Archives for the month of: June, 2013

Rice is one of those foods that you should never cook on an empty stomach.  If you do, you tend to rush it.  When you rush the process, you end up with a pot of partially/hard cooked rice—Rice Al dente.  There are two ways to derive al dente rice: adding too little water or turning up the fire too rapidly.  Al dente rice is hard, gritty, and frankly, doesn’t quite hit the spot.  It’s difficult to retroactively correct rice that has already been cooked al dente.  It’s hard, not impossible.  In order, to rectify the mistake, the key is to add more water, and turn down the heat.  Here is the other key—patience.  Correcting al dente rice is more frustrating and time consuming than making rice that was cooked according to the proper specifications.

At times, many of us Christians live Al Dente Spiritual lives.  We want a life that is soft, fluffy and free from grit, but we either have too little water or we crank up the fire in an effort to expedite the refining process.  Jesus said the water He will give us will give us life eternal (John 4:13-15).  However, if we have too little water (too little Jesus), we end up hard and unrefined.

The other element of al dente rice is rapid fire, and rapid fire seldom yields the desired outcome.  For example, whenever silver is refined, the temperature has to be precisely gauged to yield the correct product. God does not refine us with fire, but he refines us with the “furnace of suffering,” (Isaiah 48:10).  If we try to rush the process (trying to work on our own accord), we become unrefined—unfinished products.

The principle of al dente rice also applies to our blessings.  Whenever we rush our blessings, we end up with blessings that are short of perfect and not as edifying.  Having an al dente life versus a life of fulfillment is simply the difference between settling for life’s good versus waiting on God’s best.  I’m sure the par cooked blessing is great and could probably quell our hunger, but it’s not as satisfying as the finished product.

Even though al dente rice can be corrected, very few of us will go back to rectify it because it takes too much time. It’s too difficult.  We push past the gritty texture and resign to semi-fulfillment.  However, I refuse to live an al dente lifestyle when God has promised me the same land that He promised my ancestors—a land of milk and honey.  The truth is, in our spiritual lives, we are never just waiting on the manifestation of a blessing.  We are always waiting on God, whom, in all my experience, is worth the wait.

There is a seductive temptress on the prowl, and she is looking for you.  Her appetite-insatiable.  Her kiss-intoxicating.  She ravishes the spirits of all her suitors who know that their lustful desire for her sultry persona is sinful, but yet they crave her.  When you met her you loved her.  You found comfort in her embrace although she deceived you.  At twilight, she attempts to kiss you good night, but you can’t sleep because you favor her pleasure.  After hours of sinful tryst, she has exhausted you.  But when you attempt to drift into a peaceful slumber, she whispers her name in your ear-Worry!

“It is only when you realize that you deserve better that you can ideally set the standards that govern your expectations.”

Khadineism #10

     Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, so he does not lie.  He is not a human, so he does not change His mind (NLT).” Therefore, the promises that God made to you and your ancestors yesterday are still valid today because Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (NLT)”.  Hence, if God’s promises have not yet come to fruition, wait patiently, for Habakkuk 2:3 says: “This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place, it will not be delayed (NLT).”

     The beauty of God is that whenever you experience tomorrow, your future automatically becomes THIS day. In other words, whenever tomorrow manifests, it is now today-THIS day.  No matter what’s in the future, God’s promises are  for THIS day!  So, know that THIS day, God will open (and close) doors in your life. Know that THIS day God will bless you with His unmerited favor.  THIS day purposes will be fulfilled.  THIS day legacies will be established. THIS day, chains will be broken.  THIS day hearts will be healed and softened.  THIS day relationships will be mended.  THIS day families will be created.  THIS day health will be restored.  THIS day new lives will be created.  THIS day is HIS day that He has created by design for His purpose, which is expressed in His Word.  So know that the promises made on THOSE days are still available on THIS DAY!!!!