Walk in freedom

Feet on the BeachWe live in a world where people see our symptoms, but don’t understand our sickness. People will judge your outer condition without taking the time to probe deeper and see what you are really dealing with. That’s why so many people never get to places of healing and wholeness because no one is patient enough to deal with the real issue. But the good news today is that God sees the heart.
God understands the totality of what you are dealing with because God has been a present help since day one. You can take everything to God in prayer. And when you take everything to God you tap into God’s power. God’s power is strong enough to not just heal you from your issue, but to also set you free from your infirmity. Get to the root of the trouble today so you can walk in freedom tomorrow.

 

Speak and walk in love

IMG_1917Hate is a big word that we need to be careful of, not to just throw it around to our loved ones. Hate is defined as to have a strong aversion about something or someone. It is associated with emotions on how we feel. There are positive and negatives characteristics to hate. To me it’s something you cannot stand, you despise and you don’t want anything to do with it, right? How come then it is easy for us to throw it to our loved ones. I’m talking about family love and respect. One cannot say I hate my mother because she redirected you from the wrong choices you make. You cannot say I hate my father because he told you not to hang around with bad crowd or I hate my brother/sister for just inconclusive reason, that’s negative hate. Hating a negative behavior doesn’t mean they hate you. We often throw that word to our loved ones not realizing the impact it makes to that individual. The Word of God says death and life are in the power of the tongue – Proverbs 18:21. Hate can be in a form of behavior doing cruelty and evil deeds. God wants us to speak and walk in love not hate. Today I want to focus on verbally using the word “hate’ to our loved ones.
Let’s look at what the bible says about hate. Its ok to hate things that are contrary to the Word of God and that is positive hate. The Word of God tells us to overcome evil with good, to love our enemies and keep doing good. Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who prosecute you. Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
I remember when my son and nephew (whom I always refer to as my son as well because he is my twin sister’s son anyway they all call us moms) were very young at the time. They have two years apart difference in age. They would play together and have fun as any kid will do. One time one of them busted into tears crying saying “I hate my brother, he’s mean to me”. Then took a moment with him to find out what mean thing the brother did. Of course, only to find out they were fighting over toys, on who plays what longer instead of sharing. We had to sit them down and told them of course you will annoy each other it’s normal you are siblings (per my family) but never use the word hate to each other. We told them their lips should practice to use loving words. In their young minds I know it could be difficult for them to understand it but it starts at the young age to implement positive values that would carry them to their adulthood.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
Yes, practice to use loving words around your family. No matter how you frustrated or how distasteful a behavior is, don’t use the word hate. Most of the times we take advantage with our family members thinking it’s a right thing to do, no it is not. It starts at home going to the outside to live positive and to spread love not hate. I read an article of a teenager seeking help on how to deal with anger and hate. The teenager was saying she hates her own behavior towards her family members especially her mother. She is rude and very disrespectful to both and often times throw “I hate you” to them. That was a big step for her to seek help, I applaud her for that even if I do not know her. Rather seek professional help than to make that kind of behavior/attitude norm in your life. It’s not physically, mentally and spiritually healthy for you and for the people around you
In closing; next time take a pause and think if it’s worth it to say “I hate you” when you having a confrontation with your family. Show love to your family and tell them you love them.

 

Support one another

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They wanna see you do good, but never better than them. Remember that.” Such a profound quote.

Not everyone has your best interests at heart. We live in a society that relishes tearing each other down. That allows envy, jealousy and backstabbing spirit work through some people. Most chances are; they sadly destroy relationships i.e. family relationships, marriage relationship, friendships etc. Some see your potential and have resources to help you but they will never lift a finger to support you because of competitive spirit. However; God is above it all and will see you through.
The GOOD NEWS is; where God leads He always provides, He will connect you to the right people and can even cause your enemies to support you hallelujah! As you step out, you stepping out in favor and coming in blessings. Whether the enemy approves it or not, when God is in it nobody can destroy it. Your company/business will soar, your projects will succeed, you will flourish in Jesus mighty name.
Go ahead and do your business, wishing well those who have gone before you. The Word of God says in Galatians 5:22-26: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

Losing a loved one

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To those who lost their loved ones: Words seem inadequate to express or to console somebody who has lost their loved one. It doesn’t matter if that person was old or young; child or an adult. Whether it’s a spouse, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, etc. the pain is the same and unbearable. How do you console a mother who has lost their child or who has lost their husband? A father who has lost their child or who has lost their wife. A child who has lost their parents. That is the most painful and difficult experience that anyone can go through.

When I lost my mom, I felt like the other part of me went with her. When I lost my sister and my brothers, I couldn’t comprehend the pain and devastation. Life had to go on after I lost my dad and I didn’t understand why. You would think it will appear on the local news, on every radio station or have a big bill board informing the whole world to stop in a minute in honor of your beloved one who has just departed. No, it doesn’t happen that way as painful as it is life carries on. It is hard, time does not heal all wounds, God does. Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. It’s a process you go through with God on your side. God never promised an easy life, He promised that He will be there with us. He will comfort us, He will give us strength. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 43:1-3 But now, this is what the Lord says He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers; they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; Let’s look at John 11:1-44 Jesus was deeply moved and wept at the loss of His Lazarus. John 11:4 When He heard this. Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it”.

John 11:25 — “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, will live even though they die. God has also prepared a new home for us where there will be no more death, tears or pain (Revelation 21:1-4). It is painful in our hearts that we will no longer be with them here on earth however one day we will meet once again in our heavenly home. May you find comfort in the Lord. May He wrap His loving arms around you during the difficult time of mourning.

 

Walk in love – short story to share

Let me share with you this short yet powerful story. One Sunday we had a visitor in our church. He arrived early parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up next to him and the driver told him “I always park there “YOU TOOK MY PLACE”. The visitor politely kept quiet and proceeded to go inside for Sunday school. When inside church he found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat, YOU TOOK MY PLACE”. The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome by this church members but said nothing.

After Sunday school the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit, YOU TOOK MY PLACE”. The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment but still said nothing. Later, as the congregation were praying and asking God to dwell among them, the visitor stood and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. With the changes becoming more and more apparent to all in the church to see then someone from the congregation called out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied “I TOOK YOUR PLACE”!!!!!!!!! Let’s all walk-in love. AMEN