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Know Your Assignment: Be the one who Influences Instead of the one being Influenced 

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Know Your Assignment: Be the one who Influences Instead of the one being Influenced 

As I was thinking of the word assignment and wanting to gain greater understanding, I came across the definition provided by Cambridge Dictionary. It defined the word assignment as a task or a piece of work that is given to someone to do, often for a limited period of time.  

As I was reading in the book of Mark 2:13-17, Jesus called Levi the tax collector to follow Him. Levi submits himself in obedience, leaves his work, and goes to follow Jesus. Upon this time Jesus has dinner at Levi’s house and dining with them were other tax collectors, sinners and his disciples. The Pharisees which were teachers of the law heard of this and did not like it. Jesus knowing this said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  

The Pharisees questioned Jesus’ actions of breaking bread with the tax collectors and sinners. However, this did not cause Him to question Himself or second guess if His actions were pure or not. This was simply because Jesus knew His assignment and role. Jesus was indeed the influencer and not the one being influenced by man or their opinions. He was commissioned by God to do His will in the earth. 

Now this definitely speaks volume to our role in society. This is clear evidence that we are to be about the father’s business and not be distracted or give room for the opinions of others to influence our actions and decisions regarding the task that has been assigned to us by God.  

Another glimpse of Jesus’ sobriety and vigilance in His assignment is found in Luke 2:41-52. To sum this story up, Jesus was with his mother Mary and earthly father Joseph. They were with friends and family heading to the yearly Festival of the Passover. At the appointed time Jesus was 12 years old and the time had come for them to travel back home. Jesus stayed in the temple courts sitting amongst the teachers, listening and asking them questions. After three days of traveling his parents realized he was not in the group, so they turn back heading to Jerusalem. When they found him his mother Mary tells him that they had been searching for him. Jesus replied “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 

Today I believe that we can all agree that there is much in the world to immerse ourselves in. There are many influencers and many being influenced. However, as followers of Christ we should be the influencers and not allow the world to influence us on what we are willing to do for the Lord and in what way. I want us to be reminded that our ability to fulfill our assignment is directly connected to us maintaining our sobriety and vigilance, being bold and courageous. We must seek the Lord and listen for His direction and guidance that we may live as influencers, impacting the lives of many and accomplishing our collective and individual assignments that God has given us.  

~Let’s be about the Father’s business~  

We all have an assignment as followers of Christ and time is drawing near!  

Matthew 9:37-38 “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  

One question: Are you willing to work? 

SAFE GUARD YOU HEART: Maintaining A Pure Heart

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SAFE GUARD YOU HEART: Maintaining A Pure Heart

As a short recap of last week, we briefly discussed the dangers of impurities and the affects it can have on us spiritually if we do not safe guard our hearts. This week we would like to delve deeper into this understanding of how we are susceptible to temptation, but able to combat it with the word of God. This is a topic Glory Givers often speaks and writes about, and we desire to revisit this topic once more with more emphasis on Jesus’ experience in the wilderness. Let us all open our hearts as the Lord, through His spirit, guides us through His journey and victory of temptation. Enjoy!  

God’s desire for us as His children and people is to follow Him. In order to do this, we must be pure in heart, which is impossible to be without the divine intervention of Jesus Christ the refiner and purifier Himself!  

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 

Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

The purpose of this message today, is to encourage us that because Jesus did it, we can too. It is through His spirit that we are empowered to live a life pleasing to God in Holiness and Righteousness, not by force, but by personal choice. 

Diving In – Luke 4:1-13 will be our focus. This story may be new to some and familiar to others, nevertheless all of God’s word is profitable for us all! So let’s go!  

Jesus full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan where He had just been baptized by his cousin John the Baptist. (Luke 3:21-22) After being baptized, Jesus was praying and the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Following this Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit where He would be tempted for forty days by the devil. During this time, He ate nothing and the devil, who had been patiently waiting, tempted Jesus in His hungry and physically vulnerable state.  

Luke 4:3-4 

3 Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread. 4 ” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’” In moments like these the devil is always lurking around patiently waiting to enter in.  

Luke 4:3-4

Thank God that Jesus was sober and vigilant! The devil began to speak many things to Jesus and for every word spoken opposite of God’s word, Jesus stated the truth of God’s living word. This required sobriety, vigilance and relationship. Jesus, the son of God, knew what the Father’s voice sounded like and He knew the word of God in His heart. This was Jesus’ way of escape from the temptation that the devil was presenting.  

