You Have to Be Different, It's Your Purpose!

"You Are the Light of the World. A town on a hill cannot be hidden." -Matt. 5:14

            I read Matthew 5: 14 on numerous occasions, but today I felt it in my Spirit differently than any other time before. It could be because I am walking into the knowledge of who I truly am in Jesus Christ. Perhaps trials from last year have come to strengthen me in the area of my self-confidence and worth to where now it's easier for me to believe what God has spoken over my life. Whatever it may be, I know that I am the light of the world. I was created to bring hope, peace, understanding, joy, and gentleness into this world. I am not meant to be hidden. 
             I have tried to play small for long enough! You've played small for long enough! We are created to be the change in this world that is so full of darkness. We cannot be hidden, even if we try. There have been times when I walked into a room or been in a classroom and tried to hide but my passion started to be ignited and I had to speak. I did not want to be heard nor did I want to be seen; however, God needed me to be the hope and encouragement that someone else needed. 
              You, my friend, are that in your own reach of influence. You are the light to the people who cross your path or those who you interact with daily. You are the one who was handcrafted to be the vessel that God uses in whatever setting, city, or relationship that you are in to show others what his glory looks like. We hear these things all the time, but today I want you to grab hold of the indisputable fact that God's intent for your birth was for you to be the difference on this earth. 
                When you stop hiding your light then you will begin to expel the darkness and attract more light. Maybe it's hard to connect with others because you are not choosing to believe and exude that you are the light of the world. Once the darkness around you is defeated then maybe only then, you will be able to connect with those who show their lights as well. We all want to belong; nonetheless, you have to remember that you are created to STAND OUT. 

As you continue with your day, remember that your person right now is blessing those around you whether they verbally say something or not. You make an impact on others. 

Be mindful of how you treat others. Knowing and believing that we are called and created by the Most High to be the light to this dark world comes with the responsibility of not allowing ourselves to misrepresent who God is through our own careless actions. We are front and center for those in and surrounded by darkness to see hope, but they won't receive it if we are not careful of how we use it. We cannot be arrogant, judgmental, or selective about who we share our light with. God's gift and purpose for you is NOT exclusively for you! It's for God's glory and his children here on the Earth. It's not yours to hoard, but to steward. 

Impact is felt not seen.  We live in a world that feels the need to share everything constantly, but I've come to tell you that you do not have to see the results in order to know that you made an impact. As you seek God about the revelation that you've received about how you were purposed to be the light of this world then you will know that your authenticity will always hit the intended target. You nor I need to have accolades, likes, shares, or pats on our backs in order to know that we've done what God has called us to do. 

Be diligent. Whatever you do please be diligent in who you are. Do not stop being who God has created you because you've fallen short or you've sinned. We all do in some way, however, we cannot stay in our sin. So my plea to you is that you stay diligent in who you are called to be in Christ and allow him to lead, guide, and cleanse you in the process! 

Much Love, Jasmine Edwards 

You Better Speak to Those Bones!!

 I was sitting down spending time with God the other day and the Holy Spirit lead me to read Ezekiel 37. It is a familiar book in the Bible for those who actively read their Bibles and go to Bible studies or Sunday School. The prophet Ezekiel was taken up in a vision and God was speaking to him while bringing him  in the middle of the valley of dry bones. God told Ezekiel to prophesy to those bones that were dead, lifeless, and without flesh. God says to Ezekiel in verse 4, "Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones hear the word of the Lord!"

          I wasn't quite sure why God took me to this particular book of the Bible when there's a plethora of other passages that I haven't studied in awhile to read. However, I obeyed the voice of the Lord and I kept  reading and to my surprise I saw something different in the scriptures. Reading this particular vision from the prophet Ezekiel caused me to become encouraged not because I speak to things in my life that I feel like are dead and lifeless, but I was encouraged because the miracle is in God putting his breath in us. 

            Without his breath in our lungs, we cannot live. We would be shells of dust. He has given us life and we have to know that it's because of him that those things which do not seem to work in our power will absolutely work because he spoke and breathed life into it. This time the scripture didn't capture my attention because of the imagery of the bones coming from every which way to become a skeleton again. I was blessed because God puts us to the test in order to confirm that his the the Lord Almighty.

          From this passage of scripture, I noticed that the Lord and Ezekiel must have been really close because he didn't flinch or question while God was giving him instructions. Our heavenly father believes in the deposit that he has put in us that he challenges our faith and trust in him with assignments that we wouldn't be able to comprehend without his supernatural Spirit. If I was Ezekiel, I would have displayed some ounce of fear; however, the scripture never expresses that he was afraid. We have to be prepared to do exactly what God says even when we do not understand. So, You Better Speak to Those Bones!! 

In Ezekiel 37, we see how God has given the prophet the authority to speak to those bones and call forth what used to be into the present. Some of us need to call what used to be into right now! What used to be was the very essence of who God created you to be, but you've allowed the valley to collect the bones of your dead ideas, vision, or purpose. I have been guilty of allowing the image of the lifeless ideas, broken relationships and, dry environments. Ezekiel was pushed to look at something that he did not know how to fix naturally but it was because of his faith and obedience to the voice of God that he was able to stand with confidence. You Better Speak to Those Bones!!

Speak to everything that has given you frustration, pain, and confusion. Tell those things that you desire to come forth and believe that God will breathe his spirit on you, so you can bring your purpose to life. You will know that He is God once you take authority of your situations and speak to those dry bones. Ezekiel 37: 14 says, "I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I a the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'" You deserve to live! You deserve to know that God has empowered you with his Spirit to face the impossible.