For the last
few weeks, the word peace has been in my Spirit. Every time I would ask
God what He wanted me to write about this month, He would say “peace.” I
didn’t completely understand what aspect of peace He wanted me to write from, but
as I waited, prayed, and spent time in His presence, He made it clearer.
As we all
know, there is so much taking place in the world and in the church right now,
there are many things being discussed on social media that’s causing much
debate and division even among believers. There are many things pulling for our
attention, and many things seeking to distract us. Sadly, things are not going
to get better, things will only intensify in the coming weeks, months, and
years. As the Bible has prophesied, many events will take place before the
coming of our Lord. There will also be a great falling away in the church (2
Thess. 2:3), which is slowly taking place before our eyes. Events are taking
place all over the world to set the stage for the coming of The Lord.
In a time
like this, we have to make sure that we are connected to God, we have to make
sure that we are not distracted by all the noise of the world and the things
taking place in our personal lives. We have to make sure that we’re truly in
tune to the Spirit of God. There are many things vying for our attention, our
devotion, and our time. And while we should be discerning, alert, and aware of
what’s going on around us, we also have to make sure that our resting place is
in the presence of God. We all have to make our home is in His presence.
immorality – lust, perversion, masturbation, pornography, fornication, sex
dreams, etc. – we’ve all experienced it in one form or the other. Earlier on in
my walk with the Lord, I have personally dealt with sexual immorality in
different ways. Although I remained a virgin until marriage, I dealt with lust
and masturbation which of course led to sex dreams and fantasies. I had to
first acknowledge that it was a problem and that it was a sin before God before
I could be delivered from it. Even though I wasn’t having sex, it was still not
pleasing to God. My deliverance came in many stages and it took A LOT of
self-denial. There were times where it seemed like I took 2 steps forward only
to go 4 steps back. It was tough and it took some time for me to fully get
free, but I did eventually get free by the grace of God.
There came a point that I got sick and tired of getting beat up by the enemy and giving in to my flesh, so I started to deal with the issue head-on. One of the main things that helped me to overcome was finding Bible verses about the topic and using them to fight. I would write them down, memorize them, meditate on them, and recite them especially when the temptation arose. I learned to war with the word of God and pray the word of God over my mind, my emotions, my body, my soul, and against the fiery darts of the enemy. Some days the battle was so intense that I would have to recite them to myself while looking at myself in the mirror. There were even times that I would have to recite them every day, several times a day, and especially before bed.
Happy New Year!! It’s officially 2019 and the first month of the year has come and gone pretty fast! I hope your new year started off great, and if it didn’t you still 11 months to make it right. For the first blog post of the year, God has really placed on my heart to talk about disappointment and how to overcome it. In fact, I was considering another topic but God confirmed a few times that this was what He wanted me to write about this month, so I know someone needs to be encouraged in this area, especially as we go into this new year. My hope is that this post helps you to identify the source of your disappointment, overcome it, and give you strength to hope again. Continue reading
So many things come to take our attention and steal our focus from The Lord. Life can throw many things at us that cause fear, worry, doubt, hopelessness, anxiety and more. Throughout my years of walking with The Lord, I’ve gone through many seasons of highs and lows. It was in one of my darkest seasons that God taught me how to focus on worshiping Him in spite of my circumstances, how to worship Him through the pain, through the tears, through the persecution, the misunderstanding, the disappointments and the embarrassments. Worship is what got me through. Continue reading
Are you in a long season of waiting and wondering if God has forgotten about you and the things He has promised you? Or are you looking around at what He’s doing in the lives of others and wondering, “God what about me?” As God began to download this topic in my spirit, I could sense that some of you are feeling this way. Some of you are wondering where God is, if He will come through, if what He promised will come to pass, and why things seem to be moving for others but not for you. Continue reading
I don’t know a single believer who has never faced a stormy season. Every believer must go through them, it’s just something that we can’t escape. When you’re going through a storm it’s so easy to feel like you’re all alone and to just want to give up. It’s easy to forget the goodness of God and it’s easy to get in your emotions. If the storm is severe enough, fear and hopelessness can overtake you to the point that you even begin to contemplate options outside of God (been there), but there is always hope. Continue reading
Growing up I was very quiet and shy, I didn’t have a lot of friends, I was never popular and was talked about a lot by my peers. I’ve been a pastor’s kid all my life so I was always told as a child to watch what I do and say because people (church people) were always watching and I, along with my siblings, had to set a good example at all times. Due to all of these factors (and others), fear gripped me at a young age. Continue reading
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I pray your new year started off well and that this will be your greatest year of growth in your walk with God yet.
I believe with each new year we should strive to grow in God by cutting out things that need to be cut out and making the necessary changes for growth. One of the greatest areas I’ve noticed people struggle in the most is in their thought life. Our thoughts are the seeds that determine our actions. Continue reading
What is Comparison
Comparison. That thing we do where we look at our life and someone else’s life and judge ourselves based on what we have/don’t have compared to that person… that thing where we judge ourselves as inadequate because we don’t look like, have, or act like someone else we may admire in a certain area. As people, we compare seasons, relationships, possessions, roles, statuses, and so on. But do we really know the negative consequences it has on our walk with God and how God really feels about it? Continue reading