Flashback Friday: Naughty Girls In The Word – Orpah

Ladies enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted on March 25, 2013.

In honor of Women’s History Month, ladies enjoy this  ”bad girl” series as we share our personal connections with women in the Bible who are notorious for being bad.

Notorious to Noteworthy!

But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”

At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. (Ruth 1:11-14 NIV)

Many are familiar with the story of Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah. In case you don’t know about these women, all three lost their husbands while living in Moab, Ruth and Orpah’s hometown. Upon their husband’s death, Naomi decided to return to her native land of Bethlehem; her daughters-in-law chose to follow her.  That is until somewhere down the road when Naomi urged them to return back to Moab. It was then that Orpah kissed and dismissed while Ruth chose to continue on the journey. The story goes on to tell of Ruth’s favor in Bethlehem and how she met an exceptional man named Boaz and ultimately contributed to the lineage of Jesus. In essence, she literally birthed royalty. For this reason, most celebrate Ruth for her faithfulness and commitment to Naomi. We find that Orpah is notorious while Ruth is noteworthy. (Her story being so noteworthy, that an entire book of the Bible was named in her honor)  A noble woman she was indeed, who was richly blessed because of her sacrifice, but what about Orpah?

I was guilty of praising Ruth for her choices and completely dismissing Orpah’s actions as unfaithful and detestable until I realized just how much we really have in common! I thought about the journey back to Bethlehem and why Orpah could have possibly abandoned her mother and sister-in-law. Then it clicked—the very reasons I have abandoned various journeys I’ve been on. I started off well with good intentions, but eventually kissed them goodbye. Let’s consider some of the things that were likely going through Orpah’s head, prompting her to turn back:

“It’s just easier to go back to what I know.” – As Orpah walked the road with Naomi and Ruth, she was probably thinking about what she was leaving behind. So once the opportunity arose to go back, she returned to what she knew. Why? Because it’s always easier and comfortable in the place that you’ve always known. As an aspiring business mogul, I have walked away from “safe” jobs to pursue my passions a couple of times. I started on my journey, but turned back and returned to the safe place simply because it was easier. However, those turnarounds didn’t get me any closer to my destiny.

“This is going to be a long journey! – The distance between Moab and Bethlehem is between 35-60 miles, depending on the route taken. This would translate to a 7-10 day trip by foot. Couple that with the rugged terrain and the fact that they had to cross the Jordan River and climb nearly 2,000 feet in elevation to reach Bethlehem, it’s no wonder she turned back!

It’s just not worth it; there’s nothing there for me anyway.” – Naomi even told her daughters-in-law that there was no use in going on any further since she had no sons for them to marry. I am pretty sure this heavily influenced Orpah’s decision to return home. Her logic could’ve been that she’d rather be lonely and manless at home among her own people, than in a foreign land where she was unfamiliar with many. Ruth’s success and happily ever after proved that Orpah’s thinking was flawed. After hearing about her sister-in-law’s nuptials and other blessings, she had to wonder how life could’ve been for her if she only traveled on. I can’t help but to think about the countless times that I stopped mid voyage  never to return to the path. Who knows where I would be today…

As women, we start many journeys in life: school, marriage, motherhood, career, entrepreneurship, ministry, friendship—just to name a few. I know how easy it is to turn back when you think of how comfortable life was where you came from, or when you consider how long the journey may take, or even still when you don’t know if your work is going to pay off in the end. Today, I make a pledge to God, you and myself to continue on my journey and I pray that you do the same. When those feelings of doubt, fear and inadequacy begin to creep in, I encourage you to combat it with these scriptures:

“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.” (2 Corinthians 8:11 NIV)

“… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8 ESV)

Dear Daddy,

I know I have left my journey many times when things seemed tough or when I couldn’t predict how the journey would end. Please forgive me for not staying my course. Please give me tenacity and commitment to complete the many journeys that You have placed in my life. When I get weary on the walk, renew my strength! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

To my Orpahs: I EMPOWER you to stay your course! You may have returned to Moab, but there is still time to get back on the road to Bethlehem! Your destiny depends on your faithfulness to complete the journey! Change your notorious name of Orpah to a noteworthy name of Ruth!

Have you started a journey and went back to what was familiar when the road ahead seemed dim? Share your story with us.

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Faith for the Goal

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Recently, I’ve taken up running on a regular basis in order to improve my health. It has been a slow process. To be honest, it’s more of a run/walk than all running, but I’ve been working on building up my endurance. I’ll be running along and feel myself starting to grow tired.

One thing, though, that helps me is to set goals as I run. Tiara, just make it to that tree up there. If you can make it to that tree, then you can get to go back to walking. Then, I’ll push myself to make it to the tree. By then, I’m setting a new goal. Okay, you made it to the tree. Let’s see if you can make it to the fire hydrant or just past it. Before I know it, I’ve pushed myself past my initial goal and ran much farther than I originally thought I could go.

