Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I once read a Facebook status that said, “There is no “I” in fear, so take the fear out of your eyes. There is an “I” in faith, so walk in it”. I found that to be very interesting, and yet profound. When you think about it, the only time there is fear is when we place it in our own midst. When an unknown circumstance arises, the first thing that we do is fear instead of pray. We immediately try to figure out how we can maneuver ourselves out of the situation with fear as a false guide instead of activating our faith and relying totally on God. It is only when we activate our faith that our fear dissipates. So remember that there is no “I” in fear but there is one in FAITH. Use the faith given by the Holy Ghost, and let Him lead you from the dark times into the Promised Land.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Those of us who have families filled with young ones running throughout the house have heard about this day since maybe early July, and possibly sooner. Every other commercial on television contained an item that was added to the ever-growing Christmas list, while other items were eliminated. Nevertheless, while we are opening presents and enjoying the company we have with others, let us not forget that also on this day, the greatest present from the Giver of all was born in a manger in the city of David, in a little town called Bethlehem. God Himself came in the form of Jesus, to become one of us just so that He can give Himself to us and bring us back to the Father. He is the reason for this season, and every other season in our lives. Merry Christmas everyone, and remember that the greatest gift that you can give to God is the gift of yourself.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
There is a church in Cleveland , OH that is aptly named Way of Escape Ministries. When I learned of this local assembly, I immediately felt the need to dedicate this blog to the concept of their name. The Bible declares in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the heaven”. I believe that one of the most difficult things in life, is understanding why certain things happen in our life. Here is the answer: it has an allotted time to complete its purpose. I once heard someone say that it may not be good for me while it is working, but it is working out for my good. No matter what the situation is, believe that its purpose is divinely orchestrated, and that a way of escape has also been divinely appointed, especially for those difficult times. Those times where temptation comes along and you find yourself yielding towards its gravitational pull, there is a way of escape. So don’t worry about how you will come out of the valley, but believe that your valley experience is on a time limit.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
No matter what the situation, the theme of process is inevitable. When arriving at a decision, a process is used. When choosing which course to travel to make manifest a decision, again process is used. Nothing is overnight, but through process is success achieved. Don't run when process is present, but embrace it for it is inevitable.
Monday, December 14, 2009
There are times when we as individuals begin to wonder what life would be like if we would have played our cards just a little differently. We begin to ask ourselves questions such as, “what if I had chosen this school?” or “should I have really taken this job?”, and then there is, “is this really the person I am supposed to spend the rest of my life with?” Now, allow me to throw this at you: ask yourself if you can imagine yourself NOT having made the decisions that you have made. I mean, depending on where you are in life, you may think that life could be a little bit better. However, Ecc 3:1 declares that there is a time AND a purpose for everything under the heaven, meaning that your current position was ordained by God before the earth began. There is a reason that you are in the place that you are. What we are to do is ask God what the purpose is for our current place, and then ask Him for divine direction in heading in the right direction from here. Remember that where you are right now is not necessarily where God wants you to stay!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Along the lines of the Tiger Woods controversy comes this thought: Is it really that hard to remain faithful? Can we stay faithful to something else than the way we make our money? Think of it in this manner: If we can be faithful to a job and hold that down for years upon end, can we not remain faithful in other areas as well? Can we be faithful tithers? Can we be faithful members? Can we faithful pastors, preachers, teachers? Do we really need incentives now for us to remain faithful? I pray that day never comes. Brethren, let us remain faithful in the things we commit to. The work may be arduous, but the reward shall be great.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Many of us can attest to saying something along the lines of "I have got to get it together", indicating that are waiting for something extraodinary to happen that will cause immediate change. While in some instances this can be true, other times change comes through work, perserverance and committment. It also awaits the one who will embrace it without delay. There is no time like the present, so why wait any longer? Change is inevitable, but timing is of the essence.