The Tribe of the ONE -Carla Harris -Ransomed Warriors Leader

The Tribe of the ONE -Carla Harris -Ransomed Warriors Leader

Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered,  two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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In Jr. High we use to do the obstacle course.  This course has many different stations.  At that time I was very athletic, loved competition and was a good and bad loser.  There is always that one part of the course that is more of a kryptonite that others.  The climbing rope was mines.  I never understood how people could climb them.  The rope were very thick, extremely high and there is no way to get to top without causing severe pain to your hands.  So being that I was in the Jr. High, The way I was looking at it was, my hands were going to hurt, coming down was going to hurt, if I fell it was going to hurt, and the rope is hanging from one beam.  We aren’t even going to mention the embarrassing part if I couldn’t get to top.  I had already crushed to the rest of the course, but I was absolutely frozen at the bottom of the rope.  Can I also mention I’ve never been able to do a push or pull up, I’m in a new school, I don’t have any friends yet, and I was just thrown on a team because no one chose me for their team.   I had already convinced myself that I was not going to be able to climb this rope, I would rather just take the penalty and deal with the consequence later.  Yes I was that dramatic.  Of course with any good competition I was on a team.  One of my teammates yells out loud, “you can do this”.  I’m looking at her like she is crazy. Another classmate comes up to me and states, “You were doing so good, what happened?”  Before I could give him one of the crazy reasons going on in my head, my heart decided to speak and said “I don’t think this rope can hold me”.  Five people yelled at me because they thought I was afraid of heights.  They are all yelling “You better get up that rope!” Another person from the other team was about one foot taller and 20 pounds heavier than me (still dramatic) climbs the rope to the top comes back down and says, “now get to the top of the rope” almost like he was taunting me.  I did it, not all the way up the rope but half way, good enough not to get penalized.  

 

 

It took my classmates, the rope and me in order for me to conquer the thoughts in my head.  In this scripture, it take friends/family, God and us to make a three strand rope, so we can conquer things that try to break us.  It takes strong positive friends and family as well as the strength and protection of the Lord and our determination to overcome things that try to break us.  Do you have a three strand cord? Are you a part of someone else's three strand cord?

 

Dear Lord, today I ask for forgiveness and asked that you be apart of my three strand cord.  I pray you send positive and focused-on-you friends in my life so I can stand strong against the things trying to deter me from your will.  I pray you strengthen me and give me wisdom so I can be a part of someone else’s three strand cord.  I pray all of these are done according to you will.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

The Good Samaritan By Carla Harris

The Good Samaritan

Carla Harris 

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:30-37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Good Samaritan

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [a]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two [b]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [c]the same.”

 

 

 

A long time ago my mom had taken me and my little brother on a Caribbean Cruise.  I was about twelve and my brother was about six.  We had made it to Jamaica and while driving from the docks to the inner city we saw  a kid about my brothers height and build using the ground as a toilet, and he was NOT doing #1.  I started crying while explaining to my mom what I just saw.  I always loved the window seat until that day.  My life had forever changed by one very graphic scene.  My mom had to explain how fortunate we are and the things we take for granted.  I was broken, hurt, and confused.  I tried quickly to forget so continued on the trip like nothing had happened.  But, once I got home, I really had to use the restroom and started remembering what I had seen in Jamaica.  

 

