Friday, October 10, 2014

Blurred Lines - The Gray Area

What a day we live in. Anything goes and nothing has consequence. The 21st century has become a time of lawlessness and blurred lines. No one wants to let demarcations stand because everything is intertwining and proclaimed as one. This is a problem in the life of the believer because the demarcation is necessary. If we can do whatever we want without consequence, why give our lives to Christ? If we believe grace makes sin right, why did Christ die for sins? Blurred lines are creating gray area and it is destroying many things in the lives and beliefs of believers. 

God denotes what is His and what is not. We cannot change the intent of a thing, idea or action and make it God's. There is a separation for a reason. Separation is not bad it is necessary. There are differences for the fulfilling of destiny and purpose not to make one better than the other. As long as we continue to blur lines, we will never see the purposes of God fulfilled. 

I recently saw a term that confused me. The term "gender inclusive". How can a gender be inclusive? We are allowing an agenda that is a against the will of God alter truth in the world. God created male and female. Man and woman. He did not create a genderless culture so people can be comfortable in an abomination to Him. Men are men and women are women. There is no such thing as "gender inclusive". God did not make a mistake in allowing you to be the gender you were born as. You do not need to go on a journey of finding "gender", that was determined when you came into Earth. Because  of the attempt to make Earth lawless, everything is becoming blurred. People seem not to be appreciative of God's determination in their gender. You are not a man trapped in a woman's body nor a woman trapped in a man's body, you are exactly what you ARE (using present tense for a reason) born as. 

I believe that "gender inclusive" is a gray area. A gray area is created when two definite thoughts or things are merged together.  When black and white are mixed you get gray. You cannot be two definite and opposite things at the same time. I cannot be alive and died for those are two definite states of being that do not work together in harmony. We cannot make inclusive what was never meant to be inclusive. There has to remain the demarcation for the purposes of each definite to be fulfilled.  

We are not only experiencing blurred lines in gender but in every area of life. Our perceptions of the creation and order of God are being skewed on all levels. We cannot entertain the thoughts of the world and the thought of the Kingdom of God at the same time. We have to learn to trust the thought of ALL KNOWLEDGE as opposed to the thought of partial knowledge. God knows everything and in Him is everything we need to know. There is no sensuality in the KNOWLEDGE of our Creator but for some of us the sensuality of our flesh overrides the GENIUS of our Creator. This is a crazy place to be in. 

In 2014, there is an attack on the purpose of God, the kingdom of God and the word of God. We can no longer live in silence and allow the gray area to become right when it is wrong. When God speaks a definite, it does not change. You cannot change your gender no matter how much therapy, surgery or hormones you ingest, you will ALWAYS be what you are born as. You will never change what God calls holy or unholy, they are both definite to Him. We cannot take rituals of the "heathen" and use it for the purpose of salvation. You cannot take a lie and make it truth or vice versa. We are blurring lines and creating falsehoods and attempting to make them reality. 

With multiple errors and false doctrines being though people do not know what to think or believe anymore. Every wind of doctrine is not from TRUTH and it is leading many astray. We are affirming sin and warring against holiness, this is not the will of God. We are celebrating falsehoods and degrading the truth, again not God's will. The gray area is an area of confusion. God is not the author of confusion. He is not beginning, middle or end of it. He can correct it but we have to be willing to receive His definite about it. 

Let us repent and return to the Lord. Let us not attempt to alter His plan, purpose or will. He makes no mistake and any attempt to correct Him is useless. God needs not our help just our obedience. Stop tampering with perfection. No more gray area, just definite black and white. 

We have to make the decision to live in the definite demarcations of the Lord. We for too long have decided that the way of the Lord is too much, legalistic or unattainable. All are flawed ideas. God will never require something of us that was unattainable, we have to realize that we can only do it in and with Him. The covenant God has with us through Christ is relational. We are not required to use our flawed ability to attain His standard but He assists us every step of the way when we are obedient and chose His way. When we choose His way, we live. What will you choose: the definite of the Lord or the gray area of the world?

