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Aurora theater shooting reveals numbing reality

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By Charme Robarts
Special to Inside The Pew

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Reeling from shock and pain we rush to issues of justice and blame and gun control and violence in entertainment. The pain arouses our passion.

But we cannot rush past the grief.

Through our TV windows we see a rush of images. Lives snuffed out, agony creased faces of survivors, innocent, unknowing children hoisted on the shoulders of their dads attending the memorial gatherings. We mourn it all.

Down in the grief where we all try to breathe underwater, we may see in each other’s eyes questions of how and why things have gone so wrong.  Could the struggle for breath in these murky waters cause us to slow down, to think hard about how anyone of us could become so disaffected and isolated as to do unthinkable things?

Psychologists know that when we experience disappointments, rejection, and humiliation in our lives, we respond around what is called the Compass of Shame. These responses or reactions to the hurt we endure in life range from withdrawing and isolating to attacking others. We all make our way around this compass, most of us in fairly mild ways; but obviously some are extreme in their reactions. It is hard work to deal with our pain in healthy ways.

As we grieve this new tragedy in the city named for the bright mysteries that sometimes grace the sky, I hope we can reach for light and find ways to deal with hurt and disappointment in non violent ways. That is what we wish James Holmes had done.

Fort Worth resident Charme Robarts, a graduate of Abilene Christian University, is a caseworker with First Street Methodist Mission in Fort Worth.  Read more of Robarts’ writings on her blog, Speak What You Feel.

Instead of feeling powerless, draw on your faith for strength

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By Terry E. McGee
Special to Inside The Pew

Sometimes as we go along our day, we tend to become frustrated with what is happening in our lives. We lose sight that God is still in charge! We have let ourselves get caught up in this microwave world we now live in and want to force issues. When the truth of the matter is that all we need is faith.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (King James Version).

With faith all things are possible, as with the women who had the issue of blood in Mark 5:25. She believed that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus garment, she would be healed! So that is what she did, and instantly she was healed from an illness that she had for 12 years, an illness no doctor could give her relief from.

You see there was no power in the hem; the healing power was her faith. She knew this was a man who had performed many of miracles and nothing was impossible for Him. Just a touch was all she needed. Jesus responded by saying to his disciples “someone has touched me!” They were somewhat surprised because they were in the midst of a crowd. But, Jesus told them He felt the power leave Him.

Just as it was back then, faith still works for us now. Faith will lead some men to believe the impossible can be obtained. God did not intend for any of us to struggle. We just happened to be thrust into circumstances we had no control of when we were born. But here is the saving grace; we have the power within to change any circumstance! We just have to have the faith in Him to make the change.

In the book I co-authored, Multiple Streams of Determination, there are several stories of success from meager beginnings. You do have a say so in your future! As Jesus said unto them, “have faith in God … what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” Mark 11:22, 24 (KJV).

McGee hosts Simply Inspiring Show (http://www.facebook.com/Simply.Inspiring.With.Terry.McGee), a gospel music/motivational program featuring guests of all backgrounds to share their inspiring stories, introducing new music/new artists, promoting new talent in all industries, and empowering our listeners to excel in accomplishing their goals. Terry’s story originates from the accomplishment of being a former business owner (McGee Networks Plus), co-writing a motivational book, “Multiple Streams of Determination” with some of the best minds in the country, such as Johnny Wimbrey, Les Brown, Matt Morris, Jim Rohn and Marc Accetta. Born in Rockford, Ill., but now residing in Little Elm, Texas, he has a wife, Pamela, and four children: Cortney, Brittney, Erica, and Terry Jr.

You’ve come too far, don’t give up now!

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By Phyllis Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

You’ve Come Too Far- Don’t Give Up, Now! This was the theme for our 2012 Powerful Journey Women’s Conference held on June 23 in Shreveport, La.

During my time of sharing, I encouraged the attendees to see their situations through the I’s of Christ and not through the I’s of others.

