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I woke up from a dream, about an hour ago. There was a bear in my dream who was on the loose. I didn’t recognize the people who were in the dream with me. But, when they saw the bear coming towards us, they were like run!!!. They ran inside to take cover. Somehow, I didn’t make it inside with everyone else before the door shut behind the last person who entered inside, so now I’m left outside to face the bear who’s a lot closer to the house than he was before. I thought about climbing up on an old dryer sitting beside the house but that wouldn’t give me any kind of advantage. So I ran inside a little shed beside the house only to find out the doors were off the hinges so bad, for me to try to stay inside would only offer me shelter on a temporary basis while the bear continued to work it’s way inside. A feeling came over me, I got sick of hiding. Suddenly I felt an urge to fight inside of me, so I grabbed the door and pulled it off the hinges. I decided to use the door as my weapon to fight this bear. When that bear saw me running towards it with that door as a weapon it froze and it’s eyes got big and then it stopped in its tracks for a couple of seconds. I swung my new found weapon not sure if it was even hurting the bear but, I kept on swinging. I woke up from the dream, feeling ambitious. Instead of running and hiding, I went to war. God gives us the strength to go on even when the odds seem to be too big against us. He is with us even when we are facing our biggest giants. Isaiah 41:10-13 says this, Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. See all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing. You will look in vain to those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing. For I hold you by your right hand, I the Lord your God. And I say to you. Do not be afraid. I am here to help you. I decided to post this because I believe it’s someone else out there that needs this word as much as I do. I love the way God communicates with us through dreams. Hopefully this will encourage those in the Body of Christ today to carry on no matter what the day might bring. God is with us.

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Not compatible

I bought myself a new charger for my IPhone 8 Plus recently because I somehow misplaced or left my other one somewhere else. So in order for me to charge my phone when I needed to, I went and bought myself another one. Only to find there was a couple of issues with the new one that I purchased. 1. I bought it from a gas station and not from a reliable retailer because I needed it right then and there. 2. It was cheaper which means somewhere down the line it’s most likely going to fail me, someway somehow. It worked flawlessly until about two months. Up until then everything with the charger was all good. It was much longer than the original cord, which meant I could actually lay in bed comfortably knowing I lay in the middle of the mattress with no worries. But then, this happened. One day I plugged it up to charge my phone and it wouldn’t work properly anymore. Then a little warning popped up. Accessory may not be supported alert. I shouldn’t have been surprised. I did after all buy it from a gas station. I believe same thing often happens to a lot of people who give their lives to Christ. They try to hang around the same people who they once did before, only to find out it’s not accessible like it was before. Christ has redeemed them from a life a sin. The more they go to Church and spend time in God’s presence, the new believer will begin to see something strange unfold. The same people who they use to call friends will begin to criticize them for not wanting indulge in the same things like they use to. They say oh” he or she is just being religious. They act like they’re too good for us now! They don’t realize God has the individual in His hands. We might try to hang out with them and if we don’t watch it, we can end up in a worse place if we persists to do so. Because of Jesus, our sins have been forgiven, the old man is dead, we’re a new creation. The Word of God confirms this to true, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 The Christian is not compatible to hang around those same people anymore. And we don’t have worry about being lonely. In Deuteronomy 31:6 the word of God tells us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. The more we follow Christ the more we begin to realize we are no longer compatible with the world anymore. We are created to worship our Father God. Not just in our gatherings with other followers of Jesus but, we are to do so everyday we are blessed to live. We are to surrender all to Him who gave all for us when He gave up His only begotten Son who stretched His arms on a old rugged cross on our behalf. Drinking alcohol, having sex without marriage, and using foul language should no longer be a believers mindset. Even joining coworkers around the water cooler at the office can become odd. Especially if male coworkers conversing about which female employee they wouldn’t mind sleeping with comes to into play. Pleasing God should be our main goal in life. And the one way we can do that is to be obedient to His commandments. It’s okay if we no longer fit in this world like we once did, especially when God who is everlasting has now made His home inside of us.

Words of life

I remember growing up we use to write letters to our loved ones. Back then it was just as exciting to write letters to those who we loved, just as much as it was to check the mail box to receive a letter from those we love. The excitement for me began from the time the letter was written, to the morning that I sprinted to the mailbox to place the envelope inside, then completing the process by flipping the red flag up for the mailman to pick it up when he delivered the mail later that day. It’s amazing how reading words on a piece of paper written by a friend or family member refreshes ones soul because someone else took the time out of day think about someone else. These days technology has taken over. Not many people these days write letters anymore. Those who do are the last of a dying breed. It’s not like text messages can’t be pleasant to brighten ones day. It just doesn’t have the same lasting effectiveness as it does when it’s a letter. No one wants to read a long text message. Letters speak life, they’re meant to warm the heart. Letters bring encouragement. Our Heavenly Father knew this better than anyone else. He blessed us with a 66 book love letter called the Bible. Even with all of the stories of betrayal, wars between nations and genealogies. God declares His great love towards us in scripture, in 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. When someone speaks words life to us it simply reminds us of who we are in Christ. God’s love letter for us never gets old. He speaks to our heart when we study His word. We can’t survive without His Word. We would be lost without it. ABBA, thank you for being gracious towards mankind that you would reveal Yourself to us through Your Word. John 6:68 Simon Peter answered Him, Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of enteral life. I pray for us to receive the same revelation that was amazingly revealed to Peter.

