BE BLESSED

~KEEP NO RECORD OF YOUR GOOD WORKS~ 🌸🌸🌸

When we keep “score” this leads us down a dangerous path of committing great terrible sins, such as, complaining, living in discontentment, judging others and falsely accusing others. Holy Spirit warns it is never our place to work in this way. It’s not of God.

Galatians 5:25

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

The Word gives us good instruction on how to relate to and love others as ourselves in order to keep close and keep in step with – as a means to daily please our Heavenly Father.

#trustfollowobey

James 1:26-27

…26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless. 27Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

See the need – Meet the need. Don’t harden your hearts. Don’t hoard the blessings you receive for yourself and your household, alone. Spread it out to others, over and over, and over again. 😁 Bless others. Move out of your own way. Stop stressing over how much you do for everyone and how much you won’t have if you shared what God has given to you. Allow God His perfect time and space to handle all of your life’s (and family’s) concerns. Stressing over and denying God what He wants will not extend more to you, will not preserve what you have, nor will it enlarge your territory. CONSISTENTLY Giving of yourself, SELFLESSLY, opens up heaven’s floodgates and pours down in and over your home and your entire life. Stifling God, stifles you. Don’t block your blessings. Be the blessing God has raised you up to be in the lives of others. GOD IS YOUR PROVISION. He is the ram caught in the thicket for you to bring to Him an acceptable sacrifice of honor, glory, and praise. 😊❤️❤️❤️ DAILY, Check your faith.

Concerning your thoughts and remarks about others:

Careful, careful. Find out in a loving way what his/her situation is. Purposely, see how God can use you to help them. Find simple ways to ease their load. Ask no questions. Just do! Keep no record of your good works. It dishonors the Lord.

BE CONSISTENT.

Have a compassionate heart. If you can meet the needs of others, MEET THEIR NEEDS. But do not bash them for the way they come to church, gatherings, prayer meeting, dinner parties, homegoings, social events, dressed/looking. Find out what the person is lacking, what her/his children are RIGHT NOW standing in need of and DO YOU PART! Shut your mouth, OPEN YOUR HEART, open up your time, and your treasure. Stop judging people by who helped them, last month. IT’S NOT YOUR PLACE!! Judging others is a direct sin against God.

PRAY OVER EVERY ACT OF KINDNESS YOU ARE LED TO PERFORM FOR GOD. PRAY FOR CLARITY AND DIRECTION. 😁 HOLY SPIRIT WILL ALWAYS LEAD YOU INTO ALL TRUTH THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS. COMMIT YOUR WAYS TO THE LORD AS YOUR REASONABLE ACT OF SERVICE TO HIM. DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE. GOD HAS YOU.

Concerning your thoughts toward receiving a reward from God for “good behavior”:

It’s WRONG THINKING to try and hold God hostage to our whims and our ideas on how we ought to benefit from doing good for Him. This is consider “idol worship” because the focus is on ourselves. So STOP IT! The end. God is the only One in complete control of all the details.

See and read the Word:

(Allow Holy Spirit to convict your heart and to give you your assignment) 😊❤️❤️❤️ We’re all assigned… responsible for someone other than ourselves. Accountability for others – This is true fulfillment. ❤️❤️❤️

Deuteronomy 14:29

“The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.

Psalm 146:9

The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:23

Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

Matthew 12:32

Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the one to come.

Matthew 25:36

I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’

Romans 2:13

For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be declared righteous.

