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Wasting the Precious Oil Flow

It was interesting to me that while I was hurriedly attempting to plug-in an almost depleted electronic device, my iPad to be specific, I spilled over the olive oil in the little clear bottle with the green top. And I thought “oh gosh what a waste”. As I looked at it, I said to the Lord what am I supposed to do with that Father? … and I tried to think of clever ways to pick the oil back up so that I could use it.

And although there may have been ways I could’ve, I began to think. Inside the little puddle of oil I could see the reflection not only of the recipe for love behind it but all the ingredients that were on the little crystal tray and it made me think about Purpose.

Often times we waste our purpose (oil) because of neglect, distraction or just rushing through life getting things done, discontent. I noticed that in the picture I caught a reflection of part of the electrical cord and I thought “oh that’s not becoming of the picture, “ however, I realized the electricity is the source. It’s just like our attempts of relationship with God. Sometime, we try to cut him out of the picture and yet he’s the main part of it and then we wonder why we lose the oil flow or the blessing that was intended for us.

And the reality is we can’t rush through this walk. There is a process, plan and a place of contentment as we wait. We fall and can get back up again. However even if we can save some of the blessing of our purpose, it’s never going to be originally what God had intended, and so we miss out on a portion of it. And if we can’t identify the source of it (God), the whole purpose in healing from the fall is lost, even if we get back up. In the end did I save some oil ? Yes, but I could never recover all of it. And all that’s left is that little puddle of what could have been.

Today my prayer for you is CONTENTMENT in the wait. TRUST in the process. And constant REPENTANCE and RETURN back to the Savior of your soul, in Jesus’ name.

“The LORD says: ‘ when seventy years are completed, you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, and will bring you back from captivity.’ ” Jeremiah 29:12-14

💜 Loving You Today ~ Firestarter

Bump in the Night

What do you fear? What keeps you up at night, makes your palms sweat and your stomach sour? What makes you take two steps back after having taken one step forward?

When I was a kid I would often be woken by an unidentifiable thud or questionable rumbling. It always seemed to come from the darkest corner in the room, the closet or from under the bed. If I was with my other siblings then the one to go investigate would be the one who lost the dare or just by good ole fashioned seniority. But, if I was alone, I had to muster up the courage or pull the covers over my head, tightly close my eyes and pray to make it to the morning from whatever lurked in the darkness. Because even if the threat wasn’t real, the fear was.

Fear is a natural emotion when put into perspective. Fear is a spiritual alert that manifests into the flesh in order to warn us of danger. However, fear should never be entertained or fed. When we feed our fear through doubt, self-righteousness, pride, envy, anger etc…we open a spiritual door for it to grow and come in. Once inside it confuses and paralyzes us which makes it bigger and stronger than it was before. As it grows we give small pieces of ourselves (thoughts, beliefs, limitations) away and before we know it we, like a boat no longer tied to the anchor, have drifted far away from the shoreline, into irrationality.

The beginning of fear always starts in our mind, our soul. This is why the Word of God counsels us to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.(II Corinthians 10:4-5). If we recognize it, identifying that the enemy comes to steal, kill, destroy (John . 10:10), we are already one step ahead of our fear. We must capture our fear before it captures us. Once recognized, what follows is simple. Give all praise and honor to the Father in heaven who is worthy of it. The Lord dwells in the midst of our praises (Psalm 148:14). There’s is no one, nothing bigger than our God. It’s time for that seven word intro, “There’s someone I’d like you to meet!”

It is time for us to speak to our fear. Speak to those things that speak to us and introduce them to the Lord God Almighty whom is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Now show your fear who’s boss!

My prayer for you today is SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS and DEEPENING TRUST in the power of our LORD and his HOLY SPRIT… to move your fear out of your way!

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.” Proverbs 9:10-12”

Executing Obedience

We know the Word of God says obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22), but do we know why. When we were in the world we lived a life of sin. We struggled with our identity and whether or not there was a God who knew of our struggles. In our attempt in life to figure out our identity we made decisions and choices that had circumstances and consequences. Some of those consequences caused us much pain and grief. Our faith was weak or non-existent.

When we made the decision to follow Christ, it was because all at once our spirit understood the need for the Father, the acceptance of his Son and His sacrifice and the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. To execute obedience required us to step out on our faith, challenging us to go further trusting in the substance (basis) of our faith, despite the things we had seen with our physical eyes, putting hope in what we had not yet seen with our spiritual eyes.

When we obey the Father and what he commands of us, we are standing on faith. We are saying, “Lord, I trust You,” no matter what it looks or feels like to me.

My prayer for you today is FAITHFUL EXECUTION of your OBEDIENCE and all that the Holy Spirit places into your hands from this day forward!

💜Loving You Today ~ Firestarter 🔥

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

REFOCUS. Connecting on a deeper level in Christ. RECONNECT. Returning to the basics. The cross. REVIVE. Sparking a flame in the innermost being. RESURRECT. Speaking life into dry bones.

