What exactly do Christians mean when they say, “People should be able to tell a difference between us and the world?”

When you hear a Christian say, “We should be different from the world!” or “People should be able to tell us apart from others.” What do you think about? Unfortunately the one thing that should come to mind first, is usually the last!

And what is that you may ask?.... Well I’ll get to that in a minute. This question has plagued me for years, what is it about me that should be different from the world, what is it that sets me apart from others? As Christians we all should know the obvious which are: I am now a child of God so this means I have a Heavenly Father and it also means that I will live forever and shall not die because of my belief in my God! These and other attributes are differences I’m sure most people can attribute to being a Christian and being set apart or different than the world. But sometimes we also have a tendency to think the differences that are talked about are things such as not going to the movies like the world, not wearing make-up like the world, not going out on a date night like the world, not having a glass of wine like the world (yes, I said it, etc.) I could go on and on! Yes, not doing most of these things can make you different and set apart from people especially seeing that most people today take part in most of these activities; but I’m here to tell you the real difference that should be noticed between Christians and the World is our “Love Walk”; this should be and IS THE DIFFERENCE that is referred to in the Bible! 

Matthew 7:6 says, “You can identify them by their fruit... Not the way they dress, not the makeup they wear, not how many scriptures they know, not how well they entertain as a preacher, not how many times they come to church and not how many boards or church auxiliaries they are on. (and yes, I know all these things CAN have their place in our walk, but the interchangeable word here is CAN, it all depends on your personal journey)! 

John 13:35 says,” By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. How will people know we are God’s? How will people know we are set apart? How are we different from the World? “BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER!”

As Christians we must remember to keep first things first and The Newest and now the Greatest commandment of The Bible is found in John 13:34, “"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

As you walk out this Christian journey, don’t get so caught up into the religion and or the tradition of your walk that you forget why Christ came in the first place,... because of Love, why did He died for us in the first place,... because of Love, and what really is the only thing He asks of us in life,... that we return His Love to those whose path we come across! 

Being set apart and being different means we are Holy and this in turn means we don't have room for things or thoughts that are hateful, things that are judgmental or condemning like the world, it means we love like Christ! 

One of the most quoted yet misinterpreted scripture is Isaiah 55:8, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. We interpret this scripture to mean when we desire something in life we shouldn’t try to figure out what God is doing in our lives, well even though the thought is true, we should just live daily and take no thought for tomorrow, this scripture is really talking about God’s love for the world. God doesn’t hate like the world, He doesn’t judge or condemn like the world, His thoughts of love and His way of loving is higher and greater than ours, thus meaning His thoughts and ways of giving us daily Grace, Love and Mercy are beyond comprehension to The World!!!

Love, Kisses and Teacups!
Always In His Grace,
Toinette Neube



Fear is nothing but Twisted Faith; Refuse to Fear!

There is a huge difference between people who “SUCCEED” in life and those who don’t; and that difference is how they choose to look at fear! I use the word “Succeed” lightly because success can come in various forms; it can be a house on the hill to one person while it can be becoming a Nun and taking a vow of poverty and silence to another.

Just like everything in life, fear itself starts out as a thought so this means it manifests itself in our thought life. Now working backwards we can see that fear exist because we have formed a thought, and that thought formed because of what we allowed into our mind, and our mind only catches hold of what we see, hear, smell or touch. Now once your mind has caught hold of a fear based thought it automatically goes to your brain and then starts to literally form a change in the molecular structure of your brain (Leaf, 2009) to create toxic or a fear base structure that your mind uses to react to every time you come across a situation that is associated with the thing you first feared; hence the fear, anxiety, phobia (etc.) chain in your brain, and now in your life has begun!

Okay, now that science class is over, let’s see what scripture says about it! When I became a minister, my parents gave me a plaque that had the scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of Fear but of power, love and a sound mind!” engraved on it. Now, I didn’t realize at that time how relevant that scripture would be, not only in my regular life, but also in my ministerial life. I would elaborate, but trust me, you don’t have enough time for me to share my fear journey with you; but here is the catalyst! I haven’t let it stop me! No, I’m not super woman, so fear still comes at me and even hinders me at times, but I usually step out on faith anyway and do what I know God has called me to do! How do I do this? I inundate myself with the Word of God, which reminds me daily who I am and whose I am, I surround myself with positive thoughts and people who love me and believe in me, I entertain experiences that constantly grow me or move me to the next level in life and more importantly I ALWAYS KEEP MY MIND ON CHRIST! Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” This is the one and true only way in life to stay at perfect peace in life and to turn fear into faith!

Now back to those “successful” people; it is a known fact that most people (with the exception of your overnight sensations, who unfortunately these days are a dime a dozen) become successful and stay successful because of persistence and because they do not give in to fear! As a matter of fact most of them turn the adrenaline that comes with fear into a positive attribute and not a negative one. For example it’s been said that bungee jumpers have just as much fear as people who are afraid of bungee jumping and their symptoms are the same: racing heart, sweaty palms, and flowing adrenaline, but the difference is they turn those feelings and symptoms into a positive experience that pushes them to follow through and not a negative experience that forces them to stop!  

