Why is Baptism important?

Why is anything God says important?

How can we believe and desire to live only a mere part of scripture? It is almost as if some of us pick and choose which scriptures we want to believe and follow through.

Did we forget that every book, verse, and word in The Holy Bible is crucial to a holy life, an eternal life, and a life with Jesus Christ himself? Or did we just start ignoring that voice of truth in our minds reminding us of the discipline we sometimes hate to hear?

In that case, baptism is just another important aspect that we need to follow.

I understand it is not easy for everyone to make that choice for themselves when the devil is in your ear telling you that you are unworthy, which is why I want to remind you of how worthy you are before I inform you of the importance of baptism.

We are told over and over how Jesus is our savior, but what does that actually mean? It means that God himself saw the suffering that we as people on earth face every day. He poured out his mighty spirit unto a virgin and gave her a child born into this sinful world just as we are and sent him out to remind us of the word and promises from OUR father.

In case that just seems completely normal to you, think about it– would you send your only Son into the world to be tortured, beaten, falsely accused, and hung on a cross?

Despite all the wrong things done to Jesus, he still asked his father, our father to forgive us (Luke 23:34). Has anything changed since that day? Well of course much has changed, but have the promises of God changed? God forbid it. Despite Jesus dying on the cross and being buried, he still rose again with the same love if not more in his heart for us.

You might be thinking by now this is a long read, yet nothing to do with baptism, but I promise I am heading somewhere.

When he rose again what is it that Jesus himself told his disciples (Luke 24:47)? And in return what was it that he gave them? The promises of God in return for our repantance (Luke 24:49).

Now if Jesus can die, rise again, and still give us the promises of God, then we should be able to give ourselves to him.

Baptism is a beautiful choice.

It is the choice of surrender, a devotion that you yourself have chosen to give over to Jesus.

You are accepting all he has to offer and asking for forgiveness for all you have done.

Well if The Bible says I’m saved if I just confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) then why is it important to be baptized?

How can you confess if you don’t believe? How can you believe without receiving, and how can you receive without making a choice to receive him? (Mark 16:16)

The bottom line is when you choose to receive Jesus in your heart he gives you something POWERFUL.

He gives you his spirit.

He gives you gifts, promises, salvation, and an eternal life.

I don’t know about you, but I most certainly want to live forever with a loving God, a loving father, and a forgiving father.

You are more than your past choices and are remade into a new person when you wash yourself clean in the water.

By HIS name you are made new.

IN JESUS NAME, you are made new.

You are forgiven, you are strengthened, you are restored, and you are given a miraculous gift.

The gift of The Holy Spirit, the same spirit that is within Jesus Christ himself.

I cannot comprehend all the things people go through, but I know someone who does understand. He understands your suffering, your hurt, your loss, your Temptation.

He understands.

Devoting your life to Jesus, starting with asking for forgiveness is one of the best choices you will make and have ever made.

Put on your clothing of Christ (Galatians 3:26-27) and let him do the rest.

Someone has brought to my attention that the term baptism is referred to in a couple different ways in the Bible and I would like to clarify which I am talking about.

Immersion. The dunking under water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission or forgiveness of your sins, so that you may receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which comes from being water baptized in general. First the repentance than HIS spirit will flood you.

I do not mean this boastfully, but I have been baptized four times, and yet each time has meant something different for me. Yes one time is all it takes and I know that, but coming out of the water knowing my decision I made is such an overwhelming rush. From warm soothing water to freezing cold water I have buried my sins away. I wish I could put into vivid detail how it feels coming out of the water after knowing you just made a life changing experience for yourself, but I think it is one you have to experience on your own(;

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34 NIV

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:47 KJV

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NIV

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16 NIV

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27 NIV

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you WILL receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”” Acts 2:38-39 NIV

““I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

-Matthew 3:11

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.”

-Matthew 3:16

““As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.”

Acts 8:36, 38-39 NIV

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Romans 6:4

“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

Acts 22:16 NIV

Glory to God

Be Careful!

