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  • Is the Story of Job Historical? (Job 1)

    Job 1 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. 4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.—Job 1:1–5 An Exemplary Man from the Land of Uz The prologue to Job (Job 1:1–5) introduces us to an unusual world. In verse 1, we meet a man with an unprecedented name (Hb. ʼiyyob, “Job”) from an uncertain place (“the land of Uz”) who worships (as of yet) an undefined “God” (Hb. ʼelohim). However, it is this man in that place and his relationship with that God that sets the scene for the unfolding of one of the OT’s most spectacular dramas. Verses 2–5 build upon this unusual opening with an unexpected description of the “perfect” man. Job is “perfect” in a numerological sense in that he has ten children (“seven sons and three daughters”; Job 1:2) and ten thousand animals (Job 1:3). Moreover, he is “perfect,” or as near to perfect as is any character in the OT, in a spiritual sense. He gains the distinct designation of being “the greatest of all the people of the east” (Job 1:3) both because he is rich and because he is righteous. He fears God. He turns away from evil. He provides for his children physically and spiritually. Was there really a man named Job? Did he live in a land called Uz? Was he perfectly righteous with a perfectly blessed life? Did he in one day lose everything but his troublesome, unnamed wife? Did he have friends who sat silently for seven days? Did he then suffer the accusations of Eliphaz, the blame of Bildad, the zings of Zophar, and the admonishments of Elihu? Did God hold a heavenly chamber room conference with Satan at which he granted permission to afflict Job? Did God really speak audibly to Job? Are Leviathan and Behemoth real creatures? Put simply, did the author of Job create the whole drama out of whole cloth, much like Shakespeare did with his characters from foreign countries who speak in poetry? The answer is not easy, and by no means should we be dogmatic. Who can know for certain? While Uz appears to be an ancient region, the names of Job’s daughters provide a tinge of historic realism (Job 42:14), and Ezekiel mentions Job alongside Noah and Daniel (Ezek. 14:14, 20; cf. James 5:11), such clues do not solve the riddle. Authors often set fictional works in real places (e.g., the Canterbury of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales), and Ezekiel and James could be referencing Job as a literary figure (similar to our saying, “We should not emulate the Wife of Bath’s lusts”). Tremper Longman offers a helpful balance: The truth may be between the view that Job was a historical character, with the book describing events of his life in detail, and the view that Job is a purely literary figure. Job could have been known as a particularly righteous person who suffered. His story would then lend itself to further elaboration for the purposes of discussing the issue of an innocent sufferer and wisdom. Indeed, the highly literary nature of the prose and poetry . . . would suggest that this at least is true. The genre signals help us to see that the book of Job is certainly not a precise historical report. It is either the elaborated story of an actual historical figure or of a literary figure. My view is that Job was a historical person, not a fictional character, someone whose legendary sufferings were the historical ground on which the author of Job built with magnificent literary flair. Thus, while I give poetic license to how the author retells the narrative (e.g., I do not take the speeches as verbatim reports of the interchange between Job and his friends), I take all of the characters named (including Satan) and the details of the story told (including the amazing catastrophes) to be historically accurate. Meeting the Historical Job In Job 1:1 we are told that Job is “blameless and upright,” or, in a more spatial translation, “whole and straight.” We might say, in the language of our Lord Jesus, that as Job walks the straight and narrow way that leads to life, he treats others the same way he wishes to be treated; his wholehearted submission, reverence, respect, and love for God show themselves in his whole (or “perfect”; Matt. 5:48) love for others. And because of this, his neighbors—and even his enemies—have nothing against him. He has treated them with fairness and equity and charity. He is a “man of peace [Hb. shalom],” namely, a “blameless” and “upright” man (Ps. 37:37). In this way, Christians should imitate Job. We should also imitate Job in the way he cares for his children. Think afresh about Job 1:4–5. Why does Job offer sacrifices for his children? They are presented in a positive way. The sons are independent; each of the seven has his own house. They all get along. Everyone attends all of the festivals, which might be something like birthday parties (“his day,” Job 1:4, perhaps equals “his birthday”) or, more likely, seven religious feasts throughout the year. Job’s household is harmonious. They are all also happy—based on the fact that they eat and drink together all the time. Eating and drinking are often symbolic in the Bible for joy (e.g., Eccles. 9:7). But within all of this wholesomeness, harmony, and happiness, something is amiss. God’s will in heaven is not yet done perfectly on earth. Satan is yet to appear in the book, but sin is already present. As ideal as the introduction to the book of Job is, we are not in Eden—we are east of it. Job thinks it necessary to sanctify and sacrifice because he fears his children might have sinned. We are not sure if he thinks their cursing God would be due to the deceitfulness of riches (they are quite wealthy), the lure of pagan idols (they live in “the east”), or simply some unintentional attitude or action (cf. Num. 15:28). Whatever the case, the description of Job’s scrupulousness is intended not to seem neurotic or in any way negative, but rather as sin-sensitive and God-honoring. He cleanses his children and sacrifices for their sins because he cares for their souls. As Christians, and in a Christian way (due to Jesus’ atoning death, there is no need for animal sacrifices), we should also pray for our children and do all we can to “consecrate” them, that is, set them apart from the world. However, with all of that noted, the apt response to Job 1:4–5 is not merely imitation. The text also foreshadows two other sacrifice scenes. The first is Job 42:8–9. Job offers blood sacrifices only at the beginning (Job 1:5) and end (Job 42:8–9) of the narrative. That final scene is the lens by which we are to read the whole narrative. But it is more than a lens that helps us look backward; it also—like the lens on a telescope—helps us look forward to the ultimate scene of sacrifice. In Job we see a righteous sufferer vindicated, sinners atoned for through a costly blood sacrifice, and the sovereign freedom and justice of God upheld. Likewise, in Jesus, we see a sacrificial death that demonstrates how innocent suffering can both show forth the justice of God and also save sinners. This article is by Douglas Sean O’Donnell and is adapted from the ESV Expository Commentary: Ezra–Job (Volume 4) edited by Iain M. Duguid, James M. Hamilton Jr., and Jay Sklar.

  • Who Were the Very First Christians?

    Following Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, thousands of Jews became believers. The period from roughly A.D. 30 to 100 saw the glory of the first Pentecost, the struggle of the church to organize for mission, the conversion of Saul (Paul), the mission to the Gentiles, and the spread of the faith to Rome, Alexandria, and Antioch, the three greatest cities of the Roman Empire. The day of Pentecost came 50 days after the offering of the first grain (Leviticus 23:10, 15, 16) at the Passover observances. It was a celebration of the wheat harvest, with pilgrims gathering from various nations of the Roman world. The crowd included Jews living outside of the Holy Land, as well as Gentiles who had accepted the Jewish faith. Luke lists their homelands beginning in the East, then in Asia Minor, and on to other Mediterranean areas—North Africa, Rome, and Crete (Acts 2:9-11). The Pentecost was quickly followed by the birth of the church, as distinct from a mere Jewish sect. The Good News also spread beyond Jerusalem with believers meeting in the temple courts, Jewish synagogues, and in private homes. Philip and the Samaritan The Samaritans were the first non-Jews to be evangelized by the early church. Philip “proclaimed the Messiah” to the Samaritans (Acts 8:5) and their reception of Philip’s message about the kingdom of God and about Jesus Christ was a significant step in the spread of the gospel. Samaritans were considered heretics by orthodox Jews, and they were receiving the gospel. Perhaps the Samaritans accepted the gospel more readily than Jews because they did not have to unlearn previous misconceptions about the coming Messiah. As the apostles continued to preach in many villages of Samaria, Samaritans became an accepted part of the church (Acts 8:25). Kandake’s Ethiopian Eunich Believes Luke gives us much information about the person that Philip evangelized and eventually baptized. The man was from Ethiopia, was a eunuch, served a queen as her treasurer, and had gone to worship in Jerusalem (Acts 8:27). This new convert’s background makes his conversion to Christianity significant. God himself made it clear that Gentiles should be included in his church. Ethiopia was an area south of Egypt. Because Ethiopia (Cush) and Egypt were so close geographically, they are often mentioned together in Scripture (see Psalm 68:31; Ezekiel 30:4; Nahum3:9). But Ethiopia is not close to Jerusalem, so Kandake’s eunuch had traveled from a distant location. Kandake is not a personal name but a title, like pharaoh. As the pharaoh was king of Egypt, so the Kandake was queen of Meroe, a kingdom on the Nile River south of Egypt. From Acts 8:27 it appears that “Kandake” could be used as a name for Meroe’s queens just as “Pharaoh” was used as a name for Egypt’s kings. The eunuch worked for someone of high authority. His position added to his status since as the queen’s treasurer he exercised great authority. It was common in Eastern countries for eunuchs to hold positions of high authority in a queen’s court. This eunuch was an important person. Nevertheless, he was a eunuch, and eunuchs were excluded from religious service in Israel  (Deuteronomy 23:1). The law prohibited them from serving as priests, who were required to have a whole body, free from blemishes (Leviticus 21:17– 20). The eunuch could worship in Jerusalem and read the sacred Scriptures (Acts 8:28) but could not be a full member of the Jewish religion. This eunuch represents a significant conversion to Christianity. With him, the Christian faith reached out to a distant land, to someone in the service of a queen, to someone who himself had high position. More importantly, it reached out to one who previously was an “outsider” to Israel’s religion. The God-Fearing Cornelius Caesarea Maritima, the home of Cornelius, served as the capital for the province of Judea. The city contained the residence for the Roman governor of Judea, as well as a regular Roman garrison (Acts 10:1). A legion of the Roman army was comprised of ten cohorts; five cohorts of about 600 soldiers each were stationed at Caesarea, while another cohort remained garrisoned on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Centurions like Cornelius commanded units, called centuries, that generally averaged 80 men. In contrast to high-class Romans who aspired to higher offices, centurions usually began as regular soldiers and worked their way up through the ranks. Army service for males usually began around age 17, and roughly half of the enlisters who survived the required 20 years of service were highly rewarded. The devout Cornelius (Acts 10:2) was a member of the “God fearers,” a class of religious people named in many ancient Jewish sources. God-fearers, while not full converts to Judaism, did respect Israel’s God and his teachings. Inscriptions reveal that many soldiers were interested in foreign religions like Judaism. Roman custom expected members of a household (whether wives and children or servants) to follow the religion of the head of the household. It was thus natural for Cornelius to have spread his faith to “all his family” (Acts 10:2). It’s not exactly clear who was part of Cornelius’s household since Roman regulations prohibited soldiers from marrying. Officials usually looked the other way while soldiers stationed in various places held illegal concubines, but centurions, who were moved more frequently, probably developed fewer relationships even with concubines. Unless Cornelius was retired or, as often happened, was breaking official rules, his household may have consisted primarily of servants (Acts 10:7). Peter’s ministry to the Gentile household of Cornelius was accepted by the Jerusalem church only after Peter convinced them that the Gentiles had become believers in the same sense as had Jesus’ followers, who were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 11:1– 18). The First Gentile Church The first church to include Gentile Christians was the church at Antioch (Acts 11:26). More innovative than the Jerusalem church, Antioch became the center of missionary outreach to Gentiles, yet still maintained close ties with Jerusalem. Eventually, the Jerusalem church acknowledged acceptance of Gentiles (Acts 11:18), and Antioch became a center of the Gentile church. It was in Antioch that the disciples were identified with the term “Christian,” (Acts 11:22-24), a term appearing only twice elsewhere in Scripture (Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). The term “Christian” likely originated with the Gentile population in Antioch, rather than with the followers of Christ themselves. The Gentiles, being unfamiliar with Jewish religion, could have thought “Christ” was a name, rather than recognizing it as a title for the Messiah. Thus, by about A.D. 46, the Antiochan Gentiles had distinguished the “Christians” from both Jews and pagans. Drawn from study notes in the NIV Chronological Study Bible.

