“We Haven’t Arrived Yet”

Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” But Jesus said, “You feed them” (Mark 6:35-37 NLT).

I found myself doing this very thing and I immediately felt convicted. So often, many Believers who believe we have arrived and that we have it all together, have a tendency to want to dwell with those who are most like us (cliques) and send away those who are not like us. When they come to us seeking, even though we have what they need, we want to send them away. It is good when people seem to always want to be around us (especially those who may not be as mature spiritually or non-believers who see our light shining). This gives us an opportunity to minister and witness about the gospel of Christ; not always with words but by our lifestyles, our interactions, the way we maintain integrity, our speech, and the way we treat others. Let’s not become proud because We Haven’t Arrived Yet.

Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts (2 Corinthians 3:1-3 NLT).

We must remember that it is really not us that they are looking for, it’s Who’s in us, and that is Christ. So, yes we should be grateful that people are able to see Him when they look at us and hear Him when they hear us speak. But remember, We Haven’t Arrived Yet! It is not us the people came to see, it is Him and it is our job to always direct them to Him. Let’s not act like those in entourages of famous people; they are so quick to turn the people away, not acknowledging that the people didn’t come to see the entourage, they came to see the headliner. Jesus is the Headliner, we are blessed to be a part of His entourage. Remember, that which God has given us is not just for us to keep to ourselves or to boast, but it is to share with others.

Let’s Pray:

God I am so grateful that You saved me by Your Grace once I came to believe. I recognize that I can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from You God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things I have done, so I can’t boast about it. Lord, help me to remember that if people are drawn to me it’s not because of me but because of You Who lives in me. My prayer is to always point them to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

So, That Settles It, We Haven’t Arrived Yet, so let’s not be quick to send the people away. They came to see Jesus, not us. We are only His conduits in the earth to compel people to come to Him. For some people, we may be the closest resemblance of God that they get to see in earth, let’s not blow it! YOU feed them!

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“Invisible Support”

Recently, while working on a project at work, a coworker asked, “Do you want to add your name at the top of this communication?” I replied, “No need, I’m the Invisible Support.” We laughed, but it’s true. My work is important, but the bulk of it is done behind the scenes. I’m perfectly fine with that because I know that my work is important and it helps so many others. Those outside of my office may not know it, but everyone in my office knows my name, and they don’t hesitate to call on me whenever they need assistance with anything.

Likewise, every born again Believer has Invisible Support, whether you know it or not. What Invisible Support, you ask? Do you not know that God is always with us, helping us day to day? No matter what we are facing, God is right there with us. He promised He would never leave us, nor forsake us; and He cannot lie. No one has ever seen Him, but by faith, we trust and believe that He is always right there.

No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us (John 1:18 NLT).

So, I just want to encourage and remind you that you are NEVER alone. Even when we do things that are not pleasing to Him, He doesn’t leave us; it’s usually us who turn our backs on Him.

I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night, but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139 7-12 NLT).

The next time it feels like your enemies are increasing that are coming against you, there is no need to fear…

When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs! “Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:15-17 NLT).

Let’s Pray:

Father God, I can’t thank You enough for all that You have done and continue to do for me. You are the God Who neither slumbers nor sleeps. You are Omnipresent; wherever I am, there You are also. I am so grateful that You are a very present help in times of trouble. Thank you for never leaving me nor forsaking me. Help me to continue to trust You even in those times that I can’t see you, nor hear you, or feel you near me. Remind me that You are with me and that’s Greater than anything that is trying to come against me. Father, open my spiritual eyes, so I can see you and Your Heavenly Hosts that surround me daily. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

So, That Settles It, remember we can always rely on our Invisible Support. As His sons and daughters, we can call on God for anything.

The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth (Psalm 145:18 NLT).

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“I Said Yes”

When I Said Yes, it wasn’t just for me. No, it was for my family, my friends, my loved ones, my co-workers, strangers, those assigned to me, and people I haven’t even met yet. Their lives, their destinies are contingent upon my Yes.

So, I began to look at the traditional wedding vows…
“I, ___, take thee, ___, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

For Better, For Worse
Once I Said Yes, I had to grow to a place where I still choose to love and trust God, even when enduring tests and hard trials. I mean after all, God accepts me and continues to love me, in spite of me.

For Richer, For Poorer 
My Yes says, “My worship is not predicated on how rich or poor I am. I have learned to praise God when I have an abundance and I have learned to praise God when it seems like I don’t have enough.”

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little (Philippians 4:11-12 NLT).