So here is the key to “Refusing to Fear”, The sensations are real, the heart pumping, the sweaty feelings, the adrenaline flowing, but what you must do is take those sensations and restructure them into positive attributes in your thought life and you do this by constantly reading and understanding the Word of God, surrounding yourself with positive experiences, surrounding yourself with people who believe in you, and most importantly keeping your mind on Christ! Once you have restructured those thoughts in your mind, this will literally restructure your brain to look at things differently and thus change that fear into Faith! For example I once heard someone say that the fear of being bit by a barking dog is fear or another way to look at it is...“twisted faith” faith that the dog will bite you. Well you can turn that fear around and instead of having faith (which has now turned to fear) that the dog will bite you, why not have faith that the dog will not! This concept does work, how do you think people such as “The Dog Whisper” and other animal professionals work, they have faith and not fear! Word of caution, I’m not saying approach a ferocious dog and tempt Faith. I hope you get the gist of what I’m saying. I am saying faith and fear can be viewed as synonymous; it all depends on how you choose to look at the challenge! Fear is “Twisted Faith”, faith that something bad will happen instead of something good, but Faith is belief that something good will happen even though you (I) cannot see it yet!

Remember Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things;” and never forget that the love, grace and mercy of God is forever present and pursuing you, so while you are running this race of life, don’t let the pursuit be in fear, or "twisted faith", but always let the pursuit be in True Faith in God and His Love, Grace and Mercy for you!

Love, Kisses and Teacups
Always In His Grace,
Toinette Neube





Yup, You were made to "Burn Bright!"

Psst… Let me let you in on a little secret of mine, a little something that keeps me inspired and motivated weekly. Every Sunday at 12:00 pm like clockwork for the past 5 years or longer, my phone sets off a reminder to me, and you know what that reminder says,.. “You are fearfully and wonderfully made!” (Psalms 139:14). That’s right I remind myself on a regular bases that God loves me and gives me daily mercy and grace, and that I am also fearfully and wonderfully made!

Did you know when God formed you in your mother’s womb, He didn’t just throw some bones, tissues and muscles together; He molded and fashioned you after His own heart, yes, you! Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Now let’s not just let that scripture slip past you, you are God’s handiwork, God created you for a purpose and He has plans for you!

Today you may feel as if you are lost, as if your hopes and dreams will not come to pass, or as if you’ve been working tirelessly on your hopes and dreams and nothing is happening; well I’m here to remind you that in the eyes of God, you are a Jewel, and Jewels were made to shine, to shimmer, to glitter and to burn bright!!!

Malachi 3:17, says, “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. This particular portion of scripture is referring to a book of remembrance being made up of those who spoke highly of God and who had a reverential fear of Him, He called them His jewels! Yes, that’s right if the fore mentioned characteristics are of you, then God has called you “His Jewel”.

You are special to God and you should always remember that, yes, even in the midst of your slips, mishaps and falls from His perfect will for your life. Remember, Christ died for you when you were a sinner, so if He could die for you while you were a sinner, how much more do you think He loves you now that you are righteous because of your belief in Him and because you strive (even in the midst of the falls) to do right by Him.

Don’t get it twisted and don’t let others twist it for you! People who believe you have to be perfect for God are self-righteous and not Christ-righteous, they are self-conscious and not Christ-Conscious; if we could save ourselves and keep ourselves saved by what we do or did, why did God bring Christ in the first place? If we could save ourselves and keep ourselves saved all God had to do was let us try to do it ourselves;... OH THAT’S RIGHT HE DID THAT AND WE FAILED!!!!

There’s a song that’s sung by Natalie Grant called “Burn Bright” and listed below is a section of that song, read these words, marinate on them and learn that while the world may have their opinion of what you should and shouldn’t do and how God may and may not judge you, remember you are a child of the living God, you are light, YOU ARE HIS HANDIWORK, HIS JEWEL and you were made to BURN BRIGHT!

“Burn Bright”
You were made to shine
You were made for life
Even if you've lost your way
Turn and you will hear love say
You were made for more
So much more
Child of everlasting light
Made to blaze away the night
So baby, burn bright
Burn bright
Natalie Grant – “Burn Bright”

Remember when you’ve lost your way and don’t know where to turn in life, God’s Word will always lead you back to where you belong, seeing yourself as a Child of God, Chosen by Him, Created in His Image, and always on the receiving end of His Love, Grace and Mercy!!!

Love, Kisses and Teacups,
Always In His Grace,
Toinette Neube



Are you a “Water Walker?”

Your first question might be what is a “Water Walker” Well a “Water Walker” is someone like Peter who had enough faith in Jesus to take that first step and walk on water when Jesus bid him to come to Him.

Matthew 14:22-33 says, Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God!

How many times has God brought something to you, a dream, a goal, a vision, a job, a move out the state, (etc.) and when the opportunity came you, like Peter said, Lord if that is you, tell me to do this. Basically you said, Lord if this job is for me, give me peace about it, or if this is the move you want me to make, give me faith enough to make it. Then once you took that first step of faith or walked on the water to do what you thought Jesus was biding or allowing you to do, your faith wavered because things started to look scary or the winds started to do what they were called to do which was to blow, and you turned back to the normal or the comfortable; and God being the God He is, gave you freedom of choice to turn back and the winds began to cease again; but in hind-sight, you, like Peter could have walked on water, if only you had enough faith.

You see God called Peter just as He called you, all it really takes is faith in God and faith in what God has put inside you, the winds will do as they have been called to do, which is blow, life will happen as it has been called to do, but you have to have enough faith in God and in what He has placed in you to not only take that first step, but also to keep walking, winds blowing and all.  

