Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
– Songs of Solomon 2:15 NIV
Today the Lord tarries his coming but there will be a day when the Lord tarries no more. We want to make sure that we are on guard. Guard our lives, our spirit, and our souls from destruction. The enemy can be so subtle when he tries to creep into your life. He’s a wretched snake with cunning ways. Oftentimes the devil knows you’re not stupid enough to do blatantly sin, so he uses small “foxes”. These small things can be thoughts that birth habits or relationships that lead to sprinkles of perversity to look for a door to your heart.
Sinful thoughts lead to sinful actions, sin gives birth to death. This is a gradual process. For example, rat poison is used to capture an unwanted rodent in a building. When the rat approaches the poison tablet it first sees it and probably thinks something like, “Yes, that looks great it’s exactly what I like, let me get a piece of this”. Then it bites into the tablet and it taste great , but there is something called anti-coagulant mixed in that depleted the vitamin k stored in the rodent’s system , other chemicals are also released to cause internal bleeding and the vitamin k causes the rodent blood not to clot, then it dies after one or two days.
This happens to humans when little foxes are allowed in the garden. Solomon insists on catching the little foxes before they spoil the sweet fruit that is blossoming. Let’s say we’ve given our life to Christ , we’ve decided that we want to live God’s way, we surrender the big things ,but we’re okay with just a “white lie”, just a little drink, just a little fornication, a little bad attitude . A little of this and that opens the door to that internal bleeding from the damage it does. An inner destruction can start with just a little. A cake batter’s substance is changed from just a little egg.
Today ask God to show you where there may be any small foxes in your life. Don’t allow the good fruit that is being developed in you to be spoiled by some wrong thinking and habits. We grow spiritually when we are rooted in good ground. We want to flourish and grow that become like a tree that constant bears good fruit. Renew your mind and choose to think what the Word of God says. What your mind thinks is what you will follow.
Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, open my eyes to see any small foxes in my life. I repent and turn away from anything that will hinder my spiritual growth. I place your Word as my first and finally authority. In Jesus name, Amen.
This is an excerpt from my latest book The Vine Devotions. Available for Purchase Here:http://ow.ly/KGqhX
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:5 NASB
I talk about dreams a lot because I consider myself a big dreamer. I think having a vision and dream is important, however there something more important than my personal dreams and that is God’s vision for his Kingdom. A kingdom mindset is a mindset that places the agenda of the kingdom he/she belongs to over personal agendas.
“You need a vision that is more important than your own life preservation.” – Dr. Myles Munroe
The kingdom of God is in Heaven. God is the ruler of the kingdom, God gave Jesus the keys and set him. When are born-again we are born into God’s Kingdom. We become part of the family of God. In every family has more than one person created to fulfill their role in the family so that things go smoothly and so that family with advance (become fruitful and multiply).
The real dream is expanding the Kingdom of God. When that is our hearts intent the supply is unlimited, because it all is for God and belongs to him anyway.
God’s Kingdom will stand forever:
“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever” – Daniel 2:44 ESV
I want to pose some important questions to you today,
- Are you kingdom minded?
- What happens if what you want for yourself is not best for the kingdom?
- Do you choose your own self-centered plans over God’s kingdom plan? Don’t you know it is written that whoever loses their life will find life and whoever tries to keep their life will lose it (Matthew 16:25).
- Are you willing to lay down your life to follow Christ, or do you just want the title? Or do you want what you think God can give you (the car, the house, the mate, riches)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:21 NIV
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” – Luke 19:10
Oh how I love saving grace of God. The love that pursues, the grace that forgives, the Word that transforms. A sign of true Love is the pursuit. Don’t get it twisted, God loves you and he’s chosen you to be his own. God is a head over heels lover. He loves hard. He knew in order to win your heart he would have to make a move and pursue you with his Love.
Love will seek the lost at any cost. Even when you reject him he’s still there, ready and available to hear your prayer. He’s ready to save you. Jesus Christ is waiting for your heart to be available, your arms to be open to embrace his Love and hands ready to receive his leading and guidance.
You no longer have to be lost and confused the Holy Spirit is here to guide you. Start this with a fresh breathe of grace. Be happy about the simple fact that you are alive in Christ because he came to save you.
God’s will is that all men come to the knowledge of Christ. He does not want a single soul to be lost, but it’s up to us to choose him. We can know about God, we can hear about Jesus, we can hear about Love, but until we say yes to our pursuer (God) we continue to be lost like a sheep without a Shepard. It’s kind of like going to the mall to catch a sale at Macy’s. We can hear about the sale on the radio, see coupons in the sale paper, even show up to the mall, but if we just wonder around the mall being distracted or enamored with other things we miss the sale. We lose out. We are lost…until we are actually inside of Macys partaking of the sale. Today choose if you’re going to abide in Jesus and straight forward decide to accept the salvation truly …FULLY. Don’t just hang around Jesus (or Macy’s in this case) but never make it in to partake of his goodness.
