Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Resting in Peace part 1

They say rest in peace when people pass away but what about the rest you should be entered into today? How will you know how to suddenly rest in peace if you don't make a habit of letting God take control Now? When it's time to go, you should be confident your work was complete, your house is in order and most of all that you're going with your Best Friends the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and are used to communing with them wherever you go already. You know where you're going when you leave here. Without a doubt. That's the greatest peace of all and He says we need to have it now. Don't wait until that last breath is drawn to take seriously eternity. And don't get it wrong, resting in the Lord doesn't mean you don't work hard or do hard work it just mean the work doesn't get to you and it only makes you better. And when the time comes, your rest in the grave will be worth it for it. What would YOU be resting from if you were to go today? What have you committed your life to? Is it worth it? Let your obituary be in mind as much as your resume, not just what you're doing but the legacy you're leaving behind.

Who is good but God

People really argue over whether they are "good" enough? What does that even mean? No matter how good you think you are or how well-meaning, everyone has been affected by the same internal problem that leads one to lie, cheat, steal and even wish dead the very people who have only done right by you. That's a human issue and it's called having the nature to sin. And it's why we are not to judge others and think proudly of ourselves but we should be more than happy to trust God to bring us through any and all of our conflicts by touching us internally. If you think you can live a life perfectly on your own, even managing to not be struggling with bad habits, addiction and vices or dealing with horrible relationships with people in your life or getting things done but always feeling like you're lacking or wanting to be different than what media presents you but seeing no other way or even not being affected by crime and injustice and the legal system, take me to whatever planet you come from because it's not earth. I am human and I need Jesus. Period. I love myself enough to admit that I am not good enough and that God always is. This is why righteousness is a gift not something we earn, it's all Him we just do not measure up we are imperfect and are born beautiful but without comprehension of the value of being holy or knowledge of our purpose of resting in Him and not taking on the weight of the world. We take that on but He wants us to just rely on and grow through Him and His might. Being connected to Him makes all the difference in the way we are able to live life He makes all things possible if we let Him. The Father's calling is great. Answer.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ready for the unknown?

Im not posting this to say go get married and have children besides I think too many ppl come on here and post about relationships as if there aren't soooo many single, God-fearing, goal-driven ppl in this world who dont know if they'll ever even meet someone they could accomplish building a future with. I'm just posting for the concept. The principle. Of not blocking out opportunities to be blessed and move forward in your life. The marriage and family thing is not for everybody though many would benefit from it and can relate to it in some way but the point is the fact that so many feel a need to hide from it As well as from many other things in life just because of fear of the unknown when, as with all things, fear is a thief of progress and a promise of failure before you can even start. Truth is, some things Are scary and frightening but God is with you for each step of the way and He wants you to trust in Him so fear has no place with you just faith and your journey is not given to you all at once so feeling overwhelmed with the gravity of the vision is unnecessary and what you need for it will be provided beforehand but some will just have to be learned along the way. So no, don't jump in blindly. But don't stand still in the dark. Come out, come out wherever you are and answer the call He's placed on your life. One thing you can never regret is being in God's will.

You can't be prepared for the future if you never start today. You're preparing for Something, either failure or success. Choose success.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Take a look

I say this because I care. No judgment. No scorn. But heed my words do not take them lightly. You need to change things. Reevaluate some things within yourself. Your views and mindset. Your ideas, fears, goals and intent. These friends you have, you are not trying to let go of, I get it but look at their lifestyles. Look at what you do when you are together. Look at what you sacrifice and compromise for them look at how you've hurt others and yourself in the process of your commitment to them. Look at all the opportunities you've lost in life, all the problems you've caused, money you've lost and the amazing moments you've given up to spend time with them. Look in the mirror at the person you've become. Not just how you look but how you see. Look at the lifestyle you are being held in as you hold onto them in your life. You may think many things are mostly harmless. But a little harm goes a mighty long way. And many mistakes and disappointments sadly beget lifelong regrets and remorse. There are things you can't get back things you can't change things you can't control. But I've always just wanted better for you. And I know, if you just choose it, you will have better.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Opportunities


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Illuminati?

A lot of people, for years, have been going crazy claiming certain entertainers/musicians are part of a secret society. Many others are angered or altogether unfazed by the claim. I can't speak about who is part of what and even if I could, it'd be of no affect; we are only responsible to God for the lives we live individually so figuring out if someone has "sold their soul*," as they say, is of no relevance. All I do know is a lot of music IS satanic. Now, some church people are used to hearing "satanic" in reference to many things, whether the things truly be evil or not and, therefore, some may feel the term is just a broad, outdated way to keep people from doing anything remotely close to having fun. Sure many people try to force their own ideology and preferences and legalism on others but this is not that; beloved brethren, people of God, children of the Lord... Wake up lest you be fooled. And make a mockery. The truth is, while you may not be making a decision to serve the devil just by listening to certain songs, that doesn't change the nature of the song or that there are people in this world who have made a fully conscious decision to go the wrong way (including those called satanists) who the music you are indulging may very well have been made by. So how is holding onto the unrighteousness an example of you serving God? Pay attention to the attitudes certain music triggers in you and others. Pay attention to the ways certain music makes you dance. Pay attention to the beliefs certain songs subtlety instill in your psyche. God's Word is clear.


* God still has the ultimate power and any evil agenda is not for us to fear only the Most High is to be feared. He is mighty to save, not just when WE need but also for those who turned the wrong way! The real issue is the power you give them by feeding into the frenzy as if they are so mighty. You can't fight evil that way. Always keep in mind what God has said for us to do.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The enemy always wants more

The thing about the wrong path is, those who want you on it will never have enough. They will always want to pull you down even further. And it may be hard sometimes to be able to tell what is right if wrong looks or feels good. That's why you need to really know God and His will for your life so that you will have a focus and standard to not deter from. What is right for you makes sense but may not always seem like it makes sense and may not always be fun but that's why you have to be smart and have clarity you don't wanna fall into the traps the reality is what is wrong for you truly has to offer only a future of remorse.
Love doesn't last and causes pain? And emotions only cloud love, they say, your love can't be trusted.. it's all chemical reactions and doesn't really mean nothing. But if you're so close to somebody that you have developed all these chemicals and have been physical enough to be releasing all these things, your body is doing what God designed it to. It is not your body that is wrong but you. For growing so intimately close to someone you are not even sure of being with. God made these chemicals to be a part of a true relationship. They are not the enemy. Your seeming inability to wait for love is. Always rushing in. Just for the highs and thrill of it. Or looking for someone to complete thee. Lust holds no weight to love. Grow up.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Standards and Relationships

People may want perfection but most don't literally expect it and know we are far from perfect ourselves. Still, that's why they say, "I can do bad all by myself," there's nothing wrong with having standards you want to uphold and attain for yourself, as well as with a partner. I don't need you to be my rock Jesus has that covered and I don't need you to be my world because I'm already building mine; I know for some reason a lot of people misconceive that when you want a certain kind of man or seek to see a man in their true position in the Christian view, it's just weak/lost women who seek to be taken care of but that's just not at all what it's about. Christian women are purposeful we do not intend to spend years just hanging with any random guy but to be creating a future together with who we are supposed to be with. We desire real genuine relationship and to always be leading in God's way and to specifically be paving the way for potential marriage which we respect the value of. Marriage is not a goal just in itself but it should be when actually in a relationship. You don't actually date to marry you don't just literally get with someone to find a spouse but when you have someone you do want to be with, someone you love, you don't say you want to be with them just to be there but to really be with them. How am I with you if we can't even speak to the doctors for each other if one of us ends up in the hospital. How are we really together if, in the eyes of God and the law, we are single. A lot of guys may not see themselves ever stepping down to one knee to make a proposition of engaging in becoming one. But then, what are you there for? Either way, I do expect a head, a leader, someone not easily swayed, a dude whose personality is enduring, whose character is developing, heart is diligent and mind is sharp. A real strong man and not just for the fact that he lifts lol that's a really good and important strength but the greatest strength is love and that's what this is about. I need My man to be strong not because I need to be controlled by him.. but for his own self. I need him to be who he really is and do what he says he will. I absolutely want him to be respectable. And in my relation to him, I need to be able to be who I am which IS a person who respects. If he wants to be in my life, I need to be able to rely on him, not because I can't handle my own but because I need to be able to trust him and to entrust him with his place in it. Of course I desire a man who can better me but most of all I expect to be with a man who can better himself.

"Spare Time"

