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Life-Changing Benefits for Choosing to Love Your Enemies!

Love is hard! And, that’s no joke! Though as obvious as we all know that is, loving others can seem down right impossible at times! Heck, loving ourselves is an enigma to many! Love can be so difficult to do in this world that when it comes to God asking us to do what’s stated in the verse below, those of us who wish we could easily do so, often glaze over what’s being requested. In Matthew 5:44, The Lord states;

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”

It makes you want to say, with a smirk; “Lord, Really? Are you for real? You know what they did to me!” And, yes, I can assure you His answer’d be, “Yes, My child, Really.” I know this because I remember several years back when I began walking with The Lord, He began to do what I call a Renovation in me, and it’s something He does in every person who comes to Him. You see… God accepts us each as we are, but He’ll never leave you the way He found you! He has plans to uncover the best in you that you need to discover; the incredible masterpiece He created you to be with His masterful hands that’s been, with all the debris of crumbling experiences, undercover. After your having gone through so much in life, and you returning to Him, it’s like you’re a rare artifact that He wants to restore to the original splendor with which He at first formed you.

With that being said, He had begun to do a work in me, and I had this insatiable urge to forgive those who had wronged me: a friend I hadn’t spoken to in 9 years over something valid, but quite trivial once I had thought about it so many years later. And, the biggest one of all, was God’s prompting me to forgive my father, where we had an estranged relationship for nearly 20 years. Again, I feel my anger towards him was valid, but [and this point is a takeaway I’d like you to receive] once I began to communicate with my father again, only with the light The Lord had shone upon our situation, did I begin to understand why what I was angry with my father about happened. And, believe it or not, why some parts that happened, God allowed for my best interest. As I progressed through this journey of being restored, it was then that I learned that…

Forgiveness Allows Renovating What You Perceived as Ruined

You see, Beloved of God, those people who hurt you may have succeeded in disappointing you, but Truly, though you may think they have, they haven’t been able to stop you! Your Divine Destiny’s been delayed but not forgotten and certainly not denied.  Past circumstances have had you thinking s/he or they ruined your life, but that, beloved, is where I tell you that some dark whispers in your spirit have lied. Because even if what you thought you were going to do, didn’t happen the way you had planned, God has a workaround that will still get you to fulfill His purpose for you, which can give your pain a point so it’s no longer a pain point. So, there’s no need to allow the anger, disappointments, and fears you have towards other people weigh you down. Because it’s only when you let those heavy things go, that you can lighten up enough to take flight, Eagle. You can begin by understanding that…

Forgiveness Doesn’t Require Reconciliation

Like with God, unpleasant things that people do to us, separate us from them. Yes, some remain in miserable relationships, despite what’s done. But, when unions are more harmful than harmonious, those who know their rights, choose to create boundaries, and stand strong by them, and as a result a separation often occurs. The separation or the lack of wanting to be around the ones who inflict the hurtful acts, whether physical, verbal, or spiritual, also doesn’t always denote a presence of “Unforgiveness”. For, at times, it’s simply a wise and rightful decision made for safety.

Take Joseph as an example, in Genesis chapter 44, where the very ones he should’ve been able to trust, many years before, had come back into his life. He had already forgiven them, which is why he was able to move on and ascend into all God had called him to be, because he wasn’t bitterly stuck in what had happened to him in the past. Which is a wonderful example to see because that means what happened to you doesn’t have to hold you to your past, either! If The Lord did it for Joseph, He’ll do the same for you where God turned what was meant for his harm around for the good. But, when you read the chapter, notice that Joseph tested those who betrayed him to see if they had truly repented, which simply means to change from old unhealthy ways of thinking and behaving. He did this before allowing them full access to his life again.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you draw up an elaborate plan to test any who’s truly disappointed you, to see if you want to reconcile. But, I’m encouraging you that it’s possible and beneficially permissible to forgive and “not” reconcile if you feel the need to do so, in the case that those who’ve hurt you haven’t changed. Doing this also Blesses you as…

Forgiveness Puts You Above & Not Beneath

As Scripture says in Deuteronomy 28, when we Honor the Will of God, “…the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God…” (Deut 28:13) 

And, this is what happens when you put Matthew 5:44 into practice, as you Bless those that curse You, by doing good, & praying for them. You, Beloved of God, will rise above by not stooping to the level of the devil.

