Honor

Honor

Lessons learnt from a teenage daughter.

I asked my teenage niece to write a piece for my blog and this is what she wrote:

I grew up with an overprotective mommy (she still is… not as bad now, but still is nonetheless). As a child I wasn’t allowed to play with the kids in my community. As a teenager I wasn’t allowed to go out with my friends until she met all of them and got to know them more.

Generally I thought she was annoying (she still is … Although now I think it’s kind of cute) and overbearing. I mean all my friends were going here and there, so why couldn’t I go? I thought she was stifling me with her overprotectiveness.

As I got older however, I realized different.

honor your parents

I saw that in my community some of the children I wanted to play with and be like were abusing drugs, having children and getting involved in gangs. I also learned and understood the term “show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are”. Trust me… No matter how much you claim you are nothing like your “friends”, you quickly realize that to stick around a certain group of friends you have to be like them or they won’t think you are cool enough to chill with them.

It dawned on me that she wanted something different for me. She and daddy worked so hard to send me to school, provide food, shelter, clothing and whatever else I wanted. She didn’t want me to make the same mistakes made by her and my daddy.

What she wanted

In essence, she wanted to protect the young clueless me; to grow into a woman of morals; she wanted me to become a strong woman of God. She wanted me to grow into a capable and determined young woman who can achieve anything that she puts her mind to.

With all that said, it really brings to mind Ephesians 6:1-3 which says “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” and Colossians 3:20 that states “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

These verses took on a new meaning for me… I realized that the Lord knows that sometimes (most often than not) our parents know what is best for us.

Another important verse is Deuteronomy 5:16 which reminds us to “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”‬‬

Please note that this verse didn’t say, to honor your father and mother only if they were good to you. I say this because, let’s face it, not everyone has parents like mine. Some persons have some really horrible parents. Still the bible says that you should honor them. I know what you’re thinking though, honor them?! After all that they have done to me?! How could I?! Why should I?!

You should because in the bible the Lord says to forgive. A very difficult thing to do, but at the end of the day the Lord says this to us because he knows how better off we will be once we do. Remember what HE told us in Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11)‬‬

In Conclusion:

Lastly for all those in the world who think that they don’t have a parent, remember that God is our Creator and Father to us all. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27).

HE is the parent that we should always obey. The one who always knows what is best for us, even when we don’t. The Sovereign Lord who as stated in Jeremiah knew us even before we were formed (Jeremiah 1 : 5)‬‬ and has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11).

Honor and obey HIM.

Prayer:

Compassionate Father, teach us all how to honor our parents even when we really don’t feel like we should. Above all, may we honor you our Heavenly Father and always live to please and glorify you. In Jesus name. Amen 

Cry Out

Cry out: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40:1

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Today the nation is crying out at the events taking place. Some have decided to go out into the streets to protest, others have turned to social media and the news to express their feelings.

How many have turned to God? Are we seeking him and asking for his guidance? Are we crying out and asking Him to heal our land?

Our God is great enough to move mountains and tear down giants. Call out to him and he will hear.

“In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came to his ears.” – 2 Samuel 22:7

Food for thought: Don’t hold the burden on to your own shoulders. Give it all over to God. Let him take care of it all for you. All you need to do is just ask. Pray and seek his wisdom.

Prayer: Lord hear us… our children, husbands, loved ones are being killed. Help us to heal and forgive. To wait patiently for your justice. We pray for the families and friends of not only #PhilandoCastile and #AltonSterling but also those of the officers involved. Hear our cries Lord and heal our land. Amen

 

New Book:

Silent God: Know why God does not answer

What do you see?

What do you see?

There are 7.4 billion people in this world. 4 major races. Too many nationalities to count. Approximately 6,500 languages and 195 countries (+1 if you include Taiwan).

According to reference.com “Although all races share over 99% of the same genetic material, the classification and division of races is largely subjective, and all races belong to the same species – Homo sapiens.”

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So when you look at your neighbor, the community, strangers or persons from foreign countries, what is it that you see? Think about it for a minute? What do we each naturally look for in others? Are we naturally subjecting them to stereotypes based on their color, culture, religion, background or conviction? Or are we looking for possibilities?
Today the spoken word was of the parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) and the mercy and compassion shown. In this story there were religious and cultural stereotypes but the Good Samaritan chose instead to look at the possibilities. This story has many characters in it…. Which one are you?

Christ uses our bodies to serve him in this world and HE has called us to go to different places and people at different times.

In this story the most unlikely character stepped forward. Does that character reflect you?

In conclusion I will ask again… What do you see when you see people; do you see first their culture, their background, or their conviction? Or do you see the possibilities of them becoming disciples of Christ?

