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"All Have Sinned"

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM Comments comments (9)
All Have Sinned
 Today’s power scripture comes from Mark 2: 17  “When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (NKJV)
      The other day I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) and a commentator spoke about the sinful nature of what was transpiring in the Ukraine.  Yes, there are atrocities occurring worldwide but his comments struck me oddly because he spoke as if our nation was so on the side of right that we could unashamedly point fingers.  There are no big “I”s and little ‘u’s or big or little sins.  We have all sinned and fallen short.  If it were not for the gap which Jesus fills for us, we would all fall away.   It is true that some nations oppress their citizens and what seems like moral decay afflicts areas because of greed, lasciviousness and corruption. But do not let the main stream media fool us into believing that our noses are all that clean. We don’t’ have to look afar into foreign countries to actuate blame; let us be careful about pointing fingers in our own families.  Many of us have family members who are not saved or who are for the sake of a better term  - “backslidden”.  When we interact with members of our family who are struggling to see the love of Jesus in their lives, we must treat them gently and usher them into the presence of God through compassion.  Our God does not want hostages or anyone who feels they have been railroaded or taken by force.  God does not need coercion or strong-arm tactics to further his Kingdom building.  Nothing wrong with being radical for Christ; just make sure we are rational.       A prominent comedian often tells others when their actions are less than savory - .”You need Jesus”.  Yes, we all need Jesus but we don’t need to get him by shame or trickery or by force.  Jesus comes to our door and knocks…never with a battering ram…just his own nail scarred hand.  When we witness, remember all have fallen short, including us…we are just saved by Grace. .  Every day is a good day it is up to us to make it a GREAT power-filled day. 
Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn     

Own Up

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM Comments comments (2)
Own Up!
 
Today’s power scripture comes from Genesis 3:12:  “The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”(ESV)
     When questioned by God about his whereabouts and whether he had eaten of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam quickly threw Eve under the Eden bus.  Although he was the head of the household and responsible for the dwelling place that God had provided for him, Adam did not step up to the plate in many ways.  In my opinion he first failed in that he should have been more in tune with his wife and stopped all that unnecessary banter between her and the cunning snake.  Not that she couldn’t have her own space and quiet reflection time in the garden, but even now in our sin-state, many of us pick up on vibes of when our loved ones are in trouble.  So I am sure that before the ‘fall’ of Adam, he should have been keenly aware of Eve and her well-being.       Secondly the text tells us that Eve ate of the fruit first and then gave it to Adam.  Adam could have nipped this whole ‘fall-of-man’ thing in the bud if he had ‘manned up’ and put his foot down and not taken the bait.  He might have been able to take Eve before God for forgiveness and we could all now be running through the Emerald City naked as jaybirds with no worries or cares. But nooooooooo! Adam not only ate but then he tried to hide.  He lost his head. How could he so foolishly think that he could hide from the all-mighty, all-seeing and all-knowing God?    Finally, when asked about his situation he pushed the blame onto Eve, the one who only a few verses back he was to cleave to and become as one. He even had the nerve to hint that God was at fault for giving him this woman.  Instead of stepping forward and owning up to his mistake he took two steps back and left her standing there with her fig leaves blowing in the wind.   Let us take a lesson from this example and take responsibility for our actions.  I wonder if God, who is so apt to forgive us of all of our sins, was more disappointed in Adam’s failure to keep his commandment about the consumption of the fruit or about Adam’s betrayal by his lying and scheming?   Let us be upfront and honest with ourselves, with others and most of all with God.  When we have fallen short; messed up; bitten off more than we can chew; or just plain blown it – ‘fess up and own up.  The mature Christian knows that mistakes happen and can only be rectified when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.  Don’t dig a deeper hole by lying or trying to cover it up.  There is no shame in failing only in blaming others and not owning up to the process.  We often learn best and remember the  most from the things we don’t get quite right.  Don’t worry…own up!Every day is a good day it is up to us to make it a GREAT power-filled day.  Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn

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Posted on June 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM Comments comments (4)
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Devilish Ways

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 12:12 AM Comments comments (7)
      Good morning.  Today's power scripture comes from John 6:70 (KJV) – “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
    Claim all the victories now… walk in favor with your head up …don’t worry about the devilish people or situations you encounter each day.  Remember that in your daily walk if you don’t met the evil , then you might be walking in the same direction he is going. 
Jesus did not pick his disciples haphazardly nor did he just select the twelve first come –first serve.  After much prayer he started to assemble his team.  He knew beforehand that Judas Iscariot was a bad seed, yet he allowed him into the ranks.  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  Jesus was not naïve or foolish to have Judas in his inner circle.  There was purpose and plan and Judas played an important role in helping the other disciples and followers of Christ see the magnitude and depth of God’s grace and mercy. 
       Use the harsh, unsavory, down-right abrasive people in your life just like fine sand paper.  The more they rub up against you and so against your grain the smoother and more polished and beautiful you become.  God knows and allows only the right amount of pressure to be applied to you to bring out your best.  So don’t focus on the devils in your life…they will always be there…keep an eye on them but let your concentration be placed on the wonders and awe of God.
       Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day! Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn

 

The Greater Good!

