There’s a saying, “No one knows what the future holds.” I’m not sure who made this quote but they’re right, at least about us as humans. We don’t know what the future holds but God does, because He is already there! I think it’s pretty awesome that our God is so infinite that He can be in the past, present and future all at the same time. He’s omnipresent, and omnipotent! He’s magnificent! Don’t you just love Him? Me too!

There’s so much going on in the world. Many people are losing their lives, jobs and so much more as a result of Covid-19, and during this time of trials that have fallen on the world, instead of us all being united, hate is still running rampant in the streets with horrific acts of violence and racism. It’s a tragedy. We are fighting a spiritual war, but the enemy would have us believe we are fighting a people war or race war, or a virus. The Bible makes it clear about the types of battles we really fight, who’s the enemy and what his agenda is. John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” These two scriptures aren’t meant to make you lose heart, but to make you wise and stronger. They are meant to open your eyes to what’s really going on, so that you’re always prayerful and alert. It’s time to man up and put on our big boy/girl pants and fight the good fight!

1 Peter 5:8 (CEV)
“Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. “

So, what do we do? How do we fight? With the Word of God! Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” I’ll give you more scriptures to help you fight in a minute, but first, we must trust God, period. What good is knowing or speaking the Word if we don’t believe God? Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Just as we trusted God in the past, we trust Him now and we must trust Him with the uncertainties of our future. Why? Because He is already there! He’s the same God. Our situations may change, but God does not! In the good, bad, happy and sad times, God is with us and having Him there makes all the difference in the world.

In order to keep what’s going on around you from getting inside of you, take some time away from the news, away from social media or anyone and anything that’s trying to rob you of your peace of mind. If things are becoming a bit too much, there’s nothing wrong with you needing a mental break. Take it! Don’t take a break from God though. Continue to study His Word. Pray, fast or do whatever it is that the Spirit of God is telling you to do, during your “me time.”

We must quiet our minds in order to hear from God. Have you ever tried to hear two or more people try to tell you something at one time? Usually one person will try to over talk the other person or you’ll become frustrated because you can’t hear clearly. The distractions of this world are out to steal our attention. We have a choice, listen to God or listen to the world. We can’t listen to both at the same time. If we listen to both at the same time, we become frustrated because we can’t hear God clearly. Why? Because the world is also in our ear. We have an ear full of negativity and another ear full of hope. Who will you choose to listen to? I hope it’s the Spirit of God.

Day 1, we talked about God’s faithfulness to us. Day 2, we talked about how we can show our loyalty to Him. Today we will end this devotional with a strong finish. Below I will give you several scriptures on how to finish strong and combat the wiles of the enemy, but remember it all begins with what and who you choose to listen to. What you feed your mind will grow, feed it the Word, so we can finish strong and flourish. 💪🏾

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

Ephesians 6:11-18
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Ephesians 5:15-16

Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

This is day two of the devotional I’ve created for those in need of a “mental break” during these troubling times. If you haven’t read day 1, go back and read my previous post and I’ll meet you back here to catch you up. 😉

I, nor my family haven’t had one single worry since this pandemic. Fear has tried to creep in on some occasions, but as quickly as it comes we all send it packing back to the pits of hell from where it comes from. God’s love for me and my faith in Him leaves no room for fear. 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

This pandemic has shown me that God takes us through in order to teach us to stand. It’s hard to stand when everything seems to hit you at one time, but standing in the midst of present difficulties will teach you to trust in God during future test and trials. Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” When you are faithful in your difficult season, God will exceed your expectations in the next season of your life by showing you favor like you’ve never imagined. I’m speaking from experience. There were times in my life that the only thing I had to stand on was God’s Word, and there’s nothing wrong with that, because if you have God, He will meet your needs. Anyway, I was out of a job, I was terribly behind on bills, I was going through with my health, it was just a frustrating time, but God! 🙌🏾

I haven’t worried about NOTHING during this pandemic. My family’s cup has been overflowing and we have been able to give back or pay it forward. God blesses us to be a blessing to others, and when you have it to do it, I tell you, it’s pure joy! Acts 20:35, “‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” I’ve been on both ends as the receiver and the giver and it brings more joy to me knowing that I’m helping someone in need. Giving gives your life purpose in whatever form you give. Whether you are giving a helping hand, a dollar, a prayer, your talent or whatever you’re giving to make someone’s life easier.

