Monday, February 25, 2013

Being Grateful Made Easy








I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”  John 4:38 

As I am sitting here at 4:30am reading God's word I did not know what to read but as I was reading  a scripture I have read many times came alive for me this day.  When you read this scripture you must go up to the previous scriptures to get the full understanding.  Jesus is traveling and he comes to a well where there is a woman.  A Samaritan woman.  His disciples have gone off and he is thirst.  He asks this woman for a drink and she is shocked that he even asked her because of her background.  She questioned and Jesus said if you only knew who was asking you, you would have said to me who asks for water and I would give you living water.  This woman starts to talk about Jacob and how great they were and Jesus told her how great the father is and who he is.  He convinced her by telling her all her dirty business.  This woman then goes and tell everyone she know that the Messiah is here.  They all come and see if what she says is true.  By this time the disciples are back and they are wondering what is going on. They ask themselves why is he talking with her.  All these people are gathered around and they are trying to take him away from the people by telling him to come eat.  He  tells them that he has food.  The disciples thought that one of the Samaritan people had fed him while they were out buying food but he told them he has food that they do not know of.  He explained that the food he eats of is to do the will of the father.  This leads up to the important scriptures for today.  In verse 35 he tells the disciples do not wait and say there is 4 more months  and then comes the harvest. He says to lift up your eyes and see the fields for they are already white for harvest!  Verse 36 says And he who reaps receives wages ,and gathers fruit for eternal life that he who sows and reaps may rejoice together.  Verse 37 For  in this the saying is true: One sows and another reaps.  Then our verse comes in above John 4:38.

The reason I wanted to share this is because we need to be grateful.  God has given us everything we need to reap the harvest.  The blessings that are promised.  He sent us to reap what we did not even labor for.  We enter the labors but we did not have to do the work.  Jesus set the foundation for us.  He gave us the harvest.  I am grateful because I did not put in any of the work to have the blessing in front of me, to provide people with a foundation but I am getting the harvest.  We should all be grateful for what he has established....His Word.  He came and walked, traveled many roads, endured many persecutions, many rough nights to have what we see in front of us today.  But sometimes we are so quick to complain of what we have to do now just to maintain the flow of the harvest.  How awesome is it that we did not have to do any work but it is all laid out for us to just reap.  It is like going into a field of your favorite Vegetables and you have a basket to take as much as the harvest as you need and all you did to have this opportunity to do this is show up.  Show up ready to sweat a little, use a little muscle, endure a little heat but the best part is just there waiting for you to fill the basket.  Something to think about right?
Question:  How hard really is it to do the things that God asks us to do to maintain the blessing?
We have something to work with, to keep us motivated but why is it so hard to do it?   Okay I let's go down this road,  the Word has been done, then written, made into thousands of languages for understanding, different study material has been put in the bibles, different things to help us with all of life's situations. Made for those who can't see well so there is a large print, some for kids, teens, adults, married couples, men, women etc... but all we have to do is pick it up read it and then live it.  sounds simple right?  Yet we find it really difficult to do at times.  This is what he means when he  says " I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” John 4:38.  Be grateful for what you have been given it has been made easy.  Each one of us have sowed some and reaped some.  I am sowing right now into your lives as I teach messages and provide encouragement to you through Beautiful Awakening and you are reaping the harvest.  You are reaping that for which you have not labored. I am laboring right now at the wee hours of the morning.  you are reaping encouragement and answers to your situation.  Now I am able to Labor because someone else was sowing and I was  reaping for what I had not sown for.  When growing up people were sowing into me with prayers, taking me to church, teaching me the word, ministering salvation to me when I was a teen, making sure I made it to teen functions at church and to bible study. they were laboring and I was reaping the harvest of which now I am sowing and you are reaping. See how this thing works.
Today be grateful for what ever comes your way.  When we look back on what God has provided to us Being Grateful is Made Easy!

 Have a great Monday
-Toccara

Saturday, February 23, 2013

You are The One






So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[a] will worship God on this mountain.

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[b] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”



As I think about all the things that are floating around my head about my Father and all that he is done for me, I have realized that I am the one that he is looking for. I encourage you that you are the one he is looking for also but on a personal notes I am who he is looking for.  When I think back on my childhood how it started out as a normal childhood and then gradually turned crazy and unpredictable I know that he wanted me for something.   He has giving me so many dreams and hopes and although some of them seem so far away and sometimes not obtainable I have hope in him and that he did not bring me through this to just be ordinary.  I know that all things are possible for me!  He was looking for me and I fell into his arms.  I remember waking up at 8-9 years old getting myself dress and walking down the street to the big baptist church.  I remember not know much but knowing a whole lot.  I fell in love with God and the mystery of him.  I wanted to know why he is called God, why he was so special to get millions of people out of the bed on a Sunday morning to learn and worship him.  I remember trying to read the Holy Bible at 12-13-14.  Trying to read the King James Version and understand what the heck it was saying.  Don't continue to wonder why you are the way you are, why you love God even when things are going wrong, why you seem to seek him more even when it seems he is so far.  Don't wonder why you have such high hopes for the future when the world in front of you is falling apart and getting worse.  You are the one he choose to make the difference.  You are the one!  When we have places we attend jobs we have and see things going so wrong, people are not right, they are operating with an evil spirit he is saying you are the one to change their mind, to make them see that there is a better way.  You are the one to help your Co-workers be at ease.  We are ambassadors.  We have to let the rest of the world feel like God chose this person to help me.  Never look at the bad things that are going on and feel it is someone Else's responsibility to make the difference and to get people to change.  No it is You!  In order to be full of Greatness we have to see that we are the chosen ones. We are chosen to lead people.  All of the world are God's creations and his desire is that none perish. 2 peter 3:9  But he want all to be his sons and daughters.  See your Witnessing as There is none but you that can do this.  Just as God chose Moses he had a great mission and it was None but him that could do it.  What you are doing for God may be the very thing and only reason you were created for.  Something to think about right?  You are special in his sight you are set high in his eyes You are the one.  You are the one for greatness.  I have realized that when I am going through things it is a distraction.  especially when I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and that when I think of how he has been reaching out to me since I was a little child, I know that I am the one for the job he has given me.  No one else!  You are the one for the Job No one else. 

