Evangelist Yvette Steele - Just A Diva Encouraging

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Friday, September 7, 2018

LETTING GO!





Many of us have heard the saying, “Let Go and Let God,” yet this is usually extremely difficult for most. Understanding it’s not that most don’t wish to trust God, we are just unsure what will take place if we let go.  It’s like if and you let go, you will fall and crumble.  What many of us don’t seem to realize is by constantly hanging on, we are falling and crumbling.  The very thing we don’t wish to let go of is hurting us and God wants us to trust Him that when we do release it, it’s for our good and we will be okay whether it appears otherwise to the natural eyes.

'Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.' Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

Letting go of something or someone not only requires releasing it and trusting it was for the best, but that it will produce a change to our situation. God is informing us not merely does letting go require releasing it, but change will take place, and it is for our best.

'But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.'  Isaiah 43:18 (NLT)

We become complacent in our relationships, friendships, churches, jobs and surroundings and are scared of change because change brings growth as well as the unknown and the unknown brings the lack of having control.  Most of us like to be in control! 

For some, it’s been time to let go of that stale job because God has greater for you. You've been feeling the nudge to apply for something better than what you are doing but the prospect of letting go of your comfortability and change holds you back from walking into the greater.  Others are in stale relationships that God never intended you to be in.  That’s not who God has for you and because of the comfortability with already knowing the person's ways or feeling as though you’ve devoted considerable time and have no desire to get to know someone else all over is holding you from your blessing and who God truly has for you.

Letting go of emotional holds often are the toughest we manage to transport these from relationship to relationship, job to job, church to church, and surroundings to surroundings, without even recognizing the control it possesses over us and the damage it's doing along the way.  But, God is saying you no longer have to bear those things, and it’s not only okay to let go of them, it’s time!

·     It’s time to release the hurt and pain others caused you and the hurt and pain you’ve caused others.

·     It’s time to release the disappointments you've had in others, and the disappointments you've caused others.

·     It’s time to release the lies that were told to you, and the lies you've told to others.

·     It’s time to release the un-forgiveness you bear, and the burden that others may never forgive you.

·     It’s time to release the mistakes that others have made, and the mistakes you've made.

·     It’s time to release low self-esteem and the negative things others have spoken over you.

·     It’s time to release the anger.

·     It’s time to release the toxic relationships and friendships.

·     and it’s time to release guilt and shame.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Ephesians 4:31(NLT)

A lot of what we've encountered is because we’ve held on to individuals and things longer than we should have.  Holding on to situations and individuals that God designed for us to let go will produce more damage than we are capable to recognize.

Letting go of some things and individuals will not always be easy and there will be stings along the process, but God will never leave us even during these times. Understanding that God cares for us so much and only wants what’s best for us even when we look in the mirror and see our former failures. At that moment, God loves us even more.  However; you must have a made-up mind that you are ready for better, for greater and for all that God has for you.  

'And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.'  Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

It’s time to let go and trust God! Trust that God has forgiven you, and that He will restore you from all the emotional afflictions you’ve been carrying. Trust that the direction He is guiding you will be better and brighter than the road you were traveling.

'All you people: Trust in him at all times! Pour out your hearts before him! God is our refuge! Selah'. Psalms 62:8 (CEB)

 Be Encouraged!
Evangelist Yvette Steele

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

IT'S NOT FINISHED, WHEN GOD IS IN IT!



It’s always darkest before the dawn is a saying that many of us have heard but never paused for a moment to consider what that means.  Life will present its set of challenges, whether it is personal, financial and/or physical, a test will come. The thing that separates individuals is how they handle those challenges when they occur.  Do you deal with them head on by struggling to fix everything yourself? Do you stress out and panic? Do you hold on to things and individuals when you need to let go? Do you run and tell anyone who will listen?  Do you seek others to figure out the challenge for you? Or, do you hold still, resting on faith while seeking Christ through prayer and his word while listening for His guidance and instructions?  Do you trust God?

An impossible situation does not mean God has left you.  I’ve grown to understand that it always seems to get a little harder the closer your breakthrough is.  You feel at your weakest and surrendering appears to be the best option right before deliverance. But hold on, because when God is it, it is not finished.  He has the final say.(Proverbs 16:1 We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word.)

No matter what your finances look like, whether the bills are overdue, collection notices coming left and right, you’ve gotten off course because the medical bills keep piling up, car note behind and repo company keeps calling. And, if that is not enough, you have received an eviction or a foreclosure notice.  

But, when God is it, it is not finished!

You may have just come from a routine exam and you first walked in expecting to hear all is normal.  But, instead you walked out with your mouth wide open and feeling like this must be a dream because of the diagnoses that was just given to you. 

But, when God is it, it is not finished!

Your marriage is a mess.  There is disrespect, adultery, lying or you two are just not on one accord (clicking).  Your frustration level is at an all-time high! 

But, when God is it, it is not finished!

Do you understand what is being said?  No matter what you are facing, there is one who is omni-present.  He was in your yesterday; He is in your today and He is already in your tomorrow.  (Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Watching the evil and the good [in all their endeavors].)  Don’t react to what is happening at this moment, instead turn to the one who “IS”, seeking Him for guidance and direction.  Let him be your advocate, your confidante, your physician, your marriage counselor because if he’s in it, it is not finished until he speaks so.  Once He says it’s finished, it is complete, understanding it all will be working for your good.(8.28 God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him: Or “All things work for the good of everyone who loves God” or “God's Spirit always works for the good of everyone who loves God.” They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose,)

When God is it, it is not finished!

Be Encouraged!
Evangelist Yvette Steele

Monday, October 30, 2017

WHO ARE YOU PLEASING?


