Keys to Identifying and Avoiding a Persecution Complex

You might… if you are a right-winged Christian, be expecting me to join the ranks of pastors and teachers in Christianity reminding you of all the persecution on Christians in America. But alas, I will not. I will not join the many who say we are persecuted because we believe in Jesus Christ. These are the people clinging to extremes. They believe if we are different, we are judged, punished and/or isolated.

No…but I do feel we alone defeat ourselves with this thinking.

First let’s define it:

Persecution: is a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group.

Many times we think we suffer persecution because someone changes a rule about how we can go about exercising our religious rights, such as; prayer led by a school teacher at school. We can still pray in school anytime we want to, but a public school teacher/employee of the government is not allowed to direct a prayer during their working hours. Did this mean we can’t have prayer in school? No. But the rule led many to believe that Christians suffered persecution. Some took the suffering on and to a whole new level.

They made it a persecution complex. A persecution complex is the thought, or “group-thought”, that they are victims of persecution where it does not exist.

Here’s my question. If we live in a country free from restraint upon your religious beliefs, why are we all looking to be anybody’s victim? Today in America, persecution is simply a victim mentality. In the incredible country we live, with its rich resources and abundance of community, how can we get tripped up into thinking we are victims of persecution? It doesn’t make sense. Being a victim renders you powerless. It steals the joy from your walk, divides you from the continual gratification of fellowship and positive environment and in essence keeps you from enjoying the abundant life.

Persecution is not a difference of opinion or  a difference of belief.

Persecution comes from oppression of those with a difference of opinion and manifests itself as torture, subjection, and pain upon someone or some group to keep them from being who they are. Does that sound like a godly endeavor? The Jews suffered true persecution under Hitler’s rule. But do we in America as Christians, really suffer from governmental persecution? We have the freedom to say whatever we want. We live freely among other religions and practice our beliefs in everyday life. We can go to our own schools, colleges, churches, concerts, group meetings, and gather by the thousands! How is that persecution? We can study, speak and commit our entire lives to our faith freely unobstructed by our laws. How is that being persecuted? Shouldn’t we use this freedom to live as robust examples of God’s abundance, grace and wisdom? Believing we are a persecuted group could keep us divided. It could keep us from enjoying this greatness of the life and time we live in. It could keep us in bondage to negativity and always looking over our shoulder for the next conspiracy. It keeps us living in fear.Fear vs love-001

Could someone benefit from Christians having a persecution complex? Sure. But who?

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

Who divided us? Who is hiding the truth from people? The god of this world!The devil doesn’t want you unifying and working towards a cause together. He wants to keep you fighting and victimized. That would definitely keep him from prospering in his goals. Here’s an example of how the devil got the early Church fighting among themselves.

“1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion [cometh] not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:1-15

Love energizes believing! IF the devil can get us to stop loving each other and start pointing the finger at all our differences, we won’t see signs miracles and wonders. We won’t be examples of God’s greatness in this life. We’ll only see what the devil wants us to see, the negatives! Then…

Where does walking in love come in?

I heard it said once; “When a man is really walking with God, it’s very difficult to find a pigeonhole to put him into.” VP Wierwille

Persecution and a persecution complex puts a leash around your neck. When a group thought is to treat or act in a certain way, against those who think different then you, the individual, are dutifully required to follow suit. Even if that means bullying someone, or persecuting them because they are different. But Paul says, this is not the way to walk in love by faith and stay out of being pigeon holed.

On the other side of the coin, if you believe that because you and your group is different that you are receiving sub-par treatment and persecution, then you start looking at all the bad in your life and how “being different” brought you to this miserable state of being.

We are not victims of this world and our choices, but witnesses to them.

We have a rare opportunity to be the light of the world, the city set high upon the hill, the salt that adds to the flavor of life. We are not victims! We are victors! We are over-comers! We choose life and light and godliness!Strong Romans 837-001

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors (super conquerors) through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37

God bless you today!

 

A Dangerous Narcotic No One Talks About

We live in an unprecedented time of discovery. Technology has given us the ability to see, hear, and understand our world, and each other in ways no one would’ve predicted. As a result, humanity’s progress soars beyond our past learning by leaping huge chasms in understanding every day, and yet one malady stops us and delays all our progress. This opiate of the heart corrupts and demoralizes forward progress. It sucks the joy out of success and poisons the spirit of peace. What is it?

