Come back to church!

I just posted on Instagram tonight, a beautiful scripture:  “Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).  And as I usually do, I thought about the scripture: what it takes to be a peacemaker.  It sounds easy enough, right?  One that loves (check), one that is not quarrelsome (check), one that is a not a backbiter… (check… most of the time).  OUCH!  Conviction where my speech can cause trouble.  Lord, I still need help from time to time with this!

Just because we may post about Jesus doesn’t mean we think we’re perfect or better than anyone else.  It’s the realization we are sinners and in need of JESUS!  I hear so often that people stop attending church because of the hypocrisy.   But here’s the thing, I am a work in progress just like every other person attending church.

Don’t walk away from church because people fall short of your expectations.  We all fall short of the glory (Romans 2:10).  Come back to church because you have purpose for the kingdom of God!  Come back because you are missed!  Come back because you are needed!  Come back because of the fellowship, to exhort one another (Hebrews 10:25).

Don’t allow someone else’s shortcomings to hinder what God has for you.  Just saying… you’re missed, more than you’ll ever know if you don’t come back.


Today is my victory!

Today is my victory!  You may not believe it, but I do.  For I am victorious in Christ!  His Word says it. so it must be true.  

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV – But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sounds good.  But how do we know the bible is true?

Proverbs 30:5 KJV – Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Numbers 23: 19 KJV – God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

You may be asking “What if I don’t feel victorious?”  Many days I don’t “feel” victorious. I’m just keeping this real.  Life happens:  we experience physical pain, get sick, get hit with a whopping bill that we didn’t expect, the roof leaks, the car breaks down, marriages fall apart, jobs are lost, the list can go on and on.  But even then, I am victorious! For I know, God is always with me, He has promised me!

Hebrews 13:5 KJV – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

I drive a 2007 Ford Escort.  I would love to have a new vehicle.  And I know it’s okay to want to have something better and more reliable.  But even while I drive this car that is over 10 years old, I am victorious!  How do I  know that?  Because God provides for me, I do not lack.  It doesn’t mean that at this moment I get what I think would be the best car for me, but I know who my supplier is.

Philippians 4:19 KJV – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I bet you’re thinking “Hold on.  Why shouldn’t you have the best if God is your supplier?”  I know I already have the best!  I have Jesus as my Lord and Savior!  This time here on earth will pass, but because Jesus died for my sins, I will spend eternity with God!  This short time of natural life is just a grain of sand compared to the time where I will be spending eternity.  I know that my focus may get sidetracked a lot of times by things that happen to me or go on around me, but the important thing is to bring as many as I can to know how wonderful God’s love is.  That He loved each of us enough to send His Son to become flesh, and carry our sins to the cross.   In my sinful state, without Jesus, I would surely die.

Romans 6:23 KJV – For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But Jesus took my place on the cross.  He paid my sin debt in full! And He did it for you too!

Romans 5:8 KJV – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV – And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Matthew 28:6 KJV – He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Luke 24: 6-7 KJV – For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Romans 6:4 KJV – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

John 11:25 KJV – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?  No matter what you’ve said or done, if you believe it, now is the time to claim your salvation through Christ Jesus.


Romans 10:9 KJV – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 8:11 KJV – But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

All you need to do is say a simple prayer, something like this;

“Father, I am a sinner in need of a Savior.  I repent of my sins.  I want to turn away from the way I have lived.  I believe that Your Son Jesus, came to earth, carried my sins to the cross, and paid for my sins.  I believe that by Your power, He rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven.  I make Jesus the Lord of my life.”

What’s next?  Find a church with sound teaching.  Make it your aim to read the bible to get to know how wonderful God is and let Him reveal His many promises for you and your life.  And remember, though things may come your way, you are victorious!

Here are some scriptures to help you get started about your victory:

2 Corinthians 5:7-9 KJV – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Deuteronomy 20:4 KJV –   For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

John 16:33 KJV – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 1:9 KJV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Peter 3:9 KJV – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1 John 5:4 KJV – For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV – But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Give a shout onto the Lord for He is good, and faithful, and mighty to save!  HALLELUJAH!

