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How The Enemy Is Using Your Past Against You

“The only one that brings up your past is the enemy.”  When I first heard my Pastor say this I was like “Wow!” Ever since then, every time I think about my past I make sure to evaluate the root of the thought.  Is it making me happy or sad, afraid or courageous.  Nine times out of ten it’s nothing positive which tells me immediately that the enemy is trying to bind me by bringing memories from my past to the forefront.  I immediately take those thoughts captive and remind myself and the enemy that I am a new person in Christ and that just because something bad has happened to me in my past doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again.

We have to be careful with our thinking, especially as it relates to our history.   Constantly reliving mishaps of our pasts over and over again in our minds puts us in bondage! We become so afraid to do anything because we’re afraid of experiencing the failure, pain, guilt, etc. we’ve felt in the past.  Unless you’re remembering how God brought you out of a certain situation, snatch those negative thoughts out of your mind and bring them into agreement with the Word of God!  Old things passed away behold all things are new.   God wants you to focus on what’s in front of you not behind you.    

The Key To Moving Mountains 

God is moved by faith, not by need, desires or desperation. Last night the Lord put these words on my heart and I’m glad He did. Sometimes we tend to forget this and while God loves us dearly and cares about our needs and desires, it is impossible to please Him without faith. Faith is the key to activating the power of God in our lives. Read more about that here.

No matter how desperate we may be, or how badly we need something, the power of God does not move through that desperation for a fulfilled need. Our personal faith in God and His ability to provide what we need is what causes that amazing power to go to work in our situation and our lives. But that faith requires trust, and trust is built through relationship. This is one of the many reasons why our personal relationship with Christ is so important.

God is willing and able to give us what we need but, we have to believe. He is not a respecter of person, he’s a respecter of faith. When we’re trying to move mountains it helps to know what works and what doesn’t. Faith works.

How To Make Your Vision Reality: Mind Your Business

When God gives us an assignment or vision it’s easy for us to get caught up in the how-to’s. I think that we tend to have this mentality that once God gives us the vision we have to do everything else. We try to figure out all of the details and steps about how we’re going to bring this vision to fruition, but the fact of the matter is, that’s not our business.  God doesn’t just give us an amazing idea and then walk away.  He walks with us, guides and leads us. So, we need to stop trying to go at this thing alone. We are not alone.  Let’s stop trying to figure out how we’re going to make everything happen when it’s not our responsability to make it happen, its our responsability to be obedient and trust God.

God wants and deserves the glory in our lives, and that glory is greater when we get through a situation knowing that it was God who gave us what we needed every step of the way in order to make it happen.  Fulfilling our dreams and visions is a big part of cultivating our relationship with Christ. As we lean on Him and trust in His Word along the way we are enhancing our faith walk and enriching our lives in ways we’ll only truly understand once we’ve watched the complete manifestation of the vision God gave us. So as we’re on this vision walk let’s be sure to mind our business of trusting God to lead us and being obedient when He does.

Activating The Power Of God

After about an hour of trying to find the right words to start this blog post, It’s become pretty apparent that  Holy Spirit just wants me to get to the point on this one. No finessing of words or setting the stage.  Today, I’m jumping right into figuring out how in the world to activate the incredible power of God in our lives.

1. Be Bold and Know Who You Are – I used to be so afraid to ask God for anything, I felt so unworthy and I was right.  I am unworthy, but God loves me in spite of that.  Once I accepted the fact that I am righteous through Jesus Christ, I got bold.

2. The Word of God – The power of God is locked up in His Word.  If we don’t know the Word of God we’re going to have a hard time activating its power in our lives.  The five years I spent trying to have a baby I found several scriptures that applied to my situation and spoke them consistently, even if they didn’t line up with my reality.  The Word of God supersedes any situation.

3. Believe – This is usually the hardest part. I know it was for me. We get so caught up in actualities and how long it seems to be taking that we become crippled in our faith.  We have to be steadfast in our faith, remember the fourth key of seed and harvest (read it here), and know that God is not a respecter of persons, He is a respecter of faith.

