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I was watching Joel Olsteen last night and he was talking about having a critical spirit. In his sermon he shared the story of a wife who would call her husband over to the window everyday and point to the neighbors laundry. “Look how dingy her clothes are. Doesn’t she know how to do laundry? I wouldn’t let my family wear those.” She said. One morning she woke up looked out the window and saw that all of the clothes were bright and clean. She called her husband over and said “Honey, she finally learned how to wash her clothes.” Her husband replied, “Honey, I woke up this morning and just cleaned our window.”

Like this lady, there are many of us who can only see the negatives in everyone and everything because we are looking through dirty windows. If everytime you speak to someone it’s about what you don’t like about them, you will eventually cause them to pull away. I have a fellow church member who has a masters degree in criticism and is working on her doctorate in fault-finding. No matter how well the program would go, she would be the person to point out that the microphone cord was on the left hand side and should have been on the right.

As Christians we need to put away the spirit of criticism and develop a spirit of praise. Stop sweating the small stuff and start praising the real stuff. Take the time to recognize the strengths of your children, recognize your husband’s efforts, your employee’s creativity and your friend’s talents. People naturally respond better to praise than criticism. Life is hard enough without having people throwing you under the bus.

It’s time to put away the spirit of criticism and burn it. If you have friends that do nothing BUT criticize everything, GET NEW FRIENDS. I am a strong believer that if “so-called” friends can trash someone when they are not around, they will trash you when you are not around. Joel Olsteen said it best when he said “Your ears are not garbage dispensers. Don’t allow people to fill it up with trash.” Don’t just sit there and take it all in, tell them you don’t want to know, tell them let’s pray for them instead or just simply excuse yourself. Whatever you chose to do, don’t chose to sit there and partake in it.

For the past few months, I have been walking out of gossip parties and avoiding criticism stations like it’s the plague. I do not want to partake in these discussions and I am better off knowing less than knowing everything. The Bible speaks against gossip and that is all I need to know to keep my mouth shut.

Here are some of the verses:

Leviticus 19:16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.

Psalm 101:5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.

Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

The Lord speaks about this throughout the scriptures and it is in our best interest to rebuke this spirit and use our tongues for the right purpose. My mouth was created to praise the Lord. I cannot use it on the praise team, bible class, pulpit and in witnessing, then turn around and trash, bash and destroy someone’s reputation with the very same mouth.

Let us commit to changing our critical spirits. Like momma would say, if you don’t have anything good to say, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.

Memory Text:
Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. 1 Peter 3:10

Prayer Prompt:
Dear Lord,
Help me to rid myself of this critical spirit. Show me how to see others through your clear windows and lift their spirits by praising their gifts. Teach me to tame my tongue and guard my ears from gossip and let your praises be the only thing that comes from my lips and….

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One of my all time favorite songs is “People get ready”.

People get ready.
There’s a train a-coming.
You don’t need no baggage.
You just get on board.
All you need is faith to hear diesels humming.
You don’t need no ticket.
You just thank the Lord.
Yeah yeah yeah
People get ready
For the train to Jordan.

Seal sang this song tonight on the Larry King 2hr help Haiti special. As I listened to the song, the lyrics really hit home. In these last days we need to be reminded that the train to Jordan is coming and we need to get on board. Tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, what will it take to get you to leave your baggage and just get on board?

We have gotten so attached to our material goods and the posh lifestyles we have or aspire to gain. We are so consumed by these perishable items that we’ve forgotten that we can’t take them with us on the train to Jordan. We were not created to hog up all the riches we can find. We were created to bring Glory to God through our service to one another.

Another stanza of the song states:

Now there ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner
Who’s hard on mankind just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances are thinner
Cause there’s no hiding place
From the Kingdom’s Throne

Aside from hording riches, many have become experts at taking advantage of those less fortunate than them. We must remember that no matter how much money can potentially be made, we must never gain through the oppression of others. The great command is to love our neighbors as ourselves. If we are not oppressed why are we oppressing our brothers?

The time has come for us to make decisions based on the moral values and standards that we hold dear. It is not enough to wear the cloak of Christianity, we must also live it. Your faith is not fully appreciated until your neighbors see it in your lifestyle. You can shout it from the rooftop but if it is not deeply embedded into your life, it will be of no good to anyone.

This year resolve to live your life as though you are expecting a train to JORDAN. Love one another, help one another, serve GOD and be attached to NOTHING of this world. Remember the train that’s coming doesn’t take baggage, just get on board.

Are you ready?

