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Friday, December 15, 2017

Forgiving & Forgetting is a Beast

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:13 KJV

*For me, the forgiving portion is not super hard because I have to forgive in order to move on. Now, I am not saying it always comes immediately, but I work on not holding a grudge so I can free my mind and not effect my health. The issue is with forgetting like God. It takes a while to forget...I remember the sneaky snake-like behavior and the unnecessary words, which at the least make me look at the person in a different light and distance myself. The whole "fool me once, shame on you, but fool my twice shame on me" thought process comes into play. However, imagine God's love...We show out and say and do things we shouldn't all the time, yet He never changes and loves us through it. It makes me not want to do anything to hurt Him because of that unconditional love. All we can do is grow to be more like Him...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Darkness 2 Light

You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. I Thessalonians 5:5 NKJV

*My heart aches to see how the enemy has tricked some people into believing they are stuck in darkness...How they believe there is no other way, but God is the way, the truth, and the light...You always have an option, and a way out. I don't care if you've hit rock bottom...There is no where to go, but up in God. Read His word, and ask Him how to apply it to your life and situation.  If I can go from homeless to being well, so can you even in other areas. We all have been sucked into lies, and tried it our way. Why not try it His way???

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trusting God 2 Avoid A Temper

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29 NKJV

*When I tell you that I literally have to practice this daily,  I mean I actively have to stop myself from thinking things...Particularly when I see foolishness, racism, or a person who just needs a dose of reality. My flesh wants to just let them have it...I mean just give them a piece, especially racists. It is always the folks who shouldn't be talking about ANYONE who have the most to say...Yet, God tells me "Now, what is that going to accomplish, baby girl. All you're doing is raising your blood pressure, and you are two seconds away from creating conflict." If I didn't have God, I would be in trouble..My mind, temper, and this heart that feels sorry for others is only because of God. It is rough when you feel like you are the only one who gets it or sees injustice, but it is then that you lean on God and not act on emotions.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Setting the Stage for Love

We love Him because He first loved us. I John 4:19 NKJV

*To receive love,  you must show it...Set the tone, and show love I'm order to set the stage of creating peace and obtaining love. Even if you don't receive it from a likely source, your sowing sets the stage to receive it regardless of the source. If you sow it, you will reap it. This chapter is also the standard of God's love. As humans, we will not be perfect like this love, but we can strive to be like Christ.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Putting Away Bitterness

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Ephesians 4:31 KJV

*To be transparent,  I have thought about a few negative things, especially regarding those who have done things to you and they try to come back and talk to you. In the back of my mind, I am thinking "How dare you have the nerve to come and carry on a friendly chat, and even think we are going to be friends, after all the lying and rudeness you've done." Truth be told, you don't have to be friends with them. However, you do have to get rid of your disgust, aka bitterness, in order to love them even from a distance. Otherwise, you may be ready to slap them every time. People are a trip, but you don't have to be. Let's allow the love of God to help is find forgiveness, and put away negative thoughts, without allowing it to effect how we please God.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Getting Rid of Bitter Distractions

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15 KJV

*Bitterness is designed to block you from your blessing, and also distract you from focusing on His promise instead of the issue. Remove bitterness in order to remove a blockage that can cause issues later. Ask God for healing and guidance in that area.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Good Character

He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. Proverbs 10:9 KJV

*Perversion is always exposed, and meant to embarrass the individual at the least. Practicing good character will keep your name from being tarnished, keep you from misrepresenting God, and avoid exposure. No one is perfect, but remembering whose you are and who you serve will keep you in line.