Often times on our journey we will come to a place that feels like stagnation or like we’ve hit a wall. To be quite honest, most of the time we are the stagnation or wall.
We ask God to increase our faith but when opportunities arise for us to exercise that faith we fail to launch. We must remember that “faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) Sometimes you’re going to have to leap.
This isn’t a free pass to make impulsive unwise decisions but rather a reminder that a “a good man’s steps are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23). It was explained to me once that many people misinterpret this and think it means you just standing around waiting for God to hand you a detailed itinerary of His plan. While you should always move in wisdom, once you have received your confirmation (sometimes multiple times) you’re going to have to walk. When you walk, God will order your steps.
Even if you make a mistake, He always has a plan to get you to your destiny at the moment it was predestined for you to be there.
Compromise can be one of the best things in the world and one of the worst. Knowledge without wisdom is useless. If you have knowledge but yet not the wisdom to know where & when to use the knowledge, what good is it?
Compromise is very important in a marriage, relationships, at work etc. When dealing with other people and their feelings, to a healthy degree compromise is necessary. Today we’re not going to talk about healthy compromise, we’re going to talk about when compromise can become dangerous. There are things in this world that are right or wrong, black or white and there is no in between. If you really examine it, sometimes people advocate for the “gray area” because it justifies the way they want things to go.
There are something’s in this life that absolutely can’t be compromised. What those things are to you personally, only you will know because the core of them comes from your own personal beliefs and value system. Sad but true, most people aren’t even sure what they believe. Haven’t you ever heard the saying “if you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything”? Have your feet firmly planted so that you won’t get washed away by the storms in life.
There is one thing though, that cannot and will never be compromised and that is the truth.
New American Standard Bible
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
King James Bible
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Something’s are right, something’s are wrong. This is not a free pass to insult or disrespect anyone, but by all means there is never a dollar amount, man or woman, material object, or fears of what people might say or think about you that is a good enough excuse for us to compromise the truth.
Peace and blessings. I want to talk about something that every person in the world needs to hear. Let’s talk about not giving up. Life can deal us all curve balls that we weren’t expecting and sometimes those curveballs come from our own karma. The thing that we forget most is that God is not a genie in a bottle. When you pray for things like faith, God does not wave a magic wand and boom you have faith. Situations which will allow you to test your faith and make your faith strong pop up.
When you have something in your heart that you can’t go a day without thinking about, never give up. It does not matter what it looks like on the outside. We as human beings are impatient. We want everything here and now, and when it doesn’t go the way WE THINK it should go, too often times we assume it’s not working. In actuality what appears to be a set-back is normally a set-up for something even greater if you hang on.
I have found (the hard way, because simply I am hardheaded… yea I know, I’m working on it) that in any of my tornado of situations, that how we are responding to the test is exactly what predicts the outcome of the reward. Think about it, have you ever been sorry in the long run that you took the high road in a situation as opposed to reacting in temporary emotion? Fam, people are mean, people lie on you, people are nasty, and I’m sorry but that is just a part of life. We cannot control other people, but we can absolutely control ourselves. If you allow it to anger you, it controls you.
If you lay down with pigs you’re gonna get dirty. You can’t be mad any anyone but yourself that you jumped in a pig pen. Too often times we forget to accept the personal responsibility in situations, even the ones that aren’t necessarily your fault. I’m going to share this with you, because quite honestly it’s the best exsample I can think of and if it helps one person? It was worth it. I got married in my early twenties and it was a disaster. I got married for all the wrong reasons. I was in church and I thought I was on my way to hell and I had to marry the person I was living with. That was one of the stupidest things to-date that I have ever done. The marriage ended in divorce and it wasn’t technically my fault because my former husband cheated on me continuously.
Here’s the thing though, I got over it not because of divorce and not because years later I got an apology. I got over it because I learned that I played a part in it too. I got married for the wrong reasons. I knew my X-husband was a terrible boyfriend, and it was nobody’s fault but MINE that he was turned into a terrible husband. I knew full well what it was when I did it, I did it anyway. If you can get raw with yourself infront of the mirror and accept the part that you played and throw that pride in the trash? I promise that you will find yourself getting over things faster and healing. The evidence of healing is you stop talking about it every time somebody scratches that surface. If every time somebody puts a quarter in your slot and you start running your mouth? You’re not over it.
