Re-evaluating my Dreams

You might assume that being a Christian gives you first dibs on God’s blessings. New house, new car, financial security etc. But the more I think about Christ and His life here on earth, the more I begin to realize that being a CHRIST-tian should be more than any material blessing. I often hear sermons about naming it and claiming it, sow this money seed and watch it grow into thousands, and tithing expecting some type of money return. I’m not denying God’s ability to provide even our deepest desires, I’m saying…it’s not something Jesus had or wanted while He was here on earth.

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20

Jesus’ heart did not desire anything for himself but for the world. He was so focused on the salvation of man that He never worried about the next meal or the next time He was going to rest His head on a comfortable bed. Thinking about it, Jesus found His disciples sleeping outside at some points

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. (Matthew 26:40)

Idk, sounded like they were used to snoozing outside lol.

It wasn’t Jesus’ desire to ask God for “things”. His prayers were filled with the concern for His people. For the world. I keep this in mind often. If i want to be Christlike, I have to re-evaluate my prayers. What are my hopes and dreams? How often to i concern myself with the salvation of my family, friends, ppl in the streets?

God’s will for Jesus was the death on The Cross. Jesus’ will for His disciples was to preach the gospel which resulted in persecution. What is God’s will for me? To be happy? To be Too blessed to be stressed? Rich and relaxed? Those things sound great but while I’m here on earth, should that be my ultimate desire?

This is episode idk of the Bus Chronicles because I’m too lazy to check which episode I’m in. I think number 3

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Self-righteousness

We have this subtle and very sinful tendency

to look at what happens to someone else

and we think

we are not as bad of a sinner as they are

when the reality is,

we are all sinners at the core.

I urge you;

do not let the circumstances of others

make you think of yourself as righteous

for that self-righteousness in itself

is dreadfully sinful.

There is a difference between said faith and real faith

Said faith is just a transaction; you say your prayer of repentance and are assumed to be saved. It’s a sense of spirituality unconcerned with fellowship but concerned with individuality. There is no freedom, no passion, and sometimes said believers walk away from Christ as a whole because there hasn’t been a complete renewal of the mind.

I always thought I was saved when I first made that vocal transaction during the altar call. Afterwards, I didn’t sense a change in my heart. I was concerned with ensuring I was following the rules and regulations of the church to present myself as “holy” unto man. I didn’t understand what it meant to be Holy and no one explained to me that being Holy wasn’t possible by my own works. The day I decided to submit my life, my will and, my soul to the Lord, was the day I realized that the process of repentance wasn’t a same day procedure.

Repentance was like a dagger in my heart turning and turning with no mercy. The sadness was so crippling that every breath was so painful to take. God opened my eyes to my sin, made me aware of the people I have hurt and had me question my salvation as a whole. I knew where my soul was heading and I begged God to have mercy on me. Since I didn’t know about Grace at the time, I just assumed that my fate in Hell couldn’t be reversed. I begged God to make a way for me. I said “Lord, I know you’re all powerful and you could do anything you please. Could I ask that you make it so that I didn’t have to go to Hell? Could you bend the rules just this one time so that I could have a chance?”. After that day, the Lord began to show me Jesus. Not just the one I routinely sang about in church but the one that died and rose again…for me.

I heard of an older woman who attended church for the majority of her life saying that she wasn’t sure if she was going to Heaven or Hell. Jesus didn’t die on The Cross for us to question if His sacrifice worked or not. If you say that salvation is something you could lose then you may not have it at all to begin with. Teaching that you lose your salvation in just one sinful thought is saying that in one sinful thought, The Cross wasn’t enough. Yesterday, I was upset at how someone lied in my face and in that moment, the Holy Spirit reminded me how I lied to my mom a few months ago. Was my lie strong enough to revoke what The Cross did for me? If that is so, my destination will be forever Hell starting right now. I do my best to live a life pleasing to God but man I mess up A LOT. If it was that easy to lose my salvation…I. Will. Never. Make. IT.

Be careful how you preach salvation. I will never endorse living a sinful life as real Salvation encourages one to live free from sin. If you can stand confidently and say that you’re going to heaven because YOU live holy and YOU are sanctified and because YOU pray, fast, meditate, preach and recycle….id be concerned. You are Holy because of the Blood. You are Holy because Jesus covered your sin so that it doesn’t shine scarlet red before a Holy God.

Life is short

Make peace with your enemies.

Make peace with yourself.

Tell people you love them

And show them.

Take joy in what you have.

Quit seeking for more

Stop and smell the flower.

Take note of the small gestures.

Be compassionate and

Stop trying to know it all.

Life is short and so is this blog.

Don't waste anymore time, just spread the Love. God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. Share them!

Now, if I were you…

The damage is done and it’s hard to wish greatness in your enemy’s life. Their failure, pleasing.