I understand this is not always easy, but consider starting with the example of how Jesus Blessed those who crucified Him by praying for them, and asking The Father to Bless them with Forgiveness. In Luke 23:34, “…Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…”. Yes, many times some know what they are doing is wrong, but often times, they don’t know how to do right. This stems from, as it states in 1 John 2:16; “…the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” That, in attempts to fulfill these desires, many of them right desires to have, in the wrong ways. Everyone needs protection, but no one truly needs to join a gang or a cult to achieve it, if they understand and believe that God provides their safety. Everyone needs love, but no one truly needs to fulfill it with lures of lust when they receive the Love of God, and begin to love themselves as He loves them. Everyone needs to feel significant, but no one truly needs to fulfill it by stepping on others to feel important once they learn who they are in God and what He purposed them to do; which means they are especially significant to Him, no matter how people categorize them.

Keeping these elements of truth in mind can give you some context for empathy for those who have hurt you. And, here’s a way you can Bless them, too, without feeling like you’re Blessing them with what they don’t deserve. Pray for The Lord to help them to be Blessed with what they need, in the right ways. For example, my being in ministry, God has opened my spiritual understanding to a level where I have been given access to some tragically horrid activities some people do. There are times, I’ve prayed for these individuals or groups of people to accept Deliverance from their bondage according to the Ways of Christ, so they do not have to meet their Demise through Divine Judgement. Beloved, if they do, that’s a Blessing for them! Additionally, Blessing them, Praying for them, and doing good to them when given a chance, will keep you focused on not allowing the devil get a foothold in your anger, which never produces what pleases The Lord.

Allowing The Lord to Renovate you, Liberate you, and Lift you above all the unpleasant experiences you’ve been through are life-changing benefits that are Blessings for you, each available through forgiving your enemies! For, God Blesses those who Bless others!

~~ Who, Beloved, have you allowed to hold the keys to your Destiny because you haven’t forgiven them for what they’ve done, or what seemingly they allowed to happen? Perhaps, for you, it’s God, or perhaps, it even yourself.

It is my Prayer for you that you ponder with peace in prayer to The Lord to help you forgive your enemies, so you can remove any barriers between you and God, as well as, between you and anyone new!

Lukeisha H. Carr

Love You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

Why You Should Let Your Light So Shine, Even When Darkness Tries to Fight It

As I have grown more and more in the spiritual things of God, with more to grow into, I’ve developed more of an awareness, as so will you as you grow into the same, that many ways of the world have been strategically twisted to conceal what needs to be known. For example, that old adage, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” is NOT always the truth. Many times it’s a tool of appeasement to keep you from probing deeper into what needs to be known. Yes, it may not hurt you if you didn’t know that I ate a slice of pizza today, but it would hurt you if you did not know someone embezzled money from offshore accounts in relation to something that affects you. This is partially what The Lord refers to in Hosea 4:6, where it states; “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge…” This is not necessarily referencing knowledge we learn in school, but additionally & first & foremost, knowledge of God, AND… knowledge of other happenings we don’t know but should.

In that verse, God was speaking to spiritual leaders who had turned away from Him to self-indulge on their own desires, worshipping idols that fed those desires stoked with jealously of others who were or seemed more blessed or better fit for the work He called them to. All the while, influencing the people who followed them to follow their idolatrous ways.  This caused the people, from all walks of life, to stray away from The Lord, and follow immoral ways that were against His will. Imagine how this affects society; our school, economic, healthcare, and government systems, to say the least.

When used appropriately, Truth is Light, and Light is Power. God is Light. James 1:17 mentions God as the Father of Lights. In John 1:9, Jesus is described as the “…True Light…”, and in John 1:5, it’s explained that “… the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Much can be read into the phrase “…darkness did not comprehend it.” In other versions, such as the NIV, it states that “…darkness has not overcome it.” For, the sake of the context of this article, I will stick to the concept of darkness’ lack of comprehension of the light.  For, there are many who operate in darkness who cannot understand the benefit of the light.

John 16:8 teaches us about the Holy Spirit that, “…when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” God Loves You! God Loves ALL of us, and that’s why He’s sent us His Spirit to help us out of the blindness of walking in darkness. The conviction that the Holy Spirit brings, in addition to comfort and wise counsel, is NOT to condemn but to steer us FROM ways that bring Divine condemnation! And, I want to remind you, Jesus’ Work on the Cross does not abolish the law, but fulfills the law by giving us two major things: a Final Sacrifice for Atonement for Sin AND the Holy Spirit, which when we accept Him and don’t continuously and deliberately grieve Him, empowers us to turn from our own ways of living to God’s ways of living.

