Our Hearts’ Posture

It was once said to me that, “the heart wants what the heart wants.” In our flesh, this is very true. However, the Word of God instructs us: “If you then be risen with Christ (to a new life), seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead (have died to this world) and your (new) life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3. We are explicitly instructed to set our affections; our attractions; our feelings; our love “on things above.” Yet the most preached, taught, and received message in the Church world is about “things on the earth” such as money, houses, cars – stuff – things that are temporary.  Colossians 3:2, AMP, “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above (the heavenly things), not on things that are on the earth (which have only temporal value).”

In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.” In spite of Jesus’ warning, we, His people, have gotten it twisted. Generally speaking, we don’t “feel” like we are blessed unless we have received a financial or material “blessing.” Somewhere along this journey, we began to covet and desire riches that would afford us stuff and prestige. We confused seeking stuff with seeking His Kingdom despite Jesus’ caution that our lives does not “consist of nor is it derived from” our possessions.

Jesus’ teachings in the twelfth chapter of Luke, clearly and emphatically demonstrated what we were not to seek after, and He also laid out example after example of the Father’s faithfulness to provide for His children. Jesus gave the example of the ravens that neither sow nor reap but God feeds them. He then told us that in God’s sight we are much more than birds. Jesus also gave the example of lilies – how they don’t work, but God dresses them beautifully. He assured us that if God did that for grass, He will do even more for us – His children. Jesus summed it up by stating that we worry because we do not believe. He said, “ye of little faith.” We do not believe God will do what He said He would do, therefore, we bombard Heaven with petitions for the very things Jesus told us not to worry about. In Luke 12:30, Jesus said, “seek not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be you of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after… Therefore, when we set our hearts to seek for stuff, we are following the pattern of the world. We are not seeking His Kingdom.

Jesus said in Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” Jesus had already explained that the Kingdom consisted of things above, eternal things, spiritual things. This is the Kingdom that He wants us to seek after. This is the Kingdom that the Father takes pleasure in giving to His children. Paul said in Romans 14:17, “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” This is what we should be seeking; we should be seeking God’s will and God’s way – not assuming, not rationalizing, not intellectualizing, but actively seeking what God desires of us, so that He can do in us and through us what He wants to do.

Lastly, Jesus said to “lay up treasures in heaven where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:33-34. Where are our hearts? What is our hearts’ posture? Is it in seeking treasures here on this earth? Is it in seeking our own plans for our lives; our own selfish desires? Let us turn our hearts again to seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Let’s speak to our heart and tell it that we want our Father and “His Kingdom to come, and His will to be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10.

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Understanding

. . . and with all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7(b)

The amplified version of this scripture reads, “And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation]”. I like this amplified version because it explains how to get understanding – we must “actively seek” it out. Some of us are too passive when it comes to our spiritual life. We tend to go with the flow of whatever is popular: catch phrases, slogans, declarations, etc. Therefore, we seldom “actively seek” out and understand what the Word of God says on a matter. It sounds good and it makes us feel good, and everybody is saying it, so we follow suit. Interestingly enough, just repeating and mimicking others does not produce anything in our lives. However, it does reveal our lack of understanding and it reveals our immaturity.

A clear example of this is the incessant obsession with “haters.” When we take the time to “actively seek” out what the Word of God has to say about “haters,” that would no longer be the focus or topic of our conversation. When we understand by the Word of God that every time someone dislikes you for no reason, disparage your name, questions your calling, your dreams, and your purpose; they are causing blessings to run over in our lives. When we understand this, we would be about our Father’s business – doing more and being more unapologetically.

When haters consume our thoughts, it is a clear indication that we do not know and we do not understand that the Word says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies (haters); you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5. Through this scripture, we understand that God blesses us in spite of haters; not only in spite of them, but in front of them. Proverbs 16:7 reads, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies (haters) to be at peace with him.” God assures us that He is in control of even the lives of our enemies. If we really understood this and believed this, we would rejoice when haters rise up against us. We would thank and praise God because we know that He is preparing a table of blessings for us, and He is anointing us for even greater works.

When we truly understand who is orchestrating our lives, we would stop crying over what they say and what they think; and we would stop crying over being betrayed, being misunderstood, and being overlooked. We need to get an understanding of Psalm 31:16, “My times are in your hand.” Whoever; whatever; whenever; however; it is all working for our good (Romans 8:28). For that reason alone, we can follow the instructions of Psalm 110:1, “Sit here at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Selah.

