Are You Consistent?

But God gave us not a Spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control
2 Timothy 1:7

For most, when we see someone who is extremely angry and raging and throwing things or yelling loudly, we perceive this immediately as a negative emotional state. But did you know that it is also just as possible to be unstable while happy as it is to be unstable while angry?

This of course doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and joy, but rather, if that fun and joy then leads you to react in an unthinking manner, it can be detrimental because the inconsistency of your emotions can cause you to fall into unintentional sin. We would by natural instinct relegate to the opinion that “I should be free and able to choose however I want to feel.” Unfortunately, as we can clearly see,  sudden outbursts in the emotion of anger can cause us to do something horrible that we later regret like cheat, steal, insult, or injure someone. (e.g. see any newspaper) We can also see that sudden outbursts in the emotion of happiness can cause us to act just as destructively in making a bad choice or rash decisions that don’t last (e.g. the famous video of Tom Cruise jumping for joy at his extreme excitement of getting engaged to Katie Holmes….. Five years later… Divorce)

God’s Holy Word seems to lead us more towards wisdom, spiritual consistency and love above all, but with growth.

Hollywood especially glorifies these extreme acts of what their opinion of “Love” is on the big screen for all to see, and it seems to have become a societal norm that anyone who doesn’t give or receive such grand gestures from their significant others would suggest a lack of love in a marriage or relationship. This incorrect perceptional influence just might be the reason for the uprise in divorce rates because instead of us being the patient, kind and rooted in truth “givers” as Jesus intended, we’ve become selfish, pety, and self-seeking “receivers” who are only looking out for what we can gain in anything we do.

But extreme anger or joy is just the mere tip of the iceberg. Consider the vast array of emotions that we as people are capable of experiencing in general.

How many other emotions can reach a volatile state?

I’ve included a chart below that reflects a centered level of emotions, and the different directions of instability that they can reach. Consider your daily steps and the times when you might reach such an extreme level. Also consider how susceptible to sin you are at these times. Whether in your thinking, in your words, or your actions, I think you too might find that in these extreme levels of emotional instability, we are most vunerable to succumbing to various sin. Our enemy intends to inflict flaming darts upon us in our weakest states, and our inability to take control over our sometimes prevailing emotions allows for these attacks to amplify throughout our lives affecting our personal relationship with God and our relationship with others.

Levels of Emotion Chart

 

I was pretty surprised that this was taught in prison as a form of anger/emotion management and not in our regular school educational system although every single person in this world experiences these emotional battles in their daily lives. Our system sort of allows for the sin to be put before the education to avoid sin. Luckily, the true lover of our souls is always keeping watch over us!

Jesus Came to Save the World

And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
John 12:44-50

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:10

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin
1 John 1:7

Protect yourselves with the knowledge of God found in His Holy Word and think about how the way you feel affects the way you think, speak and act.

Grace be unto you always,

Mali Music – The Light
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwdFPb2SlYA

“Before” All Else Fails… Trust God!

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but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you
1 Peter 1:25

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see
Hebrew 11:1

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently
Romans 8:24-25

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away
1 Corinthians 13:8

Blessings always,

The Nevel Sisters Ft Lecrae & PK – He’s Able
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDhL8ET5kW4

Double-Mindedness

Last night on my way home, I was about half way to my bus stop when I realized that i had only five minutes left to get to my bus stop. Because of the time, I knew it was gonna be hard for me to make it there in five minutes. Knowing that God is always in ultimate control however, I decided to pray to Him to make a way for me.

When I got about one hundred feet from the intersection that I had to cross to catch my bus at the bus stop, I saw a bus shoot by. I wasn’t entirely upset having resolved in my mind that I might not make it anyway. Since I had some extra time because the next bus wouldn’t be coming for half an hour, I decided to stop in at the Timmies on the corner. I grabbed a tea and made my way over to cross the intersection to my stop. As I stood there at the lights, I saw my bus only now passing me by.

I totally could’ve made it had I skipped the Timmies and went straight to my stop.