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (11)
Good Monday morning! Today's power scripture comes from Genesis 50:20 (NIV) |”You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
 
Why me? Why now? Why like this?  We have all had these very questions and many more pre-pity party thoughts course through our consciousness when we are in uncomfortable situations. “Why am I the one who has to always experience the hard life?  Can’t anything ever come easily for me?  Just when I am about to make things happen, then this comes along.  Why now?  Why me?  Why? Why? Why?”  The answer is easy but the reality of the answer is as difficult as nuclear physics.  The answer is: because God ordained it to be so.  Now to wrap one’s head around that concept is where the tedious journey of trusting God comes into play.  To tell someone that their life is as it is because God willed it; takes a whole lot of faith.  But here is the process in a nutshell:
God is omniscient (all knowing)
God is omnipresent (everywhere at the same time)
God is omnipotent (all powerful)
God is sovereign – He will do what he wants to, how he wants to; with whom it wants to; where he wants to
God knows all about you, the hairs on your head, the breaths in your body, the tears you have shed and the desires of your heart
God has a plan for you; one of peace and not of evil
God orders your steps.
But most of all, God is pure love.
 
So lets’ review the facts.  If you take into consideration that God knows everything; he is everywhere; he is the ultimate power source and crown that with the fact that everything he does is to accomplish his holy and righteous will, then it only makes sense that in his loving wisdom even the ‘crazy’ stuff we endure is all a part of this plan.  If he gave it to you, then he knows you can go through it and come out on the other side not smelling like smoke.  He entrusted you to shoulder the hard stuff because you have what it takes to prove that you serve a loving God.  There are others around you who don’t have the ability to ‘save’ themselves or to better their situations without your influence, guidance or just your example.
     When evil is plotted against you, God is not asleep letting someone take advantage of his children.  No, to the contrary -  God is fully aware and already assigning angels, intermediaries, supporters and cheerleaders to embrace you.  So no matter what your boss, non-support paying ex-spouse; argumentative neighbor or jealous friend may have lined up for you…don’t get angry and all bent out of shape.  Simply keep serving; keep praising; keep bringing your “A” game and watch God turn it all around not just to rectify you…but to save many and to glorify himself.
Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn

Congratulations to my sister Linda Bridges and all of the WOD and MOD members who made yesterday’s annual Empowerment Brunch a huge success.

Hooray for "Tee"!

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM Comments comments (11)
Hooray for “Tee”!
 
Today's blog is dedicated to my wonderful aunt, Geraldine Houser who is celebrating her 89 birthday today.  Born in Mt. Meigs, Alabama, educated at Tuskegee University (called Tuskegee Institute then), Mrs. Houser whom I call “Tee” is the last living elder from my mother’s side of the family.  Her mind is sharp and her wit is sharper.  She is a force to be reckoned with and a joy to be around.  Thank you so everyone who seeded into her life celebration by sending cards, gifts, flowers, plants and love tokens

Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn

Whose Report Will You Believe?

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 1:46 AM Comments comments (3)
Good morning! Today's power scripture comes from Numbers 13:30-31  “But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we’”
 
The past few days have been filled with emotional rollercoaster events for many of my close friends and family members. I am sure that if it were not for the stabilizing force of the peace of God it would probably be more than many could bear.   Just this week, we have offered condolences as loved ones have passed away; heard praise reports of new life that is expected; witnessed missionary outreach vicariously as believers traveled to distant lands to help the oppressed; prayed over damaged family relationships; cheered as unexpected money paid past due bills; received medical results that sent shivers down the spine but through it all we saw the hand of God move miraculously in diverse situations.
Moses sent spies to survey the land and to bring back reports of what was to be expected.  Of the spies that checked out the opposition, only Joshua and Caleb came back with reports that lined up with the promise of God.  Sure the land was filled with giants and yes the terrain was something they were not used to traversing. The fight was surely something they were not prepared for, but God had promised them the land.  The other spies buckled under that they saw but Joshua and Caleb came back with a report hot off the presses from God.  EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT…GOD IS GOING TO GIVE US THE LAND.   When the spies returned and presented their reports to the people the verdict was simple…. Whose report do you believe?”  Joshua and Caleb said…”We shall believe the report of the Lord.” 
When the odds seem against you and the cards just don’t appear to be in your favor; take your eyes off of the circumstances and place your focus on the promises of God.  Read through the Bible, find words of encouragement, support, guidance, and instruction that falls in line with what you are facing.  Write them out…. Read them aloud…post them where you can see them.  Make audio notes in your phone and play them back often.  Keep God’s word in front of you. Do things for others which will take your mind off of your own issues and bring joy to those who need you most.  While you are helping them, God will work on you; for you; and yes, in spite of you.   God has a miraculous way of turning frowns upside down; turning cents into dollars; turning rent into mortgage; bus tokens into car keys; and even remote controls into romantic dinners for two.   Tell the devil he is a liar and to take his bad report back to (hades) where he belongs.  We WILL believe the report (healing, love, peace, prosperity, hope, salvation) of the Lord.
Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn
 
Condolences to Katrina Allen and family (Columbus, GA) for the passing of her grandmother on Monday, June 2nd

Purpose Prayer

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM Comments comments (9)
Good morning! Today's power scripture comes from Job 42:2 (AMP)  “ I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.”
  We all have at some point in our lives had to readjust certain ‘sure’ things’ around us to make sure we stayed on God’s course. Today's message is short, sweet and to the point.  Strive to become more like Christ in our daily walk by aligning your actions, deeds and plans with your life purpose. How can our walk be meaningful if we are uncertain of where we come from and where we are going?  We must know our coming and going to see the real connection.  We are designed to be the hands and feet of the Master; therefore we are at our best when follow the teachings of Christ and fulfill the mission assigned to us by God.  Use this simple prayer below to stay on course.  
Dear God!
Please help me discover my purpose in life.
Give me the directions to open the roads you want me to travel.
Please help me discover the treasure of being on my true course.
You have created me with a certain purpose.
Lead me to recognize my path so that my life will
have true meaning.
Thank you for listening to my payer.
Amen”
Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day! Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn

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