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I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about how to #WrapYourMind around #TheFatherSonAndHolySpirit being #OneAndTheSame. Though I wanted to get some scripture to support it, I couldn’t think of anything #OffTheTopOfMyHead but I was able to ‪#‎CallToMind‬ the fact that water exists in three separate states as a liquid, solid (ice) and vapor (gas): yet they are all the same compound of two parts hydrogen to oxygen (#H20).

On a separate note, I was thinking about how the complexity of cooking #BoilsDownTo (pun slightly intended) either an aggressive or moderate reduction of water in ingredients. Water exists in all things but when you apply heat to any and all things, compositions begin to change. In cooking, the change of composition rearranges the tastes of what’s left behind – melding elements of various ingredients together as the water escapes into the air as steam (vapor).

Look at what happens to meats as water in the blood leaves behind the rich iron: it tastes better and is more pliable (if you know what you’re doing!).

Things like soup and #CreamofWheat, once cooled, solidify and trap in heat.

Cakes get sweeter and fruits become more succulent as water separates from the pulp.

Look at pancake mix: #PancakeMix is the nastiest sludge you ever want to taste until some heat is applied to it and the water escapes it. What’s left behind is pure deliciousness (once again… if you know what you’re doing)!

Cooking literally comes down to how well you can #BoilWater.

Yet, spiritually, we are enhanced when #TheLivingWater of God flows INTO us and combines with us through the #HolySpirit: planting within us a reservoir that then produces even MORE rivers to flow forth from our bellies:

‘He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said , out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ - John 7:38

#LetTheRiversFlow!

Don’t #StayThirstyMyFriends. If you’ve already got #DosEquis (#TwoStrikesAgainstYou), water as a liquid is refreshing. That liquid with some ice (solid) is rejuvenating… but some #IceWater in a cool mist (vapor), though?!! … now THAT is a #Godsend!

‘And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.’ - Joel 2:29

‘Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink ; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.’ - John 4:10

#ItsDarkAndHellIsHot out there… STAY HYDRATED!

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I’m Out of Order, My Daughter

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Un/learning the limitations in #KingdomChristianity in the last few years, I have been like #AKidInACandyStore: excited to see all that God has stored up for us in #HeavenlyPlaces ( power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing, per Revelation 5:12) to give to us on earth NOW but just a little too HYPE in my zeal to receive it all.

As such, I have done things #OutOfOrder.  The Lord has shown me this best through my daughter. My daughter is so excited to be able to talk and do things on her own that she often times (way too often!) doesn’t listen to or follow instructions well.  She does so defiantly at times but joyfully at other times – so HYPE for what she is getting ready in her mind to do.

My daughter needs to learn to be responsible and accountable to my words and listen to and exercise them exactly.  She may do something that is ultimately good and in my will but will do so 10 steps ahead of the instruction I’ve given or intend to give her; thus sacrificing obedience and having to be corrected through various forms of punishments and delays (causing me to resist the things I want to do for and with her BECAUSE of her actions).

Once she has proven to be #FaithfulOverAFewThings (as faith comes by HEARING a word from her father and doing #NoMoreOrLess than that) though, she can do greater things without having to wait for my direct instruction as she will have built up the trust I need to have in her that she will execute my plans for her life.

But until then, she has to heed my words on lesser things that I instruct her on lest she runs out into the bigger platforms and #PlayingFields of the world and hurt herself or misrepresent my household: like running out into the street into #OncomingTraffic  without my protection and guidance… and putting other people at risk.

Ouch. I hear You, Lord.

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Blindsided By Hindsight Beyond Sight

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I literally became responsible for and likely saved the life of two strangers today.  I was crossing the street against the light less than a block from my building on my way to work this morning when it happened.

I keep my head on a swivel when jaywalking without the “right companion” even when I’m engrossed in my music and constantly jotting down notes in my phone.  As I was about to walk into what had been a clear street, I passed an older couple to my left and caught sight of a taxi barreling down the street.  I stopped but noticed that the couple was about to walk right into the taxi’s path while talking to one another – completely unaware of the car.

After I reached out my hand and gave them an audible warning, they said “We were following your lead!”

This is cliche #ChristianTalk but you #NeverKnowWhoIsWatchingYou – let alone, FOLLOWING you.  How was your walk today?  Did you lead someone into #OncomingTraffic, unawares?!!

