Mental illness is real, it’s not a joke. Never laugh at someone else’s pain. Pray for them instead. You don’t know every detail of someone else’s life, which is oftentimes why some people who appears to be happy ends their life or becomes mentally unstable. I preach “protect your peace” ALL THE TIME!
I’m constantly saying this because our minds are war ground, people! Everything that has ever happened in this world, happened with a thought! You control which thoughts to fertilize with your words and actions and you determine which ones to either cast out or uproot and kill! The only ONE who can deliver true peace of mind is Jesus, but it’s up to you to focus on God alone. Money won’t give you peace of mind.
No amount of friends or family can give you peace of mind, only Jesus can. He gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
Look to Jesus, the author and perfect or of our faith (see Hebrews 12:2).
You really get to see other people’s true colors when someone else is going through a mental breakdown. So many people judge. So many people mock. So many people call those individuals crazy, but it’s our job as the body of Christ to pray, listen, understand and most importantly, love. In the end, it’s the love of God that’s going to pull the person out, just like it was His love that has pulled each and every one of us out!
Oh, if it wasn’t for the blood! 🙏🏾🙌🏾

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.

Some people keep running into the same problems because they continue to carry the same problems… Let it go.

If it seems like trouble follows you everywhere you go, then you might want to check your baggage. IJS…

So, where is this “baggage” stored? It’s stored in your mind. Everything we do, begins with our mind. This is why it’s so important to have the right mindset. A free mindset, that is not bound by past experiences, present situations or future uncertainties. We should have a focused mindset. A mindset that’s focused above and not beneath (see Colossians 3:2).

Some of the baggage we’re carrying around is not necessary for our journey, it’s dead weight and is only weighing us down. Too much baggage will not only slow you down, but it will stop you! So, you must learn to pack light and choose what you pack, wisely. Some life experiences needs to be packed for wisdom and strength. The experiences that leaves you fearful, bitter, weak and confused, has to go!

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.” Thanks to God, our Father, we have every tool we need to live a purposeful life. There’s no need for extra baggage, especially the kind of baggage that keeps us stagnant while the world around us continues to move.

Hebrews 12:1-2
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

It’s time to throw off the baggage that’s keeping you from running YOUR race. The past has served its purpose, now it’s time to walk in purpose! For more insight, get your copy of my book, “Betrayed with a kiss,” by clicking the link below… ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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.

