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Word of the Day: Humble

Word of the Day

Good morning.  Happy Thursday to you all!

Word of the day: Humble

Humble is defined as being meek or modest in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.  It is also a way of showing submissive respect.

It is important and essential to have a humble attitude when in fellowship with Christ.  You can’t go before God all arrogant and full of pride and expect to hear from Him.  You have to show a submissive level of respect to Christ.  When you go to God meek and modest, He is able to guide you and teach you His way.  When you go with a humble attitude you are receptive to the things God instructs you to do.  Pride comes before the fall and when you are puffed up and you think you know everything, you are incapable of hearing from Christ.  It’s important to become humble.

Most of the troubles the world faces today is due to arrogance and pride.  Christ has told us, if we will humble ourselves, pray, and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven and forgive our sins and heal our land.  I don’t know about you, but I want God to heal the land.  And if my land is my family, my household, etc. than I will humble myself and pray.  I want to hear from God clearly because I know He has a word for my life.  I want to hear from God and I don’t want to be the cause of the interruption in reception.  Take time to reflect over your life and see if you operate in humility or pride.  Go to God with a submissive respect and watch Him unveil His glory to you.

Psalm 25:9 (NKJV)

The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Have a blessed day.  Strive to live a humble life.  God speaks to the humble. 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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I want to be free

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning!  Happy Wednesday to you all.  We have successfully made it to the middle of the week.  I pray that God continues to bless you and keep you during this journey.  Make the best out of today.

TFTD: I want to be free

John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

How many of you want to be free?  Well I know that I want to be free.  I want to be free from the chains that are holding me in bondage.  During my spiritual journey, God has been revealing to me through His word, what things and behaviors have been keeping me in bondage.  When was the last time you asked God to set you free?

John 8:31-32 tells us that when we abide in God’s word we will know the truth and the truth shall make us free.  One of the biggest struggles in this Christian walk is totally surrendering to God’s word and His way.  Why is this difficult?  It’s difficult because it requires us to take God’s truth against our truth.  Everything you have been taught to believe in is now challenged by the Word of God and most of the time our way of thinking is WRONG!  Yes, we often keep ourselves in bondage because we hold on to beliefs that are filled with lies and contradictions.  OUCH!!!  It is only when we get to know God and surrender to Him that we can know the truth and be set free.

It’s time out for stubbornness.  I know you’ve been doing this all of your life, you’ve developed certain attitudes from your family, you’ve created your own belief system, but I am here to tell you that what you think, if it does not line up with the will and Word of God is wrong.  We have the power to step out of bondage once we stop accepting the lies we’ve been telling ourselves all of our lives.  No it’s not okay to complain, no it’s not okay to curse people out because they made you mad, no it’s not okay to shack up, no it’s not okay to engage in premarital sex just because you want to marry this person, no it’s not okay to talk about people behind their back and smile in their face, no it’s not okay to be prideful, and the list goes on.  It’s time to stop living a life filled with lies and embrace God’s truth.

I want to be free and that means I have to allow God to change my heart and my mind.  Once my heart and mind change then I can begin changing my habits.  I can begin living in truth.  You can begin living in truth and the truth will SET YOU FREE!

Have a blessed day.

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Pay attention to the Warning Signs

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning.  Happy Tuesday to you all.

TFTD: Pay attention to the Warning Signs

1 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

1 Corinthians 10:12 (MSG)

11-12 These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

A dangerous misconception some believers have is that they are exempt from sin or struggles.  Don’t get so cocky and self-righteous that you begin thinking you are stronger than the temptations that you’ve struggled with all of your life.  Pay attention to the warning signs that God places before you.  Warning signs are not a suggestion, they are preparing you for what lies ahead.

Take a look at the flashing lights near a railroad track, this signal is warning you that a train is approaching.  If you don’t take heed to the warning and proceed without caution you can be hit by a train.  Yes, if you don’t take heed to the warnings in life, you too will be hit head on by the sins of the this world.  God has laid out examples in the bible of warning signs and some of us have this thing called intuition, no matter what it is please pay attention to the warning signs.

The spiritual battles we face in our lives are not for us, they are for someone else.  We endure so that we now can recognize and identify the warnings signs of danger.  Don’t become so naive that you begin overlooking the warning signs.  You are not exempt.  Yes, you can be tempted too.  I challenge you to pay attention to the warning signs.  You may be dealing with something or someone right now and the flashing lights are shining bright…I URGE YOU TO SLOW DOWN, SEEK GOD, and PROCEED WITH CAUTION.  Do not, I repeat, Do not think you can’t stumble and fall.  Pay attention to the warning signs, they can save your life.

