"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you."
(Isaiah 60:1, NKJV)
The Glory of the Lord has risen within you. The glory of the lord gives us the strength to rise and shine the light the lords has given us.
We all have gifts/ talents that were given to us by his good grace. These gifts and talents were given to us for us to grow and use in his glory. They are provided to us so that we can rise up from our circumstance in the flesh. They were given to us so that we can shine in his holy light. It is when we put god first in all of our endeavors, it is when we properly glorify his name, it is when we give him due praise for our success and talents that we can shine like beacons of light in his name.
We shall and can rise up. We shall and can shine bright and let his glory manifest among us. His glory is already with us. All we have to do is wake up, look for it, rise up and we shall shine and be of blessings. We don't have to look far. We don't have to travel the world to find ourselves, we have to search within. We need to look in the depths of our soul, the depths of our hearts. We need to see from within to see what God wants from all of us.
Did you know that the word “glory” in the original language indicates that God’s favor, blessing and splendor is on you in a heavy way.
He has filled us with so much of his glory that it weighs us, its there, in searching for it you shouldn't have to search far, it's there.
Please know that your time is now. It is time to shine bright. It's time to rise. Let that sink in. Let this marinate in your spirit. His glory is with you. It's time to ride and shine because of his glory.
Thank you father for your glory. Thank you for letting your glorify marinate and manifest within me. Thank you for allowing me to rise, so that I may shine. Lord I know I shine because your glory is within me, you placed it there. Many may not realize this my lord. Many may not realize that your glory is with them. I pray for them dear lord, I pray for them dear lord that they may see your glory within them so they too can rise and shine. Amen.
This is an open letter to my cousin whom is having a destination wedding.
I was unable to go due to timing. My sister just had a baby, as mentioned in prior posts she's a special needs. She is doing well, but I would've felt better being able to be there for her, with her during this new transition in her life.
Juny I don't say it often but I love you…. my first brother, my twin. For many years my other half. I want to congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials. May this day go smooth, may you and your bride be blessed beyond belief, may God our father anoint this union while you say your vows. I pray for your health, years of happiness, longevity, wisdom, strength, endurance, may your love and passion for one another always remain.
Mark 10:9: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
I pray that you both weather the storm, for there will be good days and there will be bad days, but trust in God, keep faith in God, keep hope in God to ride out the storms to come. Both of you Remember always marriage isn't a one way street, two people, joined together to become one, it's a 50/50. There may be times one or the other have to meet at the half way point. Always stay united.
Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Love one another with all your night, remind each other often day it, display it, always keep an open Chanel of communication.
Ephesians 5:25: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her."
But tell your bride that I said to love you just the same, love your husband the way Christ loves his church.
Remember to always be supportive of one another. Be each other's rocks. Be each other's support system.
Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
As I mentioned before you will have storms (later vs sooner). Always love each other even in the storm. Always talk it out, never go to bed angry at one another, as I said earlier always communicate.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
Nothing breaks my heart more than not being able to go to witness this big day for you. Nothing breaks my heart more than not being with my family during this time. I will be there in spirit covering you with blessings. I will be fasting and praying for you and your wife. May god bless you always.
I love you June.
Father God I ask that you cover this union in prayers. May they heed the advices of marriages others provide. May they always put you first my lord, may they always love and honor one another. Lord I ask you to bless them, protect them, let the Holy Spirit manifest in them so that he can guide their every step. I rebuke negativity and Harm in the name of Jesus. May their union be of a blessing, of love and success in their celebrations. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit Amen.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the
door will be opened to you.”
(Matthew 7:7, NLT)
I love this verse because it simply tells you everything you need to do in order to get your petitions answered.
Here is a scenario that sometimes plays out in our minds with God when we are asking for specific petitions.
Ask and you shall receive…..
Wait I did, I’m still waiting…. now what?
I already did, what’s asking again gonna do ?
I want you to.
You also got seek, keep looking…..
What you mean, Keep looking, you just told me to ask again, now you telling me to look, look where? If I knew where to look you think I would be asking?
Well you need to look, the problem is
your asking the wrong questions and not looking in the right direction!
Keep looking, keep asking!
I can’t find it, I don’t know what else to ask, what now?
Knock what? You bugging now!!
What is he talking about, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking…. and in doing so you receive what your asking for, find what your looking for and the doors will open for you.
However it will not come that easy. First you have to realize when we are asking, knocking and seeking we are not doing so in the flesh we need to spiritually ask…. we need to seek what we are looking spiritually we need to knock on that spiritual door so we can get our answer.
Many times we ask god for petitions not realizing God doesn’t want you to have it for a reason, God has a plan, you need to listen, you need to pay attention and follow the breadcrumbs he’s leaving you, you need to seek to find the answer for your blessing. He will guide you to the right path and when you open that door you will realize the greatest blessings god had for you.
