Oblivion: The Deadliest of Plagues


For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV)

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Futile and fumbling we all need to be saved;
Arrogantly and ignorantly, that’s how we’ve always behaved.
Yet we act like we are so powerful;
We fake it like it’s real.
We curse the remedy to our suffering;
We prefer to remain in our sickness instead of ask for the One who can heal.
Pointless riddles have become our favorite past time;
Truth is hidden under foot.
Every step we take in pride lead us farther from our roots.
God forgive them…
The “wise”, the “mighty”, the ones who assume they are ahead;
The ones who would willingly waltz right into hell than into your kingdom if they simply learned to be led.
Have You not made foolish the wisdom of this world?
Why can’t they see they will come to nothing?
All the labels, all the empires, all the hatred…. All for nothing?

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And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

God thank You for Your Power, thank You for your grace;
Help us frail human beings to stand firm in this place.
The devil has deceived so many, just like I was once led far away from You;
Convinced them that their idea of knowledge somehow makes what they understand to be true.
A lie is never the truth even if told a thousand times;
What we see isn’t what we always get, God help them read between the lines.

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.“ For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:3 – 15:6 NKJV)

The Gospel aka the Good News, God why won’t they just receive?
We will all stand before the judgement seat of Christ, regardless of what we believe.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation (2 Corinthians 1:3-1:7 NKJV)

God, You make beauty from ashes, a message of our mess;
Help all to hear You in the darkness and let them all confess….
That they cannot be You in any way; they must be able to be led.
That they labor in vain to reach Your heart because Christ’s blood has already been shed.
Sound the alarm God, please wake this world from their sleep;
You have promised us redemption in Jesus;
Every promise You make, you keep.

Get right with God before you get left;
Forever in your worst nightmare and a victim of identity theft.
The devil may be a liar, but what then does that make you?

Easily fooled and only left out of God’s kingdom because you CHOSE to….listen to yourself instead of to your creator; To accept that Jesus came to rectify your selfishness and your reckless behavior.

WAKE UP WORLD!

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God loves you. Do you love Him back? Get honest with yourself and let Christ give you what you lack….

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. (2 Corinthians 1:4-7)

The Harvest


It is so very important for us to remember who we are and why are here. Many people are so lost and unable to see that we are not here by accident or for no reason at all. We are part of God’s very powerful, very purposeful and very real design.

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The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian. For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood,  Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

(Isaiah 9:2-7)

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Just as the farmer sows seeds,  tends to his crops with care, and in time reaps  a bountiful harvest, our time here should be taken very seriously.
God has placed us here to tend to the work of Lord who is the Lord of the Harvest.

As we go through the various seasons of our lives we can rest easy knowing that He has given us the promise of reaping an eternal reward for our efforts in the Lord’s absence and in His Name. We all have a place in service for Him, we all have the opportunity to partake in the harvest, but there are many people who will refuse to work.

We are each seeds planted here by God:

We are to nourish ourselves with the Word, grow in our faith and spiritual maturity in order to  bear the fruits of the Spirit. Like the seasons of the year to the seed, our lives should  repetitively consist of  growing, maturing, enduring, and bearing fruit in Jesus Name.

MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT!

DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME OR TAKE IT FOR GRANTED

THE ONES WHO ARE IN THE FIELD WILL PARTAKE IN THE FEAST WHEN IT IS TIME FOR THE HARVEST. THE ONES WHO REFUSE TO WORK WILL BE LEFT WITH NOTHING TO EAT

-BRANDON HEATH- THE HARVESTER

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“But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,

“so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’ “

And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? “

The sower sows the word. “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.

“These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.

Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

(Mark 4:10-20)

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Stranded: Survival of the Fittest


God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self-control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers.” –Richard Holloway

 

 

The Lord has taught me a few different things this week, but I have noticed that fear has been the common denominator of each lesson. This post is what I took away from the subject and hope it reaches some of your hearts who may be going through a season of fear or insecurity.

