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Morning Thoughts

Jesus,

You are the “King of Glory” and awesome is your Holy name. However, You love and accept a band of wretched sinners only to give them a piece of Your extraordinary and priceless throne.   What manner of Royalty are You???  (Ps 24; Matt 11:19; Luke 8:25)

Thank You my King, Savior, Friend and so much more….. (Ex 3:14; Jn 3:17; Jn 15:15)

For Your Goodness and Mercy battles, withstands and overcomes the enemy all the day long…forever and ever. (Ps 23 & 106)

Seed to the Sower

2 Cor 9:10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God

February is usually a very busy month for us, there is Valentine’s Day, our oldest has his birthday and Vanessa and I celebrate our wedding anniversary.  This year there were additional things that happened which caused the month to be extra busy and significant (some of which you’ll be hearing about very soon).

Already we’ve been expecting huge things for 2016, both as a family and individually.  We’ve also heard the same message resonating from our church.  Recently, as a church, we sowed a seed of expectancy and our family decided that we would sow a significant seed based on what we were believing for. This scripture in 2nd Corinthians could not be more appropriate.

We are thankful that God provided the seed for us to plant.  There were many days that our seed, though planted with the same heart, would not have come close in size.  Therefore, we know that the Lord supplied us with this seed (He who supplies seed to the sower).  How fitting then that he would not only give us the seed to sow but then turn around and multiply what he gave us (multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness).

Let me just share with you about how Jesus has already begun increasing the fruits of His righteousness in our lives.  Favor is a fruit (tangible evidence; visible or invisible) of His righteousness that we’ve seen and experienced only hours after sowing our seed.  We’ve been looking for some time for a home to purchase so we can finally become settled here in the Houston area.  Just hours after sowing our seed, we received multiple text and phone calls about a home that we were interested in. We did not even know about it until late in the evening because the phone was in the other room.  Once we received the messages we then gave an offer and were excited that the home could be ours. Full of hope, only to find out that someone else had bought the home before our offer was received.  Somewhat saddened, because it was now the second time it had happened to us, but “We trust in our God, and through His unfailing love, we will not be shaken.” We trust and believe that God still had our best in mind.

So the following day was our anniversary, and we had a few minutes to ourselves for a change (doesn’t happen often with three kids).  As we enjoyed the day and each other God’s favor was working behind the scenes.  Long story short, the other purchaser had a hiccup, we had another opportunity to purchase the home at significantly less than the list price. The offer we made was accepted and now we are waiting to close on our new and final home.  How awesome is Jesus……Amazingly Awesome!!

God heard our prayer and desires, gave us the seed, placed it on our heart to sow it, multiplied the seed and His fruit in our lives, He then blessed us with the very thing we had been believing Him for from the get-go.  Amazingly Awesome

Love 13 Years Later

1 Cor 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

God’s love; He never gave up on me!!  For the last 13 years Vanessa and I have never given up on each other.   Praise The Lord we said “I Do” 2/22/2003. 

Happy Anniversary Babe, I Love You

Mark J.O

I’ve got my upgrade, Have you?

The Reviews are phenomenal:

“One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

“And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.” John 11:44

 

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When Passion Hinders the Message

Numbers 11:27-29New King James Version (NKJV)

27 And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!” 29 Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!”

For a little while now I have been doing a study on Joshua. My first born is a Joshua and I know that God gave me specific direction to name him accordingly well before he even showed up. Therefore, when I don’t have a clue about his purpose and what lies ahead for his future….the Word of God can fill in some voids for me. One, is the fact that so often God reminded Joshua to “Be strong and of good courage.”  Therefore, like Timothy, fear must have been something that Joshua dealt with. Another is the fact that even before Joshua became the leader of Israel, he was often in the Lord’s presence, both with and without Moses. There is no better place to be and he was witness to many leadership strategy sessions, discussions, worship….and God’s glory. It had to be awesome seeing what he saw and receiving what he received. I love to see this in the Word, because I trust and believe that it will have relevance in my son’s life as well.

So why this verse? Well along with the great things, comes lessons learned along the way. I could only imagine all that Joshua had access to; the knowledge and wisdom of God’s counsel as well as the heartbreaking murmurs of an ungrateful people. So when Moses smiled I’m sure Joshua did and when his heart was broken, I’m sure Joshua fumed. It is not strange then, when others started to prophesy (or speak by inspiration of a divine spirit in this case the Spirit of God), Joshua immediately assumed that Eldad and Medad were trying to usurp Moses’ authority and spread some message of their own. Therefore Joshua calls for immediate forbiddance (restriction; restraint, shutting-up) of their message and voice. Joshua was passionate about protecting Moses so much so he did not care what Eldad and Medad had to say or even who had them say it. He just wanted it squashed.

How often do we do the same, maybe on behalf of our Pastors or favorite ministers? Maybe it is our loved ones or it could even be our own voices and beliefs. If it does not come from these sources….it cannot possibly be right, wise or beneficial. Hmmmm; doesn’t quite sound right does it? Look at Moses’ wise response. “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them.”

Moses got it!! But of course he would, he had a pressure on him that was so great. The very thought of God using others to share and spread God’s direction, purpose and vision was not only pleasing, but a relief to him. We should be excited when others are used by God to do anything, because ultimately it edifies the rest of the Body of Christ and it empowers and blesses the individual being used (God always blesses the vessel). Many people criticize our current Pastor and I used to be one of them years ago. However, the anointing on his life and the impact of his ministry is undeniable. It took maturity to get me to the point to not only change my mind about my pastor but to allow his ministry to impact my life as it has my son’s. Oh and did I mention the hundreds that give their lives to Christ every Sunday? Don’t be so quick to disregard other voices of those being used by God.

Now I know that many people that claim to be speaking for God are clearly not… and often it is readily apparent, but sometimes it is not so easy to see. The apostle, John, gives us more detailed direction on how to respond in 1 John 4:1:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God

Don’t let your passion keep you from receiving from God’s messengers/ministers.

To Those Who have Served….Thank You!!!!

To Those Who Have Served…….I Thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus. (1 Cor 1:4).

To Those Who Still Serve……May the Lord Bless you and Keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Num 6:24-26).

There Is No Where Else To Go!!!!

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life….(John 6:68)
I’ll admit it; I’m trapped and I’ve got no place to go.  I cannot move and cannot get away from God’s love (Ps 139).  I tried!!!! I tried to fight it; I’ve tried to run and even tried to replace it, but all to no avail…He’s got me in His hands and will never let go (John 10:29).  The Sin that I would do, as Paul reminded me (Rom 7)…always failed me in the end (Prov 14:12).  There was a good feeling for a minute; fleeting as it was there were moments that made you smile….but in the end sadness always prevailed  Sadness because it was either wrong or unfulfilling (Rom 7).  For as an infant knows nothing but the love of his mommy/daddy so should we as Christians know the everlasting love of our Super Daddy (Rom 8:31-39).

At the end of the day all of the hurt, pain, depression and despair that the devil provides…those things that seem fun and exciting leave you in a place where you’re left in Jesus presence saying “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,”  and those words are Love, Peace, Joy, Healing, Purpose and Blessing.   Where will you go??