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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

FIGHT BACK AGAINST CANCER!

Fight Cancer by Hyena Reality

I was so grieved in my spirit to find out that my sister-in-law’s sister passed away last Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. I also found out that my mom’s caregiver’s daughter had been diagnosed with stomach cancer last Friday. While working as an intercessor on the 700 club prayer line, I receive many calls asking me to pray for people who have cancer. Honestly, this is getting to be ridiculous! Cancer is running rampant in this country, and I personally believe that it’s because of all the Chemicals in our food. People are so determined to make money that they do not care one iota about the fact that our food supply is tainted with preservatives and chemicals that are killing us.

The Word says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:15). If we want to have a long life and see good days, we have to be determined to keep from falling prey to the industry responsible for our food supply. If you are battling cancer or want to prevent cancer, here are some things to consider:

  1. Choose an all-natural diet. Our forefathers didn’t have to deal with cancer this frequently. Why? Because they grew their own food without harmful pesticides. Therefore, if you can afford it, go organic. It may cost you more now, but it will save you money in medical bills and sick time in the future. Pesticides on food are dangerous. If you can’t afford organics, be sure to use a veggie wash that helps to get as much insecticide as possible off of your vegetables and fruits. We also need to remove chemicals that are known carcinogens (e.g., nitrites found in bacon, hot dogs, lunch meats and smoked meats) from our diets. Finally, read labels and don’t eat foods that have words that you cannot pronounce.
  2. Make sure you eat right, exercise regularly, and get proper rest. That will keep your immune system strong so that rogue cancer cells can be annihilated effectively.
  3. Keep your sugar and starch intake to a minimum. Cancer cells love sugar. On a 700 Club segment, I heard that if you remove the glucose, your body cells can switch from using glucose to using ketones and still live. However cancer cells cannot live off of ketones and they can effectively be starved to death if you remove sugar, and starches from your diet. Click on this link to get more information: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/December/Starving-Cancer-Ketogenic-Diet-a-Key-to-Recovery
  4. Do your research. I pray you never get cancer, but if you do, research natural alternatives that are available to you. On Facebook, I saw a video about how doctors push chemotherapy that doesn’t work 97% of the time because they get about $4000 each time they prescribe it for cancer patients. Therefore, make sure you do your research so that you can make an educated decision. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdLyMhNdcSc
  5. Consider the Hallelujah Diet. This is a vegetarian diet that people have used to cure cancer in their bodies. Take a look at this article found at http://www.choose-healthy-eating-for-life.com/hallelujah-diet.html#.Wb_SZLKGOM8 for more information.
  6. Find out about breakthroughs in cancer treatment. Check out this video at http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2017/july/new-hope-for-cancer-patients on the CBN.com website that says that “scientists at Rafael Pharmaceuticals believe their new drug, CPI-613, is a breakthrough for people suffering from some of the most devastating types of cancer, such as pancreatic, lymphoma and lung.”
  7. Use the Word of God as medicine. Go to my website at http://traceylmoore.com/store-2 and download my free Healing Scriptures E-book. As you read and meditate on the Word of God, you will be encouraged to stand in faith and believe God for your healing.

If you have cancer, know someone with cancer, or would like to prevent cancer from showing up in your own body, I pray that the things I have mentioned above will be of some help to you. I am not giving medical advice here. I simply want you to know what your alternatives are and encourage you to ask the Holy Ghost for direction when making decisions about your health. Please pass on the information to whomever you think will benefit. And remember, by Jesus’ stripes you are healed (Isaiah 53:5)!

Do you know anyone who has cancer or has anyone you know died of cancer? How has the ill of cancer impacted your life? Please leave a comment below.

