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National Day of Prayer 2015 – Prayer Warriors Pray For Peace, Healing, And Restoration For The Nation

National Day of Prayer 2015 APrayer has power. Prayer changes things. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

In observance of National Prayer Day, as we gather together collectively and individually seeking God’s divine intervention, please take a moment to pray for peace, restoration, healing, the leaders, government officials, those in authority, and every family across the nation everywhere.

This year’s theme: “Lord, Hear Our CryHear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day” (1 Kings 8:28). Pray according to God’s will that his will, not ours, be done.

With all that is going on, this is a crucial time for our nation. Prayer is needed. We can change the world through our prayers. Pray for everyone. Earnest prayers will have powerful results. God hears the prayers of the righteous. He will answer.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Make a joyful noise. Pray without ceasing.

Be blessed! –JD

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (NIV)

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When A Message Applies To or Troubles Anyone, Don’t Take It Up With the Messenger. Take It Up with the Master; God

wpid-img_20140603_202552.jpgHad a long talk with my Mom early this morning about things that are troubling me and as she prayed with and for me, I couldn’t help but literally laugh out loud because she spoke things I heard 5am early this morning confirming God is with me.

I told her when the Holy Spirit speaks to me, sometimes it’s hard for others to understand it’s not me speaking but the Holy Spirit is working through me and using me to tell something to someone who may need to hear the message.

God does not make me pick and choose who I send his message to. And it’s never a coincidence who the message will reach or the person who may be touched by it. It’s God’s will that his Word goes forth to touch whoever may receive it. It’s never about me but about the Spirit that works through me.

When she said, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I shall live and not die.” I almost cried because Bishop Joseph Walker said the exact things on the prayer call this morning and she didn’t have a clue he said this. That to me is nothing but God because he knew what I needed to hear to confirm his promise. “It didn’t kill me because God kept me.”

I cannot apologize for what I do when I choose to glorify God and follow his lead when I share a message. Nor can I stop doing what he’s called me to do even when at times I tell him I’m not going to. He won’t let me. So I must follow his command and not man’s.

All I can do is hope that someone is inspired by my words and one day come to understand His works as I do, know that his Word is truth, and that it’s never me, but the Holy Spirit that works through me. It’s always about me giving him glory.

I’m just the messenger. And in most cases when the messages applies to or troubles anyone, don’t take it up with messenger. Take it up with the Master; God. I have the righteousness of God. #GodsRighteousnessIsMyTestimony

1 John 2:1-6 “1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (ESV)

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Everything Belongs to God

wpid-img_20140423_155844.jpgThe world owes you nothing. Everything belongs to God. Do not conform. Be ye transformed. Take up your cross. Serve God with all your heart.

Be blessed! -JD

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)

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Don’t Let Your Reality Become the Death of the Gospel – Preachers of LA

Ephesians 2Today’s writing sat in rough draft for more than one week and comes from a heavy laden heart and deep concern with how I feel we have become too casual in our obedience to God and our commitment to his Word. As I go off subject again, please know it is not my intention to offend anyone in light of my opinion but my hope is to share words of wisdom, heed of caution, and a little bit of knowledge. Additionally, please excuse the long post but some things cannot be left unsaid.

I have been looming over this subject the past few weeks as I sat and watched a reality show for the past two weeks, wondering what really is going on, not in the world but with the people of this world. I find the manner we condone behavior that is inconsistent with the Word of God have caused us to become too casual in how we maintain our relationship with God. While making the decision to use this as a means to ignore God’s standards and form predisposed ideas when it comes to unrighteous living. In short, we are committing a grave sin against God. And this by far, in my opinion, is a contradiction to the gospel and in no uncertain terms, is killing it. Simply put, it is becoming the death of the gospel.

For all purpose intended, what I am about to mention is only an observation of what I witnessed on the show and ask that you please don’t take this the wrong way as I am not judging others or the relationship of others because many of us may have experienced this same type of event or events in our lives. So please bear with me.

To my dismay, after watching Preachers of LA, headlined with six mega preachers, some well-known, that include Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney, and Deitrick Haddon, I became a bit disturbed and disappointed by the show and its inability to accurately disseminate the gospel and the lackadaisical portrayal of religious leaders as evidenced by extravagant displays of sparkling jewelry, fancy homes, and expensive cars observed in the very first show.

