How many times have you enlisted in a battle that’s not your assignment? Do an assessment of your life. Have you found yourself fighting for those who won’t fight for themselves, or being involved in something that is not your business? Have you gotten so upset about something until it ruined your whole day, only to find out that you don’t even have a relationship with the person you’re upset about? Be careful because this is a time leak. It’s a warfare tactic to wear out the saints. I believe that one of the main goals of the enemy is to keep us occupied and busy fighting something until the assigned challenge comes and we’re too tired to fight.
Yes, have empathy. Yes, have compassion. But be wise in your choice of battles. Your purpose and assignment depend on you being led by the wisdom of God and not the flesh. Every raised tone of voice is not for you to react or clap back. I know it’s a human desire to prove to people not to overstep their boundaries with you but think about the power of a life that is focused and submitted to the Father. Be so focused on doing your Father’s will that you have no energy for old cycles and old conversations.
The time has come for you to be who God called you to be. Your children are depending on it. The church is depending on it. The world is depending on it. God is waiting on you. Let’s go.
It is after Christmas, but the festivities are not over! As a matter of fact, because of Christ, there is a constant celebration! And in this blog, I want to encourage and celebrate you whose reading this! I want you to know that you can, you will, and you shall!
When Jesus was born, our identity was born, greatness in and through Him was born, the ability to overcome was born. Victory was born, stability was born, peace was born. I can go on and on! Jesus made it possible for us to overcome.
I know that everyday is not sunny in your soul, and every challenge is not over with overnight, but greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world! This blog is not focusing on doors opening and opportunities coming about, though they will, but I want to focus on being able to live whole, live free, and live in the peace of God.
There is a you God created. That person is free from the distractions of this world. And what they offer of themselves is not only authentic but powerful, potent, and impactful. I challenge you to allow God to unfold His identity in you. Let Him peel the layers of hurt that have been suffocating your growth and well-being.
You are worthy of His love and you are worthy to walk in the freedom Christ died for you to have! The lie is not stronger than His Truth. The illusions are to keep your mind distracted so you won’t see what God has provided for you. I admonish you today to decide to receive and walk in freedom today!
You are uniquely special, an original design, one in whom God has placed a specific identity. You’re not like anyone else and that’s how God intended. Your identity is as unique as your fingerprint.
Insecurity has been here since the beginning of time. It happened between Jacob and Esau, and it still happens today. Unfortunately, we can still exchange our God-given identity for a “pot of soup,” digesting what is not in God’s will for our lives. Believe it or not, it seems easy to stomach the lies now, but when they get into the digestive system of our souls, it becomes very bitter and grows like a disease. It can infect other areas of our lives.
When we try to be like someone else it’s saying that who God has called us to be is not enough. Spiritual plagiarism is copying someone’s every move in an attempt to receive the attention and notoriety they get. But the anointing doesn’t fall on who we pretend to be, only on who we really are in Him.
You are enough just the way God made you. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Those who are truly supposed to be in your life will be connected to you because of who you really are, not who you pretend to be.
There are many lessons in nature. It’s amazing what we learn just by watching everything God created be submitted to His will and plan. One of my favorite times of the year is Fall, and something beautiful happens – the leaves change color and begin to drop off the tree over time.
Because there are changes in the length of daylight as well as cooler temperatures, the chlorophyll (food-making substance) breaks down in the leaves. This is what causes the change in leaf color. I’ve learned that there are some things I need to stop feeding. Those things started with internal frustration as an indicator. I didn’t like it, but I still gave life to it. I still tolerated it. I still allowed it. But in the Fall season of life, I’m learning how to let the chlorophyll of my soul stop feeding what is ready to drop.
After the leaves change color, they fall to the ground so in the Spring they can grow new leaves with a fresh food supply. May we understand that the sufferings (giving up, letting go) of this present time is not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed.
What are you holding on to that’s killing you? Can you receive the grace to operate in freedom from that toxic thought or relationship? The Truth has an assignment. Let Him make you free.
Many of us have heard the phrase, “trials come to make you strong.” While this is true, it’s also challenging to have a good attitude while facing a trial. As a matter of fact, hardly any of us would like to go through any trials. But God allows some of them to happen in our lives. They strengthen us for the journey ahead.
What I’ve discovered is that trials make us stronger for the promise that’s coming. When we make our requests known we many times struggle with impatience because we think it should happen in our timing and on our pace. But when it doesn’t, we blame God or accuse Him of not hearing us. The Truth is that He heard our prayers the first time, but we must be strengthened for what we are asking for.
