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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?"

 

Midweek Meditations -MLK Day Aftermath: What Would You Have Done?

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)
On Monday, January 19th, the day that has been Nationally established to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr., I found it interesting that our children had school when most others in this area did not. For a short time I had a radical moment, but it was soon quelled after a conversation I had with my wife, where we concluded the whole 'Dr. King- would-rather- had -students- attend-school- to-learn- more- about- the- civil-rights-movement' thing. As much as that benefit of the doubt sufficed for the moment, I still challenged my children to take note of what observances would occur in school that day. 

Not long after our children were at at school, did we receive a phone call from the school, where my daughter let my wife know she wasn't feeling well. My wife decided to go pick her up. When my daughter got home and after she had some medicine, prayer, and rest,  I asked her about school. She then stated with some slight indignation, that when she asked her Social Studies Teacher how they would observe Dr. King, the teacher's response was that they would watch a two minute video and that was it because, due to all the snow days they were behind on work, yet near the end of class, there was quite a bit of time left over for "free time".   

Almost simultaneously we observed a report on CNN  of how a sister went to a police gun range for target practice and found a line up of perpetrators with bullet holes in the faces of black men, one of which just happened to be her brother who was still alive and sitting next to her! This incident sparked even more conversation, now between the three of us, centered on this controversial situation and the credence given to the theory of how it seems easier for some officers to shoot black men.

We then determined to see the movie Selma and would pick our son up from High School when he was dismissed.  Arriving at the theater, we were relieved to know we'd ordered the tickets online before hand because it was sold-out. We got there just as the last preview was being shown, but there weren't any seats left for us all to sit together, so after short deliberation in the dark, my wife took my daughter to find seats near each other and I told my son to just grab a seat where he could. The movie was great. Afterward, it felt like a sense of accomplishment because we had an opportunity to educate our children while having a deep and meaningful discussion about those times and how it all is significant to today. 

I then found out how my wife and daughter both experienced situations where patrons were rudely kicking their seats among other things. Once again, I found myself challenged, especially in light of what we'd just witnessed with the success of a movement of non-violence, to survey my diplomatic, ambassadorial (may not be a word) soul. The queries: "what would you have done if you were present during that incident - (a) politely asked them to stop (b) sternly asked them to stop (c) loudly asked them to stop or (d) went to get the usher for them to handle it. 
What would you have done?







Monday Morning Pew

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (0)
Blessed Monday Morning to all! This entry continues to report the happenings and proceedings of what occurred over the weekend in my swatch of Christiandom under the covering of Kingdom United Ministries Network. It is also an opportunity to recognize a King. Then, last but not least the invitation goes out for you to share what you've gained this past weekend during your spiritual trek.

As this past Saturday, January 17, 2015, marked the third of the weekend of the month which features Kept on Campus with Ambassadors Winston III and Quinton Lewis. This cyberservice featured their addressing "Never Ending Beginnings". They took the opportunity to reflect and project on this past year, then forecast the upcoming year and how to approach it. The program featured their usual Campus Quiz which provoked a few listeners to respond. It can't be stressed enough how important it is to have young, and yes, black men representing Christ and positivity on College campuses. In a climate with so many distractions , yet with so much pressure to succeed, it is a high priority to support these young students at such a critical juncture in their lives. They not only represent their race, gender and faith but of a generation who are searching to know who they truly are. This search includes every other demographic included to describe our souls.

Sunday evening featured KUMN's flagship cyberservice, Dying To Be Married with Winston and Sondra Lewis. Ambassador Sondra and I continued with the series, "Formulas for Resolutions" while presenting the subject of "Whether Conditions". This cyberservice featured an exhortation which took the opportunity to distinguish the weather forecast versus a "whether forecast", while offering the admonition to heed the information that forecasting provides - preparation. The main focus of the broadcast was to examine the implementing of formulas for keeping and maintaining resolutions, which  included a synopsis of formulas established by conditional statements marked by "if" and "then". These types of statements are the basis of how our mentalities are shaped, for example, "If I do this, then this will happen". Such conditions and the recognition (or the lack of recognition thereof) go undetected or under appreciated. Yet these condition play a vital role in how successful one will be, or not, in their endeavors.

As Jesus Christ is the King of Kings, one of those kings to be recognized is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As is the tradition, many  usually recognize the inspiring speeches and view the marches that he led. There is also a segment which asks the question to those who will recognize this moment by asking the questions, "What would Dr. King think of..." fill in the rest with what ever current event that has to do with civil rights, anything from the Michael Brown incident to the Eric Garner incident to the differentiation in the  handling of the Ebola virus, when Americans get the latest medication and the utmost health care contrasted with the lack of care and the thousands of Africans dying daily of the disease. There are even more nobler movements like programs which inspire people to volunteer to support and participate in some sort of service in their community. What I feel should really be an issue of focus for this time, would be how we can continue the legacy, everyday, that has already been established and how we can cause this legacy to evolve to an even higher and more productive one.