Luke 8:17 says “For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be known and illuminated.”

As Jesus was from the beginning with God, according to John 1:1, and is the same yesterday today and forever, we see in Ezekiel chapter 8 where God revealed all detestable things done in darkness in His temple. He had Ezekiel probing into walls and closed doors, discovering the messy misconduct that went on behind them. This was not to equip Ezekiel to gossip or use truth to hurt anyone by slander, but it was to set things right to help the innocent affected, as well as to give people who did those deeds a chance to accept God’s grace, experience His hope, and escape Divine judgement.

Know, beloved of God, that condemnation isn’t only referencing that which comes for eternity, but what happens right here in the land of the living. Without the light, secret and shameful things go on in the dark; behaviors that would continue, at times, simply because no one knows about them. How many do you know who told the truth about some shameful deed done in the dark but was threatened shunned and ignored, so those evil deeds continued? It only takes to know one, to understand that point of view. And, perhaps, that one person was you.  Children taken advantage of because those taking the advantage won’t allow anyone in, who will discover and uncover what they do to the children. Or, people getting fired because they know too much of dirty truth, and so are seen as liabilities to the organization’s underhanded and undercover standard operating procedures that keep them functioning. Without warning, Divine retribution is bound to come to those responsible for those dark deeds while The Lord protects & shields the innocent. Which is why entire nations can fall into the hands of their enemies due to secret and shameful strategies that were discussed behind closed doors only between those involved, without any proper oversight that shines a light.

From the very young and innocent, from the mouths of babes, utterances of what’s actually right, children are known to express fear of the dark. As many grow older, this concept is taught to be wrong, and they become less afraid of the dark. And yet, though maybe not explicitly taught, become more afraid of the light for fear of what might be found. This, yet another human practice that opposes the ways of God, when thought of on the spiritual and moral levels. I say this not to suggest that we should literally live in fear of the dark; for, fear isn’t of God. But, I say this to encourage a healthy concern regarding activities done in secret that are harmful to others and/or to a person’s self.

Luke 8:16 encourages us not to cover our light in saying; “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.” Those who operate in deeds of darkness won’t be pleased but peeved that the spotlight’s on them. But, John 3:20,21 reminds us that “Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.” So beloved, if you’ve been positioned for such a time as this, to shine the light on some areas that could mend a relationship, release & heal the abused, or to save a country from destruction brought upon it as a result of dark deeds conducted from within, let your light so shine, no matter how much those who walk in darkness fight you.

Know, The Lord is on your side. May He strengthen you by loosing His Spirit of Light and His Spirit of Truth to ensure you shine brightly for the entire time, and in every area, needed.

Lukeisha H. Carr

Love You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

Cultivate Good Health of Eden with 3 Easy Steps



Happy, Healthy New Year, Beloved! Welcome to Episode 32 Where you’re about to discover…

  • How you can Focus on a never ending hope that you or your loved one can win the battle going on in your body!
  • Why even if you’re at a point, believing you’ve tried everything, and it seems there’s nothing else available to do, you’re about to see you do have more options!
  • That you truly have the control you’ve been thinking you don’t have in contributing to bring your healing about!

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References to mentioned research studies:

https://www.consumerreports.org/personal-bankruptcy/how-the-aca-drove-down-personal-bankruptcy/

https://www.encyclopedia.com/philosophy-and-religion/other-religious-beliefs-and-general-terms/religion-general/faith-healing

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2012/01/19/u-s-healthcare-hits-3-trillion/#76826a543da8

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/healing-prayer-most-americans-pray-for-healing_us_571e4e52e4b0d912d5ff42dc

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lukeisha H. Carr

Love You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

3 Reasons to Think Twice Before Participating in Some Practices of the Supernatural

Tarot cards, ouija boards, horoscopes, mediums, spiritualist, horror movies, crystal balls, oh my…!

Unlike the lion in “The Wizard of Oz”, revealed a lovable harmless encounter, in reality, some elements of the supernatural are something to beware of as much as a real life wild lion.