Noah was a “Water Walker” because he built an ark and had never seen rain before, Moses was a “Water Walker”, because he was a stutter who didn’t want the job of leading millions out of captivity but He did it anyway, David was a “Water Walker” because he was a shepherd boy whose only job was to lead sheep, but he had enough faith in Himself and His God to believe He could slay a giant, and by only using the one thing he knew how to use, a slingshot!

And (yes, I know I shouldn’t start a sentence with “And”, but artistic expression J), I like to think of myself as a “Water Walker”. I have known the voice of God in my life since I can remember and in knowing that voice I have always been the type of person who had to obey His voice even when I didn’t want to, and even when it wasn’t popular to those around me; from being a stay-at-home-mom when I wanted to be a 9-5 mom, to home-schooling my sons when it wasn’t popular,  to leaving a church home where I loved the pastor and church family when I knew God was telling me it was time to go, but in each of those situations, I walked on water, and in each situation God always showed up to hold my hand and bring me through; scary times, winds blowing and all!

Being a water walker is not for the faint of heart, when Jesus calls you and you step out into the unknown, the waves can not only be scary but they can be treacherous, intimidating and at times overtake you and make you think you are sinking and want to look back and return to where you came. But if you are anything like me, you can’t turn around and the nudging of the Holy Spirit and God won’t let you do it.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” Today take that first step of faith even though you can’t see the staircase, become a “Water Walker” and believe that God loves you enough to not let you sink, step out of your comfort zone, the winds will blow, because that’s their job, but know that the Love, Grace and Mercy of God is renewed to you every day and that He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you, know that He won’t push you, He will only bid you, and you have to have enough faith in Him and what He has placed in you, to be a “Water Walker”!

Love, Hugs and Teacups,
Always In His Grace,

Toinette Neube 

Change what you Believe and Change your Life!

In the counseling field we call it CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and in Ministry we call it “Renewing your mind!” Regardless what you call it, “If you can change what you believe, you can change your life!

About 7 years ago The Lord brought the revelation of Freedom and Grace into my life, and once I caught ahold of the message in totality, I gained a whole new understanding and knowledge of John 1:17, “The law came by Moses, but Truth and Grace came through Jesus Christ!”

I have personally experienced the teachings of every denomination from Apostolic to Episcopalian and all have their areas of truth just like anything in life, but none of them have brought me to the place of understanding, knowledge, relationship and freedom like the teachings of The Grace of God!

Unfortunately many people believe that teachings and preaching on Grace gives people the freedom to sin and to not have any remorse about it. Well this type of thinking is not scripture, it’s only human. The Bible tells us in Romans 2:4, “The Goodness of God brings us to repentance…” Not the guilt of God, not the fear of God, not the condemnation of God, but the Goodness of God! Think about it in this manner, if you were the son or daughter of a king and you always feared being punished or judged by your father the king, would you want to willingly please him? I think not; you may even hold a grudge against him for how he treated you; but if you were the child of a king who gave you everything you desired and showered you with Goodness and kindness, would you want to hurt him by not doing his will? I think not, not only would you desire to please him, but you would probably go out of your way to worship him and show him your gratitude and thankfulness. Well the same is true for us as God’s children, He doesn’t desire that we obey Him out of fear, He desires that we obey Him out of Love, gratitude and thankfulness for all that He has done for us. He knows the plans He has for us, as it says in the book of Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”…, and even though God is speaking to the nation of Israel at that time about being redeemed after being in exile, He is a God of redemption and His desire is to see everyone redeemed and to come to Him, and to be redeemed in itself means you are destined to prosper, to be protected and to have a hopeful future all in the name of Jesus Christ!  

So today I encourage you, Embrace the Goodness of God in your life, recognize that God loves you, that He desire to do good for you and by you. Change the way you see God! Change what you believe about God and start Embracing His Love, Grace, and Mercy and “Change your Life!”

Love, Kisses and Teacups!
Always In His Grace,

Toinette Neube   

It's not too late to make a "God-sized New Year Resolution" for "2015"!

Well it’s here, “2015” has made its entrance and I ‘m sure just like every other year we all have made our New Year Resolutions; whether it’s to lose weight, exercise more, or to start that business!

Well this year I’d like to challenge you make a God-sized New Year Resolution! What exactly is that? Well a God-sized New Year Resolution is a resolution that only God can make happen in your life; it can’t happen with any man-power, only insane courage and Faith in God! That’s right! It’s a resolution that can only happen by The Grace of God! A few examples may include: becoming debt free while your bills are showing years to be paid off, writing a book in a year while working full-time, going to school and taking care of your family, or building a church from scratch by years end; any and all of these resolutions would not only take an act of God, but they will also take prayer, dedication and insane courage! (That’s your part)!  

I know that you, just as I, have made resolution after resolution each year, and each year I depend upon self-effort to achieve them. Well this year I’d like to challenge you to make that God-sized resolution and depend upon God to see it through. I’m not saying you won’t have to put any action behind the resolution, but I am saying once you place the petition and prayer, leave the rest up to God and when He speaks to you, MOVE! If He doesn’t speak, then stay still and wait upon Him. The other thing that makes this resolution different from any other one you’ve made in years past, is that it’s not about having it completed by the end of the year! It’s all in God’s timing! All you have to do it begin!  

