Why Can’t We All Worship Together ~ July 21. 2014

Yesterday I had a talk with a childhood friend as we were waiting for a gospel concert to start. It went like this:

Her: “I went to church today”.

Me: That’s good. Why didn’t you call me. I might have gone. Where did you go?

Her: “I went to so and so A.M.E. Church”

Me: Oh. Then I’m glad you didn’t call because I can’t do A.M.E.

Her: “Why?”

Me: Because I don’t like the way they have service. I’ll never be A.M.E.

Her: “What’s the difference? Can’t you worship God anywhere, at any church?”

Me: (looking kind of dumb) Yes, I guess, but I just don’t like their style. I used to be COGIC (Church of God In Christ) and they are completely different.

Her: “Ok. You gotta go where you feel comfortable”.

After we finished that part of the conversation, I felt really bad and then I knew what I was going to write about today. Why CAN’T We All Worship Together?

I often say this: “Heaven is NOT segregated. There will be no A.M.E., COGIC, PAW, BAPTIST, SOUTHERN BAPTIST, AME ZION, CATHOLIC, JEWISH, NON-DENOMINATIONAL (which, sadly, has become a denomination), etc. There will be no segregation based on religious preference, race/creed/color preference, gender preference, or age”.

I have not read anywhere in the Bible where it tells me that heaven nor the New Jerusalem will be segregated. There will be LOVE ~ PURE LOVE of YAHWEH GOD. ALL WILL WORSHIP HIM WITHOUT CHECKING TO SEE WHAT DENOMINATION IS PREDOMINATE BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NONE.

I, like the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., have a dream:

I have a dream, that before our Savior Yahshua (Jesus) comes back for the CHURCH, that the body of CHRIST will come together in UNITY to Worship the True and Living God – YAHWEH!
I have a dream, that denominational borders/barriers will be torn down and we will be on ONE ACCORD like they were in the Book of Acts (chapters 1-2). See, for when they were on one accord in one place, the Holy Ghost came and filled them. They spoke the same thing, waited for the same thing (Holy Ghost)……and THEN They received POWER! Glory to God.
I have a dream, that racial divides will be destroyed so that ALL PEOPLE, of every nation on this earth, WILL COME TOGETHER AND LIFT UP THE NAME OF YAHSHUA!
I have a dream, 
 that we will come together on one accord and SOULS WILL BE SAVED, PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED, PEOPLE WILL BE DELIVERED FROM ADDICTIONS AND STRONGHOLDS! Oh glory to Yahweh God!!! I have a dream.

So I wrote this post because I believe in those dreams I posted above. I am going to change MY thinking about denominational division and become an AGENT OF UNITY…..HALLELUJAH!!!!

WILL YOU JOIN ME? WILL YOU HELP ME? I’M COUNTING ON YOU!

PEACE, JOY, LOVE AND BLESSINGS!

R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Originally posted on Made Over By GOD:

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“If You Be A Child Of God…..”

In Matthew 4:1-11, we read about a conversation between Jesus, the Son of God, and the Tempter , the devil, satan, after  Jesus had been fasting in the wilderness 40 days and 40 nights and was hungry..

Let’s see the conversation:

Matthew 4:1-11King James Version (KJV)

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

What I want to point out is this, the tempter, satan, the devil, said to Jesus, twice “If thou be the Son of God…..” It appears to me that satan was trying to get Jesus to doubt who HE (Jesus) was. He, the devil, satan, the tempter, knew who Jesus was or he would have never said, “If thou be the Son of God.” But the glory of the story is this:
JESUS 
KNEW
HE
WAS
THE
SON OF GOD.
He had NO DOUBT about WHO HE WAS and WHOSE He was. That tempter, devil, satan, could not make Jesus doubt himself. He was firm in who He was. 

We see that satan, in the above examples tried to make Jesus doubt who HE was and did it by using portions of the Word. However, Jesus knew who He was. He knew He was the Bread of Life. He knew His Father owned cattle on a thousand hills. Jesus knew that he was not to temp God by jumpimg off of that high pinacle. 

The point of this blog is to remind us that we need to know who we are  and whose we are. Satan, just like he did Eve in the garden of Eden, tried to bring doubt. Eve gave in but Jesus didn’t. Jesus was firm in His belief of who He was, who He was to worship, and to not have to prove who He was by changing stones to bread, Jesus was confident in who he was. He didn’t have the lust of the eye, nor the lust of the flesh, nor the pride of life operating in Him, thus satan’s temptations failed with Jesus. 