  • How to Grow Your Faith

    A lot of people talk about “faith.” But what does that mean for our everyday lives? We offer reflections based on the experiences of historical figures in the Bible whose experiences teach us lessons about growing our faith today. Faith Involves Action After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:24–28 Hannah, a woman with a heart for prayer, lived with grief as a barren woman. Eli the priest misunderstood her grief as intoxication, but once he realized her faithfulness, he bid her to go in peace and blessed her. Hannah promised to give her child wholly for God’s service if he would grant her weeping request. God did hear her plea, gracing her with baby Samuel. And she followed through on her difficult promise. She offered Samuel to Eli, to serve God all the days of his life in the tabernacle. Hannah demonstrated her faith by offering up her firstborn. What does her stunning act demonstrate for us even today? That faith involves action. Hannah so trusted God that she could offer her child for God’s service. She knew he would take care of Samuel. You may see reflections of the gospel in this story, as God the Father truly did offer up his first and only child, but he did so for us. He entrusted Jesus to this world, and the world thanked him by crucifying him. Yes, Hannah’s faith was strong, and she did sacrifice, but nothing compares to the audaciousness of the sacrifice of the cross. Because of the cross, we can have deep faith in a God who gave so much for us. Reflect & Pray Who do you know who struggles with or has battled with infertility? How can knowing their trial deepen your understanding of Hannah’s faith? Lord, help me have the kind of faith Hannah exemplified. And thank you for showing me just how much you love me in giving your Son. Amen. Faith Is Exercised Through Prayer Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:13–18 According to James, when we’re in trouble, we should pray. When we’re elated, we should sing. When we’re sick, we should ask others to pray. Even confession is a form of prayer—we confess our sins so we’ll experience forgiveness. Prayer is an exercise of faith. Prayer reveals that we realize we can’t do life on our own, and we need God’s help in every area. James gives us a real-life example of faith-infused prayer by reminding us of Elijah and rain. In an arid, desert land, not having rain meant ruination. For three and a half long years, the nation of Israel struggled under a drought. Then Elijah prayed, and the clouds burst forth with life-giving rain. What James wants us to realize, though, is not that Elijah had supernatural powers. He wrote, “Elijah was a human being, even as we are” (verse 17). No, it was Elijah’s faith in a supernatural God that informed his prayers. Ordinary people demonstrate their faith when they pray to an extraordinary God, believing him for impossible things. Reflect & Pray What is one of your longstanding prayers? How has God built your faith through waiting for an answer to that long- term request? In what ways has he begun to answer your prayer? Lord, help me realize I don’t have to be extraordinary to have my prayers answered. I simply need to have faith in extraordinary you. I entrust today’s concerns to you, and I believe you hear me. Amen. Faith Is Personal After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the LORD’s anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. Judges 2:10-13 After Joshua’s death, the people of Israel became complacent. The passage says they “forsook” the Lord (verse 12), which means they turned away from him. But their turning away wasn’t toward nothing; they turned to other gods. As a result, they suffered. Why? Because they turned from the living, available God toward false gods, who only bring emptiness and loss. The truth? We cannot borrow faith. Nor can we rely on our parents’ or grandparents’ faith to save us. Although the Israelites who entered the promised land with Joshua saw great deliverance and worshiped God with abandon, the next generation failed to do so. They didn’t personalize their faith; they chose not to pursue God for themselves. This led to a vacuum of belief. It is a privilege to actively put our faith in God. Whether you’ve had faith examples through your family or you have no spiritual heritage, right now you have the opportunity to love and worship God with your whole heart. Ask him to come near, even if you have ventured far. God loves to answer the prayers of those seeking him. He loves you. Reflect & Pray Who in your life has chosen to walk away from God? What happened? Write a prayer for them here, asking God to rescue them. Lord, I want the kind of faith that keeps me continuing to chase you all the days of my life. Forgive me for straying. I need you today. Keep me close to you. Amen. Devotionals drawn from the NIV Radiant Virtues Bible.

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  • CKI Inspirations | My Site

    ​ Hello, and welcome to Cki's Inspirations where we receive insights from the word of God to enhance and brighten our day! So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and relax awhile with me. I pray that each and every encounter will be a blessing to you. ~ Peace & Love~ Cki. ​ Cruising Through Life with Grace on a Sunday Morning! ​ Sunday morning again! God woke us up to a brand new day; giving us the opportunity to walk in a brand new way. ​ One morning I wrote this about my outlook on life in Christ Jesus: “I don’t know about you, but I have always dreamed of having my life stretched out before me, going luxuriously according to plan. ​ The feeling is like you get from riding down the highway in a red corvette with the top down, hair blowing in the wind (?), music playing, and singing to the top of your lungs! Can you see it? Or, for some, a better visual might be you, onboard a cruise ship, standing outside in the night air after enjoying the seafood buffet that spanned the length of a large room. To give you a little insight into my life before Christ: Many years ago as a young sergeant, I drove a Catalina; a car that I thought was beautiful. It was black and limousine-like, and my girlfriends and I would hop in and ride to the What-a-burger in the Florida sun. There was a song back then “Nothing from Nothing Leaves Nothing.” That song was upbeat and we felt like we had the world as our oyster; that life was as good as it gets. But how many know we had problems that I won’t detail here, but life was a great challenge back then. Because of our choices back then, our futures were threatened by sin. So, as I think back on those days, it reminds me of so many people today, who truly believe life can’t get any better; therefore, I will do whatever I’m big and bad enough to do, hoping that I will not become a statistic! ​ So, we asked in that day, “What can be better than this?” Today, I know the answer. God, the Creator of the Universe, the Father of Jesus Christ has unfolded a plan before us that is astounding! His plan for you and me is eternal; He truly wants to do you good and make you happy as you glorify Him in the things you do and say. God’s salvation is far superior to anything we might find here on earth. Everything on earth is temporal and cannot save your soul. The enemy sows seeds daily with a goal of upending your marriage; your relationships; your health, because his end-game is to steal, kill, and destroy you. ​ These things on earth stimulate momentary pleasure, but with God you will find love everlasting, joy unspeakable, and full of glory, and a confident expectation of good that surpasses everything you thought was expensive. My, my, my how my life has changed from chasing after baubles and worthless adulation; to chasing after God and His blessings that make us rich, but add no sorrow with them. ​ Chasing holiness; desiring to live a sanctified (set-apart) life, trumps living that old fear-based, artificial, fake and phony existence that we thought was all there is. I thank God for over 45 years of real life in Christ Jesus, where I just want more of Him, and to be more like Him, and for God to be glorified. ​ “From morning to night keep Jesus in thy heart,. Long for nothing; desire nothing; hope for nothing but to have all that is within thee changed into the spirit and temper of the Holy Jesus.” William Law. ​ Have an awesome day in the Lord! Cki. "Hold Your Position!" Warfare for the Spirit-filled believer is a serious matter. We must hold our position in the thick of the battle; don't give up any ground to the enemy! ​ Christians often posture and fight a fake warfare where we act as if opposition is not real. ​ We are in a day when appearance is the ideal, rather than the truth at the base of appearance. ​ We're in a war whether we signed up for it or not. There is an active enemy coming against us and he is relentless. Sometimes when we think we are strong, the enemy is shooting arrows all around us, most of them missing, when we are alert. ​ Friday is a positive day; the end of the work week. So, why is Cynthia sounding a pessimistic note this morning? Well, because the times are rough; there is trouble on every side; the wars are raging, not only in other countries, but here in the US of A, and even in our homes. ​ Ignorance is not bliss! So, this morning I am sounding a warning cry to be alert at all times. Get dressed for battle every day; put on the complete armor of God that you may be able to stand, and having done all to stand, the word of God tells us to "stand therefore." ​ We are indeed soldiers in the army of the Lord. The adversary hated Jesus and he hates us. Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but there are principalities and powers; rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in the high places to contend with. ​ We, in this dispensation, need to learn to navigate beyond our five senses. The sense realm is just the beginning. God has given us weapons of warfare that rise above carnality; weapons that are mighty through Him to the pulling down of every stronghold. ​ I believe its time to get serious about spiritual warfare. It's time to take back everything the enemy, Satan, is trying to steal or has stolen from us and from our families. ​ As a grand-ma, I sense even stronger the need for intense prayer; for leaving "milk" and moving on to the "meat" of the Word. We do this through the pursuit of a "Holy Ghost" filled; fire-baptized ministry. He will teach us how to war a good warfare. ​ He will teach us how to use our one offensive weapon and the other defensive ones. The word of God is our offensive weapon. Study, get in there and learn how to wield this weapon. The Bible tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it will eat the fruit thereof. So, learn to speak the Word. There is power, life-altering power in the word of God! ​ Then allow the Holy Spirit to instruct you as to how to wear the rest of the armor. As an ex-military soldier, I know the value of using our armor properly. I never saw combat, in that sense of the word, but we prepared for it intensively. ​ I was assigned at one point to Bomb Damage Repair (BDR). The idea was that an enemy could blow a hole in the run-way to impede the progress of our air response or attacks. We were to run out and repair the damage so that planes could land and take-off. ​ I had a helmet on to protect my head, much like the armor laid out in Ephesians, chapter 6. ​ Well, in this spiritual battle, the devil loves to wage war on the battlefield of the mind: the seat of control for the soul that controls our decision making. ​ Satan's primary MO is to get us to hear his thoughts, ideas and suggestions that are enervating (a gradual or physical moral weakness); that sow seeds of divisiveness, discord, and disaffection. ​ God has given us a girdle to under-gird and bind us up. We have a breastplate of righteousness (our original is as filthy rags, it cannot protect us; what we have through Jesus Christ is righteous). ​ We walk with shoes of peace; we have a shield of faith that moves to combat the fiery darts of the enemy. And , we have the sword of the Spirit that I mentioned earlier, which is the word of God! ​ Better than any GI issue, God has properly dressed us for guaranteed success against any and all advances. Allow the Holy Spirit to be your instructor in the proper use of this incredible armor. Just remember, the devil does not take a day off; he is always on the job seeking whom he may devour. ​ God has equipped us to fight and win every-time. And, remember, this really is a fixed-fight; the enemy doesn't stand a chance against you or your family because you are diligent, vigilant, and on the job 24/7! ​ Study how Jesus dealt with Satan in the wilderness. He was victorious as He wielded the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God! Jesus said, "It is written." Now, it's our turn to say, "It is written." ​ But, we must first know what is written. Declare the Word over your life and your families' life. Place the blood of Jesus over the door-post of your life through prayer. Plead the blood; declare the promises of God as a decree and always receive them as amen. ​ I could go on and on about the weapons God has given us and the secret to using those weapons, who is the Holy Spirit. But let me just say: Praise God for loving us so thoroughly; for sending Jesus to die for us, to put the enemy under our feet. ​ Jesus won the victory, now it is our turn to maintain it. The word of God tells us that we overcome (are victorious), by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony. And what else does that verse say? "And not loving our lives unto death." ​ Well, that's a lot for one talk, but we need to declare and decree that all offerings from the enemy are refused! I have authority given to me by Jesus, and I can dismantle the schemes of the devil by my words. I choose to stand my ground through the power of the anointing! ​ Thank You Jesus for Your great sacrifice; in my life, it will never be in vain. ​ See you next time when we'll continue to explore "Active Warfare," through the 3 R's of Active Warfare." Until then, blessings for a powerful week in the Lord!. Love you, Cki. ​ "Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold to eternal life!" 1 Tim. 6:12 ​ ​ Chasing darkness, or the Light? (The Eclipse) The "great chase" continues on this Monday morning! Especially today, because thousands are chasing a total solar eclipse. There will not be another for the next 20 years, they say! ​ There is a strong "so what" factor here. To those who do not chase such phenomenons, there is wonder that persons will gas up and drive for hours to see darkness. ​ But here's an existential question: "Why chase darkness, when darkness is all around us?" Yes, the Bible speaks of darkness, and gross darkness concerning the people. ​ I am intrigued by scripture in Isaiah 60 that speaks of a dichotomy between darkness and light that should be our focus. Let's take a look: ​ Isaiah 60: 1-2: "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee (2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee." ​ Down through the years, that darkness has manifested, from the darkness that shrouded Zion in that day, to the darkness that brings poverty, wars, racism, and political unrest to nations of the world today. ​ So, it seems strange to chase darkness, unless you look into it to reject its gifts as you see the beauty of light which brings order to chaos. To those who are citizens of the Kingdom of God, you know what I mean. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). He is the light of the world; and He is our light and our salvation which takes away all fear (Psalm 27:). ​ The power of God's light expels darkness and all the powers of evil, so why wouldn't we prefer light over darkness? The answers to life are in the light! ​ There is one scripture that blows the mind of God's children, because the possibilities within it speak to the limitless power of God to transcend anything, especially darkness: "Light shines in darkness, and the darkness cannot understand nor overpower, nor extinguish it!" ​ Light in scripture symbolizes God's all-encompassing knowledge, wisdom and creative power. It symbolizes God's holiness (in Him is no darkness at all). It symbolizes God's intrinsic goodness; His gracious nature; and His revelations to His people. ​ We, as His children are to be light in this world. Matthew 5: 14-16 tells us that we are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. We are to shine into dark places (like putting a light on a stand rather than under a bushel basket). ​ So that I don't make this long and drawn out, let me just say that the first words God uttered in creation were: "Let there be light." The first thing in that moment of creation was light. ​ What I'm trying to put forth here is that darkness is the opposite of that light, and it represents chaos. When God uttered those words, the earth was void and in a chaotic state. Darkness covered the face of the deep. God was restoring order; and bless God, light illuminated that gross darkness. ​ Praise God, we get to live in this day when the light of God is so available through the Holy Spirit, our wisdom guide. We don't have to chase after it. When you're in Christ, the Holy Spirit takes up residence within You; He walks alongside You; He sticks to you closer than a brother; and He always brings light! ​ So, today, I pray that all those who are hitting the highways chasing darkness, (especially those seeking some deep spiritual experience), will instead look up: not into the sun's eclipse, but to the SON, sent by God to bring new life! Every bit of knowledge one seeks, can be found through relationship with the resurrected Christ. It's ironic that this eclipse is occurring so close to the celebration of the death of Christ, where at the site of the crucifixion, about noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. ​ Someone said it was an "oppressive gloom." I believe that gloom still hovers over the earth today, not as a scientific phenomenon, but because of sin and despair. ​ But, the resurrection happened! New life, new opportunities, deliverance and hope! This hope is a confident expectation of good that is available to everyone who will receive it. This hope is in JESUS! ​ So, I pray this will save someone money, time and heartbreak chasing darkness. But, rather attention will shift to the Author of Life and light who can bless your life and make it count! ​ God bless you as you walk through April 8th, 2024, a day of decision! ​ Love you, Cki. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ The Afterglow: Carpe Diem ​ Carpe Diem, often translated as "Seize the Day," has been debated as to its original meaning. But, this morning I submit to you that "seize the day" is just fine with me. ​ It's the same, to those who love Jesus, as saying, "Command your morning," or your day. " We want to take charge of our days from morning to night. ​ Time is of the essence! Time, though some live to be 90, 100 years today, even that is a vapor. I saw one translation of carpe diem which said, enjoy yourself, savor the uniqueness and value of every moment. ​ For those in Christ Jesus, living in the Kingdom of God, that is truth! We live a unique existence which emanates from the Throne-room of Grace. Those are not just fancy words without meaning, the Kingdom of God is amazing! ​ There is a power that we have access to as Christians that the world cannot know or understand. We have been plucked up out of darkness, into the marvelous light of God through Jesus Christ. ​ Yesterday on the Christian calendar was Resurrection Sunday or Easter as it is often called. There was a bit of euphoria attached to the day, some people came into the church house for a once a year visit because of a seed sown probably when they were children. ​ I pray that every one of those seeds was watered on yesterday, and those precious souls yearn for that special touch of the Holy Spirit to be a permanent part of their lives. I simply cannot imagine the number of souls saved on yesterday! ​ That is the true meaning of carpe diem to me, seize the day to win souls, souls, and more souls; to bring them into the Kingdom!!! ​ So, as we bask in the afterglow of Easter celebrations, let those of us in Christ Jesus always remember that we are on a mission for the One who shed His precious blood and died for our salvation, to expand the Kingdom of God. ​ We are happy only when His purposes are manifesting rapidly throughout the whole earth. ​ So, whatever your particular talent; give it over to Jesus, and allow the blessed Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in the proper use of that gift. ​ May the Lord add a blessing to this inspiration. And I look forward to Resurrection Day or Easter Sunday, 2025!!! Amen . ​ Scriptures: Ephesians 5:15-17: "So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. ​ Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for His purposes. And don't live foolishly for then you will have discernment to fully understand God's will. And, don't get drunk with with wine, which is rebellion, instead be filled continually with the Holy Spirit." (TPT). ​ Finally, Psalm 90:12 reminds us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom." ​ Life here on earth is finite, we want to be good stewards of this precious gift of minutes and hours. Our greatest desire should be to please God, and to bless our fellow sojourners. Jesus commanded us to "Love one another as He has loved us." (John 13:34). ​ That's one commandment we can all embrace by the power of the Holy Spirit: setting aside differences and seeing the face of God in every man and woman created by Him as precious and worthy of agape love. ​ So, on the Monday after; we can continue to bask in the afterglow; but we must keep stoking the fire through time spent building a strong, firm relationship with the Father, and through doing His will, not ours. ​ Have a wonderful day in the Lord. God bless you, Cki. ​ "May the fire on my altar never burn out; make me a house of prayer!" ​ From Poverty to Power, in our Souls! ​ Glory to God! Today's a new day; a thrilling opportunity to learn and grow through revelation knowledge! It is such an awesome pleasure to lift up the name of Jesus on this Friday morning; one more time in the earth