*SINGS* Do you know what today is? It’s my anniversary!! It’s so ironic that I’m able to write on the day I got saved! On March 26, 2007 (Also, my sister’s birthday, Happy Birthday, Angel!) I looked at my dad and said, “I’m going to go up there.”
I’m excited about this seventh year, seven has always been my favorite number and for some reason on my seventh anniversary of being saved I thought of the seven deadly sins. I’m a bit older, a bit wiser and battled with each of the seven sins and I wanted us to do this fun exercise together! Below are my personal notes. So let’s go!
IDENTIFY: Identify what triggers the sin
VISIT: Find a semi- easy Scripture that you can always carry with you in your heart and mind when the sin arises
REMEMBER: Find something you can always recall to your memory to get you in order.
IDENTIFY: There are five untouchable people in my life – my parents, my nieces and my sister. The quickest way to see my wrath is to talk about them.
VISIT: Daniel 2:12, “This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon.”
REMEMBER: It’s cliché but happiness is a choice and you can’t have things outside of your control have you killing what’s wise in the world. Take a step back and think about the little things in life that make you happy. Look at the person as a person. They are human and make mistakes. Listen to a favorite song or look at a baby’s picture. Those two do the trick for me.
IDENTIFY: I’m usually greedy when I feel I won’t have enough.
VISIT: Mark 12:41-44, “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
REMEMBER: Sometimes in this economy it’s hard to give up extra money or food or clothes to people in need because you may feel you are a person in need. Often times, I reflect on what I do have or what I don’t need. This winter every time I walked into my house I was so thankful for heat and there were many days I walked in my house, stopped and prayed for people who were homeless in this weather.
IDENTIFY: I’ve been called a perfectionist. I’ve been called a Type A personality but somewhere in the Book of Dene’ people seem to skim over the word “lazy.” I later redefined for professional reasons as, “effectively able to restructure processes for a more efficient time management system.” I find if I overbook myself I end up feeling really drained.
VISIT: Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
REMEMBER: You are the light of this world don’t burn yourself out nor hide yourself under blankets.
IDENTIFY: I take pride in what I do, who I am, how the world sees me and in my lineage. You may perceive me as someone trying to be perfect because that is the standard I try to live by. The issue is when the perception of self is out of touch with reality such as when I start comparing my status, which is only by the grace of God, to other people’s status.
VISIT: Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
REMEMBER: Humble yourself before the Lord humbles you. Just as God uses you He can use someone else. Don’t be like Saul.
IDENTIFY: I never thought I struggled too badly with lust until someone told me lust is conceived in the mind and it wasn’t just for sex but for objects. That really blew my mind! I started realizing I had to watch what I watch. I noticed some movies, television shows or music made me lust for sex or objects so I just stopped watching them or I watch in moderation.
VISIT: James 1:14-15, “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”
REMEMBER: Watch what you watch. One small taste of something can bring forth destruction. One hit and you’ll get addicted. That’s with food, sex, clothes – anything.
IDENTIFY: I usually find myself envious when I lack understanding. Why is she there and I’m still here? What did he do to deserve that, when I always see him out doing everything under the sun, and I’m committed to you? Yet, I’m still lacking.
VISIT: Ecclesiastes 5:19, “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil–this is a gift of God.
REMEMBER: Wealth can be a fluid definition. If you are envious of someone’s wealth of knowledge, wealth of relationships, or wealth of health remember we are all human and just as you are looking at someone for what they have, they are looking at something you have. Be thankful for your gifts and your cross.
IDENTIFY: I’ve struggled with gluttony for a long time – in food and beverage. I’m a very social person so I’ve tried to change social events include activities instead of sitting around a table or at a bar. Let’s go shopping, walking, to the gym, to get coffee anywhere but where I would over indulge in food and drinking!
VISIT: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”
REMEMBER: There’s more to life than indulgence. The more you consume the less you have to offer back to the world as a resource.
Thank You for never leaving me when I deserved to be left. I thank You for our relationship and Your commitment to me. Thank You for love. Thank You for family. Thank You for this beautiful life journey you entrusted me with. I give You all of the glory, honor and praise. Hallelujah to more time together, more time to explore, more time to conquer the greatness You’ve instilled in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, if you have not done so, I EMPOWER you to accept God as your Lord and savior. Invite Him into your heart, your mind, your life and your being. Find someone in your life who has (or reach out to the Empowermoments team) and talk to them. Ladies, if you are saved don’t get complacent in your relationship. Keep exploring and stay in peace. He paid for you to live there!
Which sin on this list was/is the toughest one for you to overcome? How do you remember?
Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).