Live Like We’re Dyin’

Galatians 5:24-25 (MSG)
24 Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
25 Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.


 

A short while ago I heard a song that got my attention in a major way. The song is entitled “Live like we’re dying.” As I listened to the lyrics, it began to resonate strongly within me, and as a matter of fact it still does. I did some research and found that there are several songs with the same title and the lyrics are very similar. The theme seems to be – that we’re only given so much time to use, we must use the time we’re given wisely, so don’t let it pass you by . . .

This theme is one of immense truth.  In life, our time is truly limited. Time is a gift that should not be wasted.  Every day we arise with a day of fresh grace and mercy – freely given to us. This gift provides more than we could ever imagine. The gift of mercy covers our issues and grace protects us from the consequences of our shortcomings. Every day we wake up with an opportunity to do better than we did the day before.

The Word reminds us that, as we belong to Christ the things that the world deems important really aren’t. All of the things that used to take precedence in our lives have been crucified – they have died off.   Trying to impress people who don’t like you, sacrificing integrity to keep up with the “in crowd,” living down to someone else’s standards, making self the priority . . . all of these things are no longer a part of who we are in Him. They are all dying as we are crucified with Christ and relieve the passions of this world.   Knowing this, knowing the life that we have available in Christ, we have a responsibility to make the most of every day, in every facet of our lives. We now walk in the Spirit of God having the power, purpose and passion to live in great possibility.

Embracing this new possibility enables us to live our days walking in the character and purpose of God, as we allow the Holy Spirit to operate and guide us. We now live our days loving beyond self and allowing the God in us to shine through us. It is this kind of daily walk that will allow us to love with the compassion of Christ, loving our neighbor as ourselves and become involved in the change, transformation, and healing of our community. This daily walk will avail self to the touch of Christ as He molds us into the persons He has destined us to be. This daily walk will allow us to be open to the possibility of God.

Every day we should live like we are dying to what was and start giving life to what will be.   It is time to give life to the hopes and dreams latent within our visions and passions. No longer are we to talk ourselves out of our tomorrow because of yesterday’s failures. What “they” say no longer matters. In this day, it is all about the greatness of God that resides within you. In this new giving of life, take time to share a word of love and compassion with someone, offer help and prayer for a friend in need, allow God to use you to make a difference in your community.

Allow the power of God to push you to purpose. Dying to the world’s system avails us to God’s way of catapulting us to His purpose and promise for our lives. Take every day, every moment seriously and work toward what God has promised you. Start the business, write the book, take the leap of faith knowing that as we walk in the Spirit – the Spirit shall guide! Time is a gift from God – A gift to be valued and used wisely.

This year die to doubt, despair and distraction and start giving life to the greatness and possibility of God! Die to what was and Live for what will be!!

Live Like We’re Dyin’!!!

Be Blessed,

Pastor D’

 

It’s Coming Together

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”


In 1994 the movie Forrest Gump was released, an epic romantic-comedy-drama film, based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. The movie is a sort of biographical depiction of several decades of a slow-witted, good hearted and athletically prodigious man who witnesses life through his own lens. He observes life’s events, in some cases influences them and serendipitously arrives at a place of greatness – able to recall and reflect on the road he traveled. The theme of this movie for me can be summed up in one of his famous lines “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”  For Gump that was a very real embracing of his life. He never knew what was next but somehow it all came together.

Though we may not be “slow-witted” like Gump, some of us can testify that our own life has been an epic romantic-comedy-drama. We have had to endure life’s ups and downs, twists and turns, challenges and victories, pains and joys – truly an epic ride. Not to mention, the romantic issues we have faced with dubious relational experiences within the dynamic practice of human engagement.   And, the drama – oh the drama . . . Well, I’ll just leave that right there and drink some tea.

If we are completely honest, when we look at the storyline of our lives, it seems to be the most disjointed mess one could ever behold. There seems to be this litany of experience after experience, moment after moment, which seemingly amounts to nothing.   It appears to possess no value toward purpose. My friend, I encourage you today – though it may not look like much right now -It’s Coming Together!

