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The Power of Jesus

Mark 1:23-24, 34

23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil[h] spirit began shouting, 24 “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.

34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.

So, I just started studying the book of Mark and just got an awesome but sobering revelation. In the above verses, Jesus has just arrived to Capernaum and on the Sabbath, being Jesus, shaking up all sorts of stuff, began teaching.  But of course, when the Word is about to go forth, the enemy shows up in this man. Now, verse 24 grabs me, the demons inside the man knew who Jesus was AND they knew that Jesus had the power and ability to destroy them!!!!!!!!!!! They knew that Jesus is the Holy One of God! Why this has never stuck out to me like this before me is crazy but the demons knew who he was and knew what Jesus was capable of. The sobering fact is that we, humans created in the image of God, God’s children, co-heirs with Jesus Christ himself, don’t KNOW who Jesus is and we certainly don’t know His power, but the demons do! OMG! So this just further shows why the enemy works so hard at keeping us deceived! The less we know about the power of Jesus, the more Satan can deceive us, keep us in bondage, keep us in sin, addictions, afflictions, sickness, doubting and questioning the power of God and His existence! Just to show how much power Jesus has over the enemy, in verse 34, Jesus casts out the demons and then doesn’t allow them to speak because the demons know who Jesus is!!! JESUS HAS POWER OVER DEMONS! Rejoice in this! Whatever “demon” you have or are battling with, Jesus is greater! There is truly power in the name of Jesus, don’t ever forget that or let the enemy talk you out of believing that! At the name of Jesus, demons flee!! If the demons know who Jesus is, shouldn’t you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


Is This You?

Hi!

proberbs for living

So, I’m doing the Proverbs challenge this month and this has been blessing me! Only on Day 7 but I’ve been getting so much out of the book of Proverbs and am excited for all that I’m going to learn as the days progress.  What’s really stuck out to me is how much emphasis is put on wisdom and understanding.  In Proverbs, wisdom and understanding are considered more valuable that gold, silver, rubies or anything you think you may desire! Talk about a change in perspective! The world tells us to go after the riches and wealth, but the Word of God tells us in all of our getting, get wisdom and understanding.  Now, what has also jumped out at me is how much a son of God is warned about the immoral woman.  I’m only on Day 7 and in Proverbs 5, 6 and all of 7 is dedicated to warning about the immoral woman.

Please see scriptures below:

Proverbs 5 (NLT)

My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
    listen carefully to my wise counsel.
Then you will show discernment,
    and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey,
    and her mouth is smoother than oil.
But in the end she is as bitter as poison,
    as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
    her steps lead straight to the grave.[a]
For she cares nothing about the path to life.
    She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.

So now, my sons, listen to me.
    Never stray from what I am about to say:
Stay away from her!
    Don’t go near the door of her house!
If you do, you will lose your honor
    and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10 Strangers will consume your wealth,
    and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11 In the end you will groan in anguish
    when disease consumes your body.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
    If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?
    Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
    and now I must face public disgrace.”

15 Drink water from your own well—
    share your love only with your wife.[b]
16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,
    having sex with just anyone?[c]
17 You should reserve it for yourselves.
    Never share it with strangers.

18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.
    Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 She is a loving deer, a graceful doe.
    Let her breasts satisfy you always.
    May you always be captivated by her love.
20 Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman,
    or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?

Proverbs 6 (NLT)

21 For the Lord sees clearly what a man does,
    examining every path he takes.
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;
    they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23 He will die for lack of self-control;
    he will be lost because of his great foolishness.

24 It will keep you from the immoral woman,
    from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.
25 Don’t lust for her beauty.
    Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.
26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty,[b]
    but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.
27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap
    and not have his clothes catch on fire?
28 Can he walk on hot coals
    and not blister his feet?
29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife.
    He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

30 Excuses might be found for a thief
    who steals because he is starving.
31 But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole,
    even if he has to sell everything in his house.
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool,
    for he destroys himself.
33 He will be wounded and disgraced.
    His shame will never be erased.
34 For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious,
    and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation,
    nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.

Proverbs 7 NLT

Follow my advice, my son;
    always treasure my commands.
Obey my commands and live!
    Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.[a]
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
    Write them deep within your heart.

Love wisdom like a sister;
    make insight a beloved member of your family.
Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman,
    from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.

