Void Spaces

I was reading The book of Genesis-Chapter One, how God spoke into emptiness, and all things came to be. He created the light, and told the sun to guide by day, and the moon to guide by night; he spoke into darkness, and separeted the waters. He created the dry places and called them lands. He then spoke, and the vegetation filled the soil of the earth, and God saw that it was good”. Even the elements answered to the call of God, and so it is with man. God is calling to the void spaces in our lives, to the emptiness. He’s wanting to fill us with good things, but are we willing to answer? God sees the good in us. He wants to call those gifts that are dead, void, and without form into existence.

If we are children of the living God, we should be hearing his voice, for he has said, “My sheep know my voice.”, but are we listening?. Whatsoever God puts into your heart to do…do it. Whatsoever gift he has given you… use it! If we will regain a sincere passion for mankind, a passion for the work of God, I believe we will began to see the miracles of God….and the blessings too.

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CHAPTER ONE- NAVIGATE

Storms are defined as significant disruptions to normal conditions. They come in many different forms such as, wind, hail, freeze, thunder, lighting, or heavy rain. They all transport substances through the atmosphere, They are sometimes very destructive.

It will depend on the type of storm approaching to know what type of safety guards you will need. Your best recourse is to be prepared to BUCKLE DOWN!  It is always good to know when a storm is coming. Sometimes you’ll know just by the movement around you, and other times they may take you by surprise. That is why it is good to always be prepared.

Have you ever listened to the morning news, and the meteorologist says, “we’re expecting rain showers today?” You then peep through the blinds from your bedroom window, and the sun is shining bright.  So you leave the house thinking surely they have made a wrong call, and before you can reach your destination rain begins to pour down from heaven.

That’s improper planning. If you do not heed the warning signs, you will surely not be prepared to navigate your storm, and possibly won’t survive it. Preparing for your storm will require that you have a few necessary devotionals in place, such as communicating with God. It is actually called prayer.

When you are in a storm it will be very imperative that you are in constant communication with God to get step by step instructions on what path you should take to avoid destruction. Knowledge about your storm is also an important factor to your survival.

It will be necessary for you to read the word of God to gain an advantage of the obstacles, and tactics used while in the midst of your storm. Remember objects are being tossed, and you don’t want to get hit!

My last devotional would be fasting. I know, but when you’re in a storm you’ll need a little help, and fasting applies power to your prayers, is a sure way to get the attention of GOD! Whenever the Israelites were in a terrible battle they assembled a fast. You also need to develop instinct, as well as assembling yourself with other like minded people who will help to guide your ship.

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ESTHER- SEEKING BOAZ

If I were going to say something about Esther to you ladies, I would tell you she was beautiful, pure, courageous, and cooperative. All of these women are described as beautiful, but we know that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So let’s take a look at some of the other characteristics of Esther.

The Bible does not give a lot of detail about her character, but we know that she was pure. Now ladies….in that day to be a virgin until the time of marriage was a must! You would be stoned to death if you were not, and most times if a woman had been taken by a man she would be shamed and live away in isolation for the rest of her days. In todays culture being pure, abstinence is seen as shameful.

We see here how we have gotten away from what God deemed to be sacred only in marriage. It would serve society well if we would go back to doing things the way God had intended, perhaps we would not have the heartaches we have in our relationships or society today.

I know the suggestion of abstinence is unthinkable in this day and time, but even a famous man wrote a book asking woman to abstain at least ninety days,  and many of you listened to him, how much the more if God says it. Anyway, a little food for thought….maybe someone will consider it.

 

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SEEKING BOAZ-JEZEBEL

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about Jezebel. Jezebel. Well the Bible has a lot to say about her. She was a priestess of the god baal, married to the King Ahab of Israel. She was controlling, manipulating, deceitful, and even murderous. That’s right! You read it correctly, and those are my words.

If you think Delilah is a force to be had even she has nothing on this character. Ladies I would hope none of you with the attributes of this ladies character are seeking Boaz. However we know that they are out there. Boaz be careful! This lady right here is seeking to control you and everyone in your life.

