Keep on Walking

Be watchful of the traps people set for you on your path of life!

“Establish my footsteps in Your word…”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:133‬ ‭NASB‬‬

When your in a season of growth and development, many want to come along and hinder that growth!

When your trying as hard as you can to change in areas that need to be changed in to only be told things that only cause you depression, the notion to give up, walk away from God, walk away from the church and spiritual family… those are things I have had to learn to become aware of and take a stand up against. Many see it as being combative and it is, but when you are run down you have every right to defend yourself!

But the moment you do that you become the bad guy, your messing with a call on someones life, your twisted, sick, immature and how you are is unacceptable. Never mind what they did, said or how they took the situation and said things that were hurtful. So yes, I in-turn unleashed hurtful things as a retaliation.

The bible says turn the other cheek, but baby I can assure you that is hard for this one to do. I took hurtful, hateful words most all my life and I will not just take them anymore! You cause me pain, I will cause you pain in return!

Is that being petty?

Yes!

Is it mature?

No!

When your a wounded soul fight or flight is an automatic response mechanism! Will I justify what I have done to harm another? Already done that by blaming it on wounds and by retaliating because sore places within me are touched!

The only thing now to do is keep on walking! (Psalm 119:133)

Seek forgiveness from the Lord and plead mercy on the reaping that will take place from all thats been sown!

When your cover is blown seek the refuge of the shelter of the wings (Psalm 91).

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the LORD, 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 give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1-16‬ ‭NASB
‬‬

Available on Amazon
Cynthia 💞

Heart of Skills

At the heart of us we all have been given a skill!

Have you ever sat back and pondered life at times?

Questioning God Why am I here?

What is it I am suppose to do or contribute to the world?

Well, on more than one occasion I can honestly say I have had this trivial time with God. My soul (mind,will, and emotions) searched for purpose to the point it was so loud within that when or if God did speak I didn’t hear it.

All the women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goats’ hair.
EXODUS 35:26 AMP

It took coming to where I am now at Reformation Developmental Center to finally hear what God had called and purposed me to for my life.

My Pastor Juanita Gibbs took me under wing to help bring out of me what God had placed within me to use for the building of His Kingdom.

She helped bring me to a place of understanding that I am called to be a teacher and was ordained as a Youth Teacher in January. Then that helped me step into the blogging and writing more as I plan to finish my book up soon to have it set for publishing.

Had I not come into a place where clarity could come on the scene my heart couldn’t have been stirred to perfect and develop the skills God has given to me.

He has done the same for each and everyone of us. Its just a matter of getting clear on it and chasing after it with your whole heart.

Instagram Facebook

~Cynthia 😍

Unbelief ➡➡Faith

TRANSITION DUE TO TRANSFORMATION!

I am going to be honest before coming to where I am now attending church I was very much a person that was full of unbelief.

My faith wasn’t strong enough to manifest any goodness or withstand storms. I would put on a brave face and pretend to be of faith while in the inside secretly living in disbelief.

Why was this you ask?

Well…

I can say I did have a belief in my salvation. That Jesus died for my sins and rose again to be seated at the right hand of the father.

What I had trouble with and still some but as I work on it, it becomes smaller and smaller is the fact that Jesus wants to bless me. That He loves me just for who I am and yet encourages me to change into His image and likeness.

I grew up with low self-esteem and low self-worth to the point that bad verbally abusive statements felt more like love then tender, genuine heartfelt words ever did. This has taken much time to work through and will continue to be part of my journey. These things poison my soul and clouded my lenses to view faith.

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 2 Peter 1:10 NASB

What has had to happen is that to move from unbelief to faith on any level the poison in my soul (mind,will amd emotions) has had to be addresses. This has helped me see that verbally abusive words are not healthy, but they aided in clouding my judgement.

To wipe the slate clean ao to speak I have had to be diligent on pulling on the Love of God. Thanking Him daily for what He has done to grow in trusting Him and His faithfulness.

I am slowly transitioning from unbelief to having more a faith life through the transformation that has been taking place in my life through God using Reformation Developmental Center so powefully in my life.

It is by the councel and love given to me that I am able to grow in faith and shed the old and progress toward living the life God predestined for me. But, it still takes my diligent efforts to do the work to change for faith without works is dead. I have to do my part to enable God to have room to do His part.

Instagram Facebook

~Cynthia 😍

Faith Stands

Take your stance and be unwaivering in it!

Its hard to stand in the beginning and also during difficult times. I have buckled under pressure so many times because my faith in God wasn’t strong enough.

What was overly strong was my faith in my self and what I could do, what I could accomplish, basically and very strong self-will and self-reliant person.

Course alot of that came from my upbringing and it aided later on not being able to surrender and trust God in hard times.

I had to become determined to get more about the life of faith. That can and does take time in developing as it will be a life long journey. New trials or situations that I have yet to encounter will cause me to have to find new ways to remain firm.

because now we really live [in spite of everything], if you stand firm in the Lord.
1 THESSALONIANS 3:8 AMP

But, because of the faithfulness of God and who He is, I can pull from that in spite of all things. This will continually help me shed the self-reliant and strong self-will mindset and allow trust in God to be on the scene.

This is the only way to be able to stand firm in the Lord. Yes I am still learning how to do this as faith life is like when your born you have to learn and grow into things as you progress and that the journey I have been on and will be on.