The Right Hands

Puzzles can truly be works of art. It is amazing to observe some of the masterpieces that have been created with little pieces. One can step back and be so overcome with the beauty that the seams are easily overlooked. But, the destiny of that very puzzle is totally dependent on whose hands its in. For instance, my wife loves puzzles. In her hands it is latent with great possibility. But, in mine, it is destined to be a half put-together mess (yeah I don’t like puzzles very much). Our lives can often feel like poorly manufactured puzzles. It can seem to be a mess with no hope. It is critical that we offer our pieces to the right Person – The Lord. We can trust in the connective power of The One Who is in control. In His hands no matter how many pieces, how disjointed the story, His workmanship is latent with destiny.

The Connection

To the non-attentive listener, Gump’s story seems disconnected. It appears to be a random rant of meaningless instances. But, to a person sensitive to purpose, one can hear the clicks of connection. We can hear how all of his events worked together for his destined end. My friend that is how our life is in the Hands of God. The pieces of our problems, pains, predicaments somehow click together to create a masterpiece of manifested destiny. We may not see it right now but the Lord is fitting the pieces together.

The Purpose

Believe it or not there is indeed a purpose to every experience we endure. The Lord has a masterful way of using the drama of our situations as didactic moments of change, encouragement and transformation for self and others.

The mere fact that you are still standing after all you have been through is a testimony to your strength in the power of God – Purpose.

 When you kept pressing when others would have given up demonstrates your faith and trust your God-given call – Purpose

The pieces of our life’s problems may seem to create a wreckage of impossibility. Not so, they work together for an expected end in Christ! Yester-year may be filled with pieces that seemingly don’t go together. I encourage you to hold on and watch God work things together. Trust His Hand to masterfully put the right pieces in the right places – fashioning your personal masterpiece. You will be a work of destiny to behold. Like Gump you will be able to tell your story of God’s serendipity and how things worked out for your good!

Don’t give up. Trust God and know . . .

It’s All Coming Together!

Be Blessed . . .

Pastor D’

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You Are Possibility

Jeremiah 29:11 

“11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”


 

God has never been confused about how He feels about us. He knows His thoughts toward His people, and they have always been peaceful and not at all evil. The reality is many of us have adopted attitudes and mindsets that are contrary to the greatness God has placed in us.   We have all too often accepted the perceptions of others and allowed those projections of limitation to become the ceiling of possibility and promise for our life.  On the contrary, God has created each of us with a unique greatness, something special, a future of hope.

You are Possibility . . .

Many of us were born into families that only had enough foresight to see survival. Life’s possibilities only went as far as the rent and creativity left to the unshared dreams displayed on the canopies of our mind.   Hopes were shattered and dreams not only deferred, but also denied.   On the other hand, many of us fell prey to systematic oppression and were led to believe that our greatness was merely tied to athleticism, manual labor, or the neighborhood hustle.

We must be careful not to allow any family context or systemic effort to limit the greatness God has placed in us. The dreams etched in the mountains of our mind are meant to make a difference and birth possibility into our life. The passions beating in the canals of our heart are rivers of change waiting to flourishing in the dry lands of our community.   The greatness God has placed in you is too great of a promise to park in denial. It is time to live in the possibility that God has promised!

In God’s eye we were all created to do something greater than just survive – many of us were called to be doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, preachers . . . and so much more. God has always thought good of you. God has always had your tomorrow in mind. God has never said, “you ain’t gone be nuthin.” God says it is time for you to be the Something He destined you to be.

The Word says that He thought enough of us to give us a future and a hope. That means that we are Possibility.  God has thought so much of us that we can achieve our dreams – regardless of what man or life’s situations may say. Things may look grim from our perspective but we have to change our outlook. No longer can we look at life through the lens of negativity and doubt, projection and rejection, or confinement and limitation. We must adopt a God view and see promise in our problems, victory in our challenge and hope in the midst of hate. No matter what issue we may face today, in God, there is possibility in our tomorrow.

My friends don’t allow perception or situation to determine your destiny. Write your own ending, accept God’s promise of hope and a future – and believe you can be and do exactly what God has called you to.

See yourself as Great. Start thinking Great. Start living Great.  Because you are Great.

You are Possibility!

Be Blessed . . .

Pastor D’

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Keep Walkin’

“Keep Walkin”

 Romans 2:1-2 (MSG)
1 Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. 2 But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.