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Adjustments

I have said it and I have heard it said more than once by more than a few people that change is difficult; changing is hard. Most times we know that changing will lead to a better outcome. Nevertheless, we still balk at it – changing our ways, changing our diets, changing our conversations, changing our associations. Ultimately, it is our perception of change that causes us to remain stagnant. Somehow, we have concluded that change means everything has to be done all at once. We have to give up all of our favorite dishes all at once. We have to cut ties with certain people immediately. We put these imaginary restrictions on ourselves that we instinctively rebel against.

Perhaps the word “adjustment” may be more palatable for us. An adjustment is a small alteration or movement made to achieve a desired fit, appearance or result. Note that it is just a small thing that we can choose to do to move ourselves in our desired direction. A small decision that we can make that will move us toward our goal; that will bring us closer to where we desire to be. Making an adjustment allows us to show ourselves some grace as we move forward. For example, instead of giving up all of our favorite foods, we can decide to give up just one, or we can decide to commit to exercise more. And, instead of cutting ties, we can decide to distance ourselves – not be as available. You know, “feed them with a long handled spoon.” Once we have adapted to the first small movement, then we move on to another, then another, and before you know it, we have made so many adjustments until we have changed! Mission accomplished with less pain and anxiety.

Maybe you do not care for the word adjustment; there are plenty of others to choose from – tweaking, modifying, fine-tuning, etc. The important thing is to find what will work for you and do it, so that you can move towards living the abundant life intended for you.

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Intimacy With God Through Worship

This is in accordance with [the terms of] the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him [that is, our faith gives us sufficient courage to freely and openly approach God through Christ].                    Ephesians 3:11-12 AMP

In my last publication, I discussed having an intimate relationship with God and how going to Church is not synonymous with having an intimate or personal relationship with God. In this publication, I would like to discuss how our praise and worship can lead us into an intimate fellowship with God.

In the Old Testament, according to Esther 4:11, the queen had to wait for the king to request an audience with her. She could not approach his throne unless he summoned her.  Jesus, however, through His blood, has provided unhindered, unlimited access to the King of Kings. Hebrews 4:14 AMP states, “Now that we know what we have – Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God – let’s not let it slip through our fingers.” When we see worship as connecting with God in an intimate and personal way, we will cease every opportunity to enter into worship.

Churches are filled with talented singers, musicians, ministers of music and worship leaders, and all of those are great; but they do not replace hearts and minds fixed on the One that we came to worship. Praise and worship is not a concert; it is not time to merely observe; it is a time that we participate in worshiping our Lord. Although we may come together with other Believers to worship God, each Believers’ worship is personal just as each Believers’ relationship with God is personal. Worship is not about which song the praise team is singing, and it is not about how we feel at the time; it is exclusively about the One we worship. When we get this and we do this, worship becomes an intimate personal time of fellowship with our Lord.

The enemy often condemns us because of something that we have done or failed to do, so we are ashamed and feel unworthy to enter into worship. He uses this trick is to keep us from worshiping, because the enemy knows that if we continue to fellowship with God, we will become stronger, wiser and more confident. God already knew that the enemy would use condemnation to hinder us from worshiping Him, so He already made provisions for us to defeat the enemy in that area. The scripture states in Hebrew 4:16 AMP, “Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].” The King James Version reads, “Come boldly unto the throne of grace…” It is our privilege and our birthright, as children of God, to enter into worship and intimate fellowship with our Father.

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INTIMACY WITH GOD

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one; come with me.” Song of Solomon 2:10 (NIV)

One definition of intimacy is “a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person.” (Dictionary.com). The very intent of being intimate with someone requires you to be “close,” to be “familiar,” and to be in “a personal relationship” with them. Therefore, when the Lord invites us to “come with me,” Song of Solomon 2:10 or “come unto me,Matthew 11:28, it is an intimate gesture/invitation into His personal space. He is calling us to Himself; He is asking us to come near to Him; He is inviting us into an intimate place with Him. A place where we are in His presence, a place where we get to know Him (“learn of me,” Matthew 11:29), become familiar with Him and a place where our relationship with Him grows and develops (“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18).

