There may be many like how I was, praying asking God for forgiveness but not accepting the fact that God has done so. I lived in a certain sinful situation for a few years and struggled knowing it was wrong trying to please someone else and my own selfish desires. The longer I stayed in it the harder it was for me to get out of it. When I finally got the strength to get out the situation I thought I would feel free. Free from the bondage I got myself in but I didn’t feel free. Condemnation came upon me reminding me the length of time I stayed in the sinful relationship. I COULD NOT FORGIVE MYSELF!!! I felt like there was no way God could keep forgiving me when I kept praying for strength to get out the situation and kept asking for forgiveness since I was still in it. I started feeling like God had to wait too long for me to get out and be obedient. I finally prayed “God if you have forgiven me please give me a sign or a word”. Then right after praying I went online to search a scripture and came across this website which shared God’s forgiveness. I felt like that was my prayer being answered because I could relate to the testimony and felt a sense of peace. I read the scriptures and vowed I will continue to read until they was totally in my spirit. I praise God and thank Him for never leaving me and giving up on me. He asked me, “Why did I die on the cross? He said, for you.”
The next day I heard on a prayer line let not your heart be troubled neither be afraid. My peace I give to you not from the world. Scrpiture John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.
I thank God for loving me this much. He sent me His peace and let me know He’s forgiven me. So, I pray whoever is reading this and you have not forgiven yourself or think God has not, don’t accept the lie that comes from the enemy. The enemy comes to condemn so he can steal, destroy and kill us. You didn’t read this by accident.
REJOICE, WE ARE FREE!!! GOD BLESS!!!
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“To change your life, you must change the way you think. Behind everything you do is a thought. Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude. God revealed this thousands of years before psychologist understood it: be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
“Let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God- what is good and is pleasing to Him and is perfect.” Romans 12:2B (TEV)
Question to ask yourself: What is one area where I need to stop thinking my way and start thinking God’s way?
~ Rick Warren, What On Earth Am I Here For?
*Start today changing the way you think and when negative thoughts come to mind replace them with positive thoughts.*
2 Corinthians 10:5King James Version (KJV)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I wanted to share and something to think about. I’ve been guilty!
Four of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationship to God while the other six deal with our relationships with people. Relationships, not achievements or acquisition of things, are what matters most in life. So why do we allow our relationships to get the short end of the stick? Busyness is a great enemy of relationships. We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills, and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life. They are not. The point of life is learning to love- God and people. Life minus love equals zero. Love leaves a legacy.
When life is ending, people don’t surround themselves with objects. What we want around us is people- people we love and have relationships with. In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about. Wisdom is learning that TRUTH SOONER rather than Later.
The more time you give something, the more you reveal its importance and value to you. If you want to know a person’s priorities, just look at how they use their time. Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you will never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough just to say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are WORTHLESS.
The essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves. Men, in particular, often don’t understand this. Many have said to me, “I don’t understand my wife and kids. I provide everything they need. What more could they want?” They want you! Your eyes, your ears, your time, your attention, your presence, your focus–your time. Nothing can take the place of that.~ Rick Warren What On Earth Am I Here For
We can’t replace the time we take away from our loved ones, especially our children. They are only children once and for a short period of time…. Real Talk!!!