THE ART OF ACCEPTING PEOPLE AS THEY ARE

Lately, God has been impressing upon my heart the importance of accepting people as they are. Have you ever confronted someone in a relationship about certain behaviors that you didn’t appreciate, and the person was not willing to change? Perhaps YOU ended up being viewed as the problem. When that happens, what can you do? If we want to avoid perpetual frustration, we have to learn the lesson of accepting people as they are. No, that does not mean we become human doormats. But let’s take a look at what acceptance actually looks like:

  1. We stop talking about the issue and pray. If you have talked and talked in an effort to get a person to change, and talking hasn’t worked, this is the first and most important step. Therefore, it’s time to stop talking and ask the Holy Spirit to change the individual OR to change you. Sometimes the Spirit will convict or arrest the object of your conflict. However, sometimes He wants you to change and come up higher so that the behavior or speech no longer bothers you, and you can stay at peace. Furthermore, if the person is indeed wrong, know that God sees it and promises to be your vindicator in the end (Hebrews 10:30) if you will trust Him.
  2. We actively seek to adopt a new mindset.  We need to make sure we are continuously renewing our mind with the Word in an attempt to get firmly rooted and grounded in our identity in Christ. That’s like putting on spiritual armor. Also, what would happen if we attempted to focus our thoughts on what experiences in the person’s past may be fueling the behavior? Perhaps compassion would well up in our hearts. Furthermore, as Don Miguel Ruiz relayed in his book The Four Agreements, we must realize that people do what they do because of what’s going on inside of them and refuse to take it personally. Many times, as Jesus said, “They know not what they do.” Sometimes, I go online and enter my topic of struggle in the Google search engine to glean how others are handling or thinking about the same situation. The point is this: if we can think differently about our plight when the devil attempts to work through people, we can stay peaceful.
  3. We set boundaries. When we set boundaries, we shift our efforts toward limiting the impact of people’s unpleasant behavior on our lives. Setting boundaries may take many forms. For example, there are some subjects I refuse to discuss with certain people in my life so I can maintain my sanity. Therefore, a boundary can be set by planning ahead of time how we will respond in the future versus reacting. Maybe we need to emotionally guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) and spend less time with them. Sometimes, depending upon the offense, setting a boundary means making the quality decision to give yourself the gift of walking away. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to set appropriate boundaries so that you can block the enemy’s attempt to steal your peace and joy.  

The bottom line is this, brothers and sisters: We have to get to the place where we refuse to try to change anyone. When we try to do the Holy Spirit’s job, He is grieved, we have made an idol out of ourselves, and we effectively block Him from changing that person. Surely, we can lovingly confront a person as the Bible says in Matthew 18:15, but if our complaint is dismissed with a person’s refusal to change, accepting reality means we don’t keep talking about it. Why? Because they can’t hear us and the Holy Spirit, the Agent of Change, at the same time. Remember, the Bible says, and as far as it lies within you, be at peace with all men (Romans 12:18). So the best thing we can do is to shift to a mode of self-care and self-comfort. Let’s make keeping offense out of our hearts and maintaining our peace our highest goal while God is working.

Have you been in a conflict with a loved one lately? What do you feel you need to do differently?

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EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS FOR CHRIST FOLLOWERS!
We must be mindful of the fact that the personal relationship we have with God on a daily basis is possible only because Jesus was born into this world to die. I encourage you to celebrate Christmas all year long and prepare to make a deliberate effort to keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of your family’s Christmas holiday beforehand. Get your copy of my latest book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday at Amazon.com or purchase copies for those you know and love with small children! Help the Revolution that began in 2020 to continue in 2021 and beyond!

Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.

LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH

Deuteronomy 6:5 says, Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. What does that mean? “All your heart” means spiritually. Those that worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). “All your soul” means mentally. If you keep your mind on God, He will keep you in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:23). “All your strength” means physically, and refers to your body. The Bible tells us to honor God with our body (I Corinthians 6:20). That’s what it means to love God with everything we have.

