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Purpose/Destiny

Highway to Heaven: A Driver Driven

There are things that happen in life you just never forget.

I was talking to a man in the gym a few years ago and he asked me what I did for a living. I was working in public transportation as a bus driver at the time, so my immediate reflex was just to say that. However, by way of conviction I caught myself, and for the first time I proceeded to tell (foretell actually) someone my purpose. After I finished telling him to the best of my ability, he replied with a phrase I knew was profound, but didn’t discern more deeply until now.

“Wow. That’s awesome,” he said. You’re giving people a highway to heaven huh?! Wait, what? A highway to heaven? (For some reason I just thought about a ladder, Israel’s ladder 🪜 to be exact, but I’ll explore and save that for another post). The phrase sounded so beautiful, so poetic, and has certainly remained in my spirit until this day.

Do you know upon meditating on this phrase the Spirit of YHVH Elohim has given me other unique, poetic phrases? Phrases like “pathway to purpose,” “interstate to identity,” and “freeway to fulfillment,” just to name a few. What does all of these phrases have in common? You probably caught it by now. In case you didn’t, they all have to do with travel and transportation – the very occupation I was doing at the time! What’s my point? I didn’t tell the guy in the gym my job. I told him (foretold him) my deeper, Spirit-calling purpose, and unbeknownst to him and I, he confirmed it with a phrase that correlated with my present job, but prophesied my future purpose! Neither one of us could have comprehended the depths, the intricacies of that! Well, that is until now. I knew it was profound, as I stated, by the Spirit in me. It resonated immediately, but seeing and understanding it more deeply now is incredible! (This seems to be happening to me a lot lately, and I LOVE it!) I prophesied my purpose to that man, and Yahuah Elohim used him as a vessel to prophesy back to me; correlating, confirming, and to a degree, clarifying the prophecy!

There’s another interesting twist that stands out as I reflect on this event. I was essentially “wrestling” with the Spirit at this particular time as well. Honestly, I had one foot out the door already – feeling, sensing His prompting to leave my job. However, on the other hand, I was/am responsible for a wife, children, etc., so there was a bit of “careful reluctance” initially. It’s similar to Moses or Gideon’s call. YHVH encounters them, and calls and commissions them into their true identity and assignment. Although this is a grand, supernatural, and powerful event, there could exist a timeframe of reluctance – a moment or moments of grappling with the call and the things prohibiting you from entering the call. Gideon was fearful of pretty much everybody. Moses was afraid too, and even tried to disqualify himself because of some sort of speech impediment. In both of their cases and in mine, more confirmation and assurance was needed to pacify our hearts, to ease our minds, to have us know for certain that He is with us! (O’ YAHUAH we love you! YAHUAH we need you! We are fearful, brittle, and mere mortals without YOU! You are our Immortality! Thank you for immortalizing us! In the name of Yahusha Ha’Mashiach)! Prayer ensued, and do you know this confirming, validating event, along with a few others, served as an answer to my prayers and grappling with the Spirit! It was Daddy God’s way of pushing me along, confirming His promptings, and ushering me into His divine purpose for my life. “Yes, son. Go. I AM calling you. I AM with you. I AM that I AM! What a Savior. What a Healer. What a Redeemer. What a Father!

Much has changed since I was called out of my natural occupation into my true identity and purpose four years ago, but then again, not really. I still am in the business of “public transportation,” just in a different way. I still transport people to their destination (destiny) but now it’s not their physical one but their Spiritual one. I still transport my passengers – the people that the Father have given and will give to me – to their destination, but my vehicle now is not a bus. What is my vehicle? What is the mode of transportation? My life’s testimony and my life’s purpose. My life testifies to the Truth; from beginning, to now, and until the end. My life’s purpose reflects the Truth; worshiping and glorifying Him through the good works He has prepared for me to do. Not the (transit) authority’s way. The Authority’s way!

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Inspiration/Enlightenment

Surrounded By Death Pt. 2

Shalom beloved! The Grace of Yahuah be multiplied unto you!

I left off talking about the wisdom it takes to respond accordingly in different situations (see previous post for fuller clarity). We arrived at the wisdom of YAH Himself – Yahusha the Messiah – the greatest example of wisdom, discernment, deftness, skill, and EVERYTHING else! Period! In looking at His life, in the context of His public ministry, we see Him always at odds and under some measure of scrutiny, rebuke, or (wicked) device from the religious leaders and high society of His day. My point from the previous post was this: In light of peoples’ mental state in this day and age – the frailty or sensitivity of it – should we be mindful and careful about how we say things? Answer? Sure! We need to be sensitive to others’ feelings, weaknesses, etc. It’s called compassion. We are human too and have our own problems and weaknesses in different or perhaps the same areas. However, the other perspective to this point is this: Do I exercise this mindfulness, this carefulness, this sensitivity to everyone regardless of the situation? This may seem like an easy answer to most, and perhaps I’m being a little “ABC” here, but when you have children (I have 4) there’s always a necessity, at least with my kids anyway, to make the point and then break it down even further to them, giving them different sides to the main point. Which, now that I think about it, could actually be making it more complicated for them to understand the main idea at all, but such is life! We live in a complicated world! They’ll be fine lol. I guess you could say I’m prepping them for some of the real world challenges they’ll encounter lol.

