Generation X: Rises Up

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To the parents of all the wayward sons and daughters those that are His and those that don’t belong to God;

I command them to come into full alignment with Gods word as they no longer conform to the things of this world for they are new creations in Christ Jesus. This is the generation of creators, designers, thinkers that can’t be swayed to the ways of this world. This is the generation that rises up and thrust into the things that God has already purposed and assigned. This is the generation that can’t be taken down by generation_bannertemptation, peer-pressure, trends as there is no temptation known to man that God has not already delivered them out of. This is the generation that shall not fill the jail cells. This is the generation that sees the wrong things before hand and it is turned around for the good. This is the generation that walks in peace as they have the
mind of Christ. This is the generation that thrust forward into the new things and not backwards in the generationx_freewomanold.

Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. Prov. 9:9kjv

A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. Prov. 10:1kjv

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1Cor. 10:13 nasb

 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5 kjv

Here is an encouraging song: Wrap Me In Your Arms by Freddy Rodriguez

Three Wise Women for Today

 

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One of my first assignments was to Atlanta, GA during the time of the Woman Thou Art Loose conference, Oct. 3rd, 2014. I thought my assignment was one thing and in true God like fashion, He unfolded the ultimate plan in the midst of mine. All of Him none of me is what I am constantly speaking these days. As I don’t want to be displeasing in His eyes. On Sat., Oct. 4th, I woke up in my hotel room at the Sheraton in Atlanta, GA. I prayed, read my bible and spent time in His presence in order to know how to proceed for that day. I heard Him say it was time to go downstairs and just at the right moment my path collided with three beautiful women. I say beautiful as they just stood out to me as though God had hand picked them. In fact He did just that. He set the three women and myself up to be blessed. What I didn’t know but was about to quickly find out these three women were my assignment. He referred to the three women as the “three wise women”. At first I did not understand why but as we spent more and more time together, I began to gleam why He called them the three wise women.

 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 kjv

Food for thought; when we are looking through a peep whole we have limited sight for His view far exceeds ours as He has no boundaries on His course for us. I am open to however, wherever and whenever He uses me. I am His vessel. After very little persuasion I got in the car with the three wise women as it agreed with my spirit. For you see we check the spirit by the spirit. When I came down stairs they were drawn to me. It was His presence through me they were drawn to. After all, He says I draw all men unto ME. That’s what happened that morning. We first stopped at Walmart in College Park, GA, as they pursued lite shopping. As they did what they needed to do God had His way through me by asking them questions. Food for thought; God doesn’t ask a question that He doesn’t already know the answer to…The questions God had me to ask pertained to what they gleamed thus far from the conference. One question in particular, I asked was there a healing service? The one lady said no that the anointing flowed and people were healed. As she answered God had already pointed out to me if they were healed why was the one lady still limping on a cane and the other two still afflicted. I asked that very same lady on the cane as she walked over to me “what’s right with your knee”? She chuckled and began to explain the years of abuse with her left knee. She said to sum it up I have to have knee replacement surgery. I want you to know God had already pointed out to me I was to lay hands on her left knee. I then realized it was going to take place right there inside Walmart.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32

youandmewalk_3wisewomen_3I was not ashamed and moving forward in the boldness He bestowed upon me. The questions continued and the first noticeable common thread between the three wise women surfaced, as they were all in a spiritual drought. They all were in need of a refreshing. Ultimately they needed a touch from the hand of God. Then the very one limping asked out of the blue, are you going to be on the stage and mention the three crazy women you had spent some time with this morning? I asked her why she said that? She responded I don’t know but I keep seeing you as clergy of some kind. Her cousin, then spoke up and said don’t listen to her, her brain always tells her crazy stuff. I told all three women her brain did not tell her that, God gave her that. I just want to encourage you today. If you are believing God for something don’t give up on Him. For He never gives up on us. We never know when God sends the very one to yield a touch from Him. You see God works through people in the earth.