In Sickness, In Health
When I Said Yes, I vowed to serve God with my whole heart, when I feel like it and when I don’t. My Yes says, “As long as I have breath in my body (and even when it feels like the breath is being sucked out of me), I will serve You Lord.”

To Love, To Cherish
The way I express my love to God is by keeping His commandments. When I Said Yes, I made a decision that I will live each day striving for Holiness, and I will continuously hunger and thirst after His Righteousness.

Til Death Do Us Part
Here’s the GOOD NEWS: In Christ, death is only the beginning! When we leave this earthly body, we will be with our Father in Heaven. So, you see, the only way this relationship can end is if we walk away from Him; because He will never leave nor forsake us.

Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him (2 Corinthians 5:8-9 NLT).

Just as in many unions, after the marriage commences, then come the children.
Since I made a commitment to this union, and I am totally submitted unto Him, I am able to mother (Spiritually) others who are coming up after me. If we don’t remain faithful, we will only bare illegitimate children; but when we are faithful, we aid in birthing sons and daughters into the Kingdom of God.

Let’s Pray:
Father God, I thank You for loving me and for giving Your life for me. Thank You for making me holy and cleansing me with Your Word. I am grateful because You took me when no one else wanted me. You cleansed me and clothed me in Your robe of righteousness. Thank You for making a covenant with me and making me Your bride. Be Thou honored and glorified! Father, continue to mold me into your Vessel of Honor, sanctified and meet for Your use. I will forever give You the Glory for every life that will be saved because I Said Yes to You.

So, That Settles It, honor your vows to God, the Bridegroom. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. He is jealous over you. Declare it today, “I Said Yes, and I will live a life committed to God and He will make me into a great nation.”

I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2 NLT).

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“This is Not What I Ordered”

I have come to the realization that many Believers today have a fast food mentality when it comes to the Promises of God. We want a big meal or a combo, but we don’t want to pay too much for it. We want plenty, we want it cheap, and we want it fast. Think about it, what are some of the main attractions of fast food restaurants?

~ Fast – no long wait

~ Cheap – a lot of food for very little money

~ Convenient – fits in with our plans (typically numerous locations and drive-thru windows)

Some of the fast food restaurants we frequent have poor service, but because we get more for our money, we continue to patronize them. The old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” So, why do we get upset when our meal order is wrong? What’s the first thing we say? “This is Not What I Ordered.” Well, what did you expect???

Sadly, we treat God the same way; we give Him a big order and we don’t want to pay much for it. Even though He NEVER gives us poor service, we act as if He does. But, the real problem is we don’t want to commit to Him, we don’t want to obey His commandments. God wants to give us His Best, but because it may not look the way we expect it to, we have the audacity to reject it and say, “This is Not What I Ordered.”

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19).

We want everything right now; we don’t like waiting. If God doesn’t do it fast enough, many get upset and leave Him. We don’t realize that He is trying to prepare us for our promise; we only see that it hasn’t come yet. So, instead of waiting patiently, we get frustrated and storm out on God yelling, “I’m tired of waiting! God isn’t listening to me! This is Not What I Ordered!”

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord (Psalm 27:14).

We want God when it’s convenient, when it fits in with OUR plans; but the problem arises when God is trying to get us to trust His plans; but because it forces us out of our comfort zone, we cry out, “This is Not What I Ordered.” We continue to go to these fast food restaurants with poor service because of convenience and price. Likewise, we settle for less than God’s best simply because we don’t want the responsibility that comes along with the promises of God. And let’s not forget how unhealthy most fast foods are; the same is true when we try to rush God. We make poor choices that usually aren’t good for our overall spiritual health, then when we realize, “This is Not What I Ordered,” we want God to come in and fix the mess we’ve made.

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, please forgive me for treating You like a drive thru at a fast food restaurant. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. God, I trust and stand on Your Word. I will not be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, I will let my requests be made known to You Lord; and I pray Your Perfect Peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Help me to wait patiently on You Lord. My hope is in You. This is my prayer in Jesus name, Amen.

So, That Settles It; we must stop treating God like a fast food restaurant drive thru. Let’s stay mindful that this life with God is not a cheap, fast, convenient meal. No, there is more that is required of us. Let us honor and embrace our Heavenly Father, realizing that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. Let’s also remember to endeavor to live a life that is pleasing unto Him (You can’t always have it YOUR way), or else we risk standing before God and hearing Him say, “This is Not What I Ordered.”

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7:21-23).

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