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Walking in Faith: Day 9

Psalm 62:1-2 (AMP)

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
From Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened.

Ps62

I believe the sooner we learn that only God can truly satisfy us, the better off we’ll all be. Everything else is just a bonus, a filler. If all the things we strove for were truly fulfilling, then we’d stop striving. We can have everything going for us and have everything we could ever want and still feel empty. The reason is we spend so much time pursuing things, people, recognition, worldly success and not nearly enough time pursuing God. We even pursue the encounter with Him more than we pursue Him. How often we forget that everything we need is in the presence of the Almighty God! If we pursue Him first, everything else will be added unto us!

Even though I’m married and have kids, there’s still a place in my heart that only God can fill. My husband, a wonderful man of God, yet still human, does and says things that aren’t always pleasant and my children often do things that don’t make me happy. They are human. No human should carry around the weight of having to make another person happy. For God alone, fills me completely. If I can’t feel His presence or hear His voice, I feel lost. I have to have God. Without Him, I’m an absolute mess. He truly is my rock, defense, my strong tower. It’s only by Him that I’m able to stand and not be shaken or disheartened.

Things are moving slower than I’d like right now but I know without a shadow of a doubt that my God is moving and working. I know this because I know Him. I know His character and I know His word, therefore, I continue to stand in faith and I will see the salvation of the Lord! Make sure that you know Him too!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 8

Because so many of us are in a time of transition, facing so many different things personally, I figured Psalm 91 in it’s entirety is needed instead of one verse. I pray that the words of our Father brings peace and comfort to you today and forever, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Psalm 91 (AMP)

Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”

For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
 
He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

 
You will not be afraid of the terror of night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 
Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.
 
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.
 
You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes
And witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].
 
Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

 
For He will command His angels in regard to you,
To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
 
They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.
 
You will tread upon the lion and cobra;
The young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

 
“Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;
I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
 
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.psalm 91
 
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation.”

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 7

Isaiah 41:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

 

Today has been pretty heavy. I’m feeling the burden of the anniversary of 9/11 and the impending hurricane on the east coast. I’m feeling the fears and hurts. Being a prophet and having the gift of discernment, I feel lots of what’s going on in the atmosphere and it’s compiled with what’s going on in my own life. The hardest thing sometimes is separating other peoples hurts and fears from your own. So I pray for both.

I’m learning so much in this season. I’m learning so much about people and that their actions speak a whole heck of a lot louder than their words. Their facial expressions speak volumes! I’m learning to deal with the discomfort of not being liked by some people but loving them in spite of. I’m learning to accept people as they are and sometimes that can be hard and painful but never the less, my God tells me in today’s verse not to be afraid of this new journey for He is with me. He will give me the strength to move forward in spite of all that I’m learning and discerning. He’s helping me to see people through His eyes and I’m so happy that He is. I refuse to let bitterness take root. I refuse to develop a hard heart because of the things that I can see and feel. Instead, I will pray harder and love with the love of Christ.  I will hold on to His righteous right hand, His hand of justice, power, victory and salvation. I’m so grateful for our Father’s heart to help us to navigate the rough waters.

Whatever you’re going through right now, please remember that you are not alone, God is with you and for you! For those on the east coast, I’m praying for you and for those affected by the tragic events of 9/11 I’m praying for you as well. If there’s anything in particular that I can be in prayer for, please send me a message at savinitforhubby@gmail.com.

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 6

Hi!! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I know I did! The purity conference was soooo good! I truly had no reason to be nervous or afraid, God was definitely with me and His hand was all over and in this conference! There were breakthroughs and chains broken and I’m so grateful to have been a part of something so beautiful.

