Posted at 12:12 pm , on August 17, 2018
This is an extremely important topic. If you want to save time and effort, you must test someone’s spirit [1 John 4:1]. Anyone can look good on the outside. No one can put on a show forever, the truth of the soul will always be revealed [Proverbs 10:9]. Here are a few tips for testing someone’s spirit.
- Do they speak life or death into the world? Are they positive or negative? [Proverbs 18:21]
- If they say they are going to do something, do they do it? [Integrity] [1 Peter 3:16]
- When they do not get their way, do they become angry and impulsive? [Proverbs 14:29]
- Do they possess the fruits of the holy spirit? [Galatians 5:22-23]
- Do they say everything with love? [1 Peter 4:8]
- Are their words of truth instead of anything that sounds good for the moment? [John 8:44]
- Do their words speak from fear or judgment? [2 Timothy 1:7]
Once you figure out someone’s heart – believe that you are right. Do not try to reason for the fear of being without friends. God will always provide everything you need.
Posted at 11:30 pm , on August 15, 2018
For the past few months, I’ve been doing a lot of things I didn’t feel like doing. “So why did you do it if you didn’t want to?”
There was a part of me that wanted to grow and become a better person. Discovering my full potential will always be important to me. Honestly, I was willing to sacrifice the present happiness for a rewarding future.
Every day at 5:00 I would go to the gym and push myself to new heights. There were days when I didn’t feel like showing up. I had to bribe myself to walk up and down hills on the treadmill. When it got too easy, I looked for a new challenge. Along the way, I’ve met some really wonderful people who promoted my growth. My confidence became high and genuine.
After a while, I realized my assignment was over. It was time to once again change and progress into something more.
God wants to give us new experiences and ways of life. No – it won’t be easy when you first start. Yes – you will feel like looking for an exit everytime something does not go your way. I promise you after every struggle, there is a blessing.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:36
Posted at 11:30 pm , on August 13, 2018
Thank you for allowing all the blessings to overflow in my life. I am filled with joy knowing that I am loved and given grace.
Please let your holy spirit reign in this world. Allow your power to take over the hearts of those who want to know more about you. Increase their harvest so they may reap great benefits. Give us all peace knowing that everything will be ok. Protect us from anything that is not of you.
In Jesus Name
Posted at 4:41 pm , on August 10, 2018
No matter where I go, I seem to have people ask this questions. Directly or indirectly, I know this what some people think. I’m sure people say this to you too. Please do not take this as a sign to back down from who you are in Christ. Stand up for yourself.
Here are a few bible verses to develop your identity:
- We are a child of God (John 1:12 )
- We are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)
- We are the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27)
- We are blessed and highly favored (Luke 1:28)
- We are temples – God lives in us (1 Corinthians 19:20)
- We are given plans to prosper (Jeremiah 29:11)
Just remember that you have a special assignment on this earth. Shine your light!
Posted at 5:24 pm , on August 8, 2018
I’m going to speak from my own experiences. I recommend you use my ways for inspiration to find what works for you.
Choosing the right bible version is so important. There was a previous article I wrote about why I chose the CSB version (be sure to find it here on my blog.) You have to find a bible version that you can understand and find love for Christianity. The Christian standard version was not only easy for me to follow but made me feel closer to the creator.
The next step I like to practice is to think of my current problem. I found a 3 dollar book called “Bible Promises Book”. Say I’m dealing with a courage issue. After I look it up in the table of contents, I find the page that lists every single bible verse that deals with this topic. If you are unable to find this book – there is always google to assist you. The general thing people do is start with Genesis. Although that is my favorite book, I recommend starting on a book that deals with your personal struggles. It may take some effort, but trust me it will be worth the work.
If it’s not Genesis, the Gospels are something people read, to begin their plan. This is not a bad approach; Jesus is the reason why Christianity exists. The only downfall I can think of is we may be confused about why Jesus came in the first place. Reading the old testament – or anything that highlights that we were born in sin, can be helpful to understand the purpose of the savior.
No matter how you read the Bible, it is a tool that can help us become closer to the lord. Use your spirt to chose the right place to start.
Posted at 11:30 pm , on August 6, 2018
As I walk through this life, I understand that the path to righteousness is narrow. If I want something I must have faith and self-discipline. I pray that you give me the strength to have the fruits of the holy spirit. Give me the grace to carry myself as a child of God without any shame. Let me remain humble and grateful for everything that I have.
I will never know the next chapter in my life. Please order my steps when I do not have all the answers to life. Let me know you will give me everything that I need to be great and exceed in life. If there is something I need help in, please give me the resources for my spirit to develop.
Thank you in advance for all the things you will do for me and your people.
In Jesus Name
Posted at 11:22 pm , on August 3, 2018
A few weeks ago I was staring at my best friend. Finally, I found a female my age who understands me and encouraged my growth. It was scary to see how far we’ve come in our walk with Christ.
Sometimes it feels good to be heard and talk about things my future spouse wouldn’t care about. I’m pretty sure my husband will not care that I found this amazing hair product. Or how our past boy issues disciplined us to wait for the right one. Knowing you can just talk to someone without judgment is rewarding.
In this past phase of my life, I’m learning how to fellowship with women of Christ. Because I don’t have to worry about attraction, I can let my guard down and be myself. Girl time empowers us as women so we can achieve the life God wants us to have.
Not all female friendships have to be about drama or envy. A healthy relationship uplifts and develops your spirit.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger
Posted at 11:00 pm , on August 1, 2018
Pastors say this bible scripture all the time. Do we have to be mean to everyone to protect ourselves? Do we have to be distant and not let anyone see us for who we really are?
There is so much hate in the world. Bitterness and cruelty cause some to act as a raging animal. If we don’t guard our heart and stand up for ourselves with confidence, we will become like this corrupt world.
I had to learn how to not use my knowledge as a way to be another evil person. Guarding your heart means to simply take a step back so you can have compassion for others instead of hate.
People will aggravate you. Things will not go your way. Instead of taking your pain to be a victim, fight back with the goodness of the Lord.
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. Proverbs 4:23
Posted at 11:30 pm , on July 30, 2018
When people have hate and anger towards me, I’m not sure what I should do. I pray that you will allow me to see others from your perspective. Allow me to treat others the way you want me to treat them. If I cannot be polite and give to people around me, I pray you give me the strength to distance myself. I understand that a sign of maturity is walking away from unreasonable conflict. Please give me the wisdom and understanding of why some people will never accept me as a friend. Please protect me from my enemies, allow me to treat them accordingly. Please allow my heart to be guarded so that only positive things will flow from it.
In Jesus name, I pray,
Posted at 11:30 pm , on July 27, 2018
A clip from my thoughts on June 9th, 2018
I feel every inch of my spirit.
Alive, uncomfortable, anxious hoping silence will calm me.
Back and forth I go over thoughts and how I could make things right – I’m left with nothing
I pause and sigh. “You know what I’m only one person, I’m not God. I can’t do everything. I can’t please everyone.”
If we are not clear about what our purpose and roles are in life, it sort of becomes like we’re on a hamster wheel.
I’m in the process of letting go of perfectionism, it’s served its purpose in my life. I accept that I won’t always know the answer or have solutions for others. We were all given one mind and spirit for a reason – we weren’t designed to live for other people. Yes, it is important to be in a supportive community and of service to others – but our connection to God is the most important aspect of our existence.
I release all plans and fears, and once again – I take a leap of faith.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. Proverbs 31:25