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This message is inspired by a quote I heard from Pastor Ronnie Floyd – “Churched but not Changed”. There are many within the church of God who will not make it through the gates of the Kingdom because they have perfected how to be Churched yet not Changed.  If you take a good look within the church, you will see many who talk the talk but are not walking the walk. What amazes me is that they have grown so use to fooling man into thinking that they are pious, they actually think that they can fool God.

As children of God, we are called to be Christians both inside and out. How you “act” in church should be how you “live” your lifestyle. Your walk with God is not an outfit that you pick up on Saturdays/Sundays when you’re headed to church. It is a style of living that you should portray every day of the week. Many are watching how you live. They watch how you curse that Camry for cutting you off on the freeway. They watch how you curse them out for your phone not working the way you want it. They ARE WATCHING YOU!

Going to church does not guarantee entrance into the Kingdom. God requires a changed life more than a “church” life. If you are relying on your attendance in church to count for your presence in Heaven, you may find yourself attending a fiery pit. It is time to stop just attending as a ritual, but start living a changed and redeemed life. Christ died so that we can be made anew. That means NEW! The Bible says:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Once you’ve truly accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and have been born again, you are a NEW CREATURE! This means change has taken place. You should never remain the same in your walk with Christ. You should get better day by day and be on an upward path. I pray that you will seek to live a changed life in the Lord and stop being “Churched” Church is an aid to your Spiritual growth and not an atonement for your sinful lifestyle. As a matter of fact the Bible explains why attending church is an important aspect of one’s spiritual life.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day. Hebrews 10:25

So by no means will I condone using this message as a means to being lazy and not going to church. This is not a “get out of church” message but a “GO TO CHURCH FOR THE RIGHT REASONS” message.

This year, let us resolve to truly testify to the world how the Lord has made us a new by living a CHANGED lifestyle.

God Bless You!

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This morning I attended two services. Perfecting Faith church with Pastor Donnie Mcklurkin and World Changes church with Dr. Creflo Dollar. Both services were powerful and delivered messages that I needed to hear. Dr. Dollar’s message is one that I would like to share with you.

For many years I have been teaching that the mind is the ultimate prize the enemy would like to win to himself. He would love nothing more that to be able to control your thoughts and cause you to live a sub-par life. He infects you with fear and fear nurtures disbelief. Disbelief in God’s sovereignty will block your blessings and this is the devil’s aim.

If he can get you to doubt the power of God and His promises to sustain you, then you will no longer be walking in faith and without faith in the promises of God, you will delay your own blessings. Doubt and fear are not attributes of a Godly character. How can one profess to be a Christian and not believe in the awesomeness and power of God?

How can you teach someone about the Most High God and not believe in His power? How can you teach someone what you don’t believe? We serve the same God who parted a sea and caused His people to walk throught it on dry land and then turned around and made a stream in the dessert. I don’t know about you, but if my God can and has done all of these great things, how can I not believe that He will bring me out of my little situation.

As Christians we must not allow doubt or fear to enter our minds, why? Fear is NOT of God. Fear is the enemy’s playing feild. Once you fear, he has already found a way into your life. Don’t let that vermin into your life. When the enemy threathens to take away your joy, I want you to throw these verses at him.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who reverence him….Psalms 34:7

No weapon formed against me shall prosper. Isaiah 54:17

If God be for me, who shall be against me. Romans 8:31

Though a 1000 may fall at my left and 10000 at my right, they shall not come near me for the Lord is with me. Psalm 91:7

The God we serve is mighty. He is strong in battle. Let Him take control of your life and He will surely bring you through.

God Bless You all.

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On January 7th, 2010, my aunt Carol delivered the meditation on the prayer conference call. It was a comforting message and one that many needed to hear. One statement stuck out and had me thinking. The statement was “Don’t let the enemy steal your paradise.”. This is a profound statement.

From the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden, the enemy has embarked on a crusade to steal our paradise. He schemed a way to get us out of Eden and now he is committed to getting us out of Heaven. We’ve all heard the saying “Misery loves company” well, satan is the president of that company. He knows he is going to burn for eternity and has committed himself to taking as many people as he can.

I don’t know about you, but I have suffered enough on this earth and I refuse to let that pesty rat keep me from the paradise God is preparing for me. I have a mansion being prepared for me and I intend to live in it. This paradise is promised to us. John 14:2,3 Jesus says:

In my Father’s house are many rooms if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and to prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

That is all I need to keep me going. As Christians we must remember that we are at war. We have a Heaven to gain and we must stay steadfast if we are to make it. We need not worry or fret in this war because it has already been won. All we have to do is keep steady, keep the pace and keep running the race.

