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Go To God: First and Most | Let’s Talk About It (Part 4)

Dear God, thank You for giving me another opportunity to create for the Kingdom. God I ask that You allow this to minister to people. Allow this to meet them, wherever they are. God let them know that they are here on purpose. God, You are never not enough. In every moment, for every situation all we need is You and that is all we will ever need. God help me as I continue to work hard to do the things that, I am writing about today. First and Most. May this be used for Your glory, to show to the world how much we need You. Forgive us for our sins, in mightiest name I know, Amen.

I just got into an argument with my significant other. I pick up my phone and pull up Facebook, because I love that they do not have a character limit. (I can say exactly how I feel and it can be as long as I want it to be.) All these thoughts in my head, I MUST GET THEM OUT. That will help me, right? Anyways, I start typing everything that we have been arguing about for the last hour. People will understand that from my side, right? Anyways, I add a little bit of how I feel to the post, even though I did not say it in the actual conversation. I needed to get it out though, that is all that matters right now. Even if it does not really help anything… at least I got it out, right? Oh well it is, what it is… I just posted it now let me screenshot it, so I can put it on my other socials. Wait… why do I not feel any better? Where are the likes, the comments? Why are people not sharing my thoughts? This was supposed to fix it, why did this not work? You know what, maybe I just need to pray about it.

Insufficient Sources

To be insufficient means to be not enough; inadequate. I am not saying that you are insufficient, but what may be insufficient is the source that you take your problems to. Depending on your social status, you may post things on social media and be met with people who agree with your side of the story. Yet, somehow though you were “right” you still felt the same. You may share your problem with your friend that agrees with you, but even when they agreed; you still felt the same. Your source did not offer peace, it only offered support. It gave you the support to feel “right”, but then you realized how unimportant being “right” is. You realized that the source you have been using is insufficient, so what do you do now?

The most important relationship that you can cultivate is one with God. The reason is that only God can be everything that you have been trying so hard to get people, social media, and other vices to be. Your partner may never be enough, but it is not because he or she does not want to be. It is because they cannot and are not supposed to be. Stop trying to place people, in the void that only God can fill. If you don’t do it now… that is okay, because you’ll soon realize that your source is insufficient. Some sources make you feel better, but it’s temporary until they let you down. Now you’re stuck needing a new source. Let’s do things differently. Gone are the days that we depend on others to fill us up, because we have realized that we come back the same or even more empty. Try Jesus. Not out of obligation, but because you have came to the end of yourself. You have been doing it your way and you know it is time to try something new.

Go To God: First and Most

Let me go to my pops favorite scripture, Matthew 6:33 (ESV) reads, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” In this Chapter from verse 25-33, Jesus is teaching that there is no need to be anxious about anything, when you seek God first. You do not have to be anxious about your next meal, about how you will get clothed, because God will take care of it all. Not only will God support, but He will also replenish. He will refill you and the things that you are needing. In fact, Jesus is curious how His disciples can see what God does for the birds and the land, and still not understand how much He will do for them. We serve a God that wants to do for us, what we cannot do for ourselves. That’s what His love looks like. He gives even though He knows that we will NEVER be able to fully return the favor.

Many time we do not realize how important the way that we initially handle our problems is. The truth is we will not realize this until we notice just how much we need God. Then we will understand that we do not only need to go to Him first, but we need to go to Him the most. Life is tough and we constantly face situations that will bring us back to God, but the question is will we go to Him first or will we try to handle things our way? He is there and He is waiting to fulfill all of the things that we need.

This week let us try to go to God in prayer, the moment that we feel anything; good or bad. As we learn to go to Him first, we will eventually start going to Him the most. Then we will feel the switch of reliance on ourselves, to full reliance on God. I’m not sure about you, but things in my life seem to work a little more efficiently when God has His righteous hand on it. My life seems to feel a little more stable, when I take my mess to God and not social media. Trust me it is doable, but it will take commitment. If you are like me then, you may have to break the cycle of running to social media or people in an attempt to be refilled. You may fall a couple times, but you can still do it! Do not give up on God and do not give up on yourself.

Can I pray for you?

