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Faith that Amaze Jesus!

Matthew 8:13- Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

There is an ole family song called “I believe” the words to speak our faith. It says… I Believe, I Believe, I believe in the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost all makes one. I can’t touch Him, and His face I can’t see, but I Believe!

Today, so many people are putting their efforts into learning the latest cults and new age doctrines of these false religions. But there is only one true and living God who has proven himself over and over again. That is Jesus the Christ! The Centurion was a military officer in the Roman army, who had control over a hundred soldiers and they were all hated by the Jews for their oppressive, controlling and ridiculing behavior towards them. wp-1460726429621.jpg

Amazingly, this Roman officer could have let many obstacles stand between him and Jesus. Such as pride, doubt, money, language, distance, time, self-sufficiency, power, race etc. But he didn’t. Nothing was standing in his way of approaching Jesus and requesting Jesus to heal his young soldier, who was paralyzed and in pain.

What is keeping you from Christ?

Jesus was amazed by a gentile, this Roman soldier’s faith, so much so even Jesus recognizes that the Centurion soldier has put to shame the pompous piety of many Jewish religious leaders. Jesus says that many of the religious Jews who should be in the kingdom would be excluded because of their lack of faith.

It is God’s desire to heal! God is willing to heal you!

 We must be careful not to become so set in our religious habits that we expect God to work only in specified ways. Don’t limit God by your mind-set wp-1460726412014.jpgand lack of faith. Have the faith that will amaze Jesus! We ought to engage ministry with the expectation and faith that God saves, heals and sets people free today!

Rev. Sakinah O’ Kane- Smith

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The Brokenhearted !

 

Psalm 34:18– The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The troubles of life do not discriminate and for that reason we can’t escape them when they invade our lives. Isn’t funny how trouble always comes knocking at your door at the most inopportune time. I mean I was just happy about getting over the last trouble and here you come again. I know I am not by myself! Can I get an Amen Somebody? 51a15a5bcf285a06f94116e3ce1bac6a.jpg

The pain we endure, the grief and loss we suffer, the failure we have to live through, the daily frustrations of everyday life is constantly wearing us down. God promises us hope and he says He will be close to the brokenhearted. I know when I am feeling broken inside, I feel this overwhelming sense of abandonment and isolation, BUT God said he will be with us. There is nothing like being in the presence of God when you are in pain. In His presence there is a source of power that is unexplainable. I know, I know what you are saying, Rev. Sakinah you don’t know what I am going through and God ain’t thinking about me, and if He is thinking about me… what is taking Him soooo long to deliver me out of this mess? Well, can I ask how did it take you to get in your mess? When trouble strikes, don’t take matters into your own hands and then get frustrated with God when things don’t go according to your plan. Instead, admit that you need God and thank Him for being by your side!

Rev. Sakinah O’Kane- Smith- Soul Care

Apply Truth to My Innerparts

Psalm 51:6 –Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place

If “Truth” be told we all desire healing in our hearts, it is in the abundance of our hearts that the mouth speaks. The Hebrew translation for inner parts is parallel to the Heart.  King David mourns over his sinful acts of killing Bathsheba’s husband Urriah and more over, it cost him the life of his son. David acknowledges his sin should not be excused. He knew from the womb his(inner parts) what was the right behavior to do instead he failed to obey what is lawful with God. David not only seeking forgiveness but he was seeking divine instructions.  Can I ask you today, to use your sanctified minds and just consider David’s request for the Truth was a divine expectation of instruction to be internalized so that he may be taught the wisdom of God. the gospel

The sincerity and true self-discernment which God requires can only come of spiritual insight. Our spiritual discernment which is synonymous with the fear of Jehovah, in addition is the practical principle of right conduct. Where should backsliding children return, but to the Lord their God, who alone can heal them? Truth is necessary for the real healing to flow. David divinely teaches an account of the workings of his heart toward God. Those that truly repent of their sins, will not be ashamed to own their repentance. He is encouraged, in his repentance, to hope that God would graciously accept him. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; to this God looks, in a returning sinner. God wants to place truth over your wounds. Where there is truth, God will give wisdom.

