Words Matter!!

There is no other way to slice it, ‘words’ hurt and although they may not break bones they do have the capacity to break hearts, provoke riots, and create division. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that WORDS MATTER in fact Solomon said, “Words can give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you chose.” Still on the fence about the power contained in a word? Well, Jesus put his power through words on display when he raised his friend, Lazarus, to life. At the time, Lazarus had been dead for four days. He had already started to stink, and all Jesus said to raise him to life was: “Lazarus, come out!” Three simple words led to a body being filled with life. Two, if you don’t count Lazarus’ name. In the moment where you’re aching and don’t want to be, a well-timed word has the power to set you or your offender free……it’s your choice so choose Godly!!

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Letting Go To Move Forward!

Are you feeling stuck in life? Many people do. Sometimes we get so stressed out that it feels as if we simply cannot move on with our life. Feeling stuck in life can seem as if you’re not moving forward, even when you move. Life happens and the fact of life at some point we will all experience some kind of heart ache and/or pain. Yes, it hurts but the hurt only hurts to remind us that we are human. The second sentence is Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may stay overnight, but there is joy in the morning.” E.M. Forester said, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” I get it, letting go is hard but Paul reminded us in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “That our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles!” At the end of the day you must realize, the only one that is holding you back is yourself. Do not fall prey to the mistake of focusing all your attention on people, problems, and pain. Instead focus and direct your energy on God’s provisions, promises, and power! The chains that binds you to the past are broken once you can look past the stress, pain, and regret!

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Salvation is intended for Everyone!

Romans 10:12 confirms, “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him…” In other words, we serve an impartial God. Therefore, Jesus’ message of grace, hope, and salvation is for everyone; His promises are for everyone; His kingdom is for everyone who believes. Titus 2:11 reminds us, “The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” God doesn’t play favorites; it doesn’t matter your ethnicity nor background (Acts 10:34) God loves you, Jesus wants to save you, and the Holy Spirit wants to work in and through you!

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Let God Lead!

Sometimes when we experience difficulties in life all we want to do is ‘fix it’ or ‘get through it’ as quickly as possible. In these moments, I am reminded of a chorus in a hymn written by Larnelle Harris, “It’s not in trying but in trusting. It’s not in running but in resting. It’s not in wondering but in praying that we find the strength of the Lord.” Trusting, resting, and praying are the pillars that will sustain us through the various storms and trials that we often endure! I have learn, the futility of striving so often leaves me frustrated, exhausted, and hopeless but thank God, His Holy Spirit steps into my situation(s) only to console, encourage, and assure me that I can and will find strength in the Lord when I let Him lead! The strength we need for daily living is only found in the Lord; not in no one or nothing else! Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and the last time I checked never means never!

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No One Else Could Do It!

God did something for you that no one on the face of this earth has or could ever do! He paid the highest price for your salvation! He selflessly laid down His perfect sinless life to save us from the intense furious flames of hell. He did all of this even before you were a twinkle in your daddy’s eyes!! Imagine you are a slave and you were bought at an auction. Shortly after the purchase the person unshackled you and said you are free to go! How would you feel?? Romans 6:17 says, “We were once slaves of sin” and Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death but the gift of eternal life is in Christ Jesus.” If we are in Christ than we are not our own. I Cor 6:20 reminds us that we were bought at price and trust me the currency used in this transaction was bruised, mutilated, humiliated, wounded, mocked, abandoned, and died on a cross but rose from the grave so that we could reign in eternity with the Trinity! Whether you acknowledge Christ or not He died for you anyway! Redemption is not salvation. Therefore, in order receive your gift of salvation you have to believe and confess that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). Jesus’s blood conquered the power of sin and death and his death victoriously liberates us sinners from sin and disarms the power of the devil. Again, both of these truths become apparent when those for whom Jesus died respond to his saving work in faith and obedience.

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His Promises Still Stand

Father God, your promises still stands and they are always YES and AMEN! Great is Your faithfulness and Your mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. Father, I’m in Your grip and You will never let me go! My confidence in you is unequivocal because I know the only thing you can’t do is fail! I’ve seen You move mountains as well as, mole hills and I believe, I’ll see You do it again! Lord of heaven’s army, You have always made a way, where there was no way and there is no one amongst me nor in the galaxies abroad that can do what You do and do best! I rejoice and praise You O’God despite my sin, shortcomings, and imperfections because I know the work you began in me, You and only You will bring it to perfect completion until TRIUMPHANT return of my Savior…HALLELUJAH, in Jesus’ matchless, and forever righteous and it is already done name, amen, amen, and amen!!

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Dispensing Grace

Unfortunately, I got rear-ended last night on my way home. The driver of the vehicle said he was sorry but he dozed off. When I inspected the damage of my vehicle it appeared to be very minor but the damage to his vehicle was a tad bit more severe.

I could tell by the look on his face that he was not having a good run. He mentioned that he was driving his niece car because his vehicle was in the shop.

Of course we exchange information but due to the extent of damage and his accountability for his mistake we didn’t involved a peace officer.

I called my wife and explained what happened and I told I didn’t think it was necessary to file a claim but I wanted her to look at the vehicle when I made it home.

As I continued driving home, the Lord put it on my heart to forgo filing the claim but I certainly desired my wife to be in the same page….so I said to God, I hope she feels the same way😊.

After my wife inspected the vehicle she agreed and said that she would use a magic eraser to buff out the smudges.

This morning, I used the magic eraser and the smudges wiped right off. Now there is a small imperfection but it was too infinitesimal to file a claim as I was more concerned about Mr. Small repairing his niece’s vehicle.

My point is don’t let small altercations caused a volcanic eruption! I was an extender of grace in this situation and when I called Mr. Smalls to let him know that I wasn’t going to pursue this any further he paused and said,” Are you sure??” I said to him, “The Lord Put it on my heart not to file a claim so God bless you.” In a noticeable sign of relief he said,”Man, they’re not many men like you left in this world; thank you and again I’m sorry that the accident happened…..thank you!!”

It’s a good feeling to be extending grace and not always asking God for his grace for the wrong I do….everyday!!

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