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America’s Authority Crisis

America is facing an authority crisis. Our nation as a whole is looking to self and to “love” as the most important things, however this thought process leads to destruction, hurt, and emptiness.

Listen to this episode on America’s Authority Crisis.

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When did parenting become oppressive? Part 2

Part 2 of when did parenting become oppressive focuses on the cognitive and faith development stages of children. Understanding the way a child develops through each stage helps us to understand why it is so dangerous and unhealthy for children to be making adult decisions.

Culture today is pumping our children full of societal lies and encouraging them to act on every feeling and desire they have. All while failing to explain consequences of their choices and why it is that they are not capable of making educated, healthy, adult decisions.

Furthermore, culture is also encouraging children to rebel against their parents and take a stand for ideologies they do not and can not fully understand, due to their minds not being fully developed. Encouraging our children to fight against their parents, while labeling us intolerable, hateful, and so on.

When did parenting become oppressive?

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Surviving or Thriving?

Are you living your life feeling like you are barely surviving or are you living a thriving life through a relationship with Jesus Christ?

We have to allow God to work in us just as much as we want Him to work through us in helping others. We cannot pour from an empty cup. A lack of spiritual guidance through God’s Word will often leave us feeling like we are barely surviving this crazy thing called life.

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The Power and Fruit of Our Words

Listen to today’s podcast on FaithAnchored Speaks. Where I talk about the power and fruit of our words and how what we think and speak are connected.

This episode covers the reading of Matthew 12:33-37 and talks about the power and fruit of the words we speak.

I also read Chapter 3 from my debut book Change Your Focus Change Your Future: Positive and Negative Mindsets which talks about the connection between what we think and what we speak.

..For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (vs.34)

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God’s Love vs Human (Worldly) Love

Many over the years have confused what love really is. The truth is there are many different types of love. God’s Love and Love for God and the way humans love and the world teaches us what love is are what we are going to explore in this article. If a person doesn’t understand the type of love being referred to from the one speaking, it could easily cause confusion or unintentional misleading. Meaning when a person whom does NOT know God and what His love really is they could confuse a message about God and His character by comparing His love to the way we as humans love.

The only way to truly know the difference between the two is to experience it for yourself. I encourage each person to explore God’s love and meaning on their own by researching and studying the Bible (God’s Word).

There are MAJOR differences between human love and God’s love and those differences if not understood could be used as a weapon by Satan to keep an individual from knowing God and seeking a relationship with Him. Using the misconceptions, as weapons, to lie to you about your self-worth, God’s character, what your purpose is— the list goes on.

God’s Love

Agape- the highest form of love which is the love of God for man and man for God. God is love, see 1 John 4:8.

God’s love is unconditional God is not mad at you! God’s love will never change for you! You can not earn God’s love as His love is not based on merit, we can never be “good” enough for God’s love and mercy. We love because God first loved us. 1 John 4:19

God’s love is Sacrificial– The bridge between us as sinners and God has been made by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. God loves us so much He sent HIS ONLY SON to die for our sins so we may be saved from an eternity in Hell! WoW!! I mean really think about that would you send your child or even you yourself to be tortured, beaten, and killed on the cross for someone, perhaps this person even denies your existence? This is God’s love He loves us even when we do not choose Him.. John 3:16 Romans 5:8 God’s love is about what He gives and Who He is.. NOT about what you do.

God’s love is forgiving, merciful, and endures all things– Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Love has no fear and endures forever. Love does not keep a record of wrongs. Romans 8:38-39

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Human love

According to Wikipedia Love encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states, from the most sublime virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection and to the simplest pleasure. An example of this range of meanings is that the love of a mother differs from the love of a spouse, which differs from the love of food. Most commonly, love refers to a feeling of strong attraction and emotional attachment.

When it comes to Human love it is often based on feelings and merit. What someone or something does that makes you feel happy, smitten, and other positive feelings.

Human love is often looked at as “disposable” in todays society. When a marriage gets tough people tend to divorce, when our favorite shoes wear out we throw them away, when something is broke we simply replace it with something new. This is the exact opposite of Gods Unconditional love for us.

Human love can be “tarnished” by inconsistency, lies, betrayal, and intentional or even unintentional hurt. We have a hard time forgiving those whom have hurt us or have done us wrong in some way, which in turn can cause friction and change in the relationship. God’s Love is quick to forgive and as you seen earlier, keeps no record of wrongs, so when we mess up–because we will– we need to repent and ask God for his mercy and forgiveness, this keeps our relationship with God strong and unchanging. When we mess up God already knows and is there waiting and ready to forgive and move on, our only requirements is to ask and receive His forgiveness.