Galatians 3:11

And it is clear that no one is justified before God by the Law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”

God blesses us to BE HIS BLESSING TO OTHERS. He sends us to help and look after those who are unable to do for themselves and their families. God sends us as their answer to prayer. Don’t get so comfortable, so smug and so high and mighty, thinking you know what people are dealing with. Not everyone’s financial struggle is related to drugs, drinking or even poor financial planning. Look around – THIS COUNTRY IS A HARD PLACE TO FOR MOST TO ADVANCE IN. INFLATION EFFECTS EVERYONE – THOSE WHO HAVE AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE NOT. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

One year this group of people are UP, while the other group is down, then life suddenly shifts (without warning) and things go in reverse. Hardships are great teachers on how to continue to live humbly and how to treat others when things begin to look up and go well for you, cause at ANY TIME, you can find yourself back in a lowly position. Never forget the places you were before your life changed for good. Continue to help all people. The Bible is truth when it reveals to us “The first shall be last and the last shall be first” (all in due time… each kingdom has their day of rising and falling. Never, never, never get comfortable). God owes you no explanation for the things He chooses to allow into your life (good and bad). He’s sovereign. Remember that!

God sees our hearts. He pays closest attention to our attitudes, our thought processes and our conduct in our various seasons. The goal should always be ~TO PLEASE THE LORD~ in all that we do, think and say.

Believers of God, hear what the Holy Spirit is instructing us to do through God’s Living Word:

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Colossians 1:10

so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

~The Beneficiary~

Stay true to your GOD. Stand firm on your beliefs. NEVER COMPROMISE who you are in Christ for any reason. Our allegiance is to the Lord. We will only be held accountable by Him (God), for what we thought, in what we said or didn’t say, what did or didn’t do, who we helped or didn’t help, as He equipped us to ~IN HIS NAME~

GOD SEES, HEARS AND KNOWS ALL.

It’s time for us to go higher in Him. No excuses! It’s time to teach our children by (GODLY) example. Remind your children of their FIRST MINISTRY, to God and to home. It is out of order to minister outside of our home and our family before we minister within our homes. That is idol worship in its truest form and Too many believers are being deceived and caught up in this wrong way of worship to God. It’s FALSE TEACHING!

Your first Ministry is to your home. Period! Then to the church and your neighboring communities. Take care of your Father’s business first, moms and dads. See that YOUR FAMILY fears the Lord, they all understand the commands of the Lord, love and obey Him, walking upright before Him. It is emptiness to work hard in church and within the community while witnessing the enemy devour our family and God purpose for the family. That is not God’s way at all.

Begin at home!! Minister the Word of the Lord at home, first – at all times when you’re together. Make every moment into a moment of learning God’s truths. Parents, -CONSISTENTLY Minister His Word by firm unwavering, uncompromising example. Minister His love by being a lover of the gospel and of godly truth and a lover of compassion for all people. Watch your speech around your children and their friends. Minister by teaching children how to care for the needs of others by how they see you meeting the needs of people.

Minister to them self-denial and self-control. Minister in action the truth about the fruits of the Spirit and how they are activated in our lives by obedience and daily, careful observance for God’s delight in your conduct and choices.

Children learn by seeing and doing, not just hearing/advising… For our ministry at home to be effective we must be and remain consistent. It’s a tedious job for us parents, but it’s right in the sight of the Lord. Teach them righteousness by becoming and knowing we are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.

Husbands, wives, parents, HOME is our first ministry. I cannot stress this enough! Home and family are our first and most important ministries which God honors. DON’T BE DECEIVED.

If you’ve messed up in the past days by forgetting and placing everything and others above and before your family, your home, it’s okay! Acknowledge your mistakes, stand accountable before God, with the help of His Holy Spirit, confess your mistakes/your ignorance/arrogance, all of your sins, repent to Lord, and allow Him the time and space to reconstruct your life/your home and begin with Christ doing things the righteous (right) way. The good and pleasing way. God holds nothing against you when you go to Him correctly and with sincerity. He is glad to help you and to show you the light. He did it for me – for our family, HE MOST CERTAINLY WILL DO IT FOR YOU & YOURS, and better. Trust it all to God. 😁❤️❤️❤️

Deuteronomy 6:2, 4-9 (NLT)

2 and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the Lord your God as long as you live. If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life.