As I meditated on our need to love God with all of our strength, I began to think about how our love for Him is more than just the emotional high we feel during worship, but it’s about taking action. So how do we love God with all our strength in tangible ways? We do that by taking the following ACTIONS:

  1. Keep His commandments. Jesus says point-blank in John 14:15, ”If you love me keep my commandments.” The converse of that is, if you don’t love Me, you won’t keep my commandments. Therefore, God’s love language is obedience. We have to take action to obey the Word of God if we want to love Him with our strength.
  2. Love others. I John 4:20 says, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” In other words, you cannot love God without loving your neighbor first. Therefore, loving God with our strength requires that we love people by taking action and meeting their needs.
  3. Love yourself. We cannot love God with our strength if we don’t take action and love ourselves. For example, when you decide that you will take care of your body, the Temple of the Holy Ghost, by eating right and exercising, you are loving God. When you set boundaries with people to protect the treasure God put in you, you love God. When you take time to identify and attack wrong thinking so that you can believe right and act right, you are loving God because again you are able to keep His commandments. When you take time to renew your mind with the Word so you can be your best for Christ and represent him well and make His name great, that’s loving God. When we take the proper actions to love ourselves, we love God.

To sum this up, when we love God, others, and ourselves in a balanced and proper way with corresponding ACTIONS, only then are we are loving God with all our strength. We are not loving God with all of our strength if we are failing to love God in any one of these areas. We can say we feel love for Daddy in our heart, but when it comes right down to it, loving God with all our strength is about what we do, NOT what we feel, amen?

In what ways do you feel you can love God more with all your strength?

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We must be mindful of the fact that the personal relationship we have with God on a daily basis is possible only because Jesus was born into this world to die. I encourage you to celebrate Christmas all year long and prepare to make a deliberate effort to keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of your family’s Christmas holiday beforehand. Get your copy of my latest book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday at Amazon.com or purchase copies for those you know and love with small children! Help the Revolution that began in 2020 to continue in 2021 and beyond!

CONNECTING WITH GOD THROUGH WORSHIP

Today I want to focus on a very important topic in the Christian life: Worship. Worship is our opportunity to remind ourselves of how great and powerful our God really is. Worship allows us to intimately connect our spirit with God’s Spirit. He says those who worship Him, must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

i love to worship God. However, I’m far from perfect. I don’t know about you, but sometimes my mind tries to wander during worship. Honestly, if I don’t make a deliberate effort to stay on track, I can be singing one thing and thinking about something on my To-do List! That’s when I have to self-correct and reel it in! Is it just me?  Has anything similar ever happened to you?

You see, the devil is always trying to distract us when we worship because it’s such a powerful spiritual weapon. Therefore, we have to make a deliberate effort to keep our mind stayed on God or we’ll lose focus. In order to enter into a deeper spiritual connection with our heavenly Father, here some important steps we can take to enhance our worship experience:

  1. Focus intently on the words being sung. I know this seems so elementary, but it’s so important. Deliberate concentration will help to keep us from just singing words while thinking about something totally secular. Not only should we think about what we are singing, but most importantly, Who we are singing to. This is worship to our Daddy, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, and we are attempting to connect with Him on a deep, intimate level. We must be intentional if we want to keep ourselves from going off on a mental tangent during worship and end up thinking about things like, “What am I going to have for lunch?”
  2. Focus on what He has done in your life during the week. We need to come into every worship service with a mental list of what God has done for us the past week. If He opened a door for you, that’s fuel for worship! Has he resolved an issue that you had been concerned about? Have you seen incremental personal and/or spiritual growth that only God could have accomplished in you? Did He rebuke the devourer for your sake (Malachi 3:11)? When you have a mental list of things God has recently done for you at the top of your mind, you will be able to quickly connect with Him and easily get into “the zone.”
  3. Focus on what He has done in your life since you got saved. How much have you grown since Jesus came into your life? I remember how crazy I was B.C. (Before Christ) Has he delivered you from craziness? Did He extract you out of a life of sin so that you don’t even have the desire to do what you use to do? Do you remember how the burden of sin was lifted off you when you realized you had received Jesus’ righteousness? Deliberately meditating on His goodness, His power, and past personal victories during worship is a great way to foster a divine connection with God.

Saints, I just wanted to remind you (and myself) of some things that will make our worship time with Daddy more fruitful. When we lift our hands and worship our God, we effectively plug into heaven and get recharged and energized for our spiritual journey. Let’s refuse to allow spiritual amnesia about the goodness of God to get the best of us and cause us to lose our spiritual fervor in worship. 

What insights do you have about worship? Please leave a comment below.