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phil. 2:13

We have now progressed to the check-out counter and two of the three wise women are at the cash registers and the one with the busted left knee walking with the cane is first. She is at at the front of Walmart. She is waiting while the other two are checking out. I walk over and stood next to her, I told her I will lay hands on her knee and she will be healed instantly, as well as her broken heart. You see God had me to tough her left knee, feet, heart and back areas. I was amazed as I did not have to tell her to lift his hands. She immediately put hands up and walked from one end of the front of Walmart to the other end with her hands raised without the cane. The other two wise women began to ask me what’s wrong with her? I said she is fine, then the cousin said her brain always tells her weird things. We walked to the car and as I proceeded to get in the car. The wise woman that God just healed walks up to the car door and she said, who did you say you are again? I didn’t respond as all the glory belongs to God. Then she asked the other two women have you ever had a toothache that just went away? They both said no. She said that woman just laid hands on me and the toothache in my knee went away right then. You see she was going to have knee replacement surgery. They began to ask questions while the one that was healed she was crying saying I have been believing and believing that God would show up. He showed up today. She said I have been waiting for God to show me Him for a long time and I knew He would come through for me. It just took so long.

Then I knew the lady sitting in back with me was next. I asked her what is the one thing she needed from God? She didn’t seem to understand and began to tell what her family needed. I asked her again what did she need from God? After asking her three times she finally began to get it and she spoke her needs. I then asked the other wise woman to stop the car and pull over. She stopped in an empty parking lot. We proceeded to get out and He lead me to lay hands on her head to toe. Then the other wise woman got out of the car and the same was for her, a touch from the Lord head to toe.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 nlt

You see this was all orchestrated by God and just as the bible is a two edge sword so was that day of events. God lead youandmewalk_3wisewomen_4me to anoint them and before the day was done they confirmed things God had promised me. Only God could perform something so miraculous. You see He had to get me out of my familiar surroundings so that I could really see purpose fulfilled and promise revealed. One of the things God revealed of the 3rd wise woman, she had quieted the gift in her. God had resurrected the gift in her never to be silenced again. You see she was rejected by her church because of the gift God had placed in her. From that day forward she was to thrust forward and obey God no matter the cost. Then we attended the final session of The Woman Thou art Loosed conference. You see I did not have a ticket as God told me to go and He would take care of me once I got there. What I did not know until the moment we walked through the doors, my gifts made room for me. The importance of attending the conference was to observe for a future time, as God is doing a “New Thing”. There are times God has us to be still then there is the time to move. Whatever the assignment, it is vital for us to be obedient.

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16

After the conference we ate at a popular restaurant in the midtown Atlanta area. While we ate all of the confirmation just continue to spew out of the 3 wise women mouths. You see when you do Gods work He takes care of you.  The first confirming word was the two of the women are missionaries and the third lady a prophet.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1 KJV

You see God told me three years ago He raised me up to anoint His shepherds, prophets, bishops, apostles and the like to anoint with a touch from the Lord. After which they would obtain power like never before. Here God leads me right to them in Atlanta, GA. If I didn’t have ears to hear or eyes to see only what God desires for me to see. I would have missed the assignment. The next thing God confirms through the mouth of His prophet was her family lost everything and a man had given her family a home to live and they did not pay anything. That is what God told me for mine. Then just before that same man dies (that gave them the house) he had to give the mantle to the prophet as his two sons were wicked. God told the restored Pastor to give the mantle to the prophet (one of 3 wise women) this took place in her youth. This was confirmation and in my eyes fireworks. You see I asked God For a sign of what He promised. Here I am in Atlanta doing Gods work and He brings forth confirmation before the promise ever takes place. Whatever God has promised you can take it to the bank as it will surely come to pass.

