Year End Closeout: Everything Must Go!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


MIDWEEK PUSH: DISCONNECT THE NEGATIVITY

Negative influence doesn’t just form overnight. It takes weeks and months of marinating and infiltration into your spirit until BAM! One day it seeps from your mind, spills from your lips, and spreads into the world. Learn from best friends, Paula, Wilma, and Donna about 3 No-No's that Must GO GO! This is your third warning: Disconnect the Negativity.

No-No #1---Negative O-pinions from Pessimistic Paula

Paula is a pessimist with bad spiritual eyesight. Her bad sight leads to negative opinions and a negative outlook on life. She can’t see the good in anything. She thinks her way is always the best way to do things. Paula doesn’t handle not being in the limelight well, because it casts a dark shadow on her viewpoints. She thinks people think she’s stupid so she overcompensates and overreacts. Paula doesn’t take kindly to those who have a different idea or mindset than she does. She has negative thoughts, negative dreams, and even negative goals. Paula needs help.

GO: Paula must disconnect from her negative thinking and concentrate on Philippians 4:8 which says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”
GO: Paula must also decide if she wants to have a sinful or a sanctified mind. Romans 8:5-6 reminds Paula that, “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”

No-No #2---Negative O-xygen from Whispering Wilma

Wilma is the church gossip columnist. She excels in getting everyone’s words out except the Lord’s. She is the meaning behind everything must go, because she can’t keep her mouth closed. Wilma emits negative oxygen whether you ask for it or not. She knows everyone’s business, yet can’t seem to mind her own. Wilma is subtle. She sounds like she cares, but she so freely shares information that should not be told. She speaks negative lines wherever she goes and talks about people behind their backs. Growing up no one would talk to Wilma so she began spreading rumors so that people would seek information from her. When she speaks, truth retreats. Wilma needs help.

GO: People will soon stop hanging around Wilma because Titus 3:10 instructs them to “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.”
GO: Wilma should practice Ephesians 4:3 and “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” if she wants to relieve herself of the harmful things she speaks.

No-No #3---Negative O-perations from Do-Nothing Donna

Donna for lack of a better word is lazy. She doesn’t like to work. She likes to make demands, but she refuses to perform the plans. Donna knows she can do more for the Lord, but she chooses not to. She repents for being lazy on a consistent basis, but still the work is placed into the hands of others. She was never acknowledged for doing good as a child, so she stopped doing good altogether. Donna has a way of passing the buck and judges those that are fulfilling the work of God in their lives. Donna’s mouth says one thing, but her actions say another. Donna needs help.

GO: Donna must turn her laziness to loyalty to the Lord and remember John 9:4 that declares, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.”
GO: Donna must not forget to accomplish Galatians 6:10 in her life which reminds her to do good to others. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Pessimistic Paula, Whispering Wilma, and Do-Nothing Donna may be alive and rampant in your life. If you cannot relate to their stories, think of the negativity in your mind that you may be consciously or unconsciously releasing into the world. Is God pleased? Do you see the dangers in negativity; Paul states in Romans 6, “should we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid.” Everything Must Go today! If you haven’t released the pessimism, gossip, or complacency yet, what’s holding you back? Disconnect the negativity and plug into the positive light of Christ (John 12:46).


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7 comments

  1. Because of the embarrassment of finding myself in all three scenarios, this time I won't leave my name. BUT i do ask for prayers. God knows me by name. I need help desperately to overturn this negativity in my life. It is harming people around me. They say I am constantly complaining and nagging and seem very bitter. My husband left the kids and I at the beginning of this year for a younger woman, and we have not recovered from the hurt. Please pray for me and my family of 3. We are adjusting to daddy not being with us. It hurts because I realize I am angry and I take it out on people around me. I have read this lesson 4 times since Wednesday and couldn't work up the courage to ask for prayers until now. Thank you for writing real stuff pertaining to us as women. This is not surfaced based at all. So thank you. I wish to meet you one day, but until then, I pray God protects you so you can continue this ministry.

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  2. Hi Anonymous,

    I'm writing because I can relate to you. My husband betrayedd me, confessed to doing so and then filed for divorce. A close relationship with God via a strong prayer life and listening to and applying His word will definitely get you through this storm ... through any storm. If you desire to talk, shoot me an email and let's go from there. sparkles_29715@yahoo.com

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  3. @ Deanna,

    What an angel you are. Just to hear someone has traveled this road before me gives my heart so much peace. Please pray for me. Please, this hurts so bad. I know you know the pain I feel. Not many can truly empathize. I will surely take you up on that email offer, especially if I get to the point where I don't know where to turn. I'm thankful for this avenue because I get to meet angels like you.

    Shalom with Love

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  4. Anonymous,

    You are right, God definitely knows you by name. We are here praying diligently and fervently with you. This is tough, but God be thanked that you worked up enough courage to ask for prayer. We found ourselves in the lesson as well, and it wouldn't be fitting to say that we didn't. We write many times out of experience only to allow God to use us to build up and encourage others. It is our prayer that we meet as well someday. If you need to reach us personally, email us at swapideas2011@gmail.com. God Bless you and know that your prayer is not going unnoticed. We are all here for you.

    Deanna thank you for sharing your experience with other women through this ministry. It shows Christ's love dwelling in you and being released into the world! We pray for more SWAPs to encourage, pray for, and reach out to other ladies that are struggling or just going through it. Prayer is definitely the answer and support of one other as well. We pray God continues to bless your life sis.

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  5. Thanks Sisters.

    Shalom and Love to you!

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  6. Thanks ladies for the compliments and encouragement. I've grown to a place where I'm not ashamed any more and I'm comfortable in talking about that experience in my life. It's all by God's grace that I can. I stay at the cross and in his word to keep my strength replenished. I'm praying for you all also because life is joyous but so hard at times and we need each other more than we know. May God continuously bless all of you.

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  7. We are definitely grateful for women like you Deanna who are not ashamed to tell their story to strengthen others. This helps us all to grow into the women God has created us to be. We love you and are continually praying for you!

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