This is a little out of my comfort zone when writing but I feel like it is something that needs to be addressed.

Have you ever been exposed to something that stuck with you from then on?

Exposure to impure things can impact you for the rest of your life. The younger the person the more important it is to make sure they are only being exposed to godliness and holiness.

Today as I went to the laundry mat to wash clothes– typical college life, I heard something that caught my attention. Keep in mind that I rarely watch tv anymore so I don’t know the full extents of what is being played across the world and this may only be one example. The more I kept trying to ignore the ignorance, the more Jesus kept anointing me with the power to share.

The word “energy” is what originally sparked my attention. A lot of the times when the word energy is being thrown around, I truly believe people do not understand what they are peaking their nose into. As I continued to listen to the show on Travel TV, I will not lie I was disgusted at first. The more I listened all I could feel was sadness. The people on tv clearly knew what they were dipping their toes in as they were “looking for energies” and “calling to spirits and witches,” this is nothing but a result of pure evil and witchcraft. The people and even children who will encounter and have encountered shows like these are not only being taught that witchcraft is okay, but are in result being EXPOSED to something they have no business every witnessing.

By now you may be wondering how does she know this.

I feel it is important to always honest with y’all in order to truly reach people and help them towards Christ. A little backstory about my encountered knowledge. I was a child that was exposed too early in life to things that come to my mind from time to time. The day I devoted my life to Christ he began to take my mind away from those things, and taught me how to look for signs of those things through scripture and a great gift of the Holy Ghost known as a discernment– one I am forever thankful for.

God warns us to refrain from any kind of wickedness but I feel strongly that it is extremely important to stay away from anything that is enticing the devil. Everything God has made the devil has made a copy, be careful to not be easily fooled but the devil’s copy.

It is vitally important that we guard ourselves and those around us. We have all we need with our Lord Jesus Christ, the one who holds the keys to hell. We do not need to consult or entice these evil spirits. This world is exceedingly spiritual and it is important to keep our spirit guided by the only spirit that matters, the only one that promises us ETERNAL LIFE– The Holy Spirit.

 “Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:31

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

“Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?

Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.  They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.” Isaiah 8:19-22

I am sad for the people who will be and have been exposed to something that is being displayed as acceptable. I know this is only one example of wickedness on the world, but today I am addressing the issue and I hope you will too by sharing this with as many people as you can! Keep a sharp mind towards the Lord.

Glory to God

Where do you belong?

1 Peter 4:12-16

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”

Do you ever find yourself conflicted between “do what is best for you” and “what would Jesus want you to do?” It is so easy to get caught up between the two, especially when many people around you are giving you the wrong advice. Do not get me wrong, the same people that tell you “do what is best for you” may have what they think to be “the best intentions” for you. But, is anyone’s intentions better than our God Almighty? I first want to give two scenarios for you to keep in the back of your mind.

 

Background: Both Molly and Jim have one particular thing in common. Both of them have turned their lives to Christ.

Scenario 1: Molly’s mom Beth has been addicted to drugs since before Molly was born. Beth and Molly were in the same rehabilitation center together when molly was 4 months old and born addicted to cocaine.

Scenario 2: Jim’s mom Alena has been facing alcohol abuse for 12 years. His mom not only has an alcohol addiction, but she fights manic bi-polar disorder. With Alena’s disorder, she feels the need to take an occasional Xanax to “calm herself down.” On the days that Alena does not have her medication or self-medication, she can get very psychically abusive with Jim.

Conclusion: Being grown and moved away from home, both Molly and Jim have devoted their lives, marriages, and parenting towards Jesus Christ. Recently and all of the sudden both Molly’s and Jim’s mother would like to be a part of their lives again now. Both mothers are now sober and Jim’s mom is in anger management classes. Neither of their mothers have gave a sincere apology other than “I’m sorry, I just needed a minute. Could we start over?”

If you have not noticed by now, both Molly and Jim are conflicted with an unsettling situation.

