Archive | October 2015

Why waking up early isn’t so bad

Do you ever set your alarm clock for a certain time — but frequently wake up before the alarm goes off? I’m sure this has happened to me countless times. As I walk in my Christian faith, I’m realizing that those early awakenings are no coincidence! The Holy Spirit is a person, and He wants to spend time with you. That extra 30 minutes, or hour in His presence could be the key to unlocking the precise wisdom you need to make it through that day *in line with God’s will for your life*.

The “in line” part is exciting for me. That’s how I want to live every day. I used to think that it’s my responsibility to figure out what I want to do with my life. I couldn’t figure out why it was so difficult for me to pick a college major. 17 years after high school, I’m still without a degree. The amazing thing about that is this: God doesn’t operate under any man’s authority. The very thing that people believe is required to qualify a person for something is irrelevant when God smiles upon you.

I’m not saying I’m a saint who God has constantly smiled at. We all fall short of God’s glory! That’s truth from the Apostle Paul. I walked in sin and/or ignorance for most of my life. I’m grateful that I was under God’s grace, and He was loving enough to choose *not to remember* my sin when I repented and ran to Him.

I recently attended a service at my newly-joined church, RainFire Church in Douglasville, GA. I live 5 hours away. I’ll tell you why I joined a church in another state in a later blog. During that service, my Pastor’s Father, Apostle Nahum Rosario said this about God: ” Not remembering is a quality! Forgetting is a fault. God can never forget, but He can choose not to remember.” How wonderful and merciful for Him to choose to ‘not remember’ all of our sins when we repent.

Back to walking in line with God’s will… consider this scripture:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

That scripture made me realize something I spent years being confused about. It’s not up to me to figure out what I WANT to do with my life. It’s up to me to get in line with the Holy Spirit, so that I can walk the path God prepared for me.

We live feeling unsatisfied when we’re not in line with what God prepared in advance for us. His plan is nothing to fear. Don’t ever believe that a Good God would prepare a path for you that you would dread or hate.

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good

This morning, I woke up with a sweet song on my heart. Take comfort in these lyrics as you push forward in your faith journey. With love:

Good Good Father

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think Your like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
You tell me that Your pleased and that I’m never alone

Chrous:

You’re a good, good Father
It’s who You are, it’s who You are, it’s who You are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Verse 2:

I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching for answers only you provide
Because You know just what we need before we say a word

Bridge:
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Verse 3:
Love so undeniable I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable I can hardly think
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
Into love love love

Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0gwz_IDY7w

Do you know your Inheritance?

I’ve been so blessed, and it warms my heart to be able to share this wonderful news with you. We all deal with the stresses of life. They include financial responsibilities, relationships, internal issues, and more. All you have to do is turn on the news, and the world’s problems are piled on top of your own! Everyone is not fortunate enough to be able to call a family member or friend when they need a hand. Many people have adopted the adage, “No one owes you anything” and “There are no free hand-outs.” Those words might feel like an extra blow to the gut for a person in desperate need.

I’m here to say there are free blessings, and you are entitled to them when you ask Jesus into your heart.

Ephesians 1:5-6 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

What does it mean to have an inheritance? When I was speaking to a friend about this, Angelina Jolie came to my mind – because she’s famously known for her movies and also for adopting children. If anything were to happen to her and her husband, all of their children – including their adopted children — would be legally entitled to an inheritance of her and Brad Pitt’s belongings.

Spiritually, the sons and daughters of God are also blessed with an inheritance. The Word of God says He predestined us for adoption through Jesus (Ephesians 1:5). Predestined means He decided long ago that through Jesus, there would be an adoption to sonship for us. What an amazing promise! To be saved is abundant in itself. But to be adopted into God’s family is according to the riches of his undeserved kindness.

Why would God do such a good, good thing for us? Verse 12 says “in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

For the praise of His glory. Glory to God! He is such a Good God!

And, to prove that He is a God of His word – He offers an early token of what will come to His children.

Ephesians 13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

The Holy Spirit is promised as a deposit to those adopted through Christ Jesus. To understand why this is such an amazing offer, you should know who the Holy Spirit is.

John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

The Holy Spirit is an Advocate – some versions refer to Him as the Helper. He is promised to you, to remind you of the teachings of Jesus – to help you become more Christ-like — to help you get to heaven to receive the rest of your inheritance.  Ephesians 1:3 says it includes every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms! That is unfathomable! The spirit on the inside of you needs the Helper – because no one can become Christ-like in their own strength. The apostle Paul prays, asking for your inner spirit to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 3.

Ephesians 3: 16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I don’t know about you – but to be filled to the measure of all fullness of God, sounds like an amazing supernatural wonder. If it were not possible, it wouldn’t be written! Verse 17 says this happens through faith – the same way we receive our salvation through Jesus.

Stand on God’s word! He is not a God that lies. Ask Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior. Believe He wants you to! Believe the Holy Spirit is promised to you! Talk to your promised deposit {the Holy Spirit} like you believe He is real, and He will reveal Himself as real! Believe an inheritance awaits those faithful to the Lord! Believe! Ask the Helper for a spirit of faith if you have trouble believing. He is your Helper in all things! He is your counselor in all things, big and small! He knows we are weak.  He wants you to trust Him for all things!

Tell God you claim what is promised to you.

I’m sure you’ve seen those commercials that say there are thousands of dollars in “unclaimed” money — and they encourage you to call to see if you might be entitled to some of it. If the people who are rightfully entitled to inherit the money never claim it, it will eventually go to the government. No one is going to track them down and say, Please claim your inheritance! It’s their responsibility to prove it belongs to them. The enemy, Satan, never wants you to claim your spiritual inheritance. He doesn’t even want you to know about it. The devil desires for you to be deceived, denied and destroyed.

With our spiritual inheritance, we have God’s word telling us it belongs to us through Christ.  When Jesus becomes Lord of your life, the Holy Spirit will help transform you — with a new personality, a new mind, a clean heart — so that the light within you can shine bright, as a child of God should.

Believe! And you will come to know this love that surpasses knowledge.

Be blessed in your faith journey!

With love.

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