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.
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.
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.
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Story submitted by Joselyn W.
Four years ago I was going through a really hard time in my life. I made a decision without thinking it through but thought it was for the best.
That decision landed me behind bars for almost a year.
I was lost, confused and just didn’t know where to look. I was not going to church like I used to and I felt like God just gave up on me. The day of my sentencing I was able to go home and I had 3 months to surrender. I remember getting in my car and just yelling, crying wondering why! I knew that I did this to myself and didn’t think about anybody. I didn’t want to live anymore. I wanted to just go to a bridge and just jump. Nobody knew or understood the demon that I was fighting within.
One night I started to drive with no destination in mind and the devil was really attacking my spirit. I started to drive to the nearest bridge, thinking it would be the best thing to do. As I get closer to the bridge my phone rings it was my best friend. She just wanted to talk and I held every tear that I needed to so I wouldn’t give it away. She knew that I was going thru an emotional rollercoaster but she never knew how bad the thoughts that were going thru my mind were. As she was talking to me she started to tell me that everybody makes mistakes and we all learn from them. She said more words but she never knew or understood how she saved my life that day. It was God!
As my sentencing got closer, I remember hugging my son and just crying letting him know that mommy will be gone for a little while but that I will be back and he will be able to see me soon. We cried, hugged and said our I love you!
The day that I surrendered, I remember asking God to protect me. As I walked in and sat down I was surrounded by 4 walls. As I did my time God spoke to my heart and all I felt was peace. He let me see that some decisions in my life were not perfect but he was going to help me get thru them. He allowed me to see that the relationship that I was in at the time was not for me, and I let it go once I got home.
We all make mistakes. Some may be larger than others, but no matter what God will always be by our side. There are times when we feel like He stopped listening to us or that He doesn’t care, but He does. He will never leave our side no matter the disappointments that we provide to Him, He will always be there. He may allow us to fall at times but He will be by our side to pick us up. Lord knows that without the strength that He provided to me I may not be here today. He allows you to see the toxic people in your life and is up to you to let them go and learn from them!
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Story submitted by Gabby V.
“The first time was when I was in my mother’s womb. She had a very bad pregnancy. The doctors said that when I come out, I was going to die instantly. One day, my mother went to church and my cousin wanted to go up for prayer. She asked my mother to go up with her so my mom went.
Instead of the preacher praying for my cousin, he prayed for my mother and my mother felt the presence of God healing me. While that was happening, no one could touch my mother until God was finished with her. I was born on February 19,1997 as the healthiest premature baby born 2 months early.
The second time, I GOT MY LICENSE! I was a 17-year-old teen with her license and a car! My sister was sitting in the passanger seat with me and my friend was sitting in the back. We wanted pizza! If you’re from Elizabeth, New Jersey you would know that route 1&9 is always packed. As a new driver, I didn’t want to wait in traffic so I made a turn into a one-way street. When I realized where I was going, I hit a pole because there was a car heading my direction. It was because of God that I could get out of the wreck without a scratch, without hurting my sister or my friend and, without completely wrecking the car! God is good!
The third time, I ate spoiled chicken. Yes! I know, chicken! How? That’s my question EXACTLY! No one knew what I had at the time. I was lying in bed for 3 months vomiting and with diarrhea every single day. I was ordered to take some pills. I lost about 30 pounds because of this. I didn’t know what a good sleep was for 3 months because I had the chills in the middle of night… Every night. Doctors kept telling me I had the flu and that I had the stomach virus but no one could figure exactly what virus or infection I had. Salmonella is some very very very very bad bacteria. You could die from salmonella poisoning if you have for too long. I had the bacteria in my system for 3+ months. My aunt, my church, my parents and, my family all gathered around me and prayed. God healed me instantly! I received antibiotic shots and I was done. I never experienced something like that ever again.
God has a plan for each one of you that is reading this right now. Trust me, you would not be here if he didn’t have a plan. So, trust in Him.
The devil tried to destroy me and failed! He knows that God has me under His wing and nothing will happen unless God says otherwise!”
I’ve been in a very long season of isolation. When I say isolation, I mean having no one to bounce my spiritual concerns off of. No one to give me fulfilling spiritual advice. Every prayer, struggle, concern and doubt has always been forwarded to God the Father alone.
I have friends, yes. But for some odd reason, God pulls me back from them when it comes to my spirituality. Many times I’ve felt so alone and so misunderstood because God has not anointed anyone (other than my husband and Pastor) to guide me. There have been plenty of times that even going to my husband or my pastor has returned to me void.
