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“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  ~James 5:16, NIV

“Now someone may argue, ‘“Some people have faith; others have good deeds.”’ But I say, ‘“How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”‘  ~James 2:18, NLT

The purpose of prayer and faith is more than just talking to God.  Prayer becomes effective and powerful when God answers with a plan of action.

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Life has no NEUTRAL. There is a reason why there is only ONE driver’s seat.  Our lives are the product of the direction we have chosen to steer or allowed someone else to steer.  You’re either pushing or being pushed. Decide today…Greater awaits!!!

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CONFORM or TRANSFORM…You choose!

Heaven and hell are states of mind.  Each morning, you get to decide which one you will experience.

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3 Things God Likes

The following post is an excerpt from my new book: The S.P.E.A.R. Paradigm: Encountering God

 

According to Wishpond, there are over 4.5 billion likes generated on Facebook each day.  That’s billion with a “B” folks.  The advent of social media has drastically changed the tapestry of how we interact with each other; specifically how we gather and share information about our preferences and interests.  Needless to say, the dating game has been influenced significantly over the years as a result of this cultural shift.  As a divorcee, I curl up in the fetal position and cry myself to sleep whenever I think about entering the dating “pond” again.

I remember a time, long ago in antiquity, when one of the requirements for meeting people was to go out and actually—well…be around people.  Today, “likes” are the new currency of social acceptance.  Oh, the things we do for “likes.”  This paradigm shift made me think…hmmm, what if God had a “like” button to signal to us his approval (or disapproval) of all our daily actions and words?  I wonder how many “likes” we would have from him throughout the course of a single day.

Well, it just so happens that the Bible gives us clues as to what God actually likes.  Here are a few of my favs:

God Likes to be Close to Us 

James 4:8, (NLT) says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”  No explanation needed here.  He likes to be intimately involved in our lives.  God is a very personal God.  He just loves us like that.

 

God Likes to Give to Us

God loves sending gifts our way.  Without a doubt the greatest gift ever given was the gift of his son, Jesus Christ.  John 3:16 lets us know that God so loved the world that he was compelled to give.  That’s what true love does.

God Likes to be Discovered by Us

God likes to play hide and seek with us.  He loves when we chase him, because he loves to be found.  He loves it so much, he left us breadcrumbs in his word showing us how to find him.  Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) states, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and PRAY to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart'” (emphasis added).

Now is the time to give God what he really likes…YOU!

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We Are Royalty

As an African-American male, learning how to be vulnerable is like learning a foreign language.  Growing up in the Deep South taught me how dangerous it could be to show weakness.  Sandwiched between the regular occurrences of both racism and gang violence, I learned that my survival depended on my ability to quickly access and raise my emotional shields.  In fact, one of the most infamous statistics that loomed over my generation was the high percentage of African-American males that were killed before the age of 21.  I vividly recall arriving to class one morning in high school only to learn that one of my close friends had been murdered the previous day because he was wearing the “wrong” colors in the wrong neighborhood.  He was one of many victims of gang violence.

For me, showing any signs of weakness could mean becoming easy prey, and would possibly be the difference between life and death.  In essence, I had to appear to be someone I wasn’t in order to survive.  I developed the habit of projecting a tough, callous exterior, while suppressing fear, anxiety, and dread.  The interesting part of it all was the notion that learning could take place in this type of environment.  I was expected to solve for “X” while simultaneously trying to figure out how I was going to avoid getting shot…but I digress.

Needless to say, that mentality got me through high school, but did not serve me very well in adulthood.  Today, as I am drawn deeper into the fulfillment God’s design for my life, I am discovering the power and necessity of authentic transparency.  There are territories that God has called us to reign over in our own lives.  However, before we can take the throne, we must deal with the enemies that stand between us and our destiny.  Our most formidable foe is the person we have always been.  The one who loves the way things currently are, and does not want to change.  We have allowed the enemy of “Ease” to take the throne that is rightfully ours.