The Culmination

The Wisdom of Elohim finds Himself in (another) back and forth with the Jews in John 10. The spirit of the chapter is both parties appear to reach severe exasperation levels with one another, as they have dishonored Him to a dangerous degree (two chapters before) by saying He was a Samaritan and was demon-possessed! Wow! Then, they accuse Him of not being forthright of His identity, claiming He was “leaving them in suspense.” The Messiah appears exasperated too, as He seeks to finalize this mounting opposition by telling them the truth of their inability to see and receive Him – they weren’t His sheep to begin with. Then, to bring it home (literally I might add) He said Himself and the Father were one – unified in essence, will, power, Spirit, etc.! Whoa! Now, here’s where it gets really good and this is the culmination of the point(s) of this writing. They proceeded to pick up stones to kill Him, thus Him being surrounded by death. What should He do? What should of He had done before? Not let it get to this point? Been more careful about what He said based on His character and His limitless knowledge of the thoughts and intentions of their hearts? Well, in exhilarating fashion, while surrounded by death, He begins talking?!?! Huh?? Actually, He preaches a sermonette if you will – referencing a Scripture, illuminating the passage, and then culminating it in Himself – rendering them foolish and their accusation of “blasphemy” futile! Now, that’s how you handle the schemes of the wicked! That’s how you handle death!

It’s no time to play when evil encompasses you. It’s no time to be humble or sensitive when you’re surrounded by death! It’s time to be bold! It’s time to be fearless! It’s time be sensitive to the Spirit and not sensitive to man’s feelings! Wolves had surrounded the Lamb of YAH and they weren’t their selling “wolf tickets.” They meant business, and on this day the Lamb did too, foiling their plan and making the devices of the people of no effect. (Ps. 33:10) They would get their chance to feast on His flesh, but not today. A time would be coming where He wouldn’t say anything, just as a lamb led to the slaughter would not, but today wasn’t that day. You cannot threaten Life with death. Life humbly laid His down. You know what? Seeing this more closely: the Lord definitely handled this with limitless wisdom, but He actually displayed limitless humility too. Well, that’s maybe for another post! Until next time. Shalom!

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Inspiration/Enlightenment

The Dream or The Dream Giver?

Holes 2 Whole Podcast | Season 1 Episode 12

Are you running (piloting) your dream or is your dream running you? Although it’s true the LORD God prepared your purpose before He prepared you, purpose is not designed to be more important than the person. The Father wills to refine your character, redeem your iniquity, and release you into purpose at His appointed time – when you’re strengthened, settled, and grounded in Him. All dreams (purposes) have a destination – the Dream Giver. Keep your eyes on the Giver & not the dream, and you will steward the dream with wisdom instead of overextending yourself beyond your capacity. Even if you do mess up and overwork or overextend yourself, no need to fret. The LORD has made provision for that. Rest in the Giver. Rely on what He taught & is teaching you. Wait on the LORD. In Jesus name.

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Children/Youth Empowerment Inspiration/Enlightenment Relationships/Marriage

The Kind of Young Lady

The kind of young lady I want my for my son,

Shines like the sun, a special someone,

A young lady who is different, stands out from the crowd,

Of herself she is proud – not quiet nor loud,

She is proud of herself, but pride is not found,

Her beauty is meekness, her heart and mind sound,

Young lady are you there? Show yourself strong,

Be a guide for my son, keep him from wrong,

The kind of young lady who pushes (you) for better,

Who wants to spend time with you and your family – everyone together!

No sneak, covert meet-ups to do things in secret,

Does a girl like this live? Yes, I believe it!

The kind of young lady who becomes part of the fam,

Who is like a daughter to me, now that would be grand!

The kind of young lady who loves herself perfect,

Who knows she is priceless, who doesn’t get nervous,

The kind of young lady who’s mind is set on the future,

Who thinks long-term, who knows the Supreme Ruler!

The kind of young lady who is smart & can teach,

Who’s humble enough to be teachable, one you can reach!

With the words that you speak, she listens so well!

This is the young lady for you, her last name should be Bell!

This is the girl for you son, I felt led to stress,

A young lady like this, for you, would be best.

Love,

Dad

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Inspiration/Enlightenment

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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Inspiration/Enlightenment Purpose/Destiny

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!!