After spending eight weeks in Atlanta, I knew that it was not God’s will for me to be there. He was calling me home to Houston. There is still work for me to do in this city. Until that work is complete, I am not allowed to leave. My heart is here, so is my passion. I’m connected to a church filled with hope and believers and that pushes me to be the best person, the best follower of Christ, and the best example of Love I can be.
“I’m having to practice what I preach.” I told my brother when I spoke with him yesterday. Listen, I don’t know what God is doing in this season, but I know He is setting me up for a major blessing… and I am ready to receive it.
Usually my blogs start with a scripture, or an anecdote leading in to what my message is about. This day, I have nothing but my transparency, which I have always had. Hopefully, somewhere between these lines, you will learn as I have learned.
“God won’t allow the enemy to keep lying to you. God will remind you of His promises. His promise to give you hope and a future!”
Chapter two of my new book, “A Vision of Victory,” is title Hear His Voice. In this chapter, I share some dark experiences from my past – places that I hid from everyone, or at least I thought so. At some point I’d contemplated suicide. My relationship with God was strained, and I’d distanced myself from my friends and family. I was right where the devil wanted me to be. But we serve a God who’s promised us victory, hope, and prosperity. You’ll read about how I was able to reclaim my victory and restore my position with God.
This past weekend, I traveled to Arkansas to a wedding. While I was there, I was able to meet with my family for dinner before I headed back to Texas. While at dinner, I was speaking with my niece (5), and she mentioned something got really got me emotionally upset. She mentioned how her and my nephews tease my older brother about his mental condition – he has schizophrenia. The said they call him “sick in the head.” Immediately, I corrected her. I looked her in the eyes and told her to never tease him in that way.
But in that moment, I found myself fighting back tears. I was hurt. Not necessarily hurt by my niece because she has to be taught how to treat people, but became emotional because of the heaviness of that burden my brother carries. To be honest, schizophrenia runs on my father’s side of the family. I pray for my brother every single day. I pray for my unborn children every single day. “Lord, break this family curse. Heal my brother. Restore His mind. I bind this curse from hindering my legacy – my children.”
It was an emotional experience for me because it let me know that I have to keep praying, keep believing, keep standing on God’s promises. James 5:14 says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” So, this blog is for anyone who is facing any sickness; whatever that sickness may be. Lets (spiritually) touch and agree that God will break those chains of sickness and generational curses. The enemy has no power to keep you or your family in bondage anymore. Believe that healing is flowing through you and your loved ones right now.
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them in their distress. He sent out His word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:19-21. I believe this word. I am crying out for God to pour out healing through my family’s bloodline. I’m receiving this blood transfusion – Jesus’ blood for ours. If you believe this friends, I God is pouring of healing and restoring those broken places right now. In Jesus name. Amen.
“Don’t give your circumstances power over you; take power over your circumstances.”
Chapter One of my new book, “A Vision of Victory,” is titled Remove My Shame. In life, we’ve all done things we are not proud of. If we are not careful, the enemy will try and use these things to separate us from our relationship with God. He will tell you that God doesn’t love you. He’ll use people to bring up your past, and try to use that as a reason to disqualify you from the future God has planned for you. He’ll use shame to keep your perception of your tainted, obscured from the truth. But don’t believe the lies of the enemy. Don’t allow any room for the enemy in your life.
Had your shame over to God, whatever it is. God will restore you. He will renew you and make you whole again. The great thing about God – God forgives and forgets. He will remove your shame and restore you to wholeness. Isaiah 54:4 says this: “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.”
God is very clear in his direction. Forget the shame of your past. It does not account for what God is doing in your life right now, or for the future He is designing for you.
Read more about my encourage with shame from my past and how God restored me in my new book “A Vision of Victory.” Click here to order a copy. Be sure to subscribe to my site. Most post like this are coming your way. Be blessed, friends 🙂
P.S. Check out an excerpt from my book posted in The Houston Chronicle.
This book was a two year process: two years of experiencing loss, set-back, and hurt. It was a very painful process. I’ve never felt so attacked in any season of my life until this journey began. BUT GOD had a purpose for it all.
The holiday season can be very hard for a lot of people. Often enough, the holidays reminds us of what we’ve lost, or what we do not have, rather than the things we are blessed with and what we should be grateful for.
Romans 5:3 says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope.” Sometimes when we are in a rut and it seems like life is weighing heavy on our shoulders, we can get discouraged. It’s so easy to play the blame game with life and say, “Well, if this or that didn’t happen, I would be in a better position.” That is not the attitude to have in those circumstances. Do not allow life’s circumstances to make you become bitter and hateful or have anger in your heart. Instead, take those lessons as opportunities to be grateful for life and another change to get better. Like the scripture says, suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. Perseverance means to persist in spite of difficulty. Perseverance builds character and strengthens your will power. There was once a young boy in foster care that was abused by his foster parents, both mentally and physically. His foster parents told him that he would never amount to anything in life. They called him dumb and stupid. They did everything in their power to break his will power. They wanted his mind to be in bondage as theirs was. Not only was he enduring mental and physical abuse, but his older step-sister was sexually abusing him. All those odds were stacked against him. He was in the valley and there seemed to be no way out.
“I will no longer be hindered by my circumstances. I will no longer allow life to get in the way of what God has for me. From now on, I believe and stand firm on God’s promises for my life.”