Review: The Holy Bible

“A billion stars and counting!”
Raymond M

God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars
Genesis 1:16

 

“All of mankind’s thumbs up, or at least knee bowed down!”
Raymond M

It is written: “‘As surely as I live, ‘says the Lord,’ every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God”‘
Romans 14:11

 

So holy and pure. The only book truly worthy of transforming the mind, soul, and spirit of every reader
Raymond M

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.
Psalm 19:7-11

 

“Never have I ever read a true story about the hero dying for the villain to live, just; wow. Truly beyond amazing”
Raymond M

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed
Isaiah 53:5

 

“So sad that it was because of our evil thoughts, words, and acts that His Son was crushed, but that just taught me about a love so pure and holy like I have never seen before all the days of my life, and it gives me hope that if He could love me that much, I can definitely learn with His guidance to love others the same way also. If that doesn’t move your heart, I honestly don’t know what will” (heartfelt sigh)
Raymond M

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life
John 3:16

 

It seems like the more time I spend reading and putting Biblical principles and insight’s into practice, the easier daily life becomes through understanding.
Raymond M

If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success
Ecclesiastes 10:10

 

The Way, The Truth and the Life! Need I say more?
Raymond M

Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me,”
John 14:6

 

Looking for a book to that you can repeatedly read, learn from, and teach others the truth from for the rest of your life? I definitely would recommend the Holy Bible; the Word of God
Raymond M

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
2 Timothy 3:16

Tobymac – Steal My Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmfkGEGb9w0

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Keep!

Today when I came into the office, I had sat down and opened up my Lotus notes, and asked my heart what I might write to give encouragement to others.

I don’t know why, but the word “keep” started to enter my head, so I wrote it down. It seemed like such an odd word.

I then wrote down the different ways of using it

“Keep”, “Kept”, “Keeping”

I don’t know why, but today this word just stuck out to my Spirit more than ever.

I decided to Google the definition as I do with most words nowadays.

This is what I found:

Keep – Have or retain possession of:

but the example of it’s use that followed it was the amazing part!

My Father would keep the best for himself”

This is how God thinks of those who love Him. He keeps them for Himself!

To the cynic – c’mon, what are the chances of that! Lol

Blessings always brothers and sisters, and keep being encouraged! : )

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning
Luke 12:35

Over  Remix – Lecrae ft Tedashii & Trip Lee
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The Penitent Heart

I find myself running
Its you that I seek
I know what I’ve done
And you already know me

I can stay in the darkness
Hoping you wont see
Or step out in the light
Faithful in my plea

I’m sorry Oh Lord
I hold my head low
But you lift me up
Forgiveness you show

You stepped out of heaven
And made me a way
Though I didn’t deserve it
Even here today

But that’s how you love me
So what will I do
Dedicate all of my days
To loving you too.

 

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me
Psalm 51:10

 

Deitrick Haddon – Running To You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKBNJrs1Bg

Can’t Quit? Try God!

For the past fifteen years of my life I had been a smoker.

Although I smoked regularly, I truly despised the habit. I would smoke and my clothes would smell like it, my fingers would smell like it, and it would make the room I was in smell like it too which I also didn’t like. Although I knew the risks involved with the habit, it was like I couldn’t stop myself. The worst was when I used to drink alcohol. I could easily smoke through an entire pack in an evening when I mixed drinking and smoking. Then inevitably as I felt it the next morning, I would be left in regret; promising myself that I would cut back; sometimes even quit, but never able to hold out for very long.

I tried everything in the past 10 years to quit smoking. I went “cold turkey”, and that worked out really well for a while. I think I was able to go about five months smoke-free when I did, but I eventually fell back into the habit when I was surrounded with friends who smoked and especially if I ever had a drink which usually relaxes all of your normal thoughts surrounding common sense.

There was a time I tried the patch, and I even tried the nicotine inhalers too. Those also worked out for a short time but then I soon caved.

I was so adamant about quitting that I went as far as consulting a hypnotist who claimed to be a specialist in helping people specifically to quit smoking which actually worked out the longest. I believe I went six months without a cigarette after just the one appointment. Nevertheless, I ended up giving in once again and was now completely out of options.

Then November 1st 2012, I was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’ll let you in on the wisdom that changed my life, not just in smoking, but in all things. If you think that there is anything in this lifetime that you are capable of overcoming on your own, God will leave you to yourself to go about doing so. You will, like me, run from one understanding to another to another trying to hold together that man-made understanding all of your life.

