Ode to Haiti
Isaiah 62 English Standard Version (ESV)
For Haiti's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Haiti's sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
6 On your walls, O Haiti
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the Lord in remembrance,
take no rest,
7 and give him no rest
until he establishes Haiti
and makes it a praise in the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
"I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink your wine
for which you have labored;
9 but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in the courts of my sanctuary."
10 Go through, go through the gates;
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway;
clear it of stones;
lift up a signal over the peoples.
11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to the daughter of Zion,
"Behold, your salvation comes;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him."
12 And they shall be called The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
and you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.
Ode à Ayiti
Ezayi 62 Haitian Creole Version (HCV)
62 ¶ Jan m' renmen peyi Ayiti sa a! Se pou m' pale. Jan m' renmen peyi Ayiti sa a, mwen p'ap pran kanpo, jouk delivrans li va parèt tankou limyè solèy k'ap leve, tankou flanbo k'ap klere nan fènwa.
2 Ayiti, tout nasyon yo va wè delivrans ou. Tout wa yo pral wè pouvwa ou. Y'a ba ou yon lòt non, non Seyè a menm va chwazi pou ou a.
3 W'a tankou yon bèl kouwòn nan men Seyè a, tankou yon bèl foula nan men Bondye ou la.
4 Yo p'ap rele ou ti mepriz ankò. Yo p'ap konsidere peyi ou la tankou yon madanm mari l' kite l'. Y'a rele ou Kè kontan pou Bondye. Y'a rele peyi ou la Bèl madan marye. Paske ou fè Seyè a plezi, l'ap tankou yon mari pou peyi ou la.
5 Menm jan yon jenn gason marye ak yon jenn fi, Seyè a pral marye avè ou. Menm jan yon nonm marye kontan madanm li, Bondye ou la pral kontan ou
6 ¶ Jerizalèm, mwen mete gad ap fè pòs sou miray ou yo. Lajounen kou lannwit, se pou yo pale. Se pou yo fè Seyè a chonje pwomès li te fè ou yo, pou li pa janm bliye ou.
7 Se pou yo kenbe l' kout jouk l'a fè peyi Ayiti kanpe ankò, pou toupatou sou latè y'a fè lwanj pou li.
8 Seyè a fè sèman, l'ap kenbe l' avèk fòs ponyèt li. -Mwen p'ap lage farin ble nou an nan men lènmi nou yo pou yo manje l'. Mwen p'ap kite moun lòt nasyon yo bwè diven nou te fatige kò nou fè ak kouraj nou.
9 Men, nou menm ki te ranmase rekòt grenn yo, se nou ki va manje yo, lèfini n'a fè lwanj Seyè a. Se nou menm ki va bwè diven nan lakou kay ki apa pou Bondye a.
10 ¶ Nou menm moun peyi Ayiti, pase nan pòtay la, soti nan lavil la. Al pare wout la pou pèp la tounen. Ranbleye! Wete wòch sou tout wout la! Leve drapo a, fè tout nasyon yo siyon!
11 Seyè a pral fè tout latè a konnen nouvèl la: -Di moun peyi ki sou mòn Ayiti yo: Men moun ki delivre nou an ap vini. L'ap mennen moun li sove yo avè l'. Y'ap mache devan l'. Se rekonpans li, se rezilta travay li.
12 Y'a rele nou pèp ki apa pou Bondye a, pèp Bondye delivre a. Y'a rele peyi Ayiti peyi Bondye renmen an, peyi Bondye p'ap janm lage a.
2 Corinthians 12:19
There are many false gospels out there and all of these gospels stem from the fact that people want to hear what they want to hear. So, then most preachers give the people what they want to hear.
Who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
And to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.
Meanwhile there are the few who give the people what they need to hear.
The top major false gospels in history that have plagued the church are the salvation by works gospel and the prosperity gospel. But the false gospel that I want to speak of is the deliverance gospel. This gospel teaches that Jesus wants to deliver us out of any difficult situation that we are in.
The truth is that while it is certain that the Lord is able to deliver us out of any situation, it is not always that He wills to do so. The only exception is when it comes to sin. The Lord always wills to deliver us from sin and from the evil one
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
In continuation, in 2 Corinthians 12, we see a case in which the Apostle Paul prays again and again for the Lord to deliver him of a difficulty. The Lord answers, "No." The Lord explains to Paul that instead of delivering him from the difficulty, He will give Paul the grace, the strength, the power, to endure the difficulty.
Why would God do this? Well, because He uses difficulties to form our characters so that we can be more like Him. In the end, the Lord's ultimate goal is not for us to be comfortable on this earth, which is to fade away, but instead for us to be holy and prepared for the heaven to come.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, [a]more than I?
What can we ever enjoy apart from Jesus? He is the source of fulfillment. When we have Him in us, and live by Him, no matter what gains we may possess, we will be content, understanding that because we have Him, we already have everything, and He will never leave us to be destitute.
If we do not have Him, no matter what we have, we will never be satisfied. We can that we will be satisfied when we have this or that, but once acquired, they will seem still too little.
Furthermore, in Him, whatever it is that we do, we can do it with joy. Whether it is ...
To be Holy as He is holy.
To love and care for ourselves.
To be a loving and faithful husband or wife.
To be an unselfish father or mother.
To be a doting son or daughter or sibling.
To be a loyal friend.
To be a good citizen.
To be a diligent worker according to the will of God.
To be an anointed minister.
Whatever it may be, let us do it with joy.
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
A person unjustly raging at you is more about them than about you.
If a person...
Tells you lies, tell them the truth. Is two-faced with you, be sincere with them.
Makes you cry, make them laugh.
Allows you to be hurt, protect them. Betrays you, be loyal to them.
Says evil things about you, pray good things for them.
Greets you with anger, greet them with joy. Pushes you to the side, embrace them.
Is jealous of what you have, be glad for what they have. Competes with you, let them win.
Is hostile towards you, be at peace with them.
Whatever evil that they do against you, do the opposite towards them. For their wrong comes from a broken heart and your right will serve as a witness to our loving Lord, Jesus Christ, who can
Yet, as I shared about two weeks ago, some people chose to never change. Therefore, no matter how they respond to your love, keep on loving. For in that case, it is more about you than it is about them.
