God Is With Us

Even though I know that God is with me; Sometimes I forget. For whatever reason, Sometimes I feel like I have to do it on my own. I end up worrying and letting fear or doubt get the best of my thoughts. Yet God continues to show me and remind me over and over that He is Emmanuel.

He proves that He is with Me. He displays his faithfulness. He illustrates His patience and His mercy. He demonstrates His saving power and grace. He gives second and third chances. He rescues me. He delivers me. He sets me Free. He answers my prayers. He walks with me step by step. When I can’t see where to go, He tells me to step forward and trust. He leads my feet onto the right paths. And with every step I grow stronger and more confident.

Not more confident in myself; but a confidence in who God is. A confidence in His Goodness and Faithfulness. A confidence in the future He is leading me into. A Confidence in His Perfect Love.

Fittingly, as I wrote this I looked out my window to see this wonderful rainbow! God’s promises endure! Trust Him!

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By Alphonso Sensley II
#MorningThoughts

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” 1 John 4:18

Who Is Our Neighbor?

Who is our neighbor?

Jesus describes a story in which a Jewish man was robbed, wounded, and left half dead. He describes a Priest who saw him hurting, but chose to pass him by. He describes a Levite(A person dedicated to God) who also saw him hurting but likewise made the decision to pass him by. Finally, Jesus describes the actions of “a certain Samaritan who saw him and had compassion.” So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭34‬ NKJV)

To really grasp the impact of this parable we must understand who the Samaritans where in comparison to the Jews. Samaritans had markedly different beliefs than the Jewish people. They worshipped differently and in different places. They had different customs. The scriptures they considered Holy were even different. It was frowned upon for Jewish people and Samaritans to keep company together. Each group believed the other had a skewed view of who God truly was.

Yet Jesus uses this parable as an example of who our neighbors really are. I believe this parable shows us that our neighbors aren’t just those who believe, worship, or pray the same way we do. In fact, Our neighbors are likely to be different than we are. As followers of Christ we are to love people the same as we love ourselves. Jesus calls it “The greatest commandment.”
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭37-40‬ NKJV)

At the end of the parable of The Good Samaritan Jesus asks: “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭36-37‬ NKJV)

With this in mind today let us remember who our neighbors are and more importantly, how we are supposed to treat our neighbors. Let us not be deterred because of different beliefs, opinions, or customs. Let us truly love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us Go and do likewise!!!

By Alphonso Sensley II

#MorningThoughts

The Stumbling Blocks

If we ask God to show us the things in our hearts that can cause us to stumble now or later in life, He’ll do it. Even for those of us who consider ourselves to be humbled, saved and filled with His Holy Spirit; We need to ask God to show us our hearts. What He reveals to us may be surprising; Or perhaps it could be something that was hidden, but now that it has been revealed we recognize it. Being aware of these “stumbling blocks” in advance, allows us the opportunity to seek change. It gives us a chance to ask God to “…create in me a clean heart…”, as King David asked. It gives us an advantaged opportunity to apply the word of God in our lives so that these things that could be obstacles are defeated. If it’s been awhile since you’ve asked God to reveal what’s in your heart, ask Him today. He is faithful to show you the condition of your heart. Plus, He’ll show you in His word how to get rid of the “stumbling blocks”. As children of God, we have benefits. Because of Jesus Christ our Savior, we can enter into the “Holy of Holies” and have direct communication with God. He will hear our prayers and He’s faithful to show us a more excellent way. So today, be bold and ask God to reveal to you the “stumbling blocks” of your hearts. If you ask Him, He is faithful to do it.

To God be the glory.

By Dianna Sensley

Fruits of Life (Inspired by Galatians 5:22-23)

Abide in me, and these things you will see.
Your Love will go deep like the ocean and sea. Your Joy will rise like the morning sun.
Burning away fog and wrongs that were done. Laughter will be a song in the courts of your home. While Peace stakes its claim in the depths of your soul.
Patience will instruct you and teach you to stand. Kindness will uphold you and lift you up by the hand.
You will see the handwriting of Goodness from beginning to end. It will follow and pursue you all the days that you live.
Faithfulness will be your clothes. Gentleness will be your robe.
Self-Control will be your guide and lead you on right roads.
Abide in me, and these things you will see. The Fruits of Life are provided by Me.

By Alphonso Sensley II

Bad Days

“The situations we sometimes see as delays, disappointments, and inconveniences: are often just characteristics and features of the road that leads us to our promise land.”

I wrote that sentence a few weeks ago and really had to remind myself about that today.

Today wasn’t a great day at work. In fact it was a bad day. You know those days where it seems like nothing goes according to plan. To top it off I was supposed to go out with friends tonight, but ended up having to work later than expected. Yeah, I had one of those days.

When we have “bad days” we often wonder what purpose they serve. How can a day when nothing goes right be a part of God’s plan? But when I think about people in the Bible like Joseph. Who had what we would characterize as many “bad days”; Even “bad years”. Yet Joseph always pressed forward and trusted that God’s promises could not be voided. What God promised will be fulfilled if we stay focused and keep our eyes on Him!

So tonight I’m thankful for God’s word that has the power to lift us up when we’re down. The power to comfort us when we are sad. And the power to change and renew our minds at any time! Tonight I’m thankful that He knows my name! Im thankful that on the good days and the bad days my steps are still ordered! I’m thankful to be His son!

By Alphonso Sensley II

#NightThoughts #TheFatherIsNear #OrderedSteps #DevineDirection

Living a Christian Life…

Living a Christian Life…
You’ll often feel like the odd one out. Good! You’re outside of the drama. You’re outside of the mess. You’re outside of the headaches & heartaches.

You’ll probably get called a square. Embrace it! You are! That’s why you don’t fit in their circle. Don’t worry, you’ll come to find there are plenty of squares just like you! LOL

You’ll sometimes feel that you’re missing out. Or That God is trying to keep fun away from you. Believe me; You’re not missing nothing! And You’re on the path towards God’s Best! There is no good thing He will withhold from you! Be patient and Keep going!

You’ll find friends. You’ll lose friends. People will come; And people will go.
Some relationships will have seasons, it’s just the way it goes. Just keep your eyes on Jesus; and you’ll never be alone.

You’ll get tired. You’ll grow weary. You won’t feel like doing what you’re supposed to. But then, you’ll remember that His grace is sufficient! You’ll remember that His strength is made perfect in your weakness! You will remember that you can do All Things Through Christ who strengthens you!

So, you’ll get up.
You’ll put on that whole armor.
In His strength; you’ll go on
You will. You can. You must continue;
Living a Christian Life.

By Alphonso Sensley II