Tag: Christian

You Have the Green Light!

Hello fam –

How was your weekend? I hope you had a refreshing one. Tell me about it in the comments. Today, I want to share a little Monday motivation. So, I’ll get right to it.

This is how Genesis 12 begins –

Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Gen 12:1-3).”

That voice was wind, the still small voice, the voice of the Almighty, calling Abraham from the future to the future (the same voice that calls you). Abraham could have settled and lived a normal life where he was. Instead he chose – mission “impossible” with God.

I guess for us believers –

Destiny – God’s call to us from the future to the future – is the new normal

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To meet with the God of destiny, Abraham had to walk into his future. Sure, Abraham was told to leave his comfort zone but He was not told where to go either.

Sound familiar?

It wasn’t until after he stopped somewhere in Canaan that God showed up with some encouragement and confirmation. In short, when Abraham first heard that voice, he received only half of the vision. It was a faint call. Not knowing which way to go, he followed his “instincts.”

He followed his “instincts.”

I wonder! How many of us who have discerned the call of destiny to engage in some business, educational, political, leadership…sphere, field, or trade? Yet how many of us have quickly dismissed it without testing the spirit of the “voice” we heard or discerned?

I wonder! How many of us have received a dream or vision, but don’t know what to do with it, which way to go with it, or how to start living it?

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No worries. You are not alone.

And yes, there is a general rule which can help. Father Abraham gave us a clue. It is –

“Just start walking. But follow your “instincts”

Go – in the direction of the call, of that God-inspired desire. Go the way “His peace” leads. If there are two or three things you want to do or feel called to do, chose one and focus on it. It will make room for the rest.

On the way, you will hear the voice again. He will confirm the promise and offer more direction and counsel for next steps. And also, God will create room for other aspects of your dreams and vision to converge.

There is enough time to do what God called you to do. All you need to do is determine what He didn’t call you to and who He didn’t send you to and you’ll be at peace with your mission  ~ Kris Vallotton (paraphrased)

Abraham was told many things. Leave where you. Go where I will show you. You will have kids…and so many other blessings. He could have started with anyone of them. But the main focus was – leave. And he did.

However, Abraham’s clue and the general rule (which I share at the end) makes more sense when Abraham’s story is compared with Noah’s story.

Noah vs Abraham

You may be worried. You may be thinking or saying –

God gave me the vision. But God has not told me to move forward.”

I get it. Been there too. But, here’s a thought. The Jewish Sages argue that the following is also the reason why the nation of Israel began with Abraham instead of Noah.

When Noah entered the Ark, he didn’t close the door of the Ark behind him. God did (Gen 7:16,17). After the flood, when the land outside was dried, Noah didn’t go out. He waited for God to open the door and tell him to go out (Gen 8:16,16).

Contrast Noah to Abraham. God told Abraham to leave his birthplace, family, and homeland…and go to the place where he will be shown NOT where he was already shown. Turns out Abraham wasn’t even told where to go until much later. Abraham was told, in Hebrew, to “Walk on ahead of me (God)” or “Go already.”

Thus, Abraham became the father of faith and of all children who live or walk by faith. Noah lacked initiative and leadership. But Abraham walked on ahead of God. He didn’t wait. He took initiative (faith), following his instincts (discernment) after hearing a command to Go.

Go where?

He wasn’t told. All he had to work with was – GO. Nevertheless, he went – in a direction of his choosing but in obedience to an open command and a broad vision. After all, the key focus of what God said was – leave. So, he left. Where to was his choice. But –

 

Here’s the general rule –

All things are yes and amen in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 1:20).”

Meaning, in regards to all God’s promises, hopes, and plans for you – you ALREADY have the green light. What you asked for, the promise, prophecy, call…is already yours. Once revealed, its in motion. Once revealed, its your responsibility.

God has already given you the green light. So walk on ahead. Take initiative.

Make the move, take a step, send the text, make the phone call, inquire about the application, talk to a potential business partner about the vision, study problems in the field of your calling, learn new thoughts, talk…like you have the green light to do it until HE – God – holds up a red light and tells (inspires, warns…) you to stop.

