Do you hear Him?

You know what amazes me? When I am studying my bible, praying, listening to worship music, or maybe just sitting back in deep thought and an impression hits me. God impresses a thought in my head or a feeling in my heart and I feel the words “do you hear me?” Or “do you understand?” Or when I feel lead to do something like when studying my bible instead of saying “well that doesnt make sense” or “that seems contradictory to this other verse” and moving on…I feel pressed to go deeper. I feel a tug that says “this is important to understand.” Or “this is important for you to see it isnt contradictory at all.” So, I pray for understanding. I study a little more. Then there it is! I get it! But I think what amazes me the most is when I have felt these impressions, these words on my heart, and then read someone else’s understanding and it matches mine. Almost to the letter. As if we heard the same God speak the same impression on our hearts. It makes me realize how close God stays to us.

So many of us look for that kind of closeness and that kind of belonging in worldly things. Folks, let me remind you, not only is this world temporary but our time on it is as well. Set your sights on what really matters. We all have an eternity waiting for us. If you have not accepted Christ as your savior but feel led to and have questions. Then ask! Ask me, ask a preacher, or ask a mature Christian you know. If you have accepted Christ as your savior and wonder how to truly make your time on this world worth something. Love. Obey. Draw near to God. Be a light in this dark world. We are part of the solution. Share the light…be the salt.

Many of you skim past my posts. Some may have even unfollowed or unfriended me. But for you…the one that never reads this far and doesnt understand why they are still reading. Or to the one that just decided to read this post. This is for you. It is no accident. God is here with you. If you arent saved…He wants you to be. If you are but have been living a luke warm Christian life…He wants you to draw closer. Do you feel it? Dont run from it. Run to it. Youll never regret doing what is good for you. Do you hear Him?

God is with us where ever we go

We may have to suffer a little while. Jesus suffered when He was here too. Nothing we go thru was missed by Jesus. He felt it all. And just when it seemed like He had lost, all hope was gone and He was finished….oh…it was just the beginning. He WON!!! And He told us we win in the end too! Do not fear, be courageous, God is with us where ever we go.

Prayer for the lost

Lord, I pray over_______ . You have brought______ in my life for a reason. I ask that Your love overwhelm ______. I pray the force of Your love envelopes_______ leaving no choice but to recognize You. I pray _______ comes to You. I pray______ becomes repentant and accepts You. I pray______ comes back to us. Bring______ in Lord. Bring ______ back. I thank You that what seems impossible is always possible with You. Open the eyes of ______‘s heart Lord. Help_____ see You. In Christ name we pray, Amen

Self Obsession

I just heard something that really got me: self destruction is a result of self obsession. What a way to put it in the most simple terms. Obsession with your mistakes, obsession with your problems, obsession with self criticism. We have all either done it or know someone that is doing it. Sometimes our problems feel like they are all our own. That is why my response is usually “you are not alone in that.” Because God speaking that to me time and time again is what brings me out of self destructing. Sometimes we allow ourselves to be singled out. We make ourselves a victim of the world. Sometimes we feel like we are one of those that dont deserve better. And we punish ourselves. God shows me more everyday to stop doing that. To love myself the way He does. He made me. He made you. We are not mistakes and we do not need to focus so much on ourselves that we dont notice a whole world that needs us. We dont need to be so intent on punishing ourselves that we never move into accepting the characteristics of Christ. We dont need to accept a victim role that holds us back from healing when He has proclaimed us victorious over all evil. Because we are His children. Because He made us for purpose. Step out of yourself and see where you are needed. Step into the bible and see where your thoughts need to be transformed. That truth is your weapon. Study it, train with it, and find your endurance in it.

