So today, I just got off a virtual video call with my work colleagues and we were all talking about how we’ve been coping in this whole new work environment/structure with all of us working remotely. All I could think about is how blessed we were to live in an age where we have technology available to us that allows us to socially connect even in this season of “Social Distancing” because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
We can still encourage each other even if we have to do things remotely. I often wonder about those that don’t have technology, how do they handle social distancing? It’s kind of ironic in a way in that technology has a way of blocking face-to-face interaction as everyone can simply text or face-time someone, and yet in this season these methods are what we need to remain connected with one another.
If you have the technology to communicate with someone in these season of social distancing, then I encourage you to reach out to people that need you in this season who can’t handle this form of isolation. It can be daunting for those that thrive in gatherings and community so lets be the hands and feet of Jesus doing Good wherever we are in the world and reach out to those that need a touch of encouragement this season.
John 8:12– [ Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony ] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 9:5– While I am in the world, I am thelight of the world.”
I have this song by Wande feat. Evan and Eris called Be The Light. I pray that this song encourages you today. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
Today, I’d like to post a song by Travis Greene called All Things New. Yesterday, I had a bit of drama with my car not being able to start. I took the car with the help of my dad to the mechanic and found out that the starter was the issue. The Mechanic was able to deal with the starter plug issue and my car was able to start again. I needed to have this fixed ASAP because it’s dangerous to drive on a highway and then all of a sudden have the car stop at 100km/hr that could lead to an accident. It was a bit of money to deal with but it was worth it. The car was fixed and it was as good as new.
So why am I telling you this story? I feel like without God and a relationship with Jesus, we can be like my car and drive like we don’t need a tune-up or fixing and just travel through life assuming that nothing can ever go wrong in our lives if we do things “our way”. There were warning signs initially when I was driving this car that there was something wrong with it but I don’t know much about cars to know what the issue is so I had to go to someone who could pinpoint what that was in order to get it fixed.
We too are like that… In some way, the issues in our heart are areas we can identify, such as hurt, pain, anger, anxiety etc etc. Sometimes we bottle up these emotions until we need areal tune-up from the Lord to show us that we need to stop and analyze our problems and issues. We can’t be like my car and guess what’s wrong with it when we can go to the Lord that is able to show us what needs fixing. He is the Master mechanic of our lives if you really think about it. In many cases, it’s our hearts that need fixing. We can try and do life running on “empty” or we can go to the Way Maker who is able to show us how we can feel fulfilled and function in the best way possible in our lives since the Joy of the Lord is our True Strength.
Nehemiah 8:10[Full Chapter] Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 89:15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
We can always make mistakes along our roads in life, but we shouldn’t forget that we have the most amazing GPS (Godly Positioning System) in our lives, and He happens to be Jesus Christ. He can change the course of our lives so that we don’t do life alone and travel through perilous paths with no direction. The question is, do you want God to show you were you Ought to go? The mistakes of yesterday won’t stop Him from loving you today and forever. He still wants to change the course of your life and lead you in the Right Direction if you just submit your will to Gods.
James 4:7 [ Humility Cures Worldliness ] Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
I pray that as you listen to this song, you will practice some level of introspection to look inside your heart and be honest with yourself and come to the conclusion that you are indeed in need of the Savior, Jesus Christ. God wants you to learn to reach out to Him in any time of need and to learn to put your trust in the right place. Put your Trust in the Lord and He will lead you in the right direction, Amen.
Proverbs 3:5-6[Full Chapter] Trust in the Lordwith all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, AndHe shall direct your paths.
I pray that this song by Travis Greene blesses your Spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
I just had to post this song by Travis Greene called The Breaker. This song is ringing strongly in my spirit as I think of how sovereign our God is. Sometimes as children we can be petulant and self-entitled for things and simply assume that we deserve everything when God already gave us His best, which was His only Begotten Son Jesus, who came down from Heaven and became a man that dwelt among us, taught us about the love of God, was bruised and shamed for our transgressions, was nailed on a cross for our sake and still loved us as He died on that cross.
Hebrews 12:2– looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Micah 2:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 “The [a]breaker [the Messiah, who opens the way] shall go up before them [liberating them]. They will break out, pass through the gate and go out; So their King goes on before them, The Lord at their head.”
