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Forgiveness only convenient to you

Forgiveness is a everyday, every person kinda thing. You don’t get to choose when to forgive, who and why. You just do it all the time and for everyone.

Don’t be the person to push the topic of forgiveness for someone in particular when you judge the majority of others.

Don’t be the person that is quick to forgive yourself and stops at the idea of forgiving someone else

And

Don’t be the person to be so quick to forgive someone else and slow to forgive yourself.

Easier said than done but failing to comply can result in a Sovereign God calling you out on it all.

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!

Sin like sand in the wind 

We all tried it. Grab a stick or a rock and write our name in the sand. We also knew that our name would quickly be blown away by the wind  or washed away by the ocean. I mean, if our name would remain permanently, we’d probably think twice about writing our names in dirt. 

John 8:3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in bed with a man who was not her husband. They forced her to stand in front of the people.

Joh 8:4 They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.

Joh 8:5 The Law of Moses commands us to stone to death any such woman. What do you say we should do?”

Joh 8:6 They were saying this to trick Jesus. They wanted to catch him saying something wrong so that they could have a charge against him. But Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with his finger.

I always wondered why or what Jesus wrote on the ground and I’m kind of hesitant to do research on it because there are way too many opinions when it comes to open-ended scripture. So far what I have researched concludes to be unclear.  

I remember sitting in the living room watching The Bible Series and paying close attention to the part when Jesus wrote on the ground. I asked God what it meant. 

Sunday, my pastor preached and he mentioned something that he once heard about writing in dirt or sand. 

“It’s like Jesus writes our sin on sand because with one gust of wind, it blows away. It’s no longer there to be mentioned or remembered again”. 

Is that what Jesus meant? Maybe there are other explanations as to what He did but for now I’ll stick to that one. The women was clearly guilty of her sin. Jesus doesn’t answer the Pharisee, He simply knelt and wrote in the ground. He doesn’t have to prove Himself to anyone, He was more concerned with the women’s salvation. 

Sometimes, we want to spend our days accusing and choosing wheather or not someone deserves salvation when we tend to forget that our main concern is to save the lost. 

Our sin has been blown away. The seas of grace washed it without a trace. Receive that forgiveness and stop accusing yourself. Jesus saves and your sin is like sand in the wind. 

Lord, please forgive me 

Lord, please forgive me.

I forgive you, but I can’t keep talking to you. Sorry, I can’t respond to your prayers. I’m just too hurt

Lord, please forgive me. 

I forgive you, but you bring too much negative energy when I come near. I’d rather stay away. 

Lord, please forgive me. 

I forgive you, but I’d rather love you from a distance. 

Lord, please forgive me. 

You hurt me too much. We can’t patch things a up like they were before. Sorry

Lord, please forgive me. 

I won’t forgive you until you repent 20 times and repeat exactly what youve done over and over until it’s good enough for me. I know you meant it the first time but, I just want to hear it again. 

Jesus, please forgive me. 

Sorry, I’m not God. 

Lord, please forgive me. 

I mean, I forgive you… But…

Lord, please forgive me. 

I won’t forgive you until you feel the pain you’ve caused me. 

Lord, please forgive me. 

I forgive you but you need to get what you deserve. 

LORD, PLEASE FORGIVE ME. 

No

What if the Lord forgave us like we “forgive” others. 

Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

God will allow a moment in your life to deeply, sorrowfully need His forgiveness and He will remind you of a person whom you’ve chosen not to forgive. 

The standard of Forgiveness is the type of Forgiveness you needed from God. If you refused the same for a brother, be prepared to be reminded of your own sin, over and over again.  

That, my friend, is God not forgiving you. 

Love like I’m not scared

Today, this sentence hit me. I heard it in a song many many times but today it stuck out the most. “Love like I’m not scared…”

I questioned, how can you be scared to love? Whoa, a bunch of personal scenarios came to mind.

Recently, I promised myself to never have a close friend again. I pledged to make Jesus my only BFF forever and always amen. Although that sounds ideal, it’s not correct to maintain a life in this way. We need friends to sharpen us spiritually. It is good to have a close friend that will correct us when we are wrong in a loving manner.

