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“AS UNTO THE LORD!”

Colossians 3:23 – “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,”

 

Let me pose a question, “What is the motivation that fuels your mission?” [Marinate on that for a moment.]

Have you found the answer? Is your motivation seeking high praise from those around you? Do you do what you do so you can impress someone else with your deeds? Do you do what you do so you can turn attention to yourself in a group setting to make you feel important? Or are you truly fueled to do what you do from the core of your very being? You will know when it comes from your heart because the very thought of your not being able to complete a certain assignment or task leaves you dissatisfied, disappointed, and discouraged. When you are fueled by the passion burning in your heart, what you seek to accomplish is always more about someone else being blessed and God being glorified, rather than another feather in your cap! Trust me, if you are seeking accolades and acknowledgements from your peers or those in position to make things happen for you, there is no need to expect a reward from God. You’ve already received it!

 

In order to do whatever you do as unto the Lord, you must first alter your thinking. Stop thinking, if I do this well, my Manager will notice and promote me to the next level. Just do what you do well, simply because it brings honor and glory to God! When the time is right, your gift will bring you before great men! Do not worry about your co-workers or managers perception of you. Your focus should always be to please God! When your focus is to always please God, everything you do will be done in a spirit of excellence rather than through a method of manipulation for something greater you desire to achieve. Manipulation should not be the motivation that fuels your mission. Listen, God knows what you can handle. But more so, He already has a plan and purpose for your life that does not always align with what you are trying to accomplish. (Proverbs 16:9) – We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. May I suggest, if you have not done so already, get in alignment with the will of God. That’s the best place to be for your safety, security and success!

 

The word “heartily” is translated “out of the soul”. Notice in the text. This is a command, or statute. There are no options presented. No choices to make when it suits your present circumstance. Nor is it prevalent upon a person, place or thing. It simply says, whatever you do, do it heartily. It could be completing an assignment on your job. Serving on a Ministry Team at your church with someone you do not particularly care for. It could be making sure you treat your nosey, trouble-maker neighbor with kindness and respect. It could be loving on those family members who are unlovable and unloving! You do not get to pick and choose when, where and with whom. The command again, is whatever you do, do it heartily. Once you make the main thing the main thing in your mind, your motivation and your mission, you are positioning yourself for abundant blessings and your life will soon become an example for someone else who is watching you and how you handle life!

 

The bible says in (Psalms 37:4) – Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Be happy in God and with God. Let the object of your affection be God. Live a life that pleases God and watch him show up in your life! When you put God first, everything you do will please Him and will be a blessing to all those around you. When you love God first, you will be able to love your husband and your children the way God wants you to. When you love God first, you will be able to go to work every day and not be fearful, flustered or frustrated with the unfair work practices, knowing God is covering you! As a child of the most-high God, you can confidently and assuredly boast that you are satisfied with God. But the most important question is, “Is He satisfied with you?”

 

Let me challenge you to put on the whole amour of God, keep your mind stayed on He who is able to keep you in perfect peace and remember, whatever (anything) you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

 

 

BBlessed!                                                                                      Abounding Love Bible Ministry © 2022

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: My Shoeology Blog, News|0 Comments

“IT’S A FAITH WALK!”

Matthew 6:30 – Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,

which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven,

shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

 

Have you ever observed young babies when they first begin to walk? Notice how the parents are eagerly encouraging that baby to take the first step – they call their name, they have something of attraction to entice them to walk that way, or they have something to eat or drink that they know that baby likes, and they may even extend their arms towards that baby, so the baby knows someone is there to catch them if they fall. Well, that’s the same way life is for the believer. God is standing there with His arms wide open with riches in glory to provide everything you need according to your faith!

Though your circumstance may appear to be dreary and doubtful, trust God; it’s a faith walk! When you’ve received a bad report from your doctor and your diagnosis is unbelievably bleak, trust God; it’s a faith walk! When it feels like it’s one unwelcoming situation after another, trust God; it’s a faith walk! And even when you feel lonely and all alone and can’t seem to feel the presence of the Lord in your situation, trust God; it’s a faith walk!

I’ve discovered that the major difference between non-believers and believers is that non-believers are convinced that everything they know, everything they have accomplished in life and everything they have acquired was achieved on their merit and hard work alone. But believers know, without a shadow of doubt, that all they know, all they have accomplished in life and all they have acquired, they owe it all to God. For without God, you can do nothing!

