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Week 11: FLOW

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Each one of us is wired differently. This simple, yet profound, point has motivated me to write this blog. Just as the love of money is the root to all evil, the love of comparison is the root to all evil communication.

The Apostle Paul tells us in:

1 Corinthians 15:33

“Be not deceived: evil communication corrupts good manners…..”

What does this have to do with Flow? Everything!

The word Evil here means outside the normal flow and “good manners” means virtuous, godly character.

We are bombarded each day with opportunities and temptation to derail us out of the flow of righteous leadership. This flow is NOT relegated to a worship service but to every facet of our lives.

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There’s a lot of talk today about limiting beliefs, thoughts that keep you stuck. Thoughts such as, “I’m not good enough.” While much of this is good teaching, it is equally important for us to be aware of our dysfunctional beliefs, where we are not stuck but are flowing in the river of self-centeredness and self-absorption. I pray that we flow in the river of life of righteousness.
— Dr Ray
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Life Happens When We Make Plans

Life Happens When We Make Plans

The subtitle of my recent book reads, “What’s In Your S.H.O.E.” as in “What’s In Your Wallet?”

SHOE, here as you may already know is an acronym, where the “O” is Observe.

I do believe that is probably the most important part of the acronym.

When someone uses the word Observe it presupposes that the info, material, content, etc is already there (we just have to observe that it’s there.”

Instead, many are deceived by crafty marketers (for example) into thinking that you need more, in order to do, (more knowledge, more certification, more programs, etc.).

I am here to boldly declare that our job is the plan, …… God’s Gob is to provide the steps (provided we are listening).

Text: Proverbs 16:9

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps

So What’s in Your S.H.O.E.

The Pure River

The Pure River

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As we enter into the final month of the first quarter, how is your heart doing? If you were to do an EKG on your spiritual heart, what would the results look like? Would the results have anything to do with other people’s behavior?

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

I am sure this scripture is familiar to you, however what exactly does it mean to be “pure in heart” and who is the “they” in relation to “they will see God".”

REMEMBER

This weekly devotion is all about remembering,” ….. about pressing pause and being remembered to our divine nature which is pure, clean, unstained, etc]

Is this possible in our lifetime? Absolutely!

But we must fight the good fight of faith!

What do you think is the number one pitfall to this pure heart? In my 50+ years I have discovered the number one pitfall is FUD

  • Fear

  • Uncertainty

  • Doubt

So what is the FUD index reading in your world.?

The best person to answer this question is not us? It is the people who are in our midst.

Why is that Pastor? I’m glad you asked.

You see the second half of Matthew 5:8, in the original translation reads “they will see your God-ward action and motive as you allow your Godly nature to be seen (by others).”

Please don’t take my word for it. Look it up in the Strong’s Concordance.!

Friends, we are empowered to prosper (blessed) as we allow, rivers of living water to flow out of our belly (heart).










@One

@One

In honor of Black History Month I dedicate this week’s theme to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

One of my favorite quotes from Dr King is

They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

The word Separated is the complete opposite of “@One” The righteous leader knows that the goal is not to be in agreement with each other but to be at one with the Father, in a spirit of mindfulness (moment by moment).

As the new week approaches, don’t get caught off guard. Offenses will come (Luke 17:1). People will fiercely disagree and even add theatrics to their different point of view, don’t fall for it. Stay @One (John 5:19). Don’t engage in inane conversations.

You may be amazed to know how many married couples can tell a whole lot about what their spouses do or don’t do, (2 Corinthians 5:16) but they truly do not know who their mate is.

Dr king gives us a clue as to why. They don’t communicate with each other. They speak to each other, talk to each other, but they don’t communicate with each other (exchange meaning and understanding with each other).

I Corinthians 6:17

“But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” 

Thank you Dr King for giving us such a profound statement. Let’s fight the good fight of faith. We all know “The Just (Righteous) shall live by faith.” We can quote it, we can preach on it, we can write books on it. Bit do we live it on a consistent basis.

Dr. King has shown us that the key to living @One (joined to the Lord) is for our communication to be embedded with the nature and character of the Father and not to be driven by the “W” - Winning.

