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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Life with Zoë" Returns

A few years ago, I hooked up with a good friend of mine who thought I should do a podcast. LOL...
Well, me being me... yeah... I thought it was a great thing to do because of my personality and my boldness in addressing things that we don't really talk about.  I mean we talked about some of everything and I do mean everything ... from bitter baby mamas, to ex tales (craziest lies), to seductive readings and the prison system being modern day slavery.  Let's face it - I know Yahweh had given me a voice to speak... but it matters what you speak about.  A little after my fire experience, I tried to re-brand this podcast but Holy Spirit said "No." 

I moved to a new state, had inquiries to be hosted on other podcasts, but the door never fully opened.  While in prayer last week, Holy Spirit said again, "Podcast."  I can't tell y'all really how much I run from things because the more humble I get, the less I want to be on the forefront.  Though I don't mind speaking - I. Just. Don't. DEMAND. the spotlight. 

But who has been called that has ever truly wanted to be used.  From the Old Testament to the New Testament, I don't recall reading "Oooooouuuu pick me Lord, pick me!"  LOL Seriously...
But anyway....yes, the new podcast is here!  It officially launched on the 17th of April - introducing the books I've written and what we'll be discussing. 

So, join me as we talk about sex, life, marriage, relationships and the like! Follow our page Life With Zoë

Until next time....

Friday, March 29, 2019

Well...It's Been A Minute...But ... :)

While I admit that consistency is still being perfected in me, I also will admit that I kinda got stuck since the last blog.  But here I am, in the ring again.  Lol

This will be short and quick... I just wanted to do a follow up on the last blog.  This month really went so quick.  I didn't realize it's been a whole month since my last blog and more importantly the update on my interview on the Tammie Tubbs show. 

I looked up and it was released... Interestingly enough!

So I'm just here to release that for today.  What's coming next...

A story of my adulterous heart.  We've got to address an issue with women in this culture and our need for affection - even at the risk of getting it from stolen territories!  So...yes...That's what we'll be talking about next.

Until then, if you haven't read the previous blog on Tammie Tubbs, you can read that here.

But you can watch the full video below! Enjoy!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Introducing "Zoë Dee": The Tammie Tubbs Show Part 2

Well, here I am again...and still excited.  Even more so I'm excited about this blog series concerning The Tammie Tubbs show.  You'll see here in the vlog how my very first television interview started.

The interview was located nine hours away and though the drive was long, and definitely exhausting - I can say that it was worth it.  We arrived at about 3am in the morning, and were super hungry.  Obviously, we couldn't go to sleep hungry, lol, so we found an IHOP close by.  After that, we checked into the hotel and completely crashed.  We slept about a good five hours before draggin' to get up, but the adrenaline that filled my body in excitement of this interview quickly displaced the fatigue I was feeling.  With it being a small town, I didn't expect to get lost.  *rolls eyes*  Man we passed by the building at least four times, and literally was at least twenty minutes late.   #confused  Smh...but we made it! And when we did, there was already a woman being interviewed and others sitting to the side waiting as well.  The sad part? I was hungry! Massively hungry lol and it didn't look like I was going anywhere anytime soon.  The interviews before me were so full of life that soon enough, it didn't matter.  It wasn't long (or at least didn't seem like it was long) before we were ready.  I was nervous because I had no idea what we'd be talking about, ya know? I'm a speaker, author, and publisher - interviewing me is like just taking a pick, I didn't know what to expect.  Seriously.  Anyway, I didn't want these blogs to be long and drawn out; that's why they're broken down into short vlogs....So come back next week for more! :) 

BUT...because I thank you for your time, I don't want you to leave this blog empty handed!  First, if you haven't check out the intro blog to this experience, you can click here to read that.  During the interview, I mention a few people I work with and I left a few copies of their books with Ms. Tubbs! So each week, during this blog series, we're giving away ONE book! This week's book that we're giving away is my sister, sister Author Shontal Brown's book - "UnWedded Wife."

"Unwedded Wife" is the testimony of a young woman who experienced "marriage" after "marriage" without the actual covenant of "marriage." As each relationship drained her emotionally, she begin to cry out to God. It was at this point that He showed her that she was an "unwedded wife" - committing to men who were spiritually married to her through sex but not legally married to her within her destiny in Him and divine order. Through this book, she shares her testimonies and hopes to speak to other "unwedded wives" - those women who repeat the cycle of long term relationships; submitting to man after man as if they were married. She prays that the Holy Ghost will reveal to the readers their value in Him and ultimately seek Him to unite them with the man of their destiny.

