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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Is The Mirror A True Reflection of You?

Man in the mirror
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13


When looking in the mirror do you like what you see? Does the looking-glass reflect a person full of joy, a strong self-assured individual capable of conquering all or perhaps you see so called flaws and blemishes? Do you get mad and search the abyss in your mind for change or simply sulk and do nothing? What ever seen I do believe God and the man in the mirror hold the key to change.

At one point in life we have all stared at our reflected images trying to find answers of questions; how this happened, why certain decisions where made and the infamous what’s in the future? We also turn our heads pretending, like Alice in Wonderland, that fantasy is reality. I recall as a child how I would peer into double reflections of mirrors in dressing rooms trying to see beyond the double exposed likeness of me. The illusion of an infinite image was fascinating. It was endless seeming to be everlasting!

The mirror can tell a lot about yourself; it displays character, emotions, feelings and it forces you to examine self. Mirrors allow you to converse with self while brushing your teeth or just being plain silly; make funny faces or cry to release pain. Mirrors are silent partners that permit us to self-diagnose the gray hair, weight, why teeth are crooked, where did those pimples come from, should you pop or attempt to cover them up? Whatever your personal perception; be it negative, positive, vain, superficial, vibrant or withdrawn you where created in the likeness of God which means you are ruler of all creatures and further more a conqueror who can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. However, to achieve and receive one has to first believe. To begin this new dawning it starts with the Man in the Mirror by making up one’s mind to do so.

Mirror, mirror on the wall reveals that you are the best! This animate object can provide truthful answers provided you step back and take a look at yourself in a full length mirror. When dressing in your Sunday’s Best, examine self from head to toe and realize that “When one door of happiness closes, another opens”. [Helen Keller]. In life, we have looked so long in cracked mirrors and at closed doors, that we do not see the obvious clear image. With an understanding that you will look long and hard one can see and feel like a million bucks. The spirit of God is in you providing strength to do all things. It all starts with the man in the mirror so make that change.

Tigner J.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Angry and stirring up dissension

Whoso is slow to anger [is] of great understanding, And whoso is short in temper is exalting folly Proverbs 14:29

Anger is the most misunderstood human emotion. Anger can cause people to block their feelings or lash out with aggression. I’m not a psychiatric consultant but it appears many suffer from anger based on circumstances, self-pity, being mistreated, or just mad at the world. I have to also believe another contributing factor is people placing trust in material things, intangible desires and jobs. When life runs amuck, people look for someone to blame and release their rage.

The mindset of countless Americans is complacency in life, be it good or bad. Opposed to stepping out in faith and taking God’s word to heart, they rely on others, government or jobs as their lifeline and when corporations shut down, or lay-off employees, anger positions itself in those who feel let down. In such situations, betrayed individuals become enraged thus triggering their bundled emotions to fester into increased Alcohol and drug usage as well as other forms of aggression which can lead to slaying employers, co-workers, snuffing family members out as well as taking their own life all in the name of anger.

Through out the Old Testament God had plenty to be boiling with rage, yet he always found a way to be compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding with love and faithfulness. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires James 1:19-20. In total contrast of what God spoke and Jesus preached, society has relied upon their own knowledge for so long many have turned their back on God. They have become complacent with life/jobs until havoc knocks them down and anger creeps into the spirit. What is really needed is an orchestrated effort of doubters to visit with the one doctor who can cure all infirmities; Jesus the Christ.

God clearly tells us not to lean up on our own understandings or depend on others but place our trust in the Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we deviate from this source there is destined to be chaos. Disgruntled souls filled with hopelessness seek all forms of anger relievers, everything accept the main source Jesus Christ. I venture to say if people would take time to crack open God’s medical book call the bible, meditate upon on his word a lot of wrath can be eradicated. Stop banking on your own knowledge, placing faith in man, jobs, and material things but into the one who created all, God!  It’s a daily work in progress to be in God’s will and to overcome anger. Trust in His word, allow God to show you His ways and direct your path based on his truth!

I encourage all to seek God, pray, call upon his name and develop a relationship. Stop letting the days of your life pass you by because of anger, get up get out and do something stop letting the days of your life pass you by!