Sometimes I wonder if at that very moment was I going to continue my life as a priest or a levite or was I going to become and live a lifestyle of a good Samaritan.  The priest is a leader of spirituality called by God to serve humanity.  Not this priest.  Just like me, he turned a blind eye to the situation completely evading it, turning his head as if the man was not right in front of his face.  Was I going to be a Levite called by God to service needs for the people and just walk away.  He is the priest’ assistant. I was in a bus that had a functioning bathroom.  I would not have seen all of these details if it weren’t that the bus stopped in the middle of street because of traffic.  I could have offered the little boy some water, food, and a bathroom.  The difference between the priest, the levite, and the Good Samaritan is the move of compassion that the Good Samaritan had.  He cleaned and bandaged the wounds, put the man on his only way of transportation and sheltered him so he could have proper rest and recover.  After coming home and remembering what I had seen I chose to change some things.  I would volunteer at soup kitchens or food banks.  I would go and clean parks by myself with no one else and no one's prompting.  I would also be a friend to those who seem not to have any friends.  As a twelve year old I may not be able to change the circumstances in Jamaica or end world hunger or obtain world domination (lol), but I can start at home, work (school for you guys), or in my neighborhood or city.  I’ve also learned how to use social media to share words of hope.  At the end of the story Jesus said to man who he was telling the story to “Go and do likewise”.  That is my commision to you.  Now it’s your turn.  Make you self a list of three things you can do to be a Good Samaritan and show mercy to others.  Remember:  As a good Samaritan of Stage 217 at House of Praise International we are called to the nations to Love God, Serve People and reach our world of influence.

 

Pray this prayer,

 

Father, you are the ultimate good Samaritan.  You have cleansed our wounds, bandaged them, picked us up, and sheltered us.  I pray you fill us with your Holy spirit so we may be like you and show mercy and compassion to those around us.  Allow our spiritual eyes to be awaken so we can see the physically, mentally, and spiritually broken neighbors around us.  Teach us to be care takers for others.  Give us words so we may speak hope to all of those who encounter us.  Equip us to bandage other people's wounds and to help them carry their burdens to the cross.  Lead and guide us as we continue to walk out the commission you have commanded of us.


In the name of your Son Jesus.  Amen

Send Me! By Carla Harris

Send Me! By Carla Harris

Isaiah 6:1-8 

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was seated on his throne. His long robe filled the temple. He was highly honored. 2 Above him were seraphs. Each of them had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces. With two wings they covered their feet. And with two wings they were flying. 3 They were calling out to one another. They were saying,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord who rules over all.

    The whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 The sound of their voices caused the stone doorframe to shake. The temple was filled with smoke.

5 “How terrible it is for me!” I cried out. “I’m about to be destroyed! My mouth speaks sinful words. And I live among people who speak sinful words. Now I have seen the King with my own eyes. He is the Lord who rules over all.”

6 A seraph flew over to me. He was holding a hot coal. He had used tongs to take it from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with the coal. He said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away. Your sin has been paid for.”

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord. He said, “Who will I send? Who will go for us?”

I said, “Here I am. Send me!”

 

Have you ever paid attention to the layout of your classroom?  The know it all’s sit in the front row, the know nothings try to sit as far in the back of the class as possible, and then there are the ones stuck in the middle.  The teacher ask the questions and there is always that one person who knows all the answers and are the first to raise their hand.  Then there are the ones in the back trying to hide behind the book so the teacher do not call on them.  We all know it’s a matter of whether you studied or not.  The teacher is a little craft though.  He calls on the one with his or head down trying to avoid eye contact.  The teacher's job is to help you conclude to the correct answer.  

 

Is that what God just did to Isaiah?  The day before class your given homework.  In this case it the vision of the Father revealing Himself and His abilities to Isaiah.  This vision is a preparation on what God was about to do to those around Isaiah.  This vision was a warning.  Your teacher gives you warnings also.  Homework is a preparation to the test.  Then the teacher ask the question to see if you know the answer.  In this specific case the question is “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”  Isn’t that just like a teacher  to ask a question then quickly follow up with another question.  “Carla do you know the answer? How did you come up with that answer?  Isaiah was now prepared for the test now that God had laid the homework in vision form for him.  He raises his hand faster than the person in the front row and without Jesus calling His name for the answer, he gladly blurts out the answer “Here I am, Send Me!!!”

