It Cost Her Something

I believe when I was writing Two Things Can Be True, and maybe even It’s Gonna Cost You Something, I thought about the person I’m going to discuss. Cuz I definitely though about her today.

It’s good ol Elisha, a woman, and her son again. It’s in one of the Kings. 2 I believe. Happy hunting. Go verify my words.

She was married to a man who was a prophet affiliated with Elisha. She sent word that her husband was dead. She made sure she name checked. She called her husband Elisha’s servant.

She told him her husband’s creditors were coming and going to take her sons as slaves.

E was like what can I do to help? Watchu got in yo house girl?

Sis was like “I ain’t got nothing but a small pot of olive oil.” Ooooh I can’t wait to get where I’m going.

E was like “aight bet. Go to your neighbors and get all the vessels (pots) you can. Don’t skimp. Get a bunch of them thangs. Go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into them and set them aside as they get full.

I’m gonna go somewhere else I wasn’t going. When he prayed over the boy I talked about in Two Things Can Be True, he went in and shut the door.

He gave her instructions that included going in and shutting the door.

When Jesus got to the house of Jairus where his daughter lay dead, he put the people out and shut the door.

When Jesus was teaching the disciples about doing stuff for or with God (go find it chiiii) He told them to do it in secret and their Father would reward them openly.

Sometimes we got to go through the process alone and quietly. This is a word for me!

David was made king in the pasture. Where he was before and after he was anointed as the next king. I am probably repeating myself but oh well.

Joseph was made second in command of Egypt after being sold, ending up in Potiphar’s house as he serving in that position, and then falsely accused and imprisoned.

We need to get behind that door and let God make us into who He showed us we would be. Move in silence. And when it’s time, let Him put us on display in a place nobody can take because nobody put us there but Him.

So, sis is filling pots left and right. Old school assembly line I’m imagining. She ends up asking her sons for another pot. They’re like “dis it moms. Dats alluem (all of them).”

Sis is like “aight. Aye yo E. I filled the pots like you said. Now what?”

E tells her to sell the oil and pay the creditors.

Bruh. I just got something else. Okay.

Before Jesus died, Mary broke open her alabaster box filled with what? Oil. She anointed Jesus for His burial.

Before He was arrested, Jesus sat in the Garden of Gethsemane sweating blood and asking not to have to go to the cross if it was possible. If you read another blog you know where He was: on Mt. Olivet/Mt. of Olives surrounded by what it takes to make oil. As Christ. Which means the Anointed One.

My blogging, author person reminded me that King David was anointed three times. Maybe one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit who are all one identified by the name of Jesus who is the King on the throne.

All this lady had was the symbol of anointing. That symbol multiplied and provided for her. This brings to mind the Scripture that says but my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory BY CHRIST Jesus.

Sometimes, all we have is the anointing and the Anointed One. Those are the best times. Cuz He shows us who He is. And we have enough because He is all, and everything, that we need.

Do what it takes to be anointed. It ain’t easy bein breezy. But it’s worth it.

Go be great. Someone is counting on you.

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Insecurities & Disqualifications

I think it is so interesting how God uses things and people that are insecurities or lack of qualifications.

My pastor taught us about Colossians and Paul during Bible class. He gave us some of Paul’s history.

The way Paul opened some of his letters seemingly points to his insecurity about how he came to be an Apostle. And it seems like it is more because of the other Apostles’ reactions and not anything he felt on his own.

Let’s be real though. Can you blame them for feeling some type of way? I give them initial feelings. But, if they kept it up, that’s not okay. Who knows though.

Cuz don’t we stay in our feelings sometimes long after whoever did it has moved on?

Paul was seemingly the most unqualified due to his persecution of the Christians. But God turned it. He is, after all, the author of Romans 8:28.

Ima run a list of the people I can think of who messed up or had things they thought stood in their way or who people counted out or who never should have been as impactful as they were.

Noah: it had never rained yet he said it would. They laughed. Then they drowned. Buddy got drunk and it wasn’t nothing good.

Abraham: worshiped pagan gods but followed God. Lied about Sarah being his wife and sister (just said sister) twice. Had a baby that wasn’t the promised child.

Jacob/Israel: tricked his brother out of his birthright then let the women and children in his life come in contact with the brother who had wanted to murder him before him (I mean if Esau was ready to fight they would have been killed first and Jacob could have run).

10 of Israel’s sons: sold Israel’s favorite son Joseph into slavery and lied to him about Joseph’s death.

Moses: murdered an Egyptian after being a Hebrew living with the king who enslaved the Hebrews. Had a speech impediment.

Samson: in relationship with a woman who wasn’t his wife who He told about where his strength was so he ended up weak, bald, and blind.

Rahab: a harlot (sex worker).

Esther: a young Jewish girl who was a part of the group one of the non-Jewish king’s right hand man wanted to destroy.

