The Inspirational Collections
Understand Why Jesus Is the Way to Heaven
This series of sermons focuses on the fact that Jesus is dependable. You can count on Christ to guide you through life’s daily challenges of sin.
The Inspirational Collections Ministries
God's Grace and Mercy!
God is Turning it Around!
God Turned It Around!
Prophesy! Dreams! Visions!
My "burden-bearer," real-world, crafty sermons are "outside-the-box," to aid you in navigating in your daily life, to face adversities head-on, deal with it as it comes, go through it and not around it. Just get to it and stop procrastinating. You do not accomplish anything when you hide and run from life's challenges, the problem is always going to be there lingering in your daily life, causing you to stumble on your journey. “No weapon forged against you will prevail.” Isaiah 54:17.
Jesus is the Pathway to Heaven
Leadership, Our Main Audience, Buzzin' Around
The Inspirational Collections of Books
Looking closely into the window of my life story on The Inspirational Collections website is not where it is happening. It is happening within my memoirs and autobiographies. The Inspirational Collections is solely for marketing glimpses of my life story, and books with my creative writings to capture your attention, drawing you into the light of God’s Word shining on my life story a part of His workmanship, building His kingdom. However, if you are inspired and touched by my anointed and grounded inspiring writings, I am jubilant to have done my Father’s Will.
An Introduction to Our Newest
The Harken Collections of Trekking Through The Wilderness
September 14, 2022
Lord willing, our first debut book from the Harken Collection is trailing behind ‘The Motivational Collections of A Woman in the Valley,’ ‘The Harken Collections of Trekking Through The Wilderness’ introduces the act that led me to put my foot down with the gas pedal pressed to the floor.
A Living Testimony:
Last year I started writing the debut novel, ‘The Harken Collections of Trekking Through The Wilderness,’ and I put it to the side due to setbacks with “Jennifer, a Young-Hearted Bride,” with the plans to backtrack at a later time. This day I sat down at my workstation to complete the revision for ‘Jennifer, a Testament of a Virtuous Woman,’ when the Holy Spirit spoke to me and ordered me to complete ‘The Harken Collections of Trekking Through The Wilderness,’ and so I got on it and completed it.
‘The Harken Collections of Trekking Through The Wilderness’ is the portrait of the first debut novel for the ‘Treasure Chest Messages in a Bottle and Sermons’ that have captured your attention on The Inspirational Collections website, since 2017.
With this brief introduction to ‘The Harken Collection,’ hopefully all have been inspired by my ‘Messages in a Bottle and Sermons’ of the real ‘Character Crew Members intertwined with my creative writings from my life journey, experiences, wisdom, and what I have witnessed in my journey. For quite some time over the years, you have been swimming around our ‘Harken Collection’ of Books. The debut novel, ‘The Harken Collections of Trekking Through The Wilderness,’ is on the horizon, with a new catalog of God’s Charity Donations from the ranking of this heartily novel.
Narrowing it down, ‘The Harken Collections of Trekking Through The Wilderness’ polarized ‘Harken Messages’ of my inspiring writings, living testimonies, and various Messages in a Bottle’ that you have been swimming around on The Inspirational Collections website, and more importantly, we are swimming around my life story.
My hope is that this book is inspiring to all in the same manner as The Inspirational Collections website. If so, then I am jubilee, to know that I have done a well pleasing job for our Lord Jesus.
I have taken this moment to express that it has been rewarding to still be here a part of God’s workmanship sharing my living testimony, with God’s light shining on my inspiring writings. Graciously, I have not shifted from my path in diligently doing His good works for His Glory. Amen!
Just to mention a few downhome ‘Harken Messages’ in this enthralling book:
- Don’t Let Folks Be the Front Page-Story of your Life!
- The Lord’s House is Not a Hangout Joint.
- An Everyday Word of Encouragement, God Put Us in His Grace.
- Hanging with Folks Who Don’t Resemble the Church House.
- Don’t Do it! Don’t Give a Living Testimony.
- I’m Just Trying to Live and Survive.
- Have you Ever Been Tempted in the Wilderness?
- Wolves Dressed in Sheep’s Clothing.
- Folks Will Cliffhanger you to Save Themselves!
God ordered my steps with the mission of The Inspirational Collections. I did not consume myself with the how, I kept trusting God to provide the how as I progressed forward staying on His course.
When you are too close to victory, do not give up. You have come too far. Keep waiting on the Lord to bring everything together on His timing.
God’s Word gives us strength.
Jennifer, The Inspirational Collections
Glimpsing A Message In A Bottle "Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire"
February 2, 2023
Awe, the portrait of God’s Grace! Graciously, in the fall of 2022, God blessed me with a beautiful sight, with the air filled with love, joy, and happiness. Since they all became teenagers, I have only seen my lovable, grandson’s friends, here and there, when they came over. It was a blessing to see them together at our home in a birthday celebration with my grandson becoming a young man. They all came in our home and made themselves at home, comfortably, like they always have as little boys of different nationalities. I have witnessed them all grow from knee-high to the young men they are today. They all gave me hugs with big smiles and conversations, happy to see me, and in turn it was a joy speaking with them. God’s Grace is good all the time.
And I move forward with people who are “masking” in their daily lives: Are covering their troubles of what is going on inside the walls of their home, which portrays their lives are disarrayed. People do not know the things you been through. Of course, they will be stunned if they knew. When leadership has a one-on-one dialogue with the parishioners, mingle with them, shaking their hands, listening to them, and getting to know them better in fellowship, the way Pastor Jesus did when He walked this earthly place, you will have a revelation to seeing a glimpse of behind their daily masking. Which portrays the portrait of the “real life” of ‘The Inspirational Collections of Messages in a Bottle and Sermons’ are prevalent in the daily lives of Christians. Going places in my inspiring writings, beyond, the masking.
God’s Truth is not a fable, and He will stand by us in the middle of anything, if, we trust Him. You got to trust God and take Him at His Word. Which brings about the Christian’s life is not struggle-free, you know, unblemished, whereas everything is good with folks abiding in God’s Word. God’s Truth is what helps people and not curtailed, pretty-portrait fables. Jesus Christ hung out on Calvary Mountain is far from a pretty-portrait, with a beautiful red bow on it. ‘The Lord is your helper.’ If only you can have a glimpse into the authentic portrait of some Christian’s lives, behind closed doors, as I have, throughout my wilderness journey, within my life story, starting with ‘A Road Trip to Kentucky,’ in my debut memoir, and what is flying around. Things go on, behind closed doors ,that no one sees and is not aware of. Which is not the curtailed portrait in public, but the portrait is more than having a bad day, and in some cases, worse, with a silent night, turned deadly, with bitter words of “domestic violence” or suicide; this subject is significantly prevalent in Christian’s lives. Such a complicated life, masking daily, with many cracks and keeping up with the “masking appearance”. Then you will see the realization of God’s Truth is good for the soul to help others, which is different from poking around in folks’ lives, beating down their door; to talk to them.
A living testimony borrowed from “Jennifer, a Virtuous Woman of God.” The setting is at Yellowstone Christian Center Church:
‘During the church announcements, I was briefly saddened by the sight of Dr. Clarice giving out a few CDs to three parishioners. What saddened me was that an elderly woman walked towards the stage for a free CD, Mark D. was unwelcoming, when he intervened and stopped her from receiving a CD from Dr. Clarice. He put his hand between the pastor and the woman, preventing the woman from touching the pastor. He received the CD from the pastor and handed it to the woman. The entire sight turned me off and turned my stomach, I thought. And my thoughts continued with the parishioners’…
And, also worth noting, this new year when others did not do it for you, try Jesus, He will do it for you every time. When you come to God with a heavy spirit, brokenhearted, broken, troubled, and troublesome about your conditions, turn it over to Him, and He will bring you through the hard times like He did before. Keep holding on, Jesus is all you need and you do not need anything else, but Him. God knows: It gets hard and harder sometimes, keep praying, and do not let go of His hand. God is everywhere and He is listening.
God’s Truth is good for the heart, mind, soul, and your wholesome self. God’s Grace is good all the time!
Alright! Let’s get this message in a bottle underway, ‘Two Doors Down: The Church House,’ which jumped started this ‘God’s Party Good for the Soul.’
Good tidings of the good news of the Gospel truth of Jesus Christ can save your soul. The invitation is extended to accept His Saving Grace. Lord, You alone have brought us this far in our journeys, we are grateful for Your Blessings, Kindness, Compassion, and Your Love for us all. Lord, even when we are not deserving You still see the betterment of us. Hallelujah, Lord You are worthy to be praised.
The icing on the cake of this message in a bottle is: A beautiful joining with our Heavenly Father, He put us in His Grace. We are joining with God, as a leader for the purposes for building His Kingdom. We are joining with God, as leaders, under God, for the purposes of His Kingdom. We are joining with God, as our “overseer” for the purposes of building His Kingdom, our new home, over in Zion!
‘Swoosh Like a Burning Fire,’ be fruitful in your daily life in spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is always a prize, worth, spreading the good news of the Gospel daily, this comes at good news.
The Kingdom of God lives in us. God Himself is not a burning fire; He is serene like cooling water. When it comes to sounding the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ spreading the Word everywhere you go and not stopping. A burning fire can be put out, but the Word of God is, everlasting, that will not and shall not, be put on ice. Oh, and please do, put down the phone, there is no need to call the fire department, only God can put out His Godly Fire.
