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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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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

Secrets to Maintaining Your Brand!

Let’s get straight to the point. You must see yourself as a Brand. You must value your brand. Your highest priority is to market yourself, your abilities, and your knowledge as you would any product or service. Your brand is your reputation and it is perceived by those you have relationships with your colleagues, customers, clients, family and community. I can’t emphasize it enough that your most important product is YOURSELF!  Those who ignore this important truth will pay a high price both financially and professionally regardless of the profession.bigstockphoto_big_idea_brand_small

 

Remember that your success is not predicated on who you know, but who knows you and what they believe about you. I realize that there is a high priority on image. However, image is not everything, but your reputation and integrity is.

In a world with advancing technology of camera phones, social media and omnipresent surveillance like lightning it can shed light on a lie, a life scandal and illuminate exposure of behavioral misconduct that ultimately can destroy careers, companies, relationships and most of all your reputation.  It is important to always make a credible response when addressing issues.  There is a far greater price to pay when trying to correct inappropriate behavior.

For me lying definitely is not tolerated in my world.  In my professional opinion I believe when someone lies it can destroy an entire institution and industry because of the deceptive and fraudulent behavior of an individual. The unfolding drama demonstrated when searching for the truth in the midst of this epidemic of lies and deceit within the business world is just simply betrayal of public trust. I have to be honest my rationale is if someone lies to me once, they will lie again. With that being said I have perceived their brand and integrity is at the stage that is beyond repair.

gold BrandThe greatest thing to do for yourself is to do a daily measure of your level of integrity in the areas of your beliefs, conduct, habits and treatment of others. Give yourself a reality check and ask is my personal brand in tact or is in jeopardy due to my choices? Have I put my own ambitions, earning power and success at risk?  I encourage you today to change behaviors, habits and beliefs that are self-destructive, dishonest and illegal.

Finally, I reiterate your reputation is your responsibility and that is your greatest investment. Build your value with education, training, planning and efforts. Avidly protect your brand and the business of You.

 

Make Life Count!

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When I was younger I heard my mother often say “you got to put the medal to the pedal in order to get some where in Life” Early on I realize only I can live out the reality of my success. Destiny starts with me and I got to get up and make it happen. Make your life count! Be productive and achieve measurable goals today and if you don’t achieve them today carry them over to tomorrow’s to do list…Sakinah O’Kane~Smith

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