Today’s Prayer: Lord, I pray that you will remove every distraction that would cause me to resist your Love for me. I thank you for sending Jesus Christ to bridge the gap between you and I. Today I want to focus on you like never before. I pray that your Love overtake me so that my life can never be the same again, In Jesus name, Amen.
This is an excerpt from my latest book The Vine Devotions. Available for Purchase Here: http://ow.ly/KGqhX
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
– Galatians 5:22
In Washington, DC every year the Washingtonians look forward to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival celebrates the arrival of the spring season. Flowering cherries grow rapidly and when they bloom it is pretty fascinating to watch. All they need is sun and well-drained soil to mature. The yoshino cherry blossom can grow a whole three feet in just one year.
When we have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ we are bound to produce fruit, because he is constantly working in us to cultivate growth. Intimacy with Jesus is like being placed in that well drained soil that nourishes the cherry blossom. The sun is like his presence that radiates through every fiber of the being. A healthy cherry blossom grows. A person with healthy relationship with Jesus also grows when they are rooted in his word.
Are you in the same place spiritually that you were 6 months ago? Or have you noticed sprouts of growth. We never arrive on the vine. We continue to grow and be pruned. When spring season comes it is joyous, because even those around you can tell there is something different about you. You’ve matured in an unimaginable way.
It’s God’s will for you to be fruitful. Putting the kingdom of God as first priority in your life will cause you grow in the fruits of the spirit. Your Love for God, his word, yourself and others will grow and multiply. Your joy will grow and be contagious. Your peace will grow because your trust deepens. Your kindness will grow because you are grateful and more considerate as you see God’s hand of mercy in your life. Your goodness will grow as you imitate your father. Your faithfulness will grow as you see that he is faithful.
John 15:16 lets us know that “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” Part of being on the vine, in intimate relationship with Christ, is answered prayer. When he knows that his word is in you and you truly have a heart like his, he says he will give you what you are asking for according to his will. His will is his word. Praying the word of God is key to answered prayer. Another key is having the word flood your heart. King Solomon was man after God’s own heart. God allowed him to ask for anything he wanted and he asked for wisdom, when God saw that he didn’t ask for wealth in honor he gave him beyond what had asked or imagined because he was not carnally minded.
His grace is what allows your fruit to grow and multiply just like it says in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen”.
Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you will grow me up in the things of God. Cause me bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Cultivate my heart and my mind that I may be a fruitful vine and multiply as you have promised. In Jesus name, Amen.
I want to encourage every single person who is reading this to push forward. Don’t be afraid to do THAT THING God is nudging you to do. There is a profound reason he designed YOU to do it. Don’t look at your past and think you are disqualified because you are not. Write the Book. Record the Song. Start the Business. Push forward with tenacity and boldness.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” – Philippians 3:13 NIV
When you step out in faith (not really know all the steps, not really knowing what the journey will be like, not having evidence of success, not having all the resources in sight) God will meet you where you are. When GOD gives you a vision in alignment with his will, purposes, and intentions he provides what you will need. Jesus needs your cooperation. Give him something to work with. In the bible he took the loaves of bread they had and made it multiply. He used what they already and were willing to give.
Use your FAITH. Faith is a strong force. Faith is stronger and more powerful than an airplane that lifts people from the ground and flies them to another country. Faith is stronger than 1,000 men lifting 1,000 pounds. Faith is a spiritual/divine force that grabs things from the unseen eternal realm and brings them here on earth (Hebrews 11:1). When you pray and you believe you have received what you pray for you have it (it’s in alignment with God’s word and doesn’t violate his principles or commands) (Mark 11:24). So, do it. Take the step of FAITH.
When you begin to walk by faith, you get more faith. Faith is like a muscle that grows when it’s worked out. Build. Elevate. Grow. Don’t be intimidated by what you see, and don’t compare your gift to the gifts of others. You may think that God only uses a special select few, but this is not true. He wants to use you, are you will to be his vessel? You are unique. Your assignment in the earth is unique and there are people waiting to hear from you. Someone’s deliverance is dependent on your faith. Launch out into the deep for a great catch that you could have never imaged existed (Luke 5:4). God has the ability to ACCELERATE the things you put your hands to.
