Difficult Times-SEEK GOD!

Are you or someone you know confused? discouraged and/or depressed? Do you lack direction? You know we are in hurricane season and although I may not know the name of the storm your facing, God does and I want to encouraged you to stop talking about it and discontinue seeking a solution/remedy through other people! There is nothing wrong with confiding in people. However, some storms don’t die nor fade away; they have to come to pass. I believe this is why Solomon said in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “TRUST in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. SEEK His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” One thing is certain we all experience storms throughout our lives but because our ADVOCATE is greater than the storms we battle our VICTORY is already won! Isaiah 12:2 reminds us that, ‘God has come to save us. If we will trust in Him and not be afraid. The LORD our God is our strength and our song; he has given us victory!” Therefore, if this message is for you remember what Paul said in Phil 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray [seek God] about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”

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Heart Transplant

America we need a need a heart transplant!! In Ezekiel 36:16-26, God sends Israel a message through the prophet regarding their guaranteed restoration. However, the crux of the matter is why they had to be restored in the first place. According to the NIV, in the opening verses

of this paragraph Israel’s conduct and actions were horrible. God poured out His justified wrath because they had shed innocent blood and had riddled His land with idols. Therefore, God told Ezekiel to telI Israel they are on the heart transplant list and they are fixing to get a “new heart”. Essentially, Ezekiel foreshadowed the change that takes place at salvation or an awakening (aka) repentance!! America is no different today than Israel back in the day! It matters not whether we’re rich or poor, respected or scorned. Citizenship, social status, and ethnicity are inconsequential. We need a new heart from God, and the only doctor qualified to complete this procedure is Jesus Christ’s. Here’s the good news America because of God’s delay it’s not too late. We still have time to make things right! In v26, God promised Israel that He will give them a new heart and put a new spirit in them. He will remove their our arrogance and stubbornness (heart of stone) and replace it with love and compassion (heart of the flesh). If God did this for Israel, He will also do this for America!

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Praise Is Who We Are!

God give us peace and rest when we worship and praise Him for who He is! David said in Psalm 22:3, “God inhabits the praise of His people.” I don’t know about you, but I need the Lord’s inhabiting of my life, everyday!! I need His rhythms in my plans and steps. I need Him to abide with me as He promises. If the way to bring Him closer to me is by coming near to Him through worship and praise, count me all in baby! I’ll be here, hands high, crying from the depths of my soul, the very inmost parts of my spirit, voice rising from the top of my lungs, “I need you more, come, Jesus, come! Inhabit my praises! Abide in me! I want You to be an atmosphere I carry through life!” Unfortunately, pain, tragedy, and discouragement inhibits our worship and impedes our praise. But as a living witness, I am here to tell you no matter our circumstance, God is worthy of our praise!! He takes our imperfect, inadequate, and flawed derived worship and praise and He receives them as if they are perfect, impeccable, and unblemished because He sees the Christ in us over all the mess we hold onto that tries to drain and depletes us! Therefore, it is with my head held high and eyes lifted up I press on to worship and praise the God who deeply loves each of us as if there were only one of us!!

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HE>I

All David had was his faith in God and a rock to defeat a giant. Therefore, all you need is faith in ‘THE ROCK’ (not Dwayne Johnson) to defeat yours! If you are facing what appears to be an unbeatable obstacle(s) in your life, you must remember that you serve and unbeatable, undeniable, undefeated God!! I John 4:4 reminds us that we belong to God and we have already won victory over our people [our giants] ((HALLELUJAH))because the Spirit who lives in us is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. THANK YOU JESUS!!!

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Love♥️=Forgiveness and Forgiveness=Love♥️

#Love=forgiveness and forgiveness=#love!! Colossians 3:13 says “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” This Message Bible paraphrase translation is simply telling us to make allowances for each other’s faults, errors, mistakes, and to forgive anyone that offends you! Let me ask you; how hard is to that? It’s obvious some find it hard to forgive people for the littlest offenses. I don’t know what offense you are holding onto today but just as you were called to love your neighbor, you are also called to forgive your neighbor just as Christ forgave you! Therefore, if you’re trying to lose weigh but you are packing around junk in your trunk, clean it out today and stop harboring dead weight. Forgiveness is the only ‘weight loss’ program where you will receive an immediate return of your investment!

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Rejoice In Hope!

The NLT version of Romans 5:3-4 encourages us to rejoice we when encountered difficulties. Paul wrote,“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” The adverb ‘too’ means also, in addition, and a few of it’s synonyms are beside, also, and furthermore. So Paul was really saying, “#Furthermore, we can #also find a reason to rejoice because patience, character, and praise walks #beside every trial, circumstance, and problem we encounter in our lives.” I believe this is why Paul also told the Thessalonians to rejoice always (I Thess 5:16) and James reminded us to count it all joy when we encounter trials, persecution, and tribulations of any kind (James 1:1). So how do we rejoice in unlikely/unwanted circumstances? Simply put, we rejoice in hope! Beloved of God, when we look into our future, we know that our trials, however difficult, are temporary, and that when all is said and done, God promises to turn every trial we face to our eternal good (Romans 8:28). Make note; true joy is not grounded in personal sentiment or emotions (“I feel joyful”), nor in a stoic resolution to bravely face the future rather, true joy comes only from our salvation, security, and strength in Jesus, the risen Christ!

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No Weapon Formed….

God’s decree as paraphrased in

Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭of the Message Bible will send chills down your spine, “Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied: I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise, Lay your foundations with sapphires, construct your towers with rubies, Your gates with jewels, and all your walls with precious stones. All your children will have GOD for their teacher— what a mentor for your children! You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble—nothing to fear! far from terror—it won’t even come close! If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, And if any should attack, nothing will come of it. I create the blacksmith who fires up his forge and makes a weapon designed to kill. I also create the destroyer— but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what GOD ’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” That’s right no weapon formed against us will prosper. Glory to God!!!

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