Daily Journal: Push Back

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It is good to do good deeds, no matter how the devil rages around you.

Thankfully, there are many people out there who are doing the will and the work of Almighty God.

They are feeding the hungry.

They are clothing the poor.

They are loving those who need it.

They are serving wherever they are assigned.

They are working in the field and not lounging lazily in the house of God.

They also bravely face the ‘push back‘ or consequences of being on the spiritual battlefield. When we do good, especially for others, we win souls for Christ and we gain territory. As such, the enemy often set up a counter attack to have you back off.

I am quite familiar with this type of strategy. Recently, I was working on a project for my church, which involved planning, designing and putting things in place to for a service to celebrate our Pastor. With days to go, my laptop computer fell and the screen was cracked.

As you may know, I am a freelance writer and author; among other things. I work strictly with my computer. briefly, i felt seized by fear, from the possibility of lost income and the resulting issues that would arise.

This was something that I had both feared and sensed would happen. Thankfully, I had a computer monitor and I had most of my files backed up externally. If the Lord, did not prepare me for such an eventuality, I would have been lost. Mind you, it could have been prevented as well, because I missed the prompting to adjust my actions at the time.

So you see, when you decide to do good deeds or simply carry out your tasks within the ministry, the evil one will try to sabotage you. However, God prepares you to either evade, withstand or counter attack.

Remember, never wallow in self-pity, anger, fear or doubt when this happens. Just know that it will and pray for God to prepare you for dealing with it.

When you feel the pressures of an attack, get into a mode of praise and worship.

Pray to the father that you may resist the evil one and he will flee from you.

Incorporate fasting into your christian life and never stop doing God’s work.

Remember…

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.-1 John 4:4 KJV

 

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Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

Check out her book Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body

Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body by Denise N Fyffe

In this testimonial, Denise shares intimate details from her childhood through to adulthood. She discusses, how fibroids or as they are also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, have affected her daily life and the adjustments that she was forced to make. After reading this book, women will become more informed about a disease that affects 80 percent of women; while making life miserable for one in four.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe, The Island Journal

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Daily Journal: Listening in the Quiet

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Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually. – Hosea 12:6 KJV

It feels like your floating on the top of gentle waves, when that still, small voice rises within your spirit.

Hearing, listening to and heeding the voice of God is essential for every child of God. He speaks to everyone of us and He is always speaking. However, because there are so many distractions in our lives like, social media, electronic devices, games, our work, chores and many other things; we often do not hear Him.

That is why it is necessary to find some quiet time. In the still moments, our mind is able to declutter and quiet down. Then the messages of God can rise up, out of the depths of our spirit.

I find that either before I go to sleep or as I wake in the mornings, those are the best times. The world outside is quiet and you can get instructions for your day.

Take sometime every day to get in contact with God. Take time to recharge and to center your self in God. It will help you when you get through the storms of life and more importantly, develop a relationship with God.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. -John 10:27-28

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.-Psalm 25:4-5

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. -Psalm 37:4-5

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. -Revelation 3:20

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Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

Check out her book Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body

Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body by Denise N Fyffe

In this testimonial, Denise shares intimate details from her childhood through to adulthood. She discusses, how fibroids or as they are also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, have affected her daily life and the adjustments that she was forced to make. After reading this book, women will become more informed about a disease that affects 80 percent of women; while making life miserable for one in four.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe, The Island Journal

How To Respond In Faith

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…”Everything is all right”…. 2 Kings 4:26

The prophet Elisha often would travel through the town of Shunem, and in that town was a well-to-do couple who extended hospitality to him. At first, they simply offered Elisha a meal when he came through town. Then, seeing that Elisha needed a place to stay and study, they built a room for him above their house so that each time he came through town, he had a place to stay. He was so appreciative of their kindness that one day he asked the wife what he could do for her. His servant Gehazi later informed Elisha that the woman was barren and her husband was old. ” ‘About this time next year,’ Elisha said, ‘you will hold a son in your arms’ ” (2 Kings 4:16). A year later the son arrived.

One day the father was working in the field, and the son became ill and died. The woman ran to meet Elisha to inform him. When Elisha asked what was wrong, she did not panic and react in fear. Her response to Elisha seemed almost unnatural. “Everything is all right,” she said. Elisha went to the boy and raised him from the dead. It was a glorious miracle. (See Second Kings 4.)