God is sooo good at giving us what we want and desire, we just need to get better at believing, taking Him at His Word and waiting!

Don’t worry, you aren’t doing this alone, I too have my God-sized resolution that I’m going to place before God and pray for enough insane courage to watch it come to fruition. I won’t reveal all the details of it right now, but I can tell you it has something to do with me taking a vow of silence and poverty!

At the end of the year, (or longer if that how long it takes) I’d love to hear your testimonies, what appears to be failure stories and of course your successes, because I know my God and He is not a man that He should lie! If He placed the dream or resolution in you, then I know it will come to past!

Remember as you start this year that this Christian walk is not about us, it’s always about God, but in His infinite giving Spirit, He loves us so much that He desires nothing from us but for us to accept Him, believe in Him, and to give back to others what He has so undeservingly given to us, His Love Grace and Mercy!

Love, Kisses and Teacups!!!
Always In His Grace!

Toinette Rose-Neube

Welcome to "2015", Another year filled with Grace!!!

Hello Beloveds,

Wow! A year has come and gone since I last wrote a blog! This was not my plan, but sometimes God changes direction in our lives and we just have to be willing to follow suit.

So many amazing things have happened in my life in "2014", from my husband retiring after 24 years in the Air Force, to my oldest son graduating from High School. The Grace of God has definitely found It’s place in our home!

While "2014" was a blessed year, "2015" will be even greater! The windows of Heaven have finally been open on The Word of "The Grace of God"; we are now just waiting on the doors and the floodgates to open. So many more Preachers and Pastors are preaching and teaching on "Grace" and I am excited about it!

As for “Nothing but the Grace of God” blogs, well they are back! I will be posting blogs at various times throughout the year, as well as reposting a few from "2013", and I pray they will bless you as much as they have and will continue to bless me! I pray you will find each blog to be filled with a Spirit of Freedom, Love, Mercy and yes most of all Grace; because those are the characteristics of Christ; and as the Bible tells us in John 1:17, “The Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ!

It’s great to be back and I will speak with you all in "2015"!

Love, Kisses and Teacups! (Yes, I love Teapots and Teacups)  
Always In His Grace!

Toinette Rose-Neube   

The Key to loving and forgiving others unconditionally is…

Welcome to 2014 my friends. It’s a new year and a new chance at life!

After many weeks of praying over where God would have me to take this blog this year, He directed me to… you guessed it… talking about Grace! I will not be posting every week, unless I’m directed by the HS, and my topic will vary in length, but one thing you can be sure of is that somewhere in my blogs the Grace of God will be prevalent!

I know you are as excited as I am to discover the key to loving and forgiving others unconditionally so I won’t beat around the bush any longer… the key to unconditional love and forgiveness in life is the receiving and giving of God’s Grace, first receiving, then giving! You must first receive God’s unconditional Love and Grace and you will then in turn be able to give it to others!

Grace is defined as “undeserved, unmerited favor”, and according to John 1:17, it is the reason for Christ’s being, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. In life we hear it preached, taught and exhorted around every corner, love, forgive, love, forgive, love & forgive, yet in spite of its consistent presence in our everyday lives its apparent from just living in this world that the awareness of its existence and its utilization aren’t synonymous. We don’t receive or give it as much as we preach or teach it.  

Why? As much as we all know we should love & forgive others, (even anti-Christians) why don’t we do it, or unconditionally do it I should say? After many years of writing, researching, observing, praying, reading books and The Book (Bible) on love and forgiveness, I have come to believe the reason why most people can’t love and forgive unconditionally is because of how they view God’s love and forgiveness towards them.

I could really dig into this topic and show you evidence of my discoveries in everyday life and in the Bible, but seeing that this is a blog, and not an academic paper, I won’t bore you with the details. But what I will tell you is that Christ came to provide us with Truth and Grace as previously mentioned according to John 1:17 and that He died because He loved us, according to John 3:16, “For Christ so loved the  world that He gave His only begotten son…”, and that love is not based on works according to Ephesians 2:8-9, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.

And so what about our sins you may ask? Has God really forgiven us for our sins? Well according to 1 Peter 3:18, they have been forgiven, past, present and future, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit;” this scripture confirms that our sins have been paid for and that works, nor sin, can take away our right standing with God. How do I know this scripture isn’t just talking about past sins? What about future sins? Christ couldn’t have just died for our past sins, because ALL OF OUR SINS WERE FUTURE SINS TO HIM WHEN HE WAS CRUCIFIED.

So what about curses that go along with our sins you may ask? Well according to Galatians 3:13, Christ was made the ultimate curse for all of our sins! “But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."

My question to you today is how to do view God’s love and forgiveness towards you? Do you see God as chastising you daily because of your sins, do you see him as keeping a score card for every time you come to church or pay your tithes, do you see Him as a only loving you when you do good in life? As I’ve said in previous blogs, all these things have their place in the kingdom of God, but God’s love towards you and His forgiveness of your sins are not conditional! When you make God’s love and forgiveness towards you conditional you in turn make the love and forgiveness you give to others conditional and God is not a conditional God!

According to Isaiah 55:8, God’s thoughts and ways are different from ours"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. He desires to forgive and to love unconditionally. Many people quote this scripture in the wrong context, but what it is really talking about is how He loves and forgives us unconditionally, how He provides Grace liberally to one and all! He doesn’t hold grudges as we do and He doesn’t hold guilt and condemnation over people. He only loves and forgives, now that’s The GRACE of God!

