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February 2019

Joy Over Burden

For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart -Ecclesiastes 5:20 NKJV

This verse represents what many of us want out of our lives. We want a life of fulfillment. We desire to love the work that we do. That’s why we switch majors, jobs, and career paths for a chance to spend our days working on the things that we’re truly passionate about. How great would it be for God to keep us busy with the joys of our hearts? That would be pretty awesome. Right?!

However in life the very things that once brought us joy can bring us burdens. It’s up to us to get the right perspective back. A perspective of JOY. A perspective of GRATEFULNESS. If you go the burden route you’re gonna burn out real quick. And you’re really missing out on seeing all the good that God is doing in your life each and everyday. So make whatever you’re doing fun again. Lighten up. Give the burdens to God while you keep your joy.

Devotional Playlist:

Love Theory – Kirk Franklin

King of My Heart – Stephanie Gretzinger

Let Go – Dewayne Woods

Reverential Fear of God

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments” – Psalm 112: 1 NKJV

Have you ever struggled with a stronghold that was hard to shake? Even if you’ve been delivered from that stronghold sometimes it will come back up to be that annoying thorn in your side. Last night I was tempted to go back to my personal sin of choice. The urge to watch what I shouldn’t watch and do what I shouldn’t do was so strong! But somehow I passed the test and I wanted to share what I learned with you.

Contrary to popular belief I didn’t stop in my pursuit to sin because of a sudden lack of desire, but rather a sudden presence of reverential fear and respect for the Lord. Below are three steps that enabled me to have victory over my flesh and ultimately saved me from getting caught up in old cycles.

3 Things to do When You’re Tempted to Sin:

  1. Pray (Call out to God and Jesus)

Whenever you feel your flesh starting to act up the first thing you should do is pray. Everything starts with a thought. When you notice that your thoughts are turning godly then it’s time to combat those thoughts with prayer. Pray in your mind and pray out-loud. Literally call on the name of JESUS. Be honest with God and call out whatever sin is tempting you. Expose it! There’s no need to hide what you’re feeling from the Lord because He already knows and He wants to help you.

2. Read The Word of God (Pick up your Bible)

Often times we stop at step one and then wonder how our prayer for help quickly turned to a prayer for forgiveness. It’s funny how our flesh can make us start to reason with anything. Next thing you know you’re thinking “Hey I can do this and ask God for forgiveness later.” This is why it’s important to read the word of God in your moments of weakness too. Ephesians 6: 17 NIV says “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

As you’re battling your flesh you’re gonna need the sword of the Spirit aka the word of God to help you succeed. It’s the best medicine to sober you up whenever your judgement is clouded. It will convict you when you’re wrong and encourage you to live right at the same time.

3. Step Away (Flee Tempting Situations)

After you’ve sought spiritual strength and guidance then it’s time for you to physically step away from whatever is tempting you. Step away from the phone, TV, that person, the bottle, the drugs, etc. Go to a different room, take a cold shower, listen to worship music, or even sleep it off. Do whatever it takes to keep from making provision for your flesh.

In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil” – Proverbs 16:6 NKJV

We all have fallen short of the glory of God. Still work to get rid of any toxic cycles in your life. When you fall repent, get back up, and do better next time. Remember to be more proactive than reactive when it comes to avoiding sin. We have everything we need though Jesus Christ to live a life of victory.