As long as whatever you do concerns healing the broken hearted, redeeming and restoring people, make life a little better…and making earth a little like heaven (on earth as it is in heaven) in any way, form, or fashion, we are to – walk on ahead.

Stop waiting for God to act. God is waiting for us to act. That’s the life of adventure we said yes to.

So, chose a path or start with one of your many visions – the most attainable, the one God points to, or the one step He first alludes to – and work with it. Let him handle the rest.

Yes, dream big. But have a focused dream

Unless He specifically tells you to stop or “wait on the Lord” and be patient, – stop waiting. Get to work.  Even so, God will not tell you to “wait” if you haven’t first stepped out and walked in faith OR if the waiting in itself is not sacrificial and requires faith. Otherwise, what are you waiting for?

Meanwhile, follow His peace because, “The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make (Col 3:15).”

Let His peace guide you –

For where there is no peace – about a decision, a situation, or a connection – there is no Prince of Peace. He is absent. That’s a red light.

Absence of peace may suggest stop, wait, review, pray, change direction…! Its important to know because His peace which guides us is what guides our destiny instincts is connected to God’s Spirit in us.

Also, that peace is what makes us adamant, stubborn, and absolutely convinced that what we are doing is divinely inspired and will succeed beyond all hope even when folks doubt us, our ability, and especially our God’s ability to turn probability into possibility.

Preserve that peace. Walk in it always. Be a son or daughter of peace.

And lastly, don’t be afraid or worried if you think or feel like God is not speaking to you or speaking about the vision with you.

If it seems like the Lord isn’t saying anything, it most likely means He doesn’t have anything to say at that moment about the dream or vision.

He will reach out to remind, empower, inspire, and just talk when there is something to talk about in that department. I’m sure He’ll love to talk about something else. Better yet, why not talk about something He wants to talk about?

Eg: his hopes and plans for his other children and how you can join him in reaching out with encouraging and comforting words.

Yes! You do hear his voice. You are his child. Have your peace and keep on walking.

I hope this blesses you.

I wish you a week full of good health and prosperity.

 

One love, One Spirit.


PS: How was your weekend? Tell me about it. I would love to hear about it. Seriously!

THE MAIN ATTRACTION

Okay! Question.

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If you planned on visiting Hollywood and actually did, what would be a memorable experience for you? Would it be –

  1. Going up to take a photo at the Hollywood sign
  2. Hiking on the “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard – OR –
  3. Actually walking into or meeting and talking with a Hollywood star?

[Share your answers in the comments]

~ $10 says you go for option 3 ~ (Any wagers?)

But, here’s my point.

A place is NOT about the place: its about the people in that place

[Me and Anthony Anderson chit-chating about life] Continue reading “THE MAIN ATTRACTION”

ITS A MIRACLE – INDEED!

I received a miracle yesterday. Oh boy, you guys. Do I have a story for you. First, really quickly – thank you again for everyone who has been doing their Christmas shopping through my Amazon link, http://www.amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones . It’s a free and easy way to support this blog. And thank you for everyone listening to…

via It’s a MIRACLE — BeautyBeyondBones

IF NOT FOR HER…

Hello fam –

For a while now, my life has been like a game of pool and my actions like the pool stick. Everything I did felt like I was trying to hit stripped balls into the table’s pockets. Finally, I am at the “8” ball, the last piece for me to play to win the game of pool.

In real life lingo, I can’t figure out what that “8” ball is for me to do so I can complete this season of my life. I am thinking if I can figure it out, I would know what to do to complete this season of my life.

But, it seems God is hinting that it has to do with STOPPING and REFLECTING on my roots. Its as if He is urging me to do this before this circle of my life, which has felt like an evenly matched game between my faith and the forces of evil, ends.

After the shooting in Texas this week, I stopped to think. As I interceded for Sutherland, the Texas Files in my soul were opened. I recalled and smiled at good and bad memories. But, I had to STOP what I had been doing altogether when I received unpleasant news yesterday.

I called to greet my godmother and found she died on September 20th. That’s almost a month and a half ago. I was in shock. And this is happening around the time of my “twin” brother’s one year death anniversary. So, this week, has been interesting.