In my lack of faith, I had lost hope when I relied on my sight and saw a bus pass by completely forgetting that more than one bus route frequents this particular stop.

God had been once again ever so faithful while I in my faithlessness, had missed out on the blessing that I had just prayed for.

This tends to happen to us from time to time. We pray for something, then either forget about it like it wasn’t important, or because we rely on our sight, we lose our hope in the things that we have already been promised by God just by asking in prayer.

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it
1 Thessalonians 5:24

It was a lesson learnt the hard way that even when we lose faith in God, He still never lost faith in us.

He hears our every request.

He listens to our thoughts and our words.

We are His creation and He loves us.

We just have to sometimes learn to be more faithful that He is who He says He is and can do all that He has promised.

For we walk by faith and not by sight
2 Corinthians 5:7

I pray you press forward in the midst of despair knowing that what God promises, He will deliver to those who believe.

Mali Music – Higher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlLswddn-Qg

Does Your Faith Stand In Adversity?

Mali Music – The Job Experience Lyrics

And the cycle goes again…
Typical story of
A good man,
Giving God glory.
He’s a God fearing man,
Perfect husband,
Excellent pops and he finally received that raise…
Cash in the bank!
Yeah, they were saving up.
He and his wifey been fussing,
It’s time for making up.
The recessions been digging in you,
It’s been really rough,
But he believes his change is here to stay.
It was a Thursday night, April first.
He’s sitting there in traffic on his way home from work.
He checks his voicemail it’s his mother.
She’s got multiple lumps in her breast and they hurt.
She wants him to pray that it’s not cancerous.
Broke the news to your daddy and he’s takin it the worst.
Cause honestly she knew for many years,
But she didn’t want the family to panic over her,
So he prays:
“God save her, Lord I know that you are able,
I’m lifting up my heart to You in prayer,
You’re a Healer You’re the Savior, So save her,
So he goes to call the boo to tell her all that happened and to let her know the news.
It’s looking like it’s 6: 22.
She should be whipping up the dinner,
Got the kiddies home from school,
But every time he calls it goes straight to her voicemail
“Just leave your number,
And I’ll get right back to you”.
He thinks nothing of it and he cruises the rest of the way trying to clear his mind.
He pulls into the house,
He’s so unfocused.
Walks right in he’s wondering “why was the front door wide open? ”
Goes to the living room,
There’s two men holding guns to his family’s face: his wife,
His youngest and his oldest.
They yelling “get the money,
Hit the floor man! ”
He pulls the money out he kneels down and says,
“Just go, man! ”
The robber kneels down to get the dough
And forgets his fingers on the trigger
And he accidentally blows and [gunshot]
Jesus, can You even see us?
I gave You all of me because I thought You could protect us,
Lead us and direct us.
But you can’t even keep us safe from violence and diseases,
I’m really wanting to believe in You,
But I need a reason to trust You after this one…
Because You let me down, because You let me down
Then God says,
I am the Lord your God,
There’s majesty and splendor round about Me.
It’s very sad, but true,
That very often your faith fails you and you doubt Me.
Woe oh oh.
But I’m so sovereign and above,
I give you power to believe you’re all in control,
But I’m SUPER!
And I’m set to show Myself so strong in a realm of the living that leaves the whole world In a stupor.
And by the way I caused the bullet shot to ricochet right back into the shooter!
[Gasps]

Jesus looked at him and said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”
Matthew 19:26

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you
Luke 17:6

In The Beginning….

In The Beginning....

God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness
Genesis 1:4

I think God gave us shadows to remind us that evil and darkness follows us everywhere on this Earth, but also to remind us that through Him, we always have the power to keep it under-foot!

