The Pendulum Swings

As I sat in the living room area, on my comfortable rocking chair, the thought “A Pendulum swings” came and lingered in my mind. I recall speaking out load, but really to myself, “this sounds like a topic to write about”. However, I wasn’t fully understanding the why concerning the Pendulum. Days later, the thought came to my recollection about this beautiful grandfather clock that I used to own and I fondly remembered my appreciation for its beauty and how it decorated my high rise New York apartment long ago.  A sort of melancholy came over me as I went back to that day and memories began to stream across my mind flooding my thoughts.  Memories long forgotten and yet, still had the capability to bring tears to my eyes. Not all bad but not all good.  Yet the one memory I could not erase, was the one which in a moment of despair had led me to rid myself of my Grandfather clock.

My father was living with us at the time.  He had suffered what was then termed a cardio vascular accident which today is called a stroke-while residing in Puerto Rico-during hurricane Hugo. This disaster not only caused the destruction of his house, but also brought with it the onset of dementia among other medical complications.  Suddenly, all the beautiful memories of my father were quickly erasing from my mind.  I no longer heard his prayers early in the morning.  Something had changed in my father.  He was confused in his mind, unable to put thoughts in perspective, hold a conversation or laugh, as I recalled. My father had gone from a praying man to what I perceived as an angry man through no will of his own. Unable to understand his illness, I confused his involuntary and irrational behavior as anger.  A behavior produced in my father due to an inability to sort out what was happening in his mind. I remembered hearing someone say that people with “dementia become what they always were”.  This statement implied that my father had been an angry person throughout his life span, my youth and adulthood years. No! I would and could not accept that.  Not of my father and certainly not when I recalled the countless nights I woke to see my beloved father standing over me or at the window Sile, with hands lifted high calling God in prayer on my behalf and that of the family.  As far as I was concerned, that was a fallacy intended to tarnish the wonderful memories of my earthly father.  Especially, when I new from scripture that,”God gives us a sound mind”.

Yet, on one normal sunny day, as my daughter and grandchild played around my beautiful Clock with its Pendulum swinging, the tall structure hit the floor.  It sounded as if the ceiling had caved in.  The clock barely missing my father.  It all happened so quickly. I did not see the clock fall, my father could not speak to explain what had occurred and the girls were not about to tell on themselves.  I looked at my father and all I could see were his eyes trying to express what had taken place.  In my finite mind, I could not even remotely think that one of the girls had accidentally caused this huge structure to fall as it did. My first and only conclusion was that my father had become angry at the girls and pushed the clock to the floor.  I would later discovere, that it had been my granddaughter who had (while standing on the back of the coach) put her hand behind the clock and; as she and my daughter, both six at the time, slipped to the seat of the coach, caused the clock to tilt.

At the time, however, all I could see was my clock lying on the floor.  My father stood to its right and the girls to its left, as I stood in shock front and center. In a rush of anger, I wrongly assessed the situation.  Thinking that my father had caused this incident, I failed to capture the bigger picture of what could have been a fatal accident, were it not for the grace of God.  In retrospect, I failed to read my fathers eyes.  For one moment, that I will forever regret, I forgot that my father, a man that prayed so tenderly for me as a child could have tilted that clock in anger.  Regardless of what man perceived about the effects of dementia, or even in defiance to medical interpretation, I should have known that it could not have been my father.  A sad memory that still lives on in my heart and mind.

In my own heat of what I can now recognize as anger, I pushed the clock into the hall to later discard.  As is the case in many episodes of anger which come and are gone in an instant, so was mine.  As soon as I reflected on the situation, I ran back to the hall to retrieve the clock outside my door, only to find that it was gone. Just that quick.  A neighbor, I assumed, had taken my clock to decorate their home. In my fleeing moment of anger and misunderstanding, I not only judged and wrongly assessed the situation, but I threw away my prized grandfather clock which I still miss. Yet more importantly, I will forever remember the look in my father’s eyes and the impression I may have left in his heart. Though he never spoke, my actions in removing the clock, (that could have easily been repaired and the Pendulum re-calibrated) spoke volumes.

So if you’re wondering what all this has to do with my title “The Pendulum Swinging”, allow me to explain.  Many times the situations we experience come our way to help us gain insight. They are designed, to help us mature, expand our thinking and take corrective measures that will improve our lives. Depending on the situation, the outcome may not necessarily go in the direction we think or even bring about immediate change.

