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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) wants to take you down a spiritually poetic trail and challenge you to be your best for Christ. God taught her lessons and spoke to her through poems that were catalysts for her own spiritual and emotional transformation, and now she seeks to take her readers on a journey into wholeness. Her spiritual insights based on the Word of God inspire personal growth and transformation, prompt readers to look within themselves and to take inventory and the mental and spiritual steps needed to move towards more abundant living. After writing poetry and keeping personal journals for many years, Tracey has honed her craft and now her life purpose is to help others come to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to facilitate their wholeness through rhyme and spiritually inspiring, encouraging words that that heal. She holds a M.A. Degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University, and currently resides with her family in Norfolk, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at www.TraceyLMoore.com

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!

What are your thoughts abourt wearing a mask during the pandemic? Please leave a comment below.

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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. To get your copy today, click on the link below!

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

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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THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTIVATING FRIENDSHIPS

I pondered recently on the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree that Jesus told His disciples in Luke 13:6-9. The owner of a vineyard had a fig tree that was not producing fruit, so he wanted to cut it down. However, his gardener told him to wait another year and allow him to dig around it and fertilize it. God gave me a fresh application of the passage of scripture that I want to share with you today.

FRIENDSHIPS MUST BE CULTIVATED

When I read that passage, God showed me how that tree represents the friendships in our lives. Like that barren fig tree, friendships must be cultivated. Uncultivated friendships will never be fruitful. Friendships left unattended will die. In verse 8 of the parable, God gave me three principles for cultivating our friendships and making them gro

GIVING TIME – ALLOWING THE FRIENDSHIP TIME TO GROW

First, the man who took care of the vineyard told the owner when he threatened to cut down the barren fig tree, “Leave it alone for one more year.” That indicates friendships take time to grow. That’s why we need to have patience with the people He has placed in our lives. Let’s not be so apt to cut people off so quickly. Given time, the friendship can grow and end up be a very beneficial connection in the long run

DIGGING – GETTING TO KNOW THEM

The second thing the vineyard worker said he would do is to “dig around” the tree. When it comes to friendships we, also, must do some digging in the sense that we have to spend time getting to know one another. That takes more than a text or Facebook message. To get to know likes and dislikes, we must spend time with each other. We need to dig deeper and ask questions. We need to find out what makes people tick. Digging can only really take place when we spend time with each other in person or have phone conversations.

FERTILIZING – SEEKING TO ADD VALUE TO THOSE AROUND YOU

The third thing the gardener said he would do is to “fertilize” the tree. In the same way, we need to “fertilize” our friendships by adding value to the lives of those around us. When we pray for and with our friends, come to their aid when they need help, rejoice with them when they experience good fortune, and weep with them in tragedy, we fertilize the friendship and add value to the lives of others. When you give gifts that bless your friends, give them an encouraging word, or do what you can to help them to fulfill God-given potential, that is the fertilizer that helps friendships to thrive and grow.

FRIENDS ARE A GIFT FROM THE LORD

My dad once told me, “If you have one good friend you can trust in your life, you are blessed.” Friendships are necessary if we are going to progress in life. God has handpicked people to usher us into our destiny, and those friends are precious gifts from the Lord. Like the gardener in the parable, let’s make sure we are making the effort to cultivate the friendships that God has so lovingly placed in our lives.
 

What is your view on how to cultivate friendships? Please leave a comment below.

I’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU ON MY BOOK LAUNCH TEAM!
As I had previously stated in my last newsletter, 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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ARE YOU THRIVING?

I pray that all is well with you and that you are flourishing even in the midst of this global pandemic. I thank God for Jesus Christ and that He shed His blood for us so that we could experience His keeping power in times like these. This has been a year like no other, but we can still thrive when we put our trust in the Lord. We have to be determined that we will come out of 2020 better than we went in. When we press into God, receive His instructions and wisdom, and do what He tells us to do, the enemy will lose, and we will be the victors when it’s all said and done and the dust settles. Amen? Be determined to thrive in spite of it all!

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for being a part of my online community! It’s been my pleasure to serve you, and I pray that you’ve been blessed and encouraged in some way by the poems and inspirational writings God has given me to share. I want you to know that you are greatly appreciated.

I also wanted to let you know that I will be on hiatus for the month of September. I didn’t take any time off this summer, and as you know, I also am in the process of launching my new book, Keeping Christ in Christmas. I wanted to give a shout out to all of you who have agreed to be on my launch team, read my book, and post an Amazon.com review before the book launches on November 14th. Thanks for your help in advance. I have a lot to do between now and then, so you won’t see me interacting very much on my social media platforms for the month of September. I will be back in October, Lord willing, and I look forward to seeing you then.

If you’d like to be a member of my book launch team, there is still time! If you’d like to receive a free digital copy of the book and read it before the rest of the world and be so gracious to post on Amazon.com for me, please email me at tracey@traceylmoore.com and type in the subject line, “COUNT ME IN!” That will allow me to keep you abreast of my marketing campaign activities. Thanks in advance!

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Sometimes it’s tough to get going on Monday mornings, isn’t it? If you want to be more motivated on Mondays, subscribe to my YouTube channel and wake up to “Moore Motivation on Mondays!” I, Tracey L. Moore (AKA the Purposeful Poet), will greet you each Monday morning with an encouraging poem based on God’s Word that will motivate you, spur you on to greatness, and help you to start your week with your mind on your Creator. I’m so looking forward to having you tune in each week. You can find me on YouTube.com. Click here to view my latest Moore Motivation on Monday video!

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

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WILL YOU HELP ME LAUNCH MY NEW BOOK?

I have got some exciting news I’d like to share with you! I am on the verge of publishing my third book!! YES! Praise the Lord! It was a hard-fought battle, and it took me a few years to push this little book out, but I finally got it completed. To God be the glory!
 
ABOUT THE BOOK

The title of the book is Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday. My purpose in writing this book is to show parents and their children a unique way to experience a more Christ-centered Christmas holiday. Jesus is the reason for the season, and since Christmas is the celebration of HIS birthday, I present some novel ideas in the book that I believe will help families to have very merry Christmas with Jesus securely anchored as the focal point. My goal is to remind readers of the real meaning of Christmas and introduce them to a unique holiday alternative that will result in Jesus getting the full attention and glory He deserves during Advent.

I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN MY LAUNCH TEAM!

I really believe God wants to use my book Keeping Christ in Christmas to relay a message to the body of Christ. However, if that message is to go far and wide, I am going to need your help! If you join my launch team, here’s what you’ll get:

  1. I will send you an electronic version of Keeping Christ in Christmas, and you will get the chance to read my book before the rest of the world.
  2. At the end of the launch, if you have posted a review of the book on Amazon.com, you’ll also get an electronic version of my second book, The Exceptional Man: Love Poems and Inspirational Writings Celebrating Godly Men and Great Relationships.
  3. You will have the opportunity to tune into my complimentary exclusive online Poetic Growth Gathering, where I share poetry from my first book Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth and facilitate thought-provoking group discussions. This will include a question and answer session where you can ask me questions about myself and my books. (Date and time TBD)

HOW YOU CAN HELP AS A LAUNCH TEAM MEMBER

So what does becoming a member of my launch team entail? These are the possible ways you can be a blessing and help me to share the ideas God gave me:

  1. Read the book by November 1st. (It’s a quick read with large print and only about 90+ pages long.)
  2. Download a $.99 Kindle copy of the book after the book goes live after November 1st and encourage those you know to do the same. 
  3. Write an honest review of the book and post it on Amazon.com on or after November 3, 2020. I will be trying to get as many reviews on Amazon as I can before the launch date on Saturday, November 14th. 
  4. Help me to come up with promotional ideas that we as a team can implement.
  5. Order a copy of the book (paperback or Kindle), take a photo of yourself holding up the book or your tablet (with the book cover showing), and post it on your social media platforms.
  6. Think of at least three Christian parents with small children that you know and tell them about the book or purchase a copy for them.
  7. Share news about the book, book quotes, and your personal thoughts about the book in written, video, or audio format on your social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, blog, podcast, etc.); I will send emails with content you can easily cut and paste or upload.
  8. Let me know if you pick up on any errors I need to fix before the book launches in November. 
  9. Introduce me to people you may know who have a need for a speaker or poet for their event.

I understand that you may not be able to help me with all of the above items, but anything that you can or would be willing to do would certainly be appreciated. I would love to have you on my team! And even if you’re not able to participate, any fervent prayers that you send up asking for God’s favor and the success of the book would be appreciated.

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

If you’d like to help me get this urgent message out to parents, positively impact the spiritual lives of children, and help Jesus to enjoy His birthday even more as we strive to keep Him at the center of it all, please leave me a comment below and let me know if you’d be willing to run with me! I will send you a future follow-up email with your electronic version of the book for you to read at your leisure, and I will give you information about the next step in the process.
 
Thanks for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you! May God bless you REAL good!

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Sometimes it’s tough to get going on Monday mornings, isn’t it? If you want to be more motivated on Mondays, subscribe to my YouTube channel and wake up to “Moore Motivation on Mondays!” I, Tracey L. Moore (AKA the Purposeful Poet), will greet you each Monday morning with an encouraging poem based on God’s Word that will motivate you, spur you on to greatness, and help you to start your week with your mind on your Creator. I’m so looking forward to having you tune in each week. You can find me on YouTube.com. Click here to view my latest Moore Motivation on Monday video!

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST JUDGE

I know that we have been going through a lot in 2020, but I just want to encourage you to persevere through it all. Change is coming. This too shall pass because only the Word of God stands forever.

Today, however, I want us to look at the parable of the unjust judge in Luke 18. You know the story about the woman who kept going back to the judge and asking for justice. Finally, the judge gave in because she wore him down. When Jesus finished telling the story, in Luke 18:6-8 He said to His disciples, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.”

Jesus was making a contrast between God and the unjust judge. He was saying, “Your Father is nothing like that judge.” That is obvious because God is cerrtainly just. He is not unjust (I John 1:9), and He is not trying to withhold anything good from us (Psalm 84:11). Therefore, I don’t think this parable was about praying about the same thing over and over again. Notice that even in Luke 18:1 we read, “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” He explains why He is sharing the parable. He wanted to encourage them to 1) be in constant communication with Almighty God (I Thessalonians 5:17),  and 2) be persistent.

Given the above, I would like to submit to you that the judge in the parable represents the world system that attempts to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan or realizing your goals and dreams in life. On your journey, you will face obstacles and people who will tell you, “NO!” But you must be persistent and refuse to take no for an answer. Thus, this is what we can learn from the widow in the parable:

  1. We must have a consistent prayer life. We must be committed to having a consistently scheduled quiet time with God every day. The widow was there before the judge every day. This is not saying to pray the same prayer every day, but get in God’ s presence daily and seek guidance and direction.
  2. We must be persistent. If we want to see our goals and dreams realized we must be persistent in faith and action. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). At the end of the parable, Jesus said in Luke 18:8, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Make up in your mind that you will have faith like a “pit bull” and refuse to give up in spite of overwhelming odds that you may be facing!
  3. We must be bold. The widow came before the judge each day with boldness and fervor. He said in verse 5 that he feared that she would eventually come and attack him! Apparently, she came with a boldness that intimidated him. Proverbs 28:1 says, “The righteous are as bold as a lion,” and we, too, have to pursue our dreams with passion and boldness.

Saints, God wants you to thank and praise Him once you have asked Him for what you want in prayer. There is no reason to keep asking if you have prayed according to His will because you will know that your petition is granted (I John 5:14-15). Therefore, continue to get in God’s presence on a daily basis. As stated in Galatians 6:9, refuse to get weary in the pursuit of your God-given goals and dreams. Be Tenacious and bold as you step out in faith to do what God has called you to do!

How do you keep your faith up when you are going through hard times? Please leave a comment below.

I’d love your help in spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Click here to find out ways you can help.

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Sometimes it’s tough to get going on Monday mornings, isn’t it? If you want to be more motivated on Mondays, subscribe to my YouTube channel and wake up to “Moore Motivation on Mondays!” I, Tracey L. Moore (AKA the Purposeful Poet), will greet you each Monday morning with an encouraging poem based on God’s Word that will motivate you, spur you on to greatness, and help you to start your week with your mind on your Creator. I’m so looking forward to having you tune in each week. You can find me on YouTube.com. Click here to view my latest Moore Motivation on Monday video!

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

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THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS

I have a question for you? What have you been saying to yourself lately? What have you be saying to those around you? Today, my goal is to remind you today of the power of your words. The Bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, here are three things to remember if you are going to be able to effectively use that power God has given you:

  1. You are made in the image of God.  God said, “Let us make man in our image.” How does that impact our ability to effectively use the power of our words? God speaks things into existence that first exist in the spirit realm. Roman 4:17 says God is the one Who calls those things that be not as though they exist. Therefore, we must imitate our God and use our words to cause what we see in the spirit realm through the eyes of our faith to manifest in the natural realm.
  2. Jesus lives in you. Colossians 1:27 says that Christ in you is the hope of glory. Also, you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Words are formulated in the mind as thoughts first. Therefore, when you speak the Word (or the thoughts) of God, It’s as if Jesus is speaking. You are His mouthpiece. When you speak the Word, He speaks.
  3. Jesus desires to do great works through you. Jesus said in John 14:12, “Greater works shall ye do.” He also said in Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Therefore by faith, we should expect to do what Jesus did and believe God can use us to heal the sick, raise the dead, and drive out demons as well.

With that being said, when we recognize and meditate on these truths, our faith for God to perform signs, wonders, and miracles through us should soar! You are made in the image of God and you are able to create things by the power of speaking His Word. Furthermore, the words you speak are not just idle words floating in the air, and it’s not just you alone doing whatever you can. Jesus lives in you, He is speaking through you, and when Jesus speaks, He gets results, Amen?

Isaiah 55:11 says His Word will not return to Him without accomplishing what He sent it to do. In summary, this is the thought  I want you to get a hold of today: WHEN YOU SPEAK THE WORD, JESUS IS SPEAKING, AND THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD EXPECT RESULTS. Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29). The question is do you believe it? Mark 11:23, For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Therefore, I want to challenge you to meditate on this thought today: “I believe God’s Word spoken through me will get the job done.”

What life lessons have you learned about the power of your words? Please leave a comment below.

I’d love your help in spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Click here to find out ways you can help.

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Sometimes it’s tough to get going on Monday mornings, isn’t it? If you want to be more motivated on Mondays, subscribe to my YouTube channel and wake up to “Moore Motivation on Mondays!” I, Tracey L. Moore (AKA the Purposeful Poet), will greet you each Monday morning with an encouraging poem based on God’s Word that will motivate you, spur you on to greatness, and help you to start your week with your mind on your Creator. I’m so looking forward to having you tune in each week. You can find me on YouTube.com. Click here to view my latest Moore Motivation on Monday video!

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HOW TO STRESS LESS

We are in unprecedented times right now. Everything has been turned upside down. Life as we know it has changed to a new normal. The stress that this Coronavirus crisis has created has been tough on us all because of the adjustments we have had to make. I pray that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, wearing a mask, and following the guidelines.

Yesterday was so stressful for me. I ran all day long hurrying from one appointment to another with my 86 year old mom in tow. Some of the stress was Coronavirus related, but much of it was not.

Have you ever had a stressful day?  Maybe you are a person who has a laid back personality. Well please pray for me because I am not. I HATE BEING STRESSED AND HURRIED. Jesus NEVER hurried anywhere He went, even when His friend Lazarus was ailing (John 11). God does not want us to live stressed-out lives either. Why? Because when we are stressed out, we are not our best selves, not to mention that stress will kill you.

So the question is how can we do better? How can we stress less?

  1. Recognize and target that as an area where we need to grow. If we don’t recognize the issue, we will continue to go down the same path without making any changes. I see now that I need to work on this area of my life and make it a goal to stay in peace at all times. Jesus died to give me peace. I don’t want His death to be in vain.
  2. Confess our faults. When stress has gotten the best of us, confess it to God, confess our fault to whoever we need to, and repent if necessary. I had to apologize to my mom because I was not the nicest person that day. When you’re in hot water, like a tea bag, what’s in you will come out of you.
  3. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the power to do better and stay peaceful next time. His job is to help us grow and change. Self-sufficiency, trying to do better without asking for His help, will result in failure. Without Him we are nothing.
  4. Refuse to wallow in condemnation when we fail. Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Remember, you are the righteousness of God in Christ no matter what.
  5.  Develop a deliberate plan of action. For instance, I will not schedule so many appointments in one day. I will give myself more time between appointments. I will focus on peace scriptures to build myself up in that area. When I am stressed, I will take a mental vacation and imagine myself in a tropical paradise, seated under a palm tree with a glass of lemonade (Ahhhh). We have to decide how we will respond beforehand.

Saints, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). That means we have control over whether we have heart trouble or not. We have to decide that we are going to get to another level. If this is not an issue for you, I thank God that you have gotten the victory. But for those of us who haven’t, I challenge you to come up higher in this area. Let’s do our level best to keep the chaos on the outside from getting on the inside.

What are some methods you have used to relieve stress in your own life? Please leave a comment below.

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BRIDGING THE RACIAL DIVIDE IN THE CHURCH

John the Apostle writes in Revelation 7:9, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” That gives us a clue about how God wants His worship services on earth to look like every Sunday. However, it has been said that Sunday is the most segregated day in America. For the most part, Caucasians worship with Caucasians. African Americans worship with African Americans. Latinos worship with Latinos. Asians worship with Asians, and so on.  I don’t believe that God is pleased with segregated worship.

WHY THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE

Unfortunately, there is an ugly reason why there is a “black church” and a “white church” in America. In the days of slavery and in the Jim Crow era, blacks were not allowed to worship in white churches. Therefore, African Americans chose to start their own churches where they knew that they would be welcome. Sadly, this divide has not been overcome and, by and large, still exists today.

THE BODY OF CHRIST NEEDS TO LEAD THE WAY

2 Chronicles 7:14 says,  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”I believe that the reason that systemic racism still exists in our country is due to the fact that we have not addressed racism in the church and healed the division in the body of Christ FIRST. The land will not be healed until we ourselves get it right in the body of Christ. The healing of the land begins with US! We have got to lead the way. If we as the body of Christ cannot bridge the racial divide in the church, and we have the Holy Spirit available to us, how can we expect America to bridge the racial divide?

ADOPTING A MULTICULTURAL MINDSET

The body of Christ needs to ponder on Revelation 7:9 and decide how we will proceed forward to implement God’s vision for His church. This may require that we as individual believers step out of our comfort zones and visit, and maybe eventually join, churches that have people attending the service that are a different race than we are. It may mean that churches of different races will agree to merge. We have to adopt a multicultural mindset and develop multicultural fellowships as we move forward into the future.  

What will it take for that to successfully happen?  We as people of different races have to get to know one another by having fruitful conversations that will help us to break down walls and get past the stereotypes. We have to pray and be able to apply the Word to bridge the gap between our differences and overcome the conflict that may result from those differences. Only then will we become the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ that we were predestined to become. Only then will we be able to operate at maximum capacity because where there is unity, God commands the blessing. Only then will the bride of Christ be ready to be presented to her bridegroom without the spot of racism and the wrinkle of segregation.

What do you feel you can do to help bridge the gap between the races in the body of Christ?

I’d love your help in spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Click here to find out ways you can help.

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

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