I’ll Fight for You!

Sin deceives us. Our eyes decide for us, and not our hearts. What we see is what we believe we will always be in view.

You see what you hate in what you love. You hate lies, you hate cheating, you hate fighting, you hate anger. You now see these behaviors in your children or your spouse, a family member or close acquaintance and so… you stop fighting for what you love!

  • Don’t stop fighting!
  • Fight for your children
  • Fight for your marriage
  • Fight for your life

Don’t give up! The relationship is worth fighting for. Your family is worth fighting for. Your dream is worth fighting for.

Jesus put up the ultimate fight for your life. God refused to lose you.

Fight because you refuse to lose.

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13NLT

Box Out!

We have reduced God to the imagery in our minds based on what we can physically see. We have reduced God, to being a resource and not THE source in our lives. We have reduced God, to behavioral patters that impersonate humans, when in fact it is the reverse. Our actions. Our behaviors. Our character- should mimic…Him!

He is the Creator; we are the results of His creativity.

The Master designer.

He. Is. Our. Father.

Our finite human mind places limitation on an unlimited God. It is His desire to provide protection, fullness of joy, and a fulfilled life for His children.

My earthly dad never displayed – at least not in my life, what it is to have a dad who nurtures, cares, and demonstrates unconditional love. He lives right here in the city with me. Didn’t even come to my mom’s funeral service this past June, and I am the only child of their union. I heard from his brothers and sisters, who live in other parts of the world- and nothing from him. That has been the example of a father that I have known up until I was introduced to my real Father, through Jesus Christ.

As a result, I am not bitter because of it. I am better.

Remove God from your box; don’t tie Him down. You run the risk of exalting yourself.

He is sovereign!

First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world. No foreign god has ever done this. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the Lord. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” Isaiah 43:12-13 NLT

I Am Free

Our finite human mind places limitations on an unlimited God. He does not need to preserve His strength because His power is limitless.

  • His attention is never divided.
  • His memory is not short; therefore He never forgets His promises.
  • His love is not contingent upon what we do for Him.
  • His grace and mercy is not extended to only those He prefers or takes a liking to.
  • His gifts and callings were given before you ever repented and therefore cannot be taken back.
  • You can give them back or they be of no value to you by how you dishonor and show lack of appreciation.
  • He has not changed His mind about you.
  • Who you were created to be was determined long before your inward battles began.
  • God’s gifts and calling can’t be taken back.”‭‭ Romans‬ ‭11:29‬ ‭CEB‬‬

    There are, however, stipulations and restrictions to see His power personally demonstrated in our lives: our choice. It is also known as freewill.

    The choice to live or the choice to die.

    “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭30:19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    God has all power. He could control our every move. Instead He offered us freewill and the ability to choose Him or the world. Since we are made in His image, this concept should not be a hard to grasp. I would not want someone to converse with me or spend time with me forcibly. Wouldn’t you want people to like and love you for you, and not what you can offer?

    So since we have these feelings, this implies to me that we give people freewill in our lives as well. We allow people the opportunity to know who we are. We give people a chance to call us friend, family, wife, or husband. When they trample and walk on our emotions and our heart, we disconnect ourselves. Why? Because their actions our toxic to our lives. Mmmm Jesus! I see.

    We have so much freewill that we really do not understand what it means to be free- the will to be free! The desire to be free. Our tainted and distorted view of freedom has nothing to do with spirituality and everything to do with the world views.

    Our Father has standards that He will not lower for our fleshly desires.

    Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37, 39-40‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    His standards are attainable, but only through freewill submission.

    Freewill. It means the desire to be free. In our effort to prove we do not need anyone, we demonstrate that same self-sufficient attitude towards our Father. It’s no longer freewill- the desire to be free but rather defiant- a refusal to obey or listen.

    Freewill is the will (desire) to be free from sin. Are you free?

    Sink or Swim

    Your thoughts can poison your mind and create a chemical imbalance, but you have the power to control that.

    • Find the good in everything.
    • Change your acquaintances.
    • Speak positive affirmations over your life.
    • Love unconditionally without expecting it in return (that’s when the hurt comes in).

    There is no reason to drown from within when you have the natural capacity to swim above any issue.

    It’s in our DNA.

    There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:15, 21-23 NKJV

    Never. Give. Up!

    My family and I were on vacation. We decided to hike a trail in Hawaii called Diamond head crater. It is a volcanic landform, built by particles that were ejected from a volcanic eruption. It now looks like a mountain.

    Listen here!!! We are not the outdoors- type of people; however we will explore things native to the area of which we are vacationing. I personally do not like anything associated with hiking, but because my family wanted to, I decided not to be a negative Nancy. I wanted to encourage your hearts as we near the end of the week. Never give up!

    Life lesson: Don’t give up on you! I am inspired. So inspired. This climb meant a lot to me. More than my family even understands.

    I had to pause many times. Older people passed me by. My children went ahead. All I could do is repeat Psalms 23. My husband stayed behind, although he could have easily gone ahead and finished quickly.

    What is the moral of the story: Run your race. Your run may be a walk. You may have to pause. You may have to cry, but never compare your journey to someone else. You can make it, if you don’t give up!

    Be patient with you!

    “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” Isaiah 43:2, 13 NLT

    Watch What You Say

    Communicate godliness

    Before we can converse or express something with our mouths, more than likely we have already thought it. You have put together what you will say and how you will say it, before it is spoken.

    Communication means to transmit or pass on thought, feeling, or information from one person to the next. Before I can pass on what I say or feel, I have to internally process it.

    The Bible says it like this;

    “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 NLT

    What comes out of your mouth is a reflection of what is already in you. As you read this, consider what is in your heart. This basically means, what you inwardly feel or what real and transparent thoughts about a person or situation immediately come to mind?

    To communicate godliness you have to be godly in your heart, in your mind, and you have to practice godliness.

    Although we have all heard the term godliness used a few times, allow me to provide a quick and easy definition for godliness.

    In its simplest understanding the entire Bible is a book on godliness, being God-like. Acting like God. Responding like God.

    The ability to teach, to demonstrate and communicate godliness means that we must be able to communicate in non-threatening, and non-defensive manners.

    If we cannot imitate God, according to the scripture, how can we teach about Him? At what point do we deny ourselves? At what point do we present ourselves a LIVING sacrifice?

    Here is a rule of thumb: If you do not know how to answer or may run the risk of offending someone through your reply, simply do not respond. Wait. It is best to say: “Let me get back to you,” or “I’ll speak with you later,” versus spewing choice words that you will feel guilty for saying.

    If the Holy Spirit is your guide, He will make certain, that you realize your communication was not godly, oh and be prepared to apologize.

    What is the point: Control your feelings, so that your feelings don’t control you. If you control your feelings, you can control your thoughts. If you can control your thoughts, you can control what you say.

    “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6 NIV

    What Did You Say?

    Get up!

    Stop talking yourself out of success! Stop speaking defeat over your life.

    • Tell yourself you can make it.
    • Tell yourself you can do it.
    • Tell yourself you will not give up!

    Why should you have a conversation with yourself, you may ask? Because there is power in your words.

    Repetition births results.

    If you speak it and repeat it, “it” produces a thought. Thoughts produce plans of action.

    Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23

    This ends today! Today is the day to kick the common council of negativity out of your mind. Negative and pessimistic thoughts have become common place and have taken up residence. You forgot one important thing: you are not common. So why allow accept common?

    The next time the spirit of fear, doubt, insecurity, and anxiety creep up on you, call them out:

    “Excuse me? What did you say?”