Faith looks at situations through God’s eyes, not the eyes of our limited understanding. This woman did not panic, for she knew something more than the current circumstance. Faith does not panic, but realizes that what looks like devastating circumstances may be God’s plan to bring glory to Himself by demonstrating His power. When Jesus appeared on the water to the disciples in the middle of the night, they exclaimed, “It’s a ghost!” (see Mt. 14:26) First appearances can bring great fear upon us even to the point of paralyzing us. Find the Lord in your circumstance today. Exercise your faith today and trust Him for His outcome in the situation.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Daily Journal: Delay Does Not Mean Denial

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Many times in life we will come up against situations, whereby we want things to go our own way. We want things to be done in our own time; even when we are submitted to the will of God, there is a subtle desire ebbing below the surface to have it, when we want it.

This I discovered recently for myself. I have worked towards a particular goal for a while and was at the finishing stages. It was time to present it and get a decision. On the day, I wasn’t nervous, had no butterflies  or doubts about succeeding.

While waiting on the decision, I noticed others around me and their repetitive nervous quirks. Legs were shaking, and some sighed as the pressure mounted. I was just feeling impatient at having to wait so long.

It was my time to get some feedback and it was definitely not what I expected. I listened to the feedback and agreed to make the adjustments requested.

Initially, I fought against the tsunami of worry, stress and fear that wanted to overwhelm my senses. But I remain steadfast in the plans and perfect will of God.

I believed, if He brought me to it, He would bring me through it. That was the message resounding in my spirit.

Then with certainty the answer came.

Delay does not mean denial.

I said, “Lord, please tell me what is going on? Why did I not know before? You reveal things to me all the time; why not this?”

Later on, He released the answer to my spirit. He showed me how, what was happening now, was to safeguard against something else, which would occur in the future. Something which concerned me and I suspected might happen.

You see, God is the master of time.

He knows all, even before we want it. The Holy Spirit who is my constant companion and yours, if you accept Jesus Christ, is assigned to protect you from all danger, even those of your own making. It is His job to keep you in the will of God Almighty. Therefore, he will orchestrate the events of your life towards that purpose.

In addition, God does grant the desire of our hearts, if it aligns with His will. His timing is not our timing and He will hold off some things from happening, until it is the perfect time for those things to be.

He might delay you from travelling to the country today, because there is an accident waiting with the stamp of death.

He may delay you getting a job, because the one you want is at a place that will stress you and the people will treat you badly.

If you push, He will also allow you to walk through those troubles and rescue you when you acknowledge that it is only with His help that you can get through it. And that you would not have been in that position, if you only waited on his timing.

Release the reins of your life to Him and let him direct your path. Trust that you will never be disappointed.

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Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

Check out her book Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body

Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body by Denise N Fyffe

In this testimonial, Denise shares intimate details from her childhood through to adulthood. She discusses, how fibroids or as they are also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, have affected her daily life and the adjustments that she was forced to make. After reading this book, women will become more informed about a disease that affects 80 percent of women; while making life miserable for one in four.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe, The Island Journal

Daily Journal: People’s Peculiarities

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The Bible says that we are created in the image of God and yet we are all unique.

There are many things that makes any two people dissimilar; from their characteristics, behavior, personality; our physical traits of even our culture. But the one thing that often causes friction are our preferences.

  • I prefer grapenut ice cream with Chocolate syrup, you prefer plain vanilla.
  • You prefer watching Sunday night football, with the guys. Your wife prefers, to read a book or watch comedies.
  • Your wife prefers that you spend time with her, ask her about her day and you prefer to come in take a shower, have dinner and crash for the night.
  • Your brother keeps a messy room. You wash don’t have a shoe out of place.
  • You love dogs, your family likes cats.
  • You like silence, order and routine. Your neighbors have people over ever night, playing loud music and games.
  • Your roommate prefers to spend wash the dishes in the morning. You prefer a tidy kitchen at all times.

You see, what you might love and enjoy, maybe a source of agitation for someone else.

