Wickedness Doesn’t Last

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By Cortney Strayhorn

Looks can really be deceiving. It may look like the enemy will win because everywhere we turn there is evil going on in the world.  Evilness can trick the mind easily, but God rains over all in justice just as we read in Psalms 94. It starts in the beginning of Psalms 94 like a cry out to God, asking him how long will he let the wickedness go on. When will the evil people get what they deserve? This seems pretty similar with what is happening in today’s world. We see all type of people losing faith in God and going for what they think they know is best.  Today many souls are lost because they are after greed, respect, and dignity, instead of seeking God’s face and trusting in him. Many people lose faith and miss what’s most important. They miss the big picture but Psalms 94:12-15 shows us that God had not forgotten us. “Joyful are those you discipline, LORD, those you teach with your instructions. You give them relief from troubled times until a pit is dug to capture the wicked. The LORD will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession. Judgment will again be founded on justice, and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.”

So today, commit a little time to the word and remember God is still in control of you and your situation. Stay disciplined. Give God the praise for what he will do.
#notforgotten #stayfaithful

Temptations Aren’t Forever

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By: Cortney Strayhorn

“Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭4:1-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Temptation always seems to find us in a time when we are alone and it seems like it is out to seek, hunt and kill. Why do we struggle with our sins most at a time when nobody’s around?
In Luke 4:1-4, Jesus returned from the Jordan River where he was led by the spirit into the wilderness. There he would be tempted by the devil for 40 days. How many of us would give up something for 40 days? Not most to say the least. We don’t want to give up anything if it costs us at any moment. Most of the time we are more selfish than selfless and we are thinking about of ourselves more than helping others.

We can be very emotional with anger, sadness, bitterness, stubbornness, or greed because of someone that hurt us. Whether its family, friends, co-workers, or church members we may be tempted to sin because of something someone else has done. We struggle to let go of these things and often they become very visible for people to see. As a result, our healing process is slowed down and our pain continues to manifest and grow because of our hardened hearts.

Throughout the 40 days in the wilderness, Jesus went without food. The devil asked, “If you are the son of God tell this stone to turn into bread.” Jesus replied with, “Man does not live by bread alone.” Whatever your temptations are, we have to remember what God has set before us. Jesus went through these things which would ultimately lead to him dying on the cross for our sins.

God bless you. Remember, your temptations are not forever but if your trust is in God, your healing and life will be eternal.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Don’t Worry, Your Reward is Coming

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By: Cortney Strayhorn

“Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.”

Psalm 37:1-2 NLT

Don’t fret about wicked people who prosper, for their time will come. Most of us have people we work with, in our family or in other social circles with malicious intent that may be prospering. Seeing them prosper and knowing that their intentions and actions to get ahead are wicked, make them an easy target for us to envy them. But the Lord our God says in Psalms 37:1-2, do not fret or envy those who prosper for their day will come. They will get cut down like grass and fade away. Like spring flowers they soon wither. Remember to live your life for Christ, being obedient and trusting him and in time, you will receive your reward.