Prayer: Lord help me to see possibilities in the people that I meet, to show them mercy and compassion. Forgive me when I allow human stereotypes to get in my way of serving you. Amen

The D Word

The D Word… A word that we all dread…
Brush your teeth.

Shower.
Comb your hair.

Eat food.

These are things that you do every day.

And we really do it without thought. It is just something we do every single day. I am sure there are other things you can think of that you do daily.

Well, how many of us would say then that we are disciplined in the act of taking care of ourselves daily by brushing our teeth, showering, combing our hair and eating food? Hmmmm or maybe it is easier for you to say “well it is just a habit”!

But you develop a habit by becoming disciplined in doing a certain routine over and over again. But yet so many of us don’t really like the word disciplined – the D word. Why is that?

For some it may be too regimented of a word whilst for others it may remind them of horrible childhood days. Whatever the thoughts towards the word we all have some form of discipline in our lives.

What discipline though do you show to Christ? Do you pray, read the bible and commune with God daily?

We want to be godly but yet we don’t discipline ourselves. Many of us inherently try to find the easy way out in order to avoid the hardship and struggle, and then don’t understand why it may only last for a short time but doesn’t stick!

The key here is that we have to train ourselves. In the bible, Paul encouraged Timothy saying “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.” (1 Timothy 4:7-9)

What motivates you to brush your teeth every day? Is it to feel fresh every morning, not to have bad breath or to ensure you don’t lose your teeth early in age? Whatever the reason, there is something that ultimately motivates you to brush your teeth daily.

So what motivates you to want to be a godly person? What motivated you to follow this channel and read this? Is it your desire to have a closer relationship with Christ? To go to heaven? Or is it that nothing else is working in your life so you are seeking answers?

Whatever the reason, you will only become godly when you devote yourself to a life of daily prayer, reading of God’s word and commune with God.

Seek the Holy Spirit guidance in your desire to be godly.

I encourage you to fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Yes, it will be a struggle and maybe cause some hardships in the beginning but your end rewards is far greater than any pain you could suffer.

World Issues

natural disaster - Godly Woman 911This world has gone mad! World Issues is skyrocketing.

No… Seriously it has!

Or has it?

Violence, war, terrorism, viruses, natural disasters, political chaos, inequality … You name it!

But my question of reflection is, has it gone mad or are we just now focusing or interested in it?

In the crazy hectic lives that we live, many of us have just kept on going with no care in the world because it is not affecting us personally, or we have the attitude that it is just not any of our business so we stay out of it! It occurred to me today that too many of us are thinking that way and not following the Lord’s instructions to pray for each other. To be compassionate. To give and show love. HIS greatest command is to love.

God is still in control. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that “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.”

So my friends let us unite in love and for the next 7 days pray for this world and its people.

Prayer for world issues

I will leave you with my prayer:
Gracious and compassionate Father. Divine Healer and Supreme Ruler. Please forgive us Lord for our disregard of your planet, your creation, world issues and your people. Forgive us for having an “it’s not any of my business” attitude. Forgive us for not helping the poor, needy, widow and elderly. When we look down at others we don’t consider our equals because of their job, culture, skin color, religion or background – forgive us. Forgive us Lord for expecting that everyone should be just like us and for not accepting their differences. Teach us Lord unity and love and remind us that we were ALL created in your image. Lord we know that in the midst of chaos you hear our cry. We pray for the families, victims, leaders and yes even the accused in these various acts of violence worldwide. We thank you for those individuals that have chosen to pray and unite in love instead of turning to more violence. Teach us Lord how to be better humans in this beautiful world you have created for us. Teach us Lord love, equality, peace and unity. In Jesus name. Amen

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The issue of marriages

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As I looked at my prayer list today I was excited to see that my prayer was for the newly marriage union of my best friend and her husband. Noting the issue of marriages of today, I was eager to support my prayer with scriptures for their bond. Only married for less than a year, my desire was to pray for love abounding, success, future kids and wisdom.

As I prayed for guidance in looking up scripture that would guide my prayer, two spoke clearly to my heart. The first was 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” And Mark 10:9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

As I pondered these two verses and reflected on Ecclesiastes 4:12 “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” I quickly realized that the Lord was leading me to not only pray for my friends but to pray and encourage others to lift up the sacrament of marriage in prayer.

For those that have been married, we know that being in this type of relationship isn’t easy and some of the best advice we can give is what I call the 4 C’s: Christ, commitment, communication and conflict (management). Without the first as the cornerstone, the relationship will fail and the final 3 if mastered, will bring to any union peace and success.

