Be Self-Fulfilled

To fulfill something, it means that an event has occurred to finalize its completion, to finalize a prophesy or a promise. Being fulfilled however, is to fill full or fill up completely. Being self-fulfilled is being complete and satisfied with your own ambitions. On today, we will talk about fulfillment and what it means to be complete in your hopes with being who you are. May the God of hope fill you with all….

Your Own You

There was a blog that I wrote, titled “Your Own You“. That blog was so significant because it highlights the importance of not only being yourself but being empowered in the confidence of who you were created to be. Romans 15:13 highlights the factor that you can be fulfilled with joy and peace. Some try to find their joy in other people or by imitating what other people are doing. In a plea to find self-fulfillment, it is noticeable how you can see that people can make promises, promises that they don’t have the power to make, all in an effort to be seen. “Christians should be imitators of God, so we should make sure we never promise something we cannot fulfill. Since we cannot guarantee our promises, we must let our “Yes” be “Yes” and our “No,” “No.” With God, however, fulfill always means fulfill.” -by Jeremy Ham

There’s a difference in being inspired by someone and then trying to become what that someone is because you feel moved. That’s not your uniqueness. The uniqueness is being inspired by someone and then executing on what is already in you as opposed to executing on what the other person is doing. Trying to be self-fulfilled by someone else’s own ambition can lead you to a miserable and undeserving life. Just be who you are and if you feel that who you are and the potential you have isn’t good enough, you are wrong. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 10 What are you walking in? Let’s read on about this workmanship.

Product of a workmanship

We are the very product formed with a skill and a purpose by God. This is why it is so important to not want to be like someone else or do what someone else is doing because you will miss the thing in which you were created for. How can you walk in your own calling when you are trying to imitate someone else’s? Do you know the line to draw with being inspired by someone or being an imitator of someone? What we are meant to do in our own defined gift is something that God had already prepared long ago. It didn’t happen overnight, yesterday or last week, it happened, long long ago. Now you can be set free, delivered, and made a new creature overnight, yesterday, or last week but our creation and who we are was done before we were even formed. The potential that each person on this earth has been bestowed is uniquely for each person. There is worth in recognizing your own potential and executing in the frame that God gave you.

Trying to operate in another persons skill because you are not sure what it is you are supposed to be doing is a hard fire to put out. With many attempts of striving to be better or do it better than the next you become miserable and exhausted. The unique plan that God has given you is to ultimately serve out his will and for a purpose that is bigger and greater than you.

Love, You

You should love you. Yes, I love you with the love of Christ. In fact, that’s all that any of us owe each other is “to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans 13: 8 Fullfilling the law to love another is done in action of not committing sins against another. This can be found in Romans the thirteenth chapter. If you don’t fully love your own self, it is so easy to want to love what someone else is doing and trying to have what someone else has. This is coveting and it goes against fulfilling the law. This is why it is so important to be self-fulfilled with the work God has created in you and not trying to fill yourself up with things you are not.

It’s the very reason why some people take on the personality of someone else or try to re-invent someone’s own creativeness or skills because they are walking in an ungodly love and covetousness. Love You, outside of that, the gratification you are looking to achieve becomes unhopeful and meaningless. The pleasure that you desire to get becomes quickly stifled and short pleasing.

God has made you complete. He has already fulfilled you. What is up to you is to surrender your own will, disregarding your imitation of happiness and living in the fulfillment of Joy and Peace that he has already given you.

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Open up your Mouth~episode 2

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Greetings FFC readers,
I hope that everyone is doing well. In the first episode of You Have What You Need from the series of Open up your Mouth, I spoke on the importance of believing in God’s word and by it, trusting in the direction you are being led as your steps are guided by the light of God.

The Silent Commune

If you have been following this series, you have read and re-read that you should be bold in opening up your mouth to speak the word, pray the word, and to give praise in all works. When speaking, you are performing an action and its through our action that causes a transformation.

There are many ways to speak, and not all communication is the same. Although Open up Your Mouth is the focal point of this series, the purpose behind it is for you to carry out an action and by that action reap a return. That return is the result of you believing in what you are praying. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Knowing that in every situation, the opportunity may not be present for you to speak out loud but that doesn’t change how you can commune with God. An act of communication can be done verbally or non-verbally and with The Silent Commune it is done from your heart.

