SPIRITUAL. I am a part of a wonderful fellowship of pastors, ministry leaders, and churches; and as we grow, I am more grateful that my resource base for great preachers and teachers continues to expands. However, most important is that it is a genuine fellowship, a fellowship of great men and women who love God; it is a great family.
Feel free to share about a Christian fellowship that is important to you.
SPIRITUAL. Isa. 60:1 (below)
We have to “get up” in our spirits to righteousness. We have to “wake up” in our minds to truth.
The external cannot be our only pursuits because even if you put a CROWN 👑 on a CLOWN 🤡, it still does not make him or her a king or a queen. Royalty resides on the inside and it’s not the same as haughty pride. The world promotes the latter through lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. But, on the kingdom of God, to go up we must first go down. God wants to ensure our well is not springing up bitter and sweet, or rather, contradictory living. James 3:11, 1 John 2:16, Obadiah 1:3a, 2 Chronicles 32:26
The internal you is the true you. So, shine from within (eternal) not ONLY without (temporal). 1 Cor. 15:31, John 3:16, Psalm 51
“ARISE from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! [Zech. 8:23.]” Isaiah 60:1 AMPC
“Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. GOD ’s bright glory has risen for you. The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But GOD rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you. Nations will come to your light, kings to your sunburst brightness. Look up! Look around! Watch as they gather, watch as they approach you: Your sons coming from great distances, your daughters carried by their nannies. When you see them coming you’ll smile—big smiles! Your heart will swell and, yes, burst! All those people returning by sea for the reunion, a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations! And then streams of camel caravans as far as the eye can see, young camels of nomads in Midian and Ephah, Pouring in from the south from Sheba, loaded with gold and frankincense, preaching the praises of GOD. And yes, a great roundup of flocks from the nomads in Kedar and Nebaioth, Welcome gifts for worship at my altar as I bathe my glorious Temple in splendor.” Isaiah 60:1-7 MSG
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1 KJV
SPIRITUAL. Psalm 81:6-10 “I took the world off your shoulders, freed you from a life of hard labor. You called to me in your pain; I got you out of a bad place. I answered you from where the thunder hides, I proved you at Meribah Fountain. “Listen, dear ones—get this straight; O Israel, don’t take this lightly. Don’t take up with strange gods, don’t worship the latest in gods. I’m God , your God, the very God who rescued you from doom in Egypt, Then fed you all you could eat, filled your hungry stomachs. (MSG)
CIVIC. Came across this info. Keep reading for Updates on MS. –
Thirty-one states require all voters to show ID before voting at the polls ) In 15 of these, the ID must include a photo of the voter; in the remaining 16, non-photo forms of ID are acceptable ( Voter ID laws can be broken down into the three following categories)
Strict Photo ID (8 states): Voters must show a photo ID in order to vote. Voters who are unable to show photo ID at the polls are permitted to vote a provisional ballot, which is counted only if the voter returns to election officials within several days after the election to show a photo ID. At the beginning of 2011, there were just two states–Georgia and Indiana–with strict photo ID laws. Two states–Kansas and Wisconsin–passed new strict photo ID laws in 2011, and three states with non-photo ID laws–South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas–amended them to make them strict photo ID laws. None of these new laws is in effect yet, although they likely will be before the 2012 elections. Also in 2011, Mississippi voters approved via the citizen initiative process a strict photo ID requirement. The legislature will have to pass implementing legislation before the requirement can take effect. See the notes below Table 1 for more information regarding effective dates for new legislation.
Photo ID (7 states): Voters are asked to show a photo ID in order to vote. Voters who are unable to show photo ID are still allowed to vote if they can meet certain other critieria. In some states, a voter with ID can vouch for a voter without. Other states ask a voter without ID to provide personal information such as a birth date, or sign an affidavit swearing to his or her identity. Voters without ID are not required to return to election officials after the election and show a photo ID in order to have their ballots counted in the manner that voters without ID in the strict photo ID states are. The seven states with photo ID laws are Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota.
Non-Photo ID (16 states): All voters must show ID at the polls. The list of acceptable IDs is varied and includes options that do not have a photo, such as a utility bill or bank statement with the voter’s name and address. Rhode Island passed a new voter ID law in 2011. It takes effect in stages — beginning in 2012, voters will be required to show an ID (although not necessarily a photo ID) at the polls, and in 2014 a photo ID requirement will take effect. /end
An unknown author said, “We live with sadness, we needn’t live sadly”.
The truth is that we all have plenty to sulk over, plenty to sink down into, and plenty to complain about. However, if we choose to live IN that, we really don’t live at all.
Problems come but Praise is comely…keep praying and praising. Blessings
The Lord’s joy will give you strength to live fully, abundantly. Blessings, Neh. 8:10
SPIRITUAL / SOCIAL. You are a game changer. You are especially designed by God, a ‘one-of-a-kind design’, do not conform or ‘dumb down’ to lower patterns (standards).
Abraham Lincoln said, “Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.”
Ps139, Rom 12. Blessings
Think about what you have to offer…that is something that no one else can do like you can do it. God specializes in giving us special attributes. We just need to ensure that we don’t keep the treasures hidden in caves.
SPIRITUAL. Your fast will get you there faster!
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting…And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin…and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God…Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. (Daniel 9:3, 20-22 KJV)
Is there a time when you fasted and found yourself elevated or advanced and you know it was because of the fast?
THANK GOD FOR THE FAST!
SPIRITUAL. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, continue to pray even when hearts go astray. Preach The Word, even when it’s not popular to be heard. Continue to exhort praise even when problems are raised. Let your worship be for real as a witness that He Still Lives!
In what ways does Jesus still live big in you? I would love to hear from you.
Let us continue to be for real in our walk. Blessings