A Hallucinogenic Drug named Typhoō

Typhoō is translated from the Greek as pride. It is also known as, high-minded, vanity, conceit, arrogance, haughtiness, self-worship, egotism, vain-glory and self-glorification. It is the opposite of humility.

The Bible talks about pride or conceit as being the defeat of Lucifer the Angel of Light and the Second in Command in Heaven. If pride is powerful enough to cause a war in heaven, then I think it’s worth being listed on the “World’s Deadliest Temptations” list, or the “Most Harmful Emotional Abuses” list, or the Guinness Book of World of Record’s, “Most Often Underestimated” list. Wouldn’t you agree? If this is the case and the Bible warns of pride’s hindrances, why don’t we understand it more? Why isn’t it advertised more? If we want to wipe out  bullying in schools, rape, theft, adultery, murder, lying, and anything else evil, let’s start by educating people about the harmful affects of pride.

The bully thinks, I want to be in control. I want  the power.

The rapist thinks, I want to be in control, I want the power.

The murderer thinks, I want to be in control, I want the power.

The Devil thought, I want to be in control, I want all the power.

Pride is all about being a self-made man, but who do they worship? Themselves.

But pride, in all its destructive charm, has an antidote and thank God there is deliverance from pride.

Today’s verse gives us this anecdote in our greatest example Jesus Christ.

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” Philippians 2:7

Jesus Christ could have made a way bigger deal of his birthright. He could have used it to live a very long time and put Israel under his rule. He could have done things differently. He was a man with holy blood and a Holy Father.

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And yet….

Look at the literal translation of that verse.

“But he emptied himself of reputation by taking on the likeness of a slave, by resembling other men, and by having the fashion and manner of a man.”

 I love that turn of phrase. “But he emptied himself.” That is just the opposite of someone filled with them self isn’t it. He shows us how to be humble. Instead of saying, I’m going to do it my way and I will be in control. He said, God you have it your way. I’ll let you be in control. Look at the next two verses.

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:8 KJV

And the literal:

“He humbled himself becoming obedient unto death, death by the cross.”

Again we must go back to our context. Phil 2:5 says, to think the thoughts that Jesus Christ thought. This is what he thought. He emptied out his pride. He had every right to be proud too. He didn’t use it. He didn’t force himself on people. He loved them and helped them. He confounded their pride with the very essence and being of his humility. If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll remember our definition of humility, which is; being willing to listen to God and put God’s opinion above your own. Jesus did this with every moment of his life including his death.

I need to stop for a second.

You parents out there, would you ever put your child in harm’s way? How about your only child? How much greater of a parent than us is God? He is the ultimate parent. I never understood the strength of a parent’s love until I had my son. Now, I can’t imagine anything that would convince me to do what God did. Ever. Why? Because I…just couldn’t do it. I’m selfish. I couldn’t allow it to happen. For God and mankind, Jesus dying was the only way to save us. God knew this. So I ask you…how humble must God be to give us this opportunity?

We cannot conceive of it. I know I can’t!

The power of salvation and all the power of the gift of Holy Spirit is not embodied by the devil’s torture through the cross. That was the Devil’s crowning and most prideful moment, not Jesus Christ’ or God’s. The deliverance we receive is not from Jesus’s humiliated death on the cross at the hands of a murderer. Many people have died that way. The invincible determination of God and the salvation of all mankind manifested not in death and murder but in life and the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ!! Yes, Jesus had to die, but who killed him? The devil did. God knew he would do it, Jesus had to die because God had to raise Jesus from the dead. The most humane way to kill someone is quick and easy. Is the devil humane? Finally, Jesus stole the devil’s last pleasure and gave up the ghost. He chose to die on his own. The devil wanted to make it last and rub it in God’s face. The devil thought he was in control and he had the power. And just as the evil dictator he was, he crucified God’s only son. He was the very at the height of pride. He was also at the precipice of his fall.

I’d like to look at the next verse with me.

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11

Wow! Now, that is exaltation and the embodiment of humility. THAT is deliverance. What is humility? Being willing to listen to God’s opinion and put it above your own. It’s as easy as saying God, “If you were me, what would you think about this situation?”

