My Heart’s Not in It

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That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you accepted him with your mouth and your heart, but it doesn’t stop there. After salvation, you still have to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart. Not for salvation, but for everything else that you will need.

The woman who had been bleeding for twelve years kept saying, If I can touch his garment, I shall be healed (Mark 5:28, Berean Study Bible and NET Bible).

It is important that you keep saying what God said because the more you say it, the more you hear it. The more you hear it, the more you believe it. Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17).

I believe we gave our hearts to God initially, but after years of hurt and disappointment – things not working out the way we thought it should, we stopped trusting God with our hearts. We blamed Him for the poor decisions we made. We blamed Him for what people did to us. We blamed Him for what the enemy did – just like in the garden.

Adam: The woman you (God) gave to be with me.

Eve: The serpent deceived me.

For some Christians, we have honored God with our lips, but not with our hearts. We have given up mentally. We don’t believe like we used to. We don’t want to try again because we say that we’ve been trying for years and nothing has happened.

After toiling all night and not catching any fish, the disciples were washing their nets. They were tired. They had enough. Nothing was happening. They weren’t catching anything, but after Jesus finished teaching in one of the ships, he told them to try again. The bible tells us that when Jesus spoke, the disciples heard him and did what he told them to do. They didn’t procrastinate. They didn’t try tomorrow. They didn’t try the following week. They moved when he told them to. Nevertheless at your word, I will let down the net.

During the forty years that the Israelites were in the wilderness, God didn’t test what was in their mouth, but he tested what was in their heart. I know you have given God some things and you have even given up some things for God, but have you given Him your whole heart? Not pieces, but all of your heart.

Let’s be honest with God today. He already knows. Tell Him that your heart isn’t in it like it used to. Repent of doubt and unbelief and whatever else you’re carrying in your heart. Ask for forgiveness and ask Him to help you. Ask for strength and grace to endure. Tell Him that you don’t know what to do and ask for direction.

I pray that your faith won’t fail.

Don’t lose heart.

This is your time to reap, not to faint. 

 

Thankful In It

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Sometimes it is hard to be thankful for what you’re going through because it doesn’t feel good while you’re in it, but if you can’t be thankful FOR it, you should at least be thankful IN it.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

If You Can Believe

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I didn’t have a bad week, but it was a challenging week. Things didn’t work out as I had hoped and I felt defeated. I felt like a failure. The enemy even tried to convince me that I should stop doing what God told me to do because it wasn’t working anyway and I was just wasting my time.

Jesus said to him, IF you can believe, all things are possible to him that believe (Mark 9:23).

After I repented for complaining and doubting, I was reminded that all things are possible, but it is only possible according to MY belief. It’s not that what I’m believing God for doesn’t exist. It can happen, but the reason why things weren’t happening in my life was because after rejection and some disappointments, I stopped believing that it could happen.

Then, a friend texted me tonight. She told me that a neighbor she barely knew visited her and handed her what she had been praying for. She went on to say that he gave her the exact amount of money she needed – down to the penny. She knew that was God. In fact, the neighbor told her that what he had given her was not from him, but from God.

Now, my friend had no idea what happened to me this week, but I knew that God allowed her to share her story to give me hope and to remind me of how much He loves me and that He will take care of me as well as the things that concern me.

All He asks is that I just believe.

A God Question

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Question: Why can’t I meet someone who has everything I want in a man?

Answer: If you meet a man that has everything you want, then you will never want or need ME.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1

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This was one of the best tweets of 2020.

New Year blessings to you!

Do What You Can

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And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble her? She has wrought a good work on me. For you have the poor with you always, and whensoever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always. She has done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying (Mark 14:3-8).

Mark doesn’t tell us the name of the woman. He just tells us that a woman went to Simon’s house and while she was there, she broke open an alabaster box and poured a very precious perfume on the head of Jesus. While she poured, those who were doing nothing criticized her for what she was doing.  She did what she could when she could (verse 8, MSG). They felt it could have been used for something better, but it was. Their comments were made to discourage her, but Jesus told them to leave her alone. They could always give to the poor if they wanted to. You will always have them, but you won’t always have me.

What they called a waste, Jesus called a good work.

At the end of 2019, some of you declared that 2020 would be your year. You were expecting some things to manifest, but then our country began to experience sickness/disease, deaths, shutdowns, fires, protests, unemployment, and closing of businesses. As we come to the end of 2020, the enemy wants you to think that nothing good has happened this year. He wants you to believe that what you’ve been doing for the Lord has been a waste. But to those of you who have remained faithful in doing what God told you to do (even in a pandemic), it has not been a waste.

What you gave to the Lord is very precious.

When you prayed.

When you fasted.

When you gave your time.

When you met a need while you had a need.

When you gave someone an encouraging word.

When you gave YOURSELF for His work. (You are very precious, too).

We know that what this woman did was good because had it not been good, the people wouldn’t have criticized and complained. She probably didn’t know why she was doing what she did, but Jesus explained that she was preparing his body for his burial and that what she did will always be remembered. You may be sure that wherever the good news is told all over the world, people will remember what she has done and they will tell others (verse 9, CEV).

I’m sure you’ve done things and didn’t understand why you did it and you have probably forgotten some of those things you’ve done, but what you have done for the Lord has not been forgotten. I know you may not see it this way, but what you do is a message to others (lived, not just preached). I don’t know of all the things we will face in 2021, but someone needs you to do what God told you to do – even if you don’t understand why you’re doing it.

