Thank You…

I thought about this today…

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord



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The Father To The Fatherless – Who’s Your Daddy?

Psalm 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

On this Father’s day, I am thinking about spiritual Fathers.  Spiritual Fathers are the men who are reproducing spiritually, men who have matured spiritually and are now nurturing, and training a younger generation of spiritual children.  The men who are taking the time to impart spiritual knowledge, wisdom, and practices on our young men and women (and the not so young!).  Think of the stuff your earthly father is supposed to do just from a spiritual perspective. You know the loving, training, disciplining, encouraging, inspiring, motivating, but all with a spiritual emphasis!

I started thinking of my spiritual father and came to the realization that I did not have a spiritual father.  I found it very interesting that my mother was a single parent mostly (my parents divorced when I was 7).  So after thinking about it for a very long time, I have come to the conclusion that my physical mother was also my spiritual mother and she was STILL a single parent.  Now don’t misunderstand me, I have had spiritual men who had a place in my life, and who imparted wisdom, or knowledge, or some other resource that I needed at the time, but none of them fit the role of a spiritual father.  I had an awesome Pastor years ago who was very instrumental and influential in my spiritual walk.  He was Pastor George Samuel, of Faith Christian Center, in Staten Island, New York.  Pastor Samuel exposed us to awesome people of faith and awesome training.  We received training and spiritual instruction from people like Casey Treat, David Demola, Marilyn Hickey, and other exceptional men and women of faith.  Pastor Samuel gave us training that was unmatched.  He was the closest thing to a spiritual father, but more like a spiritual uncle! 
We eventually moved to a new state, but I took all that I had learned with me!  My mother, who took it a step further and nurtured my spiritual yearning, corroborated everything that he gave me.  As I got older, I learned more, I studied more; I gained more knowledge and wisdom in the ways of the Lord.
I have been a member of other churches since FCC, but none of them matched the training I received early in my spiritual life.  The churches since then have complimented my learning, and multiplied it but no one has ever filled the role of a spiritual father.  
Even though I have never had a spiritual father, I do not feel that I have lacked in that area.  I never felt like a spiritual orphan, or like I was missing out on something because GOD WAS ALWAYS THERE! I think I have come to the realization of what the verse in Psalm 68:5 means or what it means for me.  God has provided the nurturing and guidance that I needed.  He has become my spiritual Father.  So when that verse says that God is a Father to the Fatherless I feel that HE has me covered spiritually!  Whatever I lacked HE provided! HE is truly the Father to the Fatherless!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Hiding From God, Really?

Are you hiding?  People often hide.  They hide from other people, they hide from responsibilities, they hide from their issues, they hide from themselves but most importantly and perhaps the most damaging is when they hide from God.  Or, correction, when they TRY to hide from God.  Since God is all seeing and all knowing, you can never really hide from God now can you?
Fear makes us do stupid things.  when we make a mistake instead of running to God, who is the only one that can help us, and correct our mess, we run in the opposite direction and then we hide.
God knows all of your issues.  He alone knows ALL about you.  God is the only one who knows what hurts, embarrassments, pain, and insecurities you harbor in the inner most recesses of your soul.  God is the only one that can heal that hurt and take away your pain, so why are you hiding?
That facade you put on for friends, co-workers, family, and the world is only a mask to hide your inner turmoil. People may look at you and think that you have it all together.  They may think that you are the most solid person they know, nothing ruffles you, you are the ROCK to everyone around you.  And yet late at night, when you are all alone, you feel empty, you feel despair, and you do not know what to do.  You have spent so much of your life being the rock for others that you have in essence hidden yourself FROM yourself!  You have no clue how to access the REAL YOU because it has been so long hidden.
Times like this is when you should run TO GOD not hide FROM GOD!  Psalms 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”  In other words ONLY GOD can fix you, heal you, comfort you, restore you, or strengthen you.
It is time to stop running from Him, stop hiding from Him, and open up your heart and EMBRACE HIM!

Blessings All,

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