SPIRITUAL TUNNEL VISION

The other day, I was talking to one of my friends about the overwhelm I was feeling because of all the tasks I had to do. She shared with me that she, too, feels overwhelmed at times, and apparently many people are feeling the same way during this pandemic. She went on to say that she just asks God to give her spiritual blinders to enable her to focus on one thing at a time. After all, we can’t do but one thing at a time, right?

What she said really helped me. It came to me that if we want to avoid overwhelm in life, we need to have “spiritual tunnel vision.” What do I mean by that? According to Dictionary.com, tunnel vision is defined as “a drastically narrowed field of vision, as in looking through a tube.” Although in the physical realm, tunnel vision is a bad thing, in the spirit realm, it’s a GOOD thing. We need to start praying for God to give us the ability to have spiritual tunnel vision so that we can eliminate the spirit of overwhelm from our lives.

Here are a few ways you can use spiritual tunnel vision to keep you peaceful, joyful, and stress-free:

  1. Focus on the task at hand given to you by God. When we focus on the one thing that God has given us as a priority to the exclusion of all the other things we have to do, we can avoid feeling overwhelmed. According to 1 Corinthians 13:10, He won’t give us more than we can handle, and He will give us the way of escape. We can trust Him to keep His Word. Therefore, let’s entrust those things we can’t get to at the moment unto God for safekeeping (2 Timothy 1:12). We must wait until God Himself tells us to make them a priority.
  2. Focus on God, not your circumstances.  Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” When we pray and meditate on the Word during trials, we keep our attention is in the right place: on God. However, when we focus on the “winds and the waves” of circumstances (like Peter did in Matthew 14:30), that’s when we court disaster and end up sinking.
  3. Focus on the good to the exclusion of the bad. When we focus on the good things God has done versus what He is not doing, we foster an attitude of gratitude in our hearts. Gratitude will take us a long way in the Kingdom. When we focus on the good, the bad fades into the background, and we can maintain our peace and joy even when circumstances in life aren’t the best.

So if you want to avoid overwhelm, develop your spiritual tunnel vision. We do have the ability to choose what we focus on, Saints. In the world of psychology, that’s called “selective attention.” Selective attention is the ability to focus on one thing in the midst of all the stimuli we are exposed to at any given moment. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 30:19 (NJKV), “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.“ Therefore, let’s choose to have spiritual tunnel vision when it comes to tasks, circumstances, and the good things God is doing in our lives. Choose life and keep your spiritual blinders on. 

Which point above resonated with you the most? Which area gives you the most trouble? Please leave a comment below.

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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.

HOW TO SURVIVE THE DISASTERS OF LIFE

Have you ever had a disaster happen in your life? A disaster can be defined as a sudden, serious problem that arises that is overwhelming and difficult to cope with and brings great damage or loss. In the book of I Samuel 30:1-30, David experienced a disaster of epic proportions. He and his men had returned to the city of Ziklag only to find their wives and children taken captive and the city burned with fire. To add insult to injury, this great calamity caused David’s men to turn on him and want to kill him by stoning him. However, at the end of the story, the future king of Israel did overcome, and he and his men recovered their wives and children and ended up acquiring great spoils of war.

How was David able to regroup and recover from this disaster that happened in his life? What can we glean from the way he handled this calamity that suddenly plagued him?

  1. He did not ignore his feelings.  In verse 4 we read, “Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” They did not stuff their feelings and keep a “stiff upper lip.” Those men cried, felt their feelings, and let them come up and out.
  2. He encouraged himself. Verse 6 relays, “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” After he found out the men wanted to stone him, he looked within himself and found a way to make himself feel better. Apparently, he gave himself some strong self-talk that pulled him out of the pit of depression.
  3. He inquired of the Lord. He said to the priest in verse 7, “Bring me the ephod.” That was an outer garment that was usually worn by the priest when he went into God’s presence.  David put on the ephod and sought the Lord’s direction. He was told he would get the victory, and that Word from the Lord built his faith.
  4. He obeyed the Lord’s instructions. When God gave him the promise that he would recover his wives and children, that was the Lord giving him the go-ahead to move out. He followed His instructions to go after his family, fully expecting the Almighty to turn the situation around in his favor. His obedience was rewarded with restoration.