Today’s verse is:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AMP) There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven–ecclesiastes 3.1

With God, timing is everything. We can look back over our lives at the timing of certain blessings and most times we can see why God gave us things/people at the times that He did. There are people who come into our lives at just the right moment but we don’t often see that when we meet them. There are certain events that happen in our lives that were right on time, but we don’t always notice. But God does. He’s the great strategist. Everything He does has a ripple effect. What happens in our lives isn’t just about us. How often do we forget this! There are so many times that I want to just keep my mouth closed and go in to hiding but what God gives me, I must share EVEN THOUGH I DON’T KNOW THE EFFECT IT HAS ON OTHERS! It’s called obeying in faith. God has had me do and say so many things and I hear nothing from anyone, silence. Is it discouraging? Heck yes! But what this has done is make me keep my eyes on God. I have to trust that He has a reason for having me do and say what He tells me to and sometimes it’s just to obey Him. I don’t have to know why, I just do it because of my love and reverence for God. I trust Him.

If things are moving in your life as slowly as a turtle crawling through mud, just trust that God is working, orchestrating and strategizing in the background. I do believe strongly that sometimes these things are truly just a test of the level of faith that we have.  We have to prove our faith! Even when I ask questions, the only response I get from God is, “Do you trust me?” We have to learn to be grateful and trustworthy with the small, with where we are now, before we can take on bigger. For everything, there truly is a season!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 2

Psalm 37:5 HCSB Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act,

Psalm 37:5 NKJV Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 

Psalms 37.5

I really needed this reminder today. Any fellow control freaks out there? When I read this scripture this morning, the word commit jumped out at me so I looked it up in the dictionary. Definition number 5; to entrust, especially for safekeeping; to commend, waved to me and definition number 10; to send into battle; grabbed my attention! I also looked at commit in Strong’s Concordance and Hebrew for commit is ‘roll’ {away}.  We need to give everything over to God and trust Him with it all for safekeeping. So, today, I commit, roll away to God, every assignment, my family, every project to Him!

Today, it is my prayer that we all are able to release whatever it is God has called us to; blog, writing a book, starting a business, new job/career, that we trust God with it for safekeeping, that we rest and allow Him to go before us to battle for this new journey. I pray that we trust Him with all the details of bringing these things to pass. We’ve done our part, so now Father, help us to mind our business and stay out of Yours as we do what we can’t do on our own! You Lord are the great Organizer and Multi-tasker! You can bring things to pass in ways we never could imagine! Oh that we would just trust that you are acting on behalf of our faith in You this day. Give us peace, restore joy and help us to rest in knowing that You are in control! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking In Faith: Day 1

Isaiah 43:2 I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. 

Walking in purpose sounds so beautiful when we say it, doesn’t it? “I’m walking in my purpose!” “I’ve found my calling!” What we don’t factor in is the cost of walking in purpose and calling. We don’t really count the costs at all! We look wide eyed at the road before us and in our minds there’s this beautiful plan that’s been formulated and we have everything written down and the plan of execution has been dotted, t’s crossed and we’ve gotten the courage we needed to step out and then, BAM! Here comes doubt, fear, worry, frustration, anger, and the feeling of being overwhelmed!

What is this? This isn’t in my plan! These things are not what we factor in but they are inevitable especially when God begins to call you deeper and higher. When He calls you to things bigger than you can fathom. I just launched Purely Loved 2019, registration is open, the site is beautiful and the planning has begun. There are visions of women crying and rejoicing in freedom in my head but then that dream is interrupted by, “OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING WOMAN?!” Ah Doubt, we meet again! So, I have a plan to combat my nemeses doubt, worry, fear, frustration and overwhelm! I’m going to study FAITH all month long! I’ve written down scriptures on faith and every day I’m going to meditate on the scripture and share what I’m learning. Care to join me? Feel free to comment and share!

The scripture for today reminds me that yes, I’m a #waterwalker, out in the middle of nowhere it seems, but God is with me. I may be passing through rough waters right now, but they won’t overtake me. God is not at all surprised by my response to what He’s called me to do and He’s also not surprised by the enemy’s tactics. I’m the one who needs to focus on the God who doesn’t waiver so that I don’t waiver. When things get hot, which I know they will because, hey, I’m calling people to a life of purity and that’s totally against the kingdom of darkness, the fire will be there but God has promised that we won’t be burned. We’ll come out golden! My friends, whatever God has called to you, make up in your mind right now that you will fight through the raging waters and the roaring fire! Don’t quit and don’t give in, we can do this together! Pray for me and I’ll pray for you!

