“Let it Go!”

Have you ever tried to hold on to something that you should have gotten rid of a long time ago? You keep trying to convince yourself and others that even though you aren’t using it right now, you may need it one day. Everyone is telling you Let it Go!

Sometimes when God is trying to give us a new thing, we risk delaying it or missing it because we are still trying to hold on to the old. Let it Go!

I recently walked through this very thing. For years I have worked behind the scenes taking care of all of the logistics. I enjoyed it and God blessed me to execute in Excellence. I didn’t need recognition, I just wanted it done right. Recently, I have been, I won’t say pushed I will just say nudged, from behind the scenes to the forefront. Before I recognized what was happening, I kept fighting to remain in my comfortable place behind the scenes.

Then, one day in prayer, as I was crying out to God asking why He was allowing me to be pushed out of that position, I heard Him clearly (in my spirit) say, “Let it Go. You have served well there and because of your faithfulness I am going to do a new thing in you and through you.” Immediately, I began reflecting on the many Promises of God that have been spoken over my life. I thought to myself “That’s what this is! That’s what this is! He told me He was going to use me mightily, so why am I surprised?”

So often we think because we perform well and we are comfortable in a certain place, that surely this is where God has called us to stay. You may be in that place temporarily for training, sharpening of your gifts or God-given talent, to learn patience, or for the development of the Fruit of the Spirit in your life, which will lead to character development; but you are NOT meant to stay there. So, when the call comes, Let it Go!

His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21).

God wants to do great and mighty things through you, so you can’t stay on the back side of the mountain. He has called you out of darkness into His Marvelous Light.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

Your desire to work in the Spirit of Excellence behind the scenes, even when no one is looking and it seems no one notices, is what has made you a hand-picked candidate to be used by God. He is looking for those who have no desire to take His Glory, but who will point people to Him. You can’t stay in your comfort zone. Perhaps you thought you were safe there and no one would notice you and call you out. Let it Go!

1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”

2 But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” “Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.

3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”

4 So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?”

5 “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too.

6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

8 Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.”

9 Next Jesse summoned Shimea, [a] but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen.”

10 In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”

11 Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”

12 So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”

13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah (1 Samuel 16:1-13 NLT).

There may be some who question your motives, but don’t let it cause you to doubt. The reason you know your motives are pure is because if you are honest with yourself, the thing you are trying to hold on to, you’ve recently started to feel as if it wasn’t as fulfilling anymore; but you are holding on to it because you want to remain faithful, and honor your commitment to the Lord. You haven’t yet realize that you are growing weary because you are being called to the next level. The call to the next level is none of your doing, promotion comes from the Lord; this is your season, your time for promotion is now (Psalm 75:6-7)!

You don’t even think that you are qualified, and you can think of others who appear to be more qualified than you; and this is precisely why God desires to use you. You not being qualified is perfect, because those He calls He qualifies. You acknowledge that the only way you can do it is with the help of the Lord, and that’s why you have been chosen.

So, That Settles It, that cherished position behind the scenes, Let it Go! Your time is now! The King has extended you His Scepter. You have found favor in His sight, and He wants to put you on display for the world to see your good works and Glorify Him (Matthew 5:16).

 

“This Perfume is Special”

I have This Perfume that I wear and it is my favorite fragrance. Whenever I wear it people compliment me on the wonderful fragrance I am wearing. Though they are referring to my perfume in the natural, I had this epiphany: Because of Christ, I have another perfume, and This Perfume is Special.

I have faced many hard times and had my heart broken more times than I care to count. But, just when I wanted to give up on love, True Love stepped in. Yes, God, Who is Love, came into my life. In fact, He came in bearing gifts to make up for the hurt and pain that I have endured.

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified (Isaiah 61:3).

He loves me so much that I want to live every day of my life expressing my love to Him. So, as I am showing my love for Him, by living His Word and loving people, it is a fragrant aroma to God’s nostrils. Oh yes, This Perfume is Special; and it lingers everywhere I go. Others can see the oil on everything that I touch.

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?  You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us (2 Corinthians 2:14-17 NLT).

Not everyone likes This Perfume, but that’s okay because This Perfume is Special. See This Perfume only offends those who choose to continue living a life of sin and degradation; but it is a sweet savory aroma to those who have chosen salvation. This Perfume is Special to me because I received it once I decided to wholeheartedly worship and serve God with everything in me. I gave Him my most valuable possession: Me. I have submitted my life unto Him, to be used for His Glory.

7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad (Psalm 45:7-8).

Some people don’t understand, or don’t think “It takes all of that,” but maybe they don’t fully understand that God gave His only Son, Jesus, to die in my place. Because Jesus bore them, all of my sins are forgiven. Because of His ultimate sacrifice, I will have eternal life. Add to that the fact that He loves me, in spite of me; I will freely give Him all of me. I want to look like Him and smell like Him.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment (John 12:3).