While I was at the window of my house,
    looking through the curtain,
I saw some naive young men,
    and one in particular who lacked common sense.
He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman,
    strolling down the path by her house.
It was at twilight, in the evening,
    as deep darkness fell.
10 The woman approached him,
    seductively dressed and sly of heart.
11 She was the brash, rebellious type,
    never content to stay at home.
12 She is often in the streets and markets,
    soliciting at every corner.
13 She threw her arms around him and kissed him,
    and with a brazen look she said,
14 “I’ve just made my peace offerings
    and fulfilled my vows.
15 You’re the one I was looking for!
    I came out to find you, and here you are!
16 My bed is spread with beautiful blankets,
    with colored sheets of Egyptian linen.
17 I’ve perfumed my bed
    with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning.
    Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses,
19 for my husband is not home.
    He’s away on a long trip.
20 He has taken a wallet full of money with him
    and won’t return until later this month.[b]

21 So she seduced him with her pretty speech
    and enticed him with her flattery.
22 He followed her at once,
    like an ox going to the slaughter.
He was like a stag caught in a trap,[c]
23     awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart.
He was like a bird flying into a snare,
    little knowing it would cost him his life.

24 So listen to me, my sons,
    and pay attention to my words.
25 Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her.
    Don’t wander down her wayward path.
26 For she has been the ruin of many;
    many men have been her victims.
27 Her house is the road to the grave.[d]
    Her bedroom is the den of death.

Yes, I posted the whole thing! Now, that you’ve gotten your Bible reading time in, I ask this question; Is this you? Are you the immoral woman that a son should be warned about? Are you going after a married man, hoping that you can fill whatever need his wife supposedly isn’t fulfilling and in turn, he will leave her for you? Are you the one who gets dressed in hopes of enticing a man, getting his attention and giving him all of your body, fulfilling his sexual desires, only for you both to be totally empty in the end? Is this your goal, to break your brother down to nothing, all so that you can feel as if you have power, purpose, meaning, significance? Are you the woman that parents are warning their sons about?

I understand wanting to look good. I know there’s tremendous pressure to be sexy by the world’s standards.  Look at the TV shows: Pretty Little Liars, The Mistresses, reality TV shows that encourage this behavior.  I see it and am very aware of it but we, women of God, are called to be the opposite! Being sexy is no where in the Bible.  Being sexy is not a requirement of God! He warns his sons against a woman whose goal is basically to entice, conquer and ruin! If you’re trying to get a man this way, please stop, this is not what you want.  A good, godly man is not looking for what he sees on TV.  He’s looking for the woman described in 1 Peter 3:3-6 and Proverbs 31:10-31.

Basically, to sum it all up, going about getting a man this way is prostitution.  Think about it, it’s the weekend and you put on the tightest, most revealing outfit you have and heels you can barely walk in and you go out seeking attention hoping that someone will buy you a drink, pay for your meal or show some sort of interest, face it, this is what prostitutes do.  You might not have sex, but you’re still using your body to get what you want. This was not God’s plan for His precious daughters! We were meant to be protected, guarded, hidden. He loves us! He’s given us abilities that men will never have! He’s entrusted us with the gift of childbirth, which is us using our precious bodies to assist God in bringing new life into this world! Our bodies are remarkable, yet we treat them as if there nothing.  We are not our own, if you profess to know Christ and love Him and He lives in you, this should not be you!

You can dress to impress without showing everything that God has given you and you certainly don’t want to repel the one that you’re looking for! There’s so many sites and YouTube channels that promote modesty and how to dress modestly yet fashionably. One of my mentees has an awesome YouTube channel that shares about purity and fashion. To check her out, click here.   Learn to be yourself  and be comfortable with who you are. Not trying to snag a man by how you look but learn to wait patiently with God, for God to bring you to your man, not someone else’s man, your man. Remember, these guys are your brothers in Christ, do you really want to be the cause of your brother falling? Our men have a huge battle to fight each and every day with the evils of this world, don’t add to his struggles.

It’s not too late to join in on the Proverbs challenge! You will surely be blessed!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


JESUS…

Jesus Is…

  1. Truth
  2. Faithful
  3. Compassionate
  4. Forgiving
  5. Loving
  6. Never keeps a record of our sins
  7. Is slow to anger
  8. Kind
  9. Gives us value in the eyes of God
  10. Sees and speaks to our potential
  11. Outrageously loves us with an uncommon love
  12. Exhibits mercy
  13. Freedom
  14. No condemnation
  15. Giver of life
  16. Lover of our souls
  17. Provider
  18. Redeemer
  19. Restorer
  20. Great

Who is He to you? 

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


Facing Truth

The truth road signSometimes facing the truth about ourselves can be extremely hard! It’s hard facing the ugliness that’s within us.  The wrong thoughts, feelings, and pride. Our actions that oftentimes come from selfishness and us wanting our own way.  But the Word of God says that the truth shall set us free (John 8:32), so why wouldn’t we want to face truth?  Don’t we all want to be free?  Jesus paid the price for our freedom, all we need to do is face the truth and repent.

