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The Light Within

Have you ever noticed that whenever the power goes out or you are trying to relax with a little amount of light you use an alternative source to see–such as a candle, flashlight or even a match? And everywhere you go with those sources of light, the shadows and darkness disappear?
The image above is an exact example of this. When you put a match up against the wall, you see a shadow of the stick itself however when it gets up to the flame there is no shadow. No matter where you put that light, it keeps on shining no matter how dark it is around you.

There is a Light inside of you that can never be taken away.

  • John 1:5 AMP “The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].”
  • Matthew 5:14-16 MSG “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a basket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Our source of light comes from God. Each time the Lord has appeared in Scripture, he is referenced as a beaming light. 1 John 1:5 TPT “This is the life-giving message we heard him share and it’s still ringing in our ears. We now repeat his words to you: God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in him.” Habakkuk 3:4 NLT “His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.” Ezekiel 10:4 NLT ” Then the glory of the Lord rose up from above the cherubim and went over to the entrance of the Temple. The Temple was filled with this cloud of glory, and the courtyard glowed brightly with the glory of the Lord.”


I want to give you guys a real life example of God being our source of light:When it’s dark in your house, you typically use a flashlight that way you have a path of light directing you to where you are going, right? Well, what happens when you decide to not use a flashlight and just find your way through the dark on your own? You often end up stumbling around, hurting yourself (i.e. stub your toe if your clumsy like me) and straying further away from where you intended on being. That is how it is spiritually. God is our light that guides us through this life, whereas the enemy wants to convince you that you don’t need him; leading you astray and hurting you along the way. Why does he do this? Because he is scared of your Light. The enemy only has one objective and that is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10a). He wants you to believe that you are nothing, that there isn’t anything special about you and that your life doesn’t matter, but if you really stop to think about it, why would he try to tell you all those things if the opposite was not true? He KNOWS you’re Special, he KNOWS you’re Loved Dearly by the Most High God, he KNOWS that the Light within you is so much more Powerful than he is. Don’t let him deceive you any longer and step into the Destiny that the Lord has created for Only you. John 15:14-15 TPT “You show that you are my intimate friends when you obey all that I command you. I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.”
John 15:14-15 shows that God is the one who Leads you. He wants to expose his true self to you, he wants to direct your path because he knows what’s best for you. He knows the consequences that come with stumbling around in the dark, when you begin to rely on yourself or other things to guide you. Would you rather walk blindly or with God, the one whose Light exposes everything?


This comes to my next point: The reason His Light within us never fades or goes away is because the source of his Light is his Love which is unconditional, never ending, and everlasting. Jeremiah 31:3 MSG “This is the way God put it: ‘They found grace out in the desert, these people who survived the killing. Israel, out looking for a place to rest, met God out looking for them!’ God told them, ‘I’ve never quit loving you and never will.Expect love, love, and more love!” Psalm 86:15 NLT “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Psalm 136:23-26 MSG “God remembered us when we were down, His love never quits. Rescued us from the trampling boot, His love never quits. Takes care of everyone in time of need. His love never quits. Thank God, who did it all! His love never quits!” The Passion Translation also states “Give thanks to the great God of the heavens! His tender love for us continues on forever!” Romans 8:35-39 TPT “Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One?

Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love, even though it is written: All day long we face death threats for your sake, God. We are considered to be nothing more than sheep to be slaughtered! Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything! So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!” Another great version of this scripture is in The Message!
Be encouraged, the Lord is with you and wants to be that light to guide your path! We’re the Bright Ones lit up with his love, so Shine Bright and let your Light Shine!

God Bless.

Kingdom Worldview

Worldview- the collection of beliefs we hold about the world, the big picture that influences our daily activities and choices. Every person has a worldview whether they realize it or not. Our worldview is formed by the ideas and practices we collect from our family, culture, education, religion, and friends. The roots of our worldview produce fruit so its imperative that every person examine his/her worldview, worldview influences everything you do and greatly effects how you live your life.

Some typical worldview questions to consider are:

Is there a God?

What is God like?

Where did man/woman come from?

Does life have a purpose? If so, what?

How can the world be made right?

Where are we headed?

What story are you living in?

With those questions, take time to stop and ponder what your answers are to those. Once you’ve compiled your answers, continue reading.

Often times its easy to get stuck in the mindset of the craziness of the world and not even be sure of what you believe is true with everyone’s opinions around you. It can be overwhelming, wouldn’t it be nice though to have a firm standing on what you believe and know to be true? Well today we’re going to strengthen your worldview; even better, we’re going to equip you with the ideals of the Kingdom worldview.

The Bible says that we are to fill the earth with God’s glory. God’s glory is exhibited by us living out a Kingdom worldview. In order to step into that, something crucial that we must know is God is triune (Father/Jesus/Holy Spirit), he is also personal and relational (just, merciful, good, etc.) He is often referred to as Hesed in Jewish culture. God created man/woman in His image to rule the earth and to fill it with his glory. Genesis 1:26-30 ESV states “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” The Word is straightforward, God created man in his image and gave them authority to rule over the earth and fill it with his glory.

