Don’t Be Unteachable

Proverbs 26:12 says, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his foolishness. Do you see a man [who is unteachable and] wise in his own eyes and full of self-conceit? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (AMP)

It is very uncomfortable calling anyone a fool…but the scripture noted that a fool is someone who repeats his mistakes, is unteachable, wise in his own eyes, and full of conceit. He or she habitually makes decisions without carefully processing the consequences. They are stubborn and lacks good judgement. A fool spends most of their time on silly and petty stuff.

Have you ever observe someone who is easily influenced by bad company? Their attitude changes, their values change, their behavior changes, and they distance themselves from their families.

They are oblivious to the fact that every inner circle of ‘friends’ have more circles within that circle…so it’s a fast decline from there as the inner, inner circle reluctantly allow others to join them.

Watching someone who doesn’t have boundaries is like watching a very sad movie. It’s painful to watch but it’s not a movie…it’s real life. There are lots of nail biting and shutting of the eyes moments as it plays out.

Most people don’t survive when they are unteachable and wise in their own eyes. “There is more hope for a fool than for him.” It’s like watching a kid hanging off the roof of a moving car that is going at high speed on a busy highway. It’s just a matter of time before tragedy takes place.

Is it time to stop the charade?

Romans 7:15-20 sums it up nicely for us:

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.

So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
But I need something more!
For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help!

I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it.

I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway.

My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.
I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?
Isn’t that the real question?
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”

In closing, foolishness is using the good YOU as a cover up to do something that would finally destroy YOU…then repeating it until recovery is almost impossible.

To your own self be true. You are strong enough to handle the truth.

Put All Your Eggs In God’s Basket

God has given to everyone a free will, so that we could make our own choices. One thing is sure …if we make God our priority, God shows up and shows off in our personal life. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. If we choose to do life without God — we will not get far before we realize that there are more questions than answers. If we stick it out with Him, we will enjoy the benefits of knowing Him. God knows all those who belong to Him.

When God becomes a second thought in our lives … Heaven becomes as a sounding brass. Don’t be fooled … there are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be lovers of themselves. They will be disrespectful to their parents. They will become addictive to lust. They will become competitive even to the point of harming each other to succeed. They will be money-hungry, and they will hate God. ( 2 Timothy 3)

But don’t be disturbed by those who ridicule our faith. God rewards everyone who stays the course. Accept the hard times along with the good … should we accept only good from God and not adversity? Staying faithful to God during a difficult season is a race worth running…we will run hard and we will finish strong. “Faith is putting ALL your eggs in God’s basket.”

 

WE need an open heaven whereby we can talk to God at any time. It is far safer and a more practical way to deal with problems than talking to a human being. When Heaven opens up to our prayers — life gets easier and miracles happen. 

Strengthen Your Defense

Someone once said, “The strongest people are the ones who are still kind even after the world tore them a part.” We are all human, and we all have wants, needs, and emotions. Never be apologetic when you feel like your strength is fading…strong people do get tired being strong.

Being strong doesn’t mean that we should ignore our feelings and pretend that life is all “honky dory.” Sometimes the strongest people in our lives just need someone to hug them for one moment and remind them that everything will be okay.

Jesus’ primary concern was His disciples. He had a special concern for those who were always serving others – He allowed them to rest, and they shared meals together.

To all the strong folks who keep giving and giving — be alert! The devil is positioning himself to cause you to give up.

Keep your guard up. You can’t give up now. You’ve come too far to turn back. How long have you been going? Ten years, thirty years, forty years? Keep a firm grip on the faith. The pain won’t last forever. It won’t be long before God who has great thoughts and perfect plans for you will put it all together and have you back on your feet for good. He gets the last word — yes, He does.
Don’t lose hope or become insincere in your calling. It’s true, people can drain you, but God will restore you. There’s nothing they can do to your soul. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in His hands.

Strengthen your defense and keep praying…not for one moment has God forgotten you.

Hey It’s Friday!

Congratulations!!! We made it to the end of the first two months of 2019 !!! Cheers to all who worked hard to remain on top of the game.

Let’s get our smiles on! It’s FRIDAY!!

Wishing each and everyone of you a wonderful, fabulous, and phenomenal weekend.

Thank you to all who have made me part of your reading week. I appreciate your time with me.

See you on Monday!

Purpose and Destiny

There are two kinds of people in the world: Me and You. There are two doors in life; the one when we are born and the one when we die. There are two types of pain: pain that hurts and pain that makes you stronger.

