“Safeguard Your Heart”

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It can be very easy to allow impure motives and thoughts enter into the mind and heart if we are not careful, remaining sober and vigilant at all times. Various factors can diminish or taint the desire to stay pure in thoughts and actions. Some of these factors could be the input that we allow others to provide into our situations. It could be the way that we view something without having the correct perspective of what is truly taking place. The truth is that remaining sober and vigilant with a pure heart is critical in safeguarding our heart.

David said in Psalm 51:10-11:

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Psalm 51:10-11 (NKJV)

He understood the importance and need of keeping his sobriety and vigilance because there where so many things taking place that could easily skew his perception and taint his heart from pursuing the will of God with all purity and righteous motive.

Another truth is that there is only one who has the authority, right, and privilege to rule our heart and that is God. God’s will, His motive, plan and design are without flaws, it is perfect. His plan is pure and purposed. Therefore, in Colossians 3:15 we are encouraged by Paul:

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” The Lord knows what is best and with Him we will not fail!

Colossians 3:15

When we do as Colossians 3:17 states, 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Then we can ensure that our motives are pure, our heart is in the right place, our mind is focused, and our peace will be maintained to accomplish the will of God and not that of man or ourselves.

Safeguard Your Heart and may the will of God forever be your heart’s desire and motive in all that you pursue to the Glory of God’s great name!

Until next time be blessed and remain sober and vigilant.

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The Rescue Mission:

Impossible by Man but Made Possible by God.

Galatians 1:4 NLT "Jesus gave His life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live."

This truth is very inspiring, it gives hope and enlightens us to a whole new way of living.

Let’s look at God’s perspective on life for those who choose to believe in His son Jesus:

The Lord does not want us to simply exist. He wants us to pursue what He desires, that we may thrive and achieve in the work that He has established for us to do.

Jesus uses an illustration to explain to the people who He was and His purpose and desired relationship between Him and those who will follow Him.

John 10:7-11 (NLT)
7 “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”

JESUS is the TRUTH, the WAY and the LIFE! We were created by God not for ourselves. In order to experience the rich and satisfying life that He has spoken of, we must follow Him because He is the Way! True living and not simply existing comes with a sacrifice from us as well. We must be willing to except the fact that we are the creation and not the creator. God knows what is best for our lives, in fact He has already seen it, from birth to death and everything in between. His ways are perfect and pure, we can see this in the scriptures that we just read. Apart from God we cannot do anything, but with Him ALL things are possible. Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus, stated it best in Philippians 4:13 (NLT) when he said, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Mission Possible: are you ready to Go?

Life was never meant to be impossible for us, in fact, it is possible to face every obstacle, to stare every mountain in the face and know that it must move, to endure every doctor’s report and believe without any doubt that the creator of our body has already seen and healed us. We can speak to the spirit of depression, suicide, anxiety, fear, anger, perverse minds, disobedience and declare that the blood of Jesus Christ our savior has come to set us free, and we do not have to be bound. In Galatians 5:1 & 13, Paul the Apostle reminds of this truth 1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (KJV) 13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.” (NLT)

Our obedience, our acceptance of the finished work that Christ Jesus has done to make us free from sin, free from all types of bondage, our Faith, our hope and belief, our soul, and our submission, is what Christ Jesus wants from us that we may live and experience the missions that are possible and created by Him!

Version of the Bible Cited:

King James Version (KJV)

New Living Translation (NLT)

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Don’t Forget the Journey:

Exiting 2022 and Entering 2023

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The year of 2022 has been quite the journey for us all. We have encountered new people, perhaps parted from some as well. We have experienced both gains and losses in many ways. Perhaps you have felt moments of complete push and drive and moments of slow momentum. However, what we all have in common is that we have lived through it in 2022 and have now embarked on the beginning of a New Year. Now what do we say to our experience from last year? Do we reflect on what we would consider to be negative and determine how to pursue the positive? Or do we conclude that our life experiences have been purposed and presented not to hurt us, but to grow us into gaining true perspective on life’s journey.

In the book of Joshua chapters 1-10, we see how he led the Israelites to the promised land and how he and his warriors conquered each territory from AI to the Southern and Northern cities. With all the great victories the Lord continued to show Himself mighty, strong and faithful in the face of the nations. In Joshua 10 there was a King named Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem. He had heard of all the great victories that Joshua and the Israelites had, and he became very furious. He even planned to take down Gibeon who had formed peace with Israel. Due to this, Joshua agreed to help Gibeon defeat them. The Lord once again told Joshua “Do not be afraid of them, for I have handed them over to you. Not one of them will be able to stand against you.” Joshua kept faith in the word of the Lord despite how large the enemy appeared to be and every time the Lord was right there, giving them victory. The Lord allowed hailstones to fall upon the enemy’s soldiers and that day more of the enemy died from hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword, Joshua 10:11.

As they fled before Israel, the LORD threw large hailstones on them from the sky along the descent of Beth-horon all the way to Azekah, and they died. More of them died from the hail than the Israelites killed with the sword.