4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Live Well

1 Thess. 4:1-8, 11-12 (NLT)
Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. 2 For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. 6 Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. 7 God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

1 Peter 4:8 (NLT)
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Lessons in life teach us how to love in and live for our moments in life (great and small, seen or unseen by others, accepted or not by our peers and colleagues). Right or wrong, we make our own choices which WE must live with. No matter what we do, how we think, what we feel towards… or what we choose to say about…, we will NEVER appease others at all times. All we can do is live life in a way that we can be pleased with by the end of our day. Change those things we don't necessarily like about our life, our thought process and our character. It comes down to us and how we decide to honor the life we've been blessed to oversee. The only real truth to all of this is ~ONLY WHAT WE DO FOR CHRIST WILL LAST~ (and will please our Heavenly Father for all eternity). People will disagree with you, your actions and your beliefs – even your disbelief – NO MATTER WHAT!! That's okay! Guess what? Somebody disapproves of them in the same manner. Who cares? It's human nature. No one is perfect, but God.
He gave us life to live and to enjoy. His grace is sufficient- it is enough and it covers each and every one our hits and our misses, (past, present, and future). Whether others approve or disapprove of us. God approves of His unconditional, everlasting LOVE for you. 😁 Glory to God!!
Choose wisely.
Live!! Live WELL.
His grace is enough for us. ❤️❤️❤️

Reason To Celebrate

~Reason to Celebrate~ 🌸🌸🌸

Never downplay your journey toward ~BECOMING~ the better version of yourself. It's yours to treasure. Never, never, never discount your small, tiny, itty bitty seemingly meaningless accomplishments. These little priceless jewels turn into very super powerful testimonies for others to glean strength, peace and joy from.
Celebrate yourself at every level (great or small) Nobody's going to ~LOVE~ you or honor you like you or better than you. So learn now –
~YOU MATTER, TOO~ but you matter MOST to God and yourself. Don't minimize your value in Christ Jesus. 🌸🌸🌸☺️

Today, Friday, August 4, 2017 I CELEBRATE MY BEST FRIEND, JESUS, the hardships He's using to grow and mature me and I celebrate my growth – the small changes I'm making and seeing within myself. ~I CELEBRATE ME~ #itstheGodinme #havingaprivateparty #wellearned
(((Giggles))) 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😍☺️❤️❤️❤️🙌🏾🙌🏾

I honor God. I thank Him for another day of life. I praise Him for helping me, staying near me, showing insurmountable amounts of patience and endless mercy, giving me strength and wisdom to follow doctor's instructions in the proper use of the medication prescribed to help me and make me better, and for keeping me (during my lows, my anxiousness, my lack of belief I was healing or would ever arrive on the other side of this horrific healing process, and MY impatience, and unrelenting sorrow and need to complain about EVERYTHING and everyone – God continued to be gracious to me even knowing my desire to be OVER IT, ALREADY) – Through is ALL, God kept me in my right mind. HE allowed me to go through all of my emotional breakdowns while holding me, loving me, embracing and rocking me, God continued to keep silent from a place of love and compassion for me and what I was going through, His decision to keep silent was annoying me, but could be that from His view it was for my protection. ☺️ In all of it, God was keeping me level-headed, (though I felt like I was losing my mind and probably appeared I had lost my mind to those closest to me and having to endure seeing me in a place where I was not quite myself). 😓 All along, during my tantrum phase, God was quietly and gently reminding my spirit man, "Patience MUST have Her ~PERFECT~ turn."