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 KJV)

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (Second Corinthians 6:17 KJV) 

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Sweet Little Nothings"

Sweet Little Nothings has always been a phrase that irritated me. I never could understand why anyone would speak them or receive them. I do not want nothings I want somethings. I thought I was crazy for my thoughts because when I expressed them I was always told I thought too much. I have come to realize, rather romantic or spiritual, people desire to hear words even if they come to nothing. No manifestation, no action; people want words to make them feel "good" but do not realize they are being deceived. Words are powerful. They can bless or they can curse. They can convey love or convey hate. They carry life and death, warfare and peace, words are powerful but we tend to see them as minute and of no value.

I call myself the "wordologist" (I made that up) because I love words and how words convey a message. I believe proper words communicated effectively would prevent and end a lot conflicts. Words are misused, mishandled, ignored and overlooked until they are the words we are looking for. If you can say what I want to hear you will have me. This is not good. This is not effective for living. It is detrimental to our lives but it is how we have been living. Sweet Little Nothings are words of flattery.

Flattery is defined as excessive and insincere praise. We like flattery. But flattery is deceiving, it is not real and it is not truth. We would rather receive words of flattery than words of truth. These words of flattery have been used to manipulate men and women out of money, love and spiritual strength. Not only do physical beings use flattery but so does the kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of darkness knows that we all have not gained confidence in our call or even in the place that we are in so it comes to whisper "sweet little nothings". Sweet little nothings come to seduce you.

Seduce means to draw you away from the right path. Seduction comes for your flesh and your emotions. The sweet little nothings are captivating your mind and your flesh. Telling you what you always wanted to hear but never realized hearing those words would cause you to step away from the right path because the source is perverted. Sweet little nothings seem innocent and harmless until you come to yourself with nothing because you were deceived by these harmless words. We cannot entertain "sweet little nothings" in any capacity. Sweet little nothings come with the purpose of taking from you not giving to you. They are spoken to you but they become leeches and drain you of yourself. Sweet little nothings can alter your personality.


Be careful that you are not being flattered in your flesh that you cannot discern in the Spirit. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue. (Psalm 5:9 KJV) BEWARE OF THOSE WHO WANT TO FLATTER YOU BECAUSE IT IS NOT REAL! Words are powerful. Pay attention to what is said to you and who says it. Check the source of words spoken to you. Sweet little nothings are destructive words but you have the power to overthrow them by receiving the words of Christ that give life and spirit. Christ will not flattery you but He will tell you the truth. When He says it, it will become action. Words that are true to you and for you will be action that is not flattery but it is REAL!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Answer or Ignore?

This is a very critical and vital time in the realm of the Spirit and in the earth. You have to be aware of what is coming to attempt to sabotage, side swap and derail your momentum for the Kingdom of God. There calls that are getting ready to come your way and you have to answer properly. There are only two options, ANSWER or IGNORE. If you answer you are agreeing to the call and the deposit from the caller. While, if you ignore, you are disagreeing and refusing to receive the deposit form the other end.

Negative Calls:

1. Your Past ~ Because you have been delivered and set free from your past, it will attempt to call you back. The very things you have overcome now attempt to get back into your life. Do not allow a dead thing, YOUR PAST, get in your ear and backtrack you. These calls can come from former lovers, old acquaintances and even new people in your life. This call will come and slickly present your past and attempt to tempt, seduce and draw you away from your current place.

2. Faithlessness ~ Faithlessness is calling trying to cause you worry, stress, doubt and unbelief. Faithlessness cause extreme frustration, spiritual exhaustion and mental battles. Do not allow Faithlessness to deposit deception, temptation and weariness. This call comes and attempts to tell you how impossible your goals, dreams and visions are. This call comes to interrupt your declaration and execution of faith by expressing bad experiences and false wisdom which is actually fear.

3. Elitism ~ Elitism is calling to isolate you from the unity of the kingdom. You are not an island unto yourself. You cannot achieve the will or Kingdom of God without other believers. Elitism will cause you to be carnally judgmental, emotionally irrational and spiritually disjointed. This call comes to make you think everyone is a hater, an enemy and that everyone is against you.