For God gave us a Spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control
2 Timothy 1:7

Blessings Always,

Romans 6:18

I lift up your name
Lord God you remain
The joy in my heart
My thoughts without end

My victory sealed
In your spirit of love
You cast out the evil
And lift me above

Afloat above mountains
My rock upon high
My father is mighty
Surpassing the sky

Existing in spirit
Creator of all
The righteousness in me
That’s seen through my walk

Reflecting you solely
I pray always to be
By your love and grace
I always am free

 

 Canton Jones – G.O.D.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO9stHK6RMA

 

Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,
    Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled,
    the Jordan turned back;
the mountains leaped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

Why was it, sea, that you fled?
    Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
    you hills, like lambs?

Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
    the hard rock into springs of water.

Spiritual Warfare – Vigilance

Vigilance The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the LORD
Isaiah 54:17

Formed – Bring together parts or combine to create (something); Organize people or things into a group or body

Righteousness – Adhering to moral principles

Did you know that the individual things that you are attacked with by your spiritual enemies are unique to just you?

In the scriptures, God gives us knowledge that the weapons that we are attacked with daily are “formed” which by definition means that they are “created” specifically for you and against you.

This is of utmost importance to know, because this is how we can begin to understand and identify where our spiritual enemy is attacking us personally. This is something that only we personally can address in humility and truth of knowing ourselves.

Example:
Do you think too high of yourself over others? (Pride)
Do you think too low of yourself compared to others?
Do you doubt?
Are you always scared or fearful?
Are you engaging in lustful thoughts?
Are you engaged in covetous thoughts of others and their possessions?

 Maybe, if you have a right mindset towards yourself and people, then your enemy is attacking your thinking, but rather your speech.

Example:
Do you constantly put down others?
Do you boast?
Do you swear?
Do you lie?
Do you judge?
Do you gossip?

And even so, if you believe yourself to be perfect in the sight of God, adhering to all of his prinicples of thoughts and speech, then maybe the enemy seeks to destroy you in the physical sense.

Example:
Are you taking care of your body?
Do you care about your health, diet and hygiene?
Do you smoke?
Do you drink alcohol?
Do you do drugs?
Do your eyes “wander” inappropriately?
Do you physically harm others?

I want you to take notice of how our thoughts, words and actions are interchangeable all stemming from the same place.

Believe it or not, these are all caused by spiritual attacks that are catered specifically to where you personally are weakest. You might be in church and hear a preacher speaking about violence and thinking to yourself “I’m not violent so that doesn’t apply to me”, but do you care about the well-being of others? Do you pray for those who are still lost in their thinking, in their words and in their actions? Your attack could even be in a lack of compassion for others.

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
1 John 4:20

The adversary has many ways of attacking so it is important to consider the many ways that you might be vunerable in order to better prepare yourself for spiritual warfare. The Word of God is our handbook of truth of salvation and is used to discern the truth in our hearts.

For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart
Hebrews 4:12

Sometimes when I read certain things in the bible, I used to begin to think to myself “I don’t think I can do that”

But that in itself is an attack on me.

We learn in the gospels that Satan used the very scriptures in the Word of God to try and tempt Jesus, which teaches us that Satan can also use scriptures against us. In thinking “this is too hard” or “I can’t do that”, we have allowed our real spiritual enemy to gain ground.

Knowing the truth and having confidence in God as well as a scriptural expectancy of victory found in His Word will help to guide our steps, protect our hearts, discern our thoughts, and lead both our words and actions to a life that is pleasing to God.

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him
1 John 3:22

We must learn to constantly guard ourselves in thoughts, words and actions from the attacks of the enemy by the renewing of our minds and pray for assistance as well as forgiveness for the times that we fall short. Jesus made a way for us to find forgiveness and we require constant dependency on God to navigate through the plains of life. Our spiritual enemies are forming weapons as we speak designed particular to our individual weaknesses. So be sure to take up the Full Armor of God and stand firm in the faith.

Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but  be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; His good, pleasing and perfect will
Romans 12:2

I wish you peace and protection brothers and sisters.

Blessings always,

 

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and the He rewards those who seek Him
Hebrews 11:6

For more information concerning spiritual warfare, be sure to check out https://childofgodsgrace.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/make-war/ for an in depth look at the Armor of God!