Sometimes life will throw a curve ball at us, but we must be prepared at all times to catch what it throws at us. Sometimes we will have our down days but it shouldn't take us off our focus on what God calls us to do. When you have your vision in your heart, nothing, I mean nothing, will take your focus off it. Think back when you wanted something so bad in life that you were willing to do what it takes to get it and you were not going to stop or rest until yo have it. Well guess what, you have to do the same thing with your vision. The enemy will do everything he can to take your mind of your vision so you can loose focus. Take the necessary steps to see your vision.
1. Decide what you want in life, be specific.
2. Make a list of what you do not want in your life so you can work on it to stop the detractions.
3. Ask God for clarity what He wants you to do. Always have a pad and pencil around you to write down what God is telling you in your spirit.
4. Once you have clarity from God, then sit down and write your purpose sentence. This sentence will be the focus of your vision.
5. You must know that everything you do must line up with your purpose sentence.
6. Write some goals down in the following areas: Spiritual, Health, Relationship, and Finance.
7. You want to write goals down because this is a compass to help you accomplish what you need.
8. Have pictures of what you want, what God told you. Our mind thinks in pictures so you must see yourself there.
9. Go over this list on a daily basis.
10. Meditate on God's word daily so you can stay focus.
Know this, no one likes pain or the unexpected but when you stay prepared nothing can take your focus off your vision because it is too deep in your heart.
This is a very interesting subject. A subject that should be in our mouths all the time. We are always going to God for things and trying to figure out why He isn’t answering the prayers. Maybe it is time to clean house. Maybe it is time for a checkup. In I Corinthians 11:28, “Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” Every year we should have physicals done by our doctor to check us out, to make sure we are healthy or if not, tell us what need to be done to change what is going wrong with our bodies. The same is true for our spiritual life. We need to pause from time to time and look over our lives and look into our hearts and examine them to see what need to be clean out. As I was preparing to do spring cleaning, God placed this on my heart. As a married woman for 20 years, God had to show me about me to clean house. I went to God so He can reveal and expose all the areas in my life that needed to be clean. Now when you do this be prepared for what He will reveal to you. I wanted to be more Christ like but in order to do that I need to clean house and also get a full spiritual checkup. All the bondage, all the anger, all the hurt, all the bitterness, all the resentment, all the unforgiveness I needed to let go. As you are trying to clean house the enemy will push your buttons to try to get you to go backwards but you have to be determine not to go there. Let me tell you it is a challenge but you can do it. God will start dealing with your heart about many things even things you didn’t know you had issues with. There was a time in my life that I was hurting with the pain of rejection, anger, oppression, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, and it was killing me, little did I know. In Psalm 34:17, “the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” God knew my heart was hurting and He knew the trauma I went through and He wanted to heal my broken heart but to do that He had to go back into the areas of my heart like an attic where I had stuffed all those things that happened to me during my childhood and things that happened to me as an adult into this boxed attic. He had to go through each and every one of those issues and had me deal with each one of them. And that is what you are going to have to do. You have to deal with all the issues that God reveals to you in order to have total healing I had unforgiveness with different people that hurt me in the past. We have to learn to deal with that stuff because it can hold you back. In order for my marriage to be totaled heal I had to deal with all the issues that was going on with me, I am not saying my husband was totally innocent because trust me he wasn’t. I am saying I had to clean up my house, my spiritual house, I had to get a total spiritual checkup. I wanted Him to change me so I can become the Godly women, wife and mother He wanted me to be. I wanted to be a woman after God's own hear. In Isaiah 61:1 he says, “He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” I was in prison with all those strongholds that were keeping me bond. I’m pretty sure many of you are in prison and maybe don't realize it. God want your heal my broken heart. He want to set you free. But to be set free you must deal with the issues at hand. Ask God to reveal to you the things that need cleaning out of you. In my marriage God started revealing to me the areas that I had made mistakes regardless of what my husband was doing. I was responsible for my behavior and actions in my own life. Even today, I continue on a daily basis asking God to reveal to me any areas in my heart that need healing. So get rid of the baggage, the garbage that you have been carrying for years. So while you are doing spring cleaning in your home, I want you to do spring cleaing in your spiritual home. Ask God to reveal to you things that you need to get rid of because if you don’t the enemy will continue to use it against you.
Anger. Everyone deals with it one way or another. Anger is an emotion given to us by God. This emotion is a warning sign to let us know something is wrong. The problem comes when we avoid the warning signs. As people, we need to learn to deal with anger God's way. One must get to the root why there is anger. Anger can be cause by strife which sometimes are hidden. Anger can come from abuse of any kind of abuse such as sexual, physical, emotional or even mental. This can leave a person feeling helpless. The Word of God tells us to be angry but sin not. Anger need to be handled correctly because it can get out of hand and become very dangerious. Learn to stop anger now so it won't control your life.
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That is a question that many people ask themselves on a daily basis. A question that sometimes goes unanswered because we are so confused when faced with obstacles in our lives and disappointments, hurts and pain. But let me tell you that there is something you can do. I was faced with that question about 4 years ago. I have learned I had to get in the word of God so heavily and cry out to him for direction for my life and the things that I was going through. I felt lost, I felt empty and I felt like I was going in circles going no where and trust me that is not a good feeling. Sometimes we want to try to fix it ourselves but find out that we only make a bigger mess out of it And you get to a point in your life that you want to give up. The first thing to do is to know that God is on your side even if you don’t feel his presence. His words says in Hebrews 13:5,” he will never leave you no forsake you.” That is a very powerful scripture. I carried that scripture around with me everywhere I went. You have to believe that God is with you and He will not leave you. We are faced with questions like, what do you do about the lack of finances when you know you need money. What do you do when you know your health is failing and you are wondering what will happen to you or your family if some thing does happen to you. What do you do about children who are rebelling who will not listen to sound wisdom. What do you do when grief is all around you. What do you do when you lost your job. Well all these questions have come across our minds every day. Well let me tell you what to do. You have to know that God will never leave you or forsake you. Another thing you have to do is to trust God totally. The last thing to do is pray, pray without ceasing.
A lot of times we go through things and not understand why. But whatever we go through we can be assure that the Word of God pulls us through. The Word tells us in Mark 11:23, "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." We have to speak to our mountains of depression, our mountains of lack, our mountains of whatever obstacles that are going on in our lives. The only way things will turn around in our life is if we speak what the Word of God says. Stop talking about the problem and start talking about the solution. Look at the problem and determine how to change it. By doing this you will see things change around in your life.
Evangelist Angela Townsend is a woman of God that will teach you how to find your purpose in life and walk in your destiny God has designed for you.