Leaving everything that doesn’t create spiritual growth
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:17a
Jesus want an Permanent home. Jesus don’t want be a visitor.
Your heart is not an airBNB just letting anybody or anything take space.
There is a thief that want to bust up in that dwelling place. You have to kick him out. Resist the devil and he will flee.
What’s dwelling in your heart that is causing Jesus to be crowded?
It’s take spiritual strength to kick someone out your heart. That affects the amount dwelling space in your heart. This is not a duplex. The is not two dwelling houses. You only can have one master!
Just like you don’t want certain people in your home.... your don’t want certain people or things in your heart!
Evict the spiritual squatters, let them know someone is home and his name is Jesus!
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Leaving the thoughts that don’t line up with God's purpose.
If we are thinking negative thoughts, defeating thoughts,
We are thinking like the natural man the only way to change the thought is thru the spirit. The Holy Spirit is given as a helper after you are in Christ.
“For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND and PURPOSES OF THE LORD, SO AS TO INSTRUCT H IM? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes].”
1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP
Remember the WWJD bracelets? We should be thinking WWJT? What would Jesus think?
Based on what we know to be true about Him? Would he be thinking so low, so down, so defeated? Will he say I can't?
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Proverbs 23:7a NKJV
Our thoughts have a lot to do with who we become.
““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.”
Isaiah 55:8 NKJV
Mind- Counsels and purposes
Sis, your mind and thoughts have the anointing of Christ
Make them obey!
Let’s look at Leaping away from being wise in our strength and plans
“Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the LORD ’ S purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).”
Proverbs 19:21 AMP
We make a lot of plans for our day, our menu, our budget, our 5 year plan, 10 year plan, we plan our wedding plan when we are going to have kids. We plan future
We purchase planner and write it all out.
But we must hold to the plan lightly because it is the Lord plan that will ultimately work out for our good.
How have you seen your plans fail only to see that the Lord had something better or bigger in the first place ?
Go ahead and make all the plans you want, but it’s the Lord who will ultimately direct your steps.
Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.”
Proverbs 16:1, 9 TPT
“The Lord has prepared everything for his purpose — even the wicked for the day of disaster.”
Proverbs 16:4 CSB
Knowing that He has planned everything for you and for His purposes, How might this change the way you “plan” your life?
All of your plans have to go through the sovereign God.
Does your plan line up with the will of God?
Plan lightly, He will accomplish rightly!
How do I leave everything that’s apart from my purpose in Christ ?
leave things the doesn’t
“Finally, believers, we ask and admonish you in the Lord Jesus, that you follow the instruction that you received from us about how you ought to walk and please God (just as you are actually doing) and that you excel even more and more [pursuing a life of purpose and living in a way that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation].”
1 Thessalonians 4:1 AMP
Our purpose is to walk and please God slave of Christ bought with a price
“Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:13 CSB
Spiritually alert self disciplined until Jesus returns
Prepare for understanding
To be calm and collected in the spirit
Control how you think
“I will run the way of Your commandments [with purpose], For You will give me a heart that is willing.”
Psalms 119:32 AMP
The Old Testament often tells us to be careful to obey; if you obey.
Obedience brings blessings
Lord make my heart willing to obey
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”
Psalms 51:12 NLT
“Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
Proverbs 3:7 CSB
God I don’t have this. I don’t know where ima going without you.
“This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent — Jesus Christ.”
John 17:3 CSB
“My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death,”
Philippians 3:10 CSB
We know him better by reading his word
Where in my life am I not pleasing God? has my mind been sober lately
Am I walking in obedience to Christ
How am I being wise in my own eyes?
What can I do to push into JEsus more?
Leap with Jesus
Leaving Everything Apart from Purpose
The purpose Jesus came was to do the will of the God
“For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.”
John 6:38 NLT
Jesus chose us over him. It wasn’t about him.
How often do we make our life plans for our purposes?
He wanted to bless us.
The purpose of God to bless mankind through Christ
He gives eternal life
“For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.””
John 6:40 NLT
He give us life right now
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
John 10:10 NLT
Each one has a purpose the enemy has one and Jesus has as one. Which one are you allowing to take over your life?
Has the enemy tried to steal, kill or destroy you?
Or Are you enjoying the abundance of the life JEsus has purposed for you?
His purpose is a content life, not a comfortable life.
To possess this purpose filled life, you must lean into the right pasture and the right shepherd.
Knowing the voice of the shepherd and where he is leading you.
Honor the shepherd to find your true purpose doing His will on that not of our own.
If you are living outside of God’s purpose, you are living outside God’s power.-Dr. Tony Evans
Culture offers us many opinions but we must choose not to imitate.
If we agree with the things that are against the word and the will of God. How can we be of Christ?
It’s obvious that we conform to something
Conform.. to conform one's self (i.e. one's mind and character) to another's pattern, (fashion one's self according to)
We copy the pattern of either the Word of the World
Conforming to culture requires imitation
Conforming to Christ offers transformation
Conforming to culture leaves us empty
Conforming to a Christ leaves you empowered
“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
Romans 12:2 TPT
Conforming to Culture spiritually deforms you. Stunts your growth.
Conforming to Christ spiritually transformed you. Matures your growth.
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Romans 12:1-2 MSG
When we began to fit in we no longer stand out. People should see you as different.
Conforming to culture chokes the Word leaving you unfruitful
Conforming to Christ you understand the Word leaving you fruitful
“Now the one sown among the thorns — this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
Matthew 13:22 CSB
“But the one sown on the good ground — this is one who hears and understands the word, who does produce fruit and yields: some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times what was sown.””
Matthew 13:23 CSB
Conforming to culture means you don’t love the Father and you crave the thing of the world.
Conforming to Christ you do what pleases the Father.
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
1 John 2:15-17 NLT
Conforming to Christ offers eternal rescue and a renewed spirit.
“Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.”
Galatians 1:4 NLT
“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”
Ephesians 4:23 NLT
Who is in your faith lineage ?
Who is that person that led you into the faith or a closer walk ?
Honoring our faith forefather: Abraham
The covenant for us as well.
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.””
Genesis 12:2-3 NLT
From the beginning all families were to be blessed.
This promise filled by the coming of Jesus and the new covenant. With his blood being shed on the cross. We are set free from the slavery of sin.
“After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”
Luke 22:20 NLT
✝️Our faith should be generational.
Passed on like all the other traditional things holidays recipes
✝️If we don’t they wont.
“After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.”
Judges 2:10 NLT
Another Joshua death the next generation that rose up didn’t even know the Lord or his works.
They had failed to tell of the work of the Lord and pass it down to the next
✝️On the other hand if we do we leaving a legacy for the kingdom
“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.”
2 Timothy 1:5 NLT
✝️A spiritual legacy has to start somewhere but it doesn’t have to end someone. It can move thru generations
“Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation.”
Joel 1:3 NLT
“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.”
Psalms 145:4 NLT
“Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.”
Psalms 22:30 NLT
✝️ These applies to your spiritual children or disciples that are no yours by blood
I’m weird when I watch movies. I type quotes, notes, and spiritual insight. It can be a Disney movie.I can see God in a lot of things.
I haven’t done a wisdom woman Wednesday in a while.
I rented this movie and watched with kids
I took my phone and wrote some notes.
“Imma be free or die”
When there is oppression you feel like this. You want to experience freedom or just die. Fight or flight.
“Walk like you got a right too”
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”
Ephesians 4:1 NLT
“God was watching but my feet were my own”
We can trust that He is but we have to make a move too.
“When trouble comes you’ll be ready”
Armor of God Ephesians 6
“Ain’t going nowhere until all my children” her daddy
Two of my favorite verse is shoot arrows and no greater joy
“Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.”
Psalms 127:4 NLT
“I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.”
3 John 1:4 NLT
“Rivers of living water flow through me”
“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’””
John 7:38 NLT
“What’s a man to a woman touched by God?”
That’s why it is so important to be equally yoked.
“I put all my attention on Him”
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Matthew 6:33 NLT
“God had other plans for me”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
“Don’t judge us we do we gotta do. Everyone can’t run”
Everyone doesn't want to be saved.
She wanted freedom from slavery for others.
While we can’t free people we can share our testimony, share the word and let God be God.
She listened to the voice of God. Followed his lead.
When Herod was going to kill the baby Jesus.Joseph followed the voice and leading of God and we have a Savior.
Be attentive to the Holy Spirit and his leading he will teach you all things
Why are some black millennials not going to church ? Why is black church full of rules and stigmas?
Why do we cause division over domination and the race and style of your pastor?
We focus on the following of man vs the following of the Word.
I can wear whatever I want to church and still praise Him.
I don’t need on a suit, pantyhose, and hat to qualify to be in the house of the Lord
That’s why young people don’t want to come to church because some of them are wounded by man-made traditions passed down.
“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”
Colossians 2:8 NLT
Let’s pass the true gospel down.
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.”
Colossians 2:13-14 NLT
Going to church is somehow your good deed for you to have a better week.
Checkbox I’m done. Just took a word to the car that ain’t gonna make it to the stoplight or pass lunch.
Keep it in the four walls. I’m serving on the usher board, flower committee, all these committees but in the workplace or school not telling no one about Jesus.
Choir robes ✅
A lot screaming and not a lot of Scripture. ✅
A lot of praising no changed hearts. 🤦🏽♀️
I never heard missions or missionaries until I got to a multi cultural church.
Jesus said ...Go into all nations
Quiet time what’s that? Jesus did it. “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”
Mark 1:35 NLT
Confront a sister on her sin ? Never. Let’s throw condemnation on her. Let’s just talk about her.
No one told me there was no condemnation Romans 8:1
I lived with feeling condemnation for my sexual sins and wedlock pregnancy for years. Because I broke the rules.
I’m not saying black is worse or white is better. I’m saying the difference being at a multicultural church was profound and it changed my life 10 years ago.
But what I noticed is people getting saved. Giving their life to Christ. What I saw was baptism. I learned about true community and I was shown how to study the word of God on my own.
It’s time for this stuck in our ways days to be done. So we can truly grow the next generations. Because when sister Williams and Brother Johnson die will they little grands be the church.
Joshua had seen the Lord do what He promised
How have you deviated from Truth?
Cling tightly to what the Lord had done
Is your cling light or tight?
He drove out and no one was able to defeat the
Be very careful to love the lord
Disobedience bring disaster
Where have you seen your disobedience bring disaster?
They were free people
He reminds them of all the victories the Lord had given . Showing himself trustworthy and faithful.
So as a result
But you have a choice, what will you choose?
It’s not other nations little gods that we chose, it power, love, success, money, people, that become our idols or little gods.
Joshua made a commitment.
How will your decision affect your circle of influence ?
5 G’s of Singleness
Wise waiting on Love ❤️
Boaz was the pursuer
“The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.”
Proverbs 18:22 NLT
Boaz protects her
Boaz recognized her strengths
Boaz warned the men not to mistreat her
Boaz recognized Ruth and what she had been for Naomi
Boaz spoke blessing over her
Ruth realized this is a God fearing man
She know she worthy and wife material
Ruth had character, compassion ,and courage
She was know for her loyalty.
She was courageous enough to wait.
She was in the right place at the right time.
So while you are waiting or dating,
Make sure to focus on building a relationship with Christ one that can be recognized by a man.
Guard your heart. Don’t be going to a bunch of harvest fields
Pray for the right places you should be.
Pray for your future spouse.
Pray for God fearing man not a Good man
Focus on spiritual growth.
Allow older women to speak into your life
Study the Proverbs 31 virtues
Wait on the Lord
“a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit.
1 Corinthians 7:34 NLT
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
True love is always demonstrated by action.
Patient is long suffering. Endures for a long time
Kind -simple acts of kindness
Not jealous. Cain wanted Abels blessing and he killed for it
Boastful. Loving actions just to show off.
