Monthly Archives: March 2017

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ≈ Ephesians 6:16

Have you ever felt like a bullseye was on your back? With a homing device locked-in… that guided fiery darts to land in the center circle. Even as a Believer, fiery darts can pierce your heart, shatter your thoughts, and captivate your mind. Fiery darts, those dispiriting disruptions… harbingers of chaos and confusion. Ranging from minor disappointments to overwhelming crises that cause you to say or at least think… @#$%!

By identifying theses fiery darts: delay, discouragement, difficulty, depression, and doubt… you can defend against them by putting on the shield of faith. Exercising your God-given supernatural authority to protect yourself against the fiery darts of the enemy. You can also, learn to quench the fiery darts before they attack you!

When delay makes, you believe the blessing will never come… Faith insists, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:1).

When depression causes you to feel like it’s not worth it… Faith insists, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

When difficulty tells you that life is too hard… Faith insists, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

When discouragement tells you that things won’t get better… Faith insists, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

When doubt causes you to think that you’ll never get your heart’s desire… Faith insists, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).

Don’t think your fiery darts strange. They happen to everyone. They are a part of life. The goal is when faced with a fiery dart… not to react in a negative manner. Don’t go berserk. Stay cool! Take a deep breath. Whisper a prayer. Then embrace your shield of faith.

Cloak yourself in the shield of faith… divine inspiration that allows you to stand bravely against every fiery dart that comes your way. Knowing that your faith, which is patient and enduring is your God-given shield of protection. Knowing that God can use a fiery dart for good in your life and those around you.

Therefore, when you get a fiery dart aimed at you, don’t be afraid, don’t give up, don’t worry about getting even. You know the source of all fiery darts. So, just tell God about it and raise your shield of faith up high… protecting yourself from the crown of your head to sole of your feet.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! ≈ Mark 10:23

What is the right attitude towards wealth? A basic question to consider when deciding “about our perspectives and decisions in relation to material things—particularly material wealth” (Link, 2013).

It’s surmised that for many, wealth is the excessive abundance of possessions and the status that money can buy. Riches above the means needed to enjoy the comforts of this world. Beyond the realm of what Maslow, Alderfer, and scholars affirm all humans need. Where wealth is stored up, idolized, vigorously indulged in, and tirelessly pursued.

Though wealth can buy material things like property, power, and position… It can’t buy integrity, love, or peace. Besides, wealth isn’t a sign of God’s favor. Wealth is a gift from God to be used in His service for the good of all His people. When God choose to give us excessive material wealth. May we have the courage to accept… that material wealth can become a dangerous idol. Matthew 16:26 asks…what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Although it may seem, there is nothing that the rich have in common with the poor. Proverbs 22:2 states… the Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all (NIV). Faithful men and women of God, can be rich or poor as declared in Genesis 13:2, Deuteronomy 8:18, 2 Chronicles 17:3-5, Job 1:1-3, Matthew 27:57, Mark 12:41-44, Luke 16:19-22, 19:2-9, Proverbs 22:2, and Luke 6:20. Hence, the children of God choose not to pursue wealth, but the Giver of wealth.

As, I pray to God in Jesus name. Not for an abundance of material excess… But, for enough… That which is sufficient, to do the things that God would have us to do. Trusting in Philippians 4:19, And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

I wonder if wealth—including monetary wealth, can simply be “the condition of being happy and prosperous” with “spiritual well-being” (OED).

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; ≈ Proverbs 2:6

Meriam-Webster, defines common sense as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts; the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions; ordinary good sense and judgment”.

Before I learned a lexicon definition of common sense, I gathered its meaning from my grandfather’s words. “Now where’s y’all common sense? What y’all did… didn’t make a lick of sense”. His favorite words for telling me, my brothers, and cousins that we didn’t think before we spoke or acted.  “Y’all got five senses. Use them… Y’all can see, smell, hear, taste, and touch. Now put them all together and don’t be foolish.” He told us… all those years ago.

Looking back, I realize that the common sense, my grandfather referred to include the ability to intuit outcomes based on our own individual observations. He expected each of us to estimate outcomes and discern right from wrong. The common sense needed to identify the difference between good and bad… by not only knowing to do better… but choosing to do better.

For Proverbs 3:21, tells us that wisdom and preference constitutes common sense.

My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion (ESV).

My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion (NIV).

My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them (NLT).

I think that common sense can benefit reason… maybe even give it an advantage in space and time. So, that we swiftly use our common sense to see things as they are and defend that which is true, against that which is false. So that we continuously proclaim that which is just no matter how small our voice may be in a sea of resounding noise.

I’m thankful… my grandfather taught his grandkids that common sense is invaluable… in the absence of… and in the presence of… academic knowledge and scientific data. James 1:5 affirms that… common sense is God given wisdom and understanding. Yet, common sense, doesn’t seem… so common anymore.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.