Pastor Dwayne Freeman, Assistant Pastor at my church, puts it best when he says “It’s not what you think you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not!” …If that ain’tthe truth!Well, I don’t know about you but I fight thoughts of intimidation and defeatEVERY DAY!! Every attack set up against me, I’ve fought face on. I’m not a coward. I’m not weak. I have on the full armor of God that protects me even when I’m being beat to a pulp. I’ve had some things transpire over the past few months that could have sent me over! Real talk! The natural part of me was near defeat, but the spiritual part of me had my back. When all my strength seemed to be gone, I prayed in the spirit and bounced back with even more vengeance and more determination to protect myself and most importantly my sanity! Continue reading
Just this past week, I was having a discussion with someone about the value of church. This time I decided to do more listening than talking and I can say I was very intrigued by the points that were made. I wholeheartedly agreed with most of them, though it did not deter me from my belief that church is essential to those who desire to operate in the things of God.
The discussion was about why people attend church for years and never move on the faith that they claim to hold so dear to them. How can people be under a Word for so many years and continue to live unsatisfied with where they are in life? If you truly believe that faith is both acting and believing… why are so many of them not doing either? I went on to explain that though it may not look like they are where they should be, you have no idea how far they’ve come. One also cannot neglect the importance of free will. I don’t care how many checks people hand you, if you never cash them or make a deposit at the bank, they’re just slips of paper. The lack of action on your part doesn’t affect the value of the checks, you just won’t reap the benefit until you do your part. I could go on about the conversation but I’d rather bring light to an article that I read just a few days after that put a lot of things into perspective. God is truly always there to reaffirm what we believe, even when we least expect it.
The article comes from Essence.com by Paul Carrick Brunson, whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet. He is true example of stepping out on faith and seeing things come to pass that far outweighed the scope of his imagination. Check out his “9 Ways to Keep Believing:” Continue reading