The very act of intimacy requires us to be alone with the one we are intimate with. It also requires quietness. This alone goes against the mindset of “church” being our “time with God.” Church is our time of fellowship with other believers in the presence of God.  (“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10:24-25). However, to spend time with God, we have to be alone with Him. So, when we are in a quiet place, alone with God, mind fixed on Him, we are experiencing intimate time with Him. The more intimate time we spend with God the more of Him we will desire.

During our intimate time with God, He produces in us the fruits that He desires revealed in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23): it produces love; it produces joy (…you will fill me with joy in your presence…” Psalm 16:11); it produces peace; it produces endurance; it produces kindness… Intimacy with God also produces a steadfast confidence in God, because we have spent time with Him; we have gotten to know Him; we have learned of His ability; and we have learned to trust Him completely.

An invitation for intimacy is a loving, warm and affectionate gesture. What an honor and privilege to be asked into an intimate place with our Lord. Will you answer yes, and come.

“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, drink freely of the Water of Life! Revelation 22:17 (MSG)

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Spending Time With God

You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand, there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

I actually was asked to write on this topic by someone who is seeking a deeper more meaningful relationship with God, but did not know how to spend time with Him and did not know what to expect. As I thought about it, I realized that, for the most part, Christians consider going to Church as spending time with God. I did until I learned that was far from the truth. Even though we are in the presence of the Lord when we are in Church; it is as a collective body worshiping Him and hearing His Word. On the other hand, when we spend time with God, it is intimate time alone with Him.

From a practical standpoint, spending time with God is just getting away from outside distractions, getting quiet and stilling all the inward noise that is going on in our own minds and hearts. It is a time to be still and give our sole attention to the things of God and to Him. Therefore, our mind and hearts are on Him and His goodness. We may have a devotional reading or scriptures that we read during that time, or we may just sit quietly there knowing that He is there with us and just rest in His presence.

God may or may not speak to us during this time, but when He does, we will know. It may be something He puts on our hearts or minds; it may be a scripture or even a song that is placed in our hearts. Try not to get hung up on Him speaking as much as just enjoying His presence.

For me, being still before the Lord, gives me a profound peace in the deep recesses of my soul. It is not so much that He is speaking during that time, but it is just His reassuring presence that leaves me with total peace. I also spend time with God when I am gardening. It is a peaceful, quiet time for me and I just allow myself to get lost in the quietness. It clears my mind and my heart; when my heart and mind are clear, I can sense His presence and His peace; in turn, it causes me to be able to hear Him clearly.

The beach or ocean also draws me into a keen awareness of God’s presence. It helps me to silence the constant warring in my mind. Again, when I still my thoughts, I am peaceful and peace draws me closer to Him. I can think on Him instead of all the ninety million things I have going on – and when I do that – He puts ideas, solutions, and instructions in my heart that helps me to take care of my to-do list. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10. Getting still in His presence exalts Him in our earthly vessel.

The most important aspect of spending time with God is not how you do it or when you do it, it is doing it. In the book of Daniel, chapter 11, verse 32, it states, “but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” To know God, you have to spend time with Him and studying His Word. This is how we acquaint ourselves with Him. It’s the same principle as getting to know anyone else. If you do not spend time with a person, you will not know them.

God will surely do this for you, for He always does just what He says, and He is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with His Son, even Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (TLB)

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My Life Is In His Hands

But I am trusting you, O Lord. I said, “You alone are my God; my times are in your hands.”  Psalm 31:15(a) TLB

Yesterday was my 59th birthday. I had been thinking about this birthday for some time. Not to plan a party or festivities, but thinking of the blessing in it. You see, my oldest brother, Joseph, died when he was 39; my oldest sister, Jackie, died when she was 48; and my middle brother, Marvin, died when he was 57 – all lives shortened at young ages. Here I am blessed to have lived longer than my siblings; so my reflections on my birthday were, and still are, filled with much gratitude and thanksgiving.

In spite of the losses in my life and in spite of life’s disappointments and pain, I am thankful for the lessons I have learned and the wisdom gained through those lessons. Most of all I am thankful that life’s troubles taught me to trust (lean on, rely on and depend on) and obey God. (“Though He was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what He suffered, just as we do.” Hebrews 5:8). Therefore, I am grateful and thankful not for just being alive, but being content with my life (But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6). Grateful that I am comfortable in my own skin and that I like who I am, while in the process of becoming who He wants me to be. I am thankful to be in a place where I am not chasing anything or anybody. I am not chasing paper, nor am I chasing connections and greatness. I am satisfied knowing that the great One resides on the inside of me, and it is His greatness that will be revealed through me. (…greater is He that is in you… 1 John 4:4). Also thankful that I no longer wonder where God is during personal struggles and crises, because I know where He is – He is always with me (…I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20). Grateful for truly knowing and understanding, that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31(b).

