The sin struggle

Struggling with sin and lounging in sin are two different things.

When you accept Jesus as your savior then His Spirit comes to reside in you which causes a struggle between the Spirit and your flesh over sin in your life. The Spirit begins a work in you that changes your heart and your flesh fights against that. Rest assured, the Spirit wins in the end but you do feel the struggle.

If you are proclaiming that you believe in Jesus and that He died on the cross so you are forgiven and saved, yet you are still sitting pretty in your sin with no worries over it then you may want to reevaluate your relationship with Christ.

I dont speak this in judgement or in anyway trying to declare whether you are saved or not, but I was once one that claimed a salvation I dont believe I truly had. You see, there is a big difference in knowing who Jesus is and what He did and in actually believing IN Him and following Him. Even the demons know who He is and what He did. Knowledge is nothing without wisdom.

I truly love you all. Therefore, I want you all to hear the truth and know Jesus. He is everything. You are His everything. Know the truth so it can set you free!

Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:9
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

Ezekiel 36:27
I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

His treasure

Matthew 6:21
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Do you know what God proclaims as His treasure?

1 Peter 2:9-10
“But you are God’s chosen treasure…”

We are His treasure! He chose us to come to this earth. His desire is for us to choose Him to be our treasure, too!

Why? Let’s read on in 1 Peter 2:9-10

“He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world.”

Why should we broadcast how wonderful He is?

“For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!”

God shows mercy over His treasure because His heart resides with us. The creator of the universe considers us His treasure and His whole heart is for us. Why would we not treasure Him the same? Why would our hearts not reside with Him and be all in for Him? Why would we not broadcast this good news to all we can so they can be drenched with His mercy, too?

Is there something you treasure more than God? Is there something taking your time away from Him? Is there something you broadcast more than the glories of God? While we are made to enjoy each other and all His creation, we were not made to worship anyone or anything except the Creator.

Make sure God is your treasure today. You sure sparkle bright in His eyes. That pull you feel…that is Him trying to pull His treasure close to His heart.

Fall into His embrace. Let Him treasure you. No thing and no person will ever be able to treasure you the way your Creator does.

Have you been hit hard by life and feel like there is no way God considers you His treasure? Let’s talk about that. I am hear to listen. And, as always, talk to Him about it. He is here to listen, too. He walks us through everything, even if that “thing” is your anger and doubt over Him.

Choosing your leader

People can only go as far as their leader. The leaders of this world will someday die. Even sin has its end. But Jesus has gone all the way. He is eternal. His love and glory are eternal.

How far do you want to go?

Choose your leader carefully. One way will lead you to destruction and punishment of sin. The Other Way will lead you to salvation and forgiveness of sin.

Choose the eternal love that surpasses all understanding. Choose real love. Not what comes to decieve and destroy. But choose what makes you able to escape from the snares of sin that try to entangle you.

He is waiting for you to make your choice. What are you waiting on? I would love to be here to help work through those things that are holding you back. If not me, then find a trusted Christian friend. You know, that one person God has put in your life that you have been avoiding because just their presence leaves you questioning your ways with a heavy feeling in your chest? Yeah, that person. Go talk to them.

Most importantly….pray. Talk to Him. He is always listening. The closer you get to Him, the better you can hear Him. He can take away that heavy feeling in your chest.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Psalm 124:7
We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.

Choose Jesus

Just thinking of how Pilate gave the crowd a choice to either let the sinner go and punish Jesus or let Jesus go and punish the sinner. The crowd chose Jesus to be punished and set the sinner free.Jesus made the same choice as the crowd. He chose, from the very beginning of time, to let Himself be crucified and set the sinners free. The crowd made their choice out of hate and Jesus made the same choice out of love. The crowd chose Jesus over the sinner to be punished out of pure spite for Him. We choose Jesus to save us sinners out of pure love for Him because He willingly took the punishment for sin.We all still have free will to choose today. You are choosing Jesus one way or another. You are either willingly choosing to cast Him away in spite or you are choosing to accept His salvation out of love. What do you choose? Sin’s punishment or God’s unyeilding grace and mercy?Where are you choosing your eternal soul to reside? With the crowd casting Him away? Or with Jesus at the cross, sin crucified, and covered in His love? This was not a choice He took lightly. You shouldn’t either. Eternity is a really, really long time.He loves you more than my words could ever express. One day every knee will bow realizing how glorious that love is. Every knee will bow at how holy our God is.Let the sinner go and choose Jesus.

Seeking absolute truth

“You just have to trust the science.”

Well, no, you don’t and let me explain why.

Science is not an absolute truth. Science is a bunch of hypothesis and theories that can be proven and disproven time and time again. A major thing I learned in college is that every study and experiement will have at least one flaw. One flaw may not seem big but it can actually skew the results significantly. Every study or experiment will have a methodology. A methodology is like a blue print and a rule book for the study. It will tell you the control, variables, procedures, and hypothesis of the study. In that methodology you will find a flaw…somewhere. No study is perfect. A study over one subject 20 years ago will not yield the same results as a study done 20 years later. Why? Because the science changes. It is ever changing.

