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Friday, July 21, 2017

Forgiveness

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 NKJV

*Forgiveness doesn't come as easy as people think. We nay have forgiven the person, but if you become disgusted on the inside when you think of them, that's not forgiveness. Forgiveness is truly letting go and allowing God to take over...Washing your mind and emotions of the physical issue.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Connections

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. I Corinthians 15:33‭-‬34 NKJV

*Who you hang around can take a toll on who you are...It's easier for people to pull you down than you pulling them up. Be led by God on who you let in your circle. Ministering is one thing, but befriending everyone is another...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spiritual Discernment

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. I John 4:1 NKJV

*Don't believe in everything someone says, and don't allow everyone to speak into your life just because it sounds good. Some people are sent to distract you, while others are sent help you. Ask God for wisdom to know the difference between the two.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Letting Go

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26‭-‬27 NKJV

*If you can control your anger, it can often be easy to be angry and not sin immediately, unless you have a cursing problem. One of the main issues that occurs is harboring that anger. That causes things to boil inside, mess with your thoughts, and it makes you want to lash out, assume, treat people poorly, distance yourself, and ultimately make you miss out on your blessing. This is where control needs to be exhibited. We have to work on asking ourselves is the anger worth hurting yourself, and paying that much attention to it in the first place??

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Trusting God

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:24 NKJV

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No matter how I feel, or how anxiousness tries to rise up, God is enough to sustain me daily. His portion fills the voids created by wondering and anxiousness, and He bridges the gap of peace and concern. I trust God, and I hope you will learn to trust Him with me...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Waiting

Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

Lamentations 3:22 NKJV

*We are not consumed with waiting on God because we learn to appreciate the process while waiting, and we also learn to listen in order to uncover why God is waiting on us vs how we think we are waiting on Him. What has He been trying to tell you in order to get you to that next step? What is stopping us, or what is it that we need to learn or remove? If nothing else, how is our tolerance and patient level in the eyes of God?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You're Not Alone

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. I Peter 5:8‭-‬9 NKJV

*No matter what you are going through, you aren't the first to experience it and won't be the last. The enemy is looking to make you feel as if you are alone, no one gets you, and he tries to isolate your mind. Don't allow him to capture your thoughts, and make you believe you have an issue. God is there with you, and if He provided an answer for others He can answer you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Don't Just Speak About It, Be About It

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

I John 2:5‭-‬6 NKJV

*If you keep the word of God in your heart, you can't help but to implement the word of God. Implementing His word enables us to be more Christ-like. Don't just speak about it, be about it. What good is knowing the word if you never use it, or pick and choose when you utilize it? That's not Godly...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

God Over Everything

With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:9 NKJV

*Seek God first before the start of anything be it your day, a choice you have to make, or before finalizing any reason or action at all. We have to learn to seek His face FIRST, and make Him a part of every aspect of life. Otherwise, we will be like those of the world and only notice His power when judgment or something happens. You don't want to keep learning the truth of righteousness through hardship, but through making God a part of your every day routine...That's how you are guided and advance. #Humble

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

God's Light on Your Life

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14 NKJV

*No matter what you go through, or regardless to who tries to ignore or hide your talent, you are a light set a part from the world and meant to flourish for God. They can't hide who God created you to be, let alone stop His will. You were meant to shine and flourish for His name sake; therefore, hold your head up high and boldly as well as humbly walk into the fullness of your blessings and calling!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

God Over Everything

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

*Let the light that God placed in your heart shine for His namesake.. He is the focus, and you are the vessel. However, the honor that He receives will allow you to feel His love, & you will be rewarded for honoring Him among all people in all environments. Honoring God and carrying out His will should never cease, no matter what environment or connection you encounter...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

God's Eyes

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord , and he pondereth all his goings. Proverbs 5:21 KJV

*God is watching how we choose to react to things and people. He is reviewing us to see if we can handle either what we are asking Him for, or if we are ready to go to the next level. How we treat situations now is sowing into our next steps. Remember, in everything we do God is watching and analyzing.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

God's Guidance

A man’s steps are of the Lord ; How then can a man understand his own way? Proverbs 20:24 NKJV

*When you allow God to guide you, your way doesn't even make sense anymore. Why would you focus on what you can barely see ahead when God sees all?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

No Fear in Love

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18 KJV

*The love of Christ can erase the fears of your past, if you focus on the promises of that love, instead of past mistakes. Being haunted by your mistakes, and dwelling on them, is the very thing that keeps people from embracing & believing for better. Truly trust God with your heart, and He can open it and prepare it for new things...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trusting in God

The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29 KJV

*If you are saved and living for God, He has not forgotten you. He has heard your prayers, and remains close to you because you invited Him in. Even if it seems like He hasn't heard you, be patient. His timing is perfect and the results are always worth the wait...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wisdom of God

My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries. “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.

Proverbs 8:19‭-‬21‭, ‬32‭, ‬34 NKJV

*Wisdom is priceless, and is God's gift of how to handle life. Let Him bestow His wisdom upon you rather than making your own assumptions.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Grow in Humility

Humility is the fear of the Lord ; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4 NIV

*Being humble helps you appreciate life more because you remember where you came from, and how only God was and still is the one that continues to guide and help you excel. Your appreciation for His guidance helps you see and value the development process. Be anxious for nothing because being able to see the value through humility will help us appreciate the end result more.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Living Any Ole Way

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:13‭-‬16 NIV

*Many times people believe that they can live any way they choose, and still declare that they are saved and love God. However, we both know that's not true...If you love Him, you won't continue to hurt the Father with practicing sin. Yes, I get that people make mistakes. However, don't confuse a mistake with habitual sinning. Also, we have a calling on our lives, and it's not just to pay bills and die. How you live your life effects your ability to be guided and carry out your calling​ and will of God. It also effects whether you experience all that God has for you in life. Life is but a vapor... Don't waste by hiding behind excused sin because it isn't excused by God.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Being Serious About Doing the Will of God

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

1 Peter 2:15‭-‬16 NIV

*Whatever you do, so it with God being the focus.  This will ensure that the motive is right, and it will cause those around you to be silent because there will be nothing to say about positivity. Love freely in God, but don't take your access to grace for granted. Also, don't hide behind pretending to do good in order to hide evil...What is done in secret will be revealed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

His Guidance

for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV

*We have the mind of Christ if we let Him come in and order our steps, provide wisdom, and follow His guidance. Many times, people use their own understanding and experience to handle things or react to them. If we say we love God and believe in Him, we have access to what He thinks and His guidance to implement His thoughts in our daily actions. Let the mind of God invade your thoughts....

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Godly Connections

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24 NIV

*This is a primary example of why you can't let everyone in your circle. Sure, we are called to love, but not called to allow people to ruin us especially when they don't understand, hurt us, or are unequally yoked. Use wisdom when you let people in your life...Not your own wisdom, but God's wisdom. What is He trying to protect you from? If we can trust God for everything else, surely we can learn to trust Him for the right company to keep...You are called to love, but not to suffer.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Adhering to Your Calling

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Psalm 51:6 NIV

*I love how the word emphasizes the difference between being called in the womb to faithfulness, and you have a choice to choose the wisdom of how to become and stay faithful. Our faith determines whether we fulfil our callings, if we adhere to the assignments that guide us in our callings, and whether we receive all God has for us through obedience and guidance. You have been called for a purpose, but it is up to you to seek the secret place in God and take the time to obtain wisdom.....

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pleasing God, Not Man

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10 NIV

*Everyday, we should strive to please God and let Jesus be the example of how to live. We are not put on this Earth to please people, and live by their standards. We are here to please God, and carry out the purpose He has for our lives...The rest will fall into place.