So this week, we're going to give away a free copy of her book! "A" meaning only one... sorry this time it can be only one.  However if you're interested in ordering a copy, you can visit our website link here.  But as for now, all you have to do is screenshot or download the picture below and upload to Facebook with the following caption:

 #unweddedwife *Tag* (@)The Tammie Tubbs Show  -- Click here to visit her page to like and follow!

***UPLOAD the picture below
***CAPTION "#unweddedwife" & TAG The Tammie Tubbs Show
***POST to personal page

will be the recipient of the free title!  

So that's it.  Until next week!

#zoedeespeaks #acall2purity 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Introducing "Zoë Dee": The Tammie Tubbs Show Part 1

What an EVENTFUL week!! And now, I can get the time to embrace the feeling.  A few months back, I was really waiting on the "next" move.  As a publisher, I'd published my last client's title and then another one of my own.  I hadn't been booked for another speaking event and I was really in a faith pity party.  Like a little girl saying, "Daddy but you saaaaaaaiiiiidddd."  But let me tell you - when you know the only thing in your best interest is to stay in His presence, you don't go out and make your own moves! OK! #lessons LOL....So I patiently waited for something to put the hands to work - big and small scale.  One morning I woke up to a notification - it was an invitation to be a guest on "The Tammie Tubbs Show."  Let me tell you what an honor this is.  First of all, Tammie published a book with me entitled "I Survived...Death, Depression, & Divorce."  The interesting thing?  I met Ms. Tammie Tubbs through another sister who I published also! From the first conversation we had, it was powerful! She overflows with encouraging words, effortlessly. As we went through the process of publishing her book, others that loved and trust her, entrusted our publishing company to publish their works.  Among those are "My Silent Cry",  "Blinded & Blind" by Renae Dickerson and "Another Level" by Tyson Thompson (visit here to see these titles).


Ms. Tubbs is not only an author and television host, she is a minister who is well known in the community and state for speaking life changing messages into women as well as and hosting life changing event!  She has a passion for youth as well.  Aside from that, she was nominated for the Gulf Coast Music Awards TV Personality category and voted as one of Mississippi's most influential African American women of the year.  There are so many accolades I could continue to name but the point is, she is indeed a phenomenal woman who I believe God is using to change lives!  She is the epitome of grace, love, and encouragement.  As I visited her set and watched her interview others before me, one thing that I loved about the other interviews was she gave people the freedom to tell people about the goodness of God, and how He changed their lives.  In a world where being a "Jesus" follower isn't always too popular, she allowed her guests to flow with wisdom.  She interacted with her guest with a joyful spirit, a humble attitude, and (as the Bible would say) a quiet spirit.  I won't go too much more into my experience but definitely look forward to next week's blog, which will include a vlog! I'm so excited!  Until then, be sure to follow Tammie Tubbs on Facebook and even visit her website here.

Until next week :)... you can read last week's blog What's the Price for Freedom (click title).  #happyreading

Oh! Wait! Also, next week we'll be giving away a copy of "My Silent Cry," "UnWedded Wife," and "#aCall2Purity"!  Don't miss it! :)

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Monday, February 18, 2019

What's The Price for Freedom?


It's official.  It's out.  And as I reflect back on the launch of this book, it means more to me than the other books.  See, the other books were more like "I'm telling my story, and you're following" right?  I mean I know that through my story, people will be reached through the power of the Holy Spirit.  But...  They weren't really....really, interactive ya know?  This one though?  This one is different because it's a little more intense.  It challenges my readers to look in the mirror.  It challenges them to the depth of their past, present, and future.  It challenges their relationships with everyone, including the Lord.  It challenges them to hold themselves accountable to emotional and spiritual freedom.  So, anyway.  I had a total of four beta readers but...As of now, I have only one review as you can see but I'm expecting more to roll in.  I know that it's something that was written from the Father; that's the stance that I take on it and I  continue to believe that this book is for a specific audience who need have a specific emotional and spiritual need.  I loved how the Father connected with his readers in it.  I say at this point - it's not my book, I'm simply the vessel that was chosen to carry the message.  It's not the easiest message I might add, but it is one that I know will outlive me because it stands on the eternal Word of God - it cannot fail.  I believe that just as He told Jeremiah, this Word will be watched over by Him as He performs the very task it was sent to do!  Here's to freedom! :)  Oh, so what's the price for freedom?  Just my life. :)  