I was thinking about the Jussie Smollett drama this morning. I wasn’t thinking about who should be fired or who should be investigated during the whole scandal. I thought about it a lot differently than I did at first. I saw myself in his situation, not that any of my lies ever got me any news coverage or splattered on social media daily. But I have lied a lot during my short time on this earth. Some of my lies caught up with me some of them didn’t. To tell the truth, I have done a lot worse things than just telling a slight lie. After thinking to myself I begin to reminisce about the story in the Bible about the woman who was caught in adultery. She was caught in the very act. All eyes were on her. The residents in that town were ready to stone her to death. They were ready to carry out the law about such a woman who was ever caught doing such egregious act behind her husbands back. Leviticus 20:10 says even her lover should have stoned to death with her. They took her to Jesus, saying how Moses in the law commanded such should be stoned to death. Hoping to accuse him of something. Jesus stooped down on the ground with his finger, as though he did not hear. “So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. John 8:7-12. I remember God’s Grace, how I didn’t deserve it. God grace is love in action in order to save those who couldn’t save themselves. God’s Grace literally brought from heaven to earth to rescue us. God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross so we could be reconciled to him. Today I’m sharing this not to think of myself to be better than anyone else. I do believe God was speaking to me reminding me what His word says in Ephesians chapter 2 in verse 8. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Until this morning I hadn’t thought about it like that. Did I deserve punishment my wrongs? Yes. My punishment could have sent me to hell. But God gave me grace that saved me from destruction. Does Jussie deserve punishment? Yes. He does. God created Jussie for a purpose and a destiny. Could it be God hasn’t forgotten about Jussie? That He still has a plan for His life. I believe He still does. I’m going to pray for Jussie. Not because of his skin color or because he’s democratic and not republican. Just because someone prayed for me when I out doing my dirt. God heard those prayers and answered them. I belong to Jesus and no one can snatch me from his hand. Hallelujah!!! I’m thankful for God saving my life and for giving me another chance. ‭‭

I miss you

  1. My grandfather Joie Ray Terrell was a Man who I will always remember. He was the only father figure I have ever truly known. He used to go off to work early every morning. And each day when he would pull out of the driveway I would be wishing I could go with him. I loved him so much. I remember running to him each evening he returned from his long day at work. He never came home mad. He would hug me and my twin brother with a smile on his face. Then he walk up to his wife (my Grandma) and give her a kiss and they would walk in the house together. Sometimes on the weekend he would let me & my brother go with him while he was running errands. He used let us take turns sitting on his lap while he was driving and place our hands on the steering wheel to make us feel like we were really driving the car. I was too young when he died, and when he passed away I felt like my best friend left me here all alone. I hope to see him again someday when it’s time for God to call me home. I have been thinking about my Grandpa a lot more lately. I love you Grandpa. I hope to impact someone else’s life while I’m here. Thank for you showing me what a real man is supposed to be like. I’m trying to become a carbon copy of the type man you were while you were here.

Watching your investment

I’m sure we have all heard the phrase you never know what you got until it’s gone. Most of the time this phrase is spoken out when someone close to us has hurt us or have betrayed us. Our time on this earth is really short. I’m 44 years old and now I see what this verse really means in (James 4:14 whereas you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. For is what your life? It is even a vapor appears for a little time, and then vanishes away). Now days I dislike when someone waste my time. Because I can always be doing something productive with my time. By either investing my time by witnessing to a lost soul who doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ or praying to God in my alone time, or my putting time into my blogs, or even working out at the gym. If we looked at the Kingdom of God the same way people look at stocks and 401k investments accounts the game would look a lot different. Because those things not only concerns our own lives but it benefits our families lives as well. Investing your time on this earth wrong can lead you straight to hell if you only lived a sinful lifestyle the whole time you were alive. Our mindset as followers of Jesus should always concerns God’s Kingdom. Asking God to lead us to lost souls or to a brother or sister should always be our aim. If I could spend my time driving sports cars all the time I probably would. But at the end of my life when I have to face my Savior, there’s no excuse I can use that will good enough to justify why I didn’t invest more of my time into the Kingdom of God. Why do we fill Gods house every weekend only to be disobedient and not walk out what Jesus commands us to do? Gods goodness extends beyond what we have materially. Our time on this earth should be all about Him. It’s okay to have nice things but they should never cost your soul or your relationship with your God. You can’t afford to let those things become your idol. Matthew 6:20 (Lay up not for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be there also). I want to encourage not only whoever it is who will reads this but myself as well. Let’s get a return on our heavenly investment that keep we will keep benefiting from for all eternity.