A Warning for America

God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and applies restraint to His power because of repentance. He loves us will with an everlasting love that many cannot fully comprehend. Yet, God is a jealous God and His fury is certain to fall upon the wicked.

Yesterday, I shared with you God’s mercy on Nineveh. Shortly after I finished the post, the Holy Spirit said to tell you the rest of the story as a warning to you, America (His words, not mine).

Nineveh accepted the mercy that God extended toward them for a little while, but they returned to their wicked ways with pride, idolatry, whoredom,  lies, robbery, oppression of the poor, and other evil plots. Because of this, God turned against them as He planned to do before they repented a century earlier (go read it in Nahum).

Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.

The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies.

What do you conspire against the LORD? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time. -Nahum 1:6-9

Therefore, I admonish you to make peace. Do not attempt to undo what God has graciously done. Pursue peace! Be at peace with God and all men. Are you a friend of God or a foe?

Do not contend with God! You are no match for Him.

In His name,

Crystal Monae’

 

 

Are You Angry?

Is it right for you to be angry about the outcome of the election? The answer is NO! God can do whatever pleases Him. God can relent, even when it comes to the popular vote.

Major apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and priestly citizens have been fasting and praying all over the world for a president who will honor God and Christian principles-for a president who would not take this nation farther away from God. Those prayers were fervent and effectual, and the answer came with amazement. When people fast and pray, our sovereign God can change His mind.

Do not be angry! To be angry at the outcome, is to be prideful and idolatrous.

The Holy Spirit led me to the book of Jonah to confirm the word that I give to you today. Jonah, a prophet of God, was commanded to deliver a message to the people of Nineveh that they would be overthrown in forty days because of their wicked ways. After Jonah delivered the message, the people of Nineveh cried out to God in repentance, everyone from the king to the least of them. For the king of Nineveh said, “Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?”

God heard their cries, and He did relent!

Jonah was furious; after all he had been through to get the message to Nineveh (the well known story), God changed his mind. Did I say that Jonah was furious? He was indeed! He left the city, sulked in the hot sun, and asked God to take his life.

Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry.”- Jonah 4:4

With the use of a plant, God went on to teach  Jonah a lesson about being angry because of His sovereignty (go read it for yourself). Jonah was angry because God had mercy, and Jonah was angry because of how he looked as a prophet of God, giving a word that would not come immediately to fruition.

Likewise, we want mercy, but we do not want to extend it. Extend mercy to Trump!

Instead of thanking God for His mercy on this nation, people are actually protesting. I have warned you before about protesting.

Do not let your carnal minds have rule over the Spirit that lives in you!

God can do what He wills. First, you must acknowledge that God is in control, and that your voice is weak compared to His (so is your vote). You may not like His choice or the person that He uses to accomplish His will, but you should respect it.

Will you be angry with God?

Trust God,

Crystal Monae’

 

 

His Government

I woke up this morning to these words whispered by the Holy Spirit:

The government will be upon His shoulders.

Yes, “and the government will be upon His shoulders.” It is written!

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. – Isaiah 9:6-7

We know that this is true. Jesus was sent to be the light of the world-to reign and rule forever, so do not walk in darkness. See the great light! God and government go together, and we must stop pushing Him out! It is His government. He established it, and without Him, we make plans by the hands of prideful men. When this happens, judgement is sure to come.

Everything that is built without God is sure to fall down!

God will send a word against it, and it will crumble. And it will be God who causes it to fail (remember the Tower of Babel).  If we are to make America great again, we must give the government to God. We must humble ourselves, and put God back into government. Cry out to God. His mercy endures forever!

For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.-Isaiah 9:12b

Abundant peace,

Crystal Monae’

Daily Devotion

Our commitment to God is not as it should be, but we are a committed people. We commit to things, causes, people, and ideas. So committing is not the problem. Choosing what to commit to, and how much, is. How do we divide our attention or time on a daily basis reveals what, and to whom, we are devoted to.

If you find yourself sitting in a long line waiting for a cup of coffee each morning, you are devoted. If you go to the gym daily or 3-5 times a week? You are devoted. Do you show up for work as required? You are devoted. Do you intentionally call a friend on a regular basis? That’s devotion.  In essence, you are devoted to coffee, your body, your job, and a person.

Or maybe you read a devotional each morning to center yourself? That too is devotion, and it is a great way to begin your day, focusing on God. However, devotion is not simply a perfunctory task or relative to time. It is about having a sustaining loyalty and honor for God with reverence. And this is incredibly important, mainly so that you are not deceived and tossed by every wind and doctrine. Paul wrote this to the Corinthians:

But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. – 2 Corinthians 11:3

 

For us, this means that we do not to come into agreement with every movement, with every law/policy made by man, or with all advice/counsel that we receive. We miss God because we jump on the bandwagon of others. Being devoted to God in Spirit and in truth will help to guard against deception that will take you far from Him.

Friends,

God wants all of you. He wants you to come to Him with the issues of life. Do you need to recommit? Make God your daily bread.