By the way, if you're interested in any of the previous titles, they can all be found right here on the website! 
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

True Success (With Vlog)

As I was studying the book of Joshua one day, this "formula" (I suppose we can call it), stuck out to me.  I love studying the old testament and receive a lot of revelation in it for today's walk with the Father, especially in the area of spiritual warfare.  This particular day, these words stood out as Joshua is about to lead the children of Israel into the promised land .  The Father has already made it clear that Joshua is to be the next leader and to not be afraid.  He's already promised Him that if He keeps the book of the Law before him, then he will be successful.  But I paid particular attention this day to the steps of their "Crossover" into the promised land and I share in this video how important it is for us to apply the same steps.  I don't believe that success has changed much according to the Word of God.  The chapter I am referring to is Joshua 3: 

And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.
And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;
And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.
Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.
And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the Lord your God.
10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.
11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.
12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.
13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.
14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;
15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)
16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.
17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Day I Lost My Virginity

Now that I've got your attention, I'm back again..yes...with #aCall2Purity.

It's been a long but passionate weekend as we kicked off our "40 Days to Freedom" *which releases 2/14/19* promotion with Kindle versions of the titles "Sexually Wise", "Sexual Skeletons", and "#aCall2Purity."  I found it irony that the "#aCall2Purity" sale would begin on the anniversary of the date that I lost my virginity - February 6, 1999 (at 13 years old); sadly, much like my generations before me. I was now, a statistic.

It's for this reason that I am very vocal in helping to influence this generation and the next, and the next, and the next in the area of sexual purity.  It's, too, because during my purity journey, the Lord broke my heart and healed it at the same time - all during "Valentine's weekend" fifteen years ago.  At that time, it was four months after I'd decided I had to answer my call to purity.  It's also because I understand that to walk pure in spirit, soul, and body - it takes the power of the Holy Spirit.  See, my story would be different had I not failed a few times, shamefully so no one can give me a rebuttal about walking sexually pure!  But it's for this reason, "40 Days to Freedom" will be the most life transforming title I've written yet.  Why?  Because it doesn't just include my testimony - it is designed to be the beginning of your testimony.  Each day equips you with powerful key scriptures, prayers, affirmations, action steps, and journal space to document your entire transition.

I'm sorry if the title is a little misleading but I won't get into the bulk of the day that I lost my virginity, nor my seasons, and how they influenced me - that's why the books are written!  That again is why they will be on sale for $0.99 this entire month.  I'll even do one better for you, as my readers -

If you download each of these titles and tag me (on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter) in a screenshot showing the cover of each title (Sexually Wise, Sexual Skeletons, #aCall2Purity), I'll give you two discount options:

1. Order any of the paperback titles at $5.55 
2. Receive $5.99 OFF your order of "40 Days to Freedom" 

(Don't forget to tag me in a public post so that I can see it).  Just in case you're wondering how to access the Kindle titles, click here!  And as always, don't hesitate to leave an honest review!

#zoedeespeaks #acall2purity

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sexually Wise is FREE :)

In preparation for the new release, "40 Days to Freedom" ( a devotional journal) I am uber excited (yes UBER EXCITED) to launch thirteen full days of promo starting with this title, "Sexually Wise."  This title was given to me as I was studying Proverbs one day but the message itself was given to me years ago.  Like everything else I've done, I ran from this message too.  See, I thought, "Why would people hear this."  But now, it's all about obedience.  And in this season, I have to walk in obedience because I desire to see the will of my Father manifest on this Earth.  So what is this "Sexually Wise"?  Essentially it's a weapon against the lies I heard growing up concerning men.  From "Men will be men," to "All men cheat, it doesn't mean that they don't love you," and more.  And while I believe that a man can love you and cheat on you, I do not believe this should be accepted.  So where did this journey ultimately begin?  Years ago at my kitchen table when I asked God, 'WHY." I ended up in Proverbs 5, 6, and 7 and studied these chapters in detail.  There I was looking at the key answer to not just MY problem, but the problem of most women I'd encountered! 

