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!

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✌

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✌

Let Your Light Shine

​Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:17

What do people see when you’re in the store? What do they see when you’re at work? What does your family see at home?
I was in a retail store not too long ago, and I was there for a long time. As a matter of fact I believe I was there for about 2.5 hours. The representative assisting me was very pleasant and patient, and so was I. One thing I did notice was one store manager checking on me while I was waiting so patiently, and making sure all was well. I would tease a little about having donuts and coffee, but I assured the manager all was well with me. 

There were a few glitches with the process going through, but yet in still I waited patiently without any concerns because the sales rep and I understood we had all day. Towards the end of the process, the main store manager approached me and stated how he recognized I had been there for a while and wanted to make sure I was okay. I teased a little more about coffee and donuts, but I had to let the manager know that I had a very pleasant experience in his store. The manager went on to inform me that I can contact him anytime for anything, and we talked a little more and laughed.

See, your light has to shine no matter where you are. Is it shining with patience? Is it shining with compassion? How are men and women seeing your light in public?

Our light shining is not how well we preach, or how big our Bible is; it’s not even how well we wear clergy attire, but our light is how we handle and conduct ourselves in this world. So I encourage you to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Be Blessed ✌

The Problem Lies at the Root

Earlier in the month I wrote about the importance of hearing God in your brokenness. Now I am going to mention the root of the problem. When Moses encouraged the Children of Israel that He was going to bring them out, it was hard for them to receive the information through Moses because they had been in a place of disparity for such a long time. What we have to understand is this; before God brings us out of a thing, He will tell us what He is going to do, but He will also instruct us to do something else.

Usually when it comes time for us to move into a new place with God, He will instruct us to deal with some things which may be a hindrance in our lives in order to move us to the next level. Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint (oxford dictionary 2015). There must be a level of freedom in our lives in order to experience the fullness of God,

Things may seem hard for you right now, but it is hard for a reason. That reason is because we have pharaoh’s in our lives that do not want to let us go. Some of our pharaoh’s could be abuse; rejection; abandonment; alcohol; molestation; divorce; offense; lust; pornography; or the love of money. This list can go on and on. What we have to look at is this: anything that holds you captive is a pharaoh in your life. God desires all of His children to be free from their personal pharaoh’s. Pharaoh didn’t want to let the Children of Israel go because they were a huge benefit to him. Your pharaoh doesn’t want to let you go neither because it is using you to help build his kingdom.

In Exodus 6:11 the Lord spoke to Moses instructing him to tell pharaoh to let His people go. In verse 12 Moses responded like many of us “Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?” God will come to us and instruct us to deal with some hidden issues in our lives, and we will respond like Moses in a manner of defeat. He didn’t think anyone would listen, and there are times we believe no one will listen to us when we are trying to right our wrongs.

The Lord may have instructed you to forgive your father who has never loved you, and you may think it is impossible to do it, but God would never instruct you to do something that His grace can not carry you through. The un-forgiveness towards your father may be the very thing that causes you to behave in a way that is unpleasant to others who are in authority. The lust for other people who are not your spouse has left an emptiness in your heart that only God can heal. Even in this there is a root to the problem , and that problem could stem from many abusive and hurtful things that has damaged our hearts as children, or even teenagers.  As you read further into Exodus 6 God is still instructing Moses to deal with the problem, Pharaoh. As much as Moses felt he was inadequate to handle that pain, God was more than able to sustain him through the deliverance process.

As you read the next several chapters in Exodus, you will see God is instructing Moses to deal with the problem. Our deliverance lies at the root of  our problems. The more Moses dealt and kept talking to that problem, the more God kept showing Himself to be mighty. The more you keep working on the inner pharaoh that may have you in bondage, God will continue to show Himself strong in your life and deliver you. He desires to bring you into a place flowing with milk and honey, but we have to deal with the root of our problems. Once the root is removed, we will not have to worry about that situation again.

So, take a moment and ask the Lord to show you the pharaoh in your life that has hindered you from receiving the fullness of His love. What is it that causes you to react to people in an aggressive way when they say something to help you? What is it that won’t allow you to forgive a loved one, friend, or co-worker for a wrong you believe they have done? There are problems we all must face, big or small, but God is able to give us the grace to face the problems.

Pray this prayer: Psalm 139:23-24 “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.”