 

When you received Jesus in your life a new understanding came over you.  You start making small changes in our lifestyle, the way you represent yourselves, and the way you represent Him.  With this new life lesson you were called to do some pretty large things.  “Be Holy for I am Holy”. That is not easy.  “Love thy enemy”. Wow, the hardest test ever.  But this specific life style change is the hardest in today’s society.  Acceptance and rejection are today's fabric of society.  With or without it the fabric falls apart, and for some odd reason so do we.  So when God, Himself, states who will go, most of the time we sit in the back of the class avoiding the question.  The Bible says, "perfect love cast out all fear and go unto the nations declaring the name of the Lord" (authors translatation).  So what's stopping us from accepting the call? If the Love of the Lord is perfect and it cast the fear away and if we are called to tell people about Jesus, why do we sit in the back of the class expecting the teacher to call on only the one with his or her hand raised.  Are we not doing the homework?  Do we not understand the question?  There’s a simple solution.  

Reading the bible is our homework and stepping out and speaking on behalf of the Lord is our test.  Can we actually choose to pass or fail the test?  The best thing about this test is the only way to fail is not taking the test at all.  

 

Lets pray: 

Lord, thank you for accepting us flaws and all.  Thank you, for calling us and redeeming us through your son.  Thank you, for calling us to speak and declare you name to those who need you just like we do.  I pray each person called by your name speaks with boldness to all people within their influence.  That you would give them vision peace and acceptance to walk in the way of the Lord.  May they never forget how they are called to go and declare your name and that you are with them.  I pray you give them the words to speak and you surround them with the people who will walk with them as they boldly speak of the great things you have done and what you are still doing in their lives.  Give them wisdom as they do their homework and study your word.  Let them obtain all the knowledge needed so they could be a bridge between their family and friends to you.  

In Jesus name, Amen.

Let it Snow

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow

Come, let us discuss this," says the LORD." Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.

 

Snow is one of those things that’s very unique, not every flake is the same. Have you ever notice at night when it snows how there’s a brightness outside. Snow brightens the darkness. Also there’s this beautiful sparkle to snow, almost like shinny diamonds on the grounds. With snow come a lot of fun and freedom, childlike behaviors. For examples making snow angels, snowman, snowball fights, sledding and much more. As well it can be a workout shoveling snow. That can be painful, tiring and exhausting. But the reward is a nice cleaned driveway and sidewalk.

 

Isaiah was a prophet in the old testament that the lord used in his time to speak the truth to the children of Israel. The Lord loved Israel very much but Israel always wanted to do their own thing, live in rebellion and against the plan and purpose that he had for them. In Isaiah chapter 1:18 we can see our Lord almost negotiating with them. He’s braking down the benefit of what snow can do for them, wash them clean of their sin, forgiveness. See just like I took the time out to describe what snow is to me that’s how the lord was taking out the time to describe his loving mercy towards them. Our lord is unique there is no other like him, only he can forgive us of our sins and clean us so we are white as snow. He is the light and salvation of our lives, he leads us out of darkness and into his bright and shining kingdom. Once we have been washed by the blood of Jesus we are bright like a diamond, we are his precious possession. We are free to enjoy life with a childlike faith and enjoy it knowing that we were created to worship and enjoying being in the presence of our creator. And just like its tiring and exhausting to shovel snow, it’s also tiring and exhausting trying to shovel all those things that try to distract us and take us away from having that relationship with him. See we need to learn to depend on him to be the snow blower the shovel of our lives and allow him to daily shovel out those things that are of hindrances so we can benefit of a clean and restore life in him.

 

Prayer: Lord I pray that today you will forgive me and wash away all my sins. That I would be white as snow. That I will be light in the darkness and bright as a diamond. That I will always depend on you to shovel away the bad and yucky snow. I believe in your name Jesus.  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Excellence by Emmy Reyes

Excellence

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

 

Excellence: the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.

Have you ever gone to a restaurant where the food was awesome but the service was horrible? Or you stayed at a hotel where the ratings where 5stars and when you get there the rooms are filthy dirty and the pool is nasty and you find bed bugs because housekeeping didn’t do their job with excellence. Or how about when a teacher ask you to prepare a presentation and you do enough to get a passing grade but you know deep inside you really could’ve done grade A work. I wonder, are any of these action greater than the other that they didn’t deserve the same amount of excellence? How would the lord feel about this?

