Sunday, 2 October 2022

Book Club with The Saint | Cleopatra's Riches | Conclusion.


Welcome to our Book Club. So glad you made it.

We close on our Fourth Featured Book, "Cleopatra's Riches" by Martha Adams. Been a journey. Grateful for the journey and the many blessings we have received. I have been personally blessed. It is a book worth recommending. Hoping your feelings are mutually similar.

Let's read.

The Saint.

Just Say No.


"Don't agree to do things you truly do not want to do just because your spouse wants you to. Bit by bit, resentment can build when you continually compromise your own joy. Instead, seek opportunities that you can both enjoy together and be comfortable enjoying activities alone when your partner doesn't feel the same way about them. It's absolutely okay to compromise occasionally but doing it as a rule can erode the relationship." — Rob and Sarah Briggs, married 20 years, Murrieta, CA.

"NO" might be the most difficult two lettered word to say, but it will save your marriage and relationship much more that YES will. NO is the declaration and enforcement of boundaries. Every true love, relationship and marriage has boundaries. If there are no boundaries, I dear say the love, relationship and marriage ain't true, nor sustainable, and is simply marking time for failure.

True love has boundaries, for it is a gift of all that a person is and all a person isn't. It is naked and not ashamed. It is authentic, pure, and real. To give you all that I am is to give you all that I am not. For to be all that I am I have to not be all that I am not. My best is revealed and given in being allowed to be authentically me, and not be force fitted into a cloak that is not mine.

Like we get to say, without tiring, there are ALWAYS three persons in EVERY relationship. These are YOU, ME and WE. All three are equally important and most be given free rein for the relationship to prosper, be healthy, life giving, and sustainable. For the more I can be ME is the more I can give myself to  WE. The same applies to YOU. The more you can be YOU is the more you can give yourself to WE.

No one knows how to take care of YOU like YOU. No one knows how to take care of ME like ME. When YOU and ME are adequately served they can willing contribute to serve and nourish WE. No one can take care of WE like we. WE is work, and it requires a healthy YOU and ME to pull together for its sustenance and nourishing.

Hoping this helps.

The Saint.

Friday, 30 September 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 12 W 4 D 5.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came.

You do know there is a technology to making wealth and being happy. Right? I know we do jokingly say there is none, but there is. There is a road that leads to wealth and all the desirable and good things of life. If not, them everyone will have them.

Not every one gets to have the good things of life, only because they rewards, outcomes. The foolish are ignorant of this. So they eagerly join the rat race chasing after that which has eluded the ones they follow. Yet they suppose their own chances better, or themselves different. O what a deftness in stupidity. 

The good and desirable things of life are outcomes and rewards. They are not gotten by seeking after them. They are gotten by seeking the things which produces them. Money is not gotten by seeking after money. Money is gotten by seeking after the things which produce money.

Proverbs 23:5 (NKJV) tells us, "Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven." That is what happen when you seek money, wealth, happiness, joy, fame, etc. directly.

Money and fame are shy. They need to be cuddled, and foreplayed with. They need to test you, if you can handle them, before they can fall into your hands. That is assuming you pass the test. That is why Jesus tells us to seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness. [Matthew 6:33]

It is the kingdom and righteousness that produces wealth, happiness, fame, and their counterparts. Not the reverse. You are not going to be happy by chasing happiness. Happiness comes by doing the things which produces happiness.

Daniel understood this. So, we see in Daniel 5:17, he was not hungry for the king's reward. Being third in line tot he king is obviously desirable. Many will kill for it. Daniel understood only that which God gives, or is obtain via His ordained order, will last. They are the true riches. 

Let us pray.

The Saint.

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 12 W 4 D 4.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you made it.

This morning I was reminiscing my bouts with depression, how I got in, languished in it and came out. Just as a side note, I have a coming interview with a group on just that. Watch out for it. I think it will help a lot of people languishing in depression.

I started a group to help those in depression and anxiety two years ago. My plan was to go a lot deeper, using my dual knowledge of the scriptures and neuroscience-science. Unfortunately, the people were not as open as I needed them to be.

It takes two to tango. The best a minister can give is what you demand of the minister. That is what Jesus taught us and I have seen it so very true in my life and walk. The best of me has come out when I have an engaged audience.

Ministering to a passive audience places no demand on the anointing. The anointing ain't no cheap stuff. God does not give His treasures to those who might trample it under foot. Jesus went to his home town, but He could not do much. The Almighty God could not do much. Why?

