When People Say I Love You

People Say I Love You

Poem: When People Say I Love You

When people say I love you
They don’t know that it’s not true
Because to say “I love you”
Is an action; something you do Read more

How Faith Works

How Faith Works

How Faith WorksGod demonstrated how faith works when he created the world.  Faith, like love is an action word.  He spoke everything into existence.  That was the “action” He took to produce all of creation.

Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God.

Faith is the basis of our relationship with God.  Faith is doing.  Faith is creating.  Faith is vision.  God had a vision prior to creating the earth and then He spoke it into existence.  It is the same with us.  We get an idea, a vision and then we speak our plans out loud or we “say” that we will do “this” or “that.”  Then we begin taking action to produce the end result.  Faith without actions does not produce results.  This is how faith works – in a nutshell.  Nothing complicated.

So what causes us to not have faith?  What causes our faith not to work?  Sometimes we think we are acting in faith, and we may be doing all we know, but there are things that can actually hinder your faith.  Sin is one of them.  Strife is another.  Strife is ill feelings in your heart, bitterness or anger toward another person. Heart issues stop faith from producing.

When you ask God for something, Jesus says believe when you pray and don’t doubt and you will have it.  Jesus also said: “If you abide in me and my word abides in you, you shall ask whatever you will and it will be done for you.”  If Jesus really lives in you, there is no room for doubt.  And if He lives in you, His word is in you.  That means you operate by His word and His power.

Hebrews 10:36 Ye have need of patience that after you have done the will of God, ye shall receive the promise.”

Whatever it is you want from God after you have prayed for it.  Find out what He requires you to do regarding the thing you asked for.  Listen for His answer.  Do what He said.  Then have patience.   Sometimes what He requires you to do takes you through a certain process and after you complete it, you will have what you asked for.

If you want God to bless you with a profitable business, He may require you to educate yourself first, then do certain steps and finally implement your marketing plan.  You won’t see profit until after you have done all that is required.

Finally, our faith doesn’t work if our conscious condemns us.  If our conscious condemns us or lets just say if we have a guilty conscious, we don’t think we deserve the best.  What causes your conscious condemn you?  Things you did in the past can cause you to feel unworthy.  Sin can cause you to feel unworthy.  People intimidating you can cause you to feel unworthy.

For sin, the bible says God is faithful and just to forgive us.  Once we are forgiven, we have to be bold about what we want and believe we deserve it.  Every other negative feeling that would cause us to feel unworthy are lies.  You have to know that you deserve the best. That is important.  Otherwise feelings of doubt will creep in and you won’t believe it will happen for you.  If you remain in God’s word, you can have so much confidence and know that if He grants anyone what they want, it will be you.

Many times we have been misled to think we are only human and that it is not possible to live fully and perfectly for God.  But we can abide – live totally by – live totally for – live totally in God, and obey His will.  Then we can be confident in our requests of God.  This then, is how faith works:  it works by our confidence in God.  Our confidence in God comes when we are obedient to His word.

How to Confess Your Sins

How To Confess Your Sins

How to Confess Your SinsJames 5:16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (KJV)

If you want to know how to confess your sins, it is as easy as confessing your faults.  I will give you examples of how this works.

But first, I would like to present a different way of looking at what we consider sin is.  We all have faults.  However, we don’t really look at faults as sin.  We look at them as things we need to improve on. This is true, but it doesn’t make us realize that our faults are sin and so we won’t recognize the need to confess them.

The bible talks about sins of “omission” and sins of “commission.”  Omission being sin we commit without trying to or even without knowing it.  I am not talking about addictions.  These are not sins of omission.  Sins of commission we know it is wrong to do, but consciously make  choice that this is what we plan to do.  Sins of commission have to do with what you know.

The bible tells us if we truly know God, we won’t live a life of sin.  Sure, we will still have faults.  But this is why we pray daily to be forgiven.  And we have to practice forgiving others if we want to be forgiven.