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LET GOD BE YOUR DEFENDER

Armor walking on water

Lately, God has been heavily impressing upon me to allow Him to be my defender. After all, David did say to God in Psalm 5:11, “Let all those who put their trust in you rejoice. Let them ever shout for joy because you defend them.”  I don’t know about you, but for some reason, I tend to want to defend myself. When an “incident” happens, my first inclination is to say to myself, “If I don’t do it, it won’t get done.” But God has convicted me of my self-sufficiency and is now continuously bringing this issue to the forefront of my mind. He keeps  hammering me with the thought that I am to allow Him to defend me in situations when I’m falsely accused, verbally attacked, or offended and not take up my own cause. THAT is hard! I must admit I am struggling with this concept. However, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I fully intend to get the victory.

In Bible study we discussed the passage in Daniel 3 about the three Hebrew boys who refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image and, as a result, were thrown into a fiery furnace.  My Pastor used this passage to exemplify the principle that it’s important to prepare for situations before they arise.  If we want God to be our defense, we must prepare adequately before enemy rears his ugly head and do the following:

  1. Believe that God is the defender He says He is. The first step in having God come to your defense is to believe God will indeed defend you. In Jeremiah 51:36, God says, “I will defend your cause and avenge you.” In Daniel 3:11, the Hebrew boys replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.” They had confidence in God. They believed that He would defend and deliver them.
  2. Make a quality decision. The second step to having God come to your defense is to make the quality decision that you will no longer defend yourself. In verse 12 some astrologers told the king, “There are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” You see, those young men had made the decision that they would not bow down to the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had ordered them to worship long before they got to the furnace situation. In the same way you must decide beforehand to let God defend you and believe that He will come through because He is indeed faithful and trustworthy.
  3. Make a declaration. The third step in this process is to declare that you will not defend yourself. Prophesy out of your mouth what you want to happen. When the Hebrew boys went before the king for their disobedience, they told him, “We do not need to defend ourselves in this matter.” They made a declaration. In the same way, you need to say out loud, “Lord I abandon my own self-sufficiency, and from this point on I will allow you to defend me.” When Satan works through people, it’s time to declare, “I don’t have to defend myself, and I will not be provoked.” Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing, and it shall be established for you.” Therefore, with your words, you set the stage for the miraculous to happen.

Once you have adequately prepared, when you have situations arise where you will be tempted to defend yourself, the only thing left to do is to allow God to defend you. Once Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made their decision and declaration, they didn’t attempt to resist the soldiers that threw them into the flames. The soldiers were burned up when they turned the furnace up seven times hotter (v. 19) and threw the three amigos into the furnace.  God was fighting for them in that moment, and self-defense was unnecessary. Finally, once they were in the furnace, Jesus showed up and supernaturally “fireproofed” them. In the same way you have to allow God to defend you when the enemy works through people. If you keep defending yourself, How will you ever know Him as defender? Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord (Exodus 14:13)!

 

Have you ever had an experience where God Himself defended you? What happened? Please leave a comment below.

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HOW TO HANDLE FALSE ACCUSATION

Accusation by Ambro

Have you ever had to endure false accusation? Perhaps someone accused you of saying, thinking or doing something that was completely opposite of what you intended, and then “intense fellowship” followed. Or maybe someone spread a false, unkind rumor about you. If you have been falsely accused, you know that it can be frustrating and cause you to lose your peace (and perhaps your religion) if you’re not careful. However, if we maintain the right perspective, we can keep Satan from getting the victory.

First of all, to overcome false accusation, you must be aware of its origin: Satan. He is “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10).  Second, Ephesians 6:12 states, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Therefore, we understand that Satan is the one channeling through people to accuse us. Why? Because he knows that it’s a relationship killer. Furthermore, false accusation is a reputation killer. However, if you can maintain your righteousness, peace, and joy in spite of his onslaughts through people (especially those closest to us), then victory will be yours.

I began to ponder on how Jesus handled accusation. When you get in a situation where the spirit of accusation is going forth, ask yourself, WWJD? Or ”What Would Jesus Do?” On several occasions before He was crucified, He was accused falsely, and the Bible says, “Like a sheep led to the slaughter, he open not His mouth.” Therefore, when you are falsely accused, the best thing you can do is what Jesus did and keep silent.