Daily, as you navigate throughout the wilderness, be the Gospel, let the Gospel resonate all around you and throughout you. Be the Gospel in letting your light shine. ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ be God’s Tool to the Gospel, in helping those around you and afar. Amen, you do not have to always go looking for folks to help, you can help the people around you, especially, those in your home is your, prioritized focus. Glory Hallelujah!
God’s Word sounding like fire is not the same fire as Satan’s fire. Which Satan’s fire is not what I am speaking about. God’s Word should be spread: ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’ The Gospel of God’s Word is the center focus. Encore: Put the phone down, it’s useless to call the fire department, only God can put out His Godly Fire. What was that! No, not even a fire extinguisher can put out God’s Godly Fire. My anointing writings are ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ sounding the good news of the Gospel!
- When you are cheering on your favorite football team, God’s Word is more powerful, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’
- When you are cheering on your favorite basketball team, God’s Word is more powerful, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’
Christ is the greatest gift to have than the material things of the world, and the notoriety. You having the Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest. Christ is the greatest of anything and all things of this unrighteous world, that will resort to rubbish! No amount of fame or fortune is greater than the Lord Jesus Christ! His worth supersedes all things! We witness the Lord’s greatness every day when God allowed us to open our eyes to the dawning of a brand-new day. Absolutely, nothing on earth is beyond God’s Greatness, Grace, and Glory. (Philippians 3:7-11, NKJV), reads, ‘But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.’
Moreover, redirecting Christians; back to your ultimate leader, Christ Jesus, when you have gone astray. Remembering, that Christ Jesus, is your helper, and your director for all your paths of righteousness.-Shareka
Keeping the momentum flowing with, on one hand, there is this group of people over here who ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire’ boasted about how important certain people are, how big their mansions are, they adored it, and the beautiful bricks and stone on the building, which is a form of an arrogant frame of mind, but they will not open their mouth and spread the good news of the Gospel. They will not open their mouth in the Lord’s House and give Him the glory. They sit and watch everyone else. It is a mistaken perception of perceiving that I am only speaking about “dignified” Christians.
On the other hand, there is this group of people who have ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire’ boasted about their favorite sports team, how beautiful their uniforms are, how magnificent their stadium is, and you can hear them a mile away cheering for their team, but they held their peace from letting people know how good God has been to them. And they will not open their mouth to share ‘Jesus’ Living Water.’ They do not have anything to say about the Lord. They do, absolutely, nothing for the Lord. They are not “producing” for the Lord. For various reasons they have concealed in public that they are a Christian. Not only will they not acknowledge Jesus in public, but they, too, are closed mouth in the Lord’s House. They won’t even open their mouth and say, ‘Thank You, Jesus!’
What’s more, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ they speak more about their trophies and properties, but they do not open their mouth to praise the Lord. They are “hypocritical people” who will say spreading the good news of the Gospel is trivial.
Nevertheless, anything that Christ, commissioned, is beyond significant.
They will not act in the spirit of, if you know about Jesus, tell somebody, which entails they are not solid in their faith, and they are in the clutches of the world.
Moreover, don’t be people’s ride along in complicity. Which tells a troublesome story. Live a righteous and wholesome life, tell someone about Jesus, and clutch to hope. The Lord gives us Hope. As time wears on, your hope does not diminish, if you are anchored in the Word.
Walking in the Word we are to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’
Walking in the Word we are to bear witness for God and testify, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’
All people should be encouraged to praise and worship the joy of the Lord. Every single day and every season is a time to worship the Lord, witness for the Lord, and magnify the Lord, continuously. Each day the good Lord allowed us to breathe another day, is a miracle, everyday Jesus Christ on Calvary Mountain. Jesus the Divine Perfection is first born among all creations. Jesus said in (Luke 19:40, NKJV), ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.’
(Colossians 1:6, NKJV) says, ‘which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth…’
The buzz is we all need to be touched by God.
Our degrees and wealth are obsolete when it comes to walking in the Word with Christ. Glory be to God.
Everything on the face of the whole earth will pass away except for the Word of God. ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.’ (Luke 21:33, NKJV)
The conditions of their hearts are covered with debris, and they are blinded by their desires of the world, until they do not see the significance that the Lord did not have to wake them up in the morning. But He did it anyway. Glory Hallelujah!
- They treat Jesus the Deliverer like He is not their everything.
- They treat Jesus the Salvation like He is not their praise.
- They treat Jesus the Healer like He is not their friend.
- They treat Jesus the Prince of Peace like He is not their joy.
- They treat Jesus the Everlasting Everything like He is not the light of their life.
But Jesus the Holy and Pure said, ‘These things which you see-the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.’ (Luke 21:6, NKJV)
The damage that Jesus is speaking about in this scripture is more severe than a category five hurricane, where your life changes in a flash, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’
‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire’ God can do that type of damage to the world because everything on earth is His Property.
Look at you, continuously, on the path of building your wealth on earth, instead of building God’s Kingdom, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’ Who needs fame and fortune, when we have Jesus, who reached His fulfillment on Calvary Mountain, for us all. Enjoying the fruit of your labor, is not what I am speaking about. Which is more significant to you, serving God, wholeheartedly, or serving mammon: enjoying the fruit of your harvest, hard work. If you have been enjoying the fruit of your labor, more so, than committing to the Lord, let it be a distant memory, and commit to the Lord.
The things of the world will not fulfill you the same way Jesus’ Living Water will. Fulfillment is found in God’s Kingdom. ‘For I tell you, I will not eat again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.’ (Luke 22:16, NIV)
God sees when He is looking out heaven’s window at each of His Children.
- Are you walking in the Spirit, mildly, whenever you are spreading the good news of the Gospel?
- Are you walking in the Spirit, flatlined, whenever you are spreading the good news of the Gospel?
- Are you walking in the Spirit, halfhearted, whenever you are spreading the good news of the Gospel?
- Are you walking in the Spirit, slothfully, whenever you are spreading the good news of the Gospel?
- Are you walking in the Spirit, wholeheartedly, whenever you are spreading the good news of the Gospel?
To the contrary, if you are going to walk in the Word, be productive for the Lord and produce ‘Swoosh, Like a Burning Fire,’ you can be anchored in your faith every day. You, the Bible scholar folks, the choir folks, and the Bible study 101, folks, are not anchored in your faith, when today, you are living a righteous life by the Word and tomorrow you are living an unrighteous life, partying it up with Satan at ‘SweetThang Nightclub!’
Life forces us to make tough decisions and when we make the wrong decisions, we are faced with the consequences. Which, at some point; in our lives we will make the wrong decisions, with some, making more than others. The sheer, transparent, and prevalent “reality” of real life is what I am speaking about, which should resonate with everyone.
The continuous cycle of crossing over from season to season and year to year, there should be a substantial change in your life, which God the Father is, continuously, working on you. You have a choice not to travel season after season, and year after year, without, spiritual growth and change. When you are not spiritually growing and there is no change with conversion, you are at a stumbling block; you are not developing in your faith.
That is worldly stuff, that, who is the richest person on earth and who is a billionaire. All in which, will be ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire’ bygone, too, in a flash when Jesus comes back. The Inspirational Collections, focus, is obedience to building His Glory, as servants of the Lord, a part of His workmanship!
Not only does the clock, tick, towards our new beginnings, but, to our end.
Believers are obliged to be faithful to God, all the time, in every aspect of our lives, in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s Word can penetrate through anything, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire.’ No amount of water thrown on the fire of God’s Word can put it out. Today, free salvation is standing at your door! Today, salvation has come to your house, the same way it came to the house of Zacchaeus, the tax collector. ‘Today salvation has come to this house because he also is a son of Abraham…’ (Luke 19:9, NKJV)
God’s Word is ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire’, throughout, His churches from coast to coast, over the land, throughout the world.
God’s Word is ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ when He delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace, not smelling like fire, and not looking like, what they have been through.
Oh yeah, the Joy of the Lord!
Let God’s Word be ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ in your daily life, in burning those nagging challenges, difficulties, and stumbling blocks, instead of hindering you.
Walking in the Word, living for the Lord, and a servant for His Glory, ‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ you should, humbly, spread the good news of the Gospel, in all aspects of your life, and through all channels of your life, drawing, lost souls to your light, to tell them about, Jesus, saving, their precious souls. Hallelujah Jesus!
Although, we are dwelling in a world that does not resemble the Bible and we are separated from, by sanctification, every aspect of our life should still resemble the light of God, and not worldliness, conformity, to the way of worldliness.
As your life goes forward into the new year, if there is anything in your life, that is not of God, and does not resemble, His Word, it’s time to make major changes, and start cleaning stuff out your life, that is not in alignment with the Word. Which also means eliminating some folks from your life. ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.’ (Psalm 139:23-24, NKJV)
Nevertheless, anything that is not right, you have to cut it off, and start fresh, to a clean slate. People will set up housekeeping in your home, with their baggage, and when they depart, they will leave destruction in the weight of your life. Relationships do malfunction, with the water gushing against the rocks, during the high tides. Pull the plug, with these people, who are causing you, unhealthy grief, and move on.
Even-though the heartaches of lies are not provable, without evidence, they are still in your life, opening a chapter that you packed away the previous year, you still may want to think twice about staying involved with folks, you know, you should cut ties with, before the morning sunlight of another day’s journey. So, get the ball rolling, and give rise to it. If not, this small thing can become monumental.
There exist, numerous people, who are walking in the Word, not committed to God. I shall rephrase, considering, their environment, who they are speaking to, in association with, and so forth, there are Christians, who, are closed mouth, that they are walking in the Spirit. They do not live their lives, openly, for Jesus, the way they do, driving, through the Sunday morning of daylight, on their way to the church house. They are secret about it for many reasons, and the front runner reason is they are double-minded. They are not ‘Swoosh! Like A Burning Fire,’ spreading the Gospel. Christian’s living is spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Luke 16:14-18, NKJV)
Looking around the core message:
The book of Matthew characterizes Jesus’ Resurrection and the commission of the disciples for a mission, in spreading the good news of the Gospel.
