When We Pray – Parent Me


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I want to post this song by Tauren Wells called When We Pray. I believe that with all that’s going on currently in our world, we as Christians need to pray even more and more for our families and our nations. In the wake of all the strange disasters that seem to be occurring, I think as people of faith we need to recognize when the Earth is groaning to see the “Sons of God arise” – the Christians who operate in the realm of pure faith with actions.


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18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

If you see people in need, don’t be a silent observer if you have the ability to extend your hands to help other people. We cannot be spectators to people’s trials when God calls us to be able to comfort those that need to be comforted and to help those when we have the ability to do so. What you give is what you get in return. I firmly believe that. If you sow in righteousness, you will reap a harvest of righteousness in your life.


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Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.


2 Corinthians 9:10

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sowand increase the fruits of your righteousness,


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The last song I want to post for today is called Parent Me by Json feat. J.R. I dedicate this song to the children seeking love from their parents who may sometimes be absent in their lives for various reasons. Sometimes, it’s hard for those that are single-parents to manage being a parent and a breadwinner at the same time since it’s a catch-twenty-two because you’re trying the very best you can to be there for your child and yet you need to work to provide for them. Children may not always understand the sacrifices you make to provide for them because in their eyes, all they seek is your undivided attention and love. Despite the challenges of rearing your children, try your hardest to be involved in their lives because once they grow up, all you have done for them at that point will shape their character(s). Children repeat what you teach them by the things they have observed you do, so remember to spend as much quality time to nurture their spirits and minds to operate with a Christ-like attitude towards any challenges that they may face in this life. I pray that these songs bless your spirit today. God bless you everybody! 😀


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Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

Chasing Nothing But You


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I just had to post this awesome song by Tauren Wells called Nothing But You (Feat. Davies). The song sounds amazing on surround sound and I pray that it ministers to your spirit today 😀 .


I think that we need to chase after God in the same way that He chases after us since He did send His only begotten Son to die for us so that we could have everlasting life. That’s a love that’s hard to come by; however, Jesus is the One who loves each and everyone of us in this way. Hopefully, we make it a mission to love people in this way. A love that pursues others without the fear of rejection, abandonment or denial. A love that chooses to love anyway simply because such a love has no strings attached. It is that Agape Love that will love you to the end. That’s the type of love we should strive to live for and learn to give to others who are around us.


John 3:16 [Full Chapter]

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It isn’t easy to love everybody (trust me I know!); however, when we strive to be like Jesus Christ as our standard, then we can achieve to demonstrate Agape love at His level. It seems to be a very difficult standard to reach but having said that though, it is not impossible for us to demonstrate it at that level because with God on our side, all things become possible. Can you imagine someone chasing after you in this way? God is worth pursuing since He already pursued us through His Son Jesus Christ. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today as it has ministered to mine. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Be Undefeated – Double for Your Trouble


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Today, I want to post this cool upbeat song to encourage you by Tauren Wells feat. KB called Undefeated. You know, in life you will face obstacles, rejection, failures, set-backs, barriers, blockages, discouragement and the list goes on and on with respect to the types of things that try to prevent you from moving forward. Despite all these things that we will all face at some point in our lives, it is your view of failure that will determine how far you’ll either give in to defeat, or press forward towards the goal without looking back at what tried to set you back.


In reflection of this, my favorite scripture comes from: 

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes, God gives us second chances to face our obstacles again so that we learn not to give in to defeat. We have the choice to mull around in self-pity, or we can choose to face the hurdles again and try to push forward and try again until we make it to the next jump.

When you pursue something without fear, you will be able to see and experience opportunities that you never thought would be open to you before. You want a promotion? Then be strategic and pursue it. You want to travel to a place you’ve never been to before? Then plan to go there. You want to connect to certain people you thought you’d never have access to? Then seek them out.


