“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends”- Abraham Lincoln
It is common for believers of Jesus to think of sinners as your enemies that must be evaded or feared. I must admit that I once shared this view, but I am pleased to announce that God has shifted my mindset . This monumental shift reminds me of the importance of daily depending on the Word of God to direct your daily decisions no matter how minute they may seem. People who daily intentionally choose to violate God’s law are enemies of God but we must remember that we are commanded to love our enemies and that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal and that our King has already defeated every enemy that we have or will ever face. Personally, I have learned from my unique day to day conversations with sinners to respect them because God created and to value their interests yet have no fellowship with their works of darkness and to speak the truth in love without compromise. These opportunities throughout my life has helped me to understand the importance of listening and its vitality to effective communication. I find it helpful to remind myself that appreciating one’s point of view does not necessarily mean that I am adopting their view. And remember we, humans are all of one race and of one blood! Return to your first love, listen and obey the heart of our Father!
You are uncut gemstone of priceless value. Cut and polish your potential with knowledge, skills and service and you will be in great demand throughout your life.- Denis Waitley
I would like to dedicate this post to one of the newest members of my family and indeed a special one, Ms. Jewel Alani Daniels. Jewel was born on August 7, 2017 at 4:07am weighing in at 6lbs 4.6oz and 20in. Welcome! I can recall the phone call from my sister early that morning and the sternness of her voice. Indeed, I was so sleepy but became very alert while speaking with her. Little did I know that Jewel would be born a few hours later, but I was praying that my sister did not deliver while I was driving. Gratefully, she didn’t. However, upon arrival my nephew Mr. Jayce would not let me leave without his mommy. Needless to state, we waited in the parking lot which became our resting area which was very much needed for me. I celebrate this precious gift that God has sent and indeed honored to be her uncle. To state the least, I look forward to her developing into all that God has purposed for her. Children are the heritage of the Lord and I consider it my duty to be a voice for the voiceless, expose the evils of abortion with compassion and to promote life with no exceptions.
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15
Today I would like to honor my pastor, mentor, friend, and father in the faith Bishop Cleveland L. Dennison. Truly, this gentleman has and continues to impact my life daily. First, I give thanks to God for sending such a honorable vessel to preach the good news of the kingdom of God, coach me to become a more effective leader starting in my youth, and to provide a living example of kingdom living as a faithful husband (Mother Claudette), father of three, grandfather of seven, and as a shepherd responsible for the Lord’s flock. His love for his family He always has a sense of humor, yet is very stern and has a good listening ear. My pastor is disciplined and determined to fulfill the Lord’s assignment for his life. I also enjoy listening to him share his words of wisdom and even correction if and whennecessary. Again, I salute you Bishop Cleveland L. Dennison. Currently, Bishop Cleveland L. Dennison serves as the Senior Pastor of Pentecostal Full Gospel Crusade Church of Rochelle and Poulan, Georgia and the Presiding Bishop of PFGC Ministies. Today is his birthday and I would like to wish him a Happy Birthday! Join me as I honor my father by posting your father’s name below with brief words from the heart!
For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it (New International Version, Matt. 16:25).
In order to become a disciple of Jesus, one must understand that your selfish motives must be denied. Submission to the King of Kings is mandatory! Avoid and identify any distractions that will and may arise as a result of your obedience. Do not compromise; complete your assignment just as you were commanded to do. Diligent bible study, prayer, and meditation are essential to living in victory in every area of your life despite the desires of your enemies. Silence your fears, remain focused, and conquer your giants in the name of the Lord! Truly, you were purposed for good works that will destroy the works of the devil. Again, you must abandon the lifestyle of the worldly systems; however, remember that God sent you to share the gospel message of the kingdom of God to the dying, chaotic, worldly systems in love without compromise. Sever away every cord that has held you captive and walk by faith and obedience. Keep kingdom company who encourage the king in you! Arise, it’s time to bloom where you are planted!
Everything rises and falls on leadership- John Maxwell
Throughout my short lifetime, I have discovered that leadership is one of my favorite topics and the key to solving problems in every area of life yet one of the most neglected topics given adequate time for discussion, implementation, and practice. Despite the adverse situations that were present during and throughout my youth, with time and maturity I have learned to appreciate my parents and their decisions and to note those that were good and those that were bad mentally. Although the bad decisions seemed to outweigh the good ones, I became more optimistic and always promised myself daily that I would be a better example of a true leader. One of the key figures in my life that has helped shape my life is my mother, Ruby L. Daniels. Her innumerable sacrifices laced with love and compassion will always be deeply cherished and shared with future generations. She took me in as her own at only five months old. Little did she know, her home served as “God’s laboratory of redemption,” for both her and I. Truly, Lord your works are marvelous! List someone below that you remember that demonstrated true leadership in your life!
I would like to start my first post with a brief introduction and my intent for this blog. My name is Lenoris Daniels and I currently serve as a juvenile correctional officer, a junior deacon at my local church and recently completed my enlistment in the U.S. Army. I purpose to share the application of God’s Word to all areas of life and to invite you to journey with me as I fulfill God’s plan for my life and transform the world on behalf of the kingdom of God. Interests that I am passionate about include but not limited to are pro-life issues, leadership, and education to name a few. Please feel free to share your comments and concerns respectfully without compromise!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2)