Be an Overcomer

God tells us through John in his vision in Revelation, that “the overcomer shall inherit all things” (Rev. 21:7)

How do we overcome and what shall we overcome?

The answer depends upon what the challenges are in anyone’s life!  If we don’t cave under the pressure of the challenge, we can overcome it.

If obesity is a challenge and our health begins to take a dive, we can overcome our infatuation with food by changing how we think about food.  Food should fuel us, not fill us.  If we take this attitude, we can overcome the challenge of being overweight.  If we exercise our bodies and our minds, we will see change in our eating habits.  What will we inherit?  Healthier bodies and lifestyles that will allow us to have long life–without undue suffering.

If sexual sin is a challenge and we are constantly in fear of dying with disease-ridden bodies, or devalued self-worth, we can rise to the challenge by changing how we view our bodies, our spirits, and our needs.  It’s called–self-control–especially when we are not married.  If we change what we expose ourselves to that leads to an unhealthy attitude towards sex, we’ll change what we do.  Change the television channel (and the movies), change what we read, change how we think of the act of sex (it should not be about physical relief), and learn to love self.  Most people get involved with “unhealthy sexual escapades” because of a lack of self-love.  We have to learn to love self.  When we love self, we only want the best for ourselves and those we say, we love.  What do we inherit when we overcome this challenge?  A greater appreciation of an act that should be reserved and exercised for those who are in committed relationships (marriage)–not one-night or one-event stands.

If any type of addiction–food, drugs, sex, theft, lying, gambling, abusive behavior of all kinds–is a challenge that needs to be overcome, change your habits, the environment, the people in your close circles, the places you go, the amount of money you keep on you, the way you see yourself as a person of integrity and a better understanding of how others see you.  Prayer and explicit action changes things.  You can overcome them all.  What do we inherit when we overcome these challenges?  A rise in self-esteem and self-worth, new friendships that encourage a steady path of overcoming, and a new respect of self and from others.

We can do all things through Christ who loves us–if we want to do all things well.  Be an overcomer and inherit all good things as promised in God’s Word!  Hallelujah for receiving the inheritance–all good gifts!

Fight Back!

Has life beaten you up lately?

When everything we attempt to do appears to be futile and nothing seems to work, we often tend to feel like we have beaten up and left to lick our wounds.

If you have ever been in a physical fight–you might understand this reference.  Usually, especially when I was a younger child, if a there was any type of conflict between two people, others gathered to instigate until someone threw the first punch.  If that punch landed on target, there was usually some pain felt and that pain ignited reaction.  That reaction led to other punches until someone stopped the fight or both parties were exhausted.  Sometimes a winner was declared and sometimes, it was a draw–no clear victor.

Life is a fight and sometimes–there are no clear victors–but we can remain victorious to fight another day.  How?  Fight the obstacles of life the same way you would fight in a physical confrontation.  I don’t mean go beat people up, but you when feel the pain of the first hit–fight back–react in such a way that whatever the problem is–let “it” know–you’re in it to win it–if not today, you will be back and you’ll keep fighting the good fight of faith until you see victory over all the challenges that attempted to beat you up! So what if the first punch knocked you down–get up, get up!  Take your fighting stance, look your opponent in the face and “strike back” anticipating another reaction, but ready to block it!

Nothing in life is fair and if we think it should be, we are setting ourselves up for failure.  Life is–however–what we make it–it is our choice.  Are you going to climb over, go through, go around or merely sit and dwell on the misery when challenges arise in your life?  Fight back!  It may not be easy, but it is possible, for with Christ–we can do all things, well!

Are you tired yet?

“And let us not be weary (don’t get tired) in well-doing (doing right); for in due season we shall reap (get what is due us), if we faint not (give up)” Galatians 6:9

I have probably used this passage of scripture again, but it warrants another look.

We are promised in The Word that whatever we sow, that is what we shall have.  So I encourage everyone today to “sow good seed” so that all you get back–your harvest–is good fruit.

If you have been loving the unlovable and nothing appears to be changing–don’t quit–sometimes it takes time for the seed of love to blossom and flourish.