In addition to confessing our sins to God, the bible also instructs us to confess our faults to each other so that we can be healed.  What do you recognize in your life as a fault today?  Then, you can go to God and confess that to him.

Did you also know that you can be in an ordinary conversation talking to someone about what you would like to improve about you?  This is confession your fault.  But it is good to share your faults only with someone who can provide you with proper guidance or encouragement for getting better.

I wanted to start eating right everyday to improve my health.  I also wanted to start a routine exercise.  I told my daughter about it.  Now she makes sure I am staying on track by challenging me and regularly asking questions about what I have eaten for the day.

Confessing your faults to others, gets things out in the open and opens up the opportunity for others to help you.  You then have a support system.

If you have financial problems because of your spending habits, you can talk to someone who is good at managing money and let them know that you would like to be better.  They can help you by putting a plan in place for you to follow and you have to cooperate.

If you have emotional issues or personality conflicts with people, you can confess that issue to someone close to you and the can help you get over those things.

The key to confessing your faults is confessing to the right person or people.  You want to talk to someone who genuinely cares about your well being and has the right knowledge to help you get better.  Sometimes people who love us don’t have the answers and so the answers we get are inaccurate and don’t benefit us.  This is why I stress this.

Lastly, even if you don’t know who to talk to and your desire is to get better, you can Pray to God and ask Him to lead you to the right person or information that will help you.

If you are willing to know the things that are wrong and that are hindering you in your life, God will show you if you allow him.

 

Who Is The Holy Spirit

Who Is The Holy Spirit

Is The Holy Spirit A Person?

Who Is The Holy SpiritWho is the Holy Spirit?  Yes, I did refer to the Holy Spirit as a “who” and not a “what” because the Holy Spirit is a person in the form of “God’s Spirit.”  His spirit lives in us and controls us to be all that God created us to be.  If the Holy Spirit can live inside us, that means It can live and if It lives in us that means that it is a person in the form of a spirit.  This “person” can influence our thoughts in a Godly way.

The Holy Spirit is also a “power” or “force” that lives in us.  It is our “helper.” It causes us to do what we could not ordinarily do.  There has been mis-conceptions about this force that would cause people to think the Holy Spirit to be spooky and mysterious.

The Holy Spirit helps us to be able to do things like “forgive” or “be nice” to people who have been mean to us or “to obey God’s Word.”  Think about something the bible tells us to do that is considered hard.  The Holy Spirit enables us to do this thing, if we allow.

The Holy Spirit Influences

There are two influences in this world period.  Good or (God) and Evil the (devil).  Every action we take is influenced by one spirit or the other.

How do we get the Holy Spirit to help us or to influence our lives?  It is easy.  We just have to “allow.”  Read the bible, obey the bible and John 14:15 tells us that Jesus would pray to the Father and he would send us a helper which is the “Holy Spirit.”

Galatians 5:16-22 tells us the difference between good and evil and paints a picture of both when they are operating in our lives.  It also tells us that if we practice doing what God wants, we will develop or produce (certain fruit) in our lives or the things that God’s Holy Spirit produces.

So the only thing we really have to do for the Holy Spirit to help us is to read and obey God’s word and we will receive additional assistance to do what we otherwise could not.

Bible Verse on Faith

Bible Verse On Faith

Heb 11:1 Famous Bible Verse On Faith

Bible Verse on FaithHebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This bible verse on faith has been quoted many times and its meaning not fully embraced with a complete understanding of what it means and how it works.  Here is another way I’d like to show you how to look at faith that I hope will provide enlightenment to your understanding of faith and getting results.

Faith is what you have in place of the thing you hope for or want until it manifests.  It is the substance or stuff that produces what you want.  Faith is now . . . in the present.

Faith produces what you want by causing you to do what it takes to produce the outcome or the desire of your faith.  The bible says believe in your heart and do not doubt when you pray and you shall have what you want which means you have it right now.  So that also means if you have faith, you already have or are certain to possess materially and physically the thing that you desire.  Faith is spiritual substance that produces a natural outcome of our heart’s hopes and desires.  So faith is in your heart.