As the Pendulum on a clock that “hangs from its fixed point allowing it to swing from one end going past its center and on to the other side”, with nerve racking, slow, yet consistent motion- aimed at “regulating the mechanism of the clock”, such are our lives.  At least such was mine.  Instead of focusing my attention on what could have happened, such as my father or children being crushed under the weight of that enormous heavy clock, or looking for a remedy to the situation at hand, I turned my attention to the lose of what I perceived to be my prized possession.  Not recognizing, that my most valued possessions were right before me.  You may wonder why such a reaction and I can only assess, in retrospect, that I allowed my emotions, pride, possibly my love for materialistic commodities, poor judgment and yes anger to cause in me a total lose of control.

The bible tells us in the book of James chapter 1 vs 19 that the Lord instructs every man, to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger”. Unfortunately for me, I did not have that revelation back then.  Instead of being slow to anger, I was quick to react.  So now that years have passed since that day.  My father has gone to be with the Lord.  My girls are grown, and yet the long forgotten incident returns as a reminder of that day and I find myself contemplating on what, could have been.  Though many thoughts come to mind, in hind site, of course-but a reminder non the less; I cannot change the past.  All I can do is reflect and seek to correct my present thus avoiding the pitfalls of the future.  It is as if that Pendulum was suspended in time and now swings my way again to remind me of an incident I had long forgotten and pushed deep into my unconscious mind.

So now that I am much older and a little bit wiser, having been rescued from the ills of a Godless life, I feel the gentle touch of my Lord saying-It is time to heal and forgive yourself.  The God I meet with daily in prayer, is full of love, grace, mercy and compassion.  What we cannot accomplish ourselves, is quickly resolved by Him.  When we can’t forgive ourselves, God gives us the grace and wisdom to accomplish it through him.  I have to believe that the Lord, in His power came to softly remind me, stirring in me emotions for the sole purpose of seeking to heal and deliver me from pent up feelings and hidden shadows that only linger to keep me locked in past pain and hurts. Do I experience flairs of anger? Absolutely.  The difference today is that I know a God that I can go to in prayer and His peace that by far surpasses my understanding, is always there to ease my anxiety.  My God is in control and gives me access to his grace by which I can deal with life’s challenging moments.

And so, as the pendulum swung once again-stirring up memories long forgotten the Lord came in his wisdom to lovingly heal and remind me that I must be swift to hear, slow to speak and yes; much slower to anger.  I have and want no other recourse but to thank my God for his wisdom, love, and understanding of me.  The Lord-God is savior, teacher, friend, author and perfecter of my faith.

I dare ask, what thought patterns of behavior, inconsistencies or past memories long forgotten but haunting would your Pendulum reveal about your past?   For this cause , I lovingly suggest that you allow God to take you back through the paths of your mind and reveal those broken places for healing to begin.  God can and will do it for you, just as he did it for me, if you would just let him in. 

If anything,” Wikipedia’s” definition above, reminds us that a pendulum swings both ways and when it goes full circle, it returns to remind us that the time has come and the hour is now.  What would your Pendulum reveal?

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Pray without ceasing!

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Tells us “To pray without ceasing”, is that even possible? How does one stay in prayer in the midst of trouble, trials and tribulation. The answer is simple yet complex. You see the bible tells us, in advance, that we will face situations, it warns of the trials, becoming weary, overloaded with the cares and concerns of this world, at times unable to manage the circumstances that we will experience. Yet, in the center of this and much more, the word of God introduces the solution to our dilemmas. We are told to pray and not only to pray. But, to do so without ceasing. If you have ever found yourself, as most of us do at times, unable to fully grasp the concept of what it truly means to pray without ceasing, the “NIV Journey Bible” has an excellent article. It seems like the closest definition I have come by that clarifies what it means to Pray without ceasing. I’m sure that you may have come across other more definitive choses but I am sure you will agree that this summarizes what The Lord desires for and from us. When faced with circumstances beyond our control, remember that you as well as myself, are overcomers, strong and courageous people called with purpose and for God’s purpose. In the interim, the next time you find yourself uncertain of what to do, go on a marathon and Pray!
God Bless you as you read and pray.