The book of Colossians, is a letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian’s. They were dealing with understanding who they were in Christ. Paul wanted to remind them who they were in Christ and that everything that they did they did unto to the Lord. See it’s important that we know and understand who we are in Christ. Once we know who we are in him doing things with excellence is second nature. In this particular scripture he’s telling them, whatever you do you must do it unto the lord not like you are doing it for those around you. The lord take pleasure when we do things with excellence. Our God is a God of excellence. So I encourage you today to seek God with all your heart, know who you are in him and all that you do, do unto the lord with excellence. This not only pleases the Lord but it also ministers to those around you displaying authenticity of how you have completely surrender your life to your creator and savior.

Prayer

Lord I pray that in this New Year that as your children we would dedicate ourselves to knowing who we are in Christ. That everything and anything that we set out to do that we will do it with excellence. I ask that every day we will come to a complete and total surrender to you. In Jesus name.

Consecration by Emmy Reyes

Consecration

1Chronicle 4: 9-10

9. Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10. Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

            The meaning of Consecration: The action of making or declaring something typically a church, sacred. Have you ever made a declaration of any kind? A declaration so powerful that you just dedicated your entire being to walk it out in your life? Or have you ever set a goal that you couldn’t stop working at it until you met it? This was Jabez prayer, a declaration to his God, the God of Israel.

Although Jabez name meant pain, before the eyes of the lord he was more honorable than his brothers. He refused to live with that stigma of what his name meant. See many times we are given names by our friends, society, culture and even family. Names like; not good enough, ugly, poor, fat, skinny, loud, not athletic enough or even not social enough. We are given these false titles and names and we forget that we are the child of the one true king. Instead Jabez decide to make a declaration. A prayer that would change his life forever. We as children of the living king need to put aside all these names and titles and declare God’s promise as Jabez did. Let us declare that in 2017 we will consecrate our lives to him, live a victorious life, walk out the word and love people the way that Jesus love us. That we will declare his goodness and favor upon our life and that we will be overcomers.

Prayer:

God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” Heal me from past hurts that I will walk in your freedom and grace. I declare you to be the lord of my life, I am VICTORIOUS!

The Great Commission

Scripture: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” -Matthew‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Observation: I remember when a leader of the church first showed me "The Great Commission". It overwhelmed me because i didn't even know how to make a "disciple" or what one really was. To eliminate this confusion for us let's use a Mariam-Webster synonym to replace "disciple"; simply put the word is follower.

 

Application: Its such a need in the church today that we understand 1) that we need to follow Jesus with all our heart, mind and strength not just when "Christians"  are around but at all times and places 2) we need to have committed lives to prayer, the Word and communion with those who truly desire God 3) the first two will develop and create a example that should be displayed to influence those around to desire "follow" Jesus. 

Prayer: Jesus, teach us to walk, talk and live as you did so that our lives will be full and so that we can be examples to the sphere of influence you have placed us in. Amen

Consecrate Yourself to Me

Consecrate Yourself To Me

 

Scripture: “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.”

‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭20:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Observation: I know you might loose interest almost immediately after seeing weird words like "consecrate". But let's look into it and see what it actually means; Consecration-  "the devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God."(biblestudytools.com) Wow, when it's put like that it clears up what God is saying to Israel in at this time and to His people for all lifetimes. That we are too set ourselves apart  and devote our lives to Him.

 

Application: Are you a shy person? The type who is looking around and seeing some raising their hands, praying or even shouting at the top of their lungs the lyrics that you don't really know. If that is, you might have thought to yourself' "I'm not cut out for worship", but don't listen to that lie from the enemy! Worship is so much more then music, though God has blessed some to express in that way; worship is something that's dwells within the heart of those who loves the Lord and is expressed in so many unique ways! And this "service" isn't just the pastors or what is recognized by other believers. But it's doing/handling responsibilities with a spirit of excellence because you know God loves you and you desire to make the Spiritual Father proud in all that you do.

 

Prayer: Lord, we desire to set our lives apart from the world and worship You everyday. May we dedicate all that we do to You in the name of Your Son. In Jesus name, AMEN.

 

Thanks God- Alex Perez

 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭9:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Observation: The gift Paul is referring to here is God's amazing grace. In the Merriam-Webster, Grace is defined as:


    a  :  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification    b  :  a virtue coming from God
This gift, grace, is available to all who live devoted to Christ, and is sufficient for every believer's life! Looking at the context of this passage, Paul is encouraging  cheerful givers to continue in giving to the needs all around us. The Lord loves cheerful givers because God Himself is one and has ability to make grace available to us for every good work. Paul's conclusion to this chapter speaks loud because I know there are seasons in our loves where we forget to say "thank you", not just verbally, in our hearts too. 

 

Application: You may be in a time of your life right now where you feel bitter, alone, maybe things aren't going your way. One thing you need to never forget is that if you have faith in Jesus, this "indescribable gift" Paul speaks of is yours as well as any other believer. So you don't recognize it, huh? May I suggest that instead of looking around, you take a look into your heart, remove any blockage that take's your attention away from being thankful for grace shown to us. Once gratitude fills your mind you will notice a change of heart.

 

Prayer: Lord, humble me to recognize your grace and though it may not be evident at times, that it is ALWAYS sufficient for me. Soften my heart to give back as you have so generously given and fill my mouth with words of praise to you!

Thankfulness by Carla Harris

Luke 17:11-19 NLT

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you. ”

This is my favorite story about thankfulness. This story talks about 10 lepers (people who have a chronic contagious disease) and how Jesus healed all of them but only one “overflowed with thankfulness”.  I find myself asking the same question Jesus had in verse 17, did He not heal ten and where are they?  Was that “one” more grateful than the others? Had he been healed of something greater than the others? Could he have received more than just healing? Was his gratitude so overwhelming that he had to go back to Jesus and show his appreciation? Am I like the one or the nine? Do I show what God has done for me more than I show my thankfulness to Him?  It makes you wonder.  Unfortunately, these verses don't show what happened to the other nine, but it does show us Jesus's grace and how we should respond. 

 

Daily God gives us a reason to thank Him.  He provides air in our lungs, life, water, food, shelter, protection, guidance, love, favor, healing and so much more. Everything we have is from God and for that He deserves our praise, adoration, and thanks. Today let's take this time to thank Him for the big, small, and in-between things that He has done, is doing, and will do for us.

 

Jesus, today we choose to thank you for all things past, present, and future.  You died on the cross for our sins, loved us unconditionally, called us friend, reconciled us to the Father, intercede for us and so much more.  We are forever thankful for all of it.  May we never take you for granted and forget the great and wonderful things you do for us.  In Colossians 2:7 itstates Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. May we always grow in your word and overflow in thankfulness.  Ame

Wild And Free by Alex Perez

Scripture: “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Observation: This verse is addressing members of the church who were being deceived from the original truth of the freedom which Christ gave them. They were being taught the Jewish customs and told that's the way to pleasing God.  But what Paul speaks argues against this false teaching. 

 

Application: You may be dealing with the same issues today, maybe you believe that being a "good person" is all life's about. Or maybe you're the "YOLO"  and live everyday to the fullest. Maybe your free because you attend church every Sunday... oh and Wednesday night youth group, oh yeah things are good. Sadly that is not the case, freedom is in Christ and Him alone. You must   choose to devote your time to God; by opening up his word and spending genuine time with just the two of you. Then you will be able to operate in this liberty Paul speaks of. 

 

Prayer: Lord, teach me to recognize what freedom in you really looks like and instruct my spirit to operate in it outside of my flesh. Teach me to serve out of the love you have given me, thank you. Amen.

Your boldness to honor God sets others free by Carla

Daniel 6:25-27 King Darius published this proclamation to every race, color, and creed on earth:

Peace to you! Abundant peace!


