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Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  –1 Corinthians 13:6

In 1 Corinthians 13:6, Paul is saying that love doesn’t celebrate being messy or shady– it doesn’t delight at injustices or wickedness, love triumphs when doing what’s right prevails.  It seems like our society is so conditioned to get over on people and to cheat or one-up one another.  We seem to revel at Machiavellianism in our culture and it breaks our Daddy’s heart.  Every time I look up, it seems like I’m reading another story in the newspaper about a pastor, CEO or influential public figures that’s “on top of the world” living deviously.  Meanwhile, as a society, we’ve come to not only rejoice with them, but model after their unsavory ways.  In our time, living large equals being vile and we lust after bling, regardless of what it seems to take to achieve it.  Paul is saying, be bold– walk in love by living a lifestyle that rejoices whenever truth and honorableness wins and not one that gloats over wickedness.

Lord, we cry out asking You to radically change our lives– break our hearts to what break Yours.  Guide our steps each day where we walk more boldly in Your complete gospel.  Purge us from a lifestyle of  delighting in evil and shift us toward one that rejoices when living truth prevails. Have Your way with each and every one of Your daughters, Daddy.  Shape our hearts, minds and thoughts to walk in the destiny that You have uniquely sculpted for us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Continue to let this devotional prayer and scripture resonate with you throughout the day.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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Father, there’s so much development opportunity when it comes to walking in love with others.  Teach us to not be dominated by our natural emotions, teach us to rise above how our society acceptably behaves toward walking in consistent obedience in Your word.  Filter our tongue so that we learn to speak loving truth and not harshly under the premise of keeping it real.  Lord, show us how to love those around us unconditionally.  Our heart’s desire is to learn to love like You.  Strengthen us to walk in love despite the coldness and selfishness that infiltrates this world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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[Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  –1 Corinthians 13:5

We live in a society where dishonoring others and selfish motives are the rules of the game.  Let’s face it, saving face is seldom practiced in this country– everybody is out to “keep it real” and look out for themselves.  However, true love honors the other person.  Operating in love is a selfless act.  Paul goes on to say that love doesn’t lose it’s cool or keep score.  This verse is a hard pill to swallow when you really think about it.  I’m certain that this is how God is with us.  His love is perfect.  Most of us care about other people, but typically not at the expense ourselves.  Then you have this whole thought of not being easily angered nor keeping record of wrongdoings– ouch, Paul is stepping on some toes here.  As Christians, this is the kind of love that we should have for everyone.  According to Paul, we can be crème de la crème, but if we don’t operate in love, we are completely broke.  Continue in this journey by reflecting on our Heavenly Father’s relentless love, as well as your love for others.

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Aziza Bailey

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged— I’ve been spending a lot of time with my Daddy lately being purged and in prayer.  I’ve asked Him to open my ears and my heart to allow me to be even more strategic on this journey. 

I’ve always had a passion to somehow touch the hearts and lives of women and teen girls.  My heart literally sinks when I see hurting sisters.  Over the past few months, the Lord has been unveiling and unmasking women all around me everywhere I go and all I’ve seen is a continual theme of brokenness.  I don’t yet know exactly how to usher millions of heartbroken sisters through their pain, but I’m crystal clear in knowing that God put me on earth to make an impact and I trust that He will continue to be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Please join with me in praying for all of the women and teen girls in this world.  Pray that yokes will be destroyed and burdens removed from every broken-hearted, neglected, abandoned, abused, disrespected, misunderstood, judged and confused sister.  Pray that God will do a mighty, miraculous work across the globe in the hearts and lives of His daughters.  Pray that every woman and teen girl will come to know His lavish love and grace.  Also, please pray for me and the Purposed Princess ministry—that God remains the central focus of it all.  

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Aziza Bailey

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In my own struggles of the past few weeks in dealing with ambiguity in churches across the nation, I took my concerns and worries to God.  He birthed the following prayer through me.  Satan wants us preoccupied with chaos to keep us from living out our faith and the work that God has for us to accomplish.  In my cry out to the Lord, His continual theme was that He will deal with the transgressions of man, but He requires that we COMPLETELY focus on Him.  I urge each of us to focus on our vertical relationship with the Father.  We have a human tendency to look at the speck of sawdust in our brother’s eye while paying no attention to the wood beam in our own eye. Let’s use this season as a time to self-examine and make corrections in our lives.  Jesus said it best in John 8:7 when He said that the person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone.  Brothers and sisters of Christ, join with me in prayer this week.  We EACH have Kingdom responsibilities and purposes to accomplish.

Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, I pray for an open spirit and a godly heart for each of us.  We bind and cast down miscommunication, confusion, suspicion, lies, destruction of your ministry, pride, the spirit of gossip, arrogance, self-serving agendas, negative attitudes and  false confidence.  We will not be seduced from the secret place of intimacy with You, God.  In ALL that we do Lord, we proclaim that we will not lose sight of Jesus or the great commission. Father, we will not be sons and daughters of pride.  We will be steadfast about being broken before You.

