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In Mark 1:35 Jesus prepared Himself to spend alone time with God. Jesus rose early in the morning, removed Himself from His house due to distractions, and went to a solitary place to commune with God. The human race is in need of seeking a great God for direction. Making time to communicate with God is not always easy, it has to be intentional as it was with Jesus' actions. Spending time with God in silence and observance positions us to receive serenity, and ultimately the risk of being changed.
SILENCE AND OBSERVANCE:
Sitting before God in silence and observance allows us to hear the voice of God more clearly bringing clarity to our hearts. There are many ways that God speaks to us. He speaks directly to our spirits, our souls, through nature, His creation, art, and through our sisters and brothers in Christ. Ideally adapting to each one takes practice by way of two methods of action; practice through silence and observance.
Silence gives each of us an opportunity to listen to the voice, the heart of God. Our spiritual and natural eyes are then open at this point to Observe what is being said to us. Where there is noise and many voices around us on an everday rotuine, taking moments to preserve time in our relationship with God is most important . Waiting on a confirmation or laying out a fleece is not always the answer in building our growth in God, but our willingness to learn to hear from God is. Hearing from God and knowing His voice builds our faith in God.
Most of all waiting in silence through observance before the presence of God is soothing. There are so many things to learn and see, through so many ways God wants to speak to us. Observance demands the soul to awareness, silence demands our hearts to quietness. Silence and Observance through bring solitude, contentment, tranquility; an uplift from each leading us along paths to hearing from God. Our growth in God is not stunted but we are at rest while we wait for God's answers. Take time today to sit before God in silence, then observe. Soak in everything He presents to you. Cherish these momemnts, become excited about these moments, for there is nothing more clearer than hearing from God Himself.
SERENITY THROUGH THE PROMISE OF PEACE:
The peace that Jesus gives is not the same peace that the world gives - John 14:27. This peace, given from God's presence acts as a repellant as we go through daily challenges, giving us strength while learning lifes' lessons. The peace of Jesus througis a catalyst in which causes us to focus our attention not on the matter but on the solution, which allows as a breather for thinking things through. This peace Jesus talks about allows believers to remain calm in the most dire fearful circumstances.
This peace does not require understanding because it surpasses all understanding. "Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" - Phillipians 4:7. That means that it is not required for us to understand our situation at the moment but only to enjoy the calmness (serenity) peace has to offer us. If a heart is troubled or worried God cannot use it in the same way. Serenity stabalizes our hearts, our minds, and our emotions. A serene heart is like a a calm lake on a clear day, if it is troubled in anyway it becomes distorted. When our hearts are in turmoil we view a reality that is not true. When we are at peace, we make good life decisions. Let in the peace of God, remain serene in heart whether in good times or trying times.
THE RISK OF BEING CHANGED:
Your risk of being changed in Christ's presence results in rejuvenating your soul. Ever heard the saying "What if they're all right and you're wrong?" What if everything told to you about Jesus was true? What is the risk? You risk walking in a completely changed life. Joy dwells in you whether circumstances speak loudly all around you. Your perception is clear regardless of storms because you have the helper, the Holy Spirit to guide you. You no longer try to change your whole life but God has all the power and reigns to change it for you.
Life no longer seems senseless but priceless. You no longer have to wonder about your plight in life is to accomplish, but a plan from God is revealed to you. You no longer struggle for confidence, all your hope is wrapped up in His confidence. You're eager to seek His plans, He gives you an unquenchable fire deep down in your soul. You have access to approach the throne boldly in prayer and faith. You're not required to let go of His hands. God never changes man changes.
You risk everyday walking with God, of Him never leaving nor forsaking you. Even when you back slide He's married to you. All of His promises are yours because of your change, believe Him, ask Him for what you need. You risk being provided for all the time and being protected. You risk Him causing you to love others unconditionally regardless. You risk Him penetrating your heart to remain non-judgmental and to pray. You risk a fervent eagerness to study the word of God, to keep truth close to your heart.
The risk of being changed is not so difficult when you're being changed for all the right reasons. The risk of being changed means that sometimes you may have to sit alone and face opposition because you have chosen to follow the way of God. Sit alone anyway. Rejuvenate your soul through solitude with God, create silence and commit to observance before the Lord. You will never receive a greater council than from the COUNSELOR during these moments. The only risk you face is your life and destiny being changed.
~You are loved In Christ
© 2018 Tijuana Canders
|Posted by TijuanaLCanders on March 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Most people throughout their lives will very seldom experience victory. Multitudes search for it throughout their goals towards success, it seems they are right at the brink and can grasp it, then delays, setbacks, or of course nothing. The downfall is looking towards the world, self, or previous downfalls to guide us for the victory instead of towards Heaven for it. Victory is found in the foundational truths of Heaven's strength. We are strengthened by Heaven to Start Where We Are, Be Resilient, and realize Breaking Out Involves Breaking.
START WHERE YOU ARE:
We have those exciting moments where everything is in place, we know where to go, what to ask and what to do to accomplish our dreams, visions waiting to be birthed out of us from seeds placed there by God. Then there will be other times where we're not so sure, and God does not give us all the answers. But the answer is there. Start with what you have.
Imagine the mustard seed. It is small, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree. We may not know where to continue, but we can start where we are, use what we have and water it with our of faith. "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you" - Matthew 17:20. So, you may have broken pieces, watered down dreams, heavy burdens or blinded by frustration, but if you hope, hope activates your belief and if you believe then you have allowed an open door of faith to enter your life. Seconds, minutes, hours, nor days limit God in time for what He can do for you in a moment. Faith not only requires us to believe, but it requires action. As you believe begin to walk in your vision even if you don't see all the connections.
