“5 Keys Facts to Remember as a Child Of God” 

As Christians, the opposition can be very heavy. What do I mean by opposition? Well let’s see… opposition as defined means something that opposes or something that is up against us. So with Christians, the opposition comes from Satan. His plan, as we all know is to kill, steal and destroy.  I remember saying when I was a young girl, I didn’t need to have it “all together” until I was older. I’ve since understood that we simply don’t know the time nor the hour of Jesus’s return. Because I don’t know, I might need to get it together, like now. I also understand that God expects us to eventually mature and although we will never be perfect, we can make every effort to change and represent Jehovah well. Don’t you think?! 

Okay, so let’s get to it. Here are 5 keys to remember as a Child of God: 

  • For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth- Deuteronomy 7:6 

Do you understand that YOU yes YOU are a holy people. Many people think they have to earn this belt of truth. Let me remind you, it is given not earned. We could never do anything to “earn” his love. Remember how chosen and holy you are as you embrace the remainder of your day! 

  •   Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky -Philippians 2:14-15 

You don’t have to complain or argue. God expects us to be pure and live a life that shines bright. We can’t do that if we are constantly complaining. I know the world has given us a way to be extra opinionated by way of social media but we don’t have to give in to that. Our light shines from walking blamelessly and in pure form.

  • Matthew 5:13-16 

““You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

“Don’t hide your light, let it shine”- Sister Geraldine 

As children of The Most High God, we are to look different, and have a holy flavor and be Ye seperate from the world. His word in another scripture states to be IN the world but not OF the world. 
I went to a Godly Girl Talk meeting last Friday. The speaker, Ms. Geraldine, did a phenomenal job with informing us about our conduct. We can’t hide our light, we have to be bold and filled with his goodness. Although the enemy comes, we can bring it right back to him. Bring it God’s way. By putting on the FULL armor of God. Utilizing the word in the war!!! Godly Girls was so awesome!!! 

  • “But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him. Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah”

This is one of my all time favorite scriptures. The Lord has set you apart! The enemy like to use this in a negative manner, making you feel different, as if it’s a bad thing. You are set apart for his glory. Embrace it.

  • Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death- Romans 8:1-2

Did you know that?! Nobody can condemn you if you’re in Christ Jesus. Today’s culture is quick to point out our flaws with no reverence to correction for holiness. But here we are reminded, you don’t have to hold your past or shortcomings up like billboard. You are freed from the law of sin and death. Live like it. He’s declared you the following:

  1. Holy
  2. Pure 
  3. The Salt and Light of The Earth 
  4. Set Apart 
  5. And FREE 

Remember all of the above and go out and be great. 

Remember, my NEW book Fighting Fear: The Road to Entrepreneurship is available for Pre-Order here SOPH Consulting
Can you believe it, I posted on a Monday!!! Lol. I’m getting better! 

Be blessed,

SHE 

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Blogging,  Blessings & Books 

When I was a little girl, my mom often stated that God worked in mysterious ways. While I thought this was an old wives tale, THIS logic was actually very true. His ways are very mysterious. The scripture states in Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”. I am literally living this out in plain sight. 

About 4 years ago, I started a career that I spent many seasons praying for . In my mind, I was thinking “Mama, I made it”. But God was like “this will be a short lived career”. Not literally, but it sure did seem like he said that, verbatim. Lol. 

I worked in this career for 3 1/2 years. While I enjoyed my career choice, it simply was not fulfilling. So, here I was, back to praying and fasting. But this time, my prayer was for me to be in the will of God. Well, God’s will was something I literally ran from. Like seriously ran from. His will for me, during this season was to be home. Attentive to my role as a wife and mother. Now, many of you may be thinking wait what?! Yes, you read correctly. God wanted me home. 
I literally fought this idea, not realizing “at home” was a greater blessing that I could ever begin to comprehend. So now, guess what? SHE is a Fulltime Entrepreneur and guess what else, SHE is now a published author. Eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkk! Gosh, who knew God was positioning me for my purpose?! In my NEW book “Fighting Fear: The Road To Entrepreneurship”, I tell you all about my road to Entrepreneurship, give wisdom and tools to fight the fear many of us struggle with. We ALL struggle with some form of fear when embracing new territory. We all have a desire for something other than what we’ve settled for, and I address it all. Although I discuss my road to entrepreneurship, there is wisdom for every leader, whether you’re a mom or a market place employee.
 You can Pre-Order Fighting Fear: The Road To Entrepreneurship here at SOPH Consulting

