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The most forgotten people are those in prison. Unless we have a close friend or relative in prison, a lot of them are forgotten.

We forget there’s an enemy trying to destroy their lives too. We forget they face temptations that attempt to lead them astray. We forget they have needs and desires just like anyone else. We forget that some of them are in prison based on false accusations.

Yes, the majority of them committed a crime against society, but they need love and prayer too. As a believer, it’s not our job to judge or criticize the poor decisions of others. We are to continue to express love to all, preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and encourage those we encounter.

Let’s not forget those who are incarcerated. Say a quick prayer for their salvation, protection, and the renewal of their minds with the Word of God.

Hebrews 13:3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Emotional pain is a deception of comfort. If we’re in enough emotional pain, we get use to the feeling of sadness and depression, we like the attention we receive from others, and we don’t want to get out.

Staying in this sunken place can cause us to lose hope, not capitalize on the opportunities God provides, and minimize God’s blessings.

Regardless of the addictive feeling emotional pain can provide, it’s not God’s best and it’s not where we should be. We have to fight the attack of the enemy against our minds by enjoying life on purpose. Things may not look good, but we should still smile. Our funds may be low, but we can still enjoy our day. Everything may not be perfect, but we should choose joy.

Fight off the spirit of emotional pain and choose to enjoy each and every day.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Throughout our lives, we’ll have people speak over our lives. Some of the things they will say will be positive and some will be negative. We have a choice to receive what they’re speaking into our lives or leave it.

Some of us have had parents tell us we’re no good, sorry, or stupid. We can receive it or leave it. Some of us have had supervisors call us incompetent or slow. We can receive it or leave it. Some of us have had spouses call us fat, ugly, or selfish. We can receive it or leave it.

Here’s the key: if what a person says about us is not based on the Word of God, we should leave it. It doesn’t matter if what they’re saying seems reasonable, if it’s not based in scripture, it’s not true. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17).

It doesn’t matter if we’re 500 pounds with acne. God’s Word says we’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). It doesn’t matter if it takes us a bit longer to understand things. We have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:6-16).

Let’s maintain our stance and receive what God says about us.

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

We all face difficulties in life. Understanding that these difficulties happen to everyone, there are some of us who choose to always face these difficulties alone. We don’t want to bother or tell anyone about our problems. We simply want to handle our issues ourselves.

It’s understandable that we want to face our problems ourselves, but sometimes our problems are too overwhelming. They’re so overwhelming until we slowly begin to lose ourselves while attempting to face them. Some of us say all we need is God to handle these problems. That is 100% correct, however, if God is prompting us to get wise counsel from a friend or a professional, we need to heed that advice. God may be trying to help us through that friend or professional.

It’s pride, fear, or embarrassment that compels us to face these situations alone. It’s never a good idea to face every situation alone. Use the vessels that God put in the earth and get help.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Mark 5:19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”

It’s Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey, the family, the football, and all the festivities, but on this day, don’t forget to tell God thank you.

He’s done so much in our lives and He’s been so good. Don’t forget to tell God thank you. He saved us from death. He increased our finances. He blessed us with a new house and car and so much more. It’s not bragging about what we have and what we’ve accomplished. We’re simply expressing our gratitude to the One who made it possible.

Thank You God for everything you’ve done in our lives. Amen.

Inspired by Eddie the Encourager

The dreams and desires we have can be accomplished, but a lot of the time we are the ones stopping those dreams from coming to pass. It’s not the devil, it’s not the man, it’s us. Two of the main things that stop us from reaching our goals are fear and laziness.

Fear is a satanic weapon that’s used to stop every good thing from flowing into our lives. Fear will tell us our dreams cost too much, we don’t have the education, or we’re too old to start something new. By agreeing with fear, we’re limiting what we can accomplish on this earth. Agree with God’s Word that says with Him, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).

Laziness is also a satanic weapon. Laziness tells us it’s too difficult to reach our goals, we don’t feel like it today, or it’s taking too long. We want the notoriety and fortune, but some of us don’t want to put in the work.

Like anything in Satan’s arsenal, we have authority over these devices. We can overcome fear and laziness and accomplish the dreams God deposited inside of us. Don’t allow anything to stop you from reaching your goal. Dream big. Then, accomplish that dream.

2 Chronicles 15:7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

You have to live holy. You can’t listen to secular music. You can’t watch “unholy” TV or movies. Women, you can’t wear pants or makeup. You have to ask God to forgive you at least 3 times a day. You have to fast at least twice a week. You must pray at least an hour a day. And more…

These rules and regulations are a byproduct of the Law. The Law was designed to increase sin, show people their faults, and let everyone know they need a Savior (Rom. 5:20; Gal. 3:19). We’re no longer under the Law but, there are people who still choose to live by all these rules. They’ve convinced themselves that following these rules makes them holy and righteous. The problem with living by these rules is if we violate these rules, people often feel guilty or ashamed before God. This guilt is detrimental to our desires.

Hebrews 10:19 says, therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the Holy of Holies by the power and virtue in the blood of Jesus,
In verse 35-36 it goes on to say, So do not throw away your confidence; it holds a great reward. You need to persevere, so that after you have done God’s will, you will receive what He has promised.

If we feel guilty, we won’t have the confidence to come to God and receive what’s been promised.

If we’re living by the Law to be accepted by God and to receive the promises of God, we’ll be greatly disappointed. Our righteousness, holiness, and our desires comes through our faith in Jesus (Rom. 3:22; Heb. 10:10). Let’s be free from the shackles of the Law and totally place our faith in what Jesus has accomplished for us.

Romans 5:20 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

It’s great to know God loved us enough to send His only Son to die for us, but He also removed the label of sinner from our lives.

Some of us may hear people say, “We’re all sinners saved by grace.” That’s not true. We were sinners, but now we’re saved by grace. When Paul wrote this scripture, he wrote it in past tense. Paul lets us know, “While we were sinners, Christ died for us.” We were sinners, but since Christ died for us, we are no longer sinners. Jesus’ sacrifice relabeled us as righteous.

We may still sin, but that doesn’t make us sinners just like putting a donkey in the Kentucky Derby doesn’t make it a race horse. Praise God for our new label and identity. We are no longer sinners. We are righteous.



“A victim’s mentality says, the reason why we are where we are is because of someone else” –Pastor Tony Evans

The reason why I have relationship issues is because my father wasn’t there.
The reason why I don’t have more in life is because no one supported me.
The reason why I’m in debt is because my husband left me.
The reason why I don’t trust is because my ex-wife hurt me.

There’s no denying that these situations are real and they can impact us emotionally. However, if we keep this victim’s mentality of blaming someone else for where we are, there will never be motivation for us to change our view and our situation.

We need to move past a victim’s mentality to a victor’s mentality. We move to a victor’s mentality by acknowledging God in the areas where we’re in need. No father? That’s fine. God said He’ll be a Father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5). You need support? God will help and sustain us (Psalm 54:4). You’ve been hurt? God will heal the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3).

Whatever we need God for, God will be and if we trust Him, He guarantees victory in every area of our lives.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in the Christ and makes manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Be victorious!

Ephesians 1:5 God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.

During the adoption process of natural children, potential parents have the choice to choose who they want to adopt. Some parents want new-born babies, some desire a toddler, and some want to take on a project and love a developing teenager. Regardless of the situation, adoptive parents make a quality decision as to whom they want to adopt.

God saw us from afar and wanted us. He saw our scars and our baggage and still wanted us. He saw us deliberately go against His ways, but He still wanted us. Regardless of how we look, what we’ve done, and what we’re capable of, God desires for us to be part of His family.

He could have looked the other way or magnified our faults and passed on making us sons and daughters, but He desires for every person in the world to be part of His family.

That’s the loving God whom we call Father. That’s the magnitude of God’s amazing love for us.

Receive God as your Father by making Jesus Christ Lord.

Galatians 3:26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Are we children of God because we’re simply born into this world? No. Are we children of God because we perform acts of kindness? No. Are we children of God because we attend church? No.

We are children of God through faith. When we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, we become children of God. Ephesians 1:5 says, God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.