David: an overlooked boy sent to the field who his family couldn’t bother to call in at first when the prophet came to anoint the new king. Slept with a woman and had her husband killed because he got her pregnant when he should have been at war and her husband wouldn’t sleep with her to cover up the pregnancy because they were at war.

Samuel: his mother couldn’t even get pregnant for the longest so his existence was an answered prayer against long odds.

Isaac & Joseph: I couldn’t think of anything for them at first but I guess the same goes for them and their conceptions. And Joseph wasn’t disqualified but his brothers did what they did which surely should have resulted in the inability of his dreams to come true.

Ruth: widowed by a foreigner in her home land who then travels to the foreign land of her deceased husband with his widowed mother.

Jeremiah: young and inexperienced.

Nehemiah: in captivity but wanting to restore the city of God.

Mary: a teenage virgin engaged to be married when she was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and impregnated with Jesus.

John the Baptist: his parents were unable to conceive and he ended up being out in the wilderness talking about some man coming after him

Jesus: a lil carpenter’s son who wasn’t formally trained in the Synagogue saying and doing things that were not the custom or in line with what they saw their Scriptures at the time to say.

Peter: lied and denied his relationship with Christ

Me: a fast talking reader who is rebellious to some in my interpretation of the Bible

Every one of these people, including me, was chosen by God and helped make an impact for His kingdom.

DO NOT despise your journey.

DO NOT despise your past.

A testimony is a story about the tests you were able to eventually pass. It is a testament to the power of Jesus and what He was able to mold as the Potter with the clay of your life.

Oooooooh this is about to be so good to me.

After all. All we are is dirt.

To make pottery, clay is used. Clay is comprised of a substance similar to dirt. Water is added to turn it into clay.

Jesus is the living water that turns our dirt into clay. He puts us on a wheel and shapes us. We make mistakes and He has to add more water or reform the piece.

Just like humans who make pottery. It isn’t discarded. It is reused until it has taken the proper form.

Then we get put in the fire. Set. Then we get painted and decorated. I believe put in the fire again. Set.

Get up from where you are.

David was told that the first baby would die. He went and fasted and prayed hoping God would turn it around.

God didn’t. When he found out the baby was dead, he got up, cleaned up, and went and ate. He accepted the consequences of his actions. He didn’t wallow in his failure. He knew the God he served.

My pastor also talked about this. He ended up marrying Bathsheeba and having another child. Solomon. Who would become king and build the temple-what we all go to when we go to church.

He can use it all. No thing or time wasted. No mistake is too big that you can’t come back from it.

That is part of the point of His death on the cross. To extend grace and mercy and provide everything we need to live a life pleasing to Him. To overcome sin and be a reflection of Him.

Give it to Him and let Him change your story for His glory.

Go be great. Someone is counting on it.

(I wrote a follow up. What Do You See.)

Be Exalted

When we exalt God we place Him above everything.

Above our pain.

Above our hurt.

Above our circumstances.

Above our will.

Above our desires.

Above other people.

We put Him in His place of authority on His throne as the king and ruler of our lives.

When we bow in reverence and submission, spiritually to guide us naturally, we have to look up.

While looking up, we are unable to look at ourselves or anything or anyone around us.

As long as Peter looked at the King who stepped off the throne, he was able to participate in what to him was the miraculous ability to walk on water.

As soon as he took his eyes and focus off of the One who sits in power at the right hand of the Father, he began to sink.

But, Peter knew what to do. He called out to the Prince of peace for salvation. And Jesus saved him from sinking.

If we are looking up with our eyes focused on the King, we are looking to the same hill the Psalmist told us provides our help.

Calvary’s hill, where the King was crowned as the Savior of humanity, is where the Lord doesn’t slumber or sleep. He laid His life down.

The Lord of that hill, as the Psalmist continued, won’t our feet slip.

The Lord of that Hill won’t allow us to be harmed.

Like a good Ruler, the Lord of that hill watches over us as we look up and exalt Him.

I challenge us today, seat the King on His throne by exalting Him. While we watch Him He will watch us and take care of everything we need.

Go be great. (And search for these Scriptures) Someone is counting on you!

Compromise is a Catalyst for Chaos

I love a good ol’ piece of alliteration. I had a breakdown the other day. It was intense but over quickly.

I was told part of the problem was too many voices in my head-other people who are living breathing humans-can lead to chaos.

I didn’t even have to be in the situation to have all of the voices in my head. I compromised on something. I was willing to lower a standard and accept less than what I should.

It was a recurring issue. A test I hadn’t passed at least twice before. I’ve learned the lesson and definitely passed the test. I cannot compromise in that area or any other.

I have to be intentional and focused. I have to set a standard and demand that it be met. Ion have time for the chaos of compromise.

Proverbs 28 (The Message MSG)

If You Desert God’s Law

1 The wicked are edgy with guilt, ready to run off
    even when no one’s after them;
Honest people are relaxed and confident,
    bold as lions.

