Be Of Good Cheer!

In John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart [Be Strong]! I have overcome the world.”

Undoubtedly, Jesus is the only person to walk the face of the earth and not sin. He is the truest example of an overcomer. The Greek word most often translated “overcomer” stems from the word nike which, according to Strong’s Concordance, means “to carry off the victory. The verb implies a battle” and Ephesians 6:12 confirms this battle is not against flesh and blood [people], but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

The good news is that we can rejoice because Jesus defeated Satan in the garden of Gethsemane and He sealed the deal on the cross at Calvary! Therefore, despite the trouble we experience in this world , we can be confident and courageous based on the knowledge that Jesus Christ has overcome the world. As Christians, our lives are “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). We are born of God (1 John 5:1), and “everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4; see also 1 John 2:13–14).

True peace is ours in Jesus (John 14:27) and this peace is what enables us to be of good cheer because we’ve learned or we’re presently learning how to trust the Father in every situation (Romans 8:28). We don’t have to live in fear because we are secure in His love (1 John 4:18). We know that, if God is on our side, no one can stand against us (Romans 8:31). And nothing can separate us from His love—no trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, poverty, danger, or conflict (Romans 8:35–39).

Hallelujah, nothing in this world can harm us because we will always triumph through our Lord Jesus Christ (Overcomer) in the end!

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Unstuck!

I have been stuck before and one of the most difficulty things to do when your stuck is to get unstuck. The apostle Paul offers an amicable and viable solution for getting unstuck in Philippians 3:13-14. He said, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and pressing toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The word forgetting in this passage of text means “no longer caring for, neglecting, refusing to focus on.” As you most likely know, our memories store millions of pieces of information gained through our senses since birth. Some experiences are impossible to forget, and any effort to forget them only makes them more prominent. Paul is not advising a total memory wipe; he is telling us to focus on what the present and the future has to offer, rather than what the past has taken or stolen.

Some of you reading this message know that nothing hinders present service quite like being mired in another time. When we model Paul’s forgetfulness we literally count the past as nothing. We get unstuck and we cut the chord(s) that tie us to that bygone moments. We refuse to allow past successes to inflate our pride and we refuse to allow past failures to deflate our self-worth. We leave it behind and instead adopt our new identity in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Here’s a bit of good news and confirmation for you to ponder; if God chooses not to remember your past sins (Hebrews 8:12), you too can choose to set them aside as well and focus on the present and embrace the future He promises to those who love Him (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 2:10).

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#Unstuck

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Walk Like A Centurion!

If you were a teenager in the mid 80’s then you couldn’t help but to dance to the hit single performed by the Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian.” I am dancing in my head right now, aren’t you?!

Well, let’s time hop back to the present day. In our world today the challenge is not to walk like an Egyptian, but to live out our faith like the Centurion found in Matthew 8:5-13.

Y’all know the story! As Jesus entered the city of Capernaum, a Roman officer plead to Him about one of his young servants who was paralyzed and in terrible pain. In Matthew 8:7Jesus quickly responded, “I will come and heal him.” To which the Centurion famously rebutted in the following verse, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” In verse 10 Jesus was amazed by this public demonstration of Faith and because the Centurion’s faith that servant was healed that very same day (v13).

No one really know the centurion’s backstory, but he seemed to have a softer heart than most Roman soldiers. Despite his rugged and tough exterior, he recognized Jesus authority because he referred to Jesus as Lord and notably humbled.

Undoubtedly, we are all like the centurion. None of us is worthy to approach the Lord with any requests. Our sin prevents it. But, Jesus in His great compassion overlooks our sin so He can make a connection with us. It doesn’t matter if we’re Jewish or Gentile, free or slave, man, woman, or child of any color, background, politics, or culture. It doesn’t matter.

Imagine for a moment if one person from every Christian household in our nation possessed this Centurion like faith? Our nation would be healed, delivered and set-free from all the non-sense and senseless hatred and violence we see streaming in the news and on social media platforms!

Bottom line, as Christians we are eagerly awaiting the return of our risen Savior, but it’s up to us to live by faith NOW! We must make to make the first move. If we can allow Jesus to touch our hearts, then we can build a legacy of hope, not just for ourselves but for others as well. Like the Centurion who built houses of prayer for the Jews, we create our own house of faith for Jesus to enter if we humble ourselves and invite Him in. It’s then the hope and healing begins to grow and multiply. Psalm 147:3 reminds us that, “He came to the earth to “heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.”

