When you are going through a trial, the last thing you need is for people to start questioning your faith. My faith is very firmly in tack and it isn’t going anywhere. But while you are going through it doesn’t stop the fact that you’re not feeling well, there is pain in your body, and it seems as though you are getting hit with one complication after another. And being that I am still housed in a human body, sometimes we must exercise wisdom and rest that body. We as a people are quick to judge standing on the outside eavesdropping and not really catching the whole story…We think we know what you are going through, but the truth is we have no idea. The doctor’s visits, the medicine, the money, the sleepless nights and the uncertainty of missing another work day… Before you judge me, ask yourself can you walk in these shoes? My personal shoe size is a 7, but if you start to add and take away everything I may have to endure in the course of an average day; the shoe will never fit another just right; because it wasn’t designed for anyone but the one is wearing/bearing it. But because we have allowed self-righteousness to creep in, many of us are quick to forget the walks we have taken that has had some unsuspected detours which have caused our very own shoe size to fluctuates at times too…
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own self, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Let me take the liberty to define the word reprobate. Reprobate: to condemn strongly as unworthy, unacceptable, or evil; to foreordain to damnation. So, while we are exhausting all our time scrutinizing others, we fail to realize the enemy has us exactly where he wants us; not keeping our own houses in order. We are not examining ourselves and he is taking advantage of our state of unawares and capturing many into the bondage of possibly becoming a reprobate. This is not a place any of us should want to find ourselves. 2 Thessalonians 3:11 states, “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” Many want to talk about what someone else is doing and in the process, they themselves aren’t doing anything. All the while you are in your home, praying, reading the Word, making full proof of your ministry, trusting God silently with all that you are walking through, but because you choose to not do it in the open before man, you are judged.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 6:1).
The lesson to take from this, is if you are not certain of what is really going on in another man/woman’s house, it is best to just be silent. If there is a true concern, pray about it and only by the leading of the Holy Spirit go to that brother or sister in the spirit of Truth. A talebearer wants to ‘spill the tea’ to everyone except the one they should be. Then the concern just becomes gossip; which means there was never any real concern in the first place. So again, this is why the Word says to examine “yourself”. We should desire to never error, though admittedly we all do at times, but as a reminder to us to do better I am reminded of this: “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:14-15). With that being said, we never really know who our Lord has chosen, so it is best to remember, while we know not to put our hands on another, we should also guard our mouths by not speaking negatively of another either; for now that we know better, we should be inspired to do better. Amen!
Merriam Webster dictionary defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. It sounds like facing, overcoming or standing against something that you thought you either could not face, withstand or get pass…but then we realize there is always a way out of no way. Isaiah 43:16-19 say it well… “Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Courage is fed on faith!
In order for us to practice true courage, we must first have faith. Faith, the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen; without it we will never have the courage to face any of our fears. So we look at courage, and there are two hurdles that one must cross, fear which must be defeated and faith with must be obtained. Once we defeat fear, true faith becomes obtainable. Now we must take note of every obstacle that has been blocking us from our freedom to truly live. We can now face them, overcome them and have the strength to stand even when it seems like it is unwilling to let us go. The Word of God reads; “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8) All we have to do is stand and have faith that even though it may not seem like victory is near, we know that He is near; and if He is near then victory is indeed near as well.
Courage is the force behind you reaching all your dreams; but we must have that foundation. The foundation is the Cross. It is written in the book of Luke, Chapter 9 verse 23. Jesus spoke to his disciples saying, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. If we were to deny fear access in our lives and simply follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will be free. Free of every form of bondage and we will have the courage to live the life that we know we were created for. What a beautiful life it will be; free of not only fear, but every other hindrance the enemy may try to place in our way. We know that we will overcome because Christ overcame and defeated the enemy for us all at the Cross. So be encouraged beloved, we win, because Jesus already won… Amen!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Though I may soon come across as harsh, I am realizing that this world is sometimes simply just that, harsh! How many times do you need to read the cover of a book to figure out what’s on the inside. Is the cover embossed with a simple title, or does it have some elaborate design or picture to accompany it? What’s really on the inside of the book? What first appears to us seems to be attractive in all it’s intricate boldness to catch our eyes, but I have now come to the conclusion that we must read the contents if we desire to have the full story revealed to us. Read the book!
