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The Invitation

Come As You Are

Question of the day: Have you accepted Jesus as your personal, Lord and Savior?

You see, long before we chose to pursue Christ, He was already pursuing us. He genuinely pursues us daily. Filthy rags as we were, He still pursued us. Accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior is not the end. It’s only the beginning of something new. I admit that it’s not an easy journey but God promises us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God wants a relationship with each of His children. He showed us his love by sending His only Son Jesus to die on the Cross for you & I. He didn’t deserve it but He still took the nails for all of us. Accepting Jesus as your personal, Lord and Savior is a journey. It’s not going to be a bed of roses. You will go through trials in this life. Accepting Jesus as your personal, Lord and Savior is a free gift. You don’t have to pay for anything to accept this precious gift. It has been made available unto you. All you have to do is “declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, and you will be saved.” God is desperate for you. Patiently waiting for you. In Revelations 3:20, Jesus said “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” I invite you to say the prayer of salvation.
Prayer Of Salvation: Lord, I come to you as I am. I admit that I am a Sinner. I repent of all of my sins. Come into my life and make me new. Cleanse every part of my being this day and forevermore. I accept you Lord as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice. Lord, I surrender all that I am to you today. I am yours, now and forevermore. In Jesus name, Amen 🙏🏿 Welcome to the family. I’ll be praying for you.

Until next time, stay blessed. Have a lovely day ❤️

With love,

Karen 🙂

 

 

 

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Posted by on April 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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The Day Is Approaching

Scripture: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36

Devotional:

Have you ever counted down the days until you’ll be able to see a good friend? Have you ever felt anticipation and butterflies as the time separating you and a loved one grows smaller? I grew up knowing that I should feel this way about heaven, but if I am honest I never truly felt the same anticipation and longings for perfect communion with my Savior as I did for a dear friend.

I think the idea of an eternal worship service scared me. Having to worship God for all eternity sounded far worse than spending time hanging out with my best friends here on earth. The truth is I didn’t have a true, tangible revelation of God’s love for me. I didn’t have an understanding of the incredible, deep, overwhelming satisfaction I feel when my heart touches God’s heart in worship. I honestly didn’t know the person of Jesus enough to want to spend all of eternity with him. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25:1-13,

Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, “Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise answered, saying, “Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.” And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he answered, “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.” Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

The day of Jesus’ return is approaching. Matthew 24:36 says, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Our Savior, the King of kings, will return with love in his heart for all those who have come to know him. The question before us today is this: are we like the five wise virgins who have prepared ourselves? Are our lamps burning with the intimacy of unveiled relationship with our Creator while here on the earth? Are we preparing for the return of our King by cultivating a lifestyle of love for both our bridegroom and others around us?

I’ve spent most of my life declaring I knew God by going to church, going on mission trips, saying the right things, and trying to do nothing wrong. My actions represented fear and a desire for inclusion in the Christian culture more than actual love and desire for Christ himself. Take time in guided prayer to truly analyze your heart. There is abundant grace today for wherever you find yourself in relation to your Savior. Be honest with yourself and look at how you feel about heaven. Are you prepared for the return of the King or living for the earth over heaven? Is the oil of relationship with Jesus in your lamp or are your fumes running out with the cares and pursuits of the world? May the Holy Spirit draw each of us into greater depths of intimacy with Jesus until the day our bridegroom returns.

Guided Prayer:

1 Meditate on the parable of the ten virgins. Allow Scripture to stir your heart toward deeper relationship with Jesus.

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25:1-13

2 Are you prepared for the return of Jesus? Truly look at your heart. What longings are driving you? Are you living for heaven or pursuing the things of the world? Is the oil of intimacy with Jesus in your lamp or are you running on the fumes of cultural Christianity?

3 Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into greater depths of relationship with Jesus. Ask him to reveal to you the depths of God’s love and grace.

God has a plan to guide you to a path of greater relationship with him if you will simply choose to follow his leadership. If you will daily say yes to him over the world, you will begin to feel a fire growing in your heart for Jesus’ return. Once we experience the relationship with God we were created for, nothing else truly satisfies. His love is greater, purer, more real, and more powerful than anything else we will ever experience. Choose today to follow the leadership of the Spirit and grow in intimacy with the King who laid down his life for you to know his love.

