Friday, January 7, 2011

Checking myself!

When I start becoming self-aware, I soon realize that others don't seem as bad as I thought... after all, we are human and no one is perfect!

We(meaning me) should be able to forgive, even if we don't receive an apology, because God forgives us over and over and over again! I don't think that we should let people run all over us, but I do believe that we should ease up on them.

Strange thing lately is that whenever I point the finger at someone else, the finger always comes back to me! Isn't that how it should be? Instead of wasting time correcting other people, we should be correcting ourselves and checking ourselves!

For instance, if I am angry that someone is talking bad about me and then I go and talk bad about them, aren't I doing the same thing that they are doing??!!!

I am still learning these lessons the hard way! If we all started looking at fixing our own actions instead of trying to fix others, maybe this world would be a better place and we wouldn't think that we are better than someone else just because we have a characteristic or quality that they don't have.

God has given each of us different gifts! One person may lack in communication, but be great with helping others with their hands. Should we down that person because they can't communicate, or should be go by the golden rule that we should treat others as we want to be treated and help them with their issue instead of tearing them down for it?!

I think we all have different strengths and weaknesses so that we can work together to make each other stronger!

Love goes a long way! Maybe instead of being so prideful because that one person hurt me, I need to show that person the Love that God has shown me. Maybe that person is bitter and just needs Love! If I come in and be bitter back, then what is that going to accomplish??? Who am I anyway to judge them?? I wouldn't want them to judge me! JUDGING IS WRONG BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE THE PERSON'S HEART---ONLY GOD CAN!!!

Maybe we should just believe the best in people because we would want them to believe the best in us right???

Pride is strong, but Love always wins!!! :) :) :) <3 <3 <3

Thursday, December 2, 2010

When you love someone, you talk about them!

What is so wrong about preaching the Word of God? Do you feel threatened by the name of JESUS? You shouldn't! He is the reason why we are alive! Just look up at the sky, or when a baby is born, or how our heart beats without us telling it to. So amazing this life! A glove is meant for a hand only, just like we are vessels meant to contain Christ and Christ ONLY!!! Try and fill it with something else, and you will not be doing what you were made for, and guaranteed you will not remain in peace with your life! Choose LIFE!

I was blind, but now I see! I do not fit in with the world, because I am not of the world! I do not want the things of the world! Jesus is the light and the way, and although I am not perfect, I want to pursue the Lord with all my heart, and all my soul, and all my being!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Words are Powerful

Sometimes I speak before I think, and it ends up doing more harm. :( Lord, work on my mouth and the words that come out of it. Use my mouth for building up instead of tearing down.

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" -Proverbs 15:1

"Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips" -Proverbs 4:24

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" Ephesians 4:31

Sunday, November 7, 2010

What I have learned as a Christian!

I couldn't go to sleep because all of these thoughts kept going through my mind and I just had to share them!!!

In no particular order:

A house does NOT make a home! Being jealous of someone who has a huge house with nice furnishings is like being jealous of someone who is chasing the wind! Eventually all the worldly things will fade away, but God is the only Truth that will remain for eternity! He IS, WAS, and ALWAYS WILL BE!!! Put your faith into God instead of a house, or worldly things and your rewards will be great!

Choosing Christ and being a Christian means going against the world. Sometimes you lose the friends or family you used to have, or even bad habits. In the beginning you might see this as a bad thing because you lose your independence, you may not fit in, and people may not understand what you are doing, but Keep On Keepin' On because the goal is to gain Christ!!! If your flesh is suffering, it is a GOOD THING!!! While people are caring about the outward things, you keep caring about the inward! In the end you will win the greatest prize of all! Let those people keep caring about their looks or their "riches," and although they look happy on the outside they are probably empty on the inside, but you will be filled on the inside and the beauty will flow to the outside!!!

No matter what any human being says, ALWAYS follow what God tells you. It's HIS WILL AFTER ALL!!! Don't worry about doing good works because they are good, but instead listen to God and what He tells you to do! It's not about "doing" anything, but rather having a relationship with Him! When you have the relationship, you are close to Him and you know what He wants you to do! Faith without works is not good, but likewise, works without Faith is not good either because it is coming from your self instead of what God wants. You don't have to DO anything for God to Love you! He already loves you!!!

I don't care what anyone says about this... money can NOT buy happiness!!! Fighting over money is seriously fighting over cloth and paper... Well, isn't that what money is made of??? What is truly precious and priceless is the blood of Jesus which was shed for us b/c God loved us so much!

Having a relationship with God is far more important than going to church one day out of the week and ignoring Him the rest of the time.

If you are determined to do something, you will do it. If you want to watch t.v. or go out, you will do it. But, where is the determination to spend time with God? All he wants is for us to have a relationship with Him and rely on Him for everything. He needs us just like we need Him! Make the choice to allow God into your day! It will be worth it, and in return you will gain all that is in Him: Peace, Love, Joy, Happiness, Grace, Mercy, Healing, Knowledge and so on!

We are vessels to contain Christ! That is what we are made for!! Just like a glove is made for a hand, we were made to contain Christ and nothing else!!! This is why when we try to find other things that make us happy besides God, it is like trying to put a foot in a glove... it does NOT work!!! We are supposed to contain Christ so that we can reflect Him and be in His image! God is Love!! Ever heard that saying: "And they'll know we are Christians by our Love"!! It's true!!! When He fills us up, we overflow Him!