 Rev. Sakinah O’ Kane- Smith

One Touch !

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Matthew 8: 14) When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s, mother –in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. 15) But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him.

Our Lord Jesus used many different “methods” in ministering to the sick. Jesus was not concerned with how the last person got healed, because he is not consumed with methodology. He was simply discerning what His Father in heaven was doing. It is our hearts desire to be in the Will of God at all times.  Many Christians seem to be preoccupied with searching of an anointed “method” or “formula” for healing the sick. There is no such thing, God alone heals and no one can force his hand.  I am reminded of a song by Bishop Paul S Morton and the words to this song is like a simple prayer request, Lord whatever you doing in this season Please! Don’t do it without me.” What a simple request and a moment of realization that we can’t do anything without God. We must solely depend on the Holy Spirit!  

            Peter’s mother in-law gives us a beautiful example to follow, she had a need and Jesus fulfilled her need with a simple Touch! Oh what joy it is to be touched by the Lord! The fever left her and she got immediately and began to show her gratitude by preparing him a meal.

 Has God ever helped you through a dangerous or difficult situation? If you answered Yes, How can we express our gratitude to Him?

 In Closing, God has promised us all the rewards of his Kingdom, we should look for ways to serve him and his followers.

 Rev. Sakinah O’Kane- Smith

Emotional Deposit… Simply Me

Ok I am focused Now… I have been under fire with family, school, life’s demands and I really wished I could just disappear. Have you ever felt like that? I wondered if I just vanished like the rapture how would life go on without me. I’m wondering about the people who depends on me so much and even my enemies will they find someone else to hate? ( chuckling) that doesn’t matter really. Just a random thought…Honestly. I have tried and tried again but my heart won’t let my passion for writing go. I just can’t seem to shake this writing fever. I love blogging, sharing my thoughts, sharing my life and most of all the feedback from my readers… You guys are the Best!  There is such a sense of freedom when the “Simply Me” comes out. I wear so many hats these days boy I tell you I am even confused on which one to put on when issues arise in my life. Should I be the Pastor, friend, sister, mother or just plain ole “ME.”?

So I have decided to be me and would like to re-introduce myself…Hi My name is Sakinah and I am a loving, outgoing, funny, caring, witty, ambitious, think on her feet go getter who wants to live life to its fullest potential. I realize that daily someone loses their life and we often hear the sad stories wpid-img_20140127_090635.jpgabout the person who has gone too soon. So I am here to stay and while I am here I will like for you to share my world. I  invite you into my daily discussions on just about anything that comes to mind food, church, life, leadership  you name it I’ll discuss it….Woo hoo I’m feeling free already. One of life’s biggest challenges is to be authentic, living a false life will have you bound to lies and fabricated fantasy that would be hard to make a reality. Take it from me I heard it all and seen it all, it is just not worth it. Learning how to express your true self will come with a boat load of honesty with first yourself and then with others. Let your flaws be know it will paint a better picture of you as you go through life challenges and struggles you are enduring as you right your wrongs. And remember NO One is Perfect!. We all deserve a second, third, forth, fifth chance at life to change, to be renewed and be regenerated in some areas in our lives so why not go for it?

I know life’s demands are jabbing at you to invoking you to make an emotional and crazy  response. So I say think about how you will respond to life, because it will respond back to you depending on your decision. How will you respond to the hand life deals you today? Life is sometimes a gamble, but you are the MVP of your life team. will you get fearful and fold? or will you try to ignore it? or pull your boot straps up and face your opponent in confidence knowing that life won’t always this way.  Hey, let me share this with you God is calling us ceaselessly through every circumstance of life? Through every attack and every battle and Yet He is measuring every spiritual attack that the enemy is allowed to wield against us. So let me drop this emotional deposit on you… God uses every attack to help you to identify areas of needed growth and healing.

