Savior

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What makes Him the difference?  Why believe in Him, this Jesus?  Why draw near to Him? What is the secret to Him? What is the secret to His existence? What is He all about really? Why is He still such an enigma and a mystery? How can one being draw so many questions and so much mystery? I have heard so many debates, and arguments against and for Him, and some make solid sense, yet that’s the point, Jesus does not make sense. At least not to the ordinary mind or eye. We would have to shed our so-called knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and get ourselves into a place of surrender to even begin to understand what He did for us.

Since ancient times, decades and decades before our time, and now our generation, He was and is despised. So our rejecting Him now is nothing new to God. I am sure that They knew what our reactions would be, but that did not stop Them, Jesus STILL came to us. That is why He is Jesus, filled with unconditional love for Mankind. Generations of humanity have turned to anything but Him. No matter how much His love has shone, no matter how many testimonies and evidence validate His existence, reality and truth, we still prefer to look the other way. We want anything, anyone, but Jesus.

He was despised and rejected[b] by men, a man of sorrows[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e] and as one from whom men hide their faces[f] he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ~Isaiah 53:3 English Standard Version (ESV)

He does not react toward us the way we would if He were us and we were Him, and He rejected us. In that case He would not be Jesus. He roles out mercy and not condemnation. He is not petty, neither is He distracted. He is zoned in on one thing, and one mission, completely absorbed in His divine purpose to reconcile us to God. Our throwing words and stones at Him, turning our back s on Him, and mocking Him, laughing in arrogance and derision, will not turn Him away. He is too empowered by and consumed with God’s unconditional love for us.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:4 English Standard Version (ESV)

With our selfish and clueless minds we refuse to believe that anyone, especially a god, not to talk of The God, would allow such a thing to happen to His own Son. If our spiritual understanding was unlimited and not shortsighted, we would comprehend the in-comprehendible.  If our minds, filled with science, culture, traditions, intellect and opinions and philosophies were free from bias and prejudice, then we would understand that that is how precious and valuable we are to Him. It’s difficult for us to understand that we are worth God doing what He did for us through Jesus, and Jesus answering to God’s call to bring us salvation. We don’t see our worth that is why we scorn, mock and laugh. Self-loathing, arrogance, guilt, shame, all get in the way of our spirits opening up to such painful yet beautiful sacrifice.

Everything is pure to those who are themselves pure; but nothing is pure to those who are defiled and unbelieving, for their minds and consciences have been defiled. ~Titus 1:15 (Good News Translation)

We have thrown all kinds of arguments, logic and reasoning about why it’s all nonsense, but we have not bothered to seek Him directly in order to gain evidence and proof of His Being, or lack of. Why do we argue with surety and pomp and gory and the echelons of intellect, if we have not bothered seeking Him directly, to see and have our own intangible answer about whether or not He is real? Try it, He’ll show up alright. Question is, will you be ready and prepared to handle it? Why argue and expound on something, Someone, you have not sought out to know? Seek Him out and let The Truth speak for Himself.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth. ~Isaiah 53:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

When He was being slaughtered for our sakes He did not say a word. However, in His unconditional love, if we seek Him we will find Him and He will utter words of love, peace, joy, wisdom, redemption, healing, restoration, transformation; words beyond the power of our minds. We have not even given Him an opportunity to show up. Open the door, let Him in, and when we would have done that, we can defend our thesis, debates and arguments. Like everything else we study and learn about, if our minds and consciences are in a pure state to discover Truth, you will find Him. No one will need to convince you, once you have had that encounter with Him. There will be no defense left. The choice will be to accept Him or walk away from Him, but you will no longer be able to argue that He does not exist. It’s just not possible, dear friend.

Jesus found His purpose; reconciling you and I to God, to bring us to salvation, simply meaning coming in to a better life filled with divine purpose and spiritual aide from Heaven in every area of our lives. Will you discover your purpose in Him? He certainly has one buried in you, but you’ll need His help to activate it. Why don’t you knock and ask? Don’t be ashamed, or too proud. He will not hurt you, contrary to what you have been fed with. If anything, His real focus is on your precious soul.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? ~Matthew 7:7-10 New International Version (NIV)

He simply needs some humility and willingness on your part. See for yourself. In fact, He came to us the way He did, so that even though He is the Son of God, He could, and still can, understand our state and condition as human beings. If He had not come the way He did, in human form, walking on this Earth, we would have argued that He does not understand us, that He is too far from us, and too disconnected. Yet He came the way He did, and we still argue that a virgin birth created by God, for the sake of purity, is not possible. What do we want? Do we even know?

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. ~Hebrews 4:15 New International Version (NIV)

Our human minds cannot understand His divine mind, and instead of studying, learning and acquiring our own individual experience and truth, instead of observing without bias, we go off on a whole tangent about all the reasons why His name and existence, according to some, are a lie. If we can just step out of ourselves for a minute and explore, for your own benefit, I guarantee you, we will be undone by His love, mercy, peace, joy, protectiveness, guidance, abundance, generosity and grace. Let’s try yielding to Him first and hear His mind. Let’s not permit our minds to deny us such great divinity.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. ~Romans 8:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

Our generation is a  highly intelligent generation. I think that is a very large part of the problem. We know too much and we don’t need anyone, and certainly have no need for God! Or so we think. Regardless of our rejection, God, the complete embodiment and symbol of unconditional love sent Jesus, sacrificed Him, for our sakes. Whether or not we accept that, it did not, does not, will not, stop His unbending purpose to reconcile us to Him. He is God. He cannot go by our will to reject Him, He will go by His will to save us from ourselves, and bring us into the abundant life He has for us.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;[g] when his soul makes[h] an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, [j] and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, [k]because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:10-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

Even after we mock and reject Him, even though, “out of the anguish of His soul”, He gave His life for us and, “he poured out his soul to death”, we still refuse to accept Him for Who He is and why He came to Earth. We are mindless of Him yet He has given us His everything and more!