Joshua 10:11

When we reflect on this story, we see that the journey of the Israelites was not easy. They had to face many armies, many attacks, in which each time the Lord gave them the victory. Their disobedience prior to entering the promised land helped them to see that the Lord had still been faithful despite their choices. They were able to see that the Lord was a God of another chance, to those who submit their hearts back to Him. They were able to see that the Lord would never forsake them, and they could depend on him regardless of the matter. Joshua and the people of Israel’s faith, was being built, tested and tried. It was there through their faith that they experienced their victory!

Let us all be very intentional to reflect on our journey as we move forward into 2023. There is much to be gained that will help us remain focused on God’s promises and committed to following Him. Remembering the experience was necessary to progress you forward!

Happy New Year!

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The Reflection

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The Reflection

The Lord is worthy of our gratitude, hearts of praise, and worship,

The Lord has been our protection and brought us through many hardships,

The Lord remains a strong tower and a refuge to the weak and those seeking safety.


Who Has given Himself while yet seeing the unfaithfulness at hand,

Who Has given Himself despite knowing all would not receive Him as their own,

There is no one like the Lord.


I pray that we will acknowledge our moments of dissatisfaction, ungratefulness, and murmuring,

 I pray that from this reflection our hearts will be filled with repentance,

I pray that from this moment we will not waste another day to rejoice and give praise to our Lord, even in the tough times, for He still has been faithful,

I pray that we will be content in whatever season we may find ourselves in,

I pray that our faith will not be weakened, but that it grows in the truth of our Lord Jesus,

I pray that the Lord will reveal Himself to those that desire to see,

I pray that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding will be gained and the abundance of life in Jesus will manifest.


I pray that as we live out each day, that we will not give up and keep the faith,

I pray that we will show grace and forgive, for we too have been forgiven,

I pray that we will love without restraint,

I pray that we will laugh, dance, and exude the joy of the Lord in our hearts!


Reflect and never miss the moments, they help us to grow and become stronger in who and whose we are!

Be Blessed with great Love,

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Thankful Living

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Thankful Living

God is so good, that from the very beginning before creating us, He considered us. He was intentional about the purpose in which He would create us for. God has a beautiful plan for us as His people. He implemented our redemptive solution through the life and sacrifice of Christ Jesus, all being a part of His great plan for His people. This is the importance of connecting with God’s truth and pursing it through Faith! We must understand and know that we were created as a vital source, to pursue and carry out God’s plan, which truly gives us a different perspective of how we live. Our lives impact the lives of others, just as Christ Jesus’ life impacted the life of all humanity.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been journeying through the book of Joshua. It has truly been amazing to read this book and to see how God revealed himself and why it is imperative to live in obedience to Him. As we look at the life of the Israelites, we read how they had the choice to pursue God through obedience or to reject Him and deal with the consequence. We discovered that their disobedience came from a lack of faith. The reason that some did not make it into the promised land and died there in the wilderness, was simply because they chose not to believe. Their ability to look past the timing of their journey hindered them from recognizing the truth that God’s time was and will always be perfect. They did not reflect on their faith and how a lack thereof manifested in their disobedience towards God, leading to their captivity in Egypt and their extended journey through the wilderness.

God is a just God; He is sovereign, and He requires our obedience without compromise because He knows that His plan is perfect and apart from it, we will not prosper. God’s plan protects, His plan always includes His provision, His plan is blessed and purposed for us to see Him in His Glory while experiencing once more, His love for us as His people. In Joshua Chapter 4, following the Israelites crossing of the Jordan River, God instructs Joshua to select twelve men from the people, one man for each tribe. Their purpose was to take twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River where the Levitical priest had been standing with the Ark of the covenant (a box containing the 10 commandments), as the Israelites crossed the river. The stones would be used as a memorial for all the generations to come.

21and he said to the Israelites, “In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones? ’

22you should tell your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’

23For the Lord your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, just as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up before us until we had crossed over.

Johsua 4:21-23

God makes it known that He desires for their children to know and remember what their Lord has done. How He dried up the water of the Jordan River until they crossed over, just as He had done to the Red Sea. Our God always makes a way, He is Jehovah Jireh the Lord our provider!

“This is so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord’s hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the Lord your God.”

Joshua 4:24

Witness the salvation of the Lord, let us be steadfast in our Faith, let us remain connected to the vine. Let us live out the purpose God has created us for from the very beginning. Living with hearts and minds of obedience to Him, that we may see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

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God Appoints the Time & Equips You for the Position

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God Appoints the Time & Equips You for the Position

In the book of Joshua 1: 1-2, Moses a servant of the Lord who led the Israelites out of the captivity of King Pharoah in pursuit of the promised land from God, died. Now a new leader was appointed to lead the Israelites. The Lord spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant and tells him that the time has come for him to lead His people, the Israelites, into the land in which He had given to them.

Joshua 1:5-7 (CSB)

5No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you.

6“Be strong and courageous, for you will distribute the land I swore to their ancestors to give them as an inheritance.

7Above all, be strong and very courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction my servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go.

