Monday, February 29, 2016

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Hello!!! Did you really think that we were going to make it out of this month without talking about love? Really?? Did you? Aha! That's funny, because that's exactly what we are talking about today! Even though love should be a daily walk for each and everyone of us, you probably know by now that February has been deemed as the month for the lover and the romantic at heart. The LOVE month so to speak, many many many sermons are about Ruth and Boaz, Samson and Delilah, Adam and Eve, and so on until you know about the good the bad and the ugliest of love in the bible. That isn't quite my approach today though. I'm coming from a unconventional perceptive because in all reality, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! 

 1 John 3:18 tells us "Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions." This scripture makes it plain to us that we are supposed to SHOW that we truly love each other rather then letting our speech do all the work. When you think about it, it can be so easy to tell someone that you love them, but to actually SHOW them is another story. You may have to put in a little more effort to really show that person that what you said is actually true.

 A persons actions will tell you everything about them regardless of the words they speak. If you want to know how they really feel about you watch their actions, and you will start to see exactly who that person is for face value, It's like that saying "their true colors came out", Then all  the sweet, pretty, and smooth talk they try to swindle you with becomes nothing but a waste of breath.

Talk is extremely cheap nowadays and people can tell you that they have your back all day until the deal goes down then they decide to forget who you are all of a sudden. It's almost like you all never had intimate conversations, hung out, prayed for one another, and some more!Pay close attention to their actions and the way they respond when you need them the most.
If you tell someone that they are hurting you and they continue to hurt you despite the fact that you have told them time and time again that the thing they are doing to you is breaking you down, I've learned some time ago the sad truth of the matter is they don't care about you. They don't care as much as they claim they do, because if they did they wouldn't keep pouring salt on your wounds. They would say sorry and mean it, you would see a change in their actions in regard to the particular issue, they wouldn't keep hurting you without a care in the world.

Lastly, you have to put certain people that say they love you but fail to show you in a certain place in your life. Sometimes it is simply kicking them out off your life, but you must make sure that is what God wants you to do. God could be trying to develop something in you by having that person in your life, but hear me and hear me very well that when the Lord releases you, you have to be willing to walk away without looking back.

I've personally gone through some serious heartache trying to keep people close to me that continuously hurt me. The last thing you want to do is look back and start to die; physically, mentally, and spiritually (been there too).  Let's not even mention Lot's wife in Genesis 19:26 as she decided to look back when leaving the city of Sodom and Gomorrah despite the Lord telling them all not too, she turned into a pillar of salt, How horrific! Who wants to become a pillar of salt? lol But seriously be careful!

I read something recently that said "don't allow someone to get comfortable disrespecting you." I was in my feelings like that'll preach! Really though!! Truly, we love the Lord, but that doesn't mean that we have to accept any ole treatment from people, he doesn't want us to be in toxic dysfunctional relationships, partnerships, and friendships with people that constantly disrespect, misuse, and abuse us. That just isn't healthy!

*** I hope and pray that this post has shined light on some situation you may be up in the air about and helps you make your final plan of escape, because you deserve to be treated like the KING/QUEEN that you are! I love you!  Until next time.......

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Get Out Of The Boat!

It is time to get out of the boat! You may have read or heard the story of Jesus walking on the sea many times before, but I don't know if you've heard it in the way that I plan to break it down to you on today. I will not be touching on the entire story, so therefore I encourage you to read the entire story in Matthew 14:22-33 when you get a chance.

Beginning Knowledge: The disciples were told by Jesus to get in a boat and go to the other side of the sea, they were obedient in doing so but Jesus left them at sea all alone while he went away to pray after a tremendous outpouring (Matthew 13:21).

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
#TiaPughTalks: You may be in a place such as this right now, feeling like even though you have listened to the Lord and followed his very instructions you are in a storm and going through pure hell right now....
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
#TiaPughTalks: But he hears your cries and knows that you are in distressed and under stress and he wants to provide you with comfort and peace....
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
#TiaPughTalks: He wants you to know that this isn't destined to take you out, but rather it is designed to bring you out. There is purpose in your storm, setback, trial, and disappointment and he has plans to show you exactly what those are, just don't give up and hang in there to find out.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
#TiaPughTalks: Begin to rejoice in the fact that Jesus has a plan for you in the midst of all the chaos that you are experiencing. Don't be afraid of the storm and don't let it have power over you. Jesus is literally in the midst of the storm ready to supply you with everything you need to get out of the boat and tread on the very thing you thought was going to kill you.
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

NEW REVELATION: Do you notice how Peter answers IMMEDIATELY he doesn't sit on it and ponder as to if he should or should not ask Jesus to do the unthinkable....HE just ANSWERS!! Answer the voice of God, without hesitation!! 
#TiaPughTalks: Pray to the Lord! Ask Him to deliver you out of the storm that you are in. Ask Him to show you that you have the power to walk on the thing that you thought was going to kill you. Ask Him to show himself powerful and faithful during this time.
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
#TiaPughTalks: But because you are asking Him to do something for you, he is going to require a new level of faith from you. When He gives you direct instructions to get out of the boat and reign in victory over the storm, please please please don't take your eyes off of him! You need to stay focus on Him because if you lose sight of the purpose in reigning over your storm you will be overtaking by the storm that you were supposed to have victory in.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
#TiaPughTalks: BUT GOD! Praise Him for being a ever present help in the time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) Even if you do take your eyes off Him in the midst of walking on the thing that was designed to kill you and you start to sink, in grief, depression, and low self worth; due to your lack of faith I highly encourage you too throw your hands up in worship and he will be there to pick you up. When you get out of the boat in pursuit of Him he will never let you fail, sink, or drown. Do you know one reason why? because He isn't going to make himself look bad. He said he wouldn't leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6) so there is no way he is going to go against His word (Isaiah 55:11).
*I like how it never says that He let go of Pete's hand. When Peter got a hold of Jesus hand he clinged to him until they got back on solid ground. When they get to the destination (destiny) the wind ceased! That blessed me!  
*****Although the boat was comfortable for Peter, he wanted to experience Jesus in a new way and because of his level of faith (when first getting out) by getting out of the boat He is the only one in the bible and that boat to have walked on water. So I'm asking you are you ready to experience Jesus in a new way or are you content with living mediocre? Are ready to get out of the boat despite what it looks like around you to be known as the ONLY one that did what you did for Gods glory? 

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