Why? Because when you see your situation through the I’s of others, you can easily lose your focus and direction. For example, God has given you a dream or an assignment and you can’t wait to get started. So you begin sharing your assignment or your dreams with others. But one by one, they make statements such as: Girl, I don’t see you doing that are you sure you heard from God? Or another might say, “The last time I tried to do something like that I fell flat on my face.” I, I, I…Before you know it, you find yourself asking the question, “God am I to move forward with this dream, with this assignment that You gave to me? The answer is a resounding, “YES.” If God gave it to you, He is more than able to fulfill it. Read I Thessalonians 5:24 – “The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” Remember: The One Who gave you the dream or assignment is the Great I AM. See your dreams through His I’s.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for not following the dream that You gave to me. I’m Re-claiming it! I’ve Re-focused! and today I will make steps toward fulfilling it.  In the Powerful Name of Jesus, I Pray. Amen.

If you were blessed, inspired, encouraged & motivated by this ‘PowerLifts For The Soul’ Moment; please send your comments to phyllis@phyllisjenkins.com.

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, & Encourager are just a few words that describe Phyllis Jenkins. She is the founder and president of the Powerful Journey Organization, where she empowers women to live a balanced life by helping them: Find their Passion- Focus on What Matters Most and Flourish in their Calling. Phyllis is also the publisher of the Powerful Journey, an online magazine.  She inspires, equips and enlightens audiences of all ages through her practical and powerful presentations. With her captivating energy, she offers strategies which will fuel your Journey with Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance. Phyllis is 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).

Snyder: Recovering post-Christian Christians

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By John Snyder
Special to Inside The Pew

In the United States, many people are praying fervently and trying with all their might to recover a “Christian America,” and they’re convinced it can happen with just the right political candidate. “With our person in the White House we can go back to what we used to be!”

But even if we could elect St. Paul or St. Augustine as our new president, what impact would that have on a very un-Christian, post-Christian population without some massive spiritual awakening taking place first? It’s been said that no leader can be worse than the people who elected him/her.

It’s one thing for Christians to be living in a post-modern, post-Christian society, but it’s quite another for our churches to be packed with “post-Christian Christians.” What I mean is that unless and until we as Christians finally commit ourselves to live our lives as Jesus intended, it really won’t matter who occupies the White House or the seats of Congress, or sits in the Parliament of any other nation in the world.

Even if we can’t generate a predominantly Christian nation here in the USA, we can create a great number of Christian societies in the midst of it through our churches. But the church would have to be very different from what we see right now. By “different” I don’t mean in terms of the usual religious externals—clothing, appearance, religious language, and all of that—but in the way we act, what we value, and particularly how we treat one another.

“How they love one another!” and “With what great joy they live!” were things the pagan world said of the earliest Christians. Who says that about the church today? Virtually every poll that has come out in the last few decades has simply confirmed the continuous dismal slide of the church toward a complete conformity to the culture. We’re no longer distinguishable in any way from the secular world.

OK, so most of us have heard this before. Continuing to wring our hands about it won’t make any difference. Here’s what we can do about it. We can humble ourselves, turn from our own sin and selfishness, and give ourselves to prayer—real prayer, fervent prayer—continuing to ask, seek, and knock until God hears from heaven, forgives our sin, and heals our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

For churches to have any impact on society, change has to begin in us and our families first. We need to clean up our act, ensure that our family is centered on Christ, and then become healthy, active members of a real, God-honoring church.

It’s been said of nations at one time influenced by Christian faith (but no longer) that their social problems are primarily the fault of the church. In other words, when the church really is the church—when the word “Christian” means a person in whom the Spirit of Christ dwells—things happen. The medicine of the Gospel works only when taken full strength. And history has demonstrated that the Gospel has the power to revolutionize society even when a minority are believers.

Few doubt that the world is at one of its most critical points in all its history. We can’t make a mistake here. We’re faced with a full-blown call to arms, not with the weapons of the world, but with unrelenting prayer and the power of the Spirit, manifest in sacrificial love and steadfast obedience to whatever God calls each one of us to do.

This just isn’t the time for Christians to be pursuing along with the world more and more luxury, ease, entertainment, property, toys, and all the rest. The church may have been lulled to sleep by bread and circuses as the rest of the culture, but we don’t have to remain so. Listen to the call of the Spirit. It isn’t too late…yet.

Let’s ask ourselves, what can we do personally to resist the slide toward total cultural absorption of the church?

John Snyder (@jisnyder)is a pastor, author, and conference speaker. He has taught New Testament Studies at New College Berkeley, California, and has pastored and planted churches in California, New York, Switzerland, and Hawaii. Snyder received his Bachelor of Arts from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Calif.); his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary; and his Doctor of Theology from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Snyder’s new book, “Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God”, is now available from Thomas Nelson Publishers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and other major retailers. He is also the founder of Community 321, an online faith community, and Basel Community, an information and relocation service to expats in the greater Basel, Switzerland, area. Contact Snyder via email john@community321.com.

A fourth of Ju-lye I’ll never forget

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By Rick Marschall
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Swartz Creek, Mich. – A number of years ago I was working on a book, a three-part biography of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, and country music superstar Mickey Gilley, who all are first cousins to each other. A friend offered me his unused condo in Montgomery, Texas, to get away for research and writing one summer. Since Lewis lived in Mississippi, Swaggart in Louisiana, and Gilley in nearby Pasadena, Texas, it made geographical sense.

Once settled, I took out the Yellow Pages to chart the location of Assembly of God churches for all the weeks ahead, intent on visiting as many as I could. East Texas was in every way new to me, and I wanted to experience everything I could. I was born in New York City… you get the picture.

Well, the first church I visited was in Cut and Shoot, Texas. That’s the town’s name; you can look it up. A small, white frame AG church was my first stop that summer… and I never visited another. For one thing — coincidence? — I learned that a member of the tiny congregation was the widow of a man who had pastored the AG church in Ferriday, La., the small town FOUR HOURS AWAY where, and when, those three cousins grew up in its pews. She knew them all, and their families, and had great stories. Beyond that, the pastor of the church in Cut and Shoot, Charles Wigley, had gone to Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas, with Jerry Lee Lewis and played in a band with him, until Jerry Lee got kicked out. Some more great stories.

But there was more than that kept me there for that summer. In that white-frame church and that tiny congregation, it was, um, obvious in three minutes that I was not from East Texas. Yet I was treated like family as if they all had known me three decades. It was the Sunday before July 4, and a fellow named Dave Gilbert asked me if I’d like to go to his farm for the Fourth where a bunch of people were just going to get together and “do some visitin’.”

On the Fourth I bought the biggest watermelon I could find as my contribution to the get-together. Well, there were dozens and dozens of folks. I couldn’t tell which was family and who were friends, because everybody acted like family. When folks from East Texas ask, “How ARE you?” they really mean it. There were several monstrous barbecue smokers with chimneys, all slow-cooking beef brisket. (Every region brags about its barbecue traditions, but I’ll still fight anyone who doesn’t claim low-heat, slow-smoked, no sauce, East-Texas BBQ as the best) There was visitin,’ after all; there were delicious side dishes; there was softball and volleyball and kids dirt-biking; and breaks for sweet tea and spontaneous singing of patriotic songs.

I sat back in a folding chair, and I thought, “THIS is America.”

As the sun set, the same food came out again — smoked brisket galore; all the side dishes; and desserts of all sorts. Better than the first time. Then the Gilberts cleared the porch of their house. People brought instruments out of their cars and trucks. Folks tuned their guitars; some microphones and amps were set up; chairs and blankets dotted the lawn. Dave Gilbert and his brothers, I learned, sang gospel music semi-professionally in the area. Pastor Wigley and his saxophone, later in the summer, opened for Gold City Quartet at a local concert. But everyone else sang, too. In some churches, in some parts of America, you’re just expected to sing solo every once in a while. You’re not only expected to — you WANT to. So into the evening, as the sun went down and the moon came up over those farms and fields, everyone at that picnic sang, together or solo or in duets or quartets. Spontaneously, mostly. Far into the night, exuberantly with smiles, or heartfelt with tears, singing unto the Lord.

I sat back in a folding chair, and I thought, “THIS is Heaven.”

Recently I came across a video that very closely captures the music, and the feeling — the fellowship — of that evening. A wooden ranch house, a barbecue picnic just ended, a campfire, and singers spontaneously worshiping, joining in, clapping, and “taking choruses.” There were cameras at this one, this video, but it took this city boy back to that Fourth of Ju-lye, finding himself amongst a brand-new family, the greatest barbecue I ever tasted before or since… and the sweetest songs I know.

Rick Marschall is the author of 65 books and hundreds of magazine articles in many fields, from popular culture. He is recipient of the 2008 “Christian Writer of the Year” award from the Greater Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, and produces a weekly e-mail devotional, “Monday Morning Music Ministry.” His e-mail address is: RickMarschall@gmail.com.