As humans, we are hungry to know what the future holds. Hungry for power, provision, protection, and peace of mind. But, some don’t realize they’re hungry for the “Presence” of The One and Only Living God, wherein all of those things they’re hungry for, and more, are available. Yet, with much needed “regulation” for our own good, so to speak. Because searching higher spiritual things in ways that aren’t aligned with God’s ways can open portals of danger that can suck us in like black holes in the universe.

With Halloween nearing, The Lord brought back to my attention something He revealed to me on the day of Halloween of 2014.  During the 7am hour that morning, I heard, “I will teach you a doctrine that will make you suffer and writhe in pain.” This wasn’t the Lord Himself speaking to me but Him allowing me to hear the true intentions of Satan through certain spiritual practices, including the pagan celebration of Halloween, that have been orchestrated to lead us into darkness.

To understand more about why God wants us to be cautious so not to be drawn into what looks and sounds good and easy at the surface, let’s begin with Deuteronomy 18:10-11,13, in which The Lord lovingly informs His Children; “…Don’t try to learn what will happen in the future by talking to a fortuneteller or by going to a magician, a witch, or a sorcerer. Don’t let anyone try to put magic spells on other people. Don’t let any of your people become a medium or a wizard. And no one should try to talk with someone who has died…”

In God’s eyes these are occult practices, witchcraft, & divination, and violates His first commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me.”, in Exodus 20:3. Now, though God’s, self-admittedly, a Jealous God and He considers consulting other spiritual sources for our needs idolatry, there’s more to His asking us not to do that, than His just wanting us to Himself. Here are a few reasons getting involved with occult practices can be detrimental for us. The first is that it can present…

Detours Off Paths of Life

God speaks, but the devil speaks also!

As one who’s an Apologist by nature for the Gospel of Christ, I’ve had conversations with others who often believe we can use any tools, including any religion, and access the same God. But, we’re explicitly informed in John 14:6 by Jesus that “…No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” What I kindly and respectfully caution each is to keep in mind, God is a Spirit, but He’s only “one” spirit. There are many other spirits out there too, harboring intentions contrary the goodness of God’s Spirit, because they’re evil. And, because they’re so, they can be deceptive, such as demons posing as Angels of Light, pretending to help while leading people who access them, down the wrong path, away from God. In 1 Chronicles 21:1, that says; “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.”, we see King David being led to do something against God’s Will because he was being led by the voice of Satan, and didn’t seem to recognize it until it was too late.

When you access the spirit realm in ways God didn’t approve, you may speak to spirits seemingly of God, but aren’t and thus, gives you the devil’s agenda for your life instead of God’s, causing you to abandon God and His Ways, if you choose to follow. The Lord cautions His people, in Deuteronomy 12:30,31 ERV; “…be careful that you don’t fall into the same trap they did! Don’t go to their false gods for help… These people do all kinds of bad things that the Lord hates. They even burn their children as sacrifices to their gods!”

Deuteronomy 12:31 NIV, says it a bit differently; “You must not worship the Lord your God in their way…” Which is essentially saying, don’t even worship The Lord using pagan practices, because it’ll lead you to oppose God’s Will. Since the days of the Levite Priests, God’s given us His approved tools, which included Urim & Thummim for temple priests, along with prayer, praise, reading of His Word, most of which we still use today.

Accessing the spirit realm can make you feel quite powerful. Yet, when done with God, He gradually matures you by practice so you grow to recognize differences between good and evil, states Hebrews 5:14. For, dabbling in the occult can make it appear like a person has spiritual power resembling God’s but comes instead from a counterfeit Holy Spirit, which is simply an indwelling evil spirit. See Acts 16:16-18 for an excellent example solidifying that it’s not only important to avoid occult practices, but also to grow continuously in The Lord to be enabled to discern who has His authentic Holy Spirit versus is being led by an evil spirit. Be careful of falling for hyped touts of power, for not all power is God’s power. And, when God’s not in it, we can get…

Drawn Towards Making Greater Unhealthy Sacrifices

These supernatural tools can, for some, have a “gateway drug” effect, and people go searching for more powerful methods of accessing the spirit realm, creating a dependency on them, instead of on God. This can cost a person some of the most important parts of themselves, and who they are.