What a miracle it was that Jesus, Our Savior, resurrected for us to show us that death has no victory over our lives. But think of this…the victory Jesus gave us, wasn’t just about death itself, it was His victory over all SIN. Jesus defeated the power of SIN in our lives that causes us to die spiritually and leave us separated from the Love of God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
When I listen to this song, I think of the greatness of God, and how He takes our mistakes, or failures, our shortcomings and tells us that even in or Brokenness, He has the power to use it and make us brand new by redeeming us from the brokenness that shame brings us. God can break the shame and restore us to be in right standing again in Him. So this message is for everyone… because all have sinned and have fallen short of the Glory of God, but we can take heart, because He has overcome the World of sin for us all.
John 16:33[Full Chapter] These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We can stand tall and Know that Jesus Christ is God and that He loves us with an everlasting love. We need to embrace the Redeemer, because it is by His Stripes that we are healed and made whole again.
Jeremiah 31:3[Full Chapter] The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.
Isaiah 54:5– For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
Job 19:25– For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
Psalm 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
So when you listen to this song, just remember that no one is perfect but through Christ, we become perfected in Jesus Name, Amen! I pray that this song ministers to your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
Yay, for the Long weekend! Well, it’s Labour Day here in Canada which means a short work week for me! YAY! Honestly, summer went by so quickly that it’s almost a blur what happened this summer for me. It’s in this transition of seasons that we must realize that we must adjust our attitudes and behaviours to embrace and adapt to the new things that are coming our way in the new season that God is pushing us to. You may have enjoyed this past summer season but this season is coming to an end and Fall is around the corner for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere.
I believe that no matter where you are in the world, you always have to remain vigilant about the new seasons that God brings you to. If you don’t adjust your attitude to the new seasons that God brings you to, then you will always fail to recognize the “right”opportunities and people you are supposed to connect to and also disconnect from in the new season.
Some people that walked with you in the last season, were only for that Season only and cannot be brought into the new thing that God is pushing you towards. It is at this time that building on spiritual discernment and discerning the times is important so that you remain aware that walking in the Will of God won’t always attract friends that will support it.
Sometimes, the friends of your last season will become the enemies of your new season and that is when you have to learn to cut off a meaningful relationship at the right time when you see a change in behaviour that does not align with God’s purpose for your life. Friendly friends can be triggered by the blessings coming your way and can easily turn into Unfriendly friends in your next season. It is up to you to recognize when that friendship is over. Think of Saul and David. Saul didn’t initially hate David, because Saul enjoyed the way David played the harp even when he was going crazy at times. The playing of the harp would ease Saul’s soul for a time but there came a point where he despised David if you continue to read the following chapters of 1 Samuel 16-18.
A friend of yesterday can easily become an enemy tomorrow given the right conditions and circumstances that arise in your life. Especially, when God wants to promote you and elevate you to a new level for the purpose of His Kingdom. The thing is, it’s sometimes hard to let go of meaningful relationships when we treasure those relationships and want to keep them. But sometimes, the will of God will trump that relationship over your life if God’s purpose is to elevate you, and protect you from being derailed from fulfilling your God-given destiny for your life by helping you to cut those relationships “On time” so that you don’t bring them into a season where God wants to elevate you, especially, when certain friendships are posing as a hindrance to His purpose for your life. You will have to learn to fear God more so than your friends and family at times just in order to stay in right-standing with God. This by no means is an easy task, but that is the reason fearing the Lord is so important, because fools despise wisdom whereas a wise man will fear the Lord and will simply do what He says even if it doesn’t make sense to you at the time and isn’t always the easiest choice to make either.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
So when you think about pursuing to fulfill your God-given purpose in life, just remember, that God will shake certain things in your life on purpose in order to prune the dead-end relationships that won’t add to your life nor help you in fulfilling your God-driven destiny. Learn to appreciate the changes that come in every season, and remember that God does things always for your good, even if you don’t understand it at the time. His will, will always be to prosper you and not to harm you, and to give you hope and a bright future, so let God shake what needs to be shaken out of your life in order for His will to come to pass in your life, Amen! 🙂
11 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
To finish off this post, I have this amazing song by ISLY called Always Only Jesus. I pray that this song blesses your Spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
You’ve just got to hear this song by Evan and Eris called Glory. The beat to this song is so fun. Got me boppin’ to it. I can’t help but like the verse that states “Now I’m Livin’ for the Glory of His Name Seekin’ His Face“. I think as Christians, we need to ask ourselves if in our current lives, are we living in this manner in everything we do? I’m not talking about somethings we do…. I’m talking about EVERYTHING we do? When I thought about this, I thought I’m pretty challenged because, we sometimes can get complacent and forget the preciousness of living under the Grace of God. The way in which we live should scream gratitude because we are living under the grace of God. The precious life we have now was bought at the price of Jesus’ Blood that was shed for all of us who have sinned so that through Him, we can be redeemed and come back in right standing before God the Father. That deserves a shout of “Hallelujah!” if you ask me! So when you listen to this song, just remember, that the life you live right now should give Him Glory in all that you do. I pray that this song Blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
I just had to post this awesome song by Pastor Mike Jr. called B!g. I think that when we seek God to do something Big in our lives, we have to be open to the fact that we have to function with a spirit of anticipation towards whatever God is going to do over your life.