It’s bad enough I gambled with my own life with a wife and children but I actually placed someone else’s lives (however long they have left!) in jeopardy.

Walk according to the Spirit, not the flesh:  #WalkByFaithNotBySight (2 Corinthians 5:7) lest you lead someone into destruction that you end up being accountable for.

#TheBlindLeadingTheBlind
#SightBeyondSight
#WalkInTheSpirit

‘Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.’ – Matthew 15:14

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A Case of the Egyptian “Raps”

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#InMyMind, I go over responses to my particular stance against the world in my #WalkOfFaith often. One question that I imagine people asking me is to justify how I can be so against #HipHop yet be so influenced by it as a poet. This is my response:

When the Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians, they learned many useful trades and gleaned technology, wisdom and knowledge from Egypt. Once Moses liberated them from that bondage though, I’m sure (discarding all #IdolWorship involved) they retained some of the methods they learned while in #captivity and used it for good to build and advance The Lord’s agenda – becoming established in the freedom of God’s #PromisedLand.

Why would/must they continue to reverence the system of #slavery they came from – having been freed to STEEL away and build in the #righteousness of God?

Would/should they not still detest what Egyptians did to their people? Must they put the shackles back on to use said knowledge and wisdom #AtLiberty?

Can’t they use the tools to build up a system/Kingdom for GOD: flowing in #TheSpiritOfTheLord where there is liberty? Pardon me, I guess that’s just me having a case of “the (Egyptian) raps”.

‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…’ - 1 Peter 3:15

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The Knew Hope

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The Lord has a plan for you that is full of hope that is yet unseen. Awake every morning with this acknowledgement; determined to reach the next step of this plan according to HIS will. Forego your desires for what God has for you no matter how inconvenient it is.

Trust me, foregoing your 10-year plan for the day-by-day revelation of HIS plan for your life is infinitely more secure.

Everyday that you wake up, you can and should be one step closer to a future full of hope based not only on what God has in store but what you have prepared yourself to receive and believe.

Take the limits off. Cast off yesterday’s failures and disappointments. #BelieveOnly in what you have yet to receive based on the promises of God expressed prophetically and written historically in, by and through His Word made flesh: #JesusChrist!

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Negating the THOTS of a Pimp

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I’m not trying to #EchoTheSentiments of #JamalHBryant, but I AM admittedly trying to capitalize on them.  His mentioning “hoes” in the pulpit reminds me of the importance of context when addressing #ThePeopleOfGod.  #CaseInPoint – I readily used this word along with “pimps” and “thots” to speak to the pre-teen youths of my class this week.

I talk to them often about the importance and #PowerOfWords.  Far too often they (and adults, as well if we’re being honest!) wield the weaponry of their mouths with reckless abandon – damaging not only others but themselves in the process.  Proverbs 18:21 states that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.  Far too often, we as a culture are hungry (or #thirsty?!!) for devouring the fruit of death on the #TipOfOurTongues.

Before we got into the classroom session, I let the pre-teens go outside and enjoy the weather.  As I listened to them on the playground, I heard #TheABCs of insults as they incessantly berated one another as they talked about how weak one was or how the other’s head was misshapen.  It culminated when we began walking back to the church with a complaint from one young man.  He said something that caused all of the others to critique him to which he replied “You guys are ALWAYS telling me that I’m doing something wrong!”.  They laughed it off but it solidified in my mind what we’d talk about (AGAIN) in #BibleStudy.

We are #MadeInTheImageAndLikenessOfGod, right?  Most of us should recognize this from Genesis 1:26.  But what does that look like?  More importantly, what does that SOUND like?!!  With the power of #TheWord (Whom Jesus is as #TheWordMadeFlesh, #MindYou), God framed the heavens and the earth.  He brought things into existence that had not been before… with His words.  One of the quickest ways to see how we are like Him is to understand the power we wield with our own tongues.  We can set laws and wars into motion with words.  We can change someone’s entire mood with what we say to them – #ForBetterOrForWorse.  We seem to choose the latter #MoreOftenThanNot, though.  For a quick laugh or due to our own insecurities, we tear down more than we build up one another, #ItWouldSeem.

#ThisShouldNotBeSo.  The pre-teens and I read James 3 which talks about how the tongue, when it is untamed, is full of deadly poison and is an #UnrulyEvil.  This is true when we speak out of #TheEvilTreasureOfOurHeartinstead of the good treasure.  The question then becomes, where have we stored up our treasure?

