Relationships 103

Beloved,

Hope and pray that all is well.  Where did the time go?  We’re almost half-way through the year and I’m wiser, stronger, and better than before.  So with all that being said, I would like to wish myself a very Happy Birthday!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?  Today’s focus is on relationships.  That’s right.  We can’t do life alone.  Don’t get me wrong, we can; but life can be so much sweeter if you have a husband/wife, significant other, family, friend, or someone to simply connect or relate to.  In short, relationship is a connection. 

At some point, we need to take inventory of our relationships.  Think about all that it takes out of us to grow, maintain, and cultivate each and every relationship that we form. Friends, don’t be deceived, the most important relationship starts with our Heavenly Father. Some may not agree, and that’s okay.  I’m definitely not here to argue, but to simply share His love, mercy, and grace.

My prayer is that all of my readers, will take into consideration where they will spend Eternity, for this life on Earth is only temporary.  The only reason I can boast and brag in Him is because I have my own personal relationship with Him.  It’s nowhere near perfection, but I have one.  Consider the following and know that it’s not the be-all and end-all approach but can be used as a tool to get us all started in the right direction of healthy relationship(s).

  • Is God at the center of the relationship?

-The key is for both parties involved to have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior.

  • Is there love for God, self, and each other according to 1 Corinthians 13?
  • Is there a mutual covenant involved?

Literally, a contract. In the Bible, covenant can be defined as the conditional promises made to humanity by God.  It can also be defined as the agreement between God and the ancient Israelite’s, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.  The fundamental difference between covenants and other agreements is the relationship established between the covenant makers.

  • Are both parties loyal to God, self, and each other?
  • Is there sacrifice involved?

In a healthy relationship, sacrifice is not just made by one person, ideally it should be mutual. Reciprocity should also be a constant in the midst of the relationship.

  • Compromise
  • Emotional Attachment

-It’s important to decipher the difference between connections vs. attachments.  Think about it.  You can easily attach yourself to someone, and someone can attach themselves to you, but it doesn’t make it right or healthy.  It’s advisable to have a healthy sense of introspection to determine if goes beyond being unnatural or unfavorable. 

 

Until we meet again, I love you to life!

Xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Source (s):

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relationship

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/covenantal

https://www.thattheworldmayknow.com/a-covenant-guarantee

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In the midst of your pit, problem, or circumstance, know that you are loved, changed, treasured, and valued by God.

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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The gift of freewill from God is indescribable. His unwavering, unconditional love is poured out for us to willingly obey Him. Now pause for a moment, and think about the freedom in that.   

Everything is permissible”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”-but not everything is constructive (I Corinthians 10:23, NIV).

 

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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In the midst of your lament, God honors that unspoken expression with His infinite/unconditional love, joy, and peace.

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Life or Death

Dear Beloved,

I pray that all is well with you. Some pits, problems, or circumstances, are designed to drive us closer to our God-given purpose/destiny or cause us to sacrifice everything we stand for/believe in what appears to be right, yet so wrong for our life.  Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.  God is gentle and His love is unconditional, and that’s two of the many things that I love about Him. He gave us the gift of freewill.  He gives us the option to follow Him and live an abundant life or choose a path that will only lead a life of not only pain, but destruction as well. Am I the only person in this world that’s real enough to admit that I’ve thought some thoughts, said some things, or made decisions that I’m not proud of?  I’m sure that I’m not.

The problem in our world today is that some Christians like myself (once upon at time) are/were too much of a coward to deal with our own internal struggles that we won’t dare admit to ourselves, others, or God. We shift blame on others, try to hide, or present our false best selves to others (aka facade), but the truth is we can’t hide from God. The danger in never facing the reality of a pit, problem, or circumstance is that it will keep coming up in our lives until we truly address the root cause of it.  True freedom is when you can approach the throne of grace willing to bare our entire soul to the Lord on a daily basis, not just in a crisis.

To whomever this particular message may reach, I want you to know and always remember that you can learn to accept yourself for who you are (flaws and all), and who you are becoming. If you don’t like it, you can change it.  If you don’t have the strength to change it alone, seek help not only from God, but also someone you can trust. Who you are today, will not be who you are tommorrow.  Trust and believe there’s levels to any growth process. Remember God didn’t create us to be perfect.  He already knew that this life wouldn’t be easy.  In our brokenness, is where He does His best work if we allow Him to. Not all pits, problems, or circumstances are set up to destroy us. Trials and tribulations may come and go, but their sole purpose is to drive us closer to the Lord or simply accept Him.

God will also allow certain things to happen to teach us that we can get through anything, not everything in life comes easy, and not everything we want will be ours.  In the midst of our pits, problems, or circumstances, we can learn a lot about ourselves.  We can also learn that God will send people along the way who will have a certain role in our lives, and we shouldn’t try to change it. For this week, I challenge you to really look at your circle, and most of all yourself.  Is their purpose in your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime? Have you ever considered how much easier it is to have answers for everybody else, especially when we refuse to look at our lives? Until we meet again, I love you to life!

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Counterfeit Love

Dear Beloved,

I pray that your day is well, and that somehow, someway you can grab and retain that blessed peace that only God provides. Just decided to flow with the Spirit and bring a little content with substance. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Do you find that sometimes our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comes from our head and not our heart? Let me explain. We loosely use the expression about us or another “being all in their feelings”, or being emotionally unstable.  If we’re not careful we can fall into the trap with being in the love with the concept of God, but our hearts are far away from Him. The Bible speaks to this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV).

As we settle into this month, let’s not flirt with the idea of God, but really connect from our heart and love the Lord our God with every fabric of our being.  Until we meet again, I love you to life!  Welcome to all of my new fellow warriors. Thanks for your support. I see you. 🙂  Don’t be shy drop me a comment or send an email.

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Scripture Courtesy of:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+6%3A5&version=NIV

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Begin Again

Our pits, problems, or circumstances can sometimes have a way of throwing us off our path. The good news is that we don’t have to allow fear to grip us from moving forward in our divine purpose/destiny.  Not sure where to turn?  Still trying to figure which direction to go in?  Let me help you with that on today, fellow warrior.  Ready for the answer?  Go back to the last thing you heard God clearly speak to you, and I dare you to begin again.  Trust the process and most importantly, trust/allow God to bring the provision. After all, His promises will forever be YES, and AMEN (IT IS SO)! Until we meet again…I love you to life!

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26, NIV).”

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Scripture Courtesy of:

 

https://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/19-26.html

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