JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT JESUS & YOU!

….because as He is, so also are we in this world.  I John 4:17

In one of my favorite movies, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader while trying to convince his son Luke Skywalker to join him and the Emperor relays a classic line. He says, “If you only knew the power of the dark side!”.  I have a similar statement about the above scripture.  Take a moment and understand what the scripture is saying:

  • As Jesus is healed, whole and healthy, so are you.
  • As Jesus is rich and abundantly supplied, so are you.
  • As Jesus has and had the ability to walk on water, so do you.
  • As Jesus is not of this world, neither are you.

The list goes on and on but the important aspect about it is DO YOU BELIEVE IT?  Do you believe that despite a symptom trying to manifest in your body, that you are still just as healed as Jesus is?  Do you believe that although you may have an undesirable balance in your bank account, that the Lord is your Shepherd and that you do not lack?  Take sometime and really think about this.  You may say, “How can I do that when I am seeing all these contrary situations and circumstances?”.  The answer is ACT LIKE YOUR DADDY AND HIS SON JESUS!  When God looked out and saw darkness in Genesis did you noticed He did not say one word about the darkness?  He only said what He desired, “Light be!!”.  When Jesus was with the people in the desert area and wanted to feed them but only in the natural had five loaves and two fish, He never said anything about lack.  He gave thanks and the unseen abundance from the spiritual realm that belonged to Him all the time was made manifest.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

This scripture is key to you understanding that as He is so are you.  Jesus did not walk and move and operate off of the seen realm.  If He did he would have faced defeat and doubt and unbelief.  He functioned off of the TRUTH of the unseen realm.  There is no sickness or lack in Heaven and since His eyes were on that life and abundance that is what he manifested here in the Earth realm.  Set your eyes on The Truth, The Word which is Jesus and you will believe and then see that as He is so are you IN THIS WORLD!!!

All the “blessed” to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT WORKING FOR JESUS

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23 KJV

Have you ever felt like, “I really don’t feel like working today or I really don’t feel like giving it my all today?”  Sure, we all have.  Let’s take sometime and look at something you may have not thought about and lets put it in bullet form to look at it more clearly.

  • Do you think that Jesus felt like being arrested for no reason?
  • Do you think that Jesus felt like being beaten until there was no skin at all left on His back?
  • Do you think Jesus felt like being spit on?
  • Do you think Jesus felt like having 2 to 3 inch thorns pressed and beaten with a stick into his skull?
  • Do you think Jesus felt like being pierced in the side and hung on the Cross?

And last but not least here is the BIG ONE. Many people do not realize that Jesus’s biggest issue was not the beatings and whippings and crown of thorns.  That may come as a surprise to some but Jesus had NEVER ever been or felt what it was like to be not connected to His Father for millions of years.  And now because of OUR sin He would be for a period of time. So….

  • Do you think Jesus felt like being separated from His Father?

What is my point?  The point is Jesus did not feel like doing any of these things but He was not run or making decisions based on his feelings or emotions.  He was controlled by LOVE and PURPOSE which is God the Father.  He was thinking about you and me.  So when you are at your job or whatever you do even at home as a wife or husband or a child, do your chores or assignment as if it was for Jesus. When you do He will strengthen you to do it heartily or from the heart.  And He will also reward you greater than a simple paycheck.

All the “blessed” to you! Shalom!!!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION- INTIMATE OR FAMILIAR?

And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18 New Living Translation

Imagine something for a moment.  What if you were in a relationship with someone and you had known of them for years.  You knew this and that about the person.  You knew some of their likes and dislikes. But let’s say after 20 years both of you were out at a restaurant together and you both ran into someone who knew your friend, say an old friend.  Your friend greets the old friend and then introduces them to you.  Since they are alone they ask the old friend to join you both at your table.  As the dinner progresses you all began to talk and laugh and speak of old times and different situations.  The old friend begins to share different things about your friend that you never knew. Things that they like, different trade crafts they had or have but have not been using while with you.  Your response may be, “I had no idea you could do that or I had no idea you enjoyed this or that!”  As the old friend and your friend continue to go on, you become quiet and just begin to listen as you realize that this old friend knows your friend better than you do. They have or had a different relationship. Not a romantic or sexual relationship but a deeper one.