    I decree that Daniel’s God shall be worshiped and feared in all parts of my kingdom.
    He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom never falls.
    His rule continues eternally.
    He is a savior and rescuer.
    He performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth.
    He saved Daniel from the power of the lions.

 

Your boldness to honor God sets others free.

 

I gave my life to the Lord in Jr High School.  I remember, one day in Sunday school, hearing a message about talking to my peers about Jesus and carrying my bible with me.  Unfortunately that was all I was told. No one told me I needed a real relationship with Christ or why I needed to be saved.  One day I sat with my great aunt and we had a conversation about Jesus and what he did for us.  I was completely oblivious to so many things I never knew.  She told me not to take her word for it, read the bible for myself and find out what I needed to know.  Everything became to clear.  By the time I was in High School I was ready to talk to people about Jesus, what He had done for me, and why others need Him.  I started carrying a bible.  One of the teachers told me I was not allowed to talk about Jesus in his class.  So after class, in the hallway next to his classroom door, I started telling people about Jesus and passing out bibles.  Fast forward ten years later.  One of my high school friends had seen me at the new church I’m currently attending.  She had shown me this beat up highlighted bible and opened it to the first page.  Where I had given her a bible verse and signed the bible with the date it was given to her. 

Daniel had a relationship with the Lord.  He honored Him at every moment he possibly could.  For others that was a problem to the point of manipulating King Darius to sign a decree that was personally aimed at Daniel.  Even though this decree would cause death for Daniel, he still prayed faithfully to God.  He refused to worship anyone but God.  Daniel was bold.  He proudly worshipped the Lord with curtains open.  No shame.  Unfortunately Daniel would be thrown into the Lion’s den for his disobedience to the decree.  How amazing it is that King Darius, the next day, would run to the Lion’s den to see if Daniel is still alive and in a nut shell Daniel verbally states “yes, God’s angels have protected me”?  King Darius has the stone removed from the lion’s den and throws in the ones who tried to set Daniel up and their families.  No matter the circumstance, when we stay bold for the Lord, He always saves us and because of our boldness, others get to see the greatness of God.  Stay bold for the Lord, it leads others to Him.  At the end of passage King Darius declared who the one and only true God is.  For me, I got to see the fruit of what walking in boldness has done for others and now the same girl in high school has a relationship with God. 

Sovereign Lord, Thank you for your word.  Thank you for teaching us how to be bold not only in our walk with you but how to present ourselves for your glory.  Strengthen and build us in the areas we are weak.  Help us speak up when we are honoring you.  Your word states you have not given us a spirit of fear, so Lord please be with us as declare who you are to us and why others need you.  Help us not to be timid or weak in our actions are speech while honoring or declaring your name.  Amen.

We Live in Freedom by Emmy

We live in Freedom

Galatians 5:1 NIV

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

 

 When you hear the word Freedom what comes to mind? Or who in your life displays a lifestyle of freedom? When you look around you what does freedom look like? And have you ever asked yourself, why do we fight for freedom? How is it that when we are free from something we want to return back to it? All these questions tied into one very powerful word Freedom.

See the apostle Paul writes to the Galatians people and reminds them of who they are and not to lose sight of what they believe in. In does days there were a lot of false teaching going on around them, about false gods and false doctrines. Many people were getting so caught up in these false doctrines that they were losing sight of what the true gospel is all about, the freedom we find in him. Jesus came to set us free from our sins, struggles and cultural influences. We have no need to fall back into the way of our old life that we were set free from. All it takes is to stand firm in his word, meditate on it day and night. Submit to him body, soul, mind and emotions. Allow the Holy Spirit to be you teacher and guide. And never forget that your identity is in him, not in the influences of this world.  So next time you when you hear the word freedom think of the cross and how he gave his life for you. When your friends are pulling you into vain conversation and their lifestyle does not represent Jesus asked your is there freedom in this relationship and should I continue on. And when you want to give up because you don’t have the strength to fight anymore, remind yourself that Jesus never stops fighting for you. Lastly do not allow the lies of the enemy surround you and paint a perfect picture of your life in bandage. When I look back and I see how far he has brought me I can’t even begin to compare to what I thought was a good day without him. I thank God for the freedom I find in him.

