Rest for the WearyΒ 

There is an outcry in the body of Christ and in this world for the gift of peace. That thing that settles/clears your mind, helps you relax, and takes your fears away. Maybe your peace is a bubble bath with lavendar oil, a glass of Merlot, and Sade’. Do you find your peace lifting weights? Smoking a cigar? Maybe going fishing at 4 am? Maybe your peace is riding in your car listening to Boosie or Tye Tribett with a bag of Skittles and a cigarette. Maybe your peace is working in your vegetable garden. Maybe it’s Rum, Coca-Cola, and Power. Maybe peace for you is a massage or getting your hair done. Someones peace may a long run or a nap after a stressful day. Anothers peace may be prayer in your war room. 
My brother, my sister, whatever brings you your peace, there’s  nothing wrong with going there cause God knows your heart. Judgement free…let me invite you to meet Peace Himself. 

Jesus Christ says to cast your cares, burdens, worries, anxieties, stress, fears, and troubles on Him. He cares about you! Once you’ve died to self you can live for Him and that life gives you brand new strength. See, a life in Christ should not be draining, overwhelming, hectic, or busy. This life, this grace, this PEACE, gives you energy. It rejuvenates and invigorates you. You can feel still and calm right in the midst of your headaches, storms, or trouble. Cast your cares on God. The reason you feel so much stress is cause you’re trying to figure it out yourself when really you need to let go and let God. Invite peace in and kick stress out. To be honest, the peace you will find in a relationship with God surpasses all the other ways you seek to find peace. Wben you are feeling lost, remember this: God is standing in the same spot you left Him, drawing you near…calling your name…waiting for you to accept His hand. You can seek peace in all other things but there is no peace like having the Prince of Peace for yourself. 
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

II Corinthians 13:11 NKJV
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You are blessed!

The blessing of the Lord is upon you! See that glow on your face? The sparkle in your eye? That quiet confidence you have and that endless peace. The “get up and get it” attitude and the tunnel vision you did bot acquire on your own.  Your latter days are better than your former days my friend. Although you’ve been through the storm, the valley, and the fire…God brought you through because He has a plan for you! Have you forgotten your God is full of grace and mercy? Have you forgotten how good God really is? He sent a Savior to save you, to restore you, to redeem you, and to die for you. For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to die for us so that we could accept Him and have everlasting life. Now I don’t know about you but the only person that even comes close to giving their lives for us is our mother but how many know someone that died and rose again for you? Things could be worse and we often replay the bad in our minds but what if we started replaying the good? Make a list today of all the awesome things God has done forbyou and count it all to joy.  You could be dead but the Lord saw it fit that you rise this morning and for that (plus much more) let’s thank Him! πŸ‘πŸ’ƒπŸ˜†
You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: Your towns and your fields will be blessed. Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. β€œThe Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! β€œThe Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. β€œIf you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord , and they will stand in awe of you. β€œThe Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.

Deuteronomy 28:2‭-‬13 NLT
Sometimes you gotta be like David and encourage yourself. Other times you need a friend like me to come in and remind you that…You are BLESSED!!! 
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Praise is your weapon!

Let all that I am praise the Lord ; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord ; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Psalm 103:1‭-‬5 NLT
What a mighty and awesome God we serve. Aren’t we glad He gives us what we need? He grants our hearts desires. He withholds from us what will hurt us. He protects and provides for us. He heals and delivers us. He lifts us up and gives us life.  

Don’t we all owe Him a praise? Not those cute little dance around for 2 minutes and sit down type praises…but a praise that showcases we are truly grateful. One that you can’t control no matter what you do. A praise where the tears flow and you can’t control the dance and the deacon/deaconness can’t hold you and you run around and jump up and down and go all out ’cause you’re grateful! A big Christmas morning type praise. A “we made it out of Egypt” type praise! A “welcome to the Promise Land” type praise! A “I been through the fire like the Hebrew boys but I got out” type praise! A “they threw me to the lions but God spared me” type praise! A “my body sick, I lost my family, I been suffering and I’m questioning God but I will trust you like Job” type of praise!!!! 

Have you prayed about the situation as much as cried, talked, vented, or worried about it? Are you worrying when you should be trusting God? Do you trust Him with every area of your life or just what you have been unable to bring forth? Have you tried praising God??

