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We have the most adorable little lady who works as our office cleaning lady. She is so peppy and happy all the time. Maria has a great spirit and always tells me Vaya Con Dios when I leave the office. As I left last night, I realized that she was right. Living in a world where the enemy if constantly trying to destroy the people of God, we need to ensure that we are Go with God everywhere we go.

When I think about the number of times God had to block a bullet from going through my window or a car from running me over or a mugger from attacking me, I just cant help but to praise God for his faithfulness. If God were to open our eyes to see what the enemy has been throwing our way, WE’D ALL BE IN THE PSYCH WARD. The enemy has designated legions of demonic angels to attack us. He wants us dead or hell-bound (which to me is a dead-man walking).

We must always be in prayer for ourselves, our children, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, EVERYONE. The Bible tells us to Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour – 1 Peter 5:8 When challenges come into your life, you need to recognize that there are demons in action. It’s not your husband that’s getting on your last nerve, it’s the enemy using him to get to you. That child isn’t a demon, there is a demonic angel trying to get into your family. It is time for us to call upon Jesus and invite the Spirit of God to walk with us and to place a hedge of protection around our families.

We cannot protect ourselves. Leave it up to us, we’d all be six-feet under. It is only through God that our families can be saved from the plots of the enemy. This devotion isn’t written to scare anyone, but my sincere hope is that we would wake-up and realize that we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places – Ephesians 6:12 (NLT).

Memory Text:

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. – Ephesians 6:11-18 (NIV)

Prayer Prompt:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for placing a hedge of protection around my family, my loved ones and me. Teach me to put on your whole armor in order to defeat the enemy’s plots against me. I place my trust in you and I thank you in advance for my victories.

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Have you ever fasted from something for a while and just when you start feeling proud of not falling into it again, YOU DO!? Though it feels/tastes so good to have it after so long, you end up beating yourself up about it for the rest of the week. The enemy just loves to prey on us when we sin. It makes him extremely happy to see us fall. One of his tactics to keep us down is to let us guilt ourselves to death.

Unfortunately for that scoundrel and his cheeleading demons, David left us a clear example of how to get right with God once again. David committed some of the gravest sins but, he had a sincere repentant heart. He knew he was wrong and asked God for forgiveness. The most important thing is once he repented of his sins, he didn’t wallow in self-guilt. He thanked God and started to praise Him.

As I start my fast over (ughhhhh), I am reminded that God forgives and loves a repentant sinner. When we bring our case to the Lord, he cast them away and gives us a brand new start. He doesn’t hold it over our heads nor does he make an example out of us. In his love and tender mercy, he blots out our transgressions and gives us another chance.

I’m starting over with the assurance that God has heard, forgiven and released me once again. You may be struggling with guilt from something you did, thought, saw, etc. Whatever it may be, God just wants you to confess it unto him and trust him to forgive you. Don’t allow the devil to throw you a pity party. God is the God of second, third and thousandth chances.

Tell him all of your burdens and leave them at HIS altar. Now when you bring them to his altar, don’t you dare pick them up again when you leave! Trust that He’ll take care of it. From here on out, commit to keeping your vows to him. Don’t place yourself in predicaments that would cause you to sin. Like Joyce Meyer said last night, if you want to lose weight don’t go to the bakery store and stare at the cake.

I pray that this devotion will be a blessing to your soul and free you from unnecessary guilt.

Memory Text:

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:12

Prayer Prompt:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for being such a forgiving God. I am grateful for your grace and mercy that grants me a new start when I have fallen. Teach me how to have the repentant spirit of David. I want to keep my vows to you Lord. Help me to do what you have called me to do.

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Marriage Return Policy

Monday night I had an interesting conversation with a friend on the topic of marriage amongst the younger generation.

Why are marriages amongst young people failing?

 

This is a topic I have pondered upon for a few years and have even counseled a few couples who are now married or engaged.  The sanctity of marriage has been violated and desecrated by the influence of hollywood as well as the vain, materialistic, and selfish characters of humans.

Young people are getting married for all the wrong reasons without taking the time to think it through, seek counsel, or praying to seek God’s answer. Day after day, I am hearing that marriages that have not even reached the year mark are already in court filing for divorce.

I have sat down with many engaged couples and their notions on marriage are just wayyyyyyyyyyyyy off. Then, when I get to the core of it all eyebrows go up and wheels start to turn.

I remember sitting my homegirl down and explaining to her that as a wife she must and is required to be submissive to her husband. ( Ladies? Don’t roll those eyes at me!!! Let me explain…)

Now there is a big difference between submissive and subservient. Being submissive to your husband is showing him respect, seeking his counsel, having a dialogue with him on the important decisions and most of all letting him play the role that he was called to play in your life. The men in our lives have been placed there to play the roles of Priest of the household and leader of the flock. We may not like it, but that is what God wants. We need to step out of the way and let them do their jobs.

Wives? Get out of his way and let him be the man God has called him to be. Stop running him & let him be the PRIEST…

Relationships and Marriages call for dedication, prayer and commitment to living with another WHOLE person. I place much emphasis on WHOLE. Many people think that they can change their partners once they are married by manipulating them into what they want them to be. However, it is high time we realize that when we enter a union with someone else, they are not going to change in an instant. People don’t change unless they want to change.

I am not married and quite frankly by choice. I refuse to settle for mediocre when God has promised me his best. I will not marry for companionship. I will not marry for a license to sex. I will not marry to get out of my parent’s house. I will marry for LOVE. God describes marriage as an example of his relationship with the church. God loves the church so much that He sent Jesus to die for us all. Now if that isn’t love then I rather be hated. This is the love that needs to be reflected when others look at our marriages. Those on the outside should be able to feel the love that we have for one another just by looking at us. Marriages begin after the wedding. When all the fanfare and Glitz have faded away, the marriage begins. Are you ready?

Are you ready for his undies being all over the house? Are you ready for her nagging you about the toilet seat EVERYDAY? Are you ready for his friends coming over and leaving their mess all over the coffee table? Are you ready for her 1 hour excursions in the restroom? These are just minor issues in marriages. Yes I said minor. They do get worse.  My aunt, who’s marriage I aspire to, gave me a piece of advice that I share with everyone.

“Do not marry someone you can live with, but marry someone you can not live without.”

If you follow this policy, you will pick up his undies because you can not live without him. You will see her nagging as genuine concern for your wellbeing. You will see things differently because you can not live without each other and you LOVE each other.  My parents have been married 37 years this year and they have had their ups and downs but the love they have for each other has seen them through. They are the true veterans of love. Love that surpasses all understanding. Love that withstands all. Love that is patient and kind. LOVE!!!

LOVE is what I wish for all young couples and singles. Now go out there and save your marriage!

If you aren’t married yet, then sit down and draw up what kind of marriage you would like to have. Do you have all those qualities you have written down? If not, take your singleness and cultivate these qualities so that when God sends you your prince or princess, he or she will find you a WHOLE person.