The worlds problem is humanity’s tragic fall into sin/broken relationship with God. Genesis 3:9-11 displays the broken relationship “But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?'” Notice Adam states that he heard the Lord and hid because he was afraid. He never used to live in fear of the Lord until that moment, they always spent time walking together in the garden in unity and oneness with one another. In Genesis 2:25 it says that they were naked but felt no shame however once they sinned they immediately began to withdraw from God due to the shame they were experiencing. The whole reason Jesus was sent to die on the cross was to restore the brokenness and barrier that sin caused in our relationship with God. Restoration comes through the work of Jesus Christ as he restores relationship with God and reestablishes His kingdom in the earth (Colossians 1:20; Matthew 9:35; Luke 4:43,17:21). Jesus is Lord over ALL. Believers are called to advance the Kingdom by making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:14-15; John 15:16). It is so important for us to share the Good News because sharing that is what builds the faith of other people, it was through someone sharing about Jesus that you had the faith to believe and accept him as your Lord and Savior. We wouldn’t of had that if no one shared it with us so we need to be sharing it with others. We’re all apart of the story of the Bible. The story of the Bible didn’t stop, we’re a continuation of that story. Own it and be steadfast! Lastly, God is the source of all beauty, truth, justice, and natural and moral law. Without God we wouldn’t have anything to base our morals off of, he is the one who sets the standard for what is good and evil. Wisdom on what is good and evil is not innate, it is learned. Even Jesus did not know everything there was to know about what was good or evil, he grew in his understanding and wisdom of God and listened to the discernment of the Holy Spirit. The roots of the Kingdom worldview are moral law, natural law, God’s love, image of God, Kingdom of God and absolute truth. These roots produce fruits of justice, science and technology, humanity and compassion, purpose, dignity and respect for life, hope and history, and learning and reasoning. All these things are edifying and are exhorting us to grow deeper in our relationship and knowledge of Him. He desires all of us to receive a revelation of who he is and the way to do that is to seek him and ask him to reveal that to you. He is grace-driven, life-oriented, relationship-focused and spiritual warfare-minded and he calls us to those same things. This is the way of the Kingdom. We’re to align our worldview with what the Word of God says.

What are some areas in your life where your worldview hasn’t aligned with the Word of God?

The Lord has shown me that there are areas in my worldview that I haven’t aligned with his Word, his character has proven to me time and time again that he corrects his children out of the motive of Love. He only wants us to grow and flourish in this life and one of the contributing ways to do that is to align our worldview with his Word. This has challenged me to reflect on my own life and consider the ways my previous mindset on worldview has influenced my life and how I can change it for His glory. This has encouraged me by showing me there are more ways I can grow and become more like him. It enables me to become more confident in who God is and what I believe.

Worldview is always something we will have to work on. It’s like an onion. It has many layers however do not worry, even Peter’s and Paul’s worldview needed correction (Peter-Acts 10; Paul- Acts 7:57-60, 8:1-3, 9:1-22). In this journey trust God and enjoy the purification process of developing a Kingdom Worldview!

Evangelism

Evangelism is “…why we believe what we believe…” -Darlene Cunningham

Our aim as Christians, as stated from the Bible is to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15), disciple all nations (Matthew 28:19-20), and produce fruit that will remain (John 15:4-5, 16; Matthew 7:20). Evangelism is the announcement, proclamation and/or preaching of the gospel, the Good News of and about Jesus Christ. Mark 16:15 TPT states that the gospel is a communicated message, “…As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race!” We’re to live a lifestyle of always sharing the gospel.

There was a quote I read recently that stated “Sometimes you have to feed a person in the natural before you feed him in the supernatural.” This gave me the revelation that in order to help people see Jesus we can’t just talk the talk but we have to walk the walk. We have to show in our actions the love of Jesus to people, we need to serve our community with a love that they have never experienced or encountered before. And once that Love is introduced then we can share the reasons behind our heart and that is Jesus, we can share the Good News of how good and caring our God is! One thing to keep in mind though is, if we leave the gospel out of our mercy ministry then we become just a social justice organization and that is not what we are called to do. We may not always have the opportunity to share the gospel with people but we can still let Christ shine through us by offering to pray for someone or simply telling someone that Jesus loves them. We can still plant a seed. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and think we have to immediately get someone saved the instance we meet them but stand firm, trust in God and ask the Holy Spirit what he would like to do in that individuals life specifically. Some people may not be ready to hear the gospel right then and there however your simple obedience can get them a step closer to that place. You can set the new standard for how Christians should treat others, being known for more of what you are for than what you’re against.

Evangelism has three key parts:

Warning

  • We are to warn people about sin and the consequences of sin (with the motive of Love).
  • John 16:8-9; Jesus came to expose sin and reveal the truth to people and so are we.
  • Acts 24:24-25; It sometimes is a process to help people recognize the wickedness of sin but its essential. Don’t give up!
  • Revelation 20:11-15; Judgement Day is a real thing, we are not to be passive and hold onto our salvation for ourselves but preach it to the lost. We have to share this Wonderful News that we have been so graciously given.

We cannot remove Satan from the Gospel message, it is vital that people know about the serious threat to their life. We aren’t called to sugar coat the Word but speak it Boldly and in Truth. The Bible says that the Word is a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12-13) and that is what we are to use to Penetrate the darkness. Dean Sherman once said we are to “Be aware of the devil but impressed with God!” If we don’t include Satan in the Gospel, people won’t recognize the importance of why Jesus came to die for our sins and they won’t be aware of the spiritual battle going on over their life. Ask the Lord what simple things you can do to reach people.

Explanation

  • We need to make known that God’s remedy for sin is the Gospel. The Gospel is not a way to get people to Heaven; rather it is a way to get people to God.
  • Acts 8:29-35; The Holy Spirit will give you outlets to speak into people’s lives as well as open doors to share the Gospel with people. Invite him into the process and take time to pray before evangelizing.
  • Romans 3:21-26; We all fall short of the glory of God yet he so graciously gave up his Son so that we could have the gift of salvation. We’re so blessed with this revelation and need to bless others with this as well.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21; The Kingdom Realm is accessible and close by, it resides in all of us that are saved, we need to explain to people that the One whom did not know sin became sin so that we “might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.”

You could be the first person they encounter that ever mentions the name of Jesus, don’t let the enemy tempt you with passivity. There is POWER in the Gospel!