Yesterday I talked about how God keeps His promises to us, no matter what we go through, but today let’s focus on how we can keep our loyalty to God. A great way to do this is with our service to our fellow human. You don’t have to dig deep to find out how to be there for someone, all you have to do is say, “Use me Lord.” It doesn’t matter where you are in life or what you have, God will make a way for you and when you selflessly give to others, His favor will rain down on you in ways you’ve never imagined. Just continue to trust Him through what you’re going through. In every situation, He is God and He is good!

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

Acts 20:35

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Genesis 45:8

So now it was not you who sent me here, but God.

I was having Bible study tonight with my two youngest daughters, and we were reading the story of Joseph. The story of Joseph is a reminder to me, that God is always in control.
Joseph brothers hated him for his dreams and his words. They mocked him and planned to kill him, but sold him to the Ishmaelites who were headed to Egypt, instead. Joseph was sold to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials and captain of the guard. Genesis 39:2 says, “The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man.”
This is a reminder to all of us that no matter your position. No matter who has turned their back on you. No matter what you are going through. GOD IS WITH YOU! And there’s a greater purpose to everything you go through. Because of God’s favor on Joseph, he gained favor with Potiphar, and Joseph was put in charge of Potiphar’s household and everything he owned. The enemy was mad. He used Potiphar’s wife to try to seduce Joseph, and when Joseph resisted, she lied and said that he tried to sleep with her. Potiphar put Joseph in jail, BUT GOD! God’s favor was with Joseph, even in jail!
I don’t care what pit you’re in, God is there with you! God granted Joseph favor with the Warden! Jacob could interpret dreams, and Pharaoh heard about it, so he sent for Joseph. God granted Joseph favor with Pharaoh, and Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of Egypt. Good God almighty! I hope y’all are following me, tonight! Listen, when the favor of God is on your life, you are unstoppable! It doesn’t matter what your current position is. It doesn’t matter what your current situation is! God has a plan for your life that no devil in hell or person on earth can stop! It will keep working for your good, but you have to stay the course! Stay faithful to God. Have a faith that’s solid, and secure in Jesus Christ. God ended up using Joseph to supply food for those same brothers, during a famine! Be careful how you treat people, and what bridges you burn. You never know who God is going to use to bless you. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph told his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
I could shout right there, y’all! Man, oh man! What the enemy meant for evil, God will work it for your good, saints! I’m telling you! I know the situation is uncertain right now. Things look impossible, but God is right here, right now, and He has an awesome plan to use you in a mighty way! He is going to bless you, so that you can be a blessing to others! It’s a blessing to be a blessing! That means God can trust you! His Word says, in Luke 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Matthew 25:3 says, “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” It’s all about being faithful where you are. Don’t become anxious, depressed or negative. 📢 Your current situation is not your final destination! I’ve been saying this for years! Get that down in your spirit! God said in his Word, Jeremiah 29:11, “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.” Be of good cheer my good people! Your story isn’t over! If God is for you, who can be against you? (See Romans 8:31) Nobody! God plan to give you an expected end! 🙏🏾

No one likes to be uncomfortable; however, a person who’s uncomfortable, is a person on the move. Think about it. Let’s take the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. Goldilocks, sat in the hard chair, then the soft chair, before finding the chair that was just right. You know how the story continues, but it’s not just a story, it’s life. We will experience the hard chair (challenges of life/discomfort). We will experience the chair that’s too soft (places of comfort/stagnation). Both of these experiences are necessary in order for us to reach that place of “just right,” that God has for us, but the only way to get to that place in which we’re destined, is to keep on walking! We’re not in the most danger when walking. We’re in the most danger when being still, and I’m not talking about this quarantine. I’m talking about when you’re at a standstill mentally and spiritually, you’re in even greater danger than you are at a physical standstill. That “soft chair” is a chair of easy breezy and comfort. It’s not necessarily good, but it’s something you can deal with. That soft chair symbolizes settling for less, or settling for things in our control. It takes no faith to remain comfortable, or mentally and or spiritually stuck. All to often we settle for the “too soft chair” out of fear of not being able to control something more. Just because something’s easy, doesn’t make it right. You gotta keep moving/keep walking until you get to the right chair, or the place in which God has called you. The too soft chair is more dangerous than the too hard chair, because you can’t see the threat. You only feel how comfortable it is. Which is why many people think that it’s where they’re supposed to be… because it “feels right” or it “feels good.”
Now let’s talk about the dreaded “hard chair” that we cannot wait to get out of! 😅
Romans 8:18
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