Likewise, when we face disasters in our lives, if we follow this same paradigm, God will help us to survive them and thrive after it’s over. He says in 2 Corinthians 2:14 that He always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus. Therefore, if you are facing a disaster today, follow David’s example. If all is well for you at this time, if a disaster arises, you can apply David’s method and be a survivor as well. But as you well know, the best way to prepare for a disaster is to stay connected to God in the good times. When trouble comes (and it will because Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world ye shall have tribulation”) you have the spiritual resources you need to gain total victory. When it’s all said and done, you will be able to watch God make any disaster that the devil meant for evil work for your good (Romans 8:28).

How have you dealt with disasters in your life? Please leave a comment below.



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.






HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH WHILE WAITING ON GOD

Have you been waiting a long time for what you prayed for to manifest? We all are waiting for God to do something in our lives.  Once so much time has passed, you may get weary and want to give up. I want to encourage you today, Child of God: DO NOT GIVE UP! Today, I want to put you in remembrance of some things that will help you to hang on to your faith:

  1. God’s concept of time is WAY different than ours.  2 Peter 3:8 says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” God is on a different time table than we are because He exists outside of time.
  2. God has a set time for everything. God is not concerned about time, but He is very concerned about TIMING. His timing is perfect because He can see the big picture we can’t see. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” Just because God’s set time has not come yet, does not mean what you desire is not on the way. As Bishop T.D. Jakes once said, “Delay does not mean denial.”
  3. God has a method of operation that we need to accept. God sometimes does a quick work, but if you look at the patterns in the Bible, people usually had to wait a long time for their blessing to manifest. David ran from Saul 12 years after he was anointed by Samuel to be king of Israel. Abraham and Sarah waited 23 years before their son Isaac was born. The people of Israel were enslaved for hundreds of years before God delivered them. Therefore, we need to be realistic about the time we will have to wait and be prepared to wait as long as it takes.
  4. God requires us to have patience. The Apostle Paul says in Hebrews 6:12 (NIV), “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith AND patience inherit what has been promised” (emphasis mine). If we don’t have patience, our faith will fail, and we will throw in the towel way too soon. We have to learn how to wait well.
  5. God’s Word is the only thing in the universe that does not change. What you are going through is temporary. Psalm 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them.” That means there is definitely an expiration date on whatever you are experiencing right now.

Beloved, if you have been waiting for your breakthrough, be encouraged today. Hold on to your faith. Keep calling those things that be not as though they were (Romans 14:17). If God has made you a promise, keep decreeing what you are believing God for until it manifests (Job 22:28). But whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP NOW. Say to God what Jacob said to the angel he wrestled with, “I will not let You go unless You bless me”(Genesis 32:26)!

How do you hold on to your faith and keep yourself going when you want to give up and throw in the towel? Please leave a comment below.

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.

HOW TO MAINTAIN THE PEACE OF GOD

I pray that you are having a peaceful day and that the peace of God is pervading your life because Jesus died to give us peace. After all, Isaiah 53:5 says, “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him,” and God wants you to walk in that peace daily no matter what circumstances arise in your life. Furthermore, the type of peace He gives is not like the world gives that is dependent on peaceful circumstances (John 14:27). The type of supernatural peace Jesus left us operates during times of turbulence in our lives.

If we are to maintain the peace Jesus died to give us, God requires us to do our part. He said in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled.” So if you have lost your peace and stress, fear, and anxiety are plaguing you, here is a checklist you can use to diagnose the problem, take the appropriate action, and get back to a peaceful state:

  1. Am I believing the Word of God or a lie of Satan? Paul said in Romans 15:13, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” If we have lost our peace, then we need to figure out what we are believing. We need to root out the lie that Satan has injected into our minds, cast down that imagination, and choose to believe whatever the Word of God says about our situation.
  2. Am I focusing on God or my circumstances? Isaiah 26:3 says, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. God is completely trustworthy, and if we trust in God, then we will be more apt to look to Him for whatever we need. If you maintain a laser-like focus on God, His presence, power, and promises, then continuous peace will be the result
  3. Have I prayed about the situation, or just talked about it to my family and/or friends? Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Whatever situations arise in our lives, God expects us to bring them to Him in prayer. Prayer is the means by which we cast our care upon Him as He instructs us to do in I Peter 5:7.

