The Source of Electricity

Have you ever been without electricity? It could have been related to a blackout,Power source nonpayment of an electric bill or unconnected wires from the source. Without power, there is inconvenience, frustration and feelings of loss, brokenness and longing. Depending on the circumstances, it can be lonely and dark. Why? Because we need electricity for all areas of our life. We need power.

Let’s review the basics. Before electricity can be used or restored, your electric company must connect wires from their main source to your home, this may consist of underground cables, or electric poles. Once that is accomplished electricity is available in the house. Now, there must be a workable electrical outlet. Next, a device with a proper cord. You plug in the device and receive the desired effect.

Let’s take the above example and apply it in the analogy of life.

Are you frustrated with yourself, family, friends or your spouse? Having a feeling of loss, brokenness and longing? Sometimes, is your life lonely and dark? Do you lack the power to go on?

There is a solution to restore balance, add joy, peace and prosperity. It is an electricity of life. The power is grace and the source is God. God has given us the free gift of grace. Grace is underserved, unmerited favor. Grace releases the power for to perform all feats and overcome all obstacles. Grace is not something you deserve or something you can earn—it’s a free gift from our Father.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8King James Version (KJV)

If a friend gives you an unexpected gift. You may say. I don’t deserve this. You are correct. You didn’t do anything to receive the gift. It was a kind gesture or a token of love. You’ll thank your friend and enjoy the gift.

What happens with God’s gift of grace? Few understand or realize grace exists. When a goal is achieved, instead of attributing thanks to grace—God’s gift. They give thanks to themselves, someone else, coincidences, or lucky. These are reasons why your victories are short lived. You are receiving grace, but giving thanks and praise to the wrong source.

As mentioned, there must be four components to receive electricity: a main power source, a functioning outlet, a proper cord and a workable device.

Take the analogy and plug in:

God is the electric company, the Ultimate Power Source. Without Him, there is no main power.

 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3

Grace is the power/electricity that flows from the Source.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8

You are the device.

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16 KJV

The proper cord is your faith. Faith is the connection. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. You must have the strong belief and trust that God exists and grace is available. We receive grace though faith.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

The outlet is your heart. God works through your heart. If you believe in your heart that grace is available; that releases the power to have a restored and balanced life.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

You are the device receiving electricity from the main power source. If you have a faulty outlet and/or a damaged cord, you will no achieve your desired effect. You will be in the dark. Plug the cord of faith into the outlet of your heart and receive the electricity of grace from the Ultimate Power Source.

 Avenues of Awareness 

Reflection Road

  • Grace is undeserved and unmerited favor. Think about a time when you were saved out of a situation and you knew you did not deserve to be saved. Guess what that was?
  • Do you realize the power behind your skill or talent? God gave the power (grace) to do all things that align with His Word.

Devil’s Drive

The devil wants you to think you alone accomplished whatever the goal. He has convinced you that you did all the hard work with the help of a spouse, friend, teacher or coach. Guess who sent the spouse, friend, teacher or coach to you to help? Don’t play into the devil’s game. Give God thanks for His grace.

World’s Way

The world teaches people to take credit for everything. To bask in the warm arms of pride. Pride fuels people to think they do not need anyone. Their strength and hard work is all that is needed. So when the task is completed; they alone should receive the praise. Guess who dictates the world’s distorted ways—our adversary the devil. Watch out!

Personal Pathway

I was a nontraditional student when I went to nursing school. Nontraditional because I was not the young perky 18 year old, living with their parents, with no job or a part time of a part time job. I was a single parent with three children, working 12hrs shifts on the weekends to survive. I know the grace of God gave me the power to complete nursing school and receive my degree. He did send wonderful people to assist me. However, my first thanks went to Him and His free gift of grace and then to the people who helped me.

Lord’s Lane

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9King James Version (KJV)

 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Ephesians 3:7King James Version (KJV)

I’ve Been Robbed

thief 2Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me—NOT. Has someone called you a bad name—loser? Whore? Stupid? Fat? Or, said a remark defaming your character: you will never amount to anything, you are worthless, you can’t do anything right?

The problem begins when the names or remakes are repeated, often enough, you begin to believe the names and begin acting the part of the remarks. Boom! Your identity has been stolen.

Your identity are the qualities and beliefs that make up who you are. When someone calls you an idiot and you perceived it as true, you have allowed that person to define you. This occurs when you lack the strength, courage or skills to defend yourself.

