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Do you know people who put up a front as though nothing is ever wrong with them? In other words, when you talk to them, they'll swear to you that everything's okay. People who go around denying their issues are dangerous because unresolved issues can become a major issue in their life. I don't care how holy or spiritual you claim to be, if you don't address your issues, you'll miss out on what God has for you.
 
In this life, I've discovered that all of us have issues. It doesn't matter who you are or where you live, the truth of the matter is all of us have something we're dealing with. In a real sense, the moment you allow your issue to arrest you of who you are, you're headed in the wrong direction. That's why it's important for you to be open with God, so that He can operate in your life. I want you to get into your spirit, if you're unable to deal with yourself, how do you expect God to deal with you? Let me help you out with this. If you want peace in your life, address that which is hindering you from gaining peace. Learn to address your issues before your issues address you. 
 
In this spiritual journey, you need to know that God's able to fix whatever issues you have in your life. All you need to do is bring them to Him and allow Him to handle it. I need to let you know, if you want God to deal with your issues, you need to be real with Him. Don't hold back what's troubling you, because if you hold back your mess, you'll deal with it later. It's unfortunate that people and things have a way of causing a mess in your life, but, it's all to teach you a lesson about who you are, what you're capable of dealing with, and more importantly, how God's power is able to override any 'hell' you're facing. There's too much good in you to have your issues addressing you. Make this the day you address your issues. 
 
The Bible tells us, "Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." Please don't miss this. In order to be truly free of your issues, you must trust that God is able to 'do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.' That's my word for you. You have power on the inside that can help you deal with any issue trying to bring your down and wear you out. Don't try to do it yourself, because you're limited in what you're able to do. Address your issues with God and you'll be free. The choice is yours. Address your issues before your issues address you.
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Procrastination will rob you of your blessings. Let me say it this way. The longer you wait to do what God has called you to do, the only person you're hurting is yourself. Why go through this? Is it fear? Is it doubt? Is it uncertainty? I want you to get into your spirit that God doesn't make mistakes and it takes faith to reach your destiny. God will stretch you so that you can see what He's capable of doing in you and through you. Just don't allow procrastination to interfere with what He has planned for you.


The writer of Proverbs penned the words, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Please don't miss this. People who don't want anything will always procrastinate. In a real sense, stepping out on faith and obeying God's voice is what separates those who blow up from those who are tore up. I urge you to throw away idle thoughts, ideas, and/or feelings and become active in whatever God has commissioned you to do.
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Unfortunately, too many people view God as a slot-machine. Let me say it this way. Whenever people only look to God for a new car, a new house, more money, and/or a new relationship, there's a problem. A whole lot of people want things, but fail to establish a relationship with the Creator. I want you to get into your spirit that God wants a relationship with you based on your love for Him because of who He is, not just what He gives you. If the only thing you're seeking God for is material stuff, then you have been misled and brainwashed. Here's a challenge for you. Ask God for peace. Ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him to bless someone in your family, on your job, and in your community. Ask God to bless those who hate on you and seek to mess you up and mess you over.
The Bible tells us, "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." Please don't miss this. True worship is embracing all of God's isness. Through authentic and genuine worship, you seek the things after God such as honesty, love, justice, and long suffering just to name a few. In a real sense, the closer your relationship with God, the better you feel about who you are and who you belong to. Remember, God wants you to be faithful to Him because He loves you unconditionally. A relationship with God should be deeper and more meaningful than material things. 
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Do you ever feel as though mistakes you've made in the past are irreparable? No matter what you try to do to amend the situation, there's something inside of you that reminds you of your error. Every now and then, many people are guilty of throwing themselves a pity-party. This type of party focuses on mistakes, self-doubt, and self-pity. Anyone who has ever had one of these parties knows it's no fun to be in. The problem with pity-parties is that it keeps you focused on the problem rather than the solution. Whenever the problem is elevated above the solution, you'll miss the lesson learned and fail to see what God has for you.
Second chances are a beautiful thing to experience when you've messed up and been given another chance to make it right. Have you ever been in a situation that seemed impossible, hopeless, and irresolvable and the one who was offended/hurt by you decided to offer you another chance? For those who've never experienced new beginnings, you can't understand this, but for those who've been given chance after chance to make it right, this will be embraced. I want you to know that many people in this world don't often give second chances, but in the spiritual world, God will allow you another chance to correct yourself.
 