1.Take Action. Do what you already know to do. Do you need a website? Do you need a camera? Do what is in your natural ability to do. Miracles are for seemingly impossible things that only God can do. What are the first 3 things you need to do to get started? Write them now and plan to do one each day over the next 3 days.
James 2:17 NIV – In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
2. Pray for divine strategy and direction. Ask God to show you where to let down your net. Psalm 16:11 – You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever
Luke 5:4 – When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
3. Get a mentor or advice from someone who has been where you are going.
Proverbs 11:14 ERV- Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16
Is there a standard of holiness in your life? Have you ever taken the time think about your standards for daily living? In the Body Christ the word “holy” can be thrown around a lot. There are “holiness” denomination of churches or people me shout and dance or dress in a way they consider Holy. We know what third of the trinity is named the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard people say “you think you are holier than thou” or “I’m not a Holy Roller”, but this is unbiblical. God said we are to be Holy like him. Holiness is a product of grace. Holiness is the act of being set apart from the rest of the world. In the Bible the word holy is associated with describing Jesus and God. The word holy is associated with one that lives at peace with all men. The word holy is used describe being cleansed from anything filthy and unclean to be pure and upright. In Leviticus 19:2 it says, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” In my home growing up my parents set a standard that I am to go to bed by 9pm every night. Many schools have a standard to earn the grade of a C or above to maintain good standing. Your job has a standard for you to arrive to work on time each day at a certain time, let’s say 9am. That’s standard time for first shift work schedules. Many women in their twenties begin to establish standards for the types of men they want to engage. But do we have a standards of holiness for our lives. We are in need of establishing the standard of holiness in our lives. As a lady you may say that you won’t marry man without a prestigious job, a high salary or degree, tall in height, he has to talk to you in a way that makes you feel like the only girl in the world, etc. If he doesn’t call you first you won’t call him, but for the rest of your life there are no guidelines or boundaries for what you will say or do. We don’t see anything wrong with the things God hates, but we are quick to comply with societal rules and ideologies. It’s not okay to go everywhere, listen to lusty music, watch pornography and live in fornication or greed. I’m asking you to today to think about your standards for life. What are you entertain yourself with? What do you watch on TV? How do you lead your life, is it Holy as the Lord is Holy. We abide by the regulations of our job so we won’t get fired, so don’t give God your sloppy seconds. Purify yourself by obeying the truth. Holiness is God’s standard and it’s the greatest prosperity you can experience. Pursue holiness and you will find yourself in the will of God. Aim to live a life set apart with Jesus as your example.
Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please show me where I pay be lacking holy standards. I desire to live a life that is Holy and acceptable to you. Show me any mindsets I need to eliminate to think like you do. In Jesus name, Amen. This is an excerpt from my latest book The Vine Devotions. Available for Purchase Here: http://ow.ly/KGqhX
So, recently I went on short road trip to Myrtle Beach. I personally love to travel. Being in new environments, seeing new places, experiencing culture is something I enjoy, it soothes my soul. On my trip to Myrtle Beach I walked around the Broadway on the Beach shopping area and I ate at a restaurant with all you can eat crab legs (delish). When we headed back on the road o tog home the ride is approximately 2 hours. Since I ate ALL I COULD EAT at the restaurant was pretty full when I got in the car to dive home. However, riding in the car can be plain boring, un-engaging, because the only thinking you can do is look straight ahead and keep your foot on the gas until you reach your destination. I noticed that I started to snack on some Girl Scout cookies I had in the car, just to help pass time. It helped me deal with my last of engagement while driving. Then I received a greater revelation about lack of engagement. Oftentimes myself and I’m sure many others over eat, because they aren’t engaged.
According to wikihow, “Boredom is more than not having anything to do. In fact, people feel bored when they want stimulation but can’t connect to what’s around them. Boredom is that feeling of dissatisfaction that comes when you can’t engage with yourself or your environment”. (Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Eating-When-You’re-Bored)
Engagement is a healthy thing. It’s worst to be somewhere with something to do and still not be engaged or connected.
- Work on your passion everyday
- Take a genuine interest in others.
- Turn off the social media and live in the real world. Have limits, check your messages once or twice a day.
- Speak to God throughout the day, don’t block prayer off as something you do in the morning, before eating or before bed. God is just like you and me, he has emotions. Try including God in decisions. Engage the Holy Spirit, he is on the inside of you. You will be more sensitive to the spiritual realm around you when you are in constant communion with the Holy Spirit. A great book on this is “Practicing God’ Presence 24/7″ : www.amazon.com/Practicing-Gods-Presence-24-7/dp/1624192394