Month: February 2013

A time of anointment

“These burnt offerings are to be made each day from generation to generation. Offer them in the Lord ’s presence at the Tabernacle entrance; there I will meet with you and speak with you. I will meet the people of Israel there, in the place made holy by my glorious presence. Yes, I will consecrate the Tabernacle and the altar, and I will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, and they will know that I am the Lord their God. I am the one who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the Lord their God.

Isn’t the Word awesome? God not only is a part of or lives but he also puts specific people in our lives for His purpose. He does it to bless others and more importantly, so we can glorify Him.

Not only that  but He tells us, that he well be here from generation to generation. He us fighting for his people by preparing for the way to his kingdom.

What cause do you ask? Because that is how he designed us. He choose us for the future generations. Remember he talked about making way? This was just a hint to be ready for that day. He gives us tools of what to do and prepare in the meantime.

Build churches (does not need to be the building foundations, but the circle of people who have a relationship with Him.
Anoint
Pray (never ceasing)
Fast
Give (when Moses went into the mountain, people continuously gave and God had to tell them to stop because they gave too much, talk about blessings)
Sacrifice (in out generation we are not required to sacrifice animals, however, think about other things you can sacrifice to serve God; time, possessions, money). Doing this will honor God.

Consider what your future generations mean to you. Should they know and have a relationship with Jesus as well? If so, how?

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Rising to the Challenge

A few weeks ago, I participated in the church’s fasting as a way to grow closer and a way to better serve God and the church. As a result, I had decided to continue it for another 21 days right after my 27th birthday. However, it was ended shortly due to my health that could have ended badly. (That’s a story for another day).

During this time, I grew and learned quite a lot. I literally became a living revelation in God’s eyes, giving opportunities to constantly rise up to God’s challenges.

When I was 21 and baptized, the only thing I mentioned was I was prepared to take on any challenge God would put in my path. The goes without saying that God is very merciful when I began to taste what He has been preparing me for.

I went from being this person who tried too hard, dying to impress others and never felt contentment which led me to live a lifestyle unpleasant to God. I often hid and thought I was hiding from God, but He already saw me, knew me (and as scary as it is) He was secretly waiting for me to come out of hiding.

One of my favorite children’s books when I was younger, is called Jacob’s RescueWhen a kid thought it was safe to be who he was but ended up going in hiding because he couldn’t rightfully call himself a Jew. In the end survived. When I think of Jacob’s story, it reminds me of what I’m really hiding from but somehow work through it and survive.

In the past few weeks, God decided to rise me up to the challenge a little more. With time, finances and much more.

Confession: I never really looked at my finances in terms of what to do with it or how I considered it. In college, I was living from paycheck to paycheck; when working a blue-coller job (but hey- it paid the rent), employers in that field don’t always give you the benefit of a doubt on hours, even when working and going to school full time. But learning now what I didn’t know back then, forced me to realize that it’s not about what was mine, not even the time given. I have regrets but at least today I can start all over again and keep working to where I’m supposed to be.

I find myself pinching my skin when I walk towards or near the nations Capitol, but lately, I’ve been pinching myself when I pray. Not that I don’t believe this isn’t real, but sometimes I can’t believe these things happen. One moment I’m in D.C., the next God is asking me to do things unexpectedly but not impossible. At least it’s not a minefield although sometimes it seems that way.

The year of 2013 is shaping up for more exciting adventures as I rise up to these many challenges, and I’m excited and cannot wait to share more.

Tune back soon!

If you’re in the D.C. area and looking for something to do on April 19th and 20h, check out the Beautiful You Conference happening where God empowers women in our era. I’ll be there, will you?

Poser, composer and treasures!

During the one year read, I find it amazing that no matter how many times I read something from the Bible, I’m blown away. Sometimes it won’t impact me the first time, or second time. Sometimes the same translation doesn’t make sense but when I read it in another, I suddenly relate to it or see the point of the story.

I’ve been reading up on Exodus (my second time this year). I love the conversations between Moses and God and seeing how far God is willing to take us to have Himself revealed in all He does. And of course, you cannot underestimate the power of God.

It opened up the question of what it means to be a poser or if we’re really composers of God.

According to google dictionary, a poser is someone who acts in an affected manner in order to impress others. A composer is someone who writes music professionally or is an author. Are we the kind of people, especially in our culture where we are constantly attempting to reveal ourselves through others only to find that it’s not really who they are simply because they are dying to be the center of your attention?

What does it mean to die for God’s attention? What does it even mean to be real with God when we speak to Him in our prayers? Jesus carried the cross so we wouldn’t have to take it up on a daily basis. But Jesus also died on that cross so we could take it up for Him and bear his name.

We all know the story of when Moses finally freed his people, but did they believe in God at first? Just like the Pharaoh. But then God protected them on the way out, even though He lead them in a direction that was longer and required fighting a battle but God didn’t want them to see them fight day in and day out, which is why the long way was taken to escape. On the way, God proved by pushing up the walls of the ocean and lead them to the other side. When He closed the door on the enemy, they died one by one and their bodies arrived on shore – all because they choose not to believe, choose not to allow the people to worship their God. Only then, those freed found true freedom in slavery and in God when they realized His power to not only fight but to protect.

So, if you’re one of those people who is constantly questioning the power of God and not already believing or allowing others to not believe, perhaps you’re a poser because you’re attempting to just impress others by what you know.

If you read Proverbs, God wants you to be a composer. Someone who’s willing to believe in who His is. Paul in the New Testament talks about how to have faith yet work in God so He could be glorified.

From my heart: I confess that occasionally I know more than I reveal. But my heart is constantly hungry and thirsty for wanting to know more of God.

Proverbs 2:3-5 talks about how God asks us to search for Him and once we do, we’ll understand and you will be given the treasures of what God wants to give you.

That alone reveals to me that God treasures me already, but He has more!

Questions to ask and answer:

What does it mean to die?
Are you a poser or a composer?
What kind of treasures are you seeking?

Knit

January 15, 2009 019Today is my 27th birthday and I normally NEVER celebrate. But as I get older, I’m learning to celebrate not necessarily my birthday but enjoying the fact that life is quickly going by and we fail to recognize how fast. Immersing in my failures and success has helped equipped me to know God more.

This past week as I look back, I realized something; God created us in His image. Exactly how He wants us to be. He also formed us before we ever knew we would exist. He created us in our mother’s womb. And after birth, it doesn’t stop there… He’s continuing to knit our hearts.

I don’t think it would have been possible for a lot of reasons. First off, He sent His only son, to die on the cross so we had a reason to bear His name. A part of me is going… “Ouch!” But the other part of me sees the love God has for us.

I was reading Exodus the other day and reading the conversation between God and Moses. Not really sure why but I love reading the conversations they have. When God asked Moses to go to the Pharaoh and perform all of these miracles, Moses was resistant because he couldn’t speak well. Then God basically told him; didn’t I design you for a very purpose, even though you or others cannot speak, hear or see?

In the end, it’s not about us. God already designed us for a very specific purpose. And all I can say is, “Only God.”

Do you think God designed you for a purpose? If so, what are other passages that help remind you of that?