Living the Life God Designed for Us

There is a life designed for us by the Lord. That life has a pattern for us to follow in order to truly see the true blessings and favor of the Lord in our lives. Deuteronomy 28 lays out a pattern for the real blessings of God to be poured into our lives. Listen as Minister Crittendon expound on the Word of God about the blessings overtaking you. Be Blessed!

Are You Having a Tantrum?

When I hear the word tantrum, I think of a little kid in the supermarket having a fit because his/her parent or guardian will not allow them to have what they want. Most kids will scream, holler, fall out in the floor, or throw things in an attempt that their behavior will cause the adult to give in to their demands so he/she will be able to have what they so desire.

This reminds me of our body’s ability to tell us what it wants. For instance, you may want to stop eating a particular thing that you like, well your body is so accustomed to it that when you decide to stop, your body has a tantrum! You will experience a form of withdrawals like headache, weakness, or maybe even nausea. Your body is telling you that if you do not give me what I am accustomed to having I’m going to have a fit, and you are going to pay the price.

The same goes for our Christian walk. Ephesians 5:24 says, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Crucify means to put to death, and a part of 1 Corinthians 15:31 says, “…I die daily.” When it comes to us crucifying the things that our sinful nature desires to do, our flesh will not give up so easily. Think about it, when you decide that you want to go on a fast, every kind of smell enters your nose, and your body begins to have a fit for something that you know you probably wouldn’t drink or eat if you haven’t made a decision to crucify your flesh.

In order to be successful with this we have to make that conscience decision to mortify the deeds of our flesh (Romans 8:13). To mortify is to subdue (the body or its needs and desires) by self-denial or discipline. When a parent does not allow a child to have everything they want, they are teaching that child discipline. A disciplined child learns how to exercise restraint, can accept rejection, and knows they cannot have everything they want. An undisciplined child is quite the opposite. In a nut shell an undisciplined child will embarrass you in public. The Lord does not want His children to be an embarrassment to him or to themselves. This is why he tells us that those who endure temptation are blessed and will receive a crown of life (James 1:12).

So think about the next time you decide to present your body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1), that your flesh will have a tantrum because “the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would,” (Galatians 5:17) and “when you want to do good evil is always present” (Romans 7:21). Always know that these light afflictions (tantrums) are but for a moment, but when you continue to strive to be more like Christ, and not allow your flesh to rule over you, your desire to crucify those tantrums will work a greater weight of God’s glory in your life.

Until next time, Be Blessed!

Stop Fighting and Start Praising

After listening to a sermon a few weeks ago, I realized there is an improper operation of God’s Word. Let me explain. I have heard people say they’ve been fighting the Devil, the Devil is busy, and the Devil is on me to name a few. Now granted this can be true, however, these things should not be our focus.

First the Bible says, “Exodus 14:14 (KJV)  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” This right here informs me that when trying times come our way, we are not to run our mouth regularly about what the enemy is doing, we are to stand still and know that He is God. We stand still by seeking His face, and standing on his word.

In 2 Chronicles 20 three enemies came against Jehoshaphat and he sought the Lord and proclaimed a fast. In the last part of verse 15 the Lord spoke and said, “the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

The Lord defends those who seek Him, and walk upright before Him. Many afflictions are of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver us out of them all. This lets me know that within ourselves we do not have the capacity to defeat a spritual enemy, but through Christ we can do ALL things, and we are more than conquerers through HIM!

This brings me to my closing point. In the 21st to the 24th verse of 2 Chronicles 20 we see that Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise the beauty of holiness and to go before the army and to Praise the Lord for his mercy endureth forever. In verse 22 the scripture says that as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set up ambushments, and in the end of verse 23 the scripture says that they (their enemies) destroyed one another.

There are many places in the Bible that speaks of us Praising God will destroy your enemy (Jericho). We are not to fight the enemy, the only fight we are to have is the good fight of faith. We do this by standing on God’s Word, declaring it in our situation, and waiting for it to be manifested in our lives.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (KJV)  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Stop fighting and start praising. Praise should always be our weapon of choice because praise destroys our enemy. Praise the Lord in the midst of your testing time and allow the Lord to give you the victory and the spoils of your enemy. Until next time, Be Blessed!

True Revival

In order to walk in truth we must not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds so we can prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God

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A blog post @ insanitybytes22 with commentaries on revival motivated the creation of this Article. There it was rightly stated, “the hardest thing about building relationship is unlearning all the things you may have been told or taught”. In many years experienced as a Counselor, the constant ‘problem’ clients seek to remedy is the ‘unlearning’ of preconceived ideas about marriage, commitment, and love.

