GROWTH

2nd Peter 3:18 but GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen
As we move quickly into 2019, I ask you a question, what did you learn from 2018. Are you able to grow from last year?? Peter encourages us to grow “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I have to trust that Peter, and all of his experience with the Lord, would understand the type of Growth possible for anyone in Christ Jesus. So what is GROWTH:

GGrace
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
-We are who we are and where we are because of God’s Grace. We must also know that Grace is a gift that we can never earn or loose, regardless of what we have done. We’ll dig into this more later.

RRighteousness
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
-Jesus is Righteous and everything in Him is Righteous. Guess what? 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. When we accept Christ as our Savior we become the righteousness of God, because we are in Christ. More to come…

OObedience
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
-I always want my children to obey me, because I feel I know what is best for them, plus I love and would do anything for them. How much more does God want what is best for us? Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

WWorship
Genesis 22: 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
-Worship takes every focus off of ourselves (our life, problems, desires) and places it solely on God!!!! When we do this, we acknowledge Him as our source, strength and hope. We invite God into our situation when we worship and God is looking for us. John 4: 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

TThankfulness
1 Chronicles 16:5 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 35 And say, “Save us, O God of our salvation; Gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles, To give thanks to Your holy name, To triumph in Your praise.”
-A mindset of Thankfulness, is a constant reminder that every blessing we receive or good that happens to us, does so because of God’s love for us. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…

HHealing
Isaiah 53: 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
-By Faith we are healed!! Jesus allowed himself to be beaten to a pulp so that we would receive His supernatural healing and desires that we be healthy and whole. 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

As we continue together into 2019, GROWTH has to be a group effort. Us and a Triune God (The Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit). With this team we can do all things. We will work together over the next couple of months to walk thru this GROWTH model. So come back and join us.

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Help Me: I’m Sinking

Psalm 69

1 Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4 Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it. 5 O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You. 6 Let not those who [c]wait for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be [d]confounded because of me, O God of Israel. 7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.
29 But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song. And will magnify Him with Thanksgiving. 

One of the most helpless feelings a person can endure is the feeling of drowning.  Being in a body of water regardless of size, and to since you’re slowly sinking deeper and deeper as the water begins to go above your head, is unbearable.  No matter how hard a fight you put up, when your body feels the water covering more and more body parts with seemingly no compassion for your desire to escape is torture.

In this text David cries out to God saying “Save me, O God!  For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.”  David felt that his life was in danger because the waters of life had come up to his neck, and it was just a matter of time before the rest of him would be consumed. Have you ever felt like you were sinking; drowning in the stresses of your life; weighted down by unmet expectations, depression or bitterness? Then you’ve been where David was, he was sinking in the mire or the mud, clay or wet sand. He was stuck, unable to move and falling deeper and deeper into the muck.

Last year I competed in a Triathlon, an event that combines running, cycling, and swimming.  The first portion of the event is the swim, which for me was the most difficult. Not that I’m a weak swimmer, but of the three exercises it is where I have the least amount of endurance. Swimming requires the use of just about all the muscles groups in your body and it can be exhausting. It was important that while training, my main goal was increasing my endurance in the water.  I had to put yourself in situations that at times made me seem like I was drowning, even while I was the most tired. This helped me to develop stamina and calm in the pool.  What I found was that when I was calm, my breathing was consistent, and I could keep my lungs filled with air. Ultimately, it kept me afloat.

There are two take ways from this text and my swimming experience. I was able to float and succeed during the swim when: 1. When I remained calm in the water, and 2. When my lungs were filled with air. David found the same success in Psalm 69: 13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation. 14 Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters. 14 Let not the floodwater up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me.

1. David Was Able to Remain Calm: Even though he was drowning in the mire around him, he did not try to rescue himself. He prayed to the Lord and trusted him for his deliverance. After the initial fear of drowning, David regrouped, found peace in the Lord (remained calm). So, while I did finish the Triathlon, it was not without difficulty during the swim; I started off just as practiced and really felt great for about a minute. The water was splashing from all the men in the water swimming around me, and where we were the water was very muddy; so much so, you could not see beyond your hands in front of you. This caused me to panic, which resulted in shorter and inconsistent breathing and over exertion of the very muscles I needed to finish the swim. I was stroking, kicking, gasping for air & praying that I would be able to finish. One of the Triathlon safety personnel reminded me of this very important principle that David demonstrated, by yelling to get my attention and saying, “Calm Down.” It was clear & concise, I had to relax in order to catch my breath. I not only had to remember this but continue the process for the LONG reminder of the swim. Like David, I thought I was going to drown; but by remaining calm I was able completed the event.