We treasure what is #trendy (thus the #hashtags throughout this piece!).  The young man who complained about being criticized by his peers further made it clear that I needed to talk to them all about the power of words when, during our session, he referenced himself by saying #ItsHardOutHereForAPimp!  When I asked him to repeat what he said, he said it again with assured boldness.  When I asked him what a #pimp was, the response was deafening:

“I thought it meant a ‘short person’…”

This was his retort after I posed a series of statements/questions to him:

1)      “A pimp is a person who gets women to sell themselves for sex and takes their money – even beating them when they don’t get them their money.”

2)      “Do you beat women, call them hoes and/or sell them for sex?”

3)      “Now that you know, do you still want to call yourself a pimp?”

4)      “Don’t speak something over yourself – ESPECIALLY if you don’t know what it means.  Find out the meaning of a word FIRST before using it.”

It may seem innocent that he used it out of context.  It may seem #FarFetched to tell him that using such a word to describe himself can attach that type of destiny onto him.  Some people will choose not to believe me at this point just as my pre-teens apparently have not been believing me (judging by their actions or FRUIT).  They do not take their weapons.  They hear the lessons from #TheBible but have yet to fully #repent, #RenewTheirMinds and #BeNotConformedToThisWorld because they continue to wield this fiery #FlamingSword that is in their mouth without a care in the world.

Check out some of the responses they gave me when I asked them how they would carry themselves differently if they had a sharp, double-edged sword in their backpacks or a small, equally sharp blade in their pocket:

“I’d be careful – in case I cut myself.”

“I’d go home and put it away.”

“I wouldn’t go through an airport with it!” (#TheyGotJokes!)

“I’d put it away until I learned how to use it to heal.” (Somebody was starting to catch on!)

We then talked about how a sharp utensil can be used to HEAL as a surgical scalpel cuts away what can bring death to the body.  This is the type of #CuttingEdge #CuttingApparatus we have in our mouths.  A spiritual blade under the tongue, as it were, that we use to label ourselves and others incorrectly.

If you don’t believe me about the power of labels, look at your name.  This young man has a Biblical name which means “Jehovah is Lord”.  My names (Reginald Andrew Leon Kee) translate roughly into the following:

Reginald:  “mighty counselor”

Andrew:  “manly”

Leon:  “lion”

Kee:  “Manu Forti” meaning “with a strong hand”

I am becoming these things as an instrument of God but I need a system of accountability to wield myself correctly.

‘Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.’ – Proverbs 27:17

#TheQuestionBecomes… what are we sharpening ourselves for?  To enhance life or bring about death.  Are we playing #TheDozens or playing to #TheDozen as #disciples of #JesusChrist?

What we destine ourselves to be begins with what we call ourselves and answer to.  This young man has a GREAT future based in his name alone which the world seeks to #StealKillAndDestroy through the music we expose ourselves to and the foolishness bound in our hearts.

Incidentally, our youths DO understand #ThePowerOfWords.  They are the ones who made up “THOT” as a euphemism for “hoe”.  In a previous session, I had a conversation with the pre-teens about this word, as well.  None of the guys really knew where it came from but the girls did.  It has permeated urban classrooms around the country as a way to call someone out of their name without getting in trouble for saying a more recognizable word.

I know you may say “So you’re just talking to pre-teens in Bible Study about #PimpsAndHoes, huh?!!”  Yes.  I am.  If we continue not speaking #truth and #life to counteract this; if we continue to remain silent with deaf ears to what our children are speaking and hearing on a #DayToDay basis; we will continue to #MissTheMark of what it means to #RaiseUp our children in the #FearAndAdmonitionOfTheLord.  You’d #BestBelieve, if we don’t speak on it, the world will continue to rear its ugly head as it whispers death into the collective ears of the next generation.

Let him who has ears, hear.  SELAH

Here’s a few #PenniesForYourTHOUGHTS:

“A Collective THOT Process”

The youth’s wisdom for
Euphemisms has become
A collective THOT.

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“Rearing Ugly Heads”

Death rears an ugly
Head start by speaking itself
Into our kids’ hearts.

‘And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear , and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.’
– Deuteronomy 31:13

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‘And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.’
– Ephesians 6:4

‘For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…’
– 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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 “Stop Defending Deafening Silence”
It’s too easy to
Remain silent when you turn
Deaf ears to the world.