The statistics

After I finished my prayer out of interest I referred to the UN Demographic and Social Statistics Division for statistics on marriage to divorce ratio and noted that out of top 10 countries in the world Europe took up 8 spots with Belgium leading at 71%, Portugal 68% and Hungary in 3rd place at 67%. The USA was last on the list at number 10 with a 50% ratio. Amongst the lowest percent ratios were the Caribbean region.

Which led me to really think… “Why?” But I knew that I was asking the wrong question! It isn’t why? For that we could come up with a myriad of excuses, but it really is who is to blame?

And many of us may be quick to blame men, women, society, this crazy world…. But that is all wrong.

The bible tells us that Satan has come to steal and destroy (John 10:10). The devil HATES marriages and family… That is where we need to place the correct blame. And once we recognize that then we need to all fight! And how do we fight for all marriages and family units? We pray, read and use scriptures in our prayers.

Reflection: Join me as I pray for marriages and families. Let us people of God who are called together by his name rise up and fight with prayer, praise and glory to God. HE answers prayers!

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Who should spread the good news?

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The question of who should spread the good news came up recently and I truly wanted to share with everyone.

How many of you like receiving presents?

Big. Small. Shiny. Wrapped nicely in a box and topped with a bow.

In a discussion with a young gentleman recently, he noted that he was leaving our church because the pastor was a woman and he suddenly realized that we were all living in sin.

I had to dig deeper to understand what brought this on, after all, he had been raised in the church and during his lifetime of 20 years the church had only one male pastor (when he was a baby) and the other 3 were female pastors. He had started to hang around a new set of male friends at another church but I didn’t realize the vastness of how things were changing in his life.

Bible reference

The young man went on to state that Paul noted in the bible that women should be silent. I asked him if he knew where that was, he didn’t remember where in the bible and I quietly said to him 1 Timothy 2:12 and started to read it to him. He was very excited that I knew the verse and I asked him, “do you know the context of why Paul wrote this?” He didn’t really know so I went on to explain that in those days, women by law were not allowed to study. Paul did not want Ephesian women to teach because they didn’t yet have enough knowledge or experience. At the time, the Ephesians had a huge problem with false teachers, and these women were especially vulnerable to those teachings (1 Timothy 3:1-9) because they didn’t have sufficient bible knowledge for discernment of the truth.

Unfortunately this young man remained adamant in his belief that all women should remain silent. As he spoke I prayed and asked God for wisdom and to use my mouth as his vessel. What came out of my mouth next awed me…

“Who are you to put God in a box? Why do you feel you have the right to tell God who he should breathe the Holy Spirit in to teach his word?”

The young man fell silent. So did I. My eyes were filled with tears running down my face. My heart was full of love and compassion for this young man. Everything within me wanted to argue more for the Lord but I heard his next words to me very clearly. “Be silent now my child”.

Are you also putting God in a box?

There are many debates on this topic (women teaching) and in all things my Lord reminds me to go to scripture and read what he says. The bible clearly teaches us of women who prophesied, testified and witnessed. Some examples of these leading women included:

  • Priscilla who taught Apollos, the greatest preacher (Acts 18:24-26)
  • Mary Magdalene testimony of Jesus’ resurrection (Mark 16:10-11, John 20:17-18)
  • Elizabeth who was filled by the Holy Spirit and prophesied (Luke 1:41-45)
  • The Samaritan woman at the well who after meeting Jesus witnessed to the townspeople (John 4:28)

So who should spread the good news? We are ALL called to spread the good news: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬

We are reminded that we need to obey and take that first step in Romans 10:14-15 “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Also how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!””

Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from spreading the good news.

Pray and ask God to guide you.

There are too many people trying to put our God in a box!

Reflection: Go. Take those beautiful feet and obey HIS commands.

Prayer: Father, there are so many different reasons why I don’t want to go. Forgive me. Teach me Lord to trust and obey in all things. Amen.

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God does not care… Really he doesn’t!

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With the blood of the Caribbean running through my veins, I love the spirit of the Olympic Games and seeing our different nations compete. I also enjoy participating in sports including running. Now, I am definitely no Usain Bolt, but I love getting out there and stretching my muscles. What does this have to do with whether God does or does not care?

Interestingly enough the “rivalry” between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin got me thinking about competition amongst Christian believers. History has shown us how passionate Christian beliefs have caused strife such as the First Crusades to recent ISIS attacks. History also shows how we can become passionate and have long standing debates such as Catholic vs Protestant, God’s name or even whether women should preach.

Christians may also find themselves sizing up the “competition” in everyday living, discussions and church activities.

But what does God think about all of this?

“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;” Psalm‬ ‭147:10‬

So … In other words… God doesn’t care!

