Weekly Challenge: Be careful whose advise you seek, pay attention to your endurance and reaction.

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Not everyone who speaks to you gives counsel from God. Be careful who you listen to and how you form solutions to experiences you are faced with. Not all things heard is the knowledge from above. The enemy prowls around attempting to destroy relationships and steal increase. It is our responsibility to filter where we accept counsel. It is our duty to follow the counsel of Jesus Christ.

Every day, in conversations, people are quick to give their opinions and directions for our lives. How many of these people seek first the Kingdom of God and then answer, how many answer from what scripture says?

We do not know what is best for another, we must not compare our own situations of pain and hurt and expect our brother or sister is going to be the same situation with the same outcome.

We all walk through our own trials. It is how we endure the trial, react to the trial and overcome the trial that matters. Not everyone who endures does so righteously and not everyone who overcomes does so righteously. We all shall answer for our actions one day before our God. What we can do is direct the person to God for the best possible answer, stand with them as a friend and pray the outcome of God’s will. God wants His children to have increase and be prosperous. He wants His children to be whole and healthy, bright and happy.

We must make sure we are fully submitted to God, giving our best every single day, believing, praising and spreading the love of Christ—our walk has to be more than resisting worldly ways, we must be submitted. Our walk represents a relationship. How does your walk represent your relationship with Christ. How do people see you living? Does your life glorify God?

The enemy will always try to creep in through the weakest link. We must identify our weaknesses and be ready to withstand the tricks of the enemy. Don’t get caught in traps of anger or gossip. Be wise, knowing the difference, not giving in and giving the enemy a vessel to work in.

Truly trust in God, choosing to find ways to glorify Him, even in the darkest moments. God does not will for us to be broken, the enemy does. He robs people of their lives in every possible way, and is allowed to do so through the open door of sin. If you are unsure of what is considered sin, open your bible and read. It is the best instruction manual you will ever find for every situation in your life.

We must truly repent. Repenting means to turn from our ugly sinful ways. It does not mean to say your sorry knowing you will do it again if the opportunity presents itself. And know that the opportunity will present itself again. The same temptation will come, but if you have truly repented you will turn and walk away. You will see the temptation for what it truly is, a trick to try and rob you of your faith and submission to follow Christ.

We must stand strong in our faith and resist the ways of the devil, and even when we are hurt or don’t understand situations, we must continually trust God and live according to who He called us to be-Victorious Overcomers.  

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking who he may devour.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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