Call

  • The clear call to repent (turn from sin and turn towards God) and believe the Gospel, by faith
  • Mark 1:15; Luke 13:1-5; Jesus plainly states in Luke that ALL will perish if we don’t repent from our sinful ways. None are exempt from this, it doesn’t matter what kind of sin you commit. All are viewed as evil and equal in God’s eyes and all will be accounted for.
  • Acts 17:29-31 TPT says “Since our lineage can be traced back to God, how could we even think that the divine image could be compared to something made of gold, silver, or stone, sculpted by man’s artwork and clever imagination? In the past God tolerated our ignorance of these things, but now the time of deception has passed away. He commands us all to repent and turn to God. For the appointed day has risen, in which he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man he has designated. And the proof given to the world that God has chosen this Man is this: he resurrected him from among the dead!” The day has come where all will be judged, this is to not be overlooked. We are talking about someone’s eternity. You play a role in that, we have a responsibility as Christians.
  • Romans 1:17; There is something worth so much more than sin and that’s Jesus. This is something worth celebrating!!❤
  • Romans 10:9-13 TPT states “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Yahweh will be rescued and experience new life.” Through faith we are saved!

It is unloving of us to not share all of this with those who are lost. A practical way to look at it is this: Imagine a family member of yours went to the doctor to see if they had any cancer and took all the tests and the doctor realized they did have cancer but decided not to tell them because of the fact that its uncomfortable to tell them the truth that they do have cancer and could die very soon. That would upset you right? Isn’t that very unloving for the doctor to not proclaim the truth to that person that way they can take the necessary procedures to change this factor about their life? Well that’s what us Christians are doing. We are the doctors in this analogy. We’re afraid to proclaim the truth because its uncomfortable or because we don’t know what people will think of us or how they will respond. My friends, this is a scheme from the enemy to keep you from preaching the Gospel. Don’t be complacent, rather be active in your pursuit of sharing the gospel with those you encounter. You won’t always feel comfortable doing it, I especially don’t however I rest in the fact that its Jesus within me that is strong. I’m not functioning in my own strength rather Christs. Don’t listen to the lie that you aren’t good enough or capable of doing it. The Gospel is not getting it together so that we can get God’s favor; the Gospel is finding God exactly in our “not-togetherness” and inviting him in. His grace is sufficient for each and every day, he’ll direct your steps. Rely on Him.

Through this I have learned that a sinner who gets a messy presentation of the Gospel is in better condition than a sinner who gets no presentation of the Gospel at all. God’s proven to me in his character that he is my Strength when I am weak, when I am unqualified. His presence in me is what qualifies me. This has challenged me to trust him in every aspect and to be obedient even in the moments that I feel the most uncomfortable because he will never call me to do something that I am incapable of doing. He sees our potential and calls it out of us. He believes in us more than we do and for that I’m extremely grateful.

So be Bold and Preach the Good News.

You are RESILIENT! 🙂

Spiritual Warfare

There are certain things about spiritual warfare that we need to be aware of. This post will be based on the passage from Ephesians 6:10-20.

  • Fact of Warfare

Everyone is involved in spiritual warfare all of the time, whether you’re saved or not. Spiritual warfare is not an event but a lifestyle. The great news though is, the knowledge that you’re in the battle is a major part of the victory. In order to prepare for the battle there are two crucial things that need to be addressed. We need to know who we are in Christ and we need to live responsibly before God. Being in the Lord is actually a state of being, the bible always mentions living or residing in the spirit and we need to make this a priority as we face attacks from the enemy. Once those two things are being put into practice, we’re “finally” ready to prepare for the battle referenced in verse 10.

  • We’re NOT fighting against flesh and blood.

We are not fighting against people but against the supernatural. Verse 12 states “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” We are all fighters by nature. God has built each one of us to need to see justice done and good triumph over evil. Because we’re fighters by nature, if we don’t end up fighting the devil we’ll end up fighting people. In other words if you don’t take all the things of this world that bother you and deposit them into spiritual warfare, intercession and loving service to others, you will end up depositing them into someone’s ear instead. You’ll end up fighting people. Believe it or not spiritual warfare is actually necessary for your mental health. If you are fighting people then you’re having a negative effect in the spirit world. Think about it: What is happening in the heavenly’s when you’re stuck on being right? Choosing to be “right” keeps you from relating to one another. A person who has a hard time getting along with people doesn’t understand the spirit realm.

  • Strategies

Verse 11 gives us strategies to fight against the enemy. Right now there are new age/eastern ideas of positive and negative energies, good karma and bad karma, impersonal light and dark forces (energy systems). An example of this is in the movie Star Wars, the impersonal “force” they use to fight their adversaries. In the Biblical Christian worldview, there is a misconception that all good and all evil comes from a personality whose name is God when in reality all good in the universe comes from God and all evil comes from demonic and human personalities. Did you know that demons talk, listen and reason? That’s how the enemy tempts you, by the words they speak to you. Verse 11 references the “schemes” of the enemy, you can’t have a scheme without intelligence and you can’t have intelligence without personality. Therefore this proves that they can talk, listen and reason. Spiritual warfare is learning to recognize the strategies of the enemy, refusing to cooperate with him and cutting them off in Jesus name. A specific area that the enemy uses to serve his strategies are with the occult world. These include but are not limited to: horoscopes, palm reading, psychics, spiritualistic healers, and the masonic lodge (freemasonry). Every culture on Earth knows where they can go to get information or power from the supernatural and this is the occult. Christians aren’t to participate in any of this, it is a great opening to the enemy in your life. There is a very real devil who would guide your life everyday if you let him. The reason we shouldn’t even play around with the things listed above are because 1) Every strategy of the enemy leads to deception, bondage and destruction. You won’t be able to believe or see certain things that are true. He’ll blind you to the truth. 2) We don’t need it, God is the one who leads us. The Lord is our shepherd and God has strategies for our lives to prosper us. If you have allowed access to any of these in your life, repent so that you can make things right with the Lord and shut that door that the enemy has been using to attack your life. With revelation comes responsibility. Are we going to be those who learn the truth and turn from it or run to it and change our ways? Anything that keeps us further from our Precious Jesus is not worth keeping.

