A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about obedience to God. I shared part of a story about a tough situation I was in a few months ago. This post picks up where that story left off. I’m sharing because I care about you all. Hopefully you’ll learn from my mistakes and never have to witness such pain as I did. Read, comment, and share…
Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he’ll give you the desires of your heart.” A little over a month ago, I was visiting a friends apartment. We were out by the pool barbecuing and enjoying conversation and sun. It was a beautiful, 80 degree October day here in Houston. While we were conversing, I noticed a group of small kids – they were brothers and sisters, maybe cousins – playing in the pool. From what I gathered, they shouldn’t have been using the pool; either because they weren’t residents of the complex, or maybe someone had forbade them from using it. However, that didn’t stop them. They were “savages” as one of the little boys put it.
The first Sunday of 2016, I was sitting in my favorite section at church ready to receive the pastor’s declaration over the congregation. “The Year of Acceleration!” he says… “The year God is going to take you further, faster than you’ve ever imagined.” Instantly, I was excited. I felt the Holy Spirit and I knew I was going to be a part of this acceleration. What I didn’t know was how much it would hurt in the process.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
“Hurt people hurt people.” At least that what “they” say. Recently, I was hurt. And not to even go into the specifics of the situations, because -at this point- they do not even matter. I remember asking the person who hurt me, “Why did you choose to make the choices you made?” I asked because I genuinely wanted to know. How could anyone hurt someone he or she claims to love? How could anyone continuously exhibit behavior that is detrimental to the mental and physical state of someone who they claim lives in their heart? It did not/has not registered with me still.
“Your life matters. God has a calling and plan for your life. If you don’t know your history, you won’t understand your destiny. Your destiny is connected to your history and your legacy. Be a legacy driven person.” @PhilMunsey #LakewoodChurch
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Thought I’d share a scripture to encourage everyone during their week. Hope all is well. More blog posts coming soon.
“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” -Romans 8:6
Sometimes you wake up and you are just not in the mood. You’re tired of fighting the enemy. You want to give up. And then God sends you the Word you need to strap up and fight again.
James 4:2 “You have not because you ask not.”
The first thing on my mind this morning was James 4:2. I was getting ready to go to the gym and was just about to walk out the door, but God wouldn’t allow me to leave my house until I wrote this scripture down and posted it to the wall in my room. As I pondered over the reasons He would have me to do this, it suddenly became clear: He never wants me to forget it.