2. David Was Filled With Breath: David sought the Lord and his heart was filled with God’s Breath of Life; His Holy Spirit. Psalm 69: 29 But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song. And will magnify Him with Thanksgiving. David went from fearing for his life to praising and magnifying his God. David prayed and was filled with Life by the Spirit of God. It’s just like filling our lungs with air; when our lungs are filled with air, our bodies are able to float (air is lighter than water). After telling me to Calm down, my new best friend (the safety guy) also reminded me to breathe. You see while training, you develop a pattern or rhythm of breathing that not only helps keep your lungs filled with breath (air), but the rhythm helps choreograph your strokes/kicks. That simple reminder helped both me and David rise above the water that would normally drown us.

So, this year with whatever 2019 brings you, remember to calm down and breathe. (Be Calm) Let the Peace of God guard your heart and mind (Phil 4:7). (Breathe) The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty give s me life (Job 33:4)

Get Back To Business Part 2: Jesus Anointed You Too….

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Last time we talked about finding God’s Plan for your life by being “about My Father’s business.”
(Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”)

When you focus on Jesus’ purpose, He’ll lead you to yours (Seek Ye First His Kingdom…). This week I wanted to dig a little deeper into what My Father’s business is all about and how Jesus is the example for all of us:

Before we discuss what Jesus did, we have to look at how He did it. In Luke 4 Jesus revealed His power source and assignment. Jesus said so much in so few words. The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To. Because of what the Holy Spirit did for Jesus while on earth, He will now do the following for us:

  1. The Holy Spirit Is Our Power Source:

Jesus left His Kingly Throne to come and take on an earthly body. He gave up everything to become like us. Therefore when He declared that The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, what he was telling us is that we need the Spirit of the Lord is upon us in order to do anything. John said it like this: John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. Before we can be about any business…we need The Holy Spirit’s power. One of man’s biggest downfalls is our short term memory. We often forget how powerless we are without God’s help. If Jesus, while on earth needed the power of the Holy Spirit to work miracles, heal the sick and save; why do we think we can do anything without The Vine‘s power. What do I mean, many times we believe that because we’ve earned the diploma or certification and that is why we are successful. Forgetting that it was only God that miraculously made it possible for us to even get into a school, let alone graduate; but somehow we based our success or pulling ourselves up by our own boot straps. Remember (Phil 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure)

Jesus however, tells us what we can expect from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” & John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you). When we seek Him, He gives us Power and teaches us all things & the bible encourages us in (John 15:7-8 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.   This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.), that we will bear fruit and have what we ask God for; this will show the world that we are Christ’s Disciples as we minister to His children here on earth. Before we can serve the Poor, Broken Hearted, captives or the blind, we need the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Power Source and now we need our assignment.

2.  The Holy Spirit Gives Us Marching Orders:

Because He has anointed Me: Jesus tells us that He was anointed. What does that mean? Strong’s Definition: (5548 xríō) – to anoint by rubbing or pouring olive oil on someone to represent the flow (empowering) of the Holy Spirit & to present someone as divinely-authorized (appointed by God) to serve as prophet, priest or king (set apart, consecrated, and ceremonially conferred; given a position for a particular assignment). So anointing further highlights the empowering of the Holy Spirit, but it also speaks to being given an assignment. If we use military jargon it would be receiving orders. The Holy Spirit will give us marching orders. Jesus tells us his Marching Orders were to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, give the blind sight, liberate the oppressed and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Now those orders are being transferred to us.

Since we’re talking militarily, the assignment process is simple; once your billet or assignment is completed, you are transferred and someone else is assigned to your position. Jesus laid out a very detailed target demographic that He was anointed to serve. Great Leaders always Prepare/Train their replacement? Jesus is a great leader and He prepared the 12, then the 70; then the church and He is still training up replacements today; including each one of us. Because Jesus was anointed, we too are anointed because we are in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. When Jesus ascended to heaven, His assignment was accomplished (John19:30… It Is Finished). The disciples then took over Christ assignment or Marching Orders via the Holy Spirit and today the Orders have been passed down to us. So now that we have our Power Source & our Marching Orders, it’s time to get to business.

It is now time To handle “My Father’s business.” We received power and direction now it is time To execute His business. Jesus let us know that the Holy Spirit gave Him power, and anointed him To heal, serve and minister to all of us. We see all thru scripture that His purpose was being manifested, executed and seen on the earth; this is done for the benefit of man & so that God would be glorified.

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Get Back To Business!!!

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I retired from the military 3 years ago and my family moved here to Houston. We’d become used to moving often, about every 2 to 3 years. So knowing now that we would be planted was really exciting for all of us. My family has really settled in well, the kids are in great schools and all doing very well; they’ve made friends and all three have really begun to blossom into their own uniqueness. My wife has also settled in, authoring two books, launching a faith based clothing line and participating at local conferences. It’s all been fun to watch. Everyone was finally living in the GAP; you know that Good, Acceptable and Perfect Will of God (Romans 12:2). Well almost everyone…

Have you ever known that you’re exactly where God’s Purpose is for you…..But you can’t quite put your finger on what it is you’re supposed to be doing? That is where I’ve found myself recently, but what do you do when you’re living in God’s Purpose but still unsure of His Plan……

Unsure of what exactly I’m supposed to be doing, I recently asked God what I was missing. Why do I feel just a little out of sorts? He told me I had to go back; Go back to when you first heard Jesus’ voice. But what did that mean? The Key was hearing Jesus’ voice; So I went on a quest to find His first words documented in the Bible. Figuring it had to be in the Gospels I searched (Matt 3:15 talking to John the Baptist; or Mark 1:15 when preaching to the Galilean’s; or John 1:38 when John’s disciples were following Him)
Matt 3:15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
John 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

I found it in Luke. While Jesus was still a teenager, He said this to His parents, who were anxiously searching for Jesus after leaving Him behind in Jerusalem….
Luke 2:49…And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

When I read this; Jesus’ words really jumped out at me. Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? Jesus was in the right place and focused on God’s plan for Him on the earth. A plan which was for our hope and future. Even at such a young age, Jesus new how to keep the main thing the main thing. He was tending to Our Fathers Business. I was trying to figure out what my purpose was here in the Houston area; and it was clear. I’d forgotten to first be about My Father’s business. With the many hat’s I attempt to wear, it had become easy to misplace my priorities by doing everything except My Father’s business. So what was His Father’s business? Jesus would provide some insight to His Father’s business” two chapters later during a trip to the synagogue in Nazareth:

(Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.)

Whenever you’re searching for God’s Plan for your life start serving others. Serve those who Jesus was anointed to serve:

-to preach the gospel to the poor
-sent Me to heal the brokenhearted
-to proclaim liberty to the captives
-recovery of sight for the blind
-to set at liberty those who are oppressed
-to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

This word was challenging to me and ignited the service in me. I had just started back doing prison ministry and had new hunger for discipleship groups. I want to challenge those of you who like me sometimes find yourselves asking the question what am I supposed to be doing; Get Back to Business. You will never go wrong being about our Father’s business and you will always find Jesus right there with you.
Listen, I’ve been studying and executing Executive Level Leadership for the past 26 years. One principle that has remained a pillar for successful, corporations, organizations and industries is this. Every leadership philosophy should be aligned with the overall corporate/organization Vision/Mission Statement. If every leader is aligned with the company’s purpose 8 time out of 10 they have to succeed. In Luke Jesus laid out the Vision of why He was here, now it is up to us to align ourselves with His vision and accomplish what it was sat out to do. I mentioned an 8 out of 10 or 80% success rate; the other 20% was based on the organization’s leader. Ours is Jesus, so we cannot go wrong.

Are you looking for purpose and can’t find it???? Align your vision. Are you proclaiming the Gospel to those who need it? Are you tending to the broken hearted? Are you helping the Blind see? So I’ve been walking thru Master Life individually with my two Sons (Master Life is a powerful discipleship series that I highly encourage for those interested in going to a new level in Christ). In the study we are reminded that Jesus’ primary focus on us and for us is LOVE. And that LOVE is to be shown by Him thru each one of us. John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” The way we find our purpose is by loving others the way Christ decides; bearing fruit in His name and touching the people He was anointed to impact. When we do this; God is glorified and He will open our eyes to the purpose we seek and the desires He has for us. John 15:7-8 “ If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

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Introducing “The Manger”

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I’m excited to announce a new element to the Feeding His Sheep Blog: I want to introduce everyone to “The Manger,” a YouTube Channel geared to feeding the Lord’s Sheep across the Globe.  From time to time I’d like to begin sharing with you from a new platform; video.