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DON’T LET DISCOURAGEMENT BE YOUR DOWNFALL

Lately, we’ve had a lot that we could be discouraged about. So today I want to talk to you about what to do when you get discouraged. One of the main tools the devil uses to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life is discouragement. He orchestrates circumstances that are designed to make you give up. Don’t fall for it! As author Wilie Jollie said, “A setback is a set up for a comeback!” If you have experienced a discouraging setback, here are some strategies for overcoming the discouragement the enemy sends your way:

  1. Pull away and spend time alone with God. When you get discouraged, that’s your cue to go into your prayer closet, close the door, and allow the Lord to minister to you. Pour our your complaint before Him (Psalm 142:2). Go to the Word find applicable scriptures and let Him speak life back into you. Ask Him to give you a new strategy if the one you have been using has not worked. Be determined that you won’t come out of the secret place until you get encouraged.
  2. Encourage yourself. I Samuel 30:6 says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Psalm 43:5 says David said to himself when he felt discouraged, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God!”  So when you are discouraged that’s the time to rehearse past victories and engage in some strong self-talk! Grab yourself up in your own collar and tell yourself to get it together! Speak the Word of God out loud to counteract the voice of the enemy!
  3. Engage in praise and worship. In 2 Chronicles 20:22-23, praise and worship confused the enemy and caused those armies coming against Judah to fight each other. When the enemy assails you with discouragement, that is the time for you to get mad and fight back!  Use your spiritual weapons and sing songs of praise and worship. And keep on singing until you feel better.
  4. Take your spiritual authority. Just as God has not given us the spirit of fear, He hasn’t given us the spirit of discouragement either. What we may think is the negative emotion of discouragement is actually a spirit of discouragement. Therefore, if there is a spirit behind it, we can take authority over it in Jesus” name! James 4:7 (NIV) says,” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Saints, when the devil pummels you with negative thoughts and attacks you with a spirit of discouragement, you must always wage a counter-attack. Don’t just roll over and take it and let the devil have his way with you!  You know the Word!  You must be like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky and refuse to throw in the towel. Remember you are not in this by yourself. God says you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. 

The last time you got discouraged How did you come out of it? Please leave a comment below.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH LONELINESS

Happy New Year to you! Now is the time to thank and praise God for letting us see another year! Hallelujah! No matter what happened during 2020, if you are reading this, at least you can say, “I’m still here!”

During the pandemic, we have had to practice social distancing. We have not been able to see our friends and loved ones as often as we would like. Because of the isolation, loneliness has set in for many. Even King David suffered from loneliness at times. He writes in Psalm 102:7 “I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.”

I remember one Saturday night when I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was sooo lonely. I had graduated from Oral Roberts University, but everyone I hung out with was still in school. They had no time for me, and I completely understood it, but it didn’t hurt any less. That evening, there was no one was available to talk to, not even my family members. So I just turned on the worship music, danced before the Lord, and worshiped Him like I had lost my mind. To my amazement, that loneliness broke off me! I had a breakthrough at that moment. That’s when I saw that although everyone had abandoned me, God had not abandoned me, and I had survived an emotional firestorm!

So what are some other ways we can deal with loneliness? I think that if we have the right perspective during the inevitable bouts with one of the enemies of our souls we will fare much better. Therefore, I’d like to share the following thoughts about loneliness with you today:

  1. God orchestrates lonely times for a reason. He is in control of when they start and when they end because He is the “Master Chess Player” Who moves people on and off the “board” of our lives. If He allows the loneliness to set in, we need to ask, “God, what are You trying to accomplish in my life?” I personally believe that loneliness is God’s way of calling us into deeper fellowship with Him.
  2. We need to know who we are in Christ so that we won’t wrongly interpret the loneliness. No matter who comes and goes in your life, whether you have people around you or not, you must know that nothing affects your identity in Christ. Do not allow the devil to deceive you into losing the awareness that you are righteous, accepted, approved, blessed, and highly favored by God in Christ Jesus.
  3. We have to learn to be content in whatever state we find ourselves. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:12, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”  God said He will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He will not sentence you to isolation forever. In due time, fellowship with others will be restored.