You do children a disservice by allowing them to believe the meaning of life is indulging in entertainment. I liked the beginning of Matilda where she was always reading and doing "strange" things.. She enjoyed it, it was fun. But there were entertaining books.. And as they watched television, who's to really say there's Nothing they could have learned so the fact is, it's not about whether your eyes are on a book or a television set but that you enlarge the span of your knowledge, you step out of your comfort zone and take what is being offered to you, you build relationships in the real world and you put the skills you learn into practice in your life Immediately. Also, it pays to get up and do more... Stretch to allow purpose to be fulfilled and not to just be appeasing your boredom of fleshly laziness. While watching television, watch a different channel browse new programs and instead of just laughing or rehashing the stories, try also making notes of things you Learned. Your thoughts while you view are Important. What is your entertainment teaching youu? What attitudes are the media that you use beginning to form within you? Same for when you read. And while you view, multitask. They used to say you should do something during commercials, like wash dishes or work on a load of laundry or some other household chore/cleaning or have a mini workout or some other productive task but nowadays people rarely have to see commercials. What we Should do more of now, however, is view With our family. That's what's rare now. Spend time speaking to each other, connecting, sharing and simply being in close proximity. Closeness is a thing that should not be taken for granted. I cherish the memories of just sitting on a couch with my father's arm around me. We didn't have to be sitting there for hours but the point is it even meant a lot to us both for him to just have come over and been there. Invite someone to view with you or respectfully invite yourself to view with someone. Same with reading, read a book to or with someone. Regardless of age. Enrich someone Else's life enrich your lives Together. Book clubs existed for a reason. God made us all differently and it's beautiful to read the same text and hear all the various messages that may have come through with it. Also, it's a great way to bond as well as teach and learn. Just writing about this has been such a blessing for me. I leave you all to ponder the very many ways you can add more blessings into your lives if you'd just take your face out the phone and tablet and computer for a second. I know we all lead busy lives and may even rarely have time for such entertainment and that these devices have become a major tool for "communication" and resource for information but the point is that's why the little moments matter all the more. And they surely add up over time. You don't want to look back on all the times you were out with a loved one but remember having just been on the phone the whole time. So for yourself and the children in our lives, it truly pays to have intention in our every action and to make the most of the moments we are relaxing with a comedy on Netflix or scrolling through Instagram by making it about something bigger. There's always a bigger picture if we look to God; He will bring us out of ourselves enough to give us exactly what we truly need. And, for that, I thank You!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BAE (before Anyone else)?

You need not focus on the doings of a person you're in relationship with. No matter Who you are with, you need to focus on the Betterment of Your doings. If your biggest success and focus in life is your relationship with bae, you have no idea how much you're not winning right now. Your relationship can only benefit from you taking care of that you need to individually that is how you can be better with each other. But even more, God and the world want to know who You are, not just who you are as defined by your romantic relationship. Aspire even higher and see what Else He has for you and most of all, find life in Christ.

Dear me I once was and me I sometimes have wished to be again,

Do not, for anybody or anything, lose sight of Who and what's important. Pray in all things. Keep the same drive that got you into all the sports & activities you have been. Don't just long for friends and growth in Christ; Find a church! You have more power in your life than you are accepting. What little rights you do have to your life, don't take for granted. Your choices affect your future. Make them good ones make it a good one. Don't keep relationships that make you bitter or pessimistic or judgmental or Conflicted. And for God's sake leave these time-wasting heart-breaking guys alone. Besides, you have the greatest man at home waiting for you... But not forever. Love your father while you have him, love him harder. Do even more together. Because he is one of your best friends and the things that get in the way of that are so irrelevant and will eat you when it's too late. Don't give your mom a hard time by staying out they worked hard to make a home for you to be in bed at night. And I know you're just trying to explore the world but there's a better way. And God will always provide it if you let His way be yours. Get so much closer to him. Know how very Loved you are, not liked or flattered, Loved..cared for, intimately known, with too many sacrifices to count made for you, for you to be alive and well and free and successful. No matter how overlooked and insignificant your presence, interests and needs sometimes seem. Focus in on the good, expand on it. Because you have a beautiful life regardless of the day-to-day imperfections. Appreciate it all anyway because nothing lasts forever and it is all what we make it. Life is short, they say. Love the people and opportunities time brings because all things come and go in time. And I know you struggle with having a bit too much knowledge to know what to do with but keep that thirst for it and just keep writing and praying just keep your heart protected in a good place. Don't sway in the pressure grow in it. And as dad would say, Mookie I love you I'm proud of you and I'm expecting great things from you. These things come in time and little by little you're getting there. Now, I must go cry because I miss him so much but you, you live in the peace and wisdom and power only God can give, don't leave me with pieces to pick up from your slack and laxness. Never compromise never settle you know whats right now do it. Don't follow your emotions but do always respect the sensitivity you have toward others'. Say what's on your mind more but only when it's something edifying. God gave you that mouth and your words could save somebody's life. Don't worry about who didn't wanna listen you just say what He put on your heart to share. You'll never go wrong with Him. Take it even further than going only where He leads by remembering wherever you go, take Him with you, actively engage his presence, walk with his joy, represent him to all his creation. You all need him just as much as the next person and keep praying for ppl He hears you Jesus literally is a lifesaver He will always go in and help He wants them even more than you want them to have Him and He will amaze you with how swiftly He proves it. I can't go back to the past but I can determine how many more pieces id be left picking up in the future so I dedicate this to the me I am and will be.

