God spoke this whole world into existence by His Word. I am a firm believer that the words we speak are powerful. In my book, Put The Word In Your Mouth: Believe God, Agree with Him, Declare His Word, Change Your Life, I talk about the transformational power of speaking God's Word over our life. Since most of us are not accustomed speaking beyond what we see, here is a declaration you can decree over your life. Remember to decree means to say out loud. When you decree expect things to change immediately, and then continue every-day speak God's favor over your life.
Sometimes when we pray long and hard about a situation without receiving an answer we get tired of waiting and give up too soon. Some people have thought that God did not answer their prayer, but the truth is they gave up before the answer got to them. Waiting is never easy, but the end result, whatever it is, will be worth it.
According to Matthew 6:14-15, a person who doesn't forgive others will not be forgiven by God. That’s a dangerous place to be that will ultimately lead to death — spiritually and physically if not dealt with! Peter, Jesus’ disciples asked about forgiveness. Look what Jesus said:
If you are an African-American, you’ve probably heard, or you may even believe something like Christianity is a white man’s religion created to keep black people in bondage. That plantation owners indoctrinated slaves with their bible to support slavery and keep the slaves in bondage. You have probably heard or maybe even believe that religion is just a way of controlling masses of people. Since I have loved ones who believe this way, I wanted to do some research for myself to see if there is any truth to what I keep hearing, and where this belief comes from. I was surprised by what I found.
There are many points of the Bible of which there is a lack of understanding or acceptance among nonbelievers and believers alike. One point is the Sabbath. What is the meaning and purpose of the Sabbath? Is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday, or is it any day that one chooses to rest on? Is the Sabbath relevant today? What is the actual seventh day of the week? There are several religious groups who believe that the Sabbath is Saturday, and those who worship on Saturday are breaking the Law of God. Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, Hebrew Israelites, Seventh-day Pentecostals, and others teach that it is necessary to keep the Sabbath in order to be saved, insisting that we are still under the law. Believers today continue to dispute whether Christians are required to honor the Sabbath.
Question: Why do these insensitive people keep asking me “why are you single?” There is so much more to me than being single, and frankly, it's no one’s business. I mean really, these people are being rude, and I don’t think they don't deserve a polite answer. How should I handle this?
Some people don’t want to be healed or happy. They love to have pity parties because they love the attention they bring. I had someone call me for prayer one day. I began to pray and while I was praying, this person was talking to people in the background, not even listening to me pray so that they could agree with me or hear what I was praying for. Holy Spirit said stop they don't want to be healed. Then I understood why Jesus asked the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, "Do you want to be made whole?" (John 5: 5-9).
Jesus came to this world to redeem us from sin, death and sickness. He was made to be sin on our behalf, that we might have life. Isaiah 53:4-5 declares, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
I was asked the following question today from a friend: Angeline is it wrong ... sin for Christians to play the lottery? I’m not a player at all but I have thought about it. Is playing the lottery like you are trying to make things happen on your own and not totally depending on God to meet all your needs? Or am I looking at it too deep? Is it really that serious? I have seen plenty of people I see at church in lottery line. That's like if I go to Vegas can I as a Christian play slot machine? Lol...I’m just asking just always wondered and no one to ask. I feel like you can if not a habit, but I could be wrong. --V.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. -- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)
This morning during my time with God I began to reflect on who Christ is in our life and it hit me that we could use the alphabet to describe Christ and his goodness. I started out around 6 am and the more alphabets I researched the more I praised Him. I got so full that it took me several hours to complete the list, but well worth the time spent.
I encourage you to spend some time in this post and looking up the scriptures, letting the Holy Spirit minister to you like He did me this morning.
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” ̶ Daniel 12:2-3 ESV
Yesterday I attended my former Co-Pastor's funeral. The funeral was an awesome celebration of the life of a great Spiritual Father, Mentor, Counselor, Intercessor, and Mechanic... This is who Pastor Willie Forts was to me. I was good until they rolled his body out and I went back to the day when they rolled my daughter out and the tears began to flow. The reason why Pastor Willie’s and my daughter’s funeral was a celebration is because they were saved and lived a life for the Lord God!
For the past few days I have been seeing an onslaught of dangerous beliefs posted when I scroll my Facebook page. There are some who strongly argue that Jesus was black and there are those who believe that we are to worship on Saturday, that we are to walk inside a building backward after 6 pm and so on and so on. I wish I could say that I do not want to come against anyone’s belief, but I can’t really say that because a lie is a lie, it is dangerous and at the root of a lie is Satan. I do, however, want to say that this article is not intended to anger or alienate anyone, but to expose incorrect doctrines that have the power to destroy Christians.
Two are better than one; because it is well worth the effort. For if they fall, the one will lift up their companion: but woe to one that falls alone; for there is no one to help them up. Also, if two sleep together, then they arouse each other: but how can one become aroused all alone? And if one is overwhelmed, two can stand together; a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
I see many married people take their marriage and their spouse for granted. They have forgotten what it was like to be alone. Every single person I talk with who is crying out for a life partner will tell you loneliness is the hardest part. You will also hear that it seems all the good men or women are married.
In Ezekiel chapter 37 the Spirit of God took Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones, and asked him, “Son of man, can these dry bones live?” In the natural it didn’t look like any life could bloom in that wasteland of bones, but Ezekiel knew enough about God to know to know that anything is possible with God. So he answered, “O Lord, you know”.