Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mark of a Believer

Rom 12:9-21 GW  Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good.  (10)  Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other.  (11)  Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.  (12)  Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually.  (13)  Share what you have with God's people who are in need. Be hospitable.  (14)  Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don't curse them.  (15)  Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad.  (16)  Live in harmony with each other. Don't be arrogant, but be friendly to humble people. Don't think that you are smarter than you really are.  (17)  Don't pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble.  (18)  As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone.  (19)  Don't take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God's anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, "I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord."  (20)  But, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. If you do this, you will make him feel guilty and ashamed."  (21)  Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good.

Christianity today is becoming more and more blurred as relativism ( leven) mixes with the truth. It is hard to determine how Christians should act and believe. The word of the Lord is very clear on what being a Christian should really be like. We simply have to follow His word and pattern our lives after Jesus. It truly is about what would Jesus do.

Below is the break down on what is the mark of a believer.

1. Love Sincerely:  Love has to be given without hypocrisy and with a sincere heart. In other words, Christians should love without strings attached and do so with a genuine heart.
2. Hate evil: Hating evil means despising every thing that goes against the nature of God. Sin, not individuals, should be hated. Hating evil reveals how sin is very destructive.
3. Hold On to what is good: It is clear that we should hold tight to the doctrines of Christ and to his message. We should not hold tight to the religion of men.
4. Don't be Lazy in showing devotion to the Lord: True devotion is passionate and life changing. Our daily walk with the Lord is just that a daily walk. Every day our devotion should him should be demonstrated and lived.
5. Use your energy to serve the Lord: Be fervent in following the living God. Give everything you got in serving the Lord. Be extreme and relentless in your faith!!!
6. Be happy in your confidence. Be happy in the gospel message. Know with confidence that this truth we have is the greatest truth in the world.
7. Be patient in Trouble: A true mark of a believer is how he or she acts during the time of trouble. Be patient and allow the Lord to teach you through the difficult times.
8. Pray continually: Believers should be in constant prayer. Praying without ceasing means our direct line to the Father is always open and available. Prayer has two parts. 25% speaking and 75% listening.
9. Share your life and resources with others in need: One thing is for sure believers should always share all of our resources with each other. Unfortunately, this does not seem to translate well in today's church setting. Our life and resources are not meant to be stored up for a rainy day; they are meant to help each other when the need occurs. We are in this together.
10. Be hospitable: The greatest trade mark of believers is how we are hospitable to others. This means having folks over for dinner or entertaining each other during fellowship times.
11. Bless those who persecute you: The hardest thing to do is bless or love those who are mean to you. The bible is very clear that believers don't lose sight on who is the real enemy. Not the people who do bad things to us but the enemy we can't see. SATAN.
12. Comfort each other in good and bad times: Here is where prophecy and edification truly comes into affect. Believers are meant to lift each other up.
13. Live in Harmony with each other: It is important that believers strive to live in harmony with all people regardless of race, religion, and so forth. Harmony does not mean to over look sin but to keep a balanced approach to relationships.
14. Don't be arrogant or prideful: Christians should never think they are smarter or better than others. Many Christians make the mistake of forgetting where they came from before Jesus entered their lives. Always stay humble.
15. Don't return evil for evil: It is so easy to get revenge on others that have hurt you but it is not God's perfect will for our lives. God is the avenger for his people.
16. Let your thoughts be on noble things. Christians should always be honest and should never lie. They should express noble thoughts. Christians should be the staple of integrity and always do the right thing.
17. Live in peace with everyone. This is different than living in harmony. This means that believers should do everything they can to live calm and peaceful moments with all.
18. Don't get revenge. Remember God is our true and only Avenger. We never have to get even with others for the wrong things they do to us.
19. Love your enemies. It is hard to love individuals who have hurt us deeply. You have to remember that your enemies are not your enemies but your mission.
20. Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good. The life of a Christian is to daily become more and more like Jesus. Conquer evil by pushing it away and embracing the goodness of the Lord. Righteousness breeds holiness.

These are just 20 marks of a true believer in Christ. It is not an all exclusive list but gives us a start on how to act and live our lives as true believers.





