I am so excited that today starts Passion Week(Holy Week)! Every since Lent season started on 22 February I have been going through the season expecting Resurrection Sunday to be the bomb.com (okay)! Passion Week(Holy Week) is the remembrance of the pain, suffering, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our LORD - for all of us.
When I was younger I was excited about Easter because I got a new dress, an Easter Basket, and said an Easter speech. Today even though I don't have a new dress I am still excited about Passion Week and I am claiming Resurrection Sunday to be AWESOME from Sunrise service to afternoon service. I am declaring that GOD is going to make a shift in my life and others. It is my prayer that everyone feels the LOVE of JESUS this week. That everyone will understand the sacrifice JESUS made for us. Even as I am writing this I am giddy about GOD and my soul is crying out Hallelujah!
As you go through the week meditate on the Gospel as it gives us a clear picture of everything that JESUS went through:
Matthew 26:47 – 27:61
Mark 14:43 – 15:47
Luke 22:47 – 23:56
John 18:2 – 19:42
I wanted to share this beautiful worship song with everyone. In this Season of Lent it is my desire forGOD to Make Me Over.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
I went to a small Presbyterian Church in my hometown and the ladies on the choir could saaaaang! One song they would sing was "Fully Committed" and when the music dropped and they would sing the song A Capella it sound so beautiful. Of course as a teenager I loved to hear them sing the song but I was not yet saved and I didn’t understand the full meaning.
Last week GOD dropped the song in my spirit and it was as if I was hearing the song for the first time. I was immediately convicted! I love GOD and I live my life for HIM every day but there are some parts of my life that I have not completely turned over to HIM. It is like I am scarred to give up all of my control and fully commit.
I went into prayer and GOD said "I want your whole heart. I want you to trust ME with everything that is in you. I want you to fully give your life to ME."
I cried out to GOD for forgiveness because I do want HIM to have my whole heart. I want to be obedient to HIS word and HIS will. GOD has been so faithful to me and continues to show HIS love for me over and over again.
I decided to post this because I don't want to be a false witness I want people to know that being saved is not easy but it SO worth it! There are areas in my walk that I can improve on. Can I do better sharing HIS word? Yes! Can I spend more time in HIS word? Yes! I want to be pleasing to GOD...let me say that again.... I WANT TO BE PLEASING TO GOD. I want to do the right thing. Now that GOD has opened my eyes to the areas that I need to improve on I will be obedient and seek HIS guidance. I WILL FULLY COMMIT TO HIM!
2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to HIM."
The more I grow in Christ the more I want to be in GOD's perfect will. I love knowing that the way I am living my life is pleasing to HIM! Romans 12:2 says Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what GOD’s will is—HIS good, pleasing and perfect will.
A few years back GOD allowed me to walk in his "permissive will". This is the time in my life where I made a big decision that was not in GOD's "perfect will". I knew in my spirit that I was making a mistake but my flesh said otherwise. I paid dearly for that and even though GOD kept me during that time (singing it was HIS GRACE and MERCY that kept me) HE still allowed me to go through.
The best part of walking in GOD's "permissive will" is recognizing that you are not aligned with GOD and repenting (hallelujah)! I am so glad that we serve a forgiving GOD! I am glad that HE heard my cries. I am glad that even though I was disobedient to HIS will that HE still blessed my mess.
Today as I live my life I go to GOD about EVERYTHING! I seek HIS guidance in every area of my life. GOD has a purpose and plan for my life for HIS good and glory. Isaiah 48:17 says his is what the LORD says your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your GOD, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
Today ask yourself if you are living a life that is pleasing to GOD?
Do you ask HIM what HIS will for your life is?
If not I challenge you to read the following scriptures:
On New Year's Day I did my Vision Board for the new year. I took GOD's vision and my dreams and did a collage for me to look at every day. I wanted to wake up every morning and meditate on the words and pictures on the board. As I was working on my Vision Board I made a conscious decision that I was going to walk into my purpose this year. For so long I had allowed fear and procrastination to hold me back. I realized that I missed some blessings because I was too scared to Walk in Faith. I have heard GOD tell me so many times "A'Keta I just need you to take the first step and I will take care of everything else...at least show some initiative."
Well I am happy to say that my Vision Board is coming to life because I AM WALKING IN FAITH!
When you look up the word Walk in Webster's dictionary the definition says of a spirit; to move about in visible form; to make headway; to move along on foot; advance by steps; to come or go easily or readily; to pursue a course of action or way of life
When you look up the word Faith the definition says allegiance to duty or a person; fidelity to one's promises; sincerity of intentions belief and trust and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust in something that is believed especially with strong conviction
So I am ready to pursue a course of action or a way of life based on my belief and trust and loyalty to GOD! Hallelujah!
What is holding you back from Walking in Faith?
About 5am in this morning I woke up to the loud sound of thunder and then the rain came shortly thereafter. I laid there thinking how beautiful the storm sounded and then as fast as the rain came it was gone. It was almost like GOD was reminding us that HE was still GOD (Hello)! About 1030am it started hailing...now I live in Kuwait (the desert and it was hailing)! Everyone was in awe but I could hear GOD saying just in case you didn’t get it earlier I am still GOD. I can make it rain and hail even in the desert.
Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
Remember no matter where you are in the word in EVERYTHING you do honor GOD!
Yesterday was my Dad's birthday ~Happy Birthday Daddy! I am so blessed to have 2 sets of parents that love my siblings and I very much. As I think about the relationship I have with my parents I cannot help but think about how far we have come. As a teen I am sure I gave them a run for their money and they stayed on their knees praying for GOD to keep me covered. Growing up I was disobedient and defiant to say the least. I was smelling myself and wanted to be grown....thank GOD for growth! As I got older I calmed down a lot and developed a beautiful relationship with my parents. Now that I am growing in Christ I think back on the relationship with my parents and I made a decision that I didn’t want to be disobedient any more. I know that GOD loves me and only wants the best for me...like my parents. I know that he will always protect me as long as I am obedient to his word.
Romans 2:13-1 says "For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with GOD. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have GOD's written law, show that they know HIS law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that GOD’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right."
I am still learning GOD's word so I can truly be obedient to HIM and the Holy Spirit. I ask that you pray my strength in the LORD as I pray your strength as well.
*Thanks to my friend Angela Glenn for calling me this morning asking me if I had posted anything today.*
Welcome to My New Blog!
I am nervous and excited to welcome everyone to my new blog "Purposely Driven by Him". For the last year I have been sending out emails to my family and friends about the lessons GOD has been teaching me. Some lessons have been easy to receive and others have been downright hurtful but I am thankful I received the lesson!
The thought of doing a blog is something that I have been wanting to do for the past year however, I always thought it would be about my natural hair journey (I am still speaking that into existence so look out for it). I guess GOD had other plans and I am learning that when GOD speaks I listen (Hello)! When I sent out the first email to my family and friends I an not sure what I expected to come out of the email but I knew that I was supposed to do it. I feel the same way about my blog I know that I know that I know that I was suppose to create it. I have doubted myself several times since saying I was going to do it and even as I am writing this I still have a little doubt or fear but that is how I know that it is real and that it is GOD's purpose.....I am Purposely Driven by Him!
It is my prayer that this blog becomes a forum for people to share anything that is on their mind and that we as a people will be able to encourage and motivate others.