“Sometimes you yourself can be your own worst enemy.”
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…
In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
Psalms 120:1 ESV
When you are in trouble, what is your first response? Do you immediately pick up the phone to vent about the situation and get advice on how to handle it? Do you take matters into your own hands? Or do you just let the situation handle itself? To be truthfully honest, all of these options are a recipe for disaster because if you notice, none of the scenarios involve God at all. Continue reading Who Will You Call?
For the choir director: A psalm of David. O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
Psalms 139:1 NLT
Jeremiah 1:5 says before you were formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you. All of your days are already written out in God’s book (see Psalms 139:16). You may get surprised, frustrated, and disappointed at how you behave, what you think, and what comes out of your mouth, but God already knew about it. You must remember that your life is a story that is already completed in God’s book, but you are actively playing your part in real time. Nothing you do surprises God, and the good news is that no matter how out of order you may act, God loves you regardless of it and still chose to adopt you into His family. He has already chosen to forgive every sinful act, negative thought, and careless word concerning you. Continue reading God is Not Surprised by You
He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Job 8:21 NLT
Laughter is one of the best medicines to conquer stress. God sits in Heaven and laughs (see Psalms 2:4) and He expects us to laugh as well, especially at the devil. If God didn’t want us to laugh, then he wouldn’t have given us the mechanisms in our body to be able to do so. Laughter has much better effects on the body than recreational drugs and alcohol. It is the most positive outlet you can have as a coping mechanism; and, it is approved by God. Continue reading Laugh
We’ve all have experienced times of depression, low self-esteem, and lack of self-worth. Life itself, let alone the people in it, can be taxing on our souls. We can get so caught up in people pleasing and seeking acceptance from people that we lose sight of ourselves. We need to start seeing ourselves as God sees us and doing only what He wants us to do. When we begin to do this, bondages start to be broken and freedom soon follows. When we use our spiritual eyes, our perspective changes and we begin to be set free from what is either holding us back and/or holding us down. Once you begin to experience God’s love for you and His perfect will for your life, your self-esteem will sky rocket. When you need a little pick me up, tap into God and let His precious thoughts about you lift you up. Continue reading How God Sees You
An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:8 HCSB
We all probably had a yo-yo when we were little, or if we didn’t, we at least know how it works…we wind it up and spin it downwards or upwards. Unfortunately, this is how a lot of Christians are today. One minute they’re up, the next they’re down, and sometimes even stuck in between. James 1:8 says that an indecisive person is unstable in everything they do. Being stable starts in the mind. Your mind is a very powerful tool, so if you can’t keep your thoughts in check, you won’t be able to control anything in your life. This is why it is so important to control what you’re thinking about because your thoughts eventually become actions (see Proverbs 23:7 KJV). Continue reading Yo-Yo Christianity
Emotions are a great thing to have because they allow us to express ourselves in many different ways. God wouldn’t have given them to us if He didn’t feel the need for them. Your emotions can be good, bad, or indifferent depending on the situation. On the other hand, if you allow negative emotions to run your life, you leave the door open for the devil. How can something as simple as how I’m feeling attract the devil? Well, it’s pretty simple. When you stew in what you’re feeling, you let your defenses down, leaving you vulnerable for attack. We already know that the devil roams around seeking someone he can devour (see 1 Peter 5:8), and the perfect opportunity for him to do that is when your defenses are down. He loves when you’re vulnerable and he takes advantage of it. This is why we have the power of God to not only defeat the devil, but to also control how we feel. Continue reading Emotional Rollercoaster