Think about it, if you never had a problem, how would you know that God could solve it? If you never had a bad day, how would you appreciate a good one? If you’ve never been through the valley, how could you enjoy a mountaintop experience? If you’ve never been sad, how could you ever appreciate unspeakable joy? If you’ve never been hungry, how would you know that God is bread in a starving land? If you’ve never been sick, how do you know that He is a healer?

When the economy has you feeling like you just can’t make ends meet, trust God; it’s a faith walk! When that wayward child of yours, acts like they have someone else’s blood running through their vein and not yours, trust God; it’s a faith walk! When your spouse seems to be a total stranger in your own home, trust God; it’s a faith walk! When your so-called friends try to tear you down because they see the anointing on your life, trust God; it’s a faith walk!

Remember, for we walk by faith and not by sight! Hebrews 11:6 states, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen!” You are unable to see with your human eyes all the blessings that God has in store for you, if you trust Him, if you believe in Him, and if you are faithful to Him. If you could see with your eyes, there would be no need for faith. Christianity is a faith thing. It’s all about trusting God even when the end looks hopeless. So, thank God for what you have and trust God for what you need . . . It’s a faith walk!

 

 

BBLESSED!                                                                                  ALB MINISTRY © 2022

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“WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?”

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son,
that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”

Valentine’s Day is considered a day for lovers! Well, some of you may not have a spouse, significant other or a special friend that you can share February 14th with. No worries. I want to tell you about the best lover anyone could ever experience! First, let me define the word “love”. Webster says, “it is an intense affection for another person based on personal or familial ties.” There are three degrees/definition of love: Eros is love between a man and a woman (erotic). Phileo is the love of a friend. And Agape is a Greek word for selfless love, the type of love that characterizes God. This love is the greatest and most enduring of all Christian virtues. There are three dimensions of love. When they are present, it causes a reaction. There is the Visual aspect (see) — optical attraction; the Physical aspect (touch) —  affection; and there is the Emotional aspect (feel) — worship and adoration. There are also three dynamics of love. These always prompt action of some sort: Pamper, to treat with excessive care and indulgence; spoil. Provide, to supply needs and secure wants. Protect, to keep from harm, attack, or injury.

When you see, touch, or feel love, it causes you to react – sometimes in a negative manner. But when you act on love, you are moved to do something for that person or thing that is the object of your love. It is so with God. All He wants to do is love you unconditionally – despite yourself. He wants to pamper and care for you all the time. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It feels so good, loving somebody and somebody loves you back. But wouldn’t it be even better if that somebody was Jesus Christ?

Because of God’s love for His creation, He prepared a plan of salvation for humanity, after Adam messed up in the Garden of Eden, with the consequent giving of His son. God knew that He needed to restore humanity back into right relationship with Him. God was deeply grieved because of the direction that humanity was headed. And He desired that His people would be saved and reign with Him eternally. Jesus Christ came to earth to show us the way back to the Father. Every person in this world must come to grips with who Jesus is, and decide whether to trust Him for life, or reject Him for death. God wants His creation to know His love. He wants to reach everyone in the world with His love. And yes, that means you!

The question I pose is, “What’s love got to do with it?” And the answer — Love has everything to do with everything! Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Love is part of God’s character. It is His nature. It is, in fact, his genetic makeup. It is who He is. It is what He is. Therefore, unlike us, He cannot be swayed by passion or diverted by disobedience. He faithfully acts, demonstrates, and shows His love. As God, He is perfect, which means His love is perfect. God demonstrated His love in the most perfect way possible. Without question, the greatest act of love is the sacrifice of a man’s own life; therefore, God sacrificed the life of His own son to save the world.

How much does God really love you? He loves you so much that if you had been the only person on earth, He would have still sent Jesus Christ to die for you. Don’t you understand? God loves YOU! Nobody in this world will ever love you like God loves you! He wants to meet all your needs, walk with you through troubled times, and bless you above and beyond all that you can ask or think. Allow God to show you that you are the apple of His eye. Ask Him for grace to receive the gift of His love every day, and you will experience the joy of being set free from fear and walk victoriously in faith like never before. Happy Valentine’s Day! (Excerpt from 2/11/07 1st Sermon).

BBlessed!                                                                                       Abounding Love Bible Ministry © 2022

 

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IT’S HARVEST TIME!

Galatians 6:9 – “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

Let me begin by saying Happy New Year! God allowed us to close out Chapter 2021 and begin Chapter 2022. Many did not make it, but we are blessed to be one of the ones who did. To God be all the glory!

