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And Another Thing

Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV

My earlier post listed three declarations in the scriptures to help get us through tough times in our lives. Those three declarations are: “I don’t understand, I will not forget and I will press on. Without further examination those conclusions may be a little confusing since the scriptures blatantly tell us to forget those things which are behind us.

Admitting that we don’t understand places us in a spiritually prostrate position before the Lord. We acknowledge that his plan and purpose for our life is greater than any knowledge that we may think that we have about what he is doing in our lives.

Admitting that we will not forget doesn’t mean that we will dwell on the failed outcome, it means that we accept the mistake, forget the offense but take with us the lessons that need to be learned.

And finally, when we trust God enough to press on, we put our faith into action and begin to operate under his perfect grace. Grace such as this only comes with obedience to God’s word.

I pray this message finds you in peace.

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

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Things Remembered

Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV- Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Oftentimes we can be hard on ourselves for bad decisions that we’ve made in our past. If we’re not careful we will allow our entire life to be defined by a few bad choices that we made during a weak season in our life. Maybe it was a bad breakup or a financial investment gone wrong, or maybe something as simple as a lapse in judgment on our part. Those choices can have a profound affect on us and how we conduct our everyday life.

We view some mistakes as being more difficult to bounce back from than others. Sometimes we’re embarrassed and think how could this have happened to me and then there are those other times when we worry about what others will think of us because of our misstep.

In those times I am comforted by verses 13 and 14 in Philippians Chapter 3 because they say so eloquently say the words that I often have trouble reciting. The word makes it clear that we will make mistakes, but it’s how we bounce back after the mistake that will determine our outcome. In those two versus I found three declarations to help get me through the tough times: I don’t understand, I will not forget and I will press on.

File those missteps in your “things remembered file” and press on toward the victory in Jesus Christ. He doesn’t want us to get stuck in our past, we’ve been purposed for greater things ahead.

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

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Different on Purpose

John 15:13 KJV: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.

How would you spend your time if you knew someone purposely died for you? Would you live any differently? Would you make different choices? What if someone loved you so much that they willingly gave up their life so that you could live a victorious one. How would you remember them? Would you resolve to live your life by honoring them or would you chose to live on your own terms and disregard their honorable act of sacrifice.

For the millions who have accepted Christ and made the choice to devote their lives to him, let’s make it our business to live different on purpose. I know it can be easy to get caught up in the everyday messiness of the world and heaven knows that we are far from perfect people but effort goes a long way. When God created the Heavens and the Earth, he put forth the effort. When Adam and Eve found themselves unclothed in the Garden and God gave them covering, he put forth the effort. When God raised Lazarus from the dead and restored life to him, he put forth the effort. The same effort was exhibited when God gave us his only begotten son. All throughout the Bible we find God always putting forth effort on our behalf.

How are you repaying him?

When God created you, he put forth the effort so that you could fulfill a void that exists in this world. Without your time, talent and influence, there is a need that will forever be unfulfilled. What can you do to live different on purpose to ensure that God’s word is fulfilled in your life.

My different on purpose looks like this: Personally, I like to sprinkle a little SuGa into the lives of believers and seekers. Prayerfully I give myself away to be used by God. Purposely I share the message of Christ with others with the hope that they will share with someone else.

Make the effort to live different on purpose today.

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

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Peace Begins With You

Peace Begins With You

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18, NIV

Today’s scripture reminds us of our call to peace as declared by the Lord. With all the issues and trials that many of us face each day, it can become a tall order to live at peace with everyone.

Just thinking about this makes my stomach a bit nausea because Lord knows I’ve had my share of run-ins and bump-ups with others. At first sight this scripture can be overwhelming, but wait…. Did you notice the first four words of the scripture? “if it is possible”

Hmm, are those four words the get out of jail free card that excuses us from putting forth the effort to live in peace with everyone? Or maybe it’s an important component of a formula that we can use to help live out this declaration from God.

I believe the words if it is possible allow for a bit of self reflection for those who have been called and chosen to live the life of a peculiar people. The word does say that we’ve been set aside for a purpose.

First, we understand as a child of the Most High God, “all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.

Second, the words If it is possible allow us to evaluate our personal belief system and to challenge the way that we handle and process information. We have the opportunity to align our thoughts and actions with how the word says we should reflect the image of Christ. We can then identify opportunities for improvement and make adjustments as necessary.

My personal belief is that peace begins within each of us. If we expect to begin the process of living at peace with everyone else, we first have to be at peace with ourselves.

Third, put the formula to work!

As Far as it depends on me / If it is possible = live at peace with __________________.

We all experience some type of conflict within our personal and professional lives. If you have a desire to move beyond the strife understand that you have the power within to live at peace because all things are possible in Christ!

Take your effort, divide it by the infinite possibilities in Christ and reap the rewards of peaceful relationships in all areas of you life!

My intuitive nature reveals to me that God wants me to do everything within my power to live at peace but he doesn’t expect me to accomplish this without his help.

Peace and Wellness,
Suga

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Pray The Same For Me

Hebrews 11:3 By Faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Dear God,

Help me to see greater. Help me to understand that all things are working together for my good. Lord, you said that grace and mercy follow me all the days of my life, so I’m asking you to help me envision this. Lord, sometimes I get weak and I lose focus, I forget the promises that you’ve made to me and then I begin to worry. Help me not to worry. Help me to truly believe you at your word. Command my heart to be open to understand the ways in which you are working in my life. Father help me to trust that you have me in the palm of your hand. Honestly Lord, I get tired of trying to figure things out on my own. Help me to accept your reassurance that “it is well with my soul.”