We all are commanded to do the great works of the Lord. God’s Children are the light of the world, to spread the good news of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to do His works.
Amen, every soul, walking in the Word, has a calling to lead their families, in the ways of God.
Brushing around a brief living testimony: Recently, I conversed with her, who said her children are grown now, and so forth. Because of the nature of the conversation, it lead me to express my words, before you go out and attempt to lead souls to the Lord, you have a responsibility, to lead your children and your family, to the Lord. She took the stance, ‘I have the right to remain silent,’ and we explored other things.
‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ I am carrying on with, sadly, in real time, with the curtains pulled back, folks rather not deal with their own family affairs, and plead ‘I have the right to remain silent.’ Because they do not want to dig through their own piled-up, unpacked issues and do the required work, which is why they run to the forefront of other folks’ affairs and attempting to lead them to Jesus, to save their souls, because there are no strings attached. It is easier for them to meddle in other folks’ family affairs, instead of working on straightening out their own family affairs, which is disarrayed, badly. (The Gospel of Mark)
Walking in the Word, we are duty-bound, to spread the Gospel of God, to the end of the earth. You have to continue to walk in the Word, faithfully. God will prevail and prove Himself to you. God is who He says He is. There is a difference in “discipleship of salvation” and “discipleship of teaching” the Gospel. ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
(Matthew 28:18-20, NIV)
The glorious Gospel is the good news about Christ Jesus and His Living Water of free salvation, to all who believe in Him. Which portrays the unchangeable, subject matter that God loves us all, He knows each of our hearts, He has a plan for each of our lives and freely we can have eternal life with Him, if, we believe in Christ Jesus, acceptation of free salvation.
The Great commission is well-known in the Bible verse about spreading the good news of the Gospel. In the book of (Matthew 28:19, NKJV), Jesus tells His disciples, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…’
Jesus has certainly commanded us in (Matthew 28:19, NKJV) for His followers to share the good news of the gospel with others. Absolutely, it is not always easy sharing our faith with others, and everyone is not a listening ear, receptive, to the good news of the Gospel, but it is good to know that God is with us, and He covers us with His Grace in directing our paths and words spoken of the Gospel, in truth of building His Glory. Glory Hallelujah!
Unfortunately, there are people who doubt God’s great promise to provide for all their needs. God promised to provide all His children’s needs, if, they trust Him. Instead of people trusting God to provide for them, they seek other people, other avenues, and the things of the world to provide for them, and for their fulfillment. God created us and He knows we have needs in every aspect of our lives, which He can provide for every need that we have. ‘But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.’ (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)
Daily, we are invaded by the media, advertisements of goods and services. Which today’s society is a much different portrait since the time of Jesus. In our journey, we tend to get caught up in the commodity of goods and services, in purchasing things we do not need, the material aspect of our lives. Instead of trusting God one hundred percent, to provide for all our needs, to care for us: Mentally, we tell ourselves we need these things that are being advertised to us, when we do not need them. We have hope and we cannot let the things of the world overshadow this truth. When you are chasing the commodity of the world, you are living a meaningless life. ‘Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.’ (Ecclesiastes 4:4, NKJV)
Believers must not bow down to society, against, what is written in the Bible, we must, faithfully, stand in His Truth, unmoved by the advertisements of goods and services. When society goes against God’s Word in legalizing what God opposed, we as Christians must stand in God’s Truth, and spread the good news of the Gospel, globally, from coast to coast. Why would you join forces with those who oppose God, and subject yourself to going to Hell, The Book of Revelation? The cost of the ‘Society Sinful Membership’ is not for free. It’s going to cost you more than you have ever imagined. We must continue to spread the good news of the Gospel, stand for righteousness and not allow ourselves to be force-fed into what society says, and what society tries to impose on us, that is not of God. We must stand, solidifying, in our conviction. ‘But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.’ (Matthew 12:25, NKJV)
Not only that, when someone tells you “Hell” is not a real place, the Devil is a bogus liar! If you doubt, Hell, is real, read the entire Holy Bible and the Gospel of (Luke 16:24, NKJV), about the rich man who cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
Continuing with your priorities, cannot, be God and mammon. You can only serve one, and you can make up your mind if you are going to serve God or money. In the book of (Matthew 6:24, NKJV) we are reminded, ‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.’ Jesus conveyed the message that discipleship is for anyone and everyone who desires to be a Christian. Which is a life of devotion to God and His teachings of the Gospel. God is not saying that people should not and cannot have the benefit of their harvest and the fruit of their labor, from their hard work. However, there is a conflict with God when you have allowed your wealth to overshadow the Lord Jesus Christ, and it means more to you than God. Christians are to live a modest life in building God’s Glory and not building up the world; a world that God is going to demolish.
‘Seek ye first!’ When you dive into the book of Matthew. You will discover that Matthew 6 is a part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mountain that includes Matthew 5, 6, and 7. The mentioned chapters comprise Jesus’ teachings at the beginning of His Ministry, shortly after John the Baptist, baptized Him.
Indeed, when you are not grounded in the Word, you are running in every direction, with the thinking that you have nothing to lose, but you have everything to lose, eternal life.
Woefully, there are people who seek everything else before they seek God, and they put everything else, first, before God. They take pauses in their life from pursuing God. Each and every single day, as long as we have breath, we should pursue God, continuously, and trust Him with our whole heart, mind, soul, and spirit. But there are people who do not. Instead, they pursue the things of the world, among other things. And yet, God is still good to us. (Jeremiah 29:13, NKJV) reads: ‘And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.’
Jesus is calling us to live a wholesome, righteous life of God, and not a life, separated, from Him. Godly living is a different life from the worldly life, which is a different set of values. When you choose to embark on a life without God, you have opened your heart for a flood of worrying, anxieties, and worriers all around you, living on the edge, wondering how you are going to make it, from day to day? Otherwise, you become like unbelievers, living a life of constant worrying, about ‘this and that,’ prosperity, social standings, and their material possessions. ‘Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.’ (1 Timothy 6:6-7, NKJV) Believers of God, lives, according, to the significance of God’s Kingdom and devotion to God. Which our loyalty should be, solely, to God and no other allegiance. Obedience, requires, Christians to be, wholeheartedly, devoted to God; and solely put our faith, trust, and confidence, in only Him. (Matthew 6:25-34, NKJV)
Besides, we should not worry and ponder, we do it anyhow, with many people having a haystack of worrying, yet it does not mean we do not trust in the Lord, it means, life has gotten the best of us. For this reason, daily, we need the Lord to strengthen us, in this brutal, combative world.
Moreover, what is going on around the global world and poverty, it gives cause for worrying. Essentially, Christians are to trust God, unconditionally, and not worry about our lives and what we eat, drink, and clothes ourselves in. God takes care of all our needs. God is not a forceful God. He does not force Himself on anyone. For this reason, freely, we have a choice to depend on God for everything and our provisions, instead of worrying about how to attain ‘this and that,’ because God said it in His Word. God keeps His Promises. When we trust God and commit to Him, we have assurances that God will take care of our primary, necessity needs, daily. ‘Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?’ (Matthew 6:25, NKJV)
Human beings are not content like the birds. We need more than what we need, and some people cannot afford, what they think they need. Therefore, they buy those things that they do not need, and suffer the consequences for living above their means. Human beings: unlike the birds, they are not humbled with what God gives them. They do not store up for the winter season, because they know the Father takes care of them. The birds do not sow nor reap, but God feeds the birds, ‘Are you not of more value than they?’ God is good all the time and compassionate to take care of His Creation of the birds. We live in a dark world where evil and harshness is all around us, but the good news is that God provides for us. He watches over us daily and He takes care of us with His Love, Grace, and Mercy. We must not worry, but seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will provide all things to us. (Matthew 6:26-34, NKJV)
God takes care of all His Creations under the sun. He cares for the animals, the flowers, the grass, He takes care of His people, and He clothes us. God cares for everything on earth and everything on earth is under the care of God. We look for God to take care of us and to provide for us, and He does provide for all His Creations. For this reason, this is simply why believers trust God, and we entrust our lives with our Heavenly Father.
No matter how hard you attempt to make it without Jesus, you cannot make it without Him. You need Him to come see about you. If you proclaim you do not need Jesus, keep breathing, and at some point, in your life you are going to need Him.
When your health is failing you, if you turn to Doctor Jesus, He will come see about you.
- We all need Jesus to come see about us when we are sick.
- We all need Jesus to come see about us when we are down.
- We all need Jesus to come see about us when we are caught up in the rainstorms of life.
Open your arms and receive Jesus’ Blessings. He carried all our burdens on that ‘Old Rugged Cross.’
Jesus Christ is different from, companionship, who come and go, like the blowing of the wind. He will not forsake you nor will He leave you. He is with us all the time.
- Jesus carried our sins on that ‘Old Rugged Cross.’
- Jesus carried our pains on that ‘Old Rugged Cross.’
- Jesus carried our tears on that ‘Old Rugged Cross.’
- Jesus carried our hardships on that ‘Old Rugged Cross.”
- Jesus carried our whole load on that ‘Old Rugged Cross’ and He never complained.