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#Inspire

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God’s Word Is Flawless!

Many will and until the day of Christ return many will continue to bend, twist, misuse, and abuse God’s inherent and incorruptible word.

However, let me be the first to remind you that no spoken word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. If God speaks something it WILL come to pass. Luke 1:37 says (AMP), “For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”

God, Himself, stands over and watches over His own Word, making sure it is fulfilled. The word of our God will stand and endure forever. Isaiah 40:8 (AMP) says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

God will never change His truths for people’s lies. God keeps His Word even if men don’t keep theirs. God’s Word is empirically, imperially, and impeccably true and will always come to pass no matter what people do, say or believe. 2 Timothy 2:13 (AMP) structurally cements this truth; “If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.”

At the end of the day and top of the morning, God’s Word will never fall to the ground or return empty! It will always accomplish that which He pleases and purposes and it will always prospers in the thing for which He sent it! (Isaiah 55:6-11)

Hallelujah and thank you Jesus, we can rejoice because we know (through personal experience) the Word of God has been tested, tried and proven. All we have to is trust that His word will always work for us if we believe it! Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) reminds us, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

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#Inspire

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Trust Him!

God knows what He is doing even when it doesn’t make any sense! Trust Him!
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Look Forward!

To all my peeps that find it hard to look forward with hope, I invite you to remember Lot’s wife ( Luke 17:32). I know contextual in these passage of text, Jesus is referring to His second coming, but had Lot’s wife focused on the hope set before her and not on the destruction taking place behind her (Gen 19:26), perhaps her life would have been saved!

In the most basic sense, “looking forward” or “anticipation” implies a future reward – and in general, rewards can be a very powerful motivator in life.

So, what’s the reward in developing the discipline in consistently maintaining this anticipatory mindset? Well, most people find it difficulty to look forward because they have allowed their past sufferings (regrets) to incarcerate their future. The answer is found in Romans 5:1-5; “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we a have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Perseverance + Character =Hope!

My brothers and sisters, hear me when I say; “Your future is no longer incarcerated!!” It’s time for you to look forward and focus your attention on the hope only found in Jesus!

#BeStrong

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#Encourage

#Empower

#Inspire

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I know somebody needed to read this today!
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Thy Will Be Done!

I think sometimes we have the tendency to gloss right over the words spoken in the model prayer. Specifically, the words written in the first two verses of Matthew 6:9-10, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Say it with me: “THY WILL BE DONE!”

In Matthew 6 Jesus taught the disciples how to pray and then not too long after we find Jesus demonstrating this teaching in Matthew 26:39. Prior to His crucifixion, He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will”

Jesus plea for God’s will to be done in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of the greatest examples of true submission. When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we are essentially acknowledging God’s right to rule. Notice Jesus didn’t pray, “My will be done”; He prayed, “Thy will be done.”

Asking that God’s will be done is a demonstration of our trust that He knows what is best. It is a statement of humble submission to God’s ways and His plans. Literally, when we pray from this state of humility we are asking for our will to be conformed to His!

Quiet as it’s kept, the victory of man’s reconciliation back to God was won in the Garden of Gethsemane. Some may argue this point, however man’s dissension from God’s grace occurred in Garden of Eden and I believe the beginning of man’s ascension back into God’s grace was powerful manifested in the Garden of Gethsemane.

By faith, we know that praying, “Thy will be done,” is the best thing we can ask for. “Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20–21).

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Turning It Over….

Turning, placing and surrendering are all words that synonymously describes the condition of a contrite heart. Turning to God for healing, direction, and guidance is something that all of us can do. Even if we haven’t prayed in a long time, God is still God and God is always good even when we’re not! Faithfully, God is our refuge, strength, and a very present help in times trouble (Psalm 46:1). When we surrender to God in prayer, we’re able to sense the reality of His love and patience. We discover that in spite of appearances we have not been cut off from Him. We glimpse something of our eternal, spiritual identity as His loved sons and daughters. This state of enlightenment awakens us to God’s reality which effectuates healing, peace, comfort, strength, and progress.

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Speak From The Heart!

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.” Matthew 6:5

Jesus is not criticizing people that pray publicly whether it be on the street corners or in the pulpit. However, He is criticizing and warning those who pray publicly to impress people rather than praying from the heart to reach God!

The power in prayer comes from speaking to God with a contrite heart and He doesn’t care about fancy words; He just wants you to speak to Him!

I hope this encourages someone who is conscientious about praying privately; not to mention publicly!

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