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Are we only concerned with “who’s the boss?” A lesson from ‘The Shack’

Posted by forthemission247 on March 19, 2014

The ShackFrom an author’s mind we see what they see and we believe we know what they believe…(confused yet?)and this is what makes fiction so fascinating. You can take parts of the truth: setting, people, objects and ideas- and turn into something that will literally crush the systems we have set up for ourselves.

If you have not read “The Shack”  by William Paul Young, go read it. In fact a review of The Shack is available if you want to glean just a little bit from it. This book had some pieces in it I could not let go and it was a wake up call for me. Whatever we think of God now, it will change after reading this bit of fiction. Here’s a snippet or blurb of what the book is all about:

Mackenzie Allen Philips took his family on a trip in Oregon and during the trip his little girl Missy is abducted and presumed murdered. Four years later, he receives a mysterious note requesting him to return to the shack and this is where his Great Sadness will be confronted by an even greater God, but what and who he encounters will confound his mind and the readers’ minds because nothing is as it seems and William Paul Young makes sure he includes theology along with literary magic and sensitivity.”(From The Norfolk Christian Fiction Examiner)

In this book God is portrayed by a black woman whom Mackenzie loving calls, “Papa”, Sarayu is an Asian woman-the Holy Spirit, and Jesus seems to be of an Indian or Arabic race. I loved this story because it did not give us the traditional “look” of what God may appear to be.

Anyway, there is a part of the story where the main character questions Jesus about hierarchy and systems of government. The character, Mackenzie feels that it was a good idea that people created governments and economics and that we have religion. In the story, however, Jesus frowns upon this. We as people feel as if only true relationships can exist if someone is in control.

In the story, God, the Holy Spirit(Sarayu) and Jesus all sat at a table together just having conversation and having a joyous time with it.

So who was in charge in this circle?

God wanted to have a relationship with the main character, the same relationship he has with the Holy Spirit and Jesus.

The same one he wants to have with you. Only we are concerned with “Who’s the boss?”

This is what causes rifts in friendships, relationships, church businesses- why does there have to be a hierarchy. Can’t we just respect and love one another for who God made us to be? Sure we are so used to systems that now our minds depend upon it for order.

Love has no order. It is what it is.

Just like God is “I am that I am”

He just is.

Read the book, then read the Holy Word. Pray, communicate with God.

He wants a relationship with you.

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Is it God Who Changes Us or Us Who Changes…Us?

Posted by forthemission247 on March 6, 2014

Things ChangeFunny way to word things in the title, but I think the Holy Spirit wants me to let you all know what change actually means and he is leading to me to expound on what change means according to man and according to Him. To begin, let me show you why people can not change themselves-completely; and that it is only through allowing God inside.

The Definition and etymology of “change” may blow your mind.

The word change is a transitive verb meaning it flows. But where to? It flows to the object receiving the action of the verb. So when someone tells me they have changed, immediately my brain asks: “Who/what has changed you or what have you changed?”

What really bugs me a little is that change comes from the Latin word cambiare which actually means to exchange.

What needs to be exchanged? Could it be I am exchanging pride for humility so God can teach me? Hmmm.

Okay, okay, let’s keep this one simple: When we change something, it means we are molding something, shaping it to make different. Like how clay can be molded into masks and then put into the kiln to burn or how we take outfits and alter them to suit our tastes. So, yes  we can effect change in some things. But ourselves?

Dropping a word of encouragement can cause a change in a person- if they accept it and nurture it as they should. Accept? Nurture? I’ll get back to this later because already you think it is something that must be done by you in order to change but there is nothing your hands, or eyes, or legs and toes can do to change yourself…

Some great quotes on change I have read or heard:

Go to the altar to be altered”

“The universe is change : our life is what our thoughts make it”-Marcus Aurelius

“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the Phoenix”-Christina Baldwin

Change is definitely constant and rebirth is something we cannot do. Instead of the “Which came first the chicken or the egg?” question, we are now wondering: Is it I who changes or did God change me?

Going back to nurturing and accepting. These are keys to unlock the door of change. A stubborn person never receives help, but the one who takes the seed of encouragement and wisdom, has now let in some essence of God but believing in His Son causes powerful change and thus those great testimonies.

Before I go to Scripture…

As I’ve mentioned before, the word change is a transitive verb which means an object is receiving an action. In my spiritual eye I see this as meaning total SURRENDER to the Lord.

So yes, we do have to do something.

We need to let go and let Him in.

Because those nasty habits, addictions and other ungodly behaviors requires God anyway- not you. You are not equipped in the flesh to handle something like that. The battle is his.

If you quit smoking, that means something inside you enabled you to do so.

If you quit snapping at folks and getting angry all the time, something inside you snapped in order for you to stop.

There is no physical program or button that you have pressed to suddenly eat healthier, love better and make better choices.

When folks say, “I gots to get right before going to church.” What in the heck do they mean? If you can get right yourself you don’t need the Lord then.

Some Scriptures about Change.

Romans 12:1-2

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

1 Corinthians 15:51

Ephesians 2:8-9

Titus 3:5

While you search those Scriptures. Think about what repent really means. It means to change your mind about something or to feel contrite about the wrongs(sins) you have done.

And you do that by simply submitting to Christ and then you will find you love Him so much, that your outward habits will naturally(or should I say supernaturally) change anyway.

What do you think? :)

God Bless Yall!

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A Month of Red Hearts and Chocolate, a Poem

Posted by forthemission247 on March 1, 2014

BaptismHe is our Lord as well,

From days and night of ancient old

to now even in the twenty eight days

raining red hearts and chocolate

we chocolate, we smooth, we bitter

scarlet letters mean much to us

we holler, we stomp, we shout

We know what He’s all about

And  we know evil

became a part of the Plan too.

And we’re here.

We’re here.

*Poem by Erica

Here are a couple of things I learned this week, please check out these links and remember that Black History is everyone’s history too.

Heard of Phyllis Wheatley? She wrote poems on morality and religion even though her  life was definitely not filled with roses. Find out why.

Find out why George Lisle is so important to church history and black history at the same time!

Have any anecdotes, poems, questions to share? Please do so here or simply share this post via the social buttons below this post. God Bless You! :)

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What is the Hype With Being “The One?”

Posted by forthemission247 on February 18, 2014

Neo Stops BulletsCrawl over to YouTube and you will find some people are tired of movies with “The One” or they make sarcastic remarks about it.

Think of Neo. Keanu Reeves is famous for this movie and other movies where he is chosen. But in The Matrix he was created, designed for a purpose-to save the world from wicked machines and there were evil people too he had to combat.

In Constantine, he was chosen as “The Sacrifice” and given another chance to take down demons.

Now we have Divergent coming to theaters March 21st. Another “The One” kind of movie? I don’t think so. For a full synopsis of the books and the movie go to Veronica Roth‘s website. There is more than just a” one and only” in the story. Everyone is chosen to do their part.

Which brings me to Jesus.

One man. Son of God. It did not take many. And he was cloaked in humility. In wisdom.

In love.

It takes not many to shake the world, but Jesus did have followers, disciples, people who loved Him. And he left us a precious gift…

The Holy Spirit was breathed on those around him and it lives in us if we will accept the Lord Jesus as the Son of God and as our Savior. Only one can live in our hearts. It only took one to make us understand and to boggle our minds all at once.

Too many “ones” would distort the favor of one gift.

How can one gift, in the form of a child, in the form of man make us weep, make us love and even cause strife?

But there are those of us who have this one umbilical cord connecting us to Father God. So we are all one.

So what is the fascination with one? The fascination is that one can have all the power- to show us.

Morpheus, Neo, and Trinity from The Matrix, represented the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit(The Holy Trinity) in my own religious opinion- with Morpheus being God, Trinity the Holy Spirit, and Neo the Son who was sent as sacrifice.

God is God all by Himself and sent himself as the sacrifice.

But all it takes is one to spark the idea and change the world….

These are just my random thoughts on oneness. What do you think about one-ness? :)

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If You Know You Are With the King… Why Fear? Ask Luffy

Posted by forthemission247 on February 8, 2014

My husband and I were watching the Sky Island Saga of the anime, “One Piece” and there is one episode(ep. 184 I think) where Nami, Pirate Luffy’s navigator and friend- says she and Luffy are not going to make it against god Eneru. Eneru ate the lightening fruit or devil’s fruit and so he calls himself a god and everyone is afraid of him- except for Luffy.  god Eneru from One Piece

So as Nami stands there fretting, Luffy stills himself and tells her, “ What are you afraid of? I am King of the Pirates. You will be okay.”(Paraphrasing here), but the main thing is Nami has been sailing the seas with Luffy for a while now, and he got them across the grand line, fought vicious foes and now she is trembling. If you know you are with the king and a friend- why fear?

I thought of Hebrews 10:39 and we as believers in God the Father and Christ the Son, should react to almost any situation with total trust in Him. We are “not of those who shrink back and are destroyed” but we believe in who we serve and know for a fact we shall be saved. Luffy Decal

You see, Luffy is not without fear. He is brave in spite of it. He wanted Nami to simply remember that even though they are up against this lunatic who thinks he is a true God and even though they are floating on his “Deathpeia”, Luffy has fought for her and their other friends and has won every battle. He will not let her down.

I don’t know who this message is for but the Lord God is King of Kings and Lord and Lords(Revelation 19:16), trust him to be your navigator today and remember all the things he has brought you out of in the past. Think of your friends and family members who have conquered their demons all in Jesus name.

Whom shall we fear?

None but the one who can take the body and our souls…

Please share this post with someone who needs the encouragement! :)

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People Are Biting Cold…

Posted by forthemission247 on February 3, 2014

If you are a Virginian, then you know that the Polar Vortex has brought bitterly freezing temps our way. For example, right now I am hearing that there will be more snow and ice within the next week or so. And we all know God has it under His control, so that it can change(and has) at any time he pleases.Winter Scene

But what I’ve noticed more than anything, are the footprints left in the snow. I don’t think many of those prints were there because someone “wanted” to walk on a bitterly cool day- unless that select few were really daring, but there were walkers.

Not zombies, living people. The homeless who actually live in the elements we are protected from.  I am not sorry that these blog posts are always geared to the needy and the lost- this is what Mission Possible hope to be someday as the Lord continues to bless. A forum and a place for people to warm their souls, eat and have a place to stay; but it will take all of us to fight the cold…

 

A couple of days ago my husband and I were heading to work- this was  a few days after those bitterly cold, snowy days- and we were walking on a slightly wide road but the sidewalks were coated in slick ice. So we walked along the edge of the curb and before we knew what was happening, a van whizzed past us, very close to my husband’s side and splashed water on the both of our work uniforms.

In my fleshly mind I said, “This ignoramus saw us. They had to! It was a nice, clear day.”

But Spiritually, I knew what was going on: The person had somewhere to go really fast and people were just of no consequence to them. They were anxious for something where the bible clearly says “be anxious for nothing”(Philippians 4:6-7)

This is why the busy street we live on has had so many accidents. Loads of people are busy. They have work to do, money to get and families to homes to go to.

Cool.

But I am not biting the cold. Jesus is the center of my life and His message from me to you is to SLOW DOWN. Be warmer, kinder to people. If someone needs help and you are available and able- why not? You would love for someone to do that for you.

And please. Please. Watch the curb. It could be me there walking again…

Or you.

Slow down.

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It’s 2014-Have We Changed? Do We Want To?

Posted by forthemission247 on January 2, 2014

Every year we resolve to do something different  and I have one question.

Have you changed?

Welchs Sparkling Juice Cocktail

Non-Alcoholic Beverage

If not then you are with million of the rest of us who see 2014 as being 2-0-1-4… mere numbers. But if you are a Christian, you understand we need daily bread and have to continually ask for forgiveness and to really be all the Lord wants us to be. Last night as my husband and I watched the ball drop on television and toasted  our Welch’s Sparkling White Grape, my husband and I looked at each other and he said, “I don’t think the homeless and the poor care about the new year. They are still out in the cold and Christians are still as selfish as the world.”

I nodded my head, thinking of all those cold people who sleep under the bridges at night, or in their cold cars.

Before we got to this point of not caring about most holidays, we cared very much: the lights and decorations, Christmas gifts, the New Year, Thanksgiving…yes, we cared very much about those holidays. We used to spent money on people who actually couldn’t stand our guts anyway -and that’s what happens when you are set apart for God, we hung out on New Year’s toasting with family and friends and truthfully I did not think of anyone but  myself and my own world.

