Lane Shifts. Lane Narrows. Lane ends

Lane shifts. Lane narrows. Lane ends.
The Shepherd speaks, and the sheep know his voice.
The Shepherd steers by nudging the sheep via the staff. (Lane shift)
The Shepherd lines you up the enter through the gate of your assignment. (Lane narrows)
The Shepherd ensures that you are not where you were but where you need to be. (Lane ends)

If you follow and yield, he will lead.

Be blessed,

G.M.

Obedience

Being obedient means sticking with the process even if you feel that you can do a better job. You may only see how it’s being done but he the Lord knows why it’s being done that way.

Do not sacrifice the ‘Why’ you don’t know for the ‘How’ you do know! “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;” Isaiah 1:19.

Be blessed,

GM

Analyze me!

We can’t help but analyze. Mainly because our day-to-day lives revolve around the explanations and interpretations of everything and everyone around us.

Analyzing in itself is the epitome of our yearning for understanding.

Once that yearning is triggered you develop feelings and opinions about situations which bring constant thoughts on the inner and outer workings of whatever you set your mind on.

Proverbs 20:5 tells us that the plans/counsel/intentions/purpose in a man’s heart is like deep waters. But if we take that back to the beginning, that same earth that God created and then created man from “… was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” (Gen. 1:2 NLT).

The desires of our hearts are a never-ending, vast, and deep place of countless dreams, plans, and thoughts that hide in darkness afraid to bring any part of it to the light out of fear that others may steal something that isn’t backed by our resources, isn’t being poured into with our time, work or effort; things that are indeed empty and hasn’t yet formed into anything. Isn’t it amazing how we stealthily guard things in deep waters? Can you imagine if God kept all his talents and gifts to himself and never placed anything in our hands to produce and associate as works of our own? Can we ever be proud and at peace with releasing some of our thoughts and dreams to others who would actually work and create something tangible out of our empty formless things, especially if we don’t receive any fruit from it?

Our counsel also lies in deep waters. We seek and give advice in secret places, our intentions are targeted, descriptive, and specific, and our mouth gets us in and out of trouble. But counsel really means to seek the plan of God that works everything out according to that plan and not our skewed intentions.

And what do we say about our purpose? The reason we were created, the basis of our existence that gets lost in the realm of the deep waters. Floating amongst all the unformed emptiness, that at various times we tend to seek counsel on. Ever so often we place labels on those expectations that we attempt to specifically define so that we can have a goal and a target to aim for. And all the while, it never quite seems to surface.

God knows all about our deep waters. Genesis 1:2 NLT says that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters”. The surface. Why the surface? Doesn’t God want to delve into this mess and help us sort these things out? Doesn’t he want to take hold of all the analytical intricacies that seem to take control of our lives and causes our thoughts to be so out of control? But the Word says that he hovers over the surface. Do you know what it means to hover over something? He suspended himself over the dark deep waters, remaining in the air in one place. Could you imagine the power of his Spirit like enormous wings moving rapidly over the waters waiting to do something; Waiting for a word to cause a shift and a division that creates an opportunity to make a decision; an opportunity to choose and therefore bring change.

Genesis verse 3-4 NLT says “… God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.”

The Spirit swooped in and hovered, remaining in place to act upon the spoken Word that would ultimately be the first example of the Holy Spirit being our bridge from darkness into the light.

He didn’t get down into the deep waters, he decided to be the bridge between it.

He knows we got all these things going on and our spirit cries out for an understanding of what to fight for and what to sleep through, what to run to and what to stand firm in, what to work on and what to leave alone, what to say and what to do, and when to speak and when to be quiet. And sometimes it seems that all these things are working against each other but “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28). Key-word ‘called’. A call that is intended to attract your attention, to be heard at a distance; it is the announcing of a presence that asks you to come. Remember that “… 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 2:9 NKJV)

So in our yearning for understanding that causes us to analyze everything good and bad, remember that in order to allow these things to work together for good, our love for God must cause our desires, our dreams, our thoughts, our plans, our counsel, our intentions and our purpose to respond to the hover of God’s Spirit on the surface of where we live and breathe and have our being, so much that it stirs up within us a rise from the deep waters that’s enough to cause us to make decisions that would move us to continuously cross that bridge into his light.

Be blessed,

Inspiration & Revelation

Inspiration is the Revelation of God that is breathed out by God and spoken through the Holy Spirit, instantly bringing a mental stimulation to a person who is chosen to receive and disclose or carry out an unknown and astounding truth in a very timely way.

Everything breathed out from God is a Revelation. Everything revealed by God is a revelation. Every bit of information, everything that is made evident, the very word of God, and even confirmations are a revelation. But when God uses people to bring forth the revelation, that method is called inspiration. We do it by the inspiration of God.

