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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

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY HANDLE INSULTS

Girls Staring each other down - Stuart Miles

 

The other day, I decided to read the account of the battle between David and Goliath in I Samuel 17 once again. I love stories about people overcoming great odds! As I read the passage, it dawned on me that David was insulted three times! Each incident was probably within minutes of each other, but he did not let his emotions get stirred up. Amazingly, he still had the presence of mind to face Goliath and defeat his archenemy. I wanted to know how he did that, and when I examined the passage further, this is what I found:

He Ignored Negative People

When David showed up at the battle, his brother, Eliab, questioned his integrity. He asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle” (v. 28). David refused to take the bait and get off track and defend himself. What did he do? He turned away and ignored him. He probably realized that his brother’s emotions were still raw from being rejected as king and having to watch his little squirt of a brother be anointed. Therefore, he chose to ignore him and shifted his focus to others who gave him respect.

He Rehearsed Past Victories

King Saul hurled the second insult. When David told Saul he would fight Goliath, the king said, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth” (v. 33). However, that put-down did not phase David. He shifted his focus from Saul’s comment to a focus on his track record of killing a lion and a bear. He argued against the insult that he knew to be untrue. In other words, he rehearsed his past victories. When the enemy tries to discourage you and tell you that you are incompetent, don’t focus on what one person says, focus on what you know to be true, and all the other experiences you have had that will fuel your faith and confidence.

He Remembered Who He Was and to Whom He Belonged

 Finally, Goliath, the giant, insulted Him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?”…“Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals” (vv. 43-44)! He threatened David with bodily harm. Again, David shifted his focus, this time to God and Who He was in his life.  He told Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the  Lord  Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (v. 45). When people insult you, you have to remember who you are and also Whose you are. When you know who you are in Christ and to Whom you belong, you know that whatever people say to you cannot diminish your worth and value. Your righteousness cannot be altered by what mere mortals say or do. So the next time you are insulted, let the Lord defend you and remember who you are in Christ.

As you can see, the key to dealing with insults initiated by the enemy is to shift your focus. Shift your focus to others who love and respect you. Shift your focus from what one individual says and refuse to lose sight of what others say about you or what experiences you have gained to refute the lies of the enemy. Shift your focus to God, remember what He has said about you, and let Him defend you. When you shift your focus, like King David, you will be able to stay on track, avoid distractions, keep your emotions in check, and accomplish what God sent you here to do.

How do you effectively handle insults? Please leave a comment below.

 

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FORGIVE YOURSELF, AND MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PAST!

If you have trouble forgiving yourself sometimes, I’d like to share a poem with you that I wrote called, “Make Peace with Your Past.” This is so important because God can not use you if shame has you bound. So take yourself off of the cross. Jesus paid your penalty. Forgive yourself and make peace with your past!

MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PAST
© 2016 by Tracey L. Moore

The past is over; the dark moment is gone,
Remember the lesson, forget the past and move on.
There’s no condemnation to those hid in Christ,
Even if you have made a mess of your life.
Satan is the accuser, for that is his job,
His goal is to deceive you and fully rob
You of the good life that God has planned for you,
Don’t let him defeat you; his words are untrue.
He’s the father of lies, and he means you no good,
Receive God’s grace like a child of God should,
Pick yourself up and dust yourself off,
Embrace what Jesus has done on the cross.

You’ve got to move forward, refuse to look back,
Hold on to God’s love and keep firmly on track.
Know that you are steeped in His righteousness,
In spite of what happened, He says you are blessed.
Stop looking in the rearview mirror of life,
Look through the windshield; Jesus paid the price,
So drive forward into your God-given destiny,
It’s time to move on; it’s time to be free.

For God has forgiven you, He’s faithful and just,
All you have to do is just put your trust
In God, and hold tightly to His unchanging hand,
And courageously move towards the Promised Land.
It’s time to forgive yourself; God’s done so already,
Keep your eyes on the prize and prepare to hold steady.