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Renew our mind Lord

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”
Renewing one’s mind is no simple task.  If you ever wondered why it seemed so easy for the Apostle Paul to tell us not to conform but to transform and be renewed; it was because Paul had made up his mind.  Paul decided a long time before, that he would be a slave for Christ.  This transformation does not happen from one day to the next. We, as the Apostle Paul, must not only desire a personal change but we must be willing to surrender ourselves totally to the will of God over our own.
The book of John 10:18 reminds  us of the Lords words, “No one takes my life but I lay it down willingly”. Christ knew what it was like to do the will of his father. He knew that he had the power through the father to pick his life up again.  In the same manner, we are to be willingly vessels unto God as he has given us a free will to serve and honor him.  Thus a renewed state of mind requires willing and active participation on our part. I recall asking God to show me his will for my life and often prayed that I might do His will.  Yet it took me considerable time to fully comprehend that in order to carry out God’s will, adjustments had to be made on my part.  Change my friend doesn’t come readily and although the bible is replete with scriptures concerning these areas of the will, transformation and renewal; I have gradually and with pain staking experiences, come to the understanding that in order for this to occur, I would have to surrender myself, put down my fighting gloves, allow God to restore, renew and my mind through obedient willing participation.  In essence, I had to yield my will over to the Lord without resistance for the mind transformation to take place.
Let me be clear, I did not arrive here on my own.   I thank God for directing my path and leading my family and I to a place where we can worship the Lord and receive sound biblical doctrine under the leadership of Bishop Calvin G. Enlow, his spirit filled wife, First Lady Enlow and like minded believers.  The bottom line and main factor remains that although prayer, reading and studying the word and sitting under leaders that teach us sound doctrine are helpful, good, necessary and required, the ultimate decision is ours and submission to God’s will is in our personal commitment and determination to surrender.
Let me add that one of the reasons I find it takes some of us longer than most, is because of our personal resistance and desire to do things our way instead of going the way of the Lord.  When I came to the realization that once I made up my mind to yield my will to God’s will, he made it possible for me through his unfailing and unmerited grace.
Romans12:2 is often quoted from the pulpit and in prayer. Most often, flying right over our heads because deep down in our hearts, while we say “not my will Lord but yours be done”, we are in many cases subconsciously superimposing our will over that of the Lords. It is no wonder then that we struggle with attaining that transformation which ultimately brings the renewal of our mind.  When we finally recognize, that God’s desire is to save and deliver us from ourselves and deposit in us those things that are good, acceptable and perfect in the Lord’s eyes, the old patterns will die and change will come.
While I understand that God’s word comes by way of revelation, know that God wants us to live free from the burdens logged in the recesses of our mind. He desires to transform us into his image by the renewing of our mind.  Satan the enemy of our soul lives to kill, steal, and destroy us. His plot continually is to torment our mind. The Lord our God however, came to give us abundant life if we would but surrender our lives to him and get out of the way while he transforms and renews our mind for his purpose and glory. “Not my will Lord, but your will be done” In Jesus name

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Listen

Listen

Isaiah 28:23-26 taken from the NLT bible says, “Listen to me; listen as I plead! Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting it? Does he not finally plant his seeds for dill, cumin, wheat, barley and spelt, each in its own section of his land? The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding. 

As far as I can remember, our house was always adorned with flowers.  Why and when my mother began to plant is unknown to me.  But the fact is that in a matter of time, there were flowers everywhere.  She grew baby oranges, miniature peppers, all kinds of herbs that she would use for cooking her meals and flowers that would bloom throughout the year in accordance with the seasons. 

As my siblings and I began to move out and with more space to plant, in the three bedroom Project apartment, my mother grew her garden.  From time to time, she would give me what she called baby roots for my own planting.  But, each and every time, they would die at my hands.  I always attributed this to not having a green thumb. But in retrospect, it was really due to not listening to her instructions.

With my mother’s entry to the nursing home, and the need to downsize in the interest of space, and with the best intention to care for the plant, I decided to take one to my home.  Yes one of the many plants that my mother had tenderly groomed throughout the years.  It did well for a few months.  My mom gave me instructions for the care of my plant.  Water it weekly, but don’t overdo it she said.  Put it where it gets light from the sun but don’t expose it at length.  Oh and talk to it.  Needless to say, that I did not follow all of my mother’s advice to the letter so in a matter of months, my plant began to whither.  Oh I watered the plant when ever I remembered and set it on a stand in a corner of my living room.   Why, I even talked to it a few times. Yes I did.  But it was to no avail.

In an attempt to rescue my plant, I put it out on what I thought was a beautiful sunny day.  I went about my business.  Remember I said the day was sunny.  But in all reality, it was scorching hot and you can guess the rest.  Yes the plant was totally burnt.  Not to mention, that the day went from sunny to torrential rain falls and that was the end of my plant as it pertains to the original condition when it first came to reside in my home.  No I have not gotten rid of my plant.  I am working hard at restoring it and hopefully its leaves will regain their glow.

But what, you may be thinking does all this talk of plants have to do with Isaiah twenty-eight?   Well if you bear with me, I’ll tell you. 

While we here in the United states don’t do much farming, back in the days of Isaiah, it was sort of speak, the law of the land.  If you didn’t plant you would not reap.  But the planting although important, was not as significant as the specifics involved in farming.  The farmer had to take special care when planting his seeds, nurture and take all the necessary precautions if, he had hopes of bringing in the harvest of his labor. 

