You’ve Been Here Long Enough; Play Time is OVER!

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” ~2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

I was listening to my friend and sorority sister, Adrienne Young, talk about the assignment of the enemy and how he is on an attack for marriages and families as well as other areas of our lives. It was a powerful teaching, and I’m privileged to share it in this blog post. “Sick of the Enemy” will definitely bless you.

If that wasn’t enough, the leader of the Self-Assured Woman Movement, Tamika Sims, did a Periscope broadcast with a similar theme.

There were other references as well, but I want to dedicate this blog post to evicting the enemy from my life and yours! He keeps trying it and I’m tired, but there’s more punch in me if he wants to keep on with the foolery.

FIRST of all, I decree and declare that his assignment is CANCELED. The bible says that the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, BUT GOD comes that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The devil is going to do what he does, but we don’t have to fall prey to his devices. When he comes to disrupt our abundance…speak boldly and with power that he absolutely can’t have what he’s after. This disruption of abundance comes in many forms:

  • relationships
  • mental peace
  • finances
  • children
  • health
  • business
  • betrayal/breach of trust
  • naysayers/non-supporters
  • fake friends

What he won’t do is have a hold on my stuff any longer. I was in a horrific accident in 2010 and many wouldn’t have survived it. I was in a burning vehicle in immense pain but was pulled from my car along with my son just in time. My life is precious to God and there is a purpose attached to it. Serving notice to…

  • Get out of my marriage! Perpetuating our differences to be a breaking point for us is NOT going to fly. Take that back to the pits of hell and stay there. WHEN not IF it is restored, the victory is going to make you sick. The triumph will make you tremble. You have GOT to go. You have no dominion over my family or my relationship. My eyes see clearly now what you were trying to do and who you’re trying to do it through. I rebuke anything coming against what God joined. You will NOT have my family.
  • Get out of my mind! The bible says “ Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].” For a very long time, I have been in a constant state of depression and anxiety. Am I still in this fight, yes, but the word says to set my mind on things above. Set your mind on God and He will set you free! The devil can’t stay where God dwells. Change the locks on your mind and leave his bags on the doorstep. Be mindful, he’s slick and before you know it, you’ve handed him a new set of keys. WhatEVER it takes to get your mind set, do it! Speak to a professional. Pray. Go on a retreat. I don’t know what it might take because some have deeply rooted issues and the enemy feeds on that. My mind is mine and he can’t have it anymore!
  • Get out of my body! Now, I’m not saying stop taking all your meds and such because we need to walk in wisdom. However, by his stripes, we ARE healed. Fibromyalgia, allergies, connective tissue disease, hypertension – you can’t overtake my entire well-being! I know you exist, but you’re getting in the way of my purpose. I felt defeated and like a burden. I accepted that this was the way it was gonna be; tis my lot. The devil is a liar. That is NOT the abundant life God promised me, and I’m not just gonna lie down and take it. Greater is HE that’s in me. The journey may be hard, but a gold medal isn’t earned unless you start the race.
  • This is MY business. VMJ Media Group is blessed because I know what I’m here for. I don’t fit into a cute little box because God has given me too much to be confined to what anyone says I oughta be doing. I doubted my business based on what others said or thought and backed away from it thinking maybe this isn’t what I should be doing. No one will see the value. LISTEN! Some may not but clearly, that’s not my audience or they aren’t ready. I accept that but my purpose isn’t nullified because you don’t get it, don’t like it, don’t whatever. It’ll be alright and so will you.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.”

When you feed something, you make it big, strong and powerful. Many of us have given the enemy a full-course meal and a seat at the head of the table. When something is deprived of nutrients, it WILL die. 1 Peter 5:8 says “ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Know and recognize when it’s him, and choke the life out of the enemy with your praise, worship, just getting up each day with a renewed mind and spirit, smile, read and meditate on the word of God. Again, I say bind him up and cancel his assignment!

10 Lessons at 40

 

download (4)As I approach my 40th birthday, I thought about blogging 40 things I’ve learned in 40 years, but that would be a bit lengthy, so I decided to keep it to 10. Some of these lessons I learned the hard way while a couple are pretty simple in nature, but nonetheless, they are my truths. Happy birthday to me!

  1. I’ve come to realize that I’m pretty dang ok. While I still sometimes struggle with acceptance, I know that some will and some won’t. Either way, it’s fine with me or it will be, trust that.
  2. Vyce at 20 is NOT the same at 40, and if it was, I would like someone to check me in love. I know that I’m not perfect and trying to be will keep you frustrated and in a state of defeat. I miss the mark sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I fail. I learn and move on.
  3. My adult life is very much a result of my childhood. Things I’ve experienced, I’m sure, have been experienced by others, but how I dealt with them wasn’t always healthy. Turning a blind eye to your problems in an “out of sight; out of mind” type way is not healthy. DEAL WITH YOUR ISSUES. Which brings me to #4…
  4. Talking to a mental health professional is 110% ok, needful and necessary. It is not a lack of faith, and don’t allow ANYONE to make you feel that way. Your relationship with God has nothing to with what wars in your mind. Can God renew your mind? Absolutely. But people have the gift to pull out of you things that were buried; why not talk to them?! Some of the sludge has to be sifted through to get to better YOU. family
  5. FAMILY IS EVERYTHING! In an attempt to be accepted everywhere else, I neglected my family. I missed a lot of my son’s infant years due to “busy”ness. Behind God, your family (spouse, children, etc.) is most important. Don’t find yourself in a place where you have to put together shattered pieces because you just weren’t paying attention. It’s dark and lonely. Ask me how I know. You can’t make me miss a thing that my family is involved in unless I’m working or really have a pressing thing to do. They have my support and I have theirs.
  6. im okI love hard and give some way more loyalty than they deserve, but you know what…it’s not about them. When you do things from a pure heart, you rest easy. HOWEVER, don’t think you can just run over me or attempt to take advantage of my good heart. Ignore, delete and block work well on ALL my devices. Thank ya nah.
  7. I like what I like; I don’t like what I don’t like, and I don’t have to explain it to anyone.
  8. I know where my talents, gifts and limits lie. I no longer mind saying no, nor do I feel guilty doing so.
  9. I didn’t always work to my potential because I was afraid of what others thought, feared I would fail, got overwhelmed and quit before seeing a task through. None of that is acceptable. I want to work in excellence, so that is what I will strive to do.
  10. Life doesn’t stop just because you didn’t accomplish all you wanted by a certain age. Continue to LIVE and PROSPER; what God has laid up for you didn’t have an age attached to it. Yes, sometimes we are the hold-up, but things will start to come together at just the right time. KEEP MOVING!inspirational-quotes-narcolepsy-the-thing-that-is-really-hard-and-amazing-is-giving-up-on-being-perfect-and-beginning-to-work-on-becoming-yourself