 

Prayer:

Jesus I thank you for the price you paid on the cross. It’s because of your sacrifice that today I live in freedom. I ask you Holy Spirit to guard my heart, ears, eyes and thoughts. That I will not lose sight of the gospel and that I will hold on to you with all my heart, mind, soul and might. That I may be filled with boldness to share with others about this freedom that I get to experience every day for the rest of my life. In your beautiful name Jesus, amen.    

 

The Gospel Message by Emmy Reyes

The Gospel Message

 

What is the Gospel Message? For many is simply, the death of Christ on the cross and the forgiveness of mankind. For others is the commandment that Jesus gave his disciples. And for some, is a story told about a man named Jesus who died on a cross and roused from the dead. If you were to ask yourself the question, “What is the Gospel Message” what do you think your response would be.

 

In the book of Galatians 2:20, Paul is writing to the Galatians and reminding them of the Gospel Message. See at some point they were so consumed with following the Law of Moses and pleasing all the religious leaders that they lost sight of what truly the gospel massage was all about. The day Jesus died on the cross the law was broken and we became free to live with him. Jesus death and resurrection is more than just a story or a command. The moment we made that confession of faith and believed and accepted Jesus as our savior, we then became crucified with him.

All of my sins, religious rituals, salved to the flesh and its desires and my old self became crucified. Jesus is the Gospel Message and that’s why it’s important we know who we are in him and the price he paid for us. Once we grasp this concept there is no condemnation but freedom to live a life that displays the message of the cross.

Today as you meditate on this scripture remember Jesus and who you are in him. You are free to live, sealed by the Holy Spirit and delivered by the cross.

 

Prayer:

Jesus I pray today that I will not lose sight of the cross and the price that was paid for me. That I will not become so focus in what’s around me and pleasing others. That I will never lose sight of who you are and who I am in you. Holy Spirit remind me continually of the cross and the freedom of the cross. In your name, Amen.

Licensed to Sin or Nah? by Zach Ohler

S- My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love.
Galatians 5:13

O- Paul wrote this to the Christians in Galatia. Paul was hearing that some Christians were twisting the truth of the Good News as a license to Sin.

A- Just because God's Grace covers us, that doesn't mean it's a license to sin. Yes were all sinners by nature but we're suppose to venture away from sinning all the time. God bore all our sins on the cross. He set us free from that sinful nature and has given us a new nature, His Nature!

P- Father God I pray that everything I do and say will please you and that I will not try to please sinful self and I thank you for boaring our sins on that cross so we are covered in your Grace. 
In Jesus Name Amen

The Gospel by Elena Mislinski

Scripture- “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:6‬ ‭NKJV

Observation- These are words from God given to Isaiah, the prophet, far before the virgin birth. The whole book of Isaiah is full of prophecy about this "Messiah" the redeemer of man, who was Jesus. This scripture says that just like sheep, we too have gone astray and still do at times! The good news is that God knows we're sinners and sent Christ to bear the weight of our sins.

Application- So maybe you're at a point in your life where you've been astray for awhile. If you have, that's okay. No matter how many times you stray away, God is still pursuing you, yes you! The scripture is great proof of His love for you and I, He knows we're sinners and yet He still sent Christ to die for us. Today, if you are one of those sheep that are astray, it's never too late to get back on the path; God desires to know you personally.

Prayer- Lord thank you for loving us unconditionally though it's not deserved. I know that even though I was lost, I know that you have rescued me and will continue to pursue me in my worst times. Continue to humble me before when I may forget all that you have done for me. Amen.

Free Indeed by Zachary Ohler

Free Indeed

S- and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32


O- John wrote this book to new Christians who were being persecuted. He wanted to teach them about True Freedom. Jesus doesn't free us from sin so we can do whatever we want. He frees us from sin so we can truly worship, truly love, and truly live. 


