#SpiritualSundays: Your Steps Are Ordered…..

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”. Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

You know I didn’t have anything planned to write about today; and then I read this scripture! Wow, isn’t that amazing? I know I was amazed!

Does it make you wonder how it would apply to other things as well? You are getting ready to go hang out with friends and all of a sudden; they call and cancel on you. You got this amazing interview lined up; for what you think, is the perfect job and they send you a letter the day before saying: we have decided to go with someone more qualified!

How would that make you feel? Either situation at face value may suck and put you in a funk; but, look at it differently. Read that scripture again but this time more slowly and meditate on its every word. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”. Proverbs 16:9

You were almost ready; on your way out the door but God had something else in mind for you! You called all your friends and family and told them about this interview, the company and all the money you would be making; but God has other plans for you!

Better is coming! The things that we hope and pray for can be our best in our minds but God can always go Higher, Bigger; and Better.

How do you feel when these type of situations take place? Do you talk about your friend to someone else? “Girl, I can’t believe she did me like that; I was all ready on my way out the door!” Dude, that man was talking about this party all week and all of a sudden; he gonna call and cancel on me? I wasn’t dressed yet but I was about to be!”

Sound familiar? After reading and meditating on that scripture; do you feel any different? Will you think differently next time? I will assure you there will be a next time! Learn the lesson now and change your reaction to it!

Have you ever heard that saying “you learn something new everyday?” Well I’m here to tell you that is a true saying!

What I learned yesterday; but didn’t catch it until this morning! Is that God is always blessing us! It may not look or feel like a blessing at that moment but as you take the time and internalize it and think on it; you will catch the revelation.

We don’t know what God was blocking when he cancels out our plans. He could be saving our lives! Saving us from some type of hurt or pain! When you look at it this way; you change your thinking, your mindset, the outcome and your reaction to the situation and just thank him!

Thank you Lord for stepping in all those situations that we think are good but you see it as bad! Thank you for that phone call or letter that may seem like a negative but you turned it into a positive!

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#SpiritualSundays: Guest Blogger Angie Bee; Same Train – Different Parts of the Track

 

 

There are times in your life when you look around and see that you are in a different place than you were before.  Sometimes you even see that your current position is not where you thought you would have been.  Where are you going and who is going with you?  Are you in the same place where others around you expected you to be?  What about your peers?  Are they on the same train with you?  Let us look at the path or the “track” that you are on and see how God has served as your “train conductor” from the very beginning.

 

Join with me as I envision boarding a train with my family.  We all anticipate arriving at the same destination, at the same time.  We realize that we are not alone on the train as others have boarded the train with us and we anticipate a safe arrival.  Now, what happens if each of my family members settle in to different locations on the train?  My youngest is at the front of the train, my eldest daughter is at the back of the train and my husband and I are in a sleeping section of the train.  Do we all arrive at our destination at the same time, with the same experiences?

 

My husband and I are still newlyweds after four years of marriage.  February is the five-year anniversary of our first meeting and this is a special time for us.  When Bartee and I first met, he was not TRYING to look at me, and I wasn’t TRYING to talk to him!  God, however had other plans for us and set our trains on the same track.  We met, dated and married within six months and our true love story is now in book form.  Purchase your copy at www.LaderoPress.com and search for it on https://www.facebook.com/InTheBeginningThereWasGodMeAndYou/

Bartee was on one train, I was on another and now we are on the same train together!  Look at God!

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Let’s get back to that train trip with the family.  As my eldest daughter sits on the back of the train snapping videos of the scenery, my youngest is learning about life as a conductor.  She learned how a train is maintained and asked how a person learns to drive a train.  My husband and I are enjoying the sleeper car as honeymooner’s #NoSleepRequired and we have a “Do Not Disturb” tag on the doorknob. This trip generally becomes a career introduction for my baby girl, while it is a spiritual engagement for my eldest daughter!  Same train, different parts of the track and different experiences for us all.

