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.

What/Where is my Portion?

We’ve all heard ‘The Parable of the Lost Son” Luke 15:11-31 NIV.

Or as I call it, the story of Life and Death.

So many of us feel the way that the older son felt.  We did the right thing, followed the right path, worked hard, lost out on opportunities in life and was barely rewarded, yet someone who does the complete opposite, enjoys the world to their fullest desire and when life takes a turn for the worst, here they are being welcomed with open arms to receive help and all the same promises as you. Kind of tough to swallow, huh!

Here’s the kicker, are you willing to gamble your portion in choosing death over life? Well, that’s what they did.

That’s the gamble that you take in choosing to take your portion. When you take something, you are separating it from the whole for the purpose of self.  With God, we really don’t have a Portion, we have it all, everything. “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” Luke 15:31 NIV.  So if everything is ours, why wouldn’t we want to work to take care of it, why shouldn’t we maintain it.

The bible says in Luke 15:17 NIV that the younger son “…came to his senses…”.  He got up and went back to his father.  Now think; how many sons and daughters out there in the world don’t come to their senses.  How many of them are, entrapped, confined, and die in sin. Romans 1:28 KJV says “…God gave them over to a reprobate mind…”. The bible did not say that God will give them over, it said he gave them over. We don’t have to wait for Judgement day; the bible says “The wrath of God is being revealed…” Romans 1:18 and we see it every day.

Jesus is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6). So on the flipside,  when we don’t follow Christ, we are lost, we are wrong and we are basically the walking dead.

In Luke 9:59-60 KJV, Jesus said to a man “Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.”  Jesus is life, and the dead are those without Christ.  So basically he was telling this man, don’t leave your portion (life) to go with those who are dead to bury their dead. Those who are dead in Christ are not considered dead but rather asleep. So we “do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope” 1 Thes 4:13-14 NIV.

The father said “…We had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:32 NIV.

My prayer: Lord I believe that you are the way, the truth, and the life and that you are my Portion.  Everything that belongs to you, belongs to me also.  Like the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), I do not believe that you are unfair.  My Portion is the whole pie, no matter when I came to you. I am grateful that you have given me the grace to come to my senses now before I was consumed by my own desires and given over to a reprobate mind. Death is no place for me and neither is your wrath. I choose life.

G.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spiritual Perspective

The world has a way of changing our perspectives on the way we look at things based on separation of class and color. When we buy eggs in the grocery store we automatically are geared towards thinking that white eggs are unhealthy and brown eggs are healthy. False. Eggs are eggs no matter the color of the shell; the color is only shell deep. There are breeds of black, brown, red, or orange colored chickens that lay white eggs, etc. What makes an egg wholesome or good for you is what you feed the chicken and how you raise the chicken up, and the quality of life that you afford the chickens.  Room to breathe room to have a choice where to walk or sit or when to pluck about in the soil. When to stand out in the drizzle and when to seek shelter when it rains. When to fan its tail in the dirt or walk upright and proud.

Some believe that Jesus was black some believe that he was white. Some believe that Mary is to be worshiped for birthing the savior. Will we continue separate and distance ourselves from the very essence of our Lord, from his purpose, from salvation, from eternal life? Is that what makes him worthy to be praised, because we feel he was one of us? What is our foundation for believing? Are we standing on his promises or his history, oh boy, this is a mystery! Will we choose not to worship him because of what he may or may not have looked like? What happened to in spirit and in truth!

It is evident throughout the Bible that Jesus came in many forms, and that he looked like whichever group of people he was amongst; as high as kings and as low as servants. For as many times one had to ask, is this Jesus, who is this Jesus, which one is Jesus… Therefore It is not shocking that many different religions have written about him in the way that he appeared to them and their experience of who God is. Who God is, is bigger and greater than we can ever imagine.

Today, all religions, nationalities, races… are no longer separated by land and great distances. We are woven into society in a way that we see each other every day. Now, being exposed to Jesus in all forms, ignorance is no excuse. How can we base our love for him on anything other than who he is? Who he is is not in physical appearance… Who he is, is not skin deep…

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 KJV.

“Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” 2 Samuel 7:22 KJV

My Prayer:  Lord I receive your spirit into my heart, and I believe that I am a child of God through your son Jesus Christ.  I believe as you said in your word (John 1:12), that ALL who receive your son, Jesus, and believe in his name, you have given the right to become children of God.  I believe that your word stands true, and that our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). Amen.

G.M.

The Reins

“I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Jeremiah 17:10 KJV

Why does the Lord search our hearts? To see what resides there. The word says he tries the reins. A rein is symbolic of the ropes that a rider holds that controls the direction, and movement of a horse. It stops it in its tracks, it pulls it to the left or right or it gives it slack to move forward.
Whatever resides in our heart is what controls our reins. That’s why the bible says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV.  That’s because it is not biased, it is a vessel, it receives whatever you put in it and it doesn’t just keep it to itself, it pumps it throughout the whole body. Which means that what is in our heart affects and controls our entire life in such a manner that it is a repetitive cycle. It’s the very things that we have placed on a pedestal in our lives that our very decisions and ways are guided by.
So when God says he tries the reins, it means that our trials and our tribulations are based on who’s or what’s in control of our lives. Sometimes we find ourselves walking, trodding, or running fast ahead and then all of a sudden something happens and we get stopped in our tracks or tugged to the left or the right. Now think about it, when you have sorrow in your life it’s always by someone or something that you held as a token in your heart. When you are joyful, it always seems to relate to that very same thing. How is it that the very thing that makes us happy has the power to make us sad and vice versa. That’s just it…  At those moments it causes us to think about how committed we are to it. Because it always throws us off balance when we least expect. It gives way to doubt, trust issues and unstable emotional thoughts. The bible says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 KJV.
Why? Because the heart is meant to pump one thing blood. That blood feeds every part of your body. It is vital to life. That’s why the blood of our Lord Jesus is so important and that’s why the heart is so sacred. The blood brings life, and that life is Jesus. Our Lord dwells in and flows from our heart. It is his dwelling place but we have to let him in so that he can dwell. The bible says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 KJV.  You see, we ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but the tree of life came to manifest itself in Jesus through his blood. That life is now in the blood that flows; it is now a liquid. So it requires us to SUP in an exchanging manner. ‘Sup with him’ is us taking in his life into our hearts, and us with him (he with me) is him taking our life in exchange.
So, when he tries our reins, he is testing what dwells within our heart that controls our lives; because when he does so, what lies within will manifest itself through our ways and will be revealed by the fruit of what we do. And from this fruit, we shall receive our reward.

It goes even much deeper because having our Lord dwell within our hearts; the blood of Jesus is our repetitive cycle that pumps within us. Now we produce fruit, but not just any fruit. It is the fruit of the spirit which is OF the tree of life.

The end becomes the beginning. God always finishes before he starts.

Be blessed.

G.M.

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