Continue reading “Where do you belong?”

Glory to God in the highest💫

Today I would like to take a few moments to give God a little more glory and credit than I have been recently.

 

Today was a tough one for me, and I was ready to get home and go straight to bed so nothing else would “stress me out,” I told myself. After stopping to check the mail before getting home I was surprised at what I had received. A letter from my college– one I figured to be another piece of junk mail was actually an uplifting letter. The letter stated, that I have been added to the Dean’s list. My immediate reaction was tears rolling down my face. I have not been awarded anything admirable in my eyes since the 4th grade. The only thing I could think in my mind is, “Jesus, what have you done? You have brought me so far in life, when I am so underserving.” Although I was no doubt happy for myself, I had to stop and give God his deserving glory. It is always on the days that seem the gloomiest, and God seems the farthest that he shines his love and glory like a radiant beam of sunshine. I wish it did not always take a moment standing on a mountain to give God the glory and praise. Ask yourselves is there anything in your life that God has worked to your advantage that you may not have given him the credit for? Whether you are standing on a mountain today, or walking through a valley stop and take a moment to give God the glory. God is faithful–so if you are standing in the valley today, just know God is getting ready to do great things in your life!

*Numbers 6: 22-27

Glory to God

Making Jesus your source of Love

Dear Jesus, I pray anyone who reads this takes it in and reflects it inwardly and outwardly for your glory.

 

JESUS! What a powerful and sweet name. There is truly no other name with such authority.

“No one is like you, Lord;
you are great,
and your name is mighty in power” Jeremiah 10:6.

Ponder this question while reading:

What is your main source of love? Maybe your love comes from reading, biking, or even shopping. After this I hope everyone will be able to boldly affirm their main love source as Jesus Christ himself.

 

Even though, Jesus does not need us we need him desperately. Despite our need for him, there is nothing that we can bring or have brought to Jesus that he needs. We owe him everything to him and he owes us nothing. Why do we often expect things in return? Selfishness. When we lose sight of making God our love source we start making other people or, even material things our source of love. Yet, since God is love he chooses to provide and be faithful to us–also showing us forgiveness for this selfishness. His grace and mercy shown to us is like no other, all because of his deep love for us. He is Jehovahjireh. Whatever it is we need the Lord is always faithful to provide through grace and blessings. We often partake in the idea that we chose him, but that could not be farther from the truth. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” John 15:16. Men and women of God stop listing Jesus as the second one in your heart and start placing him as first. Remember he already chose you. Do not place him on the back burner of your heart, for he is an all-knowing, and powerful God. He already knows what we are going to say or what we may be thinking even before we know ourselves– so there is no point and trying to hide it from him. Give Jesus the glory he deserves, by not only loving like him, but making him your source of love. You will be blessed abundantly through his love when you take this step with him. If God has placed something on your heart that you have been using as a source of love, then what better time to pray a prayer of repentance.

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for this message today and I hear your words. I am sorry that I have been selfish recently or in the past, but I ask that you forgive my selfishness. Whatever I have placed at the top of my heart in the place of you I ask that you reign over it. You are a powerful and mighty God, and there is no point in trying to place things ahead of you. You are the Alpha and Omega, the one who was, and is, and is to come. I give you all the praise and glory Jesus. From this moment on, I will place you as number ONE in my heart and the reason that I love while loving like you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORD AND FOR YOUR FORGIVNESS!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

 

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.” Psalms 139:4

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” Genesis 22:14

“Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?” Romans 11:35

Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
    Everything under heaven belongs to me.” Job 41:11

 

Glory to God

New Years Resolution

As this year comes to an end I want to encourage all of you to begin the new year with positivity, and trust in the Lord.