realm. ​ The God we serve is beyond what we call awesome in this world. He loved us beyond measure, sending His Son to die for our sins and to return us to Him. ​ Many years ago, I wrote a book called: "From Poverty to Power; Enriching the Soul." As I look back on it, there is a profound yearning to carry out the "Great Commission;" to tell everyone about Jesus, the One who was crucified, died and was buried. ​ There was a great stone rolled against the tomb to assure He could not escape death, but when the women arrived at the tomb, Jesus was not in it! He was very much alive! ​ So, the bottom line is that we serve a risen King; King of Kings; Lord of Lords. One who enabled us to live a different kind of life, free of every entanglement that would threaten to devour us. ​ My heart was poured out in that book in child-like fashion. I was somewhat new to expressing my feelings about Jesus and the Christian faith in writing for all to see, and my passion was palpable. ​ Here's an excerpt: "God's Spirit placed upon my heart, a burden for men, women, boys and girls who have come to Christ Jesus through salvation, but who continue to reach for all the wrong things in life: searching for love in all the wrong places, and living like the devil daily while professing Christ Jesus on Sunday morning! God taught me the dangerous power of a soul that is not renewed by the word of God according to Romans 12:2. ​ Another verse continues the plea to allow righteousness and holiness to become themes in our lives rather than "back-burner" issues: "The errant soul can carry the believer into dark and dank places where he does not belong! Although salvation has taken place in the spirit, and that one is saved to eternal life, he or she has not tapped into the power of God that makes it possible to live a Kingdom of God lifestyle right here on earth. God gave us a powerful key to this style of life in Romans 14:17: "For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but it is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost . ​ So, all of our worldly preoccupations are designed to deter us from what is real and vastly important, which is, living a Christ-like life before God and man. The Holy Scriptures clearly tell us that only what we do for Christ will remain." A writer wrote that we have "One life, two little lines." What will you put between those lines? At first, we did not know any better; but now, we do know. ​ Life is not about graft and greed; life is not about petty jealousies. Life is not about differences separating us, like color of skin; ethnicity; or creative thought; things that were meant by God to enhance our lives, not to divide us! God created a beautiful tapestry for us to enjoy, that when perverted in our thoughts, causes us to look upon our brother or sister with a jaundiced eye. ​ God has so much more than that laid up for His children. Jesus said in John 10:10: "The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." ​ So, if you're a Christian who is living underneath your privileged and authorized inheritance as outlined in the precious Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ to you (the Bible); If you're broke and ashamed of your lifestyle. If you are interested in grabbing hold of the principles of "Soul Prosperity" (prosperity of the mind, the will and the emotions) that will catapult you from the cellar of blessings - to eating from the Master's table, then stay tuned this week as we explore further the Gift of Life God has already given you. It's yours for the receiving! ​ I invite you to join me at to enjoy this article and many others. I look forward to an amazing weekend and week to follow, in Christ Jesus. ​ Blessings, Cki. ​ Resurrection Sunday is Here!!! (Holy Week 2024) ​ Hallelujah! Our anthem for today is the song: "Up From the Grave He Arose!!! The song-writer captured the essence of the resurrection beautifully with these lyrics: ​ "Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o'er His foes. He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose; He arose; Hallelujah, Christ arose!" ​ Today, we celebrate the message of Holy Week; the culmination of an 8-day journey with Jesus. ​ The excitement is palpable as families prepare for what is widely known as Easter Sunday. Churches all over the globe are filled with worshipers; tables are prepared for family dinners. ​ But the most important part of Resurrection Sunday is coming face to face with the reality that we serve a risen Savior! ​ Scriptures come to life in our hearts once again. Matthew 28:6: "He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay." Glory to God! That was indeed a hallelujah moment. So, how does the resurrection bring you hope and joy? Let's remember a scripture from 1st Corinthians, chapter 6, verse 14: "And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power." ​ So, as we celebrate the triumph of our Lord, and His resurrection; how He was raised from the dead; don't forget to celebrate your own translation from death to life. ​ Jesus completed His work which remitted our sin, and brought us back into relationship with God the Father and eternal life. ​ Another delicious scripture, this time from Romans 6:4-5 brings us into Jesus' triumph: "We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His; we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His." ​ 1st Peter 1:3: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." ​ We could go on and on with glorious scriptures that link our fortunes to Christ's. We have new life in Him, our sins are forgiven, and now we are positionally seated together with Christ Jesus in the heavenly places. Scripture tells us that we are joint heirs with Christ! We are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. ​ So, not only did we go from death to life, we are now heirs and heiresses according to the scriptures. We are ambassadors carrying the gospel message to the poor and spiritually disenfranchised. ​ We are part now of a new nation called the Kingdom of God; a holy nation! So, let us arise to our new station in life. ​ I pray now that the Holy Spirit will help us to see the golden status we now have in this new life: That all who profess Jesus will live as He lived, warriors for the truth; warriors who spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth. ​ I pray that all who receive Jesus will also receive the call on your life to labor in the vineyard; to tell a dying world that Jesus Christ lives; to be a vessel God can use to bring souls into the Kingdom, and to disciple them as led by the Holy Spirit. ​ One last scripture from Mark 16:15-17: "He (Jesus) said to them: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. ​ And these signs will accompany those who believe. In My name they will drive out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will place their hands on sick people and they will get well." ​ So, you see, the same as Jesus walked in power, so shall we who believe on Him. The Bible emphatically states that the same power that raised up Jesus from the dead now dwells in us (Rom. 8-11). Praise His Holy name. ​ We have the Holy Spirit of the living God within us to lead and guide us into all truth. He is the power of God resident within us. Therefore, we are a blessed people empowered to prosper and to do good works for God. ​ And this is a great time to remember that only what we do for Christ will remain. Glory to God! Let's pray: ​ Father, we thank You for opening our eyes to the glory of the 8-day journey of Jesus from His triumphal entry into Jerusalem where the people cried out "Hosanna in the highest", to the crucifixion and resurrection. ​ We thank You, Father, for clarity of purpose. We thank You Jesus, for Your great sacrifice on the cross. We are so grateful for the resurrection where our triumph comes from. ​ Father, I pray that these truths become rhema in the lives of all who read these words and agree that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God! It is in the name above every name that I pray, the precious name of Jesus, the Christ, Son of the living God, amen and amen. ​ Jesus overcame death, hell and the grave. Now, death no longer has any victory, neither the grave any sting. May the glory of Jesus' resurrection remind us that in Christ, nothing is impossible to us; hope springs eternal! ​ Please enjoy Resurrection Sunday celebrations with family and friends in remembrance of Jesus and His substitutionary atonement and propitiation for our sin. ​ "Death, where is thy sting? Grave, where is thy victory?" ​ God loves you, and so do I. ​ Forever, Cki. ​ ​ Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (Holy Week 2024) ​ Praise God! This 2024 Holy Week Celebration marches on! We are privileged to be able to experience each day of Jesus' journey, from Palm Sunday, to Resurrection Sunday. ​ Within those days there is triumphant celebration of Jesus by the people of that day; and then just as suddenly, they called for the release of Barrabas over Jesus, calling for the crucifixion of our Lord. ​ Maundy Thursday gives us the institution of the "Last Supper." What a gift to the body of Christ this would become. Jesus institutes Communion which we observe to this day! ​ Jesus also washed the feet of His disciples on Maundy Thursday, demonstrating servant-hood; how we all are to love one another from the seeming "high place of titles and position, to the place of the person in need." ​ Jesus said, "You call Me teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I Am. If I then, your Lord and teacher have washed your feet; you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you an example that you also should do as I have done to you." (John 13: 12-15). ​ Maundy means commandment in Latin. That is why English speaking countries call Thursday of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday where Jesus gives the great command to love one another as He has loved us. ​ The following day is Good Friday, which is to me as important and significant as Sunday. On Sunday we celebrate the risen Savior, but how can one arise from the dead, if He has not died? ​ On "Good Friday" there was crucifixion, and death. Jesus is condemned to die. This Jesus is the same Jesus who on day one, Palm Sunday, was heralded with palm branches and cries of hosanna; now, he is crucified and dies. ​ Many believe this day is called "Good Friday" because it is the dramatic culmination of God's plan to forgive our sins. Without the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus, without the excruciatingly painful death, without the stripes He took to secure our healing, Sunday would not be possible. ​ In our session on Zoom yesterday, so many nuggets were uncovered. Someone said, if they had chosen Jesus over Barabbas, where would we be? God had a plan, and Judas Iscariot set the plan in motion. The rest followed the prophecies that foretold Jesus' death and resurrection, and we are the recipients of the golden nuggets of Salvation! ​ Just remember; Thursday and Friday were necessary for Jesus to complete His work. But, there is light, an inexpressible bright light at the end of this tunnel. ​ Saturday is coming; a day of