Alone time

“God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells,…” Job 28:23 NIV.

If God alone knows, then we ought to seek him alone. Building a relationship with God calls for one-on-one time. It cannot be sought and acquired in the midst of distraction. If we make alone time to focus and talk with God alone, then he will show us the way.

My Prayer: Lord, help me to seek you alone. For your word says when I seek you with all my heart, I will find you (Jeremiah 29:13). I understand that being alone doesn’t just mean being physically alone when I seek you, but being alone also means clearing my heart of all my desires and filling it with you alone. That is what you mean by seeking you with all my heart. I understand that I can’t find you with only a portion of my heart and if I try to do so, I can be easily deceived by what may appear to be you. I acknowledge that it is you that understands the way and it is you and only you that know the way. If I seek anyone other than you to show me the way, I will truly be lost. I come to you right now asking for understanding and direction In Jesus Name Amen.

G.M.

Seek = Hope+Wait+Trust+Faith

According to Merriam-Webster.com, Wait means “to stay in place in expectation“. Hope means “to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment; to expect with confidence“. Trust means “assured

reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed; dependence on something future… : hope”

The bible says:

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
Lamentations 3:25 NIV (This means to HAVE expectation as you seek him)

The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Lamentations 3:25 KJV (This means to STAY in expectation as you seek him)

We cannot seek the Lord without having and staying (hoping and waiting) in expectation of him. And in order to maintain that expectation we must rely on who God is and depend on his promise (trust).

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

God’s plans for us are not the same as the plans we have for ourselves. Our plans are not always seen through, they seldom bring prosperity and they don’t always end well; in fact half the times those plans are either filled with overconfidence or much uncertainty.

But, God’s plans are Promises. And Promises of God are always come to pass because they are guaranteed. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV
That’s why we say Amen, because we are acknowledging and accepting the Promise of God that what he said he will do, he has already done it. Why is it already done? Because he is the beginning and the end. The bible says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
“An expected end”. God does not have to guess about our future. It is already done, we just haven’t lived through it yet. How great it is to have a father who can direct us confidently because he already knows our future. How confident we must be to know that we have promises in store for us and all we have to do is walk in

him and we will automatically walk into it.

Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:1‭, ‬6 NIV

So to SEEK God we must have (Hope) expectation. We must stay (Wait) in that expectation. We must Trust in who God is and we must have Faith in that we do not see.

Be Blessed.

G.M.

Goalie

Sometimes we bring more things on ourselves than we need to. Ever notice that sometimes when we let the worry or fear that comes into our minds show itself in our actions or when we simply make it known through our mouth, eventually those fears or worries become more and more validated by the experiences we encounter?

That’s our fault. Satan has powers, and spiritual forces of evil that stay close in every level of our lives just looking for a weak spot to hone in on and take us away from the will of God. He can see what’s in your path, he can see what you’re headed to and he can alter the influences based on the challenges that we struggle with.

I think of life as a soccor field. We always have a goal to make and obstacles seeking every moment we’re wide open to take a hit at our home base. Every goal the opposition gets sets us back a step and makes us try harder to push through while guarding ourselves.

Epicsports.com describes among others some steps on how to play goalie… ”

  1. Stay on the tips of your toes.
  2. Be in great shape physically and mentally.
  3. Have the right soccer goalkeeper gloves, and take good care of them.
  4. Move to the ball, and don’t be afraid of it.
  5. Try to fill up your goal space.
  6. Keep your eyes on the ball.
  7. Speed up your reflex time.
  8. Read your opponent.

Wow. I couldn’t have said it any better. We gotta stay on our toes. Don’t let the enemy know what you’re thinking, don’t show or say your fears or your worries, keep satan guessing. He can’t play on what he doesn’t know.

We gotta take pride and take care of our bodies (the temple of God) and even more so to feed our minds with things of God. The bible says to “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:13 NIV

We need ” …the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
Ephesians 6:14‭-‬15 NIV

We gotta press forward, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

It is important to pray and seek God for everything and everyone surrounding you. Cover all things in your space with the blood of Jesus. That death angel must pass over.

Stay focused, “Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when that time will come.”
Mark 13:33 NIV

Time is of essence and cannot be regained once lost… “I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.”
Psalm 119:59‭-‬60 NIV

“…give no opportunity to the devil.
Ephesians 4:27 ESV. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:…”
1 Peter 5:8‭ KJV “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
1 Peter 5:9 NIV

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 KJV. “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
1 Peter 5:10 NIV

“… nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2 Timothy 1:12 KJV

Be Blessed,

G.M.

Who’s worthy to receive?

How many times have we taken the time to speak to people and express the way we feel in detail so that they understand and grasp the information the way in which we intended. Only to be cut off, looked at with a dull and unexcited face, or simply rushed to the point.
Words can’t explain how much we just want to shut down or have a pillow fight. It makes us really reconsider who we choose to share with and when, with the added notion that not everyone is worthy of hearing what we have to say if they can’t appreciate it the way in which we tell it.

I have great news… We’re not alone…
Jesus told Parables too….lol

The word says “Whoever has ears, let them hear” Matthew 11:15 NIV. Key word, whoever. This scripture means, whoever is willing to receive and accept it, will.

