Protocol

This week I was reading 2 Kings 1. King David was old, weak, and soon to transition in this chapter. Who would reign as king in his place? His eldest living son Adonijah decided that he would be the next King. He appointed himself to the office unbeknown to King David. The scripture says, “Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and invited all his brothers, the King’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the King’s servants [to this feast]. But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the most formidable warriors, or his brother Solomon”. 1 King 1:5-9 Adonijah purposely excluded them. King David promised Bathsheba that Solomon would reign as King once he passed. But his other son had other plans. Here’s a nugget, Don’t be concerned about self-appointed folk or those who don’t include you or invite you. God has called you and will place you in the position He has for you, and He is not seeking validation from man. As the story continues, Nathan, the prophet, informed Bathsheba of Adonijah’s actions and advised her to put the King in remembrance of His promise, which was a type and shadow of how we are to approach our Heavenly Father and remind Him of His word. He hasn’t forgotten the promises He made to us in His Word, but He longs for us to bring His Word back to Him as an act of our faith. Remind the Father of what He promised to you!

As the chapter progresses, we see that Bathsheba goes before King David. I took account of how she approached the King. When Bathsheba entered his presence, “she bowed and paid respect to the king.” Amplified Version[AMP]. The King James Version ( KJV) says she “bowed and did obeisance unto the king.” What is obeisance? The Blue Letter Bible Concordance defines the word as “to bow down, to prostrate {lay oneself flat on the ground face downward, especially in reverence or submission} before a superior, before God in worship. As there is protocol in the natural, there’s protocol in the Kingdom of God. While God is our Father, we still must honor, respect, and pay homage to Him. Throughout the Bible, and even in the world, we see examples of how to approach earthly kings. How much more are we to show honor, reverence, and respect to the King of Kings. In the book of Esther, the Queen was intentional in approaching the King even though He was also her husband. She was aware that going before the King without being summoned could cost you your life. Thanks be to God that Jesus tore the veil that separated us from the Father. We now have direct access to the Father in Jesus’ name. But that doesn’t allow for us to approach the Father casually. We often show more reverence and respect to our employers and other secular individuals in leadership than God. Shame on us! It behooves us as believers not to become so familiar with the Heavenly Father that we lose respect! We should bow down and worship Him. We are to enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him and bless His name.

Challenge: In your prayer time this week, when entering in His presence, if you’re physically able, lay prostrate, bow down in His presence. Let’s give honor to our King, who is soon to return. More importantly, let’s make sure we have a heart submitted to the Father.

Let’s pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. We thank you for life, health, strength, and protection. You’re a good Father. Help us, Lord, to acknowledge you in all our ways so that you can direct our paths. Father, forgive us for not reverencing you as we should. We thank you for the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us, teaching us and leading us in the way we should go. Lord, we honor, love, and respect you from this day forward. We give you all the glory, honor, and praise in Jesus’ name.

BHM

Life

 We all face challenges in this life, and often those trials seem overwhelming. It can be the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of job, severed relationships, etc. As believers, we must be careful not to minimize the situations of others and try to comfort folks with religious jargon. Quite often, it’s best if we shut up (yes, I said it) and be there for someone, whether it’s just your presence, a hug, a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to vent to. Let us not be hypocritical and offer lofty words of encouragement; let us be led by the Holy Spirit and indeed allow the Father to minister as He knows what they need at that specific time. Even in our darkest hour and despite all our suffering and hardships, there’s hope and good news! In John 16:33 ….. “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world. [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding].” While we will experience painful situations and loss, we can rest in the fact that Jesus has overcome this world, and one day death will be swallowed up. Oh, what a happy day that will be. Revelation 21:4: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away, And He who was seated on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new.”

When you find yourself in a situation, and you feel like you can’t go on, call out to the Father. Remember, after Jesus’ ascension; He promised that the comforter would come. You have the comforter (Holy Spirit) inside you if you are born again. He desires to comfort you and bring joy to your heart. Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father also uses people to bring encouragement and comfort. Don’t be reluctant to reach out to trusted individuals for support. The Father uses individuals to meet our needs. 

Challenge for the week. Reach out to someone for assistance if needed. 

