500 company it chooses the best and brightest to spread its lies and gives certain singers and musicians power to influence the masses. In this age of information we have no excuse when we are deceived by its priests. Study, show yourself approved a workman by your Creator.
Lucifer in the Hebrew tongue is pronounced haw-lal. Its English homonyms are halo or hello. Satan remembering his glory days wants people in mass to sing Hello in instead of praising God saying, Hallelujah! Some songs that have Hello in their title sung by millions upon the earth produced by top artists in the last fifty years. The Beatles, Lionel Richie and The Doors, and more recent artists have Mega Hits entitled “Hello” like Eminem, Beyonce, and Adele. Maybe when picking up the phone, we should say Hallelujah or Glory to God instead of Hello.
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To reach the next tier of your organization and to earn the respect of those around you; stay in tune with the mission of the company and distinguish yourself by obtaining victories for the war chest.
To become a proficient leader you must have been an ardent follower. This seed-time/ harvest relationship principally exists in the type of follower you’ve been; however brief or long it is manifested in your term as a leader. The vestiges of character from your followers are now present that you displayed when you were a follower.
Attitude determines Altitude
To follow instructions for any task your given is the rule for work and when latitude is given to move at will, your value increases if the outcome of your decisions are profitable. You make yourself valuable when the soul of your organization is fed continuously by your input. To distinguish yourself even further is to follow your leader’s words without questioning their reasons. Therefore, trust is an indispensable element in any supervisor – subordinate relationship. To truly become a vessel of honor is to be a catalysis that brings forth your organization’s mission to fruition.
Even Jesus was astonished when speaking with the Centurion who requested that his servant be healed. The Centurion said speak the word only! Jesus noted that this type of discipleship was not even seen in Israel. Leaders love this type of follower. While it is an essential tool of a leader to communicate his or her vision to their followers, at times this cannot be done, especially when in the heat of battle. Good workers cannot become great workers if they need to know why things are done and the way they are done all the time. If a leader is questioned at every turn, some of those who are doing the questioning must be left behind because it drains the forward push of the visionary.
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I have not called you to administer where there is presently administration. I have called you to host where there is a scattering of reeds, to be a gatherer where there is no administration. To go and be where there is dismay to be a standard bearer where there is confusion. To make the journey where others dare to tread. So harden your face and soften your heart and the King of Glory shall be your dwelling. Trust in me and I will make you a great nation, a refuge for the people, from faith to faith, to the mountain of hope from the mountains of praise. Selah