From anxious to powerful: Rest on your faith

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By La Vonne Earl
Special to Inside The Pew

Dear La Vonne,

I was raised in an extremely physically and verbally abusive home. I am a grown woman now, 37 years old, and yet I revert to the frightened little girl whenever I am around my father. I need to see him because of family get-togethers. Now that Father’s Day is approaching I am filled with anxiety knowing I will see him. Why can’t I just grow up, forget the past and act like the woman I should be?

Dear Powerful Woman of God,

I am sorry that you were raised in a home that was not safe and was unloving. The consequences of our early beginnings can last a life time if we allow them to. Without knowing much of your story and the woman that you have become, I will seek to answer you assuming it is at least physically safe for you to be around your father. As I begin to answer your question let’s start with the first key being the truth of who you were created to be. God has created you to be a powerful woman of God. He has given you a sound mind with the ability to discern that which is good and helpful to you. He has given you rights and boundaries that should never be crossed, and should someone try you have the right to exercise your authority over that person, regardless of who they are. In fact when you exercise your authority for truth, you have the power to create change!

Anxiety and ear are nothing more than a lack of knowledge and faith. When you obtain the knowledge of who you are (truth) establish your purpose or goal, which sounds like you desire to have a peaceful relationship with your father, you can then create a plan of action in order to receive the peace you desire. Practice at home before you see him exactly what you will say with truth and love should there be a need for correction. I suggest meditating on God’s word, guard your mind and your heart with the love of God. Take a scripture to rely on to sustain you while you are in the presence of your father and enjoy the success which will be yours! Remember also to speak to yourself that which you wish to see, such as “I am a powerful woman of God.”

Suggested scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7”For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

Do you have a question for La Vonne? Send her an email at Lavonne@YourKingdomInheritance.com. Visit her website at www.yourkingdominheritance.com. Rich blessings!

Bible explains how sin passed down from one man

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By Donald Lee
Special to Inside The Pew

Question: I was recently asked, Why is everybody (including babies) paying for the sin of one man (Adam)?

Answer: Because when the one man, Adam, sinned by disobeying God and eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree, he passed the sin nature (or the state of sin) on to every other person born from him and his wife, Eve. So, what this means, is that even though a newborn baby isn’t old enough to perform the act of sin, the sin nature still is passed down to him by his parents (or lineage).

Take, for instance, a baby who is born addicted to crack cocaine because his mother smoked crack while he was in her womb. Just as the “addiction” is passed through the mother’s blood, so it is that the sin nature [or the state of sin] is passed down the lineage of man.

So because of this fact, God’s plan for redemption of mankind (restoring “man” back to his original state of “innocence” and uprightness and fellowship with God) meant that God had to send His Son, Jesus Christ, down here to the earth to suffer the punishment that we all “inherited” from Adam.

Remember what God told Adam in the beginning: The day you eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you shall SURELY die.

What happened? Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, or forbidden tree. So, what was his punishment? He was banned from paradise and he was sentenced to die (even though God’s perfect plan was for Adam and Eve to live forever in paradise).

God’s judgment handed down to the serpent (through whom the devil spoke) was that he’d (the serpent) crawl on his belly and eat of the dust of the ground; God tells the serpent that He’d create “enmity” (which is a natural hatred) between the woman’s “seed” and the serpent’s .

God goes on to tell the serpent that the seed of the woman (He was speaking prophetically about Jesus Christ, God’s sacrificial Lamb, sent here to die for the sins of the world) would bruise his head (the “seed” of the serpent) and the “seed” of the serpent would bruise his heel.

God is speaking prophecy. He’s letting the devil know (through these scriptures) that even though the devil “beguiled”, or tricked, the woman into eating of the forbidden tree, and she in turn gave some of the fruit to her husband, and he disobeyed God and ate it because his wife suggested he eat it, God already has a plan to redeem the “fallen” man (or mankind) back to him.

That plan is by sending Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb and Savior to the world, to earth to fulfill prophecy. In other words, God’s plan was to kill Jesus, the Lamb, and shed His blood (which holds in it the power to wash away ALL sins) so that through Jesus’, the Lamb’s, death, mankind (those who accept Jesus’ sacrifice of His blood to pay the cost of their sins) can live throughout eternity with God.

Man, still must die a literal death (as you know). But instead of going to hell and eternal torment after dying, everybody who confessed Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior before they died (or die) will be (or will have been) “SAVED” from eternity in torment and saved into everlasting life in the presence of God (or BACK in the presence of God, rather).

