ELECTION 2017 IS COMING! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

ELECTION 2017 IS COMING! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

WILL YOU OBEY GOD OR MAN?

Once again the Bahamas is on the verge of another general election and so-called “election fever” is beginning to permeate the air.

Almost everywhere you turn, people are talking politics or predicting who the next government and Prime Minister will be. The atmosphere is filled with opinions and political prophets abound.

With all the noise, fanfare and emotional hullabaloo in the marketplace, on the airwaves and on social media, and with upcoming rallies on the horizon, there are plenty opportunities for God’s people to become caught up in the political whirlwind and lose focus of our electorate responsibility as Believers/Kingdom Citizens.

The direction that a nation takes and the manner in which it is built is greatly influenced by its governmental leaders.

Proverbs 29:2 states, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” – (NKJV)

Proverbs 28:12 states, “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” – (NLT)

Considering the above, it is incumbent upon us as Believers/Kingdom Citizens to use our voting privileges to, as much as possible elect godly men and women to office, and therefore as key authorities and primary decision makers in our country’s affairs.

This is extremely important for many reasons, a few being:

  • The more godly persons in positions of governmental authority, the more likely a country to retain or even expand its degree of religious freedom.
  • The more godly persons in office, the less likely the implementation of laws that oppose godly principles.
  • The more godly persons in positions of governmental authority, the easier it will be for the God’s/the King’s agenda to go forward and be established in a nation.
  • As Kingdom Citizens, we are called to obey and be subject to civil authorities (Romans 13:1, 2; I Peter 2:13-14; Titus 3:1) and it will more than likely be easier to obey godly authorities than ungodly ones.

When faced with the opportunity to exercise our voting privilege, it is our responsibility as Believers/Kingdom Citizens to carefully and prayerfully consider the presented candidates and where possible to seek to elect competent, godly men and women who not only have the potential to improve our national development, but who will also seek to be guided by God’s principles and establish His purposes.

The following are some facts about us as Believers that will help us maintain a Kingdom perspective during a political season.

1) As Believers, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore foreigners in this earthly realm.

2) Our spiritual citizenship in God’s Kingdom is higher than, and therefore takes precedence over our earthly citizenship, i.e., our Bahamian citizenship.

3) As citizens of the Kingdom of God, our ultimate allegiance, or loyalty is to be to God as our Sovereign King.

4) The Constitution of our Kingdom is the Word of God, therefore we are to govern every aspect of our lives according to the principles contained therein. The Word of God is our supreme law and we are to obey it above all others.

5) As Kingdom Citizens, we have been appointed as ambassadors of the King. We live in the country that we do because He has called us to be His representatives/agents in that particular earthly territory.

6) As Kingdom Ambassadors, we relinquish all rights to present and act on our own personal opinions. The only position we are to take on an issue is that of our Government or King. We are to yield to and uphold the position of the King and to readily advance His Kingdom’s agenda in whichever arena or capacity we may function.

7) As Kingdom Ambassadors, our main mission is to make disciples of all nations and to expand God’s Kingdom on the earth. The cause of Christ is what we ought to live for and what we should be prepared to die for.

People of God, during this election season, more than ever before, we need to be intentionally mindful not to become so caught up in the political frenzy that we become unfocused and lose sight of our Kingdom responsibility and allow someone or something other than God to decide our involvement in the electoral process.

Because it’s election time, there is an abundance of voices in the atmosphere vying for our attention and support, and it’s okay to hear them, but at the end of the day, as Ambassadors in a foreign territory we must settle ourselves, be sober, and listen for the voice of our King…for His opinion, His desire, His instruction.

In John 10:27, Jesus, our King, and Sovereign Ruler states,My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” – (NIV-1984)

Jesus is our master mentor and one thing that stands out in His life is His obedience to the Father.

In John 5:30 He states, “I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord-but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.– (Amplified Bible)

SELAH!

God desires us to seek His will regarding our voting decision and to vote for the person He confirms in our spirit as the candidate to vote for.

Remember, as Kingdom Ambassadors, the only position we are to take on an issue or matter is that of our Government or King…it’s tight, but it’s right!

If the Lord leads you to vote for the candidate that you in and of yourself want to vote for, great!

But what if this is not the case? 

What if He leads you to vote for someone who you do not want to support?

