Ephesians 4:26-27

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

Anger is a natural human emotion, it’s not a sin to be angry, but what we choose to do with our anger can cause us to sin if we aren’t careful. I’ve had past experiences where I’ve responded in anger and later on in life it came back to bite me on my behind. Why? Because there are some things I did and said that I can never take back, and I’ve found that oftentimes our words can hurt others more than our actions can. It’s necessary to assess the situation and get a clear understanding first or we could make things much harder for ourselves when it could have easily worked to our advantage.

When we are angry it’s important to look at things from God’s point of view because if we don’t, we might go upside someone’s head, or we might say something hurtful or negative that will play over and over again in their heads and cause that person to be depressed, emotionally dead, or something worse. I know people who have a hard time believing that they can be great, because someone told them they couldn’t or that they’d never amount to anything, and those words stuck with them so they don’t even try! I also know individuals who were wronged by someone they love so they believe everyone else is out to wrong them. So, we just need to be careful, especially as children of God to practice meekness, and to follow the golden rule.
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If a loved one or anyone makes you angry, take some time to cool off, preferably away from them, for your sake and theirs. You can do this by taking a walk. Walk and talk to God. Remember to breathe! Don’t allow anyone to run your blood pressure up and stress you out. You can’t be worried about what people say or do! We have no control over that! That’s between them and God, however, we can control our response. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” You see, we can say just about anything and get away with it, IF it’s said the right way! Remember to always respond with grace, and not vengeance. Leave that to God. Allow the Spirit of God to do the talking for you. It will save you from a world of trouble.

Remember to be humble. Not for people’s sake, but because you want to hear from God, and we also want to walk in obedience to Him! Sometimes, you have to hold your tongue! If this is hard for you, I feel you. I’ve been there and done that! But I’ve learned that silence speaks volumes in a lot of situations. Yes, there are things that needs to be addressed immediately, but if you do it while you’re angry, it’s useless because you can’t think clearly when you’re angry and you can’t solve anything if all you’re doing is yelling, screaming, cursing and making threats. No one can hear you that way!

Remember, when someone makes you angry to the point of which you feel like you want to hurt them, whether it be with words or actions, 🛑 STOP, and give it to God. Say, “Here Lord, you can have that, because I can’t.” Be real with God! Listen, some battles aren’t meant for you to fight standing up. Some battles are meant for you to fight on your knees. Be still. Let God fight for you and through you. 👊🏾🙌🏾 Blessings. ❤️

Keep encouraging yourself. Just as we need food for our physical bodies, we need the Word of God to keep us going spiritually and mentally as well. Speaking the Word over your life and your family’s life isn’t a one time thing, do it daily, several times a day. Fight with the Word. Don’t think because you speak something once, you won’t ever have to face another challenge, struggle or difficulty. You must keep fighting with the Word. Get it down in your spirit, so that when trouble comes, you will not fold, but you’ll have something solid to stand on. No matter how many times you fall and no matter how how often you have to fight, don’t give up! In the end, you win! You may not win every battle, but the war is already won, because of Jesus! To God be the glory! In Jesus name. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

When something is prepared, that means it’s made ready. You don’t have to wait for it. It’s already there. The promises of God are here. Oftentimes, it’s not Him who we need to wait for, it’s our own lack of preparation that’s keeping us from receiving those promises. Think about it this way. When you go to a buffet, the food is already prepared for you, most times there’s no waiting period. The cooks can eyeball the food before it runs out and bring out a fresh pan of food so that customers aren’t waiting. Now, if a person doesn’t have any money (prepared) to receive those food items, no matter how close they are to the items and no matter how many items are there for the taking… that person will not receive a meal. No matter how hungry they are. They can look at the items from far off. They can smell the food. They can desire it all day long. It can be right within their grasp, but if they’re not prepared to pay for it, it will go to someone who’s “prepared” to pay. Thank God we don’t have to pay for his grace with monetary value, however, we do have to pay in preparation. The Word prepare literally means before-make ready. God’s promises to us are here and ready for the taking, but oftentimes our mind and spirit aren’t prepared (made ready) to receive those promises, so we say things like, “I’m waiting on God.” Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times we must wait on God, but those are times when things are out of our control and those are also times when our faith is being tested. God has given us power to do, and when we don’t… then we are no longer waiting on God, He’s waiting on us. Thank God for His goodness and mercy! We must be good stewards over our blessings. God is not in the business of preparing blessings for those who’ll misuse or mismanage them. His Word says, if you’re faithful over a few things, He will put you in charge of many things, and you will share His happiness! (Read Matthew 25:23) So, in conclusion; if you’re waiting on a blessing, you’ll wait a lifetime if you’re not prepared. It’s a harsh truth, but it’s an honest truth. Preparing for what you’re praying for is called, “actively waiting”. Are you actively waiting? Or are you just wasting time? If you want to do more than see the promises of God from afar, then you have to pay the cost of preparation which may be the cost of some lonely days and nights, or a hefty sacrifice, or losing people who you may think are your friends but really aren’t for you! Too many people settle for less than God’s plans for them because preparation on their end, costs too much. It’s just not a price they’re unwilling to pay. They don’t want to be self disciplined, they don’t want to lose “friends,” they don’t want to go through anything. Don’t be that person. You are not alone. God has sent His Spirit to help you with your weaknesses, and to help you overcome them and even prepare you, so that you’re able to receive all He has planned for you! ❤️ 57AB6B99-F4D5-4566-B3B5-E01AD088D946

