The song “As We Praise” began with one simple desire: we wanted to write a song that we could lead in our local church. We wanted it to represent our church culture and the core values at our roots—namely, covenant, influence, and bravery.
This Summer, we sat down with our friends, Jerome and Machelle Joseph. We expected to receive significant truths from this outstanding couple (we always do!), but we were absolutely blown away by the revelation they shared on a spiritual dynamic of "sibling rivalry."
Validation sees and initiates worth to the core identity of another person. It is generated from the purity of their heart to your heart! It is the overflow of a soul who knows its own worth. You are a treasure—period. All that you do is celebrated and honored, but never above who you are! Validation is selfless, unconditional, and mature. It is unguarded, authentic, and untainted by personal agendas. It lays a healthy foundation that allows the innocent exchange of life. It is from this place of value that strong relationships and partnerships can be forged.
Even with all of the gifts and talents and abilities that He has put inside of us; even with our unique contribution to the world; and even with the uniqueness of our personality, still there is one thing that supersedes it all.
Sometimes we feel as though in order to love, we must give our whole heart to every person in our lives. The truth is that granting full access to our heart to everyone is really not loving, healthy, or wise. What healthy boundaries do is help us to keep the bad out and to let the good in. We know that God has called all of us to love unconditionally. When we can determine boundaries in our heart, we will actually be able to do this in a healthy way.
Sadly, life has not been fair for any of us. We all have experienced injustices, abuses of power, being taken advantage of. When injustice happens in our lives, we are not left without an advocate. We can run to the God of justice! In Genesis 8:25, the Bible says, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” When we arise and cry out to the God of justice, He will arise on our behalf. He will bring recompense and restitution. He will not only restore what was stolen from us, be He will give us so much more than what was stolen. Our God is a God of a double portion.
One of the greatest acts of humility is being an instrument of justice on behalf of another. There is so much injustice in our world. To fully understand what justice is, we must look at what injustice is. Put simply, injustice is an abuse of power; it is when a person takes their own influence, title, wealth, or leadership and they use it to take from another what God destined for them to have. When there is usery, or abuse, or taking advantage of another, that’s injustice! However, there is another way! We can be instruments of justice in this world!
C H A N G E. God began to speak to me that this is a season of change. But it isn’t just any change; it isn’t a change initiated out of my passion or desires, goals or dreams. The change of this season is a change that is initiated by Heaven. Rest assured that when God initiates change, it always has the power to succeed. It is already sanctioned by Heaven. Angels are already on assignment. It is already blessed! When we partner with Him in this, there will be a supernatural grace that empowers us to walk in those things that release Heaven in our lives, and in our spheres of influence.
In this short video blog, Dr. Melodye shares the three types of relationships that every person needs to be successful in life. We cannot only have those who are pouring into us and likewise, we cannot only be investing into others. The first relationship is: mentors. We all need mentors. In fact, the highest form of honor you can give someone is to receive what they carry. Timothy had Paul; Elisha had Elijah. We never outgrow our need for mentors and for people to invest into us...
Living without fear is a sign of destruction to the adversary. The Kingdom of God is advancing. God empowers us to do what He calls us to do, but when the adversary comes, what do we do? Paul is very clear in Philippians 1:28, that having NO FEAR is a sign of destruction for the adversary, and a sign of salvation for us.