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The Divine Carpenter

One thought I’ve had recently was how hard it had to have been for Jesus to be a carpenter. Not because of the workload, although we all know that can be hard. But I think it might have been difficult because of the daily reminders He received.

How would you like for your profession to remind you of the brutal sacrifice you had to make?

This, for me, is just another example of Christ’s love for me. Every day, his job required him to take a hammer to a nail, nailing boards of wood together.

Do we for one second think that He never had the thought of the nails that would pierce His own perfect hands one day? Do we not think that for once, with the impact of His swing, He didn’t think of the impact of someone else’s as they nailed Him to a cross?

I wonder if He ever accidentally hit his finger or thumb. Or if that splinter of wood in his hand was all too irritating until He thought about what was to come.

Christ the Savior knew what He had to do. But Jesus the man lived with the reminders of what was to come.

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When God Speaks

Do we understand how powerful God is? I know that our human minds can’t comprehend it, but do we really understand how power God is as far as our human brain can conceive?

God is all powerful. God has power in His speech. God doesn’t have to touch a situation for it to be different. God can speak change and it has to happen. He spoke the universe into existence.

The entire universe He spoke into being!

There’s no in-depth explanation I can give. There is no other take away I want to add to this piece. I just simply want to think, no dwell, on the fact that God’s words cause change. No man can do what He has done.

What a Mighty God we serve!

“Thank You God that no matter what the situation is, all You have to do is speak and it changes. Your words make a difference in how the entire universe functions. That’s just how powerful You are. And thank You for letting me serve You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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Lust

Matthew 5:28-29 (NLT) 

But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 

The mind is where it starts. How do people end up in adultery? They think about lust. Our mind is powerful, therefore, our thoughts are powerful. “As a Man Thinketh,” wasn’t written just for the heck of it. It was written because of how true the power of our thoughts is.

Look it up. Many have said thoughts become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character and so forth.

Thus, entertaining the thought of lust is the beginning of adultery. The Bible says if your eye causes you to lust, gouge it out AND throw it away. Be completely done with it. Why? Because sometimes all it takes is a thought…

God knows that. He knows where it begins and how it ends. Steer clear of adultery by steering clear of lust. And the best way to not lust, is to never start thinking about it. Don’t let your thoughts send you where you don’t want to go, doing something you didn’t want to do, feeling bad about something that didn’t have to be.

Colossians 3:2 (AMP) 

Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. 

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

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The Key

He gave me

Something no one ever had

The key…

Now what do I do?

It’s officially official

When he gives that to you.

I knew we were serious

But the reality of it

Now makes me kind of delirious

Only one guy

That, I can’t say I’ve ever had

Never have I had just one apple of my eye…

Yet here I am

With his key

In my hand…

So now if this thing ends

It won’t be because he didn’t try his best to blend

It will likely be on my end.

See, his line in the sand

Was drawn behind mine on purpose

Because wherever I was, he wanted to be, hand in hand.

So if it doesn’t work

It won’t be because he didn’t try

He just tried with a jerk.

So what I’m going to do

Is stick to this relationship like glue

I will not be like I used to…

This key is not just for some door

Giving me a door would be way to easy

So he took the hard road and gave me much more.

This is his invitation to home

And I’m not just talking about a building of his own.

He has welcomed me into his dome.

The castle of his mind.

The palace of his heart.

These are the places he wants us intertwined.

So with my all, I accept this key.

I even accept all that is new to me.

For it is with this key

That he has just unlocked all of me.

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Emancipate Me

Do you ever just feel trapped?

Do you feel like you are stuck in some alternate universe at times? Sometimes, you literally feel enslaved in your own life… You feel like a slave to your job, your family, and even yourself. There are those moments one awakens to and it’s just like, “Man! I want to be free, free from my thoughts, free from my fears, free from me. Just emancipate me!”

What people don’t really discuss about freedom and slavery is that the brokenness comes from mental enslavement. That even though there is no independence when physically captive, the true breakdown doesn’t occur until the mind is enslaved. Once there is a mental acceptance of the loss of freedom there begins the initial moment of accepting being a slave.

That’s why so many of us feel enslaved when we aren’t, but our minds are. Our minds tell us to fear. They tell us to think thoughts that are enslaving. They tell us to run from the challenges that life has for us for fear of defeat.

So,we instead believe we are defeated without even entering the arena. And like a true Roman gladiator, when we finally step in, we step into our freedom or captivity.

That’s why we have to be emancipated.

Emancipation of the mind is necessary to feel free.

I am not a slave, I have never been one. But I have felt captive, because my mind has been captive. My mind isn’t always freed. At times I forget that my Emancipation Proclamation has been written and signed. The only thing it is waiting on is for my mind to understand it. To accept it. To understand the beauty that it is to no longer adapt to a slave mentality. To no longer be a slave to my fears, or the thought of my fears.

Freedom in fact, is being free from captivity in all its forms.

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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