What Is Your Strategy?

“And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.” (Josh. 7:2-5).

After winning a battle in which the victory is incomparable to any other as a result of how it occurred, we often feel as though we can take on the world. The mistake in this type of thinking is that it often influences our next set of actions, which often results in our failure.

It becomes imperative for us to consult God on everything we do because He alone knows what lies ahead of us. We cannot devise a strategy that will be successful enough if we walk into the situation blindly. The result will be an increase in loss, possibly resources…maybe even our own lives. All of this because we did not wait for the word from the Lord. If only we had waited…

Today’s Scriptural text discusses how Israel decided to proceed into another battle based upon the words of a few whose confidence was on the borderline of arrogance. The result: Israel lost the battle because they retreated when they were overtaken by the defenders of Ai. How does this relate to us in the contemporary context? We soon forget that it is God Who causes us to triumph in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14). God’s counsel means everything if we are going to live victoriously in His Kingdom.

We can never presume to know how to proceed with our planning for the next stages of life apart from consulting God for His strategy. God’s strategy will always include a means of provision of the essential resources to secure the victory. There is no second guessing because His way is always foolproof.

So what is your strategy for Kingdom Living? Will you seek the Lord’s counsel and follow it wholeheartedly? Or will you presume to know what is best and risk jeopardizing the safety of everyone involved? One thing is certain: we will not like the end result of going at it alone. Trust God to lead us into victory. The results will be long-lasting.

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The Divine Presence

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so…” (Josh. 5:13-15).

We are powerless to effect change in the events of history apart from the power of the Almighty God. The Bible teaches us that “…in Him we live, and move, and have our being…” (Acts 17:28). As a result, we rely heavily upon God to bring about the necessary scenarios which will allow us to mature into the spiritual warriors He is calling us to become. Because is this, we can never enter into a new situation with the hopes of being successful without the Divine Presence of God. Without Him, we can never know what we will face upon entering any environment. Without Him, we can never know and understand how to take dominion of the environment to assert the Kingdom agenda within it.

Our destiny and purpose are intricately tied to the need for the Divine Presence. We will never accomplish anything of significant and lasting importance without it. The key to being successful is cultivating and maintaining an intimate relationship with God. As we continue to develop, He reveals more of Himself in ways that are relevant to any situation. Therefore, once we unlock and open the door to invite God’s Divine Presence into our lives, everything will forever change.

The Benefits Of The Kingdom

Pearly gates of heaven opening to a high altitude sunrise between two layers of clouds in a landscape orientation

The benefits of the Kingdom cannot be accessed by just anyone. It must be understood that the benefits of the Kingdom are appropriated for Its citizens through the Blood of Jesus by God. As a result of answering the call to salvation through faith in Christ and His atoning work on the cross (Jn. 3:3, 16; 10:9; 14:6), we become recipients of life eternal and have been granted access to the keys of the Kingdom by which we become heirs to the promise to Abraham (Gal. 3:13, 14), as the Scriptures said:

“…and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed…” (Gen. 12:3),

and,

“…But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law , that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ…” (Gal. 4:4-7).

We must continue to study the Word of God in order to understand who we are and what belongs to us as citizens of the Kingdom…whether we receive it in this life or in the life to come. We cannot allow the enemy of our souls to deceive us into living beneath our Kingdom privilege because if God is our Heavenly Father, and Jesus the Christ is our Lord and Saviour…then everything that belongs to God becomes ours as we have been made not only children,

“…but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit Itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together…” (Rom. 8:15-17)…

#thinkonthesethings

His Testaments

 Today, I have the distinct honor of introducing to you…a very talented, young person who expresses herself through her gift of poetry and ministry of spoken word…please welcome…Amilia Osborne…better known as…“Born Again Believer”
The Gospel He preached,

