Transforming Tuesday: Are you a Dazzling Christian?

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BeautyThis week I’ve been hinting to my husband that I can’t wait until Christmas.  I need winter clothes NOW!!! It’s freezing here in Dallas and for a summer loving, California dreaming, heated seats, and let’s not forget the heating pad kind of girl that I am, to freeze until December 25th is just not an option.  So, my prayers will be answered soon.  I just feel the breakthrough.  Someone is going to come through on my behalf and bless me with a shopping spree like no other and I will dazzle to work, social events, and church with my new winter collection.  Okay, I took a moment to dream and dream really big.  I’m sharing this because I truly need clothing.  It’s not a want at this point.  I need more slacks, sweaters, and long sleeves because it looks like winter has come a bit early than most years.  Clothing is not the only reason I’m sharing this.  I’m sharing this because, while searching this morning for a piece of clothing here and another piece there, God spoke to my spirit.  He asked me, “What would it be like if my children were just as dazzling as the wardrobes they invest my money into?”  He is really on it this Week!  On my toes, I must confess!  I had to look DAZZLING up. What a beautiful word.  What a ring it brought to my ears.  What might dazzling mean I thought?  As I begin to read, my research said, dazzling means extremely bright, especially so as to blind the eyes temporarily. To be dazzling means to be extremely impressive, beautiful, or skillful. Dazzling in our eyes is what is blinging on the outside.  Dazzling in the eyes of the Lord is Him on the inside shining so bright on the outside that whomever we come in contact with is so blinded and impressed with the beauty of His grace, His mercy, His love, His compassion, His strength, His peace, and His forgiveness that they don’t care what you are clothed with.  His presence alone satisfies every need. Matthew 5:14-16 says,14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.The question is still on the table.

Are you a dazzling Christian?  Is His light burning, blinging, and glittering?  As we enter the Christmas season and begin to hang the lights, the mistletoe, and praying for other dazzling sparks to light up in our life.  Remember that He created you to be DAZZLING! I still need clothing, but I’m reminded that no matter what I’m blessed with, His dazzling light in me may be the only brightness in someone else’s day.  As I do my wardrobe check, I have to ask Am I a dazzling Christian?  It’s not what I have on the outside, but it is WHO I have on the inside.

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas

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Marriage Mondays: “Teamwork”

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In all the searching, I could never find an “I” in team.  God’s original plan was for man and woman to be a dynamic team.  He desired for this team to enjoy paradise and rest from the work of His hands.  We all know that it was not too long after He joined man and woman, that the deceitful one came along and convinced this powerful team that they too could be like God.

My, have times not changed?  We team up to fight the world and soon after, the enemy convinces us that we are little god and little goddesses in our dominions.  We move from being one flesh to being two flesh fighting not this world, but fighting one another all because we’re busy trying to force the “I” in team. “I want this. I need this.  I deserve this.  I have this.  I worked for this.  I built this. I got this.”  While we perpetrate we’re happy, we’re on one accord, and we’re this TEAM, our marriages bleed selfishness and the foul aroma of trying to be in control and god over a mess we’ve allowed the enemy to cultivate.

This Marriage Monday step back and look at whose TEAM you’re own in your marriage.  If there is only one player on the court who will you pass the ball to when the enemy come up against you?  It is not one who wins.  It is we who win the game.  Get back to God’s original plan! Mark 10:9 says, What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. That includes you too! Man and woman will be held accountable for how they played on the court.

 

Counting it All Joy,

TEAM LUCAS

P.S.

I love my husband and our TEAM!

 

Death and Life in Your Words

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Does your tongue bring about curses or blessings?  Recently, in this season of rest, God brought it to my attention that my vocabulary must change in order to reap the harvest He has planned.  With this revelation, I found that I had been using the words always and never quite often.  “I’ll always be here.  It will never change.”    Right in the middle of a conversation He reminded me of His word, which is alive and always working, an assurance and a guarantee.  Isaiah 55:11 says, So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The truth I came to realize was anyone that chooses to use words that are not uplifting and positive really don’t know the entire WORD of God. Ouch!!! Have you ever heard God say, “I can’t. I won’t. I might. I never.  I think.”  Absolutely not.  God is a confident Father who says, “I will. I can.  I have. I am. His words are full of life and not just for life here on earth.  His words are eternal.  So, what does that say about how we should choose our words?

Proverbs 18:21 says, that Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. When I would say always or when I would say never I killed every possibility of God’s Word to be alive in the situation.  I was walking around saying never and God was walking with me saying, “I can and I will.”  What seeds of death have you planted in your life?  Pray and ask God to forgive you for covering up life, abundance, prosperity, healing, and deliverance with seeds of defeat and doubt.

Remember, you cannot reap what you do not sow.  Start sowing positive words and thinking into your life and watch God keep His word!

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas