A Father Who Listens

dad-909510_960_720My family and I were just hanging out at home one day. It was one of those days where everyone had a joke or funny story to tell. All of the sudden my seven-year old went stomping out of the room. I called after him but he didn’t respond.  So I went after him and found him curled up on my bed with a pillow over his head. I asked him what was wrong, he sighed  and said, “Nothing.”

I lifted the pillow off of his head and wiped away the tear that rolled down his cinnamon colored cheek. He got up and sat beside me. “Nobody ever listens to me, they won’t let me talk.”, he said.  Sadly, that often happens to the youngest in the household. I put my arm around his little shoulders and said, “I’m listening.” He looked up and said, “Thanks Mom.” What followed was a tale of an action packed, yet funny dream he had the night before.

This moment taught me something about our relationship with God.  The beauty in knowing that our Heavenly Father is listening. Even in the midst of a crowd, He hears you. His ear is tuned in to the voice of His children. How amazing is that! You have the ear of the Lord of Lords, the King of glory, the omnipotent, omnipresent, the Life Giver and Creator of all. He listens to you.  He even hears your unspoken prayers, your incoherent prayers. He hears your cries; your pain-filled, heart-wrenching sobs. God the Father hears YOU.

Don’t take my word for it, hear Him for yourself:

“You will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14

See the Father’s Love for you in action:

2 Kings 20:2-5

“Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.” “

Thanks to the finished work of Jesus Christ, We have a Father who listens, so talk to Him.

 – Be encouraged God’s Beloved.

Falling in Love with Jesus: Renaldo’s Love Story

Wow, when did I fall in love with Jesus Christ! You know I could tell you how I met Christ and I could tell you how dishonest I was before Christ but what you really asked me was when did I fall in love with Him. Jesus came to me in a time when I personally needed a Savior. When I needed someone to believe in me and comfort me. Someone to really assure me that they will always be there for me, and this was the beginning of our Love Story.

I was spending more time in His word and in prayer. Jesus began to reveal the deep things of Himself in the Bible to me. I got to know His character and hear His voice and I grew in Him. I would ask Him for simple things and it would come to me in amazing ways as if He was letting me know it was from Him. Then that day came when the voice I came to trust, the voice I was comfortable with asked me for the one thing I feared the most. I knew it was Him asking, not just because I knew His voice but because only He would know that I wasn’t giving Him all of me. He asked me about something that nobody knew, not my parents, not even my wife. This is what He asked me, “ I want you to love from your heart.”

That may not seem like much to many of you reading this but to me it was the most horrifying thing you could ask of me and Jesus knew it! Let me share something about myself with you. I was a thirty-something year old man, strong, prosperous and confident on the outside but Jesus saw what was broken on the inside. What He saw was a little kid bound by fear. I was a kid who was hurt by the people who were supposed to love me, people I should have been able to be vulnerable with. I’m not talking about physical abuse; this was a verbal abuse that left emotional scars that crushed a little boy’s heart. Jesus saw a kid who placed his heart out there and felt what the world would do to it and swore that he will never experience that pain again. Jesus saw a kid that detached himself from his heart and lived externally. It was as if I placed my heart in a safe and threw away the key.

Jesus knew that the relationships around me were suffering because of it. My relationship with my wife, my kids and others suffered. I want to tell you this about Jesus; He is going to take you into the darkest places inside of you because first, He has to clean the inside of the bowl. So when Jesus asked me to love from my heart, oh yeah, we argued and it sounded like this, “ You can’t ask me to do that, You know this world better than me, they’re going to hurt me Jesus! People are cruel, selfish, vicious and downright mean!” Those were my words to Him.

In the softest most encouraging voice He said to me, “I’m not asking you to trust them, I’m asking you to trust Me.” The voice I’ve come to trust was preparing me to walk down a very dark road. I would still fight back, my reply was, “Lord, I need you to be who you say you are.” And He said, “I Am.” What happened next is when I fell in love with Jesus Christ. He walked me down that dark road. We came upon a tomb made out of bricks. Together we removed the bricks one by one. He would pass each brick to me and I would lay it down. An opening soon appeared, His presence lit up the tomb and there sat a little boy balled up in a corner, rocking back and forth, bound by fear. I watched as Jesus reached in and took the boy by his hand and raised him up. That little boy then leaped into me and an overwhelming sense of peace and joy came over me. I knew that I could love again and that’s when I fell in love with Jesus. I now Love because He first Loved me. Hallelujah!

Falling In Love With Jesus

One of my favorite questions I like to ask believers is this: “Tell me about the moment you fell in love with Jesus?” I’ve heard some amazing stories that truly touched my heart. With every testimony I found myself saying, Wow! How great is our God!  The Lord just recently opened my eyes to the most fascinating part of my query. He showed me the common thread in each love story. Each person I spoke to shared that their introduction to this relationship began with them hearing about Jesus.

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 .

There was a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She spent all she had going to various doctors but instead of getting better she got worse. When she heard about Jesus, she sought Him out in a crowd. She thought if she could just touch the hem of His clothing she would be healed. She did and immediately her pain and bleeding stopped. See Mark 5:25-34

The woman with the issue of blood, heard about Jesus and this led not only to her healing but to  a face-to-face encounter with Him. Jesus Himself called this once bound woman and social outcast, Daughter and a woman of faith before a huge crowd. Do you see the pattern? Faith comes by hearing the word about Christ. Speech precedes hearing. You have to speak in order to be heard.