We need to accept that when God gives us an assignment that He gives us everything we need to accomplish it. Everything is already there. Moments where we feel like we are stuck, God is saying, "My Child Wait." In those moments we need to pray, remain in faith and wait on further direction from King Jesus. Jesus has not forsaken you. He is still with you. The truth of the matter is God is a God of perfect timing. He is also faithful to meet you where you are in your faith. This means that He will stretch, grow, and enlarge your faith as long as you hope. All you need is a small mustard seed worth to fuel your hope. If you stop believing then your dreams die, if you continue in faith your on will multiply. Start where you are. You have enough to begin.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity and overcome the obstacles in your life. When God created you He knew you would face trials, situations, and unfavorable circumstances that would challenge you to your soul. That is why He created you with resilience. We don't grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges. Hard seasons produce resilient characters. “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” - 2 Corinthians 4:8. Resilient people have the ability to persevere. Perseverance is the governor of success. Not only do they persevere, but they possess the wherewithal to persevere while maintaining a healthy balance. Often success is not just a matter of making all the right moves, but rather to keep making moves until you win.
Being a resilient person means that you are better able to ‘spring back’ from a difficult or traumatic moment (Self-efficacy). In the book, the Resilience Factor, "There are Four Essential Uses for Resilience. Overcome obstacles of your childhood and your past: broken home, poverty, neglect, abandonment, abuse, etc..Steer Through the everyday adversities that you encounter. Bounce Back from traumatic events or difficulties rather than becoming helpless and resigned. Reach Out as a proactive means of connecting with others, pursuing new activities, and becoming strong and courageous in all you undertake (Karen Reivich, Andrew Shatte, 2002). When you want to weather a hard season and maintain in resiliency, study the life of a sailor, remember Noah and Jonah.
What do we mean by being Spiritually Fit? ‘Spirituality’ as a word means different things to different people. Christian resilience, however, depends on developing strong relationships – with our Lord Jesus Christ, and with fellow Christians. When we use the word ‘Spirituality’ we mean the connections between humans and God. Being spiritual then starts with knowledge – knowledge of both yourself and God. Get to know your soul – What is important to you? What are those nagging feelings? Is there an underlying irritability or restlessness beneath the surface of your life? Do you sense the presence of God? Get to know God. Paul in the bible advises that we all should be “transformed by the renewing of "our"minds, so that "we" may discern what is the will of God" (Romans 12:2). Paul says that doing this is our spiritual worship (Romans 12:1).
Your resilience level is a part of your identity that can be changed. You can improve any portion of it simply by applying the Word of God on any element that you feel insufficient. Finally, mature Christians who have developed a relationship with the Lord and regularly pray and study scriptures tend to be resilient. Refocus your life to maintain in resilience through the twists and turns of life. Storms can be weathered but, only if we are equipped "before" the storm takes place. Listen intensively to God and within yourself. What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? Which direction is He directing you to go? Towards the wind, or away from the wind? Move in the direction of the Lord's sails for your life.
BREAKING OUT INVOLVES BREAKING:
When you decide on whether or not you will accept Jesus as your personal Savior, through His sacrificial death on the cross, the next decision after salvation is going to be, "Are you going to allow God to run the rest of your life?" Allowing God to take control of every aspect of your life also involves breaking. The breaking process is part of God's kneading process as the potter and what He has created as the clay. This can be very uncomfortable and painful, but it is needed for Spiritual growth and strength. The breaking process will allow you to be presented in victory at the right time for community work and ministry once the potters process is complete and will present you Holy and without blame before Jesus. Ephesians 1:4 says, "You were chosen before the foundations of the world, but now it is time to complete the process of breaking." Give God complete control.
We at times do not want to humble ourselves for the breaking process to complete. We are so concerned about what the person beside us is thinking, or if we will look foolish or weak while God is finishing His work. The breaking process will require humility from you and love from your brothers and sisters in Christ. "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time" - 1 Peter 5:6. "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering" - Colossians 3:12. Ephesians 4:2 also states, "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love." I believe, being mindful of someone else's struggle until deliverance requires unconditional love from others. The offering of love (agape) allows the individual to face what they are dealing with without added emotions of downgrading.
In order for God to anoint you with power (Breaking Out) and guide you every step of your way, you must allow the process to complete. Every time you allow deliverance, or pass a test, God increases the anointing on your life. "Breaking Out Involves Breaking." We stop ourselves from growing through the process to victory when we allow a spirit of embarrassment to reign instead of humility. You should rather want to achieve honor from the Lord through your humbleness, than honor from man through pride in order to maintain status. Desire the oil and anointing of Jesus over the rooting or opinions of man. This will prepare you to break the finish line and experience victory. Allow Jesus to finish the process. It is uncomfortable now, but God has so many earthly and eternal rewards for you along the way.
Victory is never obtained by speaking or thinking wrong concepts into our lives, it is achieved by continuously speaking life and simultaneously acting upon Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." The plan is for you to live a victorious life through Christ Jesus by doing God's will. Despair does not have to look like despair or feel like it either. Physical muscle is built in the gym, spiritual muscle is built by following God's plan through faith. Feeling unworthy or unaccomplished to not achieve are thoughts and feelings which can be changed by speaking life into your current situations. Exchange your hopelessness with Heaven's strength.
~You are loved In Christ
© 2018 Tijuana Canders
|Posted by TijuanaLCanders on March 7, 2018 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
We cannot test nor prove faith, but can only emerge much stronger, and steadfast in faith. 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen' - Hebrews 11:1. Surely, we must know that what God says He fulfills. "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" - Numbers 23:19. Exercise your faith, do not become complacent with your present disillusionment. The exercise of faith is that we not only become bold in faith and steadfast in heart but also that we taste deliverance.
