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THREE AMAZING YEARS!!!

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Alleluia!!! So much can happen in three years. Even further, so much can be accomplished in three years if Christ JESUS is holding the reins. Three years ago, HIS Majesty God and Creator of the universe said write and write I did. It was on the cusp of a sad news I heard, the tragic death of a beloved Pastor that this amazing snare snapping, bondage breaking site was born! The writing was always in me. I have been writing since I was 5 years old, but this dimension was set rolling 3 years ago. From the incredible feedback and hits this site got, I obeyed my call and God did HIS thing (as always).

I don’t know where OfGodthegospelandglamour/grace goes from here, but I know the ONE who inspired it does. My heartfelt and sincere thanks to all who partook and atimes ruminated on what was served on this special palate. You were a part of divine history, strategically and systematically positioned to affect humanity. Never let anyone tell you differently. I have been blessed with other platforms to feed, and the weight is full. The Esther Project, the Daniel, the David, the Joseph and the list goes on. But I have been bountifully equipped, prepared, sharpened and polished for such a time as this…. To whom much is given, much is required and it is all good!!!

Thank you once again for reading, distributing and believing. Your reward He prepares and He will dispense it even at this side of eternity.

God bless you.

SPIRIT, souls and sKinful strategies…

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“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
John 4:22-24

I just read a blog from a fellow blogger and ‘blogger friend’ that sent the chills down my spine. It talked about a Methodist preacher who was raised in a Christian home, with a preacher for a father. The blog started at the point in her life, when she denounced Christ, forsook Christianity and declared herself an ‘Atheist‘. You may wonder like me how a preacher could suddenly become not just an unbeliever but a proudly professing atheist. The Holy Spirit immediately showed me the correlation (my ever-present teacher :)).

In the woman’s (the preacher) testimony, she stated that she had studied to prove certain scriptures. Not studying the word of God, so that the Holy Spirit can expound His knowledge to her, but studying with her mind to figure out and understand in her flesh the workings of the most magnificent phenomenon that humanity could ever experience the holy work of the Spirit of God. In imploring the mind and flesh to explain and present the work of the Spirit of God, she read herself into a reprobate mind, unrepentant-disbelief and eventually eternal damnation. Below is an excerpt of her own words, on a podium before hundreds or perhaps thousands of people:

“I’m an active pastor, and I’m also an atheist,” she says. “I live a double life. I feel pretty good on Monday, but by Thursday — when Sunday’s right around the corner — I start having stomach-aches, headaches, just knowing that I got to stand up and say things that I no longer believe in and portray myself in a way that’s totally false.”

God gave me a revelation last night that broke my heart. But then again my broken heart is of no use to a person with a hardened heart. How is it that people end up in a place called hell and what exactly is hell? And more importantly, how can a God who is love send people to hell? Well let me attempt to answer these questions or at least shed some light on these lines of thought. Despite the burning inferno that is hell, what makes it hopeless is not the heat and other destructive and/or torturous elements. What makes hell hopeless is that it is eternal separation from the only One who cared enough to forsake all momentarily, lay down His life to purchase hope and healing for a sin-filled, sin-sick world. You see for a person to end up in hell, they made a decision to spend eternity without God.  That decision could have been made by words, by deeds and definitely perpetual and/or UN-repentant wicked actions, and a self accepted lifestyle of sin.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Yes I know some may have mouthed off certain words in group prayer and sang hymns in church or even serve in ministry. But their heart was granite the whole time. With every carnal strategy, deceptive-dealings, fleshly programs and rejection of the grace of God is a step closer to a reprobate, violently stubborn and degenerate mind.  Know this without a doubt, GOD is love and always will be. He will still love the people who chose to go to hell. He just won’t override their wills. He gave it freely and He in faithfulness will not take it back. The separation they chose would have to be honored. Choose well today and I pray you choose life.

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”
Deuteronomy 30:18-20

LET’S TALK ABOUT… (2)

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“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:2-4

Okay, here we go again. I had to go there, the one topic that is like a taboo in the house of God ‘ain’t it‘ (said with a British accent). Well I just want to share something that I do not think a lot of people know. I won’t be preaching, that is for the Pastors to do and for us to check out like the ‘Bereans‘ and receive by faith. I learnt as a little girl, that ‘however you make your bed so you will lie on it’, literally! So I straightened my bed so perfectly in boarding school, I could have been a poster child for OCD :). My intent was simple I did not want to have to lay down on nasty and crinkled covers. So I furiously smoothed and straightened. As I grew up, I learned to apply that simple formula to everything including my spiritual life. Yes our righteousness is of Christ, but at some point we need to start living out the work that was accomplished for us at Calvary and not trample it underfoot; like swine before pearls.