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Greatest Day Ever

Act 5:41-42 GW  The apostles left the council room. They were happy to have been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for speaking about Jesus.  (42)  Every day in the temple courtyard and from house to house, they refused to stop teaching and telling the Good News that Jesus is the Messiah.

Have you ever had the greatest day ever!!! It was just one of those days where you ask " How can it get any better?" There are great days in our lives where we feel a sense of accomplishment.

For a believer, our best days ever are a little different than what the world would consider a great day.  The apostles were just beaten by the Jewish council of the day, threaten to not to teach about Jesus, and then released back into the public. The apostles left the council room that day rejoicing. They had the greatest day ever because they suffered for the cause of Christ. They ignored the requests from the religious people and preached Jesus everywhere. Truly it was a great day.

Our world is changing. I believe the spiritual time line for mankind was cut some more when the American President announced Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Something in heaven shook and mankind received another wake up call. As believers, we should be excited for what is to come. Our Savior's return is getting closer and closer to our reality. We should be even more excited about sharing the Good News to the world. The Lord is not all concerned about how we started the race but is more concern with how we finish it. Believers have to be about the Father's business.

I truly sense great days ahead. The great days might not be in the form of how our flesh might like it but great days in the Lord are still to come. Believers need to stand firm and be prepared for one of the greatest moves of His spirit that this world has ever seen. This great move will come through great turmoil but the power of Christ will be abundantly clear. So be happy! Be Excited!!! Great days are ahead!!!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

PSALM 53 HUMAN DISDAIN


Psalm 53:1-6 GW  For the choir director; according to mahalath, a maskil by David. Godless fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They do disgusting things. There is no one who does good things.  (2)  God looks down from heaven on Adam's descendants to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, if there is anyone who seeks help from God.  (3)  Everyone has fallen away. Together they have become rotten to the core. No one, not even one person, does good things.  (4)  Are all those troublemakers, those who devour my people as if they were devouring food, so ignorant that they do not call on God?  (5)  There they are-panic-stricken- but there was no reason to panic, because God has scattered the bones of those who set up camp against you. You put them to shame. After all, God has rejected them.  (6)  If only salvation for Israel would come from Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice. Israel will be glad.


The Living God looks down from His high, exalted realm upon the sinful race of human beings and finds not one person to be found worthy. We are all corrupt and bound to disgusting deeds. There is no one ,who does good things,can compare to the goodness of our King. We lack wisdom and declare idiocracy as our means of intelligent jargon. We are in desperate need of a Savior. Not just any Savior but a Savior birthed and formed through the divinity of the supreme creator. Psalm 53 reminds us all that we need Jesus. Scripture declares that EVERYONE has fallen away and EVERYONE is rotten to the core. This passage of scripture is humbling and gives the reader a swift kick of reality. Humankind has to come to this realization. We can never be good or righteous within our own power or being. That is like stating that a new born baby can jump from birth to driving a car. It is a ridiculous statement, but in spiritual reality we are still babies who need our Father God to take care of us. 

Here is the simply truth. Children of Adam need the Second Adam who has come to save us all. We need Jesus. Always and forever!!! This truth has never changed from its conception till today. 


The WalkAbout



Hebrews 5:11-14 GW  We have a lot to explain about this. But since you have become too lazy to pay attention, explaining it to you is hard.  (12)  By now you should be teachers. Instead, you still need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word. You need milk, not solid food.  (13)  All those who live on milk lack the experience to talk about what is right. They are still babies.  (14)  However, solid food is for mature people, whose minds are trained by practice to know the difference between good and evil.






The Australian Aborigines have a walkabout for their 12-13 year olds in order for them to become men or endure the path to manhood.  These 12-13 year olds are made to survive by themselves for 6 months in order to complete their rights of passage. They would train for years with the tribal elders and prepare for their Walkabouts. Finally when that day comes, the young men enter their walkabout and survive off the land for the next 6 months. Once the young men return from their adventure, they are welcome back into the tribe as men and given more responsibilities in the tribe.

Christians have a right of passage and can endure Walkabouts too. The writer of Hebrews spoke about the need for believers to simply grow up. It is time that we are mature into full disciples of the living God. Every believer should be preachers of the gospel and disciplining others in the truth of the Lord. We are carriers of the message and we must share His word with others.