How you handle this situation determines your future relationship with that individual. So long as that behavior is not immoral or causes harm to another person, then oftentimes, it is best to let that person be; especially if they are the argumentative type that would take offense to your opinions or suggestions.

If you are in a shared environment temporarily, let it go for peace sake. If not, devise a wise course of action.

Let sleeping dogs lie, is a popular and wise saying.

However, many battles are often won on our knees. Pray to God about the matter and yield to His wise guidance.

A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grevious words stir up anger.- Proverbs 15:1

Everybody has their peculiarities or preferences. Be wise as you navigate these landmines.

 

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Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

Check out her book Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body

Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body by Denise N Fyffe

In this testimonial, Denise shares intimate details from her childhood through to adulthood. She discusses, how fibroids or as they are also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, have affected her daily life and the adjustments that she was forced to make. After reading this book, women will become more informed about a disease that affects 80 percent of women; while making life miserable for one in four.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe, The Island Journal

Daily Journal: Inner Struggles

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There are moments in life when you hit a wall and you just can’t get over it. These moments can cause a cataclysm of emotions to erupt in the mind and when no answer can be found, frustration erodes the swallow layers of the self. It is then one must dig to the depths to see who we are.

Unfortunately, many such moments are found in life and truth be told, there are many layers to unearth.

Only with God’s help do I excavate the answers to them, or I simply wait for them in eternity.

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Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

Check out her book Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body

Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body by Denise N Fyffe

In this testimonial, Denise shares intimate details from her childhood through to adulthood. She discusses, how fibroids or as they are also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, have affected her daily life and the adjustments that she was forced to make. After reading this book, women will become more informed about a disease that affects 80 percent of women; while making life miserable for one in four.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe, The Island Journal

Daily Journal: Destiny Calls

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It’s a new morning.

It’s a new day.

It’s a new year.

More than any other time in my life, I hear destiny calling.

Have you ever heard that sound echoing on the eardrums of your spirit? Have you ever looked tomorrow in the face today and saw doubt and fear lurking around?

Those of you who have faced the realities of raising children, getting married and losing a loved one; and similar significant occurrences in life can possibly identify with the adrenaline rushes that sweep you into anxiety filled moments. Or sessions of deep cranial brooding that launch you into the future of ‘what ifs’.

Regardless of your worries, doubts and illogical reasoning, the only thing I find that pushes back the tide of stress, is faith in God. He is the creator of time and seasons, and only He knows your destiny.

If He takes you to it, He will take you through it.

Trust in the Lord, with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. But in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.- Proverbs 3:5

Have a carefree journey into 2018, with Jesus Christ as your captain and friend.

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Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

Check out her book Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body

Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body by Denise N Fyffe

In this testimonial, Denise shares intimate details from her childhood through to adulthood. She discusses, how fibroids or as they are also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, have affected her daily life and the adjustments that she was forced to make. After reading this book, women will become more informed about a disease that affects 80 percent of women; while making life miserable for one in four.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe, The Island Journal

How To Be Faithful

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“The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:13b-14

Have you ever had a relationship with someone who was faithful? You knew you could depend on that person to do what he said. You learned that his word was completely trustworthy. If he said he would call you, he would. If he said he’d be somewhere at a certain time, he’d be there. In fact, if he was late, you began to wonder if he had an accident because it was so contrary to his nature. It’s great to have friends who are faithful.

God is faithful. He is faithful to fulfill every promise in His Word. Sometimes we think God isn’t faithful because it appears He has not fulfilled a desire that we have. Sometimes we think He is not faithful because of a crisis event that seems to say God isn’t faithful. We must remember that God is more concerned about accomplishing His ultimate purpose in the life of every believer than giving us the desires of our heart. Sometimes this results in hardship.

The Bible is full of accounts of God’s faithfulness that was often accompanied by hardship. He brought Joseph out of slavery to be greatly used in a nation. He delivered the people from Egypt and brought them into the Promised Land. He gave Abraham the son of promise late in his life. He delivered David from his enemies and made him a king. In story upon story, we learn of God’s faithfulness.

Are you a faithful man or woman? The workplace needs faithful men and women. Take an inventory of your life today and ask God if you have been faithful with what He has entrusted to you. 

Follow God’s example of faithfulness.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.