So why’d we call this channel “The Manger?” When Jesus was resurrected and walked the earth for what is believed to be 40 days; He found His disciples on the water fishing just as he’d found several of them when His ministry first began. You guys might remember Peter, the disciple who was so prideful that he told Jesus he would never deny him, then before the rooster crowed 3 times Peter aggressively rejected even knowing Jesus, and it would be the last time seeing Jesus before his crucifixion.
Peter was at his lowest point, how could he ever be worth anything after this? John 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
Yet Jesus sought out Peter and this “worthless traitor” would soon be given His greatest responsibility. Jesus told Peter to Feed His Sheep! He not only restored Peter, He entrusted His most precious possession; His Children (you and I). God wants to do the same with us (if he has not already done so).

We will feed His Sheep today thru this new YouTube Channel “The Manger.” Webster’s defines manger as a long open box or trough for horses or cattle to eat from. It is a place that many can eat from at once time. This channel will be a place where all can eat; and not one plate at a time but as much as they’re able to handle….then even come back from more.

There is also another reason the channel is called “The Manger,” it was the resting place for Jesus. When He entered the very earth that He came to save, the Prince of Peace had nowhere to even lay His head. He was relegated to a dusty old manger even though he deserved a Royal Reception. Jesus will be found in this manger as well. Jesus Christ will be the only food on this Manger’s.
“The Manger” is where we can all be fed and the only item on the menu will be Jesus in all of His glory. Why because everything we stand in the need of can be found in Jesus, 2000 years ago He lovingly came here with Grace & Truth to sacrifice all so that we could become the Righteousness of God.

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It’s Settled

Isaiah 1:18 18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

 

When we believe Jesus Christ is Lord and He died for our sins……..It’s Settled!!!!!

You are Forgiven…….

His Plan is Your Journey………….Will You Get On Board

Have you ever felt like your mundane everyday life is boring or unfulfilled? Have you ever thought “man what I would not give for a great adventure?”  Do you ever reminisce of your childhood when you had all these plans for that grand future and a ton of mysteries you’d unlock?  Well we get it honestly, our Daddy was a visionary and He’s planned these great adventures for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 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.

With three kids my wife and I constantly try to plan out certain things for family to do; whether it be a Caribbean vacation or just a Weekend outing around town. We like to pick things that we believe they will enjoy and even some things that they’ve never done so that they’re exposed to something new.  We do this hoping for Family bonding; to create lasting memories; that the kids would since the love we have for them; to remove any fears of doing something different and ultimately to enjoy the journey together with them.  So ultimately, my wife and I plan the fun, we pay for the excursion and ultimately all they have to do is get on board the adventure train.  It’s just what our Daddy does for us…..

God has planned our adventure and His plans are great for our future…. plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  When the creator of everything plans your trip, you’d have to think it will be a pretty exciting journey.  If the CEO of Disney World planned a vacation at the theme park for my family; I would have to think that it would 100 times more exciting than what I could plan on my own, because he knows the ins and outs of the park, the most enjoyed attractions and so many of the creative details that we will never understand.  So think about God crafting us an individual journey; where He includes all of the elements He knows about us into everything He knows about everything and everyone else involved.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD; Needless to say, it will far exceed anything we could ever come up with.  So rather than continuing to try and plan out your own journey; just “Get on Board” of the journey that God has already planned for you.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The thing that makes God’s journey for us so amazing is that this planned Journey was the very reason we were created. So it is not like my wife and I planned out this elaborate vacation and once we finalized all of the details, we went to work on having a child so that the vacation could happen like we’d planned.  No we plan based on our current circumstances……But that’s not God’s MO.  He created everything about us, we were hand crafted by the God of the Universe; For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.  However, before we were even a thought; He’d already purposed out our entire journey.  In His great wisdom, He knew every step, stumble and success we will experience and it all leads up to a Finale that He meticulously planned out.  The beauty is that God prepared beforehand that we should walk in themShould ….That is the word that often causes us to stumble, because rather than understanding all that God has done, we attempt to plan and work things out on our own.  When what we should do is walk with God, being led by the Holy Spirit in this Great Journey that Jesus Christ died so that we might enjoy and fulfill His purpose for us.   As simple as this purpose is to receive….are you willing to stop fighting and Just Get On Board….