Ways to recognize strategies of the enemy

It’s important that we know the nature of the enemy. John 10:10 TPT describes it: “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!” What would you try to trip yourself up with if you were the enemy?

The devil always takes away and pulls down. Even the wrath of God brings about good things and the “good” things of the enemy (the things he tries to tempt us with that seem good) only bring destruction and bondage. Look for statistics and conditions, anything that is continuous or pervasive is the nature of the enemy. When trying to identify what is of the enemy, another great tool is to simply ask God.

  • We are Ready

Once we know the strategies of the enemy, we’re ready for the battle. Now we have to put on and use the weapons and armor of God. Paul in verse 13 used the armor of God to encourage the Ephesians since almost all of them came from occult backgrounds. Something important to note is that we have the armor on and we also have to put it on. Ephesians 4:17-32 is a great illustration of this. We have to be responsible and take on our new identity. We need to proclaim with our faith that this is Who I Am in Christ and this is what He’s doing in me. Putting on the armor is to acknowledge the good things that are in you in Christ. We also need to have a clean consciousness and deal with anything that has crept its way in by our old ways or even anything currently that is trying to get a foothold (1 Timothy 1:18-19). Is there anything wrong in your righteousness today? We need to keep ourselves ready for whatever the enemy may use to attack our lives (Ephesians 6:18).

  • Function of Warfare

The function of warfare is to be praying, speaking and living in the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-21). The devil is into corrupting and twisting communication so we need to be speaking by the Spirit so that it penetrates through the darkness. In order to do all those things in the Spirit we need to first remove hindrances. We are to not quench or grieve the spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 4:30). Second, we need to yield ourselves. To yield means to allow, to come under, give over to, surrender, open up to, focus on or seek after. Praise is an act of yielding which is why his Spirit manifests during times of worship. Third, we’re to be led by subjects and details. The Holy Spirit wants to lead you. Lastly, we are to energize/empower the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is to flow through your prayer, speaking and living (John 3:5,8; 7:37-38). The Holy Spirit is a type of personality but also a dynamic flow and force. Something to keep in mind is you cannot combat a hurricane by agreeing with theology, it takes active spiritual warfare. Don’t pull back when the enemy tries to overwhelm you but Fight back. Everybody can come into attack, that attack can be stronger at times or in certain places but you are meant to understand that YOU have the Victory and can throw the attack off. Through the Power of Jesus Christ, we are seated ABOVE ALL power. Praise God!

The great thing about dealing with the devil is it not only benefits us however it enables us to help other people get saved so that they can live in victory too! We do spiritual warfare to meet people’s needs, so that the World can be reached. Your part in spiritual warfare can change nations, what a privilege and honor it is to be able to war on behalf of God. He has equipped and empowered us to do this! Our lives have such impact, everything we do or don’t do, say or don’t say has an effect on the spirit world (Galatians 5:25). Lets not just be hearers of the word but doers. All of this proves to me that our God loved us so much that he gave to us power and authority to fight against our/his adversary. This challenged me to never interpret God by my circumstances but to Always interpret the circumstances and scripture in the light and character of God; and to never forget my identity in Christ, for it carries great Power and Authority.

Moral Purity

Today, I want to discuss something that the church often doesn’t mention or shames when mentioning and that is the naked truth about sexuality. And that naked truth is that God created sex. Our sex drive wasn’t given to us by the world but by God (Song of Songs 8:4). He created sex for bonding, it makes two one with him. He intended on it being pleasurable for us. With that being said, sex is too powerful to play around with. There are certain lies about sexuality that need to be removed from our lives and those three are:

  1. There are no strings attached.
  2. Porn doesn’t hurt anybody.
  3. I need to be experienced.

We’re a three in one being as our heavenly father: spirit, soul and body. So when we engage in sex we aren’t just giving someone our body but transferring our spirit and soul with theirs, we’re becoming one with them. There are strings attached always when having sex outside of marriage, very unhealthy ones unlike what movies and TV shows display to us nowadays. Sex was intended for the boundaries of marriage, to protect us from the consequences of sin outside of marriage. Our bodies are NOT our own. 1 Corinthians 6:14-20 MSG expresses this quite plainly: “God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body. You wouldn’t take the Master’s body off to a whorehouse, would you? I should hope not. There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.”

Notice how it states that we violate the sacredness of our own bodies. In TPT it states that “For every other sin a person commits is external to the body but immorality involves sinning against your own body.” We’re harming ourselves by engaging in sex before marriage. We’re called to be steward what the Lord has given us, especially in regards to our body. Two halves don’t make a whole, only Christ Jesus can make us whole. We have to take a stand to say yes to our covenant with God to guard our eyes from vulgar and profane things, to be a man/women of integrity, to have self-control, to live shame-free, to live with no regrets (by not acting on ungodly things), to having a healthy family, to never settling for less than God’s best, to breaking negative family cycles and to making the right choice even when its hard. We’re called to get rid of all impurity (Colossians 3:5). Psalms 119:9 states that the way to stay on the path of purity is to live according to the Word of God and walk in its truth. Now, in regards to purity it didn’t say to “remain a virgin.” Often times people associate virginity with purity when in fact virginity (as well as restoration of virginity) is simply a fruit of purity. Purity is actually referenced in the Bible as the same term that is used for healing and cleansing of a leper. Purity is the healing of ones spirit, it comes from the Lord and cannot be attained on our own (John 15:5). Ephesians 4:17-25 TPT explains what our new life should be like now that we have dedicated our life to Christ: “So with the wisdom given to me from the Lord I say: You should not live like the unbelievers around you who walk in their empty delusions. Their corrupted logic has been clouded because their hearts are so far from God—their blinded understanding and deep-seated moral darkness keeps them from the true knowledge of God. Because of spiritual apathy, they surrender their lives to lewdness, impurity, and sexual obsession. But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus! And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you. And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness. So discard every form of dishonesty and lying so that you will be known as one who always speaks the truth, for we all belong to one another.