The good news

Which I now speak

Jesus came

lived amongst His people, to lead and teach

through repentance He bled

repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand

It was all a part of God’s plan

For our lives to be changed by this perfect man

The gospel he preached, he said,

Feed- my – sheep

Every day I eat of the living word

that Jesus proudly instilled

meek and humble is what He lived

Not weakness

Never conforming to sin

Blessed are the meek

Blessed are the merciful

Blessed are the peace makers

Power in the name of the Lord

we represent Kingdom authority

steering away from carnality

to hydroplane on Faith lane

Just because judgement ain’t sudden

Doesn’t mean it ain’t coming

We know of His 2nd coming

Hold fast till I come

Abide in God

And He in you

Which is the New Birth. New Life

Convert the unbelievers with His light

Lay down your life

Crucify your flesh for Christ

If any man will come let him take up his cross daily to follow me

For correction, direction, and guidance

take heed what you hear

lend wisdom your ear

be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves

Just STOP…..and listen

Receive ye the Holy Spirit

Ask… Seek… Knock

This is our supreme love to you

Worship the father in Spirit and in truth

Our standards to lead

Jesus is our prime example in every way

I implore you to copy that

The reality is some questions cannot be answered on Google

Follow that which He speaks and commands thee

The testaments of His testaments of His life in the New Testament… 

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***Listen to the audio version by clicking on the link below***

http://yourlisten.com/BornAgainBelieverPoet/his-testaments-by-born-again-believer


Amilia, whose poetry name is “Born Again Believer”, is a native of the DC Metropolitan area. 

From a very young age, Amilia leisurely pursued books and poetry, and now they have morphed into spoken words outloud.

Although, she enjoyed and appreciated the art of poetry, it wasn’t until her mother, Lady Osborne-Elder, saw the gift God placed on the inside of her and encouraged her to write, did the words begin to take shape. She, now, takes every opportunity to use her poems in dedication to advocating Against Bullying and Child Sexual Abuse. Currently a student at Bowie State University, she will be receiving her psychology degree in May 2016. Furthermore, not only does she want to impact lives spiritually, Amilia also plans to go on to medical school and study cardiology. 

Amilia is encouraged by the scripture found in Mark 11:22 that says, “Have faith in God!”, and she has coined the phrase and encourages everyone she meets to “Make Everyday A Day of Faith!”


What Should I Wear Today?

what to wear

There has always been some tension about the subject of clothing in relation to holiness. Some will argue that what you wear does not make a person any more holy than what you do not wear. This, I would agree, is true. However, on the other side of the argument, others will argue that a practicing lifestyle of holiness will make an individual more mindful of the types of clothing that they wear. I am inclined to agree with this argument as well. Although the Bible does not provide any specific guidelines as to the manner of clothing to be worn by the believer, It does state in one place,

“…Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way…” (Rom. 14:13),

and in another place, It states,

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not…whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God…” (1 Cor. 10:23,31),

and

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost Which is in you, Which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s…” (1 Cor. 6:19,20).

The idea is that, as believers, we should “adorn ourselves in modest apparel” (1 Tim. 2:9). This does not mean that we should carry ourselves in an unkempt manner…after all, we are representing the King. But what it does mean is that we should be mindful enough to not wear anything that would lead another person (regardless of whether they are a believer or unbeliever) into an area that would weaken them and cause them to stumble and yield to the temptations of their flesh.

Our actions…every thing we do, every decision we make, every word we say…may not appear to be harmful on the surface, but it is the effects on the inside that can and does cause the most harm to an individual. Jesus admonishes us to

“…be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves…” (Mt. 10:16).

Paul later says,

“…walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…be renewed in the spirit of your mind…neither give place to the devil…see then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is…” (Eph. 4:17,18,23,27; 5:15,17).

James adds,

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him…” (1:5).

Although the Bible does not provide the Body of Christ with a long list of do’s and don’ts in relation to how we should dress, there are a few things to consider:

  • If we take into consideration that we are representing the King as His ambassadors to the unbelieving world, then we would take every precaution to not bring reproach upon His Kingdom through our clothing presentation, and
  • We would take into consideration that some of our brothers and sisters may be struggling in an area and our manner of dress may be the stumbling block that causes them to fall, and
  • We would consider whether our manner of dress is acceptable and pleasing to God.

As believers, we should always exercise good judgment beyond ourselves in consideration of the greater good of the Christian community. We should always have the best interests in mind as it relates to representing the Kingdom of God. Wisdom and discretion is in order when it comes to our manner of dress as we strive to live a lifestyle of holiness that is pleasing unto the Lord…#‎thinkonthesethings‬