So whenever you find yourself stressing, becoming overwhelmed, and losing your peace, ask yourself these questions to determine what course of action to take to get your peace back. Peace is a part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and it’s God’s will for us to enter into His rest and stay there (Matthew 11:28). Let’s be determined that we will stay in peace today by staying in faith, focusing on God, and using prayer as the first line of defense and not an after-thought when problems arise.

Have you lost your peace? On which area above do you need to focus? Please leave a comment below.



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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.

GOD IS TOO LEGIT FOR YOU TO QUIT!

Have you ever been through a severe time of testing? Have you ever had a string of tragedies that rocked you to the core? Job went through a severe time of testing where he wrongly accused God and questioned His character, but to his credit, he did not abandon his faith.

I remember back in 1993 when I had experienced a string of deaths of people for whom I fervently prayed. THAT really challenged my faith! But I continued to hang on and go to church anyway in spite of my rift with God. Thankfully, I eventually came out of it when I came to the conclusion that I had to trust Him or lose my mind.

Back in the day, M.C. Hammer produced a song called “Too Legit to Quit.” “Legit,” of course, is short for “legitimate.” If we are to keep our relationship with God on track in the midst of a severe trial we must see Him as too LEGIT for US to quit. What do I mean by that? LEGIT is an acronym I have come up with that will help us to remember God’s special characteristics so we won’t let the devil blind us, deceive us into thinking things like, “God is out to get me,” and cause us to effectively quit on God:

L is for Loving – If we are going to get through any trial, we must believe that God loves us because He sent His Son to die for us (John 3:16). This is the foundation for receiving anything from God. If we don’t believe that He loves us, then we will fall prey to the devil’s lies that He has sinister intentions toward us when we are under severe trial.
E is for Exists – When I was going through a time of testing, I saw that someone who was not even serving God was prospering while I paid my tithes and continued to struggle. Believe it or not, I started to question God’s existence. Thank God, I was able to come out of it! But Hebrews 11:6 relays that we must believe God exists and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.
G is for Good – Even when good things are not happening to us, we must believe that God is good. He is not out to get us. He is not punishing us, for Jesus took our punishment. He is not playing games, and He is not a psychopath who gets joy out of seeing people suffer. God is good all the time.
I is for Immutable – God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:11). He is the ONLY One we can count on to always stay the same. If circumstances cause us to perceive that He has changed in any way, that’s the devil’s deception. 
T is for Trustworthy – God is truthful. The Bible says He cannot lie. His Word always works, and He can be trusted to do what He says He will do even if we are going through something we don’t understand right now.

The point is this: if we do not believe these basic things about God we are destined to spiral downward. We cannot indict and blame God for our circumstances and expect His power to flow to help us. When we don’t understand, it’s imperative that we hang on and trust Him. Therefore, Child of God, let NOTHING separate you from His love (Romans 8:35-39). He loves you unconditionally, and you must be determined that you’ll love Him unconditionally even if things don’t go as planned. Stay the course because God is too LEGIT for you to quit!

Have you ever gone through a severe trial that rocked your faith? How did overcome that? Please leave a comment below.

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.



WHY DOES EMOTIONAL HEALING TAKE SO LONG??

I have been seeking God for the healing of my soul wounds for a long time. Now after 57 years, I finally feel like I am making progress. I haven’t arrived, but as Joyce Meyer says, at least I have left. As I was going through the process, I felt as if I’d never be made whole. It seems like it was taking an eternity! Have you ever wondered why emotional healing seems to take so long to manifest? I asked God about this, and He sent me to Exodus 23:29-30 NIV which reads:

“But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.”

How can we apply this passage to our lives if we want to become emotionally whole?