There has been so much sickness and disease, death and sorrow, fear and uncertainty pressed all around us. But God … brought us through the valley and shadow of death. He brought us over the rough side of the mountain. And He brought us through the dry and desert places in our lives; yet we were not consumed. He was strength when we were weak. He was a way maker when we knew not where to turn. He came through every time we called on His holy and righteous name. And He did it without fail! Everything that we needed, God’s hand has already provided. Because our God is faithful! Be encouraged. If you fell short of the mark on yesterday, God’s new mercies were waiting for you this morning! And they will be waiting for you every morning as long as you live, move and have your being. Now that’s good news for somebody on today!!

Has God commissioned you to step out on faith and experience something totally out of your comfort zone? – Start a business? Return to the classroom? Start a new career? Launch a ministry? Write a book? Purchase a home? Seek God more? Well, congratulations to you. Know that it is a privilege and an honor to be chosen and to be used by God. So stay humble. Perhaps you started that very thing God spoke to you, yet you did not see it taking shape fast enough. But you still got up every morning and put the work in. You wrote the business plan. You went online to see what classes were offered. You submitted the job application for a higher-level position. You prayed for the vision summary that would be instrumental in shaping your ministry. And you were diligent in journaling daily so you would have rich and relevant content for the book you are to write? Bless the Lord. You have sown. Now it is time to reap!

Let me ask you, “Can you stand to be blessed?” I mean are you ready? Ready to walk in your purpose and your destiny? Ready to overcome the very thing you thought would be your demise? Ready to walk worthy of the call? Everything you have been praying for, everything you have been working for, everything you have been hoping for, and everything you have been believing God for is on the way! You have planted, your dreams have been watered, and God is now ready to give increase! Increase on your mind! Increase in your finances? Increase in your relationships? And increase over your health! He has seen your faithfulness in managing the skimpy. And He is ready to bless you now with plenty!

Do not let this harvest pass you by because of doubt, fear, and insecurities. Your adversary, the devil, seeks to plant those seeds. He wants you to give up. He wants you to give out. And he wants you to give in right at the cusp of your breakthrough. You have got to go through it to get to it. Your deliverance, your anointing, and your blessing is on the other side. The devil knows that if you hold on and make it to the other side of through, that there is nothing he can do to block you, stop you, deny you or delay your breakthrough any longer.

If God spoke to you, He is not capable of going back on His word! Rest assured that with every vision he pours into you, provision is already there! You can stand on it! I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. The Word of God tells you not to get tired of doing what’s good, what’s right, what’s pleasing, and what’s acceptable to the Master. God is omniscient. He sees everything you do. He hears everything you say. And He knows everything you think – whether good or bad – right or wrong. So, for everything you have done to please the Father, He honors the fruit of your labor and the work of your hand. It is not in vain. You will reap a harvest if you faint not!

 

BBlessed and Let Love Abound!

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“GUARD THE GIFT!”

Isaiah 9:6: – “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,

 

This Holiday season will not be like any other we have ever seen. The one thing I’m sure we will all try to continue to do is give gifts. Even if we can’t be there. I guarantee either you will be the giver, or you will be the receiver of an unwanted gift! It may or may not be intentional, depending on the allotted gift budget, the nature of the relationship and the time designated for shopping. But it does happen.

I love and serve a God who knows exactly the perfect gift to give. He knew humanity would need a Savior, a Redeemer, a King, a Lord, a Friend, a Shepherd, a Comforter, a Deliverer, a Counselor, a Provider, a Healer, a Banner, a Victor, a Shield & Buckler, a Battle-axe, a Way out of no Way, a Strong Tower, and a Rock in a weary land. Jesus Christ is the that special gift. Please make sure he does not get lost!

The mentality of society nowadays, is the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Jesus is able to provide everything you need. In a world where our youth have fallen so far off the mark that they neither respect another person’s property nor another person’s life, He is the way, the truth and the life and no man can get to the Father, but by Him. In a world where the economy is so bad, unemployment is at an all-time-high and hope is nowhere to be found, He is our hope for tomorrow and our joy in sorrow! In a world where there are fewer people than ever before who no longer worship the true and living God and who have turned completely away from His precepts and examples of Godly living, He is still the living Word that changes not! In a world where family values and family ties have been replaced with an increased number of dysfunctional families, He is our brother and joint heir to the inheritance of God. He will stick closer than a brother! He is the gift that keeps on giving!

