Monday, September 25, 2017
Today was a rough day. I prayed, read the Word and it was still a rough day. Now it's evening time and all the situations are the same. Then, I remembered, "Thus, Sayeth The Lord". It doesn't matter what life is throwing at me right now. It doesn't matter what is going on in the world. What matters is what God has to say. For he does not lie and his word stands. Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you, you just be still". Isaiah 40:29 "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength". Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint". Isaiah 43:2 "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee". Isaiah 54:17 "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord". James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you". 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land". Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed". Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope". Mark 11:24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received[a] it, and it will be yours". Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" God is good.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
We spent the weekend in NJ. We attended service today at Solid Rock UPC. Sis. Wynn preached an excellent sermons on how God is with us in the hills and the vallys. It's good to have mountaintop experiences with the Lord and when we are there we need to soak up as much as we can because a valley is coming too. When our valley comes, we don't walk it alone, he walks it with us. It was an encouraging word. Later in the day, we celebrated Joe's birthday with ice cream cake from The Chill & Grill. I love their cakes! I'm thankful for time with loved ones. God is good.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Tonight, Bro. Cook taught part three of his lesson on, "The Armor Of God". Tonight's focus was on The Breastplate of Righteousness and having your feet shod with the gospel of peace. We are never to go into battle without your armor on. You can't live without your heart beating, so this breastplate is vital to protect your heart. The Breastplate of Righteousness covers your heart. To do this, we must be covered with God's righteousness, 2 Corinthians. We are not righteous because we are sinless, we are righteous because are sinners saved by grace. We are not righteous because of our works, we are righteous because of what he did, he died on a cross for you and I. If we wear our own armor we develop a sense of self-righteousness, we need to be careful what armor we chose to put on. Battles will come, the choice is up to you on how you will fight them. Your actions, deeds give evidence to his work. Our work should reflect his work. Without righteous living, you expose your heart. What you are thinking will be revealed in your heart. Everything we do should not be measured against if it's a heaven or hell issue. Some things we choose can open our lives up to sin, we need to guard our hearts. The life we live with either fortify us against satans attack or it will make us easier to be defeated by him. check yourself and see how you are living for God. Do people know you are a Christian? We must allow God's righteousness to work through us every day, it's a journey. Our feet need to be shod with preparation of the gospel of peace. We must be prepared to present the gospel everywhere we go. We must be the light of the world. You must know the Word and be able to give an answer if a question arises. Our life must be verbally and visually an illustration and demonstration of the gospel of Jesus. When people see us, they need to be able to see Jesus. WE are to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. We can't have a third party experience with God, we must know him for our self. Is his world, real to you, has it become who you are? It needs to be who you are every day. We must have The Word, as our foundation. If we are going to be able to stand through a battle, we must be grounded on the word. Stand firm on God's word, know it and live it. If we stand firm with his breastplate of righteousness, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. God is good.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
This past week, almost every day, I have discovered someone that knew Rose. Even today, one of the parents from my son's school knew her. Rose touched lives everywhere she went. I can't shake this. It's hit me deep to the core. I don't want to just exist from day to day. I need to be active and touch as many lives as I can. I want the love of Jesus to radiate through me everywhere I go. My life must make a difference. God is good. On a side note, please pray for those that have been affected by the recent earthquake and Hurricanes.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Last Sunday was my birthday. I spent it helping my son sell Lemonade to raise funds for Sheaves For Christ. I'm glad I was able to be with my church family and was surprised and touched when a birthday cake was brought out and the Birthday Song was sung to myself and another brother who's birthday is on the same day. I love my church family. Later in the evening, we were going to have a little something at home, when we received news that Rose has passed away. I didn't feel like celebrating anymore. I was in too much shock and heartbroken. I knew she would have been mad at me for not having cake, so the next night with much prodding from my son, we did have a birthday cake. Then, a wonderful gift came my way. My best friend Reva came to surprise me and to celebrate our birthdays. We are both September babies. She being my best friend understood my need to attend Rose' funeral and we celebrated later in the day. I cherish my friend. We are the same age as Rose. It could have been one of us. Our time together was fun and we agreed, we are not as young as we used to be, at least our bodies are not, but our hearts are. A short trip, but a treasured one. I don't know what tomorrow holds. I know who holds my tomorrow and I trust Him with it and with my today. I'm thankful for another year and I'm thankful to be alive. God is good.