Today, I experienced some very typical behavior where an individual was more concerned with their flesh needs than fulfilling God’s assignment. I understand that we are human, but the word declares that “our natural, earthly lives don’t in themselves lead us into the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor 15:50 MSG) We should not be driven by our flesh and heart needs but constantly yielding to the Holy Spirit for guidance.
When an opportunity presents itself that may serve as a distraction, utilize these tools:
Keep your flesh under subjection – “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5:16-17)
Resist the devil – “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Watch and Pray – “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16)
Know who you are as a child of God – “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
Accept that God is the Strength of your heart – “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:6)
In this season, obedience to God must take precedence over any emotion or inclination to fulfill our flesh needs, as our flesh and heart may fail. In this season, embrace the plan of God for your life and let Him be your strength and portion forever.
How long do you walk around feeling ill before seeking a solution? I’ve encountered a lot of people lately that are walking around poisoning people with their emotional turmoil – and seemingly refusing to acknowledge that they need help. Is it pride that keeps you in that place of bondage? Are you so afraid of your own truth and vulnerability that you can’t face it?
Lately, I’m taking a closer daily inventory of my life to ensure that if there is misalignment, I get it straight quickly! I empathize for those who can’t reflect but choose to deflect their stuff onto others. Don’t you realize that HELP IS AVAILABLE?
The longer you move about misguided and toxic, the harder things become. Misalignment brings with it the “afflictions” that we read about Psalm 34:19, concerning the righteous; and then there is the “but God”! That’s HELP!
Let me empower you today with these words of wisdom from my life experience:
Forgive yourself and forgive others; this is usually one of the greatest hindrances of life
Seek the Holy Spirit for your purpose and pursue it with everything you’ve got
Find yourself a circle of influence that is where you desire to be, not where you’ve been
Find a trusted counselor
Let’s begin a new journey today. A journey towards wholeness, nothing missing and nothing lacking. Let’s seek resolve for whatever challenges we’re facing – accepting the HELP that is available.
Do you have a counselor? Whether it’s sports, career, marriage or life in general, the role of a counselor is a necessary component for success! I spoke with a few individuals this weekend about relationships and the necessity of getting some guidance to help them succeed and the response more often than not was, “We don’t need a counselor.”. My question today is, “What are you afraid of?”.
What I’ve experienced in the counseling field is that people are apprehensive of seeking counseling for several reasons:
Not willing to deal with their reality
Exposing hidden truths
Lack of coping tools
Lack of understanding
Why do you go to the doctor? You go because something is physically not right with your body. It is that same reason that you should seek out a trusted professional to aid you when your life is out of alignment. I gained so much insight about myself during my studies in Temperament Counseling that I’ve become a Licensed Counselor. The benefits is brought not just to me but my marriage, my relationship with my children and even my career path has been greatly impacted by receiving the truth concerning my inborn and how God created me to cope.
Today, I want to challenge you to seek out the help that you need for any area of your life that you may be struggling in. Anything that you’re facing at this moment should not keep you captive from moving forward and being a success. Stop being afraid of the unknown; find a trusted counselor, face your situation, develop a strategy for change, and EMPOWER yourself to succeed!
On a typical day, I watch very little television and that entertainment is limited to one of three channels because I like happy endings! The interruption occurs, a commercial, and its talking about car insurance. The commercial suggests that you’ve chosen the wrong insurance company because your company is only going to give you enough money to pay for 1/3 of your totaled vehicle. How tragic! You’ve been making an investment in a plan that you trusted to cover in the time of need and it doesn’t happen. It is that same way when investing your time in relationships that don’t provide the needed dividend in times of need.
Good news! There is a relationship that you can invest in that covers any situation you may face. If you’ve received Jesus as Lord and savior there is coverage for you! Isaiah 54:17 reads, “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” To know that whatever circumstance you may face, God has you covered and the enemy will not succeed. Many are facing some trying times right now; emotional, financial, grief, or a health concern – just know that God has you covered. Today, God wants you EMPOWERED by His Word. Today, He wants your faith strengthened in the midst of your trouble – knowing that He’s got you COVERED!
Pray this prayer with me:
Father, I come before you in this moment, seeking solace in the time of turmoil and fear. God, I need you like never before to re-align me on the path that you’ve established for me. I am asking that you forgive me for the error of my ways and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I trust you Father and I yield my will to yours. Today, I believe that I Am Covered. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Does is bother you when you’ve not been accepted by a certain person or group of people? Does it really matter if you don’t fit in? I’m sure most will say, I’m cool with not being accepted by people and give you religious response, “I’m accepted by God”. That’s a really good answer but unfortunately – it’s not the truth for most. 😦
Acceptance is something that we all desire, whether it be a child being accepted by a parent, a new employee being accepted on the job, or simply having your circle of influence expanded by like minded champions. Acceptance is something that we all desire! In reading over the manuscript of our book this morning, this passage from the chapter “You Bastard” began speaking loudly again.
” I remember being asked as a child, “Who is your daddy?” and I couldn’t answer. All I remember ever stating was that my mother was Barbara. People often ask who your parents are as a way to find out your lineage, or a possible relation to them, but some will ask with the intent to disqualify you or make you feel unworthy. As a child you are unable to discern the true meaning behind the question, yet you are left to deal with the repercussions of it. Did it really matter to people if they knew who my dad was? Did everybody know I was a bastard and were mocking me? Is that why I was treated differently? These are emotions that I’m recalling as if it were yesterday. Having been born into a relationship of two individuals who had “moments of expressed love”, yet now I’m suffering because of it.” (taken from “I Am His Child” by V. Burrell & N. Williams)
Acceptance, was the root of this torn moment that would require truth to bring forth healing. Today, take time to look within – exposing those areas in your life where healing is needed in the area of acceptance. Don’t overexert yourself in this process though – come to terms with the reality that you’re not going to be accepted by all. Seek out those relationships that you’ve yearned for, those individuals who would be willing to embrace you with love and understanding that’s unapologetic and pure. Be mindful also that the first step in acceptance is attached to forgiveness.
This week’s teaching on our Blog talk radio show shares from Psalm 34
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.