 

Do we arrive at our destination at the same time?  Yes, we do, yet we never anticipated the results of our trip.  I never dreamed to be happily married at this time in my life.  My children’s father and I divorced when our daughters were toddlers.  Years later, their stepfather became abusive and we escaped to domestic violence shelters and homelessness.  Men were not on my mind and the train that I intended to travel on was to have been testosterone free.

 

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God put me on a different train track.

 

Bartee was enjoying life as a bachelor, after divorce.  He was not attracted to women with “fuller figures”.  He proclaimed that he was “GOOD BEING SINGLE”.  Re-marriage was not in his vocabulary and my loveliness did not initially catch his eye.

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God put Bartee on a different train track.

Parent’s raise their children either with the aid of family, or alone.  Either parents apply what they learned from their parent’s, or they choose to apply a new parenting technique in an effort to show independence.  Some parents started on the track their parent’s put them on, but once their relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ manifests into their lives, their destination changes!

 

Look at the friends and associates that have entered our lives recently.  Have they invited you or encouraged you to go somewhere you have never been before?  Have you asked, “Lord, is this relationship track that YOU want me to travel on?”  Are you experiencing the same lessons that your peers are experiencing as you are traveling this route?  A person can experience growth when you can see where you have been, and can embrace where you are going.

 

The law that we should follow is the plan that God has for our life.  If you don’t yet know what that plan is, stay close to an elder that can help guide you and accompany you during this time.  Stay on the train and the track that God is conducting, and watch your life open up for new joys and experiences!  Learn to be content on the train that you are traveling on with God.  You can experience education, revelation and love on the train with God.  You can be on the same train and see different parts of the track when God is your conductor, and be at peace with it!  God’s train will not fly off the track when you are on it.  God’s train will not crash into despair during your trip.  Follow God’s destination plan for your life, get on HIS train and nothing will make you fall.

 

Psalm 199: 165

Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

 

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I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Sword of the Spirit Ministries Florida, Inc. This newly-formed non-profit organization empowers single parents and their children spiritually, physically and financially, and shares the love of Christ through monthly workshops.  The founder of this organization boarded the same train with me as a member of “The TOUR that Angie BEE Presents” several years ago and launched this non-profit as a result of different experiences while on her life travels.  God’s plan for her life is that she is now helping enlarge the territories of others!  Same train (ministry and outreach), different parts of the track (The TOUR that Angie BEE Presents is an evangelism troupe, Sword of the Spirit Ministries Florida, Inc. is a non-profit organization).  Same destination (serving the Lord with gladness), different experiences during the journey.  Same scripture, different interpretation and implementation.  Same God, indescribable love!  http://spfsonscreen.org/ 

 

Stay on the train that God has placed you on. It may not be the destination that your “friends” are leading you to, or it may not be the way your parent’s expected you to go but serve God and dedicate your life to Him.  Your rewards along with way will be more than you could ask for or even imagine.  Enjoy the journey!

 

 

© 2018 Copyrighted Material Tamara McCarthy Enterprises used with permission Evangelist Angie Bee (Spiritual Sundays)

Spiritual Sundays: When the Blended Family isn’t an Option?

What do you do? Do you sit or stand on the sidelines and just throw your hands up? Do you reach out to the absentee parent for clarity? How do you have children but won’t be active in their lives?

There is always talk about women keeping their children away from fathers that actually want to be in their kids lives; I could never understand that! Your children should be the most important person in your life; how do you hurt them by keeping them from their fathers? Okay, so he doesn’t want you anymore? Move on; get your life! Your son, your daughter needs that bond to be Strong and unbreakable; how do you deprive them of that? The lifelong effects aren’t worth it because you have issues with him! I understand every situation is different but if that man has never hurt you or your child physically; then what is the problem?

The women that have to force a relationship with the absent father; I feel you and stand with you because I can relate! We are the ones that will move heaven and earth so that our kids can have that much needed relationship with their dad but; he simply isn’t interested! He may show up when it’s convenient for him but we have to go out of our way to make it happen!

Why Lord, because our kids crave that relationship and we want to see them happy! So many times they make the attempt and set-up a time but at the last minute call or text to cancel; do you know how that breaks a child’s heart and we have to put those pieces back together? It’s unbearable sometimes you just want to shield them from it but how do you do that?

