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A Second Touch!

Mark 8:23-25 – Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored and he could see everything clearly.

            Can you picture it, Jesus taking you by the hand out of the place, where you were ostracized, rejected, looked over and not fully accepted?  Did you ever need God to rescue you out of your darkest moment or maybe there are some things you just don’t see clearly. You said, Jesus I need a miracle right Now!

             At the beginning of this narrative, it tells us that some people brought the blind man to Jesus begging for Him to touch and heal the blind man. It is always a blessing to have some people in your life who care enough about you to bring you to Jesus for healing. Many times people will give household remedies, or un-godly advice and sometimes based off of their own experiences. There are some people who knows who to bring you too when you are in trouble and you have exhausted all other resources. wp-1461605310932.jpg

 Sometimes there are unseen aspects to healing. In this case, intimacy and time with Jesus is the essential ingredient. We read of Jesus leading the man out of the city holding his hand, picture it in your mind. Something happened, deeper than physical healing. Maybe he was being healed of a spirit of rejection, all his life people probably shunned him, and he was a beggar viewed as rejected and despised by God.  Let’s just reflect on the fact that Jesus had to lead him out of the city, because there are just some places that are not conducive for healing. For many, reason such as: unbelief or environments are hostile to healing and in some instances God’s ability to bless was being limited because of man’s ability to receive.  Has Jesus ever led you out of some place, comfort zone, city, church, job, or even a relationship that just wasn’t conducive for your healing, just so he can bless you? If not maybe you didn’t sit long enough to finish the work on you. Maybe you just like this blind man and need a second touch.

I realize there are times when God is trying to get our attention He may call your name more than once, just asks Samuel or maybe He will ask you three of the same questions, like he did Peter…. Do you love me more than these? Peter, then feed my sheep! ( John 21:15-17). Blindness to the understanding and thought life and we have to renew our minds daily so that we can change our worldly perspectives to a heavenly one. The eyes are useless when the mind is blind! wp-1461605337924.jpg

If you look closely, Jesus spit on the man’s eyes the first time and asked him can you see anything now? The man’s eyes were not fully opened, could be that he was straining to receive his deliverance, because maybe he is just many of us struggle from the negative self –talk we can’t see ourselves healed. Your healing can be held up, Proverb 6:2-3  encourages us to save ourselves from the entrapment you got caught up in by your own agreement of what you said out of your mouth.  Jesus had imparted divine life into this man, as He desires to do for us. Thank God for a second touch! Some healing are instant but in this story the healing was done in stages. Sometimes, God will heal us in stages so he can demonstrate spiritual truths in our lives. Often time, not always spiritual truth is not perceived the first time. The first touch was when he saw people like walking trees.

 The 25th verse says his sight was restored…. Hold Up any time you have something restored, that indicated that you had something before. In this case this man had sight before, but earlier in his life he couldn’t see things as clear. I sense the Lord saying, don’t be in a rush with me, “wait I am not done with you.” I gave you a glimpse of your healing, your deliverance, your vision but I need you to spend more time with me so I can touch your eyes a second time, so that you may see clearer than ever before. Daily seek God until you expire for clear directions, instructions for strategies to fulfill his assignments He has entrusted you with to demonstrate his power and His Will on earth.

Rev. Sakinah O’ Kane- Smith

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My Father Is A Workaholic!

John 5:16- 17, So the Jewish leader began harassing, Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. 17) But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I”

Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath at the Pool of Bethseda. Jesus asked the man a very important question who had been lying by the pool of Bethseda for thirty-eight years: Do You want to be made whole? In other words, do you care enough about your problem to do something about it- even if it requires on your part some action, effort, sacrifice, or even suffering? The first step in overcoming your problem whether it is emotional, physical or spiritual is to admit that you are in need and desire change.  Just as the man and many of us who are in need answered the Lord with self-pity.  Jesus sees you in need of help and sends a willing person to help do you play the victim role, and say there is no hope for me or nobody love me? Let me keep it real with you if you keep that attitude it is unlikely to experience healing.  In his glory, Jesus is gracious and knows your deepest desires, he cuts through your pity party and challenges you to “Get Up”, you don’t have time to wait for people to pity you “Get up” take your problem and move, surrender it to me and give me access to the un-surrender area in your life and let me heal you. Jesus always drops some heavy knowledge on us when he says, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself, and He does only what he sees the Father doing, Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.

Every waking moment of life the Father and His son is working, no vacations, no rest, Justwpid-e3961a1c046aa56d8c46b807aedc2b13.jpg waiting for access to those areas you need healing in. Do not neglect Jesus gracious gift to heal you. The man was not only healed physically, but his sins were forgiven and healed spiritually. This is what Jesus means to be “Whole” he leave nothing undone if you let him in. If you desire a touch from the Lord, then I encourage you to ask yourself if you are ready to experience change and willing to do something about your situation. You will experience healing when you let God know you are obedient to His will and eager to do whatever it takes for you to be whole. He will send Jesus in the form of a person, a verse from His Word, or a new thought in your mind. Don’t Wait! Do what God tells you to do, He made you, and He knows how to fix precisely what is broken within You!

