What would you do to become rich, wealthy or comfortable? Do you chase money or does money chase you? Are you a lover of money?
Money does make the world go round! Or so they say! But are you suppose to allow money to rule you? Are you supposed to allow it to run your life? Shouldn’t money be under your control?
It seems like everyone and everybody is talking about money these days! Social media is filled with people telling you and showing you various ways to get money, become financially independent and how to become an entrepreneur!
But, is that the will of God for your life or is that some illusion you have become fascinated with? Money is a necessity don’t get me wrong; we all need it to pay bills to survive! But should money be your main focus? Should it become your motive to succeed in this life? Should it become more important than your purpose?
Let’s look at it from this perspective:
Multiple streams of income? Do you welcome this concept? Not sure why I awoke with this on my mind; but as a Single Mom I wish I knew more about this years ago. (The life of a single mom can be hard at times; and money can be scarce at times)
Having multiple streams of income would’ve definitely helped with the bills and just the financial aspect that comes with raising kids!
When you have only one income coming in; you have to stretch it and many times have to make sacrifices to make it work!
Could this be an example of living abundantly? Or being a lender and not a borrower? Or even using the gifts that have been implanted in us to prosper? (From the Bible standpoint what are your thoughts?)
Just remember this; all money isn’t good money! The enemy knows that money is an requirement to live and he will throw all kinds of get rich quick schemes your way! Be on guard and know when it benefits his motives or God’s…..There is a difference..
When we take a look at the Bible we know it talks about “living abundantly” “prospering” “paying your tithes” “being a lender and not a borrower” but does it tell us how to maintain, build wealth, etc.
I believe it does when it speaks on our gifts/talents! We are all supplied gifts and talents but it’s all in how you use them! Are you using them to build up or break down? Are you using them to scheme or mislead? Are you using them to advance your negative lifestyle or motives? Are you using them to change someone’s life?
There are endless opportunities in this world to do some good and live an amazing life according to the Bible!
Things to consider when it comes to money:
1. Money shouldn’t be the main focus!
2. Your Purpose shouldn’t be based off of money!
3. If you have to lie, scheme, kill, sell your soul or your body! Run and don’t look back; it’s definitely not worth it!
4. Every opportunity to gain or build wealth or just survive isn’t a Kingdom opportunity; check the fruit, motives and end game!
5. If it changes your character and outlook on life; then look within and decide if something in you needs to change!
Written by: Evangelist Angie Bee…(includes audio version)
We’ve all done it before, traveled a corner too closely and banged that baby toe. Some of us have even found ourselves wearing Popsicle-stick-splints, wrapped carefully around that fractured big toe. I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone injuring those second, third or fourth toes… but there is probably somebody out there who has managed to do that.
What’s the FIRST thing you say as those nerve endings are flooded by the shock waves of pain? What’s the first thing that escapes your lips? Is it a curse word? An expletive that your mama told you she had BEST not hear come out of your mouths? Is it the standard “OUCH!” or “DARN” or a sympathy-inducing, blood-curdling moan!?
I just banged my toe. Well, actually, I was lifting the vacuum cleaner to re-direct it and it slipped from my hands and fell on the top of my big toe. Yes, I was wearing my slippers and normally this incident would not have bothered me too much… but let me back track a little bit.
In September 2016 I had a bunion on my left foot repaired. I praise God for the health insurance and the patient man of God that tolerated me hobbling around the house on a walker. Unfortunately I put too much weight on that foot in the first week, popped a stick and landed with an infection in that foot. By the time February 2017 rolled around I was experienced and ready to have the bunion on my right foot taken care of.
This time, I wasn’t taking any chances as I expertly rolled around the house in a wheelchair. The bible taught me in 1 Corinthians 6:9 “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” ;and I am in a season of repairing my temple! After years of overeating, obesity and basically ignoring the body that God has blessed me to have, I have lost 200 pounds through weight loss surgery and I’m healing better that I could have ever imagined! However, my legs, back and especially my feet suffered immensely over the years that I weighed over 380 pounds and bunions on both feet were the result. It was my goal to continue the restoration of my temple by having both of my feet operated on.
Now, if any of you have ever gone through a planned surgical process, you know that there can be prescriptions, healing apparatus’s and family support in place. My last surgery was in February 2017 and now that the summer is upon us, I don’t have many second thoughts about that procedure. I’m walking pain-free and experimenting with new shoes that make my legs look GREAT! However, through all of these accomplishments, I have to admit that I have not praised God as much as I should have. You know… each of you probably called your mother recently because it was Mother’s Day, or maybe you visited her gravesite or mourned because she is no longer with you. She was remembered and celebrated in some way, but did you thank God for her? What I am trying to say is now that my surgery is over and my healing is upon me, have I reached out to God lately to say “THANK YOU FOR MY SURGERY! or even to say THANK YOU FOR MY HEALING!!! Have I done that?
That’s where the vacuum cleaner comes in to play. You see, I have learned over the years that the FIRST thing that needs to come out of my mouth when I experience pain or fear is JESUS! Even as of late, I have heard the words THANK YOU GOD!!! come out of my mouth, as I ran to get the ice pack or wiped a tear from my eye. I’m not saying that God allowed me to drop the vacuum cleaner on my foot in order to be praised… God is a jealous God, but he ain’t vain… what I am saying is that we need to praise God “in season and out”, when we are in pain and out of pain, during the good times and the bad. Don’t stub your toe and curse God because of the pain! Don’t pray to God before the surgery and not give Him a shout of praise after receiving your healing!
In celebration of Father’s Day, I want to end this piece with a word of advise I learned from my Daddy. Not long ago, I was healing from either an ailment or a surgical procedure, I don’t really remember. Well, I called my daddy in order to get some sympathy and to be babied-on a bit. My precious daddy, Mr. Al James Bennett said to me in a loving and wise voice “you ain’t as young as you used to be, so it’s gonna take you longer to heal up!” (smh – no sympathy came from him on THAT DAY! – lol) However, somewhere in my daddy’s advise I did hear from God through that message. God’s grace and mercy carried us through a lot of pain and heartache earlier in our lives and we may or may not given God the praise that we should have. Isaiah 46:4 says ” Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you”.
God loved us when we didn’t know we were being loved, so now that we KNOW better let us work to praise Him FIRST during our trials and pain.
Happy Father’s Day to my God. Thank you for the love, caring and wisdom you have bathed me in over the years and thank you for allowing me to stub my toe. Thank you for the ice pack that was in my refrigerator and thank you for allowing this message to reach other wise fathers, so they may pass along your teachings to their children. Thank you for my husband and his “fathering” methods and for his ability to hear from you as he guides us both along the path you have set for us. Thank you God for those obstacles in our lives that you allow us to bump in to that bless you Lord. Thank you for the bruises we have endured; that are healing. I ask these and all added blessing be bestowed upon the readers and hearers of your word through this article and I thank you God for allowing me to serve as your hands, feet and your voice.
In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray
Happy Father’s Day Everyone and
Evangelist Angie BEE
Author, Producer, Promoter and Servant of the Lord
When I was, a kid attending Frederick J. Schulze Elementary School in Detroit Michigan, my classmates would use “Bad Words: while whispering to each other. The “cool” kids would say these “bad words” during conversation, but even the cool kids would avoid allowing their hushed voices to be heard by the teacher. I wonder if the grown-ups at the school ever knew that some of the kids spoke these words?
Check out the audio version of this blog here:
Once I hit Beaubien Jr. High school, the “Bad words” evolved into cussin’ and the hushed voices grew louder and became more direct toward certain classmates. I frequently found myself being the target of some of that language as the class bullies seemed to resent everything I wore, everything I smiled about and every “A” that I earned. I knew that I wasn’t a B-I-T-C-H, but just having that word slung in my direction stung a bit more, each time I heard it.
I grew up attending and being blessed by memberships in two Detroit churches. I was baptized and raised at Beth Eden Missionary Baptist Church, and at the age of twelve my spiritual growth enlarged through my membership at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Now, I don’t know about other churches or other religions but I do know that EVERY BAPTIST CHURCH I have ever attended always leads you in a song that goes a little something like this:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer – Amen, Amen, Amen.
Once I “grew up” and lived on the college campus, I cussed “like a sailor” because I was “GROWN!” My mama wasn’t around to smack me in the mouth and everybody else on the campus of Wilberforce University was cussing’ too! That’s when one of the professors mentioned a study that has stuck with me all these years later. Now, don’t quote me on it but the study said something about the use of vulgar language reflecting the ignorance and poor vocabulary skills of the word cussin’. Well, I was a communications major and I planned to have a career in radio, so I wasn’t about to reflect ignorance coming out of my mouth! After that lesson, cuss words only flew out of my mouth during stress or frustration… and even then, I was ashamed afterwards.
These days I will see posts on social media with letters such as “WTF” or “LMFAO”. These letters are sometimes even posted in a sentence meant to bring humor or accolades, but once I see that letter “F” or letter “A” in there, I get a little sad. As an adult, we now refer to this language as “Profanity” and although it is no longer directed at me, I still shudder when I hear it spoken; just hearing swear words can make me sad.