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Isn’t it amazing how judgmental people can sometimes be? I mean they JUST got saved JUST joined church and now all of a sudden they are the ecclesiastical judge, jury and executioner.   For many, it is this kind of judgment that has kept them away from church and being afforded the opportunity to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. To anyone who has experienced this kind of treatment, a word for you today is – Keep Walkin!

In the grand scheme of things, the reality is none of us are perfect. There was only one man to ever walk this earth in perfection and that was Jesus the Christ Himself. The rest of us are left to strive for perfection and live a life that is pleasing to God as we press toward the mark (Phil 3:14). None of us have a right to cast dispersion on anyone, for each of us has something that we have done (and still sometimes do) that displeases God. Our walk is not to please man, but to worship and serve our Lord for He is Holy. When we come across people who portray themselves as “holier than thou” our only responsibility is to exude the love of Christ and keep on walking toward our destiny. We don’t have time to spend major energy on minor thinking. If we aren’t careful we will allow people’s smoke screens to choke out our possibility. We have to use the inhaler of the Word and always know that there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit (Romans 8:1). As long as we are walking after God, we don’t have to focus on the judgmental ignorance of man.

Also as believers we must careful not to judge others – we all have a past and are an X something. If anything we should live with compassion and encourage our brothers and sisters letting them know that they can make it. There is always a brighter better tomorrow. All they have to do is Keep Walkin’! Just take a moment to think about ALLLLL the things the Lord has brought you through; and some of the things He’s still working out of you. It’s amazing how God loves us in spite of us and we have those twins grace and mercy who follow us every single day. We should love others in that same way and never be harsh. We must share the truth in love and encourage walking toward their best days in Christ.

When others judge you Keep Walkin’. . . When you see others trying to make it, encourage them to Keep Walkin’ . . . As a matter of fact, let’s all Keep Walkin’!!!

Be Blessed,

Pastor D’

“More than Meets the Eye”

“More Than Meets the Eye”

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— 18   Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19  The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.


When I was a child one of my favorite cartoons was Transformers. Everyday I would look forward to watching the cartoon. I thought it was amazingly cool, how each of the characters could transform from one thing to the other. I loved it! And now, to be an adult and the cartoon has been given life in cinema . . . EVEN BETTER!!! I am still a huge fan!

I know, I know you’re probably wondering why I’m going on and on about a cartoon and movie. Well, I believe there is a lot we can learn from them. The Transformers were so created that when the moment demanded it, they could transform into what the situation called for. When things were at ease they could roll around as vehicles but when it was time for battle they would transform into Autobots prepared for battle.   Their creator created them in such a way that they could handle whatever situation they confronted.   Hence, the theme phrase for the Transformers “More than Meets the Eye.”

Family, our scripture today encourages us and let’s us know that we too are “More than Meets the Eye.”

One of the realities of life is that we often face seasons of challenge. We will have to deal with circumstances that can appear fruitless. Works we’ve been investing into our dreams don’t seem to be making a difference. Financially, things seem to be languishing. Everything we seem to be trying isn’t working. Things just don’t seem to be going right. These situations, these times can feel like a call for battle – a need to do something. We can feel like we are in the valley of impossibility. Family, I challenge you to look in the mirror and see that there is more to you than meets the eye.

Though the situations and circumstances we face may appear bleak and fruitless our Creator has equipped us with the ability to rise above them and move to a place of possibility. The Word says, when we face these challenges that He will make our feet like deer’s feet and cause us to walk on high hills.   The Lord, will allow us to transform and climb out of our valley of despair.

This transformation may not be a physical one like Optimus Prime or Bubblebee. But there is something that happens when the strength of our Lord and His Word begins to take residence in our heart and encourages us beyond our present challenge. Our thinking begins to transform. Our perspective begins to transform.   Our hope begins to transform and becomes the breathing possibility of our faith.   We transform and begin to climb toward a possibility beyond our present predicament. Our situations are forced to realize that there is more to us than meets the eye! We are prepared for battle.

I don’t care what the issue is that you may be facing, how insurmountable the challenge, how deep the valley of despair. Your Creator has given you transformation power. I encourage you to move beyond the present and climb toward your future. Down is no place for a Transformer!

Live in your tomorrow. Climb toward victory. Move toward your high place.