With all that said, it’s not chilling that it is time for you to end your long running, double-minded path, and get onboard, committed, to Christ, wholeheartedly. When you have cut so-called friends from your life and committed your life to Jesus, there will be a shortage of sour joy people, with too long stewed issues, who are not going to be joyful of your commitment to Jesus, and they will reject you-you know, the people you thought were there for you. Break away from them in letting them become a distant memory, and move forward on your new, repentance path with the Lord.
Furthermore, when you try to hold on to the ‘shortage of sour joy people,’ it’s like a dark cloud, hanging over your life, interfering with your commitment to Jesus. At some point, you must have strong faith and confidence in yourself, to cut some people loose, who are none influential in your life, and not let other people make your decisions for you, in telling you, that you should do ‘this and that,’ Jesus was asleep when the boat was filling and the disciples lacked faith, and fear settled in. Jesus taught His disciples the significance of must-have faith. There will always be people who will tell you to do this and that, but they will not do this and that, for themselves. In a sense, it is healthy for you to declutter the pathological manipulating folks from your life. Today is garbage day!
And I have concluded with God’s Kingdom is His Sovereignty, and He resides over everything He has created. Almighty God is the ruler of everything. Saints depend, solely, on God’s Kingdom and not others; keep your lamp trimmed and burning. When you depend on others, instead of God, you are doubtful that God is who He said He is, and God will do what He said. When Saints are committed to depending, solely, on God’s Kingdom and put Him first, then all our needs will be provided for, without, the need to depend on others and worry about tomorrow or how we will survive in ‘Trekking Through the Wilderness.’
‘Swoosh! Like a Burning Fire,’ Christians ought to be a vessel to spread God’s Gospel, Kindness, Love, and have compassion for others. This committed path starts with understanding the Gospel, kindness, and ‘The First and Greatest Commandment: Love the Lord your God in the Holy Bible. Jesus tells us in the New Testament to be grounded in kindness and love. ‘This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.’ (John 15:12-13, NKJV)
In our wilderness journey, every single day is ‘Calvary Hill.’
Jesus is the Rock! ‘Lord Help Me to Hold Out.’
Wickedness and evilness is heavily, prevalent in today’s world. God’s judgment will always come upon the wicked.
If you are not walking in the Word, you should not go another day or another second without Jesus.
With the passage of time, quite, nothing stays the same, except for God’s Word. At some point, you got to leave the worldly path, and anchor your feet on God’s path. The righteous path is God’s path.
Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior is the Door, and you must enter His Door for God’s Kingdom. The only way is to walk through Jesus’ Door. Go ahead and find your footing in the Lord.
‘For whosoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’ (Romans 10:13, NKJV)
The Christ of God.
And we shall keep this winter’s ‘God’s Party Good for the Soul’ with our next message in a bottle, ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather.’ But first, we are going to bounce over to the ‘Trials Page’ and post, ‘The Low Tides Valley Wilderness.’
My sincerest hope is that this message in a bottle was awe-inspiring to all.
Jennifer, The Inspirational Collections
“A Prelude into ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather:
Can’t Stop the Hovering Storm”
February 19, 2023
Absolutely! You ‘Can’t Stop the Hovering Storm.’ Only God can stop the storm, ‘Peace, Be Still,’ God is moving the dark clouds and letting the sun, shine, for brightness. Do not panic in your dwelling seasons of the changing of the seasons, which brings more trials to some, more than others, God is in control. The Gospel of Matthew.
God knows there has been days you have been aching in the storm, but God is not going to put more on you than you can bear, and you ‘Can’t Stop the Hovering Storm,’ but you will have brighter days when God brings you through the hovering storm. We must rejoice in our suffering and continue on our journey to be productive for the Lord in our discomfort, instead of displaying our self-pity in public. When we are lacking strength we reach out to the Lord for strength. (Hebrews 6:17, NKJV): ‘Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,’
Regardless of what you are going through, you ‘Can’t Stop Your Hovering Storm,’ God is on your side. Oohwee, God is guaranteed to outstretch His Arms and stop the storm. Not anyone can guarantee it for you that everything is going to be all right, but you can be rest assured that God can guarantee everything to be all right. When everything seems to be at it worse, God will step in and make it all right, and then you throw up your hands and praise Him.
God brought you from a long way in the stormy weather. You had challenges and hard trials in the stormy weather, but with the Lord on your side, you did not give up. He brought you through a long way of refining you in the stormy weather inwardly and outwardly. God is an able One, look what He did for Paul and Silas.
See, in the stormy weather, oh, yes Jesus will come see about you, you need Jesus to bring you out the stormy weather, and you got to hold to God’s unchanging Hand, that is what is what I did. You got to trust in Him. In His glorious Kingdom it will be over soon. You will not come out the stormy weather until God says so. (Romans 8:35, NKJV): ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?’
- It is guaranteed that God never left you alone in the stormy weather, He was there all the time, and He brought you through in due time, and not a second late.
- It is guaranteed that God never left you alone in the stormy weather, when you thought you were not going to make it, He was there all the time, and He brought you though in due time, and not a second late.
Friends are few when you are dwelling in the stormy weather, but the Lord is with you. He is your strength through prayer. This journey is challenging, and you cannot win this hard journey without Jesus. (Exodus 15:2, NKJV): ‘The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
God knows sometimes the dwelling storm’s pain is intense at times, but ‘hold fast,’ your pain is temporary. There is no need to give up in the storm, God is alongside of you making everything all right. In due time God will move the dark clouds, clear the sky, and wipe away your tears. In your stormy weather God is pushing you, backing you, supporting you, and loving you. When God brings you through the storm you will have the victory and it will be a victorious, brighter day for you. (Isaiah 41:10, NKJV): ‘Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
When God brings you out the stormy weather, do not celebrate too soon, because another storm awaits you. In our day-to-day life, the stormy weather is onwards, rowing in seasons.
I am leading you into the spring season sermon and the summer, ‘God’s Party Good for the Soul’ with the population folks walking in the Holy Spirit, who are dwelling on ‘My Way Street,’ doing what you want to do in our Father’s House, is a disobedient child, which you are not on a steady pace with God. God’ disobedient Children are wrestling with His Word, His Truth in doing what they want to do, instead of obeying Him, instead of pursuing righteousness. ‘God’s House is Not a Hangout Joint,’ a writing within ‘The Harken Collections of Trekking Through the Wilderness.’ God’s refining process, blue jeans with holes is not proper church attire, it is…
Old time church, our ancestors. God is love, compassion, and kindness. Be swoosh, like a burning fire for God, do not cave in and be flatlined with the Gospel of truth when the stormy weather has come.
You ought to tell somebody that down through the years God has been good to you, despite all of the pestilence storms that you have endured.
Jennifer, The Inspirational Collections
Put the Anchor Down,
“The Wilderness Stormy Weather” is Nearing
March 12, 2023
Warning signs are posted! For we are on the verge of moving into stormy weather conditions in this message in a bottle, which is required for you to buckle down, because, sometimes, death shows up in the storm and sweeps some people away. God sees everything in the eye of the storm, you got to get ready, anchored, in Christ. I know how it feels to be in the eye of storm. God carried my family and me through Hurricane Andrew, untouched. Don’t wait too long to anchor down in Jesus’ Salvation, Forgiveness, and Repentance, because tonight may be your night not to open your eyes to another day’s journey. Now is the time to ‘Put the Anchor Down’ in Jesus. God gives us ample amount of time to get right with Him in your spirit, body, and soul; and there are folks who are thinking they got all the time in the world. So! They tell themselves, ‘I’ll keep on doing things my rebellious way and commit to God another time.’ Behold, a new day, another time is not promised to us. God is top priority for you to get right now, before the roaring tides come rolling in.
When God unleashed the roaring thunder, the pouring rain, the whistle blowing of the wind, and the gushing waters hitting against the rocks, a tempest storm is coming. It’s hard to sleep in the storm, but the Bible tells us Jesus was sleep in the storm, and Jonah was sleep. Jonah slept in the storm was not the same measure as Jesus sleeping in the storm. Yes, Lord! Jonah was a disobedient child on the run (Two Doors Down: The Church House).
Folks want to hear about everything is going to be all right, but they do not want to endure the consequences of their sins. Yes, God will make everything all right, but you are still going to go through it. There are some folks who have refused to ‘Put the Anchor Down’ and repent. Instead of them repenting and asking God for a renewal of the mind, they are grumbling and complaining about those old trials, which are going to keep rolling in like a stormy day. See! Your trials are not the focus, the focus is how you behave to your trials with your domestic violence, just one example, you know how to you act, your reaction. When you react to your trials with bitterness, angriness, and complaining, you are lacking in your faith, the same as Jesus’ Disciples; Peace be Still,’ instead of reacting with the joy of the Lord! God the Disciplinary is always moving, working, and testing our faith ‘The Potter’s House;’ the refining process. Only you can stand for self in judgment. It does not matter who you are, you got to stand in judgment. The Book of Life. Your Record Book, well done servant, My Child.
Some folks got to learn how to lean on the Lord. You can lean on Jesus in the storm. You can’t give up in the storm now, can’t is permanently without options, but you do have options, God will carry you through the storm. God has brought you too far, to turn around now, and give up in the storm. You can still live in your trials, rejoicing in the Lord, without a frown. God desires for us to have a made-up mind to trust Him, believe in Him, lean on Him, wholeheartedly, and depend on Him.
- When your valley gets low, you got to keep moving forward in trusting God!
- When your days and seasons gets too low and you are burdened down, you got to keep moving forward in trusting God!
Listen up, please: There is faith beyond all your trials, challenges, and tears. God is good all the time, we are still here. God knows some of us are discouraged in our trials, because they do not welcome the affliction. But the refining process is necessary for our spiritual growth, development, for us not to make the same mistakes again and to have reliance only on God, putting Him first all the time.
