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As Long As You Are In The Right Standing With God Don’t Worry About Where You Stand With Others

Right Standing With God JoaynnAs believers, when we are properly aligned with the Word of God, we are able to recognize the false pretenses of others who desire to dismantle our character with gossip, lies, and deceit when constantly in negotiation with the enemy to kill, steal, and destroy in their failure to do the right thing.

However, one of the ways we are assured we have grown when faced with opposition is when we choose not to respond to negative, false misrepresentations of the truth opposite of who we are. The minute people point out weaknesses of others and judge them unconducive to who they themselves claim not to be, is an indication of their own hidden weaknesses that ultimately expose who they truly are.

Actions speak louder than words. When someone offends you and you choose not to respond, it doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you are growing. Because if you can reflect once upon time when you would have given them a piece of your mind but instead chose to ignore the offense and pray for them, you have changed. You have been transformed. You have grown stronger in the Lord and choose to love others in spite of who they are. And the best part God, not you, will be glorified. ‪#‎randomthought

Be blessed! – JD

Colossians 1:9-10 “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (ESV)

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Consider Trouble A Blessing And Not A Curse. God Is Preparing You For Your Future. Declare, I’m Walking In My Destiny. I Got The Victory!

You're A Victor JoaynnWhen you go through the unspeakable you will find out who your true friends are. You will know who God is and learn who you truly are.

See, before storms in life present itself to us we have an idea of what we are made of. But when the storm comes, we cannot imagine who we may become. We may rely on people to approve, accept, and acknowledge us believing this is what we need to become who we will be. However, none of it is necessary.

When going through the trial and our faith is tested, we learn about ourselves. God shows us who he is. We may never understand the season we’re in but we learn of God’s power and sovereignty while in it. He is preparing us for what he already knows; our future. He’s pruning, refining, shaping us for what’s to come. Be grateful.

Adversity reveals character. Trials make us stronger. Thank God for the trials and the people who left you. Everybody can’t go with you. No matter what season you may find yourself in, God is all you need. He approves of you. Believe.

Be blessed! – JD

Proverbs 3:25, 26 “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” (ESV)

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Don’t Be Troubled or Perplexed by Trials. Welcome Adversity. You Have to be Defeated Before You Can Have Victory

wpid-img_20150121_073442.jpgIn life, we always will encounter obstacles that will either test our faith or cause us to doubt what we already believe. Oftentimes, adversity will present itself that we may humble ourselves before we look up to see the Lord. Have faith in what we cannot see.

Yes, bad things happen because we live in a fallen world but in order for us to get through the bad, we have to go through some things. We have to be defeated before we can have victory. Otherwise, how would we know God will fight our battles if we didn’t have them? How else would we know we need God when troubled on every side? Or trust him when he says, he will deliver us from evil?

God wants us to grow. We cannot grow without being cut. Just as trees cannot grow with dead leaves, to have a new life, old habits and bad attitudes have to be cut. When you find yourself blaming God for what he didn’t do, humble yourself and thank him for what he did do. He kept evil from destroying you.

Life without failure has no meaning. Trials are necessary. They are not meant to punish us. Thank God for the trials. Trials are meant to develop us. When we go through the valley, God goes with us. God desires to guide us with love and wisdom, rather than punishment. His word promises to deliver us from evil.

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Rom 8:29). God knew you before he formed you in your mother’s womb. He knows exactly what he is doing. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Meditate on the word. Accept his advice. God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ (1 John 3:2). He wants to conform us to Christ likeness.

Whatever God has spoken over your life, it will be done. It won’t always be like this. You’ve come too far. God will perfect that which concerns you. Sooner or later, it will turn out in your favor. Thank Him in advance for what he’s done, is doing, and is going to do. Praise the Lord. Thank you Jesus!

Don’t be defeated. Defeat will be necessary before you can have the victory. If God says the righteous will not be forsaken, you are more than a conqueror, believe him. Whatever God says take him at his word. God keeps his word. “For all the promises of God in him are yea and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor 1:20). Don’t miss this. God said it. I believe it. That settles it!

Be blessed! –JD

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

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Don’t Become Complacent or Too Comfortable – In the Face of Adversity, It’s Okay to Be Uncomfortable

wpid-img_20140927_070716.jpgWhen we become too comfortable, we become complacent. And may find ourselves losing our voice and our identity. We also will lose focus and take our eyes off God. And will try to work things out ourselves.

When faced with adversity, at times, we find ourselves looking for answers to things we don’t understand. We create logic that makes sense to us and will follow our own plan. And when it doesn’t work out like we want, we blame everyone else; even God.

Sometimes we do things out of desperation because we want immediate results and if it doesn’t work out, we blame God when we suffer. Take this simple word of advice, wait on God. It will work for the greater good.

As for me, I’m not desperate, I’m determined. I won’t be complacent. I’m okay with being uncomfortable. I welcome adversity. What God has for me is for me.

Be blessed! -JD

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV)

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