If you can…..

I am perplexed today with a major thought…
I’m getting foggy, so I need to share this before I lose it…
We as believers don’t recognize or utilize the authority that has been given us nearly as often as we should..or could for that matter..

I was reading a passage of scripture today that had me leaping in my heart.. the question was…”If you can..” It was Jesus and He was speaking to a man who had a son who was “demon possessed” they had given the boy a label…called him epilepsy…but Jesus knew what it really was they were facing…The boy was taken to the disciples who couldn’t heal him…I wish I could labor on my thoughts on this……I’m really jumping in my seat…The man went looking for Jesus ..the best he found was His disciples…and they couldn’t do it..
People of God we are supposed to be representatives…The truth is..God wanted to heal that boy, and Jesus didn’t rebuke the father for coming..but He did rebuke the disciples…He called them a faithless…even unbelieving..
The man said to Jesus…if you can…do anything for my son..that would be nice…Jesus responded…If you can….. only believe and all things become possible..ALL emphasis are mine…but here’s my point..The disciples were supposed to be able to do it.. and they knew they were called to the carpet on it.. so they went to Jesus later and said..”Why? Why couldn’t we do it?” Jesus had already answered that question in front of the man..but they still didn’t get it..Jesus was saying in so many words…”GET A GRIP! CATCH ON ALREADY” They had an issue of unbelief…they didn’t have to do any extra works like fasting and prayer…that was only to help their unbelief…If that were the case everyone they healed would have needed fasting in prayer…Let us go to the next level as believers..for if we Can…But Believe!!!>All things will become possible to us!!

Your gift will always look good on You!

This morning I was studying the life of David again..this was before he was king…I looked closely at his life… before he was king and saw that God didn’t just choose him out of the blue…David always has the gift of leadership and administration..this was why he was chosen..

I discovered that even when David despaired of life…when he was running from Saul..his gift was still drawing people to him..always remember this…people are drawn to your gift..and as long as you will be willing to serve that to the world you will always have a valuable position…where you operate in your gifting..

 

Even while David was living in a cave…I was most shocked to see that 400 men went to him..simply so he could lead them..when you are “that thing that you are” when you are wearing your gift..you never have to look for success..it will most certainly come to you!

As Flight Goes with the birds!

Are you connected to your real self? Have you seen half of what your capable of yet?
A few years ago, my children and I bought 2 parakeets..these were beautiful birds to look at…they are named Skylar and Tweetie..We loved them, but we kept them caged..We loved to look at them in the cage…and rarely let them out..When we bought them at the pet store their wings were clipped…but it wasn’t long before we decided that we would allow them out..We knew that there was no way those pretty birds weren’t created just to be pretty..they had a purpose other than eating the treats and seeds and drinking the water we sat in the crate…They had those wings for a reason.. the wings were built into them. Why were they so limited..since they could only fly for short periods in the crate..that wasn’t what they were created to do…
The first time we let them out..I believe they were in shock that they could fly so high..they weren’t chirping but at first it appeared they didn’t know what they were doing..running into walls and such…but before long..you would catch them up on a chandelier…before long you could catch them up too high to reach them…and this …we knew was what they were created to do..after awhile they allowed us to pet them every now and then and would even come and let us hold them ….that was really sweet..but Just as we could put the bird outside the house..we could not kill the flight…it came with the bird…they may not have known how to master every thing about the gift right away..but the gift was ALWAYS there..So it is with us..When the creator God makes us..we eat have our own beautiful designs..no two people are created the same although it appears we all have a twin somewhere..no one is born with our DNA..and no one can be us as we are..

I am unique..My ability to pray is unique, my ability to write is unique, the way I love on others is unique..my laugh came with me…my hair even came with me..and there will never be another me..because my gifts…came with me…and they can not be duplicated!

 

As flight goes with the birds and my purpose goes with me..so you have your own intrinsic value..have you found it yet?

True Prayer

Why is prayer so difficult to some folk? Is it because we reason, we are only talking to the air, it’s imaginary, it’s just something people do who really have lost their minds? Is it because we’ve tried praying before and well..let’s just face it..nothing happened…or worst …the opposite of what you prayed happened..so now you’ve totally given up on the prayer thing..Some folk reason..Well, if there really is a God who is in control of everything…then He certainly doesn’t have time for my prayer, He’s already made decisions about everything ….so what will my little prayer mean.. And there are other folk who feel they’d like to pray more..but they really don’t know how..

That’s what Jesus disciples were probably thinking on this particular day mentioned in this passage..

The passage is recorded in Luke 11:1-13

The truth is we should pray without fainting.. The bible is very clear that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much..