Is 43.2 pic

See you tomorrow!

Shannon

 

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Surviving Transition

Surviving Transition

Transition:

The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

So many of us are in a season of transition. Some of us have been in a season of transition for a very long time. Like, how long does it take to transition to a new phase, a new season? Some days feel as if you’re stuck in this sickening place of ick! Nothing feels familiar, nothing’s comfortable anymore. You find yourself in a place where no matter how hard you try, you can’t get your footing. The people around you that you’ve grown comfortable with are moving out of your circle and there are new people coming in their place. Nothing feels stable! It’s the feeling that if something doesn’t change soon, you’re going to lose it! Can something please change? There are times when I find myself begging God to please let something change! But, when we’re fully surrendered to God, disciples of Jesus Christ, we have given over our will for God’s. With this comes living life on His terms. Which isn’t a bad thing! His terms are terms of love and protection. The issue is that living life on God’s terms, in His will, means living life in the Spirit, which means a constant battle of flesh and spirit, God’s kingdom and the world’s way of doing things. This leaves us in the middle battling our flesh to choose the ways of the Spirit! Of course we have Holy Spirit but if He’s telling us something we don’t want to hear or to do something we don’t want to, there’s another battle lol!

How do you survive seasons of transition? How do you keep going when you want to jump back in the boat, when you’re tired of walking on water? Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. You must understand that this season of transition is a necessary process to get to your next. There’s no going around it. If you truly want to be successful and impactful in your next season, you must trust and embrace the process. (James 1:2-8)
  2. Transition molds you into the person you need to be for the next. Allow God to complete the work He’s doing on you, in you and for you! Your character is much more important to God than your comfort. To Him, the messenger is more important than the message. You’re being refined, molded, shaped and even squeezed. ( Jeremiah 18:1-6)
  3. No one will really understand what you’re going through! God will have you do things, make choices that don’t make sense to anyone else. Do it anyway!
  4. Please remember that this won’t last forever! I know, trust me, I know it feels as if you’ve been circling this mountain for 40 years like the Israelites but you will get to the promised land!
  5. Most importantly, you must keep your eyes on Jesus! If you start to look at and focus on your circumstances you will sink just like Peter did! (Matthew 14:22-33)
  6. When you feel like giving up, remember God’s promises! All of God’s promises are yes and Amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20) Remember that He has plans for you, to prosper you and give you hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11)

For the month of May, I will be focusing on the promises of God. That’s the theme for the scripture writing plan this month. If you’d like to join me, feel free to download the free scripture writing plan located on our Downloadables page. Also, feel free to follow along on my social media outlets for prayers and encouragement. If you’d like to join our Facebook community, click here. I pray for great strength as you follow through the process of transition and I know that whatever God has next for all of us will be beyond anything we could ever ask, think or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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You’re Only As Strong As Your Core

You're Only As Strong As Your Core

I’m following this plan on Bible.com to read the entire Bible in a year and I was reading in the Old Testament the book of Judges, Chapter 7. In this chapter, God is preparing Gideon to take down the Midianites and He’s about to choose the warriors to go with Gideon into this battle or to make this more relevant, to go with Gideon into this new season.  This chapter has always intrigued me, especially this particular passage:

Judges 7: 1-7

‘So Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon) and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight. But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream. The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” ‘ Judges 7:1-7 https://www.bible.com/bible/116/JDG.7.1-7

There are so many memes and quotes about ‘not everyone is supposed to go with you into your new season’ and immediately we all think of the negative! I believe this causes division in the body of Christ. Now, don’t get me wrong, God will tell us to separate from some people because they are not good for us but it’s not always bad when people are removed, separated or don’t go with you into a new season. Sometimes He separates us so that we can “divide and conquer” for the Kingdom. Or because you’ll need people with a stronger core, different gifts and abilities.