Isaiah 66:9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord.“Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.
Morning to night, you worked the fields. With hands gently swaying, you sowed your seed. You took up your scythe and tore out the weeds.
You were bent down with your head down. Now, the sweat of your labor drips under that victor's crown. You're leaving the heat to wait for that seasonal rain to drown.
To drown in those blessings. Appointed blessings.
Jesus is about to riot. Do you see it now?
So, say: "Devil, get out of my way. Demons, get out my way. Haters, get out of my way. This day is going be my day, forever!" What?!
Jesus is about to do something new. It's not story telling; it's all true.
A road and rivers. He will make a road and rivers.
Isiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Fun Fact #1: Some people take a long time to change.
So, instead of seething on the inside, waiting for them to be more like Christ, we must pray in our hearts and ask for the Lord to bless us to be more like Christ and have patience.
I know the frustration that Peter felt (Matthew 18:21). How many times can a person do something, say sorry and then do it again?
But let us always remember what we have put the Lord through and how much He has forgiven. Amen.
Fun Fact #2: Some people will never change.
Breath in, breath out, let it go and move on with life.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
There is one thing that God CANNOT. He cannot sin. He cannot lie.
“And so it was that she haven waited so long and endured patiently realized and obtained what God had promised.”
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
“She who kneels before God and stand before anyone.”
And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
And He came down as fire. Transcending fire. For, Moses saw a bush on fire, yet the bush was not burning. The fire was intangible, moving through the crevices of the wooden branches as air. That fire was like a superhero walking through a wall without having to take time to work and tear it down.
Well, the Lord Almighty is GOD, greater than a superhero. And He is real. The Lord does not have to take time to work and tear down. He can just move as air to set off the series of events needed for the fulfillment of our deliverances. He does not have to take 40 years, He can take just 11 days.
Just as He could have taken only 11 days to lead the Israelites into Canaan from Horeb through Mount Seir instead of causing them to wonder around in the desert for 40 years (Deuteronomy 1:2; 2:1).
The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
This is a very powerful Bible verse that speaks so much truth and depth. Even the first phrase or the second phrase by themselves have so much to teach.
I want to focus on the second phrase for this week. "Whoever trust in the Lord shall be safe."
I do not believe that the case is that when we do not trust in the Lord He gives us over to whatever situation we are facing. No, not at all.
Instead, I believe that it is saying that when we go and take refuge in the Lord because we acknowledge that only He is all-powerful and all-loving enough to be able to and to want to protect us from whatever we are facing, we are safe.
BUT when we do not trust in the Lord, WE give ourselves over to whatever situation is plaguing us. For, when we could have been strengthened in the presence and protected under the arms of the Most High, we chose to remain unguarded and vulnerable.
There are times that in the fear of losing something or never receiving something we act out of desperation. Let us instead trust in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and know that He will take care of us and provide for us in His good time. Therefore, we must not be foolish, compulsive and obsessive with chasing after vain gains but instead allow His grace and true blessings to pursue us (Psalm 23). Let us keep our eyes on Jesus (Psalm 16:8)!
For the first time in my life, I have come to understand that to forsake the First Love, Jesus Christ is a sin.
In Revelation 2:1-7, the Lord speaks of the Ephesian church. He applauds them for their good works, their ministerial work, their perseverance, their stance against the wicked, their discernment of false teachers and doctrines, the pain that they had gone through for Jesus and their relentlessness.
Yet, despite all of that the Lord stood against them because they had forsaken or neglected that intimate relationship that they had with the Lord.
The fire in worship, that devotion in the Word and that power in prayer. It all became lacking because their hearts were no longer as hungry and thirsty for the Lord.
I have felt this and have been pursuing after God. Then, during Sunday morning worship, the Lord kept speaking this Word upon my heart and spirit over and over again as I had my eyes closed. "Remember, therefore, from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works."
And I kept thinking about those first works, of how I used to worship the Lord, and how I just wanted to go back to forgetting everyone and everything to just pour out my worship before the Lord. I deeply yearned to go back to the first works, to my First Love.
Therefore, as I tore my heart before the Lord, tears uncontrollably fell, and I believe that the physical is a manifestation of something that was set off in the spiritual. Hebrews 11:3 speaks of how what God created came from the invisible. And so I believe that the falling of tears in times like these is the result of a release that was set off in the spiritual realm. A release to go back to my First Love. A release to worship Him like before. A release to cry out before Him and to just touch Him.
And when I speak of worship, I speak more of the words and songs that flow from my heart. I also speak of a life of worship. A life of sacrifice.
Today, someone spoke to me about the wish of being able to spread apart wings to fly away from the situations that plague us.
Yet, true peace can never be found on the outskirts but instead within.
It is not always by running from situations that we will find peace. For, many times, the next situation can be the same or even worst.
Instead, peace, true peace is found in the presence of Jesus Christ within our hearts, and it enables to breath in, breath out, leave all into God's hand, sit back and watch Him move.
And, wow, did He move for her! And He can move for you! Amen.
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come... 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls... 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. 15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant... 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.6 For where a will is involved... 17 For a will takes effect only at death... 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people...20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way... 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. 23 Thus it was necessary... 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places... 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly... 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly... 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Thank You, my sweet Jesus, for Your sacrifice on the cross...
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love [a]mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Why does it matter that Jesus is with us no matter what we go through? What difference does it make?
Well, the thing is that Christ is the Difference Maker. He is the One who has the unlimited, unending, unbending and unfailing power to be able to empower us to prevail in any situation. And He is the One who has the unlimited, unending, unbending and unfailing love to even truly care to do us this good.
Therefore, when we know that Jesus is with us in a situation, the situation becomes peripheral. For, our focus turns to the All-Powerful and All-Loving God to see His next great wonder.
And once that wonder comes to pass, our situation becomes sand before us, and we say, "What is this that I thought for even for a second that I could not walk over?"
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
He gives us breath. Not only the breath to be alive physically but to also be alive spiritually through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
He gives us His love, His embrace and His comfort.