Toccara

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I know that you are God

John 14:8-9
Phillip said, Lord show us the father and that will be enough for us.
Jesus answered: Don't you know me Phillip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the father. How can you say show us the father?
Jesus work on the cross should be enough for you.  I know it is for me.  The Bible says that we see and have God when we trust Jesus. There is no one else for me...none but Jesus.  For the past few weeks I have been battling sickness in my home.  Colds,and flush that just kept lingering. But in all that I know that he is God.  Even though some things slowed down but my trust in h remained.  Some of us have been a Christian for  long time and Jesus is asking us have I not been with you such a long time? Why. Do you doubt what I can do in your life?  He can fix anything. He can make crooked paths straight.  He can restore relationships.  And heal sicknesses. Believe that he is with you and that if he is with you then the father is there also.  And this is even more great news, if you have the Father and the son then you have the Holy Ghost.  All there working on you behalf. Don't let what you currently see distort  your knowledge that he is with you and he is enough.  He works day and night to, make you happy and do you good.
God Bless you this Tuesday morning.
Toccara

Thursday, February 7, 2013

He is There!






When I look back on where I have come from and what I have been through, all I can say is God did it!  He made a way that seem impossible.  I thank God for all those who prayed for me when I was still young and yet a sinner.  Grandmothers, Great aunts, and Uncles.  All those prayers worked; I know this because of the person I am today.  The scripture that is on my heart tonight is Psalm 34:19.  It states Many are the afflictions of the righteous but God delivers us from them all.  No matter what we go through we can be sure that God will deliver us.  Sometimes things get scary, they get tough, but to know God is right there with me waiting to deliver me is so comforting.  I go to bed at night knowing that my father is looking down on me waiting to bless me with the next best thing he predestined me for since the beginning of time. So tonight do think your problem is bigger than God.  He wants your trust.    I am so glad that I met God and that I have fell in Love with Jesus!  I hope you all have a wonderful night.  I pray for all your angels to be dispatched in watching over you tonight.

Toccara

Friday, February 1, 2013

Reaching Greatness is Exercising Patience


It is often heard that you should never pray for Patience.  That reason it is that God will always give you something difficult to exercise patience.   Well I don’t think that is a bad thing.  We can never learn patience unless we get to practice it.   I really want everyone to understand patience because in greatness there is much patience needed.  Think of you that want to own your own business and want it to grow.  It does not become the success you dream it to be in a week a year or even two years.  It takes time to develop and to mature.  To get all the fruits of your labor it takes time, it takes patience.    Patience does this for us.  It helps us to make sure we can handle any obstacle we may have.   God himself displayed patience in the Garden. When he knew what Adam and Eve had done he was hurt by what they did, and angry but he was patient enough and caring enough to make new coverings for them.  I have a visual that as he was making new covering for the two people he created that had disobeyed him was speaking patient words to them and encourage them to move forward from this.      So in order for us to know how to be patient and why let’s see if from the side of our creator:

God’s Patience

 

Numbers 14:18 (KJV) ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’

 Psalm 86:15 (KJV) But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

 Romans 2:3-4 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

 
God’s patience made a way for us to have everlasting life.  He is patient with our sin and patient waiting for us to draw close to him.  When we think of how he displays his patience we should do the same.  Everyone one you work with or have to have business interaction with will not be the most easy to deal with,  to get where you are trying to go difficulty will makes its way toward you.  Not everyone will have a easy going spirit.  In fact you will at times deal with snooty, arrogant, and prideful people but if we can get down in our own spirits the way we are to be and the patience we are to display, God will surely open up those doors so that we can get what we need.  We do not always have to have our bosses, and coworkers, and business partners agree with us or are willing to give us what we need but when we seek God and his Patience he will always come through for us.   We do not need the approval of man but God does need our obedience in be patient with one another and with the law of seed time and harvest.  There is always a time to plant wait PATIENTLY , watch it grow, watch God do his work and then there is a time pluck out what you have planted and enjoy what you waited patiently for. 

 

Waiting with Patience is something you must exercise

Luke 8:15 “… As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” (Jesus speaking in the parable of the sower)

Romans 2:6-7 He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality; he will give eternal life…

Romans 8:24-25 for in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

1 Timothy 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Hebrews 6:11-12 and we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises

 

Patience is Key; you can’t achieve greatness without being patience for everything that must come your way to achieve it.  It is not always easy, your Heavenly Father is Patient with you and you must be with his plans and his way of doing things.  He knows best and what is best for you. 

 

_ Tocccara