Writing has always been my passion. God has transitioned me from blogging to blessings to books. I’m so excited! Don’t forget to follow my business pages on Instagram here at SOPH Consulting and FB here at SOPH Consulting

I’m über excited; ready for God to continue to BLOW my mind. Once again, you can preorder today! 
SHE 

“Update”

Hi guys, 

I feel sooo bad for not blogging routinely. But, on the bright side I have been working on a few MAJOR projects that I’d like to share with you all. First, my very first book will be released next month. I will post another blog about Pre-Sale orders as soon it is ready to be introduced to the world, which may be next week. Eeeeeek!

Next, my company has expanded so I have so many large projects I am working on at once. What can I say, I have been extremely blessed…. Here’s a tad bit of advice, whatever you’re believing God for, believe with your WHOLE heart. There’s no half stepping with faith. 

One of my newly found blogger buddies has inspired me so much since we’ve connected. Her goal is to post a blog weekly, so I got to thinking, I need to revamp my whole blogging schedule. I will TRY to post twice monthly and even allow a few more guest bloggers onto my page. I am excited about that also. Writing is my passion, I love it.

Before I wrap up this post… If you are not following me on twitter, you really should be. Here is my page SHE Ministries, I am also on Instagram here SHE Ministries on Instagram… 

 

Just to give you a little background about my company, SOPH Consulting,  it was formed in January of 2016. SOPH Consulting is a business consulting firm specializing in small business development. You can visit my website here —>SOPH Consulting

 

I pray that you are doing great also, my desire is to encourage you along the way, uplift, and pray as you all transition from season to season. If you have a prayer request, or simply would like to chat my email for ministry is SHEPrays4YOU@gmail.com; if you are in need of business services, you can email me at info@SOPHConsultingLLC.com.

 

Be Blessed,

 

SHE

“A Moment With Scripture”

While reading my daily devotional, titled “A Moment With Scripture”, God revealed something to me that I secretly wondered about for years. Before I unleash the scripture, allow me to explain the thoughts behind this post. A few years ago, I was crying out for help. Not physically crying, but spiritually I was crying. I’ve seen many times where prophets would confirm what a person was going through, but in this season, I got nothing. Nobody could see me spiritually, they only saw the natural. I remember saying, God why does people run to help the rich, they are already taken care of, but neglect the poor. Now some of you may be thinking in terms of natural finances but I am writing in terms of spiritual richness. People are quick to tell a person who are already well established they are going even higher but neglects the spiritually dead, drained and poor. I understand now that I was spiritually hidden in order to protect the righteousness I must continue to pursue, but at that time, I was bothered. I begin to think, maybe just maybe these people were not OF God. They couldn’t be, didn’t Jesus come to save the sick, not the well. None of that made sense to me. 

Low and behold, God unveiled the scripture behind my feelings in today’s reading. 

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”- James‬ ‭2:1-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In the back of my mind, I’ve always seen something wrong with people flocking to those with influence, flocking to those with status, flocking to those who are rich, all while neglecting those who could use assistance financially and/or spiritually. After all these years, God revealed it. I have read bits and pieces of this text never coming to the conclusion that my feelings were in alignment with the word. That it is why it is very important not just to have the knowledge of Christ but the character and the spirit of Christ. At just the right time, he will reveal your thoughts, feelings, and way of life through his word. If I would have received this word before now, I would not understand it. God waited for me to NEED the explanation of it followed by a season of real life experiences. He is just so awesome! 

