10 Things I Love / Hate (Thanks e…lol !!!)

So I was nominated by my good friend, e, to participate in this challenge wherein I have to list 10 things I love and 10 things I hate. This should be easy…here goes…

10 Things I Love…

  1. I love God
  2. I love my family
  3. I love music
  4. I love reading
  5. I love writing
  6. I love coffee (even though I lost a bet and can no longer drink it😢)
  7. I love the beach
  8. I love cookies
  9. I love coffee (I think I said this already)
  10. I love how e suckered me into this challenge

10 Things I Hate…

  1. I hate not being able to drink coffee anymore 
  2. I hate not living close to a REAL beach anymore
  3. I hate dealing with nosy people
  4. I hate hearing about parents not knowing how to deal with their children
  5. I hate to see unhappy babies
  6. I hate bad singing
  7. I hate bad music
  8. I hate bad food
  9. I hate bad movies
  10. I hate bad books

And an extra I hate…

I hate hate…

So there you have it…10 and 10

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God’s Counsel

 
We have so many options available to us in our lives that decisions are often difficult to make. For this reason, we must continuously seek God for wisdom to avoid making the wrong decisions and end up with a lifetime filled with regrets. God’s counsel is foolproof…even the youngest of children are able to benefit from activating their faith and implementing it…#‎thinkonthesethings‬

Moving Forward

  

In this post, I will be sharing a little bit of where I am at this juncture in life. Since beginning to post these little reflections, first on Facebook, and now here on our website, the content that has been posted stemmed from my personal devotions from the Books of Genesis and Exodus. Imagine that! Almost one complete year to go through two books and I am quite certain that I never really scratched the surface of what can be found within those writings. Having concluded with the book of Exodus today, I will be moving forward into the Book of Leviticus and will be there for however long it takes to complete it. One thing I have learned in these studies (or should I say relearned) is that you cannot rush the process. Everything has its own set time and will move according to that set time, regardless of how much we attempt and fail to coerce it to move at a faster pace. We have to learn how to relinquish our desire to control certain aspects of life of which we were never meant to control. Having said that, I welcome you to continue moving forward with me in my journey of studying the Word and growing in my passion for God…#thinkonthesethings

Every Little Detail Matters

tabernacle-tentExodus 36:8 – 40:33 teaches us a very important lesson for life as children of the Most High. Within the parameters of these verses, we observe the making of the Tabernacle and all of the essential pieces that were to be used in the service of the sanctuary. Previously, God had given wisdom, knowledge, understanding of the task at hand and the ability to both do and teach others how to accomplish the work to Bezaleel and Aholiab (Ex. 35:30 – 36:4).

Now the work was being completed. The workers placed great effort into ensuring that every intricate detail, that had been communicated to them, was being followed with great attention. There was no margin for error because this was the place that God had chosen to dwell in among the people of Israel. This was a foreshadow of the things to come, and therefore, had a greater meaning than what lie above the surface (Heb. 9).

Tabernacle-GloryWhat does this teach us about life as God’s children? It teaches us that if we are considered to be the temple (dwelling place) of the Holy Spirit:

1) He lives within us as the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle upon its completion, and 2) the same care and value that was placed in constructing the tabernacle and its components is placed upon our lives when God is reconstructing our lives (1 Cor. 3:6-17; 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1).

God cares about every little intricate detail of our lives so much that He offers to lead us and guide us into all truth (Jn. 16:13). Why? He does this in order to ensure that our lives have been and are being prepared continuously as a dwelling place for Him wherein He can meet with us upon the mercy seat of our hearts at any time and in any location. God wants to be an integral part of our everyday life so much that He makes us vessels for Himself to be able to interact with us on an individual and collective basis. He placed such a high premium upon our lives that He gave us His Son to redeem us and His Holy Spirit to reconstruct and keep us!