Monday, April 3, 2017

God's Money

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:17 NIV

*Whoever said that you can't enjoy what God gives you is lying. Be guided with your property, and put Him first, but otherwise humbly enjoy. He entrusted you with it, so don't let anyone make you feel guilty for having it.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Serving Through Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Romans 12:3‭-‬8 NIV

*I love these verses because it reminds us to be humble, understand that we have to work together, and reminds us to serve and do it to our best ability through faith. We all are unique, and were put on this Earth for a purpose. That purpose correlates with someone else's in order to push the agenda of Christ. Are you walking in your purpose, or just living? Do you know your function in the body of Christ? Have you asked God to help you figure this out, and do it to the best of His ability to work through you?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Guidance of God

For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Matthew 5:20‭, ‬38‭-‬38‭, ‬43‭-‬47 NIV

*It is so easy to deal with people you appreciate, and those who appreciate you. It is also easy to classify what you believe is love. However, from the least desirable person to those who appreciate us, we have to exude the love of God. This is done in different ways. Never follow the guidance of humans, but the word of God and His example He sent to us: Jesus. Everyone seems to have advice for everyone else, but unless those words are coming from God, let that person walk in the way God tells them to go. It is our job to speak the word, and not our opinions. The word helps, but opinion deters. Also, God provides wisdom on how to handle things and people correctly. Let people live for God, and cultivate that instead of dictating it. Sometimes we can go by what we've experienced rather than the word.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Focus on Today

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34 NKJV

*It is so easy to get caught up in the cares and concerns that you have all week, which distracts us from being focused on the current day. We forget that we must be in tuned to what God is trying to tell us or help us avoid during the current day, and also what is it that He is telling you to do outside of your regular schedule? There is nothing wrong with planning, but when planning overshadows daily guidance and edification then that's when we've missed the boat.

Monday, March 13, 2017

What Does God Call You?

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:13‭-‬16 NIV

*You're not what others call you, and not what they assume. You are who God has called you to be, and what He has put on your life. What man says does not matter...Don't let others define you if you are not trying to live up to their expectations. You are responsible for living up to God's expectations whether others accept it, understand it, or not. Those who are called to encourage you will understand you...Let your light shine in only the way that is predestined for your life...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Enlightenment

Good morning...Food 4 Thought 4 Believers:

Everyone is different in their own way, and that difference helps fuel who God is molding you to be for different assignments and your overall purpose. Stop trying to change people into who you think they should be, because it's different from you, and view them as God would in order to respect and appreciate their differences designed for their purpose. Now, if God gives you a word for them then that's fine. However, trying to change people to fit your agenda is manipulation at its finest. If they aren't for you, then cool but don't assume or manipulate. Ask God to enlighten you and help you understand....#BelieverChallenge

*New International Version
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Live for God...Not for Others

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

Galatians 5:13‭-‬18 MSG

* It's important to live with the Holy Spirit working with and through us, and not according to someone else's standards. 1. Your life is not your own, and you belong to God. 2. You can't expect to walk in His fullness if you have one foot in the world. 3. You are capable of letting your light shine wherever you go, instead of fitting in and looking for opportunities. Make it a habit to think of God before and while you take action, and not just afterwards. The very actions that are not being guided by Him are the very things that are keeping you from His promises.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Power of Self Control

Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power.

Proverbs 16:32 MSG

*I love the way the MSG version puts this because it is helping us think long term. Receiving or doing certain things gradually is better than immediately using it all as one big force, which may result in using it only once because you've used up the strength of it in one sitting. Having self control is better than  exercising temporary power, that can change at any moment, based on politics and how people feel towards you. God gives us lasting results if we are obedient and falling Him, which outweighs temporary quick fixes or adhering to moments.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Revenge

“Don’t seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people. “Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God .

Leviticus 19:18 MSG

*It's easy to treat others how they treat us... Especially when it's negative. We may even have those moments when we want to get back at someone, or let them feel how we felt or "get a taste of their own medicine." However, that's not the Godly way...I'm not saying you shouldn't guard your heart, love from a distance, or as our Min.Trish says, "Be stuck on stupid." However, "Vengeance is mine," as God says. No one can teach anyone a lesson like God. Therefore, let it go so it doesn't block your blessings, and give it to God.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Live for God

So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.

2 Peter 1:5‭-‬9 MSG

*Continuously work on edifying yourself in God. Life was not simply meant for you to get up, go to work, and rack up birthdays until you die. It was meant for you to discover who God called you to be, and figure out what's missing in the earth that you alone were sent here to fix. So many people are looking for blessings each day that they forget about purpose. If you truly put God first, and work for His namesake then the blessings will automatically follow...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Working for God

With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.