Often gifts that we receive at Christmas will break, tarnish, lose their functionality, spoil, melt, turn colors, and tear. They are gifts that are either too big or too small, something we like or dislike, something that we want or not want and even something that we feel was too cheap or much too expensive for our taste or budget!

This very special gift was given over 2,000 years ago. I officially received my very special gift when I was seven years old, although I believe deep in my heart that I have always had a love for Jesus as far back as I can remember! I never once have been dissatisfied with my gift! And I honor it daily as if I received it for the first time. He brings me joy when I’m sad! He lifts me when I’m down! He keeps me company when I’m feeling lonely! He protects me when I’m in harm’s way. He loves me when I didn’t love myself. He fills me with his power! He covers me with His blood! He gives me peace when there is confusion all around me! He gives me hope when I want to give up and throw in the towel! He is the best friend I could ever have! He will never change, even when I’m wrong; He will never leave me even, in the midst of trouble. He will never betray me, because He wishes above all things that I prosper and be in health, even as my soul prospers (3 John 1:2). Who wouldn’t want a gift like that?

As you celebrate the birth of our long-awaited Messiah this Christmas season, please be ever so thankful that God loved you so much that He gave you this very special gift that you can richly enjoy and cherish on your Christian journey. Jesus Christ is that special gift which I offer to you today! Will you receive the gift and live with Him forever? Merry Christmas to you and your family! And guard the gift!

BBlessed And Let Love Abound!

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“GIVE THANKS”

1 Thessalonians 5:18: – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

When I was a child, I remember my mother teaching me to say, “Please” when I asked for something and “Thank you” when I received it. She taught me that this was a way to let the giver know that I was grateful for what I received. Even if the gift was not something I liked, I was taught to still say “Thank You.” She told me that no one has to do anything for me, but if and when they did, to always say, “Thank you.” Well, the day arrived, and I too became a Mother. I instilled the same values in both of my children. When they asked for something, I would hold on to the object that my son or daughter was reaching for until they said, “Thank You.” Then I would release it and say, “You’re welcome.” And off they would go!

The month of November is here. We are already thinking about the delicious turkey dinner that we will be preparing. But let us not forget to give thanks. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. There is no unnecessary pressure, no gifts to buy, no packages to wrap, no credit card bills to pay 365 days after the fact, and no end of the year deadlines to meet at work. It’s the time of year when you can easily stop, turn from your everyday hustle and bustle and turn toward God and see his mighty handiworks. The weather changes from summer to fall. The color of the leaves begins to turn from green to orange then brown. Some trees shed their fruit and flowers begin to fade away. It is simply breathtaking! It’s almost like watching a giant sunset! Psalm 118:23 says, “This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”

This is the season where we, as bible-believing Christians, can actually reflect on the goodness of God, and how in the midst of chaos and adversity, He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks! We should still be determined, no matter what, to open up our mouths, lift up our hands, raise our voices and thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing even now, and what He is yet going to do in our lives, in our finances, in our relationships, in our physical bodies, in our minds, in our spirits, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our churches, in our communities, in our cities, in our states, and yes, even in our country! Life’s circumstances do not always unfold as we would like them to, but He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks!

When your spouse works your last good nerve and your kids are about to make you lose your mind “up in here, up in here,” remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks because there is someone else who would love to be married with children, but has no spouse, no significant other or even a prospect in the radar zone nor do they have the physical capability to ever conceive children. When your boss always points out your errors, but never gives you credit for cleaning up his/her mistakes, remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks because there is someone else, possibly that you know personally, who has no job to go to. When your body starts telling you what it will and will not do when you thought you were controlling it, remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks  because there is someone else who has a body that does not function without some assistance, or their mind does not function in a way that it can communicate to the body what it should do! When you’ve come to the end of your rope and feel all hope is gone and there is no way out, remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks because He promised to keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Him because you trust in Him.

I challenge you this month to come in agreement with me and let’s make November a month of Thanksgiving. Let your mind be free and think on all the times He brought you out, all the times He made a way for you, all the times He came to your rescue, even in the ninth hour, and all the times He never let you down! More importantly, think about the great sacrifice He made just for you because He loved you so much and wanted you back in right relationship with God the Father. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Do not ask him for anything; just give Him thanks for everything. Happy Thanksgiving!

BBLESSED AND LET LOVE ABOUND!

 

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