Deceitful Riches

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36

This is a topic that bothers me the most, not because of prosperity being taught but because of those who bash those who do teach prosperity.

I do not have a problem with preachers who teach it because I myself believe that prosperity is necessary, if you are not prospering you are dying; broke, mental or sick.

No one listens to a poor man. (Eccle 9:16)
Why do our children listen to rappers and worldly people more than the preacher and the teacher?

Because they see the flashy things and people getting whatever, eating whatever, riding in whatever, living and traveling wherever they want.
Then ‘church folks’ say something if a Pastor is teaching the word, preaching the word, carrying out missions, feeding and educating people, spreading the gospel to the four corners of the earth and say ‘that’s the devil.’ Satan is looking like ‘why would I increase someone who is teaching the people to defeat me.’ Come on church folk, wake up, now you are being decieved of what the riches are about.

Riches are to expand the kingdom. Contrary to believe Jesus was not broke in no sense of the word, He was so wealthy that ‘He knew and let a theif stay over the treasury’. You can be so caught up on spreading the truth of God and into the assignment on your life that the money is flowing and circulating to carry out what is suppose to, when money comes up missing you don’t notice.

But this religious mindset says the church is suppose to be poor, but how? Excuse me but my eloquency gets dropped when I’m getting to the real deal holy field.
How are God’s children going to carry out the gospel, half of the church not walking in enough faith to break five loaves of bread and some fish patties to feed 5,000 men not including women and children. We (as in religious people) are having a hard time having enough faith to pay our own bills, put food on the table, and pay off a building to have church in.

I can only find one thing wrong with the bashers, you are sleeping on God. Plain and simple, Adam and Eve were prosperous wanting for nothing, Abraham just wanted a child with his wife and became prosperous in that area as well. Children of Israel left Egypt wealthy ‘they made a golden calf’; ‘perverse’.

So let me ask you this, are you making your blessings into a golden calf?? Are your children, husband, your own life, your job, your friends, even you ministry come before God, is that your golden calf?

Maybe we have a problem with someone teaching on money because we have mismanaged ours so much, we are haters and haven’t sat at God’s feet for us to hear how to make those inventions, where to go to make a deal, who to see because 1. we think we can do it on our own, when God did not intend for us to live without Him (prideful). Pride comes before the fall.

Riches are to be used to expand the kingdom, not hoard nor used to look down on others as if you are better.

1 Tim 6:9 those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare
Vs10 says for the LOVE of money is a root of ALL KINDS of evil.

Let’s list some:
Prostitution
Drug Dealing
Bad Deals
Pornography
Lying
Cheating
Stealing
Killing
Etc….

People do all that and some more for money! If we put money in it’s proper place we will clear all those deceitful and perverse and evil things under our foot and our hearts and minds won’t focus on the money. People do all those things because they feel as if they lack something.

Matt 6:33 seek first the kingdom, “God and His way of doing things” and everything for your destiny and purpose on this earth will come your way.

God gives the wisdom to increase. Satan does not want the saints to increase, why would he, he wants you to stay stuck where you are, broke, disgusted and busted then you can never go out and reach the souls that need to be brought in.

Don’t be decieved Saints! Increase is of God.

1 John 1:2 Beloved I pray that you may prosper in ALL things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Step into the Light

‘If God can have His way today the ministry of someone will begin… It always begins when as soon as we yield.’ – Smith Wigglesworth

Well I was going through a power struggle this week and even now I feel as if I am at a standstill, but I have taken it as a time of learning who I really am in Christ. I was sitting and reading a book, I am trying to finish this book that must go in my collection, Smith Wigglesworth, ‘Greater Works.’ I closed my eyes to inhale some of the words I just got through reading and then I saw a light. I opened my eyes thinking, I must be tripping, what was in that cereal I ate (lol). I closed them again and I saw a light and the scripture that came to me was ‘I am the way, the truth and the light, no one can come to my Father except through me.’ In the vision I looked back and there was nothing behind me except a black mass and I said, so plainly, “Lord there is nothing back there for me is it?” I kept walking towards Him. Then the vision was over. I believe that was a victory of me never going back to my old way of life because I have come to a point where I know there is nothing for me in my old life anymore!

Many times in this walk with God I have been just like Hosea’s wife, Gomer. I have run from Him seeking my own pleasures, straddling the fence, holding hands with the devil and expecting Jesus to pay the rent.

That has been most of my life and every day I just say, ‘Jesus I choose you.’ No matter how tired I am, I chose Jesus. He is the life of me and the light of my life. I don’t have anything to look for back there in my old life. The craziest thing was a dream I had about when my family was really struggling and I could hear Satan say, this is going to be you, just like your family has always been. Poverty is what you live in and poverty is what you are. I woke up laughing and said to Him, you reached so far back, it’s unrealistic, those cars we had don’t even exist. That place we lived we can’t go back, you really tried hard didn’t you Satan and are you mad or nah?!!