Who are you kidding? Telling yourself that your thoughts are wrong doesn’t remove its lovely feeling.

You can repent & you can pray and ask God to take it away but we all know the truth.

Their downfall is what you wanted.

Their sorrow is what you scoffed at.

Their desperation, comforting.

You can be honest all you want and say “I don’t want to think that way.”

That doesn’t erase the fact that you thought it in the first place.

Don’t you get it, you’re human.

Understand that it was The Cross that blocks the “comes around” that should result because of that attitude.

If I were you, I’d praise Him.

Friends in Christ 

There is nothing like having a friend who continuously reminds you of who you are in Christ. There are times I dont even speak of any of my spiritual battles and I would receive a text with scripture or a picture message of an uplifting devotional from one of my friends. 

Peter reminds me that this whole Christian thing is done successfully with the body of Christ. We need a constant reminder that God had the final word at The Cross and we don’t need to stress anymore. 

My husband and I have been struggling lately with adjusting to my new job and the whole getting the kids ready, dinner, homework, cleaning, Church, kids ministry, and fitness classes that I forget what scripture says. Sometimes, my attitude doesn’t even match one of a true Christian but thank God I have friends who remind me of who I am in Chrsit. 

I’ve been having stressful dreams and nightmares every night because I keep forgetting who to give my anxiety to. But praise God that with a simple text from a friend, I am reminded that I don’t need to have sleepless nights anymore. Thank You Lord for the friends you have given me, I wouldn’t trade them for the world. 

2 Peter 1:11 And you will be given a very great welcome into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a kingdom that never ends. 12 You already know these things. You are very strong in the truth you have. But I am always going to help you remember them.

It doesn’t matter how strong we think we are in faith. We always forget things which means we need a faithful reminder from someone that chooses to take time out of their day to love us. A friend in Christ. 

Examine yourself 

Psa 4:4 Tremble with fear, and stop sinning. Think about this when you go to bed, and calm down.

Before bed I always examine how I handled the day. Was I grateful? Could I have handled things better? Should I have left a few things unsaid? I just thank God that He allows me to analyze myself and expose my own flaws. I can always choose to place excuses before them. The fact is, excuses bring no growth aaaaaand I’m trying to get somewhere. 😉

Open your eyes!

The pettiness of the body of Christ troubles me. 

There are poor people living in the streets.

There are single mothers in sorrow raising children alone. 

There are suicidal teenagers who prefer to die because of low self esteem. 

Hungry children. 

People bound to addictions. 

Depressed family members. 

Elderly that are lonely. 

Mourning mothers. 

I can go on. 

Unfortunately the body of Christ is too busy focusing on the brother who offened them years ago. 

The body of Christ is too occupied on protesting the government over decisions made based on sins that are no different than their own. 

Unfortunately, the body of Christ is too distracted stalking the Instagram of a sister praying for the day she announces her downfall for self gratification. 

Open your eyes

Get over the drama

Pay attention to what’s important and make some moves that proclaim the name of Jesus instead of the name of none sense. 

We are supposed to be the salt of the earth. We are supposed to represent love and compassion but all I see is petty drama over things that don’t even matter. It’s annoying. 

Remember, you are accountable for the time you spent over something that demonstrates the opposite of the gospel. 

Are you loving others like God loves you? Perhaps you’re pretending to love idk. 

Just a reminder, love is demonstrated by taking personal concern over the sorrows of others. Love is seeing someone as if you were in that same position. Love is seeing the best, forgiving the worst and giving what we want given to us.

Be honest with yourself…. What are you doing?

Sustained 

Today has been a spiritually tough day. God has been shedding His light over me and revealed a few things in me that doesn’t please Him. 

God reminded me of where I came from. He reminded me of how He found me. He reminded me of where He took me out of. This alone humbled me greatly and ultimately reminded me that I’m am simply unworthy of what I felt was owed to me. 

See, God doesn’t owe me anything. How dare I think that any one of my works or actions filled God’s “favor meter”. God favored me even when I was a rotten sinner. 

My works didn’t make me Holier. He already made me Holy through His death on the cross. 

The standard that I made against myself didn’t make me perfect. His grace is the standard that I already meet. 

My efforts to be good didn’t make me more righteous. Righteousness is embeded to all who believe in the Son. 

My worries and anxieties doesn’t prepare my future. My future is a memory for the Lord. It’s already put together 

So all this work, all this competition, all my efforts, all my worries, all my insecurities, doubts and pride has been a waste of energy and a sign of faithlessness. The victory is won. You God, have already won this war that I choose to battle every single day. What a waste of LIFE. 

Today I choose to look at others better than myself. That’s what you ask in scripture. I choose to always remember where you found me and never forget where my heart was before You found me. Thank you for alerting me of my sins and converting them into Glory.  You will never let me FALL!

“You will never never never never let the righteous fall!”

Psalms 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. 

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