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Resisting Temptation

Resisting Temptation
This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series WWJD?

In two subplots in the movie Courageous, we see examples of integrity – one man who had it and one who didn’t.

Courageous, the movie

How's Your Integrity?

Sheriff’s Officer, Shane Fuller, played by Kevin Downes, is a Christian, divorced dad struggling to pay his child support and alimony.

Javier Martinez, played by Robert Amaya, is Christian, married, father of two struggling to feed his family and pay the rent and bills. He hears about construction jobs, but when he gets there, they have enough men and he’s sent home.

Javier later gets a job at a factory and after a month, is presented with an offer. The company’s president tells him he can be promoted to a managerial position with increased pay if he would just fudge the inventory a bit.

Shane, is also tested daily. As the Sheriff’s Office arrests drug dealers in the city, Shane is in charge of getting the recovered drugs to the evidence locker. He is tempted to take one or two packets thinking that they wouldn’t be missed.

Which one do you think passed the test? Which one do you think stuck to the integrity and moral values of his Christian faith? Which one do you think fell to desperation and greed?

The answer is surprising. Sheriff Officer, Adam Mitchell, played by Alex Kendrick (who also co-wrote and directed the movie), notices that the amount of drugs collected doesn’t match the amount in the evidence locker. He suspects his partner, Shane, who is later caught in a sting and sent to jail.

Javier, after thinking it over and talking to his wife, tells his boss, that no, what he was asking him to do, lying on the inventory sheet, is dishonest and it goes against God’s Word. As it turns out, it was a test and Javier passed. They were looking for the honest, man of integrity to promote. They had tested many other people and Javier was the only truly, trustworthy person.

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6 Traits of a Leader

6 Traits of a Leader
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Christian Leadership

In this time of predictions for the new year, as one reads them, one wonders if they will come true. Did last year’s predictions come true? Probably not. But we have to realize that the unforeseen keeps making the future unforeseeable.

We can plan and set goals, but one thing is certain, there will be obstacles in our paths and how we deal with those is the sign of a person who follows God’s teachings or the Devil’s.

Whether you’re a leader or a follower, these 6 traits are what a godly person should have that will help them handle any crisis. And when you think about it, they are the traits we should look for in presidential candidates.

  1. Integrity: the person’s life and words match
  2. Justice: the person rejects dishonest gain
  3. Convictions: the person’s values won’t allow their to accept bribes
  4. Positive Focus: the person refuses to dwell on destructive issues
  5. Pure: the person disciplines their mind to remain clean and pure
  6. Secure: the person is firm, stable in their identity and source of strength (God)

Adapted from Leadership Promises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell based on Isaiah 33:14-16

Religious rightThere is no perfect candidate just like there are no perfect people. Only Jesus is perfect and a godly person strives to be Christ-like and that shows in how the person lives.

People change. We need to look at the change for the better which shows that they have the traits listed above. Watch for these traits in the presidential candidates.

We all make mistakes. It’s how we handle ourselves when we realize our actions were wrong is the sign of the WWJD? person.

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Grieving the loss of a job

Grieving the loss of a job
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Losing one’s job is sometimes like losing one’s identity. When you’re gainfully employed, you introduce yourself as your job title. When that’s gone, what do you have? Nothing?

No, you still have you.

But you’re angry, bitter, resentful, vengeful. You are lost. You feel like a failure.

If you hold on to all those bad emotions, you’ll just bury yourself in a deep depression finding it difficult to move on.

Your anger translates into aggression when interviewing for a job. That’s not good.

You need to release that anger – but not onto your friends and family! Yell at God. It’s ok. He’s heard it all before. He knows what you’re going through. Go ahead and ask, “Why me, Lord? Why now?”

Let go and let God. God is in Control. Trust God, it works!

You will not be able to move forward if you keep looking behind you. The past is past – let it go and face the future with confidence. Read: Fear vs. Faith

Here are some bible passage that will help you through the tough times.

Psalm 40
Matthew 6:25-27
1 Peter 1:6-7
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Peter 5:6
Jeremiah 29:11
John 16:33
James 1:2-4
Philippians 4:13-14
Philippians 4:4-7
James 5:11
Psalm 121:1-2

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Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
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Stop Complaining!

Stop Complaining!
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Boy do we like to complain! And I admit, I’ve done my share of complaining and arguing.

Now, some complaining and arguing is necessary when something is wrong and it can be made right. But there are many things in this world over which we have no control. We can complain and whine, but it will accomplish nothing.

In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul tells us to “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

As Christians, we are to shine with His light in the murky world.

In these past two weeks, I had to accept the fact that my 88-year-old mother doesn’t want my help in dealing with her recovery from surgery or with her financial issues. She prefers the help of her “godson,” Jorge. She doesn’t want to move to Arizona with me. She said it loud and clear.

I could have argued, but I didn’t. I said, “fine.” I did what I could to help her, and I headed back to Phoenix. I put it all in God’s hands. There’s nothing I do about it.

Same thing with losing my job. I could argue about the success of my efforts, but my boss only sees the lack of clients directly related to my marketing and doesn’t see the value in paying my salary any longer.

I’ve accepted the fact and see it as an opportunity to now devote all my time to promoting my Award-Winning novel, “Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century,” continue writing book #2, “Follow Me: Love in the Second Century,” and blogging to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I’m at peace with it all.

Christ left us His Peace. We have it all the time, but we tend to lose it when we react to the world in a negative manner.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.~John 15:27

If you ever feel yourself losing God’s Peace, stop and think is what I’m doing counterproductive? Is my complaining needless and futile? WWJD? What would Jesus do in this situation?

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Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author
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Nothing is too hard for God

Nothing is too hard for God
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Today’s daily word from Crosswalk:

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.~Jeremiah 32:17

Nothing is too hard for God, NOTHING. Not even whatever problem, trial, struggle, frustration, issue, roadblock, brick wall, He can handle it!

Just like you ask WWJD? when before you react, you should ask WWJD? when you find yourself with a problem. How would Jesus handle this? Ask, Jesus, I need a little help with this what would you do?

Then be quiet and let God. The answer may come as a thought or idea that just pops into your head. It may come from a friend or another outside source.  Ask God to help you recognize the answer when it comes.

Let go and Let God!

Many blessings,
Giselle Aguiar
Award-winning Christian Author
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Dealing with Afflictions

Dealing with Afflictions
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

He was oppressed and afflicted,
   yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
   and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
   so he did not open his mouth.
~Isaiah 53:7

Why do we complain when we’re afflicted? Jesus didn’t. We are society of complainers.

Ok, sometimes, if you don’t complain, wrongs don’t get righted and things don’t get fixed. But that’s not the afflictions we’re talking about here. It’s the stuff that we have no control over – like the weather. We complain when it’s too hot and we complain with it’s too cold.

What about the stuff that God throws at us? We yell, “Why me, God?” It’s usually because He wants to teach us something. For us to turn to Him for help. To be purified not burned when walking through fire (1 Peter 1:6-7). To persevere and build character (Romans 5:3-5). To make us mature and complete (James 1:2-4).

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. ~ Charles Spurgeon

So when faced with affliction, think not so much What Would Jesus Do? but think of What Jesus Did and stop complaining.

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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