Another misconception we have is that porn doesn’t hurt anybody. Did you know that the average kid comes across pornography from the ages of 8-11? According to the Pew Research Center, recent studies showed that ninety percent of students will find porn before the age of 18. Five years old is the earliest age the American Psychological Association (APA) has found that kids have come across pornography. Pornography is the fruit of something else that is broken. Pornography impacts not only the people seeking pleasure from it but their loved ones also. There was a recent news article that came out stating that a 15 year old girl was found on PornHub that had been missing for nearly a year. That girl on the porn website was being raped this entire time and all of the people looking at this viewed it as enjoyable when actuality she was being forced beyond her will. How many others do you think have been trafficked into this industry? It is essential that we exercise self control and find a Godly way to meet our needs.

Last but not least, we don’t have to be experienced to have a great sex life one day. This was a lie the enemy used to throw at me a lot growing up. This is the farthest from the truth, it is so beautiful to save yourself for your spouse; to experience it for the first time with them and them only. Sex is a learned behavior, its not instinctive or innate. The best things in life are Worth waiting for. Our society is so hung up on getting everything here and now but what is the rush for? Wouldn’t you rather wait and prevent yourselves from going through tremendous heartbreak? I know I would. Each time you’re engaging in sex, you’re giving away more and more of yourself. Lets be Christians who’re prepared to go into marriage as a whole person. You will learn how to have sex with your partner when you’re married, trust me I’m sure you’ll get lots of practice so in the meantime save yourself. If I’m being honest, I find sex to be selfish outside of the limits of marriage. I want to be selfless; thinking of my future spouse and how much more he’d value me waiting to present the gift that God has given to me to give to him. And not only do I want to please my husband with this factor but I want to please God so much more. I want God to bless my marriage and be proud of me for being set on my yes; for being set on exercising self control and being a woman of integrity. Love is about sacrifice and I want to prove to God that I’m willing to sacrifice the things of this world to walk in the true potential of my relationship with him. God set boundaries for us for a reason, he would never want to withhold something good from us–especially something that he created for us to partake in.

Something to keep in mind is that when our yes is set, our no’s are a lot easier. We need to be prepared whether we’re single or married. If you don’t have a stance, your life will be dictated by your circumstances. Choose Purity today. Our yes’ need to be set before the Lord, our friends, our family and the world as a representation of the Lord being able to save.

What will be your yes?

References:

http://thenovusproject.org/resource-hub/parents

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/08/pornography-exposure

https://nypost.com/2019/10/24/mom-finds-missing-teen-girl-by-spotting-her-on-pornhub/

Religion vs Relationship

Often times, we as Christians get caught up in a pattern or fall into religion and miss the whole purpose of Christianity, relationship. Religion is what you do. God is not interested in you getting better at your religion. He desires intimate relationship with you, one that is fresh and alive. Relationship is already in our hearts, all we have to do is respond to that invitation. Relationship isn’t just calling on God during your worst times but rather inviting him into each moment, the good and the bad. There are two significant things that make Christianity unique:

  1. Your God loves you.
  2. You can have a relationship with God. You can’t have relationship with someone who’s dead. Our God is ALIVE!

Religion is our enemy, it’ll kill you. We, as a church, need to get rid of our religious check list. Religion consists of legalism. Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God, justification before God and acceptance by God through our obedience. Legalism is basing your righteousness on your ability to obey God. And that, my friends, is what destroys you. The idea of religion is a trick from the enemy. In fact, NOT one act of your obedience contributes to your righteousness. The amazing thing is that you’re justified in God because of the blood of Jesus. Tim Talbot once stated: “Nothing contributes to my children being my children no matter how much they mess up” and its the exact same with Christ. The story of the prodigal son is a perfect biblical example of this (Luke 15:11-32). Luke 15:20 TPT states “So the young son set off for home. From a long distance away, his father saw him coming, dressed as a beggar, and great compassion swelled up in his heart for his son who was returning home. So the father raced out to meet him. He swept him up in his arms, hugged him dearly, and kissed him over and over with tender love.” All God cares about is having an intimate relationship with you. Did you know that there is nothing that we could ever do to earn his love? He freely lavishes his love upon us. And this love did not change when we became saved–he loved us when we were sinners the same way he loves us now as saints (Romans 5:8-9).

A way to identify religion is it’s something that you can measure. For example: Keeping track of how much or how often you pray. Religion is all about performance or doing the right thing. Religion is anything that becomes a pattern in your quiet time with God. Relationships however are never complete, there are always new things to learn and experience with one another. With that being said, relationships aren’t always intimate and romantic but there are times when they are. Our God is intimate (John 15:15), he wants to be involved in every part of our life however God is a gentlemen. He won’t barge his way in, he’ll wait for you to invite him.

Do you personally verify with your actions that God is always involved in your life? Do you welcome him in your daily activities?

If you don’t I would strongly encourage you to, inviting him into your daily activities will be one of the most rewarding aspects of your relationship with him. Let God out of your religious box and I promise you won’t regret it!

The Great Commission

What is the Great Commission? This term is sometimes mentioned in the church however I feel this subject is something that is often undermined and not taken at full value. So today I’m going to go more in depth on what the Great Commission is.

The great commission is referenced in multiple books of the bible: Matthew 28:19-20 NIV states “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mark 16:15 NIV says “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'” Notice how it says to make disciples of all nations and go into all the world rather than simply countries. The word nations in Greek is ethnos which means ethnic groups. God doesn’t want us to reach all countries to accomplish the Great Commission but every ethnicity or in other words ethnic groups.

