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Don’t Let Fear Stagnate and Stunt Your Growth. Stay Connected To God. Grow Spiritually!

destiny-comaSpiritual growth is a life-long process. But oftentimes life situations will cause us to become disconnected. We lose sight of God, even though he’s always with us. Our prayer life, meditation, and reading of the Word are affected. We don’t mediate or pray as much. We become distracted.

Stagnated in our walk with God because we are so comfortable where we are. We are satisfied with our life, fear change, and believe the life we live is the best it can get for us. When in fact, God has a greater plan in place for us. God’s Word teaches, rebukes, corrects, and trains us that we may be equipped for every good work. This essentially is spiritual growth.

To grow is to increase in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. Spend time with God. Pray. Say a simple prayer, even when it seems difficult. Stay connected. No matter where you find yourself in life, it is where you are supposed to be even if you caused some delays out of decisions you made on your own. You are still growing. It may not be as fast as others or as you would like it to be. But it is steady.

When you find yourself in a place where you are confused and feel like nothing is working in your favor, look to God. Persevere. Be confident of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippines 1:6).

Don’t let the shock of knowing you need to grow put you in a destiny coma because you’re stuck in the past and your present, hindering your future. Grow. Move forward.

Be blessed!– JD

2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”(NIV)

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Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday! Be Encouraged. If God Be For Us, He is More Than The World Against Us

God Be For You Joaynn.pngWhen it feels like the weight of the world is on our shoulders and our heart is heavy burdened because we’re troubled and feel alone, and it seems like the world is against us who can we call on? God. He hears the prayers of the righteous. He’s always with us.

One of the most difficult things to contend with is not placing judgment when we are going through something. Even more so, one of the greatest challenges we face when in such a predicament is not holding ourselves accountable.

Sadly, people will always and I mean always have an opinion about you. Gossipers will have a field day when you choose not to do what “they” think is best for them and not you. You can never be good enough to do enough to please everyone. Stop trying.

Sometimes we have to look beyond our circumstances to find answers when troubled. It’s not people. We’re fighting against the wrong person. We make the mistake of blaming others for our insecurities. It’s not them. It’s the enemy. If we keep looking for answers from others who will validate our need to be right even when we know we are wrong, then we are looking to the wrong person for a solution to the problem.

Then we begin to isolate ourselves from the very people who can help us. As believers we already know Satan is a liar and the truth ain’t in him. His greatest desire is to isolate you from everyone, even loved ones to get your attention. He wants nothing more than to keep your mind preoccupied on things you know are not of God. Because he knows your comfort zone and he wants you to stay there to keep you from growing.

God desires you grow. But how you can grow if you insist on doing it alone and isolating yourself from the world because you are comfortable. How can you be better if you’re stagnating your own growth? And choose not to change your mindset or way of thinking because you are complacent? How can you do better if you are still doing what’s familiar instead accepting the challenge of becoming better? You can’t be better until you do better.

Fear and faith cannot exist at the same time when you know God. Don’t judge unless you be judged. Surround yourself with the right people. Godly wisdom is the greatest wisdom you can ever have to help you when going through the storm. Take a moment. Sit in silence. Seek God.

Stop relying on other people to validate your existence. Come out of your comfort zone. Choose to be happy. Choose to live to please God. Be not afraid. God is with you. When you find yourself in a predicament that you have no control of, go to God and not other people. If God be for you, he is more than the world against you.

Psalm 27:1 tells us, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” No one or nothing!

Be blessed! – JD

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (ESV)

 

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God Shifted Some Things In Your Favor To Get You Where You Are. Don’t Regret Change. You Couldn’t Remain the Same Person

God I Thank You JoaynnWhen you are in transition and your breakthrough is getting close, you can tell because you’re not your usual self. You get easily aggravated. You may feel helpless. Things that never use to irritate you will and people who never mattered to you matter.

Don’t let it discourage you. God is shifting you. When it seems like you are at your worst, God sends a miracle. A ram in the bush with provision. Praise and worship God. Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.

