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The Path to Destiny

TThere are many paths that we can take in this life, but the path the leads to destiny is often on the road less traveled. Check out my latest video blog post as I share the revelation I received while walking at the park. God Bless!

 

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Hearing the Voice of God

 

There are two types of Christians: those who seek God’s guidance on everything before they make a move, and those who take bold leaps of faith and pray they grow wings on the way down.  When it comes to making major decisions, I find myself on the latter side of the spectrum.

I’m not one of those Christians who thinks I need a word from God on every detail of my life. Somethings really are up to us. If you want to cut your hair, buy a new car or try a new menu item, by all means, do it. Unless it will have an impact on God’s plan for your life, he really does give us free rein to make normal everyday decisions.  We’re not robots after all.

However, it is important to recognize when God’s hand is working in your situation. It is in those times that being able to recognize his voice over your own (or the voice of the enemy) will help you stay on the right path and avoid unnecessary heartache and distress.

So How Do You Hear From God?

There are many ways that God speaks to his children. Sometimes his answer comes from that inner voice of wisdom that wasn’t there before. I’ve had times where I was completely confused about something and then the answer just came to me plain and clear. It used to blow my mind, but as I matured in Christ I began to recognize those sudden moments of clarity as the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. Basically, it means God has stepped in and provided the answer.

Other times, it comes through ministers or from reading the Bible (the Old Testament provides great insight into the mindset of God). Recently, I was dealing with a tough situation that I didn’t quite understand. I had hit a brick wall in my life and no matter how hard I tried I was not able to move it. Of course, this frustrated me to no end. I had no idea what God was doing. I felt like I was having a Job experience (but not to that extreme, thankfully.)

I didn’t know what to do so I got angry, I cried, I gave up and then I got up and sought God again.  Why are you taking me through this, was my constant cry. It took me going to church one night and hearing one line in a sermon that echoed the words God had placed in my spirit all year-long about something I needed to do, but never got around to doing it.

I would like to say that after that night I realized the answer and then went about fixing the problem, but like the true procrastinator that I am, I pondered on it a little further and as a result stayed stuck in my situation just that much longer. It took me hearing the same one line from two other ministers before I finally realized God was speaking to me about my situation. I can truly say that once I went about fixing the problem, that hard place broke and I was able to move forward.

“God is not nearly as concerned about the place as he is about preparing you for the place.”

That was one of those times where I had to seek God for an answer because I didn’t know how to move forward. Then there are those times where I know how to move forward, but I’m not sure if it’s the right thing to do. Times that call for major moves such as a change in career, location, church home, or relationship scare me to death and although after each one I resolve to never do it again, I always find myself faced with the challenge of once again stepping out into the unknown, because as a child of God we ought to always be moving forward.

God has so much in store for our lives that we do him a disservice when we settle for less out of fear of what’s up ahead. God knows all things and we know God…that’s all the assurance I ever need. Man looks at your seemingly irrational decisions, your confused mind, and your bold moves but God looks at the silent meditations of your heart and at exactly what is the driving force behind those decisions.

Some say when you don’t know what to do, do something. Others say that’s a terrible idea. I say, when you don’t know what to do, seek God’s voice continuously for wisdom and guidance, and if you still don’t know what to do…go with what your heart is telling you and rest in the blessed assurance that when you step out on faith, with the right intentions,  Jesus will never let you fail.  He might reroute you if that was not the way you should go, but he will also give you the wisdom needed to get back on track.

God’s Positioning System

It’s true…sometimes your GPS gets it wrong. Whether due to an outdated map or the recent relocation of a business, I’ve had many times where I’ve heard that small voice echo: arriving at destination on the right – only to find that my destination was nowhere in sight, and what then? There’s a certain degree of disorientation that comes from suddenly realizing you have been headed in the wrong direction, or thinking you have reached the end of your journey only to find you have several more miles to go.

The same holds true on the road of life. We get a dream in our heart that we know is going to come to pass. We ponder on it, we pray about it, but when we finally decide to boldly go forth in that direction…it turns out to be the wrong turn. This usually leads to feelings of disappointment and despair because when we lose our way, we think God has lost our way, but this is not true.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God…”-Isaiah 43:2

Uncertain paths are a part of life. Roads we think will lead us to our destiny often turn out to be dead ends. The people we counted on to accompany us on our journey turn back and leave, and suddenly we find ourselves traveling alone-but unlike the GPS in your car that offers no further guidance after the point of arrival, God steps in and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, redirects our lives like only He can.

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” – Psalm 91:2

Turning back from the path you had originally planned is not always easy. Sometimes it can be downright painful, but God in his infinite wisdom will allow you to shed a few tears for a moment in order to save you heartache for a lifetime. You have to trust that he will lead you out of the darkness and into his marvelous light!

Feeling Lost in Your Current Direction?