Tithing is one area in the church that has the power to provide financial breakthrough over your life. Imagine that 10% of what you make has the power to release financial blessing and breakthroughs in your life. Some people are financially strapped because they can’t trust God with a mere 10% of their income each time they receive their pay cheque. Listen, Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of the Lord. Faith also requires you to act on what you hear.
Malachi 3:10 – Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
I’m not talking about a “prosperity gospel” here, because some churches have got that twisted. It’s an obedience factor thing that I’m talking about. Isn’t it funny how we can trust the banks with our cash but we can’t trust God with our money? If we have faith to put money down to invest in a bank account, then in the same way, we should have the same level of faith to invest in God’s church. YOU ARE THE CHURCH! Invest in the Word of God over your life and test God in this area. I’ve written about tithing before in a post called Tithes and Offerings for Breakthroughs . In that post, you will understand the importance of trusting God with your finances. It’s both an obedience factor and a faith factor thing. I believe that in the coming days, God is unleashing uncommon favour and blessing to those that want to step outside the ordinary, and seek to step into the EXTRA-Ordinary things of God.
The only way to step into something like that is by shifting your mindset and preparing your heart to do something unconventional, and possibly doing something that hasn’t been done before yet. Barrier breakers are those that push past the limitations of what is deemed as “humanly possible”. However, let me challenge you to think that it’s time we push past what is “Humanly Possible” and focus on tapping into the“With God, All things are Possible!” factor. Are you willing to go there in your mind this year? Ask yourself this as you listen to this song. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
Matthew 19:26[Full Chapter] But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible,but with Godall things are possible.”
I just had to post this amazing worship song sung by All Nations Worship Assembly Atlanta called Most Beautiful. My God, I was in a place of surrender when I heard this song. The song sounds amazing in surround sound and it just causes you to feel undone when you hear the sincerity in this worship. Sometimes, there comes a place when you’re so filled with gratitude to God that there literally no words to describe how you feel about God. That’s the way I feel right now. God is soooo Good that there literally no words to describe this feeling of His goodness. All you just want to do is give the Lord the highest praise! I pray that as you listen to this song, may in minister to your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
Psalm 99:5Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool— He is holy.
Psalm 99:9Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our Godis holy.
Zephaniah 2:11 The Lord will be awesome to them, For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth; People shall worship Him, Each one from his place, Indeed all the shores of the nations.