In other words, everybody who accepts that Jesus sacrificed His life so that they can be “saved” (or “born again”) will have eternal life. And everybody who rejects God’s plan for salvation and who rejects Jesus’ sacrifice will be banished into outter darkness (eternal torment in the lake of fire).

So, from this lesson, you see that God is “fair” and He is “just.” Just like the state of sin [or the very nature of sin] was passed down through the disobedience of one man (Adam), salvation also is passed down through the obedience (or sacrifice) of one Man, (Jesus, who also is referred to as the “Son of Man” or “the Last Adam”).

In other words, just like the only thing we had to do to be guilty of sin is to just be born, the only thing we have to do in order to be made righteous (in Christ) is to just be “born again.” So, by one man (Adam), death passed to ALL men (good men and bad men).

So is it that by one Man (Jesus Christ), eternal life has been made available to ALL men (meaning all of mankind). But in order to be “saved,” or “born again,” a person MUST confess Jesus Christ as his (or her) Lord and Savior.

Romans 10:9-10 (in the Amplified Bible) says Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 5:15 says But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s falling away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many.

Verses 16 through 19 continue to explain how Adam’s sin brought death on everybody, but Jesus’ sacrifice of His life has made it possible that all can be saved and be made righteous.

You very well know that not everybody will accept Jesus’ sacrifice. Those who don’t accept what Jesus did for us will have to pay the price for Adam’s fall. That price, again, is eternity in torment.

So, if you haven’t made Jesus your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do so. It’s the greatest, most profound, decision you’ll ever make in your life. Accept His gift of eternal life.

 Donald Lee is founder-pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center in Dallas. He can be contacted at pastordonjlee@yahoo.com or (225) 773-2248. To get a copy of “Married to Commitment,” the profound book on relationships he co-authored, call Xulon Press toll-free (866) 909-2665 or visit http://www.xulonpress.com. Follow Lee on Twitter at @donaldj_lee. Listen to him “live” via teleconference toll-free (760) 466-8123 (code 279498#) for the 10 a.m. (CST) Sowing of the Word on Sundays and 7 p.m. Bible study on Thursdays.

The old man is gone. A new man appears.

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
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Going to church on Sunday as a kid was always interesting. My family and I used to attend an old wooden church which sat on the hill in Amite, La. We did not have central air to keep us cool, only a box fan. Service got going at 11 a.m. and the time we shared with the Lord and in fellowship with each other was priceless. The only heat that went on at our church was the fire the congregation showed for the Lord.

The old saints would rejoice and all we had was one big drum and a few tambourines to work with. We clapped our hands and sang praises to the Lord such as Payday is Coming After While and It’s Gonna Rain. Then, the spirit of God encompassed us. The young people had to get up and testify as well. We were so happy to do so and tell how good God had been to us that week. I could feel the power moving all around me and others in the room. As a teenager, I didn’t understand everything that was going on, but I knew it was the anointing that destroyed the yoke, and, at that time, the anointing had broken down the strong holds of the enemy. We were so enthralled with the spirit the physical conditions of the church were no longer a concern.

Now I can appreciate what was happening within my congregation. The Bible says we all were born into sin. The experience of falling in love with Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost and being born again in the spirit separates us from sin. Once we allow the Holy Spirit to enter our minds and heart, we can live the life Jesus lived. At this point we are free, and we graciously allow the Holy Ghost to come into our lives. This is why you see adults and teenagers crying like babies because there is no more sin in their lives; they are new creatures in Jesus Christ. We are babes in God’s sight (1 Corinthians 3:1, KJV).

My experience reminds me of the story in Acts 2:1-4 when the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (KJV).

The old man is gone, and a new man is here. The scripture shows the importance of letting the new spirit come in. I can see God working even as I write this column. I encourage those who have allowed the eternal flame to fizzle out to rekindle it. I pray the Holy Ghost will move in your life once again and bring you closer to the One who loves dearly loves you.

Grelan Muse Sr. is founder of Inside The Pew (@pewnews) and Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries . Email responses to this column to pewnews@aol.com. Follow Pastor Muse on Twitter @gremuse.

 

Ask LaVonne: From sad and lonely, to overcomer and joyful

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Dear La Vonne,
I have recently lost my husband eight months ago, and I am so lonely and sad. I feel tired most of the time.