“On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV

If we begin the New Year with trust in God we are bound to have a blessed New Year. 2017 may have been full of worry, fear, doubt, or even a great deal of sin but now we must cast all the un-holiness away. We can take a more bold step towards the Lord. God is not worried about your past, or even what you did yesterday– he is more concerned with your spiritual growth towards him. It is time we stop making excuses and give God our attention. I encourage everyone to unplug, un-connect, and do something well pleasing in the sight of the Lord. It may not be taking a break from social media that God places on your heart, maybe you are not a huge social media person. Whatever the Lord lays on your heart in this upcoming year I encourage greatly for you to do so. Maybe you have found yourself full of doubt and worry, a simple 15 minute break from your day, each-day to hand your troubles and cares over to God will help tremendously. We all have daily necessities and things to do, but that does not mean we should worry about them or forget the real importance. Turning the attention off of ourselves and onto Jesus is what we need to be doing. God convicted me just this morning while making a bowl of cereal. I questioned a response he had given me and I asked “Lord how do I know it is you talking and not just myself spouting off?” The Lord replied “when you hear words of hope I am speaking to you, if you hear words of doubt then you know those are not my words.” I really pondered this response from the Lord, because we can often find ourselves questioning whether or not it is Jesus speaking to us. With this year ending and the New Year starting I want to remind everyone to be hopeful and trusting in the Lord. Whether or not your 2017 went as planned, walk into 2018 asking God to direct your plans with his will. This upcoming year is going to be full of blessings from the Lord so keep praising him.

*Revelation 4:8-11
*Luke 1:49

Today’s verse of the day!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

 Glory to God

Who you are to Christ–a friendly reminder

Christ Bell

Hello wonderful Christ followers. A special woman gave me an interesting picture with some beautiful scriptures. I wanted share as a friendly reminder. Glory to God.

I am a child of God

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–”John 1:12 NIV

I am Christ’s friend

“I no long call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NIV

I am united with the Lord

“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” 1 Corinthians 6:17 NIV

I am bought with a price

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

I am a saint (set apart for God)

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 1:1 NIV

I am a personal witness of Christ

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NIV

I am the salt and light of the earth

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:13-14 NIV

I am a member of the body of Christ

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV

I am free forever from condemnation

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 NIV

I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant

            “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20 NIV

I am free from any charge against me

            “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all– how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who died– more than that, who was raised to life– is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:31-34 NIV

I am a minister of reconciliation for God

            “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NIV

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:6 NIV

I cannot be separated from the love of God

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

As it is written

For your sake we face death all day long;

We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

 

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus of Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 NIV

I am established, anointed, sealed by God

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV

I am assured all things work together for good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit– fruit that will last– and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” John 15:16 NIV

I may approach God with freedom and confidence

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12 NIV

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NIV

I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life

            “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:1-5 NIV

I am God’s temple

            “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 NIV

I am complete in Christ

            “And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” Colossians 2:10 NIV

I am hidden with Christ in God

            “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3 NIV

I have been justified

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1 NIV

I am God’s co-worker

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV

“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” 2 Corinthians 6:1 NIV

I am God’s workmanship

            “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV

I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected

“because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:5-6 NIV

I have been redeemed and forgiven

            “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:14 NIV

I have been adopted as God’s child

            “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–“ Ephesians 1:5 NIV

 

“”The LORD bless you

and keep you;

the LORD make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn his face toward you

and give you peace.””

 Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

 

ps. I am working on a piece titled “Salvation”

Glory to God.

 

 

 

Life in Color

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your endless love and mercy. Sometimes my mind is so stuck on being focused on the dreary and gloomy things, that I forget to live my life in color. I pray that you help me to remain focused on the beautiful colors of the fruit you produce. I ask these things by your authority to give you praise, glory and honor. In your name Jesus I pray. Amen.

The Journey of Life is a miraculous mystery.

Each human that walks the Earth has a predestined journey whether being good or bad. “The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster” Proverbs 16:4. With each of our paths being different and constantly changing it is hard to fathom a journey beyond our own. Although each journey is different each person faces hardships and difficulties that God leads us out of.

Thank God yesterday is gone.

