Open Blog to “Self”

Self;

I’m doing as well as can be expected today.  I went a few rounds with the enemy and, admittedly, he got the best of me.  Truth be told, I’m still a tad shaken up from it.  This always seems to happen when I’m ready to do what needs to be done.  The thing is that I am really trying to do the best I can with what I have but, there are those days…

See, I know what the task is and I know that there are days when I don’t want to do it but, I’m on a mission and I chose to accept it.  Some say that was my first mistake while others say “go for it”.  What do you say?  Do you really think you can handle this? 

This short excerpt was something that has been going through my mind for the past few days.  I think we can all agree that the same can be said for a lot of us.  Those two questions at the end are being asked every day.  That being said, when was the last time YOU asked YOURSELF those questions?  Was it last week or last month?  How about just this morning?  If you haven’t asked those questions then maybe you should.  Ask but be prepared for the answer that you get because if the response is negative, something needs to be done.  If your response if positive, great.  Just be sure to ask again in the future because the enemy will also know what your answers as well.  He works according to what those answers are. 

Until next time…

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The placement, the purpose, the promise

The Placement, the purpose, and the Promise

Genesis 32: 24-26

As the 32nd Chapter of Genesis opens, we find Jacob fearing for his life at the hands of his brother Esau. 

You will recall, Esau had been tricked by Jacob out of the birthright that was actually meant for him. 

This caused Jacob to hated by his brother and, on the advice of his mother Rebekah, flees to Laban

until his brother’s anger was gone.  This however, was not easy because the anger lasted longer than

Jacob had anticipated.  Over the next few years Jacob stayed with Laban, he had dreamt one night of a

ladder that had come down from heaven.  It was then that the Lord appeared to Jacob and told him that

the very land that he lied upon would be given to him and his seed.  We soon find out that this promise

does come with a price as Jacob himself has now fallen victim to the same trickery and subterfuge that

he had gotten him to this point in his life.  Now trouble is on the horizon.  Esau sets out to find Jacob and

so that he could settle the score that had been eating at him for so many years.  In light of this

impending conflict, Jacob divides his possessions, animals, servants into two camps in order to not have

everything taken by his brother.  

What is resident in this word is that sometimes, even by our own doing, God will allow us to be set in a

placement that will not only be uncomfortable for us to but, will most assuredly be

difficult to handle.  In other words, we are where we are and it is what it is.  Even after all of the events

that had taken place in his life; even after marrying two wives and fathering twelve children; even after

becoming very wealthy in every sense of the word, Jacob found himself in a placement where he was

all alone.  Many of us have been and will go through this same scenario.  Just when we think that we are

sitting on top of the world everything seems alright in our lives, just when we think we have it, as they

say, “made in the shade with a glass of lemonade”, and  just when we get to a point where we

actually forget what God has done for us, it is then that we are put in a position where no one is around

but HIM!!!  Just like Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:16-17:

16He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.

   17And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.

Not only will God place us where no one is there but Him but, there is always purpose for our

placement.  If we go back to verse 25, it says that:

25”And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the

hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him”

Jacob was definitely placed where he was mostly because of his own doing. He was there because the

decisions that he made had put him in a bad situationHe was placed there because there really was no

other place to go but, God had plans for Jacob and the only way to get him to see God’s ways are not

our ways nor are his thoughts our thoughts was to give him a purpose for his placement.  In other

words, God will place us in a position for the purpose of getting our attention!!  Jacob knew he was

there all by himself but he really didn’t know why.  Sometimes we come to a point where we really don’t

want anything from God but most times, in fact, AT ALL TIMES, God wants something from us.  That’s

why “the man” came down to wrestle with Jacob which in fact, was yet another special appearance by

Jesus Himself in the Old Testament.  If you notice, Jacob did not wrestle with “the man”.  In actuality

“the man” actually wrestles with Jacob.  He was there to wrestle all of the scheming, all of the deceit, all

of the trick and every bit of the slick that Jacob had and was there to take from him by any means

necessary.  God will get our attention in one form or another.  It may be the loss of a job and the

increase of debt, or it may be that loved one that we really can’t seem to see eye to eye with, or it may

even be the fact that we sometimes will not take God at His word but make no mistake about it, GOD

WILL GET YOUR ATTENTION!!!

Not only is there a reason why we are placed in difficult situations.  Not only is there is also a purpose

we are in the situations to get our attention.  But the reason why God needs our attention is

because He has a promise with our names written all over it.  If we look at verses  26 – 28 we see that:

26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

   27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

   28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

What these verses are telling us is that God’s promise is there for us but, we have to want to hold on in

order to get it.  We can’t sit back and wait for God to do his thing.  There needs to be some action on our

part.  Jacob held on for dear life because he knew there was a promise waiting for him.  That’s what is

required of us when we’re expecting a promise from God.  Sometimes you may go through a few things

and sometimes the road will get a little rocky.  The storms of life will come crashing and the hounds will

come knocking at your door. But in the midst of the struggle that you’re in and in the very pit of your

deepest difficulty, GOD ALWAYS KEEPS GOD’S PROMISE!!

The promise was that:

–          Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever

–          For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

–          For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

–          And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

That is the promise.  We just have to be ready to hold on in order to get it.  Just like the songwriter said:

Standing on the promises I shall not fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call.
Resting in my Savior as my All in all,
  Standing on the promises of God.