Devotional: Craig Denison and First15

Until next time, Stay Blessed and Encouraged. Jesus loves you ❤️

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

There Is Joy In His Presence

Joy Of The Lord

Question of the day: Have you experienced the Joy of the Lord?
Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit which is found in Galatians 5:22. Experiencing the joy of the Lord is not limited to the believers in the Bible. We are disciples, followers but first and foremost Children of God. As every mother will want to see their children happy, Christ desires for us to be filled with joy and gladness. There’s a difference between joy and happiness. Joy is internal, eternal, unshakeable , supernatural experience. Happiness is external. It is fickle. It based on conditions. If my man buys me that car, I’m happy. If he doesn’t, my day is ruined. If I get an A on my exam, I will be happy but if I get lesser than that, then I’m just going to sleep and talk to no one. When you have experienced the joy of the Lord, trials will come but you won’t allow it to dictate how your day will go. It won’t stop you from praising God. You release your cares and your burdens unto God. Having the joy of the Lord doesn’t mean you won’t cry or be frustrated at times. You are human. Jesus even wept. Having the joy of the Lord gives you a new found perspective on life.
In James 1:2, we are reminded that we should “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Trials will come but God is Greater than any circumstance that will come your way. You must seek Him. Don’t put God in a box. Seek His face at all times. Having the joy of the Lord is seen as fake to the world. Many will never comprehend how one can be facing a difficult trial in their lives but yet still they are living, praising and pursuing God. We are expected to be sad, and dwell on the situation for a long period of time. As you grow in your walk with God, you will look back on certain things and wonder why you stressed so much on that situation. It won’t bother you because you have a better understanding of things. You will learn the importance of putting your dependence on God and not on human beings like you. No one is perfect. Personally, a lesson I learned while back in college was leaning on God. I remember my first year in college, I was feeling really down and I called three of my friends at the time. No one responded but not that alone, they never got back to me. I had to call them a week after to see if they received my phone call. Sometimes, people say they are busy. The response that I received was as follows “I saw your call but I was busy and forgot to call you back”. Yes, things happen but I mean none of my friends called me back. It was really hard for me because I’m the one that’s either reaching out to my friends. Some of them are not texting/calling people as they say but this was a lesson I learned. I learned to cast my care to God. God must be my priority in every situation. He is not my last resort. For many of you, you are still learning this lesson. You find yourself calling someone every time you are faced with an issue. God is calling you to himself. He wants you to experience his presence in the midst of your trial. Your friends won’t always be there for you. They are humans with their own set of trials. When you learn to make God you focal point, you rest on his promises of never leaving you nor forsaking you. God is always at work in our lives whether you see it or not. He desires for all his children to experience joy in His presence. My prayer is that you will experience the joy of the Lord. He is waiting to fill his children up to the brim. He is the God who makes all things new. Ask the Lord to fill your heart/life with joy. I know He will.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. God bless you 🙂

With love,

Karen 🙂

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Lead Your Children To Christ

“Memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over.”
Dt 6:6-7 CEV

It’s not easy being a Christian parent in a world where peer pressure feels as if it’s crushing down on you at a million pounds per square inch; where values are at an all-time low and immorality at an all-time high. But with God’s help you can do it! To lead your children to Christ, do these five things: (1) Begin when they’re young, and read Bible stories to them each night. Let them hear you pray for them to know Jesus personally, constantly thanking Him for dying for their sins. (2) As you take them to church, explain what the various rituals and seasons (Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, Easter, and Christmas) represent, and why they’re observed and celebrated. (3) Be sensitive to every spiritual question they ask, and take the time to answer their questions in a way they can understand. (4) Have them watch Christian movies and cartoons that will present Bible truths on their level. (5) Trust the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom at the right time to present the gospel to them, and pray for their salvation continuously. On one occasion D. L. Moody reported “two and one-half conversions” at a service he conducted. Someone said, “I suppose you mean two adults and one child.” “No,” Mr. Moody replied. “I mean two children and one adult. The children can give their whole lives to God, but an adult has only half a life left to give.” And remember, the things we learn best are the things we hear most. So: “Memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over.”