In your quiet time today? ask the Holy Spirit to clarify those areas that needs growth and healing and Journal it.

please feel free to comment and share your thoughts…. Love Always Simply Sakinah….

A Friend is Like A Good Bra!

Finally In the most empathic way I asked myself the question What have I done to deserve a life with such continuing struggle?  I believe that we are created to be relational to all things created by God. However, there is a need to be free from the external and internal influences clouding out true desires that drives us to become islands, we truly crave to be seen, known, understood and valued to have someone to kiss our faces, hold us close, makes us  feel cared for and in a word “LOVED”.

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Relationships are sacred because they provide life’s grandest opportunity. It is the only opportunity to create and produce the experience of your highest conceptualization of “Self.” Relationships fail when you see them as life’s grandest opportunity to create and produce the experience of your highest conceptualization of another…. No one can produce the real You but YOU!

Remember, Experience produces concept of self, conception produces creation, and creation produces experience. Life is an interesting exercise in defining what is “fun”.

I used this phrase because it made sense to me that Friends are like a Good Bra, one I wear bras and it is always good to wear a good supportive one at that, you don’t need everything hanging out for everyone to see…and it must be close to my heart, supportive, comfortable and lifts me up when everything is hanging low and most of all it makes me look better!

If you  want to make the most of love,you need to do your homework… This week just look at one occasion in any relationship, whether it’s with your Spouse, a Colleague, a friend or family member, when you Notice yourself getting angry or feeling unliked, misunderstood, unwanted or judged…Shift your perception by focusing on these three steps

1. Focus on something positive outside of the situation in the environment.

2. Find one or two redeeming quality about that person or situation

3. Instead of assuming something is going to be negative, say to yourself, “i’m going to whatever I can in this situation to ensure a positive outcome.”

Most of All Make the Most of Life’s grandest opportunities…Rev.Sakinah O’Kane- Smith

Post Traumatic Church Disorder “The Experience”

I’ve always wondered why I felt like my head was about to explode with thoughts that were in a cloud of smoke after the church leadership crap I went through over the years. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I read a quote in a book about “church trauma” – and that’s when a light went on and I had an “A Ha” moment. I believe people who experience some kind of church trauma have various experiences, reactions and symptoms.lil-durk-traumatized

I have experienced a severe, negative, almost allergic reaction to inflexible doctrine and outright abuse of spiritual power. Internally my symptoms were exposed to unlimited moments of withdrawal from all things religious, failure to believe in anything, depression, anxiety, anger, grief, loss of identity, despair, moral confusion, and, most notably, the loss of desire and an inability to darken the door of a place of worship. Physically my symptoms were ongoing episodes that varied from time to time with cold sweats, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations and increased blood pressure.

 “Church trauma” can be defined as a very deep and tricky wound inflicted on (people) by the very institution of healing, the church, which did not live up to its own calling and which – an almost devilish scheme – has badly hurt those whose (gifts and) ministries it needed most.”- Houses that Change the World, Wolfgang Simson

For many years my church experiences always left a lasting effect as if I was involved in a head on collision with a train wreck of pain and hurt leaving me with spiritual whiplash, broken bones, bruises, welts and lacerations. It has left me feeling alone and scared and suffering. It has left me with a boatload of internal and external symptoms every time I tried to express my feelings about the hurt  to persons of spiritual authority and their response was telling me it’s all in my head and would go away if I just had more faith and fight. It has been difficult to walk into a church.

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As I envision myself walking into a church I envision myself walking into my own prison and locking door behind me. Maybe that’s not you or maybe you share the same experience and find yourself taking the long way on the highway to avoid the sight of a church building or even standing in the pulpit. But lately I have felt “stuck” and I didn’t know how to move forward and my motivation was gone and I didn’t know how to get it back! It’s like the church stole the “soul” of my life through the pain and mistreatment.

So, I started to do some refection, research and began to blog my journey and findings. I plan to write more about the effects of church trauma (that I am discovering) and also how to experience healing. My prayer is that hopefully one day I WILL be able to help others, no matter what level of church trauma has affected them.

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