Let’s pray. Father, we come before you, thanking you for life, health, and strength. We thank you for the grace and mercy that you extend to us. Help us draw closer to you in every way and maintain this closeness in good times and not-so-good times. We desire to live lives that are pleasing to you. Let us set ourselves aside and be the answer to someone’s prayer. We love you and praise you in Jesus’ name. Amen

BHM

Parenting

Happy Sunday! How did last week’s challenge go? Did you commit to praying for someone for a week? If so, great. If not, there’s still time. Honestly, it should be a part of our daily practice to intercede on behalf of another. Let that be our goal from now on.

My daughter and I have similar personalities. I often laugh as The Father is giving me a daily dose of my own medicine, and our exchanges are pretty entertaining to my husband. She keeps me on my toes and has me constantly reflecting on my behavior and the example that I’m setting. Out of the blue this weekend, she comes up to her father and me and shows us the b clause of the scripture in Ephesians 6, which I’ll share later.  The first part of Ephesians reads as “Children, obey your parents in the Lord        [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. HONOR [esteem, value as precious] YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER [and be respectful to them]- this is the first commandment with a promise- SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY HAVE A LONG LIFE ON THE EARTH.” The current generation has a lack of respect for themselves, their parents, and others, and as a consequence, many have died and are dying prematurely. It is up to us to train a child in the way they should go so that they won’t depart from it when they get old. Let us pray for the youth, and let us be better examples. Growing up, it was the norm for the elders to echo the following phrase, “you know what the bible says, you better honor your mother and father, or your days will be short!” This constant reminder caused me to reflect on my behavior as I didn’t want to die prematurely. That doesn’t mean I did everything right-it’s so far from the truth, but it kept me aware of the word. We should all want the promise of a long life!

The latter part of the verse that my daughter shared with us commands us as parents not to be provocateurs. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with the demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”  We can’t read or quote the first half of the scripture without including the second portion. We are called to love and correct our children, referencing our heavenly Father’s example. As parents, we must take accountability for our actions and be willing to apologize when we are wrong and when we miss it.  We must repent for being abusive, humiliating, or unreasonable. Gone are the days when we think that we are constantly right because we are adults. I hate to burst your proverbial bubble; I’m sure we mess up as parents more often than we’d care to admit. Psalms 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage and gift from the Lord. Even though it may not always feel that way, children are a blessing even when we are at our wit’s end.  Let us be reminded and reflect on this verse in our times of frustration.  None of us are perfect. We must be willing to remove the false narrative that we know it all as parents and be open to apologizing and learning from our mishaps- we owe it to our children. I’m tasked with reminding myself not to provoke my child, and she is charged with respecting, obeying, and honoring us. We both have parts to play in the relationship.

Challenge-This week reflect on your life and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you. Be open if He prompts you to apologize to your child or your parent.  Use this as an opportunity for reconciliation and growth. I’m rooting for you! I’m rooting for us!

Let’s pray,

Father, we thank you for bringing us through another week. We thank you for keeping us in our right minds. We thank you, Father, for consistently providing for us and protecting us. We ask Father to help us walk out Ephesians 6 in our lives. Let us be quick to forgive, apologize, and reconcile. We thank you, Father, for giving us your only begotten Son, and through His death, we are reconciled to you, and you’ve given us the ministry of reconciliation. We thank you for restoring families in Jesus’ name we pray.

Until next week,

Bleeding Heart Ministries (BHM)

The R-Word

I hope you all were able to complete the challenge from last week. If not, you can still give it a shot!

I titled this entry “The R-Word” because I thought it was pretty catchy 😊. When we begin to think of words that start with the letter R, a few that might come to mind could be repentance, regret, renew, restore, revelation, reevaluation, rich (lol), and the list goes on.  The R-word that I’m referring to for this writing is revenge. What is revenge? Revenge is defined as 1: a desire for vengeance or retribution 2: an act or instance of retaliating to get even. 3: an opportunity for getting satisfaction. The third definition resonates with me. I’m often tempted to get satisfaction for a wrong done to me. It feels good when you tell someone off -be honest; you know it does.  It can seem justifiable to pay someone back for what they’ve done or said to you that was deemed hurtful. But is it right? Folks often quote the Old Testament, “an eye for an eye,”  but is it a legitimate scripture to stand on? Leviticus 24:19.

