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IT’S NOVEMBER!

It is November! Can you believe it?! October was a month of celebrations, triumphs, disappointments, new discoveries and eye- opening revelations for some of us. For some, November represents so much for than a new month, it represents a new beginning. With the new year quickly approaching it is time to get an action plan in place. Time is waiting for no one…no not even you!

With the November being the 11th month, I was disappointed to read that the number 11 was sometimes associated with imperfection, disorganization or disorder. So I immediately claimed the opposite over our lives. I know that God is not a God of confusion or disorder, He only wants the best for us. So I am delighted to inform you that  November gets it’s name after the Latin word ‘novem’ which means nine; as it used to be the ninth month on the Roman calendar. But what I found to be very interesting (and exciting) is the number 9 represents fruitfulness it has also been known to represent the “perfect move of God”, number of harmony, it represents the inspiration and the perfection of the ideas! How is that for a change of events?!

Declare that this month will be a month of unfair advantages, unlimited access, undeserved appointments and unlimited anointing! Declare that this month that represents harmony and the perfection of ideas brings unimaginable peace, favor and incredible opportunities to network and meet people who will be a blessing to you. Say to yourself that this month will bring forth fruit! You will be fruitful in your home, your finances, on the job! This month you will find the job God has for you! You will start the business you’ve longed for!  You are blessed & highly favored! All good things will come to you in abundance. Release all of your problems to God and shift your focus to creating something great. You will recieve all that you have been praying & working for. Release all thoughts of lack, limitation and fear from your mind. Embrace your power, seek wisdom and allow yourself to be led by the Spirit of God within you. You are beautifully and wonderfully created for GREATNESS by a GREAT GOD! REPEAT IT- SAY IT- TYPE IT- SHARE IT – get it in your spirit!

Make November the beginning of something great. Take your expectancy level higher than it’s ever been before! It’s so easy for negative thoughts and depression to creep in. You must be steadfast and be determined to live your best life; the life that God has planned for you. Make this the month to sweep dirt from under your rug and face your destiny with a clean house. Clear your mind, get into that special place; ask God for a clean heart so that your blessings can be released in abundance! Just like the picture above, the path you are walking on is indeed a journey, but it is a beautiful one. Don’t be so caught up in sadness, depression and resentment that you miss the beauty of your walk with God. The Bible says that, “But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” {Matthew 7:14} and you my friend are walking the path. Although it was never promised that it would be easy, the reward is great. “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” {Psalm 16:11}

I pray God fills you with unspeakable joy and fills every void like only He can. I pray he turns your situation completely around and causes you to be blown away! He will do it – just receive it and have faith in Him!

I know this is going to be an awesome month for all of us!

Happy November 1st!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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9 SERVINGS OF FRUIT

Contrary to what your nutritionist will tell you, I am writing to tell you that today you need to have 9 servings of fruit; everyday. That’s right…9 heaping servings of the best fruit in town. I am not talking apples and oranges, I am talking about the 9 fruits of the Spirit.

The 9 fruits of the Spirit are vital to our spiritual walk and our daily fight against the world and our flesh. Not sure what I’m talkin’ about…? Read on and let the Word explain.

Galatians 5:13-26
Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

So what does all of this mean?

LOVE: The Holy Spirit imparts to us the virtue of LOVE.Love radiates from a spirit filled person. A church which is truly spirit filled overflows with love. A distinguishing mark of a true disciple of Christ is love. As it is written in John 13:35 :”All men will know that you are mY disciples, if you love one another.”

JOY: A spirit-filled person has joy on his heart. Joy and pleasure are two different things. A person maybe suffering from a chain of misfortune but still have joy in his heart.

PEACE: Another wonderful virtue imparted to us b the Holy Spirit is PEACE, which is actually the peace of Jesus Christ as it is written in John 14:27 ; ” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives.” Despite the uncertainties of the future, despite the various problems attacking our economy, despite the present upheavals in our society, a spirit-filled Christian could still remain relaxed, calm, serene. Because the peace of JesusChrist is in his/her heart.

PATIENCE: Longsuffering is synanimous to patient and enduring. Longsuffering is one of the virtues possessed by God so by Christ also. As Christians, longsuffering must be one of our virtues. We must be longsuffering with the weaknesses of out brothers and sisters in the faith. We must be longsuffering with the people we are leading to Christ.

KINDNESS: Kindness is synanimous to compassion, generosity, goodness of heart, goodness in deeds or actions. As we become controlled by the Holy Spirit, true kindness radiates from us . We become more considerate to people,we become compassionate to the needy, to the lost.

GOODNESS: Goodness is one of the virtues imparted to us by the Holy Spirit. We could only function well as Christian if we allow the Holy Spirit to control us. We can become the good trees that produce good fruits as the Holy Spirit controls us. The word is synanimous to suitable or worthy.

FAITHFULNESS: God is ever faithful to us at all times though sometimes we fail. As we are filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, the virtue is reflected upon us. We also become faithful to him. We become faithful to our commitment to others. Faithfulness in not inherent in man, it is only a God-given virtue.

GENTLENESS: Gentleness is synanimous to meekness. Jesus claimed meekness for himself and significantly coupled it with being “lowly in heart.” His meekness is worthy of our imitation. Meekness of a Christian is displayed by accepting God’s dealings with us as good without any resistance. This is a display of lowliness before God and humility before men.