Psalm 23 – A psalm of victory, not just at death but while we’re alive!

I’ve read this psalm on so many funeral bulletins,  but once I studied this out, going back to the Hebrew translations of key words, this psalm has become my psalm of victory for my life!   Please give it a read and then join me as I share a deeper revelation of this psalm as Holy Spirit guided me through it!  I’ll go through each, pick out key words, give you the word in Hebrew and the definition.  Once done, when you read it at the end, you will undoubtedly read it with fresh eyes of understanding.

Psalm 23 (KJV)
23 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.      
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
Shepherd – “Roi”- protector,and ruler of a flock of man.  
In an unenclosed country, early in the morning the shepherd led the flock from the fold to where they would be pastured.  Here he watched them all day, taking care   that none strayed, but if one did he would seek diligently til he found and brought it back.  In lands like Philistine, the shepherd has to lead them to a water source.  At night he’d bring them back to the fold counting as they passed under the rod to     make sure none were missing.  Even then he would have to guard them through the night from the attack of wild beasts or thieves.
want – “XQG”  – to lack, be without, to diminish.   

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
green – “@YC” – young vegetation (Holy Spirit showed it is the best)
pastures – “D@P” – pasture,pleasant place, meadow, abode (Holy Spirit showed it’s a place one longs to be)

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  
-“AEY” – to refresh, repair, rescue
paths – “LBRN” – entrenchment, track (Holy Spirit said “already established” – this then is a path that He already set in place, a good path)
righteousness – “WCV” – justice in case or cause, rightness in speech, righteousness as vindicated, justification in controversy, deliverance, victory, prosperity, deliverance, victory, prosperity, of God as covenant-keeping redemption, in name of Messianic King, of people enjoying salvation (wow, there’s alot here, it’s important to let this definition sink into your heart)
name’s – “MY” – reputation, fame, glory, the Name (as designation of God’s), memorial, monument

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
walk – “JLI” – to go, come, proceed, move, to lead, march, prosper, pursue, spread
valley – “@IB” – a steep valley, narrow gorge (Holy Spirit showed me this is not something climbed out of easily, this valley may appear to leave us at risk, in the open, vulnerable)
death – “ZENLV” – deep shadow or darkness, extreme danger
fear – “@XI” – to be afraid, stand in awe of, revere, honor or respect
evil – “RX” – affliction, adversity, calamity, distress, sorry, trouble, wretchedness, wrong, unkind, vicious in disposition   (Holy Spirit just showed me “RX” as in “RX prescription” with the definition of RX being recipe… it is more than coincidence that RX needs to be cured or altered back to a state of wholeness or wellness)
rod – “HAY” -a stick (for walking), a club (of shepherd’s implement), a sceptre (mark of authority)
staff – “DPRYN” – support of every kind

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
preparest – JRX – arrange, esteem
before – “MIPT” – serve, shewbread, please, in front of, presence of
enemies – “XXV”- adversary, distress, to be bound or tied up, shut up
annointest – “OYC”-to satisfy
head – “Y@X” -“forefront, chief
oil – “ONY” – often perfumed

cup – “QEK” – as a container
over – “DIEX” – saturation, wealthy

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
goodness – “AEH” – beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, fair, favour, fine, pleasant, precious, prosperity, sweet, wealth, agreeable, excellent, rich, good understand (of intelligence), right
mercy – “CQG”- goodness, kindness, faithfulness, beautify, favor, good deed
follow – “SCX” – follow after, pursue, run after, eagerly to secure
days – “MEI” – always, daily, everlasting, perpetually, presently, remaineth
dwell – “AYI” – to remain, abide, habitation, seat
house – “ZIA” – dwelling habitation
Lord – “DEDI” – Jehovah – “the existing One”, proper name of the one true God

Now that you’ve read through the definitions, with the Holy Spirit guiding which definitions for me to note, read The Passion Translation of Psalm 23 below.  I believe you’ll agree that Psalm 23 is a song, a melody we need to sing forth as it is David’s poetic praise to God!