He gives us food. He nurtures our bodies and our souls.
He gives us drink. Taking Him in, we are complete and fulfilled.
He gives us a place to live. The right people to be with. Even better, we dwell in His presence.
He anoints us with His Spirit and clothes us with His glory.
Every single day, He gives us a reason to fall in love with Him all over again.
Yes, indeed, God has been so good to us. Amen.
Whenever it comes to the relationship between two individuals, it is often that one has an impact on the character of the other whether it is positive or negative.
Yet, when it comes to the relationship between God and man, God's character is never changing as He seeks to make us be more like Him. More loving, more peaceful, more joyful, more kind, etc. (Galatians 5:22-23).
Though in reality Christ is never changing in His character, thoughts and ways, we often portray Him to be different from who He due to our skewed perceptions of Him.
For, many times we look at Him through the lenses of our human eyes, believing Him to be like our human selves. We often believe that He thinks the way we think, and that He will act the way that we would act. Yet, the truth is that who He is far from who we are, and He will never change from who He is.
Therefore, when it comes to understanding who Jesus is we must pray for Him to bless us to see Him through the lenses of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Truth who reveals His image. Amen.
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
But I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
What is hope?
Merriam-Webster defines it as "to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment." It is to kindle an anticipate of a thing desired.
We see this definition in Romans 8:24-25, which speaks: "For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."
But there is more to it than that. I believe that to have hope is to not only to anticipate a thing desired but to also know that one day greater good will come.
It is to know that though today may be dark, tomorrow, there will be light. Though today we cry., tomorrow, we will rejoice. And this knowledge blesses us to hold on and to not give in to life's circumstances.
And this definition is seen in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, which speaks: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
And also in Titus 3:7, which speaks: "That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my [a]defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.
Jesus is All-Loving in that He writes down our sorrows and bottles up our tears (Psalm 56:8). His will is to envelop us and heal our broken heart (Psalm 147:3).
Jesus is All-Powerful in that He gives the power to overcome anything that comes against us to serve as an enemy (Deuteronomy 20:1-4). Whether that be persecution or sickness or abandonment or abuse or addiction or depression or any other. His will is for us to be more than victorious in Him (1 Corinthians 15:57).
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the [a]strength of my heart and my portion forever.
We, human beings, are inherently evil.
In Psalm 51:5, King David speaks: "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity." Ever since he was in his mother's womb, sin was embedded in him. Not just him but every single one of us.
In Romans 7:15, the Apostle Paul speaks: "For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do." And in verse 17, he speaks: " But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me." Though we know something is evil, at times we still partake in it because of the sin that is within us and that controls us.
How then can any man overcome the evils of life? Through Christ Jesus!
Though our flesh may be weak before sin and our hearts may be sullied with sin, He died to give us power over sin, and His blood shed to purify our hearts of sin. Amen.
He has given us His Spirit so that we may walk in the Spirit, and as we connect to the Holy Spirit through worship, prayer and meditating of the Word of God, His presence and strength fills up our hearts so that we do not bow down to sin (Galatians 5:16).
Wow. Thank You, Jesus, for the cross!!!
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation[a] of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
Wow. Here God is giving us a secret to our deliverance, and that is to be still. He says that is all that we have to do for Him to deliver us.
To be still.
Yet, what does it mean to be still? It means that our hearts are at peace, our minds are at peace, our spirits are at peace and our souls are at peace because we trust in the Lord.
All in all, to be still is to trust in God. To put our faith in Him. To believe in Him.
To believe that He is all-powerful and all-loving and that He will indeed deliver us.
We are not afraid but at peace because we trust in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you--
The sure mercies of David.
Prayer is a conversation with God. We cannot just speak and speak, we must also take the time to listen to His voice.
Not to hear, but to listen. To hear means to sense a sound. To listen means to give one's attention to that sound. Many times, we hear the voice of God, but we do not listen to it. We do not tune in to it. We do not ponder it. We do not discern it. We do not receive it.
We do not meditate His Word to fully understand It. We do not live His Word...
And so we can never receive the life that we are praying for because we are not listening to His Word, which gives life.
We must listen to and follow His voice, His Word, His teachings. Then, we will find life. Amen.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
“Let the little children come to me.”
Jesus Christ should always be our First, and to Him we render a cult of adoration. He has called us to fulfill many tasks for His glory. One of the greatest of which is to raise our children in knowledge of Him so that they may come to Him and stay with Him. Amen.
1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Greater is He when we sleep. Greater is He when we awaken.
Greater is He than the pain that is crushing ours hearts.
Greater is He than our world torn apart.
Greater is He when we run. Greater is He when we fall.
Greater is He than this world that wants to ruin us.
Greater is He than all who come against us.
Greater is He in heaven. Greater is He on earth.
Greater is He to you and me.
Greater is He indeed.
Greater is He. Amen.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Whenever it comes to a new year, there is the tradition of making goals for the year.
The best way to make these goals is to make sure that they are specific, attainable and something that one can work towards step by step.
Yet, I believe that in order to have a healthy attitude about it, we must fall in the middle of the spectrum. We should not fall to the far left, not really caring to put in the effort to reach those goals and forgetting about them by the end of February. We should also not fall to the far right, stressing too much about reaching our goals and feeling defeated if we do not reach every single one of our goals to the max by the end of the year.
Having a healthy attitude and falling in the middle of the spectrum means that we do care to meet our goals, but we do not get stressed and torn apart over it all.
In order to have that healthy attitude, we must surrender our goals to God understanding that He will help us to meet the one's that He see as good and crucial for the year while also helping us to put aside the one's that are not that important.
He will also bless us to remain cool and collected as we work through our goals. For guess what? He is here for us and cares about us.
Happy New Year!
I pray that the Lord Jesus blesses you to know Him. He is good, so good. He is loving. His love is immense. He loved you when He died for you. He is faithful. He will never forsake you. He still calls out to you.
He is a gift to all, and I pray that if you have not already done so to receive Him into your heart and to confess Him as your Lord.
