It’s Time For A Change

Dear God, this one is a little different for me. I pray that you give me the words to make this as impactful as possible. We are living in a time of confusion, but I pray that you allow this message to be a very clear sign that you are still in control. I truly believe that things are beginning to progress for my people. Give them the courage, wisdom, and strength to make our next move our best move. God you have brought us this far. For your glory, Amen.

Today is Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. Approximately 250,000 Texan slaves had no idea that their freedom had been secured by the government. This was two years after Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. At the time the country was divided, so states that separated from the Union did not follow the Proclamation.

Today, God has put on my heart to tell everyone that:

It’s Time For A Change.

Life is about evolving and submitting yourself to the purpose that God has given you. We all have fallen short, but God offers you the opportunity of repentance and a chance to “wash yourselves.” I believe that this verse is very essential to understanding the next move based off of the climate of today. We have protested, looted, cried, conversed, and taken many steps in the right direction of change. We have all taken our own paths for the cause of change, and IT IS WORKING. The world is unifying like never before. Just as this global pandemic separated us, the murder of George Floyd is bringing us back together in ways like never before. Corporations, churches, business owners, and people who you would not expect to be so openly supportive of the cause have made themselves visible.

The truth of the matter is, like in this verse, people have been forced to face themselves. So ask yourself, is there anything that I could be doing more effectively? Is there anything that I have done that I know is not right? Are there places I support, that support oppression? Are there people I follow, that actions do not align with the love that God wants us to share? Do I try my best to do good, to seek justice, to correct oppression? Do I need to wash myself of my evil doings?

As you answer those questions, you may begin to realize that it is truly time for a change. Time to change the mess that we digest, time to change the places we go to, time to change the time we waste dealing with things that are not going to positively impact our purpose. Once we realize this we must understand that it starts with us, individually. You can only impact others, after you have first practiced those things in your own life. That does not mean condemning those who are not doing the same, but taking that time to educate them. Just like you had to wash yourself of the evil and bad you have done, other may need to do the same.

A thought came to mind, while I was thinking about how difficult it is to wash yourself, once you’ve been exposed to bad things in your life. Imagine you have a cup of good drinking water. Then, you put a drop of bitterness in it. That one tiny drops makes the entire cup of water bitter. The only way that you could get rid of the bitter water without pouring it out, is to completely wash it out with the good drinking water. You have to overflow the cup until all the bitter water is out and then fill it up with good water again.

Though that process maybe difficult and drastic, many of the times change is. Yet, the process of change is not supposed to be comfortable or easy. There should be a moment of tension. The goals you’ve set, should be challenging enough that they lead you to the point of tension. The point of breaking down in order to grow. When I say tension, I do not mean problems with other people. I mean dealing with the problems within yourself, that are so tough to deal with that you might even have breakdown during this process.

THE BEAUTY OF IT IS, YOU DO NOT QUIT. WE DO NOT QUIT. WE PUSH ON. IF NOT FOR OURSELVES THAN FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. IF NOT FOR OURSELVES THAN FOR THE JUSTICE AND GOOD OF OTHERS!

I challenge all of my people, both white and black to first “wash yourselves from evil deeds.” Once you do that, please go and live verse 17 , “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” The change will be correcting those bad habits with good ones. To my white friends and family members, there are people of other races that need you to use the power and platform of your voice. Use it to be an advocate for good, for justice, because your voice could be used to help correct oppression. This may not be popular, but it is in His word. His word does not challenge a specific race, but it does challenge people to do good, to seek justice, to correct oppression. That should be all the conviction you need to stand on the helping side of change.

Typing this is not comfortable, but God is guiding my fingers. He is with me and this message needs to be shared. To my brothers and sisters now is the time that we also clean ourselves. As painful as our history is there are things that we are holding. As we continue to progress we will have to release the pain of those things. I understand your caution, we want to make sure that it is real this time. I warn us against allowing our caution to be what hinders the change that we deserve. We have to begin from within ourselves. Find the love of God in your heart for yourself, your brothers and sister, and also those who are trying to be allies for the cause.

