Where are you going?

There are two roads in this life, one is wide and busier than I95 on a holiday weekend and many people travel on it headed straight for eternal damnation.  The other road is narrow and a bit rugged like route 1, and fewer people travel on it, and it leads to eternal life.  Matthew 7:13 says, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.”

I beg you to choose the right road! Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world.   Repent, exit from the wide road onto Mercy Boulevard and declare today, that Jesus Christ is Lord!  

Amen

Dear 2018

Hello 2018,

When I was a child I thought that we would have flying cars  by now.  Instead we have IPhones, Androids, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Movies and shows on Demand, YouTube, and online banking and trading!   Growing up in a era where kids actually played outside, met friends face-to-face, I can honestly say, I didn’t see this one coming.  Last year brought death to me.  I kissed death knowing that he had no power over my loved ones.   Faith also came and I saw miracles, and I experienced miracles.    Last year I felt pain, I felt sadness, I overcame pain, I overcame sadness.  Last year I felt joy and happiness, I felt loved,  I gave love, I felt forgiveness, and I gave forgiveness.   I can truly say that I lived, I loved, I lost and I recovered.  2018,  I look forward to our journey together!  I don’t know what you hold for me, but I know who holds you.  He is the giver and keeper of time, He is Your creator, my Father, my Savior and Lord.   So here’s to a great year because I trust the creator of time and my life is in His hands. 

Sincerely,

Ebony

Prayer and Meditation: The Father’s Love

Dear Heavenly Father,

I Thank you for your love for me.  I thank you for having mercy on me.  Instead of giving me the destruction that I deserve, you gave me  one more chance to live.  I bless your name, because you have made me alive again, unto a living hope, by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (I Peter 1:3).    When my heart felt helpless, and hopeless you remind me that I am the apple of your eye. How great is the love that you have lavished on me (Psalm 86:13)!  When I felt rejected and used, you remind me that I am your child and there is no end to your love for me and that nothing shall be able to separate me from the Love of God (Romans 8:39).  When I am confused and don’t know which way to turn, you confirm your plans for my life, and I thank you for your plan to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).   When I feel like a stranger in this world, you remind me that this is not my home, and that you have prepared a place for me that is eternal in your kingdom (Hebrews 11:13).  Thank you Father for always thinking of me, considering me, loving me, caring for me, restoring me and renewing me.  I thank you, that you saw fit to make me a part of you (I Corinthians 6:15).

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen.

Scriptures:

 

1 Peter 1:3 King James Version (KJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Hebrews 11:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

1 Corinthians 6:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

Jeremiah 29:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Romans 8:39 King James Version (KJV)

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 86:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

 

Humility is Telling your Ego No

In some, most or even all situations humility means telling your ego no!  The ego usually desires to operate contrary to the Word of God, therefore it must be subdued. It is self-centered, self-seeking, thinks that it is always right and always desires its own way. While the ego helps with the development of positive self-esteem, if  left unchecked, it can take “self-consciousness” to an unhealthy extreme.

Subduing the ego, means recognizing its influence on your perception of reality, your decisions and how you relate to others, then giving it healthy boundaries.   You might ask, “what is a healthy boundary?”   Giving the ego boundaries, means surrendering the need to be right all of the time, and have things your way.  This refrain is especially hard when one believes that the other person is wrong.

Humility might cause the ego to feel a little weak or bruised, but one must never let the ego rule the spirit, on the contrary, the spirit (the part of you that is made new in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17)) must rule and give direction to your whole being because your spirit is perfect and always responds in obedience to Christ.   Hence, humility is necessary, so that the righteousness of God can be revealed in you by faith.

 

Dr. E. N. Robinson

Submission is the Key to Recovery

Never make a promise that you are not prepared to keep.  I had prayed to the Father for specific instructions for my life.  I had prayed for over two years concerning the same thing.  When the Lord finally sent His response to my fervent prayer, He made it so clear that I could not miss it.  He answered everything that I had questions about. Over the years, I had told the Lord that I would do whatever he said do… all I needed was for him to speak and tell me the way to go.

I was very honest and sincere in my prayer, but when the Lord spoke and gave me instructions, I found it very hard to keep my word. I don’t know what I expected would happen, but I guess I  thought that I would jump on board with no questions asked. To my surprise, everything within me kicked against the Father’s instructions.  The desire that I had to move at his command had dissipated.

God’s response left me feeling cheated.  I felt as if He had chose to sacrifice me rather than avenge me, because He was asking me to yield and surrender to a situation, when I was expecting deliverance.  I knew that the Father knows what’s best for me, and I trusted His will for my life, but I found it extremely hard to submit to His will.  One would think that after praying for 2 1/2  years that I would have delightfully surrendered, but I yielded with a reluctant heart.  I can imagine how the young rich ruler felt, when he asked Jesus, “what must I do to be saved?” and the Lord told him to sell all that he had and give the money to the poor (Mark 10:17-27).  Has God ever asked you to do something, and you felt that it was more than you could give or more than you were willing to give?  

The lesson that I leaned from this prayer request and response is that obedience is better than sacrifice.  I learned that you must be willing to submit to the Father’s orders.  Even though I wanted to rebel and in my heart I was kicking & screaming, I knew that submission was what the Father wanted from me.  My submission to his instructions was my deliverance…  It did not look like it at the time, but indeed it was.  Sometimes we want God to give us a way out, and all He offers us, is a way through! 

Submission to the Father is the key to recovery!  After a major injury or surgery, one of the hardest things for some people to do, is submit to the recovery process.  Some people go so far as to try to function as if the injury does not exist.   Submission is hard, especially when it limits your capacity, but submission to the Doctor’s orders is necessary for recovery.  Many people get broken, hurt, and grief stricken along life’s journey, yet they simply move on and keep moving as if nothing ever happened.  This is not the Father’s remedy.    To everything under the sun, there is an appointed season.  There is a season to conquer and a season to heal and surrender.  My Father asked me to surrender to His will in my situation, not to conquer, not to fight, but to yield.  My obedience to this mandate was my recovery, indeed, it was my deliverance and healing.

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. Luke 11:28

I pray that you will surrender your will to the father, and seek to know His good and perfect will in every situation.  May you trust that His grace is truly sufficient for you.  In Jesus name I pray….. Amen.

Dr. E. N. Robinson