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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Mike Anthoni host of Making An Impact Christian Podcast Show (ITunes).

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   Where Is The Love?

It is amazing how God ranks love over works.  We may be the best Deacons, Usher, Pastors, Singers, Servers and Churchgoers this side of heaven.  But if we are void of love everything we do amounts to nothing.

Wow! Deep huh? Lord, I helped little Katy rescue Ms. Fuzzy out of the tree. I gave my entire check to feed the poor. I donated cases and cases of water to Flint Michigan. However, I can hear God say, “But without love these works amount to nothing.”

I can truly say, I have been guilty of offering God works packaged in a box called love. Nevertheless, my box was probably worthless because it wasn’t wrapped in true heart felt love for God or my fellow man.

Do you know we can preach doctrine that is correct but be morally out of the will God?

Scripture tells us in 1John 4:20-21, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

There is so much hatred in the world for our fellow man because of their skin color, religion, gender or ethnicity in my opinion. We should be able to disagree with a person on the foundation of the scripture and not harvest hatred for them because they are different.

If we are Christians then we should be leading the way in love.

Nevertheless, Christians can be some of the most hateful and mean-spirited people all in the name of God.

If our hearts are filled with this kind of impediment then we need to ask Jesus to heal our hearts. We need to ask the Lord to wash us from our shortcomings and then begin to do His will.

Love must be that which can transcend beyond the physical and impact the spiritual. The only way to possess a love like this is to accept the love that Jesus shows all humanity. Jesus loves humanity with a supernatural love. His loves goes beyond the limits of earthly means and loves us in away that can’t be fully comprehended.

We are the most undeserving people in the world. However, Jesus’ love covers us. His love comforts us and His love keeps us.

Jesus’ love transcends Christanity, it even extends to non-believers. However, non-believers can’t receive the free gift of life (Salvation). Subsequently, His love does offer them a chance to inherit eternal life barring that they (The non-believer) accept Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.

You know…God is not like man. He doesn’t champion the construction of tall skyscrapers or super important jobs.  God wants us to focus on the hardest job there is…Love.

He wants us to love without limits.  He wants us to love our enemies, backstabbing friends, difficult spouses, pain in the neck family memebers.

Lets us seek to build a life of godly love. Let us aspire to please God with a love that brings him glory. Love that does not disqualify our works is a love made by God.

God is so amazing because he had to do the same with us.  He had to love the unlovable, he had to love the sneaky, he loves the rude and uncaring.

And you know what? He is still loving us today.

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Practice these every day

AL stover,

I loved the positive energy of your post. These are some great key principles that we can benefit from to become impactful in our everyday lives…Thanks so much.

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Becoming A Finisher 

This is a preview of an interview I had with Businesswoman, Executive, Mother, Wife and Accomplished Organist Nicole Walker. 

Link to the preview of Become A Finisher.

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.  

We also in this interview discussed how to build a good resume and how to interview well.  To listen to the entire interview click the link below.

Becoming A 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.
Thank you.

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Three Ways to Take Your Website Visitors Behind the Scenes

Wow this was a well written article full of detail and good insight. You really put time and focus into this piece. Thank you and this is a must read. It goes against my rule of long post but heck good is good..😅😅😎

I really respect the talent of so many people with a great skill to leave this world better then how they found it. 👏👏👏

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I Choose Life

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What direction will you travel in?

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:26-28 KJV

Ask yourself: What am I going to do today? Will I impact my day for the good or will I allow myself to be defeated?

Make today a great day…How?  Find peace in the little things.  Challenge yourself today to look at life positive and through the lense of God.

There is so much pain around us.  There is so much disappointment hovering over us (some we can control and some we can’t).

It is my prayer that we can find that balance today…whether it is in the good times or the bad. We must trust God to give us sunshine and even rain.

However, the great thing about God is he knows exactly what we need when we need it. I can not say that everything will be as we like it to be. I don’t know the mind of God. I don’t know why bad things happen to good people.

But this is what I know is God has all things under His control and for us it will work for our good. So, trust Him in your trials, triumphs and your what is going on God moments.

Choose life in Christ don’t sit around in defeat when you have the great liberator Jesus Christ waiting to work things out for your good.

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