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Not of this World

Nicole Staples | Jan 28, 2014

Yesterday, I read a blog post by Mandisa that really struck a chord.

In her blog she talked about why she did not attend the Grammy awards the night before. She was bare and transparent when mentioning her several reasons why. For one, she didn’t want to deliberately place herself in an environment that is so open and unashamed with its ideals.

She went on to write, “I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires…”

As I read on and as she poured out her heart, my head was nodding up and down in total agreement. It made sense. Her blog resonated so much with me and it left a persistent nudge on my heart. It was the type of prodding that let me know that this blog wasn’t just a casual read. It was the kind that would make me think more deeply than I first intended.

All of what she said, I could relate to. Well, minus the whole part about winning a Grammy or two!

Minor…minor detail.


I fell asleep last night with her words still in my head not sure how to navigate through them. So, I prayed. I prayed that the Lord would guide me and reveal things in me that I needed to purge from my life.

When we pray, God hears.

My answer was written down for me in my devotional this morning. On time. Just waiting for this day. I had to laugh a little at how personal and intimate it was. Today’s reading centered on the names of God and how to make them personal to your own life. The name, El Bethel, was highlighted this morning. El Bethel means the House of God.

So perfect.

Our body is His temple. Am I honoring Christ in all that I do? I mean, in all that I do. Or does the world have a little hold on my decisions? I have to be mindful of what I watch, the things I listen to, the words I speak, the company I keep, the time I spend, and even the foods I eat.

In all that I do are my actions and decisions a reflection of Him?

If you have a moment to jump on over to Mandisa’s blog, it’s a very heart transforming read. She also recorded a scripture that I’d love to share with you in this post…

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:15-16 (NKJV)

– Nicole –