The Lord is my best Friend and my Shepherd.  I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in His luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where He restores and revives my life.  He opens before pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in His footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to His name.
Lord, even when Your path takes me through the valley of the deepest darkness, fear will not conquer me, for You already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.  Your authority is my strength and peace.  The comfort of Your love takes away my fear.  I’ll never be lonely for You are near.
You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight.  You annoint me with with the fragrance of the Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of You until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future?  For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.  Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to You glorious presence to be forevermore.











To Walk In God’s Peace

The last month has been very emotional.  After being divorced for 10 years, I had met someone online and spent time daily communicating with him in the process of getting to know him.  It wasn’t a dating site, but I responded to his invitation to talk, after checking to find we had a mutual friend online.  Over the weeks I grew in trust to open up a little more.  But every now and then I would not have peace.  But I dismissed it as the fear of becoming intimate with someone, allowing my heart to be opened.

My third grandchild was just born 7 1/2 weeks premature, and I thank God with all My heart that He developed her in such a way she was able to come out as the doctors said, “remarkably healthy”,  her lungs had developed enough so she could breathe on her own.  In fact, she arrived with a cry, which was a beautiful sign!  And though I have family and many friends, this man was who I wanted to share this with.  Being stationed overseas he was 9 hours ahead, but he was there for me throughout the day through texting.  This showed me I was opening my heart to this man.   But there were still moments I would have a fear rise up in me.   And finally in a quick instance, I told him I was fearful and needed to stop.

I quickly went to the Lord in tears having regret for sending that message, and kept asking “Why?  Why was I not in peace?”

And God responded, saying:
” The world would tell you to take chances.  But I am not a God of chance.  I already know what I desire for you.  Let it be in you as it is in Me, allowing me to rule over your heart in every area of your life.  Keeping My perfect peace will keep you connected to My perfect will for you.  Let it become so ingrained in you to stay in peace, that is how you will know My perfect will.”

I won’t lie to you, saying this is a cakewalk once you decide to surrender your life to Christ.  And even this morning I woke up in tears thinking of no longer having this man in my life.  But I chose Christ.  I chose to surrender all of me.  As the lyrics in Elevation Worship’s song (Give Me Faith) say:  “I need You to soften my heart and break me apart.  I need You to open my eyes and see that You’re shaping my life.  All I am, I surrender.  Give me faith to trust what You say.  That You’re good, Your love is great.  I’m broken inside, I give you my life.”

I knew his response would be one of frustration.  And in my tears, I knew I had a word to give to him.  God said I needed to wait a short time before I gave him whatever God was going to say, in order for him to be prepared to receive it.  God said by doing so, he would be able to have that peace the world knows not of.   And God’s word did flow.  I know I did the right thing as I had peace in what I wrote back to him.  And I know in the end, he will have God’s peace as well.

And though I still have my eyes well with tears even as I write this, I know my confidence is in the Lord.  I chose this life of submission.  God took me to His word afterwards to a specific scripture.
Isaiah 55:11-12:
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out inf my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:  the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

In the word that God had given me to relay was that he was not for me, he is for someone else.  My heart felt shattered, but I believe God to be good.  He knows what He is doing.  So I will continue to walk in faith and not by sight.

Be encouraged if you’re going through a storm, knowing that the God Almighty is with you and His love is sufficient to get you through. May God’s peace be with you!



Does God Heal Yet Today? I say “Yes!”

So many Christians believe in God and in salvation, but struggle to believe healing is always God’s will.  Now we don’t always see healing happen in the time frame we’d like or the way God chooses to heal.  But healing is for today!  In God’s Word, HE tells us that He heals:

Exodus 15:26 (KJV)
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

I would like to share two personal testimonies of being healed.

Until I turned 50, I had never visited, nor did I want to visit, a charismatic church.  I had laughed when I heard there were churches were people were laid out by the Holy Ghost and they danced and rejoiced loudly.  But a friend invited me after having a conversation where I said I needed to find a church where I would not settle for feeling good on Sunday and by Tuesday my joy seemed to leave and it was work to get through the rest of the week.    Because I knew she was a mature Christian, I did go, even though honestly it was uncomfortable for me having sat quietly and singing the old hymns all my life in churches.  I won’t go any farther with that until another time.  I know it’s important to share these testimonies.