Faith delivers, brings victory, and relieves burdens. The point about victory in faith is that we have the assurance that God's resurrection power is going to be released. Faith begins with the Lord. Faith is always faith in a Person, not faith in things. "Have faith in God. Jesus said, “You believe in God "believe also in Me" - John 14:1. "Salvation belongs to the Lord" - Psalm 37. No man can save, neither can we save ourselves. Only the Lord saves, deliverance is only from the Lord. Our focus should be to not give up, but only wait for the power of resurrection to revive us in faith. Through focusing on the principles of God, prayer, and praise you can be lifted out of terrible crisis through faith.
We each individually need to purposefully condition our hearts to become bolder and not faint. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Peace is our promise when we reject anxiousness, doubt, and fear and remain in faith. Bold faith is not fearful of storms or outcomes but rests in the promises of God. So often the trials of life are competing with our hearts. Bold faith is not fearful of storms or outcomes but rests in the promises of God. The promise in Isaiah 40:31 says "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk; and not faint."
There are moments that I had to stand in militant faith, unrelenting faith, to finish the work of Jesus until He brought victory. God rewards those who remain in faith without wavering. This pleases God. "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him" - Hebrews 11:6. Praying in faith builds our faith. Creating an environment of faith builds our homes. Earnestly seek God and remain in faith so that you will experience the testimony of endurance and His refuge through your faith as you pass through the eye of storms.
A crisis always comes before the demonstration of faith. When things are easy and comfortable, there is no need to exercise faith. Faith is born in hopeless situations and emphatically requires hope at the same moment. Jesus is that hope, He has promised never to leave nor forsake you. "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed" - Deuteronomy 34:8. When you are surrounded by problems or attacked by enemies, that is the time to exercise the faith that stands and withstands through the hope and grace of Jesus Christ. Place your hope in Jesus Christ and stand in faith, He will not fail you. Stand in faith, speak faith and life to every matter.
~You are loved In Christ
© 2018 Tijuana Canders
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Grace is defined as simple elegance or refinement of movement, in Christian belief it is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. God gives grace freely, but do we accept or feel we are worthy to receive His grace? There is nothing we give to God in return , except at the precipice of unworthiness we receive grace freely look beyond the steep cliffs in our lives, everything which speaks to our demise, unworthiness, or failures, and believe through His grace we will experiene smoother plains and plateaus in our lives.
Grace empowers each of us to experience life to the fullest, it is the fuel from God which says "Yes you can." “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9. God's presence of grace surmounts in our lives impacting our victories, successes, and resiliency levels, we are alive in Him , we are experiencing an abundant supply of His grace. Every moment God does not give up on you, you are experiencing inexhaustible grace. Our eagerness, faith, and perseverence increases because we are assured that we serve and are protected by a God who does not give up on us.
God's grace to us also enables us to bestow grace to ourselves, this is where we build our thoughts of worthiness toward ourselves. Without the strength of God we are not strengthened, grace is no exception, we replinish ourselves by receiving the grace of God and then applying this grace in our lives through our faith, self-validation, and confididence. Learning how to see yourself worthy as receiving His grace as God sees you worthy of receiving it is a process but can be mastered by speaking three simple words through action and faith, "Lord I receive." What God gives is not based off of feeling, the spiritual realm of God does not inquire for our emotions to guide us, but report to us, we are guided by the wisdom of God, and our faith.
If you learn how to receive grace then you are well on your way to give 'Extended Grace' to others. When we are offended the first thing for some of us as a reaction is not to forgive or keep grace in mind. The foundation of community is only built where grace is given. Grace gives kindness and restitution to your brother or sister in Christ. Unkindness or lack of extended grace will breakdown the foundation of unity, leaving the foundation weak and futile. Grace is God's unlimited love towards us. As God's grace builds us up then we are strengthened through grace to particpate in the building of the Body of Christ. "See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that 'no root of bitterness' springs up and causes troubles, and by it many become defiled" - Hebrews 12:15. Jesus has given us the perfect example of extending grace to the unworthy.
Grace allows us to accept and embrace each other where we are in our Christian experience, our journey in life. Effective extended grace stands with unconditional love (agape). Unconditional Grace is love in action. The grace of God is not earned but redeems and does not reject, it is unconditional. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" - Ephesians 2:8. Ask Jesus for strength daily. Practice not to cause others to earn your grace of forgiveness, love, or reconciliation. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" - Ephesians 2:10. When you take yourself out of the equation of being the best then you put yourself in the equation for doing the most for the common good.
The grace of God always restores, and redeems the soul to new depths of growth and surety in Christ. We abide in God's confidence and strength due to this grace of which we can only receive through wisdom, faith, and the confidence that we are worthy enough to receive it. We are then able to offer extended grace to our fellow mankind. The unmerited grace of God becomes the bridge to give unmerited favor away to others. Pray and ask God to allow you to realize and experience His inexhaustible grace, it is fuel for your soul and the soul of others.
~You are loved In Christ
© 2018 Tijuana Canders
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The development of spiritual formation is a challenge as we are encountering trials throughout the days, weeks, months, and into years and yet there is a powerful savior who sustains us until we reach maturity even through our uncertainties and unbearings. Our inadequacies are full but the love of Jesus Christ toward us is even fuller. Jesus Christ the Messiah born into this world to dwell among us through relationship later became the atonement for us to receive the gift of life forwarding us the opportunity commune with God Himself. Spiritual formation is not developed through our own will but through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Through this relationship we start to develop in maturity because we have His guidance, truth and power to lead us. Below are five suggestions of how to develop personal spiritual formation by walking closely with Jesus Christ..
It is at the throne of God where we find mercy and grace. "Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" - Hebrews 4:16. It is not wise to wade our feet first at someone else's pool before we seek the face of God Himself. There are wise counsels and then there are wrong suggestions. Going before God with urgency and boldness without fear gives us the opportunity to first hear from God and discern advice making a determination of whose voice are we hearing, your flesh, the adversary, or God Himself.
