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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bypass The Look Likes

I want to share this Tiney Thought with you simply because God is so good to us. If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you are  aware of God’s grace regarding my brother’s quintuple heart bypass surgery. I won’t bore you with the details; the most important thing is that he came through the surgery, is now awake, talking, walking and in the process of healing and that God did it.

Prior to the surgery God spoke to me that he would bring him through this so I had total peace as we waited for the doctor to come and say it’s over and he is doing well. I expected NOTHING else. My expectations were based on God's promise to me. This makes me think about the many times that we say we are trusting God or believe what he has spoken to us but there remains that little inkling of doubt and fear that lingers in the back of our mind and hearts.

What if we heard God wrong or even worse didn’t hear him at all but our wishful thinking deep in our consciousness caused us to think that God had spoken a promise to us. What if?

In many cases it’s easier to operate in fear than it is to walk in faith simply because fear is generally a natural and first human response but firm faith comes as a result of walking with God and learning to trust him even when what you see with your natural eyes does not agree with what he has promised you.

Even when you are standing on God’s promises, it is the enemies job to introduce fear, doubt, unbelief, negative speech and “what ifs” causing wavering faith—the old up-down, up-down. But you can stand in the face of that adversity knowing that if God said it, it’s a done deal. We have to take God’s promises to us at face value because the truth is many times what is happening around us and what we are ‘seeing’ are not going to align with what God has promised. What we see, think and feel can cause us to nullify a promise. Yes,  we can nullify our own blessings.

No matter what it looks like, keep saying what God said…. Keep believing what he said and get excited about it…BE VERY EXCITED about it even when others try to discourage you  just keep standing on God’s promises. He loves blessing us and revealing himself to us.  Are you ready to be blessed again and again? Then keep trusting him again and again. Yes, just as my brother had a quintuple bypass we are going to have to have a quituple(5) BYPASS and learn to embrace the grace that comes with the promise. Five (5) represents the grace of God, every time God promises you something he also maks the faith available for you to believe his promise . Accept the grace to believeand bypass the look likes; walk in faith. Just another Tiney thought.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wishing You An Awesome CHRISTmas

I can't help but remember Christmas as a child, it was always special with smells that just warmed you up inside. In my family it was a special time of sharing moreso than giving or receiving presents but we always managed to remove the tape and sneak a peep each year.

One tradition we kept was we got to open one resent on Christmas eve. I didn't continue that tradition with my son because as my son aged he made a Christmas list and was granted three items from his list. As a single parent I had to demonstrate good stewardship and also wanted to instill in my  son the real meaning of Christmas.  It is often said that "Jesus is the reason for the season", but Jesus IS the season; not just CHRISTmas but every season. As we enjoy our time with family and friends we are reminded that the virgin birth must never be pushed aside by brightly colored pakages or people who seek to take Christ out of CHRISTmas---Jesus Is The Season.

I'll be posting random pictures and videos about any and everything over the next week on http://www.njclicks.blogspot.com/ , so visit me there. Have an awesome CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 14, 2009

When Kicking Is Not An Option

I had an interesting conversation recently, it went something like this” nothing seems to bother you, you might be dying on the inside but if someone needs you, you’re there for them… most people, when something happens they have to shut down and regroup but you’re okay”. Interesting!

2007-2009 has acquainted me with pain and silent screams that I didn’t even know existed. As I continue to walk with God I continue to experience new dimensions that require new wine and for me to be a new wineskin.

It is never my desire to give the impression that I’m superwoman dipped in an armor of steal, I’m not. I have and continue to learn how to receive the innerhealing and refreshing I need to keep moving forward…sometimes it requires a break and at other times taking a break actually ‘breaks’ us down.

I explained that I hurt like everyone else. I feel like everyone else feels. I have learned to take times and seasons of ‘restoration, refreshing and renewal’ as needed and I have learned that sometimes we take spiritual breaks and sabbaticals that aren’t needed. Knowing when to stop and when to keep pressing forward is critical.

One of the things I stress as I mentor women across the globe is to choose your FALLOUTS. I know it’s sounds a little silly but you can’t fall out and have a pity party over everything in LIFE and God doesn’t mind if you have a tantrum occasionally but don’t stay there. As we continue to grow in God we come to understand that it's beneficial to learn how to embrace the good times and the bad times..how to abase and abound and that kicking and screaming in the bad won’t change the situation. Replace that tantrum with prayer and faith…watch God change you IN the situation.

Trust me its not that I’m superwoman; It’s that he keeps changing me IN my difficult situations, he keeps gracing me. He lets me kick and scream when necessary and strengthens me to PRESS forward when kicking is not an option.

SO anyway, that’s just another tiney thought. Choose your FALLOUTS!

Philippians 4:12-13 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Somebody's Watching You!

Somebody's watching you!
With all the news swirling around about Tiger Woods it should be difficult for us not to take a look at ourselves and realize that someone is watching us and things done in the dark eventually come to the light.

One thing I find puzzling is that people are disappointed in Tiger as though he asked them to make him a role model and put him on a pedestal. Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods never said he was a morally upright man, he simply asked for privacy and in that privacy he fulfilled the lust of the flesh. Like it or not morals will never bring about the righteousness of God. Was what he did right by God’s standards? Absolutely not!

I think it is wonderful how Tiger’s father guarded him, everyone needs someone but I have to wonder if he also handicapped Tiger by not making him aware that every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
James 1:14.

Why didn’t Tiger’s morals kick into high gear? Why didn’t sirens go off? Why didn’t friends and family sound the alarm bringing “Privacy” to its knees. The general public has many questions that only God knows all the answers to. One thing the Lord has already shared with us is:

1 John 2: 16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

What happened? Was it that he lost his childhood being a serious golfer at the age of three and is now getting his swerve on? Or that he spiraled after his father’s passing, a father who helped him stay grounded and ward off the many temptations to lust that Tiger was faced with. Whatever the reason lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life have fulfilled their mission in the life of Tiger Woods. That’s Tiger, what about us? Just as someone was watching Tiger someone is watching us, the question now becomes what will be exposed in our lives.

No matter who we are—LUST has a mission. The mission is to conceive, bring sin to us and ultimately bring death to us. NO; not just physical death but mental, emotional, spiritual and psychological death while we are still breathing.

Like Tiger many Christians have requested PRIVACY so they can conduct “private” matters…. But we are in a season of open exposure and judgment by God. There are many believers who would not dare engage in adultery (and just as many who do) who feel they are upright because no one can physically see their unforgiveness and sins of the heart--Someone is watching you.

James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
While the world is busy dissecting the life of Tiger Woods, hoping that morals or the principles of ‘right conduct’ will help us win the fight when there is battle going on inside of each of us----whether Christian or not we must understand that the only safeguard against lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is to delight ourselves in the law of God after the inward man (Romans 7:22)

Church folks might not like it but given the opportunity to have PRIVACY many would find that they have a few things in common with Tiger—Somebody’s watching you. God sees everything!

Tiger is down, but he’s not out! Let’s pray for Tiger and realize ‘privacy’ is a cloak for lust to fulfill its mission.