Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Truth Alive

The truth is not one day one way and the next another. #Itiswhatitis

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Come Out From Under the Covers---Your Help is Here

Far too often we believe that our help comes from people. In times of need we think that Joe Blow should help because we helped him or that Rainy Rita should help because she has plenty and she knows we need it. We pray to God out of one side of our mouth and with the other fret. We secretly resent or want to shake everyone else for not helping our cause right now. This double-mindedness should not be named among any of us who have read the message on a quarter. Last I looked the message reads "IN GOD WE TRUST". I believe that message includes trusting in and looking to God for our help. Yes our God uses people, but our eyes, our trust has to consistently be on and in Him. We trust God and He sends the help clothed the way He wants it clothed and not according to our specifications.
Be assured this morning that the Hills, the Jones, the Clerks, the Bosses, the Rich Relatives are not the source. God is and our help comes from Him...exclusively. God is trustworthy and has proved Himself over and over again in your life and mine. Failure is not in His wheelhouse. So Friends, replace that frown with a smile. Quit looking bug-eyed at the person cross the way. Refuse to tear up anybody's office and most of all, come out from under the covers. YOUR HELP IS HERE!!!! Our help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth. Anything else is small potatoes for Him.
Pastor Teirrah McNair, CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) for www.bencouraged.net

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Beacon of Light Well Worth Sharing

Monday, November 24, 2014

Do You Need to Be Trained To Make Righteous Judgments?

The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:2 that eventually we will be called upon to judge the world. In this earthly phase of our eternal lives we are being trained for such a time. Does anybody besides me need the training? John (7:24) cautions us to "judge not according to appearance but judge righteous judgment." In a nutshell we have to line up with the Lord's assessment of the person or situation. One of the most profound teachings in the ministry of Pastor Jean Ferguson was a simple directive to "ask the Lord to show you the heart of a person." Now doesn't that totally line up with 1 Samuel 16:7? I have since learned that when I am in the midst of judging or assessing or sizing up a person, I often have to ask the Lord to show me my own heart. My soul experiences reside in my heart and they will blindside my judgment every time UNLESS I seek the Lord and allow Him to lead me into the whole truth of the matter. We have to take the promises of God personally and stand on them. John 16:13 makes God's promise in this situation real plain. John 16:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
As this blessed Christmas season approaches, I don't want to be wrapped or tied up in a bitter root, holding onto a bunch of unforgiveness for someone I misjudged. Selah...pause and think about it. I don't know about you but I want to be in right standing with God on every front. How about you?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Industry Standard or God's Standard: A Monday Check Up

Now as in Old Testament times we see people doing what is right in their own eyes. Far too often we allow what we see done in our various industries, right or wrong, to be the standard. Have you heard anyone lately say, "It's all good; everybody does it." As dark as these times are we have to allow the light of God's Word and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit to guide us. We can't afford to hem, haw or hedge.
Our right standing with God is a serious matter that requires our attention moment by moment. I said it last week, there is no 'behind the scenes' or 'doing it in the dark' with God. He sees everything whether it is recorded on our Smart phones or not. Justifying our actions is a dangerous way to live too. That team of lawyers, loyal family members, bosom buddies, co-workers and others who cosign our wrong behavior today will become real scarce when we are called out on that behavior tomorrow. I say we need to develop the habit of 'calling ourselves out'---check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. Apostle Paul said it 2 Corinthians 13:5--"Examine yourself". Am I obeying God or going with the flow of the world? Where am I falling short, Lord? What about my thoughts, my conversations, my actions, Lord? Lying as an example is hated by God (Proverbs 12:22) yet common in the culture. The ever so popular Judge Judy on television has some sage advice for all of us on this matter. She says, "If you don't lie, you won't need a good memory." (OUCH) And don't worry, I'm not going to talk about carting company office supplies home, or stealing company time, or plagiarizing (i.e. taking credit for writing something we did not write), or condoning what is politically correct when we know it's wrong, or slipping off the wedding ring for just one night out on the town....
Note that in the Bible in Judges, when we see the phrase "everyone did what was right in his own eyes" it is preceded by the words "In those times there was no king in Israel."(Read Judges 17:6 and Judges 21:25) Hold up now! I don't know about you but when I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord I signed up for an inner check and balance system. Hence, I've got a King on the inside. In fact I have the King of kings living inside me and when the King says do something or don't, I have to obey.
These are some crazy times we live in but that still small voice of the Holy Spirit is ever present, always, speaking, leading, encouraging, correcting us with His gentle, loving wisdom. Yes, Donald Lawrence, I agree, there is a King in us and that King is desirous of enabling us to be our best selves so the light of Christ can beam inside of us. "I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus" He is King of kings and I choose to let Him reign in all I say and do. It's a challenge but I am up for it, what about you?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WHO CAN REALLY GET AWAY WITH MURDER?

