Friday, August 31, 2012

Met A Thirsty

When God is about to show you something there is this peace that comes suddenly, so you won't react
out of character or maybe it just happens to me!

So I was talking to God and I am like: ‘I am ready to date.' All I can do is laugh!

So out walking, I stop for no one so this guy catches my attention and I slow down I am thinking he
needs directions or something, he looked lost! Lol!

He asked me a question, but it was a conversation started and lame pick up basically!

I was taken back by him but in every relationship it's like what can you add to my situation. Think about it everyone is in a situation and depending when someone comes in your life it's the subconscious question or maybe conscious question: “Why have you walked in my life?” Short season, long season 2 day season or what have you!

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be
chosen than silver!

Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Anyway he wanted my number so I had him put his number in my notes section. Ladies you must let
some men know that they are optional. I usually don't do that but for this guy, something was smelly about
his spirit. He had a shiest-like smile, bamboozled type. I was like, I will think about giving him a chance.

Ladies we must know how valuable our time is. DO NOT continue to waste your time, Please!

So, I sped off to my meeting.

When I got home and got settled in, I remembered the dude from earlier. I text him through my google
voice! LADIES get a free extra number! For business! and for NO goods! smh!

I met some really great men and I have really great guy friends.

This dude definitely needed to lower his standards spiritually. I will tell you what he told me:

1. I own my own business in a nice neighborhood.

2. I am a young successful black man, I have a car, tell me about you.

3. I tell my friends they can't have sex with me, they would feel privileged.

4. Come to my house so I can cook you dinner tonight.

5. Give me a hug?

6. Why won't you hold my hand in public?

7. I go to church too, I am not telling you which one.

8. I have my bachelors, I am not in school, but I am going to get my masters.

9. You don't don't want to see me again?

10. I don't want to go to my bar on my day off.

He almost said this foolishness in that order! lol

Immediately red flags flying, flares on fire, written in the sand "No Go", a cloud in the sky spelled "Run"!
Maybe not all that but you get the picture!

Dude was thirsty!

He said these things when we met up. (Ladies ALWAYS meet in PUBLIC places!) Mind you we were
suppose to go get something to eat. He couldn't spot me on the crowded streets and he began to get
frustrated. Then he came up to me and was not the beat but I disregarded. Already in my mind I was
thinking this is the last time I will see him!

So he changed plans in that very spot on the sidewalk and was like, "Lets go to the shoe store, I need
some new shoes". I was disgusted. This dude is older than me too. So walked with him just to find out a
little more about him and those things above that was said to me. We only walked two blocks and I got

LITERALLY! He kept walking straight through the crosswalk and I walked to the right into a store and
stayed in there until I knew he was gone! He began calling me, typical! I did not answer. I left the store and went home.

Girls, when you feel uncomfortable leave! DO NOT stick around. Nothing good will come of it!

Just when you tell God something silly its like the silliest things come! When I got home I was able to go grocery shopping and took care of my errands instead of some immature guy wasting my time. Hun life
keeps going even if you stop.

Don't miss a beat girls... Don't let unfit people take up your time! Don't fall for what someone is saying
out of their mouth. ACTIONS speak louder than Words! Even spiritually allow God to reveal the person’s
motive like he did for me. Praise God!

Who knows if the dude actually has what he said?! I was not sticking around to find out. His motive wasn't right and he was not connected spiritually because he would have known I was uncomfortable and would have done something about that. But since it was all selfish motives and pride nothing happened!

Especially not lunch! Thank God I ate before I met up with him.

Proverbs 3:5&6  <---- I live for this verse!

Girls and Guys we must stay close to God when dealing with people in general. Everyone is a gift to Somebody. But along the journey we don't have to drop our wall and allow everyone that take interest in us, come in and destroy what God is building! These flaw people are always lurking with selfish motives. Got to be more careful. It's a spiritual battle, remember that!

John 10:10
(the other half of the is verse I love!)


Monday, August 13, 2012

Death: Replacement

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

All right, touchy subject! I was originally going to make this post about how to deal with death. I have had people close to me pass away and the people left alive are the ones that must deal... So breifly, its ok to mourn it's okay to remember the happy times, it’s okay to sit and cry out of the blue as long as you are not making the death the center of your world. Death, I was told is beautiful, it can be hurtful, and disgusting and detrimental, but it can also be a relief.

Deuteronomy 24:16 (KJV)
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

The Bible mentions death throughout. Here a few scriptures I am familiar with:

Isaiah 57:1 (KJV)
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (KJV)
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Psalm 30:11 (KJV)
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

These are referring to relieving a righteous person from evil, another is about timing, and still another is about rejoicing and being able to celebrate. Everything lines up regardless! We never know the cause unless God reveals it. If you ask the Father in heaven He will definitely let you know. :)

Revelation 20:14 (KJV)
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Imagine not being able to die?! Play if you want to. #Thatisall

Now on to one of the greatest deaths ever!!!
OUR SAVIOR JESUS Christ! I have heard this gospel preached multiple times and I can not get tired of it. I remember a pastor expounding on how wonderful and gracious and priceless it is to send your first born child to save your corrupted creation (instead of flooding us, Thank God for the Rainbow in the Sky)! There is an amazing "Love" (agape love) involved to allow your only begotten Son to go through the ridicule, the pain, and death threats and temptations of the world, and of the “enemy”, which is satan.

