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Monday

May 8, 2017

Family Gym

Read

Ephesians 6:4,“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”.

Think

When it comes to fitness, no one wants a trainer that doesn’t practice what they preach, and understandably so. No one wants to take cues from those who fail to live out what they profess. And when it comes to the family—the most important unit in society—training must abound! In fact, a culture’s social future can be predicted by the strength of the family. Just as an athlete seeks the best coach to train in their sport, God expects parents to intentionally pursue His purpose to prepare and train their children to become full-court followers of Christ. So, the home is a G.Y.M.—meaning God, you, and me. This a sacred institution fully committed to pursuing the things of God.

Parents, as fitness trainers, it is imperative to train your kids to realize what it means to love the Lord above all else. Because if you don’t, who will? You’ve got to maintain spiritual fitness if you desire the same result within your family. How can you expect for them to maintain spiritual fitness if you don’t? The Bible clearly teaches that the home is a gym—a fitness center. So, how are you doing? Are you spiritually fit?

Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for the family You have given me.  Guide us to be strong and love one another more deeply because of Your love for us. And help us to shine Your love in the darkness of today’s world.

Act

Take a few moments to consider your family’s spiritual fitness. In what areas do you need to train harder? Are you preparing your family to make the difference you hope to see in the world?

Monday

May 1, 2017

Family Corporation

Read

Ephesians 4:1-3, “… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Think

A successful corporation understands its mission and purpose, and strives to fulfill its responsibility. In addition, the entire staff understands their individual roles and expectations. The corporate structure is evident in its bylaws. The chain of command is quite clear in order to maintain the strength and integrity of the business. There’s a founder, a chief executive officer, president, and shareholders.

Successful families maintain a corporate structure. The Founder is God. He has established the mission statement and purpose of its existence—developing full-court followers of Christ. Dads are the CEO’s, moms are the presidents, and the children are shareholders. Each member is equal in form, yet unique in function. When everyone is doing their part, the family corporation operates just as God created it to. Corporations have bylaws to guide them, but we have the Bible—God’s Word to protect and promote our best interests. Who’s running the show in your family business? What is your mission statement?

Pray

Thank God for being your foundational Father. Ask Him to help you maintain your responsibilities within the family. And pray for struggling families everywhere in need of unity and peace.

Act

Call a business meeting and create a mission statement for your family.

 

Monday

April 3, 2017

Fuel the Fire

Read

Revelation 2:4-5, "You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.”

Think

Spend any amount of time reading the book of Revelation, and you will undoubtedly walk away with questions. Many of the aspects of this amazing book are confusing and confounding. While reading it we must remember that it was written at a specific time by a specific person to a specific audience for a specific reason. The Lord Jesus Christ had a very clear message to the seven churches of the province of Asia. In today’s verse, we see the crux of His message to the church at Ephesus: “Return to Romance!”

That church, which had been known for its passion, had lost some of its fire. The Ephesian Christians had fallen into a monotonous routine. They had forgotten their first love – Jesus Christ. Although written in ancient times, this message is just as applicable today as it was then. Do you find yourself just going through the motions in your walk with God? Take Jesus’ words to heart, and return to “the things you did at first”. In other words, do what you did when you first fell in love with Christ, and rediscover the passion you once had and His call in your life!

Pray

Thank God for His clear direction and bold challenge to your life. If you’ve lost some of your fire for God pray for Him to help rekindle the flame!

Act

One of the best ways to keep your spiritual fire burning is to commit to spending time with God daily. Even when you don’t feel like it do it anyway! Ask Him what He wants to show you through His Word and pray for Him to break down the walls of monotony, and rebuild a bonfire of passion.

Monday

March 20, 2017

Budget From The Heart

Read

Luke 14:28, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”

Think

As parents, we teach our children various responsibilities to help set them up for success. Taking care of what is given to them is a really important lesson. A key component in this is showing them how to manage their money. Too many times, though, a very important fundamental truth is forgotten; we are merely managers of our financial blessings—not owners. True financial success should be approached with an attitude of gratitude. After all, money management is not a financial issue, it is a heart issue.

The first step toward great stewardship is learning to LIVE ON A BUDGET! It’s money management 101. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” No one wants to fail, especially when money is involved. Wondering where to start? Start with bringing back to God what is already His. The tithe is the first 10% of our gross income. It helps us remember that we don’t worship the provision—we worship the Provider.

Pray

Father God, thank You for your provision in my life, and for entrusting me with what I have. My heart is abundantly grateful. Help me to be prudent in spending my finances in a manner that brings You the glory You deserve.