We serve an incredible God through which all things are possible. The more we work at activating His power in our lives the more incredible manifestations we will see. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Pause On Your 2015 Plans

There’s a quote making it’s way around social media that says, “If you haven’t started on 2015, you’re already behind.” Now, I’m not overly obsessed with planning but something about walking in my purpose has given me more motivation and drive than I’ve ver had. Consequently, I have a lot of ideas that I want to translate into reality for 2015, and not just regular ‘ole ideas, really great concepts that could really enhance the Curly Christians brand.  And so naturally, when you’re really excited about seeing something come to fruition, you become committed to doing everything in your power to make it happen.  As I’m reaching the point of planning out just how I’m going to give these ideas legs, Holy Spirit reminded me of one important piece of information that made me press pause on my 2015 plans.

Many are the plans in a persons heart, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail (Proverbs 19:21).

It’s so easy to get caught up in our personal desires.  Even if we feel like what we want will contribute to us walking in our purpose in Christ. It is critical to remember that we need to consult with Holy Spirit before making any decisions.  The more that we fall in line and submit to the will of God the easier it will be to stay on the path to prosperity.  This is not to say that we should discount our incredible ideas because it is the Lord that gives us creativity to accomplish His will. We just need to be sure to bring our plans to Christ to validate our direction.  He will guide and lead us in the way that we should go.

So, as we’re planning out all of the amazing things we want to accomplish in 2015 and how we’re going to accomplish them, let’s keep the ambition, drive and motivation, but let’s also remember to press pause and keep Christ in the center of our decision making through prayer and consulting the Word of God.  Holy Spirit will give us discernment on when to press play. We just have to trust Him.

The Truth About Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Yesterday is gone. All of its events that presented us with trials, triumphs, sadness and enjoyments are over. Although we may remember them as if they just happened, and although we may still have to feel or deal with the ramifications, the events themselves are gone. They left with yesterday.

Today is a new day. Today we woke up with breath in our bodies. Today we have new opportunities and choices, like the opportunity to bless someone, love someone or use the gifts God has given us to glorify Him in spite of what we’re feeling. Or choices, like choosing to rejoice in the day and be grateful for the countless blessings that exist within this day alone.

Tomorrow is a mystery. It is a place where only God dwells. Worrying about it, looking forward to it, wishing it were here now are all efforts, energies and time we lose on actually living today. Tomorrow is just a figment of our imaginations. Today is reality. We create memories today, not in our dreams of what tomorrow might bring. Our fear about tomorrow is a fallacy. The enemy uses it to rob us of today. But the truth is, God has favored us today. He has made us conquerors and overcomes and that truth allows us to win today, if we choose to.

Let’s make a conscious effort to live in today. For us dwellers of the past, whether it was good or bad, it’s the past. Live today. For us work horses who can’t wait to reap the harvest of the seeds we’re sowing now. Find joy in the fact that we have seeds to sow and that we’re capable of doing what needs to be done now. Live today.

This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Choose to rejoice in the gift of today.

Stop Hating

Sometimes we can be so critical, so judgmental and unsupportive. Sometimes we can be down right haters! And it’s not just anyone that we hate on, it’s ourselves.

Hating that comes in the form of envy and jealousy is obviously not healthy. But what can be fatal is hating that comes in the form of negative self talk. Telling yourself that you can’t do something, that you’re not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, those words have the ability to suck the life out of you. We may not think about it but when we put those negative words into the atmosphere we give them life. But why do we do that? Why don’t we believe in ourselves? Well, it’s like this, we don’t know who we are in Christ.

The Word of God defines us in so many ways but we either don’t have the knowledge or don’t truly believe that we are what the Word says we are. Hosea 4:6 says that we are destroyed by lack of knowledge. We have to know who we are or the enemy will use that lack of knowledge to keep us from the life God has for us.

It’s time to get to know the person God intended for you to be. This is just a glimpse at who you are:

A new creation. Old things are passed away, all things are new (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

More than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)

Fearless (2 Timothy 1:7)

An overcomer (Revelation 12:11)

A lender not a borrower (Deuteronomy 15:6)

The head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13

Healed (Isaiah 53:5)

Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7-8)

And there is so much more! Stop hating on yourself and start speaking who you are in Christ Jesus. That’s one of the first steps to actually becoming.