God’s Plan “Empowered For Unity”

I am currently working on the next book.  It  has a working title, Empowered for Unity. Below is an except from a section I was working on this morning.  So, what is God’s plan?  I heard the Lord speak in my spirit, “Empower the individual believer and they will empower the church.” Mature and healthy individuals fuel the effort of the collective body to come into unity. One mind, one spirit, and one body; unity enables and empowers the church to fulfill her role in history.  Where do we begin? Change does not originate in the masses; it originates in the one. God created man to be fruitful, multiply, tend the garden; and more importantly to have a close personal relationship with him. God wanted a family, so he created man in his own image, in their image (Godhead), and placed him in the garden where he could walk and talk with him.  He was their father, and they were his children. He placed them in paradise, the garden of Eden.  Then the unthinkable happened; because of sin the relationship between God and man was interrupted. Being the loving father that he is, he had a plan to rescue man […]

Reflections of Brazil

    In nearly thirty years of ministry, I have been honored to travel internationally to several different countries.  Each time, I found myself touched by the outpouring of love by the people I was sent to serve.  My most recent trip to Brazil was all that and more; to borrow a favorite phrase of a close friend, it was all that AND a bag of chips! The hunger of the Brazilian people for God’s word, and their reaction to the message, was like nothing I have ever witnessed before. Even in advance of my arrival the expectation of the people was high.  They prayed and prepared trusting God would move mightily; such expectation does not go unnoticed with God.  I am reminded of the woman with the issue of blood, she expected and so she received.  God honors faith and our heartfelt sense of expectation. In the US, we are blessed with abundance.  This includes an abundance of opportunities to hear and be taught the Word.  It is however, a double-edged sword. We have access to a wealth of knowledge via online learning, books, and television.  There are numerous church services, workshops and conferences where Christian gather to hear […]

God’s Personal Trainers

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever. God’s blessing comes as we learn to dwell together. It is mutually beneficial when we learn how to encourage, support, and love one another. Healthy interpersonal relationships develop as we grow in grace and maturity. Where are the body builders of the church? Where are our personal trainers?  It is the personal responsibility of five-fold ministers to build up the body, perfect the saints, and to guide it from infancy to maturity. It is in maturity and unity that we have the hope of attaining perfection and fulfilling our call. From the parishioner to the pastor, From the infant to the spiritually mature, From the home group to the mega church…. Each individual member of the body is important, Harmony and unity of the body of Christ are crucial. Why is unity so important? Being of […]

Unity as the Growth Hormone of the Church Part II

Growth Hormone?  Really?  Sounds a bit medical, and of course it is.  Growth hormones enable our physical bodies to grow and develop into full maturity and adulthood.  When you add strength training, exercise, and a healthy diet; the adult athlete may effectively out-perform less mature youth in tests of endurance and strength. When the whole body is healthy and mature, it enables muscles to work together like a well-oiled machine, not with the awkwardness of an infant or even a small child. Many an athlete has successfully improved the performance of their body with the help of a personal trainer. The adage goes, practice makes perfect, and with the guidance of those who are more knowledgeable we can improve the performance of our body. However, one small injury can diminish the capability and strength of an injured athlete.  A pulled muscle, tear, or dislocated joint can cripple and impede the effective movement of the body. If a personal trainer can effectively train and prepare the body of an athlete to perform effectively, who then can assist the body of believers in their struggle to be perfected?  Where are the personal trainers of the church?  “So, Christ himself gave the apostles, […]

UNITY: The Growth Hormone of the Church

 “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:13 Is it any wonder that people worldwide lay awake at night wondering what may come next?  In a world that seems to be turned upside down and without faith, unity, even unity within the church, seems to be fleeting. Neighbor rises against neighbor, and family members find themselves unable to agree, the idea of unity in the world as we know it, seems nearly impossible. The concept of free speech is challenged by those who feel they know what is best for all.  Any who disagree with their ideology quickly find themselves the subject of angry outbursts, and at times, even violence.  It would seem in some circles that freedom of speech only applies to those who comply with the concepts set forth and agreed upon by liberal “group think” strategists, conservative ideologists, or other self-appointed “experts” on what is best for all. Unity, ah yes.  How might a country, a nation, or even the church… hope to achieve unity in a world so torn apart by controversies, […]