God desires to bring back his original creation. Until the Kingdom of God is here, we’re to go to all the nations and preach the gospel. The gospel is the good news, and that good news is that we have a New King; one that is Greater than any king we have ever had in the history of kings. He is the Lord of Lords and the Almighty, the one who lovingly sacrificed his son so that he could have a relationship with us.

God from the beginning was instructing his people to go fulfill the Great Commission. We see one of the very first instances of this with Abraham in Genesis 12:1 when the Lord tells him to “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” After the first sin was committed in the garden, the Lord’s goal has been to restore the beauty and order we once had. To “go” means a change of location. God doesn’t just want a certain people to be saved but he wants All of His people to be redeemed. We see this in 2 Peter 3:9. 2 Peter chapter 3 talks about the coming of the Lord and warns people to be prepared for his coming. The Passion Translation states in verse 9 that “contrary to man’s perspective, the Lord is not late with his promise to return, as some measure lateness. But rather, his ‘delay’ simply reveals his loving patience toward you, because he does not want any to perish but all to come to repentance.”

God is being patient with us to share the gospel. Don’t settle for not delivering the good news to people, this is why you were chosen. The Bible says many are called but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14), and that the path to destruction is wide but the path of the righteous is narrow and leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:13). Our relationship with God isn’t just for ourselves, we did not become saved so we can hold onto it in a selfish manner but it was intended for us to share that salvation with others.

How do you want to spend your life? In the comfort of everyday life or living radically for God?

We all have a part to play, the Great Commission isn’t fulfilled by one person alone but rather the whole body of Christ. Jesus explains this in a parable of the three servants. Matthew 25:14-30 states “Again, heaven’s kingdom realm is like the wealthy man who went on a long journey and summoned all his trusted servants and assigned his financial management over to them. Before he left on his journey, he entrusted a bag of five thousand gold coins to one of his servants, to another a bag of two thousand gold coins, and to the third a bag of one thousand gold coins, each according to his ability to manage. “The one entrusted with five thousand gold coins immediately went out and traded with the money, and he doubled his investment. In the same way, the one who was entrusted with two thousand gold coins traded with the sum and likewise doubled his investment. But the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. “After much time had passed, the master returned to settle accounts with his servants. The one who was entrusted with five thousand gold coins came and brought ten thousand, saying, ‘See, I have doubled your money.’ “Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you have been a faithful steward to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Come celebrate with me!”’ “Then the one who had been entrusted with two thousand gold coins came in and said, ‘See, my master, I have doubled what you have entrusted to me.’ “Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you were faithful to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Come celebrate with me!”’ “Then the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins came to his master and said, ‘Look, sir. I know that you are a hard man to please and you’re a shrewd and ruthless businessman who grows rich on the backs of others. I was afraid of you, so I went and hid your money and buried it in the ground. But here it is—take it, it’s yours.’ Angered by what he heard, the master said to him, ‘You’re an untrustworthy and lazy servant! If you knew I was a shrewd and ruthless business man who always makes a profit, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? Then I would have received it all back with interest when I returned. But because you were unfaithful, I will take the one thousand gold coins and give them to the one who has ten thousand.For the one who has will be given more, until he overflows with abundance. And the one with hardly anything, even what little he has will be taken from him.’ “Then the master said to his other servants, ‘Now, throw that good-for-nothing servant far away from me into the outer darkness, where there will be great misery and anguish!’”

I don’t know about you but the thought of that is terrifying. When the Lord speaks, we’re to listen intently and pay close attention. We’re responsible for the knowledge and revelation that the Lord gives us, which includes the good news of Jesus and salvation. The Word says to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).

With all that being said missions are so important for the body of Christ to embark on. It isn’t for us but for the Lord. I don’t want to miss out on what the Lord is doing in the entire world, do you? One person could change an entire nation by being obedient to God.

Now something to keep in mind is that your role played in the Great Commission can look very different. For instance, God may be physically calling you to be a missionary and be a light to a specific people or God could be calling you to support a specific missionary or ministry organization. Believe it or not, you sowing into missions is an act of playing your part in the Great Commission. You reap the blessing that comes from the works that the Lord is doing through the person/ministry you’re sowing into. Another very important role is simply taking time each day to ask the Lord what nations he wants you to pray for.

Did you know that 40% of the world have never heard the name of Jesus? There are 7.53 billion people in the world so that means that there are 4,518,000,000 who have never heard about the Good News. That is a crazy amount however did you know that if just 37 people alone took time to disciple two people every six months (four in a year) it would only take 15 years to reach 9 billion people. We have to count the cost, and really if you think about it we already counted the cost when we decided to give our lives to Christ. There are some things that we’re going to have to say no to or miss out on but its worth it when we consider where someone will be spending eternity.

Think about it, your obedience to God could be the determining factor of where someone spends eternity.

So continue to count the cost and commit your life to the Lord because he not only cares for you but for all of his other children who are lost also.

God’s character shows that he will go to the ends of the earth for us. The fact that he cares so much about where everyone spends eternity blows my mind. He genuinely cares about his creation, we’re priceless to him. This challenges me to ask for more revelation of his love for others so that I can successfully fulfill the Great Commission.

Be empowered and take up your cross. Lets Change this broken World.❤

Identity

Who would you say that you are? Would you say that your career or accomplishments are what defines who you are? Or would you say whatever you’re most talented in defines you? Now what if I were to ask you what your identity would be if all that was taken away; would you know what it would be then?

Our identity is such an important aspect of our life yet so often we build our identity on things that can easily be stripped away from us. Have you ever heard of an identity crisis? An identity crisis is caused because our identity isn’t built on the right foundation. At that point all of the things in our lives that we used to claim as our identity has dissipated. Our true identity is found in Jesus. When we build our identity on Jesus, it can never be taken away from us because Jesus is everlasting. We aren’t defined by what we have done or accomplished but by what Jesus has done for us.