We are never alone in the face of temptation, not even Jesus was forsaken in the wilderness where He was tempted. God never allows the temptation to make us fall, but it is in fact to exercise the belief and hope in Holy Spirit’s power working within us. Do not forget that Jesus was led into the wilderness by Holy Spirit, so where ever you go and whatever you face He is able to keep you from falling if you depend on Him over yourself. However, in Jesus’ wilderness moment, Satan saw the opportunity of vulnerability and went in for the grabs with deceit with cunning words and deception; his very tools of destruction.  

Be careful not to be driven by things or people because it will always come at a price you cannot afford to pay if you really weigh the cost. In other words, are you willing to lose your soul for what Satan has to offer? He presents his attach through vanity, lustful ways, material objects and opportunities that have a spiritual death sentence attached; all these subtle in nature.  

Let’s check it out in Luke 4: 5-7:  

“The devil led him (Jesus) up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him (Jesus), I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will be yours.” 

Jesus was our example and did what we must do in the face of temptation, which is speak God’s truth to safe guard our heart from deception. We must align every word of man, discern to the word of God and discern if it is true. Jesus replied Luke 4:8 “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ” 

This further supports why God urges us to submit our heart and minds to Him so that He alone may lead us and reveal to us the truth by His spirit. 

We must know and refuse to neglect the fact that the devil tried Jesus, therefore he will try those that follow Jesus (which is us). When we look at Luke 4:13, we can see where the enemy is persistent with his job of seeking whom he can devour and he will patiently wait to try again if not successful the first time. (“When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.”) 

This walk with Jesus is not absent from tests and trials, but it is very present with them. However, the great part is that victory is possessed by those who choose to believe in Jesus. He made it through so that we can too! Now, we must know it will take a heart of devotion just like Jesus. He was devoted to following the Father’s will at all cost and we must commit our mind and heart to the same standard of living. We were created and fashioned in the image of our Creator; therefore, our heart was fashioned to be committed, loyal, devoted through obedience, love, faithfulness, integrity, perseverance, self-control, temperance, goodness, patience, kindness and peace. 

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”  

Galatians 5:24

We must write the word of the Lord on our heart and as we read it, allow His truth to penetrate our minds. For God’s word is everlasting and the only substance that will exist for ever.  

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

Proverb 3:3

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

Psalm 119:11

There is Help for Your Impurities

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In this world there are many impurities that surround us and compete for our attention daily. The presence of these impurities are evident in many ways through; people, selfish ungodly motives, television, impure music, impure tactics in social media, impure books tainted with deceptive thoughts, tainted conversations and vain imaginations. All of these contaminate the minds of the young and old through the operating spirit of perversion leading to the unfaithfulness of God’s people.

Did you know that the adversary, the enemy, satanic one, the devil, lucifer, the spirit of darkness, is in operation working hard to invade the lives of many and to keep many in his captivity? Satan desires to hinder the implantation of God’s word into the hearts of His people, so that God’s purpose will not be manifested in and through us. He wants us to be consumed and overwhelmed with the lustful desires of the world, ourselves, and to lose all hope of ever being free. The enemy does this in hopes that we will never obtain or come to, the truth of the Lord’s beautiful and wonderful plans for our lives. In short, Satan’s job is to keep you and I from our creator, “Jehovah Bore”, and His truth of our identity and what He has created us for.

1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your fellow believers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

1 Peter 5:8-9

Let’s began today with identifying what Impurities are. I like the Cambridge Dictionary definition that states:

Examples:

1.) Impurities are removed from the blood by the kidneys.

2.) The impurity of the water is a health risk.

As we can see, impurities can have a major impact on vital organs if not purged from our bodies, and can lead to various medical effects such as infection, high blood pressure, headaches, body aches, fatigue, mental effects, and many more. The same impact is possible and detrimental to our spiritual wellness. Impurities in our spirit can lead to destructive behaviors, unrighteous actions, toxic relationships, mismanagement of the blessings God has provided us, and overall confusion and instability.

Our safe defense and stability of remaining pure is found in God’s word, which is the source of purification for our spirit. No relationship with the savior means no defense against contaminants and impurities of life itself. Jesus is the strong tower and the power of His truth and spirit aids us in living life in abundance at the level in which God intended for His people from the creation of the earth.

1 John 3:8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8

The Blessing of the Blessed

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Genesis Chapter 12:1-3, CSB

1 The LORD said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

Genesis 12:1-3, CSB

In Genesis chapter 12, God promised to bless Abram (later known as Abraham) and make his name great. He also stated that through Abram, others would be blessed and He would bless those who blessed Abram. We must know that even today, it is great to be a blessing to others, for we are blessed.