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Change your focus

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning.  Happy Monday to you all!  I pray you had a blessed weekend.  Today is a new day, leave yesterday behind you.  Make today a day where you put God first and keep Him first.

TFTD: Change your focus

Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV)

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:7 (MSG)

When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.

Today is the 28th day of January, yes we are 28 days into the new year.  How many of you have been sticking to your new year’s resolutions or new commitments, goals, or promises you made to yourself?  I’m excited to report, I’ve been doing well because this year I’m changing my focus.  This year I’m determined to keep Christ at the center of my life.

Each morning I rise early to meet God, fellowship with Him and dive into His word.  The moment you decide to really pursue Christ is the exact moment He begins revealing things about yourself.  God has been showing me that I needed to change my focus.  Here is my level of transparency: I wasn’t fully aware of the fact that I tried to please man in certain areas of my life.  My focus was shifted on hearing the approval from man on certain projects or task.  We’ll that is all wrong, now isn’t it.  God has been showing me no matter how much I do or try to do, I can never please man.  Man is or we are unstable in our ways, thoughts and actions.  One moment we are pleased with you and the next moment we don’t like you.  We’ll it’s time to change my focus and it’s time for you to change your focus.  My focus should not be on living a life that is pleasing to man, rather living a life that is pleasing to God.  God is stable.  God won’t be happy with me today and hate me tomorrow.  God is consistent and gives us directions on how to live a life that is pleasing to Him.

God is so awesome that His word tells us that when we live a life that is pleasing to Him, even our enemies will be at peace with us.  We won’t have to go out of our way trying to please man because God will give us favor among man.  This is good news.  Stop running yourself ragged trying to please man.  It’s exhausting and it’s not rewarding, but when you change your focus and live for Christ, you not only will be at peace, but God will be pleased with you.  After all, isn’t it better to live for Christ than man?

I want to challenge you to live a life that is pleasing to God.  I encourage you to study His word and look at the instructions He has laid out for you on godly living.  God doesn’t leave us guessing.  He tells us exactly what we have to do to please Him and as a result of living for Him, we will have favor among men on our jobs, in the community, in church, and more.

I’m so glad I’m changing my focus, how about you?

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Spiritual beatings are necessary

Sunshine’s Reflections

It’s Friday.  Excuse me while I cut a step.  (I love the weekends)

TFTD: Spiritual beatings are necessary

Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

During my spiritual journey, I had a simple request to grow deeper in Christ.  Not as simple as I thought!  Anytime you request to get closer to Christ you will come face-to-face with your unclean ways.  You will enter a season of purging and spiritual beatings.  Yes, the Father will begin beating some ugly things out of you and off of you.

As a child, I never enjoyed beatings, but as an adult I’ve grown to see the value in the discipline that was given so many years ago.  The same way our earthly parents had to discipline us is the same way our heavenly Father must discipline us.  Spiritual beatings are worst than physical beatings in my opinion.  The physical beating produces a pain, but it will go away quicker than a spiritual beating.  When God begins disciplining you with His word and placing your life, actions, and thoughts up against His standard, it can be painful.  It’s mainly painful because of pride and denial.  Nobody wants to volunteer their shortcomings.  Nobody wants to admit, yes I need to change this or that, but it’s necessary.

When your hearts desire is to decrease in order for Christ to increase within your life, then a spiritual beating or two is necessary.  God has to begin purging your heart and mind of things that are not pleasing to Him.  But wait, there’s good news!!!  Although the spiritual beatings are painful, later on it will produce a harvest of righteousness and peace.  Yes, the reward outweighs the punishment.  I’d rather have God beat me to glory than to allow me to carry myself to hell.  No matter how saved you think you are, you always need to be corrected by the Father in heaven because we are sinful creatures by nature.

It’s time to change our perspective and say, “Lord, I thank you for the spiritual beatings you give me daily.  I know you discipline me because you love me.  Help me to see the value in the spiritual correction and to rejoice in advance for the peace that will come from changing my sinful ways.”

I pray you all have a blessed day and remember spiritual beatings are necessary.  Have a wonderful weekend…Until next week.

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

It’s impossible to stay the same

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning!  Happy Thursday!

TFTD: It’s impossible to stay the same

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

As I’ve been reflecting on my relationship with Christ and diving into His word daily, I am reminded that it’s impossible to stay the same after you experience God.  When you accept Christ you become a new creature-this is the first transformation.  You are no longer bound by sin, heading towards a fiery grave.