In the bible commentary we read that “the farmer used special tools to plant and harvest tender herbs so as not destroy them”.  “That he would take into account how fragile they were”.  Depending on the seed he was planting, certain care would be applied.  Perhaps the farmer, as my mother, took time to talk to the seeds he had planted or, unlike myself, took time to listen attentively and follow the instructions given him by the farmer before him.  Who knows?  In any event, one thing was certain, if the farmer was to see a harvest, special care, consideration, understanding, knowledge, wisdom and yes love had to be applied in order to bring forth that harvest.  Otherwise, there would be no food that year.  

Fortunately for me, my mother’s plant though fragile, is in the stages of recovery.  I have since realized that I must take a different approach.  Simply bringing a plant into the home and placing it on a mantel is not going to do the job.  (The same holds true for the bible.  Setting it on the mantle and beautifully display it for all to see, will not bring forth the contents of its pages or adorn our hearts with the truth it contains, if it is never opened, read and applied.)  We must gently work at restoring the plant to as close to its original state as possible.  Through care, patience and nurturing, we must learn how to care for the plant if it is to bring us joy, beautify the home and yes be there to gently remind us of the original purpose for bringing home a plant.  In my case, my thought was for it to serve as a reminder of my mother for as long as I can preserve its life.  Since then, I have read up on plants, become informed, learned that my plant does well with limited exposure to light and that a little water once a week will suffice.  Doing otherwise, would defeat the purpose and I would do well to turn it over to a caring hand.  After all, how would you like to live in an environment without love, nurturing, water and sun light?

That is what God requires for and from us.  Just as He provides us with the basic care and essentials of life, so he expects us to do likewise.  In his infinite wisdom, he left us his word which if applied, will guide us through the many hurdles of life. 

Isaiah uses the farmer as an example.  We can see from this scripture that God gave this farmer the understanding and wisdom to plant his seeds, use the proper tools and patiently wait for his harvest.  However, what we must read between the lines, concerns the aspect of listening which the Lord introduces early on in the scripture.  Something, I’m sorry to say, I did not do in my personal experience with my already blooming plant.  I failed to listen, follow instructions and apply the knowledge that my mother shared as the experienced planter.  Had I done so, today I would not be nurturing my dead plant back to life. 

But don’t dismay, there is time and you as well as I can be encouraged.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 advices that there is a season to everything and a time to every purpose under the sun. 

So my friend, I ask you today, what is your Season?  Are you planting,  waiting for your harvest, nurturing a relationship, contemplating a divorce, looking for a fresh start or simply unsure of your future?  Whatever the situation, look to the Lord and know that you are on his mind.  He has all the tools we will ever need.  God’s only pre-requisite is that we lend an ear to listen and follow his instructions.    For in so doing, we will reap the rewards.

The Lord so desires that we deal kindly, in brotherly love towards one another.  So much so, that the Apostle Paul provides us with the formula for love in great detail. He gently reminds us that “Love is patient, kind, not envious, or boastful.  It isn’t proud or rude.  It isn’t self seeking. Love is not easily angered.  It keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes and preserves.  Love never fails.   

So to the eyes that may stumbles upon these lines, know that it is not by chance.  The God of creation is intentional and does not leave anything to chance.  So, as I come to the end of this trail, allow me to summarize what I will call formulas for you. 

Listen to the encouraging words of Isaiah and learn to apply yourself to listening. 

Give yourself the opportunity to receive instruction and learn to take advice so wisely stated in God’s word.

Avoid at all cost the pitfalls made by the author of these lines.

Look to First Corinthians for the more acceptable way and see how much better off you will be when you apply yourself to the tool of listening

This is your season…

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Elevation is a choice

Genesis 4:6-7 states, “Then the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
God is ready to pour of his abundant blessings upon us. One of His main requirements is that we walk in obedience and in accordance to his will for our lives. But Time and time again, we choose to turn a deaf ear to his call. We get angry and become discouraged with God.
The bible tells us that Able gave the Lord a more acceptable sacrifice bringing the first fruit of his labor. We know the story and Cain’s outcome. He not only gave a less worthy sacrifice but in his discouragement; killed his brother and became angry with God leading to his demise. This is something we tend to do when things do not go our way. Yet the Lord has put everything within our reach if we would but walk upright, righteous and in obedience before him.
Let this year be a year of elevation by choice and see what the Lord will do. By this time next year, we will talk of the great things God did for us because we chose to elevate in the area of obedience.
Abraham chose to obey the Lord and when asked to offer his only son Isaac, he obeyed the voice of God. I can almost hear him thinking. How am I to become the father of many nations if I offer my son as a sacrifice? He is my seed, God’s promise to me. By faith Abraham believed that the God he served would not fail him. As the word tells us, the Lord provided for himself the sacrifice. There was never a need to offer his son. Abraham believed the promise that he would be a father of many nations.
The word tells us that “God is not a respecter of persons”. In other words, what he did for Abraham, He will do for you, me and the world. For God desires that we live the abundant life he speaks of in his word. The key however is rooted in a life of obedience. Let us therefore choose to elevate in obedience and watch the manifest hand of almighty God move in our lives. He is waiting to bless us as we bless him in our walk of obedience.

