THE LOVE OF MONEY

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In today’s society, whenever you turn on the television or the radio you will always hear about something pertaining to money and material possessions. We listen to the songs and see the life of the rich and famous and even on social media (especially Facebook) you find many flashing their money wanting everybody to know that they got it. Yes we need money in order to survive and there’s nothing wrong with buying whatever your heart desire and living a comfortable lifestyle especially when you’ve worked so hard for it. Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. ( Ecclesiastes 5:18) So being financially stable is a gift from God but where the problem begins to occur at is that when a person is blessed financially, they only live for the moment. And a person who only lives for the moment lacks much wisdom; why do I say that? because some of us are forgetting that one day we must die. I will be reading from the book of Ecclesiastes and will break it down to you. In Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 it reads: Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity_ King Solomon. For those of you who love flashing and boasting about your money, my question to you is this: If you drop dead right now, where and who will your money and everything go to? Do you have it planned and figured out already? If you have cars and living in a house, are you buying them to own them so that you can enjoy them now and that if anything happens to you then you can pass them down to your children or your children’s children so that all of your hard labor won’t be in vain? Over the years I have heard of certain individuals who have died, and once they died, family members fought over who was getting what. And I know that some of you have known people who’ve owned their own businesses while they were living only to lose it to a foreigner after their death; somebody who didn’t plan, sweat, nor worked for it. It’s time to stop showcasing money but to put it to good use and to be wise enough to enjoy the little that you may have right now and educate your children or whoever so they will know how to run the business or manage whatever you leave to them so they can continue the legacy. I do what I do for a reason, and I write for a reason because God has entrusted me with this task to reach out and to help millions of people, and not only am I doing it for people, but I’m also doing it to leave behind a legacy. I want to leave to my grandchildren more than just material things, but I’m leaving behind writings and teachings so that when they grow up they will be able to read The Power Of Celibacy and live by it. I’m leaving behind morals, so they will know how to conduct themselves as men and women and to teach their children also. Don’t let your labor be in vain but once again, stop flashing your money and put it to good use!!!!

Vicky Pittard

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THE COST OF THE CROSS

As many who enter the house of God on Sunday mornings to sing hymns, to pray and to worship, giving God all of the praises along with giving tithes and offerings, and sitting through the service listening to a good sermon as the preacher brings forth the word of God. And when it gets close to the end of the service and the doors of the church are opened, there is a call for salvation to anyone who wants to receive it. To the new believer in Christ or for anyone who’s thinking about giving their lives to the Lord and living for him then I want to strengthen you for what is to come because too many people are trying to make salvation seem like a cake walk and like it’s all about going to church every Sunday and that’s it. If that was the case then why so many people in the church are still lying, gossiping, cursing, smoking cigarettes, committing adultery, fornicating, and etc? It’s way more to it then just going to church! God isn’t looking for weak people who will only be saved for a few days and then revert back into their old lifestyle, but God is looking for soldiers who will submit to him, study his word every single day, pray, grow, seek his face, and to allow him to equip the man or the woman of God to win souls and to fight against the kingdom of darkness without fear. He wants those who are willing to suffer and to endure hardship for his name sake! Salvation is pretty much a crucifixion walk and if you’re not ready to suffer then you’re not ready to follow him; if you’re not ready to be hated then you don’t need to follow him, and if you’re not ready to be falsely accused, spoken against, or lose any friends then salvation is not for you and you don’t need to enlist yourselves in this army. I am not trying to discourage you but only trying to warn you because many preachers don’t tell you these things but I will tell you the truth today that it’s not easy. You will never know what your purpose is if you never go through any trials; you will never fulfill your purpose if you never endure hardship, and you could never answer the calling that God has bestowed upon your life if you’re not willing to suffer. God doesn’t only use suffering to shape and to mold us into the image of his son, but he also uses suffering to birth something out of us. Whenever a pregnant woman is in labor, she screams in agony as she pushes forth a child into the world. If I had never suffered and gone through half of the things that I went through, then THE POWER OF CELIBACY would’ve never been born. God wants you to endure hardship so that through him you could push out your own business, a ministry, a praise, a shout, a testimony, a hymn, or even push out his power to heal the sick and to cast out devils. JUST ENDURE THE PAIN AND PUSH!!!! And  from the days of john the baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. ( Matthew 11:12) Are you that willing vessel? Do you have what it takes? Will you be bold for Christ in these last days? Are you that soldier? Are you ready to suffer? If so, then if you’re not married get ready to be celibate, get ready to fight, get ready to pray, get ready to cry sometimes, get ready to be weary, get ready to walk alone, get ready to be alone, get ready to lose friends, get ready to be hated, but most of all, GET READY FOR HIS COMING!!!!

