i, LIKE MANY BLACK WOMEN, FIND IT PARTICULARLY HARD TO SHOW AND ADMIT MY WEAKNESSES.  I AVOID CRYING IN PUBLIC AT ALL COSTS AND I DON’T WANT MY BOYFRIEND TO EVER THINK I CAN’T DO SOMETHING AND I NEED HIM.  YEP, I’M A CLASSIC CASE LOL BUT THE TRUTH IS WE ALL HAVE WEAKNESSES.  MY WEAKNESSES…I HATE SPEAKING IN PUBLIC, I HATE CONFRONTATION WITH FRIENDS AND I’M A BIG TIME PROCRASTINATOR.  THAT’S ONLY 3 OF THE MANY I POSSESS LOL ONE THING THAT I’VE LEARNED IS TO NOT BE AFRAID TO ADMIT YOUR WEAKNESSES.  GOD IS ABLE TO USE IT FOR HIS GOOD. “I AM WITH YOU; THAT IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER SHOWS UP BEST IN WEAK PEOPLE.” 2 CORITHIANS 12:9 THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE STRONG ON THEIR OWN ACCOUNT OFTEN PUSH GOD OUT OF THEIR LIVES. THEY HOLD THE BELIEF, “I CAN DO IT BY MYSELF. I DON’T NEED NOBODY”.  WE ARE MADE OF FLESH AND IT IS OH SO WEAK. HAVE YOU EVER HAD SOMETHING THAT YOU FELT WAS  TOO DIFFICULT TO OVERCOME? PARTYING, SHOPPING, EXCESSIVE DRINKING, HOMOSEXUALITY, DRUG ADDICTION OR UNCONTROLLABLE SEXUAL URGES? HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT THAT THE SIN WAS SO POWERFUL NOTHING COULD BRING YOU OUT? MANY OF US HOLD SHAME BECAUSE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE OR CURRENTLY ENGAGING IN. RELEASE IT. GOD ALREADY KNOWS AND IF YOU ASK HE FORGIVES. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU’VE DONE. HE’S SEEN IT ALL; YOU’RE NOT THE FIRST.

I USED TO THINK THAT THE DEVIL AND SIN HAD JUST AS MUCH POWER AS GOD BECAUSE IT SEEMED AS IF EVERYONE HAD SOMETHING THAT HAD A HOLD ON THEM AND THEY COULDN’T SEEM TO SHAKE IT BUT THIS COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. GOD CREATED ALL THINGS INCLUDING THE DEVIL, A FALLEN ANGEL. CREATIONS CAN NEVER BE GREATER THAN THE CREATOR. ANY TEMPTATION OF THE WORLD THAT THE DEVIL THROWS AT YOU CAN BE OVERCOME. HOW? “WATCH AND PRAY SO THAT YOU WILL NOT FALL INTO TEMPTATION. THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, BUT THE BODY IS WEAK”. -MARK 14:38 DON’T PUT YOURSELF IN TEMPTING SITUATIONS. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT YOU MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE SO WHEN YOU ARE TEMPTED YOU CAN  FOCUS ON IT. RECITE THE SCRIPTURE TO YOURSELF OR ALOUD TO ALLOW IT TO PENETRATE YOUR MIND AND SPIRIT. I CAN ATTEST THAT THIS WORKS. HERE ARE A FEW SCRIPTURES THAT CAN HELP YOU DURING A TIME OF TEMPTATION.

“I have given you authority…to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” -Luke 10:19

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” -Galatians 5:16-17

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” -1 John 4:4

WHERE DO YOUR WEAKNESSES LIE? MANY OF US HAVE CHOSEN TO ACCEPT THINGS IN OUR LIVES BECAUSE SOCIETY HAS DEEMED IT OKAY.  ME INCLUDED. I’VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY,

“I LIKE HAVING SEX. I’M A NYMPHO (GIGGLES).”

“I NEED MY RENT PAID LET ME CALL ____________ AND GIVE HIM SOME SO HE CAN DROP ME OFF A LITTLE SOMETHING.”

