My son, do not reject the LORD’s discipline, and do not despise his correction, because the LORD corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects the son he delights in.
I just want to say happy Father’s day to all the fathers out there. I just wanted to talk about fatherhood for a minute today. As a parent the father figure is always known as a disciplinary figure, but a real father understands that being a disciplinary figure does not mean to break your children down. We are there to be stern and correct our children out of love, just like God does us. Father’s day is not about a pat on the shoulder, but a day to remember how much we delight in our children. Without them, we would not be father’s and have the opportunity to grow from them. I want to once again wish everyone a happy Father’s day and continue to be a good role model for your children to emulate! God entrusted his children to you and always remember that.
I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me. Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the
night in the villages. Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have
opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom– there I will give you my love. The mandrakes send out their
fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my lover.
Song of Solomon 7:10-13 NIV
This gives a beautiful picture of the intimacy between a couple. I did a bible study this morning with my wife on this bible verse. I love how it talks about getting away together. My wife and I talked a lot about keeping worldly desires out of a relationship. Now of days, relationships never last and that is because people feel that everyone is replaceable. Because of that true intimacy can never be reached.
There are layers of intimacy in a couple. Sex is only one. Spending quality time and communicating your wants and goals are another. The only way to do this is by making time for each other. Do not let life keep you from your spouse. Make a schedule for each other and keep it. Make regular dates and communicate about everything. After my 10 years of marriage, I have learned this. I am far from perfect and have made a ton of mistakes. But doing these things I’m writing you today is what kept us away from divorce many times in the past. Stay strong and keep the world out of your relationship. God bless you all!
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
This verse from the epistles Paul wrote to the early Christians of Galatia is a powerful statement. As Christians we all need to understand that our life is not our own. When you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, and accept the Holy Spirit into your life, you gave all of you to Him.
Jesus Christ gave his life on the cross to pay the wages of our sins. We are born again and have a second change in life and eternal life after we die. How many people wish for a second chance in life or feel that what they have done in the past can never be forgiven? Jesus gave is a way, and for that we are forgiven.
Before I was a Christian I was an idol worshiper. I was a priest in a African Traditional Religion. It wasn’t until I found Christ, that I fully understood how wrong my life was. I felt that I could not be forgiven. I sacrificed animals, did black magic and communicated with the dead. When I found Christ and was baptised, I was forgiven. I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders knowing that. My life is not my own! Neither is yours. If God can change Paul, me and so many others, how can you not want to live your life as it is not your own? I hope everyone has a blessed day!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God”
1 Pet 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”
I was going over my scripture notes and this verse jumped out at me this morning. We live in a stressful world and many times we feel like there is nothing we can do about it. There are even many Christians that spend their days stressed out. But do you know stressing over things and being overly anxious is a sin? As you see from this scripture above, God clearly states do not be anxious. This does not mean we cannot be human, being stressing over things and being anxious is normal. But, do not be overly anxious where it is effecting you in negative ways. You are supposed to give thanksgiving or thank God for everything you have and all the good going on in your life, then through prayer and petition, lift your problems and anxieties up to Him. It is that simple! As believers, we must always trust our God. He does all things for our wellbeing. By holding on to that simple belief that is thought numerous times in the scriptures, we ground ourselves in faith and give it to Him to resolve. So please, if you feel overly anxious, give it to God and have that weight lifted off of your shoulders. Trust in Him!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
There has been many times in my life where I feel like I’m going around in circles and nothing goes right. Every choice I make is never blessed. I spent too many years trying to be in control of my life and and it wasn’t until I fully gave my life to Jesus, that I realized that my life is not my own. Once you understand that, you will feel comfort when you deal with these types of issues. God has a perfect plan for each one of us. Understanding that will make you feel at peace when things are going bad. These are all trails and tribulations we must face to grow as a person. If everything always went your way, how could you lean on Jesus for strength. You couldn’t! Just read this scripture and find the strength in knowing that God is putting you where you need to be for this season. I hope everyone has a blessed day! God bless.
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
I want to take some time out today and talk about the power of forgiveness. This scripture is very powerful to me and touches my heart. See, I never met my father until I was in my mid twenties. All I knew of him was what was told to me by my family. My father was extremely abusive to my mother and sisters. He was an alcoholic and did drugs. Since I was little, I had nothing but hate for that man. It was bondage. Whenever I would think of my father, my entire day would be ruined. I was bitter on how he could live a new life and my sisters and I would have to carry this hurt and anger with us our lives. But as I got older, like this verse tells us, I forgave him. As soon as I did that, I cried and felt a weight coming off of me. I forgave him, but he would have to answer to God for what he did. But soon after I forgave him, I found out he was the same person as he was before. Still hitting his wife and hurting my two new younger sisters.
Forgiving someone is a very hard thing to do. Extremely in my case. But, through my forgiveness, I know I made God happy. Forgiving someone does not mean you still have to be around them or even have a relationship with them. Forgiveness is about giving it to God and walking forward with your head up high. If any of you have any bitterness, hate in your heart, or have been deeply hurt. Please give it to God. Forgiving and walking away feels so much better than holding it in. Will it still hurt, yes at times. But the feeling of accomplishment will slowly fill that void. Knowing God is handling that for you. God bless you all and have a wonderful day.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
I wanted to present this verse today for Memorial Day. Being a disabled Marine veteran, I understand what every generation of service members have and will go through. The struggles, the loss of friendships and family and sometimes the loss of faith. I have been there, I have lost many friends, but what gave me my strength was knowing God’s will was at work. Why I can relate this verse to my military service is because it takes a specail type of person now of days in our society that does not confirm with the rest. These people are willing to give their lives for not only their country, but for many people that do not know them. In many cases, not even like them. But always remember during your trails and tribulations, that God’s will is perfect. Everything good or bad is in his plans for you. If it is learning how to grieve a loss to help others in their time of need, or if it is simply to put others first before your wants and needs. You will be rewarded for not conforming to this world. God bless all the veterans out there, not just today, but everyday!