You might lament, “But if I keep silent, I’ll get clobbered!” That’s exactly what the devil wants to deceive you into thinking. However, when you look at it from a spiritual perspective, there are several benefits to keeping silent when you are falsely accused:

  1. Silence is a demonstration of meekness. Dr. James Davis, Senior Pastor of Life Unlimited Empowerment Center states that “Meekness is demonstrated when you know you are right, and you let those who are wrong think what they want.” Be determined to develop the Christlike quality of meekness because the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).
  2. Silence employed when you want to lash out crucifies your flesh. Every time you encounter a situation where your flesh wants to rise up dominate your spirit, and you refuse to let that happen, that’s what I call a “flesh burner.” When you don’t give into the flesh, there is nothing left for it to do but die.
  3. Silence shows that you are submitting to Gods role as divine defender in your life. Deuteronomy 32:4 states, “The Lord is your defender.” Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgment shall be condemned.” You will never know God as defender if you are always defending yourself.
  4. Silence shows your level of spiritual maturity. Spiritually mature people are rooted and grounded in who they are in Christ. They understand that their sense of righteousness remains unaltered no matter what the devil throws at them. Refusing to defend yourself when you are falsely accused is a clear indication that you realize your righteousness is still intact regardless of what “they” say.

Therefore, when you are falsely accused, you must remember that God Is omniscient, He knows exactly what happened, and He can defend you better than you can defend yourself. Stop playing God by trying to come to your own defense. Hold your peace and let the Lord fight your battles (II Chronicles 20). Your best bet is to pray about it, let the Holy Spirit give them the revelation, and follow the Holy Spirit’s instructions to the letter. If what they say is not true, let them think whatever they want. They can’t stop God from blessing you anyway.

What are your thoughts about holding your peace when falsely accused? Please leave a comment below.

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AVOIDING SPIRITUAL DRY SPELLS

Dry Cracked Ground - Gualberto107

Have you ever felt spiritually dry? Maybe you have lost your appetite for the things of God. Perhaps you are feeling like there is distance between you and the Master. Do you long for the intimacy you formerly had with the Father? Do you feel as if your prayers are hitting the ceiling? You may be in a spiritual dry spell.

I don’t believe that we have to go through spiritual dry spells. Honestly, I feel that we play a big part in bringing them upon ourselves. Recently I heard Joyce Meyer say that God is an expert at playing “Hide and Seek” at times, and He does that so we will pursue Him more and come up to a higher level in our walk with Christ. So how do we know if God is playing “Hide and Seek” or we have a bad case of spiritual dehydration? To diagnose the problem, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

1. Have I been regularly feasting on the Word and forgoing a regular diet of spiritual junk food (e.g., CNN, Lifetime, movies with questionable themes, romance novels, etc.)?
2. When the Holy Spirit prompts me to take action and make right choices about what to do with my time, do I promptly obey (e.g., “Cut off the TV and spend time with Me.” “Fast and pray.” “Don’t listen to that song.” “Get up early and read the Word.” “Time to go to Bible Study.”)?                                                                             3. Do I have a regular quiet time with God and spend time in His presence silently waiting on Him and meditating on His Word?
4. When I feel my passion about the things of God wane, do I push past my feelings and continue to pursue God more?
5. Have I prayed and asked God directly to give me a hunger for Him and His Word?
6. Have I confessed and repented of all known sin in my life?
7. Am I totally depending on God, renouncing self-sufficiency, and trusting Him for what I need and want?
8. Have I forgiven everyone who has hurt or offended me (including myself or God)?

If you long for the intimacy between you and your heavenly Father that you have had in times past, but can honestly say “yes” to these questions, and the Holy Spirit is not convicting you about anything, then it’s safe to say God is playing “Hide and Seek.” He wants you to pursue Him more passionately in spite of whether you feel His presence or not. He is possibly attempting to stretch you spiritually, rid you of the tendency to depend on your feelings or yourself, and/or encourage you to walk by faith.

