Are you yours, or His?

When I checked the gradebook today, I saw I didn’t get all the points on an assignment. Reviewing it, I saw that I left out the descriptions. Duly noted.

Hold on, cause I’m going deep on this one…

🎶I hear what they say; that I am insufficient, incomplete, not good enough…🎶

And, I’m sure you’ve heard it, too. It’s possible you even said some of it. I forgive you, and earnestly love you. I would be a first responder for you, and God knows it’s true.

So, here’s the deal… Before I go off on a whole other topic.

If you leave your description blank, you are going to get just what you put in.

Nothing.

You want love? Be love.
You want mercy? Be mercy.
You want grace? Be grace.
Change? Be it.
Justice? Be it.

Then, there are some things..

Such as strength. You can’t just be strength. Insert Philippians 4:13, right? You know what else Paul said? Boast only in your weaknesses. Why? Keep reading. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. Ahh. That’s in 2 Corinthians. Start at the beginning of Genesis.. Keep reading on through Revelation. It’s worth it to find the reference, promise.

So, God’s perfect strength has nothing, I mean nothing, to do with what you’re capable of. God’s not looking for my victory shimmy over straight A’s. He gave me a genius IQ from the start. He knows, that I know, that He already knows. You follow me?

No, no, no… God’s not looking for a “Hallelujah!” When the phone does ring. When that call comes in. When the recognition rolls up. No. He is not interested in your demeanor when the blessings look better than you thought.

He doesn’t want you looking at the blessings at all. Remember Peter? Walking on water, looking right at JESUS. Decides to see what he looks like walking on water, sinks.
It’s not about seeing yourself walk on water, it’s trusting that JESUS is. It’s about seeing the face of God. Where was Peter when he got out the boat? Right in the middle of a crazy storm… Man, all day I could tell you about that.

Let me ask you something. What’s your most prized possession? Don’t say Jesus. Don’t you dare say JESUS. Let’s take away, your house, your vehicles, your license. Got kids? Yep, we will take those, too. How about… feet? Okay, great. Hand those over. Since I mentioned it, your hands, get rid of those. Allllright. Now. What’s your most prized posession? Are you crying? Can’t have that… It’s just stuff!! Now let’s take your freedom, your tears.. And you know what? How about your dignity? Your entire “description” eliminated. Would you still have your “identity”?

Now, let me ask you again. What is your most prized posession? Cause at the end of it all, that’s what God wants a heart lifted in spirit, and in truth.. Worshipping Him alone. Clear the stage, children. It’s not about you.

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Should you choose to accept…

Per Mission: Submission
Sub Mission: Permission

Jesus says:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭35‬ NASB)

Reminding me:

Everything is temporary. Jesus is the Word, and he was there before all I can perceive with natural eyes. I am Chosen by the Everlasting God for a purpose greater than what I could ever comprehend. No matter how it feels or looks, I was born for this.

Lord, have Your way in me!

#trust

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There is more… Choose wisely.

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He Knew All Along!

I pray that God never ceases to amaze me…

Today I started college. My class is an introductory course to my career path. As I was discussing my career plans with a friend this evening, it hit me..

This is where it begins. The evidence of things not seen.

When I first was baptized in the Holy Spirit, I was given a vision and a dream. The dream has over time continued and expanded, still I always know when it is in accordance with what I have previously seen. Now, I can see the steps of obedience required to get me to this God-sized goal. I walked these steps, knowing I should.. Not knowing where I was going…

It’s all for something. It’s all been for something… And now I also pray, that I dare to dream BIGGER. What I considered a destination is now obtainable along the way to the place Jesus is preparing for me in Heaven.

He makes crooked paths straight! Glory to GOD!

I see You, Lord! Prepare places for those I’m bringing with me, they are all Yours! That Our Father be Glorified!

HOLY! HOLY! HOLY IS THE LORD GOD ALL MIGHTY!

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Burnt Offering (Leviticus 6:13)

This morning when I woke up, yesterday was gone,
So I clear the ashes from the altar and put my fresh priestly garments on.
The fire must be kept burning, it can never go out out.
So I ask The Lord to search my heart, and lay my burdens down

Without a sacrifice, an altar has no flame.
Without a fire, the altar is in vain.

So I pick my cross up daily, for Jesus I will yearn.
Crucify my fleshly desires, I’ve got to let them burn.

My Leviticus 6:13, in case you were wondering why I chose that verse.

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Don’t Quit.

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭5‬ ESV)

Today was a tough day for me. I was at risk at losing my vigilance and awareness that I have been reverently seeking. I watched, heavily burdened, as people I dearly love slipped through the cracks of my breaking heart.

I had to square my shoulders for others, and sank deep into the Presence of an all knowing God, and rested.

At this point, I’d said too much.. And was just weary. I reached out for prayer, and waited.

But God. Hallelujah!!! I could not have made it without Him today, and I used it all. Invested every talent, without His Grace, I would have missed it.

As I lay me down to sleep… I thank You, Lord my soul You’ll keep. If I should die before I wake… I pray, My God, Your Spirit leads their way. Into My Loving Savior’s arms, and until that day they meet no harm. My God so full of Love, Mercy, and Grace… Pursue them, Lord , until they seek Your Face In Jesus Name. Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our Daily Bread. Lord, Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory! Forever and Ever. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thank You, Jesus, for allowing me to live it today, in spite of me.

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Lay Me Down

Sometimes, the one who doesn’t discern my value, is me. I know this, because I know me better than anyone with skin wrapped around a spirit. I beat myself up, ya know? I can be harsh and critical to myself when I most need to love myself. I see how flawed I am, every imperfection… Whether I choose to accept this, or not, this is pride. To think I should be something other than I am right now, when God has fully equipped me for this day. Every task at hand, is in His Hand. He sees what I cannot. He knows what I could not comprehend.

So I humble myself, and submit these things before God. Part of
“Be.”is acknowledging what I am, and seeing the contrast between who He says I am. The Spirit of the Living God lives in me, and I must decrease, that He may increase.

So, today I remind myself of Philippians 2:12-16.

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

And, not to beat up, but to build up myself in He Alone that is Able.

Thank You, Jesus!

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