What do you do when someone has offended you or caused you harm? Do you retaliate? Do you curse them out? Do you hatch a plan to get even? Maybe you don’t do any of those things; perhaps you hold them in your heart and don’t forgive. Nope, I’ve got it; you keep a tally of everything they’ve ever done and wait for them to screw up just one last time- I mean, you’ve given them enough chances they deserve it, right? They’ve gossiped about you covertly and then, like Judas smiled and kissed you on the cheek. They’ve talked about how unqualified you are, how you don’t deserve X, Y Z. Revenge seems like an adequate response. It’s not difficult to point out faults in others, but we must be ever so grateful that the Father doesn’t keep an account of all of our offenses, mishaps, and sin. Who are we to do the same to others? We must extend mercy.

In Matthew 5:38-48, Jesus says that we are to love our enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. It seems easy in theory but can be challenging in practice. We were born in sin and shaped in iniquity, so it’s to be expected that our first reaction will be according to the flesh. We are commanded not to repay anyone for evil and live peaceably with others as much as possible. “Vengeance is the Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. If we decide to take matters into our own hands, that doesn’t allow for  God to act on our behalf. As tempting as revenge is, we have to choose obedience to the Word of God and allow the Father to repay accordingly.

Challenge: I challenge you to choose one person who has wronged you and pray for them for one week.  Speak well of them, pronounce blessings over them, and if you haven’t forgiven them, Forgive and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in your prayer.

Let’s Pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. By an act of our will, Father, we choose to forgive those that have harmed us in any way. We know that if we don’t forgive others, You won’t forgive our trespasses and sins. Help us, Lord, not repay evil for evil and allow us to respond according to the Holy Spirit. We want to please you in all that we do, In Jesus’ name.

Bleeding Heart Ministries (BHM)

Giving

It is better to give than to receive; we’ve all heard this before. This verse is found in Acts 20:35. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” How many of us believe this? How many of us are putting others before ourselves? Giving is not relegated to only material things. There are so many ways that can assist others. We can lend an ear to someone who needs to vent. We can lend our time to aiding the elderly, serving the less fortunate, babysitting, helping to clean the home of someone who is ill, preparing a meal, simply showing love. Small gestures mean a lot.

By sacrificing, we can give to others which is the best act of service.  God the Father is the ultimate giver. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him Should not perish but have everlasting life…. John 3:16 Jesus gave us the ultimate sacrifice of all, His life. How much more should we give of ourselves. I’m being challenged in many areas of my life. One of the biggest struggles for me is giving of my time. I’m selfish with my time. I know. I know selfishness and being a child of God are oxymoronic as believers are supposed to be givers as we have the nature of Christ in us. We are called to give. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your bosom. For, with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you”. Luke 6:38. Also, in Hebrews 13:16, it says, “Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.” We are not to get caught up in what others are doing and giving. Nor are we to let others tell us what we should or should not provide; the Spirit of God must lead us in all that we do.

Challenge: I challenge you this week to be intentional about giving. Be open to giving of your time, resources, home, heart, etc. Let us demonstrate love in action!

Let’s Pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we thank you for waking us up this morning and giving us another chance at life. Help us to live a life that’s pleasing to you. Give us wisdom, Father, to be sensitive to meet a need in another’s person’s life this week. Cause us to be selfless instead of selfish and to put our focus on others. We love you, and we praise you. In Jesus’ name, we pray.

In His Presence

What are emotions, and are they bad? Emotions are defined as 1) a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body, 1)b: a state of feeling.  We are all emotional beings and are wired to feel. However, we can’t be tossed to and fro and allow for them to control us. We’ve already defined emotions; we can now answer the second question, are emotions bad? Feelings aren’t destructive in themselves; they are necessary for self-expression. The issue comes in when we allow our feelings to dictate our actions. I am an emotional person by nature, so it’s easy to let my feelings take the lead. I’ve noticed that when this occurs, I’m all over the place and not able to hear clearly from the Father.  How many of us know from experience that when our emotions lead us, we become filled with anxiety, we move prematurely, we say and do things that we later regret. This is not how the Father expects his children to respond. Yet this is how the enemy plays on our feelings and influences our minds. According to the word, we know that we are not to be anxious (experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome) for anything. Philippians 4:6-7.