We speak against condescending attitudes about the body of God.  We will not dishonor Your authority, God.  We speak into the life of every leader in our churches and join together in agreement that EVERY leader will operate under the complete direction of the Holy Spirit in all of our words and actions and will yield to Your voice Lord.  We bind satan’s attempts to stifle spiritual growth and the development of current and future leaders. We will not rely on carnal strategies or conventional tactics, but EACH of us will DAILY go before Your throne for self-examination and direction.  Thy word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our paths (Psalm 119:105).  We speak against hands that shed innocent blood, hearts that devise wicked plans, false witnesses who speak lies and discord among brothers and sisters. Father, we rebuke the progression of sinful attitudes and we ask You to break our hearts so we may ALL be healed.

We thank You for Your wisdom that crowns us.  Our feet will not be swift to running toward evil.  We cast down the accuser of the brethren.  Father show us our hidden areas of darkness. Rebuke us and bring forth Your correction, leaving no area unexamined.  We give all areas of self-righteousness to You and we thank You that we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  We put miscommunication, misunderstandings and misperceptions under our feet. Father, we thank You for keeping suspicion, mistrust and distorted images out of our hearts and minds. We will not allow the enemy to twist Your truths or to rob us from our purposes.  We stand in faith on Your word and Your purpose for our lives in this season at our church.  Lord, crush our hearts to repent.  We humble ourselves. We thank you for strengthening us for the battle. We are triumphant over this and every circumstance the devil brings our way.  We cast down all negative and ungodly spirits.

We have unwavering faith in You, Lord. You have individually and uniquely equipped each of us to do a great work in our church, in our communities and in this world.  Bless our synergies and our relations with one another.  We ask that You stir up the gifts in us.  Have Your way Lord.  None of us and ALL of You.  Rekindle our commitments and our focus to do Your great work.  Anoint our hands and feet to live out the faith on this day and every day.  Touch us so that we walk BOLDLY in our calling and that we honor You in all that we do. In the matchless name of Jesus we pray, Amen. 

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This weekend, I was invited to speak at a women’s ministry event about the topic of getting past life’s pains.  It was a beautiful experience and I had a wonderful time sharing my story and fellowshipping with my sisters.  Each of us has our own testimony concerning how God carried us through painful moments.  Our Daddy placed us on earth to unite and share with one another in realness.  When we genuinely connect with our sisters in Christ, our lives are also blessed. 

I recently reread the book of Ruth for the umpteenth time.  There are numerous revelations we can glean from the story.  One lesson is that when we authentically embrace one another as women, it brings wholeness to our world.  Ruth accompanied Naomi through one of the most difficult moments of Naomi’s life.  She was truly there for her.  Ruth’s heart was focused on being a blessing to Naomi.  She vowed to stay with her mother-in-law through the storm.  Ruth wasn’t concerned about what she would get out of the relationship.  All she did was love and commit to Naomi unconditionally. As a result of Ruth’s loyalty, she was blessed with her husband.  I personally believe her blessings came because God saw the beauty of her heart.  Now I’m not saying that looking out for your sister always produces a tangible blessing from God.  Although I may not predictably receive a physical or measurable benefit from connecting with women in my life, my world is deeply enriched as I experience life in the eyes of my sister. 

Points to Ponder:

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reminds us that there are benefits of togetherness and a cord of multiple strands is not easily broken. 
  • Romans 12:15 teaches us to rejoice with our sisters when they are happy and to cry with one another during moments of sadness.  God didn’t create us to be on an island alone.  We were designed to connect, love and share as women.
  • Proverbs 17:17 is sweet and to the point in revealing that friends love through all kinds of weather.

I know from experience that it’s sometimes hard to trust, if you’ve been hurt in the past.  However, we can’t measure someone’s worthiness on the basis of a past incident. Love, nurture and forgiveness are pillars of our Christian femininity.  Let’s purpose ourselves to mirror Ruth’s characteristics of virtue through bonding and uniting with one another in authenticity.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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Our individual God given talents are as unique as an intricately woven blanket.  Each of us has a distinctive, but meaningful contribution to make.  Look at the yellow thread in the top, right corner of the picture above, it’s beautiful on its own, but it’s even more gorgeous when complimented by the other threads. The same theory applies to God’s daughters.  Individually we are placed on earth for a specific purpose and together our talents will advance the Lord’s kingdom.

In order for our talents to blossom into full bloom, we need love, support and resources from one another.  Sometimes the most beautiful thread in the world can only reach its fullest potential when used in conjunction with other fabrics and threads.  As a result, there is no need for envy or jealous hearts.  What God has in store for you is exclusively yours.  Trust His timing.  I remember seeing this beautiful woman several years ago at a mall.  She was stepping out of a top of the line Mercedes with perfectly manicured nails, flawless hair, and makeup, a couture suit and the hottest handbag my eyes have ever seen.  All I could think at the time was how nice it must be to have it going on like that.  After seeing her, my brain started doing a comparison and I began to justify the differences. Telling myself that she was at least twenty years older and when I reach her age, I will have it going on too.  Well, the truth is, I may or may not ever reach her level of wealth or gracefulness, but I will achieve what God has reserved especially for me. 

How many times has a woman on the job, at school or in your church caused you to start comparing yourself to her?  Maybe she seemed to have more favor or maybe her husband was more affectionate towards her or children better mannered than yours.  We’ve all been there before.  What we have to do is train our spirits to appreciate our unique gifts, while simultaneously enriching the talents of our sisters in Christ.  What can you do this week to operate in agape love toward the people God places in your path? How can God utilize you in the workplace, at your church, within your sorority or home? Consider spending time with the Heavenly Father this week and tapping into His plan for you in this area.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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