The writer of this passage made these following statements.
1. The deeper truth of God's word can't be given to lazy believers. It would be like casting pearls before the swine. Only those seeking more of his truth can obtain it.
2. Mature believers should be teachers of God's word. In other words, going to church and listening to a message without sharing that truth with others is simply useless. It is like banging your head against a 6 inch thick stainless steal wall.
3. Mature believers obtain the mysteries of God's word. Immature believers are still on the basics.
4. Mature believers can quickly determine between what is evil and what is from God's goodness.

As believers, we need a divine walkabout. One that detoxifies our sin and strongholds. One that draws us closer to the living God. One that reveals our deepest bondage and brings us to our knees before the Living God. Once our Walkabout is over; we can emerge as true, mature believers who are ready to take on the World for the Kingdom of God.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Coming World Conversion


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Zep 3:9-11 GW  "Then I will give all people pure lips to worship the LORD and to serve him with one purpose.  (10)  From beyond the rivers of Sudan my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring my offering.  (11)  On that day you will no longer be ashamed of all your rebellious acts against me. Then I will remove your arrogance and never again will you act proud on my holy mountain. 

There is a time, in the not so distance future, that the world will truly follow the Lord. Every nation will bow their knees and raise their voices to the living God. God's word is very clear that our Savior will return and purge the world of total evil. It was God's eternal plan since before our existence.

So what should we do? What is our purpose before the Living God fully fulfills His purpose in the world?

Well our purpose has not change since Jesus commissioned it some 2000 years ago. We are to go into all the world and make disciples. We are to prepare the world for the coming tide. Disciples make disciples. Our life is all about being mentored and mentoring others. It is about surrounding to selfish desires and helping others.

There are a few lessons we can learn from this passage above. We can learn for ourselves and then prepare others. Below is the break down.

Lessons from Zephaniah 3:9-13:

1. He will give all people pure lips to worship.
  a. Before anyone gets offended and think that the Lord is going to force the world to worship Him; lets look deep into this verse. First He will give all people PURE LIPS. Every person on the planet will speak the same heavenly designed language. We will with one voice call upon the name of Lord and declare his glory with pure hearts. The Hebrew word for PURE is Barar which means to be polished or purged from all filthy things. When the world goes through this holy cleansing, every person on the planet will be so overwhelmed by God's generous and gracious love that they will instinctively and with open hearts worship Him. This is the meaning of pure lips which will worship Him. We can prepare the world for this type of intense worship by revealing the Love of Christ to them through our daily actions. We can prepare them by making sure we are prepared first. Do we worship Him with Pure lips? Is the Body of Christ worshiping the Lord with one Voice and one Holy Language? How can we? Simple, never turn our eyes from off of Him. Lay aside selfish ambitions when we come together and worship. Push aside emotions or the feel good experiences and simply worship the Holy One.
2. We will serve Him with one purpose.
  a. This is something we can walk in now. Remember we are training for reigning. We don't start serving Him when we reach eternity. We serve Him now and prepare the world for this service. Our Service to Him intensifies when we cross over to infinity which is so important to walk in this service to Him now. Our service is worship and our worship is service.
3. We will bring all our offerings to the Living God.
  a. Our Minchah will be pleasant before the Lord. Minchah is the Hebrew word used for offering in this passage. It means to bring a sacrificial offering to the Lord. Sacrificial offering is not a dictated offering like seen by people who are commanded by their false gods to bring an offering. Our offering to the Lord is from a free heart and from a passionate mindset. We fully desire to surrender all to Him. Our Minchah should be polished today and shown to others; so we can prepare the world for the coming transformation.
4. The enemy can no longer condemn us for our sins against God.
  a. One day all guilt and all condemnation will be destroyed from the world. The Living God will wipe away all of our rebellious acts and we will come before Him with humble hearts. Pride and arrogance will be thrown out. We will worship Him with clean hearts on His holy mountain and do so without remorse. Today we can prepare for this completed work of Christ. Today we can walk in His freedom and disciple others to do the same. Freedom was bought with a price at Calvary. To not accept it now would be blasphemous.

