You cant put a price tag on everything

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Proverbs 3 13-26

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.

19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.

21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.

I was looking up Bible verses that speak on being focused and Google sent me to this chapter, Proverbs Chapter 3 so I started reading. As I was reading, verses 13-15 really stood out to me and made me start thinking about the 1.4 billion dollar Powerball lottery ticket that everyone has been going crazy about.  Within these verses it says that BLESSED are those who find WISDOM and then goes on to say how WISDOM is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold (that’s me paraphrasing). I kept reading that over and over again and thinking about the Powerball and about how we as Americans and just people in general seem to have a FETISH for money and other materialistic things… WE hold money, cars, clothes, jewelry and anything else that can be PURCHASED in such high esteem… We treat money as if it is more valuable than our relationships, our friends, our integrity, our honor, our pride,  it outweighs our beliefs and morals at times and the list goes on…If we put in half the time and effort that we put in to trying to obtain money, and trying to get ahead and “keep up with Jones’”, and started chasing after WISDOM, understanding, and after GOD with that same fire, desire , and passion THEN we would TRULY be RICHLY blessed and “wealthy” people. Don’t get me wrong 1 billion dollars would nice and Im not saying anything is wrong with having money or wanting money and by no means and I’m knocking ANYONE who bought a Powerball ticket, all I’m saying is don’t let MONEY or any other worldly materials cloud your judgment and take the place of what is TRULY valuable in life. Money is great, clothes are great, cars are great I love all that stuff too but none of those things or any other worldly materials are more valuable than WISDOM and a relationship with GOD. Stay focused on GOD and HIS Word and HIS Will and make HIM number ONE and above all things in your life and you will experience and possess things far more valuable than anything money can buy.

Obedience and Prosperity

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As I’ve grown up I’ve peeped that I could have made my life a whole lot easier and less stressful had I just been obedient and done the right thing. I could have avoided a lot of detentions, could have avoided a lot of phone calls home, could have avoided some legal issues, and could have avoided a lot of beat downs with belts from my pops, as well as some beat downs from God, my Heavenly Father. Growing up with my parents if you were obedient then everything was cool, and you set yourself up to get rewarded, but if you were disobedient then you got disciplined… And I’ve peeped that God is the same way. When we are disobedient then He disciplines us, just as a father should do but if we obey Him then good things happen. There’s so many blessings that we (myself included) are all missing out on when we are disobedient to God and don’t follow His Word. With that said, there are also so many blessings that we gain from being obedient and following His Word. Take Saul for example, God gave him SPECIFIC instructions to follow and he chose to do his own thing basically and as a result of his blatant disobedience God removed him as king. Look at David on the other hand… During his early reign as king he had so much success because he obeyed what God told him to do. I can look at my own life and relationship with Christ as an example. On the day I got arrested God was telling me straight up and down not to go to this park and smoke, but I ignored God and did what I wanted to do instead and I ended up getting arrested. Once I finally started doing what God told me to do which was to give up drugs and alcohol all aspects of my life got better and I can only attest that to me being obedient to God and Him showing me favor. When we are disobedient we get ourselves into trouble and when we are completely obedient then we get blessed, its just that simple people…I neeeeeeeeed you all to understand that God truly does want to see all of us prosper in life but we have to do OUR part and  understand that He will certainly do His as He always has. A lot of us want to prosper in life and have Gods blessings but don’t want to do what His Word says… We have to do what HIS WORD says completely and fully, this is how we show God that we truly love him. Not by putting it in our bio on Instagram or tweeting it every day…___- (sorry if I just exposed some of you, but im just a messenger delivering a message). WE show God that we love Him and are with Him by obeying and following His commandments.  Everything you need to know about pleasing God and what His commandments are can be found in the Bible… You just have to do your part and read it, study it, and actually DO WHAT IT SAYS. I promise you great things will happen in your life as a result. When you’re obedient you put yourself in great position to be blessed, and avoided beat downs. Think about it did you ever get a beat down or get in trouble for being OBEDIENT and doing the right thing? I think not.  There are blessings with your name on them, a long life of wealth and prosperity with your name on it, but you can’t get that if you’re not being obedient to God. Your life of prosperity and growth, whether it be financially, physically, mentally, etc., etc. will come but FIRST you must grow spiritually with Christ. The blessings are there but you have to really get into Gods presence and start doing what His Word says completely and fully to activate those blessings and start living the life of prosperity God desires you to be living.