In this spiritual journey, you need to know that God loves you so much that He gives you opportunities to fix what's wrong. In other words, the reason you're reading this message is because God held back your night so that you can get it right. God has given you another opportunity to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Whatever you've been telling yourself you want to correct, God has provided you with the tools to do it. What are you waiting on? Life is too short to have pity-parties because pity-parties don't fix anything; it only adds fuel to it. Please don't miss this. The enemy wants you to have a pity-party because a pity-party keeps you down, when God wants to pick you up.
The Bible tells us when Jesus was at the hour of betrayal, He told Peter, "Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." Peter, the chief disciple, refused to accept Jesus' words, but later in the Gospel story, Peter would cave in to the pressure around him and deny Jesus. Realizing what he had done, Peter wept bitterly. However, the good news is that Peter was given a second chance. Peter was forgiven and restored. Instead of kicking him at his lowest point, God picked him up. That's my word for you. You've been given another chance - don't waste it. Learn from what you did wrong and commit yourself to doing all that God has called you to do. Ask God for forgiveness and He'll grant it to you - then forgive yourself. 
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Are you going through a storm that's draining you mentally, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually? When everyone around you seems to be doing well, you're in the middle of your storm. Storms will cause you to cry yourself to sleep asking the question, when will it be over? Storms of unemployment or underemployment, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, bitterness, and regret just to name a few can cause you to feel hopeless and helpless.Check this out - people will encounter storms in their life for doing the right thing. You're doing what you're called to do and you're still in a storm. You're honest and forthcoming, but people still don't appreciate you. You're striving to be the best in your chosen profession and people are 'hatin' on you. When you've done everything right and nothing seems to be going your way, what do you do? How do you handle the 'hell' in your life and keep a smile on your face at the same time? The answer is, 'shout in the midst of your storm.'In this spiritual journey, you'll face disappointments and setbacks. How you react to your storm will determine how long you'll stay in your storm. If you decide to complain and throw yourself a pity party, you're storm will linger on. However, if you make up your mind you want out of your storm, you'll shout your way out. You start by taking your eyes of your problem and looking to God. Please don't miss this. The enemy wants you to concentrate on your storm because he knows what will happen if you come out of it. Don't allow the enemy to have the last laugh. Shout in the midst of your storm through your praise. You may not feel like it, but I dare you to lift up your hands and start praising God. In the church, we proclaim 'when praises go up, blessings come down.' Let me ask you a question: do you want out of your storm?The Bible tells us the story of how Paul and Silas were locked up in the inner prison for doing the right thing. They were preaching the good news until some haters decided to lock them up because the truth was setting people free. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, one started praying while the other started singing. In other words, they began to shout in the midst of their storm. While shouting, the Word says, "Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed." God stepped in and delivered them from their storm. You can shouttoday because God can do the same for you. Whatever you're going through, start praying and singing and watch God move in a special way.
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People who are always in drama on their job, with their friends, and within their family need to look in the mirror (Ouch). Think about it for a moment. If a person constantly faces drama wherever they go and whatever they do, that person is the common denominator. All too often, people don't like looking at themselves as the cause of stuff happening because looking at oneself can be painful. However, I'm here with some good news. The more a person looks within themselves and are honest with themselves, the quicker they come to the conclusion that they need to better themselves. Nothing wrong with bettering oneself, just make sure you're honest with yourself and know that change is always possible.

In writing to the people of Rome, the apostle Paul said, "Because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer." Please don't miss this. Before you start pointing the finger at a person, look at yourself. As my mentor likes to ask, 'what are YOU attracting to YOU?' Here's the Sinclair remix. Once you get yourself right on the inside, great things will be begin happening on the outside. 
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It's hard carrying a heavy load. Let me say it this way. When problems come upon you, you will feel as though life isn't worth living. The weight of an unproductive and/or abusive relationship will weigh you down. The pressure(s) of a demanding job will make you feel as though your life is tied up with work. The feeling of being incompetent and incomplete when things don't go your way can bring about guilt, shame, and defeat. Carrying a heavy load is never easy. When you feel alone, I'm here to let you know, you're not. When the weight of the world tries to push you down, we have a God who can lift you up.
 
In this life, I've come to discover we tend to put unnecessary burdens on ourselves. That's right; there are some things that we have to say 'no' to in order to be balanced. As my mentor would say, 'you can't be everything to everybody because it will drain you and deplete you.' Here's the Sinclair remix. It's okay to say 'no' to some people because God has a specific purpose for you and wants you to stay in your lane. I think I need to say that again. You can't do everything. Be more concerned with what you're able and capable of doing and you'll find yourself making better decisions. These decisions will keep you focused on your calling and your purpose.
 
In this spiritual journey, I want to share with you a few ways in which you can lighten your load. The first thing you need to do is access what's important and what's not. Through this assessment, you'll keep what needs to be kept and discard what needs to be discarded. Why go through life carrying stuff around that can be avoidable? The second thing you need to do is let go and let God. Check this out - you're not God. You are limited whereby God is unlimited. Do what you have to do and allow God to step in and do His part. Simply put - you don't have to go through life feeling stressed out and worn out.
 
The writer of Proverbs deposited these words of wisdom, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Please don't miss this last lesson. Submit your will over to God. In a real sense, whenever the Spirit of God orders you, you know what to do. Don't make the mistake of taking on a load without consulting God. That's my word for you. You can't escape stress, but you can keep it at arms-length. How so? By not overdoing it. Just do your part and watch God handle the rest.
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When you know your worth and value, you will never accept anyone calling you out of your name nor will you call someone else out of their's. We live in a world whereby too many brothers call women the 'b' word and likewise too many of our sisters are referring to brothers as 'dogs.' Let me drop this in your spirit - you were created in the image of God and because of your divine creativity, you should never stoop to degrading another human being. In fact, you should not listen to or support any song or entertainer that resorts to such behavior. Don't simply pray for a change, hit the problem where it hurts - financally while educating in the process.

The Bible tells us when God was in the process of creating man, He said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Please don't miss this. You are made in God's image - never let anyone degrade, demean, or distract you from your divine nature. In addition, you must speak up for those around you who are clueless about their status. Remember, you are created by the CREATOR - God Almighty.
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WOW -- this is very deep!!!!!!!
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As long as you do what God tells you to do, you'll always have someone jealous of you. Let me say it this way. When God calls you, He equips you, blesses you, and transforms you into what He wants. Unfortunately, too many people would prefer you not to change for the better because when you change for the better, you begin to see things clearer and will eventually throw up the peace sign and say 'see ya.' I want you to get into your spirit this important point - there's nothing wrong with growing. Don't apologize for it. If people can't handle it, that their problem not yours.

In the Bible, Jabez prayed this prayer to God, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." Here's your shout. God answered His prayer. Please don't miss this. Whenever you are God-centered with your thoughts and desires, God has a way of doing great things in you, with you, and through you. Always remember, with God, all things are possible. On the other hand, with distractors, you are limited, contained, and confined. Don't sweat those who are jealous, give glory to the One who makes all things possible - GOD.
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