I am NOT kidding, I pitched many fits, like a fearful child who just wasn't getting it, though everyone was holding me and asking me to be calm, remain still, and to relax. I BROKE! I broke down HARD, but like Naman I kept "dipping" myself into the healing pools – I committed to the 6 days of prednisone treatments – THOUGH I was NOT SEEING any changes physically. 😔 I wanted to be healed – whole soooooooooooooo badly. God just kept me in the fire until I got still and rested, allowing Him to use and TAKE ME THROUGH THIS PROCESS #kickingandscreaming #fightingtheprocess 😤😡

I continued to take the medication. Today, I glorify God. I give God the glory for all of my small milestones (small achievements) and for today being my last day of the treatments. I'm smiling. I'm not shaking (as much), my family says I'm looking SO MUCH BETTER, I can taste food again, my anxiety has calmed, I've been SLEEPING, (still with the assistance of my sleep medications, but I'M SO THANKFUL), 😊 I read from MY BIBLE this morning – had DEVOTION WITH THE LORD, as I've been desiring to throughout this ENTIRE frustrating ordeal, AND I WROTE PAGES UPON PAGES IN MY NEW JOURNAL – just giving GOD GLORY, THANKS, PRAISE AND HONOR. 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾😍

Funny part about that – I didn't realize I was ~writing~ with my own hand and my pen. Holy Spirit had to bring it to my attention. I was just doing ME. Doing what I do and love (((giggles))) #autopilot I had forgotten I had lost the control/use of my hand. Ain't that something? Forgot all about it – the shakes and all. 😂😂😂😂😂 God is so funny! I'm sure He says the SAME about us "humans". 🤣🤣🤣

Anywho, I just stopped through to encourage someone who is NOT liking your process right now. Those of you who are frustrated with God, with life, yourself and where you are at right now – it's okay. God is not in the least bothered by your frustration, impatience nor your tantrums. It's all good. Just know God LOVES YOU, He is patient with you, He respects where YOU ARE AT ((CURRENTLY)) in your thinking and in your ((feelings)) emotions and HE'S STILL KEEPING HIS PROMISE TO COVER YOU, PROVIDE FOR YOU, AND SAFELY GET YOU TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS.

SO –

Sit back. Embrace… God's got you. This whole thing even your anger issues with Him and what He's allowing you to face to ~GROW YOU~ and anyone/anything threatening your confidence, your sanity, and your security (threatening to steal your joy and your peace of mind or what little you have left) IS ALLLLLLLLLL IN HIS CONTROL.

EVERYTHING has been exactly measured out – including our need to protest in anger against these challenges and momentary hardships. It's already been portioned out by God. Yes, even the length of time we sit crying in our feelings of brokenness. God wants us to know it's okay. God ordered our steps and every place we come to in our transitioning process from illness to becoming whole again, or joblessness to beginning to look for and accept work again, from being separated and now working through reconciliation with a loved one, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS every single level of joy and sadness, faith and moments of doubt God has already allotted only a certain length/amount of time and space for it all.

However, what He expects after He has allowed us our "moments" is for us to CHOOSE to STILL HAVE JOY through it all. STILL be of use to Him for others, (avail yourself to Him – no limits on God or His chosen use of you), and CHOOSE TO SPEAK LIFE though all you see around you is dry ground. God has planted seeds in every place you have experienced droughts so BEGIN to RIVERS OF FOLLOWING SPRINGS OF LIFE ALLLLLLLLLLLL OVER YOUR DRIED BONES AND LANDS. Hands lifted, or face to the ground in a pool of tears – whatever works – just do it! Commit to the process. It all works together. The tests are a direct result of the testimony you've already been honored, established, strengthened and ordained by God to share in its due time and setting. Never forget that. Because you have ALREADY received your purpose which will be revealed in/at its appointed time – God must build you strong by FIRE. (Testing is summoned by the testimony which has already been preached shared in the time God is operating in) I know! I know! It doesn't make a lot of sense, but God is not asking you to understand, He's asking you to TRUST HIM. The end.

Okay, class dismissed. 😂
Have a great day and a super blessed and uplifting time in the Lord and in the Word of God (and the assembly, whether you choose to fellowship with fellow believers or not at your chosen places of worship) this weekend.

Shalom. Many blessings.

Much, much love!! ❤️❤️❤️😊