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Release!

“Cast out this bondwoman and her son.”
Ge 21:10 NKJV

LET IT GO!

When Abraham tried to hurry the plan of God and fulfill it through well-intentioned but misguided human effort, Ishmael was born. Perhaps you have tried something similar yourself. We all have our “Ishmaels”—a good idea that wasn’t a God idea. And it can complicate your life. So God told Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son.” In other words: “It’s time to deal with your past and clean out your closet. This thing is holding you back, and until you deal with it you can’t move forward to your destiny. Get it out of your life and don’t look back!” Sometimes your miracle (Isaac) and your mistake (Ishmael) can live together for a while under the same roof. Things can be so good in one area of your life, yet so bad in another. But there comes a time when God says, “Because of the plans I have for you, you must put this thing out of your life.” And that’s not easy. It’s painful letting go of what your flesh craves or cherishes. But you have only two options: Be led by your emotions and miss out on God’s best, or say, “As much as I love this person or thing, I love the Lord more.” When you’re willing to walk away from something you thought you had to have because you love God more, that’s called “the sacrifice of praise” (Heb 13:15). And when you offer it up to God, you position yourself to experience a new level of His blessing. Is God speaking to you today about something similar in your life? If so, let it go!

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Posted by on June 10, 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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A Disease Called Unforgiveness

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.

Key Points:

  1. Settling matters with your adversary isn’t always easy especially when you don’t know the cause of why that person isn’t speaking to you but as believers we must seek God in the area of forgiving our adversary. It’s so easy to say that we have forgiven someone but when that person’s name is mentioned, we become very angry because of the pain that was caused.
  2. Unforgiveness can hinder us from seeing what God is doing in our lives. You may have been asking God to give you peace but due to the pain your harboring, you don’t see God working in your life.
  3. Don’t wait for your adversary to come to you before you settle matters. This verse made it clear. It didn’t say wait until your enemy comes to you before you settle matters. It said “leave your gift at the altar”. Go and be reconciled with them. Then come and offer your gift. We see that this is a command that God is trying to illustrate to us. He didn’t say sit and wait for your adversary to come and tell you what caused the friction in your relationship. God makes it very clear. Go!
  4. In the final verse, we are reminded that we should settle matters quickly before it’s too late. Sometimes, we wait so many years before we forgive someone. Due to unforgiveness, we harbor so much hurt, pain and bitterness which prolongs our healing. Unforgiveness is a disease. It’s like a seed we refuse to allow the Holy Spirit to uproot. We are comfortable with it being rooted in our souls. We say with our mouths that we have forgiven that person that hurt us but truth be told, we don’t know what it means to forgive someone. Many times, we don’t want to forgive those that have hurt us because we want to hold them hostage and responsible for the hurt they caused us. No matter how many times they apologize or come to terms with the damage they have done to us, we refuse to accept their apologies because we feel that they aren’t honestly sorry. Though this may be the case, it is not our responsibility to sit and ponder about their intentions. It’s your responsibility to settle the matter but bring that heart issue to God. Release your pain unto God. Understanding that forgiving someone doesn’t mean re-entry into your life again will really help you. Many times, we think forgiving someone means that we have to be friends with them or maintain a relationship with them. The truth of the matter is that you don’t have to maintain a relationship with those who have hurt you. If it is your desire to reconcile and start that relationship anew, bring your heart desires before God and allow his will to be done.

Questions:

  1. Who do you need to forgive?
  2. What is holding you back from showing that individual grace/mercy?
  3. How would you feel if God remembered everything that you did and refused to forgive you?
  4. Are you comfortable with keeping records of what others have done to you?
  5. What do you need to do to break away from that habit?
  6. Have you forgiven yourself?
  7. Have you brought the issue before God?
  8. How long will you continue to harbor anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness?
  9. Peace is waiting for you. Joy is ready for you. Are you ready to receive the gift of the Lord?
  10. Today is the day. Go before God and express your cares before God.

May God give you the grace to forgive. For it is written “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” -Matthew 6:14-15

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. Have a blessed day 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Who Are Your Friends?

“A man of too many friends comes to ruin.” –Proverbs 18:24
(Friendship Part 1)
 
With few exceptions, your success in life depends on your ability to establish and maintain relationships with the right people.
 
According to a report by the American Management Association the overwhelming consensus of 200 managers who participated in a survey, was that the most important skill of an executive is his or her ability to get along with people. They rated this ability as more vital than intelligence, decisiveness, knowledge, or job skills.
 
