It’s Time to Rest

Blog fam! I pray all is well with each of you! This has been an interesting season of my life. Today, I began to allow my mind to wonder back. While doing this, I realized I have had to trust God with everything. Trust is defined as the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. We often treat God like we treat our friends. We trust them with certain information but still leave some things covered. While this may be wise with some people, our relationship with God should not be that way. We find ourselves thriving in some areas while holding on for dear life in others because we have failed to simply trust God with everything. For me it has been easy to trust God with my finances because I know him to be a provider. On the other hand, when it came to everyday interactions I was rigid because I thought I knew best. It was at that moment when God let me know that if he could provide financially he could provide in every other area if I would simply trust him. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says to us,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

All of the issues you’ve been carrying, the nights of tossing and turning and the heaviness that has burdened you down can all be taken away if you choose to give it to Jesus. There’s rest that no sleeping pill can give. There’s comfort that friendly advice can’t give you. Jesus is offering the ultimate exchange; take off what’s weighed you down and put him on. Learn and walk in His ways and you will get the rest you’ve desperately longed for.

God, we thank you for sending your son Jesus. We ask that you’d come in and tear down the walls we’ve built. Help us to understand that we can trust you with everything we go through. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Us vs Them

Blog fam! I pray the first part of 2018 has been everything you have prayed for. When we were kids the most anticipated day before school ended for the summer was field day. There were nonstop games from the time you got to school until it was over. There were individual games as well as team games. The class tug of war was the best game in my opinion. You were teamed up by class and did your absolute best to pull the other team over the line. The line up for the game was fairly simple. You placed the smaller people in the front and the bigger people in the back and pulled until one side lost their footing or gave up. I’m finding that adult life is the ultimate game of tug of war. We often find ourselves tugging with addictions, people, work and things we can’t articulate into works. When we think about the line up for this war it seems as if the enemy has called for all of his imps. Not only has he called for them, but he has also joined the tug. If we are not careful, we will be fooled into thinking that we are in this tug of war all alone. I heard Pastor Jerome Gay say, “When you have Jesus, you are the majority.” It doesn’t matter how many issues you face because you have Jesus! The more the enemy tugs, the stronger Jesus’ grip gets. Psalms 121:3 says,

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

It may seem like life is hitting you with blow after blow but you have to remind yourself that God will not allow your foot to be moved! He has planted you and will sustain you not matter what comes or goes. Jesus stays on his post and is never caught off guard. I encourage you to remember that as long as you have the Lord on your side; the tug of war is fixed in your favor.

God we thank you for the reminder that as long as we have you we are the majority. You are more than the world against us. Help us to remember that you will not allow our foot to slip and that you are constantly fighting on our behalf. In Jesus’ name, amen! Be blessed peeps!

Tangled

Blog fam! As always, I pray you all have been blessed since my last post. I was listening to a podcast at work and heard an interesting story. This church used to have what they called open prayer requests. Anyone could stand up and ask the church to pray for them or their families. One guy gets up several weeks in a row and asks the congregation to pray that God would clear his mind of the cobwebs of sin. After a few weeks of hearing the same request, a member stood up and suggested that he ask God to kill the spider! I immediately heard the Lord say that we often want to kill the effects of sin but not the source. Like the man in the story, we like temporary fixes. We sweep away the outward manifestations of the sin and appear well groomed and put together while the cause of the sin is slowing spinning another web to entangle us again. It may be hard and down right painful to get to the source of the sin but it is necessary. God can’t heal what we hide and make excuses for. Galatians 5:1 tells us to,

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Jesus has already fought the battle for us! We have to make the decision to stand in the liberty that he attained for us. Once we realize that we are fighting from victory it makes the press that much easier. Jesus did not die and rise for us to battle the same issues over and over. Once we have obtained our freedom, it’s up to us to walk in it! We cannot and should not want to go back to the things that had us bound.

Father, we just want to take time to thank you for the liberty we have in Jesus! We will no longer seek relief from the effects of sin. Instead, we are asking you to kill the source of it. No more temporary fixes. We want to be able to wholly serve you with no limits. Thank you for the revelation received today. Help us to apply the knowledge and seek you for more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Be blessed peeps!

Speak Up

Blog fam! I pray all is well. Being an adult is interesting at times. Yes, it’s fun and full of experiences but there are times when challenges arise. We all have different ways of handling challenges when they come. Some of us like to tackle the issue head on and handle it before it gets out of hand. While others play it by ear and react as things happen. Lastly, some of us pretend that nothing is happening. Each type of person and the tactic they use to deal with there issues has its benefit. My question is what happens when you’ve done everything imaginable but the issue is still there?

It started as a minor bump in the road, now it’s a hill and it’s on it’s way to becoming a mountain of an issue. Being the educated adults we are, we begin to strategize. We look at the issue(s) from different angles. We seek the advice of friends and family yet the issue(s) still lingers. Now we stand before this colossal mountain wondering if we will ever get around it. It seems like the more you try to climb it, the higher it gets. The more you try to walk around it, the wider it gets. At this point frustration is beginning to sink in and you just want to stop! So, the lingering question is what do I do when nothing seems to work?