Tell your issues “You ain’t ready!” There is more to me that what you see. There is “More than Meets the Eye.” I have transformation power. I will overcome!

Be Blessed . . .

Rev. D’

“Keep It 100”

“Keep It 100”

Ecclesiastes 9:10

 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”


Last week we were encouraged by the Word to find and keep Forward Focus. I don’t know about you but I was inspired and have recommitted to staying focused on the call and purpose of God for my life.   I hope and pray you have too. It is my sincere hope that you take hold of that passion God has placed in you and never let go! We all have destinies to fulfill and I encourage all of us to stay committed, stay focused and chase your great.

This week there is something else I have discovered in God’s Word, not only do we have to have focus but we also must have an ethic of excellence. Our purpose and passion isn’t merely fueled by our focus.   It is fueled by our ethic. If you spend time reading the success stories of those who “have made it,” one of the consistencies you will notice is an excellent work ethic. They didn’t mind putting the time in or making the sacrifices necessary to reach their goal. They were relentless in their pursuit. They made a decision to Keep It 100 . . .

Our topic for today is extracted from an urban phrase that is typically applied in a very different context. Usually, when this phrased is used – it is to say just be honest, tell the whole truth, “don’t play me.” It is an expression of realness with the expectation of unveiling the whole truth or veracity of a matter.   Today, this phrase challenges us to Keep It 100 with our callings, passions and purpose. We should be okay with being honest with ourselves about the greatness we have inside of us and also be okay with chasing it veraciously! We too must Keep It 100 . . .

Our verse encourages us to give our all to whatever it is we put our hands to.   The Word is saying there “ain’t no half-steppin” when it comes to working your purpose.   All too often we envision, imagine, desire success or greatness but are lackluster in our ethic to accomplish it.   We want to start our own business but have yet to write a business plan. There are books sitting on the mantels of our minds, yet we haven’t made time to write one paragraph.   Our minds eye is filled with pictures of grandeur and greatness yet, our purpose is parked right there, at the image.   We desire and dream of so much yet, have invested so little. The Word is encouraging us to day to make a change and start to work our passions with everything we have!

There is so much potential, possibility and purpose within us that needs to be unlocked. We can no longer afford to allow time to pass us by merely imagining how great we could be.   No longer can we dream big and live little. Living less than the great God has for us can lead to a life of dissatisfaction, depression and derailed destiny – ending with buried possibility. The Word says there is no work we can do when our time has past. Our lives were designed to mean something. It would be a travesty to die and never lived your destiny. We must Keep It 100!

We must do all we can, everything we can to be all God has called us to be. It begins with accepting and acknowledging our greatness and working the potential placed in us. The Bible says that are His workmanship, handcrafted to do good works.   We are here to DO SOMETHING! Embracing the truth, being 100 with ourselves honors and accepts our true potential. Next, we must work it.

We must commit to preparing ourselves, allowing God to position us, be persistent, and possess an ethic of excellence. Every day we must do something toward our purpose and give it 100! Divorce yourself from distraction and commit to focusing on your purpose and potential. No longer sacrifice your vision solely investing in the dreams of others. Make your dream a priority and invest the time and sacrifice necessary to see it manifest. Your purpose only matters to others if it matters to you.

Today, make a decision to give your passion, potential, purpose your all and Keep It 100. There is greatness waiting to be unlocked.

Work it well – Employ an Ethic of Excellence – Watch God work.

There is greatness ahead of you. I know it!!!

Keep It 100!!

Be Blessed . . .

Rev. D’

“Forward Focus”

“Forward Focus”

Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)

 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


Out of the many things we wrestle with, I believe focus is one of the preeminent. There are so many things begging for our attention. We have work, bills, family, friends, issues, problems, and concerns – just life. As if life wasn’t enough, there are also the distractions of technology. Social media now commands our attention in ways I don’t think any of us would have ever imagined. In the midst of all of this, focus can be found drowning in the sea of the stuff of life.

Not only that, but the issues of our past and the challenges of our imperfections can make us lose sight of the possibility we have in Christ and cause us to live down to self-inflicted stigma. All too often we allow our missteps and mistakes to make us believe we are unworthy of the greatness we are truly capable of.

The reality is in the midst of all the distractions and dysfunctions we are destined for something great. We have to make a decision to look past the “stuff” and employ Forward Focus.

