Where Are You

I have made mistakes. In more ways than one. More times than I care to count.

I’ve made decisions based on being hurt, lonely, and listening to the wrong people.

At times, I was strong enough to fight against it. I wasn’t seeking or making myself available for certain things because I knew I wasn’t geographically in the right place. In hindsight, I wasn’t emotionally or spiritually as well.

Where are you?

Are you ready for what you’re asking for?

Fruit that is eaten before it’s ripe is disgusting. Old fruit past its ripeness is too.

It is totally plausible that you know where you’re going and what’s coming. I did too. That’s how I knew I wasn’t in the right place.

But. This bag of bones and dirt will have us unfocused and off track, liable to make something happen too soon or miss the boat.

I’ve said it before, and the Bible is the source, if we abide in Him and His word abide in us, according to His will and the relationship we cultivate, we will be asking for what He wants of us.

Often times I’ve been frustrated waiting on Him to do something that was never His will or desire for me. He protected me from me.

So, let’s take stock. Where are we? Are we asking for the right things? Are they the things He desires? Or are they desires of this bag of dirt and bones?

Go be great. Someone’s counting on it.

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!

What Did You Say

I’m pretty sure I’ve addressed this at some point. But, in the throes of writing the saga that can be found here, I got the idea for this.

I talked about patience and waiting. And a whole bunch of other things.

This song came to mind:
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting, on You Lord
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting, on You Lord

God breathed life into Adam in Genesis 2:7. He promised to fill us with His Spirit/send the Comforter in Matthew, Luke, and John (maybe Mark as well but I didn’t find it in the quick search I did 🤷🏾‍♀️. And there are several references in the books mentioned. Just search google. Lol.) People began receiving it in Acts 2.

In John 6:63, Jesus told them the words he spoke were Spirit and life.

James 3 is dedicated to admonishing us to watch our mouths and the words we say.

In Mark 11:23, Jesus told them to speak to the mountain and it would move if they believed.

The breath and Spirit of the same One that spoke and created all that is, dwells in us and is literal life to us. What we say has the power to manifest.

We sing songs because they sound good.

We say stuff because we can.

We don’t consider and keep at the top of our minds that we are writing checks every time we open our mouths.

We are making declarations.

Sometimes, I submit to you, when we face things, seemingly out of nowhere, it’s our words coming back to cash the checks we wrote.

I do mind waiting. I’m a human of flesh and blood. I have had and will likely always have, a patience problem. When I’m ready I’m ready. And if God or whoever is involved is not, that tends to irk me. But, I sang the song. A time or two. I read Scriptures about and asked for patience. So, whether I wanted it or not, I’m definitely going to get it.

And, even if I never asked for it, I asked for the will of God. And baaaaaaybeeeee. Those are some simple yet hard words. I said them. And deeeeeeeep down in my soul, where no flesh, thoughts, feelings, or self that is Karlissa exist, I truly meant that thing.

So, my flesh has got to die and come under subjection (1 Corinthians 15:31; 1 Corinthians 9:27). That’s what fasting and prayer are for (Jesus wasn’t specifically referring to this but did state the importance of it in Matthew 17:21 and did it himself in Matthew 4:1-11.)

Watch your mouth. Mind the words you say. They will come back. In ways you may never know or realize. After all, as the writer said, life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)

What Do You See

What do you see
What do you see
What will your perception be
What do you see
What do you see
Is it a tree
Or is it opportunity
What do you see
What do you see
An obstacle
Or what will be
What do you see
What do you see
Is it bondage
Or will you be free
What do you see
What do you see
As a man thinks
So shall he be
What do you see
What do you see

Do We Really Believe?

I’m listening to somebody sing an awesome song. I’ve conversed with them and they dont seem to trust the God they are singing about.

Jesus commissioned the disciples to do what he was doing. They watched him,earned from him, and then he said go to the people do what you’ve seen me do. (Mark 9:1-6)

A couple of them came back unable to cast a demon out. Jesus did it. The disciples asked why they couldn’t. Jesus said it was because of their unbelief. (Matthew 17:14-20)

It’s a puzzling, interesting thing that we go to church and hear sermons, hear songs, read the Bible, do all of this God-centric or God-adjacent stuff yet…

We don’t see the promises of God manifested. We look at the problem and not the problem solver.

We look at the wind and the waves and sink instead of focusing on the Savior in the middle of a miracle. (Matthew 14:25-30)

We create this hero who we don’t allow to become our friend. We create this Santa Claus but don’t fellowship with him. We create this genie but don’t allow him to lead and guide us.

We ask, but not according to his will. (1 John 5:14) So, we end up with issues. We don’t do what the Bible says do in, the way it says to do it in order to receive because we aren’t fully believing it. Why? Because our concept of who he is and how we should relate to him is skewed.

We aren’t taught or ignore the character and mind of who God truly is. If we don’t know how can we believe? Our relationship is a two way street

But, if we are conditioned to always ask, have our hand out, expect him to just do whatever we ask, we are disappointed. That affects our belief.

What a world this would be if we allowed the Word and the giver of that word to come alive in our lives. What a world this would be if we invited him in and gave him control. What a world it would be if we simply, truly believed.