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Today's church service was in a way dedicated to our beloved Rose who unexpectedly passed away last week. It's hard to not cry when you see she is not singing with the praise team. Then, you instinctively look over to her normal spot on the pew and realize she's not sitting there either. It hurts and it's going to hurt for a long time. No more Rosie tight hugs that about squeezed the breath out of me. I will miss this and her comments/views regarding my blog. I have no doubt she had a heart for God like what Pastor Davis preached about today. RJ said something to me regarding her passing. He said, "You know mom, Rosie was really loving God fiercely. I think God looked at her and said you know what, your love for me is so big and you make me so happy that I'm giving you, your eternal reward now. Yep...He loved her that much that he didn't make her wait any more". Jesus' love is great. We have several special guests today. The Beek's who are missionaries to Scotland gave their testimony. Sis. Jessica DiGiovanni sang a beautiful song and ministered to the entire church body. The choir brought us to a place where we could worship freely. Bishop Davis spoke to us about praying through to what we need. Prayer is the answer. Then, Pastor Davis got up to preach. He was fired up and determined to get a message across to us. That we do not know when our last day is going to be. We must have "A Heart For God". His main text was taken from I Samuel 13:13-14 and Acts 13:21-22. We need to get involved in the body of Christ and not get caught up in the junk of this world. We are in the last days, develop a relationship with Christ and with your family, this is all that matters. We like to have compliments, we appreciate it when someone says something nice to us. However, when God compliments someone, it is good for us to pay attention and see why he did this. We need to seek after what God considers to be praise worthy. God called David a man after his own heart. David was not a perfect man and he made a lot of mistakes, yet he was still a man after God's own heart. What can we do to have this same compliment from God? The prophet was sent by God to anoint the new king. Jesse called all his handsome and strong boys. God said no to all of them. He didn't care about how they looked, he cared about what was in their heart. God is not looking for beauty on the outside, he is looking for a man, women, boy or girl who is after his own heart. He is looking for someone who likes what he likes, hates what he hates, loves what he loves and has the same attitude as him. He wants someone who's heart is after his own heart. If we are going to get to this place, we must learn to forgive. Someone hurt you, forgive! Someone did you wrong, forgive! Don't become a prisoner because someone did you wrong. If God has forgiven you, you can forgive them. When you do this, you set yourself free. Forgive, forget and let go. David was so unimportant to Jesse, that he didn't even consider him to be an option. God knew his heart and knew he was who he wanted to be King. Do you have a heart for the things of God? To have a heart after God, you need to love his word. You need to know his word. If you love him, you will keep his commandment's. When you read the word, you are reading Jesus Christ. Pastor challenged the parents to read the word of God over our children. To read the word out loud in our home. There is power in the spoken word of God. The gates of hell can not prevail against you when you speak the word. The gats of hell are not constantly moving around. They move and have to break when you speak the word of God. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! To have a heart after God, you have a house filled with prayer. Prayer needs to be our power, purpose and profession. If you want a breakthrough, you have to pray through. Be very careful that you don't start out with a heart after God and then become distracted and lose it along the way. When God speaks, it's time to obey. If you have a heart after God, you will do all the will of God. You will have a passion to do the will of God. He is looking who has a heart after his own heart. God is good.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
This morning people near and far came together to celebrate the life of Rose St Thomas. I stood in the back of the sanctuary and marveled at the sea of people that had come to give honor to her life. All races, ages and walks of life, hugged one another, cried together and laughed together. She would have loved the bright colors all around. Her heart would have burst in pride over the choir as they sang. She would have wanted to hug and kiss everyone. We are sad for our loss and yet, rejoice because she is with the lover of her soul, the friend that is closer than a brother and the one who gave her eternal life. Rosie, you will be forever missed and a huge hole has been left in our hearts. I pray that I can love others like you did. You have made it to your Heavenly Home. God is good.