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Believe what you read! We are indeed living in times where men and women are becoming lovers of themselves; where self-centeredness has become the norm. Many are coveting that which belongs to another, having no conscious of the error of their ways. We no longer understand humility, for we boast of what we have and yes don’t have; for the love of material things and status has taken precedence over humanity. Pride tells us that we have done no wrong hence, repentance is never visited or acted upon. Children are dishonoring their parents and refusing to receive counsel from them. The world teaches them to become unthankful and unholy, by contorting that which is good and acceptable unto God, their creator.
Then we have the agenda trolls…. Those for the sake of their own selfish desires, who feign friendships built on false affections to obtain their own self-seeking goals; with no thought to the hurt they may inflict on another. Full of false promises for they speak a word with the intent of never honoring that word. Spewing hurt and pain in a slew of arrogance, for some how they have deemed themselves superior, when the very simple truth is they don’t like anything that is good and aim to kill, steal and destroy that which is good. This entity which will never appreciate the good in you for it has exalted itself above all…It thrives on the pleasures of this world more than the things of God; and we must flee from such. For it was sent for the sole purpose of destroying you.
Do not allow people to leech off you until you are left with nothing to stand on. Don’t allow them to pull from you until you are drained of all life and no longer able to take care of yourself. Believe the report of the Lord, and not the lies of the enemy. Learn to say No, and yes only when the Lord tells you to say yes. People will treat you how you allow them to treat you…Stop allowing your goodness to be taken for granted. Know your worth and know that you are loved even if it appears that you are standing alone. For you are never alone, when the world is against you, know with blessed assurance that God is standing with you. I’d rather stand in this world alone with a host of angels all around me, than to stand with any man whose only means is to bring forth harm. Be encouraged…For though it may seem you are alone and forsaken, know that God will always be with you; amen!
Some pains are just too much to bear…
So, I tucked them away in a place called there.
Only allowing them to surface when the pressure can no longer be restrained,
Reaching the point of shedding tears in vain…
Tucked away in a place that is deep, yet not deep enough…
This is the pain of loss.
The loss that never returns…
I am left with memories that do last a lifetime,
Even if it’s only in my lifetime.
I miss you…
And the sheer acknowledgement of that alone,
Is honestly too much to bear!
I fancied myself being strong,
But not when it came to losing you…
I will never lay my head upon the lap of my mother again,
Yes, it is simply too much to bear.
So, I tuck you away again…
To that place that is so deep within…
Just not deep enough…
And I say see you later, for goodbye is too final…
Until we meet again…
I love you.
~ Felisha DeJean
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I am reminded of times in my life when I was afraid in certain situations and some of those times I almost allowed that fear to hinder me into missing my blessings. Fear is an emotion that I am not fond of and it is most unwelcomed in my life, however it will still try to find a way to sneak in unawares. But Christ Jesus left us a precious gift called the Holy Ghost, that gives us peace and comfort when trouble comes so that we do not have to be afraid. It is so important for us to remind ourselves to the seek God for peace that only He can give us; it is His peace that cancels out all doubt and fear.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
This is a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us… He is our protector, He is our comforter…We do not have to fear evil or even death. When we remember God’s word, we know that no matter what we are going through, He is right there with us. While we are walking through our darkest hours, He is walking with us. We are strengthened by the power of His might, and He has even given us a shield of protection. No matter what it looks like, we must remember He has equipped us with all we need to get thought any circumstance without any fear.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
So, when we are faced with fear, we must push pass it by remembering God’s word and praying His word. While we are praying it, we must believe it…Faith as a grain of a mustard seed. Fear is one of the worse kinds of bondage. It does not want you to thrive, it wants you to be held captive within you mind, when God wants us free. We must exercise the power we were freely given through the Holy Ghost to maintain a sound mind, knowing full well that fear is not from God. We have the tools to defeat fear; all we must do is use them.