Your adversary, the devil is the true identity thief. His mission in life is to rob and destroy. Satan wants you to be confused about who you are, so he can dictate who he wants you to be. Ultimately, directing your path away from God.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10King James Version (KJV)

He speaks to your thoughts, after a failure, loss or disappointment. Names: Unworthy, useless, incompetent, strange, weird, dumb, ugly. Remarks: you can’t do that; they are better than you; no one loves you; you will never get a boyfriend; no girl will ever date you. Don’t believe him!

Also, Satan works through people. It could be a parent, spouse, teacher, sibling, or a friend. He will whisper his negativity to anyone he can to get his point across. However, if you know who you are, no one can tell you otherwise. You are a child of God and the Lord is your Almighty Father. You are the righteousness in God.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Righteousness is what God gives in fulfillment of His promise to His children. It’s His free gift. What God does is perfect, good and positive. If God’s gifts are good and perfect. And you are the righteousness in God, all the bad names and derogatory remarks can’t be true. You are the righteousness in God. That is your identity.

When negativity comes you way, say “I am the righteousness of God”.

Don’t be robbed. Protect your status. If it was taken, get your identity back.

Avenues of Aspirations

Reflection Road

  1. Has someone been calling you names? A parent? Teacher? Friend? Do you believe them? Did you begin behaving according to the names you were called? If so, stop! Declare your identity?
  2. Think of a time when you were called a bad name or a disparaging remake was spoken. How did you feel? Now, with God’s wisdom, do you think that next time you will react differently?

Devil’s Drive

Satan has many different devices to use against God’s people. Sometimes he will use people close to you, taking you by surprise. Remember as he whispers evil thoughts in your mind, he does the same for our love ones. Be alert to His ways and to the people he may send to execute his wicked schemes.

World’s Way

Now a days, what was considered as bad or a bad name it now good. This may not be hip or up to date with the slang, but how is it acceptable to be called bitches? Or dogs, which is spelled dawgs. This is the world’s way to call you a name and you accept it, because it cool? Do not allow someone to call you a bad name because it’s fashionable or you want to be accepted. Stand your ground. Remember who you are.

Personal Pathway

My nose has this dark line going across it. To my memory, growing up this was not something, children teased me about. In my teens, this one particular boy I had a crush on noticed my nose. He asked me if the mark was dirt, or had my nose been broken. Replying no to each question. He began teasing me, by singing, Nose, Nose anything goes. I was humiliated. I became self-conscious about my nose. A temporary solution solved the problem, makeup. Years later, as an adult, when asked about my nose. I told them I had my mother’s nose. I went onto say, it was a mark of love. It was true, my mother had the same line going across her nose. That was a special connection between us. I did not know about declaring that I was the righteousness of God. However, because of God’s righteousness, He granted me peace about my nose.

Lord’s Lane

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17King James Version (KJV)

 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

Hate the Players! Hate the Game!

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Playing any type of game, cards, board or sports, you must know the game and the players. The skill to play the game and knowing the rules and regulations is the beginning. Identifying and familiarizing with the opponents will enhance the ability to win. Without these factors, no competition can be won.

One of the greatest game to be won is Satan’s game of deception. Many are playing, but do not realize the game exists. It’s a match most will lose without the proper skills and determination.

Satan, the chief opponent is the inventor and founder of the game of deception. He deceives the world into thinking he doesn’t exist or he plays a minute portion in everyday life. This way he can be invisible, hiding behind the scenes causing havoc.

The principle rule is keep the deceitfulness going. He will use crafty tricks to accomplish this trait. One objective of the game is to convince people that all bad events, disease, death and destruction, are God’s fault. People not strong in the Word will cast angry and sorrow in the wrong direction. This ploy causes people to lose faith, trust and belief in God. Humanity turns away from Him, thinking God does not love them or is punishing them for something.

 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2 Thessalonians 2:3King James Version (KJV)

Another player in this racket includes society. The world defers to the ever changing current trends and fads available. Many of these movements are fast, foul and flawed. They do not line up with God and His will. This new culture has bent old rules and created new rules to allow anyone to do almost anything. Society dictates to over indulge. Release your inhibitions. It’s allowable to spend too much, eat too much and drink too much. This new attitude causes disease, death and destruction, but people blames God, not society.

The last of the players are unlearned individuals in the Word of God. With Satan deceiving and society dictating, mankind has a sense of entitlement with selfish, prideful, power-seeking, self-centered, jealous, ungrateful and unsatisfied attitudes. People want more things, but want to do as little as possible to achieve them. They believe they deserve certain amenities in life and often will do anything, at any cost to get them. This causes stress, crime, and depravity resulting in disease, death and destruction. People will not take accountability for their actions, they blame God.