The next transformation process is a little longer and requires more work on your part.  You have to be intentional about developing a healthy prayer life with Christ.  You have to be committed to searching His word and asking God to search your heart.  When you seriously allow God to search your heart and you take heed to His word, you will change.  I have witnessed a lot of believers who perform “lip service”, they quote all of the scriptures and can pray some powerful prayers, but their heart has not changed.  When you truly experience God, He will point out the speck in your eye and convict you to change.  Your flesh will wrestle with your spirit because it’s filled with rebellion, but when God’s word gets a hold of you, YOU WILL CHANGE!

It’s impossible to stay the same if you truly allow God to penetrate your heart.  If you are praying, reading God’s word, going to church, and doing all the formalities, but still have a nasty attitude and look and act like you did before you were saved, then YOU HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED GOD!  POINT BLANK PERIOD!!!

It’s time to stop playing church.  The deeper I grow in Christ, He begins peeling back layers of my old self.  It’s painful, but it’s necessary.  It exposes flaws in my thinking.  It shifts me out of my comfort zone and humbles me.  I’m being hard pressed on every side, but I know when it’s all said and done I will come out new.  I have encountered GOD and I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!  How about you?

Are you ready to encounter God?  Are you ready to experience Him in His fullness?  If you are, get ready for a season of shifting.  It’s time to grow up spiritually and change.

Have a blessed day! 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Your life is not your own

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning!  Happy Wednesday to you all!  I pray your week is going well.

TFTD: Your life is not your own

1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)

20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 7:23 (NKJV)

23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Your life is not your own, so stop walking around like someone owes you something!  Stop walking around like a prisoner to this world.  Stop living like a slave of men.

Children of God, it’s time to rise up and take your place in the kingdom of God.  It’s time to stop living a delusional life.  It’s time to loose the chains that you have placed on your mind and heart.  Stop trying to please man.  Stop trying to cater to the sinful request of your flesh.  Stop dishonoring God by doing unlawful things to your body and your spirit.  Stop feeding on things of the world because they lead to death.  Yes, it’s time to stop contaminating your mind with the lies of this world.  After all, your life is not your own.

You were bought with a price.  Your sins carried a large price tag that you were incapable of paying and the penalty for insufficient funds was death.  But God stepped in and paid your balance in full.

John 3:16 (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God sent His only Son to face persecution, abuse, and death so that you may have a chance at eternal life.  Yes, your life is not your own.  It’s time to stop putting more value into what man says and disregarding what God says.  It’s time to stop feeding the flesh with things and people who will lead you to death.  It’s time to stop being selfish and start living to serve others.

After all God has done for you, don’t you think you can give Him more of you?  Are you ready to make yourself available to live freely in Christ instead of in bondage by man?

Your life is not your own and man doesn’t own you either.  Stop living to please man and start living in your god-given purpose.  God wants to use you for His glory.  What are you waiting for?  Start serving Him today!  After all, your life is not your own!

Have a blessed day and take time reflecting on how you can offer God more of you in order to live a purpose driven life.

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Running brings me closer to God

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning!  Happy Tuesday to you all.  I pray you enjoyed your “three-day” weekend.  I thank God for time away with family and some rest.

TFTD: Running brings me closer to God

I started a Couch to 5k (C25K) program in May 2012 and the journey has been great.  I completed my first official 5k (3.1 miles) in October 2012, my first 8k (5 miles) in November 2012, my 2nd 8k in December 2012 and I’m registered for my first 14k (8.7 miles) on February 9, 2013.  This has been a remarkable journey of the mind, body and soul.  Running brings me closer to God.

How does running bring me closer to God?  I’m glad you asked.  Running is a test of your will.  I set a goal and then enter a battle of what the mind says I can do, what my heart wants to do, and what my body can physically do.  Sometimes these three things don’t agree.  I start every run with a prayer to God.  I run every Tuesday and Thursday morning and Saturdays and I pray the night before and the morning of asking for God to equip me do endure til the end.

God has steadily blown my mind and exceeded my expectations as I run to better my health and fitness level.  When I run I chant the following:

Perseverance, Posture, Breathing, Endurance, Strength and Determination!

1. Perseverance-I remain steady and persistent on the course I am taking in spite of obstacles.  Running an actual race is not easy and life is not easy either, but through every trial I face it produces perseverance.

Romans 5:3 (NKJV)

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

2. Posture-It’s important to stand tall and have good posture while running.  I concentrate on my posture which reminds me of standing strong in Christ.  If I don’t stand for something (Christ) I’ll fall for anything (the world).

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

3. Breathing-It’s essential to breathe deep through my nose to allow oxygen to flow to my brain and exhale through my mouth while running.  Good breathing helps calms my spirit and calm my heart rate.  While running I close my eyes and take a deep breath in my nose and imagine God breathing life into me.  He is the very air I breath and He provides me everything I need to live. (YEAH YEAH YEAH—that made my spirit leap)

Genesis 2:7 (NKJV)

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

4. Endurance-I need stamina and resilience while running long races and this makes endurance vital.  In order to endure til the end I need God.  I need God to help me while I’m running races and through this race called life.  It’s so easy to get discouraged and want to give up at times, but with God I will endure til the end.