Forever In His Grace!

Toinette Neube 

God will bring your Purpose to Pass!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, The End! It’s the time of year people have a tendency to think to themselves, another year has come and gone, and I didn’t accomplish that weight goal, I didn’t run that 5K, I didn’t start that degree program, heck I didn’t even change my outlook on life like I said I would!

If you said any of those statements to yourself, then take courage in knowing that you aren’t alone, many people didn’t see their dreams, visions or goals actually came to pass; but don’t give up on yourself, and more importantly don’t give up on God; He will bring your purpose (your dreams, visions and goals) to pass!

In the book of Genesis chapter 15 about the 5 verse, God took Abraham out into the night sky and showed him a vision. He said to him, look at the stars in the sky, as many stars as there are in the sky, this is how many offspring you will have, and They will bring my (your purpose) purpose to pass.” Could you imagine what Abraham was probably thinking when God told him this, especially seeing his age and the fact that he didn’t even have one child yet! (Talk about waiting on the Lord…now that’s patience and faith!)

Sometimes when God births a dream or vision in us, the full manifestation or fruition of that dream may be to vast for us to take hold of; just as with Abraham! Could you image having faith in God telling you that you would have as many children as there were stars in the sky when you didn’t even have one child yet? Well Abraham did,…through faith… in God and what He was telling Him, Abraham spoke the language of God in His everyday life and eventually the vision came to life! He may have been in the latter stages of his life when it happened, but it did happen!

The Bible tells us in Habakkuk 2:3, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.Your dreams may seem to tarry or to not be reachable at this time, but the Word of God tells us that they are only waiting for an appointed time and they will not prove to be false in your life, they will come to pass!  

My friend let me encourage you that even though the end of the year is here, GOD WILL BRING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE TO PASS! Look at how long it took Abraham before He saw His dream of having one child come to fruition; but once that one child (dream) came, the flood gates of heaven opened and now he has so many, until they out-number the stars in the sky.

LOOK TO GOD as Abraham did, HAVE FAITH IN HIM and TO THAT SEED HE HAS PLANTED IN YOU! God will not allow you to become pregnant with a dream, a vision or a goal and not give you the strength, or the ability to give birth to it!

REMEMBER THAT HIS LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY ARE FOREVER PRESENT WITH YOU and that according to The 23 PSALM, HIS GOODNESS and HIS MERCY aren’t just present with you, but THEY PURSUE YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE! AMEN!   

Forever In His Grace,

Toinette Neube 

If we have the Spirit of God inside of us why do we still sin?

The Bible tells us in Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

The day I got saved and received the Lord into my life, I just knew now that I had confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that Christ was crucified, buried and rose again, that the Spirit of God lived on the inside of me and I would no longer sin or do wrong in the world!

Well imagine my surprise when this revelation was tarnished by..let’s say the next day… when I woke up and inadvertently, none-the-less, sinned. What happened? I was now a child of God and I wasn’t supposed to sin any more! Right?  

After many years of not gaining a true understanding of this scripture, feeling guilty for continuing to sin even though I desired not to, and being chastised and condemned by others for sinning, The Lord provided revelation and understanding for me.

In short, ... We are tri-part beings. We are made of a Spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body (flesh), Once we are saved our Spirit is reborn and we now have the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God living on the inside of us, but our soul or mind needs to be renewed daily with the Word of God in order to keep our flesh or body under subjection to the new Spirit that lives within us.

Now understand that even though we study to show ourselves approved, according to 2 Timothy 2:15, even though we strive to keep our minds on things above, according to Colossians 3:2, and even though we renew our minds daily according to Romans 12:2, we will never be without sin; at least not until the day of Jesus return! Even Paul knew this when he said in Romans 7:15, I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

According to Romans 8:23, which says, “…And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” We are waiting for the day to come when we are able to gain a new body (redeem) which will be compatible with our new (renewed) spirit, and we will no longer have that battle between the spirit and the flesh (which wills us to sin)!

We will never be without sin, (in this lifetime) it is for this reason God has provided us with His LOVE, GRACE and MERCY!  We can work and strive, study, attend church and even pray to never sin again, but as long as we are in this body it is inevitable.

So then how do we live a sinless life in this lifetime? There is only one true way to live a sinless life, or to be seen as sinless in the eyes of God, and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior! Christ is your intercessor, He is your sacrificial lamb, and accepting Him is the only true and sure way to live a sinless life! According to Romans 8:34, when we accept Christ as our Savior, God  no longer sees us when we sin, but He sees Christ, our stand in, our intercessor, and it is because of this gift of Grace that we are able to stand before God and be seen as blameless and sinless in His eyes! Thank you Jesus!  

Is this gift of Grace from God liberty to habitually sin? Of course not, if you are truly saved and a child of God, you will desire to live a sinless life, which is not just about works such as dressing a certain way, or going to church every Sunday, but it’s a matter of the heart, it’s about showing and displaying Love to those we come in contact with! You see, living a sinless life is not about works,.. it’s about displaying God’s LOVE, GRACE & MERCY to the world! It’s not about choir singing, church attending, or Pastor following that will bring others to Christ, it is only by the displaying of God’s LOVE, GRACE & MERCY to others that those that are lost will ask, “What must I do to be saved?