Crystal Monae’

Return to God

I stopped to visit a lady every day at the same time. She was dear to me – a very lovely lady. Every time I asked how she was doing, her response was: “blessed and highly favored.” I found this particularly strange on days that she said it without a smile; indeed, sometimes there were three deep lines in the shape of a v stacked between her eyebrows. Something was on her mind, but she remained “blessed and highly favored” with conversation that was always sweet and full of grace. I felt such a peace when in her presence that I looked forward to our appointments each day. For an hour I would ask her questions about herself, discovering more about myself at every meeting. Those days were definitely special. Week after week and then month after month our appointments continued, but one day I could not meet with her because I had lunch with a friend. I felt bad. I knew that she would be disappointed, but I could see her the next day. Tomorrow came. We talked and it was a delight as usually, but I could only stay for thirty minutes. I felt cheated. The next day I could not meet with her because my child was sick. The sickness continued for a week, and that week my hours at work changed. I would not be able to meet at that time any longer, so I called to tell her I would see her later in the evenings. I did for a few days, but then I was unable to keep the new schedule because I had to cook dinner and help the children with their homework. Then, Bible Study, community service, a concert, the gym, my hair done, basketball practice for the boys, working late, game days, and on and on. I didn’t see her again for a full month. Things were not the same. Instead of finding out about her, I began talking all about me. We continued on this way. Days would go by, sometimes weeks or months. Our relationship was strained, but I always went back. I just never knew when I would be able to. I missed my time with her and she constantly told me that she missed me.

Dear Friends,

God is longing to meet with you. Having face-to-face time with God helps us to remember who we are. His presence brings peace and blessing. Spending time with our creator should be a priority because our need for Him is greater than our need for or to do anything else. Return to God.

Agape,

Crystal Monae’

 

Just Wait

Are you moved by current events in our nation? America is in a state of unrest, and the people of God are agitated. Among the violence, natural disasters, and widespread corruption is uncertainty about the future of our country. If you are anything like me, you may be in anticipation of what God will do concerning these things that we see with our natural eyes.  Much like the prophet Habakkuk, who wrote this concerning the burdens that he saw:

O Lord, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
There is strife, and contention arises.
Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds. – Habakkuk 1:2-4

I watch. I pray. I stir the gifts in me, and I wait with my trust fully in God. It is God’s glory that I want displayed. God replied to Habakkuk that the answer will come with amazement; likewise, I know that it will. Just wait and see!

In the meantime, stir up the gift of God in you. Spread the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Find out where can you make a difference, and act now.

adventure-awaits

In His name,

Crystal Monae’

 

 

Heart Attack

Many people are at enmity with God and do not know it. Over time we have become desensitized to the things of God. What was once reverenced is now mocked. What was once sacred is now made common. What was once holy is now ridiculed, but here it is in plain words:

God, and everything about Him, is always holy.

How is it that what was once important becomes utterly unimportant? The answer is not simple at all, because little by little we minimize the importance of God in our lives. When you choose to watch a television series or a movie that glamorizes immorality, you say, ‘God cannot have my eyes.’ When you choose to listen to jokes in poor taste, you say, ‘God cannot have my ears.’ When you choose to curse, to swear in the name of God, or to gossip you say, ‘God cannot have my mouth.’ When you choose to overeat, you say, ‘God cannot have my belly.’ When you continually entertain impure thoughts, you say, ‘God cannot have my mind.’ Day after day, you willfully withhold from God parts of yourself, and before you know it, God does not have any of you and you have become your own god. What are you withholding?

Ultimately, all of these things cause calluses to form on your heart and eventually, you will have a heart of stone. You must repent and hallow God once again. When you return to God, here is the Good News:

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them – Ezekiel 36:26-27

Let’s return to God and His kingdom culture!

Grace and peace,

Crystal Monae’

 

Pride

The Bible describes pride as a deadly sin, and in fact, pride contributed to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Pride reveals a self-reliance that excludes God and His sovereignty.  It was the original sin, and it is the root of all sin.
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. – Psalm 10:4
God hates pride. Nevertheless, we live in a culture that loves pride. We even have pride movements, like White Pride, Black Pride, and Gay Pride! God is not pleased! God will not parade around with you as you unite to put your pride on full display. When you display pride, you make yourself an enemy to God. Have you forgotten the seven things that God hates? Among them are a proud look, hands that shed innocent blood, and one who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19). We must remove all forms of pride from our lives.
How is pride defined in the dictionary?
-a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people (Merriam-Webster)
-a feeling that you are more important or better than other people (Merriam-Webster)
-a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. (dictionary.com)
When you esteem your life as more significant than others, you are operating in pride. When you defend yourself, you are operating in pride. When you speak when God says hush, you are operating in pride. When you make decisions apart from God, you are operating in pride.
What can we do to kill pride? Repentance and humility.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6b
Repent! Abundant grace is available. Boast only in God’s ability to save and redeem!
Lord, I ask that you reveal the spirit of pride so that the strongman can be bound. I pray that all forms of pride are uprooted from our lives. As You destroy the pride of life, let Your love cover us.
In the name of Jesus,
Crystal Monae’

Tears

Often times, we believe that God does not care what we are experiencing, that He does not know about the death of our loved ones or that He neglected to do anything about it, especially when it occurs time and time again, as people are being murdered in the streets, in theaters, in shopping malls, and in schools.

God does care! God does see! Our tears matter to God. David wrote in Psalm 56:8-9:

You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
When I cry out to You,
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because God is for me.

God is for you! He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. All of these atrocious happenings are to magnify our need for God, that we may trust in His ability to heal, even to heal our entire land.

So go ahead and cry, for God will cry with you and because of you, but trust Him despite what your natural eyes see! Believe that He is who He says that He is and that He can make whole again! The death and resurrection of Lazarus testifies that what I am saying is true.

Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?”

They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”

Jesus wept. – John 11:32-35

Beloved, do not miss God in this hour. He is near and He desires your whole heart. I encourage you to read Luke 19 (Jesus weeps over Jerusalem) to know the heart of God more. He loves us so much!

Peace be unto you,

Crystal Monae’