“Lord, why can’t you make it easier?” This is the question I asked God today, and He immediately replied, “Why can’t you trust me?” I hate going through, and currently that’s exactly what I’m doing… GOING THROUGH! It seems like my faith is constantly being tested, and I’m just going to keep it real, a lot of times I literally freak out when I believe for God to come through one way, and He doesn’t. Just as I was typing the previous sentence, He came through in a way that said, “Everything will be okay.”

He didn’t come through my way, but He came through His way. He didn’t come through in my timing, nevertheless, He was right on time. You see, if it was up to me, I’d never have any issues. I’d never have days that I cried, or felt lonely, hurt or afraid. Life would be smooth sailing. Instead this is what my life feels like…

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Yeah, I’m the man who got kicked in water… As if getting kicked in the butt with two feet isn’t enough. 😒

Jesus be a life guard, a life jacket and a rescue boat, because truth is I’m tired! I feel exactly how the disciples felt when Jesus was asleep on the boat, and the wind and waves came and tossed the boat about and they woke Jesus up saying, “Lord! Save us! We’re going to die!” I know that He is with me, but I don’t like being uncomfortable. I don’t like when the storms of life comes raging.

I’m going to keep it one hundred… I’m the bratty child of God. I want him to always tell me yes and I always want him to give me what I want. 🤷🏾‍♀️ But like a good good Father, He doesn’t always say yes, and He doesn’t always give me what I want.

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You know why, because if He did, there wouldn’t be a need for faith. It would be too easy for us as people. We’d forget about what God has done and begin to think we’ve accomplished everything we have in life, on our own. We wouldn’t be appreciative. We’d think it’s what He supposed to do.

But His grace is sufficient ( 2 Corinthians 12:9), and it keeps me humble. I know one hundred percent that on my own, I don’t deserve any of the blessings He’s given me. So, why do I throw a temper tantrum when He doesn’t come through like I want Him to? Because I become afraid and anxious. I encourage thousands of people across the U.S. everyday, but that doesn’t mean I’m not human.

I experience the same things that everyone else  experience. 1 Peter 5:9 (NLT) “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.“ I fall short and spiritually, I’m pretty sure that I fall out like a two year old having a fit when his or her parent takes something from them or tells them no.  I know God probably be like, I can’t take you no where child! 🤦🏾‍♀️

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Which is probably why I keep going through the same type of test. I know He’s trying to strengthen my faith, because He literally can’t take me anywhere if I let every obstacle that I face, get me upset. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m only upset for a second, and then the Holy Spirit gets me in check, but I believe God wants me to be more consistent in my faith. When my situation looks impossible, instead of getting upset, He wants me to pray for wisdom and direction.

He wants me to trust Him that He already knew I’d face that obstacle, but He wants me to believe, and I do. I just have to learn to stop making things that I go through all about me, and learn to ask Him, “God, what do you require of me?” Hopefully I ace this test soon, because I’m tired of taking it. I know that once I past this test, there will be another one that I need to pass, but once I pass this one, I will have the wisdom to know how to deal with the next one. Thank God for Jesus, because I’m a hot mess with Him, so there’s no telling what or where I’d be without Him.