Leviticus 20:6 is another cautionary Scripture where The Father warns us; “Whoever turns to mediums or spiritists to prostitute himself with them, I will also set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.” When you prostitute yourself, you’re giving up precious valuable elements within yourself to get something, no where near your worth, in return. To keep a long explanation short; God asks us to sacrifice ways of life that degrades us, but the devil asks us to sacrifice blessings in life, such as dignity, integrity, innocence, freedom, & peace, just to get what his methods claim they can get for us.

Another factor to keep in mind that helps to stand strong against the pull of unhealthy supernatural encounters is that…

Doorways to the Inner Spirit are the Eyes and Ears

One most noted times I remember, after recommitting my life to Christ, was watching horror movies and gory shows, and feeling extremely uncomfortable. Not convicted, just extremely disturbed by discomfort. What I eventually realized was that the Holy Spirit who was now working in me, was grieved by ungodly spirits I was allowing in my atmosphere and spirit, with which God dwelled. I remember sitting on my couch one night after about the third time that happened, saying to myself; “I have to stop watching these shows.” And, so I did.

Romans 10:17 mentions that “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It’s what we see and hear that can influence us. Thus, there’s a need to regulate the gateways to our souls.

There’s so much more regarding accessing the spirit realm, tapping into the supernatural! What I pray for you, and any connected to you, is that you seek The Lord for whatever it is you hunger. For Jesus tells us in John 6:35, “… ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” And Psalm 107:9 says of The Lord; “for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” In the Presence of The Lord, you have all you need: Peace, Power, Provision, Protection, Perseverance. And the one trait it gives you above all the other methods of obtaining these, is control over instant gratification with: Patience. With all that, and more, beloved, you are Blessed!

 

Have you recently considered, or begun, reaching out to supernatural practices outside of God, to discover what’s going to happen in the near future in any area of your life?

If so, I’d love for you to learn how to seek God directly for your desires and needs. For, I’ve often said Divine Revelation Begets Self-Revelation. And, now, It’s Your Time!

To get started, Contact me to let me know you’ve read this article, and would like to begin to Seek & Find God To Discover You!

 

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

LED to Shine: How to Shed Light on Your Purpose! Part II



 

Ok! Beloved, now that you’ve Basked in the Light from How to Shed Light on Your Purpose Part I, It’s Your Time to move forward closer towards uncovering your purpose in episode 31 – part II! Wherein you’ll discover…

  • why you may not yet be walking in your purpose
  • what you can do to start doing so
  • a useful formula to recognize what may have actually played a part in positioning you for purpose

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Reference to Standford research study:
Hess, A. (2018, June 26). Stanford researchers: ‘Follow your passion’ advice could make you less successful. Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/22/stanford-researchers-following-your-passion-makes-you-less-successful.html

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

How to Shed Light on Your Purpose! Part I



 

If you’ve ever wondered if you have a life’s mission, purpose, a calling, in Episode 30 of (Pod)Casting Potential, begin to shine light on…

  • Why you Absolutely have a life’s calling
  • Direction to your path of purpose
  • What it means to be positioned for purpose

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

Worry No More! – Use This 3D Strategy to Grasp Worry War Victory!



 

You deserve to live your life, and live it in JOY & PEACE! Find out, in (Pod)Casting Potential – Episode 29, ways that can begin to help you overcome…

  • Worry about your marriage or significant other
  • Distress regarding that job that tends to trigger so much stress
  • Concern that doesn’t want to let up when it comes to your children, health, or any other area of life that can become worrisome.

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. Get your “3D Strategy to Grasp Worry War Victory WorksheetPLUS TWO Additional Bonus Gifts to embark on your path of unsurpassed peace!
  3. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

Take Part in the Master’s Happiness in the Work You Do

How would you describe how you feel about the work you do? It’s my hope for you that your answer would be similar to: “I look forward to going to work on a Monday morning with genuine enthusiasm!”; “Most things I think & say about my work are great things!”; “I enjoy what I do so much that, despite what’s going on in my life, I make the time & take the effort to do it and I’m fulfilled at doing it.”; (And, this one seals the deal) “I love what I do so much I’d do it for free or a little of nothing in many situations!” If your response conveys anything stark opposite of all of these, you may be living beneath your Kingdom of God Inheritance when it comes to the work you do!