You can’t give up on things no matter how grim they may appear. FEAR= FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL. Don’t give up on love, don’t give up on life, don’t give up on your dreams, and NEVER give up on yourself.
Be Blessed –
Now you know, I always talk about topics in regards to myself because I can’t speak for anyone else. There is something I have learned over the course of life and my career that if you can learn it before you go through it, I promise you will save yourself a lot of annoyance.
Fam, people are going to talk about you, people are going to assume things, people are going to lie on you, and people are going to not like you. Nobody likes everybody and if you live your life to be a people pleaser? You will find yourself stressed & depressed. The only person you ever should be worried about impressing is God and he requires a lot less then the people walking the earth. REAL TALK. There are people in this world that stand before million dollar ministries, claim God and all they do is twist facts and present it as truth. Now if the devils walking this earth are bold enough to do that…. What makes you think they won’t do it to you? Jesus was sold out for 30 pieces of silver by someone who sat with him and watched him perform miracles. So the next time you find yourself asking “Why me?” Well, why not you? Think about it.
I have also learned from numerous painful experiences that facts and truth are two different things. You can have the facts and not the truth. Fact: Man kills another man. Truth: Father shoots intruder that was attempting to rape his daughter. Fact: Woman was fired from her job. Truth: Woman was fired for numerous violations of company policy and had already been given several warnings and opportunities to improve. Now let that lesson swirl around in your brain.
You have to understand that normal fleshy human behavior is selfish. Nobody is exempt. The closer we get to God for real, the less selfish we become. Anyone who truly walks in love, doesn’t have to tell you because the evidence will be there. It doesn’t mean that anyone is perfect, but there are certain truths that manifest and can’t be hidden.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The TRUTH never goes on a rant, never gets defensive, and doesn’t fight back. Why? Because it’s the truth. The truth doesn’t have to prove its self nor does it have to defend its self because it will be the truth even if it’s not believed.
Love is patient, its kind. The fruit of it is peace, joy, kindness. Examine situations, examine people. Understand that hurting people hurt other people. No emotionally healthy person does things like uses social media as a personal soap box to speak about things they don’t even have the truth of nor do spiritually healthy people attempt to destroy other human beings. Only a fool speaks about matters to the public before they even (if ever) include the person they’re talking about. I mention this Fam because it’s been done to me and I know that it’s happened to some of you. If you allow yourself to behave like them, you become no better then them. Our victory, our growth comes in the knowing the truth and that God will fight our battles. The bible says “A man who cannot control his emotions is like a city with broken down walls”. Doesn’t mean the city is gone forever, but right now it’s not a place you need to be in because its walls are broken and there is no protection offered inside its walls.
Be encouraged Fam…. God’s got it.
Once Upon a Time in A Perfect World…..
Nobody was homeless. Everyone had a roof over their head. Nobody ever had to choose between paying their utilities and buying groceries. People did not stay up all night worrying about paying their bills, not having enough, or if they were going to make it until the end of the week. Nobody lay awake in pain at night because they couldn’t afford to see a doctor. People did not immediately wake up stressed out in the morning and step outside of their front door angry before even uttering a good morning. Everyone’s basic needs were provided. Everyone was able to see a doctor and get medical treatment when they were sick. Everyone had food, clothing, & shelter. The world was a happier place and crime was a rare occurrence.
The system of this world is broken.
This world has enough wealth for NOBODY to be less fortunate. This world can certainly afford for everyone to survive but yet so many can’t. Maybe it’s because we pay professional athletes multiple millions of dollars to play a game, while human service workers who care for our disabled, homeless, mentally ill, and senior citizens do so for $12 per hour and work 2-3 jobs just to survive. Can you imagine? If all the mental health workers stopped showing up to work? Do you think the professional athletes would come assist the clients? Why is it we have billionaires on the globe and yet it cost $2, 000 (USD) to build a water well in an African village but yet we have villages for miles with no clean drinking water?
Have you been to any of the cities in the last 3-years that have suffered a disaster? Have you seen Ground Zero in NYC? Have you been to New Orleans? Do you know anyone still camped out on their lawn because of Hurricane Sandy? Just because you don’t see these things on the news everyday does not mean for a moment that they were solved or no longer exist.
Do you only know what you see on TV? Do you only believe what you’re told? People who are crazy enough to believe that they can change the world, often do. You may not change the world today, but you can change you. Get informed, seek the TRUTH FOR YOURSELF.