Poor Eve. She wanted what sounded good. She had everything she needed, but check this out:

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die and the serpent said unto the woman, “ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to makeone wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:1-6

Eve KNEW what God had commanded but the lust of her eyes, the lust of her flesh and the pride of life kicked in and caused her and her husband to be banished from the Garden of Eden and die….spiritually……separated from God. Eve did not stand her ground and neither did her husband, Adam, and as a result, the tempter was successful at getting Adam and Eve to disobey and therefore be punished, banished, and separated from their creator.

Is your relationship with God tight enough that when the tempter, satan, the devil comes, you will know God’s voice vs. satan’s voice? 

Do you KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN GOD? 

If you be a child of God………..You ARE seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. ~ EPHESIANS 2:4-7

If you be a child of God………..You ARE an HEIR of GOD and a JOINT HEIR with Jesus ~ rOMANS 8;17

If you be a child of God………..You ARE a NEW CREATURE in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away and all things are made new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

If you be a child of God……….You ARE saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost and POWER.

If you be a child of God, You Are Healed by Jesus Stripes……Come on now and say Hallelujah!
Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24 and Psalm 103

So, when the devil, the tempter, satan comes to you with “IF YOU BE A CHILD OF GOD”, Just let him know that it is WRITTEN and quote those verses above.

Somebody ought to shout “GLORY” because you are A Child Of The Most High God!!!

 

 

 

Different Strokes For Different Folks

I was sitting here minding my own business. Well, I had been thinking about what to blog about today. My mind drifted in so many ways then all of a sudden, this song from an old television show entitled “Different Strokes” started playing in my head. Here are the lyrics:

Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum, 
What might be right for you, may not be right for some. 
A man is born, he’s a man of means. 
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans. 

But they got, Diff’rent Strokes. 
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes. 
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world. 

Everybody’s got a special kind of story 
Everybody finds a way to shine, 
It don’t matter that you got not alot 
So what, 
They’ll have theirs, and you’ll have yours, and I’ll have mine. 
And together we’ll be fine…. 

Because it takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world. 
Yes it does. 
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world. 

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/

Today, there are many things that people do in the Christian world that many may frown upon. Some have let hip hop into the churches; some use elaborate displays to get their messages across; while some go in and teach the Word of God in simplicity, while others teach with a lot of hype or excitement. To this I say (while I don’t agree with some of these practicesm but who am I?), it takes DIFFERENT STROKES for DIFFERENT FOLKS. What works for some may not work for others. The point is this: GET THE WORD OF GOD OUT SO THAT OTHERS CAN HEAR, BE DRAWN AND BE SAVED. 

I may not teach or preach like  any other person. You may not teach or preach like any other person, but our mission is the same: to teach the word, preach the word, live a holy life and do it so that others can hear/see, be drawn and be saved.

Isn’t that the ultimate goal? It is for me.

No matter what our “Different Stroke” is, we must all point to Yahshua/Jesus because HE is the Savior of the World. He is the WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN CAN GET TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM  (YAHSHUA/JESUS). John 14:6

We may preach and teach in different styles and different ways, but we must all point others to YAHSHUA/JESUS. We must all, as Christians, preach and teach the same Gospel.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4King James Version (KJV)

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 

Preach, teach live holy…….We must all do this, no matter our color, socio-economic background, church we attend, or really, our denomination……we MUST all teach, preach and live holy so that others may hear/see and believe in the Savior…..Yahshua/Jesus.

We must tell others about His death, burial and resurretion so that people will believe in whom we teach and preach about. 

So, my way may not be the same as your way, and vice versa, but Let’s Move the World with our different strokes and get the Word of God out to as many as we can.

 

Because I’m Thankful and Happy

When I first heard the song “HAPPY” by Pharell, I liked it for the beat but then I listened to the word. Honestly, I can’t say I understand what “clap along if you feel like a room without a roof” means, but I didn’t let that stop me from being “HAPPY”.

The more I listened to that song, the more I realized that I have a lot to be “HAPPY” about – even though I have had many disappointments (as I am sure many, if not all of you, have). 

I’m thankful and happy that God has allowed me to birth three beautiful children and to assist in raising a beautiful child who came along with my marriage. I don’t call her my step daughter. I count her with my children who are now 31, 30, 28, and 26. 