There’s nothing good about manipulation, however, a good manipulator does it so well, that you won’t know that you’re being manipulated. Manipulation is rooted in deceit, and we all know that deception is of the enemy. John 8:44, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
First of all, manipulation is a form of control. In order for someone to gain control over you, you must give them that power. How do you give them that power? By giving them your complete trust. Be very careful about who you put your trust in. 1 John 4:1(a) “My dear brothers, do not trust every spirit. But test the spirits to see if they belong to God.” Do not look to people as if they are God. Trust people to an extent, but never to the point where you believe that they will never disappoint you. They are people, imperfect, just like you and me. They make mistakes, they have issues, they fall short just as we all do. So, putting any person up on a pedestal as far as believing that they can do no wrong, is a bad idea. You’re misplacing your trust.
Manipulators prey on your weaknesses, so be very careful about who you go to, when you are going through, and be careful about who you tell your business to in general. Some people don’t care, they’re out for themselves, and only want to know how they can use your weaknesses against you. Sounds like the enemy, doesn’t it? It is! Sadly, he’s the face behind those closest to us. Not everyone, but those we love and trust, that has hurt us the most. You see, when he can’t use you, he uses the people closest to you to get to you. The people closest to us, are people that we what? People that we trust. You’re not allowing someone you don’t trust to come around you and your family, to have access to your heart or your money, and you’re definitely not telling someone you don’t trust your secrets or personal business.
Recognizing a manipulator can be tricky, because the enemy is the father of deceit, but again, as 1 John 4:1 says, “Test the spirits to see if they belong to God.”
So, how to know if you’re being manipulated, and what to do about it? Let’s talk about it.
Manipulators will have you believe that their suggestions are really your ideas or desires, and that will cause you to disregard or be afraid to speak your mind and or do what’s right. You’ll be confused a lot, and confusion is not of God. 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” It’s like when a thought pops into your head. You have the ability through Jesus to either accept that thought as your own or cast it out. Just because it pops into your head, doesn’t mean you have to take ownership of it. The enemy will have you think that the thoughts he puts into your head are your thoughts, because he plays on your emotions, just like a manipulator! He is a liar, and so are the people he uses to manipulate you! Combat this form of manipulation by staying out of your feelings. Be of sound mind, and do not be afraid to speak your mind. Be sure of yourself and make sure that you’re operating out of God’s will and not your feelings. Don’t feel like you must do what others want you to do, in order to keep the peace. That’s not keeping the peace. You’re tormenting yourself trying to make them happy. Don’t allow fear of losing or disappointing this person or people to cause you to do things that doesn’t bring you peace. 1 Corinthians 7:15, “But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.” Don’t be afraid to lose the wrong people! The people who are for you aren’t going anywhere. Those who are sent by God, are there for the long haul.
Manipulators will make you believe that they only have your best interest at heart. They will make you think that they’re just trying to help or want what’s best for you. They’ll pretend to be concerned, so that you keep them in the loop about your business. So, be aware of these people. They’re not just nosey, but they have an agenda. They may not say that they are there if you need anything, but they will make you so comfortable with them that you believe it. They’re mostly there when you’re going through, but you’ll notice a change in their behavior once you’re doing great. They’ll say things like, “You’ve changed, or you’re acting brand new,” but what they’re really saying is, “I’m losing control over you, and I need it back.” So, they try to guilt you into doing what they want. These type of manipulators are people who loves to build you up, just to break you down. Unfortunately, oftentimes you won’t realize it until it’s too late. Combat this by seeking God first, and guarding your heart. Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” This doesn’t mean put up walls so no one gets in. This means protect your thoughts. Every action begins as with a thought. Proverbs 23:7(a), “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Don’t allow your emotions to play you, and don’t allow them to cause people to prey on you. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Manipulators will try to destroy any other relationship you have outside of them, until they’re your main focus. They may appear to be standing up to people on your behalf, so that you feel safe with them, but really they are causing friction between you and people who genuinely loves you, and they are telling you subconsciously, that you can’t function independently… you need them. What these manipulators are really doing is trying to isolate you from others who are close to you, so that you feel like you have no one except them. You must really be aware and back away from anyone who makes you feel as though you only have or need their support, love or understanding. This simply isn’t true. You have God! We need God! People only have but so much power. We must trust God in all things. He’s promised to never leave us! Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Don’t ever believe the lie that a certain person or even people is all you have because if they walk away, you will fall apart, and do whatever they want to get them back or be a part of their lives again. This isn’t love. Don’t allow any person or people to have that type of power over you. Combat this form of manipulation by staying on one accord with the Spirit of God. Keep His Word in your heart and His thoughts on your mind. Keep strong healthy connections with individuals who you know are for you. Don’t isolate yourself from people who have been there for you and who’ve proven to love and be loyal to you. The right person or people for you won’t get jealous or feel threatened by your other friends or loved ones.
Anyway, these are just a few things I’ve noticed and wanted to share with you. I hope this helps you if you’re currently going through. Prayerfully, you can use these tools to help you pull away from the manipulator’s grasp. It’s not easy, because again, these are people you love and trust, but just because you love someone, that does not give them a pass to deceive or to hurt you!
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Romans 12:2

New Living Translation

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

When a thought comes to your mind, what do you do with it? Is the thought even your own thoughts, or did it come from another person or spirit? Some people will argue that, if the thought is in your head, it’s your thought. Others will say, not every thought is yours. I will say, you don’t have to own every thought that pops into your head, and I will have to agree that not every thought that pops into someone’s head is theirs, unless they take ownership of that thought. How do you own a thought, by succumbing to it in two ways, you either speak it or act on it, thus, bringing it to life. 2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Whether someone has planted a thought in your head by word or deeds, the Holy Spirit has given believers the authority to discern which thoughts are of God and which thoughts are not, and this doesn’t only apply to a person’s very own thoughts, when someone else’s way of thinking lines up with the Word of God or doesn’t line up, God has given us the ability to know the truth, so that we are not confused or deceived. As a child, have you ever seen the cartoon where there’s an angel on one of the cartoon’s shoulders and the devil on the other shoulder? Both are trying to persuade the cartoon to do something. The angel wants the cartoon to do good and the devil wants the cartoon to do evil. Believe it or not folks, our minds are battlefields, and in the battlefield of our mind, we have a choice of who to listen to; the Spirit of God or demonic forces. The reason the enemy attacks people’s minds is because if he can get a person’s mind, everything else will follow. Therefore, we must learn to declutter our minds, for the simple fact that, not everything in it, deserves a home there. If we give certain thoughts a home, then those thoughts will not only control the way we think, but also the way we feel and if not careful, a person’s life. So, everyday we have to do some spring cleaning of our minds. If it’s not of God, kick it to the curb. If it is of God, keep it. If you don’t know if it’s of God or not, ask God to give you wisdom and He will (see James 1:5). Life experiences and time can take a toll on our way of thinking, but the Word of God stands the test of time and never changes. So, when in doubt, read the Bible and see what the Word says and don’t cease to pray. God will confirm the word He has given to you. My prayer for you is that God reveal to you any thoughts that’s hindering you from becoming all that He created you to be, and that you accept His strength to let go. I pray that you fully accept His will for your life and that you walk in the love of Christ. I pray that God brings peace and clarity to your mind so that you’re able to make sound judgment and live in wisdom and truth. In Jesus name. Amen. 

