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Thank You…

…for your prayers, support not only for me however for my family as well – always , especially during these past couple of weeks. I feel like I just returned from an intense trip.

I can sum it in one word – an attack from satan himself

However the Bible does say for us not to give the enemy ( of our souls – satan himself) any space. I gave him a crack via unforgiveness and he busted that door wide open.

Ephesians 4:26-27

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

I try to be conscious of any bitterness, resentment that I may be harboring in order to deal with it head on; through prayer, forgiveness, releasing it to God and then to keep it moving in love.

I was aware of a particular situation years ago, however , so many things were happening during that time, I was simply in survival mode and had to keep pushing forward; there was no time to stop and analyze it at the time. As Jennifer Lewis shared the other day in her interview on the Breakfast Club ” feel your feelings”. ( side note: that interview hit home to me in such a deep way that’s hard for me to admit, will probably hit replay several times before it’s all over, you should check it out if you already haven’t done so.) In all honesty, I probably wasn’t ready to handle it then, not strong enough at the time to handle it and go through the process of forgiveness.

This reinforces my belief that God does allow us to go through some things ( suffer) for the sake of getting stronger in order to gain the strength to heal. I affirm that the strength to heal is a prerequisite to the strength to love as Dr. Martin Luther King described in his book.

So thank you again for your love via prayers, support ( especially for my family ) and patience during this time, it really is coming from a deep heartfelt appreciation!

May God continue to richly bless you all! 🙏🏾😘

References:

Ephesians 4:26-27

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strength_to_Love

https://youtu.be/VEl1i75rlRg

It’s Complicated…

We have all heard that God is Love … however, how does the deity of that Love express itself regarding us?

God is the only judge…yet I see us as believers and non- believers alike wanting to step in to judge others especially as it pertains to homosexuals.

It’s complicated when you try to put it into perspective…

On homosexuality… it pains me to a great deal lately when I think about the hateful words and acts done towards homosexuals and/ or the LGBTQ Community as a whole ( Lord knows that I’ve been guilty, just one of the many things that God is dealing with me about). I have loved ones and friends of loved ones within the LGBTQ Community and it is really starting to hurt my heart more and more when I reflect on the pain that they may have experienced from ” church folks in particular” and society in general. My most sincerest prayer to God has been for me to be vessel for God to love through, and yet I find myself guilty of being very critical at numerous times to the LGBTQ Community in particular. My sincere apologies to anyone that I might offended in the past. Please be patient with me- He will always be working on me as long as I’m on this side of Jordan- sincerely trying to understand-

I’ve said for the longest and still affirm that God really does hate the sin but loves the sinner , especially as it pertains to the LGBTQ Community,

Based on my reflection on this scripture over the years, I’ve come to realize now more than ever before that we can never truly know what is in a person’s heart – especially what’s at the core.

We are all aware that for the most part people have two faces – the one that is shown to the world in general ( masked) and the face we have when we think no one’s looking and we’re alone with our innermost thoughts and God.

Psychologists place these two different faces into two distinct components of our personalities – the primary personality and our shadow personality. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201204/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-what-is-the-shadow

The movie “It’s Complicated” which starred Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1230414/) touched lightly on this inner wrestling that we all experience to some to varying degrees.

I firmly believe that the shadow personality is more indicative of our real selves, (our inner – beings)- our heart. And this is the component of our total personality that God especially responds to. It’s the nonverbal prayers, pleas, cries that come from the very depths of our beings that causes Him to become more attentive and lean in more. However, we as “mere humans” cannot see this component with our naked eyes – only God can.

One thing that I find ironic regarding this whole thing regarding bashing homosexuals is that there seems to be a segment of the LGBTQ Community that sincerely wants to please God by expressing their love for one another in a committed relationship i.e. marriage- and yet I see that the majority of their critics, accusers, bashers are the ones who are not in a committed relationship such as marriage- that they commit sins that fall under the umbrella of sexual immorality such as fornication, and adultery- yet they think that they can justifiably judge someone else- hmmm!

Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Some of us view pornography, lie, steal , are corrupt, greedy and so on. All of these are outward offenses that we can pick up in the physical realm, however at the end of the day… when it’s just us and God,

only God can discern and interpret our inner wrestlings.

