Excerpts from “Running this Race Determined to Win”

Let me know your thoughts… Are you struggling in your Christian walk? Do you find yourself trying to please both God and man? Are you more inclined to walk in the flesh rather than in the Spirit? Are you constantly tempted to do wrong rather than right? Or… Do you consider yourself to be a mature Christian? What factors contributed to your spiritual maturity? What associations, activities, practices aided in your reaching this level of maturity? Following are excerpts from a recent message on Determination…

Take care & be blessed.

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Stick to the Original Plan

God’s original plan was to commune with man…to have relationship and fellowship with him.  We were created in the image of God and for the glory of God, to worship Him and to place Him first.  Adam and Eve were all set to have a delightful life…in the Garden of Eden, which has been called the Garden of Delight or Pleasure.  At any rate, I can’t even begin to imagine how beautiful, fruitful and well-watered it was.  They wouldn’t need to kill themselves working to make ends meet, but rather to enjoy life and care for the garden, to eat from it and enjoy pesticide-free, organic delights.  

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Enter:  the serpent.  Lesson:  Don’t listen to just anyone or anything.  Eve is deceived…although the command was not given to Eve, but to Adam.  Lesson:  If you’re the spiritual head, step up and assume your role.  Remain focused on what God has said, not on what others are saying.  Don’t second-guess God.  We may think we know better, but He is after all the Omniscient God.  Listening to too many voices (secular opinions) can be dangerous.  Yes, in the multitude of counsel, there is safety.  But we must make sure that the counsel that we take in is in alignment with the Word of God, which is the highest source of wisdom.  It’s almost hilarious that when God questioned Adam, he pointed to Eve and Eve to the serpent.  Lesson:  Don’t pass the buck.  When we find that we’ve sinned, we aren’t to justify it by pointing the finger elsewhere. Needless to say, it only went down from there–with punishment issued to both (see Genesis 3).

If we stick with God’s plan for our lives, we are guaranteed to be much better off than if we go on our own.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).”  I’ll take His plans over mine any day.  Stick to the Original Plan:  commune with Him, spend time in His presence, worship Him, place Him first and His love will overwhelm you!  Thanks for visiting, following, subscribing.  Take care & be blessed.

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Happy New Year! We Made It to 2014

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Happy New Year, friends! If you’re reading this blog, you’ve made it to 2014! How did you bring the new year in? I brought the new year in with prayer at church. We prayed, sang praises, heard testimonies, received an inspirational message from our Pastor and ended the night in prayer.

I pray that God will do amazing things for His people in 2014! As we align our lives with His purpose and plans for us, my desire is that He would simply astonish us with an overflow of His blessings–that He would do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Eph. 3:20). For us, I pray that we would worship God as never before with a pure and sincere heart, and give Him the glory that is due His name, that we would draw closer to Him and seek Him in our decisions–that we would consult Him first. I pray that the Body of Christ would unite and stand with authority against the works of darkness. I pray that we would be salt and light in a dark world and that we would recognize the power that we have as believers and begin to do greater works.

Additionally, if you do not know Jesus Christ, I pray that this will be your year to come into relationship with Him. I’m so grateful for my relationship with God through Jesus Christ! I’m thankful that He washed me and that I’ve been made free. And if the Son makes me free, I am free indeed (John 8:36). I pray that God’s choicest blessings will be yours this year. Ignore your fears and ignite your faith! Take care & be blessed!

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Reflections…Closing the Year

As I reflect upon 2013, I can’t help but to evaluate my endeavors, my desires, my accomplishments,
attitudes, emotions and the like. I’m pleased.

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Could I have accomplished more, or gave of myself more? Yes. All in all, did I live a life that I believe gives God glory? Yes. I believe so. I’ve enjoyed many blessings this year. God has been awesome in so many ways. I’ve received unexpected blessings and unexpected money as well. I’ve stepped out on faith and watched God work. He’s opened many doors for ministry and recreational retreat as well. I thank Him and I realize that for me, nothing is possible without Him. In Him I live, move, and have my existence…for I am His offspring (Acts 17:28).

As we close this year, we would do well to consider all of God’s many blessings. The fact that we are here is a blessing in itself. Indeed, daily reflection would benefit us all…as well as journaling, for those of us soon to forget God’s goodness. “O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth (Ps. 8:9)!” Help us to demonstrate your excellence as we begin a new year. Let your Holy Spirit guide our thoughts and decisions, that we may exhibit Christ-like behavior even in the face of extreme opposition. As we behold your glory, change us into the same image from glory to glory (II Cor. 3:18). Take care and be blessed. Thanks for visiting, following, subscribing.

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God With Us

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” -Matthew 1:23

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We celebrate the birth of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, who became flesh and dwelt among us. The living Word…living with us. Thank God for Mary’s submission to His plan and for God the Son’s fulfillment of prophecy in every way. He came to die that we might live…that we might have eternal life (John 3:15), have abundant life (John 10:10), and live a holy life (Hebrews 12:14). And not only did He die, but God the Father raised Him from the dead with all power. We, too, who were once dead in trespasses and sins have been made alive. “And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).”
Not only are we alive as new creatures, but we have been given power over all the power of the enemy. God with us! We can’t make it without Him! Each day more evil than the day before. Each act of crime more heinous than the one before. Each news report more dreadful and hopeless than the one before. We need God with us! Yet, we try desperately to box Him out …when we should be desperately trying to reel Him in. He wants to tabernacle with us. Let us not make His coming of no effect. Rather, let Earth receive her King! Take care and be blessed. Merry CHRISTmas! Thanks for visiting, following, subscribing.

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Poison!

We know poison to be a substance that tends to destroy life or impair our health, or that which interrupts our well-being and has the unfortunate capacity to cause death as well. Indeed, we’ve been warned throughout our lives, no doubt, to stay away from poison. Yet, for some, the intrigue of the forbidden is the magnet that draws. Throwing caution to the wind, we can’t we wait to touch, taste, smell or otherwise handle the mysterious poisonous package.poison
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).” We must step away from the grip of sin and its ability to destroy our lives. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Romans 6:16)?” Opt, instead, for a closer walk with God–a relationship and close fellowship that grants him Lordship over our lives. Let us continually cleanse ourselves with the Word of God, lest the dirt of the world little by little seizes the opportunity to creep in and attach itself and wreak havoc in our lives, ultimately causing our demise.
Many times when we’re involved in sin, we’re not necessarily conscious of who or how many people we hurt. We’re only concerned about ourselves and the pleasure WE derive from it. The sin that seems like so much fun at the time will eventually kill us if we don’t forsake it. A quick death, a slow death, the end result is death. “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 (John 10:10).” Poison: keep out… That girl, boy, man, woman, relationship, friendship, job, habit…whatever it is, let it go and receive the abundant life that Christ gives. Take care and be blessed. Thanks for reading, following, subscribing, liking.

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AND WHAT IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE?

“Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious (Ps. 66:2).” Make His Praise Glorious! Notice it’s not optional. Yet, we tend to offer God any old kind of something that we can conjure up and expect that He would gladly accept it.

“And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him (Gen. 4:4-7).”

What is this we’re offering God? Offer Him your best praise–not your half-hearted, unfocused attempt to throw something together quickly and get it over with–not good. He knows the difference. If we do well and praise Him properly, as His Word commands, it will be accepted. Take care & be blessed.

The 7 Levels of Praise Summary (Excerpts)

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