Assumptions – day 4

 

 

As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled: Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait daily for the next  few days for the completion of the 7 day devotional. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:

 

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 ESV

 

You know the saying not everything you see on TV (or on the internet ) is real. We cannot live assuming everything you read or see online or on TV is true. We are living in a society that people are manipulating data and facts to suit their own will and needs. Assuming that you can always accept the truth at face value is no longer viable in this day and age of alternative facts and fake news.

I have always been big on looking at the bigger picture, researching and testing theories to ensure if I can believe certain truths. My experiences has shown me that the biblical texts are true. God does love me. God dwells within me. I can feel his presence. I know this not because of something I read on the internet or saw on tv. I know this because I study his word. Meditate in his presence. I know this because I feel his love. I don’t need mans opinion to validate anything for me. I don’t need man to tell me something is without me looking into it myself. I don’t assume that what everyone tells me is true.

With this being said I am going to transition to today’s devotional.

 

Day 4 Mala Ministries:

Assumptions

Pray today that you will not be swayed by opinions that do not come from God. He is looking for you, and whenever you stray and return, you realize that He never moved. The world is filled with imitations and fads that come in the guise of wisdom but are actually snippets of evil disguised to give you comfort. No relationship crumbles because of a single blowout; almost all of them fail because we do not acknowledge the slow leaks that deflate us. Friends, be wise to the captivating assumptions of innocent wonder because you think there is no victim.

From the very first assumption in the Garden of Eden, man has always been susceptible to the negative influences of other people. Today, make a decision to question your own assumptions. “Why” you believe the God of the Bible is as important to the planning of your day as “what” you believe. Lean on Him to prevent the false promise within a false premise. Make a commitment that you will seek His will to overcome the assumptions that can be a roadblock to genuine wisdom.

One example of this is in the contemporary church. The biggest roadblock to contemporary worship is the doctrine and denomination that jeopardizes that worship. Worship is for God and not for the creator of the order of worship, or the one who is in charge of the bulletin. John Maxwell reminds us that we can indeed go to heaven sans a bulletin. The assumptions we make on what is holy, pious, traditional and ritualistic are sure to become obstacles if we keep looking to the “how” and not the “why.”

Today, meditate on the things you want to understand through the lens of God. When the lamenting prophet Jeremiah cried out to God, he was told, “Seek unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you cannot comprehend.” God is reminding us to look away from the prejudices of our own assumptions and at the majesty of His promise that lies just outside our comprehension.

 

My reflection:

Father God I thank you today for your love and mercy. I give you praise for your daily bread. I thank you for being ever present at every moment in my day. Thank you lord for always guiding me and not allowing me to accept assumptions as facts. Thank you for the ability to comprehend details laid before me. Amen.

 

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Happiness

The world is looking for happiness, yet they are looking for happiness in all the wrong places (wealth fame etc).
This was from a piece of a recent sermon by Pastor Hagee.
I was listening to his service in my living room and this struck out.
He referenced Luke 12;15 [15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”]
We can easily get carried away with our possessions and our quest to happiness in life.
Trust me I know.
I tend to get so fixated on my “projects” that sometimes even though for those brief moments of joy, I get carried away and end up with a surplus of items.
I like to craft with my kids.
My kids have found an affinity to making things.
So what do I do, I buy a cricut.
I turn everything in to a project.
I want to make them everything.
home made cards, home made banners, home made party decors, home made holiday decor.
(I have spent and saved unequivocally the same amount lol).
My kids have found an affinity in painting.
So what do I do, I order canvases galore, paint, stencils and paint brushes
So what do I have? An Art gallery in their bedroom preserving those few minutes of happiness in self reflection and creativity.
I like to read.
I like to read thematically.
So what do I Have? A mountain pile of books to read, and a kindle/nook devices filled with books at my disposal to read.
I get lost in my books, I get transfixed in my books, I get happy reading.
Yet I have enough books to donate to a few libraries.
Many of us experience this, we try to fill a void with anything.
Books, toys, gaming devices, virtual worlds, alcohol, substances, fame, wealth and money.
These are the wrong places to seek happiness. The happiness we find are only temporary and short lived.
Stop using these fillers to fill the places in your heart that doesn’t belong to them.
Your happiness can be filled by the Alpha and The Omega, I AM, Yahweh, Yeshuah, Lord Almighty.
Be careful of these possessions filling your time.
They can hinder your growth, your walk and your relationship with Christ and your loved ones.
Father God I thank you today for your love. I thank you for your Mercy. I thank you for filling the voids in my heart with your words, wisdom kindness and love. Everything I have, every ounce of Joy I receive is all because you made it possible and for that I am eternally grateful. I do not want to be filled with an abundance of possessions which will only provide temporary joy. Instead I want the water that gives everlasting life and joy which only comes from you. Father I ask you to keep me grounded, keep me focused, despite the distractions. Amen

