WHY LOVE?

Love is a powerful force! Every believer has the opportunity to experience true love, real love – and it is found through Jesus Christ! Sadly, many believers can go a lifetime without tapping into this kind of love. A relationship, to some people, is accepting Him as Lord and savior and… that’s it. God doesn’t love…. He is Love! (1 John 4:7). He loves you today. Receive that love!                                             

Can you imagine, if I confessed my love for Jonathan, but he never pursued me or desired to have a relationship with me? Love isn’t just lip service, love pushes you to act. If you love, you give. You give your time, your energy, your gifts, your words, you just GIVE.

Love is the reason we live. It wakes us up in the morning. Love gives us PURPOSE in life.

The Message bible translation, 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 says: “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but do not love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, ‘JUMP ‘ and it jumps, but I do not love – I am nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I do not love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I am bankrupt without love.” 

Let that sink in.

Without love; we are bankrupt, we lose , we are nothing. Love is the glue for everything we do! So…how do you know you have accepted God’s love? There’s an absence of fear (1 John 4:18).

I encourage you this month, the month of LOVE, to get in the Word. God is Love and His Word is God (John 1:1). When you get lost in His Word, you’ll begin to receive the love He has for you. See yourself through the eyes of God (His Word) and accept who He has created you to be. 

Reciprocate His love. Give Him your time, your energy, your gifts, your words.

Get intoxicated with His love and allow it (Him) to change you! 

-AS

 

WHY DO WE FAST?

Happy New Year! 

As we begin a brand new year, it’s imperative to make: first things first! 

Taking time out to pray and fast is making first things first. Most people have a tendency to start the new year with a focus on health, fitness or breaking bad habits –  but I challenge you to fix your eyes on Jesus! 

Year in and year out, with the best intentions, we set goals that are, sadly, broken by January 8th. Putting the Lord as the number one priority of the new year, sets you up for uncommon success. 

So, how do you fast? Webster’s dictionary says: “Fasting is to abstain from food”. There are a lot of folks out there that want to “fast” social media or television. If that was considered true fasting, everyone who ever lived before the 1930’s had fasted their whole lives! Push away the plate, y’all! The Holy Spirit may lead you to take a break from social media or television but the true meaning of fasting is to not eat food. We do it do pacify our flesh! There’s no greater stronghold than food! Ask Adam & Eve. 

When you abstain from eating, you make your SPIRIT take the lead. All of a sudden, the voice of the Lord becomes clearer. The loss of direction is replaced with laser point accuracy. What seemed impossible changes to already done! 

I want you to challenge yourself this year. Involve your children! When you pray, have them pray. If they’re old enough, have them engage in missing a meal for the day. During this time, set your goals for the year, journal your progress, and watch how the Lord transforms your life! 

Study the Word of God when you’d normally have a meal. Remember, fasting is just a health benefit if you don’t involve prayer! So take time to pray and hear the Word of the Lord everyday.

By putting prayer and fasting into intentional practice, your life will never be the same! This is your year. This is a year of divine favor for you and your family. What you’ve struggled with for years, can no longer follow you another day – in Jesus name!

We’ve already begun our 21 days of prayers and fasting. Will you join us? We have meetings at 12pm and 7pm Monday-Friday. Follow along as we pray and declare that this year will be our BEST Year! 

-AS

WHY DO WE BELIEVE?

Instructing our children to believe the Word of God is integral! It’s something that has to take place everyday. In order to train them up, we must actively saturate them with the Word. This is especially important if your child is in an atmosphere void of God’s Spirit. It’s easy for a worldly spirit to come on you and your children, all you have to do is—nothing!

If you have a 25 minute car trip to school, play an episode of Superbook! (http://us-en.superbook.cbn.com/videos) It’s available on Prime and you can download the app to watch the episodes from your phone or iPad. Your child may have a different learning approach but my daughter loves the visual aid and retains an incredible amount of knowledge from these shows. If your kid is always on the iPad, make it work for their own spiritual development! 

