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Throwback Thursday's Message From The Middle

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM Comments comments (2)
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Blessed greetings in the name of our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Well, we find ourselves in the middle of the summer, in the middle of the year 2015 (and prayerfully, I find myself in the middle of my life). It has been my observation that the majority (present company included) are usually spending more time dwelling on past exploits of life's journey or looking to the future, be it dread or hope, for what's next over the horizon, while neglecting the present position in the midst of the two tenses. This misappropriation of focus can even be considered a tactic of the enemy who means to do nothing less than distract us from the "present" (gift) that is called "Today", also known as "NOW". Be it the middle of life, the middle of the year, the middle of summer or the middle of the moment, we can do justice to amend or build on the past and prepare properly for the future by making the best of our current situation. So take some time today to smell the coffee, smell the roses, enjoy a conversation, feel some sunshine, appreciate the rain, savor a breath of fresh air, embrace your freedom, reach, teach and encourage a child, respect and support a senior, and generally live, laugh and love more --- TODAY!

My family just recently commemorated 16 years since we emerged from our wilderness experience...then officially proceeded in ministry. Our official ministry, ie. Christian practice, began in August 1999 at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. It was here that our faith walk continued and GOD showed us why we had to go through the previous 3 years the way we did, resulting in our week of homelessness. Those formative spiritual years prepared us to be effective ministers to others who were homeless. It also prepared us to deal with various aspects of ministry and to effectively cross denominational barriers.  Those invaluable lessons that we learned served as a template for how to plan to proceed in our service unto the Lord globally.

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.
Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Midweek Meditation - Waging War: The Fruit Fight!

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM Comments comments (1)
2 Timothy 3 New King James Version (NKJV)Perilous Times and Perilous Men
3:1" But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

If ever there has been a time of war, it is NOW!  Not in physical manifestation only, but in specie "spiritual".  Since the "Kingdom Kids Network" broadcast on Saturday and the "Dying to be Married" on Sunday, the hordes of Hell have been marching and have enlisted the assistance of the unwittingly, the entangled and even those who have given way to their own carnality and fleshly desires.  The tides of life's boisterous  waves having beat against the apertures of men's hearts are wearing saints, disillusioning the simple and daunting the hope of our youth.
When facing the provocations that spew from lips of naysayers, backbiters, and haters, it is most important that we realize (though under attack) that this is not a flesh and blood warfare.  Ephesians 6:12  Our enemy (the Devil) is out to utterly destroy our witness and halt our testimonies of the abundant grace and glorious workings of the power of God flowing in our lives, ultimately to steal the word sown in our hearts and he uses people.  

Our first response to offenses is usually to view the offender as the culprit and if we are not responding the power of the Holy Spirit, we can and sometimes will be led astray by our carnal man resulting in the ensnarement of the enemy to discredit our testimony and steal the word that has been given us.

Mark 4:16-17New King James Version (NKJV)
16:16 " These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble."

Oh, how to avoid the offenses of life?  The fight to overlook unwarranted criticisms of others, to bridle our tongues when we see the enemy is using someone to provoke us to anger, to die to our flesh and the lusts thereof that lead us headlong into ungodly relationships that disarm us, resulting in heartache, and devastation.  Yes, the Devil knows the "enemy-in-me" and has studied every move.  His imps and demonic troops have been given express orders to relentlessly "steal, kill and destroy" everyone on his radar.  He is the master deceiver and  his deceptions cannot be discerned by the carnal and un regenerative soul.

1 Peter 5:5-8New King James Version (NKJV)Submit to God, Resist the Devil

5:5  "Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one and be clothed with humility, for  
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
Be sober, be vigilant; because[b] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."

If we forget that God has a plan to bring  to fruition that which He planted in us for His glory, we will cower under pressure, draw back at the threat of confrontation and give in to the deceptions of man because we'd rather settle for what we do see rather than to wait and believe Him for what we don't (see spiritually).

