Dark Days

Sometimes we die, not from the initial blast of a love one’s betrayal but, from the little shrapnel that takes its time moving through our bodies. Moving slowly, as we struggle to cope with the trauma of that wound. Moving purposefully, in-spite of the efforts we make to start over, pick up the pieces, and begin again. And moving painfully; even as all of those watching the “train wreck” of your life begin to lose interest at signs of your recovery. It moves until it reaches the heart. To add insult to injury; the cause of that death is, more often than not, misdiagnosed. Suicide? No, just the effect of an untreated wound.

At the Name of Jesus

So, every once in a while, I hear something that my spirit vehemently rejects. Be it something that, I believe, contradicts the Word of God or a statement that is just demonically twisted/askew: whenever I sense this within my spirit I am tasked to go and study the Word of Jehovah God. After I’ve prayed, I “study to show myself approved unto God.” Today was one of those times: I heard something which led me to pray and study.

I was watching a movie, an African movie, about spiritual bondage. In this movie, the man playing the role of a Lucifer-like character challenged the pastor in his church. The pastor was rebuking him using the Name of Jesus saying “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow”. Well, this satan-like character “corrected” the pastor saying he was mis-quoting the verse. (Yes, the enemy does know the scriptures but, as he did in the Garden of Eden, and when he tried to tempt our Lord Jesus, satan is also very fond of twisting God’s Word. So, be aware.)

The satan-like character told the pastor that the verse actually states “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…not shall now.” This demon goes on to define the word should vs shall. Should meaning there is a choice vs shall which eliminates choice. When I heard that, my initial reaction was okay, what is the enemy trying to do here? The answer? What he’s always done: twist The Word of Jehovah God for his own use.

My study began in Philippians Chapter two in the KJV and then on to several other versions of The Bible. King James says: “…That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” However, that is not all it says. You see, this verse could be misunderstood if taken out of context. So, let’s put it back in context.

The writer Paul was admonishing the church in Phillipa to practice humility. As he gave them examples of how humility should play out in their lives, Paul ended the topic by giving The Perfect example of humility: Jesus. Paul explained how Jesus perfected His humility even unto death. Paul explains that our Lord Jesus personified humility with the knowledge that God the Father would then place EVERYTHING under His feet. So, because our Lord Jesus did fulfill the requirements of perfect humility, Jehovah God the Father did place EVERYTHING under the feet of Jesus.

This is what we can stand on: the call was for the perfect sacrifice (JESUS) to empty Himself, and be completely humble, humble unto death…even the death of the cross. The Bible says that He despised its shame but, He answered the call and fulfilled the task. Therefore, all that should now shall…this means, they will. So yes, At The Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD to the glory of JEHOVAH GOD our Father!!!!!!!

Philippians 2:3-11 AMP

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:3-11 KJV

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

This Christian Walk

Wow! The Holy Spirit of Jehovah God is awesome! For about 3 years or so now, I’ve sought His leading, guidance, reprimands, refiner’s fire, friendship, mentoring, training, and so much more. He never ceases to amaze me!!! This morning, He laid the word “reputation” on my heart and, because I am still a work in process, my mind immediately went to thinking ”Yayyyyyyyyyyy, God is finally ready to correct, fix, improve, etc. my reputation!” I can admit that there was a high level of glee in me as I assumed that this was the reason for The Comforter’s prompting this morning. Well, not so. No, it was to be another lesson in humility…but not just your common humbleness…this one is on a much higher level. This humility, when practiced faithfully, leads to inner peace and a closer walk with Elohim. Full disclosure? It comes at a cost but the benefits are worthy of the pain…

So, as I do frequently, I began studying The Word(Bible), the Internet, and my Christian apps for references of Jehovah God fixing the reputations of His children. But, the passages and blogs and commentaries I kept finding did not match what I had in mind. Finally, I landed on the one that The Holy Spirit had designed just for me!😊 Guess what? It focused on how to overcome shame and a ruined reputation by repenting, soul searching, praying, and love. What??? Yep!

Truthfully, I didn’t want to keep reading it but I could not stop. I read the whole thing with tears streaming down my face and, when I was done, I repented, I did some soul searching, I prayed, and I made a resolve to love in spite of any and everything. Please understand that I am only able to do this daily by The Holy Spirit’s power…without Him, without Jehovah God, I can do nothing.

This Christian walk that we are on is so much more about us and Jehovah God than it is about us and the world. Yes, we are to be salt and light to the world. But we can only be those things, authentically, when our walk with Jehovah God is on point!!! I’m adding a link to the blog below for you…just in case The Holy Spirit designed it for you as well.😊🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/my-reputation-is-ruined

Seed Time Harvest

Everything has a seed! That is how The Creator set it up. That is how Elohim could rest on the 7th. Every created thing has the ability to replicate! Wait. What? Everything? Yes!

Before Jehovah, nothing existed. The very world we see, hear, feel, touch, taste, and (for some) sense, was framed by the unadulterated Word of Elohim. We are because He spoke…and, made in His image, our words are seeds. Everything has a seed!

“By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬


https://www.bible.com/1588/heb.11.3.amp

The Runner

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that I am a runner. I’ve always been. I realized pretty early on in my youth that I was different and intense. So, to shield the people around me, people I know and love, I learned how to run. For so many years I tried to run from the intensity of me. I created a version of me that, I thought, was more palpable than the real me. I so perfected this farce that people only got to know the runner. Very few people got to see the real me. And the intensity of that truth hurt so badly that I started trying to figure out a way to run from it…to run from the pain.