By My Spirit

“…Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.”
(Zechariah 4:6, NIV)
I grew up watching wrestling.
Die Hard WWE (formally WWF) fan.
I always liked the strong powerful, tactful wrestlers.
Those whom were proficient and strong submission skills.
Those whom were bigger, stronger, muscular since all this in the wrestling world embodies not might, but power.
In baseball, fans follow the power hitters of the teams.
They give their all, their might and their strength in the game.
In basketball, we love the player who can shoot long range 3 point jump-shots and who’s offense skills are amazing on the court.
In football we rely on the speed, strength, endurance and power of the quarterback to lead our teams to the Superbowl.
In each of these instances what we fail to realize is that its not our might, our talent, our build, our strength nor our power for us to get things done.
It is by the Spirit of the Lord.
We need to put our trust in His spirit.
He can provide us with guidance in any thing we think of.
We need to realize that his spirit also resides in us.
It gave us our first breath when he breathed life in to Adam.
In Hebrew “ruach” means spirit.
I recently posted this from the Hebrew words series from one of the devotionals I was reading at the time.
In today’s verse it means breath.
When God breathes in our direction we can have amazing things unfold in our lives. Things won’t happen because of how talented we are, how are build is, how pretty we are or the people we are affiliated, it happens because God took a breath in your direction. God shifted things in to place.
With his every breath, promises are fulfilled, Healing comes, promotions, restoration they all come our way with his grace and love and just one deep breath.
We should stop depending on our might, our prowess, our physical abilities and carnal talents. What we should remember is by the Holy spirit, by the breath of God, by his will, is how things well get done. When we put all our trust and faith in God, the impossible suddenly becomes possible. When you remain faithful and trust in him, things will suddenly begin falling in to place. Your lives will begin to transform, healing will begin to take place, things that were broken, unfix able will suddenly become fixed.
The breath of God can fix and change things.
Father God thank you for breathing in my direction. Thank you for the restoration of my life. Thank you for peace. Thank you for healing. Thank you for the wholeness i feel within my body and mind. Today I receive you and your gifts. Today I will not rely on my own strength but in your breath, in your power in your might. Amen.

