You Can Call Me “Ma”

Several months ago, when I was in going through the check-out, in the grocery store, a young lady was sitting behind the cash register. While I was placing my groceries on the counter, I heard a voice say, “Did you get everything you needed ma?” I said yes. A few weeks later, I went back to the same store, searching for her at the cash register. And she was not there, so I went joyfully down the aisles searching for her. I was on a mission. It obviously was a day for stocking shelves for there where several employees engrossed in their work with mask on. Covid-19 has caused us to look like masked bandits. Now you really cannot tell the bad guy from the good guy. What the hey! I guess, it does not matter for God says, He can turn the bad too good for it is He who judges, so do not worry about what is behind the mask. Are you ready for me to get on with the real story?

OK, so here I am in the store checking out heads and bodies to determine who this special lady was. The aisles were starting to look like a maze, so I kept searching and walking through the maze again.  Finally, my senses spotted her. The young lady I was seeking, she was standing facing the milk freezer with her back turned. I stood there contemplating feeling a bit uncertain, she turned around, I saw her eyes, and a mask covering her mouth. And I said, “Excuse me, can I talk to you for a minute?” She then pulled her mask down and looked at me. At that moment we were standing face to face and I told her my story. She happily responded, “That was me, you look like my mother, I will bring her picture, so you can see.” I then blessed her with one of my books called “From Nakedness to Purpose.” However, the story has not ended. While standing in line, 6 feet apart, as commanded, she approached a young man, and directed him to open a register for me, so I could pay for my groceries. Such, daughterly love. That young lady now has a place in my heart as my adopted daughter. Many of the younger generation address me as ma or mum (as they say in Africa). I enjoy and love every one of them calling me ma or mum. I am humbled and honored that not only my children use that endearment but others. Thank you, Father for sharing, Your adopted children.   

Reading: Ephesian 1:5 New Living Translation

God decided in advance to adopt us in His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.

Seeing Eyes

Is my eyes open? Open your eyes, my close friends are telling me.

I am in serious reflection and I have a question.

Am I seeing and not revealing? Is it a secret between You and me?

Why is everyone telling me to open my eyes? After all I can see.

Only what Jesus has revealed to me. My eyes are open and I can see.

The world is in a mass destruction. A Babylonian mess.

My eyes can see and my ears can hear the cries of distress and helplessness.

My eyes are open and my heart has been pierced, blood flowing from the Lamb.

So here I stand, a reflection of You, with a mind of Christ and a heart of love.

Surely I can see what is in front of my eyes, is not a surprise. Destruction everywhere.

Hatred, bondage of every type of sin, lying, and denying Your reign. Deja’ vu!

The word that sets in my mind. Only You know if its time. My eyes are open.

My ears can hear, the voice in the wilderness calling out Jesus name.

Kingdom workers keep working in love and peace. Advancing the Kingdom is no game.

Looking beyond the bad and seeing the good and the beauty each person is holding.

God’s kingdom of empathy, compassion, unselfishness, and sacrificial love is unfolding.

Prayer:

Father, help us to see what you want us to see, looking beyond the bad and seeing the good in continuing the work that you have called us to do as kingdom workers and co-workers in Christ in fulfilling His mission. Amen

City of God

The City of God

The City of hope and glory.

Every nation and tribe serving God.

United as one, citizens of the kingdom.

Living as heaven on earth.

Jesus alive and reigning in our hearts and minds.

Hearts of fervent love and prayer.

Awaiting Jesus return.

United as one in the City of God.

Ever learning, ever spiritually growing, ever burning fires.

Washing our feet, in the water of His Spirit.

Praising, worshiping, and dancing.

In the City of God where Jesus reigns.

Living as citizens of the kingdom.

Communing in His fullness as a community.

In the City of God.

Reading:

Psalm 145:10-13

All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power; To make known to the sons of men; Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Let the Redeemed Sing

Let the redeemed sing.

Rejoice in the Anointed King.

Let the redeemed sing.

Radiating with God’s Glory.

Let the redeemed sing.

All the earth is full of God’s glory.

Repent before the Anointed King.

Blessed are the redeemed.

Let the redeemed sing.   

Reading:

And they sang a new song, saying:“ You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-12

The Age of Grace

Age of Grace

In this age of grace, sin is separating mankind from God (Isaiah 59:2).  God is the absolute wisdom and power mankind’s dependence is on Him (Romans 11:34-36). The spiritual relationship of King Solomon with God brought on positive and negative consequences due to his behavior and actions. Like King Solomon all of mankind are subject to judgement according to their actions toward God and people.

The laws of God are mankind’s guidance toward living upright and healthy lifestyles that are devoted to Him. Jesus invites you into an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus is our living Grace. May we live as citizens of God’s grace.