Unity is not just all of us as one race coming together, but it is for everyone under the son (sun) coming together.

It’s Time For A Change.

Are You The One?

Dear God, thank you for meeting me on the side of that hill. You came to me and saved my life. I will never be able to repay You, but I will spread Your word forever. Today I need You to touch those who are around me. Meet them in their place of need and let them know they are not battling life alone. You have blessed me with this talent, thank you for entrusting me enough to make it a gift. You gave me something that I can give to the world. This is and always will be for your glory, Amen.

I am excited to be back from my week hiatus. It is proof that I will only move when God moves within me. I will never force content, because it will cause me to lean on my own understanding. If I do that, then it will be all jacked up. With that being said, I am back with a question that someone asked me a while ago, “Are You The One?”

When you hear that question, most people assume that it is a good thing. I did not realize that this person had been studying me and realized the things that I was dealing with. He realized that quite frankly, life was kicking my butt. Life was harder than it ever had been, because I had become separated from God. Like the verses for today, I was that sheep that strayed away and was lost in a unfamiliar world. I was alive, but literally doing just enough to survive. I know that, because of how different I feel now. See I grew up believing in God. Going to church every Wednesday and Sunday, but somewhere I had made a U-Turn. I was doing all of the the things that I was told not todo at my Christian summer camps and Wednesday Night Bible Studies. I felt so far down the hill that I figured God could not see me anymore. Little did I know how important my life was to him. I have great news. If you are feeling that way, just know that your life is just as important.

See we serve a God like the man in verse 12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” I can imagine God, sitting on His throne and seeing me begin to stray off. Yet, he waits. He does not come, because He understands that if he comes now, I will fight it. He waits until, I know that something has to change. Then He opens my heart. He comes down to rescue me from falling deeper down the hill of life. This is why I am so thankful, because He took His focus off of the 99, just to come save the one (me).

Now, you are probably wondering … how does this help me? Do you realize how far I have strayed off? Where is He? Why has He not come for me? I get that feeling. I have even felt it before, but let me ensure you that He is on the search. Just like He was on the search for a new King after Saul messed up his blessing. After reading the text, I realized that He was looking for something that the eye cannot see. The reason He choose David, is because He could see his heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

So my question for you is, Are You The One?
Are you the one that feels like there is no way God will come find you? Are you the one that wants help, but every time it comes you run it off? Are you the one that knows you should do better, but you still are doing those same things? Are you the one that fears letting God down? Are you the one that strayed away? Are you the one that feels attacked right now after reading those other questions? Are You The One?

See when the man asked me was I “The One”… even though I did not answer, truthfully I knew I was. I was afraid that God could not see me from under my pile of sin. I was afraid that people would judge me if I was honest about the things that I had done. I figured that it would be better if I STAYED LOST… BUT GOD! That was not His plan. His plan was for me to come back to him. His plan was for me to make connections with people that I never thought were possible. His plan was for me to spread His word. His plan was to use me in ways I never imagined. His plans were a million times better than mine, trust me!

So if you are “The One”, say this aloud:

“Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ.  I confess that I have fallen away from You.  I confess that I have sinned against You by backsliding away from You, Your ways and Your Word.  Like the prodigal son, Lord, I humbly ask for Your forgiveness for the evil I have done.  I repent and turn away from this evil life that I have lived.  I miss You so much!

I now recommit my life to You, Lord Jesus.  I just want to come home.  I want You to be the Lord of my life now and forever more.  Please forgive me for wandering and walking away from You.  I’m so sorry that I have hurt You.  I ask that my sins be washed away by Your Precious Blood.  I thank You for the price You paid so that I can be cleansed from all my sins!

Lord, fill me once again with Your Holy Spirit that I might live unto righteousness with You.  Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me O Lord.  I choose on this day, a new life.  As for me and my house, I choose to serve the Lord!