Have you ever done things or felt moved to position yourself in a particular way or direct others in a particular way, in an instant, without any knowledge of what was to come next? Have you ever had words come to you, that you yourself did not think of; or spoken in a way that is beyond your current knowledge or expertise, that you yourself are not used to speaking? Now many argue and have even done studies that one cannot speak and listen at the same time. However, when the words are coming out of your mouth and it surprises even you yourself what is being said because it surpasses our own thoughts and knowledge, it is an indication that the Holy Spirit has taken over. As such, when we empty ourselves before the Lord, as a vessel, we can find that we have an in-the-moment ability to listen-in to what the Holy Spirit is saying even if it is flowing out of our very mouths.

I’m not just speaking in regard to spiritual things. God is a Spirit and he moves spiritually, but through his inspiration, his spirit is able to transcend into the natural and we are able to carry out his revelation naturally to say or do what is necessary in the moment for the benefit of us and/or whomever we communicate with.

Those moments of inspiration, even if it seems small and simple, should not be taken lightly, as it speaks greatly of who you are. Even if you find that you fall short of where you should be in the presence of the Lord or in your relationship with him, your obedience to the divine inspiration of God, as well as your character and who you are to God is greatly shown in these moments when he can use you without your mind and your thoughts getting in the way of what he is doing at that moment. It may be as simple and significant as delaying moving forward when the traffic signal turned green, not knowing that another vehicle was speeding past the red light at that moment. You could not have known that, but God did and his spirit took control at that moment and directed you to pause and you were obedient.

For God to use you in that way, not only means that your heart is open to him, but it means that you trust him enough to automatically step aside in your own mental thinking, to allow him to take the lead whenever His Spirit rises within you.

“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” Job 32:8 KJV

“for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.” Luke 12:12 NLT

Be Blessed,

G.M.

Time to Pray

“First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge and recognition of the [divine] truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 AMP

Prayer is two-fold. Not only is it a request to God, but is also a request made by God.

We should never ask whether or not we ought to pray. We should never question whether or not God hears us when we pray. We should never wonder if we are worthy enough to pray. We should never dismiss praying because of the feeling, belief or excuse that we don’t know how to pray.

The scripture says that God desires that all people be saved and come to know the truth. The devil will use any opportunity to talk us out of praying, and if we believe it, we will devalue the truth of the word of God that has the power to bring us to salvation.

That truth is to recognize Jesus as the head over our lives and honor the request made to us by God by making a request to God through Jesus who completes our petitions.

It’s that simple. Prayer opens the dialog of relationship with the power of words that are manifested through the spirit of God. This action is so important that it validates the very first commandment that tells us that we should have no other gods before him. If we put God first, then his request to us will be of utmost importance to us. And when we do what is good, acceptable and pleasing to God the word says that we will live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Can you imagine what the prayers of all people would do to our community, our nation, our world? How, because the prayers that we are requested to pray are prayers that have a rippling, trickling effect, that flows from the head down.

Have you ever watched your favorite basketball team and prayed for them to win? When you prayed, did you pray for their shoes that tramples the ground as they pounded their feet down the court? Or how about their socks that were the victim of drenched sweat, and heated friction? I bet those things never crossed your mind. Even though those things are invaluable, and practically no game has ever been won without the stability, traction, and cushion of their sneakers, or the protection, temperature, and moisture control of socks, at the end of the day, it is the head that causes the whole body to be utilized according to their gifts, talents, and purpose. It is the head that changes the atmosphere, influences our experiences, and shapes opportunities. It is the head that wears the crown of responsibility and the oath of promise. When we pray for the head, meaning those in authority, we are essentially covering all who are affected by governed by it.

The peace and quiet life that the bible speaks of in godliness and dignity is a freedom from disturbance and stress which is in essence, Joy (pleasure, delight). Philippians 2:1-2 AMP says, “Therefore if there is any encouragement and comfort in Christ [as there certainly is in abundance], if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship [that we share] in the Spirit, if [there is] any [great depth of] affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love [toward one another], knit together in spirit, intent on one purpose [and living a life that reflects your faith and spreads the gospel—the good news regarding salvation through faith in Christ].”

With our prayers in one accord, lives will not only be changed but ultimately saved.

Be Blessed,

G.M.

Proceed with the Process

Luke 22: 31-32 NKJV says “…Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail;…”

When you sift something, you separate the good from the bad, the useful from the unuseful, the important from what is unnecessary. Satan has asked the Lord to put us through a sifting process. And God didn’t say ‘But I will save you from this sifting’. Instead, he said that he has prayed for us that our faith should not fail. How significant are the prayers of the Lord? Mark 11:24 ESV says that “whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” So if the Lord, in all his power, might, purity, and deity, (who is the beginning and the end, the fulfillment of the word), asks for something in prayer; then he who is the very source of the word ‘believe’ (the truth), has already received what he has asked for and we just have to see it come to pass.

The scripture also used the word ‘should’. The Lord said that “… your faith should not fail”. It may seem that the use of the word ‘would’ is more secure and appropriate for this sentence than that of the word ‘should’. But in actuality, ‘Should’ tells us that he has given us the tools that are necessary to ensure that we have the support and backing that we need to pull through successful and victorious. ‘Would’ tells us that he has imagined the possibility that we could be victorious. ‘Should’ is a command, a stance, an expression, and a statement based on the word of God, while ‘Would’ is often used to ask many questions.