Our confidence is in the confdence of God therefore it is God's great confidence in which we rely on and believe for ourselves. Just as God believes and says who we are then we should also walk in the same confidence. Receiving grace and mercy in our time of need is not always deservable in the opinion of man but it is given freely without merit from God after repentance. Approaching the throne of God means that we are coming just as we are willing to be open with God and turn from our negative ways. Conclude never to shy away from communicating with Jesus in relationship, it is the most important and secure relationship you will ever have in your Christian walk.
Are you transparent with yourself and others, including God? You should be and especially with the Lord. We are not transparent with ourselves or half hazardly so, we deem ourselves to cover up through masks of make-up, wardrobes, careers, influence, finances, entertainment, or drama. Jesus is still there waiting after all the cover-up for you to be transparent with Him. As with any good parent the child first expresses their concern or need to the parent and then the parent responds, and so it is with the character of God. Personal development doesn't take place until you realize the cover-up is not you and the real you is underneath the layers.
We have our reasons of why we are not transparent with others, they're backbiters, gossipers, or may eventually use what you have expressed against you. All of these reasons are exceptionally true! Yet, we try, try again with our transparency with man. What makes us trust them again over a God who has never failed us? What makes us think that we can hide away from an enourmous God? We cannnot, it's impossible, the thought is incomprehensible, God is omnipresent and omnipotent! It is impossible to hide from a powerful God! For some of us God has revealed His nature to us time and time again and still we do not trust Him.
Your transparency has to derive from a place of discerment with man, and from a place of faith with God. With man you must know who you are confiding in and if their communication and actions are Biblically sound towards your plights or victories. With God the burden is light and the yoke is easy, He knows everything about you, so not being transparent is unecessary, it is necessary to have faith that God hears you and is working on your behalf directly in your situation, molding you through your spiritual development.
Faith and hope are intertwined together, there is no room for faith and hoplessness. Faith is a positive and hopelessness is a negative both produce a negative in your life not to trust in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Hopelessness while trying to have faith is saying "I'm trying to believe You God, but I don't believe You God" you can't do both actions at the same time and expect to see or experience results. The parent can only help the child who believes the parent is capable of helping them. Be transparent, walk in faith to know that God hears you, know that your mistakes do not scare Him away as your Heavenly parent, and know that God is there to walk with you through the flood, the fire, wind and rain as you embark on your spiritual journey.
Through Christ you are able to withstand and recover quickly from difficult conditions. You are able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed spiritually. "You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you" - Philippians 4:14. The trial may have been deafening but the presence of God in your life ignites spiritual strength into your life to keep going. The strength of God is your strength, draw all of your truth through His word and power from Him.
Have you ever been having a horrible day where everything around you seemed to go wrong? And yet you have unspeakable joy and a peace which surpasses all understanding? This is because the truth of God's word states, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" - Isaiah 26:3. Keeping our mind on Jesus allows Him to come in and guide us giving us strength, making us resilient to through trails."Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" - Philippians 4:8. During not only times of adversity or trials but in everyday thought Paul tells us to think on these things. Resiliency starts with our thought life. If we are resilient in thought then we will be resilient in action and character to bounce back during hardships in our spiritual growth.
Grace is the free unmerited favor of God. At times it may not feel as though we have the favor of God, many times this is the thought for some of us. Jesus does want to extend grace to us but we have to not only receive it. You receive the grace of God by realizing that it is God's idea to give you grace, scriptually it is a promise from God to you. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own works that we forget Romans 8, which says "nothing can separate us from the Love of God." You don't have to be perfect to receive God's Grace -- only willing. Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." All He awaits is your request. Jesus treats our past with grace. He'll take the weight of it all -- if we will ask Him.
The work of Jesus Christ on the cross makes this precious gift of Grace available to you. We trust God's grace by receiving forgiveness. See yourself as God's child "He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ" who is us remolding daily. The Apostle Paul reminds us, - Philippians 1:6. Press ahead, "But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Grace is the power of God that keeps your engine going.
Practice Alter Dumping:
Alter dumping is the process where you take everything to the alter and leave it there. Alter dumping takes practice, the stretch is to leave the burdens in prayer with God, the moment of truth is this act is not easy for some of us to do because we carry the weight of burdens in our minds and on our hearts. We cure this by releasing our burdens to God in prayer and refusing to carry the concerns out with us as we leave the alter. Doing this requires faith to know that God has been, is currently, and will continue to work the matter out for our good. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" - Romans 8:28. As we let go, the intervention of God then begins.
We develop personal spiritual formation by Approaching the Throne With Urgency and Boldness, Being Transparent, Spiritual Resiliency, Experiencing Grace, and by the Practice Alter Dumping. Our Savior is powerful thus through His power, protection, strength and guidance enables our souls to battle the darkness from Satan's kingdom so that the Kingdom of God will shine ever so brightly to the world through us as we grow from glory to glory to glory.
~You are loved In Christ
© 2018 Tijuana Canders
|Posted by TijuanaLCanders on December 13, 2017 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Most people get their understanding of Christmas from Christmas cards or by word of mouth and not from scripture. They understand some very familiar and accurate understandings, Joseph, Mary, the baby and the shepherds. They understand the shepherds were in the field and that the angels sent them to see the child which was born in Bethlehem. Most often the question comes to who were the wise men? Obviously, it was important to the narrative of Matthew and important to God Himself that the answer to this question should be included in Holy scripture.
