Straight Talk

 
 
 
 
What would you do for GOD?
 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (Amp Version)

God put destiny is our hearts.  If in Eternity, we will be judged for what we did in our bodies and what we did with our talents (Matthew 25) then how can we be judged righteously if we never knew what to do? Of course, there are basic things we know not to do and to do, but when it comes to fulfilling our destiny, we must discover it!  In order to hear well done good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:23), we must have ruled over “something” given to us in this life. It is more than being faithful in our giving, it must be tied to our living!  Destiny does not just apply to the preacher – we are ALL called to do something great for the Father. It is that deep desire within us that reveals our calling and purpose. Destiny will always be a “nagging” within the heart, until it is pursued and fulfilled. Basically,  the CALL of destiny will never go away in a person lifetime! Always remembering that the Father conceals a matter in order for us to pursue it! (Proverbs 25:2: It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings to search it out.)
Here are several key Question only you can answer:

  1. If I knew God was with me and was totally for me…
  2. If I knew nothing could stop me and all things were possible…
  3. If I had all the resources available to me, money, equipment, support…
  4. If I knew I could succeed, no matter the struggle or time frame it took to reach my goal…

 

WHAT WOULD I DO FOR GOD?????

Your answer to these questions will reveal your destiny! Your passion will always lead you to your destiny!

Nothing is impossible (Matthew 19:26) for you when the Father is in it.  So take your answer ….Get busy for the King for your destiny awaits you!   Destiny – Passion – Purpose – Provision

Can’t Quit

As we celebrate 10 years at Ignited Church in Lavonia this weekend, it still seems like yesterday.  I have been going thru tons of pictures this week.  In my walk down memory lane, I can’t help but say “Thank you Lord I didn’t quit.”  You might be thinking – What?  Quit?  (You would need to read my book to understand just a few opportunities that I had to quit.) Yes quit!  We are all given an opportunity to quit.  We all will face some type of struggle – a mountain – a crossroads or a difficulties that will require us to answer the question ‘Will I continue?’  In my short life, I have had many opportunities to quit – quit God, quit church, quit life and just say forget it.  Like Paul said in Phil 3:12, But I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus.  There is something on the inside that says I have been fighting to see what God has planned for me and if I quit now I might have been right at the door.  My breakthrough might be right around the corner.  I can’t quit now!!!  I am so thankful Jesus didn’t quit when it got hard and difficult on the cross.  He even said “He could have called a legion of angels if He wanted to.”  But He endured the greatest hardship of all.  He paid the ultimate sacrifice for a crime He


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Proverbs 19:27

Several years ago, I struggled with a decision I had to make at work.  You see previously, I had agreed with the upper management to complete something regarding my life yet my heart was not for the corporate world.  Pastor was like ‘do what you feel in your heart. I am with you.’  But I struggled with – “I am to continue down this path or should I quit?”  I had prayed about it (well I thought I had).  Then one Sunday morning during service as Pastor was preaching, he said, “The Father is saying everyone does what they want, but no one asked me.”  Sitting on the front row, I thought someone had just socked me right in the gut.  It hit my spirit so hard that I was speechless.  Frankly I have no idea what the rest of the message was about.  Have you ever been there?  Can I get an Amen?

So that afternoon, I begin to study the scriptures.  I feel like when you get something in a service like that then you should go to the Word of God to back it up.  If the voice of the Lord is speaking, He will Never – I mean Never – contradict what He has already said in His Word.  So of course, I prayed and as I begin to read, I think the words jumped off the pages and I sat there in Awe!!!


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What is there to fear?

It seems these days that everyone I speak with is afraid.  Afraid of what might happen – afraid of what will happen – afraid of today – afraid of tomorrow.  Yet what really concerns me is these folks are Christians.  It’s one thing when you don’t know God but a whole different thing when you do know God.  2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.  One translation of that verse says “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Timid means to show a lack of courage or easily frightened.  This is exactly what I am talking about.  It seems the Church of Jesus Christ has turned into a bunch of scaredy cats.  The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you (Romans 8:11)!!!  Think about that for a minute – Selah! In Luke 10:19 declares “Behold, I give unto you power to tread (walk) on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”  So if the same spirit that raise Christ from the dead combined with the power He has given to walk all over the enemy, so what are you afraid of?  Matthew 10:28 clearly says to fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul but rather fear him which is able to destroy both should and body in hell.”  Now please understand I’m not talking about doing


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I just want to……

Have you ever felt overwhelmed to the point of crying?  Ever felt so stressed  that you became angry and quick to react?  Life before the pandemic was stressful enough but adding on the new rules, regulations and the new reality of life has pushed many folks over the edge.  As a preacher’s wife, mother, employee of the corporate world, I find myself in the same boat.  Many days I find myself thinking I’m getting somewhere only to realize there is a whole new thing that needs my attention.  A few weeks ago, I was so stressed at work, trying to get things set up at the church and not to mention homeschool that I was at the breaking point.  It was a Saturday and my husband was giving me the latest run down of the things that needed my attention.  I begin to feel overwhelmed and stressed about to cry.  We were walking across the yard where my father-n-law’s shed is and I looked at the yard and said to him.  “Honey, I have a desire to mow.”  He said, “What?” I responded, “I have a desire to mow. Please!”  He said, “well ok. I’m not gonna stop you.”  (Now for those who are reading this – especially men – don’t expect your spouse to be like me – I am a strange creature when it comes to mowing. I love it.)   He started up the zero-turn and demanded I wear a mask and ear plugs.  So I put them on and away I went.  It was 11:30 in the morning and I was having the time of my life out there.  No one bothered me!    In the next hour and half, I


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One day at a time!