Be About YOUR Business

Good morning readers. It’s Friday and we have made through yet another week. I said that I was not going to blog for a few days in an effort to get prepared for my speaking engagements but, since I finished proofreading and editing for this Sunday, I felt compelled to post something today as I really don’t want to lose the readership that I have been blessed with.

I do want to send my prayers to all of the people affected by the tragic events in Haiti. Although I am not in a position to help monetarily, I know that God will answer prayers so that is one thing I am capable of doing. I ask that you join me in prayer.

Don’t let anything or anyone deter you from what you are setting out to do. That is a statement that has been very proper for me these last few weeks as I was preparing to speak. I am the type of person that has to really get deeply involved in what I am going to write about (this blog included), and there needs to be full attention paid to it so that I do not make a mockery of what I am trying to get across or to say or do. With that being said, I want to ask you, is there anything deterring you from doing what you are setting out to do? Is there something that is keeping you from losing focus on your goal? If there is then, we need to look at what that thing is. First, consider that no one else is as involved in your goal as you are. Second, not everyone is interested in what you have to say. Third, a lot of people don’t want you to succeed. Lastly, realize that should be your biggest fan.

No one else is as involved in your goal because, well, it’s YOUR goal. It’s your dream that you have to realize and it’s YOUR dream that YOU want to make a reality. Everybody has them but, only the one that realizes and accepts their dream is the one that makes tries to make it a reality. What the dream or goal is, is irrelevant to all but YOU. I love technology! It’s what I do for a living as well as a joy as a hobby. However, for every person that enjoys technology as much as I do, there are countless others that don’t or think that it’s segregated to the socially inept, as I was told by someone not long ago. The truth of the matter is that I love it and if they don’t, well, I think you can decipher the rest…

I hear from all kinds of people that “no one wants me to do this”, or “no one thinks I should be involved in that”. Who asked them? Really, were they really asked if they thought that YOU should be doing what you set your mind and heart out to do? If you did ask that person then you should be ready for these types of answers but, if not, again, please decipher the rest…

I’m setting out to do big things in my Ministry as well as in technology. I will do it and I will also be good at it, all with lots of prayer and determination. I love me enough to know that it is within my grasp so nothing will stop me…PERIOD

There you have it. That’s our Growth Moment for the day Until next time…

Break from the Blog but not from the Ministry

Good Afternoon:

I hope everyone it doing well and that you are staying warm out there.  I just wanted to let you all know that I won’t have any updates for the next few weeks.  I have two speaking engagements; one this coming Sunday, 1/17/10 and the other on 1/31/10 here in Tampa.  There is much meditation, preparation, and study that is involved so I am asking for your prayers.  This is only the beginning of the breakthrough that I asked God for.  I will keep you posted but, please feel free to go through the blogroll for some great reading.

All Roads Lead Home…

Hello;

It’s another cold day in Florida but the sky is clear and it looks beautiful outside.

I’m sure a lot of us are on Facebook.  Well, it’s been a year since I joined and I must say that it has truly been an experience.  Recently, I have reconnected with some folks that I grew up with at my church.  I’ve been a member since 1974 when my Father was called to Pastor it.  Since he retired in 1991 and went home to be with God in 2005, it seemed as if I had lost touch with a lot of them.  Well friends, I have reconnected with a LOT of them via Facebook.  It’s amazing how our lives change as we grow into adulthood.  No more are we the loud and energetic bunch of teenagers that were part of the Youth Department.  We are husbands, wives, parents, preachers, musicians but, more importantly, we’re all Christians.  Thanks to the foundation that was instilled in us by our parents, we never forgot where we came from.  The word says to “train up a child…and when he is older he will not depart…” . I can speak for myself and confess that I may have strayed from the path that was laid out by my parents, but I DID NOT depart. That’s what that verse is really trying to tell us.  Sure, we’re going to “try anything and everything that you’re big and bad enough to do…” as my current Pastor says, but you never forget that still small voice along with the instruction that our parents gave us to keep you from “staying strayed”. 

All of us are trying to get together for one Sunday this year so that we can worship right where it all began.  I’m looking forward to it.

Until next time…

Walking in a New Year

Good morning.  I hope you all had a pleasant evening and that your day is off to a great start.  The weather here is cold for us Southern folks but, I actually like the cold.  After spending eight years in the Army (and a few of those days out in the cold), one can definitely appreciate the warmth in any form.  However, I still love the cold weather for some strange reason.  I’m sure my northern readers are laughing at me saying, “that’s not cold where you are.” Well, that may be the case but, it’s cold here.

Ok, so we’re into 2010 and we’ve had our share of parades, food, parties, football games, etc.  Now it’s time to focus on what’s in store for us this year.  If you get a chance, go to Genesis Chapter 17.  This chapter talks about Abraham’s Covenant with God.  In short, God told Abraham that he will make a covenant between He and Abraham that he will make his seed a great nation and will bless those that bless him.  The key verse in this whole chapter is actually verse 1.  God told Abraham, “I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect.”  This is saying that in order to get where you are going, in order to get where God wants you to be, and in order to get the blessing that God has for you, you need to take a walk with God.  A walk can be described as an intimate relationship.  When you are with a loved one, taking a walk, as simple as it is, lets that person know that you have time to hear what they have to say and that you have time to share whatever it is that you want to share.  This is a good thing when it comes to God because, when we walk with him, he speaks to us in a way that no one else can ever do.  He hears our problems and he also lets us know that he has blessings with our names written all over them.  The only way to get them, however, is to WALK with HIM. 

Until next time…