What does the Bible say about parenting?

Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”.

Colossians 3:21 (NIV)

“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged”.

Psalms 127:3-5 (NIV)

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court”.

Matthew 18:12-14 (NIV)

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”.

This conversation piece can be handed out in so many different ways; but the truth still remains; the children are the ones that get hurt the most!

For some of us we don’t get the option of the blended family! So many men move on to other relationships and leave their children to often; wondering what They did to deserve so much heartache and pain.

Hurt children grow up to be Hurt Adults! When will this cycle end?

2017 Copyrighted Material (Tamara McCarthy Enterprises: Spiritual Sundays Edition)

The Change Of A Season

Spiritual Sundays:

The way this Christian Life is set-up; everyday won’t be fresh smelling roses! You will have to deal with and experience some hardship but if you don’t grow weary and keep the Faith; all will be well!

Do you trust and believe that?

Many people will say that they do but at the first sign of trouble they will panic and that’s where fear sets in!

Aren’t you a child of the Most High? Didn’t you receive his Son as your Lord and Savior? Remember the One that died on the cross for us and forgives all our sins?

When the seasons change in our lives that shouldn’t cause fear in us; it should be a time of reflection on all the storms He has brought us through! All the destruction that was going on around us and not one hair on our head was touched! That should open your eyes to how you are protected and set apart! Shouldn’t it?

Job lived through the most cruelest ordeals but he wasn’t harmed! He may have lost a lot but his Life was spared and in the end; he was blessed beyond measure!

His friends came in pointing fingers and speaking of things that they didn’t know of and couldn’t understand trying to sway Job to their way of thinking!

How many times have people tried to speak into your life and had no clue what you were dealing with? What you were actually experiencing?

Many times when people don’t have firsthand knowledge they can make things worse but when they have been where you’re at, lived through the very ordeal that you are; then they can fully relate! And not just make speculations or accusations, or assumptions!

Luke 21:25-28 and Jeremiah 5:1 (NIV)

What storm(s) are you going through right now?

What has kicked up in your life and won’t stop attacking you?

What can’t you break-free from that is seeking to devour you?

Have you called out for help? Have you sent an S.O.S?

Take the time to reflect and answer the questions that you’ve been wrestling with and read these scriptures….While it may seem hard and difficult at the very moment; just remember help is on the way…

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”. Luke 21:25-28 (NIV)

“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city”. Jeremiah 5:1 (NIV)

Scripture references: Luke 21:25-28 and Jeremiah 5:1 (NIV) http://www.biblegateway.com

2017 Copyrighted Tamara McCarthy Enterprises (Spiritual Sundays Series)

#spiritualsundays: Suffering In Silence

Do you want to tell your business to just anyone? No, you would want it to be someone that you trust, admire, and/or respect. People that possess these types of qualities will listen and give you the best advice possible and/or pray with you or for you. Everyone needs someone that they can talk too that will be non-judgmental and help them to get to a positive resolution.

  • If you don't have someone to confide in; talk/pray to the one who is always there: your Heavenly Father

How many have had people turn their backs on them; when you finally decided to confide in them? How did it make you feel? 

  • You can be honest I think we all have been here; just remember nobody is perfect! Not even the person looking down at you!

It can be their word usage as well! I remember a few times that I confided in someone and they constantly said "I told you so!" Made me feel like crap every single time and didn't help me in my time of need; but it did show me that I can't just talk with everyone because many people can't handle what you're going through.

  • Remember also that much of what we have to face is or could be a learning process! Is their a lesson to be learned?

Why is it that we are so quick to turn our backs on someone when they need us the most?  Now, none of us are perfect but may I suggest that we pray for others instead of being tempted to judge them

  • Praying doesn't take long and it could be so simple: Father help them, Father save them, Father forgive them.

Pray that they change their behavior and turn from their negative ways.

1. If someone is having sex and not married; pray!
2. If someone can't stop stealing; pray! 3. If someone has lost their way; pray
4. If someone is dealing with anger issues, pray!
5. If someone loves to gossip more than lending a helping hand, pray!