Where God is concerned there is no 'behind the scenes'. He sees everything and promises that those things done in the dark will come into the light. (Luke 8:17; Jeremiah 16:17) Far too many people believe they can get away with murder. Slick deeds done in secret to advance one's cause (personal or professional) at someone else's expense may profit for a season but will eventually come with great cost. Be careful in this hour. (Isaiah 29:15) David suffered great personal loss because he decided he was going to have what he wanted RIGHT NOW! (2 Samuel 12; 1 Corinthians 4:5) Who will you trust with your destiny today? Will it be your script or the Lord's? Will it be God's timing or yours? 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. (Psalm 37:3-5 New King James Version)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Want that Divinely Inspired Plan to Succeed?

Nothing will get us in trouble faster than a wacko thought that leads to an even worse choice. Even when the Lord gives us a clear vision and we start to step it out we can still get off track, can still overthink it and lean to our own understanding. Ever felt like that book or film or play you felt inspired to write, that ministry you were inspired to roll out, that business you just knew was a God idea was barely getting off the ground, was a disaster in the marketplace, was failing miserably??????? Don't you dare lose hope or throw in the towel. Here's the cure from Proverbs 16:3 in the Amplified Bible. 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. So all of us planners that want our plans to succeed take note. 1) We have to make sure our work is fully, wholly committed to Him. Whole commitment requires 100% responsibility, 100% obligation, 100% duty, 100% faithfulness to executing the plan God's way. It's a tall order but He didn't promise that it would be easy. He promised to be with us. That commitment will help us especially when a wrong motive sneaks in. You get to a certain point in the plan and suddenly you start to think thoughts like "This will show them; just wait until Sister Murray and her sidekick Angela see me." Before long you are driven by showing them and lose sight of the path God had you on. Check yourself, repent and purpose to do better.
That whole commitment will also fuel our trust in God so that we will resist getting ahead of his timing or resist taking matters into our own hands. If you have a work in progress check yourself to see where your trust level is. Are you one day trusting and the next not? If you find yourself falling short, just repent and then purpose to do better. 2) Is anybody else besides me grateful that God has something for our unruly thoughts. This scripture says He will cause our thoughts to become agreeable to His will. That blesses me beyond measure and serves as a reminder that I can win the battle of the soul and the spirit. The expression that the 'battle is in the mind' is more than a notion. I don't know about you but my thoughts are like little soldiers that sometimes need to be beaten into submission. There's a reason Paul tells us to bring those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
You'll know you are in sync when even your pop up thoughts are pleasing to the Lord. Let me wrap this up by leaving you with one final bit of wisdom from Proverbs 3:5-6. 5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Our God loves us beyond measure and wants us to succeed in those endeavors He puts on our hearts, but know that He will never sacrifice the shaping of our souls for anything. Pastor Teirrah McNair CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) Soul Shaping Publications

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Mother Was A Serial Soul Winner

Daddy was a preacher and pastor but I used to watch my mom (Ma) win the hearts of everyone she met, sometimes with no more than a 50 cent bag of homemade oatmeal cookies. When I was in second grade in Riverside Ma was a substitute teacher. My prayer was always ‘Lord, please don’t let my everyday teacher get sick.’ It made my heart race to contemplate Ma being in charge of my classroom. You see, I had seen Ma at church, at the gas station and the grocery store. She would shake the hands of people nobody else wanted to touch and would always, always say something to make them feel better about themselves. She’d say, ‘You’re going to be alright or where did you get those beautiful teeth’---and then she would slay them with that bag of 50cent homemade oatmeal cookies she was selling for our church. Most times she refused to let them pay for them and many would insist on buying two or three bags anyhow. One day I was legitimately absent from school and Ma substituted for the teacher in the classroom next door to mine. When I returned to school I heard that class next door singing Ma’s song. “Smile a while and give your face a rest, stand up straight and elevate your chest. Reach your hands to someone near, shake their hand and smile.” I knew Ma had been there and I suspected that a trail of cookie crumbs was somewhere nearby. I remember as a teenager Ma singing “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” one evening when the car broke down on the freeway. There were no cell phones then and of course my siblings and I were highly embarrassed when Ma got out the car and began to sing until the help came. One thing is certain--- her song of praise brought the help we needed and that stranger who pulled over and got us back on the road received a huge return on his investment. I don’t remember Ma's exact words to him but I know when Ma got done talking to him he stood a few feet taller. Even in Ma’s final days here when she was blind and bedbound I remember the sounds of nurses and aids and friends, old and new laughing in her bedroom and then remarking upon exiting, “Unbelievable. She cheered ME up”. Without question Ma left a trail of sweets (tasty words and deeds) that won many souls for Christ and which inspire me even today. This morning I find myself in the middle of a soul-check and I’m wondering what kind of trail have I left behind. The glorious thing about maturing is realizing that it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference. It’s not about the money, the titles, awards, the degrees, the books or earthly pursuits of any kind. No, it’s about keeping a stash of fruity, tasty words and deeds and freely dropping them wherever you go—a little love here, a little joy there, a little peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, faith. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23) DEAR LORD, THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE GOOD SENSE TO CHOOSE TO LEAVE A TRAIL THAT WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD PEOPLE TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE WILL TO PLEASE YOU WITH ALL I SAY OR DO. IN JESUS’S NAME I PRAY, AMEN.
2 Corinthians 2:15-16 New International Version (NIV) 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? Rev. Teirrah McNair
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Friday, September 5, 2014

