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Don’t Roll Over And Play Dead!

Whatever you are going through today, it’s not time to roll over and play dead. It’s not over until God says it’s over. When your tribulations begin to get more and more extreme, that is when you know that you should keep running the race. The breakthrough that will follow your time of testing will be well worth the effort necessary to overcome. With this in mind, you should exert every last ounce of strength that you have left to make it to your last lap of the race.

Many times you wait for the Lord to respond in the midst of a terrible tribulation, and wonder why He doesn’t respond more quickly. This can be seen in the Biblical story in John 11, where Lazarus, one of Jesus’ friends, whom He loved dearly got sick. Mary and Martha who were also friends of Jesus, sent a message to Him to inform Him of Lazarus’ sickness. But when Jesus heard the news, He waited two more days before going to Lazarus’ hometown of Bethany.

When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had already been dead in the tomb for four days. When Martha discovered that Jesus was on His way, she went out to meet Him, and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus told Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” However, Martha thought He was talking about the final resurrection of the dead. Jesus then went to Lazarus’ grave with Mary, Martha, and the rest of mourners. There He instructed them to remove the stone that had covered the entrance to the tomb. Jesus looked up to Heaven and prayed to His father. He then cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus come forth!” When Lazarus came out of the tomb, Jesus instructed the people to remove his grave clothes.

In this amazing miracle, Many people put their faith in Jesus. Sometimes through the darkest moment of your trials and tribulations, you think that you can’t make it through to your last lap of the race. You then begin to think that God is not on time; however, you have to remember that even though He’s two days late, He’s still on time. Jesus deliberately waited two more days to go to Bethany, because He knew that He would do a great miracle for God’s glory. Therefore, He was in no hurry to get there.

Often times, God allows your tribulations to get from bad to worst, because He’s planning to do something great and victorious in your life. This is so, because He has a wonderful purpose for you that will bring even greater glory to God. Therefore, it’s time to be resurrected. Don’t roll over and play dead!

Excerpt: Enough Tribulations “Finding Peace in the Midst of Tribulations.”

Most people have no trouble finding things to complain about: traffic is slow, gas is too expensive, the weather is bad, prices are too high. Yet in every single situation, that same person also has a lot to be thankful for: he can drive, has a car, has a shelter to be protected from the weather, and has the money to purchase necessary items.

Your circumstances may not be all that great, but wherever you are it is God’s will that you give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As a Christian, that is possible because no matter what your circumstances are, you can always thank God for deliverance through Christ (see 2 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 7:24-25).

Indeed, the Israelites knew that thanksgiving was so important that part of the official duty of the tribe of Levi was to thank God: They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord (1 Chronicles 23:30). They had heart of thankfulness and were instructed to be thankful regardless of what happened that day.

The psalmist wrote: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4). Notice that we can’t even enter God’s gates unless we’re thankful.

It certainly is possible to live giving thanks to God the Father for everything (Ephesians 5:20), because thankfulness depends on what is in your heart, not what is in your hand.

Contributed: Christ Notes

Enjoy the Fruit of Your Labor

“You will eat the fruit of your labor: blessings and prosperity will be yours” (Psalms 128:2).

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Now you have worked hard, developed ideas, plans, creativity and innovation, along with your faith in God to accomplish your long desired dreams. However, ever since God has begun to bless and prosper you, there might be people around you who have become envious, jealous and hateful of your blessings and prosperity.  Regardless, you have all right to eat and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

While you were going through your trials and tribulations, only a few genuine people may have stood by your side when you needed them the most. Other than that, no one might have seen your blood, sweat and tears; but now they see the fruit of your labor and have become hateful. I will share a few lines of one of my favorite poems by Thomasine Robinson:

You See My Glory, But You Don’t Know My Story
I’ve been through trials and tribulations seen and unseen
I’ve cried myself to sleep, but I held on to my dream
My dream to rise to the top, Knowing with God, I can’t be stopped.

No one can prevent God from blessing you, unless you give them permission. With that being said, ignore the haters, and enjoy the fruit of your labor!

You Can Ride Out Your Storm

In this world, there is always some storm going on. Some people may have just passed through a storm, while others may be going through a storm, or preparing to face a storm. I know that every one of us, including myself, would like to avoid any storm whatsoever. Regardless of this, in this life, you cannot see a rainbow without rain. Granted, whatever your storm status is, you have to remember that you can ride out your storm.

Last night I had a vivid dream regarding a very severe storm. In this dream, I saw a group of people who appeared to be involved in a political movement. As they marched down the street, they invited me to join them, but I declined. Immediately following this encounter, there was a storm approaching. After turning down their offer, I found myself caught up in this approaching storm. Alternatively, this storm appeared to be very severe and threatening. I could hear the violent sounds of thunder and lightning. Concerned for my safety, I was looking for somewhere to hunker down; however, I found myself in the opening, exposed to the elements of the storm.

Consequently, I noticed a few people gathered around me. These people were trying to cover me from the elements of the storm. However, as the storm got more severe, some of them ran away and left me. Instantly, I knew that they had removed their coverings, because I could feel the heavy rain pouring down on my bare head. Seeing that, I decided that I had to find shelter. As I prepared to move to a place of safety, I found out that there was only one man who had stayed with me during the storm. He then followed me through the storm to a shelter nearby. At this time, it appeared as if I were in another country. When I arrived at this shelter, I saw a woman who had been covering me during the storm at this place. Apparently, she ran away left me in the storm and sought shelter there. The man who was always with me, brought me to some people who gave me food and clean clothes to send me on my journey. As the storm subsided, I started out on my journey. Following this episode, I awoke from this dream.