We don’t have to worry about being conceited when we ask God what to do to bless, it’s is the heart of humility and servitude. Not in a religious servitude but in a loving, I want more for God’s cause kind of servitude. The devil just wants us to worship him instead of the One True God. If the devil can’t get you to worship him, he will try to get you to worship yourself. Don’t fall for it. Stay sweet, stay tender and be true to your core to the life and light of God’s love.

God bless you today!

Today’s post was taken from a series of posts I did in 2013 on Philippians. If you’d like to see more in the series click here.

Change, It Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Are you like Sandy? To Sandy, change always means something uncomfortable is about to happen. She clenches, cringes and prepares for the worst. In her world, she manages change by minimizing it. She knows it’s impossible to stop, but that just means she has to work harder to resist it. It takes a long time to make decisions for Sandy, because it involves changing something. She’s more comfortable in a structured environment, like a pew in an old historically proven religion. She likes to think of herself as the keeper of tradition.

Or,

 Are you like Debbie when it comes to change? Change, and I mean big change, sends a thrill of delight through her body. When she thinks of changing something, she doesn’t even glance back, sometimes even making irrational decisions just so change takes place. She embraces new things and loves to be in the know about the greatest and latest theories and movements. Debbie thinks of herself as a forger of new history.

Did you know that neither perspective is wrong, but neither one is completely right either? On Debbie’s side, we could be tempted to believe anything that comes along and be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. On the other hand, Jesus berated the Pharisees saying, “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, (so) that ye may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:9 Where is the healthy balance? Both of the women in our example could be operating outside the Will of God.

Where and when do we make changes according to how God wants them?

Look what it says in Malachi.

“For I am the LORD, I change not;” Malachi 3:6

Wow, the Lord says He changes not. What was He talking about? Let’s go back to context in verse 1 of chapter 3.

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:1

That is one of the prophecies of the Messiah coming. Wow. So, even in the Old Testament, in the book right before Matthew; which issues in the birth of the Messiah, God was letting the Children of Israel know that something was going to change. Jesus Christ would come and change things, yes, but there would be plenty of notice. There would be a messenger who would prepare the way (the messenger happened to be named John the Baptist). Wow! God doesn’t change because He always lets us know when change is coming. And for the unobservant, then the change can catch them by surprise. It can feel like a “thief in the night”.

It’s great to be prepared, but how do you also embrace change when it does come?

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

That word “wait” is an amazing word, meant to inspire hope, expectancy and robust preparation. It means we look for and plan for the strength that we need when we need it. “Wait” is a verb which connotes action. We need to take believing actions of victory.

A runner can never gain a “second wind” until first, he begins. 

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1

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When we learn how to dance a new number, don’t we feel like our feet are two lead weights at the end of long clumsy stumps called legs? Our legs don’t participate or do what they are told. But after a little practice, they become more graceful, expectant and anticipate each move. God can help us get to the same place when it comes to change. Change in life, change in circumstances and even big changes of the heart can be nerve-racking unless you are prepared for them. Before long, as you learn to hear God’s voice and learn the ways of His heart and movement through His written Word, you become a proficient learner. This is why it is soooo important to get around those who can teach you the rightly divided Word of God. IF you want to become a great thief, or a great dancer, hang around those who know those professions. IF you want to understand the Word of God, learn from those who don’t sugar coat it for you.

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

Triumph is half “tri” and half “umph”. Learning takes work, but this learning will manifest the very essence and savor of God’s knowledge by us everywhere we go. Change won’t feel scary or hard, because we are ready, and willing to move when God sets the beat. Deep down we all have a fear of the unknown, but nothing is unknown to God. So why not get to know Him as best we can? In that, we’ll always be ready for anything as well as enjoy the changes that come.

Some change early, some change to late, but with God we’ll always be right on time.

God bless you today!

 

Do You Know How Cool You Are?

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” Isa. 54:17

 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isa 55:11

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:8-9

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

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Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm,and there is nothing too hard for thee:” Jeremiah 32:17

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” 1 John 1:1

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” Jude 1:20

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” Ephesians 1:3

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” Ephesians 1:18-19

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. nd all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:10-12

After reading these verses I randomly selected through out the Word of God, is there any doubt, any whatsoever, that God cares for you? He cares for you! He thinks about you, good thoughts too. You are a big deal to Him. Do you know how cool you are?