But when you give up…. This is the time when God can work best with you, and you also find out that since the moment you were created, He always had your best interest at heart.

Recognizing that there is nothing in this lifetime that you can do alone, nor that your God designed this lifetime so that you should have to do alone, is when you are open and able to receive all the blessings that God intends for you. You see, we as people use our senses given to us by God to run about trying to do as much as we can according to what we see, hear, think, feel, smell, and taste, instead of using those senses for God. We can even tell ourselves that we are doing it all for God’s glory and live in our own delusion thereof all the days of our lives believing that we have understanding. But true understanding comes only when we give up all we think we know and allow ourselves to be completely submissive to God’s wisdom and command.

He allowed me to do all that I could on my own without interjecting so that when I finally did turn to Him completely exhausted and without any fight left in me, for I had tried all that I could possibly fathom on my own, now I was the perfect piece of moldable clay that God wants us to be in order to be wholeheartedly committed to His understandings.

If we hear and read of God’s Word without understanding, and believe in our minds and hearts that we also know an alternative if God’s plan doesn’t work out for us, that little bit of doubt in Him that He is well aware of will cause us to mature in a faulty sense of faith.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4

We as believers in God are saved by Grace through Faith

If this is the way we are saved, if we truly understand the necessity of being saved, would you really want to bank your future in the Kingdom of God to come from a faulty sense of faith?

Submission to God’s wisdom and giving up our own should mean everything in this lifetime to the believer. Because of all the roads that I have taken in life, I know all too well after a true reflection in all humility of my past, that my own understanding leads me to places I dare not return.

I pray for my fellow believers, that you might pray and ask God to show you the places in your life that require His guidance and wisdom to change, because out of true humility, you realize that your own understandings will always have fault, but His are forever perfect.

God wants to help you and the time to begin practicing perfecting your faith is now!

It’s now been seven months that I’ve been smoke free, and this time I continue to pray that by His grace I am never going back!

All praises be to our glorious sovereign God!

 

Blessings always

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong,
2 Corinthians 12:10

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”
Matthew 17:20

Judge Not

Recently I wrote to you all about having faith in “God’s G.P.S” and applying that to day to day life. By having faith, I was able to turn what we normally would view as a dilemma in life, into something that works out for a blessing instead. I had missed my bus on my way to work one morning and by God’s grace through faith, found a new route to work that ultimately was both faster and closer to my actual building.

This morning however, while on my way to work, I was running late and had to resort back to my previous route. I had taken this old route for quite some time in the past and was pretty well acquainted with all the other passengers who also traveled at that time of the day to work with me.

As we moved along stop to stop, picking up the usual faces I was accustomed to seeing, we reached the airport where we would normally pick up one girl who works on the same street as I do. I noticed that she wasn’t there today though.

As we pulled off and reached the very next traffic lights, the same girl came running up to and knocking on the bus door in hopes that the driver would let her on.

He didn’t.

As I sat and watched the whole thing transpire, I began to shake my head at what was taking place before my eyes. But then I realized, what I was doing was passing judgement on the driver.

Judge not lest ye be judged
Matthew 7:1

As soon as I realized what I was doing, I immediately repented and began to pray for the girl and for the driver instead. That his heart would be moved with compassion for her and wait for her and that she would make it onto the bus.

Sure enough, the driver, although unable to pick her up at an intersection, proceeded to the next stop and waited for her to cross the busy intersection and get on at the appropriate stop.

It made me realize that if we spend time judging situations, then we spend less time praying for them which is truly what God wants us to do for one another in love. Love by it’s true definition is having patience, showing kindness, not delighting in evil but rejoicing in truth.

The truth is, the driver could lose his license by picking up pedestrians anywhere on the road except the specified stops because of safety hazards. Kindness is recognizing that truth and praying that he doesn’t just make a way to help someone, but to help them according to the law in addition to the goodness of his heart.

When we forget that things prayed for to God must also be done according to His righteousness, then we judge situations incorrectly. What may seem like an injustice, is actually the Lord trying to open your eyes to have a clear perception of His kind of righteousness and not our own idea’s of it.

This also made me realized in missing my bus for my new route, that God will take us back down old routes in life to re-learn lessons that we learn and overlook if we don’t hold on to them for future endeavors.

