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I can’t take all the pressure…

I’m so afraid to fall. Sometimes I get petrified at the very thought of dropping the ball, of not being what I’m expected to be. After all, I’m responsible for those that look at me as a representation of Christ right? I think Pressure by Jonathan McReynolds hit the nail om the head for me – I’ve been listening all morning.

Lord I need you to relieve the pressure, not just from me but for every person that is earnestly seeking to please you. Help us not to allow the voice of others to dictate who we should be. Help us not to believe the lie that there is just one way to follow you. Help us to be who we are, help us to please you by being us and not a cookie-cutter replica of a good Christian.

I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know how but somehow I lost sight of the fact that it is you alone that I aim to please. Everyday I am constantly reminded of the expectations that I may not always live up to, of the way I should look or act to be accepted. Help me to remember that you have already approved me Lord. Remind us Lord that it is your power and not our own righteousness or works that sustains us and the work you have begun in us.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of power may be of God and not of us.                – 2 Corinthians 5:7


Let us pray:

Holy and omnipotent God, lover of our soul. Bring us back to you, reconcile our motives and hearts back to you, back to the place where you are our influence and our standard. God relieve the pressure and stress of living up to expectations that did not come from you. Help us to differentiate between your standard and their opinion. God you matter, you alone matter. Give us your heart. Glory be to your name Lord, we receive your peace in this moment and declare it for the entire body of Christ!

In Jesus’ majestic and powerful name, amen.

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Harlot to Help Meet (Day 63 – 100 Days of Singleness)

And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home;

“Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses.

With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain. Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭7‬:‭10-11, 18, 21-22, 26-27‬ NASB)

Before the Proverbs 31 woman that we all would love to think we are, Solomon was adamant in warnings of the harlot. I do not expect many women to like this message, or most men to heed the warnings but in obedience – I will paint the picture through divine vision.

Just as the virtuous woman is a “good thing” to the man who finds her, the harlot of Proverbs 7 is the woman that can be a fool’a demise. She seduces you and entices you with lips of honey and words of soothing jasmine, her hips sway to the rhythm of your heart and you lose it. Your mind. I need my brothers to understand that they have to be selective when dating and not to fall into the plan of the enemy by pursuing wayward women. Yes, you may find comfort in her bosom, but the warmth will soon turn as hot coals when you’ve turned away from God’s wisdom to melt into her embrace.

As women, we must seek healing. We cannot continuously walk around broken, using men as a pacifier for souls that are in turmoil. Your thirst for love and acceptance will never be quenched by a man, a few men or many men. No matter how many beds you are welcomed into, you will always be alone. Your soul is lost. Tangled in those bed sheets you allowed your worth to be stripped away with that last piece of clothing. You feel that a better man is the remedy, but you cannot seek from a man what only God can offer.

“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭44‬:‭22‬ NASB)

My sister, God does not care about your body count. He is not concerned with the labels the world has attached to you based on decisions you made from pain. He is the God that heals, that delivers and transforms. It is He that can bring you from the Proverbs 7 warning, to the Proverbs 31 blessing you were born to be.

– Shakeisha M.