Friday, December 29, 2017

Your goals for 2018

The New Year, 2018 is quickly approaching.  Write down your goals for the New Year while evaluating this pass year.  What important life changes did you experience?  Did you accomplish all of your goal?  If not, what steps would take to accomplish them in the upcoming year.  Are there any goals you may have to revisit, reframe, etc to have more success. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Renewing your mind and what to expect

      A new year is coming up and I decided to start my resolutions early.  One of my areas was renewing my mind (Romans 12:2).  Renewing the mind is an active part of my life.  It is not something that I just "mentally do" but I actually have to cancel out negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.  Sometimes I would even right down my feelings and then answer it by writing down the Word of God.  That is how I renew my mind.  I have been doing this several times a day.

   Do you know the first morning I started it, by lunch time it was like all hell had broken loose.  It was like the busy bodies were working overtime to try to feed my mind with frustration, doubt, and unbelief.  No one knew what I was doing it was between me and God.  However, within hours I start receiving text messages about what someone said about me, blah blah blah.  Just a bunch of nonsense.  

  I had to take what I was feeling to God because I began to go into a panic.  However, I listen to some soothing gospel music, prayed, and left it in the hands of God.  I was able to make it through the day.  

  So God will allow your Faith to be tested to show you where you are.  He wants you to exercise your Faith.  It was fine for me to write those positive thoughts down and scriptures when I was not facing any opposition.  However, God wanted to see how I would handle myself once the test really came.  Would I continue to write in my journal, seek His Face and pray?  Or would I respond in the flesh.  

  God will sometimes allow your Faith to be tested to see if you will stand the test.  Sometimes you must be persecuted for His Name.  People bad mouthing you is a form of persecution.  People having an opinion about your contrary to the Word of God is persecution.  However,  you just stand firm in Christ and carry yourself like a man or woman of God.  Ask God to lead you in when to open your mouth and when to be quiet.  Stand back and see the salvation of God.  Exodus 14:13

Friday, December 8, 2017

Do Not Allow Anyone to Knock You off Your Square

"Your enemies will be right in your household!"  Matthew 10:36

     I always looked at a person's enemies as being someone on the outside.  Someone far away.  However, your enemies are often in your own households.

    Now when I say enemies I am not talking about a literal enemy.  But people close to you who are well-meaning often try to discourage you from accomplishing your goals in life.  More often than not, the road God is leading you down involves blind faith, trust in the Almighty God.  

   They often do not have a relationship with God so they do not understand why you are taking the road less traveled.  They may want to take the safe route, the route that their mind can conceive of.

   Even Jesus had to say to Peter "Get behind me Satan!" Matthew 16:23.  He then went on to say "you are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns".  

   This is powerful.  Most of our loved ones do not have the mind of God concerning our life.  They are on "survive" mode while God wants us to thrive.  They can often be a stumbling block to us, trying to get us to conform to their way of life.  They do not have in mind what God think, they only know what they think.  They only know human concerns, what you will eat, where you will sleep, etc.
However, God tell us not to even worry about that because He is our provider. Matthew 6: 31-34.

   In closing, hold fast to God and pay the opposition no mind.  Do not give up on your dreams, keep trekking forth.  It may be hard because they may live with you, but press into God and let Him fight your battle.  Only God can vindicate you.  Most importantly only He has the last word.

Marrying the Wrong Christian

Below is a good article about the dangers of marrying the wrong Christian.  We often think of "unequally yoked" as the marriage between a Believer and Unbeliever, however you can marry a Believer who is not compatible to you.  

Christianity Today

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Has Prayer Made us Lazy?

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the Earth."  Genesis 1:26

The title of this blog may shock you, "Has Prayer Made us Lazy?".  But I have good reason for that title.   We often view prayer as something that is passive where we pray and pray and pray for God to do everything for us, instead of putting "feet" to our prayers.

Every prayer takes an act a faith, an action step.  Let's say that you decide to open a restaurant.  Do you just sit behind the counter hoping that customers will walk through the doors?  No, you must advertise and God will bless your marketing efforts. 

Putting action behind our prayers is part of taking dominion of the Earth that God speaks of in Genesis.  We take dominion by moving forward in Faith, in all areas of life; the marketplace, education, government, the media etc. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Process of Time, God, and Prayer MissRhoadie

The Word often speaks of something occurring in the "Process of Time".  This refers to an indefinite passage of time (usually long) where an individual has to wait for an answer to prayer to occur.  In Exodus 2:23 the Word speaks that in the process of time, the King of Egypt, died and the Israelite cried out because of their enslavement.  Their cries reached the Heavens and God delivered them through Moses.  However, it occurred in the "Process of Time" which for the Israelites was over 400 years (Exodus 12:40).  

We live in a Society of Convenience 

I must admit, I often struggle with the process of time.  This is because I was raised in a society of convenience.  Here in the U.S. we have the latest advanced technologies and knowledge is dispensed within seconds at the click of a mouse.  We have drive through fast food lines, online banking, and other conveniences that eliminate the need for "waiting".  

However, with God I will say that many circumstances involve a process of time.  There is a space between when you pray and your answer manifest.  That space can be 1 sec, 1 min, 1 hour, or 1 year.  It may be even longer like 1 decade or 1 century.  However, we must keep the faith knowing that the answer will arrive at the proper time.  We must persevere through the time challenge and not become discouraged.  

Ecclesiastes 3:1  To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.   

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

God Redeems the Time MissRhoadie

"I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you." Joel 2:25

The great thing about God is that he is a restorer of time and circumstances. He is Almighty and All Powerful. He is the Benevolent one and His Kindness extends to all generations. God is the only Being that can give a person 20 years of progress in one second. He can give someone an idea that will sustain their family for eternity.

In life we often experience what we call “set backs”. You are headed in a forward direction and then suddenly something strikes that causes you to be “set back” or lose progress. It can be sickness, finances, family troubles. However, God is a restorer and can restore a person to their former condition, as if the set back never occurred. Not only does He restore a person to their former condition but they often have the experience of perseverance that causes them to be more insightful, wise, and better than where they were when they first started the journey.

A Time for Everything

The word states that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun” Ecclesiastes 3:1. Just as a pregnancy has an appointed gestation period, God's promises also undergo a time of gestation. This period varies depending on God's Will for your life. A chicken time of gestation is much shorter than that of an elephant. A human gestation period is longer than a leopard. So we do not have to get hung up on the human construct called “time”. God restores time, redeems time, and is in control of “time”.

In closing we know that the “Race not given to the swift or the strong but to he who endures to the end”. Ecclesiastes 9:11

Your goals for 2018

The New Year, 2018 is quickly approaching.  Write down your goals for the New Year while evaluating this pass year.  What important life cha...