Living Life In 3D

Earlier this week I posted an episode on my YouTube channel, Brian Evans Unleashed, highlighting the importance of getting busy fulfilling your purpose.  There are three dimensions that we have access to as created beings, and each dimension has the power to influence and shape our destiny.   I’m referring to the dimensions of our past, present, and future.  Learning how to harness the power of each dimension requires the proper perspective.  We must be prepared by our past, planted in our present, and focused on our future if we desire to walk in our greatness.

Prepared By Our Past

As much as we would like to, there is absolutely nothing we can do to change our past.  Unfortunately, many people are paralyzed in their present because they keep reliving the traumatic events of their past.  While the past is permanently fixed, it still serves a purpose as we march forward into the future.  We learn valuable lessons from looking in the rear-view mirror of our past.  We can contemplate our successes and failures and learn from each experience.  In fact, this ability is what makes us beautifully human.   By placing our experiences in proper perspective, and successfully compartmentalizing our failures, we become stronger, wiser, and better prepared to tackle the challenges that will arise when we TRY AGAIN!!!!  This leads me to the next dimension…

Planted In Our Present

The present is perhaps the most powerful dimension in which we live.  It gives us the opportunity to recover, rebuild, and renew or focus.  It behooves us in this dimension to be intentional and…well…present.  Being planted in our present is essentially making a commitment to fully engage with every opportunity that presents itself to us.  What makes the present unique is the potential that unfolds before us with each passing second.  New thoughts and ideas emerge in the present.  Intimacy is forged and strengthened in the present.  Futures are designed in the present.  In the present is where life itself blooms in all its splendor.  However, the tragic truth is in the present things are also lost if we are not intentional.  We sometimes focus so much on the other two dimensions that we fail to fully plant ourselves in the beauty and splendor of our “now.”  Cherish your present, because as quickly as it comes, it flies away.

Focused On Our Future

There is nothing more exciting to me than traveling to the future in my imagination and sliding back into the present with new dreams, visions, and goals.  The joy that it births keeps me light on my feet, especially through the tough times.  God has plans to give us a bright future, full of hope and expectation.   A significant part of discovering purpose in our lives is believing there is greatness waiting for us up ahead, and working hard to make it happen.  The present isn’t always a pleasant place.  Focusing on the future while learning from our past provides an anchor when the waters of the present moment get choppy.   Never give up.  Your future is worth the wait, so start living your life in 3D today.

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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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“Well done good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.”

Matthew 25:23, AMP

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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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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!!!

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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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God’s Recycling Plan

There is no waste in God’s kingdom.  He knows how to turn every event in our lives into something he can use for his glory.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  It matters not how dirty, stinky, and mangled our lives appear, God’s recycling plan is designed to make us beautiful in HIS time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  Inevitably, life will bring pain to our doorsteps.  How we manage our pain will determine the level of future glory we experience.  God’s presence is the healing ointment that helps us recover from the deepest wounds.  Only in His presence can we find “fulness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

We have been given a divine invitation to come to Him and drop everything that is too heavy for us to carry on our own.  “Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you” (1 Peter 5: 7, TPT).  Allow God to recycle you in His presence.  He wants to take your mangled trash and turn it into the sparkling treasure that will ultimately glorify Him.  “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Our scars may cause us to feel worthless and ashamed, as if God will never again have anything to do with us.  Don’t believe this lie.  God loves turning trash into treasure for his glory.  He never discards us or anything that we have gone through.  Today, allow God’s presence to recycle your pain and release His power deep within you.  Keep living!  YES…glory will come even from this.

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Unbottled Water

Have you ever noticed the nutritional contents of a bottle of water?  If so, you may have wondered why something that contains 0g sodium, 0g fat, 0g protein, 0g carbs, and 0 calories is essential to sustain life.  Furthermore, why does Jesus compare himself to such a drab drink?  In the Gospel of John, Jesus states:

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”~John 7:37-38, KJV

To gain a better understanding of this comparison, let us examine some common characteristics of water, and how they compare to the nature of God’s spirit that lives within us.

Water Sustains

Plain ‘ole water has no color, smell, or taste, and many people will reluctantly admit they do not drink the recommended daily amount (8 glasses) according to experts.  Though this may be true, I think we all can agree that the consequences of not drinking water is definitely undesirable, and can contribute to some pretty nasty health issues.

According to Curiosity.com, our bodies are roughly 60-70% water.  Of course, this percentage can change based on factors such as age, sex, and body composition.  Most of our bodily functions depend on the presence of water.  Without it, we would overheat, lose brain and digestive functions, and eventually die of dehydration.  When God created us, he made us in his image and after his likeness, which means he literally placed himself inside of us via his spirit.  Apart from God, we lose the capacity to be the best versions of ourselves.  We become dried-up raisins instead of fresh, juicy grapes.  God’s spirit animates us and gives us life.  Paul states in the Book of Acts:

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being…”~Acts 17:28, KJV

Water Fills

Water is known to take the shape of its container.  If it is allowed access, it fills all spaces and voids regardless of shape.  When God created us, he intended to fill us with himself.  For that reason, he created us with a void that was designed to be filled by him and him alone.  This is why it is futile for us to fill ourselves with things that will eventually evaporate and leave us dehydrated and empty.  Only God can truly satisfy us throughout the entirety of our lives, and perfectly fill the void.

Water Cleans

Whenever we prepare to clean anything, water is usually one of the first things we need access to due to its unique ability to dissolve and dilute particles.  Similarly, God’s spirit cleanses us from the stains of sin and dissolves the particles of iniquity.  David knew this quite well as he penned,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”~ Psalm 51:10-11, KJV

Notice the reference in this verse to the holy spirit of God, and how he cleans us through and through.  Like water, God’s spirit is the cleaning agent that daily washes us as we enter into his presence in worship.

Water Flows

Though water is essential to life, it can also be extremely destructive.  For example, a small leak over time can wreak havoc in our houses.  A tsunami after an earthquake can instantly level an entire city.  When water is allowed access into a particular space, it seeks to fill that space completely due to its forceful flowing properties.  This is what Jesus meant when he said from our bellies shall flow “rivers of living water.”  In John 7:39, the Bible expressly states that Jesus was referring to the Holy Ghost.  As God’s spirit fills us, eventually he seeks to fill the other voids around us, because he cannot be contained.  If there are voids in our relationships, or our finances, or our ministries, he desires to address those issues, and to bring his healing hydration to everything that is connected to us.

In summary, Jesus could have chosen to compare himself to anything, but now we see why he chose water.  He is simply the essential ingredient to life.  No flashy colors or sweeteners.  He simply is, and he wants to fill us and flow from us to others.  Beloved, be filled with the spirit of God today.  We were designed to hydrate the world with God’s love and his spirit.  Every wound that life has inflicted upon us releases the flow of God’s spirit and affects the lives of others.  The deeper the wound, the greater the flow.  So, today, allow God to take off your cap of pride, pour you out, and hydrate the world!


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