In one of my books I wrote that people get comfortable being in gangs, cults, bad relationships, etc because they aren't judged! They are fully accepted for who they are! These types of relationships exist because the other party can see that the individual is missing something in their life and they seek to fill that void; even though it creates more harm than good!

These people want to push their one-sided agenda and they will succeed by any means necessary.

Pray……

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God". 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

2017 Copyrighted Tamara McCarthy Enterprises (Spiritual Sunday's Series)

Be Strong & Courageous! #SpiritualSundays

Happy Sunday….

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong”.. 1 Corinthians 16:13

This scripture when read depending on who you are can be interpreted various ways! But it will give the same results!

No Matter What you’re doing or who you are; stand strong! Don’t you grow weary! Don’t you give up! Keep moving forward!

I know this is easier said than done; I completely understand. Being a single mom let me tell you I have my days! I have to encourage myself on a daily basis! I have to motivate myself on a daily basis! I read the word to get inspired; to get my Empowerment!

This scripture made my day; heck my whole week! Our Heavenly Father knows what we will face before we will! He wants us to make it! He wants us to be joyful at all times!

The battle isn’t ours; it’s His! Whatever your struggle is Be Strong, Be Courageous, Armor Up and don’t be defeated! We Got this…

Have an amazing week!!

2017 Copyrighted Tamara McCarthy Enterprises

You Make Me Feel Loved: Written by Angie Bee…#SpiritualSundays


As we left the grocery story last night and loaded the bags into the trunk of the car, my husband led me to the passenger side of the car and opened the door for me. He waited patiently for me to take my seat in the car, but then I paused and grabbed his face with both hands. to plant a sweet kiss on his lips. When I opened my eyes to look at him, there was a satisfied look of peace upon his face. “Do my kisses make you feel sexy?” I asked him, sincerely. “Sexy? What does feeling sexy have to do with anything?” he replied, “You Make Me Feel Loved”.

WOW! Was that a compliment, an insult or a matter-of-fact statement? I wondered about his words for the rest of the evening, until I fell asleep in his arms. I make my husband feel loved. Hmmmm.

Do you remember the song lyrics that say:

“Jesus Loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so;  
Little Ones to him belong, they are weak but He is strong” 
(you know the rest of it… I hear you singing along!)

When we were kids, we knew that Jesus loved us, or we at least knew the words to the song. As we continued to grow, we discovered that there were THINGS that we loved, and we received love from those that raised us; albeit we may not have recognized their actions as a show of love. Somewhere along the way, we began to confuse “Love” with “Sexuality”. Young men began to stare and drool and young women began to listen and show-off. Grandmothers told the girls to “put on some clothes” and Fathers began a mission to “try and make a man out of their sons”. Insecurities developed, independence took the place of collaboration and a whole new generation of young people decided that multiple sexual partners was better than a married, loving covenant with God and a maybe even a spouse.

When did sex appeal take the place of comfort, care and a commitment of love? If you never read 1 Corinthians 7:2 it reads:

 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
https://biblia.com/bible/esv/1%20Cor%207.2

There are multiple teachings that tell us about sexual urges, but what about the loving urges? What about those times when a man just wants to be kissed by his wife and a woman just wants to be held by her husband?

My husband and I just wrote our first book together, and it was published by Ladero Press. It is now on sale at www.LaderoPress.com in soft cover, eBook and in the audio book version that Bartee and I narrated together. That project was a true act of love in that, we didn’t have a NEED to share our true love story with the world; who would care? Why bother? We plan to dedicate the money we make from book sales to ministry, so we didn’t write the book to get rich. Why dedicate hours to writing, narrating, editing, changing and evolving our two stories into one project? Love made us do it.

