Evening Edibles; Good Anger

It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.  Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple.  He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coin over the floor, and turned over their tables.  Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here.  Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!’  Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures:  “Passion for Gods house will consume me.”  But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing?  If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”  “Alright,” Jesus replied.  “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  “What!” they exclaimed.  “It has taken us forty six years to build this temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?”  But when Jesus said “this temple” he meant his own body.  After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.  Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. (John 2:13-23 NLT)

 

Good anger? Yes, there is such a thing. In fact, Jesus was angry in this story when He saw that the officials were selling things in the temple.

Imagine walking into a church. The first thing you see is a man appearing to be running an auction.  To the left of him is another man selling different versions of the bible.  Then there is a man, smack dead in the middle, selling healing wine.  Right before you enter the sanctuary, you see the latest Tyler Perry DVDs and other cds.  I can only imagine how hard it would be for me to focus on the sermon.  My only thoughts would probably be; I wonder if someone took that last Jazz CD.  Yes, my mind would only be focused on all the goodies I could acquire once this man stopped preaching. LOL

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GOOD ANGER PRODUCES RIGHTEOUS REFORM. BAD ANGER PRODUCES DEATH.

Jesus anger cleared the temple, and allowed people to have true God-centered worship. That’s an example of good anger.  This type of anger calls for justice.  Not street justice but justice for a change, in laws and reformation.

I am angry. I look around, and see my fellow brothers and sisters, dying due to lack of knowledge.  I see a government, helping other countries, while ours is leading in poverty.  I see more homeless people not getting help because of some policy.  I witness day in and day out, my sisters and brothers walking around ill.  Sick, mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially.  I get angry because, I also see we as a people, walk right past them, as if they don’t exist.  I get furious seeing someone apply for some type of assistance, only to get rejected, and get treated second class.

I GET ANGRY! I GET ANGRY!!I GET ANGRY!

YET I DO NOTHING…..

Today marks the day where I decide to do something about my good anger. No longer, will I sit, and watch my people suffer for whatever reasons.

My final prayers are that God uses me in such great ways to help my dying people. My prayers are that my prosperity be a blessing in disguise, for people who have lost all hope.  I DESIRE to be a reflection of God and His grace and Mercy.

TODAY ALSO MARKS THE DAY THAT I PRAY WE ALL STAND AND SAY “I WILL USE MY ANGER FOR GOOD”

MARIE HOPE NOT JUST A BUSINESS A MOVEMENT

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Morning Minutes; Woe Is Me.

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So for the past 2 days i have been missing in action.  On Wednesday i walked around frustrated, angry, and full of self-pity.  Lol.  You know i missed a whole 2 days because of this foolishness.  One day to self-pity, the next trying to make up for that day.  Waste of time Right.

So Wednesday night I got a glimpse of reality. Wallowing the whole day, just worrying, about little things.  Matthew 6:25-34 was immediately brought to my attention.  God says don’t worry about anything, clothes, food, and etc. He will take care of you.  He will give me all of that.  Your focus should be on Kingdom things.

Well what are Kingdom things? Love, worship, and service.

Do not confuse this statement. We are to have goals and when given a problem do all that we can but the outcome is Gods alone.  He can not work unless you give Him something to work from. Faith without works is DEAD.. But, worrying about the outcome, and/or whether you will meet the mark of your goals, is up to you.  You can either fret the place you’re at now or learn to be content in all situations.

I sat back and thanked God for everything, because while i was in self-pity mode, I discovered, I hadn’t really done all that I could.

John 2:1-12 we encounter Mary, the mother of Jesus, worrying about there not being anymore wine.  Jesus hardly took recognition to her statement. Why? Because that minor thing wasnt important.  In fact, this first miracle was one of the easiest ones, compared to all the healings, and parting of the red sea.  This miracle also required only a small amount of faith and work from the people.  They did their part and God did the rest.

I want to leave you guys with a thought.   Evaluate your circumstance and situation and see if you have done all that you can.  Once you have done all you can, leave it to God, and shift your docus to loving and helping others. You will then see God move in miraculous ways.

MORNING MINUTES

GOODMORNING!!

I am doing a study on the book of John in the bible. John 1:32-45 talks about Jesus and His disciples.  During this time, He is picking some disciples.  There are some that are just following Him.  The thought came to my mind about Friends and Relationships.  It is extremely important that we surround ourselves with positive likeminded people.

This thought kind of got under my skin. You see I have so few friends I don’t have a circle, only a dot.

Here in the passages, these people were willing to go with Jesus simply because they believed in Him and His purpose. They believed in Him, therefore, they were better partners.  These disciples were on the same mission as Christ.  Selling dreams was not needed because they saw.

I felt the urging of the Holy Spirit to surround myself with people going in the same direction as me. All areas may not be the same, but the foundation has to be the same, as well as goals.  What I mean is these people must be moving towards their goals.

A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. (Matthew 7:17 NLT)

How do I know if they are moving? Well look at the fruits they are producing.  If you have someone in your circle, who wants to be a published bestselling author, (ME) are they moving in that direction?  Are they putting themselves out there, writing for blogs, sending in samples of their work to publishers, and getting the proper exposure for their calling?  If the answer is yes to these questions, these are motivated individuals who you can learn and grow from.  If you answered no, these are stagnant people.

Iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17)

We become like the people we are closely associated with. Those people within your inner circle.  Relationships are fruitful.  They will either produce good fruit, bad fruit, or no fruit at all.  No fruit at all is equal to bad fruit.  If we are not learning and growing from our friends and/or relationships then they really serve no purpose.  I want to challenge you all today to take an inventory of your close personal relationships.  If adjusting needs to be done, keep an open mind.  I believe as we pray and ask God for clarity and grace, He will align us with purposed filled friendships that are everlasting.

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wow this spoke to me in so many ways I’m forever GRATEFUL for her voice!

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You wanna know why I like watching movies? Or TV, or theater, or shoot, even a good book?

It’s because I like to imagine myself as the main character.

Maybe that’s the actor in me. Or perhaps I’m nauseatingly narcissistic. But it’s something that I’ve just always done. Case in point: reading the Harry Potter books growing up, I envisioned myself as Hermione Granger.

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And I still do 😛

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So, naturally, when I go to church, I envision myself as the character in the story or parable.

So sue me.

But tonight the story was about the blind man, from Mark 10:46.


And I know I’ve written about the miracles of Jesus before. But this passage particularly struck me.

The gist of the gospel was this: A blind man sees Jesus coming down the road. Blind man calls out to Jesus, “Have pity on me!” Crowd…

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Afternoon Appetizer; Words

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” ~It is reported to have appeared in The Christian Recorder of March 1862, a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.. (Wikipedia)

Many of us have heard this saying throughout our life. I believe I first heard it in elementary school.  But this saying is far from the truth.  My Evening Edible will focus on why our words are so important and how to stop speaking curses over our lives, as well as others.