In the end, when we are tempted to feel despondent about the way our lives are going, we can take refuge in knowing that every little detail of our lives matter to God. He has invested so much into securing our salvation and perfection that no monetary value can be placed upon us. Because God cares this much for us…every little detail matters…#‎thinkonthesethings‬

Lord, Prepare Me To Be Your Sanctuary

worship-guide-05222011-28-728In Exodus 35:30-36:4, the Bible teaches us a very important lesson about engaging in the work of the Lord. Many people hear something from someone and rush into busyness…all in the name of Kingdom work. But was what they heard spoken by the mouth of God? Many people conjure up good ideas with good intentions. But was it a plan devised within their hearts by the Counsel of the Godhead?

commitOftentimes, our zeal for the work of the Lord overshadows our ability to stand fast and wait for the Lord to actually speak to us. While we are waiting for the Lord to communicate His plan for us to us, we should remain in a posture of preparation through daily prayer and seeking the face of God for His direction. When the fullness of time comes, God will reveal what He desires for us to do and will provide the means with which to complete the task.

Book_of_Exodus_Chapter_29-1_(Bible_Illustrations_by_Sweet_Media)Exodus 35:30 – 36:4 provides us with the formula for success in Kingdom building:

“And Moses said unto the children of Israel, ‘See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel…and He (God) hath filled him (Bezaleel) with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship…and He (God) hath put in his (Bezaleel) heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab…Them (Bezaleel and Aholiab) hath He (God) fille with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work…Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary…”

new spiritWhat does this mean for us in our contemporary context? It means that whenever GOD calls us to do a work for the Kingdom, HE has to equip us with the gifts needed to accomplish the task in the manner that HE has instructed us to do. God will provide everything that is necessary “…to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary…” God will give us the wisdom, the knowledge, the understanding of how to complete the task. But God’s provision does not end there. God will also give us the ability to teach and instruct others in the manner of workmanship for the service of the sanctuary.

His Kingdom will come only when we have completed the work of the Kingdom. We can only complete the work of the Kingdom after we have been filled with God’s Spirit in order to accomplish each task. Our prayer and the cry of our hearts should be, “Lord, prepare our hearts in order for Your Holy Spirit to fill us for the work of the service of Your sanctuary! Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary!” #‎thinkonthesethings‬

Life From God’s Perspective

 

Seasons change…and with those seasonal changes come a new opportunity to view life from God’s perspective. Within those seasonal changes, old relationships phase out and new ones are filtered in. All because of a change in our perspective. Sin has cause us to see life through a shattered lens, and as a result, nothing is ever the way we perceive it. Sin has caused our perception to become twisted to the point wherein we are no longer able to see things the way God sees them. When we no longer are able to view life through God’s eyes, we are destined for danger.

 When we view things from God’s perspective, we are able to approach life with confidence in knowing that the roads ahead are safe because He would never lead us into a dangerous place. Our vision would allow us to be bold. We are able to take on the challenges of the day and walk away in victory…all because we were able to see things from God’s vantage point.

Provision…Protection…Providence…We do not have to look very far because God is nigh unto us. Even in the midst of all of life’s changes…God will always be there…Seasons change…God never does…People come and go…God will be there until the very end…

In the end, temporary people and things do not matter because God will always have the final say in the matters of our lives. Although they have the ability to influence some things and events in our lives, they do not have the ability to influence the overall outcome of it all…#‎thinkonthesethings‬

To Live Or Not To Live

 We have been given an opportunity to become a great asset to the Kingdom. Sometimes our lifestyles have a way of tarnishing the witness and testimony we carry. If our actual lifestyles do not parallel the lifestyles we profess, then others will take notice as well. It does not take a super-spiritual person to be able to observe the shortcomings of the professing believer. Oftentimes, they are able to identify the “glitch” before other believers. We tend to shortchange the unbeliever by not giving credit where credit is due. Many of the unbelieving population have a better idea of who the Bible says we are to be than the actual believing Body of Christ can claim to possess. This is a problem.

 

How do we resolve this long-standing problem? Is this because we have forgotten what it means to be Christ-like? Have we no understanding of who we are supposed to be in the eyes of humanity and before the eyes of God? Reproach is the word that comes to mind when considering that we know how to do better, but we choose to do otherwise. When we speak and respond, even when we think, we must ask ourselves whether we are emulating Christ before an unbelieving world. If not, maybe we need to reboot and return to the beginning again after assessing ourselves.

 

Kingdom living requires a separation away from the former things. It does not happen overnight, but if it is indeed a desire, then God will provide us with the grace we need in order to assure that we attain the goal…#‎thinkonthesethings‬