Ecclesiastes 3:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."

Armor up Saints of God!  This is an ALL OUT WAR!  Now is not the time to give up.  It is never a time that good soldiers run away from their enemy.  Yours is relentless and he will not back down neither will he show you mercy. He wants to utterly annihilate you.

The motto of The Lords army is always to "Fight the Good Fight of Faith!" and to "Endure hardness as a good soldier"  2 Timothy 2:3  Be spiritually minded and lay aside every weight and sin that does so easily beset you or throw you off course.  (Hebrews 12:1) Lay hold of that which is before us, despising the weapons the enemy uses against us (Shame, guilt, false humility (which is a form of pride) and everything he's used against us in the past.   

Galatians 5:19-21 "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."

His grace will always be sufficient for any battle we face.  Continue to look to Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith.  If we suffer with Him, our reign is sure!

It is a fight for "Fruit".  The fruit that the Word of God produces in our lives.  Therefore, we cannot be passive and be intimidated when evil tries to silence us, when the kingdoms of this world mandate that we worship at the feet of compromise and ungodliness.  We are living in a time where the tree will be known by its fruit as never before.  We are engaged in a "Fruit Fight"!

Matthew 12:33King James Version (KJV)

33 "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit."



Midweek Meditation: The Fruition of Hope

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 2:04 AM Comments comments (2)
Psalm 127:3-5a Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! ..."
 
Oh, the joys of parenthood!  I'll never forget holding my oldest son and firstborn child while beholding the miracle (yes, for me it definitely was) of God's favor upon my life.  I remember thinking when he was only a few days old "What will you be like at 10, 15 or 20 years of age?"  Now, over 30 years later, the question resounds stemming from the epoch of his birth  "Where did the time go?"
 
Engrafted within the various stages and seasons of parenthood, the blessings kept coming as well as life's challenges: (disappointments, rejection, struggle, loss, pain, confusion) you name it, it was in there.  
 
Somehow I knew I'd never be able to teach my sons what it was to be a "real man" and that it was something only a real man could do, and although learning to love and trust another man with my heart, my children and ultimately our lives, was not only going to take some work on his part, but I too would be required to sow seeds of sacrifice as well.  So during the courses of "Parenting 101 - ...", "Love and re-marriage: Doing it God's way" and  "How to die in order to live", ours has been a journey where slow and sometimes unassuming growth in the midst of the vicissitudes of life, are now coming to fruition.
 
I was reminded this morning of just how much I'd taken for granted and why it is so necessary to take time, no "make time" to count my blessings and recognize that all too often, the fruit of hope can be overlooked and hidden beneath the boisterous clamour that hovers over the door of our heart, waiting to gain access.  But as the glory of a clam  is found in its pearl,  whose brilliance and value is developed in secret places and whose seed stem from pain and irritation, so are many of the most precious and valuable things in our lives.  The epiphany began like this:
 
I'm preparing a meal for our oldest son "M1" (using initials since I don't have permission :-) who's visiting us from out of town and our youngest son "C" who's home sick.  Our fourth son "Q" comes home and I ask him to text his older brother "T" to let him know that M1 is home.  He informs me that they spoke yesterday and have already made plans to get together while he's here.  Freeze!  I am now experiencing a utopian moment, and here's why:
 
Earlier this morning, M1 calls me to let me know that he and brother M2 are headed to the house after spending a good portion of the evening before together.  When they arrive, dad and sons spend time together sharing (no doubt, the responsibility, accountability and piety the sons have been taught by their dad is being revisited).     March MANness is in full effect!  
 
Each day leading up to this, our daughter is in constant communications with all of her brothers, through text, phone or just being in the same house.  Daddy is on everyone's "must call" agenda when they get home from school or work, not because they were told to, but because they "like" talking to daddy.  Although we are far from perfect and being problem free, this in itself is the product of hope planted during the "see nothing" years of our lives.
 
