Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
— Matthew 5:10-12 NIV
Sure you and I could agree on this one, but really are we persecuted because of Christ, or our opinion? We make people mad because, we say things that are not agreeable to most. Yet, are those things i’m saying the Word of Truth, or my observations that bring judgement? I have to re-evaluate what I am saying to make sure the truth is whats revealed and not my knowledge of a particular subject that eat at a persons soul. I probably do not want anyone to decipher my coded messages and reveal my wrong doings. In fact I am certain I would not want to be exposed to anyone of stuff I still do not have under subjection. This Scripture is saying we are blessed when people false accuse us of wrong doings and persecute us based upon that assumption. That is embarrassing when people get it wrong. When you are not apart of what they have assumed of you. Persecution though, for Christ sake. Is when you are hitting the head on the nail and they donot want to hear from you. So, they claim no judgment status. That saying of do not judge lest you be judged. People say that as a cover for what was exposed. The Pharisees and Scribes persecuted our Lord because He was doing the work they were called to with more efficiency. They sought to hurt Him physically because of what He did and exposed of them. Many might choose to harm you in a physical manner, but most play the game of the mind. They use social networks to destroy you. They now inbox about you. They influence the young with the lie that was conjured up about you. They keep hate alive.
But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
— Ecclesiastes 2:11 NLT
We kill ourselves for the temporary. Nothing we own is permanent, it is empty and without a lasting impression once we have stopped living.
I miss my Grandmother. I wish she could have lived an extremely long time. But, I know she probably would have hated that thought. When you work so hard for something and then once your life has come to a slow down. You finally get to see all that you have done and you are still dissatisfied. Why live any time past disgusted or disapproval.
I am 47 years old. I love what I do, but if something doesn’t change, I will hate what I have done for 27 years because I would have had nothing to be proud of after decades of working. Hope is the lasting thought that we must hold on to. Hope assures us that we have accomplished everything that the Lord has set on our path.
I just want to complete what the Lord has given to me in this life. Im not running around here trying to find schemes that will make my life comforting. I will find comfort in doing the Lords work. That is what will matter when the rewards are handed out in the end. Thank the Lord for something great. Thank Him for all opportunities to become sonething in His name. I dont want it if I have to maintain the stage and the audience. Im not a show man nor a salesman.
We are letting things linger on in our minds. Those should have beens and could have beens. I stead we should show gratitude for the things that the Lord did send our way and we got it right. God knows there are more of those days of failing and getting it all wrong then we want to count.
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
— Psalm 25:1 NKJV
Give the Lord access to your thought’s. It will work out better for you and I if we surrender our thinking to the Master. He can give you a place of solice and joy. We have over running thoughts that seem to plummet our minds into deviousness. We donot want to think unsavory thoughts, but our minds are bombarded with foolish thinking that is not that of our Savior.
To clean up the private play ground saints we need to fill our thoughts with the Word of truth. We throw our hands up in constant praise to the greatness of our God and King. He has done great things in our lives. The main point in this Scripture, is that we present our souls to the Lord. We lift our souls to God as an offering of something we feel is all we have that may be worth it. Our souls cannot be filled with deviousness or foolish nature that we have let ramble around in our thoughts. If we are going to present anything to God that we have taken possession of, it is our souls. That is all we do own, if we can truly say we possess it. Other wise our souls could be completely given over to the enemy and we only find out when the Lord says depart. We must understand what He will be rejecting in the end is not our flesh, but our carnality that we let loose and never gained control over.
God is not seeking after flesh that lives Godly. He is seeking after a mind that has surrendered to the Will and the Word of God. All of this will be the result of something we could not see that took over a part of us that we could not see. I just hope we were not so blind that we do not see what must be done to be completely saved. When you cant see the soul, you only look to what you can see and that is soon to be dissolved, flesh and that is not enough. Hopefully not every part of our being . I pray for the saving Grace.
