God is in Control. Trust Him.

It is good to praise the Lord for the great things he has done. Sometimes it may seem that it is difficult when the storms of life come crashing in on you. Nevertheless, God is faithful. The fact that you are able to read this today confirms that the Lord is faithful. He will always make a way of escape, but we have to learn to trust him.

Living for the Lord doesn’t mean that you will not face dire circumstances that are out of your control, but I promise you that no matter what you have to face in life, it is much better to have the Lord directing your steps than to feel like you have been blindsided with circumstances meant to take you off course.

Yes, you may not always feel in control, but aren’t you thankful that God is in control, and he is working out all things for our good. I am reminded of a cartoon I saw once where a man was complaining because he had a fence blocking his path, and he was so intent on going in that direction that he decided to break the barrier and so he climbed over the top. What he didn’t realize was the fence was  there to protect people from falling off of the cliff. You may not see what lies before you, but God sees, and whatever it takes he will keep you going in a right direction. You can trust in him.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that at all times we must praise the Lord, even when we don’t see our way clear.  Praise him in the evening time

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What Can I Do? Am I Good Enough?

I can’t count how many times I have asked myself these two questions throughout the years: What can I do? and Am I Good Enough? These two questions are often viewed as being born out of frustration, and they are, because when I put the emphasis on the “I” in both, it shows a desperate plea to find purpose in my life.

What can I do? 

The scriptures say that “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
That leaves nothing out: it means just what it says, All things. Now, we sometimes forget that the Lord is fighting for us and we venture out on our own to conquer the world, only to discover that we haven’t fully prepared for the spiritual battle that we must face, so we fail.

Does that mean that the Lord failed to fulfill his promise? No, it means that we didn’t wait on the Lord before we took up the sword to fight. If you are going to face a mob of opposition, you better take the proper steps to protect yourself. Never go out in the battle without praying first.

Isn’t it funny how we put words of defeat in our own mouths before we even start. It’s not surprising that we spend too much time thinking about what might have been if we had only obeyed the Lord and acted on his lead. It’s really not funny at all. Why can’t we have  a little faith in ourselves?

The second question that I ask myself is, “Am I good enough?” I don’t remember how this question got started, but the longer I walk with the Lord, the more I’m convinced, that no one will ever be good enough; so, instead of drilling that question in my spirit over and over again, I’ve decided that as long as I can live and breathe, that I will do my best to be the best me that I can be. I’m not perfect, and never will be perfect.

People will always find something to  complain about and to criticize. As loving as people can be, some people are those who can be just as hard to get along with, and that is okay. No matter what, I have decided to do my best to be the best me that I can be. Do I have to please man? no. The only one that I need to please is the Lord and if I do that, every other area of my life will fall into place.

In this week’s Lattereign, we talk about ministry and the seven steps to begin one. Seven steps

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Act on Your Faith and Watch What God Will do on Your Behalf

It is a known fact that wishing something to come to pass usually results in disappointment. Waiting on God is super important, but so is trusting God enough to act. There is a story about a man who went out on a small boat that capsized in the middle of the ocean. He was in peril with no help in sight, so he started to pray.

Dear, Lord, please send me a miracle. I need help. When he finished praying a boat not much bigger than the one that capsized, pulled up alongside him, and asked for him to get in, and he promptly replied, “That’s okay, I’m waiting on God for a miracle.” So, reluctantly, the boat left.

It was getting harder to stay afloat and he was really getting tired by this point, so he prayed to the Lord again, “Dear God, I can’t hold on much longer, I need help. Please help me.” No sooner had he stopped praying, when another slightly bigger boat moved up beside him, and said, “here, get in.” The man refused to get in, and said that he could manage, that he was waiting for a miracle from God and he told them to go on.

Still he struggled until he could barely dog paddle. He prayed one last time, with every drop of faith that he had left. When he finished praying, a third boat pulled up and they told him to grab the life preserver, yet he refused and said that he was waiting on a miracle from God, and he waved them on.

