"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." - Matthew 6:33
How many singles are frustrated and losing faith in finding a suitable mate? This talk answers a series of fourteen questions submitted by single Christians and are answered in a mature and frank conversation. My husband joins me to share the unique male perspective that brings balance to what I believe can be the start of interesting dialogues about what preparedness really means in terms of getting married. This message contains adult content.
"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." ephesians 5:33
Even though marriage is a God-ordained institution, it is still human in terms of its execution. It takes a great deal of long-suffering, temperance, and faith along with every other fruit of the Spirit to successfully build and sustain your marriage. The Bible is clear about what God expects and despite how miserably we fail at those expectations from time to time, God never changed His mind about what He wants out of our marriages.
This message is based upon a dream I had about a married couple. There were some troubling things I observed in the dream that I had to seek Biblical counsel for understanding. It is clear; husbands are to love their wives and wives are to respect their husbands. Sometimes, those lines get blurred, but if we are children of God with hearts to please our Father, we will submit to the Word no matter what it takes.
This message is not for everyone but it is for some. Let it bless you.
"And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren." Exodus 2:11
As a young boy, Moses experienced trauma. From being surrounded by the grief-stricken screams of mothers losing their babies to a murdering spirit to being thrust hastily in a basket and set to float on the Nile River. He went from a warm and loving atmosphere to residing in a cold, idolatrous castle that belonged to the enemies of his people. Moses lived a life that denied him a genuine community. And just when he found out who he really was, his emotions triggered in anger, and the orphaned, yet destined prophet became a murderer.
Moses’ story is not unlike many of ours. Many of us can relate to dealing with childhood trauma that followed us into adulthood. We have been triggered in areas that we’ve managed to mask for years only to have them affect our ability to maintain relationships, to serve faithfully in the work of ministry, and to maintain gainful employment, among other things.
There is hope for us. God didn’t leave Moses alone. He made a way for Moses to receive the healing, validation, and sense of community that he needed to develop the leader that burrowed within him, that one that was hidden behind the scars of a traumatic childhood. This message is a real one that unearths what many of us have tried to conceal. It will reveal how destructive triggers are and makes a strong case for why we need to confront and overcome them. Listen and be blessed.
"And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying." Genesis 37:11
There will be seasons in your life when jealousy will be in operation against you. Jealousy is a cruel, resentful, bitter spirit that harbors deep feelings of hatred against its target. The operation of jealousy can be quite provocative in terms of having to cope with it, but the Bible has provided clear testimonies of how you can identify, confront, and overcome the poison of jealousy. This message will enlighten you and provide scriptural counsel for how to put the spirit of jealousy under your feet. You don’t have to lose your integrity; you can win. Listen and be blessed.
Genesis 11:31-32, "And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran."
Everyone has seasons where they have entertained thoughts of giving up and walking away. It is part of the human experience to feel overwhelmed sometimes the remedy that seems to offer relief from the pressures of life is to just drop it altogether. The issue with that is that when we are responsible for others, making a decision to stop, drop, and roll away may not be in everyone else's best interest as much as it seems to be ours. For the sake of who is attached to you, making a poor decision can be expensive. And sometimes, the consequences of those poor decisions can derail our destiny.
This message looks at the life of Terah, Abraham's father, who fell short of his destiny. He died in Haran which is translated, a dry place. God doesn't want you to dwell in Haran; He has promises He wants to fulfill for you but they are contingent upon you enduring the race that is set before you. Let this message bless you.
"And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host." Judges 7:9-11
I had a lucid dream early this morning and in that, the Lord revealed the heart of a person close to me. Now, before you think that I am being petty, hear me out. It is important to know the hearts, minds, and spirits of those whom you work alongside. If not, you can inadvertently set your heart to be pierced through with many sorrows.
In the podcast, I share some of the details of my dream and the interpretation thereof, but the lesson learned was one I could hardly keep to myself. I feel it needed to be shared.
Basing this lesson from a short, but challenging season in Gideon's life, I believe there are some rich takeaways that can bless your life and mine. Listen and be blessed.
"And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself." Matthew 27:5
Today, I felt led to talk about the grace for relationships and what they look like when they are about to expire. I used Jesus’ relationships with Judas and Peter as a foundation for the message and examined them through the lenses of what renders a relationship sustainable and what the indicators are for when a relationship is expiring. You will hear tactical solutions for handling your own ‘complicated’ relationship seasons and perhaps walk away with a greater appreciation for the relationships that lasted. You will understand why some had to end, and you will also learn the importance of being honest with your own emotions in the process. Let the message bless you.
"The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount." DEUTERONOMY 1:6
There are some of us who have taken entirely too long to do what God has called us to. We have procrastinated, made excuses, became complacent, and did everything else except what was required. Those are cases where we had frustrated the grace of a season when God destined for a thing to be done. You may never know whose lives are affected by your decision to NOT conform to God’s word. You may never know whose lives may never improve; they may never reach heights in their spiritual, physical, financial, or personal walk if we were the ones slated to help them get there and we resisted the timing of the Lord.
Moses reminded Israel that their wilderness season should have only lasted eleven days, not forty years. People died, battles were fought, and family relationships were destroyed because Israel took an eleven-day promise and made it into a forty-year problem. Do not let that be your portion. Agree with God, cooperate with Him, and partner with Him to bring His will into the earth without Him having to fight you along the way. Let this word bless you!
"And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel." Judges 2:10
I love to rise early and spend time in the presence of my Father. As I rose before Him this morning seeking for direction and clarity for a very demanding day, I settled myself down and watched a news broadcast. Upon viewing a certain segment, I heard the Lord say, “They’re (referring to something I had just seen) are the nation that forgot God.” I was like, “WOW!” I sort of sat back in amazement at what I heard and started pouring through scripture to see what the Word of God says in detail about it. From that brief study, I birthed this morning’s talk. As I began sharing on the podcast, it became apparent that what needed to be shared had to be divided into two segments so a part two is forthcoming. Nevertheless, the Spirit of God moved expressly in the message and I pray you can hear what He is saying to you. Be blessed as you listen.
"And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman." Ruth 3:9
Ruth was a woman who demonstrated the laws of reciprocity. She lived a sacrificial life and as a result, God opened the heavens for her. Ruth was a young woman, young enough to remarry and bear children after the untimely death of her husband, but she chose instead to serve her destitute and distraught mother-in-law, Naomi. Even after Naomi urged Ruth to return to her family, Ruth denied herself that pleasure and maintained her loyalty to Naomi. Ruth became a seed. She didn't just sow seed; Ruth became seed in Naomi's life and God, who cannot be mocked, was obligated by virtue of His own word, to reward Ruth substantially.
Take a listen at today's podcast on the lesson of sowing and reaping as it pertains to Ruth's life and let it challenge you in any area where you may need it. Let it inspire you to be your best in all you do that God will take delight in you and bless your life accordingly.