First, the Word showed me that a man that commits adultery lacked wisdom.  He began to unfold to me through scripture how the "strange" and "adulterous" woman would be death to men.  He began to show me that he instructed men to embrace the wife of their youth.  He not only showed me that - but showed how he warned men with what to look for!  I was intrigued.  Honestly, so here I am years later - back on assignment - *sigh* relaying the message that men can indeed live pure lifestyles.  So here, for a limited time (literally February 1 - 3), the KINDLE edition of this title will be FREE.                                                                                                                                                                         
This is the thing: I know that the world is about to go completely nuts with "love" this and "love" that this month.  In it, most men will be drawn away by seducing spirits, spirits of adultery, etc. in the "spirit" of having someone, if only for a moment. 
So this is my part.  This is my warfare; I am declaring that men will be set free this month from addictions of sex, porn, bisexuality, etc.  I believe in the Word and that the Word is truth.  This book includes 8 key scriptures, along with defining "Divine Intimacy" in marriage, protecting your woman under the covenant of marriage, and identifying your Proverbs 31 woman.  As my Youth pastor said - there are two types of women - ones you marry and ones you don't; and not all men know the difference.  So anyway...AMAZON KINDLE + SEXUALLY WISE! #aCall2Purity

Click here to order your FREE kindle edition now!
If you want the paperback copy itself, you can order it right on the page, simply look on the right side of the page!

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The following clips are a videos I did while writing the books! #pressplay


Friday, January 25, 2019

The Promise of Prosperity: Part II

We're back! Not only with part two of this blog but a complete four weeks straight of blogging. LOL Yes, I'm proud of myself but most importantly thanking the Holy Spirit for helping me to stay consistent!  It is by far the best thing ever to see goals checked off as needed. But anyway, let's just

jump right into this thing. 

Last week, we talked about believing in what some call, "The Gospel Prosperity."  If you haven't read that - stop - like now, and read it here.

Now that that's done with, let me start with a scripture that spoke to me loud and clear and why my expectations are what they are.  I'm so tired of a mindset that is willing to bless/pay for everything except spiritual things.  It's not only unjust but completely not scriptural.  

Let me break down this lie: Matthew 10:8-10
Yeshua (Jesus) sent out His disciples and said gave them very key instructions. 1. Heal the sick.  2. Raise the dead. 3. Cleanse lepers. 4. Cast out demons. Then he says, "Freely you receive, freely give." STOP. Freely you have received what? He is saying, you have been freely given the power to do numbers 1-4; you can't charge people for a power that isn't basically yours.  Example: If I have the power to cast out a demon, I'm not going to say, "It'll be 30 bucks eye to set you free!"  I submit to you that verse 9 does not attach itself to verse 8 but to verse 10! How can I say that?  Because first of all, we see grammatically the use of the word "or" which connects verse 9 and 10 together.  Here we see, if we read the scriptures accurately what is being said; He commands them - "Do not acquire gold, silver, or copper for your money belts (in other words, don't ask for money take your money with you) or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff." What a minute Yeshua! So I'm supposed to go out and do these miracles but not suppose to take ANYTHING with me - no money, no coats, no sandals, etc.? WHY.....?! The answer is found right here in the scripture - "for the worker is worthy of his support."  So if I'm not supposed to be supporting myself, out doing the work of the Lord, "WHO" then is supposed to support me? Yeshua Himself is saying that ministry is WORK and there should be support for those that deliver do the work of the Kingdom.  I'll also add, it's an itself to our Father to be our here struggling, begging people to support you and you're claiming it all in His name! My God!!!! He's the Creator of the UNIVERSE!  No, this principle is HIS divine set up!

Another scriptural text that supports this, and trust me, I've got plenty but I usually leave you with three and then suggest you study the Word and ask for wisdom and revelation on your own; and oh boy I pray that you receive it so that we can run this gospel through the tops of the mountains!   If we continue reading, Matthew 10:40 - 41 states, "He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.  He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward."  That word "reward" is "misthos" (3408) which means pay for service - hire, reward, wages.  