If you are a parent…imagine with me for just a moment.. your child is about 5 years old, you drop them off to kindergarten everyday…and one day the teacher calls you in and says they need to speak with you about your child..They tell you that your child has been having some anxiety issues… your child just gets up out of their seat and walks the floors for no reason every day appearing worried..your child is very distracted from their school work and they are not engaging with the other children well..and sometimes they even cry …You ask the teacher..”Have you asked my child why they are behaving this way?” and the teacher says..”Why yes I have..” You say: ” what did the child say?”the teacher says..”Each day the child says your not going to come and get them, they believe you will just leave them here” You say..But I’ve come everyday to pick them up on time..even before now, they were in nursery and every day I picked them up..what would cause them to have this perception of me.. I am not threatening them that I won’t come to get them, I’ve never insinuated that I don’t love them..why would they believe I wouldn’t come to get them and take them home where they have a bed and their own room and clothes and food to eat?? You leave astounded and you feel bewildered that your child would ever believe that about you…that you would ever leave or abandon them is the furthest thing from your mind..you love them and want their well being even over your own…

Now let’s just flip this script a little… at the beginning of this text..in verse 1 of Luke 11…Jesus is praying..by Himself..and His disciples are eavesdropping..Notice they don’t interrupt Him, they wait until He’s finished…then they ask Him..”Teach us to pray” Obviously, they’ve seen Jesus praying before..It’s a regular custom, something He does everyday, this is something they’ve noticed he’s serious about..He knows something evidently they don’t know about prayer…

In other words..We’ve been watching Your life and Your ministry and we’ve seen You heal the sick and even raise the day..We’ve seen You feed multitudes of people and we’ve seen You cast demons out of people..with just a word, and we were wondering where You got Your power until we saw You communing with Your Father..Now we’ve been praying all of our lives..we are Jews …we were trained to do so from our youth up, we go to the temple too and we know all about what they do…but something about what You do is different…You are very personal in Your prayers and they reflect a relationship that brings about a power that helps You do things other people who pray can’t do..will You please teach us this?? Don’t teach us how to heal the sick, don’t teach us how to raise the dead..all that was really cool stuff…we want the source! We want the relationship You have with the Father..

Without hesitation Jesus gave them the model prayer..but then He did something I think was profound…He gave them illustrations…throughout the chapter that I thought were completely instrumental..I want to share them without taking up too much of your time. He started however by pointed out that Abba is Our Father..He’s not just Jesus Father..this implied relationship..let’s keep that part of the context in tact..

#1. He talks about a person who goes to a friends house at midnight…They have what they consider an emergency…A guest has come to their home and they have nothing to give them to eat..Let me level with you … unless me and that person are Real Close..I’m not going to knock on anyone’s door unannounced to ask them for some of their food to give to another person who just happened to come to my house in the middle of the night..that person would be waiting until the morning, because they probably should have told me they were coming in the first place… But the moral of the story isn’t necessarily the relationship the two friends have..although that is a key point..it’s that the person kept asking! Even though the friend originally says NO! After all it is midnight.. You can’t possibly expect them to jump up and they have a family sleeping as well, and come to the door to give you 3 loaves of their bread and your not even offering to pay them back..That’s not the point..Prayer isn’t for the faint of heart..Jesus is proving a point here..In order to be successful at prayer..You’ve gotta do it often and You’ve gotta keep asking until you see the thing you’ve believed according to the word..that’s what we call faith in bible terms…even when the first response is NO! Keep Asking, Keep Knocking, and Keep Seeking..Never give Up!

This particular story reminded me of the one in Luke 18 where the widow goes before the judge for justice..she knows what her rights are and she constantly petitions the judge until he reasons..I will give her what she wants not because I care anything about her or God..but unless she wearies me with her coming and make me look like a wicked judge before these people…

#2. Let’s say one of your children ask you for a fish..that’s reasonable right? They want something to eat..You as a parent have a mandate to provide them with this..it’s part of “your job” right..  would you give them a snake …or say they’ve asked you for an egg..would your give them a scorpion..What’s Jesus’ point.. When we pray and ask God for things He will not take our prayers and give us what will harm us..He will always give us what will help us because He is the best parent there is..and just as a child can trust their parent won’t give them something that will harm Him..we must be able to trust that God won’t give us something that will harm us ultimately..

When we look at the 2 illustrations He gives us in this particular text as it relates to prayer..we can extract these 2 truths..that we need to know and settle if we will be a person of True Prayer..