1 Corinthians 15:58

*This is a great reminder of how any work that is done for God, even if you're working a job under man, is never in vain. If we work our jobs like we are  working them for God, we will exceed in everything we do. No matter the task, God should be our #1 focus. God is the one who will guide us to and through every assignment. You just need to make sure it's what God sent to you. He will also reveal what you should learn from every task, and how that information will be applied to the next level.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Change for God

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35‭-‬36 NIV

*Don't throw away who God created you to be to fit in with society. Who you are, the part that doesn't go against the word, is necessary for your calling and will aid in helping you recognize and handle your blessings. Don't change because human say you should, and don't try to change others..Allow God to do the guidance and changing. You know what He told you to work on vs what needs to be altered.

Monday, February 20, 2017

God's Word vs You

Proverbs 3:1-2 (ESV)

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 

*Many times, we know the word of God. We have even heard some of the passages over and over again with different scenarios, but do you ever wonder why? It should be because God is using this as reminder to actually apply it to your life. What good is the word if you know it, but don't use or act on it? It loses it's power in your life. God is even trying to give you different scenarios on HOW to apply it based upon examples used, and what we see and hear daily. The words are meant to provide guidance, and keep us from living a life filled with more hardship than necessary. Let's be clear: Life will not be perfect, but it sure does not have to be harder than what it is from disobedience. Think about it: People want to stay on a course they know or can even get away with, but what good is that lifestyle if you never reach your full potential or honor God??? It's not Him... It's YOU.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Save Me from Myself

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.

Song of Songs 8:4 NIV

For me, this means do not try to pursue love or a relationship before God's timing... I've made enough mistakes. I trust God, and I will move out of my own way to let Him guide me, groom me, and lead me to the right person...Will you trust God for yourself in order to save you from yourself?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Protection from Small Foxes

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Protect yourself from hurts and people God did not send to you, but don't forget the small foxes as well...The music, movies, talk, discouragement, and any other entities that are taking a toll on our thought process. This is not to say you can't do things, but know what is hindering you... Especially if it's individuals or even our own emotions.
After, we know what's hindering us and what isn't. Even more so, protect yourself from dwelling on your life experiences...These are the things that can keep you complacent, take away your belief in God's power, cause us to utilize worldly rationalization instead of walking in truth, and prevent us from letting go and going deeper into God's guidance instead of our own plans. What are you to comfortable with? What do you keep doing that prevents you from moving forward? How do you let people effect you, instead of clinging to God?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Word for Single Parents and Blended Families

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Walking in Love

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1‭-‬3 NIV

* God shows us new mercy every day. We are asked to do the same towards each other by His word. Unfortunately, that's not always easy. Let's be real: People are rude, often selfish, do not try to understand you but desire understanding, and sometimes you just plain don't want to be bothered. Yet, find a way to ask God to help us love and bare ourselves to one another. Besides lack of love, people are often afraid to seek help because of a falsified image  depicting perfection....Or, perhaps you don't want anyone in your business. Even more sadly, many believers don't know how to be discreet and not tell the business of others. Yet, God called us to talk to one another ..This promotes growth, accountability, and restoration. Now, use discernment but don't count this process out all together. I personally need to work on this because many believers are very upsetting and have caused disappointment despite my best efforts. Let's pray about this together...Like it or not, we need each other. Let's work on having a heart like God, and applying His principles.

Monday, February 6, 2017

God's Guidance

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:11 NIV

*God gives us ways to handle life through His word, and the word speaks to us specifically about our lives. However, it is up to us to follow His word and way. Leaning to our own understanding can short change us... Following God can save a lot of unnecessary drama. I'm not saying it will be easy, but you will have more clarity, fewer toxic experiences, and less heartache by doing it God's way. Which path are you on?...His or yours?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Divine Connections

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Hebrews 12:14 NIV

*I strive for peace, even though there are times when I want to isolate myself when no one gets me. It seems easier not to be bothered, but that's self-invoked peace and not God's will. Therefore, I pray for healing from old experiences or even current ones and just to have peace with all men. That doesn't mean they will be the connection you need or a part of your inner circle, but you do need that peace in order to recognize the right people to build and grow with to experience the true peace and the makings of a divine connection. Therefore, it can be right to let go of the old when it is not equally yoked, but let go of the disappointment as well....The same applies if you are unwilling to have long term friendships. Fly by night people, of those who use you or you use them out of convenience can't help you grow...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Applying His Word