“AIN’T NOTHING WRONG WITH STEALING. I JUST DON’T STEAL FROM MY OWN PEOPLE.”

“ALL MEN CHEAT. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS.”

“MONEY OVER EVERYTHING. IF I CAN’T MAKE MONEY, I DON’T WANT NO PARTS OF IT.”

LIES. LIES. LIES. YOU CAN’T ACCEPT IT EVEN IF EVERYONE AROUND YOU HAS.  SO MANY OF US LOOK AT WHAT IS COOL AND FLY TO BE WHAT’S GOOD AND RIGHT AND ANYTHING RELATED TO GOD OR THE CHURCH AS LAME AND WE DON’T WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH IT. IF YOUR WAYS FIT PERFECTLY IN THE WORLD, YOU CAN’T FIT PERFECTLY WITH GOD. YOU HAVE SIMPLY BEEN WEAK AND MUST BUILD YOUR STRENGTH UP IN THE LORD SO THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE TEMPTATIONS AROUND US EVERYDAY. WE HAVE TO REPROGRAM OUR THINKING. JUST BECAUSE MAMA DID CERTAIN THINGS, IT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S OKAY. MOST OF THE TIME WE PICK UP SOME OF OUR WORST HABITS FROM OUR PARENTS. IT IS ONLY UP TO YOU TO DECIPHER WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE FROM THEM AND WHAT TO REJECT.

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THE LORD KNOWS WE ARE WEAK. PSLAM 103:14 READS, “FOR HE KNOWS HOW WEAK WE ARE; HE REMEMBERS WE ARE ONLY DUST.”  WE HAVE FOOLED OURSELVES TO BELIEVE WE CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING DUE TO OUR OWN KNOWLEDGE OR MERIT. GOD KNOWS WE ARE WEAK BUT DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS? PLEASE DON’T THINK OF GOD AND HIS WORD INA MYTHOLOGICAL, FAIRY TALE SENSE.  IF YOU AREN’T CONSTANTLY FOCUSED ON THE WORD YOU WILL CONTINUOUSLY FALL.  I NEVER FULLY UNDERSTOOD BEFORE, BUT I NOW KNOW THERE IS TRUE POWER IN THE WORD OF GOD. POWER YOU CAN EVEN FEEL PHYSICALLY! YOU HAVE TO MAKE A GENUINE CONNECTION AND PRAY FOR A BETTER RELATIONSHIP. THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN US ALL BUT IF WE NEVER ACKNOWLEDGE IT, THANK GOD FOR IT OR FEED IT, ITS LIGHT CAN’T FULLY SHINE.

IT TOOK ME 27 YEARS TO REALIZE I WAS NEVER TRULY COMMITTED BECAUSE I WAS TOO CONCERNED WITH MY OWN PLANS. YOU MUST MAKE TIME FOR THE LORD AND HIS WORD, FOR IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ON EARTH. MORE IMPORTANT THAN PURCHASING STEVEN MADDEN SHOES, WATCHING BASKETBALL WIVES, BUILDING YOUR CAREER OR SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR BOO. PRIORITIZE. REMEMBER YOU ARE TOO WEAK TO NAVIGATE THIS WORLD ALONE. IF YOU KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN FALLING SHORT AND YOU FEEL AS IF YOU HAVE NO MORAL DIRECTION, IT’S BECAUSE YOU ARE LACKING A TRUE CONNECTION WITH THE LORD. YOU NEED HIM. HE LOVES YOU AND WANTS YOU TO COME TO HIM. HE WILL LIFT YOU UP IF YOU DO. HOMIES, I’M A WITNESS! I WILL SHARE MORE OF MY PERSONAL SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN FUTURE POSTS. OPENLY SHARE YOUR WEAKNESSES AND STRUGGLES WITH GOD AND HE WILL HELP YOU TRANSFORM IT INTO POWER THAT YOU’VE NEVER KNOWN.

PEACE & BLESSINGS

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