Don’t we all do that?

So last night, it was special around midnight because we have entered another year together and stronger than ever. Yet our mission is still the same: Do as Christ has done. Christ tried to point us to the Father and help us to do His will. That is what’s most important.

Should we forget about celebrating 2014?

To each their own. If you want to pop the bubbly and celebrate the New Year- do it.

If you want to make a list of all the things  you want to change- do so.Peanuts Goal Setting Banner

But remember this. Celebrate and thank God for life each and EVERY day. Not just each year. And if you have goals, that is wonderful: set short term and long term goals throughout the year and have an accountability group or individual stay on top of your written goals and remind you to keep them.

To recap, it is alright to celebrate the New Year. We did in our own quiet time, however I would like to see change not only in myself, but in society as well and that means I have to resolve to do better.

We can make change together and those things we cannot change, we give them to the Lord.

Amen! :) and Happy New Year!

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The True Father of Hearts

Posted by forthemission247 on December 17, 2013

God certainly needs no protection

from me.

He does not need my voice

He does not need my fingers

hands

legs-God is my hero

He does not need my muscle

to get things done.

But he equipped me with something special,

special to be used on this Rock.

This place of equal paradise and desolation-

He made me in His image.

He gave me another chance.

He gave me purpose

and power,

a reason to dance- like David.

He gave me His son whom

I carry around, in the womb of my heart

forevermore as I heal the sick, as I raise the dead

as I lift somber spirits to high ones.

Just to show he is the Father of my Heart.

Oh God, how I love you.

-Poem by Erica

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You Should Be Able to Pray With Confidence…

Posted by forthemission247 on December 9, 2013

Jesus, the Great High Priest.

Higher than Moses.Praying to the Lord

The very essence of the creator-

Was nailed to the cross for all of us and he did this while we were still in our sins- before we ever existed. And he suffered many temptations we have now but he was found without sin.

And according to Hebrews 4. this is why we can approach the “throne of grace with confidence” when we have a need. But what does that mean? How can we be confident to approach the Lord with our problems?

If you back up a couple verses, the same chapter mentions we have a High Priest who can identify with our weaknesses.  How humbling and powerful is that?

We serve an awesome creator who made the divine choice to join us and experience our hunger, our pain, our emotional roller coasters as well as our uniquely designed strengths and so when we mess up, we know we can go to Him and make known our “broken and contrite spirits”, bare our souls to Him and will He forgive us.

Think about it: If your friend never been through what you’ve been through, how can you approach them with confidence that they will help you?

But God has suffered for us and he knows our  hearts. Just be honest when you speak to God in your prayer closet- be clear that you want to repent(change) and watch how good you will feel.

Hugs :)

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One of Them is the Devil, But We Hear When He Roars…

Posted by forthemission247 on December 5, 2013

DevilIf you have not watched the movie Devil, produced by the infamous M. Night Shyamalan, then be prepared for a word from God. The movie is mainstream but I highly recommend it. Out of all his other movies, this one stuck with me long after viewing it on Netflix- I was shocked, awed and…convicted.

The basic plot is about a detective called in for a possible suicide and while he is investigating, five people are trapped in an elevator- of the same building and get this-

One of them is the devil.

One of the characters in the movie says “When the devil has an appointment, all things go wrong.” The movie even begins with1 Peter 5:8 “Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion.”(NIV)

And as my husband says, roaring means you can hear when he is coming around the corner. But the movie did not stop there. If you speak of the devil, you must speak about how God delivers our souls. In the movie, people had unforgiveness and bad pasts. The key word here is forgiveness. Without forgiveness of our trespasses as well as others, it violates the powerful prayer Jesus spoke to us. How can we call ourselves Christians, or Christ followers and we are not self controlled and are liars? I am speaking of my own self as well because none of us are good under this sun.

None.

If you watch the movie, or even if you hadn’t- post your thoughts about forgiveness or how difficult it can be to forgive someone who is not so nice to you. Let’s keep it real :)

But really- let me know if you watch the movie. It is that important.

Hugs from Mission Possible

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