Paul himself was supported through the churches and truthfully told the churches that it was only fair that those who sow spiritually should reap carnally!  This is not to be confused with those that are false (as the Bible warns you of anyway).  What I'm referring to is being under spiritual leadership and not paying tithes or offerings to take care of the house of God that is feeding you.   I have been under leadership for twelve years and no, I have not always tithe.  Those were the worse days for me financially and when I went back and asked God why, He took me right to His Word - to take care of HIS house!  I always, ALWAYS, saw and still see the effects of blessing my church home and my Pastors and Youth Pastors.  My heart grieves because I don't do it to the extent that I want to.  Here are a few things I want to leave you with: 

1. What a pastor can impart into you is life changing and life saving.  It is the Word of God - there is no amount of money that can sustain you (or them) more than the spiritual seeds that they sow.  Therefore, whatever you give has to be given sacrificially and cheerfully because kingdom ministry is work, it is indeed a sacrifice.  It's not about the value of the dollar - but the heart of the sacrifice!  
2. It is obedience to God's Word and aligning yourself to His promises.  You cannot out give God; trust me!  Many times my blessings haven't come through money but pure favor! I've been fed, I've been hired on the spot for a job I didn't even apply for, I've stayed in 4 and 5 star hotels for weekends at no expense; I've had provisions occur that just worked out supernaturally! I could go on and on.  God IS faithful.  ANY time I wasn't giving, I did not see overflow.  Trust me, I have tried God at His Word and I hold HIM to His promises.  You have to be bold and willing enough to trust God at His Word. I'm not done yet.  There are promises in this Word and I want ALL that belong to me, especially if I am sacrificing my life!

3. Did God tell us in any scripture to worry about what they did with the money after it's left your hand? No.  I don't believe He does.  See, once again, this is faith.  You don't care about what any body else does with money that you pay for stuff for except when it comes to the church.  GET OUTTA HERE!  The money should take care of the house of God, (Malachi 3:10).  Lights don't get paid by your "Amen."  And if a church can barely sustain itself, how can it do anything for the community?!  **In the Old Testament, yes the tithes were paid to the Levites in more than just money; but really you are going to use that excuse - here - that only makes for it to be less excuses. (Even here the Levites were the ones that worked in the "church" and taken care of by the tithes!) Are you tithing any of your food stamps, your groceries, your talents, your services, your time, your child support, etc. to your church?

By the way: How is 10% too much for tithes but not enough when a person offers a 10% sale? Hmmm....
4. Be led by God to a Pastor of His heart and trust that God will handle His people.  Don't block your blessings not being a tither or giver to your spiritual house.  Bring God your best, and your first.  People say, "I can't afford to tithe." No, you can't afford not to tithe!

And where it concerns people that use their talents for the kingdom as I do; it is ministry.  I have a gift of teaching, speaking and writing.  I know for a fact that each book has been God inspired and that the burden of this message isn't to go around with handing every book out for free and taking my own money to go and travel the world.  This I know.  He has commanded me that if I trust Him, He will provide.  I'm not expecting angels to bring me supernatural provision through the sky.  I'm expecting Him to align people of faith to book me to speak, to buy these books, and to honor the spirit of God in me; to receive me in the name of who I come in.  It is an insult to the Kingdom of heaven to want everything free from workers of the kingdom, yet we pay for any and everything else.  Those that work for the kingdom of darkness have riches and gain; how much more should we see the favor of God over our lives that sacrifice our lives for the kingdom.  The difference is the matter of the heart.  If God said do it for free - yes, I would.  And I have blessed more people than not with my writings and wisdom.  There is a time for that.  But this is not the season.  This is kingdom business.

And if you don't think God is "business" savvy, you really aren't reading your Word.  I'm going to say that boldly.  Yeshua gave a parable of men with talents.  The men invested in their talents and brought MORE talents. The one that buried his talent - Yeshua called him evil!  The Proverbs 31 woman?  She was a business woman! She owned real estate, she owned vineyards, etc.  She took care of her workers!  There is another scriptural reference that tells you to invest in different currencies and trade overseas.  The Bible even speaks on how we shouldn't be in debt - which almost every one is in! We've been blinded by this system of the world instead of God's system.  They are not the same and we have to choose which we will have faith in. Listen, money is a defense and God always provided for His children!  Go and do some research on money, business, and the Bible.  In the Old Testament, we were not broke! Jesus wasn't broke! He had everything that He needed and what He didn't have - He spoke it to be! Oh how we've been deceived! Our God walks on gold and wants His children starving, broke, indebted, and "robbing Peter to pay Paul."  What kind of God do you think He is?!  I am upset and in a passionate outrage that my Father has been quite misrepresented! And in this season, I am expecting more over my life and the lives of those attached to me for this very reason! 