It wasn’t long before he gave up and died. When he opened his eyes again, he stood before the Lord, and was a little bit annoyed, “Why didn’t you rescue me?” God said, “I tried three times to rescue you but you refused.”

We must learn to act on our faith. In this week’s Lattereign, we are encouraged to take that leap of faith.  It’s Time to Act on Our Faith

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Another Year to Make a Difference

This time of the year has always been exciting, stressful, and busy; however, one more emotion can be added to the list, hopeful. It gives us an opportunity to move forward and learn from the mistakes that may have been made in the previous year, and try our best not to repeat them in the coming year. For many students, school may be a dread, but deep down, it has a way of giving your life purpose again. After a long summer filled with boredom, students look forward to learning new things that will help them to grow. That sounds so wonderful in a perfect world, but for many students, it isn’t so.

We hope that this will be the year that we find our way. If students are not living for God, doing school may be more challenging. School may not always be easy, because while you are in school, you are also living life outside of school. I remember that in high school, the only thing that I wanted to do was to get good grades so that I could change my future. People said many hurtful things to me and didn’t even realize the impact that their words had on my life. It was enough for me to be determined to make a difference. If someone said that I couldn’t do something, I was bound and determined to prove them wrong and succeed. Do I regret their negative words? Not now, but then, oh then…

I had a secret weapon to fight their perception of me: it was the word of God. He said that I was worth saving. He cherished me enough to comfort me when I was going through the darkest days of my life. In the late night, pity parties that I had, that was supposed to be prayer, he let me know that he would never leave me or forsake me. He encouraged me to stand strong and to put him first in all things, and he would give me the desires of my heart.

I don’t regret the many tears that was shed while I waited for his promise to come to pass. I now know that those tears are stored in heaven, and he was able to pick up someone as broken as I was and shape me into a vessel of honor. For that, I am forever grateful.

It is my prayer that students will have a blessed year in school. Lord, keep them safe, and dispatch your angels to watch over them as they go through their day. In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that no matter what laws are passed, There will always be prayer in the schools.

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Chosen to Fight the Good Fight of Faith

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet:” (Psalm 8:3-6).

“Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto them, thou art my servant: I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” Isaiah 41:9-10).

We have been chosen for this hour to fight the good fight of faith. Let us not grow weary in doing the work of the Lord, because the time for us to become the light of our city has come. The work that the Lord has called me to do on the Lattereign has been a blessing to me, week after week. I feel that I have been called to this purpose. Do I feel adequately prepared? No. Have I ever doubted that the Lord would honor my desire to write? Many times. But I know that he has called me, and that his grace is sufficient enough to equip me with the words to write in order to get the job done.

What is ministry? A burden? A blessing? I’m not sure; sometimes it can be a mixture of both, but all in all, I know that I’ve been called to this purpose and that I must do the work that he has called me to do. I can’t back down just because the words don’t flow, I must press forward to do the work that he has called me to do. Quitting is not an option.

Is it always easy? A thousand times, no, but it is a passion and a calling. Reaching out to this community through words may seem specialized and perhaps not very important, since the paper is a disposable item, but I’m still called, I must press on and do the work that the Lord has called me to do. How do you continue when you don’t always see the results of your efforts?

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good: (Ecclesiastes 11:6).

You just keep on sowing the seeds. Keep on encouraging the discouraged. Keep on obeying the Lord to deliver the message as he gives it to you. Nothing shall stop you from moving forward when you have a single purpose in mind: to do the work that the Lord has called you to. I can’t do it in my own strength, I am not gifted in writing; I’m just available and trying to be open to the Spirit.

I want to be a vessel used by the Holy Ghost to share this truth: Jesus loves you, and he will not fail you. He is always faithful, and he is a God of provision and strength. He is the healer of all our diseases, and he loadeth us daily with benefits. He is our Savior and he is coming soon. We must get prepared to meet him, and while we are waiting, we must do the work that he has called us to do.

