LAKERS LEGEND GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN (RIP KOBE BRYANT)

On January 26, 2020, the internet shocked the world by sharing the news of a helicopter crashed in Calabasas, C.A killing 9 people; Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna, among them. The news spread like wild fire as media outlets like TMZ covered the scene play by play, in real time. The tragedy was uploaded and posted on the world wide web, before loved ones could even be contacted. Could you imagine finding out your spouse or child died, simply by turning on your TV or scrolling through instagram?

In an era where social media has become reality, I can’t help but think what this world has come too. Death is all around us and no one knows when their time will come. However, we do know that death is inevitable and everyone is born with an expiration date. The death of a Legend has left many people with heavy hearts. Basketball fans around the world are mourning. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted [Matthew 5:4]. These are the moments that need to keep us connected with one another, letting our loved ones know how much they are loved. No one knows why things happen or when things will happen. The only thing we know for certain is that God is in control of all things.

During times like this, it can feel as though God is no where to be found. But, His word reminds us that The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit [Psalm 34:18]. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [Psalms 147:3]. Let us pray for Kobe Bryant’s family and those families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy. May God give them peace and comfort through their grieving process and kept their strength as they face the harsh reminders through social media outlets. His legacy will continue for generations and generations. RIP KOBE

HELP ME I CANT STOP SINNING!

Have you every prayed to God asking him to deliver you from “This” or remove “that” from your life? Yet, the next week you are still doing that very thing you asked God to take away?

Lord, please remove me from this toxic relationship because I know it is unhealthy and you are not in the center. A few days later, you run into that person at the store. You are reminded of your attraction and instantly become flooded with lust and temptation. They ask you out for dinner and you agree, forgetting about your prayers days before.

Lord, please deliver me from drinking as I want to be of sober mind and make my temple a holy place for your dwelling. A few days later, you find yourself having car trouble, arguing with your spouse and you found out you didn’t get that promotion you were expecting… so you choose to pick up that bottle of alcohol instead of picking up your bible?

In these examples, we are reminded how human we truly are. Yes, we can pray and ask God for his help to overcome worldly desires but we have to be reminded that we are sinful by nature. Although you may want to do good, evil will always be right there with you. In romans chapter 7, Paul writes “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! [Romans 7:21-25].

What is likely to happen is you will begin to feel convicted. Your Spirit is telling you “Hey, I know you want to do this but it is not of God” while your flesh is screaming “yes, more!” This is a spiritual battle between The Flesh and The Spirit. Apostle Paul says it best when he reminds us of this constant battle between the mind and the heart. Paul writes “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” [Romans 7:18-20].

Today, I encourage you to be reminded of what you are capable and incapable of doing. Do not dwell on your sins but instead rejoice in salvation! God doesn’t want you feeling guilt or shame because of your poor choices, instead he wants you to come to Him in repentance for He already knows that you are sinful by nature. The only way for you to be filled with godly desires is to ask the source, GOD! You are not condemned for your actions. You have already been forgiven. While others may judge and point fingers at you, God is waiting for you with open arms. His grace is sufficient. His love is unconditional. He loves you for you, not for what you can or cannot do. Be reminded of whose you are! You are set free from the sins of slavery and have been made right through Jesus Christ.

THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE

There are no words to describe the feeling of losing a loved one. Life will never be the same. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot [Ecclesiastes 3:1-2]. As humans, we are limited to the infinite knowledge and wisdom that God has. We often look at things from a worldly perspective, not realizing that earth is not our true home.

We are born with an expiration date. It is sad when people are taken before what we think is “there time” and that is the true test of faith. Can we still trust God when he took our loved one? Will our faith increase as we work through grief? How can we live without this person and still remain grounded in faith?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths [Proverbs 3:5-6]. Grief is a process that can take up to 7 months or 7 years. There is no time limit to dealing with grief. Allow yourself the space and time to heal. Our loved ones will never be forgotten. We must cherish the memories and good times that we had with that person. As we continue on this journey of life without that person, Let us be reminded of God’s glory.

Today, I am praying for those who are dealing with grief and loss. I pray for your heart to be soften and your faith to increase. I pray for and pain and hurt to become peace and understanding. I pray that this day you will reflect back on good memories and lean on The Lord as your comfort knowing that your loved one is no longer in a place that is filled with evil, sin and suffering. Your loved one’s name was written in the book of life and they are in Heaven. A place that knows no evil. no pain. no suffering. A place that angels roam and peace is overflowing. A place where Joy fills the atmosphere and love covers the soul. I am praying for your strength to endure these difficult days. It is okay to mourn. It is okay to cry. Let it out and pour it on God through your prayers and faith. In Jesus mighty name, AMEN.

Jesus Did For Me What I Could Never Do!