 

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I have talked a lot about fear both here at My Message and on my on line radio show Turning Your Mess Into Your Message, but when the opportunity of addressing the issue presents itself I take it.

We are very much loved by a powerful and protective God. He asks very little of us yet paid a very big price for us and our salvation. We should acknowledge Him first in all things, be obedient when hearing His instruction and constant in our application of the wisdom He provides so that we may share it with those who need and deserve to know the power of His love is for them and everyone. The Lord showed me of course, the desert to illustrate the point. We get caught up in and with things that seduce us and cause us to start seeing things which do not really exist. Such mirages are used by the enemy to take us deeper into the desert of our lives only to leave us lost there stranded and scared to death we can’t get back. You all remember 40 days and 40 nights as well as the enemy trying to run the same game on Jesus in the wilderness!

It is so important to know that no one is perfect and God knows when you’re going to get a bit lost sometimes. God does not expect us to be perfect, but He has given us the tools needed to better our lives. He teaches us daily through His Word, has blessed us with the ability to pray and communicate with Him and has promised that no matter how deep the waters or big the desert, we are with Him. Do not get stuck on stupid when the enemy baits you with false fear.

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“Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.” -Gen Michel Aoun

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A particular song has really resonated with my spirit this week and while I was writing this post. Oceans, by Hillsong United, is featured below for you to hear. The lyrics are also provided because they beautifully express to you the main idea behind this message and the concept of living boldly in your faith. We need to put serious thought into the roles each of us play during our time here and be confident that God is with us at ALL times. He is preparing us for any and every thing the enemy may try to use to keep us from peace and keep us in pieces.

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You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

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Wonderland


I wonder….

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” –St. Basil


I wonder what the world would be like if we acted more like He would?
If we actually collaborated on peace instead fighting each other in the name of good.
I wonder how many lives would be blessed if we ministered more like He would?
If instead of dictating love we actually showed it like we should.
I wonder how many tears would be prevented if we encouraged more like He would?
If a picket sign and a judging eye were replaced with affirmations and an “I bet you could!”


Such a place to escape, my own little wonderland.
A place where we should be living not visiting to try and understand.
God put us here to act and not to wonder.
He intended us for great things, not take each other under.
Grace is not a gift, it was earned, but not by you or me.
It was the work of Jesus who enables us to be free.
Do not think that by being a hypocrite or an advocate that you earn your way to the throne.
It is simply by being faithful and walking in love behind the one is the way alone.
For goodness sakes poor child get your mind out of the gutter.
Get the words of love out of mouth instead of the hate you mutter.
No condemnation or confederation can grant you what you strive for.
It’s asking ” Did I give? ” and if I did I will give a little more!
I wonder if we acted more like Jesus if more people would want to know Him?
Stop talking about how much you love our God and really start to show Him!

Luke 6:36-38 – Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

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No Guts No Glory


Christian friends, your voices raise
Wake the day with gladness.
God himself to joy and praise
Turns our human sadness.
Joy that martyrs won their crown
Opened Heaven’s bright portal.
When they laid the mortal down for the life immortal.

– Song of Stephen The Martyr

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“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask. Yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.” –Martin Luther

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Stephen the Martyr has not always been on my top 5 most adored biblical figures list, but after researching his story in depth, I have discovered just how important his role was then and his story is now. (Click HERE to read his story in detail ). Stephen was the first Christian martyr to die for his faith, but he certainly was not the last. Stephen represents the very boldness we are to have as brothers and sisters of faith. Looking a very painful death in the face, he stayed true to what was right and even prayed for the men as they stoned him to death. Stephen knew that death was not to be feared, but anticipated because it meant he would be reunited with God.

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Since Stephen’s death, countless Christians have died for their witness to the gospel. They set their eyes on Jesus and not on the world. They did not value the approval of people over the approval of their Savior. They refused to disown Jesus and because of their courage to stand up for the truth, Jesus promised to acknowledge them in the presence of His father in heaven.