After attending for maybe a year, I went to an evening Friday Night Fire service.  I was prayed over (and I want to be cautious how I say this) and didn’t fall backward but felt myself being laid out and knew someone was behind me to “catch” me and help me lay on the floor.  I laid on that floor for over 45 minutes, unable to move from my shoulders down to my knees.  The only way I can say how it felt was like I had the pressure of magnets from the floor connecting to magnets on my trunk of my body and I could not lift myself.  After a while when I said I wanted up, I was told to get up then. Then I explained I felt I couldn’t, feeling almost sucked down to the floor.  They explained the Holy Spirit was doing something then and I should stay down.  When the service ended and some were already leaving I told the Pastor I wanted to get up.  Her husband and another man helped me to my feet, I wouldn’t have been able to get up on my own.  A few days later I asked Pastor if God could have healed my back while I was on the floor.  I told her what I felt and that when I got up my back felt like a plank.  An unnatural curve I had seen a doctor about in my teen years was suddenly straightened!  And for weeks I kept running my hand down my back, amazed at how straight it felt!  The Pastor then shared with me that her husband and the other man who helped me up said they felt like they were pulling me out of cement (and these are two beefy man).  I did not go up for prayer for healing, because number one, I didn’t believe God would just heal me, and I wasn’t in real pain.  But the doctor said with that curve as I got older it would become painful.  So I praise God for I know with all that I am that I was truly healed.

The second healing I had just happened over the weekend.  Having put on my boots to walk some trash outdoors, I was lazy and didn’t zip up the side of the boot.  I ended up rolling my foot over the thresh hold which caused some pain.  I quickly zipped up the boot and went on my way to get the trash put out and run some errands.  When I came back in and removed the boot I instantly had pain once the compression of the boot was loosened.  Within minutes I couldn’t put weight on the foot at all and hobbled around. I’ve been attending church long enough to believe that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and that what I profess can greatly affect my personal being, emotionally as well as physically.  I immediately professed God’s Word over myself from the moment I had rolled my foot.  I reminded God that He is my Great Physician, that by Jesus’ stripes I am healed, Jesus bore our sickness and disease, no weapon formed against me shall prosper (you get the idea– I used God’s Word to remind Him that I believed Him to not only be able to, but to be willing to heal me).

Now, here comes the transparency God has called me to use in my blogs.  After 2 hours I was wore out and in pain and went to bed by 7:30, but continued to profess His Word over my foot.  I ended up putting on a compression sock and managed to sleep fairly well.  When I turned in my bed, it would immediate bring pain and I would again profess out loud God’s Word.  When I woke up in the morning and went to step on my foot it was painful and I hobbled around the house.  But I had my mind set in stone I was going to church and continued to not only remind God what His Word says, I praised Him for my healing.  In less than an hour I had to go to church and I was able to put my foot in a shoe and walk the couple of blocks to get there.  I had someone come into agreement with me that I trusted to stand in faith with me that I was healed.  By that same evening I would say I was down to only the tiniest of a twinge of pain from time to time and it was completely healed by the time I went to bed.

I praise God for He is faithful and true.  He is not a man that He would lie.  He is the Great Physician.  He healed me physically at least two times!  And I can’t begin to count the times He has worked on healing me emotionally.

John 21:25 (KJV)
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.   

There are many Christians who will say they don’t believe God would heal them.  But I would say to you that I know He loves each of us and longs to heal.  Now the bible gives reasons why we don’t always see a healing take place, and I want to go through them with you, but that’s for another post.

God bless you all!


Journey of Grace

As much as we’d like to be transformed immediately when we accept Christ into our hearts, it is a lifelong process.  We become a new person in Christ, but it takes effort and determination to build the character of Jesus within us.  I beg to differ with anyone who says it’s a cakewalk.  It’s a day-by-day, dying to ourselves, and choosing where we put our focus and shifting our desires to no longer please ourselves, but to please God.

