Friday, May 17, 2013

The Benefits

Psalm 5:12
12For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
God's love is like no other. Those who desire to do His will He blesses beyond measure. When you desire to do God's will, you put on "His righteousness". None of us is righteous in our own right. It is only when we seek to do His will. And when you  do so, His favor rests on you. Like a king who grants a request of one who stands in His presence, so God grants favor to those who honor Him. What is favor? Favor as defined by Merriam-Webster's Dictionary is friendly regard shown to another, partiality, approval, gracious kindness, effort in one's behalf, a token of love, a special privilege. So favor of God is a gift and effort on your behalf and partiality as a friend. Now that is a a blessing!
The word also says that He will surround as with a shield. He is Jehovah Nissi, the God who protects. A shield is a piece of armor that protects. So when you walk in His will you not only receive favor but you receive protection from your enemies and the enemy of your soul. That ought to be enough right there to want to walk in His will. When you don't desire to do His will, you are exposed to unnecessary elements of life. You put yourself in harms way and likely those connected to you by God. There is so much to be said about favor and protection from God. The benefits with God outweigh any benefits you can ever receive by living without Him.
P.S. Remember to tune into the S.H.A.R.E. Broadcast LIVE Saturday, May 18th from 9:30am-10:30am ET on Baltimore's Spirit 1400AM WWIN or as I sit down for an awesome time in the Lord with my friend, Brenda Leigh Wells! The dial in number is 410.481.1400.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Your Eyes Will Be Opened

Luke 24:31
31Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
The disciples were on their way to a village and during their journey they met a man. They enjoyed his company and during the visit they spoke of Jesus. The disciples were saddened because they were hoping Jesus was the redeemer of Israel and once He was condemned to death, their hopes had vanished. The disciples had no idea the man they met on their journey to the village was Jesus. Jesus did not look the same and their eyes were closed from seeing His true nature. The begged the man to stay a while. And while he ate and broke bread with them the word says, "their eyes were opened." The moment they recognized that the man in their presence was Jesus, He was gone.

He told the disciples before his crucifixion that He would come back. The disciples had no idea who they really had in their presence until that moment.
Sometimes we have no idea who Jesus has placed around us and that He is in the midst until He allows our eyes to be opened.  Here's an example. This is my birthday week and I had originally made plans to leave town. I am talking flight booked, hotel reserved and rental car booked. And I was all excited and then I kept feeling the Holy Spirit say that I had to postpone my trip. I was a little upset too as I was looking forward to it. And I said, "God please let there be a good reason for this postponing." The answer appeared the next day. I received a phone call from my dear friend Brenda Leigh Wells. In March we had just celebrated her birthday, CD release, book to come and the announcement came during her celebration that she would be the host of the S.H.A.R.E. Broadcast on Baltimore's Spirit 1400AM WWIN. She said, "Joy, God told me I have to have you on my show this Saturday, May 18th. Are you free from 9:30am-10:30am ET? I began to PRAISE GOD! I told her what I said to God and how He had said I had to postpone my trip. But my eyes were not opened until that moment as to why I had to delay the plans. So I bless God for He is faithful!

When Jesus is ready to reveal himself in the relationships He has ordained in your life and your situation, your eyes will be opened.
P.S. Join me this Saturday, May 18th on the S.H.A.R.E. Broadcast with my friend Brenda Leigh Wells on Baltimore's Spirit 1400AM WWIN from 9:30am-10:30am ET. You can also listen by logging onto and the call in number is 410.481.1400.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stay Focused on the Mission

Genesis 37:10
10So he told his father and his brothers and his father rebuked him and said to him "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?"
Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons because he was the off spring of the love of his life, Rachel. But as much as Jacob loved Joseph, even he could not see or understand the vision that God revealed to Joseph. Joseph was envied by his brothers already and then he revealed what was given unto him which made them envy him more. Envy and jealousy differ in that jealousy may be turned inward but envy is turned outward and can be the root of violence/harassment on the invoked party. In the story of Joseph the focus is usually on Joseph and his relationship with his brothers.
Jacob didn't get it either. The one person who should've likely received what was being said because the potential he saw in Joseph would eventually come to pass. But even Jacob missed the mark. The only one who understood was God who gave Joseph the vision. Jacob was an old man before he saw Joseph again. And when he did, the vision had come to pass.
There will be times when even those that should see and understand what you are doing won't until the mission you are on is complete. Do not be angry with them. Love them and let it and them go. Move on and let God do the revealing. God has to do a work in them first to get them to the place to even receive what He has destined for you. Bishop T.D. Jakes recently told a story in a Potter's Touch broadcast online that he had naysayers when God first told him to leave West Virginia and move to Texas to start a church. The naysayers he described were more comparable to Joseph's brothers. He said he knew what God told him and he didn't waste his time trying to justify what God told him nor did he try to explain it. He stayed focused on the mission.

Staying focused on the mission keeps you from getting caught up in someone's blind spot. Listening to them blurs the vision God gave you. If you are not careful, it will turn to dust.

P.S. Remember to check out my girl Stubbs on the Leap of Faith Show Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm on and listen for the Get Your JOY In The Morning segment!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Denying the Reality of Jesus

Acts 4:17 (NKJV)
17But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name."
It was just after Pentecost and Peter and John had healed a man in the name of Jesus at the entrance of a temple. They were arrested by the Sadducees. The Sadducees were different from the Pharisees in that they did not believe in angels or demons. They also did not believe in a resurrection. According to the New King James Study Bible, the Sadducees did not approve of either the Pharisees or Jesus. While conferring with one another, the Sadducees admitted that Peter and John had indeed performed a miracle. Everyone knew the man they healed as one who was lame since birth and he was much older. But because they had to "stand" by their teachings and motto, they felt it prudent to threaten the men into keeping quiet. This miracle getting out would be proof of Jesus was exactly who He said He was. And that the disciples, now apostles, who went about displaying miracles and preaching in the name of Jesus were indeed justified in their actions.
Now how is this relevant to you? When Jesus is clearly displayed in your life and our Lord is displaying Himself for others to see, there may be some who are conferring in private that not only is Jesus real but that you are truly a child of the most High God and live your life accordingly. But to keep their own reputation, they will not publicly acknowledge you and may even attempt to swear you to secrecy or keep others from talking about you publicly though it is CLEAR that Jesus is in whatever it is you are doing and the Holy Spirit is at work. A prideful reputation is often what keeps those who need to confess the reality of Jesus from speaking. We know in Proverbs that God disdains a prideful heart that refuses to acknowledge Him. And Jesus said that if you publicly deny Him, when judgement comes, He will deny you. The Word says that "every knew must bow and every tongue must confess".  Denying publicly what Jesus has done in the life of one is the same as saying He is not real.
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