When the country is in chaos,
    everybody has a plan to fix it—
But it takes a leader of real understanding
    to straighten things out.

Huh.

The wicked who oppress the poor
    are like a hailstorm that beats down the harvest.

If you desert God’s law, you’re free to embrace depravity;
    if you love God’s law, you fight for it tooth and nail.

Justice makes no sense to the evilminded;
    those who seek God know it inside and out.

It’s better to be poor and direct
    than rich and crooked.

Practice God’s law—get a reputation for wisdom;
    hang out with a loose crowd—embarrass your family.

Get as rich as you want
    through cheating and extortion,
But eventually some friend of the poor
    is going to give it all back to them.

God has no use for the prayers
    of the people who won’t listen to him.

Wow. I could say more and have had thoughts similar. Wow is all I’ll say.

10 Lead good people down a wrong path
    and you’ll come to a bad end;
    do good and you’ll be rewarded for it.

11 The rich think they know it all,
    but the poor can see right through them.

12 When good people are promoted, everything is great,
    but when the bad are in charge, watch out!

13 You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it;
    you find mercy by admitting and leaving them.

14 A tenderhearted person lives a blessed life;
    a hardhearted person lives a hard life.

15 Lions roar and bears charge—
    and the wicked lord it over the poor.

16 Among leaders who lack insight, abuse abounds,
    but for one who hates corruption, the future is bright.

17 A murderer haunted by guilt
    is doomed—there’s no helping him.

18 Walk straight—live well and be saved;
    a devious life is a doomed life.

Doing Great Harm in Seemingly Harmless Ways

19 Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food;
    play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate.

20 Committed and persistent work pays off;
    get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.

21 Playing favorites is always a bad thing;
    you can do great harm in seemingly harmless ways.

Man.

22 A miser in a hurry to get rich
    doesn’t know that he’ll end up broke.

23 In the end, serious reprimand is appreciated
    far more than bootlicking flattery.

24 Anyone who robs father and mother
    and says, “So, what’s wrong with that?”
    is worse than a pirate.

25 A grasping person stirs up trouble,
    but trust in God brings a sense of well-being.

26 If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure;
    real survivors learn wisdom from others.

27 Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry;
    shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses.

28 When corruption takes over, good people go underground,
    but when the crooks are thrown out, it’s safe to come out.

Proverbs 24 (The Message MSG)

Intelligence Outranks Muscle

1-2 Don’t envy bad people;
    don’t even want to be around them.
All they think about is causing a disturbance;
    all they talk about is making trouble.

3-4 It takes wisdom to build a house,
    and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms
    with fine furniture and beautiful draperies.

5-6 It’s better to be wise than strong;
    intelligence outranks muscle any day.
Strategic planning is the key to warfare;

Wise conversation is way over the head of fools;
    in a serious discussion they haven’t a clue.

8-9 The person who’s always cooking up some evil
    soon gets a reputation as prince of rogues.
Fools incubate sin;
    cynics desecrate beauty.

Rescue the Perishing

10 If you fall to pieces in a crisis,
    there wasn’t much to you in the first place.

11-12 Rescue the perishing;
    don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,”
    will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know—
    Someone not impressed with weak excuses.

13-14 Eat honey, dear child—it’s good for you—
    and delicacies that melt in your mouth.
Likewise knowledge,
    and wisdom for your soul—
Get that and your future’s secured,
    your hope is on solid rock.

15-16 Don’t interfere with good people’s lives;
    don’t try to get the best of them.
No matter how many times you trip them up,
    God-loyal people don’t stay down long;
Soon they’re up on their feet,
    while the wicked end up flat on their faces.

17-18 Don’t laugh when your enemy falls;
    don’t gloat over his collapse.
God might see, and become very provoked,
    and then take pity on his plight.

19-20 Don’t bother your head with braggarts
    or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
Those people have no future at all;
    they’re headed down a dead-end street.

21-22 Fear God, dear child—respect your leaders;
    don’t be defiant or mutinous.
Without warning your life can turn upside down,
    and who knows how or when it might happen?

More Sayings of the Wise

An Honest Answer

23 It’s wrong, very wrong,
    to go along with injustice.

24-25 Whoever whitewashes the wicked
    gets a black mark in the history books,
But whoever exposes the wicked
    will be thanked and rewarded.

26 An honest answer
    is like a warm hug.

27 First plant your fields;
    then build your barn.

28-29 Don’t talk about your neighbors behind their backs—
    no slander or gossip, please.
Don’t say to anyone, “I’ll get back at you for what you did to me.
    I’ll make you pay for what you did!”

30-34 One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones,
    and then passed the vineyard of a slob;
They were overgrown with weeds,
    thick with thistles, all the fences broken down.
I took a long look and pondered what I saw;
    the fields preached me a sermon and I listened:
“A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
    sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
    with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”