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. ~Psalms 8:4-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

As powerful as He is, The Creator Of The Universe, He has come to us, in Person, and we can say no to Him. The question remains, is that advisable?

Stop for a minute, take deep breaths, slow down the arguments, and think. THINK.

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Take Over!

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You are walking around, looking all beautiful or handsome. Nobody knows, they cannot see, how haggard you are on the inside. All they see is what you present on the outside. They see the smile, the joy, the kindness, the compassion, the strength and the patience. They don’t understand that it took God to build those virtues inside you, that they so easily enjoy, and sometimes take for granted. Nothing about you shows that you are about to run dry of those virtues. You are tired, because while you give those virtues to the world so generously, your own world appears to be falling apart, bit by bit, piece by piece. You don’t show the world, you don’t take your pain and agony out on the world. You refuse to consciously hurt others as an outlet of your own agony. Deep down you know that this is not the time to crumble, this is the time to ask God to take over.

You allow very few, the closest, to peek into your crumbling world, and to the rest you keep up a high spirit, laughing with them, urging them, uplifting and encouraging them, because even in your quagmire, you have a grace upon you, you have purpose built and flowing through you. They keep you focused, strong and unbending. But you are beginning to feel yourself cracking, the weight too heavy to bear. You need another level of grace, another level of joy. You need to dig deeper and speak a language that only God can understand, without you even having to move your lips. And your cry is a deep yearning for God to take over. Take over. Take over. Let Him take over, before you do something stupid.  Don’t be ruled by your emotions and make a bigger mess.

You are breathless, darkness seems to be crowding in. Your fingers are slipping, your mind is losing its grip. Yet you are steadfast, yet out of that darkness you know light will come and shine through, and you remain anchored, because greater is are the purpose and the spirit that are in you, than this current demise. Somehow, you know that this is not the time to give up, this is not the time to throw in the towel, but this is the time to give more, to smile deeper, to be kinder, to keep a steady mind. Your life and the lives of others depends on it. This is when you cry out, God, take over! Spirit take over! Jesus, take over! Undo me, and take me to the next level. Here I am.

You know, that even when it all appears nonsensical and crazy, and that it would be easier to fall victim to, to succumb to your challenges and allow them to consume you, you refuse to do so. Why? Because there is a higher calling, there is a higher place, there is a Higher Being Who will take over, take over, take over!  He knows your capacity, He knows how much you can endure, and He uses what you are going through to stretch you. And when you say its enough, He is really just getting started, because He knows more than anyone else, even more than you, the treasures He has put inside you. He knows the gem that you truly are. He allows the fire of life to cook you, He permits the pressures to form you, and in your humanity the effect is too much on the mind, spirit, body and soul. Let Him take over.

You are in the palm of His victorious right hand. He does not sleep, He does not get distracted, He is not confused, and nothing takes Him by surprise. He knew that this day would come and before you were even born, He was ready and well prepared. So ask Him to, take over, take over, take over. Be still, don’t try to fix it, given your emotions, you likely will make a mess of things. Through this extreme discomfort, you are birthing futures, destinies, as God’s plans, blueprint and purpose, unfold in you and through you, for your sake and for the sake of others. Don’t resist, flow with it. Don’t push back, rest in it. Don’t miss this very painful but glorious realm, don’t turn your back on it, don’t walk away from it, for there is a glory indescribable, there is a joy unspeakable, there are unimaginable destinies being delivered out of your painful patience. Believe it!

Only deeper wisdom, a mightier strength, an all knowing mind, an all seeing eye, can transform and transcend you into the next level of purpose. So let Him take over. Take over. Take over. You will be the better, and not the worst for it.

5Why am I discouraged?

Why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God!

I will praise him again—

my Savior and 6my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,

but I will remember you—

even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,

from the land of Mount Mizar.

7I hear the tumult of the raging seas

as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

8But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me,

and through each night I sing his songs,

praying to God who gives me life.

9“O God my rock,” I cry,

“why have you forgotten me?

Why must I wander around in grief,

oppressed by my enemies?”

10Their taunts break my bones.

They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11Why am I discouraged?

Why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God!

I will praise him again—

my Savior and my God!

~Psalm 42:5-11 New Living Translation (NLV)

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The Master Craftsman’s Time and Season

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To understand a thing you must know where it originated from. If it is broken, you must know the creator or have the manual in your possession, if you are even considering the thought of fixing it. If you want to bring it back to its original form, you more than likely have to take it to its original manufacturer. We seem to understand this when it comes to material and inanimate objects. We know that if the blender is not working, we can take it back to the store. We know that if there is a malfunction with a BMW we take it to BMW garage which will obviously have the parts that we need. But who do we go to, as humans, when we are lost, broken, rotten, tattered and torn apart, as human beings? Who is our originator?

Who do we go to when we have hit rock bottom, when the pain is too much and we believe that life is not worth living? Who should we run to when we can no longer keep up the pretense, falsehood and appearances? Where do we turn, when we have been rejected by all, when nobody understands us, and when we cannot find truth in or support from those in our sphere of influence? I can tell you who, our Master Craftsman, God. But we do not, most of the time. We want a quick fix, and we unwisely search for the wrong manufacturer and the wrong manual. We either conveniently forget, reject the truth that He made us, or, are absolutely ignorant of it.