Act

There is no time like the present to begin living on a budget. Here are some great free online resources to help you get started: www.Stewardship.com or www.Everydollar.com

Friday

March 17, 2017

Landing On the Magnificent

Read

Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground’”.
John 6:40, “For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise Him up at the last day”.

Think

Within the Trinity—3 in 1 and 1 in 3—each manifestation of God is equal in form and unique in function. God the Father is the initiator of Creation, redemption, and relationships, and the “giver of every good and perfect gift”. He sent His Son, as God incarnate, to redeem the lost through His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus is our High Priest and the head of the body of Christ. Additionally, God the Son commissioned the Holy Spirit to comfort, counsel, and convict the hearts of believers. Created in God’s image, we too are relational beings, therefore, understanding the role of unity, community, and responsibility within the Trinity helps us grasp the unique roles God has delegated to us within the family and in the church. Husband and wife, also unique in function, delegate to one another. And, we as parents—like God the ultimate parent—must delegate responsibility within the home. Finally, we must remember that God has delegated evangelism to the church and gifted everyone according to His will to serve individual roles within the house.

As we hop, skip, and jump to the conclusion of this series, we must remember and apply the following. By concentrating on our walk with God, we are able to better distinguish the urgent from the important. Then we are open to opportunities to teach and communicate God’s Word and demonstrate His ways. This means we truly walk the walk; not just talk the talk. We must listen to one another and absorb wise counsel. And we prioritize living out God’s principles through our commitments and achieve this by skipping now what we will have to skip in the future. Focusing on the significant means our lives will be magnificent.

Pray

Father God, I love You. Thank You for representing perfect unity and harmony within the Trinity. Help me to apply all of the above in order to be who You want me to be and to do what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Be mindful of doing only what you can do and delegating the rest. Also, it’s the weekend! So make sure to keep on inviting others to experience life change first hand at Fellowship Church.

 

Wednesday

March 15, 2017

A Big Slice of Great Advice

Read

Exodus 18:20-22, “Teach them His decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times…. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.”

Think

Every now and then, it helps to take a slice of great advice out of some humble pie. Because at times, we can be working very hard, but in the grand scheme of things, we’re barely working—it’s called the tyranny of the urgent. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed how God’s man Moses had lost his ‘Mo-Mentum’ having been burdened with the work of many. And that his father-in-law, Jethro, laid down some heavy advice after noticing the inefficiency of Moses’ work, time management, and lack of overall leadership. Moses had lost sight of his calling. God did not call on him to do everything, but to do some things specifically. Jethro wisely pointed him back to his purpose, which was to be ‘the people’s representative before God’.

The advice Moses received with great humility was twofold. First, Jethro redefined Moses’ leadership role, and then he spoke about the art of delegation. Today’s scripture says Moses was to teach God’s decrees and instructions. Suddenly Moses realized he couldn’t do this on a case-by-case basis. He agreed he needed to appoint godly men as officials, and so he did. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for the lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed”. Nowhere is this better illustrated than by Jesus. He didn’t embark on a solitary mission to save the world. No, He chose twelve disciples to follow Him immediately and taught them how to lead and carry out their prescribed mission after Jesus ascended back to the Father. We are called by God to fulfill specific roles for His purpose. Whether leading a Bible study, a corporation, a classroom, or even a family room, great leaders are set apart by putting the right people in the right positions with the right posture under God’s chain of command. Do only what you can do and delegate the rest. What urgent things are you doing that are keeping you from the important?

Pray

Praise God for His calling on your life and ask Him to guide you in deciphering the urgent from the important.

Act

Has someone ever given you some great advice that you didn’t take? Were there repercussions? Think of a time when you received wise counsel and applied it. What was the outcome? Now memorize Proverbs 12:15, “The way of fools seem right to them, but the wise listen to advice”.

 

Tuesday

February 28, 2017

The Art of Leader-Skip

Read

Psalm 27:8, “My heart says of You, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13, “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

Think

Praying about priorities is a senseless waste of time. Why? Because, our priorities are clearly delineated throughout Scripture. The problem is that we get so caught up in the superfluous that we miss the important. Thus, our priorities are about skipping. Great leaders are defined more by what they miss than the meetings they make. It’s called the art of leader-skip and delegation. When we skip we are in the air with the ability to see farther and gain a more unique perspective. Of course, what goes up must come down. But when we land, we don’t want to stay on the ground for too long.