1 John 3:1 – See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!

Isaiah 61:1 & 3 – He has sent me to…bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

Matthew 20:28
Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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 9:9
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

John 16:33
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Joy that lasts through the dark days

It is good to enjoy yourself. It is good to enjoy youth while young. They are fleeting days. But find things that bring joy for the dark days we are all sure to have. And avoid joys that will multiply the dark days ahead. The choices you make each day define your story. An everlasting story is one that glorifies God. For when judgement day comes, all other joy is counted meaningless and pure vanity. What joys can last through dark days? (Healthy lifestyle, volunteering, being apart of a church family, bible study and passing on the word God has shown you…) What joys can multiply dark days? (Drugs, alcohol, overeating,sex outside of marriage…) What does it mean for you?
The pictured verse is Ecclesiastes 11:7-10
This was a great chapter. Verses 1-6 are about not being so worried over the risks that you never take the chance. We never know what will work out and what won’t. If God puts it on your heart then go for it. Give it a shot, because you never know what God will do with it. It is a great chapter to study if you feel you are being called to step out in faith but scared.

Living a life of integrity

My bible study this morning was in Proverbs 11. As I studied verse 3: “the integrity of the upright shall guide them: but all the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” I looked into the enduring word bible study and read their definition of integrity: “living a trustworthy life without shame or secrets.” I know what it is like to want to hide something. I have done it for years with my eating. Raise your hand if you have ever eaten a whole box of cookies and hid the container deep in the trash so no one would know. 🙋‍♀️ Maybe a mistake was made at work and everyone knows it but doesnt know who did it and you do everything in your power to hide that it was you. Or maybe you said something bad about someone and it got back to them and you do everything you can to jusitfy or lie about what you really said. Why do we do this? Shame. We are ashamed of ourselves. Shame comes in many forms. Embarrassment, depression, or hatefulness. There is a cure for that. The bible instructs us to live with integrity. Secrets are kept in the dark. When you bring them from dark to the light then healing of shame begins. We are also instructed to be humble. We all make mistakes. Be humble enough to live with integrity and shine light on what you did instead of putting so much energy into hiding it in the dark. “No, the cookies didnt mysteriously disappear and the kids didnt eat them. I ate the whole bag and threw them in the trash. I need help to pray over this.” “It was me that made that mistake and this is what I plan to do to make sure I dont do that again. If you have any other ideas I would like to hear them as well.” “Yes, I did get caught up in gossiping and it was about you. Im sorry about what I said and I pray you will forgive me and we can work through this. Im so sorry I hurt you.” Living a life of integrity doesnt mean you wont make mistakes. It means you own up to your mistakes and find ways to make it right. Mistakes have literally been made by the most important people in the bible from the beginning of time. Remember good ol Adam and Eve trying to hide in the garden like God didnt know where they were? Of course He knew, but like Adam and Eve, He wants us to bring it to the light willingly. Here it is Lord. I did it. Please help me correct it. And He will. Everytime.

Permissible and Beneficial

So many dont follow Jesus or the bible because it tells them they cant do all these things that they really want to do. He never says you cant do them. He says He doesnt want you to. Jesus died for our sins, and as the bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:23: “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is beneficial.” He doesnt want you to do them because they will harm you. He isnt a God of “because I said so”. He is a protector. He wants you to behave in a way that benefits you and He knows the way. He doesnt want us to be obedient to fulfill some pride filled “I have rule over you” type mentality. Jesus is humble and kind. The law isnt there to provide a way to prove your salvation or to earn your salvation. The law is there to protect you from harm and an unhealthy life. We live for Him and His way because we learn we can love and trust Him. Like when a trainer tells you how to work out and eat to lose weight. You can trust that what they tell you will give you the promised results if you are obedient to it. Yes, you can fully believe Christ is your saviour, yet never live for Him. When you do that you are truly missing out on the power afforded to you by putting full trust in Him and knowing His way is right. God made the law. Jesus provided a way for us to be forgiven for falling short of obeying the law, but He did not take the law away. It is there to help, guide, and be beneficial to us all. Be willing to let go of what is holding you back. Ask Jesus to transform your rebellious spirit into an obedient heart. Before long you will see the changes. You will appreciate the changes and wonder why you held on to the other stuff for so long. Jesus doesnt want to order you around. He wants you to come to the Father willingly. He wants you to see how you can trust Him with all your heart. On the solid rock you stand. All other ground is sinking sand. May Christ be with you all, Amen