Successful People Help the Poor

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).
I have used this chapter several times. I have made several references to the proverbial woman. Yet this verse here, before I ever understood it was affiliated with the proverbial women, I used as a reference point as to why I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’ve used this verse to explain why I stand up to I just and inequalities when I can. This verse here is my go to as a reminder of why it is important to be civically engaged.
Today though this devotion by Rick Warren gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling of comfort. My happy place. My happy place includes serving the under-served.
Below is hid devotional:
by Rick Warren
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).
If you want to live a successful life, the Bible offers some countercultural instruction.
Serve the poor!
How could serving the poor help us be successful?
The Bible gives us numerous reasons why this is so, but here are just a few of them:
It’ll make you happy. “If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor; it is a sin to despise anyone” (Proverbs 14:21 GNT).
You’ll honor God. “Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God”(Proverbs 14:31 NCV).
It’ll make you a better leader. “Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly”(Proverbs 29:14 The Message).
I’ve seen this in my own life. Some of you know my story. When I wrote The Purpose Driven Life, the book became a huge global success. It’s been translated into 137 languages.
And when you write a book with the first line of “It’s not about you,” it’s pretty easy to realize that any money or influence that came from it wasn’t meant for me. So, among other decisions Kay and I made at the time, we started Acts of Mercy, a foundation to help the poor and the vulnerable suffering with AIDS.
The book’s success was not about me; it was all about God.
Proverbs 31:8-9 particularly spoke to me during this time: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (NIV).
That’s what successful people do. They stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
Pastor rick Warren includes these questions in his devotion:
Talk It Over
Why do you think it’s so important that successful people help the poor and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves?
How have you seen successful people in your life help the poor and the defenseless?
What can you do to more faithfully help the poor?
Now I am not asking you to answer Pastor Warrens questions directly to me.
I do ask that you think about them. Analyze yourself.
Reflect. I’m big about self reflect if you’ve been following my writings.
Honestly answer them to yourselves.
If you want to share more power to you.
If you want to let it marinade and resonate from within, that’s ok too.
I have already poured my heart here in ways I haven’t with others. So as part of my reflection to this exercise I’m going to share my thoughts and analysis.
Why do you think it’s so important that successful people help the poor and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves?
Honestly the Bible instructs us to help the poor. The Bible instructs us to live a humble like. We see it throughout the New Testament. The disciples left their jobs, families and belongings in an act of faith. They followed Jesus. They spread news of his love, prophecy and sacrifice. They walked his walk with him, physically guided by him. Witnessing his humble dwellings, behaviors, acts of kindness and how he selflessly help others. His ministry was focused on serving the destitute, the needy, the poor. Walking this walk with Christ, we need to lead by his example. This is something that should come from within. Not everyone has that drive nor that desire to help. It’s a natural instinctive nature that few are called to do.
How have you seen successful people in your life help the poor and the defenseless?
I have several times where successful individuals help the poor and defenseless. These past two months we have witnessed it first hand if you have been following the recovery efforts since Harvey. Celebs have gone out their way literally even flying private jets to send much needed goods to those affected by these major natural disasters. (Harvey, Irma, Maria & Earthquakes). It’s such an amazing sight to see celebrities joining grassroots initiatives, rolling up their sleeves, delivering aid, food and water. What an amazing sight to see these influential successful individuals hosting or collaborating in benefit concerts with the goal of continuing to aid in relief efforts. This isn’t the only way someone “more successful” can help someone who is at a disadvantage. Not everyone has that financial security.
Those whom give their time in volunteer work. Whether your volunteering at a hospital, volunteering via a non profit organizations doing grassroots initiatives to teach and be apart of initiatives to bring forth awareness and understanding or even fighting for others on social issues. Standing up for someone while we are witnessing injustices and inquiries are other forms of ways someone more successful can help someone in need. If you have a platform to make a difference go ahead and use that platform. You could be the tool to help speak for the downtrodden or the ones who can’t speak for themselves. Buying someone a hot meal. Whether it is a homeless person or someone who just only has five bucks until pay day is another way. I’ve witnessed all of these forms. Even kids whom are academically more successful who help out other children whom are struggling is a way where someone succeeding in something can help someone in need. I’ve seen that in my kids, in the kids in my sons school and even with the kids at church the way they help each other out.
What can you do to more faithfully help the poor?
I feel to faithfully help the poor we need to show that love and compassion still exists. It’s a cause and effect theory. With every action there’s a reaction. If we could all be more compassionate, help our in anyway we possibly can, our love and compassion can lead to a small spark flickering. That spark could be that match that needed to strike someone’s faith to be reignited.
Look no answer to these questions are wrong. This is my self reflection piece to those questions.
Father God I thank you for your love. Thank you for the successes you have given me in my life. I may not be wealthy, I may just be getting by, but my success is not about monetary success. My success and accomplishments you have led me to them. Your words have also taught me to be humble and give back as often as I can and when I can. There are times where all I have is a dollar to my name, there are times I give up my dollar, there are times I hold on to it. Lord you know the reasons behind each instant. It pains me when I can’t help. Yet it fills me up in the depths of my soul when I can. Lord thank you for allowing me to be successful in areas where I can help. I may not be wealthy, may not be able to save the world, but I do feel lord that every man, woman and child can make a difference, with your guidance. Amen.

Sleep

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.”
(Psalm 4:8, AMPC)
I don’t know about you but I have not slept a peaceful nights sleep since Harvey, Irma & Maria destroyed the homes and lives of millions of people. Despite my concerns, despite my worries, despite my anguish I find comfort in knowing that My Lord will sustain and provide. I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for the few relatives I’ve heard from are doing OK. They are making do and surviving considering the situation. They have maintained their faith. I have maintained my faith.
I am thankful for the many individuals whom have organized venues as donation drop offs. The many volunteers whom have worked tirelessly morning, noon and night….I am thankful for. For the legislators fighting for us because they genuinely care….I thank you. I am thankful for the means and modes of transportation allotted to get the goods down. I am thankful that despite being late, additional help is underway. I find peace and comfort knowing that the spiritual warfare has many prayer warriors knocking down the enemy’s path to destruction. We shall continue praying, you will not defeat us. We may not be able to save 100% of the people but you will not take 100% of them from us.
We will pray, we will fight back spiritually and we will take care of our people. I find peace in knowing that God has our backs. God is our protector, defender, strength, shelter, peace, refuge and provider. No mater how the storms of life come against our people, Take comfort in God, trust in god and you shall find safety, peace and joy.
In times like these we dwell in his safety, peace, and confident trust. We need to focus on God’s word, declare his promises over you and those in the Caribbean whom are hurting. We need to dwell in him. He will provide the peace, protection and victory for those affected directly and indirectly.
Father God today I thank you for your promises of peace and safety in my life and those afflicted in the Caribbean. I chose to focus my attention on you. To be used by you in each way you need to be of a blessing to others. God I ask not just for a peace of mind which I desire and need, but that you provide peace, joy, nourishment, protection, provision, shelter, strength, refuge and protect our Islands. Father our hands here in the states are tied and we are limited in what we can do…but I sit here in supplication for those in need. My peace of mind will come, when I know that these people are doing better. In Your holy name. Amen.

