Are you ready for war?

Are you ready for war

Waging War by CeCe Winans is one of my favorite songs. Are you tired of the devil stealing from you? Are you ready to fight? Whether you know it or not, being a Christian means that you signed up to fight for God’s army. At some point and time, everyone will face a difficult situation that will test your faith. The assaults that take place throughout our life not accidental. You are not going crazy when it appears that everyone and everything is out to get you. Satan will attempt to wear you down psychologically or physically so that you will surrender. 

Apostle Paul is a perfect example of someone who endured and triumphed over every horrible obstacle Satan placed in his way. Let’s take a look at all the scenarios that could have prevented him from being a soldier in God’s army.

There was a point in Paul’s life where he actually persecuted Christians because he thought he was honoring God. However, when he was on his way to Damascus he quickly realized that he was doing the opposite (Acts 9:4). I’m sure Satan played all sorts of mind games with Paul. Paul could have allowed the guilt of hurting Christians torture his soul. He could have allowed regret to keep him from moving forward in his journey to walk with Christ but he didn’t. In fact, Paul identified and took ownership of his mistake.

He repented of his wrongdoing and immediately made changes to his life. His actions supported his decision that nothing was going to shake his faith in Christ. Apostle Paul was no stranger to pain. He went from being the persecutor to the persecuted. He suffered so much on behalf of Christ. In 2 Corinthians 11:22 to 33 Paul mentions that he was shipwrecked,  beaten, stoned and constantly had people seeking to take his life. Despite all of the psychological and physical circumstances Satan sent to deter him, Paul continued to fight the good fight and earned his crown of righteousness (2 Tim 4:7-8).

My guess is many of us will not be persecuted to Paul’s exent, but our relationship troubles can cause us to feel confused and stressed. Our continual battles with bad habits can make us feel defeated. Our financial problems can make us feel worthless. Despite the severity of problem,  we can obtain peace in the midst of our troubles if we have faith (John 14:27) and bring our burdens to the Lord Psalm 55:22.

If you turn your focus to God you can protect yourself against Satan’s attacks (2Kin 6:16-17; Rom 8:31). We are empowered to win over whatever attack Satan sends our way by reading, meditating and applying God’s word to our life. His Word has the power to change our lives. This is why we are told to turn to God during our challenges because he is our Commander in Chief. He knows all of the tricks that Satan will use to fight against us. However, God has the tools, tips and tricks that will enable you to beat Satan but you won’t be able to access any of this if you refuse to wear your armor (eph 6: 10-20) or don’t have faith in His abilities to heal and lead you to victory (Matt 13:58 and Mark 6:5).

If you want to win the war, you have to be willing to walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7). Listening and obeying our Commander, God, is the only way we can win the war against Satan (Heb 4:16).

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How do you wait on God?

HOW DO YOU WAIT ON GOD

Patience is a virtue that I never mastered.  If I want to receive all the blessings that God has in store for me, I need to make sure I don’t move ahead of His time. Whenever you move ahead of His time, God has to place His work on hold to discipline you. Otherwise, you won’t be appreciative of the gifts that He has for you.

Discover how you can identify God’s voice so you can gain the patience that you need to live an extraordinary life. 

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Are You Burying Your Talent?

ARE YOU BURYING YOUR TALENT BLOG

In today’s podcast, I want to discuss what’s referred to as The Parable of Talents. This takes place in Matthew 25:14- 29. There was a man who had three servants. He gave the one servant 5 talents, the second servant 2 talents, and the last servant one talent.

When their boss came back he wanted to see how his servants spent their talents. The first two servants doubled their talents. However, the last servant that was given one talent went and buried his talent. Needless to say, his boss was upset. The boss took this servant’s talent away from him and gave it to the servant that had 10 talents.

In case you haven’t figured it out, this parable is a metaphor for our relationship with God. Now even though the story refers to talent from the sense of money, we can view this today as our natural skills. God blessed everyone on this earth with a talent. Yet, so many people either consciously or subconsciously have chosen to bury their talent due to ignorance, fear or laziness.

Ignorance

If you don’t know what talent you possess then you may be under the impression that you don’t have any. Obviously, this couldn’t be further from the truth but if you don’t believe that you possess valuable skills, you won’t bother to pursue identifying your talent.

Fear

Even if you do identify your talent you may be too afraid to cultivate it for fear of what other people may think. So for example, if you possess the gift of song, you may keep your amazing voice a secret for fear of other criticizing you.

Laziness

Some people don’t even want to learn what skills they possess because that means that they would have to work. They would rather make excuses like the one talent man about why they can’t do something instead of trying to exert the energy to make it happen.

Regardless of what the reason may be, the end result is if you don’t use it you will lose it. God gives everyone the opportunity to hone their talents. However, it’s up to us to put forth the effort to identify our talent. Once we do this we need to work towards determining how to use our talent to glorify God while helping others discover their talent.   

If we bury our talent, we will die emotionally and sometimes physically. We die an emotional death because it hurts when we know we’re capable of doing more but allow ignorance or fear to get in the way. We’ll end up living a life of should of, would of, could ofs.

A soul filled with negativity will eventually start to affect your body. When you keep all that frustration inside it eats away at you. Depending on how you process negativity you may feel depressed, angry, or some other negative emotion that will manifest itself into an ailment. If you’re constantly living your life in fear, you worry a lot. This can have detrimental effects on your stomach, cause you to experience headaches and other undesirable effects on your body.