Don’t let anyone discourage you. Just as this woman did what she could, you continue to do what you can.

It will not be a waste.

Pray For All

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Jeremiah had warned the people of Judah for twenty three years (Jeremiah 25:3). Twenty three years is a long time, but because God loved His people, He was patient with them and He gave them space to repent. When they refused to listen and to obey God, it was prophesied that they would be taken captive for seventy years by God’s servant (Jeremiah 27:6; 43:10). Now, God didn’t call Nebuchadnezzar his servant because he was holy or righteous. He was the king of Babylon who made an image of gold and declared that anyone who refused to fall down and worship this image would be thrown in a burning fiery furnace. But God called him His servant because He was going to use him to do His work and to serve His purpose. Judgment was coming to the Israelites and God was about to use him to bring discipline (not division) to His children and to lead them to repentance.

Not every leader in the bible was a godly man. Some of them were wicked men, but God used them too. Under the leadership of Pharaoh, the Israelites cried until their cry reached God. He saw the oppression and He heard the cries of injustice. The same person who said he wouldn’t release them from their bondage was the same person God used to bless His people. Through Pharaoh, everything that had been lost or stolen from the Israelites in 400 plus years of slavery was restored in one day.

The church has been praying for the will of God, but when His will is done, we complain and reject His will because we don’t like the person. The responsibility of the church is to pray for our leaders – Republican or Democrat. We are urged to pray for ALL that are in authority – not just the ones we like or the ones that we voted for – for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God (1 Timothy 2:2-3).

God sent Himself through His Son because He loves us, but he was rejected. Unfortunately, some of us are still choosing Barabbas over Jesus – and it’s all because we don’t understand what God is doing or what He wants to do.

If you don’t understand what God is doing, just ask for understanding and He will give it to you.

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).

What Will You Leave?

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Abraham’s father was supposed to go to Canaan, but when he reached the city of Haran, not only did he settle there, but he died there. What God didn’t do through Terah, he was about to do through his son, but Abraham had to make a decision to obey God. Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show you (Genesis 12:1).

Just look at what God told Abraham’s son, Issac, after his father’s death. And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed BECAUSE that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws (Genesis 26:4-5). Isaac was blessed as a result of his father’s obedience. 

For months I’d been facing a temptation or maybe it was a test. Or maybe it was a temptation and a test. But on the eighth day of this month, the Lord told me that He would strengthen me. Six days later, I heard, Don’t plan your funeral.

I know there are many who believe that when someone leaves this earth, it is because it is their time, but I don’t believe that to be true for everyone. There are some people who have left this earth prematurely. I’ll use the Israelites as an example. When the Lord told Moses, I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land (Exodus 3:8), He was talking about all of the Israelites that were in bondage, not some of them. These were the ones that He called His people (Exodus 3:7) and later called His son and His firstborn (Exodus 4:22). He made this promise to all, yet all of them didn’t receive or walk into the promise because of their disobedience. God made a promise to them and He is not a man that He should lie, but the Israelites still had a responsibility and that responsibility was to obey God and to do what He told them to do.

My parents read the bible. They went to church regularly. They knew right from wrong, but they didn’t understand why wrong was wrong. Had they understood, they would not have made certain decisions. But both of my parents are gone now and I know now what they didn’t know then. 

God loves us so much. His Son is full of grace and He will forgive us, but that does not give us an excuse to continue in sin. Some of the temptations that I face today were the same temptations that my parents faced, but I can do what they didn’t do. I can choose to obey God. I can get what they were supposed to get. And when I do leave here, I will leave an inheritance to my children’s children (Proverbs 13:22) – and I’m not just talking about wealth either.


I dedicate this blog to my beautiful mom, who passed away on November 28, 1974

(Thanksgiving Day)

Remember What God Gave You

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If you’ve been experiencing anxiety, panic, worry and fear, remember that those things did not come from God.

That’s not what God gave you.

God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but He gave us the Holy Spirit who gives us power, love and a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

Leave

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Before God told Abram what He would do, He told Abram to do something.

Get out [leave] of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house unto a land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you, and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him (Genesis 12:1-4a).

God told Abram that he would make of him a great nation AFTER he left his country away from his kindred and his father’s house.

God told Abram He would bless him AFTER he left his country away from his kindred and his father’s house.

God told Abram He would make his name great AFTER he left his country away from his kindred and his father’s house.

God told Abram he shall be a blessing AFTER he left his country away from his kindred and his father’s house.

Twelve years ago, God promised this young lady a husband and from the time He made the promise, He has reminded her on more than one occasion of what He said because sometimes we forget.

Every year, she wonders if it will ever happen, but every year she returns to a relationship that God told her to leave. And God said, This is why you don’t have your husband.  To leave doesn’t just mean to go away from, but it also means to end your association with something or someone. Abram obeyed God and left his country, but he didn’t see all of the land that God had promised to him and to his seed until after his nephew left (Genesis 13:14-15).

I know that Satan doesn’t want us to receive what God has promised, but the person who is keeping this young lady from walking into what God promised isn’t the devil. It is her disobedience.

And let’s be honest. Sometimes it’s our disobedience, too.