Matthew 6:33 says for us to seek first His Kingdom and all we desire will be added to us.  Seeking what God wants us to do is the action our faith would cause us to take.   This is the action which will produce what our faith hopes for.

The bible tells us that the reason for not having the things we ask for when we go to God is that our own conscious condemns us.  We think we don’t deserve to have it.

So if you hope or desire for anything:

  1. Ask God for it and Believe right now, today in your heart you have it even though you don’t see it “yet.”  But you will.
  2. Do Matthew 6:33 by finding out What God requires you to do.  Talk to God each day.  Ask for instructions throughout each day.  This is how you seek His Kingdom.
  3. Know that you deserve to have what you ask God for.  Throw away all negative feelings and beliefs, because they just aren’t true.

You can get the mp3 or mp4 file of audio or video scriptures on faith by clicking on bible scriptures by topic.  These downloads will help you memorize bible scriptures on faith and strengthen your faith.

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Dealing With Peer Pressure

Deal With Peer Pressure

Dealing With Peer Pressure Effectively

Dealing With Peer PressureWe are all dealing with peer pressure every day.  We usually think about peer pressure as teenage peer pressure or pressure from a particular group of people to get a person to act a certain way or do a certain thing.  Our society is built on a foundation of peer pressure that is causing people to have mental and medical conditions.  In the words of one man, People “spend money they don’t have to impress people they don’t like.”  It’s not an exact quote.  Peer Pressure is a real force that drives real action but did you know that we don’t have to give in to its influences?

The media says we should live our lives “this way” or “that way” or that we have to have “this” be “this” or wear “that.”  At one point the media said we all have to be skinny, have long straight hair as a woman to be beautiful, then they said it’s okay to be big.  If I write a book and a lot of people know about it, then I must be an expert.  What is sad is that we believe and buy nearly everything the media says whether we admit it or not.

We are told what holidays to celebrate and how to celebrate them . . . even to the point of what type of education is best or acceptable. We determine what is good or bad, valuable or invaluable by our attitudes and esteem toward a given thing.

At one point, being African American, I would never have worn my hair any other way than “straight” and long.  When short straight hair cuts came in style, I cut my hair and wore a nice, straight style and received many compliments.  We even let society tell us what kind of man or woman to date.  This is how we came up with socio-economic status.  And it does have its place within proper perspectives, but I say most of us are mentally controlled by “status quos” and don’t think for ourselves.  We don’t even read for ourselves.

We are told today that if we are not on Facebook or Twitter, our businesses will not be successful.  So everyone has bought in. It used to be MySpace.  There will be new technology coming out and we will all move to it as soon as they tell us to.  You have to ask yourself, “How did businesses become successful before Facebook and Twitter?”  We as a society determine what is valid as a whole using the media as our guide and we agree upon it to make it a norm.  Allow your opinions to be those you formulate on your own and not because  everyone else is doing it.

Tips for dealing with peer pressure:

Let’s just take some time and think for a moment . . . who created books before there ever were any?  Men. How did they know to create the books?  Who told them to?  They were inspired with an idea.  They shared it with those around them and it caught on.  Just because an idea you have has never been done before doesn’t mean it won’t work.  Computers and most major technology, especially the Internet had to have buy-in from the people.

Peer pressure is all about influence. Who is doing the influencing?  Why are they able to influence people?  We all have equal opportunity to influence.  You can influence people by not being influenced.  It is said that people with the most money have the most influence. You know why?  It is because people give them and their money that power.  That is not real influence.  Once you run out of money, you run out of influence if that is the case.  My family lived at one point in a really bad neighborhood influenced by heavy drugs and alcohol, yet we chose not to be involved as pre-teens and teenagers.

Peer pressure is all about how you think about what other people think, have thought or will think about you. You have to not care.  Not in a bad way.  It is truly freedom to be able to live by your own values and not be concerned about what people will say about you.  When we get to this point, we are free.  This takes a great deal of stress off of us.