I am also so sick of people telling me to just get over it! I feel like no one understands me and at times I am ready to die.

Will I ever be OK again?

Dear Overcomer,
I will call you an overcomer because that is who you have been created to be. First of all yes, you will be okay, and not only will you be okay you will be great!  You have the opportunity in this life to not only overcome your own circumstances, but when you are ready, you will begin to help others that have experienced great loss as well. I am so sorry for your loss. No one could quite possibly understand the way you might like them to. The good news is that we have a God that is acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3, NIV). He understands us better than we understand ourselves. He knows our suffering and sees every tear that falls. He is our deliverer, and He will deliver you!

Everyone in this life will experience loss to one degree or another. We cannot compare ourselves to others, nor can we quite possibly understand their pain, since we cannot measure or see pain, the best we can do is offer our compassion and comfort. The key for you will be to allow others to comfort you. To realize that they are simply doing and offering the best they have to give out of love. My suggestion would be for you to get involved in a godly, grief, support group. I know that they offer them at Saddleback Church. They have also just started a grief worship service.

As hard as it may be,  discipline yourself to have  a little bit of a schedule. Require yourself to have a routine, even when you do not feel like it. Getting out of the house and connecting with others is the best thing for depression and it will boost your energy. I know it can feel like you are dying and quite possibly this will be the last thing you will want to do, this is why I say you must require it from yourself. The more disciplined you are, the faster your recovery will be.

The enemy loves to take this opportunity of grief and use it to destroy your life. Do not let him! You must continue to fight the battle of the mind. Although mourning the loss of the loved one is painful, it does not need to destroy your life. This will be an opportunity to let your faith shine through. Use this opportunity to show the world that the enemy has not won!

1. Call upon the Holy Spirit for power. 2 Corinthians 13:4.

2. Believe, Declare and Act upon the truth of God’s Word and Promises. 2 Peter 1:4

3. Proclaim what you desire. (Peace, happiness, joy, love, comfort) Romans 4:17

4. Stay in the present. I have a little trick I like to call “Blink, Blink, What Do I See.” This is like a mind reprogram. Blink your eyes two times and then ask yourself what you see. It could be the green leaves, the road sign, children laughing, a color of a shirt, etc. This helps you to stay in the NOW, right where God wants you so He can speak to you.

You have a great life ahead of you! Get started mapping out your plan to be the overcomer you were created to be!

Do you have a question for LaVonne Earl? Send her an email at Lavonne@YourKingdomInheritance.com. Visit her website at www.yourkingdominheritance.com. Rich blessings!

 

Pew devotional: It is what it is OR is it?

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By Phyllis Byrd Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

The cliché, “It is what it is” has been spoken millions of times by millions of people. It was even voted by USA Today as the

Phyllis Jenkins

No. 1 cliché of 2004. Yes, this cliché has been around for a while. Although, we hear it almost daily, I personally cringe when I hear those five words. Why? Because to me, it symbolizes hopelessness, a state of giving up or simply tossing the white flag in the air and surrendering to the situation. But as a follow of Christ, I choose to believe that “All things are possible to those who believe” (Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23).  As a follower of Christ, I choose to believe that, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). What if Moses had said, “It is what it is”? Could he have led the Israelites through the plagues, across the Red Sea and through the wilderness? What if Hannah had said, “It is what it is”? Would she have persevered in prayer and given birth to Samuel? What if David had looked at Goliath and accepted defeat by saying, “It is what it is”? Would the Israelites have defeated the Philistines? What if you keep the faith and proclaim the promises of God instead of saying, “It is what it is”? Remember, God is still in control! It is What He Says It Is!

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, & Encourager are just a few words that describe Phyllis Jenkins. She is the founder and president of the Powerful Journey Organization, where she empowers women to live a balanced life by helping them: Find their Passion- Focus on What Matters Most and Flourish in their Calling. Phyllis is also the publisher of the Powerful Journey, an online magazine.  She inspires, equips and enlightens audiences of all ages through her practical and powerful presentations. With her captivating energy, she offers strategies which will fuel your Journey with Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance.  She is a featured author in the Allen Public Library 2009  and 2010 ‘Write-On’ Literary books.  Her first children’s book (co-authored by her 6-year-old grandson) will be in bookstores soon.

Phyllis is 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). Contact her phyllis@phyllisjenkins.com.