“Get Naked”

Take a bow, you made it! It’s the end of another year and it’s by the Mercies of God that we are still here. Now, whether you know it or not, people have been watching you, and your refusal to quit has encouraged them more than you could ever imagine.

With that being said…This is the perfect time to Get Naked

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT).

This crowd of witnesses is not just the Patriarchs of old, but also the people you inspire on a daily basis, even if you don’t recognize it. As you enter this new season, I’m challenging you to bare your soul; be open and honest about your tests and trials. It is not just your triumphs that will strengthen and encourage others, but it is also how you handle difficult situations and setbacks. Besides, it’s time to get rid of that excess weight (sin, disobedience, rebellion, etc.) once and for all. So, as you let it go in preparation for the next level, why not bless others by exposing the enemy and sharing some of the knowledge you’ve gained from your pitfalls and shortcomings. Hopefully, your openness can prevent others from making the same mistakes. Paul said it like this:

And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News (Philippians 1:12 NLT).

Many of us have this erroneous belief that in order to inspire others, we must only allow them to see our good times, but that couldn’t be far from the truth. People are watching us and if we are not careful, our actions could cause them to become discouraged if we only allow them to see the victories. So, what happens is when they face difficult times they don’t know how to deal with it and they feel like they’re doing something wrong. If we are more transparent, even in the difficult times, it will encourage others and afford them an opportunity to see how to endure; and it can show them that it does not mean they are on the wrong track, but it could be a sign that they are on the right track.

Undoubtedly, the most important reason to Get Naked is so that you can receive your Total Deliverance. God wants to make you complete and lacking nothing; but you must first admit that you need it, and allow God to do the work in you. It would be a shame to live a life pleasing before men, but still be disqualified by God…Besides, He already knows everything about you, so you might as well, “Bare it all.”

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable (Hebrews 4:13 NLT).

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (1 Corinthians 9:27).

So, That Settles It. If you truly want to inspire people, Get Naked and show them how to endure even when facing unfavorable situations. Follow Jesus’ lead.  He wasn’t worried about the shame because He was so focused on the Joy of the Cross; and you see where it got Him: seated in a place of honor at the right hand of God.

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“Are You a Regifter?”

Are you a Regifter? Do you receive gifts that you will never use, but you know someone else, perhaps a friend or family member, who would be so grateful to receive that gift? There has been an ongoing debate for as long as I can remember whether or not this is acceptable. I personally don’t see anything wrong with this method, especially if your intent is to give it to someone who would benefit from that gift more than you.

I will admit it, I am a Regifter and I’m not ashamed of it. As a matter of fact, I try to Regift not just during the holidays, but all throughout the year, just not with tangible gifts.

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

I know that I know there is one time when it is absolutely okay, and strongly suggested, to Regift: Salvation! Eternal Life! That’s right. Think about it, Jesus is the Perfect Gift, the Ultimate Gift, the Best Gift to man, and He is such a Great Gift it is hard to keep Him to yourself. This is the one time when it is acceptable to Regift as often as possible; this is a Gift that is needed by every man.

We always go out of our way to try and find that perfect gift for the people in our lives. Why not give them the Gift of Eternal Life? Introduce them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Emmanuel.

So, That Settles It. Let’s endeavor to be a Regifter every day of our lives. You have the Gift that will suit every person, friend or foe, even a total stranger will be blessed with this Gift.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8 NLT)

                                                                    Merry Christmas!

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“That Day at the Well”

While studying the story of the Woman at the Well recently, I was reminded why I love this story so much. I want to share some of the nuggets I gained from this passage of scripture about That Day at the Well.

  1. When the Woman at the Well left home that day she had no idea that her life would be forever changed. Will an encounter with you leave someone’s life changed forever (in a good way)?
  2. Jesus came and waited at the Well just for her. God is waiting for you. He has need of YOU! (John 4:4-7)
  3. The Woman at the Well bragged about the water she could draw after Jacob, his children, and his animals had their share. Jesus offered her pure Living Water. Don’t get so complacent with contaminated gifts (mediocrity) that you can’t recognize when God offers you His best. (John 4:12)
  4. Stop worshiping what you don’t know! Having a relationship with God entails more than just a Sunday morning experience. Get to know Him for yourself. Spend time with Him studying His Word, worshiping, and praying. (John 4:22)
  5. God knows everything about you; nothing is hidden from Him. Stop trying to conceal your dirty laundry from the Lord, instead give it to Him and allow Him to deliver you, cleanse you and purify you. (John 4:16-18)
  6. ASK! The Woman at the Well, after hearing Jesus speak about the Living Water (Himself), asked for some of that water. Ask God to fill you with more of Him. (John 4:15) 
  7. Ignore the would-be distractions. As you draw closer to God, there will undoubtedly be some people who don’t think you are worthy of His presence. Don’t waste any time entertaining the opinions of others about you; their opinion is just that. (John 4:27)
  8. Run tell somebody! The Woman at the Well went to tell everyone to come see about this Man. As Believers we should be so excited about Jesus that we can’t wait to tell everybody. (John 4:28-29)
  9. Will you follow Jesus’ leading and obey God’s GPS (God’s Perfect System)? Jesus, along His journey, says “I must needs go through Samaria.” You may be doing what you believe God wants you to do, but will you allow Him to direct your pathways for the sake of spreading the Gospel and souls being saved? (John 4:4)
  10. Lives will be changed because of you! After you have had a Divine Encounter with the True and Living God, you will compel more people to come to Christ than those religious people who have been playing church for years (the world sees no change in them, except maybe their clothes). (John 4:30, 39)

So, That Settles It; That Day at the Well many souls were saved all because one woman dared to believe. The Woman at the Well never did draw that natural water from the well because though she came thirsty, she left drenched by the Living Water. Now’s your turn. Seek Him while He may yet be found. Be filled with the Living Water and don’t keep it to yourself, go tell somebody!

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“Witness Protection”

Have you ever considered how safe you are? What would you say if I told you that you are in a Witness Protection program? Think about it…

Witness Protection provides safety for witnesses, and their immediate dependents, whose lives are in danger as a result of their testimony against major criminals.

As born again Believers (God’s witnesses), even though the enemy, the accuser, comes to kill, steal, and destroy; God promises to protect us and keep us from all hurt, harm, or danger. Our job is to worship God, testify and spread the Good News of the Gospel everywhere we go.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death (Revelation 12:11).

In Witness Protection, witnesses and their families typically receive new identities, housing, subsistence for basic living expenses and medical care.

Likewise, once we accepted Christ, we received a new identity (2 Corinthians 5:17). Not only that, but God desires that we prosper and have good health (3 John 2).

The U.S. Marshals provide 24-hour protection to all witnesses, while they are in a high-threat environment.

Even though the enemy roams about seeking to devour us, we know that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). He has given His Angels charge over us to keep us in all of our ways  (Psalm 91:11).

Let’s Pray:
Father God, Thank You for keeping me safe under Your Mighty Hand. I take solace in knowing that I dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High. Thank You for being my Strong Tower that I can run in and know that I am safe. I am blessed to know that You will neither leave me nor forsake me. Thank You for being my Protector, a Very Present Help in times of trouble. Lord, I will forever praise Your Holy name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

So, That Settles It, keep testifying of the goodness of God. Don’t venture too far from safety (His Presence). Enjoy the many benefits that come with your new identity. Most importantly, remember that the enemy is no match for God’s Witness Protection program.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me (Psalm 118:6)?

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