My brother and sister I encourage you to walk firmly away as did the man with his mat under his arm and testifying “Jesus Healed Me.” When God power brings about positive change in your life, don’t let doubters convince you these changes are only coincidence or a twist of fate.  Our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus is always working to prove doubters that we serve a living God that still able to heal and deliver us….Walk in your Healing!

 Rev. Sakinah O’ Kane- Smith

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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

A sweet Aroma

Just a couple of days ago I had an argument, but I would prefer to call it “heated fellowship” (Smile) with two family  members and in that instant I said some really hurtful things. I really acted out on my emotions. Have you ever had an emotional battle internally that spill out expressively with words and sometimes behavior we are not so proud of . Well I surely was at that place and when I calmed down I began to get convicted by my actions and realize I ended this heated fellowship in the wrong way. You see my intentions was to let Jesus take the wheel and calmly discuss ways to resolve our issues and make sure that the Christ in me, at the end of the day was left as the lasting memory. Like a lingering fragrance of a sweet aroma. IMG_3582

But instead this was an epic fail! I was so angry my vision was blurry and I started to see these family members like my enemy and didn’t identify the enemy for this conflict from the jump. Thank God for ten minute retreats. Honey my ten minute retreat help save a lot of lives… No I mean that literally. Ten minutes of silence in the presence of God. Wew…that was good and in my reflection I recognize my part in the heated exchange and I have decided to apologize for my actions. God showed me in this matter that I needed to have a different perspective of how I look at people and how I treat them.

Well, in the beginning God created Adam and Eve and through Christ we have become new creatures in this old planet. Consider this: shifting your perspective to see people through the eyes of God and as God’s creation is far more amazing than we seem to believe…We are made a little above the angels…God is so awesome making us Christians ambassadors, priest, kings and oracles to mold and transform this planet called earth until His return. And I know you don’t, because I surely don’t want to have another encounter with anyone else without them smelling my beautiful aroma of Jesus Christ!

So before you break the bank with buying the latest fragrances…You ought to break open your Word bank and get the aroma of  knowledge of Jesus Christ!  Really life would be so much easier…For Real this time….(smile) Rev. Sakinah

Who is Really Benefiting from Legalized Marijuana?

When I revisit a memory about Marijuana details is etched in my mind how neighborhood drug dealers would secretly pass their products in small bags to the customer.  The packaging changed over the years. As the world physically witness an illegal drug become legal. I often wonder how would this effect those who are addicted to the drug and the families that are connected to the drug user. Along with the various drug treatment programs , grant funding  that has helped and currently helping people recover from substance use. legalized weed I was watching  a familiar New York  news channel which had a special segment promoting the legalization of Marijuana in the state of Colorado. It is amazing how legalization can put a different “Spend” on something that was once bared the legal status as a  “controlled substance” go figure .

For many years and still today crime raids were conducted to stop the distribution and selling of marijuana.  The government went from being against drug selling to becoming drug dealers on a street level. I won’t touch the pharmaceutical  drug business. I realize that legalizing marijuana  was a decision made to increase the economy. clearly this decision will affect decreasing value of ones life.  If my memory serve me correct as I sit in complete horror I  have stepped into a sense of my past and I saw my baby brother handcuffed at a police station along with my mother that resulted from a drug raid. My brother was arrested and charged a stolen gun and nine grams of marijuana in his possession. I remember all too well I see my mother pretending to be a strong soldier in this cramped let me save my son mode trying to take the wrap for my brother.  This was enough for him to serve a sentence in prison. The family as I  have know it and had envisioned it for eternity in that moment was destroyed, incomplete just plain ole wrong and devastating.  In a deprived economy state my brother thought he would be the man of his home and help provide for it. But his intentions were misunderstood and my growing relationship was  lost  in time. Days, months, years of growing together that my mother and I had planned were redirected. As he swiftly taken away to served his sentence in prison. I too served years of that sentence of an ongoing temptation of selling drugs to get a speedy bail and get out jail free card for both my brother and mother. God had a different plan!

My question is What would happen to those who have obtained a criminal record from using and selling this stuff has become legal?

    marijuana Astounded by the increased level of public tolerance, because of the cushiony labels that has replaced the criminal description of being a drug dealer to colloquial phrases like “Budtender” and “Cannibas  Tourist.”

Marijuana legalization will continue to plague minority populations. As we as citizens of the United States of America sit back and watch suited up drug pushers in government trade places with the hood dealers and partner with Satan to legally take the minds of people.