Like I said – it’s complicated- but not really… simple choose to Love regardless–

Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 😘🙏🏾🇱🇷

Scriptural References and Resources

Rom1:18-32

Rom7:14-25

Rom3:23

Matt22:27-40

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1230414/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201204/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-what-is-the-shadow

photo courtesy of: https://fanart.tv/movie/22897/its-complicated/

A Moment that took 50 years to make

A Moment that took 50 years to make

A Moment that took 50 years to make
— Read on yoursuccessinspirer.com/2018/03/25/guest-moment/

Call to Prayer for Trump…so that all may be well for us all…

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Instructions on Worship

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This link to the New York Times article ( https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/us/politics/trump-chaos-trade-russia-national-security.amp.html) sums it up pretty well-

Trump is behaving erratically and that a very dangerous place for us to be.

Bottom line – his peace of mind = our peace of mind.

I am like Mary J Blige- ” no more drama”

I’ve had enough drama in my life to last a lifetime–I don’t want no more!

However, I realize that there’s a lot of us as a whole that do like ( if not love) drama hence the popularity of the reality shows and the drama that comes with them. And this weekend promises to provide us with plenty more… between the March for Our Lives and the Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) interview with 60 Minutes set to air this Sunday evening; just two headliners for this weekend – and who knows what else may come!

A lot of people are speculating and some are actually predicting based on a pattern and previous tendencies, that Trump will try to distract us from all of the drama that is centered around him and also causing him and those around him a lot of anxiety. We’re bracing ourselves in anticipation of some major announcements and/ or some more firings–who knows? 💁🏾

With everything that has happened up to this point – I and I hope at the very least – a handful of others – are concerned enough to put the aside the drama and seriously pray for his peace of mind. Like it or not- for the time being at least ( am I not trying to rush to have him replaced by Pence, as far as I’m concerned…the whole lot needs to go) – his actions DO affect us all!

So I would like to plea and strongly encourage you to resist the temptation to give into the fear and/or drama and pray for his peace of mind, this weekend especially and going forward. 😘🙏🏾🇱🇷

Scriptural References and Resources

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Instructions on Worship

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

1 Peter 5:8-10

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/us/politics/trump-chaos-trade-russia-national-security.amp.html

https://g.co/kgs/sBLvBf

Why Is It Important To Be Transformed By The Renewal Of Your Mind?

So that you may know the good, acceptable Will of God. ( Rom12:1-3)

Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

It goes to what I shared in the FB live post the other day ( see link below) about knowing the Word of God for yourself in order to know His will regarding direction individually and collectively.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Psalms 37:23-24

The Lord makes firm the steps

of the one who delights in him;

though he may stumble, he will not fall,

for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and shun evil.

This will bring health to your body

and nourishment to your bones.

God’s Word is His Will

As you seek Him with your whole heart. (Jer29:11-12)

Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

photo courtesy of :

the King James Bible.com: https://goo.gl/images/TPkiml

Enlighten Quest: https://goo.gl/images/CL5G7s

One Purpose, One Plan …That’s It!

God only gives each individual one purpose, one assignment for their brief time on earth. Regardless of whether or not the enemy tries to steal one’s purpose – he may come up with a counterfeit(s); modified version(s) but it can’t touch God’s original plan and intent for that individual’s purpose!

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

before you were born I set you apart;

I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ”

The counterfeit may look similar to God’s original plan/design; however if you look closer you can detect the discrepancies. The majority of the time – the counterfeit version will be void of God’s message altogether or incorporate a watered down version of His message.

Just like each individual’s thumbprint is unique, so too is each individual’s assignment/ purpose.

God uses an individual’s total personality- their thoughts, their experiences and especially their God- given gifts – all attribute to their unique expression that God initially impresses mon that unique purpose/ assignment before the foundations of the world and how it plays out( manifests) during the course of that individual’s time on earth.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God is an initiator and is proactive; He is NOT going to react by changing His plans every time based on the enemy’s tactics( stealing, killing nor destroying) – i.e. shenanigans. God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

One’s purpose /assignment and one’s person’s dream are NOT one and the same. Purpose originates from God- a dream(s) is originates from man. Therefore a person’s purpose will not change – however a person’s dream may change based on external forces , situations and/or circumstances.

Scripture References:

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ”

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

God says enough is enough with erroneous and false teaching! Seek the truth! Be blessed, stay awoke and empowered! 😘🙏🏾

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Some Clarification…on Prophecy vs Prediction

2 Peter 1:20-21

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

So recently a lot of increased insinuations (shade) has been thrown my way regarding my so- called predictions regarding the 2016 Elections… with the upcoming elections and all, I thought it was important to clarify somethings …

What is Prophecy? The Bible’s Answer

A prophecy is a message inspired by God, a divine revelation. The Bible says that prophets “spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”

I do not consider myself as one who predicts ; rather it is my heart’s desire to be a pure and true vessel for God’s use and ultimately His Glory.