So, instead of the usual posts about faith, family, process, or developing destiny, I want to remember my godmother, share what she did for me, and some defining lessons from her life as a woman, mother, wife, and missionary.

First, I have to confess.

The first thing that I thought of after hearing the news of her passing was whether I had honestly spent enough time with her

OR

Whether I could have called her more often to just talk and connect. I do my part but I almost felt guilty of not talking to her as often as I wished

Nevertheless. She wouldn’t want me having those feelings.

So, in brief,

This is what Esther Lekunze (Pastor Es as we called her) did for me – Continue reading “IF NOT FOR HER…”

RAISE THE ROOF!

I confess!

I love dancing and singing.

I really do! Especially when it comes to worshiping God in song.

Me & Jesus

 

Often, I get lost in it that I forget about time and commitments. That often causes problems.

And that is the dilemma Ale faced recently.

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Meet Alejandra

She is a beauty, a dancer, a worshiper, a lover of Jesus, a friend of God, a risk taker, a woman of faith…from Columbia. She is (in typical Ale lingo) – just amazing!

When Ale experienced getting lost in God’s love, goodness, and presence while praising God “in the closet,” she too forgot about her time and commitments with her parents. She got chewed out for it. Trying to find an answer, she asked –

“Ish’, how do I balance worship of God with honoring time and other commitments even though I get so lost in worship and conversation with God during adoration (quite) time?”

At first, I didn’t have an answer. But then it hit me. Continue reading “RAISE THE ROOF!”

OOPS! YOU MISSED IT AGAIN!

I get this question a lot.

Why does it seem like we are always waiting? Why is that it always comes down to “It’s going to happen”? Why isn’t it (the vision/destiny) already happening? Why doesn’t it happen? Its always future tense.

Why?

Let me answer that.

I shared the following on Facebook:

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time…if it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” – Habakkuk 2:3

Then a friend asked:

Amen. So if the vision or declaration takes 5 years, do you wait?

Its a good question. One I had to answer for myself.

So, here are some thoughts that have helped me see things differently.

Ready? Continue reading “OOPS! YOU MISSED IT AGAIN!”

LIFESTYLE EXTRAVAGANZA

Hello Fam!

~ Meet Eli!

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Everyone say “Hi Eli”
He is a world traveler, charismatic, caring, industrious, and good looking millennial. He is a beautiful soul. He is very accomplished in business and is currently in Real Estate with his dad serving the Silicon Valley area. He even appeared on the hit show – House Hunters International (Season 70, Episode 2 – Wherever I May Romania).

He is not just a friend. Eli is family! He is my people! He is good folk!

Not so obvious is his love for God. He really loves Jesus. He is a radical worshipper of the King of Kings. His LinkedIn profile even says that! (weird)

Here’s why I mentioned Eli [And its a treat!] Continue reading “LIFESTYLE EXTRAVAGANZA”

THE DAY I KNEW I HAD IT IN ME

Often, I am asked.

Ish, how did you know you had faith? What was the turning point? When did things shift in your mind before you were able to know you had faith? Before you were able to trust in abandon to God and his call?

I had been thinking about this question for a while.

And last week, I had an epiphany. It hit me.

Of course, I planned on sharing this with you as I noted in my previous post but experienced computer problems. So, I apologize.

But thanks to my crazy awesome friends, I have a new one. My friends got me a new one.

~Thanks guys~

So, what was that epiphany? How did I know I had faith? Continue reading “THE DAY I KNEW I HAD IT IN ME”

NO SHAME – Part 1

Hello family.

How are you all doing? Sorry for the long absence. So, I was at a conference for a couple of days and went hiking deep in the mountains. I had no service and no way of sharing the adventure with you. But, I am back.

My adventure was Spirit filled, Spirit led, power packed, and full of miracles, divine connections…just to name a few. I learned a lot from friends and speakers. I had a wonderful time with our helper and friend – the Holy Spirit. So, I just want to share a few things with you to get you going. More is on its way.

So, here it goes – Continue reading “NO SHAME – Part 1”