Matthew 7:7 [Full Chapter]

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking ] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Nothing comes to you by some “Fluke”... You have to put your faith into ACTIONotherwise, it is not faith at all. It’s one thing to pray for the things you wish to see in your life, but if you aren’t willingly or purposefully attempting to put your faith into ACTION, then you are just praying in vain. God has a way of directing your footsteps in the right direction. Sometimes, God makes things easy for us by simply opening the “Door of Opportunity” for you to go step out and do something. However, if you cannot recognize when God opens such a door in your life, you will continue to miss out on every amazing opportunity that comes before you, had you decided to step out in a leap of faith.


Do not allow FEAR or REJECTION to stop you from pursuing the promises of God in your life.

I know that for myself who has been battling a sickness for the past year, I faced many instances where I felt discouraged and almost landed in a place filled with self-pity…thinking “woe is me…why is this happening to me…why ME! why ME!!!!!????????”…. but at the end of the day, God has shown me that He has been with me throughout this entire trial. It maybe difficult to see how God is there for you when you are feeling alone and isolated in your ordeals, but God is indeed there with you every step of the way whether you believe that He is there for you or not.


JOb


When I think of the types of things I’ve been through, I think of people like Job in the Bible who experienced many attacks.


  • In Job Chapter 1 – Satan attacks Job’s character and he loses his property and his children.
  • In Job Chapter 2 – Satan attacks Job’s health; and his three friends – Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite all wept at Job’s calamities and adversities.
  • In Job Chapter 3 – Job deplores his birth and basically wishes that he was never born.
  • In Job Chapter 4 – Eliphaz assumes that Job has sinned in some way and that is why he is going through hell at the moment which, in fact, was not the case. Presumptions are dangerous! 
  • In Job Chapter 5 – Eliphaz continues to believe that Job is being chastened by God.
  • In Job Chapter 6 – Job complains to the Lord and his complaints are just with respect to the trials he is going through.
  • In Job Chapter 7 – Job cries out to the Lord stating that his suffering is comfort-less.
  • In Job Chapter 8 – Bildad, one of Job’s friends, assumes that Job should repent to God somehow because how else is he going through this hell if he hasn’t done something wrong to anger the Most High, right? Again, Presumptions are dangerous!  
  • In Job Chapter 9 – Job feels like there is no mediator to his cause. I think at this point he is feeling utterly discouraged and hopeless. Who wouldn’t be like this in this situation?

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  • In Job Chapter 10 – Job pleads with God to stop the oppression that he’s experiencing in his life. In a way he’s asking God to simply just punish him, or to end this cycle of trials upon trials and tribulations.
  • In Job Chapter 11 – Zophar, his third friend, urges Job to repent because in his mind, he believes that Job’s suffering is due to some unrepented sin(s). Zophar is also presumptuous, but at the same time, all his three friends come to the same conclusion because they cannot fathom as to why Job is going through such trials if it isn’t due to some hidden sin(s) committed on his part. Is Job really Blameless?
  • In Job Chapter 12 – Job answers to his critics by pointing out how their accusations are unfounded because they have not considered the possibility that Job is in fact blameless for the things he’s going through (look at Job 12:4).
  • In Job Chapter 13 and Job Chapter 14 – Job gives his despondent prayer to God.
  • In Job Chapter 15 – Job’s friend Eliphaz accuses Job of Folly. Clearly, his friends don’t believe that Job is in fact blameless for the trials that he is facing.
  • In Job Chapter 16  Job reproaches his pitiless friends. Honestly, with friends like the ones Job had, who needs enemies? He clearly had frenemies (friends that act like enemies) if you ask me.

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  • In Job Chapter 17  Job prays to God for relief. The fact that he still kept his faith in God despite the trials and tribulations he kept experiencing is just amazing to me. How many of us can keep it together like Job? Food for thought people!
  • In Job Chapter 18 – Bildad, one of Job’s friends, declares that the wicked shall be punished.
  • In Job Chapter 19 – Job trusts in the Lord God as his Redeemer from the trials that he is facing. How many of us can trust God to this extent, huh? I’m just sayin’.
  • In Job Chapter 20 – Zophar the Naamathite gives a sermon on “the wicked man”.
  • In Job Chapter 21 – Job gives his discourse regarding “the wicked”.
  • In Job Chapter 22 – Eliphaz the Temanite accuses Job of wickedness. With friends like that, who needs enemies? I’m just sayin’ yet again.
  • In Job Chapter 23 – Job proclaims God’s righteous judgments.