Thank You, Father, for restoring me into fellowship with You.  Thank You for the Blood of Jesus that has cleansed me.  Thank You that, like Peter, I am restored to fellowship with You and I ask Lord, that we would continue our walk again.  Flow through me to advance the Kingdom every day of my life.  I ask all these things in the Name of Jesus.  Amen and Amen!”

If you said this aloud and believed it in your heart. I would love to personally welcome you back. God’s grace and mercy never forgot about you. He led you to this post for a reason. He used it to meet you on the side of that hill of life. He loves you and has plans for you, that you have not even planned for yourself. Let Him use you. Yield yourself, so that He can show you the plans He has for you. If you feel that this post can help anyone, send it to them and ask them, “Are You The One?”

Fed Up.

Dear God, I was truly struggling to get this out. I needed Your help to calm down, but still write from the pain that this video caused me. A thought occurred, say what you mean and mean what you say. If I do that, then I can live with what comes after, but if I rob myself of that expression; I will slowly begin to lose myself. This is not written from a place of anger, but instead of pain. I am fed up with seeing my people gunned down, kneeled on, and murdered. I know it is not in vain, and I am trusting in you God. Please let this piece be effective, let it both open the eyes of those who are unaware and also convict those who look through a lens of hate, prejudice, and judgement. These words are not meant to make anyone comfortable. THIS IS FOR EVERY AND ANY ONE WHO NEEDS IT! For Your glory, Amen.

What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind?

Dear God thank You so much for the message that You have put on my heart. Please allow the words to flow from my brain to my hands. Allow this word to be a reminder of the importance of waiting on You. God, I believe that this message will be used to give people the reassurance that just because You have not showed up yet, it does not mean that You are not on the way. May You get the glory, Amen.

Thank You God for Conviction. This one is for me too.

What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind?

See I have made numerous mistakes trying to “do life on my own.” I have made even more mistakes thinking that God, was not aware that I was waiting on him… So I took it upon myself to make decisions. Some were life-altering, some were just bruises. Meaning they hurt right after those decisions, but that pain eventually faded. The worst consequences of my decisions, were the scars that I received. Those decisions that hurt in the moment, healed, but left a mark that reminds me of the pain that my decisions will cause me forever.

I believe that many of us are more like Saul, than we would like to admit. Many of us are making choices, thinking that God is not on the way and in return we are messing up our blessings. Blessings that are not only supposed to be enough for us, BUT FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS AFTER US AS WELL!

Don’t believe me, look at verse 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. This is what God wants to do for you, me, and anyone who will follow his instructions. He wants to establish a life for us, that will bear fruit forever. Like, forever ever. Not just your life, not just your children’s life, not just those who you impact life, but their children and their children’s children. (I almost quoted The Blessing by Elevation Worship) God really wants that life for you, but he also wants to see if you will listen or get in your own way. He wants to see if you will be David (the person God had already appointed) or Saul.

Verse 11-12, are very important to so that you have a chance to learn from Saul’s mistake. 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”

How many of us are losing friends that we thought we needed to live the life we are supposed to have? How many of us can see the enemy beginning to line up against us for battle? How many of us know that God was supposed to be coming, yet He seems to be running behind? How many of us are thinking, “I know He told me that He would be here today, but it is getting late and the people that are depending on me are getting restless. I need to move now or I am going to lose everyone.”? How many of us are so caught up on pleasing people, that we put God to the back burner? I promise you these questions could go on forever, because there is a behavior of “Saul’s decisions” that fits all of our situations.

These questions can help by using them to understand the mistakes that Saul made. Then once you have an understanding, try to make sure that you do not mimic his mistakes. If you are reading this story or any other in the Bible, without the hope of getting things out of it then… KEEP READING and I pray that your eyes will be opened to the messages (You did not think I would tell you to stop reading did you… NO WAY). Though, I challenge you to read the words in the Bible and see if there is anything that you can apply. As I have said in other post, “Put it in your spirit, so that when you need it; you can pull it back out.”