In our scripture for today, we find Paul doing what he does best – being real. He is essentially saying, “All of us want to be “winning Christians” and fulfill the purposes for which we have been saved. “ Paul is expressing that there is nothing wrong for wanting to get this thing right and bet the best you can be. Yet, there is some realness in his expression that I want us to embrace.   Paul shows us that we have to have Forward Focus.

There is power in a good perspective.   Paul expresses a truth. We are not there yet – none of us. I don’t care how many tongues you speak in, how many scriptures you can quote, or how many services you go to in a week . . . none of us are perfect. The power in this is simple. It’s okay to be flawed. God doesn’t love us because we have smooth edges. He loves us because we have rugged ones that He takes hold of to mold us. Our imperfections are okay with God.   God has always used imperfect people for a powerful purpose. Our histories are testimonies for others to be encouraged by. There is ministry in our missteps. We may have a past but we must not remain parked there. Our past is our launching pad for the next in out life.

Let go of the past and press toward possibility. I know it is easy to get bogged down in the weight of the past. I know, there are always reminders of things we could have, should have, would have done differently. Yes, I know it is difficult to move beyond. But, we have to! The scripture says we have to forget what is behind us. Yeah, that seems impossible I know. Watch this. The Greek work here for forget means – to overlook. Our objective is to simply overlook that past stuff and focus on our future. Overlook all the mistakes, issues, and missteps and start looking toward the possibility God has promised. We must have forward focus beyond yesterday and live toward our tomorrow!

Look beyond the distraction toward destiny. Paul says that we have to press toward our upward goal in Christ. First, we must ensure that we press beyond our past toward a deeper more excellent relationship with Christ. Also, there is so much more that God has for us beyond our today. We are latent with so much potential and possibility resting in the promise God. But, we have to press past life’s distractions and focus on our destiny. We have to look past Facebook, twitter, and instagram and chase veraciously our victory. We can no longer allow our time to be spent murdering our dreams by giving attention to deathly distractions.   Our priority must be to press toward our purpose!!!   Press toward your business, your book, your degree, your ministry, your marriage, your family, your greatness. Decide to never quit! And if you do quit something, quit the doubt that distracts you from your destiny!

Today, I am encouraging all of us to look beyond our yesterday, the distractions of today and embrace our greatness of tomorrow!

We must have Forward Focus!!!

Be Blessed . . .

Rev. D’

“Live Victory”

“Live Victory”

1 John 5:4 (NKJV)

 “4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.”


Have you ever felt like giving up or had feelings of worthlessness? Have you ever tried to do so much and achieved far too little?   Does it seem like no matter how hard you try you just can’t get ahead, you seem to just lose time and time again? These may be very real feelings, real thoughts and real life issues. But today I have a real word from a real God – and He says hold on, don’t give up yet. You are larger than where you are! No matter how grave things seem – you are possibility – You Live Victory!

Life brings many unpleasant ups and downs. We make decisions that aren’t always in our best interests and even make mistakes. People trample our hopes, and we place our dreams of success on mantles of hopelessness because we just can’t seem to win. But, there is hope.

This text tells us that whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and our faith becomes our victory. That is a wonderful thing. As long as we are born-again believers in The Lord, we are guaranteed to overcome.   Having received the new life given to us by salvation we have a new secret weapon – our faith, which becomes our key to victory.

No matter what obstacles we may face in life, what the naysayers spread in the atmosphere, and no matter how much of a disadvantage life places on us, we are Victors. Why? – Because we know God, our Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ who owns our destiny. See, many of us make the mistake of forgetting how big God really is in relation to our small issues.   We must remember that God is the answer – He is the only One that can do something about everything. Too often we invest more time focusing on the questions than we do having faith in the answer – Jesus. As long as we have our faith, the Bible says that we have victory. Yes, faith – the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. If we have faith in God and His will for our lives, then our hopes and dreams are possible in Him who promised them. There is power in our faith.

This faith allows us to take hold of and live in the possibility and promise of things we haven’t seen yet.

This faith encourages us to see beyond failure and envision success that lives within the lessons learned.

This faith allows us to live in the love of Christ walking away from condemnation of life’s mistakes.