Jesus compared this generation of people to stubborn children. They won’t dance just because you play music, and they won’t mourn just because you sing sad songs. They will always have something to say, whether you come empty or full. However, there is a silver lining; because despite how you appear and what you say, it is your deeds that prove you as wise. (Matthew 11:16-19)

Some of Jesus’ parables fell on deaf ears. Which means what he said was not received or accepted. And that’s why he told parables, because only those who genuinely receive and accept him into their heart would be given even more knowledge in abundance to understand the secrets of the kingdom of heaven and whoever didn’t receive Jesus, he took away whatever little understanding they had (Matt 13:11-12). Jesus said, “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving…”” Matt 13:14 NIV.

There are so many people who follow the Lord because of who he is without fully receiving him into their hearts. Some just stick around for the hope of blessings and healing. There are people who go to church all the time, they sing the songs, ‘Amen’ certain points of the message but at the end of the day, the spirit of God only hovered around them but did not find a home in their hearts. How do we know? Because of the fruit of the spirit or the lack thereof which is evident through their ways. Even when they read the bible or quote scriptures as a defense, it is evident that they don’t understand it and that they really don’t know the God in which they serve. I would have said the God in which they follow, but how can you follow a God who is obviously not leading you.

Now think of this… on the flip side. How many times have we been spoken to ‘straight to the point’, abruptly, sternly, without a waiver and really didn’t grasp the fullness of it until days, months, or years later? Especially as children, there are things adults said to us that we didn’t even understand until we were grown… Weren’t we glad that we heard it no matter when we actually came to understand it? 😁

That’s the difference between us and our Lord… While we would pick and choose how and who we share with based on who we feel is worthy to reciprocate the information, Jesus did not. He spoke to everyone; priests, children, adults, large crowds. They all heard the same exact message, but only the ones who had ears (accepted him into their hearts) heard (understood) him, believed in him and followed him. But those who didn’t hear him, though they didn’t understand it, they sure talked about it, and believe it or not, even in negative speaking, it remained with them and they helped spread the word too.

The word says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” John 10:27-28 KJV. God is an eternal God which means that his word lives on forever, so when he says my sheep hear my voice, it doesn’t mean that he goes about calling you day and night, it means that when he called you the one time, you will hear that call until you come to the place he wants you to be and you will continue to hear his voice forever more.

I’m so happy that the word is available to everyone. For many it who don’t understand, it won’t mean anything, but for those who will eventually come to God, that word will eventually take root, no matter how long ago they heard it. It’s like a seed that is planted in dry ground that just has to wait to be watered to spring forth roots and dig in and press out. Whether it takes minutes, hours, days or years. That’s the value of ‘Whoever hears…’.

Who’s worthy to receive? We all are. He died for all sin and all mankind.
The real question is ‘Who has ears’?

G.M.

Rooted in life

The thing about roots is they dig down.

Sometimes we try so hard to connect and identify with our roots, but don’t realize that we are already connected but do not identify. For how can we identify with a realm in which we do not thrive and grow, or weren’t even meant to exist in. For we, the tree, grow in light, while the roots dig into darkness, we are planted by the father, and called by the son; bent by the wind and beaten by the rain, but we rise just the same.

“At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant. But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.” Job 14:7‭-‬10 NIV

Jesus said, “… Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:13‭-‬14 NIV.

Simply put, not just the plant, but both the plant and the roots, a representation of present and past, no matter how deep it ran, will be as if it never existed.  We’ve seen this uproot in the bible with Cain.  Noah was from the line of Seth which was the son who replaced Abel.  But Cain a representation of the plant that the Father did not plant; his entire line and generations were wiped away by the great flood.  Pulled up by the roots.

You see, of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, was the offspring Abel and Cain. Abel represented the knowledge of good and Cain the knowledge of evil.  Both men’s spirit bore fruit.  For Abel this was a sacrifice representing the atonement for sin, and for Cain a sacrifice representing the curse of the ground.

Note to self, our offering to God should not be from what he cursed.

And so, all men were thenceforth offspring from Noah, rooted through the line of Seth  who was planted by our heavenly Father as our first demonstration of life after death.

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lordwhose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV

Job asked the question, “If a man die, shall he live again?…” Job 14:14 KJV

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NIV

G.M.

More Than a Conqueror

The world makes a conqueror seem like one who is puffed up and strong. One who speaks their mind and doesn’t care if they’re wrong.  One who doesn’t think twice about addressing someone who’s stepped on their toes, and who doesn’t consider the feelings of others, nor is concerned about their woes.  The over-achievers, who won’t take no for an answer; They’ll step on anyone if it means they’ll go higher. Saying sorry is for chumps, just move on and forget about it.  These are the conquerors that the world so admires.

And then there are those, who’s kindness is looked at as weakness.  They cover up their strengths to not appear too self-confident. They hide behind the limelight.  They choose to not say how they feel. They get stepped on and overlooked, and who cares how they feel.  They welcome the uncomfortable to keep others at ease.  A conqueror? These people? Who would believe; that people so humble can be one to achieve.

But, a conqueror to God is not attained through the flesh; “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord” Zechariah 4:6.

The bible says that “… the Spirit helps us in our weakness” Romans 8:26 NIV. “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:27 NIV.  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12 NIV. “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 NIV. “…And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.

“… in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 NIV.

So the question is asked,

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ … For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35:-39 NIV.

Be Blessed.

G.M.

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