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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Is Godliness Worth it? We are Created by God for God!


So excited to kick off the High School Home Group with my church family at Garner Christian Fellowship. During this study I will be posting lesson reviews. Enjoy this journey with us!! 

Session 1: Is Godliness Worth it? 

There is no greater compliment that can be given to a Christian than to call him a godly person. He/She might have a great personality, be an excellent singer, be a zealous church worker, be a powerful speaker, be very talented and gifted; but none of these things matter if they are not a godly person. 

It is both the privilege and the duty of every Christian to pursue godliness. Every Christian should train themselves in godliness and should diligently seek to practice godliness in their everyday lives. 

Why is godliness so important? Jesus Christ died for us to walk in Godliness. He gave us salvation through grace so that we could walk in godliness. 

Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,


  • What does the Grace of God teach us? 
    • how to say NO to ungodliness 
    • how to say NO to worldly passion 
    • how to have self-control 
    • how to live upright and godly lives in a time when the world can seem more fun than the Christian life. 
    • It gives us hope that living a godly life will not go without reward!!!! We have hope in our savior, Christ Jesus.

From the outside looking in, the world will seem to be more fun and more rewarding than serving Christ. We will begin to believe the lies the enemy has to offer us. Believers can even make excuses about pursuing ungodly passions. Young people can be persuaded by the world and even other Christians to compromise "just a little". 

1 Timothy 4:7-16 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. 
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

  • We should reject lies and pursue truth 
    • have nothing to do with ungodliness
    • Train yourself in the values of Christ 
    • Do not let any look down on you because you are young (Life is a vapor. You may not have the "rest of your life" to serve the Lord. Serve Him NOW) 
    • Devote yourself to the Scripture 
    • Do Not neglect your gifting from the Lord
    • Delight in the Lord 
    • Be mindful of the way you live because you can save yourself and those watching you. 
Ask yourself: What things attract young people to Christianity? What causes young people to bail out on serving Christ? Is the life of an average non-Christian better than a Christian's life?

The truth is the world is attractive. The truth is sin is fun! The truth is this life on earth is temporary and everything in the earth will fade away. The truth is Christianity does not equal a perfect life nor a life without trials and tribulation. The truth is serving Christ and living a godly life is worth it in the end!!!!! 

Roman 5:2-5 through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 

Asaph in Ps 73 explains the struggle when we look at the world's "success". In the end he concludes the grass is not greener on the other side. The nonbeliever does not have a real future because we live past this life!!!! The world, however attractive, is far less meaningful compared to a relationship with Christ. 

I love the Message version.
  • Asaph finds himself looking at the world and it seems they have no worries:
I was looking the other way,    looking up to the peopleAt the top,    envying the wicked who have it made,Who have nothing to worry about,    not a care in the whole wide world.

  • He is asking "Is God out to lunch?" Have you ever felt the people living in sin get everything so why play by the rules? Asaph was feeling the same way:  

The wicked get by with everything;    they have it made, piling up riches.I’ve been stupid to play by the rules;    what has it gotten me?

  • But he turns his heart and affections towards the Lord. Something happens when we enters into the presence of the Lord.  In the presence of a Holy God we realize EVERYTHING THE UNGODLY IS CHASING WILL NOT LAST! 

Until I entered the sanctuary of God.    Then I saw the whole picture:The slippery road you’ve put them on,    with a final crash in a ditch of delusions.In the blink of an eye, disaster!

  • Our hope is in a firm foundation! Asaph has an awaken:  

You’re all I want in heaven!    You’re all I want on earth!When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,    God is rock-firm and faithful.Look! Those who left you are falling apart!    Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again.But I’m in the very presence of God    oh, how refreshing it is!I’ve made Lord God my home.    God, I’m telling the world what you do! 
Is godliness a waste of your time? NO!!! We are not called to be good people. We are called to be GODLY people! Our motivation is Christ Jesus. Our desire and reason behind living a godly life is the presence of the Lord. It is refreshing and we will have a home for eternity with him. 

Let's go after godliness! When we go after godliness we will walk in the fear of the Lord. We will have a love for God that provokes us to walk out his commandments. We will have a desire and a longing for the Lord that overrides the ungodly passions and desires of our flesh. When we walk in godliness we watch our friendship and we date on purpose. When we are godly, we use the Word of God as our instruction manual vs seeing it as a legalistic book. When we are godly our character speaks for itself. 

Our "Walk It Out" scripture is Ps 51:10 
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Decisions..... Decisions

Summer is coming to an end and school is starting soon. Real soon for my daughter!!! Like MONDAY!  