Here’s a song to encourage you: Authority by Karen Clark Sheard

First Step of Faith

 

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The very first step of our faith is salvation. We can’t fully grasp the other areas like love, peace, joy, deliverance, healing, prosperity etc., until we embrace the very first step. You see it is with the heart man believes. The heart is where we believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He forgave us of our sins and we are a new creation in Him.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10 kjv

When we confess Jesus as Lord over our lives we do so with our mouths, which is an extension of our hearts. For it is an act of our faith to believe with our hearts. Whatever is in your heart that’s what comes out of your mouth. Many don’t understand how they are not saved, when they in fact said with their mouth they are saved. It is one thing to say it and it is another thing to believe what you are saying. That’s where as a new creation in Christ Jesus you are being retrained starting that first day of your spiritual newness in Him. Your new spirit man is based on what you believe, in your heart. The old man was based on your flesh, which was tied to your feelings.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:8 kjv

As you walk more and more in your spirit man you grow stronger in the things of Him. Your spirit man rises up and you lead in that manner until their is less and less of the old man. Until there is no reaction from your flesh. You see the ultimate is for your spirit man to take the front seat and your flesh man to ride shot-gun, until there is no more reaction from the flesh. This also means your daily walk is transformed and is made brand new. The truth is…we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This scripture by design is knowledge, for knowledge is power as this is not to be a crutch to continue in the old man.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 kjv

Satan wants to keep you from heaven and the only way he is successful is by keeping you in your flesh which is the old way you use to operate. He can’t pluck your salvation but he sure can play tricks with your mind causing you to think you are not worthy. This is the only way he robs you of your salvation. Remember satan comes to kill – steal – destroy. Don’t allow him to steal your salvation through the annals of your mind.

Something new:

In previous seasons I never looked at salvation as an extension of my faith. Just the other day God dropped something fresh and yet its been there all along. It was waiting for you and me to recognize it. I kept hearing, “and shall not doubt in his heart”… Well this is apart of a common scripture:

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23 kjv.

The revelation is “and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass”… just showing that part as it requires are faith to believe the things we say. The first thing we confess as a new creation is our salvation. When we believe what we speak it comes to pass…As a believer that must be our basis for how we move and have our being. So if we did not believe what we spoke, when we spoke it, our confession was null and void and does not come to pass. Simply put how can we be saved if we never believed. When we believe with even the smallest thing, like salvation, that is how we learn to operate in our faith. You see start small in faith and at the appointed time your faith will extend as you surpass the trials and test that come your way.

We must be persistent about renewing our minds in Christ Jesus. You are probably asking, what does that mean? Simply put, to purify in Him or ask God for forgiveness. This is to keep yourself cleansed. In this season God showed me to perform this task daily. It is something follow daily. You see we can’t go before Him in a unclean state. If you want know why things aren’t taking place in your life, that would be uncleanness. This was something new for me as I was not taught this one thing. Many times we dev deeper into the things of God as we face what seem to be insurmountable challenges.

Pray Out Loud
I encourage you to take the first step of faith; confess and believe Jesus as Lord over your life. Ask forgiveness of all your sin as he died on the cross for all of your sin. This day you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. Welcome to the body of Christ. Now it is important to align yourself with a bible based church to keep yourself rooted. Remember God loves you and so do I.

Here is an encouraging song:

His Healing Ointment

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Balm in Gilead Flower

 

So you have a bruise left from a previous hurt. It may have been words that stung or someone you thought was for you, only it turns out they were really working against you. On top of that bruise you have a wound that was compounded by more hurt perhaps a co-worker allied with another to trash your name or even a cheating spouse. The hurts keep piling up and you have not sought any spiritual wound care.

From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
3for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Psalm 61:2-4 nlt

Then the final blow, or so satan thought, the death of someone very close to you. Whether it was a physical or spiritual death of the heart, like divorce. All the hurts add up to a broken heart, that can only be put back together again, by Gods healing ointment. In this season where there are many going to sleep permanently for various reasons and in many cases it’s happening long before their time. The only one that removes the sting is God for He knows our pain and hears our cries out to Him. For His only son was murdered on the cross for all of our sins.

18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail? Jeremiah 15:18 kjv

To soothe all hurts in spirit apply the Balm in Gilead. You may ask how do I apply a natural ointment to a spiritual pain? I am glad you asked…The way is to enter into His rest and pray about the sting of hurts that you’ve encountered. Watch what God does. You see He wants us to seek Him on all matters about our lives. When we enter in, just wait on Him for guidance. Whether it’s a scripture, song or through a person, He gives you something to soothe your wounds in those moments.

