So I had a 414Many moment yesterday that involved something I posted a few days ago. This man began crying as I went to greet him. I didn’t think I had anything to do with his tears and as I hugged him back all I heard him saying in my ear was “thank you brother for posting that, I needed that, thank you for that word, I need a big hug from you bro”. I almost started crying too. God showed me the words He puts on my mind and heart through His spirit in me aren’t falling on deaf ears. My flesh once in awhile would try to talk me out of sharing messages. The enemy would tell me, “Yo MJ no one cares about your music or the things you post. You’re wasting your time trying to help people, most of them probably think you’re a fraud anyways. Look at you, you post about love and all that mushy stuff and you’ve been married twice, you talk pro-family but your own son don’t even live with you. You say God said you’re a king, a man of God but you’re 40 and had to move back in with your parents. You’re trying to live righteous for nothing, these people don’t care about what you have to say. Oh and before I forget, you don’t even have a real job”.
I can agree to everything the devil and his minions spew in my mind, BUT GOD.
But my Pops told me this isn’t my ending this is just the beginning of the divine destiny He has for me. He’s not looking at my start my past like people do and how Satan tries to remind us of. God has seasons for me to walk in His purpose for me. He’s still straightening out paths for me, He’s going ahead getting His lampposts ready for my feet, He’s still removing things out of me that can’t go to the new place. He’s placing people on and off my elevator, He’s making me the man He wants me to be. His love and His grace keeps me pressing on for His glory. Continue to have Your way in me and I make myself available to You. Use me Lord Jesus!!!
Thank You for helping me plant a seed in them, the lost ones, the hurting ones. Prick their hearts Lord Jesus, use me to get their attention.
Exodus 23.20 Deuteronomy 28.7-13
Psalm 23.5; 37.1-6; 138.7 Proverbs 16.7
What’s worse is when they want you to help them sin or do something unrighteous, smh. God tells us not to interfere when He’s putting someone through His process. It hurts that I can’t help you but it hurts more when I disobey Him, so I won’t. If someone knows you’re a person of faith and they throw scriptures at you about being a “Christian” and helping them. Remind them that being obedient to Him and keeping His commandments and surrendering to His will supersedes helping people. Remind them of David, Job, Paul, Peter, Jacob etc. suffering through His process. If they still pout and whine and accuse you of being a fake Christian, God just exposed them to you. They just want to use you and God for their own selfish desires.
Bro. Marquis Johnson
The day was good, the afternoon, better and the evening a bit slow but throughout the day I had been praising the Lord for His goodness. Going through the day, everyday, thanking my Father for what He’s done in my life and the lives of my children. Sometimes I don’t understand His ways, but His thoughts are not my thoughts, so who am I to question. I forge on and brace myself for impacts, any impact the enemy may throw my way, because he will you know, he will try to all day long..all night long. Just accuse you and remind you of what you were like before and how you were this, that, or the other. A conversation once went something like this with this old friend of mine. That old friend came and sat next to me and asked me if I remembered the time I had hurt someone physically without any remorse and who did I now think I was? Did I not remember the times I chose to party instead of paying attention to my children and now I spend time with my youngest, and who did I think I was? What about the time that I was so full of hate, I beat up my own sister, and who did I think I was? Finally, who was I this old friend asked me. Who did I think I was and where had I come from thinking that I could just forget about all those things? I sat there and thought about all those things this old friend asked me. I sat there and thought long and hard. Hmm.. who did I think I was? I was pondering the question. I turned and looked at this old friend and said, who do I think I am you ask? Yes, I am that person who physically hurt someone and felt no remorse, I am that mother who chose partying over my children at times, I am that sister who beat her sister, so in short old friend, I am that which you created from hate, anger, lies, unforgiveness, guilt, depression, pride, and fear…and then that old friend interrupted with laughter and said I knew it, you are still that person…so I interrupted and said excuse me old friend, let me finish….BUT GOD!…my old friend’s face was staring back at me in shock and anger and said NO! I continued, yes I am that which you created out of all those ugly things, those things which you held me prisoner with, those things in which you thought you were building up a leader for your purpose, BUT GOD, yes God reached down and pulled me from all that ugliness. And now you sit here and ask me who do I think I am? I could answer you but it would take days, so I will keep it short for you, since you are no longer of any importance to me, I am the fiercest warrior that you once bestowed your ugliness upon. I am a child of God, I am a warrior, I am that one that my Father shown His perfect love, grace, and mercy upon. That warrior you thought you were creating for your use, exists no more, for I am a warrior of God, I am a daughter of the One True King. The way I used to fight, hate, and show rage toward others, I will now use toward you. I will fight you, hate you, and show you the giant that was awakened by my Father’s love. Should you be afraid? Yes, you very well should be. I will stand against you and everything you stand for, I will tear it down. You wanted to pick a fight? You should think back and remember, I don’t back down especially since my Father stands for me and showed me to stand firm and hold my ground just as my Father told me. His promises are true and He doesn’t lie. So old friend, I will no longer give you the time of day to accuse me of what once was. No, I rebuke you and send you back from whence you came, IN JESUS NAME!
I have the enemy standing on one side of the doorway saying, “There’s nothing good behind that door”. I have family and friends on the other side of the doorway asking me, “What if you don’t like what’s on the other side”? But as long as God has it open for me, I’m walking through it head held high.
Bro. Marquis Johnson
It’s His love that’s always powered my love. He’s let me know the more I accept His love, the stronger my love will be for others. I used to run from this feeling because my past culture frowned upon being lovable etc. I now know why I did or didn’t do certain things. He tapped my shoulder early in life but I ran. Now I embrace that I’m designed for love, to love and so should you. It’s love and the devil knows it so he gives us fear. Choose love to defeat EVERYTHING!!! #Jesustype
Bro. Marquis Johnson
Be able to help each other unpack baggage. We all have emotional baggage. Help each other deal and heal. Agape love is sacrificial, it’s His love. A love we can’t do without Him but an immense love we can achieve through Him. Love is pain, but it conquers all. Be humble, be loyal, be brave, be vulnerable. Satan in your ear telling you it’s not worth it but it’s quite the contrary. Stop eating the devil’s pie. “The greatest of these is …”
#belovable #bebrave #itsliberating #trustHim
Bro. Marquis Johnson
God can protect it but often us humans think we have it all figured out. I see your thirst for love as well as my own. We all want love but we’re so desperate that we’ll accept substitutes that overall are unhealthy to our hearts and minds. Don’t settle, let the Creator, Manufacturer of hearts, love, guide us safely.
Bro. Marquis Johnson