The pleasures of this World.

This world can offer us many things but are they all good for us? I’m sure some people can ignorantly argue this and say “absolutely, they are good for us”. Maybe the question to really ask is “are we fulfilled by the things this world has to offer?” Lets go a little deep here.

I had a horrible drinking problem growing up. I started at the age of twelve and glory to God was delivered of it at twenty-eight. Throughout my years of excessive drinking I probably got sick 90% of the time which was God’s early warning signs. As all of us with any addictions, we allow our inhibitions to go down the drain and make poor decisions.

With my drinking came a life of promiscuity. The truth is that I longed to be desired but I was being desired by undesirable men and in a completely disrespectful way. I allowed guys to use me and I used them. Let me tell you something, the worst thing you can do is say you don’t care about anything or anyone. Because when you stop caring your heart grows cold and you stop feeling things, you become accustomed to the chaos. We have that moral gauge in us that says we’re out of line, but we use excuses or maybe we listen to a manipulative person that satan is working through to hinder our better judgement. Don’t compromise or conform to this world because you are ultimately sacrificing your soul.

I lived a wild and reckless lifestyle for 16 years and what a waste of time it was! I could’ve been helping other people and making a greater impact in the world. Despite my timing, I am so glad that I finally surrendered to God and am now walking in true purpose. The world and the things of it would love to destroy us but we can overcome it with our heavenly father Jesus.

In my time of walking with the Lord I have asked him to show me many things. Here’s a few;

Show me how to love myself

Show me how to forgive myself

How deep is your love for me

What are your plans for my life

Show me how you are transforming me

Close doors and open up new opportunities

Surround me with Godly people

Break me of bad habits

Help me to understand your Holy Bible and to remember your Word

God is faithful yawl. I have learned so much from him and he has shown me so much of myself. God is all-knowing, he knew that I was going to get off track and be a mess but he turned my mess into a message. My test was for my testimony. It doesn’t matter the road we have been down, God wants to take our brokenness and make us whole. I don’t know if you know this but God likes to show off! He performs miracles daily for his glory, and we are to praise him for it. I challenge my readers to take a step forward, surrender yourselves and see what God can do. It’s easy…you have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone away, behold the new is here”- 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Just as the waters cover the sea.”- Habakkuk 2:14

“For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all Gods.”- Psalm 96:4

 

Philadelphia Eagles fly to heavenly heights!

Wow what a super bowl game that was! Both teams played amazing and definitely deserve praise for their performance but the best part of all 4 hours was when the Eagles head coach, Ertz, and Foles gave the glory to God. Amen! When your eyes are open to the fact that there is someone bigger than you and greater that’s when you learn to walk in humility. Every day is truly a gift from above. See the link below if you missed the trophy presentation

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” -1 Peter 5:6

 

It’s God’s protection not rejection.

Just recently the eyes of my heart were enlightened and I gained understanding that I was not rejected by that person or those persons but I was protected by my heavenly father. Have you ever been discouraged by someone or let down or had a dream fall to ashes? If you haven’t, lucky you, but I am sure the majority of us have experienced rejection or discouragement some where down the line.

Well I had finally got a breakthrough the other day that I had needed for so long. I was driving down the road talking to God and I asked him to show me how to accept a particular situation that had happened with a guy I was talking to. Basically in a nut shell, I dated this guy who I had thought was pretty great while ignoring a couple of red flags. When I asked God to show me how to accept the rejection, he started speaking to me, “Courtney suppose one of your parents saw something that would affect you in a negative way but they didn’t say or do anything about it”. He then said “I know what lies ahead, and I know this man and what your future would be like with him, and I know the heartbreak you will go through if you would’ve stayed with him”. Praise God! Right then I felt a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. He knows every thing and all things! Nothing is a surprise to him. He is my heavenly Father doing his heavenly duties, protecting me and loving me in a way I have never experienced. He wants to do the same for all of us but we have a choice to make, we can either chase after empty promises or walk in the amazing plans that our daddy Jesus has for us. WALK IN VICTORY!

Isaiah 41:10 NLT

10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.