For The Sake of My Soul

We must ask God for clarity of our thoughts to free minds from focusing on secular activities, people and situations that are inconsequential on our spiritual journey. We must not give Satan the best of us. – Tangie T. Woods

Disclaimer: this is not a political blog. I am sharing a recent experience that transpired while William, and I, were in the grocery store, when a persistent and passionate stranger got my attention to discuss upcoming presidential election.

The stranger was very talkative, and I was thinking, if only Jesus could get half the attention, and such public passion, about His sacrifice on the Cross which afforded everyone an opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven; an innocent man’s life for mine, there is no greater love than His. When people ask about my political affiliation, my response is I am a Christian who vote without outside influences and do not discuss politics with strangers.

The Word of God, and my obedience to His commandments, not broken promises of mankind, will get me from earth to glory. I do not put my faith, belief, and livelihood in the hands of politicians. God clearly told us not to trust humans, but we ignore Him, and suffer the consequences of our decisions. (Psalm 118:8-9, Psalm 146:3-6;) Isaiah 2:22 tells us to stop trusting in mere humans who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

Even as a federal government employee, I must abide by the government’s Rules of Behavior, General Principles, Code of Integrity; and the Hatch Act which governs federal employees’ behavior during election periods. My actions of unbecoming a federal employee could cost me to be terminated and face other penalties. However, it is worse unbecoming a Christian, dying in an unrighteous state, and losing the salvation of my soul.

Instead of satiating my mind, and feeding my soul unfulfilled promises of mankind, I remain wise to hold true to the Word of God? As a soldier of Christ, I do not wish to get entangled in civil affairs but rather try pleasing the Lord, my commanding officer (II Timothy 2:4). I believe converted Christians should get more involved in politics, in a manner that is pleasing to God; otherwise, we suffer under laws made by ungodly and self-serving politicians.

Sometimes, my emotions want to get the best of me; however, I, alone, am responsible for my public and private behavior. It takes only one word to start a heated argument, or debate, but I am thankful to the Holy Spirit for taking my mind back to the Cross before my emotions control my words, and I repent of all unholy thoughts.

I put forth efforts to always be mindful, and alert, of evil spirits, and their objectives, to cause division through heated and foolish debates, quarrels, controversies, strife, and dissensions perhaps ending in anger, and harsh words, putting me in the position of unbecoming a follower of Jesus. It would have been pointless to even try engaging in a calm conversation with this stranger. Why? The passion for his preferred candidate dominated his emotions and he was not pleased with me remaining neutral.

Perhaps, he was an angel in disguise to see if I pass the test of holding true to my spiritual virtues. Praise God! I passed if it was an angel, or not.

I am still working on not pointing fingers at others because the Lord points His finger at me when I am wrong; for every man sin and come short of His glory. Again, I received encouragement from Sister Copeland’s daily devotion titled Let Go, Let God. It states “I am lifted in Spirit, guide, and loved. I may become frustrated, exasperated, or impatient when I’m faced with unmet expectation or disappointment. Resisting the temptation to place blame or find fault, I pause and reflect instead. I realize that my upset is not serving me. Instead, I substitute trust, patience, and acceptance as I choose to let go and let God. My thoughts turn from frustration to positive possibilities as I become aware of the presence of God in my life. By releasing worry and concern, I open to a warm assurance that all is in divine order. As I let go and let God, ideas flow freely and I discern opportunities I had not seen previously. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil—the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places.” (Isaiah 58:9,11) END OF DEVOTION

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. (Jeremiah 31:25)

Flavor Conversations With the Gospel of Jesus — Tangie T. Woods

For the sake of my soul, I definitely discerned the opportunity, not seen previously, of a stranger approaching me in such manner.

For the sake of my soul “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)

For the sake of my soul, I did not become weary; instead, I resisted the devil and he fled without satisfaction of devouring me.

For the sake of my soul, I must not allow my emotions, or emotions of others, to separate me from the love of God for any cause that will not get me from earth to glory.

For the sake of my soul, I resisted the temptation to place blame or find fault in this man’s words and how he approached me. Instead, I paused, reflected, and chose not to allow his behavior to control my words satisfying only the devil and the one who does his bidding.

We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think we are worshiping God.” — Leigh (fellow blogger)

ADDITIONAL STUDY SCRIPTURES

I understand scriptures tell me to avoid disagreement over biblical laws but these scriptures are applicable for our everyday conversations. (II Timothy 2:23-26; Proverbs 26:4-28; I Peter 3:15-17)

“Do not be conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. (Romans 12:17-19)

AWARD NOMINATION

Thank you, blog owner of Live, parent, teach, repeat, for nominating me for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. https://liveparentteachrepeat.com/2020/08/22/the-vincent-ehindero-blogger-award/

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Christian Blogger, Wife of Minister Felton D. Woods, Mother and Grandmother

57 thoughts on “For The Sake of My Soul

    1. Fredrick, thank you for reading and commenting. I blog personal experiences so they are relatable and beneficial to others. It soothes my mind to have a wonderful outlet and supportive fellow bloggers to interact with respectfully; nothing like Facebook which is now brutal even among some Christians. Please remain safe.

