Season of “Dis”

Have you ever been in a Season of “Dis”? You know DISappointment, DIScontentment, DIScouragement, DISbelief, DISdain. Well I’m going to keep it real and say I have and if you keep it real you know have too! It seems like every time you turn around life is just dissing you and God is DIStant. 

I imagine that’s how Joseph felt when he was in prison only after being left for dead in a well, sold into slavery and lied on by his master’s wife. And I’m pretty sure that’s how David felt when Saul was trying to kill him, his army turned against him after the enemy kidnapped all their women, and his affair with Bathsheba resulted in the death of their first child. Yea David knew about the Season of “Dis” and half the book of Psalms is proof! Check out Psalms 51 if you don’t believe me. And how about Job? He is what I call a Season of “Dis” legend. He lost his entire family as well as all his income and wealth in one day and broke out in open sores all over his entire body. What do these Season of “Dis” veterans have in common? One word: Faith.

Now I’m not about to get all deep and spiritual and quote scriptures about faith being the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Because let’s be honest when you are smack dab in the middle of a Season of “Dis” you really ain’t trying to hear all that. But what I will say about faith is this. When you are in your Season of “Dis” hold on to it as if your life depends on it; because it does. 

It was faith that kept Joseph believing God will bring to fruition the visions he gave him long ago. It was faith that inspired David to trust in God even when all hell was breaking loose on every side. And it was faith that kept Job sane when his entire world was turned upside down by Satan’s insane challenge to God that Job would curse Him and die. Yes, the tying thread in each of these Season of “Dis” heroes, is faith.

The New Living Translation of James 1:3 says it like this “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” So if you have found yourself in a Season of “Dis” don’t give up and be encouraged because after all it is only a season not an eternity. 

Brittney C. Hicks

“If you are going to pray don’t worry and if you are going to worry don’t pray!”

Prayer

You ever just need prayer? On some “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me oh Lord standing in the need of prayer…” Just to have the comfort of knowing that someone is interceding on your behalf that this sometimes crazy thing called life all flow and work together for your good? 

Ever just need a good prayer from someone who you KNOW will get God’s attention? What if I told you that before you go to your pastor or prayer partner asking for prayer that someone is ALREADY praying for you and has already solved your issue!

Hebrews 7:25 says “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

I literally got my life when I read that Jesus LIVES to pray and intercede on our behalf!!! If anyone can get God’s attention it’s Jesus because he is God!!!! Not only does he live to constantly pray on our behalf but he also has the perfect solution to any issue he is interceding on for us!

Continue to pray with your prayer partner and receive confirmation from your pastor. But know that only Jesus can give you that perfect solution to whatever it is you may be dealing with and he’s already praying before you even ask! So like the old song says “Take it to the Lord in prayer!”

Brittney C. Hicks

“If you are going to pray don’t worry and if you are going to worry then don’t pray!!”

Boxing

When I was younger I used to joke with my grandma and say that when I grew up if I ever preached, my first sermon would be on faith. Plain and simple because I didn’t understand (at 8 years old mind you) why the concept seemed so difficult for everyone to grasp. But at 8 years old it can be a lot easier to have faith than at 27.

I hadn’t yet stepped into the boxing ring of life with the devil who I soon found out fights dirty and has no problem hitting below the belt. I was merely a spectator in the metaphorical stadium, watching my grandmother; who to me was the equivalent of a Cassius Clay and Floyd Mayweather all wrapped into one in terms of faith boxing. She made it look so easy as she knocked out the devil round for round without ever even breaking a sweat. 

It wasn’t until I laced up my own gloves and stepped in the ring to fight that I realized how intense the faith boxing match really is. And my innocent yet bold 8 year old ideologies were now being tested in ways unimaginable. How on Earth did my grandmother do this with such ease?!?!?!?! 

The answer is quite simple. Just like Cassius Clay and Floyd Mayweather lived, ate, and breathed to box by constantly conditioning their bodies and perfecting their skill; my grandmother lived, ate, and breathed to please God. She took Hebrews 11:6 which says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” into the ring with her as her mean left hook against the devil!

So if you have stepped into what seems to be the boxing match of the century pretend you are on the ropes right now in between rounds getting bandaged and hydrated before you go back in the ring. Hear your coach Jesus as he gives you water to quench your insatiable thirst and bandages up the cuts and bruises you’ve earned in the last couple rounds. 

Hear him as he says “You got this baby! Hit him the with left hook of faith and knock him out with your uppercut of love! You can do all things through me! We didn’t come here to lose because we’ve already won! Now get back in there and knock him out because I have given you power and authority to!!!” 

Brittney C. Hicks

“If you are going to pray don’t worry and if you are going to worry don’t pray!!!”

While…

The word ‘while’ has several definitions. One of which means “at the same time as” which to me means in present tense and real time.

 Anyone can love someone while they have it all together. That’s easy. But what about while they are an unlovable hot mess? What about while they are so tangled and hurt in their brokenness they sabotage even the idea of love and happiness?   

Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
It didn’t say once we accepted him and acknowledged he was the way the truth and the light. It didn’t say once we stopped being off the chain and started being on the pew, or stopped drinking, smoking, fornicating, cursing, clubbing, gossiping, skipping out on church and everything else contrary to his will. No it said he stopped what he was doing and came to love us while we were where we were.

“While we were still sinners…” This is crazy stupid powerful to me. God hates sins. I mean he utterly abhors and despises it so much so that he created a place separated from himself (Hell) for it. Yet “while we were still sinners” his love was so great that he made the ultimate sacrifice for us. That’s love. To put yourself to the side for a moment to take care of another’s needs. 

Take a moment and think about how awesome God is for meeting us while we are where we are and not belittling or loving us any less for our shortcomings. Let that be your driving force behind changing some of your ways, habits and lifestyles so that we don’t take his love for granted or make his sacrifice in vain. 

Brittney C. Hicks

“If you are going to pray don’t worry and if you are going to worry don’t pray!”

Only God

I had to have a serious conversation with myself today. Reminding myself that we as humans all have needs and voids in our lives that need filling but if we keep expecting humans to fill them we will be let down every time. And then become bitter over something that only God can do. Stop looking for people to fill empty spaces in your life and heart that they are not equipped to fill.
Isaiah 25:8 says “he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.”
Please look carefully at the scripture. It doesn’t say your mom, dad, sister, brother, best friend, significant other, pastor, prayer partner or any other human will wipe away tears and remove disgrace. No, it says HE (meaning God) will do it. 
If your cheeks are tear stained and your life is filled with empty spaces and open wounds it’s ok. HE knows. He also has a remedy but every time you try and remedy it yourself you only prolong the surgery and healing process. Just be still for a moment and let God be God. Let him wipe away tears, fill the gaps, and eradicate disdain. 
It will be uncomfortable and will entail season(s) of alone time (I would say loneliness but technically we are never alone when we have Christ) but it will all be worth it.
 I can only speak for myself but aren’t you tired of putting your hope in people and always coming up short? If the answer is yes then make the choice today to let God be God and allow him to do what is impossible for people. To love you in a way that fills voids, heals hurts, wipes away tears and truly understands. He knew you before you were even born surely he knows how to take care of you.
Brittney C. Hicks

“If you are going to pray don’t worry and if you are going to worry don’t pray.”

Get It Right

If you could ask God for one thing only what would it be? Take a moment and really think about it. Would you be like Solomon and ask for wisdom? Or maybe like Nicodemus and ask for true understanding? Or like David and ask for forgiveness?

Anyone who knows me knows that I think David is the dopest person in the Bible aside from Jesus. And God seemed to feel similar as the Word says David held the title of “a man after God’s own heart.” But if you know anything about David then you also know he was a wild boy and was constantly involved in things contrary to God’s heart. 

So how is it that this wild boy could also be a “man after God’s own heart”? Because at the end of the day and despite all his ratchetivities (ratchet activities) David really just wanted to get it right. He just wanted to kick it with God forever and truly understood repentance.

Psalm 27:4 David says “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

Above all else that I could ask God for be it true love, wealth, good health, peace. I really just want to get it right. So my prayer this morning is that a mists all the noise and chaos life can bring he allow us to have true hearts of repentance and just get it right. Not saying we will be perfect or not stumble upon mistakes. But that we would have a desire to want to get it right. I believe David knew that one prayer would encompass everything else. 

Brittney C. Hicks

“If you are going to pray don’t worry and if you are going to worry don’t pray!!!”

In the Presence

A very good friend of mine once told me “Presence over presents.” If you have ever truly been in the presence of God you know that it in itself is a present. It is an indescribable feeling and experience. In most cases it can be overwhelming. I mean think about it for a moment. The creator of the universe and all living things in the same space as you; engulfing you in His presence while He slowly does surgery on the spiritual and emotional areas of your life that are in desperate need of healing. 

His arms wrapped  around you as reassurance that no matter who leaves you, no matter who lets you down, no matter who breaks your heart to the point that it shatters and is unrecognizable; He will NEVER leave you, NEVER let you down, and NEVER break your heart. His love for you is so deep that when your heart breaks HE feels it. Imagine being in the presence of GOD. 

Psalms 84:10 says “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” 

Temporary fixes are just that TEMPORARY. They may relieve the sting of pain that life can sometimes bring for a brief moment to fill the void. But a brief moment in God’s presence can fill the void and eradicate the unnecessary pain for a lifetime. 

Brittney C. Hicks

“If you are going to pray don’t worry and if you are going to worry don’t pray!”