SABOTAGE By Tammy Glover

“We do not want you to become lazy, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:11

We all know that we have an enemy. We know that his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. He lies, manipulates and tempts us. He does everything in his power to prevent us from receiving God’s blessing for us. We like to blame him for everything that goes wrong in our lives.

Let me let you in on a little secret. He doesn’t have to work that hard. Most of the times, all he has to do is to sit back and watch us sabotage ourselves. The truth is he can’t make us do anything we don’t allow. It’s our responsibility to set guards over our minds and our hearts.

Whenever we’re tempted to say something negative, it’s our choice to allow something positive to come out of our mouths instead. It’s our choice to give praises to God instead of complaints.

I know it sucks to not be able to blame the enemy for everything. I know it’s easier to place responsibility on someone or something else. It’s easier to allow the first thing that pops in our minds to come out of our mouths. It’s easier to stay up late to watch our favorite TV show than it is to get up an hour early to pray. It’s easier to read that new murder mystery or trashy romance novel than it is to read the book of Job…again. It’s easier to hold a grudge than it is to forgive. It’s easier to judge someone else than it is to look at ourselves. Trust me, I know.

My friends, it is too late in the game for us to get lazy now. All the power and spiritual weapons that God has given us won’t do us any good if we don’t use them. Let’s stop letting the enemy laugh at us as we continually sabotage ourselves. Let’s break out those Bibles, pop in that Bishop T.D. Jakes CD and dust off those Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyers books. Let’s open our ears to hear what our preachers are teaching us. Let’s close those doors and turn off those computers and cell phones so that we can spend uninterrupted, quality time with our Heavenly Father.

Stop sabotaging yourself and receive your blessings, today.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

 

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ENCOURAGEMENT: BALM FOR THE SOUL By Tammy Glover

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  Hebrews 3:13

Why is it so hard to say a word of encouragement?  Why do we feel the need to fill a moment of silence with a negative account of someone’s life?  Why do we report a tragedy with excitement and glee but skeptically report a miracle?  Why is it easier to complain than to give praise?  Why is it easier to tear someone down, than to build them up?  “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers, this should not be.”  James 3:9-10

Unfortunately, I have been guilty of this .  As believers, we should be speaking words of life and not death on a consistent basis.  Words of encouragement aren’t just for the receiver but for the giver as well.  A word of encouragement,  truly is a balm for the soul.  It heals and soothes broken hearts and spirits. 

Try this experiment.  For at least three days, speak words of encouragement to yourself and others.  Limit the amount of negative news you expose yourself to–this includes entertainment news too.  Instead, seek out positive news stories.  Whenever you’re tempted to complain, praise God for whatever blessings you do have.  If you feel like criticizing someone or something, stop and ask yourself if it is coming from a place of self-righteousness, bitterness or low self-esteem.  Keep a little journal to document how you feel during the day.  Do you feel less anxious or stressed out?  Are you sleeping better?  Are you thinking clearer?  Are you feeling lighter?  You might be surprised by the results.  I wouldn’t suggest it if I hadn’t tried it myself.  After you’ve completed your three days, send me a comment to let me know how it went.  Your experience could also be a source of encouragement to someone else. 

Here are some scriptures to help you get through: 

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14

“The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.”  Isaiah 50:4

“But my mouth would encourage you: comfort from my lips would bring you relief.” Job 16:5

” A cheerful look brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones.” Proverbs 15:30

“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3

 “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3

“He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” Proverbs 21:23

“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much” Proverbs 20:19

“When words are many, sin is not absent but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

“Keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Proverbs 4:24

“The lips of the righteous nourish many.”  Proverbs 10:21

“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance but lips that speak knowledge are rare jewels.”  Proverbs 10:19

Good luck and God bless!  I hope to hear from you soon.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER By Tammy Glover

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

The fact is that you’re in the middle of a storm.  It feels like everything is falling apart around you.  It seems like you’re facing an impossible obstacle.  The truth is that, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move.  Nothing is impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

The fact is you have bills due and your bank account is low.  You need groceries for your family.  Your child’s shoes have had their last walk.  Your clothes are tattered and your car is dying.  The truth is that your heavenly Father knows that you need these things and if you trust in him he will provide.  “Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life.”  Matthew 6:25

The fact is there is a deadly disease ravaging your body.  The doctors say that there is a slim chance that you will survive.  They can try to cut it out or give you medicine to get rid of it but if it works, you’ll never be the same.  The truth is that, “by his wounds you have been healed,”  1 Peter 2:24.  “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed.  Save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.  Jeremiah 17:14

The fact is you are in a dead-end job.  You feel as if your life has no value.  You feel destined to live a life of mediocrity.  The truth is that God says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

The fact is your mind is in chaos.  You’re confused and unfocused.  You feel like you’re going crazy.  You just can’t get right.  The truth is, “for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7

The fact is you are alone.  You try to call on your friends and family but they’re busy dealing with their own issues.  You feel abandoned and lonely.  It seems like there is no one you can talk to.  The truth is that God says, “I will be with you; I will never leave you or forsake you.”  Joshua 1:5

The fact is you feel unloved.  You push away anyone who tries to love you because you feel unworthy of love.  It seems like you will never find true love.  The truth is that God says, “yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed.”  Isaiah 54:10

The fact is you’re afraid.  Things have happened to you and around you that has shattered your sense of security.  You fear for your family, your physical safety, your health and your finances.  You read the newspaper or turn on the news and it gives you all the reasons why you should be afraid.  The truth is, “if you make the Most High your dwelling–even the Lord, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  Psalm 91:9-11

Now, do you want to spend the rest of your life focusing on the facts or the truth of the matter?

