Striving for Excellence

The song for the week is “A Living Sacrifice” by Christian Worship

Growing up in a large family, I didn’t have many opportunities that most were “blessed” to have. I worked hard to have the things I didn’t have as a child and yes, I’ve spent my entire life striving for things I didn’t want because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. You see, I figured I had something to prove, but to who or whom? Striving for the biggest house, the best car, the highest level of education, popularity, etc. may provide temporary achievement, but can be very lonely without family.

But here and now, I’ve realized that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore. Most of all, I don’t have to prove anything to myself. I am good enough and perfect the way I am.

His Word says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 #strivingforGodsexcellence

-Divine Diva

Perfect Peace

Perfect Peace – Earnest Pugh

Sometime in my life, my disappointments outweighed my trust for what could have been. It took at least one special person outside of my immediate family to show me that not everyone is out to harm me. Thus as I’ve gotten older (and wiser), some friends became acquaintances and some acquaintances are no more. These days, I stay close with a tight group of people I admire and aspire to be like in some way. We all have some kind of positive influence in our lives that gives us the boost to take on the world. That was my prayer years ago and I pray He keeps opening my eyes to many more.

The Word says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 #trustinginHimalways

– Divine Diva

No Greater Love

The song for the week is “No Greater Love” by the Georgia Mass Choir

February 14th, Valentines Day, is the day when we celebrate love. It’s not uncommon to have marriage proposals, confessions of love, and it’s when couples say “I love you” and shower one another with expensive gifts. Some couples even show one another that love outweighs any difficulties they may have in their marriage. 🙂

Considering all of that, you still have to remember who gave the best gift of all and showed more love than anyone else in the world. The Word says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 and “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 #nogreaterlovethantruelove

– Divine Diva

Bind It

The song for this week is It Shall Be Done by T.D. Jakes.

I am always asking for a deeper knowledge of the word of God. We are to constantly seek for understanding or we will fall by the wayside. In so doing, I allow God to tell me who I am, not let others say who they think I am. Negativity is all around us and it’s the devil’s job to tear us down and make us feel like we are not worthy of love, friends and compassion. Bind that foolish talk in Jesus’ name.

As children of God, we believe that whatever we say is bound or loosed here on earth as well as heaven. The person you used to be is not who you are now. Your past in darkness no longer exists but your future is now in the light.

Matthew 18:18 states

Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

No Condemnation

The song for the week is by Anthony Evans – No Condemnation.

I thank the Lord that he does not condemn me for the things from yesterday. His grace in our lives is amazing. Can you imagine someone taking your faults from as far back as childhood and constantly saying that you’re that same person?

God has given us the freedom to be who we are as children of God. We can be anything, like the actor, the singer, the doctor, and even the lawyer. Our past no longer defines us in his eyes as long as he gets the glory. Who I was then is not who I am now.

The word clearly states in Romans 8:1-4 that,

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The Armor

The song for this week is Put on the Armor of God by Shirley Caesar.

It seems like I spend a lot of time alone or away from what would seem normal to others. My “normal” is spending time with the One who gives me life versus finding it by trying to fit in. Peer pressure has not been one of my weaknesses as I have realized everyone is not allowed to be in your circle. That includes some members of your family.

I have realized over the years that the Spirit of God does not react well with the spirit of darkness and could be why some people may not like me. Yes, we all want to be accepted, BUT GOD protects me from the things I can see and from things I cannot. His spiritual guidance has led me on a path that allows me to sleep without medication, and on most days, arise without an alarm.

Peace like that can only be found in the Father. He has given us the tools to fight the enemies we see, and I have put Him in front of me to fight the ones I cannot. For all I know, there may be a battle for my life that I’m unaware of, and I want to keep it that way. Praise God hallelujah.

To stand and fight the enemy, the word of God states in Ephesians 6:13 – 17

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Hem

 

 

The song for this week is Touch the Hem of His Garment by Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers.

My prayers for family and friends usually consist of health and strength.  I pray that ailments that affect their bodies will be only minor and nothing major will put them under heavy medication.

A woman in the bible went years with a medical issue that left her desperate; she had tried several doctors and even holistic medicine to cure it.  This woman, weak and desperate, heard Jesus was coming through the city. Her faith was so strong to believe that if she could just touch the hem of his clothes she would be healed.

Wow! Is our faith that strong?  Are we believing God for something?  Are trusting Him for that spouse, house, car, or financial freedom? Let’s be like the woman and simply believe that Jesus can heal when the doctors cannot.

In Matthew 9:20-22 it states

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.