Our Heavenly Father is the ultimate Global Positioning System – No matter where you are on the globe, or what you may be dealing with, God is more than able to get your life back on track – because he not only sees us but he sees those things inside of us that even we have yet to realize; and when you allow him, he will guide your life in such a way that eventually you too will hear that small voice on the inside say…Arriving at divine destination on the right. Keep the Faith!

 

 

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Do You Have a Heart of Compassion?

The other day, on my way to the store I noticed a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk. Normally I wouldn’t have paid much attention to him, but this day was different. There was something about the way he sat there – staring at the ground – that grab my heart and moved me in a special way.  When I walked past, he didn’t bother to look up; he just sat there deep in thought with his gaze fixed on the ground. As I entered the store a wave of thoughts went through my mind: What was his story? What was he thinking about, and how did he end up here? Did he have any family; was there anyone that knew him; anyone that truly cared?

When I came out of the store I got back into my car but something wouldn’t allow me to leave. I sat for a while and watched as the wind blew through his hair. I didn’t know if I should go over and offer him money or give him a word of encouragement. All I could really think to do in that moment was pray, so I did:

“God, there is nothing too hard for you. Even at this point in his life you are still able to show up and turn it around for his good. Please show him that you still care.”

While I was praying, a man walked over and offered him some money, but he shook his head no. My heart sank. Not because he didn’t take the money, but because I know what it feels like to be at the point of giving up. To feel so lost and alone that nothing anyone said or did could help.

 “God fill his heart with a peace that surpasses all understanding,” was my silent prayer.

Seconds later, a lady came out of the store and offered him money too. Again, he turned it down. She started off but turned back and offered him her soda – still no deal. She said a few words and walked away with her head down.

Soon after that an elderly lady walked up and gave it another shot…Suddenly I begin to realize that God WAS there! Right in the midst of it all, he was using each one of us to show this lowly guy that he indeed still cared. The homeless guy didn’t know that I was a few feet away interceding on his behalf, but God did.

“Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.” – Hebrew 13:5

How many times in life do we find ourselves in this type of situation, where we get so caught up in the noise of the storm that we fail to recognize the movement of God in the rain? But water brings forth growth…if you allow it.

That day I was inspired to not only keep lifted in prayer a person whom I have walked past many times but never really seen, but to never lose the heart of compassion that Jesus displayed. This guy is no different from the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, the woman with the issue of blood, or any one of us who once was lost and now has been found by God’s love.

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must love one another.” – John 13:34

As Christians, let’s be mindful not to just recite the words: what would Jesus do, but actually go out and do what Jesus did. Show loving kindness to those who need it the most, and sow a seed that will take root and spring forth in due season.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? 5 Reasons Why I Say NOT

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

A couple of years ago I went to the ever-popular Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. When we first arrived it was fun and exciting, but as the night went on I began to get bothered in my spirit. The more I looked at the scenery, the more troubled I became. There were witches and devils, monsters and warlocks, fake blood and vampires, all lurking in the dark on a smoked-filled night. I looked at my sister and said – suddenly I feel like I’m in the middle of Sodom and Gomorrah. My excitement quickly turned to guilt as I began to see the entire night from God’s point of view (as a Christian, if your conscience doesn’t convict you when you are doing something that is contrary to the word of God, then I have to seriously wonder if the Holy Spirit is living on the inside of you). God calls his people to be holy, to offer our lives as living sacrifices unto Him and to stand apart from the things of this world, not dwell in it. As I stood there in the crowd I began to pray for their salvation, but then it occurred to me that they were not all lost. Some of them, just like me, were Christians; but in the midst of the darkness, amongst the ghosts and goblins…we were all one.

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23 NIV

I know that in the grand scheme of things putting on a costume and collecting bags of candy in the spirit of fun does not condemn a Christian to hell, or 12 years of purgatory, but there are some ways of this world that we should not be willing to adapt. When it comes to celebrating Halloween, I say let your conscience be your guide, but here are 5 reasons why I choose not to participate.

1. The bible says do not conform to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. My mind is renewed and my spirit is too. I don’t celebrate Halloween because it doesn’t bring honor and glory to my Lord and Savior.

2. God has been too good to me for me to pretend for one minute that I don’t know him, and the devil has been too terrible for me to give him one second of praise.

3. I’m a follower of Christ – bought with a price – and I know he wouldn’t approve. (How can you say that you follow Jesus if you are willing to go places that he wouldn’t go, and do things he wouldn’t do?)

4. The light that lives on the inside of me shines too bright for me cover it up with a mask and parade around in the dark.

5. Because it’s time for believers to stand up and let the world know who we really are: a holy nation, a royal priesthood, redeemed by the blood of the lamb, and set free from sin and shame.

Simply put, I don’t celebrate Halloween because I’m…well…a Christian!

 

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