The three wise men were Magi, they were not Kings, there were not three of them but many, but there were three separate gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Magi were Middle Eastern King makers, Magi was the name of a priestly ancient nomadic tribe that arose to very specific prominence and can be traced back to Abraham. Daniel who was a Jew intermarried and was part of this nomadic tribe. Exception, Daniel was still faithful to pray to his God, and faithful to proclaim his God. It was prophesied in the Old Testament that there was coming a great Jewish King to bring on a divinely righteous inspired monarch who would rule the world and the Magi wanted to be a part of that.
There were common realities in the Magis religion which fit many of the things the Jews had already pre-conceived. The Magi who were from the pre-Islamic state and the Jews each had their own elite, and each were monotheistic, each believing in one true God. They both believed in angels, they both believed in demons’, and they both believed in a deliverer, a savior, they both had a hereditary priesthood which was the mediator between the one true God and man by means of blood sacrifice. Each priesthood was wielding overwhelming social power, and each depended on supernatural revelation gained by the priest in their religion. They both had a prophetic gift, and both proclaimed of a coming Messiah in an apocalyptic judgement to establish a final Kingdom of justice.
THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST
We think of the three wise men as riding on camels with long robes, the reality is this, they came from the historic Babylonian Persian Parthian empire, an empire which was the sworn in enemy of Rome. Rome was the massive monolithic power in the west, and the Babylonian empire was the massive mono-lithic empire in the east. Here we find Jesus is given worship by a unique group of men the Magi, whose responsibility in their culture was to identify Kings. The Magi were Middle Eastern King makers who acknowledged that the King has been born and the King is worthy of worship.
The Magi were of the pre-Islamic Middle East coming in full force with servants, slaves, cooks, all kinds of craftsman, 25, 000 soldiers riding with silver and gold pomp’s on their horses feet, and they showed up in Jerusalem. This huge entourage numbering in the thousands was there looking for the King of the Jews. They go to Jerusalem and to Herod who at the time is the King of the Jews (the Romans let Him have that title) and they ask Herod "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him" - Matthew 2:2. When Herod heard this He was troubled. He was more than troubled He was terrified, he was panicked. Herod had secured for himself the title King of the Jews from Augustus Caesar, but what he got was this little piece of buffered land between two huge elite contending armies. By the time of the birth of Christ Herod was close to death, dying within a year of Christ’s birth. Agustus Ceasar who had given Herod the title was aged and the Roman empire general Tiberias had no commander of chief for his army.
Riding their fine horses with their conical head dresses, the three wise men are on a mission to check out a new King. This is about sovereignty and sovereignty could mean war, it certainly could mean whatever title Herod had he’s about to lose. But its beyond that because we find in the account they are honorable, they are deeply religious, they are God-fearing, and they believe in what they have been told from the old testament. He is in the royal line, He is a royal son of David and He is the Son of God, He was created in the womb of Mary by God from the work of the Holy Spirit and His birth is as a royal birth on earth and a royal birth from Heaven. They have been told it by Daniel the chief of the Magi, so the stage is set Bethelem, Joseph, Mary, a little baby, a panicky terrified Herod and a powerful group of Magi.
One misconception of the wise men was that they came to the manger, but it is proven in - Matthew 2:11 they came to the house after Mary and Joseph had left the manger. Why again does Matthew include this? Matthew wants to demonstrate not only is Jesus the King by virtue of royal lineage in the line of David, -Matthew 1:1-17 but that Jesus is viewed as King in a non-Jewish world because those who are the highest level of King makers acknowledged Him as King. This was another way for the Lord to reveal to us the royal identification of the Lord Jesus. His royalty is recognized from His royal line from David, but its recognized by Gentiles as well. He is the King of Israel, but He is also the King of the Gentiles. Matthew Chapter One presents, "Jesus deserves royal honor He is the Son of David" Matthew Chapter Two presents, "Jesus receives royal honor but not from His own people but rather from those who came from afar, the Gentiles.
The Magi represent the first fruits of the Gentile nations and remind us again that God always had them in His heart. The Shekinah Glory of God appeared, the Glory of the Lord had shown around them - Luke 2:9. Just as with the second coming of God, the Shekinah Glory of the Lord shall appear, Jesus will reveal Himself in a blazing Glory lighting the sky just as it had done so at His birth to guide the Magi. The star led them and stood over the place where the child was and they rejoiced greatly with great joy. The star that accompanied the birth of Christ is the same Shekinah Glory that will accompany the second coming of Christ. It marked the coming of the Messiah, it will mark His second coming. This is a star that is like the shekinah glory of God in the Old Testament which "led the people by cloud by day and by pillar fire at night." - Exodus 13:21.
The story of the three wise men is an indication of their genuine interest of the God of Israel and the King of Gentile and Jew God was sending into the world. The star is the sign of the Son of man, and the Glory that accompanied these Magi is the Glory that will accompany the Lord’s return. Guided by a prophet, guided by Old Testament scripture, guided by supernatural presence of the Glory of God, the Magi came enthusiastically and authentically to seek the King while the Jewish hierarchy and the prophets of the Jews were content to be ruled by Herod and remain totally indifferent, hostile, and even murderous towards the true King.When they arrive, and confront Herod the story becomes tragic.
There are only two possible responses to the arrival of Christ, one is the response of His own people, or the response of those who were not His people who came from afar to worship Him and rejoice with great joy! There’s only two options, no middle ground, either reject Him like His own nation, or receive Him like those from afar. He came unto His own and His own received Him not, but to as many who have received Him, to them He gave the power to become the children of God. His own were cursed but these Middle Eastern King makers the Magi were blessed because of their response to Christ.