Dear God, thank you for your guidance through this blog. Today through you, I have challenged my readers to try to put you First and Most. God, I know that they will need you to provide them strength and courage. Help them fight the temptations of doing things their way. God step in and allow them to feel Your presence over each of their lives. You have never failed and You will not start with them. God for the person that is battling depression, help them know that things will be okay. Help them understand that they are enough. God I ask that You place people in their lives that are their just to remind them of their worth. God there is someone who is struggling with abuse, both physical and mental. Give them the courage to leave that situation, be their peace. Allow them to feel Your love and warmth. God for those who are dealing with anything under the sun, remind them like you did in Matthew 6, that You got them. Lastly, Lord, I just ask that You help them put You first. If nothing else gets received in this post, please help them come to You first. Help them realize that only You can fill that void that they feel. You are the only sufficient source that exist. Thank You God for simply being God. Forgive us all for our sins, in Your might name I do pray, Amen.

I love you and want to see each of you succeed with God. I think one of the fundamental ways to do so, is to learn to put Him first. Until next time remember, Go To God: First and Most.

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The Dot Connector

Dear God, first I just want to say thank You. I want to thank You not for what You do, but for Who You are. God, You have been better to me than I deserve and the beauty is that You will never change. You will keep on loving me and that alone will always be enough. God as I journey through life, I ask that You direct my steps into Your will. One day I will meet You face-to-face and it will be such a joyous day. Until then Lord, cover my life. God I pray for those who will read this today and find a word that resonates in their heart. God step in and do what You do. God thank you. God today I pray that you guide us. God I pray that you help us find community. THIS FEELS SO GOOD… THANK YOU! Forgive us for our sins. For Your glory, amen.

Community according to my search engine of choice Google, is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Yet in a day that is filled with social distancing restriction, loneliness, and mask. It has become harder to not only find community, but simply be together. The beautiful thing about this is that we serve a God that specializes in connecting the dots. To be a Dot Connector, in today’s society is to be a person that is well connected. A person that is so connected that people trust their references, when looking for new networking opportunities. Again I want to emphasize that if you are Christian, you know and have the connection with the best Dot Connector ever. The G.O.A.T. of all Dot Connectors, Jesus Christ.

Collected Then Connected

To be completely, honest we are all just dots, though unique and purpose filled. We are floating, waiting to be collected then connected like one of my favorite arcade games, Pac-Man. What does it mean to be collected then connected? As you play Pac-Man, you notice that once Pac-Man collects the dots, you do not see them again. Once those dots are collected, they are all connected just from being collected by Pac-Man.

Let’s put it in terms of Christ. As a dot, we may serve a different purpose, but it is not until we are collected that we can understand the power of being connected. It is when we believe in Christ, that we become collected by the connector. In Romans 12, verses 4 and 5, you will see that we become one body in Christ, when we become Christians. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Regardless of race, sex or class as Christians under God, we become one. (That will be a tough pill for some to swallow.) We are collected through God’s grace, then connected by our faith. We are not collected to be separate. We are collected to be connected. You have to understand the importance of this concept to fully grasp why it is so important to be connected and have community. Jesus, God the Son connects us to God, the Father. Then through God, the Holy Spirit, you feel the presence of God. (Remember the Holy Trinity is the beginning of all things John 1:1. God sent His Son for us, that when we believe we will be filled with the Holy Spirt. Romans 8:9, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13.)

So Are You Gathering In His Name?

God promises to be in the midst of those that are gathered in His name. You want change, you want to be more like him, you want to feel more connected… then you may need to check who and why you are doing the things that you are doing. Community is one of the most important things that God gives us. My community helps me stay connected through sermons, songs, and Biblical truths from the Word of God. I trust that when we are together, God is in the midst, because I know that we come together in His name. We are not in competition for who is the better Christian, we just want to be better in general.

If I can be honest though, all of my relationships have not always been like that. I have had relationships that did not involve God. (The beautiful thing was that He was still very close.) This verse is about the intentionality of inviting Christ into every situation. God can be in the midst of your car ride with your friends. God can be in the midst of relationships. God can be in the midst of your talk with a stranger on the street or the bus. God cannot be in the midst of somewhere that you do not invite Him into. He knows, but God gives us free will.

HE IS THERE.