We just got back from a great 7-day vacation with family last week. Mary and I returned on Saturday and she left for camp on Sunday. She returned yesterday, and she was suppose to leave for a two-day camp today and tomorrow. I mentioned school starts on Monday right? Not to mention working alongside my husband with our household needs and business ventures.

This week I was feeling very overwhelmed and I started asking myself "Tiffany are you making the right decisions?" I woke up this morning and I just heard the words "acknowledge me in all your ways". Proverbs 3:6 tells us to acknowledge God in all our ways and He will direct our path. 


Have you ever felt like you acknowledged God but it seems like you still made a bad decision? You ask yourself "did God change His mind? Was it just me?" 

The answer is simple but it's one we overlook. Every decision has fruit attached to it. When you truly acknowledge God in ALL your ways, your decisions will bear good fruit. 

FRUIT! When your mind is telling you to doubt the yes from God, stop and acknowledge God again. Does God change His mind? I can say 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells me that God is not the author of confusion but of peace. Do not settle on a decision until you have peace. 

Seek the Father in every decision you have to make. Find delight in seeking His face.We have to make decisions everyday. Every decision you make today will influence your tomorrow. How do we work through the good vs the godly decisions? How do we choose between the permissible vs the beneficial? How do we decide to say yes vs no or no vs yes? The answer is acknowledge, seek and delight in Christ. 

Psalms 1 :1-3 
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Oh no you "dittent"

This morning a friend and awesome man of God Chris Olmstead spoke on Humility. Haha...he did such a great job that I am afraid to start off a sentence with "I".

With launching a business and family, I have made every excuse for not making time to blog. Chris gave us some action ideas like blogging to bless others. 

You can not talk about humility without talking about pride. If we are not intentional about walking in humility, we will walk in pride. Chris laid out five points about "Where Pride Takes Us". If you know me, I have a very loud laugh. With my daughter tapping my leg to be quiet, I was laughing so hard when Chris read bullet point #4, Easily Offended (Oh no you dittent!), from his notes. Have you ever felt like that?

I have taken pride in being no push over. I also have taken pride in not being one that is easily offended. Well, I am quick to roll my neck and eyes with the feeling of, "Oh no you dittent!" 

The bottom line is I am easily offended. It may not always show up in my interactions with people, but it is internally there in my heart. What do you do when you get offended? I may talk to my husband or call up a friend and vent. Most of the time, I spend the next hours... honestly week....crying and throwing a grown up tantrum. I call it prayer but let's keep it real, it's a rant to God and not listening for His response. 

I know.. I know... you might not throw tantrums but I do. Help me Lord! I've never seen my tantrums as pride, until today. My tantrums reflects another point from Chris's list. Point #1...."Self-preservation" (Must.....Protect....Self). 

What should we do when we go into self-preservation mode? Self- preservation will cause you to go into "Oh no you dittent" mode. Well Lisa Jacobson from Club 31 Women: A Passion for husband, home and family wrote a 3-Step Meltdown Strategy in her weekly email, "What I do in the middle of a meltdown". These 3-Steps are from Lisa Jacobson's email: 
A 3-Step Meltdown Strategy:
1. Take your thoughts captive
Rather than getting caught up in "continuous loop thinking" (That hurt my feelings, that hurt my feelings, that hurt my feelings...and so on), you take hold of those thoughts and stop them in their tracks. And every time they start sneaking back, you refuse to let them get back in.
...Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ... (II Corinthians 10:5)
2. Focus on what is right and true
Next, now that you've stopped the destructive loop thinking, you determine to look on those things which are right. Those things which are true. Those things which are lovely. You direct your thoughts on Christ and all the good that He has for you.
Finally, brothers (and sisters!), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
3. Choose thankfulness
Not always easy. Especially when you're in the middle of a meltdown. But rack your brain to come up with at least one thing that you can be thankful for in that moment. Then see if you can come up with another after that.
If you're really, really struggling, give thanks for something else that has nothing to do with the situation at hand. For example, I'm upset with my husband, but I can be grateful for the flowers on our back patio. And eventually, hope I can remember some nice things about my husband....even if he did deeply hurt my feelings. *ahem...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:18)

Let's work on taking Lisa's encouragement! When Pride rises its' ugly head in our hearts through offense and leads to a meltdown, let's take the negative thoughts captive; let's turn our minds to things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praise worthy; let's choose to be thankful at all times.

When we choose to turn our hearts towards humility our "Oh no you dittent" will turn into grace and forgiveness. 

Thank you Chris and Lisa for prompting my heart search today! 

