Desperate Times Do Not Call for Desperate Measures.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

I have a question to ask you friends: what do you do in desperate situations. You know the situations that keep you up late at night because your mind will refuse to stop running. The situations where you try to make up plan after plan only watch each one of them fail. I have often times in my own life just choose to run away from my adversities, and I have ended up in the hands of the enemy. Can you relate? 

Tonight I want us to read in 1 Samuel 27, where David is caught in the midst of his own desperate time. He has been on the run from Saul, the envious king. David hasn’t been relying on God or even speaking of him. David has began to rely on himself, which is the beginning on the road to destruction: “But David kept thinking to himself, “Someday Saul is going to get me. The best thing I can do is escape to the Philistines. Then Saul will stop hunting for me in Israelite territory, and I will finally be safe.” ‭1 Samuel‬ ‭27:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have mentioned before that I was neck deep into pornography. At the time, I thought that was the only oulet open to me The evil desires it caused made me forget this reality and I entered a new one. A one where I felt safe and pleasures. Exactly what David felt when he made his home in Gath; the home of Goliath. How could David possibly think this was a good plan?! Here are six points to keep in mind about David’s close minded choices and what choices God wants us to make: 

1) we will have a season of drought, but we should not remain there. Trust that God will send the rain.
2) depend on God to get us through our adversities 

3) in some situations, we think it’s best to run (our own perspective) instead of remaining still (god’s perspective). 

4) our disobedience can end with on a price on our own life and our generations to come.

5) we can find comfort in earthly pleasure and the “easy road instead of trusting God in the narrow road

6) we can often take safety with the enemy because it’s often more “convenient”

One statement to keep in mind: “Desperate times do not call for desperate measures. They call for prayerful measures.” You and I are going to go through drought seasons. Seasons that will challenge our faith, our minds, and our bodies. But are we going to find life again through Christ, or are we going to continue plotting our own deaths? Our choices always come with consequences, but God is still there in the midst of it all. He still wants to provide us His strength and for us to find him again in our darkest hour. 

“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭30:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Authenticity of the Gospel.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

Galatians is such an important book in the Word of God. It symbolizes what we are following: God, not man. Paul wrote many letters to Galatians churches, explaining his change through Christ. Before Paul became a christian, he was a devote Jew to the Jewish law. He religiously followed all the rules and believed in circumcision. The law he followed was based on deeds, not faith. After being saved, Paul realized that what he followed for his whole life was just a lie. Paul went beyond himself to proclaim Christ and to show people that the only thing he wanted to do was share the gospel. 

There is Only One Good News: “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul’s Message Comes from Christ: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We Are to Consantly Share Jesus’s Name: “After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia. And still the churches in Christ that are in Judea didn’t know me personally. All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” And they praised God because of me.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:21-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Our purpose in life is to give God the glory He deserves. Everything we accomplish is through His power. We were once goats, fumbling around, bullying the weak, and obesessing over our own likings. But now, Jesus calls us His sheep. Sheep always stay in the herd. They don’t stray. When one gets lost, the sheep always will find its way back to the Sheppard. Because the Sheppard loves His sheep dearly. 

Preaching the gospel is the only way to Christ. It glorifies Him! It is the truth! The truth will set everyone free! Our man made laws and rituals only sastify our temptations and glorify us. We should not call ourselves a slave for Christ if we live in that way. I pray for you all today you all will understand the true meaning of the gospel, which is we are all saved by Jesus alone. 

“Joy in Suffering.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

There’s that word I’m using again: suffering. I know I am probably making someone’s face cringe and heart rate quicken, but it’s so important in living for Christ is we’re called to suffer for Him as well. Jesus willingly took our painful ransom so we all could have unity with Heaven once again. But, why should we suffer if Jesus already has? Today, we will be studying Philippians Chapter One. Paul wrote this letter while in chains in Philippi, as a warm and loving thank you to those who are spreading the gospel of Jesus (now linking back to us). 