For those who know Christ, I pray that you pursue righteousness. In prayer, plead God to work in you so that you may be more holy as He is holy.
I pray that He establishes you in faith. May you always turn to Him in time of need and always place your trust in Him. For man and things disappoint, but Jesus never disappoints. He may be difficult to understand at times in His majesty and sovereign decisions, but He will never leave you to perish.
I pray that He establishes you in love. May your intimacy with Jesus grow deeper and strong. May the love that you have for yourself and others be more sincere.
I pray that He establishes you in peace. No matter what attacks the enemy sends your way, may you remain in peace and in the Word of Jesus Christ. May the words of the Bible be your sword against anything that seeks to take away your peace.
May your heart be pure and consecrated in His presence.
And as He established you in His presence, may this year be a year of goodness and many blessings in Jesus Christ!
I do not believe that there is anyone who has had not a broken heart before.
People will offend. They will hurt. They will tear.
Sometimes with their words. Sometimes with their works. Sometimes with their fists.
Sometimes they do not mean to. Sometimes they very well mean to.
Yet, we cannot be bounded up by the evils of man, allowing them to be become our evils.
Thank God for God.
In the midst of the tears and the searing pain, God comes heal our brokenness and rid away the hurt.
Heal all our wounds, O Lord. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.
1 Peter 2:4-6
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
People might reject you, seeing you to be not good enough. Maybe not smart enough or not pretty enough or just short of whatever standards they may have set up against you.
It hurts. It does. No one wants to be rejected.
And Jesus Himself understands that because He Himself was rejected. He was rejected by those whom He came to die for.
Yet, find comfort in that God chose you. While mere human beings may reject you in their arrogance and ignorance, the Most-High God and Everlasting King chose you.
For you are precious. Amen.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Do not ever allow the devil to cause you to believe that after receiving Christ as your Lord and SAVIOR, you are still under his dominion and jurisdiction, that you are still bounded by sin, that you are still chained by your past or your ancestors past, that you are subject to him.
There is grace and power in Jesus Christ! He is here to SAVE. He is here to give freedom from sin and deliverance from any chains, whatever that they may be.
When Jesus died for you, He did not die in vain. He died to save you, free you and deliver you. The moment you accepted that gift, the prison door of the prison cell that the devil held you in became opened.
You can either take the power that Christ died to give you and pray the Word against the snares of the devil and live in salvation, freedom and deliverance - you can either get up and walk out of that prison cell as a freed person - or you can just sit there and wait for a freedom that Christ already gave you.
You can either pray: "I am now in Christ. The devil has no hold on me. The devil WILL get out of my life in the name of Jesus Christ NOW!" or any other pray rebuking whatever snare the devil placed against you or you can just sit there and wait for someone to cast out the devil for you. And interestingly enough prayer and fasting is actually more powerful than having someone cast out something out of your life for you (Mark 9:14-29).
This is not to say that Christ does not use His deliverance ministers for special cases. But that He has given power and authority to all who are in Him Amen.
First, you are a child of God. Rejoice! Second, you have authority over the devil. Live it.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
All who hate me whisper together against me; against me they devise my hurt. 8 “An evil disease,” they say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.” 9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. 10 But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them. 11 By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever. 13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.
I do not know what you are going through, and maybe you believe that you have reached your end. The devil says that you are finished, but God says that you are just beginning to live.
The brothers of Joseph sold him into slavery, believing themselves to be gods and that they were able to destroy his destiny. Yet, what they did not know is that they only propelled Joseph into fulfilling his destiny (Genesis 37-50). Saul persecuted David, chasing him in the desert, believing that he was destroying David. What he did not know was that all the running around the desert only prepared David to take his seat on the throne of Israel as king (1 Samuel 19-2 Samuel 5).
Trust me, if you are holding on to Jesus, though the seas rage around you, you are just beginning to live. Amen.
1 Corinthians 5:17
When we are in Christ, the past has no hold on us. Whether it be our past, our parents past or our ancestors past, in the name of Jesus Christ, the old is gone. We are no longer bounded by curses. When we commit ourselves to Christ, we are free. Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I love how this says that He GIVES victory and not gave or will give. It does not speak in the past tense in the sense that He gave victory and maybe over time this victory has faded away. Nor does it speak in the future tense in the sense that we are waiting for Him to give us our victory.
It speaks in the present tense, telling us that right here, right now, He is pouring down victory upon our lives and our situations. Yesterday, I could stand and say, "He GIVES me victory." Today, I stand and say, "He GIVES me victory." Tomorrow, I will stand and say, "He GIVES me victory." His victory is renewed every morning and is full throughout our days. It never runs out, it never fades away and it is never far in time, out of reach.
Victory in Christ is now and always. All we have to do is just take it. Amen.
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
In 2 Timothy 3, when Paul speaks about the decaying state of humankind, he describes that people will tend to be "lovers of themselves," "boasters," and "proud."
This is such the case that even when it comes to doing what Jesus wants us to do, there is a tendency to do it so show to others how "holy" we are. Yet, if this is the intention of our hearts, our righteous acts are not righteous at all, and God does not recognize nor reward them.
When we do good, let us do it because we want GOD to see how holy we seek to be by the grace of the Holy Spirit because we love Him so much and just want to please Him. Amen.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
So, here I was bored, and I decided to be proactive in seeking out some pure Christian content to read. I ended up reading an article from an online Christian magazine on orphans.
And it just really hit me how important caring for orphans is to God. Not only does He say that He is a Father to those who do not have fathers (Psalm 68:5), His Word also describes the pure Christian religion as being two-fold, caring for the needy and keeping ourselves from sin.
What also really hits me is how much we often forget about this and rarely think about it at all. Our daily Christian lives are often focused on the self. What God has to say in our situations. Our callings. Our blessings. Our glories. We need prayer. We need this. We need that.
But the orphans. We forget about the orphans. The needy. We forget about those who are truly in need. We forget to be pure and faultless in our religion.
And what is religion? Religion is belief and worship. Yes, there are false religions in that there are false beliefs and false worship. Meanwhile, there is such a thing such as a true religion, which we call Christianity, the following of Jesus Christ. Belief in and worshiping Jesus Christ. And as I have explained, God defines this religion to a greater extent in James 1:26-27 as caring for the needy and living righteously.