**Side note: Chris is not just a great speaker, but he is a great builder too 😉  http://olmsteadhomesteads.com

Notes from: 
  1. Chris Olmstead Sunday, July 16th, 2017 message "Humility: The act of lowering oneself to elevate others" 
  2. Lisa Jacobson https://club31women.com. A Note from Lisa Jacobson: Your weekly word of encouragement, inspiration, & practical wisdom; "What I do in the middle of a meltdown". Emailed July 14, 2017.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Already!


It's March! How has your year been going so far? Just wanted to check in and encourage everyone who is feeling the "March Madness". I am not talking about basketball but I am talking about the "wait it's March already" feeling. Yes, it's March already but no need to panic :)!
Last night I was printing off some paper work for our taxes. I used an old flash drive I had sitting by the computer. I decided to review the documents on the flash drive under the folder "Leadership". I found a document titled "I Dream". It had a list of dreams and here are the first 12 items off that list:

1- I dream of a house full of prayer
2- I dream of having a son
3- I dream of working with teens across the nation teaching and doing workshops on purity
4- I dream of discipleship groups in my home
5- I dream of ELEOS reaching youth in the Garner area and making a difference through the arts
6- I dream of vacations with my family free of ministry duties
7- I dream of having a home with a basement for gatherings and fellowship
8- I dream of cozy walks in the park with Joshua
9- I dream of raising Mary to love God with all her heart, mind and soul.
10 - I dream of sitting and just listening to the rain drops
11- I dream of starting TSW Events and Things and owning a full scale event venue
12- I dream of getting pregnant this year

The list had a total of 30 items on it. I assume this was a leadership assignment but I honestly do not remember making the list. It was saved to the flash drive in January 2012.

Have you ever come across a "lost" list of dreams? Maybe your list was titled "Vision for 20__or even 19__". Maybe your list was titled "Things to Do". As I read my list I was encouraged to see the things I have accomplished and I noticed things I still have not accomplished. There are things on the list I am no longer involved in and things that I just stopped dreaming for.

I strongly believe the scripture says the Holy Spirit will bring ALL THINGS back to our remembrance. (John 14:26) You may have forgotten the things the Lord has spoken but the Holy Spirit is our advocate. The Holy Spirit will remind us what the Lord has placed inside of us. This list was my reminder!!!!

I printed off the list and I have decided to contend this time. In the Bible, Timothy was a young man and Paul, his mentor, was reminding him not to forget the things the Lord had spoken to him. Like Paul said to Timothy, I say to you (and me):

"Do not neglect your gift , which was given to you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save yourself and your hearers." 1 Tim 4:14-16

It does not matter if you received a word by the laying on of hands or if you received a word on your knees in your secret place, do not neglect your gifting. I am not sure how my dream list was created but as I read the list my heart began to long for those forgotten desires. I felt the need to fall on my knees and repent for allowing myself to be distracted. I felt the weight of my selfishness because I had been withdrawn and fearful. I felt the joy in my heart and I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving for the things God has and is doing on the list. I was encouraged to share with you in this post!

God is up to something! YES it's March already and God's timing is perfect! Be diligent in your gifting and in the Word of God. Remember it profits us nothing to get our dreams (gain the world) but lose our soul. (Mark 8:36; Matthew 16:26).

I cannot wait to see you walking out your calling in Christ Jesus!



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Focus on Purpose

We are 9 days into 2017! It snowed here in North Carolina and I've been snowed in for three days now (well iced in). It's been a great time! I am encouraged and I want to encourage you.

I keep hearing the Lord say "FOCUS"! Saturday, I was getting out my boots to go outside and came across this note from Joshua, my hubby💖, in the shoe box.

When I saw the scripture Jeremiah 1:5, I just had to look it up. Jeremiah 1:5 reads"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."

I believe the Lord allowed me to come across this note from my last birthday to encourage me now. I took time to pray into the scripture. Today I woke up for prayer and the Holy Spirit led me to look at my email. I had an email from Heather Lindsey's Pinky Promise subscription titled "Tough Year?" As I read this email I was in tears. I came to the paragraph that read:
"I'm completely convinced that there's a PATH for each and every one of you (Jeremiah 1:5). Your story may not look like my story because it's YOUR story, but, along that path of saying YES to Jesus - you will find the life that He has prepared for you. This doesn't mean that tests stop. Actually, they will probably increase. But, it simply means that you get to lean on and depend on the Lord for every breath. I can assure you, with tears in my eyes - God is faithful." -Heather Lindsey 
After reading that email, I knew the Lord was speaking to me. He is speaking to all us in little/BIG ways. Last year was a tough year but I can say that God is faithful! I can say that no matter how we are feeling right now, He knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb. He knows every single hair on our heads. (Luke 12:7, Matthew 10:30) He has a purpose for our lives. The enemy's job is to get us to focus on everything else except the purpose and plans of  God.