If you have faithful in rendering service to others and it appears that the more you do, the more someone expects–don’t quit–the seed of service takes time, but nourish and watch it bloom.

If you have committed to helping others in their time of need, don’t stop–the seed will develop into an army of help when you need it.

If you have attempted to do everything by the book (The Word), but nothing appears to be working–don’t quit–God is faithful to His Word and His promises to us are “yes” and “amen”.  Your faith has not been exercised in vain–He will bring it all to pass.

We all get tired of doing the right thing when we see others “appearing to prosper” doing the wrong things, but that’s the appearance of things, not the reality.  The reality is that God’s Word is true.  Sometimes, we have to just water, and nurture what we have carefully planted in order to see the growth or yield and that takes time.  So don’t get tired and quit–just patiently wait–and we shall have what we have sown.

Rewarded For Works!

“…then He shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27).

Imagine that!  We will be rewarded–everyone of us–according to the works we have done.

When I was a child, I was rewarded for good grades, behaving in school, and doing my chores, without being reminded.

As a teenager, I was rewarded for doing things in school with the clubs to which I belonged, getting good grades, and still doing my chores (more of them) without being reminded.

As a college student, I was rewarded with recognitions and being on the Dean’s list, for doing my work and without being reminded.

As a young adult, I was rewarded with raises and promotions on jobs for doing what I was supposed to do (punctuality, integrity, and dedication), without being reminded, five days a week.

As a teacher, I was rewarded with–the satisfaction of seeing some of my students excelling and in knowing I was doing a job well (the rest of the students–almost 75% of them in public school–well, that’s another story for another time–found in If Parents Cared Enough…Johnny and Juaneshia Could Read, available on amazon.com).

As a writer, I am rewarded for writing a  good book–content with substance and for the most part–well-written, whenever people buy my books.

As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am rewarded every time someone gives their life to Christ and understands how much He loves them through my conduct and conversation with them.

As a child of the most High God, I have endeavored to do good works in promoting the Gospel and living according to His Word to the very best of my ability, always trusting Him, and expecting Him to guide, correct, love and forgive my shortcomings.

I am looking forward to the reward He has for me, according to the works I have done–“Well done my good and faithful servant!”

What is your reward going to be?

True Believer

We must know how to answer anyone who questions our faith!

Morning Story and Dilbert

This one is a true story of an incident that happened just a few years ago at USC (University of Southern California).

There was a professor of philosophy there (at the college) who was a deeply committed atheist.  His primary goal was for one required class was to spend the entire semester attempting to prove that God couldn’t exist.  His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic.  For twenty years, he had taught this class and no one had ever had the courage to go against him.  Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever really gone against him because of his reputation.

At the end of every semester on the last day, he would say to his class of 300 students, “If there is anyone here who still believes in Jesus, stand ” In twenty years, no one…

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From The Foundation!

How vivid is your imagination?

Can you see God creating the universe, sprinkling the sky with stars, anchoring the sun and moon in their respective positions to give us light and provide us with health?

Can you see Him scooping out the rivers and seas and building up mountains that we would have water and protection?

Can you see Him thoughtfully providing seed–for every flower, vegetable, plant and tree that we would have sustenance and shade and continuation?

Can you see Him insightfully, carefully, thinking about the formation of man–every vital organ in place doing exactly what He intended them to do that our blood would flow, cells renew, limbs would work, eyes would see, ears would hear, tongues move to speech and praise, digestion system process food, hearts would pump, lungs inhale and exhale air/separating oxygen and all we need to breathe?

Now, can you see Him looking down on all His work–knowing from the foundation–what mankind would do–to destroy everything He had made and yet He says–“It is good!”?

Think about your own life.  As much as He loves us, as much as He wants us to have all good things, as much as He wants to spare us misery, trials, and tribulations, He knows exactly when we will mess up, time and time again, but He loves us enough to provide us a way out–through Jesus Christ.  And He knows who will accept Him, believe Him, and who will reject Him–from the foundation of the world-and yet He was willing to sacrifice Himself for all who believe!