She will stop at nothing to get her way. She preys on the weak, and those who will only sing her praise. She is seducing and colored with fascinating credentials. Her only desire is to be served.

She will dress herself with pleasantries, but do not be deceived, kindness is not her friend, unless she can use it to manipulate you. Yes. Jezebel is full of games and some of them are deadly. Do not play with her unless you are ready to get burned!

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NEW JOY

Up! Up! Rise, Shine, and give God the Glory! Haven’t you heard that when the going gets tough, the tough get going? I know you’d like to have your pity party to today, but there is no time for that now. It’s time to open the blinds to your windows and greet the sun with new vigor. There is life to live and territories to conquer.

Each day grants us a new opportunity to begin again, to approach life with a new perspective, and leave yesterdays failure in yesterday. You have the blessing to have awakened to a new day; another chance to rewrite the script, a new canvas to paint with vibrant colors,  new ideas to develop, and new paths to embark upon.

There is hope! The great thing about the night is that morning comes soon, (Psalm 30:5)KJV. The fight is not over, I don’t hear anyone one singing as of yet, so journey on soldier….journey on. 🙂

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VASHTI

Boaz was a man of wealth so when you are looking at him in regards to finances you are checking his pockets when you should actually be checking the richness of his soul. What I mean is you should be checking his character, but because the story tells us he was a rich man, most women are seeking someone of material value.

Listen to me, I am not encouraging you to date someone who is not goal oriented, or unequally yoked. I am simply saying that dating someone with character is much more important than dating someone with finances who treats you like the garbage can where you put your trash.

There are plenty of ordinary hard working guys out here with great character who will treat you with love and care. I’d rather ride in a Pinto with a man who truly loves me, than in a Maserati with a narcissist.

If you will read the story of Ruth, you will find that Boaz was also a man of great character because he was willing to redeem the house of his kinsman. (Family Member) So ladies if you think you have a Boaz, while you are checking his status if that’s your thing, please check for character as well.

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BE STILL

It’s not what happens to you, but how you respond to it that matters” I have heard this quote on numerous occasions in my life, and truth be told I have always heard a small voice whisper in my ear, “well what if you don’t know how to respond”. Things can sometimes happen so unexpectedly  that they leave you in a daze. A deep fog fills your head and you just don’t know what to do.

It is in those times that you can find solace in knowing that you serve a God who is able to reconcile all things, and if you don’t know him….well let me tell you he can. He say’s, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) KJV.

Your enemy would like for you to forget that. He wants to play his song while dancing in your mind to words of discouragement and defeat. And while your situation is very real to you, it is no secret what God can do. He is able to renew your strength and give you direction .

However deem the process may seem just know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know your problem today, but God does and he is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ever ask him., and give you peace that surpasses all understanding.

Go to him in prayer and tell him about the things that concern you. Some would say just have a little talk with him. I can tell you from experience that he hears, and he answers. He is highly qualified my friend, just talk to him, and listen for his voice, he will speak back.

Finally spend time thinking on good things. It may be the smile of someone else that brings small joy, or a family memory that brings new light, and life into your situation, take that and run with it! Praying Always…….

God Bless…. 🙂

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( Ephesians 3:20) (Philippians 4:7)

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PEACE FOR ALL

I have many pleasures, but one of my greatest happens to be a cup of coffee and great conversations. I use to enjoy the crowds, festival and other cultural activities. However I find myself not as eager to be a part of those things. I’m more reserved and willing to find a nice coffee shop where I can enjoy watching the very nature of people.

I have seen some characters while sitting around a table enjoying my morning Joe, and have heard some pretty good conversations too. Right now, the conversation around town seems to be politics, and vacation. Many people are curious to know the direction of our Country. All I can say is the feeling in the air is very unusual.

I can understand why there are so many concerns with all that’s happening around us. I too feel alarmed by the continuing cycles of destruction, and carnage.  Yes my friend we live in a very troubled world. However, I have peace in knowing that God is in control. He is a refuge in time of trouble, he is a very present help in all the unrest. Today I’d like to leave you with a few encouraging words for the times that we live in…..

John 14:27-Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid.’

John 16:33 -I have said these things to you that in me you will have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

God Bless 🙂

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