Prepare a Feast

 

 

 

 

Hallelujah Everyone!

 

As we’re getting closer to the Thanksgiving season, I’m beginning to hear my kids anticipate what we’ll be having for Thanksgiving dinner – because in spite of being sacred health coordinator, I do fix a traditional meal for Thanksgiving with the sides and the turkey and ham and all the trimmings.  My kids are especially fond of my sweet potato soufflé and their excited and while their excited about it but while their upstairs asleep in the wee hours of the morning, they don’t really know all the work that it takes to pull off a meal like that.  I’m up early preparing the Turkey and the Ham because I like to eat everything fresh.  I put the greens and the blackeye peas on the night before so they can cook long and are tender by the time we eat.  I do my stuffing and my cornbread in the morning so it can be fresh, I do the soufflé and then my mac and cheese and rolls right before we sit down at the table so the cheese is still nice and soft and after that I bake any cakes, pies and desserts so while we’re finishing our meal, the desserts are coming out of the oven and all the sweet smells in the house makes their mouths water and the first bite just causes their eyes roll back in your head.  So as they’re sitting there eating the result of all my hard work, they don’t have any idea about the preparation it took to prepare the meal for them.  The hours I send at the grocery store getting all the ingredients, going from store to store seeing who has the best greens and green beans, searching for the pumpkin cheese cake, getting the right spices, and if I forget something I’m back at the grocery store two or three times in a day or I send Bro. Joe back up there to get the cranberry sauce because I don’t want the person at the checkout counter saying are you back again.  And after it’s all over and my kids say why does it taste so good, I always tell them because I make everything with love.

So while I was meditating all of that, this scripture in Exodus 5:1 really connected with me.  It’s when Moses and Aaron was petitioning Pharaoh to let Israel go:  It says,

  1. Exodus 5:1      – which says

And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

It’s interesting that God would ask them to hold a feast for Him when it didn’t look like they had anything to offer him.  They were in bondage and slaves.  What could they possibly offer him to feast on?  They were oppressed and depressed, afflicted.  Those characteristics don’t sound like the ingredients for a feast.  But what they didn’t know at the time was that God already knew what he had in store for His people.  He had already told Moses the plans he had for their deliverance.  Even though they were in slavery at the time and fought and complained ever step of the way.  God was about to set them free and set-them up so that they didn’t leave Egypt empty handed.

The next message He sent to Pharaoh was….in Exodus 7:16 and repeated in Exodus 8:1 & Exodus 8:20

  1. Exodus 7:16

And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness:

Exodus 8:1

And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

  1. Exodus 8:20

And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

The NIV interprets Exodus 7:16 in this way:

Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness.  

I had to ask myself, “Is my worship a feast unto the Lord or is it famine?”  In other words can the Lord be full and satisfied from my worship or would he starve from the praise that I’m offering him?

FRIDAY FEVER

Hallelujah Everyone!

Psalm 95:6

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

 

 

I have a quick cure for Friday Fever!

PRAISE THE LORD FOR STARBUCKS CHOCOLATE CHAI TEA LATTE!

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Psalm 22:19

But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.

Hallelujah Everyone!

I’m just coming off of a busy day.  It was non stop.   I feel like when you’ve eaten so much that you’re full and all you can do is push yourself away from the table and rub your stomach.   It’s the kind of feeling that you have when you crave more but you know if you take one more bite you’ll explode.

Isaiah 29:8

It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite:

 

OOHLICIOUS………

Psalm 150

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!

Hallelujah Everyone!

I had lunch with a friend today.  We both had Friday Fever.   While sitting there drooling over our half eaten chocolate chip cheesecake, we coined a new word…OOHLICIOUS.  Let me give you the definition:

OOHLICIOUS:  Something commonly breathtakingly splendid.

Remember you heard it here first!

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Indivisible

Psalm 98:1

O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things:

 

Hallelujah Everyone!

 

I was at a restaurant last night and met a guy with an remarkable name.  His name was Othello.  Anyone who has studied Shakespearean history knows this is the name of the Moorish General in the Venetian army in Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice.  This is the first time I’ve come across anyone in my walk in life with this name so meeting him was very interesting to me.  Also, earlier that evening, I was at a friend’s house and we were also talking about names.  He asked a very intriguing question.  He asked a group of us that were gathered in the room, “What do they call us now?”  Of course, he was talking about the evolution of Blacks in America.  He started exploring the different names that Blacks have been called over numerous years.   “What are we today?”  He asked.  “Are we people of color, African-Americans, Colored people, Black People?  What are we today?”  Then he brought up people of mixed races, like Tiger Woods and Jennifer Lopez.   He mentioned people of other races like Eminem, Miley Cyrus, and Justin Beaver.  The conversation began to take on a life of its own when he mentioned the racial overtones of the “N” word and the mindset of racial name calling among blacks and whites in American.  The legacy from NWA, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog to Kwane and Jay-Z was mentioned which sparked an even more lively conversation about the concept of marketing and branding in the entertainment world.  I don’t have time to go into the details behind all that but I can tell you the most engaging question of the night was, “What do you call yourself when you’re tired of being called what people say you are and you’re not?”  With this question, he circled back around to the question he initially posed in the being of his questioning about the evolution of Blacks in America.  We kidded and laughed about it but the concept is very real.