The crazy thing about running is this: no one can outrun his or her pain. We all, every single one of us, receives a measure of pain in our lives. And, as depressing as that sounds, there is an upside. You see, pain has a twin sister and the two always travel together. It is the wisdom of Elohim.Her name is joy. Wherever there is great pain, you will always find joy hanging around as well. Here’s the catch, you must make a conscious effort to find joy. So, today, I challenge you to find your joy. For those of us in Christ, our joy is always joy unspeakable and full of glory. 🙏🏽

1 Peter 1:8 KJV

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”

The Path to Destiny

Sometimes, when God is ready to place you on the path of destiny, He hides you in a basket and places you in a river infested with crocodiles. God is sovereign and He knows that you will not be eaten…He’s already sent someone with royal blood to save you. Whatever happens, trust God and don’t give up: you are as safe as little Moses was, floating on the river Nile!!!!

Lest we be Ignorant of the devil’s wiles…

My sisters, we cannot continue to kill our men with thoughts, words, and deeds but then complain to God, family, friends, and all who will listen that “all the good ones are taken!”  No, they are not.  They are wounded, bruised, battered, and bewildered.  They are around us everyday but we cannot see them because they’ve put up walls to protect themselves…from us!

What are we doing?  How did we get here?  Why did we get here?  I’ll tell you why:  we have a real enemy.  And one of his tried and true weapons is to manipulate situations and circumstances ,in just the right way, so that we become the bullets in his gun.

But Elohim is God and beside Him there is NO OTHER!  Because He is, we will never be consumed!  He is faithful and true.  He is Holy…this means He is one with Himself.  He is integrity!  There is no shadow of Turing in Him.  He is calling us to open our eyes now!  See what the enemy is trying to do through us and resist him!

How do we do that? Submit to God, receive His cleansing forgiveness, and rise up in your power.  But first, my fellow daughters of Zion, let’s repent.  Let us do so collectively! It is this act of humility that will give Jehovah God a platform upon which He can restore our men.  Listen, the very same weapon that the enemy is using to destroy our men is the one that God will use to restore them: us!

Women of God, get up and walk in your power.  Your power is your gift, your purpose, and, your destiny.  Intercessors, storm heaven with requests for help and declare the release of every soul in our care personally, communally, and spiritually.  Worshippers, arise and create an atmosphere so dense with praise to Jehovah that His glory fills the earth! Kingdom men and women, endowed with the fivefold ministry gifts, stand up and proclaim the Word of our King!  The Kingdom of Elohim is here! God bless you.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/1/eph.6.11.kjv

Amazing Grace!

Hi FB Fam, I was thinking about all the losses we’ve had this year and June is not even over…But God! The Holy Spirit reminded me of this,

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭4:8-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus is not only our hope, but also our price and our great reward! Hallelujah! So, as we comfort each other, let us remember

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Romans‬ ‭8:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

MOVING FROM SURVIVAL TO PURPOSE TO DESTINY!

During reunions and other family gatherings my aunties often tell about the first time they heard me sing. It is always filled with lots of laughter and love because I was a few months old at the time! My sister-aunt (called that because we’re only seven years apart in age) tells how she was sent to my mother’s room for something and found me humming in my crib. In her excitement, she joined me but apparently I did not approve because I removed my pacifier and quipped, “you don’t know it”. We’ve never really gotten to the end of this telling because we’re usually all laughing so hard that the ending goes untold. I particularly love that piece of my history because it resonates strongly to me that my love for music began so early. My mom sometimes says that I was singing in utero! Again, another confirmation.

Music are I have had a tumultuous relationship. As a child I just knew that I would do music and nothing else… I just knew it! But, life took me a different way. I remember the moment I realized that, if I was to meet my responsibilities, I had to delay or possibly forfeit my dreams completely. I remember the piercing blow to my heart as if it was yesterday! For what seemed like days (it was more like hours) I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t think, speak, eat, or sleep. I mourned music like I had lost a parent or sibling. But I knew that I had to put it aside and think of my children. Oh, I still sang in church and at community events, I still wrote and recorded the melodies I would hear in my spirit but, to me, my dream of being a musician was not just put on a back burner; it was sealed in a container of adulthood and self sacrifice and shoved to the back of the freezer!

I spent the next twenty years or there about coping and surviving. That is all I did!!! I went to school, was blessed with good jobs and the work ethics that facilitated promotions and career advancements. I still wrote and recorded periodically but, my fire for music laid dormant. The decision to leave music has been intertwined at the root of so much sorrow, heartache, and depression that I am still surprised that it took me so long to make the connection. I felt that something was missing, over the years, but I refused to think of music. So, I filled in the blank with everything but it. What did I fill it with? That’s a story for another day. Today, I am overjoyed because, a few months ago and by the leading of The Holy Spirit, I began to dig my buried treasure out of its frozen tomb. It is a process and I have learned that everything valuable in life can only be obtained and mastered through process. It is scary but exciting: exciting because I have been getting glimpses of my true self and scary because I’ve getting glimpses of my true self! :). It is like free falling with no security net; both exhilarating and terrifying! My saving grace is that I know and am building a personal relationship with Jehovah God, my maker. I know that He is not only with me but for me!

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CREATED2WORSHIPELOHIM!

I was created with and for a specific purpose! This is an epiphany that has been long in the making but, today, I can say without any doubt or uncertainty that I am a child of the Most High Jehovah God and that He created me for Him! My mission now is to continue to “work out my own soul’s salvation with fear and trembling” even as I focus on the purposes of my life that will complete my destiny! As I continue to mature in Christ and in life, I am learning that the pursuit of my destiny is what fuels my honest relationship with God through Christ Jesus and by The Holy Spirit!

This site is my living journal…a dynamic record of my life’s journey. Good, bad, or indifferent, I’ll document my experiences in a variety of artistic mediums. You’re welcome to tag along and I pray that something you see, hear, or experience here will lead you to the lover of our souls. Jehovah is His Name! Be blessed.