In this episode, it will unveil how you can commune with God and how in every way, he still hears you. As before mentioned, every situation does not allow you to speak aloud or even pray out loud, but its still important to know that irregardless, your silent prayers and communication with God is still heard.

A humbled heart of prayer

What does commune mean? Commune according to a biblical commentary means to have quiet time with God. It means to focus on God and have an intimate communication by sharing your heart and mind with God in prayer. It is significant to silently pray and talk to God. There are so many places around the world that are restricted from praying let alone speaking openly about their faith and with such a freedom that so many of us have, we choose not to use, to help others or even to help ourselves. When praying out loud you can feel more confident and it is also necessary for others to agree with you in prayer. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. However, praying silently can yield the same confidence but in way of your faith. You don’t have anyone to observe you praying or agreeing with you, instead you get to have an intimate time with God and it is then, when you truly show yourself and how humble you really are.

Of course there will be silent prayers to God. How can there not be? There is such an emphasis on corporate prayer, and much needed, but it is not as nearly told enough that God hears you when it’s only you and him. It’s how come you can feel like if you don’t have anyone holding your hand or praying with you that God won’t hear or honor your prayer or that your prayer doesn’t have power. Your prayers are honored by God as you come to him in all prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, letting your prayers be known to him. Your prayers are not refused if you don’t have someone each time standing by and holding your hand. This isn’t to say that you can’t have a prayer partner or other people praying for you. It is to say when they are not around what then do you do? If having someone always with you to pray is necessary, does your faith then rely in man or does your faith rely in the power of God. The power is in your faith.

We can see this very power in the old testament, where Hannah is seen praying silently in 1 Samuel 1:12-13. Now Hannah, she spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. Fast forward>>>>> You will find in verse 20 that her request was granted and that request was a son, named Samuel. The name Samuel is a Hebrew phrase that means God has heard. Praying and communicating with God silently will not deny your request. He wants you to come to him humbly with all meekness and affection. The power lies within your humility. As you can see, Hannah made her requests known to God by speaking from her heart as she spoke to him in all surrender. She made a vow to God and he answered. There is not a wrong way with how you choose to commune and pray to God but it does need to come from your heart and with humility. A principle I believe is critical for prayer: whenever you approach the throne of God, be yourself. -T.D. Jakes When Women Pray.

Your time with God

Hannah, this devoted woman of the Bible is one of my favorite and there is so much to be learned from her story. I discussed Hannah in a previous blog that you can read more about which was titled, Your Own You. Hannah’s story is such an incredible one because during her time of affliction of not being able to bear a child, she was still persistent in her prayers. It is not exactly mentioned verbatim about silent prayer in the bible but it is referred to as praying alone in which this can be deducted from a number of scripture texts and even seen by way of Jesus doing so himself. We find that in Matthew 6:6 ………. when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. We also find in Mark 1:35 Jesus rose well before the day had started and went to a solitary place and prayed and in Luke 5:16 we see that Jesus withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Look at all of these instances that Jesus sought the significance of communing with God intimately. One that I consider to be such a faithful example was when Jesus left his disciples and went to commune alone with God in The Garden of Gethsemane on the night of his betrayal. There is such great significance in communing alone with God. So don’t think it meaningless to have a moment with just you and your savior. This is when you talk about what’s important to you, this is when you seek solitude, its when you release troubling emotions, and lay down the burden of continual demands. There is just such great significance with knowing that your alone time with God births such a spiritual growth.

During the silent commune

Our silent prayers are heard by God and that which is in our hearts and our hearts are heard even louder. When we pray silently, the same power that is spoken is also just as capable because it is not the words that we speak, it is the belief in our heart. Psalm 139:23 states to search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: Asking God to search your heart takes much surrender. I believe that it is when you fully surrender yourself to Christ is when you are fully able to walk in the anointing that God has placed on your life.

During a silent commune, this is your time to talk with God. He wants to hear from your whole heart. He already know what’s in your heart but he wants you to confess it to him. There is no hidden thing that God cannot see but what he wants from you is to give all of yourself in complete and utter surrender. The Silent Commune just happens to be a place, a secret place, with a dedicated time that you happen to meet with the spirit of God.