What’s the truth you ask?  The truth is that we’re all sinners.  None of us have it all together and we never will as long as we’re on this earth (I don’t know about you but this revelation alone gives me peace!).  But, with Jesus and His truth, we will have peace, unconditional love, joy, mercy, grace, freedom.  But this freedom from our sins and all the things on the inside of us that hurts us and holds us in bondage, we have to face it, confess it, repent and move forward in the freedom of Christ!

Facing the truth of our sins is painful.  You have to stop and think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.  The why is the most painful I think.  For me, facing my sexual sin was the most painful because of the reasons I was having sex outside of marriage.  I was trying to escape my life.  I was trying to find love and solace in the midst of my chaotic, dysfunctional life.  I needed an escape from my mom’s drug and alcohol addiction, from my sister’s rebelliousness, from the pain of not fitting in.  I needed an escape and sex was it.  It was salve to my broken heart. It was all I knew because I didn’t know that God loved me and was willing and ready to take away my pain. I was never taught that, all I knew was what I saw. It was either drugs or sex and I definitely wasn’t turning to drugs! Anyway, sex provided a false sense of security that I thought would bring me all that I needed to end my pain, but it only added to my pain.  Sin never heals or helps, it makes things worse. The wages of sin is death! (Romans 6:23) Nothing good ever comes from sin.  I know that saving sex for marriage, being a virgin isn’t the most popular thing in the world but look at the consequences of having sex! How many young girls are pregnant and responsible for a child and never really had a chance to be a child themselves? How many are living with sexually transmitted diseases? How many are seeking sex for love but in the end are hurt each and every time?  We have no business having sex outside of marriage! That’s not what God, the creator of sex,  intended.  Sex is for marriage, is a mature act that should only happen between married couples.  There’s a level of deepness that is sex that shouldn’t be handled lightly that’s why once you have sex, everything about you changes!

Anyway, my point is, facing the truth about ourselves, our situations, whatever the case may be, is not always pleasant but it’s always necessary and needed and it brings freedom.  Peace comes from facing truth and letting all the lies go.  Peace comes from Jesus Christ, surrendering our lives to Him.  He came to give us peace! (John 14:27).

Ladies, don’t be afraid to face your past or your present, your future truly depends on it! Jesus is always here waiting to love, not condemn (Romans 8:1-2)

conquer truth

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

 


Don’t Give Up!

Happy New Year!! I pray that 2013 is your best year yet! Check out the article I wrote for B.L.O.G. Magazine.  I hope it blesses you!!

http://www.blogmagazine.org/2012/12/dont-give-up/

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


The Official Launch of Armed Magazine!

Hi!!!
The Day has Come!!!!!  The OFFICIAL Launch of Armed Magazine, of which I am a contributing writer for!  We have prayed & labored over the vision placed in the heart of our Founder Tanika Jones.  We pray that this magazine, this ministry, is a blessing to you.  We pray that it touches your heart, your soul and stirs something in you that leads you to develop a stronger relationship with Christ.  You will BE EQUIPPED to win any battle with Christ as your first priority.  ARMED will give you an additional source of Biblical knowledge and inspiration to be victorious in this journey we call life.  Please support this mission, spread the word and enjoy!  God bless each and every one of you.  Give GOD all of the glory!
*******Please go to Armed Magazine to check it out!!*******
Be blessed and encouraged!
Shannon

Chosen!

Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (NIV)

I don’t by any means consider myself better than anyone else because I am saved and forgiven.  I still mess up, make mistakes, I sin.  But, when I read the above scripture, I’m baffled and am in awe of the love that God has for me, for us.  Let me break this down as I try to wrap my mind around this:

1. God chose us in him. What? Chose? Me, my little sinful behind?! Really?! When you think of all the things you’ve done wrong in your life and all the wrong things you’ve said or thought, the fact that God would even think to choose….whew, remarkable!

2. Before the creation of the world. Before he created the world in all its splendor and glory, he chose us to be in him, with him, of him, before anything else, he chose us!!!!!

3. To be holy and blameless in his sight. We were chosen to be holy and blameless. Key word again, chosen. Meaning there’s no way we can be holy and blameless on our own and God knows that yet He still chose us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yet, he still chose us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How can you NOT love a God like this?! How can you NOT want to surrender your life to a loving, wonderful, forgiving God who relentlessly loves us and pursues us, but yet we would rather run from him becasue we think that we’re beyond ever being holy and blameless! Well guess what, we are not beyond being holy and blameless because we were CHOSEN IN HIM to be!!!!

You can’t live this life without HIM! Life is better with Him!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


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