If you are going through like I am, repeating the same tests, and it feels like you’re stuck. I want you to know that God is only trying to strengthen our faith and teach you to exercise patience. The thing about strengthening one’s faith is, or learning patience is, you must be tested. 🤷🏾‍♀️ There’s no way around it. But we can do this, be encouraged! Romans 5:4, “And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”

I know it’s frustrating not knowing what God’s going to do in your personal situation. The anxiety is real when facing the unknown. But it’s okay not to know, because He knows what’s best, even if we throw a fit! Sometimes we believe too small, so He allows us to face a challenge, so that our faith becomes bigger, bolder, brighter! You’re not really believing God, when you can clearly see a way.

Faith isn’t about everything going good and having everything under your control. Real faith is not seeing a way, but believing God will make a way. Real faith facing situations that’s out of your control but believing no matter what God is in control. Real faith is believing God can, but even if He doesn’t, you continue to trust Him anyway. Real faith is believing that God knows and wants what’s best for you even when He tells you no or doesn’t come through like you expected Him to.

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In Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, definition 2(a) of the word construction means the process, art or manner of constructing something. I’d like to focus on the very first word, which is process. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t rush the process. Trust the process.” Usually “the process” is the wait…

How many of you know that construction takes time? Especially if we’re talking about something that’s built to last. 1 Peter 2:5 (NLT) “And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”

Listen my good people, construction takes time! Putting you together, takes time. Putting me together, takes time. Putting the body of Christ together… TAKES TIME! We’re not magically transformed because we’re saved. When we give our lives to God, He begins a great work in us!

Philippians 1:6 (NLT), “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Us learning, growing and becoming doesn’t end when we say yes to God. It continues for a lifetime. God is building us up and won’t stop His work within us, until Jesus comes back! We won’t reach perfection until we reach Heaven.

However, just because we’re not perfect, doesn’t mean that God is going to leave us in our mess. He’s going to construct us, and construction takes time. So, if you’ve been waiting on God, it’s for good reason… He’s working on your heart. Even if you think that you have little or no issues, please believe that there’s always something that you can improve on, and as a child of God, our Father wants us to be perfected.

He wants us to have all the tools that we need to navigate through life favorably in His will. How many of you can honestly admit that there was a time in your life when you got tired of waiting on God? 🙋🏾‍♀️I’m not ashamed that in the past, I’ve most certainly had these moments, so you know what I did? I took matters into my own hands and do you know what happened? I end up setting myself back even further than I was before…

So, needless to say, I learned to depend on God, and truly wait for Him. Instead of leaning on my own understanding, wisdom taught me to wait in faith. Listening with an open heart and mind to the voice of God. The more I listened, the more direction He gave and the more knowledge I attained. So, if you’ve been waiting a while, it’s because the reconstruction of your heart is going to take a while.

It is not God’s will to throw you into something you’re not ready for. How would you feel if you had no educational training or experience as a surgeon, and someone just threw you into a surgery room and said, “Perform open heart surgery on a certain individual”? You would probably have an anxiety attack! You wouldn’t know what to do! The pressure from being put into a situation you’re not ready for, could cause these same things to happen to you, IF you rush the process and don’t allow God to work on you!

Sure, your feelings will say you’re ready. Your situation may cause you to say, “Enough is enough.” People may pressure you into doing whatever… but listening to anything other than God’s voice will set you back, not help you move forward. The Word of God says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Change your perspective.

It’s not about you… It’s about what God wants to do through you! Think about all the great things you want God to do in your life… Now imagine His plans being even greater! Can you imagine it?

It’s true. His plans are even greater! But He has to build us up, and develop us into, so that through Him we are able! Life is deeper than attaining the things of this world. God is building something within us that’s not only good for a lifetime, but it will also last forever.

Psalm 27:14 (ISV)

Wait on the LORD. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the LORD!

 

Have you ever been tired… but didn’t know exactly what you were tired of? You were just… tired. Those feelings are stemmed from frustration. Frustration creeps it’s way in when we lose focus. When we lose focus we lack insight.