Hebrews 12:1(NKJV)

12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

5.-Strength-Is having the power to resist force or attack.  When I’m running I need physical strength.  It’s important that I cross-train in order to build my leg muscles.  It’s important that in my spiritual life I cross-train with Jesus in order to build my spiritual strength.  I quote Philippians 4:13 while I’m running and while I’m living life because I know my strength comes from the Lord and I can overcome anything because He strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

6. Determination-This is reaching a decision or having a firmness of purpose.  When I decide I’m going to run a race, it’s done.  I’ll register and begin planning and preparing on how to execute the plan.  In my spiritual life I am the same way.  I am determined, I take a  firm position of my purpose to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.  I will not start something and not finish.  God has chosen me for this journey and I’m determined to finished strong.

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

I will run my first 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles in November 2013-LORD WILLING!)

Running has drawn me closer to God because it allows me time to reflect on His goodness.  It draws me closer to Him because I need Him to make it to the finish line.  I have a new-found dependency on Christ and I hear more clearly when I’m out on the pavement.  Find something in your life that will help you draw closer to God.  Remember to tie everything you do back to the Word of God.  He is the beginning, middle, and end of my being.  God bless.

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Promise of God-Temptation will not overtake you

Sunshine’s Reflections

Happy Friday to you all!  Thank the Lord for carrying us to the end of another work week.

TFTD: Promise of God-Temptation will not overtake you

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG)

13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

Today is the 18th day of the new year.  How many of you have already been tempted to sin?  How many of you have already been tempted to give up on the new course God has placed you on? I’ll be honest, I’ve been tempted to act out of character a few times, but I was reminded that I’m on a new course this year.  Temptations to sin will come, but I don’t have to fall victim to the sin.  As believers, we are not exempt from the temptation to sin however we are promised a way of escape.

Last night in bible study my pastor said when we pray for something we should find a scripture and a promise of God to stand on.  Sometimes we have to be reminded of the promises of God and then stand on them unwavering.  No matter what form of sin you are faced with, God has promised that temptation will not overtake you.  When you feel like you are about to sin, you can remind God of His promise and say, “Lord, in your Word you promised me a way of escape and that temptation will not overtake me, so I’m standing on your promise!”  When we remind God of His promises to us, we also remind ourselves of His promises to us.  Since God is not a man who should lie we can put 100% of our trust in His word.

As believers, we have to stay in the Word of God and become saturated with His presence in order to combat the temptations of this world.  Today, sin hangs in the balance of our daily lives.  It meets our children at school, it sits in our offices at work, it pulls up in the drive-way of our homes, it tempts us through the air-ways, television and the internet, it even sits next to us in church.  Oh, sin is alive and well, but God is able to keep you from falling to sin.  Sin won’t beat you with God on your side!

When sin begins courting you, I dare you to stand on the promise of God and resist the temptation to sin.  I challenge you to choose the way of escape instead of making excuses for sin.  I urge you to remind God of His promises and stand on His Word.  You are not exempt from sin, but you are able to win against sin with the help of Jesus Christ.

Have a blessed day and make a conscious decision to live a life that is pleasing to Him. 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Poetry Corner -I surrender

Poetry Corner

Happy Thursday!  Or better yet, Happy Friday-Eve!!!

I surrender

by: Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

For years I’ve been trying to do things my own way

I’ve been taught right from wrong

I even know what the Word of God says

But too many times I allow my flesh to rule

Sin tries to take dominion

Resulting in me looking like a fool

I surrender

Lord, I don’t want to live like this anymore

I keep putting my hope in things and people

I am running to you and banging on the door

Your Word, says knock and you will answer

We’ll I’m banging with all my might

I will no longer allow sin to run me

I’m fighting back for my life

I surrender

I give up my selfish ways

There is nothing positive from sin

It leaves me miserable and shortens my days

Lord, I need you

Come purge me and empty me of self

Fill me with your Spirit

Increase my spiritual wealth

I’m tired of fighting

I’m tired of going against the grain

I’m ready to submit to your will

I surrender it all in Jesus Name

 

As believers, our first act of surrender is when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior.  But it’s important to take time in prayer and fasting throughout your Christian journey to surrender bad habits, sinful attitudes and beliefs.  Just because you are saved it doesn’t mean you are exempt from sin.  Take a moment to examine the areas in your life in which you need to surrender to Christ and take them to Him.  Christ is waiting to help you, but you have to go to Him and surrender.

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.