We are blessed through our Faith unto God and our Obedience to His word and will for our lives. God’s word contains the promises that are released to us. God told Abram to leave his land and his family, to pursue a place that He would show him. Abram displayed great Faith, as he didn’t know exactly where he would be going; neither was he concerned about how he would get there, what would be there, what he was leaving behind or how long he would be there. Abram simply trusted God at His word. This shows us that God’s word is sufficient, it is enough and it will carry us through.

The Lord delights in those who are Faithful to Him.

People rarely make a move or take action without knowing the exact plan, every step along the way and the end result. This is the opposite of Faith. (Hebrews 11:1 CSB 1 Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.) We must, like Abram, move when God says move and trust that He will protect us and has already equipped us for what He is leading us to do. Our decision to follow God doesn’t only lead to our blessings, but results in others being blessed and their Faith increased, through our Obedience to God.

God’s Spoken Word + Faith + Obedience = Blessings

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Filling Spaces

We can use many things to fill space, people, objects or prized possessions, but the downside to all of these; is that they are only temporary. They can only satisfy for a moment.

However, there is one that is capable and willing to dwell in the most empty spaces of us all. He is able to reveal and heal, He is able to sustain and maintain sown that we can be the best that He has intended for us to be. 

This man that I speak of, is Jesus the Christ, the “Anointed One”. The only one appointed by God himself to set the captives free. 

 Any void, emptiness, loneliness that you may feel can be healed by Him.

With Him in our lives we are never alone and He is indeed, our refuge and strong tower. When we run into Jesus saving arms we can find rest, restoration and reassurance that we are His and we are loved. 

The Psalmist David is a witness to the faithfulness and dependability of the Lord

In Psalm 28:8 David testifies to this truth:

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.”

We pray that on this day you will seek the Lord and His amazing love. Be filled with the Living Water and never be empty again!

Jesus never sleeps nor slumbers, He is always available so call him today at (Lord here I am in need of a savior for I am incapable of saving myself. You are Lord and the only one that saves. I ask that you will forgive me for all I have placed before you, forgive my sin and fill my heart that I will never be empty again

Press in Jesus name I pray. 

Then wait to see the goodness of the Lord work in your heart and live a wholesome life with Jesus as Lord! 

Know Who I Am: The Many Names of GOD

Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name:

 Ha-Melech Jehovah

Knowing Ha-Melech Jehovah: The Lord the King

Our Creator Jehovah Bore, desires the praises of His people. Psalm 22:3 enlightens us to this truth “The Lord the king inhabits the praises of His people.” Therefore, we as His creation should take great delight in giving adoration and praises to the Lord of our Salvation.

Living apart from God is not living and the essence of life itself is non-existent. Life is but a vapor, the very breath that we breathe is given by God. Our spirits come alive when living for God, for He alone is the giver of life, both physically and spiritually. The senses that we use daily without thought or notice comes from the Lord. We often take for granted the many simple things in life in which we should glorify God for. In life we can lose sight of the blessings God gives us each day.

For instance, we have a full house of five children (GloryGivers Mini-me’s) and things can get quite loud at times, with magnified voices of yelling and screaming. In those moments we may not be thinking about the blessing of hearing because we may be desiring the noise to cease. We should think of the heightened noise as a blessing because God has given us the ability to hear and the blessing to experience our beautiful children, despite the “stadium level” sound radiating throughout our home. We should praise God always, even in the midst of these moments.

6 With trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn shout triumphantly in the presence of the LORD, our King.

Psalm 98:6

We don’t have to wait until we arrive at a special place to praise God. We can praise Him no matter where we are or what situation we are currently in. The beauty of it all is that during our daily experiences whether at home, at work, with friends and family or by ourselves, God is omnipresent (ever present with us). He desires us to have the right perspective in finding joy in all things and giving Him praises in all situations, even those perceived as being negative.

2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

James 1:2-3

Let us all be encouraged, don’t let life’s situations keep us from giving God what is due to Him which is all the Glory, Worship and Praise to His wonderful and excellent name. He has been faithful to us all. We can make it if we continue to trust and have faith that Ha-Melech Jehovah is always working things in our favor that His glory may be revealed!

Know Who I Am: The Many Names of GOD

Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name: “Jehovah Shammah”

Knowing Jehovah Shammah: The Lord is There

In Ezekiel chapter 48, the author, Ezekiel, prophesied to the people of Israel about the tribal allotments for the 12 tribes of Israel, that will divide the promised land of their ancestors among them. Prior to this, the prophet Ezekiel spoke to the people of Judah about their rebellion toward God, which resulted in exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. Also, due to the nation’s disobedience and disregard for God, His Glory and Presence was removed from them.