Seeing that we’re children of a great Father, there’s no reason to fear because a great Father protects His children. There’s no reason to worry because a great Father provides for His children. There’s no reason to think we’ll always be in a frustrating situation because a great Father delivers His children.

We could have been servants or friends to God, but God wanted a close relationship with us and so, He made us His sons and daughters.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

If we desire for our prayers to be answered and if we want to have a prosperous life, it’s not difficult. All we have to do is believe. Believe what? Believe Jesus made this prosperous life available for us (John 10:10). Believe that through Jesus, we can receive whatever we desire that aligns with life and godliness (Mark 11:24). Believe that God will give us our desires in the name of Jesus (John 16:23).

Notice, it doesn’t say we have to be perfect, fast five days a week, pray three hours a day to receive, or give up everything we enjoy to have this prosperous life. All we have to do is believe.

The most difficult thing about this process is continuing to believe during delay when it seems like nothing is happening. It has nothing to do with our performance or behavior. This prosperous life has everything to do with our belief.

So, like a small child who is capable of believing anything, have child-like faith and believe the Word of God.

Exodus 35:5 Take from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and bronze,

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

God doesn’t want our money. God doesn’t need our money. He owns it all. God wants our hearts. He confirms our hearts are for Him by asking us to willingly give of our finances to Him.

There are some who say, “I can give God my heart without giving Him my money.” Well, that’s not scriptural. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So, we can say we love God and we’ll do anything for Him, but if we’re withholding finances from Him, we’re deceiving ourselves.

God is not asking for much. He’s asking for a dime out of every dollar and if we desire extraordinary abundance in our lives, an offering of at least a penny ($0.11 of every $1.00).

So, let’s consistently give God our hearts based on His goodness towards us by financially giving to Him through our local church.

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

There will be times when no one is around to minster to us regarding the situations we’re facing. No one will be available for a pep talk. No one will be there when we’re awakened by the issues of life in the middle of the night. No one will understand the stress we’re facing. That’s when we have to minister to ourselves.

We have to tell ourselves, it will get better. We have to tell ourselves, God is working out everything for our good. We have to tell ourselves, “don’t give up.” That’s why it’s so important to consistently read the Word so that when we face situations, the truth in God’s Word can be recalled and spoken over ourselves.

We may have to minister to ourselves every 5 minutes, but through our ministry, we defeat the attacks of the enemy who’s throwing thoughts of doubt in our minds and we’re creating a future we want to live in.

Don’t wait until Sunday morning to get a Word from God from the pulpit. Let’s speak the Word over our own lives now.

When we’re young, we all grow up with big dreams such as becoming a professional athlete or musician, having a high-profile job like a doctor or a lawyer, joining the military, or entrepreneurship. From those dreams, we envision a life that includes a big house, nice cars, taking nice vacations, and freedom in our finances.

For some of us, those initial dreams didn’t manifest. We didn’t become that successful pro-athlete, we didn’t finish school, or we made some mistakes that seemingly killed our dreams. For those of us who feel like we’re settling with a life and a job that’s beneath our standards, there’s one Factor we may be forgetting: with God ALL things are possible.

That same life we envisioned (big house, nice cars, etc.) is still possible with God. It may not happen the way we planned it, but it’s still possible if we believe. In fact, by placing our belief in God, He promised to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). This means, we can’t even imagine all that God can do in our lives.

So, don’t give up on any dream or lifestyle you want to live. God is able and desires to fulfill our dreams if we only believe.

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

There are people who read scriptures such as, “be holy for I am holy” in 1 Peter 1:16 and “sanctify yourselves” in Leviticus 20:7 and automatically conclude that a “good Christian” needs to strive for perfection in all we do. Striving for perfection to please God sounds good in theory, but it’s detrimental when we realize it can’t be done.

We may start off strong reading our Bibles and consistently praying, but the first time we miss the mark, the spirit of condemnation can overtake our lives. We’ll feel guilty and feel like we deserve some type of punishment. The next time we miss the mark or marks, an attitude of “what’s the point” can enter our lives and we’ll give up on honoring God altogether.