This message is close to my heart because I was once trapped in the misconception of Gods love vs Human love. Chained and bound by the lies from Satan leading me to think I am not worthy of God’s love or any love for that matter. I came to this conclusion on my own by comparing the pastor’s message that God loves me to the words spoken from those in my life whom have hurt me deeply, yet claimed to love me.

It took years for me to come to the realization that God is NOT mad at me because of my past or even current mistakes. I use to think God was punishing me when the trials in life would come and even use to think what have I done so wrong…? I have also felt like I had “let God down” when I messed up, like seriously, God is going to eventually give up on me– just like everyone else. (another lie from Satan)

This just is not true God is patient, slow to anger and quick to forgive. God loves each and every one of us unconditionally, without change, even when we do not feel it or when we make mistakes. Nothing can separate us from His love.

I desperately want people in the world to see they are NEVER alone and no matter what humans do to you God is bigger and God is near, you just have to call on Him. People in the world will let you down –it’s human nature. BUT GOD will never fail! People in the world may lie to you, BUT GOD is a God of His word, He can not lie. People in the world may hurt you, abandon you, disappoint you; BUT GOD is near to the broken hearted and desires for you to live a happy, fulfilling life.

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Spreading Love

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In my post Love Defined I explained how the word love is perceived one way in society– an emotion or attachment and another in God’s eyes–an attitude or behavior. Further I explained that God is the creator of the concept of love and without God love simply doesn’t exist.

We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Society has become extremely hateful and negative as a whole. God created us and instructed us to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) The intolerance, discrimination, and anger/bitterness that people hold against one another is out of control. It has got to the point for some, that those who are different or think differently than oneself is immediate grounds for hatefulness, slander, and down right bigotry.

God never intended for our world to be full of so much hatred– however by choices made by each person in society– here we are in 2021– God is not allowed to be talked about in school, prayer is frowned upon– yet sex, violence, and other sinful nature runs ramped and no one blinks an eye. I think this year needs to be the year we choose change–choose to spread love–healthy, Godly, unconditional love. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:8 that love covers a multitude of sin.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

We are called to walk in love, to share the love of Christ with others, and to be the example of Christ’s love to the world. You have everything you need to walk in love. You already have compassion, empathy, patience to love– you only have to accept Jesus and access it through the Holy Spirit. Love is believing the best in people and not the worst.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

I want to be clear that when I refer to society being hateful and negative as a whole–this INCLUDES many self proclaimed Christians. In fact if I am being honest–I have had some experiences where the Christian folk was far more rude, hateful, and unpleasant than the unsaved folk who had never heard about the love of Jesus.

This is disheartening and exactly why Christians get a bad stigma. When people see someone whom is claiming to be a Christian and love God acting in such a way– it detours the lost– why would they want to live for Jesus and act like that? We have to be very careful and be sure that if we are talking the talk– we need to be walking the walk. This doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t mess up because you will– we aren’t perfect. Being aware of your talk and actions during your day to day interactions will help you recognize when your fleshly emotions are starting to take over.

In the Bible God gives us instruction on how to behave like a Christian.

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor (Hate) what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

God wants us to love like He loves– not like the world loves. God designed the concept of love and wants us to understand how perfect His love is. When we spread love in the way God tells us too– It pleases Him. God even went as far to say in Matthew 25:33-40 that when you help others you are helping Him. I have often heard people say why doesn’t God stop all the terrible things in the world or why does He allow people to go hungry and without a home. I usually respond with something along the lines of “God created us and called us to do His work– often times we see these things because God is calling one of His children to help those in the world around them and unfortunately we don’t always make the move when we are called into action.” One person alone can’t fix all the “problems” in the world today BUT if we all did our part and acted when called upon to help and show love like Jesus–society as a whole would be much, much better.

Matthew 25:33-40

33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

5 ways to spread love everywhere you go

Smile at people
Hold the door open for someone
Compliment a stranger
Pay it forward (buy someone a meal, coffee, etc.)
Leave positive post-it notes in public places

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for another day to serve and spread Your love! Thank you for the direction and instruction on what love is and how we are called to spread Your love everywhere we go. Father, I confess at times I get wrapped up in the stress and things happening in the world and quickly forget to spread Your love instead of joining the world in spreading division and hate. I pray that You would remind us of Your love and the examples You have given us through the Bible. Lord, help us to be great and loving servants, help us to spread Your love to all those we come in contact with. Touch our hearts and lead us each day to those You have sent for us to share Your love and truth with. It is in Jesus name I pray.

