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Fighting, struggling, clawing to write this post.  Couldn’t get it out, no matter how I tried.  Three days prior —migraine headaches, heaviness and an unshakeable restless feeling.  Then Dec 11, 2013 all hell broke loose and God’s glory stepped in….

You are regular target. The devil is out to get you and he will stop at nothing to take you out!  I can’t stress enough that we must wake up and realize that daily we are engaged in a very real spiritual battle. You must understand this is all out war.  The devil seeks to kill, steal and destroy and his ultimate goal is to lead you to an eternity of torment in hell.   Regular weapons won’t help to win this battle.  Rockets, missiles and hand grenades are of no use here. To win this spiritual war you need supernatural spiritual weapons.  In prior posts we have looked at how Praise and worship, discernment and prayer are invaluable tools in spiritual warfare.  Today we will examine the blood of Jesus.

These past  2.5 weeks have been none like I have ever experienced. It started when I found out that a church brother had terminal brain cancer.  Doctors said there was nothing left to be done. What? This couldn’t be?  Ours paths crossed  for the first time just 9 months ago when I had the privilege to serve with him during a mission trip to Haiti.  His positive attitude, his unmistakable light, his  kindness and infectious optimism made him impossible  not to love.  He had plans to return to the next mission trip to Haiti.   By this new development with him I was shocked and devastated. Apparently this had been something he had been dealing with for a while.  But you would never know by his demeanor and the beautiful light that shone through him wherever he went—he was the same Joel Jean Baptiste.  Hadn’t I just recently spoken to him up to 2 months ago or so in bible study?  Now he lay dying in a hospital bed with an inoperable brain tumor with bleeding to the brain…..

The saints quickly mobilized.  Word got out and suddenly prayers upon prayers were going out on behalf of Joel Jean-Baptise.  We “bombarded heaven” as the popular saying goes with requests, petitions, sometimes demands from God to heal Joel. God you are able. You are Jehovah Ropha–the God who heals. Is anything too hard for God? God you can do this! The prayers and hospital visits continued.  December 11 ,2013–Joel’s 35th birthday. He lay mostly unresponsive in the bed. People came out in droves–the outpouring of love and support were overwhelming for him.  A testament to the kind of person he was.  It was then that Ms Kerri-Ann Dacosta, gifted prayer warrior with an unmistakable anointing for intercessory prayer (praying to God on behalf of others) went to see Joel.  I wasn’t there to witness, but the reports were she prayed mightily and fervently.  Knowing Kerri-ann the way I did, I expected nothing less. But then coming out of the prayer, by Kerri-ann’s own account, the sudden onset of the worst headache she had experienced in her entire life. It would knock her to her knees, although she never lost consciousness.  God would have it that this would happen on the neurology floor where he would send an angel in the form of a caring and compassionate neurologist to immediately step in and wisely insist that Kerri-Ann go downstairs to the emergency room of the hospital and have a CT Scan. The finding–subarachnoid hemorrhage—-bleeding on the brain.  Oh did I mention that earlier that day, just a few hours before I got to the hospital to visit Joel and subsequently find out about Kerri-ann in the ER, that I got a call stating that my uncle, who is a father to me, had sudden onset upper back pain. A quick visit to the doctor, quick action and further investigation revealed a life threatening aortic dissection—a tear in the all of the main artery of the body with bleeding…..usually fatal within minutes.

Three people I knew.  Three people I walked with in different levels of intimacy and impacted my life in different ways. Three people with bleeding related affliction….

The blood is the source of life in the human body.  It carries oxygen and life- sustaining nutrients to every organ that keeps us.  It also removes the waste of carbon dioxide that threatens to kill us.  If our blood, in our limited sinful human state is the major life source of the human body, how much more is the blood of Jesus , the one in whom we live and move and have our being, the source that sustains every aspect of our lives?

(CONTINUATION  ON THE NEXT POST:  I STILL KNOW IT WAS THE BLOOD)

It’s been nagging at you for a while.  You know you are meant to do more.  Maybe start a business, write a book, go back to school–something.  Yet days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years and you have not taken the first step forward.

The bible says in Genesis 18 that  the Lord came to visit Abraham in the form of three men.  And because hospitality was so key during those times  and let’s face it, it was God after all,  in a show of hospitality, service and honor  Abraham “ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried and prepared it” (Genesis 18:7, NIV)

Like that choice calf there are some choice assignments or situations that God  will give you to prepare or handle. It might be to encourage someone, pray for someone, lead a church ministry, go back to school, be a caretaker to the sick, write a song…anything.  How will you handle it? Will you be like the servant in the scripture who Abraham asked to prepare the calf? My sense is he wasted no time—the scripture says he  hurried and prepared it.    Abraham his master gave the assignment and immediately he went to tackle it. How often does our Master  give us something to do and we delay, sit on it or dream up all manner of excuses not to do it,  myself included.  “Lord I’m tired; let somebody else do it; I don’t know what I’m doing; I’m doing enough”–do these excuses ring  a bell?  All the while God has designed, equipped and fashioned you for this specific assignment.  And just like that calf was  choice and tender, some situations we are assigned may be delicate, fragile and requires some special handling with care.  But know that if He called you to do it, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, the gifts He as given you and His grace, you will successfully complete every task you are assigned.