It may be that you’ve been in the category of one of those people mentioned earlier..You’ve given up on prayer for one of many reasons..Maybe you just don’t feel that connected to God..although You know He’s Your Father, I want you to know He wants relationship with You. He doesn’t want you to come to Him treating Him like He’s a genie or a sugar daddy, He wants to meet Your needs, but just like any other parent.. He wants a genuine relationship with His children since He doesn’t have grandchildren. Maybe Your that person who says..I’ve tried praying before and hey if God’s gonna do something for me..He’s gotta read my mind..and know that I want Him to heal my marriage, or help me to deal with the person on my job, or deliver my children from bad decision making..Or heal my mother whose sick..If this were the case He would not implore us to pray and not faint…He would not say Whatsoever things You desire…as them in prayer..believing and You will receive them..only do not ask amidst to fulfill your own lust..and ask according to His word..out of your relationship with Him..and You will know True Prayer!

 

Working out my kinks

This morning I was in the midst of my normal Sunday Sabbath day homestyle routine washing, drying, folding, ironing, hanging and putting away clothes…it’s quite a job, but I set aside this time every Sunday to prepare for the whole work week.. Normally the process is pretty easy, painless, seamless even…not today….I decided that my closet had far too many clothes in it for me to limit myself to only wearing certain clothes. Why should I  have people think I don’t have many clothes but the ones I wear more and more when in fact I have a closet filled with clothes they’ve never seen, I figured, I bought them to wear them.that’s exactly what I plan to do….

That’s when…I got out those dreaded pants..the pretty ones..that had that tag on the inside..”Dry clean only”. Now I was married to a man who used frequent the dry cleaners, and he looked flawless everywhere he went..as much as I dug that about them…The cleaners was never my favorite location to visit. I preferred to simply iron my own clothes and if I couldn’t do it…I wasn’t paying some extortionary fees..to have someone do to my clothes what I could do myself. I’d taken these pants several times in the past, I wasn’t pleased with the price nor what the pants looks like. See they were supposed to make them look like I just bought them off the rack for at the price they charged to clean them the truth is I could just have bought another pair…off the rack..

I said within myself…I’m gonna get these pants looking nice enough for me to wear them comfortably. I washed them and to be honest..they looked “Real Wrinkle”. Not just a little wrinkle, but it would most certainly take some time and “effort” to rid my pants of the problems they had lurking within..I started off just ironing them like regular pants.. But when I noticed that didn’t work, I was getting a little discouraged well I thought I’d try to  put some water in the iron and pressed that steam button and when I saw that wasn’t working, I thought to myself..’What will it take to get these wrinkles out’.. I mean these wrinkles are like made into the pants all of a sudden..It never takes this long to get a pair of pants ironed for me..I tried spraying starch on them and also pressing the steam button constantly…that didn’t work..but all the supplies I was using were working..what I was doing was what wasn’t working..
I continued to work at it..until I finally decided to try something else..Spraying a little extra starch just on the parts that had wrinkles a little harder to get out than others. When I would make those areas have a “wet area” for the iron to dry with the starch I saw the stains begin to come out..I smile and thought..Ha! I got it.. I know how to get these wrinkles out..these blemishes in the pants making them unfit to wear.
I remember when I was married, even though my husband would send the clothes to the cleaners from time to time, he was an excellent “presser” I mean he could iron some clothes like they came from the cleaners and you would’ve never know the difference..but he exerted effort..It wasn’t a time when he just stood there ironing nonchalantly, he was focused and sometimes I’d look at that poor ironing board and say to myself..”good lawd he’s gonna break it” it would look like he was going to push those clothes right down onto the floor as hard as he was pressing them onto that board with all that starch..

That’s when I noticed..It wasn’t until I applied a generous amount of starch along with some heat I was able to see the results I wanted. Boy, did those pants shine beautifully when I hit them just right in the problem areas with some solution and heat..

It reminded me of a verse..It’s found in Eph. 5:27

Jesus was saying that there will come a day..where we as the church being His bride will be presented before God…
But that means that   we have to be at our best, in our splendor.. Without the wrinkles and spots..now while we’re here on earth..there may be some moments we feel the heat is being turned up and we want to run from the board…we want to cool off just a moment..I’m sure the pain if the pants could feel it was excruciating.. the heat and the pressure I was applying was probably a bit much..but I got the result I wanted..and now I can put them on and wear them and they can represent me well..
People of God the only way we can represent Christ well is if He is allowed to get out of us those things that cause us to be a bad representation of Him!

Speak the word only!

Have you ever noticed our culture is becoming more and more advanced by the year?

It used to be that if someone wanted to have a personal assistant they hired a person who would come and have their own separate little office, then whatever the person would say who had the “authority” or money to pay for the servant/ personal assistant..would simply ring a bell or pick up the phone or press a button, the person would come in and be “at their service” ..but today we live in an age of technology that we have things like Alexa..Oh you’ve heard of Alexa…she’s that artificially intelligent personal assistant.. Google created it..and all you have to do is “say the command” and wallah it’s done..The spiffy little device is word activated..it can only complete a request after the request is given..