So if you are feeling lonely today, don’t despair. God knows you are a relational being, and He will not let the lonely time last one minute longer than required to accomplish His divine will in your life. Therefore,  embrace the loneliness by spending more time with God. Get a journal and write down thoughts that come to your mind and let God speak to you. Finally, continue to reach out to others as the Holy Spirit leads until your change comes. Remember I Peter 1:25 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” That means loneliness cannot last forever because everything is subject to change except the Word of God.

How do you deal with loneliness? Please leave a comment below.

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HOW TO GUARANTEE YOU’LL MAKE IT TO YOUR PROMISED LAND

Have you seen the next technological marvel in the news: the self-driving car? Isn’t the thought of not having to drive your vehicle mind-blowing!? That’s the wave of the future, and if you own one of these babies and you want to be able to enjoy the benefits that a self-driving vehicle would afford you, there are certain things you must do. Likewise, if we want our lives to be “driven” by God, there are certain things we must do, as well. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” This morning I heard God say when we apply this verse to our lives, it’s analogous to owning a self-driving car. If we want to end up at the destination He has for us, whether in the natural or the spiritual, there are certain things we must do:

  1. Get in the car and turn on the power.  Proverbs 3:5 starts out with “Trust in the Lord.” When we get in the car, that’s analogous to trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The first requirement for receiving God’s direction is to receive salvation through His Son Jesus Christ and receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Next, we must start the car, or turn on the power, and that’s analogous to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Finally, we must know that we can only rely on God’s help and trust in Him only. We can’t trust in man, and we can’t even trust in ourselves.
  2. Set the GPS. Proverbs 3:5 also says, “Lean not to your own understanding.” In a self-driving car, if you desire to get to a specific destination and you set the GPS, you are no longer relying on your own understanding of how to get to the place you need to go. In the same way, we must rely on God’s unlimited understanding about where we are going in life and abandon our tendency to reason. Sometimes you have to be OK with not understanding everything that is going on in your life.
  3. Turn on the auto-drive. Proverbs 3:6 says, “Acknowledge Him in all your ways.” In a self-driving vehicle, you must acknowledge that you possess the auto-drive feature in the car and turn it on. If you don’t turn it on, it won’t work. Likewise, we must acknowledge God in everything we do. We need to ask for His input before we make decisions and take action. Only then will we receive wisdom, guidance, and direction for our journey.

Do you want God to direct your path? Do you want your life to be in “auto-drive mode” where you KNOW you are moving toward your God-given destiny, guaranteed? If you trust God, rely on His unlimited understanding, not your own, and acknowledge Him and ask for His input before you make decisions and move out, you can relax in knowing that your path is being divinely directed. God will supernaturally drive your “car” for you, and you will make it to your Promised Land.  

What do you need to do differently, if anything, to apply Proverbs 3:5-6 to your life? Please leave a comment below.

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THE DANGER OF HURRYING

Today I want to talk about a topic that may or may not be a problem for you, but I sure have to pray about it often: my tendency to hurry. Have you ever noticed that God is NOT in a hurry? For instance, He took 400 years to deliver the Israelites from bondage. Isaac, Abraham and Sarah’s promised child, took 23 years to manifest. Joseph was in prison for 12 long years. Obviously, our heavenly Father is not in a rush. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

Unfortunately, I feel like I’m always rushing around. Even in my house, I walk fast! When I am walking fast, scurrying to get here and there, I now recognize I am not resting on the inside. I am in a state of stress. I believe in 2021, God wants me to focus on entering into his rest. That means no matter what’s going on externally, I want to stay peaceful on the inside. God has told me I need to slow down and avoid the hurry because when I slow down, I automatically feel more peaceful inside. Do you need to slow down and smell the roses, too?
 
Why do we hurry? There are several reasons why we may fall into the trap of hurrying:

  1. Procrastination. When I think about it, I need to stop putting myself in positions where I need to hurry. Many times I procrastinate and then end up having to hurry to make up the time. That’s my fault. Maybe the Holy Ghost told me to move, but I lingered a few more minutes and wound up in hurry mode to meet a deadline.
  2. Satanic influence. Sometimes the devil may put the thought in your mind to hurry and make you think that if you don’t, you will have dire consequences. An example might be a decision or a purchase you need to make. But if you hurry, you can miss God and be out of His timing. Satan knows that when we’re distracted and hurried, we won’t focus on the Master anyway.
  3. Letting people dictate our schedule. When we let people control our schedule instead of the Holy Spirit, we may end up hurrying. Notice that Jesus was never in a hurry. When Jairus asked the Lord to heal his daughter, He stopped on the way to heal the woman with the issue of blood. When He heard Lazarus was sick he waited two extra days. He always took His time and listened to the Holy Spirit so that He could be where He was supposed to be at any given moment. He never let people dictate His schedule.

