The Real Enemy Is…

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“Sometimes you yourself can be your own worst enemy.”

~Anonymous~

 

The devil is not to blame for everything bad that happens in our lives. I know this is probably a shock to you, but it’s true. Now don’t get me wrong, he is responsible for a lot of what happens to us, but not everything. It is true that he is our enemy and he hates us. His main goal is to steal, kill, and destroy (see John 10:10), but he also has help with carrying out his mission. I know what you’re thinking, “If the devil isn’t always responsible, then who is?” The answer that no one wants to hear is YOU ARE! Yes, you can be responsible for your own chaos. I know society teaches us not to take responsibility and to pass blame, but that is not the Christian way. Believe it or not, you have a personal hand in aiding the devil in destroying you.  Continue reading The Real Enemy Is…

What the Devil Really Wants

“…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10 KJV (emphasis added)

The world is full of “things.” People work hard for them, go to great lengths to protect them, and will sometimes do anything to get them. Having “things: makes people feel good and they can give a feeling of accomplishment and prestige. When the devil comes against you, he’s not after your “stuff.” Think about it, why would he be? He’s a spirit being so he doesn’t need to take tangible things from you. Rather, he’s interested in taking something much more powerful—your joy and your strength. The devil will throw attacks at you that will make you doubt if God is really on your side and protecting you.  Continue reading What the Devil Really Wants

The Narrow Path

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“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 GNT

 

Following Jesus requires total attention, surrender, humility, dedication, and perseverance. Anything that is worth having is worth fighting for. Once you make the decision to follow Christ, there will be a lot of changes that will happen in your life. It’s something about when God gets ahold of you, things start to happen. Everything that you used to give to your flesh to satisfy it that isn’t Godly will have to be surrendered. It is true that if you are a Christian there are certain things that you cannot do, but you need to understand that whatever God says to do or not to do is for your own good. He knows the beginning from the end, a concept that you cannot grasp in the natural, so He knows what’s best for you in every single situation that you will ever face. It may seem like you are giving up a lot and your life may seem “boring,” but it is better to be “boring” than to be on your way to hell.  Continue reading The Narrow Path

Who’s Waiting on Whom?

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You may be waiting on God, but God is waiting on you. If you’ll do what you know God is asking you to do, your faithfulness will activate His favor, increase, and blessing.

~Joel Osteen

I’ve become painfully aware that we are now living in a world where the concept of accountability no longer exists. The blame game started in the Garden of Eden and still continues to this day. No one wants to take responsibility for anything. When things don’t go right, people are quick to blame God for the disaster without taking a look in the mirror to see how they played a part in the whole thing. One lesson I’ve learned over the years is God is not our problem, but our only answer. Nothing negative that happens is His fault (see Psalms 92:15; Romans 9:14; Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 34:10). He gives people instructions to perform and when they are not followed, consequences happen at no fault of His. Continue reading Who’s Waiting on Whom?

How to Eliminate Stress Part 1: Ask for Help

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For apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 NLT

We can eliminate a lot of stress in our lives if we truly believe what Jesus said to His disciples…you can’t do anything without Him. I believe people fall into many different categories as to why they try to handle life on their own. I know for me personally, even though I always knew about God, I really didn’t know that I can go to Him for everything, and because of this, I didn’t. Once you truly know what you have, the need to be independent and do everything yourself subsides because you realize that no matter what you do, if God isn’t in it, it won’t work. When we try to do what only God can do, not only do we mess things up, but we cause unnecessary stress on ourselves.  Continue reading How to Eliminate Stress Part 1: Ask for Help

Pray About Your Temptations

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Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!

Matthew 26:41 NLT

 

The world is full of temptations. You have an opportunity every single day to be tempted by something. You can be tempted to sleep in a little longer, tell somebody off that may be mistreating you, going to the casino to pass the time, or eating a little more than you usually do. It doesn’t matter what the temptation is, if it is not controlled, it can have a progressive negative effect on your life. According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, temptation is defined as “a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.” Temptations usually progress to addictions, and addictions usually birth negative consequences on many different levels. If you find that you are addicted to something, you need to think about what you’ve been giving your attention to.  Continue reading Pray About Your Temptations

Down but Not Out

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We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 GNT

There are times when we let our emotions get the best of us. They can often take over and get us out of the flow and presence of God. Every day isn’t perfect, our circumstances aren’t perfect, and the people we encounter on a daily basis aren’t perfect, so it’s easy to be moved by what we feel rather than what we know to be true, which is God’s Word. God promises that the righteous will never be forsaken (see Psalms 37:25), so even if we as Christians have to suffer for a while, God is just to deliver us victoriously.  Continue reading Down but Not Out

Every Day is a Good and Exciting Day

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The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

John 10:10 AMP (emphasis added)

Every day is a good day when you are living and serving God. When you are believing God for something, every day should be exciting because you never know when He is going to act or how He is going to move on your behalf. In a way you become like a little child who always asks its parents, “are we there yet?” When you live your life in constant expectation, you can’t help but live each day, “is it coming yet, is it coming yet, is it coming yet?” You can’t have a bad day when you’re excited about receiving something that you’ve been wanting and asking for. Each minute, second, and hour is lived as if the blessing is on its way.  Continue reading Every Day is a Good and Exciting Day

Sing a New Song

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He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God. Many people will learn of this and be amazed; they will trust the Lord.

Psalms 40:3 CEB

 

Singing songs to God is a great way to boost your spirits and to worship the Lord. There are angels in Heaven whose sole job is to sing and praise God all day long (see Revelation 4:8). If the angels who are in God’s presence daily are singing to Him day and night, what more of an honor do we have to do the same with the Holy Spirit residing in us. God is constantly blessing us so there is always something to sing about. Singing doesn’t necessarily mean having to sing a particular song—you can sing with prayer, with thanksgiving, and even with your testimony. The purpose is to lift a thankful voice to your Lord and Savior for being good; but most importantly, being good all the time in every circumstanceContinue reading Sing a New Song

This Too Shall Pass

it will get betterEven when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.

Psalms 23:4 TLB

 

There are times when life gets the best of us and we just want to throw in the towel. Sometimes our circumstances just seem to never end or get better. Everything that happens in life happens for a reason. James 1:2-3 states that our trials are meant to test our patience, bring us into perfection, and to help us grow spiritually. Today’s scripture shows that the Psalmist is going through a very trying time, but the key is he is walking “through” it.  He did not say that he was stuck in it, but because He is focused on God, he knows that with God, the only option is to get through it victoriously. We have a tendency to say, “I’m going through it right now,” but if Jesus is on your side, thank God you’re going through with Him.  Just imagine people who do not have Jesus on their side. They’re in their mess without Him, if they make it out at all. God will always be with us and guide us through anything that we encounter. His Word and His promises are our comfort. We can be happy in the midst of turmoil because God is our refuge.   Continue reading This Too Shall Pass