by Sharman Monroe
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV)
I was having lunch with a friend and we were talking about when we have a problem, we believe God has already worked it out, but waiting for the resolution to show up can be hard. We want the resolution right now. Then my friend quoted the above scripture. I nodded in agreement. When I got home I decided to delve into the verse, to go to the bottom of pool so to speak, to really understand what God is teaching us.
The words “light affliction” caught my attention because they seem to be in opposition of each other so I pulled out my concordance to examine the scriptural meaning of them. The word “light” comes from the Greek word elaphros which means “easy, light”. The word “affliction” comes from the Greek word thlipsis which means “pressure; anguish; trouble”. Okay. . . an easy pressure. I get that, but an easy anguish, an easy trouble? How can this be? Continue reading
by Elder Sarah Branch
Have you ever said to yourself or anyone ever said to you, “Stop trippin’.”
“Stop trippin’?” you say with a blank look on your face.
Yes, stop trippin’!
It’s when you seemed to have bumped your head and forgotten who God really is, a problem arises in your life and you say that you are okay. You let people think that you are fine, but underneath all of that you are ready to fall apart. The enemy really begins to come at you with all kinds of stuff: “See, I told you that you were not good enough” or “I told you that you were going to mess up again” or l told you that God would not allow this to happen.”
It’s happened too many times that we allow the enemy to creep in and steal our joy, peace, and happiness. We allow him to say what he will say and roll right on off the scene, leaving us sitting there looking like a deer in headlights. What happened to us fighting? To just come and take something, especially when it wasn’t given to him or by him. Continue reading
by Kristen M. Green, MBA
For those of us that are stuck in the place of deliberation, stuck hypothesizing the possibility; there is a remedy. I, yes I, have been stuck. There were many days that went by after I had written out this book, by hand, that I would not start the process of typing it. I blamed being tired, I blamed not having the money to edit/publish once I finished typing, and I blamed the fact that no one would buy it or read it. But eventually the registration of those thoughts/questions in my head got cancelled. I knew that this journey was mine to live and to write. This book is my place called next. It was not my job to determine what would happen when I got there. I just had to get there. So I started to type again; because this place was purposed in my mind. Just like your place called next. It is purposed in your mind. Continue reading
by Celeste Johnson
What is my purpose? This question plagues so many people today. And to be honest many of the people who don’t know become paralyzed because they don’t have the answer. If you fall into this category, you are not alone. You must first realize and accept that everyone and everything created by God has a purpose on this earth. That means you absolutely have a purpose and a reason why you were born and why you’re still here. God would never waste Himself or His time allowing you to enter in the earth without meaning or destiny.
Once you accept this fact, Continue reading