Sunday, February 26, 2017

Psalm 23

I was reading Psalm 23 from The Voice bible translation, and some specific verses leaped out differently to me. So here's me sharing what it spoke to me.

He soothes my fears; He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name (Verse 3)

He does the soothing of your fears. You don't have to psyche yourself, or do some mental trick, or emotional regime. You simply depend on Him to soothe whatever fear that's plaguing you.
He makes you whole again. Any area of your life where you are or feel less than, he infuses wholeness.
He steers you off that tired path of life, that path that's full of hardship, and weariness. He does the steering, especially when you are tired and helpless with making the difficult adult decisions of life.

Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance; I am comforted (Verse 4)

Even when Murphy's Law starts happening, and everything that can go wrong goes wrong, and there's no glimmer of hope in sight......even then, you are not overcome by fear. Why? Because YOU KNOW He is there even in those moments. And because in His presence is protection and guidance, why should you fear? Instead, you should be comforted, because you ARE comforted

You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies; You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil, filling my cup again and again with Your grace (Verse 5)

Smack in the middle of hell's attack on your life, He gives you provisions. Every need you have is cared for. His oil of anointing is flowing in your life. Not just flowing, but overflowing and running over. This is the truth. You must therefore stir up that oil of anointing in your life for it to flow, fill your life, and overflow into the lives of people and situations you're connected with.

Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere. I will always be with the Eternal, in Your house forever (Verse 6)

Ha! Faithful protection - meaning the protection is committed to keeping you safe. Loving provision - meaning a sense of providence that's looking out for you, better than you can for yourself. These two are not only with you, but eagerly pursuing you everywhere you go. You are never ever without these two. Hallelujah! And because of that, you will forever dwell in His presence, in His habitation, and in His dwelling!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My thoughts on Eddie Long

I told myself I wasn't going to talk about Eddie Long, because i respect the anointing that was on his life, even though I didn't agree with some of his ways. But the bible did not whitewash David, Saul, Samson, Jonah, etcs issues. It did not deny and repress them. It stated them, without condemnation. So we should be able to address the discrepancies regarding Eddie Long with integrity. Just sweeping them under the carpet and pretending they never existed is the same culture that enables predators, molesters, and even rapists to thrive on the pulpit (not that Eddie Long was any of these)
I am a rape survivor, and my violators ARE active in church and have never admitted their crime. It is this same culture of denying whats in your face that makes it flourish.
Again: I AM NOT CONDEMNING OR VILIFYING EDDIE LONG! He was human with flaws, and anointed. But he had discrepancies in his life that contradicted his anti gay stance. If only he had been real about it. Unfortunately, being real about it would have been ministry suicide, so the apparent viable option was denial, repression, and a vehement attack on the very things he had a proclivity to. Sigh!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Releases Me" - new song

Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion are a few of the great singers out there I listened to in my younger years. One particular song of Celine Dion, "Seduces Me", has been one I sung for years. So I decided to remake it. I took the liberty of changing the lyrics to reflect my heart and conviction.

Disclaimer: I do not own the copyright.

Below is a lyric video to the song

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!!!!

Have a very Merry Christmas. I have always loved and sung "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel" as a child. So I figured I would do a medley of both of them, and interpret it my own way.  The arrangement and all the vocal harmonies are by yours truly, 😃. My friend, Matthew "Patrick P" Porter helped me with production and additional vocal arrangements. Shalom!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

African Fruits and Seeds

There are some African fruits that most Africans have no idea what the English names are. So here's a breakdown of some of them

(Colloquially it is called African Cherry, but the name is actually White Star Apple, or Chrysophyllum Albidum if you want to be technical)

(This seems to be the accepted name, though some call it Brazilian Pawpaw, or Thorny Mango)

(The seed of Wild Mango, African Mango, or Bush Mango. Also known as Irvingia Gabonensis)

(Country Almond, Indian Almond, Tropical Almond. Also known as Terminalia Catappa)

These are the ones I can remember. Anybody remember more to add?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Where can I hide from God?