SELF-CONTROL: Self-control is a discipline, but it cannot be imposed from an outside source. Self-control cannot be achieved by training rather self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual Christian has this quality, not as a result of will power or effort but as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit in his lives. Jesus excercised much self-control during his earthly life. A spirit-controlled Christian has self-control in all aspects of his/her life. He has self-control in his thoughts, words, deeds, emotions. he knows well how to handle his emotions and thoughts. He is an emotionally mature person.

You should want to possess the 9 fruits of the Spirit all day e’rr day LOL! 🙂 Let all things you do glorify God and shine through!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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SHORT AND SWEET…

Hey there!!!

It is always best for you to allow the Word to speak to you. Sometimes in the clouds of thoughts that surround you at any given moment, you can become lost in all the wrong ones. There will always be times when people won’t understand what your feeling or going through; there will be times YOU don’t understand what your feeling or going through :). But there is One that we can ALWAYS count on to know what to say to us, just when we need to hear it the most.

I wanted to list a few of my favorite scriptures for you…not a huge post today…just something to encourage you and keep you pressin’ on toward your greater purpose.  😉

Love Ya!

Peaches

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Psalm 37:5

 5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.

Matthew 6:31-32

 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Luke 12:7

7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

2 Corinthians 9:8

8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Philippians 4:6

 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

John 16:33

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

2 Timothy 1:7

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Psalm 55:22

 22 Give your burdens to the Lord,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Psalm 62:6

 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.

Isaiah 26:3

 3 You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

 

PEACE AND BEING CONTENT

 

“Acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace.” Job 22:21 NKJV

A wealthy businessman was upset to find a fisherman sitting beside his boat. “Why aren’t you out fishing?” he asked. “Because I’ve caught enough for today,” replied the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch more fish than you need?” the businessman asked. “What would I do with them?” replied the fisherman. The businessman said, “You could earn more money, buy a bigger boat, catch even bigger fish and make more money. Soon you’d have a whole fleet of boats and be rich like me.” The fisherman said, “Then what would I do?” The businessman replied, “You could sit down and enjoy life.” The fisherman said, “What do you think I’m doing now?” Contentment comes from two things: (1) Great relationships. And the first one you must have is with God. In the book of Job we read: “Acquaint yourself with [Him], and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.” The second relationship you must have, and treasure, is with your family. When you reach the end of your life that’s the relationship that will matter most. (2) God-given purpose. You must identify your core strengths, know what God’s called you to do, then go to work. Humorist Sam Levenson said, “My folks are immigrants. They fell under the spell of the American legend that said the streets are paved with gold. But when Papa got here he found out three things: (a) The streets are not paved with gold. (b) Many streets are not paved at all. (c) He was supposed to do the paving.” What are you supposed to do? Do it, and you’ll find contentment.

Love Ya,

Peaches

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ARE YOU ARGUMENTATIVE?

So today we take a look at the argumentative tongue!  The scripture reference for this is found in Proverbs:

Proverbs 20:3 (The Message)

3 It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights.

Argumentative people love to directly disagree or resist anyone whose viewpoint is different from theirs. They depend on topical conversations that produce unending quarrels. Entertainer Will Roger’s put it this way: “People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.”

People can become quarrelers by growing up in homes where arguing was just apart of their life as eating. Arguing becomes a normalcy, its all they know; they believe it is normal to contend because that is what they saw. They do not realize that this is ineffective communication. People also become quarrelers to bolster their own self-worth. They seem to only feel good about themselves by attacking the validity of other people’s philosophies, beliefs or opinions and maneuvering them into defending their position. No one who is argumentative has a goal to add value to someone’s life by showing him/her the error of his ways.

Solomon tells us in Proverbs 17:14 :

The Message (MSG)

14 The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam,
so stop it before it bursts.

I would say that is some solid advice! We have to learn to disagree without being disagreeable. We glorify God when we remain loving even when we disagree with the views and values of unbelievers or believers that we just can not see eye to eye with. Be careful of HOW you disagree, you do not want to compromise your testimony.

Today ask God to help you resist becoming contentious by respecting everyone’s right to have his/her own values and views.

Love ya!

Peaches

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DO YOU DIVIDE OR BRING PEACE?

Next up we are going to take a look at what it means to have a divisive tongue. The scripture reference for today is:

Matthew 5:9 (The Message)

9“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

One of the enemies most effective ways to hinder progression is through divide and conquer. There is power, synergy and blessings when 2-3 touch and agree and are in harmony; therefore he makes every effort to bring division.

Believe it or not there are people out there who purposefully try to bring division and confusion amongst people and situations. They enjoy dissension and division.

You must not be ignorant to the enemies tactics: he will cause you to become offended over a harmless statement, you will read more into a comment than the speaker intended, you will ascribe impure motives to someone’s behavior or even believe a lie. Again, we MUST rely solely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit within us who will reveal the truth of any situation.

Have you ever pulled someone aside to share that someone else had said something about them? Were your intentions to gain favor with person A and expose person B for speaking poorly about someone? Were you indirectly communicating your own feelings about the “bad guy” at the expense of someone else? Either way your words have the potential to cause dissension if your underlying motives are not to bring peace and togetherness.

You are to refrain from causing division and become an active agent of peace by using your best effort to reconcile parties in conflict.

Today ask God to help you make every effort to speak words the bring peace and to help you refrain from any and all communication that creates dis-unity.

Love Ya!

Peaches

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