This faith allows us to rise above the little thinking of little people and embrace the Big possibility of a Big God.

This faith allows us to succeed in situations that may have broken us but allowed the Hand of God to put the pieces back together and shape us for success.

This faith says, I Live Victory!

No longer to we live down to the issues of life. Rather we rise above fueled by our faith to chase the greatness God has for our lives. We have no reason to feel defeated. We must take hold of all our dreams and aspirations – Failure is not an Option, because in God’s eye we are overcomers. Don’t let anything get in the way of your dreams, hopes, and destiny.  Rise above the dead situations of yesterday and negative speak, and start living in the place of promise and possibility.

Live Victory!!!

Be Blessed. . .

Rev. D’

“Unending Presence”

“Unending Presence”

Psalm 139:7-10 (NKJV)

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.


In life, there can be this feeling that we are all alone. This feeling can arise when we are at our best or at our worse. Our human capacity craves relationship and closeness, even when we think we don’t want it. This feeling, thought, of aloneness can at times be very distressing and disturbing and can even make us feel hopeless. Interestingly, even those who seem to have lots of friends and associates find themselves feeling alone and abandoned. I mean, we’ve all been there. That night when we needed to talk to someone – anyone, we called, texted, tweeted, emailed, Facebooked and no one was there. Those “friends” who vowed to be there through thick and think were suddenly lost in space.   We were left, alone, to read the exciting posts of people we thought would be present but instead they are partying . . . without us.   The phone calls gone unanswered during our hours of need evolve into demands for attention from the very ones who were earlier absent.   This can make us feel alone . . . unwanted and again, hopeless.

This may be a real experience for many of you; I know it has been for me. But, I want you to know there is no need to feel alone, unwanted or hopeless. Why? You ask – Because we have an Unending Presence. The awesome thing about God is that He loves us so much that He never leaves us alone. There is never a moment in time or space where He is not.

I Go – He Is

The psalmist asks “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” These questions are not themselves as amazing as the answer latent within them. The fact that he is even having to ask, implies that he has tried to get away and can’t. Its kind of like that annoying little sibling that shows up no matter where you go. Every time you look up, they’re there, even when you don’t want them to be. That is what the psalmist is saying here. No matter where he goes, or even how hard he tries – The Lord is there. While, the sibling may have been annoying – this revelation is awe-inspiring! No matter where we go in life, The Lord is there.   If we are having a bad day at work, He is there. If we are driving home frustrated in traffic, He is there.   If we are trying to run from our purpose and call in Him, He is still there. There is nowhere we can go where He is not.

Many of us have tried doing things our own way and escaping the will of God. I know we often hear this when it comes to those who testify of their “call to preach” and how they ran. But, this is true for everyone with a God-given purpose. You may have tried chasing a career for profit but you were called to a work of purpose only to for things to never go quite right. Well, The Lord is there. Possibly, you’ve always known you were different “called-out” but have tried everything from tobacco to tattoos attempting to fit in only to feel more awkward and even alone, because you knew there was greater. Well, The Lord is there. No matter how hard we run or try to escape, and even land in the abyss of aloneness – The Lord is always there.

I Am – He Is

Life truly has its ups and downs. We have those moments when things seem just right and we are enjoying the success of the Lord’s salvation. The business we started is going great, sales are wonderful, and we’re in the perfect location. The book we authored is going wonderfully well. Our marriage is blissful and the kids are stellar students. Things are just going well, heavenly even; truly The Lord is there.

Nevertheless, it is also when things seem like “they can’t get right” when He is present. There are those times in life when it may feel like nothing is going right and we can’t escape the pit we’re in. Guess, what He is still there.   God is not a fair-weather friend.   He won’t let us down, break our heart, or let us fall.   He doesn’t leave us alone during the times we need Him the most. There is never an unanswered call, never an absent moment.   We may be living the consequence of a bad decision, mistake or just poor situation. He is still there. No matter what we go through in life we are not lost without a friend – He is there.

I Grow – He Goes

One of the blessings of the God we serve is that He is a progressive God. Which means, those of us who are connected to Him – we’re going places.   If we arise to chase our great and live out our promise of possibility, we have something special. We have a power that gives us strength and favor to go farther than we could have ever imagined.   When this path leads us to places unknown, experiences and places we have never encountered The Lord is there. For many of us our passions and purpose are leading us down paths unfamiliar and often uncomfortable.   This path, can feel very alone. As a trailblazer and unique gift, you will often feel misunderstood and just awkward. But, even in this place, the road less traveled, He is there.