Paul’s purpose in writing this letter was to show the Philippians that even though he was imprisoned for sharing about Jesus, he still chose to seek the joy in it. Paul also counseled about those who are speaking about Jesus through rivalry and self righteousness, instead of humility and unity. Here are three key points to take from this chapter. 

We are in community, not incongruity: “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT

This verse is so important because Paul is stating one main factor of believing in Jesus: constantly in communion with others, not isolation. We attend church to praise, give, and pray for each other. We invite our girls over to have some Jesus filling memories and to grow with one another. We seek out spiritual counsel when we are at the short end of our faith. If we only confide with God in our quiet time, and then go out into the world with a blank expression, how are people supposed to know that the powerful God is living inside our very hearts?! 

Living a bold life, not an ashamed life for Christ: “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul is literally in chains at this moment, expressing his joy for his slavement for Christ. What a bold statement! I want that so badly! Paul is encouraging us here that if he can fid faith, joy, and contement in Christ, even though he knows he is going to be imprisoned and eventually killed for the cause of Christ, we should feel encouraged to the same! This life is temporary! No relationship, no occupation, not one thing will satisfy our hearts the way God can. He has promised us eternal life through Jesus Christ. That makes me want to venture out into the streets and proclaiming His love to every being I pass by! It is something I never want to live without! 

Our suffering is His glory: “We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Philippians‬ ‭1:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

My beautiful friends, we are suffering together. We are slaves of righteousness together. We are all bound in God’s forgiveness together. We no longer need to fear the feelings of loneliness or rejection. We are all apart of the body of Christ. When one falls, we all help pick them back up. When one is weak, we all pray that God will strengthen them again. I hope this has encouraged you today! God bless! ❤🌈

“The Day I Really Found Love.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬Coming into the life of singleness, I was like how most people are: scared, angry, lonely, and broken. There were a lot of restless nights, and empty chest feeling days. I longed for that person from time to time, and things didn’t end well at all at the time. But that’s when God began His work. He wanted to show me what real love really is. 
I know most people don’t look back on a day where a long term relationship ended as a good thing, but that’s the only way I can express my situation. It has been a year already that I chose to walk into a path unknown, just like Ruth. And it has been the best decision I have ever made. 

As months went by, I entered a season of isolation. I had to cut off all of my past in order for me to really focus on God. I spent day and night in prayer, and that is actually when I started to get deep into blogging. I fell in love with reading again, and I began to really learn just who Jesus really is. Also, I found a quote that has stuck by me: “I want to be a woman that finishes well.” That quote pushed me into losing weight. I ventured out and found a nearby lake that had a four mile track. I was intimidated at first, but I slowly adjusted to the length of the walk, and I have been going ever since. I have lost 30 pounds so far. 

What message I’m really trying to say here is, I know my worth. I know I am loved. I know that I can be happy, independent, and mature without being in a man’s shadow. I learned so much about myself. I used to be mentally/spiritually immature, I used to be close minded about learning and trying new things, I used to be so lazy, I used to hold grudges and refused to forgive, but I learned that forgiveness is a key in setting yourself free. I learned about loving others more than yourself. I learned about praying for your enemies, even if they are causing you nothing but pain. But, most of all, I used to be so far from God and His endless love for me. I know God had me go through this year for me to understand that I am more than what any man I’ve been with tells me. I am grateful for the pain, I am grateful for the loss, and I am grateful for the lonlieness. My heart has developed a different kind of love. I am so blessed to have really found Jesus. 

“Do Not Forget God During the Good Times.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬I was reading this chapter today for one reason: reminding my heart not to forget God through this new chapter. On Tuesday, I had the privilege of receiving a full time job I have been wanting for almost 3 years now. I had many nights on my knees, my nose stuck in verses, tears falling onto my pillow case, trusting in God and His endless promises. Well, He came through for me once again and today I caught myself feeling a certain way: prideful. I began to look around and slowly my mind said: “hmph. Why keep trying in this place, Mel? You got the job. You only have a number of days left? You are much better than them! Why other?” As the enemy was working away in my mind, God was working within my heart. 