Devotional//Word For You Today. God bless you 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Healing Is Available For You

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:3
My heart is filled with joy and it’s undeniable.  We serve a Mighty God in which nothing is impossible for Him to do. Today, I received great news I can’t help but share. Early this month, I was texting my sister in Christ and the Lord laid it upon my heart to ask her if she’s ever taught about writing a devotional for the Holy Bible App. We text and she expressed her thoughts to me. I immediately looked at the requirements necessary for one to publish their work on the app. Upon reaching the website, I saw this message bold in red. “Thank you for showing interest in providing content for the Bible App. We are not receiving public submissions at this time.” 
I sent the link right to Ella and we both agreed that in God’s timing that everything will work out. I’m here to tell you that God is so faithful. His timing is always best. I’m happy to announce that Ella & David’s devotional is now available in the Holy Bible App titled “Breaking Free After A Breakup”. She already has a book out titled “Breaking Free After A Breakup” which can be found on Amazon.com. I pray that this devotional will be a blessing to you. Please tell your friends and their friends. Take the time to read it yourself. God is doing amazing things in the lives of his children. All Glory and honor unto Him.
What a Glorious Day. Sweet Jesus. No one compares to you. Thank you all for stopping by my blog. Until next time, stay blessed and lovely. Jesus loves you 🙂
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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Fulfilling The Purpose

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So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Genesis 2:21-24

What a blessing it was to attend a marriage conference for the first time. To be honest, initially I wasn’t planning on attending due to a few things going on in my life but then within the week, a friend of mine asked me if I could attend the marriage conference with her. I registered two days before the event. The marriage conference was a two day event. On the first day, I didn’t know how I was going to get to the event because my friend wasn’t going to attend the first portion of it but let me tell you that God is Awesome. He surely made provision for me. I was able to attend both days. In this blog post, I’m going to share some key points that were discussed at the conference.

Key Points:

  1. Adam went through the process before Eve was created.
  2. God has a way of bringing people into our lives at the appointed time.
  3. Make an investment in your marriage.
  4. It’s easier for couples to come to a marriage conference. It’s really hard for them to come for marriage counseling. Most people who attend marriage counseling are mostly women than men.
  5. Our marriages are to mirror the image of God. (Genesis 1:26)
  6. Your marriage is to mirror and represent the trinity. Husbands represent Christ when they got married. Ladies represent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us in all truth. The Holy Spirit doesn’t yell at us unto all truth. The Holy Spirit doesn’t nag us unto all truth.
  7. It’s so easy to mirror the image of God on your marriage Day. The challenge begins after the honeymoon and you settle down.
  8. In the marriage conference, we talked about the soil. You have to get the root of everything. When you come to the altar, you don’t come as an empty glass. You come bringing the foundation soil that other people have sown in to you. You bring the experiences of other people’s marriages into your marriage whether it be your mother/father.
  9. How you are raised plays a role in a lot of things.
  10. How you approach things is very important. Sometimes, you have to go back to where you learned that behavior. Communication is very key in every relationship.
  11. You have to dig the soil. Sometimes, we try to do the same thing that others did, trying to get a different result.
  12. Sometimes, we learn by simply watching what our parents did in their marriage. How they raised you may not necessarily work when it comes to raising your children.
  13. Many times, you have to go to the foundation of how your partner was raised. Was he raised with both parents? Was he raised with his siblings? When you have a picture of how  they are raised, it will give you a better understanding.
  14. You can’t always approach things the way you were taught or saw it in your household. See what works in your household.
  15. Love covers the multitude of sins. The Bible tells us that the original state of Adam and Eve was that they were naked and had no shame. That nakedness meant integrity, oneness and innocence.
  16. Guilt: I feel bad because I made a mistake. Shame is “I feel bad because I think I am the mistake.
  17. It’s one thing for someone to show you their nakedness but it’s another thing for one to show their nakedness and to be received/accepted.
  18. Adam had responsibilities. He toiled the garden and communicated with God. It’s hard to experience oneness with your spouse when you haven’t experienced oneness with God. How can you walk with your spouse when you haven’t walked with God? Adam was learning all of these responsibilities. Notice that Eve doesn’t show up in the scene until when everything around Adam was ready.
  19. Eve doesn’t make her appearance until everything is at it’s highest state of readiness. God had to take Adam through the process of getting ready.
  20. Whether you got married yesterday or 25 years ago, you thought you were ready only to find out you weren’t ready. You can be ready in so many areas like having a job, and education and etc. You can be ready to make money but not take the responsibility of financial management.
  21. You can be ready to love your wife but not the sacrificial “Christ laid down his life kind of love”.
  22. You can be ready for sex but not ready to make love to your wife. Every woman knows the difference.
  23. You won’t be ready in many areas when you are married. The areas you weren’t ready are the areas that cost the biggest issues in your relationship.
  24. Ladies, there are certain things you have to let go. You can’t hold unto what your husband couldn’t/hasn’t done for you forever.
  25. Helper: Indispensable companion.
  26. Ladies, your husband have enough critics in the marketplace. He doesn’t need another one at home. You are to be his biggest indispensable companion not the biggest complainer. When you keep complaining, ladies the guy tune you out, You are to be his indispensable companion not his biggest competitor. You can’t be his biggest critic and complainer.
  27. Your spouse is God’s perfect gift for you. The person’s not perfect but the gift is because God knew exactly what you needed and the ways in which you needed it.
  28. Most of your conflicts are where your spouse is strong and you are weak and vice versa. This understanding of your strength and weakness will force you to mature. You can choose to lean towards the growth process or fight against it.
  29. God had a hand in bringing Adam and Eve together.
  30. You must always ask yourself “Where’s God’s hand in my marriage?”
  31. In our singleness, we should pray asking God to have his hand in the selection of our partners.
  32. Ladies, your prayer should be for God to help you to be ready when the right one comes along. Lord, I want you to have a hand in the selection. Men, help me to find the right one Lord.
  33. A lot of times, people come to the counseling sessions stating that their spouses aren’t saved. You knew he wasn’t saved but you married him anyway. There’s a difference in religious philosophies. You chose not to have the hand of God in your marriage. In fact, if your spouse is not saved, different in religious philosophies, that’s harder than an interracial relationship. You may be a different skin color but we serve the same Lord and Savior. We use the same Bible as our foundation and if one/both of us go wrong, we have the same scripture verse to go back to figure out how to make it better. You can be orange or purple, but if you have the same religious philosophy, you can weather any storm but if one is Buddhist and one is Christian, one is atheist, one is marginally saved, only comes to church on Easter and Christmas, then that’s a problem. Being a Christian  kinda of their life but isn’t their life, but it’s all of your life and you chose to marry them anyway, you just didn’t want the hand of God in your marriage/relationship.
  34. Your spouse can become saved by your sanctification so all hope is not lost.
  35. As married couple, are you still willing for God to have a hand in your marriage?
  36. Are we willing to allow God to have his hand in our hearts and mind/internal wounds to keep us free from unforgiveness?
  37. God brought Adam to Eve. The perfect gift (your spouse) isn’t perfect. Your spouse has to accept you for all that you are and all that your not. For everything that you bring and everything that you don’t bring. All your weaknesses and all of your strength. You have to accept and love your spouse.