So, That Settles It, I am determined to spread this sweet fragrance everywhere I go; for every place that I enter to be filled with this aroma. Will you join me? Will you follow God and walk in love as Christ has loved you? If so, He will receive it as a sweet smelling fragrance. Don’t let anyone deter you or stop you!  You won’t regret it because This Perfume is Special (Ephesians 5:1-2).

 

 

 

“What Were You Thinking?”

Have you ever reflected on something you did that wasn’t that bright and asked yourself “What Were You Thinking?” Or maybe one of your friends stayed in a dead-end relationship way too long; and when he/she finally ended it you asked “What Were You Thinking?” Maybe your teenage son/daughter did something that could have potentially caused him/her to get hurt or to hurt others; and while you were scolding him/her you asked “What Were You Thinking?” No doubt, we’ve all had some “What Were You Thinking?” moments; and thankfully we survived.

“For as he thinketh in his heart so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7).

The world says it like this “Where the mind goes the body will follow.” There is some truth to this. So, if you think defeat, then you will see defeat. If you think victory, then you will see victory. The mind is a powerful force not to be reckoned with, nor to be taken lightly. People have been able to change their situations beginning with a single thought. There are countless stories of women who gained the strength and courage to leave an abusive relationship once they thought and believed they could. A man will relentlessly pursue the woman he is really interested in because he thinks and believes that she is the one for him. Fortune 500 companies have been conceived stemming from a thought someone had.

On the other hand, people have committed suicide because they couldn’t escape their torturous thoughts. Friendships have been severed because one thought the other had done something to offend him/her, but never addressed it; and later found out his/her thoughts (suspicions) were incorrect. People settle for less than they are worth because they don’t think they deserve better.

What if you make a decision today to ask yourself this same question whenever you start to doubt God, or when your faith begins to waiver, or when you don’t know how it’s going to happen? I challenge you to snap out of it and ask yourself “What Were You Thinking?”

There is power in your thoughts. This is why scripture tells us how we should think.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).

The next time it feels like all hell is breaking loose in your life and you feel like giving up. Shake yourself and ask yourself “What Were You Thinking?” Did you forget that “No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rise up against you in judgment thou shalt condemn (Isaiah 54:17)?”

The next time you don’t think you are worthy of God’s love. Stop yourself right in your tracks, and ask yourself “What Were You Thinking?” Then remind yourself just how much God loves you.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

When it looks like you have more bills than money and you think you will never get ahead. Ask yourself “What Were You Thinking?” Then encourage yourself with the Word of God: “My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).”

And my all-time favorite: Most often the enemy will try to attack your mind to try to rob you of your peace, to make you doubt yourself, give up on God, and forfeit the many blessings God has in store for you. But the devil is a liar! The next time the enemy tries to launch an attack against you (your mind), ask him “What Were You Thinking?!” Then launch a counter-attack on the enemy’s camp by prayer and spiritual warfare! Your praise confuses the enemy (2 Chronicles 20:22).

So, That Settles It. Do a self-evaluation and ask yourself “What Were You Thinking?” Then choose to think only what God thinks (His Word) and speak only what God speaks (His Word). When you change your thinking, you can change your destiny.

“Super Fruit”

There has been quite a bit of buzz about the benefits of Super Fruit. Not every fruit qualifies as a Super Fruit. Those fruit considered “Super” are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease. Experts suggest that Super Fruit are best consumed whole and not processed. Just as with any other fruit, even when selecting Super Fruit, you must still carefully inspect it because at first sight the fruit may look nice and polished. But, if you are not thorough in your inspection, when you bite into it, you may find that it is not as good as it looks, or even worse, that it’s rotten.

In the Kingdom of God, there are Super Fruit as well. These fruit are Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. These Super Fruit are a necessity in the daily lives of every Believer. The only way these Super Fruit can truly yield any results in your life is if they are served whole and not processed. There are many people who really try (within their own strength) to exhibit these Super Fruit, but sadly many fail. The mistake is trying to do it in your own strength. If you could do it alone, you would not need God. So, you can start out trying to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit, but as soon as things get too tough (you can’t take it anymore), those (processed) fruit are no longer on display in your life. You cannot fake it; processed (manufactured) fruit just won’t do! These Super Fruit can only operate in and through you effectively when you totally surrender to God and allow Him to finish the work He started in you.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:4).

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away (1 Corinthians 13:10).

You don’t want to mislead anyone or yourself by just polishing the outer appearance. When your spiritual Super Fruit have not been properly cultivated they will prove to be distasteful.

25 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence!

26 You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.

27 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.

28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:25-28 NLT).

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

When the true Super Fruit of the Spirit are growing in you, they not only help you live, but they allow Light and Life to flow through you to others. They make you look better because you will begin to look less like you and more like Christ. Finally, these Super Fruit prevent disease (sin); because when they are prevalent in your life, you are no longer a servant to sin, which ultimately leads to death.

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:20-23).

So, That Settles It, you’ve already taken the first step by inviting Christ into your life. Now allow Him to cultivate the true Super Fruit, the Fruit of the Spirit, in you; so that you will flourish as those trees of righteousness that God has called you to be; bearing much fruit. Super Fruit (John 15:8)!