Thursday, December 9, 2010

Why didn't your mother abort you?

This is the provocative question that my friend Pastor Michael Woods asked during a recent Sermon. In discerning your purpose in life, think about the grace of God that kept your mother from aborting you. We are all here for a purpose. If we consider the many experiences in our life that didn't end our lives--we would start to see that God allowed us to survive many things when others didn't. I don't believe that it was luck that allowed us to survive, because luck isn't a biblical concept. I believe in destiny. We are all destined to do something. The amount of time it takes for that "something" to come to fruition is determined by how soon we recognize our purpose. If we live each day allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our paths, then and only then can we truly say that our purpose is being lived out. God created us with "free-will" so he is not surprised when each day we rise only to ignore His will and put our will into play. How about that? What a wonderful God! I certainly appreciate that God would allows us to be ignorant by choice, but I am also thankful that He forgives that ignorance once we realize our mistakes. Hopefully as you consider what is your purpose, I pray that you will be assured, that what He has for you to do is just for you. Never try to live out anyone else's purpose. Be encouraged that God is able to help you discover and walk in your purpose. Pray today for discernment and listen for His voice, His answer, His calling..........

Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight, Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil, It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Do You Really Want to Hear the Truth?

It has been awhile since I have written. I have been working on an ongoing project. Today I ask the question, "do you really want to hear the truth?" If you ask someone to tell you the truth, why is it when they do, you go into denial upon hearing it? Is it possible that most of us do not even ask for the truth anymore? Let's take going to the doctor for instance, if your doctor tells you the truth about health issues, do you: 1) Take it serious and make lifestyle changes immediately 2) Ignore what the doctor says, or 3) Start making excuses for why you can't or won't make changes? The truth is we must start holding ourselves accountable for the choices we make after we hear truth.

How many times have you heard what the Bible teaches and left church, Bible Study or Sunday school only to return home even more emblazoned to keep living the same way? The truth is that we grieve the Holy Spirit when we hear the truth and "exchange it for a lie" (Rom.1:25) The lives we live demonstrate to God whether or not we really trust His Word as Truth. If we live contrary to His teachings then we send a statement to God that our will for our lives is better than HIS!!

The Bible teaches that "if we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us" (1 John 1:10) We however, must never choose "to continue to sin that grace may abound".(Rom. 6:1) Lying is sin, truth is NOT sin. When we live our lives in the TRUTH of God, we choose not to surrender to the bondage of SIN. That's right, sin is bondage, it keeps us from living righteously in freedom and the opposite of that, is living unrighteously in the bondage of SIN.

If you wonder sometimes why it seems so difficult to live right, check your relationship with God. Have you fully surrendered to His leadership? Or are you still holding on to hurts and issues which do not allow you to live with contentment? It is much more fulfilling to trust Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to give you daily direction.

Be encouraged that Christ died so that all who trust in Him may live eternal and that eternal life begins while you are still here on earth. Why waste a moment of time living a lie when you can live in truth?

Monday, August 2, 2010


Hope all of you are doing well!!

I have been extremely busy doing exciting things.

A close friend and former professor of mine Dr. Michael Woods is launching a Community Bible Study this week and I am thankful for what God is leading him to do. I plan to be there with my family this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Willie Watkins Events Center to be fed the Word of God from the man of God. My prayers are with you Dr. Woods. If you are in the Atlanta area you are invited to come as well.

Have a great day everyone.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Be careful in your approach!

Yesterday, I was at my nail salon when a Caucasian male entered selling Christian children's books. I immediately took one of the books from him and asked him what ministry was he with. He answered "Activated Ministries." My nail tech who is also a personal friend and the father of three month old twins stood up to leave and I asked him to look at the books. He stated that his children were too young. The man then stated that "those people always turn away from me." I responded "wow, be careful in your speech." He then stated that he can judge them based on the scripture- "judge not that you be not judged, for what measure you judge it shall be judged unto you." (Matt 7:1-2) He also said that he had been doing this for 30 years and he always had the same experience with "those people." I stood up and pulled him aside (there were four other customers present). I told him that I was very concerned with his approach. I informed him that if in fact my nail tech was unsaved, the Bible teaches that he was condemned and therefore he had no right to judge him. However, I knew that was not the case, he was saved and if he had no interest in buying his books, that should not be seen as a rejection of Christianity. I then went on to tell him that he absolutely needed to change his approach because it was impossible for him to know the "spiritual disposition" of anyone based on their actions. I also shared that he had no idea who he was speaking to. I told him that I too was a born again Christian, and a Seminary graduate and that I did not agree with his interpretation of the Scripture. I told him that the Scripture did not give him a "right" to judge anyone. That scripture is a dire warning not to judge. Jesus will judge the living and the dead and that "right" is reserved for Him and Him alone. I also told him that the example he should follow is the pattern of Paul, he preached that Gospel and did not get discouraged or judgmental if those who heard it would not receive it. He then apologized and thanked me for "checking" him. I then asked him if I could pray for him and he said yes. When I was finished he also prayed for me. We then hugged and then stepped outside the shop. I then asked my nail tech who was standing outside (smoking) to show the man his "cross" on his chain that he wore. I then shared with the man that two years ago after admiring the marble cross for over a year that my nail tech gave me one as a Christmas gift. The cross was made in North Vietnam just for me and brought back by a family member. I also shared with him that after two failed "in-vitro" attempts by my nail tech and his wife to have a baby, that I had asked his wife (who is Buddhist) to allow me to pray over her womb that God would make the next attempt successful. She agreed and allowed me to touch her and pray. My prayer was answered and they now have fraternal twins--a boy and a girl born February 2, 2010. My family was invited to eat with his family on the celebration of the one month birthday of the twins. I was introduced to his entire family as the woman who prayed to THE God of the Bible for the birth of the babies. I was so humbled by the warm reception of his family and the abundance of food that was prepared in honor of the birth of the babies and our presence. Mr. E. Williams (the man) had tears in his eyes after I had shared all of this with him. He asked if he could call me and I told he certainly could. He apologized again and then left. I did purchase two his books (one as a gift to the twins-"Jesus and Me"--one for my daughter "Dino's Tales" six stories on courtesy, obedience, healthy habits, manners, and forgiveness.)

