How to Cope With Mistreatment in your Christian Life

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These days I feel like I am traversing a mine field at home, work and even in my mind; and everyday, I am injured or bruised because I couldn’t side step one quick enough. Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever wondered how to cope with mistreatment in your christian life? Life seems difficult at every turn and everyone seems to be used by the devil to tear you down, rip you apart and lead you down the road to hell.

During this period, I sometimes get very angry, despondent and stressed out. Nonetheless, I am quick to remember that God is always on my side and I am going through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ and crossing over into the ‘desert’ on occasion. But God never leaves me alone. He never forsakes me and he sends his ravens to feed me. It is these thoughts that replace the anger with peace.  Yesterday, was no different.

I found immense comfort, strength and revelations from a YouTube clip, shared by a friend of mine. Kerry said that while she was listening to a sermon by Prophetess Juanita Bynum, God instructed her to share it with me. Due to her obedience, I was blessed and rejuvenated by God’s words through Prophetess Juanita Bynum. I have shared the clip ‘Diving Interruption’ with  you as well.

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:  Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. —Ephesians 6:6-8, KJV

That was not all. My morning devotional had a message for me also – How to Cope With Mistreatment. I found the bible verse to be very profound. “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:  Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free“. —Ephesians 6:6-8, KJV

God knows that it is not in my nature to please men. He knew that my flesh would not contend with being hypocritical or taking disrespect from anyone. Therefore he chose words which allowed me to see that it is not for men, but rather for Him; as a servant of Christ should I do His will. With hard and convicting evidence from the bible, as a child of God, I have no choice but to humbly obey His word and His will.

By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe

See the message excerpt below:

How do you cope with mistreatment? The story about Laban and the way he treated Jacob may have much to teach us.

Jacob worked for Laban fourteen years, keeping his agreement in exchange for Laban’s two daughters. Then another six years elapsed before Jacob finally made the break, and it was after Joseph was born when Jacob turned his thoughts toward going home.

Maybe you can identify with the kind of mistreatment Jacob endured for so many years. I have known many people who have put up with so much from others, a controlling parent or a spouse, for instance, who makes life so unpleasant. It may be a boss. I dare say many reading this dread returning to work on Monday mornings.

I want you to see three ways in which Jacob coped with mistreatment.

1. Jacob was careful not to pick a quarrel with Laban. He knew that what was happening to him was God’s way of breaking him. Jacob knew he had been a deceiver himself; now he had met his match. This is the way God may choose to break you: to let you meet your match.

2. Jacob preoccupied himself with what he did best. He gave himself to what God had called him to do. You may have been mistreated, but God has given you a gift. Use it well. One day your time will come and God will say, “Enough is enough.”

3. Jacob didn’t really break away until he had divine confirmation. “Then the Lord said to Jacob, ‘Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you'” (Gen. 31:3). Until then, it had been Jacob’s idea, but God had been watching and He said, “Enough is enough. I am with you.”

God knows how much you can bear, and He is coming to your rescue at this moment to remind you that the one who was mistreated the most was Jesus who died on the cross.

Excerpted from All’s Well That Ends Well (Authentic Media, 2005).

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Holding on to your Christian Life

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Jesus is the way

Christianity and being saved in Christ is a process. The longer you stay, the more you grow, the older you get, the relationship with Jesus solidifies and matures.

The change comes about by being in contact with God and having a true relationship and closeness with God. You can’t help but change.

The Holy Spirit within you helps you to conform and transform. Your life, your practices, your whole being will consistently say, Yes Jesus, I will do your will.

If you have been saved for a while, months, years, decades; know this, that God is God. And he can do all things for and through you. It is your faith that empowers your belief and gives power for his miracles to happen in your life. Hold on, wait on him, hold on and continue to live for Him.
By: Denise N. Fyffe.
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Hardships of The Christian Life in Jamaica

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Being a christian is hard, being a christian in Jamaica is even more difficult. Especially, because we are plagued with different socioeconomic and cultural hardships, consistent exposure to immoral behavior and cycling examples of how hypocritical Christians really are.

Facing such hardships of The Christian Life in Jamaica truly exercises the faith of any bible believing Christian in this country.

Every day we are bombarded with music that is filled with sexual content and innuendos.

Every day your ears are shocked with foul language from A to Z, from homes, buses and even the radio.

Every day your eyes are feted by all degrees of nakedness, this gets worse if you live in cities such as Kingston and the inner cities.