RECOGNIZE GOD HAS A REASON FOR THE SLOW PACE
When I reflected on the passage above, I perceived that the wild animals symbolize the things in our lives that will crop up and overrun our relationship with God (e.g., pride and self-sufficiency). If He heals us too fast, our relationship with Him will be adversely affected. You see, God knows us better than we know ourselves. He has the foresight to know how we are going to respond. That is why He heals us incrementally while He builds a relationship with us to the point where He knows that we will unconditionally love Him and refuse to forsake Him no matter what. Therefore, during the healing process, He is solidifying the relationship and knitting our hearts together with His own. As our issues are decreasing, our bond with Him is increasing, and an inversely proportional relationship between the two exists.

ASK FOR GOD’S HELP TO DRIVE OUT EMOTIONAL ISSUES
God said He would drive out the inhabitants of the land. Likewise, we have to ask for God’s help in driving out the issues that plague our souls. I remember back in the day, July 2, 1982, I made a written contract with myself regarding all the ways I was going to change. I had not prayed. I had not asked for the Holy Spirit’s help. It was all about what I was going to do. That’s probably why it took so long for me to change. Eventually, I recognized my folly and sought the Lord’s help. When we ask for His help, we must also remember to totally depend on the Holy Spirit, the Agent of Change, to do the work in us. Do only what He directs you to do, and leave the rest up to Him.

REFUSE TO GIVE UP
Because of the slowness of the process, it’s natural for us to feel as if we will never make it out of the wilderness. But at some point, God says you will have increased enough to possess the land that He has for you: emotional wholeness. Therefore, keep pressing on and pressing into God. Be determined that you will not give up, and by His grace, you will inherit your promised land. Our Father will make all things beautiful in His time (Eccl. 3:11).

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God can and does heal emotions instantly, but most of the time it’s a process. What is your experience regarding the length of time it has taken to receive emotional healing in your life? Please leave a comment below.

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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.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What’s wrong with me?” I know that I have many times, and God is now challenging me to not do that anymore. God has shown me that this is the wrong question to ask on so many levels.

WHY ASKING “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?” NEEDS TO STOP
There are several reasons why we need to stop asking “What is wrong with me?”

  1. The question “What’s wrong with me?” reeks of judgment and condemnation. Romans 8:1 (KJV) says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.”
  2. God wants us to focus on the good in ourselves. Didn’t Paul relay In Philippians 4:8 (KJV), “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”? 
  3. God says in Jerimiah 17:10 (NIV), “I the Lord search the heart, I examine the mind.” God is the examiner. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to examine ourselves for the purpose of diagnosing ourselves so we can make changes because the scriptures tell us clearly that’s God’s job. The Holy Spirit is the Agent of Change.
  4. Psalm 19:12 (NIV) says, “Who can discern his own errors? Cleanse me from my hidden faults.” David knew it was pointless to ask himself “What’s wrong with me?” because we as human beings don’t have the capability to find errors in ourselves. That information has to be revealed by the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
  5. We are probably asking the question and looking for the answer so that we can fix ourselves and appropriate our own righteousness.

ASKING “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?” IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE
Honestly, that question is injected into our minds by the devil and is fueled by the lie he tells us, “If I don’t focus on what’s wrong with me, I’ll never change.” The truth is, the more I focus on what is wrong with me, the less progress I will make. That seems counterintuitive, but it’s true. Why? I Peter 5:5 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” So asking “What’s wrong with me?” and trying to change ourselves creates conditions that will impede the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

A BETTER OPTION: PRAYER
Let’s get real. When we stop asking “What’s wrong with me?” that’s a clear indication to God that we have stopped trying to do His job. The better option is to pray and tell God the following:
Lord, I give up. I don’t know what is wrong with me but you do.
I give up trying to diagnose and change myself.
I am asking you to give me revelation and change me by the power of your Holy Spirit.
Please tell me what you want me to do and I’ll do it.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
I trust you to make the necessary changes in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

LET’S FOCUS ON JESUS
God won’t work on a problem in us while we are trying to fix ourselves. Therefore, we need to let God diagnose and fix the problems while we focus our attention on Jesus. When we stop asking, “What’s wrong with me?” only then will we be able to see the changes in ourselves we so desperately want.