Why am I telling you all this? Because the most important thing we can do as parents is to develop our children’s thought process. See, their thought process is either going to make them or break them! I was watching this interview about a child preacher in the south. The person interviewing this child and his father would ask the kid some questions about the Bible and the kid would respond with well polished, churchy answers. Then the interviewer asked, “Well, why do believe that?” Then, crickets. The kid looked at his dad dumbfounded not knowing how to answer the question. 

We can give our children the Word and force them quote and believe what we believe but WHY DO WE BELIEVE IT? Do you know?  Do they know? Have you taken the time to share what God has done in your life? Have you taken the time to tell them why you and the family serve Him? If we can teach our children what to do AND WHY we do it, the thought process begins! 

When children can develop the thought process as to what’s wrong, what’s right and WHY, you’ll raise them to never be persuaded out of what they believe! So teach them! “Mommy had a sad heart but Jesus made it happy!” “Daddy, was lost and confused but God showed him the way out!” 

MAKE IT PERSONAL! 

BE SPECIFIC! 

Shine a positive light on why they should live in God’s Word! When you do this, you take the Word and what they’ve been instructed to believe from the ethereal into the personal. You make it real to them! As a child, it’s difficult to understand things you don’t see, but they see YOU. You and your walk with the Lord will be enough to keep them from the heartache and trouble this world has to offer. 

This Christmas, teach them about the birth of Jesus. Take them through the whole story and the supernatural things that happened. Then, tell them about the time you met Him. Let them know how crappy your life was without Him. Express your love and gratitude for our Savior and how merciful God the father was to afford us this privilege! Then, pray, have them pray and thank God for Jesus together! 

You are great!

-AS

Watch The Patterns

Christians are really good at over-spiritualizing themselves out of action. There’s too many people asking God to do something He’s commanded them to do! You have a lot more pull than you think. God has given you those children. You know them better than anyone. That knowledge (the world would call a gut instinct) is a spiritual read God has given you.

So what happens when you begin to see what most people overlook? It may be a subtle way of opting out of being social or a slight burst of anger, whatever it may be–DON’T IGNORE IT. Watch the patterns your children exude. If they run up to their bedroom every night, avoiding you or the family, address the situation. If they’re slight bursts of anger become regular, address the situation. Don’t run away from a problem because you don’t want a confrontation.

Some problems can be rectified in a few minutes of conversation. Other problems may need the assistance of an outside source but make no mistake about, it is necessary. Communicating with your child is vital to their well being and overall strength. Take the time to look into their eyes and talk. Let them know how much you love them. Talk about their future. Motivate them to move in the things of the Lord.

Deut. 6:6-9 says “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” See the devil is a one trick pony. His game is deception. If he can get your children to fall into that trap, he secures the victory over their life. That’s why we have to “impress” God’s Word on them. To impress simply means to influence in opinion or to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feeling. See that? What you may have been asking God to do is actually something He’s instructed YOU to do.

The only way to combat these ill intentions is to snuff out the lie with God’s truth. That’s why He’s also commanded us to talk about them every chance we get! God’s Word is the truth that will reset every attitude and behavior. That’s why it’s so important! Allow for the Word to root itself in your child’s heart and watch the turn around.

For Such A Time As This

I just turned 35, I’m not old (regardless of what my daughter says) but even in my life span I’ve seen this world grow terribly dark. I can see the evil and wickedness. What was once something people would hide behind closed doors is now something people publish with pride. These things happening around us will either cause you to lock yourself up in your home to wait for the return of Jesus, or they could fuel you to understand God’s urgency.

The Bible says in Romans 5:20 “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” See, God has placed His finger on one generation before His Son would return, and that generation is US. Search it out for yourself! Every prophecy that needs to be fulfilled has already been fulfilled. Scripturally, there’s nothing holding back the return of Christ but 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

Webster’s Dictionary defines generation as “The people of the same period, or living at the same time.” A generation isn’t people ranging from 35-80, it’s EVERYONE–from the tiniest baby to the oldest man. When you think about that, it should excite you! You were chosen for such a time as this! Your children were chosen for such a time as this. He could have reserved anyone but he CHOSE you, He CHOSE them! He always saves the best for last and that’s why you and your family are on the scene.