~You are loved In Christ
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Where there is conflict, there is likely to be the contemplation on whether to reconcile or not. Reconciliation is the bridge between love and forgiveness. Reconciliation is the consideration to give hope once again to a relationship. Some of the best relationships are those who have entered into it. Many voices are rising to teach reconciliation with great virtue and solitude taught with admonishion from God's truth, while others regarding recent and past actions and events teach reconciliation from the mind-set of strife. Voices concur “mine and yours”, “look what you did”, this is the way”, “my group or my people were hurt the most." There is a way to teach reconciliation to resemble Christlikeness, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” and not according to our flesh or own personal desires" - 2 Corinthians 5:18. Reconciliation can build or shake nations according to proper delivery of the message.
Leave Out the If’s
Where reconciliation is concerned there will be those who will put in the “ifs.” It is a natural insertion put into conversation when trying to resolve conflict, but should be considered negative and a word to be avoided when seeking healing for relationships. Reliving the past to remind someone if they would have done this or that opens new wounds, does not allow the old wounds to heal, and makes the person or people we are trying to reconcile with seem worthless in their previous efforts. There’s nothing worse than trying and giving it the best you’ve got just to hear the person on the other end use a slight word to make your trying seem minute in the relationship.
Replace if by using the words when, assuming, supposing, and unless, or with the phrases ‘as long as’, ‘on condition’, or ‘on the assumption.’ These words and phrases causes both parties to think about solutions, thus eliminating finger pointing. Everyone involved gets an opportunity to participate and to re-think their previous actions, evaluate their present tense, and project upon how to reconcile and resolve conflict more firmly for future growth.
Exclude the Biases
Bias is prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, a tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned. Reconciliation according to Biblical definition is not exclusive, restricted or limited to one person, group, or area concerned, but inclusive including all the promises of God for those who believe - Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Addressing reconciliation requires the leader who teaches it to leave all biases pertaining to color, religion, creed, and origin at the door and first consider the character of Jesus Christ as He mingled and spoke to all people alike, the sinners and the saved - Mark 2:13-17.
We are indebted to teach as Jesus taught. Jesus invited people in, offered them redemption, healing and restoration, and then commanded them “go and sin no more” - John 8:11. The notion was never well you are not this color, that “type” or “we need to show more respect to the former African American President of the United States of America over the current Caucasian President of the United States or vice versa. One thing about Jesus was that He kept everything He ever taught all about the Great Commission, salvation, souls, and eternal life through redemption. We start to walk a thin unsteady tight rope when we highlight to people to take sides while teaching the ministry of reconciliation. Teach Biblically, teach truth, and all else take to Jesus in prayer.
Exclude Divisive Solutions
Divisive solutions are not the answer to teach reconciliation. White power, Black power, Latino power, and any other power should be excluded out of the plan of teaching reconciliation all together and the power of God and all that He stands for and His commands should be inserted into the equation for a solution. To teach reconciliation divisively means that you are including answers just for your clique or ethnic race and not for humanity. Furthermore, to teach it this way proves that divisiveness has never left your heart or plan, and unity is thrown out the door all together, leaving everyone outside the clique to feel as though their input is null and void.
Some people right now are reading this blog cringing because they want desperately for the wrong to be righted, but wrong can never be righted with a wrong. It is right standing in Christ and prayer which led some of our forefathers and others who suffered to teach the message of reconciliation in right Biblical pretense. Communities and homes who endure conflict should readily forgive each other in love. It is not healthy to keep strife going if there is a chance to reconcile. Never let the charges of another persons mind-set stop you from unity. Reconciliation may be taught wrong on their part, but it is the responsibility of those who know the truth to correct the wrong misconception being taught.
Be Confident to Teach Reconciliation
Be confident because you are doing the will of God teaching reconciliation. Forgiving someone else, inviting them in to reconcile unlocks your blessings. God is the maintainer of all relationships, man is the one who has free will to follow God’s instructional plan or not. As we place our trust in God for His plan in community we allow the burden of resistance to be lifted from ourselves. The battle is not ours to handle alone, it is the Lord's - 2 Chronicles 20:15. We are needed for Jesus to work through us, but it is His power that deliver and sustains the multitudes. Reconciliation cannot be taught without the presence of God guiding.
Not always is our readiness to reconcile accepted by some parties, it may even be a shock to the person you want to reconcile with. Allow time for the person to absorb your intention, and to process the love of God through you setting an example for them in season and out of season. Show the need for reconciliation not only when it feels good, or when we feel we are being watched, but at all times, this is true authentic love and reconciliation.
Some individuals are naturally prone to resistance, if you are stronger in regrouping, if this is your strength, continue to give space and uphold the other person in prayer. It is fine to love from a distance, do not feel guilty. Many times, after individuals see your sincerity to reconcile they will bend and receive your notation. Reconciliation in community takes observance, transparency, love, forgiveness, and teamwork. Maintaining in the will of God concerning reconciling relationships keeps God as the center and at the forefront to lead us.
~You are loved In Christ
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Church Too has become a respected ignited movement on social media to bring about awareness of sexual abuse in the church. Sexual abuse long hidden to protect the reputation of the perpetrator, hide the shame of the victim, and to protect the foundation of the Church, of whom themselves have experienced the stealthy robbery of their victims’ self-esteem, emotional stability, and conclusiveness of where to begin again in life. Women have become the heroes in this movement which serves them well with dignity and respect to be ever so brave to speak out against such unwilful violations. The perpetrators have been penned in the light of negligent and abusive which is serving to fit the awkward, violent and unhealthy behaviors.
Sexual Abuse Does Not Discriminate
The lines are drawn as black and white, but there are still grey areas. What are little boys thinking who are victims of sexual abuse when mainly women are acknowledged as being affected? The Me Too and Church Too movements should be clear that sexual abuse does not discriminate and to make this known to the very impressionable youngest of our communities. This blog was not only written to bring awareness of sexual abuse concerning women and girls but for all the little boys and grown men who have been sexually abused or harassed. The same afflictions women must face men have to face as well. Some people want men and boys to put on a brave face, but the truth is statistically wise sexual abuse occurs just as much if not as double as it does with women and girls. Women and men, boys and girls are traumatized. When starting a movement authentically everyone who is affected or suffered should be acknowledged. We cannot name every name, but we can name every category. Acknowledgement from others brings healing.
