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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.

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