The new season that a lot of us are stepping into or the calling that we have on our lives will require a new or different core group of people or warriors. There’s a changing of the guards, transition happening within the body of Christ. Some people will be removed altogether, some moved down to rest, some promoted. With all of this, there will need to be a strong core because the enemy will try his best to disrupt what God is doing but we already know that he’s a defeated foe and the victory is already ours! Anyway, here are a few points to consider based on this passage, where moving into a new season and having a strong core is concerned:

  1. First thing God did was make sure that He alone got the glory for the victory over the Midianites. God will make sure that whatever season you’re moving into or whatever your calling is, He will get the glory from it, not you! He makes sure that you nor anyone else in your core can say that they did it. He can give you the victory without an entourage!
  2. Gideon started out with men who were well meaning, who wanted to go with Gideon to take on this battle, this new season. But God began to break down Gideon’s “circle” by sending the fearful and faithless home. Your core needs to be strong. You’re only as strong as your core! Your core people need to be faithful so that they can stand for and with you when you can’t stand for yourself! You will need your core to be people who are not afraid to march into the unknown. If God said it, they believe it and they don’t have to know how or why because they trust God!
  3. God will make sure that your core people will be people who have also been tried and tested and found still standing in spite of the fire!
  4. When God calls us to do something for Him, He hand picks our core people. In the passage, God kept the 300 who brought the water to their mouths not the ones who bowed down to drink the water. As I researched the commentaries for reasons why God tested them in this way, I found that during this time, the weather was very hot. The ones who bowed down to drink the water were thought to be more willing to bow to the enemy and would succumb to the elements and to the enemy just to satisfy or save themselves. But the 300 that He chose were the ones who were always alert even while filling themselves regardless of the conditions faced.
  5. You’ll notice too that in this new season there will be more focus on quality than quantity. Gideon started out with 22,000 and ended up with 300 moving into the new with him. The same may be for you. You might start out with 10 and end up with 3 strong, faithful, core warriors.

Notice that God didn’t say anything about there being evil within the warriors that were sent away, they just weren’t right for Gideon for this particular task, this particular season. So to bring this to modern day terms, just because “Julie” hasn’t called in a while or that you’re not as close to “Nicole” as you used to be, it’s not that anything is wrong, it could just be God moving the ones who aren’t supposed to go and replacing them with the ones you NEED for the next season or assignment in your life. Just trust the process and when He says to let go, be obedient and let go and be sure to praise God for the victory!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Lord, Use Me!

Use-me

What if you just absolutely knew without a shadow of a doubt what it is that you were called to do? What if you had this detailed plan in your head of how things were going to go and who would be involved and how absolutely wonderful it was going to be? Then you decide to surrender it all to the Lord and He blows it all up, flips it upside down, moves people and places around and you’re smack in the middle watching as if in the eye of a tornado as everything starts to swirl around you at a dizzying rate and you have ZERO control! Can you relate even a little?

I thought that I’d graduate college, have a very successful event planning company and then I prayed, “Lord, use me!” Well, I had this wedding that I was planning and then before I knew it, I lost all control of that wedding and that was the end of my event planning company. Ironically, at this time I really began to hear God as if He was standing right next to me, like loud and clear to the point that I thought the sleep deprivation I’d experienced from taking care of a little had taken its toll. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of God answering my prayer of Him using me.

I lost jobs, embarrassing interviews, arguments with my husband, no money, struggles that happened in the past 8 years and it was all because I prayed for God to use me! He was directing me and I was fighting Him!

Here’s the thing, when we ask God to use us, this means that we have given Him sole control. He reminded me one day that, daughter, you don’t get to choose your assignment. Your obedience is what I need. We don’t get to choose who, what, when, where or how. We must obey. The train wreck happens when we try to work God’s plans into ours instead of the other way around. God takes our prayers quite seriously and He honors them. So, be careful what you pray for!