Not only is He there, He is holding us and guiding us at the same time! The Word says His Hand is leading us and His Right Hand is holding us. The presence of our Lord provides safety and strategy at the same time.   In His safety is protection from feeling alone, abandoned, awkward – In His Hand is a love unparalleled and a joy unexplainable.   We are also given directions for our way. The Lord is leading us in the path of righteousness (Psalm 23). He knows the way we should go. As we are growing in our possibility and purpose He is there going along the way with us. When we are growing pass the pain of a broken relationship, bad employment experience, mistake or challenge in life, He is there to hold and heal and show us the way to victory.

No matter what happens in life, trial we endure or growth we experience we have a power that keeps, guides and protects. In The Lord we have Unending Presence!

Be Blessed . . .

Rev. D’

“Don’t You Quit”

“Don’t You Quit”

Psalm 118:13 (NIV)

13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.


If we are truly honest, we all have moments where we feel pushed by life. There are days where we feel pushed to the edge, pushed to frustration, pushed to our limits. These can be extremely frustrating times. But, I would dare argue, there is one push that is grave to our human experience . . . being pushed back.   For some reason, there is am emotional toll that is taxed, when life seems to be placed on pause and we feel as though we’re in regression. We can’t help but think, “This isn’t where I thought my life would be by now.”   Living in the fast passed, hyper social, technological age we do, forward movement seems to be the only acceptable medium for life.   Our entire world is consumed with the “next best thing.” Facebook and Twitter are latent with posts about, new cars, new houses, new boo’s, new clothes . . . progress, progress, progress. We truly live in a time where everything has to be good . . . a post-friendly illusion of reality. When, the truth is – there are days when we feel pushed back. There are times in our life when things just aren’t right.

You just got the car fixed and it breaks down again – Pushed Back

You just got your finances in order only to get laid off – Pushed Back

You had a great time at the marriage retreat and they left anyway – Pushed Back

You were told the job was yours but they hired someone else – Pushed Back!

Life will make you feel pushed but, I encourage you today – Don’t You Quit!

PUSH Happens

I wish I could offer some insightful commentary or scriptural reference to remedy the issues of life. But, there are none. Life just comes with pushing moments. We will all face situations that we find unfriendly and unsettling. The truth is no one likes to be pushed. But, as a child of God, there is uniqueness about how we should embrace challenge. For us – being pushed develops us (James 1:1-4). There is a work-taking place in us when life pushes us. We learn patience, perseverance, maturity, wisdom. There is strength developed in the midst of our circumstance.   We quickly discover, what we thought was going to take us out has grown us up.

We’re Pushed to Possibility

The Word says we were pushed back and about to fall. So yes, push happens but, guess what – we don’t fall to demise.   God allows us to be pushed just far enough to realize the possibility in our problem. We may feel like we are about to lose everything but, then we realize we still have food to eat, places to lay our head, clothes to wear, and we are still in our right mind.   The Hand of God has an amazing way of holding us up when life seems to push us down.   Just when you were about to give up – you discover the repair on the car is covered under warranty; your lay off led to the birthing of your own business; divorce lead to a love in destiny; and God opened the door for a better position. Yeah, you were about to fall – But . . . God!

We’re Pushed into His Presence

When push happens, we quickly discover there is One who can do something about everything – The Lord. We may have felt like we were pushed too far and just couldn’t take it anymore. But then, we realize we’re still here and still standing. How? The Lord. He helps us. He keeps us. When life has us about to fall – He holds us up! Life is crazy it has its circumstances, challenges, and confrontations.   There are moments when we may think we’re going to lose it all. But, it is in these times where we need to hide in the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91:1). We should be pushed into His presence. Pushed into prayer. Pushed into His power. When we think, we’ve had enough – we’ll learn He’s our Help and we have to say to ourselves Don’t You Quit!

No matter the frustration, problem or circumstance.   Life may have pushed you back. But, remember you were only about to fall – God’s got you. Don’t You Quit!!!

Be Blessed . . .

Rev. D’

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