My life is completely changed especially my spiritual life; it is light years ahead of what I was just a few months ago. All glory to God, He continues to light my path and I have never been at peace like this in my whole life. So I say to anybody let Jesus light your path, let His Word transform your mind, let Him crown you into your rightful position as a Believer in Him. You are royalty and worth dying for. It was beyond honorable and noble, it was POWERFUL!

Romans 13: 11-12

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

Miriam

Unequally yoked?

Just because you meet them at church, doesn’t mean they are the one, demons go to church too.- anonymous

I have had this defined in so many ways, read about it in books and blogs but from the way that I had an understanding when I asked God what would be a definite sign that a man that approached me wasn’t my husband. Of course I was given scripture.

II Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness. 

God put it to me this way, “Miriam why would you want to marry someone who does not believe as high as you do?” I have played the dating game, been through the fornication files, and tried to change every Charlie I dated. People are not going to change because you want them to change or beg them, drag them. I believe the old saying is ‘you can take the horse to the water but you can’t make him drink’. I’ve been saved for almost 20 years, I go to a Word-based, faith-filled church and I have been a member almost 5 years this coming January. My pastor teaches and preaches but if I do not apply the word he is teaching me, it is basically going in one ear and out of the other. As he taught last night and I have been learning to do all year is let go of my will and take on God’s will. If that person isn’t heeding to God I guarantee they will not heed to your whining, crying and temper tantrums. Night and day, I have learned to ask God to teach me His way in areas that I am troubled in and strengthen areas I don’t have as much trouble in. My faith has gone from level to level almost daily now, I am in total awe of God. Everyday He teaches me something new, shows me something different and keeps me at the edge of my seat.

I can’t marry someone who is not as awed by God as I am, it would be a dapper, a block and most likely a distraction. Yes that man may very well go to church, sing in the choir, be an usher but if his relationship with Christ is just showing up but fruitless in the faith depart and can’t tell you who Peter is from Paul, Houston we have a problem. So before I look at Billy, Bob, or Joe as potential suitors, if their fruit isn’t gleaming from the tree, it is certainly forbidden fruit.

I have went through plenty of headache and heartache too know that I apparently cannot pick the mate that compliments my life. So next time think about your faith walk, not how good he or she looks, talks or walks. God will allow people to reveal the real them quicker than you can pray ‘Lord is this the one.” Don’t ignore the red flags! I have so many times but when God asked me that question, I knew for real that I could not have anyone that keeps me from pursuing my Creator. I am in love with God and I want to marry someone that loves God over me, his own life, our children, this very world, so as the leader of the home; his family can follow suit.

Remember ladies and gentlemen: Everything that glitters is not gold, don’t be fooled.

*I am in no rush to be married, I do know God is preparing me for that next step. I think this topic has been tossed around so much and this is how God revealed it to me.*

You’re A Vegetarian, What About Your Future Husband?

I am asked this question a lot from my friends and others. Sometimes I wonder why are they so concerned. (lol)

I know why they ask, they just want me to be available because I can be a pretty ‘get to the point’ person. I enjoy that love and concern my family and friends have to offer at times. Then there are times I never pay attention. What about my future husband and what if he isn’t a vegetarian like me? Guess what people, neither is my son. He is a full on omnivore and loves to eat meat. His favorite thing is turkey bacon and blueberry homemade pancakes, if he could eat every day he would. He loves chicken whether fried, broiled, baked or barbecued. He even likes catfish (which no one in this house cooks), but his other nana cooks it and he loves it. No one in this house cooks pork but he eats it when he goes with his uncle and nana and I don’t get mad about it. I am vegetarian because I like it and you know what I may not stay one forever and that is okay too. I encourage any and everyone to seek God for health concerns, losing weight, anything and everything in your life should be a conversation between you and the Creator. He knew us before our parents ever, ever thought about us. Right now you know what I do for my future husband? I don’t stress about when, where, or how? I pray for him real tough. I know if God is with me in my wilderness right now and forever more, our vision is going to have to match. I am more concerned about his soul and whether he is a man after God’s own heart than whether he wants to eat a steak for dinner every night.  About my future husband, I just pray that we are friends, we court, and then we get married, that way we can have some things smoothed out before the ‘I WILLs’.

Romans 10:3 NKJV  Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.

Colossians 2:16 NKJV So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths,

Just Miriam

Praying for Health

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver- Gandhi

III John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in HEALTH, just as your soul prospers.