Now, I want to move on to the last verse. This was a huge pill for me to swallow. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” Once God has given us clear instructions, His Grace will forgive us if we do not follow them, but the opportunity may not do the same. Meaning that God will forgive us because of His Grace! BUT He may give that opportunity that was supposed to be your everlasting blessing, to someone who is obedient enough to follow the instructions to receive it. One thing that this can teach us is that the person is not important to God, but fulfilling the process as he seen it is. Therefore, maybe it will be wise for us to focus on fulfilling his instructions, more than the uncomfortable feeling that waiting on him may cause.

So, I ask you, What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind? I pray that you do not mess up your future and the future of your next generation like Saul!

Knock Knock!

Dear God, here I am. Asking to be used as a vessel for Your message. As I write these words, please take over my mind, my heart, and my soul that they convey Your word like no one has ever before. May this be a reminder for someone that You are trying to come into their life. God show Yourself not only to them, but continue to show Yourself to me. Thank You in advance for the plans that You have for my life. May You look down and be pleased with my life. For your glory, Amen.

Summer of 2019, I became worn down with the trials of life. I was tired of doing things on my own. I was exhausted from trying to be something that I was not. I was lost and in need of a life-saving change. I prayed a very different prayer to God. One that was as vulnerable as I had ever been with Him, even though he already knew my struggles. In hindsight it is a joke to even think that I was truly hiding something from God, but that was my thoughts at the time.

As the summer continued, a switch occurred. It was evident that not only had He heard my prayer, but He came to the door of my heart and knocked. He came to me at my lowest moments of faith, and refused to let me be alone. So, when you ask why I am on fire for God? It is because He not only accepted me; with my wavering faith, parts of unbelief, and doubt in both Him and myself. I realized that He saw not who I was in that moment, but the person that I am now writing these words. God knew that eventually I would be in a position of being grateful for how far I’ve come, but also focused on where He wanted to me to go next. I was so thankful that I let Him in. I was also thankful of one thing that eased my doubt.

His Grace Accepted Me.

Right now, I know there are a few people who may not want to admit it, but they need Him in their life. I know that you hear Him knocking and you are afraid. You feel that you may not be worthy of His love. You fear that you will let him down, like you have let so many people down in your life before. You are reading these words, and filling in your own problems and reason why He cannot love someone like you. There is no way that I deserve His Grace, His Mercy, and any of the things He offers. Look at those I have hurt and all the bad that I have done.

STOP!

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) How many people do you know love you enough to sacrifice their children? I will wait, because I can only think of one. This verse is why you should not talk yourself out of the love God is trying to give you. He wants to sit with you at the table at your lowest moments. He does not expect you to change overnight. He knows our short comings. (Romans 3:23) He knows exactly who you are, but He knows that first you have to let Him in.

KNOCK KNOCK!

Are you going to let him in? He is knocking on the door of your heart. Waiting on you to open the door and receive the favor that he has on your life. God is not accidentally choosing your door. Him choosing you is intentional; God sees something in you that you have yet to see in yourself. Now you’re asking, “How? Why?” It is simply, because He knows what is in your heart. See you are afraid that God will judge you like people judge you. You are afraid that God will shame like people do every chance that they get, BUT that is not the God we serve. (1 Samuel 16:7)

This moment gives me the opportunity to do something that is the sole purpose of why I started this blog. In Romans 10:9-10, the Bible says If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. I want to give you an opportunity rather it is your first or 100th time.

Read this aloud:

Dear Father,

I now believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son, that He came down to our earth in the flesh and died on the cross to take away all of my sins and the sins of this world. I believe that Jesus Christ then rose from the dead on the third day to give all of us eternal life.

Lord Jesus,

I now confess to You all of the wrong and sinful things that I have ever done in my life. I ask that You please forgive me and wash away all of my sins by the blood that You have personally shed for me on the cross. I am now ready to accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I now ask that You come into my life and live with me for all of eternity.

Father, Jesus – I now believe that I am truly saved and born again.

Thank You Father.
Thank You Jesus.