Covenant of Faith

God set forth an impossible undertaking when He challenged my capabilities to be the best at something I never imagined possible. But then it occurred to me – how many others seem to be on a quest for Jesus? They do not realize the disillusionment of the deserts.

I often wonder how some people got started in life. What made them so great in their lifetime? For example, Nicodemus in the Book of John became a legend in the Jewish community as a ruler and teacher of Israel. Then there was an Indian lawyer called Ghandi, and a lady named Mother Teresa. Closer to home was a little boy called Billy, who took his Bible to school every day. He was such an avid reader, and he never gave up his desire to serve the Lord.

But many others are true to their heart, and they never waver from God’s ministry. In my personal life, it’s a profound feeling of a great success to serve the Almighty. It comes with abounding rewards and grace. Now I should ask, where is the Holy Spirit in your life?

It could be too easy to stop my ministry of writing. I’d load the kayaks in the back of my pickup truck and head to the lake. Not a bad idea, but God puts His trust in me to bring others to His kingdom. My reward for faithfulness? I am so blessed in every waking moment. I’m sure my words may confuse you, but my closest friends and family know my priority is to serve the Father.

Too many believers “toe the line” in their commitment to serve our Lord. They pray for answers but give up when there’s no immediate response. Sometimes we look for answers within this world only to discover God is already working on our healing.

If you want to see faith at work, then don’t look at a three-piece suit parading up on a stage, shaking a Bible at our Almighty. That’s blasphemy – no! Let’s examine the heartbreaking scenes of the Bahamas. A mother stood in a bathroom with her three children praying to God for help in the disastrous times of Dorian. Do you think God didn’t hear her heart? (See the video below) Prayer is the only ammunition to combat evil.

https://youtu.be/SOHeYhT0LPw

With the mighty force of just one young mother, who guarded her three children in a bathroom, she brought together the strength of nations, ready to oblige her mission. What a world we could live in if we understood the destitution of our mental thoughts! Hopefully, many received the message for it was a great example of God working through His people.

God challenges us to be successful in His glory if we stay in prayer and never give up hope. Do not render your patience. As we kayak in God’s calm waters, do not evade the fact the calm waters are His too. He wants everyone to be successful and filled with hope. We shall armor ourselves in the covenant of faith for God ordained it to be ours.

God bless you, my friends, and all the survivors of Hurricane Dorian.


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Serving God’s Purpose

I hated to see my leftover coffee go to waste, so I sipped on it and waited on the Lord to give me this message for today. You see, God awoke me in the middle of the night, many years ago, and asked me to serve Him. I still do not understand His reason, but I’m glad He did; I rejoice and am honored to witness His good works every single day. However, few Christians know how to serve God’s purpose in their life. Have you ever questioned this thought?

Serving the Lord isn’t about us receiving attention or glory; it is for Him to receive praise. So, I start my day with an early morning prayer. I give thanks for my many blessings, and I ask Him to reveal His intentions of how could I serve Him. Am I to be His voice calling His chosen people, or am I to be a pillar to support His kingdom?

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In your case, ask God to show you how to change other people’s lives to be a witness to His love. Perhaps involve yourself in an outreach community or work at the church. Whatever calling you choose, it should not be something you do at certain times, but a passion every single moment of the day. If God is not changing sinners into Christians, then how can He be glorified by the seeds we should plant? Serving God’s purpose is changing the lives of others who will witness His love and grace through your deeds. Share the good news about Jesus’ forgiveness of sin. How do you do this on a nine-to-five schedule, in your dead-end position?

Is Your Job a Dead-End Position?

Are you unfulfilled in your current job? Maybe it’s boring, you’re overworked and underpaid, not to mention unnoticed for a job well done. A desire for a meaningful existence just doesn’t apply to you. The Bible teaches that finding our purpose in anything other than the Lord will always leave us empty. If we can’t make a difference, what is the purpose? I’m sure your next response will be, “But I have bills to pay and a roof to put over my head.” Many job openings abound which better serves the Lord, and they will, in turn, pay your debts. Pray for God to show you the way.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

 

A Personal Story of Inspiration

Allow me to share a personal story with you, which will explain how God works, helping us to serve His purpose. Before my wife and I reunited and married, she lived in Virginia, single, for over thirty years. Her occupational field of expertise was in the accounting genre, and her pay scale was in the top echelon of her field. She burned out crunching numbers and often prayed something newer and better would come her way. In 2005, she accepted an opportunity to do mission work for the International Board of Southern Baptist Convention in Africa. When she returned from her outreach work, she was eager to continue spreading the word of God. She applied and was accepted to work for the Peace Corps, but she turned it down for lack of security in her designated country.