Forever In His Grace,
Toinette Neube  

It can't JUST be about Faith with God and not works? Can it?

The first thing I must do here is put a disclaimer, “I am not against "works" for The Lord”, as most people say; I believe works have their place in the Kingdom of God, but I believe “FAITH” has an even bigger place!

Romans chapter 4, is not the only scripture, but possibly one of the best known scriptures on the importance of Faith in Christ over works, whether in the church or in the community.

Romans 4:5, says, "But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." If you have faith in God, then you are now seen as being in right standing with Him! It’s not about what you do, but about where and whom you put your trust and faith in life!

Galatians 3:25 and several other scriptures in the Bible tell us, “And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. So why do so many Christians still put such an emphasis on themselves and their “works for Christ”? I personally believe it’s because it is easier to do something than it is to have faith, yes even in God; and it is also easier to perform a task than it is to love one another as God has loved us! We would rather sing on the choir or go door to door witnessing than to be vulnerable enough to love others or have them to love us in return.   

The scripture above along with many other scriptures in the New Testament tell us that Christ died for our sins and that we are longer under the laws of Moses which are the Ten Commandments; but time after time we place guilt and condemnation on ourselves and those around us to perform, perform, perform. To put it plainly, one Preacher out of Texas said, “To say that a person can't be the righteousness of God in Christ apart from their PERFORMANCE is to claim that Christ's WORK on the CROSS was INCOMPLETE!!" (Mumba, R., 2013) and I couldn’t agree more!

Romans 4:13-14, says, “Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless!

No other words needed! Clearly Faith in God is the Key factor in our lives as Christians. Faith is the key to God’s Love, God’s Grace and God’s mercy, for Hebrews 11:6 tell us, “For without Faith it is impossible to please God!”  

Forever In His Grace!
Toinette Neube  

Reference:
Ramson Mumba. (2013). El Shaddai International Christian Center, Houston, TX. 

Developing “An Attitude of Gratitude & Thankfulness every day of the year!

I hear it all the time. “You are such a positive person, don’t you have any problems?” Well let me answer that by emphatically saying, “Yes!” I do have problems, but one thing I’ve learned in my 29 years (LOL) here on earth is that “An Attitude of Gratitude!” takes you a long way in life.

I learned at an early age what I thought about the problems I encountered in my life mattered; problems came, trials and tribulations came and even heart ache and pain, but it was how I saw these issues that made all the difference in my life. I could either believe what the Bible told me according 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” thus forcing me to believe that whatever I was going through was for a lesson or a blessing, or I could let the issue take me under. There were times when my faith wavered, but through the years, I learned to develop “An Attitude of Gratitude”, and it was this thought pattern that brought me through the process, and always on top, because I knew I would learn a lesson from the issue or I would receive a blessing from the issue.

With Thanksgiving upon us, take this time to examine your life and not just be thankful one day of the year. Develop “An Attitude of Gratitude”, every day of the year; believe that God is in control of your life according to Psalms 37:23, which says, “the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.” Embrace this scripture; write it on the table of your heart, live by, walk by and believe it!   

How can I develop “An Attitude of Gratitude” you may ask? There are several ways to achieve this, but the way I did it was by reading The Word for myself, praying for interpretation of The Word, and then believing what it said regardless of what Preachers, teachers, leachers,(J) or  naysayers had to say.

Begin to believe what the Bible says about you! According to Romans 4:25, Christ loved us so much that He died for our sins, and because of His death we are now justified in the eyes of God, we are His workmanship created by Him to do good things, according to Ephesians 2:10, and thirdly begin to believe and put to practice Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

Think on good things and be thankful every day for what you have, His Love, His Grace & His Mercy and watch your attitude, thought patterns and your life begin to become a life of Thankfulness!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Everyone!
Forever In His Grace,
Toinette Neube

Are You A “River of Living Water” to those you meet?

John 7:37-38, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink, He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive…” This scripture speaks abundantly to how every Christian should view themselves, their words and their deeds.

Rivers of Living Water- water represents the Holy Spirit in this scripture. There are two times “Living water” is mentioned in the New Testament. The first time is when Jesus meets the women at the well, and the second time is in the scripture above.

When Jesus meets the women at the well He tells her if she knew whom she was talking to she wouldn’t ask Him if needed a drink, but she would be asking Him for a drink, and when He provided it, she would thirst no more. In John 7:37-38, When Jesus says, if anyone thirst, they are to drink of Him and when they do, out of their heart will flow rivers of living water, He meant that their actions and words, those things which came from their heart, would constantly flow like a river and provide living water, which is The Holy Spirit, to those who come in contact with them.

So how do you provide “Rivers of Living Water” you may ask? You provide it by displaying the fruits of the Spirit, but more simplistically, just by displaying Love! How do you display Love, by providing it’s by-products of Grace & Mercy!  

According to John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another, By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” If we just showed love for each other, then those who are thirsty would see the “Rivers of living water”, the Holy Spirit, flowing from us and they would in turn ask, “What must I do to be saved.”

Have you ever met a bitter, unloving Christian? Well if you have you aren’t the first. It’s sad how many Christians today believe they are truly living examples of Christ yet they are just as evil, unloving and dry as the devil himself! Not only do their words not bring life to others but sometimes their words and deeds kill the little life that is present in the person in the first place. They have no evidence of “Living water” present in their life, yet they claim to be an example of the original body of Living Water, Christ Himself!  