There were years where dysfunction, bitterness, lack, being viewed as misguided and tumult would have caused most to give up.  We did.  Believing we'd ever see our marriage (yet alone our family) ever make it   (as DTBM's broadcast spoke of in "From Root to Fruit:  The Process" would take an act of God.  But God, in His Omniscience, planted the seed of hope that carried us through those seasons and His voice and His word overrode the voices of doom in our head and gave us the strength to press on.  Hope could not and would not relent to the voices of disparity but instead subdued them.   The residue of unforgiveness, offense and bitterness have been washed away and the stench from the decay of pride has been eradicated by the sweet scent of its sacrifice during the winter months.  The when and how were so subtle and unobtrusive, I can't even pinpoint when it occurred. 
 
Romans 11:33Amplified Bible (AMP)
33 "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!"
 
Spring is here!  Though we are still experiencing some of the same weather conditions left over from a very hard winter here in the Midwest (colder than Spring days, occasional snow, etc.) we've had enough warm days that the ground will not respond to the cold the same as in the winter months.  Instead, when we get a little snow or the rain begins to fall, it doesn't stick or hang around as long.  The Tulip leaves were the first to peak through the snow.  The birds have already begun ushering in the morning and creation has already been alerted that it is indeed Spring!
 
Things that were dormant throughout the winter will begin to awaken.   Perrineals will remember it's their time to arise.  We'll even use some of the very things that would have stunted a plants growth as compose to help to enhance it.  So will it be in our lives.  Nothing from our past will ever be wasted.  God will use it all to work together for our good and for His purpose.  That we might see the result of us loving Him enough that we'd be willing to obey him to the point of sacrifice.  We will experience the "Fruition of Hope".
 
Isaiah 61:3Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 "To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."

Monday Pew Review - Celebrations and Series Summations

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Blessed Monday to all. Praying that you all had a blessed weekend. It was quite an eventful one for us at Kingdom United Ministries Network. Although this past weekend feature a rare 5th Saturday, where there weren't any of the usual Saturday morning cyber services, there is much that can be updated on the spiritual front. Due diligence must also be given for the summation of the previous series, "Formulas for Resolutions"


First, Sondra and I recognized and celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. By exclaiming, 'To GOD be the glory', I don't mean to sound trite or sound cliche, but we have literally and even more so spiritually, mean this in all truth. Had it not been for the Lord on our side, we would not have been. Yet, by His grace, we have made it this far with plans to fulfill the ultimate vow: 'til death do we part'. You can see the video that Ambassador Sondra (sounding official for a reason) put together of us over the years. Only because she went through the trouble will I relent to exposing these old pictures, so just click on  the video below: 

On DTBM - Dying To Be Married With Winston And Sondra Lewis, we began a new series for the month of February, "Levels Of Love". In this series, we will examine the four levels of love as categorized by the Greek interpretations of love, which include Eros, Phileo, Storge and Agape. This past cyber-service we focused on Eros, the shallowest level of love, and determined whether or not this level of love which indicates the "erotic" or physical attraction that we have for one another, should even be considered in the conversation with the other three, deeper and more intense levels of love. Go to DTBM: The Levels of Love

Finally, stay tuned for the upcoming blog, Midweek Meditations later this week for the summation of the previous series "Formulas For Resolutions". After all there is always something left on the table. This begs us to ask: 'What's in your pew?"

 

No Ordinary Storm

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM Comments comments (0)

No Ordinary Storm
Mark 4:37-39  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

This was no ordinary storm.  Previously, Jesus had been teaching on the kingdom through a series of parables.  It was in this very ship that he taught by the sea side because of the multitude that had come to hear him.
He taught them the parable of the sower and the seed.  He taught them that a candle is meant to be seen and that nothing in secret would remain hidden.  He told his disciples that to them it was given to know the mysteries of the kingdom but that it was hidden from those who chose not to seek it out.  And that if they didn’t understand the parable of the sower and the seed, they wouldn’t understand any other. Little did they know that the teacher was in his glory and their ship was his class room.  They were being given the answers before the test.