However, if you are feeling spiritually dry, and the above as a checklist has revealed some areas where you could come up a little higher, you can immediately take action. Once you identify the necessary remedy, you can make right choices and take steps needed to escape the spiritual wilderness. Then how sweet it will be when you regain your fervency for the things of God, experience the joy of His presence, and become saturated with the His Spirit once again.

Have you ever had a spiritual dry spell?  What did you learn while you were in the wilderness? Please leave a comment below. 

 

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DON’T LET COMPLAINING BE YOUR DEFAULT MODE

Stop Complaining with Light by Stuart Miles

We all know that life is not perfect, and when things don’t go our way and we encounter a hardship of some kind, it’s so natural to complain about it. In fact, complaining is the default mode for mankind. However, God is not pleased when we go into “default mode” and cater to our flesh through complaining about the circumstances in which we find ourselves. God sent His Holy Spirit so that we can have the power to refrain from complaining and refuse to give voice to the flesh. Therefore, if we want to give voice to the Spirit, we will express GRATITUDE.

In Numbers 11:1 we read the account of the Israelites complaining about what the Lord had provided for them:

And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

There are a few lessons we can take away from this passage:

  1. When we complain, the Lord HEARS us. “…The Lord heard it.” Isaiah 59:1 says, “The Lord’s ear is not heavy that He cannot hear.” God has good hearing. In fact, His hearing is so good He can hear complaining thoughts. Thoughts and spoken words are one and the same to God. He hears even if no one else does. For example, when your parent heard you grumble under your breath in disrespect, they would ask, “What did you say!?” You would quickly respond, “Nothing!” and it was over. You can’t do that with God. He hears everything.
  2. God gets angry when we complain. “And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord.” How do you feel when people complain about what you have provided for them? When you have given your best, and they are still not satisfied, doesn’t indignation set in? When they fail to appreciate what you have done, anger is the natural response. Therefore, we need to empathize with God more. Put yourself in His place when you are tempted to complain.
  3. There are consequences to complaining. “The fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.” Fire was a physical manifestation of God’s anger. God set that wildfire that swept through the camp. When you complain you open the door for the forces of Hell to set your life on fire. Complaining is a glorification of the enemy and what he is doing. Therefore, refuse to complain and engage in “devil worship.”

So you see, Child of God, when you want to complain, the Lord wants you to remember to submit praise and thanksgiving instead. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Conversely, the devil would say, “In everything complain: for this is the will of the enemy concerning you.” The consequences of following the lead of the enemy can be devastating.

God is always listening. He never sleeps or slumbers (Psalm 121:4). He feels unappreciated when you complain, especially when He always has your best interests at heart. Furthermore, complaining attracts the enemy to your life and sets you up for destruction. Therefore, if you want to repel the devil and attract the presence of God (Psalm 22:3), try praise and thanksgiving as your alternative. If you make them your “default mode,” when things go south, you can expect the situation to turn around much more quickly. As Joyce Meyer once said, “You can complain and remain, or praise and be raised.”

 

What has God taught you about complaining? What are your thoughts?  Please leave a comment below. 

 

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TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON GOD EQUALS FREEDOM FROM WORRY

Yellow Flowers in a Field

Jesus used the example of wildflowers to teach His disciples not to worry about provision. He said in Matthew 6:28-30, “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Apparently, God wants us to trust Him for everything we need.

Even Flowers Need God

Do you realize that wildflowers are totally dependent on our heavenly Father? They can’t do anything but wait for Him to send them what they need to make food for themselves through the photosynthesis process that takes place in their leaves. They are anchored into the ground. They can’t go and get food. They have to stand right there and allow the Lord to produce the necessary conditions.

For example, God has to send the rain at the right time to water the soil. He has to make sure that there is an adequate amount of sunshine. Father has to put the right nutrients in the soil needed to nourish them. Finally, He has to empower them to grow a root system that will allow the water and nutrients to be taken up and used to produce food within them. They are TOTALLY dependent on God.  Without God’s orchestration of the whole process, the flower will die!

