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Thinking Differently

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (2)

It is amazing to me everytime I turn on the news 80% of the conversation is about what President Trump tweeted about last night.  Generally, he wakes up or going to bed putting his foot in his mouth, that I am use too, but when you feel in your gut that one day is "thinking" and "speaking" for that matter is going to get us in a world of trouble globally, (maybe already has) but point being, somedays, I just want him to keep his thoughts to himself, like shut up already.  However, since I know that is not going to happen until he transcends from earth, I had better consider "thinking differently" myself.  In other words, I can give him less real estate in my mind. Pray for him and leaving him to his own choices.  Bible clearly tells us that we are responsible for every idle word that comes from our mouths (Matthew 12:36).  So I need to watch my own idle words too.  I need to take every thought captive as well to the obedience of God, anything that would exalt itself above the knowledge of God.  Life and death is in the power of the tongue.  I want to speak only LIFE, LOVE and LIBERTY, instead of shouting off at the mouth, killing versus healing, destroying versus creating.  So I NEED TO THINK DIFFERENTLY, right!  So where do I start.  I start with the foundation of Phillipians 4:8.  Finally, brethren, whatesoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virture, and if there be any praise, THINK on these things.  So do that, I really need to stop turning on my television in the morning and for sure turn it off before I go to bed.  Cause it will certainly NOT help me to "think differently"  What say ye?

Everything New

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Revelation 21:5 "He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"  Let's talk about this for a minute because there is not a week that goes by that I don't say or I hear someone in my circle say, "I don't know what God is doing? but I be glad when he tells me, cause this right here ain't no joke!"  Usually, we are saying very seriously, "God I don't want to go through the thin, dry, dark, painful and totally uncomfortable places that you have to take me to get to my Victory.  Away with the rough side of the mountain.  Why not take me straight down easy street!  No sharp turns, no valleys, no mountains, no waiting, just give me Blessed Paths and Joyful Days, enlarge my territory and make me the head and not the tail, without the drama that comes along with that (trials and tribulations can forget my address).  Okay, I know you dream of it being this way in your life atleast 20 days out of the month, right!  When we look at Revelations 21:5, it is easy to focus on "everything new" - don't blame my eyes one bite for going straight there.  But when we back it up and focus on the first part of this scripture we see the power in it.  "He who is seated on the throne is promising us something NEW.  A new experience, new victory, new thoughts, new emotions, new plans, new joy, new relationships, new vision, new expectations, New! New! New!  He is making it so, like Jon Picard said.  Where does all this making start.  Yes, you guessed it.  It starts within US.

Jesus said it best when He said, "behold, the Kingdom of God is within" - Nothing changes on the outside until something changes on the inside.  I have got to see myself being victorious inwardly before I can see it outwardly.  I have got to believe that greater is He that is in Me than He that is in the world.  I have got to believe that I am more than a conqueror before I see myself truimphing over any outward circumstance or situation.  Something on th inside, working on the outside to make a things NEW - just for ME.  Look again at the first part of the verse and see "God ruling and reigning over my life.  I am a citizen in His Kingdom and He will not see me lack any good thing.  But can I concieve it with an old mindset?  No way!  

Light for Your Path

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Job 22:28
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy paths.

We are driven places by the electronic GPS, but this is not the God Planned Scripted version of our guidance system as we journey here on earth.  We have made our own choices as to where we want to go, with whom, and what we will share or withhold.  It's easy to use our own GPS system when we are not accustomed and reliant upon the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit.  Again, we choose, and CHOICE was apart of our making.  The Creator gave us this ability and trusted that we would make right choices.  Whether we are being led by the Holy Spirit or we have charted our own courses, the light of God shines upon our chosen paths.  Right or wrong, His loving eyes beam a light upon our paths.  We decide, we decree, we declare, we choose and the outcomes are totally driven by our motives.  Our motives may be totally selfish or completely selfless.  Our motives could be divinely inspired by the spirit or the complete opposite of what the Holy Spirit would have us to do and/or be. Scripture clearly tells us that there is a way that seems right to man but the end thereof leads to hell and destruction.  