Enter my own personal epiphany.  In an effort to simply survive another day, I found myself burying and suppressing experiences and traumas that were much to painful to deal with.  I buried the pain of two divorces, a layoff, “church hurt,” and grief from the death of loved ones just to name a few.  I now realize that I have sacrificed my emotional health on the altar of hypocrisy, attempting to appear stronger that I really was.  I donned a glass mask that eventually shattered under the weight of real pain.  I was an actor on the stage of my own life.  Little did I know I was doing a great disservice to the people who loved and needed me the most.

Since starting this journey of self-discovery and self-awareness, I have learned that healing is contained in sharing my story.  Though vulnerability is daunting, the victory is worth the struggle.  Seeing people liberated as I take the throne of my own story has initiated a deeper level of healing for me.  I have realized that my story is not just for me, but for every king and queen that may be searching for their throne.  As I take ownership of all the parts of my story, I now understand that we humans are one, and our mission is simple…to reign as kings and queens of our own stories and to proudly showcase the scars that validate our journeys to the throne.  We are royalty!!!

Please like or comment below if you were inspired by this post.  For more inspirational content, feel free to visit my YouTube channel, Brian Evans Unleashed

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What Lies Within

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.”

Some have attributed the above quote to Ralph Waldo Emerson and some to Henry David Thoreau.  However, there are many who believe the quote was originally crafted by a Wall Street Trader named, Henry Stanley Haskins.

Regardless, it remains one of my favorite quotes because of the fire it ignites inside of me.  It reminds me that my Father and Creator has placed within me every single thing I need to birth greatness into this world, and this is exactly what I intend to do.  Nothing that has happened or will happen in my life can destroy the greatness inside of me.  It’s time to release what is within!!!

Stay encouraged!!!  Keep pushing!!!  Miracles await!

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The Purpose of the Bible

I often hear the phrases “Word of God” and “The Bible” used interchangeably.  I have even been guilty of this myself.  However, after careful consideration, I am rethinking my philosophy regarding the “Word of God” in regards to reading the Bible.  You may be asking yourself…”where is he going with this?” so let me explain.

The Bible was never meant to be a substitute for the actual “word” or “voice” of God.  It was only intended to used as an instruction manual to lead us into authentic, one-on-one intimacy with the Father.  One of the by-products of this intimacy is being able to recognize is voice.

2 Timothy 3:16 (AMP) states:

All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately–behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]

Profitable for instruction…”

I recently purchased a desk for my home office.  When it arrived, I opened the box to find a bunch of parts that seemed to have no order to them whatsoever.  It was my responsibility to find out how the pieces should fit together.  Knowing this, the first thing I searched for was the instruction manual.  The picture on the outside of the box “told” me what the finished product should look like, but I had to put in the work by following the instructions to make it happen.

In much the same way, the purpose of the Bible is to instruct us as we put in the work to properly arrange the seemingly random pieces of our lives.  The Bible teaches us what God had in mind when he created us, and gives us instructions to build a life that pleases him.  Reading the Bible is only part of the process.  We must allow the Scriptures to lead us into the presence of God in prayer so that we can become acquainted with his “voice” or his “word.”  In God’s presence is where the power of his “word” is discovered, and the purpose of the Bible is to give us that point of reference as we build our destiny.

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Learning to Hear the Voice of God: Intimacy

Intimacy with God in prayer is the foundation of hearing and knowing his voice.  Knowing God’s voice doesn’t just happen.  It requires a commitment to communion.  Much like our relationships with the people that we love, we must foster a relationship with God through constant communication (prayer).  Prayer is the birth place of intimacy with the Father, and it is here that we meet to commune with him and learn his voice.

When we spend time with the people that we love, whether our spouses, children, or parents, knowing the sound of their voices is a natural outgrowth of intimate interaction.  The more time we spend with them, we begin to pick up on the finer nuances of their voices.  We know when they are happy, or upset.  We learn the difference between sarcasm and true emotional distress just by spending intimate time with them.