I heard someone say when the clock hit midnight on December 31st our issues, our battles, our insecurities, our hurts, our fears, and our trials did not just stop. The people who did not like you in 2016 are the same people who do not like you right now. Seriously, think about it! It's not about it being 2017 and setting New Year Resolutions. We have to RE-FOCUS because it is the will of the Lord. The battles and trials may not have stopped. There will always be people who do not like you or do not like what you are doing. No matter what is going on, you have to FOCUS on your purpose and on eternity. The Lord wants us to focus on Him and His will. We have to make a decision no one and nothing will keep us from our purpose in Christ Jesus.

Refocus on your purpose! Romans 8:28 NKJV "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Refocus on the will of the Lord!  Ephesians 2:10 NKJV "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

Refocus your mind! Colossians 3:2 NKJV "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

Refocus your eyes so you can know where you are going! Proverb 4:25-27 NKJV "Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of you feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil."

Refocus your motives! Provebs 16:3 NKJV "Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established."

Refocus your heart! Psalm 73:26 NKJV "My flesh and my heart may fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Do not go another day looking at what could and should have happened. Look forward and focus on your Purpose.



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How to be the light and be set apart!

On this week I was challenged with past decisions of my own and the instructions I have given to others I mentored.  I looked back at my life 13 years ago before real salvation. I was in sexual immorality, full of pride and arrogance, rebellious, clubbing, and partying. I was going to hell. When I got saved my first instructions were to “Come out from among them”. It was advice I pasted on to those after me. For me it was a simple but hard decision to make; it was either my relationship with people or taking time to focus on Christ.

The spirit of deception would tell me “Tiffany you did not have to do all that.” I could even convince myself “My leader was just trying to control me and mislead me”. I have received some bad advice, and I myself have given some bad advice. When I tested the advice in accordance to the word (1 John 4:1), I realized not all HARD advice was bad advice. We have to be very careful with the spirit of offense. When we get offended we tend to take EVERYTHING that person has done and said as something evil! The greatest lesson my leader has ever taught me was how to live a life without compromise. 