I’m thankful and happy that I know the LORD GOD and His Son Yahshua/Jesus Christ.

I’m thankful and happy that I’ve been married for almost 15 years……..Yay!

I’m thankful and happy that although I’ve been diagnose with several medical challenges, I am still here, able to do for myself (most of the time) with the help of the Lord.

I’m thankful and happy that I am a grandmother to three (1 by my biological children and 2 by my daughter I gained through my marriage). I don’t call them step grandchildren. They are all my grandchildren.

I am thankful and happy that I have been reunited with my biological siblings. We didn’t grow up together, but I am sure enjoying them now.

I am thankful and happy for WordPress, Twitter, Google, Blogtalkradio and Facebook. On these four sites, I get to share with people of like mind, whom I may NEVER meet in person. 

I am thankful and happy for all that GOD has given, and done for  me, my husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends.

I, Theresa, am a THANKFUL and HAPPY woman! 

Have You Ever Felt Like……?

Have you ever felt like the walls are closing in? Like you literally can’t breathe? Have you ever felt like your back is against the wall and at any moment you are going to lash out at the first person you see or at the first object that looks like it, too, is against you?

Well join the club. LOL

I am a strong woman, but even the strong need help SOMETIMES. I have survived personal tsunami’s, personal hurricanes and tornadoes. I have survived situations where I tried to take my life. Why? Because the dam broke and I just couldn’t take it anymore. 

I have recently felt that way. I felt like I was in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and was in there flapping my arms around trying to stay above water…and NOBODY I CALLED ON COULD HELP…..I Know some heavy-hitters in the spirit, but they couldn’t even hear me. “HELP ME! I’M DROWNING. HELP ME! I CAN’T SWIM! HELP ME!”

(I can’t swim, y’all. But don’t laugh out loud. I barely go into 6 feet whenever I visit the pool. Hehehehe

So, like I said, I felt like I was drowning, literally. I called a friend of mine and she couldn’t talk to me because her boss called her into the office. I really got upset then, but right at that moment, I went into my clothes closet, angrily pushed the clothes out of my way as if they had done something to cause my distress, and then I moved my shoes out of the way so I could sit on the floor. Finally, I got somewhat comfortable and just began to talk to Yahweh God. I let it ALL out. I told my Heavenly Father that I can’t take it anymore. I told my Heavenly Father that I was dead but I want to live again, I told HIM about all of the troubles I was dealing with at the time and I just cried like a child who wounded themselves would do at their fathers’ lap. I literally felt like I was hugging my Heavenly Father’s leg and just crying and telling Him my woes. I think He heard me because when I got up out of the closet ~ literally, the PRAYER CLOSET ~ I felt like I left my burdens right there. 

Isaiah 41:10 says, 
Fear not (because) for I AM WITH THEE
Be not dismayed (because) for I AM YOUR YAHWEH GOD
I WILL (no doubt bout it) STRENGTHEN YOU
YES! I WILL HELP YOU
I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND

This is what I have to stand on and believe GOD even if my natural eyes don’t see the outcome.

 

7-9-14 My Bucket List

There are some things that I would love to do before I die. I’m 50 so I guess I better get started.

  1. I would LOVE to go on a cruise. I am afraid of the water but I think I could get on a huge ship that sails to the Bahamas or to some other island. We’ve been to the Bahamas before so maybe I’d like to try the Virgin Islands….
  2. I would love to go to Paris. It seems so romantic
  3. I want to be reunited with four special people in my life
  4. I want to get my novels published and be featured on the NY Times bestsellers list
  5. I want to move to a state where my ministry dreams can be realized
  6. I want to own my own business………making gift bags for the homeless and for mothers and children in shelters. I’d also like to do the same for men’s shelters
  7. I want to have a WOMEN’S SHELTER HOUSE
    This shelter/house is for battered women and women who have successfully completed a drug/alcohol rehab program.
    This shelter/house will give the women a safe haven. During their stay, they will be trained in life skills, be treated for emotional/physical abuse (treated by certified doctors). This house will also have a 24 hour childcare facility as the shelter/house will be open 24/7. There’s a whole lot more to this.
  8. I’d love to help my oldest son to get his photography career off the ground. He’s a great photographer.
  9. I want to broadcast on other radio stations, spreading the Word of God.

I used to think Bucket Lists were crazy, but now I have one and I’d love to see everything on it come to pass. There’s more, but this is a great start. 

No Limits; No Boundaries!