The Lord always answers our prayers by giving us a new day to start with. Being bound by shackles and chains of sin is draining and truly miserable. God does not want us to be weakened and drained by the ways of life, which is why he promises to give us rest. “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves” Proverbs 127:2.

We all make mistakes; however, God forgives us.

God may carry us to a cross roads in our life that brings us to our knees with heavy hearts and crushed souls, but this is not punishment. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” Ephesians 4:7. God brings us to the crossroads for a choice of growth. God loves to see and know we are spiritually growing in his spirit, and not living according to our own fleshly desires. “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,” Hebrews 6:1.

When we are too weak to lift our head and eyes to Christ, he has answers.

When it takes tremendous work just to get ourselves to breathe, he has answers. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30. God promises rest for our souls, yet in times of trouble we cannot find strength. We must let God pick up our heads and lift them to him, our Lord who promises us help and rest. “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” Psalms 62:1-2. He picks up the broken and carries them in his arms to a safe place in his presence. The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” Exodus 33:14.

Are you at a stage of fallen hope?

Life has a way of shouting at us with the negative things rather than the positive. Am I going to make it to work on time? Why was he praised for the same thing I did last week? Is this ever going to end? Why does this always happen to me? All questions that can lead us into a fallen hope. We often times let others have a say so in our everyday emotions. Do not lose sight of happiness, or be thrown into a fit of rage by others wrong doings or hurtful words. Although self-control and kindness can be tough to produce sometimes, God wants us to stay faithful in all circumstances. HAVE HOPE and trust in him; God only wants us producing good and pure fruits. It is easy to let our minds be consumed with everyday negativity, whether that be at work, school, or even home. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes” Psalms 37:7. Trust in the Lord and let him fill you with all the fruits of The Holy Spirit. Stand strong in your faith in him and know he will never let evil win. As a wise woman once told me “you may feel like you lost the battle, but God is going to win your war!”

Be Still.

If we ask God for things we need he will make sure they happen according to his perfect timing. We can get so caught up in wanting things done in the moment we want them done that, we forget to stop and remember God knows what is best for us. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” Psalms 46:10. It may not be in the timing we want, but if we ask God for things with pure intentions he will make sure they happen according to his perfect timing and will.

Do you KNOW God or KNOW OF God?

Being close to God and understanding what we mean to him is important. It is our job as Christ followers to know God personally with great understanding and obedience. We must know we are children of the King, citizens of Heaven, and heirs of The Kingdom. We have been adopted into God’s family, rescued from darkness, and cleansed by his blood. Each individual knows of God, our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God has chosen us to know him more intimately; whether some believe in him or not, each individual knows of GOD. The real question to ponder is, how well do we personally KNOW GOD? In order to know God personally we need to ask for MORE of his presence, mercy, grace, and understanding.

Trust in the Lord.

I had a dream about a week or so ago that really stuck with me. I was at the very top of a magnolia tree, (one like in my grand-parents yard,) and I knew I was going to fall. I kept hearing the Lord say to me “just trust me,” as I fell through each branch the Lord kept repeating himself. By the time I made it to the bottom of the tree I landed completely on my feet. When I woke up I knew God was informing me to trust him. Although I did not have a specific thing in mind that I needed to trust him for, I still knew he meant in all things to trust him. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake” Psalms 23:2-3.

All things work together

Maybe you feel like you do not belong, or no one understands, and nothing is going to get better. Whatever your circumstance may be God has already been working and paving the next steps in your path for your journey. All of our sins have been forgiven and we have been reborn in Christ Jesus. His blood washed our sins away and cleansed us white as snow. “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” 1 Corinthians 6:11. Rise up from the chains of gloominess and sin– let Jesus bring you comfort.

Life in Color

It is time to stop living our lives in a black and white day-to-day basis. God has given us eyes full of color to see the light beyond the dark. We cannot walk through life only seeing a grey and miserable world, fogged by our own burdens, troubles, and worries. Let God bring you comfort and stability in his presence and word. Our journey will have cross roads and obstacles, but God always provides a way out for us. Do not let you mind bog you down with lies and deceit. Jesus has overcome the world, and death as well. Let God be for you and walk through the world in color. Look beyond the gloomy grey life painted directly in front of you, and find the blues, and yellows of your journey. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” John 16:33.