It has always been my goal to never live a life of regrets which is easier said than ever to do these days. We live in a world where people feel compelled to compare themselves to other people.

Unfortunately, many base their self-worth based on the number of likes, shares, repins or echoes they receive on the content that they have created. There’s nothing wrong with wanting people to appreciate your accomplishments but we have to keep them in perspective.

If our pursuit of worldly recognition causes us to bury our talent due to analysis paralysis or takes away time from improving our relationship with God then that goal is not worth the risk.  As long as your goals are aligned with God’s word those are talents that you need to pursue.

If you find that you have been burying your talents, it’s never too late to resurrect them.

I would love to hear your comments and thoughts about whether you have buried your talents.

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What Kind of Employee Are You?

WHAT TYPE OF EMPLOYEE ARE YOU

This blog post has been turned into a podcast which can be accessed here.

Is today just another manic Monday? I’m probably dating myself when I say this, but the Bangles Just Another Manic Monday song often pops into my head whenever Monday rolls around.

Anyway, it got me thinking, whether it be for another person or for ourselves we all work for someone. However, many of us, myself included need to be reminded that God is our ultimate boss. When we go out into the world we’re stepping into God’s office. We’re here to do a job.

We’re supposed to be letting our light shine so we can bring others to Christ. The Bible is our employee handbook. All throughout the Bible God’s given us rules and guidelines to abide by like those mentioned in Matthew 6 & 7, Romans 1, Gal 5, Phillipians 4 and countless other scriptures. We’re provided a generous benefits packet which consists of His love and protection provided we follow His rules.

The rules look so simple in the handbook, but we all know obeying them is a totally different story. There are all types of co-workers that we will encounter when we’re in the office.

Our co-workers aka the folks we choose to associate with in everyday life will either help or hinder our quest to impress our boss.

Which got me thinking what kind of co-workers are you associating with when you’re in the office?

The Joker aka Lazy One: Life is one big playground. They literally have no desire to work.  Their goal is to evade as much work as possible. They provide plenty of laughs but offer absolutely no substance.

The Backstabber:  They smile in your face, all the while they want to take your place. Feel free to cue the Ojays Back Stabbers song. Unfortunately, the world is filled with plenty of these folks Matthew 7: 15. 

The Fearful one: Even though the fearful seems innocent they are just as bad as the backstabbers. They will throw you underneath the bus just so they don’t have to go against the crowd.

However, if we’re wearing our armor (Eph 6: 10-18) we will without a doubt be conscious of all of the above as well as positioning ourselves to be the perfect employee.

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Are you forming good or bad habits?

Are you forming good or bad habits?

This blog post has been turned into a podcast which can be accessed here.

How many times have we said, “There’s nothing wrong with making a mistake.” Although this is true; the problem is when we falsely identify our habits as a mistake.  

  • A mistake is when you unintentionally say or do something that is wrong.
  • A habit is when you repeatedly think and/or perform the same behavior and/or action whereby it becomes your way of life. In other words, this habit becomes a law that guides your life.

Let’s take some time to dig into the difference between a habit and a mistake. I had taken my focus off of God and His word and allowed my emotions to take the lead. My quest to fix my situation instead of going to God’s word first is why I made the majority of my mistakes.

I allowed my misguided thoughts to morph into a nasty habit of ungratefulness and impatience. It was literally affecting other aspects of my life. I started singling out many areas of my life that I felt like God had neglected in helping me. I chose to play the role of a victim. I truly believed that God wanted everyone but me to win at life.  

“God why do I have to work with these people?

God, I wish I had enough money to travel like they do.

Why is my life so boring?

I was constantly comparing myself to other people because I felt like God had forgotten about me. My mistaken belief led me down a horrible path to dismiss the blessings that God had already given me.    

Sadly, it wasn’t until God started taking away these blessings that I realized how much I had taken for granted in my life.  Looking back on the situation I can see how hard God tried to get my attention. We can’t expect God to continue blessing us if He sees that we’re not going to appreciate it. If we’re honest about it, we would just trample on it like the swine in Matt 7:6. Sometimes, you really don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

The irony is when God starts to chasten us by taking away blessings we get further discouraged and upset with God. However, my habit of not working hard enough to identify my misconstrued thoughts are what helped me create a habit of ungratefulness and impatience in my life.  

The good news is that you have the power to break this vicious cycle. You need to acknowledge your behavior, ask God for forgiveness and change your ways.

You can’t fix a problem if you’re not willing to admit that you have one. Regardless of how much it hurts, you have to address it head on because letting it linger only harms you.  

Had I not corrected my misguided thinking I would have been setting myself up to make an even bigger mistake by going outside of God’s timing.

It’s important to apologize for your behavior because it demonstrates that you’re taking ownership of your actions. As much as you may want to skip over this step, you can’t  if you’re truly sorry.

Apologizing is a very humbling experience and serves as a reminder that you’re not perfect. It’s your opportunity to demonstrate that you are remorseful for your behavior (1 John 1:9). Once you have done the first two steps, you need to demonstrate how serious you are about changing your life by withstanding any consequences that may come as a result of your behavior.

According to James 1:22 actions speak louder than words. Let’s say you stole my car. You can say you’re sorry all day long, but if you have made no effort to give me back my car then you’re not sorry. Your actions have to support and demonstrate your endeavor to change your way of life.

If you feel like your life is heading down the wrong path, take a moment to evaluate your decisions. You will be amazed at how quickly your life will improve the moment you’re able to decipher the difference between good and bad habits.