What Would You Do? One of my favorite songs of 2020 from Elevation Worship, Graves Into Garden project, focused on the emotion that we would have if God walked in to a room that we were in. At the end of the song, Zeek (Isaiah Templeton), sings, “He’s here right now.” As we gather in His name, let this verse remind us that He is here. God will always do His part. God will be there. He will not let us down.

2020 helped me realize that this verse goes further than the four walls of the church. In fact, it reminded me of something that Mrs. Margaret Hickman, used to remind us often in Bible Study and Sunday School: You are the church. After I heard and believed that thought, these lyrics gave me chills, “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.” These lyrics ring out in my mind, reminding me of how important it is to be connected to Christ.

Remember, we are collected then connected, by the greatest Dot Connector of all time, Jesus Christ.

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Preparing For Greatness (Joshua 1:9) | Devotion

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Dear God, I am entering a new season in my life. I feel it coming and I know that I am going to need You, more and more. Allow this post to bless others, as much as I know that it will bless me. Guide my fingers to type a message that could only be from You. God this is the beginning of something amazing. Through You, I can do all things. For your glory, Amen.

Greatness is coming. Will you be ready for it or will you have to watch it pass you by?

You are my strength, strength like no other and it reaches to me.

Have you ever felt as if you were waiting on God to come through and push you towards your “big break”? You feel prepared, you have met the requirements, and you are even above the expected standard. You have come to the belief that the only reason that you have not “made it” is, because God has put your life on hold. You have not taken it far enough to think that He is punishing you, but you are starting to wonder, “God, what exactly are You preparing me for?” He whispers, “Greatness,” but you cannot hear Him over your internal questioning.

God does not want us to live in confusion, yet He may not tell us everything that we need to know. He believes in us to have faith, just like we believe in Him to make a way. The most beautiful part about God, is that even when we have doubt in him coming through, He is still with us. God is the cheat code. God is the answer key.

Strength + Courage = The First Steps of Preparation

Strength is not always seen as an outward appearance. Most of the time strength is this internal urge, to do or be more. The type of strength that I want to focus on today, is the strength that gives you, the courage to take the first step. The one thing that is more important than having that strength and courage is: knowing where it comes from, which means knowing who it comes from. Psalms 28:7-8 says, 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trust in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. 8 The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.”

So, if God is our strength and having strength takes courage, then guess what? The first steps of preparation is actually believing that God, provides the things that you need to get started. The first steps of preparation is knowing that God is with us.

It is when we do not believe that God is with us, that we start to fall victim to our fears. I am not going to lie to you, when you are truly doing things without God… it is scary. You are constantly on edge, because of the void that His covering gives. His covering allows you the opportunities to start, to mess up, to keep going, to take a break and to do it all while being confident that He will match the vision with provisions.

In this moment, I feel that it is important to provide those who may need it an opportunity to get started on the right foot. Your greatness is coming, and I do not want you to miss out!

If you do not yet have a relationship with God, but you are feeling led to start, say 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.

If you said either of these aloud and you believed it in your heart. I would love to personally congratulate you and welcome you to the family. He led you to this post for a reason. He used it to open your heart and ease your burden. Never forget that 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. All it takes it just a little trust, in Matthew 17:20 the Bible says, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Preparing For Greatness, is simply the process of understanding Who makes you great.

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Faking Perfection vs Showing Progression | Let’s Talk About It (Part 2)

Dear God, thank You. Please allow this to resonate with people, so that it may mold their lives. Gone are the days where we let the pressure of being perfect weigh us down or distract us from our true purpose. Your Word, says that You use all things for those who love You. God help us realize that it is all being used for our good and there is no need to fake it any longer. For Your Glory, forever and ever. Amen.

When you look back at your life, how do you want to remember it? Would you want to remember it as a life that seemed beautiful from the outside, but internally faced turmoil OR as a person that was honest about their ups and downs? They both will have an effect on your life, but one feels like freedom while the other feels like a burden.

The Burden of Faking Perfection

This may step on some toes, but that is okay. To become aware is the first step of change. Faking Perfection can be one of the worst burdens to carry. It adds pressures to your life that only God’s grace is equipped to cover. You become fixated in developing the character that you are betraying. In return, you lose focus on the purpose that you were born to fulfill. Wait, you do know you were born with purpose, right?