Not just considering the love that we have for each other, but we wrote the book to help teach our children and others that the love that God has for us to share, is more powerful than any orgasm. Receiving love from God is more consistent than any weekly paycheck and more satisfying that a bowl of your favorite ice cream. When God sends you someone to love, not only do you receive the love of the Lord through that person, but you can GIVE all that you have inside you to the LORD, through your spouse. When I hold my husband at night, God is holding the two of us. When I kiss his face or wrap my arms around him, I am showing God how much I love HIM, by loving HIS son. My grown daughters may tolerate my excessive kisses and hugs and texts and phone calls but that is the way God made me; I am a loving creature that was made in HIS image, so I share the love that I receive from above!

Wake up in the morning and begin to pray, before you even open your eyes! That shows love to God, and it even shows love to yourself by submitting your day to the one that blessed you with this day.
Love on yourself by stretching and massaging your body. Lay hands on those aches and pains that you wake up with until you realize you are waking up pain free, and give Glory to God for that!
Give God thanks for the limbs that you have and for the healing that is taking place in your body. Rejoice in your OWN body and show yourself some love!
Greet your spouse with a loving gesture. For some of you, that means a “roll-over-and-pounce” but what about a loving back run? How about a hand-hold or a simple hug? Think about a loving gesture that will put smile on both of your faces, before you face the world together. Greet your children with a joyful smile to help them begin THEIR day and be the light in the day that your co-workers look forward to seeing.

Plan out your day to include personal care, nourishment, prayer, community care and allow the Lord to work through you to enlarge your territory and to show love to another.
End your day, not crawling in to bed exhausted but joyful and at peace because GOD LOVES YOU and YOU LOVE YOURSELF!!!

It’s time for you to give love and receive love too. Be still and know that HE is GOD and love the Lord with all your heart. He will give you the desires of your heart if you allow him to. Learn to appreciate yourself and love yourself. Be thankful that the Lord has allowed you to live through your trials, and not around them. You Make Me Feel Loved God, and I thank you for that.

Written, narrated and produced for #SpiritualSundays by Da Queen Bee

Evangelist Angie BEE
Author, Producer, Promoter and Servant of the Lord
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Winners Circle: #SpiritualSundays

Coaching For Success – Tarsha L. Campbell
Winner’s Circle

Do you know it’s God’s good pleasure that you win and rise to the top? Joshua 1:8 says, This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

God is of no respect of person and desires for all who employs his divine principles will reap bountiful blessings. I use the word ‘employ’ because this emphasizes the fact that we have to put the principle to work. What we need to understand about a principle is that it remains constant and works when we work it. If we don’t work it, it won’t work, it’s just that simple. I really feel a lot of Christians don’t see the level of success they desire because they are only hearers of the word and not doers.

Also when we do decide to employ the principles of God in our life we don’t do it consistently until we see the desired the results. Many expect a harvest the next day. However, just like it is in the natural if you put a seed in the ground one day you won’t get a harvest the next day. It works the same way when we plant the seeds of spiritual principles in our lives. The harvest will come, but we have to be patient for the complete manifestation of what was planted. The key is being consistent.

Here is a short list of divine principles that will place you in the winner’s circle if you put them to work in your life…and be consistent:

The prayer of faith (Mark 9:23)
Positive confession (Mark 11:23)
Positive thinking (Proverb 23:7)
Giving (Luke 6:38)

I encourage you to read the corresponding scripture for each principle, put the principle to work in your life and then watch God bring the harvest.

Your Next Step Coaching Minute:

How consistent have you been in employing divine principles in your life? Search the scriptures and apply other divine principles for success in your life and set a goal to be consistent for 21 days.

© Tarsha L. Campbell, All Rights Reserved, Use only with permission

Don’t Be So: #SpiritualSundays


Don’t Be So! Written by Evangelist Angie Bee

Don’t be so consumed with the integrity of your work, that you miss an opportunity to minister. Have you ever seen those TV commercials where the child is questioning her parent’s love, because they are cleaning the home on a Saturday instead of spending time with her? Are we busy doing “things” instead of building relationships? Are you missing out on opportunities to share your thoughts, wisdom and love?
Don’t be so effected by your damaged feelings that you forget to pray for your enemies.