The show introduced the relationship between Minister Deitrick Haddon and a young lady that produced a child born out of wedlock resulting in the ending of a marriage based not solely on, but inclusive of infidelity. There was backlash from the public and during the introduction the cast member noted he has sought forgiveness and is now working towards redemption and a change of life. He announced the couple is now engaged and working towards marriage of which I commend. However, some parts of the show failed my expectations upon witnessing the lack of respect shown for the former spouse when making inappropriate references to her as if she did not exist as well as issues surrounding the marriage that conflicted with who this person supposedly professed to be Christ.

In the beginning when I opted to watch this show, my desire was to think objectively because I feel with life, there is a lesson and a teachable moment in everything we do and I wanted to be as open to the idea that this show could help someone who may be struggling in the same area where deliverance would be a potential in the saving or changing of a life. There are a lot of negative reviews the show is getting because some feel it clearly teaches against the principles of the gospel and conflicts with what we as believers are clear on regarding the will and the Word of God. I still was hopeful though because I believe everyone should have a chance to tell their story. But how and where we choose to present the information and the platform we use will make the difference in its impact.

It was upon viewing the second show I became confused with the purpose of the show for several reasons but narrowed it down when Deitrick Haddon was in conversation with Bishop Ron Gibson about shacking up with his daughter’s mother and his illicit response after being advised by the Bishop what the Word does not teach when it comes to “shacking.” Mr. Haddon adamantly stated, not verbatim, how frustrated and tired he was of hearing preachers telling him what the Bible says in relation to this and added he did not see where “shacking up” was nowhere in the Bible. I was taken aback. Hmmm….okay. But that doesn’t make it right, Right?

While I believe everyone is entitled to his or her beliefs and I am not one to judge, I believe God is not pleased with us when we use the Bible as a means to justify sin. When you start using the Word to condone unrighteousness and clear intentions to excuse reasons why you have fallen from grace without taking responsibility for your actions but choose to justify it because you say, “ God knows my heart. I’m a man and I’ve make mistakes.” Yet still do things that are outside the will of God and have found the smallest way to change the way you live, then you are only minimizing why you are not doing all you can to be consistent in your obedience to and respect for God. Additionally, in your failure to honor God’s Word, you make the decision to live according to the world’s standards, not God’s. And choose to take your positions or the gospel for granted.

When we take our privileged positions for granted, we lose focus of the true source, God, that motivates our drive and ambition to do what is pleasing in his sight. We fail to question our own integrity and our inability to see sin for what it is and work to change it. In my opinion, this is wrong. It is not what God intended.

The gospel is for spiritual growth and daily living. It is the good news of and from God, taught by Jesus Christ and His disciples. It is God’s message to mankind. When we read the Bible, we will find different names that tell a story with each emphasizing an aspect of the message. But be clear, there is only one authentic gospel. We cannot focus only on one aspect and exclude other forms only to create an incomplete picture of how we are supposed to live. We must be willing to focus on every aspect of the Bible to gain the whole picture of God, his character, his nature, and what he desires.

We should never take the Word of God out of context and use it for our intentional purposes and fail to prioritize God or conform to the ways of this world because of our status or things we have acquired. When we do so, we run the risk of contributing to the death of the gospel and will cause it to become extinct when we fail to rightfully portray God’s character. Whereby, escaping the true essence of what God desires and the power of his Word that we are to live by only to feed into societal beliefs of those who believe it is okay to do so.

Subsequently, it is never in our best interest to neither take the gospel for granted nor question God’s authority because of our failure to acknowledge accountability. The gospel is not something we should negotiate to condone our behavior just because it specifically is not found in the Bible. As a believer, we all know the Word is clear on how we are to live; righteously, and how we are to behave and act; accordingly, and how we are to honor God; faithfully with reverence and tenacity. No ifs, ands, or buts. It is clear.

2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

To go a step further, the Life Application Study Bible notes,

“The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or merely human ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20, 21). This process is known as inspiration. The writers wrote from their own personal, historical, and cultural contexts. Although they used their own minds, talents, language, and style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its writing. Its words are entirely authoritative for our faith and lives. The whole Bible is God’s inspired Word. Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved. God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for him (LASB 2 Tim 3:16, 17).”

Need I say more?

With all things taken into consideration, we are aware that reality shows are scripted and may be appropriate for those who enjoy this type of programming, however, when one chooses to create a show led by religious leaders, it must be consistent with the teachings of the gospel and its principles must reflect the Word of God to encourage and build up the kingdom and not validate unrighteousness representative of inappropriate words, actions, or lifestyles of man formed out of foolish pride.

