Who’s Working — You or Him?

by Latricia C. Bailey

“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13 (AMP)

“It is easier said than done” is a common phrase people say when they must do something hard or difficult. This is usually the case especially when God has told us to do something that seems daunting or impossible. In the book of Philippians, Paul encourages and comforts the Christians of Philippi to be mature in their relationship with one another as God commands. Paul’s assistant, Epaphroditus, had been ill and was now returning to Philippi with news of Paul’s death sentence in Rome. Paul lived a life solely dedicated to the mission and service of God. Despite the sentencing, Paul was optimistic about the opportunity to represent the Lord with honor. He realized that his strength wasn’t about him at all. “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work . . .” Philippians 2:13 (AMP).

As Christians, we often attempt to do God’s will in our own strength. We make decisions without Continue reading

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I Got You

by Sharman J. Monroe

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.

Ephesians 6:10 (AMP)

I know yesterday wasn’t you finest. You snapped at someone. You didn’t do something you said you were going to do. I know you woke with all sorts of negative thoughts rolling around in your head about what happened yesterday, about tomorrow, about you, about your life and about your family. I know, but I got you.

The enemy’s first mode of attack against you is your thoughts. If he can get you thinking thoughts that do not line up with My Word, he can steal, kill and destroy your joy, peace, happiness, your testimony about my goodness (John 10:10). His attacks can be so persistent and so formidable that you want to give in and give up. Don’t. I got you. Continue reading

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No Returns

by Tammy Phillips

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

Galatians 5:1 (NLT)

A man was locked away for years. A woman was trapped in an abusive marriage. A couple was saddled with heavy financial obligations. A child was bullied relentlessly. And then, they were set free. The man smiled at the sun warming his face and the woman’s divorce became final on the day she moved into her new apartment, thousands of miles away. The couple’s tax problems were solved and the little boy’s grandmother sent him to a new school.

Would the man go back to prison and ask to be returned to his old cell? Would it be wise for the woman to return to her abusive husband? Should this couple skip some tax laws that would surely put them back into bondage? Would the little boy appreciate it if his grandmother returned him to the school that ignored his cries for help? Of course not!

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How You Livin’?

by Latricia C. Bailey

Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)

We are living in a time where people are looking for smart and efficient ways to deal with a variety of life issues and challenges. Most people either are or are beginning to be tech-savvy and find ways to make their lives easier by involving some aspect of technology in the process. We have navigation systems to guide us on the road when we need direction. Cell phones can be used to video chat, text, order food, play games, send documents, and way more things in addition to just making a phone call. There are even gadgets in place to control our homes through the alarm systems, Bluetooth devices, and even Smart TVs. Most people would agree that such technology is so necessary for us to function nowadays that we Continue reading

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