4. Procrastination ~ Procrastination is calling to cause you to live by excuses instead of living in production. Also, procrastination is calling to make you lazy and impoverished. Procrastination comes hard toward those who have set goals, who are working on projects and those who have being moving forward in the things of God. This call comes to convince you that your labor is in vain, that you are not appreciated so why keep going and attempts to make you feel like nothing is worth doing.

5. Confusion ~ Confusion wants you to be unclear and without understanding. Confusion tries to manipulate what you have heard from God with your flesh or with the whispers of the enemy. Confusion attempts to keep you between two opinions instead of being solid on where and what you are doing. Confusion is also calling trying to destroy relationships, fellowships and lives.

These 5 calls are coming hard for those who have determined to do the MEAT of the one who sent them. Will you ANSWER or IGNORE?

Even with the aforementioned calls, there will be calls that will benefit you.

Positive Calls:

1. Destiny ~ The purposes and will of God are the composition of your destiny. You are called to obey the will of God while living the purpose of God. This call will reassure you of what God has said and is saying concerning you and what you are called to do. Destiny calling is a postponer, like a GPS. When destiny calls it is to let you know you are in the right position.

2. Revelation ~ Revelation is calling to give you LIFE. Revelation is from the Spirit and Breathe of God and His words will give you life. Revelation is more than having a message to preach or a prophecy to release; it is the understanding of advanced and accelerated knowledge of your identity, faith and life in Christ.

3. Prophecy ~ Prophecy is calling you. Prophecy that has been released over your life is calling you. Calling to remind you of what God has spoken and even the word that has come from your own mouth. Prophecy is calling to remind you of the instruction of the Lord. Prophecy is calling you to give direction, purpose and illumination to what you are to be fulfilling.

4. God ~ God is calling you. GOD is CALLING you. This is not about a ministry but about relationship. He is calling to commune, fellowship and dine with you. He is calling you into a REAL relationship with Him. One where you and He can laugh, sing, enjoy each other's presence and shower each other with love. GOD IS CALLING YOU!

ANSWER or IGNORE?

AGREE or DISAGREE?

RECEIVE or REJECT?

What Will You Do?


Friday, August 1, 2014

Restoring Identity

You are better than you know. You are greater than you know. Limitations are a facade. You have to find yourself, your real self. We have allowed other people to dictate who we are and who we are not but now we have to LIVE OUR TRUE LIVES. You are more than your race, your job, you past, you are a MASTERPIECE uniquely and peculiarly designed by God. You are not to replicate anyone other than Him.

Your manhood or womanhood is not determined by the outside sources but by the inward deposit of God Himself. He put all you need to live a full life in you not on the outside of you. No other person can live your life for you; they can only add to your life. It is time to find YOU and BE YOU! We have spend most of our lives attempting to please other people. We grew up trying to please our parents. We wanted them to be proud of us so we worked to please them. In our teenage years, we worked to please our friends. We tried to fit in and even fell prey to peer pressure. Now, many of us are attempting to please a society that does not even have our interests, let alone our best interest, in their heart. This is not reality but a facade of life.

Who are YOU? This is the question that needs to be answered. Once answered you can find, access and live in joy that us beyond your wildest dreams. It is only when you live as who you were created to be that you will have what you are looking in pleasing others.


In the beginning of time, God gave you an identity. Your identity is everything about you from your hair color to the spiritual abilities (anointing) that you have. Your identity can be effected by many factors, your family, friends, environment and the things you experience in life.

Sometimes we lose focus of our true identity because of all of these factors. We have allowed society to dictate what we can be as men and women, as young or old, as black or white but none of that has anything to do with our authentic and true identity from God. The identity I am talking about came before the foundation of the world, before you were formed in your mother’s womb and before you were introduced to sin.

With your identity you receive certain attributes, certain powers, certain talents. These things were not gained but all ready in you at birth. At your conception God placed something you that would aide you in this thing called life. He gave you certain powers and you have to learn to use them.