Lord I pray for anyone who may be battling the spirit of fear; whether it is in the form of starting a new job, facing health issues or whatever form it may come in…I pray against every spirit of fear and bind it in the name of Jesus and I loose power, love and a sound mind over every individual that is being attacked. I pray for the liberty of Christ Jesus to be released in the lives of all His children right now…Let us all remember to cast all our cares upon him; for he does indeed care for us; in Jesus name I pray, amen.
I think of you often and smile through the tears. You taught me so much…I watched you sow compassion and be charitable to those who would need help. You forgave those who weren’t always kind to you as you always welcomed them back with open arms. You stood strong in faith as a good soldier amid one of your greatest battles; and tried to comfort me while you were crossing over into everlasting. You were everything I needed in a Father… I praise God for the gift I had in you… I miss you but carry with me an infinity of memories. I love you eternally…
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
There is a visible pain, the one where you see the evidence of a wound or even by the appearance of tears…It may be a frown on one’s face from the stress of it all or even physical effects such as clasping one’s head from a headache or grabbing one’s chest. There are many tell, tell signs of this physical pain that many of us experience from time to time and most are easily treated; however, there is another type of pain that is hidden. There is no indication of it for it is hidden in a place where no human eye can see… This pain is the one that brings with it all sorts of other problems with it, such as anxiety or depression. The pain that many feel ashamed to talk about, so they feel as though they are left with the burden to bare it all along…
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:7-9)
This is where the enemy comes in to play…He doesn’t want us to know that we are not alone. He doesn’t want us to know that we have a comforter that will take all that pain away, heal our broken hearts and desires to heal every wound. He does what he does best, seeking whom he may devour; he wants to kill what’s yours, steal what’s yours and destroy you in the process. Therefore, it is so vitally important for us to not just know of God, but to have an intimate relationship with Him. He is our comforter; He is our burden barer, and He will heal every wound if/when we surrender it all unto Him. Jesus is the burden bearer, He is our comforter…He is the way maker and peace orchestrator…He will pour out His oil of joy over you and fill your cup till it overflows. What a mighty, loving God we serve…
I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings and will not be ashamed. (Psalms 119:46)
I can honestly say I know the struggle, I know this pain and I knew the shame of not wanting talk about it and wanting to keep it hidden. This is my testimony: In the course of three years I lost both my parents; after losing my father, my siblings and I never stopped to grieve, you see we were caring for our mother who suffered a stroke while we were losing our dad to cancer. So, three years after we lost our dad our dear mother went home to be with the Lord as well…Here I was dealing with the loss of both my parents. You know they are no longer suffering, you know they were filled with the Holy Spirit and are with Him, but the pain… The pain made you want to somehow crawl within yourself and hide from the world. Somehow you managed to be strong for everyone else, somehow you managed to put on a mask of a smile, but on the inside, you were just existing…I was afraid to feel, for fear of the grief consuming me, but this was the trick of the enemy, me not feeling and that was the great deception called depression…Thank God, for His Holy Spirit, it became warfare; learning truly faith without works is dead. I chose to no longer just exist; I chose to survive.
I had to make myself get up, I prayed, and I prayed and then I prayed some more…He was always there, all I had to do was truly acknowledge Him and cast my cares upon Him. I couldn’t break free on my own as I was trying to do, I had to acknowledge Jesus, and ask Him to take that burden from me. I had to remember that “God did not give me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). I had to allow myself to feel and to grieve… I remember not really being able to explain what I was really feeling to my husband, I just knew that I was hurting, and I remember that I would never want anyone to suffer that kind of pain. Through much perseverance, and by the power of His might, today I am stronger, and He is restoring my joy… and I’m trusting Him with it all…but I am doing my part as well. I’m praying, reading His word, and I’m walking in the ministry He has place in my hands (remember faith without works is dead). I love Him, and I trust Him with my life, He is my peace, He is my protector, He is my Everything… I give Him glory, honor and praise! Glory in the highest to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Keep believing…
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
I believe today many of us are often deceived concerning the subject called gossip. Whether it’s self-denial or just being in spiritual bondage that has us blinded by our actions, we often find ourselves partaking in conversations that are not pleasing to God. Most of us our conversations seem very innocent and we even say it’s out of concern for the person we may be talking about; but we still must be careful when the concern starts to reveal something that we supposed to keep in confidence. The scripture above in Proverbs 11:13 says that a faithful spirit conceals the matter; meaning we do not repeat it to anyone else. We should go to God in prayer and leave it there.