Have you ever just wanted to get away? Too much was going on? You were dealing with this and that, oh yeah… and that other thing? You thought, that a change of scenery will change your life? The problem with running from your problems is that they’re not only a part of you, but they cause chaos to follow you. Running with too much baggage not only makes you look foolish, but it slows you down and causes you to fall. Your vision is blurred because your entire focus is on all the baggage you’re carrying around and the only thing you want to do more than anything, is to keep it together. You can’t keep it together by holding on though. Toss it at the alter of God and let go! 

There’s no such thing as leaving your problems behind you if those problems are a heart issue. Those problems won’t go away no matter how far you run until you deal with those matters of the heart by fully surrendering to God and allowing Him to heal you, and by you receiving His peace. That constant peace that’s in your heart no matter what you go through. The peace that transcends all understanding. Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our hearts and minds are connected. Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” This confirms that our thoughts comes from our heart, and we live accordingly. For instance: A kind hearted person doesn’t try to be kind, they just are. They have a mindset of kindness, everywhere they go. Kindness is their lifestyle. On the other hand, a person who harbors bitterness in their heart, also has bitter thoughts, and those negative emotions are a gateway for all other ungodly spirits to come in and wreak havoc on that person’s life. No matter how far the person tries to run away from their issues, those issues doesn’t leave because they’re apart of that individual. You see where I’m going here? A heart issue can start off as a small seed and it can grow into something huge! It’s up to us to keep the good seeds and toss the bad ones. The seeds you sow, not only affects your heart and mind, they affect your life and the lives of others around you. Remember Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” If you’ve been running from your problems but you seem to encounter the same issues everywhere you go, it’s time to do some soul searching and have a real come to Jesus moment. What are you holding onto, inside your heart that’s causing you to encounter the same problems? The same problems with your family? The same problems on every job you get? The same problems with your finances? The same health issues as a result of the stress from whatever that “thing” is you’re carrying around in your heart! Release it! In Jesus name! Right now! Stop taking negative energy with you everywhere you go! It’s time to spread some positive light that will change your life! In Jesus name. Amen. John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

An insecure person is a person who’s lacking mental or emotional security and they need help and healing. Being in a relationship with an emotional and mentally unstable individual is toxic and let me tell you why. First of all instead of the insecure person fighting their demons, they’ve gotten comfortable with them and this is dangerous because instead of recognizing and dealing with their problem, they’ll see you (the person they’re in a relationship with) or they’ll blame anyone else for their issues instead of holding themselves accountable for their actions or unhappiness. Listen, don’t feel sorry for a person who chooses to live their life negatively because they’ve had negative experiences. We’ve all had negative and still have negative experiences! This doesn’t mean we should allow the negativity to get inside of us and choke the joy and peace out of us and people around us! We have to get over the past. Get over the negative things people have said about you. Get over what the world thinks of you. Get over your past failures and mistakes! Get over it!! Start holding yourself accountable for where you are in life! If you don’t like where you are, change it! If you don’t love yourself, stop getting into these relationships and damaging people who care about you, by making them feel bad about your insecurities! That’s your problem not theirs! Seek God first and allow His love to heal you. Instead of listening to demonic forces tell you that you ain’t nothing or you’ll never be nothing and everyone is out to get you, learn to combat them with the Word of God! When you are in Christ, you are who God says you are! You are powerful, loved and can do all things through Christ. Don’t allow your insecurities to get out of hand, put them in God’s hands. Allow Him to change the way you think and feel so that you can live a life of love, joy and peace despite what you go through. Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”