Don’t Justify Mediocrity

By Joy T.J. Riley

Job 40:8

Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Have you ever felt the need to justify your actions to God? Have you ever said: “Lord, I only did this because of X” or “I can’t do this because I don’t have X or know how to do X?” There is no justification for our actions or the lack there of when they are against God’s will. Job with probed by God for his belief that there was no reason for him to endure the pain brought upon him and the thought that God should end his life to remove the pain. God is sovereign, therefore, our opinions don’t matter. He created the universe. Continue reading

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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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