This reminded me so greatly as I was inspired this morning by an amazing sermon..that the whole earth is word activated..There’s a law of confession.. If you say what God has said…if you believe what God has said in your heart..it is that “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed all you have to do is speak to a MOUNTAIN and see it move” I’m reminded of a story where a centurion came to Jesus ..and his servant was ill..He wanted Jesus to heal him..and even when Jesus said..I will come to see about him..He said something so powerful so amazing! I’m a person in authority..I’m not naive  to the game..I know that God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning using nothing but His word..and You are under His authority..Listen I too am a man under authority..and if I say to one servant do this He does it..and to another do that and he does it..so I know it is with you…Although I’m speaking of natural things..I know You have authority Jesus..for it is that ” at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow” He had enough faith to know that if Jesus only said a word…His SERVANT would be healed..and so it was …He spoke the word..and that very hour it happened…Imagine that… That servant said..”Speak the word only” and when Jesus spoke…realizing that we have the power of life and death in our tongue..realizing that we will give an account for every idle word we speak..realizing that we can speak things that be not as though they were..Be encouraged that just as Alexa can “turn off the lights” at your word..or it can “place an order for pizza” Or “tell you the weather outside” Just as your navigation system can be word activated and you can ask Siri a question because it is word activated…You have power to speak by faith…and see a mountain moved..
If your saying a lot of words..but they have no power behind them..realize that a curse without a cause is empty, that’s what it says in Proverbs..but if you are speaking the word Of God and believing it in your heart be advised there’s nothing more powerful than that in the earth…speak the word consistently and believe it in your heart without double-mindedness and just see what happens!

Counting the cost of discipleship!

I came upon a very interesting passage today! I couldn’t get around it…I had to share it with you all. I’m hoping it will encourage someone.

This is an awesome message taught by the Master Teacher Himself..On counting the cost..Now we all know …we can get all the wisdom we need from Jesus..and He was a strategist..Teaching us even now through His Spirit within how to plan well..

Luke 14:28-33 was so powerful.. I couldn’t help but share it..You can apply this to your decision to marry, start a job/project, finances, educational goals…It will work because it’s truth…but in this particular passage it’s related to following Christ..

Jesus begins this passage by saying something like.. “If you intend to follow me… If you intend to be my disciple… If you intend to do anything successfully, you would do well to follow these instructions”

Now let me give you the instructions He gave us all who intend to be like Him and walk with Him..

We must be willing to hate (that’s a strong word) not prioritize over our relationship with Christ…our mother father, sister, brother, children, spouse.. that just about covers every other person..then He said you must be willing to Hate/ regard as less than valuable your own life…If you wish to follow Christ..You will have to do something else first…You will have to pick up your cross…and you will have to make a choice to do that EVERY DAY! Your husband, your children, your job isn’t your cross…their your choice..by the way!

Once you have decided to take it up…then you can be His disciple..

Now, He gives very general instructions…

If you’ve made a decision to do anything..He gives an example of sitting down…by yourself..Don’t make decisions rashly.
You have to count the cost so that you will know if you have what it takes to carry out the thing you’ve decided to do…
Your decision to follow Christ shouldn’t be made haphazardly. It must be very deliberate..and don’t let anyone tell you that you’ll have koolaid coming out of your faucet…He said you would have a cross…that you must pick up..and a cross simply means a way that we must die daily to our own fleshly desires…the things that feel good to us..doesn’t sound like a sunshine type life..for we may even have to hate our lives so much we are willing to die for Him..

After you have made the decision your going to do this..And you’ve known the sacrifices that will have to be made..this means each day you must make time to build a working relationship with Christ..you know those hours you used to sit on the phone with your closest friends..He’s saying now He has to take the place of that closest friend…He wants to be the first person you run to and the person you spend the most time with…But if you make this choice…You get life! and not any life…Life more abundantly…and You will live eternally..

so in a final recap let me tell you the steps mentioned in Luke 14:28-33 that you will need to take to become a follower of Christ..but let me mind you..if your not willing to do these things your not worthy to be a disciple at all…Forget it!

#1.Decide what you want..

#2. Sit down, get away alone, don’t make the decision cause it feels right and the pastor made you feel guilty..

#3. Count the cost..estimate what this will mean and how your life Must change to bear fruit for Him.

#4 consult those who have walked with Him and are in season.

#5. Consider whether or not your able to stand with Him until the end..come what may…are you sufficient

#6. If your not willing to do what it takes and have already made a decision…send an ambassage the passage says…for if you can’t do this…You can’t be His disciple
It’s a terrible thing to begin a task and your mocked because you didn’t have what it took to finish it in the end…
Be strong and settle in your heart nothing will deter you then walk in Christ and experience His life!