Before you could get to where God was taking you some things had to change. You couldn’t get to where you are by staying the same person. Thank God for molding you into the person you now are from who you used to be. You couldn’t remain the same person. God shaped you to prepare you for your destiny.

Say this with me, God I thank you for molding me into who I am from who I used to be because had it not been for who I was I wouldn’t be who I am today.

Be blessed! – JD

Matthew 13:43 “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (ESV)

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John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever”

wpid-img_20140815_110821.jpgThe devil was so busy the other day. I told him “Not today, devil. Not today! You’ve been served notice. Cancel every assignment. No weapon formed shall prosper!”

It seemed nothing was going in my favor that day. I felt defeated, lost, and couldn’t see God in anything. I found myself complaining about the things I didn’t have. Telling God how sick and tired I was of being sick and tired because I lost the things I once had.

Bitterness began to set in. I started reflecting on things from my past and began to blame others for my plight just because nothing that day seemed to be turning out right. It was not until I was reminded of Job and in some way, felt the same as he did and began comparing myself to him. Even though I managed to leave out some things, I realized Job was a great example to follow.

Job lost everything. His family and possessions. He was at a crossroad in his faith. He started complaining. He allowed his desire to understand why he was suffering overwhelm him, causing him to question God. Yet he remained faithful, had patience, and endurance. He could have either cursed God and gave up. But he didn’t. He trusted God and drew from his strength to continue. He didn’t give up on God. He worshipped God alone.

He may have questioned God and was not sure why he was suffering because he clearly felt he did not do anything to deserve such punishment. As did I. I questioned “Why me?” “Why me God?” You know the things I need and don’t have. Why am I struggling?

I told him, something changed. I find that the things I used to love doing and looked forward to every day are now becoming extinct. Does that mean I’m growing? I’ve become bored with what used to bring me joy and feel it’s time to move on to something bigger and better. Does it mean you are calling me God to move to the next level? See, I don’t know and now I find I’m truly uncomfortable. I’m struggling.

At times I feel I don’t have strength to do what has been so simple for me. Yet I’m no longer satisfied with just doing something. I desire to do more with the gifts God has given me. Pray for me. It’s not that I don’t want to keep doing what I do. It’s just that I want to do something more than what I’m doing.

I had to get myself together and collect my thoughts. I rose out of bed. I sat on the edge as I began to talk to God and express my frustration and fears. I told him about the things I’m struggling with. And as I’m talking something came to me. God revealed something incredible to me.

And I said to him, “Why not take me through trials and tribulations, almost to the point of death and desperation. That I may lose myself until I find hope in you God. I don’t ask why me but why not me? Why not use me Lord? Let your will, not my will, be done. I come to you with open arms. Use me Lord!”

God said to me “Dear child, I have seen your efforts and know how much you are trying to grow and do the work of the Lord but you cannot do this alone. Don’t worry. Help is on the way. I’m going to send you a blessing that will guide you in this journey.”

I realized no matter how much I read the word, study, and meditate, there was something missing in my walk. I began to repent and confess my wrongs to God. I knew in the end this would shape me for service to others.

John 14:16 tells me, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.”  This assures me the Holy Spirit is on my side. It is working for and with me. I will live as God wants and build God’s kingdom.

I will never stop spreading words of encouragement, inspiration, or the love of God. I just feel deep inside I need to be doing more. Pray for me as I pray for myself. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:23).

Search for sin and please point out things I’m not doing right. Show me any and all wrong motives that may be behind the things I’m feeling. When you show me what I’ve done, I will repent and seek forgiveness. I will walk in your ways. I am forgiven.

There’s a struggle inside each of us. There’s someone fighting a battle somewhere much harder than any of us. Pray. God will keep watch over us.

Every day I have to ask God for forgiveness. I admit I’m not a saint. I’m a sinner. At times, I wrestle with my flesh. And don’t get it right in the beginning. I won’t say a word. It’s for the good. I watch, I listen, then take it to God. I put it in his hands. I don’t have to do a thing. I leave it up to Him.