Over my lifetime, I’ve had many different jobs, in various industries, such as; supermarket cashier, bank teller, wholesale insurance assistant claims adjuster, and IT professional. Though, for a couple of those, I once loved them, none fulfills me like what I do now as a Life Coach. Job and career changes are common among most people, for a plethora of reasons. Often embarking on a search for either increased compensation, greater autonomy, or career advancement. Sometimes, it’s to find relief from a job or career that’s the bane of their existence, all the while unaware that they’re actually searching for purpose.  And, then there are some who remain at one job for several decades. Though at times, not necessarily because they love what they do, but maybe because they’re too apprehensive to pursue what really fuels a fiery fervor within. Perhaps you, beloved, have simply thought it’s more important to be grateful for what you have than to pursue a job or career you enjoy. And, yes, gratefulness is a correct and commendable attitude. But, what if I told you that God wants you to be grateful, AND… enjoy the work you do, too?

Ephesians 2:10 conveys that each of us, including you, are here for a purpose, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.” These good works may not always be related to what we do as a vocation, yet, I believe that under God’s plan for our lives, liking what we do to make a living results from how He created us with strengths and weaknesses, which aligns with our likes and dislikes that come naturally to who we are at our core. As The Lord told Jeremiah, before He formed you in your mother’s womb, He knew you. He knew what He was preparing and equipping you to do once you arrived and thrive forward here. Thus, what allows us to be ourselves is doing that which is most fitting to our unique makeup, sparking joy and fulfillment inside of us. The wisest person who ever existed, King Solomon, stated it best in Ecclesiastes 3:22, “So I perceived there is nothing better than for people to enjoy their work, because that is their reward; for who can show them what the future holds?”

Feeling joyful in your work helps you to stay in the now, not wishing you had something to make you happy from the work of your days behind, nor spending endless waking hours wishing you can have something different in the days ahead. When I was a young girl, my friends and I often bought candy called Now & Later. They came in a package of individually wrapped pieces to make it easy to snack on periodically.  The idea was to eat some of it now, and save some for later.  I liken that to having sweet vocation now, not only to have a sweet one later, but it keeps you looking forward to building upon what you do in your work today because you know it’s building a better tomorrow. For the seed you plant and cultivate today, can bloom beyond what you ever imagine it to be as God gives the increase. 

Now yes, additionally, truth is, there are times you may need to take a job of integrity because you have responsibilities to take care of, whether it’s a family and/or bills for possessions and services because what you’d prefer just doesn’t seem to be happening as quickly as you’d like. Thus, positions that are available at that time, may not appear to be ideal to the Divine dream you’ve been given. Does that mean you don’t take it? Not always, and here’s why: Colossians 3:23,24 “Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men, because you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  And, because of that, keep in mind that The Lord can still work out that Divine dream through that seemingly unrelated job. Thus, that means you also don’t have to stay there, if you know that’s not where you’re ultimately are supposed to be!

To illustrate my point, first, most of the world wouldn’t relate a position as a Shepherd of Sheep to the likes of being King of a Nation, without having looked into the positions and their duties deeper. Yet, the transferable skills that David gained while a Shepherd of sheep prepared him to guide, provide, nurture, and protect people. Second, the Prophet Samuel anointed David as King soon after King Saul was made King. David, however, had to go through a series of experiences to prepare for that Kingly position, and in the process, among other valuable pieces of wisdom, he learned what kind of King NOT to be as he dodged the antagonistic ways of one that was unbearable to work for. I say all this to say, the position you are currently in, or may need to take, that is unrelated to your dream, is NOT the end! It may be used by God as part of the process to prepare you for what you would rather have! So, even while in it, DON’T give up, but keep on working towards your dream in other ways, willing to be prepared to eventually Go Up in all God has for you!

In doing this, it’ll give you incentive on doing what needs to be done in a way that you don’t bury the talents God gave you under a pile of fear and/or complacency. You can learn to enjoy even the less than ideal job because you’ll begin to understand how The Lord is using it to polish you, to enable you to shine the brightest when you get that ideal position.  Because most importantly, it can ready you for promotion into what you’re Divinely created to do, willing and powerfully equipped to do the work with excellence!  It’s that elevation to the next level The Lord, our Master, will annouce to you, as said in Matthew 25:23; “… ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your Master!’”

 

I’d love to hear from you!
~~ What kind of work do you do?
~~ How do you feel about the relation of the work you do to your Divine purpose or calling? [i.e. fitting or unrelated]

 

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

LuKeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.