 

Let me put some Word on it:

  1. Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love
    finds life, prosperity and honor.
  2. John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
  3. Deuteronomy 28:1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
  4. Deuteronomy 5:33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
  5. James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
  6. 1 John 3: 21-22 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.
  7. Job 36:11 “If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.
  8. Exodus 19: 5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me.
  9. Psalm 37:28 For theLord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.
  10. Psalm 112:6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever
  11. Proverbs 21: 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Dont underestimate the power of LOVE

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Just yesterday my brother and I got into the biggest fight that we’ve ever been in. After it was all said and done the living room and kitchen looked like a tornado had just hit it, I mean there was barbeque sauce and tortilla chips everywhere… And it was all because I called him a “retard” which is pretty normal for brothers to call each other (not condoning it or saying its right or okay just because it’s the “norm” by any means) but I had no idea that calling him that was an internal trigger for him and something that hurts his feelings more than anything. After the fact I felt so bad and realize that I was completely in the wrong for what I said to him. I didn’t feel bad just because he’s my brother and because I called him something that hurts his feelings more than anything, that’s beside the point I was wrong and felt bad because I am a Self-proclaimed Christian, a follower and believer in Jesus Christ. This means that I should be walking and acting in LOVE at all times and in all circumstances, just like Christ did. Had I been acting in LOVE as opposed to acting in ignorance and anger the whole situation with my brother could have easily been avoided. Had I been walking in LOVE when we were younger and not been a jerkoff and called him a retard so much then it wouldn’t affect him so heavily today and cause him to have so much anger towards me.  Love is patient, love is kind. Me calling him a retard was not kind or loving at all. With that said I feel like the fight was a blessing in disguise from God because it really opened my eyes to the fact that so much drama can easily be avoided and prevented by showing love and it reminded me that showing LOVE is the most important characteristic of a Christian. So I encourage you all TODAY to show love to one another at ALL TIMES and in ALL circumstances. I encourage you all to be very mindful of what you say to people because you never know how deep your words cut. Even if you don’t see personally the after effects of what you said to someone, you never know how those mean words are haunting them and affecting them late at night behind closed doors. So show love to people at all times because a little love goes a long way. You never know what someone is going through, so don’t hold your love back. So much of the drama and turmoil and evil in the world could so easily be avoided if all of us came together and started acting in real true love the way GOD desires us to, I truly believe that. Don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day to start being a loving person, no start now. Do your part and be a LIGHT in this seemingly dark world by always showing love. No matter the circumstance, or the situation, regardless of how you’re feeling that day or how someone is acting or has acted towards you in the past, you step up and be the bigger person and follow Christ example and show love to everyone just as Christ has shown to you and most importantly love the Lord your God with all your heart.  Do not underestimate the power of love.

READ THESE VERSES:

  1. 1 John 4:7-8 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
  2. John 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  3. 1 Peter 4:8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
  4. 1 John 3:16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters
  5. 1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
  6. Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
  7. Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
  8. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
  9. Luke 6:35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.
  10. Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Trust Gods Timing

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I know there are a lot of you who are probably doubting God and doubting yourself right now. I want to encourage you all to keep holding on. Don’t give up, because your time for increase is coming. Please understand God is constantly moving and constantly working and that he is ALL knowing. God has a plan for us all. “Worldly” standards of where we are supposed to be in life and what we’re supposed to be doing at a certain age, and how race and backgrounds play into it are not the same standards that God has for us. WE need to all learn to trust GODS timing and HIS plan for our lives not our own timing or the timetable set by society. When God says that your ready you’re ready, when He says it’s time, it’s time, when He says go, go, not your will, not your time, or anyone else’s. He knows all, not you. Trust in Him. A lot of us are questioning God at this particular point in our life and wondering is He hearing us and wondering why we aren’t increasing and moving up in life at the rate we feel like we should be. WE get so focused on the FUTURE, (myself included) and start looking 10 steps ahead and we lose sight of what is right in front of us. WE need to all understand that to move forward in life we have to be FAITHFUL where we are and with what we have NOW. Make no mistake about it, God desires to move us up in life but He won’t move us up in life if He sees that we aren’t faithful with what we currently have. God needs to KNOW that if He moves you up to the next step in your life that you won’t dip out on Him. (This comes from building a healthy and strong relationship with God.)I had been praying and asking God to bless me with job for like a month and some change because I was broke as a joke. I felt like it was definitely time for me to have a job and a steady income but God knew that I was not ready at that moment. He knew that I wasn’t ready for more money and a steady income at that point in my life because the little bit of money that He was blessing me with I was only using to get high…So He knew and I knew that if I was getting a steady income at that stage of my life the amount of drugs I was buying was only going to increase. So He waited until He could trust me before blessing me with a job. It took some time, a lot longer than I would have liked but in the end I know it all worked out for my good. God’s timing is always perfect; no it may not always line up with OUR personal time table but it is still perfect! It really showed me that God is never late, He is ALWAYS on time. The same goes for you. Be faithful where you are now. Faithful at your job, in your relationship, in your studying, in your practicing, whatever it is that you’ve got going on in life be faithful NOW and take care of business NOW before you start looking deep into the future. Do everything with excellence now with whatever you’ve got and put God 1st. Let your ACTIONS, THOUGHTS, and WORDS show and prove that once God blesses you and gives you the increase you’ve been praying for that you and Gods relationship will get better and stronger and not weaker. Put it in is His hands, ask for everything to be done on HIS time. God knows exactly what He’s doing and He knows exactly when to move us up. I know there are a lot of us, myself included who feel like we should be living out our dreams and that we’re ready for the” big leagues” NOW but we need to understand that God has everything under control. WE have to learn to sit back and be patient. WE need to understand God is moving in us. He is constantly molding and shaping us and that He’s just working out some kinks right now. God understands that there’s still a lot that we need to learn and go through before we can go any further so that once we do arrive at that next level we will be fully prepared and can be productive! Pray for patience, pray for HIS will to be done in your life. Trust God and His timing.  Keep dreaming big, and don’t let the world or the haters and naysayers get to you. Don’t doubt God and don’t give up on Him or yourself. Understand God can do things that the world deems “impossible”. Prime example of someone with haters was David. When he went out to fight Goliath people were telling him he was too young, too small, too this , too that but David had faith in GOD and knew that he would deliver him from Goliath, and that is exactly what happened. He didn’t listen to the haters and the naysayers and not go fight because of what they said; he followed GOD and trusted him. Don’t let them get to you. Trust GOD, put your faith in Christ, walk with Him, submit to Him and His word, and trust His perfect timing. So what if it’s taking a little longer than you thought, just know that if it’s in GODS hand and you’re asking for His will to be done and according to His time that it will be that much sweeter. This is not the time to give up or throw in the towel. This is the time to work harder and go harder than you ever have in whatever you’re pursing and especially your relationship with God. Your breakthrough and increase are coming, you just need to submit to God and trust HIS timing and His plan for you.

