Recently I took a trip to Ft. Lauderdale for a cruise. (It was phenomenal by the way! If you haven’t done one, this is a life-changing experience!) On the way home, I had a layover in Baltimore. The turbulence on the first plane was a little rough, so much so that the pilot told us to keep our seatbelts fastened longer than usual. But when I got on my final plane to head home from Baltimore, when I was halfway to my destiny, and we got in the air, at some point, there was nothing but clouds surrounding the plane. The turbulence and air pockets we hit felt like a huge pothole in the air. Passengers throughout the plane began to shake from side to side. I even fastened my seatbelt tighter! Despite the turbulence though, despite the surrounding clouds, there was a brightness from the sun that was almost blinding. Isn’t it amazing how you can see the clouds and yet, still see the sun?
This thing called life will cause some ups and downs, and its fair share of spiritual turbulence. It will try to shake you, break you, make you think that you’re going to crash, that you’re going to fall hard and not get to your destiny safely and securely. But thank God for being the pilot of our lives! He orders our steps and directs our paths. All we can do is sit in the seat with our seatbelts fastened securely and wait for the landing. Even when you’re surrounded by clouds, which oftentimes signify darkness, the sun and the Son is still there! So fasten your seatbelt, read a book, get an ice cold beverage and wait for the manifestation of the thing you’ve been believing God for. I’ll see you when you land!
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True elevation comes from God. You can graduate high school with honors, attend an Ivy league college, and graduate Magna Cum Laude with your degree. You can get a job with a Fortune 500 company and obtain a Master of Business Administration from graduate school. Going a step further, you can continue your educational journey by obtaining a Doctorate of Psychology. The truth of the whole matter is, you still won’t obtain true elevation–which only comes from God.
It’s often not the degrees or letters behind our names that make us who we are. It’s the God in us. The way we move. The way we speak. The way we act. That’s what usually opens doors. But the reality is this–you never graduate in Christ. You go from faith to faith, from level to level.
In Christ, the ones who graduate the quickest are those who remain humble the more they become elevated. So as you go higher, remember that true elevation comes from God. The more God elevates you, the more humble you should become.
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By Guest Blogger: Melissa Ann Ricks
“John answered, ‘I only baptize using water. A person you don’t recognize has taken His stand in your midst.”‘ John 1:26a
I often wonder about the Body of Christ and why we don’t have a great impact in the Earth as we could. Do we lack the boldness of the first century church? It seems many are still somehow unaware of how awesome, all-powerful and amazing our God is.
Doesn’t the fact that we have Jesus Christ living in us, actually working in the midst of our very being, make us more than conquerors and overcomers, just like the Bible says?
We’d betta’ recognize!
Martha didn’t really recognize. She was unaware of whom she had in her midst. Had she really recognized who Jesus is and that everything that she would ever need to live a successful life was sitting in her living room, she would have dropped everything she was doing to “prepare” and sat at his feet, just like Mary.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made…, “The Lord answered, ‘You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed, indeed only one.” Luke 10:39
Many people are so busy working and doing, failing to realize that it has already been done. People prepare and prepare some more, oblivious of the fact that the way has already been prepared. Many are so preoccupied with “getting ready” for God, when we fail to recognize that He is already in our midst, desiring to release more than we can ask or think.
Many are frustrated, like Martha, because they don’t seem to be making any headway in their endeavors. I was just like Martha. “All I want is to serve you with my writing,” is what I complained to Jesus. I was so busy “doing” and “preparing”, trying to accomplish everything to move into what I believed was my destiny.
“Don’t you know that it’s already done?” is what I heard from the Lord.
I forgot that He’d already spoken it to me, but I failed once again to recognize that it was already completed.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
All we should be doing is sitting at His feet like Mary, learning more of Him from Him. She recognized the presence of holiness, power and the one person that could complete her. There was not anything else that needed to be done. She got it! It is imperative that we get it! Once we recognize that He is in our midst, victory is ours! Recognize that Jesus is everything that we need, want and could ever hope for.
Only then will we have the boldness to act on His word and cause a spiritual fire unlike the world has ever seen just like the 1st century believers. They recognized Him because they knew Him!
Hasn’t he already told you that He is the Alpha and Omega?
He said that, “I am the Author and Finisher of your Faith!”
Recognize Jesus as…
YOUR REDEEMER! YOUR PEACE!
YOUR JOY! YOUR HEALER!
Open your eyes and see your Savior for who He is and everything He is.
He is right in your midst!
“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him.” Luke 24:31
Recognize the awesomeness of Jesus the Christ so that you can impact the world with all that He is in you!
By: Guest Blogger, Shairon Taylor
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus said, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
This is a yoke worth taking! Being yoked with Christ is the best relationship, or yoke of marriage that one can embrace. Just like in any relationship, there will be seasons of disappointment and turbulent trials. But if you stick it out prayerfully, totally relying on God’s Word, the reward will be great! Your latter will be greater than the former! The Hebrew boys in Daniel 3 faced a great trial being yoked to the God of Israel. Their dedication meant their lives. But the God we serve showed up and showed out on their behalf. Their lives were spared and God got the glory!
One of the greatest things about being yoked to Christ is that this is not a slavery type of yoke. A slave doesn’t know what the master does, but we are His friends! (John 15:15)
We will be faced with things that will challenge our faith and maybe make us want to snatch that yoke off. But if we stick with the Lord, He’ll continually stick close to you, sticking closer than any brother! (Proverbs 18:24)
By: Guest Blogger, Shairon Taylor
As people of God, we can oftentimes have the wrong mentality and personal desires. In this aspect, we need the Davidic mentality–the mindset and the heart of David, which is the type of desire he had toward God.
In Psalm 27:4, David said, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” Desire begins with an encounter with something that captivates our thoughts and heart. True desire drives your determination to fulfill that desire. To dwell in the house of the Lord was David’s desire, and he passionately sought after that.
We desire fancy cars, big homes, jobs bringing in six-figure salaries, and even spouses. But is it the right desire? Yes, God will give us the desires of our hearts, but the contingency is delighting ourselves in Him! It’s fine to want nice things; however, our passion, our desire and initiative should be seeking God, pleasing God, and serving God with a spirit of love and humility. Matthew 6:33 tells us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
God will bless us. He desires to bless His people. But, are we obedient to Him and His Word? Are we seeking Him like we are supposed to? Are we praying and fasting like we should?
Refocus your thoughts and hearts toward God.
Blessings will come through obedience.
Scriptures: Psalm 27:4, 37:4-5; Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-2