Psalms 24:3-4

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?

Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

There are times when He drops a message on my heart to share, mainly warnings about what’s to come if we His Body ( Body of Christ) does not repent from our wickedness.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

So whenever I am sharing a message from God I just come out and actually say it- i.e. “thus says the Lord”, the Lord placed this on my heart to share, etc. However, I honestly DO NOT remember ever saying anything like this regarding the 2016 Elections. Like a lot of others, I strongly believed that Hilary would win because it made sense to me simply because of what I saw and how it aligned with the Word of God from MY PERSPECTIVE – clear line of Love (1Cor13) vs hate! Even if God was trying to tell me otherwise , His message had to go through a lot of filtering because that’s how strong my belief in Hilary’s victory was. Again, I never came out of my mouth and said “God said that Hilary would win” and therefore I repeat- I don’t predict- I am simply a vessel who relays messages from God (prophesy) as He leads!

Therefore, please do not mock God by devaluing His gifts to the level of mere predictions nor psychic capabilities among other things. I know that there are secular definitions amongst others who have erroneously equated prophecy with predictions; however that is simply not the case.

Ephesians 4:11-13

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

So Mika Brzezinka (MSNBC) and the many others – I hope this helps to clarify some things for you . If I’m wrong in anyway as it pertains to any insinuations on your part, my badd- however, if I’m correct in my assumptions regarding the implications- then please stop!

As always, I am always open for discussion. I do believe that we as a people should have open frank discussions in order to communicate, educate , heal and move forward!😘🙏🏾

Resources:

www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/Bible-prophecy

Photo courtesy of: A BIblical Perspectives

Thank you

I Count It A Honor to Suffer on Behalf of Christ

1 Thessalonians 5:18

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:12-15

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Thank you to everyone who prayed and are still praying for me, I felt your prayers Tuesday evening and throughout yesterday when I needed them the most. Some of you may be aware that I received a gut- wrenching attack from the enemy the other evening… I will not go into details now, still praying about the matter and manner of how everything went down in addition to praying for the grace to love and therefore sincerely pray ( intercede ) on the behalf of everyone that was involved…

… however, your prayers, smiles of encouragement and the overall warmth that I received really touched my heart! ❤️ Most importantly it encouraged me to the degree that I see that despite of all the chaos and ugliness going on within the nation, world today; despite the very tactics that the enemy uses to distract us from truly seeing and connecting with God– an increasing amount of you are starting to see things for what they really are! This truly gives me wind beneath my wings …

Some of you are still blinded – however, that’s okay- the love is still real and forever will be here for you. ❤️❤️❤️

So thank you again and please stay empowered and encouraged! 😘🙏🏾

Ephesians 3:16-21

A Prayer for the Ephesians

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Love, Power and Soundness of Mind

Soul Food Du Jour…

I was watching a guest on the Beat with Ari Melber ( one of my favs on MSNBC) and he stated that we ALL are basically reacting out of fear regarding what’s happening in our nation and perhaps globally. He tried to put a scientific twist on it by bringing the frontal cortex ( portion of our brains) into the mix.

I take issue with this as I see it as a subtle way to remain in denial of the truth as it is. If you think that I am wrong, I invite you to have a dialogue.

So this is my response…

…true believers do not respond to what’s happening all around us ( our personal lives, our nation and/or globally) out of fear; WE RISE UP…and respond in LOVE, POWER AND SOUNDNESS OF MIND ( especially in our frontal cortex) because we are being transformed on a daily basis by the renewal of minds ( via the Word of God) and presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, Holy as acceptable unto God for this is our reasonable service.

So please in your pompous attitude and refusal to accept the truth (spoken in love, power, and soundness of mind ) DO NOT try to twist it otherwise!

God is still reaching out to us all, and He is still admonishing is to humble ourselves and pray, to seek His face and TURN FROM ( repent) our wicked ways ( injustice, robberies, and wrong doings).

Peace✌🏾🙏🏾😘

2 Chronicles 7:14-15

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

Isaiah 61:8

“For I, the Lord, love justice;

I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

In my faithfulness I will reward my people

and make an everlasting covenant with them.

Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.