3. and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3 niv

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As I experienced my season of a broken heart God spoke to me and said I am healed in my heart, mind and body. He even reminded me I was to speak those words over myself (daily confessions) daily. I would be re-missed in saying it all went away instantly. It didn’t happen that fast but movement by movement and my spoken words by my spoken words. I felt the sting less and less, until it was gone. Yes the enemy kept trying to insert unfruitful thoughts. I continuously, likened to a script to a part in a play kept rehearsing my lines (daily confessions) until I was truly healed in my heart, mind and body.

You may be asking why did God say you are healed in your body? That is a great question…When are hearts are broken it affects our minds and physical bodies. Many people, including me in a earlier season, are walking around broken in their hearts, minds and bodies. It’s a domino effect; what affects us in our spirit also attacks our body in the natural. You see broken people attract broken people and the opposite also is true healed people attract healed people. Watch the people in your circle as many times we don’t realize it, but we are attracting the types of people based on what we are going through. This is not a bad thing as God uses people to help other people in like circumstances. That became so profound for me as I went through for He gave me that very scripture at the end of my storm…Here I was going through and He moved me to help others as that was unlikely for me in previous seasons. What are you hurting from today? Whatever it is be mindful God heals you in your heart, mind and body by appointment.

 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 nlt  

Here is an encouraging song: When you fall by Kirk Franklin

God Uses Billboards

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Think about the canvas of Gods imagination and how He sees you and I. With that, the most amazing thing happened yesterday. I asked God for a sign to see where this road leads me. I found myself going to the grave site where my youngest son remains are buried. As I walked towards the headstone everything appeared the same, except the dirt. There seem to be more red clay packed on top. I walked around several times and then realized something else was different. As there appeared to be a second baseball on the ledge of the headstone. You see there had been only one which was a prop from the service. Then I picked up the ball and noticed an inscription

“7-28-14
Thanks Jordan!
Jerry
FROG”.

I became uncontrollably emotional as you see I know I am healed from the sting of death of my youngest son. What I didn’t understand was what caused me to cry? My question was…Who visits the grave site of a 9 year olds remains and writes that on a baseball and it’s not a family member. I couldn’t figure it out. I picked up the baseball again and noticed it was marked official league. I compared that to the prop baseball and it was not the same. I kept rehashing it in my mind. I finally left the grave site and eventually went home.

Why must I continually suffer such painful anguish? Why must I endure the sting of their insults like an incurable wound? Will you let me down when I need you like a brook one goes to for water, but that cannot be relied on?” Jeremiah 15.18 NET

After discussing it, I was reminded of the impact Jordan had on so many lives. This was clearly a sign of the impact he had on this persons life. I realized, there are those I don’t even know where he touch their lives. You see that’s the sign of a billboard changing someone’s life. Here a year and some months later someone thought enough to leave a sign of thanks of what the billboard did for he in his life.

The next morning I rehearsed again the events of yesterday with my dear friend and as I explained it to her, she mentioned that’s how you know the billboard was and is effective. I know why she said that, as God had said Jordan is (in a previous season) His walking billboard. Then the amazement was revealed, she said it was your ex -coworker, “Jerry” that left the baseball. I again began to cry because I knew it was in fact he. You must understand my dearest friend never knew Jerry. Only God could have given her that revelation. I thought about the last time I saw Jerry, April 30th, 2014 and he said as he hugged me goodbye…”Jordan changed my life. I am a better me because of he”. I realized yet again this is the fruit we are to bear as believers. Many of us would never get to witness how our loved one changed another’s life. I thank God he allowed me to see the baseball inscribed by Jerry, of his thanks for his appreciation of Jordan, his walking billboard. I know the story is still unfolding but the most important fact is seeing a billboards effectiveness.

To experience this just days before what would have been his birthday, Nov. 25th. Through Jordan God showed Himself real to Jerry and that’s a billboard with a message for a lifetime. I have not seen a billboard with such a lasting impression. He still lives on in our hearts. I thank You, God for a purpose fulfilled in Jordan as You released purpose in me.

If a man had a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost. 13)And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14) In the same way it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:12-14 NLT

Who do you know today that is a walking billboard and how they changed even 1 persons life through ones very own witness? Be mindful He draws all men unto Him.