Goal: Duplicating God given talents in those we hold near and far, all around us.

What’s Your Spiritual Status?

Now more than ever in 2018, social media has become the main outlet for status expression of the Milleniel Mainstream Meltdown (3M) of non-stop wavering emotion that ebbs and flows at every change in the average person’s feelings. There is no longer a sincere search into one’s soul to find out what is behind the motivation for any given behavior or character-laden decision made while traveling life’s journies.

Despite it’s “title”, 3M, is not entirely exclusive to just Milleniels. It has leaked into other generations who should know that “feelings are fleeting”, just like the wind in which they rode in on. It is complete and utter foolishness to vent every single feeling had during every minute, of every day (Proverbs 29:11). That constant desire to be seen, heard and understood has become an overwhelming competition of a “look at me” attitude not only exhausting to its onlookers, but unbeknowest to the author, it exhausts their own spirit. And then they wonder why they have lost a sense of purpose, drive or meaning to life. Why, the zeal once associated with that small child captivated by sunshine, snails, blue skies and rain, no longer exists.

There is an undercurrent of sadness plaguing people. It’s rooted in the mindless mix of emotions misplaced on entertainment, self-indulgence and over-exposure to the poisons of this world system we have all grown so adept at embracing.

Deep down the hunger is real. Not for a super-sized meal, but for true consumption of the exponential quest for existence. Deep down we know our design, so intricate and intelligent, could only be explained by a Creator who is so much more intricate and intelligent than we could ever think or imagine.

The foolishness that comes with the negating of God’s existence is rooted in a primordial reasoning generated from the place of unhealthy, egocentric pride. Yes. It all just comes down to pride (Proverbs 16:18). Lucifer was anointed, the greatest, most beautifully embellished, priveleged angel in Heaven (Ezekiel 28:13-15), until he thought himself more important than the things of God. One glimpse into the mirror and (*finger snap) – he was no longer satisfied. That mirror will get you in trouble every time!

Status has to do with the condition of something. In order to find that something, oftentimes, we need to search deeper than superficial. Social media, both positively and negatively, has created an outlet to display your condition for others to see. Before posting that next status, maybe instead of looking into the mirror and admiring that physically allusive imagery that is ever changing, you might first examine the heart behind it and what motivation is currently fueling the desire to publicize it. And then maybe your true status could point you in the direction of the path leading to personal design, empiric essence and truth.

”For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” 1 Corintians 13:12

Wars and Rumors of Them 

It saddens me how much the culture has changed. This present generation, for the most part, is the “Me-Generation” or the Milleniels. That spirit of self-gratification, entitlement, disrespect, laziness and fear has permeated the land to an alarming degree. In the light of so much technology, “reality” mentality and social media we have bought into the “history” and fairytales that have been fed to us on so many different levels for so many hundreds of years. And we have allowed them to separate us without question or opposition.

There are no more basic values of respect and morality for God, authority or your fellow man. People say and do what they want, no matter the extreme, without any reservation, consideration, hesitation or at the very least for the preservation of their own soul. People blaspheme God, slander their neighbor and continue to add to the already innumerable amount of hate that we have stirred up in this country and world. Perversion, miseducation and indoctrination have led to killing, stealing and destroying. We have turned on one another as rabid, starving animals fixated on a final opportunity at prey “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother” (Matthew 10:35).

PLEASE, don’t stand on your soapbox and preach to me about injustice and personal defeat at the “hands” of others. I am a Puerto Rican-Black-woman, molested by a white man and raped by a Hispanic/Black man and yet I still find the courage and conviction to live my life in such a way as to treat every man, woman, child with respect, dignity and as an individual. I have come from one of the biggest cities in the Midwest and now live in the deep South and have experienced both the ignorance of prejudice and the beauty of mutual understanding and love from all races and walks of life. People are people are people. Stop dismissing others because you don’t have the conviction nor the gumption to escape your boundaries and self-installed “great walls” to venture out and discover something about your fellow man. Stop imposing your closed-minded interpretations of who you think everyone is without even exploring past the shackles of your own mind. 

Stop feeding in to the mind-blowing levels of contradiction, confusion and basic fear that these people (i.e., media, Hollywood, Beyoncé and dem, etc.) who could care less about you, instill in you on a daily. The popular opinion is just a myth exaggerated to control the masses and sway them to a level of self-destruction that seems uncomfortabably close. So your candidate won or didn’t win, God is still in control. As a matter of fact, He places kings and takes down kings (Psalms 75:7, Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1), so if you have a beef, maybe you should take it up with Him. 

Wake up. There’s a great big beautiful, unexplored world out there. When we stop looking at people like races and get back to looking at people’s faces and as individuals, maybe, just maybe we can take back the only race that truly matters. The human one.