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
— I John 5:4-5 NIV
It takes faith in Christ to believe the miraculous. If we do not have faith mountains in our lives will not be removed. We need faith to resist the enemy. Without faith it is impossible to please the Lord. Be an overcomer, and not one who has been ran over by lifes situations. To be an overcomer, is to put our trust in the Lord above and not in man. Men only want you to look to them when they are doing spectacular deeds. Men want your recognition to boost their ego. They only do good because others are watching them closely. We dongood when people are not watching us. That is when the reward is most worth it. We overcome the world through faith in Jesus Christ. The standard of the Lord is to lift up His name before men that God get the Glory.
We believe in the one and only Son of the living God. He is the true way and life. We let this mind of Chrost be in us each and everyday. We are here to please the Lord God. No matter what.
We have victory over this world because we have Christ Jesus within. With out Him we are doomed to suffer greatly. Thank the Lord for His Saving Grace.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
— Proverbs 22:6 NLT
It is time we got a hold to our kids, sense we don’t like raising as a village anymore. We mean well as parents. We want our children to grow up with morals and have a relationship with God for themselves. Not mattter wjat you do. Your child will pick a path that suits their lifestyle. We just hope our witness was strong enough to keep them going to God when things get tough and not relying on man. This Scripture give parents the ingredient to raising God fearing children. Train them up. Don’ t let them just pick a theme about the Lord and thats how they live. People only give the good fluffy and soft tones of the faith to their children. Yes God loves us. Because, He chastises us, that is what tells us He truly cares. If your parents allow you the run of the mill and do not give you boundaries, that is a false sense of love. If they tell you what you are allowed to do and what you are not allowed to do. That is signs of parenting that gives a care about how you turn out in life. No good parent want their child to grow up selling dope. The same thing goes for raising children who stay away from sexual misconduct. I know I was a teenaged father, but I have been here the whole time in the same home and everything from their births. I do not want my daughters stuck to being baby mommas and having to deal with moron fathers who do not understand the proper balance of discipline in raising their children. Yelling at them in derogatory language and cursing at them, is not raising them to know the Father in Heaven. Teach them to know sin and what the consequences of letting it take over in their does. If they donot know, it is our fault. We have to place God’s Love and Command on the same line of reflection. He loves you as much as He corrects you. Correction is love, not hatred. Correction is not alone. It is accompanied with the love of the Lord. Love cover multitudes of sin. Love will not be over ran by it. It won’t be neglected and abused because another is selfish and just want to inflict pain instead of opening ones heart to who Christ Jesus is. You raise your children and train them like those who train terrorists or over acheivers. Do not relent, expect them to learn the life so that when they are older. They wont depart.
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
— Mark 14:38 NKJV
This Scripture is the center of my calling. Every since I began to pteach at 16 years of age. It has been my sole message to tell the world I lived in. The Spirit can do what your flesh attempts and fails. We must be aware of when our flesh is close to the brink of death. Many time our desires that are not His, tempt us to step out of bounds and in doing so, we risk losing an eternal grasp on wjat we believe and know to be truth and righteousness. God wants us to be able to resist the devil so that he may flee us inside and out. When the enemy has an audience in our process of thought, it becomes tougher to live a life that is real. We fail to asociate our desires of flesh with things that are against the Lord, because we understand that He wants us happy too. I pray that we understand that to be free of sin we must walk according to the Spirit of God’s impressions. Wjat the flesh can hande the Spirit doesnt fight against. We think that the Spirit of the Lord contends with us when He doesn’t. He will not try to convience us of something we do not want to listen to in the first place. The Spirit tells us we should not gamble, and for the most of us, that is enough. For a gamble, it is the hardest task to not desire to take that chance. The flesh doesn’t know what hurts it until it is out of commission. Even when it hurts the flesh still has a desire for it. Even through the loss of money, the flesh still believes it can do something about it. The Word tells us to pray so that we do nit fall to the temptations of our flesh and find ourselves weak and overrun. Victory is ours when we pray to God for hope and strength.