You Are More Than a Conqueror
A victim of sexual assault myself as young girl I can relate from the nasty gut feeling you have afterwards, the shame, afraid to tell your story, to the low self-esteem that never seems to go away unless the power of the Holy Spirit heals you. Moments where you share your story and because of your beauty, good looks, class, or what side of the tracks you come from, poor or rich, you are treated nonchalantly as not hurting or bleeding inside, when all the while you’re screaming “I’m dying inside.” Stigmatisms placed on your back, afraid to tell the person you like or want to date your past because of fear they might judge you, and afraid to leave your children anywhere because of being over protective. I have been there, have experienced it, and I am a living witness that the aftermath of sexual abuse can be overcome. I can say today that I am healed, the victor God has caused me to be overshadows the past with a bright light and promise. Has the violation of the act ever left me, no the remembrance is always there. Is it a vivid memory, yes because I am an overcomer and more than a conqueror.
It is Jesus Christ who makes you more than a conqueror, because He has already conquered - Romans 8:31-39. Everything that you need you will find in God Himself, God is your supplier. Your will to overcome, the power to persevere, the gifts to love, forgive, hone joy, peace, longsuffering, and your self-confidence all lies in the self-confidence, and power of God, and gifts from the Holy Spirit, your life is rooted in this truth. Knowing who you are begins with knowing whose you are. You are a child of the living king who supplies you with healing, restoration, the fruits of the spirit and surmountable confidence. Do nothing alone, do everything in and through the strength and power of God.
Sexual Abuse is Just One of the Abuses
We really should acknowledge more often the fact, not only does sexual abuse occur in the Church but spiritual, emotional, and physical abuse does as well. There have been countless stories in high profile magazines, columns, and blogs which have highlighted such points overtime. God is concerned about the heart of the Church and the heart of the people. This is not about pointing the finger, but it is about holding each other accountable in grace, and communicating well to bring about effective discipleship for Church foundations to preserve sound and holistic Biblical foundations.
As children of God we are called to sharpen one another and to share one another burdens. It is the duty of the church to be aware of abuse, address the issue, and find ways to eliminate such violations from occurring again. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” – Proverbs 27:17. "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" - Galatians 6:2. We are encouraged by our fellow man in Christ, strengthened by their love, and given hope that we are not in this walk alone. Teaching the Great Commission should be the greatest conquest of the Church and protecting the Body of Christ equally as well because God requires both.
Women and Men Abuse
Women and men abuse each other in the workplace, in public and in private. To address abuse effectively concerning the Church the where when and how abuse may occur cannot be one sided because God is just. The issues should be addressed but with wisdom, discernment and sound Biblical leading. Acknowledge abuse head on whether male or female and lead the parishioners where they need to go for further help. Stray away from biases where sexual genders are concerned, abuse is wrong no matter who afflicts it or what form it presents itself. It is the responsibility of the Church to connect spiritually with one another and secularly to address such truths.
The goal is not to single people out under a microscope, but to be aware that hidden problems of abuse could surface, and be prepared to address and administer Biblical truth to guide the victim through the healing process. The silence and sensitivity of sexual abuse can never be changed unless the problem is talked about openly. The victim is given the chance to recover and heal by carefully caring for their soul, this care includes recognizing that many people are not just in one category but are equally affected from the effects along the lines of the spectrum of abuse.
~You are loved In Christ
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Scripture teaches us to walk in the spirit so that we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, (Galatians 5:16). God commands us to follow by the leading of His Spirit. Making the decision to walk upright according to what God says and not in our own will positions us for success in our personal lives, relationships, and careers. Walking by the spirit means to follow where the spirit of God leads, it takes committment to do this and requires leaving our own will aside. To walk by the spirit brings substantial peace in our midst, where God guides there is surety, clarity, and victory, not chaos, confusion, or failure.
Faith is what is needed to go where God guides. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" - Hebrews 11:1. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the gift of faith. "To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit" - 1 Corinthians 12:9. Somewhere deep inside the Christian is the will to believe God for small and great things, to trust Him and His living word. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" - Psalm 119:105. Then and only then can we see the plan of God to lead and guide us into all truth about all matters. Trusting God as we walk daily in His spirit is not always on point with our actions, sometimes we miss the mark and have to re-evaluate ourselves, the circumstances, and regroup. Jesus has never left us, but through all the smoke screens and noise from the world we cannot see nor hear Him. "The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" Deuteronomy 31:8. We have to learn to hear from Jesus to be lead and if we can't hear Him then remind yourself of the miracles and blessings God has used to contour our life before. We overcome by the sharing of our testimony, this includes overcoming by personally encouraging ourselves.
After the gift of salvation in my life, it was not until later during my spiritual journey in Christ that I understood that faith was given to me as a gift from the Holy Spirit. This truth meant that the faith the Holy Spirit gives was not a faith that I had to muster up on my own, but faith from the Spirit of God Himself. God's strength, not my strength! It is now understood why Paul stated, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13. It is so important to connect everything in our lives back to God. God is our strength, we cannot do or be anything significant in life without Him. The promises of the world offers instabilty, the promises of God offers surety. Our confidence is in His confidence, our strength is in His strength, our faith is in His faith. We are safe following the plan of Jesus, there is guaranteed guidance, not darkness from the world, the way is lit for us through Christ as the plan of God unfolds in our lives.