10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Gal 1:10

Many of us move through life living to please others but, this is not a trait we picked up when we became older. If you pause and glance back over your way of life, you will recognize this started at childhood. 

Pleasing Parents - Doing what they suggest or think is best for you, even when you desired to do something different for worry of them getting upset with you, not supporting or being disappointed in you.

Pleasing Siblings - Not sharing your authentic opinions as not to hurt their feelings or risking developing a tense or distant relationship.

Pleasing Peers - Participating in activities or acting in a particular manner for worry of not fitting in or being accepted. 

Pleasing Friends - Unable to tell how you honestly think about various matters, carefully choosing what to say and what not to for fear of the friendship ending. 

Pleasing a Boy/Girlfriend - Fear of them ending the relationship or becoming uninterested in you if you appear not to comply or agree with various things.

Pleasing Children - Going into debt to keep giving them material objects so they can feel as though they fit in with their peers.

Pleasing Spouse - Going along with choices you recognize aren’t best for your household, even when God warned you against it. Instead you disobey Him do to your concerns that your spouse will become agitated, removed or unpleased with you.

Pleasing Supervisors/Colleagues - Wanting to ensure your manager is satisfied with your performance; thus, unable to present your views and/or suggestions for fear of being terminated; or seeking to please or fit in with your colleagues so they may identify you likeable.

Pleasing the Church - Joining committees God never lead you to join which requires you to invest more time at church than home, seeking to please and gain the approval from the Pastor or others. 

Continuing through life seeking to please everyone can develop into a strenuous form of living. It can develop into a health declining, crushed spirit, joy drainer, no peace never-ending cycle. Nevertheless, the one individual we seem to place in the background of pleasing is Christ.

If you took a few minutes to pause and reflect on some of the decisions you’ve made and why you made them, you will notice a “pleasing” pattern. You will discover many of the decisions you’ve made have been based on pleasing others. Many would express to you “that is the compassionate thing to do.” Do not confuse compassion with self-sacrifice. When we make decisions merely to please others, the results are normally having peace in the relationship. Yet the pleaser often walks around suffering internally because they have been unable to be truthful to themselves and convey how they've actually felt but; in most instances, the moment you chose to make a decision that is not merely to please others, conflict emerges. It may indeed result in you having possible fallouts and damaged relationships. 

Now is the moment to ask yourself and decide; who do you choose to please more?

When you conclude to please God, by being faithful to that which He has directed you to do, there will be a negative shift in various individuals actions towards you. Even so, set your complete confidence in Christ, realizing He will take care of those who display negative behavior towards you. (7 When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Prov. 16:7, ESV)

When you start allowing God to release you from “people pleasing,” you'll start to see the stress dissolve, fear flee, joy return and the presence of peace return as you’ve never encountered. You will come out walking in the boldness and the affirmation of Christ, with the courage of realizing that in-spite of your shortcomings, how Christ sees you and loves you will not diminish. You’ll rise to take command of those things the enemy has used to place you in bondage. Your relationship with Christ will even transform.  Your priorities will be reshuffled and although you will still please those around you, it will no longer be at the expenditures of your relationship with Christ nor yourself, for Christ will give you wisdom and direction in all things. 

It’s time to STOP people pleasing!

Be Encouraged!
Evangelist Steele

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Monday, April 10, 2017

HOW LONG IS IT TAKING YOU?



If you are anything like I was, it’s taking longer than it needs to be.

In the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament of the Bible, Chapter 11, Moses gives us an example of what we can do when we're under stress. Talk about pressure, he was leading the Israelites through the wilderness on what should have been an eleven day trip and instead ended up taking forty years! This prompted me to take a look at my own life and recall how long it took me to surrender completely to God, and to be obedient to an instruction that was given to me by Him. This made my journey towards walking in my purpose and calling, more challenging and longer than necessary. 

How long is it taking you to surrender or be obedient to something God has instructed you to do?  What are you allowing to hold you up?  Is it fear, doubt, disbelief, hurt, disappointments, trust, opinions, selfishness, pride, or something else?

Whatever it may be, when we decide to do things our own way, what we are saying is that we do not trust or have faith that God knows what’s best for us; has our best interest in mind; knows the best way for us to accomplish it, or how to get there.  We are also opening the door for our journey to be longer and to be filled with unnecessary trials and tribulations. 

Think about a parent who wants the best for his/her child, or can see a bad outcome to a situation based on his/her own personal experience. What does that parent do? They share this information with their child, they instruct him/her, and they guide him/her towards the path that’s more likely to produce the best outcome. However, when that child decides not to take the advice, wisdom, or direction that is given, it will often put him/her in situations that could have been avoided.  This is no different when Christ is providing us with wisdom through His word, giving us instructions, or guiding us.
(I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalms 32:8 ESV)

Our lives are often parallel to the Israelites in that we often walk around in situations that God didn’t desire us to be in, nor did He intend for us to be in them for as long as we are.  Often, these situations could have been avoided if we were only obedient. Yet, our lack of faith, fear, selfishness, pride, distractions, or other fleshly desires got in the way; thus, making our journey to reach our destination longer then needed.  Your destination could be a new job, a new home, a new vehicle, a call into the ministry, writing a book, or opening a business.  Whatever your purpose or destination, God has instructed you to go forth; but, if you are allowing the distractions of life and your lack of faith and disobedience to get in the way, you are holding up your own blessings.   

Now ask yourself the question again, along with three others.  How long is it taking me to get to my destination?  How long am I going to hold up my own blessings? What is blocking me? What do I plan to do about it?
(“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:1-2 ESV)

Be Encouraged
Evangelist Steele



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