I pray this message blessed you, it sure blessed me! 

SHE 

Fasting: God’s Way

Fasting

 

Fasting… How many of you reading this blog have attempted a spiritual fast, but did not exactly understand the fullness of fasting from a biblical perspective? How many of you have successfully went on a fast and simply felt the outcome did not yield results you’d hope for? This subject matter has been on my heart for quite some time. However, due to various reasons, I was unable to transcribe my thoughts into words on paper due to a lack of time. Interestingly, today one of my sisters encouraged us on this weekend’s DIY, to make time for your hobby. Well, as some of you are aware, blogging is one of my many hobbies. So, I saw that as a sign that I should be intentional about composing this blog, and guess what, I made time to do just that.

 

Fasting, in my opinion has become more ritualistic instead of sacred. Fasting is defined as abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drink as a part of a religious observance. When you observe something, you give attention to it. Typically, we see a lot of fasting post, blogs, and lessons being taught in the beginning of each year, however I am a firm believer that fasting should be implemented as apart of our lives on a consistent basis, not just at the beginning of the year.

 

We’ve often seen fasting done as a way of decreasing self so that we are cleansed and purified, allowing the Holy Spirit to enter in and perform great works. Fasting brings you to a state of humility, cleansing you of impurities. It is during this state, God can allow his strength to be made perfect. The scripture states in  2 Corinthians 12: 9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness”… In this scripture in particular, Paul begins speaking about a thorn in his side. Metaphorically speaking, a thorn can be translated into something that is causing great pain. This thorn was placed to keep him from thinking that it was he who was important. If you are familiar with Paul, you understand that he had great influence and was considered a spiritual giant in the New Testament.  Although he had an important role, the scripture is bringing awareness to how we can become full of ourselves, and God brings us back to a state of humility by allowing such thorns to be used. We know that pain weakens us, so in hindsight, WE could never cure ourselves or get through the pain alone. We need God and we need to admit that we are weak and are unable to get through life on our own.

 

So, back to fasting. Let us dive into scripture. In Psalm 69 we see that their was a cry of distress. David was crying out to be saved from the deep waters of life. He said in Psalm 69:2-3 “I have sunk in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, where a flood overwhelms me. I am weary with my crying my throat is parched; my eyes fail while I wait for my God”. What is this scripture saying? David was in over his head, overwhelmed and in trouble. Like many of us, he found himself in a sticky situation. He then proceeded with this “O God, you know my folly; My wrongs are not hidden from you”. How many of you know and understand that you cannot hide your sins from God? Moving right along, he stated in Psalm 69:10 “When I wept and humbled myself with fasting, it became my reproach”. Lets pause for a second to define reproach. Reproach is an expression of rebuke. He could not rebuke (turn away from) his sin without being humbled, and he was able to be humbled by fasting.

 

What are behavioral requirements of fasting? (Luke 18)

  1. Fasting must be genuine, not religious or hypocritical.
  2. Fasting cannot be done while mistreating others or done with strife and contention.
  3. Fasting must be done in humility and with a heart of repentance.

 

When you are fasting, be sure to dedicate time to prayer. It is important that we couple fasting with prayer as the two intertwined releases the power and anointing from up above. Some of you are going through severe pain, spiritual warfare, sickness, unbelief, and so much more. Tap into the supernatural by naturally placing yourself in a position to fast and pray. I know you’ve heard of fasting, may have even attempted it a time or two. But fasting God’s way will yield miraculous results.

 

If you need prayer and or guidance with fasting, email me at SHEPrays4You@gmail.com and I can give you more scripture and a fasting plan to assist you on your journey to spiritual sacredness.

 

It is my prayer that you open your heart to receive the Holy Spirit like never before.

 

Be Blessed,

 

 

SHE

 

 

 

“After All I’ve Done For You”

Death to the phrase, #AfterAllIveDoneForYou!!! 

