The Promise from the Father
When humans disobeyed God in Genesis, a part of them died. They had lost the most important part of their being, spirit. They were now people of body and soul. All communications with God were now lost. They were now without God and without hope. They were now naked, no longer clothed with spirit; their sins was visible before God.
God knew that His ability to communicate with humans had been shattered. So, He devised a plan that would once again redeem man, and once again allow Him to have a relationship with humans. God had a perfect plan; this plan would once and for all (Hebrews 10:10) bridge the gap that separated Him from man. God would put His Holy Spirit in man, never to be taken away again (I Peter 1:23). God knew that it would take a perfect sacrifice (His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ) to accomplish this perfect plan of redemption.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with [clothed with] power [pneumahagion, holy spirit] from on high.
We are now once again men and women of body, soul and most importantly, spirit. Our sins are no longer visible before God; we are no longer naked, we have been permanently clothed with spirit. We have once again been made whole, we are (once again) complete; we are now REAL Men and Women of God because we have been ENDUED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH.
Trust in the Lord
I had applied for a position with the Hennepin County Sheriff's department and was given the position contingent upon my background check. I had to meet with Sargent Taylor to do an oral interview background check. She asked me if I had ever been arrested and I told her yes three times. She asked me to explain them, and I explained each one, and there was one in particular that I was embarrassed about, however, I told her what happened and she asked me why I did it. I answered her stating, "honesty I was not in my right mind." I asked her if that arrest would prevent me from getting the job, and she said she didn't know; she asked me if I wanted to continue with the interview and at that point, I was really scared. I felt that I would be denied; however, I said YES! We finished the interview, and she gave me a background packet that was 40 pages. Mind you this was their normal process. I finished the interview and left. Once I closed the door I started (SIT) and claiming the job, despite my arrest record. I went home and started filling out the 40 pages; however, I couldn't quite remember the charge for the arrest that I was embarrassed about. God had put Charlanie Smith on my mind; a high school classmate that works for the Des Moines Polk County police department and I reached out to her via Facebook, and I asked her the process of getting a copy of my arrest record, and she told me. She said the process could take about a week or two and I told her that I didn't have that kind of time. I explained that I needed the information within five days, and she said that she would get that information for me but I had to give her my personal information (ss#, dob, addr.) I texted her that information (mind you that I hadn't spoken to her in over 30 years). I called her three days later, and she told me that my arrest record was CLEAN. I STARTED SHOUTING AND PRAISING GOD IMMEDIATELY! I received it in the mail two days later, and I called Sargent Taylor and told her that there was nothing on my arrest record. I asked her what I should do since I had told her I had been arrested three times. She said it was better to share that information than not. Yesterday (12/28/16) I got an email stating "I am very pleased to inform you that you have been selected to begin employment with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office on 1/9/2017!" To God be the Glory! Because of my faith in God, I knew I was going to get this job regardless of my arrest record. He wiped my record clean! Glory hallelujah! Proverbs 3: 5-6. ~ Cynthia Baring
In Spite of Me
I came to you in prayer today,
clothed, but not with humility.
I came to you in prayer today,
only concerned with me, I must say.
I came seeking
thinking only of me,
my needs were my sole priority.
My selfishness had imprisoned me.
But selflessly you loved me.
Severing what was against me,
You brought to close the old
and remade me new and free.
Triumphantly you resurrected
who I was created to be.
A gentle lifeline took hold,
tenderizing what was inside.
it snatched me from my demise.
removing all that was contrived.
Revealing what I did not see
And acquainting me with
all that you placed in me.
Inspired by Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us (me) from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 34:8-9 (KJV)
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
And now I see
There is that old saying that goes you don’t miss a good thing until it’s gone. As creatures, we take a lot of things for granted. We expect to wake up and have full abilities to be able to hearor to be able to see. At the ending of 2015 my health took a turn for the worse, and literally did a nose dive that almost cost me my life. All of a sudden, a plethora of ailments started to attack my body (in hindsight I think we all know who to blame that on). At the beginning of 2016, I began to lose sight in my right eye. Each day it got progressively worse to the point where I needed to consult a professional. The doctors told me that I would surely lose my sight if I didn’t do something soon. By this time, my left eye was being damaged because it had become my dominant eye, and thus started to become in strained try to compensate for the right eye. I decided to get surgery, from what the doctors were saying, it was due to my diabetes. The blood vessels in the back of my eyes were bleeding and the best option to fix it would be laser surgery. Nope, that didn’t work and by this time I had lost complete sight in the right eye. Now the doctors are saying you must go under the knife. This had to be one of the scariest moments of my life to be told that they needed to operate on my eyes. Underwent surgery and months have passed by and still no vision. So, guess what, the doctors wanted to go in again and do more surgery. It was then that I realized what was happening to me. The enemy was attacking me with his full arsenal, and I knew I needed to fight back. I opened my medicine cabinet (the Bible) and started taking a mass dosage of medicine (the Word) and take my chances with HIM instead. It’s not a shocker when I tell you that it worked, praise God!!! My sight was regained. This little episode was just to confirm that we all need to put God first!
~ Chshomba Byrd 12/2016
Luke 7:21-22 KJV
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
Grab hold of life and never let go.
What makes me an expert on this subject? I’m not, but what I am is a woman that the Spirit of God resides in, and so are you. And, if allowed, it is this spirit that becomes the expert and helps us to soar in this life. I am totally convinced there is a heaven waiting for me, but I am equally convinced that I can bring heaven to THIS LIFE. Enjoy the ride, for His Kingdom, has come.
Psalm 103:4-5 (KJV)
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.