Friday, January 20, 2017

We have a new President. Yet, we have the same God...

Today marks the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Today also marks a day in which many people are exposed for who they really are...

As I often say, "Anyone can be a Christian (Christ like) when it is easy. Yet our faithfulness is proven in the times when we do not get our way, the times when we face adversity, when tempers flair...when it is NOT easy!"

I wish I could say I was amazed at the number of people who abandon their character and moreover, their commitment to godliness when it comes to politics, but lets face it. People often times just suck! It is in moments like this where we have the opportunity to identify the few (very few) who actually hold true to biblical character. Naturally there will be people stating scripture and giving opinion on what they believe is "so bad" about Donald Trump. Meanwhile, they completely disregard the fact that everything about them is equally as bad. Of course to them its not (because we all think we are good), but to God it is. To God we all fail. We all fall short and Jesus is the only reason we have grace, forgiveness, and worth! It reminds me of a wonderful scripture found in the 7th chapter of Matthew:

"First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye."

Suffice it to say, we are not in any position to judge another man. Especially when God's will is that he be our leader! Wait, did I just say God's will is for Donald Trump to be president? Yup, sure did! and regardless of how you feel about his character, I can assure you God knows WAY more about Mr. Trump than you ever could! 
So Check it...
This may not be our preferred president. Heck, he likely wasn't your preferred candidate! But that doesn’t mean it may not be God’s candidate... in order to accomplish something much greater that we don’t see (and maybe never will)...It is possible that we may look back in a few years and say, ‘Wow, he really did some things that none of us expected.’ It is possible that what this nation needs is someone like him in the office of the President so that we can get to where we need to go as a nation. Remember this:

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" Romans 8:28

Does that include you? Do you love God? If so, then this is a presidency designed to work together for YOUR good

with that being said, I am a whole lot more open to the fact that God may have something going here that is much bigger than what we think or see. Our job is to trust God. Trust HIS process and surrender our need to understand it...God said Donald Trump is our president. God's will is better than ours! Therefore, We are in the best possible hands under this presidency. No matter how good any other man may be morally or according to our standard, NO ONE is better suited than the Man God put there. Period!

For those who struggle to forgive a man you don't even truly know...
Remember we are called to BLESS those that curse us and pray for our if death and life are in the power in the tongue (like scripture says) then I KNOW the people of God will ultimately speak life to and about Donald Trump and not death. I know that the Holy Spirit will convict us to the point of obedience and our prayers will lead to the success of our nations leader! Again, I know the heart of Christian belongs to God and that we will pray for his success and his obedience to the King of Kings!
This post doesnt make me pro Trump.... I am pro Holy Spirit! God showed me long ago he would be our next president and that I should speak life, pray and uphold God's will over my own and over yours! Therefore I have remained committed to what God's word instructs. I love him. I love his people. I do his work. I seek his will. 

Psalm 37:23 says "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way."

I delight in this very place we are now. I am excited to see greater trials and more difficult tests strengthen our faithfulness.

May we all submit our ways unto God and speak life at all times. May our light shine brightly and our hearts be filled with Joy. May we love our God and love our neighbor as ourselves.

-Terrance Aye

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Worry and anger

Today I want to talk about worry.  A friend of mine was struggling with worry and having trouble sleeping.  I tried to give him some peace, and it made me reflect upon my own life. The more work you do for the kingdom, the more the enemy is going to fight against you. My experience lately is that if Satan isn't finding a crack in my foundation to get in, he starts picking away at me through my relationships with other people. Things get taken out of context and people make mountains out of mole hills. Just try not to get caught up in the moment, you are in control of your emotions and how you react to every situation. Love will always win, if you let it.

This is especially true with me currently.  I'm learning to control my anger.  I understand and deal with big issues, but when little things get blown way out of proportion I can get angry very quickly.  This is my biggest conviction and I'm working on showing love even when not given.  I'm starting to take a moment, and give a quick prayer for peace for them and myself.  I wonder what has gone on in their life today to make them so angry at something so little.  There is always going to be a battle to be fought, choose your words and actions with a calm mind.  Quick, angry decisions are almost never the right ones.  It only takes a moment to ground yourself and make a better choice.  Do not blame your anger for your own wrong doings, no matter the reason for any of your actions, they are still your actions.  You can not take back the steps that got you to your current location, but every morning you choose which direction you're going to walk. 


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hidden Issues

Too many times, we preach to behaviors instead of addressing the root. Many of us are guilty of trying to project what we believe people expect of us instead of looking at who we are underneath the layers of influence and camouflage. When we fail to grant God access to our inner self, we limit what He will do in our lives. We hope this message blesses you as much as it did us! 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Giving your burdens to the Lord.