Lord I ask that my mind, body and spirit come into complete agreement with every word that you have ever spoken over me. Help me to embrace these blessings and to allow  your peace to correct all of my misunderstanding.

In this very moment, I am releasing all my cares, concerns and burdens to you and I accept your help. Lord I trust you.

In Jesus name. Amen

Much Love,

SuGa

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Heartbeat

Psalm 126:5 NIV – Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest. The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain.

God has promised to replace our tears with joy and our weeping with singing. Our job is to remain loyal in our obligations. Whatever responsibilities that God has entrusted to us, may we run our race whole-heartedly and never give in to weariness.

Trust and believe that God appreciates our willingness to complete those small tasks. Your current assignment may seem insignificant, but in due time, God will multiply your efforts and your faith will produce a harvest.

It may be rough going for you at the moment and you may feel like your current assignment is lasting a long time, but never has God forsaken those who love him! In fact, the word says that your name is written in the palm of his hand! We are reassured by God’s word that we are the apple of his eye and I firmly believe that he is concerned about every aspect of our lives.

Do you remember in the book of Genesis when God came down from Heaven to see about Adam and he asked that one simple question, “Where are you?”

Answer God and let him know where you are today. Make a decision to dedicate every waking moment of your day to God and watch him move in your life. Whatever concerns you, concerns God.

Personal Reflection:

During my quiet time, when all is still and my mind isn’t racing, I love to sit and listen to the sound of my heart beat… “thump thump”, “thump thump”, “thump thump”. Those thumps are soon replaced with the phrase…”go God”, “go God”, “go God”

Each time I repeat this phrase I am humbled because God loves me so much and I am reminded by every heartbeat that God is always with me, he is always in control and I am reassured in the fact that everything that I am and will ever be is all because of his love for me.

I pray that you find encouragement in each heartbeat.

Much Love,

SuGa
    

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Self Control

Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

As children of the Most High God, we belong to a royal priesthood. When you get a taste of royalty it’s easy to want what you want when you want it. Often it becomes hard to wait for things to happen on your behalf or wait for that next turn around blessing to appear.

Philippians 4:6 illustrates a simple blueprint on how we can maintain our self-control about a situation. We have to remain calm, submit to the Lord in prayer, formally submit our request to God and then Thank him in advance for how he chooses to act on our behalf.

The key to maintaining self-control is to understand that nothing is about us and everything is about the will of God being fulfilled.

Whenever we find ourselves feeling anxious, remember that God is well able to provide for all of our needs.

Much Love,

SuGa

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Make Glad the City of God

Psalm 46:4-5 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most high dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

The streams of a river are often affected by the circumstances around them. Sometimes the waters are peaceful and still, while at other times they’re agitated and disrupted.

Such are our lives.

In one instant everything seems to be going our way and with our very next breath things can take a drastic change.

The great part about our ever-changing situations is that nothing takes God by surprise. He knows when we’re up and he knows when we are feeling down on ourselves. It’s in those times that God is pleased when we put our complete trust in him.

Of course he knows our struggles. He understands our fears and he has compassion over our heart breaks.

Make God glad by trusting him.

He has promised to keep you from falling and to present you as faultless.

Can you imagine being faultless before our God who dwells in the Most High Place?

See yourself as God sees you. Your streams make you exactly who you are supposed to be for such a time as this!

Keep flowing, keep trusting and keep believing!

Much Love,

SuGa

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SUGA

Genesis 18:14- Is anything too hard for the Lord?….

Life is all about transition. Some transitions are easy while others can be a real challenge. We are often faced with changes in our relationships, careers and health status just to name a few.

I’ve faced many challenges throughout my life, from losing my father at a very young age to various health scares over the years these transitions and numerous others have been key in molding me into the woman who I am today.

I’ve come to appreciate my strength, my resilience, the love of my family and most importantly the unwavering hand of God.

In all honesty, if it wasn’t for SUGA I don’t know where I would be.

For me, SUGA is more than a writing handle. It’s a way of life, a mindset, an action plan, my personal brand, my calling card, my help in times of trouble and my friend in times of triumph.

SUGA reminds me that there is nothing too hard for my God.

SUGA to regulate your mind, SUGA to be a friend that sticks closer than a brother, SUGA to keep you from falling, SUGA to grant you success, SUGA to bless you coming in and bless you going out, SUGA to preserve your life!

The key to  making SUGA work is to trust God at His word. You have to repeat his word back to him.

Simply Understand God is Able to………….?  What has God helped you transition through?

Put a little SUGA on that transition and watch God move on your behalf.

Much Love,

SuGa

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And Such Were Some of You

1 Corinthians 6: 10-11 – Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Compassion makes the world go round.

At some point in our lives, we’ve all exhibited behaviors that we are not proud of. We all have certain skeletons tucked away in our closets that we hope and pray no one ever finds out about. Before we took that faithful leap to trust God at his word and to accept his gift of eternal life, we had a colorful past.

As the next generation comes up and experiences some of the “uglies” of life, it’s our duty to have compassion, to share our experiences and to profess how Jesus saved us from a life a sin.

Compassion is necessary.

I sit here today communicating a word of encouragement for others but there have been many low points in my life when I needed to be on the receiving end of an encouraging word.

Yes, I often fall short of God’s glory but his word reassures me that I am washed, justified and sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. God loves me enough to forgive me and so shall I extend this same Grace to the next one.

Yes, I am a sinner and such were some of you. Use your testimony to save someone, not to judge or tear down.

Compassion goes a long way.

So as the good book says; God is able to keep you from falling and to present you as faultless. If he can do it for you, he can do it for the next person. If God forgets a thing, we don’t have the right to remember it.

Show compassion to one another and remember that once upon a time….”such were some of you.”

Much Love,

SuGa