waiting, followed by Sunday's power-full resurrection! ​ Spoiler alert: "He got up, with all power in His hands; glory to God!" ​ Scripture readings: John 13: 1-17; and Matthew 27: 1-66. ​ Song: "We Remember You, by Morris Chapman ​ Enjoy Holy Week, delving deeply into the journey of our Lord. This is the most important week of the Christian experience. You will be blessed. ​ Love you, Cki. "We're Approaching the Season!" (Palm Sunday 2024) ​ The songwriter wrote: "Hallelujah! Jesus is alive; death lost it's victory, and the grave has been denied. The Lamb of God is risen, He's alive! Hallelujah, Jesus is alive!" ​ We begin today what is referred to as "Holy Week." What an awesome time of remembrance. We will remember the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Jesus was hailed as king by the crowds. ​ Well, just a few days later, it was the crowd that screamed: Give us Barrabas!" They screamed: "Crucify Him! ​ We will never know the depth of what led the crowd to change so dramatically; or even the depth of Jesus' agony as He was scourged, and crucified. Why would He endure such condemnation and pain when He was the Son of God who could call legions of angels to rescue Him? ​ The crux of the matter is that Jesus was on a mission to do the work and the will of the Father. Jesus was on a mission to set us free! ​ The mission was not one of pleasure for Jesus, or desire. We remember Gethsemane: the garden where Jesus prayed and asked that the cup pass from Him. But, Jesus ultimately prayed: "Nevertheless, not my will, but Thine be done." ​ Those words spoke volumes; and they continue to speak to us today, challenging us to give up our feelings and fears, and our desires, to take up our cross and follow Him. ​ He is worthy of all the praise, the honor and the glory; for without His shed blood, we would be forever in sin and separated from God! ​ But, praise the Lord, we are no longer separated; but, we who were once afar off have been brought nigh by the blood of the Lamb! We, who were bankrupt, lost for all eternity, have been translated from darkness to light; from death to life! ​ So, this week, put the Cross of Calvary in remembrance; not the physical cross, but the holy, power filled day of surrender, where the whole destiny of creation was divinely shifted! ​ Think about His great love shown to us on that fateful day; of His goodness. Think about the blood shed when they pierced His side; and the water. Think about how drastically your life, and my life has changed because Jesus surrendered His life. ​ Now, during this holy week, think about your part in the story. What does God require of you? Will you be faithful to your charge? Let's ponder these things together, and when we arrive at Resurrection Sunday, next week, we will be stronger; our minds refreshed; our gratitude even greater than today. ​ May God bless and keep each of you; may He make His face to shine upon you, and may He continue to grant you peace. ​ Love you always, Cki. "Holy Wednesday: Sunday is Coming!" (Holy Week 2024) ​ Sometimes Holy Wednesday is called "Spy Wednesday." What? Is there some kind of cloak and dagger going on? ​ Yes, the Bible is filled with intrigue. And nothing is more undercover than the work of Judas behind the scenes, a clandestine spy who orchestrated the "ambush" of Jesus. ​ Judas was to collect information like an informant, give it to the Sanhedrin, and lead them to Jesus, even to point him out with a kiss. ​ Matthew 26: 14-16: "Then one of the twelve - the one called Judas Iscariot - went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?" The answer was 30 pieces of silver. ​ We're never sure why a person goes from patriot to spy, but some speculate that Judas was frustrated. He thought Jesus would topple Rome. Some think he wanted to give Jesus a push that would invoke insurrection. ​ Whatever the reason, Judas betrayed Jesus for personal reasons. My prayer today is that not one of us will ever follow in Judas' footsteps, That we will hold fast to our profession of faith; that we will forever confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God! ​ Denial is normally the product of process. Persons don't just wake up one day, stop assembling with other saints, stop professing the promises of God, or even stop praying, there is a stealthy process that begins (usually stemming from a hurtful event). ​ In the case of Judas, he was called a thief, stealing from the money box. In the gospel of John, we get a little insight into a flaw in Judas' character. Remember when Mary took a costly oil of spikenard, opened it and poured it out upon Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair? What an awesome display of her love for Him. ​ Judas asked, why didn't we sell that oil and give the money to the poor? It could have garnered three hundred denari! John gives us the hidden motivation here: more money! ​ He was disgruntled, and he had personal desires that led him down a path all the way to betrayal! Ultimately, he led a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and pharisees to the Garden where Jesus would go after their meal. ​ And, how did Judas betray him? He betrayed him with a kiss. The kiss seemed to highlight the fact that he had a personal relationship with Jesus that he used for ill-gotten gains. ​ Guess what came later? As Judas listened to the Jewish religious leaders and their unjust deliberations that would lead to Jesus' conviction and death, Judas seemed to become remorseful. He "threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself." ​ 2 Cor. 7:10: "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death." ​ So, today, on this Wednesday morning of Holy Week, let's examine ourselves, asking the Holy Spirit to help us see our motivations; making sure that we will never receive outside information that turns us away from God's pronouncements. ​ No matter our sin, Jesus died to remit it; we can repent and turn back to God at any moment. We can confess our sins, and God has promised to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness! ​ Holy Wednesday always leads to resurrection Sunday! Repentance brings transformation; joy; revival; forgiveness; and an eternal refreshing! ​ God bless you all! ​ Maundy Thursday is coming! Love you, Cki. "I Will Always Love You" (The Struggle to Forgive) ​ Well, Praise the Lord once again saints. What a privilege to open our eyes to another bright new day full of possibilities. ​ How many of you remember Whitney Houston's rendition of the song: "I Will Always Love You?" Her voice was enigmatic, and soulful. But, the song pledges something that is rare in this world. ​ Will you always love the person you're gaga about in this moment? Can you promise never to leave or forsake them? ​ Well, today I want to talk about someone who really will keep that promise; Jehovah God! This is the all-powerful One who has promised never to leave us, nor forsake us. He has promised never to abandon us. ​ I believe I'm speaking to someone right now; someone who is suffering abandonment: through a break-up of a relationship; a rift between family members; separation from your church through a misunderstanding; or even suffering abandonment because of a divorce. ​ No matter the reason for that person to leave your life; that special someone you loved with all your heart who is now on the verge of walking out; the pain is palpable. ​ God never told us we would not suffer loss; that trials would not come to us; but He did promise that Jesus overcame the world, so we can be of good cheer. ​ What kind of advice is that in the midst of my storm? How can you tell me to smile and move on when my whole world is shattered? ​ The answer is, I can't tell you that in good conscience. There have been too many times in my life when I've had to swallow deep disappointment and hear the word of the Lord. Times when people hurt me, or left me, pledging friendship forever. ​ It's so hard to understand how a bond can be so easily broken. Sometimes I don't even know what I've done to have the relationship come to such an abrupt and sad end. But, no matter what I feel; no matter how deep the wound; God says that I must forgive the one who broke his/her promise. I must forgive them for my sake! ​ At first, I thought this impossible; but now, because the Holy Spirit has taught me that forgiveness is as necessary as breathing, that God forgave us through Jesus Christ and changed our lives forever; I can now more quickly forgive. ​ Heavenly Father, I pray now for my sister, my brother who is struggling to forgive the one who wounded them; the one who abandoned them; the one who broke trust. ​ Father, Your word which governs the life of your children teaches us to forgive as we have so graciously been forgiven. ​ Father, please forgive me for harboring unforgiveness when you have shown us the benefit of forgiving all who trespass against us. Anger and bitterness become my portion when I hold onto offense. Teach me how to give up my "right" to be angry, and to live as You have demonstrated to us. ​ Father, I vow right now, to forgive anyone who has wronged me in any way. I give it to You Father, and I leave it with You. Today, is my freedom moment. The enemy of our souls will have no part in me. Father, I forgive everyone who hurt me; I will not harbor the poison of unforgiveness any longer. Thank You Lord for the power to forgive. In Jesus' name I pray, amen and amen. ​ Before today, you thought it impossible to let go and let God handle the pain deep inside. But, bless God, now you are ready to close your hand like a fist; then open it slowly, and visualize letting go. This works by faith, and faith works by love. ​ Now that you have forgiven all; give God a praise for this unexpected shift in your whole way of seeing things, and arise to your new life of peace and tranquility in Christ Jesus. ​ I love you so much, and Jesus loves you even more; and, more perfectly. ​ Blessings always, Cki. Cruising Through Life With Grace! ​ Praise the Lord! It's Monday morning again, and God is still in His holy temple! ​ And what are we doing? We are still cruising through life with grace, I hope. ​ In the book, "Cruising Through LIfe With Grace," I wrote: "Father, I awake to Your glory; I lay me down to sleep in Your presence, and then morning comes again, and I see the glory of the Lord shining bright all over again." ​ God's glory is evident everywhere if we'll see with the eyes of the Spirit. When you think about God's goodness to you over the years, gratitude will flood your soul and things will become more than tolerable, all the way to something good is on the way through Christ Jesus. ​ Our prayer this morning is: Father, I thank You for life, health, strength, cognizance, memory, and balance. For You are the lifter of my head. You are the buoyancy that keeps me afloat, high above principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in the high places. ​ With You, O Lord, I am never, ever alone. Your promises are steadfast and forever settled in heaven. With You Jesus, I am forever cruising down the highways of life; blessed to be a blessing. In the Name of Jesus I pray this prayer of thanksgiving, amen . ​ Smokey