   A lady at church Wednesday (Jennifer, she’s awesome) gave this great delivery of the word and I think it’s too good not to share.   This take a little audience participation so you’ll have to work with me here.  Imagine I give you a piece of paper or two to write down what is currently getting you down.  What dwells in your mind or heart, what is bothering you, stressing you, depressing you?  These things take up a lot of your time, you dwell on them every day. Take a minute and think about it.

   Got one or two?  Good. Now hand me your piece of paper.  Now I have a stack of papers that people need help with.  Can you give me your paper?  No, you already gave it to me and you don’t have it anymore.  Now you can still walk around with your fist clenched like you’re holding it, but you don’t have it any longer.  This is what you do when you give your problems to the Lord.  He can fix them, but you have to give them to Him.  Once you give them to Him, you’re free.  You don’t have to walk around with that burden, you don’t have to let it hinder your life any longer.  Now a lot of people do, and they let it stop them from doing things that could potentially better their situation.  All because they’re walking around thinking they’re carrying this burden that isn’t even there.  The only way you have it to carry again is if you take it back from God.

   Imagine I have a stack of problems and I’m going through and fixing them.  If you come up and take yours out of the stack before I get to fixing it, then it’s yours to carry again and I can’t fix it because I don’t have it.  Once you give your problems to the Lord, let him take care of it for you.  Don’t take it back, you can’t handle it better than He can.  If you could, it wouldn’t be a burden on you.  He is faithful, give it to him and trust in him.  Once you do this, and really give it to Him and stop being prideful and thinking you can handle it better or faster than He can, you’ll feel His peace because you no longer carry that burden.  Let Him fight your battles for you, he is all powerful. 

  Once you let go of your burdens, you’re free to go out and be His hands and feet.  You’ll be renewed and able to go out and spread the word of the kingdom.  Nowhere in the bible does it say that God only gives you what you can handle.  It does say that you can look to Him when you are in need.   God isn’t the one giving your problems and burdens, that’s the work of the enemy trying to bring you down.  If you give them to God, the enemy will never win with you.  That fight has already been won.

   I challenge you to do this exercise.  Think about what is burdening you, give it to the Lord and pray.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Choices and change.

   Today I want to talk to you about how some people live their lives.  Our culture today is so tolerant of sin of any kind it’s sickening, yet most of us aren’t trying to fix the problem.  We’re trying to save souls, we’re trying to bring people to Christ, but we aren’t confronting their demons.  There are plenty of people that go to church every Sunday and put on a front that they’re Christian and everything is great, but they don’t live a Christian lifestyle.  We need to practice what we preach.  Everyone will stumble, but it’s how you react that makes the difference.  Repenting for your sins doesn’t work if you continue to do the same sins.  When you repent, you must change your thought process and change your behavior.  Jesus died for our sins and wants us to be saved, but you have to want it.  He’s already done everything he could, the rest is up to us.

   Then there are people that are so accustomed to sin that they believe it’s part of who they are.  They say they were born that way or they can’t change it.  What if your brother was addicted to heroin?  He was convinced that it is part of his life and he can’t live without it.  Would you say that’s just who he is and leave him be?  No, you would tell him that he isn’t well and do everything you could to save his life.  Why won’t we do this for Christ?  We need to show them that they need healed so we can save their life, so they can have eternal life.  We need to treat this like their lives depend on it, because they do.  Their lives literally depend on it.

   Does this apply to you?  Are you struggling with demons that have been around so long that you just accept them as part of life?  God doesn’t want to watch you struggle, but you have to do something about it.  Make the choice and make a change.  You are worth it.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What are you looking at?

¨A cave-dwelling fish with no eyes and no scales has been discovered on a tiny island in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay, according to conservation group Fauna & Flora International. Its lack of eyes and scales are actually common adaptations for animals that have evolved in the darkness of deep limestone caverns. Like other cave fish, D. narinosus is limited to a life in freshwater, which means it is likely confined to a system of subterranean caves on Van Gio Island, unable to swim out into the surrounding sea.¨ (

I have heard many times people say that they used to be saved or used to go to church. In the majority of these cases, the so-called former-Christian has multiple reasons that he or she uses to explain or justify why his or her belief isn't the same. Although the reasons are often different and almost always circumstantial, it made me wonder, ¨What happens to a person after they have been out of fellowship with God for an extended period of time?¨ The answer may surprise you.