Quite frankly, none of us makes very many true friends in life— at least, we better not! Solomon warns, “A man of too many friends comes to ruin.” Friendship requires time, energy, sacrifice, and investing yourself. And not every so-called friend will prove to be one, as Jeremiah warned King Zedekiah: “They misled you and overcame you – those trusted friends of yours. Your feet are sunk in the mud; your friends have deserted you” (Jeremiah 38:22).
 
The wrong friend will betray you, as Judas proved with Jesus. So here’s a good rule of thumb: “Be friendly to everyone, but don’t have everyone as a friend.” Solomon said, “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray” (Proverbs 12:26).
 
Charles Spurgeon said, ‘A man is known by the company he shuns, as well as the company he keeps.” The Hebrew word for “choose” is tur, and in the Old Testament it refers to a man like a surveyor who searches out land. So if you’re wise, you’ll explore and evaluate your friendships before you enter into them. You say, “But I’m lonely.” As George Washington said, “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” Devotional// Word For You Today 🙂
 
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Posted by on August 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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His Peace I Receive

 

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.”
Isa 26:3

A PRAYER FOR PEACE

Here is a prayer for peace: “Lord, Your Word says, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.’ Your Word says, ‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’ (Ps 29:11 NIV). Your Word says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (Jn 14:27 NIV). Your Word says, ‘The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Php 4:7 NIV). Today I need this peace which transcends understanding to settle my nerves and calm my mind. Instead of thinking about my fears and worries, help me to focus on Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your healing power, Your overflowing resources, and Your forgiving heart. Take up residence within me and fill me with Your peace. Show me what’s robbing me of it. I really want to know, Father, so I can be specific in what I need to confess, what I need to commit to, and what I need to change. I open myself to You now. Teach me the secret of lasting peace. I thank You now for whatever it will take to help me receive the peace You have so generously offered to me. Your Word says, ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts’ (Col 3:15 NIV). Today I want to be ruled by Your peace instead of my fears and worries. So I give all my concerns to You, trusting You to work them out for my good and Your glory. In Jesus’ Name I pray: Amen.”

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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Release

“If you have anything against anyone, forgive him.”
Mk 11:25 NKJV

REMEMBER TO FORGET

No matter how much two people love each other, conflicts are sure to arise that call for extending grace and showing forgiveness. Do you know that couples who are happy and stay married have the same number of disagreements and conflicts as couples who are unhappy and get divorced? Statistically, that is true! It’s not the absence of conflict that preserves marriage, but the ability to manage conflict when it happens. So how do you “manage” conflict? By practicing the kind of self-control that keeps conflicts from mushrooming into hurtful and divisive standoffs. It also means knowing what to do with hurt feelings like anger, disappointment, and dashed expectations. In other words, it means knowing how to forgive it and forget it. But emotional hurt and tension are almost impossible to forget; the harder we try, the more we remember. So what’s the answer? Remember to forget! Try to act like God, who chooses not to hold against us what He knows about us. He says in His Word: “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isa 43:25 NKJV). That means if you are holding something against your spouse, there’s only one solution: Forgive it and forget it. You may never forget how you’ve been hurt, but you can choose to forgive it and move on. No, it’s not easy, but you can do it. How? By remembering the things, known or unknown to others, that God has forgiven you for and extending that same grace to your spouse.

Devotional//Word Of The Day

Question of the day from me to you:

  1. Who do you need to forgive?
  2. What is prolonging the process of your healing?
  3. Have you surrendered the hurt, the pain to God?
 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Leap Of Faith

“Because you say so, I will.”
Lk 5:5 NIV

UNDERSTANDING HOW GOD WORKS

The Bible says: “When he [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will’…When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break… When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees…For he and all his companions were astonished…Then Jesus said…‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they …left everything and followed him” (vv. 4-11 NIV). The real test of your faith comes when nothing you’ve tried has worked, and God tells you to do something that stretches your faith to its limit. At that point you have two choices: Give in to your doubts, or say with Peter, “Because You say so, I will.” This story teaches us God works in three ways: (1) He uses the common to do the uncommon. In their workplace where nothing special ever seemed to happen, Jesus showed up, called them, and changed their lives. So look for God in your daily routine, and don’t be surprised when He surprises you. (2) He moves you out from the security of the shallow to the risks of the deep. The great catches and the great storms are both in the same sea. If you want one, you have to contend with the other. No risk, no reward. (3) He involves you in one thing to teach you another. Christ’s plan for these men was to involve them in an even greater miracle: fishing for souls. Today that’s His plan for you too. And it begins when you say, “Lord, because You say so, I will.”

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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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