Now I understand that some things we are given to do, may be on hold for a future date.  But ask God to help you complete those things you should be doing right now.  Whether it be doubt, fear, lack of resources, etc. let Him remove every hinderance to you preparing your choice calf.

God loves a serving of obedience to His will.  Won’t you feed Him that today?  Praying to prepare and handle every calf to His satisfaction….and yet still I rise.

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

There is a popular saying that says that people come into life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  That some people come into your life as a blessing and some as a lesson.  My thinking—there are some lessons I would rather avoid if I can help it—especially in regards to unnecessary people in my life.

The bible says that as Judas,  who was suppose to be a friend, approached Jesus to turn him over to his adversaries and ultimately betray him, Jesus said to him, “….Friend, why have you come?”(Mattew 26:50, NKJV).  Some people side with the devil and come intentionally to cause difficulties in your life.   Others are just innocent pawns.  Caught up in their own bondage and with their own issues, they may unwittingly be a source of trouble to others.  Friend could be generic for anyone who comes into you life–an actual friend, love-interest or even family.   These days because the devil is so crafty and disguises himself in all packages, shapes and sizes, we have to consider Jesus’s inquiry in our own lives  today:

Friend why have you come 
To be a snare to me?
Sabotage all that I have
Ruin my destiny…..

-These are the folks who want what you have or even worse, although they may have much,  they just can’t stand to see others do well. Jealousy and envy are their driving forces.  Yeah they smile in your face, all the while trying to take your place. You know the rest. They get close enough to you so they can twist the knife in your back and make sure you are bleeding from all sides. Might try to act like they have your best interest at heart, but deep down they want to see you fall. Hurt people go on to hurt people.  These folks have some deep hurt or unresolved issues that has not been dealt with so they deal with their pathology by trying to destroy others.  On the flip side,  the trap of the enemy may not be the specific person themselves.  But the enemy may try to access your life through someone they are affiliated with. For instance, I dated a guy who wasn’t  a bad person. His family on the other hand–not so nice.  Lesson:  Anybody in this category, best to  cut lose. Pray for you, love you from a distance, but got to keep it moving.  You can’t walk with me if the intention is to destroy me.  Deuces.

Friend why did you come? 
To be a parasite?
Because you see me going higher
You feeding off my light….

You may remember from your science days that a parasite is an organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism.  Not in all cases, but in most cases parasites don’t really benefit the host (www.freedictionary.com\parasite).  The host supplies, the parasite takes.  These are the nuisances  that see your gifts, talents and your anointing and they want to attach themselves and reap all the benefits of your journey,  your hard work and the grace God has given you.   They have no inkling of what  you have to go through to be who you are, carry the load you have to carry and fulfill your purpose, but for some reason they have the audacity to think they deserve to be a part of you.   According to wikepedia parasites tend to be smaller than their host. Translation:  small minded,  low ambition, low self-esteem.  Resolution:  Whether they try to attach to the outside or to your spirit deep within, why carry something that is draining the life out of you?  Flush them off, pry them off, get them out of your system.  Your eviction notice is served! But I’ll be praying—deuces.

Friend why have you come 
To leave me weak and drained?
Do you think I am your savior
I can heal all your pain?

Then there are the needy folks.  These folks  kind of have that parasitic mentality as well.   They may not intentionally attach to you for specific benefits or getting ahead, but they are parasitic in that they drain you with their issues, their needs and their problems. Nothing wrong with being a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear or being a support, but when the relationship is unbalanced where you are disproportionately giving more than you are receiving or that friendship is a burden, it’s time to go.  You continually overextend and sacrifice and you are not getting that effort in return. These folks might have been hurt by other people especially  friends in the past, so if they find some comfort in you they may become a tad too attached for your liking.  If not careful they want to monopolize you all for themselves and have a problem with you having outside friendships besides the one you share with them.  Resolution:  I can be there to  support, but it is not my assignment to carry or cure sick friends.  That can only be Jesus.  I think you better call him.

Friend why have you come?
For me you want the best
As you journey along side me
Indeed I’m truly blessed
Your love, support and most of all loyalty
Your presence being in my life make me a better me

This is the ideal relationship–the one that helps you thrive and grow.  The essence of this connection is that it is symbiotic based on the traditional scientific definition: a mutually beneficial relationship involving close physical contact between two organisms that aren’t the same species(http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/evolution/symbiosis1.htm). Both parties benefit as each is giving and receiving equally.  These are the relationships where you are loved in spite of you.  Loved in spite of your flaws, faults and shortcomings. Where you are allowed to be yourself,  yet you are challenged to become a better person.  Secure in and able to love themselves, they can in turn genuinely love you.  They rejoice when you rejoice, grieve when you grieve, fight for you and uphold you.  They are the rare exception where water can be as thick as or thicker than blood.  They come as a help, not a hinderance; an asset not a liability; a benefit not a a curse to your life.   Resolution:  Strive to be that type of friend and to have these type of people in your life.  If you let God chose, these are the treasures God will send to be a blessing.  Very often they look like Jesus.

Remember when they  use to  say he or she is a drag?  You can’t rise with drags weighing you down….and yet still I rise

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323