My testimony is that I have chosen many paths that were solely directed by me without the counsel and/or leading of the Holy Spirit.  God shined a light on those paths and very bright light and I was able to clearly see after some pain and agony, trials and tribulations, prolong suffering and regret, I could see the mess that resulted in my choosing the wrong path.  Following the desires of my flesh, listening to my own counsel and misguided expectations, I appreciated the light that mercifully guided me out of the place I had directed, decreed and unwisely chosen.  The mercy of God being that I could leave the deadends, seek His face and counsel and began to decree, declare and call into my life, paths of righteousness.  I could humble myself and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and find that the abundance of good things were lined up along the path that God had chosen for me.  Scripture says, God's sun shines on the just and the unjust, likewise, he does not withhold his light when we have chosen paths that led to hell and destruction, but rather, gave us the light, a pathway of clear escape.  I have admittedly chosen too many dark, lonely and deadly paths, but as I grow in Him, I have learned to keep my ear tuned in for the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit, and to discern from my voice versus His voice.  Scriptures says, the entrance of God's word brings Light.  I seek my directions from His Word, I welcome the Light of His Truth.  I don't like being lost, limited, and most of all lied too.  Oh, that's another message, "Stop Lying to Yourself" we will get to that one later.  In the meantime.  "come to the Light, DrV" and walk therein.  

How Blue Is Your Sky?

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Today as I pen this blog, I am in Omaha, Nebraska in the business center of the Comfort Inn.  I am in Omaha to eulogize my niece who was tragically killed in a car accident during the wee hours of the morning early last week.  She was my oldest brother's child, a very self-made young woman with lots of zest, zeal and hip-hop appeal to her generation.  I didn't know her very well, in fact, I only met her at my mom's funeral back in 2007.  But I had always heard of her life and lifestyle through other siblings and the faithful connection of Facebook.  T'Boi was her stage name, and as radical as her personality was, through her music, as we listen deeply we hear the truth about what love, family and dreams should be about.  Yes, you do have to get pass the cussing and bold bass, but the messages were there loud and clear.  As I think about eulogizing this woman who lived life on her own terms, I can't help but to rely on the Holy Spirit to make her life vivid to my spirit, so I can honor the life and the breath that God gave her to live.  Many times, we just want to deal with how a person handled or mishandled their days versus start with this important truth.  God made her.  God loved her.  God gifted her.  God forgave her.  And Jesus died for her even while she was yet a sinner, as we all are.  I want to tell you honestly, for T'Boi's life and even for my own.  I have to look to the "Blue Sky" - or should I say, the "heavens" for Psalm 19 says,  the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.  They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.  It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.  The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.  The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey,. than honey from the honeycomb.  By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  But who can discern their own errors?  Forgive my hidden faults.  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.  Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.  May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

How blue is your sky?  How low can you go, and how high can you look?  For surely if we attempt to measure the worth of anyone's life in comparison to our own, we are very unwise to do so.  Scripture tells us that we are the "apple of His eyes" - His love for us is unfailing and His mercy endureth forever.  He has even put eternity in our hearts.  Who would love a God like that.  Job said it best when he said, "naked I came into the world and naked" I will come out.  Our nakedness is always seen by God, even our thoughts from afar off.  He knows our down setting and our uprising (Psalm 139)  He says we are fearfully and wonderfully made (verse 14b).  We can consciously endeavor to direct our lives in such a way that God gets the glory, but I for one, will stand flat footed and say, that I have stumbled over myself so many times in the process of trying to do the right thing and for sure the wrong thing, that I crave his mercy and grace for my life, far without it, I am surely hopeless.  I am not, and neither was T'Boi, the author and finisher of her faith - Only God.  Yes, surely he gave her natural abilities and talents, some skills, and some times.  He allowed her to express herself in the earth as she pleased (He gave her and He gave us - FREE WILL.  We could choose each and everyday whether to give Him glory with our lives or not.  Yes, He allowed us to be in the Captain's Seat.  We could choose to yield that place to Him and allow Him to be Lord over our lives or we could choose ourselves, people, places and things to have rulership.  How blue is your sky?  When you look beyond your pain, your misery, your last mistake, your failed choices in relationships, careers, businesses, etc.  When you bow your knees, head, and heart to a forgiving God; when you look as it were to the hills which cometh your help and realize your real "HELP" comes from the Lord.  You will be able to see in the natural and in the spirit a sky so beautifully blue, majestic, glorious and healing that you would render a loud praise unto His wonderful name for being who you needed him to be at that very moment - A loving and forgiving God. 

T'Boi, less than 40 years old, had as some of us might think a brief life.  Some of us might think, she got cheated out of her life.  That God was unmerciful in taking her life so soon.  I want to venture and think a little differently right now.  I want to think that with her gifts, skills, time and talent, that she kept it 100, and did what she was purposed on earth to do.  That she lived the life that she sang about.  That she ascended on a day that was ordained by God, and if there were any regrets on her part at all, it was that few people understood the messages, the real messages of her song.  Family - Love one another!