A- Jesus says if you abide in His word you will know the truth. That means the more you study His word the more knowledge you will have about God. This will allow you to know how you are called to live life according to Gods will. I encourage you to stay in his word, pray, and apply it to everything you do. 


P- Father God I pray that you help me to learn your truth by staying in your word daily. Please teach me how to apply it to every situation in my life in Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Freedom In Christ by Miguel Ocasio

                   Freedom in Christ

 

S: Galatians 5:1-6

 

O: It's interesting to note that Paul says that we should stay free. Why would we need to stay free? He says this because He knows how easy it is to fall into a routine of trying to work for freedom. Our flesh is hard wired to work for things even though that's not what God intended for us. 

 

He doesn't want us to be a slave to the law (works: working to be accepted) because that's not how we received our freedom in the first place. Our freedom came through having faith in Jesus Christ. We didn't earn it by works but by grace through faith in Him.

 

A: I have freedom because of what Jesus did and not what I did or will do. I need to continue in this freedom by keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus. It is through His grace that I am free. I will not do anything to receive freedom but I will do things because I'm free.

 

P: Father, I come to you right now and I thank you for your word that declares I am free through your son Jesus Christ. I pray that you would give me wisdom to always live for you because you set me free. Keep my eyes fixed on you daily. When I get side tracked, bring me back to this knowledge of your freedom. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Free to Please by Alex Perez

S - “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

O - The author of this epistle is the Apostle Paul and he is writing this letter to the churches in the Galatia area (modern day turkey). The main reason for this letter was to realign the minds and hearts of the newly converts to the original faith and freedom from Christ. Something the Jews were trying to abolish by their teaching of works (customs) and rituals.

A - Yes, we live in a free country and do have a right to express that freedom in many ways. Through generations of enjoying that act of "freedom" I feel as if we lost sight of truth, which is liberty by faith in Christ. Many voice their own opinion on how life should be and look, the rest either follow or establish their own way. Christ is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) if our eyes are open to accepting that and Him, He will lead us into a faith lead life. Which ultimately wells us into lives that please God, not man. 

P - Lord, open my eyes to freedom, the liberty that Christ offers; a life that would transform my mind and break me from conforming to the direction of the world. 

Am I A Real Contender?

Micah 7:8, “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy! When I fall, I WILL ARISE.” 

Micah, a minor prophet in the Old Testament, prophetically and profoundly etched these words inspired by the Holy Spirit thousands of years ago. These ancient words describe the response of someone or a group of people that are on the preverbal ground. Knocked down, fallen, tripped up, however it happened, it was strong enough to get them on the ground. 

hile, on the ground, Micah proclaims the essence of a CONTENDER for the things of God. Someone that fights the good fight and understands that its a fight. WHEN I FALL, I WILL RISE. 

When I was a 15years old, I would go to a boxing gym after school to train. I would never ask the trainers to train me, instead I would watch others and train myself. I can remember the day when the trainers took notice of me and came over to me to help me get better. They noticed some flaws in me stance, and gave me some simple but profound tips to get better. After awhile I got pretty good and ended up training with the kids that were going to amateur fights. I finally had the opportunity to fight in the ring. I ended up fighting one of the best fighters in the gym. I was pumped up, nervous, and in my own head. I think I lost the sparring session before I even got my head gear on. Once we started boxing, we got some healthy exchanges off, but I ended up on the ground. He was proud and trash talking. I laid there angry, but I knew that I wouldn't stay there. I got back up and finished the fight. 

Contenders know that sometimes real life STINKS. They realize that PAIN is temporary. But CHARACTER is permanent. 

Get back up and Keep on Swinging! 

Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your Son. I asked you to give me the BOLDNESS to get back up when I end up on the ground spiritually. I ask you to forgive me for not following your word and your Spirit. Fill me with your Spirit so that in my weaknesses I can be made strong. I am not made to quit. In Jesus Name, Amen.