So, then, tying all together, our belief in and worship of Jesus Christ is tied to loving and caring for the needy.
With the vain and destructive distractions of this world, this is a prayer to keep praying in Christ again and again as the Holy Spirit keeps working and working.
I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
2 I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.
5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure.
6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me.
7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
8 Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
The Word of God tells us that we should pray without ceasing, without ending (1 Thessalonians 5:17). That means that we should constantly pray to God. We should pray to Him about everything. Even if we are in a place where we are not able to lift up our voices and pray aloud, we can still pray within our hearts.
The reason for this is because prayer is the medium through which we communicate with God. It is how we talk to Him about life and the Bible is how He talks to us.
The more one talks to a person and that person talks back, the more connected and intimate they will be. Jesus wants us to pray without ceasing and to always meditate on the Word because He wants to build up His relationship with us (Psalm 1).
When we make sure to pray in the morning, we set up our day to be embedded in Christ. Throughout the day, we can feel the connection that we established with Him in the morning, and we continue to build up that connection through short prayers, quick shouts of praise, thoughts on the Bible, etc.
From that connection, we are able to experience a special love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, patience, faithfulness and self-control for the day.
In the end, there really is a noticeable difference in our attitudes towards God, ourselves and others when we make sure to pray and connect to Jesus in the morning versus when we neglect to do so. Amen.
I do not know why, but it is a human tendency for us to give such an importance to what people think about us. It is crazy how much that controls our day to day interactions.
It is not only crazy, it is also dangerous. For, in many instances, people have made terrible decisions and some with lifelong consequences because they did not want certain individuals to perceive them in a certain way.
So, then, people's or society's perceptions of us become this god that controls and dominates over our lives.
If we claim that Jesus Christ is our God, we certainly cannot have this false god in our lives.
If we want to love and serve God, we cannot be so controlled by impressions and perceptions.
For, many of the things that Jesus wants us to do does not go along with what the majority or society as a whole wants us to do.
God and this world are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they push back against one another.
That means that we have to choose one of the other. Jesus or the world. It cannot be both (1 John 2:15).
If you are having a bit of a struggle with choosing a side, take this hint: Choose the One who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to take on all of your sins, to forgive all of your sins, to be there for you in all things and to give you everlasting life. Amen.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.
Want to know how much Jesus loves you? Well, His love is a never-ending raging fire. Its flames travel to knock on the door of your heart. It seeks to entire to be the light of your soul. It seeks to devour and turn to ash anything that hurts you whether that be disappointments, rejections, brokenness, sickness, bondage, sin, etc.
This love never ever ends. No matter what you do it is still there. It runs after you, wanting to be in a beautiful dance with you. Now, that does not mean that you will not face consequences for your sins. But even when you sit deep in sin, it yearns for you and laments over you. If you repent, it will restore you and embrace you and glorify you.
This is the love of God. This is the love of God for you. Waters cannot quench it. Rivers cannot wash it away. Amen.
Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.
When we encountered Jesus Christ, we come to understand how much we fail within ourselves when it comes to doing what is right.
Though we know what is good to do, it is extremely difficult to do it. Why? Well, our flesh gravitates towards sin.
But the more we connect with God through prayer and worship and by reading the Bible, the more we receive the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us and gives us the will and power to do that which is right.
How cool is that?
P.S. God bless you! For three months, I have posted up daily verses and blessed thoughts. Now, starting on the first day of October, it will be weekly as planned. There will be a new post every Monday night EST. – Much love and blessings, Emery in Christ
The idealisms and fairytales of this world has our minds bonded. They make us believe that the most desirable traits in a woman to be looks and charm.
They make us think that the best candidate for that "trophy" wife - a concept that is faulty within itself - is the woman with the hair, the eyes, the lips, the body, etc. Whatever all of that means. Oh, and of course, she must know how to play the game and make a man's blood run hot.
In the end though, just as Proverbs 31:30 says, beauty is fading and charm is deceiving. What often happens is that life happens, and she does not look exactly the same years later no matter how much she tries to maintain her youth. What also happens, in some cases, is that the woman whom she was before marriage is not the woman she is within marriage. She had on a mask before, but once the knot was tied, she was free to show her true colors.
So, what happens in these cases...? Pain, heartache, separation, divorce, etc.
What about a woman who reverences the Lord, Jesus Christ? A woman who depends on a God and Savior who is so loving and never fails? If He is her rock and He never fails what does that speak about her when she and her husband are going through the trials of life? Will she be loving? Will she be faithful? Will the beauty of the Holy Spirit in her soul continue to bloom over the years though her bodily beauty may gently fade?
2 Corinthians 4:18
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
The things of this world may seem desirable, but in the end, they are empty, failing and fading.
The things of God may seem like a burden, but in the end, they are uplifting, life-giving and eternal.
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
I know that it is hard to be joyful in the midst of painful or fearfully situations. Yet, we have to look past those situations and look at Christ who has worked for our good before and will always continue to do so. Let us rejoice in that we have such a good and powerful God. Amen.
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is [a]proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
We often like to blame Jesus for our misfortunes. Sometimes our words against Him gets ridiculous and reversed. Sometimes we say that He does not care and there are those who say that He is not powerful enough. Yet, if we so believe that He does not care or is not powerful enough why bother Him about allowing things going wrong in the first place?
I believe that we do this because deep down our soul knows its Maker and that He is all loving and all powerful through we do not understand why there is such darkness around us.
We often like to blame Jesus for our misfortunes. Yet, did we ever take refuge in Him in the first place? Did we ask Him before making that decision, taking that step, getting into that relationship, forging that alliance, taking that job...? Did we seek to know His will? Did we take refuge in His Word and allowed it to guide us and protect us?
So then why does He always the one to blame when things go awry?
There are many times when we feel as if the Word is irrelevant to our lives, and therefore plausible to ignore certain parts of the Bible.