We are preparing for what is to come. What will our Lord find when He does return? Will He find a people who have sat on the side lines and simply waited for Him to return? Will He find a people who are passionately in love with Him and who are discipling others to do the same? Jesus never told us to be overwhelmed about His return. In fact, He made it clear for us to simply DO HIS WORK until His return. Are we in constant preparedness for our Lord's explosive reentrance into the world? Are we passionately preparing others through discipleship and sharing His truth? The Coming World Conversion started with Jesus and ends with Jesus. What we do in-between is very vital to this Kingdom truth.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Beginning of Sorrows


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Mat 24:3-14 MKJV  And as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world?  (4)  And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  (5)  For many will come in My name, saying, I am Christ, and will deceive many.  (6)  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must occur; but the end is not yet.  (7)  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places.  (8)  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  (9)  Then they will deliver you up to be afflicted and will kill you. And you will be hated of all nations for My name's sake.  (10)  And then many will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another.  (11)  And many false prophets will rise and deceive many.  (12)  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many will become cold.  (13)  But he who endures to the end, the same shall be kept safe.  (14)  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all nations. And then the end shall come.

Floods in Asia, Hurricanes and forest fires in America, Earth Quakes in Mexico and Central America, Volcanoes in Iceland, storms hitting Great Britain, and much more seems to be happening around the world. Is this the end of the world? Is Jesus returning this month or next month? Many are calling these natural disasters the worse in human history. I am not sure if these comments don't boost ratings for News agencies or if it is actually true. I am not a scientist nor do I spend my waking moment tracking the history of natural disasters. One thing is for certain; peoples lives are being altered due to these natural disasters. Over 1,000 people died in the Asian floods and over 100 people , so far, have lost their lives in the Mexico Earthquake. Did I mention that it was 8.1 magnitude earthquake?

Many people are in a panic or a state of confusion over the recent events. Many people have lost everything and are now faced with the rebuilding of their lives. Many Christians will give a drive-by comment and say that these disasters are the signs of the times or the coming return of Jesus. Jesus clearly states what these disasters are. They are the BEGINNING OF SORROWS. Notice the word BEGINNING. That word means the start of. We see natural disasters getting worse and worse throughout the world but it is still just the beginning of sorrows. It is the birth pangs or contractions of what is yet to come. 

Jesus makes several profound statements from this passage.

1. Take heed that NO MAN deceives you. The greatest warning we can have during this time is that we do not fall under deception. If it was not easy to fall under deception then Jesus would not have warned us. 
2. See that you are not troubled. He tells us that wars and rumors of wars will be known but we are not to be frightened. Right Now North Korea is thinking about exploding a nuclear warhead over the US which would cause a massive EMP shock wave. This could kill millions due to the chain reaction it would cause. Jesus says to not be frightened and to simply trust in Him. If these things happen there is nothing we can do to stop them. This means they could happen and this means many could die but God is still in control. Christians never lose regardless of the scenario. We are champions through Him and this planet is just temporary. 
3. Many believers will be delivered up and killed for their faith.  Again this will happen and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Do I believe that every believer on the face of the planet will face this type of persecution? Of course not, many Christians around the world have already faced this truth while Christians in more stable countries are left unharmed. However, Christians around the world need to prepare themselves for what very well could happen. They hated Jesus and if we are truly serving Him, the world will hate us. 
4. Many will be deceived. We are seeing this already but it will intensify in the days to come. 
5. Sin will abound or become more powerful in the world. When people can sell other people for sex trafficking or human trafficking then we know and see that sin is abounding more and more. 
6. Love for God and for each other will become cold. When people can cut off a person's head without any remorse, I would say that we are seeing this truth come to past. 
7. The Gospel of the KINGDOM will be declared to everyone around the world. Today we have the ability to present the Kingdom Gospel to the world. Truly the birth pangs are getting stronger. Christians should take advantage of every media at our disposal to present the Kingdom message to the world. 
8. Then the end will come. Jesus makes it clear that the end will come when He says the end will come.

There is one part of this passage I purposely left out. I wanted it to stand alone in your mind. Jesus said those that ENDURE until the end will be SAVED. The meaning of endure is to stay under, to remain, to persevere, or to tarry behind. Just through this one word defeats the Escapism Theology many churches preach today.  To be saved means to be delivered, PROTECTED, to be preserved, to be healed, or to be made whole. Those that make it through the calamity, (alive) and still serve the Great God are guaranteed the salvation of the Lord. Salvation is not a walk down to a church's altar. It is fulfilled through endurance and sacrifice to the Living God. 