We take our precious spirits, minds, hearts and souls to the wrong manufacturer or garage. How can God possibly fix, deliver and restore us? Some of us believe that He does exist, but that He moves too slowly, so we find our own ways to help Him help us, instead of leaning into His wisdom and His guidance, doing things in His own way and His own time. He knows how to rebuild us.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  ~Ephesians 2:10(NKJV)

It’s quite challenging to wait on Him, this I know. But, I also know that it is far better to wait on “slow God”, than to make decisions which will only get one in a bigger mess and a worse tangle. When all your parts are falling apart, come to Him! He knows the seasons and the times. He sees everything before it happens and before it ends. He knows how, who, what and when. Times and seasons change, but he is unchanging.

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.                                                                                                                         Ecclesiastes 3:1(AMPC)

Therefore, it is better to yield to Him and ask for divine guidance. Stop all the science, the philosophy and the intellect when you are in total darkness and at a loss for words. There is a time for all those schools of thought, but the fight for your life, the battle for your soul, is not one of those times. This is the time for the Master Craftsman to step in and transform your life in the way that only He knows how to do. Put your ego and your human wisdom aside when your life is at stake. Allow the all knowing God to undo you, and put you back together again. He knows all your parts. He knows your feelings, your thoughts, your shame, guilt, insecurity, anger, envy, jealousy, covetousness, selfishness and all the parts about you that you have built and acquired that are now bringing you down and pulling you through a dark tunnel. He knows your deeds in the dark but His mercy will carry you.

You have made all kinds of smart plans, had all sorts of what seemed like beneficial ideas, but none have played out as you imagined. Even the folks you thought you could lean on did not have the stability, the strength, the stamina, the know how, to keep up with and handle your groanings. And now you find yourself all alone. These are the moments that you look up for His help. God has been waiting for you all along, and knew this moment would come, but He will never force you. He knows what, where and how to fix, with divine perfection, but as omnipotent and omniscient as He is, He will not disrespect your space or enforce His will upon your free will, which He created you with.

There is a hole in your heart, a pain in your soul, dark pressure on your mind, which only He can make beautiful. Believe it when I tell you this, for your own liberty and joy. Now is your time to permit God to fix all things pertaining to your life, mind, spirit, soul and body. This is it. This is when you allow Him to put the puzzle and broken pieces of your life together with skills and knowledge which only He possesses. Whether or not you believe in His existence, for your own good, don’t you think it’s worth a shot? You have given everything and everyone else a chance, yet here you are. Think about it.  He is not slow, He is thorough and perfect, biding His time with you so that you come to the understanding that He works not only in times and seasons, but in a way that at the end of it all, the most important thing from it all, is that you would have discovered that there is a part of you crying out for Him and only Him, and His unconditional love for you.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.                                                                                                                           Ecclesiastes 3:11(NKJV)

Better to stop fighting, start believing and ask God to begin His good work in you. You will not like His methods, His pruning and His pealing away the layers you have built, but compared to where you were heading, and where you would have landed, His ways are preferable because at least there is a guarantee that you are in the right place, with the right Person and in the right hands. God, the Master Craftsman, your Creator!

So, even though it appears crazy, and does not fit in to the code of conduct of this present world, turn to Him, before it’s too late. It does not, and will not make sense, compared to what you are used to, and it might draw mockery from those who have known you, as you take this step. But ask yourself, “what if this is the decision that prevents me from falling into complete destruction? Is it worth sacrificing my ego, my intellect, my philosophies, science and the opinions of others for the sake of knowing God Who can fix me?”

For your life, for your soul? Yes! It is worth the sacrifice. The Master Craftsman’s time and season is here, awaiting your approval, to come in, and take care of what you cannot utter, or even put into words.

Let Him in, dear friend, This is your life!

 

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Faith Too Illogical Too Irrational

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Illogical and Irrational Faith. That is what many of us lack but what many of us need. Stop rationalizing and ask. I know what the science says, but ask. I get it, it all seems useless and futile but press in, press on and ask. Faith is your gift. Faith is for all. Asking is for everyone. Stop the logic. Block the intellect, let go of the science, test illogical, irrational faith, and ask. Stop trying to do the math. Stop trying to fix the puzzle. You are out of your league, but your pride and ego have reared their heads. You must fix this yourself! Stop that.

Admit you do not know. Admit you do not have an inkling of what to do or say, because this one, this time, is beyond everything you ever learnt or known. It is beyond all the books you ever read, the pods you listened to, the YouTube videos you watched, the Facebook pages you scanned through, and advice from friends and family. This one needs some divine intervention, not the voice of society, school, college, research, the internet, and human logic. Not that they are bad but you are in need of something, someone divine. This particular situation demands that you ask in faith and believe that God, {yes, HE IS REAL), will answer you. Trust me, the way He answers will be well beyond your logic, thought or imagination. It will be well beyond any solution, logic, reason or results you would have come up with on your own or through the wisdom and knowledge of Man. Stop being your own obstruction and ask. Stop getting in your own way and ask.

Is there anything wrong with logic, common sense, science, college or research, or good advice from family, friends, colleagues, professionals and experts? No, of course not! But you and I both know that there are matters that are beyond human intelligence and human fixing. As intelligent as we are, some matters and issues of life only divinity, not humanity, can solve. Some are too deep, too complicated and too embarrassing. Few and far between will we find folks who are willing to hold our hand and walk through the fire with us. 