The truth is that the Word of God is infallible. It is never failing nor ending. It is never conditional nor seasonal. The ideologies of this world come and go. The trends of this world come and go. Yet, the Word of God will always stay true and will stand forever.
God does not change His edicts based on what is going on in the world or even specially in our lives. Instead, it is us who are to change our lives so that we may live in accordance to the Word of the Living God. Amen.
Ephesians 6 speaks of the Armor of God, the armor that every Christian needs to put on in order to be victorious in Christ Jesus.
Part of that armor is the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16). Now, when talking about a shield, we are speaking of a large object that a person can place in front of his or her self as protection from the attacks of the enemy.
In times of battle, if a soldier does not take refuge behind a shield, anything may hurt that soldier. Arrows, spears, swords, etc.
In Christ, faith is our shield. The devil will come with many different attacks in order to steal, kill or destroy, but he will not succeed if we hold on to faith in Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10:10-29). We must always believe that God is loving, faithful and will always fulfill His Word.
Always. Or else, we will not stand at all. Amen.
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy;
When I fall, I will arise;
When I sit in darkness,
The Lord will be a light to me.
These words are very powerful words and are effective for those who are truly holding on to Jesus Christ.
For, the power to persevere through and to overcome one's circumstances in true victory is in Christ and Christ alone.
Now, this verse is able to speak into all circumstances. One can be going through trials, adversity, sickness, pain or a loss. The loss of another or even the experience of having lost one's self.
These words can speak into the abyss of sin. They are able to break the chains of iniquity.
One can say and live by the power of the Holy Spirit: "Though I fell into sin, I rose into righteousness. Though I sat in darkness, the Lord is now my light." Amen.
Jesus said to him, [a]“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed arethose who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The thing about faith is that it is a supernatural manifestation. Therefore, we can have it only by the Holy Spirit. For, it against above and beyond the human mind. It is not innate.
As human beings, we tend to analyze and think critically. We tend to form conclusions based of strong evidence.
Faith is completely different. Faith is believing without seeing. Just because Jesus said, though we have not yet seen, we are to believe.
Faith comes from hearing of the Word of God and not seeing. That is faith.
And once we have a firm faith in the Words of Christ, we will see His words fructify into actions that we can see. Those are the blessings. Amen.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
There was a time when we were broken souls, lost in this world, taking part in all kinds of evil deeds.
Yet, the moment we came to Christ, the Holy Spirit came into our hearts and worked in us.
He works day by day to restore our souls and to transform our hearts and minds one step at a time so that our works, our everyday thoughts, words and actions, are pleasing before Jesus Christ.
The more we submit to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, the more we will be transformed as His work of art. Amen.
The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
2 Timothy 2:12
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
2 Corinthians 6:3-10
We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much [a]patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by [b]sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yettrue; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yetnot killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but indeed and in truth.
It is easier to speak that one loves a person than it is to show it.
For the act of love is always an act of sacrifice. Actually, the greatest act of love to ever exist is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
John 3:16, an often-quoted verse, states that God, the Father, so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
God did not just speak that He loved us and wanted us to be saved from our sins and death, He acted upon it so that we could indeed be saved from sin and death.
All in all, I will say this: Acts of love prove words of love to be true. Amen.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
O Lord, You are my God.
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Guess what? Jesus is faithful to fulfill His promises. Always.
He made me a promise a couple of months ago. A promise that called for me to let go of something big so that I can receive a better prize from Him.
Since Jesus gives only that which is perfect, I had to wait as He took the time to mold something beautiful.
During this wait, I fretted a bit and was even tempted to settle for less, but Jesus would always remind me of His promise to me.
He fulfilled His promise! Always.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Do not believe that Jesus will deliver you from the things that bind you if you are not willing to receive His truth and let go of those lies.
You cannot hold on to holiness and worldliness at the same time. It is one or the other.
You must submit to God in order to resist the devil. Amen.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
I believe that the secret to contentment is not obtaining that which one wants but does not have, but instead, appreciating what one needs and does have.
Do you understand? Think about it.
1 Corinthians 12:11
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the Lord.
A woman who is a daughter of God, redeemed by the blood of Christ and transformed by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
A woman who loves and cherishes God, loves and cares for herself and loves and cares for others.
A woman who obeys and honors her parents. A woman who will submit to and respect her husband.
A woman who will be his sister in Christ, friend and love. She will pray for him, live life with him and have endearing moments with him.
A woman who will make a home with him and raise children with him.
A woman who will watch his back, pray for him, speak truth to him and encourage him.
Such a woman is a treasure and a man who finds her has the Lord's favor.
She is a gift that Jesus prepares and presents at the right time and right place.
A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
The thing about this is that we are often mistaken in our ways. There are times when our plans seem to be so good and perfect when they will actually fail us and lead us to ruin.
Though we may not always know this, Jesus always does. So, then, when we surrender our plans to Him, He works things out to lead us on paths that will be good for us and will lead us to success.
So, if you have surrendered your plans to Jesus and things do not work the way you planned, just know that He has all in His hands and is working out better things for you.
who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. 5 For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”
I pray that the fire of the Holy Spirit is a wall around the Church of Jesus Christ. I pray that this wall protects the Church of all attacks and cleanses the Church of all impurities.
I pray that the glory of the Father fills the Church and that no force of darkness can withstand it.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
I pray that everything that we speak comes from a heart full of love and not one full of evil and hatred.
I pray that we are conscientious of our words and seek to know who is forming them within our hearts.
Is it Jesus and His Spirit of Truth and Liberty or the devil and his spirit of lies and persecution?
Always take the time to think about it.... Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Do your work in ministry by the grace of Jesus Christ for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Seek to minister with all of your heart and to do it well.
Do not ever be discouraged by anyone or anything, for your Savior has employed you for the work of His Kingdom and as long as He is joyful in the work that you do for Him, keep abounding in that work.
He will bless you in it and bless you for it!
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.
When I need to fight, He gives me the strength to stand firm and fight.
When I need to take refuge, He takes me in His arms and covers me with His shield.
No matter what, I can trust in Him to be there for me. Amen.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Heavenly Father above is quick to forgive those who ask forgiveness and slow to condemn those to stray far from Him, waiting for them to to turn back to Him.