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Keep your eyes on the keeper!

Given the times we live in and the multitude of visuals constantly bombarding our minds, it’s no wonder that we have not totally lost our sanity.  The global images have become difficult to grasp while the simple things continually escape our understanding.  Yet in spite of it all, we are reminded in the book of Mark, about the keeper on board.  A most familiar scripture to one, who is acquainted with the bible.  Oh! you will not find the phrase “keeper” within the context of this particular scripture.  But, rest assured that just as there is breath in your lungs, if you read with understanding and ask the giver of wisdom to open your spiritual eye, you will find the keeper in the word of God.  However, the reality is that the possibility of something or someone not visible or tangible is available to us; is often unfathomable and thus, so easily escapes us.  Yet whether on land, air or sea, Know that the keeper is always on board, and miraculously on our side.

By now,  you may have figured out who is this “keeper”.  JESUS is His name and you find this well documented story in chapter 4:35-41 of Mark in the KJV.  We find the disciples on board a ship.  The bible tells us that “there arose a great storm of wind” and of course, the first thing that creeps into the mind of the disciples is (unspoken) fear and doubt.  The lessons learned long forgotten.  The vast examples of healings, miracles and wonders now a foggy memory in the midst of the storm.   “Master” they cry out, “carest thou not that we perish”, As they wake up the Keeper and Captain of their salvation.  He rises as, done countless other times.  But on this occasion,  Jesus “rebukes the wind” “Peace be still He says to the seas”! The disciples are reminded yet again that there was never any reason to doubt, worry about or be fearful of.  Does this sound familiar, oh but of course.  How often haven’t we found ourselves adrift, life passing idly by, uncertain of our future, goals and visions deemed by the passing of time.  Yet  time and time again an unseen hand reaches out to remind us yet again that the keeper is on board.  

Often times, life’s struggles become overbearing and we find ourselves unable to get a grip.   Thinking on those things that where once a part of our vision and have deemed with the passing of time.  We contemplate on what could have been yet now seems lost.  We continue to swim up stream, like the Salmon, against the current to try and re-capture what we may have long ago perceive to have lost.  Forgetting again and again that the keeper is there holding us securely in the palm of his hand.  Oh but what impatient creatures we are.   We drift in and out of our forever wondering imaginative mental state allowing fear, doubt and unbelief to over power our faith. 

Jesus our keeper is on board.  His faithfulness and tremendous love and mercy towards us is always prevailing as He gently brings us to His expected end for us.  Yet how frequent are our debates, and trivial pursuits.  How often we conjure up situations only to worry unnecessarily. 

The Israelite’s were notorious for worrying.  The bible tells us that they went around a mountain for forty years on a trip that should have taken nine to eleven days murmuring and complaining about their circumstances,  simply because they kept forgetting that the Great I Am was on board that trip.  Such are our own dilemma’s.  We then begin the cycle of worrying about these things even though we have been advised or fore-warned countless times. Not to worry.  Yet time and time again, we find ourselves as did the Israelites at the mountain or the disciples in the middle of a “great storm” forgetting that Jesus the keeper was on board.  

You may be searching your mind right now.  Possibly reciting the countless times you may have forgotten that you could have called on and counted on Jesus.  You may even be thinking that these situations only happened to the disciples, or maybe even saying this is a 2000 year old story.  No my friend, this type of thinking was not Germaine to the Israelites or the disciples, it is what many of us resort to in similar situations.  We forget everything we ever knew even if for just a season. 

Yet do you know what is the real dilemma that we often struggle with? Well to satisfy your curiosity, let me quickly lay your un-asked question to rest.  The obvious answer is that we worry needlessly.  For ultimately, it is out of our control and if you are still wondering what is the big deal, allow me to respond. While worrying is not a cardinal sin or even a sin for that matter, it signifies a lack of trust and faith in God. 

