Who are you….. really?

6a00e554e887238833016766def001970bIf you ask, many Americans will say they are a Christian. You can meet two people, one living a carnal worldly life; the other a hyper religious life and both will profess to be a Christian. How is this possible? One has to begin to wonder, what is a Christian, really? Is the term “Christian” passe’? After all according to, at least American culture, one can be a Christian no matter what they believe. It is acceptable to pick which parts of the bible you agree with and leave the rest. You can even add to the bible your own beliefs and no one can judge you. After-all, it’s your spiritual journey and who is anyone to tell you what is right, right?

Sadly, this is where years of compromise has led us. The bible is at the mercy of man’s interpretation and therefore can mean whatever any individual decides or wants it to mean. Is this Christianity? Is this acceptable to God? Well it’s time we go to the bible and see what The Word of God says about this definition or is the bible the authority any longer? I’m happy to say it truly is to God and His true disciples. As a matter of fact I no longer feel great about saying I’m a Christian, lately I say I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ because there a so many people saying they are without taking it seriously.

There is still a remnant of true believers in The Kingdom of God who believe in The Word of God, Holiness and obedience to Him. I pray that all of us who call ourselves Christians, believers, and/or disciples of Christ would go back to scripture. I pray that we would earnestly pray, fast and study; not just poach out a few scriptures that we can twist to confirm what we already want to believe. I pray that we would examine ourselves (lifestyles and choices) against scripture, inviting the Holy Spirit to show us the world and its ugliness and how we are to relate to this world as disciples of Christ. We can’t have our cake and eat it too. We cannot justify being in love with the world and all it’s indulgences and profess The Kingdom of God. The two do not mix. The question is are you a disciple of Culture or a disciple of Christ, you must choose… Let us all look in the mirror and let the examination begin!! Only use the bible as your standard, not some book a guy wrote or a message from the latest popular televangelist. It’s time to get real about your faith. Let’s start with your conversion story, how and when did you come to Christ?

Do you feel like your life or mind is a messy room?

There was a guy I knew once, he was homeless and struggling with addiction. My hubby and I, by the leading of the Holy Spirit took him in. Of course the guy had his story, we all have a story. When you work in the type of ministry as we do, you hear many of them. The trick is getting to the TRUE story. It is our human nature to tell our story from a place of victimization. Somehow we are masters at leaving out our part that caused us to be in the situations we find ourselves in. Knowing this, my hubby and I are very prayerful and try our best to be as welcoming to the Holy Spirit as humanly and spiritually possible. Letting Him know we need Him desperately at all times. After-all, helping people is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! As Christ followers, we are called to get dirty, in the mud and even suffer a bit with the spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even physically lost and suffering. Well without going into all of this particular guy’s personal struggle. It became obvious that he wanted all the benefits of help (roof, money, food, etc…), but did not want to own his part or change the way he “did life”.

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I remember when I went through a trial years ago where many things in my life that were sinful and superficial were stripped from me and left me and my children living in a home for women. Although, I gave up my apartment at the time and went there voluntarily, it was still one of the hardest times in my life. This place was one step up from a shelter. They gave you a roof, 3 meals a day, life skill classes (which I hated) and helped you get training and/or find employment. I just went there to start from scratch and have my life built on God’s foundation and not my own. I could tell you much more, that would singe your eyelashes, but for the sake of this post, let’s just say I suffered greatly. It was horrible, painful, and many times I wanted to just close my eyes and not wake up. God was redefining my life. He had to tear down and rebuild, but it was a very painful process. A necessary and  key ingredient of this process was, I was ready to just surrender. Even though I did not understand every little thing that was happening at the time, I knew it had to be God. Certain things were not making any sense. People I had helped for years were suddenly unable to return the favor. I was completely left on my own, it was me and God. He was showing me He was my provider, my protector and my deliverer.

Many times we want the blessings and all the promises of Christ, but are not willing to surrender or change. We want to profess we are believers without a true transformational journey in Him. We want all the gain with no pain (sorry I couldn’t resist0750). It’s like a child who is told to clean his room and then he’ll go fishing with Dad, so he stuffs all the mess under the bed and in the closet and gives his room the impression of being clean, when actually there are loads of hidden clutter that has not been properly dealt with. The child gets angry with Dad when his mess is discovered and is told, “No Fishing!” The child then pouts, protests as if he deserves a reward for his disobedience. Does this sound familiar?

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I always say, adults are no more than big children running around the earth pouting and protesting when we can’t get our way, but refuse to do things God’s way. You can pout, protest and shout, but is it getting you anywhere? Why do we expect to still receive the promises of God when we will not truly allow Him to be Lord in our lives? I would say it’s easier to just surrender to God and His process in your life. It may be inconvenient, you may feel a little pain, but it is Sooooooo worth it in the end. He will transform you from the inside out and your life will be a more precious and pleasant experience to live each day. Is your life or mind a messy room? What areas of yourself are you still holding that you need to surrender to Christ? Start with praying and repentance, being honest with yourself and deciding to give up laziness, that should be a great start to allow God to work in you for His good. #SomethingToThinkAbout

Watch new cable show, “Wicked Lies for SEX”

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There is a new show coming out about a narcissistic, highly intelligent sophomore college student who seduces a group of high school boys to form a club to see who can get the most elementary school girls to sleep with them. What these naive boys think is just a fun dare turns out to be a secret underground sex trade and once you are in, there is no way out… Crimson is a Senior with honors and has to choose between his addiction to sin, secrets and pleasure or risking everything to do the right thing.

