Monthly Archives: July 2017

Seek And You Shall Find

I’m on a treasure hunt.

Slowly but surely I shall find what I seek.

The treasures I look for: no man can produce.

No human hands created.

Not precious metal, silver or gold.

Not even a precious hand to hold.

But treasure that comes from the true and living God.

Produced and seasoned by his Holy Spirit.

Living Water, Bread of Life : Oh nourisher of my soul.

Jesus…..

Wonderful Savior.

 I was on a journey to find true love

I put on my cloak and gathered food and water to prepare

I had my staff in hand, a fountain pen, ink, and a stash of paper.

“I am prepared”, I said.

“I am ready to embark on a journey few could ever take”.

Was I afraid? A little, but I was desperate.

Man made love never soothed the raging screams of my soul.

It could never wrap itself around my heart and give me the warmth I needed.

Gold nuggets scattered along the path, I picked them up, analyzed them, and wrote my

observations down.

“Amazing”, I said. Excitement and hope filled my heart. But, as the journey continued, my

enthusiasm waned. I became distracted. I was focused on the daily tasks of life. I was running

out of food, water, and I had no shelter. My cloak was tattered and my face dirty.

While I was sleeping it hit me hard. My eyes flew wide open and I began to write something

simple: God is love.

True Love is God himself. And Christ is love wrapped up in a savior. His life and His words drip

of love. He promises us peace and comfort, or rather the COMFORTER: The Holy Spirit that will

never leave us.

And I was seeking in essence, not love, but God himself! I put down my cloak, my staff and my

bag of essentials and I humbled myself before the True and Living God. The Most High God. I

fell on my knees, and was compelled to give Him praise and He encouraged me to continue.

Give Him praise for who He is!

The Freedom of Solitude, Embrace it.

There is this saying floating around that being alone is a horrible thing and you’re doomed in life if you embrace that lifestyle.

This beautiful Wednesday morning,  I hear the birds chirping…I just finished a warm bowl of oatmeal and now I’m listening to the light clicking of my fingers typing away,  I have something I want to share with  you.

You will find yourself in seasons of solitude. It might be voluntary or involuntary, and I’ve come to tell you that it’s okay. It’s okay, don’t fret, don’t cry. Don’t pace back and forth in your living room. Don’t dive under the blanket and eat a tub of ice cream. Nothing is wrong with you. You are not less of a person because no one is around. Solitude is a great time to re-affirm your beliefs. A great time to slow down and get things done. It’s a great opportunity to have less social commitments and simply go outside and mingle with people for the sake of doing so. Think of it as a new adventure.

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You are about to embark on a journey. You are about to discover a whole new aspect to life, by yourself. You won’t have people nagging you, questioning your decisions, you are free to explore without limitations. If you had a fall out with people in your past, deal with it, bitterness is not cute. It will form clouds on that beautiful, radiant face of yours and we don’t want that.

Have friends that cramp your style and make you question your existence? Maybe it’s time to be like Abraham and let go of Lot. Is it healthy to be in constant turmoil when you can go to the opposite side of town and be in peace?

We live in a world where no one is free to simply be. We are pressured to have forced and labored interactions. Forced to smile when we don’t want to. Forced to be fake and pretend life is something grand when sometimes it’s not. It’s beautiful when you can smile because you know why you’re smiling, even if it’s something small and insignificant. It’s a great feeling to connect with someone honestly, and not just putting on appearances to make it seem as if you’re getting along. Joy cannot be manufactured.

I feel free just sharing this with you. It’s like a heavy burden was lifted off my shoulders the moment I stopped allowing people’s comments to dictate my feelings. I have always embraced my need for solitude and the seasons of solitude in my life, but I’ve also been criticized for it. Now, I’m not saying being alone and moping around is healthy for anyone, but if you are truly embracing the beauty of solitude and being alone , what’s the issue? Can someone tell me? No you can’t, so don’t even bother. Laughs.

You Can’t Force Love

There is nothing you can do to make people love you.

As I was stirring some oats on the stove-top for breakfast this morning, I was thinking about solitude and love.

I will hold off on solitude for another post coming right after this but,  I want to focus on love first.

You see, no matter how good you are, the kind words spoken, words of encouragement and peace; no matter how often you make someone’s favorite meal, walk the neighbors dog, or mow a friend’s lawn, none of these things will make people love you. You can be the best wife, even the best father, you can win the Nobel Peace Prize, be the most virtuous man or woman on this planet and there will always be someone that hates you. There are despicable people out there who commit many crimes, beat their wives, abuse their children and are still loved by many.

So what’s my point? Well, my point is, if you know you are doing the right by God, continue being yourself. People will nit-pick, criticize and demean you, do good anyway. People will shun and reject you, be happy anyway. People will find fault with you but overlook a major character flaw in others, stay true to yourself anyway. Because the moment you succumb to any of their comments and ill manners, you will be reduced as a person. You will never be able to please everyone. Sure, we compromise in relationships but never, ever compromise who you are. The ones that love you will never force you to compromise who you are and the good things you do. They will encourage you and motivate you to be the best version of yourself.

A lot of times, we become sad when people praise bad behavior. The bible calls that flattery. Fools give and receive flattery. Usually, they do this to get something from the person they are lying to.

You must live by your inner conviction. People will choose who they love and you must never do good things to be loved by others. You do good things for yourself and others for the glory of God and because it’s the right thing to do.

Always see people for who they are and what they show you. You cannot force people to change, you can speak the truth, but give them the space and time to make that decision to grow for themselves. Choose the company you keep wisely. Choose people with the same or similar inner convictions: loving God and others not for what they can gain but simply because they love you. Give each other space to be exactly who you are and be honest in everything you say and do.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:7-10 NIV)

 

 

Honor and Reverence The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is not a force or a feeling. He is God. God is naturally, in essence powerful. This power was given to us. However, a force is not a comforter. Only personalities can bring comfort. Someone that can communicate and connect with another.

 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

If the Holy Spirit was a force, we would be able to manipulate Him at will. However,  we cannot manipulate God. We must have respect for God and His power: not to be used to wave around like a magic wand; or believing that whatever you pray for, it will always happen as you want it. Remember, God has His perfect will. Sometimes what we want, isn’t what God wants for us or is part of His greater plan.

God doesn’t care about empty sacrifices. Worship should come from a pure heart. Not because your Pastor says so, but because you have full understanding of who and why you are worshiping.

Honor and reverence God with humility. Do not brag about the authority and power given to you, but like Christ said, rejoice not because you can cast out demons but because your names are written in the book of life.

 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”“Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning!  Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” Luke 10: 17-20 NLT

Rest. Be at peace. Jesus promised us the Great Comforter that will be with us forever.

 

 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:16-17 

The Holy Spirit is always listening and whatever He hears, He shares with us. Basically, The Holy Spirit is keeping us updated. Time with God is important. Intimacy is a mix of quality time and communication. It is through intimacy or relationship that we grow in Christ and are being led by His Spirit.

 

Thank You Jesus for The Comforter.