Bless us all, Jesus, even when we are not deserving. Bless us Jesus!
John the Baptist, Pulling In Unsaved Souls, Leading them to Jesus’ Salvation (The Book of John). Eluding to ‘A Woman in the Valley,’ it’s time for a change from the same residual cycle of being systematic; not being committed to the true works of God, in making a difference; according to His Word.
Jennifer, The Inspirational Collections
Laying Eyes on a Message In A Bottle
"The Wilderness Stormy Weather"
March 16, 2023
Gushing sounds of the water can be heard from waters in the river and splashing against the rocks in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather.’ The icy chill is a beautiful day in the terrain of the wilderness can turn gray, quickly, without, the sun in sight. The seasons are ongoing; changing in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather.’ When you are faced with another ordeal, take a breather from worrying about the ordeal, which you have been down this road before, and you are stronger now. So you trust in God, exhale, and you will get through it.
Adverse tidal waves and unfavorable weather conditions are not always going to be a delightful picnic day in the park. There are days the wind is going to be blustery. There are days the rain is going to pour in heavily. There are days the sun is going to be tucked away, but we must keep our faith, and trust the Lord to bring us through all the oppositions, adversaries, and hindrances. If God brought you through yesterday, He would bring you through today, again and again. That’s what God does, He brings us through our trials, if we cast our cares upon Him, and trust in Him. Being delivered from your daily trials of God ‘bringing us through’ is continuous, ongoing, due to the fact that as long as we have breath we are going to have enduring seasons of trials, struggles, challenges, difficulties, and hardships, because we are sinful by nature; our wrongdoings. We should give God thanks, everyday for bringing us through. Everyone who trusts in God and believes is always going to need our God, the Master overseer, to carry us through our wilderness trials, around the clock, 24/7, every day.
Every day is not good news here and good news there. But you have the good moments in between, which you are going to have seasons of enduring ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather,’ with splashing water. This is the reality of real life.
Fairy tales are not real life. When you are living a fairy tale life, real life will intrude on it, quickly. And when real life happens, we do the best we can, with what we have.
Although, Jesus is a Storm Chaser who can calm any storm, the Gospel truth is, life happens in the beautiful terrain of ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather,’ every day, preserving memories of the good times, and the not-so-good times. The terrain of the wilderness is tough to navigate through some ordeals, calamity, affliction, adversity, and anguish, which can change your life forever. But that does not mean we shift gears off God’s Path and become disobedient children, and doing what we want to do. Instead, we must remain focused, grounded in the Word.
- We will have enduring wilderness seasons of the rugged mountains to climb, which God can work that thing out for each of us.
- We will have enduring wilderness seasons of the rugged terrains to endure, which God can work that thing out for each of us.
- We will have enduring wilderness seasons of ups and downs to conquer, which God can work that thing out for each of us.
Sometimes when life happens in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather’ there are some people who throw up their hands, ready to give up, and they are not abiding in the Word. Regardless of what is happening in our lives and surrounding, we must remain, steadfastly, on the path of obedience to His Word. Yes, this can be challenging, considering, the world we dwell in, with trouble on every hand, which we must keep in remembrance that all things are possible with God.
Everyday life is not easygoing. Christ Jesus on His way to Calvary Mountain was not easy going. Therefore, we should not have the ‘expectations’ that we will not have enduring seasons with a bumpy journey ‘here and there.’
Trekking Through the Wilderness of daily life produces challenges, difficulties, and hardships, in which everyone deals with life, differently. However, these daily life, ongoing, chronic trials are not always negative, but positive for strengthening us in triumph over our struggles.
Everyone’s journey in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather’ is not the same and when you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, they don’t fit. That’s how life is, all our lives are different and unique, with a different outlook. Each of our lives has different characteristics of imprint that makes us unique in our own lives in distinguishing us from each other.
Before daybreak on a cold winter morning, when you are sitting on the edge of the bed, weepy, over your blue day, the clock is still going to keep ticking. Instead of waddling in your blue day, lean on Jesus. He will fix you up and get you started on your day. That’s what Jesus does, He is a Fixer-Upper Lord.
My Jesus, it can be quite an overbearing moment to take in life all at once. Nevertheless, you can always lean on Jesus, whenever you are in the middle of ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather.’
When your day is blue, do not fret, instead, you can lean on the joy of the Lord!
No matter how blue your day is and where you are, the Lord is with you, and you can lean on Jesus.
Isn’t it good to know the Savior! Whenever you need Him, you can reach out to Him, and tell Him all about your blue day. Go ahead, praise God and lean on Jesus.
With God, any situation is salvageable. God knows sometimes it’s hard and we become discouraged in our blue days, but do not be discouraged, instead, you can lean on Jesus.
When your day is blue, God still reigns down His bountiful Love, upon you. For that reason, do not go in deep-freeze mode, when your hope is gone, and you are in a state of bewilderment, instead, you can lean on Jesus.
When your day is blue God is forever true to His Word, He is your Light, your Salvation, and your Refuge. That being the case, do not heat up your phone calling folks, when you are weakened in your faith, instead, you can lean on Jesus.
When your day is blue, God’s Light from the lighthouse will shine on you. Thereupon, do not stay off the grid and let time; ticking away, when your day is cloudy, put a damper on your sunny personality and you are yearning for a sunny day, instead, you can lean on Jesus.
When everything around you is foggy and you cannot see your way out, you can lean on Jesus your Guidance, and He will show you which way to go. Amen, God will make a way out of no way for you and me. And God will always make a way out of no way in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather.’
Jesus is the Bridge over Troubled Water, consequently, do not let Satan wear you down when the wind blows your way. There is not an ounce of truth in anything that Satan says. No matter how heavy your blue day gets, you can lean on Jesus the Strong Tower. He is the Light of dark places. ‘The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.’ (Proverbs 18:10, NKJV)
Briefly, sweeping around fear before we hit up the core message:
When God brings you through ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather,’ you ought to be anchored in the Word, and prepared for the next one. Because the next one is coming. A storm is always brewing out on the ocean. And when that old storm comes ashore, do not fear, for the Lord is with you.
Psalm 91:11-12, reads, For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’
God did not give us the ‘spirit of fear.’ The spirit of fear pushes us away from God and causes you to doubt the Father. It derails you from fulfilling your purpose. The spirit of fear is not of God, and it is a pestilence of ongoing agony. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV). The spirit of fear aims to bring about depression, stresses, agitation, restlessness, and anxiety, for starters. The spirit of fear does not lend itself to giving us peace. Instead, it produces spiritual, bodily, and inwardly torment. Speaking from the book of 2nd Timothy Chapter 3: ‘spiritual warfare.’
I John 4:18, reads ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.’ The Devil is crafty. He uses fear as a tool to tap into our minds with worrying and worries, and fear with the attempt to subdue us. We must guard our thoughts and hearts against the Devil. Christ Jesus, defeated Satan, the Devil, on the cross. All Satan does is run his mouth, stirring the stew pot all day with troubles. Jesus is the stronger man. Satan is weakened. Christ Jesus rose with all power. Which left Satan powerless over us. If Christ Jesus rose with all power, that means Satan is powerless.
The Lord Jesus Christ has been given all power. ‘And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’ (Matthew 28:18, NKJV). God keeps His Promises. He promised us everlasting life. Satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
When God’s Truth is spoken, it helps people, and they become God-fearing, you know, biblical fear. God’s Biblical Fear is that His Children have complete respect and awe of God, trust God, wholeheartedly, and not afraid of Him, but we are God-fearing. Fear of God brings about peace and unspeakable joy. The alpha of wisdom is the pathways to the starting of the fear of God which opens the door to love for God.
God is good all the time to keep us away from falling in sin. God warned us to fear Him and not man. If not, we are subjected to His Judgment. God does not need permission to judge us and He has all the right to do so.
God is faithful to His Children. He will uphold you with His righteous right Hand. God is a keeper. We can rely on Him, He is dependable. If we abide in Him faithfully and obey His Word, God will protect us and provide all our needs. Whatever you are going through God is there with you to care for you. Even when things are at their worst, God is there to uphold His Children. Isaiah 41:13, (NKJV). ‘For I, the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.’
When you love God, keep His Commandments, and obey His Word, it comes easily in awe of Him.
Looking-over the core message:
Christians live a life of gratitude and acknowledging God. Children of God do not worship idols. We must live a life of belongingness to Jesus’ Light.
In our daily lives, we must put on the Full Armor of God, walking as children of the Lord’s Light. We must stay closer to God and not away from Him, which will result in uncomfortableness. Christians should not partake in behaving and acting as ungodly people, who are sightless, by Satan, the Devil. When you are sightless on Satan’s path, you are blinded about everything in your life, and you do not have clarity of God’s Word.
Everyone should read God’s Truth for themselves, know God’s Word for themselves, and live a life according to His Word.
All right! Let’s get it on and submerge into this grand core message:
‘Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.’ (Ephesians 5:6, NKJV)
When you are walking in disobedience, covetousness in every sin there is from A-Z, only God can straighten you out with ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather,’ the way he straightened Jonah out. When you are a disobedient and rebelling child, on the run, like Jonah, you need shelter in a raging storm. Jesus Christ is Shelter.