Satan attacks the mind before he possess the body for his evil use. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that is  designed to affect the mental activity and process of an user. Amazingly, the legalization has allows people to manufacture, store and sell in some places up to the net worth of $60 million. I would rather save 60 million lives opposed to giving them a pass to use a substance that can ultimately end their lives and the lives of others. Lucrative businesses are erecting everyday will we have ability to buy shares in such business as bud selling. Only time can tell…I just know that this is another way of saying you can do it as long as I get paid first.

Life as War

Justice- I have read so many comments about the injustice that is taken place here in NY and Ferguson and I have read questions posed about Activists, leaders, Pastors, Politicians, Preachers, etc. within community? Where are they? Well I believe they are where they are with their hands tied with not having a strategy or plan to implement and address the corruption that is so pervasive within the justice system and systems alike. Questions of Why? forces of us to deal with how far we are willing to go to do justice. Some theologians call this area of corruption Institutional Sin and it is bigger than any individual. It is the sin that affects the entire system.

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Doing justice requires us to look at an entire system, not just the problems of an individual or a group. It is important that we understand the sociological reality that is set before us and that is systems change individuals far more than individuals change systems. Proven fact no one people(Communities) is voting putting the right people in office that can bring about change, Instead we allow people to lead us by default and/or we vote with loyalty on our shoulders for political figures who victory story needs dusting off after being in office with same ole tired rally phrase.

Churches can have power and will have power to change sinful systems when it meets the demands to be deeply reserve in the faith that is in Christ. If there is no deep root in the worship of Christ, personal devotions to the calling of Christ and connection to the community of Christ we all fall away with a fight in our hearts and bound hands. People who are not deeply rooted in Christ can never shake any system.

Our children are the enemy’s target and he has no reason to save them, so that they can be the next generation to knock down his Kingdom. We need to teach our children how to fight in the natural and spiritual realms because it is something that is needed in a world full of corruption.

Change is possible and we have history of extraordinary examples who pave the way through the civil rights and countless defeats of injustice across this land. Change can happen when we partner with Christ. I encourage you to Pray that you ask God to reveal to you what area that you can assist in fighting injustice and showing mercy even if it is one area? Do it and make change. Strategy and demonstration is power not talk and highlights on our weaknesses on social networks. These are my thoughts and I am praying for the families who have loss to injustice and ask God to grant them peace as He fights our battles well. Because God does all things well.

I’ve Been Framed !

A framework is often a layered structure indicating what kind of things can or should be build and how they would interrelate. Framework are sets of functions within a system and layers of an operating system that are interrelated. In which all have levels of standardized communication networks that is generally more comprehensive than a protocol and more prescriptive than a structure.

May I invite you on a journey about a movement called Christianity. It is a movement and not just a monumental event. It is a way of life that moves from level to level. For the believer of Christ its framework and basic structure is based on the Word of God.

Just like any recognizable skyscrapers that were ever built, the frame is its supporting factor that is build upon substructures and structures, beams and columns that fit together to form a building.  However, the most hidden part of the edifice is always the substructure, the unseen strength that enables a building to rise at its height.  As a Christian our Framework( God’s Word) brings structure and order to our lives.

In this life we lean towards the visible and the spectacular, we pride ourselves and measure our influence and accomplishments. Sadly, today we have more Christians focusing more on their Superstructures which represents the outward accomplishments of their life and ministry that is built on their level of competence and skills. Warning! superstructures cannot rise to great heights without perils that create dead spaces in the life of the believer rather than a foundation to build on. This is why the focus must always be on the foundation rather than the superstructure.

Our Substructure is the unseen foundation, where our true strength lies.We must have a deep and secure structure in order to lay hold our firm foundation.The christian framework should be build on a life of worship. A wise Christian does not neglect the substructures in their lives.

There are Five Specific Substructures that Christians need to guard in their personal life.

A. Relationships How do you do relationships. It is a time spent with family and kindred spirit friends. Time spent in fellowship with the community of God.

Motivational-picture-about-rebuilding-yourself-from-the-broken-piecesB. Mind How do you think today? Do you have a Christ centered worldview?

C. Money– How do you handle money? I was taught by a bible scholar Pastor Willie Dixon “that money is my friend and just like any other friend you respect it.”

D.Experiences– Have you come to a place of maturity where you can actually glean life lessons from your experiences?

E. Time- How do you do time? On what do you spend your time doing? Time is a precious commodity and should be managed well. Quality time with God is essential for the believer it builds your faith and relationship with the one true source of your strength.

Who we are, what we do when no one sees, forms the substructures of our lives. How we live before God in the fear of Him, held together by our humility, wisdom and perseverance is the only path to take that will allow you to get the full optimum of your life and to experience biblical prosperity. You have to willing to invest and cultivate a life work of excellence with a continued maintenance and practice of spiritual disciplines that guarantees growth of your substructures when they are anchored in God. When you live a life of excellence it makes the devil have to do two things. 1. Flee your premises or 2. Submit to your authority in God. a life of excellence shuts the door to the enemy’s activity in your life.

Let God frame you today.

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