What are your thoughts about asking “What’s wrong with me?” Please leave a comment below.

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.

WHY WE NEED CHURCH GATHERINGS

Since more people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control guidelines have been relaxed, and now the masks can come off. That means that we can get back in church! Hallelujah!

God used online streaming for His glory. Many churches relayed that they reached more people through live stream than they would have through the in-house church service. That is awesome, but it’s so wonderful to be able to get back to the house of God because Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” So even though we had to forsake the assembling of ourselves together for a time, the Lord still wants us to meet together on a regular basis as believers for the following reasons:

  1. God says so. Hebrews 10:25 specifically says that we should not give up meeting together, and that exhortation is definitely relevant for us today. This verse unequivocally reveals that God Himself wants believers to meet together regularly.
  2. To spur one another on toward love and good deeds and encourage one another. That’s what Hebrews 10:24 relays. When we assemble together, that’s an opportunity for us to ignite a fire in one another to become more Christ-like.
  3. We can be kept accountable to live the Christian life. When we meet together, we create opportunities for us to connect, share what is going on in our lives, and keep each other accountable so that we can run our best race and be our best for Christ.
  4. There is a corporate anointing that you can’t get at home alone. Each Sunday you participate in praise and worship in church, you get the benefit of being saturated in the corporate anointing that is available to you to break chains of bondage off your life.
  5. God has ordained that some things will be revealed to you only through the man or woman of God. Some things you will not be able to get on your own, and that is why God put pastors over us to be shepherds of our souls.
  6. When we interact with one another and have to apply the Word to keep unity alive, we grow. When we have to connect with one another, work to keep the peace, and get over offenses, we grow and mature spiritually in a way that cannot happen in isolation.
  7. We can use the gifts and talents God gave us to bless others. Somebody needs what you have. Somebody needs your wisdom, your skill, your words of encouragement. You can be a blessing.

Beloved, of course, attending church is not necessary for us to be saved, and sometimes we can’t avoid missing church. God knows our heart. However, church attendance is necessary for us to become our best selves. When we meet, that’s our opportunity to be encouraged, edified, and held accountable by our brothers and sisters in Christ. Furthermore, when we become our best selves individually, we become the best body of Christ we can be, and we can maximize our impact in this world for Christ. Let’s not forget the assembling of ourselves together so that we can bless one another and continue to prepare for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are your thoughts about our need to assemble ourselves together regularly as believers? Please leave a comment below.

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.

DON’T ABORT YOUR FAITH!

I pray that you and yours are wonderfully blessed and the fruit of the Spirit is flourishing in your life. I trust that you are safe and sound, and I pray that no plague will come near your dwelling. We are in covenant with the living God according to Psalm 91, and we can trust Him to be our protector and defender! Amen?

The other day I was on my way to the Salvation Army Thrift Store to drop off some items. I called ahead to see when they would close, and the attendant told me the store closed at 4:30 PM. It was 3:55 PM when I got off the phone, so I knew I had to move fast. I wanted that stuff out of my car, so I prayed and asked God to help me get there on time. Wouldn’t you know that traffic was horrendous! I told myself, “I’m not gonna make it.” So I decided to try to drop the load off at another thrift store that was half the distance away. I was in the wrong lane, so I put on my turn signal and tried to get over. However, the car in the lane next to me REFUSED TO LET ME OVER! I missed the turn and had to keep going. When I got to the Salvation Army Thrift Store, my original destination, I had three minutes to spare. Whew! I let out a sigh of relief, dropped off the items, and went on about my business.

Later when I got home, God had a discussion with me. He told me He was the One that didn’t allow me to move over to the next lane. I had asked Him for help to get to my destination on time, and He boxed me in and kept me from turning so He could teach me something. He kept me from aborting my faith for the following reasons:

  1. God wanted to care for me as any good Father would, and when I aborted my faith in the middle of the trial because it didn’t look like He would come through, I set myself up to rob Him of the opportunity to care for me. I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.”
  2. By aborting my faith, I was also going to rob Him of the opportunity to control circumstances and display His power. God wants to make Himself real to us even though we can’t physically see him. By using our faith and seeing Him move in the physical realm, He makes Himself all the more tangible.
  3. When we abort our faith, we rob God of the opportunity to build faith and trust in Him, and foster intimacy in our relationship. Faith comes by hearing, but it also comes by experience. When you hang on to your faith, you give God a chance to help you strengthen it when you see what you are believing for come to pass.

