Restore me

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We are all in a disarray when things that we use or purchase break down. Right! Many of us really don’t know how to function without our cars, t.v., phones, iPad, or computers. Without these things where would we be? We rely too much on our electronics to get us through the day. So when your equipment breaks down and you’re in rush to work for a meeting, what do you do? We quickly think of ways to get what we needed repaired.  We are becoming less and less patient as a society, as everything has become way too easy for this upcoming generation. How do we repair of ourselves with God? We are a part of a generation that only relies on self-importance with a disconnection from God. We have to become more relatable as being a part of this generation to help restore relationships with God.  In Psalms 12-13 says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” Psalms 51:12NLT says, “Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.” 

First, we have to see the damage in our lives and be willing to let God repair us. Many of us still remember the damage people have caused us and we continue to hold them responsible for things they won’t fix.  We have to be more accountable for ourselves to God. We have to make room for God to come to our house! Get rid of the enemy! We are so disconnected from God when things don’t go our way. We cannot continue to fight because we won’t win. God has given us the power to use for his glory only. Many people will only see darkness if they choose to walk in their own paths. God sent his son to die for our sins to heal all from eternal death. We still are going down the wrong road if we are not connecting to God. He sends people to draw all men to him. In other words God will send someone to help you get through these rough times but we can’t reject the people he sends in our lives.  Get rid of your disconnection. Get rid of all people that are persuading you down the wrong. They won’t be there when God lifts you up! God has a plan for you and me. Acknowledge him today for your path to greatness. Today, ask God to restore and renew your joy in him! Pray for your healing, your family’s healing and the world’s healing. Watch God move in remarkable way!
#restoreme

Patient Endurance

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     How we deal with difficult times is different for us all. We tend to fall and forget about others when we are in self need? Are we being selfish? How will we handle change?
     In today’s society so much change affects us all so suddenly it can make us lose hope. Some of us move away from Christ during hard times and use that for an excuse to blame others when we are challenged. Have we lost confidence in God? We give up on God too quickly when we are suffering, whether it’s death in a family, becoming sick, or just growing tired of being stuck in same situation.
     Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT) says, “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” A time is in need for us to instill trust in Christ who grants his grace and mercy for us who sin daily.
     Hebrews reminds us that it’s Christ who suffered for us all when he died on the cross for our sins.  We all like rewards. Most of us are always thinking of what we can get for free. Those types of rewards and gifts we receive here are only short term; they don’t leave this earth with us! Patience is a virtue, so Christ is reminding us to be patient with the plan he has set before you and me and to remember the ultimate reward it brings.
     How do you start? By acknowledging that Christ is the head of your life and household. Begin to read a scripture, then a chapter then a couple of chapters of your word daily. Increase your prayer life. Pray for yourself and those you love and also for people you’re around (co-workers church and ministries etc.). If you expose your darkness to the light it will be shown to the world. People will see that you belong to Christ, and they’ll be willing to follow you and surrender their lives to Christ as well.
     Today take time to acknowledge Christ and renew your relationship, as well as your heart, mind, and spirit. Begin to open up to Christ and share with him all your struggles. Pray for your courage and renewed spirit and mind to do God’s will.

What Are Your Motives?

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By Cortney Strayhorn

“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” James 4:1-3 NLT

What is your motive today?  What are your motives in general?  How often do we get jealous of other’s gifts? We sometimes get caught up seeing others highly praised more than we think they should be so we start to envy that person because we want what they have. Our motives are to get what they have without thinking or considering the consequence.  So what was it that made you that upset to do anything to someone that probably deserved their opportunity? We become so jealous that we look to bury anyone in our way that we see as less qualified than we are. What type of mindset is this? It is not of God. God shows us his grace even in the times we are most dangerous and kind of forget who we should be faithful to. Why is it that when we become so greedy and have those bitter and jealous moments Christ still loves us?

So what is the fight that you’re most struggling with? Stop looking to point out who is to blame when you don’t even consider looking at yourself. Look at what Luke 6:42says, “How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Pray and seek God’s face for your innermost struggle. He will reveal it to you to get over it. Remember to ask God to help you look past other people’s struggle to help and deliver you from your own. Own your struggle today to allow God to enter your life and fix it to heal you. Have a good day and pass this on.

Last Days

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By Cortney Strayhorn

Times today are similar to when Paul was talking to Timothy about the last days. How are you acting now? It’s seems to me that if we are acting in any kind of way that isn’t pleasing to God we need to check ourselves. Paul describes how people will act in the last days, only caring about themselves. They will be unloving, reckless, concerned with money betray friends, become cruel and hate what is good. They will also become disobedient to their parents. These are same things that are happening now in this evil world. We are seeing a lot of people turn away from God fulfilling their own personal needs. Anything that is pleasurable to their eyes they are considering their God. What type of mindset is this? We have to be mindful that now in these times prayer can be our most powerful weapon against this type of warfare. As my pastor would say we need to “suit up” and prepare for this warfare. The enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy. Don’t let him destroy you today for what God has planned for tomorrow. Pass this to anyone that is struggling with worldly views and pleasure. Pray for healing. #betterdays

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.