With the government shutdown active and the U.S. on the verge of an economic collapse - if you are a Christian I suggest you get to using this Word in your life and not only that, aligning yourself with the Word!  The enemy has rights to attack our lives when we give him permission and this includes our money.  I fear for those that have put their trust in their job and not in the promises of God. I've gotta go, feel free to comment yet I'll warn you - I don't debate!  The Word is bond! :) Look forward to next week's blog on "The Crossover!"

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Be blessed! 

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Promise of Prosperity

We live in a day where "rich Christians" are judged highly.  Look at the latest uproar about John Gray for example. (We'll talk about that more later.)  It's as if people find offense to preachers and doers of the Word having money.  Now, there is a balance and of course I stand for integrity of usage but I question those that say that they are believers but don't support compensating ministry or ministry works.  I think the answer lies in this: We as believers do not ultimately believe the Word as it concerns our finances.  Given the latest in the government shutdown, I believe this will test many people of faith.  We have become so work driven that we believe that anything that has Christ on it or deals with the Bible should be "given" away.  Most people don't see ministry as work but boy oh boy...that's a lie and another story for another day!  Many support that as a believer you shouldn't "pay" people for their "works in the Kingdom."  I don't understand that when scripture plainly says the opposite.  But maybe, maybe the true problem lies in, we don't believe that God wants to see us successful and because of this - our hearts become jealous at the success of others that are full time ministers in the Kingdom.  So first, let's start with the principle that our Father indeed does want us to have a prosperous life! 

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that though mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.

This is a scripture I meditate on quite often but as I was questioning the Father about a few things in my own life, He took me right back to this Word and I saw it a little clearer than before.  It was as if He broke it down in "abc" format.  Let's dissect this:

1. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth.  You need to be speaking it, not just reading it.
2. Meditate (which means to mutter, speak, study, talk, utter, ponder) in it day and night.
3. Then you will observe to do all that is written in it. You can't live a Word you don't know.
4. THEN you shall make your way prosperous.
5. THEN you shall have good success (which means to be wise, able to instruct, prosperous, teach).

The problem with prosperity and success for Christians is when it is not gained through biblical foundations.  See, if your heart is constantly on the Word, when the riches and overflow comes, you have the Father's heart to take care of the the things that concern the Father.  Is that not what the Word says?  Meditate on it and you will observe what's in it - THEN the prosperity and success comes.  Also, might I add - we are supposed to be "blessed", essentially highly favored.  If my life doesn't look like I'm "highly favored", why would anyone believe in the God that I serve to be my provider?  And that is the ongoing cycle.  We call debt blessings.  We call all types of things blessings that don't look anything like a blessing from the Bible.  When I say favor, I'm speaking debt cancellation.  When I say blessed, I'm testifying to people looking to hire me and getting hired on the spot - without even applying for the job!  When I say favor, I'm talking about people being commanded to bless me.  We, for some reason, can't fathom this type of supernatural blessings and favor over our lives.  The Word says that the blessings of the Lord make one RICH and add NO SORROW to it!  I am not convinced that my Father wants me to live barely making ends meet! 

