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The Opportunity for Temptation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe said these words to her as though she should be proud of them. As though they should give her comfort in his affairs, and treatment of her in their marriage. As some sort of championship feat, unmatched by his extramarital affair lovers. She was silent and tears rolled down her face. This was the final straw. She knew it was over. It was more than past time to walk away. She felt something she hadn’t felt before since she first found out about her husbands affairs. Utter humiliation, entangled with anger. Not toward Jason, but herself for allowing the situation to escalate to this level of disrespect. He opened his eyes and looked at her because he could feel her tears hit his chest. She stood and went into the bathroom to clean herself up. But instead, fell to her knees in front of the shower and burst into tears. She couldn’t control her emotions. She usually held her tears until she was alone. Which wasn’t often, as her son Jared spent almost every waking moment with her because she didn’t trust what he would say if she weren’t there to buffer his conversation with others. And, from the first few weeks following her finding out about the affairs after Jared mentioned that he hears her crying often, even when alone she’d stopped showing emotion. But like a time bomb they exploded, and she cried out in a crumpled heap on the bathroom floor. He closed his eyes, sighed and whispered to himself, “Ugh, Jason, what’s wrong with you. That was insensitive, even for you. That was too much. Go get her. Hold her in your arms and comfort her. You have to fix this, Jason. That was too over the top.” He got out of bed, went into the bathroom, he knelt beside her, and pulled her into his arms, “Trina. Come here, baby. Come here. I got you…I got you, baby.” He kissed the top of her head, “Shhhhh, I’m sorry. I’m sorry, baby. That was cruel. I’m sorry, Trina. I’m sorry…okay, baby.” She wept, but allowed him to hold her. As crazy as it may seem. She really needed to cry in his arms and was angry with herself that she wanted to be there. Because that fact, to her at least, showed just how much control he had over her. She desperately tried to no avail to control her tears. Her body shook as she began to rock back and forth and cried out almost to the point of screaming. All the hurt she’d felt over the last six or seven months came exploding out of her. She had never fully allowed herself to weep. Between being with Jared most of the day and Jason at night, she’d learned to suppress her emotions about the affairs. Her pain filled the room, and the air became thick and stifling. Jason now understood the magnitude of how much pain and suffering he’d caused his wife to endure. For the first time he felt remorse, and her tears tormented him. “Come on, Trina. I need you to stop crying, okay.” She continued to weep. There was no stopping her. “Okay, come on baby, please stop. I said I was sorry, okay. Come on Trina stop crying baby. Ugh…baby, I promise I won’t talk like that when we’re in bed together anymore. I won’t talk about them when I’m with you, okay. Come on, baby…stop crying.” She could feel his body stiffen, but she couldn’t stop crying. Every fiber of her being hurt and every level of pain inside of her. She was overwhelmed by what she had endured in her marriage. She felt like she had a ten-pound hair ball in her stomach, and began to cramp. She was battling to keep her sanity, and her emotions were being extracted from her body. The almost unbearable pain in her stomach ached as though she were being pushed through a meat grinder, with the butcher just out of her reach with no way to stop him from turning the crank handle. She had never felt so much pain. She could feel the blood being forced through her veins and arteries at a rushing speed and she feared she would lose consciousness at any moment. How can emotional hurt bring this type of force, she wondered?

Trina and Jason Morris

~The Opportunity for Temptation~
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My name is Monique Adams, the editor in chief of the Higher Connection Magazine, a national bi-monthly publication.  I have had the privilege of connecting with some amazing writers, this particular author being one of them. Cynthia Middlebrooks Harris is a ridiculously gifted and talented author! Her unique style of writing captures your undivided attention, pulls you into the scenic atmosphere of the book, and leaves you longing for more at the close of each chapter. Cynthia has changed the fundamental face of the three R’s from, “reading, writing and arithmetic” to a more mature aesthetic, “relevant, reliable and relatable”. She has gaged the social temperature of modern day Christendom with a thermometer that transcends culture and age: RELEVANT. With an effortless knack for systematic prose, she causes you to depend on the strategic potent phrases like, “divinely familiar” and also “the voice of prophesy coming to pass”: RELIABLE. Cynthia has prophetically portrayed the predestined interaction between families that connects the Body of Christ from heart to heart; breast to breast; and experience to experience: RELATABLE. So world, without reservation, I present you Minister Cynthia Middlebrooks Harris, author extraordinaire. As you read the pages that will surely captivate your heart, you will grow to love the author that will encourage your soul.

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Don’t Sell Out!