God has given us two options — life and death, blessings and curses. There is good and bad in everything….both can work in your favor.

Don’t look at life through negative lens, it will make us feel despondent and rejected , and we will lose sight of a loving Father who loves us unconditionally and whose thoughts towards us gives us peace and not torment.

It’s not God’s plan for us to feel forgotten and abandoned. God puts the lonely in families, He’s a Father to the fatherless, a protector of widows, and He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

We must walk through the difficulties and challenges of life, keeping our eyes fixed above and not below. God wants us to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He has chosen us and He loves us. True to God’s word, He allows us to catch our breath and send us in the right direction.

We must fight the fight of faith believing that God is well capable of keeping what He has promised, regardless of what the situation we may find ourselves in. He has not forgotten us.

Finally, don’t lose heart with a person who boasts about their achievements or possessions … don’t even wish you could succeed like wicked people. In no time wicked people loses everything they got through ill gain.

Get comfortable with God and do a good deed, Settle down and stick to your commitment. Do your best to live at peace with all. Tell God everything, keep nothing back, He will do whatever needs to be done. He’ll endorse your life and stamp His approval for everyone to see. 

We Fight! We Overcome! We Believe!

The Christian life is not a perfect life …we will be the first to admit that we need a Savior (rescuer, deliverer, champion, knight in shining armor, friend in need).

No, we don’t have it all together … we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people in imperfect relationships…God keeps us safe from the hands of the wicked.

We have our moments of deep discouragement and failures …we recognize it, but we do not lose heart. God has to approve anything Satan wants to do. Read Job 1:10

We have relationships that don’t always work in our favor …. we depend on God for wisdom. We watch death take away our loved one — but His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weaknesses . We have miscarriages of both injustice and dreams, but God’s plans are bigger than our wildest miscarriages.

We go to God in prayer with tears in our eyes, and God dries away our tears and brings comfort to our aching hearts.

As CHRISTians, we take everything that concerns us to God in prayer…bad things happen to everyone. When it seems like a situation is hopeless or the matter at hand is too overwhelming, we may be tempted to doubt God. But we are reminded that no problem is beyond God’s sovereign care for His children. He has promised to take care of us (Philippians 4:19), make good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and love us beyond measure (Romans 8:37–39).

When Satan reminds of our past, God reminds us of our future. We set our eyes on the prize of the High Calling of God.

People hurt us, God heals us. We stumble — but He orders His angels to guard us wherever we go. When we call on God … He answers and He remains at our side until the storm passes over.

We fight! We overcome! We believe!

Depression and Anxiety

Google says, “Depression is when self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. … Feeling sad or having a depressed mood.

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling.”

I am not an expert on depression and anxiety, but from what I have read — depression and anxiety creeps into our lives from negative feelings creating negative thoughts that affect how we think and oftentimes overthink the unknown thereby preventing us from carrying on with our normal life.

If you have been living with feelings of depression and anxiety — there’s a great chance that you have already tried everything humanly possible — but to no avail.

Now, let’s have a glimpse into God’s perspective on fighting back depression and anxiety:

DO YOUR BEST:

  • by filling your minds meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious
  • the best, not the worst
  • the beautiful, not the ugly
  • things to praise, not things to curse

Try God’s wise and reasonable approach and see what happens OR do nothing about it and nothing will change.

Can I suggest that you repeat the words of affirmation below each and every time you feel that you are under an attack of depression and anxiety until you have memorized them all:

  • The Lord is near ME. He will heal my crushed spirits
  • Many are my troubles, but the Lord will take me safely out of them all
  • I will not fret or worry. Instead of worrying, I will pray
  • I will let God know all my concerns
  • I know that God will make everything come together for my good.
  • I will rest in His peace and it will be well
  • Even when I feel like I’m walking through the darkness I will not be afraid, for the LORD will be right beside me, guarding and leading me step by step
  • Every day I will begin the day with courage and hope
  • When I am afraid, I will trust in God
  • I will not fear because God is for me
  • God puts my tears in His bottle, and when I cry out to God my enemies will turn their backs on me. Then I will know that God is for me
  • In God I have put my trust
  • I will not be afraid

Rick Warren says, “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things. If you don’t have a relationship with God, you have every reason to worry. You’ve got to get to know God! As a believer, you have a heavenly Father who has promised to take care of you. You are God’s child, and children get special privileges. When you worry, God says, “You’re my child. Why are you acting like an orphan?”