Psalm 139:7-12
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in hell, behold You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say "Surely the darkness shall fall on me", even the night shall be light about me; indeed the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and light are both alike to You

Where can I go from your Spirit: The Hebrew word used for “go” is yalak, which means to depart from or go away from. Basically this sentence is questioning the remote possibility of abandoning the Spirit.
Where can I flee from your presence: Is there anyway possible that one can possibly flee from the presence of God? In the true reality of things, we are always in his presence.
If I ascend into heaven, You are there: If I rise up, worship and pray, he is there.
If I make my bed in hell, behold You are there: To make one’s bed in a place suggests to make a place of rest, a place of comfort. Sheol, which is translated hell, is technically the underworld, the grave or place designated for the dead. Figuratively, it is a place of dead things, a place of separation from life. So even when we choose to find comfort or escape in dead works or things, even then, God is there.
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, your right hand shall hold me: The surface meaning of this is if we decide to take flight and flee to some far place of isolation – if we isolate and seclude ourselves, far away and siconnected from everyone, even in our place of isolation, God’s right hand (the expression of his power, strength, influence) will show up and lead us. Actually the Hebrew word translated into hold is achaz, which means to grasp, to take possession of, to seize. In that secluded/isolated/disconnected place we flee to, even there God shows up and grasps us.
If I say surely the darkness shall fall on me, even the night shall be light about me: Darkness is choshek  which figuratively means destruction, misery, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness. And “fall on me” is from the word shuph, which means to bruise, crush, overwhelm. So if I somehow self talk to myself and conclude my destiny is one of misery, sorrow, ignorance, etc and it has overwhelmed me and I am helpless in it, even this adversity of night will be influenced by light.
Indeed the darkness shall not hide from you: Nothing can separate you from God. This is an awe inspiring revelation, because we are often taught that as long as you do right, you find favor with God. Once you do wrong, you are separated. Some say our sin separates and hides us. This almost suggests God is this sensitive and impotent being handicapped and limited by our actions. He is the Great I Am who creates and defines everything that is, how can he be handicapped by the fickle actions of what he created? Apostle Paul caught this same revelation in Romans 8:35. When you know the Sovereignty of God, his predestined covenant plan with you, you begin to understand that nothing in creation, not even your sins can separate or hide you from God.
But the night shines as the day, the darkness and the light are both alike to you: He is God. No situation can impede or stop him from doing what he intends, especially when he already knew the end from the very beginning. And our relationship with him is based on faith through Christ, not ourselves. Night time in our lives might as well be daytime to him, because neither separates you from him

I am amazed how King David was able to grasp such a revelation of God in the Old Testament, when us New Testament Christians living under grace cant even begin to conceive of this.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Grace is Sufficient For You

I decided to exegete a scripture I felt I already knew, but could definitely use a reminder on

 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong
2 Cor 12:7-10

Thorn – The Greek word is “skolops” and it means a sharp stake or splinter. Imagine when a splinter is in your foot, it is the most painful and uncomfortable situation.

Messenger – Greek word “aggelos” and it means one sent with a purpose or intent

Buffet – Greek word “kolaphizo” meaning to maltreat or treat violently, or to strike with a fist, or to punch someone

Grace – Greek word “charis” refers to a gratifying manner or act (it could be abstract or concrete, literal, figurative or spiritual)

Sufficient – Greek “arkeo” meaning unfailing strength, to be enough, to defend, to ward off. To be satisfied, to be contented.

Perfect – “Teleioo” meaning to complete, to carry through completely, to accomplish.

Weakness – Greek “astheneia”. In regards to the body, it means feebleness of health or sickness, In regards to the soul, lacking the strength to understand, to do great things, to restrain corrupt desires, to bear trials and troubles.

So if I was to paraphrase the above scripture with the context of the original Greek words used, and into our context, it would read something like this:

Lest I should be exalted by the revelations and spiritual accomplishments I have received from God, a sharp painful splinter was figuratively placed in my life, sent by Satan to punch, maltreat and torture me. I begged and begged God to remove this thing from my life, but instead he said his grace to gratify and satisfy is more than enough to sustain, defend and ward off this painful splinter in my life. For his strength (ability and power) will complete me and bring my situation to a place of accomplishment. If this is the case, then I would rather acknowledge my weaknesses openly (boast about them), rather than hide and repress them, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

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