I pray you find guidance in today’s words and that you look at situations with God’s righteousness and not your own and remember that God is love for all of us, not just some.

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love
1John 4:8

Blessings always,

Keep Shining

Day by day whether shine or rain

You can’t stop the light that shines from within

It flickers at times but that just means fight

Cause God won’t snuff out even the dimmest of light

I can press on forward like I already know it all

But that’s a quick way to build up for a fall

Cause God’s the only one who can lift you within

And place you on high in sight of life’s real vision

And that’s why the name is worthy to be praised

Give up your understanding, submit to His ways

And what you’ll receive is a blessing beyond compare

Cause true love has the power to cast out all fear

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
    
and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.
Psalm 91:1-8

A Vision of Truth

This is just some insight, of what I’ve come to learn
A piece of His perfection, something I couldn’t earn

So let me start by prayin; cause there’s so much here to say
His spirit is my guidance, the lamp that leads my way

His Word’s a never-ending fruit; I just can’t get enough
Sweet salvation so fulfilling; I’m reflecting back His love

I’m faithful that my past imperfections are excused;
Once a bearer of the lie turned the bearer of good news

We all have been misled in a very detailed plot
To draw us far away from the one that we aught not

Creator of creation, the Master of the world
With blessing He created every single boy and girl

But there was one little glitch, and it wasn’t by His fault
Inherited through time right back to the first to fall

And now we have a knowledge of the things that cause us sin
That strike us from His presence if we don’t repent and then abstain

And no, no one is perfect
you might just fall again,
But greater is no love than one who lays His life down for a friend

It seems like an illusion, it might be hard to grasp,
I’ll try my best to explain a few reason for my path

My vocab is extensive, but this won’t be ’bout that
Cause wisdom has more power when you understand the rap

We all are looking ’round for the answers asking “why?”
When the answers are the questions we’re deceived by in the lie

We drink and we get drunk; abusing our bodies
Then when we feel a pain how we forget to blame our hobbies

We lie and yea we cheat, we steal and we have rage
Yet can’t seem to comprehend why its us on the front page

We start to blame the world, but then what happens next
By pointing out their faults, we simply toss the blame again

We start to form our groups, or better yet they’re cults
Distinguishing ourselves as if we don’t have our faults

We seem to know what’s best; we’ll just keep it to ourselves
That selfishness right there is our differences in wealth

And if you think I’m lying then you’re missing out my truth
How many stack their wealth to spend on things they shouldn’t do?

Today I’m having parties, tomorrow at the club
Four hundred in a night, callin ourself ballers, gangsta’s; thug

So how are we to teach things that we have yet to learn?
Forgiveness comes from God, we should reflect that truth in turn

You wanna just complain or to make a better way?
Then first learn what’s required then teach it by the way

you love and cherish others; you practice what you learn
And maybe stop the boasting; unless it’s of the Word

And God should be included, in every thing you do
So if you feel like swearing, you’ll know it’s from the other dude

The one that brings destruction, the one that makes you fall
He offers you the world, and tells you “you can ball”

But what’s the truth that happens? Now you’re walk is unsecured
And then you’re doing things that you would normally abhor

Mother’s are hating daughters, Father’s are hating son’s
Then crying to your friends “it’s their fault, they are the ones!”

But are you lacking wisdom? Did you miss it in my word?
It’s Satan causing you to act in ways that are unheard

So praying to the Father, that He will send you light
And remaining faithful seems to be the better fight.

And don’t forget that knowledge is the power of the Word
Disassembling arguments with Truth they never heard

Embracing those with love when instead they show you hate,
says you have understanding and the hateful are the fake

You might be thinking “Please man, yo who the hell is Ray?”
Have you so soon forgotten I was with you the other day?

Why do we spend our time just perpetuating fear
When the remedy for hate is showing love beyond compare

A rise of your emotions means you’ll act before you think
And a great way to allow that is by mixing it with drinks

Since knowledge is the key to hold your peace that comes from God
Then stack it in abundance or you’re “stacking” for a fall

And if I didn’t feel it all myself to speak the truth
How could I ever be the one to speak it now to you

You might be thinking evil at this moment as you read
But know I wish you love because our God is love that’s real 

God Bless,

 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps not record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is Love
1 John 4:8