Lastly, you have to value yourself so much that it doesn’t matter who it is, if it is wrong, it’s wrong and you don’t have to go along with it. Dealing with peer pressure involves the ability to think properly about situations and put them in the right perspective.

How Faith Works

Sex Before Marriage

Wedding Couple - MarriageThere is not a whole lot of teaching about the implications of “sex before marriage.”  Our society teaches us to be responsible adults and we are taught to talk with our children about sex and in American schools, we teach them to have protected or “safe sex” in the event it happens.

So what is wrong with two consenting adults having sex before marriage?

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Answered Prayers

Answered Prayers

Answered Prayers Increase Our Faith

Answered PrayersIf you want to get answered prayers from God, it is not hard.  He loves to answer our prayers.  And while we are not always listening, He loves talking to us.

It is amazing how answered prayers from God can boost your confidence and faith.  Sometimes it can seem like you aren’t hearing from Him and you begin to check to see if maybe you are still connected to God. Read more

Pray For Your Pastor
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Pray For Your Pastor

The Need Pray For Your Pastor

Pray For Your PastorNever underestimate the value of praying for pastors.  Pastors are people, too.  It is not just a cliche.’  During the past recent years, I’ve learned the most I ever learned about praying.  I know that prayer works in any situation if you allow it to. Read more

Affirmations For Success
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Personal Affirmations for Success

Powerful Affirmations For Success

Affirmations For SuccessUse these affirmations for success daily by reading and reciting them to yourself.  There really is Power in your tongue and extreme power when we say the right things.  These are bible scriptures that I took and personalized for daily devotion and thought I’d share them with you.

 

Joshua 1:8 I meditate the word day and night. I read it, I study it, speak it, I hear it, confess it and obey it and I make my way prosperous by doing so.

Matthew 6:33 I seek first the will of God and what He requires of me and all of my needs are met.

Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.  I think only good thoughts.  I say only what agrees with the word of God because I meditate on what is right.

Deuteronomy 8 The blessing is on me.  I don’t work for the blessing.

James 3:2 I am perfect because I say the right things.  I control my whole being and things around me by what comes out of my mouth.  God’s word comes out of my mouth.

2 Peter 1:3 Jesus put me in position to receive my inheritance.  I have everything I need to live a life of Godliness so that I can be generous on every ocassion.

Romans 5:17 I have an abundance of grace through Jesus, Christ.
Acts 6:15God’s glory transforms me into His likeness.  I reflect the Glory of God.  My face looks like that of an angel.

Ezekiel 16:7 I grow like a healthy plant, strong and tall.  My body is well formed.  My hair grown fully.  I am dressed with the finest clothes and jewelry, my skin is soft and silky.  I wear the finest materials fit for a queen.  My beauty is dazzling.

Matthew 17:20 Because I have faith like a mustard seed, I speak and command troubles to be cursed from their root causes and they obey.

Galatians 3:13-14 I have been redeemed from the curse of the law.  I walk by faith and receive my inheritance.

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes me rich without sorrow.

Deuteronomy 8 I am blessed – the anointing of God through which divine favor flowsI am blessed – I have the power to produce and reproduceI am blessed – I am redeemed from the curse of the law

Genesis 2:4-19 God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it and He gave me dominion and authority over all things.

Deuteronomy 8:18 It is God who gives me the power to get wealth and by that power I command my daily efforts to prosper.  My soul prospers.  My spirit prospers.  And no weapons formed against me prosper.  By that power, I operate in my gifts and callings.  By that power, I speak to mountains and they obey

Genesis 1:27 Because I am created like God and in His image.  I am like Him.

Psalms 82:6 I am a God and I operate like God.  I speak like God.  I talk like God.  I look like God.  I say what God says and I get the results that God gets.

 

Proverbs 18:21 I have the power of life in my tongue.  And I use that power to speak life to everything around me.  Life to my bank accounts, life to my body, life to my family and to my household and everything that concerns me.

3 John 2 God wants me healthy and He wants me rich.

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