We all have our personal challenges, and life will most definitely throw obstacles our way, but what we choose to stay focused on determines whether we capitulate or conquer. It’s not easy to not see trouble, when trouble’s in your way. However, dwelling on trouble, leads to depression, anxiety and many other issues (mentally, physically and spiritually). So, worrying doesn’t do your situation any better, in fact, it makes it worse. Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” -Matthew 6:27

Listen, my dear friends, dwelling on what ails you, won’t change your situation. When you are faced with trouble, you can do one of three things. Accept it, change it, or leave it alone. If you can’t accept what you’re going through, change it, and if it’s impossible for you to change it, give it to God and leave it alone. Dwelling on the problem won’t fix it. So why pay it any attention? Do what you can do about it and trust God with what you can’t! It takes faith to do both! We have to get to the point as believers, that we’re like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Before being thrown into the fiery furnace said, If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”Daniel 3:17-18 No matter how heated things get, and no matter what we’re faced with, we need to have our minds fixed on Jesus! We need to know without a shadow of doubt that God is able. We need to stare hell in the face and say, My God is able, but if He doesn’t, we still won’t bend or fold. We won’t allow what we face, to cause us to turn away from our God!

He is bigger than life and all the things we go through in it! He never promised us an easy life, but He did promise to never leave us. He did promise us His Holy Spirit, and He did promise us His peace! He has given us Himself. In Him are all the tools we need to successfully navigate through life.

So, if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, try something different. Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on the power within you, the power of the true and living God, who has declared you “More than a conqueror through Christ (Romans 8:37).” You’re going to think about your troubles, there’s no doubt, but don’t dwell on them. After you think about them, pray for a solution and then go in faith and be at peace knowing that God is in control.

Love gave us free will, to choose to love or hate. He gave us the choice to trust him and be obedient to his Word, or to trust our feelings and take matters into our own hands. Whatever path we choose, we can be sure that his love for us is unfailing. Jesus died for us when we were his enemies. He loved us even when we didn’t have it all together. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family like that?  He never gives up on us, and his mercy is new every day! Everyday we have a choice to trust the God who created us, or to trust what feels good at the moment. There is no gray area when it comes to being a child of God. Either you belong to him, or you don’t. We all know the consequences of sin, and the final result is death, but Jesus came to reverse the curse. As believers, when we leave this life, we will pass into life everlasting. This walk isn’t forced on us, we chose faith over fear. We choose to live by what we know in our heart, mind and soul, and not what the world tells us makes sense. As for me, I’ve tried him, and I know that God is faithful. I’ve taken matters into my own hands before, and have done things outside of Gid’s will, and I screwed up every time. Thank God for his grace! I finally understand what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that his grace is sufficient! I choose to use my free will, to live for God, through Christ, simply because he’s God, and there is NO ONE, like him! His faithfulness doesn’t have anything to do with how many times I fall, and that’s what motivates me to get back up and keep pressing towards the mark, again like Paul! God’s always there for us as his children (that’s favor), and he’s promised he will always be, even until the end of the world! Now who wouldn’t serve a God like that?

Sometimes the pressures of life can come banging on our door early in the morning like an unwanted guest. Usually when this happens you may go about with a stale face like you’ve been sucking on a lemon all morning. Lighten up, this too shall pass. I will be the first to admit that sometimes I dread being an adult. Oh the good old days when I was a child and I only had to worry about the Buggie Monster, or doing my chores so that I could go outside and then I’d have nightmares about my brother drinking my kool-aid. Now the Buggie Monster has been replaced with bills, my chores has been replaced with too many things to do and not enough time and my nightmares has been replaced with getting off work only to come home and sleep then dream about work just to get up and go to work again. 😑 Tuesday was definitely my Monday but that all changed by the afternoon and my frown turned upside down and a smile crept through and then a laugh! No I didn’t win the lottery but I got something that’s priceless instead. Someone came along and lightened my load by simply making me laugh. After I laughed I felt a thousand times better and my problems seemed like a small thing to a giant! Afterwards I told myself “See, you need to lighten up! Everything will be ok! What are you worrying for?” (Matthew 6:25-34) Sometimes we want to be alone when life throws us it’s many challenges but during that time we need to embrace our family and friends and focus on what’s more important. The people that are close to you don’t want to see you down and I guarantee if you surround yourself with people close to you then you’ll feel better. Even if you’re good at hiding what you’re going through somehow they know when something is wrong and without asking you a thing they’ll do something to take a load off and a lot of times it’s doing something as simple as making you laugh!😬😂 Thank God for family and friends! Here’s to you guys for reminding us that life is to grand to sweat the small stuff, cherish the people around you, take a load off and lighten up. ☺️