I asked that question, because the devil tries to destroy, distract, and discourage us. He wants you to feel like you do not need God to be the best version of yourself. He is trying to lead you to your demise. That is the danger of committing your life to faking perfection. You are allowing the devil to take you away from who you are truly supposed to lean on. In fact, 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) You may not realize it, but the reason that you are faking perfection is, because you do not trust the one Who is perfection. You are depending on yourself to fix those things that you lack, which leads to the inevitable… NOTHING CHANGING! Yet as a person who once cared that people thought I was perfect; I know that even when nothing changes… I could trick myself into making it feel like things were getting better. Again, it all came with committing to the fake character that I wanted people to see.

Are you to blame for people wanting to fake perfection? Allow me to address the judgmental Christians real quick. You play your part in people feeling like they have to be perfect or they will be condemned. The church is supposed to be more like a hospital than a courthouse. Yet, when people walk into the church as they are, they are avoided or belittled, by you. Little do you know that your interaction may have been what they needed to not only feel better, but meet God. I heard something the other day from Jonathan McReynolds, he said, “As Christians we feel like we have to make Jesus more famous, but really our goal should be to not make Him infamous.” As Christians ask yourself, would someone who does not believe in Christ, see your life and think, “Man, I see how (insert your name) is living and if that is what being a Christian is about, then I am good.” or “Man, I see how (insert your name) is living and what he is doing, I really want to get to know Christ for myself.” Are you leading people to God or giving them a reason to stray further away? (Luckily for them God will open up their heart, but you could have been the spark… BUT YOU WERE TO AFRAID TO STAIN YOUR REPUTATION AT YOUR CHURCH.) I felt led to really speak up for those people who fake perfection, because they are fearful that they will be invalidated for being real about their journey.

Remember this walk is a journey.

The Freedom of Showing Progression

Showing your progression is not always easy. We live in a day, where people do not value the steps as much as they do the outcomes. Social media shows perfection, stunting, and the highlights of people’s life. Don’t get jaded in thinking that the highlights matter more than the moments of progress. Without failing, falling, and losing would any of us truly know what it takes to succeed, get up or win? As I have grown; I have learned the importance of transparency. There is a certain freedom that you get from being the authentic version of yourself. Guess what sets you free– 31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” — the truth. I found it ironic that this verse talks about knowing the truth, not telling the truth. It is when you know Christ, that you are free. So, it is in knowing Christ, that you are free to tell your truth. Yet, in this verse the people thought that the only way to be enslaved, was physical. Unfortunately, you can be in a mental prison, in a faking perfection prison, or in the prison of feeling like you cannot be who you were made to be. I have good news though, just by knowing and believing in God, you are set free!

Why should you be okay with showing your progression? Allow Romans 3:23 to explain, “23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The reason why, is because we all have fallen short. From the pastor to the person on the corner, from the jailhouse to those in church on Sunday’s for worship. We all have sinned and fallen short. The beauty of telling your testimony, is that you allow for God to get the glory. You allow for His power to be seen. You also get the devil off of your back. The devil tends to go after the things we try to hide (though there is nothing that you can hide from God.) In knowing that we cannot hide anything from God, who’s opinion matters most. Why do we still allow ourselves to fake perfection? Why are we fearful of showing our progression? How else can we expect people that do not read the Bible, to understand how great God is?

So today, let’s hold each other accountable. I have your back, if you have mine and regardless of that God has both of our back. Today let’s agree to start showing our progression. Show it even if it is only inside a notebook or notes that you stick on your mirror. Sometimes the person who needs to see your progress the most, is the person that stares at you when you look into the mirror. Once you grow past that, start publicly sharing the power of the God, we serve. Remember your testimony could be the spark. Also, let’s vow to no longer fake perfection, but instead give it to God. Allow him to fill those areas that you feel incomplete.

The Cycle of Faking Perfection vs The Transformation of Showing Progression

More importantly than anything that I have written, by chance that you do not have a relationship with Christ today, say 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.

Maybe you had a relationship with God, but life happened. Today is the last day that you will allow yourself to fake perfection.

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 either of these aloud and you believed it in your heart. I would love to personally congratulate you and welcome you to the family. He led you to this post for a reason. He used it to open your heart and ease your burden. Never forget that 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. All it takes it just a little trust, in Matthew 17:20 the Bible says,“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”