Do you trust ME

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I know you are ready to throw in the towel…Do you trust Me?

I know you’re down to your last…Do you trust Me?

I know I have asked you to move in ways you have not moved before…Do you trust Me?

I know you have slim pickings…Do you trust Me?

I know you can’t see your way out…Do you trust Me?

I know your body is racked with pain…Do you trust Me?

I know there are those that have come against you…Do you trust Me?

I know you think you are alone…Do you trust Me?

I know you are ready to move…Do you trust Me?

I know you are ready to turn the page…Do you trust Me?


Biblical Highlight

But you will not even need to fight. Take your position; then stand still and watch the victory. He is with you, oh people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for The Lord is with you! 2 Chronicles 20:17 NLT

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Be mindful the battle is not yours, but Gods. Give Him your best praise before you see Him move on your behalf and watch how He performs.

Encouraging Song: I Will Trust in You Always by Gary Oliver

Do it for ME

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The first time I heard the words, “do it for ME”, were from my youngest sons mouth (Jordan A. Samples – deceased). At that time my oldest and I were at odds with each other. I had asked him, John (at the time – 15) to take out the trash. He did not budge. Then at the sound of Jordans voice he said to him, “Do it for ME“. John jumped up quickly and emptied the trash. I was in the hallway when I heard those infamous words and began to cry as I could not believe those four words came out of my youngest mouth and how my oldest moved so quickly. At the time I did not know those for words were scripture. I just knew a nine year old would not know how to put those words together. I knew God was using Jordan but as to why, it had not all unfolded. I was astonished.

Two years later;
Since that time of those spoken words I have grown up in so many ways… One obvious point of growth is what many see on the outside as my countenance change. The change began on the inside of me first For God healed me in my heart, mind and body. This includes what was the sting of death from my youngest son, no longer present hear in the earth.

Now along the way of life’s journey He exploded, “do it for ME” in my heart. To be clear the ME is God. I now know what caused my oldest son to move with haste as well as myself to obey the call on my life. You see whenever God assigns us to do something and we don’t want to perform it, that is the very thing He says to us, “do it for ME”.

16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:16 KJV

For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion Romans 9:15 KJV.

I did not want to move as He purposed (early on) me you see it meant I would have to move and speak like I’ve never done before. It meant people especially those at church would look at me and gauk at me, who does she think she is. It meant I would stand out. Although I knew I was standing out for what God told me to do. Of course there were those that did not believe as though I was not wrapped to tight. It was all these reasons and more. As I did not want to move as God assigned and purposed. The funny thing about God when He chooses who He choses we can’t change it. You see that would mean He is a lie. But God is not a man that He should lie…Each time I’d go back to God and say, I don’t want this, He’d say nothing. After I was done pouting then I’d hear my instruction to press forward. The main premise, as He always drew me back to Him, was “do it for ME”. I’d say Lord how can I do this as they have come against me. The next thing I heard, “as unto me”, which brought me right back to “do it for ME”.

With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Ephesians 6:7 KJV

These words are pivotal as how do I not move the way God assigned me, when He sent his only son to die for you and me. That means “after all we owe Him our soul”. Food for thought, when we need to forgive someone and we are holding on to it for dear life…do it for ME. When that wayward husband/wife does the unthinkable and they want to come back home…do it for ME. Someone near and dear to you hurt you beyond words…do it for ME. Winning souls to Christ…do it for ME. That’s the ultimate question from God to us…do it for ME.

For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto… Philemon 1:15-19 KJV

Take a few moments and ask yourself if God asked you the question…would you do it for ME? No matter what it pertained to, would you do it? Before you respond let me warn you, God does not ask a question that he doesn’t already know the answer to.

Here is an encouraging song: Stand Out by Tye Tribbett

Harvest After the Storm

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Many would like to put the cart before the horse (like the title) and obtain their harvest before ever going through the storm. God wants us to know the harvest is always after the storm. We can’t obtain the harvest until we have gone through the storm. You see going through the storm shapes, molds and crafts us for greater, which yields the harvest. Whereas many times we aren’t ready for the harvest as we haven’t weathered the storm.