So the Lord has allowed Satan to proceed with the sifting process because it is necessary for our growth and development. Satan doesn’t realize that he is doing us, and God, a favor by conducting a process that separates the parts of us that hinder God’s work in us and through us, from the parts that God is trying to amplify and edify in his kingdom. Satan is only concerned with isolating our good so that he can rain down attacks and terror that contradict, steal, kill, and destroy our Salvation, locking us out of the Kingdom of Heaven, just like he was. But God uses the isolation of our bad, unuseful, and unnecessary parts so that he can destroy all the lies, break the yolks and chains, and free us from bondage. Without this very important preparational process, we cannot proceed to be productive in life and walk in the freedom that God has given us to choose whom we will serve.

When the Lord says that he has “prayed for you that your faith does not fail”, he’s not just saying that he is praying that you don’t stop believing in him when Satan starts to sift you, but even more so, he is praying that your works (the use of your creativeness, talents, gifts, and service) that validate the life of your faith, will continue, and does not die or cease to exist because of the sifting process.

Verse 32 goes on to say that “…and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Although God has not questioned the ability of real faith to withstand the process, he acknowledges that as we proceed, we will question the movement of his hand, his control, what he allows to happen, our feelings about his delay to step in, and our emotional stability to continue to trust in what we cannot see. He has already factored in how the waves will toss us to-and-fro on the deep waters. But once we make it through the storm, he is waiting with great expectation for us to return to him with rejoicing and thanksgiving and that will be able to use our testimony to uplift, encourage and edify all who seek to be strengthened in the Lord.

No matter what you do, do not stop short. Yield to the process because God is sure of your victory. Change the way you speak to yourself, and start speaking like an overcomer, a conqueror, a victor. Child of God – Gather your confidence, your peace, your joy, and your assurance, and Proceed with the Process.

Be blessed,

G.M.

The threshing floor & the wind

Joel 2:24 ESV says that “The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.”

Many years ago in the absence of modern day machinery, Threshing floors were used to separate grain from the chaff. Farmers would have a special smooth flat surface like stone or hard-packed dirt that they would spread the harvested grain over and then have an animal walk on the grain to break the kernels and separate the grain from it’s outside shell (called the chaff). Then they would use forks or similar tools to throw the chaff and the grain in the air (again and again) and the wind would blow away the light and feathery chaff/the shell, and the grain would fall back down to the threshing floor.

Our threshing floor is as hard as a rock. In fact it is the rock of our salvation and as much as others may see blessings of harvested grain being spread out on our threshing floor; there is still some crushing that has to be done. There is still some tools, like forks, that aggressively scoop and toss the blessings into the air, so that what we can’t use would be blown away.

Some people may feel like when they finally get the harvest of grain that they can rest. Some may feel like when they crush the kernels and separate the grain from the shell that even that’s enough. But blessed are those who withstand the winds to throw their blessings upward toward heaven, trusting that the winds that may seem like it would steal or scatter all that the Lord has given to us, would only blow away the things that is not beneficial to us.

We must remember that the wind belongs to the Lord.

Only then shall our vats (our vessels) overflow with the wine and oil that truly transforms, anoints and appoints us through a cleansing that frees us from fear while communicating our commitment and present engagement in the full process that transpires on the threshing floor.

Be blessed,

G.M.

Defined

Character defines a persons personality, qualities, and the distinct nature and features that dominates their mental, spiritual, inner and outer state.

Ones character is displayed to others through our behavior, demeanor, attitude, body language and facial expression. Even more, our character is on display especially through our words. The bible says in Luke 6:45 NIV that “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Our words lay bare our heart that holds the very inner state of our spiritual being and allows people judge us by such defining character.

Character can be seen, heard, and felt. Psalm 146:8 says that “the Lord opens the eyes of the blind”. 2 Kings 6:15-18 NLT says “When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O LORD, please make them blind.” So the LORD struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked.”

Isn’t it amazing that as you go through and experience the events of your life, that your character can either cause you to see or cause you to be blind? It can cause you to be heard as well as cause those who hear you to be aware and mindful of your character. Your character can also cause the presence of your spirit to be felt, not only by man but by God. And even more important, your character can cause you to have a keen sense of the presence of God and to be in tune with his movement around you.

Character should not be taken for granted. The bible uses character interchangeably in Romans 5:4 with our experience and spiritual maturity. And it teaches us that character is built, formed, and strengthened. The scripture reveals that patience, perseverance, and endurance are what builds our character through those experiences that mature us; and this is what produces hope. Hope that is your faith. Hebrews 11:1 says that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for…”. And our faith is what defines us.

Do not let bad company corrupt your good character (1 Cor. 15:33), but when your test and trials come, let the proven character of your faith (which is more precious than gold) “result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7 AMP.

Be blessed,

G.M.

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