“The Battle is Not Yours” Dedicated to Cameron Happy 5th Birthday

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On last night, I was trying to get all the hugs and holding time I could. My five year old, explained to me that when he turned 5, I could no longer hold him in my arms. So, as we prepared for bedtime reading, he grabbed his sling shot, bible, and pulled the covers tightly and said, “Mama I want you to read about David and Goliath.”

Knowing the story and after reading it several times, it was a great reminder to come face to face with all my giants. It reminded me that when I face giants in my life, I don’t have to fight them in my own strength. David did not approach Goliath with David’s power, David’s strength, or David’s confidence. David said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” 1 Samuel 17:45

In other words, I don’t have to face my giants with my own weapons like my tongue, my own plots, and schemes. I only need to come in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It all goes back to believing that there is power of life and death in my tongue. David spoke as though it was so. He said, very confidently, “this day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.”

You shouldn’t care how foolish it may seem or look. What God has for you is for you! You must walk in it. To the on lookers, this little boy David looked foolish. Yet in still, the foolish in God have the power to overcome any giants, any setbacks, and any intimidating circumstances or situations. I dare you to declare and decree, that your battle is not yours…It is the Lords!

Counting it All Joy,
Minister Lucas

“A Sinful Eye, There is a way out, but do you want to get out?” Part 2

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2 Samuel 11

My former Pastor often stated, “Sin will take you further than you intend to go and keep you longer than you intended to stay.”  Just one look took David,  King of Israel, to being an adulterer, manipulator, liar, control freak, murderer, father of an illegitimate child, shemer, and most of all a disobedient man, after God’s own heart.  Now searching for ways to cover his tracks, one sin leads him to another sin, to another, and to another.  Our sins don’t just affect us. They impact everyone around and connected to us.  Had David been in his right position, he would not have been tempted. His eyes would not have lusted after someone that did not belong to him, which led to fulfillment of his desires, which led to Bathsheba’s conception, the death of her husband, and now David living with the blood stains of Uriah on his hands. 

The Bible tells us to flee.  The devil will always do what he is suppose to do.  He will tempt, deceive, and try to convice us that noone will ever know if we act upon our fleshly desires, but God says flee.  There are somethings in this life you cannot entertain.  You cannot stroll by or believe you’re strong enough to handle an environment full of temptation.   Don’t be deceived!  Run for your life and know that safe passage is up ahead.  To all that may be struggling with the eye.  Speak in the authority God has given you.  Call the eye back into it’s rightful order and always know there is a way out!

Counting it All Joy,
Minister Lucas

“Joyful Fridays” ~There’s a place to take Refuge~ Pass on a cup of JOY!

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We may be going through on ever side; but there is a place in which we can run too.  His arms are wide open and waiting to embrace you!

The Joy is:

Psalm 46(KJV)

46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Counting it All Joy,
Minister Lucas

“Joyful Fridays” ~T.G.I.F.~ Pass on a cup of JOY!

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Cup of Joy

There was a theme in the 1990’s that we could not wait to watch.  On Friday nights one of the major TV stations ran the promotion, T.G.I.F. (Thank God it’s Friday).  Boy, have times changed.  I’m not even sure what the youth watch or if they watch TV at all on Friday nights, but when I see T.G.I.F. today I say to myself, “Thank God I’m Free.”  There are so many that are locked up, bound, and shackled by satans deceits and attacks.  Celebrate now if you know that you are FREE!  T.G.I.F.

The Joy is: John 8:36 (NIV) 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

That alone, keeps me in His Joy this Friday! I pray everyone has a “Joyful Friday” resting in the freedom of the Lord.

Counting it All Joy,
Minister Lucas

“A Sinful Eye, There is a way out, but do you want to get out?” Part 1

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(2 Samuel 11 )

King David had an opportunity to be at the right place at the right time. During this time of year, he was suppose to be at war with all the other Kings. By staying back and doing his own thing, he in essence traded a physical war with a spiritual war. Which one is more dangerous? From the roof top, he saw the most beautiful woman he had ever laid eyes on. Whatever beauty Bathsheba possessed must have been captivating; because just a peep was not enough. You have to be careful at what you allow your eyes to gaze at. William Shakespeare said, “The eyes are a window to the soul”. Don’t be fooled that taking just one look, one glance, or even a sneak peak will not cause you more harm than good. Matthew 6:22 reminds us that “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. Do not allow the lamp of your body to contaminate your soul. David could have fled from temptation by turning his head or closing his eyes. Instead of running from evil, he sent runners to find out about her. Then plainly they delivered him the truth. The truth was available to set him free. Bathsheba was taken, not available. She was indeed Uriah’s beauty. With a third way out of temptation, he trusted his eyes and his heart, the most deceiptful of them all, to believe he could have what truly was not his. How loving is our God that he would give you mutiple ways out! The question is, are you really ready to get out?

Be reminded and blessed today knowing, No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 16)

Counting it All Joy,
Minister Lucas

“Simply Beautiful”

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handsYesterday at the hospital I got the pleasure of meeting some beautiful children of God. What God said to me, once of again, was His ways are not our ways. He does not think like us, He does not speak like us, and He does not operate like us. As I spoke with the beautiful believers, a thought came to my mind that God is not concern with how we look, what shade of color we are, or whether our hair is flowing down our backs or braided in beautiful art. What He cares about is our soul! His agenda is that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord (Romans 14:11). He will join whomever He needs to join spiritually to accomplish His divine mission.

Society can get so caught up in the differences and uniqueness The Creator made us. We will never figure God out, we should really just stop trying and appreciate His creativity. In the Bible we are referred to has being His children. When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and savior, He adopted us into His family. I don’t know about you; but I love to be in a family where color, style, class, language, and genetics just don’t matter. The only physical things that matter are the blood, the DNA, and the cleansing of our sins.

Whether you are tall, short, dark, brown, green, white, skinny, or thick in some places, beautifully, we were made in their image (Genesis 1:26). That tells me that God himself is unique, different, and most of all, simply beautiful!

Counting it All Joy,
Minister Lucas

“Wisdom and Wealth”

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Early, we’re taught to obtain and pursue wealth. As teenages we want our own cars. As young adults we hope for careers that will provide monetary gains so that we may live in the suburban communities, drive luxuary cars, wear designer labels, fit in the social classes that we consider successful. In our seasoned years, we pray for the maximum return in our IRA accounts. When it’s all said and done most of us miss out on the most valuable of the W’s, WISDOM. The Word of God says in Proverbs 2:4 that we are to search for wisdom and understanding as we would silver. It goes on to say wisdom will guard the path of the just, save you from evil people, and those that listen to widom will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm (Proverbs 2:33). I don’t know about you but I cannot recall my bank account ever doing any of these for me. It has failed me. It has dissappointed me. It has been unstable and it has never provided me everlasting peace. It’s not a matter of Wisdom vs. Wealth; but it is a matter of understanding that Wisdom produces wealth. As you go about your day to day, forget about the monetary, the amounts you don’t have, the amounts you think you need, and just pursue the most richest of them all, WISDOM.

Counting it All Joy,

Minister Lucas