Have you ever been given a dream, a word that resonated in your spirit that you knew, was more to it than met the eye?  You knew God was telling you something.  Something that took seeking Him to get an understanding?  “It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing.  But the glory of kings to search a matter out.” Proverbs 25:2  Jesus was the master teacher (orator).  He could give a parable that man’s wisdom had no grasp of understanding.  But it was not in the telling that they would learn, but rather in the test that followed.

After teaching many parables that day (lessons on various aspects having to do with the Word of God, the one who teaches it, enemies of the Word, those who receive it and those who don’t, why and what the word will produce) in verse 35b, the teacher is ready to give them the test saying “Let us pass over unto the other side.”

The scene is set.  It is evening and along with the boat that Jesus and his disciples are on are several other smaller boats.  Then comes an unusual storm.  A storm so fierce that on the sea, it is of hurricane proportions.  This in and of itself is unnatural as hurricanes are common only in large bodies of water such as the Atlantic Ocean.  But this storm sends their boat reeling as the waves beat ferociously against it.  The waves are so relentless, they lift the boat high almost touching the sky and with the tumult of the violent winds, send the boat crashing to depths of the sea.  The deep looming sound of the creaking of the helm and the cracking of lightening overwhelms the men’s hearts as the waters that were once on the outside of the boat have now come inside and their boat is now full.  Although a few of them are seasoned fisherman and have gone through storms before, they have never experiences anything like this.

Isn’t it something how no matter what you think you know about life, there are times when our faith is being tested that we face unusual circumstances that seem to come from nowhere?Psalm 107:23-30Amplified Bible (AMP)
Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters;
These see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.
For He commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.
[Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight.
They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits’ end [all their wisdom has come to nothing].
Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.
He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.
Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven.”

So the men cry out to Jesus and awake him from his rest.  Now its one thing for them to be going through all of this and after all, wasn’t it Jesus who said “Let us pass over to the other side?”  We wouldn’t be going through this if it weren’t for us following him!  And to make matters worse, when we need him the most, he’s in the back of the boat (uh, class room) sleeping!

Have you ever felt like when all hell was breaking loose in your life that Jesus was somewhere asleep?  But even the answer to this question (I’m sorry, test) had been given to them when he said in verses 26-29 of Mark 4:
So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.  For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”

Now the master teacher is ready to reveal the lesson that he’d spent all the day teaching them.  How well did they do?  Did they pass?  He arises (gets up out of his chair at the back of the class room) and does two things:  He rebukes the wind and says “Peace, Be Still!” then turns to the disciples and asks them “Where is your faith?”  Jesus never asks a question to get information.  But this was a question of “location” (what ground are you?) for his disciples to answer.

All the day he’d been teaching them how faith operates and that there are enemies at work to steal the word it produces.  He’d told them that depending upon the type of ground (condition of the heart), the measure of word they’d receive would yield the same measure of return.  He had taught them that when the harvest (the test) came, that what they’d received would be manifest.

It would seem that Jesus would only need to speak Peace or to simply tell the winds to “Be still”, but upon looking closer at the lessons he’d been teaching them, there were two points of interest being addressed in this lesson:
The “Peace” was to the disciples who only needed to realize that The Prince of Peace was with them all along.  That where, when and how He tells you to go is enough to sustain you when you receive and obey His Word.  He will never lead you where He will not keep you.

“Be still” was to the elements that surrounded them (the winds, the waves).    “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:41b This storm was not an ordinary storm.  It was a lesson in faith that Jesus ordered and because he initiated it, he also controlled it.  All along, as impending, dismal and horrific as it may have been for his disciples, it was all happening in a “controlled” environment.  It came for them to “pass” over to the other side.

"Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.
He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.
Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven.”  Psalm 107:28-30

You may be going through a storm right now.  Speak peace over your soul and tell the winds to “Be still!”  You are not alone, and this is no ordinary storm.