A true disciple of Christ should display, God’s Love, Grace and His Mercy. They should not only possess the fruits of the Spirit, Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness & Self-control, but these fruits should be flowing out of them like a river of living water, and this water should be living in that it brings life to that person and not death or destruction, in word or deed!   

So my question to you today is when others meet you do they leave your presence feeling parched and dry, have they left you feeling drained and thirsty, have their needs been fulfilled, have they been given tools and resources to work with to thirst no more; tools like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness & self-control from you; because if you truly displayed "Rivers of Living water” they should leave your presence feeling full, refreshed, quenched & thirsting no more!  

Forever In His Grace!

Toinette Neube 

Do you really want to see your life change? Start by doing this one thing…

For years I’d been living in what I call a state of religiosity or bondage, and like a slave, I didn’t realize how much in bondage I was in until I was set free!

I’d been praying out loud to the Lord, praying in silence to the Lord, fasting before the Lord, tithing, and being a faithful church goer for years to obtain the abundant life I was promised once I was saved, but it seemed as if nothing had really changed in my PHYSICAL life. Yes, I can sit here and tell you that my church attendance increased, my circle of church friends increased and my Christian vernacular had increased. “I’m blessed and highly favored!” “Praise the Lord!”, “I serve a mighty God who is able!” (etc.), but in reality my everyday life had not really changed.

It was not until I did one thing that my life took a 360 degree turn, and that one thing was I started receiving God’s goodness in my life! I stopped feeling guilty for my sins, I stopped condemning myself for not doing “church things”, I stopped judging others who weren’t in church every Sunday, I stopped gossiping, I decreased my circle of friends, church and secular, and most of all I stopped focusing on my own actions and what I was and was not doing right or wrong and I started focusing on what Christ had done, was doing and will continue to do for me! In a nutshell, I BEGAN TO RECEIVE CHRIST’S GOODNESS IN MY LIFE!

So my prayer for today is that you stop being so hard on yourself, stop condemning yourself, stopping thinking you have to be perfect in your Christian walk, forgive yourself when you fall short of His glory; first of all because you will fall each and every day, and secondly because He has already forgiven you! Now watch your life catapult to a more abundant life!  

I don’t make too many promises, but this is one promise I can make, if you would begin to take your mind off of yourself and what you are doing (that’s right, what you THINK you are doing for Christ) I can promise you that your life will make a major shift for the better; and If you really want to please Christ, the only thing He asks of you is to HAVE FAITH IN HIM, nothing more nothing less. HEBREWS 11:6, tells us “And it is impossible to please God without faith!”

So stop focusing on yourself and begin to focus on what He had done, is doing and will do for you, and I PROMISE HIS GRACE, MERCY AND LOVE WILL OVERWHELM YOUR LIFE SO MUCH until it won’t have a choice to do anything, but change!!!!

Forever In His Grace,

Toinette Neube  

Stepping out of the boat to experience His Abundant Grace!

I had a really awesome conversation with my brother this morning about experiencing all that God has in store for us in life. We talked about how sometimes you have to be like Peter in Matthew chapter 14 and just obey God and step out into the deep in order to really experience God’s true abundant life of Love, Grace and Mercy!

Many times we say we are praying for success in life or for things to change in our lives but it seems as if nothing is really happening; well have you ever thought about the fact that maybe nothing is happening because God is waiting on you to “take a step of faith”, to “step out of the boat”, or to “walk on the water” first then He will follow through with His promise of an “Answered Prayer” for you?

The Bible tells us in Psalms 37:4, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” God wants to please us! What Father doesn’t want His children to have the best? It’s just that sometimes we are so conditioned to think that all miracles come by osmosis, come in our own comfort zone or come without having to take a “step of faith”! Sometimes we don’t recognize when God is calling us out of the boat and to just trust that He will cease the storms and uphold us as we “Walk on the water”!

Take a look at your life today. Do you have unanswered prayers, or unfulfilled goals and dreams? If the answer is yes and time is ticking in your life, I admonish you today, examine yourself and see where God might have told you to “Step out of the boat”, “Take a step of faith”, “Walk on water”, and trust Him, it may be to move to another  state, it may be to move to another country, it may be to forgive someone who has hurt you, and it may be as simple as reading a book you’ve been meaning to read, which may change your outlook on life or give you more wisdom to accomplish that goal or dream!

Whatever your “Walk on water” moment is, and most people know what theirs is, they are just too afraid to admit it or do it, be obedient to God and do it, and watch that answered prayer come to fruition, watch those goals and dreams manifest, and watch how the Grace of God begins to take over your life!!!

Forever In His Grace,

Toinette Neube  

Are you more like Martha, who was frantically serving or Mary who was gracefully receiving?

Luke 10:41-42, “And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

What is that good part which Mary has chosen which will not be taken away from her? Her receiving from Jesus!

While Martha was working and keeping busy making sure everything was in order for God, which may appear to be a good thing, Mary was gracefully sitting in awe of Him and receiving from Him; apparently this was that part which was good and will not be taken away.

Receiving from God is the only work we can do which no one can take away from us. Works such as, ushering, singing, writing, and even preaching the gospel can not only be taken away from us, but they also make us self-conscious instead of Christ-conscious.

