God’s Favorite

Of all the 7 billion people on the planet, I’m God’s favorite “Me”! He uniquely knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I am a divine collaboration of the trinity. (Psalms 139:13, Genesis 1:26) I was chosen for such a time as this. (I Peter 2:9. Esther 4:14) I am His poem written for good works. (Ephesians 2:10) I can boldly go into His presence because His scepter is always...

The Church

Written from prison, under the regime of an extremely corrupt and immoral government, Paul wrote the book of Ephesians. Think about it. Paul wrote the greatest book on the identity of Christ while submitting to a government that would make most Americans cringe. In this book, Paul describes the completeness of Christ salvation, not once mentioning a government. Why? Because the church, the true church, is not dependent upon who...

Bride

We are the church, His Bride. Loved, Cherished, To Die for. We are the Church, His Bride. Clothed in Righteousness, Crowned in Glory, Chosen. We are the Church, His Bride. Accepted, Anointed,  Authorized. We are the Church, His Bride. Beautiful, Bold, Blessed. We are the Church, His Bride. Glorious, Spotless, Blameless. We are the Church, His Bride. Built upon a Rock, Never forsaken, Always victorious. We are the Church, His...

Royal Priesthood

Old Testament – God’s Declaration: “And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” Exodus‬ ‭19:6‬ ‭NLT‬ Old Testament – The People’s response: “And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”” Exodus‬ ‭20:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬ New Testament – God’s Declaration...

Why Should I Obey?

Yesterday, I felt as if I were supposed to share on obedience in the Bible Study I facilitate. But as I began preparing my notes, I felt as if God said, “Stop. Before you share on obedience, remind them of grace.” So, we began our discussion by remembering some truths: 1. We are righteous (right with God) because of Jesus’ perfect obedience not ours. (II Corinthians 5:21). 2. We are...

Who Are You?

I am a new creation in Christ. Not perfect but perfected. Not sinless but righteous. Not arrogant but confident. Not conceited but convinced. Not all-powerful but can do all things. Not all-knowing but have the mind of Christ. Not rich but lack nothing. Not popular but accepted. Not fearless but fears nothing. Not a diva but royal. Not treated special but favored. Not immature but a child. I am a...

Temptation

The prophet, John the Baptist, declared who Jesus was. At His baptism, the Father declared who Jesus was and the Holy Spirit came and rested upon Him. Jesus’ very next act was not to go and begin His ministry. Instead, He was driven into the wilderness. While there He experienced temptations. I’ve been thinking about this. Jesus essentially faced the same temptation as Adam and Eve – to be like...

I Am Woman

I am woman. Hear me pray. I am not inferior. I am not superior. I am equal. I am strong. I am made in His image. The same Jesus that dwells in you, dwells in me. The same Jesus that redeemed the world from the Fall, redeemed me. I am woman. Hear me pray. I am meek enough to kiss the boo boo on my child’s knee. Yet fierce enough...

The Spirit of the Lord

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon you…” Those are the words I heard as I lay in my bed, asking God to speak to me this morning. I’m familiar with the reference but not sure why God is speaking this to me.  I just completed a women’s retreat and after most speaking engagements, I am now wrestling with feelings of inadequacy. Thoughts like, “why wasn’t anyone healed? I should...

Know

Be still Stop your striving. Desist your work. Stop fighting. Surrender your anxiety. Calm down. Be quiet. Step out of traffic. Know. Learn. Recognize. Gain an intimate understanding. Be still and know.. He is good. He is faithful. He is all-powerful. He is patient, kind, abounding in love. He holds our destiny. He is a door opener. He performs miracles. He is the lover our souls. He will never leave...