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I was recently confronted with a challenge after hearing Yolanda Adams speak on her morning radio show on the topic of faith. Everything she and her colleagues said was on point but the one thing that stuck out to me the most was the very beginning of Hebrews 11: 1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
 (English Standard Bible)

The beginning of this passage is the most important part: NOW FAITH! Many believers know this verse by heart and recite it but have difficulty practicing it effectively because they overlooked these first two words. Besides the description of what Faith is, we are given a reference of time in this verse. The time is NOW. Faith is only active if you declare the things not seen Now. You must live and walk with the assurance that it is now done. I can praise God in times of trouble or tribulation by activating my “Now Faith” and walking in the guarantee that makes me say “Through God I have victory right now”. Too often we pray and say that we have Faith that God will do when “Now Faith” says that we have faith that God has done the deed. If we live our life with this God will do mentality then all we have is hope. There is nothing inherently wrong with hope. Hope is good but it has a different place in time in our walk. Looking back at the verse it indicates that Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. So the sequence states that hope comes before Faith. The problem with hope is that you still see the situation as is. You are walking with the burden, continuously looking at tribulations face to face while you wait, hoping, for God to remove the burden. However, with faith you can release the burden into His hands and walk with conviction and assurance

I had a small accident while roller skating at birthday party over the weekend. I broke my leg bones and had some surgery done. Turns out that I will not be able to walk for a month and will have to miss out on a lot of projects at work with my students and more importantly will have to leave some more burden on my wife to manage while I recuperate. All I could think of at first was all that is being affected and my not being able to lend a hand. This is my time to practice NOW FAITH. There is an encounter that God wants me to have with him and I am all in. I declare strength, stamina and endurance for my wife, excellence for children and my students, speedy  recovery and to find Gods Heart for me in this time. I believe this to be so and find my evidence in NOW FAITH. What a feeling of strength and joy this gives. Lets go beyond hope today and enter the joys of NOW FAITH. I pray Gods goodness and mercy upon you. Feel free to leave any comments or testimonies of your experience with NOW FAITH. Blessings



Mercy Within Reach…

http://bible.us/8/psa51.1-2.amp HAVE MERCY upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin!

Rushing Into A blessing

I was rushing to work several weeks ago and in my mad dash I was wondering whether I would make it onto the ferry. My wife drops me off and I’m running off to the entrance of the ferry. At the same time a man on a motorized wheelchair is coming out of the exit, he made a sharp turn in all of a sudden he falls off is chair. Obviously I was not going to worry about getting to work on time any longer. I run up to the man and try to help him up realizing that he is unable to stand. Some good Samaritans come and help and I carefully begin to lift the wheelchair. One man says mockingly “I see this guy everyday he is always falling off”. I see the paralyzed mans face full of shame. I continue to pick him and tell him “Don’t worry we will get you moving in a minute” and continue to pick up the wheel chair up and he looks to me and say “God Bless You young man you didn’t have to help”.

Sometimes God wants you to slow down because he wants to use you. We need to be alert, ready and willing to be used by Him.



Build Me An Altar- pt.1


Exodus 20 ( New living Translation )

24 “Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you use stones to build my altar, use only natural, uncut stones. Do not shape the stones with a tool, for that would make the altar unfit for holy use.

In my first post titled “Identity Crisis”, I wrote about the dangers of trying to be someone your not meant to be. I specifically made reference to our personal altars before the Lord and the dangers of not building it according to the God intended design. If you haven’t read it I would recommend it, not because I wrote it, but because I believe it will bless you as well. In this post I want to focus on the a general blueprint as dictated in Exodus chapter 20. God has been placing this in my heart for the past few days, “Build me an altar”. Lets break down the verses.

Verse 24: “Build for me an altar made of earth…”

I know that the original text was intended as an instructional guide or a how to, but I am a firm believer that everything in the Word is relevant and applicable to us today. This first portion of the scripture God request an altar to be made of earth. When I read this the first thing I thought of is the creation of man. Taking this back to our early days in bible school, in the book of Genesis, we learned that man was created from earth itself. We can, under this context, say that this altar is built from you, in you and by you. This humble altar would be built, in its most basic form, out of stones. Not just any stone but, as it is indicated in verse 25, natural uncut stones. I believe that these stones are made from the deepest and most difficult trials we go through for it is by way of trials that these we are spiritually shaped. There is purpose behind the problems. God desires that you to take those things that he has brought you through and out of and no matter how difficult the situation may have been, he would have you use it as a building block towards an offering to him. Don’t try to build your alter before the Lord with stones shaped with tools, that is to say,  your alter cannot be composed of your own accomplishments and achievements. Things that you have done as if to merit the favor of the Lord. He says “for that would make the altar unfit for holy use”.  You can build an altar under your own specifications and design so that it reflects or shows off who you are to all around you but you can’t fool God. Your offering will not rise an inch from the altar. He says “Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered…” I ask you what is  one of your fondest memories in your walk with God? For many it would be a deliverance, a miracle, a time when he met the need or answered a long standing prayer. Take these moments and mark them in your mind and heart. Take the lesson learned and use it to build your alter then place your offering upon this altar of earth and stone.

So as Isaac asked his Father Abraham on the mountain, where is the sacrifice? We will discuss this in part 2 of “Build Me An Altar”