We must realize God’s standard of perfection will never be accomplished by us. That’s why He sent Jesus. Through Jesus, our perfection was obtained. No matter what we do and no matter how many marks we miss, through Jesus, God’s sees us as perfect, holy, and righteous (Heb. 2:10-11; Heb. 10:10; Rom. 3:22). Does this mean we can do dishonorable things because we’re covered? Of course not, but if we should miss the mark, we’re forgiven and still viewed as perfect through Jesus.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

A misconception in the body of Christ is rule following. A lot of people view Christianity as a bunch of rules one has to follow in order to be a “good Christian”. With these rules, people feel like their freedom of being themselves is being taken away. Yes, there are a set of commands for us to follow, but that’s only for our best interest, not God’s approval. Following God’s commands is no different from following instructions to assemble a table. For best results in our lives, follow His commands.

To make matter’s worse, there are people who create rules and traditions not based in the Word of God. They’ll tell a woman not to wear make-up, tell people it’s a sin to listen to secular music, or condemn someone for playing cards. That’s not scriptural.

Jesus came so that we can have freedom (John 8:36). We can be free from the 600 laws in the Law of Moses (Rom. 7:6). We can be free from the traditions of men. We are free. By having a relationship with God through Jesus, the correct way to live this life is being led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14). The Spirit will tell us when to read our bibles, when to relax and watch a movie, and when to handle business.

Don’t be intimidated by Christianity by attempting to accomplish all these Old Covenant rules and traditions of men for God’s approval. Be free and enjoy life as the Spirit leads.

Romans 7:6 But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

Romans 6:10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

Another misconception in the body of Christ is going to hell because of sin. There are so many people who still believe that if people are “living in sin” prior to death, they’re going to hell. What most people mean by this is if people are living together unmarried, doing drugs or alcohol, or doing unholy things and don’t confess their sins and/or change their behavior prior to death, they’re going to hell.

People don’t go to hell because of sin. People go to hell because they reject the payment of sin. Jesus paid for our past, present, and future sins with His blood (Rom. 6:10). If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God Who paid for our sins, we WILL NOT go to hell (Rom. 3:22; Rom. 10:9).

For those who don’t believe in Jesus and His payment, those are the ones who are technically “living in sin.” Our acts of righteousness cannot put us in heaven and our acts of unrighteousness cannot put us in hell. Our good conduct should be in appreciation towards all that Jesus has done for us, but if it’s not, the quality of our life will suffer, but we won’t go to hell.

In this misconception series, we’ll look at some of the biggest misconceptions in the body of Christ. This next misconception has to do with punishment. Many people believe if we’ve missed the mark or sin, God will punish us. This is understandable seeing the consequences people received in the Old Covenant, however, we’re under a New Covenant. 

What living under the New Covenant means for us is we’ll never experience God’s wrath or punishment for sin because all of the punishment for sin was literally put on Jesus. 1 Peter 3:18 says, Christ suffered for our sins. Romans 4:8 says, God is not charging sin to our account. Romans 6:10 says, Jesus died once and for all to sin.

Based on these New Covenant promises, God is not dishing out punishment for our sins or the sins of the world. It was poured out on Jesus. So, anytime there’s a catastrophic event that occurs in our lives or in the world, and someone says God is punishing us, we can confidently say God is not punishing us. We’re simply experiencing the trials of life that He warned us about in John 16:33

This understanding will prevent people from blaming and despising God for the things that occur in this world. Praise God for Jesus for taking the punishment of sin.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

There are so many misconceptions about being a believer in the body of Christ. One of the biggest misconceptions is that believers won’t face difficulties. People become born again thinking, nothing bad will ever happen to them again. As soon as they experience a tragic event, they question the existence of God and if He’s really for them.

God never promised that we wouldn’t face difficulties. In fact, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). In the Old Testament it says, “The righteous person faces many troubles” (Psalm 34:19). The good news about the difficulties we face is God promised to deliver us out of all our troubles (Psalm 34:19).

Don’t give up on God because of the difficulties we face. Trust that God will bring us out of these situations and He works out everything for our good.

Psalm 34:19 A righteous person will have many troubles, but the LORD will deliver him from them all.

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