He would like for His children to be just as forgiven and merciful as Him.
It is hard to do so, but His grace is enough to empower us to do so. All we have to do is pray and ask Him for it. Amen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
My omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God. You know all, can do all and are in all.
I know not enough, can never be strong enough and can stand only in one place.
So, then, Jesus, I will always trust in You. Amen.
“For has anyone said to God,
‘I have borne chastening;
I will offend no more;
32 Teach me what I do not see;
If I have done iniquity, I will do no more’?
"I have borne chastening" - I merit rebuking. - I did wrong.
It comes to be that there is not only a problem in people not caring that they are doing wrong but also in that people do not care to know how to do right.
There are a lot of things in this life that seem appropriate and beyond reproach that are actually abominable in the eyes of Christ Jesus.
Yet, we will not know what does not please Jesus until we ask Him to open up our eyes to it all.
Therefore, the first step to living a life that pleases Jesus is to first know what that kind of life is exactly. Then, from there, we are to ask Jesus to give us His grace to so that we can live out that life. Amen.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
To look for God with all of our hearts. What does that mean?
Let us first look at the word, "look." Actually, I want to use its synonym "seek." For, when one looks for something, they are seeking after it.
To seek is to work towards acquiring that which is not already one's own. Going back to the word, "look," it requires one to be active in looking for that which one desires to be one's own.
To seek with all of one's heart is to have it one's sole mission - only mission - to acquire that which one desires. That means that your heart is not thirsty nor restless for anything else but that.
To seek God with all of one's heart is to have it one's sole mission to acquire a true relationship or a deeper relationship with God.
The best thing about this pursuit is that is not vain, it is not disappointing. For our Father in heaven tells us that if we look for Him, seek Him, with all our hearts, we will find Him.
He does not lie. He never does. Amen.
Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
These words are richer than gold and they stand forever true. If we could just distance ourselves from the noises of this life, close our eyes, and breath in and to just hear within our hearts the voice of Jesus Christ speaking to us, "You are precious in My Sight. You have been honored, and I have loved you."
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Never. He has always provided. Amen. Amen. Amen.
When I look at this verse, I think of a child who is at a friend's birthday party. This child's eyes scan the room full of festive decorations, multiple presents and cheers. Later on, as this child's parent drives them home, the child talks about all the "grand" things at the party and how wonderful it would be to have the same. In response, the parent chastises the child and asks that child to think of all the birthday parties that the parent has thrown and all of the grand things that parent has given and says, "Have I not provided for you? To have one's own is enough."
That is what Jesus is speaking to us who have wondering eyes and will to possess that which is another's. Jesus has provided, truly provided, good things that are good for us, and we are to be content. Amen.
2 Kings 20:5
“Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.
As I look into this verse, I am blessed because I get to see once again how good of a Heavenly Father we have.
He does not turn His ear nor close His eyes in our times of agony. No, He does not.
For, He loves us deeply and hurts with us. His love is not just a sentiment through for He acts from it to free us from whatever is hurting us and to heal our wounds.
It is a privilege to be His children. Amen.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
There are times when we become very fearful. The reasons for why are numerous.
Sometimes it is a feeling of dread, nightmares, the unknown or an encounter with the dark world. It may be due to a sickness, a broken relationship, social phobia or financial difficulties. Or even failure in whatever domain it may be.
In the end of the day, it rests that Jesus is here to cover us and protect us. When we reside in His presence, we can boldly declare that the devil and his demons cannot touch us, the care of this life will not finish with us and even if we were to fail, Jesus will get us right back up!
For He is here to protect us and care for us. So, then, let us take refuge under His wings. Amen.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
When we seek to live out the Word of Jesus Christ, the precepts that He has for us, His Word delivers us from the chains of ignorance and the lies of the devil.
His Word delivers us from evils that we perceived to be good and speaks truth and light into darkness.
The Word saves, delivers, gives life, comforts, encourages...
Therefore, to submit to the Word is to walk in freedom. Amen.
For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Having experienced who God is, this verse gives me so much joy because I know that it is true.
There is nothing that Jesus cannot do. Well, of course, He can never sin.
But whenever it comes to any good and great thing, it is never out of His reach. Amen.
And the greatest miracle He has ever performed is that of saving us from sin and death. Alleluia!
Are you living out this miracle?
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
When Jesus looks at us and our lives, He is not looking for religious rites and rituals. Instead, He is looking for hearts that love Him and know Him. He is looking for hearts that desire to follow Him and obey Him to please Him, and hearts that thirst to know more about Him.
He is looking for something that is often hard for us to give. So, then, I pray that the Holy Spirit moves within our hearts to make it obedient and loving towards the Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
Every hour I need thee.
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall holdyour peace.
When the winds of life come against us, our natural inclination is either to fight or flight.
There are times when we try with our all of our might to resist these winds. There are other times when we simply turn and flee.
Yet, Jesus is telling us that we do not have to do either because He is here to fight for us and all we have to do is be still.
By being still, He means that we are to simply trust in Him. We are to have the faith that He will fight for us and we will be more than victorious.
Is that not beautiful? Jesus Christ, our Knight in Shining Armor!!!
Who can find a [b]virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
It is not easy to find a man to find a woman who loves Jesus, loves him and is good for him. Such a woman can only be a gift from God.
Yet, sometimes the blessed man forgets what God blessed him with and also forgets to show his love all that she is to him.
It is a good thing that the Holy Spirit is always here to remind us. Amen!
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
I will fight to follow Jesus.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
Let this speak into your life! There is nothing more for me to add.
And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
No one and nothing can make you complete but Jesus Christ. Completion is in Him and only Him.
If you have Jesus, a spouse can come and go and you will remain fulfilled. Children can come and go, and you will remain fulfilled.
Jobs and prosperity can come and go, and you will remain fulfilled.
You are complete in Him and the only thing that you really need is more of Him. Amen.
“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
A person who is truly connected to Jesus and blessed in Jesus will have many persecutions.
Whenever Jesus is ready to bless us and do something big for us, there will always be many people to stand against us to keep us from prospering and receiving our blessings.