Jesus told His disciples, “…he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13 KJV)

In our Christian walk, we must strive to endure. Every day we are faced with challenges and hardships. We have to choose to keep the faith when so many things try to deter us.

The author of Hebrews gives us great reasons to stand strong. In Hebrews chapter 11, we are reminded of those who faced all kinds of trials and tests, yet they still chose to stand firm in faith. In Hebrews chapter 12 we are reminded of Jesus – the One who faced the greatest trial of all – as He went to the cross for our sins.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1, 2 KJV)

Jesus had an end goal in mind: the salvation of the world. He was able to endure His temporary pain in order to obtain everlasting glory.

Right now, you may feel like giving up. You may feel like getting out of this Christian race you’ve chosen to run. The problems may seem too big. The pressure may seem too tight.

But you must remember the END GOAL. God has created you for a divine purpose. He has placed you here for a specific reason. He is faithful and just to see you through. He will not leave you or forsake you. The trials you face are temporary – they have no power to break you. Don’t give up! Keep holding on to your faith! You can do all things through Christ! You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus!

Dear Daddy,

Help me to continue to hold on to my faith. Strengthen me to stand strong in the face of adversity. Help me to remember that You are with me and will never forsake me. Keep me reminded that Your wonderful purpose and plan for me is going to come to pass. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stand strong in your faith. I EMPOWER you to run your race strong, remembering the glorious goal that you are running toward. You are EMPOWERED to face any trial, any obstacle, and any adversity, and come through victorious!

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Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at http://www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.

 

Distractions, Irrelevant and Disguised as Life Lines

For the past few months, the issue of being distracted by the enemy has laid heavily upon my heart. I wrote about how we can become distracted in one of my past posts, “When the Heat is Turned Up.” I even wrote a message that I delivered to our congregation one night focusing on distractions from the enemy and how we have to “Understand our Opponent”.

As God continued to deal with me on this issue he brought the term “non-factor” to my attention. One particular day I was upset about something, at this time I am not quite sure what it was about, but I distinctly remember God saying to me, “you are focusing on a non-factor.” His message stopped me in my tracks.  The term non-factor truly defines what distractions are to us, especially in the spiritual realm.

Although this term can be found on the internet with a definition, I am not quite convinced that it is an actual word (Yes, I know, Collins and the Urban Dictionary list it). However, by using context clues alone, one can determine its definition and validate its worth. To help drive this point to you, let’s look at the term “factor”. Merriam Webster and a few others provide a pretty authentic definition of the term “factor” but I like Google’s version best: “a circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result or outcome.” Therefore, I can say, a non-factor is a circumstance, fact, or influence that DOES NOT contribute to a result or outcome.

As I ponder on this for a moment, I think about the non-factors I allow to distract me or adjust my attitude. This notion of eliminating and ignoring non-factors brings a few scriptures to mind that I try to remember to bring order to my chaos or peace to my pandemonium.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3 ESV) How often do we get nervous, agitated, or irritated at our situation? I am certain, when I remove my mind off of God, my peace goes away too. I allow non-factors to creep in and distract me.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (Galatians 5:7-10) Isn’t that something? God warns us here that, that a little yeast, meaning a little piece of information that can inflame my mind into worry and confusion, can work through my entire being, my entire outlook, and my entire attitude. Non-factors have the ability to become a factor if we let them.

Finding-Focus

My Pastor said something very interesting. He said, “What you give credence to, you make relevant. What you make relevant becomes your god.” So if I am giving attention to the non-factors in life, this means I think they are relevant to my progress.

This entire message that I am writing to you is what went through my head when God revealed to me that I am allowing “non-factors” to control my life and attitude. Many times we come across people who are non-factors, disguised as life lines. When you label someone as a life line, you look at them for support, to back you up when you need help. However, because of this, you may feel obligated to believe and receive what they say. I once used a human as a life line and was quickly disappointed. This person betrayed me.  God had to show me that I do not need a human life line to work under the covering of his ordinance or his anointing (whether at work, church, at the store, etc). I do not have to be buddy-buddy with someone just because they are connected to the resources I need, especially if they are not trying to willingly lead me to those resources.  These people are non-factors. They are not involved in your outcome!

Some of you (and again, me) need to eliminate some non-factors. They come in the form of fear, doubt, worry, insecurity, and friends who do not encourage you to move forward. Sometimes I wonder if people are pushed to drugs due to pressure from trying to please or give attention to non-factors! Do not allow a non-factor become a factor in your equation!