I am truly thankful for a clear mind and a clear heart. Grateful that I am not confused nor am I lost. Thankful that I believe and trust that all is well in my life, not because every promise has been fulfilled, but because I trust the one that promised (Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]. Hebrews 10:23). And I know and am confident that He is able to keep those things that I have committed to Him (…for I know [perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with] Him whom I have believed [adhered to and trusted in and relied on], and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12).

The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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THE ONLY FATHER I’VE KNOWN

…And I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.  2 Corinthians 6:17(b)-18

I recall watching an Oprah special on “Daddyless Daughters;” and I remember being shocked because the women in the audience were still grieving for their fathers. There were grandmothers, mothers, and daughters of all ages. Their fathers had not died, but instead had walked out on them as children. The women’s pain was very tangible. I could literally see it on their faces and hear it in their voices. In one case, there was three generations struggling with negative behavior patterns established in their lives, because the grandmother’s father walked out on her and the pattern followed her daughter and then her granddaughter. I sympathized with these women but I could not understand why their pain still ran so deep. After all, they were no longer little girls; they were now adults with their own children, and for some, grandchildren.

This, of course, led me to think of my own biological father who had not been in my life. At that very moment, my mind wandered to an incident that happened when I was a teenager; I believe I was in middle school. A friend and I had walked to a neighborhood store and on our return walk, I saw my biological father’s car, so I attempted to flag him down to give us a ride. He kept going. Interestingly, I was not upset but I made an instant decision to no longer recognize him as my father. In my young mind, I said, “If he does not know me, I do not know him.” From that point on, he was instantly removed from my heart and mind to the extent that I never thought about this incident again until I watched the Oprah special. I continued to see him around town, especially when I got older and could drive; but there was nothing there – I had no emotion whatsoever connected to him; he was just like a stranger. I never acknowledged him again; not even in his death.

After watching the Oprah special, I realized that I could have been just like those women. Their story was my story – I grew up daddyless too. However, in that moment of reflection, I discovered that my Heavenly Father had protected my heart at a young age from knowing that pain. I believe my Heavenly Father protected my heart by allowing me to accept things the way they were instead of going through life wishing and hoping they would change. My Heavenly Father protected me from walking through life wanting and craving affirmation from someone that was incapable of giving those things to me. Instead, my Heavenly Father led me along a path of peace with being a daddyless daughter, and He surrounded me with uncles, brothers, and cousin-brothers that filled my life with goodness. And then He mercifully led me to Himself and showed me through His lovingkindness and unfailing love that all along He had been and is my Father; He had been and always has provided for and protected me; He had been and is always right here for me. The revelation of who my Father truly is changed my life forever.

Therefore, on this Fathers’ Day, I honor the only Father I’ve known – my Heavenly Father. Thank you Father for all that you have done and all that you continue to do for me daily. Thank you for your abiding presence and unconditional love. Thank you for being my safe place and my place of peace. Thank you that I can always come to you and receive whatever I need, whenever I need it. My gratitude to You, my Heavenly Father, is endless!

To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:20

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Savior, Redeemer, Healer

…by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (AMP)

I did not want this month to pass without taking the time to share with you that I celebrated five years cancer free – to God be all the glory! Typically, doctors tell you that once you meet the five year mark, you are “home free,” meaning it is unlikely that the cancer will return. I thank God for the medical care I received and for now being “released.” However, the Holy Spirit released me the same day I received the diagnosis five years ago!

Five years ago, my daughter drove me to hospital for a “routine” colonoscopy. I was supposed to have had one at the age of 50, but I had been putting it off because of fear – not the fear of having cancer – the fear of something going wrong during the procedure. A dear friend finally said something that resonated with me, so I scheduled the colonoscopy. I was 53. When I awoke from the procedure, the doctor came in with the dreadful news. I was stunned, shocked, in complete disbelief. I had always been healthy with no more than a cold here and there. It was absolutely the last thing I expected to hear. The doctor insisted that my daughter and I come to her office that same day to get the paperwork started for surgery and I am so glad she did. It was there that the Lord showed me that everything was going to be okay, and it was from that point on that I began to look and listen for God in that situation.