Instead of complaining, just start praising. Right in the middle of the valley, without sunshine, feeling desolate, desperate for change, and need some water real quick, you gotta praise God NOW! The enemy gets confused when you start to praise God and God surely gets excited when you start to call on His name! The devil gets mad when you sidestep his confusion and declare that “God is not the author of confusion but of peace”! God rises up and runs to help you when you praise and worship! He is attentive  your voice and He listens for it. Start to declare the Word back to Him, He loves that! Start to dance and shout for what He is going to do while you worship Him for what He has done and is doing right now. Our God is awesome and we have to start thinking that way. Our God can do the impossible lets ask Him for the impossible, expecting Him to bring it forth. We walk by faith and not sight! We are overcomers. Let everything that has breath praise our God in Jesus name, Hallelujah and amen!
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Sister, where is your faith?Β 

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

James 1:5‭-‬6 NLT
My sister. I call you “sister” because you are my sister in Christ Jesus. My sister who is joint heir. My sister in faith. My sister because our Father is God Almighty. You are my sister that I have prayed  for. My sister who I go to God on behalf of! My sister who I rejoice with and whom I also mourn with. My sister who can call on me. My sister  who I hope the best for. I call you “Sis” for the right reasons and it is with deep love that I say this tonight…stop doubting God. 

Some of you have asked God for wisdom. Some for discernment. Some for deeper faith and others understanding. Another for wisdom and knowledge. Some for gifts of Holy Spirit. Another for financial freedom. Some for a breakthrough. Some for a raise. Others for a house. Someone for a baby. Some for healing. A few for a husband. One or two, an education. Someone for reconciliation. Another for the ability to forgive. 

My sister, you have asked God and He has given by your faith. Don’t double back. Don’t second guess. Don’t doubt. Don’t stumble. Don’t waver. Don’t lose hope. Don’t grow weary. Don’t faint. 

Being double minded creates storms, roller coasters, up and down emotions creating turmoil and chaos. It is uncertain like waves as the Word says.  

Faith in God brings peace, joy, and stability.

Will you believe God when Isaac takes years to manifest…?

Or will you create an Ishmael in impatience?

The choice is yours.
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Little girl…GET UP!Β 

He took her by the hand and said to her, β€œTalitha koum!” (which means β€œLittle girl, I say to you, get up!” ).

Mark 5:41 NIV
Rise, shine, and be great woman of God! My sister I say to you, “Get up” and be who God has called you to be. Get up and give God His glory! Get up and beckon the people to Jesus. Get up, though you have fallen. Get up, even if you have fallen repeatedly. Get up and show your sister that she can get up too. Get up and share your testimony, someone is getting saved because of you. Little girl, get up and rebuke the enemy. Get up and resist him cause then he’s gotta flee! Get up and speak to the elements. Get up and speak the Word. Get up and preach the Gospel, no matter what the people say they heard. For light shall overcome darkness but you must be willing to get up! Get up because the day is new. Get up and thank God that He woke you. Get up, you’ve got a job to do. Get up and work cause Gods plan includes YOU. Get up little girl and be who they said you could never be. Get up and thank the Lord…for He is worthy and has set you free. Get up for you have been delivered, you are healed through His stripes and blood. Get up and do what sounds crazy, like Noah did before the flood. Get up and face your destiny, it’s getting closer each and everyday. Get up and trust your Father little girl, for He shall surely make a way. Get up and let God use you Queen, you are His image through and through. Get up little girl, have faith in God, He sent His Son to die for you. Little girl, be ENCOURAGED, your Father loves, protects,  guides, and provides. Even when you are down and ashamed, He seeks you out, no need to hide. Little girl, dry your eyes, your suffering is over, the past is no more. Little girl, no more regrets, God has opened for you, a brand new door. The Lord forgives, so I say little girl get up and rise again. Your Father wants you to know that in Jesus, you will always have a friend.
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Sick and Tired? Try Jesus!Β 

