BACK TO SCHOOL

Back to schoolIt’s back to school. August is the month many students return to school. Department stores compete for the lowest prices for school supplies. Parents fuss with their young children  about the necessary educational items. While other parents peruse down the aisles of merchandise retail stores selecting items for college dorm room. Nervous, new,  high school freshmen anxiously count down the days before their first day of school. While the seniors are counting down the days before their last day. The spirit of learning is in the air. A time of preparation and planning.

Many breathe a sigh of relief that hunting for school supplies and returning to school are over. But, the reality is, the school of life never ends. The educational process is ongoing until the day of death. We learn something new, daily. How we progress in life depends on what school we have chosen to attend.

It is of the same, great importance as parents choosing the correct educational institution for their children or the young, fresh, minds select the proper university they will attend, people must select the precise higher learning institute for life. There are two major life schools, the World’s Way University and the God’s Guidance Institute.

This is an important tip to consider. If you choose the God’s Guidance Institute, the classes taken will guide you in surviving in this world; the next world and prospering in God’s good promise for your life. However, if you select the World’s Way University you will barely survive in the world. If you do survive, your life will be riddled in selfishness and pride. Remember, you cannot have one foot in one institute and the other foot in the university. If you attempt to accomplish this feat you will remain unsettled and confused. Both higher learning establishments have totally different courses to partake, and the life principles conflict one another.

In the God’s Guidance Institute, classes are taught by God, His Spirit and His Word. He will work with you on your mouth, mind and heart. You will learn to take a positive perspective on everyday occurrences and other avenues in your life. Reflect on this. It will never be about the problems that occur, it will always be how you react to them. And, to realize God is ready to assist you in all matters. Theses are principles you will adopt.

For the God’s Guidance Institute, you must know:

God is a Spirit.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)

You will take the courses in the Fruit of the Spirit:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Long-suffering
  5. Gentleness,
  6. Goodness
  7. Faith
  8. Meekness
  9. Temperance

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

God loves you and His mantra: He has a great plan for your life.

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

The first two things you must know about the other university:

The devil runs the World’s Way University. Why? Because he is the god of this world.

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV)

Unknowingly, you may have taken some of his courses due to your rebelliousness.

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 2:2 (KJV)

 In the World’s Way University, you will take courses in the works of the flesh. Surprisingly, each subject matter is the opposite of the Fruit of The Spirit.

  1. Selfishness
  2. Unhappiness
  3. Angry
  4. Impatience
  5. Harness
  6. Evil doing
  7. Hopelessness
  8. Prideful
  9. Over indulgences.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV)

The devil hates you and his mantra is to kill, steal and destroy.

 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)

God’s Guidance Institute is a choice. God will always allow you to chose. He will not force you to enroll in His curriculum. However, if you do not choose God’s Guidance Institute, you will be automatically be enrolled in the World’s Way University.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV)

What higher learning establishment will you attend? Choose your school wisely!

KNOWLEDGE QUESTION 1: WHO IS GOD ?

knowledge question 1You will be tested. Before entering some institutions, testing may be required. This process is to gauge your current knowledge on certain subjects. The next few post will contain knowledge questions to measure your skill set on God’s subject matters.

Have you ever been without electricity? It could have been related to a blackout, nonpayment, 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, your electricity company must connect wires from their main source to your home, this may consist of underground cables, or electricity 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 you have 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 to life.

Knowledge question: What is the electricity of life?

The power is grace and the source is God.

Knowledge Question: What is 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 or work for—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 person achieves a goal, instead of attributing thanks to grace—God’s gift.  They give thanks to themselves, someone else, coincidences, or luck. These are reasons some 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 though 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, this will cause you to be without power. 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.

KNOWLEDGE QUESTION 2: WHO IS THE DEVIL?

knowledge question 2They torment your life. They call you names. They ridicule, insult or belittle family situations, personal characteristics or life situations. Oftentimes, they threaten to get possessions, favors or other unearned privileges.

Knowledge Question: What are the names given to these people?

They are called bullies.

A bully is a person who is habitually cruel, persecutes and intimidates weaker people. They thrive on the element of fear. They can be selfish, prideful, power-seeking and deceitful. Their behaviors include verbal put downs, backstabbing, or physical attacks.

Knowledge Question: Who is the spiritual bully?

He is the devil. He operates the same way as a human bully, however you cannot visually see this bully. He is spiritual. He works in your thoughts, through people and situations.

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12King James Version (KJV)

As a bully, the devil searches for weaker or unlearned people in the Word who he can consume, belittle, ridicule or intimate.

Knowledge Question: Where is the spiritual bully’s playground?

The devil battles in the mind, whispering inimical thoughts, lies and confusion about you and your situation. He calls you names, weak, ugly, unpopular. He magnifies situations to make you feel bad about yourself. For example, if you have a pimple on your face. He will say you’re ugly and unattractive. And will go to imply that you’ll never get a boy or girlfriend. This may be exaggerated, but this is how he operates.