First, I hope that in my sharing this incident with you that it is apparent how God moved in this situation. Be careful in your approach! Whether it is your daily living or an attempt to share Christ through the selling of Christian books, we must be careful in how we approach others. Second, I am thankful that the Holy Spirit had me in the right place at the right time to be used to show this one servant that after 30years, he still needed to be careful in his approach. Finally, never mis-use Scripture to justify anything that you do. Be careful in your approach!!!

Be Blessed.

Friday, March 26, 2010

All is Well

Hope that All is well with you. I am working on a project!!

Be Encouraged......and Be Blessed.

Saturday, February 27, 2010



So now in response to your question, I offer the following. The particular Scripture (Luke 23:34) that you referenced regarding forgiveness is a bad reference to answer the question of “is forgiveness humanly possible?” In the New Testament alone the words forgave, forgive, forgiven or forgiveness is mentioned thirty-nine times. Usually, when a word is used so many times it means that it is a very important concept. In the particular Scripture that you referenced, Christ made the statement while He was on the cross. He was representing the Son-ship of the God-head, better known as the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus had already proven during his lifetime that He has the authority to forgive sin in man. While on the cross He was verbalizing that although He had authority, He wanted to acknowledge that He was doing the work of He who sent Him-that being God the Father. Because of this, He asked for forgiveness for them through God the Father. Of course He could have said, I forgive them for what they know not what they do, but I believe He wanted to acknowledge that He was being submissive to the authority of God His Father. He had already stated that He had come to do the will of His Father who sent Him.

In what is called by many “The Lord’s Prayer” found in Matt. 6, there is specific language which states that we should ask God to forgive us as we also forgive others. (11-12). Also it states in verse 14-15, that if we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us. This clearly indicates the danger if we “CHOOSE” not to forgive others. The reason I capitalized “choose” is because it is a choice that is made. Just like coming to Christ is a choice, forgiving others is a choice. I do not believe however, that anyone who calls himself a Christian and is filled (Eph. 5:18) with the Holy-Spirit can say that he chooses not to forgive others. Perhaps they do not know understand what Matt. 6 states.

Another Scripture reference regarding forgiveness in proper context for Christians is found in Col. 3:12-14- “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything in perfect harmony.” All Christians should follow the principles found in Scripture including “forgiveness”. Outside of Christ, I believe that it is impossible to follow these principles because the Holy Spirit is the agent which equips us to forgive.

I hope that this brings clarity.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

It is truly a New Year. 2010 is a year that we have never seen before. I pray that you have started your year off in triumph. We do set the tone for our year. If you get excited now, then you will stay excited. Of course there will be disappointments throughout the year, but they will pass. Is this the year that you will commit to strengthening your relationship with Christ? This decision will have to be purposeful. Each day you must determine that you will allow God to direct your footsteps. Ask Him to place people in your life who will help you and encourage you and then ask Him to allow you to help and encourage someonelse. I have observed that these groups of persons are usually different groups of people. Those that help you may not be those that you will need to help. Too many times we expect that those we help will also help us. Please know that this is hardly ever the case. Do what you do for others without expecting anything in return.(period) Do it unto the Lord for you will be blessed in doing so.

Each of us is expected to mature as we get older, but for this to happen we have to know how to mature. Those things that we used to do that were not good for us, we need to let those things go. We should not need anyone to tell us to "grow up", maturity should be something we seek. Just like children as we age maturity demonstrated in us tells us that if we know better, then we must do better. Pray to God and ask Him to reveal each and every area of your life that you need to mature in specifically, so that there is no hidden thing that can drag you back into oppression. Be encouraged that God can remove any desire to do wrong if we completely surrender to His will. Then, don't forget to thank Him for answered prayer as you see how He allows you to mature.

I thank Him everyday for the ability to walk with Him as His servant. I look forward to posting this year and for the new projects that I am working on. Stay tuned.

Matthew 24:13 - But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Be encouraged and have a God-blessed year.