As I sit and reflect on the life of Jesus Christ, I am reminded of what He did. Jesus came into this world to teach others how to understand the will and ways of God. His entire life was a mission and he did not stop until it was completed. He spent many days of fasting without food or water. He spent many days praying and encouraging others to repent and change their ways. His mission was to unite The Creator with His creation.

Jesus did for me what I could never do for myself. He broke the chains of bondage and freed us from a yolk of slavery. We are no longer slaves to sin and instead have freedom in Christ.

“We know that the person we used to be was crucified with him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin. The person who has died has been freed from sin.” – Romans 6:6-7

Jesus restored our relationship with God and allowed us to have direct access to Him through our faith and prayers. He brought the gift of The Holy Spirit and those who believe will receive. Ultimately, his death and resurrection brought salvation to the world!

Could you imagine being nailed to a cross? Giving up your home, job, or car? How about leaving your family and friends to live in the wilderness? Jesus can. Jesus did. Today, I am grateful for God’s grace and love. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son , that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life [John 3:16].

HELLO 2020!

Dear Faith Fam,

A new decade has arrived. It is the 20th year of the 21st century and SmileWithFaith is praying this will be the year of breakthrough! Let us pray for a year of growth and success. May God work in the lives of those he has called. May you be a willing vessel to fulfill His will on earth as it is in Heaven. Let The Lord guide your path each day of the year and lead you down the path of righteousness. Pray for clarity of your visions and healing for those who are ill. Pray for understanding to overcome and patience to endure. Pray for financial relief and restoration over debt. Be grateful for your current circumstances despite what troubles arise. Regardless of where you are in life or where you may want to be, never forget that you have Favor in your life. If God be for you, than who can be against you?

Let this year pour down the blessings God has in store for you. May you be prepared to receive and remain a steadfast spirit to stay focused throughout the year. Rejoice in a new year and be filled with God’s love. His grace is sufficient and his Love is unfailing. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness [Lamenations 3:22-23].

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; May you seek the Lord with all of your heart, all of your mind and all of your soul ALL 2020!

SmileWithFaith is coming back better than ever! There will be new bible studies, testimonies of the week and blog posts! Stay tuned for what is in store this year!

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He Is Our Tomorrows

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord [Psalm 139:4]. God not only created the entire Universe from scratch, dividing oceans from clouds and mountains from land but He also created mankind in his image. His omnipresent abilities allows him to bend time, seeing into the future. In fact, God is time. His kingdom is eternal. He knows what is going to happen before it happens.

In the book of Genesis, we read about several events regarding the descendants of Abraham that showed God’s ability to see into the future. When Jospeh was brought to Pharaoh to interpret a dream, God revealed a secret into the future. God allowed Joseph to understand the meaning of the dream and was sent as a warning for all of the people. The land of Egypt would be prosperous for the next 7 years and will be in a severe famine for the next 7 years after. God warned Jospeh about this event nearly 15 years before it was going to take place! Due to Joseph’s obedience, he was able to save thousands of people from dying of starvation by storing up food during the years of prosperity.

Fear is a trick of the enemy that can seep into the unconscious mind, bringing anxious or fearful thoughts. These ungodly thoughts follow us throughout the day and can lead into tomorrow. Such thoughts of trouble eventually become a heavy burden to the Spirit. So, how can you break free from such thoughts or feelings? How was Jospeh able to overcome 7 years of a famine that spread throughout the world? He was obedient and trusted God.

The great F.B Meyer once said “He is our tomorrows. All the tomorrows of our life must pass through him before the can get to us”. There is nothing that can happen to God’s creations, without God’s consent. As we step into a new day bringing old thoughts, let us refresh our souls and renew our minds on God’s word.

Could you imagine if Joseph allowed his fear to control him, instead of preparing for what is to come? Jospeh could have ran away, hidden in a cave or told Pharaoh a different interpretation. Yet, Jospeh was honorable and knew that he was not created with a spirit of fear. There was no time to waste on worry or anxiety. He had to start and move forward into his tomorrows with complete faith. Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? [Matthew 6: 25-27].

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Leave the troubles of yesterday behind because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

The Yoke is Easy and The Burden is Light

Jesus Reminds Us . . .

that whatever burden we are carrying, with him, we will always overcome. Jesus provides rest to the weary and most importantly, He wants to be there for you. If anyone knows a struggle, it is the Son of God. He was mocked, ridiculed, spit on, beat up and even nailed on a cross. Yet, did he do anything to deserve such treatment? Of course not, Jesus was sinless.

Jesus reminds us that our current situation, regardless of how bad it is, will pass. No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

As the days continue to go by, remember what Jesus said. Jesus provides peace, protection and love. He is with us every second of every day. There is nothing that we are unable to overcome, for He has already paid the price and granted us authority on earth. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

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