Reclaim your Name

Sometimes, the place you find someone is the very place you've lost yourself. Sometimes, the goals we chase run us down. Sometimes, we lose our lives in living. Sometimes, love is tainted by emotions, what is best gets overlooked versus what feels best. Sometimes, we let our hopes team up with our fears and lead us down a path prematurely, one not meant for us, to achieve what we believe is. But in the midst of it all, God is still God. Even when you forget who you are, if who you are is His, He will help you reclaim your name for His glory.

When I began this blog, it was supposed to be a way for me to have a spiritual journal, a place to share things I don't actually have people to talk with about, which would allow people to witness what Christ is doing in me for themselves...a way to show a Christian's life, not the storybook type of life we create in our own minds but the reality of what it means to follow Jesus, with all of the ins and outs, so that I could show the raw beauty as triumphs and that this would be an ultimate witness and legacy.
Yet, I, like most, have allowed the things of this world to distract me time and again on a daily basis and I lose balance in my day-to-day responsibilities.
 
My last post was written 3 years and 4 months ago. 3 years prior to the passing of my father. 9/16/46-10/19/14. They say the dash is what counts, the time where the person made their mark and impression in this earth and memories in the hearts of loved ones. He lived a phenomenal dash. And just as I am grateful to identify myself in Christ, I am proud to identify myself as the daughter of my dad. He was the best father anybody could have ever had. I promise you this man was amazing. But the biggest blessing of all is to know that he is now more alive than ever. Thus, having dealt with the many emotions and inner struggles that come from losing a beloved, I am all the more at the conclusion that I need to live while I am living. I've made many mistakes and bad decisions over the course of the nearly 26 years I've been here. All negative choices have negative effects. But I am confident in the faithfulness and redemption of the Lord. My life has been far from perfect but what has always made all the difference is the knowledge that focusing on God changes everything and is the key to life. I have always felt a duty to honor God, those who love me, and my very own self in having a good name a name that holds weight, not because it is boasted but because it comes with good and godly reports. His report is what matters. And as we come to know Him more and continually choose to keep Him first, He grants the growth opportunities. So, we must welcome them and face them as if we know our goal. Don't get scared when you see a struggle, don't falter, the prize is still the same. And the greatest prize we can have in this life is a relationship with Him and those people He blesses us to come across and live with. These are not just the greatest prizes but the great commands.

If you proclaim the goodness and righteousness of the Lord, people are looking at you to be walking in it. This is a true responsibility not only to Him and yourself but to your fellow people, to be an example of godly living. But being human, many have fallen short and gotten caught up in some things. Ppl go around complaining churches are full of hypocrites because your life Needs to match the Word you share. But if you're one of them struggling to believe, don't look at anybody to be your god don't let them be the extent of your knowledge and relationship with Him don't have full faith in anyone but God let Him show you for Himself how it's done. Experience His goodness for YOURself. And when you really have, you won't want to depart from it. Don't let your fellow man keep you from getting closer to Your Creator yooou've gotta go get God for youuu!

They say people never change but how many of us feel like the same person we used to be? Nobody is even the same from day to day you're moving in a direction, whether positive or negative you're on a road that shifts as you make your day to day decisions. It turns as you meet people and let people go. It gets rerouted as you face disappointments, disagreements and confusions. And it's all a part of growing. Your path is no one else's even if some people have stayed with you along the ride. Individualism means we all came in this world on our own and will leave at our own time as well. That's something we can't change. And sometimes you might feel empty and lonely and frustrated when you can't fill a void with a person but there's also a place where you can be at peace with it come to terms and be ok with it and that's kinda where I'm at. God fills the gaps beautifully if you let Him, it's His place. He will take you where you're meant to go when you are abiding in Him. And your destiny and purpose has no gender The Lord has goals for you to achieve for His Kingdom not just for the earth it doesn't matter if you are man or woman He wants you to be as great as you can be in Him. And sometimes where you're going won't include marriage in your lifetime maybe that's why all your relationships are failing maybe it's not you or them but that it's distracting from where yall really need to be. Relationships mess up for all sorts of reasons. And ppl try to counsel each other thru it but not all counsel is of God. Some people are all messed up in the head. Stop assuming all women act one way and all men act another. Sin is a human problem, period. If you want some real success and freedom give it all to God.

Please be aware. The devil wants to destroy you and will do any possible thing to try to drag you to hell. Literally any possible thing. And you don't have to believe he exists I know a lot of people don't but guess what his attacks Do come your way regardless. And it doesn't have to feel like one, a lot of times it's things that look and feel beautiful but only lead to your DESTRUCTION. He's not gonna stop based on the work you do for The Lord there's no amount you can do to exempt you even Jesus was tempted. All the more, as you're leading people to Christ the enemy has all the more reason to try to bring you down, corrupt your influence your name and your credibility and the perception of your faith to those who already struggle to believe.

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