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He Seen the Spirit‼️

True and righteous living is living from the inside out.

I took my daughter out for lunch the other day. When our food came out we blessed it by praying for the ones who prepared it and for the food itself. This is our custom. As we were finishing up and getting ready to leave, the owner of the store (his name is Mel) walked over to me and said, “When you were praying I seen the Spirit. I seen Him! I felt His presence!”

I almost broke down and cried. As a disciple of Jesus the Messiah, a beloved son of the Father of mercies (2 Corinth 1:3), and a man renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him (Col. 3:10) by the Holy Spirit, I know I AM blessed me with His Spirit. There is no doubt. However, at that particular moment when Mel uttered those words, I was touched (again) in a special way. I suppose it’s like Jesus after He was baptized and heard the Father’s voice from the excellent glory. Before the Father spoke, before the dove descended, before He was immersed, before He even came to John – He knew the Father loved Him. He knew who He was. He knew He was born of the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, even without measure, but it’s still something about knowing it again – the Spirit descending and remaining on Him and the Father also backing up the Spirit by testifying, affirming, and confirming Jesus with the words, “This is my Son, whom I love! I am well pleased with Him!” Wow!

The Love and support of the Father strengthens you. Reassures you. Solidifies you. Validates you. Settles you. It’s one thing for you to personally know something. It’s another for the Father to confirm what you know and who you know to another person or people and they testify of it!

Daddy God, I love you and worship you today and every day. Thank you for the unspeakable gift of your Son in all forms – by body and by Spirit! Thank you for confirming and glorifying me again and again. Everything is for your glory. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with your spirit. Amen.

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Thank You! More Content Coming!

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Abba’s Love: His Best, His Best

The LORD God loves you for you. He loves you because you are His – His creation, His handiwork, His masterpiece.

He put His heart and soul into creating you – His entire being!! How do you know that Minister Benjamin? I’m glad you asked. Before He made man He said let “us” make man in “our” image, after “our” likeness. Daddy God employed the Son and the Holy Spirit too, so therefore, He used the whole or entirety of His being!! He used everything (everyone) He has to form and fashion you! When He made you He gave you His all! Isn’t that Love? Give Him your all today and everyday! Surrender your entire being‼️

Love gives up everything. Love doesn’t hold back. Love gave man – the crown of His creation, His best – His best. Selah.

Love trusts! The only time you don’t trust, which is fear, is if you have been corrupted, resulting in a distorted view of Love! But perfect Love casts out fear! (1 John 4:18) Oh my goodness; the reason why the LORD entrusted Adam with His creation was because He loved him, not because He thought or knew Adam was going to manage it well!! As a matter of truth, He knew he was going to mess up and mismanage everything, but He gave it to him anyway. Why? Because that’s what you do when love someone perfectly without fear!

Guess what? He never changes. The same thing He did when He created the first Adam is the same thing He did when He recreated the last Adam: sacrificed His best – His first begotten and unique Son – for His best – you, me, and every human being on this planet. Because when you truly love you give (up) your best, and your best is yourself!

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True Success

I’m convinced: the main ingredient of true success is self-control.

I had an insightful conversation with an owner of a shoe repair store – not exactly the type of business/entity one would glean true success from. We were talking about the effects of the pandemic on businesses, so I asked him how he was able to stay open despite other businesses in and out of his industry being forced to shut down.

“During the years of plenty I saved instead of spent.”

His answer struck me, illuminating my soul as it were. Do you know how hard it is to NOT spend money when you’re making A LOT of it? On second thought, I don’t know what that’s like 😂. I suspect it wouldn’t be easy. It’s not a discipline or an ability a large percentage of people have. I found out this man had forfeited temporary pleasures and thrills – buying cars, homes, etc., for something of greater, more lasting value: sustainability. His desire wasn’t just to open a business and make money. His desire was to build something sustainable, that could stand the test of time and adversity.

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small (Prov. 24:10). The strength is self-control – the ability to not only remain calm in times of challenge, but also in times of success or plenty. The store owner did not let success get to his head. He remained wise and even-tempered throughout, resulting in a clear mind to make wise choices. Self-control, the key ingredient!

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Deepening Relationship: Real Love ❤️

REAL LOVE takes responsibility – accepts the challenge, task, or mission – to do what’s necessary – what MUST be done.

I was talking to my son the other day about some negative thoughts (lies) he has allowed to resurface in his mind. He’s been the target of teasing, bullying, and rejection from peers in the past, and the trauma from those experiences had resulted in low self-esteem, a confused identity, and hopelessness – believing the lies you’re not good enough and no one cares. Fast forward a little: the Grace of GOD appeared to me, revolutionized my life, freeing me from the very same powers of lies and limiting beliefs that have plagued my son! I am now validated and equipped to help him by the mercies of GOD, so in a very real way I was saved to save my son! We have been won over by the Lord’s love to win people over by the Lord’s love – the essence of the gospel!

In the midst of me ministering to him and our relationship getting better and stronger in the passage of time, those old thoughts, lies, and feelings of hopelessness began to creep and seep back into my son’s mind. I noticed something had been bothering him for a few days, so the Lord, in His Grace, had me take him out on a beautiful spring day to spend time together. I thought I was just taking him out to workout with me, but the Lord had other thoughts. Aren’t you glad His thoughts are higher than ours? (Isa. 55:9) LORD you are so great! O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of GOD! His judgments unsearchable! His ways past finding out! (Rom. 11:33)

After our workout, we sat on a park bench and began to talk – the mental and spiritual portion of our bonding! As I was comforting and encouraging him with the gospel, the Lord Jesus reminded me of the vision He showed me, the purpose He called me to, the need He summoned me to meet: “Ben! Ben! (This is) REAL LOVE!”

Real Love sees a person or people in desperate need and accepts the responsibility to help them by giving yourself. Because when you really care and when you truly love somebody, you give up (sacrifice) yourself – your life and way of life – for them. Is not this the mission and love of Jesus? In that very moment, at the very time with my son, that is exactly what I did, what I was doing, and what I will continue do. Daddy GOD, King Jesus, By Holy Spirit, thank you! Eternally grateful with eternity in mind. In Jesus name.

Watch our workout 🏋️‍♀️ video in previous post! ❤️

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Deepening Relationship: Father/Son Training!!

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I’ve Entered Kairos Time‼️

Time is measured in minutes; life is measured in moments. – Mark Batterson, Pastor & Bestselling Author

If I told you how the Lord Jesus has been moving and leading me by His Spirit the last two years you wouldn’t believe me. I began writing this post a month ago, and as I was putting the finishing touches on it I was led to the latest YouVersion reading plan by Pastor Mark Batterson entitled “Win The Day,” which is also the title of his latest book. The plan is phenomenal to say the least, as Pastor Mark outlines 8 habits to help you “win the day.” As I arrived at Day 7 of the plan (Habit 6) my mouth dropped. I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS READING!! Are you kidding me?!?! The sixth habit is everything I began to write about weeks before!! Talk about confirmation!! Confirmation is the business of the Holy Spirit, and these past two years have been breathtaking!! So buckle up and prepare yourselves!! You’re now in kairos time‼️

The ancient Greeks observed two words for time – chronos and kairos. Chronos time is where we get chronological – the standard, everyday measurement of time in sequence. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc., sum up chronos, and while this time is important, it is, after all, natural, which always has to bow or be subject to a different, deeper, supernatural time.

Kairos time is divine time, and according to the ancient Greeks (and Wikipedia) is defined as “the right, critical, proper, or opportune moment for action.” This time signifies a moment of grave importance – a moment which must be interpreted, discerned, taken advantage of, acted on!!

Beloved, I don’t know where you are at in life or what season of life you’re in, but if you have been granted the ability or the capacity (which we all have) by the Everlasting Father, the Father of Light(s) to discern a kairos moment you need to act, and that without fear!! There are so many examples in Scripture to illustrate and validate this point it’s a shame, but I’m reminded of the story of four leprous men who decided to “go for broke” by coming upon the army of an enemy camp who had besieged their city until there was no food to ask/look for – you guessed it – food!! Outcasts or “goners” BEFORE their city was famine because of their condition, they basically said, “Why sit here until we die? We’re dead anyway, so let’s go!!” It turns out the Lord had caused the enemy army to hear the noise of war – chariots, horses, etc., and they fled in fear leaving all their goods to be plundered and seized!!

The LORD is our refuge, our strength, the Rock of Ages, our enduring Protector!! Let’s act in faith and trust and be about the Father’s business. Why sit here until we die? This is Kairos time!!

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The Internal Gem

Each one of us is born with the gem within – a unique, divinely implanted gift, skill, or ability interwoven by Daddy GOD into the fabric of our being that naturally attracts people to us. The sad reality is this once pure, internal gem given by a pure and beautiful GOD often gets smeared by the staining, demoralizing effects of living in fallen world.

My children struggle with inclusion and acceptance. They are radically different from most of their peers, and they have had to endure bullying and getting picked on because of it. They don’t have the latest phones, tablets, gadgets, and video games. Heck, they’re not even familiar or able to interpret all the latest lingo of their generation. While we have them shielded from certain things and are raising them differently, I have tried to explain to them on several occasions the reason they have endured bullying and other things is not due to that truth. It’s due to the gem 💎 within – the corruption of it, the smearing of it. This corruption leads to a corrupted conscious OF one’s own self and corrupted confidence IN one’s own self. Furthermore, this causes you to devalue the internal gem and place higher value on the external gems, i.e. material things, clothes, phones, video games, etc., leaving you hurt and unfulfilled.

Never trade the internal for the external – the eternal for the temporary. The gem 💎 within, placed purposefully, intricately in the depths of our soul by the great and glorious Father of mercies is enough. The truth of the gem leads to the Truth of GOD, which leads to abundant life and all that comes with it. In Jesus name.

To my children with Love,

Dad

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Graves of Greed: Desire & Consequence

This is a generation which craves and desires, but is unprepared and ignorant towards the consequences associated with those desires.

You want what you’re not ready for.
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Champion: The Holy Spirit‼️

The Spirit of the Lord is like a championship belt gifted to you by Jesus the Messiah. This belt is staying with me.

I’m a champion!