In Matthew 7:24-27 ESV Jesus is teaching on a parable about two different types of house builders: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

This parable is so powerful. The foolish man who built his house on the sand is a reference to those who place their identity and faith in the things of this world. The things of this world are temporary, they aren’t everlasting but Jesus is. The wise man built his house upon an unshakable foundation and that unshakable foundation is a reference to Jesus. The Lord is referenced multiple times in scripture as being a rock (Deuteronomy 32:4, 13, 1 Samuel 2:2, and 1 Corinthians 10:4). One in particular that I’m going to share with you is Psalm 18:2 TPT: “You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet, like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress, my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape, my tower of rescue where none can reach me. My secret strength and shield around me, you are salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside, always the champion of my cause.” I love the way the passion translation states it, it goes more in depth to show how loving, gentle and protective the Father is of his children.

The devil is constantly trying to bombard us with lies and instill fear in us to keep us from knowing who we are in Christ and from doing everything that the Lord has called us to do.

We need to know WHO we are to fulfill our destiny. Did you know that Jesus actually got his identity from God the Father? Matthew 3:13-17 NLT states “Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. ‘I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,’ he said, ‘so why are you coming to me?’ But Jesus said, ‘It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.’ So John agreed to baptize him. After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.'”

Ephesians 1:4-15 says that since we’re in Christ, whatever God says about Jesus is also true about us. Let that sink in. The next time you ever see a statement about who God says Jesus is, know that that is your identity too.

In the above scripture verse it says that he CHOSE us before even the creation of the world. That means that we don’t earn more of God’s love when we do things, we already have his Love. There is nothing else we can do to receive more of his Love, he Loved us before he even spoke anything into existence.

So who are we to criticize God’s creation? I’m guilty of this. A revelation that the Lord gave me was that when we criticize or speak harshly towards ourselves, we’re actually saying that about God since we are made in his image. For instance, when we call ourselves ugly or stupid, we’re actually calling God ugly and stupid. What you do often flows out of the lies that you believe about yourself. A trap we tend to fall into is holding onto our mistakes. When we make a mistake we automatically assume we’re no longer good enough to be a child of God which is a lie from the pit of hell and I’ll prove it to you. When you make a mistake as a mother/father, son/daughter, or spouse are you no longer one of those? No, you’re still someones mother/father, son/daughter or spouse when you mess up. That doesn’t take away your relationship with that person and its the same way with God. You’re still a Child of God, your relationship with him doesn’t change. You just need to make things right with him as you would if you wronged your spouse or family member.

When we have a revelation of God’s Love for us, it is easier to identify the lies from the truth. With that distinction, we can walk in more boldness and confidence (1 John 3:1, Lamentations 3:22, Ephesians 3:4, 17).

God reveals his character through this by showing us that he is loving. Because he saw your value, he sent his innocent son Jesus to die on your behalf. Something to keep in mind is this: A roman coin is just as valuable if someone does or doesn’t see its value; in return God sees your value even if others don’t. This concept has challenged me to no longer put my value in my accomplishments or the things I do but continually ask God what my original design is and start declaring that over my life. God defines who I am, not this world.

The Character of God

The Word says in Matthew 5:48 and 1 Corinthians 11:1 that we are to become perfect like God and be like him in character. As Christians, having the same characteristics as Jesus is what sets us apart from the world. We can evaluate our character when we’re completely alone; character is who we are when no one sees us (only God).

Throughout the Bible there are nine characteristics revealed: holy, wise, faithful, just, merciful, gracious, good and kind, and forgiving. Today, I am going to highlight three in particular that the Lord has imparted to me in this season of my life.

  1. God is Faithful.

The Lord has always been faithful. If you trace back to the Old Testament some common examples of this are with Abraham and Isaac, Daniel and the lions den, and Moses and the red sea; you’ll see throughout these stories as well as many more that he has always provided for his people and kept his promises. Even in the New Testament, Jesus thanked God for providing bread and fish for the massive crowd and in faith they started distributing food. While they were distributing, the food multiplied;so much to the point that the disciples each had a basket of leftovers for themselves (John 6:1-14). They fed 5,000 men, and that is just men alone. That number doesn’t even include the women and children they also fed! He has proved to us time and time again of his faithfulness, we have no reason to not believe in him and have faith. The more we get to know God, the more we’ll trust him. And the way to get to know God is by reading his Word. If we don’t get into our Word, how will we even know what kind of God we serve or what pleases him or upsets him? Its like going on a date with someone and just looking at them while they are wondering if you’re ever going to try and get to know them or ask questions about their life. In order to get to know someone, you have to inquire what their interests and dislikes are. To get to know that person on a deeper level you have to spend quality time with them. Spending quality time with someone is key to identifying one’s character or characteristics. It’s the same concept with God, we have to spend quality time in his Word to know what his character is like. Knowing his character increases your confidence in him. With all that being said, are you judging God based on theology or are you using your knowledge of God to judge theology?

2. God is Just.

Psalms 111:7 TPT states “All God accomplishes is flawless, faithful, and fair, and his every word proves trustworthy and true.” God is perfect, there is no blemish in him therefore we can trust him. God never changes so his law never changes. Everyone is held accountable for the sin they commit and will all be judged before God on the day of judgement. Nothing goes unnoticed by him, he is all knowing. Often times as Christians we mistake God for someone who wants to punish us right when we mess up but in reality God is best known for the one thing he least likely wants to do: judging. He loves you and wants whats best for you, that’s why he puts laws into place–to protect you. He knows the consequences and brokenness that comes from sinning and that is one of his main reasons behind hating sin, it’s meant to destroy us. God is for justice and because of this we should be too, even if our own government tells us something contradictory to God’s Word. As a fellow sister in Christ, I wanted to tell you all that the government is NOT God. We need to stop going along with what their laws say are okay and stand firm on God’s law. We need to start fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord referenced throughout scripture means reverence, respect or due regard. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. John Bevere once stated “We cannot truly love God until we fear Him: nor can we properly fear Him until we love Him. If we do not fear god, we will be afraid of Him.” Another way to look at it is this: When you love someone you’ll respect them and want to please them in not only your words but your actions also. Is that how it is with your relationship with God? Do you strive to honor him with your life or just with what you say? What we believe about God affects everything. Do we view his significance as little or big in our lives? Are we willing to compromise or take a stand on God’s Word regardless of what the government deems as just?