Hey why not?confused  It would fit right in with all the other shows that outwardly promote sin and mock Christ, like:

  • Californication
  • Shameless
  • The Affair
  • Masters of Sex
  • Gigolos
  • House of Lies
  • Polyamory (Married & Dating)
  • 7 Deadly Sins
  • Scandal
  • Power
  • Sister Wives

Have you noticed there is no longer a good guy and bad guy, it’s bad or really bad guy. Satan is not even trying to be subtle any longer, he’s just all out there with it and America is eating it up. It’s no wonder between sin infested Hollywood, kicking God out of our schools, government and churches (yes I said churches!) and promoting sexual immorality and killing babies, why our community and culture are a mess!!! The really sad thing is many so-called professed Christians are the audience who help keep these ratings up for these shows. Then we have to hear from spiritually ignorant people over and over say, “Let people do what they want, as long as it’s not hurting anybody.” Can someone define HURT for me please? Does that mean as long as I’m not shot between the eyes with a double-barreled shotgun? Is our culture so dumb these days that we have forgotten that no man is an island, what one does or does not do, sooner or later affects those around him; even if the effect is slow and does not manifest until generations later? That is exactly what has happened. This toleration of sin has been a slow fade for decades and here we are…

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Only God can get us out of this mess. Those of you whose eyes are open and see the truth, please pray for discernment always, knowledge, wisdom and courage to speak out against sin. We have to love people enough to share the whole true gospel of Jesus Christ with them, not just the ear tickling parts. Would the REAL believers please stop participating in the strategies of the enemy and stand up for Christ?!!! How long will you waver between two opinions? Choose this day whom you will serve.

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said,

How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.

Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

1 John 2:15-17

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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

BTW: I totally made up that show, it’s not real. Just an example of how easy it is to think up smut…

Lord please help us!

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Get Moving & Be Better!!♥

You do not need Christ to be successful.

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When I read some of the writings by heretics, secular motivational speakers, philosophers, gurus, etc… I see that many of them are using bible scripture to strengthen their teachings. This is alarming. Why, you say? Well, God’s Word IS true. He also, created a biblical principle that rains on the just and the unjust alike; which is seedtime and harvest. What about this scripture, “Give and it shall be given unto you, etc…” The bible teaches that “whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” Ironically, what has happened is the world has caught on that biblical principles are great teachings and they work when applied in a person’s life. Being a Christ follower is not a prerequisite. Therefore, they practice these principles, aside from The true God who created them, and seem to have great success. Some of these teachers even act like they made up these principles. It’s indicative of human nature, to not want Jesus telling us what to do with our lives, we just want His blessings. The sad part is they reap these harvests because God is a just God and true to His word, but they end up with a false sense of success and blessing. Also, trust me, satan is on the scene helping them to take credit for all “their” wisdom and success. Therefore, I beg to differ with those who say, “you cannot have a successful life without God…” I dare to say, oh yes you can! According to The world’s definition of success, many people now and in times past, have lived their whole lives enjoying a decent life without God. They are educated, they have a great career, financial freedom, a great family, they are able to travel and are privileged with many other enjoyments. Oh sure, they have struggled with a few life tragedies, no different from the rest of us, but they get by and carry on. They are even impressive on how much they love and care about others and give of their time and money to help humanitarian efforts in their communities or around the world. They are a “good person” in the eyes of many, but there is just one problem. They have rejected Jesus Christ and have decided not to follow Him and this one greatest variable makes everything else worthless. They will be hailed at their funeral as a great person and end up in the lake of fire. The prideful and arrogant heart cannot accept the truth that we were created to worship God The Father, through His Son Jesus Christ. Yes, you were made for God. He created you for Himself. Any success without Him will leave you ultimately sorrowful. If you don’t believe me, ask the rich young ruler in the bible.

Matthew 19:16-22 (NKJV)

Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler

16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said,

You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

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The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

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Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

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But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

How about you? How do you define a successful life, a great life? What is more important to you, how the world views you or how God does? Satan and the world’s system has made it trendy to kick Jesus out, but keep His stuff!!! Do not fall in that camp. I encourage you to not let the world define your life and success and please never try to have success without God. Words can’t describe a life filled with His guidance and presence. I would not trade Him for all the success or money this world has to offer.♥

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God is happy with my sin because it makes me happy and God is love… HUH?!!!!

It really breaks my heart that so many people are deceived in thinking they can claim God and/or Jesus and make up their own rules and lifestyle. Many truly believe that Jesus is pleased with their sin, that they are right with him and are headed for heaven. In the name of this false love and Jesus they have created, they believe as long as they are happy, everything is okay.

Be not wise in your own eyes, fear The Lord and turn away from evil. -Proverbs 3:7

They think they are wise, but they are foolish. Foolish in rejecting the one who created them.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. -Proverbs 1:7

Those of us who know Him and know the truth, should feel sorrow for the lost souls who reject Him and His way. Although, we must proclaim to them that they cannot claim His name and live in sin. We must not shrink back as the world bullies us into keeping our mouth shut. Satan is the author of this campaign, to make every believer fearful of preaching and proclaiming Christ and Him crucified, for our sins, that we may be saved from sin and death. The world is becoming more and more hostile against those who truly preach, live, and teach what the bible says and will not conform to this world. Those of us who have made a decision and declaration that the Word of God is living and life and we will not turn from it are being marginalized. People need to hear that they are not safe in making up their own goulash of spirituality and calling it Jesus or God. They have created for themselves a false Christ.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. -Matthew 24:24

Believers!! We must be like Ezekiel, a watchman on the wall warning that the enemy is active, deceitful and here to kill, steal and destroy!! Do not let the world trick you into being silent. Loving others many times will necessitate truth that they do not want to hear. God did not say, “Do not preach the gospel if they do not want to hear it…” We must not go away in shame and silence.

fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10

We cannot be ashamed of the gospel. Pray, ask, seek, knock and God will grant you courage and boldness.

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