The judgement of God is real, and the people of Israel felt the effects of their wickedness. However, in the midst of exile, God spoke to Ezekiel to prophesy to the people of Israel, about restoration from their state of rebellion and sin. Along with spiritual restoration, God promised them inheritance of their ancestors promised land. This will occur once the Messiah, Jesus Christ, returns and takes reign of the millennial kingdom on the Davidic throne in the new Jerusalem.

24 For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols.

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

27 I will place my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and carefully observe my ordinances.

28 You will live in the land that I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

Ezekiel 36:24-28

Despite Israel’s wrongdoings and sin, God displayed His mercy and decided that the nation will be restored and brought back into right covenant with Him. He will place them back in their rightful place as the chosen people, not because of who they are but because of His Holy Name and mission to fulfill His purpose in the earth.

23 I will honor the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations—the name you have profaned among them. The nations will know that I am the LORD—this is the declaration of the Lord GOD—when I demonstrate my holiness through you in their sight.

Ezekiel 36:23

The promise stands that the nation of Israel and all those who believe in the Lord our God, will inherit the promised land, the millennial kingdom, in which Jesus Christ will reign for 1000 years. Ezekiel chapter 48 outlines the instruction from God for how the land will be divided according to the 12 tribes of Israel. He also established His rule, reign and order for the inherited land. Most importantly, in verse 35, He let it be known that the name of the city would be “The Lord is There.” (Jehovah Shammah)

Let us take heed to the action of the people of Israel and avoid the consequences and ill effects they faced. We shall turn from wickedness and be restored, living freely as children of God. We have a chance to submit our hearts to the Lord; for those who claim and confess the name of Jesus, but still walk the path of wickedness, repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness and be restored to Him. Those who don’t acknowledge God, seek Him now so you can be showered by His mercy and love leading to a life of righteousness through relationship with Him. God desires to have everyone receive salvation, a life of blessings according to His will and eternal life.

Romans 10:9-10

9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

Know Who I Am: The Many Names of GOD

Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name: “Jehovah Immeka”

Knowing Jehovah Immeka: The Lord is with You

In the story of Gideon being called to lead the Israelites to defeat the Midianites, we are able to see Gideon’s struggle of Faith but God’s ability to remain Faithful. The Israelites were oppressed by the Midianites due to their lack of obedience to God. God handed them over to the Midianites for 7 years because of this. During that time, the Israelites became poverty stricken because of Midian and cried out to the Lord, the hope of their salvation, to be saved. God sent help through an angel that appeared to Gideon. (Judges 6:12)

12Then the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “The LORD is with you, valiant warrior.”

Judges 6:12

Despite the angel’s message to Gideon, he questioned God as to why himself and the Israelites were in the predicament that they were in. (Judges 6:13) He even doubted his God-given ability to lead the Israelites against the Midianites, stating, his family was poor and that he was the least from his father’s house. Just as with Moses and Joshua, the Lord assured Gideon that He would be with him. God even spoke the promise of victory over the Midianites. Gideon still displayed doubt by asking God for a sign if he truly had found grace in the Lord’s sight. Gideon received his assurance that the Lord truly called him to complete this task; this caused a response of action and Gideon set forth to carry out God’s will.

There’s no question that Gideon displayed doubt in his situation through his responses and excuses to God. He did not identify himself as the angel of the Lord spoke of him as. (Judges 6:12) Instead he focused on his weaknesses, and deficiencies, causing him to doubt that he was capable. We know that doubt is a derivative of fear and the opposite of courage. God showed Himself to increase Gideon’s courage and faith, that he could perform in the role that God ordained Him to complete. Despite Gideon’s lack of faith, God was still faithful, patient and kind, allowing Gideon to remain as the chosen person for the job. God knew the true identity of Gideon and how He could use him.

Gideon had no issue with taking action to carry out his assignment from God, once he knew for sure that God indeed appointed him. He identified that he didn’t have what it took to be successful with the task until he got confirmation that God ordered him to do so and that He would be with him, Jehovah Immeka (The Lord is with You).

There are many lessons that can be taken away from Gideon’s story. God may place us in situations and call us to complete things that don’t seem like the right fit, or that are well above our comfort level and capabilities. We must stay encouraged, knowing that if God calls us to something, he will provide the way and that He will always equip us for what is to come. He is not a God of failure, and He won’t let anything that’s in His will go undone.

Trust and rely on God that we can do what he calls us to do because He is Jehovah Immeka: The Lord is with You. Through our faith and belief, we will see God’s glory revealed in and through us!