Dear Daddy,

Your Word tells me, “Trust in the Lord with all of my heart, and lean not to my own understanding. In all of my ways, acknowledge You and you shall direct my path.” Lord, help me to trust You more. Help me to not be easily swayed by a non-factor, something that has no bearings or influence on the outcome of righteous prosperity You have promised me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to SUIT UP! The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Suit up so that you can discern those non-factors before they even come close to you!

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.

Dying To Purpose

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven Ecclesiastes 3:11KJV

Imagine having a grand idea or an assignment from God. It may be something that you think is truly spectacular but instead of being celebrated you’re ridiculed, rejected by men and your accomplishments considered failures. You become the laughing stock of the circles you run in and very few take your work seriously. What if I told you that your labor was not in vain, in fact after you die you will be celebrated among men and people will commemorate your accomplishments. You will be distinguished.

A few weeks ago, I decided to read the fictional book “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neal Hurston. Less about the book and more about the person, Ms. Hurston is now considered one of the greatest literary authors of all time. Her book has been a bestseller and is considered a classic. However as I read the foreword to the book, I learned that when this particular book was published in 1937 it was not accepted and was scorned. According to the forward, the harshest critiques came from black male critics particularly those who were esteemed at the time such as Richard Wright. It wasn’t until some thirty years later that her book began to make its way into black studies departments and in the mid-70’s organizations began to demand that the book go back into print. Sadly, Ms. Hurston died in 1960 well before this rebirth of her book as a great piece of literature. It was only after her death that her work was given life.

Similarly, sometimes God calls us to do a great work or give a good word but people aren’t ready to receive it. Perhaps you can recall a time when you heard a sermon or read a story that at the time felt empty but you later recalled it vividly as it connected to your life. If you are anything like me, you may remember the work or the words from an elder that meant little to you in your childhood but now they are full of meaning. You too may have something that you have shared but those around you weren’t ready to receive it.

Even Jesus gained life only after His death. During His time on earth performing miracles and speaking ministering to others, He was mocked, ridiculed and ultimately put to death by his doubters. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him…. Luke 23:10-11 NIV As you know, Jesus gained much more notoriety after His death on the cross and His new life was revealed.

While people may not be able to acknowledge your words and your work right now, know that what you are doing is not in vain. The work that you do, the life that you live, the words that you speak will live on even after you have transitioned whether that’s literally or figuratively. There is life after death.

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for not allowing me to be consumed with acknowledgements from people but instead recognizing that the life that I live has a greater purpose. Continue to motivate me to do Your will and the assignments that You have placed in my life whether other people can recognize their value or not. I serve an awesome God whose ways are higher than mine and thoughts are higher than my thoughts. Continue to order my steps in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies today I EMPOWER you to just do it. Do what God has called you to do not seeking the approval of men. Step out on faith and even in the midst of doubt continue to persevere. Know that your reward comes from heaven and someday you will reap the goodness that you have sown.

Has God placed an assignment on your life but that has been met by doubters? Share your story.

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Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.

We Are Our Sisters’ Keepers!

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  (Philippians 2:4 NLT)

In April of 2011, the small town where I attended college was ravaged by a horrific tornado.  Many of my university peers decided to settle in the town after graduation, so naturally they were affected by that monumental storm.  I remember hearing about the devastation of the tornado the day after it happened and frantically calling around to my friends to see if they were okay.  Once I had confirmed that everyone was safe, I wondered why I had no idea that there was an impending storm.  Eventually I realized that I couldn’t fathom a storm of that magnitude ripping through the southern region because while that region had tornadic conditions, it was clear and sunny in my state.  Feelings of guilt began to seep in as I reflected on my negligence.  If I was watching the news or reading the online reports, I would have been aware of what was happening to my friends. While I may not have been able to stop the storm, my prayers could possibly have been instrumental in lessening the severity of the storm.  I had to take a moment to thank God that everyone was spared, but also ask for forgiveness that I had been so self-consumed that I had no clue what my brothers and sisters were enduring.  Those series of events gave me a fresh perspective on tending to the needs of others.

It’s no challenging feat to skip along in life, enjoying the roses when the storm is not over our home.  As long as marriages are intact, children are healthy, finances are abundant and families are cohesive, we assume everything is good because we are good.  Our state is wonderful!  But what about those times when everything is peachy for us, but our neighbor’s world is turned upside down?  We have to be careful to not be so self–absorbed that we miss the opportunity to minister or pray for our sisters during their rough patches in life.  In fact, the sunshine in our life can serve as a testament to those around us that better days lie ahead.  Remember when the storm was in your home?  Remember when you couldn’t see a way out?  Remember when you felt like the storm was designed to kill you?  Well that’s exactly how she feels right now.  Stop being afraid of getting wet and show her that you care by standing in her storm with her!