  • What if as a diehard PLP you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the FNM candidate?
  • What if as a diehard FNM you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the DNA candidate?
  • Or, what if you are a diehard DNA and you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the PLP?

WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

Remember, as Kingdom Citizens and Ambassadors, our allegiance is to be to the King and not to any party, organization or man.

Saints, many claim to be “the man with the plan” but in reality, only God knows what is best for our nation because He alone knows the past, present and future so the bottom line is it is best to go with His leading; it’s best to go with Him.

Isaiah 30:1-3 states, “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the LORD, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.” – (NIV-1984)

IT’S ELECTION TIME! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW THIS POLITICAL SEASON?

THE VOICE OF MAN?

YOUR VOICE?

OR

THE VOICE OF THE LORD?

I pray that in this 2017 election, Believers/Kingdom Citizens in the Bahamas will be sober and spiritually discerning and have the wisdom to seek the Lord re who to vote for, and once revealed, by God’s grace have the spiritual fortitude to obey and mark his/her “X” wherever the Lord says, trusting in His wisdom, sovereignty and power and not in man’s words.

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.”

(Psalms 46:3 – NIV-1984)

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

(Psalms 118:8 – NIV-1984)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

(Proverbs 3:5, 6 – NIV-1984)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Excerpts from “It’s Election time – Whose Voice will you Follow this Political Season?” Copyright © 2012 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image courtesy of “Ballot Box” by Taoty/FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU – PART 2

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU

PART 2

 

IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE

 

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel like your life is out of balance?

This is the last part of the post that I originally posted in April of 2010 and August 2013 but felt a need to repost again to help Believers who find themselves overwhelmed because of imbalance in their lives.

Be blessed!

Kim

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In each time and season of our lives, we need to seek God’s direction as to where we should be, when we should be there and what we should be doing, and upon receiving this information to, by God’s grace, make it a priority to act on it.

Such spirit-directed life adjustments will enable us to come to our place of right balance.

Jesus prioritized his whereabouts and tasks according to the timing and will of His Father.  He found His place of right balance by listening to and obeying His Father at all times, in all places and in all things; He never tried to be a people pleaser, nor did He prioritize pleasing Himself.  

Like Jesus, our ultimate priority in life should also be to do the will of our heavenly Father as revealed by the Holy Spirit at all times, in all places, and in all things, no matter how “big” or “small” and then we too will experience our right balance.

Please be warned though, that embarking on such a lifestyle is not without a price. As you seek to emulate Christ’s example of obedience, turbulence from others will come. 

It may come in the form of opposition, rejection, criticism, expressed anger, expressed hurt, expressed disappointment, being despised, being accused of insensitivity or of “changing”, being the object of gossip and slander, even death, – whatever the form, you can rest assured that turbulence will come.

It came for Jesus as a result of His lifestyle of obedience to our Father, and if we follow His example, it will come for us too.

Some of the turbulence that Jesus experienced as a result of His obedience to our Father’s will was that He was despised, rejected, the brunt of anger, the object of controversy, viewed as a trouble-maker, the religious order of the day was totally against Him and plotted to kill Him, He was called a wine-bibber, accused of being demon possessed, looked down upon for being with those considered “nobodies”, He was mocked, ridiculed, scorned, spit upon and eventually crucified.

Like it did with Jesus, when you make a decision to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, at some point, turbulence from others will arise.

It will arise because in making this choice, no matter how noble your intentions and righteous your actions in the eyes of the Lord, it is inevitable that some people, whether, family, friends, fellow Believers, associates, co-workers, neighbors, or whomever, will experience or interpret them negatively, and not hesitate to communicate this to you in some way, especially if you are not able to meet or accommodate their expectations, desires, requests, demands or needs.

When this happens, remember that it is all a part of the price of being Spirit-led, it is all a part of the price of being a mature son of God, it is all a part of taking up your cross and following after Christ so do not be discouraged.

Know ahead of time that when you embark on this lifestyle, not everyone will accept your decisions and not everyone will like or understand you, especially those who have no experience in living life in this way, and that it’s okay. 

Like Jesus, we need to have a mind to endure any turbulence from others that may arise and with the help of the Holy Spirit to not be angered, offended, or distracted by it, for when we view experiencing such turbulence from a Kingdom perspective, it truly is a “small” price to pay considering the resulting benefits of our obedience in this life and in eternity. 

As Kingdom Citizens/Believers in Christ, a key to finding the right balance in our lives is being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

It’s a God thing. It’s all about Him. It’s all about His will being done in each time, season and situation of our lives, not our will and not anyone else’s.

Today if you find yourself in a place of imbalance, why not pray and ask the Lord to enlighten you about your state and then make a decision to do whatever He says is necessary to achieve what He defines as the right balance for you.

Remember however, this not a one shot deal. It is a lifestyle and a life-long process and among other things, it will take commitment, effort, determination, “stick ability”, knowing the Word, dying to self, dying to being a “people pleaser”, a whole lot of prayer, a whole lot of help from the Holy Spirit, and maybe some Kleenex (smile!).

This may sound like a lot, but the good news is that based on Jesus’ life, the results of such obedience and balance will be worth it both in this life and the next.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh our souls.]
 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

(Matthew 11:28-29 AMPC)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
(Romans 8:14 KJV)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“Finding The Right Balance – Part 2” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Balance Sphere’s Show Balanced Life” ” by Stuart Miles courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

 

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU 

PART 1

IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

 

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel like your life is out of balance?

I originally posted this in April of 2010 and August 2013 but felt a need to repost it again to help Believers who find themselves overwhelmed because of imbalance in their lives.

Be blessed!

Kim

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Today we live in an extremely demanding age with a myriad of voices constantly calling out after us.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out through family, friends, church, employers, co-workers, social organizations, neighbors, television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, social media, smart phones, electronic devices,  and the list goes on.

They say, “come here”, “go there”, “buy this”, “eat that”, “dress like this”, “you must have that”, “give this”, “read this”, “spend time here”, “never go there”, “join us”, “email me”, “text me”,”message me”, “follow me”, “listen to me”, “like me”, “do this”, “do that”, “do the next…and on and on and on.

We are seemingly bombarded with endless demands, and we can not be all things to all people, so the question is:

How do we find the right balance in all of this?

From a Kingdom perspective, I believe that a key to finding the right balance is:

Being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

Jesus’ life was a perfect demonstration of this. He was always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, our Father, not as determined by His disciples, family, friends, emotions, circumstances, or even crises.

For example, in John chapter 11 when Jesus heard that Lazarus was extremely sick, He did not drop everything and rush off to heal him, but instead, remained where He was for two more days before leaving to deal with the issue.

If you read the account, in verse 2, the scripture makes it a point to let us know that the Lazarus who was sick was the brother of Mary who had anointed Jesus with the precious ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, in verse 3 it makes it clear that Jesus loved Lazarus, and in verse 5, it makes it clear that he also loved Mary and Martha.

Nevertheless, in spite of the circumstance and who it involved, Jesus did not allow the relationships or emotions to move Him out of divine position or timing. He got His instructions from God, our Father, and simply did as directed.

What do you think you would you have done in this circumstance?

Had Jesus succumbed to the emotion and the pressure of the situation, He would have lost His place of right balance, gotten out of the position and timing of God and aborted the purpose of the event which according to verse 4 of John 11 was, “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”.

Have you ever aborted the purpose of a situation because you were not Spirit led?

Jesus’ life was driven by doing His Father’s will.

In fact in John 6:38, He says that He came down from heaven “not to do His own will but the will of the one who sent Him”. His life personified right balance because He always sought to obey God our Father at all times no matter the situation, who it involved or the probable consequences.

If we desire to find the right balance in our lives, we need to approach life as Jesus did and have a Spirit-driven, not people, emotion, or circumstance driven lifestyle.

In this whole process of finding the right balance, there is a fundamentally important point to take note of:

There is no universal state of right balance; finding the right balance is a very personal, God-defined thing.

In other words, what is the right balance for you may not necessarily be the right balance for me and, what is the right balance for me may not necessarily be the right balance for you.

It is important to keep this in mind because it minimizes the temptation to be judgmental about other people’s decisions, and it also reminds us that we are each personally responsible for finding the right balance in our own lives and no one else can do it for us.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh our souls.]
 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

(Matthew 11:28-29 AMPC)

                                                                                                        ………..to be continued

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“Finding The Right Balance – Part 1” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Balance Sphere’s Show Balanced Life” ” by Stuart Miles courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

LOVIN SOME AFRICAN PRAISE

LOVIN SOME AFRICAN PRAISE

Psalm 150 – The Message Bible

Hallelujah!
Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
Hallelujah!

 

JEHOVAH YOU ARE THE MOST HIGH – AFRICARIBBMEDELY – DR. KOFI THOMPSON

 

ONLY YOU JESUS – BY ADA

 

AFRICAN CHILDREN DANCE, “I WILL DANCE”

 

Psalm 150 – The Message Bible

Hallelujah!
Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
Hallelujah!

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Video “JEHOVAH YOU ARE THE MOST HIGH” by Africaribbmedley & Dr. Kofi Thompson courtesy of Kofi Thompson TV – http://www.youtube.com

Video “ONLY YOU JESUS” by Ada courtesy of Ada Ehi – http://www.youtube.com

Video “AFRICAN CHILDREN DANCE – I WILL DANCE” courtesy of Udoezi Cynthia– http://www.youtube.com

 

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN MY LIFE!!

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN MY LIFE!!

Are you wondering what is happening in your life, why you’re going through what you’re going through? 

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for you and as such am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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Don't fight the process - Let God re-make you.

DON’T FIGHT THE PROCESS – LET GOD RE-MAKE YOU

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THE MASTER POTTER

By Elaine Tavolacci

March 4, 2017

The Holy Spirit showed me a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel. The potter began to spin the wheel as he molded and shaped the piece of clay as he formed it. When making pottery on a potter’s wheel, the clay has to first be centered, then water is applied before the potter begins his creation. The potter then shapes the clay into the image that he desires. There are different wheels used to create different vessels. The Lord has designed each one of us in a distinct way with a specific calling. Each person is created for a unique purpose and plan.

The Lord told Jeremiah to go down to the Potters house to give him a prophetic illustration. When he went, he had seen the potter making something at the wheel. The clay vessel that the potter had made was marred in his hands; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Many people don’t understand the process of the potter’s wheel. The potter’s wheel is not to judge us or punish us, but it is to form us into the masterpiece that Jesus has created us to be.

The Lord says; just as the potter designs each clay pot into different shapes and sizes, I have designed and created every individual. Every person has been born with a unique purpose and plan. Each of you have been strategically designed for a particular purpose, and I will work with each of you in a specific way. Do not fear the potter’s wheel and do not refuse it, for this is My workmanship. This is the place where I am molding you and conforming you into My image. This is the place where all impurities and defilement will be destroyed and all bruises and blemishes will be erased. This is the place where the rough edges will be smooth out, broken vessels will be restored and old mindsets will be dismantled. Afflictions, traumas and misfortunes from the past will be removed, and dreams will be birth and brought forth. This is the place where your mind will be renewed and you will learn to walk in integrity and maturity. This place is necessary for your spiritual growth to bring forth the gifts that I have placed on the inside of you.

Do not refuse the work on the potters wheel but allow Me to transform you as I shape your life and destiny. Trust Me when the process seems too difficult. Don’t say that this is an uncomfortable place, but know that it is for your benefit and it is necessary to bring you in to the fulfillment of My plans. Do not resist the work that I am doing on the inside of you, but allow Me to accomplish My perfect will through you. Allow Me to work with you and fashion you into My image. I Am the master potter and as you allow Me, I will design your life so that you will become all that I have created you to be. You will become a glorious vessel of honor, and others will see the brilliance of the transformed life that I am creating in you. I desire to make something beautiful out of your life as you allow Me to work in you and through you says the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Isaiah 29:16
Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

Jeremiah 18:1-4
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:” Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

 

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

 

In 2012, I came across this short video called “In the Potter’s Hands” by Pastor Steve Hill that I believe may shed some light on your perplexity and be a blessing to you.

 

 

Now be blessed by Darlene Zschech and Hillsong as they sing “The Potters Hand”

 

 

It may seem really hard sometimes, but don’t fight the process.

Let God re-make you to fit His purpose and destiny for your life.

By His grace, you can!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “A Word In Season” – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Image “Potter’s Hands” – http://www.awordinseason.info.

“IN THE POTTER’S HANDS” – Pastor Steve Hill – Courtesy of sermonsindex.net – http://www.youtube.com

Video “POTTER’S HAND ” by Hillsong – courtesy of PastorAbbie – http://www.youtube.com

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

 

WELL-DRESSED MEN?

WELL-DRESSED MEN?

 

WELL DRESSED WOMEN?

WELL-DRESSED WOMEN?

 

What Are You Wearing?

As people of God, it’s amazing how we can be so concerned about what we wear physically, yet not be as concerned about our spiritual clothing.

On a daily basis, we look at our natural clothing and decide what we will wear. It is not even unusual for us to find out the dress code of special events then go to great lengths to prepare in advance what we will wear to make sure that we go “looking right”.

But do we do the same with our spiritual clothing?

Are you as concerned about your spiritual wardrobe as you are about your natural wardrobe?

When you plan what you will wear each day, is your plan inclusive of what you will be wearing spiritually, or is it limited to the clothes in your closet?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be concerned about our physical appearance and clothing.

However, as people of God, we need to beware that our concern for our natural clothing does not take precedence over our concern for what we are wearing in the spirit and that is, therefore radiating from our being.

God is far more concerned about how we’re dressed in the spirit than how we’re dressed in the natural.

As a matter of fact, He’s so concerned that He has provided some specially designed spiritual clothing for us and actually instructs us to take off the old clothing that we came into the Kingdom wearing and to put on these new garments that are now available for us.

So, what are some of the old garments that God instructs us to put off? What are some of the things that many of us came into the Kingdom wearing that we need to get rid of?

Colossians 3:8 (KJV) tells us to, “Put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of our mouths”.

Are you still wearing any of these?

Well if you are, it is time to update your spiritual wardrobe.

Think about it.

What good is it if we are all dressed up and accessorized in the natural, perhaps even with fragrant perfume and cologne on too, yet get angry or vexed and fly off into a rage for every little thing, have a nasty attitude, harbor unforgiveness, have bad and depraved ways, are mean, proud, unloving, speak evil about others and even God, and have filthy communication coming out of our mouths?

What good is it for us to be dressed up and “stylin” in the natural, yet “raggedy” in the spirit? – How profitable is that?

The answer is – not profitable at all!

As a matter of fact, if at any time this profile depicts you or me in any way, even though we may think that we look good and are well-dressed because our bodies are adorned in the latest styles and fashion, as far as God is concerned we simply look like ragamuffins – SELAH!

So then, what are some of the new garments that God has designed and made available for us to wear?

Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV) tells us: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

In God’s eyes, when we put on mercy, compassion, kindness, humbleness, meekness, longsuffering, forgiveness and love, then we are well-dressed.

In His eyes, when we step out in these spiritual garments, no matter how plain, out of style, simple, old or tattered our natural garments may be, we are “well-dressed”, “elegant”, “dapper”, “looking sharp”…we are “saying something”.

So, Kingdom Ambassador, What are you wearing? 

Are you still in those old-fashioned, outdated clothes from the other kingdom, or are you adorned in new garments made especially for you by our King?

Remember, what we wear spiritually overshadows what we wear physically.

Even if clothed well physically, if we’re not clothed well spiritually, we are not truly well-dressed. 

When dressing each day, let’s reach into the King’s closet first and put on the garments that He has provided for us, then move on and select our natural clothing.

If we do this, we will unquestionably be well-dressed.

What are you wearing?

Shalom!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Silhouette Fashion Girls ” by Sattva courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image “Silhouette Fashion Men ” by Sattva courtesy of http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

SATURDAY SONGS TO SOOTHE YOUR SOUL

SATURDAY SONGS TO SOOTHE YOUR SOUL

His Grace

 

For those of you who need some encouragement and strength this morning, here are a few songs for you.

 

“MADE A WAY” – SUNG BY TRAVIS GREENE

 

“WAYMAKER” – SUNG BY SINACH

 

“OUR GOD” – SUNG BY CHRIS TOMLIN

 

“HE’S ABLE” – SUNG BY DEITRICK HADDON & DARWIN HOBBS

 

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

(Ephesians 3:20-21 – NKJV)

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

(Romans 8:28 – NKJV)

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

(Romans 15:13 – NKJV)

 

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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POSTER “TRUST HIM” Copyright © 2016 by Kim Sweeting, All rights reserved.