At that time you realize that you are familiar with your friend but that person is or has been intimate with them. Most time when people think of intimacy they automatically think of sex but that is not really intimacy. Intimacy is openness, sharing, caring tenderness. Intimacy is a trust and a dependency.  A covenant relationship if you will.  What’s your point Vincent?  My point is when  you allow only  a minister or TV evangelist to teach you The Word you miss out on The Teacher Himself teaching you personally.  Perhaps this is the extent of your knowledge of The Word and all of your ministry is received in this manner.  While it is a good thing to attend church and hear The Word and listen to ministers by way of TV, or the internet or other mediums, it will never compare or fulfill you like spending time with The Word yourself.  You will be familiar with Jesus Who is The Word.  You will know His name and hear about some of the things He did and can do but it won’t be personal and intimate to you.  If that kind of surface relationship continues there WILL BE things that you will never find out until you get to Heaven about Jesus and The Father.  The Father never designed for you to have a  familiar or partial relationship with Him and Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Intimacy was always His plan.  You see this in the garden of Eden when God the Father came down in the cool of the day to talk with Adam and Eve.  He has never changed.  This is a big reason why God found fault with the Old Testament.  He could not be close enough to His people by being in a box or the Ark.  No He wanted to be with them and in them and through the finished work of Christ He has now achieved the means to do so.  Knowing Jesus personally and intimately is ETERNAL LIFE!

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. I John 5:11 NIV

Get to know Him for yourself.  Don’t be content with a familiar relationship but pursue and intimate one.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT DISCIPLINE

Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death. Proverbs 23:13-14 New Living Translation

I recently read an article in Forbes magazine that was titled, “Spanking Harms Kids, Doesn’t Work And Leads To Long-Term Problems.” I thought it was very peculiar since the Lord says in the scripture above that spanking not only works but may well save them from death. So someone’s lying and I am pretty sure it’s not The Lord. After protest in Ferguson over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer and other such incidents it seems things are out of control.  It is sad and I have prayed for the family and other persons involved and the town.  I can’t begin to blame and take sides because I do not know the facts and what happened.  What I do know is this does happen way too often and it never should.  I am not just talking about civilians and police shootings, but shooting and death and murder by youths period be they black, white, Latino, male or female.  Lives cut short and it seems as if they were cut short by a bullet or some other unfortunate accident or incident.  But I believe if a closer look is taken, you would find in many if not most of the cases, something else is involved:  A lack of discipline.

When I say discipline I mean a spanking, a whippin’, physical loving parental discipline.  A lot of people disagree with me and try to classify it as abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth.  And speaking of the truth I base my belief, confidence and actions in this area on The Truth: The Word of God. Lets take a look at some of the things The Word has to say about physical discipline and it benefits.  Yes that is not a typo I said BENEFITS.

Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol(Hell). Proverbs 23:13-14 New Living Translation

A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.                                               Proverbs 22:15  New Living Translation

Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.            Proverbs 13:24

A spanking and a warning produce wisdom, but an undisciplined child disgraces his mother.                                        Proverbs 29:15 Gods Word Translation

Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.                                                Proverbs 19:18 New International Version

Wow!!!  Did you see what that last verse said?  “Do not be a willing party to their death.”   What is this verse saying?  It is saying that by denying to provide your child physical discipline when needed and appropriate you can willingly participate in their possible death.  I did not say that The Word did.  “Well I would never do that!”  Of course you would not knowingly.  Much of what we see going on in the world today  is a direct result of men and women thinking they are smarter than God.  God knows the benefit of physical discipline for a child or youngster and this is why He had it documented in The Bible, for people’s benefit.   I believe God.  If He says its beneficial then it is.

Think of this, would you rather physically discipline your child in love (never physically discipline a child while you are angry, it will come across to them as anger and not love) or have it done to them by the police?  And for those of you who are scared of the law and children’s services, here is some food for thought.  Your child does not do what you say on a repeated basis and is rebeliious and disrespectful to you.  You allow the child to cuss you out, slam the door you pay for in the house you pay for in your face and tell you to leave them alone.  And you call it respecting their privacy and their space.  Let’s flip the script here.  You are their parent.  You are their first encounter with an authority figure.  Once you are disrespected by your child there is no where to go but down the ladder for everyone else.  This is why when a cop shows up in  some cases, the child’s mind is already programmed.  “Hmmmm, my Mom or Dad is an authority figure and I don’t respect them so I don’t have to respect and obey the cops either.”  So lets go back to fearing children services.  You would let someone tell you you cant discipline your child if you deem it necessary but, if they don’t obey the cops the cops can beat them, taser them, shoot them and kill them if they deem it necessary. Somethings out of order here.  God the Father only does things for our good.  Discipline may not seem good at the time but He knows the fruit it will yield now and later in life.

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 New Living Translation

So discipline helps us enjoy a peaceful and right way of living when we submit to it.  Remember God the Father is only out for your good.  He does not desire for a child or any persons life to be cut short as a result of a lack of discipline and He is not the One who cuts a persons life short.  They do this themselves based on their choices.  So make a decision to operate in wisdom and discipline your children, preferably while they are young. This can and will eliminate many issues later.  Don’t worry about the naysayers but keep in mind what is said in the book of Acts.

We ought to obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29

All the “blessed” to you and your family! Shalom!!!