On the journey to Him “using” us, He works on, in then through us. He reaches down to clean us up and clean us out. He removes the things in us that would taint His purpose for us. He removes the things in our hearts that are not of Him and this can be quite painful! He also moves at His own pace and how many of you know that His timing is NOTHING like our timing!!?? But even in this godly surgery, He doesn’t let any of the pain go to waste, He uses it all, even the things we think are so minute and unimportant.

What is Healed

What He’s doing during this surgery is healing us in the process of using us. Sometimes this surgical healing requires Him to remove us from certain people and situations, environments, anything that would hinder His work in us and through us. He takes great care in healing us because He doesn’t want  us to spread toxic pain to others and He certainly doesn’t want us to hold on to it. If we want God to use us, we must first go through a healing process. Healing from things and people who hurt us, the pain that left a tarlike residue. We can’t move forward if we don’t allow Him to perform the surgery on our hearts and in our minds. So if you feel as if you’re stalled, then perhaps this is the reason why?

Are there some areas that you won’t talk about, can’t talk about without crying? Is there a person in your life (friend, relative, male or female) that you know isn’t good for you, or you feel that God has warned you about but because you don’t see anything wrong, you stay because you don’t know how to leave? Do you wonder if you’re stalled because God doesn’t love you because of the things you’ve done in your past or you feel that you’re too dirty to love? This is why I’m offering the class HEALED I know that I’m not the only one who’s had these feelings and I am more than willing to share how the Lord has helped me.

If you’ve prayed for God to use you and you’re wondering why you’re stuck, then ask Him, what’s holding you back and He’ll show you. If you need help in this process then perhaps HEALED is for you!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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How do I NOT Have Sex?

So, you’ve decided to stop having sex outside of marriage but man, seriously, those urges didn’t just up and disappear because you said yes to God, right? If anything, in some instances, they’ve probably gotten worse, right? Yeah, I know. Well, there are some things you must understand first in order to be successful in your walk of purity.

First, you have to understand that this is a spiritual battle. It’s not just against your fleshly desires. Second, there’s no way on this earth that you can walk this walk alone. Third, realizing that something in you has been awakened prematurely and only God can put it back to sleep. And fourth, this will require some work on your part as well.

What in the world am I talking about? Well, I’ll tell you a few things, without typing a dissertation:

Contrary to what we’ve all been told, sex, including oral, was reserved for marriage.  A gift from God to married couples.  We see evidence of this act in the book of Genesis (Genesis 4:1). Sex was also created by God. Which means, He knows why He created it and what happens when it’s done outside of why it was created. God meant for sex to be good and pleasurable and this is what gets us into trouble.  We all agree that it’s good and pleasurable! Guess who also knows this about sex? Satan. Remember I said that this is a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-18). Satan has succeeded in perverting this act and taking it out of the context of why it was created therefore instead of sex being a blessing for marriage and procreation, it has become a curse because it has been abused and the marriage bed defiled.

Now, on to why you still want sex. You still want it because you’ve been awakened in this area and because the power of sex is not easily shaken.  It’s binding, sex joins you to another person, you become one with this person. Sounds familiar? Yes because this is what happens in marriage (Genesis 2: 23-24). In the Bible we are warned in Song of Solomon (2:7) not to awaken love before its time and not just sex but allowing someone to become so intimate with you emotionally as well. For women, this is how we are taken down. Our emotions! Ok…….