The Amalekites had just attacked the Israelites. Moses, wise in his decision, delegated leading the battle and selecting soldiers to Joshua. As the nation’s leader, Moses went to the top of a hill with God’s staff in hand to watch the battle. As long as his hands were raised the Israelites were winning. When he lowered his hands the Amalekites started winning. To secure the victory, Moses’ brother Aaron and friend Hur helped him elevate his arms. And by God’s power, the Israelites won. Had Moses been on the ground in the midst of the battle, or anywhere else besides the hilltop, the enemy would have likely crushed the Israelites. Only there did Moses have the ability to see the events unfold, and he gained a greater perspective because he was where he was supposed to be. Likewise, in leadership, to make the greatest decisions we must go where God calls us to go. When we prioritize His will, He will grant us the discernment to do what needs to be done according to His purpose in a magnificent fashion.

Pray

Father God, help me discern when to skip and when to land. Guide me in Your way as I seek Your kingdom and righteousness above all else. I love You! Thank You, Lord for calling me according to Your purpose.

Act

Here’s the phrase that pays: We skip the superfluous and land on the significant. And when we land on the significant our lives will be magnificent! Write this helpful saying at the top of your calendar or daily planner. Then take it a step further and post it on social media with #FellowshipChurch.

 

Monday

February 27, 2017

Task Overload

Read

Exodus 18:13, “The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening”.

Think

We live in a very task-oriented society. Everyday, from the time we get up until the time we go to bed, our schedules are jam-packed with things vying for our attention. It’s such an epidemic, that we constantly see articles and reports on stress management related to handling task overload. So, why? Why is this the norm? It’s because we so easily lose sight of the significant in the midst of the superfluous.

Moses had a similar problem.  He was one man taking on the daily problems of an entire nation. It seems crazy, right? That he would take on the concerns of two million people? Well, unfortunately, God’s man became so mired down by trying to do everything, that he lost sight of God’s purpose for his life. This same man who delivered the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery by the miraculous power of God, found himself essentially working in the customer service complaints department. So, what are you cramming into your life, right now, that is distracting you from doing what God wants you to do? What should you be focusing on instead?

Pray

Father God, thank You for all of the amazing things You have in store for my life.  Help me to discern between the important and the insignificant. I solely want to do everything that fulfills Your plan and purpose. I worship You with all of my heart in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Act

Study your calendar or daily planner. What do you need to skip to allow more time to pursue excellence in God’s economy?

 

Thursday

February 23, 2017

Going G.O.M.O.

Read

Revelation 3:15-16, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of My mouth." 

Think

Isn’t it amazing how many internet acronyms there are. One website listed 668! And not only do more keep cropping up, there’s even one for a new phobic phenomenon called FOMO, which stands for the ‘fear of missing out’. It’s defined as “an anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media”. Hmm… seems ridiculous, right? Wrong! It happens all the time; it’s an epidemic. Well, sometimes in our walk with Jesus we experience FOMO about what’s happening elsewhere. But what we need to do is forget about our FOMO and think GOMO, which means ‘God offers more opportunities’ than anything people are posting about on social media.

Yesterday we talked about the importance of leaving the past behind, growing more like Christ, and the necessity of staying on track with God’s plan. But once we’ve committed to our faith, we might be trekking right along when we encounter a new challenge that befalls all Christ followers somewhere along the way—spiritual lethargy. In fact, in today’s verse, Jesus is rebuking the church in Laodicea for being lukewarm. Surely He caught their attention with, “I’m about to spit you out of My mouth”. Yikes! However, the key word here is ‘about’, which leaves a small space for grace. It makes room for reigniting a passion for the gospel. Yet it’s also an imperative command meaning don’t wait, do it now! Are you taking a spiritual nap? Are you more concerned about what others are doing than you are for what God wants to do through you? Forget about missing the meaningless, and be mindful of all the amazing opportunities God has in store for your life.

Pray

Father God, I take to heart Jesus’ warning about being lukewarm. Make me hot! Reignite in me a new passion to be active in my faith and help me to treasure my relationship with You. I’m sorry for allowing myself to elevate my own interests and desires above Yours. And I thank You in advance for all of the amazing things I know You will do in and through my life.

Act

Check your spiritual temperature by asking yourself the following questions:
• Do I depend on God on a daily basis?
• Do I rarely share my faith because it makes me feel uncomfortable?
• Do I care more about being free from the penalty of sin than being saved?
• Do I live by faith or do I always prefer to play it safe?

 

Tuesday

January 31, 2017

Peace Man

Read

Ephesians 2:13-15, “But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.”