Deuteronomy 8 is about reminding the slaves saved from the Israelites not to become boastful in themselves. For forty years God fed them, clothed them, and protected them from outside sources and the natural changes. I love verse three because this pertains to us as well: “Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ 

There is not one inch of goodness in our hearts that doesn’t come from God. Sure, we can do good acts, help others, and show compassion. But, where does it come from? Jesus. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19It is so easy for us to get caught up in our emotions and successes and forget God. We can become prideful and claim it is our own works. This is a dangerous way to live! God detest the pride and punishes them! It shows we have no fear in God, the creator of all, and we can do everything on our own power. 

“So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills.” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬ 

My friends, if you are feeling the way I felt earlier today, ask yourself this question: Am I completely relying on God and praising Him for the goodness in my life, or do I believe it is me that provides? This is such a life or death question. It determines your faith in God. Do not forget God is the one who saved you, God is the one who sacrificed His own son for our ransom, God is the lord over all, and His mighty works are endless. Always remain in a humble spirit, for that is where God will always be. I pray you remind you heart and praise God for everything He has provided, especially in the good times. 🦋🌈❤

“Praying God Centered Prayers”. By: Melodie Rose Jordan.  

I know we all have things we want. A decent job, a beautiful house, a relationship. You get the gist. I know I spend countless nights on my knees just yapping away to God what seems to be endless list of “prayers” or should I say, “needs” I need him to fulfill. Today I was doing some bible time and 1 Samuel came across my path today. What is important about this story is the woman it’s based on. This woman, Hannah, was special because her prayers were God centered. She cried out to God for what she wanted that would glorify Him in the end run. Am I churning some hearts yet? Let’s jump right into this. 

Hannah was married to a man named Elkanah, who was also married to another woman named Peninnah. (Polygamy became popular around this time, which was apart from God’s will for marriage; Genesis 2:24). They resided in Ramah, the first important landmark in the timeline leading to the coming of Jesus. Elkanah, Hannah, Peninnah, and her two sons traveled every year to pray and give sacrifices to the Tabernacle. Elkanah would portion his two Peninnah and her two sons, but gave a special portion to Hannah because he loved her so much. Here are three things to keep in mind about Hannah’s trials and how we can develop our character ourselves. 

Overcome mockery: “But Peninnah made fun of Hannah because the Lord had closed her womb. Year after year it was the same-Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Hannah would finally be reduced to tears and would not even eat.” 1 Samuel 1:6-7 

I am sure, my beautiful friends, we all face disapproval throughout our daily lives. When you go to work and you do your very best, but yet there is that one person who always tries to make sure they feel better than you. Or you give your heart out to someone with endless love and kindness, yet they keep giving what you want to someone else instead, leaving you with that half empty feeling. What’s important to note here is that God already sees our potential. We don’t need to strive to be better with our spiritual talents. God does not want us clashing against each other, we should be linking ourselves together, since we are the body of Christ. This isn’t a race on who is better, this is a race to One who makes us better. 

Pray for God, not to God: “Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. And she made this vow: “O Lord Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, His hair will never be cut.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11. 

What a prayer, right?! So selfless. I am so guilty of saying self centered prayers, and I actually demand God to always give me what I want! What kind of a relationship is that? Of course you want your kids to come to you when they need something, but if they only came you with their needs instead of actually spending quality time with you, where would that lead to? A dead end! Our prayers to God work the same way. We cannot just only to talk to God, we need to listen to Him. Ask him if what you’re praying will benefit Him not you. This flesh is ours to live in, but it is God’s to pursue in. Hannah has given all of her to God in that prayer and after being witnessed by the priest Eli, she longer clenched her pity. She rejoiced because of her faith in God. 