Genesis 9:14&15 (KJV)
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

I often heard growing up that it’s going to be you against the world and that's because it was like that for Jesus. I was also told, you must stand for something or you will fall for anything!

The baby Jesus to be Crucified on the cross, and Jesus to rise on the third day! Jesus’ story is told within the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The first four books of the New Testament. They each expound on different parts of the life of our Savior Jesus Christ. Take time to read them. :) It will shock you like it astounds me. This story is sacrificially mentioned in the Old Testament as well; so read the entire Bible. (I'm still working on that myself!)

1 John 3:16
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

I don't know about you but over my life thus far I have heard: "Die to the Flesh"! It's like, What?! But it's saying don't yield to your flesh. Meaning, don't allow your flesh to make decisions. Ask God first, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.

We must daily drop our agendas and pick up Christ’s Cross and follow Him. The Fruits of the Spirit?!

Galatians 5:22 & 23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

We are to aim to be like Christ walking in Love, being Joyful, living with the peace that surpasses all understanding. Being able to suffer for a cause, gentle, good stewards, walking and operating in faith,
being meek and able to control ourselves in every area i.e., habits, temper, eating, emotionally, etc...

Galations 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of
the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Romans 6:11
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

To die unto sin is to make up in your mind and heart that you are going to do things the right way. Anyone can be bad because we were born into sin! Not many can be good. Just being good will not get you to Heaven, you must be saved and have a relationship with Christ.

Psalms 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

It's a daily fight! We walk through temptation every day. Jesus is the truth! We must repent and forgive daily!

Back to death: Baptism! "A watery grave", having an outward showing for the repentance of the remission (relinquishment) of our sins!

Romans 6:4 (KJV)
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Ephesians 4:5 (KJV)
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Great Bible reading about God's Saving Grace and leaving and returning:
The Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-31

Great Bible reading about a man who was raised from the dead:
Lazarus - Jesus said, "Come Forth"! John 11:1-46

Keep God at the forefront of your life and you can't go wrong. Jesus Died literally and Rose again in three days to save sinners like you and me. :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

But, You're Invited?

It's funny how God will bring you to wanting the basics! Tonight I cried a few times. You know how you
invite someone close to you to church and they say they are going then up to the point where it is time
to go a change of events happen. Funny how that works!

Luke 21:8 (KJV)
And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Matthew 22:9 (KJV)
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
Hosea 9:17 (KJV)
My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
Well, I visited a different church for the first time, alone, which is nothing new and the entire sermon
was for my friend who I invited who was not in attendance. People know when God is tugging on them
to get their attention.

The service consisted of three powerful testimonies from three different walks of women in different
areas in their life.

I was crying because I could relate to them. Then after the testimonies, the pastor began preaching
regarding people that are lost and don't know they are lost.

He mentioned a fire truck pulling up to your house. You don't know you need the firemen services
because you don't know about the fire you are in. Meaning you are lost and don't know you are lost.
There is a Savior but what does that mean to someone who doesn't know they need saving.

Matthew 18:11 (KJV)
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Ezekiel 33:9 (KJV)
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Proverbs 4:27 (KJV)
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Isaiah 65:12 (KJV)
Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
I found myself sitting between a lady who kept looking at me out of her peripheral and an Asian lady
who claps off beat. You wonder why God allows certain things to happen.

Tears were falling throughout service and the Asian lady who kept clapping off beat during praise and
worship, when it was time to do alter call she wanted someone to go down with her, everyone else was
not understanding her, so I went down with her and she asked Jesus to come in her heart.

Now back at the seats, we lingered after service because she was telling me who she was. I was like Lord

I won't share too much but lets just say: Lord what do you have up your sleeve?

So I gave her my contact and she explained to me how she is writing a news letter regarding "spiritual
transformation". I was like, ‘nice’!!!

She shared with me that she wants to become more serious about God. Previous years she saw her old
self coming back and just this year she is deciding to live renewed and let her “old-self” completely die.

After we spoke I wanted to go and get prayer because our conversation made me check myself!

Mark 8:35 (KJV)
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
We tend to carry our past with us and allow it to make decisions for us. THE PAST IS ALWAYS FIGHTING TO STAY PRESENT! Just to make things clear.

After prayer I realized that I was dropping the ball somewhere and that I wanted more of God because
in his presence is where we find peace. When God shows you where you really are in Him and who you
really are, it doesn't feel or look good at times. It makes you want to drop everything and fall on your
face and just marvel at how good He is.
Psalm 44:6 (KJV)
For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
Psalm 59:2 (KJV)
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
Distractions are everywhere and all the time. God knows what you can handle. When you get tired of
dealing with some things, you make your petition to Christ and fervently pray and God will move on
your behalf and make provisions.

Luke 22:40 (KJV)
And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
James 1:2 (KJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Timothy 6:9 (KJV)
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
You are free and I am free! WE are NOT our past!!! We have new mercies daily to walk in righteousness.
Daily we make decisions to appreciate our savior and choose to do things that are according to his will. If
you want to know where you are in Him he, if you ask, He will show you!
John 8:36 (KJV)
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Romans 8:2 (KJV)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
John 8:32 (KJV)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.