When going through, you can’t see the good in what you go through. You can only see the challenges, the hardships, the pain, the struggles, and how uncomfortable it is, but let me tell you something, this is not your end. There will be glory after this. The challenge (hard chair) is necessary, because it’s guaranteed to make you move or change. I know it hurts but the pain is necessary, the struggles are necessary, because these things are what’s going to help thrust you into your destiny! You’re going to come out stronger, better, braver, more focused, than ever before! In Jesus name. When you’re a child of God, God allows everything you go through to make sense. You may not understand it now, but you will understand later. There’s a purpose to everything you go through. It doesn’t matter what they did, what you did, what matters is what you decide to do right now, in this moment. The only way to move forward, is to keep walking. Keep praying. Keep trusting God. Keep the course. There will be glory after this!
Souls will be saved. Hope will be restored. There are miracles being performed right now. Even in the midst of what you’re going through today, God has already made a way of escape. He already has goodness and mercy following you. He already has angels assigned to you. His blood already has you covered, protected and saved. It’s up to you to activate your faith, that’s the only way to keep walking. We must be plugged into the source. We must put our hope, faith and trust in God. It may feel like you’re in a dark tunnel right now. You can’t see your way. You don’t know if you should turn left or right. Your back may be against the wall. You may be alone. LOOK UP! There will be glory after this! KEEP WALKING. The only way to get through, is to go through! Go through it! Don’t be afraid of going through, be afraid of giving up, and never seeing all the good things God has for you! Going through is not the worst that can happen to you, being mentally and spiritually stuck is! Don’t allow fear to cause you to become stuck, or to become deaf to the voice of God! Fear has no place in your life when you’re a child of God. Hope will not be cancelled! There are a lot of things canceled right now, but in Jesus name, Hope will not be one of them, because God is still on the throne. Jesus is still on His right side interceding for us, and the blood still works! Good God, I could insert a shout right there…🙌🏾💃🏾
On this Palm Sunday, as we celebrate our Lord, Our King, God’s Word, our Saviour. Let us praise His name and honor Him by continuing to follow Him/continuing to walk! Walking by faith and not by sight! Stay the course dear friends, and be encouraged, because there will be glory after this. ❤️❤️❤️

Waiting has a way of bringing out a person’s true character. An individual’s response to the wait shows them where their focus is. It also reveals what a person truly believes, especially when faced with a situation that they have no control over.
Philippians 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Before anxiety kicks in full force and you respond in fear, pray. When you pray, don’t worry. Go in faith, asking God what would He have you to do. Don’t take matters into your own hands and try to manipulate the situation because the consequences are worse than waiting. Sometimes, it even makes the wait longer. Trust God’s response and be at peace, even if His response is not the answer you wanted. Still know, that He is God, and although we don’t always understand what He’s doing right now, we will understand later. In John 13, Jesus washes His disciples feet. Jesus washed their feet because He was sure of Himself, His Father and His purpose. Peter couldn’t understand it. He asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Peter was probably thinking, this is absurd. You are the Son of God. I should be washing your feet. John 13:7, “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” This scripture is a reminder, to trust God, even when you don’t understand what He’s doing. Why? Because God is always sure of Himself and He knows the plans He has for you! (See Jeremiah 29:11) If you read John 13:8, You’ll see that at one point, Peter told Jesus, no. “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus told Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” You see, Peter needed some understanding, in order to see what Jesus was doing. When he understood, his perspective changed. But what happens when Jesus doesn’t tell us why? What should we do when we don’t understand what God is doing? We should have the same mindset as Christ. After all, the Spirit of God lives in us. So, we should be sure of our God, sure of ourselves and sure of our purpose or what God is saying to us at that time. If we are sure of who God is, it leaves no room for anxiety, because our confidence is in Him. We know that all power is in His hands. If we are sure of who we are in Christ, then we know that His love completes us, and there’s no room for fear, because His Spirit lives in us and makes us powerful. We should be sure of our purpose, because knowing that will help us stay focused on our mission. If you’re not sure of your purpose, there’s hope, so don’t be discouraged. Seek God’s will and ask Him what is it that He requires of you in this season, and those things will lead you to your purpose. The bottom line is, stay focused on Christ, and don’t allow what you go through to get on the inside of you. For more insight, click the link below… https://www.amazon.com/dp/1976360064/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_5f7pBb5JJDT3H