Faith In the Power of God

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
Our salvation is based on our own individualized actions. Our salvation is based on our own individual faith. We cannot have our faith be based on just one man, whether spouse, significant other or even our leaders in the church.
Our faith should be based on our relationship with God. Our faith should be based on studying the word of God. Yes seek those with wisdom in the faith for guidance, knowledge and references.
Do not supplement their faith with one owns. Their faith will lead to their own salvation, your salvation is not intertwined with anyone but God the father, The son and the Holy Spirit.
It is easy especially for those new in their spiritual walk to get tied to someone else beliefs and assume that because of my relationship with so and so in my walk I have already achieved salvation. It’s not that simple. We are all tested individually and henceforth our walks in Christ will have different trials and different tribulations. Our faith should not be based off of anyone within the flesh. Our sins can only be dealt with God. Knowing and understanding what God wants can only come from studying the Bible, following his way and truly searching with ones whole heart.
Father God I thank you for this devotion and this lesson. I thank you for reminding me that as a woman I am not bound or tied to the faith of others. I am bound and tied to my faith and relationship in you. It is easy to let others make decisions for you. It is easy for us to get distracted in this society. Lord I want to focus more on you. I want my faith in you to be because of our individual relationship. I want to continue to seek guidance here, knowing that their wisdom and guidance is nothing if my relationship with you is not where is should be. I love and thank you father. Amen.

Open your mouth

Open Your Mouth

“…Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it…”

(Psalm 81:10)

 

 

I don’t know about you but I am hungry.

I am hungry, spiritually.

I want to feast in what the lord has to offer.

 

Are you hungry?

Open your mouth wide, and he will surely fill it.

 

 

He will fill your mouths the way a mother bird fills the mouths of a baby bird to nourish them. The little bird sees their momma bird and they open wide. They don’t know if momma bird had the time to get the food or not, but they trust, they trust with all their might, that when their little mouths open they will be fed.

 

Same like infants and a nursing mother.

As soon as we have our baby, they know they need to suckle on something for their mouths to be filled. What does an infant do? They open their little mouths, and mom provides. They latch, they suckle and then they are fed. They trust in their mom to be able to provide the nourishment they need. They don’t know the source of their nourishment yet they trust.

 

We know where the source to satisfy our desires are.

 

We already know that God provides for his children. We know we need to trust in him & that we can trust in him to provide.

 

We need to trust that God will provide our needs and fill our needs.

 

I crave Gods love.

I crave Gods mercy.

I crave Gods blessings.

I crave Gods embrace.

I want to be filled with God.

 

I will open my mouth.

I will praise his name.

I will give him glory.

I will exalt his name.

I will thank him for being merciful.

I will ask for atonement for my sins.

I will keep my mouth open, and let him fill me up.

 

This is exactly what we need to do open our mouths and he will begin filling it.

 

‘Ask and we shall receive’.

 

He will quench my thirst for he flows with living waters and my dears I guarantee he will quench your thirst.

 

 

Father God I thank you for your constant blessings in my life. The mere fact that I am here seeking your guidance, seeking you to satisfy my needs is a blessing in itself. Father God you are worthy of all praise and I lift your name on high. I thank your and praise you for you are worthy of all praise. Father God my need is simple. I want to be filled with you. I want to be filled in your presence. I want to be filled with your love and compassion. I want to be filled with your embrace. Lord you know my carnal needs in this world, you know my weaknesses and my strengths, lord I ask for you to fill me up so I can overcome my obstacles and my burdens. I know you have a plan for my future. . I ask you to fill me dear lord with your peace and patience while I wait on you to achieve the plans you have forth in me. I love you. in Jesus’ name. Amen.”