Here is the question. How deep is your frustration? How deep is your pain? How deep is your agony? How long have you waited for an answer? What has this unsolved problem done to your life? What will this unsolved problem continue to do to you? What effects will it have on you and your loved ones? What effects will it have on your work, your dreams and your purpose in life? How long will this problem hold you back and how deeply will it trap you and hold you hostage? The longer you wait the worse it gets, so stop the logic, stop the reasoning and ask already.

Let your faith be too illogical. Let your faith be too irrational.

Value your life, soul, and spirit enough, forget about pride and ego, and ask.

Value your life, soul and spirit enough, forget about your public image, and ask.

Value your life, soul and spirit enough, forget about your title, and ask.

Value your life, soul and spirit enough, forget about your facades and masks, and ask.

Value your life, soul and spirit enough, forget about your wise plans, and ask.

Value your life, soul and enough, forget about trying to prove something, and ask.

Are you too dignified to ask? Ask for help.

Are you rich, are you poor? Ask for help.

Are you accepted, are you rejected? Ask for help.

Are you feeling too unworthy? Ask for help.

Are you feeling as though you are too far gone? Ask for help.

Have others told you not to bother? Ask for help.

Do you think it’s useless to ask? Ask for help.

Is it too irrational, too illogical to ask God for an answer, response, or solution? Ask anyway! Be irrational, be illogical. Shake off and unwrap yourself from a false sense of human security. Apply irrational, illogical faith.

We all need to ask. We will all find ourselves in these immeasurable moments of pain, frustration, illness, confusion, trauma and hurt, where no one can assist, heal or uplift us. In those moments, whether we like it or not, we will need the One who created us, who knew us before we were formed in our mothers’ wombs. We will need the One who completes and makes us whole. We will need the One who sees the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. We will need the one who makes a way where there appears to be no way. We will need the One who makes the crooked path straight, in whose presence our mountains of problems melt like wax. We will need the One who at His Word, the oceans of problems part and create a path into victory for us. We will need the One who does not care where we have been, what we have done, who others say or think we are, who likes us or doesn’t like us. The One who loves us more than we can love ourselves, more than others can ever love us. We will need the One who sees our faith and does not leave us hanging but acts on it in ways that we cannot put into words.

Matthew 15:21-28 New International Version (NIV)

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

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The Chiselers Will Come

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One of the toughest things in life is to face who and what we have become. It is so much easier to point at, and blame other people, even when we know deep down that that does not take the pain, shame and guilt away. I have learnt that there is genuine mental, emotional and spiritual liberty, if I just confess to myself that I am the problem, or that I have a problem to solve and that it matters how I solve it. How I solve it will determine the outcome. Therefore how can I solve it so that the outcome is favorable to others and to me? Typically, we humans like to solve the problem in a selfish way, the way that it will benefit just us, and not others involved. It’s our quick survival instinct. But we should grow bigger and better than that. Others matter.

Usually the problem is a flaw in our character and our outlook on life, our judgement and perception, not reality, of other people. We all at some point carry unhealthy mindsets and opinions that have to be chiseled out of us. We hate the chiselers because they show us the truth about who we are, who we truly have become, but who we could transform into, a better person. It is extremely difficult to become the better person. It takes me introversion, self-permitting slow agonizing self-reflection of what is true and what is not. The deeper I search within me, the better I learn the lesson, the more broken I become, the more ego I lose, the freer I become. If I can be silent for one quick moment and not say the first thing that comes to my mind, if I can just hold back and control myself, walk away and ask myself the selfless questions, how should I respond, should I respond at all, how could I have prevented this, how can I handle it better, should I just let it go, or should I confront it, and if I do, how should I go about doing that so that it does not escalate, even if it means that it would be at my own expense?

The chiselers of life will come. Sometimes they trickle in, sometimes they are a storm, a rushing river, a massive wave. Some will be clear and apparent, while others will blindside us, pull the rug from under us and knock us down to our knees. Some will cause us to weep deep pouring tears, some will cause us to laugh like mad men in pain and frustration, and some will make us scream silently in agony, with no words to describe the torment within.

None of us can avoid or prevent the chiselers from entering our lives, but all of us can choose how we handle them. We can drown in them, we can develop unhealthy coping mechanisms, or we can handle them step by step, layer by layer, and emerge as beautiful beings, who have allowed adversity to bring out the best in them.

The chiselers will come at different stages of our lives, whether or not we are ready or prepared for them, and are unable to receive or accept them. Their timing is always terrible, and they do not seem to care about their effect on our lives. We have the power to decide and choose how we handle them, and who they transform us into. We can determine to come out beautiful in the end, or angry, bitter, snide, arrogant, insecure, cynical and manipulative, blaming others and never taking the reins of your life to turn things around for the better.

When chiselers come my way, I have learnt to turn to God, my creator, for grace, wisdom, courage, patience and humility. After all, He knows me better than I know myself. You cannot take a BMW to be fixed by Toyota, or vice versa, so take me to God, any day, any time, with whatever it is, He will fix me, set me straight, and put me on the right path. It is not easy when my carnal nature rises up in a situation and I have to tame her down and ask the Holy Spirit to give me strength to hold it together and not respond the way that I would truly like to. It takes power from within to keep silent when I want to give a piece of my mind. It takes courage to walk away when I want to confront. It takes humility to realize and admit that a particular chiseler has revealed to me that there are areas of my character that I still need to work on. It takes wisdom to know what to say, when to say it and how to say it. It takes deep understanding and mercy to see where another person is coming from and what might be causing their behavior. These qualities do not come naturally to us. They are developed and nurtured with deliberation.