We are called to be separate from the world. On the other hand, we are called to win the lost, to go into the ENTIRE world with the gospel, and to be like Jesus. I hate to say “Be like Jesus” because this has now become one of the greatest deceptions ever. The church has used this saying to justify continual sin in their lives. Hebrews 4:15 tell us “for we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus sat and ate with sinners, He attended weddings and dinners with them. He washed the feet of his betrayer. He drew lines in the sand and said those without sin cast the first stone. Afterward He told the adulterous woman “GO & SIN NO MORE.” (John 8:1-11)  Jesus NEVER COMPROMISED who He was in midst of eating and hanging out with sinners.
Paul tells the church in 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness”. He goes on to say in 2 Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
How can we apply these scriptures to our everyday walk and still be the light? What does the bible say about being the light to the lost? I want to start with Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” First in order to be a light to anyone you must be salt. You must be a change agent. The word goes on to say in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Do we trust God and His word? To the new believer or to the one that has “arrived” there are two truths in the bible. We are called to be a light to the lost and we are called to come out from among them. Sounds like a contradiction? Look at the room you are in right now. Look at the room light. Can you imagine the light on the floor? Would that light serve its purpose to the room on the floor? Worst yet, if you take the light bulb out of the electric source to put it on the floor would it even work? The light in the room it is in “fellowship” with all the furniture in the room. The light bulb is screwed into the source so it can shine. The light is also high enough to be in fellowship but not compromise the “job” it has. The ceiling light is high enough to produce light to the whole room. It changes the whole room when it is on. Like the ceiling light we are called to be in fellowship with the unbeliever to cause change. We are called to be the light to reach the lost without you character changing.
We are called to walk in a way worthy of our calling and walk in humility. Do not be deceived into compromise because others say “You think you are better than me”. “You forgot where you come from” or the two I love “Judge ye not!” and “We all sin and fall short of the glory of God”. Let me not forget one of the most misused words in the English language “You’re in a cult”. The Holy Spirit is living inside of you. The greatest thing we can do is trust in the Holy Spirit. Did the Holy Spirit tell you to go? Did the Holy Spirit tell you be in company with that person? Jesus Himself came to do the will of the Father. He did nothing of His own accord but He only did what the Father told Him to do. (John 6:38, John 4:34, John 5:19) 
So how can I do the will of the Father, be set apart, come out from among them and be the light?
1.       Be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you can discern the will of the Father. 
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
2.       Be like Jesus for real. Be in the world but not of the world! This is Jesus praying for His disciples.
John 17:15-18 “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
3.       Be willing to count it all rubbish for the Christ.
Philipians 3:8 “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
4.       Be the LIGHT! We are called to be the light! This light should bring about salvation. This light is in you to proclaim what Christ has done. The best light shines bright so others can see!
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1 Peter 2:11 (Living before the World) “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
5.       Be a light and do the will of the Lord without complaining!
Philippians 2:12-16 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
6.       Be sober-minded & watchful because the devil hates that you are no longer serving him.
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
7.       Do not grieve the Holy Spirit in these relationships. Ask yourself who is controlling the narrative?  
Ephesians 4:29-30 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
8.       Stand firm in your new life and do not be entangled with the yoke of bandage again. Do not go back into the bondage of religion or sin. Stand on what the Lord has done in your life.
Gal 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
9.       Be humble. Give grace and mercy as you have been given grace and mercy.
1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
10.   Be humble and do not be ignorant of temptation either.
Luke 6:36 “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”
 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
To my past mentors I want to thank you for teaching me how to stand so that I can be a light. To those who I have mentored, are mentoring and reading this blog I pray you understand there is a cost to serving Christ. If you can be honest with yourself and allow the word of God to prevail we all must take time to grow up. There will be seasons in the beginning, in the middle and all the way to the end when the Lord will say come out from among them. This call will require change in relationships. This may even cause a change in ministries. This will cause some natural lost but what a reward it is to be obedient to Christ. The Lord will never have you in a relationship if it means you have to compromise. I love when Paul said he became all things for all people and he still ran a race not to be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:19-27)
I encourage you to be light and be set apart. Win the lost to Christ without compromising. Be slow to speak and quick to hear! Walk in truth with the Word of the Lord as your guide. Lean not on your own understanding. Do not let offense cause you to miss some of the greatest lessons in life. Be like Paul and discipline your body and bring it into subjection of the Holy Spirit so when you are done being the “light” you yourself will not be disqualified because you compromised your salvation for friendships and relationships. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Keep it Moving!

You've heard it a million times..."The race is not given to the swift, nor to the strong but to the one who endures to the end!"

The word of the Lord tell us in Ecclesiastes 9:11 "Again I saw under the the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all."

In Matthew 24 the word speaks of what will be the signs of the end of the age. We are warned at the end of age to let no one lead us astray. (Matt 24:4-5) In the midst of all that is going on we are encouraged to endure to the end. Matthew 24: 13 says to us "and because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.  BUT the one who ENDURES to the end will be saved."

I believe these two scriptures are used to create the saying we started off with. "The race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to the one who endures to the end." I learned a while ago in a bible study this is a church cliche. It is not a scripture but the word tell us to endure. We are called to "Keep it moving".

Here is a moment of transparency. For the past two months I have just been having a childish fit. In the midst of seeing God do some amazing things, I let my mind and heart be distracted by the cares of life. It's the lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 13: 20-22 (NKJV) "But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately received it with joy; yet has no root in himself, but endure only for a while. For when tribulation & persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorn is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and he becomes unfruitful."  

I am thankful for GRACE! I am thankful  for a PATIENT HUSBAND! I am thankful for women and men of God that did not count it a burden to counsel me and pray for me.

Do not forget what the Lord has already done. Keep moving forward & keep your eyes on eternity. It is important to keep surrounding yourself with believers who will hold you accountable and remind you of the Word of the Lord. Most importantly you must keep your heart soft and do not allow a root of bitterness to take root in your heart. Do not let anything or anyone hinder your heart from loving God and loving people.

Hebrews 12:12-15 "Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;"

Remember you are fighting for eternity! Revelation 3:5 NKJV  "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels."

Build up your strength! Proverbs 24:10 NKJV "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small."

Hold fast to what is in you! Revelation 3:11 " Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast to what you


have, that no one may take your crown."

Count it all JOY & ASK the Lord for WISDOM! James 12:2-6 "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

Keep it moving! Isaiah 43:18-19 "Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert."

Hold fast to what the Lord has already done. The greatest thing Jesus has done is salvation. He gave His life, defeated death, and now is sitting on the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. Hold fast to your salvation and strengthen what remains in you. Do not give up and do not go backwards. Keep moving forward!