Don’t give up; don’t give in; don’t fall by the wayside in defeat. Get up; brush yourself off in Jesus’ name and keep moving forward.

He is still on the throne and in control of your circumstance, so you have no need to fear for he has already won the battle. It is up to us to learn how to follow in the shadow of his wings of protection.

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy” (Psalm 145:8). In this week’s Lattereign, we read some Thoughts on Prayer from E.M. Bounds.

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The Promise is Ours if We Will Receive It.

Have you ever walked through a buffet line when you were extra hungry? Isn’t it hard to focus on what you want when there are so many items to choose from? You have a choice to get one large plate filled and not return for seconds, or simply get a smaller portion the first time, and return more than once to the buffet line. I have found that if I take smaller portions, I enjoy my food more, because I can focus on the one or two items that are on my plate. You can always go back for more when it’s a buffet.

I have seen people with their plates filled to overflowing and think to myself how in the world will they be able to eat everything they have on their plate! In my case, before I could eat it all, my food would more than likely get cold and unappetizing.

Reaching out in ministry in too many directions at once, without proper preparation, brings to mind, the Israelites when they were traveling in the wilderness. The manna from heaven was delivered fresh every morning, and there was plenty enough for everyone to feed their families. In every crowd, there are a few who still haven’t grasped the concept of God’s provision. They are so afraid that there will not be enough, that they try to ensure there will be, by getting extra, while it promptly spoils, because you can’t expect your way to work, if you fail to listen to what the Lord is instructing you to do.

It’s a matter of trust.

The promises of God are spread on a banquet table, untouched and waiting for us to claim  them. Why do we often hesitate to receive his promises? It is because to receive the promise, you must first learn to trust that God is a reward of those who diligently seek him. It is better to seek God first before you venture out to gather.

In the buffet line, maybe there are so many talents that I have a hard time choosing what are the best gifts for me. It’s not the quantity of gifts that will make us more effective, it’s the time we spend developing the gifts that we reach for. It is important to not grab every gift, when you go down the line, because to do so may mean that some do not get developed and fade away.

It is better to leave some gifts on the table for others, and receive the gifts that the Lord is leading you to. It may not be the greatest, in your perception, or the most dynamic of gifts, but if you take the time to seek God, he will direct you to choose the ones that will be the best gifts for you to nurture. The gifts you choose may not have even entered your mind to pursue, as you may feel unworthy, or even undeserving to take them, but my God doesn’t look at how undeserving we are, he gave his life for us, and he freely gives his gifts. Do I want to reach for it when he offers? If not, what is holding me back: fear? Doubt?

The table is filled with his blessings that will change our lives, and the Lord is offering it to us freely if we will only believe. In this week’s Lattereign, we will step out in faith and boldly,  Claim your Promise.

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Finding Peace in the Hiding PLace

“Thou are my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” (Psalm 32:7).

“For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee” (Psalm 33:21-22).

It seemed that no matter how challenging my life became when I was younger, I could always find clarity after going to my room and closing the door. It was as if closing the door meant that the situations that I was battling, would disappear. I could actually breathe deeply and regroup for the next round. My room didn’t have technology, or gadgets or fancy furniture, but it did have what I needed: a place to be myself. I could think, write, pray, rest in that room. The bible said that “no weapon formed against me would prosper,” so I held to that promise as I lived day by day.

At times I felt like I was riding on a roller coaster: I could reach the pinnacle of happiness, only to have the bottom fall out of my world and plunge me into the depths of despair in the valley. It was always so unsuspected although I found myself bracing for the next valley if I reached happiness.