Let's look at Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Again, we see pretty much if/then statements.  We see promises; we see the Word's instruction to success.  And they revolve around the Word of God, the lifestyle of the one who believes, and what the outcome of that looks like.
Psalm 112:1-3 says:
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
I could search these scriptures day and night and I am confident that I will find the same promises and principles stated.  The love of money (to pursue it above God) is the root to all evil but the love of God, the delight in His commands, brings wisdom, wealth, riches, success, and prosperity.  This solidifies that you can obtain riches without God obviously because plenty of people do it.  I could have done it and the devil would have paid me nicely at a high price!  So how much more does our Father, and creator Himself wants to give us life and life more abundantly (John 10:10).  I could also search and post scripture after scripture in the New Testament but the truth remains - I have not found one scripture that corresponds with the notion that we should live in poverty.  Matter of fact, the Bible also tells how poverty comes upon people and that the borrower is the slave to the lender!  I believe that if we understood, really took to heart and trusted God at His Word we would see His Word manifest in our lives.  
I can't tell you many times how things get done in my life except for pure favor.  Many things I cannot take credit for.  It seems like a divine set up for my Father to show me, "I'm supposed to take care of you!"  And then He said in Ephesians 3:20 that He would do exceedingly, above all we ask, think or imagine.  I would submit to you that we struggle many times out of the ignorance of the Word; we have no expectations for the Father to "hold up" to the Word He's given us.  I've entered a point in my life where I make a demand on the Word because if God isn't true to His Word that basically deems my entire life a lie.  We can't pick and choose which part of the scriptures to believe.  It is either all truth, or all a lie.  How desperate are you to see the manifestations of God's truth over your life?  
I love that in Joshua 1:5 He tells Joshua, "I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."  When I read this the other day, I could hear the Father's voice telling me the same thing! "I will not fail you daughter! I will be with thee! I will not forsake you!" I invite you today to look at your relationship with the Father.  How much do you trust Him?  I'll come back to scriptural references on Pastors and ministers of the gospel living off of the work of their spiritual labor, that'll be part two so come back next week! But this week - focus on you.  I believe the difference between people who have a problem with Pastoral pay/blessings and those that have a problem with them is simple:
Those that labor or at least mostly those that labor for God understand the Word and call God on His Word.  They're bold enough to use their faith; whereas those that have a problem with it probably aren't.  It sounds harsh but why do people get so offended when pastors/ministers, etc. are blessed by doing the Gospel? Why do people get so offended when people live the Word in healing and prosperity, when it's the promise?  It's in the Word?  That's what we'll run into next week! Until then, have you read the last #hottopictuesday blog A Burnin' People: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic?  Click that title but before you do, catch the 45% sale below! Happy reading and happy shopping!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hot Topic Tuesday: A Burnin' People - The HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Whew. This is a sensitive subject; if not for you, for me.  I guess it has to be to even be a "hot topic", huh?  So I'll start off by denouncing that this is any type of hate language or discriminatory writing.  It is not.  I have been affected by this topic first and foremost and from my youth. I have been affected by this topic because I lost my father to this topic. I always searched for answers.  At one point, I wanted to be the answer - the solution and in a way, I'd like to believe that I have found the answer.  I am by no ways condemning, judging, or "phobic" towards this. It has hit my life closer to home and probably will offend those close to me.  But it is the truth, according to the Word of God and I will stand on it.
The topic of this blog relates to the alarming statistics of HIV/AIDS in not just America but in SOUTH, and directly - in Atlanta. goes.  First of all, let's break down a few facts.  

HIV = human immunodeficiency virus: This means that your body's immune system is deficient; it means that it lacks the proper ability to fight off anything that brings sickness to your body.  The virus attacks the body's main line of defense.  It's like your body kills itself from the inside.  

Virus = It's basically a particle that invades healthy cells in the body and replaces the cell's genetic information with it's own - which then destroys the original cell. Antibiotics do not cure a virus, they only fight bacteria; matter of fact, viruses are very hard to contain/heal because you could have a virus for years and not know it.  This is how a person with HIV, HPV, a cold, the flu, etc. can infect someone so easily and it can spread like wildfire.  A person can already be infected with a virus and show absolutely no symptoms of it.  Viruses also spread by the exchange of bodily fluids but there are airborne virus as well, which means that you can come in contact with a virus through someone sneezing and not covering their nose, or shaking someone's infected hand and not washing your hands before you place them in your mouth.  Yes, I could go on and on about this since I am a student of "life" (biology) because I've learned plenty on the works of nature.  But that's not what this blog is about; I just wanted to give you a lesson of understanding why this is extremely serious no matter how sensitive the topic is or how much we want to continue to look the other way on the reality of it.  Now AIDS = Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.  The difference between HIV and AIDS is that HIV is the virus itself and can be "treated" but not "cured" (according to what we've been told anyway, but that's not a topic for discussion right now either).  AIDS is what HIV can lead to; or rather AIDS is what you have when the virus has completely taken over your body and caused failure to your immune system.
So HIV is the attack on the immune system, which they tell you you can fight with medication, but AIDS is the complete attack which ultimately leads to death.  It's like having pre-cancer and then having cancer.  But here's the thing, you could have HIV for years - get tested for years - and if that virus is not "active" in your body, you could be spreading it to your partners!  It's that easy.  Studies show that you could have HIV for up to ten years and not even know it; the virus could be active and you could absolutely have no symptoms.  This is how serious transmission is.  Now, this is not a scare tactic blog - there are many, many people living with this infection, many people being infected daily, so it is one that needs to be addressed.  Period.  But today, I need to focus and bring your attention to biblical references and the fact that the statistics are alarmingly showing that it is only a few demographics that this blog truly matters for.  So, now we began.  Scripture or statistics? Hmm, let's start with scripture and back it up with statistics.  
1 Corinthians 6:18 tells us to RUN from sexual sin.  It tells us that we should totally denounce, and bow OUT from sexual sin and THEN it tells you why.  Because sexual immorality is a sin against your OWN body.  Hmm...and HIV is a direct attack on the very system that was designed to heal your body.  Coincidence or no?  Think on that.  But let's break down "sexual immorality."  Sexual sins are those things that the Word considers to to be wrong - no matter what the world says or how acceptable the world makes it.  So that would include, sex before marriage, pornography, sex with animals, homosexuality, incest, sex with in-laws, adultery, etc.  So, sex outside of the biblical marriage - man and woman are basically sexual sins.  Threesomes in marriage - sexual sin; because you are committing consensual adultery.  I hope I'm making all of this clear because I submit to you that STDs are a result of the out pour of sexual sin.  Sexually Transmitted diseases are diseases that are only transmitted through sex; if monogamy prevailed, how could we transfer diseases?   That verse goes on to say that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so honor God with your body.  As we honor God with our body, we are protected from the consequences of sexual diseases but when we dishonor God with our body, we allow the darkness of that sin to come upon our bodies.  See, scriptures say that we reap what we sow.  But most importantly, let's look at this next scripture as it relates to this topic - because believe me, I'm going somewhere with this.  
Let's break down Romans 1: 24-32 briefly: King James Version (KJV)