In the July 9, 2017 issue of #SpiritualSundays, Ms. McCarthy wrote about “Church Hurt” and how the pain can change your perception of religion, people and even yourself. The article continues to talk about how the devil’s job is to steal from you, kill you and those around you and destroy your perception of life and God’s love for you. This is SO TRUE! We can not let the nudge from an enemy change the pathway that God has placed you upon. When the rock is thrown through your window, you do move out of the house? No! you repair the window! When the house catches on fire, you rebuild! Don’t let the actions or the words from another cause you to feel so much pain that you withdraw from your own path and fail to pray for others. Your prayers may initiate the change in their life that they need!
Don’t be so focused on the Spirit of Excellence that you procrastinate on accomplishing the anointing that was placed on your life, in that moment.

I have spoken to several people over the years that had “visions of grandeur” in terms of a new business or a desired lifestyle. “My business will have state of the art equipment where can provide exceptional service to my clients” or they will say “My home will look like this or my car will be that and people will come to Christ because they want to live like me!”
Over the years, these SAME people have not achieved the status that they aspired to achieve. Why do I believe this is so? These people got SO caught up in the image of doing things with a Spirit of Excellence that they never, even START on the process! Can you imagine if Jesus never began his walk in ministry if his goal was to look excellent or BE excellent or appear excellent? Our sins would never be forgiven! Take that first step! Improve as you go along! LEARN as you make those steps! Strive towards excellence and always give glory to Our Lord through the journey!
In 2 Timothy 2:15 we are instructed to “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth”
and the book of Titus 2:7 instructs us to “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity”.
Model of Good Works – Do the best that you can while you are improving, and stop waiting for the EXCELLENCE to be achieved in order to begin.

Google defines “Integrity” as – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

Dignity is defined as “the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect” and also “a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect”.
We are all at the beginning of something new, each and every day that we awaken. Let us not be SO focused on tomorrow that we don’t allow God to lead us today.

Evangelist Angie BEE

Author, Producer, Promoter and Servant of the Lord

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#SpiritualSundays: Church Hurt….Don’t Walk Away..

Spiritual Sundays:Church Hurt: Don’t Walk Away!

 

Church hurt is real and many have experienced it! Me included and I will be honest; when it first happened, I was hurt but more disappointed because like so many I didn’t want to go back! But guess what? I wasn’t going to allow the enemy to win! “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”! (Isaiah 54:17)

 

Have you allowed the actions of another person take you away from your Heavenly Father? Have you allowed them to speak negativity into your life? Have you accepted what they did to you to be from above? Have you left and returned to your old way of doing things? Who does that benefit? Who wins when you turn your back on God?

 

We must remember who our enemy is and what his plans are! Look at John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. (KJV) Unfortunately the enemy has an army that loves to carry out his antics and they happen to be in the church; right on the pew sitting next to you! Everyone that steps foot in the four walls that we call “church” isn’t there for the right reasons; but we shouldn’t allow them to push us out! Stop giving your enemy ammunition to destroy your life and keep you from living in abundance and perfect peace!

Whomever told you that walking away from your old life to be a renewed person in Christ was going to easy; misled you! This walk comes with a whole new bucket of trials and tribulations; the enemy doesn’t like to be defeated! So yes, he will be turning it up a notch; but we are built for this! Is this your first battle?

I can tell you from experience; it won’t be your last! But I want you to remember this and get used to saying it: I will not run and hide; for God is on My Side! “And he said, hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, thus saith the Lord unto you, be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s”. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

 

Stand and don’t you sway! We will have to answer to the things we have done and said in this life! Don’t be one that will lead others astray! “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed”. (Isaiah 9:16)

So, I ask you; who will you serve? What side of the fence will you stand on? “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. (Joshua 24:15)

The hurt we have experienced can’t be changed, you won’t get an apology, they won’t even admit to their wrong doing; not our problem! At the end of the day we can only control how we respond to it. At first, it will hurt and you just might shed some tears but guess what? You will wake up the next day and that’s when you begin again! Smile; the enemy hates when you do that!

 

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All scriptures used throughout this article are from King James Version and can be found on http://www.biblegateway.com