The devil wants to possess your way of thinking and your behaviors for you to react to everyday issues with fear. And he wants you to be a mess, stressed and depressed. If you listen to him you may begin to believe him.

  • There are ways to go up against a bully. My first suggestion is to pray. Prayer is the first line of defense again the devil. A prayer is an intimate talk with your heavenly Father. Let Him know what’s going on. Ask for His wisdom.
  • The Word of God is the best weapon to defeat bullies. There are scriptures you can say to yourself and others you can say out loud. Many reading this will not believe that mere words can do anything. But, these are not simple words, they are God’s Word producing power. You must believe the Word is your weapon—a powerful weapon. Say the scripture in the mirror. Say them throughout the day. Keep saying them over and over until you believe.
  • Trust God. Believe God.  Even though it feels like He is not working. He is working. Have faith. The key is to listen. God will instruct you. He may tell you to do certain things. You must follow his instructions for success.

When it comes to the spiritual bully, the solution sounds simple, but it will take work. You must resist, fight against, and remain strong against the devil.

Knowledge Question: What are the 5 components to fight against the spiritual bully?

Through prayer, the Word, trust, belief and faith.

KNOWLEDGE QUESTION 3: WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

knowledge question 3What is SOL? This is an urban term that means S**T Outta Luck. For the record, I don’t believe in luck, but I do believe in blessings. That conversation is for another time. Well, my friend, this is not what you think. SOL, I am referring, is not s**t outta luck.

Knowledge Question: What is SOL?

Answer: The Spirit Of the Lord, aka, the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the GPS, God’s Personal Spirit, the directional navigator of our lives, dwelling in our hearts.

Our GPS not only directs and guides, but He is our S.C.R.I.P.T our prescription from God. He is our:

Strengthener, He helps us through our weaknesses, illnesses and our frailties of life.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26 (KJV)

Comforter, He consoles our worried, upset, and frightened, feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, John 14:26King James Version (KJV)

Recaller, He will help us to recall or remember the Word of God. And, also, to remind us that all things will work together for good for those who love and trust God. And, we are the Righteousness of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV)

Intercessor, He intercepts, for our behalf, according to the Word to our Lord, God.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:27 (KJV)

Peacemaker, He is the peace in our hearts. Call upon Him (Peace), not the world’s peace, but God’s peace, and the spirit of peace will dwell in your heart.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (KJV)

Teacher, He educates us in God’s Word, integrity, righteousness and most of all the truth.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 (KJV)

Knowledge Question: What is the cost of the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit, is yet another gift that the Lord has freely given you. If you were given a free satellite, mechanical GPS. You would turn it on, program it accordingly and allow it to guide and direct you to your destinations.

Knowledge Question: How do you activate the Holy Spirit?

Turn on God’s Personal Spirit by speaking the Word and through prayer.Allow Him, the Holy Spirit to lead and deliver you to your life destinations.

Like any prescription given by a physician, fill that script and use the prescribed medication and be healed. God’s Personal Spirit is our S.C.R.I.P.T fill the prescription from our Ultimate Physician and be healed.

KNOWLEDGE QUESTION 4: WHAT IS PRAYER?

knowledge question 4What is prayer? The response may differ according to the person, background, culture, or race. Oftentimes, prayers have become a laundry list of people to bless; what is needed; or what is desired. Also, an abundant amount of time is spent asking for forgiveness. Prayer time has been dissolved to cries, moans and complaints to God. Or, to pepper God with the who, what and why questions about present, past, future or worldly things.

Now it’s time to renew the way prayer is conducted. Prayer is the most important act in the relationship with God.  Let’s define prayer and discuss the: what, who, why, when and where.

Knowledge Question: What do you think prayer is?

What and who-Prayer is an intimate conversation with your heavenly Father. Intimate means to have a very close private relationship. God is your Almighty Father; prayers should always be with reverence (honor and respect).

Why-God wants to have a special bond with His children. Our Father wants to be involved in all areas of our lives. We should want that connection as well. He is our Protector, Comforter, Advisors, just to name a few. Most do not realize He is our Friend. We talk and confide in our friends every day.

Knowledge Question: What is the beginning to a great relationship with God?

Prayer, a discussion, talk or conversation with God is the beginning to establishing a warm and loving connection.

Knowledge Question: When do you pray?

When- Anytime. Prayer should not be only a nightly ritual at your bedside, with hands clasped and eyes closed. Think of someone you are very close. A spouse? A best friend? Do you only communicate with them nightly for maybe 5 minutes? No, there are exceptions, but generally you speak to them for extended amounts of time and sometimes, several times throughout the day. Prayers to God should be multiple times throughout the day.

Where-Anywhere! When you’re in the car; on the bus; at work; at school, lunchtime, break times, when things are good when things are bad; or when guidance or direction is needed.

 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Acts 6:4King James Version (KJV)