The LORD detests double standards;
he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
— Proverbs 20:23 NLT;
God hates it when we are not balanced in our dealings with others. You know how we can make up a price for a product and when we see someone else who looks like they can pay more, we up the price of the same item. It is wrong to have standards that are doubled, just as it is wrong to have a double mindedness and be unstable in our ways. God does not support that type of mentality.
They even think our standards are wrong when it comes to equal treatment between the sexes. Men get away with doing and saying things that women cannot. It may very well be true. On many levels men take liberties that women probably should not. Just because they are feminine. That is why we have the liberation movement that took place in the early 60’s. Even though that happened, men still are rewarded finacially, where women who have the same knowledge and training are not given. Our standards must make sense. We must treat people with respect and honor. Finding the ability to be fair and just, not showing favortism to a special group because they are able to give us something in return. God loves a just weight. He loves when business is done right. So pay everyone what they are worth. The Lord will reward you openly in due season.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
— Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV
Until the Word has performed all the Lord commands for us. We shall see seed time and harvest. A time of consistency when all else is failing. Gods plans will not cease to maintain. You want something. It takes for you to first dig into good soil and place an expected seed. We must plant our seeds within good soil, so that we may obtain a plentiful and bountiful harvest. Never withhold your own harvest for fear of planting. If the ground is not ready, then it must be tilled so that it is fit to receive the seed. We do not leave a place that needs work, we dig in and do what is expected of a beleiver who desires to see all of God’s children reap a bountiful expected harvest from faithful work unto the Lord. We reform. We set expectations for the beleiving body we work among and we do not let down until the Lord has His hands on the hearts of the servants. To mamy times we leave when we should stay and help build. We let those mothers and brothers and sisters go down without strong support, who we can see have the heart of Jesus, but must fight the powers that be in order for things to go accordingly. The seasons will remain until the Lord says so. We have to be ready for the changes and prepare what gifts we have to give to the Kingdom of God. The harvest is ripe but the labourers are few. There is plenty to pull in, but not many who are good witnessess. That is what we need the most. Those who are willing to plant the seed of hope, that the people may know the Lords favor still reigns upon His people. We all have that task of working towards the inevitable harvest of unlimited souls that must be saved. These souls who have the seed of truth and righteousness within them all. Must be saved.
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient.
— Colossians 3:12 ERV
Your not like everyone around you. That is why your circumstances turn out different. Your testimonials have more weight than the average believer. What you share with those who listen, they take to heart. Because, He chose you. God puts particular attention on very few people. I mean to say. All of us havent suffered greatly, even though we might have grown up in the same era. I get it how some feel as if people of color are picked on more than any other ethnicity. I know the youth suffer under hardship. Yet, I cannot help remembering growing up and having such freedom at 14 years of age that I never saw those struggles towards me. I appreciate the light that God has shown on me. I also know that I cannot get away with misconduct either because of this particular illumination He has placed over me. People will not like you. They will try to set you up at every turn in your life. The question is, will you defend yourself and loose credibility with God, just to prove to others you are not weak?
When your enemy surrounds you. Dont panick, God knows they are there. Put your trust in the maker of all men. Pray for those who use you on purpose. Sone can not handle the struggle of where you came from. So, they do climb over your hard work and claim it as their own. You can not say anything because it will look like your the jealous one. Trust me I know about that too. It seems like a long journey when you have to wait for vindication for unjustified acts done against you. God hasnt forgotten what men have done, especially if they have not repented, and let me say this to those who look for closure from people who hurt you. They may not come back to you and apologize. They might just say sorry to God. Like David when he messed up and had that ladies husband put on the front line. I know that was a hard blow to hear. But, thats my job to tell you truth according to Gods Word not our interpretations of what He was trying to convey. God tells us to pray for our enemies. Many of us cant forgive our siblings. He says give an extra mile with a brother in need and your coat. We barely go a block without complaining about fuel costs. We need to treat people as God said. Not expect them to react accordingly first. If you wait for Godly reactions from amother before your respond in kind. It wont happen, because you are withholding your Godliness for a response from someone else who might not even fully believe as you do. Why suffer God wrath because we all sit around holding out expecting the other to get it this time.