See, the promise has more weight than the trial. It takes responsibility to manage more. It’s not a walk in the park. It’s not some DIY spiritual project. We’re truly being led, groomed, and matured by the Holy Spirit to handle what we’re having faith for. So if there is a promise in your life that has not come to pass yet, count it all joy because the trials you’ve gone through will strengthen you for the manifestation! Selah.
A few days ago, we just got finished celebrating Thanksgiving. But to the believer, giving thanks is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:18). It’s not limited to a holiday; it’s a major part of everyday life. But why is it the will of God to be thankful?
Gratefulness puts us in a place of joy. It even lightens our mood. It has even been medically proven that those who have a grateful heart live healthier lives. Constantly complaining and being negative absorbs into our bodies as well.
So let’s form a healthy habit; let’s choose to focus on what we are grateful for, not just during this holiday, but every day. It will improve our perspective, improve how we talk to people, and may even help to altar some things in our health for the better. We have it far better than what we have allowed ourselves to think.
Hubby and I were having a discussion that other day, and he said something that brought a lot of clarity to me. He talked about an imaginary handbook we tend to follow our lives by. This immediately prompted a question in my heart. “Who created the imaginary handbook?”
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog called, “Who Told You?” The imaginary handbook is a continuation of that thought. Remember in Genesis, when Adam and Eve sinned, and God asked Adam, “where are you?” And when He talked with Adam about the sin, Adam responded to God and said, “we went and hid ourselves behind the fig leaves because we knew we were naked.” God asked them, “who told you that you were naked?”
I want to pose a question to you. What imaginary handbook have you been following? Whose pattern have you been living after without even knowing who said it? And even if you knew who said it, are they God? Were they prompted by the Holy Spirit to say it to you?
Why has it been ok to live out what someone else has spoken? Why have those things become law in our lives? The imaginary handbook is based on a majority of those who live in doubt and defeat but don’t want to acknowledge that fear is what drives how they live.
Before making decisions, let’s check the motives of those decisions. Of course not all fear is bad, but the fear that brings torment is not of God. We should never live under a pressure to be something, do something, or have something. That pressure comes from the imaginary handbook. There is only one Book we should be patterning our lives after, and that’s the Word of God.
I read a devotion written by Pastor Rick Warren, and it really changed my thinking. It said, “think about what you’re thinking about.” I’ve learned that every thought is not our own. Yes, there are some that are ours, but there are others that we don’t have to receive. We tend to think that because these thoughts are introduced to us or even may be intrusive or invasive that we should receive them, but we are not obligated to!
God began to speak to me about thoughts and beliefs. He said to me that the thoughts that roam around in our minds constantly that cause us pain and confusion are connected to a belief. The belief gives that thought permission to dwell in the space of our minds.
So I’m asking you, what thoughts are roaming around in your mind that are not God’s thoughts for your life? Write them down and trace them back to the belief that causes them to remain in your mind. After doing so, pray about the beliefs that gave those thoughts permission to live in the space of your mind.
We live in a time where society exalts the workaholic. We are always on the go. We have access to the world at our fingertips but manage to feel more lonely than we ever have.
I just want to share a thought with you, a daily thought. Yes, go after the dreams God has placed in your heart. Check off that thing on your bucket list. Write the vision and make it plain. But also rest.
Rest is important for your body, mind, and emotions. Without rest, stress can take over and cause things to happen that throw us off course. We can’t think straight when we’re stressed. We don’t always make good decisions when we’re overwhelmed.
And for those who feel guilty for resting, why work so hard and can’t enjoy the fruit of your labor? Rest is a principle in the Bible. When God made Heaven and Earth, He rested on the seventh day. It was not that He had to, but He chose to teach us in that moment that rest is a part of us trusting in Him.
The emails that are not finished can wait until tomorrow. The pile of chores will be there when we wake up. Just rest. Work, but rest. It’s important. Think about it.
Ever had a conflict inside of yourself? A part of you wants to do one thing and another part of you doesn’t? I call this an internal frustration. Many of us deal with this. But what we do not want is for this to turn into doublemindedness. James 1:8 in the AMP says that a doubleminded man is unstable in everything he thinks, feels, and decides.
To be doubleminded is to literally try to function and live from two minds. This is not just mere indecisiveness. This is an internal conflict to the degree where we’re trying to live like two people. Doublemindedness wants both options; it can’t choose.
It’s wanting to be friends with someone while treating them with a cold shoulder at the same time. It’s wanting that business opportunity to become available but too afraid of the responsibilities. It’s two opposing vantage points trying to operate through the same person.
Do you have internal frustration? What’s keeping you from choosing what God is saying? What belief allows the thoughts of darkness to linger in your thought life? Write down the things you’re torn about. Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you to make the decision that pleases His heart.