Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Your attitude determines your altitude. I'm sure that many of us have heard this saying. What I've learned is this: those of us who were not raised to know the Lord, have been conditioned to believe whatever this world has fed us. We have been conditioned to believe that the things that we see on the outside determine who we are on the inside. This, my Brothers and Sisters is a lie.

For example, if you grew up in or lived in poverty, you may have been conditioned to think that you are poor and that there is no way out of it. You settle on this being your inward attitude.

One day I was driving through a certain part of Albany, NY and the Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying that poverty is a mindset and is an open door (world) prison. That through the generations, those who live in poverty will never leave the open prison because of their mindset of: this is who I am and I can’t do any better than this.

The things that go on around us do not determine who we are on the inside, unless we believe it. Do you know that the human mind is so powerful, that even God cannot change our minds? Well, not unless we yield to His will. Read Exodus 13. When Pharaoh let God's people go, God could have guided them on a shorter path, but because He knew that they were not mentally prepared for a fight, He led them on a long way around. It was easier for God to part the Red sea than it was to change the mindset of the Israelites. After 430 years of slavery, they became comfortable in their servitude. They allowed their outward circumstances become their inward attitude. They didn't want to leave. Why?

God doesn't want mindless robots, He wants us to choose tho walk with Him, and allow Him to guide us on the narrow path that leads to eternal life. We are to believe who God says we are, not this world, our circumstances, or society. We have been conditioned to think that the things of this world are acceptable and right. I call it systematic generational destruction. We pass along the mindset to the next generation and the cycle continues. An entire generation had to die before God could get Egypt out of them. They complained continually, even though God provided evidence of who He is and for every need that they had.

We have to renew our minds by the washing of the word to change the mind, which is no easy task, but in Christ, it is possible (Romans 12:2). Someone said to me once, "Our minds are so powerful. Have you ever walked into a room and forget why you even went into the room in the first place?" We must learn to yield our minds to the will of God, that we may be able to resist the lies and the false sense of what's right and what's wrong. That we may live a life in true relationship and will of our Father. Be blessed brothers and Sisters.

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

I’ve prayed many times, Lord, send me. I didn’t understand, at the time, what I was really asking God. What was I really saying?

I was telling God to do whatever it takes to prepare me for the plans and purposes He has for my life. I gave God permission to make me pliable. To make something pliable, that takes a lot of pressure, heat and time. But that’s what I was saying to God: I’m willing to go through whatever it takes to be changed, so You can use me for Your glory, so I can be more like Jesus.

Sometimes we pray things and wonder why things are happening in our lives. This is not to scare you or dissuade you from praying those types of prayers. But we have to be mindful of what we are asking God. We have to be transformed: less of us, more of Jesus. Those painful seasons aren’t fun, but also aren’t for no reason. There is a purpose for everything that God allows in our lives. The ultimate goal is to make us more and more like Jesus.

Remember when Isaiah was in the presence of God, one of the seraphim took a hot coal from the alter and touched his lips. That couldn’t have felt good. But it cleanses Isaiah from his sins. Remember when Job lost almost everything to break him from the sin of pride? That was painful but served a great purpose in Jobs life and a great witness to the power and grace of God.

Those seasons of brokenness makes us pliable and usable for the Masters work.

Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21

Be blessed in the Lord.

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Not everyone, including ourselves (at times), will understand the call on your lives. Sometimes God has us do things that are way outside of our comfort zone or things that seem weird. I mean, Jesus spit in a mans eye to heal him. If that’s not weird, I don’t know what is.

Noah didn’t stop building the arch to explain to the onlookers what God called him to do. He simply walked in obedience. They didn’t understand while he was building, but when the rain descended, and the flood came, then they got it. Let God do what God’s going to do. You do your part. Stop worrying about what others think. God didn’t give them the vision He has for your life. Sometimes He doesn’t give it to us until we are knee deep in it.

We are called to live peaceable lives (Roman 12:18; 1 Timothy 2:2), mind our own business (1 Thessalonians 4:7) and above all, walk in obedience to God (John 14:23; Proverbs 6:20; James 1:2 and so many more scriptures).

But I will add another thing to this: love. I’ve been so convicted of this thing called love all the more recently. Without it, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:2, we are nothing. Love is an action, not a feeling. We show love to those around us, to those we have access to, to everyone, even our enemies. Jesus showed us His excellent love, while we were yet still sinners, He died for us.

So be mindful of how you say things (Proverbs 15:1). Be mindful not to judge from a critical perspective (Matthew 7:1-2). We have ALL fallen short of the glory of God. Everyone of us. Everyday. Let’s love one another from the love that has been so graciously lavished onto us (John 15:12). Most importantly, love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. The greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-38).

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails...

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Peter tells us, And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8). Why? Not because we are trying to hide or cover up sin, but to love one another back to God out of sin. You cannot cast out sin with anger and hatred (Sin). But with love. That’s how Jesus saved our lives. He loved us so much that He took our sin and shame to the cross. Thank You Jesus for paying the price not one of us was or is worthy of paying.