For many of us before we learned what God had put in us or who He created us to be, we knew what momma and daddy wanted, we knew what society said about us but we never learned what God said about us. We never had a hold on the TRUE identity we were given by God. We had a false sense of manhood or womanhood, a false sense of what it meant to be our ethnicity, a false sense of everything because we had no idea what God said about us. Even for those of us that were in the church all we knew was, we had to go to church and be saved but we never learned what God said about us. We knew sin backwards and forwards but didn’t know our identity.

This is a device, an attack and a destructive plan from the enemy (the thief). The thief came and stole, killed and destroyed many of our identities in Christ. He stole our identity by keeping us from church, keeping us distracted so we wouldn’t study the word of God, by drenching us with suggestions of sins and drenching us with suggestions of guilt and shame because of our sinful nature. I keep saying suggestions because the enemy can do nothing but make a suggestion to us and we take it.

He killed our identity by manipulating manhood and womanhood to be a sexual thing verse a spiritually thing. He has men believe crying is weak, the more women you has sex with the bigger and better man you are, anger is the only emotion you should have, if you ain’t making money than you are a woman or terms used to defame women, you not a man if you have no power, a small tool between your legs or you have no money.

He killed our identity by manipulating womanhood by manipulating women to believe that the bigger your breasts or butt is the better woman you are, the better you shake “yo thang” the  more men will love you, that her brain is not important, that you got to use your body to get what you want, and other such foolishness.

He destroyed our identities by presenting falsehoods concerning us through parents, teachers, society, preachers, family and our friends and we believed it.

BUT God has a plan to restore your identity. He has sent His son to redeem (pay the price) that you may be saved and set free. Saved and set-free from what? Not only hell but from the former identity of sin and failure that you may walk in your TRUE identity of salvation and success.

When you accept Jesus you are delivered from your past. Your past is the former identity, but your future is not determined but what you once were but on the thoughts God always had concerning you. Come into the restoring of your identity plan of God. He will restore the years that were eaten by the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm – those are all of the false words and lies you believed about yourself, all things that you once did, the things that took you away from your identity in God.

Know what God says about you more than what others say about you!

God’s Divine IDENTITY for you:
Psalm 82:6 – Ye are gods, children of the Most High God
Psalm 139:14 – fearfully and wondrously made
Matthew 5:13 – salt of the earth
Matthew 5:14 – light of the world
Romans 5:10 – reconciled
Romans 8:16 – children of God
Romans 8:17 – heirs, heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ
Romans 8:37 – more than conquerors
First Corinthians 3:9 – God’s fellow worker, God’s field, God’s building
Second Corinthians 2:15 – fragrance of Christ
Second Corinthians 5:17 – new creation
Second Corinthians 5:20 – ambassadors for Christ
Second Corinthians 5:21 – righteousness of God
Second Corinthians 6:1 – workers together with Him
Second Corinthians 6:16 – temple of the living God
Second Corinthians 6:18 – my sons and daughters
Galatians 3:7 – sons of Abraham
Galatians 3:26 – sons of God
Galatians 3:29 – Abraham’s seed, heirs
Galatians 4:6 – sons
Galatians 4:7 – son, heir
Galatians 4:28 – children of the promise
Ephesians 2:10 – His workmanship
Ephesians 2:19 – fellow citizens, members
Ephesians 2:22 – dwelling place of God
Ephesians 3:6 – fellow heirs, partakers of His promise
Ephesians 5:1 – imitators of God
Ephesians 5:8 – children of light
Ephesians 5:30 – members of His body
Titus 3:7 - heirs according to the hope of eternal life
Hebrews 6:17 – heirs of His promise
First Peter 2:5 – living stones, spiritual houses
First Peter 2:9 – royal priesthood, holy nation, His own special people
First Peter 2:10 – people of God
Second Peter 1:4 – partakers of divine nature
Revelation 1:6 – kings and priests