Honor God in worship: “The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her request. And in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel (Hebrew term relation to “asked of God). And after Hannah has weaned her child, she took him to the Tabernacle of Shiloh. Hannah approached Eli and said, “Do you remember me? I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give birth to this child and he has given me my request.” And they worshiped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1:21-27

Hannah was obedient. She did have to wait for her son, but I can imagine she had to evaluate her heart and faith in God multiple times through the process. But, in due time God answered her, and she gave back to him. That is so important, friend! Our prayers our to honor God and his kingdom! Not ourselves! And after he answers us, we need to worship Him! And if you get another door in the face, still worship and have faith! There is another door! God promises that! Tonight if you feel like nothing is going right, the same request on your heart is just going numb, take time to cry. Take time to pray. Take time to worship. God hears you, friend. You are not alone! Have a faith that fights! 

Living in Faith: The Book of Habakkuk Chapter Three”. By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

What an amazing book this was!! Wow, so much power and lessons we all can take from it! Habakkuk symbolizes the importance of living in faith of God, not man. To recap, chapter one starts out showing Habakkuk in great despair and confusion as to why God allowed evilness to continue in the world. He even began to doubt and question the creation of God, almost as if God were evil Himself. How would you react to that? Anger, sadness, vengeful? But God, God is so much higher than our minds can process. He took Habbakuk’s pain and questioning, and used it for good. Instead of turning His back on Habakkuk, God granted him His powers so that He could act out the wonders of His love. To show the Babylonians their sin shall conquer no more. 

Chapter three ends with Habakkuk’s prayer. I just read these words and I feel God’s presence heavily in this moment. The way He describes God is overwhelming. Let’s look at the first few verses just so you can have a visual image of our great Lord: “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.” ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I love this prayer. It shows the wisdom behind Habakkuk. After question God and being restored His faith, Habakkuk developed a fear for God. Not the typical fear we know of, but a maturing fear that grew Habakkuk closer to God. (“Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬) 

Continuing, Habakkuk 3:8-15 reads: “Was it in anger, Lord, that you struck the rivers and parted the sea? Were you displeased with them? No, you were sending your chariots of salvation! You brandished your bow and your quiver of arrows. You split open the earth with flowing rivers. The mountains watched and trembled. Onward swept the raging waters. The mighty deep cried out, lifting its hands in submission. The sun and moon stood still in the sky as your brilliant arrows flew and your glittering spear flashed. You marched across the land in anger and trampled the nations in your fury. You went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones. You crushed the heads of the wicked and stripped their bones from head to toe. With his own weapons, you destroyed the chief of those who rushed out like a whirlwind, thinking Israel would be easy prey. You trampled the sea with your horses, and the mighty waters piled high.” ‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:8-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I like this imagery Habakkuk uses for God’s power. He uses this to point out that God didn’t use His works for evil, rather for salvation. God is more than anything in this world. He is something to be feared, to worship, and to follow. Sometimes we become arrogant and think we are higher and we know all, but then God uses His power to break us, in order to change our vision and to protect us from separating our hearts from Him. 

Lastly, Habakkuk 3:17-19 reads:  “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. (For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.) Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The imagery used here is to example the loss we all will constantly endure. But Habakkuk affirmed that even though His heart will grieve and the pain will always be, He will always trust and worship God. He was not controlled by his feelings from the world, but by His faith in God. When nothing makes sense, don’t conform to the negative feelings your circumstances create, rather remember that God supplies us everything we need (“Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians‬ ‭4:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬) God will grant us confidence through every trial we will face. “They will run surefooted as a deer across a dangerous terrain.” God, at His proper time, will grant us justice and rid evil caused in our lives. In the meantime, we need to live by the strength of His Spirit! We will be prospered, my dear friends! God is always with us and we will not be buried by evil! Let us be lights to a dark, ridden world!! ❤