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,  but whoever denies me before men,  I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.- Matthew 10:32,33

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So many times I have watched people suppress the truth of a situation to avoid a confrontation or involvement in a problem that does not concern them directly. Very much like Judas, people are so quick to turn their back if it means they will dodge the bullet. Ironically one cannot dodge the bullets of truth by using false as their shield. Truth always finds a way and God is all that is true. Although we would like to think we have gotten away with something for a moment without being caught, that simply is not true. We were caught way before we even realized we were being chased. God is not absent in the moments you feel that no one is watching. He sees all we do and He has known our hearts before they even had a beat.

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The book of Acts tells us that right after the violent death of Stephen, Saul continued the persecution of the faith by chasing down it’s members and sending them to jail for similar charges. Others were later persecuted by the Roman Emperor Nero so he could blame them for a fire which destroyed most of Rome.

Sound familiar? Have you ever felt that no matter how good you are, people will not give up in trying to prove you are rotten? Have you ever witnessed something very wrong, but rationalized  why it was not your place to try to make it right? I HAVE. I used to lie all the time and so much that I started to believe my own, very twisted versions of the situation were true! I felt the knot in my stomach when I looked my family in the eye and told them I was doing great. I tried to dodge the bullets of the truth, but later when looking at myself in the mirror,  they hit me dead on and it killed me. Literally, I did not know who I was looking at, but God knew that was just what it would take to destroy my version of reality and respect Him and His.

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When we accept that we will face challenging times and people in regards to our faith, it becomes a huge demonstration of our trust and faith in God and what He has told us. When we cut corners and skip out the back in times of persecution, it reflects the opposite and it appears to God as if we think we can out smart Him or out run the truth of things. WRONG. We cannot hide from the One who attends to everything and is the power sustaining and guiding our destiny. Prepare yourself for these tests of faith so that when they arise you do not find yourself in a state of fear and regretting your choices later. If you hold tight to the truth, in any given situation, you will be holding on to God and cannot lose. Be like Stephen while fighting the good fight. Team Jesus! Guaranteed KO!

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Wasteland Warfare


Waves crash loudly against the sand. They seem to say so much more than I could with this pen in my hand. Its amazing how loud the silence gets. How it reminds your soul of what it fakes it forgets.

There is no denying that awkward minute. You look around the room of your head and find only you in it. Id like to attribute this ditty to one of those times. To thank my faith for reviving my opinions resulting in rhymes. People never cease to amaze me, in fact I am left in utter discontent. Watching them stumble over their selfishness and crash face first into the cement.

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Trash is the new accessory of the shores these days. Instead of a child its a radical who laughs and plays with Gods gifts. Sticks are now symbols and stones are a religions what ifs. I fear for the worst as I shake my head. A tear manages to fall as I pass a seabird because its dead. What happened to the place where peace and comfort nested? Why do we participate in actions we once detested? Everytime the sun rises I pray to hear news of the better. That the sands will be free of disgrace and to find filths good bye letter. On the contrary I am forced to walk amongst what is my own worst nightmare. One I cant just wake up from and just seem to be stuck there.

Graffiti on boardwalks to communicate. Bottles and paper bags left motionless as if expected to just dissipate. On their own wthout regard for this planet. Earth is a gift now I am too ticked off to try to stand it. If you think i am joking you have a sick sense of humor. One could only wish this was some sick llittle rumor. Walk the streets the sands have become. I hope this is acknowledged so Im not the only one. Who would rather stay in the car than imagine what Id see next. The sands have been desecrated and it leaves me perplexed. I pray and apologize on these peoples behalf. God just frowns miserably trying hard not to laugh.

This takes more than one woman’s prayer. I hope next time i set foot on tne sand ill see you there. Humility in one hand justice in the other. Willing too clean up the mess we make of one another. You are a decision away from listening. I didnt stutter. Help take back the honor of the beach and keep trash in the gutter.

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