Because of my bitterness towards the friends I’ve had in the past, I’ve pushed away some amazing people. I’m going to try to live by this phrase and give new friends a chance. Also, I’m going to learn from the old ones. I’m going to love unconditionally. No matter the mistake, or hurt, or issue a good friend may cause to me or others, I’m still going to love and remain a friend.  I’m not going to pretend to keep a civil friendship because we are brothers and sisters in Christ, that’s just a load of fecal matter. Jesus is the first to peep that hypocrisy and I’m not planning on living that way with anyone.

To my enemies, even if I’ve apologized for all my wrong doings towards you and you choose to hate me anyway, I’m still going to love you and think about all the good things we went through together. I’m not going to lie, I may think of some bad stuff. Thank God I have a good friend that loves me with flaws and all – that taught me something useful. “Replace a bad memory with a good one”. So I am.

God tells us to love anyway. Love without being scared of getting hurt. Love knowing that we can or will get hurt and its okay with us. Jesus loved us KNOWING we were going to hurt Him in return. He died on the cross KNOWING we were going to pay no mind to His death. If we are supposed to be like Christ, we should learn to love the same way.

I’m not letting my past experience ruin potential friendships. I’m going to love even if there is a possibility that the friend will abandon me. I’m going to love even if there is a possibility that this person  is going to hurt me. I’m going to love like I’m not scared.

Human Perfection Does Not Exist

You know the 10 commandments right? Let’s recap.

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet

These law given to Moses by God are perfect. They are our guidelines to live a life pleasing to God. Now, ask yourself a question. Are you keeping all of them on a daily basis?

  • Is God the absolute first person in your life? Hehe think twice. Did you skip church one day to be with that boy?
  • Are you worshipping any idols? What’s that in your hand? Oh its a phone? Why won’t you leave that at home for a week or so? Oh you can’t?
  • Did you say OMG today? Did you say, TGIF because Friday you’re going clubbing?
  • What do you do Sundays after church? I’m sure the answer isn’t “I went to another church until 12AM” or “ I prayed all day until I went beddy bye bye”
  • Did you ever talk back to your parents? Yes you did, sit down.
  • Did you ever kill a person? Of course you didn’t good for you. Did you ever kill a person’s dreams or character?
  • Oh my favorite. Did you ever cheat on your spouse? Aww how faithful. How about that chick you were looking at on IG twerking? How about that dude posing in skin tight undies. MCM?
  • Oh good, you’ve never robbed a bank? Praise the Lord Praise the Lord. Go back to welfare and give back all the money you used for food stamps. Does someone need to amend their taxes? That pen you were chewing on, where did you get it? Is that your boyfriend you flirting with on the phone or does he belong to someone else? (this can apply to may commandments but I just want to put it here
  • “KG, what this ‘bearing false witness’?”  Sit down, based on your Instagram, you did it 1hr ago. #gossip
  • “KG, what is this covet?” If you read my very first blog you would know the answer to this but ill tell you. Stop being jealous of that girl that looks cuter than you. The effort you’re making to be like her #copying #extremediet etc. is coveting.

Now that we all agree that no one here is perfect, let’s move on.

Why does God tell us to follow these rules in order to go to Heaven if we obviously can’t keep them? Well, don’t you think God already knows we can’t? This explains the Cross. God sent His son to die so that we can live and go to heaven if we believe in Him. The only reason why God communicates with us even when we don’t follow these laws is because of Jesus. I’m not giving the okay to break the laws no no no. I’m saying that if ever we do, we HAVE to ask for forgiveness to be forgiven forever and for good. I would love to say more about this but the shorter the blog the better. You guys have short attention spans.

Grace.