Saints, another word for hurry is “haste.” Isaiah 52:12 says, “For you shall not go out with haste nor go on go out by flight, for the Lord will go before you.” When we refuse to hurry, we can be led by the Lord. When we are hasty in our actions, we are running ahead of the Lord. He can’t lead us when we are out in front. 

As you can see, haste can be your enemy. If God hasn’t told you to make haste, that can be a sign of impatience. Or it could be classified as presumption. Haste can cause you to lose your peace. Haste can cause you to get out of God’s timing and make mistakes. As the old saying goes, “Haste makes waste.” Therefore, let’s be determined to avoid the hurry and move with the Lord at HIS pace.

How does hurrying affect your life? What do you feel you need to do, if anything, to address this issue in your life? Please leave a comment below.

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The Eight Benefits of Wearing a Face Mask

2020 has certainly been a year to remember! This pandemic has wreaked havoc in our nation, and I know we all want to get past this and put it behind us. The governor of Virginia has just given us new Coronavirus mandates. Masks are now mandatory. I understand that no one likes to wear a mask but this is what we must do to get control of this virus. Therefore, we need to look on the bright side and change our perspective about the mask situation. If we change our focus and choose to focus on the positive, then we can accept what is, change our feelings, and peacefully get through this.

Therefore, I’ve come up with eight benefits of wearing a mask. You know how the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So here are some alternative (and somewhat humorous) perspectives on wearing a mask so that you can feel good about the mask that you’re wearing. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” According to Numerology.center, “the number 8 in the Bible is a new beginning, it is a number of hope, and new horizons, and [a] bright future.”  So here you go, The Eight Benefits of Wearing a Face Mask:

1. It filters bad odors and keeps your nose from being knocked off.
2. If you have food between your teeth after a meal, nobody will ever know.
3. If you have bad breath, the mask will hold back that green cloud coming out of your mouth.
4. If you’re a woman, you can leave your house without wearing makeup and not scare anybody.
5. if you are engaged in a boring conversation with a person, they will never see you yawn.
6. if someone says something crazy to you, and you have a negative expression on your face, the person will only be able to see half of it.
7. In the wintertime, the mask will keep your face warm and keep you from having to wear a ski mask.
8. You can talk to yourself behind the mask without people thinking you need to be in a mental institution.

So wearing a mask it’s not so bad after all, is it? There’s a bright side somewhere, and every cloud has a silver lining. Comedy is not really my gift, but give me a break. I did try! But all jokes aside, this is an important issue, and if we want to get control over this Coronavirus pandemic, then we need to do our part and wear a mask. It’s not a political statement. it’s a scientific protocol that works. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Let’s make the wise choice to wear a mask and choose life not only for ourselves but for those around us. We can do this!

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON REJECTION

Today I want to talk to you about one of the painful realities of life: rejection. As Christians, we will experience rejection because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We will be rejected by people at times and experience the loss of a relationship. However, we need to maintain a proper perspective if we are to maintain our identity in Christ. Rejection becomes a major problem when we wrongly interpret what rejection means for us. In order to combat the effects of rejection, we must know who we are in Christ on such a deep level that no one can alter our view of ourselves, which should be based on God’s view of us. Therefore, we need to make sure we have the proper view of rejection. Instead of thinking that the rejection means there is something wrong with us, here are some alternative thoughts that will help us to keep rejection in its proper context:

1) God has to remove idols. God says in Exodus 20 that we should have no other gods before Him. If He sees that a person in your life is becoming too important, and you are looking to that person to meet needs you should only be looking to the Lord to meet, then He is obligated to remove that person from your life. It’s not about your worth or value.

2) God will remove spiritual threats. Any person that causes us to not be our best for Christ is a demonic distraction and a spiritual hindrance. God may remove people who cause you to backslide or sin against Him. He will remove them because they are a spiritual threat that will keep you from staying vitally connected to your God.