A Word that Saves

The apostles were warned not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus Acts 4:18-20. Those who opposed them witnessed the power of that Name yet they commanded Peter and John not to speak it. Why does the world fear that Name being spoken? Perhaps it’s because the name of Jesus brings life, change and a freedom that cannot be manipulated or contained. Every time Peter and John testified about Jesus’ death and Resurrection, souls were saved, lives were changed, the sick miraculously healed. Ordinary men and women became extraordinary upon being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles built up the kingdom of God simply by testifying to those who were before them about Jesus.

They spoke about it, wrote about it and lives were saved and forever changed because of one name….Jesus.

When you’re in love that  person becomes the center of all of your conversations because they’re inside your heart. You can’t stop thinking about them  and talking about them. You just want to share your joy with whomever is willing to listen to you. Are you in love with Jesus, the apostles certainly were. They believed so strongly in this love that they were willing to endure persecution and face death just to share that love with someone else.

As believers and ministers of Love we have an opportunity to play “cupid” in this epic love story. Just lift up the name of  Jesus into the hearing of others and He’ll do the rest. Your love mission, if you choose to accept it is this: To share the unfailing love of Jesus to every person God brings in your path.  Talk about Him, write about Him, find that moment to drop that name into someone’s hearing. You can be as creative as you want to be with it. I wore a “You Need Jesus” t-shirt and boy did that make for some interesting conversations about Jesus. 🙂 So if we are to be ministers of love, if we’re in fact in love with Him  then , what should proceed from our mouth? That word that led to our falling in love with Him. That name that is above all names, the only name that saves, sets free, builds up faith  and heals completelyJesus.

Do you remember when your first fell in love with Jesus?


We’d love to hear your story. 🙂

-A Kingdom Princess

 

 

 

 

 

Intimately Known

You are loved, saved, sanctified, at peace with God, covered in the redemptive blood of the Lamb, filled with the power of the living God inside of you; you are intimately loved and known.

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30) Your Heavenly Father took the time to count them; you are intimately loved and known. Your forgotten prayers, not yet formulated prayers, your unspoken prayers, your thoughts, your hopes, your dreams and desires, your fears, your mind, the very depth of your heart, spirit and soul is intimately loved and known.

God’s living word has this to say about you, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5) God was and still is actively and intimately involved in your creation, your purpose, your ministry and every area of your life. You have been set apart for His purpose, created to be a world changer, chosen to represent Him and His Heavenly Kingdom. You are God’s chosen one, intimately loved and known.

Written by Afiya Duncanson

Bad Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Introducing a new author, Aschante Jeter

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33 KJV

Have you ever been talking to a person that didn’t seem as interested as you were? Did they only call you when they needed you to do them a favor or when it was convenient for them? If so, then you should take a look at your relationship with God. It’s amazing how often people pray when things aren’t going the way they want them to or when they need God to make something happen in their lives.

If someone only called you in the early hours of the morning, sneaking affections in the middle of the night, how would you feel? If they acted ashamed of you around their friends and even denied it when asked if they knew you, would you still want to be with that person? What if your significant other never took you out and spent time with you? Ladies, I know you can relate to this one, what if your man didn’t put you first? Would you be all right with being second to a job or a hobby? Fellas, would you stay with a woman who didn’t treat you like the king that you are? Could you stand to watch as she runs to other people to get help with a problem instead of coming to you? How can you bless someone who won’t even trust you? – Are you getting the picture yet? If not, here’s one more example.

Imagine every morning you wake up and text your boyfriend or girlfriend, you call and sit on the phone listening to each other breathe. You have slowly but surely allowed this person to consume your mind. Going on dates multiple times a week in various environments, to the point you and this person are now spending more time together than you do apart. Take this same concept and apply it to your relationship with Christ.

Every morning you wake up and pray, call on Him with no expectations, just to be in His presence. Allow Him to consume your mind. Take Him with you wherever you go, spend more time WITH The Lord and less without. Just as you so diligently seek after that person seek after God. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. – Eph. 3:20 (KJV) Putting God first will open up doors that we did not even know were there. Relationships in school, with your parents, at work, with your boyfriend or girlfriend will all be decent and in order when Christ is the head. When your relationship with Him comes first all else will be blessed.

Make time for The Lord. He is the reason for your being; Fall in love with Him and commit to Him. Treat Him right and put Him first and He will bless you. Pretend you’re dating Jesus. Don’t be a bad boyfriend.

Written by Aschante Jeter

Access to God

I am loved, saved, blessed, sanctified, at peace with God and covered in His grace. I am a child of God, an heir/heiress with a mighty inheritance. May these words flow through your lips loud enough for the world to hear, I encourage you to take this moment to celebrate being a child of God.

In the book of John, Jesus said that He came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Christ’s life, death and resurrection gave us access to that abundant life; it gave us access to God. During the days of the Old Testament our access to God was very limited, only the high priest was permitted to enter the Most Holy Place to meet directly with the Lord and this only took place once a year. Only the Hebrews were considered the sons and daughters of God.

Because of God’s grace all of that changed, because of His grace any person who calls on the name of God could be saved. Because of God’s grace every human being on Earth regardless of their sex, race or social class can be called a child of God. Thanks to God’s grace all who believe in Christ shall be counted as God’s righteous. It is because of God’s grace that we have full access to God, His mighty gifts and kingdom. God’s grace is abundant and amazing and the only one holding us back from it is ourselves.

Thank you Father God for your great love, your mercy and your grace. Thank you for giving each and every one of us full access to you and your heavenly kingdom. Today we celebrate your unconditional love for us and your amazing grace in Jesus name. Amen.

Written by Afiya Duncanson

Because of God’s grace I can call myself a kingdom princess. (smile!)