The Gospel of Ephesians 5:5; speaking, is focused on ungodly people: Paul alerts Christians not to be enticed by ‘immortality or impurity’ which you will be vulnerable to deceit, the temptations of the world, and misguided by worldly disputes. Christians must stay anchored in the Word, closer to God in order to rebuff the overflowing temptations of the world. When you have brazenly crossed over into forbidden boundaries with ungodly people, they will sweet talk you; in order to deceive you into sexual immorality, perverted talk, attempting to convince you that it is all good with God, when the truth is, it is not all Good with the Sovereign God. Covetousness has no inheritance in God’s Kingdom. Ungodly people speak ‘empty words,’ they are not immune to sexual temptation and sexual immorality.
Also Paul brings into focus, on recall to his scholars of time ahead of the judgment from God. The ‘wrath of God’ spoken in John 3:36, (NKJV): ‘He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.’ This judgment spoken characterizes Paul’s position that ungodly people who are not a reflection of God will endure God’s Wrath. The Blood of Christ saved believers from ‘God’s Wrath.’ Romans (5:9, NKJV): ‘Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.’
The Gospel of Ephesians 5:1-2 Paul goes on to give guidance on the Christian way of life, living-out their faith. Christians should not mimic the world and their way of life. Christians should not partake in adopting the life of the world, adapting to the way of the world, and being a mirror image of the world, conditioning yourselves to the world. Christians should not attach themselves to the idols of the world and idolized them, and not attach themselves to people, places, or things of the world. Christians are not to indulge in the fulfillment of worldly things and attach to them, we are to be filled with the Spirit; and fastened in the Word. The sinful natures and desires of ‘sexual immorality’ provides emptiness, negativity, disheartens, and it is a time-thief of time-wasting, and not producing a productivity for the Lord. Instead, we must submit, wholeheartedly, to the Lord, to one another; pleasing in God’s sight and humbly bear witness for spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen, God’s Grace is sufficient for providing for all.
Ephesians 5 starts out encouraging Christians to model Christ. This ‘model of Christs’ Path’ requires us to abide in Him, do not participate, nor endorse sexual immorality, vulgar language, foolishness, and other inappropriateness that God opposes. When you take it upon yourself to do what you want to do, live your life by your own rules, and participate in the sinister behaviors that God opposes, you are not a reflection of God’s Kingdom, which such behavior separates you from being a part of God’s wonderful Kingdom. Moving along in this passage, Ephesians 5:22-25, changeover to the clarification of joint submission of husbands and wives. ‘Wives, submit to your own husbands, and to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.’
‘Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.’ (Ephesians 5:33, NKJV)
I have concluded this message in a bottle with exploring ‘Old Man Jonah,’ which he is a disobedient child on the run. Jonah learned the hard way that you cannot hide from God, and there are consequences when you are a disobedient child. God knows where all His Children are at all times, and He knows when we are disobedient.
Old Man Jonah put himself in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather’ when he made the decision to be disobedient to what God ordered him to do.
Yes, some of us are the same way as Jonah. Instead of us doing what God told us to do, we take strong steps forward and attempting to do it our way, only to discover that God has all power to straighten you out His way; the same way God straightened Jonah out in ‘The Stormy Weather in the Wilderness.’
Alright! Let’s dive into ‘Old Man Jonah’s’ wilderness situation, which, surely, none of us wants to find ourselves in.
God called the Prophet Jonah on a mission. His call to duty mission was to cry out repentance to a people to improve in iniquity. Jonah did not like his assignment and he did not want to be bothered with God’s disobedient Children, and their pool of sins. So Jonah decided to flee. One may say Jonah had his cowardice reasons.
Absolutely! Jonah’s attitude towards his assignment was hard to digest and surprisingly, because he was a prophet and considering he was taught the Christian’s love for all men. However, one can say that, because Jonah is human and his decision, was human.
God prepared a great fish for Jonah because he chose the wrong path, which was the wrong direction.
And so Jonah’s story goes:
(Jonah 1:1-3, NKJV) ‘Jonah’s Disobedience’
‘Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.’
God called Jonah on a mission-and direct from Him. Jonah was a rebellious heart when he decided to flee from the unpleasant responsibility to his calling to ‘go to’ Nineveh; and preach the Gospel for their wickedness.
When God calls us to serve His Will, it is to serve others. Jonah was disobedient to his call for the sake of Nineveh. The same as Jonah, people suffer in your surroundings when you have rejected God’s Guidance in what He ordered you to do.
God desires for all His Children to submit to His Will, wholeheartedly. Jonah was disobedient when God told him to ‘go to Nineveh.’ There are consequences for our disobedient the same as Jonah’s great consequence. When you are obedient to God’s Command, He will cease His correction.
Was Old Man Jonah selfish and unfaithful about the task God ordered him to do? He was defiant in going to ‘The Great City of Nineveh’ and preach against it, to tell the people to repent. Did Jonah’s selfishness cause him to flee from what God ordered him to do. Did Old Man Jonah put himself in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather’ when he made the decision to be disobedient to what God ordered him to do?
And I move forward with verse 3, ‘But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.’
Jonah chose not to obey the Word of the Lord, which he chose to flee from God’s presence. Because Jonah was disobedient, with a cold heart and refused to do God’s Will, he became a rebellious child on the run, fleeing from his assignment. God was watching Jonah the whole time as he made a detour to a place called Joppa, which he was fleeing from God’s assignment, and thinking he can hide from God’s Retaliation Wrath. God knows everything about His Children. He knows where we are at all times.
God told Jonah to ‘go’ and he will be all right. Jonah knew he was not on ‘good footing’ with God, in compliance with what He told him to do, and he thought he could win the footrace with God, when God was watching him the whole time. When God tells you to do something and you are defiant in going in the opposite direction, you will never win, going up against the Almighty God! Yes Lord, God has everything at His disposal for His Glory. The wind, the storm, and the lightning was at God’s disposal, which He was brewing ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather’ for Jonah. Yes, Lord, and God even had a big fish waiting for Jonah. The episode of a harrowing experience awaited Jonah for his disobedience to the Lord. Surely, there is the lesson to be learned when you are rebellious against God, there are unmeasurable and unimaginable consequences.
Y’all Jonah did not want to deal with the task of God’s disobedient Children and their stresses, which Jonah went on to the boatyard, and found a ship going to Tarshish. Jonah had no mercy for the lost and he was heartless for the lost, when he made the decision to flee from his assignment, that God tasked him. He purchased him a ticket and boarded the ship. He went on down to the deck and found him a comfortable spot to settle in and he went to sleep.
Jonah had an icy cold heart about helping the lost, with a lack of compassion. He did not want to be bothered with the people in Nineveh. Sometimes, we may not like the things that God tells us to do and places He tells us to go, but we must abide in Him or suffer the consequences, as Jonah did, a rebellious child.
We must not become complacent in our comfort zone, letting our hearts become ice-cold, freezing temperatures, whereas, we do not want to step out, going places to help others. We must not become so comfortable in our own environment and only want to be duty-bound to a certain group of people. Walking in the Word, we must help all people and not have a frozen heart about it, like Jonah.
When God gives you an assignment, you must take responsibility and complete the task. Otherwise, God will keep after you. Yes, Lord, some of us are the same way as Jonah. Instead of us doing what God ordered us to do, we take strong steps forward and attempting to do it our way, only to discover that God has all power to straighten you out His way. The same way God straightened Jonah out in ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather.’
Moving on with Jonah 1: 4-9, ‘The Storm At Sea.’
And I dive into verses 4, 5, ‘But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.’
Good Lord! We can only imagine the captain’s facial expression and wide-eyes, when he found out God is the captain of his ship and shook up the atmosphere with ‘The Wilderness Stormy Weather.’ The many times the captain sailed that ship, he had never had problems like he had, when Jonah aboarded his ship. God sent the flashing lightening, the roaring thunder, and the rain, which He made crystal clear that He has all power to do, whatever, He pleases. Yes, Lord, the entire Holy Bible is the evidentiary of God’s Word.
When God shows up to straighten His Children out the way He did Jonah, you can ‘count it all joy,’ that His Storm is not a lightly, windy-sunny-day for a stroll in the park. God did not come to play around with Jonah. His roaring Storm was raging, with strong winds blowing and gushing water hitting against the ship, which caused unimaginable raging waves. Amen, this is the atmosphere of God’s Tidal Wave Chastening.
God has a treasure chest full of treasures. From His Treasure Chest He had a storm in motion brewing for Jonah. God took the command of the winds that Jonah was in, at sea. That’s what God does, He do as He pleases, without anyone’s permission. Jonah thought he was going to be a voyager, without the fulfillment of his task, but God had other plans and stopped his voyage.
God produced turbulence in the sea, which the waves rose, and there was a roaring sounding of the sea. One can only imagine the captain and his crew sailors, state of minds and the terror on their faces, about what was happening. The waves were strong enough to break the ship, when, surely, the captain and the crew thought the ship would be broken.
My God! The storm was raging strongly and the likelihood of the seasoned sailors became frightened, which implied how powerful the storm was. These sailors were use to the sea, which the storm was forcible enough to frighten them.
These sailors were men of different nationalities, who worship different gods, which they separately, called upon.
While all this commotion was going on, with the wind strong, boisterous, and Jonah was fast asleep, snoring in the middle of a storm. The sea was tempestuous, the winds were strong and the raging winds were hitting against the ship, and Jonah was still asleep. The sailors were scattered about the ship from one area to another, summoning each other; to do their responsibilities. Through all of that Jonah continue to sleep, with such a misdoing conscious. One would think all the commotion that was going on, surely, it would have wakened Jonah, but he did not.
Moving on with verses 6-7, ‘So the captain came to him, and said to him, ‘What do you mean, sleepers? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.’ And they said to one another, ‘Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.’ So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.’