The Best Investment Ever!

We put far too much stock in expecting PEOPLE to be there for us. The Word reads 'Great is THY faithfulness'. (Lamentations 3:23) THY is Him--our God, Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords. It's Him we should invest our trust in. Like the coin--In God we trust. Humans will fall short. Invest your trust in Him. Let Him send the people you need. There's a reason we refer to some people as a 'God-send'. Shout out to all the God-sends in my life. Thanks be to God for you. I love u more than words can say.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Resurrection (playlist)

Resurrection (playlist)

Faith-filled, Soul Shaping Stirrings for a Holy Tuesday

With every puzzle, with every unknown, unfamiliar place, with every ‘what if’, every fear-filled imagination it is so easy to bow to the accompanying confusion. Confusion will always show up, strutting, looking important, making ridiculous demands. Know that rest will not come with it. Joy will call in sick. Sense will retreat and peace will have nothing to say. You see the true and living God is not the author of confusion, no sir. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. Faith-filled perception bows exclusively to who the true and living God is and rests in what He says. Rest today in knowing that if we have God (are in relationship with Him on His terms), we have everything we need. Then, occupy that human craving called ‘need to know’ with deep digging into who He is. Amen. (1 Corinthians 14:33; Hebrews 12:2; Daniel 2:22; Psalm 139:1-6; Philippians 4:19; John 17:3) http://youtu.be/ESOiZFW_dSA

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Soul Revival

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Faith-filled Resident Seeks Beachfront Property

I know I am not the only one who longs to own a beach front property. I would love living by the water. It would not be hard to adapt to a lifestyle of living by water. I'd have to own several pairs of flip flops and my wardrobe would have to have a few quirky swimsuit coverups. I'd be waterlogged all the time just because I lived by water. My conversation and my daily activities would be totally connected to my living by the water. Daily I would be refreshed by gloriously breathtaking views and I would wake up loving to listen to the sweet sounds of the waves coming in. Even when the storms would come, I would rest and say to myself "Storms go with the territory. That's how we roll when we live by water." I don't live by the water YET, but I make it my aim daily to live by faith. A guy named Habakkuk (Habakkuk 2:4) said living by faith is how the just live. That word just is similar to the word righteous (righteous=in right standing with God). I gave my heart to the Lord (Romans 10:9-10) over 20 years ago and I choose everyday and in every way to do things His way. When Habbakuk says the just shall live by faith, he's talking about me. Since I have been talking about how to live by water I can apply that understanding to living by faith. In fact I'll call this section a lifestyle of living by faith. Wow. Think about wardrobe when we live by faith. Psalms 33:1 says that praise is the fashion statement the righteous should be making. Now, somebody say alleluia! When I live by water I am waterlogged. I let it be all over me. When I live by faith I soak in the Word and hangout in the presence of the one my faith is in. (His name is Jesus) Anybody see my glow? My conversations and my activities are faith filled. David had it down pat in 1Samuel 17:37. He spoke out loud what God had done for Him in the past and let that drive him to face and be victorious over his gigantic circumstance. So what about my view in times of calm and times of storm? Say it with me (Psalm 34:1) I will bless the lord at all times. His praise shall be continually be in my mouth. My praise and my thanksgiving is reliable. My praise draws me into His presence and my thanksgiving makes Him bigger than anything that might come against me. (Psalm 69:30) My thanksgiving MAGNIFIES my God even in the storms. Storms come with the territory. I'm living by faith in a true and a living God and I know that I know that He is in control. Guess what? I love the view from my faith-front property. So, how you living? Fo more on faith be sure to visit our channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PDengLftiA