Amen


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5 Reasons God Might Make Us Wait

Waiting helps us learn to trust in God alone and then builds on that trust. Waiting teaches us that God’s purpose, plan, and will– will ALWAYS prevail– if we put our trust in Him. God is a faithful and patient Father. The Bible tell us we are made in His image and we are slowly transforming to be more and more like Him.

Waiting builds up our patience, our obedience, our endurance and teaches us how to quiet our minds from worry and keep our focus on our faith in God. In a season of waiting, we learn more about God himself, thus helping us to grow into the person He was created and called us to be.

5 Reasons God Might Make Us Wait

  1. To reveal our true motives, to ourselves.
  2. To build patience in our lives.
  3. To build anticipation.
  4. To transform our character.
  5. To build our intimacy and dependency on God.

We all have season’s of waiting in our life. Some of these seasons may be short– others may be longer. One of my longest seasons of waiting, lasted about four years before I could finally see what God was doing.

The key to waiting is how we wait.

Just as with all decisions in life, there are two choices. You can wait in anger, bitterness, discouragement, and fear– or you can wait with eager anticipation for God to fulfill His promises.

Waiting can make us better or bitter. What will you choose?

The ability to wait on God, comes from knowing His promises and being confident in Him. Focusing on God– who He is– and what He is doing helps us to stay positive and grow through the waiting season.

We have to keep the balance between positive and negative while we are waiting. Know God’s character, His principles, His promises, and most importantly His power. Be confident in His wisdom, love, mercy, timing and will.

God promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He is on our side and will turn what the enemy meant to harm you into good.

When we wait, we have to learn to seek the Lord.

Ultimately, waiting is claiming God’s promises by faith and resting in what God is doing– even when we can not see it.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for Your promises and for being a trustworthy Father. Lord, I am thankful that You are working on my behalf, even when I do not see it. God, I pray that You touch the life of each person who reads this message. Open their hearts and minds to Your Word, the truth in which will set them free from fear and worry.

Lord, I pray that You would surround each person with Your love and protection. Calm their spirits and give them clarity. Help them to remember Your promises and stand upon Your Word when the trials of life coming roaring in.

Lord, I pray You would renew their strength each day as they fight the fears that come with waiting. I pray that they would seek You and put their trust in You, over every situation in life.

Thank you Lord for the many blessings You give us each and every day. I declare in Jesus name that all worry bondage is broken today! I declare no weapon formed against you shall prosper. I declare God’s promises over Your life, in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Just Be Held

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, I felt it would be a great time to talk about loneliness and inadequacy. God reminds His people that in their times of loneliness- they should not fear or worry.

Why? Because God is near to the broken hearted and He is with each of us every step of the way, ‘holding us up in His righteous right hand’.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Loneliness is something that everyone experiences at some time or another. However, extreme cases can lead to being fearful- causing us to take our eyes off of God. When we are going through periods of loneliness we must remember what God tells us in His word, ‘I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you.’ (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)

Those that are feeling lonely need to remember that God is our friend- our comforter, and our peace. We are never truly alone- Jesus is always with us. Loneliness, inadequacy, fear, and worry can all be helped through the Holy Spirit. (John 14:26 NKJV)

It is hard to keep our eyes focused on Jesus when we feel like He is not listening, but we must remember that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) and God has our best interest at heart.

So when it seems like your world is falling apart- just allow God to hold you- you are not falling apart- you are falling into place. We need to release the control we are trying to keep over our life and our feelings and hand each over to God.

Allow God to just ‘hold you’ while you are struggling. Let Him do the work while you focus on trusting in Him and holding on to His promises.

Check out this Christian song- it has helped me a lot through times of struggle- when wondering ‘God where are you?!’

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for always being near to us- for never leaving us nor forsaking us. Thank you for Your promises of helping us in our weakest moments. Lord I pray that each person who reads this would feel your love, comfort, and peace. Touch their hearts- open their eyes and ears- to see You. Lord, I pray that anyone who is feeling lonely and fearful that You would be near to them- lift them up Lord. I pray that any feelings of loneliness, fear, worry, or uncertainty be removed- Lord our trust and faith is in You. Protect us, help us, and lift each of us up in the mighty name of Jesus.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Got to have faith

To have faith means more than just believing in something. Faith is defined in Hebrews as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. Faith usually starts out certain. When people believe that God will fulfill His promises to us- they are showing true faith. True faith believes even when you can not see any evidence, despite trusting in God and His character.

True faith is believing in God’s promises and that His works are always good for those who love Him.

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:29 NKJV

When people have faith in God, they know without a doubt that He will always keep His promises, He will always protect them, and He will never leave them.

Each day people of faith have to make choices in this world- usually doing so based on their unseen reality of their eternity in heaven.