The chiselers will come. God help us make the right decisions so that we can come out the better and not the worst when they chisel us. They are here for our good, not for our demise. They bring the lessons we need to learn. They come to remove the ugliness within us, and create kindness, patience, wisdom and understanding, qualities that bring us and fill us with peace, joy, love and strength and quiet confidence

The chiselers will come. It is better to yield to them and ask the question why are they here, than to resist. Resistance only makes it worse.

Yield to your chiselers, ask the honest questions, embrace the true answers and become free indeed.

 

Take the Risk and Enter

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Take a step of faith, take the risk and enter. The worst that can happen is this.

You sing for joy.

You dance away your troubles.

You laugh like never before.

You cry your deepest tears.

You clap with sheer joy.

You express and experience uninhibited love.

You heal within and without.

Your problems melt away.

Your confusion turns into wisdom.

Your fear turns into courage.

Your prison walls break into pieces.

You find significance.

You realize how valuable and precious you truly are.

You recognize the beauty and power that lie within you.

You treasure every breath you breathe.

You appreciate every single day that you are alive.

You discover that you do not have to go it all alone.

You realize that there is One Who loves you more than you love yourself. God.

Those are all the worst things that can happen, so, enter. Take the risk. Find out for yourself. Don’t take my word for it.

Discover the breath of life.

Discover the rivers of living water.

Discover what it means to be free indeed.

Discover what it means to have life more abundantly.

Discover what it means to be VALUED!

Go ahead, take the risk, and enter. You’ve waited this long. You are still here, and He is still waiting. It’s really alright what others think, don’t worry about it. Imagine if you hesitate, and not enter because of other people’s opinions, and then one day you discover that they took the risk and entered. After all that talk and shaming you, they actually took the risk and entered, and received what you could have received, if you had just shut your ears to their mockery and taken the same risk and had entered into God’s Presence. And now here they are, enjoying His love, His peace, His joy, His deliverance and His divine blessings.

But you are still here, so take the risk and enter, my friend. It really is never too late, dear one. Enter into His Presence and breathe.

Breathe in divine strength.

Breathe in divine ability.

Breathe in divine peace.

Breathe in divine wisdom.

Breathe in divine courage.

Take the risk and enter into His Presence

There is nothing to lose, there is everything to gain!

The God Who Is Unashamed of Us

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ADAPT. CONNECT. ATTACH.

More than ever in our world, we need something, someone, much bigger than us, bigger than our imagination, bigger than our situation, our tears, agony and frustration. Someone who can do more than what we ask for, think or imagine. Someone who can give us more than what we seek.

We need someone who understands true power, abundance and prosperity of the spirit, the mind, the heart, the soul and the spirit. We need someone who can carry us beyond our trauma, agony and suffering; who give us unimaginable peace and unspeakable joy.

We need the living God who understands and makes a way where there seems to be no way.

We need the living God who makes the crooked paths straight.

We need the living God who delivers and redeems.

We need the living God who brings salvation into every situation we face in life.

We need the living God who begins a thing and finishes it.

We need the living God who meets us at the point of our deepest need.

We need the living God who turns our mourning into dancing, our sorrows into joy, our shame into honor.

We need the living God who turns our dirt into beauty, and our guilt into deliverance and liberty.

We need the living God who turns our torment into rejoicing, who brings laughter into our mouths and singing to our tongues.

We need the living God who says come unto me, you who are heavy burdened.

We need the living God who keeps His word, and upholds the world by the power of His word.

We need the living God who is more than able to keep His Word and His promises.

We need the living God who can love us as we truly are and transform us into the beauty that we truly are in and through Him.

We need the living God who can actually break our prison doors, the ones that keep us mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically crippled.

We need the God who is unashamed of us; who we are, where we have been or what we have done.

Are you ready for Him? He is not ashamed of you.

Are you ready for His unconditional love? Know what He loves you.

Are you ready for His faithfulness? He will see you through, my friend.

Are you ready for His grace? He is quick to bless.

Are you ready for His transformation power? He is the greatest healer there is.

Attach to the beauty of the living God, and know the difference. All you have to do is ask.

Adapt your life to His life giving power, and experience Him for yourself.

Connect with Him and trust Him, He is the way maker. He will not disappoint.

Fix the mystery of your problems to His mystery of solving them.

Make the difference, for your life, the lives of your loved ones and the lives of the world.

Attach, connect, adapt, to the beauty and life-saving power of God.  Taste and see, look up, to the God who is unashamed of us and ask for His help.

Immigration: Uncommon Kindness, America

 

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                                     Immigration: Uncommon Kindness, America

                                                           Introduction

America, we proclaim that we are one nation under God and in God we trust. With this in mind, and with the privilege of being a world power, should we not show His great kindness, generosity, love and forgiveness to those who need us the most? After all, we are all God’s children, are we not?

“The earth and everything it contains are the LORD’s. The world and all who live in it are his.” – Psalm 24:1 (God’s Word Translation)

In Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean stressed that, “It is better to help ten real hurting people – or nine, or one, than to be overwhelmed and withdraw and do nothing.” In light of this, I would like to put a face to immigrants and ask us to use our greatness to demonstrate kindness. Let us be benevolent with our greatness towards the pain, fear, nostalgia, agony, insecurity and embarrassment that immigrants suffer.

“You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born. I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 24:22 (NIV)

Immigrants have been misunderstood and vilified, but they are a source of enormous potential for our great nation. They are not the cause of the world’s problems or America’s problems. It is the thirst for power, greed, war and money by some, who are the cause of mankind’s inhumanity towards each other. Their lusts have catalyzed events around the world that have led to the displacement and uprooting of millions of people fleeing their native lands, in pursuit of basic survival. You would do the same if you were in their shoes. Immigrants, often have to flee from dangerous, destitute, undignified and life threatening situations in their own countries. Most immigrants do not choose to be exiled from their homes and countries of origin but endure destructive and oppressive conditions that force them to uproot their families. With hopes for a new beginning and the guts to start life all over again, they risk their lives and that of their children to come to America, a country that has always been viewed as a beacon of hope. Would we not do the same for our families, our children?

My country of origin, Sierra Leone, suffered a brutal civil war. Hands and legs of men, women and children were hacked off; young girls and women were gang raped; pregnant women were cut open as the rebels tried to guess the sex of their babies. Our story is filled with horrors that no human being should ever have to endure. International diamond companies benefited from our shed blood and terrifying agony, as international dealers exchanged arms for our national diamonds. Foreign nationals built their fortunes out of our misfortune. They built their companies’ dreams out of our nightmares. From our torture and pain and bloodshed, they created so-called success for themselves, and as their families and children lacked for nothing through blood money, many innocent war victims were killed or fled for their lives but were treated with repulsion, deemed not human enough, and labeled as an inconvenience to foreign countries—many of whom were aware that men, women and children were being wiped out by the hundreds every day, as their mercenaries took our diamonds and stood by and watched as our people were mutilated, raped, decapitated and butchered.

Part One

Many immigrants come to the United States out of the necessity to escape grave danger, hunger and persecution. They migrate to protect their children and families, to give them a better life. Being an immigrant can be a humiliating, belittling, downgrading and degrading experience, especially when you have to start from the very bottom and re-establish yourself in a new country. Immigrants do not come to America to purposely abuse the American system and way of life. Men, women and children have come to this country because, for most, the alternative is death. If you were faced with a decision to either come to America or to stay and have your daughter gang raped by militia, your son taken as a child soldier, your wife or husband mutilated and tortured to death, or to watch your malnourished baby slowly die, would you not risk everything you had, to find a safe haven for them? If that safe haven was America, would you not bring them here?

Immigrants come to this country not to take jobs, healthcare and education from Americans; they come simply to stay alive. Immigrants will do almost anything to arrive in America because of what we say we stand for—freedom, dignity, justice and opportunity. How many of us can truly say that dating back to our ancestors and looking at all our last names that we are truly natives of this vast land? Not one of us, except the Native American.

Immigrants want to contribute not just to America but to the world. Like every other human being, they have hopes and dreams. No matter what they have been through, no matter the journey, the suffering, the mocking, or the bullying they have endured, they are resilient. They want to make something out of their lives and make their life and every breath they take worth living, because that is all that they have left. Immigrants want to help but their hands are tied by the stifling rhetoric in our current public discourse, the hate, myopia and lack of understanding that pervades our immigration policies. Many want to be a voice, but their voices are broken, shattered and shut down. Many want to rise up and shine, but they are suppressed and living in fear, daily. Many want to be assets, not liabilities, to our great nation, but are not given the wherewithal and opportunity to do so. Instead, many individuals, with all their potent talent and potential often have to hide and remain in darkness, denied the power of adding to and harnessing the greatness of America. Instead, children who are the future of our world have been traumatically separated from their families under the zero tolerance policy. Doesn’t that make you wonder what the ramifications will be for the future of this great nation for such inhumane conduct? Years from now, what will be the effect on our children, on our nation, when some of us glory in breaking and tearing other people’s lives apart?

Unfortunately, some of us believe that we are set apart from the rest of the world, and that we can behave however we want and that there will be no consequences. The truth is, America is made up of the rest of the world; no other country is or comes close. We have convinced ourselves that we are somehow disconnected from the rest of the world, when in fact, almost every, if not all, races run through our veins and bloodline, whether we want to admit to that or not. Blinding ourselves to that fact and convincing ourselves that we are different, greater and more powerful than others, who we appear to assume are beneath us, does not take away the fact the races of the world run through each and every one of us and that therein lies our greatness.

Part Two

What makes us great is the power, the strength, the talent and potential that we carry inside us, a people made up of many nations and the gifts that come with that. Denying others human dignity, creating animosity, hurt, anger and outrage across the globe only destroys us America. It eats away at the fabric of who we are, who we should be, and why we exist. We carry the diversity, intelligence, intuition and spirit of many, from different lands, who have come before us. In rejecting others we reject ourselves and who we truly are, and that is dangerous to our well-being and existence.

As for our current treatment of immigrant children, I am at loss for words; it is indescribable inhumanity. How can we be so unforgiving? How can we preach faith when we crush another’s hopes and dreams? Which god are we one nation under? What legacy are we leaving our own children when we deprive and rip other children away from their parents? What are we saying to the rest of the world? What foundation are we building for America’s future? Who will benefit from such cruel error?

If America were to pass laws to support immigrants and allow them to live openly and restore their hope and dignity, America would reap this act of kindness in beautiful and unimaginable ways. This is America, and we have the greatness, the power, and the gift to not only be kind to others but to give them back their dignity and treat them as brothers and sisters. It is who we are, and it is who we should show the world that we are. That is the foundation of kindness and mercy that will carry and sustain our children’s future in this great nation. Making America great again should not mean, turning an immigrant child’s life into unspeakable pain, fear and indignity. Making our nation great again should not be built on the tears, blood and agony of others. Making our nation great again should not mean ripping families apart. Remember, we reap what we sow.

 “One comes to appreciate that there can be no ‘we’s’, and ‘they’s’ but only brothers and sisters – all children of God – all sacred and dignified.” – Gandhi

 Part Three

Immigrants are not looking for pity, but dignity, the right to live as human beings. There are plenty of brilliant immigrants and hardworking, well-meaning and respectful, and given the opportunity, they will continue to contribute positively to America, to uplift her, and to support her. They are proud and grateful to be here. They understand and the benefits of being industrious, resourceful and productive in this great nation, and if we were to show kindness to them, we would reap the benefits. That kindness is what will continue to make an already great America, even greater. Unfortunately and sadly, it seems as though we live in a culture that appears to view kindness as weakness, but it is not. It is power.

Millions, even as early as the recent past, have laid their lives for the enjoyment of our freedom. To honor those deaths and that type of sacrifice, let us use our freedom and free will to sow love, mercy, kindness, peace, and forgiveness to those who need us. Others, including naturalized immigrant men and women, have given their lives in order for us to flourish; we can repay them by thinking beyond ourselves and showing kindness to their descendants, spouses and children of all backgrounds, and to the neighbors and strangers in our land. After all, our ancestors too were once strangers and gave their lives for us and to this great land.

Yes, we have to protect our nation, but we should not allow fear to make us act like anyone but our better self. Today, in present day America, let our kindness and compassion, not our fears and insecurities, guide our nation. Let us use our power for good, to be just, kind and even sacrificial, as others have done for us. Let us be an example of unconditional love and uncommon kindness.

 Part Four

 Indeed, may God bless America, and as He blesses us, may we in turn bless those among us who need us ever so desperately. Vilifying and blaming immigrants for problems that have long been in existence will not automatically wash away our guilt, pain, shame and insecurities. Blaming immigrants will not heal America. Instead, we create for ourselves and our children very deep and heavy emotional, mental and spiritual debts. The kind we cannot even begin to understand. We do not want the burden and consequences of such debts. We must be careful that such profound debts do not fall on the shoulders of our own children. So let us take the log out of our own eyes, before we take out the twig in the eyes of immigrants. In all our getting, let us get wisdom and understanding. Let us remember that when you give to the poor you lend to God, and He will reward us with great blessings.

We preach God, but let us not forget how God expects us to behave toward those who need us the most. If we say we believe in Him, that in Him we trust, and that we are one nation under Him then let’s act like it. The reason why we are one nation under Him is because we are made up of so many nations that we needed a higher power to pull us and keep us together, and not to destroy each other, or other people’s lives. God already created each of us great. Our greatness is not something we have to chant and incant to cause others harm. Our greatness is not something we have to shout out loud, it is innate, already residing within us and with that comes great responsibility, trust and moral consciousness. Our greatness is a state of mind and being we should walk in every day, with great love, kindness and security.

Kindness is NOT weakness! It is real power. It’s not easy, but in the face of all the anger, pessimism, bitterness, evil, meanness and darkness we are surrounded by every day, we can make the brave choice to light the flames of kindness. With all the complexities of life, I know that we can choose to use our freewill to push back against hate and unkindness. We can face the darkness within us and turn it into light.

Part Five

Life is not always clear-cut; we all have many fears and questions, but they should not lead us to destroy another who is genuinely seeking and pleading for solace, and for the right to be treated humanely. They should not even have to plead for such virtues. I dare to believe that we can love better instead of hating; we can be kind instead of unkind if we make the brave choice to do so. We are humans. Our solution to our personal fears, insecurities and anger do not have to result in the destruction of another human being.

Let’s stop for a minute and take a really good look around us. What has hate, stigma, prejudice, finger-pointing, unkindness, put-downs, slander, division and stereotyping done for humanity? Our pain, anger, confusion and insecurities are not a license to inflict wounds on other people. Our choices should not enlist us to hate and to despise other people just because they look and act differently than us. Hate, meanness and unkindness are cheap commodities, found everywhere, but kindness and love are hard to come by.

  • How has hate and wrecking another soul assisted us?
  • How has such behavior, such mindsets, served humanity or set us free?
  • Do we derive real joy and real peace from such behavior?
  • Are we set free from our personal demons?
  • Are we healed from darkness, depression and insecurities?
  • Do we regain our confidence and self-love?
  • Do we become liberated and relieved from our deepest fears, misplaced and misdirected anger?
  • Are we delivered from our personal torments, trauma and agony?

The answer to all of the above is plain and simple—NO. Our human race needs all the love and kindness we can muster, more than ever. We begin by changing our mindset; the way we think and do things. Are we not tired of being afraid and hateful? Are we not tired of feeling and being helpless? Are we not tired of hurting each other? Are we not tired of going around in circles? Do we not realize and understand that there is more to us than our anger, prejudice, stigma and depression? We are terrified and broken but we cannot give up or give in to darkness, fear, depression and pulling each other down. We have to start thinking about how we can rise up from the dust and build each other up. We do not have to tear each other down. We do not have to tear each other apart. We do not have to bring division among ourselves. We do not have to crush and suppress each other, and turn and blame the immigrant for our demise. We do not have to look down on each other. We do not have to glory in and gloat at other people’s terrifying life conditions. That will not bring us any form of true healing or deliverance.

