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Alive or Dead?

When you think of God, do you think He is alive or dead?

But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’  He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive.”  —Luke 20:37-38

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Maybe it was because I recently completed a study on Moses that emphasized this reference within my spirit.  (See Book Review: Moses https://emergingfree.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/book-review-moses/ ) Examples of how God saved the Israelites, protected them, provided for them and prepared them flooded my thoughts.  I remembered how God gave Moses an understanding at an early age of the work before Him.  Prior to Moses’ arrival, God had a plan and purpose for Moses’ life.  As a young child, Moses’ training started.  It did not, however, require Moses’ initial awareness.  The training ground was set.  Why?  [Because] God is the God of the living! 

You see, God placed Moses in an environment to prepare him to lead His people to the Promised Land.  Knowing the road ahead, God knew that a certain level of maturity was needed; God knew that Moses needed to learn to be humble before Him.  Moses thought he was ready, but God knew He was not.  Why?  [Because] God is the God of the living!

During Moses’ 40 years in Midian, God did not forget about him.  To the contrary, Moses was still being prepared for his divine-assignment.  Can you relate to this?  He was still being made readywith God.  When the time was right, however, he was setwith God.  Although timid at first, Moses realized the time had arrived for him to go—knowingly, with GodWhy?  [Because] God is the God of the living!

So, “YES”, in the account of the burning bush, even Moses calls for the Lord—the God of the living.  The same God with Moses is the same God with me and youKnowing this gives me assurance to walk by faith, to be encouraged and to encourage, to be hopeful and share hope, to bless and be blessed, to be bold and humble, to love and be loved.  Knowing this gives me LIFE, and it should!  I serve the God of the LIVING!  I KNOW THIS!  Do you?

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My 2015: Back To Loving ME!

Here I am again reflecting on the year—smiling, fully conscious of the joy I have in my heart as memories flood my thoughts.  I entered the year with a list of goals AND A PLAN.  First, however, I knew I needed to commit to being whole.  I was finally tired of holding myself back.  I had reached the point within my self where I had intentionally settled on uncompromisingly growing into my best self.  To do this, I had to return to the basics.  In 2015 I returned to loving me and it feels oh so great!

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Have you ever been afraid to be great?  I have.  Thank God those days are over!  How can I say that I want all of the blessings God has for me and then await them with closed hands?  It seems silly now, but it took a while for me to see my self.  I wonder how many people are like how I was, wanting better but not wanting greatness.  (Is that you?)  How many people are denying their uniquely-made brilliance and settling for mediocre because that is now the accepted norm?  Guess what, we are not normal! We are supernormal!  We are exceptional!

As I go forth in claiming the promises God has given me, I do so in humility.  This is a good thing as I have discovered the difference between being humble and having low self-esteem.  Oh, how fine that line can be, especially in a world where lowering the esteem of another seems to be a sport.  (Why does “Hunger Games” come to mind?)  Loving your self, however, is the counter to the world’s punch.  Admittedly, I could not love myself without growing closer to God.  It is a continuous process.  How exciting!

About ten years ago or so, a woman told me that the Lord is going to do great things in my life but I would have to learn humility first.  I remember this like it was yesterday because her words confused me.  I thought, “Who is this lady?  She has me all wrong.  I am already humble.”  Although I was woolly, I knew she was prophesying to me.

Had I known then what the lesson plan looked like for me to learn “humility”, I probably would have said, “Never mind.”  I may not have cried out for God to bless my life in ways only He could.  I may have settled.  Sometimes, maybe more often than we care  to realize, the blessing is in not knowing.  His ways are not our ways.

Having gone through the coursework and passing the test, I have now invested in the blessings.  They are already a part of me.  They have always been.  I just needed to return to the basics to locate them.  I just needed to love me, my humble self.  The world offers many temptations to that which it defines as “success”.  Humility provides balance.  Yes, “balance”–something to remain upright and steady.  Won’t He do it!?!?

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Mirror, Mirror

Arrogance versus Confidence. A fine line? Really?

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For almost a month I have been carrying around a quote which says, “It takes an enormous amount of strength, security and confidence to be humble”. It reminds me of how loud arrogance sounds. Have you ever met someone who wants you to know that they know so-and-so, that they have done such-and-such, that they have acquired this-and-that and the whole time you are thinking, “So (how does this relate to what we are talking about)?” Their true focus is obvious. You might as well be a mirror on the wall asking, “Who is the fairest of them all?”

But I will leave within you
the meek and humble,
who trust in the name of the Lord.
—Zephaniah 3:12

The value of pride diminishes when there is no audience. Guess what? There is no audience for it amongst God’s people or in His kingdom. We avoid the traps of vain mirror reflections by maintaining our focus on the Lord. Through Him, we are strong and secure. By trusting Him, we can endure injury without burdening our spirit with the weight of resentment. We know that our Protector protects us no matter how it may feel or look. Our association is noticeable even when our resumes are not and we are confidently present. Either we believe this or we do not. I believe. Do you?

So, You’re Ballin’ Huh?

It is easy to get caught up, to fall into the trap of pride when our bills are paid and when we have financial surplus. Oh, how the temptations seem to surround us like vultures circle (dead) prey when people place us in positions where others “look up” to us and we buy into the idea that we are superior. When we are not struggling—not in need, not in want—, it is easy to fall into a worldly-defined ballin’ mentality.

The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?
—Obadiah verse 3

Life takes us up and down. In a moment’s notice, something can happen which can plant us on our knees in tears….or on our behinds. In another moment, we can receive news that will have us ecstatically jumping for joy.

As I continue to grow in Christ, I try to maintain a humbled core. Am I always successful? No, but I am much more likely these days to recognize when I am not and repent. Truth is, I want to receive God’s blessings—all of them—much more than I want to live with a pride-filled heart. As a matter of fact, I expect to be abundantly blessed. The removal of pride allows me to understand that there are responsibilities and a mindset that should accompany such living. After all, to whom much is given, much is expected.

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In your seasons of being blessed according to the world’s standard, don’t forget from where your blessings really come and that you are a representative of Him. If you are going to be ballin’, ball for Christ.

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