The snippet from the article (above) describes the adaptive condition of a fish that has lived in a light-less environment for such an extended period of time that its eyes have actually disappeared. Because there has been no use for vision due to the lack of light, its eyes had become obsolete. This is eerily similar to what happens to believers who don't fellowship with God. The discernment, guidance, and wisdom that can only be produced by the development of a believer through the Holy Spirit, by spending time God's presence becomes obsolete when a believer is out of fellowship with God.

Think of it this way; why would a computer need to use valuable RAM space for functions that it no longer utilizes? Computers automatically dump some files that take up space for other files that are deemed more important. However, in theory, if the files are system files, this could negatively affect the performance of the computer in some ways. By the same token, when we don't spend time with God, sin will inevitably creep in and, as a result, our understanding and ultimately our lifestyle will be affected.

Have you ever noticed that when you sin (trust me, you do), things tend to upset you quicker? Your husband's annoying habits become more annoying. Your best friend's personality becomes a lot more difficult to deal with. Your parents' nagging pushes you further than it used to. All these factors are impossible to deal with in a way that pleases God if you are lacking the tools that God has provided you with. What's more disturbing is that your entire view of God is shifted. You haven't been exercising faith, so faith seems to become less important. You haven't been faithful to God in serving Him, so serving Him makes less sense. You have been putting yourself first, so sacrifice becomes less logical.

A former believer that has fallen out of fellowship with God absolutely lacks the capacity to handle the load of a true believer. A person in this state tends to compromise for pleasure and make excuses for sin, instead of recognizing the trespasses, praying for grace, and seeking God for direction. When a person is found to be in this place, the only option is to stop and turn around.

I have been emphasizing the importance of spending time with God, but what does that really mean? The first thing that one must realize is that time spent with God is not something that happens by chance, but rather, it is the result of an intentional act by way of sincerity, discipline, and humility.

“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.” R.A. Torrey
Don't allow life's obstacles and distractions to divert your attention away from what matters the most. Our time spent with God prepares us for the journey, giving us awareness of what lies ahead in our path.
“If God doesn’t want something for me, I shouldn’t want it either. Spending time in meditative prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God’s.”  Phillips Brooks
Taking time to pray expresses your trust in God's plan for your life. This is enveloped within the understanding that God has an incredible purpose for placing you where you are at any given time. There is never a need to worry about your future to the point that you deviate from the course that God has designed. Instead, prayer will give you comfort that God has considered all things and is bringing all things into alignment in a way that only He can.

“Spending time with God puts everything else in perspective.”
When items toward the visual horizon are far, they seem small. When those same items are nearer, they seem larger. Although the items never change in size or volume, their position affects how we see them. Simply put, when we spend time with God and we position ourselves near to Him, everything else shrinks. When we neglect spending time with God, our perspective is altered and we don't see things the way that we should.
To close, I will pray this prayer: ¨I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people¨ - Ephesians 1:18
...while you pray this prayer: ¨Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.¨ Psalm 119:18

Monday, December 21, 2015

Seeing Rejection As Redirection

They say to write about what you know, but this is a topic that I'm not too thrilled to be familiar with.


Ugh. I mean even the word is ugly. We've all experienced it in our lives at one point or another. It comes with many different faces and in many different forms. Whether it be from a significant other, friend, family member, job, etc. Its painful, its scarring and its messy. If we're not careful we can allow it to turn us into a person that we are not.

In my own personal life I've experienced it more times than I can count. I've been rejected from jobs that I thought I was qualified for, family has left me, I've given my all to guys that just sent up the peace sign, and "best friends forever" have just turned into those Facebook friends that pop up every now and again. In the past I've allowed it to make me question if I'm good enough, pretty enough, funny enough, smart enough and made me examine every part of who I am and what I have to offer.

"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails."
-Proverbs 19:21

Have you ever heard that saying that says "Rejection is Gods protection"? It may sound cheesy and cliché, but, my friends, it is oh so true. Looking back on those situations in my life I'm so thankful that the Lords hand was on my heart and protected me from what I THOUGHT I wanted. His thoughts are not our thought and His ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8) He sees things that we cannot see and experiencing some rejection right now is much easier than experiencing destruction later. Allow the Lord to calm your heart and lean on Him in those times all the more.

Who you are is not found in the job you have, the numbers you have in your contact list, who you have on your arm or how much money you have in your bank. You are the child of a King. Point blank period. His plans for you are far greater than you can fathom. So next time you experience a "no" just say "Thanks Jesus. I know that's you nudging me in another direction."

You are loved. You are cherished. You are valued. He wants the best for you.

Be blessed.
Love you all.