Mark 11:22-24 says, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

The first step is having faith in God! Your faith is the key to your deliverance. The next thing you have to do is open your mouth and speak to the mountain. We’ve spoke about the mountain to our family, friends and social media followers but now it’s time to talk directly to the mountain. Mostly importantly, do not doubt what you’re declaring. The mountain may seem tall and wide but your faith will cause it to be cast into the sea! The power is in your mouth! The Bible says you shall have whatever you say. It’s up to us to pray, speak and most importantly believe that the mountain will be cast into the sea. I really want to hammer the point in that the height and width of the mountain does not matter when you believe.

God, we come before you with thanksgiving in our hearts. We thank you for the revelation your word brings us! No longer will we attempt to climb or walk around the obstacles that are placed before us. We will speak to those situations and believe your word. We can do this knowing we shall have what we say! Help us to continue to grow in faith. In Jesus’ name; amen! Be blessed peeps!

I Have the Keys!

Blog fam! I pray all is well with all of you. I was watching Marriage Bootcamp celebrity edition the other day and the counselors were helping the individuals deal with deep rooted issues from their pasts. The interesting part about this was that each person was wrapped in chains.

The chains represented the deep seeded resentments, hurts and failures that each person has encountered over their life. They walked around all day under the weight of these chains. Their pinned up emotions now had a physical representation. The chains made the simplest tasks a little more difficult to complete. Some of the individuals just sat to ease the burden. Our issues are like these chains. They impede the simplest of tasks. They literally weigh us down. At the end of the night, they gather to confront their issues.

The counselors begin to talk to them and low key minister to the dark places in their lives. At the beginning, they were given a locket with a picture of themselves as a child in it. After they confronted and overcame the issue, they were told to look behind the picture. They had been walking around all day with the key to their freedom! After that, they unlocked the chains and were free. We have the keys to our freedom! The problem we face is the fear of using the keys. Having those difficult conversations can be uncomfortable but it’s necessary for the freedom we so desperately need. My fiancé, Katrena (this is a shout out lol) often says while ministering that we can really be naked and unashamed before God. We can tell him all of our issues and not worry about him telling anyone else. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1,

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

We have seen so many people before us overcome various issues so now it It up to us to let go of the things that are weighting us down. There is so much more ahead of us in this life. Today, I ask you to take some time and reflect. Uncover your issues and take them to the problem solver. God I thank you for the revelation I received. I ask that you come in and reveal to us the areas we need to work on and the things we need to let go of. We realize that you cannot heal what we hide so today we give it all to you. In Jesus’ name, amen! Be blessed peeps!

I Surrender


Blog fam! I pray all is well since my last post. When we think of warfare we think of missiles, tanks, foot soldiers and many other things. The goal of the war is to dismantle the opposition to the point of surrender. We are all familiar with John 10:10, 

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

‭‭The devil has declared war and your physical and spiritual life is hanging in the balance. His goals are to steal, kill and destroy everything you hold near and dear. Just like the military, he has devised a plan to weaken you to the point where you’ll do anything to release the pressure. For some of us, he has declared war on our finances. It seems like every time you make a step out of the red, you’re pushed back 10 more. Others he has not only attacked you but your families. The level of conflict from your core supporters is at an all time high and there doesn’t seem to be a resolution. While others the attack has been a mental one. You’re losing sleep, your blood pressure is off the charts and you’re warring within you’re self looking for a solution. I say that it is time to surrender. No, I do not mean surrender to the devil. Surrender all of your issues to Jesus. The second part of John 10:10 tells us that Jesus has come that you might have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus is the ultimate power! There is no one more powerful or mindful of you. 

When you’re feeling a financial strain remember Malachi‬ ‭3:10,

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

When it seems like your family is unraveling before your very eyes remember ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬,

‭“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Lastly, when the devil comes against your mind think about 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7,

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

God we come before you today thanking you for the reminder that you have come to give us an abundant life. Thank you for being on our side and guaranteeing us the victory! We speak peace over every situation in the mighty name of Jesus. As we are faced with battles help us to remain in your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen! Be blessed peeps!

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The drought is OVER

Blog fam! Happy New Year! I have a few topics on my mind but I’ll stick to this one for now. A drought is defined as a prolonged or chronic shortage or lack of something expected or desired. I live in Texas, so I know a thing or two about droughts and the condition they leave the land and people in. The flowers lose their brilliance, springs run dry and fires tend to start with the smallest spark. Like the Earth, we need the rain or provision God offers us. Without that provision, we become dried up skeletons of our former selves. During seasons of drought the simplest task become daunting. We lose the desire to go outside or even socialize because of the conditions around us. Lately I’ve observed drought-like conditions from the people of God. Because of adverse conditions we have lost our brilliance and become dull representations of the mighty God we serve. Depending on the severity of the drought, a certain amount of rain has to fall to end it. Scattered showers won’t end a three year drought! We cannot settle for a spiritual encounter with the Lord every four to six months and expect a major shift. We go to church to get a spiritual fix but have no intention on putting in the work to grow with Christ once we leave. Once God begins to move in our lives it’s up to us to continue to seek Him. 

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:8 says, “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

The ball is literally in your court. When we begin to ask God to fill us we will receive! When we push things away that aren’t like God and seek him, we will find Him! When we knock on His door with our prayers he will open himself to us! God, I come to you on behalf of my readers and myself. First, I thank you for being You! I ask that you condition our hearts to receive you. We give you permission to enter the dry places in our lives and rain. No longer will we settle for scattered showers. We will seek you God knowing that your water is the only thing that will quench the thirst of our dry souls. We believe it done in Jesus’ name. Amen. When you share this with your friends and family, let them know the drought is over! Be blessed peeps!