  38. Acceptance/expectations are key in marriage. If all I ever do is accept you and love you, that won’t force you to grow mature but if all I ever do is expect for you to do this and that and I never show love, what I’m really trying to do is control you. You need both acceptance/expectation.
  39. When we come to the Cross of Christ, he says “I love you” and accept you for all that you are and all that you did but now that you got saved I expect you to work out your own salvation. I expect you to go through the sanctification process.
  40. Salvation isn’t I expect you to do everything and now get saved. Salvation is “I accept you and forgive you right now no matter what you’ve done. After you turn away from the Cross, I now expect you to work out your salvation. I expect you to share the Gospel.
  41. You must evaluate yourself. Ask yourself “Have I been too heavy on expectation and not acceptance? What areas do you need to grow?
  42. Cutting the Cords of Allegiance/Dependence. When you get married and your young, it’s tough to cut off the cords of dependency. You are used to relying on mom/dad or family to provide for you financially. You depend on them to help you emotionally so when a situation arises in your marriage, instead of turning to your spouse, you immediately call your mom or the one who has been with you through the years. You have to cut the cords of dependency. You can’t be dependent on your mom financially, emotionally and etc. All ties with family/friends in dependency must be cut off. You both have to come to terms on who you will reach out to when you need help.
  43. There are certain people you know you cannot rely on.
  44. Example given of Dependency: In a counseling session, a wanted to buy a fur coat. It wasn’t in the budget and this couple just got married not too long ago. Because the husband told his wife, it wasn’t in the budget, she went to her dad to purchase the coat for her. What do you think that did to that man’s masculinity? If you wanted that level of dependency why did you get married?
  45. You have to cut the cords of dependency. More frequently the problem lies in the allegiance. When you get married, your wife is #1 and vice versa. Everything else is 2, 3, 4, 5 and a distance. It’s even tougher when you were married but are divorced and remarried and children are involved. Your husband is still #1. Example: Talked to one man, he said his kids can never be #2. They will always be #1. Response: Then you will always have marital conflict/difficulty. Your children are not supposed to be #1, their supposed to be #2.
  46. You must cut the cords of allegiance. You don’t want to wait 10 to 15 years before you cut that cord because your spouse may not be around or you will be living parallel lives, sleeping in different beds and have separate accounts. Your marriage may die in year five because you didn’t cut the cords of allegiance.
  47. Our culture don’t pursue nakedness. Our culture pursues nudity. Even as a married couple, if your pursuing nudity, and not nakedness, eventually someone is going to feel neglected. If your goal is just to get your partners clothes off, and get at it, then all you want is their nudity. You don’t want their nakedness.
  48. When it comes to Kingdom marriage, I have to be after your nakedness, who you are, wanting to know all about you, wanting to have the communication and connection.
  49. Adam and Eve had a perfect marital relationship. Then the fall happened and they both went in opposite directions to grab fig leaves to cover themselves. A fig leaf is large enough to cover a private area but its rough and though it covers, it hurts. When you take a fig leaf from the tree, it’s only going to stay large until you pick it from the tree. It will wither and you will go and grab another fig leaf. When God walks through the garden and ask Adam where he was, “He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” -Genesis 3:10
  50. Nakedness is really risky. Shame is all real too experience.
  51. Trust is the core of oneness. If I can’t trust you, oneness can be difficult. What a man/woman wrestles with trust is different.
  52. As an individual, you have to learn to learn to let go of the offenses so that those who have hurt you can see the love of God in and through you. You must learn to forgive. You will not forget but you must protect yourself but also love those who hurt you.
  53. Some of the trust concerns for women includes safety/security, money, sex/their bodies and emotions.
  54. Some of the trust concerns for men include vulnerabilities/weakness, letting go of the past, support his career, and money.
  55. The marriage goal is oneness. Not that you have my things and I have my things and we meet somewhere in the middle. Oneness in mind, body and soul. It’s important to mirror God’s image in your marriage.
  56. Trusting God, Being Honest, Setting Boundaries and Guarding your Heart and Keeping It Open will help you a whole lot.
  57. Forgiveness Is very important in marriage and everyday life.
  58. Sometimes, we surface forgiveness.
  59. When you know the depth of your pain often determines the degree of difficulty in forgiving your spouse.
  60. Forgiveness in marriage can be very difficult. There are a lot of misconceptions about forgiveness.
  61. Unchecked unforgiveness will become a cancer to our soul. -Bishop T.D. Jakes
  62. Unforgiving people are unhealthy people.
  63. Forgiveness is not approving of what your spouse did.
  64. Forgiveness is not excusing what your spouse did.
  65. Forgiveness is not justifying what your spouse did.
  66. Forgiveness is not giving yourself a pardon.
  67. Forgiveness is not reconciliation.
  68. Forgiveness is not denying what your spouse did.
  69. Forgiveness is not blindness to what your spouse did.
  70. Forgiveness is not forgetting what your spouse did.
  71. Forgiveness is not refusing to take the wrong seriously.
  72. Forgiveness is not pretending you are not hurt.
  73. Now we will focus on what forgiveness is:
  74. Forgiveness is being aware of what our spouse did.
  75. Forgiveness is choosing to keep no record of wrongs.
  76. Forgiveness is refusing to punish your spouse.
  77. When it comes to forgiveness, there are three parts; limited, detached and full forgiveness.
  78. Forgiveness is not telling what your spouse did.
  79. Forgiveness is being merciful to your spouse.
  80. Forgiveness is being gracious to your spouse.
  81. Forgiveness is an inner condition that your experience.
  82. Forgiveness is the absence of bitterness towards your spouse.
  83. Forgiveness is forgiving as God forgave you.
  84. Forgiveness is learning to forgive yourself.