 
Vicky Pittard

RED FLAGS (Taking Heed To The Signs Part 2)

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Even the smallest things you should take notice of!!! If he’s already calling you bae or baby after y’all have only been dating for two weeks then you better run for dear life because there’s a few screws missing from his head. He doesn’t even know you and to me that would indicate that he’s moving way too fast. And If he’s ever rude and very disrespectful towards a waitress concerning his food while you’re at a restaurant with him because they brought him the wrong order and he loses control or makes a big deal about the matter then that’s a major flag because I’ve actually went out on a date with a guy such as this and it completely turned me off. Such a man has an anger problem along with other issues as well but what if your children does something wrong? What if they accidentally broke something that belonged to him or offended him in some type of way how do you think his reaction would be? That’s why it’s very important not to ignore the flags once you see them because by ignoring them, you could be putting yourselves and your children lives in danger. GET TO KNOW THEM!!!!! and don’t be too quick in bringing a man around your people. Watch how he interacts with others, and if he appears to be too stand offish and don’t like to associate or communicate with other people then that’s a red flag because such a person is controlling and would try to poison and manipulate your mind into isolating yourselves completely from all of your friends and family members. All he wants to do is trap you into his own little world and place you in bondage. Whenever you find a man that’s texting you but never bother calling then that’s a red flag. Awhile back me and a guy exchanged numbers ( Though it never went any further than that ) and I remember him telling me that he really wasn’t a talker and didn’t like talking on the phone, and afterwards he would just send me text messages to my phone and I ended up blocking his number. Ladies that only showed me that he was hiding something; never to be trusted!!! and to a man I would tell you this: if you don’t like communicating by phone then you are not for me and God did not send you to me because I feel that if a man is really interested in me then he would want to hear my voice and would be eager to call me and not text unless he’s at work and cannot talk at the moment. We are living in some dark and evil times ladies and gentleman, and there’s nothing wrong with being picky nowadays and setting your standards completely high. It will save you from so much trouble, pain, and heartache if you would just take your time and stop rushing into these relationships. I’ve read numerous of stories about how women have left their children or child in the care of their boyfriends and the boyfriend ended up killing or molesting their kids, and no doubt, there had to been some type of red flags or signs before the incident occurred. So always keep the welfare of yourself, your children, and your family in mind whenever you’re dating.

Vicky Pittard

RED FLAGS ( Taking Heed To The Signs Part 1)

 When you’ve been maintaining and just living your life as usual and been by yourselves for a minute (especially a woman) and then you happen to meet somebody while you’re out and about enjoying your day, and get asked out on a date by a man who seems to be appealing; worthy enough to go on a date with and the man you think is the man of your dreams, then of course the human nature part of us gets very excited that we want to share the news with everybody. Most of the times we hit up our friends on the phone and tell them all about this excitement which is something I wouldn’t advise due to past experience because it could save you from embarrassment. Trust me, you may never know how your first date will go because he could be a total nerd or a date from hell that could make you hate him afterwards. And because you had your hopes up very high by thinking he could be the one, instead you would feel humiliated by having to tell those same friends that he just wasn’t right for you. I feel that you should keep the matter private until you really get to know that person and once you’ve been seeing each other for awhile then that’s when you should reveal him, if that’s what you choose. Now every man will appear to be perfect in the beginning when you first start dating him; he’s tall, handsome, he’s dressed to impress, he takes you to a nice lavish restaurant, he’s opening the doors for you, and y’all are having a really good time. But if he’s being something or somebody that he’s really not then the real person will eventually come out because they can only pretend for so long. Don’t be blinded by the way that he looks or the way that he dresses; don’t be naive because he has money and opening the doors for you, and you’re seeing all the lavish food sitting right before you at a nice restaurant. The devil himself dresses up very well and can make himself look good with a pocket full of money!!! You better learn to control your appetite and don’t appear to be impressed by what you see but pay close attention to his conversations, because only through a conversation will the heart of a man be revealed. For the bible says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks ( Matthew 12:34) so if he’s wicked and perverse then it will show up in his conversations. I want to talk about red flags in which we refer to as warning signs. And my definition of red flags is: unrestrained behavior or attitude that can be detrimental in a relationship which could cause physical, mental, and spiritual harm. It could be so bad that once you have freed yourself from such a relationship that it can leave behind some very ugly scars. I’m going to list a few signs of red flags, and these are some of the signs that you should pay close attention to: Whenever you find a man talking about the mother of his children to you and calling her every name except for the child of God then that’s a red flag because it shows that he has no respect for women and that he will eventually do the same thing to you. And a decent man who loves himself and his children would never speak against the woman who brought forth his child or children into the world. Also pay close attention to his work attendance; if a man is always laying out of work for no apparent reason or he can’t seem to stay on a job for a long period of time then that’s a flag! That should tell you that he’s unstable and that you won’t be able to depend on him for anything. You’ll be paying all the bills on your own if you allowed such a man to move in with you, and he would definitely become a heavy burden. To be continued……

Vicky Pittard