Once Upon a Time

God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change. (Acts 17:30 MSG)

Every person inherently has a childish nature no matter their age. When we don’t get what we want we can revert to childish ways. Before you knew the behavior was wrong, it was acceptable, so to speak, but when you accepted Jesus as your Lord, and the Bible became your foundation for everything that you do, your behavior must change. No longer is it acceptable to tell everyone off who doesn’t do what you want them to, or harbor bitterness and resentment to show your disapproval and the like. Pity parties, pouting, shutting everyone out is no longer acceptable. It’s time to grow up and put away childish ways. You cannot change on your own so you will need the Holy Spirit’s help to convict you of all childish behavior.  Continue reading

Spiritual Nourishment

Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty. (John 6:35 GW)

 

Eating is a required part of our daily lives in order to stay alive. People spend a lot of time trying to figure out what they are going to eat so they can feel satisfied, but the real question is do they spend the same amount of time trying to figure out how to satisfy their spirits? Our spirits need the same amount of attention and nutrition, if not more, in order to stay spiritually strong. Jesus said He is the bread of life and whoever comes to Him will never be hungry or thirsty—in Him is complete satisfaction. His Word rejuvenates our bodies, our minds, and our spirits the more we meditate on it. You can’t just eat on Sunday mornings and expect to stay full for the rest of the week, just as you can’t eat one day a week and expect to be functioning at an optimal level.  Just as you have to eat physical food daily, you have to eat God’s Word just as much. You’re probably thinking “how can I eat the Word of God?” Eating the Word simply means reading the Word, meditating the Word, listening to the Word, and speaking the Word. The Word should be in front of your eyes, in your ears, and coming out of your mouth more than anything else. When you eat God’s Word you will never be hungry. His Word provides the nutrients you need to grow up healthy and strong in your Christian walk. There is no other way to get spiritual nourishment than from the Nourisher Himself and from His Word.  Continue reading

You Are Making a Difference

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I planted, and Apollos watered, but God made it grow.

1 Corinthians 3:6 GW

 

Everything has a time and place (see Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), and we are just living out our parts in God’s script for humanity. You’re on your job for a reason, you have the friends and family in your life for a reason, each relationship was for a reason, every circumstance is for a reason etc. Nothing is by accident, but it’s all by God’s design and purpose.  Continue reading

Music to God’s Ears

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We say so many things that are displeasing to God (complaining, grumbling, gossiping, etc.), that it’s time we change our lip service to align it with God’s Word. When we sing words of praise, show our gratitude, and worship God, it makes Him smile. Voicing how thankful we are is music to God’s ears. Usually when we pray, our prayers include a long laundry list of things we want and need, and sometimes we forget to acknowledge God for who He is, instead of what He can do for us.  Let’s switch up how we pray and enter into God’s presence. Instead of “I need” and “I want,” let’s strip off our selfish nature and invite God into our lives for who He is. This allows you to lose sight of yourself and let God indwell your inner most being. This lets God know you actually want and need Him in your life. Changing your confessions will help you to spiritually grow in God. Make God smile by sending music to His ears. This confession list is not all-inclusive, but it’s a great starting point. As you grow, mature, and fall in love with God, your list will grow and become more personal and intimate.  Continue reading

Strong Shoulders

 

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Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

Galatians 6:1-3 MSG

We all need each other in the body of Christ. We are called to love one another and to help each other. Those of us who are strong in faith have an obligation to help those who are not as strong as we are. When someone falls into sin or has burdens that seem too heavy for them to carry by themselves, we as believers are to step in and edify them. No one needs to hear harsh criticism or have people turn their backs on them. In hard times, people need to hear and feel the love of Christ. If you were down and out you would want someone to be there for you, so extend that same courtesy and be there for your fellow brother or sister in Christ in their time of need. Continue reading

Have You Tried Jesus?

Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

John 1:45-46 NLT (emphasis added)

The only way you’ll ever get the full experience of something is to try it out for yourself. Too often we depend on other people’s review, word of mouth, or our own preconceived judgement before deciding to get involved with something ourselves. Just like in John, Nathanael used what he knew about people in Nazareth, which wasn’t anything positive, and decided that this person named Jesus couldn’t be anything good to go see about. He soon later realized, after having some personal experience with God, that something good does in fact come out of Nazareth, but he had to do what Philip suggested, “come and see for yourself.” You are no different, so I ask you today, “Have you tried Jesus for yourself?”  Continue reading

Be Stable

conceptual_tree_with_root_and_grassHe is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.

Psalms 112:7 ESV

We need to come to the point in our lives that when negative situations come our way, we just laugh, pray, shout, and dance it off.  This is stability at its finest—when you are not moved one bit by the cares of this world.  This is by no means an easy task to do, but before we were born again, we lived according to our flesh.  Our flesh wants to yell, kick, scream, cry, and cuss when negativity or unpleasant situations come our way.  Once we realize that being a Christian does not stop bad things from happening and we live according to our spirit, we will be better able to handle the issues of life because we now have God on our side, and He can handle anything.   Continue reading

Starting Your Day Right

wakeup-easyI love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.

Proverbs 8:17 AMP (emphasis added)

 

It is absolutely imperative that you start your day off with God. He is your lifeline and your support. You cannot do anything successfully without Him (see John 15:5). As soon as your eyes open in the morning and before your feet hit the floor, you need to acknowledge God. The scripture says those who seek Him early will find Him, so before your day even starts, get before God and let Him know how much you need Him, love Him, appreciate Him, and adore Him. Let Him know that you cannot face the day without His presence. It is only by His grace that you were even able to wake up in the first place, so the least you can say is, “God, I just want to thank you for giving me another day.” No matter how bad you “think” things are in your life, God is still worthy of recognition, adoration, and praise.   Continue reading

Smoke Screen

A smoke screen is defined as “a ruse designed to disguise someone’s real intentions or activities.” Claiming Christianity is now the smoke screen of many people’s lives. They want to seem religious and spiritual, but in the background of their lives, they aren’t truly living for God. Being a Christian has now become the thing to “say” if you’re asked about your religious background. People will say they are a Christian and in the same breath cuss you out if you say or do something they don’t like. They will sleep around, get drunk, get high, gamble, gossip, be judgmental, hypocritical, harbor bitterness, resentment, anger, unforgiveness… and the list goes on and on. Christianity is NOT just a label…it’s a lifestyle. It’s a whole new way of living and thinking from the way the world operates. The sad part is, people who claim “I’m a Christian” instead of actually living like one are doing more damage to the Kingdom of God than they realize. If you’re going to live like the unbeliever, that’s not being a Christian. Jesus said we live “in” the world, but we’re not “of” the world. Christians are a chosen people, set apart as holy, and because of that, there must be a significant difference in the lifestyles of a Christian and the unbeliever.   Continue reading