We love to spend time on “getting smarter” or “getting stronger” which is great if we are using it in love and for God’s purpose, but not when we think it’s ok to make us better than X (whoever that x or x’s are in our lives) with no regard for God.

HIS word goes even further to command us that “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12‬

The Lord only delights in our fear (reverence) and trust in him (Psalm 147:11). And when we do that then it allows him to do greatness within us.

Stop comparing yourself to others. Scripture reminds us that “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Zechariah‬ ‭4:6

Only God can make someone wise and have understanding. Only God can make the weak strong and the strong weak.

If we were to continually evaluate ourselves to compare against the life of Jesus then there would be no room for pride.

Reflections

Food for thought: Are you competing with someone in your life? How does your life measure up to what God wants? How does it compare to Jesus Christ?

Prayer: Lord, help me to always remain humble in you. To remember that my purpose is to trust and believe in your love. Amen

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Running away from God: Obeying God’s Call

It’s dark. The air is humid and you are afraid to breathe. The smell is horrible. It’s too slimy to move. Things are moving and touching you. You have no idea what it is. You are in no control of your movements. The world is swaying. You are trying to run away and you can’t. You are terrified! Sounds like a horror story for many of us doesn’t it? The same as running away from God.

As a child you may have heard a certain popular bible story, maybe not in such gruesome details but as you imagine the experience, you can appreciate the likeness of reality. This actually happened to Jonah.

A short book in the bible, the story of Jonah is about the main character (Jonah) running away from a mission set by God and how the Lord used a storm and a big fish to turn Jonah around. More importantly it is a great story of God’s amazing power, mercy, grace and love.

Are you running away?

You may feel that you have nothing to give in Christ’s ministry? Or that you are not good enough, can’t speak well, not educated enough? Or for some, their sins are too great or they made too much mistakes in the past.

Our God is one that grants second chances … And not only a second chance but always another chance! “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm‬ ‭86:15

Look at Jesus’ disciples before they were called to follow HIM; a few were fishermen, whilst other job titles included lawyer, tax collector and political zealot. In essence none of them were theologians! It was a crazy bunch of guys who displayed jealousy, anger, doubt, deceit and for some, even self importance. But, they became great men by obeying Jesus’ call, listening to HIS teachings, praying and following HIM.

What is God really asking us for?

All he asks of us is to trust and obey HIM. Is God calling you to ministry in some way? If you are not sure just pray and seek his word. Listen for his still small voice. You will hear him.

God does not call all to be a pastor but we are all called to spread the Good News. “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm‬ ‭96:3‬ ‭and “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark‬ ‭16:15‬

Whatever the decision, just don’t run!

Trust and Obey God.

Food for thought: Think of the blessings for others when God’s call is obeyed.

Prayer: Holy Father, we run and run away from serving. Thank you that you don’t run away from us. Bless those that have answered your call. For those of us that are weak, give us strength. That are quiet, give us a voice. That are timid, give us courage. All for your glory, in Jesus name. Amen

May God’s grace, mercy and love be with you.

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A lukewarm relationship with God

Do you have a lukewarm relationship with God? If yes, we are going to war!

You may have read my recent post on who really to blame for our issues and so today I want to reflect on what changed my life.

A must see movie is the “War Room” by Alex and Stephen Kendrick I would suggest you watch it! Trust me, it will change your life! It did mine.

As a result of that movie I realized that I had a lukewarm relationship and prayer life with God.

It was ok … Just ok.

But I have never done just ok in my life and I didn’t like it one bit!

I don’t want a lukewarm relationship with Christ… I want what David (noted in Acts 13:22 as a man after God’s own heart) had:

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”Psalm‬ ‭139:7-14 ‬‬

David certainly didn’t have a lukewarm relationship with God… It was burning hot and full of zeal and passion!

What are we fighting?

We truly are not fighting against flesh and blood but rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:12) So as suggested in the movie, I created my War Room with the help of family who designed it with love.

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You may not necessarily have the space for an inner room as we are called to have in the bible (Matthew 6:6) but our God provides … We only have to ask. His word tells us that we need to seek him first in all things and he will add to our lives. He also promised in John 14:14 that “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

I have created my prayer room and also developed my prayer strategy. And God has been answering prayers!

What can you do?

We need more prayer warriors.

There is a need for more Christians who desire to have a hot and burning relationship with Christ.

Most importantly, what is it that you want? Do you want a lukewarm or burning hot relationship and prayer life with God?

Food for thought: Create your prayer room today.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive our lukewarm and care-free relationship that we think we can have with you. May fire alight within us to serve and grow closer in our relationship with you. In Jesus name. Amen

May God’s mercy, peace and love be with you.

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