Too many expectations turn to disillusionment when the least little ‘crack’ in one’s foundation appears. As Jesus warned about building a house on the sand, life built upon any false belief system (no matter how slight) NEVER allows the fulfillment of desired anticipations – but merely regret. As with all interpersonal relationships, so also, our personal relationship with God is dependent upon TRUTH.

Lies and deceit infest people’s ability to fully trust, which causes suspicion rather than true love. The resulting lack of commitment is…

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Just Love

​John 13:34-35 (KJV)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another 

The reason some cannot fulfill this is because some do not know God’s love intimately. It is impossible to love others the way Christ loves us if we do not make a conscience decision to receive His love, apply it to our life, and walk in it. 

According to Hebrews 5:8 Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. We will suffer some things in this flesh when we choose to obey God’s word by loving others the way he loves us. This light affliction of loving others who we may consider to be unlovable, will work for us a far greater weight of God’s glory in our life

Our willingness to choose God’s love in every situation, be it good or bad, will allow others to see that we are Christ’s disciples. 

Make a conscience decision to walk in God’s love! Be His true disciple, and watch God be glorified in you!

Until next time… #beblessed✌

It’s Not About You

1a7ee85fea82dbf1eb51007dfd871ab8Here recently I was pondering some things the Lord has been preparing me to do. In my mind I was having a conversation with myself about financial obligations that come with what I believe the Lord spoke to me. In the midst of my thought process the Lord interrupted me and asked me, “Do you think this is about you? It’s not about you! This isn’t your ministry, it’s mine and I provide for what is mine!”

This of course was a great awakening and humbling experience for me at the same time.  This one encounter taught me that the work of God does not need our input, however, it does need our obedience.

This has shown me that many countless times over we as God’s servants begin to take ownership on things that do not belong to us. I have heard things like:

  • This is my church/ministry.
  • These are my members.
  • This is what we have to do to have a better church.
  • These are my musicians.
  • This is what I want to do.

1 Timothy 6:7 says, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

Psalms 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. “

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

These are reasons why so many ministries, and churches close everyday because god-will-ensure-my-success-in-accordance-with-his-plan-not-mine“we” have placed ourselves in the stead of God like Satan did right before he got kicked out of heaven. Anytime we take the approach as if something is ours when we have nothing to start out with, we stand the chance of failing tremendously.

God’s word says, in Isaiah 55:11, “o shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

All of these scriptures let me know that what God establishes will prosper when He has an obedient servant who is courageous and willing enough to build God’s Kingdom the way He wants it built. We see failure and loss in what we are doing when we begin to orchestrate our ways, thoughts, plans, and intellect into the work of Christ. 

Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Proverbs 3:5-8, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

I can give many more scripture to prove this point, but in the end we have to learn how to take our hands off the wheel and allow the Holy Spirit to show us how to drive in the direction the Lord Jesus has paved for us.

I encourage you this day to begin to pray and seek the face of the Lord concerning what He want to do in His ministry/church that He has allowed you to be the overseer of.

If you cannot take the time to seek Him for the direction of His church, then the work is about you and you alone.

If your services are the same week after week, and you have yet to see anything new, then there need to be some deep evaluation concerning the direction you are taking your ministry/church and begin to allow the Lord to truly be the leader of His church, and not just a figure head of the church.

slide_1Everything about the Lord has success tied into it. The church is not a business it is a living, and breathing work in which the Lord desires to see operating according to HIS plans and purpose. If you can begin to seek the Lord with all of you heart and obey all of His commandments, then your way will be prosperous and you will have great success.

 

Don’t be Troubled

​As I think back on the message I heard on Sunday, there is a part of the scripture that stands out to me; “Don’t let your heart be troubled.” This let’s me know that I will have concerns, problems, worry, or have anxious feelings about decisions. 

Though I may experience all of these feelings I am assured by God’s Word that the things which were written aforetime were written for my learning, that I through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Though everything around me may be filled with fear, and anxiety, I am assured by God’s Word that I have nothing to fear for he holds my heart in his hand. 
There may be turmoil in your life right now and everything and everyone may be gripped with fear, but you have assurance in God’s Word to not fear and to not let your heart be troubled. Believe in Christ! Believe in God’s Word and he will settle your heart and give you peace in the midst of the storm.
Until next time #beblessed✌