It was Fall of 1995.  We had only been married a few months living in Miami when Schambach Revival was coming to town.  Typically during our time in Bible College, we were only given the opportunity to hear from men of God like R W Schambach and never their wives.  But this week long revival under the tent was going to be different.  Yes, we were there every night. They asked Benjamin to assist them during the altar ministry which was really cool.  There was one special night that I shall never forget – and neither will Benjamin.  There was a long line of people wanting to be prayed for.  Benjamin was there at the altar and I was watching Mrs. Schambach sitting over on the side all by herself.  There was no security – no guards – no assistant – just her sitting at her seat on the back side of the stage.  After graduating, getting married and going into full time ministry, I had a lot of questions but no one to ask.  So seeing the opportunity, I got up from my seat and walked right over to her as bold as ever.  I introduced myself and she was so graceful.  I remember her saying “let’s move over hear so we can talk.” So we moved behind the tent and almost to the personal vehicles.  If you could have seen my husband’s face, it was so funny because he had no idea what was going on.  I just asked one simple question – In all the years of life together in ministry, what would you tell a young couple just starting out?  She looked at me straight in the face and said “Take it one day at a time!”  She began to tell me the many stories they shared and the road experiences in tent ministry and said “everything is subject to change.  Take it one day a time.”


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Refocus – Revisit – Renew

Recently, I was riding the exercise bike watching my children play games and these simple words spoke to my spirit – Refocus, Revisit and Renew.  Afterwards, I begin to think about how this past year there were so many unknowns – ups and downs, stop-go and everything in between.  To some, it appeared as if life came to a halt.  To others, Lockdown and quarantine created a culture of self  while exposing  the darkness hidden within all the while the church sat by on the sidelines waiting for their redemption.  A year has gone by and life is starting to come back to some type of regular.  Though we will never go back to the good ole days, we must walk through the new restrictions of life. 

In so doing, we as believers must refocus.  Refocus our goals

We must revisit our dreams.  Revisit is to consider again from a different perspective. 

Renew our plans for God.  Renew is to resume after an interruption. 

How many will agree that 2020 had a huge interruption into your plans?  I did not plan on January 1 2020 to sit home for 6-8 weeks in house confinement.  (Though we had fun – don’t get me wrong- it just wasn’t something I had ever imagined would happen.) But now we are on the other side and it is time to get busy.  It is time to put your hand to the flow (Luke 9:62) and get busy.  We all have a part – we all have an assignment – we all have a gift (Romans 12:6-8).  It’s time to take those dreams, plans and desire rekindle them with a renewed vision.  The harvest fields are white (John 4:34)…. It’s time to Get busy for Jesus!



Called for now!

Have you ever sat down and thought about the fact that you could have been born at any time in history?  You could have been born with Moses or Abraham?  You could have been born with King David or Queen Esther?  You could have been born in Jesus time or Paul times?  But God caused your mother and your father to be meet at a particular time.  They would begin dating at a specific time so they could marry at the perfect time.  All this so you could be born at the right time – right now.  The Father in His complete wisdom has put you here on this people planet for a purpose.  He has put you here for a reason.  What is that reason?  Only you can answer that – Only you can fulfill the destiny for which God placed you here!  But know this, like Queen Esther, “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)



How will you respond?

How will you respond?

One of my husband’s favorite things to do is go to a cemetery and walk around looking at tombstones. Each tombstone has a beginning date and an ending date separated by a dash.  Everyone can see the date of birth and the date of death but no one sees what happened in that dash – the middle. No one knows just exactly what happened in that dash.  No one sees what you did in that dash.  That dash is a representation of the life lived here on Earth.  The dash is simply a brief moment that will be accounted for in Eternity.  One day, we will all stand before Him at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20)  to be asked the question – “What did you do with my son, Jesus?”  Did you live for Him?  Did you serve Him?  Did you tell others about Him?  After that – for those who make it – you will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5) also known as the Bema Seat.  Here you must answer, “What did you do with the life I gave you?” Did you serve God whole heartedly?  Did you pray hard, worship hard, and serve hard?  Did you live a life full of service to the King of Kings telling everyone at every opportunity?  Depending upon your answer, you will be given Crowns to lay at the Master feet. 

Take a moment and think about your answer.  How will you respond to these questions?  How would you answer if today was the day?




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