Finding My Voice

Have you ever been afraid to speak? I have. I think we all have at one time or another.   For years I kept many of my own thoughts and fears hidden inside.  The problem with not having a voice, is that the gift of God is being suppressed. Fear can entrap and silence us.  This is not what God intended.He made each person unique and divinely gifted;  and that gift is to be shared, not suppressed. No one should have to live in fear of being criticized, hurt or rejected for just being ourselves, but many are living in that fear. Co-dependent or abusive relationships often create fear that robs one of the freedom to express their own individuality.  In severely abusive relationships, the freedom to think for oneself is often sacrificed for doing whatever it takes to avoid conflict. In cases such as this, how an individual thinks, acts, and speaks is not an expression of their true self, but based upon the thoughts and opinions of others.  Complying with others can become the driving force in determining how one expresses their thoughts.   In abuse, one’s own person becomes lost and silenced by the voice of another.They become […]

New Book Released

 Wisdom Speaks Hearing Her Voice in a Noisy World In the world there are many voices.  The voices of friends, family, neighbors, employers, teachers, and government officials are all vying for our attention.  Noise is everywhere we turn. How can we hear wisdom’s voice when at times we cannot hear our own? Wise counsel is like honey on the bread of life.  Wisdom is sweeter than the words of the crowd. Solomon said that wisdom is the principle thing.  What is wisdom?  Wisdom is the art of being successful in life. No one sets out in life to fail.   No one puts failure on their bucket list. No one wants to be known as a failure.   Solomon said, seek wisdom. Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square. Proverbs 1:20  Wisdom is the key to success and she has a voice. Wisdom Speaks! Get your copy, just email me at ksmith@planpurposedestiny.org to place your order.    Treasures of the Heart Gifts of the Trinity Treasures of the Heart, Gifts of the Trinity is a study of the gifts of God with a special emphasis on the motivational gifts. The gifts of the Father, Son, and Holy […]

Wisdom Speaks to be released!

Coming Soon! Wise counsel is like honey on the bread of life.  Wisdom is sweeter than the words of the crowd. Solomon said that wisdom is the principle thing.  What is wisdom?  Wisdom is the art of being successful in life. No one sets out in life to fail.   No one puts failure on their bucket list. No one wants to be known as a failure.   Solomon said, seek wisdom. Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square. Proverbs 1:20  Wisdom is the key to success and she has a voice. And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” Isaiah 30:21a Wisdom Speaks! For more information about Kathy, her books, and her ministry, you can go to www.planpurposedestiny.org or email her at ksmith@vision.edu   “Awesome! Thanks Kathy! Your teaching on this subject matter has already been a blessing to us personally and our church. May many lives be blessed by this anointed work.”  Dr. Calvin Sweeney Senior Pastor at The Tabernacle–Toledo    

Wisdom Speaks

Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square. NASB No one sets out in life to fail.   No one puts failure on their bucket list. No one wants to be known as a failure.  Yet a certain amount of failure is inevitable. Failure is not who we are, but merely an unfortunate situation through which we must walk; it is a circumstance, not an identity.  We can choose to make set backs and mistakes a mere stepping stone to a successful and prosperous future. Thomas Edison was said to have failed at least 1000 times before success was realized in the invention of the light bulb.  He did not consider the many setbacks as failures, but rather, each failed attempt took him one step closer to the solution.  He gained wisdom with each set back, and the wisdom lead him to success. What if Lucille Ball would have quit after being dismissed from drama school for being too shy?  What if the Beetles would have given up after the Deca Recording Studio turned them down because they said guitar music was on the way out?  What if Walt Disney would have taken the criticism […]

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Your Life is a Journey, Will It Be Prosperous One?

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health,  just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 Where has your journey taken you?  Prosperity is a relative term and it can be defined in a variety of different ways. It may be associated with financial assets.  Or it may be indicative of a prominent career, or a happy and healthy family life.  Others identify prosperity with owning a fancy house with a pool in the backyard and a sports car in the drive.  What do you think?  Is it related to fame, fortune, or notoriety?  What does prosperity look like to you?  The word “prosper” in the Greek refers to having a prosperous and successful journey. As we know, life itself is a journey.  It is a journey we can take with the Lord, or without him.  The choice is ours.  We get to choose how we want to live it. The choices we make directly effect the outcome. Do we take time to consult the Lord?  Or do we plunge ahead on our own?  We know that God has a plan for our journey, and he intends to make it a prosperous one.  […]