Think about the above for a moment.   Imagine yourself on the boat with the disciples.  The waters are roaring, the ship is rocking, your radio went of the radar and you are a great distance from reaching your destination.  You look out into the raging waters and all you see is darkness.  Really is there anything you can do!  I would say that all you have left to do is wait for the ship to go down or if you know God, I would say it is the perfect time to tap into your faith and trust in the Lord.  Oh and yes, a great time to Pray. 

The disciples on the other hand, had Jesus on board.  One could say that they didn’t even need to have faith.  Yet they forgot that Jesus their keeper was on board.  It is an awesome comfort to know that in each and every situation we can count on God and know that He will not leave us nor forsake us. 

That is the confidence that we have in god, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.  It was not God’s will for that ship to go down.  In spite of the disciples forgetfulness, Jesus rose and calmed the wind and the storm was stilled.  Let your faith rise in the knowledge of the one we serve and walk by faith and not by the storms that rise up around us.  The great I Am and keeper in always on board.  Let us pray!

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An Impartation!

Since the entire world was not at New Destiny Family Worship Center this past weekend, you missed a great service and an opportunity for a miracle.   More important, you missed an Anointed and Prophetic word from God.  However, do not feel left out, for I am willing to share if you are willing to read, what the Lord has given me to run and share with you. 

There is no doubt that the Lord was in the House.  From beginning to end, God manifested Himself.  The diverse messages delivered throughout the Prayer conference; Themed “Come Access the Throne”, the Praise and Worship.  The Teachings, Prayers and Preaching, that took place – for the express purpose of edifying God and the participants-God spoke to the entire body of Christ Everywhere.  I say Spoke because certainly God imparted a word of instruction to all that came under the sound of the Speakers voice with marching orders to take the word (Vision) and run as stated in Habakkuk 2:1-3 

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword …God’s word has the power to pierce the soul and the spirit and when a word such as the one delivered to this congregation comes,  We have a responsibility to take that word as imparted to us and run with it. 

The Bible according to the book of John 4 gives a perfect example of this.  “The Lord had a need to go through a town called Samaria and there He met a Samaritan woman at a well”.  Jacobs Well to be exact.  In the process of drawing water and conversing with the Lord; The woman asked a series of questions to which the Lord answered ” If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to thee, Give me to drink; you would have asked of Him, and he would have given Thee Living Water”…After an anointed and insightful conversation between the two, the woman having been told all that she had done!, took that impartation and without shame of the Gospel, ran to tell all who would hear. 

Such, was the word of impartation by Bishop Wayne Pugh who said to us the HEARERS.   “We are at a Strategic and Pivotal point in time” because we have the power of Connection”.  A power, through Christ, that enables and reassures us that we can and should maintain a connection within the body that is facilitated as we focus on God’s purpose and put our personal preferences to the side.  The word of God tells us, that it is our reasonable service, ability and yes authority from God to bring back God’s presence into the church as we Praise and worship the great I AM.  Yet, of greater significance is our God given right and commission to bring God’s word to the World. 

Bishop Pugh imparted to us a word from God.  A word that to he who received it and is willing to run with it, will see the manifestation of the Great things The Lord is about to do not only in that person’s life, but in the lives of all he or she will touch. It is up to us the believer to take what God has deposited into our lives and run to tell all who will hear. 

Remember that God receives and responds to the prayers of faith.  Certainly the Spirit and Power of God was with us and while you out there were not privy to the blessings that were poured upon New Destiny, or may not understand the totality of these words.   I want all who may come across this Blog, to know that the word of God is for all who will call on the Lord and will desire to drink from the Wells of His living waters.  For they are life changing to all who come and are called by His name.  The living waters God spoke of  will refresh your souls, melt your hearts, propel and compel you into His presence.   Know however, and be aware of the enemies devises that may come along side of you to steal the seed in your possession.  Therefore be diligent and prepared to stand and having done all, to Stand in the power of God.

I am ever so thankful to the precious people of God who feed us Manna from Heaven, Bishop Wayne Pugh for his sensitivity to the voice of God and our own Bishop, Calvin G. Enlow for the wisdom to follow God’s heart in his selection. 

People, God is calling us to a greater position in Him.  Therefore, let us consecrate ourselves back to Christ. 

To New Destiny, Hear and Rest in the knowledge that we ate from the Lords table.  There is and never will be anything more stimulating than the awesome Presence of God and no greater calling than to be at the feet of Jesus in prayer.  For “In His presence there are treasures for evermore”.  Stay Blessed.

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Wisdom in The Lords Commandments

The bible is replete with words of  wisdom.  In Proverbs 3:1-2 we find the wisdom in Solomon’s, words, “My son, do not forget my teachings, but keep my commands in your heart.” “for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity”.

To him who finds these words irrelevant to our times, brushing them off  as if meant for “old testament people”- the Israelites to be exact-, I submit to you that Gods words of wisdom then, ring true today.  Likewise, His commands still stand through the New Covenant in Christ. 

While God’s commandments through the Moses Law (for the Israelites) were intended as a sign of impending judgement; the underlying benefits were two-fold.  In other words, God was saying,  “I’m warning you of impending judgement but through your obedience, blessings and prosperity are sure to follow”.  To the reader, if you know the balance of this story, you will most likely agree that the Israelites would ultimately face the consequences of  their continual disobedience but not without also experiencing the merciful hand of God.  I would challenge the reader of these short scripts to go to the bible and study out the old testament for its commandments and then take a journey down the road of the NT and see where it leads you in God’s wisdom and His overflowing grace.

What ever variance between the commandments in the OT and the commands through out the bible both Old and New;  The bottom line is that God’s instructions to us are clear.  Make no mistake His desire is simply to pour of His abundant wisdom and masterfully draw us closer to Him as we determine in our hearts to walk in obedience. However, rest assured that He will not hesitate to discipline us in our disobedience.  The good news, is that God only chastises out of His abundant love, Mercy and desire for us not to perish for lack of knowledge of his word.

To paraphrase Deut. 30:10, The Lord says Today if we harken (Obey) the voice of God, and follow His commands, and His statutes, He will Prosper us.  He will not only prosper us, but He will heal, restore and abide in us through His saving grace.  Let us drop down, if you will, to vs.11-14.  In His endless love and mercy, God is giving us a guarantee as to what will follow.  He is so wise, that in the midst of the commands, He also makes allowances by letting us know that we don’t have to go far or even ask because the word is accessible.  God tells us, “It is in your mouth and in your heart”, so that all we need to do is trust and obey.  God has made our path clear should we decide to follow His instructions and  respond to His call.

In Matthew 22:36-40. we find the living God teaching the multitudes when He is briefly interrupted  by a group of  skeptic Pharisees one being an expert.  In todays world, we might know him as an intellect. The purpose of course, was (to tempt) Jesus and so he asks “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? to which Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself “.

The afore mentioned scripture summarizes pretty much how God expects us to live, as it pertains to His requirement of us as a people of God and in general.  At first glance, it might appear safe to overlook all the other commandments/commands etc.  Especially, since some commentaries  allude to the reduction process which is merely to go by Matt. 22 alone thus eliminating the rest of scripture.  However, in so doing wouldn’t we be neglecting the significance of  God’s total and un-adulterated word.  Especially, the importance of His commandments in the Old as well as the New Covenant in the New Testament?

For this reason,  I have to submit to you a fundamental portion of  scripture.  One that were I to overlook explaining, would be most negligent on my part.  In Matthew 5:17, Jesus so eloquently states, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”. He goes on to say in vs. 40 that on the above two commandments hang all the law and the prophet.  2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “all scripture” and certainly “all the commandments” are “God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correction and training in righteousness”.  Jesus desires that we grasp the deeper, underlying purpose for His statement.  That is; that we determine in our hearts and  re-direct our attention  to loving God and one another, the rest of His commands will become easier to follow which of course will necessitate the Grace of God and our willingness to obey. 

 My friend, I present to you that God’s word is as relevant then as it is in the now.  Make it your life mission to study, meditate, digestion, and correctly divide the word of truth.  That is, walk according to Gods word without being ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus.  For, as Paul goes on to say, in Romans 1:16-17 ” it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth… !17 for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith”.

Make Gods word part of your life for it is Life changing to those who find it. 

Ephesians 2: 8-10 reads “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, least any man should boast: Fall into the loving hands of Jesus and experience His Grace. 

Let me close with a brief childhood memory.  Some of you from way back when, may recall the character “Wimpy”  from the Popeye cartoon.  Well he used to go around saying “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today”.  This always made me laugh and though I didn’t understand the implications which meant eat now and pay later. 

I say to you with the love of Christ, today is the acceptable day of the Lord!  Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can have today.  The hamburger may be available today but what price are you willing to pay on Tuesday!  

 

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We are liberated through Christ.

Romans 14:1-23

Among the many things that God speaks  about through this passage, the one thing that sticks out in my mind is recorded in vs. 4 which reads, “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls”. 

For certain, we will all stand before the Lord on that day of judgement.  Therefore, I say, let us not precipitate the work of the Lord and in so doing, cause our brother to stumble.  That is not our call.  It is God’s position and He is in no hurry.  Grace is on our side.  Of course this is not to say that we run wild, we must keep in mind what Romans 6:1 tells us , “What shall we say, then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound”. “God forbid”… A word to the wise, God is great in mercy and waits patiently.  He receives us all as we are. 

We come to Him broken, dirty, confused and lacking in so many ways.  But after a while, we begin to shed the skin of that old self and soon, we go from filthy rages to glamorous trophies. 

Come as you are, walk into the loving hands of the Lord and let Him walk you through the greatest experience of your life. 

Please don’t change your look, allow the Lord to do that for you.  After all, He has given you a free will so take your time cause like I said He accepts you as you are. He is great at re-arranging things and people. Oh and don’t be upset at the looks you may receive or the comments you may hear because you have been accepted into the beloved and we are all a work in progress.  By the way, take your time doesn’t mean that you can come when you’re ready because we will never be ready.  That simply means that the Lord will receive you as you are and then He takes His time with you.  Once in His arms, He will begin to gradually transform you into His master piece.  Take the first step and Just come.

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Pick up your cross and follow me

You are probably wondering why I have titled this passage “Pick up your cross and follow me”.  You might even be asking yourself, “who am I following and why should I”.  Well I am so delighted that you asked.

In 1999, that same thought was introduced into my mind.  However, it was not as we would suppose an idea enters ones thinking.  By this, I mean that it was not from a tangible source as we would consider tangible. 

I was walking alone,  No one was following me.  I saw no one in my immediate surroundings.  I was not asleep or dreaming and I certainly wasn’t hallucinating.  No it was none of the above.  I was simply taking my customary morning walk trying to fit in a few minutes of exercise into my schedule before going off to work. When I used to walk that is.

It was early in the morning, I was having my coffee and looking out of my kitchen window.   I recall looking up to the sky checking for possible rain but I could see the sun making it’s way through the clouds.  It looked beautiful and full.  I found myself staring at the sun.  However, the glare was so strong that I started to look away but not before seeing what appeared to be a cross protruding from within the sun.  It appeared almost three dimensional and seemed like a branding iron with the insignia in the middle used to brand cattle thus depicting ownership as in old cowboy movies.  Suddenly, I realized that it was a cross.  I remember blinking from the strong glares coming from the sun.  I closed my eyes and looked again sure that it was all in my mind.  But again I saw the cross come forth from within the circle of the sun.  I blinked a few times hoping to see it a third time but it had disappeared.  I stood at my window wondering  “did you just see a cross inside the sun or are your eyes playing tricks on you”.  I was completely amazed but doubtful at what I had seen.  Although I didn’t dwell on what I saw, I felt impressed by what I had seen.  A cross from inside the sun, what are the chances?  I finished my coffee and without a second thought opened the back door and went for my daily walk.

I had to go through my back yard which faced a large parking area for the neighboring businesses.  I walked approximately  two streets past the parking lot and was standing near a barber shop ready to cross the street when it happened.  All of a sudden, I heard this soft, silky almost metallic, voice speak into my left ear.  “Pick up your cross and follow me”, It was as if I had heard a pin drop in the midst of an empty Mall upon a glass, crystal like  surface.  Without taking another step, I immediately made the connection between the image I had seen a few minutes earlier and the voice I had just heard.  I looked to the sky thinking I would see the cross again.  Not a chance.  I did not see it then and I have never seen the image of the cross in the sun again.  It has been fifteen years since that experience and  although I have never heard the voice in my ear, I can still hear the resounding voice occasionally reminding me to “Pick up my cross and follow Him”

In the KJV book of Mark 8:34 we read a passage where the Lord says, “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”.  At the time, I was not familiar with this scripture and it would be a few years before I would come across it in the Bible.  However, I have come to understand some things about the Lord.  While I do not think of myself special in anyway, I must say that I do consider it a privilege that God would take time out to his Holy Element to cast His eyes upon me and speak in my ear.  For even though I was just starting my walk with God, He knew me.  The song “His eye is on the sparrow”, gives us a birds eye view of how great God is.  In His omniscience-all knowing ways, God knows all about us and I am so in awe that he was thinking of me when he wrote in His word, “he who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying”  To say that I was immediately obedient in picking up my cross would be a lie.  However,  I am still walking, still seeking, still searching and yes still asking for revelation on that cross that I have chosen to pick up, carry and follow.

God is amazing, loving, patient and slow to anger.  He hasn’t given up on me yet and I am certain he never will.  I keep “pressing towards that mark of the high calling” spoken of in the bible by the apostle Paul and pray that through my consistent walk He will continue to reveal his master plan to me for the remainder of my life here on earth.

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