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

STOP: Receiving the "recompense" of their error? The Word is saying that there will be a "payback" that those who choose such things upon themselves! 
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Stop. So why do we act as if we don't bring the consequences of sexual sin among ourselves?  We want to medicate, begin movements, "bring awareness" yet that awareness doesn't point back to the root of the problem and the root of the problem is that we have created a culture that has exchanged the truth of God for a lie and the very bodies that were created to live and thrive are turning against itself because it. is. defiled.  
"Sin is sin" is the argument but does the Word NOT say that when you commit sexual sin you sin against your very own body?!  That's like taking a knife and cutting yourself.  Sexual sin is as serious as suicide.  We don't typically like to acknowledge this but let me tell you, it's time to take the blinders off!  It's time to realize that the Word is true and God has paid a hefty price; He has bankrupted HEAVEN for you to live in the holiness that is in His image and likeness as He created you.  No where is sexual sin permitted but we're specifically talking about the sexual sin of unnatural lust.
Going back to AIDS.  Did you know that at one time, AIDS was called, "Gay Related Immune Deficiency".  Oh that sounds harsh but it was; and looking at the statistics, it still shows that homosexual men have the greatest numbers of HIV and AIDS.  So let's go to the statistics:
Not only are blacks most affected, but black homosexual males.  Does God love them.  Yes.  They are his creation.  Well, if God loves them why are they suffering?  Scroll up to the scripture breakdown.  Or rather, let's look at another scripture.  Deuteronomy 28:21-22  The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess.  The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation... 
This shows the curses of those that walk in disobedience to God's Word.  "Wasting disease, fever, and inflammation."  That's quite plain.  You're going to live dying; no quality of life.

The rate of blacks living with HIV and AIDS are far above the statistics for other races.  (This should also give a hint to who the scriptures are talking to in this passage but I'll save that topic for another day. *sigh*) Why is that? Why are blacks and homosexual males the highest statistics for HIV/AIDS??? It should be plain as day, cause and effect.  But we've lied to ourselves and we believe that if we practice "safe sex" then we're safe.  Except, if we're looking at statistics, then obviously condoms aren't working or we're not using them.  In other words, we've got to stop trying to be smarter than God! We say the reason that blacks or black homosexuals have it worse is because they're disadvantaged with the health care, and etc. 
We're constantly throwing a blind eye to the root of this epidemic.  HIV, AIDS, and other STDs are rooted simply in the fact that we are sinning against our body and our body is responding.  If we want a cure, look to the blood.  If we want a cure, look to the Word.  If we want a cure, look to the Savior, our Helper, our deliverer.  Look to repenting and purging from this unnatural affection.  There are many testimonies of deliverance from sexual sin and my life is one for starters.  Purity is not only possible but it is in our best interest!  This blog could go so much deeper because I am truly passionate about purity but I'll stop here.  Look the statistics up for yourself.  Read the Word for yourself.  The answer is in Yeshua.  Let us be free, healed, and whole through the truth found in accepting the Lord as Savior and turning back to His Word. 

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Here's last week's #hottopicTuesday: My Daddy Was R. Kelly Too!