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A Hero Complex a.k.a. Conception of a Hero

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written 8/23/07

More than Heroes plot twists
Spun from Hiro and bomb threats,
My hero is complex – he’s got his own unique code of genetic destiny.
His image formed is my anti-hero’s convex –
So while the latter’s image was forged in fearful context…
The former was forged with a fearless conscience of my second legacy.

Just as Adam needed Jesus to clear his nonsense,
Her second coming draws me nearer to Promise.
Composed of veered comets, her special vessel projects heavenly.
Indeed, her structure’s a hero complex.
In dreams, her luster musters my tearful subconscious…
It’s ironic – her unprotected conception protects my trajectory.

To develop his mental mainstay into a fortress of tiered solace,
I’ll gauge the developmental stages of his yearly progress.
He’s the Clark Kent to my rearing Jonathan –
I’ll shape what he’s predestined to be.
As the Man of Steel Waters,
having Unbreakable gear isn’t farfetched –
While the staff he’ll wield yields water,
on the battlefield, his armor adhered will be a Godsend
As long as he hears me acknowledge and bless Elohim.

Because of her hero status,
I’ll be leery and cautious.
She’ll be a weirdo magnet –
attractin’ peers with no content.
Hence her spiritual ambience will be under protective key.
So as her lore nears those of Loch Ness,
My Lady of the Lake will steer clear of an audience…
So as they jeer to unlock it, her potential remains especially deemed.

Such time invested is what I must clearly respond with
To preserve this lil’ miracle’s conquest.
Still cloaked in darkness, I’m delighted to enlighten their specialty.
While the gender’s still visibly swathed,
I’ll instill the soul with my mere honor’s best.
Invincible or not,
As a Pop, sparin’ rods is not a teary option…
As what my hero accomplishes starts with the plight of this pregnancy.

Footloose, Hands-Free

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“Footloose, Hands-Free”

As God fancied the
Church body, each member is
Footloose and hands-free!

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The toes of the foot are not as dexterous as the fingers of the hand.  They cannot readily grip a pen to write a masterpiece or unscrew a light bulb.  Yet the fingers do not have the strength to withstand the balance required to support the stride of every step taken within the course of a given day.

Do not envy what someone else’s function is within #TheBodyOfChrist.  Develop and hone YOUR functionality so that #TheBODY – #theCHURCH is geared up for #PeakPerformance to #FinishThRace that is set before it to #AdvanceTheKingdom #OnEarthAsItIsInHeaven. #YouAreNecessary #FootLooseAndFancyFree

‘For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say , Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary.  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness’ - 1 Corinthians 12:12-23

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As You Were…?!!

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“As You Were”

ATTENTION!  As you
Were before Christ is not how
You should be IN Christ!
*NEW*

‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away ; behold , all things are become new.’
– 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Yes, God took you as you were when you came to Jesus but that should not still be who you are now by His #GraceAndMercy. Stop taking advantage of God’s attributes to rationalize who you were as who you will always be. Your old man was put to death in Christ when you accepted Jesus. Rise as a new man in the resurrected body of #JesusTHEChrist#AsYouWere#ByNowYouShouldBeTeachers


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Un-Brace Yourself

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When I wore braces, the inside of my mouth would get scratched by the brackets on my molars.  I got used to the feel of the #ScarTissue to the point where I find myself biting the side of my mouth to bring that old feeling back… 18 years later.  There’s something to be said regarding freedom from spiritual vices that parallels this.

While it is possible to experience freedom and deliverance from bondage, our flesh and soulish nature can become so conformed to the habits that once enslaved us that we can begin to unconsciously recreate what was a comfortable shackle and familiar condition to us.

So while our spirit cries out for and rejoices over #BreakingEveryChain, we have to be diligent about falling back into the old self that leans towards a #StockholmSyndrome – preferring the security of a captor over the unfamiliar confounds of the will of God.  Where walking in His Spirit versus the flesh IS liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:24-25).  Where this uncomfortable place of freedom  is well-suited for #TheHolySpirit Which was sent to comfort us.

Shed the braces and shackles, Israel – you are God’s chosen and elect people!  More importantly, though – don’t recreate your previous conditions and scars when you were already set free and healed (1 Peter 2:24) by the restorative work of Jesus at the Cross!

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