The Age of Grace

Mankind you are living in the age of grace.

You are living in God’s loving and forgiving hands.

 If you are in a lifestyle of sin.

Recognize you cannot win.

If you are not living in His image.

It is against your advantage.

In this age of grace.

The righteous must live by faith. 

In response to past judgement and future glory.

Listen to the Son’s message of salvation and judgement.

Walk in grace as you journey on this earth.

For God’s Words tells the whole unified story.

Reading:

Romans 3:20-24

Because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart  from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus (NASB). 

Oh! Those Eyes

Have you ever been hypnotized? The hypnotist will command you to look into his or her eyes. Have you ever been mesmerized, there is someone or something that has captured your eyes. Why is it recommended when in a job interview to keep good eye contact? I know, whenever I am engaging in a deep conversation with someone, I want them to look me in the eyes. Oh yeah , do you remember little red riding hood, when she told the wolf “What big eyes you have grandmother” and the wolf replies, “Better to see you with, my dear.” It is also said that a glass of red wine can stimulate brilliance and put a sparkle in the eyes. Hey, maybe that is why they say that a glass of red wine is good for romance! Whoops! I am drifting away from getting to the point of this piece. Bring me back Lord to the importance of eyes.

The eyes is the window to your soul.

They are where things are hidden and not told.

Look into their eyes.

The eyes are the window of their souls.

Will they love you or despise you.  

What is in their heart.

Look into their eyes the window of their souls .

That is where it starts.

 The eyes, the windows of truth.

Are the eyes open or closed. May not mean nothing to some.

The eyes, the length of their gaze, are silhouettes of what to come.

Reading:

“The eye is the lamp of the body; So then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23,NASB).

Blood,Water, and Wood

Blood, water, wood Jesus did it for the greater good.

The blood so rich and pure, the suffering He endured.

The blood that of the Lamb purifier of all sin.

His mission to save the lost like me.

Blood, water, wood Jesus did it for the greater good.

Sweat and blood seeping from His skin.

There was a man who saw it, so the truth could be told.

Jesus hung his head and cried,”It is finished.”

Then, a soldier pierced Him in His side.

Blood, water, wood Jesus did it for the greater good.

Self-sacrificial love, in achieving the Father’s mission.

Water the Spirit, the four rivers rapidly raging.

Water the Spirit, streams flowing, winds blowing.

Water the Spirit, the promise, the guide of all truth.

Blood, water, wood Jesus did it for the greater good.

Wood the natural man, corruptible and changeable.

Wood the natural man, transformable by the Carpenter.

Blood, water, wood, Jesus Spirit, all for the greater good.

Readings :

Blood and water, testifies the Holy Spirit, because the Spirit is truth, the three are in agreement (1 John 5:6-7), and an alter was built of acacia wood, for-shadowing Jesus sacrifice; He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Exodus 27:1;Hebrews 9:12-14).

Whose Wisdom

To know wisdom, whose wisdom, surely it is not the wisdom of the world, surely it is not the wisdom of man. Whose wisdom then? What is there to know about wisdom? Wisdom from above, is the wisdom of love from the Father for His sons and daughters. Wisdom that captures the lens of the conscious mind, wisdom from the heart that explores the inner most being of a child of God. Wisdom that resist moral pitfalls. Wisdom that strengthens and encourages. Wisdom that follows the God given patterns of the Father.

Wisdom is greater than silver and gold (Proverbs 3:13-14). Wisdom that seeks to lead others justly and with equity. Wisdom that reveres God, His Lordship, Words, and commands (Psalm 111:10; Ecclesiastes 12:13). Wisdom that loves knowledge and correction, that does not trust in self but in God. Whose wisdom? The wisdom from above. The wisdom of God’s love putting aside self-enrichment in oppressing others and stealing. Whose wisdom, surely it is not the wisdom of the world, surely it is not the wisdom of man. So whose wisdom? King Solomon was dreaming and asked God for wisdom to lead and judge His people with an understanding heart and the discernment of good and evil, in which God granted (1Kings 3:5-15; 1Kings 4:29). However, Solomon became disobedient and greedy not recognizing that his authority in the Kingdom of God was for service not for self-gratification (1 Kings 11:1-13;12:7).

Father praying for leaders who are filled with Your Spirit, who are just, equitable, and judge fairly. Leaders who are not seeking self-gratification but sincerely concerned and caring for the needs of Your people. Father may Your kingdom come and Your will be done as it is in heaven. Amen

If anyone needs wisdom He can ask the Father who will give it generously (James 1:5).

Peace, love, and joy,

Rachel Flemming

FIRE

” For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.”

F lames of love and protection.

I n times of spiritual battles.

R esting in His comforting embrace.

E ver leading and teaching.

Thank you Father for being my wall of fire.