Hard To Bless

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A friend of mine, Rev Dewey Allen, called me and invited me to attend a youth conference they were having at their church. What I know about Reverend Allen is, whenever he call about something kingdom-related, it’s something awesome! I have an awesome time in the Lord every time I accept his invites.

So I rounded up a hand full of youth – about 4 or five – and we went to the conference, which was very empowering! The church gave away gifts, and two of the youth I brought won tickets to the Astros game!

One of the young men gave me his tickets because he was unable to go on the day of the game. I was unable to go on that day too because my family and I were scheduled to be on family vacation that day. So I took the tickets anyway because I wanted to bless someone with them.

To make a long story short, I had a hard time giving those tickets away. I tried giving them to my neighbor but he didn’t answer the door lol. My cousin, who had been a blessing to me… I wanted to bless him with them but he was out of town. The list goes on and on. I was frustrated that it was difficult to bless someone with free tickets to the Astros and White Sox game.

Likewise, God wants to bless us. He gets frustrated because He longs to bless us, but we are so disobedient and uncooperative with Him.

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God Speaks To The Unsaved

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If you have Facebook, you know what it’s like to get “notifications.” After a few hours have passed, if you check your phone it is very likely that you have a new Facebook notification. Maybe someone’s birthday is today; maybe someone posted in a group you’re in; maybe someone tagged you and 45 others in a post that you’re not even interested in; or maybe someone clicked like on one of your selfies, but you should get a notification after a few hours have passed.

When God saved us as a result of us putting our faith in His Son (The Lord Jesus Christ), He then put His Spirit in us to seal the deal and confirm our salvation. Now that you and I have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, we get notifications from God. He gives us news we can use. He tells us what He wants us to know and what He feels we need to know at a given time. He gives us notifications.

When you’re logged on to Facebook, you automatically get notifications. When you are a Christian, you automatically get notifications from the Holy Spirit that God wants you, as a child of His, to have.

God is all of our Creator, whether we are saved or not. If I log out of Facebook, I won’t get any notifications. However, there is an app called “Messenger” that allows me to receive  a message directly to my cell phone – whether I’m logged on to Facebook or not. When I’m not logged on to Facebook, I don’t have to concern myself with Facebook notifications. However, I do realize it is possible for me to receive a message even though I’m logged off simply because I have installed the “Messenger App.”

One may be unsaved and disconnected from God, but much activity is still going on with God and the people of God. That person just isn’t getting the notifications. Believers are saying hallelujah! Believers are saying “God is awesome!” They’re getting notifications.

But do know this: Just like you can receive a message in Facebook  through the  “Messenger App” when you’re not logged in to Facebook, an unbeliever can receive a word from God even though he is not saved. God has put a type of “Messenger App” in everyone He created so that He can tell them to choose life or death.

“I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3) Such messages come to unbelievers through God’s messenger app He installed in us.

 

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Eternal God

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When you see my three children there’s absolutely no doubt that I’m not a virgin.

When you look at the earth, the sun, the moon and stars…there’s absolutely no doubt God is real and eternal and that He has supernatural power.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20)

There’s no excuse for not believing in God.

 

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On Judging

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If I see a man robbing a bank, I’m not gonna stop him.

If some driver is speeding on the highway, I’m not gonna chase him and tell him to slow down.

If a young man violates his parole, I won’t sanction him.

Why not? I know the law…but why won’t I get involved in any of those affairs? Because I’m not a judge. I’m no law enforcer. I know the law that I may obey the law, not enforce it or be a judge concerning it.

Jesus Christ is appointed to do all the judging and enforcing. I need to focus on my own cases.

“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbor?” (James 4:12)

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Pacifiers

(1John 2:15) Do not love the world or the things in the world.

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Some babies have the cutest pacifiers. It’s so cute when a baby has a pacifier. But as that child nears and surpasses two years old it becomes a problem. Mama has to take the pacifier. What happens is, the big baby cries and cries and cries, and finally mama goes against her will and gives that child the pacifier so he/she can go to sleep finally.

God be trying to take sin from us…He knows we should be done with this sin by now but we throw fits when we can get it. It’s just a “spiritual pacifier.”

 

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Loving-kindness

(Psalm 63:3) Your loving-kindness is better than life itself.

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Early in life I discovered that life doesn’t make sense. Losing loved ones early in life, being in danger, getting injured, numerous failed relationships…all taught me that life just doesn’t make sense. I became very disappointed and vexed.

But I must admit, this disappointment has helped me to love Jesus all the more. Life made no sense. A child should lose his grandmother – that doesn’t make sense. “Where is my dad?” That doesn’t make sense. I keep having headaches while other kids are playing – that doesn’t make sense!

I’m so glad that His loving-kindness is better than life itself.

 

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Gym

“Let perseverance have her perfect work.” (James 1:4)

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I walked around the gym doing nothing. Mainly because my right shoulder had been previously injured in the past. Any upper-body work I do, I use light weight and do plenty of reps to ensure I don’t reinjure my shoulder. So, much of my working out involves rehabbing that shoulder.

In our walk with God, we have some areas that are fragile. Weak. Broken. But God knows how to do rehab and therapy. But do know that we serve a God who, one of these days, will add another plate.

Just like weight lifters add another plate, God will add another plate on top of what you are already struggling through. That’s part of being in the gym.

 

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Come To The Water

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(Ecclesiastes 2:10-11) Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.

Jesus is a river in the center of the desert. That’s because everything in life is unfulfilling and leaves you empty and THIRSTY for something more worthwhile. On top of this, life has the habit of continually rubbing you the wrong way in that you have no solutions but to run to the water.

Don’t fight it. Go! Run to the water…

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You Will Not Drown

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When my son Darren takes a bath, my wife only allows him to use about three gallons of water. She doesn’t want any accidents to occur with our babyboy. And me being a joker would say something like, “I done told you that boy’s head is too big to fit under water. It’s impossible for him to drown.” Lol. (You can imagine the look on her face when I say that…)

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I wondered, what if for Darren’s amusement, I filled up the tub to the brim and told him to go take a bath. Knowing my child, he would be kind of nervous about that even if I explained to him that I would be in the restroom with him the whole time.

You know what…sometimes God puts us in deep waters. We are nervous in deep waters. We prefer a few gallons. But every now and then the Lord ordains deep waters. And He is there with us to make sure we don’t drown. If I will not let Darren drown, surely God will not let you drown.

You will not drown.

 

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The Red Sea “In me”

 

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Moses stretched forth his staff…

And God split the Red Sea! God defied nature. You cannot defy nature. I cannot defy nature, but God can defy nature if He so chooses to.

You and I have a “Red Sea” living on the inside of us. It’s called the sinful nature or the flesh (Romans 7). How absurd would it have been if the children of Israel tried to team up and divide the Red Sea themselves???

As it pertains to the sinful nature…our flesh, when we take a break from relying on the supernatural power of God to restrain “our Red Sea,” the Red Sea in me…the Red Sea in you, you and I will drown in sin just like Pharaoh and his army drowned in sin.

We have to be ever reliant upon the supernatural power of God to restrain the “Red Sea in me.”

 

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