God is not to blame for all gloom and doom. He has given man a choice of blessings and curses. Unfortunately many choose curses, society and their ungodly traits resulting in desolation.

Next time you hear of a calamitous event, think twice before blaming God. Now you know there are other players in the game. Players and characteristics orchestrated by the devil.

The game of deception is an ongoing game. Hate the game. Truth is the answer. God is the Source. The Bible is the resource.

 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32King James Version (KJV)

Avenues of Awareness

Reflection Road

  • Do you blame God for everything wrong that happens? Why? Do you realize God has granted us choices?
  • Have you made bad choices? After a wrong outcome happens, do you blame God? Do you take accountability for your actions?
  • Are you mad at God for something? Why? Have you considered the other players in life?
  • Do you think God is mad at you? He is not. Talk to God about the issue? Let the Holy Spirit grant you peace.

Devil’s Drive

Satan mimics God’s good gifts with bad traits. He replaces love of God and fellowman with selfishness. Instead of doing for others, selfishness reflects doing for yourself. Peace is replaced with stress. Righteousness is turned to immorality. Joy is gone and sorrow comes. Do you see the pattern?

World’s Way

Most do not realize, the devil is the prince of this world. Whatever he dictates the world will follow, unless you are rooted and grounded in God.

 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2King James Version (KJV)

Personal Pathway

I pray every day not to be deceived. Deceive is to cause to accept as true and valid but is false and invalid. I have dealt with people that appear to be friends who were not. In the past, I have gotten into relationships with men who appeared to be valid, but was invalid. Pray not to be deceive. What appears to be true may not be.

Lord’s Lane

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 1 John 3:7King James Version (KJV)

Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; Deuteronomy 11:16King James

 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. Job 15:31King James Version (KJV)

Intro to Parent’s Path

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It’s not easy. The road is difficult. But here we are. It is a must. We are losing our future—our children. Let’s save the children.

The world has become a scary place for our children to reside. Society rules and dictates ways of living. Our youth look up to athletes, actors and musicians as role models. Video games, electronic devices and social media are their educators. The upcoming generation are in slow mode, slow moving, slow thinking and slow acting. Their characteristics are selfish, aloof, disrespectful, lazy, and ill-mannered all encased with a sense of entitlement.

What happened? God was taken out of daily living, out of the homes, out of the schools and in some cases out of the churches. When God was taken out, the devil moved right in and God’s way of thinking was replaced with societal norms, governmental opinions, Hollywood’s influences and the worldly lusts.

People may say, it’s no different than in previous times. I beg to differ. The generation in question lack morals of respect, truth, honesty, humility, and more importantly love for self, others and God.

The solution is clear. Bring God back. Lean on Him. Obtain His Wisdom. Teach His Word. Recognize there is adversary: the devil roaming about, with a sole purpose to distract, deceive and destroy. It is imperative for the parents to realize the devil battles in the mind, attempting to influence the way of thinking for you and your children.

Parent’s Path is an avenue for parents to learn about God, His Word, Wisdom, Will and Way. It’s for the guardians who truly want a better life while raising their children. Common problems parents may face today will be addressed; using God as the Source and the Bible as the resource for results. Parents are the first line in helping the future generations, but the healer must first be healed.

During an airplane excursion, before takeoff, the flight attendant explains the procedures about donning the oxygen mask. They adamantly instruct you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. If you run out of oxygen, you can’t help anyone else with their oxygen mask. If you don’t care for yourself how can you adequately take care of anyone?

Can you relate to these issues?

  • I’m too busy.
  • I’m too tired.
  • I don’t know how.
  • What about me?
  • I’m lonely.
  • It’s too hard.
  • My house is a wreck.
  • I need help.
  • I’m afraid.
  • I must be in control.
  • I am not in control.
  • I’m broke.

The answers can be found in God and His Word. Stop shaking your head, sucking your teeth and rolling your eyes! Look at yourself! Look at your life. You are doing things your way. How is that working out for you? If you can relate to any of the issues above, it is not working out. Right now, what do you have to lose?

I was a single parent, raising my children alone. I can definitely relate to you and your trials. If I knew then, what I know now, life would have been easier. Parent’s Path will help you put your oxygen mask on first, then you can assist your children with their masks. It will take work. You must trust in God and not trust in yourself.

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6