    Just because we don’t understand how God works, doesn’t mean that we ought to be presumptuous about the reasons why some people go through tough trials. Sometimes it isn’t because of some “hidden” sin that people endure tests, trials or tribulations. Sometimes, God allows us to go through such trials so that we can become more refined, more humble and gracious to others when such things start to happen in their lives. It also causes us to fear the Lord even more and helps us to realize that even when others mock you, God will never forsake you in the trial(s) that you endure to the end. God is always with you no matter what.


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  • In Job Chapter 24 – Job complains about the violence in the Earth. Even though he is going through such tough times, it’s amazing that he’s so consciously aware of the evil that is afflicting others during this time. This just goes to show you that he isn’t such a self-absorbed man with a “woe is me” attitude. He has the ability to experience and express compassion on behalf of others.
  • In Job Chapter 25 – Job’s friend Bildad the Shuhite asks “how can man be righteous?”. That indeed is a very good question.
  • In Job Chapter 26  Job answers his friend by explaining Man’s frailty and God’s Majesty.
  • In Job Chapter 27 – Job maintains his integrity.
  • In Job Chapter 28 – Job gives out his discourse on Wisdom.
  • In Job Chapter 29 , 30 31 – Job continues on with his discourse and gives his defense for his actions.
  • In Job Chapter 32 – Elihu contradicts Job’s Friends. Their accusations regarding why Job was facing various calamities were unfounded by Elihu and he sought real justifications as to why they had failed to convince him with regards to their arguments.
  • In Job Chapter 33 – On the other hand, Elihu also contradicts Job and basically states that there has to be some reason as to why God is allowing Job to go through all this hell.
  • In Job Chapter 34 – Elihu proclaims God’s justice against Job. I seriously don’t see how he’s any different from Job’s other friends. Isn’t he also presumptuous as well?
  • In Job Chapter 35 – Elihu condemns self-righteousness.
  • In Job Chapter 36 and 37 Elihu proclaims God’s goodness.
  • In Job Chapter 38 , 39 – The Lord reveals his Omnipotence to Job.
  • In Job Chapter 40 , 41 – Job responds to God and God challenges Job.
  • In Job Chapter 42  Job repents and is restored.

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Image result for double for your troubleIn Job 42:7-8, the Lord was ticked off with Eliphaz and Job’s other two friends for their unfounded accusations that they had placed against Job with respect to the calamities Job was facing. They were presumptuous about why Job was facing such tribulations and made fun of his situation by accusing him of having done something wrong to warrant all these calamities to befall him. It didn’t occur to Job’s friends at all that sometimes “Bad things happen to good people”. It never occurred to them that sometimes, you don’t necessarily have to sin in order to go through a series of trials or tribulations. Sometimes we face such things to test our character and refine our spirits to remain God-reliant not matter what the circumstances may be.


Job 42:7-11– And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; for the Lord had accepted Job. 10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[a] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.


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In this case, Job remained steadfast and believed God despite all of the stuff that he went through. His friends were not very helpful during this time and were quite ignorant about what was really going on with Job which should be an indication to us that sometimes when things go south in your life, your closest friends may not always be there for you in your time of need and may discourage you on the basis of their presumptions regarding what’s going on in your life.


Just remember this one thing no matter what: Presumptions are not FACTS.


In my opinion, Job’s friends lacked any sort of spiritual insight and discernment as to what was really going on with Job. Sometimes, your friends may even be the source of discouragement in your life when you’re going through ups and downs. In such situations, you have to maintain your focus on God at all times. God is the only One that is able to deliver you from these trial(s) so ignore the naysayers in your life who could be your close friends or family members. Keep your faith in God no matter what the circumstances you face in life, because if God can see you through it, then He can take you through it. Do not be discouraged nor dismayed. Keep trusting God no matter what.