Now confused and floundering, perhaps moving to a different area was her answer, so in 2007 she purchased a home in Tampa. Within weeks of moving to Florida, she walked into a publisher’s office and landed another high-paying job. What did she know about the publishing field, and how did this serve the Lord? Was this another mistake? To make a long story short, the company eventually folded, and she moved back to Virginia, where she took a job for a non-profit Catholic organization running the finances. Once again, another mistake.

When my wife and I reconnected with each other in 2016, she told me how she was praying God would find her a job serving Him. She spoke of going back into missionary work, but I wasn’t letting her get away from me this time. Within days of moving to Arkansas with me, she suggested we begin a blog and website which served the Lord, and the rest is history. She is now my Editor and marketing guru. How ironic God placed her in a publishing company in Florida only to gain the experience for our award-winning book! Today, we both serve God’s purpose; our messages go further than any missionary work she could ever perform around in the world. Amen!

Rejoice, for You are Chosen!

Our almighty God comforts us and gives us the conveniences of life if we remain dedicated in prayer. When we least expect it, He will drop that job in our lap serving His purpose. Just keep your eyes and ears open and pray for the discernment. Is it the one God is offering to better serve His name? The richness you will receive may not be monetary but one of spiritual peace knowing you are serving God’s purpose.

Rejoice, for you are chosen to serve the Lord! How do I know this? You are a Christian who just took the first step of reading this blog… His message to you!



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Are You Complete or Are You Whole?

I spent a few days on social media corresponding with another writer and speaker who produces positive energy literature – all without God in his soul. The more he spoke of God’s non-existence, the more I and a few others could tell he needed a lot of help. As most narcissists do, he attracts the weak; but I wonder how his audience can greet an entity with no God-centered parts? He claims he read the Bible, the Quran, and everything in between, and miracles just do not exist. This is a man who thinks he’s complete yet little does he know he has the world by the short strings.

Perhaps uncertainty plagued his intellectual analyzations because he asked me for five examples of miracles I’ve witnessed in my life. Naturally, I was the wrong person to have the conversation with so I shared my elementary religion basics. My rhetorical challenge to him after he claimed my examples proved nothing was, “YOU prove there is no God.” After all, something cannot bring itself into existence. So, what is it which makes him feel as though he is complete?

As so many of us search to fill a void, however small, the question to address is, “Are you complete or are you whole in life?” Did you know there is a difference? Let me give you the Miriam Webster Dictionary meaning of complete. It means having all the necessary or appropriate parts. Therefore, a state of being complete is having the sacred parts to develop a covenant relationship with God. It prepares us to do His works. We remain focused on His Word and commandments as written in the Bible. We are not whole at this particular point because we have not yet filled His missions.

Many people, such as this gentleman whom I spoke of above, declare themselves complete but in reality are far from it. They are wrapped up in the sin of financial glory, self-servant to the world, claiming to be a free spirit, and/or living their time as though they won the lottery. Their status may claim big homes, fancy transportation, toys for all occasions, the finest apparel, and maybe maids to clean up their mess. If these more exceptional things in life are accompanied by serving the Lord with your goods, then you are, in fact, complete.

The condition of being whole is another story. Webster Dictionary defines whole as all of; the condition of being sound in body; a state of being without restriction, exception, or qualification. He, who is whole, is filled with The Holy Spirit of the Lord. Prayer, not a pocketbook, blesses us with gifts and treasures on earth. Wholeness comes by living virtually sin free, with no exceptions, serving only God, and fully obtainable only when your body is in heaven. Material possessions have little significance.

My message is God will allow you to live and die, if you wish, without the spirit of holiness, but you may not be happy with the end results. It’s comparable to being underinsured at the scene of an accident. It will be too late to renegotiate with Him. Being complete when you leave home doesn’t make you whole and connected one-on-one with God. There’s a big difference!

So are you complete or are you whole? Is being complete enough for you? Know God, the Father of all things, will make us whole one day if we establish an everlasting relationship with Him today. As for me, just being complete is not adequate and I pray it won’t be for you either. Start reading your Bible, pray incessantly, and praise His name for your salvation; all things are possible through Jesus Christ, our Lord – even miracles!

God bless!