How do you keep steady in the Lord? By meditating on His word, remaining in prayer and faithfully working His field. Don’t let the enemy steal your paradise again. He stole our Eden, but there ain’t no way I am gonna let that scoundrel steal my Heaven.

Remain steadfast in the Lord through trials, tests, tribulations, etc. Your husband leaves you with the kids and a mortgage, stay steadfast! Heaven is yours. Your children have lost their good sense and choose to live on the streets, stay steadfast! Heaven is waiting. Your friends smile in your face but stab you in the back, stay steadfast! Your mansion awaits. No matter what the enemy throws your way, STAY STEADFAST! Heaven is YOURS!

Don’t let the devil steal your paradise!

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Well, Thank God it’s Friday! Today marks the 4th day of the 21 day fast and like expected, the enemy has placed his detructive plans in full effect. Last night, I received my textbooks for my Theology courses. I was excited that this is really happening. When I got home, the enemy went into full force. My dad gave me the news that our house was being foreclosed and that we have a week to vacate the premises. My heart sank. I felt like somebody just hit me with a brick. I immediately started planning for storage and then went into the livingroom and cried.

Once I got the tears out of the way, I wrote last nights meditation and watched “Touched by an Angel”. I then heard Tess tell a man “It’s not about you, it’s about what God wants.” I smiled because the message I just wrote was entitled “It’s not about you”. I began thinking how bold the enemy is. He saw that I went through with God’s call on my life and He got angry. He got so angry that He decided that taking away my shelter would cause me to break. What the enemy didn’t know, is that my shelter is not in a brick 2-family home, it’s not in a luxury car, it’s not in a successful career, it’s not in a nice salary, the enemy didn’t realize that my shelter is under the shadow of His wings. God is my shelter. When the enemy strips me of all my earthly goods, I will “look up to the hills from whence cometh my help for my help cometh from the Lord.”

I will worship God because He is God. He knows my “coming out and my going in”. He knows the number of hairs on my head.

“When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard against him.”

“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.”

“If God be for me, who can be against me.”

“No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

I will “stand still and know the he is God.”

When the enemy sees you walking into your purpose, he will pelt all manners of obstacles in your direction. He will work tirelessly to veer you off the road whether it be through friends, loved ones, church folks, co-workers, managers, etc. Through it all, remain focused on the call. No matter what comes your way, don’t take your eyes off of the call. Press on! Crawl if you must, but don’t lose sight of the call. Press on! Like the infirm woman, press on until you get to touch the hem of His garment. Like Mary Magdalene, annoint God with the best of the best. Like the disciples, give up all you have to follow Him. Like John the Baptist, shout His good news in the wilderness till your last breath. Like Jesus, though the cup seems to hard to bear say “Not my will but thy will be done.”

I pray that this meditation will help someone out there to remain steadfast in their walk with the Lord.

Be encouraged!

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Last night on the commute home, I felt compelled to go to Borders bookstore. I went not knowing what I was looking for. I went to the Christian Inspiration section and began browsing. Nothing really caught my eye. Right when I was about to walk out, I saw a title that caught my attention. “A Leader in the Making” by Joyce Meyer. I read the back cover and took a seat to read the introduction. Needless to say, I ended up buying the book.

I then walked out the store with my new book in hand and met up with my hubby. We walked to the station and got on the packed like rats train. As soon as we stepped in, a fellow commuter saw the book in my hand and began recommending other leadership books such as: “Malcolm X” the biography, “Soldiers”, “The Prince” and “The Art of War”. As we spoke I realized that he was extremely well versed. Somewhat of a philosopher. Anyway, to make a long story short, just before he got off the train he told me that I inspired him to read the book. This caught me off guard because all of the books he recommended were not necessarily Christian and I barely said anything.

I then began to wonder whether God had me make the detour just so that He could reach one soul. How many little things has God used you to do in order to reach one? Did you obey? If not, why? As Christians, we must remind ourselves that our lives here are not to ride the high life but to lead others to the Most High. As we learned on day #2, we must learn to listen to God and when we hear him, we must learn to follow suit. God has a master plan and we are the vessels He plans to use.

Let God use you for His Glory for it is the main reason we were created. His perfect will should be every Christian’s desire. Stay in tune with the Lord and He will direct your path.

I pray you will learn to see God in the little things and let Him use you for even greater things.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithfu servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I wil put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23 (NIV)

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