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February 20, 2022

February 20, 2022

By Kimberly Hobbs

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
“Always An Alternative”
Let’s train ourselves to learn how to pray instead of fight! When we are in situations that cause our blood pressure to rise, we need to take a break and take it to God.
I thank God He has taught me over the years how to deflate anger as it escalates. I’ve learned to shut down my anger when opposition comes at me. I realize the point in which I start to ramp up frustrations which can cause me to operate in my fleshly antics of bad behavior and now I can shut it down. How and why?
 I must not give the enemy any room for robbing my testimony of who I am in Christ. I do this by memorizing the word of God and praying at moments my emotions take over.
We need to know our breaking points and stay far away from them. We must have our “ammo” in the bag! The ammunition is the power we receive in the Word of God.
We must understand we have the ability to appropriate the power of God to fight the enemy that comes at us causing us to want to fight.
 We hear familiar lies when someone opposes us and it can feed us to escalated anger deep inside. It’s a trigger you must be aware of. When this anger peaks, it breaks and it can become dangerous and fights can break out, words can be said that can’t be taken back, havoc happens!
Our first steps are learning to deflate the anger and run to God in prayer. When we are so wrapped up in God, we are liberated from what is escalating in front of us. Yes, you can stop it. That is if God is in control and not you.
We must learn not to add fuel to any fire, especially in a heated moment.
Stop, breathe, pray and remember your relationship with God…then begin to intercede for the other person that is threatening you by praying for them.
 Yes, praying for them in a heated moment will help, and pray for yourself too.
“You have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.” (Colossians 3:9-10)
God says our first steps are to be toward Him. Seek His face and put Him first. Learn how to do this! It really works.  Avoid fighting. Avoid arguing and avoid anger outrage.
When our self-image gets so wrapped up in God, we can deflate anger fights or opposition that comes against us because we are “free”. We are liberated in Christ ladies.
 It doesn’t matter who wants to pick a fight with us or what they try to say! Turn away, turn toward our Lord and surrender it to Him completely. Claim victory over a potential argument before it even engages. Look to God in prayer and recite His Word in your heart.
“Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Him.” (Psalm 119:11)