You See What I'm Saying

You See What I'm Saying

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Have you ever had a conversation with someone and s/he was nodding, saying things like “Hmm, yup, etc” but deep down inside you know s/he was not listening to you?” Or even better, have you been that person who was nodding your head but you really were not listening.

There are lots of distinctions between hearing and listening, but the one that grabs my attention the most is: “hearing is to know about someone but listening is to be with someone.”

If you find yourself sharing a lot about your friend’s credentials, their skill, talent, etc but very little about the character of the person, that’s a real good indication that you are spending more time hearing than listening.

Luke 19:5-9

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

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A Ray of Light:

For years I have read this passage of scripture and missed these two words in verse 5, “looked up.” The words “look up” means to recover sight after focusing one’s attention on the natural.

How many times have we received an email and we immediately draw our own conclusion, immediately draft a response and the voice within says, “don’t send it. But what do we do?

The bible does not explicitly tells us if Jesus engaged in conversation with the group labelled, “they” in verse “7” but there is a really good chance he turned and heard their accusations of the swindler, Zacchaeus.

So the words, “looked up” is significant.

You see, it is impossible for us to truly see our coworkers, loved ones, spouse, humanity as a whole if we don’t lay aside our black robe of judgement (our perspective from the surface).

You See What I’m Saying?


3 D Printing

3 D Printing

The world of manufacturing is changing. What would have normally taken weeks or months to build an object would now, (because of 3D Printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing) take days.

Before you read further, Check out this brief video

So what does this have to do with our 2019 theme of Reformation (returning to what and who we were designed to be?) I’m glad you asked.

2 Peter 2: 2-8

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you see the additive Manufacturing (Layering) in verse 5-7?

Friends, we have been given the blueprint, LONG before 3D Printing became a novelty and soon to be ubiquitous.

Let each person take his/her own temperature this weekend. Which layer in your additive manufacturing process is holding you back, standing in your way, or stopping you from bringing forth your original design.

RAGS to RICHES

RAGS to RICHES

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When you hear the term “Rags to Riches” what comes to mind? Undoubtedly, what comes to mind is a dramatic shift in economic status.

This weekend let’s consider another perspective on RAGS to RICHES.

Ephesians 4:22-24

22 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;

23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],

24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

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So at the end the end of the day (or in the case of this weekly devotion, at the end of the week) we need to ask ourselves, “what clothes are we wearing?”

DO you know folks who:

a) Can effortlessly quote the Word of God

b) Are gifted authors

c) Are inspiring preachers

d) Have a heart for missions

yet, display insolence, arrogance, impatience, in their natural discourse (outside the realm of traditional ministry)?

I pray that we will not be numbered with this group but that we will be featured as ones who (on a daily basis) sought opportunities to shift from RAGS to RICHES. So what’s the additional perspective on RAGS to RICHES? Glad you asked …….

RAGS (That we put off)

R- Resentment

A- Anxiety

G - Greed

S- Superiority

RICHES (That we put on)

  • God-likeness

  • True Righteousness

  • True Holiness

    What’s in your wardrobe?

Pursue Excellence

Pursue Excellence

What is Excellence?

After all, if we’re going to pursue it, then we should have a clear picture of what it is. Excellence is often described as “the best you can do.” On the surface this seems like a pretty clear and simple definition, but it can be costly and down right limited.

Psalm 8:1

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name …….

We are living in a time where the meaning of so many words that initially described our divine nature have been water down. Excellence happens to be one of them.

Psalm 8:1 says excellence is God’s name (nature). When He breathe His breath into our clay and we became a living soul, His excellence was richly deposited in us.

So If I am pursuing excellence, then I am pursuing my divine nature.

Is that what we think of when we think of “pursuing excellence”?

2 Peter 1:3,4

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory [manifested excellence] and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature ….

So as we are in a posture of rest this weekend, I want to ask you this one basis question…… What is the one thing that’s standing in your way, stopping you, or slowing down your pursuit of excellence?

List Building

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List Building

In marketing, top-of-mind awareness (TOMA) refers to a brand or specific product being first in customers' minds when thinking of a particular industry or category.