3) God removes hindrances to the fulfillment of our destiny. If a person is going to derail your destiny, God has to remove that individual so His plan for your life can come to full fruition. Sometimes perceived rejection is about Him removing certain people to make room for those who are predestined to usher you into your destiny.

So you see, rejection doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. However, that is what the devil would have you believe because your identity in Christ would be in jeopardy, and you would never be able to fulfill the purpose and plan God has for you. You must remember that you are the righteousness of God, and no one can take that with them when they walk out of your life.  

Think about it: if God wants to separate you from someone either one of three things has to happen: 1) you must walk away, 2) they must walk away or 3) somebody has to die. If you refuse to walk away, then God has to remove the person, but that doesn’t mean that your worth and value are in question. Therefore, we need to take our thoughts up to another level and view God as the Master Chess Player Who moves people in and out of our lives at will. We can’t allow the enemy to bombard us with lies, condemnation, and shame. We must view rejection from God’s perspective if we want to stay peaceful when people exit our lives. 

What are your thoughts about rejection? What are some of the ways you have dealt with it in your life?

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday.

I am now offering the Kindle version of the book for FREE (Yes, FREE!) for two days, Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4, 2020! Here is the link you will need to download the book:

https://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Christ-Christmas-Thought-Provoking-Holiday-ebook/dp/B08LDS7FHF

AVOIDING SPIRITUAL IDENTITY THEFT

Have you ever had your identity stolen? If you have, you know what a headache it is to restore your credit. Your credit score gets messed up. You have creditors calling you about charges you don’t know anything about. Some people have the police come after them for illegal activity that some knucklehead decided to engage in. You have to get a new credit card and call every creditor with payments connected to your card. It’s awful, isn’t it? Likewise, the enemy of your soul seeks to commit spiritual identity theft on a daily basis. He is out to steal your identity in Christ so that you will never be able to fulfill the plan and purpose God has for you.

Our spiritual identity rests on seven pillars. We have to know that in God’s eyes we are 1) Unequivocally righteous, 2) Unconditionally loved, 3) Totally accepted, 4) Completely approved, 5)Wildly blessed, 6) Highly favored and 7) Infinitely valuable. Therefore, as you can imagine, it’s extremely important that we hang on to who we are in Christ no matter what situations arise in life. We have to know who we are (and whose we are) on such a deep level that nothing can shake it. Therefore, to keep the devil from stealing your identity, you must employ similar tactics used to keep people from stealing your earthly identity. Here are three anti-identity theft strategies that are analogous to what needs to be done in the spirit to avoid spiritual identity theft:

  1. Guard your personal information. Be careful to protect your social security number and other personal information so that criminals will not use be able to use them to your disadvantage. In the same way, you must be on guard in the spirit. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 (NIV), “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” That means that that you need to pay attention to what you allow into your ear and eye gates. Also, be careful who you allow into your inner circle.
  2. Lock your credit report down with a credit report freeze. When someone steals your identity, one of the first things you need to do is to submit an online credit report freeze request for each of the three major credit bureaus. Likewise, you must have the Word of God “on lockdown” in your heart. Hide the Word in your heart, know it like the back of your hand, and be fully persuaded that God’s Word is true.
  3. Check your credit report on a regular basis. To minimize the damage that identity thieves can do to your credit, it’s imperative that you check each of your credit reports with the 3 credit bureaus at least once per year. In the same manner, whenever the enemy tries to steal your identity in Christ by using people or situations to get you to alter the way you view yourself, you need to examine any thoughts that don’t line up with the Word of God. You must cast those thoughts down! Don’t even entertain them!

Beloved, refuse to let the enemy steal your identity. Take steps to make sure you are fully persuaded about what God says about you. Refuse to see yourself through the eyes of people and the circumstances the devil presents to you. You must do what you can to keep your spiritual identity intact because, if you don’t, you will never fulfill your destiny in Christ. Don’t let it happen to you!

Have you ever experienced spiritual identity theft? What did you do to recover? Please leave a comment below.

I’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU ON MY BOOK LAUNCH TEAM!
I am launching my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Though-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday very shortly. I am looking for people who would be willing to read an electronic copy of my book and give an honest review on Amazon.com when it’s released later this year. If you would be willing to give me a hand, please email me at tracey@traceylmoore.com, and I will send you a copy of the book, keep you posted about the progression of my marketing campaign, and let you know when the book is released so you can post your review. Thanks for your help in advance!.

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