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Check Your Company

I Corinthians 15:33-34

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

All week long the Lord has been dealing with me about habits and the company I keep. Naturally, I decided to meditate on this and see what my manna from Heaven says. So in my humble opinion, I have the greatest friends and support group around me. I live thousands of miles away from my hometown in Boston, but I have managed to find me a great church family, some lifelong friends whom I now consider family : shoutouts to Young Palmer, Killah K, Brownie and Waffle. P.s I’m big on nicknames so these have been used to protect the innocent. I spend so much time with
these 4 people and we just click. If you have ever had some really great framily (friends+family) then you know what I’m talking about. These people keep me on my toes and sharpen me spiritually. Then there are my friends and family back home WAY too many to name. I think about the good habits I’ve developed. Those are easy. Before Christ though I had some pretty bad habits…I was bitter, angry, drank too  much, cussed too much, fought too much, I smoked nasty cigarettes, yes (I know gross). I got in my own way all the time, because I believed I was in complete control of anything and everything around me. I was stressed sometimes even depressed. The best thing I ever did was exchange my company I kept. For starters I had to recognize God and recognize that He gave His only son for me. Do you know how much pressure and burdens were lifted from me, just in acknowledging Christ as my Savior. Receiving God’s love and developing a relationship with Him literally forced me to check my company and exchange it for ultimate comforting company: Jesus and his Holy Spirit. The Bible says Be Not Deceived Evil Company corrupts Good Habits. Have you ever backslid into a poor habit, or found your oh so saved self doing things you used to do and then wondering what happened? Well, I have and I had to self evaluate and check my company. Checking your company is not always checking your immediate circle of friends or family either, sometimes checking your company is doing a spiritual read of the holy spirit that dwells in you . IS IT PRESENT AND BEING FED? In other words…what have you been pouring into yourself spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Are you spending enough time with God and asking Him to keep you. There is a song that says “oh to be kept by Jesus
It sings about being in the company of the Lord. We must do this daily. It’s easy to blame our shortcomings, backsliding, and iniquities on others and circumstances, but let us not be deceived that all influences are always other men. YOU (myself included can be your own worse enemy). Nurture yourself regularly and know what God has in store for you. It’s okay to ask others for advice but God has the final say and knows the plans He has for you!

Jeremiah.29.11.nkjv
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Check your company, your first line of defense and first “person” in your presence should be the Holy Spirit. Its here to guide you. So try to steer away from evil company that corrupts good habits. The best way to do this is to be spiritually strong. Evil spirits can’t be around Good spirits very long.  Scripture tells us  at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, but it will help if people actually see Jesus in you and that they recognize you dwell in the company of the most high. Just a bit of food for thought!
Be Blessed,
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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