You see, our words reflect what is growing on the inside of us. Kinda like if you ate something last night that doesn’t agree with your tummy, you will find yourself on the toilet by the next morning. That mess was on the inside of you, so it came out. Cussin’ reflects something rotten inside of you, so it falls out of your mouth just as easily as that diarrhea plopped outta your butt!
My mama was a holy thing when she lived on Earth. Even though our mama cussed, I didn’t cuss around my mama (I didn’t want to get a spanking, so that motivated me to keep my mouth clean!). My husband is a holy thing as he represents the way God loves me in this season of my life. I don’t cuss around my husband. Just looking at him reminds me that I am loved and respected and appreciated, so I don’t have a reason to cuss him out! (lol). I am a temple of the Lord and I invite the Lord to live inside me. I don’t cuss around my temple…I don’t cuss around myself. I love myself and respect myself, so I don’t cuss in my conversations or in my writings.
Wikipedia reflects that “profanity has come to mean any socially offensive language beyond that strictly religious sense, but tends to exclude any other nonverbal communication. Thus profanity in English may be synonymous with bad language, strong language, coarse language, foul language, bad words, vulgar language, lewd language, choice words or expletives“. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profanity
On the Sunday, November 20, 2016 ministry broadcast from Pastor Ron Carpenter, he taught that there was a lesson in the bible where a group of people had been led by Moses to a place where they were to drink water. When the people tasted the water, they found that it tasted bitter and later, scientists tested the water and determined that the bitter taste was the result of a laxative component that would help flush your system. Ron Carpenter offered that God led those people to the water to get that bad taste of their past slavery out of their systems. http://www.roncarpenter.com/on-demand/detox/
What do you need to get out of your system?
If you don’t get it out spiritually, it will fly out of your mouth offensively.
(Thank you, Jesus!)
On the Sunday, November 20, 2016 broadcast from Pastor Jesse Duplantis, he taught on first fruits and on giving God your best. He visually taught that God gave us HIS first fruit in that he gave us His first son. Why don’t we give God our best language of respect, praise and gratitude and cleanse our minds and our tongues from foul language? Why don’t we give OURSELVES our first fruit of a sweet language on our lips and not the bitter words that fly out and offend?
God gave us his best when he gives us his grace and mercy and when God spoke, he created wonders and lifestyles and an home for us! When we speak to the waitress, she brings out the best meal that can be prepared for us. When you hear those words “I Love You”… do you want to hear a cuss word thrown in that statement?!?
Today, let us all strive to “clean up our act” and mentally “wash our mouths out with soap”. Listen to the lyrics of the music you are feeding into your ears. Is it laced with profanity and sexual references? How does that make you feel? Do you find yourself quoting those lyrics? Would you want someone referring to you in the way those lyrics refer to another in that song?
Today, let us all strive to replace one curse word at a time with a new vocabulary word in our speech and in our writings. “WTF” can now be “WITW” (What In The World?” comes from my anointed daughter Jasmine…thanks Princess!) I prefer ROTFLOL to LMFAO (why do I have to refer to myself as FAT, anyway! Hmmph). Today, let us be a “Shining Light of Language” (SLOL) for someone else while we are talking to them; when they realize that each word coming from your mouth is positive and encouraging… they may catch on and repeat your example!
One of the greatest strategies of the enemy is to divide and conquer. Satan uses this tactic on many home fronts. He uses it in families, in businesses, in churches, in ministries, etc. The enemy knows if he can cause any entity to walk in division, he can infiltrate and overthrow it.
This stands true when it comes to you as an individual. You are the temple and house of God. You are a tri-part being, comprise of spirit, soul, and body. The enemy knows if he can get you in conflict within yourself, and in conflict with God’s will for your life, he can misalign you from your purpose and destiny. Satan is searching for opportunities to spoil your inner peace and disrupt the unity between you and God. He wants to divide and conquer by causing you to walk in confusion, fear, intimidation, and waver in constant unbelief when it comes to the promises of God concerning your life.
This month’s Next Step Coaching For Success comes to admonish you not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices lest he gains the advantage over you (II Corinthians 2:11). Be conscious of the schemes and plots of the enemy. Don’t let the evil one cause division among your members and misalign you from God’s purpose. Be determined to stay single-minded and focused on the plan of God for your life. Especially if you are in leadership, because others are following your lead.
Your Next Step Coaching For Success Minute:
Identify the parts of you that are in constant conflict
What are the root causes of the conflict?
Seek God for grace to overcome and to remain undivided in your members