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Praise: Your Customized Weapon!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:43 AM Comments comments (0)


Isaiah 43:21 The Message (MSG)16-21 
This is what God says,
    the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
    who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
    they lie down and then can’t get up;
    they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
    rivers in the badlands.
Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
    —the coyotes and the buzzards—
Because I provided water in the desert,
    rivers through the sun-baked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
    the people I made especially for myself,
    a people custom-made to praise me."

All to often, we have relegated praise to a feeling, an expression of gratitude and appreciation for the one being praised and haven't realized that it is more than this. Much , much more.  In Proverbs 18:20 the psalmist states that a mans belly shall be satisfied by the fruit of ones lips and the writer of Hebrews 13:15  teaches us that we are to offer up to God "the sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name"

Praise is  a POWER WEAPON  that will still the enemies in our lives and defeat our adversary.  We were created in the image of God to speak into our earthly lives what the will of God is in Heaven (Matthew 18:18 )  as God spoke in the 21st verse of Isaiah 43 "the people I made especially for myself,a people custom-made to praise me."  
We were created to make manifest the glory of God on earth, unique to his design and purpose, operating from a power source not of this world.  2 Corinthians 10:4
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Therefore, praise (out of  the mouth of a believer ) is more than an admiration of the true and the Living God, but is a lethal weapon against anything that is sent into our lives to steal, kill or to destroy us.  In fact, for each attack of the enemy, there is a specific praise designed to defeat that particular battle we are in.  Our praise accesses the Heavenly hosts and commands divine strategies on earth.   We see time and time again when praise went before the people of God, their enemies were defeated in unique and profound ways.  

When we offer the "sacrifice of praise"  we are doing more than confusing the enemy, we are declaring and bringing into remembrance previous victories and recreating the atmosphere for what was done before, to be done again.  Our praise solidifies our victory both to our enemy as well as to us.  There is "customized" power made accessible through our praise.

Praise (like mercy) must be new every morning.  1 Chronicles 23:30  We cannot fight today's battles off of yesterdays praise.  But when we praise God and magnify His Name (identity, character and purpose) we enter into fellowship with Him by creating an atmosphere in which He can dwell comfortably in.  We tap into the Central intelligence of the Holy Spirit where all things pertaining to life and Godliness are made available to us.  We are made privy to information in the spirit realm that are more real than that in which we see with our natural eyes.  

It is in this place of praise, where our weapons are custom made for the current battle we are in, may encounter later in the day or thwart an attack that was being formed against us.  Isaiah 54:17  This is indeed the most powerful weapon against the enemy and the reason it is so often the most difficult to use.  The enemy knows that if he can get us caught up in how we "feel", we will not enter into this secret place.  Psalm 91   But for the believer, this is the safest, most powerful and effective position to be in.  

As we begin to change our perspective to focus on the true power and authority we have when we offer up the sacrifice of praise and embrace that more than any other time, God is more with us when we praise Him, we will begin to see more victories in our lives.  We will walk in a greater peace in knowing that our prayers are heard and we will begin to see those we encounter to also walk in greater victories.  So don't wait, PRAISE HIM NOW!