Robinson of Motown had a song called Cruising, which said release and you will find, you're going to fly away. I don't normally quote secular songs, but I believe that if we release everything in our lives to Jesus, we will fly! ​ Life as we know it will cease to exist, and victory wiill show up in our lives. But, we must do it His way, not my way or our way. It has to be according to scripture. ​ It's called "K ingdom life," and it is marvelous in the sight of God! So, today I submit to you that living this life changes your station in life immediately. Bills will still be bills, but now you have an advocate with you; you have the God who has supernatural power on Your side. ​ Open the door to real life; open your heart fully to Jesus!!! ​ * The book, Cruising Through Life With Grace is available through this website and through all the online bookstores. Just look for C. K. Inniss books. Cruising Through Life With Grace! ​ Praise the Lord! It's Monday morning again, and God is still in His holy temple! ​ And what are we doing? We are still cruising through life with grace, I hope. ​ In the book, "Cruising Through LIfe With Grace," I wrote: "Father, I awake to Your glory; I lay me down to sleep in Your presence, and then morning comes again, and I see the glory of the Lord shining bright all over again." ​ God's glory is evident everywhere if we'll see with the eyes of the Spirit. When you think about God's goodness to you over the years, gratitude will flood your soul and things will become more than tolerable, all the way to something good is on the way through Christ Jesus. ​ Our prayer this morning is: Father, I thank You for life, health, strength, cognizance, memory, and balance. For You are the lifter of my head. You are the buoyancy that keeps me afloat, high above principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in the high places. ​ With You, O Lord, I am never, ever alone. Your promises are steadfast and forever settled in heaven. With You Jesus, I am forever cruising down the highways of life; blessed to be a blessing. In the Name of Jesus I pray this prayer of thanksgiving, amen . ​ * The book, Cruising Through Life With Grace is available through this website and through all the online bookstores. Just look for C. K. Inniss books. Still Cruising with Grace! ​ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!!! For He has done great things. ​ I have come today to stimulate our desire for more: more of Jesus and His great love and power. I believe visualization is one of the keys to manifestation. ​ Cruising through life with grace requires that we see things through our spirit eyes. oh yes, we have eyes of flesh that tell us lies, and then we have the ability through Jesus Christ to see things the way God intended. ​ We can see ourselves in a whole new light, far from the dusty old lamp used by this world to categorize us and minimize us. We are so different than man's assessment of us. ​ Let's take a look: God calls us His children; children of the Most High God who created everything! We come from the ultimate DNA, that of Jesus Christ. All the sickle cells; the abnormal heart beats, the kidneys that refuse to flush properly, eyes that refuse to see clearly blocked by cataracts and other malfunctions must bow to our new DNA. ​ We belong to Christ Jesus and are inheritors of everything He bequeathed. And beloved, our inheritance is great and powerful. We can bind and loose; we can call those things that be not as though they were! ​ Let's do it! Let's take Him at His word. Bless His holy name. Our God is truly awesome, He provides; He comforts; He restores; He is the repairer of the breach; restorer of paths to dwell in. ​ So, today, resolve to forget about yesterday and come on over into today. Let's live in the "faith zone" and let God be God in our lives. The result will be that you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living; and multitudes will see and believe! ​ At the end of the day, our names are written down in the Lamb's book of Life, we can rejoice; but there are still too many outside the Covenant who are unaware of Salvation and eternal life. ​ When God showers down His goodness and His favor upon you and me, the world will take notice, because we will not receive it by the sweat of our brow as they are striving, but we have the favor of Almighty God working on our behalf all day, every day! ​ Would you agree with me that we are a "Most Blessed" people, who serve the ultimate "Blessor?" God Almighty; Jehovah God; Adonai; Our Father, is the One true and living God! His power is unsurpassed; His wisdom is unparalleled; and His grace is sufficient for us all! Glory to God. ​ So, I pray you have been excited to visualization: see this new Kingdom in operation right here on earth. Walk in it: see your path as ambassador of the Most High God; see your place as the head of it, and not the tail end as you might have been previously; and don't forget to see yourself as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus as you comport yourself accordingly in the workplace, the home, and in the church-house. ​ I know, this is so exciting, new life, new ideals, new direction, a brand new love who has promised never to leave nor forsake you. Receive it all today, in Jesus' name, amen . ​ Go, be great because your Father is God, Your Savior is Jesus, and Your constant companion is the Holy Spirit of the Living God! My soul cries out, "Hallelujah, thank God for saving me!" ​ See you again soon. Love you, Cki. Cruising Through Life With Grace! ​ Praise the Lord! It's Monday morning again, and God is still in His holy temple! ​ And what are we doing? We are still cruising through life with grace, I hope. ​ In the book, "Cruising Through LIfe With Grace," I wrote: "Father, I awake to Your glory; I lay me down to sleep in Your presence, and then morning comes again, and I see the glory of the Lord shining bright all over again." ​ God's glory is evident everywhere if we'll see with the eyes of the Spirit. When you think about God's goodness to you over the years, gratitude will flood your soul and things will become more than tolerable, all the way to something good is on the way through Christ Jesus. ​ Our prayer this morning is: Father, I thank You for life, health, strength, cognizance, memory, and balance. For You are the lifter of my head. You are the buoyancy that keeps me afloat, high above principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in the high places. ​ With You, O Lord, I am never, ever alone. Your promises are steadfast and forever settled in heaven. With You Jesus, I am forever cruising down the highways of life; blessed to be a blessing. In the Name of Jesus I pray this prayer of thanksgiving, amen . ​ * The book, Cruising Through Life With Grace is available through this website and through all the online bookstores. Just look for C. K. Inniss books. ​ Like the Dew in the Morning! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The songwriter sang: "Like the dew in the morning, Lord I hunger for Your touch. ​ And so do I! Not sure why the word dew is so prevalent in my brain this morning, but for several days now the idea of the power in the dew has captured me. ​ One article shed light on the subject. Dew is a symbol of resurrection (Isaiah 26:19). "Just as the earth brings forth its dew, so also it shall bring forth the dead to new life. Dew is a symbol of the redeemed and resurrected people of God." ​ Moses taught that God's word shall distill as the dew, found in Deuteronomy 32:2. The manna that fed the children of Israel in the wilderness came with the dew (Numbers 11:19). ​ Our souls are sometimes flooded with revelation all at once; but for the most part we receive ongoing revelation, like the mist of falling dew. ​ When we receive the refreshing dew, our souls thrive and revitalize around the word of God. And with all the chatter around us, we need to stop and acknowledge the presence of God which transcends every other thing. ​ Psalm 133: 3 : "It is like the dew of Hermon falling on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord has appointed the blessing - life forevermore." ​ I pray that the word of God is your "go to," now and for always, so that God, by His Spirit can bring a refreshing mist into your life daily. ​ Love you, Cki. ​ ​ Whose Report will You Believe? ~~~~~~~~ Praise the Lord this morning saints of God! What an awesome day to come before His presence with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise! ​ Think about your day. What mountains do you have before you? What is there that might cause you to pause and reflect? ​ Remember today, that the past is the past and it belongs in the past. Moments that hurt, that caused pain, moments that brought shame; all of that can be put under the blood of Jesus and left there. ​ Jesus gave His life on Calvary so that you and I might live. Such pain and torment He suffered; therefore, we must not let His suffering be in vain in our lives. ​ I am so grateful for what Jesus did that I will walk in healing and health, in wholeness because I want to see Him glorified in the earth. I will walk in peace with my neighbor because I want to see Jesus glorified in the earth. ​ I will walk upright because I respect so profoundly the power of the cross: the shed blood of Jesus that gave us renewed access to God. ​ We are no longer lost in sin and trespasses, but glory to God, we are children of the Most High God, able to approach the throne of grace boldly. ​ Never forget the price He paid. ​ We hear it said that if you had been the only lost soul, Jesus would have died on the cross. The Bible tells us that Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the Sheep will leave the 99, to go after the one lost sheep. ​ See yourself as that beloved sheep, once lost, but now found; once dead in sin and trespasses, but now plucked up out of that dark, dismal, deadly kingdom, and brought over into the marvelous light; God truly loves you! ​ So, whose report will you believe? "We shall believe the report of the LORD." ​ We are a most blessed people. So, go out today with your head held high (let your soul make her boast in the Lord). Walk like the ambassador of the Most High God that you are. Walk like a member of a royal priesthood, a holy nation. ​ And, don't forget to embrace different. The saint who used to be a sinner (all of us) walks in humility and strength at the same time. How is that possible? We are forever humbled by the knowledge of our predicament before Jesus' death and resurrection. yet we are well aware of the power that now dwells inside us, the power of the Holy Ghost! ​ The Bible calls this power: "that same power that raised Jesus from the dead;" that now dwells in you and me." This is a hallelujah moment! Embrace it as you go through your day! Love you, Cki. ​ Hallelujah to our God who set in motion a plan revealed way back in Genesis 3:15 to redeem mankind after the fall! ​ We are privileged to live in this day, after the death of Jesus, where our sins were remitted, and the Salvation plan is in full effect. ​ I pray for you today, that the love of God, the knowledge of the freedom of Grace, and the power of attorney Jesus left us both, will permeate your mind, your entire soul, and that your life will shift in the direction of fulfillment of the precious promises of God. ​ So, go, and be a blessing in every place, and every situation; as you make it a good day! ​ Love you; Cki. ​ ​ You Still Have a Future! Good morning everyone and welcome to this Inspiration Page, a place where Jesus is LORD. As always, I pray that this moment finds you prosperous, happy, and exceedingly blessed. On my heart this morning is our continuous and everlasting place in the Kingdom of God! The knowledge that as long as we're on earth, we can be useful to God. We were listening to a song yesterday called, "I Still Have a Future," by Becky Fender. This song ministers to all of us who are of a certain age, and to some of whom are doubting that you can still make a difference in the Kingdom of God. She writes that God spoke to her spirit, not to quit, not to give up to those negative whisperings. She said, "I still have a future, just you wait and see. I still have tomorrow, God's not through with me. I pray that those words will bless someone who might be wavering, who might be overcome by the world trying to discard you. God blessed and used many in their latter years, and He is still blessing us today. Never let a day go by that you fail to thank Him for His goodness and His mighty favor in your life. Keep listening for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as He leads you in the truth of God's plan for your life. "He is faithful who has promised." Bless His holy name! May God bless and keep you safe until we meet again in Cynthia's Inspirations. Much love, Cki. ​ ​ ~ Calming The Mind!~ Blessed be the name of the LORD, for He is worthy to be praised! Good morning everyone and welcome again to Cki's Inspirations, a place where Jesus is LORD. As always, I pray that this moment finds you prosperous, happy, and exceedingly blessed. On my heart this morning is the mind of man and how powerful it truly is. The mind of man is housed in the soul which makes our souls: our minds, our wills, and our emotions pretty special. Many times sickness of the body originate in the mind of man. That's where the germ of sickness is embedded. If the soul is sick, the body will usually follow. It is a medical fact that our thoughts have a heavy bearing on our physical health, therefore we must take the reins of our thought life and control it like the rider controls a horse. We have been given dominion by God to decide what thoughts to allow and which ones we block. Proverbs 23:7 tells us clearly, that as a man thinks, in his heart, so is he. That's a high=powered statement! Thoughts become crystalized in our brains creating impulses. So, we must make sure that our thoughts are never random, never wandering, never susceptible to the suggestions of the enemy, Satan! When we change our way of thinking, allowing our mind to be transformed by the word of God, we make deposits into our "heart" which commands our brain and determines what we speak. The Bible informs us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So, whatever thoughts we're feasting on will inevitably come out of our mouths. At the very least, if our thinking is negative continually, our bodies will suffer sickness and disease, when Jesus took stripes for our healing and wholeness. So, let's resolve to feast on the word of God and allow it to fill us up to the brim so that nothing else can enter in. Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love {either death or life}, will eat the fruit thereof. What a life-altering message for us to ponder and adjust to! We are children of God, able to become like Jesus, to think like Jesus, and act like Jesus the Christ as we walk the earth. When we devote ourselves to living this Kingdom lifestyle where we think and act like Jesus (like the child who imitates and emulates his/her parent), we are most blessed! I pray God's blessings will overflow in your life as you leave behind the customs of this fallen world and adapt your mind and actions to speak and do according to the revealed wisdom of God. Have a wonderful week and we'll meet again here at Cki's Inspirations! Be sure to check out the other features of the website here at . Blessings always, Cki. A Prayer For Peace Glory to God! As I sit down to write, it is about 3:00 AM on Saturday morning! This past week has presented with a host of trials, some sickness, some weather issues in many areas, and the awful news of war in Israel. These issues can bring on bouts of fear and uncertainty, especially since those aren't the only issues we have to deal with. So, today, my desire is to speak a word of peace and encouragement to all of us, to assure us of God's great love and His providential care. God is faithful no matter what man does. Man starts wars; man commits atrocities against man, then looks to God to clean it up. The truth is that what we fight about usually has no eternal value; they are not "Kingdom issues." So, let's pray and ask God to heal the fissures between two nations as well as between two people. Someone is thinking, it's not that easy. The divisions are too great for simple forgiveness. But when you're truly Kingdom minded, when you believe the Bible and what God says about forgiveness and love, we have to accept that everything can be forgiven. Father, our hearts are full this morning for war-torn areas around the globe. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem as Your word instructs us to do. We pray for the cessation of war and for reconciliation. Father, we lift up every man, woman and child who survived the atrocities of the past week and pray that Your peace will permeate their hearts, and that all their needs will be met. Father, help us, Your ambassadors to spread the word effectively so that Your Kingdom reigns on earth as it is in heaven. We pray and ask all blessings in the name of Your precious Son Jesus the Christ who bled and died to set us free. Amen. Father, I pray that someone reads this prayer intended for them and it ministers comfort to their heart. Let me be an instrument of Your peace. In Jesus' name I pray, amen. Have a wonderful week-end everyone and I'll talk with you again soon. Blessings always, Cki. ________________________ ​ God loves us so much. He sent Jesus to die for us to bring us back to Him. If you don't know Him as Savior, please receive Him now, pray with me: ​ Lord Jesus, come into my heart, be my Lord and Savior. I give You my life. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. ​ I believe I am now saved. Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Father, I will serve You for the rest of my days. In Jesus' name I pray, amen. _________________________ Praying that small prayer, small in size, but mighty in its meaning, brings you into the family of God, the family of faith. Your life has now changed forever! ​ Ask God to direct you to a bible believing church where the entire bible is preached and taught, and where disciples are made. ​ Someday, I hope to meet you in heaven where I believe spirit to spirit we shall know as we are known. Heaven is real and eternity awaits! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ What's Going ON? Today is Wednesday, we are almost over the hump of another precious week! ​ I, for one, will not rush these weeks. My birthday falls within the month of August and I truly cannot believe its almost here! ​ Listening to the news yesterday was an unsettling experience at best, frightening at worse. Man's inhumanity to man is everywhere evident, from politics, where political bashing is the new normal, to watching a brawl over a managerial issue become a full-blown brouhaha! Is that really who we are, America? And then, as if grown men and women fighting in public over nothing is not enough, skin color rears its ugly head again! ​ As a Christian woman I wondered what God Almighty, our Creator, thinks of us as we live life without compassion, love or self-control? Who are we, barbarians? ​ This is a great country founded upon great principles, but sometimes it looks a bit primitive emotionally. ​ The good news is that it does not have to be this way. You and I can change things by the way we conduct ourselves no matter who we encounter in our day. ​ We can make a difference! God has given us power to change things around us. But we must use it! Let's wake up each day determined to lift up our Savior Jesus to the world by how we live and what we say. ​ When things get hot in conversations, remember who you belong to, and what the Spirit of God has taught you about how we should speak. Proverbs 15:1 tells us: "A gentle (or soft) word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." ​ We're only fighting against the devil and the powers of darkness, not against flesh and blood (your sisters and brothers). To those who don't believe in Jesus these are just idle words; but to the one who professes Him, we must also profess His word regardless of the heat of the moment! ​ So, today, let love abound; spread love; sow love (whatever you sow, you will also reap). That's good news for us today, because we desire to win souls for the Kingdom of God, and that will never happen if we succumb to the world's way of thinking, or God forbid, the world's way of solving disputes. ​ Have a marvelous day, and remember, if You are in Christ, you belong to a different Kingdom. You are an ambassador to this world, on assignment from the King of kings, Lord of lords. And you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! ​ God loves You, and so do I! See you next time, Cki. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ~Woman of God; You are God's Expensive Purchase!~ Glory to God!!! Praise God for another day in the Kingdom! ​ It is always a pleasure to come to you in "Cynthia's Inspirations" to share life-altering messages from the throne-room of God. ​ I pray your day has been glorious thus far. Since we have the breath of God within us, there is no doubt you've already found a lot to be thankful for. ​ God is so good to us, and I believe He has equipped us with everything we need for life and godliness, because He said so in His word! ​ Everyone has a talent, a gifting from God that allows us to make a Kingdom contribution. My gift happens to be writing. To date, God has allowed me to write ten books to His glory available to the public. ​ My latest book is entitled, "Woman, Where is Your Crown?" This turned out to be an awesome expression of love to the Father for all that He has crowned His children with; giving thanks for His agape love; His loving-kindness towards us; His tender mercies, and His favor. ​ Within the book we pray a lot, we examine ourselves to determine if we're missing out on finding out just how much Grace changes us; and whether or not we're allowing this amazing information to lift us out of the doldrums of life and set us up high where we belong. ​ Some deep questions arose out of this book (the questions are included in the workbook now available through the on-line bookstores) such as: ​ 1) How does knowing (yada; ginosko) that God's word transcends this fleeting world where everything is subject to change, and that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, enhance your willingness to trust Him completely? ​ 2) How has the realization that God crowned you with so many incredible blessings that define you, enhanced your view of your destiny and purpose? ​ 3). When you hear that God crowned you , do you desire to run out and buy yourself a tiara, or has the purity of this God-designed crown permeated your consciousness? ​ 4) Have you accepted your "Royal Heritage" in Christ Jesus? ​ These questions and so many more are outlined within the "Woman Where is Your Crown" Study Guide." ​ I pray that every woman on this site will purchase a copy of the book (and the exciting new workbook) to join our revolution! ​ God wants you to know, beyond doubt who you are in Christ Jesus and what that means to the rest of your life. I believe the book will bless you and catapult you to new levels of confidence and a deeper desire to know the Creator in all His glory. ​ May God bless your days, and may the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit bring you comfort and peace in all that you do and say. ​ God bless you, amen. Love you always, Cki. ​ ​ ​ ~My Heart Thinks Like Jesus!~ Good morning everyone! We are now entering the month of August in a couple days. Can you believe it? ​ One minute we were wishing everyone a merry Christmas and Happy new Year, then we looked forward to the Superbowl. Before we knew it, summer vacations were upon us! ​ I was thinking this morning about how dynamic our thought lives really are, and how they can be influenced by thoughts, ideas and suggestions from the enemy. ​ The enemy of course, is not flesh and blood; not the boy next door or the girl; but the devil himself. I know; some don't even believe there is a devil, and he likes it just that way! ​ You see, when you don't recognize his presence in your life, he has carte blanche to do whatever he desires: and his primary desire is to steal from you, to kill you, and to destroy everything good in your life! ​ There is one thing we who profess Christ Jesus absolutely must do, and that is, we have the power and authority from God to control our thought life. ​ We are the only ones who can determine whether to think the thoughts of Jesus, outlined in the "Promise Book" called the Bible; or whether we will sit idly by while the devil rocks our world with ugly thoughts that bring fear and anxiety into our daily lives. ​ Thoughts are powerful! They originate out of our heart which is the seat of our emotions, and the origin of what we say and do. The Bible tells us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks! ​ We're talking about the seat of consciousness, or our inner man: the place where you store up treasure. ​ Whatever words you speak will emanate from your storehouse of either the wisdom of God, or the lies of the devil. ​ Our brains follow our hearts; it signals the production of hormones and biochemistry in the body to support what the heart is telling it. Make no mistake about it, the heart runs the show! ​ So, in a nutshell, harmonious living comes from what we store in our heart every day. It is like money in the bank when we send signals of joy, of love, of forgiveness from our hearts to our brains! ​ Get wrapped up in the "fruit of the Spirit" outlined in Galatians 5:22-23. Allow the Holy Spirit to work these things out in you. Let Jesus the Christ live through you. ​ Remember, no-one ever said, "Love with all your brain;" instead, we say, "Love with all your heart." When we do, the mind will follow suit! ​ I'm making a case for a divine shift in our lives: that we will allow the wisdom of God to overlay our old thoughts, and all thoughts generated by worldly irritations. ​ Today just might be the beginning of everything good in our lives; a transformation that changes us into spiritual powerhouses as we let go and let God!!! ​ ~Blessings always and forever~ ​ Cki. ​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL! Today is a wonderful day in the Lord! Each day is full of hope because hope is a confident expectation of good that comes only through Jesus Christ! ​ Some seem to believe that hope comes in a bottle; from that long=dreamed of job, or money falling from the sky. We look for help from all the wrong places when God has promised to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ​ So, today I'm advocating for "Letting go and letting God!" To throw open the doors of our hearts and declare that Jesus is Lord of our lives. ​ I'm advocating for sinking into the garment of praise like you would an expensive silk shirt or earthly designer robe. God has promised and His Word is true. He cannot lie (that should be a breath of fresh air to us). Your faith is the one thing you have that cannot be shaken by the works of men, unless you make a decision to relinquish it; and faith pleases God. ​ So, go through your day today with "titanium steel" faith, knowing that He who has begun a good work in you will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ! ​ He won't leave you; nor will He ever forsake you. Blessings always; ​ Cki. ​ WHOLE AND GRATEFUL SOMETIMES WE THINK GRATITUDE COMES ONLY FROM STRUGGLE. MANY TIMES IT DOES; STRUGGLE IS THE CONDUIT THROUGH WHICH AWARENESS OF GOD’S PROTECTION FLOWS. ​ BUT, WE CAN BW WHOLE AND GRATEFUL; BLESSED AND GRATEFUL; HEALED AND GRATEFUL; FINANCIALLY STABLE AND GRATEFUL. WE CAN BE FULL TO OVERFLOWING AND GRATEFUL! ​ WHEN WE ARE IN CHRIST AND OUR MIND IS BEING RENEWED, WE COME TO REALIZE JUST HOW AMAZING OUR GOD IS TO US. THE TENDENCY TO FORGET HIM IN THE GOOD TIMES BECOMES LESS AND LESS A THING, AND WE FIND OURSELVES LIFTING UP THE GOOD AND THE BAD TO HIM. WE FIND OURSELVES THANKING HIM FOR EVERY BLESSING, LARGE OR SMALL. ​ WE BEGIN TO HAVE EXCEEDING GRATITUDE FOR THE PLAN OF GOD IN OUR LIVES. Love you, Cki MLK Day Today is Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. Having a day set aside to remember his sacrifice and the sacrifices of so many others fills us with awareness and gratitude. So many lost their lives on a mission to make life better for others. Living in slavery for them was not an option. Today, we get to live out our days in a free society known to them only in their dreams! But, as a black woman who is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Chris t, I must say that I believe the Civil Rights movement was as much a spiritual movement as a civil one. The movement, I believe, was God-ordained or it would have failed! Many preachers and men and women of faith followed Dr. King as He followed the move of the Spirit of G od to freedom. I thank and praise G od always for His hand moving inside that movement, and for every soul, regardless of skin color, who committed to freedom. I pray that our children will never forget the sacrifice of those who gave so much and received so little while here on earth. I pray that this nation and every nation will answer the clarion call of freedom for every man, woman and child, committing to never judging souls by the color of their skin, but as Dr. King so eloquently stated, by the content of their character. "Darkness will never drive out darkness, only light can do that ." The light that dispels darkness is Jesus Christ. My prayer is that the Light that is Jesus will permeate the hearts of men and women around the world; then peace shall reign. Love,Cki. Praise God For a New Day! Praise God forevermore! Today is Friday, 17 march 2023. A significant day simply because it is the day in which we are currently breathing air! I often think about the past or the future, only to realize that both are unobtainable in this moment, and although the past can teach us lessons; it is still the past. The future, though, will always be a consideration because it’s a product of our past as well as our todays; but it cannot be touched until at least tomorrow. Therefore, we have narrowed down our day. We need only think about the things of today, because as the Bible says: Tomorrow has enough worries of its own. So, the wisdom that I’m passing on today is that we must let the past be the past and not stress over future days to come. The best we can do is to maximize our now, this moment in time, making good decisions that will guarantee that what is to come will be to our liking. Another way to say all this; is to say: “Let go and let God!” Real surrender brings peace. When we allow the Holy Spirit of God to lead and guide us, we cannot lose! As I stretched out this morning early, looking out my window at the lake and the sky through the transom; all I could do was praise God Elohim, our creator God. Early morning quietness allows us to focus in on Him, and to see with clear eyes His providential care. All I could think was, “Thank You, Lord God for years of peace and prosperity of thought that has translated into a great life!” God wants that for all of us, for every man, woman and child He created. So, take a break during this day, focus in on Father God, and give thanks for what you have already. And remember, in Christ, I truly believe, “The best is yet to come!” Love you, Cki. GIVE GLORY TO GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. GLORY TO GOD! LET’S GIVE PRAISE AND HONOR TO THE “MOST- HIGH GOD”! WELCOME BACK TO CYNTHIA’S INSPIRATIONS.” IT HAS BEEN A MINUTE SINCE I WROTE MY LAST INSPIRATION BECAUSE LIFE SOMETIMES GETS IN THE WAY. MY MOST RECENT BOOK, “WOMAN, WHERE IS YOUR CROWN” HIT THE STORES AND THERE HAS BEEN A WHIRLWIND OF ACCEPTANCE THAT FOLLOWED. BLESS GOD; I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING INTERVIEWED BY 97.7, THE BEAT; FOLLOWED BY A “GIVE-AWAY” OF THE BOOK TO A BEAUTIFUL WINNER! ALSO, ONE LOVELY WOMAN OF GOD WAS TOUCHED BY THE BOOK, AND DURING HER TIME OF STUDY WAS LED TO START A MINISTRY FOR WOMEN. I WAS ASKED TO PRESENT THE BOOK TO THE NEW MINISTRY FOR THE FIRST 4 WEEKS, WHICH WAS A GREAT HONOR FOR ME. I ALSO STARTED A “FACEBOOK SPOTLIGHT” FOR MY READERS AND RECEIVED MANY PICTURES OF MY READERS HOLDING THE BOOK. SO, SUFFICE IT TO SAY WHEN YOU COUPLE ALL THIS WITH OUR WEEKLY RTM PROTECTOR’S OF THE WAY THURSDAY MORNING MEETINGS; OUR RTM HEALING SCHOOL MEETINGS, AND WE HAD AN RTM BROADCAST (AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE UNDER REVEALING TRUTH MINISTRIES, VALUABLE WEDNESDAYS), OUR DAYS HAVE BEEN FULL ALSO, OUR WEBSITE HAS A WHOLE NEW LOOK BECAUSE OUR WEB HOST SOLD THEIR BUSINESS AND WE IN ESSENCE LOST OUR SITE AND HAD TO START OVER. THANKS TO MY HUSBAND, WHO IS MUCH MORE SAVVY THAN I IN THESE MATTERS, WE’RE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN! TODAY’S INSPIRATION CAME OUT OF ALL THAT I MENTIONED ABOVE: IN THIS LIFE THERE WILL BE TRIALS, THINGS WILL HAPPEN THAT ARE GLORIOUS, AND THINGS WILL HAPPEN THAT TRY OUR FAITH. BUT IN ALL THINGS COUNT IT ALL JOY! COUNT IT JOY THAT YOU’RE ALIVE; THAT YOU HAVE THE BREATH OF GOD WITHIN YOU; THAT YOU SERVE A GOD WHO IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDING, ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ANYTHING YOU CAN ASK, THINK OR IMAGINE. IN ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS FOR THAT IS INDEED THE WILL OF GOD FOR US! 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