Time to Stop Fakin

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

I remember growing up hearing the many reasons people didn’t go to church; for a long time I agreed with most of them. By far, the two I heard the most were “all the Church want is money” & “The Church are a bunch of hypocrites, they’re all fakin.”  The money issue is a fruitless conversation to have.  However, if there’s one thing that continues to hurt the Church today, it’s our inability to be authentic and transparent.  The Urban Dictionary defines Fakin as “someone who’s scared to keep it real,” and often the Church tends to keep it real fake.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Jesus and His imperfect Church, we the Church just need to be willing to admit that we’re imperfect.

Many profess Christ, then feel a need to maintain a façade of being faultless. However, one of the most powerful sermons is the transparency of a Christian that acknowledges a struggle and the Grace God provided to help them through the challenging situation.  One of my favorite John P Kee songs is called “Testify.”  The lyrics that I just absolutely love are “The things that we want to hide are the things that He wants to use.  If we will testify that thing He will remove.”  So rather than trying to hide it from people, tell your own story then get help while helping others along the way.

James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.   You see when we share our “Real Lives” with others we value, the blessing is twofold.  We allow others, who have our best interest in mind, help hold us accountable and lift us up in prayer.  We also allow others who are going thru the same or similar situation to see that they are not alone.  They can then see that if those they know & respect can go thru a challenge and make it; that kind of encouragement can help others and when we testify the body is built up.

The next part of James’ verse is “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  This is really the key; we fake rather than pray; we hide from the truth rather than walk in the righteousness Jesus died to give us.  When we walk in His righteousness; we have all the provisions we need (Matt 6:33), our prayers are answered (James 5:16), our praise is perfected (Ps 7:17) , we are justified (Rom 3:26).  Jesus has given us victory to overcome any and every situation; even if the situation is self-inflicted.

God’s Love and Grace is perfect and cannot be outdone; there is nothing capable of separating us from the Love of God (Rom 8:37-39), not even you……  So stop hiding from your struggle or issue; you don’t have to post it on Twitter or Facebook but you can certainly tell your confidants and let God’s love do the rest.  Remember your victory is just waiting on your testimony….

The things that we want to hide are the things that He wants to use. If we will testify that thing He will remove.

When God Is Praised Everyone Gets Blessed

Psalm 67:5 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.   6  The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.  7  May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

And the Grammy goes to GOD!!!!!

So we hardly ever watch many of the award shows because too often we are not ups to speed on some of the “art” that is out now. However, we know that it is important to know what is out there because our kids are immersed in it at school and when they are not around us.  However, last night our Son who desires to be an artist of some sort wanted to watch the Grammys.  So we did and it was so pleasant to watch the Grammys tonight and see an artist that I really like, Chance the Rapper.  One because he is super unique, Two because he is not at all shy to praise God in his life and his music.  So when he received his award it was no surprise that he gave glory to God, but not in a way that we usually see people trivialize God’s presence in their lives (not that I attempting to judge), but as authentic as I’ve seen at a show like the Grammy’s (Glory be to God, I claim the victory in the Name of the Lord).  So then when it was his turn to perform, he chose to praise God.  Performing “How Great is Our God” and sprinkled in some of his own songs which were done with perfection.

I know that many of the crowd were expecting something different but what they got was Blessed. The word tells us that as the People Praise God, God blesses us.  And it does not say that God only blesses some people, because God desires to bless all.  After all He sent Jesus to save all of us and just because many choose not to receive Him, He continues to bless us all with His precious love.  So even though some in the Grammy crowd did not know what transaction was occurring during Chance the Rapper’s performance they walk out of the LA Staples Center better than they came in.

For all of us that Praise the Lord as a daily part of our lives, be assured that we are mainly doing it because of the relationship we have with Him, it is also still critical for those who still have not accepted Christ. As we praise, God blesses…..