So what should Christians do during this time of Birth Pangs?

1. Stay Holy ( Only the Holy See the Holy God)
2. Stay Close ( Keep your relationship with Christ in check)
3. Stay in Prayer ( Our prayer life should intensify during this time so that we may not be deceived.)
4. Stay in the Word ( Our Bible study life should intensify during this time so that we may not be deceived.)
5. Stay compassionate ( When the world gets worse Christians show the love of Christ even more.)
6. Stay strong with each other ( I truly believe the Simple Church will become more vital in the days ahead. I am not talking about Church life groups. I am talking about the true gathering of God's saints for everyday life. Many will fall away from the faith due to their religious mindset of how church should be.)
7. Stay in the Gospel of the Kingdom ( Lead others to Christ, preach the gospel, live the Gospel, be the Gospel to a dying world. Prepare those that are willing to hear for the Kingdom of our God. Understand that the Kingdom of God's power resides in you. )

The Beginning of Sorrows is here. How long it will last, no one can tell. They only person that knows when the baby is coming is the Mother and the Baby. We are like anxious fathers waiting patiently. Regardless, Christians don't have to be afraid but excited. Our Savior is moving and operating in the world today. These sorrows are a sign of greater things to come for those who follow whole-hardheartedly for Christ.  Fear not!!!! Trust in Him!!! and Brace yourself for the Awesomeness of our God!!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Unexpected Twist




Life is filled with unexpected twists and curves. No one is immune to its untimely demise or devices. God created all things and set the world into motion. His creation, at the point of birth, was absent from time and appeared to be suspended in a bubble. Adam and Eve brought sin into the world and the bubble busted. Mankind became bound to the ticking of time and the UNEXPECTED TWISTS which come with it.

My family and I just experienced the UNEXPECTED TWISTS in life. Less than a year and a half ago we moved to Texas and now a year and half later we are living in North Carolina. It is a whirl wind of unusual craziness, but our health is in good shape. We have a roof over our heads and a job to support our basic needs. It has not been an easy road and the "scratching my head" moments are still present.

Many people around the world succumb to much worse of scenarios. I think about the college student who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor to the work camps of North Korea. He was shipped home to the United States recently in a vegetated state and dies a few days later. What an UNEXPECTED TWIST for his family and friends! I think about the abuse and rape of thousands of women and children around the world due to sex trafficking. How horrible it may feel that no one loves  you and your are just a piece of meat to a demented and disturbed individual. I think about the many Christians around the world who are killed and persecuted for their faith in Christ. Many Western Christians don't know what it is like to surrender all to the causes of Christ. The blood of our brothers and sisters cries out from the ground and the living God is not left untouched by their demise. Everyone faces UNEXPECTED TWISTS in their lives. Some more horrendous than others.

I woke up early the other day and this verse was rushing through my head. It is out of Isaiah 55:6. I have read this verse every day since and have just allowed the Lord to teach me through it.

Isaiah 55:6
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.

God can be found in the midst of our UNEXPECTED TWISTS of life. In fact, I would say that His presence is the strongest in those times.  What is interesting is God will not force himself upon us. The verse states that we must seek Him while He may be found and we need to call upon Him while He is near. Life can be painful and confusing, but the living God is never too far away. Regardless of the UNEXPECTED TWISTS, He is present if we desire to have Him.

No matter the circumstance and No matter the pain. God is truly there and desires for us to seek Him in the midst of the dark and foggy nights of life.  Call out to Him. Let Him guide you to His location. Let Him heal you of your sorrows and sicknesses. Let Him embrace you with an embrace that is firm and unending. He is the God who is in the midst of UNEXPECTED TWISTS of life. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Failure is an Option


The old cliche " Failure is not an option." is a common saying among many in the leadership world. The phrase was used in the movie Apollo 13 and attributed to Gene Kranz. Kranz was an engineer and NASA flight director. Truth be known failure is always an option. In fact, failure is apart of life.