Credits scriptured text from KJV

Hopefully what happens during your Silent Commune is that you surrender, giving it all to Christ and laying down every burden that you have simply by confessing and communicating to a loving Father who wants to hear from you. As you commune often with the Father, you begin to not only grow spiritually but your faith begins to increase. You begin to realize that the quiet, silent prayer is just as powerful as opening your mouth to speak because as Hannah spoke from her heart and gave a vow to the Lord with the dedication of her son, we too are expected to submit our whole selves to the Lord when we come to the throne in need. There is power in your belief that God will answer and there is power in your commune that he is there, waiting, and ready for you.

The Bond of Perfectness

It’s always so satisfying to eat delectable prepared dishes, especially after making them with family and friends.

Summertime delights

One of my family’s all-time summer favorite dish is fried-green tomatoes with my special remoulade sauce. Umm umm.

Now don’t get me wrong, we have other summertime favorites such as cinnamon and sugar french toast sticks, which my oldest daughter loves to make. It’s her signature specialty and it has certainly landed as a favorite amongst her siblings, so tastefully divine and crisp to have on a nice summer’s morning.

It’s important to have ways in which you bond with your family. According to Oxford Languages, bonding is having the function to join securely and it can also mean to join or be joined. Every family’s bonding time is different. My family’s bonding time is watching movies together, reading, bowling, baking, traveling, and just sitting around talking to each other. Does your family share some of the same bonding categories as mine? What do you do to bond with your family? It would be great to hear about your family-time bonding moments. Regardless of what ways your family comes together to bond and enjoy each other’s time, it’s just great to sit around and fellowship with the company of great people, sharing thoughts, opinions, and dreams.

Something even greater

One of the greatest things I feel brings the best bonding time, regardless if it’s done as a family or individually, even if individually you can still share what has transpired throughout your day; but giving is such a great way to not only bring about bonding in a family but also to bring joy. Doesn’t it feel good to give? And how much greater does it feel to give while you are sharing in that moment with loved ones. Giving is a way of life. You can give because you are blessed and desire to bless someone else or you can give because it’s simply the right thing to do. There is not a right or wrong time to give but there can be a wrong way in the reason that you give. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 

Something to think on

Giving increases your blessings but even if you don’t have it to give, give anyway. Well you may think, well how can I give something I don’t have. In a manner of speaking we all have something to give. Most people think on giving in terms of only money but there are other ways in terms of your time, your experience, or your loyalty are also intangible things that still makes an entire difference.

If you are looking for increase in your life right now but find it hard to give what it is you have, release what it is you possess and give to someone else who needs it and watch as blessings unfold in your life. Not because you give things that you really don’t care about or give a few dollars that really won’t hurt you, I mean giving what will break you in order to make you greater. Watch how God can make you greater by your faithfulness in giving.

A lot of times we stunt our own growth in the prosperity that we should have, even at this very moment because we lack the gift of giving. Giving is an act of charity and charity is the bond to perfectness.

As mentioned, giving is a way of life. The abundance or lack thereof is determined based on your giving. One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Proverbs 11:24 Charity is simply giving; however, although simple it may be, its results are fashioned to release generous rewards. I always find how rewarding it is to see how my children give, especially when not told to. It is so rewarding for me as a parent to know that they realize the significance of giving and already do so at such a young age. This isn’t by chance. It’s because they see the reflection of their parents doing so unto others and teaching them likewise to do the same.

Sometimes it is easier to give when we do have but we should give in good times and even in hard times. It’s like giving praises, God wants us to praise him regardless, when we have and even when we don’t have. The blessing is in the humility of the praise.

Saved by giving

Prayerfully, you are bonding in the perfectness of charity and not blocking your own blessing by being unduly. Hopefully, you are or will use your ways to bond as a way to relate and teach your family and loved ones that giving is the essence of prosperity not only for wealth but also for growth, continuously. As mentioned, bonding is to join or be joined. Bonding can be done in many forms, however, the ultimate price for bonding is creating an atmosphere of togetherness and unity and is done in love. That ultimate price was done long ago and is carried on through the actions of giving.

It’s with much anticipation that you have been enlightened by seeing how bonding can create masterful ways of unity by embracing time with family and incorporating giving in your time of bonding and beyond. There was so much to go into and I look forward to it but for my readers eyes and attention, let’s pick-up on Part 2 of The Bond of Perfectness with an emphasis on title The Strength of a Man. Stay tuned.