I know it can be challenging to put into practice when you’re faced with some life trials- a bad medical report, the loss of a loved one, frustration with employment, loss of income, and the list goes on. However, the Father instructs us to cast our cares on Him, for He cares for us. 1 Peter 5:7. You and I are not built to carry the burdens of this life on our own-it’s futile. We were created with the very intention of being in a relationship with the Father. That’s exciting! The creator of the world wants to talk to Nakeia. Oh yeah, and you 😊. Often we take this privilege for granted and neglect communing with our Father. Let me let you in on a little secret in this union is where we gain wisdom, direction, insight, strategies, warnings, rejuvenation, restoration, and growth! Frustration, worry, anxiety, stress comes into play when we are disconnected from the vine. Yes, we will experience trials and tribulations, but Jesus told us to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world! John 16:33

If you forgot, we are in a spiritual war, and there’s an enemy of our soul who seeks to destroy us. We’ll never give the enemy too much credit, but we have to expose his plans. The enemy cannot force us to do anything; however, he will harass and inundate our minds with worry, concern, doubt, and what-ifs if we allow him to. We’re instructed in Matthew 6:27-33 not to worry. What can fear do for us? Can it pay a bill? Can worry cause us to grow in height? Can anxiety produce anything beneficial? No, it cannot. Just as it says in Matthew and referenced in the song Jireh by Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music, the Father clothes the grass of the field; why would He not ensure that his children are clothed and are not lacking? Our Father loves us and will provide-so don’t you worry! We are called to renew our minds daily by reading the word of God. What other way will we be able to unlearn all of the responses and stinking thinking we’ve come accustomed to?

I am confident that you and I can live the abundant life that God the Father has for us! Instead of being ruled by our emotions, let’s get into his presence. For in His presence, there is fullness of joy; and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:10-11)

I challenge you, my brother, my sister to get into His presence to calm your fears and anxiety and exchange it for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.

Let’s pray,

Father, we thank you for having access to you through your son Jesus. Thank you for loving us when we didn’t even love ourselves. Please help us, Father, to be consistent in our walk with you. Help me, Father, to be consistent in all that I put my hands to. Father, forgive us for any sins that we may have committed and empower us to turn away from those things for good. We choose to bring our cares and concerns to you in exchange for your peace. We love you, and we give you praise in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Direction

My Father never ceases to amaze me! He is so intentional, loving, kind, and merciful. I want to acknowledge and thank everyone who follows my blog, those who have read any one of the posts, those who’ve shared the page, and those who have encouraged and prayed for me! Thank you!! I am humbled by you taking time out of your life to read the words that I pen through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Our current world is full of chaos and confusion, and our attention is being pulled in so many different directions. The media is consistently spewing fear and lies. Believers are at odds about vaccinations, among other things. Everyone has an opinion on one thing or another, including the decisions you make and how you live your life. It’s easy to listen to all the voices around you and fall victim to their opinions, and make decisions that God has never instructed you to make. It is the hour (and has been) for us to ensure that we hear clearly from the Father for ourselves. God the Father is the only one who knows the fullness of the purpose of our lives. “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you, ‘says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11(Amplified version, AMP). While many have good intentions and mean well-, they don’t know the fullness of what you are called to do. Godly counsel is wise, but final authority comes from the Father.

Every person born on this earth was born with a unique purpose to be fulfilled in this life and in the ages to come. Each of us is wired differently. The way the Father communicates with us is based on our personality and makeup. We were not made to be carbon copies of our favorite minister, mentor, or parent. Cultivate your relationship with the Father, and in the process, you’ll begin to recognize and identify how He deals and speaks to you. Not only will you be able to perceive the voice of the Father, but you’ll also start to see who the Father created you to be. Through the eyes of God, we’ll see ourselves the way God sees us before we’ve experienced the trauma, before we listened to and believed the word curses spoken over us, and before we placed limitations on ourselves. You and I have the Spirit of the Living God living within us (if we’ve accepted the Lord Jesus Christ), and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13). In Genesis 1:26, it says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness and let them have dominion…..”. Let that sink in; we are made in the image of God!!! I’m encouraged by those words and pray you are too. In 2 Peter 1-3 (AMP), the Holy Spirit, through Peter says, “To those who have received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. We have everything we need to live a dynamic (marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change) spiritual life. We should be consistently moving and changing and producing. Let’s get going!!