He has known from the time He envisioned us when we would fall and when we would rise again with wisdom and knowledge–understanding and insight as to how  to truly live for Him and from the foundation–He has never given up on us!  He is yet providing a way out–from all ungodliness and unrighteousness into a right relationship with Him. Open your heart and mind and accept what He has planned for you–from the foundation!  Hallelujah!

Help Me!

Today, O God, I realize more than ever before that I need You to help me.

Help me to understand that it is You who has ordained the events of time from the beginning according to Your divine plan.

Help me to understand that I really cannot do anything without involving You in my plans.

Help me to understand that if my plans and desires do not align with Your plan; I plan in futility.

Help me to understand there are some things/events that will occur that have nothing to do with me and I have no control over them.

Help me to understand that no matter what people say–You are the only person I can totally trust!

Help me to become more like You every day–more loving, more compassionate, more forgiving and more patient with others.

Help me O God to remember Your Word and to apply it in all things so I can receive the results You desire.

Help me to know that no matter what happens–I can know without doubting–You hear and answer prayer and will never allow those who believe in You and live according to Your Word to be left behind in a world of madness.

Help me to stand firm when promoting the Gospel–never deterred by what things look like.

Help me–this day and every day of my life–to always be ready to give You praise–whether I feel like or not!  Hallelujah!

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Under Construction!

“We are His workmanship.”

When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are recreated (spiritually), shaped and molded by God to do good works and to do them well, all to His glory.  He “works” on us continually, guiding us, correcting us, and loving us–no matter what–so that we can be the light–the beacon of hope–for the rest of the world.  His work in us and through us is continuous–we are always under construction–until we die.

If you think you have arrived–look closely–you just may see some parts of you have not been constructed yet.  Can you love unconditionally?  Can you forgive relentlessly?  Can you see the needs of others and address them?  Do you promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever you go and whenever the opportunity arises?  Do you trust God for all you need?  Do you have faith in His word to accomplish all that He puts on your heart to do?  If we cannot answer honestly, all of these questions (and more) with a “yes” we are yet under construction!

None of us are perfect–we were not intended to be, but we are to strive for perfection–God’s way, not ours.  So get your sign back out–“Project Not Complete–Still Under Construction!”  Don’t feel bad about it–you have lots of company.  In fact, if the signs were physically manifested in our lives–we wouldn’t be able to see one another for the signs.

Have a wonderful day–enjoying the construction of the new creation in Christ!

Which Key Do You Have?

“He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To him who overcomes will I give eternal life” (paraphrased Revelation 2:7).

The Spirit of God is speaking–through His Word and through those who have a right relationship with Him.  This can be seen and heard through those who know how to rightly divide (dissect/break it down) the Word of Truth.  It is time for us to get our collective “houses” (congregations/communities) in order, by telling people the truth–not as we think it, but as the Holy Spirit gives it to us.  This is why God is not going to honor our concepts of political correctness over godly righteousness.  He can’t.  If He did, it would make Him a liar.  The Word tells us that God is not a man who should lie.  The implication is clear–men will lie to promote their own agenda and say, “God is all right with that”!  Look how the enemy conspires to influence us against God’s Word–political correctness; equality in the things that God said were an abomination to Him–attempting to convince some that God changes His mind about what He has said.

How do we overcome to receive eternal life?  The Word says, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  The blood that was shed on the cross was The Sacrifice for all who “choose” to believe that He is and accept Jesus as their personal Savior.  Our testimony of God’s goodness, mercy, and love–aligned with The Word–not skewed with unbelief–makes us partakers of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and in promoting it to others so that all might have eternal life.  We cannot compromise God’s Word to be “liked” or “followed” by others.  We must stand on His Truths for they are the very foundation for our belief–not political correctness.

It is time–right now–for all who believe to stand up and say so, without fear or trepidation of what others might think.  After all, mankind does not hold the key to either heaven or hell–we do, individually–in our obedience to God’s Word or our rejection of it!  Which key do you have?

Installing Love

Something to ponder!

Morning Story and Dilbert

Tech Support: Yes, Ma’am…. how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart, ma’am?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running, ma’am?

Customer: Let’s see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a…

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