Know this, they are not really standing against you but God. It is dangerous to stand against God, and no one who has ever tried it has ever succeeded.
Whatever doors God has opened up for you, no one can close them. You can be assured of that! Amen.
There are times when we easily forget that God is willing to act in our circumstances and that He has worked for our good before.
I challenge us to remember and think of all the times that we were troubled and could not see the light at the end of the tunnel but then God made a way.
From this verse, I also understand that we must always pray, for He always have an answer to our prayers. Amen.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
There are times when we need the reminder that sin no longer has power over us. Oh, yes, sin is indeed powerful. It is bondage. Yet, because we have received the salvation that there is in Christ Jesus, we are free. Wherever sin abounds, grace super abounds (Romans 5:20). That means that whenever sin tries to bind us up again, the grace and power of God is there to set us free!
Therefore, let us rebuke whatever temptation or spirit that is knocking on the door of our hearts to come back in.
For, Christ has set us free and we are truly free (John 3:36). Amen!
This is not to say that love excuses sin and allows one to perish in sin. Clearly that is not love at all.
To tolerate and bear with one another means to forgive and not to condemn (Ephesians 4:2). It does not mean to turn a blind eye for to allow a person to perish in their sins and to not encourage them in righteousness is to allow them to walk on the path of condemnation. Therefore, to not forgive and to not exhort both lead to the same evil.
So, then, what this verse is saying is that love forgives those who have sinned and forgets their transgressions. For love forgives all and does not keep a record of being wronged (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
When I think of a multitude of sins, I think of one who has sinned in so many different ways. I also think of one who has sinned over and over again in one way though they have said "sorry" many times as well. Lastly, I think of all of the sins that have ever been committed.
Love covers them all, forgives them all. On the cross, Jesus, who is Love, covered them all, forgave them all.
For, He loves us all deeply. Amen.
Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
God spoke this Word to Paul after he started to minister to the Corinthians, both those who were Jews and those who were gentiles. At this time more gentiles believed than Jews, and some Jews opposed and insulted the disciples and their works.
Yet, in the face of opposition, the disciples continued to preach and teach and many received the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the redemption that is found only in Him.
Whenever it comes to ministering by the Holy Spirit, there will always be opposition, but be and stay encouraged for God will always be there to guide us and bless our works.
Do not be afraid and do not be silent, but boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Amen.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Many times, when we go through certain situations, we seek help in many different places. Some go within themselves to find that inner motivation. Some go to people to find that word of encouragement. Some go to literary works to find that new found method. For my Haitian people and even for others, they go to dark sources for that so-called deliverance.
In the end of the day, all of these paths are fallible. All we needed this whole time is the grace of God, His power. It is sufficient. This is nothing that needs to be added unto it.
It is free, without judgement and without repercussions.
His grace is all that we need. Amen.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
This verse is so moving and powerful! What I love about it the most is that to say that we will not be shaken does not come from a trust of our selves or people or things but of GOD.
Therefore, we will never regret to speak so boldly for the GOD whom we serve is never failing.
We will not be shaken, and we will not be moved, because our GOD can never be shaken or moved.
That is amazing!!!
So, then, we should look towards Him even more! Amen.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Many times, we can feel desperate for success. With that desperation comes many temptations.
When the devil sees that we really want something, he will come and set quick yet wicked and deceitful paths for us to take.
So, then, while God has plans of peace, plans to prosper us and give us a future, the devil has his own plans. He has plans of turmoil, destruction and death. Spiritual death and maybe even physical death.
In order to stay within the plans of the Lord, we must choose His paths. This means that we will have to take longer routes. Routes that seem to never end and routes that have mountains and valleys that He has set up for the formation of our characters into the likeness of Christ. Best of all, paths that will lead us into the loving arms of our Father in heaven! Amen.
The full verse:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
There are times during periods of transitions that I become afraid of what is to come. I would ponder, "What if it does not work out? What if things go wrong? What if I regret it?"
In the end, if we have given Christ the key to our hearts and our lives, He will work it all out. He knows exactly what we need, and He will provide. He knows exactly what He destined us for, and He will guide us on the right paths.
As long as we are looking towards Him, He will fulfill all that He has purposed for us, and the Lord is good in all of His ways. Amen.
This is the full verse: "I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You."
What does it mean for us to praise the Lord with all of our hearts?
It means that we are totally captivated within His presence, and knowing the fullness of Him, we sing and shout praises that we truly believe and have experienced to be true with the intention of pleasing His heart and letting His glory be known to whomever we can reach.
It means that all of our hearts belong to God and God only. We are completed devoted to Him and are completed dependent on Him. Therefore, we forsake all of the false gods that this world worships (the self, spouses, children, success, achievements money, etc.). Instead of worshiping these false gods, we worship the true God before them.
It is something that we are able to do better and better as we seek after God more and more.
“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
13 So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
God is not as complicated as people may think of Him to be, especially when it comes to repentance.
He does not ask for amends and sacrifices and a whole bunch of noise for His forgiveness.
Christ's sacrifice on the cross is sufficient.
All He asks for is for us to be truly sorry, to recognize that we did wrong and to work to never do that wrong again.
That is all.
But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
A lot of times, we read the Word of God but do not take the time to fully understand its precepts.
Let us take the time to connect to the Holy Spirit of God to truly understand what it says and how to live it out so that we can actually bear fruit.
Now, here are the things that can serve as hindrances:
1 Corinthians 5:7
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
Father, what sin that Christ died to take out of my heart and out of my life that I am still holding unto?
Or maybe it is a person that is having a bad influence over me?
Is it something that I put before my eyes or listen to or love to speak?
Whatever it is, I caste it out of my life in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen!
Whatever the Lord pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places.
God never asks anyone's permission to speak and to do. He is God, and therefore, it is of His essence to do whatever it is that He wills.
I have had moments when people try to stop God's marvelous works in my life. Well, He does not ask anyone's permission to bless. If He wants to declare a blessing and bring forth an accomplishment in my life, He simple does so. He is GOD, and He does whatever it is that He wills. Amen.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu