Speaking through the Silence


Hi Everybody!

Today I have a song from Anthony Evans that is soooooo awesome! It’s called Silence. Sometimes  when we wait on God to speak to us to show us where we need to go, especially when we need some direction we have to understand that sometimes God speaks through us in the silence. Sometimes the answer is so plain and so obvious that it can only be found in the quiet, in the stillness and in the silence. We are activity-minded beings that find learning to be still to be a difficult skill to harness when we are so busy in our thought processes and are impatient in waiting for the answer.Waiting requires FAITH.

When we cultivate a heart that is ready to hear even in the silence, that is when we hear clearly. So today, learn what it means to wait, to be patient, and to be still because such an attitude comes from a heart of faith, obedience and humility. The microwave society that we live in doesn’t allow for such virtues of faith to be cultivated because we want instant results, instant gratification and instant answers to our problems, but we are not of this world, we are Kingdom dominionaires. We are Children of the most High God and everything that requires a divine answer from the Heavenlies requires a special attitude of grace to be patient, kind, long-suffering, loving, humble, still obedient and faithful to the very end. Let this song minister to your heart today and consider that in the silence, God hears the cry of your heart and He is faithful to those who are faithful in waiting on Him to respond. He will never leave you nor forsake you. God Bless you everybody! 

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How Much Do We Love God? – The Fear of the Lord


Hello Everybody!

Spring is finally arrived and it is a glorious morning! Praise be to GOD! Even though it is kinda foggy out there, it is such a blessed morning because this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Winter is finally OVER! Somebody give me a shout! HALLELUJAH!!!!!! Ok…so that was my lovely outburst for today. I’m sure that woke you up but it’s sooo awesome!!!!  YAY!!!!!You must know by now that for all those that have been following my blog, I celebrate Spring more than Winter…and if I had the seasons in my way…I’d have spring all year through but of course God is the maker so I respect the beginning and the end of all these seasons. Phew…got that one off my chest lol.

So today I was reading a few Chapters from the book of Job this morning and what really got me going is how Satan kept petitioning God to test how much Job “Feared” the Lord. Let me tell you that God really loved Job indisputably because of the way he reverenced the Lord. Job was a humble man and a man of stature that made him in a way the exception to most people in the bible. His level of Humility is indeed much to be admired, but it’s not enough for us to admire it, we have to be an example of that level of humility too. This is the conclusion I drew upon after reading just chapter 1 of the book of Job.

He Feared God soo much that he would go so far as to burn sacrifices as a covering for his family just in case his family (in particular his children) had sinned against God. The man is commendable in that he knew how to maintain his integrity before the Lord because he understood that the FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of all Wisdom and fools despise such wisdom and run quickly to do evil.

Job 28:28
And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

Let’s read a bit from the Book of Job:

Job 1:6-22

Satan Attacks Job’s Character

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”

12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Job Loses His Property and Children

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans[c] raided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from across[d] the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Well, after reading that over and over…I thought to myself…How much do I really love the LORD? Have you ever asked that question to yourself?

Satan has no need to attack already “weak Christians”, and by weak I mean unbelieving christians because…if you don’t believe in God or lose your faith in God along your walk, then you’ve got to question…are you still a “Christian”? A Christian by definition means Believer of Christ so if you lose faith in Jesus along the way…do you still maintain your postion as a Christian? Seriously think about it.

I know what I’m saying sounds like a terrible question, but I have had a few attacks in my life that made me question my Christianity as a person and it’s NOT “if” the attack comes, it’s “WHEN”!

I have found that Satan typically appears when he recognizes the strong Christian, the steadfast, the unwavering, the one that FEARS GOD the most above every man. Such a Christian is someone he finds worth contending with. The key word here is WORTH. Measure your WORTH in GOD’s eyes. If you are a believer, you are worth contending with as far as Satan is concerned, but your Worth is only measured by your CUP of FAITH in Jesus Christ, Son of GOD. I keep saying in different posts, “measure your CUP”. If your cup is running on empty…then my friend, you need to reassess your life. If your cup is overflowing, then you need to enlarge your vessel for greater Glory because to much that is given, much is required of you.

God finds us to be of so much worth to HIM that HE sent His Son Jesus to die for us, how much WORTH do we find in our LORD JESUS CHRIST?????

Luke 12:48
But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

Job was a rich man prior to the petition by Satan against his life. When we go through trials, we must understand that our Character will be tested…it’s not an option, it is mandatory that our Character in Christ will be tested. Sometimes, the testing and trials will come like waves beating at each other one after the other after the other after the other until we are driven to a corner and at such moments the only question that we will be left to answer is DO YOU STILL LOVE THE LORD despite the TRIAL that you have just endured? Job went through it in Job 1: 14-19 so surely…who’s to say we won’t go through such testing ourselves?

Some people love what I call the “perks” of Christianity such as the Hedge of Protection, the Full Armor of God, Prosperity, Peace, Blessings etc, but they detest the TESTS that must come forth to shape us into the likeness of our GOD. Don’t detest the test because it is through this test that our Image is molded and crafted by the Potters Hands, our Father GOD.

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

Today, think on what it means to REALLY LOVE THE LORD with all your HEART, MIND and SOUL.

Tests will come but they are not intended to break you, they are there to shape you into what GOD calls you to be which is to be a son/daughter of GOD. If you want to be God’s People, you have to endure the tests. Walking with GOD is one thing, but the question is to what extent are we willing to Stay and Stand with HIM?

Friends, I say all of this with much FEAR and Trembling. I know that I personally dislike tests, especially the difficult ones I’ve had to endure….but I feel in my spirit that I had to say this today so that we understand that when we face difficult situations, GOD IS WITH YOU THROUGH IT ALL as hard as that may seem to be to accept. GOD doesn’t abandon His Favored Flock so just know that GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS even in the midst of the Trial. Satan would like to discredit your relationship with Him, but it’s up to you to prove Satan wrong in the midst of your trials.  In the end, to be a Christian means Standing with GOD through the Good and the Bad, much like a Marriage Vow. Don’t divorce along the way, remain COMMITTED and demonstrate your Love for God Today and everyday.

I have a song that is playing in my head at the moment to end this meditation by  Israel Houghton and New Breed called Breath into Me. Let everything that has breath, PRAISE THE LORD!PRAISE THE LORD! GOD BLESS YOU TODAY EVERYBODY!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Romans 5:2-4 (NKJV)

through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

2 Corinthians 6:3-5 (NKJV)

We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;

Ephesians 3:13
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 (NKJV)

God’s Final Judgment and Glory

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;

Proverbs 14:9
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.

Psalm 5:12
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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Missing the Point of the Lesson: Working Very Hard


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Hi Everyone!

I have a great reflection today that I’d like to share with you. It is about a Martial Arts student’s conversation with His Teacher. The story isn’t written by me yet again but there is so much we can understand from the story. Have a read:

A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?” The teacher thought for a moment, “20 years.”

Source: http://www.inspirationalarchive.com/1848/working-very-hard/#ixzz1lty9wDt6


My 2 cents for the Day:
As you can see, the Martial Arts student missed the point of the lesson. The whole point of the story was that the Teacher could see the weakness in his student’s Character. He can master the craft with great practice as he proposed but skill without mental discipline, preparation, and character will be like a person in possession of great power with no sense of boundaries and is one who lacks self-control. The Teacher could discern that the student would need a lot of patience to build not just his skill but his character to maintain the discpline of Martial arts.
There is nothing more dangerous than a skilled martial artist without self-control and wisdom that comes from perserverance and humility. It’s not enough to build up muscle without building up the wisdom that is required to discipline the mind to briddle this power that has the potential to harm even though it is intended to protect.
There is an african saying that says “hurry hurry has no blessing”, meaning that doing things too rashly to get what we want won’t always end up with the intended results we desired. We have to be humble enough to wait for the great things we can achieve by being patient and resilient as we prepare our mind, body, and emotions to master the Art of SELF-CONTROL with any DISCIPLINE. Being too proud and wanting to speed up the process of character-formation during the training process could end up with disasterous results.
With sound training we can potentially obtain the very things we desire but if we lack self-control, the consequence would be us being unable to handle nor maintain the achieved result in the long run because of our impatience and lack of self-discipline. The longevity of a thing we master can only be maintained through the discipline of our mind, will, and emotions through the practiced cultivation of self-control. The lack thereof will result in futility and a destroyed dream. It is imperative to harness the weight of wisdom that one needs to carry if wanting to harness great power for any discipline (Not limited to just Martial Arts).
We must understand that the focus on “working hard” is not only to master technique(s), but it is to also to work hard to cultivate the character of the yielder of the technique(s). True strength is measured by the level on ones Self-Control.
Patience produces the required skill to sustain the achieved end result, whereas, Pride is what destroys the years of effort and training . The lack of vision and understanding of this truth reveals how longevity can only be maintained when one understands the power that they yield within their hand. Such Power cannot be used to abuse others but is intended to build and save others, including ourselves through a cultivation of wisdom that comes through maturity and great discipline.


How disciplined are we?
 
Are we too impatient to cultivate a humble character that fortifies inner strength  gathered from practicing self-control?
What character do we want to cultivate when we want to achieve what we want to achieve? 
Ask yourselves these questions and reflect on your answers.

LAST NOTE:
Patience builds character, PRIDE breaks it, so inevitably, Humility is the Key to achieving great success.
Although this is a short story, this is what I got out of it. What did you understand from the story?
~~~ Marinate in this thought today.

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Going the Distance – Building on Perserverance to Finish the Race


Day 11 of 21 Day Daniel Fast –  How many are you feeling a phsyical, emotional and spiritual change at this half-way point? You know when you run a long distance marathon, there are check points for runners to grab water or a towel to pat dry their sweat. Is this where you are right now? Has this Fast made you see how much you can endure when putting pressure in the supernatural realm to evoke a change in the natural? This is the test of endurance. Endurance that is cultivated by patience and built up perseverance. This has not been an easy Fast at all for me. I have gone a full week and have started to see so many things I need to curb within myself in order to pursue the greater things that God has for me. My expectations are to grow with a heart that mirrors Christ and yet when certain things rub me the wrong way, it can be discouraging at times when God is doing a great shaking in you to purify your soul to reflect His image. How many of you are experiencing this?

Today’s meditation is about Learning as you go along the way when Seeking God’s face and stretching your ears to Hear what He has to say to you in this time of Prayer and Fasting. Ask yourself, are you ready to bear the weight and the responsibility of the answer that He wants to download to your address? Sometimes in receiving the answer, we cannot be idly satisfied of  just receiving it and not anticipate that there could be more work for us to do. Look at what happened to Daniel in Chapters 10 & 11. He didn’t just receive an answer, he received further instructions to prepare for what was yet to come.

Are you even considering that the answers you receive may entail more work for YOU to do? Are you even prepared to handle that? Those  are the questions that are in my mind right now. Am I ready? Am I really prepared to handle what God has in store? To be quite honest, I am afraid of what God’s plans are for me but at the same time, I want to have the courage and walk by faith into it and do it afraid anyway. You can’t afford to mill around your comfort zones because great dreams, great visions, great faith require great measures, great preparation, and great ACTION. This is what has been in my heart at the moment. “Where is God taking me?” is the question. Where is GOD taking YOU???? Think about that and circle back when you receive your answers. Consider it, Reflect on it, Pray about it and then Act on it.

Going the distance to finish the race entails that you are gathering a level of mental preparation to PERFORM whatever is required of you to get to the finish line. The thing you need to understand is that you are persevering in your Fast through prayer and meditation to achieve your goals in the Spirit so that they manifest in the Natural.

You Fast, You Pray and then there is another step that accompanies these things which you have to prepare to do and that is You ACT. When YOU know better (after receiving revelation, answers etc) YOU DO better by acting on what YOU now KNOW (James 4:17).

Another thing you should understand is, that there is indeed more work required of you after the Fast has ended. So suffer no delusions my friends and family; PREPARE to Work,  PREPARE to Endure, PREPARE to Persevere, PREPARE yourself to put into action ALL the things you learned during the Daniel Fast in practical ways in your life.  Faith without works is DEAD (James 2:14). Remember, what I said in my earlier Post, Don’t do this Fast in Vain. Keep expecting a Change within to manifest a Change throughout.  Stay Blessed everybody.

 

Scriptures to Meditate

1 Thessalonians 1:3
remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

James 2:14
[ Faith Without Works Is Dead ] What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

James 2:18
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

 James 2:20
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Luke 9:62

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

James 4:17
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Romans 4:2-3

2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

2 Corinthians 12:12
Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.

Ephesians 6:18
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

James 5:11
Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

1 Peter 1:5-7

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

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