What Belongs to you, what you can do with IDNENTITY in GOD:
Dominion – Genesis 1:26
Power to get wealth – Deuteronomy 8:18
Authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, over all the power of the enemy – Luke 10:19
Cast out demons, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink a deadly thing and by no means hurt them, lay hands on the sick and they recover – Mark 16:17-18
Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance – Galatians 5:22-23
Gifts of the Spirit – word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues – First Corinthians 12:8-10
All spiritual blessings in heavenly places – Ephesians 1:3
Sit together with Christ in Heavenly places – Ephesians 2:6
An expected end – Jeremiah 29:11
Victory – First Corinthians 15:54, First John 5:4

 Learn, Accept and Live in the RESTORATION of your Identity in Christ! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Restoration of Teachers

Restoration of the gift of the Teacher!!

Teachers are utilized by the Father to breakdown to the simplest form. After the other four ministry gifts have ministered, the teacher will dispense the word where all can receive. Teaching is as important as pulpit ministry, prophesying and working miracles. Teaching will define what the pastor or senior leader cannot address while ministering. Teaching will clarify prophecy by explaining symbolisms and codes of the Spirit realm.

The TEACHER must be restored to bring balance and practicality to the word of God. The balance that will come will keep us as a whole from extremes that draw us away from the reality of God’s word. Balance will teach you to enjoy a holy life without telling you everything will send you to hell or cause God disappointment. Practicality is the ability to apply what we have been taught. This is what teachers teach how to live the word daily.

Do not overlook the restoration of teachers. Teachers are anointed vessels used by God.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Modern Day Culture Exchange

A Modern Day Culture Exchange

A young man lived a life to please others. He did all he could within himself to make others happy. He worked hard in school to make his family proud. He attempted to excel at everything he tried, looking for what he perceived as signs of love. He tried to buy friends with compliments and gifts, thinking they would love him forever. He did all he could to get love externally because he did not love himself internally. He grew up without his biological father or any male role models, so he sought the love of a man. The love every son desires from his father he did not receive. He just wanted love. When all he did for others did not yield his expected results, he began to seek love in other ways.
As he sought the love of a father and did not receive it, his seeking became perverse. Now the love that should only come from his father, he sought in sexual experiences with other men. He was having sex with men twice, sometimes three times, his age. He became a pleaser in this area too. He just wanted love but had no idea how to really receive the love he was seeking. In the midst of his perversion, he thought of suicide often. He became addicted to pornography and masturbation and felt like he was never going to be loved or be good enough for anything or anyone.
His culture was perverse. No love. Constant sexual encounters that made him feel used and filthy. He thought death would be better than living. A clouded and perverse culture caused him to feel like the world would be better off without him. He went to church every Wednesday and Sunday, but he never encountered Christ. He knew what pastor said across the pulpit, but he had never had a personal encounter with Christ. He lived in the perversion culture for eight years.
One Thursday, he had a personal encounter with Christ. He stood in his living room praying and crying out to the Lord. He wanted to be free and knew it was only through Christ. He prayed and he cried and prayed and cried and around 4pm Christ showed up. Christ and the young man had an encounter with one another. This encounter allowed the young man to see the spirit of perversion come out of him and split in seven different directions through his living room’s picture window. Since that day, the young man has lived for the Lord. He has learned who He is in God through Christ. He is no longer the same person he was because cultures have been exchanged. That young man carries the DNA of God and is a Son of God in the earth. That young man penned this book.

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Value

VALUE: This is a season to really know and live in value. Everything and everyone has a VALUE (relative worth, utility, or importance). DO you value God? Do you value other people? Do you value yourself? I personally, just had to realize I lived at my own devalued state. As much as I minister to and help others, I did not see that I have a significant value (worth) in the earth and the Kingdom of God. God Himself had to destroy the insecurities I had in living in my RIGHT VALUE! When you do not understand your value, you will take everything from everyone.

What is your value to God? – God values you so much, He sacrificed His only begotten Son so you can become His son, WOW! The value God has placed on you in immeasurable but many of us do not receive our value because of an un-renewed mind. God values you so much He has given you PURPOSE and DESTINY! Allow your mind to be REnewed (made over) to see and receive the value of God for you.