And Jesus answering said unto them, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.   I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 5:31‭-‬32 KJV
You have an obligation, a duty, a calling, a longing, a need,  the esteemed PRIVILEGE of telling somebody about King Jesus today! My friend, is the new life you have been blessed with just for you? No! Is salvation not for all of Gods lost children? Don’t you want your babies saved? Don’t you want your husband or boyfriend changed and knowing the Lord? What about your strung out uncle? Your  cousin that steals everything? Your promiscuous teenage nephew? Your cussing and fussing Granddaddy? Your angry coworker? Your gossiping boss? Don’t you want to extend the gift of salvation to them through Christ? Don’t you want to point them to the God who sent His ONLY Son to die for them? They looking for love and they’re looking at you so tell them about Jesus!! Tell them about the grace He gives. Tell them about the forgiveness and favor. Tell them about about the magnitude of His mercy. Tell them about the rest He gives regardless of your past. Ahhhhh when I was brought low You saved me Lord so I will forever praise Your Name!! How long should we tell the world how good God is?

FOREVVAAAA!!!! **Cardi B voice**

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There are people walking round out here dying. Literally dying in the world and we are called to proclaim the Gospel to help them. The only death that needs to occur is death to the old. Let’s consider it gain to die daily FOR the exchange of life for and in Christ. Let’s use Gods power and our testimonies to help gain one (or many!) over for the body of Christ so the angels rejoice and they will meet God one day. We must look, listen, and be ready for these opportunitues to bring in His lost sheep. Jesus came for the sick, the hurt, the wandering, the confused. So saints…that ain’t you no more. The harvest is plenty but the laborers are few. Let’s get ‘er done, get to work, and get a few more for Jesus! 
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Take the limits off!

“​Now to Him (Glory to Him) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”

Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

Do you believe that God can do anything? Be honest now. Do you believe that God can do anything, everything, the seemingly impossible, and handle that mega problem that’s in your life, as well as those around you? 

As humans, we often limit God to do what WE think He is able to do. We think, “If it’s big for us, surely it must be big for God”. Bro, let me be real, God is bigger than your issue! Sis, I’ll tell you a secret, God has the FINAL say on your issue too! 

His words and thoughts are not like ours which means that just because we are scrambling around trying to figure out if we should float a check to pay for rent and lights…

Just because we are pawning our last piece of jewelry or our PS4 to pay daycare…

Just because we are borrowing from Peter (Amscot) to pay Paul (Bank of America)…

None of this means that God can’t handle it! We just refuse to take the limits off God and trust Him. We like to take matters into our own hands and do all these things when God is really saying ” Trust Me.”

I hear a word saying many are troubled in their finances so let me direct you to a promise from God in Malachi 3:8-10. God is saying “Bring me your while tithe. Just $50 out of the $500 you made this week son. Bring it to My house so there is food and needed supplies for others. Bring Me your 10% so that when Sister Gladys or Brother Anthony comes filling out their benevolence envelope for food or light money, there will be help for them too daughter. They need it. Test Me. Watch Me give YOU an overflow. Not because you deserve or earned it. But because I Am.”

Take the limits off God and watch Him deliver your sibling that you have been praying for faithfully. Take the limits off God and watch Him fix the broken relationship between you and your Mom. Take the limits off God and watch Him heal your aching body, destroy the Stage 2 cancer, and set free your troubled spirit. Take the limits off God and watch Him restore your marriage, then make it 10x better than before. Take the limits off God and watch Him promote you to places and positions you didn’t even ask for. Take the limits off God and watch Him do exceeding abundantly in your life and those around you! If we are human parents (those who fall short) and we give our kids the best, what do we think our perfect Abba Father will do for us (Luke 11:13) ? Take the limits off! You are questioning if the Word is true that says He promises to answer when you come to Him in prayer (John 14:13-14, 16:23-24)? Take the limits off! You wonder if with God nothing is impossible (Mark 10:27)? Take the limits off! 

The doubt you fight, the anxiety you feel, and the worry that consumes you, is nothing to our God. Don’t fret, God has it all covered! A mentor of mine once said to me “Cj. Don’t tell God how big your storm is. Tell the storm how big your God is”. Be encouraged. God is greater, stronger, and bigger than any storm you face. Remember, Jesus calmed the storm Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25).😏

Take the limits off God, step aside, and watch Him do the impossible (Luke 1:37).

 

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