“ROSE-COLORED GLASSES”


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“Bishop Houston’s Weekend Word”
 
Well, well, well Beloved, it’s the weekend again. I thank God for allowing me to start and participate in another day in the land of the living.
 
You know, before I truly stepped up to the plate and took Christianity seriously and accepted my calling into the ministry, I was dominated by “MANY” horrible worldly habits. I tried to quit each one using all kinds of methods, but nothing worked. After many years of struggling, failing, and loosing, on all of life’s frontiers, one Saturday morning I woke up around 3 A.M. and cried out (real tears) to the Lord and told Him I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired of the vicious hallucination “I” called life.
 
Beloved it wasn’t until I got serious with myself, took off the rose color glasses and took the worldly ear plugs out of my ears when change started to happen. Beloved, my change came when there was no one there for me. I felt that everyone had abandoned me, all I had was a Bible that a pastor gave to me many years preceding my wake-up call.
 
Beloved, up to that point, I will not say I hadn’t learned much of anything about the Word of God. I can’t, and I won’t say that I had never been exposed to the power of God. That would be a flat out lie. Sure, I could have continued to place the blame on others. But I knew within myself, that was only a cop-out provision to continue the wrong I was doing and continue with the World vs. Me attitude. It was me, myself and I, who chose the path of illicit living!!! “I” placed those rose-colored glasses on my eyes and the worldly ear plugs in my ears. In other words, it was “ME, MYSELF, and I” who made the bad choices.
 
You see, it was “I” who made the conscientious decision to listening to people who disguised themselves as friends, friendly, and family. I trusted them more than I did my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They didn’t have my best interest in their mind, but I couldn’t see nor hear their deception to recognize the lies my enemies were presenting because, I was too busy trying to be received by them. They had hidden agendas in their minds to kill, steal and destroy me after their come up. So, wanting to fit in, “ME, MYSELF, AND I” choose to indulge into a life-style that delivered to me a mirage.
 
You see, chasing that deceptive, false worldly illusion chased away many people who did love me and had my best interest at heart (mind and emotions). It wasn’t until “I” took off those rose-colored glasses and the worldly ear plugs out of my ears to hear what God had been trying to tell me for many years. The spirit of the Lord said: “Wilburn Jr. You know you’re wrong, take ownership  – ‘right now’, so I can begin to cleanup, clear and repair the damage you’ve created through the years.”
 
Beloved, I had to go before God with a a contrite spirit and take off the ROSE COLORED-GLASSES, remove the WORLDLY EAR PLUGS OUT OF MY EARS, and TAKE FULL OWNERSHIP why my life was in chaos before things started to change positively for me.
 
Today, I live a life chartered by the Words of God. I still deal with everyday problems, but the difference maker is I have a great influence in my life, a great role model in my life, a great inspirer in my life, and a great motivator in my life, He is Jehovah Jireh, Yahweh-Yireh, El-Shaddai. He is My GREAT PROVIDER!!!
 
Beloved, as you go into this weekend go into it without your rose colored glasses and your worldly ear plugs so you will be able to recognize and receive what God is trying to deliver to you.
 
I love you all!!! 😀
Have a blessed weekend Everyone!!! 😀
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The Escapades of Being Misled


Praise the Lord Beloved!!!

What a beautiful day to serve the Lord.
Today’s Scripture Reading: (Gal. 2:20)

Beloved many Christians are misled because of uneducated teachings or myths.

Jesus died so that you and I might live.
But the question that stands at hand is:
what does it mean “to live”?

Some people have taught that Jesus died for us so that we could enjoy “the good life.” I’m speaking of the American dream of having peace, prosperity, and a healthy family. But that’s not why Jesus offered up his life for you.

Other people believe that “living for Jesus” means being a good, moral person. You keep your nose clean, stay out of trouble, and obey the laws of the land. While those may be good things, they aren’t the reason Jesus came to die. Jesus died and rose again so that you and I would, in the power of the Spirit, be able to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow Him.

Beloved, there are people that believe pretending that everything is OK when it’s not, is right because they don’t bother God.

Some have been taught that Jesus died for us so that we would try our best to deny ourselves and “live for Jesus” in order to earn His love.

Then there are others who believe that they must “live for Jesus” in order to pay Him back for what He has done. They say, “Okay Jesus, You died for me. I’m going to live for You. Then we’ll be even.”

Let me tell you Beloved, our misled processed thoughts completely offend God because it makes a mockery of His love. It’s like saying that God is the kind of person who will only love those who earn it.

Beloved, what kind of love is that?

Beloved, that would be like telling your spouse or partner that you’ll pay them back for every act of love or kindness they show to you. Can you imagine how offended they would be if you tried to do that? (Not to mention the fact that your acts of kindness that you try to pay God back with are like trying to pay off debts with Monopoly money.)

Beloved, Jesus’ death and resurrection were not about providing us with an escape from this world. They were about transforming us into the kind of people who will enjoy eternity with God—just as we were meant to do in the first place.

This is why Paul writes in 2 Cor. 5:15, “Jesus died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who died and was raised for their sake.”

“Have a blessed Wednesday Everyone!!!”

“Remember Who Is Real”


17155405_1410687602322664_7287365699614368654_nRomans 1:20

Praise the Lord Beloved.

You know Beloved, at times all of us get our Christian foundation shook by some type of adversity or situation which tries to shake our faith in God. But as real as the issue may seem God is “Real” and bigger than the adversity or situation.

There’s nothing too hard for God to repair. Just take all your cares to Him in prayer and then stand back and watch the salvation of the Lord.

Beloved, when adversities or situations make you question the “TRUTH – GOD”, and though we may not see Him physically you must remember “God Is Real” and He loves you completely.

Have a blessed Tuesday Everyone.

“There Is Nothing God Cannot Do”


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Daniel 2:47 NLT
The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.”

Beloved,
the above account was the perspective of the wise, powerful and PAGAN king Nebuchadnezzar (once ruler of the world) about God.

Beloved, we serve a Holy God, abounding in mercies, who’s the same yesterday, today and forever.

He’s the same God who addressed Nebuchadnezzar as “king Nebuchadnezzar”, humbled him in his pride and restored his kingdom to him. There’s nothing God cannot do.

Have a blessed Tuesday Everyone!!!