People of faith preserver- despite pain, hardship, and persecution, because they know that God is with them through it all.

People claim to believe in God all the time- but do they really know who He is?

To know God intimately- faith is required. There must be a willingness to believe through the unseen that God exists and that His rewards are certain.

When having faith people discover how to unlock the power of having full trust in God and relying solely on Him. The power of salvation- through a personal relationship with Him.

Do you ‘believe in God’ or do you know God through a personal relationship with Him?

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I want to thank you for this beautiful day and for Your message on faith. Lord, I confess sometimes it is easy to lose sight of my faith because of the burdensome and painful circumstances that can arise on any given day. Lord I pray that my faith would be increased, that we would keep our eyes on You and Your promises. Remind us Lord that seeing is not believing but believing is seeing. I pray each person would want to come to know You and learn about Your unfailing love and promises kept. I pray that You would increase thee faith of each person reading this in the mighty name of Jesus I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo-Compromising Peace

Are you a people pleaser? Do you often put your own wants, beliefs, and needs to the side to keep peace among friends, family, or co-workers? Maybe you feel your worth comes from what others think, say, or feel about you. Who do you live your life striving to please- God or others?

I am a people pleaser. I know this is not what God has called me to be and I am working hard on learning to stand up for myself and God.

For many years I was living my life under the control of my father. Day after day I willfully gave him all the power over my life. Allowing him to control every decision I made- from when I do yard work to how I raised my child.

It was totally unhealthy!

The worst part was it went on for many years and I didn’t even realize it was happening. I was 30 years old when God showed me CLEARLY what He was doing in my life.

I was going through a period of trials and heartache lasting about four years that finally ended when I became FULLY obedient to God. When crying out to Him about the situations going on at the time God asked me, “Are you going to serve Gary your earthly father, or Me, God THE father? You can’t do both!”

I wept. I knew EXACTLY what God was saying to me.

There were countless times that I did the opposite of what God was telling me to do to please my father and avoid any verbal abuse, physical abuse, or confrontation of any kind.

I longed for my father to be loving, positively involved, and simply proud of who I was- not who he wanted me to be.

The mentioning of God would make his skin crawl. Unfortunately, my father had many demons that he carried throughout his life starting in his own childhood. This made it very difficult when trying to serve God- yet please him.

God wants us to be fully obedient to Him- He doesn’t want sacrifice’s or partial obedience- He wants us ALL IN. I would pray and ask for direction and wisdom- God would show me something and tell me to take action- then I would try to compromise with Him to be obedient yet not upset anyone else.

We can NOT only do a small part of what God tells us to do. When we know He is leading us we have to be bold in Him. Stepping out and standing up in love and not compromising our own morals or relationship with God so others won’t be upset.

Living in a compromised peace is not what God wants for us. We are not to me conformed to this world but TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind through Jesus.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

The world is becoming harder and harder to be a Christian in but we need to be sure we are making our own decisions and not allowing others to influence them. The Bible tells us to stand FIRM on His word and put on the whole armor of God. Our only responsibility is do what God wants us to do.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV

When we spend time studying God’s word and seeking Him- He lights a fire within our heart that can not be put out. You should know however, when you are on fire for God, people in the world will reject you- BUT He has overcome the world and we should not fear.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

We are not created to blend in with the world. In fact, it is quite the opposite- we are created to standout- to be bold and courageous- and to lean NOT on our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

God promises if we stand firm in our faith-seek Him above all else- and love with all our heart, mind, and soul- than we will have a peace that surpasses all understanding.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

God is with you wherever you go! We do not have to live a life in compromised peace. It is time to stand-up, stand-out, and stand-frim on the truth.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NKJV

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this beautiful day and for offering us peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, the world can be such a sinful and misleading representation of You and our destiny, help us to have discernment and knowledge. Let us not lean on our own understanding but trust in You with all our hearts. It is election day Lord, and the stress and tension is very tight. I pray each person would be lead by Your Holy Spirit and remember regardless of the outcome, You are still in control.

Lord I pray that each of us would have the courage to stand strong on Your word and stand up for what is right and true in You. Lord, help us to remember that we are all children of God and You want the world to choose love over hate- peace over strife, and truth over deceit.

Guide our steps and show us the way as we move forward through the election process. I pray Your will be done and the hearts of people all over the world would be open to see You.

Lord I pray for both candidates that each would hold themselves with grace and dignity. That you would protect each of them and their families. Lord I pray people would find love in their hearts and choose to support and uplift regardless of the outcome. I pray for the safety of America, guidance moving forward, and that love would fill the hearts of Your people all across the world. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen