Monday, December 31, 2012

The Conversation

The Conversation
between The Lord, Janet L. Armstrong, and myself

Son if you could see me now
If you could see my smile
Living high way beyond the clouds
All smiles, son, no more frowns
Just enjoying living as God’s child
Oh son, if you could see me now

Mama, if you could see this world
You know I miss you girl!
Growing worse as each day unfurls
Without your direction and words
Life is hard and it hurts!
Mama, I feel like I need you in this world

Son, if you could see my face
If you could see this place!
Jumping for joy after running my race
Basking in His glory and God’s grace
Can’t explain, but you’ll see one day
My son, if you could see my face

Mama, if you could see what I’ve done
All the races I’ve won
Thanks to lessons  that you taught your dear son
Preaching in Africa and just begun
Your hard work now has fruitful outcomes
Oh Mama, if you could see what I’ve done

Herman, your thoughts are not my thoughts
Your ways are not My ways
I know you’ve had some hard nights and long days
But just look how you’ve grown in grace
I gave you My strength
She left, but I alone filled that space

And Janet? When she saw my face?
You should have seen her dance
How she clung to my nail-scarred hands
Praising Me in every way she can
Shouting for joy over again and again
I promised her I would take care of you man!

So you see? I had to split you up
So I could fill your cup
She introduced, but you didn’t know Me enough

So trust that I’ll guide you through all the bad weather
And one day you two will praise me together, FOREVER

Monday Motivation-Stay Strong

How come whenever we see someone going through we're the first to say, " don't worry everything will be just fine" or, "it's probably not even that bad," but as soon as the enemy starts to attack us its the end of the world? Whats important to realize at all times is that whatever is going on is much, much bigger than what we can see. You may see this world around you, but remember Ephesians 6:12(KJV)" For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" Everything we go through is a spiritual test, to show us our strengths/weaknesses and to make us stronger.

On top of top of that Romans 8:31 tells us"...If God be for us, who can be against us?" So with the ultimate power on our side we always know that we will come out on top. This is definitely one of those subjects where the phrase "easier said than done" is applicable. What is needed to stay strong in these rough times is faith. Later in the Ephesians 6 the verse 16 tells us," Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

Now faith like this just doesn't spring up, it takes work. We must immerse ourselves in Jesus: what we watch, listen to, think about, read, etc. In the third Psalm David says in verse 6" I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about." If I was set in the middle of many enemies I don't know if could stand tall like David at this point in my life, but I can not imagine the peace he was feeling.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Greatest-Thursday Thought

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? - Romans 8:32 (KJV)

What good thing will God keep from us? Paul asks a question here that we need to ask ourselves DAILY. Our minds get swayed by the issues of life. Bills pile up, stresses increases, opportunities seem to go down. And we ask ourselves, “What is going on?” or, “How am I going to fix all of this?” We search all over for what we think we need when God already has it.

If God gave up His Son just for you, do you really think He won’t give you everything else you need? God has done too much for us to give up on us now. He has invested too much in His children to just leave us. Whenever you feel the pressures of life pressing down on you, stop and ask yourself, “Would Jesus, who came down from heaven and gave His life for me, really stop taking care of me now?” What do you think?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Greatest-Wednesday Word

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
-Luke 1:34-35(KJV)

Wow. When God does a thing, He does it! When God gives us a gift He does so in a way that no one else can. Mary wanted to know how in the world she was going to have a baby. God chose to conceive His Son in a  way that no other person has or ever will be conceived. When God shows, He always shows out!

You may be asking God some questions right now. “Lord how am I going to pay for this?” “Jesus, when are You going to deliver me from this place?” “God why is this happening to me?” Understand that The Lord does not operate like ordinary man. He does things much differently and His way ALWAYS yields great results. God used a virgin to be the mother of His Son. That same God is still doing miraculous things every day! Be blessed.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Greatest-Tuesday Truth

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 
-John 3:16

Jesus truly is the reason for the season. This is one of the few catchy phrases people often that is actually true. I remember as a child seeing cartoons referring to ‘X-mas.’ My mother told me this how people keep Christ out of Christmas. Whether that is exactly true or not, over the years I the world attempting to do this by many other means. The world promotes buying more and more gifts, Santa Claus, and the ‘Christmas Spirit.’ None of those, however, will save anybody from hell.

Don’t forget why children of God celebrate Christmas. We remember the greatest gift God gave us; Jesus. Other traditions may be fine, but they are not the purpose of this celebration. Don’t forget how we became Christians. It was only through what Jesus did for us. Other things may be fine, but Christ should be Head of your entire life. Someone needs to hear the truth about Jesus this Christmas season. Tell them. Jesus is the reason for the season!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Greatest-Monday Motivation

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

When we didn’t deserve any of His love or generosity God sent His Son Jesus Christ. It is so easy to get our focus off of the Lord; especially during this season when Christ is the last thing on the minds of the world. However we have to remember how great this gift is that God gave us. When we did not deserve it Christ came to ultimately give His life up for us.