Now that we know that no study or experiment is perfect and is always changing; what does that really mean?

It means that science is not an absolute truth. It cant be. Never has been. Never will be.

So, when you tell me that I have to trust the science then I will tell you, once again; No, I absolutley do not have to trust something that is not absolute truth.

Don’t get me wrong. Science has its place. I actually love the science of things. I am a researcher at heart. I can get happily lost in rabbit trails that research leads me through for hours. Science can help me make decisions in life. I can look at this study versus another study and make an informed decision. Other people may make a different decision after they do their own research. And that is fine!! It isnt an absolute truth so I can not tell you that my research is the way to go over yours. In fact, it would be highly irresponsible for me to pass any science off as absolute truth and try to govern your decisions by it. I am not you. You are not me.

So, where do I get absolute truth then?

Anyone who reads my posts already know where I am going. The absolute truth comes from God’s word. The Bible. His Bible. Some may say that a man written book can not hold absolute truth either. But the first thing you MUST understand is that man wrote what God breathed into them to write. Read the gospels and you will be reading four different eye witnessed perspectives of Jesus’ life on earth. There have even been scientist after scientist that have delved into the Bible to try to prove it is wrong. They wanted to show contradictions and find anything to absolutley disprove the Bible, and they couldnt. In fact, they came out the other side a believer.

Also, the Bible has never changed. Why? Because God’s word is absolute truth. Absolute truth never changes. What it said thousands of years ago is what it will say thousands of years from now. And THAT is why we can trust it.

Dont believe me? That is fine. Research it for yourself. Because what I know is true is that God said “if you seek, you will find.” (Matthew 7:7)

So, get to seeking. I already know what you will find.

I pray you do it with an open heart and actually seeking the absolute truth in which to govern your life.

The strength of the horse

One of my biggest battles is feeling like I am not doing enough. You want to cut me to my core? Tell me I wasn’t enough and congrats, you’ve done it. The thing is….you don’t even have to say it. The enemy tells me, “did you see that look? Yep, they are not impressed with you.” “Hey, remember when you didn’t do right by them? They are always going to think of you as that person now.” “Not losing weight, saving money, making progress….looks like youre just not working hard enough or having enough faith. This is just your lot in life since you cant get it right.”

Im not saying all of this for sympathy, I am saying it because this is the thorn in my side. I could let it bring me down or I can let it bring me to God, His word and His unfailing love. When it gets tough and that thorn is digging in Im thankful for God’s words.

Psalm 147:10-11

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,

    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

His delight is not in the strength of the horse, but He delights when we come to Him. I dont have to be super woman. God knows my heart even if this world doesnt. There are times the enemy lies and tells me someone thinks Im not good enough. There are times when people actually do feel Im not good enough. I delight in the fact that my God made me, knows every hair on my head, and calls me His.

My King loves me and calls me good. Even when I mess up. Even when I drop the ball. He just hands it back and says “try again”. We are good enough in His eyes. We dont deserve His grace but we are good enough to receive it when we turn to Him for it. What’s your thorn? Dont let it bring you down. Let it bring you to God.

It’s time to grow

Prayer, studying the bible, and being in a Christ centered, bible believing church are all ways to mature in your faith. So, then, you will no longer be like an infant that is easily decieved or tossed back and forth from one idea to the next. The world’s teachings (college professors, media, celebrities opinions, activists, extremists.) change almost daily. God’s truth has remained the same and will never change.

Ephesians 4:14-16

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

It hurts

Do you think the woman at the well enjoyed hearing Jesus tell her about all her husbands and “non husbands”? No, of course she didnt. It hurt.

You know what I noticed about this story though? She never had to say “Im sorry.” Jesus already knew her heart. I can imagine her heart and His already had so many conversations. In the middle of the night when she cried herself to sleep while her heart called out to Him in loneliness. At the broken end of a failed marriage that was supposed to be forever and her heart cried out to Him in pain. In the midst of her sin that made her shunned from society, even still, her heart cried out to Him all the more.

Jesus met her at that well on purpose for a purpose. To show her all she had done. And it hurt. But she couldnt let go of that sin until she truly felt the pain of it. You know why it hurt? Because she had a heart for God. And God, in the flesh, was not condemning her but showing her where her pain was streaming from. He told her of living water that healing and salvation streams from. Her painful stream leaves her thirsty. His living stream of water would make her never thirst again.

She chose Him. She left her old stream behind (repented) and rejoiced in His everlasting stream of living water. When she left that well she was REJOICING that He knew all she had done. The pain of hearing it lead her to the rejoicing of being free from it.

And that is how salvation works, folks. I just have one question for you.

Are you thirsty?

Let Him give you the stream that never runs dry.

John 4. Read it. ❤

Prisoner of hope

Two choices:

Be a prisoner of circumstances and a fallen world.

Or

Be a prisoner of hope.

I dont want to imprison myself or anyone anymore with constantly reminding them of how this world is falling apart right now. I want to imprison people in God given, God promised, abundant, everlasting HOPE!!!

Zechariah 9:12
Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.