Let me put some Word on it: 

  1. Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint.

  2. Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
  3. Galatians 6:9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
  4. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
  5. Psalm 37: 3-4 (3) Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires

10TWENTY

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My friends and I have a dream of starting our own magazine and naming it “10TWENTY”. We chose this name because we felt the typical scale of rating something 1-10 did not apply to us, because we are not typical or average. When everyone else has done their best and put in their full effort arriving at “10”, we see that as simply a starting point, so we rate ourselves on a scale of 10-20, 20 being excellent. I feel like that is such a powerful name and such a powerful message. I think it is how we should all think and the mindset we should have in all aspects of life, a mindset to BE and pursue excellence. And when I say ALL things, I mean everything, from working out in the gym, to our careers, to our relationships and most importantly our relationship with God. For me my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life and the way I see it is that I need to be going hard for him. He has blessed me in magnificent ways that I could have never imagined. When He blesses me He does not do it on a scale of 1-10, it is always in an excellent way, 20. If He gives me His absolute best when I don’t deserve it I feel like I need to give him mine since He truly does deserve it. All my life I have been coming to Him on a scale of 1-10 but no more is that the case. After realizing the call on my life and the things that I am supposed to do on this earth are on levels much greater than a 10 , levels that can only be measured on a scale of 10-20, I needed to start living my life fully on that scale, including my relationship with God. I needed to start giving Him my absolute best and spending more time with Him. I’ve noticed that the more time I spend with GOD the more connected I feel towards Him. As I’ve gotten closer to Him I have seen changes in my life, big changes. I feel like you get in what you put out. I was putting in average 1-10 work so I was just stuck, not growing, because I wasn’t going hard enough, I wasn’t pursuing GOD with excellence. It wasn’t until I jumped up to the 10-20 scale that I really started to see God move in my life. I was giving Him my very best(I can still do better). The closer we get to Him and the more time we put in the stronger our relationship becomes with Him and the greater the blessings and your whole outlook on life. After realizing that I started to apply it to other aspects of my life. I was putting in 1-10 work at my job and wondering why the boss didn’t like me… I started working on a scale of 10-20 and I started seeing changes in our relationships because it was now clear to my boss that my work ethic had changed. I started writing and reading more about my career path. I started pursuing excellence in understanding my chosen field and I am now beginning to see changes. Work that is done on a 10-20 scale yields huge results. I say all of this to encourage you all to strive for excellence because that is what God desires for us. He did not design us to be average and to do mediocre things because He is not an average or mediocre God. He designed us all, YOU included to be magnificent and to do excellent things in life with the gifts and talents that He has blessed us with. So do just that…carry out your life’s purpose of being an excellent and outstanding individual by approaching everything in life with a 10-20 mindset, especially your relationship with GOD. He is the one who blessed you with your skills and talent so use your gifts to bring glory to His name, and do that by working towards perfecting your skills and by serving GOD. Your pursuit of excellence in all things with a 10-20 mindset will only enhance your relationship with GOD. Try spending more time reading your Bible, more time praying and trying to seek God out and getting to know Him. Spend more time practicing and learning about whatever it is that your special gift and talent is and just go DUMB hard, harder than you ever went before. Give it your ALL, and then some. You are NOT an average person, you are an EXCELLENT person who was made by the excellent Creator, GOD, and you are not designed to be average so don’t be… Do everything with excellence and on a 10-20 scale.

5 Scriptures to help you live on a 10TWENTY scale:
1. Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
2. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
3. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more.
4. Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
5. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials- gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13) But on judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a persons work has any value. 14) If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15) But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.