What are we going to do different in 2018? Are we going to be more radical for His glory? Are we going to walk it or continue to talk it? Will we just go to that particular church because the pastor is kinda popular and the worship team is entertaining? Will we yearn to feel His presence? Will we be more obedient? Are we going to keep His law? Will we lead people to Him? Will we seek His face and not just His hand? Are we going to be fearless? Will we leave depression behind? Are we going to plug into Him through prayer and fasting? Will we give no room to our flesh? Will we give no room to the enemy? Are we going to become more intimate with Him? Will we seek His approval and not people’s? Are we going to leave the low self-esteem behind us? Will we become more teachable? Will we give no room to pride? Will we give no room to lust? Are we going to decrease so He can increase? Will we love our neighbors? Are we going to forgive?
Are we going to embrace humility? Are we going to repair broken relationships within our family? Will we be good stewards with the money He gives us? Are we going to tear down the defensive walls we put up? Will we love again? Are we going to allow ourselves to be loved? Are we going to accept that our identity is found in Him? Will we apply the Word to our lives? Are we going to let Him order our steps? Will we be selfless? Are we going to die daily? Will we raise our holiness standards? Are we going to leave worry behind us? Are we going to let Him harden us to difficulties? Will we make ourselves available? Are we going to get our joy from Him? Will we ask Him for His strength? Will we embrace the purpose He has for us? Are we going to stay under His authority? Will we surrender our will to His will? Are we going to let Him in? Are we going to get out of His way?
Questions we should think about or nah?
Bro. Marquis Johnson
This is a poem/testimony that I read at church about the gifts that Jesus has given me. Merry Christmas!!
So I was asked what are the gifts Jesus has given to you?
I thought, that can’t mean just one thing or even two.
I thought of what to say or write, should I speak of His will Or His awesome might.
I thought, what are the gifts that Jesus has given to me?
I thought of my children, my most prized, my very own three.
Geena, my eldest, oh He’s waiting patiently on her, I won’t give up praying, I know she feels His presence, for He is the Great Whisperer.
My second, my first born son, the Lord saved him from sure death, both physically and spiritually, as much as I asked for people to pray, I myself prayed
So much, it all but left me out of breath.
My baby boy Anjel, who is truly his namesake, I always knew he was given to me for a reason,
For only God knew what was to come in our lives, at this time, this very season.
My grandbaby Aubree, who reminds me so much of her dad, my son
Oh you guessed it, my heart she’s surely won.
Let’s not forget all of u in this church, when I was seeking a home, I’m grateful to each one of you
For not leaving me alone.
He gave me back time that was stolen from me,
By that evil one, that enemy
He gave me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to accept. He wiped away all the old which I’d just as soon like to forget.
So I guess what I’m saying is that all the gifts that Jesus gave me, even you,
Cannot be contained in any box, or measured, or even timed with any clocks.
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