Instead, we can choose to accommodate and assist each other. We can choose to not take out our pain, agony, insecurities and fears out on each other. We can strive to make the brave choice to look at the root of our problems and torments raging within us, to fix them, and to not blame others. We can all become assistants and assist each other in so many ways. Imagine how you can help this nation grow. Imagine how you can serve. What if you didn’t just stop there? What if you acted on your imagination and dared to bring it to life?

Part Six

Imagine if you decide to step out of yourself and go out of your own way to improve someone else’s day, to improve the life of an immigrant? The effect will be endless, so much so that we will never be able to measure it, because each of our actions take on a life of their own once we put them in motion in our nation.

Our positive, everyday deeds will bless countless people who we will never meet, who we will never know. The blessings have to start from somewhere, from someone, from us. Let us be the blessing to this beautiful land we all call home. And in blessing others, we also will be blessed, beyond our imagination.

If indeed in God we trust, if indeed we are one nation under God, then let’s practice the unconditional love and uncommon kindness that that trust and belief come with. Let’s not use His name and scripture to injure others and cause unspeakable, indescribable agony, in the lives of others.

Indeed, we are a great nation. Let us be the example, exhibit and illustrate uncommon kindness, uncommon compassion, uncommon love, humble and uncommon power.

Indeed, God Bless America. God knows, we need His blessings now more than ever!

Evolve into Healing

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It is only the water that is spilled, the calabash is not broken ~ Mauritanian Proverb

Yes, life has dealt you many blows, but the fight is not over, you are still here. Yes, you are out of breath and giving up, but you are still breathing. Yes, you have lost many things, even people, but yet here you are. Yes, you lost your job, but you still carry your gifts, talents and skills. Yes, he walked away, but you are still fearfully made. Yes, she walked away, but you are still wonderfully made. Yes, the mistakes of the past are catching up with you and weighing you down, but you can shake them off and soar.

Evolve into healing! Only the water is spilled. Don’t drown in it. Your heart is raw and hurting, don’t say it is over. Your soul is ripped and aching, bounce back! Your spirit is shaken up, spread your wings. Your substance, your worth, your value are who you are, and not the water that spilled. The life experiences that made the water spill in your life came to chisel you into a man or a woman of character. They came to shape you, and conform you into recognizing and understanding who you truly are and direct you into your, purpose and destiny. Your future, your new beginning await you. You have not scratched the surface yet. Wake up from the weight, of self-pity. Rise up, from the dust of doubt, fear and anxiety. Steady yourself and shake them off. Find your feet, find your wings.

But those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. ~Isaiah 40:31 (Good News Translation)

Your life experiences spilled over, in the worst way possible, but you can fight to remain intact, spirit mind, body and soul. You do not have to succumb to falling into pieces. You do not have to lose your essence or waste your substance. You do not have to lose yourself, your soul, your mind or your spirit and yield to nothingness. Even out of nothing a thing can be created. Out of your pain and tragedy, beauty can be created.

Take your uncertainty and build something wonderful. Take your loss and create a blessing. Take your emptiness and birth something lovely into being. Take your heartache and evolve into healing. Take your agony and create joy. Take your pain and create sunshine. Take your darkness and create light.

Evolve into healing!

Before It Is Too Late Sister

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For hundreds of years our souls have been taught that the one is better than the other. For hundreds of years it has been drummed into our spirit that the one is higher than the other. For hundreds of years it has been drilled into our minds that the one is beneath the other. These greatly dark lies have to stop. These damaging lies have to stop. These ill-founded fabrications have to be erased. These deceptions have to be conquered together, by us sister. These denigrating and degrading falsehoods have to be defeated by us, together, sister. We have to find the understanding sister, the strength, courage, wisdom and power to overcome these destructive lies that have separated us for centuries, and soar together, beyond their evil saturation and influence.

You are not better than me. I am not better than you. As women we face many of the same challenges. We cry for liberty, we cry for freedom, we cry for equality, but yet, some of us think we are better, or less, than the other. We have fed into the damaging lies, and if we keep on doing so, they will continue to take away the joy of being sisters. They will blind us from the peace of coming together. They will disunite us from the power of coming together as one, and assisting each other in fulfilling our purpose.

We have found ways to belittle each other, we have allowed ourselves to be taught that one is more intelligent than the other, and that one is more acceptable than the other for all the wrong reasons. We have permitted ourselves to believe that one has more authority than the other, and that even God loves the one more than the other, when in truth, He surrounds you and I with nothing but unconditional love, regardless of race, color, creed or background.

When will we stop self-destructing and destroying each other? When will we come together to heal, be whole and use our strength to heal each other and the world?  When will the children grow up to see that one is not better than the other? That they all deserve dignity, love, joy, peace and respect, regardless of their race, creed or complexion. It starts with you and I sister. It starts with you and I. Yes.

We are the ones who can feed and nurture the future, the children, relationships, and work places. We both hold the capacity to destroy or to build. Which will it be? We both have the power to crush or to give life. Which will we choose?

What does it matter what my complexion is, or what yours is? There is nothing about you that is better than me, and there is nothing about me that is better than you.  Time to wake up sister from the lies that we have been fed. Time to wake up sister, from the deceits and falsehoods that we have allowed ourselves to believe and have become comfortable in. Time to wake up sister, from the deceptions we have swallowed and fooled ourselves with. Time to wake up sister from the prejudices, stigma, judgments, preconceived notions and biases that have flooded our minds, souls and spirits about each other.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. -Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

Wake up sister. Wake up. Let’s build, together, before it is too late.

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