We keep asking for things to come, yet we do not have faith nor patience, sometimes it feels like an eternity before it all comes to pass.
The Bible says with faith and patience you will inherit his promises
Si remain in faith, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking snd before long you will see your petitions answered. Remember they are not going to be answer when we want them, they will be answered in his timing.
The biggest problem we have as to why we do not receive miracles we are is seeking due to our lack of patience and giving up before we receive our blessing.
We drop when things get difficult.
We give up.
Wave the white flag.
Find an alternative solution which is more damaging than helpful.
This verse here though not only encourages us to keep asking and seeking, but to stay determined while we seek him until we receive his promises.
Tonight, when you pray to the lord, remember to have hope and faith in him that an answer to your petition will come. Keep a positive attitude. Keep faith. Stay in spiritual contact with the lord. Stay obedient in him and be willing to accept the answer to your petition, even when it’s not irme we want to hear.
What you may feel is what you need, god may feel is not aligned for your future. We need to accept that as well. Today pray to the lord to maintain an attitude of faith. Pray for expectancy. Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. When god is ready he will open the door.
Father God you know my petitions and my pleas. You know the outcomes and when my answers will come help me keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Help me to open up and pay attention to your cues, words, signs as to what I am to do while I wait. I will keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking. Patiently waiting for when you decide the answers for my pleas. Amen.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…”
(Acts 1:8, NKJV)
Receive Power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is essential in our Christian walk. Once we have received the Holy Spirit we shall be empowered by God. Now I’m not talking about the pinky and the brain I am going to take over the world empowerment. Being empowered by god is being provided wisdom when you lacked wisdom on a given subject. Being empowered means having courage when you fear. Being empowered by god means coming out of your comfort zone and take on a new role for his glory.
God strengthens us, he equips us with everything we need to move on to the next task he has for us.
Remember your victory is his victory. The scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended to heaven he told his disciples that he was sending his comforter. Who was that? The Holy Spirit of course .
The Holy Spirit doesn’t just comfort us, the bills Spirit I s our counselor, teacher
And our strength. The Holy Spirit provided for us. In order to receive the power and greatness god had in store for you, one needs to open your heart, open your mind, open your eyes, open your would and be ready to receive.
I challenge you today.
Receive gods power.
I challenge you.
Open your heart.
Open your eyes.
Open your mind.
Be ready to receive.
Invite the Holy Spirit and be willing and ready to be filled with gods power and glory.
Let the Holy Spirit do his works in you.
Read the Bible, as you read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal gods plan.
Invite him in.
Open the door.
Be ready to be equipped by the Holy Spirit.
I challenge you today.
Do you accept?
Pray with me.
Father God I want to be empowered by you. I want to feel the warmth of your spirit. I want to be equipes by you. I want to be used in your glory. God help me open my eyes to be able to see your wonder. God help me open my ears to be able to hear the call of the Holy Spirit. God help me open my mind so that doubt doesn’t pass my mind and I can accept your power. God open my heart for I want to be filled with your glory. Lord use me any way you seem fit using the Holy Spirit. I am willing, able and ready to receive your Holy Spirit who will equip me in this walk with you. Amen
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9 ESV
We are such simple minded creatures. Many of us work hard, study hard, plan for a future that may not be what God wants for us. Our thought process is not like God’s. We doubt, we make lists. We find the pros and we find the cons. We try to see what outweighs what in deciding things.
God doesn’t plan or think like we do. He knows what the outcome is going to be. He just does. He knows what’s best for us. We can plan, prep, decide, think all we want, at the end of the day he has the final say to our outcome.
If what we are working hard for something and trying to decide what to do, if it is not in God’s will, guess what? It will not come to pass.
There will be obstacles that come up.
You may think geez man I didn’t expect that.
Then you try again, more obstacles come up almost making what we want impossible.
This is your warning from God telling you, “my child, listen up, this pathway you want to take is not good for you. This path you want to walk is dangerous, this road you want to take is not the road I have in mind for you.”
We need to work more on our listening to God skill vs our I got this I will figure it out mind frame.
Listening to someone other than oneself can be difficult.
Focusing on knowing if we are listening to God is a whole other ball game.
Our eyes, our ears, our hearts need to be spiritually open, will and able in order to listen to him.
Father I thank you today for being wiser than I am. I thank you for your thought process which I could never compare to. I thank you for your guidance and love. I thank you for talking to me. I want to work on my own ability to keep my eyes, ears and heart spiritually open to always be able to know when your speaking. I love you for always guiding me in to the right direction. I fully trust in you. Amen
As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3 • 1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.
I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Love, Love, Love
If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.
And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.
Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan!
Leviticus 19:18 KJV
KJV Listener’s Bible
18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.
John 21:15-17 ESV –
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to
Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He
said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him,
“Feed my lambs.
16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of
John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love
you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.
“Do you love me?”
I read this scripture with a narrative, and I began to question it. Not the content but my love, my love for my savior.