Think

In ancient times, there was a wall at the temple to separate the Gentiles from entering Jewish “holy ground”. Any Gentile attempting to cross this boundary faced death. Thus, a very real tension existed between the two groups. The Jews, God’s chosen people, believed that Gentiles were ceremonially unclean and less in the eyes of the Lord. But peace was not only lacking in a religious sense, but also in a true spiritual sense. You see, unless we are at peace with God, we are devoid of God’s peace. And what these religious elitists failed miserably to understand was that the wall of division at the temple wasn’t the issue. It was the wall of sin, racism, and hostility. Hence, they were at war with the wrong enemy. Nothing the Gentiles did could defile them from the outside in—it was their own sin nature that afflicted them from the inside out.

Jesus, the Prince of Peace, came to redeem the sin of all mankind, not just the sin of Israel. He obliterated the wall of separation between God and man. Remember, peace isn’t just the halting of hostilities; it’s the coming together of all who call Jesus their Savior—the unity of oneness in faith. When we are one in Christ, we are one with Christ, and therefore, one with the Father through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The gospel—the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ—is the only path to true peace. And once we’re at peace with God through the blood of Christ, then we become carriers of peace called to share His peace in a hostile world.

Pray

Thank God for making peace a possibility through Christ. Pray for any areas in your life lacking peace and praise Jesus for calling you out of the darkness and into the light.

Act

Read about living as a child of light in Ephesians 4:17-5:21. Journal what words and phrases stand out to you the most. Then pray through the passage allowing God to speak into your heart.

 

Wednesday

November 30, 2016

Bike Messengers

Read

2 Timothy 4:5, “…Do not be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News and fully carry out the ministry God has given you”.

Luke 9:23, “…Then Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow Me'”.

Think

God has positioned us exactly where He wants us to share His love through our unique abilities and talents.  And within our specific placement, we can choose one of two possible positions. The first is the “Couch Potato” position. It’s comfortable, easy, and safe, with no responsibility or accountability. Although seemingly appealing, it is impossible to fulfill our purpose if we remain static and stationary. The second position is the “Bike Zone”. It is the best and most blessed way to live. But, it’s uncomfortable and dangerous. It requires hard work, sacrifice, braving the elements, responsibility, and accountability. It can at times seem too daunting or costly, but if we persevere and live out our purpose, our great God will reward us in ways we’ve never imagined.

Now, you might be thinking, “Why doesn’t Jesus want me to feel comfortable?” We are to be comforted by Christ with a willingness to become uncomfortable for Christ. You see, Jesus died an uncomfortable death for us to experience eternal comfort. Obviously Jesus didn’t have our comfort in mind when He said, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16). Thus, we should have a sense of urgency in our mission—there’s no middle ground—we must do the work! Therefore, we must decide for ourselves if we would rather be comfortable going nowhere, or uncomfortable going where God has planned and purposed for us to go. So, as “Bike Zone” messengers for God, let’s fervently spread the Good News of Jesus Christ all over our cities.

Pray

Ask God to energize you with a willingness and desire to move out of your comfort zone to share His message of hope and love. And pray for perseverance and focus as you continue to do His work.

Act

Read Luke 9:18-27. Do you struggle with self-denial? What does picking up your cross daily look like in your life? As Christ followers, God expects us to do what He has called us to do. Are you following His instructions?

 

Wednesday

November 9, 2016

Occupation Proclamation

Read

II Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat’”.

Proverbs 16:27-29, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece. An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Wickedness loves company—and leads others to sin”.

Think

Everything that happens each weekend across all of our campuses doesn’t just happen out of thin air. It’s easy to just show up and enjoy the experience for an hour and leave. However, all of the work done behind the scenes is not. It takes tremendous effort by our staff and numerous dedicated volunteers to pull it off. Hard work honors God and reflects His intent for humanity. Conversely, He sees idleness and unwillingness to work as a grave offense.

Because of our inherent sin nature, we deserve nothing from God. The moment we begin to feel entitled, as if the world owes us something, the enemy rushes in and says, “It’s okay to slack off a little. You deserve it. God will take care of you no matter what, so sit back, and relax”. Don’t buy Satan’s lies! Idleness only allows more time for wrongdoing. If we believe in Jesus—if we believe He did the preemptive work of forgiveness on the cross for us—then it is our responsibility to take action. No matter if we’re a dishwasher, a student, or a brain surgeon we must approach everything we do with excellence as an act of worship. God cares more about our attitude and willingness to work hard than He does about our profession or achieving perfection.