John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
I have this amazing song by Jaye Thomas & Laura Hackett Park called Family. It’s amazing that when a child is adopted into a family, they take on the name of the family that they are adopted into. Likewise, when we take on the identity of Christ and become “Born Again” through water baptism to take on the identity as a “Christ-Believer” by becoming a Christian, we change our names in a way in that we have now become adopted Sons and Daughters of the New Covenant of Christ’s blood and have become Sons and Daughters of the Living God. Salvation comes when we choose to believe that Jesus Christ is indeed the Truth, the Life and the Way:
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Let’s also look at the first chapter of Ephesians:
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
When you read these Verses of Scriptures, just remember that when you were once far away from God, it didn’t matter what mess you were in or how bad you thought you were that you didn’t think anyone could forgive you let alone God to forgive you. God loves you with an everlasting love that He still wants us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Don’t accept the identity that the World labels you… some people may call you a loser, a failure, a dunce, a weakling, a has-been or just a nothing that shouldn’t have even been born. Do not go by the World’s definition of your worth. You are God’s prized possession and a great inheritance. You are worth dying for and worth resurrecting for and that is why God wants us to understand that your worth is not built on how the “World” defines you. It is built on who He has called you to be, and that is to be a Child of God. Remember that Jesus did not go on the cross in vain… He did that for you and me so that we could be part of His Family as Children of the Most High God.
11 He came to His [a]own, and His [b]own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the [c]right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
I pray that as you listen to this song, may it bless your Spirit today. God Bless you everybody! 🙂
I hope y’all had an amazing Sunday service this weekend. Honestly, there is just so much craziness going on out there with what happened to the Notre Dame Cathederal in flames this past week and right when we are celebrating The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, for this Easter Sunday weekend. May we keep everyone in prayer as we go through each week in the Lord. I feel like there is so much shifting in this season that we’re in, that we as Christians need to understand that the times are changing rapidly and quickly in that I feel that the Lord will quicken our Spirits to be more vigilant and sharpened to recognize the seasons and times we are living in. The days grow evil with strange occurrences, and tragic events concurring in different parts of the world at seemingly odd times, that we cannot afford to be complacent. We must remain vigilant as the word says:
1 Peter 5:8[Full Chapter] Besober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Despite this, the Lord also gives us encouragement to remember the following:
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”John 10:28-30 NKJV
We need to know who we are in Christ and whose we are in Christ Jesus. Our identity is riding on the fact that we are the salt and light of the Earth. We are the Change that the World needs to see…but “do we add any flavour in the way that we live and do life?”… is the question. I believe that in Celebrating what the Lord Jesus did for us at Calvary, we need to remember why He came in the first place… and that was to restore our identity as Sons of God.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
The Earth is groaning as tragedies take place, but the Lord is waiting on us to arise. We are the answers that we seek. So for this Resurrection weekend, meditate on the fact that the Lord Jesus didn’t die and resurrect for us in Vain. He did it so that we would no longer be captives to sin and we would be empowered to greater things in His name. The windows of Heaven opened for us when He resurrected for us, so give God the highest praise you have in your heart to Him today. I pray that this song sung by Deitrick Haddon called He Carried the Cross For Me blesses and ministers to you today as you think about the Goodness of Our Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
I just want to drop this song that’s my jam right about now from Jor’Dan Armstrong called All I know.
This song is just awesome to me that it makes me want to bop my head to the beat. I love how he talks about “Jesus is at the top”. I believe that the Lord wants us to make Him a priority in our lives. It’s easy to put your job first, your house, your car, your kids and family first, but ultimately, all these things we tend to put first are things we wouldn’t have had, had we not had God by our side. We can easily take the things we have for granted and assume that such things and people will always be there in our lives, but that’s just not true. What if one day, these things that you tend to put first disappears? What can you say that you have left, hmmm?
Matthew 24:35– Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Mark 13:31 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Luke 21:33– Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Even the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke repeat the fact that many things in our lives will pass away but it is the Lord’s words that will never pass away. God’s Word (THE BIBLE) stands firm forever, people! That is why we must live by the Word of God and seek to live in such a way that God would want us to…and that is to live a life pleasing and edifying to the Lord. How we live must scream “I love Jesus!”through our words, deeds and actions. It doesn’t mean that as Christians, we will always get this right, because we are all human and we do tend to slip up a lot, but what I’m getting at, is that we should aim to strive to live by the Word of God by making it a conscious decision to live and act as Christ-like as possible in all the things we do and in all our endeavors.
Do things as if you are doing it for the Lord.
If we make our lifestyle reflect this goal, we as Christians would live and do life differently. Just think about this today and mediate on what it means to live life and do things like as if you are doing it for the Lord. The level at which we serve others is they same manner as if you’ve done it for the Lord.
Matthew 25:40 – And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:45 – Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
I pray that this song blesses your Spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