The Bible tells us, in Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
Some people are quick to fly off the handle, when asking a simple question or listening before reacting in anger, could easily help them understand. A person who’s quick to react in anger, without having an understanding or knowledge in regards to what they’re angry about, is both a danger to themselves and others. They’re dangerous to themselves because they lack self control. The only voice they hear and listen to (because there’s a difference) is their own. An easily angered person is the type of person that always think they’re right and other people are wrong, if they don’t agree or submit to them. They’re the type of individuals that say, “It’s my way or the highway.” If you give way to anger, and it’s not righteous or your anger is solely based on how you feel with complete disregard to other people’s feelings or point of view, then your anger isn’t justified. If your voice is the only voice that’s ever right, then you’re wrong. Mr. or Ms. “Know it all”, really knows nothing. Come out of your own understanding, folks. If you’re going to be angry, make sure your anger is based on facts and not assumptions. An individual who’s easily angered lacks self control, and a person without self control leaves an open door for the enemy to come in and out of their lives and do what he wants to. Negativity is always present when dealing with an angry person. Especially one who’s easily angered. It’s always chaos and no peace. No peace within themselves, and no peace for people around them. These individuals need to seek professional help, and I’m not being funny or petty, I’m being serious. If you’re angry all the time, you need to talk to a professional, to find out why. If you know why, then you need to release it, if you have no control over the situation. Give it to God. Let Jesus fix it. Staying angry keeps you powerless and under the control of whatever or whoever has angered you. If you want to be free, at peace and victorious, get some understanding and also, learn how to respond without yelling, cursing, having fits of rage; emotionally abusing others, fighting, or needing to have the final word. Only people with small minds, feel big when doing those things. Get out of your feelings. Listen more, talk less. Stop being defensive and apply wisdom. James 1:19-20, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” *** Thanks for reading! Be sure to subscribe and listen to my blog by clicking the link below. ❤️ Thank you! 🙏🏾

People need to stop blaming God for the messed up things we as human beings choose to do with our free will. It seems, most people who doesn’t want anything to do with God, either doesn’t understand who He is, or expects Him to give them the same benefits as He gives His people, without them committing their lives to Him. That’s ridiculous. They may as well go to work and do nothing, and expect a paycheck. Yeah, right. Go ahead and see how that goes. Your boss will fire and replace you faster than you can blink. Favor isn’t fair. 🤷🏾‍♀️ You can’t use God like He’s a toilet. He is God, and He knows our hearts. You can’t fool Him. People don’t complain about the sin they’re in, only the consequences, and that’s when they blame God. Nah, keep that same energy you had when you ignored Him. Sin may be fun when you’re in it, but it’s going to cost you, and the end result is death. God told us this in the beginning. Genesis 2:17, “But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Listen, God doesn’t hold anything from us. He keeps it real with us, but it’s our decision to listen or not. He gave us free will, and the world we live in is a result of us using our free will, to serve our will, and not His. There’s a consequence for every sin, and the end result is death, IF a person doesn’t turn their life over to God through Christ. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” People love to play with fire, until all hell breaks loose, and then it’s God’s fault. Nope, it’s the price of sin. God is not to blame for the hell in this world, the god of this world is. 2 Corinthians 4:4, “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” God doesn’t stop everything. Jesus knows this better than any of us. He prayed to God for a better way than the pain and suffering He had to endure on our behalf. Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Listen, if God doesn’t stop it, there’s a greater purpose for it. A purpose greater than your pain. Romans 8:18, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” We need to count the cost, before we do anything. Is what we doing today, worth the price we or even those close to us may have to pay tomorrow, next year or two generations from now? Because our actions doesn’t only affect us, it impacts those around us and future generations as well. Don’t believe me? You better read up on generational curses and strongholds! Real talk! Look, none of us are exempt from the tests and trials of life, and sometimes we don’t have any control over what we go through. Not everything bad that happens is a result of what you did, but again, there’s a purpose for it. Sometimes what you go through doesn’t make sense. Sometimes it’s not your fault. Life isn’t fair, God never promised it would be, but He did promise this, Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We must learn to lean and depend on Jesus, through it all. God sees the eternal scope of things, we do not. If we could just get our heads out of our own behinds, stop being self seeking and self serving, and learn to love and serve our fellow human, my God, the world would be a much better place. God isn’t going to stop things that are in our power to stop, so stop blaming Him, and when He doesn’t stop the things that we are powerless to do, there’s a greater purpose for it.