Pray

Father God, convict my heart to take action when I exhibit idleness. Protect my thoughts from the enemy and guide me to the best of my ability to emulate Jesus’ fortitude and diligence at home, at work, and when serving in the local church. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Evaluate your work ethic. In what areas do you tend to slack off? In what areas should you put forth greater effort to pursue excellence? Conversely, if you are extremely driven in most everything you do, when can you carve out time for stillness and reflection before God?

Thursday

August 25, 2016

Decision Demands

Read

I Kings 18:21, “Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him’. But the people said nothing.” I Kings 18:38-39, “Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD-He is God! The LORD-He is God!’”

Think

Far too many self-proclaimed Christians live like heaven on Sundays and like hell the rest of the week. They believe in God, they believe Jesus died for their sins, and they have prayed for salvation. Great! But sadly, their duty as Christ followers seemingly ends there. For this reason, James, the half-brother of Christ, said faith without action is dead. In fact, the moment we invite Jesus into our lives is just the beginning. The Israelites had experienced God’s supernatural power and provision first hand and still willfully disobeyed His commands. And like so many of us, they became consumed with everything but God. Attracted by what seemed so sexy and cool at the time, they surely had more fun living like hell than for heaven, right? Sound familiar?

God’s faithful servant, Elijah, was on fire for the Lord and saddened by the state of his people. Therefore, he gathered the nation of Israel on Mount Carmel and said, “Enough! You cannot worship both God and unadulterated pleasure. Make up your minds!” Then in an almighty display of power, God rained down fire from heaven. Single-minded devotion to God demanded a decision, and in that moment they were forced to choose between the shallows of iniquity and the depths of God’s righteousness. Fortunately, they chose the latter and fell facedown to the ground crying out “The LORD-He is God!

Will we likely ever see fire fall from the sky? No, but through Christ in us, we are privy to the raging fire—the power, purity, and presence of God 24/7. But, remember without doing our part, the flame dwindles and the enemy’s seductive power can easily draw us away from the things of God. Thus, our choices are paramount! Is living for God a one-time decision? Yes and no. We only need to invite Jesus into our lives once, but we must routinely make choices to keep God first. Because as harsh as it sounds, God would rather us to live like hell and follow the devil than have one foot in the church and one foot out..

Pray

Bow before God and personally call out to Him by the various names that represent His very nature and character (Healer, Defender, Savior, Lord, etc.). Then express your wondrous awe and reverence for His almighty power.

Act

Read Acts 16:11-34. Which of the two accounts of conversion is most like your own? How does the jailer’s moment defining decision parallel that of the Israelites on Mount Carmel? Although seemingly less remarkable, what aspects of Lydia’s conversion are equally impressive? What does this say about the life-changing message of the gospel?

 

Tuesday

July 12, 2016

The Practice of Purity

Read

I John 3:3, “And everyone who really believes this will try to stay pure because Christ is pure”.

Think

God said, “Be holy, because I am holy”. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”.  As Christ followers, we undoubtedly desire to imitate the purity, humility, grace, and righteousness modeled for us by Christ. Armed with the fact that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to reconcile us to the Father, we know that God no longer looks at us and sees Mr. or Mrs. Selfish Sinner, but instead sees the purity of Christ. However, it comes as no surprise to God that we still struggle with sin. We will inevitably foul, fumble, trip, and stumble. For this reason, I John 3:3 adds a little one-word caveat of encouragement. It says, “Try to stay pure”, in your walk with Christ.

As Christians, our utmost responsibilities are clearly pointed out in Scripture. The Bible says: glorify God, stand firm in faith, be obedient, make His name known, use our unique gifts and talents to fulfill His purpose, and strive for purity. This means our lives should be walking, talking, living, and breathing billboards for the forgiveness and hope found only in Christ. Therefore, purity is the ongoing practice of striving to live out and fulfill God’s purpose.

Pray

P.R.A.Y. is an antonym for praise, repent, ask, and yield:
P—Praise God and give Him the glory He deserves with an attitude of gratitude.
R—Repent by laying down every sin individually before God.
A—Ask God for guidance, wisdom, and a renewed desire for purity and obedience.
Y—Yield to God by saying, “Father let your will—not my will—be done”.

Act

Prior to prayer, write on a piece of paper something in your character or a choice that your are regularly making that does not line up with what God says in his word. Make an active decision to repent, or turn away, from it. Ask for the Lord’s forgiveness and draw a line through it knowing that God “remembers them no more”. If it’s something that you have dealt with for a long time and you’re not sure what healthy steps to take talk to a trusted follower of Christ who will tell you the truth or seek out a Pastor or leader in your life who will give you sound advice on your nect steps to change. And go forward with a renewed desire to please God by everything you say, do, touch, and feel.