I take the Word of God very seriously and while I am not perfect, I strive daily to walk in obedience, live righteously, and commit to following God’s commands that I may glorify the kingdom. While I cannot speak for the world, I can only speak for myself and believe when we are representatives of Christ, especially when in a leadership role, we are to be examples of Christ. We cannot do as we please when we become Christians. Every fiber of our being must be in alignment with the Word of God, his character, and his nature. How we act and speak reflects on God. Therefore, we should make every effort to live for Him. There is no middle ground, no excuses, and no alternative lifestyle choices to support reasons why it is acceptable to do what we clearly know is not the right thing to do.

As believers it is our obligation to work to reach the lost but we cannot change the gospel. We are to worship but cannot water down the significance of God’s righteousness. We are to not make a mockery of the gospel to justify sin much like the Israelites who committed the same sins when they chose to forget the anointing, presence, and holiness of God. But we are to lift up the kingdom and rightfully represent Christ.

Dear sisters and brothers, take heed. Avoid taking the gospel for granted. Take it seriously. Don’t focus so much on yourself or what you have. Only to forget about the ONE who gave to you what you have. Make God the first and only priority in your life. Don’t put significance on possessions before purpose in your life. Obey the gospel. It is critical. Lead by example and not by distinction. Live the way God intends. Look to God, not man. Let the gospel be your resource and not become your recourse for adaptive living. In the end, you will reap what you sow because God does not approve of unrighteous living.

Don’t let your reality become the death of the gospel and cause it to become extinct in order to fit in with the world’s standards. Don’t ignore God’s standards. Let the gospel be used as a daily resource in order to live by God’s standards. Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). Revere God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind. Be conscious of God’s character and His presence daily. Let holiness exude from the inside out every day. Don’t let your reality become the death of the gospel. Work to live each day in alignment according to the gospel.

Be blessed! -JD

Ephesians 2:11-18 “But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways 12 had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. 13 Now because of Christ – dying that death, shedding that blood – you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything. 14 The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. 15 He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody. 16 Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. 17 Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. 18 He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.

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Trust God’s Sovereign Will

MP900182538God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all you could ever think or ask. He will give you the desires of your heart if you honestly seek him when you ask.

We may feel overwhelmed when a situation seems humanly impossible. God makes all things possible. Trouble doesn’t last always. Don’t underestimate God’s power. He’s all knowing. He’s Sovereign. He’ll show you the way out. He’ll work it out. With God we can overcome. It’s already done.

Let your focus be on God today. Concentrate on his power, even when you can’t see through troubles you face. Trust God. He has all power. That’s all he needs. He will meet your every need. His will is sovereign.

Be happy for others. Don’t desire what they have; even if you don’t have what they have. Be content. Be grateful to God believing because of his grace, all that you have is a blessing.

When God opens one door, he closes another. When he births something inside you, you don’t need validation from others. God will see you through the process. Deliverance is yours because of his Divine Providence.

Oftentimes we confuse our own desires with God’s will. Don’t confuse your will with God’s will. If things turn out in your favor but are contrary to what the Word says, it may have happened because of what you wanted and not what God said.

When you do or ask God for something in any given situation, you will know what God’s will is without hesitation. If what you ask will glorify God and build the kingdom, you won’t need any explanation. It will help you grow spiritually. It will not be something that goes against what the Bible forbids. Nor will you do it unwillingly. You won’t have to wonder, if it is unrighteous. When it concerns the will of God, it is righteous.

Moreover, if God doesn’t give you what you ask for, it may be that it’s not his will for you to have it. However, it could also mean that you may need to wait longer to have it. God does not give us specific information or direct answers to what he will do. He requires we make the right choices in whatever we do.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).” Commit your ways to him and he will give you the desires of your heart. Because God’s will is good and perfect and will not deviate from what his Word says. It won’t change. He will do what he says.

Do as God desires, make the decision to not sin or resist His will. Make choices that are appropriate. Choices that are in agreement with his will. Walk closely with the Lord to do as he desires. Let his will be your will in what he desires.

God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ever ask or think. He will place his desires on our heart when we walk closely with him. If what you desire can be of benefit and the Bible does not speak against it, this is your answer to make the right decisions. Follow your heart in it.

Renew your mind. Don’t conform to this world. You then will be able to test God’s will by his Word. Humble yourself in spirit. Truly seek God in all you do. God will reveal His will to you.

God’s Word instructs and guides us. He surrounds us with godly wisdom to make it through any season. He sends prayer warriors to pray for us for unknown reasons. God desires to impart in us, the fruit of the spirit to begin the process to mold us, in the image of his Son. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22, 23). It will transform you. Let His will, not your will, be done.

Be blessed! -JD

John 15:3, 4 “Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (ESV)

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