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  1. Timely word Tangie. Yes it is a true test at times to surrender complete control to the Holy Spirit but it is a test worthy of passing. I have had my share of times when I had not passed the test but I am thankful for the Lords reminder. To keep pressing. Good word indeed! Many blessings

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing comments. I agree “Test worthy of passing.” We have all had, and will have, our shares of times when not passing the test, but I am thankful upon repentance God forgives us and the Holy Spirit continues to remind us of the way of escape so we are not willfully sinning and losing God’s grace and mercy. We do not know when death will come upon us so it behooves us to not die in a sinful state. Happy Sunday and remain safe.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. I was almost caught up in an argument on my blog. I simply wrote in my post that we are sons and daughters of God because God created us after His likeness and someone attacked me on my blog saying that I was telling heresies. I was trying to explain to him, he kept saying that I should repent and should allow him to pray for me. My spirit told me not to respond to him again, thank God I heeded. The bibles says, do all things without murmurings and disputing. Thanks, God bless

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. I was almost caught up in an argument on my blog. I simply wrote that we are sons and daughters of God as God created us after His likeness and someone attacked me on my blog saying I was telling heresies. I was trying to explain to him, he kept saying that I should repent and should allow him to pray for him. My spirit told me not to respond to him again, thank God I heeded. The bibles says, do all things without murmurings and disputing. Thanks, God bless🌺🙂

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    1. Chris, you did well not to respond again. “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned. (Titus 3:9-11). Next time, I suggest ignoring or deleting their comments to not discourage others who might be seeking truth. Have a great day.

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    1. You are welcome. I appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts. I love blogging God’s word to encourage and edify others. Remain safe.

      “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes; first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles.” (Romans 1:16)

      Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be shamed of them when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)

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  4. Thank you for this post. Earlier today I had a similar conversation with someone on social media regarding christians involvement in politics. I told the person that nothing is wrong with that as long as God is glorified in it. These days you really dont know who is a born again believer just by their conduct. God help us

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your experience. I must be honest and say not everyone who claim to be a “Christian” has been converted. It is a sad state of affair when non-Christians appear to be the Christians while Christians are misbehaving publicly over something that is not getting us from earth to glory. Take care and remain safe.

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    1. Shelly, thank you for reading and confirming my Holy Spirit blogs are worth reading. I like to relate messages to my personal experiences in hopes of others being encouraged, edified and blessed by God’s Word. Have a wonderful evening and remain safe.

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  5. My answer to people who want to discuss politics is I don’t even discuss politics with people I know at my own kitchen table because I don’t. I learned a long time ago that it seems to always lead to disagreements that like you said bring no glory to God. If something is going to lead to strife it has no place in my life. While reading your post I kept hearing one of my favourite verses, “Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry? Jonah 4:4kjv. Nothing that can turn into arguments or anger does me any good, and it is wasted time that could be spent sowing seeds for our LORD. Beautiful post Tangie full of useful perspective and advice 🙂

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    1. I hear you! I learned many years ago do not talk politics even with family members. My husband is the only one I have these discussions with. I agree valuable time should be spent sowing seed for our Lord. Thank you for reading and remain safe.

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  6. Words well expressed and typed Tangie.
    Thank you, this blog was another interesting read.
    Thank you, for the scriptures and your love for the Lord, to share his word and your life experiences with us via your blogs.
    I admire your passion for God. Thank you, for loving our souls enough to share with us things most people do not thinks about, so we also may make it to Heaven.

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    1. Pat, you are welcome. I appreciate you reading and sharing feedback. I truly love sharing God’s Word and my life experiences in hope of encouraging others. I am blessed when others are encouraged, uplifted, edified and blessed by the Holy Spirit inspired messages. Enjoy your weekend and remain safe.

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  7. I only wish and pray that we all could live in harmony, and stop this hatred, it is a terrible place to leave to our children and grandchildren. I agree Jesus is our King, but we need to be more like our King and less like the ones that have hatred in their hearts because the color of their skin or being different in one way or another. Enjoy your post

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    1. My prayers are the same as yours and agree this is a terrible world to leave to our children and grandchildren. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend and remain safe.

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  8. Such wise words, Tangie. Satan causes havoc amongst us if we allow ourselves to get caught up in political disputes. I know we have a responsibility to vote for the person who will take care of the wellbeing of the people but, ultimately, Jesus is our King and we need to abide by the commandments of His kingdom.
    It’s a difficult situation when politics seems to dominate all the news at the moment, but I appreciate your advice. Thank you.

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