So how can any Christian remain holy, saintly or righteous in such a place? Every day it is a constant struggle to even find a true Christian ministry that goes beyond the Sunday morning outreach, that ventures outside the comfort of their pews and really pound the pavement in many Jamaican communities during the week. Nevertheless, in a country with more churches per square mile than any other on earth, one can clearly see that we have an appetite for a Saviour.

Jamaican Christians are still resilient. Jamaican Christians still hold fast to the precepts and laws of the bible. Jamaican Christians still shun many of the ‘taboo’ sins that some countries are being pressured to even write into law. Nonetheless, Jamaican Christians have a far way to go when it comes to developing ‘impactful’ church ministries that cause change inside the homes of both desperate sinners and down trodden Christians.

Having been exposed to the teachings of Chip Ingram via his radio and internet programs; my eyes have been opened and I can clearly see. Based on all of his teachings, with love, I have a corrected perspective of how the gospel should not only be spread, but the word of God taught in a  manner that is digestible to all.

Not screamed from the pulpit with gimmicks and antics; but handed out in love. It should be communicated in a manner that even a non-christian could listen and apply the word to their every day lives.

Being a Christian is hard enough in this world. What we need here in Jamaica is a doing away of the chastisement and harsh words over the pulpit and more messages filled with and coming from a place of love. What a difference that would be.

By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe

The Life Of The 21st Century Prophet: In the Wee Hours with The Holy Spirit

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I hear myself humming a worship song, ‘Overflow’. It’s 1:00 a.m. and though I lie here trying to sleep, my spirit has other ideas.

‘You provide the fire
I’ll provide the sacrifice
You provide the spirit
And I will open up inside’

Without any conscious effort, I am in a worship session. This is not uncommon for me, as it is a signal that the Holy Spirit seeks to commune and communicate with my spirit. Sometimes when I wake, I hear myself singing humming or internally singing a worship song.

It happened 2:00 a.m. yesterday morning as well. After working into the wee hours of the morning I decided to finish watching a film, rather than just relax and let the Holy Spirit have His time. Yes, it was disobedience, not greatly intended but disobedience nonetheless. Thank God mercy came running like a prisoner set free. And the Holy Spirit downloaded God’s instructions.

I find that no matter if I have busied myself with work, during the days, and don’t give God his due time, He waits for me at the end of my day. (I pray I get better at making time in the appointed moments).

However, it is important for children of God to understand that Jehovah is always speaking to us. It is just that we are in a state of busyness – separate from Him – like in a fog and we do not hear Him.

Never get so busy that you do not make time for God. Daniel is a great example of a man who sought the Almighty, morning, noon and night.

Literally.

Hence why they tried to kill Him.

Constantly being in God’s presence is akin to staying under the shadow of the Almighty.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.-Psalm 91:1 (KJV)

The presence of God comes with divine protection, revelation of secrets and knowledge of what is happening. God speaks to you as a friend, as a child.

Giving instructions and guidance.

Yes, the wee hours of the morning are the best times to commune with God; because it is so peaceful. Everyone is resting and there and there are no distractions.

However, even just 5 to 15 minutes with God will make the difference of whether you are are prepared to deal with the ‘arrows that

I pray you too will seek Him more, like Daniel, in Jesus name amen.

 

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Morning Meditation: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

Don’t stop praying

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.—Martin Luther

Only someone could say that who knew exhaustion, pain, guilt, and the relentless attacks of Satan. Praying is not something that we need to be nagged into doing. You don’t need to be nagged to breathe. It is not a performance requirement. Prayer is simply God’s oxygen for the lungs of our faith.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Prayer is a communication privilege that only Christians can enjoy, for access to God’s throne comes only through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, the Father guarantees that he will hear, decide, and act on everything we bring him.

And what a gift it is! Prayer guarantees God’s interaction with your life, no matter how small and unworthy you feel. God intentionally waits with the full measure of his blessings until you ask, in order that you might notice his working in your life. Prayer gives you a way to benefit the lives of other people, even when they are thousands of miles away or even if you don’t know their names. Prayer demonstrates to God that you are proud to identify yourself as his child.

What’s on your mind? Tell God. Ask God. Pray right now! Don’t stop!

Morning Meditation: Jeremiah 29:11

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For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Morning Meditation: 1 Timothy 4:16

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Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
1 Timothy 4:16 NLT

Morning Meditation: Proverbs 15:31-32

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The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
Proverbs 15:31‭-‬32 KJV