Tigner J.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Changing your past can restore your future!

The LORD is merciful and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. - Psalm 103:8-12

If there was a device that could transport you back in time where would you go? If you could change the hands of time what would you do or what situations would you change while taking this fantastic voyage? Do over college days, right any wrongs, recant statements of regret, apologize to those you hurt mentally and physically or people/Christians you chose not to help?

Though it has been tried, there are no gadgets, teleports or machines to turn back the hands of time. However, there is a panacea which corrects past encounters, wrongdoings, and mistakes. It is the process of seeking forgiveness for ourselves as well as others through God’s word. From God’s Grace and Mercy, He has allowed us the opportunity to request forgiveness by praying and submitting ourselves to him. Contrary to popular belief, most people omit a crucial part of forgiving which is forgetting. Repeatedly we have heard, “I will forgive but I will not forget!” People apply forgiveness and forgetting like oil and water by separating the two. But according to God’s word the two ingredients are inseparable. The only way to forgive is to forget, you cannot have one without the other. Sure many will argue there is no way I will never forget, we read it on bumper stickers in regards to 9/11, women often chant this as their mantra against men who have ‘scorned’ them and the list goes on and on. When it’s all said and done before you can move into a more blessed filled life-style free from burdens and old battle wounds you have to forgive & forget!

Let us take this time to thank God for second chances. His word clearly states that He will not harbor anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (unlike many of us who have to ‘get even’ or not forget). For as high as the heavens are above the earth, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us Psalms 103:12. Simply put, once God forgives us he forgets our past. Hallelujah!  Now, if the creator of heaven earth and all living things can be so gracious to forgive us why can’t we find it in our heart to forgive one another?

Forgiveness can remove barriers which appear to be immovable or impeded us from moving forward in life. Take advantage of God’s time machine; prayer & supplication and stand on his promises. Learn to erase the memory banks of your mind of the wrongs that my have occurred. Find a place in your heart to forgive like Christ and allow God to move and make mighty wonders happen in your life!

Tigner J.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Celebrate living no matter what!

Celebrate life
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13

No day is promised not a minute or an hour. Each interval of time is a blessing granted to us by God. To have the ability to wake up and see a new day is a celebration. We often take the act of waking as a guaranteed daily encounter opposed to another gift from God. There are times we arouse tired, and groggy only wishing for a valid reason to stay home, while every blue moon, there are days we great the morning with zest and feeling on top of the world! Now, would it be wrong for me to say you should awake each morning full of joy, happy and singing? Nonetheless, I will tell you it’s not too far fetch to strive in making that happen in spite of how you feel mentally, physically or spiritually.

Recently, I stumbled across an old secular classic, I Just Want to Celebrate, by Rare Earth, which depicts the very essence of what I’m trying to say: “I just want to celebrate another day of living', I just want to celebrate another day of life. As simplistic as these lyrics are, one has to continue to believe that in each day there is hope and opportunity despite the forecast which predicts another gloomy day of facing hard times, uncertainness of jobs, health issues, or even relationships. When it is all said and done, we have to learn to encourage one another don’t be afraid to confide in each other and celebrate living.

Our existence is not a given yet God asked his children to trust and confide in Him. He also finds it pleasing when we praise, pray, worship and discover the true meaning of peace through in storms. Yes your body, mind and spirit is in pain, your pockets are bare, the gas tank is empty along with the bank account too. However, the word of the day is celebrate! Celebrate! Learn to celebrate each day of living! “The devil will spit in your face and will not give you a napkin to wipe it off” because he finds joy seeing you sad, mad and dejected. Lean upon God’s unchanging word and celebrate!

By standing on God’s promises, “move away from self-centered prayers and began to intercede (stand in the GAP) for others. If God is present in the atmosphere then he is fully aware of your needs, wants and desires.” (Thank you good Brother Rev. Carl Hunter), continue to lean upon fellow Christians to praise God’s name. When two are more gather in Jesus name, he is with you! Seek enjoy, A.S.K., and God will give you another day of celebrated life!

Tigner J.  

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