As believers, we can misinterpret God's plans for our lives as failures. Take the story and life of Joseph. Here you have the 11th son of Jacob. He was Jacob's favorite son so much so Jacob gave him a coat of many colors. It turns out that this coat was a slap in the face to the brothers of Joseph. It meant that Jacob was preparing Joseph to be the head of the clan for the future.  This action angered the brothers which started a chain reaction of bad situations for Joseph. Joseph was thrown into a pit, he was made a slave, and then he was put into prison.

Gen 39:1  Joseph had been taken to Egypt. Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's Egyptian officials and captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

Gen 39:20  So Joseph's master arrested him and put him in the same prison where the king's prisoners were kept. While Joseph was in prison,

In the world's perspective, Joseph was a failure. He was rejected from his brothers, from his master, and appeared to be rejected from his God. Why would God allow this to happen to Josep? Did he need to be placed into a pit, become a slave, and become a prisoner? What was God's lesson? What was God's reason?

Here are the facts. When Joseph was in the pit. He was protected from the elements and from animals at night. Being in the pit allowed  him to be at the right place at the right time. If Joseph was not in the pit when the Ishmaelite's came by, he would  have went back to his father and a different set of events would have occurred.



Gen 39:21  the LORD was with him. The LORD reached out to him with his unchanging love and gave him protection. The LORD also put Joseph on good terms with the warden.

When Joseph went from the Pit to being a slave. It took time before he found favor among men again. He found favor with Potiphar and was able to make his master successful. However, Potiphar's wife had a different plan. Potiphar's wife was lustfully attracted to Joseph and wanted to have sex with him. Some declare that the name of Potiphar's wife was Zuleika. Zuleika believed, through astrology, that she would bare Joseph's children. Zuleika was bound to her desires that maybe were not all her fault. Historically, it is believed that court officials to the Pharaoh were often castrated in order to keep them from lusting after the women in the King's chamber. Potiphar could have been an eunuch of sorts which added fuel to Zuleika's lust and desire. Joseph, regardless of her hang ups, ran away from the scene of temptation and found himself in prison.

While in prison, he finds favor with the Warden and is given higher responsibility.  In prison, Joseph learned how to run a business. He learned how to manage people and daily tasks. God used this time to teach him for something greater. God always. I mean always has a greater plan. We just have to trust in him.

Joseph was 17 when he was sold into slavery from his brothers. He was 30 when he finally was freed from prison and became second in command over all of Egypt. He spent 13 years of struggling and facing, in the world's eyes, a life of failure. From pit, to slave, to prisoner and then to governor, Joseph's life is a testimony of how failure is an option. If you learn anything from this story, learn that failure is an option and an illusion. Failure is defined by the one who is in the midst of the storm not by the one who is safe in the shelter and looking to the outside.

Below are some lessons to learn about Failure.

1. PIT LIFE: Sometimes we all get thrown into a pit of life. Sometimes our eyes only see the pit but forget about what is going on the outside of the pit. On the outside of your PIT. God is bringing along the ones who will take you to your next stage in life.
2. UNLIKELY CONDUITS: God used the Ishmaelites to transport Joseph to his future destination. Sometimes God will use the most unlikely people or things to guide you to your destiny. Joseph's destiny did not stop in the PIT. It was just the place of foundation.
3. SLAVERY A CHOICE: Joseph became a slave and soon fell into favor with the man of the house. Joseph chose not to allow slavery to be his title or his condition. Sometimes we allow the stages of our life to define our circumstances. Slavery is a choice. What you choose to be shackled to; you will be shackled too. Frederick Douglass, famed ex-slave, had a different point of view on slavery.

“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.” 
― Frederick Douglass

4. PRISON BARS CAN BE BENT: Joseph discovered how to do many things while in prison. Prison was a place where freedom was obsolete and hope was distant. However, Joseph chose to see life without bars and live accordingly to his calling and gifting. Never allow your set backs become your excuses.

5. FAILURE CREATES INNOVATION: Joseph's "FAILURES" actually created an environment of creativity and innovation. Joseph was able to save nations because of his prior "FAILURES." Let Failures be your bridge to success.

When failure is looked at with different eyes, then you see that Failure is an option. Failure is part of God's design for the human condition. Without failure, we don't understand the true meaning of  success. Failure is the necessity of greater accomplishments. All you have to do is re-train your mind to see it as such.

" Failure is an Option!"