I was no different than many other teenagers trying to find their way, but at the time it felt like my world would never be stable. Yet, through all of those dark times, I kept walking toward the light and hope. I found hope in the church that I was going to. I rode the church van, and for every time they braved my doorstep, I was grateful. I learned that although I couldn’t control my circumstances, I could control my response to them. I had a choice to make: defeat or victory, I chose the latter because it gave me a way up out of the valley.

Fast forward five decades, plus, and I still find refuge in my room. I am so blessed to have a space to just be myself, and I am grateful that the Lord didn’t give up on me as I was learning how to lean on him. The world has changed since that time, and so have the circumstances we are faced with on the world stage daily, yet, I still feel that separating myself from it to find clarity with the Lord is my key to being victorious in this hour.

Never underestimate the power of prayer that is given from someone who is committed to worshiping the only one who can save us: Jesus Christ. Yes, my prayers are more complicated these days, and the situations seem insurmountable at times, but one thing remains constant. In Jeremiah 32:27, the Lord asks, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

We are the ones who delay our own prayers, because of unbelief. That is a battle in itself, but if we ever are able to push those thoughts aside and realize that God is all powerful and that he will supply all of our need according to his riches in glory, we will still be triumphant over the enemy.

It’s time to find a secret place to spend time with the Lord. We owe it to ourselves to wrap ourselves in his protection, so that he is able to fight our battles for us. He promises to go before us, so why don’t we allow him to do so?

In this week’s Lattereign, we are being called to prayer. Do you want to live a victorious life? You can, when you learn to hold your peace and let the Lord fight your battles. Come Unto Me Take the Time to Pray

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Sometimes You Must Just Walk by Faith

Let my light so shine as the sun in a dark world void of hope

Lord, I want to be a vessel—used by you.

Let my lips be filled with praise with my hands raised in total adoration and worship.

Let me be a vessel—used by you to bring light to those lost without you.

Help me show them the Name, the only name whereby we must be saved.

Then, Lord, break me and let me be molded by your masterful touch.

I want to be a vessel of honor, you’ve already paid the price

Let my light so shine that you might be glorified.

Not everything that we face in this life is easy. There will be times in your walk with the Lord that you will not have all of the answers, the road will be littered with rocks to slow you down, and not everyone you meet will be on board with what God is leading you to.

Sometimes living for God can be lonely as you face one obstacle after another. Today, I speak to those times. This too will pass. Remember that Jesus was led into the desert and he faced 40 days without food, being tempted of Satan and fighting against spirits that tried everything possible to cause him to fail; yet, he remained victorious because he knew how to fight with the Word.

He knew that we would also be tested in this life. The good news is he gave us the weapons to defend ourselves against it, it is called the Word of God. The bible says in Isaiah 54:17 that, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” We must stay in the word to be prepared for spiritual battle.

You don’t understand how hard it’s been living for the Lord. To that I say, Just imagine how hard it would have been if you didn’t have the Lord to fight your battles and give you direction. Our problem is that in order to survive we must be willing to give our best.

In Deuteronomy 8:3, he tells us that we are humbled. I know myself that I’m sometimes too independent for my own good, and I do everything myself without asking; but there are some things that only God can do, and even then, we must release our situations from our grasp so that the Lord can do a work. This process of humbling yourself doesn’t happen overnight, and I know that through the years, I have found myself having to do it all over again when pride built up in my life and I forgot who the deliverer was for a short season.

I admit it: I need God. I can’t do anything without him, nor do I want to go out of his will for my life. It is inside his will that I am protected, encouraged, helped, and free to move forward. Just let one storm come up and I step out from underneath his umbrella of protection, and I promise you, I will be drenched with the downpour.

We also are able to reach out to others when we are filled with hope of a future. In the midst of battle, we can lift up others. It’s amazing to me how God allows us to be strong when we are weak; why, because he is strong for us. It’s not time to back down from this journey, we hear the battle cry and it is telling us that Jesus Christ is coming back soon, and we must be ready to meet him and bring in the harvest that is still waiting to find the way to hope.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

“For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison and ye came unto me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn about how God gave us the greatest technology, our mind. The Greatest Technology

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There’s a Better Way to Fight the Battle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever felt completely worn down both in spirit and in body? We are sometimes overwhelmed with obligations, responsibilities, tasks that we may want to do, and tasks that maybe we might even dread a bit that are necessary so we just do them, obligations to family, church, ministry, employer, and the list goes on and on? Let me be honest, here: I have felt that way at times, and it is a challenging thing to go through.

For example, something as routine as washing dishes can get overwhelming. Really now, how hard can it be to wash two of everything for a meal? In my head I am thinking that maybe this once I can just fill the sink with soapy water and let the dishes soak. After all, I rationalize, I am so busy and too tired to stand there to finish the dishes, so here is the way that I overcome that urge to do nothing, every time: I get up from the table, and purposely gather all of the dishes we have used and put all of the condiments back into the refrigerator. I start to empty the sink, and run the water. I put some Dawn in the sink and begin to put the dishes in. By this time I’m committed. I might as well wash the glasses, and before I realize it, every dish has been cleaned, and it didn’t take too long to accomplish it. After I wipe down the counters and the stove, I am done.

There have been times I think, I tricked myself into taking care of dishes, or William will start running the water and we end up doing dishes together. Either way it wasn’t such a terrible task.

We can either allow Satan to become a stumbling block in our lives, or we can stand behind the Lord as he goes forward before us.

It may be easier to do nothing, but the consequences of doing nothing are great.

Without acting on our faith we lose our victory, and feel defeat.

We lose our strength to keep trying because we have lost our joy or more accurately, we allowed Satan to steal our joy from us. How can we keep him from stealing our joy? by praying in the Holy Ghost. It says that the Joy of the Lord is our strength. In Isaiah 12:3, it says “…With joy shall ye draw waters from the wells of salvation.” If we want true joy and strength, it requires action on our part. We must believe that the Lord is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think, and by faith act on our beliefs.

No longer will we settle for table scraps when the Lord has prepared a feast before us. We must reach for it. We must desire it for the Lord to bring it to pass. In this week’s Lattereign, I challenge you to expect God to do miracles in your life. What do you have to lose? Are You expecting a Miracle

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Are You Ready to Come Out of the Darkness, and be Filled With his Light?

It is the Lord’s desire that we be established in the faith and that we grow spiritually. We need to grow beyond the infant stage (milk) and begin to desire (meat) of his Word. When we begin to get an appetite for the Word, and for Truth, we are ready to dig deep into our spiritual closets and allow the Lord to cleanse and change the things that would hinder us from serving him with our whole heart. When we search out the things that aren’t pleasing to God and get them under the blood, we’ll  have revival in Jesus’ Name.

Preparing for His Presence

The more you plan; the less you stress; so stay prepared to pass the test

Pray, and when you’ve reached the end, pray. YOU will, the victory win.

It’s up to you to take control of your life, your walk with God, your goals.

If they’re in line with God’s will, he’ll carry you every step up the hill.

Enter into this present joy, today, and give the sacrifice of praise.

He’ll fill you ‘till you overflow with blessings and the Holy Ghost.

Hold your head high and rejoice evermore, for your Savior is waiting,

he is nigh the door.

Enter into his presence and you’ll be forever changed

As you reach toward heavenly places

As you learn to call on his Name.

It’s not too late to seek his face, for he desires our worship in this place.

His mercy endureth forever, and his grace does much more abound.

When we offer up praises; he loves the sound.

It is he who will establish and strengthen us

As we follow on to know him and learn to trust.

We are well able to pass the trials and tests before us,

For he gave his best, lights the way, and adores us.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily he shalt give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:3-4).

It’s not about us; but it’s all about him and his purpose for our lives is for us to worship him in spirit and in truth.

In this week’s Lattereign, we challenge you to trust God for It’s time to shine in the darkness.

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