3. God is Merciful.

God not only is just but he is merciful as well. God is so quick to extend mercy. Hebrews 8:12 AMPC says “For I will be merciful and gracious towards their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more.” God is so merciful that he actually forgets our sin when we repent. That is the only thing he cannot recall. The Word also says that he wipes our slates clean and sends them as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). Now that is a God of mercy! Romans 3:25-26 even tells us that before Jesus paid the price for our sins, God had expressed patience and tolerance for us by covering the sins of those who lived prior to Jesus. He covered them. What kind of God would ever love his people that much? To not only send his own son to die on the cross but cover the sins of those before him too? Our God! No one compares to him, his mercy endures forever (Psalms 136 NKJV). I tell you all of this to show that we serve a good good father. We don’t deserve him yet he freely gives himself to us.

These three characteristics of God have challenged me to keep in check what my faith is founded in and to recognize any false characteristics I have placed on my own view of God.

Who is God to you?

Pride vs Humility

What validates us as followers of Jesus?

Is it the fact that we claim we’re Christians? Is it the social media posts we create? Or is it the christian apparel that we wear (necklaces, bracelets, shirts, tattoos)?

None of the factors listed above display Christ within us however the one thing that does is the love we have for one another. In John 13:34-35 Jesus states “So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know you’re my true followers.” Now this statement is powerful, I’m sure we’ve witnessed or encountered a lot of people who claim to be Christians but didn’t demonstrate this commandment. One thing I’ve learned recently is that whenever Jesus speaks, we should be paying very close attention.

So what is love?

Love is a choice; choosing the best and the highest good for God and others. The presence of love is what produces unity (Psalms 133). Jesus even takes time to pray for the future generations to have this unity with one another (John 17: 20-23). God hates it when we don’t get along. John 15:12-13 states “So this is my command: Love each other deeply, as much as I have loved you. For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.” Jesus is the prime example of this sacrifice. We have to be willing to die for one another like Christ did. With all that being said there are some obstacles that come in the way of us being able to love one another the way Christ intended and one of those is pride.

Pride makes loving your neighbor a lot harder. Relationships must become our top priority. Relationships are what display the Love of Christ to others. Pride is the greatest element used when it comes to destroying relationships. There are two types of pride: inferior and arrogant. The most common is arrogant pride which is thinking more highly of yourself than one another. The other is harder to identify: inferior. Inferior pride is thinking lowly of yourself or having false humility. Pride overall is having the wrong concept in contrast to God or others.

If you’re both functioning in humility then there is no reason you both wouldn’t be able to get along. Pride is the problem and humility is the answer. Unity in any situation is simply corporate humility. Humility functions in actuality, it is choosing to be known for who you really are, nothing more and nothing less (embracing the truth with no exaggerations). Humility is a lifestyle, we have to choose daily to act in humility. A practical way to cultivate humility is through gratefulness. The Lord revealed to me that humility is knowing who He is and knowing who He says I am. One way this has challenged me, which I hope it challenges you as well is to be more aware of my mindset. Am I complaining or am I expressing gratitude? God’s character is expressed in loving kindness and because of this loving kindness our God so graciously bestows on us, we should recognize how privileged we’re as human beings. Something to ask yourself is “What have I done to deserve clean running water, food, or even a roof over my head?” The answer should be nothing. We deserved eternity in hell but God chose to redeem and clothe us with righteousness. Because Jesus humbled himself to be obedient to even death (Philippians 2:8), we need to humble ourselves and choose to be on right terms with the people around us. God would never call us to do something that we weren’t capable of accomplishing with him.

Love God, Love People. Keep it Simple. This is the solution to changing our broken world.

Get your love on!❤

Don’t Ever Let Me Go

Earlier this week I was worshiping in my free time and was listening to the song “Don’t Ever Let Me Go” by Corey Voss (incredible song by the way if you haven’t heard it check it out). While listening to this song, I would sing out to the Lord “Don’t ever let me go” and each time he would reply back “I won’t.” I could not stop smiling, I was at loss for words. Hearing a reply from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords struck me with awe. The fact that he wanted to speak to me personally wrecked my mind. Our God yearns to speak to all of his children. The Word says in Jeremiah 33:3 that if you call to him he will answer you and I believe that this still applies for today. All we have to do is be willing to get silent before him and wait to see what he has to say. During this week I was having difficulties emotionally with feeling unloved by a family member and it was beginning to really impact me even though I tried to fight it. It felt like a scab was reopening which was extremely painful for me. I didn’t know what else to do but cry out to the Lord. When I cried out to the Lord, I didn’t instantly feel better however over time I did and I came to realize that God is the only one who can fill the places that others leave void. You’re going to have a lot of disappointments in your life but your Heavenly Father will never let you down. He’s there from the beginning to end and he doesn’t plan on leaving your side. Never lose sight of God because in the end, he’ll always be the only one still standing next to you when times get tough. Psalms 73:23-26 NIV states “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” This circumstance really challenged me to always rely on him for everything, even when it comes to my emotional needs; to surrender all the hurt and pain so that he can wrap me up in his unfailing love. It reminded me that its okay to not be okay because in Christ we find Purpose for the Pain, Strength for the Struggle and Faith for the Fight. He is faithful and he will never let you go.