James 1:22-25 (ESV)

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 

*So many people know the word of God, but do not apply it. Knowledge is only powerful if it's utilized. Otherwise, it becomes stored information that is taking up space. Also, not applying the word effects a person's choices, prolongs your situation, and definitely hinders credibility if a person knows the word yet exudes worldly behaviors. Don't just speak about it or try to use it when it's convenient. Be about it. After all, can a person truly have a relationship with God if they don't apply His word? It's there to establish and grow that relationship, protect you, and guide you. How can you ask God for things if you don't even know or trust what His word says?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Watch Your Connections

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

2 Corinthians 6:14‭-‬15 NIV

*No matter how nice they treat you, or no  matter how much of a light you think you will be, we have no business connecting with unbelievers and those unequally yoked. It may not seem like it at first, but it will come back to bite you be it causing more of a struggle that you didn't have to go through..Or, you end up subjecting your heart to things that hinder and/or hurt you. It is our job to guard our hearts. Let God send the right people...Just ask him. Don't take it upon yourself to subject your spirit to everyone. Your growth and next phase in God depends on it...You can't take everyone with you.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stay Focused on God

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8 NIV

*It is a must to keep godliness around you as much as possible...God is always trying to help us grow, provide encouragement, and reveal things to us. However, the world is field with noises that are designed to be distractions. Meditating and surrounding yourself with the word of God helps remove distractions, keep us grounded, and push us into a closer relationship with Him. In that relationship are the promises of God that fulfill your desires. Make God the priority in all you connect to, and He will make your desires become His priority.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Soul Ties

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:33‭-‬34 NIV

*"The people in your life can be one of the most important spiritual assets or be one of your worst curses. Those relationships that are a curse to you are toxic." #SoulDetox...Many people feel that they can keep the same people in their lives, but continue to grow in God. This is often not true. If these people are stagnant or causing you to repeat some of the same sins and cycles in your life, then this would be a primary example of bad company. Sure you can love them, but that doesn't mean that you need to include them in your circle. Even Jesus chose disciples to help fulfil His purpose and meet a need. Everyone did not have that privilege. Don't let loving people cause you to love without guidance and love haphazardly. Your growth is influenced by the company you keep, and your mindset is based off of who you are around. You even pick up habits from people who you allow in your life. If you find yourself assuming things about others before getting to know them or not desiring to understand other individuals, that too can be based off who you are around. Open up your heart to be guided by God to the right people, and open your mind to accept individuals outside your normal circle. Your growth and blessings depend on it...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Who is Priority in Your Life?

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

*When you remember to take care of God's house, even more so than your everyday job, He will take care of you. Volunteer at church by using the gifts you were given as you seek Him, and the rest will be added.. He should be first in our lives. After all, God is the one who gave you that job and those blessings.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gifts of the Spirit

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Romans 12:6‭-‬8 NIV.

*We were all given talents,which aid in being a vessel for God. These gifts were not meant to be hidden, but freely given in order to have a live depiction of God's grace and love. Pray about your talent,  and ask God about what you can do to show love,  and how can you help advance His kingdom. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Follow Peace and NOT What's Practical

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

Deuteronomy 28:13 NIV

*It's a new year, but you may still feel the same or be faced with the same issues or aspirations. Perhaps the new year has inspired new motivation or new ideas for the situation, or perhaps the year being new doesn't matter because you're still looking at the same stuff. Either way, it's understandable and the common theme between both states of mind is "what's next," and/or "how do I get there?" First,  no matter where you mind is, you have to remind yourself of the promises of God and how He views you. Next, submit to listening to God by praying and focusing on receiving an answer with peace, and not incorporating your own thoughts or plan of action. If we look back on why things have not come to pass,  it could be because of our own doing and thinking versus being solely reliant upon His guidance and being obedient. If you plan anything this year, start with letting go and asking for guidance from God... Then, follow peace: Not anxiety, not things of your own experience, not what feels good, and most certainly not what is practical.  Clear your mind, take God out of a box, and praise for all He has done and is capable of doing and not what you want Him to do.. That's when clarity comes.