Job had lost his livestock, children and great health in a matter of days.  It’s safe to say that he was in the midst of one of the greatest storms ever!  While I don’t know exactly what was going on in the lives of his friends, I am certain it was nothing like what Job was enduring.  Compared to his trials, they were in paradise.  Yet, their state didn’t hinder them from meeting Job in his storm.  Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite.  For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. (Job 2:11 NKJV)

Of course, we don’t always know what a person is going through so it can be somewhat difficult to support them.  To that, I say seek God.  I regularly pray for God to burden me with the things that are disturbing His people.  If there is something that it not apparent to the naked eye or something that they are ashamed or reluctant to share, I ask that He would move my heart to simply pray for them.   When He randomly places a person in your thoughts, say a prayer for them.  You never know what storm is raging in their life and how your prayers can help provide some much needed solace.

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for the times that I have been so self-absorbed that I neglected to consider those around me who were suffering.  I thank You for the calm moments in my life, and I ask that You help me to use my sunshine to minister to those connected to me when they are in stormy seasons.  May everything that I go through and come out of be used for Your glory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to think past yourself and consider the needs of others around you.  It is time for us to move past our own pleasures and assist others in their time of pain.  Remember that the storm was once over your home too.  I EMPOWER you to use that knowledge to encourage those presently being rocked by a storm. 

Are you your sisters’ keeper?  Make a phone call today or stop by!

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. She is the owner of Pizzazzed Plus, a custom sweets boutique. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Faith Friday: I Don’t Want To Worry

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-8 NKJV)

“I don’t want to worry.”  We have all said these words but somehow they are only a facade covering a mind full of worry and a heart of uncertainties.  In this video from the 700 Club, a High School French teacher gives an account of her dealing with a constant daily pain not only affecting her ability to talk and eat, but her faith.

She admits that she didn’t want to worry but a part of her still worried.  How many can testify to that?  We know God can heal us, we want God to heal us, yet there is still some worry there.  Worrying says we don’t trust God and we are lacking confidence in Him.  Worrying says there is some lingering doubt but thank God for His mercy and His understanding that we are weak and need Him.  Thank God for His compassion and His Word that can heal and speak life into our very own frail bodies.

So when worry pulls up beside your situation and threatens to choke your faith, remember this woman’s testimony and that there is healing in God’s Word.  His Word cannot return to Him void so trust it and watch it fulfill whatever you are seeking God for.

Watch this video and allow God to tackle any worries you may have.

If you have trouble viewing the video, please click on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ6fohWkNOw

Off Balance

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV)

Recently, I got into a really bad argument with one of my close friends. I became so angry that my anger rolled over into the next day. I’m a very easy going person and don’t get mad often so if someone makes me upset, it’s a really big deal.  A few days after the argument, I didn’t feel like myself. I felt a mix of emotions and I felt emotionally drained.

I had to tell my friend that I needed a break to think. My friend contacted me the day after we had the argument and proceeded to contact me the next couple days after that. That made things worse because I wasn’t in the mood to talk. I felt so weighed down.

One person can give us a better account about how failing to control your emotions and sinning in your anger affects you.

Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell face down, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 20: 2-12 NIV)

Perhaps Moses was tired of all the people’s grumbling. After all leading others is not an easy task especially when sometimes you feel like you’re not quite the one for the job. Perhaps Moses had stored all of his frustrations within until he just exploded. In any event, Moses sinned in his anger. He disobeyed God, striking the rock instead of speaking to it like God instructed him to.  He acted in pride, taking credit for something that God did. “Listen, you rebels, must WE bring you water out of this rock?” Moses said. Third, the rock that was to give forth water was a representation of Christ, and when Moses struck it, it was an unholy, disrespectful thing to do for Jesus cannot be crucified again. Moses sinning in anger, disobeying God, misrepresenting Christ’s sacrifice and acting in pride cost him a place in the Promised Land. God told Moses he would not enter in.

God clearly tells us not to let our anger consume or lead us to sinning.  It is clear that we are to surrender even our emotions to Him and allow Him to show us how to manage them and not be bound by our emotions.  Letting our emotions control and consume us can literally make us sick.

I felt so off balance that I forgot to do my volunteer work not too long after my argument with my friend. That’s how I know that my brain wasn’t in the right place because that was not the norm for me. On July 9th I decided to stop letting the situation with my friend stress me. I prayed to God and asked Him to remove the weights that I felt. Eventually my friend and I was able to talk face to face and express our feelings. The argument that I had with my friend was one of the worse ones he and I have had, but I’m glad that I now feel more like myself and I have peace.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being slow to anger and abounding in love. I’m glad that I can come to You with my burdens. Thank You for always having a listening ear. Help me to not be consumed or controlled by my emotions. Help me to also let go of thoughts that are negative. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to give your burdens to God. You can’t carry your burdens alone. Allow God to release you of everything that is weighing you down and to help you manage your emotions. You will feel lighter and better.

What situations have you been in that caused you to be off balance or sin in your anger?

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Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)