God Desires the Abandonment of Self-Sufficiency

God wants you to be like a wildflower, and recognize your total dependence on Him.  He wants you to stop your attempts to be self-sufficient and look to him for all that you need.  If you are going through a trying time right now, perhaps God is taking you through a process that is designed to eliminate your tendency to attempt to provide for yourself. Maybe He is trying to strip you of a self-sufficient attitude. He longs to hear you to say, “God, I’m no better than a wildflower; I can’t do it myself. I NEED YOU.”

You Can Experience Freedom from Worry

Therefore, if you want peace or freedom from worry, purpose in your heart to be a “Son” flower and renounce self-sufficiency today. Declare unto God, “Lord, I am totally dependent on You for provision.” As Dr. Bill Winston stated, “God never meant for you to bear the weight of your own provision.” Thus, there is no need to keep trying to make your own way. Your job is to only do what the Holy Spirit directs you to do, then look unto the hills from whence cometh your help (Psalm 121:1), recognizing that your heavenly Father will make sure you have all that you need.

KEEPING KIDS IN THE KINGDOM

Father-Son by Anissa Thompson

Father’s day is upon us once again. Happy Father’s Day to all of you dad’s out there! If you know a good dad who has been a blessing to his children, make sure you show him some love this weekend. Dads are so important to their kids’ spiritual development, and they can definitely make the difference in whether children stay on a spiritual path or stray off the beaten path.

I recently went to a church function where the question was asked in an open forum, “Why do many young people grow up in a Christian home, leave the nest, and fall away from the faith?” It is true that plenty of kids raised in homes with Christian parents leave home and want nothing to do with God. But sometimes you can be the most loving, Christlike parent in the world, and your kid will still go AWOL when it comes to Christianity. Look at God, for example. He was the perfect parent and Adam and Eve still messed up.

At the forum, I was able to listen to the opinions of other brothers and sisters in Christ who have children. After pondering on what I heard and boiling down the information, I came to the conclusion that there are three things that parents must do if they want to keep their kids on the straight and narrow:

  1. Teach them how to apply the Word of God to everyday life. When youngsters are taught to apply the Word to everyday situations they face, they will see results. The Word of God will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). When they see that the Word works in their lives and the lives of their parents, kids will get the sense that God is real and will continue to grow in their faith. They will continue to serve Him and apply the Word to their lives even after they leave home and beyond.
  2. Represent God accurately through effective parenting. Parents are the physical representation of God in a child’s life. God the Father must be portrayed as the loving, merciful, non-judgmental friend and mentor that He is. In homes where judgement, condemnation, and conditional love abound, kids get an inaccurate view of Who God is. When God is not represented properly, there is no emotional intimacy in the relationship between children and parents, and that’s the root of rebellion. In fact, Josh McDowell said it best: “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.”
  3. Encourage them to develop a relationship with Christ. When children are taught that Christianity is about “joining the church,” getting baptized, keeping rules, singing in the Choir, and participating in Sunday School programs and the youth group instead of building a relationship with Jesus, when they leave home, they will be more likely to abandon their faith. Young people need to know how to have an effective quiet time with God each day where they pray, wait on the Lord, and read and meditate on the Word. They need to be taught Who the Holy Spirit is and how to hear and obey His voice. Thus, when kids have built a relationship with Jesus, when they leave home, as the scriptures say, they will be trained up in the way they should go, and when they are old they won’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

In summary, once children leave the home, they are subject to hearing many worldly trains of thought and ideas that are contrary to the Word of God. That is why they must be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Young people must be firmly rooted and grounded in the Word of God, having read it, applied it to their own lives and experienced its power at work. They must encounter accurate models of God in their homes or have godly mentors outside the home who will draw them to the heavenly Father. Finally, they must have a relationship with Jesus and know Him as Savior and Friend. When children are encouraged to develop spiritual disciplines, as opposed to blindly following rules and regulations with no emphasis placed on the development of a loving relationship, they will be more likely to stay connected to the Vine, Jesus Christ, and bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God.

What are your thoughts about why kids leave a Christian home and abandon their faith? Please leave a comment below. 

 

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