When nothing else seems to be going your way, remember what God did for you. If no one else loves you, God love you that much. If another person never cares about you, the Lord cares about you more than you could imagine. If you never receive a gift from anyone else, if you are a child of God then you have the greatest gist of all. God loves you and He proved that through the gift of His Son. Be blessed!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Why God???

My take on the recent situation in Connecticut and tragedies in general. All comments appreciated.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Low-Friday Freedom

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: - Philippians 2:9 (KJV)

Be exalted with Jesus. Learn to live a life of service and humility. Trying to reach greatness yourself will only get you what you can offer yourself; not much. But God can lead you to real greatness in life. Learn to live like Jesus lived and love like Jesus loves. Humble yourself (before God humbles you) and be great!
No friend like Him is so high and holy,
No, not one! No, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
No, not one! No, not one!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Low-Thursday Thought

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  ~Philippians 2:7-8

Are you better than Jesus? Many of would say there’s an obvious answer to that question, but their actions may say otherwise. Jesus knew what it meant to be humbled. He obviously knows what it meant to put the needs of others before His own. Many of us today don’t understand and don’t want to experience that kind of humility. Everything is about us. Where we work, where we live, social status, and the like. But humility is a part of godliness.

Jesus showed us what the true path to greatness looks like. He gave us a model to follow. Life shouldn’t be about building yourself up or seeing how much stuff you can get. Your life should be about following Jesus and learning to live the way He lived. Sometime that will involve giving up what you want for the good of others. Do you want to be like Jesus?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Low-Wednesday Word

“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [c]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained," ~ Philippians 2:5-6 (Amplified)

The Lord Jesus had no need to try and hold on to His godliness. Whether He was in heaven with the Father or on Earth He was still God no matter what. Jesus knew that changing His position did not change who He was. Nothing could do that. He is God through and through. And nothing could ever change that.
If you are a child of God, then nothing can change that. God may be calling you to a place that seems beneath you. God may be leading to do something that is uncomfortable. However when you know who you are as a child of God none of that matters. ‘The Message’ says this very clearly

“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. ~Philippians 2:5-6

Your position does not define you. You are a child of God no matter what!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Low-Tuesday Truth

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:4 (KJV)

Humility is the path to true greatness. We search all over for what we think we need. “How can I reach the next level?” “What can I do to get ahead?”  “What will benefit me?!”  We’re always looking for ways to build ourselves up. But we are called to put others needs before our own. When you elevate others, then God will elevate you.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” The mindset of humility. The mindset of service. The attitude of surrendering to God’s plans.  You don’t have to search far and wide to find real success in life. The path to rising high starts by going low. God may call you to exactly where you don’t want to go. But that’s just how He works sometimes. Humble yourself like Jesus. Be great.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Low-Monday Motivation

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” - Philippians 2:5 (KJV)

Christ lowered Himself just to help you! In His coming to Earth as a little baby God displayed the ultimate form of humility. When we get too focused on the world everything becomes about us. We should have the best and be in the highest positions. But sometimes God calls us to humble ourselves. This is how we identify with Christ.

Most of the times what God calls us to us uncomfortable. But do you think that Jesus was comfortable as He lowered Himself all the way down to the level of a mere man? No. However, He knew what the Father’s plan was and how it had to be accomplished. And now the name of Jesus is above all names. When you accept God’s plan and humble yourself you will be exalted. Humility is the path to true greatness!

Friday, December 7, 2012

God First-Friday Freedom

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the the Lord, and depart from evil." - Proverbs 3:7 (KJV)

Becoming a Christian doesn’t make life easy, but Jesus helps us deal with the issues. How? Simply because He cares about you and me. Not only does He already know what the issues are; He cares about how you feel and wants to bring you through. Nobody, NOBODY…. I MEAN NO BODY can bring you through a situation like Jesus Christ can. He is a Counselor. He is a Brother. He is a Great High Priest. He is a true Friend and so much more. He loves us and His love is incredible beyond description. Nobody can do us like the Lord, because nobody loves us like the Lord.

“Can't nobody do me like Jesus. 
Can't nobody do me like the Lord.
Can't nobody do me like Jesus.
He's my friend.

He picked me up and turned me around…”

Thursday, December 6, 2012

God First-Thursday Thought

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.- Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

Where does your confidence lie? Confidence itself is not always a good thing. Sometimes we think we should let God handle the big things and we take care of what we can. WRONG. The only way to reach true success is to put all your confidence in the Lord. You must trust Him for absolutely everything.

Is all your confidence in the Almighty God?  He alone has to be the only One you run to for the “big stuff” and the “small stuff.” Really though, what can be considered big to God? Trust that you can do all things through Him like Paul said. Put God first and let everything else in life fade into the background.