Sometimes, Just Say “I Don’t Know”

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Whether you realize it or not, when you tell someone to just try and “move on” before they can be healed of whatever hurt they received, all you are in fact doing is devaluing their pain and their perspective.

Whether the hurt is real or imaginary, it still hurts and making it seems like it’s just not that important makes them feel unimportant. When they ask for answers and you give them the politician run around and dance around a topic, the whole while evading the truth, all you are really doing is making them feel stupid.

Sometimes you just have to say “I don’t know” because sometimes you really may just not know. Sometimes you just have to hug someone and love on them without trying to say anything or adding any kind of two cents in. Whether or not you are in a leadership position or not or you just feel the need to “step up” and show them why what they did is wrong and why your point of view is backed by experience and knowledge, all you are making them feel is that their opinions and revelations are worthless.

Even though you may “know better”, sometimes you need to just let things play out until somebody who is obviously under an intense amount of duress calms down. Then you can rectify the situation and pick of the pieces, but if you try to fix things with your own personal brand of “guidance” before that right time all you will end up doing is shattering their peace and self-confidence even more until you have an extremely volatile situation and an even more volatile person who feels completely unjustified and worthless because they’ve been shown their opinions or pain don’t matter when compared to how right your opinions are.

We talk about a culture of honor, right? Sometimes honor is leaving someone alone until they know what to do with themselves.

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Why The Good News is Better Than T.V. News

If you watch any news station for more than 5 minutes, I’m sure you’ll notice that the bad news far outweighs the good. America is addicted to bad news. Every time you go to the grocery store or to the gas station on the corner you see the tabloid magazines advertising who is cheating on who and which celebrity packed on a few too many pounds.

Why is this? Is it because so many people’s lives are boring and so lackluster they try to escape the monotonous groove of their lives? Well, maybe that is part of it, but I think it goes deeper than this.

God said in His word “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)

Many, many, many believers know these verses, or at least the first of those. They hold it true because it is God’s promise to prosper us and help, and that He would never do anything bad to us and that anything wrong that does come into our lives is not Him. It is His promise to take care of us, that our lives aren’t just some random cosmic mistake, that everything that has come to pass and will come to pass is not just some entropic phenomenon. Our lives are guided, and He has promised to to be that light in the dark we only have to acknowledge.

But as we may know, something wants to keep us from that knowledge. The enemy is so intent on filling our heads with bad news and lies that nothing is safe from the filth he puts forth. He figures the more dirt and gunk he piles into us, the less room there will be for the goodness God has PROMISED us. But his theory has a fatal flaw: it is completely unfounded.

Bad news generates fear and worry. It is darkness that tries to swallow up every bit of happiness and hope it can. But there are two more very good things God promised us. The first is that “…perfect love casts out fear…” (1st John 4:18 annotated) This good in part because we know that God has perfect love for us. He gave His only begotten son Jesus to die and purify us so we could live with Him (John 3:16) and Him in us (Galatians 2:20) but also that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). God Himself casts out fear personally.  GREAT NEWS!

The second thing God promised us is that we will never be alone. He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5). This is great news because no matter how alone you feel, how lonely you get, or how miserable you think life has gotten, God is always there, sometimes people just forgot to look. Sometimes people forget that God’s word is also His promise, and that the Bible is a book full of promises. But I digress.

The enemy loves all this bad news so much because it makes us feel like God isn’t here anymore. I believe this is an intentional attack on people yes, but specifically on believers. It is an attack to try and make us forget God’s promise to be there and to forget that He even said it. His flawed theory is that is we believe that God isn’t with us anymore then we won’t remember or call on His promises and leave Him behind. But even though people sometimes leave God behind, He will never do the same to us. He promised, remember?

So the next time you see a news channel spewing forth a bunch of filth, turn it off. Talk to your family or friends about your day, read a book, or just meditate. Try even reading your bible(if you feel led to). Just remember that joy comes in the morning, but sometimes it takes a while for the morning to get here. Push for the breakthrough and remember God’s promises.

Be blessed

Preview of things to come

Lately, God has put me in a lot a spiritual warfare. That’s the funny thing about God; sometimes He gives you the exact opposite of what you want because what you need contradicts your desires. The purpose of warfare is to defeat the enemy and take what is rightfully ours or to claim something that should belong to us. Having said that, the warfare God had allowed me to go through has yielded some amazing breakthrough and some clarification on some revelation from the past. Stay tuned as we explore these and get a bigger picture of what God wants for us. Be blessed.

Motivation Check: What Drives You?

I know I’ve talked about this before, but there comes a time (every day) where we must reexamine our motivations and what is the driving force behind our actions and passions.

There is nothing wrong with wanting and desiring more, for didn’t Jesus Himself say “even if you who are evil can give good gifts to your children how much more will your heavenly father pour His spirit into you”.

But the difference between wanting more (as  all children do) and doing things in hope of possession and higher station. That, friends is the definition of striving. When we please God, we know He rewards us, but we shouldn’t please Him for His rewards, but because we love Him because He first loved us.

Why do you do what you do? What master do you serve? where do your desires emanate from? Ask these questions to yourself daily. Be blessed

Starting a regiment and getting organized.

So as you may have noticed the blog has started to grow in popularity. I’m here to be taken seriously and have God taken seriously in what I write and teach. As I have been praying, I’ve felt the holy spirit lead me to get more organized in this. I’m going to have the short little bite sized posts like I’ve been doing 6 days of the week, but once a week were going to dive into some deep spiritual knowledge together and let God take us all through that process and journey.

I also would like to extend the invitation that if any of my readers have questions about what I write or need help understanding to contact me and let me help clarify. The same goes with any thoughts or disputes about the writing; this is a holy and open environment and “as iron sharpens iron so does one man sharpen another”.

I will also make sure to respect other writers intellectual property by properly citing them and giving credit where credit is do. I love all of you and am truly blessed to have you as am audience. In all things you do let them be done in love and be blessed.

The power of the Word

I’ve been so happy lately because I’m getting into my Word lately more and more. I’m excited to learn more and more about who God is, what He wants for us, and How He gives it to us.

But most of all I’m ecstatic because in all I’ve been reading I’m learning how to glorify Him so much better and love Him and everyone around me more. The Word itself even says if you walk forth without love, everything else you do is empty and worthless. I wanna be able to give Him more of myself and more and more glory, and even though I know He’ll relay me in equal and even more abundant measure, it’s because I love Him.

I’ve made sure the very first and the very last thing I do every day is read my Word and I pray that the Holy spirit imparts to me a supernatural revelation of what that scripture means. I challenge you to do the same thing and see how your understanding and love for God skyrockets!! Bless you all