Do not be deceived. Righteousness attracts God’s glory. It is an armor of God. God rewards faithfulness – He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The Bible emphasizes faith and works. Faith without works is dead and saying Lord, Lord without walking in God’s will is futile and a deception.
Do not let the enemy outwit you, outwit him with the complete armor of God. Put on the full gospel. Cherish the word of God. Fight, fight!. Walking in holiness is a significant part of fighting the good fight of faith. Jesus struggled against sin and won. Defeat sin and anything that takes you away from God’s perfect will.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
You were saved by grace through faith, and created for good works. Never forget that both faith and works is important. Balance is very very important and faith without works is dead. It is also a great deception. Over and over again the Bible tells us to live right and love others. Grace is definitely not an avenue for us to persist in sin. Judgement begins in the house of God and the Lord will judge His people. Our God is a consuming fire and it is a fearful thing ti fall into the hands of the living God. God will not be mocked and what ever a man sows, a man reaps. The Lord Himself corrects and disciplines His children. He rebukes those that He loves.
We must constantly have faith in what God has done and thank Him for it. We should also remember that continuing to walk in sin means insulting the spirit of grace and looking down on the blood of Jesus.
Always realize that the Lord is the one that sustains and protects you. He is your happiness and joy, your song, your salvation, your strength and your all in all. When the enemy comes to afflict you, the Lord is the one that will lift up a standard against Him.
Depend on the Lord at all times and never give up. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and our helper, glory to God. We are not orphans. He loves us so deeply and is ever willing to help us in our battles against the enemy. He is ever willing to completely purify, sanctify and cleanse us and give us complete victory. He is the one that will take us to the mountain top of Christian Maturity.
Glory to God. Our God is our strength and shield. He will be with us to help us till the very end.
Don’t build toxic relationships. A relationship that you cannot express yourself in, is a toxic relationship.
A healthy relationship will allow you to express your hurts, disappointments, and expectations. If you are upset, the other person allows you to express yourself without counterattack or shutting off with anger, verbal assaults or silence. You should also allow the other person to express his or her hurts without negative reactions. You cannot dictate to someone how to feel especially if the person is hurt and something triggered it.
A healthy relationship will allow you to talk through problems and work things out. Any relationship that does not allow you to talk through problems and creatively resolve conflicts is a toxic relationship.
A relationship where the offender refuses dialogue, and conditions for peace to be negotiated and met, is a toxic relationship.
Biblical Example and Case Study Matthew 18: 15
15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
1. An aggressor must be willing to change and embrace peace. If not, he has failed the conditions for peace.
Hagar and Sarah
The Angel of the Lord appeared Hagar and commanded her to go and submit to her mistress. Hagar had introduced toxicity into the relationship and there was simply no need for that. Sarah dealt harshly with her and fled fled Sarah’s presence. When she left the relationship died but God intervened, and she changed her ways and conditions for peace was met.
An aggressor must change for peace to reign. There was no way that Sarah was supposed to put up with abuse and die of heart ache just to please Sarah or for peace to reign. It was not a case of Sarah please forgive Hagar, it was a case of Hagar please repent, behave yourself and give peace a chance.
If you are a Hagar, bringing unnecessary toxicity into a good relationship, please stop. Repent and give peace a chance.