Although, the seasoned sailors were baffled about all the troubles that was going on-onboard the ship-they wanted to dig up the root of the troubles onboard the ship-they cast their lot, which they looked at the stormy crisis as a devout trouble.
Even though Jonah awoke to the captain calling him, the storm continued when each sailor cast their lot to see which one offended the gods and caused the storm. After that was said and done, it left Jonah seated in the storm as the culprit who the lot fell on for causing the calamity. First, they threw their cargo overboard, that did not change the situation. Next they resulted to prayer, that did not move the situation in making things better. Lastly, they discovered Jonah the culprit of God’s dissatisfaction, when they cast lots to discover the divine dissatisfaction.
The sailors put Jonah through a series of fierce questions. To their surprise they detected that they had a prophet on the run from God onboard their ship. Preacher Jonah did not enjoy the message, Missionary, and Jonah did not enjoy the field.
The captain and the sailors knew that the trouble onboard their ship was Jonah’s fault and that he was a liability.
Proceeding in verses 8-9, when the sailors asked Jonah a series of fierce questions. ‘Then they said to him, ‘Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you!?’
‘I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the seas and the dry land.’
Moving forward with verses 10-16, ‘Jonah Thrown Into The Sea.’
The sailors continued with asking Jonah questions.
‘Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, ‘Why have you done this?’ For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.’
‘Then they said to him, ‘what shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?’ As they waited for Jonah to respond, the sea was growing more tempestuous.
And he said to them. ‘Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.’
‘Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them.’
Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, have done as it pleases You.’
So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its rage.
Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows.
At the door of verse 17, ‘Jonah’s Prayer And Deliverance.’
‘Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Dwelling inside that great fish, one can only imagine Jonah’s state of mind and his private thoughts. The thought of Jonah dwelling in a great fish, he could hear his private thoughts roaming around in his mind and his heart beating faster than normal, sitting in darkness. Surely, he was like a blind man inside that fish; all he could see was darkness. God put him in an uncomfortable position to reflect on his disobedience. Certainly, we cannot even foresee ourselves dwelling inside a fish, we can only fathom what Jonah was thinking about, when he was dwelling in darkness; like a blinded person.
The truth be told, when you are in such a position like Jonah was, your best hope is to pray and, faithfully, ask God for deliverance.
‘So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.’ (Jonah 2: 10)
God released Jonah from the great fish. When the Lord spoke to Jonah the second time to ‘go to Nineveh,’ Jonah obeyed God and went to Nineveh. ‘Now the word if the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.’ (Jonah 3:1-2, NKJV)
Indeed, one can say, after Jonah's disobedient ordeal, he learned his lesson and went on to execute his task that God had ordered him to do.
God’s Goodness is good all the time! Even though Jonah lacks compassion for others, and he disobeyed God in various ways and dissatisfied God-God still had mercy on Jonah and forgave him. The portrait of God’s Grace is how He chiseled forgiveness and mercy for Jonah; the Potter’s House.
When you are condescending, looking down on folks, because you are well-off than them, oh, yes God will show up and straighten you out, the same way He straightened Jonah out, the same way He straightened Saul out, before he became Paul, and the same way He straightened the Israelites out.
My sincerest hope is that this message in a bottle was awe-inspiring to all, which is borrowed from ‘A Woman in the Valley.’
Jennifer Smith, The Inspirational Collections
The Harken Collections of Matters of the Heart
A Collective Memoir: Book Two
‘The Harken Collections of Matters of the Heart’ is a heart touching book centered around daily life issues regarding the relationship Matters of the Heart, and a series of my living testimonies interwoven with real people from my life story. Throughout this craftily written book there are captivating daily life ‘Harken Messages.’ Below is a tour of a few ‘Harken Messages’ from within this enthralling thought-provoking book.
1. Kick a Field Goal to New Beginning.
2. Leveled to the Ground.
3. Saddled on the Couch Different Day and the Same Reruns Matters of the Heart.
4. Get Out the Wilderness Rain. And Go Home to Jesus.
5. Doing your Best with What you Harvested.
6. Touch Down! The Mountains Has to Move.
7. When Life Has Tossed You Aside.
Jesus, My Everlasting Everything
The Harken Collections of
Trouble Don't Last Always
A Collective Memoir: Book Three
The Top Priority is God, His Grace is Still Sufficient!
February 25, 2023
My daughter and I are individuals. We are not a part of any coterie organization. We love everyone in the body of Christ. Our number one top priority focus is God. We are not interested in your background, your history, your identity, your credentials, your past, and your biography. We are all serving God, the only living God. However, we do not support anything that God opposes. ‘The Old Testament and the New Testament.’ We are doing God’s Will in building His Kingdom. We are committed to obeying God to providing charity for His Churches, especially, for the churches in need the most, which we do not know, if we are not informed, when we open the bids for ‘The Harken Collections of Trouble Don’t Last Always,’ and other specified upcoming charity books.
Ongoing God keeps moving me from here to there doing this today and that tomorrow, and sometimes doing it all, simultaneously, but I did not complain, and I continued forward obeying.
It is not a cinch working for God, it demands great faith, patience, and commitment. Everything God ordered me to do, I do it, leaning on Jesus.
God-fearing people such as myself, obey God. (Jeremiah 15:1-21)
Jennifer, The Inspirational Collections
Brushing Around the Updates of This Rising Book
December 2, 2022
A joyful hello to all! Sincerely, I hope that you all have been enjoying; touring around the messages in a bottle, borrowed from ‘The Harken Collections of Trouble Don’t Last Always.’ This book concludes the memoirs of giving you a looking into scenes along the path of my life story. Then our path forward is moving on, proceeding forward with The Inspirational Collections books of my next memoir, ‘Jennifer, a Testament of a Virtuous Woman’, onto my autobiography, ‘Jennifer, Dawn of My Life.’
The Inspirational Collections Charity Donations for the Lord’s House of Prayer, will resume with our upcoming fictional books: ‘The Flirtatious Bus Driver and Jaxson Went Missing.’
The Holy Spirit has led me to open the Charity Donations for this book, for bids, from pastors who are in need of God’s charity for their church.
Keep looking for my daughter and I to open this book up, for bids, from the pastors. You will be welcome to send a voicemail to put in your bid, but our preference is an email, because messages and/or voicemails gets misunderstood by not being received, clearly.
Each of The Harken Collections books are completed, Lord Willing, we will be moving forward into The New Year with ‘A Woman in the Valley’ and ‘Trekking Through the Wilderness.’
Also, worth noting, keep your eyes peeled for the release of our fictional books that will open the door for new charitable donations for churches that are in need.
I encourage all to be supportive to view ‘Kate’s House’ on Amazon Prime Video. Graciously!
Jennifer, The Inspirational Collections
A Prelude into This Sermon:
"Hiding and Covering Up your Sins"
March 27, 2023
Let us move forward with this prelude message, leading you into this upcoming season’s sermon, on March 31, 2023, which is borrowed from ‘A Woman in the Valley,’ which was kicked off by, Two Doors Down: The Church House.’
As an icy-cold night set in the wilderness and the daylight failing, and you are with heavyheartedness due to the concealment of your sins, you need comfort That can be arranged, confess your sins, and you will experience a load of weight, lifted off your shoulders.
Compelling this scripture is and it is crucial for all of believers to be listening ears; and digest the book of Numbers 32:23 ‘But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.’ The Gospel truth is, we must confess our sins and repent, instead of ‘Hiding and Covering Up your Sins.’ When you are covering up your sins, you are masking, disguising, wearing a veil, and blanketing your identity in your daily life, which you are on uneven grounds. God loves us all and He does not want any of us to perish. He is a forgiving God.
(John 3:16-20, NIV) reads, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen, plainly, that what he has done has been done through God.’
On a quiet afternoon, sometimes, things fall apart abruptly, and we panic without consulting the Lord, we take matters into our own hands embarking on the wrong path in dealing with this abruptly, fiery situation, and it produces sins, which some people relish in their sins, instead of pursuing righteousness. Yes we have days and seasons like that, but do not doubt God, He is sufficient, even in abruptly assorted fiery situations, God’s Joy pulls you through, every time. There are people who wear frowns in their abrupt, fiery situations. Sin is due to the element of human nature that some believers fall off Jesus’ Bandwagon, to satisfy their appetite for the temptations of the world. Sanctification is where you want to be anchored. The unpardonable sin path is not where you want to be anchored. Rejecting God is a path leading to hell. Refusing God’s Offer of forgiveness and salvation in new life in Jesus Christ, he will be your new home. It is a sin to be on this path because you have rejected Jesus Christ, and you are stating that the Holy Spirit’s witness about The Lord Jesus Christ is a lie. Stop running from your sins and brazenly confess. When you run from your sins, it makes you a bitter, angry, and resentful person. Go ahead and confess your sins, instead of letting it burn in your mind, reminding you of the scars that will always be there.
The Lord is our helper, He will show us the way to confess our sins, and He will help us. God is a compassionate One, which we must have compassion and with sensitivity for others in confessing their sins. We must be mindful of someone confessing their sins and not condemn them with judgment and backlashes. Even though we all have sinned and come short of God’s Glory; our Heavenly Father still has mercy on us to blot out our transgressions. We all have sinned and fallen short of God’s Glory, and we all have sins to confess. ‘Psalm 51, A Prayer of Repentance.’ However, there are people who rather keep their sins stored, meeting the rooftop of their closets instead of confessing their sins. They have become complacent masking in their daily life until they have lost their identity. When they look in the mirror they do not recognize the person staring back at them.