Make peace with your past; make peace with yourself,
Don’t you dare allow Satan to put you on the shelf!
You’ve got gifts and talents! God wants to use you!
With everything in you, His Kingdom pursue,
But God cannot use you bound up by shame,
You must shake off the chains in Jesus’ name!

Don’t worry about what the haters may say,
Just expect God to make a way out of no way,
For people are quick to throw dirt in your face,
Don’t let it distract you, keep running your race.
When God’s ready to use you, your past doesn’t matter,
Ignore people’s thoughts and their negative chatter,
God will use the foolish things to confound the wise,
Those who finish the race shall indeed get the prize.

So keep pressing forward towards the mark
Of the high calling in Christ, don’t stay in the dark,
Or allow the forces of evil to keep you bound,
Every stronghold of Satan, you’ve got to pull down.
It’s time to move on, let yourself off the hook,
Don’t even give your past a second look.
Though you had a setback, you’ll make up for lost time,
For the grace and mercy of God is so sublime.
Yes, the last shall be first and the first shall be last,
So lay down the guilt and make peace with your past.

 

If you can identify with the poem, share your thoughts with me and leave a comment below.

 

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A NOVEL PERSPECTIVE ON THE COLIN KAEPERNICK PROTEST DEBATE

Mike_Huckabee

Last night I watched the second episode of “Huckabee,” a new Christian variety show on TBN featuring former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee. The show opened with a monologue in which he discusses his views on Colin Kaepernick’s protesting police mistreatment of African Americans at NFL football games by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Huckabee spoke of the repercussions of the protests such as loss of income for the NFL due to fans boycotting the game, etc. I personally was not aware all of that was happening as a result of the protest. Therefore, I kept listening to see what other interesting things he had to say.

colin_kaepernickAs I listened to the Governor’s remarks, I was surprised when he revealed a perspective on this issue that I had not thought of before. He stated that the fact that Mr. Kaepernick was protesting was not a problem. That is the way the constitution is set up. We have freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest. The problem that Huckabee had was that the protest was being done at a place of work.

Football players are getting paid millions of dollars to do what they do on the field. The stadium is their place of WORK. Therefore, they do not have the right to protest at WORK when they are under contract. Also, I believe I heard the Governor say that they agreed in their contract to respect the flag and the National Anthem.

For example, I work at the Christian Broadcasting Network. My employer has certain expectations and standards regarding behavior in the workplace. What if I decided to stage a protest at work in the middle of my workday? Or wear an inflammatory, distracting T-shirt to make a point? Do they not have the right to expect me to refrain from protesting at their place of business where they make the rules? After all, they do pay my salary.

Even in the civil rights days when those who fought for freedom from oppression and the abolition of Jim Crow Laws protested, they didn’t do it while on their employer’s time clock. Rosa Parks staged a protest on a bus, not on her job. Protestors sat in at lunch counters, but not while they were at work. Thousands of people marched on Washington, but they were not protesting on their employer’s dime or at the employer’s workplace. Do NOT get me wrong. Where would African Americans be if protests would not have been staged? If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not organized peaceful protests? Yes, protests are necessary to facilitate change, but not in the workplace where you are getting paid millions of dollars to do what you do.

The fact that there are inordinate numbers of Black men being unnecessarily shot by police is worthy of protest.  First, let me say that I believe that the majority of policemen are good public servants. Unfortunately, there are a few in the bunch that ARE bad, and that puts police officers in general in a bad light. Even though there are some bad apples, WE STILL NEED THE POLICE. What if there were no police?? This society would be in total chaos! However, good cops need to be celebrated, and bad cops need to be identified and eliminated because their bias impedes their ability to do their job effectively.

I recently ran across a YouTube video where President Barack Obama was asked what he thought about Mr. Kaepernicks protest in the form of kneeling during the National Anthem. In that video, the president presents both sides of the argument. He points out that it’s understandable that the family members of those who have sacrificed their lives defending this country would be hurt and upset when someone chooses to not stand for the National Anthem. However, those family members should also understand that family members of African American men who have been unnecessarily killed by policemen without justice being served are also hurting.