Hebrews 12:1-3 (NKJV)

The Race of Faith

12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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.

The Discipline of God

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.


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Job was rewarded for remaining steadfast in the Lord as the Lord restored his losses and gave him “double for his trouble”. It is indeed Spiritual Warfare to keep your mind intact while experiencing oppression from all sides be it through the negative confession of others concerning the trials that you are facing, be it physical sickness, mental and emotional attacks that make you feel like as if you are losing your mind, including spiritual attacks that make your soul feel weary.

If you are going through such crazy times in your life, seek God all the more and ask God to give you double for your trouble just like Job had received even without asking. The main point is, that Job received double without even asking for it as a reward for his unshakable faith. We should pursue to have this type of Faith in our lives if we want God to bless us indeed. So for today, focus on increasing your trust and faith in God so that when you do face trials and tribulations, you will bless the Lord with your mouth rather than curse, and you will ignore people that want to add their “2 cents” as to why you are facing such issues in your life on the basis of their false accusations. Learn to ignore the negative reports of others and fix your eyes on Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of your faith, Amen! I pray that this song by Tauren Wells feat. KB called Undefeated blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀


Be Transformed to Win!


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Image result for positive attitude quotesI had to post two songs by Shonlock today to bless your spirit with encouragement. When I heard these two songs today, I felt quite excited because I feel like I’m in a state of celebrating getting my driver’s license back and celebrating my medical recovery from a viral infection of the brain – encephalitis. I have a lot to thank God for keeping my mind as I battle to stay strong to get healed from this sickness. These two songs that I’ve posted for today are both upbeat and may cater to a certain group of people since they are upbeat and would most likely cater to the younger generation; however, I’m sure they’ll both bless you today! 😀 The first song by Shonlock features tobyMac called Transformed. I just love the beat of this song and pray that you’ll like it too! 😀


You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.



The last song I want to post for today is also by Shonlock called I Like to Win. Right now these songs are my jam! I do like to win and it’s great to have God on your side when you face any battle in life whether it be medical, spiritual, financial, familial etc etc etc. Keep your faith strong and learn to rely on God in your time of need. I pray that both of these songs bless your spirit today! God Bless You Everybody! 😀


For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the worldour faith.


Tell Me Everything’s Alright!


Hello People!

Today, I want to post this cool song by Capital Kings called Tell Me. It’s such a cool song and I dedicate it to those that maybe facing difficult times whether it be financial, emotional, relational, familial or health-related problems. Just know that God is always on your side no matter what it is that you go through. Be encouraged and I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

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.

 

The Speck or the Log In Your Eye


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Today, I want to talk about the harsh judgment of Christians towards the actions of other believers with non-believers with respect to Tasha Cobbs collaboration with Nicki Minaj in the song I posted the other day in a previous post. In the Bible, this verse of scripture comes to mind from the heart of Jesus:

Matthew 7:3-5 [Full Chapter]

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

I personally don’t understand why Christians feel like they have the right to judge another person’s actions as if they are mixing light with darkness. I think that the song collaboration with Tasha Cobbs and Nicki Minaj was tasteful to say the least and yet people are up in arms thinking that it shouldn’t have happened. I think this is why many non-believers are put off by Christians who act with a self-righteous, haughty, holier-than-thou attitude and find that their actions are rather hypocritical of their belief-system.


Non-believers can tell who is fake and genuine by our actions.

Image result for speck or log in your eyeI think that when we encounter such criticisms from certain “Christian circles”, you have to be aware that you are coming up against the Spirit of RELIGION. The Spirit of Religion is a type of spirit is equivalent to the Spirit of PRIDE. It is a self-righteous, haughty spirit that lacks any elements of real compassion. It doesn’t know how to empathize with others because it is a master of criticism and cannot work together as a team. Such a spirit has a tendency of halting progress in new or major undertakings and special projects because it seeks to control the actions of others and nit-picks at insignificant things by blowing up such things way out of proportion.