These are just a few  instance that affected my spirit this weekend, now, 'What's in your pew?'

Monday Morning Pew: KFT and DTBM

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 6:49 AM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to the revised Monday Morning Pew. This blog is established to review the events of spiritual happenings that occurred over the weekend in The Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, beginning with Kingdom United Ministries Network. It also serves as an opportunity to testify of the the enlightenment, encouragement and edification  that you may have served or received this past weekend. Surely, if it was something good for you, it can also enrich someone else's life, after all, isn't that what the gospel is all about? Therefore, feel free to share!

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, Kingdom Foundational Truths continued with Kingdom Foundational Truth #3: the Holy Spirit, The Comforter and The Convictor. This episode featured the new format of expanded voices. This is where every believer has the opportunity to participate in the conversation concerning this basic Christian Foundational Truth. May it be clear, the cyber service in essence, is symbolic of a show of solidarity for those who believe in supporting and promoting unity in Christ's Kingdom. By participating, by voice or by attendance (clicking on the link to the website, live or archived) you are showing that you believe in Christ's vision of unity for His Kingdom.

The cyberservice itself featured the voices of Ambassadors Linda Moriah, Imani Lewis, Clinton Lewis and Quinton Lewis with  myself and Ambassador Sondra Lewis hosting. One very interesting point established was by Ambassador Linda when she spoke of how the Holy Spirit's extensive knowledge, of which every believer has access, is far more exhaustive than Google or the CIA! It must also be noted that though we who have been on this trek of faith for some time know these things second nature, to some, it may be brand new. We can't take for granted that every one knows this gospel, thereby the clarion call continues to resound. Another key point highlighted was when Ambassador Quinton spoke of the conviction aspect of the Holy Spirit. This is significant, due to the fact that this a component that his peers seem to lack more and more. This convicting power of the Holy Spirit can't be overlooked, because it is that power which can keep our youth from many of the incidents we decry when viewing news headlines of how so many youth are being exploited either due to their own volition or by perpetrators and predators which are all too pervasive in our communities.

On Dying To Be Married, we continued with the series Formulas For Resolutions, focusing on the aspect of how significant it is in considering the importance and potency of our own words as it pertains to being successful in achieving the resolutions we make. It was stated how the enemy would have us defeat our own selves (one of the most successful weapons used to deter humans), by cancelling out our declarations of resolution by finishing the sentence with 'how soon the resolution will be forgotten'. As it pertained to the platform of DTBM's focus, relationships, a significant point was made concerning the impact that our words have on our mates. Are you speaking words of construction or destruction? Note to ourselves: we have the power to change our situations for the better and the answer, check - solution, check-resolution, is right under our noses. So let the soul check stand.

So, what moved you spiritually this weekend? Let us know, "What's in your pew"?


Midweek Meditations - Year End Edition

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM Comments comments (0)

As we are on the cusp of the new year, we have the opportunity to reflect on the old and project or forecast the new. On the past cyber-service  of "Dying To Be Married with Winston and Sondra Lewis", the subject was presented for discussion, "Reasons, Seasons and Lifetime". During this broadcast, we looked at the impact that people have on our lives. Sometimes people cross our path for a reason, for a short period of time with purpose, or for a season, for a longer period of purposeful time, but yet for a limited period, then there are people whose lives who remain with us for a lifetime.  

As many of us believers in Jesus Christ have the celebration of His first advent in our rear view mirrors, while others are still celebrating it for one reason or another, (don't want to take down the lights or tree we so laboriously put up), we should all acknowledge that the main reason He came was to save the souls of humankind. This reality, along with the details of how this occurred, should behoove us to realize the value that GOD places on souls. It makes the passage of John 3:16 most poignant as it states, "For GOD so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." Two great reasons to embrace this truth resounds. One, via the life of Christ, every soul is considered valuable, hence, the inclusion of "whosoever" in the open invitation to eternal life. Two, that His gift of salvation is not just one that can last an eternal lifetime, but can be spread to others. 

So what do we do with such a valuable gift? Re-gift! Not in the sense that the world does it, by repackaging a gift that was given to them that they don't want, then giving it to someone in which they feel obligated to  give, but give this gift away while still enjoying the benefits there of. The good news about "divine re-gifting", if you will, is that though you have given  this gift away, you have also kept a significant portion for yourself that you can yet benefit as well, and have even more to give to someone else. In a practical sense, it's like giving away the fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [v.23]Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.") and keeping the seeds to plant more trees! 

Finally in all your reflecting, projecting and forecasting, take a moment to recognize the value of the souls you encounter each day. Please remember, you can listen to the broadcast below on demand just by clicking on the link. You are welcome! 