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Open up your Mouth~Episode 1

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Greetings FFC readers,
May you be well! I hope that you were blessed by reading the introductory devotional of Open up your Mouth. If you have not had an opportunity to do so, what are you waiting for? See what it’s all about. There is no wrong season to hear the word of God.

In the previous introductory, unleashing Open up your Mouth, I spoke of how “the words of your mouth” with prayer and praise can be the very break-through that you need in order for God to move. I also spoke on the very thing that you are wrestling with is not “carnal things of this world, it’s spiritual”. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world. – Ephesians 6:12
There is a way to combat your problems and that’s through declaring God’s word over your life.

In this episode, You Have What you Need, you will have a chance to read on the symbolic meanings of how God’s word is the lamp that leads and guide you. In order to be led, you must trust the leader that you are following. You can’t fully speak God’s word over your life or anyone else’s for that matter, if you don’t trust his word and realize that you have everything you need. Are you ready? Let’s dive in.

You have what you need

I like to think of my bible as being a roadmap, a guide. I am starting to dig deeper into my roadmap and as often as I do, I am continually astonished; Jesus truly paid it all. On account of all that he did for us, there is still a part that we need to do and that’s to dedicate our lives to Christ.There is an entire guide that has been created so that you can have what you need to overcome fear, depression, rejection, poverty, sickness, or troublesome situations you may face. Everything that you need only takes your believe and trusting that God will do what he says he will.

Let’s talk about this lamp. Psalm 119:105 acknowledges that “the word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path“. There are figurative ways that are indicated on how lamp is used throughout the bible. I want to highlight on this aforementioned scripture.

The lamp above-mentioned is symbolic to God’s word. His word, the scriptures, are a reflection of who he is and what he is all about. Getting to know Jesus is a lifestyle. No one fully knows or understands the will of God but you can learn more about him in his word.

The lamp is used to provide light and that light directs a path step by step. What we encounter and the problems we face is not new to Christ, it’s only new to us. That’s why it is so profitable for us to trust what was already laid out because it is a fail-proof plan.

The greatest proof to the plan is how the example was laid out on how to trust even in the worst circumstance. God gave us his son, a solution and through that solution we were redeemed. The redemption was a step-by-step process and throughout that process of being led, there had to be trust. Again, in order to be led throughout your process, you must trust the leader in which you are following. Who are you following? The step-by-step process was how 1. The word (God) became flesh. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 2. Christ was crucified on the cross to redeem us. “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 3. Christ rose from the dead. “He is risen.” Mathew 28:6 In these three steps, we see the redemptive process that Christ went through for you and I, the fail-proof plan. And just as all of this, there is still a step by step process for you to continue to trust the light as you are guided on your path.

As you’ve encountered how the significance of the light unto my path symbolism is to trust Jesus and follow him, you can also understand that although things may not always be easy, you still have to continue in order to get to your appointed destination. Through the process of hardship to blessing, you still had to trust in God’s timely plan. When you are driving down a winding dark road and it seems even your headlights aren’t bright enough to guide the way, you still trust and believe that God will see your way through, hence which is why you continue to drive.

Although we can’t see where the path leads in our life, A. Jesus has given us what we need, which is his word, for us to believe it and declare it over our circumstance, over our dreams and B. he gives us just enough (such as light in this reference) so that we can continue to put our trust in him as we take it step-by-step.

You have everything you need to overcome your problem. Say this prayer, Jesus, show me my path and as I travel along this journey of life, I put my trust in you. I want your word to fill my heart and come out of my mouth. Help me to understand your word and give me the courage to speak your word knowing that in it there is divine power. I will trust the path that you are leading me on and throughout this journey allow your light to shine through me. In Jesus name, Amen.

Prayerfully Episode 1, You Have What you Need of Open up your Mouth series has enlightened you on the importance of trusting the direction God is taking you by using your roadmap and declaring God’s word. As mentioned, You can’t fully speak God’s word over your life or anyone else’s for that matter, if you don’t trust his word or believe that you have everything you need. Your Bible is your roadmap and the word in it directs your path. Stay tuned to Episode 2, The Silent Commune.

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