Be a witness and do not withhold your living testimony that God has been good to you, especially, when He brought you thus far on your journey and woke you up in the morning, to another day’s journey. God does not have to wake us up, but He did it anyhow, because He loves us all. God does not have to stand by us, but He does it because He cares for us all, and more importantly, He said it in His Word that He will never forsake us.
You got to push on and do so, willingly, in confessing your sins. Everyone has a story. Life is not always neat and tidy as we would like it to be. However, anchored in Christ, you can still concentrate through your pain, worries, fears, anxiety, emotional feelings, restraints, and life’s mishaps. The Good Book is solid hope, faith, and the faithfulness of God’s Word, which is food for your soul to overcome life’s obstacles. Romans 5:3-5 reads, ‘And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulations produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.’
- It’s all good that they talked about you, hold fast, and still confess your sins, Jesus will fix you up.
- It’s all good that they lied on you, hold fast, and still confess your sins, Jesus will fix you up.
- It’s all good that they scorned you, hold fast, and still confess your sins, Jesus will fix you up.
Nowadays many Saints attempt to cover up their sins, withholding their living testimony to the Lord, and they go on with their daily lives pretending that they have not sinned. The committed acts that they attempt so hard to cover up, people already know. They know because of the rumor mill. They know because of their sinful nature going the distance to dig up dirt on you, with vengeance.
The factor with the rumor mill is, what happened gets twisted out of context with people adding their own flavor to it, which you should have confessed your own sins the way it happened, instead, giving other people the power to tell it the way they desired it to have happened. God said in His Word that He will bring darkness to the light.
(Luke 12:2-3, NKJV): ‘For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore, whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.’
When we claim to be Christians our lives must reflect living in the way of the Lord, and we must not be willing participants of ‘Hiding and Covering Up your Sins.’ Numbers is compelling for us to repent and turn away from our sins. Now is the time to repent. Now is the time to accept salvation. For punishment of sin, which ‘and be sure your sin will find you out.’
Daily God’s disobeying Children are continuing their journey ‘Hiding and Covering Up your Sins,’ because they do not want anyone to know about their sins. The very things that they are attempting to conceal, God brought it to the light already. People cannot hold their water, eventually they are going to spill their water, and it will spread like a wildflower throughout the whispers in the wilderness. While people are hearsay about what you are attempting to hide, oftentimes your hidden sins have caused you agonizing pain. It has festered and taken up residence in your mind, and you are onward pondering about it. When you are living this kind of life refusing to confess your sins, God’s Word says, ‘be sure your sin will find you out.
God the Creator knows everything, and He sees every inkling thing. It is folly to attempt to conceal your sins from the Sovereign God. There is absolutely nothing that any of us will succeed at hiding and concealing from our Heavenly Father. Numbers 32:23 is a significant encouraging verse for us to repent and turn away from sin. ‘But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.’
When you are ‘Hiding and Covering Up your Sins,’ you are living in agony for concealing a lifetime of secrets, and you are not faithful to God. There is doubt presence. You are living a double-minded life when you are telling other people to confess their sins and give a living testimony to God, and you will not adhere to doing it. Falsehood is in practice, and you are living a falsehood life. People who are ‘Hiding and Covering Up your Sins,’ are onward up in other people’s suitcases, nosing around their affairs, because they are agonizing over their own falsehood of doubting God. This is what they do with attempting to derail their minds from their own concealments of sins-secrets. The Good Book is encouraging for you to confess your sins. Confessing your sins and hearsay is not the same. Confessing your sins and your privacy is not the same.
Hearken, it is absurd to abide by the Bible halfheartedly, picking and choosing what you are going to obey and tossed the remaining to the side as if that is all good with God. It is not all good with God. Our Father desires for His Children to obey Him, have reliance on Him, live a modest, quiet, wholesome life, and pursue righteousness in walking in the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel does not teach us to keep secrets and participate in ‘Hiding and Covering Up your Sins.’ The Gospel teaches us ‘your sin will find you out.’ God gives us ample amount of time to uncover our sins before He does it. God’s Time is not the same time as human beings time on earth. The truth be told, when God shows up and makes a grand entrance to uncover your sins, oh, yes God is going to open the windows to airing out every impurity secret that you have hidden away, stock-piled to the rooftop of your closet, which will be ‘proclaimed on the housetop,’ for the world to see; God will put you on display for revealing the wonders of His Miracles. He will take you through the refinery process. Some people must be reminded to pack the tissues because they do not like God’s Refinery process, you know, the affliction that comes with it. God is like the Potter, and you are like the clay who He is molding and shaping in doing this for your good to purify you, and cleanse your heart, mind, and soul. When God has brought you through this process and you have sustained it, you will step into the grand purpose that God has called on your life, which will be the portrait of the evidence of His awe Miracles, Signs, and Wonders. They are people who will not believe in Christ until they see miraculous events. They are miracle-seekers who doubt the God of Wonders and they lacked faith to trust Him. John 4:48 reads, ‘Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.’
Undoubtedly, our sins will find us out, God said it in His Word. Instead of participating in ‘Hiding and Covering your Sins,’ give Jesus Christ gratitude and praise for taking the fall for us on that ‘Old Rugged Cross.’ What a mighty payment He made on Calvary Hill! When you are walking in the Holy Spirit, you trust in God, your faith in Him, you are faithful to Him, and you do not doubt Him, rejoicing in the Holy Spirit, constantly. God covered over our sins with Jesus’ Blood which He did not have to. God did it because He love for us endures forever. God, thank You for Your Grace and Mercy that our sins will not be held against us. For Jeremiah 31:34 reads, ‘No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.’
And so I am concluding with people do not like to speak on God’s other side, which is greatly needed in these times. During my Spiritual Writing Journey God stepped in and fought my battles the same way He did for His People at the Red Sea and the Jordan River, clearing the path to where I am today. If I had not continued walking by faith and not by sight, trusting in God all the way, I would not have made this journey. I made this journey because of God’s Grace, and because God put my adversary under my feet, at bay. Romans 16:20 reads, ‘And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.’
In addition, when your enemy falls, you do not gloat and rejoice when they fall. (Proverbs 24:17-18, NKJV): ‘Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displeases Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.’
When God is in the battle it is a guaranteed winnable battle. The conquest of the land was on the verge to begin. Joshua was told how to win the battle of Jericho, by the appearance of the angel who commanded God’s Army.
God is our Resting Place. He rests with us. He has never left us. He is with us the same way He was with His People in the Bible Days. God is the same One with us today as He was when He went with Joshua and the Israelites into the Jordan. God is the same God who did amazing things at the Red Sea and at the Jordan River. When we are going through the different seasons of life’s trials and tribulations, God has lessons of life for us to learn, the same way He had lessons of life for Israel to learn from the miracle of crossing the Jordan River. God’s Evidence was displayed that He was with Joshua as He had been with Moses. The Ark of the covenant of our Lord God was God’s Dwelling Place on earth and the foundation of the crossing of the entailing story of the Jordan River. The Lord God entered into the perilous river ahead of them, showing evidence as Israel’s protector. When the Lord entered the Jordan, ‘the flowing water downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.’
In addition, when we are in the battle we must let God take the wheel and fight the battle, because when we step in and attempt to do God’s Job in fighting the battles on our own, we will make a disastrous of things, and things will not work in our favor. Then we are left with a long face and wondering ‘What happened and how did I get to this disarrayed place in my life.’ Instead of attempting to do it on your own, obey in God and do everything God wants you to do. When you disobey God and things go south, it is good news for people who loves bad news. Sadly, it takes some people a while and a few tragedies to realize that God from above is over all things. Man will fail you every time, God will never fail you. (John 3:31, NKJV): ‘He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.’
(Isaiah 43:2, NIV): ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the fame scorch you.’ Some time in our journey life gets the best of us until we are feeling like we have been set ablaze and scorch. We will have those types of enduring seasons, but we can rest assured that God will keep His Word that ‘When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the fame scorch you.’ God rest with us, and He will never leave us stranded at sea. If He have to dry-up the sea and put out the flames to bring us through all right, then, that is exactly what God will do, because He will onward reinforce His Love for His People.
Moving on with the Lord showed the evidence of His Wonder and Strength working, which would empower His People to subdue their enemies before them. God is an enabling One. He enabled them to conquer the battle. God the Stronghold knows sometimes in the battle some of His People become doubtful that He will come through for them, because the fire gets too hot, and the evil of the world becomes intensified. When you are in the middle of the battle and you cannot see a way through, God is your Deliverer, and He will show you the way. Life’s happens and we must trust God to care for us and keep us out of harm’s way. Even though life happens to us, the Lord is our Shield, Rock, Fortress, and Protector. (Psalm 18:2, NKJV): ‘The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.’
‘All during harvest the Jordan was at flood stage. As soon as their feet touched the edge of the water the water from upstream stopped flowing.’ Only God’s Hand made it possible for the Israelites to cross the dried-up Jordan River on the dry ground until they had crossed, which was evident wonder of His Strength, and Miracles. After they crossed the Jordan, ‘the river returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.’ God did the same thing to the Jordan River as He did to the Red Sea when the Israelites witnessed Him Dry up the sea for their crossing. He did this so we would know that God is powerful and that we may always fear the Lord our God. God is all-power, and it is impossible for any enemy to subdue the power of God.
The majority of the people of Israel God delivered out of Egypt and witnessed God’s Miracles parted the Red Sea had demised. God’s Love was strengthened for the new generation at the parting of Jordan.
In the New Testament through and through baptism, the Jordan River is connected with the crossing into a new life of spiritual freedom. (Mark 1:9, NKJV); ‘It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.’
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