Faith vs. Sight

Faith

There are some days when all you can do is quiet your spirit and know that God is working things out for your good! You, in your physical world, don’t see the way, but you have to trust that God has already established the way! 

What’s my alternative? Cave in? Quit? If I quit, what do I quit to? If I cave in, what do I cave in to? There is no other option for me but to trust God.

I can’t fall back on mommy or daddy because both are in heaven with God. I can’t fall back on earthly riches because I don’t have any.

The pastor of Elevation Church once stated, “The opposite of faith is not fear, the opposite of faith is sight!!!” That makes sense, because the Bible says that we walk by faith and not by sight!!!

Lord help me to close off my physical sight and continue to operate by my spiritual sight, which is faith!

~Selah

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Spiritual Flu

Flu

Would you routinely be “up close and personal” with someone who is constantly sneezing, coughing, hacking, with a runny nose, and is complaining of a sore throat??? NO!!

Why???

You would be afraid of catching what they have.

In the same way, we must be very careful of how “up close and personal” we are with negative people!

The Bible tells us to guard our hearts with ALL diligence for out of it spring the issues of life! (Proverbs 4: 23)

Be very careful who you constantly let speak their negative words over you on a daily basis. Keep your distance from such people! If not, you will find yourself beginning to act and feel negative, angry, depressed, and unhappy!

GUARD YOURSELF AGAINST PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SPIRITUAL FLU!!!

~Selah

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Life Purpose

LifePurpose

The dictionary defines purpose as, “the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.; an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.”

Most people, at some point in their lives, have asked the question, “What is my purpose?” On the surface, the question seems harmless, but the actuality is more than meets the eye. Purpose gives rise to how we conduct our lives on a daily basis. To know one’s purpose means that we awake each morning with the knowledge that we have a plan for the day. As Christians, each of us have been called to the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18 states,

But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself, received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation, that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him.”

This means that each day one of my main objectives should be to touch a life in such a way as to cause that person to come into harmony or relationship with God. Everyday my life should be a walking, talking, acting example of God in the earth. How I do my job should be a reflection of how God would act on a job. How I interact with people on a daily basis should be a reflection of how God would maneuver on this earth if He were to take a human form.

Sometimes life presents us with situations that make it challenging to react and behave in a manner that pleases our heavenly father. It is during those times when we have the greatest opportunity to represent our purpose in this life. God promised that He would be with us always, so when we are faced with challenging circumstances, remember that God will cause us to come out victorious and His word will accomplish everything it set out to do. His purposes, will be done in this earth!

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The Great Void

Hole-In-The-Heart 2

“You and I are not that different, we just gotta void, tryin’ to fill it up!” I heard these words as I was listening to a song by the artist, “Mandisa.”

I thought about it for a moment and decided to write about how it made me feel. I have been fortunate enough to still be among the land of the living. I say fortunate because I have had several friends and family who have been called home to be with their creator much earlier than me.

I admit, I tend to be a lot more vocal about my feelings than most people. I have been accused of being too “analytical” by many and that’s ok. I’m just doing me! Anyway, these words intrigued me. I guess a lot of people feel that when they get to be middle aged, they have filled most of the voids in their life, either by trial and error or good ole’ fashion life experiences.

What some people fail to realize is that God created us to have voids. I can just hear some people balking at this idea. To them, we are not supposed to have voids! I say, quite the contrary. Having void in our life is part of who we are as humans. God left a little “hole” in us that can only be filled by one thing . . . Him and Him alone! Once we fill that main void with God, all the other “voids” seem to eventually get filled with the RIGHT things!

I have had my share of voids in my life, but I discovered that when I acknowledge God as filling the main void, then the other voids somehow dissipate.

As humans, we attempt to fill our main void with soo many other things; like drugs, alcohol, food, entertainment, sex, people, material possessions, money, careers, and a host of other vices. Whatever fleeting pleasures these things give us, they cannot take the place of a permanent and complete fulfillment of that hole in our hearts!

God will never allow the place that has been reserved for Him to be filled with anything else.

There are times when I feel sad, lonely, depressed, angry, hurt, overlooked, and downright wishing Calgon®  would take me far, far, away from here. Then, after I finish throwing my temper tantrum, the Holy Spirit gently reminds me that God has been there all the while, loving me and wanting me to reach out to Him.