The Scriptures here shows that Jesus asked Peter a few times if he loved him.
So I did some digging.
Honestly my first reaction reading this was wow; here is Jesus telling he will be the one , the chosen one to lead his ministry. He will shepherd, us his sheep.
There is a narrative here describing when Jesus asked the questions and explains why. (See link above)
Here is the condensed “spark/ Cliff notes” version. (I think I just dated myself with that spark/ Cliff notes comment).
Jesus was eating after his resurrection with his disciples.
He wanted to encourage Peter about his responsibilities for the establishing the church.
He even prophesied how Peter would die.
So he asked 3 times. “Do you love me?”.
The whole notion of this was that it was important for Peter’s love to be declared, He wanted his obedience, which was necessary for the future of his ministry.
He asked him 3 times. The same amount of times Peter Publicly denied him when he was going to be crucified.
Jesus questioned Peter about his love, each time Peter answered he did love him.
So why ask about feeding the sheep?
What did Jesus mean by that?
Jesus was a shepherd, he was our shepherd as well.
The sheep he is referring to is us, the followers the believers of Christ.
So there Jesus gave Peter the authority to Lead his Church.
Peter was Chosen.
Peter was called to lead this ministry.
He was to be a shepherded of the those whom follow in the way of Christ.
Regardless of the reason why Jesus asked the question three times, we know that Jesus was letting him know that his new role would be important .
Think of it this way. When we are learning a new job position, a new trade, a new Assignment a new responsibility in life. It takes repetitive steps and guidance to get the gist of the task before you.
So as the narrator states “When someone repeats instructions to us over and over, we quickly understand that it’s extremely important for us to heed them.
Jesus wanted to make sure Peter understood this vital charge He was tasking him with and the ultimate reason for it, to follow Him and glorify God (John 21:19).”
After doing my “digging” and reading the entire narrative from the author. A lot of things made sense.
Remember nothing is done without a reason.
There is no such thing as coincidence.
This was all in his timing for his reason.
His will, will be done.
All in God’s timing.
EVERYTHING HAS A PURPOSE.
EVERYONE HAS A PURPOSE FOR GOD.
Father God I thank you for another day, another moment to study and grow and learn about you. Thank you for this narrative. Thank you for the love you have giving me. thank you for your compassion. Thank you for entrusting peter to lead your ministry and tend to your flock of sheep. Father I would be lost without you. I love you with all my might. I am grateful for the opportunity to have salvation because of the sacrifice you did for me. AMEN
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (NLT) ( Luke 6:46 )
Do you know many of us have selective hearing.
Many among us are unable to determine when God is speaking.
Many among us are confused.
Many among us listen, yet are selective.
Many among us call upon the Lord in times of need, but not in the good times.
Many call upon the Lord, but does not follow through with his directions.
Yet call upon him for help, expecting him to always answer, always find a solution without us ever doing our part.
Yer when prayers are not answered you question why? Why aren’t you helping me? Why me? Well answer his question, ‘Why are you calling me….when you don’t do what I say…’
Ever had moments when you feel God is asking you to do something?
That is called conviction.
There are times he is picking up the phone, sending you a text, shooting you an email or knocking on that door so that you can do something that will not only glorify him, but help you in your situation, to give you a blessing, or for you to be a blessing on someone else.
Instead what do we do when he calls?
Miss that call.
Not open that door.
We run away.
What does running away do for you?
You probably just compromised yourself in that situation your trying to get out.
That help you needed is now gone.
That blessing you were going to receive gone.
That blessing you could’ve been for someone else….. also gone.
We want the benefits of having a relationship with God, yet not obey when he extends a hand or calls. We want to have our cake and eat it too.
There are many whom want the storms to pass, without doing our share.
We have to do some work. His works.
We have to pray.
We have to listen.
We have to do.
We can not conform to the times and be selective listeners when God calls.
When he reaches out, answer his call.
Answer his text.
Open that email.
Open that door.
Let him in.
Get to work.
It will all be worthwhile once you see the fruits of labor come to pass.
We need to maintain and build a relationship with God just like any other relationship in your life.
It’s not a give and take relationship it’s a give, help, listen, pray, do, praise, listen, glorify, pray, give, take, help, pray, read, listen, praise, do, glorify, do, act, listen, kneel, follow, lead, bless and be blessed kind of relationship. (I know I was repetitive in my word) my point is, sometimes you got start from the beginning, continue, repeat some things before you get what the Lord deems you need to get out of a situation.
Father God I thank you for always being there, you are my Emanuel for you are always with me. I ask you dear Lord to help me continue to keep the channels of communication open with you, so that I may always answer your call and do your will. I ask for guidance to always be able to know when it is you calling me. I ask for the ability to have the knowledge and understanding for any task you present before me so your will can be done. I pray that I can do my part, to maintain this relationship with you. To be close with you. To do your will. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.