On the other side, there are two kinds of unbelief, the kind where you haven’t heard enough to believe, and the kind where you have heard enough to believe, but choose not to. What is standing in your way? Do you need to hear more?

I could go on and on and on.

It’s not just God that loves you like crazy, I do to. I’m praying for you today. I know it’s been rough. I know you are struggling, but God has not left you alone in that struggle, and He wants you to rise up and be victorious. The devil wants to wear you out, push you down, and keep you oppressed. But when the pressure is on GIVE. Give or speak the Word! It is the only thing the Devil tried so hard to shut down in the early century church. Therefore it must be the thing that thwarts his progress in our lives.

I love you &…

God Bless You Today!

4 Years Ago Today…

Wow, Today, February 16th, is the anniversary of my fourth year of blogging at Supporting Godly Women. The time has flown by! Today will also be my 790th published post. This is all great, but there is one thing I wish I could’ve done for you.

I wish I could give you more scope. Unfortunately, I can’t do that for you because you have to do it for yourself, but… you have done that for me. What is scope?

Scope is the expanse of understanding earned from years of working the Word of God. Scope is when you’re talking about one verse and two more from a different part of the Bible come to mind. It comes with age. Some people complain about age, like it’s as liability, but age isn’t a liability. It’s a provider of time to give you scope and understanding. In ten years you will be able to do some things in fifteen minutes that take you four hours to do now. That’s scope.

Think about all the things that are hard to do now, maybe renewing your mind, praying for miracles, believing God for answers to prayer. These things will get easier in time. I remember, 20 years ago when I was just being taught the rightly-divided Word of God. I sat in shock (and relief) most of the time. But– anytime I tried to hear God’s voice I failed miserably. I thought I was a “faulty” Christian. My mentors and teachers told me I would eventually be able to hear God’s voice all the time. I clung to that and accepted that even though I had been born again since age five and brought up in religion, I still needed to learn to hear God’s voice. I needed the practical application of God’s Word. I am still working on learning the nine manifestations of the gift of holy spirit. It might take a life time. Am I willing to hold out that long? You bet! Because there are treats and blessings from God all along the way. And every time I try, I get a little better and a little stronger.

Sometimes I feel like the Karate Kid in the first movie. (Please pardon the language at first.)

When we go to God for explanations and we do not get them right away, we get frustrated, angry we want to quit. But then when the Devil comes at us full bore we know how to defend ourselves with that Word of God. Just don’t let yourself get out of fellowship with God over it. IF you do get out and run from God, come back! He loves you and He wants you to be a trained up spiritual competitor.

How do you get back in fellowship with God even if you can’t hear Him real well?

“If we confess our sins (harmatia, which means broken fellowship or missing the mark), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Have you starved? Have you gone without shelter? Has your basic needs gone unmet? Maybe the credit card bills are a little late to go in the mail, maybe you lost your job. God still promises to supply all your need. He still wants to take care of you in this jungle of a messed up world. God wants you to be a confident competitor not a weakling that gets their butt kicked every time the devil says “Boo.” It’s time to start committing to the process. Yes, it will take time! It takes years to become a master at anything. But if you quit when you’re half way to your goal, where does that leave you?

And wisdom is from the Lord not necessarily from age. We grow spiritually because we do the five basics and pursue God not because we get older.

We are on His curriculum schedule for training, He is not on ours.

I’ll leave you with this poem called,

“Don’t Quit”

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road your trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest, if you must–but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow—

You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man.

Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor’s cup.

And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,

How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt–

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–

It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

–Author Unknown

 God Bless You Today!

Prayer

Today, is Throw Back Thursday so I thought I’d dig back through some of my favorite old posts. This one was first published in April of 2011. My son was still around 16 months or so and we were celebrating every little event. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Precious Prayers

My husband stands over the crib of our tired, almost two-year-old boy, who wiggles in anticipation of their nightly routine.

“God”, Bill begins the prayer.

“Da,” comes the mimicking reply.

“Thank you for Mommy,” Bill continues.

“day dah, mah mah,” my little boy continues.

