Eradicating the Darkness Within

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The Bible poses the question to every believer: “What fellowship does the light have with darkness?”

This question to me is one that is challenging, easy to comprehend but hard to answer. You maybe asking the question: Why is this question hard to answer?

My response is this question is hard to answer because there is a certain level of darkness that if we are truthful with ourselves…we like. There is a place in us, a behavior we participate in that if the truth could be told, we haven’t yet fully surrendered it to God.

This area that I am talking about is an area of darkness that we’ve allowed willingly at times to break our fellowship with the light.

I am not judging and please don’t judge me! However, have you ever felt like the Apostle Paul when he declares,

The good I would do, I don’t do and that which I don’t want to do I find myself doing?”

This inner darkness which is not sinister, or destructive to others can and is destructive to our fellowship with the God.

So, what I realized is this when Christ died on the cross and rose with all power in his hand he gave us the power (Holy Spirit) to bridge that gap of separation and create fellowship.

So, what I have tried to do is understand that there is the power of darkness (sin) working within me. However, according to the Apostle Paul he says with the mind I have the ability and the power to override the darkness because of what Jesus Christ did on the Cross.

Let’s talk a look at this scripture:

Romans 7:24

If you want to read it in its entirety then it is Rms 7:24. However, I wanted to focus on the word mind.

In my opinion, the word mind is so important here in this text. The word mind reminds us that we have a responsibility and the power to override the darkness within by placing our minds under the control of God’s word.

When we allow our minds to be under control of God’s word we can shed light on the darkness that resides within. We can make this part of us that is not surrendered to God’s authority obey Him

But this approach to eradicating the darkness within will take a clear, concise decision by us. This decision that we must make is one that loves God more then sin, accepts that God knows best and has a try desire to be the best for God.

Make today the day that you tell the darkness within,

“No more from hear on out I am turning the lights on.”

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Make This Your Year Of Independence 

If you want heartburn try eating everything.

No matter what you do you will not be able to please everyone.  So why try? You know coming out of last year I felt the need for detoxification.  No, it is not what you think! I wanted to detoxify from people.

Yes, people.  I have watched others,  including myself, at times fall viticm to people pleasing. I have allowed some people knowingly and unknowingly to control parts of my life. It is one of those behavioural patterns that left me scratching my head.  I would sometimes say to myself, “what were you thinking signing on to that crap.”

People pleasing can become counter-productive to your success, if not, checked at the door.  I find myself becoming so irritated when I see people allowing themselves to become someones doormat for a, “that’s a good boy!” 

I have witnessed over the years the destructive effects of people that have loss a since of themselves because they have allowed others to control their lives.  Witnessing adults that can’t make sound decisions because they are so afraid of being singled out and ostracized is a sobering reminder, people pleasing is a destructive behavior. 

Possessing within oneself the strength to say, “No” is a powerful and sought after quality in my opinion.  To have ownership of ones life is a must.  It is a sobering reminder that we must harold and respect appropriate boundaries for our lives. 

I believe that if we live our lives to please God then we won’t spend so much time trying to please others.

So I have come up with my mantra and you can rock it too…,

“It’s time to detoxify.”

 I have made up my mind that I will rid myself of hurtful and harmful habits and emotions such as people pleasing.

People pleasing can be extremely harmful to our mental health and self-esteem. You don’t have to look any further than social media to see the devasting effects of people addiction.  

Likes and dislikes have become the new form of people pleasing and some people will almost kill themselves to trend in likes.

We have to combat and confront such harmful patterns of self-deprivation and ineptitude.  We must begin to form and practice good habits of self-love. We must strive to see ourselves in a positive light.

How we see ourselves is so important to how we treat and let others treat us.  Why should someone else respect you when you don’t respect yourself? We must practice good habits and detoxify our minds from the grips of people pleasing.

Serving others and caring for them with respect and love can be extremely valuable.  However, when we allow ourselves to be self-serving trying to please others to please ourselves, we cause great emotional and mental harm to ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to see people happy.

The problem comes in when we allow other peoples desires to become idols to us.

For example: We can’t sleep unless everyone is pleased with our decisions.

This kind of behaviour is a problem. We should do our best to be fair to all. But the key is not to lose ourselves in pleasing others to the point of making idols out of them.

Stop waiting for people to sanction your every move. We must trust God to direct us and put the right people in our paths to take us to the next level. 

Pray while you’re moving.  Make a God sought decision for your life by prayer, thoughtfulness and trusting that God will not steer you wrong.

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What Living On Purpose Is Really All About

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But let’s talk about living on purpose.  The author said,This is when you wake up every morning, knowing that you are on the path where you want to be, no matter what others might say.

To know how to live on purpose, you need to know the missing piece that will complete the puzzle. What is this piece? It is discovering that your ultimate purpose is to give, not to get.”

I thought this was a great article.  This post helped to put some things in order on how to live on purpose.

Thanks for this good info I might talk a bit about this on my next podcast Making An Impact Christian Podcast Show. 

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Becoming A Finisher 

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We had a conversation on Becoming A Finisher.  One very important ingredient to success is having the will and know how to be a good finisher.  

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4 WAYS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

This was a great article very practicle and easy to apply principles. Thank you for this great read.

There is no magic wand in this journey called life. It is up to us to focus and put our feet to the grind.

However, in this article the author challenges us to leave our comfort zones per say and think outside the box.
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7 Traits Found in Successful Entrepreneurs (2 min read)

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