It is an annoying spirit that causes delays towards other people’s progress because it seeks to control the actions of others with an iron fist/rod and cannot work with others in a team-setting. I say this all based on experience and can tell you that when you understand what it is that you are up against, you will be effective in terms of your prayer life and with your engagement of spiritual warfare when you are able to identify the key spirit that is halting further progression in your life.


Do not underestimate the Spirit of Pride and Religion. 

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Pointing the finger again doesn’t make you any more righteous


Just viewing the negative feedback and comments on Tasha Cobbs and Nicki Minaj’s collaboration is indicative of how the reactions of certain types of “Christians” operating with such a spirit would react. There is no sense of compassion or understanding or love with some of the statements made against the collaboration that it makes you wonder, “don’t some people have better things to do than to nit-pick on such insignificant things?”. Can’t they even see the good behind all that was done? Why focus on a person’s imperfect lifestyle if you can’t see that maybe just maybe you yourself might not necessarily be in right-standing by God’s standard on the basis of your harsh judgment of others? Who are we to say that God can’t use Tasha Cobbs and Nicki Minaj to glorify Him?

I think that as Christians, we need to be very careful about who we point fingers at so that when we come before God, there isn’t one pointing right back at you. Let us exercise this wonderful ability called grace and be compassionate to one another rather than placing wrongful judgments against people that are different from ourselves. We always need to ask ourselves in any situation: “What Would Jesus Do?”. I believe that God can use and will use anyone and anything for His Glory to be fulfilled. We as people and as “Christians” should understand that we are simply not qualified to judge whoever or whatever God wants to use for His Glory and purpose here on Earth. A person who is humble would understand this as a fact so let us be prudent and exercise grace and compassion the way God intended it. Let us rejoice when He uses the least likely of people to give Him glory. We should rather be rejoicing rather than criticizing, so my main point here today is that we need to be open-minded with whatever God chooses to do in order to advance His cause here on this Earth, Amen! 😀


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As Christians we should purpose to exercise Compassion, Humility and Love in your Actions, for that is what is pleasing to God in His eyes.


I want post a song by The Afters called Eyes of a Believer. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today.

You’ve Got Today to Live On Forever


Hello People!

I know I already posted a song for today but this one song sung by Blanca just had to be done today. It’s called Today. The beat is kickin’ and I loveeeee it. I pray that it picks you up if you’re feeling down today; plus, It’s great workout music!


The last song I want to post is by The Afters called Live On Forever. This song isn’t new but I still love it. I pray that these songs bless your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody 😀 !

I’m Ready For Overflow


Hello People!

praying emojiI was messaging a friend of mine that I used to go to school with when I lived in China, who lives in Texas concerning the flood that’s going on there because of Hurricane Harvey and I’m relieved to find out that she and her family are A-OKay! Having lived through being in a flood myself (You can read that story by clicking -> here), I know how much one can panic when something unprecedented happens in your life. It can shake your faith and make you wonder if you’ll survive for the next day if not even for the next few hours! Keep praying for the people of Texas everybody!


Image result for unconditional loveToday, I want to post this song sung by Tasha Cobbs feat. Nicki Minaj called I’m Getting Ready to encourage some people who may be feeling downI am aware that there has been some harsh criticism towards Tasha’s collaboration with Nicki Minaj who is a secular music artist; however, I think that people need to stop being so judgmental and really look at the heart and intention behind the things people do. Just because you don’t agree with someone’s affiliation with someone who is different from you, doesn’t mean that you need to treat such people with such disdain and disrespect. What Would Jesus Do?


Jesus treated everyone equally, whether they were Jewish or Gentiles. His love for all people confounded those that were pious and petty; whereas, those that received His unconditional love where able to reciprocate that love towards others in return because Jesus demonstrated a love that doesn’t discriminate between race, religion, creed, social status and background etc etc. Love embraces everyone willing to receive Him (Jesus). So as Christians, we ought to be demonstrating this type of Agape Love in all that we say and do so that people can know that the Love of God is for all peoples regardless of their faults and failures. This is the type of love that can reach all people because Jesus loves everyone unconditionally. I pray that this song by Tasha Cobbs feat. Nicki Minaj blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