My heart-melted smile widens, as I listen from my pillow, and wait for Bill to continue,

“And thank you for Daddy,” he says.

“Zee zha, dah dah,” comes the tiny voice.

“In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” Bill finishes,

“Zeezus, may menn.” Isaac finishes. “nigh, nigh.”

Prayer… what is prayer?

Isn’t prayer just a conversation? Or, is it really a hidden opportunity to spill our guts out, to someone who loves us and cares? Teaching our son– who has no idea what he is doing yet–to pray is a precious parenting moment. One I’ll never forget. The older he gets, the more we’ll be able to teach him about it. We’ve spent weeks and weeks working with him on using words. Yesterday, he looked at us and said, “Wah wah,” his word for “water”. He is communicating with language! YEAH!

What about God? Do you think he wants us to communicate in a specific way? SURE!

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

God is Holy and God is Spirit. So what did he give us? Holy Spirit. Once we do Romans 10:9-10, we can communicate directly with him. Without God’s Spirit in us, it is like having an old Microsoft P.C. communicate with a new Macintosh computer. It just doesnt’ work! God equipped us to communicate with him. How loving is that?

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

When I looked up the word “pray” in the concordance, I was overwhelmed by the amount of times it’s listed in the Bible. Why would God ask us to pray so much? For the relationship. Relationships are built by spending time together. They say “distance makes the heart grow fonder” right? In truth it’s actually, “Distance make the heart wander”. Spending time getting to know God is one of the best things you could do to improve the rest of the areas of your life! Cuz, God just knows stuff! And more than anything he wants to bless you with that knowledge.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

“Upbraideth not” means he doesn’t give the wisdom begrudgingly. He gives it willingly!

5 Tips on Prayer

  1. Pray like you are talking to an old friend. Trust me, God’s known you, for a really long time.
    1. Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
  2. Be honest with yourself and then him. John 4:23 (see above)
  3. If you don’t know what to pray about ask! James 1:5 (see above)
  4. Pray using the power and authority you gained and use the “name of Jesus Christ”. (It’s like the sheriff showing his badge to the criminals, the devils have to obey that name, Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
  5. Get quiet and listen. Most people do all the talking to God, but what if your friends never let YOU talk. Wouldn’t that get a little old?
    1. I Kings 19:11-12 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

In conclusion,

Pray, Rinse, Repeat.

God Bless You Today!

2 Things To Remember As You Grow With God

Some days, the work that needs to be done creeps out of its allotted time slot and other emergencies creep in. Suddenly your whole day is shot. How can we get anywhere with that kind of take over? How can we grow with God? Is He upset that we haven’t spent more time with Him or working on His endeavors?

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These are questions I used to ask myself all the time. Until I really understood two things that changed my walk forever.

First,

God is not mad at you.

Nor, will He ever be. That would imply that He stops the whole universe of activities just to sit and stew about you. Does that even sound like the God of Love? He can only give what He is. God is Love, God is Light. In Him is no darkness at all. God knows you have a busy schedule and life. He knows what challenges we face everyday. The freedom comes when we give Him our schedules and ask for help from God when prioritizing. Then we see that His Word becomes living when we live it. The Word becomes loving when we love.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Right now there is no condemnation because we live in Christ. So many of us have preconceived notions that we have to go on a mission trip or teach Sunday school in order to really serve God. Serve Him everyday by asking how He’d handle situations. Get in the habit of asking Him first.

Second,

It is Just as Easy to Think Good of People, as to Think Evil.

So many people think evil first of those around them. Why? Is that productive? When it comes to moving on in your life and dealing with issues, absolutely not!

“Charity (LOVE/AGAPE) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 3-7

“Charity” is the Greek word “agapeo”, which means; the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation. This love is a spiritual love and a conscious decision. We must embrace it by choice. IF it is just as easy to think one thought as it is to think another, just decide to think the loving thing. Think about what you are thinking about. It’s your mind. It’s your choice. We are not victims of our choices, we are Ambassadors for them.

I think the biggest changes in the walk of a believer come after they truly understand God and have the right perspective on Him and when they fix their thinking about other people which includes themselves. I shouldn’t be so surprised that those are the biggies. After all, Jesus did say these words.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

God bless you today!