Questions to ask yourself.

  1. Have I always struggled with forgiveness or did this issue appear after I got married?
  2. If I were to forgive my spouse, is there anything that I fear might happen?
  3. Do I have the tendency to hold unforgiveness towards others and my spouse?
  4. Am I waiting on my spouse to change before I start to forgive them?
  5. How much forgiveness did I experience growing up as a child and adolescent?
  6. Do I truly believe that God has forgiven me of my sins? Do I doubt this in any way?
  7. Are your struggling with forgiving your spouse?

I really learned so much from the conference. A blog cannot express the total experience. It was beyond a blessing. I loved how we had breakout sessions where we got to decide where we wanted to go. The breakout sessions included Becoming a Kingdom Minded Single, Building a Strong Spiritual Foundation In Your Marriage, Building a Solid Financial Foundation In Your Marriage and Kingdom Parenting: Raising Kingdom Children. There was a panel section where we got to ask any questions to any of the participants. If you haven’t attended a marriage conference before, I will definitely recommend you going. There’s always something to learn. You won’t know everything in your marriage but there’s someone outside who has more experience that can share their knowledge with you.

Guest Speakers: Pastor Jim Hart & Yetunde Hart 🙂

Leaders/Head of Event: Pastor Abimbola & Jide Lawore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Test & Trials

“Because you have done this thing…I will bless you.”
Ge 22:16-17 NKJV

WELCOME THE TEST

The Bible says: “God tested Abraham, and said ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’ So Abraham went to the place of which God had told him” (vv. 1-3 NKJV). You say, “Why would God test me?” First, to prove Himself faithful to you. Second, to give you an opportunity to prove yourself faithful to Him. Your tests are God’s proving grounds. They’re the way you graduate to the next level in His kingdom. That day Abraham proved there was nothing he loved more than God. And that was the day when God introduced Himself to Abraham as “Jehovah Jireh,” the Lord who provides. It’s when you exercise your faith that you discover God’s faithfulness. That’s why God will test your faith. The tests get progressively harder as the stakes get higher. And the tests will undoubtedly revolve around what’s most important to you. What do you find your identity in? What do you find your security in? That’s your “Isaac.” God will test you to make sure your identity and your security are found in Him alone. Indeed, He will go after anything you trust in more than you trust Him until you put it on the altar. Don’t worry; you don’t have to live in fear that God is going to take away what is most important to you. But if the gift ever becomes more important to you than the Giver, then the very thing God gave you to serve His purposes is undermining His plan for your life. And that’s why God will deal with it. Abraham considered Isaac to be a special gift from God. But God-given gifts are wonderful things—and dangerous things. Why do we say that? Because as you cultivate the gifts God has given you, you can begin to rely on them more than you rely on God. And at that point your greatest strength becomes your greatest weakness. It was God who gave Lucifer a beautiful form and a beautiful voice. Those gifts were originally used to glorify God. Then Lucifer started looking in the mirror, started reflecting on his own beauty. He glorified the gift he had been given instead of glorifying God. The lesson in Lucifer’s fall is this: Whatever you don’t turn into praise turns into pride. And that’s a problem, because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Jas 4:6 NKJV). Instead of deflecting praise to God, Lucifer let it feed his ego. It was his sinful desire to be lifted up that led to Lucifer’s downfall. What are your greatest God-given gifts? What are your most significant God-ordained opportunities? What God-sized dreams has the Holy Spirit conceived in your spirit? That’s your “Isaac.” And you should love your Isaac and celebrate him, but he must never be permitted to take the place of God in your life. Sometimes God-ordained dreams aren’t just born, they have to be reborn. If they become more important to you than God, you have to sacrifice them for the sake of your soul. You have to put them on the altar and raise the knife. Sometimes your dream must die before it can be resurrected for God’s glory. God said to Abraham, “Because you have not withheld your only son, I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven” (vv. 16-17 NKJV). Isaac was the lifelong dream of a barren woman named Sarah and an impotent man named Abraham. But the more God blesses you, the harder it is to keep that blessing from becoming an idol in your life. Money may be the best example. The more money you make, the harder it is to trust Almighty God and the easier it is to trust the almighty dollar. Isn’t it ironic that “In God we trust” is printed on the dollar—the thing we often find most difficult to trust God with? If you’re financially blessed, it is a gift from God (See Dt 8:18). But God doesn’t financially bless us so that we can use it selfishly. He blesses us more, so that we can be more of a blessing to others (See Ge 12:2). The truth is, what you’re willing to walk away from determines what God is willing to entrust to you. He wants you to come to the place where you find your identity in Whose you are, rather than in who you are. You can base your identify on a thousand things—the degrees you’ve earned, the positions you hold, the salary you make, etc. But if you base your identity on anything temporal, your identity is a house of cards. There’s only one solid foundation: Jesus Christ. So, what’s getting between you and God? What feeds your ego? Where do you find your security outside of Christ? That’s what you need to put on the altar today.

Devotional//Word For You Today// Have a blessed day 🙂

 
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