 I CAN (and will) Do ALL Things Through Christ Which Strengthens Me ~ Philippians 4:13

I recently saw a video by Oprah Winfrey featuring Nick Vujicic, a man born with no arms and no legs. Against all odds, he got married and he and his wife have a beautiful baby boy.

Now I think that had I been born without legs and arms, I may have been depressed, angry at God or maybe even suicidal. But this man, although he did try to commit suicide at the age of 10, found a way to LIVE LIFE with No Limits and No Boundaries. He is a living witness that he CAN do all things through Christ which strengthens him. Philippians 4:13

Have you ever felt like there were/are limits or boundaries on your life? Have you ever felt like “I just can’t do this or that”? I know I have, and what I have discovered by watching this man, Nick Vujicic, is that most of the time, I limit myself. I set boundaries on myself. 

Some of you know that I have Lupus and many days, I feel defeated because this condition is very debilitating. There are days where I AM limited in my body, but not in my mind. For a short period of time, after I first got diagnosed, I wallowed in self-pity and would not go out of the house because I allowed the diagnosis of Lupus to LIMIT ME and keep me BOUND. I feared Lupus and I gave in to the fear, which rendered me unable to work. I was depressed. I was questioning God and wondered why, out of 13 children, did I wind up with this chronic condition. I felt like my life had been cursed and I lived like I was cursed. 

Then one day, like Nick, I realized life was worth living. I realized I didn’t want to be limited and I sure didn’t want to be bound. I made up my mind that I, too, CAN do ALL THINGS through Christ which strengthens me. I had to talk to myself and come out of self-pity and LIVE again. I had to speak life to myself because the Bible teaches us that DEATH AND LIFE are in the POWER OF THE TONGUE! ~ Proverbs 18:21 That means that I can speak LIFE or I can speak DEATH. I choose LIFE. 

I want to encourage anybody reading this article to take the limits off of your life by changing your thinking about your situation. You may be in a wheelchair, have lost limbs or born without limbs. You may have some mental challenges, but once you take control of your thoughts and your tongue, you will see a difference.

Joyce Meyer wrote a book entitled “The Battlefield of the Mind”. That book teaches one how to come out of WRONG THINKING and WRONG SPEAKING!

So when you are facing challenges, instead of saying “I Can’t”, say “I Can”. Say it until you believe it. Say it until you see yourself doing what your mind or somebody has told you you can’t do. Remind yourself that through Christ, you can do some things all things. 

You may not be able to run like Carl Lewis. You may not be able to sing like Carrie Underwood. You may not be a surgeon, teacher, basketball player or whatever, but you ARE who GOD created you to be and you are the best you that could ever be! Change your thinking and speaking about yourself.

I encourage you as I encourage myself. NO LIMITS; NO BOUNDARIES!

Where is God In The Hard Times? Where is God When Life Hurts?

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July 7, 2014

Have you ever gone through something so hard, so emotionally draining, so hurtful and wondered “God, Where Are You?”, or “God, Why Did You Allow This To Happen To Me?”
Well, I have been there and although I have not always gotten the answers, I know for sure that God cares about EVERY tear that falls from my eyes and your eyes. I know that God cares about every situation, every pain – physically and emotionally. It may not feel like it, but God does care.

Here is a Scripture that I had to read and apply to my life. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

You may be saying, “Theresa, that doesn’t help me!!!” I understand how you may be feeling, but TRUST GOD. HIS WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS, NEITHER ARE HIS THOUGHTS OUR THOUGHTS ~
Isaiah 55:7-8.

It is human nature for us to ask God “why?”. It is human nature to even blame God when we go through challenging situations. HE understands, but we must be careful not to disrespect HIM because no matter what, HE is still God!

Psalm 43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Who feels like praising God when they are going through difficult situations? Not many people. It can be hard to do, but when you have a good relationship with God, it is possible to praise HIM during the difficult times.

This is a prayer that I have had to pray and it helped me when I was going through the most horrific time of my life:
Isaiah 41:10
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

I am not writing this as a novice but as someone who has had to trust God when it was hardest to trust Him. I am not trying to make it seem like I have always understood WHY God allows and allowed certain things to happen, but I can say this without fear of contradiction: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” ~ Psalm 30:5

So I leave you with this:
In the hard times, trust God
In the good times, trust God
We may not understand His ways and why He allows what He allows, but, as a songwriter wrote “We’ll understand it better by and by”.

God bless you.