This dream represents the typical events of our lives in reality. If you are not going with the politically correct crowd, because of your Christian beliefs and way of life, you can be forced to weather the elements of the storm in isolation. Believers are faced with various obstacles from time to time, as they trod on their Christian journey. This politically correctness can come from any people with whom you are associated with. These people could be your own church brethren, families, co-workers, business associates, friends, or people you meet along the way. This isolation can force you into the path of a storm. Conversely, some of the people who you thought will cover you throughout your storm, or have your back, so to speak, will likely run away while you are going through your storm.

Nonetheless, there will be one man standing, who will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). He will hunker down with you, cover you, and take you to a place of safety. At this place, He will provide you with all the necessities that you have been deprived of during the storm. He will restore you, bless you, and give you peace and deliverance. In any event, you will have to ride out your storm with Him. Do not follow the ones who run away from the storm, hoping that they will still be rewarded, if they did not endure the test of time. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who will endure to the end (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Just hold on to Jesus, and you can ride out your storm.

Listen to this inspirational song: “Ride Out Your Storm” in the video below.

God bless you.

Most people have no trouble finding things to complain about: traffic is slow, gas is too expensive, the weather is bad, prices are too high. Yet in every single situation, that same person also has a lot to be thankful for: he can drive, has a car, has a shelter to be protected from the weather, and has the money to purchase necessary items.

Your circumstances may not be all that great, but wherever you are it is God’s will that you give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As a Christian, that is possible because no matter what your circumstances are, you can always thank God for deliverance through Christ (see 2 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 7:24-25).

Indeed, the Israelites knew that thanksgiving was so important that part of the official duty of the tribe of Levi was to thank God: They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord (1 Chronicles 23:30). They had heart of thankfulness and were instructed to be thankful regardless of what happened that day.

The psalmist wrote: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4). Notice that we can’t even enter God’s gates unless we’re thankful.

It certainly is possible to live giving thanks to God the Father for everything (Ephesians 5:20), because thankfulness depends on what is in your heart, not what is in your hand.

Contributed: Christ Notes

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Pray For Our Nation

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On behalf of Overseer Ferguson, Minister Ferguson, Pastor Allison, Minister Bonner and Minister Blake, we would like to thank all our incoming churches, our members and community helpers who have been dedicated and supportive throughout our Annual Convention 2016. This convention has been a great success because of you all. A special thanks to Bishop Edwards and First Lady Edwards of Morning Star International Spiritual Baptist Church in Enfield, St. Mary, Jamaica. They have been at the convention almost everyday until the end.

God bless you all.

Once upon a time there was this girl who had four boyfriends.

She loved the 4th boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.

She also loved the 3rd boyfriend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.

She also loved her 2nd boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.

The girl’s 1st boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first boyfriend. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!

One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, I now have four boyfriends with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone.’

Thus, she asked the 4th boyfriend, ‘I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?’

‘No way!’, replied the 4th boyfriend, and he walked away without another word.

His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.

The sad girl then asked the 3rd boyfriend, ‘I loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?’

‘No!’, replied the 3rd boyfriend. ‘Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to marry someone else!’

Her heart sank and turned cold.

She then asked the 2nd boyfriend, ‘I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?’

‘I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!’, replied the 2nd boyfriend. ‘At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.’

His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.

Then a voice called out: ‘I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.’

The girl looked up, and there was her first boyfriend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.

Greatly grieved, the girl said, ‘I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!’

In truth, you have 4 boyfriends in your lives.

Your 4th boyfriend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.

Your 3rd boyfriend is your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, it will all go to others.

Your 2nd boyfriend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.

And your 1st boyfriend is your Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.

However, your Soul is the only thing that will follow you where ever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout Eternity.

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Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.

People tend to take each other for granted, and believe that they have all the time in this world. No matter what you do for some people, they will still come back asking for more. Instead of being appreciative, and asking what they can do for you, it’s always what you can do for them. There are always some needs that they have. However, they never stop to wonder if you might also have any needs. These people have the “me, myself and I” kind of attitude.

You will continue to pour out all you have got to others, while instead of trying to think of a way to show their appreciation, and be a blessing to you, they instead find a way to criticize and tear you down. If you have done one wrong, instead of using a way to look at all the good you have done, they use that one bad to tear you down. As the saying goes, “when I do something good, no one remembers, but when I do something bad, no one forgets.”

It’s time you try to bless someone who has continually being a blessing to you, instead of finding a way to tear that person down. Sometimes people do not take responsibilities for their own actions. Instead of asking for forgiveness and take responsibilities for their actions, they find a way to blame the other person.

Go out and find someone you can bless today; whether it is someone who has consistently being a blessing to you, or someone you don’t even know. Life is short, today we are here, and tomorrow we are gone. It does not make any sense you cry your eyes out at someone’s funeral, and give all the roses you can afford. Notwithstanding, you did not try to acknowledge, appreciate, and be a blessing to that person while he or she was here with you.

Kiss and hug your husband, wife, spouse, children, siblings, other relatives, and friends. Tell them you love them and appreciate them. Find a way to make their day special, especially if that person is always giving to you, instead of finding a way to be offended by every little thing, and tear that person down. Look at all the good that person has done in your life, and has allowed you to accomplish.

Don’t give me roses when I am gone.

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