Midweek Meditation for July 2, 2014

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)
It is my prayer that this entry finds you at peace and free.  As we, in America, are on the precipice of celebrating our independence, it should behoove us to take a moment to truly reflect on what our freedom means. Surely as we embrace such noble notions of obtaining “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, we should also realize all of the other elements that make freedom and independence such the revered concept. Accountability, responsibility and piety are other characteristics which should be harmonized when we raise our voices to declare our independence. Be it by our expression of our independence via fireworks, celebratory barbecues, during family gatherings and reunions, or much deserved vacations from the many hard and stressful days of running in life’s rat race, we should all take a quiet moment to reflect on how all can extend the borders of Freedom, in particular to those who don’t know it’s sweet taste.
We can extend the declaration of independence beyond just written words or even audible voices to practical actions manifested in the form of accountability, responsibility and piety. We can exude our accountability by submitting to, respecting and upholding the laws and tenets of this country which we revere and to whom we pledge our allegiance. We can show our responsibility by being ready, willing and able participants in the process of making these laws better for all our society, presently as well as in the future; don’t just talk about it, walk about it. Ultimately, being pious, i.e. submitted and committed to the true and living GOD and HIS righteousness will insure our prosperity. Even though this great declaration of independence emerged from the lips of flawed individuals and even hypocrites, one can’t deny the evidence of the progress of a country who has dared to rally around such beliefs. Consider the benefits available for an even greater form of independence, as in True Freedom.
As much as there are many benefits to the freedom that America offers and is representative of around the world, there is an even higher form of freedom that we who be of faith should also take a reflective moment to relish, re-evaluate and then plan to re-iterate in our everyday life styles. Surely the passage found in the gospel of John chapter 8:31 -36, where Jesus emphasizes that those who follow Him are free indeed, is one of the most obvious and prominent scriptures which highlights this higher level of freedom. It’s a level of freedom that supersedes Freedom of Speech or whether we can carry weapons or not be discriminated against. Though those noble tenets, which we so value here in the U.S.A. are priceless treasures worth fighting for, and yes, even dying for, The Greater Truth that makes us free indeed should be even more emphasized. It is not just a tenet worth fighting and dying for, it is one which makes life worth living. It is the understanding of this powerful truth which will loose the fetters, chains, dictatorships, autocratic ruler-ships, oppressive habits and binding addictions which have enslaved so many.   
The one who was prophesied about who was to set captivity captive (Psalms 68:18) has already come and is now accessible to all (Ephesians 4: 7&8). All one needs do to be engrafted in to such invaluable and precious freedom is believe in their heart and confess with their mouth (Romans 10: 9 &10) that this Lord King Christ shed His blood on that cross for them and rose again to establish our opportunity to be free indeed. So in this time where our freedom is emphasized, don’t just celebrate and reflect on your freedom, but pray that others be free and pray for the strength, wisdom and thereby the ability to spread this life-changing word effectively to someone else who may know that they too can be free indeed.  

New Pew Review of KKN and DTBM and More

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM Comments comments (1)
Blessed Memorial Day to all those recognizing such a day. As it is our way to celebrate life at Kingdom United ministries Network, we will take the time to recognize, appreciate and give rousing support to all those troops who are serving and have served in the military. We took a moment on the most recent episode of "Dying to Be Married With Winston and Sondra Lewis" (click on Mayday, Mayday! PG Suggested: Parents just don't understandin case you missed it)  during the Exhortation segment. We also took our appreciation and recognition to the next level by taking a moment to also recognize soldiers in the Army of the Lord, standing on the passage found in Hebrews 12:1 which states, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us". This passage reminds us as well as encourages us that because we have had such great examples of soldiers of the faith like Abel and Abraham and others of that ilk, that we should likewise stay focused in our faith to achieve and obtain similar fruitful results, if we make sure to avoid the distractions that are ever around us.  On Saturday, 5-24-14, Kingdom Kids Network (in case you missed it, click on KKN: Reality Check!) set and example of of this very focus when they tackled the subject, "Reality Check". this shows how uniform the message is as this is just what is necessary in order to remain focused on our goal of being included in that great cloud of witnesses ourselves. What was some good word that you experienced this past weekend? 

Delight yourself!

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 8:36 AM Comments comments (2)



Delight yourself!
by
Elaine Barnes-Bailey




Psalm 37:4
 
"Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your hearts desires."
 
This Bible verse has been on my heart for the last month or so as I even posted it as my Facebook status.
 
I asked myself even exactly what does that mean?  How do I take delight in the Lord? I decided to search and look even deeper. This is what I found and just wanted to share and may it encourage you and bless you today.
 