We have the power to change this dark world and fill it with light! We are the people chosen to usher in the greatest move of God this world has ever seen. Don’t be afraid to tell people about Jesus. Don’t be afraid for your children and how they’ll make it out in that world. God has chosen them. No harm will come against them. No evil will come near their dwelling.
Joel 2:28-29 talks about you and your children! Did you know that? It says,

Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on servants—men and women alike.

Panic, anxiety and stress will come on you if you quit listening to God’s Word and focus in on the news and what’s happening around you. Embrace your call! Encourage your children with this. We must be stronger than ever in our faith! There’s a world full of people that are crying and dying. We must understand the responsibility God has given those He has chosen. You, me, our children. We must step up to the call and do our part.

Like Esther, she had to push through the fear and doubt and simply rise up to the occasion. She realized she had been chosen but if she never did anything, she and her people would have all died! That’s the urgency and severity of our calling today. He’s reserved us for right now, let us also, rise up to the occasion! This generation will be saved. Our children will be right in the middle of the greatest awakening this world has ever seen.

In Jesus name!,
Adalis

Fear & Anxiety In A Child

When we were kids depression and anxiety was something that happened to the older generation. Through the means of social media, tv and music, the devil has permeated his gospel of fear to our generation and even (and most unfortunately) our children. Children as early as 5 years old are being placed on anti-depression medication and suicide watch. In fact, entire wings of hospitals are now dedicated to pediatric psychological evaluation. This is not something that’s rare, it’s running rampant and it’s destroying our children.

As parents, we must do what is necessary to safeguard our homes and lives from these attacks. If your child is fearful and full of anxiety, God can and is very much willing to intervene on their behalf. We must understand that the devil is mercy-less. He doesn’t care what age it takes to destroy a life, he has a vendetta against God and is willing for everyone to perish with him. YOU, yes YOU as a parent or guardian have an incredible role to play in your child’s life. You are the reflection of God to your child! How you deal with things, how you walk with the Lord, your attitude towards life and other people are all pointers that direct your child in the way they go.

Fear and anxiety is spiritual. We must never forget that every problem in life is first rooted in the spirit. Matthew 15:11 says “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth”. There’s a common misconception that a person’s outward problem is the problem but it’s not! The real issue at hand is that person’s heart. Matthew 12:35 tells us, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.” The outbursts of anger and violence is merely the fruit of what’s on the inside.

Likewise, depression, fear and anxiety are all things that are produced from what’s within. That’s why it’s so important to feed your children SPIRITUAL FOOD. It’s the whole reason for The Mighty Series! In order for the outside to reflect good fruit, you must sow the seed of God’s Word in you and your child’s heart.

So what can you do?
The easy thing to do is get afraid. Resist that. Get it in your Word and seek God’s face for your child. Pray and pray in the spirit until you get the peace needed to address the situation. You’ve got this! It’s why you’re here! Then, begin a daily meeting where you STUDY the Word of God and pray for one another. Think this is too much? ITS NOT. It’s interesting how regimented people can be when a doctor prescribes a medication or time to meet (people even demand time off from work!) but when it comes to the things of The Spirit, anything goes! You MUST make this a priority. The more time spend in the Word the faster the resolve will come.

What scripture can I read?

Welcome To The Mighty Series Blog

We’ve created this blog as a resource for parents. Here you’ll find entries that will be sure to encourage, enable and assist you through the journey of parenting. We’ll have an array of guests that will write for this blog in order to get a full spectrum of life’s matters. There are too many issues families are facing that the church of Jesus Christ is not talking about. Here, there will be no stone unturned! We’ll be talking about fear, depression, suicidal thoughts, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and more! We must begin to understand what the Bible has to say about these topics instead of running to Web MD or some other secular resource to help us bring resolve. Bookmark this page and check back often. If you have a topic you would like for us to write about, please send your feedback to info@themightyseries.com. This generation doesn’t have to face the same challenges this world affords. We can rise up as Bible believing Christians and raise our children to be the men and women God has created them to be. But make no mistake about it, it starts in the home! It starts with you! Forget about what’s happened before today and make today the day you turn it all around for you and your family’s good! With love and loads of excitement, Adalis