Stop Trippin’!

by Elder Sarah Branch

Have you ever said to yourself or anyone ever said to you, “Stop trippin’.”

“Stop trippin’?” you say with a blank look on your face.

Yes, stop trippin’!

It’s when you seemed to have bumped your head and forgotten who God really is, a problem arises in your life and you say that you are okay. You let people think that you are fine, but underneath all of that you are ready to fall apart. The enemy really begins to come at you with all kinds of stuff: “See, I told you that you were not good enough” or “I told you that you were going to mess up again” or l told you that God would not allow this to happen.”

It’s happened too many times that we allow the enemy to creep in and steal our joy, peace, and happiness. We allow him to say what he will say and roll right on off the scene, leaving us sitting there looking like a deer in headlights. What happened to us fighting? To just come and take something, especially when it wasn’t given to him or by him. Continue reading

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I Choose to Love

by Latricia C. Bailey

Why do I choose to love you ask? I choose to love because God chose to love me first, and He commands us to love. I’m not talking about cute little “puppy love”, but UNCONDITIONAL love. It is hard to love someone without conditions, but when you choose to do so, you gain all the benefits God intends for love to bring. What do I mean you might ask? Well, let me explain.

Recently my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. WOW! I can’t believe we’ve lasted so long! All those times we could have killed one another, but didn’t. We made a choice. Michael Clarke-Duncan’s character in the movie, The Green Mile, said it best when he said, “They kill ’em wit they love.” So true. It’s even Biblical how wicked our hearts are. The Bible says,

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT)

Now if the very Creator of our hearts and the Controller of our fate commands us to love one another without condition, also warns us that our main tool we use to love one another with (our heart) is deceitful and desperately wicked, then how do we love others? First, we must CHOOSE to love. Continue reading

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Calm Delight

by Sharman J. Monroe

My last post was about pity parties. About how in life we are dumped into situations we don’t like. About how when we don’t get our way, we hold pity parties for ourselves. And about how pity parties don’t move God but that God moves when praise parties show up. Yep, praise parties!

Now I know when you feel like moaning about your life, praise is the last thing on your mind. But think about this for a moment…….when you moan and groan, you feel weak and powerless. God doesn’t want us to be this way because these feelings open the door for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, worry and despair. But more importantly, these feelings don’t bring glory to God; we are not good ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Continue reading

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Worry Much?

by Sharman J. Monroe

This photo appeared in my Instagram feed last week and blessed me mightily! I can’t give credit to the artist because I don’t know who was so wise as to created it, but thank you.  I hope this photo blesses you ten times more than it blessed me.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Amen!

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