  1. If you haven’t done so, soul ties that have been formed with anyone you’ve had sex with must be broken.

From Pastor Chris Simpson, New Wine Christian Fellowship http://www.newwineonline.com:  

STEPS TO BREAKING UNGODLY SOUL TIES:

  • Confess any and all ungodly ties to the Lord. Repent from your heart for violating God’s ordained boundaries in your relationships.
  • Make a solemn commitment to the Lord to break off any relationship that is not pure or righteous in His eyes. Become accountable to others to help you keep that commitment. Until you do that, any prayers for freedom are in vain. I’ve actually had people ask me to break their unhealthy soul ties so that when they got together again (in their illicit relationship), they wouldn’t feel all those bad spirits. However, God is not mocked. Reinforce your requests to the Lord with a commitment to obey.
  • Before praying, do whatever is necessary for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to come. This is so important. Pray, wait, forgive, or worship. Once His presence and anointing is present, then proceed with the soul tie breaking prayer. It’s the anointing that breaks the yoke. The ties won’t break with a simple prayer from the mind. The anointed power of the Holy Spirit must be present to be effective.

SOUL TIE BREAKING PRAYER 

“In the name of Jesus Christ I now renounce, break and loose myself from all demonic subjection and any ungodly soul ties and unhealthy bondings with the following people: (break soul ties with each person that comes to mind)”

“Lord, I ask you to do whatever it takes to break me of my tendencies to: obsessive preoccupations, domination, control, passivity, apathy, unforgiveness, anger, blame, accusations, fear, intimidation and disobedience in relationships.”

“Finally, in the name of Jesus, I declare every demonic hold in my life that has come as a result of unhealthy soul ties null and void. Satan, I renounce you and your demons and command you to depart from my spirit, soul and body!”

  1. Once the ties have been broken, check your circle. Who do you hang with? Are they trying to walk the same walk as you? If not, then you might need to break up with them too!
  2. What are you watching, reading, listening to? All of this plays a part in the success of walking in purity. Purity is more than not having sex, it’s making sure that our heart and mind lines up with the word of God. If you’re watching things like Being Mary Jane, Scandal and Love and Hip Hop, then you’ll likely be influenced by these shows.  Without going too far down the rabbit trail, Satan was once Lucifer, Archangel of worship, had a beautiful voice, etc, so because of his pride he was kicked out of heaven. Satan wants to be God, and he wants us to worship him, not God so certain types of music, turn our hearts to sinful desires and not to worship and glorify God. Music is powerful! Notice how you react when you listen to certain types, same goes for TV shows. The Bible tells us to take certain thoughts and ideas captive (2 Corinthians 5:10) The Bible also tells us that once we are set free through Christ, make sure that we stay free and not get tied up again (Galatians 5:1, 13)
  3. As I said before, you can’t walk this walk alone. Have people who will hold you accountable and that you trust to be transparent with. Transparency is key! Most importantly, have a RELATIONSHIP with God. Holy Spirit was sent to guide us and comfort us. Don’t ignore Him or forget about Him. Our flesh is constantly warring with our spirit and sometimes the battle is just too hard for us to fight. The Bible says “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves” (Galatians 5:16). Remember that even if you find yourself in a compromising situation, God always provides a way out, you just have to take it! (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)

There’s temptation everywhere at any given time.  We all know this. We have to learn how to navigate through this mess. We can’t see everything that’s coming at us but God can.  You may still have sexual urges but they don’t have to rule you. The Bible tells us to flee from sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18). When you don’t have the energy or “want to” to flee, pray, I guarantee you, God will show up. Do you trust God to help you with this? You have to surrender your sex life to Him. Trust Him to bring along the one He chose for you. Also, if you do fall, repent, get up and keep fighting.  Don’t condemn yourself because God doesn’t condemn you. He wants you to have His best. Don’t settle just because you’re horny. Find some emergency verses, an item that will remind you that you can do this, remind you of why you’re doing this, whether it’s a purity ring or bracelet (such as our signature bracelet :-)). Have some emergency phone numbers too. Know what your triggers are. If Valentine’s day is a trigger, make plans with friends or family so that you can head off temptation to fall back into old habits.  God will honor and bless your efforts! Don’t forget to do your part! God will handle what you can’t! Feel free to share anything that’s helped you as well!

Be blessed and encouraged,

Shannon