Jesus has gone before you to contour everything for you. What you live or have lived is what God will use to heal you and to reach the multitudes. The Lord saw the problem before it even enlarged and before you entangled yourself into the bondage. Does Jesus remove the bondage right away or indefinitely? Not always, but does God take your brokeness and mold it into a specific shape, a shape and plan He has for your life? Yes He does. God can take your mess and design it to fit into the plan He had set aside before the foundations of the earth for your life. It seems so wacky and out of the ordinary that Jesus takes the marred and ugly mess of our lives to make them beautifully defined into the shape of a victor. You can be marked by the contour of this world or be marked by the contour of God by following Him. Your peace and hope while God does this remarkable change in your life will come from your willingness to walk by the spirit. Walking by the Spirit requires for you to walk in all of the fruits of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts and fruits of the Spirit. LOVE, PEACE, FAITHFULNESS, JOY, GOODNESS, GENTLENESS, PATIENCE, SELF-CONTROL, and KINDNESS are your shield of weapons as you walk by the Spirit.
Failure in our lives can be avoided if we follow where God leads. As we walk in the Spirit we are less likely to entangle ourselves into bondage but walk freely. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" - Galatians 5:1. "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked" - 1 John 2:6. To humbly walk by the Spirit assures Jesus Christ as your solid rock, a rock which cannot moved nor can the gates of hell prevail against it. "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" - Matthew 16:18-19. Walk by the spirit, build your life, your family, and your Church upon the solid rock (Jesus). If you do not, you are allowing the adversary to cause you to walk down unkown places and paths God never intended for you to experience. You have the keys to bind and loose, and the Holy Spirit has given you the gift of faith to trust Him.
~You are loved In Christ
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Ever find yourself admiring or wanting that belonged to someone else, instead being content with the person, place, or thing God has already blessed you with? Dissatisfaction and comparison manipulates us into believing that what God has already given is not enough. We are self-defiled by selfishly wanting more which leads to the sin of coveting. Finding the core reasons not to covet what another person has is essential to live out Exodus 20:17, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” While you may be craving abundance God’s view is that He has already given you your portion.
EVERYTHING GOD DOES IS GOOD
From the beginning when God created the Heavens and its foundations, the firmament, the earth and everything in it scripture says God saw that it was good. “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day” – Genesis 1:31. When a person does not receive what God has given to them to be good, it only means one thing, they believe what God has given to them is not valuable. What God considers to be good we should consider to be worthy. True Holiness is to agree with what God agrees with, and to disagree with what God disagrees with. You cannot go wrong with believing God and that includes believing and knowing that your portion is good.
The Lord is looking for contentment. Paul wrote … “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” - Philippians 4:11-13. Paul was content, but we can also learn from these scripture verses that Paul’s portions never remained the same, the seasons changed. Whatever our current portion might be does not mean that it is the end of where God wants to take us. The importance of remaining content in whatever portion God gives you is because you are in a constant position to have faith to trust God with your current needs. “We can trust in “the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” - 1 Timothy 6:17.
God wants to bless you, has great plans for you, and wants to give you a hope and a future. His plans are not for you to fail but for you to have the victory. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11. Your current situation are not where you will stay because the Bible guarantees us that we grow from glory to glory. Nothing stays the same, not even our circumstances. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” – 2 Corinthians 3:18. Your current portion may look dreary in your eye sight or may not look as promising as another person’s green field, but God knows why you were not allowed to have the thing that you desire the most.
You may not be able to handle someone else’s blessing. Blessings come with the responsibility of maintaining them. Many people want that new car, new house, or want to make those large investments but after all the excitement wears off it all boils down to, can they maintain the blessing. When God gives you your portion it carries the mark of an Isaac blessing. When God allows you to have something it carries the mark of an Ishmael blessing.
“But God said, "No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him” – Genesis 17:19. “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation” – Genesis 17:20. Ishmael had the portion, but Isaac had the covenant. Sometimes we can ask God over and over for something we really are wanting until He allows us to have it. I don’t know about you, but I want my Isaac instead of my Ishmael. I want God’s best, and not second best.
Coveting someone else’s blessings could lead you to have a portion you will forever regret. Lot strived with Abraham over a portion of the land because the land they shared could no longer support them and there was strife between their herdsman. Therefore, Abraham allowed Lot by the unctioning of the Lord to choose his portion first and took the other portion of the land left by Lot (Genesis 13:1-13). Lot’s land and livestock diminished, while Abraham’s prospered, (Genesis 13:13-1). “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you" So, Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord" - Genesis 13:14-18. Abraham had the covenant, but Lot had the portion"
The secret to being content with what God has given you is not only by faith trusting in “the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” - 1 Timothy 6:17, but by knowing if the portion you have was given to you by God through covenant. Whatever God gives us it comes from a covenant blessing. The blessing does not dwindle, and it does not add sorrow. “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it” – Proverbs 10:22. The blessing is able to be kept, because God will give you everything to maintain it. When we realize that what God gives is from covenant rights we will not desire what others have and will learn to pray for our portion according to covenant and scripture.
Be grateful and acknowledge the goodness and blessings of God. Keep in mind you are qualified for more when you maintain your blessing. “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be required” – Luke 12:48. Be thankful for what you have and if you are not satisfied then pray and seek the face of God if the blessing is a covenant blessing from God. Whatever God gives there is contentment and blessings.
For those who have been promised covenant blessings from God, but you see other people walking in theirs and you are still waiting stay content until you see the manifestation. God has not forgotten about you, you just have to wait for His perfect timing, only God can see what would have been in store for you. Stay in faith and trust Him. Look for the Biblical trail of God's covenant blessings in your portion, this is your satisfaction. Value what God gives you, therefore you can remain content.
~ You are loved In Christ
2017 Tijuana Canders