Know God for yourself! Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Listen, when you’re in the kitchen and someone is cooking, it can smell really good, but you have to taste what they’re cooking for yourself in order to see if the food is actually good. The same applies to your relationship with God. You can see the evidence of His goodness all around you, but you must make your relationship with Him personal. Hold Him to His Word, and watch Him come through. He’s not intimidated when you remind Him of what He said. He will fulfill His promises. He’s not like people. People get mad or catch selective amnesia when you remind them of their promises or words, but God’s Word is His bond and it will do what He sends it to do. So, try Him out! Don’t be afraid to believe. It’s good to hear other people’s testimonies but in order to experience His glory in your life, you must learn to hear (trust) His voice and know (believe) Him for yourself.

John 4:2

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Dear God,
I feel like a wanderer. I know my purpose, I have clear directions, but I’ve been in the wilderness for way too long and my soul needs to step foot in the promised land. Seeing it from a distance isn’t enough. I know that I’m going the right way, but it seems like I’m just going in circles. It’s not that I’m discontent, with your provision, I’m grateful! I just know in my heart that where I am, is not my end. I’m traveling through, but truth is I’m tired, Jesus. How long, God? I’ve thought about giving up, but your Spirit won’t let me. Thank you for your grace, Father. The fact that you won’t allow me to stop believing in my dreams, let’s me know the vision comes from you. I’ve become anxious though, Lord, because I’m not seeing the results I’d like to see. Many of my plans have failed and time waits for no man. I need to know what to do. I can see evidence of growth and progression in some areas of my life, but I feel as though I’ve hit a brick wall in other areas. These areas aren’t the most important, but they are important to me, but at the same time I don’t want to be selfish God. I want your will to be done in my life, more than anything. Your Word says, in Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” So, Lord, I know you’ll never give anyone a vision without the intention of fulfilling it. I know that I can’t rush your plan for my life, but I don’t want to be idle either. Is there something else that I should be doing on my end, or should I just be still and wait on you? Give me the wisdom to differentiate between anxiety, and when your Spirit is saying it’s time to move. In Jesus name.
Signed,
Your child.

Dear child,
Listen. An apple tree, starts off as a seed, and overtime it grows and progresses into what it was meant to be. It doesn’t go from a seed to an apple tree in a blink of an eye; it progresses over time. There’s a process. The apple tree doesn’t look at the birds in the sky and compare itself to a bird, because it is not a bird. The bird has a specific purpose and so does the tree, and just because it takes the bird a minute to fly thirty feet in the air, and it takes the tree 10 years to reach thirty feet, doesn’t mean that the tree is less important or isn’t doing exactly what it was intended to do. The tree must remain planted. The tree can’t stop harsh weather from coming, it can’t stop bugs from eating away at it, it can’t stop weeds from trying to kill it. It can’t fly down south like a bird, when the temperatures gets too cold. It can’t stop it’s leaves from dying or falling off… It can’t stop it’s owner from pruning it or cutting certain parts of it off, but as long as it stays in the owner’s care, it will thrive, and become what it was created to be. All it has to do is stay planted. The owner is the one who makes sure it becomes what He intended for the tree to be.
Proverbs 16:1, 16:3
New Century Version (NCV)
“People may make plans in their minds, but only the Lord can make them come true.”
“Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
Ephesians 6:13-18 New International Version (NIV)
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.