I met a wonderful lady not too long ago. We had not known each other for a long time but we clicked real good, intellectually, relationally and emotionally. She was not a believer, but respected my faith , lifestyle and even welcomed some of my admonition out of respect for the fact that I was walking the talk and because she believed herself to be religious. She was such a lovely human being, that we would literally agree on anything that was common sense and of common good. However, there was one area where we never agreed, therefore my input nor God’s word was hardly solicited. My sweet friend moved in with her then fiance. Howbeit, they were already planning a wedding. I told her how I felt, she said she knew, but every one was doing it and she was not the one who was saved, I WAS! Truthfully said.

“We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.” 1 Corinthians 10:7-9

Nevertheless, shortly after that time, my friend got pregnant. Had incredible life threatening complications, all as she started a new job and planned her wedding. It was stressful just watching her and I prayed she did not lose her baby. Needless to say, the whole experience went by as an unwanted chore, a stressful commitment and a painful blur for her. This was simply because things were done backwards to please the flesh, excite the devil and dishonor God’s word. I worried that by her wedding day, she would have had enough of all the well wishers milling around and sent us all to oblivion in exhaustion and irritation. She would be wielding a machete if need be, because of a high stress level and a high risk pregnancy! I looked at the situation and concluded one more time; that GOD’S BOUNDARIES ARE  REALLY FOR OUR OWN GOOD!!! The ‘machete episode’ would have been made worse by me in the same situation. So I was happy to sit at Jesus feet abiding by His ways. Imagine me inspiring the caption: “Bride wields a bloody sword at wedding reception…” Get the picture?

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;” 1 Thessalonians 4:2-4

Here is the spiritual connotation of intimacy outside of marriage and unequal yoking ( Saved and Unsaved Coupling and relationships): There is always a loss of something deep in the soul and an exchange and trading of all its plaguing issues. That means without the legal protection of a real marriage and crossing the lines and protection of salvation, you inherit the other persons demons, curses, illnesses, shortcomings, failures and personality disorders (not necessarily in that order or quantity but enough). There will definitely be a legal transaction that would make the partakers cringe if they ever saw it. It is never good. Yes, I have seen otherwise reasonable and adorable people turn foolish, sociopathic, proud and so dark you could get lost in the hopeless abyss that is their soul. The bible warns us about hurting ourselves with sexual immorality because unlike other sins, this destroys inwardly first. It eventually drains, alters and withers those that partake of it. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:17-19

Having said all that, consider if each partner had multiple partners. That means the partners may as well have been with their partner’s partners. The swap continues and don’t even begin to imagine the medical consequences…

“Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 9:20-21

‘Nabalistic’ Notions

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“When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.” 1 Samuel 25:38-40

…And they lived happily ever after. I could end the story before it begins, with the luscious passage above. The name Nabal the bible tells us, stands for ‘fool’ and the bearer displayed nothing outside of that premise. Warning after warning, cajoling after cajoling, blessing after blessing he was not the wiser or discerner of the opportunities, that God had laid out for him. I do not believe he was a fool just because of his practices or the vile way he lived. I believe the greatest display of his foolishness, was the way he treated David and his men (a type of godly people).

Time and again, God allowed opportunities for Nabal to rouse himself from his drunken stupor, but all he did was wallow in it mindlessly and hopelessly as he defied Abigail and condemned David. Do you know of any Nabal today? Are there people who word after word, caution upon caution, they laugh you to scorn and return to their vile wicked ways as they spew lies, deceit and defilement. By the time a person gets to that point, you know that their heart is now reprobate and all pleasantries will fall on deaf ears. The bible said Nabal’s heart grew cold and then the inevitable end. “and his heart failed him and he became like a stone.” 1 Samuel 25:36-38“About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died.”  1 Samuel 25:37-39

Child of God tell the truth and leave the rest to God. While Nabal parties with like-minded people who will without fail reap their portion along with him. “When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak.” 1 Samuel 25:35-37  I wonder if every time Abigail moved to warn him he hit her or belittled her, who knows? Nabal’s notion was that he had always lived this way, and will always live that way successfully. Unbeknownst to him, mocking God and his servants was futile… 

“And now, my lord, as surely as the LORD your God lives and as you live, since the LORD has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.” 1 Samuel 25:25-27

Supernatural Star Search

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“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2 Chronicles 16:8-10

The LORD Himself is diligently and thoroughly on a ‘star search’ quest. The idea did not originate from us. The idea with much help from Satan was corrupted by us. Ours is corrupted, because the criteria is different; it is self-serving and self-glorifying. It heals, helps and delivers no one (not even ourselves!). Its main form of fuel and energy is good old pride. Yes the Lord is looking for some to bless, favor, exalt and then categorically place on a pedestal that they might lift His name on high, and subsequently draw all men unto Him. “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” Romans 11:4-6  Even Jesus Christ who was God in flesh made an incredible statement: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” John 6:37-39  Basically, God calls and uses those who will diligently go about His business and He blesses and lifts them up as they do.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my GodZechariah 13:8-9