God told me at the beginning of the year, I think our Watch Service that every thing that I needed to know in life was in the Bible. Health is very dear issue for me because I have struggled with it most of my life, I was a very sick child, my mother had pneumonia while pregnant with me, I was three weeks behind on my due date and my umbilical cord was squeezing the life out of me during my birth, so I my mom had a c-section. I was diagnosed with asthma, hypoglycemia, severe allergies and always had severe migraines. When I got pregnant with my son, I was very sick, so sick in fact that the doctors could not figure out what was wrong with me. I to had a c-section with my son and he too is diagnosed with asthma, bronchitis, and has a tendency to get a least six ear aches a year.  I’m saying all this to say, before I had my son, I was a thin 142, I was 16 and still battling. I’m 23 and in between those years until the last eight months, I had no clue. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been up and down and all around with health and wellness. Either I didn’t stay dedicated or I would only go half way with it. I was praying about me being healthy for ministry and asking God what to do. I think it was maybe a day or two later. I come across Heather Lindsey and her being a vegetarian, I can’t remember if it was an blog or about her devotion and recipe book but I remember the spirit saying, “You should do that.”  I said what Lord, “Become a vegetarian.” Funny thing is I have a best friend that had been talking about it for months and me and another one of our good friends would mess with her about it. So I said I was going to start on a certain date and do it for so many weeks just to slide into it. It never happened. It was January 10th 2015, when I went cold turkey. I just gave up meat totally and have no desire for it. My mom’s instructions for her was to bake her her foods, not that she had to become a vegetarian but to change the way she cooked her foods.

Many people don’t understand but God created you, He knew you before your parents thought or didn’t think about making you. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, your cool buttons and your hot buttons. Jeremiah 29:11 says ‘I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’ Luke 12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Psalm 8:4 says ‘What is man that You are mindful (consider) of him, And the son of man that you visit him? We are on God’s mind, He considers the way we live, he wants to help us. I had to learn this, I wanted to be healthy to be able to share the Good News of Christ Jesus. I asked God what I should do in order to reach that goal and carry out His mission. He gave me the answer. Go vegetarian, I was sliding towards that way anyway and had considered it because I had done it before for a few weeks when getting ready for my senior prom. When I say I was sliding towards vegetarian, I mean I had already cut out beef. ( I was not raised on pork and pigs don’t look healthy to eat to me anyways, lol, what they are cute as babies.) I ate mostly birds; turkey, chicken. Along with certain fish and lamb occasionally. The nitty- gritty, God was helping me cut my diet. I use to love shrimp, I just thought it was the pearl in the clam to eat. I could eat a lot of it. About two years ago I was staying in Alabama and dating this guy and we went out one night to a local restaurant and sitting on the back of the tailgate, he told me to look down. My legs had swollen up, all I could do was go back to my cousins place and rest. I had eaten shrimp for a while and had very little reaction to it, a slight headache, which I thought was from the seasonings. Even after becoming a vegetarian certain things my body just could not and cannot tolerate. I am learning every single day to eat healthier to workout, to drink more water, to eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, and to include God in it all. I know there is a lot of new age going around but God has all the answers, everything that has taken them years too discover, it takes a few conversations with God to know.

I want to encourage you to pray and ask God what you should do about your health. There are some common sense things that we already know but if you struggle like I have struggled with up and down weight, health issues, and anything else, pray about it. The most beautiful result of eating and living a healthier lifestyle is clarity. You can concentrate longer, sleep better, focus on God, and hear God better. It’s like all that foggy vision you had starts to clear up. Satan doesn’t want us to hear God period and he knows that our health can play a big part in that. Saints its time for a healthier lifestyle.

News flash: If my grandmother cooks I still eat but not everything but because I love my grandma’s cooking and I do pick and choose what I can and cannot eat of even her cooking.

Keep in mind that eating healthy is not boring. There are so many recipes you can come up with and this day and age, you can go to so many different websites, like Pinterest, WordPress, Facebook, or Google plenty of healthy and tasty recipes for you and your family. When you make these changes, you have to change the way you buy food, how you cook it. Spring clean your cabinets, refrigerator, pantry.

One more example before I go, my dad and parents still cook pretty hearty but they use a lot of healthier ingredients. They have went from regular table salt to sea salt, refined sugar to Sugar in the Raw, they buy actual juice and not the artificially flavored. My favorite seasonings are slowly taking over their cabinets and they don’t to much buy their old ones. My pastor always tells us this, ‘when your requirement changes, your environment changes.’ I am certainly requiring a different environment and it has to change. Even my friends eat a little healthier and I am grateful because we go out to eat every time we all get together. They ask me now where can we go eat, where I am comfortable. You may just be that influence in your friends, family, people you come in contact with every day. Pray about it and see what God would have you to do. Phil 4:6 in the New Living Translation says it perfectly, ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.’ It is an every day fight, it does get easier but you will always have challenges. I love ice cream, cheese, hot chips and honey buns and every now and then I get a taste for a snickers sometimes I indulge other times I have to say No. I should say no all the time and one day I will get to that point I can say no all the time. Until I will fight the good fight of healthy living just as I fight the good fight of faith. I put my faith and my healthy lifestyle together and every day and every time I surpass one obstacle another shows up. So don’t be discouraged if you fail this time, get back up and keep going, keep going until  you finish the race!

Just Miriam

Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God