“Teach me your way, O Lord and I will walk in your truth.” Psalm 86:11

What Man Sees As Trash, God Sees As Treasure by Tammy Glover

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

Be careful how you treat me and what you say to me. Just because I don’t look like you or act like you doesn’t mean I’m your garbage. Life may have beaten me down and weakened my spirit. I may walk the streets as a ghost. My mind may be clouded by drugs, alcohol or mental defects. I may push my worldly possessions around in a cart. I may be dirty and smelly, but I’m still God’s treasure.

I may not speak with eloquence. I may not know the correct fork to use at the dinner table. I don’t have power lunches. I don’t know the difference between a Zinfandel and Cabernet wine. I may just serve your food or clear your table as you avoid my gaze. I may only see how much food you waste as I clean your dishes, but I’m still God’s treasure.

I may have spent half a lifetime behind bars. I may not have learned any other way to survive other than with violence. The only skill I posses may be selling poison on the streets. I may have been taught to live as an animal, the only way I know how to obtain things is by forcefully taking them. I may not know about the law of giving, but I’m still God’s treasure.

I may make a living on the streets never truly knowing my value. I may flaunt my body as if I have honor but inside I hate myself. I may lay down with anyone who smiles at me. I may think men define me. I may think that making children that I don’t have the ability to care for is the only way to know true love and make me whole. Even though, I may not know who my children’s father is, I’m still God’s treasure.

I may not be the brightest or the cutest child in class. I may not know how to play well with others. I may be quiet and timid on the playground. My parents may not be able to buy me nice clothes and toys. They may not have time to comb my hair or come to parent-teacher conference, but I’m still God’s treasure.

I may just sit right next to you at work. I may have taken your order at the restaurant. I may have delivered your mail. I may have fixed your computer. I may have solved your billing problem over the phone. I may have sat next to you in the doctor’s office. My cell may have gone off at the movie theater. I may have cut you off on the road while I was texting. I may have called you at dinnertime to ask if you were interested in changing your long distance plan. I may work for you or you may work for me. I may go to your school or church. I may live next door to you or across the street. I am still God’s treasure.

Treasure isn’t easily found. Sometimes, it’s hidden under layers of rock and dirt. You see, what man declares garbage, God anoints as treasure. What man sees as a lump of coal, God sees as a brilliant diamond. He created us all to shine. We are meant to be the light of the world. Not everyone has realized God’s potential for them yet. They may look, act, and speak strangely to us because they are still living in darkness. They may not have stepped foot inside of a church or opened up a Bible, but you have. You know that you are to love your neighbor as you love yourself. You know that you are to be kind and generous. You know that you are to show compassion to others just as Jesus has shown compassion for you. You know to treat others honorably. How in the world are we going to bring people to God if we don’t accurately represent Him?

Before you turn your nose up, avoid eye contact, pretend someone doesn’t exist or cast them aside as worthless trash; stop and remember that they are still God’s treasure.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

 

You Can’t Take It With You By Tammy Glover

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be.” Matthew 6:21So many times people forget that it’s not just material things that we can’t take with us. There are some emotional things we can’t take with us too. As we prepare ourselves on earth for our journey home with the Lord, here are some things that we should be trying to get rid of.

One of the biggest things that we can’t take with us to heaven is grudges. There is absolutely no room for unforgiveness in heaven. Why would you even want to drag this garbage around on earth anyway? Forgiveness isn’t for the person who hurt you, it’s for you. The longer you hold on to hurt and anger towards someone, the longer they have control over you. Forgive and take back control. “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6: 14

Another thing you can’t take with you is pride. No one gets to heaven by good deeds alone, they get there by the grace of God. It’s because Jesus Christ died for us that we have access to this grace. “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 11:30.

No one should look down on anyone else. No one here on earth is perfect. We should all be striving to be like Jesus, who is perfection. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18.

Hatred is another thing you can’t take with you. How can you possibly expect to take hate to a place of pure love? Our Father in heaven is love; therefore we have to love each other as well. The Lord says, “Love your neighbors as yourself.” Matthew 22:39. This goes for everyone. There is no room for hate towards anyone, no matter what color, religion, gender or political belief. We even have to love our enemies. “But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:44.

Now, here is the good news. We can take joy, peace, love, comfort and security with us. Wouldn’t you much rather take these things with you anyway?