How about my ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ some poor soul may cry! When do I get to shine? Well honestly I do not know of a greater beam of light to herald a mortal man than that of the LIGHT of the World’ that is Jesus Christ. Everyone has a free will to pursue or bring about any course of decision or direction for their lives. Be it by manipulation, scheming or plotting. But the Lord would rather we chose His way, which is guaranteed and insured. And should His name be tagged in our projects, then it should be backed by His Spirit and emanate a fragrance that is undeniably Christlike. This cannot be attained without a pure and contrite heart that results from a broken spirit and a surrendered life. I really wish I could tell that poor chagrined soul, that there was a short cut. “Has not my hand-made all these things, (talents, gifts and what-have-you, ‘italics mine’) and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:1-3

When God was sending Samuel to go and anoint a new king for Israel, God let His servant the prophet know that he had already found someone. God did not depend on man’s election and voting system. He certainly did not ask for man’s opinion or approval nor employ the tactics of a public relations officer. He sent His servant on an already completed task. God knew who He wanted and why as was noted in the book of the ‘Acts of the Apostle’. All that Samuel needed to do was perform and demonstrate on earth something that had already taken place in heaven selah!. “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:21-23  Did you note the secret behind God’s selection; “… he will do everything I (God) want him to do.”  

Just like David who was in the back woods of the stage, slaying the seemingly meaningless lion and bear with no encouragement or applause, save the watchful eyes of Jehovah Shamma (the ever-present God). These Holy Ghost stars have been trained and prepared in the fire of purification. The have been in the valley of tears and the crucible of affliction, and through it all they have learnt to not only trust in the Lord their God but that He was to be the Master of their lives. Therefore, by the time Goliath made his loud and lofty appearance, David knowing who his God was and what He was capable of doing; ran fearlessly and brazenly to defeat the giant. “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands… and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the people on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 14:1-3

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:17-19

May our testimony, reward and honor be that God’s Spirit is upon us and He has chosen us to serve HIM!

Soul Sale (The Profit Margin)

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“If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Luke 4:6-8

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:35-37

I recently watched three separately recorded video clips sent to me by an entertainment industry insider. It showed on separate occasions three mega-superstars each declaring blatantly or subtly that they had ‘sold their souls to the devil’. Many giggled and thought that the absurdity of those declarations must have been pun intended. The severity of the camouflaged laments or cries for help were eventually reduced to bad or poorly selected jokes. What was even more bone chilling was that one of those mega-stars went ahead to say that the result of the ‘soul transaction’ was more money, toys and fame. I knew right away in my gut that he was not doing stand-up comedy.

The Bible (inspired word of God) tells us that Satan is the god of this world. When God the Creator cast Lucifer down from the heavens, he relegated him quite some power and authority. The devil was very much aware of this, so aware that he had the guts and steely nerve to approach Jesus Christ after our Savior’s forty days fast in the wilderness. He made Jesus Christ an offer of what had been given to him. Stating that if Christ (God in flesh) would reverse roles and worship him (the devil) he would be greatly rewarded in this world. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”  Luke 4:5-7

Jesus never argued the authenticity of the devil’s claim to owning the world. But He referred to the Scriptures for verification of who was in ultimate control and was to be worshiped. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.Today, are you in agreement with Jesus that He (God) alone should be worshiped?

So many have made that transaction like the aforementioned superstars in the first paragraph. The flesh while very much alive devices a plan to glorify itself and then presents it at God’s altar; demanding howbeit religiously that God bless the Spirit-void itinerary. Of course the Holy Spirit never adorns that which is not born of God. Thus a door is opened for Satan to come in and make his seemingly easy and ever-ready offer.

Does God not use and bless His people, one might ask. Absolutely! In His will, His way and His time. The end result is deliverance, freedom and peace for first the person being used, then an outpouring  to all affected. How can we now tell when it is of the devil or of God; ” … be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:17-19

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:15-17

The Real Picture of Humble (And The Typo in Pride)

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“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-8

When I was a tad bit younger than I am right now :), being ‘humble‘ was in the eyes and perception of the beholder and perceiver. It had absolutely nothing to do with the only ONE who would have the accurate definition. As the scripture verse above detects, the heart which is seen by God alone determines a person’s state of humility or the lack thereof.

So human beings chose to attribute humility to the person that least intimidated them. Or better still if you purposely chose tattered apparel over good existing ones and walked around with a mope, then you were humble. If you chose a state of misery with disregard to God’s offer of  ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’ and perpetually embraced a disposition of failure then you were humble.

“Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate…” Joel 2:12-14

Based on the above scenario; picture what could be attributed to someone who was the opposite of that description. The blessings and the favor of God on their life would be a constant  force of contention with those who had not learnt who they were in Christ Jesus. Their obedience to “… take no thought of what…” becomes disdained by others. Their desire to be all that the Lord has ordained for their life is described as pride…

“So that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Luke 2:34-36

Let us find out once and for all from God’s own words how to detect and promote humility while dealing a death-blow to pride in all its forms, camouflage and deceits.

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”  2 Chronicles 16:8-10

“Has not my hand-made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
Isaiah 66:1-3

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-7

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord…” 1 Peter 3:14-16

“Acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:8-10

Now is that not a great promise to hope for…

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