It seems that we’re living in an era where list building has become TOMA.

Today, for example, when one is applying for a job, companies are looking for your social/market reach (number of followers, friends, likes, connected groups, etc ). Some call it brand equity, relationship equity, social capital, etc.

Is this Important? Absolutely. …. But, should it be Preeminent? Should it be TOMA? Absolutely not.

Today, list size has become synonymous with the word value. When that occurs, one is treading on dangerous territory.

Have you ever attended someone’s funeral service, only to be surprised by the sheer number of individuals who showed up, just to say thank you for the lasting impact and legacy?

Chances are, this person’s list was built, but it was not built by him or his/her email marketing campaign.

John 6:65-67

Then he said, "That is why I said that people can't come to me unless the Father gives them to me." At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, "Are you also going to leave?" Simon Peter replied, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.

So who/what is building/driving your list?

Is it ego?

Is it _______?

Is it The Father?


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Work to rest OR Rest to work

Work to rest OR Rest to work

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Why do people say, “Thank God It’s Friday., TGIF” After all, we don’t hear too many people saying, ““Thank God It’s Monday.” We even have TGIF restaurants, just to give us a reminder that one of the benefits of work is rest and relaxation, without an thought or worry of tomorrow.

Let me be the first to say that I am guilty as charged for being enrolled in the “work to rest” school of thought.” But, recently, I have become acutely aware that this particular point of view is TOTALLY tangential to how we were created and designed to function.

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Could it be that the reason why “thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven …..” appears before “give us this day our daily bread” is that we were wired and designed to be clothed in His garment of Rest, prior to us showing up for work (the channel for our daily bread).

Genesis 2:15 [TLV] gives us further clarification

15 Then Adonai Elohim took the man and gave him rest (sweat-less victory) in the Garden of Eden in order to cultivate and watch over it.

I don’t know about you, but now that my eyes have been opened to this false assumption, there is NO WAY I am going to return to the mindset of “work to rest.”

So what’s the key difference between “rest from your work” and “work from your rest”?

  • One is stepping away and the other is preparing to step in from inner peace

  • One is from a place of exhaustion and the other is from a place of energy

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Where's your manual?

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Where's your manual?

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you knew your thoughts, words, action were not compatible with the person inside of you - the TRUE you? That’s when you press pause on one hand and press play - the renew button, thereafter.

After a long work week, I invite you to press pause and reflect on every realm where you believe you missed the mark this past week:

  • What was it that slowed you down?

  • What got in your way?

  • What stopped you?

In this weekly devotional you will have an opportunity to re-calibrate to the true you (without self condemnation).

So here is my question? Where is the manual? After all, there is a manual for just about everything. Well, the manual that has worked for me is the Bible (and it is an audio book - it speaks to you. No, not the physical you. It speaks to your true core essence.)

One of my favorite reference text in the Bible is:

Colossians 3:9,10

Do not lie to one another. After all, you have taken off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self that is being renewed in knowledge, according to the image of the One who created him

Notice, this verse says, “being renewed.” So, renewed is not a one and done. And did you also notice that it says “renewed into the image of the one who created me?” In other words, this is not limited to a once a week worship service, but this renewal is the refueling and regeneration of my LIFE (Professional, Personal, Spiritual, Business, etc ).

So, how was your week? Did it exude the essence and nature of the creator?

In 1983, Teri and I met at Howard University as fellow engineering students. Approximately, four decades later, we’re channeling our gifts to the mission field, serving with our global partners in the identification, training and support of leaders who commit to selfless service that impacts lives for Christ and transforms communities towards the Kingdom of God

In 1983, Teri and I met at Howard University as fellow engineering students. Approximately, four decades later, we’re channeling our gifts to the mission field, serving with our global partners in the identification, training and support of leaders who commit to selfless service that impacts lives for Christ and transforms communities towards the Kingdom of God

2019 At A Glance: Our schedule is set to conduct international conferences, seminars and training in “Righteous Leadership.” If you wish to partner with us in this divine call to leadership, please scan the QR Code Below.

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