Until we live in this truth, we will always be searching for something or someone to fill the emptiness in our hearts. God wants to reveal Himself to us in all of His fullness. Once we truly get a taste of the fullness of God, we won’t’ want to settle for anything less.

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Leslie, “Fix Yourself!”

Change

I recently watched an episode of “Iyanla Fix My Life,” and something occurred to me. Whenever most people are presented with the truth about themselves, they immediately become defensive. In episode after episode of her show, I have watched people squirm, leave the room, or storm off in anger whenever Iyanla points out something in their character they need to take responsibility for. Why is this? One of the things Iyanla says in her intro is, you have to “do the work!” She proclaims that she “did her work” and because of this, she was able to find purpose and clarity to the lessons life was trying to teach her.

Why is it so hard for people to do self-reflection? One reason may be that people perceive analyzing one’s self as a sign of weakness. Recognizing our shortcomings is not a sign of weakness. To the contrary, it is a sign that we recognize that we don’t have it all together. It says that because I am breathing in and out, chances are there are some things that I need to work on about myself that can only serve to illuminate the qualities that God really wants the world to see in me.

It is so much easier to find the flaws and imperfections in other people than to seek them out in ourselves. What would a person do with the knowledge that they may be jealous, selfish, arrogant, impatient, lazy, a procrastinator, a promise-breaker, and such? How could knowing that about myself help me? Well, the more we know, the more we are able to take the necessary steps to make adjustments and self-corrections. Behind that jealousy, is a scared little boy who never quite felt capable and smart. Behind that selfishness, is a little girl who grew up never feeling as though she had much. Her only way to survive was to hold on to things for fear of losing the little she did have.

As Christians, if we are not able to do self-corrections, how can we then allow God to make the necessary changes in our lives? The Bible tells us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt us in due season. The word humble is defined as, “conscious of one’s failings; unpretentious; lowly.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/humble

You see, it is so important that we are aware of our own shortcomings and submit those shortcomings to God. Only then can God exalt us to walk in our destiny. If we don’t do the personal work on ourselves, when opportunities present themselves for us to walk into our destiny, we will be ill prepared to handle the rigors that go along with that destiny.

Once we learn how to recognize the things that may be holding us back, we can then do the necessary things to rectify those hindrances and begin to do the work toward becoming a person of beauty, walking into our destiny. Only then can we be the true men and women of God we were created to be.

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Trust

Trust

 

Transparent moment:

Trust has always been a challenge for me. I hardly ever gave my trust to anyone. If I didn’t trust humans, how could I say I trusted that God could handle a situation better than I could? God has been dealing with me for years about this issue. I have been in His school of “Learning to Trust” for years! 

I can testify that in the last couple of years, I have grown by leaps and bounds in the area of trust. Most of my growth was out of necessity, because I had no other choice, but a lot of my growth in trust has been the result of simply making the decision to just ” give it over to God.” 

What I have discovered is that trust frees us from worry, stress, and anxiety. When we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God will handle something, we can sleep at night. Trust lightens your load. It says that I don’t have all the answers, but I can rest assured that someone has my back! 

Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

 ~Selah

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Three Simple Words!

Free Hugs

The importance of saying “I Love You.”

I grew up in a family where the words, “I love you,” were not something we heard on a consistent basis. Like many people in my parents’ generation, love was expressed in many non-verbal ways. Food on the table, electricity, a warm bed, and shoes and clothing were most often the sign that we were loved as children. I remember when I graduated from high school, my mom went to hug me and I felt so awkward because we just didn’t hug in my family!

Now that I am a wife and parent, I have learned down thru the years the affirming power of those three little words. The Bible has countless examples of love in operation. To me, the word “Love” says that I matter to someone, that I am worth the effort, that I have value. God created us to give as well as receive Love.

I have a friend on Facebook that tells her children  that she loves them daily. That is so precious. It is so important to TELL the people we love that we do indeed love them. Nothing can replace those words flowing thru our ear gate. They can soothe the most despondent heart and lift the countenance of a sad face.

My husband and I tell each other several times a day that we love each other. We tell our son on a consistent basis that we love him. That phrase NEVER gets old. Who, in your life needs to hear those words right now? Please let them know. Tomorrow is not promised. Let’s all get in the habit of saying, “I LOVE YOU!”

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