Talk to God First

It’s so easy out of confusion, frustration and fear to run and talk to everyone else when we are going through trials and tribulations. Sometimes speaking to people makes the situation worse especially  when you have not prayed about it. The opinions of others will convolute your mind. OTHER Personal experiences come into play and then you are even more confused then you were before you spoke. I’ve done this many times over the years, not always realizing that God didn’t allow  me  that trial to ask someone else about it, He tossed me  that trial because He knew  I could handle it. He wanted my attention to converse with him on the altar. Now I converse with  God all day long over things  that often don’t matter much. Little things, but God can handle all things. He can handle broken friendships and relationships,.He can handle crazy bosses, He can handle 10 year old pains, He can conquer addictions, He can Heal the sick. Sometimes we get so caught up in the anointing and blessings He gives us that we forget, we didn’t get there on our own. I had a crazy week of spiritual warfare and I approached it in my flesh at first . Then I remember that Prayer is the ultimate powerful weapon that I possess. I remembered that when I pray things really do happen!  I remembered that prayer will ease and calm my fears, quiet storms, and manifest miracles. I remembered that God placed wise Godly people in my path to speak life into me, to guide me and to love on me in my weaknesses. I rejoiced in having that type of support.
So I meditate on this:

Job 5:8 NKJV
“But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause—

And this
Job 15:8 NKJV

Have you heard the counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?

As wise as I think I am, I can sometimes limit wisdom to myself , not recognizing that Wisdom comes from God and our life experiences. Trying to walk in our own wisdom is like turning on a garbage disposal sticking our hands inside  and expecting our hands not to be marred and scarred. The great thing about this week, is that everyone  I encountered prayed with and for me to shift the atmosphere. Stepping outside of myself and circumstances made me realize that I have an assignment. The spiritual  warfare that I’m experiencing is because I’m on assignment to sharpen iron in my circle of influence and beyond but for starters it’s my circle of influence and myself . So so how wonderful it was that when I called my sisters in Christ to speak they already knew they needed to pray with me. AFTER ALL the Devil is in the details. I never really thought about what that meant. But I do know that the more one rehashes or retells a scenario the larger and more painful it becomes, it’s like giving power and strength to the problem instead giving it to God. I’ve done this plenty of times. So the next time a conflict arises and issues come upon you, Talk to God first and don’t seek counsel from the wicked, seek it from the Saints that know, love, and serve the God you have come to love. Then watch Him move with infinite  power and wisdom.
Written with Love,
Truth

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Do you operate in Messy Maybes?

Hmmm. A few weeks back I posted about sowing seeds of yes and no. Saying yes will often open ones self up to opportunity and saying no may close a door that was never meant to be opened. I never really talked about Messy Maybe. I felt bad about  this at first. We live in a world  of Messy Maybe and lots of uncertainty. Think of the last time someone said “Maybe” to you, and how much anxiety developed over that very answer. Didn’t you almost want them to say “no”, just to ease the angst that would come from wondering if the answer would be yes? We do this a lot with relationships, career choices, life choices. Like fellas if you met a woman and you really liked her, and planned on spending time and energy you would want to know the outcome and if she is worth the effort right? So You downplay the reality of the situation which is you really like her but you act indifferent to protect yourself and live in Messy Maybe land til the happy time fades. Ever wonder why people go to extremes to protect themselves from happiness? It sounds silly but we do it everyday because while we pray for God to order our steps, we often try to alter the direction He chose for us to get there. Ladies do it to. You meet someone and they have no red flags so far but you look till you find at least 1 and then you stockpile them until you have built a little cocoon of protection from happiness. Oh it must be just me huh? Ummm probably not, but I will stand alone and admit I have done this and I know I do this. So something that has helped me is remembering,my first thought is most likely the right thought. For example, all these personality tests and questionnaires online are designed to help you” figure out “you. (Please don’t judge me on the amount of time I spend to find out what my name means, what my spirit animal is,what is my personality color, what storm in nature matches my personality, and how many licks does it take to get to a tootsie pop center etc. 😂) Anyway, you get my drift right? We answer these questions without a second thought about ourselves, but we tend to leave others hanging in limbo over things that just don’t require it often creating messy situations for no reason. Do a circle check of your friends and family, if you have ever had an issue it may have started with indecisive measures and a  Messy Maybe.
So here is another scripture I have been meditating on 

Matthew 5:34-37 NKJV

But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;  nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

The first few seem simple enough but the last one is what spoke to me.
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

It makes sense, God is not the author of confusion, and He does all things in decency and order.  So if we are trusting Him in our spirits and not operating out of flesh, shouldn’t the answers come in the same way. He advises us to say what we mean and mean what we say and anything more than that is from the evil one.

I don’t know about you,but some of my worse life experiences were a direct result of me operating in a nebulous state of confusion. The above scripture can apply to any given situations.But its most useful to me in dealing with people.  I often have people tell me I’m different and genuine, and I surround myself with like minds. Thank God iron sharpens iron! But the reality is that I show consistency in my dealings with people. I commit and follow through on my word and I don’t keep folks in an ambiguous state with me. Why? Well since when is ambiguity, obscurity comfortable for anyone or caused anyone to feel good. If you had an ambiguous friendship, marriage, job, or finances, would you feel AWESOME? Probably not. But if you feel different please chime in.

Not standing on the word or even your own word (Yes, No) or operating in uncertainty is like playing Jedi mind tricks with the enemy and thinking you going to win! When in actuality its going to take Big Faith in God with Lots of help from Jesus, Prayer, and recognizing the Yes and No answers required to deal with people and circumstances.

The GREAT thing is God will and can answer back in the same way Yes or No. He does so faithfully. Imagine if God operated in uncertainty with us. Now don’t confuse this with people wanting to be omniscient or omnipresent (truth, that’s not something I desire, they are reserved rightly so for God). But what if today He gave you EVERY DESIRE you ever asked for 48 hours and then the very next day took it all away. Now yes most of us would praise Him anyway some wouldn’t though. Imagine  having everything and then nothing and then being completely unsure if anything else was ever going to come (JOB). Now JOB had supersaint Faith. But He trusted in the consistency that God provided. He is the same yesterday today and Forevermore! In my heart I believe that our Yes and No give real power in our situations. I believe that anything more than that is from the evil one because MY God does not give me confusion. He gives me peace, love, joy, understanding and wisdom, and self control. So anything else is just not from Him. His YES and No’s keep me in check to give the right Yeses and No’s to those I encounter. AMEN.
Be Blessed Y’all,
Written with Love,
Truth

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Deal Justly

There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right. (NLT) -Psalm 106:3

Have you ever found yourself between two fighting friends who wanted you to choose a side? In that moment, they want you to validate they are correct. However, this verse reminds us to put aside favorites or personal differences and seek the truth. Evaluate the facts and not opinions. Our search for truth doesn’t stop with this scenario. It also applies to jury duty, parenting, and even office politics.
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I don’t normally post others devotions but this spoke to me. So I hope it blesses you!