Often in our desire to please God, we find our worth in how busy we are instead of just living life from the inside out. We believe that we have to show up to every event, participate in every study and work, work, work. Let me clarify, all of these things are good in themselves, but we must be balanced in all that we do. It is unwise to try to be a part of everything, and there’s no joy or life in what you’re doing. I’ve learned during this walk that you can’t pour from an empty vessel. You must take time daily to spend with the Father and be filled so that you can be a blessing to others.  You also must not neglect your family trying to be a part of everything that, if we’re honest, sometimes the Father didn’t tell us to be a part of. Listen to the voice of God and be led by the Spirit. Let’s be intentional and not lean to our own understanding, and acknowledge God in all our ways. Proverbs3:5-6. Also, be careful not to allow the opinions of others and what they think you should or should not do affect you and your obedience. Seek the Father and his direction! Let us change our focus from “doing” to “being” who God called us to be. Through our union with and obedience to the Father is how we will fulfill all He has called us to do.

Be Blessed

Let’s Pray,

Father, we thank you for another day. We are grateful for all that you have done for us and will do for us. We thank you for sacrificing your son Jesus so that we can have a relationship with you. Father, forgive us for any sins that we’ve committed and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Help us, Father, to live from the inside out. Help us to put things in proper perspective. We ask that you empower us through the Holy Spirit to be everything you said we would be and do all that you said we would do. We thank you that it is in you that we live, move, and have our being. Help us to be walking examples of your love and to share your agape love with others. Father deliver us from people-pleasing and let our focus be on pleasing you. We love you! In Jesus’ name, we pray.

Bleeding Heart Ministries

BHM

Qualifies the Called

If you’re anything like me, there have been times that you question your purpose and what God has called you to do.  We see ourselves through the lenses of insecurity, self-doubt, and our past mistakes. God has not called us to have such a myopic view. Our Father knows the end from the beginning, and the plans that He has for us is dynamic, ever progressing. 

In this walk, we are not alone; the Bible provides many examples of those who didn’t see themselves as God sees them; they didn’t see themselves as qualified. Moses was used mightily by God, yet he didn’t think he could fulfill the assignment. He said to the LORD, “I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say” Exodus 4:10-12.  Even after the LORD told Moses that He would be with him and that He is the one who created his mouth, he still doubted and wanted someone to speak in his stead. This angered the LORD, and in turn, Aaron (Moses’ brother) was chosen to be the spokesman, but that wasn’t the LORD’s initial plan.  You may be called to do great exploits or be used to speak to nations and not feel capable. Honestly, you’re not. Nope!!  You’re not able to -that is in your strength. God qualifies the called, and in our consistent union and obedience to Him is how we become equipped to walk in purpose.

Take Gideon, for example; the children of Israel had done evil in the sight of the LORD and were delivered into the hands of the Midianites. Even the Amalekites and the children of the east came up against them and destroyed their crops. Israel was impoverished as a result and cried out to the LORD. The LORD raised up a prophet to remind the children of Israel how He had delivered them from their oppressors in the past. (Isn’t it just like us to forget how the Father has delivered us). The Angel of the LORD came and sat down to converse with Gideon and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O brave man.” The Word of God says to call those things that are not as though they were. Gideon was fearful, yet the LORD called him brave! Gideon was also confused and couldn’t comprehend why they experienced such turmoil if God was with them. The LORD responded and told him to go forth and save Israel from the hands of the enemy. Gideon immediately replied how he was from the least significant family. Our genealogy and familial dysfunction doesn’t negate the call of God on our life. The LORD reassured him that He would be with him. Just like us, Gideon let his insecurity cloud the word he received from the LORD. Gideon needed confirmation, and God obliged. I think it’s essential to seek the LORD and ask for confirmation, but it behooves us not to become paralyzed by fear of taking a step. We must step out on faith. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:14.

Are you going to walk in all that God has called to you, too, or are you going to let insecurity, doubt, and fear hold you back? Decide to obey God and allow him to qualify you.

Let’s pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we ask you to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We thank you for your faithfulness and mercy. Father, we ask that you give unto us a spirit of wisdom and revelation. As we read your word, Father allows us to see ourselves as you see us-cause the eyes of hearts to be flooded with light. As we continue to walk with you, we trust that you will empower us to fulfill our purpose in you.  For those who don’t know you, I pray that they would come into the knowledge of the truth and understand that you, Jesus are the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through you! We love you and praise you in Jesus’ name.