What I took away from that video is that each side needs to acknowledge and understand one another’s pain and then work together to effect change that will alleviate each other’s pain. It is foolish to let our pain blind us as well as divide us. This is truly something to think about. The point is that both sides need to be heard and understood. The common ground is that there is pain that needs to be expressed and taken into consideration, and again, we desperately need to work together to bring about change where necessary.

Governor Huckabee says that one of the ways NFL players can effect change is to run for public office. Since they have notoriety, huge platforms, and a lot of money, they could easily run for a government office and probably win. That way they can use their influence to change things from the inside. However, if NFL players want to stage a protest, they should consider doing it on their own time, outside of the stadium where they work, are getting paid, and are under contract.

Biblically speaking, we should do our job as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). To protest at a job site and not adhere to the agreements in a signed contract is not operating in the spirit of that verse. Therefore, I support Mr. Kaepernick in his right to protest. I support the reason for his protest. However, I can’t support his choice to protest in the workplace.

How do you feel about this matter pertaining to protest in the NFL? Please leave a comment below.

YOU CAN REMEMBER NAMES!

Remember Post It Note

Have you ever run into someone you have met before, and for the life of you, you cannot remember the person’s name? I know I have, and I hate when that happens. When people remember your name, don’t you feel flattered, important, and valued? Dale Carnegie felt it was important to include this principle in his human relations training course: “Remember that a person’s name, to that person, is the sweetest,most important sound in any language.”

I always want to be a person who encourages and edifies people. One of the best ways to do that is to remember a person’s name, and I really do want to get better at that. It’s not good enough to say, “I am bad with names.” What better way to make a person feel good than to remember his or her name?  Therefore, I have come up with an acronym, P.R.A.I.S.E., that may help you remember the names of people you encounter on a daily basis:

P is for Pray.  If you really want to remember names, start out by asking God to help you. James 4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.” Furthermore, John 14:26 says the Holy Spirit will bring all things to your remembrance.

R is for Repeat. Make sure you repeat the name of the person when they introduce themselves, and use the name in the conversation that follows as much as possible. This is especially true when a person has a complicated or unusual name. Repetition will help you to further cement the name into your brain.

A is for Associate. Try to associate the person’s name with someone you know or a famous person with the same name. For instance, I met a young lady named Maleah today. So I associated her with Malia Obama.  If the person’s name is Kim, and you have a sister named Kim, you can say to the individual, “My sister’s name is Kim,” and that will help to anchor the information into your mind.

I is for Imagine. Try to vividly imagine a scenario in your head that is associated with the name. For example, if the person’s last name is Rose, imagine yourself beating them with a dozen roses. If the last name is Gatewood, imagine the person tripping and falling over a short fence with a gate and falling on a pile of wood. For the association example, I could imagine the person I met wrestling with Malia Obama. Make your imaginations as graphic and vivid as possible.

S is for Spell. Ask the person to spell his or her name, and then you spell it aloud. This will help to improve your memory, especially if the name is unusual or complex.

E is for Examine. Examine the person for any unusual features they may possess. Choose something about them that is unique and stands out. For example, if the person’s hair is totally white, focus on that as you attempt to commit their name to memory. Focusing on the person’s unique attributes will help to trigger your memory of having met the person before when you see him or her the next time.

I am challenging you (and myself) to make an effort to remember the names of those you meet. Not only will it make people feel important, but it’s good to exercise your brain to keep your memory sharp for the future. Also, don’t keep saying, “I’m not good at names.” That just compounds the problem because Jesus said you will have exactly what you say (Mark 11:23). However, if you use the techniques above, you will be better able to remember names, you can improve your memory overall, and you can make others feel good about themselves all at the same time. I dare you to give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Do you have a method of remembering names that works for you? Please share by leaving a comment below. 

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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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