Saints, it’s important for us to exercise our faith. When I wanted to go to that other thrift store because I didn’t think my prayer would be answered, it was like I settled for second best. When you pray and ask God for something, and you feel you have gotten a Word from God, even if it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, don’t settle. Don’t abort your faith! Don’t throw in the towel! If you are going through a difficult time right now, I challenge you to hold on to your faith until you see victory. It’s important to your spiritual growth that you don’t “jump ship” or “bail out” in the middle of your trial. If you will just hold fast to your profession of faith, you will see God show out and prove Himself to be exactly Who He says He is.

Are you struggling to hang on to your faith? What have you done in the past to help your to help you to overcome? Please leave a comment below.

MOTHER’S DAY IS MAY 9TH!
If you are looking for a great Mother’s Day Gift, please consider my poetic devotional, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. The book is filled with power-packed entries designed to hydrate, nourish, encourage and inspire. Click here to order your copy today! 

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.

NO CONDEMNATION

Peace and blessings to you! Today I want to talk about one of the main tools that Satan uses against God’s people: CONDEMNATION. Let’s face it, Saints. None of us is perfect. When we fail, the Holy Spirit will convict us and let us know that our behavior or speech does not line up with the Word of God. However, our failures also create an open door for the enemy to bombard us with condemnation, or negative thoughts injected into our minds designed to bring us down spiritually and emotionally and destroy our identity in Christ. Therefore, this devastating issue must be controlled and eliminated from our lives, which is no easy task. So how do we deal with condemnation when it arises?

  1. Remember that we have been made righteous through the blood of Jesus. Romans 8:1 says there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” No matter what we do or don’t do, God wants us to recognize we have permission to feel good about ourselves because HE DOES. Therefore, we need to prepare for those inevitable times when we do fail by making sure we declare that we are the righteousness of God BEFORE we fail. We need to say it to ourselves as often as possible because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
  2. Recognize when we accept the condemnation of the enemy, we are attempting to punish ourselves for our fallibility. In the GOD’S WORD® translation of Galatians 1:4 we read, “In order to free us from this present evil world, Christ took the punishment for our sins, because that was what our God and Father wanted.” In other words, God does not want you to punish yourself for your own sins. That’s why He sent Jesus. Therefore, if we punish ourselves and accept the enemy’s condemnation, we are trying to be our own savior, and that’s called IDOLATRY. As the song says, JESUS PAID IT ALL. Therefore, if you are engaging in self-punishment in your attempt to be SELF-righteous, it’s time to STOP IT.
  3. Use praise and worship as a spiritual weapon against the enemy. God gave King Jehoshaphat the strange battle strategy of putting the worshippers out in front of the army (2 Chronicle 20). As the worshippers sang, the three armies coming against the Israelites became confused and started fighting each other. In the same way, when we sing worship songs to God, we confuse the enemy. Furthermore, we can’t sing to God and think condemning thoughts at the same time. That’s why praise coupled with worship through song is such a powerful weapon. So when you are hit with condemnation by the enemy, declare you are righteous and keep on singing until the condemning thoughts and feelings subside.

Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God has separated sin from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and He also wants condemnation separated from you as far as the east is from the west. He has too much for you to do, and the anointing is shut down in your life when you allow Satan’s condemnation to get the best of you. Therefore, if you want to fulfill the purpose and plan of God for your life, as Joyce Meyer would say, “Climb out of the pit and skip the guilt trip.”

Have you battled with condemnation? What strategy has worked for you? Please leave a comment below.

MOTHER’S DAY IS MAY 9TH!
If you are looking for a great Mother’s Day Gift, please consider my poetic devotional, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. The book is filled with power-packed entries designed to hydrate, nourish, encourage and inspire. Click here to order your copy today! 

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.