Be blessed! -JD

Colossians 3:1-41 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (ESV)

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Correcting Storms – God Disciplines Us; Perfecting Storms Develop Us

wpid-img_20140629_132023.jpgHave you ever met a person you could see right through that was full of contempt, selfishness, spite, arrogant, prideful, belligerent? And at first thought decided you didn’t like what you see? But knew inside there was nothing you could do about it outside of praying for them that God would touch their hearts and minds in their unwillingness to change? I know some of you are saying, “No, I haven’t.” And then there are some of you that have no trouble telling the truth, “Yes you have.” I know I have. I’m with you.

We may not always be obedient but when God corrects us, it’s because he loves us. Discipline may be painful. Rejoice. God’s helping us to grow for a greater purpose. God never promised there wouldn’t be storms. Storms will come. It’s not because we’ve done something wrong. He promised we’d never go through the storm alone. But when we deliberately disobey God and will cause our own demise, it’s not because of him. It’s because of us. There will be consequences to our wrong doings. Don’t blame God for it.

I’m reminded of Jonah where the text in the Old Testament tells us when we think of the story of him, we envision a man who was a prophet that was transparent. We could see imperfections right through him and in most cases, if we were to think of ourselves, it would remind us of ourselves. Blaming God when clouded by our own judgment of the things we may have done to cause our troubles. We become angry at God when we’ve done wrong. We know there are things we shouldn’t do but yet continue to do out of our disobedience to God. We think we are in control and run the world. We forget that God is in control over everything. He is the center of the earth.

Matthew 7:25-26 tells us, “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” In this passage Jesus makes it clear: He doesn’t say if storms come. He says when the storm came, the winds blew, streams rose, beating against the house causing it to crash to the ground. The people ignored Jesus. They suffered painful consequences as a result of their disobedience.

God’s Word provides us with instructions and guides us in how we are to live a righteous life. But many of us will choose to fight against it. On the outside we put up a front pretending we are obedient to God. On the inside we are resistant. We try to avoid God’s call. We run away. We don’t want to sacrifice ourselves. We’re belligerent. And think we can nullify God’s call by feeling sorry for ourselves. We can try to do all we can to resist God’s call. It doesn’t matter. Know this. God will accomplish his purpose, even through unwilling servants.

Sometimes God allows storms of correction to disciple us. God is speaking to us. When God sends perfecting storms, he’s developing us to grow. Listen. Obey. Abide in his word.

No matter what happens, choose to follow God. It will bring great benefits and rewards. If you turn from him, it will bring suffering. Follow Him. You will learn obedience from what you may suffer.

Be blessed! –JD

 Hebrews 5:8-98 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (ESV)

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Spiritual Maturity

ImageAs believers in Christ, we are given the task of growing in our faith. But it doesn’t happen overnight. Nor does it come automatically. The process of maturity takes time. It requires determination on your part. You must be committed and willing to serve daily. And you must live it; FAITH.

Faith also requires endurance when you are tested. To have genuine faith means to be committed and stay true to God when you’re under attack. Trials are to be expected. But in order to sustain, faith means to be confident in God’s protection. Trials deepen our faith and builds character. “Endurance builds character and leads to victory.”

To know you’ve reached maturity in your faith is to notice change. Noticing your actions and the manner in which you handle things. You are no longer easily moved, swayed, or shaken by worldly temptations. You respond differently to conflict and confrontation. Humility becomes your greatest asset. There is no more pride. You desire more of the things of God inside.

Spiritual growth is essential. It brings true faith. Faith holds the key. It strengthens when you live spiritually. Stay true to God. Follow his commands. Be obedient. His Word will stand. Don’t forsake him. He won’t forsake you. Seek God first in all you do. Work to build character.

Last but not least, pray for endurance. Talk to God in prayer. Have wisdom. Listen for that small whisper, that small voice from Him. God will strength your heart from within. —JD

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

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