BHM

Power in the Tongue

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. The words that we speak frame our lives. Our words have power. By words, God spoke the world into existence. Genesis 1:1-3 “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” He spoke, and it was so. When we speak God’s word, it will be so. Ask yourself, what am I saying? Am I engaging in negative talk? Am I speaking words that align with God’s purpose and word? Or am I speaking things contrary to what I desire.  Be mindful of what you’re saying, listen intently to your words, and I’m sure you’d be surprised by what is coming out of your mouth. Begin to take inventory of your words. Don’t speak scarcity and expect prosperity. Don’t speak sickness when you want health. Speak what you want.  Sometimes we’re a product of words that were spoken to us and over our lives. You may have grown up in a household where someone constantly berated you. Maybe your parents were condemning and negative. Perhaps you’ve listened to the voices of countless others around you who have spoken word curses over you. Today, cancel those word curses spoken over your life and commit to speaking God’s word!

I’ve spoken word curses over myself and even agreed with those negative words spoken to me by others.  I’ve also struggled with people-pleasing for most of my life (resulting from rejection). However, I’ve realized that you will never succeed in pleasing people because it’s an endless cycle.  Recognize that individuals have internal wars that they’re fighting that have absolutely nothing to do with you; it’s not personal.  Our job is to please God. We can and should assist and be a blessing to others but never to the point where we’re doing things to be accepted. Repeat after me: I’m Accepted in the Beloved.! I’m Accepted in the Beloved.”

Words matter! It’s not what others say about you that truly matters; it’s what you say about you that has an impact on your life. Speak life over yourself and your situations!!! Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Be mindful of what you say about yourself and others! Proverbs 18:21. In Matthew 12:36, it says, “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Choose your words wisely and speak life.

Let’s pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. We thank you for life, for strength, and for a sound mind. We ask you to empower us by the Holy Spirit and help us be conscious of our words and actions. Let us live a life that’s pleasing to you. We love you! In Jesus’ name, we pray.

How can I blessed?

What does it mean to be blessed? How do you know if you’re blessed? Is material wealth indicative of blessing? Deuteronomy 28 says, “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord. You’ll be blessed in the city, field, blessed when you go in, and blessed when you go out.” The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way and flee before thee seven ways. He declares that we would be the head and not the tail, lender, not a borrower. Who wouldn’t blessings to overtake them? Hand raised; I know I do!

The scripture doesn’t end there; it says what happens if we don’t observe His commandments. “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee. Instead of being blessed in the city, you will be cursed in the city, in the field, cursed in the body, cursed when you come in, and cursed when you go out. There are consequences to our actions! If you’re anything like me, I ask God to have mercy on me for the things that I have done (will do) in my life that are contrary to his will and a result of my disobedience. I’m notorious for procrastination. I was enlightened by a statement shared on Social Media that the root of procrastination is rebellion, yep, rebellion! Here I was, excusing procrastination, putting off what I should do now until later. How arrogant of me to think that I have “time.”

The scriptures referenced above are from the Old Testament, and some may argue that we are under a new covenant (which is true) and doesn’t apply because we are under grace. Are we under grace absolutely but let’s see what Jesus says about obedience? In Luke chapter, Jesus was teaching the disciples the format of prayer and sharing with them how much the Father gives good gifts to His children, including the Holy Spirit to them that ask him. Jesus went on to cast out a devil, and they accused Him of being connected with the devil, and Jesus, in His eloquent way, explained how a divided kingdom could not stand. He also shared a biblical principle on deliverance (read the chapter). When the crowd gathered, a woman who was in the midst said to Jesus, “Blessed is the womb that bares thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.” But He replied, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” It seems to me that we are blessed as a result of our obedience. In John, Jesus 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 15:14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. In Romans 2:13 it says, “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” Let us also reference our perfect example, Jesus. The word of God says that “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”

Obedience is better than sacrifice. But besides our obedience being a blessing to us, it also benefits others. Similarly, our disobedience causes others to miss out on what God wanted to use us to do, affecting those around us! Let us be intentional in all that we do. Step out in faith and do what the Father has instructed you to do. It will bear fruit. Our Father is faithful. I challenge you to be quick to obey even if you don’t fully understand. Each act of obedience is how we learn more and more to be led by the spirit of God. I believe with you!!!

Let’s pray…

Father, it’s in the of Jesus that we come before you. First, we thank you for life and strength. We ask you to forgive us for our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Father, empower us by your spirit to walk in obedience to your will. We desire to live lives that are pleasing to you. Help us realize that our obedience directly affects others so that we’ll be quick to obey. Father, I ask that you give unto us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you. Help us to be examples of your love in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.