"And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed." GENESIS 19:17
There will be many occasions where we will be tempted to return to things that God has delivered us from. Those things can be people, places, or things. It is essential that we remain led by the Spirit of God that we don't contaminate ourselves in the process of returning to that which God has deemed unfit. This message is saturated with scriptural examples of why God expects us to move forward. It also serves as a warning for going back. Let the message 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.
1 CHronicles 22:9, "Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
God made a promise to King David that his son, Solomon, would not only inherit the throne but would also enjoy a reign of uninterrupted peace. Like all prophetic words, this one was contingent upon David’s obedience and his acceptance and willingness to confront every enemy that would pose a threat to his son’s future kingdom. David was a man of war, yes, He was God’s man of battle, but David also faced battles of his own. David faced distressing emotions, episodes of manic depression, rejection in his family, betrayal in his camp, and so many other battles against his destiny, yet he overcame each and every one.
You and I are a lot like King David. We have our battles to confront, which is why we keep our swords unsheathed. On the contrary, there are some of us who choose to ignore these battles to the detriment of our generations. In this case, they not only stand to face their own giants but in many unfortunate cases, have to fight their family’s giants, too.
This message gets in your face and may be uncomfortable, but if you can hear what the Spirit of God is saying, you can position yourself in place to protect your generation from your own warfares and set them up for a life of peace. Listen and be blessed. (I pray for you at the end)
"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.
Genesis 2:23-25, "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."
"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.
"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.
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Genesis 12:1-3