God is not our problem. We are our own bottle neck. God will exceed all we can ever believe for. So, He ain't our bottle neck. We are the ones we need to work on. When we work on our belief, God will always meet us. He is faithful. He CANNOT deny Himself.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 12 W 4 D 3.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you could make it.

We continue our dig in The Book of Daniel, Chapter 5. Do you recognize the reward for Daniel's working successfully on his defined path was becoming the third in command in the kingdom. Wow! Can you beat that. 

In Daniel Chapter One, he and his friends were promoted. In  Chapter Two, he was differentiated out from his friends. Even though they were all promoted, his was higher than that of his friends. Now in Chapter Five, he is further promoted to the highest position a foreigner can attain.

Wow! What that portends to us? If we stay on our ordained path and are diligent about the affairs of our lives, there is no limit to our promotion. God is judge. He is a rewarder. He is the promoter. He is not limited by environment or place.

Ours is to do our part and leave the rest to God. Daniel and  his friends at no time sought the promotions they got. They were just about being faithful. The one who promotes and rewards saw their act and judged them worth of a raise.

When God judges you what will He find?

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 12 W 4 D 2.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came.

We continue with our meditation in The Book of Daniel.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Topic: The Favored One - Part Eighteen.


Text:
 ​“So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”” ― Daniel 1:11-13, NKJV. 

TFO Keynote #50: Faith is a differentiator between those who fear God and those who don't. (Numbers 14:24; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Genesis 4:6-7, NKJV; Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV).

"Faith is a differentiator in success." — Kelly Chillarege.

"When others have faith in us we climb higher than we ever knew we could. When we have faith in ourselves, we can fly." — Kelly Chillarege.

"The difference between faith and fear is our FOCUS. What we focus on becomes magnified, especially when we face tough circumstances." — Billy Graham Centre.

"Faith is a reasoned assent of the will as monk scholars defined it. It is an act of trust based upon reason. Almost everything we believe and hold true is ultimately built upon faith, such as faith in reason itself, that the universe is intelligible, that life is meaningful, etc. Faith is the basis of virtually everything." — Tom More.

"Faith and fear work in the spirit realm, and they both work to produce results in one’s life, but these forces are opposite. Faith is constructive; fear is destructive. Faith is grounded in Truth; fear is grounded in lies. Faith is based on the promises of God. Fear is based on the deceptive lies of Satan. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God; fear comes by hearing the lies of Satan." — Jim Vaught.


TFO Keynote #51: Faith is the way to understand God. If we don't trust Him we cannot know Him. Until we submit to Him, God will not reveal Himself to us. (Hebrews 11:3; John 3:3)

"Faith is about trusting God even when you do not understand His plan."— Joel Osteen.

"Having faith is having trust. You have to trust with your entire being that God has your back that he will help you and take care of you. He knows what is best, but to truly embrace what he has planned for you, you have to fully trust. Our trust is not foolish, for our God is both faithful and good."— Kennedy Lane.


TFO Keynote #52: Faith is that thing that drives you towards exalting God in your heart as holy. It has to do with our relationship with God. Faith is a differentiator. You need faith to live right. (Hebrews 11:4; Galatians 6:7; Matthew 22:14)

Faith is the eye with which we see the invisible. It is the hand with which we touch that which we cannot touch with human hands. It is what we use to bring into being the things that have been provided for us in the invisible realm.

“Faith and doubt go hand in hand. They are complementaries. One who never doubts will never truly believe.” — Hermana Hesse.

The absence of doubt is not a prerequisite for faith in God. But a disregard for doubt accompanies our decision to trust him.

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” — Thomas Aquinas.

“Faith isn't the absence of doubt. It's belief without proof, not without question.” — Rosemary Clement-Moore.

“There can be no faith without doubt. No strength without temptation. (Rafael)” — Sherilyn Kenyon.

“Faith is not the absence of doubt; it is continuing to follow Jesus in the midst of doubt.” — J.D. Greear.

“Life is doubt, and faith, without doubt, is nothing but death.” — Miguel de Unamuno.

“Faith is not the absence of doubt; it's the means to overcome it.” — Steven Furtick.

Faith is the end of limitations and the beginning of limitless possibilities. 

“Faith which does not doubt is dead faith.” — Miguel de Unamuno.

“Faith, without doubt, is addiction.” — Salman Rushdie.

Faith is a choice, not a feeling.


The Saint.

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