What is a talebearer you ask? A talebearer is a person who spreads gossip and secrets which may cause trouble or harm. We’ve all heard the saying, “she/he can’t hold water” at some point in our life’s, right? Yes, well that would be a gossip! Now let us look at this a little closer…So not only does the gossip tell secrets, they often add to it. Why not make it sound even more interesting when trying to appear relevant. Relevant to who…? We say we know better, yet we continue in sin. The word of God say’s “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound, God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). When we know better, we should do better!
A faithful spirit will honor God in all things. We will not spend idle time on the phone gossiping about someone else business. We will not share with others of what was spoken to us in confidence. We honor God and we honor all his children, whether we believe them to be or not. “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm,” (1Chronicles 16:22; Psalm 105:15) is what the Word of God tells us…We are to study and show ourselves approved to God, (2 Timothy 2:15) and how we do that is by obeying His Word. Knowing the scripture simply isn’t enough, we must live by it! God forbid we should speak something unjust about one of His beloved; or even entertain someone else who is speaking about His to later find out the error of our ways.
We must examine our ways and what we allow ourselves to partake in. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Notice how it ends with a question mark? Are you assessing your actions? So often we allow the enemy to creep in and have us examining everyone/everything yourself except ourselves. I believe this is one of the things that causes a talebearer/gossip to thrive. This is reason enough to show us that we really need to work on ourselves more and worry about other’s less, except to pray for them. This is how the enemy’s deceptive plots works on many of us, we become so consumed in what someone else is doing, that we are no longer doing what we are supposed to be doing. We have allowed that old gossiping spirit to throw us completely off course and right into the enemy’s hands. Break free of his hold and repent and tell the enemy no more…
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
1 Peter 4:12-16
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I believe this scripture is very clear. Yes, we are to obey those who have rule over us, but what if those that have rule over us are not living truth. The word of God says to turn away from those who have a form of godliness but denies the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5). If we are under leadership that is compromising the Word of God, is it time to start praying specifically by asking Him if it is time to shake the dust off your feet?
As a true servant, it is our responsibility to exhort and not just tear down. We are to tear down what is unholy and then to build and plant based on biblical principles. Today we often see those that are trying to live holy getting tore down while the unholy are not being exhorted. This is showing respect of persons. The Word of God tells us that God is no respect of persons; but we still choose to make ourselves vulnerable because we are choosing to be people pleasers instead of God-pleasers. We often mishandle our ministries by oppressing the righteous so that we can appeal to the masses. How can we build and plant if we haven’t uprooted that which is tainted? Good and evil cannot dwell together!
Where is the faith? When are we going to start trusting God and His Word. We study It and then we teach and preach It, yet are we truly living it? And as for the layman, when are you going to start putting your trust in God, and not man. John 14:6 plainly says, that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no man, no matter who you are cannot come unto God unless they go through Him (Jesus). So many are allowing themselves to be deceived today. Many leaders are afraid to do what is upright for the sake of pleasing man, and layman are depending solely on the leaders instead of God. The Word tells us to study and show ourselves approved, as well as try the spirit by the spirit.
Let us remember, everyone we meet isn’t always God-appointed. There are many entities out there that are self-appointed and leading the sheep astray. Before I close, I exhort you all to study the Word of God so that you will know if what you are witnessing is truly of God. I exhort you all to know the voice of God; we can only know his voice by spending time with Him. Seek greater intimacy with him… John 10:27, says “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Don’t put all your trust in man…Depend on Jesus, He will never lead us astray. He is the way, truth and the life…amen.