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The Hero In You

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM Comments comments (0)
Generation Youth Uganda
Naomi's Daughters "We Care" GYU
The Hero in You
 
On the December 2014 “Naomi’s Daughters” broadcast we had two amazing and insightful guests; Sister Maranda Forney and Brother Mawejje Joseph all the way from Kenya. They brought a mighty message about giving that struck me so much that I had to write about it.

The need that they shared with us can be found at www.generationyouthuganda.org. This ministry was brought to Brother Joseph in a dream and we all know that God uses many avenues to show us our purpose in the Body of Christ. This dream told him that he was called to help girls and young women.  He had the opportunity to speak to some youths and he was told that one of the larger needs for the young women was monthly sanitary products. That dirty rags was what they primarily used at that time. Now to women here in the United States, this is something that we have never needed to do, nor could we imagine, but ladies, the need does exist. This man, a man who has no need for the products, has taken this project on, among others, to help these needy young women.

Christ has called His believers to rise up and to take on the task of showing His love through them. He wants the world to see that the love of Christ is not just a tagline but that it is a real and a tangible thing. So much so, that He is calling us all to action. Just as the disciples in Matthews 14, Christ ministered to the 5000 that gathered around Lake Galilee upon his crossing. He healed the sick and then He gave them a word. In verses 15 and 16, the disciples suggested that the time had come to disperse the crowd so that they could go home and have a meal and Christ said, “No, you feed them”.  I love the way that Christ gives us the word and an example of how to love people in need.  Jesus did not agree in passing that the crowd maybe hungry, He did ask the disciples what could be done for the people, No. He told them to contemplate no longer and to feed the crowd. Just as Jesus told Peter in John 21:17 “Peter, do you love me? Feed my sheep.” It is our job to feed His sheep, to clothe the naked to visit the sick and imprisoned and to proclaim the Good News.

So, this is a call to action! I ask that everyone reading; everyone that is within the sound of my voice, open their hands and hearts to someone in need. Find a ministry, like Kingdom United Ministries Network, that is good soil and plant a seed! KUMN is good soil that has an honest heart (Luke 8:15 CEV).  They listen and they obey the voice of God, being led by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Generation Youth is an organization that is clothing the naked and welcoming the stranger (Matt 25: 35)  The're many other ministries out there who’s greatest gift to the world is that they show the Love of Christ by caring for his sheep.

Find good ground, sisters and brothers and sow a seed. Reach out to your local church and get involved. I know that it can be a daunting task to find where your gifts are best put to use, but I challenge you to do as it is given to us in Ecclesiastes 9:10 and “do what your hands find to do.” Get busy spreading love abroad. Let’s not hide our light under a bushel but let our light shine!

Amb. Kathy Thompson

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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The "Know" Factor

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 6:19 AM Comments comments (0)
Romans 8:28  King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose


Surely, Joseph didn't see himself second in authority only to Pharaoh in Egypt while in betrayal of the Dothan pit by his brothers.  Genesis 37 Nor, did the three Hebrew boys have any visible sign that they would be delivered out of the furnace of affliction as they made a decision not to bow and worship the idols of  Nebuchadnezzar.  Daniel 3  

But what they did have was something deeper, something more powerful and more real than the obstacles they faced.  They had a "Know"  that was greater than their opposition, more real than what they saw with their natural eye that in spite of danger, sustained them. 

"And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose"Romans 8:28 

When faced with opposition, tribulation or fiery trials that test you and bring you to your knees, you must embrace something greater than the facts.  Facts can change and are contingent upon happenings surrounding them.  Truth (God's Truth) is unchangeable.  It can not be manipulated, it doesn't change due to circumstances but in fact, can "change" circumstances.  John 17:17 "Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth."

The fact is, when we know what God's word says about  us and the power we wield by it, we can walk in the assureds that whatever the battle we face, we have already won. And whatever has previously had us bound, we are now made free.   John 8:32

It is in the knowing that Joshua and Caleb declared they were well able to dispossess the giants in the land that the ten coward away from. Numbers 13:30 In spite of the word of the Lord that He'd given them the land, they couldn't receive the "Truth" for looking at the facts. 

Had they perceived that "a people who know their God are strong and will do great exploits" (Daniel 11:32)   They would have seen the giants as nourishment for the battles to come as Joshua and Caleb referred to them as being "bread for us"  Numbers 14:9

Having the "know" factor is what guarantees your victories when situations look impossible.  It silences the evil forebodings that keep watch 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift assigned to keep you anxious and fearful.  It gives you the bold confidence to speak and declare your outcome and initiates your help in bringing it into fruition.  It is the determining factor that allows you to acknowledge your failures and shortcomings but not be limited by them.

The know factor will give you the ability to look death in the eye and decree and declare "Not today!  Not like this!  I will Live and Not Die!  This is the will of The Lord!"

It will cause you to dare to step out into what God has divinely called you in to.  No fear, guilt or shame will ever hold you back again when you know who you are.  

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.  

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