Ok. So, here is what needs to happen. Be ready at all times to be gracious regardless of what another has planned. Give big tips to waitresses, because you know they live off what is made at the table. Yes, even if they do everything wrong. Promote good. Build character without having to gain recognition for it. God is counting on you to change people from the inside out. It is your duty to be the same smiling face even in the tough time of your life. Many came to console us during our loss of “Pinky”. I appreciate that, but I found that more of my time was ministering to others instead of grieving for myself. That happened 3 years later saints. It hit like a ton of bricks. The same thing happened during my Grandmothers funeral. I couldnt go crazy with everyone else. I had to do the hard work with my uncle Kenny. But, then a year later sitting in a window in California. It landed.
No matter what you go through. Dont be mean because you feel you have the right to. Dont do dirt for dirt, evil for evil. It never looks good on the child of God. No matter what. I am never happy with my kids fighting in the streets. Win or loose, im angry about it because, I know God wouldnt be pleased. You are not weak because you walk away. You are actually stronger. The weak one is the one scuffling in a hand to hand battle over mixed words.
Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
— Proverbs 17:24 NNL
Stay on target saints. Support the Kingdom with your life. We seek wisdom and knowledge. The only way to secure it, is to study for ourselves. We must establish a stronger prayer life. One that sets us a part from others that we might consecrate ourselves and pull the power needed to whip this earth in shape. Like Noah. Having to build in the middle of no where with mockers scoffing his quality of workmanship. He still had to tell them to repent. Come back to the Lord God our Creator. They didnt take the time to listen, so why would the people of today take time to listen to the true Words from the people of God? It doesn’t matter. Keep spreading the news. Use the social strems that are there to reach across the world and deliver Gods Word of wisdom. There are many who need to hear this truth, but because we are disgusted with what we see and hear going on in our communiites, we stand back. Wisdom seeks more wisdom. It is not about seminary or theology, thats for unbelievers who need credentials for their Preachers and NOT the ANOINTING of God that destroys the yoke of bondage. Mothers keep teaching and instructing your children no matter how old they get. Open yourself and pour out your testimony that they may see the path clearly. What you have been through, they are going through. Maybe not similar to the point. But, of the category of familiarity. Fathers tell your sons and daughters what you expect and leave the heavy weight upon them to go out and conquer and not be conquered for God and not just self. Your daughters are your prize, your sons are your continued success, but you and I must remain a constant in their lives. With them doing what is right, it sets your house before God as a Noble group, and He is good at rewarding those who seek Him.
Seek wisdom by seeking the Lord while He may be found. That indicates there will come a period where you wont be able to seek Him. So we gain wisdom from every source He has made available to us. Even our Elders. Wisdom is sought by those who have stopped making countless mistakes that wind up as sin once conceived. I will not bend or bow what I have learned to favor those who wish to be foolish in life. I must PRESS towards a higher mark that is in Christ. No, none of us will be greater then thee other in the Kingdom of God. That is fine with me. I just want to hold my own when we move through the corridors of our Kings Palace. These conversation we might soon have with grand souls that have went on before us. Brush up on your knowledge of Gots commands. There are more then 10. Stop liniting yourself to what was told you by everyone else. I say this because. Denominationalism has particular protocols of doctrine they follow and you end up with only a snippet of what God has said. Thats why I only support ministries full of believrs, not religious relics sitting in larhe throne like chairs dictating to the people. These pope like people who usurp instead build up. I do how ever whole heartedly believe in the Government of the Body according to Ephesians 4.
I have been around Bishops and Apostles during our 3 1/2 year Pauline like journey from church to church watching the leadership destroy homes and families. I have a friend who is dear to my wife and I who know of these same people I speak of. I had to go and serve under my last Apostle and Bishop in Moreno Valley. My friend came up to me and asked. What are you guys doing? I told Him. What God commanded. After 6 months if service I broke the connection as God instructed. We had to learn from those groups of leaders. What not to do.