It’s not their fault at all and I’m starting to see the light now. God needs me to trust Him. I used to have a terrible habit of feeding off of people rather than the source of my spiritual meal. It’s been revealed to me that this isolation season is over and I’m blogging to tell you that it isn’t terrible to have your own encounter. When you feed off of your friends expierences or grab a spiritual snack from a relative, you always leave missing out on a full course meal. You think youre full, but you’re not super dooper button open belly out full.
I’ve had a lot of questions, doubts and discouraging moments that have been completely satisfied when I directed them to Him. Give it a shot. Concerns + God – People = Revelation.
Just a note: My answers were found in scripture every. Single. Time.
The word seemed so unclear to me but now that I’m starting to see a strong anointing flowing over my life, I’m getting a clearer picture of the power of Your anointing.
When God has anointed you to accomplish something according to His will, He will place everything that is needed right in front of you to make it come to pass. People will begin to find favor in you. God will start to remove people from your life that hold you back and God will start taking you out of situations that drag you to a place where you could start focusing on that task you are anointed to accomplish.
Timing is everything. Doors don’t begin to open until the time is right. People’s hearts won’t start moving in your favor until HIS TIME IS RIGHT. I can’t explain in words how God is moving for me. All I can say is that HE IS and every single thing He promised me is coming to pass.
I’ve also been able to witness an anointing coming to a close. I’ve had a whole lot of energy and capacity to fulfil ministerial duties and suddenly hear God say, “It’s time to go to the next level”. Doors begin to close and new doors swing open.
I’m genuinely thankful for Your faithfulness oh God! You said it, and I’m witnessing it firsthand coming together for me. Please remind me to be grateful even during the setbacks. Please help me be faithful in putting The Kingdom first and most of all, please continue to guide me so that one day I could testify of how great You are.
If I were to start a movement. What would it be for?
Defending the REAL Christian.
But many so called “Christians” would join.
Then I would have to remove of them.
Which would make me a judge.
Scripture says we shouldn’t do.
Then I would be kicked out of the movement.
Then there would be no movement.
Maybe I just want to stand up for something.
There is injustice indeed.
People just hate the modern day Christian.
But Jesus said that’s how it would be.
Perhaps this movement is anti-Christian.
I can’t stop The Lord’s plans you see.
I guess the only movement I can make,
Is the one that starts in me.
So many uncertainties and frequent human inconsistencies leave so much room for fear. Fear that perhaps our comfort gets torn out from under our feet. That in an instant, our lives go from a constant, subtle wave to a thunderous storm tossing us left and right resulting in our destruction.
Have no fear, The Lord says that He is our stronghold. That throughout the storm, He is the lighthouse in the middle of the ocean that never moves; a strong tower that remains sustained. We run to It and are saved.
I can’t deny being provoked by the storm to make drastic decisions coming from fear. What I can say is, moving according to fear leads to more uncertainty.
Let’s put our emotions aside a move towards what scripture directs us to do. God is always right. We, on the other hand, are most likely wrong.
I love to see how far I’ve come in this Christian walk. I enjoy going back to old blogs remembering how I felt when I wrote them, remembering how some blogs were written out of spite or out of anger. I look back and remembered how I felt; as if I knew it all. No way am I going to knock myself down for it. Those feelings were genuine and just because it isn’t relevant now doesn’t mean that it’s not important.
It’s sad how we sometimes feel the best solution to our mind battles is to pretend the past never existed. We drown in our guilt from past decision or past mistakes instead of embracing them just as Psalms 77:11 says.
Is it hard to remember how the Lord delivered us from our errors? Is it difficult to review all the times the Lord blessed us despite of our foolishness. Is it hard to be honest with our mistakes and to not…pretend. I have to admit, these things can be difficult for some including myself. It’s hard for me to admit to MYSELF that I carry envy in my heart. An envy that I still ask God why its presence still exists in me. I’m learning today that God uses my struggle to remind me what He took me out of. To remind me that although people can do what I wish I can do or posses what I wish I had doesn’t mean that I am less than (<). It means that I am not meant to be anyone else. That God has blessed me in specific areas according to HIS will. Not mine.
See, it’s not terrible to admit to your sin. It’s not terrible to hold onto a piece of your past. It isn’t the end of the word if you be just a little transparent. Being honest and looking back to the days of old shouldn’t bring you to a bad place rather, it should bring you to a new place. A place where you begin to see some change in your being. The way you walk, talk and act.
No I won’t go back and delete previous blogs or delete previous statuses on my Facebook or remove old photos from my IG. I’m happy. If you don’t like me at my state of growing and learning, than you won’t like me now cuz guess what?
I am still growing and learning.