Pride “looking for glory” to look like love
Proud...self focused not needs of others has a big head
Not demand its own way-my way or the highway love looks at the interest of others
Provoked or irritated- sin not love. Kept Moses from the promised land
Keeps no record of wrongs- let it go !
Stands on the truth not injustice
Bear all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
1 Peter 4:8 (CSB) Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Spiritual maturity test put your name in this scripture to see how well you do
“I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.”
Psalms 31:7 NLT
We are to be responsive to His unfailing love.
Be glad and rejoice..Jesus loves ME I don’t need no one else
He sees our troubles, our hurts and our pain.
He knows when something is stressing us out
He knows our soul..loved me and cared for me
No one but Jesus can meet the needs of our soul
What is the soul? Self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion
People may know you based on your outward demeanor, but the inside is only visible by Jesus.
So why do people claim to have a “soulmate” ? What if you and your “soulmate” break up, divorce then what do you no longer have a mate or a soul?
God knows our soul best=He is the soulmate
He loves those who love Him
““I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.”
Proverbs 8:17 NLT
Search out Him, sis
His love is unquenchable
“Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.”
Song of Songs 8:7 NLT
Them chocolates flowers and cards don’t have nothing on His love
Nothing can separate us from His love
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”
Romans 8:35 NLT
No matter what you have done,been through Jesus wants to be with You
He is indeed the lover of your soul. You are known loved cared
They had religion instead of relationship
If the message of Christ is near...why is so many far away?
Salvation is as close to your lips and your heart
Christ ended the law.. so stop checking boxes
If you confess... I agree with you God, I’m jacked up I need Jesus I need a savior I agree with you that Jesus died rose and is coming again
Not just that He exist but that He was resurrected
When we believe in your hearts, you are saved
The Chew: Believe and Declare
And if you are already saved share with someone.
Only the spirit can produce in us the want to stay in our faith, dependable and persevere through our trials
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
Galatians 5:22 NLT
“Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Proverbs 3:3 CSB
Inside and out. Character
Noah Can God trust you with building something?
Abraham Can God send you to unfamiliar places?
Moses Can God trust you in the wilderness?
Job What if he takes everything from you ?
Daniel Can you walk in the dens of lions?
David Are you willing to walk up to your Goliath?
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.”
Psalms 118:29 CSB
“if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13 CSB
A faithful heart remains no matter how big or small
Matt 25: 20-23
““The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’”
Matthew 25:23 NLT
A faithful heart is blessed
“A faithful person will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.”
Proverbs 28:20 CSB
The Chew is Heb 11:6
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6 CSB
A thankful heart prays
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
Colossians 4:2 NLT
Having Attitude of gratitude
Why is prayer often connected with a thankful heart?
When you are thankful your focus is not on the problem.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
Philippians 4:6 NLT
A thankful heart praises
“I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods.”
Psalms 138:1 NLT
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”
Colossians 3:16 NLT
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity.”
Psalms 107:15 CSB
“giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Ephesians 5:20 CSB
The Digest: How often are you praying ? How often are you praising?
The Chew: Watching, Worship, Wait
A wise heart
A wicked heart
It’s Heart Health Month♥️
Let’s talk about the spiritually healthy heart
The Healthy Heart confess and believes
“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.”
Romans 10:9-10 CSB
The Healthy Heart is New
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Ezekiel 36:26 CSB
The Healthy Heart is Obedient
The Healthy Heart loves God, serves God, loves the people of God
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NIV
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.””
John 13:35 NIV
If your heart is not in right relation with God, you are not in right relation with anyone else
The Healthy Heart Seeks God
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalms 51:10 NIV
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”
Psalms 51:10 NLT
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.””
1 Samuel 16:7 CSB
“And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.”
1 Timothy 2:9-10 NLT
Don’t judge a person based on what you see.
Only God can judge because he sees the heart.
Focus on the inside, out will follow. Glow up!
What is your heart’s attitude ?
Does my heart match my outfit?
Chew: Dress well inside