Salvation is a gift and its not based on what we do or our spiritual performance. We will fail every day. That’s just a fact. We want to live in LOVE with God and we want to obey Him because we LOVE HIM! And when we fail, we want to get back up and receive this gift of forgiveness and salvation. We need to trust that the Cross is enough to pay for our sins. So, The end

@AuthKG
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Sin: How to overcome

“SIN WILL TAKE YOU FARTHER THAN YOU WANTED TO STRAY,
KEEP YOU LONGER THAN YOU WANTED TO STAY AND COST YOU MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO PAY.

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Psalm 103:12

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Face it, we know when we are sinning. The moment we recognize sin, we have to nip it in the bud.

Why?

It grows. It gets bigger. It takes us places we never wanted to go.

Some of us gain our victory from sin with God’s mercy but some of us do not.

If you’re victorious, then I know you understand this verse and it’s power. Amen praise GOD.

If you are finding yourself on the losing side of sin, understand this: sin does not magically disappear in an instant. Here are some components of true repentance.

1. Recognize your sin and recognize how much it hurts God
2. Don’t shift the blame. “Its my fault, I messed up.”
3. Don’t attempt to cover it up.
4. Throw yourself at the mercy of GOD.
5. Be willing to turn from your sin. Do whatever it takes to stop.

When you have done all of this and feel a huge load of guilt, go back to the principle verse. Remember, after repentance, GOD remembers sin no more. 

If you still can’t seem to get it together, replace it with something else. Keep yourself busy. Find your purpose. Take your first step and GOD will take 100 steps towards you. Every effort counts.

The Veil: Why do we keep hanging it up again?

Matthew 27:50-51

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

The Veil was a heavy curtain that separated sinners from the Holy of Holies (place for Gods presence). When Jesus yelled in a loud voice on the cross and gave up his spirit, the veil or curtain tore in half from top to bottom. Jesus’ death on the cross gave us direct communication with God and He demonstrated this by eliminating the curtain that kept us from the Holy one and His altar.

With that being said

Imagine a pastor demanding that a sign be put on the church altar saying:

“If you are female, and you are not wearing a skirt, please DO NOT step on the altar. Thank you.”

This is a true story.

 

THE VEIL

 

Imagine being told to shave your beard before playing the keyboard on the altar.

This is a true story.

THE VEIL

 

Imagine being told to practice off the altar because you are wearing basketball shorts.

This is a true story

THE VEIL

 

Imagine having confessed your sin to your pastor and being told that you can no longer participate in church activities because of…..sin?

This is a true story

THE VEIL

 

Think, if Jesus tore that veil, why are we stitching it up and hanging it again? It’s crazy that a lot of believers feel strongly about these legalistic conditions. I mean, I read the bible and take it for exactly what it says. Jesus tore this veil when He died for a reason. I recall the bible also saying that…you know…”it is finished?”

Honestly, there shouldn’t be any law or rules to participate on the altar. I can understand if a pastor was trying to emphasize on looking decent, conservative and presentable for The Lord, but who said wearing a skirt is the only way? If anything, pants can be less revealing.

Who said shaving your beard made you look more presentable? What if that’s the only hair you have? S/O to hubby.

Who said being a sinner should keep you off the altar? I mean, if you’re sinless, cast that first stone. Right? If I sin and repent, doesn’t the bible say that God remembers my sin no more? So why remember my sin and bring it up when it comes to my participation on the altar?

Why is it emphasized to tell the church authorities about someone else’s sin? Um…the bible doesn’t call us to be tattle tells. I mean, is it our job to reveal someone else’s sin in the first place? If that’s the case, are we not taking that job away from the Holy Spirit? Does it help the sinner in any way? Does it help the sinner reach higher levels spiritually if we point fingers, sit them down and demand that they endure shame and rejection for a mistake?

Who are we to do any of that?

“Oh God remembers your sin no more my child but I DO! Now take it like a man and accept 6 months of discipline!”

I’m not trying to be controversial; I’m just trying to make a point about the veil that Jesus tore because if we are going to emphasize on something so stupid like skirts, beards and sin, we in turn emphasize on a meaningless cross.

Seriously, don’t preach about forgiveness and some east to west and deepest part of the ocean stuff if you don’t apply it to people when it’s necessary.

What do you think?

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