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Loyalty


"Never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

The Greek word for loyalty is πίστη, which in simple terms means “faithful.” Loyalty in English means “the quality of being loyal to a person or thing.” Faith in Greek is πίστις and means, “belief, trust, confidence, and faithfulness.” The two Greek words are very similar, but do not confuse them. As humans, we look for loyalty in people, and though they may try – it is inevitable they will fail. When we place expectations on people that only God can fulfill, we will be disappointed every time.

As you walk through your personal journey in this world, you will find only One will have the ability to remain faithful, πίστις to you regardless of the circumstances. Luke 14:26 states, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” I was saved at the age of five; however, by the age of 20, I had given my life to Jesus Christ as a bondservant. Simply put, a bondservant is a person who is dedicated to their Master without wages. Due to an encounter with God, I knew my life was not my own. 1 Corinthians 6:20 states, “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I had no idea what my future held, but I knew God held my future.

As much as I have personally endured, this year has by far been the hardest on me physically, spiritually, financially, and personally. Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” As my body began to fail me last June 2014, I knew in my heart what I was about to face. By August, it was confirmed. In January 2015, the surgeries were ordered. I found myself facing an obstacle I had declared I would NEVER do again. Yet, there I lay without options. My husband and Miranda made decisions on my behalf, which opened the doors for me to travel back through extraordinarily painful surgeries. Honestly, I was ready to simply go on to Heaven and be finished. Suffering in daily pain is no easy task and making it look good – well that takes talent! Mentally, preparing myself to go back through the most painful surgeries I had endured was torture.

Although my physical body became extremely weak last year and continued to go downhill, my spiritual soul increased in power as people who I thought were loyal and my friend did not stand by my side through the darkest moments. It was a gift to be abandoned, because it caused me to put all my hope in Christ alone.

Yesterday, I spent some time contemplating how Jesus felt as He hung on the cross. He had been lied about by His closest friends and all the people he served turned their back on him with the exception of a few women. In prayer, I just kept asking why people disappoint us in our hour of pain. Then, like a revelation, it hit me, “Why do I expect people to be God in my moment of pain?” I was in a season where only God could carry me through – my hope had to be in Him alone. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

God continues to keep all His promises to us in spite of the physical pain, medical reports, and disappointment. I have learned God will place the right people at the right time in your path to fulfill His destiny for your life. So, if you have people who have walked away, talk about you, or use you for their own gain, and then dump you. Let go of them, release them in prayer, and cling to Jesus Christ and Him alone.

All you truly need is God.

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