What is your value to yourself? – This is not to make you prideful but realize you have worth. Worth does not make you better than anyone else but it does cause you to see what you are offering and supplying to others. Take time to allow Abba to reveal your worth in His earth and His kingdom. When God reveals your VALUE, receive it. He is ALL-KNOWING what He speaks is truth.

What is your value to others? – This is important. We cannot devalue how others receive us. The way others receive us is the value they have for us within themselves. Every person value of you is different because you supply something different to them. Are you offering anything of value to others?

LEARN AND RECEIVE YOUR VALUE! LIVE YOUR VALUE!!!!




Saturday, July 12, 2014

Top 100



Javon Rahman Bertrand and The Exposition of the Tabernacle: The Culture Exchange have been listed in the TOP 100 on www.authorsdb.com. This site is a database of authors in all genres around the world.

This TOP 100 listing is not in the Christian/Spirituality/Religion but this is an overall TOP 100! There are thousands of authors and thousands of books on AuthorsdB and we are TOP 100!

What a way to prepare for DOUBLE which is on Monday, July 28, 2014!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Excerpt ~ The Exposition of the Tabernacle by Javon Rahman Bertrand

The Exposition of the Tabernacle: The Culture Exchange
Chapter Two: The Paradigm Shift ~ The Gate

Before there is a full culture exchange, there must be a paradigm shift. What is a paradigm shift? At its simplest form, a paradigm shift is a change in thinking. Many times we think like the culture that most influences us. We think like the world, so we act like the world. Our thoughts affect our decisions, customs, beliefs, etc. With that being said, we must experience mind renewal and a paradigm shift before we can fully receive the culture exchange.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2.


This verse is a hard pill to swallow. We have conformed for so long we do not want to let go. We feel that the culture of the world is all we will ever have and all we ever need. Now, someone is reading and saying, “I have not conformed to the world.” Yes, we have all, at times, conformed to the way things were because that was all we knew. All we knew was sin and disobedience; we were taught it, we thought it and we were dying in it. But now, we must have a paradigm shift in our minds that we will no longer conform to what is not the way of our Father. Our minds and thoughts must become new and fresh. Then we will see everything in the light rather than in the dim darkness of our former culture.

Bertrand, Javon R. "The Paradigm Shift ~ The Gate." The Exposition of the Tabernacle: The Culture Exchange. Southfield, MI: Manifold Grace House, 2014. 13. Print.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

5 Star Review



My latest release, The Exposition of the Tabernacle: The Culture Exchange, has received an outstanding review from Reader's Favorite. Reader's Favorite is a professional book review site. These reviews are written by professional writes, educators and book reviews. There are six categories which the book is reviewed: Appearance, Plot, Development, Formatting, Marketability and Overall Opinion. Each Category can receive a ranking from 1 to 5. The Exposition of the Tabernacle received 5s in all categories. Below is the actual written review from Reader's Favorite. 

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Exposition of the Tabernacle: The Culture Exchange by Javon Rahman Bertrand is a book that looks at the Tabernacle given to Moses in a very logical and rational way. The book looks at how the Tabernacle changes our lives and culture and also exposes readers to the word of God. They are taken on a journey through the words of God and how the earth was initially created without darkness and sin. And the main reason God instructed Moses to construct the Tabernacle and gave him the blueprint was so that the culture of the people of Israel might change. Moses is the prophet God used to preserve Israel.

The Tabernacle was for the children of Israel. The book speaks about the mindset of the people of Israel which revolved around bondage and the culture of sin. The culture of sin separates us from the Lord which makes people ungrateful and unappreciative of the world. The book has some very interesting facts that will keep readers glued to it despite its cultural and religious theme. I found the book very prophetic and filled with a lot of symbolism which will give you a different perspective on God. There are also quotes from the Scriptures to give more power to the words. Apart from giving a historical account of the Tabernacle, the book also takes us back to God. The stages of sin, paradigm shift, reconciliation and redemption are all covered in this book. I found the book highly interesting and it gives you a lot of Biblical facts and truths.