This journey with God is little by little, and day by day. It's not something that is going to just happen in a week! You are not going to be perfect in a couple of days! Relax and enjoy God! He IS SO ENJOYABLE!! When I stress about not looking like a good Christian, I start to follow the "LAW" instead of Christ. Jesus came to get rid of the law and bring Himself into us!

We always seem to point out what everyone else is doing wrong, or what we thing they should be doing, but it is more profitable to turn your finger away from others and point it towards yourself! Have faith and God will do the rest to work with the other person. Often I would point out in others about how they always said negative things, not knowing that I was a hypocrite doing the same thing they were!! Remember that we are all sinners and that people are at different stages in their lives. We can learn from each other! It's interesting how God puts an impatient person in a city with tremendous traffic, or gives you a family member that is hateful! It's all for His Will!!

NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!! You have angels rootin' for you! Know that Satan wants you to fail. He wants you to think the worst and feel like there is no hope, but just remember Job. Through all of the turmoil in his life, he said "I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES"!!!! Faith in not seeing, but in believing in what you cannot see! Have faith and know that God knows you the best and won't give you any situation that you cannot handle.

Get in, Get out, or Get run over because Jesus is coming through! It's your choice whether you want God in your life. He gave us a free will to choose. Choose wisely because having one foot in and one foot out is not good. Serving two idols means not being faithful to one. Choose life! Choose Christ!!

Share your testimony. That is the way that I found God is through people's testimonies! I wanted what they had, and what they had was the Lord!! I never choose this path for myself. I wanted to be a whole different person, but the person who I was in my past was not a good imitation of Christ. Preaching God's Word while being drunk is not really a good way to bring people in! Trust me, I know from experience!

I can't even begin to describe all of the sins I have made throughout my lifetime. If it wasn't for me asking God for forgiveness and taking the blood of Jesus, I would have sat in condemnation, but instead I have no condemnation!!! I move on because Jesus shed His blood for ALL sins: past, present, and future! God doesn't look back at your sins, so neither should you!!

No one can see your heart but God. Don't worry about what others think of you because you have the one who loves you the most! After all, He created you!!!

Love cures a multitude of sins :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Why" and "Half-hearted Christians"

If I sound "preachy," I apologize, but my purpose is not to point fingers at anyone but myself. I have learned all of these through my experiences, and those experiences are what I share. I often find that writing them helps me too when I can look back and remind myself of how far I have come!

I have heard a lot of people asking the question, "Why," as in "Why do bad things happen to good people?" but yet they do not see the point. The point is that we do not have to know the "Why" but that we trust God and know that He loves us. If we knew everything, then we would be God; and, what would be the point in knowing everything? People ask why God let the planes crash into the twin towers, but I would say to them that it wasn't God that did that, but man. God wasn't driving that plane- men were. We have the choice to choose God, but some people don't. I think the hate in this world is caused by the lack of not knowing Christ and His Love. God is Love. This is what happens when people do not know God. I also find it interesting that the people asking the question of "why" proclaim they are Christians, yet openly live in sin.

I am deciding to choose right now. I choose life! I can't tell people how to live their lives if I am not following God. If I am stealing, then I cannot give advice to others not to steal. A lot of people are giving advice, but they themselves are not following it. Do we want to be half-hearted Christians, who have one foot in the world and one foot in heaven? I don't think it works that way. God said that we shall worship no one besides Him. There are so many idols that people wouldn't even consider idols. Feelings can be an idol if you rely on them rather than God. A person can be an idol, or money. Anything that we are consumed by that isn't God is an idol.

God is so enjoyable! He should have the first place in our hearts. Some people shy away from that because they want to be in control of their own life... but look at the mess that happens when they are. Just saying!! The reason I can say all of this is because I am still learning. To see where I was before and where I am now is just amazing, and I know as a fact it was God that did it all! If I say these things like I am judging, I am really NOT! My purpose is to share my testimony! All of the bad in me was caused by not having God in my life and following Him. He has a purpose for us, and we need to open our eyes and see!!! This amazing life I have is all because of the one in me! My life is hidden with Christ!!!! :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

God Gets The Glory!!!

I was thinking why I couldn't just get myself out of depression, or why I couldn't just quit smoking without any help from anyone. Well, the answer is that God wants the Glory!!! We can't do anything without Him, and He doesn't want us to! If I had quit smoking all by myself without God's help, then God would not get the Glory. I tried to quit for over 7 years without God, and the moment I asked for His help, the problem was fixed! He is the one that did it; I was just obedient! GOD GETS THE GLORY!!! It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me! It was nothing that I did; It was all that He did! He is the only one that is able when we are not! Thank you Lord for your faithfulness, and I pray that we can grow closer with you and have an intimate relationship built on faith, hope, trust, and LOVE, and that we can lean on you with EVERY aspect of our lives!!! Let us humble ourselves and allow you to work in us and through us. Jesus is LORD!!! Amen!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I want the world to love me, but God loves me

Who I was and who I am
Are like night and day
One free and crazy
The other obedient to the Maker
But there can't be middle ground
I can't have my cake and eat it too.

I once heard lukewarm is worse
Than not choosing a side.
Too be free and careless is to
Fit in with the world,
But I can't go back
Even if I am hated, I can't go back.

Am I too serious about all of this?
Why is following Love
Such a bad thing to the world?
I want the world to love me,
... sigh ...

Sometimes it feels like it's not enough
But what are feelings anyway
But a passing lie in time.
God is the Truth and the Light and the Way
Why should I be afraid to gain Christ?
...Because I won't be accepted by the world.

Wait. I want the prize so bad
The angels beside me are
Cheering me on
And the Love of God
is with me always
To live is Christ, but to die is gain!