While seated in the doctor’s waiting room, a woman stood up and asked if we (those of us in the area) would mind if she shared something with us. No one said a word, so I looked at her and said sure. She proceeded by telling us that she was there for a check-up after  having had surgery to remove a large malignant tumor from her colon. She shared that she had a portion of her colon removed and had also gone through radiation therapy. She went on to say that she had not felt as good as she did that day in a very long time. She went on to encourage us that whatever we were facing there that day that just like He brought her through, God will bring us through. Really, how likely is something like that to happen in a doctor’s office? I knew it was God reassuring me and I rested in that. Immediately, He had shifted my focus from the disease to Him.

Although I underwent testing prior to surgery to determine if the cancer was contained or had spread, the doctor told us that she could not be absolutely certain until she received the results of the biopsies after surgery. For that reason, I did not know the extent of the treatment I would require such as radiation or chemotherapy, but I did know that regardless of what I would have to go through, I would be okay. Thank God, the biopsies came back negative and I did not require further treatment.

Surgery was painful and recovery was very difficult, and some days I wondered when I would start feeling better. I would often reflect on that day in the doctor’s waiting room. It was a slow process; nevertheless, I made it and I will forever be thankful and grateful to my Savior, my Redeemer and my Healer for His faithfulness to me.

This is the short version of my testimony. There is so much more I could share about my healing process, but I’ll stop here least this Blog turns into a book.  I do, however, want to leave you with this one thing – if you are at least 50 years old and have not done so, please schedule a routine colonoscopy. I had no symptoms; no reason to think anything was wrong. Thank God for using my friend who convinced me to just get it done. I pray that this encourages you to do the same.

Jehovah-Rophe – The Lord Our Healer!

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FREEDOM

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  Galatians 5:1

A common phrase that we often hear as it relates to the military is “freedom isn’t free.” This is an accurate statement whether speaking about the military or about Christians. Our freedom was purchased by the blood of Jesus. Christ willingly laid down His life so that we could be free. (“You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]… 1 Corinthians 6:20, AMP). Freedom in Christ not only comes from understanding the price Christ paid for our freedom. It also comes from knowing and understanding the Word of God that defines who we are in Christ. It comes from knowing and understanding that we are defined only by what God says about us and nothing and no one else. “So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.” John 8:36, AMP. The Message translation states, “You are free through and through.”

In Galatians 5:1, Paul lets us know that Christ has made us free, but it is our responsibility to maintain our position of freedom. We must “stand” in the freedom that we have been given in Christ. To take a stand on something means that we stay in that particular position without moving. It does not matter what happens or what is going on around us we do not move. When we take that position, we refuse to be a slave to sin; we refuse to be a slave to other people’s opinions; we refuse to be a slave to men’s rules.

Although there is nothing as liberating as living free in Christ, I must warn you that there will be opposition. The enemy of our soul never wants us to come into the revelation of the power, authority and freedom that Christ has given us; therefore, he will use others to try to discourage and confuse you in an attempt to enslave you. However, once you have been enlightened and have experienced freedom in Christ, you will willingly fight to stay free.

Freedom in Christ does not mean we are free to do what we want, how we want. Christ set us free from the bondage of sin. As a result, we are no longer slaves to sin; we are no longer slaves to the desires of our flesh; we are no longer slaves even to our emotions. We have been made free from those things, so we have to fight against these very things that try to take us hostage again. It also does not mean that we are free to disregard or disrespect authority (For God is not a God of confusion and disorder, but of peace and order. 1 Corinthians 14:33). When we are submitted to the Word of God and the Spirit of Christ, He will instruct us on the how-to and when-to in every situation.

Christ has also set us free from the opinions of others. He has made it very clear in His Word what He thinks of us and His love for us. If we fully receive Christ love and thoughts towards us, the opinions of others will not matter. (“‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11, AMP). We will not be so easily hurt and discouraged when others do not embrace or support us, our vision, or our gifts. (“You were bought with a price [a precious price paid by Christ]; do not become slaves to men [but to Christ]. 1 Corinthians 7:23, AMP). We become slaves to people when we live our lives as a people pleaser. But if we flip that and become more desperate to please Christ than people, we will experience a freedom worth fighting for.

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