Video “MADE A WAY” by Travis Greene courtesy of The Comfort Zone Entertainment – http://www.youtube.com

Video “WAYMAKER” by Sinach courtesy of Lyrics It – http://www.youtube.com

Video “OUR GOD” by Chris Tomlin courtesy of crossingctr – http://www.youtube.com

Video “HE’S ABLE” by Deitrick Haddon & Darwin Hobbs courtesy of BELIEVEinternational’s channel – http://www.youtube.com

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 12

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 12

 

"SELAH - PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT"

“SELAH – PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT”

 

From time-to-time, I like to post quotes that I view as noteworthy.

The following was sent to me via  Whatsapp this morning by Gino Maycock, my brother in Christ and the CEO/Owner of Colonial Realty Bahamas, and I’m sharing it with his permission.

“The Lord our God has shown me in a dream that worship has just moved to an all new level. If you want to worship the Lord it will now mean you have to stand for the Kingdom of heaven against the darkness of satan and risk life now. Risk job, fame, name, wealth, the possibility of losing all the non-heavenly that we have become so accustomed to along with life. Saints prepare yourselves for a new stand and a different type of worship. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus our Christ and King.” ~ Gino Maycock

SELAH!

When I received that message, it really resonated with me because the same thing has been in my spirit re the cost of living for Christ and of true worship in these last days.

The line between the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness is becoming increasingly distinct.  

As this happens, God is concurrently requiring His people to take more and more of a clear stand for Him and His Kingdom.

This stand, this bowing down of our lives to Him and His Kingdom purposes at the cost or potential cost of all else will be counted by Him as true worship for it will show His true worth-ship to us.

Selah!

What price are you prepared to pay?

What are you prepared to lose or risk losing?

Where, and in what is the true treasure of your heart?

May our hearts be willing and His grace empower us to take a stand and worship Him as He desires and indeed requires.

 

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

(John 4:23-24 – NIV)

 

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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THREE SONGS THAT WILL BLESS YOUR SOUL

THREE SONGS THAT WILL BLESS YOUR SOUL

The first time I heard Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart’s songs was as a child in my father’s car; my father loved to listen to his album, “Some Golden Daybreak”.

I enjoyed hearing Evangelist Swaggart’s songs back then, but now, having lived and walked through and seen many other Believer’s live and walk through life’s vicissitudes, I can really appreciate and identify with the lyrics of many of them, and am truly blessed by the power and anointing upon them.

Yesterday I was listening to  a few of his songs on YouTube and decided to share three of them from his ministry.

I believe these songs will encourage you if you need reassurance that God is mindful of you and your situation, reassurance that He cares for you, and reassurance that no matter what you’ve done or are going through, His grace is sufficient for you so you can continue trusting Him through it all.

Be blessed.

“HE KNOWS MY NAME” – SUNG BY JIMMY SWAGGART MINISTRIES SINGERS

“NO ONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS” – SUNG BY EVANGELIST JIMMY SWAGGART

“THROUGH IT ALL” – SUNG BY EVANGELIST JIMMY SWAGGART

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Video “HE KNOWS MY NAME” – sung by Jimmy Swaggart Singers, courtesy of saintelmo – http://www.youtube.com

Video “NO ONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS” – sung by Jimmy Swaggart, courtesy of theAvaito – http://www.youtube.com

Video “THROUGH IT ALL” – sung by Jimmy Swaggart, courtesy of whatyouleavebehind – http://www.youtube.com

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 11

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 11

"SELAH - PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT"

“SELAH – PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT”

 

From time-to-time, I like to post quotes that I view as noteworthy.

The following quote was written and posted on my church’s Whatsapp Group this morning, by Nardo Dean, who is the author of, “The Trilogy of Fitness: Bodyonix Bahamas”, and I’m sharing it with his permission.

“By being your true self, you take on the form of a unique shape that is a piece of the universal puzzle by Gods design. By trying to be who you’re not for whatever reason, your once unique puzzle piece shape becomes warped, therefore the other pieces that depended on you to be you so they can fit onto you…can’t fit. So in spite of it all, don’t be afraid to be yourself…we all need you to be you…. be encouraged.” ~ Nardo Dean

SELAH!

This year, let’s be our true, authentic selves.

Let’s be the unique individuals who God created us to be so that we fit seamlessly where and with whom we need to fit in God’s universal puzzle for His purposes and glory.

I dare you……

Kim

 

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