Joshua 1:5-7 (CSB)

The Lord reassured Joshua that no one would be able to stand up against him for as long as he lived. The Lord told him that he would always be with him and would never leave him. He encouraged him to be “Strong and Courageous.” The Lord instructed Joshua to be careful to obey all the instructions Moses had given to him and to not deviate from them. The Lord made it clear that if Joshua was intentional about following His commands, then he would be successful in everything that he would do.

The Lord desired prosperity in Joshua as a Leader, but there were conditions in which this prosperity would come. Joshua 1:8 says, “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

As we reflect on all that has been written and expressed through the word of the Lord, we can see that His will is truly to prosper us in His appointed purpose for our lives, and that He is faithful to be with us from beginning to the end, leading us each step of the way. (More of this can be seen when you read the entirety of Joshua). It is easy for us to desire to succeed at all that we do, however we can not miss the truth that prosperity and success ONLY comes when we have followed the Lord’s plan and direction. It comes when we have submitted our heart to His word that we can lead according to His will and desire.

Wisdom, knowledge and understanding only comes from God, therefore if we do not study His word continually, we will not be equipped to handle the responsibility of Leadership in any manner it may be presented. Examples of this could be a Father leading his family, a Commander leading his or her troops, a teacher leading their students, or a Captain of a Basketball team leading their teammates. To lead successfully and prosper it requires first following God’s lead! When this is done, we will also lead with strength and courage knowing that we are not abandoned in our position, but in fact we are covered and supported by the Lord.

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When We Truly Trust God…

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When We Truly Trust God…

Do you really trust God? When we read and think about the word of God, we have to be able to process that it was inspired by Him and written for us, His people. We must be able to trust in God through His word and allow this trust to continue to be strengthened by our lived experiences, which builds our testimonies. Our testimonies give us something to hold on to and increases our Faith in Him while assuring that we can trust God, as He is the creator, author and controller of our lives.

In order to truly trust God, we must realize that our lives are not our own.

19 Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. So, glorify God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (CSB)

This scripture describes us yielding to God’s perfect plan and will that He has for our lives. Once we acknowledge that only His plan will do, we can easily trust Him for all things in life. We will give up our own thoughts and interpretations, and solely depend on God’s knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. We will begin to put Proverbs 3:5-6 into action without leaning to our own understanding.

I can’t help but think of Abram (later known as Abraham) in Genesis 15 when he questioned God after He came upon him in a vision. Often times we reflect on past and current situations and circumstances to determine what will happen next in our lives. Initially, Abram did not think that God could do anything for him because he hadn’t witnessed and received the thing which he was believing God for – a son. Abram could have continued to stay in this mindset, leaned to his own understanding, and not trust God. Thank God he didn’t because God was good for all of His promises, including the many descendants Abram was promised, including me and you!

In Genesis 15:7, the Lord reminded Abram of what he had done for him. He also explained to Abram how his descendants would face hard times through slavery for 400 years. Although suffering would ensue, there was much more that God had promised for Abram and his descendants, but trust was a must in order for these things to come to past. Our difficult situations and circumstances don’t mean that the road has ended or that what God has promised is no longer in reach.

So, let’s put ALL of our trust in God knowing that He has the ultimate plan for us, His people, despite what may try to come in between or hinder that plan (sometimes even our own selves). So, let the mind of Christ also be in you so that we can live out the plan and will He has for us.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:5 (KJV)

God’s Will: The Passage to Spiritual Freedom

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God’s Will: The passage to Spiritual Freedom

Have you ever felt stuck wanting to do right, but finding yourself back in the same life draining activities or mindset? Have you felt defeated, weighed down and maybe even hopeless? There is a remedy for your soul, and it is Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. NKJV

God’s will for us is to live and forever remain in freedom. God has seen what we cannot and knows in His great wisdom the damage that sin has on us. Within this verse we are encouraged not to be entangled with the yoke (the chain, the stronghold) of bondage again. For us to be steadfast (firm, fixed) in the liberty that Christ has won for us, we must commit our hearts to reading and meditating on His word that we do not live against His will.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Psalm 119 (NIV)

The more we read, talk to God and listen to God’s word, the stronger we spiritually become to defend our freedom given to us through Christ Jesus. Our flesh (the desires we want that does not please God) becomes weakened and our spirit begins to flourish with new strength.  We must always allow the Spirit of God to lead us, at all times. We do not want to forfeit our freedom in exchange for becoming a slave or servant to sin (reinstating the yoke of bondage upon our life). Jesus is the way, He is the one that we must follow, lean and depend on.

24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Galatians 5:24-25

Hold on to your spiritual freedom and never let it go, stay free!

True Worship to God

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True Worship to God

Reference Scripture: John 4:23 (CSB)

23But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him.

In order for us to thrive and become true worshipers of God, we must first acknowledge whether we are living in truth or deceiving ourselves. The deception is when one is claiming to be in fellowship with God, yet is still living a life of darkness, willingly carrying out sin.

1 John 1: 5-6 states, “5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. 6If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.”

The way to combat sin as a believer is to not only be a “hearer” of the word but be a “doer” of the word. We must actively participate in doing the will of God. This represents the outward manifestation of our Faith.

22But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his own face in a mirror.
24For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of person he was.
25But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works—this person will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:22-25

When we practice this our actions become a testament to the world; hence we are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

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