What do you do when you’re experiencing an identity crisis?  How can you figure out who you are without knowing where you’ve come from?  What about those with low self-esteem?  The bible answers that question for us. “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”  (Galatians 3:26-28).

Why can’t people transcend the physical into a more spiritual understanding?  The oneness we have in Christ is more than our many differences.  Why can’t people see the absence of color and be loving brothers and sisters in the family of God?  Why don’t people learn to shed the names that have brought hurt and pain to others in the past?  Why can’t we drop the heavy burdensome names that people call one another and endeavor to esteem others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3).  Every living thing has value.  We all want to be loved and respected.  Nobody should be made to feel as though they don’t count and that their lives don’t matter.  Even nobody is somebody to someone.  Is anybody hearing me?

 

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H e l l e r r r T.D Jakes … How u durnin’

Psalm 107:1

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Hallelujah Everyone!
I hope you’re having a blessed day in the Lord.

I happened to come across this story on blackamericaweb.com today.  It’s so nice that Tyler Perry donated $1M to Bishop Jakes to help him build his youth center.  I guess a $1M donation would make any pastor pass out!

 

 

May God bless you Madea (I mean Tyler)!

Check out the full story here:  http://blackamericaweb.com/162338/tyler-perry-lays-hands-on-td-jakes-following-megafest-donates-1-million-to-youth-center/

BTW – If you have an extra $1M to donate, I’d like to introduce you to my Bishop as well!!!

 

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LIVE NO LIMITS

I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord and sing praises unto thy name!

Psalm 18:49

Hallelujah Everyone!

Live No Limits

I heard a very inspiring word today about living life without limits.  I’ve often wondered what it means to live without limits.  What would it feel like to live without any roadblocks or obstacles in the way of living a successful life?   I don’t know about you but when I stop to think about it, it seems like more people tell you what you can’t do verse empowering you to live beyond your potential.  How many times have you been told that you’ll never be able to do something?  Have you ever had someone tell you what you can’t be or what you can’t do?  People will discourage you from living out your dreams.  Well, the message I heard today reminded me that doubts will only stop you if you let them.

I remember once when I was faced with a challenging project that I just couldn’t find a solution to what I needed to accomplish,  I turned to a familiar scripture in Philippians 4:13 which says, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  I tried to walk in that victory but it seemed that I was still being defeated.  It wasn’t until the spirit whispered to my heart to turn the scripture around.  Instead of saying I can do all things through Christ, I started saying Christ can do all things through me.  The more I repeated the verse in reverse the more empowered I became.  It’s not by my power or might that I am able to do things but it is by His power and His might; so now, when I think about living life without limits it makes sense to me (Zechariah 4:6).

Life without limits means doing whatever God has equipped you to do without fear of failing because there is no failure in God (Joshua 1:8).   It means going wherever you want to go without fear stopping you from achieving your goals (2 Timothy 1:7).  It means living life knowing that God will open doors of success for you (Revelation 3:8).   Even when you feel like giving up, you know that the Lord will give you strength (2 Corinthians 12:10).  How inspiring it is to know that God has taken the boundaries out of our way.  Faith has no boundaries.  We can believe that we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39).

When you feel that you’ve reached your limits and roadblocks are stopping you from reaching your goals, remember the Lord is able to give you much more ( 2 Chronicles 25:9)His love for us has no limits (John 3:16).

Hallelujah Sista!

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I AM NOT DEFEATED!!!

Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

 

Hallelujah Everyone!

I will bless the Lord!  Bless the Lord at all times!!!

I hope you had an excellent workshop experience today.

 

Make it Sing

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;

14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.

 

Hallelujah Everyone!

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!!  For He is worthy to be praised.

I think one of my most favorite songs of all time is Yes Jesus Loves Me. Just hearing it is comforting.  When I’m sad and feeling a little down, I’m glad to know the Lord loves me and still cares for me.  There’s something about praise that not only ushers His presence into your predicament but it also lifts your spirit as well.  I remember the story of David and how as he was being perused by King Saul that David took a  harp, and played so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him (1 Samuel 16:23).  I can imagine what an awesome musician David had to be.  David knew the key to peace was in the spirit.   He retreated inside of himself and brought out so many lovely words and beautiful Psalms.

It is awesome to know that praising the Lord manifests His glory.  It produces power.  It gives us peace.  Have you ever gone all the way into worship when the feeling of His presence filled the sanctuary?  It’s an awesome experience.  When we give Him praise He gives us peace.  Like in 1 Chronicles 13:8 where the Bible says, “And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.”  I know some people say that David was a true worshiper but I say that David was a true praiser.  I guess the same can be said for both things.  His praise was his worship and his worship was his praise.  His praise had drawing power.  When he praised, it drew God’s presence close to him.  It drew God near to him and it drew people near to God.  It is not enough to draw near to him with our words unless we are judged as the Lord spoke in Isaiah, “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me (Isaiah 29:13)We must draw near to Him with love in our hearts. What better way to express our love for Him than in a love song sung to Him.  I also love the scripture in Zephaniah 3:17 which says, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” It’s like a duet.  We are singing in perfect unity and perfect harmony to produce perfect peace.

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