To learn more about hearing the voice of God and the three components of intimacy (S.E.E.–Secrecy, Emotion, Enlightenment), visit my YouTube channel Brian Evans Unleashed.


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The Power of Giving Thanks

Here we are once again, at the precipice of the Holiday season, with our tables garnished with turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce.  As we prepare to step across the threshold of a rapidly approaching new year, our feet often traverse the well-beaten path of reflection and self-evaluation.

This year, my wife and I were blessed to visit my home in Birmingham, AL, to spend the Thanksgiving Holidays with my immediate family and friends.  I grew more excited, as the departure time approached, at the thought of seeing all those that I love and cherish.  Gratitude filled my heart as my wife and I packed the car to head south for the Holidays.  In that moment, I discovered the true power and purpose of giving thanks to God in every season of our lives.  Thanksgiving is more than just a day on our calendars reserved for filling our stomachs; rather, it is a lifestyle that releases the power of God in our lives in three profound ways.

 

Thanksgiving Escorts Us into God’s Presence

Psalm 100 is one of many passages illustrating God as our shepherd.  Within God’s sheepfold we have abundant supply and pasture.  We have boldness to enter into the door of the sheepfold (Jesus Christ-John 10:9) to access unlimited supplies of everything we need in God’s holy presence.  No necessity is withheld from us when we approach the Father with thanksgiving and praise.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4, KJV)

The Message Bible further expounds on this idea of entering through the door of the sheepfold via intimate relationship with Christ:

Enter with the password: “Thank you!”  Make yourselves at home, talking praise.  Thank him.  Worship him. (Psalm 100:4, The Message Bible)

When we approach the gates of God’s holy court with gratitude in our hearts wielding the password of “thank you” upon our lips, we unlock the very resources of God’s endless supply.

 

Thanksgiving Releases God’s Peace

This may be contrary to everything you’ve ever heard, but when things seem to be falling apart around you, giving thanks releases the peace of God right in the middle of it all.  When we pray we are instructed to arm ourselves with thanksgiving.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6, KJV)

Thanksgiving is a powerful resource when coupled with the confident knowledge that the Father loves us and wants to care for us.  As we articulate our requests to the Father, they should always be bathed in thanksgiving, knowing that it pleases God to give us our hearts desires when they align with God’s will.  The end result will be the overwhelming peace of God that protects our vital faculties of heart and mind.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, KJV)

 

 Thanksgiving Magnifies God

I am a firm believer in the effects of perspective.  Life can sometimes deliver some serious blows that disorient us causing us to see things that aren’t really there.  Skirmishes with illness, lack, and turmoil leave us with the perception that there is nothing to be grateful for.  These temporary “lights out” experiences can run deep through the core of our being as we struggle to regain some semblance of consciousness.  Things that are normally clear to us turn hazy and blurry, making it difficult to reach our goals.

Enter thanksgiving!!!

Expressing gratefulness to God shifts our perspective, and clears our vision so that we can stay in the fight.  Giving thanks magnifies God and brings into focus the “bigness” of our Father.  God is bigger, stronger and wiser than any enemy we fight, including the most formidable enemy of all…ourselves.  David says it better than I ever could, so I’ll employ a Psalm of his:

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.  The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. (Psalm 69:30-32, KJV)

Whenever we take our eyes off of what is good in our lives, and focus on the bad and the ugly, our victory hangs in the balance.  Use the power of thanksgiving to shrink your problems and bring them down to size.  You will find without a doubt that they are no match for the matchless King of Glory.

 

During this holiday season, let us resolve to carry the torch of thanksgiving into daily living, thereby bringing light into even the most obscure places of our lives.  May the incense of gratitude unfurl within our hearts each morning, and burn well into the night; yielding the sweet-smelling aroma of peace, power, and proper perspective: thus glorifying God.

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!!!


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