As a believer I will never be exempt from facing hardships. The difference is that I have hope and a source to pull on in those times. But it is only going to come from a consistent and daily relationship build with God through His son Jesus and listening to the Holy Spirit.

May we all grow into the place that inspite of it all we stand firm in the Lord!

Instagram Facebook

~Cynthia 😍

Faith Grows Pt 1

Water the seeds that were planted!

The seed of faith as that measure planted within us is everlasting faith. It is us that has to choose to use it or let is sit there undeveloped.

His word proclaims there is one faith! This means that His word is the central component of that one faith. He has a set up establishment in which that one faith is built in each individual.

He has given us the five fold ministry for a purpose. It is for the building up and encouraging of the saints and to also win soul into the kingdom.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Ephesians 4:11 KJV

These chosen vessels are surrendered and yielded to the Lord to be the earthen mouth piece for His glory. God works by His spirit and he needs a vessel in the earth to do that work and that is those of the five fold and other elect vessels.

I am so thankful for the leaders God has placed in my life, for it is by them that I have been able to grow in areas. This has helped me to get to a place of getting established in my faith better than I have been in the past.

Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord , the Everlasting God.
Genesis 21:33 NASB

To grow better I have to be submitted to the leadership before me. I have to do the work and be in the word consistently and pray and worship and all that is involved with building my relationship with God.

This is the only way my faith can and will grow is becoming a doer of the word that my Pastor Juanita Gibbs encourages us to be. This exercises the faith measure. Even though I may fail I have to learn from the mistake and press on to grow.

The greatest way to have faith or any fruit grow in our life is under pressure as they reveal weaknesses where God needs to come into those places to be strong for us.

Its up to us individually to cause our faith to grow or not to grow the choice is ultimatley ours in the long run!

Instagram Facebook

~Cynthia 😍

Perfected Faith

How is this so?!??

How is our faith perfected?

Well….

That would be by seeking out Jesus as He is the main reason why we should have faith. Faith in the finished works of the cross. Faith in what His life came to be as our example of that walked out.

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 NASB

He is the author of our faith as the written word is the conduit in which we learn of Him. His life was the living word written so that we may know.

He lived sinless so that we may know the grace and mercy of God that even in our sin we can be perfected by believing on that which is perfect.

He who was blameless and spotless is how we are perfected. He came to live and die for us. This was His purpose, as well as, to show the power of God.

God gave His only son so that who so ever believe will not perish but have eternal life. That eternal life comes because of the lambs sacrifice to lay down His life.

John 1 says in paraphrase “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. The word came in form of a man to live amongst us”. Jesus was and is the word that was and will forever be.

So focusing my mind in the word more and more is how faith is perfected. It takes a passion for the word and a strong desire to know more about it and use it in your life.

Yes this is definitley an area I need to come up in. I have times when its like the Word has left me and God is a million miles away and Jesus is now sitting with his head in his hand shaking it like when will my daughter learn. But, this isn’t the case as the Holy Spirit will let me know they are just as close as ever.

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father interceeding for me, He sent the comforter to comfort me and God on High sends earthen vessels in the form of my leaders at Reformation Developmental Center to help get me back on track when I go astray.

My Pastor Juanita Gibbs used the sword of the word cut away that which is contrary to the word that has contributed to my stumbling and got me out of faith. Without this influence I don’t know where I would be. Thankful God has used her mi

~Cynthia 😍

Thinking…

I have another think coming!

How fitting is it that the first chapter of the book I am going through with my Sunday School children, as well as, the teaching I am exposed to by my way of my Pastor Juanita Gibbs has inspired this post today.

Your thoughts create your reality! For what you think and meditate on will flow from the abundance of your heart and out of your mouth. Thus, creating the reality in which you live in currently. Life and death is the power of your tongue! But, it all begins with watching your thoughts for they are seeds in the Garden of your soul. -Juanita Gibbs

If I am not careful with watching and guarding my thoughts I can make myself believe with no effort that everyone is against me and that I am strange, wierd, unacceptable, and an outcast due to the contents of my soul.

What has to happen as it has been spoken that I need a deeply rooted and firm trust in God! Humanity will fail us, but God never will.

There are time I will recap in my mind every detail of something a converstation that happened, an argument, and encounter at work, something that happened at a store. Going back over what I did, how I was, what I said.

Did I offend?

Did they offend?

Was I too exuberant about something?

Was I not exuberant enough?

Did I express care and love?

Did they to me and I didn’t reciprocate?

All these things have consumed my mind for so long they just happen on their own.

I have had to come to a place of when they begin to stop them. But how do I stop them? First I have had to become aware when they happen! Am I perfect in it? No! Never will be as its a daily management of self that must take place!

Then I have to trust God that maybe the way I took in what was done or said was not meant in the way I took it in. Acknowledging my wounds within and not letting them have the power to continue to run my life as they have for so long.

Once this happens, I must take every ounce of care to the Lord. As pastor says that in the amplified of 1 Peter 5:7 we are instructed to cast the whole of our care on God.

I must let go of the care that came on me and sometimes heavily to the one who can take care of them for in my weakness He is made strong within me.

The journey of learning to capture my thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) has not been an easy one, but its worth the work to put in and begin to see my life and reality change slowly over time.

~Love Life~Live Life~😍

~Cynthia 😉