To delight means to take great pleasure in. Revel in and to wallow in:  Strong feelings of happiness, great pleasure of satisfaction.   As I began thinking what do I find strong feelings of happiness in and how do I literally wallow in it?
 
These are a few I came up and you think of some things you love wallowing in or delighting in. These are some and of course not all for I surely don't want to bore you :) I find great pleasure in going to movies, writing, swimming, cooking, shopping and serving my wonderful husband and family. 
 
Then I again asked myself what action do I take to make sure I attain that type of delight? Let's just take the example of shopping. To delight, wallow or take great pleasure in having a great experience in shopping I would plan my day, check the weather to make sure I am dressed appropriate, ask a friend if they would like to go with me, check on the sales and make a full day of it! Well wouldn't you? Fin ding much pleasure in that day and Finding all the great sales and purchasing I would share on face book of course pictures of my great bargains not to brag in the wrong way but just so excited I found what I wanted at great prices! What joy!
 
See the Bible verse? Take delight in the Lord! In other words wallow in Him, revel in Him, and find great pleasure of satisfaction in Him or glory in Him. Do you get the idea? Honestly how often do I or you start our day or plan our day out like that? Ouch!
 
Let's look at the second part of the verse which tells us what happens if we do wallow in our Savior or revel in Him! The verse says that He will give us our hearts desires. Wow!  He is telling get us as a promise not as a maybe but a promise, assertive as He will!!!
 
Our hearts desires are things we yearn for or have a longing for. You long after or want. To help us distinguish what that could be just measure your desire with Philippines 4:8 and 1 Corinthians 13.
 
How do I or you wallow in Him? I take delight in my Jesus by finding all I can about Him! Where else but in His love story called the Bible. To delight in Him I found out you plan on reading His word, you start your day worshipping and praising Him through prayer, that means talking to Him communicating and sharing with Him which is open all day a d night for He never sleeps. Delight in His promises and that He is loving and faithful. There is so much about our Jesus that it will take an eternity to completely know Him! So take delight in Him and as I continue to know Him and you too share with others just as you share your other delights in life!
 
You see my beautiful sisters why would we not take delight in Him who loves and sings over us? I challenged myself and now challenge you with this verse that we have heard for so long this year of 2014 to really meditate on Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your hearts desires."
 


Till next time...
In His Service
Elaine
 


 
 

 

Be Reconciled:Restoring True Balance - Series Wrap and Roll

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (2)
On this past cyber service of Dying To Be Married with Winston and Sondra Lewis, we continued with the series,  "Be Reconciled: Restoring True Balance". This blog serves the purpose of wrapping up this series; it also serves as a way to keep the conversation rolling, This latest episode really only scratched the surface of a subject which deserved more time and attention. For those of you who have already listened, you may have already observed why we weren't able to delve deeper into the subject at hand (celebrating and recognizing my wife's birthday) of which I can't apologize.

As we reviewed the definition of reconciliation (or reconcile), which is, "to restore to friendship or harmony ", we highlighted one of the other definitions for the word, in particular, "to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy". We looked at the latter definition making the comparison of financial accounts with our accountability in our relationships. As the Lord did on various occasions when using parables of everyday occurrences, we made the comparison of how we reconcile our financial accounts to that of our relationships. This is where we had to leave the conversation due to our time constraints, but this medium  allows us to continue it, in order to further expound on these matters. On the broadcast, we made comparisons of how the results are similar when one mate is withdrawing more from the account (relationship) than is being deposited. Moreover, the discrepancies and ultimately irreconcilability that occurs when both mates are operating from two different budgets (agendas). 

Using the passage, in Proverbs 11:1 which states, "A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight", we established how it is the Lord's desire for us to establish and maintain "true" balance in our relationships. Fret not if you and your mate have found yourselves out of balance, because in  the next installment of this blog we will take a further look at how this disharmony and imbalance can be reconciled.

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