It’s like putting on a tailor made suit. In order to fit the suit your measurements must be precise. Going through the storm is a setup for a harvest made just for you. Although there are those that have gone through similar storms. Just know, no two harvest are alike as everyone experiences a different storm, which prepares you for a different harvest. There is no one size fits all storm or harvest.

The steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Psalm 37:23 KJV

Often times as we go through the storms of life, we tend to want to take shortcuts when there is really no easy way out. For obedience is what gets us through the storm and ultimately yields the harvest. Make sure you move as God orders your steps for the wrong turns and movements can cause delays and even halts to things along the way.

But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the almighty when you sin. Job 5:17

Be mindful as you move to and fro God will prompt you to help others as you are going through. At first it will not make sense to help someone as you go through for you are in distress yourself. One thing I discovered along the way as God molded and shaped me, in the midst of the storm…He always knew I had just enough left in me to help someone else. No matter how bad it appeared to be for me He always motioned me to help someone else.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others when they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Cor. 1:4 NLT

You see it increased compassion and reduced my self centered ways. Each time He prompted me to help someone, even while the sea had swelled around me and it appeared the boat had capsized. I wasn’t sure how I would get through. Yet again, another opportunity to help someone else and yes again my compassion meter went through the rough and my selfishness went downward. After so many promptings to comfort someone else. That eliminated selfishness and increased compassion in me. Before I knew what happened…The only Wise God, had drained the part of me that I didn’t think was possible to change. The part of me that was interested only in self.

Biblical Example

After all Job faced God had him to pray for his three friends. After praying God turned the tide, He restored him double what he had lost and greater. Job’s manifested harvest was based on the storms he endured. You see God allowed the storms of life to come upon Job as He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and He knew Job would make it through.

Job 42:7-11 NLT—After the Lord fhad finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has. So take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf. I will not treat you as you deserve, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.” So…

Masterpiece

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He broke the mold when He made you, your countenance precedes you as you walk in the room. For you are not broken, tattered or torn. It is your heart that everyone sees and can’t help but to keep noticing. They take a glance at you and can’t stop looking for they know not where you are from. If they only knew Him they’d know where you hail from. He designed you perfectly so walk in the skin He destined you to showcase for the world to see. Just know you are beautifully and wonderful made as only the master painter could craft you.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 NIV

Author: God and written by His voice and vessel for today

River Runs Through It

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One thing is for certain we will all experience our seasons in the valley. There will also be more than one occurrence of seasons in the valley. For it was never meant for us to run but to face it and endure. What I discovered along the way while I was in the midst of the valley, God always quenched me, which stemmed from various individuals. You can rest assured, He did it for me, surely He will do it for you. It is in the valley that we experience a river runs through it moment, which it is He that quenches us. He is so mindful of us and truly knows our woes and He hears our cry as He sends the right person(s) across our path. It is His awesome love that God quenches us along the way.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 nlt

It is during the crest or peaks in the valley that a “river runs through it” and where we are refreshed. Of course, it’s never when we think the quenching should take place. No…no…no the river runs through it at the most pivotal times. It’s typically where we think we are done and can’t go any further. After the quenching takes place we now have exactly what we need to forge ahead. You see during each of our river runs through it moments God;

a. fortifies
b. sustains
c. quenches
d. soothes

As we are in the midst of the valley He builds our confidence in Him. This propels our faith to the next level. Which also prepares us to reach the next rest stop. Be mindful there are those along the way of the river runs through it, that miss their quenching as they were distracted by sin, attacks or aggravation (or all of the above) that they didn’t hear nor see the next rest stop sign ahead.

Biblical Example:
Each time Elijah moved at the Lord’s direction He quenched Him physically, spiritually and kept his mind.

He refreshed Elijah with:
~brook Cherith
~widow woman
~abundance of rain

Just remember as you go through the storms of life a river runs through it as only God knows how and when to quench you and I.

Scripture Reference

Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” 1 Kings 17:4 NLT

So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, ” Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?”

And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:45 NLT

 

This song has been an encouragement to me; Breath On Us  by Kari Jobe

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