John 15:1-5 (KJV)
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

I am so thankful for the gift of the Holy Spirit once I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

John 14:26 (KJV)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

I am now on a journey of grace.  I have been picked up, brushed off, and held up by the loving arms of my Father.  But that doesn’t mean that life doesn’t continue.  We’re not put in a bubble that keeps us from getting knocked around by circumstances and situations.  But how we respond to what we go through is where grace happens.

As I wrote in my previous post, I allowed myself to be offended, feeling left out at a luncheon at work.  I went inward, determined that I would not allow anyone close enough to hurt me.  One day led to a week of eating lunch at my desk alone.  But then God spoke.  Yes, I felt hurt, but the wonderful thing He said was that I had allowed my walls to come down in the first place and to trust again.

Without going too far on a rabbit trail, I am divorced.  I discovered that some women who I counted as friends actually vied for my husband’s attention. And other female friends who I thought would stand beside me through the healing process after, were nowhere to be found.  I built and stayed in a self-made prison of protection for years.  I am so thankful that God loved me enough to not allow me to stay there any longer.  By His grace, by the Holy Spirit and company of Godly women, the walls came down and I was freed.

I’ve learned that I really need a better understanding of His grace.  After the offense  at work, one afternoon God said “Go for a walk.”  I rebutted quickly with “I don’t want to.”  And again, the gentle voice came “Go for a walk.”  He said it wouldn’t be a long walk, and I was led to the town library 2 blocks away.  My library card was actually chewed up by a dog we had a few years earlier, but I went in, paid for a replacement card and immediately went upstairs, down a specific aisle, and looked up and knew I had to pull out 3 specific books (not by my choosing but led by Holy Spirit).  All 3 books had “Grace” in the title.  I chuckled, and God said ever so softly, “You  need a deeper understanding of My grace”.

I know in my heart this was all God, because I had my mind made up the only book I should be reading was the actual Bible, along with using a Concordance.  Not coming to really accept Christ until I was 50 years old, I believed I had to “catch up” with where others were in church and couldn’t be bothered with other books.

So begins this journey of  a deeper understanding of His grace.

To be or not to be… offended.

Today at work I was reminded that I may have began my journey on this Christian walk, but have a long way to go.  Have you ever felt hurt by others, sincerely believing they didn’t intend to do so, but still felt the sting?  Surely, at one time or another, you too have felt offended.

I work in a part of a building where all the other women work for a particular program at our agency, while I am the receptionist.   They had decided to all bring food they would share, but I was not included.   Now I realize I had three possible reactions:  (1) Not react and shrug it off.  (2)  Become offended which can quickly lead to (3)  Feel sorry for myself.

Though my day was going well, once I found this out, I struggled, feeling hurt, left out, and isolated.  I tried to encourage myself and focus on the Lord, but it was a battle.  I was struggling with being offended.  Which, as a Christian, I know I should not do.  The bible tells us:

Proverbs 19:11 (KJV) -The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

James 1:19 (KJV) -Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

When I allow myself to become offended, these three things tend to happen in quick succession:
(1)  I find myself having taken my focus completely off God and going inward.  (2)  I allow my imagination to play out an entire scene 10 seconds of what would happen if I expressed my hurt.  (3)  I become withdrawn and eventually  (4)  I repent.

I am not proud of admitting this, but the Lord has told me my purpose in this blog is to be transparent.  I had to go to a fellow Christian and ask her to pray with me, that I would not be offended and explained what had happened.  I am so thankful for God’s mercy and grace that are new every day.  My friend prayed that I would not be offended and prayed for God’s peace to come upon me.  And I thank God, that His peace that passes all understanding, did come upon me.

I wish I could tell you that the rest of the day went without a struggle.  But I had to renew my thoughts a number of times after that.  But I’m so grateful God has instructed us with His Word how to overcome the flesh by renewing our thoughts.

Romans 12:2 (KJV) – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

It’s important to know that offense and pride go hand in hand.  I’m asking my Father to help me seek the root of that pride issue because I know in this walk of faith, with the help of the Holy Spirit I am victorious through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.