Christ desires us to be focused on Him, hanging on to His every Word and having faith in Him. We didn’t depend on ourselves for Salvation or Righteousness in the first place so why would He want us to depend on ourselves to continue in this Righteousness? He doesn’t! It’s just that we have become a society so focused on ourselves until this practice has even seeped over in the body of Christ!

There were numerous preachers of Faith and Grace back in the day and they all taught us to focus on Christ and not on ourselves, but today, society has become so self-conscious until even Christians feel the need to have the light shine on them and what they accomplish in life (Even though we say, “We are doing it for God”), instead of on what God has accomplished for us!

God gets pleasure when we receive from Him. As a matter of fact it fills Him. Remember when Jesus met the women at the well and how she wanted to quench His thirst. Christ came to the well hungry and thirsty, but instead of being feed and quenched by her, He quenched her thirst by telling her about Him. He was thirsty and hungry no more even though she did not feed Him or give Him water. His thirst was quenched because He gave and she received from Him!

My desire for you today is that you too will be like Mary and RECEIVE from CHRIST! Works have their place in the body of God, BUT NOTHING IS MORE NEEDFUL THAN RECEIVING FROM HIM! Receive His Love today, Receive His Mercy today and Always Receive His Grace, this one needful thing will make the difference in your Living the Abundant Life Christ desires for you to Live!!!

Forever In His Grace,

Toinette Neube  

Does God care more about what you do, or how you treat people?

John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

How many of you have heard Christians say, “I just want to live out Gods will for my life, and do what pleases God!” or “I don’t care what people think, I’m not here to please people, I'm just here to please God,” If most people would really stop and think before they say these words, they would hear how much of an oxymoron it sounds like!

If you are trying to please God then you will automatically care about how you treat someone and how it affects their lives.

I’ve never understood how someone can say, “all I care about is pleasing God”, and treat someone with malice, a nasty or ill-willed attitude, anger, or bitterness. To me being a child of God is synonymous with treating someone, anyone, with LOVE!

Pleasing God is not about what most people think it’s about, going to church every Sunday, Wednesday and sometimes on Friday. It’s not about singing on the choir, it’s not about writing a book about God, it’s not even about Tithing 10% of your income!

You tell me what do you think Christ cares about the most, you going to church & paying your tithes, or you treating your neighbor with LOVE? As much as we would like to say the prior because it's easier to pay tithes & go to church than to be vulnerable enough to love someone unconditionally, the latter statement is not only scriptural, it’s The New Commandment according to John 13:34, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another!”

Most people think that the Ultimate commandment of The New Testament is in Matthew 22:35-40, “One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

It’s not that these commandments are not still active in God’s eyes, it’s just that they are now All-inclusive of The Newest Commandment which is found in John 13:34. “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” This is now God’s desire for His people and once we do this, we in turn love God with all our heart, soul and mind!

Doing things for Christ that are related to what I call "church things" are good and have their place in the body of Christ, but Gods ultimate commandment for us is to show Love, Grace & Mercy to others! It's what Christ did and continues to do for us, so why is it so hard for us to do it for others? Unconditional love is the reason you are saved today; because God loved you in spite of your sins!

Let's begin to really take Christ as our example, and not use "what we do for Christ" (and I use those words lightly), going to church, singing on the choir, paying tithes, (etc), as a barometer for whether we are pleasing Him or not. Let's begin to use how we treat others as that barometer, and watch how you not only bring others to Christ by example, but watch how it also brings change to your life!

Christ came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly, so let's do as Christ did and begin to “Bring Life” to others; let's spread Love, Grace & Mercy to the world; and realize that Loving Him is ALL-INCLUSIVE OF HOW WE TREAT AND LOVE OTHERS, unconditionally, now that’s LOVE!

Forever In His Grace,
Toinette Neube


Jesus has set you up for Success! Excerpt from Joseph Prince: 100 Days of Success!

Jesus gives you His Shalom to set you up for success in life. You cannot be a success in your marriage, family and career when you are crippled and paralyzed with fear.

Today as you are reading this, I believe with all my heart that Jesus has already begun a work in your heart to liberate failure, the fear of success, the fear of people’s opinion of you (and) even the fear that God is not with you.

All the fears that you are experiencing in your life today began with an untruth, a lie that you have somehow believed. Perhaps you have believed that God is angry and displeased with you, and that His presence is far from you. That’s why the Bible says, in 1 John 4:18, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” This scripture tells us that when you begin to have a revelation that God loves you perfectly (not because of what you have accomplished, but because of what Jesus has accomplished for you), that revelation of the unmerited favor or Jesus will cast out every fear, every lie, every anxiety, every doubt and every worry that God is against you. The more you have a revelation of Jesus and how He has made you perfect, the more you will free yourself to receive His complete shalom and succeed in life!

My friend, know that as a believer in Jesus Christ, you have absolute peace with God. The new covenant of GRACE is also known as the covenant of PEACE! Today you stand upon the righteousness of Jesus and not your own!

Today because of Jesus, God says this to you: “I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke (condemn) you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed. (Isaiah 54:9-10).

God is on your side. Jesus’ Shalom is on your side and Love, Grace and Mercy is on your side to make you a success in life!

Forever In His Grace
Toinette Neube

Reference:


Prince, J., (2011). 100 Days of Favor. Casa Creacion: United States of America.