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Rest in his abilities and promises

Do you ever find yourself so low that picking yourself back up is not even an option? If you answered yes then you fall into the category of human nature. The problem is when we depend on our own human nature to lift us back up, we are believing we can do the things Jesus can. Do not get me wrong we all have the ability to put a smile on someone’s face. However, we can not enliven a spirit on our own. Any gift we have comes from Jesus himself including brightening someone’s day. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” James 1:17. Picking ourselves up from a hard place seems impossible because it is impossible. We must trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to pick us up,”For with God nothing shall be impossible” Luke 1:37. The moment we accept the gospel truth that we need God to be our father and comforter then we can rest in his abilities and promises. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30. His word is our truth, his spirit is our guide, his son is our savior, and his blood washed us clean. There is power in his name alone, which is why we must rest in him only. One of my grammy’s favorites poems and now one of mine is the poem titled Footprints In The Sand by Mary Stevenson. The poem glowingly explains what it is like to have Jesus carry us in times of sorrow and despair. Jesus cares for his own, which is why we must not trust in ourselves, but in him. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19.

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“Makes a man a fool to think he can make it alone” -Travis Tritt

a2e9f7a848dc2c247a9602ea5c1f535a--unity-cross-wedding-wedding-unity-ceremony-ideasOne of the best blessings given is the love of a woman. The true love of a woman is a never-ending love–with a million sparks of opportunities. A woman full of love will do anything in her power to make her love as full as the moon. A love sweeter than honey, and a woman with a heart of gold is almost as rare as a four-leaf clover. The woman who loves you like Jesus is a rare kind of love, and should not be taken lightly. This is not a love to be sought after, but if you found it sooner rather than later–consider yourself blessed.

A true holy woman can be the rescue you never knew you needed. A woman who brings you closer to Jesus while loving you, all the same, will fill your life with the uttermost joy. You will watch a woman learn to love you more and more each day, yet it will seem completely natural to her. She will love you unconditionally and may hug you a little tighter some days just because she needed it. You will feel on top of a mountain when she meets you at the door after a long day.  A love as warm and soft as a freshly baked cookie is not something to indulge completely into, but a continuous process of growing. “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” 2 Corinthians 4:16.

This is the woman who will blush at a corny joke no matter her age, yet will give you a list of chores the next day. Learn how to speak her love language as Dr. Gary Chapman explained it best. She will be gentle hearted with a kind soul and you must treat her delicately. Some days you may not understand everything she is crying about or why she is mad, but that is when you hold her tight and love her anyway. A God evolved relationship will not possess the same selfishness as getting angry at her; staying focused on God is the important glue to your relationship puzzle.

Your first year together may consist of burnt dinners followed by her tears, but that is when you realize her effort and eat the food anyway. The second year will most likely try to gain the upper-hand by bogging your minds down with stress. Money, bills, material things–no item nor worldly possession is more important than your love for one another. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth,” Colossians 3:2. By the time the third-year rolls around you both will need to replenish your love with a weekend away together. If you both find yourselves happier together after the trip away then you succeeded. This weekend away does not equal the pure bliss you will feel after leaving church on a Sunday morning, but it will help you spend some quality time together. Once the calendar marks four years, you will begin to settle yourselves and start thinking about what kind of future you want together. The fourth year is not meant to accomplish all the planned things in this exact year, but just simply planning. Do not fear what the future of your love together holds. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made in perfect love,” according to 1 John 4:18. As long as you both keep your relationship full of faith in God, everything will work out immeasurably.

A woman who loves you like Jesus is going to stand by you through some of the most difficult times in your life, so cherish her dearly. This will be the same woman you will come home to with dogs barking and kids crying, yet your mind will be at ease knowing how completely surrounded by love you will feel. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 

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