While having an intimate moment with God, he laid upon my heart how selfish Christians have become. Before I go into my blog message, let me just say, at some point, when upset with God or even another person, we’ve uttered the words, “this is how you treat me after all I’ve done for you”…. I found myself being highly convicted about this, hence, the reason I’m composing this post. 

You see, when we do good deeds, they should never be brought up later. We’re not here to please people, we’re here to do what God has called us to do. In the scripture it states: 
“In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Selah”- Psalms‬ ‭44:8‬ ‭NKJV‬

Making a statement “After all I’ve done…” is indicating YOU have the power and the deed was in fact selfishly done when that is soooo far from the truth. YOU don’t have the power, It is not YOU who does great things but the God IN you… 

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”– ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:1-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The scriptures noted above goes against everything that society has transcended to. Everything is displayed, everything is posted on social media or captured for worldly praises. Everything that’s done is disguised as “marketing” when you’re not realizing how spiritually immoral it is. Yet sadly, some people don’t realize they are falling into this category.

Simply making a statement “I’m giving God the praise” does not impactl/impress God. He’s impressed when people are converted from sinner to saved. He’s impressed when hearts are pure. He’s impressed when you increase your faith and decrease your fears. He’s impressed when you are not concerned with the view point of men but the viewpoint of him. He’s concerned about righteousness, he’s concerned about uprightness. He’s concerned about clean hands and clean hearts. He’s also concerned with you walking in forgiveness and love, realizing it’s not about YOU. 

What if God stated to you, after all I’ve done for you… you STILL sinned? How would this make you feel? “After all he’s done for you, he really could use this, I mean he did send his son to die for YOU, he did bring you out of bondage. He did save you from the pits of hell. Some of you, he’s saved from death, from sicknesses and diseases, from heartbreak, from abuse, from rejection, from fear, from oppression, and some of you, he saved YOU from YOU. But he does not hold that over your head. He has declared that once you are new in Christ you are a new creature. Old things has passed away, behold all things are new (paraphrased 1 Corinthians 5:17). 

Understand this, God is not looking for us to be praised. He is looking for us to constantly witness his praises to and for others. 

Colossians 3:12-14

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity”.

As I wrap up, you don’t have to worry if God knows your heart or unseen acts of kindness. The text states: 
 “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”Hebrews 6:10 NKJV 

From this day forward, know that you never have to use the phrase “After all I’ve done for you”…. God is well aware of all you’ve done. When wrongfully accused, misconstrued or mistreated, simply know that God knew and still knows your heart. He will reward you in heaven. 

-SHE 

Are you hearing from The Holy Spirit? 

How to discern if you’re hearing from the Holy Spirit or Self?

This question came into my spirit after witnessing so many Christians struggle with hearing from God. We can sometimes think that God is in everything and in every situation because naturally it makes sense and it lines up with where you are now. However, we know that God cannot look upon sin right, so if what you are hearing leads to sin in any form, that is NOT God. Also, we must understand God’s expectations for us as Christians. God has not designated us to hold any form of evil in our hearts or in our actions. 

What does this look like? I am going to list a few samples: 
1. The Holy Spirit will never tell you to do anything that will bring dishonor, shame, and or rejection to another person. It will convict and correct, but that will bring about a freedom. Not feelings of pride.

 

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
Isaiah 59:2 

2. The Holy Spirit will not bring hatred in your heart or produce bad, rotten fruit. 

Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Here is another scripture just to remind you of unlawful behaviors. 



“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”
– ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I would highly suggest reading the entire book of Galatians. 

3. The Holy Spirit leads us to truth… 

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”-
John‬ ‭16:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In the MSG version, it is stated this way

 
““I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’”-
John‬ ‭16:12-15‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Wow! Now that was truth handed down in a summary of words. 

It is my prayer that you will begin to clearly comprehend the difference between hearing from The Holy Spirit or hearing from self. Remember, always word check your actions and/or thoughts. Make sure your response is in alignment with the expectations of Christ. 

Blessings, 
SHE