Today, the ordained minister in me is coming to the forefront. I would like to discuss character and eternity. Oftentimes, we read the scripture John 10:28-30 “…And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one…” we get excited. We use it as a base to declare that once you’re saved, you’re always saved. That no one will be able to take you from the Father. When we make his declaration, it is indeed a true statement. Whatever God gives Jesus, He is able to keep it. BUT… we have the ability, because God has given us free will, to willfully choose to walk out of the Father’s hand. Our actions and sometimes words, scream at God saying… “I DON”T WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE!” After much intervention, God will allow you to walk away from His grace. But because he loves you so, He is still committed to the relationship, and will continue to “woo” you back. Scripture says, He is married to the backslider.

When we say to someone, just get saved, and neglect to inform them that something is now required of them concerning their life. We do them a grave injustice. You can no longer live anyway you desire to live. Acting on every impulse and whim. There has to be a separation, because a holy tasking has been placed on your life from the Father Himself. In His word He says, “Be ye holy for I am holy”. We have to tell the new convert, the rest of the story.

You cannot not put your hand to the plow and look back. You cannot allow the cost of fame to be the reason you give up your eternal inheritance. Esau sold his birthright inheritance to his brother, Jacob, for a pot of beans (Genesis 25:24-34). Everything and everyone associated with you is affected when you sell out. We have superstars who reported sell their souls to the devil for fame. Yesterday, we were barely aware they existed. They were average singers and dancers at best. However, because they kept a date made by the devil, they became an overnight sensation. And furthermore, some of them openly admit to giving themselves over to these seducing spirits just before they walk on stage to perform.

But you say, hold up preacher girl… I thought you said once saved always saved? Well… Hebrews chapter ten paints an enlightening picture.

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

So here we see that, just as you are given the grace to come to God. That same grace also extends you the option to leave. You make a decision that you are going to leave God when you sell your soul out for fame and fortune.

You know the scenarios:

…I’ve got this invention. I’ve been sitting on it and it’s going nowhere. Doors are shutting in my face. I know it will change lives. However, I can’t make any headway. Don’t they know that if I had the money I wouldn’t be asking for it…

 …I’ve got this song on my heart. I’ve been singing my heart out, just trying to get noticed. I’m barely getting by. Ends are not meeting and I find myself without. Living in the land of lack. I know I’m a good singer. I’m better than half the people that have record deals. Most of them can barely even carry a tune, yet they are superstars. People are flocking at their feet just wanting to get a touch from them, and they are millionaires. They are on the big screen, in movies and now they are even writing books…

 …There was a book burning in my heart. I wrote it, published it and its just sitting there on the digital shelf. It’s not moving and no one is buying it. Meanwhile, people with less substance in their book that can easily be classified as literary porn, in the same genre as mine, are flying by me. They have six figure incomes…

 …I know I’m a dynamic speaker and no one is asking me to come speak at their conferences. The ones I attend, the audience is excited about a preacher in the pulpit prophe-lying to them and they are mostly just full of fluff, with no real revelation or anointing…

 We find ourselves screaming, really… what gives with that GOD!

The truth of the matter is, most people get caught up with superstars and covet their lives. The fame is addictive. However, what’s not considered or understood is, that some of them got to where they are with a heavy price. One too expensive, evasion and explosive to control! They start out with the ability to walk in and out of the character (spirit invasion) at will. But as time goes on, the real person is lost behind the stardom and the spirit, screaming for someone to “please help them to escape.” Most often, people are oblivious to spiritual warfare and haven’t a clue that what they see, are two entities in operation. They chalked the behavior up to being the person’s true nature, and are fascinated all the same with their lifestyle. We most slow down, and process God’s hand designed destiny and path for each of us to go through to get our promised prize. He desires for us to have these things. But obediently walking His road, means taking on an easy burden and light yoke.

I’m an Atlanta native, but I remember growing up, my siblings and I would most often, spend our summers in LaGrange, Georgia. My Cousin, Gina Adams, and I were at the time, the youngest two cousins. My younger cousin Chantriss, because she had a different father from Gina, rarely spent time at my Nanny (Zula Adams) and PaPa’s (Clarence Adams) house. Anyway, I remember that my grandmother always made everything from scratch. If she baked a pound cake (my mouth is watering now just remembering thishaha) it was always from scratch. Even the caramel icing was made from scratch. She hardly ever bought anything from the store. If we wanted hamburgers, we didn’t go to local restaurants. Our Nanny pulled out the ground beef and cast iron skillet and went to work. I remember we always yearned for the pre-made processed burgers from the local fast food restaurants. Now that I’ve gotten older. I realize that although food was nowhere near the level of being processed with the additives thirty years ago than nowadays. When we desired to get away from home grown organic foods, what we were actually craving was sickness, disease and death. Stay with me… I’m going somewhere.

My cousin Gina and I, being the youngest, were would often have to sleep on the floor underneath the dining room table. I remember thinking how huge that table was. We would pretend to be in a fortress or throw the sheets over the top and let our imaginations take us on a camping trip. When my grandmother passed away and my sister inherited the table, I was amused at the fact that it was much smaller than I remembered. I guess when you’re five years old or so, everything is huge. When we were deemed worthy enough to sleep in one of the beds, lol. We would always get the infamous pin cushion bed. You know… the one your grandmother stuffed with strips of cloth, so the springs wouldn’t cut you in the middle of the night. You had to stay in a certain position for most of the night. And when you did move around, you felt your way through the process for any uncovered springs. We would lay there for hours laughing about being in the pin cushion bed. I don’t ever remember being angry that the older siblings got the better beds.

What does this have to do with the subject you might add? Well, the point is, I wouldn’t give up or change these memories for anything. I wouldn’t sell how I grew up for any amount of fame. Think about this. When you sell yourself out to the enemy for fame, drugs, alcohol, etc. You don’t just sell yourself, you sell the memories that your loves one experienced along with you. You sell everything out. Because everything about your life changes. The family members and friends that grew up with you will never see you the same, and the lifestyle your forefathers sacrificed and worked diligently to direct you toward, is severely damaged and trampled upon. Others may envy your fame and fortune, but your spirit is dead. When you sell your soul out to get ahead in life, you’re inadvertently seeking after sickness, disease and death. There is nothing you will ever do, that effects just you. There are always casualties of war. Whether you see or acknowledge them or not.

We have to control our strong appetites of desperation and selfishness when it comes to coveting fame and fortune, so that we don’t cross the lines of grace to achieve them. We want people to flock to come see us; and stand in long lines just to get an autograph, glimpse, conversation or picture with us. All these things in themselves are not the problem. The problem is the price by which we obtained them, and our attitudes once we get there. I feel that sometimes as ministers, we have forgotten that our job is to go ye into all the nations preaching the gospel.  When we do it God’s way, and in His timing, the fame and fortune are achieved and your character is still intact when you arrive. I often tell my husband. I want to be a silent millionaire. I want to be that anonymous person who gives and meets the needs of others without them ever knowing I was there. If you can’t handle fame and fortune, don’t seek it, because it will take over you.

Let’s balance this, because I don’t want you to assume that I am implying that you are not designed to be prosperous, because you are. Dogmatic preachers will use the same scenarios I stated above to convince others that they should remain poor and underprivileged. The bible clearly denotes that Christians should be the wealthiest people on the planet.

Just to name a few scriptures on the matter:

Deuteronomy 8:18  But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

 3Jn 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

 Deuteronomy 28:1  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Deuteronomy 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy 28:3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Deuteronomy 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Deuteronomy 28:5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Deuteronomy 28:6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

Deuteronomy 28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

Deuteronomy 28:8  The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

Deuteronomy 28:10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

Deuteronomy 28:11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

Deuteronomy 28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

Deuteronomy 28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

 These scriptures do not denote living a life of lack in anyway. God designed you to have and gain wealth. Just don’t allow things and wealth have you. Let us not covet the creature, but the creator Himself. When he seek Him first and His righteousness, as it says in the books of Mathew and Luke, all these things will be added unto us. God forbid we allow material gains to control us to the point that we seek after them, willing to do anything. To include selling our souls, to acquire them. We must always remain humble at His feet, supping with Him for divine instruction in all matters.

If I sell my soul out for my book series “The Other Side of Through” to be a number one best seller. Then yes, I’ve gotten there, but at what cost? Heaven and hell are both eternal. I would rather please God and only sell a few, than to sell millions and miss His eternal presence. I know that the books I have been instructed to write, although they are fiction, ministers to those that read them on a nonfiction level. They are not just a good read, they are an experience. The characters fiction lives are people’s reality. If the fame never comes and the only ones helped are but a few. Then those few are reward enough. However, God knows my desires and I have delighted myself in him.

I receive emails on numerous occasions explaining how the books ministered to various areas on reader’s lives. So I know, although I have not sold thousands yet, much less millions, they are indeed fulfilling the mission and purpose God designed for them. I know, according to God’s promise. I will get to the millions, but I cannot bypass the process. Oftentimes, the devil will come along and offer you something in order to deceive you into bypassing the process. The same way he tempted Jesus in the wilderness and Eve in the garden. His whole design in offering Jesus the kingdom as they sat on that high pinnacle was to get him to bypass the cross. Jesus understanding that he had to regain power in the earth and redeem mankind the legal way, resisted and responded with God’s holy word. It’s like Jesus was saying, “Nah… dude. I came for the cross, and the cross it shall be.” The enemy deceived Eve by getting her to focus on the one thing she couldn’t have (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), thereby forgetting they had the run and privilege of the entire garden, with all its food and riches.

There is nothing new under the sun. If he tempted Jesus to sell out (Which we are most grateful He loves us and sent a resounding NO to the enemy), he will tempt you to sell out. Never mind the fact that God’s word clearly states that wealth is already yours. It wasn’t so much about getting Jesus to serve him, as it was for getting Jesus to bypass the cross to serve him. He does us the same way. He tempts us to bypass the process; the wilderness; the place where we are scheduled to be tried, tested, and proven. And, where our characters will be sharpened and anointing gained, to go straight to the fame.

Are you willing to gracefully allow someone else to pass by you, and help them with their vision while yours seemingly sits idle on the shelf? But, I’m here to tell you this. When you’re about the Fathers business, nothing sits idle in your life. Even when things appear to be standing still, God is ever moving! Endure the process. So that once you arrive, you have enough character to remain there. Some of the things we ask for, at that time we ask for them, our character cannot handle them. We would be in trouble eternally if God gave us everything we asked for at the precise moment we asked for it. Your waiting time, is your proving time!

There is a generation coming after you that has their eyes on you right now. You are someone’s reality TV show. What message are you going to send? What legacy of wisdom will you leave them? How will your actions teach them to live? The youth learn more from what you do rather than what you say. A wise pastor of mine of New Zion Christian fellowship in Killeen Texas, Bishop Gilbert Grace, would always quote, “People can’t hear what you are saying, if what you are doing is too loud.” Is your life screaming out obscenities that are contrary to the word of God, while your lips are whispering gospel truths? If the life that I live says holy. Then when I speak, my mouth has no choice but to follow! In secret, is when your character counts the most. So don’t sell out… go through the process!

Doing What Feels Right #AuthorFlow

Oftentimes as authors, we are challenged on our choice of genre or content. Isn’t it amazing how others have the uncanny ability to pinpoint your strengths as a writer, and often strongly suggest the type of material they’re prophetically sure you should produce? We find ourselves, at times, yielding to the demand of the others.

When I felt the urging from God to write fiction. Moreover, Christian Romance Fiction, I instantly resisted. Not so much because I disagreed with the command from the Almighty. I cringed at the thought of the backlash I was destined receive from my fellow ministers. And receive, I did! …“Why are wasting your God-given talent on fiction?” …”With all your knowledge of the Bible, you chose fiction. And romance at that!” …”And just how do you suppose writing fiction will advance the kingdom of God.” …”You’re wasting valuable time writing romance fiction.” …‘’You’ve grossly missed what God would have you to do.” …”I can’t believe you are going to write that garbage.” …”You’ll lose credibility as a minister of the gospel.”

I will not continue to waste valuable time and blog space repeating the exhausted list of comments from my colleagues. In fact, I could quite possibly fill the whole blog content with them. Rather, I choose to encourage those whom have stepped into the literally field, to follow their heart, and do what feels right to them! You’ll discover over the course of your life on this earth that sometimes you have to ignore the non-legitimate critics. At the end of the day, only you have to be comfortable with the words that have manifested on the pages of your journal. And, after thorough consideration, found themselves in manuscript form.

I knew my imagination was a gift from God, early in my childhood. I spent the majority of my pre-teen years living inside of an imaginary world. No matter where I was, or what I found myself doing, words were forever in my head. Soon, after many trials, tribulations, failures and successes. Christianity and my imagination collided, and I emerged as a Christian Romance author. Christian or not, most everyone loves a good romance or drama novel.

T.O.S.O.T. (The Other Side of Through) Ministries, LLC has a mission to teach romance from the biblical aspect. Love, according to God’s holy word. In short, the series, although fiction, would minster on a non-fiction level. In the midst of the romance, secrets to success in relationships are unlocked. Dramatic accounts of situations, tragedies and circumstances in everyday life is brought to life in the vivid imagination of the reader. The principles of God are broken down and easily digestible. Have you ever sat in church on Sunday morning, only to leave disappointed because you had absolutely no idea how to apply to your life what you just heard? Most often, the message is delivered as a prime cut of filet mignon, when instead, all you were capable of digesting at the time, was a hamburger. Inside, you scream, “Will somebody please give me a simple answer to this Christian walk of life!”

The Other Side of Through series delivers practical, yet exciting answers to the often asked question, “Why God?” The message and parables of the scriptures are delivered without book, chapter and verse. And most often, as though you and your Aunt Mable were having a talk on the front porch. You’ll find yourself caught up the lives of the characters, only to realize that your fascination is arrested, because the story is indeed your own.

I had to trust God and follow his omniscient lead. Moreover, it just plain felt right! As an ordained minister, my first obligation is to the spiritual welfare of others. Through fiction writing, I dared to believe that marriages would be mended. That young girls straddling the fence, would choose to remain virtuous until their wedding nights. That they would desire to be as the heroine characters in the series. Mostly, because the series would be a realistic account of the temptations they faced daily. They would see how precious the flowers are, that bloom inside of them. That the jewels of the treasure box they now have on lockdown, can and should be opened only by the one who possesses the master key. The one deemed worthy to honor and protect them under the vows in God’s holy presence.

Men all over, would be challenged to rise to the occasion of the divine mandate of “mighty men of valor” they have been called to be. They will begin to become the heads of their homes and lead their wives and children after the manner laid out by Gods original design. They will begin to minister to their wives instead of making the choice to throw caution and vows to the wind, going outside of the marriage bed at the first sign that the grass in their own lawn has been overgrown with a few brown spots. They will begin to understand truly how devastated and lost their wives felt when they chose another over them.

My mandate is to show the principles of God’s word through fiction. To uncover the majesty of how God sees love. I don’t usually pray about what to write. But rather, I pray that God will keep my heart and mind on His word. That when I sit down to write, his principles would come bursting forth. That He will speak, and I have the task of writing what I hear. Most often, when I return to reading an excerpt from a previous novel I’ve written. I marvel and wonder, who wrote this? I have no recollection of the words. Those are the times that I smile, look towards heaven, and thank the true source.

No my fellow Christian author friends, you haven’t missed it. Dance to the beat of the drum that resonates deep within your heart. The beat of my heart is exposed in this series. I could have chosen to fall in line with the instruction to use my “gift” to write nonfiction. If so, I would have missed a vast majority of the people who would never have chosen to pick up or open a bible. Some Christian authors fail in the task of writing a book that non-Christians will ever desire to read. I could have chosen, and written along the lines of the vast “Christian way of living” novels currently in print. The ones that list seven ways to spirit living; five principles of the spirit lead man; battling the demons within. (These are not real titles. At least not to my knowledge. They are merely suggested title subjects for imagery, to drive home the point) The point being; if they have the word “Christian”, or “spirit living.” Some people will never open the cover to even view the first page. The reason of course, they feel defeated, out-cast and substandard, in the title alone.

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However, with the title “The Other Side of Through.” It matters less if you are Christian or not. If you have been through anything detrimental, your interest is peeked, because your desire is always to reach the other side of it, in victory.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey will then look at the second book of the series, and see the words “I Promise.” They’ll breathe, smile with anticipation, and hope that they too will find that perfect mate. Understanding now that perfect in no way shape or form, suggest unproblematic. Moreover, knowing they are jointly and tightly fit together as one. And through this oneness, can overcome any obstacle. It will give them hope.

After the promise, and unearthing the title, “The Valley of the Shadow of Death”, hope again catches their eye. Upon engagingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the third book of the series, readers will realize that everyone faces tragedy. They will understand that the silver spoon Christianity that has been force fed to them, is a vast cover-up for the truth—no one is exempt from tragedy. We all face detrimental circumstances in our lives. Ones that often take our breath away, and causes us to regroup before moving forward. Oftentimes, wondering if you’ll indeed survive, while waiting for the promised “ram in the bush.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOf course, the title of the fourth book of the series, “Legitimate Issues” will warrant everyone’s attention. People often paint the erroneous picture that the life of a Christian is drama and carefree. They will come to know that those among the believers, do as unseemly things as the “Non-Christians”. They are tested and tried in the fire of life. They will emerge understanding that you may have a legitimate issue. However, it is still not a legitimate excuse.

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Finally, they will come to the climatic close to the series with the novel titled, “The Fight For Life.” Everyone, Christian or not face times of enduring hardship after hardship. Often feeling like it is open season on them for trouble and devastation. Finding themselves in a battle for their very lives or the lives of close loved ones.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the horizon this spring 2015, “The Opportunity for Temptation” will manifest on the stands at Amazon.com. Christian and non-Christians alike, will be reminded that people don’t always do the right things. And yes, Christians, whether they would like or dare to admit it or not. Find themselves angry with God; fall as prey; and willingly step into the hole they claimed to have merely fallen into as they walked by it.

So yes, my desire to the illuminate that no matter your faith or belief, life can hand you a cruel judgment. However, God is waiting for you, on “The Other Side of Through.”

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Twenty One days with God – Day Fifteen

Day Fifteen: Endurance…..and complete sacrifice!  He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved! To endure to the end…you must die….Lord I release you to change me!

In the tabernacle when they would place the sacrifice on the altar they would tie it down with ropes so it wouldn’t get up before the sacrifice was complete.  Because God had not yet approved of the sacrifice and sent his fire down from the Most Holy Place. Once he saw the blood brought in by the priest, he would send the fire to consume the sacrifice. His fire of approval and acceptance.  The animal’s reflexes or natural desire to survive was the reason it had to be tied down. This is called the flesh, and it naturally doesn’t want to die. But a half dead sacrifice will not endure temptation or persecution, every time something gets a little rough it will run from God, it has no staying power because it is not totally consumed by God. The only way to endure the race and finish the job is to be completely dead to flesh. God loves the smell of burning flesh, because he sent the fire to burn it up because your sacrifice has been accepted by him. And he knows because he has seen the blood and sent the fire and now smells the savor of your flesh man being completely consumed, that you belong to him. Lord, help me stay until the job is done.  I tie myself down now to the altar and I will stay here until the sacrifice is complete…Lord I release you to change me!

Often times we still don’t understand what a joint heir is. When we surrender ourselves to God completely and crucify our flesh…mortify our bodies, we move into sonship inheritance. My children use their key, walk in the house, eat, shower, sleep, etc without ever asking one time dad can I…? They understand their position in the family and the fact that they have a key authorizes them to be there. Analyze your key and begin to exercise the authority of the doors in God that it opens. Sacrifice is the key to receive from God. We think only of Jesus having this authority but we don’t see ourselves that way.

But God gave me this parable: the parents of our four god children the Seymour’s and the Horton’s both have keys to our home. And they all have the same authority there as Dominique and Stephanie have. If they CHOOSE to exercise it. Now this is the revelation…we must think and receive like a child. The three eldest children, Kushaiah, Sharon and Samuel will go into any room and do anything they want in BaBa and Ti Ti’s house. Their parents often tell them “Oh don’t do that…this is the part I love…they will immediately look at me and my husband to see if we are telling them to stop.  They are waiting for the approval or disapproval of the house owner because they understand their status in the house and the authority they have there.  They know already what they can and can’t do and sometimes because their parents don’t understand the relationship they have with us, they don’t know we have already authorized them to play with whatever they are playing with! 

Oh God saints the BIBLE tells us WHAT we are authorized to do in our father’s house where we are joint heirs with his SON. Read the contract conditions saints…read the contract so you’ll know your authority. Just like my god babies, we are engrafted in and have the same authority as the Son because he CHOOSES to share it with us!

Oh my, can’t wait for the revelation He is sure to give on say sixteen!!!! See ya there!

Twenty One Days with God: Day Fourteen

Day Fourteen: I AM________………..! The power to fill in the space lies within you…it’s your belief in the HIM and HIS Word!

God is available and willing to be whatever we need him to be. Sometimes we fill in the blank for what we are hoping God will be in our life, not what we believe God already is in our life. It doesn’t matter how many scriptures you have the ability to quote from memory. It only matters how many scriptures you believe in, stand on and operate in on a daily basis. The devil is not impressed with your ability to memorize but your faith literally leaves him trembling. Your faith in God’s word concerning you and his (Satan’s) demise is what erects that wanted dead poster up in hell with your picture smack dab in the center of it. Your every waking moment should become torture for your enemy. Lord teach us to be sin terrorists!

God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly of above all you can ever ask or think. But it’s according to the power that worketh in you…NOT GOD! God is not unsure of His ability. His ability is directly attached to our faith in that ability. Lord I will untie your hands and allow you to operate to your capacity in my life! Wow what an exhilarating experience we will have when God is seated on the throne room of our hearts!

Lord I release you to change me!

Looking on to day fifteen with a new perspective!!!!