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Awaken out of your slumber the time is now to arise. Shake off the things that so easily beset you. I am for you, I am Your strong and mighty tower. Is there anything to hard for me? (Romans 13:11, Hebrews 12:1, Psalm18:2, & Jeremiah 32:27)

Ever second guess yourself?  I know I have plenty of times, especially in the past.  Now that I am more mature I realize that I fought a lot of battles that weren’t necessary.  What exactly do I mean? Well, for example, trying so hard to please others and without fail I would fall short to their standards every time. 

I have learned that not everyone can run this race with me and I am okay with that. I have developed into a servant of Christ, humbly serving at His feet. If you like me, good, and if you don’t, I am sorry that you are missing out. I am confident… not in who I am, but in whose I am!

I no longer have to worry if I fit in because in Christ I have an armor that was tailor made just for me. I can stand flat footed with God’s word coming out my mouth with the confidence that it shall come to pass. 

The word doesn’t return void and God doesn’t just return to sender (Isaiah 55:11). He watches over His word to perform it (Jereimah 1:12). I don’t have to second guess His word because God keeps His promises (2 Corithians 1:20). 

Be bold to be who God created you to be. If you are loud, then be loud. If you are picky, then be picky. We all have different styles, different personalities, and different gifts so just be you. We are to be changing into the character of Christ.  We should be abiding in the vine so we will produce fruit for the Kingdom.  

Honey, we don’t have the time to nit pick each other. Set your hand to the plow and don’t look back (Luke 9:62). Too many of us are defending ourselves when Christ is our defender. Just stop, look in the mirror and if you still don’t see Christ, draw closer to Him. Take the beam out of your own eye before you talk about the speck in someone else’s eye (Matthew 7:5). Fight the good fight of faith. Encourage someone! Be faithful to your own word! Stay strong in the face of adversity! 

Remember we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against rulers of the darkness in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). Stop cutting your sister in Christ! Stop talking about your brother, instead reach out your hand and lift them up. It doesn’t matter what happened, set an example of love because love never fails! (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Tina Bassett resides in New Martinsville. She is a single mom of three beautiful daughters: Rachel, Charity, and Destiny. She is the director of the greeters/ushers, serves on the prayer team, and also participates on the praise and worship team at her local church. She loves animals and the beach. More than anything she wants her life to reflect God’s love and have an impact on those around her.

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